The Deftones Steal the Show

Deftones
Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/29/2011

The Deftones are:

Chino Moreno – Vocals
Stephen Carpenter – Guitar
Frank Delgado – Samples, Keys
Abe Cunningham – Drums
Sergio Vega – Bass
Chi Cheng – Bass

The Deftones formed back in 1989 and they’ve released 6 albums so far.  They are currently on the road, performing to sold-out crowds, supporting their newest release off Warner Bros., Diamond Eyes.

Last night didn’t start off well.  Funeral Party took the stage to open the night.  They weren’t bad, but they weren’t all that entertaining, either.   There were several of us that scratched our heads trying to distinguish where songs stopped and began.  The crazy part is Funeral Party did a hell of a lot better than The Dillinger Escape Plan.  Let’s say there was quite a few of us hanging out in the lobby of the Rave trying to figure out what the hell we were listening to.  Picture a kitchen with a plethora of pots and pans hanging from the ceiling on hooks. Now picture them falling to the ground. That’s what The Dillinger Escape Plan sounds like. Really, try it at home!  I can do screamo, I am a fan of Suicide Silence, but at least Suicide Silence knows how to write music.  Last night was just a train wreck.

By the time The Deftones took the stage the sold-put crowd had piled into the Rave stage area.  They must have sold more tickets even after being sold-out, because fans, including myself, had to stand outside in the lobby and peer through the doors to see the concert.  Granted, the show was loud enough to do just that, but it was slightly disappointing.

Chino made everyone happy.  How can he not?  His vocals didn’t seem to let up as they played for roughly two hours.  I honestly didn’t stay for the entire show because it really isn’t fun to be squished in the lobby trying to enjoy a show, and it was quite difficult to hear all of Chino’s vocals when he wasn’t hitting his trademark screams.

Note to Deftones fans: If you are headed to a sold-out show, make sure you get there plenty early and mark your spot!

Setlist

Diamond Eyes
Rocket Skates
Birthmark
Engine No. 9
Be Quiet and Drive (Far Away)
My Own Summer (Shove It)
Digital Bath
Korea
Knife Party
Hexagram
Minerva
Bloody Cape
You’ve Seen The Butcher
Sextape
Beauty School
Feiticeira
Elite
Change (In the House of Flies)
Passenger (with Greg Puciato)
Back To School (Mini Maggit)

Encore:
Root
7 Words

For more photos of Chino and the gang in Milwaukee, head over to Concert Capture!

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Date City State Country Venue Info Tickets
Sat, 04/30/2011 Chicago IL US Riviera Theatre More Info SOLD OUT
Sun, 05/01/2011 Detroit MI US Fillmore Theatre More Info Buy Tickets
Tue, 05/03/2011 Toronto ON CA Sound Academy More Info SOLD OUT
Wed, 05/04/2011 Montreal QC CA Metropolis More Info Buy Tickets
Thu, 05/05/2011 Hampton NH US Hampton Beach Casino More Info Buy Tickets
Fri, 05/06/2011 Providence RI US Lupo’s More Info Buy Tickets
Sat, 05/07/2011 Hartford CT US Webster Theatre More Info SOLD OUT (VIP Packages Available)
Mon, 05/09/2011 Boston MA US House of Blues More Info SOLD OUT
Tue, 05/10/2011 Philadelphia PA US Electric Factory More Info SOLD OUT
Wed, 05/11/2011 Sayreville NJ US Starland Ballroom More Info SOLD OUT
Fri, 05/13/2011 New York NY US Best Buy Theatre More Info SOLD OUT
Sat, 05/14/2011 New York NY US Best Buy Theatre More Info SOLD OUT
Mon, 05/16/2011 Baltimore MD US Sonar More Info SOLD OUT (VIP Tickets Still Available)
Tue, 05/17/2011 Baltimore MD US Sonar More Info Buy Tickets
Thu, 05/19/2011 Asheville NC US Orange Peel More Info SOLD OUT
Fri, 05/20/2011 Jacksonville FL US Plush More Info Buy Tickets
Sat, 05/21/2011 Orlando FL US Hard Rock Live More Info Buy Tickets
Sun, 05/22/2011 Boca Raton FL US Sunset Cove Amphitheater More Info Buy Tickets
Tue, 05/24/2011 St. Petersburg FL US Jannus Live More Info Buy Tickets (On-sale 3/11)
Thu, 05/26/2011 Charlotte NC US Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheatre More Info Buy Tickets (on-sale 3/18)
Fri, 05/27/2011 Louisville KY US Expo Five More Info Buy Tickets (On-sale 4/16)
Sat, 05/28/2011 Atlanta GA US The Tabernacle More Info Buy Tickets
Sun, 05/29/2011 Memphis TN US Minglewood Hall More Info Buy Tickets
Mon, 05/30/2011 New Orleans LA US House of Blues More Info SOLD OUT
Wed, 06/01/2011 Oklahoma City OK US Diamond Ballroom More Info Buy Tickets
Fri, 06/03/2011 San Antonio TX US AT&T Center More Info Buy Tickets (on-sale 3/12)
Sat, 06/04/2011 Austin TX US Austin Music Hall More Info Buy Tickets
Sun, 06/05/2011 Corpus Christi TX US Concrete Street Amphitheater More Info Buy Tickets
Mon, 06/06/2011 Grand Prairie TX US Verizon Theater More Info Buy Tickets
Wed, 06/08/2011 El Paso US El Paso County Coliseum More Info Buy Tickets (on-sale 3/12)
Thu, 06/09/2011 Mesa AZ US Mesa Amphitheatre More Info Buy Tickets (On-sale 3/12)
Fri, 06/10/2011 Los Angeles CA US Palladium More Info SOLD OUT (VIP Packages Available)
Sat, 06/11/2011 Las Vegas NV US The Joint More Info Buy Tickets (On-sale 3/12)
Mon, 06/13/2011 San Francisco CA US Warfield Theater More Info Buy Tickets
Wed, 06/15/2011 Pomona CA US The Fox Theatre More Info Buy Tickets (On-sale 4/1)
Fri, 08/12/2011 Budapest HU Sziget Festival More Info Buy Tickets
Sat, 08/13/2011 Bucharest RO Arenele Romane More Info Buy Tickets
Sun, 08/14/2011 Burgas BG Spirit of Burgas Festival More Info Buy Tickets
Tue, 08/16/2011 Warsaw PL Rock In Summer Festival More Info Buy Tickets (on-sale 4/1)
Thu, 08/18/2011 Stuttgart DE More Info Buy Tickets (On-sale 4/11)
Tue, 08/23/2011 Amsterdam NL Paradiso More Info
Fri, 08/26/2011 Reading UK Reading Festival More Info Buy Tickets
Sat, 08/27/2011 Leeds UK Leeds Festival More Info Buy Tickets
Sun, 08/28/2011 Paris FR Rock En Seine Festival More Info Buy Tickets
Wed, 08/31/2011 Tallinn EE Pirita Convent More Info Buy Tickets (On-sale 4/29)
Fri, 09/02/2011 St. Petersburg RU Gavclub More Info Buy Tickets
Sat, 09/03/2011 Moscow RU Arena Moscow More Info Buy Tickets

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Foals! Showing Chicago Who’s in Charge

Foals
Metro – Chicago, IL
4/26/2011

Foals is:
Yannis Phillppakis (Vocals, Guitar, Live Drums)
Jack Bevan (Drums)
Jimmy Smith (Guitar)
Edwin Congreave (Keyboard, Backing Vocals)
Walter Gervers (Bass, Backing Vocals)

The night started out early for the younger crowd as they filled out the Metro by 6pm on a Wednesday evening. As people were trickling in, the Naked and Famous had already begun to play. It was a night of firsts for the band as they announced that it was the first time they were playing in Chicago, and the first time they were performing so early. By the time they finished their set the venue still seemed only half full.

Next up Freelance Whales took the stage. I was ecstatic, knowing that they played an eclectic range of instruments from the electric guitar, to the harmonium, banjo, mandolin, and glockenspiel; they were able to impressively incorporate them all onstage. Their songs are very serene and melodic; therefore the crowd seemed calm. It was only after halfway into their set, 6 songs to be exact, that the crowd began to get restless. It seems a bit ridiculous for a band that has only released one album, containing 13 songs, to play a 12 song set. After they finished their last song, the crowd was more than ready and thrilled for Foals.

The change in energy was drastic. The crowd went ballistic the moment that lead singer Yannis stepped on stage. They opened up with “Blue Blood” a single from their latest album Total Life Forever. They rocked on playing their hits “Miami” and “Spanish Sahara.” They also kept going back and forth into playing songs like “Olympic Airways” and “Balloons” from their debut album, Antidotes.

Yannis is definitely a force to see as he fully utilized the stage jumping, head-banging and stomping all around. He even whipped his hair back in forth so well that willow Smith would be proud. The energy that the crowd had pent up during the first two acts was definitely felt all through Foals’ set. Luckily they are the main act; otherwise they’d be a tough act to follow.

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Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival is Roaring Through the USA this Summer!

Summer festival season is upon us, and what better festival to attend than the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL! This festival is the largest and only heavy metal and hard rock festival existing in the North American continent today. Not only is the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL stopping through 26 markets in the United States and Canada, but as all festival dates are in major cities, this is a perfect opportunity for road-trippers and out-of-towners to join in and celebrate the very best musicians in today’s hard rock scene. This year’s stages include the Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival Stage, the Jagermeister Stage, and the Extreme Stage.

