Shonen Knife Celebrate 30 Years with 30 North American Tour Dates!

Shonen Knife is celebrating their 30th anniversary with 30 new North American tour dates! This female pop/punk band from Japan is also set to release their 19th album, Pop Tune, June 6th off Good Charamel Records in North America. Pre-order will be available soon through their label website: www.goodcharamel.com.

We last caught up with this trio back in 2010 at their stop at Schubas Tavern in Chicago and played 10 questions with Naoko!  This is a must-see tour for punk fans!

Shonen Knife North American Tour Dates:
7-19 Philadelphia, PA- Johnny Brenda’s*
7-20 Asbury Park, NJ –Asbury Lanes*
7-21 Brooklyn, NY- The Bell House*
7-22 Hoboken, NJ- Maxwells*
7-24 Providence, RI- Providence Social Club*
7-25 Portland, ME - Space Gallery*
7-26 Allston, MA- Great Scotts*
7-27 Rochester, NY – Bug Jar*
7-28 Long Lake, NY – Mt. Sabattis Pavillion*
7-29 Bethlehem, PA- Levitt Pavillion Steelstacks*
7-30 Detroit, MI- Lager House -*
7-31 Great Rapids, MI- The Pyramid Scheme*
8-2 Chicago, IL- Empty Bottle*
8-3 TBA
8-4 Minneapolis, MN-The Entry
8-5 Fargo, ND- The Aquarium
8-8 Seattle, WA- Tractor Tavern
8-9 Portland, OR- Dante’s
8-10 San Francisco, Ca- Bottom of the Hill
8-11 San Jose, CA- Blank Club
8-12 So Cal. - TBD
8-13 So Cal - TBD
8-14 Tucson, AZ- Club Congress
8-16 Austin, TX- Red 7 -
8-17 Dallas, TX- Club Dada
8-18 Little Rock, AR- Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken
8-19 Nashville, TN- Exit / In*
8-20 Cincinnati, OH- Taft Theatre*
8-21 Cleveland, OH- Beachland Ballroom*
8-22 Toronto, ON- The Quadrangle / Hart House
* w/ opening band White Mystery

www.goodcharamel.com
www.shonenknife.net
http://www.whitemysteryband.com

My Big Beautiful Kicks Off Thanksgiving Eve!

My Big Beautiful
Metro – Chicago, IL
11/23/11

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Pop-punk band My Big Beautiful was one of many in last nights line up leading up to Naked Raygun’s headling show. The band formed back in 1993 from Joliet, IL. After taking a break in ’96 to pursue other music ventures the band ended up getting back together in 2003 and have been playing an aray of new & classic M.B.B. songs ever since. Last night was the perferct way to kick off this holiday weekend! This was my first time experiencing My Big Beautiful and it wont be my last. Their energy was fantastic and they had me at covering Tom Petty and the Hearbreakers “American Girl”. Before the show I saw Steev Custer running around the Metro with his kids, giving piggy back rides and just having a great time before the show. It was really awesome to see! During the show you could see his daughter waving to him from the balcony and he would just shoot her the biggest smile, it was the cutest thing ever! Steev even keeps a photo of his kids that sits on his amp on stage. It’s rare to see things like that. If you haven’t see My Big Beautiful I suggest you! Check out their Facebook page for your most recent M.B.B. updates.

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Lifehouse Plays Ravinia

Lifehouse Plays Ravinia 8/20

Lifehouse will be hitting Ravinia this summer to promote their fifth album Smoke & Mirrors.  The band is best known for hit songs “Hanging by a Moment”, “You and Me”, “First Time”, and “Whatever It Takes”. Tickets are available now and start at $33 for lawn and $55 for reserved seating under the pavilion.

 

 

Lifehouse
Openers: Wayland
When: 7p.m. Saturday, August 20th/Gates open at 5pm
Where: Ravinia Pavilion
Tickets: $33-$55
To Purchase Tickets Online:
Reserved Seats
Lawn Seats

 

Five For Fighting Rocks Ravinia

Five for Fighting

John Ondrasik is best known for his piano- rock tunes “Superman (It’s Not Easy)”, “100 Years”, and “The Riddle”. John adopted the name “Five for Fighting,” when he played hockey, which is an expression when a player receives a five-minute penalty for fighting. Who would have guess all these sentimental songs could come from a fighter!

