Sunday, May 30, 2010

Video: Gorillaz Live in Harlem

Saturday, May 29, 2010

Video: The Tallest Man On Earth @ KCRW...

Video: Jamie Lidell ~ Takeaway Show...

Black Joe Lewis to Play Toledo...

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears will be playing Frankie's in Toledo on August 17th.

Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, formed in Austin, Texas in 2007, is a blues band influenced by Howlin' Wolf and James Brown. In March 2009, Esquire Magazine listed Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears as one of the “Ten Bands Set to Break Out at 2009's SXSW Festival.”

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Saturday, May 22, 2010

EELS Announce New Album & World Tour...

EELS are set to release a new album entitled TOMORROW MORNING August 24, 2010 and embark on a world tour August 3. EELS leader Mark Oliver Everett, aka E calls the 14 track album the final installment of a trilogy that began with HOMBRE LOBO (June 2009) and END TIMES (January 2010). Following a four year absence, TOMORROW MORNING will be the third new EELS album in a little over a year and a half and will be released on the EELS' E Works Records label. The world tour starts in Santa Ana, California, hitting Japan, Australia, Europe, United States and Canada. It will be the first time EELS have performed live since the release of HOMBRE LOBO, END TIMES and the new album.

EELS will be at Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Michigan on September 30th. Tickets go on sale on June 12th.

September 22 Philadelphia, PA World Cafe Live
September 23 Richmond, VA The National Theater
September 24 Boston, MA The Royal
September 25 New York, NY Terminal 5
September 26 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
September 28 Montreal, Canada Le National
September 29 Toronto, Canada The Mod
September 30 Detroit, MI The Crofoot
October 2010
October 1 Chicago, IL The Metro
October 2 Milwaukee, WI The Pabst Theater
October 3 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
October 5 Denver, CO The Ogden Theater
October 6 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
October 8 Portland, OR Roseland
October 9 Seattle, WA TBA
October 11 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
October 12 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theater

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The Black Keys @ Classic Car Club...

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Video: The Black Keys ~ Tighten Up...

Monday, May 17, 2010

Devo Song Study Results Revealed...

The latest from Devo:


Please join me, our research consultant and representatives from DEVO, our musical division, for a very important live streaming announcement to take place tomorrow, Tuesday, May 18, 2010, as we reveal the results of the DEVO Song Study. Your attendance is essential in our endeavor to make your consumer experience more enjoyable and satisfying as we go forward. An assembly of journalists, historians and various concerned citizens will be on hand at a non-disclosed corporate meeting center outside of Akron, Ohio to document this special DEVO Inc. moment as it is transmitted throughout the world. Please do your duty and tune in to the address below at the following times:

The Press Conference can be seen live at AOL Music at 12pm PST at: and

Once Again – viewing times as follows:
12PM (Pacific Standard Time)
Atlantic Standard Time: 4:00PM
Eastern Standard Time: 3:00PM
Central Standard Time: 2:00PM
Mountain Standard Time: 1:00PM
Pacific Standard Time: 12:00PM
Alaskan Standard Time: 11:00AM
Hawaiin-Aleutian Standard Time: 10:00AM
Somoa Standard Time: 9:00AM

Later is Now!

Greg Scholl, COO of DEVO Inc.


Jim James & Friends Tour for Appalachia...

Yim Yames, singer-songwriter Daniel Martin Moore and genre-bending cellist and vocalist Ben Sollee will embark on a nine date Appalachian Voices tour in an effort to raise public awareness of the devastating practice of Mountaintop Removal coal mining throughout Appalachia. A portion of the proceeds from the tour will benefit Appalachian Voices, for which the tour was named, an organization devoted to ending mountaintop removal coal mining together with diverse environmental problems impacting the central and southern Appalachian Mountains.

Tickets for the shows will go on sale beginning Friday, May 21st.
For links and info, go to

"The people and the land of Appalachia are too important to us as a nation to be sacrificed for something as short-sighted as Mountaintop Removal (MTR) coal mining. Our cultural stake in the region, from its music to its log cabins, is an indispensable part of our history and identity as Americans. People all over the world know our country music, our dances and our stories and they call them American. They are the fruit of Appalachia."
Ben Sollee, Daniel Martin Moore and Yim Yames.

Tour Dates:
7/22 Lexington, KY @ The Opera House
7/23 Knoxville, TN@ The Bijou
7/25 Charleston, WV @ Mountain Stage
7/26 Marlinton, WV@ Pocahontas Opera House
7/28 Charlottesville, VA @ The Jefferson Theater
7/29 Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theater
7/30 New York, NY @ Music Hall Of Williamsburg
with Special Guest The Preservation Hall Jazz Band
7/31 Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
Yim Yames Solo
8/1 Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival
Daniel Martin Moore & Ben Sollee

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Sunday, May 16, 2010

Devo Added to Ann Arbor Summer Festival...