As of tomorrow, April 30th, 2011, tickets will be on sale for every single market on the tour! Make sure to grab your tickets today as they are sure to sell out fast. Last year’s festival sold nearly 400,000 tickets, and this year the anticipation is even greater!

See below for a list of this year’s performers. Many artists taking part in this year’s ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL are locals to the festival’s markets. Included below are the home states of each artist.

THIS YEAR’S ARTISTS INCLUDE:

DISTURBED – Illinois (home state)

GODSMACK – Massachusetts (home state)

MEGADETH – California (home state)

MACHINE HEAD – California (home state)

IN FLAMES – Sweden (home state)

TRIVIUM – Florida (home state)

KINGDOM OF SORROW – New Orleans/Connecticut (home state)

SUICIDE SILENCE – California (home state)

ALL SHALL PERISH – California (home state)

UNEARTH – Massachusetts (home state)

STRAIGHT LINE STITCH – Tennessee (home state)

RED FANG – Oregon (home state)

 

This year, the ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL has invited several of today’s hottest acts in hard rock and heavy metal to perform on select dates in the place of specific ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAYHEM FESTIVAL artists that will not be performing:

  • INDIANAPOLIS, INHATEBREED will be performing in the place of TRIVIUM
  • CHICAGO, IL – HATEBREED will be performing in the place of TRIVIUM
  • DETROIT, MI – HATEBREED will be performing in the place of TRIVIUM
  • LOS ANGELES, CA – DETHKLOK will be performing in the place of MEGADETH, and TESTAMENT will be performing in the place of IN FLAMES
  • SAN FRANCISCO, CA – TESTAMENT will be performing in the place of IN FLAMES

Make sure that you don’t miss this year’s biggest and heaviest hard rock and heavy metal festival coming to your area! Tune in to www.rockstarmayhemfest.com and www.livenation.com for up-to-date ticketing information.

 

Avenged Sevenfold Family Visits Rockford

Avenged Sevenfold
Metro Centre – Rockford, IL
4/27/2011

Avenged Sevenfold Metro Centre

Avenged Sevenfold arrived in Rockford, IL riding high from their triumphant night at the 2011 Revolver Golden Gods where they took home a handful of awards, including best vocalist (M. Shadows) and guitarist (shared jointly between Synyster Gates and Zacky Vengeance).

Avenged Sevenfold Metro CentreThere were a couple moments of note for this show. They filmed So Far Away for their forthcoming music video in tribute to their former drummer James “The Rev” Sullivan. They also stopped in the middle of God Hates Us as M. Shadows had noticed a fan had fallen and was in danger. When they decided to resume the song after the second verse they were unable to get it together and decided, after two tries, to go ahead and start from the top. It was refreshing to see the band joking amongst themselves after their minor set glitch.

The trend continued with a rather short headline set (only 12 songs) as a trade-off to having a couple top tier bands on the bill. It was my first time seeing Three Days Grace and I’d trade that for a few songs by A7x, though it is nice to see your band out there for close to two hours on occasion and that just is not happening very often these days.

Setlist

1. Nightmare
2. Critical Acclaim
3. Welcome to the Family
4. Almost Easy
5. Buried Alive
6. So Far Away
7. Afterlife
8. God Hates Us (with hiccups, restarted twice)
9. Bat Country
10. Unholy Confessions

Encore
11. Fiction
12. Save Me

Head over to Concert Capture & Sonic Rampage for in depth concert reviews and more photos.

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Video: Lupe Fiasco Releases “WORDS I NEVER SAID” Featuring Skylar Grey

Today Lupe Fiasco premiered his new video for “Words I Never Said” on MTV. The song features Skylar Grey and is off his upcoming release, Lasers . Check the video out below:


 

Abbey Pub Listings

Here are the Abbey’s music listings for this Spring!

WEEKLY & MONTHLY IN THE PUB:

Every Tues… PaulStar Jam/Open Mic. Hosted by Paul Allodi -8:30pm. Free

Every Sun… Longest Running Traditional Irish Session with Devin Shepherd – 4pm. Free $3 Guinness. and-Shut Up & Laugh….comedy that will make you laugh your sass off. 730pm.

1st Fri. of every month: Tony, Aaron, and Rebecca from the TOSSERS. -9pm, no cover.

Preferred seating available at all music events when a dinner reservation is made

NEW SHOWS! On Sale Now-After the jump! [Read more...]

Janet Jackson on Facebook?!?!

I smell a rat! I was on Facebook and I noticed a profile for Janet Jackson. You can see it here (for now).   My first thought was that there is no possible way Janet would have a personal “public profile” on Facebook. This Jackson keeps her life low-key and out of the public eye as much as she can.  The more I looked at the profile, my suspicions became stronger and the red flags became more prominent.

1.       Janet Jackson is a very private person. For goodness sake, look how long she was married and no one even knew! She married René Elizondo, Jr. in 1991 and the world found out in 2000 that they were married because René filed for divorce. This “Janet” on Facebook even announced that she is in a relationship! (see pic 1 below)

 

2.       Facebook doesn’t verify accounts, and if they did, they wouldn’t do it with a cheesy Photoshop picture.  Mark Zuckerburg has better things to do. (See pic 2 below)

3.       If I were Janet, I would have someone editing my account so I don’t sound like an uneducated child.  (see picture 3)

4.       Did I mention Janet Jackson is a very private person who would hide her personal profile if she had one?  You CAN “like” her official PAGE here.

Live Music Schedule for Metro * Smart Bar * Double Door

Here is your live music schedule for Metro, Smart Bar & the Double Door!

JUST ANNOUNCED – ON SALE NOW IN METRO:
Friday, June 24: JUNIOR BOYS * MIRACLE FORTRESS

ON SALE THIS SATURDAY 4/30 @ NOON IN METRO:
Friday, June 17: AGAINST ME! * SCREAMING FEMALES * LEMURIA

JUST ANNOUNCED – ON SALE NOW IN SMART BAR:
Thursday, May 19: SCUBA * SEARCHL1TE * CHRIS WIDMAN * BRC * JEFF PIETRO

ON SALE THIS SATURDAY 4/30 @ NOON IN SMART BAR:
Saturday, June 4: MARTYN * DECIMAL * CHRIS WIDMAN

Saturday, June 18: A GUY CALLED GERALD * JUSTIN LONG * JOSH WERNER

Friday, July 8: MOODYMANN * JOHN SIMMONS

JUST ANNOUNCED – FREE EVENTS AT WELLES PARK:
Metro is pleased to once again participate in the Welles Park Tuesday Night Summer Concert Series featuring the following events -

Tuesday, June 28: STAMPS

Tuesday, July 12: IN TALL BUILDINGS

Tuesday, August 23: COBALT AND THE HIRED GUNS

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New Band Evokes Old Band with Interesting Results

Geronimo
Fuzzy Dreams
Self-released
facebook.com/thegeronimoband

Rock and Roll mythology bears a great amount of epic sagas ranging from fishing out of hotel windows to just about everything in Keith Moon’s life. One of the more romantic stories is the American Indian vibe that surrounds Jim Morrison.

To believe the 1991 Oliver Stone biopic – there was a car accident involving some American Indians and one of their souls jumped into the body of a young Jim Morrison and that is part of what made him the American Poet and the wild and free spirit we all know and (some) love.

Geronimo – the 21st century rock and roll incarnation – seems to have been the recipient of Jim Morrison dying and his soul jumping into their collective body. The hard rocking trio creates music that seems to have picked up right where the Doors left off – minus the soaring vocals and Robby Kreiger’s guitar.

“Fill Me Up” completely – and eerily captures the surreal sweeping soundscapes of later Doors’ albums. By the time you get to “Battery Acid Mustache” you are almost convinced the band has reunited for one last session.

“Deep Warmth” ends in a musical elegy that sounds like it was pulled from out-takes of the Doors’ recording of “The End.” With each chord change and sound vibration, you will keep hearing Morrison’s melodramatic voice call for his mother.

Despite this – or because of this – “Fuzzy Dreams” (even the name rings of the famous quartet) is a solid rocking album. Maybe because it is more honest than the countless reunion acts. Maybe because they are playing with power instead of an endorsement deal. Maybe because their heart is in the right place.

Geronimo’s “Fuzzy Dreams” is a free download at thegeronimoband.bandcamp.com. Check it out.

Stand Out Tracks

Fill Me Up
Battery Acid Mustache
Judgment Day

Natalia Kills Drops Mirrors Remixes, Chapter 2

As if her debut single “Mirrors” didn’t already have you wanting to hit the dance floor, Natalia Kills is dropping “Mirrors (Remixes, Chapter 2).” Available digitally on Amazon and iTunes (via Cherrytree Records) today, “Mirrors (Remixes, Chapter 2)” features remixes of the hit single from the likes of Adrian Lux, Frankmusik, Chris Moody, and Jeff T.

Fans of the dark pop singer should also check out the controversial video for her latest single “Wonderland,” which explores the inner workings of a fairytale gone wrong. And, be sure to pick up “Wonderland’ on iTunes.

Station Casinos announces May 2011 headliners!

Station Casinos have announced their May 2011 headliners!

