Imagine Dragons double down at Hollywood Palladium

Imagine Dragons – 2013 “Night Visions” Tour
The Palladium – Hollywood, CA

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

Imagine Dragons - 2013 Night Visions Tour - Palladium

Las Vegas indie rockers, Imagine Dragons, continued their stint of sold-out shows with the first of two nights at the Hollywood Palladium on Wednesday, May 29. A humbled Dan Reynolds gave thanks to the packed house, telling the crowd to give a show of hands for those present when they were struggling to fill the Viper Room and Troubadour less than two years ago.

With a larger than life stage presence, the lanky vocalist danced his way about the stage. Filling in on percussion on either of two large bass drums, a single tom tom and yet another kit near the back of the stage, Reynolds appeared to be everywhere at once. Wayne Sermon’s thick riffs amidst a technicolor landscape tied together an onslaught of sound that appeared to lift hands into the air. Rolling through “Round and Round” to get their set started, the uplifting medley began a 90-minute show that combined an energetic show with an impassioned crowd. The end result was an explosive, 90-minute set that simply reaffirmed their recent meteoric rise is not a fluke.

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Madison enjoys a ‘Hearthrob’ evening with Tegan and Sara

Tegan and Sara – 2013 Heartthrob Tour
Orpheum Theatre – Madison, WI

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Tegan and Sara - 2013 Heartthrob tour

Back to back nights of indie music were bestowed upon Madison, Wis., at the Orpheum Theatre this past weekend. Canadian artists Tegan and Sara enamored their fans on Sunday, Feb. 24, 2013, one night after Passion Pit crushed the sold-out venue with the help of Matt and Kim.

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Passion Pit tag team the Orpheum with Matt and Kim

Passion Pit / Matt and Kim – 2013 Tour
Orpheum Theater – Madison, WI

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Passion Pit - 2013 Gossamer tour

The Orpheum Theater in Madison, Wis. welcomed another packed house on Saturday night, Feb. 23, 2013. This time, it was a trio of indie artists that grooved the sold-out Orpheum behind a wave of electronic jams and atmospheric lighting. Passion Pit, Matt and Kim, and Icona Pop energized the crowd and ensured they all left the building fully spent.

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The Lollapalooza Lowdown!

coldplay lollapaloozaLollapalooza starts tomorrow and we have the lowdown!

2012 tickets sold out in records time, 71 days prior to the event, but those who didn’t score the coveted tickets can stream the show at Live streams and interviews will be available for Jack White, AVICII, The Black Keys, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Frank Ocean, The Shins, Florence + The Machine, and more.

Something cool this year is the stand-alone LollaShop.  The Shop is open to the public through August 6th and has Lollapalooza merchandise and merch from Sony, Goorlin Bros. Hats, Baggu plus many more.  The LollaShop is located Thompson Hotel and the Lounge will host events and artist appearances, and yoga.  Make sure to reserve a spot by RSVPing at

When there is just too much to carry, State Farm is providing a bag check. This is free and located west of Buckingham Fountain.

Lolla + Instagram + Free WIFI

This year Lollapalooza is having bands and fans Instagram photos showing up on the jumbotron around the stages.  Remember to tag all Lollapalooza photos this weekend in Instagram with #lolla.  Don’t use Instagram? iPhone and Android photos also show up in the Lollapalooza mobile app that is available for free on Google Play and iTunes.

To assist in uploading all those Instagram photos, Lolla is providing FREE WIFI around the park.  There will be hotspots near Buckingham Fountain, Lederhosen’s Biergarten, Uncorked Win Lounge, all Lolla Lounges, and more.  The network to select is “2012 Lolla.”

What’s Allowed and Not Allowed in the Park

Since it’s been hot around Chicago and the Midwest, festivals such and Summerfest and now Lollapalooza are allowing patrons to bring in 2 SEALED bottles into the festival.  Also allowed is an empty, refillable bottle.  There will be commemorative CamelBak water bottles and packs at merch booths.  The goal is to reduce the amount of plastic containers in the park with partners Boxed Water and Vita Coco Coconut Water.

Along with the sealed bottles the following items are ALLOWED at Lollapalooza:

Blankets, Sheets, Towels

Umbrellas (ONLY Hand-Held)

Soft-Sided Coolers

Baby Strollers


Non-Professional Recording Equipment (Point & Shoot Cameras, Flip Video Cameras, etc.)

The following items are NOT ALLOWED at Lollapalooza:

Weapons of Any Kind, including Fireworks or Explosives of Any Kind

Illegal or Illicit Substances of Any Kind

Large Backpacks (Framed, Hiking Backpacks, etc.)

Glass Containers and Metal Aerosol Cans, including Sunscreen in Aerosol Cans.

Outside Food or Drinks (including Alcohol), except Two Factory-Sealed Water Bottles (up to 1 Liter each)

Skateboards, Scooters or Personal Motorized Vehicles

Bicycles Inside Festival Grounds (Plenty Bike Racks are available near The Box Office).

Carts, Tents & Chairs of Any Kind

Hard-Sided Coolers

Pets (except Service Dogs)

Professional Recording (Photo, Video, Audio) Equipment (NO Detachable Zoom Lense, Tripods or Other Commerical Equipment

No Unauthorized/Unlicensed Vendors Allowed. No Unauthorized Solicitations, Handbills, Sampling, Give-Aways, etc.


