Saturday, June 5, 2010
Friday, June 4, 2010
We had the opportunity to chat with the Ice Cream Man last weekend at Sasquatch. The Ice Cream man travels around the US to different festivals handing out free ice cream. He also does these amazing session with the bands...here he is with Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros at Sasquatch!
Entirely self produced (for the first time) God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise was recorded in two weeks at LaMontagne's home in the woods of western Massachusetts. The newly restored historic home served as a homemade recording studio for Ray and his fellow musicians. The setting provided a backdrop for the creation of songs imbued with Ray's signature poignancy. With Ray's vocals at the forefront of the songs and a loose, almost live sounding recording, the album stands as a testament to a band at the height of their powers. The newly coined 'Pariah Dogs', consists of Jay Bellarose(drums), Jennifer Condos (bass), Patrick Warren (keyboard), Eric Heywood(guitar) and Greg Leisz (pedal steel guitar). Individually, these musicians have contributed to the live work of such heralded musicians including Beck, Joe Henry, Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Ryan Adams and Joe Cocker to name a few of their career highlights. Together with Ray, they shared a sense that the sessions for this record were rare and extraordinary.
Ray's last album Gossip in the Grain debuted at #3 on the Billboard charts. He appeared on multiple television programs including a coveted spot on Saturday Night Live. Ray will hit the road with David Gray beginning August 15th and ending September 10th. During his last North American tour, Spin.com proclaimed Ray, "illustrated a near flawless transition from a front porch in Maine to the front of the most prestigious stage in the world (Radio City Music Hall)."
Confirmed Tour Dates for David Gray and Ray LaMontagne are as follows:
August 15 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
August 17 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
August 18 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
August 19 Wantagh, NY Nikon @ Jones Beach
August 20 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
August 25 Chicago, IL Millennium Park
August 26 Rochester, MI Meadow Brook Theatre
August 27 Toronto, ON Molson Amphitheatre
August 29 Council Bluffs, IA Stir Cover @ Harrah's Council Bluffs
August 30 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
August 31 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Opera House
Sept. 1 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
Sept. 3 Las Vegas, NV The Pearl @ The Palms
Sept. 4 Valley Center, CA Harrahs Rincon
Sept. 5 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
Sept. 8 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
Sept. 10 San Francisco, CA The Greek Theatre
Thursday, June 3, 2010
The spectacular views of the Columbia River, and the broken cliff edges of the gorge as the backdrop and scenery for the amazing lineup of artists that they put together, set the mood for the weekend and was certainly well thought out. Each day had remarkable sets, no matter which stage you chose; Sasquatch Main, Bigfoot or the Yeti, you were guaranteed a great performance.
The overall set-up of the festival was amazing, with it being built out of nature and using nature as the driving force behind the acoustics for live performances, to the overall vibe of the people that were there. Nobody was there to fight, push, or shove (although there were times where a lot of dancing and pushing around during shows), everybody was there to share an experience that we all have a common bond over and that is MUSIC! And to have it all laid out in those breathtaking surroundings, created a complete package.
As you can imagine, this was a great experience and we are so grateful that we were a part of it and be able to bring all the music love back to share with all of our muscbleep readers. Keep reading this week as we will doing full individual reviews of highlighted performances, as well as reviews on some upcoming shows this week: The School of Seven Bells, The Hundred In The Hand, The Middle East and Mumford & Sons (yes, twice in one week). We are very excited and look forward to going back to the SASQUATCH! Festival next year. I'm sure the line-up of artists and the atmosphere will just be as great as this year, if not better.
WE ARE SASQUATCH!!
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Brooklyn duo The Hundred in the Hands have premiered a video for new track ‘Tom Tom’ (directed by Ben Crook) today at the Fader, as well as giving away the track “Ghosts” (the first song the duo ever wrote together as The Hundred in the Hands) at their website, http://thehundredinthehands.com/.
Both tracks are taken from their EP This Desert, released last week and described as “an absolute pleasure” by Drowned in Sound and given “two thumbs up” from Time Out London. You can sample the EP here (with a little help from Fab 5 Freddy and Grandmaster Flash): http://bit.ly/9JvqJj
The band follow the EP with a slew of worldwide tour dates and festival slots, kick-starting things with a US tour in June supporting Golden Filter before moving through Europe and the UK towards the release of their debut album in the Autumn. A list of dates is below, with many more to be announced in the coming weeks.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Robyn and Kelis will kick off a North American co-headlining tour on July 23rd at The Music Box in Los Angeles. Last week the two exchanged tweets about the outing, deciding to name it the All Hearts tour. Robyn and Kelis have selected UK sensation Dan Black and renowned DJ crew Far East Movement to kick off the festivities. Full tour dates are below.
After Los Angles the tour will call in San Francisco, Boston, Washington, Philadelphia and New York.
Robyn will also be playing a series of solo shows and festivals during her time in the US and Canada including Chicago, Detroit, Solana Beach, Montreal and Toronto.
Full tour schedule here. Buy exclusive pre-release tickets on Robyn ticket store here.
See Robyn's other live dates and festival appearances across Europe in the Events section of Robyn.com
I've had the chance to see Robyn live a few times in L.A. - she's amazing! Get your tickets early, cuz tix will go fast for this one.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse soundtrack is now streaming exclusively at http://www.eclipsesoundtrack.com/ for 24 hours only.
The soundtrack is available in stores and online next Tuesday, June 8th via Chop Shop/Atlantic. It features music from Muse, Metric, The Bravery, Band of Horses, Sia & many more.
The Twilight Saga: Eclipse hits theatres Wednesday, June 30th.
This is sure to be another smash from the GREAT Alex Patsavis! She is the Music Supervisor behind Grey's Anatomy, The Oc, Private Practice and the first two Twilight films.She can do no wrong in my eyes...BIG FAN!!
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Some highlights from the day were Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, The Middle East, The National and a ton more. The lineup was out of control!!
We will have a full report later in the week. Continue to check back for daily photos, tweets & more.
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