Friday, July 16, 2010
Band of Horses have a brand new video for their single, "Laredo." This song is off their latest album, INFINITE ARMS. It was filmed in Pioneertown, CA, not a shot was shot in Laredo!, the video features a collage of video desert scenes -- open highways, cacti, mountains, stars -- that accompany a loose plot about a man seeking his lost love, a woman in a bright red sundress. Footage of the quintet playing the melancholy track at local watering hole "Pappy and Harriet's" is intercut.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
M.I.A. was on Letterman the other night performing "Born Free" off her latest album. Always keepin' things fresh, M.I.A. incorporated a group of dancers that looked exactly like her. Not sure about the song, but I liked what she did with the performance.
It's been a awhile since we have heard anything from Miss KT Tunstal. Well, tonight she's in Hollywood at the Hotel Cafe to preview music from her upcoming release TIGER SUIT, and I'm gonna have a front row seat for this special event!
KT is a big artist so to be playing at the Hotel Cafe is going to be a treat. This venue is probably one of my favorites here in Los Angeles, so I'm super excited to be seeing her in such an intimate setting.
In the meantime, take a listen "Push That Knot" off her upcoming album due out in September. I'll have a full report after the show.
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Diego Garcia led the indie band Elefant for a decade before the group broke up earlier this year.Raised in Miami of Argentinean decent, the sound Diego Garcia is mining becomes immediately familiar. With lush string arrangements, delicate Spanish guitars, and distinctly Latin vocal intonations, “You Were Never There” is worlds apart from Diego’s former band Elefant. What remains as a constant is Diego the romantic. Diego conjures spirit of Julio Iglesias, Sandro and Jose Jose to create a new chapter in his legacy.
It's been awhile since we've heard any news from Low vs. Diamond, not even a peep from them or their camp. I did get word that the band was dropped from their label awhile ago, but I have no doubt in my mind that something better has already come along.
In the meantime, Lucas (frontman)has released this acoustic session for a song called, "Help Me" for Dickies Sounds. Is this new music we might be hearing on the new record? One can only hope!
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Ahhh, summers at the Hollywood Bowl... bottles of wine, good friends, bottles of wine...and of course, amazing music at one of LA's most beautiful venues...
I will choose one winner at random on Thursday morning. Will it be you?
I will choose one winner at random on Thursday morning. Will it be you?
ALSO COMING THIS SUMMER TO THE HOLLYWOOD BOWL:
August 29: Chemical Brothers/Chromeo/Yacht
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Sept. 18th: Phoenix/Grizzly Bear/Girls
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Sept. 19th: Viva Mexico!
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Sept. 26th: Vampire Weekend/Beach House/The Very Best
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Sept. 30: Pavement/Sonic Youth/No Age
Alberta Cross and Dead Confederate will hit the road this September on a nationwide co-headlining tour!
Alberta Cross, praised by Rolling Stone as “roots-rock grit meets Brit-pop grandeur,” will co-headline a nationwide tour with Dead Confederate. Kicking off September 6 in Portland, OR, the month-long tour will take the band across the country to cities including San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Boston and more. The tour follows a busy summer for Alberta Cross, who will head to Australia and Japan later this month. Widely praised for their live shows, Alberta Cross has headlined sold out shows across the nation, and have shared the stage in the U.S. and Europe with Them Crooked Vultures, Oasis, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club and Mumford & Sons, among others.
Their much-anticipated ATO Records debut Broken Side of Time is being widely praised by critics, with Esquire declaring “as electrically dark as it is electrifyingly determined,” and Billboard calling it “a step forward in cementing their place in American blues-rock,” that “leaves an unmistakable mark.” Likewise, they were featured as a Breaking Artist in Rolling Stone, which praises them for “combining wind tunnels of bent guitar riffs and distorted power chords with the haunting melodies of rural American music. It’s all topped by Ericson Stakee’s sweet, high-lonesome voice, which recalls both Jim James and Neil Young.”
