In Photos: Lupe Fiasco at Soundset 2012

Lupe Fiasco
Soundset
Shakopee, MN
5/27/12

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
Soundset
Shakopee, MN
5/27/12

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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
Soundset
Shakopee, MN
5/27/12

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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
Soundset
Shakopee, MN
5/27/12

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
Soundset
Shakapee, MN
5/27/12

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
Soundset
Shakopee, MN
5/27/12

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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
Soundset
Shakopee, MN
5/27/12

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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
5/25/12

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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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Americans’ White EP Makes Me Blue

The Americans
The White EP
Self-released
www.theamericansnyc.com

The AmericansYou gotta like white bread and vanilla shakes with a hint of Jeff Lynne dashed in to really get behind The Americans’ sophomore release “The White EP.”

The fact that no less than Sean Lennon is their corner – and they had the audacity to play off the iconic eponymous album often referred to as “The White Album” one would expect more humor – at least more tongues planted in cheeks.

Ironically they don’t seem like they are having any fun at all except on the opening of “Rooftop Love” where the harmonies soar and you can almost hear the smiles. The backing vocals on “Rooftop Love” sound like they were fun to record, but for the most part The Americans kind of come off as smug hipsters who are trying to appeal to as many people as possible – while falling somewhat short of appealing to anyone for more than a few bars per song.

Releasing an EP – to me – is a waste. With the ease and affordability of recording these days – releasing six or eight songs is kind of a money grab. When you throw in the ambitious range of “The White EP” a few more songs may have completed their aural picture allowing the listened a fuller understanding of their direction.

With six songs – and a lot going on (some works some does not) all the listener gets is confused and – in my case – turned off. While they are talented musicians – they need focus and direction – even if it means cutting Sean Lennon loose and figuring out who they are.

Stand Out Track
Rooftop Love

The Concretes bring swede tunes to New York.


There’s been a Swede attack from the dance queen Robyn to folkster Tallest Man on Earth (aka Kristian Mattsson) last year, and 2011 will not let up either with the return of The Concretes. Known for their track “Say Something New” which peppered Target ads, the indie pop outfit has remained relatively quiet for the past few years. With former lead singer Victoria Bergsman’s (now Taken by Trees) departure, Lisa Milberg has stepped up fill the missing slot. Not since 2007’s Hey Trouble have The Concretes produced new tunes, and their latest effort WYWH brings all the winsome goodness you’ve loved them for with a splash of disco waves.

The Concretes bring their infectious melodies to the Bowery Ballroom on Saturday, January 22. Tickets are $15 advance and at the door. Hooray for Earth and The Acrylics open.

Santah is coming to town

Santah
White Noise Bed
Self-released
santahmusic.com

They’re young. They’re passionate. They’re from downstate Illinois. What more can you ask from a quintet who plays live with strangely controlled energy – then finds a way to channel that energy into the recording studio.

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Say YES to Willis

Daphne Willis
What to Say
Vanguard Records

Daphne Willis

Daphne Willis knows exactly who she is – now it is time for you to find out. By way of introduction; she is a smart and soulful songwriter. Her spunk and sass translate to relevant pop that resonates with confidence and passion for what she is doing.

“What to Say” Willis’ most recent release jumps off with Everybody Else a crackling bit of indoor fireworks that lets you know she is here and paying attention isn’t an option; it is an obligation.

Willis delivers pop with a heavy hand dipped into the pool we know as soul music resulting in multi-layered music worthy of someone far beyond her 23 years on this earth.

On “What to Say” Willis has clearly been paying attention to her elders – but does nothing to impersonate or channel them. She is her own woman and the music is better for it.

Far Away is another chance for her to showcase her songwriting that – at times – alternates between the obligatory internal rhyme schemes often found in better hip hop songs and her signature style which is both charming and accessible.

All I Know continues to feature her unique hybrid songwriter style – while upping the ante with more intricate arrangements that support her clear and confident voice.

This ambitious release includes twelve songs – each songs flashes its own individual vibe – each very clearly and unabashedly he work of a youngster with the talent of her elders.

