Monday, March 31, 2008

What If R.E.M. Gives It Away...

Raconteurs Tour Dates & Video...

rac * on * teur (pronounced rak-uhn-tur)
-noun, plural - teurs
a person who is skilled in relating stories and anecdotes interestingly.

2008 Tour Dates
4/20 - Commodore Ballroom Vancouver, British Columbia
4/21 - Neumo's Seattle, Washington
4/22 - Wonder Ballroom Portland, Oregon
4/23 - Bimbo's 365 Club San Francisco, California
4/25 - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival Indio, California
4/26 - The Joint Las Vegas, Nevada
4/28 - The Fillmore Auditorium Denver, Colorado
4/29 - Uptown Theatre Kansas City, Missouri
5/1 - House of Blues Dallas, Texas
5/2 - Stubb's BBQ Austin, Texas
5/3 - Stubb's BBQ Austin, Texas
5/4 - New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival New Orleans, Louisiana
5/27 - 930 Club Washington, DC
5/28 - 930 Club Washington, DC
5/30 - Terminal 5 New York, NY
6/03 - Bank of America Pavilion Boston, MA
6/04 - Metropolis Montreal, QU
6/05 - Ricoh Colliseum Toronto, ON
6/07 - The Fillmore Detroit, MI
6/09 - Lifestyle Communities Amphitheater Columbus, OH
6/10 - National City Pavilion Cincinnati, OH
6/12 - The Pageant St. Louis, MO
Jun 13 - Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Manchester, Tennessee

The Raconteurs Salute Your Solution

Sunday, March 30, 2008

R.E.M.'s Life & How They Live It...

In case you haven't heard, (not possible) R.E.M.'s new album Accelerate drops on April 1st...No Joke!
Hit up R.E.M.'s website News to stay up on all the coverage of this new release...and believe me, there is plenty of coverage, CBS Sunday Morning, Today Show, Interview Magazine, Pitchfork...the list goes on. R.E.M. is embracing the web and all it's super-powers to get the music in the hands of the people (that's us).

Stream the whole album here on iLike

Listen to R.E.M.'s recent March 24th Concert at Royal Albert Hall in London.

Michael Stipe "Press Conference"

Old Footage

Older Footage

It is easy to get carried away on YouTube when you do a search for R.E.M.

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Time to Ring in Spring...

Lots of live music lined up for your participation. Get out there!

