Sunday, February 28, 2010

MP3: Lay Low - "I Forgot It's There"

I'm playing catch-up with all of the music and information connected with it, that has landed in my inbox... again. That being said, I'm 50 years behind on checking stuff out! But, being behind has it's bonuses. That bonus being that when you run across a gem, stuck somewhere between the spam and emails from Mom, you get a bit excited.

What gem did you find oh Quirky one, you ask? It's the song "I Forget It's There" by Lay Low from her upcoming album, Farewell Good Night's Sleep. The record is scheduled for its North American release, March 9. Lay Low is the alter ego of Icelandic singer-writer Lovísa Elísabet Sigrúnardóttir. The record, her North American debut, is being released on her own label Loo Records. Check out the song in today's MP3 Grab below and watch the video for "By and By" which is also from the upcoming record.

Recorded and produced in London by Liam Watson (White Stripes, Holly Golightly, James Hunter) at his analog mecca Toe Rag Studios, the album features eleven new songs (ten penned by Law Low, plus a Lefty Frizzell cover) with backing from the following first-call musicians: Carwyn Ellis (piano), Ed Turner (guitar), Rupert Brown (drums), Matt Radford (bass), Jason Wilson (bass) and BJ Cole (pedal steel, dobro).

MP3 Grab:
"I Forget It's There"

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Photos & Video: Lisa Bianco At Arlene's Grocery 2/26

Lisa Bianco and The Fury: February 26
@ Arlene's Grocery, New York, NY

I headed over to Arlene's Grocery last night to see Lisa Bianco. She was joined onstage by Gerry Perlinski (guitar), Dan Fabricatore (bass) and Dan Duggins (drums). Bianco, a personable performer, is front and center full of smiles and some wicked guitar licks. And, she has surrounded herself with a stellar band.

I don't remember how I first came across Bianco's music but I do remember what song caught my attention. It was "Sideways" from her album Post Data which she played last night. It's a catchy number. This was my first time seeing her live so I wasn't sure what to expect show wise. I soon found out. The lady rocks... hard. I knew she was a rock chick, but for some reason I hadn't expected her to rock out like she did... wow! There are two things I'm a big fan of, good guitarists and women who rock. Bianco, of course, is both.

Bianco and band stormed through a tight set. Some of the songs I recognized from her record, others were new and there was one hell of a cover of Blondie's "Dreamin'". I had a great time. It was a good show and I'm glad I leaped slushy puddles and mounds of snow to catch it. Check out the photos from the set and the video for "Sun Glare," both below.

"Sun Glare"


Photos: Warpold Wine @ Arlene's Grocery

Warpold Wine: February 26 @ Arlene's Grocery, New York, NY

Warpold Wine kicked things off at Arlene's Grocery last night. It was just him, his electric guitar, harmonica and his sound effects. He has a self-titled record out. You can find out more about him and the record by visiting his website. Check out a few photos from his set.

Video: Robert Francis - "Junebug" + MP3

Robert Francis premiered his new video last week. The song, "Junebug," is from his record Before Nightfall. Check it out below and download "Mescaline" in the MP3 Grab.

Just 22 years old, Robert displays a songwriting talent and musical breadth that far exceeds his young age, and has prompted National Public Radio to compare him to classic American songwriters like Townes Van Zandt and Steve Earle. After self-producing and playing nearly every instrument on his 2007 independent release One by One Robert enlisted the services of Grammy Award winning producer D. Sardy for his Atlantic debut Before Nightfall.

