Archive: March 29, 2009 - April 4, 2009

Chris Cornell On 'Scream' Criticism, Soundgarden Reunion, Trent Reznor's Twitter Slam and More

So, Chris Cornell: What's a rock god like you doing in a electro-funk space like this? That's the burning question now that Cornell has released "Scream," a solo album that finds the former Soundgarden and Audioslave singer teaming up on a club-ready R&B record with hip-hop hitmaker Timbaland and...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 3, 2009; 4:33 PM ET | Comments (3)

Hey, Remember VFest? Let's Predict Some Bands.

We fully expect to see Franz Ferdinand at Virgin Festival 2009. You know, assuming there is a Virgin Festival 2009. By this time last year, we already had three separate posts with Virgin Mobile Festival predictions -- and the headliners were officially announced. This year? There hasn't been a drop...

By David Malitz | April 3, 2009; 2:13 PM ET | Comments (4)

Aterciopelados: Live Last Night

Nature and environmental themes dominate "Rio,'' the latest album by eclectic Colombian band Aterciopelados. So it was fitting that the first few numbers the quintet played Thursday night at the State Theater just rippled pleasantly. Then singer-guitarist Andrea Echeverri shed her bulky white jacket, and the mood became livelier....

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 3, 2009; 10:21 AM ET | Comments (0)

Springsteen's Work in Progress; Santana Says Obama Should Just Say Yes to Legalized Dope

The new Boss tour isn't yet the same as the old Boss tours, according to the decidedly mixed opening night reviews. (San Francisco Chronicle photo) Headlines: Bruce Springsteen's "Working on a Dream" tour is underway, and the early returns are mixed. The San Jose Mercury News says "it's clear that...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 3, 2009; 9:25 AM ET | Comments (0)

Nice to Meet Me: In Which John Davis of Title Tracks Interviews John Davis of Superdrag

John Davis and the Superdrag dudes have reunited, and it feels so good. (John Davis of Title Tracks and Jonathan Davis of Korn not pictured. Nor is the John Davis from the "John Davis Plays Blind Boone" and "John Davis Plays Blind Tom" albums.) WWJD ask? Malitz and I decided...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 2, 2009; 3:06 PM ET | Comments (1)

New Music: Double Dagger -- 'The Lie/The Truth'

Baltimore's Double Dagger: They're No. 1. (Thrill Jockey Records) Double Dagger is a band I love. L-O-V-E. The Baltimore trio is sort of the antithesis of Glasvegas. The first time I saw Double Dagger was in a cramped basement where two bands (Blackie Knight, represent!) were set up across the...

By David Malitz | April 2, 2009; 3:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Tired' of Rapping, Lil Wayne Parties Like a Rock Star. (Or Does He?); Fools Rush In on April 1

Headlines: Lil Wayne explains why he's doing the rock-out-with-your-locks-out thing on his upcoming album, "Rebirth," says he's picked up a guitar because his long-running "best rapper alive" campaign became kind of boring. Key quote: "I just got -- I'm not going to say 'so good' at what I was...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 2, 2009; 8:57 AM ET | Comments (1)

Making Friends With the Jonas Brothers

Please Read the Letter: Vol. 1, No. 2. The latest entry in the newish Post Rock series in which I publish unedited email from readers who rant and rail about my work ... or, in this case, who beg for work. This one comes from [name redacted], who really, really,...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 1, 2009; 2:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

The Glasvegas Dilemma: To Be Bad or Bland?

Are middle-of-the-road bands such as Glasvegas actually worse than bands that are truly incompetent? It's been a while since I wrote a review as negative as the one I gave Glasvegas for the Scottish band's show at the Black Cat last Thursday. Some people think that for a show to...

By David Malitz | April 1, 2009; 11:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

Juan de Marcos and the Afro-Cuban All Stars: Live Last Night

After the Afro-Cuban All Stars performed an introductory number last night, leader Juan de Marcos Gonzalez offered his standard greeting: "Welcome to Cuba!" Actually, the audience was at the Music Center at Strathmore, and the 14-piece group onstage was, technically, not from Cuba. Although Gonzalez and his latest lineup...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 1, 2009; 10:48 AM ET | Comments (1)

Britney Spears 'Circus' Too Freak-Nasty For Kids?; Springsteen's 'Working' Set Heavy on New Stuff

Headlines: Britney Spears "Circus" tour might be too sexy for kids, what with its stripper poles, bustiers, whips, cage dances and such. So posits MTV. The network also wonders why men would go to a Britney show. Really, MTV? Really? Key quote: "She's so hot! She's every man's fantasy!"...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 1, 2009; 7:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Joe Bonamassa

Just like a football coach's son who ends up on the gridiron, Joe Bonamassa, whose dad owned a music store, was reared to rock. Bonamassa chose to concentrate his fretwork in bluesy genres, and last year's death of Jeff Healey left him as the unchallenged champ of blues guitar's...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 31, 2009; 1:07 PM ET | Comments (4)

The Morning Mix: Snow Patrol Says It's Fun to Stay at the Y-M-C-A; 'Deja Vu' All Over Again For CSN

Headlines: Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody insists the band isn't as boring as the Manic Street Preachers have suggested, saying: "We're like the Village People, only slightly less gay." Also in Snow Patrol's defense: "'Chasing Cars' was an inescapable hit worldwide." And: "People think of us as that band...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 31, 2009; 8:02 AM ET | Comments (1)

Live Last Night: Gomez

Gomez trusts its audience. The veteran but still cultish British pop band spent much of its Sunday set at the 9:30 club ignoring its sure things, and instead offered up several songs from its sixth CD, "A New Tide," a record that won't even be released in the U.S....

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 30, 2009; 11:43 AM ET | Comments (0)

On the Horizon: U2 at FedEx Field

Live Nation just confirmed the D.C.-area date for U2's 360° Tour. It's Sept. 29, with Muse opening. Tickets go on sale April 6 at 10 a.m., via LiveNation.com, Ticketmaster locations and (800) 551-SEAT. The FedEx Field box office will be open on April 6, as well. Pricing: $250, $95, $55...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 30, 2009; 10:32 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Morning Mix: Nickelback's Slogan: 'Yes We Can-Rock'; The Dead Bringing Old Songs Back to Life

Headlines: Nickelback proves that post-grunge never goes out of style, cleans up at Juno Awards. Sam Roberts wins artist of the year at the so-called Canadian Grammys, prompting millions of Americans to shrug. ... Meanwhile, Beyonce is totally down with our neighbors to the north, having covered Alanis Morissette...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 30, 2009; 7:58 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Primal Scream

Primal Scream has been around for so long that a band that named itself after one of its songs (Velocity Girl) has already been broken up for a decade and done the reunion thing. The sound-shifting Scottish rockers don't at all resemble their first incarnation as a gentle indie-pop...

By David Malitz | March 30, 2009; 7:50 AM ET | Comments (0)

Live Last Night: Rene Marie

"Voice of My Beautiful Country," a new program performed by jazz vocalist Rene Marie at the Kennedy Center KC Jazz Club on Saturday night, held a few surprises. Prime example: Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" sandwiched in between recitals of "Shenandoah" and "Lift Ev'ry Voice and Sing." Yet all the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | March 29, 2009; 11:16 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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