import/export...and everything in between

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Likely Listens - Catherine A.D.

Catherine A.D. has a hauntingly beautiful voice thats along the lines of Kate Bush, Tori Amos etc, which of course makes me a fan...and Courtney Love is already a fan!

On first listen I became intrigued...and thanks to the very lovely MK of Popbytes I was able to be introduced to her.

No sows in the States yet but there will be two upcoming gigs in London on February 14 at the Notting Hill Arts Club and on February 27 at the Royal Festival Hall.

Hopefully we can have a surprise at SXSW and she'll be playing!


Sunday, December 28, 2008

SXSW 2009...First Acts Announced!

Here it comes...the first acts!

Ra Ra Riot (Syracuse, NY)
Gabriella Cilmi (AUSTRALIA)
Ximena Sariñara (Mexico City, MEXICO)
Primal Scream (Glasgow SCOTLAND/UK)
Friendly Fires (St Albans, ENGLAND/UK)
B.o.B (Atlanta, GA)
Sage Francis (Providence, RI)
Buraka Som Sistema (Lisbon, PORTUGAL)
Arc Angels (Austin, TX)
Courteeners (Manchester, England/UK)
Raul Malo (Nashville, TN)
8Ball & MJG (Memphis, TN)
Reflection Eternal (New York, NY/Cincinnati, OH)
Wale (Washington, DC)
Pete & the Pirates (Reading, ENGLAND/UK)
Ben Harper and Relentless7 (Los Angeles, CA)

More to come. Two words though...PRIMAL SCREAMMMMMMMMMM

Sunday Video Rewind: Lush - Ladykillers

This is a band I miss greatly...

Lush crafted the perfect amount of shoegaze with 90's era Britpop to make some killer singles (no pun intended). I remember seeing this video years ago on 120 Minutes and was instantly hooked.

Its a classic!

Friday, December 26, 2008

Lily Allen's 'It's Not Me, It's You' Album Sampler

Lily Allen keeps giving us little hints about exactly how her upcoming album "It's Not Me, It's You" is going to sound like before its release date on February 9, 2009...and it sounds fantastic!

Here's a little sampler with a few new tracks from the album that haven't been leaked already (there are 5 songs floating around in full currently).

Thank you to the lovely MK of Popbytes that was gracious enough to send this my way first thing in the morning today!

Monday, December 22, 2008

Bloc Party Announce One-Off New York Date

I think Bloc Party and New York have a major love affair. After recently playing 2 nights at Webster Hall and a free show at Roseland the band is back for a one-off date at Terminal 5 in 2009.

The date is March 24th, 2009 and tickets are $31.50. You can purchase them HERE

Aren't you bummed now you missed the Webster Hall shows?

Friday, December 19, 2008

Likely Listens - Marina and the Diamonds

Its quite nice listening to something for the first time and absolutely falling in love. Case in point with Marina and the Diamonds.

On first listen, Marina who is of Greek and Welch decent is obviously influenced by Kate Bush but has somewhere along the way found her own sound. Her stuff is absolutely incredible.

Marina and the Diamonds - Obsessions

She's got a couple of dates in the UK coming up and a single coming out on Neon Gold Records on February 16, 2009.

Marina and the Diamonds tour dates:

January 14 - Hoxton Bar and Grill
February 14 - TBA (single release party at a secret location)

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Oasis At Madison Square Garden 12/17

The last time Oasis stepped foot in Madison Square Garden it was June 22, 2005. 3 years later they still have the ability to sell it out and blow a crowd away with the perfect set list of old classics and new favorites.

Of course, the crowd favorite were Wonderwall and Don't Look Back In Anger. There was even some love shown for Lyla which was quite nice as that's on the newer side of things.

Oasis still haven't lost it after all these years...they can carry a show with just their attitude and good tunes and people will still go mental. Did I mention how incredible both Liam and Noel sounded last night as well? Incredible. God bless Oasis.

As for the set list, here it is:

Rock 'n' Roll Star
Lyla
The Shock Of The Lightning
Cigarettes & Alcohol
The Meaning Of Soul
To Be Where There's Life
Waiting For The Rapture
The Masterplan
Songbird
Slide Away
Morning Glory
Ain't Got Nothin'
The Importance Of Being Idle
I'm Outta Time
Wonderwall
Supersonic

Encore:
Don't Look Back In Anger
Falling Down
Champagne Supernova
I Am The Walrus

Here are loads of video clips so you can feel like you were there if you missed it:

Don't Look Back In Anger:


Wonderwall:


The Masterplan:


I'm Outta Time:


I Am The Walrus:

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Likely Looks - Bloc Party "One Month Off"

Your favorite nusery rhyme characters turn evil in the new Bloc Party video. I don't know if I find it fascinating yet or scary. See it for yourself here and pick up the single on January 26th in the UK.