4/1 Jens Lekman @ Wexner Center
4/1 Punch Brothers @ The Ark
4/3 Explosions in the Sky @ Beachland Ballroom
4/3 - 4/6 BG Music Fest
4/4 Silent Years @ Frankie's
4/5 The Eels @ Majestic Theater
4/5 Blitzen Trapper @ Magic Stick
4/5 What Made Milwaukee Famous @ St. Andrews
4/6 Kathleen Edwards @ Magic Bag
4/6 Jesse Malin @ Crofoot (Pike Room)
4/6 Spoon @ Emerald Theater
4/7 Tristan Prettyman @ The Ark
4/9 Carbon/Silicon @ 20th Century Theater
4/9 Caribou @ Wexner Center
4/10 Sasha & Digweed @ Clutch Cargos
4/10 Feist @ Fillmore Detroit
4/10 Ben Jelen @ Frankie's
4/10 New Pornographers/Okkervil River @ Crofoot Ballroom
4/12 Tapes n Tapes/White Denim @ Magic Stick
4/14 David Dondero @ Elbow Room
4/15 Man Man / Yeasayer @ Wexner Center
4/15 Eric Bibb @ The Ark
4/15 The Black Keys @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
4/16 Saul Williams @ Blind Pig
4/16 Ben Folds @ Adrian College
4/17 Black Rebel Motorcycle Club @ Frankie's
4/18 Iron & Wine @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
4/18 The Dirtbombs & Kelley Stoltz @ Frankie's
4/20 Joe Jackson/Mutlu @ Michigan Theater
4/20 Fiery Furnaces @ Blind Pig
4/22 Damien Dempsey @ The Ark
4/25 The Lions @ Frankie's
4/25 Peter Moren @ Wexner Center
4/25 Jackie Greene @ The Ark
4/25 Jay Z & Mary J. Blige @ The Palace
4/26 Re. Horton heat @ Majestic
4/27 Ben Flowz @ Frankie's
4/29 Enon @ Frankie's
4/29 The Cave Singers @ Crofoot ballroom
4/30 The Proclaimers @ The Ark
4/30 Kate Nash @ St. Andrews
4/30 The Foals & The Ruby Suns @ Alvin's
5/2 Ra Ra Riot/The Little Ones @ Frankie's
5/3 Pioneers of Hip Hop @ Fox Theatre
5/3 Caribou @ Oberlin College
5/3 Sly & The Family Stone @ The Vic
5/3 Ghostland Observatory @ St. Andrews
5/4 The Police/Elvis Costello @ Nationwide Arena
5/4 Tokyo Police Club/Smoosh @ Magic Stick
5/4 Erykah Badu & The Roots @ Fox Theatre
5/7 The Kills @ The magic Stick
5/8 Wu Tang Clan @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
5/8 Cut Copy & The Black Kids @ Magic Stick
5/9 M.I.A. @ Fillmore Detroit
5/10 The Swell Season @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
5/13 Teitur & Tina Dico @ The Ark
5/14 Dizzee Rascal & El-P @ Crofoot
5/15 X @ The Majestic
5/15 Matthew Ryan @ The Ark
5/16 Otis Taylor @ The Ark
5/16 The Avett Brothers @ Southgate House
5/17 The Go @ Frankie's
5/17 KT Tunstall @ Power Center
5/18 The Avett Brothers @ Beachland Ballroom
5/20 The Avett Brothers @ The Ark
5/23 The Long Blondes @ Magic Stick
5/25 Rilo Kiley @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
5/30 Erykah Badu & The Roots @ Chicago Theatre
5/31 Eric Clapton @ Blossom Music Center
6/1 The Breeders @ Magic Stick
6/6 - 6/8 Detroit Festival of the Arts
6/7 The National @ Crofoot
6/8 Mark Kozelek @ Old Town School of Folk Music
6/9 Dave Matthews Band @ DTE Music Theatre
6/12 - 6/14 Rock City Music Festival
6/13 Death Cab for Cutie/Rogue Wave @ Plain Dealer Pavilion
6/17 Robert Plant & Alison Krauss @ Fox Theatre
6/17 Jack Johnson @ Blossom
6/18 Ladytron & Datarock @ St. Andrews
6/18 The Cure @ Cleveland State University
6/18 Jack Johnson @ DTE Music Theatre
6/21 Marissa Nadler @ Crofoot
6/22 Junior Brown @ The Ark
7/2 - 7/6 Comerica Cityfest
7/5 Funk Brothers @ Power Center
7/25 Foo Fighters @ Quickens Loan Arena
7/26 The Police/Elvis Costello @ DTE Music Theatre
7/29 Dave Matthews Band @ Columbus Crew Stadium
7/30 Dave Matthews Band @ Blossom
8/1 - 8/3 Lollapalooza

Friday, March 28, 2008

The Black Keys Latest Attack...

The Black Keys Strange Times

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

Erykah Badu & The Roots Grow Together...

Many first heard The Roots collaborate with Erykah Badu on You Got Me. Well, it seems that Miss Badu and the legendary Roots Crew will be coming together again for a brief leg of her upcoming tour. Few can rock the fro finer than this soul goddess...she is on tour promoting her new album New Amerykah Part One (4th World War). And keep on eye out for The Roots new album called Rising Down, which will be out on April 29th.

May 4th Detroit @ Fox Theatre
May 9th New York City @ Radio City Music Hall
May 10th Baltimore @ Pier Six Pavilion
May 11th Upper Darby, Pa @ Tower Theatre
May 15th Washington DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
May 30th Chicago @ Chicago Theatre
June 10th San Diego @ Humphrey's Concerts by the Bay
June 12th Los Angeles @ Greek Theatre

The Roots featuring Erykah Badu You Got Me

Erykah on VH1 Soul Stage Honey

Monday, March 24, 2008

Mic Test #44: Fat Freddy's Drop...

Fat Freddy's Drop:
*Note: The music featured in the Mic Test is typically new to me, too. Just throwing out some info. about bands that seem to be offering something exciting. Enjoy.

Rock Throwers Party...

Think fast, so this one doesn't hit you upside your head...
Detour is proud to announce the dates for the 2008 Rock City Music Festival. The three-day event will be held June 12-14, 2008 at the Majestic Theatre, Magic Stick, and Garden Bowl, three venues within the historic Majestic Theater Centre that each offer fans a unique perspective on live music. The full Rock City lineup will feature 50 acts drawn from both national and local circles, with each artist reflecting a tenet of contemporary independent music as Detour sees it.