Stand Out Tracks
Everybody Else
Far Away
What to Say
Still Tryin’

Devendra Banhart in Chicago

Devendra Banhart
Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
November 16, 2009

Devendra Banhart Vic Theatre

I wasn’t planning on reviewing this one – so I’ll only touch upon the key moments – and there were certainly many. I wrote my notes in my cell phone…2010 Baby! List form, go:

1) Devendra rocked some ridiculously colored shoes and a t-shirt that said “We did it CHICAGO STLYE.”

2) Valencia Roxy Music and Rats underwent some changes for the worse…all other songs were enhanced live (especially the Spanish ones).

3) In freak-folk land, the backing band was a SuperGroup: Rodrigo Amarante – Guitarist (Los Hermanos, Little Joy) Noah Georgeson (Little Joy, Devendra Producer) Greg Rogove – drummer (Priestbird) Luckey Remington – bassist (The Pleased).

More photos of Devendra Banhart after the jump…

Devendra Banhart Vic Theatre4) The Devendra solo songs were better though.

5) Devendra is debating between calling his band Dufus 3D and The Groggs (I think he prefers The Groggs).

6) Brindo was 100 times better live.

7) We got the best song from Little Joy first-hand.

8. He played “Lover”!!

9) The second half of “Angelika” was awesome.

10) Very Young, Very Good, Very Appreciative crowd, a lot of interaction with a talkative Devendra – surprisingly intimate show.

11) I’d like to get a hold of The Pleased song that Luckey performed, it rocked, and I need to check out their (Joanna Newsom-collab!) albums.

12) Was pleased that an audience member threw his hat on stage, his dream is to get hit with a tomato.

13) Two of the best surprises pulled from his first tour when he was travel ling with Entrance – the awesome Charles C. Leary (the first song I’ve ever heard of his) and the killer Johnny Thunders song “You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory.”

14) One girl climbed on stage during their pre-encore last song, her friend joined, then two more…eventually 20+, pretty sweet.

15) His shirtless encore medley of “Chinese Children” and “I Feel Just Like A Child” was just as awesome as you’d expect.

16) Devendra couldn’t have been more grateful…a very solid, intimate, direct, and memorable show. Incredible set list:

Set List / Chicago

Long Haired Child
16th And Valencia Roxy Music
Can’t Help But Smiling
Little Yellow Spider
(solo acoustic)
Sight To Behold (solo acoustic)
How’s About Telling A Story (solo acoustic)
Maria
Foolin’
Brindo
No One’s Better Sake (Little Joy)
Lover
Angelika
“It’s Gonna Take Some Time To Be Alone With You” (The Pleased)
I Remember
(piano)
Charles C. Leary (solo acoustic)
You Can’t Put Your Arms Around A Memory (Johnny Thunders) (solo acoustic)
“New Song Hot off the Fudging Press” (Priestbird)
Carmensita (I’m Pretty Sure)
Rats
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Chinese Children
Feel Like A Child

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Written by: Joseph O’Fallon

Photos by: Stephanie Anderson

In Photos: Conflict of Interest XI 2009: Fanfarlo

Fanfarlo
Conflict of Interest XI 2009
Rebel NYC – New York, NY
10/19/2009

Amos Memon – drums & percussion, vocals
Cathy Lucas – violin, keys, mandolin, glock, vocals, saw
Justin Finch – bass, vocals
Leon Beckenham – trumpet, keys, glock, melodica
Simon Balthazar – vocals, guitar, keys, mandolin, sax, clarinet, glock

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More photos of Fanfarlo at The Conflict of Interest Party in New York after the jump…

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In Photos: Conflict of Interest XI 2009: The Union Line

The Union Line
Conflict of Interest XI
Rebel NYC – New York, NY
10/19/2009

Richard Theisen – Vocalist
Adam Sabolick – Bass
Jordan Sabolick – Guitar
Johnny Wilson – Keys
Tony Tancredi – Drums

The Union Line Conflict of Interest XI Rebel NYC - New York, NY 10/19/2009Quick Facts:
The Union Line formed in 2008 in San juan Capistrano.
Drummer Tony Tancredi was a tour manager and booking guy for the likes of Matt Costa and the Delta Spirit.
They had their first show in 2008 at the Gypsy Lounge in California

More photos from their live show at Rebel NYC and some video for your pleasure..