Alberta Cross took shape when Sweden-born guitarist/vocalist Petter Ericson Stakee and bassist Terry Wolfers, a Brit himself, began jamming together in London’s east end. Their acclaimed EP The Thief & the Heartbreaker earned the band widespread critical praise with NPR finding “It’s a long way from London to Laurel Canyon, but they seem to have found the portal.” Following a series of U.K. touring slots with Oasis, The Shins and Bat for Lashes, Alberta Cross relocated to New York City in pursuit of renewed creative energy and new challenges.
Broken Side of Time is born of the struggles and setbacks the band faced along the way. The album serves as Alberta Cross’ official introduction to the U.S. As Stakee explains, “It’s kind of a desperation album, a darker album; it’s definitely angrier. We’ve been in a crazy place during the whole album and you can hear that.”
Led by Stakee and Wolfers, Alberta Cross is rounded out by guitarist Sam Kearney, drummer Austin Beede and keyboardist Alec Higgins. Broken Side of Time was recorded in Austin, TX and produced by Mike McCarthy (Spoon, Dead Confederate, Heartless Bastards). John O’Mahony (Depeche Mode, Coldplay, Kasabian) mixed the album at Electric Lady in New York City.
ALBERTA CROSS TOUR DATES:
August 31 Taco Bell Arena (w/ Dave Matthews Band) Boise, ID
September 2 Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, BC
September 3-5 The Gorge (w/ Dave Matthews Band) Quincy, WA
September 6 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
September 8 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
September 9 SOHO Santa Barbara, CA
September 11 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
September 12 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
September 14 Plush Tucson, AZ
September 15 The Rhythm Room Phoenix, AZ
September 17 Telluride Blues & Brews Festival Telluride, CO
September 17 Sheridan Opera House (Late Night Show) Telluride, CO
September 18 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
September 19 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
September 21 The Firebird St. Louis, MO
September 22 Double Door Chicago, IL
September 24 Nor’Easter Festival Lincoln, NE
September 25 The Note West Chester, PA
September 26 The Middle East Boston, MA
Monday, July 12, 2010
Laura Burhenn, better known as Saddle Creek artist The Mynabirds, will be kicking off another round of tour dates with her band this weekend. But before hitting the road she was kind enough to bestow a gift in the form of a video for the bittersweet, stomping anthem “Let The Record Go.”
The Mynabirds have also added a slew of shows in September and October, so if you haven’t experienced Laura’s husky, soulful voice in-person, now is your chance. The run includes dates with Al Green, Built To Spill, Crooked Fingers, and David Bazan.
The former George James vocalist is still riding high off her critically acclaimed debut album as The Mynabirds, What We Lose In The Fire We Gain In The Flood. Produced by Richard Swift, the album name may sound like an old Eastern proverb, but that’s simply because Laura deliberately came up with a title that would sound like one. Following the breakup of her former band, she began composing new material that fell into two categories: loss and recovery. As a result, What We Lose takes a decidedly Zen-like approach to healing that anyone can relate to.
Don’t Miss The Mynabirds On Tour!
07/10: Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
07/11: Upland, CA @ The Wire
07/12: Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Café
07/13: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
07/15: Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
07/16: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
07/17: Boise, ID @ Neurolux
07/18: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
07/19: Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
07/24: Omaha, NE @ MAHA Festival
08/01: Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Cove (w/ Al Green)
08/07: Council Bluffs, IA @ Stir Live and Loud
08/27: Omaha, NE @ Outside at Slowdown ( w/ Built To Spill)
09/03: Austin, TX @ The Mohawk&
09/05: Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress&
09/06: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar&
09/08: San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord&
09/16: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall*
09/17: Detroit, MI @ Magic Stick*
09/18: Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Place*
09/19: Montreal, QC @ II Motore*
09/21: Burlington, VT @ Club Metronome*
09/22: Cambridge, MA @ TT The Bear’s*
09/24: Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl*
09/25: Wahsington DC @ Black Cat*
09/26: Charolottesville, VA @ The Southern*
09/27: Carrboro, NC @ Cats Cradle*
09/28: Atlanta, GA @ The Earl*
09/29: Nashville, TN @ Exit/In*
10/01: Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits*
10/02: Orlando, FL @ The Social*
10/03: Tallahassee, FL @ The Engine Room*
10/05: Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree*
10/06: New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jacks*