When Five for Fighting hit the stage they went right into “Slice” and “The Riddle”. It wasn’t until John switched over to playing the guitar for “65 Mustang” when he told us how his dad bought a brand new mustang and brought him home from the hospital in it. Years later that car became John’s and changed the color to a metallic purple “because I was a prince”. Later he restored it back to its original condition and returned it back to his dad. John borrowed it to bring his son home from the hospital. It was then that he decided she needed her own song!

He told us about people asking him where his songs come from and he said you just have to look and listen to things that are happening around you. Calling home late one night when his daughter Olivia answered the phone and told him “Dad I love you, I don’t know why, I just do”.

The evening was filled of great songs and stories. John was in good spirits. He was happy the weather worked out from the crazy rain that rolled through in the morning and he was glad to be back in Chicago where he used to play at Schubas many moons ago. John had lots of family that flew in for the show. There were many dedications made throughout the show; birthday wishes for anyone celebrating along with “If God Made You” to all the kids running around the park and of course sending out love to all the men and women in the military. John is pretty hilarious making lots of small talk and telling all sorts of jokes. I really enjoyed Five for Fighting and can’t wait to see them again.

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Five for Fighting released Playlist: The Very Best of Five for Fighting on January 25th. To have your chance at seeing Five for Fighting this summer here is where they will be:

Stamford, CT – Alive At Five 07.28.11
Rock Springs, WY – Sweetwater Country Fair 08.03.11
Kansas City, MO – Crown Center 08.12.11
Oakland, CA – Art & Soul Festival 08.20.11

Partial Set List:
Slice

The Riddle

Chances

65 Mustang

Easy Tonight

Note To The Unknown Soldier

Superman

Bella’s Birthday Cake

Freedom Never Cries

If God Made You

NYC Weather Report

Disneyland

I Just Love You

100 Years

What Kind of World Do You Want

Vanessa Carlton Steams Through Ravinia

Vanessa Carlton

I’m sure Chicagoans were unsure about the nights show when those morning storms came rolling in. But luckily it cleared up and ended up being a beautiful but steamy evening. Vanessa is out promoting her new album that comes out next week, Rabbits on The Run. Vanessa opened up the night with “Who’s to say” and “Harmonium”. Vanessa introduced the band and told us how she had been suffering from writers block for a few years until her guitarist Ari helped her breakthrough it. They were working at Vanessa’s home when nothing was coming to them so they decided to go to a pub that was nearby and came up with the song “I Don’t Wanna Be a Bride”. Vanessa’s voice sounded lovely throughout the park, but watching her was a bit disappointing to me. The whole set was pretty mild but it was at “A Thousand Miles” when I was ready for Vanessa to rage a lil bit. Maybe swiftly stand up kicking her piano bench across the stage. Could I get a little dance or groove while she played? Sadly I got nothing. The nights version was much slower compared to her radio release. Other than the few stories she told in between songs she was very “professional” looking while she played. Usually looking forward, not really looking out into the crowd.

Some of the stories she told got me a little lost in translation. Trying to give herself props and comparing a song she wrote when she was 16 , “A Thousand Miles”, to today’s “Get Good” which is dedicated to a friend who was going through a divorce, I didn’t really understand what she was trying to share with us. Or mentioning how she got inspiration for “The Marching Line” by taking her dog for walks at the Hudson River, saying her favorite time to go is when it’s raining and how she likes to wear her boots while it’s raining. I just wasn’t sure where she was going with some of these back stories.

Vanessa recorded Rabbits on the Run at the Real World Studios. She chose the title for the symbolism often depicted by rabbits of ‘time slipping, mind floating’ – which explains the writers block. The album was inspired by Stephen Hawking’s A Brief History of Time. Vanessa mentioned during the show that “her heart is in the 70′s” so being able to record this album directly to tape was a great accomplishment for her. Rabbits on the Run will hit stores on July 26th.

