Dashboard Confessional Co-Headlines Rock Band Live Tour

Dashboard Confessional
Rock Band Live Tour
Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
October 22, 2008

Dashboard Confessional Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILChris Carrabba (lead vocals/guitar)

Wow! What a difference two shows can make. The first time I saw Dashboard Confessional live in concert was at Milwaukee’s Summerfest. I was honestly so bored with the slow, whining love songs that make up the majority of “emo” music and DC’s catalogue that I left the show early and went home. Here’s the thing: If I am standing up for an hour and half at a general admission show, then I do NOT want to hear painfully slow, sappy songs about someone’s love life not working out perfectly like a freaking fairytale. I want to dance, move, and sing along! Well, I was quite hesitant when I knew I would be standing on a GA floor at the Rock Band Live Tour watching Dashboard Confessional again. But to my surprise, the band played mostly upbeat, catchy pop songs. I was genuinely shocked! I ended up enjoying their songs and singing along once my ears caught onto the hooks and memorable choruses. I was so happy to not be bored and now I cannot wait to see Dashboard Confessionalagain!

Another plus from my second dose of Dashboard was frontman Chris Carrabba’s AMAZING voice! This dude can belt like the best of the divas: Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston… you get the idea. I had no idea he could sing like that – holding out high notes at full volume for what seemed like an eternity. I was impressed to say the least. And of course, the fact that Carrabba is equally as talented on piano as he is on guitar won me over for good. Not sure why I wasn’t aware that he played piano, but now I am. Yay for piano-rock! Moral of my story? Even if your first show with an artist is a bad experience, definitely consider giving that band and/or singer another chance. You never know what could happen. Maybe you could become a fan for life, go out the next day and buy the album, download the record on iTunes that same night when you get home, etc. Who knows? Go to as many shows as possible and you will eventually have some of the greatest musical experiences of your life…

P.S. Make sure you catch the Rock Band Live Tour when it comes to a city near you. Why? Because Chris Carrabba and Co. bring out The Cab and the Plain White T’s to sing an awesome cover of P!nk’s “So What.” It pretty much made my night. And now all I can think about is seeing P!nk on her next tour cuz that song RULES!!!

More photos of the Dashboard Confessional band members from the show after the jump.

Dashboard Confessional Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILJohn Lefler (guitar/piano/vocals)

Dashboard Confessional Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILScott Schoenbeck (bass)

Dashboard Confessional Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILMike Marsh (drums)

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Pitchfork TV Launches “BEARDO”, Tim Harrington’s (Les Savy Fav) Very Own TV Show

First Episode Premieres Today!

His gaze is hypnotic. His looks… devastating.  Women want him, and men want to be him.
He is BEARDO, and he has .tv by the underpants.  Nothing will be the same.

Click Here To View “Beardo”

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Cut Off Your Hands To Release “You & I” On Frenchkiss Records On January 20th 2009

Produced By Bernard Butler (Suede, Duffy & Manic Street Preachers)
CMJ 2008 Favorites/ Happy As Can Be EP Out Now

Pitchfork Media At CMJ 2008 :  http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/news/146701-cmj-tuesday-marc-hogan

CMJ.com At CMJ 2008  :  http://www.cmj.com/relay/?p=5604

Sentimentalist At CMJ 2008 :   http://www.sentimentalistmag.com/2008/10/22/cmj-music-marathon-tuesday-102108/

Metro NY At CMJ 2008 :   http://newyork.metromix.com/music/photogallery/cmj-2008-day-1/706289/content

“Power-pop ooh-lahs, hip-rocking post-punk backbeats, and sleek guitar fingerings.” Spin Magazine

“Swirling, elegiac punk.” Dazed & Confused Magazine UK

“Honestly, what’s not to love? ” NME

“Swooooon”  Vice Magazine

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Hinder at The Pearl Theater & on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tonight!


If you are in the Las Vegas Area come out tonight for Hinder’s Album Release Party and Show. It’s taking place at the Pearl Theater in the Palms. Tickets are just $28 a piece.

Also on a special note, part of Hinder’s performance will be broadcast live on Jimmy Kimmel tonight. Be there for the festivities or catch it on the TV or for some, Tivo.

Velvet Revolver Update

We ran into Duff from Velvet Revolver on Sunday at Harley Davidson’s Love Ride. I asked Duff what was new and what he was up to. Duff said Velvet Revolver is still alive and that they are going through many mp3’s from singers. He says, “There are so many talented people.” They are taking their time in the selection process because according to Duff, “We want to give everyone a fair chance.” He goes on to elaborate on the process; he wants to give the 10th guy they listened to the same objective perspective as they did the first guy.

On a Harley note, on the last tour Duff took his bike out on tour and drove it across America. He said that it was amazing to do that and see the country. He also rode his bike for the Love Ride.

