Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Video: Jon Stewart Honors Bruce Springsteen...

Kennedy Center Honors....Jon Stewart & Sting pay tribute to Bruce Springsteen.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Video: Flaming Lips ~ Night Before Christmas...

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Video: Zee Avi ~ NPR Tiny Desk Concert...

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Slim Chances With David Byrne...

David Byrne and Fatboy Slim have paired up for a 22-track song cycle about the life of former First Lady of the Philippines Imelda Marcos and her childhood servant, Estrella Cumpas. Due February 23rd on Todomundo/Nonesuch Records, the album includes a 100- page book detailing the project and a DVD.

In addition to Byrne and Fatboy Slim, Here Lies Love features performances by Santigold, Florence Welch (Florence + The Machine), Sia, Steve Earle, St. Vincent, Natalie Merchant, Tori Amos, Sharon Jones, Nicole Atkins and many others. Music and additional information will be available at, and in January


Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Video: Bono & Edge on Elvis' Spectacle...

Stay (Faraway, So Close)

Pump It Up & Get On Your Boots

Mysterious Ways

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Yeasayer 2010 Tour Dates Include Cleveland...

Yeasayer is poised to attack 2010 with the release of their new album Odd Blood on February 9th. After a a series of dates in the U.K & Europe, they will bloom again stateside in the spring.

4-03 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
4-04 Carrboro, NC @ Cat's Cradle
4-05 Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel
4-06 Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
4-07 Memphis, TN @ Hi Tone Cafe
4-08 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theatre
4-09 Houston, TX @ House of Blues
4-10 Austin, TX @ The Parish
4-11 Austin, TX @ The Parish
4-14 Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
4-15 Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
4-17 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
4-19 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
4-20 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
4-21 Vancouver, British Columbia @ Commodore Ballroom
4-23 Salt Lake City, UT @ In The Venue
4-24 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theatre
4-25 Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room
4-26 Saint Louis, MO @ Gargoyle Club
4-27 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
4-28 Madison, WI @ Majestic Theatre
4-29 Chicago, IL @ Metro
4-30 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
5-01 Toronto, Ontario @ Lee's Palace
5-02 Montreal, Quebec @ La Sala Rossa
5-03 Boston, MA @ Paradise
5-04 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
5-05 Philadelphia, PA @ The Trocadero

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Clash's London Calling Turns 30...

From Wikipedia:
London Calling is the third album by English punk rock band The Clash, released December 14th, 1979, on CBS Records in the UK and in January 1980 on Epic Records in the United States. The album represented a change in The Clash's musical style, and featured elements of ska, pop, soul, rockabilly and reggae more prominently than in their previously released music. The album's subject matter included unemployment, racial conflict, drug use, and the responsibilities of adulthood.

The album received unanimously positive reviews and was ranked at number eight on Rolling Stone' list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time in 2003. London Calling was a top ten album in the UK, and its lead single "London Calling" was a top 20 single. It has sold over two million copies worldwide, and was certified platinum in the United States.

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Video: The White Stripes ~ Let's Shake Hands...

The White Stripes: "Let's Shake Hands"

THE WHITE STRIPES | MySpace Music Videos

“Let’s Shake Hands” Live performance footage from the The White Stripes’ 10th Anniversary show that is featured in the DVD films The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights and Under Nova Scotian Lights. DVDs available as part of a limited edition box set that is available for pre-order here.

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Video: Skip Spence ~ Weighted Down (Beck)...

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Let Jimi Take Over...

Experience Hendrix, fourth edition, biennial concert tour featuring an all-star line up of music greats paying homage to the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix launches March 2010 with special performances across the country.