Nico Vega Announces 2009 Tour

Nico Vega is hands down my top band to watch for 2009. They have a sound that is unique and friendly and their singer, Aja, is the next rock star in training.

The band is going on tour with Semi Precious Weapons and Von Iva in 2009...and these are shows NOT to be missed as Nico Vega is such a killer live band.

Here are the dates:
1/13 Albuquerque, NM Burt's Tiki Lounge
1/15 Corpus Christi, TX House of Rock
1/16 Houston, TX Fitzgerald's
1/17 Dallas, TX Vixen Lounge/Sue Ellen's
1/18 Austin, TX Emo's
1/22 Montgomery, AL Off The Wagon
1/23 Tallahassee, FL Floyd's Music Store
1/24 Cocoa Beach, FL The Chili Pepper Supper Club
1/25 Orlando, FL BackBooth
1/27 Jacksonville, FL Jack Rabbits
1/28 Atlanta, GA Drunken Unicorn
1/29 Charlotte, NC Milestone
1/30 Washington, DC Red and Black
1/31 New York, NY Highline Ballroom
2/1 Philadelphia, PA The Khyber
2/3 Cambridge, MA TT The Bears


Also, if you get the chance, check out their video for Be Giving

Lily Does Britney - Womanizer

Mark Ronson did Lily Allen fans a favor when he forgot to talk over Lily's cover of "Womanizer". Now thanks to the joy of online video channels we can hear Lily's cover of Britney Spears' "Womanizer".

It's quite good I must say...

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Primal Scream Announce New York Show

Us NYers can get pretty lucky sometimes...

Primal Scream have announced a New York show in support of their album "Beautiful Future".

Here are the details:

Saturday, Mar 28, 2009 @ 7:00 PM
Webster Hall
New York, New York

This is the only date announced for now but I am guessing more will be coming...

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

Katy Perry Apologizes To Lily Allen

So the feud comes to an end as Katy Perry owns up to her mistakes and apologizes to Lily Allen.

Speaking out to Us Weekly, Perry states, ""Yeah, I made a joke about [that] earlier this year. I was just kind of joking and trying to be funny. I didn't mean anything by it. Comedians are not necessarily to be taken super seriously."

Nice one Katy...

Likely Listens: La Roux

Welcome to the wonderful world of La Roux where 80's electro-pop meets modern day dance music in perfect unison.

La Roux is singer Elly Jackson and synth player Ben Langmaid, who has played before with Faithless' Rollo Armstrong. Together they've come out of nowhere with their fantastic single "Quicksand" to make them one of the bands to watch for 2009.

Also, they've got a tour supporting Lily Allen in March of 2009 in the UK...can't go wrong with that one!

Here's the video for "Quicksand":

Lily Allen vs Katy Perry Round ?

Lily Allen has no problem speaking her mind about well, anything. This time she's lashed out on Katy Perry claiming she is "an American version of me".

Speaking to Capital FM in London Lily stated, "I happen to know for a fact that she was an American version of me. She was signed by my label in America as, 'We need to find something controversial and kooky like Lily Allen.' And then they found her... I think the lyrics and stuff are a bit crass. When I met her I was a bit frosty with her because someone asked her to describe herself. She's like, 'Aha, I'm like a fatter version of Amy Winehouse and a skinner version of Lily Allen!'. It's like, you're not English and you don't write your own songs, shut up!"

Whose side are you on? Team Lily or Team Katy?

Meanwhile, in other Lily news she's got a fantastic new video for her single "The Fear"

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Likely Looks: Lily Allen - The Fear

Lily Allen is back with her first video from her new album "It's Not Me, It's You"! The clip is for "The Fear" and its absolutely darling.

Lily looks amazing as she quickly goes from trailer park trash to high class in a matter of seconds. Plus, you can't go wrong with a video that has dancing presents!

Monday, December 01, 2008

Lily Allen Premieres "The Fear" On BBC Radio 1

Lily Allen is getting ready to start the major promotional train for her upcoming release "Its Not Me, Its You".

Now retitled "The Fear", the song premiered on BBC Radio 1 at 4:30PM UK time today. The track is just a bit more of a polished version of its original name, "I Don't Know", which was posted a while back on Lily's Myspace page.