The End Of The World Add To US Tour / Record Release Party On November 8th @ Webster Hall

The End of the World host an afternoon of listening to their new album French Exit in which each song will be introduced and toasted by a friend of the band. The event will be held at Manhattan’s EAR Inn, a wonderful bar and designated New York City landmark. The location was chosen to highlight the classic nature of both the album and the celebration.

Private Party (Limited Seating so please RSVP as soon as possible)
RSVP: kip@tellallyourfriendspr.com

The Listening Party will be followed by a Record Release Party on November 8th at Studio at Webster Hall

French Exit Out November 11th On Flameshovel/Pretty Activity Records

Click Here To Listen To “Jody”

Listed In Pitchfork’s Fall 2008 Album Guide


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Eminem’s Return: Relapse

Is Eminem’s Relapse coming out two days before Christmas? According to Amazon.com, Slim Shady’s return may be dropping December 23rd. Interscope hasn’t released official word about Relapse’s release date, and Amazon has altered the listing to the vague “TBD” since news of the pre-order page spread; Amazon has proven to be a trustworthy oracle regarding albums that were not yet announced. In the past year, both the Raconteurs’ surprise release of Consolers of the Lonely and Rivers Cuomo’s upcoming Alone II were revealed via Amazon pre-order pages rather than traditional press releases. Plus, Em himself hinted that Relapse could be out before the end of the year, and two days before the most marketable day of the year makes more sense from a sales standpoint than a post-Christmas release.



Hudson Tragedy: Mother, Brother & Nephew Murdered

I know this is partially old news by now but for the last couple of weeks I have been out of the country totally out of touch with recent news. While I was at the airport late last night I was reading the front pages at one of the newsstands to learn former American Idol contestant Jennifer Hudson had offered a $100,000 reward for the safe return of her seven-year-old nephew following the murder of Hudson’s mother and brother in Chicago. Unfortunately, the story has taken a sad turn. Authorities confirm that the body of a seven-year-old boy found in a vehicle similar to the one for which authorities issued an Amber Alert is Hudson’s nephew, Julian King. The body and vehicle were found in Upper Chicago on Monday morning, not far from where police apprehended the suspect in the murders of Hudson’s mother and brother. Police have declined comment on the boy’s identity. Late last Friday, the bodies of Hudson’s mother, Darnell Donerson, and brother, Jason Hudson, were discovered shot to death in their Chicago home. Police reportedly have a suspect in custody, Hudson’s brother-in-law and King’s father, William Balfour. No charges have been filed in the case, but Balfour is being held for violating his parole while authorities investigate. Julian’s mother, Julia Hudson, had pleaded for her son’s return, saying “All I ask, I don’t care who you are, just let my baby go. I just want my son back. He doesn’t deserve this.”

Condolences have been flooding in for Hudson in the wake of this tragedy, including a message from Barack Obama. “Michelle and I were absolutely heartbroken to learn about this unimaginable tragedy and we want Jennifer to know that she is in our thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time. We also pray for the swift and safe return of her young nephew,” Obama said in a statement.


Austin Power Trio White Denim release “Exposion” on Digital and Vinyl, Presented by Transmission Entertainment

The digital release is now available via the band’s website, whitedenimmusic.com

Subscribers will get things like limited 7″, limited live tracks, videos, artwork by Steve and the album is available in FLAC format.

White Denim will celebrating the release at the FunFunFun Fest afterparty on 11.8  with Dead Confederate at the Mohawk in Austin

White Denim just popped in to NYC for a pair of shows at NYC’s Mercury Lounge and Union Hall after their blistering set at Icelandic Airwaves

Check out today’s post on Brooklyn Vegan

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This Is War – Ben Kweller @ Bottom Lounge

Ben Kweller
Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

Ben Kweller Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL 10/14/2008

Most Tuesday nights for me are spent finishing up home work that I’ve put off since the previous week’s class. Fortunately, Ben Kweller and his Aussie friend, Whitley, hijacked my night turning it into something more than a night to make up for my procrastination. Needless to say, Mr. BK plays a good live show…

Ok, so that’s the understatement of the year: Ben Kweller plays a phenomenal live show. Most artists strive to sound as good live as they do on CD but Ben has something else to worry about; he sounds better live than he does on CD.

BK’s new disc, How Ya Lookin’ Southbound, Come In…, infused the live show with steel guitars and a welcomed southern twang. I know, some of you may be skeptical but I promise there’s a whole new dynamic with the live show. Not only does it work, it works brilliantly.

After skipping the line of fans stretching close to a block, I was able to sit down with Mr. BK himself . We talked about the past (Radish), the present (How Ya Lookin’ Southbound, Come In…,) and the future (Changing Horses.) Look for the interview in a few days.

The show opened with Whitley, an Australian singer-songwriter I had the pleasure of seeing last year. He kept his set short and sweet while maintaining a level of intimacy with the crowd. The time between songs was filled by talking to the crowd and an impromptu song about “the gout” that was plaguing his knee. He didn’t hesitate when a member of the audience called him out on his glasses, asking, “Where’d you get your glasses, Walmart?” Whitley replied “Yeah, I got them in the dickhead aisle, where you obviously shop.” Before ending his set with “Head First Down,” he made sure to apologize to that dickhead, more than once. He even apologized again after he finished, which shows a lot about his character.