Set List:
Who’s to Say

Harmonium

Don’t Wanna Be a Bride

Tall Tales

Fair-weather Friend

Dear California

Fools Like Me

A Thousand Miles

Get Good

Hear The Bells

White Houses

London

The Marching Line

Hall & Oates Sell Out Ravinia

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Ravinia – Chicago, IL
6/26/11

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I was first introduced to Hall & Oates via 8 Track, I know that sounds like it may be dating me but I’m a fairly young Hall & Oates fan. When I would visit my grandma I used to go through all my aunts old records and 8 Tracks because I thought they were so cool. One of the songs I would listen to over and over was “Maneater” so when H&O opened their show playing it I was brought back to my 8 Track listening days. Their show was fantastic! Filled with all my favorite songs and songs I had forgotten about. Their bandmates were super energetic and really got the crowd going.

Hall & Oates have been making great music for 4 decades but not many fans know about Daryl’s internet show “Live From Daryl’s House“. The show is literally that, Daryl invites friends over to play music and it’s all on the internet. Daryl announced the show will soon have a new home on Chicago’s WGN network. So if you haven’t had a chance to catch his show online you will be able to catch it the ol’ fashion way – on the tube.

Oates has also been busy on his own side project Mississippi Mile. Named after the Mississippi Delta to recognize the birthplace of American Pop music. Oates says this is where Rock & Roll really started before making its way to Chicago, Detroit or his hometown of Philadelphia. Mississippi Mile is a collection of cover tunes from the likes of Elvis Presley to Chuck Berry and even covering his own Hall & Oates songs.

Hall & Oates Set List
Maneater
Method of Modern Love
Out of Touch
Say It Isn’t So
It’s A Laugh
Las Vegas Turnaround
She’s Gone
Forever For You
Do What You Want Be What You Are
I Can’t Go For That (No Can Do)

Encore: Rich Girl & You Make My Dreams

2nd Encore: Kiss On My List & Private Eyes

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Sum 41′s Screaming Bloody Murder

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Screaming Bloody Murder
3/29/11
Island

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I must say when I heard Sum 41 had a new album coming out I was shocked. To be honest I didn’t even think they were still around anymore. Growing up during the time of pop-punk being in its prime I’m always delighted to reminisce of Sum 41′s All Kill No Filler but any album after that I lost interest. I didn’t get it when they went all metal on us. And Screaming Bloody Murder is much different than anything I have ever heard from the trio.

Screaming Bloody Murder’s first track “Reason To Believe” is a mixture of metal & pop-punk. I know that may sound sort of odd but it actually really works well together. “Screaming Bloody Murder” has beautiful piano & vocals in the begining before the rocking out begins. This one is definitely my favorite! I can picture myself singing along to this at their show. “All Comes To An End” Deryck Whibley resembles the voice of Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance, it’s kinda strange but works for me! “Time For You To Go” has a very poppy and has pumped drumbeats. “Jessica Kills” reminds me of the old school Sum 41 with the fast guitar riffs and screaming vocals. [Read more...]

Usonia Self-Titled Album OUT NOW!

Usonia
Self-Titled
Self-released
www.usoniamusic.com

Usonia

I like smart pop music. Sometimes I like lightly-textured tunes that feature a catchy melodic line that makes me bob my head while I drive – or write – or do whatever. Usonia – the trio from Minneapolis who went to Iowa to record this little disc have captured a hybrid of sonic nostalgia and tech-lite resulting in a disc that I can’t seem to stop playing.

The warmth and humor come through as clearly as their musical influences that are deeply entrenched in the Beatles and sounds of the 60s. “Good-Luck Goodbye” feels like a pop concert on the U.S.S. Enterprise. Picture Captain Kirk and Uhura doing some space-age version of the pony.

Ross Vander Werf’s vocals are allover the map. He goes from plaintive to powerful. The vocal timbre is complimented by the (sometimes) odd instrumentation. Vander Werf also plays guitars and keyboard.

Zack Carroll – guitars/accordion – is clearly one of the reasons for the textural pastiche. He adds sounds and ideas in the empty spaces filling the sound up – but not overdoing it.

George Hadfield – bass/keys – keeps a relatively low profile until “Three Hours” where he comes roaring in. His understated playing – though -is choice – not lack of ability. Listen close.

If there is a problem with this disc – is that it is only 10 songs. I would have loved a few more cuts of music this smart. Usonia has released a perfectly constructed and performed collection of music. Their next disc will not be self-released (unless that is what they choose.)

