Archive: June 14, 2009 - June 20, 2009

Six Questions for ... Frodus

Frodus almost certainly wins the award for Most Accidental Reunion. The D.C. post-hardcore/screamo/spazzcore band was one the city's most fiery, unforgettable live acts during the '90s -- and that's saying something -- but had been dormant for nearly a decade after calling it quits in 1999. That was until...

By David Malitz | June 19, 2009; 11:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Oops, Brit Does It Again, Shouting Out Wrong City Onstage; Jury Charges Pirate $800K Per Song

Headlines: Britney Spears had a "Hello, Cleveland!" moment during her UK tour this week. Performing in Manchester, Brit-Brit blurted "What's up, London?!" Maybe she should lip-sync her banter, too. Turns out it's not the first geographical oopsiedoodle she's made during the "Circus" tour, either. At a stateside show in...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 19, 2009; 7:59 AM ET | Comments (0)

Six Questions for ... Nouvelle Vague

(Thanks to special guest contributor Fritz Hahn, everyone's favorite adult beverage drinking hero, for this piece.) Nouvelle Vague burst onto the scene in 2004 with a concept that seemed custom-designed for hipster cocktail parties: Covers of classic new wave songs by Joy Division, the Cure and the Clash, performed...

By David Malitz | June 18, 2009; 11:28 AM ET | Comments (0)

Beck Starts a Record Club; Black Eyed Peas Reach the Top; Courtney Love Attempts to Stay Upright

Headlines: Here's some news that would have made 1996 David lose his mind -- Beck covering "The Velvet Underground and Nico" in its entirety! In 2009 it's just another pretty cool thing on the Internet. Beck's starting a record club, except his version consists of bringing some famous pals...

By David Malitz | June 18, 2009; 8:21 AM ET | Comments (1)

T-Swift Gets Thugged Out With T-Pain; Seth Hurwitz Sues Live Nation; Katy Perry Sues Her Namesake

Headlines: Taylor Swift, the queen of the pop-music prom, had quite a night at the CMT Awards. She won a couple of awards for "Love Story," including video of the year, and closed the show by joining Def Leppard for a performance of "Pour Some Sugar on Me." Better...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 17, 2009; 7:32 AM ET | Comments (5)

Virgin Festival Speculation: Blink, MPP, Free

The biggest festival of the summer is in the books and there's still no word on the Virgin Mobile Festival plans for 2009. Make that no official word. The powers-that-be are still silent, but amateur detectives can piece things together pretty easily. People are holding out hope that this delay...

By David Malitz | June 16, 2009; 4:08 PM ET | Comments (5)

Celebrating Ellis Marsalis: Live Last Night

It wasn't easy, but New Orleans jazz pianist and patriarch Ellis Marsalis managed to cram a few words in edgewise as the annual Duke Ellington Jazz Festival drew to an exuberant close at the Kennedy Center Concert Hall last night. Dubbed "Celebrating a Jazz Master," the sold-out concert found...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 16, 2009; 11:40 AM ET | Comments (4)

Aerosmith Goes Into 'Attic' for Set List; Is Springsteen Part of the Ticketing Problem?

Headlines: The artists-playing-complete-classic-(or-semi-classic)-albums trend is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon. The latest band to announce its intentions to go end-to-end on an entry from its catalogue is Aerosmith, which is doing 1975's "Toys in the Attic" in its entirety on the tour that lands at Nissan...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 16, 2009; 7:32 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bill Callahan's Cold-Blooded Clarity

(Photo by Milica Wren) Back when I was a little, little kid one of my favorite songs was "Talkin' Baseball," otherwise known as "Willie, Mickey and the Duke." It's sort of like "We Didn't Start the Fire," except only about baseball and not excruciatingly awful. Willie, Mickey and the Duke...

By David Malitz | June 15, 2009; 3:01 PM ET | Comments (2)

No Doubt: Live Last Night

The band had seasoned its bright FM pop with just enough reggae to make it seem mildly exotic. It won them the world, then they retreated at the height of their fame. Their comeback roadshow dispensed with the usual, dreary half-dozen new songs (they hadn't written any), instead having...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 15, 2009; 11:59 AM ET | Comments (4)

Amy Speace: Live Last Night

Jersey City folk singer Amy Speace is excited for the release of her latest disc, "The Killer In Me," out June 30 -- but the project isn't exactly new. "It's nice the album is coming out, but I recorded it a year and a half ago," she told the...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 15, 2009; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (1)

Bonnaroo: Bruce, Phish, Bruce + Phish, NIN's Final March of the Pigs, Every Other Band in the World

Headlines: There was really only one story in the music world this weekend and that was the Bonnaroo Music Festival that took over Manchester, Tenn., from Thursday to Sunday. Approximately 75,000 were on hand for the eighth annual -- wait for it -- bacchanalia. Somehow, the festival went on...

By David Malitz | June 15, 2009; 8:09 AM ET | Comments (0)

Steve Winwood and Eric Clapton: Live Last Night

Geezer rock doesn't get any more dignified than the set Eric Clapton and Steve Winwood delivered Saturday at Verizon Center. Their first notable collaboration, in 1969 as the super-group Blind Faith, was fueled by a gimmick -- the cover of their one and only LP, featuring a topless preteen...

By J. Freedom du Lac | June 14, 2009; 8:52 PM ET | Comments (28)

 

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