Shortly after, Ben took the stage, kicking off the set with a track from the new EP, “Things I Like to Do.” After the second song, “Fight,” I knew we were in for a night of new songs, which was a treat. Highlights of the night were new tunes, “Sawdust Man,” and “Gypsy Rosalita” while older tunes, “Sundress” and “This is War” anchored the show. After walking off stage briefly, BK returned to the stage to play a rockin’ version of “Penny on the Train Track.” The photo of Ben rockin’ out was taken during that song.

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Passion Pit Gets MTV“Band To Watch” CMJ Exclusive /West Coast Tour Starts Today/ Become CMJ 2008 Favorites

“Sleepyhead” Featured on You Tube Front Page Today / Perform On AOL Spinner Interface
Chunk Of Change EP Out Now On Frenchkiss Records

Click Here To View Exclusive MTV CMJ Coverage

Click Here To View “Sleepyhead” Video

CMJ Wrap Up :

New York Times : http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/27/arts/music/27cmj.html?ref=music

Brooklyn Vegan : http://www.brooklynvegan.com/archives/2008/10/ponytail_passio.htm

Pitchfork Media : http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/news/146702-cmj-tuesday-amy-phillips

New York Press : http://ftl.nypress.com/blogx/display_blog.cfm?bid=63799475

NY Metromix : http://newyork.metromix.com/music/photogallery/cmj-2008-day-1/706289/content

Click Here To View AOL/Spinner Performance

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Punk Rock Week At The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson Featuring New York Dolls, X & The Damned

New York Dolls Play The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson On October 29th

“Live At Fillmore East” Out Now On Sony BMG

Airing This Week :

Tues Oct. 28th : X
Wed Oct. 29th : New York Dolls
Friday Oct. 31st : The Damned

Pitchfork Media : http://www.pitchforkmedia.com/article/download/51151-pitchforktv-new-york-dolls-all-dolled-up-one-week-only

PunkNews.com : I think I can safely say that I owe Morrissey thanks for getting the Dolls to regroup, as this show was incredible, and deserves no less than a 10/10

BlogCritics.com : “it’s great to hear forgotten, but nonetheless kick-ass rock and roll songs like “Personality Crisis,” “Trash,” and “Looking For A Kiss” played by a band that, you know, can actually play.”

Chicago Sun Times (Jim Derogatis) : “Johansen remains one of the most inspiring vocalists in rock history, and it is, was and always will be a kick to hear him tear through brilliant Dolls classics such as “Personality Crisis,” “Trash” and “Pills.” http://blogs.suntimes.com/derogatis/2008/02/personality_crisis_not_for_dav_1.html

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Babelgum Music Video Awards Launched In Partnership With Music Nation


Focusing on Independent Music, Musicians From All Over The World Can Enter Free of Charge

Prizes include a deal with Universal Music UK
and a live performance in the UK

Submissions close on November 16th

London / New York, October 22nd 2008 – Babelgum’s talent-scouting continues. The free, independent Web TV platform today announced the launch of its brand new “Babelgum Music Video Awards” ™, in partnership with Music Nation. Following the success of the Babelgum Online Film Festival, which showcased the work of gifted independent filmmakers, Babelgum has now created a special contest focusing solely on music videos.

The Web TV company has launched this new competition to seek out and reward talented musicians and video directors, with a focus on indie artists. Once again, the audience vote will be crucial in picking the finalists, together with the professional jury consisting of Michel Gondry, David Ford and additional celebrity judges soon to be announced.

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Chicago’s Plain White T’s on Rock Band Live Tour

Plain White T’s
Rock Band Live Tour
Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
October 22, 2008

Plain White T's Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILTom Higgenson (lead vocals/guitar)

I cannot even remember how many times I have seen the Plain White T’s, but I will tell you one thing: I NEVER get tired or sick of seeing them live in concert. The fivesome from Chicago are currently opening up for Panic At The Disco on the first ever Rock Band Live Tour. The band’s latest album Big Bad World just came out last month and if you catch the Plain White T’s on the Rock Band Live Tour, you will get to hear a few of the record’s new songs. When the band stopped in Chicago last Wednesday, they performed a few I had not heard before, such as “Natural Disaster,” “Big Bad World,” and “1, 2, 3, 4.” Do not fear though, the T’s played the requisite oldies and crowd favorites. These classics included “Our Time Now,” “Take Me Away,” “Hey There Delilah,” and “Friends Don’t Let Friends Dial Drunk.” The Plain White T’s ended their 30-minute set with “Hate (I Really Don’t Like You),” which is by far the band’s biggest hit besides the huge success of the Grammy nominated Song of the Year “Hey There Delilah.”

