Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Datarock Announces North American Tour

Datarock's highly anticipated sophomore album, Red, will be out September 1st on Nettwerk. To gear up for the release, the Norwegian tracksuit-clad phenomenon Datarock is taking over North America with a 26-city tour beginning August 28 and wrapping up in October. Expect the same tracksuits, more songs, and bigger shows.

Don’t miss Datarock on tour and stay tuned for more news from the boys in Red.

Tour Dates:
28 Montreal, QC - La Sala Rosa
20 Quebec City, QC - TBD
30 Toronto, ON - Virgin Festival

4 Vancouver, BC - Richard’s on Richards
6 Calgary, AB - Broken City
7 Edmonton, AB - Starlite
8 Winnipeg, MB - The Zoo
10 Minneapolis, MN - Street Entry
11 Chicago, IL - Double Door
12 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
14 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
17 New York, NY - Highline Ballroom
18 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s
19 Washington, DC -@ Rock & Roll Hotel
20 Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
22 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
23 Baton Rouge, LA - Chelsea’s
24 Houston, TX - Warehouse
25 Austin, TX - Emos
26 Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
28 Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
29 San Diego, CA - Brick By Brick
30 Los Angeles, CA - El Rey

1 San Francisco, CA @ Slim’s
2 Portland, OR @ Holocene
3 Seattle, WA @ Nectar

For more info, go to

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

The Breeders Hit The Road This Summer

In support of their April E.P. release of Fate to Fatal, The Breeders, fronted by the Pixies bassist Kim Deal, are scheduled to hit the road on August 5. Fans can expect to hear tracks from Fate to Fatal as well as some classics. The band will play fifteen U.S. dates in all.

U.S. Tour Dates:

5 Newport, KY - Southgate House
6 Indianapolis, IN - The Vogue
7 St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
8 Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
9 Omaha, NE - Showdown
11 Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
12 Madison, W - Majestic Theatre
13 Chicago, IL - Metro
14 Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
15 Toronto, ONT - Lee's Place
17 Boston, MA - Paradise Ballroom
18 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
19 New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
21 Washington, D.C. - Black Cat
22 Pittsburgh, PA - Diesel Club Lounge
23 Columbus, OH - Newport Music Hall

Monday, June 29, 2009

Voodoo Experience Announces Line-Up

And just when thought there couldn't possibly be anymore multi-day music festival line-ups left to unveil, organizers for the 11th Annual Voodoo Experience have announced that it will take place over Halloween weekend (October 30 through November 1) at New Orlean's City Park. Both Kiss and Eminem will headline, as will Jane's Addiction and Widespread Panic. The Pogues, Brand New, the Flaming Lips, Justice, George Clinton And Parliament Funkadelic, Trombone Shorty And Orleans Ave and Squirrel Nut Zippers are among the other acts on the willfully diverse bill. Three-day tickets are available sans surcharges, for a total of $169, for a limited time. See below for the full, recently confirmed line-up.

Line-Up For 11th 2009 Voodoo Experience:

-Jane's Addiction
-Widespread Panic
-Flaming Lips
-Gogol Bordello
-Eagles Of Death Metal
-Black Keys
-Silversun Pickups
-Janelle Monae
-Cool Kids
-Meat Puppets
-Brand New
-American Bang
-Earl Greyhound
-Squirrel Nut Zippers
-Black Lips
-Mates Of State
-All Time Low
-Robert Randolph And The Family Band
-The Knux -George Clinton And Parliament Funkadelic
-JJ Grey And Mofro
-Alejandro Escovedo
-Shooter Jennings
-Drive-By Truckers
-Eric Church
-Rebirth Brass Band, New Orleans Bingo! Show-Trombone Shorty And Orleans Ave All Stars
-Big Sam’s Funky Nation
-Benjy Davis Project
-Papa Grows Funk
-DJ Soul Sister
-Rotary Downs -Andrew Duhon AndThe Lonesome Crows
-March Fourth Marching Band
-Amanda Shaw
-Cyril Neville's Blues Revue With Tab Benoit, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux, Johnny Sansone-Beausoleil-John Mooney And Bluesiana
-Quintron And Miss Pussycat
-Fleur De Tease
-Little Freddie King
-Preservation Hall Stars With Special Guests
-The Happy Talk Band
-Lil Brian And The Zydeco Travelers
-Why Are We Building Such A Big Ship?
-Ratty Scurvics
-Loose Marbles
-Luke Winslow King
-Dan Dyer
-Walter "Wolfman" Washington And The Roadmaster With The Dirty Dozen Horns
-New Orleans Klezmer All Stars
-Leroy Jones Group
-Mas Mamones
-White Bitch
-The Vettes
-Lucy's Walk
-Erick Baker
-Sarah Quintana
-TBC Brass Band
-Legends To Nancy
-Leo Jackson And The Melody Clouds
-Brother Taisuke Mass Choir
-Leroy Jones Group Katey Red, Big Freedia, Sissy Nobby with DJ Papa
Message from the Dandys:

You know, July14th is Bastille Day. All I know about Bastille Day is: I live above a creperie, and on Bastille Day that place is bonkers busy with sexy people eating crepes on the sidewalk. So I like to think Bastille Day is about hot girls and guys eating crepes with one hand and smoking a cigarette with the other hand while drinking sooo much wine with the third hand.

So with that in mind I think it’s fitting that we have selected The Dandy Warhols Are Sound for release on July 14th, 2009.

We have been whispering to you about The Dandy Warhols Are Sound for quite some time. Long story short, or if you just got to our party, late 2001 and into 2002 we recorded an album’s worth of tracks here in Portland and took those tracks to New York’s Electric Lady Studios to mix with famed mixing engineer Russell Elavedo, and the result of those mixing sessions was The Dandy Warhols Are Sound. We absolutely loved this record. However, Capitol, our label a the time, did not. They opted out of using our preferred mixes and remixed the record on their own to create Welcome To The Monkey House, a great album that we, and most of you, also love.

Meanwhile, The Dandy Warhols Are Sound just sat there. Oh, it got played. It was a staple at Odditorium parties from the start. But there are just so many people who are at any given Odditorium party. We had always intended to release this unheard gem on our own, but life and other records and tours and babies and crepes and red wine got in the way. Now finally, after almost seven years, on July 14, 2009 The Dandy Warhols will be proud to present to you The Dandy Warhols Are Sound.

Dandy Warhols release "Dandy Warhols Are Sound" & announce September tour dates:

Sep 1 2009 8:00P
The Vogue Theatre Indianapolis, Indiana
Sep 3 2009 8:00P
Beaumont Kansas City, Missouri
Sep 4 2009 8:00P
Pop’s E. St Louis, Illinois
Sep 5 2009 8:00P
Diamond Ballroom Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Sep 7 2009 8:00P
Warehouse Live Houston, Texas
Sep 8 2009 8:00P
Granada Theatre Dallas, Texas
Sep 9 2009 8:00P
Emo’s Austin, Texas
Sep 11 2009 8:00P
Sunshine Theatre Albuquerque, New Mexico
Sep 12 2009 8:00P
Belly Up Aspen, Colorado
Sep 13 2009 8:00P
Monolith Festival @ Red Rocks Morrison, Colorado

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Pixies Grow 'Minotaur'

Jun 16, 2009

Rabid Pixies fan should now be positively frothing with the announcement that Minotaur, the definitive Pixies’ collector’s set, has gotten even bigger. The heavyweight piece of Pixies extreme memorabilia will be available in as a limited edition, with only 3000 copies available worldwide, or a deluxe edition. The former is housed in a custom clamshell container that weighs in at 25-pounds and contains so much newly announced goodness that it's best to use a list:

The limited-edition sets include:
• Blu-ray and DVD discs mastered for 5.1 audio surround sound at 24/192 and 24/96, respectively and two-channel stereo
• Five 12-inch albums cut from the original analog tapes and pressed on 180-gram virgin vinyl
• A faux fur hardcover 96-page fine art book featuring the artwork of Vaughan Oliver, the graphic designer who created the artwork for all of the Pixies' studio albums) and photographer Simon Larbalestier, the photographer for all of the band's original albums
• Two frameable 48-inch x 36-inch double-sided, fold-out, four-color wall posters
• A 54-page book of new art created by Oliver
• A 22-inch x 14-inch frameable Giclee print of a photo taken exclusively for Minotaur by Larbalestier

The deluxe-edition sets include:
• All five of the Pixies' studio albums on 24k gold-plated CDs and DVD and Blu-ray discs
• A DVD and Blu-ray of the band's previously unreleased 1991 performance at London's Brixton Academy and all of the group's videos

Just when you thought there was nothing left to give, all 3000 copies of the limited-edition sets will be individually numbered and hand-signed by all four members of the Pixies and Vaughan Oliver. The Minotaur Deluxe Edition will retail for $175, while the Minotaur Limited Edition is $495. The collections will be shipped sometime between late-September and mid-October.

Pre-orders start today at

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Passion Pit Unvelis "Little Secrets" April 24

Are you a "Secret" remix genius? Then throw your hat in the ring for Passion Pit's remix contest for a new song off their forthcoming LP, Manners, which is due out on May 19 via Frenchkiss. The Massachusetts electro-rockers are offering snippets of the track "Little Secrets" through their site, encouraging fans to trade with other participating remixers and build their own versions. Fans will vote on the final products, and of the top 10, five will be hand-selected by Passion Pit to be released as part of a special vinyl version of "Little Secrets," while the five runner-ups will receive a copy of the vinyl and a signed Manners CD.

Tour Dates For Passion Pit:

05/23 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Music Festival
05/24 - Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
05/26 - San Francisco, CA - 365 Club
05/28 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
05/29 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
05/30 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House
06/02 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
06/03 - Austin, TX - Emos
06/04 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
06/05 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
06/06 - Atlanta, GA - The Drunken Unicorn
06/08 - Richmond, VA - The National
06/09 - Washington, DC - Black Cat
06/11 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
06/13 - Covington, KY - Mad Hatter
06/14 - Pontiac, MI - Crofoot Ballroom
06/16 - Toronto, ON - Lee’s Place
06/17 - Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
06/18 - Boston, MA - Paradise
06/19 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
06/20 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
07/01 - Longon, UK - Heaven
07/04 - Malsaucy, France - Eurockeennes
09/11 - Isle of Wight, UK - Bestival

Tracklist For Manners:

01. Make Light
02. Little Secrets
03. Moths Wings
04. The Reeling
05. Eyes As Candles
06. Swimming In The Flood
07. Folds In Your Hands
08. To Kingdom Come
09. Sleepyhead
10. Let Your Love Grow Tall
11. Seaweed Song

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Outside Lands Welcomes M.I.A., TVOTR, Tom Jones?

Apr 14, 2009

Outside Lands Music And Arts Festival is returning to San Francisco for it's second year. The fledgling festival is quickly making its mark, toting big gun acts like Pearl Jam, Beastie Boys and Dave Matthews Band. The roster also includes favorites like Modest Mouse, M.I.A., TV On The Radio, Built To Spill, Deerhunter, Akron/Family and Tom Jones (Yeah, you read that right.) The second annual festival runs from August 28 through August 30 in San Francisco's Golden Gate Park.

The festival is a partnership between Another Planet Entertainment, Superfly Productions, Starr Hill Presents, and The San Francisco Recreation And Park Department. Tickets for the three-day fest go on sale Sunday, April 19, at 10 PM PST, with a significant portion of all sales to benefit San Francisco's Recreation And Park Department.

Among the planned offerings so far are world-class food and artisan wine tents. More details on the festivals multifaceted events, as well as more of the lineup, will be announced in the coming weeks.