SXSW Showcases:
  • 3/18: Highroad Showcase w/ Band of Horses, Drive By Truckers, Soft Pack, etc @ Stubb's
  • 3/19: Swing House/Roxy/D'Addario Party w/ Grace Potter, Nicole Atkins, etc @ AustinRox
  • 3/20: ATL/Chop Shop Party @ Brush Square Park- 6:15 PM
* * *
  • Mar 8--La Maroquinerie--Paris, France
  • Mar 15--AB Club--Brussels, Belgium
  • Mar 18--Stubb's--Austin, TX
  • Mar 27--The Loft--Atlanta, GA
  • Mar 30--The Norva--Norfolk, VA
  • Mar 31--First Unitarian Church--Philadelphia, PA
  • Apr 1--The Summit--Columbus, OH
  • Apr 2--Bluebird Nightclub--Bloomington, IN
  • Apr 3--Zanzabar--Louisville, KY
  • Apr 5--The Record Bar--Kansas City, MO
  • Apr 6--Cedar Cultural Center--Minneapolis, MN
  • Apr 7--Lincoln Hall--Chicago, IL
  • Apr 8--Grog Shop--Cleveland, OH
  • Apr 9--Lee's Palace--Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Apr 10--Studio Juste Pour Rire--Montréal, QC, Canada
  • Apr 11--Paradise Rock Club--Boston, MA
  • Apr 17--Melkweg--Amsterdam, Holland
  • Apr 18--Ancienne Belgique AB--Brussels, Belgium
  • Apr 20--Huxley’s Neue Welt--Berlin, Germany
  • Apr 21--Docks--Hamburg, Germany
  • Apr 25--Maag MusicHall AG--Zürich, Switzerland
  • Apr 26--TonHalle München--Munich, Germany
  • Apr 28--Le Zénith de Paris--Paris, France
  • Apr 30--La Trocardière--Reze, France
  • May 1--Zenith Arena--Lille, France
MP3 Grab: "Mescaline"

Friday, February 26, 2010

Video: CHEW LiPS - "Seven" + MP3

London electro-pop trio CHEW LiPS released their debut record, Unicorn,
in the UK last month via Family. The band will be paying a visit to this side of the pond for SXSW in March ... details to come. In the meantime, check out their video for "Seven" and pick up the download in the MP3 Grab.

MP3 Grab: "Seven"

Video: Twin Tigers - "Red Fox Run" + MP3

Athens, GA band Twin Tigers unleashed a video for their song "Red Fox Run." The song is from their debut full-length record, Gray Waves and released on Old Flame Records. The video was directed by Robert U. Thomason. Check it out below.

Tour Dates Twin Tigers at SXSW
  • 3/17--Wednesday--WOXY.Com Radio Session
  • 3/18--Thursday--Sonic Itch Music Day Party @ the Independent
  • 3/19--Friday--12:35 PM--Twin Tigers @ Sneak Attack Day Party @ Clive Bar w/Jukebox the Ghost, Letting Up Despite Great Faults, Speak and more...
  • 3/19--Friday---9 PM--Official SXSW Showcase @ Emos Annex WOXY.Com Showcase w/Bear in Heaven, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Crystal Antlers, French Miami, TV Torso
  • 3/20--Saturday--1:30 PM--Old Flame/Obscure Magpie Day Party w/Born Ruffians, Black & White Years, Dead Confederate and more...
  • 3/20--Saturday--5 PM--40 Watt Party with Futurebirds, Dead Confederate, James Husband, Gift Horse, American Cheeseburger and more...
Twin Tigers Future Sounds Rumble Tour
  • 3/3--Cafe Du Nord--San Francisco, CA
  • 3/4--3 of Clubs--Los Angeles, CA
  • 3/6--Bar Pink--San Diego, CA
  • 3/12--The Thunderbird Lounge @ The Aruba **Part of Neon Reverb Music Festival**--Las Vegas, NV
MP3 Grab: "Passive Idol"

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Video: The Joy Formidable - "Popinjay"

The Joy Formidable
have put out a video for " Popinjay." The song is the
first single from their upcoming record. A limited edition 7" vinyl of the song will be available beginning April 5. Visit their MySpace page for purchase links.

Fellow New Yorkers, The Joy Formidable will be back in New York on May 1. They'll be taking the stage on the LES at Mercury Lounge. I missed them when they did shows here recently, I must rectify that.

Review: The Fela "Chop 'N Quench" Batch

I've been listening to the first 9 re-releases of Fela's catalogue, which w
ere released earlier this month, for a little while now. 9 records and if you've had the Fela Kuti experience, then you know you're in for some long groovy, jazzy, rhythmic jams. Needless to say, it took me a while to make my way through this part of the catalogue. But, these are must have records from the late Arfobeat legend.