Stand Out Tracks
Trailer
Good-Luck Good-Bye
Three Hours
The History of Ghosts

Album Tracks:
Trailer
Good-Luck Good-Bye
Westdale
Three Hours
It’s Your Night
I’m Out
History of Ghosts
I Am Happy Now
Maryland
Off You Go

Americans’ White EP Makes Me Blue

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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

Pure Power Pop Pervades Performance

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Virgin
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We Are Scientists Barbara coverSometimes pure pop music is fun. Unassuming guitar licks that mollify rather than mystify can be a breath of fresh air. Sweet melodies with predictable harmonies can elevate a song from the shuffle to the must-play playlist.

We Are Scientists is a group of pop-maestros who have released a harmless – but thoughtful – collection of songs just in time for your barbecues and backyard parties.

If not taking themselves seriously was a competition WAS would be gold medal winners hands down. Their irreverence is cheeky, but accessible. It is quirky and silly without being insulting.

Their website (worth a visit) is filled with important items such as horse upholstery and a call for a remake of the 2002 cinematic dud “Scooby-Doo!” (They are calling for a “Doo-over.’)

The humor translates to the music – not that these are novelty songs, rather they are lightweight loves songs that turn the convention on its ear. For as humorous/irreverent  as the lyrics of these songs can be, the band takes their playing very seriously.

This ten song collection logs in at a hair over 30 minutes. While this might be cause for alarm – it does recall another pop band that recorded short songs and didn’t take themselves seriously.

Of course I am talking about The Monkees.

Seriously, treat yourself to a light splash of summer fun with some delicious pop music courtesy of We Are Scientists. This is one disc you won’t mind getting stuck in your stereo for a couple of weeks.

Stand Out Tracks
Rules Don’t Stop
Nice Guys
Pittsburgh
Break it Up


Nickelodeon Star Keli Price to Release Debut

“Move My Way” Single and Video Available November 3

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Los Angeles, CA (October 12, 2009) – Young America knows Keli Price as teen heartthrob Chris Abeley from the Warner Bros. film The Clique, and Bobby Love from The Naked Brothers on Nickelodeon. On December 8th, Price will be adding another role to his growing talent resume—musician, as he is scheduled to release his first collection of songs, Move My Way (The Orchard), announced today. As a preview to the debut EP, Price will release the first single and video “Move My Way”, available for digital purchase on November 3.

For a peek at the just completed video, Click HERE.

Price is currently working in the studio with producer/guitarist Kiyanu Kim (Gwen Stefani, Linda Perry) putting finishing touches on the album tracks. Most of them were penned by Price, but he also collaborated with Better Than Ezra front-man Kevin Griffin on the title track, “Move My Way” and on “Don’t Stop Starting.”

The 19-year-old actor/singer-songwriter/model was introduced to show business as a Ford Model at the age of four and has appeared on the cover of the New York Times magazine for Polo/Ralph Lauren as well as campaigns for Tommy Hilfiger, The Gap, H&M, Cole Haan, Nike, Reebok, Sean John and many more. He has been seen in GQ, Vanity Fair, Esquire, Details and the New York Times.

Price continues to add to his acting resume’ having just finished filming the theatrical feature, One Fall, due out in 2010.

For more information please visit www.keliprice.com.

LEAH ANDREONE – NEW VIDEO FOR “NEVER STOP TRYING” AND FREE MP3 DOWNLOAD!

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Since the release of her third album (and first independent release!) on September 1, Avalanche, Leah Andreone has been one busy woman!

Taking a DIY approach and filming the entire video in one day on a Flip Camera, Leah Andreone’s video for her brilliant first single Never Stop Trying is a one of a kind piece. The song rocks to say the very least. Let’s talk about a catchy chorus!!!!!

Check out the video:

If you haven’t had the chance to listen to the song yet, you can download a free MP3 of Never Stop Trying here

Puppy Chow!

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Call me crazy, but if I saw a coyote take my puppy away I know that it’s a goner. Granted I would be mad at the entire world, and want to go hunt some coyotes plus take pelts for souvenirs, but I would still know the puppy made a meal for a coyote.

I understand that her dog means the world to her, as does my dog. Plus I have a friend who lost her beautiful little Jack Jack to a coyote. She was devastated but she understood the reality of things and knew she had lost him forever.