Full Line-Up For The Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival 2009

Pearl Jam
Dave Matthews Band
Beastie Boys
Black Eyed Peas
Jason Mraz
Mars Volta
Thievery Corporation
Modest Mouse
Band Of Horses
TV On The Radio
Dead Weather
Tom Jones
Silversun Pickups
The National
Brett Dennen
Built To Spill
Raphael Saadiq
Os Mutantes
JJ Grey And Mofro
Lila Downs
Trombone Shorty And Orleans Avenue
Bettye LaVette
Dengue Fever
Heartless Bastards
John Vanderslice
Matt And Kim
Portugal. The Man
Morning Benders
Duke Spirit
Zee Avi
Blind Pilot
Ryan Bingham
West Indian Girl
Extra Golden

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Meat Puppets To Hit The Road

Legendary punk band, Meat Puppets, are set to hit the road this spring.

In support of the May 12th release of their forthcoming record, Sewn Together, the tour kicks off in Los Angeles at The Mint.

Meat Puppets Tour Dates:
12 Los Angeles, CA - The Mint
27 Louisville, KY - Waterfront Park
28 St Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
29 Madison, WI - High Noon
30 Chicago, IL - Schubas
31 Chicago, IL - Schubas

2 Indianapolis, IN - Radio Radio
3 Columbus, OH - The Summit
4 Detroit, MI - Magic Stick
5 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr Smalls
6 Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
7 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
9 Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
10 Boston, MA - Paradise
11 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
12 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
13 Washington, DC - Rock n Roll Hotel
14 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
16 Altanta, GA - The Earl
17 Exit/In - Nashville, TN
19 Cambridge Room - Dallas, TX
20 The Parish - Austin, TX

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Camera Obscura Announce US Tour

Glasgow sextet, Camera Obscura, will return stateside for an upcoming US trek. In support of their new record, My Maudlin Career, which drops April 21st, the tour will kick off with two NY gigs in March, before fully taking off at the end of May.

Camera Obscura Tour Dates:
24 Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
25 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge

27 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge
28 Newport, KY - Southgate House
29 Chicago, IL - Metro
30 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center

1 Denver, CO - Bluebird
2 Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
4 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom
5 Vancouver, British Columbia - Commodore
6 Seattle, WA - Showbox
8 San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
9 Pomona, CA - Glasshouse
11 Los Angeles, CA - Henry Fonda Theatre
13 Mexico City, Mexico - Lunario
15 Austin, TX - Antone's
16 Dallas, TX - The Loft
18 Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
19 Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
20 Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
21 Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
22 Philadelphia, PA - TLA
24 New York, NY - Webster Hall
25 Boston, MA - Somerville Theatre
26 Montreal, Quebec - La Tulipe
27 Toronto, Ontario - Lee's Palace
29 Columbus, OH - Wexner Center at Ohio State University
30 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's

Monday, February 23, 2009

Amadou & Mariam Announce Spring Tour

Husband & wife teams are a bit of the rage touring right now with Bird & Bee, Dresden Dolls, Mistress Stephanie, and well . . . Husband & Wife among others making party music for us and piling up stress on their relationships.

Go ahead and add Mariam Doumbia and her husband Amadou Bagayoko, better known as Amadou & Mariam, to my woefully incomplete list. For 30 years A & M have been making and performing their ballad/Afro-pop music. Welcome To Mali, their latest LP releases March 24th, and the duo plan a Spring tour in support. These are big venues, so in a struggling $$$ environment the artists are showing confidence that M & A can place paying butts in seats.

Just last month in San Diego Political Afro-Pop sensation Fema Kouti had to cancel a gig at the much smaller capacity House of Blues [when compared to Cricket in Chula Vista] for lack of ticket sales. hmmm.

Amadou & Mariam Tour Dates:

2 Chicago, IL - Park West
4 Toronto, Ontario - Phoenix Concert Theatre
5 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
6 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
8 New York, NY - Webster Hall
10 Alexandria, VA - Birchmere

10 Portland, OR - The Amphitheater at Clark County
11 George, WA - The Gorge Amphitheatre
13 San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
16 San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
18 Carson, CA - Home Depot Center
21 Dallas, TX - Center
22 Houston, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
24 Maryland Heights, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are excited to announce the initial lineup for the 2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The eighth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 11 - 14 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville. Every year Bonnaroo seeks to make history by offering unique and exclusive performances by rock’s greatest legends as well as its most significant newcomers. A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2009 lineup will total over 120 bands and over 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through on Saturday, February 7 at 12:00 PM Eastern.

