Friday, April 2, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
Multi-platinum rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars just finished the European leg of their Into The Wild tour where they headlined arenas including sold-out shows at London’s Wembley Arena and Paris’ Bercy stadium will return stateside to kick off the U.S. leg of the tour beginning April 9th at the Pearl in Las Vegas (full schedule below). Into The Wild is the band’s first tour in 3 years and is in support of their new album This Is War (Virgin Records), which was released in December, 2009. The album has already spawned a #1 single with “Kings & Queens” which spent 3 weeks at the top of the alternative radio airplay chart and the second single “This Is War” which Entertainment Weekly called “unashamedly epic” is following right behind. In just a few weeks of airplay, it is currently at #25 on the chart and climbing steadily. Mute Math and Neon Trees will open the U.S. leg of Into The Wild. Thirty Seconds To Mars will return to Europe in June to play the summer festival circuit.
Before leaving the UK, Thirty Seconds To Mars stopped by BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge on March 29th where the performed “This Is War” and a cover or Lady Gaga’s “Bad Romance.” They were also awarded the the Ultimate Live Lounge cover for their version of Kanye West’s “Stronger” during a previous visit. Their version of “Bad Romance” has been rapidly spreading around the blogosphere since Monday
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
The 2010 Sasquatch! Music Festival is now sold out, with the highest amount of tickets sold in the quickest time since the festival’s inception. Proudly featuring the recently reunited Pavement, Massive Attack, My Morning Jacket, Ween, Vampire Weekend, MGMT, Kid Cudi, LCD Soundsystem, The National, Band of Horses and many others, the festival confirms its final lineup and stage schedule while adding comedian Aziz Ansari, They Might Be Giants and more. In anticipation of this year’s lineup AOL’s Spinner says, “It’s pretty much a dream lineup for indie kids...Maybe it’s time to start planning your summer kick-off.” Please see below for the complete festival lineup.
Sasquatch! returns to The Gorge in Quincy, WA May 29-31 (Memorial Day Weekend) following early sellouts and rave reviews the past several years. Festival tickets, which are nearly sold out already, are now available at sasquatchfestival.com
Festival creator Adam Zacks founded Sasquatch! in 2002 with the aim of constructing an event that catered to the eclectic tastes of voracious music enthusiasts. Zacks personally curates the lineups for each Sasquatch! Festival, hand-picking the diverse array of artists. “It’s our goal each year to present a fresh lineup that reflects the independent spirit of the Pacific Northwest, respects the artists and audience, and celebrates the grandeur of The Gorge.”
The Sasquatch! Festival has established a tradition of presenting critically acclaimed emerging artists alongside established headliners. Previous lineups have spanned a broad spectrum of genres from rock to hip-hop, electronic to singer-songwriters; past performers include R.E.M. Coldplay, Kanye West, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, Wilco, The Flaming Lips, The Cure, Björk, and M.I.A. The festival also has a history of incorporating comedy including performances by Flight of The Conchords, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman, and many more.
In the tradition of American Honda’s sustainability efforts at music festivals in 2009, Honda will be an official eco-partner for the 2010 Sasquatch! Music Festival. As an official eco-partner, Honda will present the festival’s solar-powered Honda Big Foot Solar Stage and the nearby Honda Hybrid Zone, displaying Honda’s hybrid vehicle fleet: the CR-Z sport hybrid coupe; Insight hybrid sedan; and the Civic hybrid sedan. In an effort to educate concertgoers on fundamentals of sustainability, the Honda Hybrid Zone will showcase Honda’s hybrid technology and other socially and eco-responsible initiatives. Additionally, carbon offsets for the majority of the greenhouse gas emissions created by the Sasquatch! Music Festival will be provided by Honda through Carbon Harmony.
Continued greening initiatives with Esurance, the title sponsor of the 2010 festival, are also included on this year’s agenda. For the past three years, the direct-to-consumer auto insurance provider has teamed up with Sasquatch to promote a greener festival. By increasing sustainable practices at the Gorge, including an expanded recycling program, eco-friendly signage, and energy-efficient lighting, they were able to reduce the overall carbon footprint at the venue compared to previous years. And this year, Esurance continues its drive toward a planet-friendly festival by offering concert-goers carpooling options. Attendees who sign up to give a ride or get a ride through the Esurance Road Trip website have a shot at winning cool prizes. Find out more at http://www.esurance.com/roadtrip.