More photos of the Plain White T’s band members and the night’s set list (in no particular order) after the jump!

Plain White T's Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILDave Tirio (guitar)

I always have a good time watching the Plain White T’s, mostly because their songs are so freaking contagiously catchy! Frontman (lead singer and head songwriter) Tom Higgenson has the formula for crafting the perfect pop song and he knows how to use it. While the guys may never write a song as great as “Hey There Delilah” ever again in their career, I kind of get the feeling that they don’t want to, which is perfectly fine with me. I am always anticipating what new melodies, harmonies, and lyrics my favorite artists can conjure up album after album. Big Bad World does not stray far from the band’s typical sound and the 11 tracks on the record could not be labeled as anything but a T’s song.

Plain White T's Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILMike Retondo (bass/vocals)

The only let down of the night was the fact that the band didn’t play any of the REALLY old songs from their first record Stop. It was not uncommon for diehard fans to yell out “Fireworks” in between every song, just hoping to hear the song that introduced the Plain White T’s to their first few fans. Oh well, maybe on an upcoming headlining tour with a longer set time, these boys from the suburbs of Chicago will go wayyy back in their catalogue and give the fans what they want…

Plain White T's Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILDe’Mar Hamilton (drums)

Set List 10/22/08 Chicago

Natural Disaster (new!)

Our Time Now

Big Bad World (new!)

Friends Don’t Let Friends Dial Drunk

1, 2, 3, 4 (new!)

Hey There Delilah

Take Me Away

Hate (I Really Don’t Like You)

Plain White T's Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILTim Lopez (guitar/vocals)

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The Cab Kicks Off Rock Band Live Tour

The Cab
Rock Band Live Tour
Allstate Arena – Rosemont, IL
October 22, 2008

The Cab Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILAlex DeLeon (lead vocals)

Back in July was the last time I saw The Cab live in concert. The show was at the House of Blues in front of roughly a thousand people. I was impressed enough with what I saw to buy the band’s debut album Whisper War. The songs written by this fivesome from Las Vegas are pretty catchy and the record was produced in part by Patrick Stump from Fall Out Boy; therefore, Whisper War was a good investment. The second time I saw The Cab perform was when they opened the Chicago stop of the Rock Band Live Tour. Now the guys were performing in front of almost four thousand fans opening for Panic At The Disco in an arena out in the suburbs. Quite a difference from Chicago’s HOB back over the summer opening for The Hush Sound.

More photos of The Cab band members from the first ever Rock Band Live Tour after the jump…

The Cab Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILIan Crawford (guitar/vocals)

Not much has changed with The Cab, but that is to be expected seeing as how they are still on tour promoting their first record, featuring 12 songs. However, there were two things I noticed this time around that must have went over my head the first time I saw the band. Upon my first glimpse of Alex Marshall (piano/vocals) walking on stage, the only thing going through my mind was that he looks EXACTLY like Zac Efron. No joke! Alex M. and Zac Efron could pass for identical twins. Did anybody else notice this at the show? It blew my mind every time I looked at Alex M. from The Cab. The hair! He even had the same style, cut and color as Zac! So weird – I totally did not notice this similarity before last Wednesday night.

The Cab Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILCash Colligan (bass)

Ok, the second thing I noticed about The Cab was how much of an amazing guitarist Ian Crawford is, which is unbelievable seeing as how young he is! None of these guys are even 21 years old yet. I am going to assume that Ian practiced A LOT over the past two months because his improvisations and solos were KICK ASS! Completely deserving of a standing ovation – which was a given since there were 800 people on the main floor giving him a round of applause after each guitar solo.

The Cab Rock Band Live Tour Allstate Arena - Rosemont, ILAlex Marshall (piano/vocals)

I honestly do not remember much of what frontman Alex DeLeon said in between the songs making up The Cab’s 25-minute set. Although, the one thing that caught my attention was Alex’s introduction before the last song of the night “Bounce.” “A lot of our songs are about love. But, this next song is only about one thing: Sex.” Oh brother…

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*Unfortunately, Alex Johnson (drums) was not photographed.

Is Hinder Rocking Your Vote?

Election Day is approaching fast. I am not a preacher, all I am saying is get out and vote. If you are still undecided try writing in your favorite rock god or goddess.


There is also something else very important happening. It’s New Music Tuesday!! Get instant gratification by heading out and picking up your very own copy of Hinder’s “Take it To the Limit.” If you happen to be in Las Vegas on the 30th, drop by The Palm’s Theater (AKA The Pearl) and enjoy a fun filled night with the guys as they play some new music. After hearing stories from these guys, I am sure they will be headed to the Playboy Club after the performance.