For the newcomers to Lolla the food is plentiful and diverse.  Chef Graham Elliot returned as the Culinary Ambassador to oversee the food is top notch.

Not everyone eats meat and besides having some great choices from food vendors, there is also the return of the Farmers Market. The Farmers Market will provide fresh fruits and vegetables to those vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free patrons.


Lollapalooza started with showcasing music, but today Lollapalooza has much more to experience than just music.

Green Workshops

In conjunction with the Farmers Market, there will be brief urban gardening workshops provided by Compass Green. These workshops support education in low-income schools.  These workshops are at the south end of Green Street each day of Lolla at 1p.m.


For those who are bringing the kids along there is Kidzapalooza.  Kids 10 and under enter the festival within Lolla for free.  It has its own stage and interactive games from Rock Star Video Karaoke to hip-hop workshops with the Q Brothers. Face painting is also taken to a whole other level as kids are transformed into rock stars and get a photo shoot all glammed up.

Do312 Celebrity Kickball

For the 3rd year running, DO312 put together a stellar line-up for the game that takes place Saturday morning at 11:15a.m.  at the north end of the festival by the Red Bull Soundstage.  This year’s celebrities include Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul, Chef Guy Fieri, Ryan Cabrera, Alderman Proco Joe Moreno, Chris Holmes, Greg Corner, Har Mar Superstar, Ryan Paradise, Dave Ziebarth, Kaylee DeFer from Gossip Girl.

For the full Lollapalooza 2012 schedule head over to




Lach and Friends Playing Edinburgh This Friday

At Henry’s Cellar Bar
(8 Morrison Street, Edinburgh)
On Friday July 20. Mark Your Calendars.
Admission is only £5. Age limit: 18+.
Show starts at 7pm. Lach hits at 9pm (but get there early for the openers, they are all fantastic!)

Hey All

I will be previewing my Edinburgh Alternative Fringe show, ‘Up The Anti!’ this Friday at Henry’s. featuring songs from all my past releases, unrecorded stuff, weird stories with a “humorous edge”. In other words a good ol’ Lach gig!
Candythief: Candythief is the musical persona of Diana De Cabarrus. Diana first emerged with a Fence Records release in 2005 and by 2007 was voted second best female act (after Bjork and before PJ Harvey) in the Is This Music? year end poll. Her songs have been heard on BBC Radios 1, 2, 6 and BBC Scotland and she’s shared the stage with everyone from Razorlight to King Creosote.
William Douglas: Brilliant Edinburgh songwriter. Feature act on the upcoming Song by Toad Records release ‘Lach’s Antihoot’.
Lee Patterson: A guitar slinging, roots songwriting force of nature also to be featured on the soon to be released Antihoot CD!  -Lach

Upcoming Lach shows:

July 20 – Edinburgh – Henry’s Cellar Bar
August 2-25: Edinburgh Fringe Festival – Lach’s one-man show, Up The Anti! at The Hive Weds-Sats at 8pm
Lach’s Antihoot at The Counting House Ballroom nightly midnight -2am.
September 6 – Leicester – Yorkshire House
September 8 – Nottingham – Guitar Bar
September 9 – Portsmouth – The Cellars
September 11 – London – 12 Bar Club
September 14 – Porth – The Factory
September 15 – Liverpool Lomax
September 16 – Lancaster – Yorkshire House

In Photos: Lupe Fiasco at Soundset 2012

Lupe Fiasco
Shakopee, MN

Lupe Fiasco Soundset 2012

2012 marks the five year anniversary of Soundset. This festival was jam packed with music, B-Boys and B-Girls dancing the day away, a car show and graffiti art. Two Main Stages and the Fifth Element Stage delivered 40 artists performing nine hours of music. Unfortunately the fest was cut short due to tornado warnings. It was looking pretty ugly out during Lupe Fiasco so I cut out early. Boy am I glad I did! While walking to the car the winds started to kick up and the rain was on its way. By the time we reached the highway it was torrential downpour. The clouds moved fast and we could see a funnel cloud start to form. Shit was getting real out there!

Even though Lupe didn’t get to finish his set he came out with some awesome energy. Out of the entire festival he definitly made my top 3 acts!

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In Photos: Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz at Soundset 2012

Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz
Shakopee, MN

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Ian Matthias Bavitz better known as Aesop Rock was at the forefront of the new wave of underground and alternative hip hop acts that emerged from the 1990s and early 2000s. According from his bio his name Aesop came from a movie he had acted in with some friends that stuck. The Rock part came later just from throwing it in rhymes. Yesterday he hit Soundset with Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz.

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In Photos: Villa Rosa at Soundset 2012

Villa Rosa
Shakopee, MN

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Villa Rosa is the collaboration project between Twin Cities MCs Muja Messiah and Maria Isa. They truely are everything I could ever ask for in a rap duo. With their powered energy they made my #1 top pick for the day. I will for sure be following them around the Twin Cities!

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In Photos: Chief Kamachi at Soundset 2012

Cheif Kamachi
Shakopee, MN

Cheif Kamachi Soundset 2012

Cheif Kamachi hit the Fifth Element Stage at Soundset yesterday. After years of touring Europe, Canada and the US and appearing on countless records Kamachi is out promoting his 2011 album “Rise and Rhyme Vol. 1″.