I wish Jessica would stop with the “Amber Alerts” for her dog. There are animal website that are posting the missing dog posters around. They charge everybody else $175 to do this, except they aren’t charging Jessica a thing. My sympathies are with Jessica, but please understand that when your dog is taken by a coyote….he’s dinner.

Shakira is back….kind of..

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I was soooo happy to hear Shakira was releasing a new album, and then I heard the new song, “She Wolf.”   I really don’t know what “she” was thinking.  I clicked on the article I was reading to check out the video. The video is scary to say the least, and I mean scary bad, not Rob Zombie scary.  She jolts her body around like there is something wrong with her. I want to check her into a hospital for that song and video.  I miss the “Eyes Like Yours” Shakira. I wonder if we’ll get her back?

If you haven’t checked out the video you can see it here, but just a warning it could very well be a waste of your time.

Street Scene 2009 in Photos: Black Eyed Peas

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Street Scene 2009 – Streets of San Diego
8/28/2009

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NPR MUSIC STREAMS NEW ALBUMS FROM MOBY AND REGINA SPEKTOR WEEKS BEFORE RELEASES


FULL ALBUMS AVAILABLE, FOR FREE
IN NPR MUSIC’S “EXCLUSIVE FIRST LISTEN” SERIES

June 12, 2009; Washington, D.C. – NPR Music is streaming the entire new albums from Moby and Regina Spektor, weeks before their official release dates. Moby’s album Wait For Me and Spektor’s album Far will both be available at npr.org/music for free, on-demand listening, before they hit stores, as part of the site’s “Exclusive First Listen” series.

Wait For Me, the ninth album from DJ and innovative musician Moby, will be available at NPR Music from June 15 at 11:59PM (ET) until June 30. Moby’s inspiration for this work came from a speech made by filmmaker David Lynch with the message “creativity without marketplace pressure is good.” Moby fully embraced this idea by self-producing the album solely in his home studio with contributions from his friends. The resulting album is a departure from his recent releases and has a much more personal tone. [For more Moby: check out his remix of the theme song for the NPR news quiz Wait, Wait.Don't Tell Me!, which can be heard at the show's website.

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Emily Hurd Update: John Lennon Songwriting Contest & Tour Dates

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I was going to write and update about Emily, but I decided I am going to let her say it in her own words. Check out our review of Emily’s Cache in the Warehouse Floor here.

I hope you weathered the winter well.  I’ve been spending the past month writing songs to gear up for a full year in 2009.  We’re working on making the new record “Daytime Fireflies.” I’ll be in touch soon with updates on that and how you can be involved.

In exciting news, my song “Make A Bed” from “A Cache In The Warehouse Floor” was a finalist in the last session of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.  This is a big honor for me, and I really have to thank Gregg Ostrom, Scott Ligon, and Gerald Dowd for playing on the tune, and most especially, John Abbey, who not only played on it, but produced a great album.  Finally, thanks to all of you for your continual support, which allows me to go on making music.

I have a few shows in the Midwest before heading out East in late spring:

Friday, March 20, 8 pm
New Moon
401 N. Main Street
Oshkosh, WI
Saturday, March 28, 8 pm
Paradigm
1022  Michigan Avenue
Sheboygan, WI
Saturday, April 4, 7 pm
The White Crow Conservatory
3736  Mackinaw Street
Saginaw, MI

I hope to see you out at a show!  If not, drop a line and say hi; it’s always great hearing from you.  As always, you can check my blog for updates:  www.emilyhurd.com/news.html.


Emily

Taylor Hicks’ Soul Patrol Hits the Belly Up Tavern

Taylor Hicks
The Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA
03/05/2009

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The house is packed for this former American Idol. He’s in town for his starring role in the Grease musical which is currently in San Diego and will continue to hit the West Coast until the end of May.  Not only is Taylor making his way around the country with Grease but he’s also out promoting his newest release that will drop March 10th title The Distance. you may be hearing his newest single of The Distance called “What’s Right is Right.”

The audience is on the older side compared to most concerts that I attend. I would say it was also an even split of males and females. I was sitting next to a group of very vocal older women. I am talking these ladies were in their 60′s or 70′s. It appeared that there were generations of women there too. For example, mom, daughter, and grandma would be in packs in the audience. I would say Taylor Hicks would make a great family outing, but too bad this show was 21+. FYI: Taylor Hicks drink Budweiser.