Featured artists who will be performing music written and inspired by Jimi Hendrix. Include some of the best known and most respected artists in contemporary rock and blues including Joe Satriani, Jonny Lang, Eric Johnson, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Brad Whitford (of Aerosmith), Doyle Bramhall II, Ernie Isley, Living Colour, Double Trouble’s Chris Layton, along with bassist Billy Cox. The Experience Hendrix tours have shown how timeless this music really is. Sacred Steel featuring Robert Randolph, Susan Tedeschi and David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos are also performing on selected Experience Tour dates.

2010 Experience Hendrix Tour dates:
March 5th Los Angeles, CA — Gibson Amphitheatre
March 6th Las Vegas, NV — The Joint By Rogue at the Hard Rock Hotel
March 7th Mesa, AZ — Ikeda Theatre (Mesa Arts Center)
March 9th Friant, CA — Table Mountain Casino Events Center
March 10th San Francisco, CA — The Warfield
March 12th Reno, NV — Silver Legacy Resort Casino
March 14th Denver, CO — Paramount Theatre
March 16th Kansas City, MO — Uptown Theatre
March 17th Minneapolis, MN — Orpheum Theatre
March 18th Chicago, IL — Chicago Theatre
March 20th St. Louis, MO — Fox Theatre
March 21th Milwaukee, WI — Riverside Theatre
March 23rd Akron, OH — Akron Civic Theatre
March 24th Monclair, NJ — Wellmont Theatre
March 25th Red Bank, NJ — Count Basic Theatre
March 27th Atlanta, GA — Fox Theatre


Friday, December 11, 2009

Video: Blakroc on Late Night w/ Jimmy Fallon...

Video: Blakroc on Letterman (12/8/09)...

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Jackie Greene Steps into The Ark...

Jackie Greene will be at The Ark in Ann Arbor on February 9th & 10th. Tickets will be on sale Saturday, December 12th starting at 9 a.m. through the Michigan Union Ticket Office and at 10 a.m through Ticketmaster.

Here are some other videos that Jackie posted directly to YouTube.

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RJD2 to Play Detroit and Cleveland...

RJD2 will be performing at Magic Stick in Detroit on March 12th. He will also be stopping in Cleveland at The Grog Shop on March 18th. Break Science and Happy Chichester will add support on the tour.

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Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Bon Iver High School Jazz Band Release...

From Bon Iver's Website (12/8/09):

Just in time for the holiday season, Eau Claire Memorial Jazz I is proud to announce the CD release of their A Decade With Duke concert featuring Justin Vernon of BON IVER.

CDs are available for purchase in Eau Claire, Wisconsin only at Brick House Music, Morgan Music, and the offices of Volume One.

A digital version which includes only the second set, featuring Vernon, is also available digitally worldwide at most online music retailers such as iTunes, Amazon, eMusic, etc.

All proceeds from the local CD sales and digital sales will be donated directly to Eau Claire Memorial High School's band and jazz band programs.

Track list:

First Set
1. Wind Machine
2. Symphony in Riffs
3. Moon Over Cuba
4. Happy Go Lucky Local
5. Portrait Of Louie Armstrong (featuring Bruce Hering)
6. Bye Bye Blackbird
Second Set
1. Lump Sum
2. Rocks In My Bed (featuring Addie Strei)
3. Bewitched
4. Miss Otis Regrets
5. For Emma
6. Lady Is A Tramp
7. Since I Fell For You (featuring Mike Noyce)
8. Satisfied Mind

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Eric Clapton Announces Solo U.S. Dates...

From Eric Clapton's Website
On the heels of two major U.S. Grammy nominations for his CD release with Steve Winwood last year, Eric Clapton has announced a series of North American solo shows. The tour will begin on February 25 in Pittsburgh, PA and will travel to 11 U.S. cities and feature a very special guest, Roger Daltrey to kick off the show.

In recent years, Clapton has done some of his most innovative and collaborative work, pairing with iconic artists such as Steve Winwood, Jeff Beck and JJ Cale for concert and CD projects. Recent concert set lists have seen a variety of Clapton music featuring some of his biggest solo hits alongside classic Derek and The Dominos and Blind Faith songs. The band will consist of Steve Gadd on drums, Willie Weeks on bass, Chris Stainton and Walt Richmond on keyboards, and Michelle John and Sharon White as backing vocalists.

