Saturday, February 27, 2010

New Blitzen Trapper Songs/Footage

Portland Oregon's Blitzen Trapper put out an excellent album called Furr in 2008. They toured a bunch and got a solid amount of recognition for the record and settled in for some recording time throughout 2009. In an interview with Paste Magazine, lead singer/guitarist Eric Earley stated that the new album is narrative driven, and a number of the songs are a complete 180 from the folksy tunes that can be heard on Furr. I stumbled upon this video of the band playing a 26 minute set which features a bunch of new songs. Give it a watch.

We Have Signal: Blitzen Trapper from We Have Signal on Vimeo.

Friday, February 26, 2010

Never Before Heard Rolling Stones Songs To Surface



Exile On Main St. is easily one of my favourite albums of all time. It's got hard-chugging blues, soulful singing and a whiskey soaked magic that is simply perfect. On May 18th, Universal Music Group is re-releasing the album with 10 never-before-heard tracks, including “Plundered My Soul,” “Dancing in the Light,” “Following the River” and “Pass the Wine,” that were produced by Jimmy Miller, the Glimmer Twins and Don Was. The disc also features alternate versions of “Soul Survivor” and “Loving Cup.”

Mick Jagger told Rolling Stone when the record company asked him to dive in his files for possible bonus songs, he initially believed the band had used all they’d written on the 1972 double album (read RS’s original review). “I went back in the archives and dug out a load of things,” he says. “I added some percussion and some vocals. Keith put guitar on one or two.” Jagger wrote fresh lyrics for “Following the River,” but other than some light revisions to the other songs, “I really wanted to leave them pretty much as they were,” Keith Richards says. “I didn’t want to interfere with the Bible, you know. They still had that great basement sound.”

A deluxe edition of the reissue will also include Stones in Exile, a documentary directed by Stephen Kijak that tracks the making of Exile, along with footage from Cocksucker Blues and Ladies and Gentlemen… the Rolling Stones. After seeing the Exile film for the first time recently, Richards says, “I must not have noticed all the cameramen while I was making the record. I was amazed at how much footage they actually found.”

The Exile on Main Street reissue will be sold a CD featuring the original 18 tracks or as a deluxe CD edition with the 10 bonus tracks. The super deluxe package includes vinyl, the 30-minute documentary DVD and a 50-page collector’s book with photos from the Exile era. (from rollingstone.com)

Watch the Stones play "Sweet Virgina" live in 1972

Furthur: Summer Tour



Furthur - Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Jeff Chimenti (RatDog, The Dead), John Kadlecik (DSO), Jay Lane (RatDog) and Joe Russo (The Duo, Bustle In Your Hedgerow) - have announced a Summer Tour. In addition to previously announced festival appearances the band will hit a number of outdoor venues along the East Coast. Furthur is on tour now.

Furthur Tour Dates
02/26/10 Fri Mohegan Sun Casino Uncasville, CT
02/27/10 Sat Mark G Etess Arena Atlantic City, NJ
03/02/10 Tue Auditorium Theatre Chicago, IL
03/03/10 Wed Auditorium Theatre Chicago, IL
03/05/10 Fri 1st Bank Center (Formerly The Odeum) Broomfield, CO
03/06/10 Sat 1st Bank Center (Formerly The Odeum) Broomfield, CO
03/08/10 Mon Portland Memorial Coliseum Portland, OR
03/12/10 Fri Bill Graham Civic Auditorium San Francisco, CA
06/25/10 Fri Highland Bowl Rochester, NY
06/26/10 Sat MCU Park Brooklyn, NY
06/27/10 Sun MCU Park Brooklyn, NY
06/29/10 Tue Penn's Peak Jim Thorpe, PA
06/30/10 Wed LeLacheur Park Lowell, MA
07/03/10 Sat Gelston Castle Estate Mohawk, NY
07/04/10 Sun Nateva Music & Camping Festival Oxford, ME
07/05/10 Mon The Green at Shelburne Museum Shelburne, VT
07/08/10 Thu Artpark Lewiston, NY
07/09/10 Fri All Good Festival @ Marvin's Mountaintop Masontown, WV
07/10/10 Sat Mann Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Phosphorescent Announce New Album



Last year, the Brooklyn-bred indie band Phosphorescent, led by Matthew Houck put out a fantastic album called To Willie. The record was a collection of lesser-known but fantastic Willie Nelson covers and received much praise in the blogosophere, the indie-world and from the red headed stranger himself. On May 11, Phosphorescent will release a new album titled Here's to Taking It Easy. What's more, the band will also be touring with British soft-rock sensation David Gray, opening a huge number of shows.