Recommended Song off their new album: “Use Me”

The Lordz Hit the Roxy in West Hollywood

The Lordz
The Roxy – West Hollywood, CA

The Lordz The Roxy - West Hollywood, CA 10/22/2008

The Lordz aren’t your average rock/rap band. The band is lead by brothers Mike and Adam McLeer. These two brothers started on a great path to success in Brooklyn with the help from Public Enemy; that was until tragedy struck that brought their bright future to a screeching halt. Their mother and 4-year-old sister were killed in a hit and run accident. To this day, the person responsible is still out there.

The brothers have a new album out, The Brooklyn Way, the first since the death of their family members. They are also back on tour and this time it’s with friends, Everlast. We caught the show on Wednesday night at the Roxy along with some big names that came out to support Adam and Mike.

The Lordz The Roxy - West Hollywood, CA 10/22/2008The guys hit the stage well-dressed. This may sound silly, but it has been awhile since I’ve seen men onstage that looked put together like they were. Mike and Adam were full of energy and you could hear and see they were very grateful to be back on tour, and to see everyone who came out to see them.

They played a better-than-the-original cover of Jim Carol’s “People Who Die.” The crowd was moving and singing along at this point. Also people like Mark McGrath from Sugar Ray pushed their way to the front of the stage to cheer on The Lordz during their set. Between songs the guys would talk about how L.A. feels like a second home to them and how they have great friends here.

They also played “Proof of the Way.” They closed with “Saturday Night” which only made the crowd want more. While singing, the guys were moving around the stage constantly. It was obvious that the stage couldn’t contain any of these guys. They needed a bigger stage for the amount of presence Mike and Adam possess.

Overall their sound is very rock driven with rap style vocals. Their energy screams that they are here to party and to take their friends with them. That makes every day Saturday night when the Lordz play onstage.

If you are on the West Coast you still have a few days to catch up with the guys and see Everlast.

Tour dates:

Oct 24 2008 Downtown Brew San Luis Obispo, California

Oct 25 2008 The Boardwalk Orangevale, California

Oct 26 2008 Slim’s San Francisco, Calfornia

Oct 29 2008 The Belly Up Solana Beach, California

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TV On The Radio Rocks The Riv

TV On The Radio
The Riviera – Chicago, IL

TV On The Radio The Riviera - Chicago, IL 10/22/2008

I always have trouble trying to explain TV On The Radio’s sound. The closest I can think of would be electro-rock with more rock than electro, but not really – a little jazzy but a young jazzy – sometimes random but not out of control – a little punk influence and maybe some hip hop tossed in a little. ….Does that help? Maybe not.

TV On The Radio The Riviera - Chicago, IL 10/22/2008I just refer to them as “a good band”. That would be the most accurate term I can provide. They’ve received lots of praise from many popular music outlets and 2006’s Return to Cookie Mountain was on almost every top 10 lists that year.

TV on the Radio’s latest album Dear Science was released last month and they took the stage at The Riviera Theatre Wednesday night with Dirtbombs opening.

Seeing as how I’ve never been able to catch this group live , I wasn’t sure what to expect but still excited nonetheless. I arrived in between sets and I had just enough time to head towards the front and get in a couple jokes with the security guard who was guarding the barricades. (It’s important to be nice to those guys because in reality, they’re the ones running the show.)

Anyway, I met up with a friend, who arrived late, so we didn’t land a good spot. It was almost as if everyone in Chicago who’s over 6 foot tall attended this show; the Riv was packed! No matter where I tried to place myself, I couldn’t see a thing. We had to make a move when he said something that I hadn’t given much thought….

“I don’t know. This is like an adult rock show you know, it’s not like Bad Religion or something where I can go pushing through the crowd.”

I thought that statement was funny but it in a way true. TV On The Radio’s following does seem to be more mature crowd but I wouldn’t go as far as to call them old.

We eventually ended up in the balcony where I realized was actually the best place to be because I had a perfect view for “Wolf Like Me“! (my favorite part of the night).

Lead singer Tunde Adepimpe gave so much energy and broke a sweat in no time.TVOTR ran through Return to Cookie Mountain like nothing and of course a little from Dear Science. So effortless and still great.

An entire horn section, keyboards and a drummer who is amazing! At one point the amount of people on stage doubled and each one had an instrument in hand, adding more and more to an already great performance.

TV On The Radio have so much to offer. I walked out satisfied.

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Carlos Santana Hits Chula Vista Along with His Son’s Band

Cricket Wireless – Chula Vista, CA

Santana Cricket Wireless - Chula Vista, CA 9/30/2008

Santana hit the road to support his newest release, which is not like a normal “traditional” album so-to-speak. This album, Multi Dimensional Warrior is a compilation of songs that spam the 1970’s to 2000. It consists of 14 vocal tracks along with a slew of instrumental songs from the same time period. It’s a two disc set compiled and sequenced by Carlos himself.

As for the night’s performance, the night opened with Santana’s son’s band, the Salvador Santana Band. The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree except this apple rolls a little different and plays keys.

Santana played his hits with multiple singers on the road with him. He also had a special guest on stage with him. P.O.D.’s guitar player Marcus joined Santana on stage for 2 songs.