Stay tuned as more details become available.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Stones Shine on the Big Screen...

April 4th marks the release of the Rolling Stones/Martin Scorcese film, Shine A Light. As Spring approaches, let's remember that no band has seen as many rebirths as The Stones. This movie was filmed at NYC's Beacon Theatre in the Fall of 2006 and will surely capture the energy of this legendary band up close and personal. In this area, you can get your satisfaction at the IMAX at Henry Ford Museum in Detroit or in Ypsilanti.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Mic Test #43: Paper Bird...

Paper Bird:
*Note: The music featured in the Mic Test is typically new to me, too. Just throwing out some info. about bands that seem to be offering something exciting. Enjoy.

Matthew & His New Testament...

Spread the good word...Matthew Ryan will be performing at The Ark in Ann Arbor on May 15th. Another singer songwriter who has a memorable voice and intense lyrics. This tour has Matthew promoting a project & album called Matthew Ryan vs. The Silver State. An album by the same name is due on April 1st. The Ark will be the controlled performance space where you will want to take in his work.

The new album as described on the Matthew's site:
The first collection by MRVSS is utterly human; it muscles and floats through a very lucid rock N roll without pause or filler for all 11 tracks as if it were a Scorcese film for the ears. The mood of the record insists that the beauty in living is found in the fight to persevere against all that discount or betray you; and that the struggles inside the classic themes of living should be met with a square chin while reaching on tip-toes for heaven.

Matthew Ryan Vs. The Silver State

Jane, I Still Feel The Same

Sunday, March 16, 2008

A Tune-Full Spoon-Full...

How about a nice heaping helping of Spoon. They will be coming to the Detroit area on April 6th to play at the Emerald Theatre. This band had a huge year in 2007 and they aren't showing signs of slowing down. They haven't grown fact, they are releasing Don't You Evah,a new EP this spring on Merge Records (April 8th). Their show at Emerald Theatre will also feature The Walkmen & White stir it up!

The Underdog

The Black Cab Sessions I Summon You

The Black Cab Sessions is a cool little indie music exposure site that I stumbled across...check out their website, they have some great video of some excellent bands. How did I miss this until now?

Saturday, March 15, 2008

SXSW Redux...

All sorts of reports stream in from music blogs about the hot spots at SXSW. This year NPR Music has provided a huge bonus to those of us who didn't make the festivities. Some of the performances were simulcast on various radio stations/internet sites...and even better, many have been archived for your listening pleasure.

Listen to R.E.M. @ SXSW

Listen to My Morning Jacket @ SXSW

Click here for archived shows

R.E.M. Second Guessing

My Morning Jacket Gideon

Bon Iver Skinny Love

Monday, March 10, 2008

Yeasayer Takeaway Shows...

Eating With A Pitchfork...

Another smorgasbord for all musical appetites. Pitchfork Music Festival 2008 has officially been announced and it looks like another good meal served up in July. Once again, Chicago's Union Park will play host to this festival feast on July 18th, 19th & 20th. The Pitchfork people have done another solid job of pulling together a little something for everyone.
In keeping with the concept of having a band perform a classic album in it's entirety...this year's Friday night highlight will be Public Enemy performing It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back. Bring the NOISE!!!! Get your lunch money saved, cuz tickets go on sale this Wednesday at 12 noon CDT. $65 for a 3 Day that's a Happy Meal.

Here initial lineups (stressing the word initial):
Saturday, July 19
Animal Collective
Vampire Weekend
Dizzee Rascal
No Age
Atlas Sound
Fleet Foxes
+ many more!
Sunday, July 20
M. Ward
Extra Golden
El Guincho
+ many more!

Sunday, March 09, 2008

Mic Test #42: The Duke Spirit...

The Duke Spirit:
*Note: The music featured in the Mic Test is typically new to me, too. Just throwing out some info. about bands that seem to be offering something exciting. Enjoy.

Great Dane Attack...