GREEN VALLEY RANCH RESORT
Green Valley Ranch was named the 2009 Casino of the Year by the Academy of Country Music
Nashville Unplugged
Featuring Chas Sandford and Greg Barnhill
Venue: Ovation
Genre: Country
Date: Friday, May 6, 2011, at 8 p.m.
Ticket Prices: $5 cover at the door

Artist Info: Now appearing twice a month, hosts and singer/songwriters Brian McComas, who wrote and sang “I Could Never Love You Enough,” and Aaron Benward of Blue County, who wrote and sang “That’s Cool,” present “Nashville Unplugged: The Story Behind the Song.” In addition to these two talented musicians, they host well-known songwriters to create a fun and unique experience, akin to Nashville’s Bluebird Café.

Chas Sandford is a man of many talents – singing, songwriting, engineering and more. Hit songs he’s written include John Waits’ No. 1 song “Missing You,” as well as Top 5 hits, such as Stevie Nicks’ “Talk to Me” and Chicago’s “What Kind of Man Would I Be,” among others. Greg Barnhill is a noted singer, songwriter and producer, with songs in a variety of genres from country to pop to R&B. Some of his songwriting hits include Tricia Yearwood’s “Walkaway Joe,” Jessica Simpson’s “I Have Loved You” and Tim McGraw’s “You Don’t Love Me Anymore.”

Must be 21 years or older

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Heartland Cafe Calendar Of Events April – June 2011

Here are your Calendar of Events for this Spring from Hearland Cafe!

Wednesday, April 27
In One Ear; open mic for poetry, music and more
Hosted By Pete Wolf
$3.00, Sign up at 9:30 pm, Show at 10 pm

Thursday, April 28 – 8 pm
Funny Business Presents
Sean Flannery: www.WorldsDumbestMan.com
$7.00, Comedy
* voted best standup, Chicago Reader 2010
* sold out one man show, Never Been to Paris, critics choice by Chicago Reader, Metromix, RedEye, Suntimes and more
* TBS Just For Laughs Festival, 2010 and 2009
* cohost of Visitors Locker Room sports parody show, featured on Sirius Radio.

Friday, April 29 – 9 pm
Rachel Pearl: http://www.myspace.com/rachelpearl
Kate Diaz: http://www.katediazmusic.com/
$5.00, Singer Songwriter
Rachel Pearl is a jazzy singer-songwriter who performs all over the US. She plays ukulele, electric guitar, and a mean set of vocal chords.
“Rachel Pearl adds a fun-loving touch.. Not only does she have an incredible voice, but she has lots of sass and pizzazz, as well. From her charm to her cute, quirky stage presence, there’s not much to not love about her.” -Knoxville Journal.

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Steven Adler is on Tour with Adler’s Appetite

With new episodes of the popular Celebrity Rehab series taped, a fresh studio album in the works, and July 2010 release of his New York Times bestselling book My Appetite for Destruction: Sex, and Drugs, and Guns N’ Roses. The paperback release is due out May 17th 2011 through Harper Collins, with select book signings soon forthcoming.

Steven Adler is ready to put the past behind him and make 2011 a banner year for the veteran rocker. “I made a 180 degree turn in my life,” Adler says of his most recent appearance on Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew Pinskey and Bob Forrest, “It was the best thing I ever did for myself. I have a wonderful wife, a house, 2 cars in the garage, 3 dogs and money in the bank. It genuinely feels like I’m living the ultimate American dream, not only that, but I’m loving it!”

Adler’s autobiography tracks the roller-coaster years since he and junior high classmate Slash joined Izzy Stradlin, Duff McKagan and W. Axl Rose to form Guns N’ Roses and create some of the most indelible heavy music of the late 20th Century. “That book shows all the warts and tattoos and scars of my life in rock and roll,” Adler says. “I’ve burned the candle with superstars and survived to share the story with you. My book came out when we were on tour—I read the book, went home, built a big fire in my fireplace, and I threw my book in it. That’s my past. I want to leave it and move on to the future.”

Steven’s band, Adler’s Appetite, features Michael Thomas on lead guitar, Lonny Paul on rhythm guitar, Chip Z’nuff on bass, Adler on drums, and Patrick Stone on vocals. “We are all excited about bringing the big rock show to our fans on the upcoming tour!” While the live Appetite show rests solidly on G N’ R classics copenned by Adler, such as “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” the band has also released three new songs and are on sale on iTunes. Their latest single is titled “’Alive,’ Adler says, as in “it’s good to be alive,” while the complete album should drop by the end of the year.

Tour dates are as follows:

May
05 Redondo Beach, CA Brixton
06 Santa Ana, CA Galaxy Theater
07 Las Vegas, NV Vamp’d
09 Kennewick, WA Rocker Reactor
10 Seattle, WA Hard Rock Cafe
11 Portland, OR Dante’s
12 Bend, OR Domino Room
13 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
14 Idaho Falls, ID Rock n’ Rally/Kingston Plaza
15 Fort Collins, CO Crazy Jacks
18 Wapakoneta, OH Route 33 Rhythm & Blues
19 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
20 Greenberg, PA 42nd Street Sports Bar & Lounge
21 Bensalem, PA TD Amphitheater
22 Luzerne, PA Brews Brothers West
25 Mt. Clemens, MI Hayloft
26 Menasa, WI Waverly Beach
27 Danville, IL David S. Palmer Arena
28 Conseville, IA Hog Wild Rodeo-Circleof Pride Rodeo
29 North Kansas City, MO VooDoo Lounge

June
01 Crystal Lake, IL Buzz Lounge
02 Austin, MN Torge’s Live
03 Minniapolis, MN Hell’s Kitchen
04 Sturgis, MI Hamilton Harley Davidson
06 Baltimore, MD Quarter Room @ Bourbon
08 West Greenwich, RI The Rock House
09 Norway, ME Crazy 8’s
10 Farmingdale, NY Crazy Donkey
11 Newark, DE The Cube
12 Greensboro, NC Arizona Pete’s
17 Augusta, GA Jessye Norman
18 West Palm Beach, FL Respectable’s
22 Wichita Falls, TX Iron Horse Pub
24 Temple, TX Lone Star Sports Bar & Grill
25 San Antonio, TX Click’s Live

July
01 San Francisco, CA Red Devil Lounge
02 Gilroy, CA 9 Lives
16 West Hollywood, CA Key Club

Lollapalooza 2011 Lineup is here!

The 2011 lineup for the 20th Anniversary of Lollapalooza has arrived and it’s going to be a great one!

Eminem
Foo Fighters
Coldplay
Muse
My Morning Jacket
Deadmau5
A Perfect Circle
Cee Lo Green
Damian ‘Jr. Gong’ Marley & Nas
The Cars
Ween
Bright Eyes
Arctic Monkeys
Big Audio Dynamite
Deftones
Beirut
Explosions in the Sky
Death From Above 1979
Ratatat
Crystal Castles
Flogging Molly
Atmosphere
Cold War Kids
Lykke Li
Cage the Elephant
OK Go
Local Natives
The Kills
White Lies
Portugal.The Man
Two Door Cinema Club
Ellie Goulding
Delta Spirit
Beats Antique
The Mountain Goats
Sleigh Bells
Manchester Orchestra
Smith Westerns
Best Coast
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
The Drums
Black Lips
Fitz & The Tantrums
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
City and Colour
Cults
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses
Noah & The Whale
Sam Adams
J. Roddy Walton And The Business
Tinie Tempah
Lissie
Dom
The Vaccines
Foster the People
Titus Andronicus
Mayer Hawthorne & the County
Chico Trujillo
The Naked and Famous
Phantogram
Rival Schools
Friendly Fires
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Reptar
Maps & Atlases
Fences
Tennis
An Horse
Young The Giant
Los Bunkers
Imelda May
Grouplove
Wye Oak
The Joy Formidable
Lord Huron
Disappears
Walk the Moon
Gold Motel
Iration
Ryan Leslie
TAB the Band
Skylar Grey
Christina Perri
Black Cards
The Pretty Reckless
Boy & Bear
Patrick Stump
Kids These Days
Young Man
The Kingston Springs
Lia Ices
The Chain Gang of 1974
Ximena Sariñana
Typhoon
Electric Touch
Kerli
Ruby Jane
Julia Easterlin
DJ Mel

Playing at Perry’s Stage

Girl Talk
Pretty Lights
KiD CuDi
The Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 1977
Afrojack
Modeselektor
Skrillex
PerryEtty vs Chris Cox
Chuckie
The Glitch Mob
Busy P
Joachim Garraud
Super Mash Bros.
Jay Electronica
12th Planet
Daedulus
Feed Me
Jackmaster
Collie Buddz
Savoy
Kyle Lucas & Captain Midnite
Ana Tijoux
Midnight Conspiracy
L1ght
Lady D

Surprise! The Black Lips

Black Lips
Logan Square Auditorium – Chicago, IL
4/22/2011

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When I first took on the assignment of shooting The Black Lips I was not too thrilled about them. In fact, it turned into dread as their performance approached. I had listened to them a few times and decided that their self-described genre of “flower punk” was outside of my comfort range.

I was a bit shocked that they’ve been in the industry for quite a while already and they recorded 5 albums and releasing their 6th album, Arabia Mountain, this summer. They have slowly built up a fan-base that definitely appreciates their style. This was definitely apparent in the crowd’s reaction towards their presence.