I've been listening with the intention of doing a review. Of course, when I set about doing that, I didn't take into consideration that once you start listening, you soon forget you're supposed to be thinking about writing a review. Somewhere along the line, during the first song, I found myself wiggling around to the dynamic rhythms. So, my "review" is bordering on non-existant!

If you don't already own them, need to upgrade your collection (you know from the vinyl you lifted from your parents collection when you were a teen ... okay, maybe the rest of y'all didn't get sticky fingered with your parents stuff) or new to the Fela experience, pick them up. They're well worth the investment. I promise you, you'll have fun while listening and you'll understand why you're getting a borderline review. It's too hard to type and dance! You end up losing yourself in the music. Perhaps that's the best review there is, music so good you lose yourself in it.

My personal faves are Fela Ransome-Kuti and The Africa'70 with Ginger Baker - Live! and the Open & Close / Afrodisiac releases. Be warned, if you listen at work as I do, you may find yourself dancing around he office and some offices frown upon that. Thankfully, mine isn't one of those offices. They give you the feeling of being there.

Video: ?uestlove Discusses Fela

put his thoughts to video. He sat down and discussed the importance of Fela Kuti on a personal level as well as on music and culture. Check out the video below.

Over the next several months, Knitting Factory Records will be re-releasing Fela's entire catalogue. The "Chop 'N Quench" batch, containing 6 CDs (9 albums total) from 1964-1974, is available digitally and physically now. Buy them from to get a deal better than you'll find anywhere else!

Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers Announce Tour & New Album

Legendary rockers Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers announced th
eir 2010 North American tour and the upcoming release of their new record today. Mojo, their first studio record in eight years, is scheduled to be released this spring on Reprise Records. The Live Nation produced North American tour, which begins May 6 in Raleigh, NC, will take the band across the US and Canada. Tickets go on sale Monday, March 8 at

The tour will bring Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers to New York. They'll take the stage at Madison Square Garden on July 28. Supporting artists for the NY show haven't been announced yet while other dates will include a mix of appearances by My Morning Jacket, Crosby, Stills and Nash, Joe Cocker, ZZ Top, and Drive-By Truckers.

All 2010 Tour tickets purchased online will include an MP3 download of every track on the Heartbreakers' electrifying new album, Mojo. It will work like this; once fans purchase tickets online they will receive an email with codes entitling them to download two tracks from Mojo ("First Flash Of Freedom" and "Good Enough.") Then, on the release date of the album, currently slated for this spring, ticket buyers will be sent a download of the entire album. Also included with every online ticket purchase, to be delivered at the end of the 2010 tour, will be a selection of live tracks recorded during the tour.

Mojo is a fiery statement from a band that is making some of their most exciting music over three decades into their career. "Good Enough" from the new album is now available for streaming at the revamped More details on the new album to follow soon.