I first saw Teitur at Schuba's in Chicago in 2004. For those that enjoy simplified, acoustic music his songs are strong. His voice and his lyrics give him the emotional lift for a show that can just take your mind away. Teitur is from the Faroe Islands, which is considered part of Denmark, but he will be coming ashore to the U.S. in late April. His tour will bring him to Ann Arbor on May 13th for a show at The Ark...the perfect venue to hear his words. He will be touring with a full band on the release of his next album, The Singer (March/April 2008). Here are a few words from his Myspace page that give some insight into the latest work:
In mid 2007, Teitur started to pull together the songs that make up his third album: The Singer:

"The songs are written over a time-span of one to seven years. They are stories of events and experiences - like drinking beers on a musty hotel floor with mysterious blues musician Chris Whitley, before he died of cancer (Legendary Afterparty), or stories that I have come across in my lifetime..."

In October, Teitur travelled to an island off the coast of Sweden called Gotland with his sound engineer Jonas and arranger Trondur, and recorded the album on a 19th century Swedish Princess' estate, normally a summer destination as a hotel, but at this time of year a beautiful, windswept and somewhat deserted piece of tranquility; interrupted only by the various musicians and singers who came to play or sing on the album, who all stayed at the hotel, during their work on the album.

"This album was made in tranquility and isolation. The result is a very natural and somehow nordic sounding record. Furthermore it has similarities to a musical or a book of short stories."

The Girl I Don't Know

Louis Louis

Teitur on CNN (2007)

Monday, March 03, 2008

Classic Clips: Bob Dylan...

Hit The Road, Jack...

After a few festival dates in April, Jack Johnson will head out on the road for a summer tour. He makes is way across the states touring on the strength of his fourth album, Sleep Through the Static, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard charts in February...might as well ride the wave. Simply soulful.

April 2008
19, 20 - Honolulu, HI @ Kokua Festival
25 - Indio, CA @ Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
June 2008
13 - Noblesville, IN @ Verizon Wireless Music Center
15 - Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
17 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center
18 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
21 - East Troy, WI @ Alpine Valley Music Theatre
22 - Somerset, WI @ River’s Edge
August 2008
3 –Oro, Ontario @ Burl's Creek Park
6 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
7 - Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
10 - Jersey City, NJ @ All Points West Festival
12 - Raleigh, NC @ Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
13 - Atlanta, GA @ Lakewood Amphitheatre
15 - Bonner Springs, KS @ Sandstone Amphitheater
17 - Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
18 - Salt Lake City, UT @ USANA Amphitheatre
20 - St. Helens, OR @ Columbia Meadows
21 - Vancouver, British Columbia @ UBC. Thunderbird Stadium
22 - George, WA @ The Gorge Amphitheatre
24 - San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival

Click here to read an excerpt from J.J.'s latest Rolling Stone article.

Gone (playing with Ben harper)


Sunday, March 02, 2008

Clapton Adds Summer Dates...

3 May 3 @ Ford Amphitheatre, Tampa Bay FL
Tickets on sale 1 March at 10AM EST

5 May 5 @ Seminole Hardrock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood FL
Tickets on sale 29 February at 12PM EST

6 May 6 @ Amway Arena, Orlando FL
On sale information pending - check back for details!

22 May 22 @ PNC Bank Arts Center, Holmdel NJ
Tickets on sale 10 March

25 May 25 @ The Borgata Hotel, Atlantic City NJ
Tickets on sale 8 March

27 May 27 @ Molson Amphitheatre, Toronto ON
Tickets on sale 7 March

28 May 28 @ Bell Centre, Montreal QC
Tickets on sale 8 March

30 May 30 @ Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville IN
Tickets on sale 14 March

31 May 31 @ Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls OH
Tickets on sale 8 March

2 June 2 @ Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville CT
Tickets on sale 15 March

4 June 4 @ Tweeter Center For The Performing Arts, Mansfield MA
Tickets on sale 8 March

5 June 5 @ Nikon at Jones Beach Theater, Wantagh, NY
Tickets on sale 10 March

Waiting For Superman...

Sam Duckworth is the aggressive vocalist/guitarist that makes Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. a special band. His latest effort, Searching for the Hows And Whys is due out this week. His music is described as a blend of emo & indie with a healthy dose of social consciousness. He has experienced increased success in his U.K. homeland...let's hope he can log some time with that cape of his and make it over to the U.S. sooner than later.

New Single, Find the Time

About the new album

Saturday, March 01, 2008

Mic Test #41: Eugene Francis Jnr...

Eugene Francis Jnr:
*Note: The music featured in the Mic Test is typically new to me, too. Just throwing out some info. about bands that seem to be offering something exciting. Enjoy.