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Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar – “One Fast Move Or I’m Gone” NPR Stream

JAY FARRAR AND BENJAMIN GIBBARD JOIN FORCES FOR NEW ALBUM INSPIRED BY JACK KEROUAC’S “BIG SUR” & SET SIX SPECIAL KEROUAC CONCERTS

COLLABORATIVE ALBUM ONE FAST MOVE OR I’M GONE: KEROUAC’S BIG SUR OUT OCTOBER 20 ON F-STOP/ATLANTIC

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Official Site: http://www.onefastmove.com/
Check out the trailer here
One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur, a new album featuring 12 original songs composed and performed by Jay Farrar of Son Volt and Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie–with lyrics based on the prose of Jack Kerouac’s landmark 1962 novel Big Sur–is set for an October 20 release on F-Stop/Atlantic Records along with a feature-length documentary of the same title in which both Gibbard and Farrar appear.

Gibbard and Farrar, having never previously met, discovered a mutual kinship in their passion for Kerouac’s work while recording several songs for the documentary, produced by Kerouac Films.

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Ben Gibbard & Jay Farrar – “One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur”

JAY FARRAR AND BENJAMIN GIBBARD JOIN FORCES FOR NEW ALBUM INSPIRED BY JACK KEROUAC’S “BIG SUR” & SET SIX SPECIAL KEROUAC CONCERTS

COLLABORATIVE ALBUM ONE FAST MOVE OR I’M GONE: KEROUAC’S BIG SUR OUT OCTOBER 20 ON F-STOP/ATLANTIC

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One Fast Move or I’m Gone: Kerouac’s Big Sur, a new album featuring 12 original songs composed and performed by Jay Farrar of Son Volt and Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab for Cutie–with lyrics based on the prose of Jack Kerouac’s landmark 1962 novel Big Sur–is set for an October 20 release on F-Stop/Atlantic Records along with a feature-length documentary of the same title in which both Gibbard and Farrar appear.

Gibbard and Farrar, having never previously met, discovered a mutual kinship in their passion for Kerouac’s work while recording several songs for the documentary, produced by Kerouac Films.

After the initial San Francisco recording session in July 2007, they decided to develop the project further to create an album using Kerouac’s own words from the book as the lyrics. Big Sur is an evocative account of a time in Jack’s life when he’d “come undone,” both emotionally and spiritually. He escapes to a cabin in Big Sur to confront his inner demons and find a modicum of peace by the sea.

Trailer after the jump…..

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Hot off Myspace Records: Sherwood Get your Copy of “Qu” for $2.99

Sherwood has a new album out this week titled Qu. It is being featured as an Amazon Daily Deal. You can purchase the entire album for $2.99 on Amazon Mp3!

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Japandriods at Schubas in Chicago

Japandriods
Schubas – Chicago, IL
10/9/2009

Japandriods Schubas

I walked in. The Coathangers were rocking, Balloons on the stage, Troll rested on speaker, Four Gals, Candice’s Birthday, New singer/instrument set-up for every song, Every song = pretty damn good.The show only got better. Coathangers are an Atlanta quartet definitely worth checking out, “Pussywillow” is as awesome as its name, and “Shake Shake” probably tops the five on their MySpace.At 11:36 sharp, Vancouver’s Japandroids played what they called their first “own” show in Chicago (non-Pitchfork, as a headliner), and they were certainly excited about that. They joined the impressive duos that I’ve seen live along with the White Stripes, Fiery Furnaces, Black Keys, and Death From Above 1979.