Listen to a new song off the upcoming album "It's Hard to Be Humble (When You're From Alabama)by copying this link into your web browser "http://downloads.pitchforkmedia.com/Phosphorescent%20-%20It%27s%20Hard%20To%20Be%20Humble%20%28When%20You%27re%20From%20Alabama%29.mp3

Here's to Taking It Easy:

01 It's Hard to Be Humble (When You're From Alabama)
02 Nothing Was Stolen (Love Me Foolishly)
03 We'll Be Here Soon
04 The Mermaid Parade
05 I Don't Care if There's Cursing
06 Tell Me Baby (Have You Had Enough)
07 Hej, Me I'm Light
08 Heaven, Sittin' Down
09 Los Angeles

Phosphorescent:

03-03 New York, NY - Joe's Pub
03-11 Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theatre *
03-12 New Orleans, LA - Mahalia Jackson Theatre for the Performing Arts *
03-13 Austin, TX - Hogg Memorial Auditorium *
03-14 Austin, TX - Hogg Memorial Auditorium *
03-16 Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia Theatre Grand Prairie *
03-17 Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre *
03-19 St. Louis, MO - Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center *
03-20 Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre *
03-21 Cleveland, OH - Playhouse Square at State Theatre *
03-23 Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre *
03-24 Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre *
03-26 Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace Theatre *
03-27 Columbus, OH - Ohio Theatre *
03-29 Buffalo, NY - UB Center for the Arts *
03-31 Baltimore, MD - Lyric Opera House *
04-01 Montclair, NJ - Wellmont Theatre *
04-03 Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center *
04-05 Albany, NY - The Egg at Hart Theatre *
04-06 Wallingford, CT - Oakdale Theatre *
04-07 Portland, ME - Merrill Auditorium at City Hall *
04-09 Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center *
04-10 Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Civic Center Theatre *
04-11 Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium *
04-13 Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall *
04-14 Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach at the Jackie Gleason Theatre *
04-15 Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live *
* with David Gray

Here's a sweet video of "Reasons to Quit" off of To Willie.

Thom Yorke's Atoms for Peace



Thom Yorke's newly named solo band Atoms for Peace consisting of Radiohead producer Nigel Godrich, Beck/R.E.M. drummer Joey Waronker, percussionist/multi-instrumentalist Mauro Refosco, and Flea will be hitting the road for a string of shows in April. The band will also be playing the Coachella Festival.

Atoms for Peace:

04-05 New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom *
04-06 New York, NY - Roseland Ballroom *
04-08 Boston, MA - Citi Wang Theatre *
04-10 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom *
04-11 Chicago, IL - Aragon Ballroom *
04-14 Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre *
04-15 Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre *
04-17 Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
04-18 Indio, CA - Coachella

* with Flying Lotus

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Show Review: Wilco - Centennial Hall, London Ontario, February 24, 2010


I'd love to write a full fledged show review for the Wilco concert I saw tonight, but after seeing the band for the fourth time supporting Wilco (The Album) I really wasn't expecting much more than a solid rock show. The band was tight, but unsurprisingly the song selection was taken mostly from Wilco (The Album), Sky Blue Sky, the occasional Yankee Hotel Foxtrot tune and a few older "go to" songs. I was happy to hear "Misunderstood" a favourite of mine, and "Shot In The Arm" is always a great tune to get the crowd involved as we all sang "Maybe all I need is a shot in the arm" over and over. That being said, I knew the band would leave the stage "surprisingly early" only to come back and play a six song encore. The group popped into "Wilco (The Song)", a track they've generally been opening with over the past year and a bit. Opening band Califone came out on stage to sing-a-long to "California Stars" and four songs later they ended with the classic "Hoodoo Vodoo". All in all it was an awesome show at ironically enough, the smallest venue I've ever seen Wilco play. The band was even nice enough to announce the score in the Canada vs. Russia Olympic hockey game and ignore the slaughter-fest that was the Canada vs. U.S.A. game. Thanks guys, that must have been tough!