Tour Dates
  • May 06 - Raleigh - Time Warner Cable Pavilion at Walnut Creek (w/Joe Cocker)
  • May 07 - Charlotte - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (w/Joe Cocker)
  • May 09 - Tampa - St. Pete Times Forum (w/Joe Cocker)
  • May 15 - Dallas - Center (w/Joe Cocker)
  • May 16 - Houston - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (w/Joe Cocker)
  • May 18 - Phoenix - US Airways Arena (w/Joe Cocker)
  • May 22 - Los Angeles - Hollywood Bowl (w/Joe Cocker)
  • Jun 02 - San Diego - Cricket Wireless Pavilion (w/Joe Cocker)
  • Jun 03 - Irvine - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (w/Joe Cocker)
  • Jun 05 - Oakland - Oracle Pavilion (w/Joe Cocker)
  • Jun 08 - Vancouver - GM Place (w/Joe Cocker)
  • Jun 11 - Seattle -The Gorge (w/Joe Cocker)
  • Jun 12 - Seattle - The Gorge (w/Joe Cocker)
  • Jun 15 - Calgary - Pengrowth Saddledome (w/Joe Cocker)
  • Jun 16 - Edmonton - Rexall Place (w/Joe Cocker)
  • Jun 19 - Winnipeg @ MTS Centre (w/Joe Cocker)
  • Jun 22 - St Paul @ Xcel Energy Center (w/Drive-By Truckers)
  • Jun 23 - Omaha @ Qwest Center (w/Drive-By Truckers)
  • Jun 25 - Milwaukee @ Summerfest (w/ZZ Top)****
  • Jul 10 - Indianapolis @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (w/Drive-By Truckers)
  • Jul 13 - Kansas City @ Sprint Center (w/Drive-By Truckers)
  • Jul 15 - Cincinnati @ Riverbend Music Center (w/Drive-By Truckers)
  • Jul 17 - Chicago @ United Center (w/Drive-By Truckers)
  • Jul 20 - Cleveland @ Blossom Music Center (w/Drive-By Truckers)
  • Jul 22 - Detroit @ Palace of Auburn Hills (w/Drive-By Truckers)
  • Jul 24 - Pittsburgh @ First Niagra Pavilion (w/Drive-By Truckers)
  • Jul 28 - New York @ Madison Square Garden (w/TBD)
  • Jul 31 - Philadelphia @ Wachovia Center (w/TBD)
  • Aug 11 - Atlanta @ Philips Arena (w/Crosby, Stills and Nash)
  • Aug 12 - Nashville @ Sommet Center (w/Crosby, Stills and Nash)
  • Aug 14 - Darien Lake, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center (w/Crosby, Stills and Nash)
  • Aug 15 - Bristow @ Jiffy Lube Live (w/Crosby, Stills and Nash)
  • Aug 17 - Hartford @ Comcast Theater (w/Crosby, Stills and Nash)
  • Aug 19 - Boston @ Comcast Center (w/My Morning Jacket)
  • Aug 21 - Boston @ Comcast Center (w/My Morning Jacket)
  • Aug 24 - East Rutherford @ IZOD Center (w/My Morning Jacket)
  • Aug 25 - Toronto @ Air Canada Center (w/Crosby, Stills and Nash)
  • Aug 27 - Saratoga Springs @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center (w/Crosby, Stills and Nash)
***Summerfest show in Milwaukee, WI onsale March 6

Hot Chelle Rae Release Video

Hot Chelle Rae released a video for "Bleed," the new single from their debut album, Lovesick Electric. But, the video isn't finished yet! They're asking fans to be a part of the process. Check out the first cut of the video and read details, both below.

Over the next few weeks while the band is on tour with Sherwood, the guys will be asking fans at their shows to write (or “bleed”) some short thoughts out on a scrap of paper, your hands, your feet, your ticket stub, etc. They will film the lucky fans and their statements, and each week they will update the video with the new fan footage. Once the tour is done, the video will be done. So, keep checking the site for updates, come see a show and be prepared to become part of Hot Chelle Rae history.

New York,
Hot Chelle Rae will visit us and you have a couple of chances to catch them. They'll be at Highline Ballroom on March 17 and The Fillmore at Irving Plaza on March 28.

Keane Announce US Album Release Date

UK group Keane announced the release date of their upcoming new record. Night Train, will be released on May 11 here in the US, via Cherrytree/Interscope Records. While dates haven't been announced yet, they will tour North America this spring.
Night Train features eight powerful new tracks which were written and recorded during the band's Perfect Symmetry world tour that saw them playing to packed arenas in 28 countries.

The album takes its title from the band's favorite mode of transportation during the tour, and includes Keane's genre-busting collaborations with Somali/Canadian rapper K'Naan, 'Stop For A Minute' and 'Looking Back'.

"I think these tracks show us in a completely different light." says Keane frontman Tom Chaplin.

Nada Surf Album Details, Tour Dates + MP3

Nada Surf has a new record coming out. if i had a hi-fi, a covers record, is initially only going to be available for purchase at shows. But, after their spring tour, the band has announced that the record will be available digitally and on CD/LP via the the bands label, Mardev Records and distributed through ADA. Nada Surf's spring tour kicks off with three sold-out shows here in New York and ends in May at the Sasquatch Music Festival. To get you all nice and ready for the tour and the record, Nada Surf is giving fans a preview of the upcoming record. You can download their cover of Bill Fox's "Electrocution" in the MP3 Grab below.

if i had a hi-fi is full of inspired, unexpected choices: from avant-pop Kate Bush to underground power-pop classicist Dwight Twilley. There are some intriguingly obscure numbers, like Spanish band Mercromina's "Evolution" and under-documented Bill Fox's "Electrocution." The as yet little known Fox, of Cleveland cult band The Mice, inspired local groups like Guided by Voices and Death of Samantha. Doug Gillard, who was in both of them, lends his highly evolved guitar skills to "Electrocution" as well as the Twilley and Go-Betweens songs.