I have a confession to make, I didn’t watch American Idol when Taylor was on it. I almost wish I did, but on the other hand, I have this clean perspective on him. He is a very talented performer, and he also has that natural ability to woo women in the audience. I know this because I was very taken with him. He also has an abundance of energy. He didn’t really stop moving which is probably due to the Grease musical training.

More of this review, photos, and tour dates after the jump…

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Chris Brown’s Arrest

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After being sought by police in connection with an alleged domestic assault, Chris Brown has been charged with one count of making felony criminal threats and released from custody on $50,000 bail. The 19 year old singer was accused of being involved in an altercation with a female victim around 12:30 a.m. Sunday morning. Police were summoned to an area near Los Angeles’ Hancock Park neighborhood following reports of a violent domestic dispute that escalated when the two parties involved exited their vehicle. Rihanna has reportedly been named as the victim in the Chris Brown felony battery investigation. According to reports, Robyn Fenty was listed in the police report as the complainant; the pop star’s full name is Robyn Rihanna Fenty. According to TMZ, Brown could face charges of assault with a deadly weapon. No weapons were recovered from the rented Lamborghini Brown was driving at the time of the incident (the car has since been impounded), however the R&B singer is a trained martial artist. Brown turned himself into police at Los Angeles’ Wilshire station shortly before 10 p.m. Sunday night. Both he and Rihanna were scheduled to appear at the Grammy ceremony, where Rihanna was nominated for three awards and Brown for two. After learning of the stars’ cancellations, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences president Neil Portnow stated, “Sure we were disappointed, but it’s live TV, you have to be prepared. We’re very nimble.” Justin Timberlake and Al Green helped fill in for Rihanna’s nixed performance.

The news sent shockwaves through the Staples Center as Grammy attendees slowly received word of Brown’s arrest. When asked if this incident sounds like Chris Brown to him, rapper David Banner told says, “No, not at all. One situation doesn’t define a man and I really want Americans to stop doing that to people. As humans, none of us is perfect.”

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Hey! Hey! It’s the Love Willows! (At Last)

The Love Willows
Hey! Hey!
Decca Records
Tentative Release Date: 1/27/2009

Many artists consider getting signed by a major label a huge milestone that gets them set for life. Try having that glory taken away as the label goes through “management changes” and firings, as Virgin did, and as Hope Partlow of The Love Willows experienced first hand. By the age 16 she was signed by Virgin just to have it all taken away–she had to start back at square one.

Today she paired up with Ryan Wilson, who plays guitar and produced their debut album, “Hey! Hey!” which has a tentative release date of 1/27/09. When I say “paired up”, I mean it was an immediate chemistry between the two. Hope says about the new album, “It’s a product of what we’ve gone through as a couple, the battles and the glories; everything that’s happened in the past few years.”

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Australia’s Gabriella Cilmi: Lessons to Be Learned

Gabriella Cilmi (pronounced chill-me)
Lessons to Be Learned

She hails from Australia with a 6-week stint at #1 with “Sweet About Me” off her forth-coming album Lessons to Be Learned. She’s toured with James Blunt and she’s only 17 years old.

She’s had great success in 10 different countries and she’s hoping for the same success in the United States with help from Universal Republic. The album, Lessons to Be Learned,is no doubt going to be a success (watch for her on VH1’s You Oughta Know artist). It’s filled with the catch pop choruses that everyone will start singing even if you don’t like the song. “Sweet About Me” is now stuck in my head and after seeing the video; I think it is a great song. In the video Gabriella looks all sweet and innocent and mid-vid she is tying up men from the ceiling and to chairs.

More on Lessons to Be Learned and the Video after the jump…

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Dave Matthews Band in San Diego, California 8/22/08

Dave Matthews Band
Cricket Wireless Amphitheater – Chula Vista, CA
8/22/2008

Dave Matthew Band Members:
Dave Matthews – Guitar, Vocal
Carter Beauford – Drums
Boyd Tinsley – Violin
LeRoi Moore – RIP (8/19/08) Flute, Sax
Tim Reynolds – Guitar
Rashawn Ross – Trumpet
Stefan Lessard – Bass

Dave Matthews Band Cricket Wireless Amphitheater - Chula Vista, CA 8/22/2008

This is called posting on the run. I thought I would throw some teaser pictures up for all of your Dave Matthews fans. See our Dave Matthews coverage when they hit Chicago earlier this year with LeRoi here.