Monday, February 22, 2010

The Barr Brothers, Surprise Me Mr. Davis & The Slip



Brothers Brad and Andrew Barr, 2/3 of The Slip and 2/5 of Surprise Me Mr. Davis, have finally decided to release some of their Montreal-inspired music. The brothers have appropriately enough labeled their new band, The Barr Brothers (formerly Super Little and Berithen Berio) and plan to release an album later this year. According to the Barr Brothers' website, “The seeds for The Barr Brothers were first sown five years ago when Brad and Andrew relocated to Montreal. Brad’s apartment shared an adjoining wall with harpist Sarah Page. The two would hear each other practicing through the cracks. Sarah’s gentle melodies began weaving their way into the music that Brad was writing. A friendship was struck and songs were born. This latest endeavor for Brad and Andrew finds them exploring sounds quieter and more ethereal than anything in their previous work. Final touches are currently being added to a debut recording that will be released later this year.” What's more, the Bros. Barr will be touring, opening a few select shows for Rhode Island friends The Low Anthem, who funny enough have opened a few shows and collaborated with Surprise Me Mr. Davis. Brad and Andrew have also been working with their other band member Marc Friedman on recording a new The Slip album. Finally, Surprise Me Mr. Davis who are putting the finishing touches on their latest EP will also be embarking on a small tour starting in April. Basically, the Barr brothers are wicked busy and should be dropping a nice amount of sure-to-be-amazing material for us this coming year.

The Barr Brothers Tour Dates:
03.24 | Coronet @ Largo | Los Angeles, CA*
03.25 | Bootleg | Los Angeles, CA*
03.26 | Great American Music Hall | San Francisco, CA*
03.28 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR*
03.30 | St. James Hall | Vancouver, Canada*
03.31 | Crocodile Cafe | Seattle, WA*
04.10 | Church Of The Redeemer | Toronto, Canada*
04.12 | Eglise du Gesu | Montreal, Canada*
04.27 | The Saturn Bar | New Orleans, LA**
*w/ Low Anthem & Timber Timbre
**w/ Rotary Downs

Surprise Me Mr. Davis Tour Dates:
04.13 | Club Passim | Boston, MA
04.14 | Red Square | Albany, NY
04.15 | Firehouse 13 | Providence, RI
04.16 | Union Hall | Brooklyn, NY
04.17 | Mercury Lounge | New York, NY
04.24 | Tipitina's French Quarter | New Orleans, LA
04.30 | Hi Ho Lounge | New Orleans, LA
07.01 | High Sierra Music Festival | Quincy, CA
07.04 | High Sierra Music Festival | Quincy, CA

The Slip Tour Dates:
04.24 | Tipitina's French Quarter | New Orleans, LA
(with Surprise Me Mr. Davis)
07.01-07.04 | High Sierra Music Festival | Quincy, CA

A few videos for your viewing pleasure:
The Barr Brothers live in Montreal

The Slip show love for Michael Jackson

Surprise Me Mr. Davis welcomes Marco Benevento

www.thebarrbrothers.com
www.theslip.com
www.surprisememrdavis.com

K-OS To Open For Drake



How about a little Canadian hip hop news for yah. Toronto-bred rapper Drake will embark on his first solo tour, The Away From Home Tour, which is a Campus Consciousness Tour promoting eco-friendly technology. K-OS, another famous Toronto-born rapper will open a few select shows for Drake in the U.S. Drake, best known as Lil' Wayne's latest prodigy found his fame through his mixtapes which were passed heavily around the 'net. Drake performed at the Grammy's this year with Lil'Wayne and Eminem.

Tour Dates:
04/06/10 Tue Eastern Illinois University Charleston, IL*
04/09/10 Fri Penn State University State College, PA*
04/14/10 Wed Michigan State University East Lansing, MI*
04/15/10 Thu Oakland University Rochester, MI*
04/16/10 Fri West Virginia University Morgantown, WV*
04/21/10 Wed University of Central Florida Orlando, FL*
04/22/10 Thu Furman University Greenville, SC*
04/26/10 Mon University of Missouri Columbia, MO*
04/27/10 Tue University of Kentucky Lexington, KY*
04/29/10 Thu University of MA- Lowell Lowell, MA*
05/04/10 Tue Holy Cross College Worcester, MA*
05/05/10 Wed Towson University Towson, MD*
05/06/10 Thu Cheyney University Cheyney, PA*

Sunday, February 21, 2010

New Broken Social Scene Song


After five long years, Broken Social Scene is finally ready to drop a new album for our listening pleasure. What's more, the band has kindly released a track from the album called "World Sick". It's a 7 minute BSS classic, whirling, anthemic and full of nifty little sounds. The band has also released the name of the new album which will be called Forgiveness Rock Record. Maybe the band feels they need to apology for such a long break between albums. No apologies necessary guys, if "World Sick" is any indication, the entire album is going to be fantastic.
Give "World Sick" a listen!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Surprise Me Mr. Davis & Rock Band

If this isn't the tell-tale sign of a changing music industry than I don't know what is. Surprise Me Mr. Davis, the supergroup made up of The Slip, Nathan Moore and Marco Benevento has made its way on to the Rock Band Network before launching a new record. The song "Sissyfuss" which can be heard streaming on the Davis website and MySpace page will be available for gameplay on XBox360 and PS3. Player's can learn to shred like Brad Barr and sing like Nathan Moore before they've even seen them live. The Rock Band Network will certainly act as a new, unique way for band's to get their music out to the video gaming public. I tip my cap to Surprise Me Mr. Davis and their progressive ways.