That was another benefit of these sessions. Says lead singer and guitarist Matthew Caws, "It was a great excuse to have friends of ours sit in on something without having to wait another two years." Guest players include Martin Wenk (Calexico), Phil Peterson (Kay Kay and the Weathered Underground), Joe McGinty (Losers Lounge, Psychedelic Furs) and Holly Miranda.

CareFusion Jazz Festival New York Announces Schedule

Today, festival producer George Wein and medical device company CareFushion announced the schedule for the 2010 CareFusion Jazz Festival New York.  The Festival will take place June 17 - 26 with 45 concerts at 20 venues, full schedule below. 
“I am grateful that CareFusion came forward to re-ignite the tradition of New York’s annual jazz festival in June. With more than 1,000 jazz events taking place throughout New York every month, it’s an exciting challenge to program a 10-night festival, said Mr. Wein, CEO of New Festival Productions, LLC. “We booked the festival using the underlying theme of “accentuate the positive,” which includes partnering with some of the city’s hottest venues from Manhattan to Queens, from Brooklyn to the Bronx. Together, we have booked a stellar festival filled with great music for all tastes and at all prices.”

Tickets for concerts at Carnegie Hall and The Town Hall go on sale Monday, March 22. For more information on events and tickets, please visit

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Circa Survive's Blue Sky Noise Time Lapse Video + Track List

Circa Survive
have a new record coming out titled Blue Sky Noise. It is scheduled to be released on April 20. The album cover was painted by Esao Andrews. A slick time lapse video of Andrews painting the cover has been released. Check it out below.

Track Listing
  • Strange Terrain
  • Get Out
  • Glass Arrows
  • I Felt Free
  • Imaginary Enemy
  • Through the Desert Alone
  • Frozen Creek
  • Fever Dreams
  • Spirit of The Stairwell
  • The Longest Mile
  • Compendium
  • Dyed in the Wool

Ash To Release A-Z Vol. 1 On 4/19

Back in October 2009, Ash launched their singles collection series. They set out to release 26 singles, bi-weekly, over a year long period. Well, they're approaching the halfway mark on this project. To celebrate, they'll be releasing A-Z Vol. 1 on April 19. The compilation will contain singles A-M as well as a bundle of bonus material.

Oh my lovelies, but that's not all! Not only can you pre-order the album now, you also have options. A-Z Vol. 1 will be available as a limited edition (5,000 copies worldwide) CD/DVD combo too. It will feature an A-Z Tour documentary that was filmed last fall. So, you have two physical options to get your Ash fix.

Subscribe to the A-Z Series before Feb 25 and get the dark new bonus track "Night Terrors"

As the band describes it: "Lyrically 'Night Terrors' tongue-in-cheek humor starkly contrasts an angry tale of wished comeuppance upon a despicable individual. This song is for anyone who's known a loved one to have been royally fucked over, to the degree that you'd like to see the guilty party suffer eternally in the grip of their own diabolical insanity."

Who hasn't?

And like "Gallows Hill" and "Lay Down Your Arms," "Night Terrors" won't be available anywhere else.

So, head on over to the bands site HERE and subscribe.

Track Listing:

  • A. True Love 1980
  • B. Joy Kicks Darkness
  • C. Arcadia
  • D. Tracers
  • E. The Dead Disciples
  • F. Pripyat
  • G. Ichiban
  • H. Space Shot
  • I. Neon
  • J. Command
  • K. Song Of Your Desire
  • L. Dionysian Urge
  • M. War With Me
  • 4 unreleased bonus tracks

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

April Smith And The Great Picture Show Listening Party On Spinner

Songs For A Sinking Ship, the new record from April Smith And The Great Picture Show was released earlier today. The sassy and fun record is being featured on So, for those of you who haven't heard it, you can listen to the album in its entirety via Spinner's listening party. And, as a treat, you can grab the opening track from the self-released record, "Movie Loves A Screen" in the MP3 Grab below.