Devo has just been added to the Ann Arbor Summer Festival Mainstage schedule. The New Wave legends don their red energy domes to play Ann Arbor's Power Center on July 6th.

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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Exile On Main Street 2010 - Production Line...

Midwest Reggae Festival Set for Mid-August...

The Midwest Reggae Festival, one of the most enduring of its kind in the United States, has its 19th annual staging August 13-15 in Nelson, Ohio.

Third World, Mykal Rose, Luciano, the Skatalites and veteran British deejay Pato Banton are among this year's headliners. Dread Zeppelin, a band that plays reggae covers of songs by legendary hard rock band Led Zeppelin, are also on the card.

The festival was first held in 1992 by Packy Malley, a Nelson entrepreneur and reggae fan, who began promoting reggae shows at Ohio State University while he was a student there in the 1980s.

The Midwest Reggae Festival started as a one-day event at the Nelson Ledges Quarry Park where it is still held. Each day reportedly attracts a capacity 4,000-strong audience.

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Jay-Z & Eminem to Play Detroit's Comerica Field...

Two superstars, two stadiums, two concerts, two unforgettable events. In a rare co-headlining concert pairing, JAY-Z, who has scored more #1 albums than any solo artist in history, and EMINEM, the biggest selling artist of the 2000s, will share a stage with each headlining in his own hometown–EMINEM at Detroit’s Comerica Park and JAY-Z at New York’s Yankee Stadium. The Detroit show is set for Thursday, September 2 and the New York performance is scheduled for Monday, September 13. Both shows will be produced by Live Nation. JAY-Z and EMINEM made an appearance together earlier tonight at Comerica Park, where the Tigers hosted the Yankees, to announce the shows.

“This is a once in a lifetime set of shows and I know we’re both really going to bring it to our home towns” said EMINEM. “The fans are going to love this–and so am I. It’s gonna be historic.” Full EMINEM concerts have been few in recent years. His performance last October at the Voodoo Music Experience in New Orleans was his first full concert since summer 2005. His newest album, Recovery (Aftermath/Interscope), will be released June 22.

Said JAY-Z: “These shows are like a dream come true. I’ve always hoped that hip-hop could play any stadium like other genres of music. How perfect is it that Eminem and I get to play our hometowns and show how far the live rap experience has come? Fun and historic, a great combination all around the board.” JAY-Z is currently touring stadiums, arenas and festivals around the world in support of his latest #1 album, 2009’s Blueprint 3 (Roc Nation).

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New DVD: U2 360 At The Rose Bowl...

As you can see from this tantalizing image, details are now confirmed of the 2DVD Super Deluxe Box Set edition of U2360° At The Rose Bowl released next month.

The Set will include: a 32 page hardback book; limited edition 2-disc DVD of U2360° At The Rose Bowl plus 2 hours of bonus material; 1 blue-ray of U2360° At The Rose Bowl plus 2 hours of bonus material; 1 vinyl 7inch; 3 U2360° guitar picks; the Tour Programm; a limited edition numbered drawing of final stage design; and 5 art prints in an embossed wallet.

US pre-order

U2360° At The Rose Bowl was the penultimate gig of last year's U2360° Tour and the band's biggest ever US show, with a live audience in excess of 97,000. The show was also streamed across seven continents via YouTube. The first ever live streaming of a full-length stadium concert, U2360° at the Rose Bowl had over 10 million views on the channel in one week.

Shot entirely in HD, the concert was filmed with 27 cameras and directed by Tom Krueger who had previously worked on U23D, the first live action 3D concert movie taken from U2's Vertigo Tour.

Available in standard and 2-disc deluxe DVD formats (see below), U2360° At The Rose Bowl will also be U2's first concert available in Blu-ray. The deluxe formats and the Blu-ray will feature a new documentary called Squaring the Circle: Creating U2360° with new interviews from U2, Paul McGuinness and the team behind the touring production.

1. Get On Your Boots
2. Magnificent
3. Mysterious Ways
4. Beautiful Day
5. I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For
6. Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
7. No Line On The Horizon
8. Elevation
9. In A Little While
10. Unknown Caller
11. Until the End of the World
12. The Unforgettable Fire
13. City of Blinding Lights
14. Vertigo
15. I'll Go Crazy If I Don't Go Crazy Tonight
16. Sunday Bloody Sunday
17. MLK
18. Walk On
19. One
20. Where The Streets Have No Name
21. Ultra Violet (Light My Way)
22. With Or Without You
23. Moment Of Surrender


Wilco Headed to South Bend This Summer...