Sissyfuss for the Rock Band Network [The Authority] from Clinton Vadnais on Vimeo.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Festivals, Festivals, Festivals!

The 2010 Sasquatch! Music Festival will return to the Gorge in Quincy, WA over Memorial Day weekend. Musical acts set to appear include: My Morning Jacket, Pavement, Ween, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Massive Attack, Kid Cudi, LCD Soundsystem, The National and Band of Horses, Tegan & Sara, Broken Social Scene, Passion Pit, She & Him, Drive-By Truckers, Dr. Dog, Portugal. The Man and The Hold Steady. Stand-up comedy will be provided by, among others, Craig Robinson (“The Office”) and Rob Riggle (“The Daily Show”). Tickets will go sale Saturday February 20 for the event which will run from May 29-31.

This year’s All Good Music Festival line-up may be its most stacked yet. Phil Lesh and Bob Weir will bring their Furthur project to the event which returns to Marvin’s Mountaintop in Masontown, WV on July 8-11. Widespread Panic also has signed on for the event, with an initial roster that also includes: Umphrey’s McGee, Yonder Mountain String Band, Dark Star Orchestra, George Clinton & Parliament/Funkadelic, Lotus, Femi Kuti & the Positive Force, Rebelution, Railroad Earth, The New Deal, Perpetual Groove, Cornmeal, Fort Knox Five and The Macpodz. One of the festival’s hallmarks is the decision not to overlap any of its musical performances, with more than 40 hours pledged to attendees. Additional artists will still be announced, with tickets on sale this Friday, February 19.

The sixth annual Mountain Jam Music Festival has announced its second round of artists. Warren Haynes hosts the event along with Radio Woodstock, which will take place at New York’s Hunter Mountain, so it is fitting that Woodstock resident Levon Helm is among the musicians set to appear. He will be joined by other new additions: Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, Dr. Dog, Drive-By Truckers, The Whigs, The New Mastersounds, Jay Farrar, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, The Duke & The King, Justin Townes Earle, Jerry Joseph & Wally Ingram, The Bridge, Zach Deputy, The Brew, Simone Felice, Gandalf Murphy & The Slambovian Circus of Dreams and Van Ghost. The previously announced roster includes Haynes’ Gov’t Mule as well as: Michael Franti & Spearhead, the Derek trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band, the Avett Brothers, Les Claypool, Yonder Mountain String Band, Toots and the Maytals, Matisyahu, Dark Star Orchestra, Traffic guitarist Dave Mason, ALO, Lettuce, Jonathan Tyler & The Morning Lights, Elmwood and the London Souls. Tickets for Mountain Jam are now on sale. (jambands.com)

Thursday, February 11, 2010

High Sierra Music Fest 2010 Lineup

Once again, High Sierra Music Fest has put together a stellar lineup with jamband, bluegrass, rock and indie rock favorites. The festival boasts the most intimate festival experience and amenities. They even had the wit to knock off the new over-hyped iPad. Watch the video below to see what I mean. Hilarious.


The Avett Brothers
Ozomatli
Femi Kuti and Positive Force
Railroad Earth
Bela Fleck, Zakir Hussain, and Edgar Meyer
Dr. Dog
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Cornmeal
Blitzen Trapper
The New Mastersounds
March Fourth Marching Band
Nels Cline Singers
The Infamous Stringdusters
Surprise Me Mr. Davis
The Slip
BLVD
Beats Antique
Telepath
Carolyn Wonderland
Darol Anger's Republic Of Strings featuring Sharon Gilchrist
Great American Taxi
Nathan Moore
Johnny Vidacovich, Robert Walter Duo
Big Light
Trampled By Turtles
Zach Deputy
and many more to come!