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In Photos: The Tribe & Big Cats at Soundset 2012

The Tribe & Big Cats
Shakapee, MN

The Tribe & Big Cats Soundset 2012

The Tribe & Big Cats bring it to Soundset 2012! They make rap fun with catchy lyrics and beats that make ya nod your head. If you haven’t seen TTxBC you should! They are one of my top picks for Soundset 2012.

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In Photos: Long Doe at Soundset 2012

Long Doe
Shakopee, MN

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Long Doe Records is from the Southside of Minneapolis the trio of BIG WIZ, Mike The Martyr and Tony Bones rocked Soundset playing solo material as well as group tracks.

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In Photos: Action Bronson at Soundset 2012

Action Bronson
Shakopee, MN

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Action Bronson took the stage on a hot and steamy Soundset Sunday. His stage name derives from gangster William “Action” Jackson, and tough-guy actor Charles Bronson. Before entering the rap scene he was a respected fire-flame gourmet chef in New York City, and frequently raps about food in his songs. I don’t know if he has anything knew but he used to host his own online cooking show entitled “Action in the Kitchen“. Action Bronson released his debut studio album Dr. Lecter last year and is available in digital download and also on CD. You can find them on his website. Follow Action Bronson on Twitter

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Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros Sing Sweet Songs in Minneapolis

Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Cabooze Plaza – Minneapolis, MN

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5/25/2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros

I have always felt I am a hippie at heart, minus the whole sent of Patchouli. But I have found myself in the need of a hippie fix, what better way than with some Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros! I arrived just in time to snag a beer and some cheese curds before their set in Minneapolis. The band hit the stage fashionably late. The crowd was going nuts since they were able to see the band backstage getting pumped before coming out. Once Alex came out he scoped out the stage. You could tell right away he likes to interact with the fans. As he stood on stage he reached his arm out disappointed he was not within arms reach of the crowd. That did not stop him! Many concert goers reached right back enticing him to get closer. He made his way by hurtling over giant amps to get to his fans. Then tight roped along the barricade. It was pretty awesome! I would like to apologize in advance. The band is giant and there was no way I was able to photograph each member. Many were hidden in corners of the stage and blocked by countless instruments on stage. I think my favorite part of the show wasn’t so much on stage but out in the crowds. Waaaaaaaaaaaaay in the back is what can only be described as a hippie mosh pit. Numerous fans gathered around dancing in a circle together. It was wonderful to see. Those are my kind of peeps!

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Edward Sharpe Set List

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The Shins Headline Lollapalooza 2012

The Shins promo

The Shins were formed in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but are now based in Portland, Oregon. Their new album, Port of Morrow, was just released this past March. This spring they snagged the coveted spot on SNL along with an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and David Letterman. Their massive 2012 tour which covers North America, Japan, and the UK has been backed by singer/songwriter Richard Swift, Modest Mouse drummer Joe Plummer, Yuuki Matthews of Crystal Skulls and Jessica Dobson. Their big North American summer festival stop is at Lollapalooza on August 3rd! Check for ticket availability for Lollapalooza here.

The Shins’ “Rifle’s Spiral”

The Shins on Tour:

May 25      Les Schwab Amphitheatre     Bend, OR
May 26      Sasquatch Music Festival      George, WA
May 28     Red Butte Garden Amphitheater      Salt Lake City, UT
May 29     Red Rocks Amphitheatre       Morrison, CO
May 31    Harrah’s Council Bluffs      Council Bluffs. IA
June 01     Orpheum Theatre       Minneapolis, MN
June 02     LIVESTRONG Sporting Park       Kansas City, KS
June 04     The Pageant       St Louis, MO
June 05     LC Outdoor Pavilion       Columbus, OH
June 06    The Fillmore        Detroit, MI
June 08      Masonic Auditorium       Cleveland, OH
June 09      Iroquois Amphitheatre       Louisville, KY
June 10      Bonnaroo 2012       Manchester, TN
June 22      Lüften Festival      Frankfurt, Germany
June 23      Southside Festival      Neuhausen, Germany
June 24      Hurricane Festival       Scheessel, Germany
June 25      Große Freiheit     Hamburg, Germany
June 27      Hovefestival        Arendal, Norway
June 29      The Garden Party       Helsinki, Finland
June 30      Peace & Love Festival       Borlange, Sweden
July 05      Roskilde Festival       Roskilde, Denmark
July 23      Festival Hall      Melbourne, Australia
Jul y 25     Hordern Pavilion       Sydney, Australia
July 27     Splendour in the Grass Festival       Byron Bay, Australia
July 29     Fuji Rock Festival       Niigata, Japan
Aug 03     Lollapalooza 2012     Chicago, IL
Aug 04     Molson Amphitheatre       Toronto, CA
Aug 18      Pukkelpop 2012      Hasslet, Belgium
Aug 24      Rock En Seine      Paris, France
Aug 25      Richfield Avenue      Reading, UK
Aug 26     Bramham Park       Leeds, UK

Soundset Music Festival 2012 Line-Up and Information

The Soundset Music Festival
Canterbury Park – Shakopee, MN
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Doors: 11 A.M.

SoundSet 2012 Music Festival flyer

The fifth installment of the Soundset Music Festival is just over a month away.  The festival kicks off the summer music festivals in the Midwest.  The day will host today’s hottest indie hip hop artists and DJs.  There will be two mainstages and the Fifth Element stage with over 40 artists delivering nearly 9 hours of music.  The electronic/hip hop music fest features headliners, and hometown heroes, Atmosphere and Lupe Fiasco along with Ghostface Killah.