Official festival website is

2009 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Confirmed Artists:
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Phish (2 Shows)
Beastie Boys
Nine Inch Nails
David Byrne
Al Green
Snoop Dogg
Elvis Costello Solo
Erykah Badu
Paul Oakenfold
Ben Harper and Relentless7
The Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Gov’t Mule
Andrew Bird
Merle Haggard
The Decemberists
Girl Talk
Bon Iver
Béla Fleck & Toumani Diabate
Rodrigo y Gabriela
The Del McCoury Band
of Montreal
Allen Toussaint
Coheed and Cambria
Booker T & the DBTs
David Grisman Quintet
Lucinda Williams
Animal Collective
Neko Case
Jenny Lewis
Robert Earl Keen
Citizen Cope
Femi Kuti and the Positive Force
The Ting Tings
Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Kaki King
Grizzly Bear
King Sunny Adé
Okkervil River
St. Vincent
Zac Brown Band
Raphael Saadiq
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists
Crystal Castles
Tift Merritt
Brett Dennen
Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue
Toubab Krewe
People Under the Stairs
Alejandro Escovedo
Vieux Farka Touré
Elvis Perkins In Dearland
Todd Snider
Portugal. The Man.
The SteelDrivers
The Knux
The Low Anthem
Delta Spirit
A.A. Bondy
The Lovell Sisters
Alberta Cross

Friday, January 30, 2009


Brooklyn-based electro-pop band Chairlift lift off in February for a North American tour featuring stage-mates like Yacht, Sebastian Tellier, and Peter Bjorn and John. Starting off in sunny Miami, making stops at the SXSW festival, then wrapping up in Toronto in April, Chairlift is in for a long float. However, with two cross-country tours and a stint in Europe already under the belt from 2008, they're warmed up and ready to go.Chairlift's song, "Bruises," is the catchy tune in the new iPod Nano-Chromatic commercial, and their debut album, Does You Inspire You, was named one of SPIN's Top 40 Albums of 2008.

Tour Dates For Chairlift:
02/07 - Miami, FL - White Room
02/13 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Academy of Music
03/07 - New York, NY - Santos Partyhouse
03/13 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
03/14 - Chicago, IL - Schuba's
03/16 - St. Louis, MO - Gargoyle Club
03/17 - Lawrence, KS - The Jackpot Saloon
03/18 - Norman, OK - Opolis
03/19 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03/20 - Austin, TX - SXSW
03/22 - Dallas, TX - House Of Blues
03/23 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
03/24 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
03/25 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
03/26 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
03/27 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club
03/28 - Nashville, TN - Exit/In
04/13 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
04/14 - Vancouver, BC - Richards On Richards
04/15 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
04/17 - San Francisco, CA - The Independent
04/19 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
04/21 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
*04/22 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
*04/23 - Chicago, IL - Metro
*04/24 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
*04/25 - Toronto, ONT - Phoenix Theatre

** w/ Peter Bjorn And John

Mistress Stephanie and Her Melodic Cat
New dark-cabaret artist Mistress Stephanie And Her Melodic Cat are scratching up a new record, Take That!, to be released February 10 on Pressing Records. The group is made up of Stephanie (the Mistress) Stephens, an actress from Austin, Texas, and guitarist Adam (the Cat) Sultan, formerly of Poi Dog Pondering, Golden Arm Trio and Spank Dance Company. Primarily influenced by the bawdy theater goings-on of Weimar Republic Berlin, the group straddles a diverse landscape of sounds that include everything from punk, to synth, to polka... all in a vaudevillian manner. And they don't skimp on the get-ups: Stephanie sports a jet-black bob and Adam wears cat ears. Dresden Dolls enthusiasts rejoice.The duo has a few upcoming dates in Austin, assuming they can get Sultan to stop hiding behind the couch.