Earl Greyhound Announces New Album Suspicious Package



Brooklyn-based power rock trio Earl Greyhound has announced the arrival of their brand new studio album titled Suspicious Package, their first in five years. The band had this to say about the new record "Listeners will notice a marked expansion into the higher reaches of the sonic territories. Heavy, dark, groovy and grand. Suspicious Package is a reminder that though ROCK is still only a four-letter word, it can still pack a load of splendor.” Earl Greyhound will be opening a string of shows for Coheed and Cambria in the near future. I had the pleasure of spending some time with Kamara Thomas, bass player and singer for the band while I was in NYC and she is an absolutely lovely and talented individual. Earl Greyhound has more soul than your mama's shoe collection and will rock your socks off with their heavy, 60s inspired blues-rock. Expect big things from them in 2010!

Tour Dates:
March 23 Rochester, NY—Harro East Theatre & Ballroom (w/ Coheed and Cambria)
March 24 Syracuse, NY—The Westcott Theater (w/ Coheed and Cambria)
March 25 Clifton Park, NY—Northern Lights (w/ Coheed and Cambria)
March 26 South Burlington, VT—Higher Ground (w/ Coheed and Cambria)
March 28 Portland, ME—Port City Music Hall (w/ Coheed and Cambria)
March 29 Hartford, CT—Webster Theater (w/ Coheed and Cambria)
March 30 Scranton, PA—Hardware Bar (w/ Coheed and Cambria )
March 31 –Brooklyn, NY—Music Hall of Williamsburg (w/ Coheed and Cambria)
June 4-5 Ozark, AR—Wakarusa Festival

Google Explains MP3 Blog Removals


Some of you may have noticed that your favorite mp3 posting-blog has been wiped from blogger.com. Google had this to say about it "When we receive multiple DMCA [Digital Millennium Copyright Act] complaints about the same blog, and have no indication that the offending content is being used in an authorized manner, we will remove the blog". The post points out that the company's usual policy when receiving a DMCA complaint is to notify the offending blogger and to reset the offending post to "draft" status to allow the blogger to delete it. The post also acknowledged that the company sometimes gets DMCA complaints about material that a blogger is actually legally allowed to use, like the authorized mp3s that publicists and record label marketing departments send out for promotional purposes. "If this happens to you, it is imperative that you file a DMCA counter-claim so we know you have the right to the music in question. Otherwise, if we receive multiple DMCA complaints for your blog, this could very well constitute repeat offenses, compelling us to take action."(pitchfork.com)

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Bonnaroo 2010 Lineup Announced


Well this is the announcement we've been waiting for. This afternoon, the people at Bonnaroo slowly rolled out the current lineup for 2010's festival. All in all it seems to be a pretty well rounded lineup, maybe a bit heavy on the indie and a bit lacking on the jam but I think that will change in the months approaching the festivals. Here is the lineup as of today:
Jay-Z
Dave Matthews Band
Kings of Leon
Stevie Wonder
Phoenix
Weezer
Flaming Lips covering Dark Side of the Moon
The Dead Weather
Tenacious D
OK Go
Jeff Beck
John Fogerty
Zac Brown Band
Damian Marley & Nas
Norah Jones
The National
Medeski Martin & Wood
She & Him
Chromeo w/ guest Daryl Hall
The Avett Brothers
Regina Spektor
She & Him
Rise Against
Punch Brothers
Dropkick Murphys
Cross Canadian Ragweed
Isis
311
John Prine
Baroness
Blues Traveler
Bassnectar
The xx
Mayer Hawthorne and the County
Japandroids
The Gaslight Anthem
Tokyo Police Club
Manchester Orchestra
Kid Cudi
Neon Indian
Black Keys
Jimmy Cliff
Tori Amos
Thievery Corporation
The Constellations
Dr. Dog
Ingrid Michaelson
Wale
Jay Electronica
Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
Monte Montgomery
Disco Biscuits
They Might Be Giants
Baaba Maal
The Melvins
GWAR
Jimmy Cliff
Dave Rawlings Machine
Local Natives
The Postelles
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Rebelution
NeedToBreathe
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Jamey Johnson
The Entrance Band
Clutch
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Lotus
The Dodos
Deadmau5
Martin Sexton

MGMT Congratulations



MGMT's followup to the critically acclaimed Oracular Spectacular will be released on April 13. The album is called Congratulations and is a collection of shockingly enough, only nine songs. Congratulations is co-produced by Sonic Boom and features the group's standard touring lineup.
Here's a live version of the title track