Ticket On-Sale Information
Check local listings for on-sale dates and ticket availability.

February 25 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena
February 27 - Nashville, TN - Sommett Center
February 28 - Birmingham, AL - Birmingham Jefferson
March 2 - Tulsa, OK - BOK
March 3 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center
March 5 - Memphis, TN - FedEx Forum
March 6 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena
March 8 - Raleigh, NC - RBC Center
March 9 - Atlanta, GA - Gwinnett Center
March 11 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Bank Atlantic Center
March 13 - Orlando, FL - Amway Arena


DMB to Appear in 3D Concert Movie...

Larger Than Life . . . in 3D will be playing in the Toledo area at Franklin Park 15 Theatres (December 11th thru 17th).

Filmed by inconcert3d utilizing digital technology that can only be viewed in theaters, and distributed by Cinedigm, this one week event will allow fans to experience a stunning 360 view of each live performance. The film opens with the internationally acclaimed Gypsy punk band Gogol Bordello at All Points West Music & Arts Festival in New Jersey, followed by Grammy-award winning artist Ben Harper and Relentless7 at the Mile High Music Festival in Denver. Dave Matthews Band-the highest-grossing American act of all time—then takes center stage with a fun-filled, dance in your seat, set of songs filmed at the 2009 Austin City Limits Music Festival in Texas.

Find a screening in your area

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Monday, December 07, 2009

Video: Dave Rawlings Machine (In Store)...

Couldn't make it to any of the current Dave Rawlings machine tour dates.....thank you YouTube. Dave Rawlings Machine in-store performance @ Grimeys in Nashville, TN December 3rd, 2009.

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U2 Talks to Elvis (Costello) for Spectacle...

Elvis Costello and friends return for a second season of Spectacle, (on Sundance) a refreshing mix of intimate conversation and live musical performances. Internationally acclaimed during its first season, this original series allows some of the most interesting and influential artists and personalities of our time a rare opportunity to reflect on their work and jam with Elvis. In this episode, the Grammy® Award-winning singer-songwriter welcomes U2's Bono and The Edge, who join Elvis and The Imposters to perform "Alison" and "Pump It Up."

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Coming Up for AIR (U.S. Tour Dates)...

Following the October release of their fifth studio album Love 2, French electronic pop duo AIR (Nicolas Godin and JB Dunckel) return to the U.S. for their first live shows in three years. The “Pocket Symphony” tour of 2007/08 saw the band travel to the Far East and beyond, stage their largest New York play to date at the Madison Square Garden Theatre and established them as truly international artists.

Now in 2010, AIR is preparing for the first of several U.S. trips, the first of which will be a traditional tour showcasing the breadth of their catalog and re-interpretations of new songs from the “Love 2” album. For the first time on these dates, the band will be performing their live show as an intimate three-piece with Godin and Dunckel taking on full instrumental and vocal duties. This follows a successful short tour of China and the Far East in late 2008, where they experimented with a core of three musicians and the current live set took shape.

For the North American dates, AIR will be joined by British drummer/percussionist Alex Thomas (Bat For Lashes, Badly Drawn Boy) and guest opening act will be AM, a revered multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles with a flare for distilling global music influences into his own unique and infectious pop confections.

Prior to their North American journey, AIR will set out on a European tour in early 2010 starting at the legendary Casino de Paris in their hometown and ending at the legendary Roundhouse in London on February 26th.


March 13: Miami, FL @ Fillmore
March 14: Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live #
March 15: Atlanta, GA @ Centerstage
March 17: Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
March 18: Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory #
March 19: New York, NY @ Terminal 5 #
March 20: Boston, MA @ Berklee Performance Center
March 22: Montreal, PQ @ Metropolis
March 23: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
March 24: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
March 26: Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre #
March 27: San Diego, CA @ 4th & B #
March 28: Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall #

Tickets for most dates go on sale at 10am on Saturday December 12.