Tour Dates for Mistress Stephanie and Her Melodic Cat:
02/07 - Austin, TX - End Of An Ear
02/11 - Austin, TX - Beauty Bar
02/21 - Austin, TX - Red 7

Tracklist for Take That!:
01. Weimar
02. Get Off My Chest
03. Shake Your Dance Stick
04. Too Hard0
5. Heaven
06. I Hate Cabaret
07. Awfully Confusing
08. Grey
09. Little Death
10. Down Bo
11. Johnny Gewurztraminer
12. You Say You Love Me

Monday, January 26, 2009

Katie Costello

This week, the spotlight is on a little girl with big potential from Hermosa Beach, California. Heir to the happy-go-plucky pop throne of Ingrid Michaelson and Sara Bareilles (with a voice to match), Katie Costello matches her contemporaries with pleasant atmospheres and a delightfully quirky aesthetic. The self-proclaimed kazoo virtuoso cites jazz and folk as two big influences. And clocking in at just seventeen years old, the songs are surprisingly mature too. Costello's first record, Kaleidoscope Machine, was independently released last November and featured a catchy song of the same name which made it's way to a spot on the CW's 90210 revamp. Costello will be cutting school for the next two months to tour the US, where her sun-soaked songs will hopefully help warm the colder corners of the country.

Kaleidoscope Machine is available now on iTunes. Kazoo lessons not included.

Tour Dates For Katie Costello:
02/05 - Hermosa Beach, CA - Cafe Boogaloo
02/13 - Pittsburgh, PA - New Hazlett Theater
02/14 - Pittsburgh, PA - New Hazlett Theater
02/16 - Pittsburgh, PA - New Hazlett Theater
02/17 - Pittsburgh, PA - New Hazlett Theater
02/18 - Memphis, TN - Folk Alliance
02/19 - Memphis, TN - Folk Alliance
02/20 - Pittsburgh, PA - New Hazlett Theater
02/21 - Pittsburgh, PA - New Hazlett Theater
02/24 - New York, New York - The Living Room
02/14 - Los Angeles, CA - Hotel Cafe
02/21 - Austin, TX - SOHO Lounge (SXSW)

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Musical Tapes, Saws, Televisions...

Julian Koster is packing up his seven-foot tall metronome, his singing television and a musical saw (and, if there's room in the suitcase, a change of clothes or two), which must mean that Elephant Six associates, the Music Tapes, are hitting the road again. The indie popsters are touring in support of last fall's Music Tapes For Clouds And Tornadoes, and each stop promises a night of scratchy pop tunes and low-budget/high imagination stage props.

Tour Dates For The Music Tapes
02/10 - Austin, TX - Mohawk
02/11 - Norman, OK - The Opolis
02/13 - Tucson, AZ - Solar Culture Gallery
02/15 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex
02/17 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
02/19 - Seattle, WA - The Vera Project
02/20 - Anacortes, WA - Department of Safety
02/21 - Portland, OR - Backspace
02/24 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
02/25 - Chicago, IL - AV-aerie
02/26 - Ann Arbor, MI - The B-side
02/27 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
02/28 - Buffalo, NY - Big Orbit's Soundlab
03/01 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell's
03/02 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Upstairs
03/03 - Brooklyn, NY - The Bell House
03/04 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
03/05 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
03/07 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Great Northern Alight Again

On April 28, melodic crooners Great Northern are releasing Remind Me Where The Light Is, the follow-up to their 2007 debut, via Eenie Meenie Records. The sophomore release finds them taking bigger risks, honing the darker aspects of their music to create a bolder sound. The band worked with producers Nic Jodoin and Michael Patterson (Beck, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Beck, Puff Daddy, She Wants Revenge, amongst others) to help expand their sound while retaining the hauntingly layered vocals found on their debut, Trading Twilight For Daylight. "Houses," the first single, is available now from the label's website.
Lissy Trullie: Self-Starter

In a move perhaps meant to prove that she doesn't need your fancy music lessons, New York songwriter Lissy Trullie will release Self-Taught Learner, her debut EP, February 17, on the Brooklyn-based indie, American Myth Recordings. She'll also be getting a crash-course in touring when she heads out on the road soon with the Virgins.