After last summer's successful run of concerts in minor league ballparks on the east coast, Wilco will take the field again for their only remaining Midwest concert of 2010 at South Bend, Indiana’s Coveleski Ballpark on Friday, July 30. The concert features special guests Yo La Tengo, who performed with Wilco last summer at a sold out minor league stadium in Brooklyn, NY. There is a pre-sale going on now here. The password is "silverhawks".

Tickets for the July 30 concert are on sale Saturday, May 15 at 12 noon EST/11 am CDT through and Tickets will also be available at the Coveleski Ballpark box office and by phone at 1-800-514-ETIX. Admission to the concert is free for children 4 and under. So pack up the grill and party in the parking lot.... gates open on show day at 5pm. Be there -- it's the last shot in the region for the year.

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Video: Gorillaz on Later With Jools Holland...

The Villagers Venture Out...

On June 8, Domino Records will release Villagers' debut album 'Becoming a Jackal.' Since releasing their first EP in 2009, this young Dublin-based group has already opened for Neil Young, booked multiple TV and music festival gigs across Europe, and been touted by the Irish press as "must-see" and "the most sought-after act."
Villagers made their U.S. debut recently with shows in New York City and at SXSW. Jon Pareles of the New York Times caught one of songwriter Conor J. O'Brien's solo sets in Austin and said, "With fast fingers, he plucked quickly alternating chords and ballooning, hypnotic crescendos. He has the particularly Irish gift, which he shares with the Frames and U2, for painful sincerity without mawkishness, and at times-this is high praise-he approaches the bitter romanticism of Leonard Cohen." NPR's Robin Hilton raved in a podcast that Villagers is "gorgeous... just amazing."

'Becoming a Jackal was recorded in Villagers guitarist Tommy McLaughlin's home studio, with Tommy engineering and co-producing alongside Conor. Conor created the album art and played all the instruments, except for the strings and French Horn which were arranged by Villagers pianist/organist Cormac Curran. From restrained to unleashed, from a whisper to a literal howl, 'Becoming a Jackal' mutates, intrigues and beguiles in equal measure.

They will return stateside in June for more dates.

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Megafaun To Play Ann Arbor's Blind Pig...

Fresh off of an extensive European tour, the bearded brutes of Megafaun are on their first headlining tour of the United States, which began in late March.

Megafaun will be playing The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, Michigan on June 13th. Sam Quinn offers support on this tour.

Brothers Brad and Phil Cook along with fellow Eau Claire, Wisconsin native Joe Westerlund, continue to tour in support of the group's Hometapes-released and critically-acclaimed second album, Gather, Form & Fly.

After hundreds of dates touring with fellow North Carolinians Bowerbirds, former bandmates Bon Iver, and likeminded live collaborators such as Akron/Family, Arnold Dreyblatt, and The Dodos, Megafaun is poised to bring their album and live show to U.S. fans, old and new on a headlining tour.

These shows will also serve as the first opportunity to hear songs from the group's upcoming third release, the recently-recorded mini-album, Heretofore, which Hometapes will release this summer. Speaking to Bryan Reed in a recent interview for Independent Weekly, Brad Cook said of the new, six-song, 36-minute recording: "I feel like it's the best hooks and lyrics that we've done"..."But it also has the most far-reaching stuff we've ever put on a record."

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Friday, May 14, 2010

Video: Jamie Lidell ~ Black Cab Sessions...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Video: White Rabbits ~ Percussion Gun...

Video: Beerjacket ~ House of Toys...

Heartless in Toledo...

Heartless Bastards will roll into Toledo to play Mickey Finn's Pub on July 20th. They will be joined by a few notables . . . Peter Wolf Crier and The Builders and the Butchers.

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Sunday, May 09, 2010

The Budos Band Blowin' Into Ann Arbor...

If you can't get enough of the funky horn, check out The Budos Band when they play at The Blind Pig in Ann Arbor on July 13th.

"The Budos Band is the quintessence of Staten Island Soul. Their exciting new afro-influenced take on instrumental music has been captivating listeners from turntables as well as bandstands across the nation. Eleven pieces in all, their group consists of drums, bass, guitar, electric organ, two trumpets, baritone saxophone, and a percussion section employing bongos, congas, tambourine, guiro, clave, shekere and cowbell. Their music has been described as “compelling”, “unbridled”, “psychedelic”, “innovative”, and above all “soulful.” However, like many majestic things, their sound had humble beginnings."

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