Walking into the Logan Square Auditorium, it felt like I was stepping back in time to a 90′s high school dance. Even the opening performance by Vivian Girls seemed fitting. The all girl band from Brooklyn got the crowd’s attention and more. Bombshell Kickball Katy (aka Katy Goodman) is certainly no stranger to the cat-calling from the guys as she playfully turned down their unsolicited suggestions. After playing a few songs into their set, the moshing began which was a small indication of what was yet to come.

The moment the Black Lips came on stage the crowd went wild. They made their entrance, high-fiving their front row fans. They broke into their set with “Sea of Blasphemy.” Many of the songs they played were from their new album, Arabia Mountain, but they also made room for classics. By then the crowd was in full drive as the moshing intensified while drinks flew through the air and fans surfed the crow. During their most popular hit “Bad Kids,” the audience participated in a classic stage invasion take-over while the band continued to rock.

It was impressive to see the interaction between band and fans as the energy radiated around the room. I caught the mania and can now say that they were loud, they were aggressive, and they were awesome!

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Talib Kweli shows Milwaukee what a True MC is

Talib Kweli
The Rave in Milwaukee, WI
4/21/2011

Talib Kalib at the Rave 4-21-2011 # 6

Talib Kweli is known for his socio-political lyrics since the days of being in Black Star with Mos Def, and DJ HI-TEK and throughout his career as a solo artist. Most rappers nowadays have no clue how to put on a true hip-hop show. They come out bragging, talking about bitches, weed, and money… Ok now what? Grab me a pillow so I can sleep this set off from the kush haze in the air, and then comes along a true MC like Talib Kweli, as well as one of the most respected rappers of our times.

As with most hip-hop shows, most people come when the headliner is about hit the stage and that was the case here. The doors opened at 7pm and there was about 50 to 75 people and by the time Kweli came on, the place was filling up.  It wasn’t a sellout audience, but still a nice crowd for a cold Thursday night.

The backing band included his DJ, Drummer, Bass, and keyboard player – for me, being a fan of live music; this is how all big name rappers should perform a show. The DJ warmed up the crowd with a few spins on the turntables before Kweli stepped onstage to get the crowd going. The first part of the set featured tracks off his newest album, Gutter Rainbows, and as the night rolled on, he dipped into the past with “Definition,” “I Try,” “Get ‘Em High,” as well as one of the highlights, “Lonely People,” that samples from the Beatles “Eleanor Rigby.”

While Kweli is not all about club bangers, ass-shaking, hits while onstage, you can’t help but nod your head as he raps and his razor sharp flow is always on-point and will paint pictures in your head.

With close to a 1 1/2hr set that include a break for the band and left just Kweli and his DJ, you could not ask for anymore if you’re an old school hip-hop fan.  As the night closed, the show ended with a free flowing version of “Get By” that showcased the talents of all the members in the band. As I walked out the venue, I could hear the fans talking about how great the show was and one fan who I spoke with mentioned, “This is what hip-hop is – the struggles of everyday life, not the drinking or smoking, but keeping it real so we can get by in this metaphoric Gutter Rainbows we live in.”

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written by Peter Lizano

written by Peter Lizano

Fleet Foxes Foray Back to Folksy Woods

Fleet Foxes
Helplessness Blues
Release Date: May 3, 2011
SubPop

 

Fleet Foxes, the indie folk darlings that won critics over in 2008 return with their second full length album, Helplessness Blues.  For fans, the same warm tones and vocal harmonies remain intact, especially with opening track “Montezuma”.  The complimenting ohs and mandolin strings feel like a hug wrapped in a cozy blanket.

From reading the background posted on the band’s Subpop profile, lead singer Robin Pecknold writes of his influences for this new album:

“I think this music draws influence and inspiration from popular music and folk rock of the mid ‘60s to the early ’70s, folks like Peter Paul & Mary, John Jacob Niles, Bob Dylan, The Byrds, Neil Young, CSN, Judee Sill, Ennio Morricone, West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band, The Zombies, SMiLE-era Brian Wilson, Roy Harper, Van Morrison, John Fahey, Robbie Basho, The Trees Community, Duncan Browne, the Electric Prunes, Trees, Pete Seeger, and Sagittarius, among many others. I’d say it’s a synthesis of folk rock, traditional folk, & psychedelic pop, with an emphasis on group vocal harmonies. Astral Weeks was a big inspiration on this album, if not always in sound then in approach. The raw emotion in Van Morrison’s vocals and the trance-like nature of the arrangements were very inspiring for this album!

Musically it leans on country music a little bit more, in the slide guitar of songs like “Grown Ocean” and “Bedouin Dress” or “Helplessness Blues.” We used a number of new instruments including the 12-string guitar, the hammered dulcimer, zither, upright bass, wood flute, tympani, Moog synthesizer, the tamboura, the fiddle, the marxophone, clarinet, the music box, pedal steel guitar, lap steel guitar, Tibetan singing bowls, vibraphone, along with more traditional band instrumentation.”

The additional instruments do bring a richer layer to their music as can be heard on “Sim Sala Bim” with the Eastern musical influences highlighted.  My only criticism for the new album is the kinda juvenile lyrics on the title track “Helplessness Blues”:

I was raise up believing I was somehow unique
like a snowflake distinct among snowflakes
unique in each way you can see
and now after some thinking
I say I’d rather be a functioning clog in some great machinary
serving something beyond me
but i don’t, i don’t know what that will be
I’ll get back to you someday soon you will see 

I’m sorry Foxes this sounds like a 13 year old girl’s diary.  What is interesting is that the first time I heard Fleet Foxes I was drawn to their lyrics and my other friend told me how when she listens to music lyrics come second.  I think in this case, Fleet Foxes’ sophomore effort thrives more on their musical compositions and less on the word.  The boys provide lush, layered tunes and “The Cascade” is the sole instrumental piece which demonstrates their talent best.

Lastly, you should check out their video for “Grown Ocean” which was produced by Robin’s brother Sean Pecknold who is a very talented artist in his own right.

Track list
Montezuma
Bedouin Dress
Sim Sala Bim
Battery Kinzie
The Plains Bitter Dancer
Helplessness Blues
The Casades
Lorelai
Someone You’d Admire
The Shrine / An Argument
Blue Spotted Tail
Grown Ocean 

US tour dates
05.01 – Crystal Ballroom / Portland, OR
05.03 – Moore Theatre / Seattle, WA
05.05 – Fox Theater / Oakland, CA
05.06 – Spreckles Theatre / San Diego, CA
05.07 – Hollywood Palladium / Hollywood, CA
05.08 – Rialto Theatre / Tucson, AZ
05.10 – Stubb’s Waller Creek / Austin, TX
05.11 – Palladium Ballroom / Dallas, TX
05.13 – Ryman Auditorium / Nashville, TN
05.14 – The Tabernacle / Atlanta, GA
05.15 – DAR Constitution Hall / Washington, DC
05.17 – Orpheum Theatre / Boston, MA
05.18 – The United Palace Theatre / New York, NY
05.21 – Tower Theatre / Upper Darby, PA
07.16 – Pitchfork Music Festival / Chicago, IL
07.17 – State Theatre / Minneapolis, MN
07.18 – Uptown Theater / Kansas City, MO
07.19 – The Pageant / St. Louis, MO
07.21 – The Fillmore Auditorium / Denver, CO
07.22 – Red Butte Garden Amphitheater / Salt Lake City, UT
07.23 – Knitting Factory / Boise, ID
07.24 – Edgefield Amphitheater / Troutdale, OR

Doobie Brothers “World Gone Crazy” Video Teaser

The Doobie Brothers are preparing to unveil their new music video for “World Gone Crazy.” To tease fans they released a behind-the-scenes clip from the video shoot.

The song “World Gone Crazy” is a tribute to the working man of the world.  It’s off their newest release World Gone Crazy that was released as a CD/DVD combo and won over fans.

Stay tuned to the band’s Facebook page for updates on the music video’s premiere.

The Doobie Brothers on tour (includes stops with Lynyrd Skynyrd):