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Laura Warshauer Covers U2’s “One”

We told you about her signing with Island Records and about her new “Sweet 16” video. Now Laura walks the streets of New York City and captures it all on video. The video is played along with her cover of U2’s “One”.

Check the video of “One” from Laura Warshauer:

Laura’s Tour Dates after the jump…

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DRI Debuts At CMJ / Three Hot Nights!!

Featured In November 2008 Interview And Spin Magazine

10/23 – 8PM – The Delancey (Sesac Music Night)
10/24 – 8PM – The Studio at Webster Hall
10/25 – 8PM – Red Bull Space (40 Thompson st)

Smoke Rings Deluxe Edition, Featuring Smoke Rings LP + Bonus Remix EP (Part 1)
Deluxe Version Will Be Released This October 14th On Range Life Records

Click Here To View “Two Are One” Video (Directed By Neil Krug)

Click Here for Bonus 4 Track Remix EP

Click Here To View Dri’s Daytrotter Session!

The Anniversary B-Sides & Rarities Out June 24th On Vagrant Records  http://www.vagrant.com/release/details/195

Click Here To View Dri’s Performance At SXSW/Fader Fort 2008 & Video Chat

Click Here To View Dri’s Recent Video From The Fader Party 54

XLR8R TV Debuts Dri’s Video For “You Know I Tried”

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October 22, 2008—Quietdrive’s sophomore release Deliverance debuted this week at #1 on Billboard’s Alternative New Artist Chart, beating out other releases by We The Kings, The Secret Machines, Ludo, Mayday Parade, Ra Ra Riot and Black Kids, among others.

Deliverance is currently streaming in its entirety exclusively on Purevolume. Head over to www.purevolume.com/quietdrive to listen to the album now.

Tour stalwarts hailing from Minneapolis, Quietdrive feels completely at home on the road which is where they’ll be spending most of their time promoting Deliverance. It’s the life they’ve dreamed of and it’s the life they can’t give up. Having played well over 900 shows since 2005, the band doesn’t know any other way as they currently find themselves on tour across the country with Mest, and Rookie of the Year.

“We tour like maniacs,” lead vocalist Kevin Truckenmiller points out, “and we have never slowed down. We are on our fourth van already. We never had more than 3 consecutive days off while touring on our last record, and there were days where we did 4 performances, starting at radio at 7AM, and ending at 11PM at a club show.”

Indeed that hard work has paid off for Quietdrive. Now in the toughest sales climate to ever face the record business, Quietdrive’s debut release, When All That’s Left Is You, sold 64,000 in the U.S. alone and put Quietdrive at the forefront of emerging artists. The band sold another 400,000 digital singles as well.

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Straight From The Bayou – Fleet Foxes

Fleet Foxes
Metro – Chicago, IL

Fleet Foxes at the Metro Chicago, ILOf all the shows I’ve been to since moving to Chicago, I’ve never felt as young as I did at the Fleet Foxes show. At shows back home in Des Moines or Omaha, I’ve always felt like I was one of the older kids at shows, and it’s weird how the music scene is so much older out here; not at all what I was expecting. This was a Sunday night show which seems to draw an older crowd to begin with, but I don’t think there were more than a handful of people in the crowd younger than 21. I find that weird because Fleet has been all over Rolling Stone and Spin ever since the Sun Giant EP came out in February.

I originally grabbed the Sun Giant EP after reading a lot of buzz in the blogosphere. After listening through the first time, there wasn’t a single track I liked. So, I ‘shelved’ it or at least as close as you can get with mp3’s. I didn’t give them a second chance until their full-length album, Fleet Foxes, came out. Make note, guys and gals, all bands deserve a second chance…unless they’re Fall Out Boy. I was slapped in the face by “He Doesn’t Know Why” and “White Winter Hymnal.” Then I re-listened to Sun Giant and found the wonderful gem, “Mykonos.” How could I have overlooked these guys?! Everyone’s allowed at least one mistake, right?

After walking on stage, the Fleet took a good 3 to 4 minutes to get situated before starting to play. The lead singer, Robin Pecknold, broke the silence with some banter before engulfing the room with luscious guitars and sweeping harmonies. Words can’t even describe the sound that filled the Metro that night. All I could do was smile. How often does a live show make you sit back and smile?

The bottom line, I’m kind of mad I listened to these guys on CD before seeing them live. It’s kind of like watching scrambled porn and then finally getting to see it in full quality…minus all the nudity. I say this, intending it to be a huge compliment. I don’t know if it’s even possible to capture such an epic sound in the recording studio. I vote the next album gets recorded live, but that’s just my two cents.

I wish I could have snagged a set-list from these guys so I could explain in more detail but the only place I found room to stand and still be able to take photos was in the balcony, so no dice.