And New York, you should head on over to Mercury Lounge on March 10 to catch April Smith And The Great Picture Show live!

Tour Dates
  • 2/24: Crocodile Cafe---Seattle, WA #
  • 2/25: Knitting Factory---Spokane, WA #
  • 2/27: Urban Lounge---Salt Lake City, UT #
  • 2/28: Larimer Lounge---Denver, CO #
  • 3/10: Mercury Lounge---New York, NY
  • 3/13: Rock N Roll Hotel---Washington D.C. *
  • 3/15: The Earl---Atlanta, GA *
  • 3/19: Ale House (SXSW)---Austin, TX
  • 3/22: Off Broadway Nightclub---St. Louis, MO
  • 3/23: Schuba's---Chicago, IL
  • 3/24: Beachland Ballroom---Cleveland, OH
  • 3/25: Club Cafe---Pittsburgh, PA
  • 4/11: WVU Creative Arts Center (NPR Mountain Stage)---Morgantown, WV
# w/ Fanfarlo
* w/ Here We Go Magic

MP3 Grab: "Movie Loves A Screen"

Speak Release Video + MP3 & SXSW Dates

Electro-pop group Speak have a new music video out for their song "Carrie (Mindfull)." premiered the video this week. The song, is from Speak's new record, Hear Here (or Speak - EP as it's listed on iTunes) which came out on February 9. You can grab the MP3 for "Carrie (Mindfull)" and check out the video, both below.

Gaining momentum, SPEAK is poised to take their hometown Austin by storm this March with 2 scheduled SXSW performances and more to be announced. Make sure to check out their official showcase as well as our very own Sneak Attack showcase with Twin Tigers, Jukebox The Ghost, and more!
  • March 17th - SXSW Official Showcase @ Encore
  • March 19th - Sneak Attack / Coast 2 Coast Day Show

MP3 Grab: "Carrie (Mindfull)"

The Morakestra To Release Special Edition 7" Vinyl + Video & MP3

The Morakestra have released a new video for their song "Tell You Something." It was directed by Tao Ruspoli and features Megalyn Echikunwoke of CSI Miami. The song is the second track from their Witness To Connection album that was released last summer. You can grab the song below.

In addition to the video, the band will be releasing a special-edition 7" vinyl of their Witness To Connection album. The vinyl edition will be released March 16.

Tour Dates:
  • 2/26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Alice Cooperstown
  • 3/19 – Austin, TX @ Scholz Garten – Texas Music Magazine Party
  • 4/1 – Las Vegas, NV @ Beauty Bar
  • 4/2 – Los Angeles, CA @ CU-USC
  • 4/3 – West Hollywood, CA @ Viper Room
MP3 Grab:Tell You Something

Freelance Whales Release Debut Single "Generator 2nd Floor"

Freelance Whales
are set to release their record Weathervanes on March 16 via
Frenchkiss/Mom + Records. Check out the debut single, "Generator 2nd Floor," from the album below.

They've got a slew of tour dates coming up. New York, they're playing a sold-out show at Brooklyn's Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 1 with Shout Out Louds. If you don't already have tickets for that one, you'll have to wait until they come back through town. And, as booking would have it, they'll be back on April 13 at Bowery Ballroom.

Tour Dates
  • 3/1- Webster Hall - New York, NY (With Shout Out Louds)
  • 3/5 - Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
  • 3/6 – Rock N Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C
  • 3/7 – Local 506 – Chapel Hill, NC
  • 3/9 – The End – Nashville, TN
  • 3/10 – Pilot Light – Knoxville, TN
  • 3/11 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
  • 3/12 – Harvest Of Hope Festival – St. Augustine, FL
  • 3/13 – Will’s Pub – Orlando, FL
  • 3/14 – The Engine Room – Tallahassee, FL
  • 3/16 – Mango’s – Houston, TX
  • 3/22 – The Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ
  • 3/23 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
  • 3/24 – The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
  • 3/25 – Bottom Of The Hill – San Francisco, CA
  • 3/28 – Crocodile Café – Seattle, WA
  • 3/29 – The Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
  • 3/31 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT
  • 4/1 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO
  • 4/2 – Replay Lounge – Lawrence, KS
  • 4/3 – Turf Club - St. Paul, MN
  • 4/4 – Schuba’s – Chicago, IL
  • 4/6 – El Mocambo Club – Toronto, ON
  • 4/7 – Il Motore – Montreal, QB
  • 4/8 – The Middle East – Boston, MA
MP3 Grab: "Generator 2nd Floor"