04/21/11 Wilmington, DE Grand Opera House US
Time: 7:30pm.
04/22/11 Morristown, NJ Community Theatre US
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 100 South Street.
04/23/11 Torrington, CT Warner Theatre US
Time: 7:30pm.
04/26/11 Easton, PA State Theatre US
Time: 8:00pm.
04/28/11 Charlottesville, VA Charlottesville Pavilion US
Time: 7:00pm.
04/29/11 Wilkesboro, NC Wilkes Community College US
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 1328 South Collegiate Drive. MerleFest 2011 BUY TICKETS
04/30/11 Valdosta, GA Wild Adventures Theme Park US
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 3766 Old Clyattville Rd..
05/12/11 Rama, Ontario Casino Rama Entertainment Center CA
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 5899 Rama Road.
05/14/11 Atlantic City, NJ Caesars Atlantic City – Circus Maximus US
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors.
05/15/11 Salamanca, NY Seneca Allegany Casino US
Time: 5:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
05/19/11 Thunder Bay, Ontario Thunder Bay Community Auditorium CA
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 1 Paul Shaffer Drive.
05/20/11 -05/21/11 Harris, MI Island Resort & Casino US
Time: 8:00pm. Address: W399 Hwy 2 & 41.
05/24/11 South Bend, IN Morris Performing Arts Center US
Time: 8:30pm. Age restrictions: All Ages.
05/25/11 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre US
Time: 7:30pm.
05/27/11 Carlton, MN Black Bear Casino Resort US
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 1785 Highway 210.
05/28/11 Red Wing, MN Treasure Island Resort & Casino US
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 5734 Sturgeon Lake Rd..
05/29/11 Lac du Flambeau, WI Lake Of The Torches Resort US
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 510 Old Abe Road.
06/10/11 Thackerville, OK Winstar Casino US
Time: 7:00pm.
06/11/11 Austin, TX Travis County Expo Center US
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 7311 Decker Lane. Rot Biker Rally
06/12/11 Houston, TX House of Blues US
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 1204 Caroline Street.
06/17/11 Henderson, NV Sunset Station Hotel & Casino US
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 1301 West Sunset Road.
06/18/11 Cabazon, CA Morongo Casino Pavilion US
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 49750 Seminole Drive.
06/21/11 Del Mar, CA San Diego County Fair – Grandstand US
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 2260 Jimmy Durante Blvd.
06/23/11 Tucson, AZ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre US
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 5655 Valencia.
06/24/11 Prescott, AZ Tim’s Toyota Center US
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3201 N. Main Street.
06/25/11 Acoma, NM Sky City Casino US
Time: 8:00pm. Address: I-40 – Exit 102.
07/08/11 Tulalip, WA Tulalip Amphitheatre US
Time: 8:00pm.
07/09/11 Manson, WA Mill Bay Casino US
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: No Minors. Address: 455 Wapato Lake Road.
07/10/11 Ridgefield, WA Sleep Country Amphitheater US
Time: 8:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 17200 N.E. Delfel Road.
07/14/11 Edmonton, Alberta Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium CA
Time: 9:00pm. Address: 11455 87th Avenue.
07/15/11 -07/16/11 Calgary, AB Century Showroom CA
Time: 9:30pm. Address: 1010 42nd Ave. SE.
07/17/11 Nakusp, BC Saddle Mountain High CA
Time: 9:55pm. Naksup Music Festival BUY TICKETS
07/29/11 Newport, RI Newport Yachting Center US
Time: 7:00pm. Address: Americas Cup Ave..
07/30/11 Rangeley, ME Rangeley Health & Wellness Pavilion US
Time: 7:30pm. Address: 25 Dallas Hill Road.
07/31/11 Wilkes Barre, PA Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs US
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 1280 Highway 315.
08/03/11 Livermore, CA Wente Vineyards US
Time: 8:15pm. Address: 5050 Arroyo Road.
08/04/11 Saratoga, CA Mountain Winery US
Time: 7:00pm.
08/05/11 Lincoln, CA Thunder Valley Casino US
Time: 8:00pm. Address: 1200 Athens Avenue.
08/12/11 Sedalia, MO Missouri State Fair US
Time: 7:00pm. Address: 2503 West 16t St.. THE DOOBIE BROTHERS to perform immediately prior to LYNYRD SKYNYRD
08/13/11 Fort Knox, KY Fort Knox Godman Airfield US
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. THE DOOBIE BROTHERS to Co-Headline. LYNYRD SKYNYRD to close show.
08/16/11 Des Moines, IA Iowa State Fairgrounds Grandstand US
Time: 8:00pm. Appearing with Lynyrd Skynyrd
08/20/11 Aberdeen, MD Aberdeen Proving Ground US
Time: 6:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. THE DOOBIE BROTHERS to Co-Headline. LYNYRD SKYNYRD to close show.

Doobie Brothers on the net:

http://www.doobiebros.com
http://twitter.com/thedoobiebros
http://youtube.com/user/DoobiesOfficial
http://myspace.com/doobiebrothers

Arrica Rose at Hotel Cafe Tomorrow!

Arrica Rose & the …’s
The Hotel Café Tomorrow Night! (4/27/2011)
Start Time: 9:00 PM
Tickets: Available at the door or
RSVP to the show here to receive $5 tickets!

 

One of our favorite Los Angeles singer songwriters is playing at the Hotel Café tomorrow night!  For those West Coast readers, this is your opportunity to check out Arrica Rose at the iconic Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles.  Arrica is out promoting her newest EP Antebellum. You can check it out here.

If you can’t make it out to the Hotel Café for Arrica you can most certainly download “Silence (is all we need)” track here from Last Night on Earth.

 

Rufus Wainwright: House of Rufus!

Rufus Wainwright – ‘House of Rufus’

The sumptuous 19 disc box set, out July 18th

Five night residency at the Royal Opera House, July 18th-23rd


The beautiful ‘House of Rufus’ box set, a 19-disc collection which spans Rufus Wainwright’s entire career, will be unleashed on July 18th on Universal.

The most complete collection of Rufus Wainwright recordings to date, ‘House Of Rufus’ is housed in a gorgeous, red velvet encased, 90-page hardback book containing rare and unseen photos as well as Rufus’ early hand-drawn tour posters, handwritten lyrics, four art prints and other memorabilia.

‘House of Rufus’ will be released on the same day that Rufus starts his eagerly awaited five night residency of the same name at the Royal Opera House (July  18th-23rd). This will be the first event of its kind that the prestigious venue has ever hosted.

The set’s extensive and revealing sleeve notes feature interviews with Neil Tennant, Martha Wainwright, Linda Thompson and Lenny Waronker as well as an introduction by Rufus himself.

One of the most talented songwriters and consummate performers of his generation, Rufus is a global sensation. Taking the deft showmanship of the past and melding it with a distinctly modern sensibility, he has been praised by The Telegraph as a “wildly original aesthete [who] brings opera, chamber music, musical theatre and a rampant gay sensibility to the frequently jaded craft of the singer-songwriter”.

‘House Of Rufus’ contains:

Six studio albums: ‘Rufus Wainwright’, ‘Poses’, ‘Want One’, ‘Want Two’, ‘Release The Stars’ and ‘All Days Are Nights: Songs for Lulu’, all now with additional previously unreleased bonus material.

Two concerts on CD: ‘Milwaukee at Last!!!’ and the legendary ‘Rufus Does Judy at Carnegie Hall’ (two CDs), now with previously unreleased songs from the show.

P.T.O

Four additional CDs

Rufus Rarities:

Featuring previously unreleased songs and rarities.

Rufus at the Movies:

This contains many of the songs Rufus has recorded for soundtracks including ‘Hallelujah’ from the film Shrek.

Friends & Family:

The third disc is drawn from Rufus’ collaborations with friends and family members such as Leonard Cohen, Teddy Thompson, Loudon Wainwright III, Martha Wainwright, Kate and Anna McGarrigle, The Pet Shop Boys, and Burt Bacharach.

Original Demos:

The final disc is made up of the demos from the tape which secured Rufus his first record deal.

Six DVDs: ‘Live at Fillmore’, ‘Rufus Does Judy at the London Palladium’,

‘Milwaukee at Last!!!’, ‘Release The Stars’ album commentary and live

performance and two feature-length documentaries, ‘All I Want’ and ‘Prima Donna: The Making of An Opera’.

‘House Of Rufus’ is available for pre-order now at: http://store.universal-music.co.uk/restofworld/rufus-wainwright/house-of-rufus/icat/rufuswhouseofrufus/

Rufus Wainwright at the Royal Opera House:

July

Mon 18th Rufus Does Judy! orchestra conducted by Stephen Oremus

Tue 19th An Evening with Rufus and Martha Wainwright + band

Thu 21st An Evening with Rufus and Loudon Wainwright + band

Fri 22nd Rufus Does Judy!

Sat 23rd Concert Version of Prima Donna with Janis Kelly, plus Rufus Does Rufus with orchestra

There is also an exclusive competiton for fans to have one their own photos and artwork included in the final boxset. To enter, and for further details, fans can visit the following link: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Rufus-Wainwright/26233759320?sk=app_4949752878

www.rufuswainwright.com

 

Corey Smith Announces Release of THE BROKEN RECORD

Lead single, “Twenty-One (2011),” from forthcoming album at radio now; music video to premiere exclusively on CoreySmith.com today

Smith makes debut performance on NPR’s Mountain Stage


Nashville, Tenn. (Thursday, April 21, 2011) – The number twenty-one signifies a rite of passage for many, but to Average Joe’s Entertainment recording artist Corey Smith, twenty-one has taken on an entirely different meaning. As a song originally penned over seven years ago, “Twenty-One” has gone on to be a top-seller for Smith—a troubadour who is known for sold-out shows and anthemic tunes. The single, now available on iTunes, has since been revamped from its original form and found a new home on his upcoming album, THE BROKEN RECORD, which will hit shelves on June 21, 2011. The music video for the single will debut exclusively today on CoreySmith.com.

“I’ll never forget the first time I played ‘Twenty-One’ in front of an audience,” says Smith. “It was in a small bar in my hometown of Jefferson, Georgia and the crowd was hootin’ and hollerin’ and carrying on as usual until I introduced this new song. By the time I got to the second verse, I could feel everyone hanging onto the words. I could hear them reacting to lines as they were being sung—some met with nostalgic sighs, others with laughter, and others with cheers. When it was over, my friends roared with approval and I looked around the room at their expressions. Some were grinning from ear to ear, others were fighting back tears, and a few were already saying, ‘Hey C-dawg! Play it again.’ I knew I had done something right.”