It’s not only about music; the grounds will feature over 200 custom cars. Also on the grounds will be a live painting exhibit, Last of the Record Buyers Production Showcase, and the Skateboard showdown.

Tickets are still available and can be purchased through Ticketweb here. General admission tickets are $28.00 and VIP tickets are $87.00, but only for patrons 18 years or older.

Soundset 2012 Line-up:
Lupe Fiasco
Ghostface Killah & Raekwon
Kendrick Lamar
Aesop Rock w/ Rob Sonic & DJ Big Wiz
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Grieves & Budo
Danny Brown
Big K.R.I.T.
Prof with Dj Fundo
Action Bronson
DJ Premier
I Self Devine
J-Zone (DJ Set)
Chief Kamachi
Paten Locke & Willie Evans Jr are DUMBTRON
Villa Rosa (Muja Messiah & Maria Isa)
The Tribe & Big Cats
Audio Perm
Long Doe (Tony Bones, Big Wiz, & Mike The Martyr)
Auddio Draggon (Gene Poole & Xilam Balam)
Tomorrow Genius
DJ Stage One
Kid Cut Up
DIVINCI (of Solillaquists of Sound)
Los Boogie

Hosted By Brother Ali, MaLLy & J Pratt



Chilly Gonzalez hosts the “Piano Talk Show” at Brooklyn’s Bell House

Though not many people may be familiar with Chilly Gonzalez, there is no doubt you’ve heard his work.  He is the Grammy-nominated producer behind Feist’s The Reminder, as well as her most recent album Metals.  His tune, “Never Stop,” became ubiquitous with the iPad commercials.

Born Jason Charles Beck, Gonzalez is a musical genius that transitions between melancholic piano virtuoso to playful comic lyricist.  This was beautifully displayed on Friday night at the Bell House in Brooklyn.  With accompaniment from the string section named Fuck Lucks, Gonzalez was part musical lecturer and hilarious host dressed in a satin robe and slippers.  First, there was a discussion about major and minor keys that stemmed from his use of the Flat E minor.   He compared the major keys to the right wing and the status quo, while the minor end coincidentally embraced by the minorities.  Gonzalez played well known tunes, such as “Happy Birthday” and “Frère Jacques” in minor keys to demonstrate the somber reversal of fortune in a simple change of scale.

From major and minor, Gonzalez shifted gears to the rap genre and how it taught him about ambition.  He sang “Beans” as a comic play on the ghetto fabulous lifestyle of excess.  Rapping sick lyrics like, “And when the beans talk, I hear the echo / Speaking to me in the voice of Mr. Gordon Gekko.” Gonzalez continued his musical education covering music counts from 4/4 to 6/8, identifying the latter count sequence as “kinda rapey”.  Throughout his musical lessons, he had members of the audience join him at his piano, playing side by side.

Given the choice of another long drawn out somber piano piece or a story on how he worked with Drake, the audience chose Drake.  Drake had sampled Gonzalez’s work in “Outro” for his So Far Gone Mixtape without giving Chilly his due.  Needless to say, Gonzalez wrote a reactionary song, “The Grudge” to cope with the episode, which he never shared with Drake.  But as fate would have it, the fellow Canadian had coincidentally bought a condo in the same building as Gonzalez’s father.  Drake’s people arranged a meeting for the two and a face to face collaboration was realized when they performed together at the 2011 Juno Awards.  No bad blood after all.

The show closed with Gonzalez atop the piano playing tunes with his feet, which somehow is not surprising from such a musical genius.  Chilly Gonzalez is releasing Solo Piano II later this year via Arts & Crafts.  Let the education continue.

Majestic Theatre introduces Fun. to Madison

Majestic Theatre- Madison, WI

Photo by Dan DeSlover

Fun. is:
Nate Ruess – lead vocals
Andrew Dost – vocals, piano, guitars, bass guitar, keyboards, synthesizers, trumpet, flugelhorn, glockenspiel, drums, percussion, beach ball
Jack Antonoff – vocals, guitar, trumpet

Indie artist Fun. have taken the music world by storm. The band are in the midst of a major headline tour in support of their Billboard “Hot 100″ #1 album, Some Nights. The album features the Billboard #1 SingleWe Are Young,’ a song that has also been confirmed as the top-selling track through the first quarter of 2012, nearing 3 million sales to date. Their tour brought them to the sold-out Majestic Theatre in Madison, WI on April 11, 2012 for an evening of rock and roll complemented by their trademark quirky hooks and solid vocals.

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One Foot
Walking the Dog
Why Am I the One?
All Alone
All the Pretty Girls
Carry On
The Gambler
Be Calm
At Least I’m Not as Sad (As I Used to Be)
We Are Young
Some Nights
All Alright
Take Your Time (Coming Home)

Lollapalooza Line-up Leaked….Again!??!!?

Pretty Much Amazing has a Lollapalooza memo for the 2012 line-up, but could it be true?! This isn’t the first leak of the supposed Lollapalooza 2012 line-up.  PMA has a photo of the memo (below).  The headliners include Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, Black Sabbath, Jack White, Florence and the Machine, and At the Drive-In to name a few. Other musicians that are supposedly set to take the stage include: The Shins, Passion Pit, The Weekend, Miike Snow, J.Cole, Delta Spirit, Dir Antwoord, Dawes, Band of Skulls, Polica, Sharon Van Etten, White Rabbits, and much more.