Johnny Cash’s America

Johnny Cash’s life is explored a new in a documentary that will air on the Bio Channel on October 23rd at 9 p.m. ET/10 p.m. PT. Johnny Cash’s America will also screen at the Country Music Hall of Fame, the American Cinematheque in Hollywood, the Memphis Indie Film Festival and the Paley Center in New York throughout October before coming to CD/DVD on October 28th. The film features interviews with Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp, Snoop Dogg and Al Gore, among others, and includes 27 Cash songs and some never-before-seen footage of Cash’s 1965 TV show and sessions with Dylan.

Also keep a look out for the release of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison: Legacy Edition, a deluxe box set version of Cash’s most famous performance. The package comes with a DVD documentary about the show, which features interviews with band members and former Folsom inmates. “The pictures taken weren’t exaggerated,” explains Cash bassist Marshall Grant. “There was no joy in that prison.”


Flobots Open For Matisyahu @ The Vic

The Vic

Flobots The Vic 10/19/2008Flobots are a rock/hip hop group from Denver who gained success with their hit “Handlebars“. You know that one song, “I can ride my bike with no handlebars…” Yeah, those guys.

This band has the basic guitar, bass, and drums set up but they also come with 2 MC’s, a trumpet player, and a violist. They manage to incorporate those pieces and still identify as rock music (with a bit of hip hop of course). Pretty impressive. Their album Fight With Tools is out now on Universal.

The content of their music is socially and politically fused and for a band that’s just few years old, they’ve gained enough attention to be able to open for established acts like Public Enemy. With the current state of hip hop, Flobots are a good thing.

Flobots The Vic 10/19/2008

On Sunday, Flobots opened for Matisyahu at The Vic and this was my first time catching the group.

Once I actually saw them on stage I really realized just how many people are in this band. They seemed a little crunched for space up there and I could barely hear MC Jonny 5. The sound during this show wasn’t the best.

There wasn’t as much energy at this show as I expected and I couldn’t figure out why. The band seemed to be having a good time but the audience didn’t. Of course once the opening for “Handlebars” started, things changed…a little.

A large sign that read IRAQ was used as a visual to demonstrate the letter game that is the song “Iraq” and MC Brer Rabbit gave us a pop’lock/robot routine that attempted to get the crowd hyped up. Truthfully, I could have done without it.

I can appreciate their message and innovation so I won’t knock em’.

Flobots The Vic 10/19/2008

Flobots The Vic 10/19/2008

Flobots The Vic 10/19/2008

Matis-YAHOO! – (Couldn’t Resist)

The Vic

Matisyahu The Vic 10/19/2008

Known mostly for being a Hasidic Jew, Matisyahu (born Matthew Paul Miller) has received lots of praise from the reggae world in the short time he’s been around. The New York rapper has three albums out and a few remix EPs. The last studio album released was 2006’s Youth but we can expect a new album entitled Light out early next year.

Not to be confused with dancehall, Matisyahu sticks with styles closer to Roots Reggae with rock riffs and beat-boxing in between. On the studio albums the rock and hip hop influence can really be heard but live, reggae takes the spotlight. “Live at Stubbs” is one of my favorite reggae albums and believe me, good reggae is hard to come by these days.

Matisyahu The Vic 10/19/2008Matisyahu was in Chicago over the weekend and performed at The Vic on Sunday.

There were no surprises for me at this show. The crowd was filled with hippies and hip hoppers but you don’t have to be either to appreciate the music. According to the set list, there were 28 songs to be played (set list below) but we only went through about half. I was ok with that since most of the tracks are extended to fit in his many, many hums and hollers.

Best parts about Sunday:

– Everything about this show went smooth and on time. I find that The Vic is always good about that. I appreciated it.

– “Youth” – The first time I saw Matisyahu the Youth album wasn’t out yet so I’ve been waiting to hear it live for a while. Yes, it was worth it.

– “King Without a Crown” – Clearly this is the song everyone knows but it still so great. Live performances of this song are always better than what’s featured on the album. (with the exception of “Live at Stubbs” -that by far is the best version)

– The band – Matisyahu‘s band is always amazing. It’s probably the only reason I started listening to him in the first place. Those guys get the job done and they do it well.

Matisyahu has clearly come a long way since the first time I saw him. For some reason this time seemed more official and his performance was more confident. He also gave us a few sweet dance moves.

Matisyahu The Vic 10/19/2008

Matisyahu The Vic 10/19/2008


Location, CA, August 4, 2008: Italian-born singer-songwriter Elisa, a multi-platinum, award-winning star in her native country, will launch her first tour of the United States and Canada on October 29. As acclaimed internationally for her powerful live performances as for her inspired, emotionally direct pop-rock recordings, Elisa has appeared on various world stages with music legends including Andrea Bocelli, Luciano Pavarotti and Tina Turner. To date, though, her only North American engagements have been singing the Italian national anthem at the closing ceremony of the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics and two sold-out shows at NYC’s Joe’s Pub in April 2008. Elisa’s highly anticipated upcoming tour is in support of her North American debut album Dancing, released July 15 on Sugar/Universal.