Smith began testing the waters for a career as a musician shortly after penning “Twenty-One” in 2003 when he began touring night clubs and college bars while maintaining his job as a high school Social Studies teacher. Eventually, Smith could not deny the demands for more live performances—the crowds were just too convincing—so he made the decision to leave the classroom in order to expand upon his audience with a shift in careers from traditional education to touring musician. Since then, Smith has certainly made quite a name for himself through 750 performances, 850,000 digital tracks sold, and over 150,000 albums sold.

When recalling his road to THE BROKEN RECORD, Smith shares, “This record epitomizes where I am, both personally and professionally. For new fans, it will be a comprehensive introduction while long time fans will discover it is my most revealing self-portrait, underscoring the familiar alongside the unexpected.”

THE BROKEN RECORD was co-produced by Rick Beato (NeedToBreathe) and Smith, himself, who also penned each of the tracks on the release.

THE BROKEN RECORD Track-by-Track in Listing Order:
1. “If I Could Do It Again”
2. “Carolina”
3. “I Love Everyone”
4. “No Way (Out with a Smile)”
5. “Heart Attack”
6. “Broken Record”
7. “Maybe Next Year”
8. “Backroad”
9. “New Day”
10. “Sugar Daddy”
11. “Twenty-One”
12. “Something to Lose”
13. “Down to Earth”
14. “Silly”

Corey Smith Upcoming Tour Dates:
4/26 Greensboro, NC – Spartapalooza at UNC-Greensboro – on the EUC West Lawn
4/27 Silas, AL- War Bama Club
4/28 Houston, TX – Firehouse Saloon
4/29 Lubbock , TX – Pavilion at the Lonestar Amphitheater
4/30 Blanchard, OK – Private Function
5/1 Augusta, GA – A Day In The Country
5/20 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
5/21 Dunn, NC – The Pasture Party – The Regency
5/29 Simpsonville, SC – Freedom Weekend Aloft Presented by Greenville Hospital System at Heritage Park Amphitheater
6/3 Richmond, VA – Brown’s Island
6/4 Danville, VA – Danville Harvest Jubilee Concert
6/11 Nashville, TN – CMA Fest
6/16 Akron, OH – Musica
6/17 Chicago, IL – Joe’s
6/18 Martin/Grand Rapids, MI – WBCT Michigan Birthday Bash
7/1 Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues
7/2 Jacksonville Beach, FL – Freebird Live
7/3 North Myrtle Beach, SC – House of Blues

Fans can tune-in on Friday, April 22 to NPR’s Mountain Stage to see a live performance of “Twenty-One” (2011) along with other crowd favorites including “Maybe Next Year,” “If I Could Do It Again,” and more from THE BROKEN RECORD (airtimes vary by station, a complete list of which can be found here).

Stay tuned to www.coreysmith.com for additional information and appearances.

Little Big Town’s Scattered, Smothered, & Covered

Photo By James Minchin III

Little Big Town is currently out on tour opening for Sugarland and hitting summer festivals around the country. Even though this talented quartet has a success on their hands with their newest release, The Reason Why, they created a video series called Scattered, Smothered, & Covered and it’s exactly what it says. They’ve been recording pop covers while on the road and releasing them to fans.   Little Big Town already released covers of The Script’s “For the First Time,” Bruno Mars’ “Grenade,” and now Lady GaGa’s “Born This Way.”   You can watch them below.

Script’s “For the First Time”

Bruno Mars’ Grenade

Sugarland and Little Big Town Tour Dates:

Apr 27  2011 Fayetteville, AR Walton Arts Center

Apr 29 2011 University Park, PA IM Field West with Lupe Fiasco & OAR

Apr 30 2011 Springfield, OH Kuss Auditorium

May 05 2011 Evansville, IN Roberts Stadium with Sugarland

May 06 2011 Chicago, IL Allstate Arena with Sugarland

May 07 2011 Minneapolis, MN Target Center with Sugarland

May 13 2011 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center

May 14 2011 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center with Sugarland

May 15 2011 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagara Pavilion with Sugarland & Matt Nathanson

May 19 2011 Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino

May 20 2011 Boston, MA Comcast Center with Sugarland

May 21 2011 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center with Sugarland

May 22 2011 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion with Sugarland and Matt Nathanson

May 27 2011 San Antonio, TX Illusions Theatre at the Alamodome with Sugarland

Jun 04 2011 Houston, TX Sam Houston Race Park

Jun 05 2011 Wichita, KS Wichita River Festival

Jun 18 2011 Shawnee, OK Firelake Grand Casino – Events Center

Jun 19 2011 Springfield, MO Show Me Music & Arts Festival

Jun 24 2011 Greeley, CO Greeley Stampede with Rodney Atkins

Jun 26 2011 Grand Junction, CO Country Jam USA

July 2 2011 Varysburg, NY Buffalo Hill Village – Jam in the Valley

Jul 08 2011 West Fargo, ND Red River Valley Fair

Jul 09 2011 Rhinelander, WI Hodag Festival

Jul 10 2011 Madison, NE Madison County Fairgrounds

Jul 14 2011 Manchester, IA Delaware County Fair

Jul 16 2011 Beckley, WV YMCA Soccer Complex – “Friends Of Coal Auto Fair”

Jul 27 2011 Troy, PA Alparon Park – Troy Fair

Jul 29 2011 Seymour, WI Outagamie County Fair

Jul 30 2011 Union Grove, WI Racine County Fair

Aug 04 2011 Washington, MO Washington Town & Country Fair

Aug 17 2011 Kalispell, MT Flathead County Fairgrounds – Northwest Montana Fair

Aug 19 2011 Stateline, NV Harveys Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena with Miranda Lambert

Aug 21 2011 Brownsville, OR Willamette Country Music Festival

Aug 24 2011 Rapid City, SD Central States Fair

Aug 26 2011 Pueblo, CO Colorado State Fair

Aug 27 2011 Billings, MT Alberta Bair Theatre

Sep 04 2011 Woodstock, CT Woodstock Fair

Sep 10 2011 Berea, OH Cuyahoga County Fair

Sep 24 2011 Centreville, MI St. Joseph County Grange

Sep 24 2011 Centreville, MI St. Joseph Fairgrounds – St. Joseph County Grange Fair

LEAKED: Beyoncé’s “Girls Who Run The World “

Thanks to our pals over at Popbytes.com for letting us know that Beyoncé’s “Girls Who Run The World” leaked! Warning: It’s catchy!

01 Girls Who Run The World by Kozslow
I know I’ve played it at least 10 times just to make sure it was really Beyoncé. It’s definitely Beyonce.

What do you think?

Thao and Mirah Join Forces

Thao & Mirah
Thao & Mirah
Release date April 26, 2011
Killrockstars


Thao Ngyuen and Mirah Yom Tov Zeitlyn join forces to birth the appropriately named Thao & Mirah.  The opening track “Eleven” is boombastic with the help of Merrill Garbus of tUnE-yArDs and ends with same energy on “Squareneck”.  Perfect bookends of tUnE-yArDs goodness for the album, which lends lot of thanks to Merill for the phat beats.

The album definitely has a division between Thao tracks and Mirah tracks, though more heavy on the later which I preferred as I’m admittedly more a Mirah fan.  Thao leads on “Folks” and “Teeth” in which her distinctive voice howls and reverberates.  In contrast, Mirah’s sweet, delicate voice is suited for adult lullabies. “Little Cup”, “Spaced Out Orbit”, “Sugar and Plastic” and “Hallelujah” are for you Mirah fans.  What is a gem is “Rubies and Rocks”,  Mirah gets out of her norm into  heavy beats and strays from her usual quiet delivery.  She gets down with horns to get funky.

What is telling is the magic that happens when the two trade vocals.  You can see how the Thao and Mirah pairing was a no brainer from this Yours Truly video in which the pair performing “How Dare You” from Thao’s sparse apartment in San Francisco. This track really shows how the pairing compliments an album though it is largely a split of Thao songs and Mirah songs.

You can stream the new album before its release on April 26 at NPR.

Track list
Eleven
Folks
Little Cup
Rubies and Rocks
Teeth
Spaced Out Orbit
How Dare You
Sugar and Plastic
Likable Man
Hallelujah
Squareneck

On tour
05.01 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
05.02 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho
05.03 – Oakland, CA @ The New Parish
05.05 – Vancouver, BC, Canada @ The Biltmore
05.06 – Bellingham, WA @ Mt Baker Theatre
05.07 – Seattle, WA @ Crocodile
05.08 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
05.09 – Olympia, WA @ Northern
06.02 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center
06.03 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
06.05 – Toronto, ON, Canada @ Lee’s Palace
06.07 – Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bears
06.09 – Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
06.10 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat
06.11 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506
06.12 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
06.13 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
06.15 – St Louis, MO @ Off Broadway
06.18 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
06.19 – Albuquerque, NM @ Launchpad
06.20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
06. 21 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
06.23 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall

Darius Rucker Scores Fifth #1

“This” Tops Country Singles Charts

Rucker to Perform on NBC’s TODAY Show, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and The Wendy Williams Show

“Live From Home with Darius Rucker” New York City Benefit Performance Nearing Sold-Out

Nashville, Tenn. (Monday, April 18, 2011) – Capitol Records Nashville’s Darius Rucker is no stranger to success, but this week he has reached a milestone that he never dreamt would be possible: his fifth chart-topping single.  “This,” the second single from his 2010 release Charleston, SC 1966, is currently #1 on both Billboardand MediaBase charts.