Do you believe?! The official announcement of the Lolla Line-up comes at 12 midnight tomorrow night, so we shall see if this is the real deal!

Lolla 2012 lineup

Exitmusic – Passage

Release date: May 22, 2012
Secretly Canadian

Exitmusic, the husband and wife duo of Devon Church and Aleksa Palladino, produce a blend of chill wave meets  apocalyptic crescendo.  Though Aleksa has quite the day job playing Angela Darmody on Boardwalk Empire, she is no actress tinkering at a music side project.  Exitmusic is legit.  Last October they released their debut EP, From Silence, which included “The Modern Age” – the only track that graces their forthcoming full length album Passage.

The title track starts as a little sea foam on the shore and catapults into a crashing chorus.  Aleksa really digs into a guttural vocal delivery with “The Night” as sweet “ha ha ah’s” calm the backing music-scape.  “The City” starts with Aleksa’s numbing vocals then pounds in with drums and guitars, creating a push and pull effect.

Exitmusic is reminiscent of Beach House with a dash of Goldfrapp, but darker and more foreboding.  “The Wanting” is especially atmospheric with repetitive loops.  My favorite track “White Noise”  has Aleksa crooning in desperation as frenetic guitars seem to change her tune to an uplifting cheer.  The now defunct Los Angeles CityBeat described it prefectly as, “mak(ing) me think of two sweet kids strolling hand-in-hand into Armageddon.” Now that’s the perfect exit music.

Track list
The Night
The City
White Noise
The Wanting
The Modern Age
The Cold
Sparks of Light

Tour dates
4.10 – Baton Rouge, LA / Spanish Moon
4.11 – Houston, TX / Fitzgerald’s
4/12 – Austin, TX / Mohawk
4.14 – Fort Worth, TX / Modern Art Museum
4.15 – Kansas City, MO / The Riot Room
4.16 – Denver, CO / Larmier Lounge
4.17 – Salt Lake City, UT / Urban Lounge
4.19 – Los Angeles, CA / Echoplex
4.20 – San Francisco, CA / Rickshaw Stop
4.22 – Portland, OR / Doug Fir Lounge
4.23 – Seattle, WA / The Crocodile
4.24 – Vancouver, BC / The Electric Owl
4.28 – Chicago, IL / Lincoln Hall
4.29 – Bloomington, IN / The Bishop
4.30 – Detroit, MI / Magic Stick

5.02 – Toronto, ON / The Hoxton
5.03 – Montreal, QC / La Sala Rossa
5.04 – Allston, MA / Brighton Music Hall
5.05 – New York, NY / Le Poisson Rouge

Of Montreal Drop Psychedelic Vibes At The Metro

Of Montreal
Metro – Chicago, IL


Performing to a sold out crowd is an achievement on its own. When you’re of Montreal and have 10 Albums behind it should be more of an expectation. Of Montreal returned to their most loyal city, and Chicago fans playing to a sold out show at the Metro.

Their new Album Paralytic Stalks like most all of the lead singer’s, Kevin Barnes, albums is a personal reflection yet he did mention that It would not be an instantly gratifying collective and that it would take time to take it all in as a whole. Taking this into consideration, it was expected that their tour for Paralytic Stalks would be way chilled out and less theatrical then their past. Yet, compared to other shows they only performed a small fraction of songs from their current album.

Their show started off with “Gelid Ascent”, from Paralytic Stalks, as they introduced colorful projected images onto their set. A dapper Kevin Barnes stepped onstage wearing a trim grey suit while keeping in touch with his signature effeminate stage persona through wearing a red ruffle button up and electric blue eye shadow. While the set tone was bit more serious it did however pick up as they performed songs from their past albums. There were even a few appearances by their imaginative creations which consisted of white creatures and the infamous human pigs which were a main attraction on their last tour. They finished off a fun set with “The Past is A Grotesque Animal.” Yet they hit their high when they came back onstage for an encore which consisted of a potpourri of songs from their album “Hissing Fauna, Are You The Destroyer?” It was the highlight of the show as they danced on stage with their mythical creatures while confetti explosions went off.

While this tour was more subtle and less outrageous then their past, Of Montreal seem to release a new album almost every year. It will be interesting to see what they’ll have for us next.

Photos from Of Montreal’s set in Chicago:

Magic Milk’s New Video and Tour Dates

Magic Milk Tour Poster

Magic Milk is a garage/rock band from Chicago and they are headed out on the road! The tour starts on Saturday with dates that include a stop in Austin, TX at SXSW. The tour wraps up in Champaign, IL at Mike N Molly’s on the 18th. Check out their newest video where the band trashed a VFW hall below:

“Hopefully this didn’t cause any terrible flashbacks for any of those swell veterans hanging out that night. Magic Milk seem to have a unique knack for riling up even thee shittiest of crowds. Tonight was no exception, though we were all ready for a party regardless. This was a particularly wild one. Chris Kramer joined in on guitar. The ol’ sit and jump played out with a crowd surf, and a rather nasty ending. Oh, and whoever threw that giant condom filled pinata at us at 3:28, you suck. ‘Twas a hell of a shot, though. Second camera by the wonderful Mark Ciarleglio.”