UPDATE: Posted more photos of the show. I hope this satisfies the minds and eyes of all Dave Matthews fans. Let us know by leaving a comment.

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HINDER TO TAKE IT TO THE LIMIT ON NOVEMBER 4

FIRST SINGLE ‘USE ME’ EXPLODES AT RADIO GARNERING #1 MOST ADDED AT ALTERNATIVE FOR TWO CONSECUTIVE WEEKS

Hinder band shot

(New York, NY – July 28, 2008) Rousing Universal Republic rockers Hinder will be releasing their much anticipated follow-up album to their breakthrough 3X platinum smash Extreme Behavior on Election Day, November 4. The new CD, Take It To The Limit, was produced by Extreme Behavior producer Brian Howes, and features the cutting edge first single “Use Me,” which officially hit radio on July 15. The single is already making waves at radio by being the #1 Most Added at Alternative Radio for two consecutive weeks in a row. Q101 (Chicago), 89X (Detroit) and The Edge (Dallas) have all jumped on board the infectious single and has been met with an overwhelming listener reaction.

Influential radio programmers are also weighing in, with one Amarillo, TX program director (KZRK) raving: ‘Phones are through the roof with people calling and asking for the new Hinder. We can’t wait for the rest of the album…’ The raucous Oklahoma fivesome have been treating fans to early helpings of their upcoming sophomore effort, letting loose with some new tracks from Take It To The Limit on their raved about summer live show. The tour with 3 Doors Down and Staind is turning out to be one of the hottest draws of the summer of ’08.

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Kate Voegele – Sold Out In Chicago

Kate Voegele
Schubas – Chicago , IL
2/10/2008

Kate Voegele Schubas Chicago

Schubas is usually a good time. I have seen some great bands play here. The concert area is very intimate. There is a main bar area that is in its own separate room, the drink prices are average for a city bar. For the most part the service is hit or miss (we missed).

Kate Voegele was the first artist to be signed to MySpace Records in October of 2006. Last night Kate played songs from her new album Don’t Look Away. I got to meet Kate before the show and I must say after talking with her and listening to her sing live, I was amazed at how powerful her voice is. The crowd was chill, the show was filled with great music, and some interesting stories of being on the road. Kate shared how her band mates are like big brothers to her. She talked about how stoked she was when she got to check out the touring bus and noticed there was a shower on board. She mentioned showering while the bus was in route probably isn’t such a good idea. Once while showering she fell out of the shower and tumbled into the hallway…not such a good time to be the only girl on the bus. No, this really didn’t happen, but shows Kate’s sense of humor. It was great talking with her. Be sure to check back for Jennifer’s interview with Kate Voegele. For now here are some pics to hold you over.

Check out Kate Voegele at katevoegele.com or at myspace.com/katevoegele

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Pop vs Soda: The California Culture

I sit in Panera today, like I do on many of my days now, and realize that Panera makes me feel like I am back in Schaumburg with Yvette and David.

Each Panera, and I’ve been in MANY of them, though I do know a man who can trump me, all have the same feel and look. Its very good branding minus the bad elevator music, but at least it’s not blaring in my ear like some other coffee joint.

The only really big difference between a Panera in Chicago and California is the culture. I usually order ice tea but today I order a Diet Pepsi, by the way I am not a fan of Pepsi but I take what I can get. Anyways, I asked the nice and handsome Assistant Store Manager for a Pop. He stopped and looked at me like I just told him to perhaps, fuck off. He then smiled and promptly asked me where I came from because it’s obvious I wasn’t from California. I told him Chicago, because its close enough, and I said I forgot I am in soda-land! He said, “Yes, and you should probably stop using the word pop.”

By the way, can someone tell me why I can’t find a freakin’ outlet in this place that is really the only drawback? I have to make sure my ThinkPad is fully charged every time I come! Is it because they want to save on electricity? Going Green by taking away my power? Or maybe a building developer that didn’t think we needed outlet? Plus, people keep asking me where the outlets are! I don’t work here, I applied, but that’s a different story.

…….I miss Chicago and all our pop!