“When we set out to record this album, we tried to choose songs that would mean something to the fans,” says Rucker.  “The single, “This,” was a song I never thought would be a single, but that just shows you the power of the fans because they were the ones requesting it, downloading it, and playing it for their friends.  It’s their support that has made my career in country music possible.”

Rucker will celebrate his latest hit with a series of performances next week in New York City includingTODAY ShowLate Night With Jimmy FallonThe Wendy Williams Show, and a benefit concert “Live From Home with Darius Rucker” at Housing Works’ Bookstore Café located at 126 Crosby Street.  A few tickets still remain available for purchase for “Live From Home” with every dollar supporting Housing Works’ mission to end homelessness and AIDS.  For more information and ticketing information, please visit DariusRucker.com.

“TODAY SHOW”
Monday, April 25 (NBC, 7:00 AM/ET)

“LATE NIGHT WITH JIMMY FALLON”
Monday, April 25 (NBC, 12:35 AM/ET, 11:35 PM/CT)

“THE WENDY WILLIAMS SHOW”
Tuesday, April 26 (Syndicated, check local listings: http://www.wendyshow.com/tv-listings/)

Charleston, SC 1966, the chart-topping follow-up release to Rucker’s platinum-selling debut country album Learn To Live, is home to the single, “Come Back Song,” which spent two weeks at #1 and has been featured on Good Morning America and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.  “This” is the second single from the album and was co-written by Rucker, his producer Frank Rogers, and Kara DioGuardi.

Rucker will be touring throughout the summer in support of Charleston, SC 1966.  See below for a full list of tour dates.

Darius Rucker Tour Dates:
04/26/11     New York, NY                Housing Works Bookstore Cafe
04/28/11     Bakersfield, CA                Bakersfield Fox Theater
04/29/11     Henderson, NV                Sunset Station Hotel Casino
04/30/11     Indio, CA                         Empire Polo Field
05/05/11     Newark, OH                    Midland Theatre
05/06/11     Windsor, CA                    Caesars Windsor Hotel & Casino
05/07/11     South Bend, IN                Morris
05/11/11     Ponte Vedra Beach, FL    Tournament Players Club Sawgrass
05/12/11     Boca Raton, FL                Sunset Cove Amphitheater
05/14/11     St. Petersburg, FL             Tropicana Field
05/15/11     Fort Myers, FL                 Lakes Park
05/28/11     Pittsburgh, PA                   Heinz Field
06/04/11     Comstock, NE                  Comstock Country Music Festival
06/05/11     Hampton Roads, VA         Patriotic Festival at Virginia Beach
06/06/11     Nashville, TN                    The Wildhorse Saloon (Darius & Friends Benefit Concert for St. Jude)
06/10/11     Winsted, MN                     Winstock Country Music Festival
06/16/11     Ashland, KY                      Paramount Arts Center
06/17/11     Roanoke Rapids, NC         Rapids Jam Music Festival
06/18/11     Rome, GA                          Ridge Ferry Park
06/23/11     Hyannis, MA                     Cape Cod Melody Tent
06/24/11     Hyannis, MA                     Cape Cod Melody Tent
06/25/11     Cohasset, MA                   South Shore Music Circus
06/26/11     Mashantucket, CT             MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
07/09/11     Fort Loramie, OH              Hickory Hill Lakes
07/14/11     Columbia, MO                  The Blue Note
07/15/11     Atchison, KS                     Warnock Lake Park
07/17/11     Craven, CA                       Craven Country Jamboree
07/20/11     Red Deer, AB, CA            Enmax Centrium
07/23/11     Twin Lakes, WI                 Country Thunder
07/24/11     Wabash, IN                       Honeywell Center
07/31/11     Sweet Home, OR              Oregon Jamboree
08/04/11     Davenport, IA                   Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds
08/05/11     Prairie Du Chien, WI          St. Feriole Island
08/06/11     Detroit Lakes, MN            WE Fest
08/25/11     New Brunswick, NJ          State Theatre
08/27/11     Danville, VA                     Carrington Pavilion
08/28/11     Easton, PA                       State Theatre Center For the Arts
09/01/11     New York, NY                Best Buy Theater
09/02/11     Lancaster, PA                  American Music Theater
09/03/11     Westbury, NY                 NYCB THEATRE

For more information, please visit www.dariusrucker.com.

EGYPT CENTRAL Continue Their Rise Up The Active Rock Charts With Title Track From ’White Rabbit,’ Due Out May 17

EGYPT CENTRAL
CONTINUE THEIR RISE UP THE ACTIVE ROCK CHARTS
WITH TITLE TRACK FROM ’WHITE RABBIT,’ DUE OUT MAY 17;

“ROCKLINE” FEATURED APPEARANCE

CONFIRMED FOR MONDAY, MAY 16

April 18, 2011 — EGYPT CENTRAL–John Falls (vocals), Joey Chicago (bass), Blake Allison (drums), Jeff James (guitar)—is currently criss-crossing the U.S. with Cold and Kopek in support of their forthcoming sophomore album, WHITE RABBIT, which is due out May 17 on Fat Lady Music/ILG/Warner Music Group.

The first single and title track was released to Active Rock radio and iTunes on February 15.   It’s currently sitting at #24 on Billboard’s “Active Rock” chart and #25 on the Mediabase Active Rock chart.  A video for “White Rabbit” was recently shot in Nashville with director Mason Dixon (Framing Hanley, Tantric).   An exclusive behind-the-scenes look at the making of the video can be seen onNoisecreep.com below:


As bassist Joey Chicago explained to Noisecreep.com:  “’White Rabbit,’ as a song, is about the act of being within the struggle, the lesson that is trusting someone or something that is not what it seems.  We wanted to write a song that people could relate to because we were being honest and showing our vulnerability.  The song bridges the gap between the self-titled first record and the new album.  The metaphor dives deeper in the video as we are introduced the characters directly correlating with the record.  It’s the beginning of the tale of four men determined to get their lives back from the people or things that have influenced and damaged them in such a negative way.  It is the first of a series of videos showing the war between purity and deception, determination and distraction, EGYPT CENTRAL and the White Rabbit.”

Fans anxious to hear snippets of every song on WHITE RABBIT should head to the band’s YouTube page:  http://www.youtube.com/officialectv.

WHITE RABBIT is the follow up to 2008’s self-titled debut album, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard “Heatseekers” chart and included the singles “You Make Me Sick” and “Over And Under,” both achieving Top 40 status on the Active Rock chart.  WHITE RABBIT was produced by Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, 12 Stones, etc.) and features twelve songs of heavy riffs, lyrics from the soul and strong melodic hooks.  Threaded throughout this collection of songs is a story of consequences that occur when one accepts or declines the invitation from the “White Rabbit.”

“We knew we had solid songs, but when the opportunity came to work with Skidd, we found the person that could not only make a great sounding record, but also bring the best out of us,” states lead singer John Falls. “We had a lot of growing to do as men and the time was right to give our fans what they deserved and what we knew we were capable of…Kick Ass Rock!”  Adds Joey Chicago, “Collectively, this is the best group of songs we have ever written.”

In other radio news, EGYPT CENTRAL will be the featured guest on the nationally syndicated radio show, “Rockline” with host Bob Coburn on Monday, May 16 at 8:30pm PT / 11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to call to speak with the band by calling 1-800-344-ROCK (7625).  Logonto www.RocklineRadio.com for a list of participating radio stations and further information.

Check out EGYPT CENTRAL at any of the following stops:

DATE CITY                             VENUE

With Cold and Kopek:

Tue 4/19            Anaheim, CA                 House Of Blues
Wed 4/20          Los Angeles, CA           Whisky A Go Go
Fri 4/22             Dallas, TX                     Trees
Sat 4/23            Houston, TX                  Scout Bar
Sun 4/24           Amarillo, TX                  Brewster’s
Mon 4/25          Austin, TX                     Emo’s
Tue 4/26            San Antonio, TX            Backstage Live SA
Thu 4/28            Jackson, MS                 Fire
Wed 4/29          Memphis, TN                 Tom Lee Park (Beale Street Festival)
Wed 5/4            Orlando, FL                   The Club at Firestone
Thu 5/5             Pensacola, FL               Live Niteclub and Music Venue
Sat 5/7              St. Petersburg, FL         The State Theatre
Sat 5/14            Rockford, IL                  Rockford Speedway (WXRX show)
Sat 5/21            Columbus, OH              Columbus Crew Stadium (Rock On The Range)

Gladys Knight to Celebrate National Train Day 2011

“EMPRESS OF SOUL” TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL TRAIN DAY

Singer, Actress and Philanthropist Gladys Knight Joins Amtrak in

Celebrating National Train Day

LAS VEGAS – Nearly four decades after her No. 1 hit, “Midnight Train to Georgia” captured the nation’s imagination, GRAMMY®-winning vocalist Gladys Knight will share her love of trains and join Amtrak in its 40th anniversary year to celebrate National Train Day 2011. National Train Day, Saturday, May 7, commemorates the 142nd anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s inception by bringing to life the rich history of how the railroad industry and train travel transformed America.

Ms. Knight will serve as national spokesperson and host the signature event at Washington, D.C.’s acclaimed Union Station where she will open the festivities.