Trullie, who turned heads with her stylish songs and performance at the CMJ Music Marathon last year, will celebrate the release of Learner with an album release party at New York's Mercury Lounge on February 11. And a few days later, she will perform at the opening of the "Andy Warhol Live" exhibit at San Franciso's DeYoung Museum, which collects a number of the famous pop artist's silkscreen paintings and album covers.

Tracklist For Self-Taught Learner:
01. Boy Boy
02. She Said
03. Self-Taught Learner
04. Money
05. Forget About It
06. Ready For The Floor

Tour Dates For Lissy Trullie:
01/21 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
01/22 - Washington, DC - Rock And Roll Hotel
01/23 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
01/24 - Athens, GA - Tasty World
01/25 - Atlanta, GA - Drunken Unicorn
01/26 - Nashville, TN - 3rd And Lindsley
01/28 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
01/29 - Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
01/30 - St. Louis, MO - The Gargoyle Club
01/31 - Ames, IA - Maintenance Shop
02/02 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry
02/03 - Madison, WI - The Annex
02/04 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
02/05 - Toronto, ON - El Mocambo
02/06 - Montreal, QC - Les Saints
02/07 - Alllston, MA - Great Scott
02/11 - New York, NY - The Mercury Lounge

Peter Bjorn And John Beat Writer's Block

The kids can't get enough PB&J. It's been three years since US audiences first got a taste of Peter Bjorn And John's sticky Swedish pop with the smash, Writer's Block. They'll finally release the follow-up, Living Thing (Almost Gold/StarTime International), on March 31. Although it seems like quite a while since they last provided us with sweet ditties to whistle, the threesome has not been hibernating. They released the predominately instrumental album, Seaside Rock, Bjorn Yttling took on production work for a slew of artists including Lykke Li, Sahara Hotnights, the Feeling, and Primal Scream and lead singer Peter Moren released The Last Tycoon (Quarterstick), his solo debut.

Tracklist For Living Thing:
01. The Feeling
02. It Don't Move Me
03. Just The Past
04. Nothing To Worry About
05. I'm Losing My Mind
06. Living Thing
07. I Want You!
08. Lay It Down
09. Stay This Way
10. Blue Period Picasso

Friday, January 16, 2009

Fat Possum Makes WAVVES

San Diego local Blogger gone bedroom twiddler, WAVVES, has signed to Fat Possum Records. Once known for diligently searching out aged, unheard southern bluesmen, Fat Possum have expanded their search for scrunchy field recordings to include youngins like WAVVES. Basically the bedroom noodlings of one Nathan Daniel William, Wavves falls into that area of closet rapper as naval gazer who even more secretly wishes to out-plunder Times New Viking with the psych-punk un-fi thing.

With a self-titled record already out on Woodsist, WAVVES' sophomore slice, WAVVVES, which was earlier announced as being released by De Stijl, will in fact be released by Fat Possum on March 17. Got that? But if WAVVES names their next album WAVVVVES, our patience will be tested.

Tour dates, including the ubiquitous SXSW soirees, will roll out on WAVVVES' tide.

Tracklist For WAVVVES:
01. Rainbow Everywhere
02. Beach Demon
03. To The Dregs
04. Sun Opens My Eyes
05. Gun In The Sun
06. So Bored
07. Goth Girls
08. No Hope Kids
09. Weed Demon
10. California Goths
11. Summer Goth
12. Ghost Ramp
13. Killr Punx, Scary Demons
14. Surf Goth
Bonus Track: Wavves

Tour Dates For WAVVES:
01/23 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall*
01/24 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey*
02/04 - Annandale-on-Hudson, NY - SMOG - Bard College #
02/05 - Poughkeepsie, NY - Vassar College #
02/06 - Brooklyn, NY - Market Hotel #
02/07 - New York, NY - Less Artists, More Condos
03/18 - 21 - Austin, TX - SXSW

* w/ Tapes N Tapes and White Denim
# w/ Blank Dogs, Woods