Magic Milk lay waste to a VFW hall. from GONZO CHICAGO on Vimeo.

Tour Dates:
3.10 Babe Rage – Normal, IL
3.11 Court House Co-Op – Memphis TN
3.12 Beer Land – Austin, TX
3.13 Notsuoh and Super Happy Fun Land – Houston, TX
3.14 -3.16 Austin, TX
3.17 Dedicated Visual Arts Studio – Little Rock, AR
3.18 Mike N’ Mollys – Champaign, IL

For more information head over to the Facebook event:

Exitmusic provides the prologue at Mercury Lounge

Brooklyn outfit Exitmusic opened for the sold out School of Seven Bells gig at the Mercury Lounge early Tuesday evening.  Led by the real life couple of Aleksa Palladino (aka Angela Darmody of Broadwalk Empire) and Devon Church, Exitmusic produced the perfect warm-up with songs from their EP From Silence and their forthcoming LP Passage.  A soundtrack of filmy, layered choruses lulled the audience to a seance of crashing guitar riffs.  Opening their set with “The Sea”, Aleksa’s brooding voice delivers a haunting, “It’s the silent seeeeeaaa.”  From there they leaped into “The Modern Age”  where Devon shredded his guitar.

Aleksa was particularly beguiling singing, “Look up the sky’s awake, the sun is shining,” on “The Hours”.  They ended their set with a new song, “Sparks of Light”.  This writer was hoping for their dreamy re-imagining of David Bowie’s “Space Oddity” but it was foregone in the short set.

Exitmusic’s debut LP Passage is out May 22nd on Secretly Canadian.  Check out the title track here.  The band is off to SXSW and a US tour that hits NY March 28 at Terminal 5 and May 5 with School of Seven Bells again at Le Poisson Rouge.

SXSW 2012: Where the bands are coming from

Over at they made a pretty infographic about the origins of the bands that are performing at SXSW this year in Austin, TX.  This year SXSW has over 500 bands from 45 countries and those are just the official ones set to showcase and perform.  SXSW also attracts many other indie bands that want to get noticed and the music continues all day and all night.  There is no way you CAN’T find some kind of live music happening when SXSW is running.

SXSW Band Map Sonos

Milagres charm the Mercury Lounge

The Brooklyn-based quintet Milagres plugged into Mercury Lounge Thursday night to a welcoming crowd.  The outfit matriculated from NYU, but didn’t form until post-graduation.  Bringing their swooning tunes from their fall release, Glowing Mouth, lead Kyle Wilson’s falsetto burst opened the set with “Gentle Beast”, as the onlookers cheered in delight.  Milagres have a mutable sound that has been compared to Arcade Fire, R.E.M. and even Prince.  On their second song of the night, “To Be Imagined”, Kyle’s vocals reminded me of another Brooklyn troop, The Antlers and Canadian Patrick Watson with similar swooning and crashing cymbals and beats.  On “Fright of Thee”, a more macabre tone is evoked and resembled something Ryan Gosling’s band Dead Man’s Bones might have produced.

Guitarist Eric Schwortz served as speaker for the band chatting with the crowd and gauging interest in Downton Abbey?  Their fans were into it and the atmosphere felt like a room full of friends rather than industry suits witnessing the next big thing.  Eric also informed the audience of their latest track , “Quiet Street”, which premiered on Paste Magazine’s site.  Before concluding the set with “Fifty Fourteeners”, Kyle threw out an open invite to their fans to join them at HiFi , a bar up the street that would be honoring drink deals if they mentioned the gig.  Now that’s a classy band, taking care of its fans.

Set list
Gentle Beast
To Be Imagined
Glowing Mouth
Lost in the Dark
Fright of  Thee
Quiet Street
Here To Stay
For Disposal
50 14ers

Free Music Download: Band of Skulls’ “Sweet Sour”

Band of Skulls Sweet Sour Cover

Band of Skulls’ newest single, “Sweet Sour,” has a video and is currently available as a free download (see below). Their new record, Sweet Sourdropped exclusively on iTunes this past Tuesday and will be available everywhere else on Valentine’s Day (2/14). Check out the official video for “Sweet Sour” and download the mp3 below.

Free Music Download: Band Of Skulls – Sweet Sour 

Band Of Skulls – Sweet Sour [Official Video]

Free Music Download: Scissor Sisters Remix of School of Seven Bells’ “Lafaye”

School of Seven Bells Lafaye Scissor Sisters Remix cover

Their current single is “Lafaye” and the Scissor Sisters has picked it up and remixed the track, which is currently included on School of Seven Bells’ upcoming release Ghostory. Ghostory is due out 2/28, but fans can pick up “Lafaye” on iTunes now and the Scissor Sisters’ remix is available as a free download here or click on the link below.

Free Music Download: School of Seven Bells – Lafaye (Scissor Sisters Remix)

Also check out School of Seven Bells’ “That Night” HERE!

Cass McCombs illuminates Bowery Ballroom

To the backdrop of a lit screen resembling digital sequins, Cass McCombs and his band descended onto the stage of Bowery Ballroom.  Despite the glittering panels, Cass and his band were enshrouded in darkness with all overhead lights off.  They rambled into “Love Thine Enemy” from his last album, Humor Risk to start.  With only periodic camera flashes to reveal Cass’s facial expressions, this was a concert where audience members were forced to listen and less about the antics of the artist, not that Cass would oblige.  He leaves his songs to tell his stories.   He barely chatted, only to open with a “hi” and “how’s everyone?” and a thank you with introductions for his band at the tail end.