Some of the signature events to celebrate National Train Day 2011 are as follows:

 

  • Midnight Train to Georgia…and Washington, D.C.…and Los Angeles: National Train Day is being celebrated all across America with signature events happening in Philadelphia, Los Angeles, D.C. and Chicago. National Train Day festivities will kick off on May 5 at the Rock’n the Rail Way concert headlined by Gladys Knight at the Beacon Theatre in New York City.

  • Not Just Monopoly: While many know the B&O railroad from a simple board game, its rail history stretches back to the Civil War. From the Chinese-American to the California Missions contributions, train travel continues to play in America’s history. The nationwide tour of Amtrak’s 40th Anniversary Exhibit Train will launch in Washington, D.C. on May 7. The exhibit will feature two locomotives and three renovated baggage cars displaying Amtrak memorabilia, as well as information about the history and future of passenger rail.

 

  • For Kids Young and Old: National Train Day is an event that promises to delight the kid in you no matter what your age. From train tours and model train displays to live culinary demonstrations and a gigantic birthday party for Amtrak in the AmtraKids Depot.

 

 

Getting all Foolish in Milwaukee

Fools for Rowan
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/16/2011

Fools for Rowan is:
Erin Mullins – Lead Vocals
Rachel Brandsness – Lead Guitar
Ryan Nanney – Rhythm Guitar/Background Vocals
Aaron Elliott – Bass
Jordan Cullen – Drums

Fools for Rowan at The Rave 4-16-2011

After hearing some good reviews about Fools for Rowan  and coming off the buzz from last year’s Summerfest set, I decided it was time to go check out this band of Fools. The Rave appeared somewhat strange due to a very young crowd gathering in the Bar Room to see a concert. At the same time, I was glad to see they chose to see a rock show over the Greyson Chance/Cody Simpson show playing in one of the other rooms.

With just one opening act – local band, Chasing Taylor – the members from Fools For Rowan started their set around 9:00 p.m. The one thing that stood out right away was the bands looks – from the good-looking men in the band, to the striking looks of Mullins, and the playful teasing of Brandsness’ girl-next-door look. As much as looks help a band, you still got to kill it on stage. This is one thing Fools For Raven does do.

Hearing their album is almost a complete opposite to seeing them live. While most bands sound better on an album, Fools for Rowan sounds ten times better live.  Mullins’ vocals are some of the best out there.  She has a wide range of emotions as she proved tonight from songs off their first album, Burnt Around the Edges, Tangled, and Living Dangerously, as well as doing cover songs, “Alone” by Heart, “Only Girl” by Rihanna, “Dream On” by Aerosmith, and the WTF moment of “Black & Yellow” by Wiz Khalifia, which they somehow pulled off. When you combine that with some killer chops from Brandsness’ guitar-playing & Nanney’s tight rhythm-playing, you can’t help but get sucked in.  Elliot and Cullen provide a solid one-two punch to round out the band.

As they ended the night, they played their hit, “Tangled,” followed by the Led Zeppelin hit, “Rock and Roll.” Being the headliners provided them the freedom to play a full set and close to 1 ½ hrs, which is impressive when most new bands might give you at most, 45 minutes on stage.
This is definitely a band to keep your eye on in the future and look forward to hearing what they do on a new future album. If you’re looking for a fun night-out and some good new music live, don’t be a fool and check out Fools for Rowan on tour.

Setlist:
Killed a Man
Take me Down
Living Dangerously
Isn’t it Enough
Light me up
Can’t Stop Me
I don’t have the strength
Alone (Heart Cover)
Wonderwall (Oasis Cover)
Dead
No
Medley of today’s pop hits
Burnt around the edges
It’s alright
Dream On (Aerosmith Cover)
Tangled
Rock and Roll (Led Zeppelin Cover)

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written by Peter Lizano

Paul Allen’s Rock Band and Contribution to Music

If you just watched 60 Minutes tonight, you saw Leslie Stahl interview Billionaire Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen.  I am a bit of a tech buff and am also a huge fan of Paul Allen.  The man is simply a genius and doesn’t receive enough credit where credit is due.  Yet, one of the biggest reasons why I am captivated by the man is his fascination with music. His net worth enables him to purchase the iconic collectibles that you or I could only dream of owning, such as one of Hendrix’s guitars.  If you didn’t see his mountains of guitars, you need to check out the video clip below.

The greatest thing Paul has done from music is that he shared it.  Back in 2000 he opened Experience Music Project Museum in Seattle, which I have yet to set foot in. Don’t worry, it’s on my bucket list.  The museum is dedicated to the history and exploration of  music. It houses exhibitions like the Nirvana: Taking Punk to the Masses, Jimi Hendrix: An Evolution of Sound, plus the Guitar Gallery that takes you through the history of guitars. For more information check out http://www.empsfm.org/.

His love for music stems from being a musician, and a pretty good one at that. I am not saying he’s a pro, but he has played with icons such as Mick Jager and Peter Gabriel.  He has his own band and they call themselves Grown Men.  They cut a 7 track album that was produced by Paul and Terry Davison and written by Paul. Mind you, it was released awhile back.  You can hear some of the audio clips here. He also took the band out for a few dates at the House of Blues even though one of them was cancelled due to “scheduling conflicts,” but it was also around the time Paul was diagnosed again with stage 4 non-Hodgkin lymphoma cancer.

What’s Paul up to now? He wrote a memoir about starting up Microsoft and his life.  All I really want to know is: When I can grab a beer and hear him live? I always seem to miss it.

I’m From Barcelona – Forever Today

I’m From Barcelona
Forever Today
Release Date: 4/19/11
Mute

Do you like bands that can fill a stage? No, seriously fill a stage. We are talking 27 Swedes. On their third US release, Forever Today, I’m From Barcelona does not stray away from the playful and poppy sound of their last album, Who Killed Harry Houdini? Opening with “Charlie Parker”, lead singer Emanuel Lundgren is accompanied by his chorus of 20+ chanting “Come on sing to me now Bird” and you cannot help but join in.  The album is largely composed of electric key-based medleys until half way through on “Come On” when the horns really trumpet in.  ”Skipping a Beat” literally doesn’t skip beats.  In fact hand claps ensure it and a very 80′s bass line.  This is an ongoing trend with the first single “Get In Line” which infuses synths and hand claps galore.  Whose down for an electric soul train?

I’m down to get in line with I’m From Barcelona.  Something about this oversized group is infectious.  Maybe it’s the built in audience sing along or the genuine fun the band members have.  Heck touring with 27 folks can stir up some trouble, but that doesn’t seem like that’s the case with this crew.

You can buy the album on iTunes on Tuesday!  Highly recommended to provide the perfect summer soundtrack.
Track list
Charlie Parker
Get In Line
Battleships
Always Spring
Can See Miles
Come On
Skipping A Beat
Dr. Landy
Game Is On
Forever Today

Oh Land: can make the blue sky blush

Oh Land
Self Titled
Fake Diamond, Epic, RCA Records
Released: 3/15/11

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Usually artists become double and triple threats after they are good at one thing, and want to prove they might be good at another. In Oh Land’s case, she turned to creating music after one thing had ended for her. After an injury proved she would never dance again, she immediately began her healing musical path which is proving to be her second calling.

It’s synthpop, the new craze everyone is doing! Yet the genre is still a breath of fresh air to me each time I hear something from it simply because I am so sick of hearing the same. songs. over. and. over. about bottle service, making it rain, girls and cars. Granted synthpop (little boots, la roux, mgmt, etc etc) is borderline becoming overdone, overused, and overhipstered, we are still in the safe zone where we dare a new artist to top what’s already been done. We’re still open to be refreshed by a new artist, and so I am proud to give you: Oh Land, who is invigoratingly different than what’s preexisting. How can that be? Well, It doesn’t hurt anything that she looks like the Danish version of Ms. Heidi Klum. Then there is that voice of hers that is inspired by Bjork but sounds like Beth Gibbons. Interesting like Karin Dreijer Andersson but sexy and somehow still airy and at times even sounds a bit Nelly Furtado”ish” in the best way, (if there were a best way) all coupled with near perfect lyrics that say nothing and everything all at once solidifying her staying power. I remain inspired by Oh Land’s story and songs, taking her lesson that if you don’t succeed in your first path, move along to your middle name and carry on again.

Looking forward to seeing this beauty at Glasonbury Festival in two short months!
In the meantime I suggest you begin your Oh Land journey with the following videos, then BUY THE cd.

Props to Oh Land for playing an omnichord and not looking like a tool!

Foo Fighters waste more than light

Foo Fighters
Wasting Light
RCA Records
Released: 4/12/11

Foo Fighters wasting lightIf I lived my life by the old adage “If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all” then this review would end, right here.. Since I don’t live my life that way, I regret to inform you that the Foo Fighters have deviated from radio friendly rock tunes to creating, well, .. racket. The cd contains eleven unharmonized chaotic noise clashes that you could easily torture foreign soldiers with for days. The track entitled “I Should have known” would serve efficiently on a D list movie soundtrack that some washed up star does only to avoid foreclosure. Beyond that, the cd holds minimal usage, and I politely advise you to skip it.

In Photos: Neon Trees

Neon Trees
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
4/13/2011

Neon Trees is:
Tyler Glenn – Vocal, Synth
Branden Campbell – Bass
Elaine Bradley – Drums
Chris Allen – Guitar

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