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They went with the strong “Heart Sweats” as their opener before launching straight into my potential favorite “Sovereignty,” which tweaked its lyrics from “cuz I’m in love with you tonight,” to “cuz I’m in Chicago tonight.” This was fitting because the show was in Chicago. The new song that followed was up to par with a lot of their tunes, it was described as a new song to dance to with easy lyrics that you can learn in 30 seconds, “so there’s no excuse for not singing along.”

“Rockers East Vancouver” sounded better live for sure and was one of their best, and although I prefer Brian’s singer more, David dominates this one.. While Post-Nothing seems to be getting a lot of attention – Pitchfork Best New Music – they do have 10 songs pre- Post-Nothing that are pretty good and will be release as an album in January. Any band that can get away with rhyming “together” and “forever” with “together” as basis for the three-line song is impressive.

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The show moved at a pretty quick pace, and while both seemed so happy to be on tour, especially in Chicago, talking was kept pretty minimally, offering a few jokes in between every few songs. They got into some songs they didn’t have time for last time like “Darkness On The Edge of Gastown.” “To Hell With Good Intentions,” the McLusky cover, which served as the last song prior to when they would’ve done their encore, was my favorite concert moment in a long while – both the cover and the song itself is unstoppable.

“No encore. We don’t do that leave and come back bullshit, so here’s the last song. You guys rock,” which I believe came before “I Quit Girls.” Insanely sweet show from an insanely sweet band.

Lover! Play LOS ANGELES At The Redwood On 11.14 / “No Dreams Please” EP Out NOW On Big Legal Mess Records

Lover! Play LOS ANGELES At The Redwood On 11.14
No Dreams Please EP Out NOW On Big Legal Mess Records

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Dusted Magazine
“…this guy is great. Transitional T. Rex style glam ride of the ‘Ride A White Swan’ stripe meets jaunty, sardonic Medway boot party on ‘Man In The Woods,’ just strollin’ down the lane to the village, kicking every ass in sight.”

LA Vinyl Records Examiner
“…one of Memphis’ most prolific and charismatic bands.”

Memphis Commerical Appeal

“…irresistible melodic underpinning that makes this a hard record to take off your turntable.”

Believe it or not, but being involved with the seedy Memphis punk underground in the mid 1990s can have its advantages. For Rich Crook, falling in with teenage terrors, The Reatards came right at the perfect time in his budding musical life. Stepping into a band with a very much still-teenage Jay Reatard between the release of their debut LP and their shambolic first European tour at the end of 1998 (??), Crook was always the steady force of somewhat actual consciousness that kept everything in balance. His appearance on the ‘Grown Up Fucked Up’ LP solidified his spot in The Reatards officially, and upon the band’s implosion in early 1999, he joined Jay and Alicja Trout of The Clears in the next phase of their sonic obliteration, the notorious Lost Sounds. As this tightly-wound synth-punk unit quickly snapped into their place in the universe, endless touring ensued, and as most of the US never really got a good look at the Reatards live, people flocked out en masse for any and every Lost Sounds show that criss-crossed across the country over the next three years.

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Treasure Island Music Festival Final Schedule & Times

Treasure Island Music Festival Final Schedule & Times
Get Your Ticket Before It Sells Out!
October 17th & 18th 2009: The Flaming Lips, MGMT, The Decemberists, MSTRKRFT And Many More.

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San Francisco, CA – The 3rd Annual Treasure Island Music Festival is the West Coast’s premiere boutique event, boasting some of the best indie and electronica acts in the world today. Don’t miss your opportunity to find out the secret behind Treasure Island before it sells out. Set against panoramic views of the city by the bay, Treasure Island Music Festival sticks true to form this year in offering an electronic and dance-centric lineup on Saturday, October 17th and an indie rock lineup on Sunday, October 18th. With two stages and no overlapping sets, fans can enjoy every note of every act.