Borrowing largely from Humor Risk, Wit’s End and Catacombs, Cass and his gang of four melded nicely throughout the set on “My Sister, My Spouse,” “Buried Alive” and “The Same Thing”.  The gents on lap steel and keys really enveloped the wayward nature of the nomad singer-songwriter’s compositions.  Some songs even ensued praise from concert goers as one shouted “That was niiiiice,” after the conclusion of “Harmonia”.   A few deviations from the trio of last albums were “My Master” from the A album, the tribute/protest song “Bradley Manning” and “Angel Blood”, which had been played plenty in the fall 2011 tour and captured by Pitchfork and Daytrotter.

The appropriate swan song of the night had to be “County Line,” which you could feel the crowd anticipating.  NPR labelled “a song for ever time” and that it is.  For Wednesday night’s rendition in New York, the bluesy waltz was stretch for maximum appeal.  The perfect lullaby to send this writer back to her own county line (Kings).

Sharon Van Etten Starts East Coast and Midwest Tour Next Month

Sharon Van Etten press photo

Just days ago Sharon Van Etten played The Mercury Lounge in support of her upcoming album, Tramp. The album is set to release February 7th via Jagajaguwar records. Next month Sharon starts her headlining tour of the East Coast and Midwest starting in Philadelphia, PA, which is sold out (See tour dates below). She is heading to Europe for a week, but not before she hits the Bowery Ballroom and Music Hall of Williamsburg in New York to host her album release shows. Also in true Indie Rock fashion, Sharon is headed to Austin for SXSW where she’s join up with The War on Drugs for a West Coast stint.

Sharon Van Etten: Serpents (1/5/12) on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon

Download “Serpents” off Tramps Here:

Sharon Van Etten 2012 Tour Dates
Fri 02/10/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s # (SOLD OUT)
Sat 02/11/12 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat #
Sun 02/12/12 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle #
Tue 02/14/12 – Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center #
Wed 02/15/12 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Ladies Literary Club for Calvin College #
Thu 02/16/12 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall #
Fri 02/17/12 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall #
Sat 02/18/12 – Minneapolis, MN @ Cedar Cultural Center #
Tue 02/21/12 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace #
Wed 02/22/12 – Montreal, QC @ Il Motore #
Thu 02/23/12 – Boston, MA @ Paradise #
Fri 02/24/12 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg #
Sat 02/25/12 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom # (SOLD OUT)
Sun 0/2/26/12 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
Wed 03/14/12 – Austin, TX @ SXSW
Thu 03/15/12 – Austin, TX @ SXSW T
ue 03/20/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Avalon *
Wed 03/21/12 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent *
Fri 03/23/12 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater *
Sat 03/24/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret *
Sun 03/25/12 – Seattle, WA @ The Neptune
Tue 03/27/12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The State Room *
Wed 03/28/12 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater *
Fri 03/30/12 – Iowa City, IA @ Mission Creek Festival
Sat 03/31/12 – St. Louis, MO @ Luminary Center for the Arts *
Sun 04/01/12 – Bloomington, IN @ Rhino’s *
Thu. 04/19/12 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar
Fri. 04/20/12 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre
Sat. 04/21/12 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle
Sun. 04/22/12 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree Cafe
Tue. 04/24/12 – Knoxville, TN @ The Square Room
Wed. 04/25/12 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Thu. 04/26/12 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
Fri. 04/27/12 – Cincinnati, OH @ Mayday Northside
Sat. 04/28/12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Carnegie Lecture Hall # w/ Shearwater ^ w/ Carter Tanton, Glass Ghost * w/ The War On Drugs Shearwater!/SHARONVANETTEN

Gem Club dreams at Littlefield

The duo of Christopher Barnes and Kristen Drymala create ethereally slow burning ditties as Gem Club.  With a keyboard and a cello, their songs are cavernous and evoke a sense of longing.  Gem Club’s tunes are the perfect soundtrack for a walk on a cold and foreboding beach, which is not surprising that their song “Red Arrow” was featured on the ABC drama, Revenge.  Hamptons approved.

For their set at Littlefield, they were joined by vocalist Ieva Berberbian.  They quickly gave the thumbs up and started with “Birds” from their self-released six-song EP, Acid and Everything.  Taking from both the EP and their full length Breakers, the audience was transported into a dreamy reverie of piano ballads.  For the track “Breakers”, Kristen delicately tapped colorful foot bells and Chris lamented “the graceless years are gone”.  Chris offered very little chatter between songs, though very thankful for the opportunity to play and open for Califone.   One of the few songs he introduced,  “Acid and Everything” started somewhat in the vein of Radiohead’s “No Surprises” with its loopy piano keys.   The band ended their short 40-minute set with “In Wavelengths”, which has a glorious rendition recorded for a Daytrotter session over the 2011 CMJ festive.

If you haven’t had a chance to witness the slow burn of Gem Club, do yourself a favor and check out their Tiny Desk Concert for NPR’s All Songs Considered.  Guaranteed to leave you in a woozy haze.