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XYZ Affair Announce New Fall Tour Dates / “Trials EP” Out Now

Click Here To Listen To View Video “Evening Life”

Click Here To View Stereogum Piece & Download “Evening Life”

Click Here To View Listen To Trials EP


10/26   Baltimore    MD    Ottobar
10/28    Orlando    FL    Backbooth
10/29    St Augustine    FL    Cafe Eleven
10/30  Tallahassee    FL    Club Down Under
10/31    Birmingham    AL    The Nick
11/5    Denver    CO    Hi Dive
11/6  Omaha    NE    The Waiting Room
11/7    Chicago    IL    Beat Kitchen
11/8    Minneapolis    MN    Clapperclaw festival
11/9  Iowa City    IA    Public Space One
11/10    Columbia    MO    The Blue Fugue
11/12   Cincinnati    OH    Northside Tavern
11/21    Athens    GA    Caledonia Lounge

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New Music Alert: The Red Car Wire

The Red Car Wire is a four piece pop/punk band from Texas that you may have seen on the 2008 installment of Vans Warped Tour.

They are very reminiscent of Blink 182. Take a listen for yourself and tell me what you think. They have an EP out called Lets Never Get Older. Check out their MySpace for more information and to purchase the EP.

Listen to “So Far”



You can download “So Far” for free by signing up for their mailing list here.

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Big Boi’s Solo Album – Sir Lucious Leftfoot: Son of Chico Dusty

Outkast’s Big Boi has been working on his solo debut since 2007, recording mostly in Atlanta and pulling in guests like George Clinton and Raekwon. The result is a freewheeling record with funky electro beats by Big Boi and Organized Noize. On some of the densest rhymes of his career, Big Boi addresses everything from passionate sex (”Backup Plan”) to fears he felt during the primaries (”Daddy Fat Sacks”). The political theme continues on the first single, “Something’s Gotta Give,” where he and Mary J. Blige plug for Obama. The song has piqued the interest of Obama’s camp. “There have been calls from them,” Big Boi says. “I don’t know what I’ll do, but they want me to be a part of what they’re doing.”

Keep a look out for Big Boi’s album Sir Lucious Leftfoot: Son of Chico Dusty  due to hit shelves in November.


Gentleman Auction House Brings a Long-Lingering Idea to Fruition in their Energetic Tribute to the Holiday Season, “Christmas In Love”!

SPIN Magazine:
“Besides eggnog and gingerbread, nothing screams holiday cheer like the wintry piano twinkle of Gentleman Auction House.”

GAH is a band that very publicly proclaims their love for the Christmas holiday and has always added a little Yuletide cheer into everything they do!

CMJ dates! On tour Now! See below.

I know it’s a bit early for Christmas but check out their original numbers…
On The Rooftop

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Yep! It’s that Time of Year Again When Kiwi’s Come Over and Challenge Everyone for the Best Party at The CMJ Awards!

No seriously, last year’s event was voted one of NME’s 10 coolest parties of the festival. This year will be no exception: Time Out is already tipping Naked & Famous and the Ruby Sun’s other shows are already in the “impossible-to-get-in category”.

This one chance to catch all 4 hot bands – drink great NZ Vodka and eat a world renowned Delicacy – authentic NZ party pies from DUB pies!

From the country that gave us Lord Of The Rings, the climbing of Mount Everest, Chris Knox, brown fuzzy fruit that are green inside, Flight Of The Conchords and other incalculably vast amounts of genius….

The NZ Music Commission and Phase Five NZ Music have combined forces with CMJ to co-host the College Radio Mixer on the rooftop at the Delancey. MC’ed, yet again, by Rhys Darby aka Murray Hewitt (the NZ Cultural Attaché and manager in the HBO series Flight Of The Conchords), the party will include nibbles from DUB Pies (YUM) , free drinks by 42 Below and Sambazon.

Last years party included performances from Cut Off Your Hands, Liam Finn, The Brunettes and The Checks.

AND now the most important part! This years line up….

Tuesday, October 21st
College Radio Mixer
The Delancey Lounge Upstairs

NZ Showcase
Downstairs at the Delancey Lounge
Rhys Darby to MC
7PM The Naked And Famous
7:30PM Bang Bang Eche
8PM Cut Off Your Hands
8:30PM The Ruby Suns

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Backstreet Boy, Nick Carter Will Sing National Anthem to the World Series on 10/22

Tune in on Wednesday, October 22 for Game 1 of the 2008 World Series when Nick Carter and the Backstreet Boys perform the National Anthem in their home state of Florida when the Tampa Bay Rays take on the Philadelphia Phillies!

Green Owl CMJ Party Tomorrow, October 21st at Santos Party House

The London Souls 11:30pm
The So So Glos 12:30am
Radioclit 1:30am

Dub Defender Will Be Spinning And MC In Between Sets