Archive: April 19, 2009 - April 25, 2009

Ponytail: Live Last Night

--> There's no real middle ground when it comes to Ponytail. You're either going to think the Baltimore quartet is the absolute worst thing since Somali pirates or one of the most uniquely entertaining bands around. It all depends on your tolerance for schizophrenic, slashing art-punk songs that stop on...

By David Malitz | April 24, 2009; 4:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Six Questions for ... Kurt Vile

--> Lately when people ask me for a music recommendation, or what I've been listening to, I invariably and immediately respond: "Kurt Vile." Perhaps you remember my fawning over him in my SXSW recap. What's most exciting about listening to the Philadelphia psych-folk-singer-songwriter at this point is that you know...

By David Malitz | April 24, 2009; 1:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Spotted: 'Gossip Girl's' Blair Waldorf Signing Record Deal; Flaming Lips Are OK in OK

Headlines: Leighton Meester wants to be an electro-pop singer, and Universal Republic is only happy to indulge the "Gossip Girl" star. With an apparently straight face, label chief Monte Lipman praised the artiste's "tremendous presence and spirited approach to her musical artistry" and said he looks forward to introducing...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 24, 2009; 8:22 AM ET | Comments (1)

Fonseca: Live Last Night

Seven musicians backed Fonseca last night at the Black Cat, but the Colombian singer's style was defined primarily by two instruments: accordion and electric bass. The room-rattling bass drove Fonseca's forays into the globalized sounds of trip-hop and electro-funk, also represented by the pulsating LEDs behind the stage. The...

By David Malitz | April 23, 2009; 3:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

Ximena SariƱana: Live Last Night-ish

Although she didn't release her first album until 2008, Ximena SariƱana has been in show biz for more than half of her 23 years. The Mexican singer, who appeared before a small crowd Tuesday night at the 9:30 club, played her first film role at 9, and began appearing...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 23, 2009; 10:05 AM ET | Comments (0)

Toby Keith Not Turning 'How Do You Like Me Now?!' Into Campaign Slogan; Beyonce Swears She's Not a Screechy, Pitch-Impaired Singer

Headlines: Toby Keith does not think he should've been (or should be) a politician. The outspoken country star has ruled out running for governor in his home state of Oklahoma - because, he says, "being a politician would mean (having) to get along with too many people.'' Also: "I...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 23, 2009; 7:01 AM ET | Comments (0)

Camera Obscura, Art Brut, Super Furry Animals and more: Really Quick Spins

Camera Obscura - "My Maudlin Career" It's like someone signed Tracyanne Campbell's yearbook with "You're perfect, Never change!" -- and she really took it to heart. OK, Campbell would probably never be friends with someone who would be so reckless with exclamation point usage, let alone someone who would...

By David Malitz | April 22, 2009; 5:58 PM ET | Comments (1)

Headlights: Live Last Night

Bands who rely on the dynamics of recording -- velvety echo, perfect silence, clean edges -- often fail as live acts because they get caught halfway between recreating their discs and kicking out their jams. There were no such quandaries for Headlights at Iota last night: The band plugged...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 22, 2009; 12:23 PM ET | Comments (0)

Richie Havens Is Going Back to the Garden; Eminem Shows Off Pill-Popping 'Relapse' Cover

Headlines: Richie Havens, who opened the Woodstock Music & Art Fair in 1969, will return to the festival site in upstate New York for an Aug. 14. performance. Unclear whether his anniversary set will be as long as the legendary one he turned in 40 years ago. "I was...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 22, 2009; 8:12 AM ET | Comments (0)

Kim Deal Is the Coolest Person In the World

"Here's what I feel/Just want a girl/As cool as Kim Deal." (Only Dandy Warhols reference ever on the blog, promise.) Almost four months ago I had a chat with Kim Deal of the Breeders. You never saw the results on this blog for a number of reasons. I was too...

By David Malitz | April 21, 2009; 1:05 PM ET | Comments (1)

All Don Henley Wants to Do Is Sue; Lucinda Gives Concertgoers Credit For Being Inconvenienced

Headlines: Don Henley thinks there aren't enough lawsuits in the world. The Eagles frontman is suing a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate in California for copyright infringement, noting that the candidate, Charles DeVore, used Henley's hits "The Boys of Summer" and "All She Wants to Do Is Dance"...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 21, 2009; 8:37 AM ET | Comments (1)

Not Coming to a VMoFest Near You: Green Day

Looks like somebody's been raiding the Killers' eyeliner stash. (Photo by Marina Chavez) The first major festival of the season is already in the books, with Coachella having come and gone, and there's still no news on Virgin Mobile Festival. While the hipsters were baking in the desert, I was...

By David Malitz | April 20, 2009; 4:30 PM ET | Comments (6)

Bernie Williams 'Moving Forward' ... With Music

Bernie Williams (yes, the ex-baseball star) has released a new album, "Moving Forward." And who better to write about it than The Washington Post's music-obsessed national baseball writer, Dave Sheinin? Herewith, his review. (And by the way, Yankees fans, Chien-Ming Wang just gave up two more homers while you...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 20, 2009; 11:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Depression for Coachella; Prince 'Is Like a Fancy Lesbian'; Seeger, Baez Back to Newport

Coachella at 10 is hot, hot, hot. (Jay L. Clendenin /Los Angeles Times) Headlines: Coachella has come and gone, and the reports and reviews are flooding my RSS reader. The prevailing theme of the roundups is that Coachella '09 seems to have survived the economic meltdown just fine. AP...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 20, 2009; 8:13 AM ET | Comments (1)

Flaming Lips: Live Last Night

Wayne Coyne: Surfin' U.S.A. (Photo by Katherine Frey) (Also see: Earth Day Concert's Stage Becomes a Soapbox on the Mall by J. Freedom du Lac; re-live yesterday's events in real time over at Post Rock's Twitter account. Become a follower while you're at it.) The Flaming Lips headlining a concert...

By David Malitz | April 20, 2009; 6:47 AM ET | Comments (1)

Lily Allen: Live Last Night

Lily Allen was full of cigs and giggles at the 9:30 club on Friday night. When the English pop star wasn't singing, she lavished the crowd with her girlish laughter and second-hand smoke, and also pranced around in a tiny romper and demurely called out drink orders. "Would it...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 19, 2009; 9:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Pat Green: Live Last Night

It's been said there's something in the water in West Texas that makes men write songs and sing 'em. From his party boy persona, you'd think water's just a chaser for Pat Green, a country rocker who got his career started in Lubbock. But he somehow got enough H2O...

By J. Freedom du Lac | April 19, 2009; 9:27 PM ET | Comments (7)

 

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