Sharon Van Etten warms up Mercury Lounge

On a crisp evening, fans poured into Mercury Lounge to witness a rare, intimate concert with Ms. Sharon Van Etten.  Weeks before her latest LP, Tramp hits stores February 7th, she played to a sold out crowd on Wednesday.   She thanked her fans for giving up their hump day to hang with her.  Amongst her fans in the crowd was one Aaron Dessner of The National, who also helped producer her upcoming release.  Though not in attendance, Sharon’s other fancy friends include TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone (who was given a demo personally from Van Etten) and Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, who is her fellow Jagjaguwar label mate.  Girl rolls with fine company.

Covering her new album from side A to B, she began with “Warsaw” and continued in order of the track list.   As most of the songs were very new to her audience (unless they had streamed her performance the day before at The Greene Space for WNYC’s Soundcheck), they piped up for her single “Serpents”.  She had taken the single out for a spin on her first network television appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon a few weeks earlier.   She then went on to introduce the next tune “Kevin’s” as a song about quitting smoking.  Though there was little chatter between SVE and the crowd, she brought out a ukulele and an omnichord.   The latter instrument elicited a cheer of “OMICHORD!”

“All I Can” was well received by the entranced audience.  This reporter overheard one concertgoer say, “I really loved that last song.”  Sharon’s echoey vocals sure do that to listeners.   Her vocals were enhanced especially by bassist/keyboardist Heather Wood Broderick (Horse Feathers, Efterklang) on the second to last song “I’m Wrong”.  Though there was no encore, the crowd left completely satisfied and blessed to witness a true artist on the heels of a breakout.  SVE plays additional New York shows in February:

February 24 – Music Hall of Williamsburg
February 25 & 26 – Bowery Ballroom

Needless to say, not to be missed.

Set list
Give Out
In Line
All I Can
We Are Fine
Magic Chords
I’m Wrong
Joke or a Lie

Music: Lana Del Rey – Born to Die Remixes

Born to Die Lana Del Rey REmixes

Lana Del Rey – Born to Die [Single Version]
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die [Single Version] by PurplePR

Lana Del Rey didn’t have a fantastic weekend as her two performances on Saturday Night Live became a prime target for negative backlash from media and viewers alike. She was criticized for everything from her hair and the way she moved. It was her first US TV appearance and SNL is a big way to make any debut. Can we say nerves? She hasn’t even released her album yet.

On a positive note, today two remixes of her song “Born to Die” have been released on iTunes and on Soundcloud to stream. Below are the Woodkid and Clams Casino Remixes. Above is the original version of the song for listening pleasure.

Lana Del Rey – Born to Die [Woodkid Remix]
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die [Woodkid Remix] by PurplePR

Lana Del Rey – Born To Die [Clams Casino Remix]
Lana Del Rey - Born To Die [Clams Casino Remix] by PurplePR

Pandora Presents: Portugal. The Man at The Bowery in NYC


Portugal. The Man will headline the next live music event in the Company’s new series of free, personalized concerts. The show will take place in New York City on Tuesday, January 17 (today) at the Bowery in New York. This is the second in the personalized concerts series from Pandora. The inaugural concert last month was headlined by Dawes in Portland, Oregon.

Pandora figures the acts for the show by analyzing the local users musical tastes.  Those users that show heavy data sets with the artist chosen are then invited to the show for free.  If a fan didn’t not receive an invitation online, there are a free passes that will be available at the door beginning at 7pm. Doors open at 8pm and the show begins at 9pm.

Pandora Founder and Chief Strategy Officer Tim Westergren said, “It is exciting to see a central theme of Pandora’s mission come to life, that of helping bands find their audiences and facilitating the joy of discovery for our listeners. As the series continues, we look forward to bringing these personalized live music events to our listeners in cities all across the country.”

Pandora users around the country have access to behind the scenes video and interviews with bands that perform at each show by heading over here:



Free Music Download: Harriet’s “I Slept With All Your Mothers”

Harriet group photo

Harriet is a new Los Angeles-based band fronted by former Dawes member Alex Casnoff. The group is also composed of Aaron Folb  on bass, Henry Kwapis  on drums, and Adam Gunther on guitar. The quartet will self-release their debut EP, titled Tell The Right Story, on January 31, 2012.   Their debut was produced by Sean O’Brien and recorded in Los Angeles and Sacramento.  Rolling Stone is offering a free download of Harriet’s  “I Slept With All Your Mothers” for free.  The group as a couple live shows coming up this month that are below.

Free Music Download: Harriet’s “I Slept With All Your Mothers” 


January 16, 2012 – The Satellite – Los Angeles, CA
February 2, 2012 – Harvard & Stone – Los Angeles, CA

For more information on Harriet:

Celebrate with Young Jesus at Lincoln Hall on Wednesday

Young Jesus
Location: Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
Date: Jan 4th at 8pm
Tickets: 18+ $6 advance online $10 day of show
The Bill:Young Jesus (Record Release)

Young Jesus

John Rossiter on guitar/vocals, Shawn Nystrand on bass, Cody Kellogg on lead guitar, and Peter Martin on drums make up the Chicago Indie Rockers, Young Jesus.  The band is celebrating their upcoming full length debut album, Home, at Lincoln Hall on Wednesday, January 4th and they will be joined by Canasta, Brontosaurus, and Hemmingbirds.  This is the first chance to snag their release before it hits the national market on January 24th. For more information check out the Facebook Event Page here!

Need to hear Young Jesus? Download “Away” that is off their album Home for free below!

Young Jesus “Away” Free Music Download