A special Ticketmaster fan pre-sale is available starting Wednesday December 9 at midnight for New York and Thursday December 10 at 10am for the dates marked #. Visit Ticketmaster Site

To receive the pre-sale password go to Air's official Website and register for the newsletter. Your password will be emailed to you on Wednesday evening December 9th. If you are already registered, you will receive the password automatically.


Sunday, December 06, 2009

R.E.M. iPhone App Answers the Call...

It's the end of the iPhone as we know it...

R.E.M. and Peerium, Inc. have announced the launch of the official R.E.M. iPhone app. The app gives users up-to-date info on all the latest R.E.M. happenings direct from the band's headquarters in Athens, Georgia. Fans can stream audio samples from the band's entire career as well as watch full length videos from every R.E.M. album. You can also upload R.E.M. concert photos to Flickr directly from your iPhone as well as view photos taken by other R.E.M. fans around the world. Another feature to check out is the interactive guide to the band's hometown of Athens, Georgia.

Features include:
* The latest R.E.M. news and tour dates are updated instantly on your iPhone.
* R.E.M. Photos - Browse the R.E.M. photo gallery that spans the band's entire career.
* Audio Streaming - Listen to 30 second song clips from R.E.M.'s entire catalog!
* Video Streaming - Watch full length videos from every R.E.M. album on your iPhone.
* Fan Photo Upload - Upload your own live R.E.M. photos directly from your phone to Flickr.
* Fan Videos - Select from any date on the entire 2008 world tour and watch fan YouTube videos on your iPhone.
* R.E.M. & You - Listening to a specific R.E.M. song right now? Select that track and then upload a photo to Flickr to show where you are at that moment. Also, check out what photos other fans have uploaded while listening to R.E.M. songs.


Saturday, December 05, 2009

David Gray Announces Spring U.S. Dates...

David Gray has announced plans to tour the U.S. this spring in support of his new release "Draw The Line". The is Gray's first studio effort with his new band, which will not include longtime collaborator Craig McClune. Midwest fans have a series of dates to choose from.

March 2010
11 - Houston, TX - Verizon Wireless Theatre
12 - New Orleans, LA - Mahalia Jackson Theatre
13, 14 - Austin, TX - Hogg Memorial Center
16 - Dallas, TX - Nokia Theatre
17 - Kansas City, MO - Uptown Theatre
19 - St Louis, MO - Touhill Performing Arts Center
20 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
21 - Cleveland, OH - State Theatre
23 - Cincinnati, OH - Taft Theatre

24 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
26 - Louisville, KY - Louisville Palace Theatre
27 - Columbus, OH - Ohio Theatre
29 - Buffalo, NY - UB Center For The Arts
30 - Pittsburgh, PA - Benedum Theatre
31 - Baltimore, MD - Lyric Opera House

April 2010
3 - Providence, RI - Providence Performing Arts Center
5 - Albany, NY - The Egg
6 - Wallingford, CT - Oakdale Theatre
7 - Portland, ME - Merrill Auditorium
9 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
10 - Atlanta, GA - Atlanta Civic Center Theatre
11 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium
13 - Tampa, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall
14 - Miami Beach, FL - Fillmore Miami Beach
15 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live

David Gray's new single 'Full Steam', a duet with Annie Lennox, is released in the UK on Monday, December 28th. All proceeds from the sale of this single will go to Children In Need.


Mayer Mixes it Up in Motown...

Ann Arbor native Mayer Hawthorne brings his upbeat soul soaked songs back to Michigan on Saturday, December 19th. He will play the Magic Stick in Detroit...might be a good chance to catch his show in a small intimate venue & warm your winter heart at the same time.

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