Friday, February 5, 2010

Wanee Music Festival 2010


While there seems to be more and more music festivals being launched every year, few bring the heat like the Wanee Music Festival does. This year's festival will take place on April 16 & 17 and the lineup includes:
The Allman Brothers band (2 Nights)
Widespread Panic (2 Nights)
Gov't Mule
Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi Band
Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman & Jay Lane Are Scaring the Children
Stephen Stills
The Black Keys
Dr. John
Hot Tuna Electric
7 Walkers Feat. Bill Kreutzmann & Papa Mali
JJ Grey and Mofro
Johnny Winter
George Clinton & Parliment Funkadelic
The Funky Meters
The Wailers
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings
North Mississippi Allstars
A Family Affair w/ Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk performing Sly & the Family Stone
Jaimoe's Jasssz Band
Chuck Leavell w/ The Randall Bramblett Band
Particle
Oteil & Kofi Burbridge w/ the Lee Boys
Col. Bruce Hampton
Devon Allman's Honeytribe
Scrapomatic
Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio
Bonobos Convergence

Marco Benevento's Big Plans

One of our favorite's over here at Back In 15 Minutes, Marco Benevento, has just announced some big plans for the next coming months. His Trio, which has toured virtually non-stop since their debut album Invisible Baby and then the follow-up Me Not Me, will be releasing a new album, tentatively scheduled to drop on May 11 titled Between Needles & Nightfall. A massive May tour is currently being scheduled in support of that album. Benevento, being a man of many, many bands is also slated to tour with his other projects Surprise Me Mr. Davis, Garage A Trois and lucky fans will even get to see a one-off performance from The Duo. Expect more news soon.

Pitchfork Music Festival



The lineup for the 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival which will be held at Chicago’s Union Park on July 16 – 18 was announced today. As stated by Pitchfork, this year’s festival welcomes the highly anticipated return of legendary band Pavement as they make one of their first appearances since reuniting! Pavement will perform on Sunday night. Friday features indie-rock, chart-topping mainstays Modest Mouse, while Saturday and Sunday sees performances by LCD Soundsystem, Raekwon, Here We Go Magic, St. Vincent, Lightning Bolt, Cass McCombs and Sleigh Bells.

Here's one of the first Pavement tunes I was introduced to at the tender age of 10.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

La Blogotheque Presents: Vampire Weekend

The wonderful folks over at La Blogotheque brings us round two of Vampire Weekend. The video website provides us this time with a super-intimate, acoustic concert of the band. This time the boys are surrounded by a lucky group of seated (and then standing), enthusiastic fans who get to hear stripped down versions of The Honeycomb's "Have I The Right",new tunes like "Cousins", "Horchata", older gem "A-Punk" off their debut album and more. Lucky.

Monday, February 1, 2010

New Broken Social Scene LP



After a few Broken Social Scene Presents albums and a five year gap since the band's last proper LP, Broken Social Scene will present its new album on May 4. The band has an ever-changing lineup of Canadian indie-rock talent, and the new album was written and arranged by a core six-piece, including singer-guitarist Kevin Drew, singer-bassist Brendan Canning, drummer Justin Peroff, guitarist Charles Spearin, and singer-guitarist Andrew Whiteman, along with relative newcomer Sam Goldberg on guitar. That being said, the new album will also feature some more recognizable Canadian artists and former BSS collaborators including Leslie Feist, Stars' Amy Millan and Evan Cranley, Metric's Emily Haines and Jimmy Shaw, Jason Collett, Do Make Say Think's Ohad Benchetrit, John Crossingham, Marty Kinack, Julie Penner, Leon Kingstone, and Lisa Lobsinger. A few new-comers will also be featured on the album including the LP's producer, post-rock icon John McEntire, who plays in Tortoise and the Sea and Cake, Sea and Cake's Sam Prekop, Tortoise's Doug McCombs, Pavement's Spiral Stairs, former Death From Above 1979 singer-drummer Sebastien Grainger, Poi Dog Pondering's Susan Voelz, Helen Money's Alison Chesley, and the Weakerthans' Jason Tait.

Tour Dates:
05/01 - San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
05/03 - Los Angeles, CA @ Henry Fonda Theatre
05/07 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall
05/13 - London, UK @ Brixton Academy
05/14 - Minehead, UK @ All Tomorrow’s Parties
05/17 - London, UK @ Heaven
05/18 - Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
05/19 - Cologne, DE @ Burgerhaus Stollwerck
05/21 - Paris, FR @ La Maroquinerie
06/19 - Toronto, ON @ Toronto Island Concert (with Band of Horses & Pavement)

Check out the band playing "Stars and Sons"