She's also announced a UK tour in March. here are the tour dates:

Glasgow, Academy – March 14
Manchester, Academy - 15
Bristol, Academy - 18
Southampton, Guildhall -19
Brighton, Dome - 20
Norwich, UEA - 22
Birmingham, Academy - 23
Leeds, Academy - 24
London, Shepherd’s Bush Empire - 26

Now, for the "The Fear"!:

Friday, November 28, 2008

Mo Town Party At The Mohawk TONIGHT with Playboy Models and The Steps!

I always love a good party...especially one in Austin with an open bar for 2 hours, one of my favorite new bands and at one of the best venues in the country...plus, its all for CHARITY!

Now for the details! The Steps, You Make Engine, Spectre The Cab and The Sandworms plus Playboy models Kelly Hargraves and Kristy Dwyer have teamed up to all support Movember, a charity that benefits prostate cancer.

The event is TONIGHT (November 28th, 2008) at The Mohawk in Austin and costs only $10 to get in ($12 at the door) with all proceeds going to the charity.

If you are in the Austin area be sure to check it out...it should be a great way to top off your Thanksgiving break.

Tp purchase tickets click HERE

Here's the flyer!:

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Katy Perry, David Beckman and Pretty Much Everyone Else Party For Adidas

If you wanted to think of the most insane house party you could ever attend I think Adidas just did it.

Putting together an all-star cast of pretty much everyone you can think of to promote 60 years of the brand, this looks like the most fun house party ever.

Appearing in the video are Katy Perry, Estelle, Young Jeezy, the Ting Tings, DMC-Daryl McDaniels, Method Man, Redman, Afra, Ryukyudisko, Russell Simmons and Missy Elliott, athletes Kevin Garnett, David Beckham, Ilie Nastase and Mark Gonzales, and designers Kazuki and Jeremy Scott.

Here's the commercial...

Thursday, November 13, 2008

And The Opening Band Is...

Alphabeat! The band has been announced as the opening act for all of Katy Perry's North American tour dates coming up in 2009.

Considering the band has never done a tour of North America this news is quite exciting!

They've also got a new video for their single "What Is Happening" which comes out November 24th in the UK.

Here is the video:

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Likely Looks: Oasis - I'm Outta Time

Oasis have decided to hit the sappier side of things in their new video for "I'm Outta Time". The video features Liam walking through a psychedelic English countryside singing as he goes...nothing mind blowing but its still a great track.

The single will be out December 1 in the UK.

Katy Perry Announces North American Tour

Katy Perry has been 2008's breakout star with now two hits under her belt ("I Kissed A Girl" and "Hot N Cold") and yes, I am a fan. There is something you can't resist about infectious pop with an 80's twist...

She'll be heading out on his first North American headlining tour in 2009 and playing some pretty small venues along the way.

Here are the dates:

Seattle, WA, Showbox at the Market – January 23
Vancouver, BC, Commodore Ballroom – 25
Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom - 26
San Francisco, CA, The Fillmore - 28
Sacramento, CA, Empire Events Centre - 29
Los Angeles, CA, Wiltern - 31
Tuscon, AZ, University of Arizona – February 2
Phoenix, AZ, Marquee Theatre - 3
San Diego, CA, House of Blues - 5
Houston, TX, House of Blues – March 20
Dallas, TX, House of Blues - 21
Kansas City, MO, Beaumont - 23
Minneapolis, MN, First Avenue - 25
Chicago, IL, House of Blues - 26
Detroit, MI, Clutch Cargos - 27
Cleveland, OH, House of Blues - 28
Toronto, ON, Kool Haus - 30
Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts – April 5
New York, NY, Irving Plaza - 7
Washington, DC, 9:30 Club - 10
Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues – 11
Nashville, TN, Cannery - 14
Atlanta, GA, CenterStage - 15
Ft. Lauderdale, FL, Revolution - 27
St. Petersburg, FL, Jannus Landing - 28

Saturday, November 08, 2008

Likely Listens: The Steps

Out of all the garage rock bands you hear today (seems like there is a new one every day, huh?) there are few that actually stick with you and you grow to like. One of the few lately are The Steps from Austin, TX.

Made up of Will Thompson (vocals and guitar), Sam Thompson (lead guitar), Stephen Ross (bass), and Z Lynch (drums), the band formed in 2005 and quickly gained local attention in the Austin scene.