TREASURE ISLAND MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2009
SATURDAY OCTOBER 17th, 2009

BRIDGE

The Limousines – 12:00-12:40 PM
Murs – 1:20-2:05 PM
Passion Pit – 2:50-3:35 PM
The Streets – 4:25-5:15 PM
Brazilian Girls – 6:05-6:55 PM
MSTRKRFT – 7:45-8:35 PM
MGMT – 9:25-10:40 PM

TUNNEL

Crown City Rockers – 12:40-1:15PM
Federico Aubele – 2:05-2:45 PM
Dan Deacon – 3:35-4:20 PM
DJ Krush – 5:15-6:00PM
LTJ Bukem Feat. MC Conrad – 6:55-7:40 PM
Girl Talk – 8:35-9:20 PM

SUNDAY OCTOBER 18th, 2009

More Stages and Artists Announced after the jump….

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Brooklyn’s Dead Leaf Echo annouce new release “Truth” and CMJ Dates

Introducing Brooklyn-based Nouveau Romantics Dead Leaf Echo.
Only months after their last experiments in high-art on Pale Fire,
featuring the epic title track mixed by Ulrich Schnass,
Dead Leaf Echo has teamed up with John Fryer of 4AD fame
to mix their latest evocative release Truth.

On Truth, Dead Leaf Echo reaches new heights,
exploring greater depths with 7 songs of pure devotion.

Check out the layered beauty of “Half-Truth” HERE.

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Truth will come to the people through German label 2&1 Records (Ex-Alison Records).
Vinyl comes from Custom Made Music with digital distribution from Apollo Audio.

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Brandi Carlile at the House of Blues Chicago

Brandi Carlile
House of Blues – Chicago, IL
9/28/09

by Jacqueline Johnson

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As a part of the (RED) NIGHTS: A Concert Series That Saves Lives, a portion of the proceeds goes to help eliminate AIDS in Africa. With that as an added benefit, if you happen to be familiar with Chicago concert venues then you will understand the shear excitement in attending a show at the House of Blues. I walk in from off of the rainy city street, to a shockingly warm audience that conveniently parts as I make my way to the stage. After a few cordially anticipated moments chatting with Carlile fans, the famous HOB “Quilt” curtain ascends to reveal Brandi Carlile congregated stage center with her band around one mic. Capturing the mood with her folksy, down to earth style and pure raw talent the band begins the night A Capella.

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Joshua Radin on Chicago, Songwriting, and Record Labels

Joshua Radin Interview

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It felt like a homecoming when Joshua Radin stepped on stage Thursday night at the Chicago House of Blues.

Known as a confessional singer/songwriter whose music has appeared on notable TV shows such as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “Brothers and Sisters,” little do people know that Radin was involved in the Chicago music scene, not as a participant, but as a supporter.

“I used to go down to the Elbow Room a lot and my friend was in a band called Bumpus,” Radin said while sitting on a large leather couch in an upstairs room in the House of Blues.

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Here We Go Magic Sign With Secretly Canadian / Look Out For Sophomore Record Spring 2010

Here We Go Magic Sign With Secretly Canadian
Look Out For Sophomore Record Spring 2010

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It’s been a big year for Here We Go Magic following the release of their much celebrated self-titled debut (Western Vinyl), and now they have their sights firmly set on 2010 with a new album, a new record label, and an ever expanding sound. Having just signed to Secretly Canadian, the band is targeting Spring of 2010 to release their highly anticipated follow-up to 2009’s breakthrough record.

The band have spent much of the year on the road touring with indie giants including Grizzly Bear and are currently supporting The Walkmen before playing Austin City Limits.

Here We Go Magic are also hard at work recording the self-produced sophomore album in a house they’ve commandeered in upstate New York, and while the first record was the result of Luke Temple getting creative in his bedroom, this release is a fully fledged team effort.

With an eye towards 2010 the band is looking forward to expanding their audience as their unique sound continues to permeate throughout the indie
world.