Monday, February 22, 2010

Portugal. The Man To Release American Ghetto 3/2

Portugal. The Man
will be releasing their new record, American Ghetto on March
2. The upcoming record is the bands follow-up to their 2009 release, The Satanic Satanist. You can download "The Dead Dog" from the new album using the handy widget below.

In the words of singer John Gourley:
"As much as it was discussed, we honestly feel that 'American Ghetto' is something best left for all of you to do with as you please. On March 2nd we will make this record available to you, press, radio, retail, etc. Nobody gets the record early; we will not be soliciting reviews, airplay or any support from the industry. It is up to you to tweet about #americanghetto or to share or to send friends to buy. If you want to write/blog/play 'American Ghetto,' March 2nd is your opportunity. It will be the same for everyone."
(To read singer Gourley's full release, click HERE)

Tour Dates
  • 02.24.10 - The Aquarium Fargo, ND
  • 02.25.10 - Varsity Theatre Minneapolis, MN
  • 02.26.10 - Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
  • 02.27.10 - The Gargoyle St. Louis, MO
  • 03.03.10 - House of Blues Dallas, TX
  • 03.04.10 - Warehouse Live Houston, TX
  • 03.05.10 - The Parish Austin. TX
  • 03.06.10 - The Parish Austin. TX
  • 03.09.10 - Common Grounds Gainesville, FL
  • 03.10.10 - Crowbar Ybor City, FL

Foxy Shazam To Play SXSW & Release New Record

Ohio rockers Foxy Shazam will be playing Spin magazine's SXSW party at Stu
bb's on Friday, March 19. They'll play the annual party alongside Hole, Sharon Jones, Rogue Wave among others. Attendees will hear a preview of the bands upcoming, self-titled, major label debut release. The album, is scheduled for release on April 13 via Sire Records. Check out the video trailer for their song "Unstoppable" from the upcoming record below.

If you're not heading down to SXSW, there's no need to fret New Yorkers. They will be paying us a visit on March 29 when they take the stage at The Studio at Webster Hall. They'll also take a trip across the bridge to Brooklyn where they will play the Knitting Factory on March 31.

"Unstoppable" Trailer

Video: Nico Vega - "Gravity"

Rockers Nico Vega have released a video for their song "Gravity," from their self-titled album Nico Vega. The video was directed by horror movie director Marcus Dunstan. Check it out below.

Nico Vega - Gravity

Nico Vega | MySpace Music Videos

Update: YouTube version added 2/26/10 for readers who are unable to view MySpace videos.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Around New York ... February 22 - February 28, 2010

Upcoming shows in the New York area ...

February 23 - 28
-- Joe Lovano "Us FIVE" (pictured) w/Esperanza Spalding at Village Vanguard
February 24 -- The Subjects / Arms / Uninhabitable Mansions / Frances at The Bell House
February 24 -- Electric Tickle Machine / Hooray For Earth / The Creeeps at Cake Shop
February 25 -- Via Audio / Pattern Is Movement at Union Hall
February 25 -- Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears at Bowery Ballroom

February 26 -- Radical Sons / Red Pens / Right On Dynamite at Pianos
February 26 -- North Mississippi Allstars / City Champs at Highline Ballroom
February 26 -
- Lisa Bianco at Arlene's Grocery
February 26 -- Astrid Pierce / Clusterfuck at Cameo Gallery
February 27 -- Ha Ha Tonka / Zigmat / Mia Riddle at Union Pool
February 27 -- The Sadies at Mercury Lounge
February 28
-- Wild Beasts / Violens / Still Life Still (pictured) at Music Hall of Williamsburg