In early 2007 they recorded their debut self titled release with Chris "Frenchie" Smith (who has previously worked with The Dandy Warhols and IV Thieves) which was released in November of the same year.

They've got an edge and a catchiness you can't resist...and definitely worthy of a band to watch title for 2009.

Check out the video for their song "Cold Floors" here:



And now for an MP3 of their track "Belle":

The Steps - Belle

Friday, November 07, 2008

Madonna Brings Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake On Stage...In The Same Night!

The woman can do it all! Madonna, managed to bring a revived Britney Spears and her ex-boyfriend Justin Timberlake on stage in the same night (no, not together unfortunately) at her concert last night in Los Angeles.

Britney came on stage for several bars of Madonna's hit 'Human Nature' which you can check out here:



Justin then joined the Queen of Pop for their hit '4 Minutes To Save The World' which isn't as exciting as Britney but still...it was a surprise too



Madoona still has several dates on her Sticky & Sweet Tour which wraps up the U.S. leg on November 26th in Miami.

Friday, October 31, 2008

Lily Allen Takes On The Guardian

After a not so pleasant write up about the latest press release for Lily's new album "Its Not Me, Its You", Ms. Allen took it upon herself to reply to the article herself.

Check out the article HERE

Here is Lily's reply:

i think that what you wrote earlier was thoughtless and uncalled for. Murray was an all too easy target, he has a lot of respect for me and was only trying to be enthusiastic about something he feels passionate about. It's quite obvious the part of his press release you referred to was "tongue in cheek". As we all know, it would be ridiculous to compare me to Wordsworth or Bennett and your poking fun at his reference was cheap, really. Personally i don't care , i'm perfectly used to people poking fun at me, but Murray doesn't put himself in front of the camera, and in my opinion didn't deserve the ridicule. It's hard enough being my press officer at the best of times, and i don't think anyone would appreciate their friend or business associate being called "madam" by someone who had never met them. it's plain rude. i wonder if maybe there is some other agenda in the guardian blog office regarding myself, as it seems the things i have read there always tend to be quite negative? Well anyway , i hope we can put this all behind us and that you can move on to writing something else that makes other people feel stupid , and you feel more clever.
lily allen

p.s i wish you had called me earlier , I would have quoted Upon Westminster Bridge (maybe the most popular of Wordsworths poems,but arguably the best) down the phone at you word for word. it was the first poem i recited at school and has always stuck with me. It was, in fact the inspiration behind my song LDN . I have never been a massive fan of Bennett though.


I must say...the article was quite harsh.

Likely Looks: Meiko - Boys With Girlfriends

There is something about Meiko that takes her out of that typical "singer/songwriter" genre and makes her a little more unique.

With her first video for "Boys With Girlfriends", Meiko is caught running around LA and away from the girlfriend (aka a big giant pluhie bear dressed in pink).

I think I would have run away from a giant plushie as well...

Oh, and she's also on the Hotel Cafe tour if you want to catch her

Here are the dates:
October 2008
28 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
29 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
30 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
31 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club

November 2008
1 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
3 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogarts Front Room
5 - Chicago, IL - Park West
6 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
7 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
8 - Saint Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill
9 - Lawrence, KS - Liberty Hall
11 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
12 - Salt Lake City, UT - Avalon Theater
13 - Boise, ID - Big Easy Concert House
14 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
15 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
17 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
18 - Los Angeles, CA - Fonda Theater

and NOW for the video!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Lily Allen Posts A New Song On MySpace

Lily Allen has posted a new song on her MySpace page called "Everyone's At It".

A little more rugged, a lot more sirens and of course I love it...

Listen now!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Radiohead Sell Approximately 3 Million Copies Of In Rainbows

Talk about sales for a self released album! Radiohead have revealed that their grand total of albums so far sold for "In Rainbows" is a whopping 3 million copies!

The stats were revealed at the You Are In Control conference in Iceland this month and here are the stats:

* In Rainbows has sold three million copies thus far, a figure that includes downloads from Radiohead.com, physical CDs, a deluxe 2-CD/vinyl box set, as well as sales via iTunes and other digital retailers.

* The In Rainbows deluxe edition sold 100,000 copies via Radiohead fan service W.A.S.T.E.

* Radiohead made more money prior to In Rainbows' January 2008 physical release than its total take on 2003's Hail To the Thief.

* The physical release of In Rainbows entered both the US and UK charts at #1 in January, despite having been freely available since October 2007.