Click Here To Watch Pitchfork TV Premiere “Fangela” Video

Brooklyn Vegan Premiers “Fangela”

Pitchfork Media Premiers Video For “Tunnelvision”

Click Here To Listen To “Tunnelvision”
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Bing & Ruth Play Special New York Show At Le Poisson Rouge October 19th Debuting Songs From Forthcoming Album “City Lake” / Look Out For New LP Spring 2009

Bing & Ruth Play Special New York Show
At Le Poisson Rouge October 19th Debuting Songs From Forthcoming Album “City Lake”
Look Out For New LP Spring 2009

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New York Times
“making the most of layered and atmospheric melody,”

Brooklyn band Bing and Ruth is an 11-piece ensemble led by composer and pianist David Moore. Described by the New York Times as “making the most of layered and atmospheric melody,” the band utilizes clarinets, voices, cellos, and a buffet of other acoustic instruments to craft expansive soundscapes and quiet microtonal textures. Formed among friends in 2006, they have self-released two records, the “Bing and Ruth” EP in 2006, and the full-length “Kentile Floors” in 2007.

In it’s young life the ensemble has garnered a reputation for unique and engaging life performances, with recent shows in the New York area including the Wordless Music Series, the MATA Festival, the WFMU Festival, Stochastic Brooklyn, and the Darmstadt New Music Series at Issue Project Room. They have shared the stage with a wide variety of performers among whom include Múm, Max Richter, and So Percussion.

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APSE Featured On NPR’s All Songs Considered / Stereogum Releases Double A-Sided Single / Climb Up Out Nov. 10th On ATP Records

APSE Featured On NPR’s All Songs Considered, Streaming New Tune “The Return”
Release Double A-Side Single Featuring “3.1/ The Whip”, Available Now On Limited Edition Vinyl /Download
Sophomore LP Entitled Climb Up Out Nov.10th

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Click Here To Listen To Bob Boilen’s NPR “All Songs Considered” Feature

Click Here To Listen To Double A Single “3.1/The Whip” On Stereogum

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Lover! Announce US Tour / “No Dreams Please” EP Out NOW On Big Legal Mess Records

Lover! Announce US Tour
No Dreams Please EP Out NOW On Big Legal Mess Records

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Dusted Magazine
“…this guy is great. Transitional T. Rex style glam ride of the ‘Ride A White Swan’ stripe meets jaunty, sardonic Medway boot party on ‘Man In The Woods,’ just strollin’ down the lane to the village, kicking every ass in sight.”

LA Vinyl Records Examiner
“…one of Memphis’ most prolific and charismatic bands.”

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Bridezilla Release Live Session On Baeble Music

Bridezilla Release Live Session On Baeble Music
Rave Reviews From US Tour
Premiere Debut Single “Brown Paper Bag” On FilterMagazine.com
Self Titled Digital EP Out This Fall / Look Out For Debut LP Early 2010

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Click Here to Watch Live Session On Baeble Music

Click Here To Download “Brown Paper Bag” From Filter Magazine.com

Rolling Stone
“… This five piece from Sydney slide through dark grooves and stunning instrumental flourishes to create one of the coolest debuts you’ll hear this year, a blend of desperately addictive songwriting and Dirty Three-like crescendos”

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Miles Benjamin Anthony Robinson’s Summer Of Fear Out Digitally Today Via iTunes & Saddle Creek Online Store

Premieres First Single “The Sound” On AOL/SPINNER
Announces US Dates With Bob Mould & CMJ Showcases
CD Out October 20th, Vinyl Out Nov. 24th On Saddle Creek, Full Tracklisting Revealed For CD/Vinyl/Itunes

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Click Here To Purchase Summer Of Fear At Saddle Creek Store
Click Here To Listen To “The Sound” AOL/SPINNER World Premiere

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Built To Spill – Vic Theatre, Saturday, September 26, 2009

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The Vic Theatre – Chicago, IL
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Built To Spill’s Chicago Saturday gig at the Vic Theatre went about as expected – fifteen songs, some new material, extended guitar solos, knowledgeable fans, and a killer set, all coming together for one really really sweet show.

The dull beginning of the intro that segued into the new (There Is No Enemy) track “Oh Yeah,” did not set the standard for the great set/performance to come; however, the delayed start, their readiness to  jam, and the long gaps from song-to-song did set the pace. It is fair to say that Doug Martsch and the Boise quintet weren’t too concerned with firing through songs one right after the other.

