Archive: March 15, 2009 - March 21, 2009

The Morning Mix: Zappa Busting Loose in Baltimore; 'Behind the Music' Out of Rehab; WALEDANCING on Ice

Headlines: Plans for Frank Zappa to make a posthumous return to his hometown are a bust. Or something like that. B'More's public art commission has approved a plan to erect a bust of Zappa in the Fells Point neighborhood... Like the very artists it always features, "Behind the Music"...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 20, 2009; 8:28 AM ET | Comments (1)

SXSW Thursday Wrap-Up: Austin, We Have a Problem. Specifically, With Other Bands. ['WAVVES SUXX'!]

Malitz not pictured. He was too busy getting musicians to talk trash to stand in some stupid line. That and he had to watch the Terps beat Cal. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman) AUSTIN -- It's official: Beef is back. Flaming Lips, Arcade Fire, Radiohead and Miley have nothing on the group...

By David Malitz | March 20, 2009; 6:44 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: A.C. Newman

Writing for the New Pornographers, the redbearded Canadian pop-tometrist Carl "A.C." Newman tends toward freshly glazed melodies, choruses within choruses and kaleidoscopic arrangements. On the records bearing his own name, he does pretty much the same thing. The idea of the New Pornographer-in-Chief attempting solo renditions of his overstuffed...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 19, 2009; 2:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Doc Watson

Renowned guitar picker Doc Watson is so closely associated with traditional folk and string-band music that it's easy to overlook the years he spent playing a Les Paul axe in a rock-and-roll band. He recalled that career episode at the Birchmere last night night, albeit while playing an acoustic...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 19, 2009; 11:20 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Weezy's NCAA Winners; Stone Roses Reunion Not in Bloom; L.A. Artists Smile Away at 'Ram'

Headlines: March Madness begins today, and ESPN's favorite hip-hop sports analyst, Lil Wayne, has a bit of advice for all you bracket-fillers: Go with the top seeds. "I think, in the end, it's going to be UNC and another powerhouse -- somebody like UConn or Pitt," he writes on...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 19, 2009; 8:19 AM ET | Comments (0)

SXSW Wednesday Wrap-Up: Echo and the Bunnymen, the Coathangers, How to Sneak Into Emo's, Juliette Lewis

A fan and a musician bond, SXSW-style. (Jay Janner/Austin American-Statesman) AUSTIN -- South By Southwest basically dares you to run yourself ragged. Without even delving into the daytime shows that feature even more bands than the official evening showcases, there's a temptation to map out the perfect itinerary that allows...

By David Malitz | March 19, 2009; 4:56 AM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night: The Pogues

The terrible beauty that is Shane MacGowan was born 51 years ago. But the brilliant and blatantly tragic Pogues frontman has given his body, or at least his liver and teeth, to his craft. MacGowan looked at least three times his actual age when he came to the 9:30...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 18, 2009; 1:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: In College Hoops, Lil' Romeo Is Master DNP; Pete Seeger Turn, Turn, Turns 90; Is 'Idol' Fixed?

Headlines: Lil' Romeo comes down with March Madness. His USC Trojans do, anyway; Percy Romeo Miller doesn't have enough game to get any real playing time. Key sentence from the story: "His line for the season: 6 games, 12 minutes, 3 shots, 3 points." The Trojans will upset Boston College...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 18, 2009; 8:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Bands I Might Try to See in Austin This Week

UPDATE: I'll post daily roundups of the action and maybe a brief Q&A or two over the next few days but I realized this might actually be an appropriate time to use Twitter. So, sign up for the Post Rock Twitter feed for exclusive instant-haiku tweets/reviews of all the bands...

By David Malitz | March 17, 2009; 5:43 PM ET | Comments (4)

Live Last Night: Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra

The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra performance at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall last night wasn't devoted to extended works. Instead the program delighted listeners with a series of multifaceted, multi-hued, mood-shifting orchestrations, old and new, inspired in part by the 70th anniversary of the renowned Blue Note Records...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 17, 2009; 5:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Bob Dylan's Neighbors Raise a Stink; Philly Band Pays to Be Heard; Bob Marley's New Deal

Headlines: Bob Dylan's Malibu neighbors aren't happy with the craggy rock icon's outhouse and have more or less taken to quoting "John Brown" lyrics. You know, how they "couldn't help but think, through the thunder rolling and stink"? The awesome L.A. Times lead: "How sweet is life when you...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 17, 2009; 8:18 AM ET | Comments (0)

Album Review: Bonnie 'Prince' Billy, 'Beware'

One wonders if Will Oldham's prolific nature sometimes works against him. After all, it's hard to have a landmark album when almost every year brings a new and worthy addition to an already overflowing discography. "Beware" is the indie-folk iconoclast-troubadour's latest under the Bonnie "Prince" Billy moniker he's been using...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 16, 2009; 11:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Estelle (Three-Word Review)

Lauryn Hill, replaced. (Alternate version: She covered Coldplay!) Full review in tomorrow's Style section....

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 16, 2009; 12:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Fake Man in Jacko's Mirror?; Isaac Brock's Salad Days; Chris Cornell Wonders WWJD?

Headlines: A British paper wonders: Was that really Michael Jackson at the big Michael Jackson press conference in London last week? All 50 of Jacko's concerts at the 02 Arena have sold out. ... Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock (hearts) Ian Ian MacKaye, referring to the D.C. punk legend...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 16, 2009; 9:08 AM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night: Morrissey

(All photos by Kyle Gustafson.) The Warner Theatre was the site of a unique phenomenon on Saturday night. No, not the scores of Morrissey fans who lunged their arms toward the stage with the hope that the iconic singer would simply reach down and touch them. It wasn't even the...

By David Malitz | March 16, 2009; 8:18 AM ET | Comments (4)

Live Last Night: Modest Mouse

"Float On," the winsome single that dragged long-time cult act Modest Mouse into the mainstream in 2004, was a danceable confection with a chorus that sticks in your brain like a computer virus. It was, in other words, an outlier in the catalogue of a band better known for...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 15, 2009; 4:07 PM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night: Tom Rush

From Arlo Guthrie to Tom Paxton, several prominent singer-songwriters who came up in the '60s are well known for provoking almost as much laughter as applause in concert. Tom Rush, however, isn't one of them. Yet as the 68-year-old tunesmith proved at the Rams Head Tavern on Friday, Rush...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 15, 2009; 3:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: 'Tradition/E-Novation'

Some electronic music is pretty and delicate, but much of it is intentionally harsh. So it made sonic sense that "Tradition/E-Novation," a program of new Japanese e-music Friday evening at the Freer Gallery of Art, began with the shamisen. This three-stringed instrument, a Japanese cousin of the banjo, has a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 15, 2009; 3:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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