* In Rainbows was the first Radiohead album available on iTunes, where it went in at #1 in January, selling 30,000 in its first week.

Lesson of the day...self releasing your album is the way to go!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Kate Nash and Hot Chip = Moshi Moshi's 10th Birthday Celebration

For all of you readers across the pond...Saturday (October 18) should be a day of celebration! Moshi Moshi is celebrating its 10th Anniversary with performances from Kate Nash, Hot Chip, Florence and the Machine, Tilly and the Wall,and others at This Is Not London.

Here are the full details:

Moshi Moshi Records 10th Birthday featuring…

Hot Chip (live)
Florence and the Machine (live)
Kate Nash (live) + Tilly and the Wall (live)
James Yuill (live)
Slow Club (live)
The Mae Shi (live)
The Wave Pictures (live)
Greco-Roman Soundsystem with Ross Allen
Joe Hot Chip and Drums of Death (live)

Ifs you've got some extra cash to spare (and this one is well worth it) tickets are £18.50 and available HERE

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Oasis Hit #5 on the Billboard Charts

Oasis have hit #5 on the Billboard charts selling 53,000 copies!

Its their best debut on the U.S. charts since "Be Here Now" hit #2 in 1997.

Of course, they hit #1 in the UK as well as Italy and Japan. They also charted in the top 10 in ten other countries including:

Ireland #2
Switzerland #2
Sweden #8
France #4
Belgium #9
Australia #5
New Zealand #6
Germany #8
Argentina #3
Canada #5

Now for the tour with Ryan Adams...and no Canadian douchebags allowed on stage pushing Noel Gallagher thank you very much.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Kings Of Leon Are Playing Madison Square Garden

The Followill brothers (and cousin!) have come a long way in the past few years. From playing Radio City Music Hall last time as their biggest NYC show to date, the Tennessee boys have upgraded to Madison Square Garden to support their new album "Only By The Night"

The show will take place on January 29, 2009...tickets will go on sale october 24th at 10AM.

Congrats!

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

OKOBOS Music Festival - Ticket Giveaway

The Likely Broads is able to offer our readers a pair of tickets for the upcoming OKOBOS Music Festival on Saturday, October 11 at Resch Center in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

You've got two days to enter and until the weekend to figure out travel so get crackin'! Just send an email to thelikelybroads@gmail.com and we will select a winner at random. The winner will be announced Thursday so if you entered be sure to check your in boxes.

Scheduled to perform are:

Death Cab For Cutie
M. Ward
Ben Harper And The Innocent Criminals
Ben Folds
Ingrid Michaelson
Jewel
…and more

Friday, October 03, 2008

Dirty Pretty Things Split Up

Its just been announced that Dirty Pretty Things have split up after only two albums!

“It's been a glorious three years which we all would gladly live out again, but it is time for us to try new things. (not The Libertines),” Carl Barrett said in a statement.

The good news is that they will be committed to their upcoming UK dates so if you have tickets consider it the last time you'll ever see them.

Here are the remaining dates:
Oct 4 2008 ABC Glasgow
Oct 4 2008 Bunker Bar (DPT DJ Set and Aftershow) Glasgow
Oct 5 2008 Old Picture House Edinburgh
Oct 7 2008 Academy 2 Manchester
Oct 8 2008 Metropolitan University Leeds
Oct 9 2008 Wulfrun Hall Wolverhampton
Oct 10 2008 Propaganda @ Gatecrasher (Carl DJ Set) Birmingham
Oct 11 2008 Keele University Newcastle
Oct 11 2008 Glasshouse Republic (DPT DJ Set) Leeds
Oct 12 2008 The Junction Cambridge
Oct 12 2008 Soul Tree (Didz and Gary DJ Set and Aftershow) Cambridge
Oct 13 2008 UEA Norwich
Oct 14 2008 The Roundhouse London, London and South East
Oct 16 2008 Academy Oxford
Oct 18 2008 Guildhall Southampton
Oct 18 2008 Soul Cellar (Didz and Gary DJ Set and Aftershow) Southampton
Oct 23 2008 Hertfordshire University Hatfield
Oct 24 2008 Propaganda @ Academy Bristol (Carl DJ Set) Bristol
Nov 1 2008 University of Essex Student Union Essex
Nov 2 2008 Mandela Hall Belfast
Nov 3 2008 The Academy Dublin
Nov 5 2008 Cyrprus Avenue Cork
Nov 6 2008 Greystones Theatre Wicklow
Nov 7 2008 Roisin Dubh

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Likely Looks: Katy Perry - Hot N Cold

I am not going to lie...I absolutely love Katy Perry. She's cute, she writes great pop songs and she's definitely got 80's influence running through her veins.