2010 SASQUATCH! FESTIVAL LINEUP:
Saturday, May 29
My Morning Jacket
Broken Social Scene
Minus the Bear
The Hold Steady
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Portugal. The Man
Mumford & Sons
The Lonely Forest
The Middle East
Garfunkel & Oates
The Very Best
Sunday, May 30
Tegan & Sara
They Might Be Giants
City & Colour
Cymbals Eat Guitars
The Tallest Man on Earth
Martina Topley Bird
Simian Mobile Disco
Monday, May 31
Band of Horses
She & Him
Drive By Truckers
The Temper Trap
The New Pornographers
The Mountain Goats
Shadow Shadow Shade
FILTER and LA art rock trio, The Happy Hollows, have joined forces to give fans the gift of time! To enter, watch the new video for non-album track, "Big Bad Wolf" and answer the three time-stamp questions.
One lucky fan who answers all three correctly will win a brand new Vestal Watch, a copy of their rockin' debut Spells, a 7" vinyl, a band t-shirt and a Happy Hollows magnet.
Play here: http://filtermagazine.com/index.php/contests/entry/the_happy_hollows_time_scavenger_hunt
Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Directed by Australian filmmaker Kiku Ohe and starring AFI award-winning actress Emily Barclay, the new music video for Angus & Julia Stone's new single Big Jet Plane is a simple story of a girl dreaming of escape from her mundane situation.
Also, DOWN THE WAY, the new album from Angus & Julia dropped today. It sooooooooo amazing, definitely one of my top picks! I love it, you can definitely hear the growth from their last albums. Go purchase it now!!
Prices are inclusive of all service fees. VIP Lolla Lounge passes will also be on-sale tomorrow at lollapalooza.com. Early Bird Tickets were made available last August and sold-out quickly. Though official lineup won't be confirmed until April 6th, the 2010 fest takes place August 6-8, 2010 in Chicago’s Grant Park.
Tickets and show information are available at http://lollapalooza.com/.
Monday, March 29, 2010
Aussie rockers The Temper Trap have returned from a very successful stint at SXSW, and are celebrating it with a brand-new, destruction-laden US video for “Sweet Disposition.” Taking a page out of The Who’s playbook, the guys unleash their frustrations on each instrument in their arsenal.
The video is followed by special behind-the-scenes footage, featuring each band member’s preparation for their demolition tactics. Bass player Jonny Aherne took perhaps the most daunting approach, sustaining a minor head injury while filming his portion!
Check out the video, including all the behind the scenes footage, here: http://www.vevo.com/watch/playlist/sweet-disposition/107417#0
Plus, check out my interview with Dougie from a few weeks back!
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Twenty-five year old Alison Sudol aka A Fine Frenzy will be returning to her home town of Los Angeles to play Largo at The Coronet Theatre, April 7th, 14th, and 21st. Fresh off the success of her sophomore album Bomb In A Birdcage, Sudol will join those who have previously played Largo such as, Aimee Mann, Michael Penn, Fiona Apple, Rufus Wainwright, Jakob Dylan, Will Ferrell, Larry David and many more. The shows involve a mix of music and stand-up comedy; performers come from many traditions including country, rock, and cabaret. For more information on Sudol’s Wednesday residency during the month of April go to http://largola.com/largohome.html.
Following her residency at Largo, A Fine Frenzy will play a series of dates on this Summer’s 2010 Lilith Fair. Playing Portland, Seattle, San Diego, and San Francisco, she joins the highly prestigious tour alongside label mates like Corinne Bailey Rae and Norah Jones. The tour –a celebration of women in music- has been one of the highest grossing touring festivals in the world. She’ll also be touring Europe this Summer with Owl City:
5/08/2010 Glasgow, Scotland Barrowland Ballroom
5/09/2010 London, England Shepherd's Bush Empire
5/11/2010 Paris, France Elysee Montmartre
5/12/2010 Cologne, Germany E-Werk
No stranger to the virtual world, (@AFineFrenzy has over a million Twitter followers making her one of the top ten musicians on the service) Sudol played Austin’s SXSW as part of the Global Zone Music Festival which took place live in Videoranch3D. Videoranch3D is a 3D virtual world on the internet, where live musical performances occur in real-time, attended by a virtual audience from all over the world.
‘Blow Away’ http://www.youtube.com/user/AFineFrenzy#p/a/u/0/xtzFGhAyEn0
‘Lost Things’ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mwX7uEiEWx4