Archive: May 24, 2009 - May 30, 2009

Kurt Vile, Primavera Festival, Benjy Ferree: Friday Time Wasters

It's Friday and it's just absurdly perfect outside so I definitely don't feel like doing any work. So here's what I'm reading/listening to to pass the time. I alluded to it multiple times on this very blog, but it's now official -- Post Rock fave Kurt Vile is the latest...

By David Malitz | May 29, 2009; 2:29 PM ET | Comments (0)

NJ AG Sues Springsteen Scalpers For Scalping Giants Stadium Tickets They Don't Actually Have

Headlines: If it's a Bruce Springsteen show, then there has to be a problem with tickets, right? The Star-Ledger reports that New Jersey's Attorney General has filed charges against three scalpers ticket resellers for illegally selling and advertising tickets to the upcoming Bruuuuuuuuuuuce shows at Giants Stadium. You can't...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 29, 2009; 8:15 AM ET | Comments (0)

No Signs of Carrie Underwood in Her Hometown; Chris Brown 'Ain't a Monster,' Says Chris Brown

Headlines: Carrie Underwood's hometown is no longer advertising the fact that it's Carrie Underwood's hometown: The "Home of Carrie Underwood" signs along the highways leading into Checotah, Okla., have been taken down. No slight intended, Checotah's deputy city clerk insists, saying: "They will go back up soon, but Oklahoma...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 28, 2009; 6:41 AM ET | Comments (0)

I Can Has Cupcake

Huge IMP announcement today! No, silly, it's not about the 2009 edition of Virgin Mobile Festival that doesn't yet exist on our calendars. It's about the 9:30 Club Specialty Cupcake, which is coming soon to a V Street NW music venue near you because, you know ... nothing says "ROCK-AND-ROLLl!!!!!"...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 27, 2009; 1:01 PM ET | Comments (2)

Wayne Hancock: Live Last Night

"How much did it cost you to come here? Fifteen bucks? I'll make sure you get your money's worth." These were near the first words out of Wayne Hancock's mouth Tuesday night at IOTA. And considering that $15 bought greasers and geezers alike over two hours of "juke joint...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 27, 2009; 12:12 PM ET | Comments (1)

The College Dropout "Writes" a "Book"; Sly Stone Talks Serial Killers; Linkin Park Creates a Genre

Headlines: Here's a shocker -- Kanye West says that the new Jay-Z album he's producing is going to be amazing. Didn't see that one coming. There's still no release date for "The Blueprint 3" from the newly-free Jay-Z. But it won't have any Auto-Tune. At all. All taken out....

By David Malitz | May 27, 2009; 9:09 AM ET | Comments (1)

Please Explain To Me ... Grizzly Bear

The only time I saw Grizzly Bear, I was literally bored to tears. (I yawned so much that tears did start to roll down my cheeks.) Two years later, the band can do no wrong. But I'm still baffled. (Click that first link for Pitchfork's 9.0 review. Why does...

By David Malitz | May 26, 2009; 4:56 PM ET | Comments (8)

Clay Aiken Hates Adam Lambert, Only Not Really; Recession Dulling Rap's Bling. (Cubic Zirconia?!?)

Headlines: The gay former American Idol also-ran Clay Aiken wasn't impressed by this year's (widely presumed to be) gay A.I. also-ran, Adam Lambert. Aiken blogged that he'd seen and heard Lambert covering "Ring of Fire," and that "at that moment, I thought my ears would bleed. Contrived, awful and...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 26, 2009; 7:05 AM ET | Comments (2)

Dirty Dozen Brass Band: Live Last Night

It's a given that the Dirty Dozen Brass Band is America's premier New Orleans brass-soul-funk-carnival party band, but over the past few years, the group has been quietly expanding its already broad horizons. A splendid 2006 interpretation of Marvin Gaye's "What's Going On" album, explorations of jam band motifs...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 25, 2009; 5:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

The National: I Turn My Camera On

Chamber-rock superstars the National were in town this holiday weekend for three (!) sold-out shows at the 9:30 club. Kyle Gustafson was there. The photographic proof is below. When J. Freedom saw the band back in 2007 he didn't exactly love it. Kyle offered up the following notes about the...

By David Malitz | May 25, 2009; 3:29 PM ET | Comments (2)

Bonnie "Prince" Billy: Live Last Night

It's not that Will Oldham is a scary looking dude. He's just an odd looking fellow. He has the face and, especially, beard of someone whose portrait would have been painted on a battlefield somewhere in 1862. Yet he still wore a hint of eye shadow, like he was...

By David Malitz | May 25, 2009; 12:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Travelin' Soldier': Video of the Day

One of the greatest ironies of the Great Dixie Chicks Backlash of 2003 is that, at the time, the group had the No. 1 single on Billboard's Hot Country chart with a terrific tribute to an anonymous Vietnam vet, told through the eyes of a pretty little girl with a...

By J. Freedom du Lac | May 25, 2009; 7:17 AM ET | Comments (0)

The Juan Maclean: Live Last Night

Being able to synthesize any sound you can imagine is convenient, but also a little boring. That must be why the Juan MacLean and the Field, on a "co-headlining" tour that visited the Black Cat Tuesday night, used some live instruments. Yet the machines still generated most of the...

By David Malitz | May 24, 2009; 6:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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