Her new single and video, 'Hot N Cold' is one of those upbeat tracks that will give you a little daily pickup. Enjoy!

Hot N Cold

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Likely Listens: Thomas Tantrum

Thomas Tantrum are a four piece from the UK with the absolute sweetess indie pop tunes I have heard in quite some times. ow did I find them? Well let's say Chris over at Music Snobbery has good taste and I take his suggestions. Oh, and Lily Allen is already a fan...

With a female lead singer, Megan Thomas and Ken Robshaw (drums), David Miatt (guitar) and Jim Shivers (bass) rounding out the line up they've created a self titled debut album to kill.

The album is out now in the UK...in the US who knows.

Check out the video for "Work It":

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Likely Looks: Those Dancing Days - Home Sweet Home

Those Dancing Days could be the most lovely Swedish import EVER!

In their new clip for "Home Sweet Home" the girls go on an adventure around the world to basically every place you can think of as they dance their way across world maps, sandy beaches and the beautiful wilderness.

It makes you just want to take a vacation. NOW!

Spiritualized To Play MySpace Secret Show

For all of those in Los Angeles with a MySpace profile, you are in for an amazing experience. Spiritualized has announced they will be playing a MySpace Secret Show tomorrow night (September 19) at the Echo!

All you need to do is print out your MySpace profile and wait on line. Its on a first-come first-serve basis so it's probably going to be quite insane. The band goes on at 9.

Its worth the wait...

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Lily Allen Album Release Date

...And we have a release date! Finally! Lily Allen has announced on MySpace that her new album will be coming out February 9, 2009.

Will it be good? We've already had previews of the direction she's taking (I Could Say, I Don't Know) and its definitely got the same Lily goodness that I fell in love with when she released "Alright, Still".

Here it is...in her own words (from her blog):

"My new album will be released on the 9th of Feb 2009. I know it's a while away, but there will be bits and bobs flying around before then, I'm shooting a video(for viral release) in the next couple of weeks , to keep you entertained .

I am so excited, were getting all the artwork and stuff done and coming up with new and interesting ideas. I am trying really hard to do this album with integrity and I want you all to know that it has been thought about by me, not just some thrown together last minute industry bullshizz.

I hope you'll all love it as much as I do, I'm working on extra stuff in the studio at the moment , it seems making an album isn't enough these days, some websites (not naming any!) wont put an album on their front page unless you give them exclusive tracks, not that i'm complaining, I am at my happiest in the studio so it works well for me, I just don't want to put out sub standard stuff . I always thought an album was a body of work in itself. you take it or leave it . You wouldn't say to a painter "yeah i love the naked ladies ,but would you mind painting their hair blonde instead of brown, and making their tits a bit bigger?" or " the trees are really pretty, a few more leaves perhaps?" Maybe you would actually , ha ha .
Anyway whatevs.
WATCH THIS SPACE"


Thursday, September 11, 2008

Oasis Cancel New York Show

The show at Terminal 5 in New York was just too good to be true. After the attack on Noel at Virgin Festival in Toronto, his injuries are just too intense to perform tomorrow night.

Here is the statement from Oasis' official site:

"As a result of the incident on Oasis' Canadian tour, when Noel was attacked by a stage invader Oasis, are now being forced to announce that tomorrow night's show at Terminal 5, New York cannot go ahead as planned.

Noel fell heavily on to his monitor speakers when he was pushed suddenly from behind by his attacker and suffered bruising to his ribs and hip. Unfortunately, he still has not recovered from his injuries and so he will not be able to perform tomorrow.

All tickets can be refunded at point of purchase."

Oasis already cancelled their show in London, Ontario...guessing the next time they come around wll be December at Madison Sqaure Garden. Ugh.

Hipster Second Life?

If you are into the website Second Life but needed a hipster twist then here is the answer! The website is called LoudCrowd and it's every indie geeks answer to a good time.

Play around HERE and go create your own character.

Now there's something new to do at work when you are bored...

Tuesday, September 09, 2008

Oasis Postpone Tonight's Show In London, Ontario

After being attacked on stage the other night at the Virgin Festival in Toronto, Noel Gallagher has been advised to not perform at tonight's show in London, Ontario. Advice taken...the date is now postponed.

Fans that have purchased tickets for the show will be able to use them for the new date on December 15, 2008. Refunds will be available at point of purchase.