Things certainly became more upbeat with the 1-2-3-4 punch of “In The Morning,” “The Plan,” “Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss,” and “Hindsight,” four songs that showcase Doug’s voice at its strongest, and allow the audience to move around a little beyond a head-bob. IF YOU HAVE NOT YET HEARD “Hindsight,” I fully recommend you do that right away – it has very cool lyrics, and one that definitely belongs in the BTS Catchy folder.

Songs that earned stars next to their listing in my set list were “Fly Around,” “Hindsight” (which sounded pretty slick and a future fixture), “Time Trap,” “Sidewalk,” and the closer “Conventional Wisdom” (which closed for far too long). “Car,” “You Were Right” and “Reasons” were also incredible, but didn’t jump out as much last night as did the aforementioned.
“Wherever You Go” was prefaced with a heartfelt dedication to the brothers and sisters (fighting for the environment). Bear with me, I don’t want to butcher the story, I’ll have facts totally clear tomorrow. “Reasons” and “One Thing” came a bit of a surprise, taking the place of the more predictable (“Distopian Dream Girl,” “Big Dipper,” “Twin Falls,” or “Goin’ Against Your Mind” even). Sadly, only two new tunes…one of which is already been part of the BTS song rotation.
The band went three for three during the encore – “Car,” “You Were Right” and the newest crowd-pleaser, “Conventional Wisdom,” all rocked. The audience seemed like one that had certainly seen the band a couple of times before: many could sing along at any point, and the feeling was cozy, intimate, relaxed, and genuine.
Good job BTS, can’t wait for the forthcoming 7th LP, There Is No Enemy, October 6. Here is the set, courtesy of the forum, and accurate with me:
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1. Intro
2. Oh Yeah
3. In The Morning
4. The Plan
5. Fly Around My Pretty Little Miss
6. Hindsight
7. Wherever You Go
8. Reasons
9. Three Years Ago Today
10. Sidewalk
11. Timetrap
12. One Thing
13. Stab
Encores
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15. Car
16. You Were Right
17. Conventional Wisdom

Mean Creek- Under the Radar Premiere Light Into Dark, On Tour NOW!

Under the Radar steps out and premieres Mean Creeks new single Light Into Dark HERE!

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“Whimsical boy-girl vox, meandering lead guitar and head-over-heels percussion typify the new direction on “Light Into Dark” (offered above for the first time). “Gotta stop burning our hands on the stars / find somewhere to level out / even if we’ve got to fly up to Pluto or Mars,” emotes Keene and Ounjian on the smoldering rocker. The twosome’s starry-eyed wonder bring to mind Viva Voce’s early albums.
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Check out In Studio Outtakes on their You Tube HERE!

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The Subjects Play CHICAGO At The Empty Bottle On 10.8 With Bad Veins

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Daytrotter: “The line I want to use to describe The Subjects is from the exasperated phone call scene in ‘Back to Future’, where Marvin Berry- wth his bloddy, bandaged playing hand – punches his cousin Chuck’s phone number and says, “You know that new sound you’ve been looking for? Well, listen to this…”

San Diego News: “…great harmonies.”

KEXP Seattle: “Another New York band for Seattleites to fall in love with.”

Magnet Magazine: “…remarkably solid…”

The Onion: “The Subjects sound reflects its make-up, with exuberant power-pop full of shambling guitars balanced by slower thoughtfulness.”

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The Antlers Announce US Tour With Minus The Bear

The Antlers Announce US Tour With Minus The Bear
Release Live Session On AOL’s The Interface
On Tour NOW With Holly Miranda
“Hospice” LP Out Now On Frenchkiss Records

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Click Here To Watch Live Session On AOL’s The Interface

Click Here To Watch The Antlers LIVE Sesion On NPR

Click Here To Watch The Antlers Video For “Two” On Pitchfork

Click Here To Watch LIVE Performance At Pitchfork Music Festival

Click Here To Watch Ice Cream Truck LIVE Session

Pitchfork 8.5 (Best New Music)

NPR 2009’s Best Record Of 2009 So Far

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