Here are all the details according to the official website:

"Following an incident during Oasis' performance at the Virgin Festival in Toronto, when Noel was attacked by a stage invader Oasis are regrettably being forced to announce that tonight's show in London, Ontario cannot go ahead as planned.

Noel fell heavily on to his monitor speakers when he was pushed suddenly from behind by his attacker and suffered bruising to his ribs and hip. He was examined in a local hospital after the band's performance and has been advised to rest. Unfortunately, despite resting up yesterday, the extent of his injuries mean he will not be able to perform tonight. The band are very keen to complete their Canadian tour and the final London, Ontario show will now be rescheduled to Monday the 15th December. Ticket holders are asked to retain their tickets which will be valid for the new date. Refunds for those unable to attend can be made at point of ticket purchase."

If you missed the clip of Noel being attacked, well here it is. He went flying...

Talk about crap security...how the hell did they let at 47 year old dork on stage to be able to push Noel?

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Santogold Announces Headlining Tour

Santogold is now bigger than ever and finally heading out on her own headlining tour after dates with Coldplay.

She's taking a full band on the road plus a live DJ...and I am sure her two Wayfarer girls as well!

Here are the dates:

New York, NY The Fillmore at Irving Plaza – September 19
Boston, MA, Paradise Rock Club – 20
Philadelphia, PA, Theatre of Living Arts – 23
Toronto, ON, Phoenix Concert Theatre – 24
Cleveland, OH, House Of Blues - 25
Detroit, MI, St. Andrews Hall – 27
Chicago, IL, House Of Blues – 28
Lawrence, KS, Liberty Hall – 30
Denver, CO, Gothic Theatre – October 1
Seattle, WA, Showbox – 4
Portland, OR, Crystal Ballroom – 5
San Francisco, CA, Fillmore – 7
San Diego, CA, House Of Blues – 10
Las Vegas, NV, House Of Blues – 11
Anaheim, CA, House Of Blues – 13
Los Angeles, CA, The Wiltern - 14

Monday, September 01, 2008

Johnny Depp Takes The Stage With His Old Band

Its not often that an actor would be mention on WBOTLB BUT when Johnny Depp takes the stage with his former band The Kids, yes it gets our attention!

The actor took the stage on Friday and Saturday (August 29 and 30) in Pompano Beach, FL for a charity performance benefiting the Sheila Witkin Memorial. Playing in front of 2,500 (including girlfriend Vanessa Paradis and daughter Lily Rose), the band jammed for 90 minutes.

Here is some footage from Friday night's show:

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Likely Looks: Kings Of Leon - Sex On Fire

Kings Of Leon are a serious machine when it comes to making record. They've got a new one coming up entitled Only By The Night and of course with a new album comes new music videos!

I don't know how much I get the new video for Sex On Fire but I will say the Followill brothers (and cousin) are a nice sight at least.

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Bloc Party Announce Intimacy

The boys in Bloc Party know how to throw a little curveball every now and again...and this time they announce the release of their third album Intimacy 3 days before the day of release.

The album will be available through the band's official website for pre-order for the August 21st digital release date. The physical release date will be for October 27th...but the good news is that if you order the physical album now you'll get a digital copy so you can hear it when everyone else does.

Bloc Party made fans aware of the ability to purchase the album instantly when they held their August 18th web chat with fans. The album follows the release of the UK single Mercury, which was released on August 11.

Its Bloc Party...therefore its going to be brilliant.

Likely Listens: Now Now Every Children

From the home of the Replacements, Prince and Soul Asylum I bring you Now, Now Every Children. With the sweet sounds of dreamy pop and a perfect touch of indie rock, this band drew me in from the the first note on their MySpace page.

Listen and love...

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Likely Looks: Black Kids - Look At Me (When I Rock Witchoo)

Black Kids get their 80's on with their new video Look At Me (When I Rock Whicoo). The visuals are quite sweet and its a reminder of how awesome music videos used to be with their super cool green screens.

Here's the video:
Look At Me (When I Rock Wichoo)

New Oasis! The Shock Of The Lightning

Its here! The new Oasis single has arrived! If you haven't heard The Shock Of The Lightning yet then head over to Dead Flowers to listen.

Thoughts?

Here are mine...I love it. Surprised? Probably not.

Reason why: Its sounding like the older more passionate Oasis yet a bit more mature. Could you ask for anything more at the point the band are at?

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Noah And The Whale Announce US Tour

Noah And The Whale have already scored a Saturn commercial and now they've decided to swing around Stateside and give us Americans some free shows!

In support of their album Peaceful, The World Lays Me Down that will be released on September 16, the band begins their US tour on the same day in Brooklyn.

Here are the rest of the tour dates:

September 16- Union Pool- Brooklyn, NY
September 18- Sidewalk Cafe- New York, NY
September 19- Mercury Lounge- New York, NY
September 20- TOAD- Boston, MA**
September 22- The Saints- Montreal**
September 23- Horseshoe Tavern- Toronto, ONT**
September 25- TBA- Chicago, IL
September 26- Empty Bottle- Chicago, IL
September 29- Chop Suey- Seattle, WA**
September 30- Doug Fir Lounge- Portland, OR**
October 02- Pop Scene @ 330 Ritch- San Francisco, CA
October 04- Detour Festival- Los Angeles, CA
October 06- Spaceland- Los Angeles, CA**

**notes a FREE show!

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Likely Listens - Meiko

With just the right amount of well...everything, its time for the world to meet Meiko.

Hailing from Georgia and currently residing in Los Angeles, the singer/songwriter got her start at the Hotel Cafe. Now she has a record deal with Lucky Ear/MySpace/DGC Records and is slowly creeping the way into the hearts of everyone that listens to her.

She just re-released her self titled album on August 5th and for a bit of time if you purchase the album you get a limited addition acoustic EP (see it DOES pay to buy an album!). You can purchase the record HERE

Also, for your listening pleasure here is an MP3 of a track from the album called "Under My Bed":

Meiko - Under My Bed

This record is amazing...do yourself and your Top 10 list a favor a pick it up!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Adele Announces US Tour Dates

Adele is back Stateside and the venue sizes just keep going up..

First it was Joe's Pub, then 2 dates at Highline and now Adele has graduated to Webster Hall.

She's also got an appearance on Conan O'Brien and The View planned for her little trip back to the US

Here are the dates:

Washington, DC, 9:30 Club – August 27
New York, NY, Webster Hall – September 3
Somerville, MA, Somerville Theatre - 6

Likely Looks: Santogold - Lights Out

Santogold is currently unstoppable! With a new single for "Lights Out", Santi gets crafty with patterns as she performs with her famous girl sidekicks.

It seems like a fabric store blew up and the trio had some fun with it...

Thursday, August 07, 2008

Jay Z "Throws It Back" To Oasis

After words were thrown between Oasis and Jay Z, it seemed that Jay had won the battle...and Jay Z felt the need to rub it in Noel's face a little more.

Jay Z joined Kayne West on stage the other night at his gig at Madison Square Garden and the performance is brilliant. Jay even throws in the word "bloke" in his rhyme...how crafty.

Monday, August 04, 2008

Likely Looks: Lykke Li - Breaking It Up

Lykke Li is absolutely darling. In her latest video for "Breaking It Up", Lykke let's down her signature bun, throws on some smoky eyeliner and breaks out some wicked dance moves for her anthem about well...breaking up.

Its another side of Li that I would like to see a lot of more of...

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

MGMT Played To A Packed McCarren Pool

MGMT may be the reigning kings of Brooklyn's music scene right now...and they proved it with a killer performance at McCarren Park Pool on Sunday (July 28).

The line was insanity...people were waiting hours in the rain to get in, they shut off the VIP list, beer was tapped, you name it and it happened.

Coming on at around 5:45PM with dreary skies above, the band played a set list with all the goodies from "Oracular Spectacular" that had everyone dancing.

Playing "Time To Pretend", "Kids", "Pieces Of What", "The Youth", "Weekend Wars" and many others, the crowd was going mental throughout the whole gig.


Photo credit: Clampy505

Monday, July 28, 2008

Does It Offend You, Yeah? Zombify Jimmy Kimmel

Does It Offend You, Yeah? had a little fun on their appearance with Jimmy Kimmel the other night by making Halloween come a little early.

Playing "Dawn Of The Dead" live, the band threw on some zombie costumes and put some fun into live TV.

Check out the clip here:

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Likely Listens - Alphabeat

Alphabeat are the most perfect 80's band ever...its a shame they were babies in the 80's.

Regardless of what year they were born, this band have created one of the most catchy albums of the year with their self titled album...its definitely going to be a Top 10 of 2008 (so far!).

Hailing from Denmark, their already a huge success in their native country and are creeping their way up to strdom in the UK. Of course, the US is the last to know about anything (unless its midwestern rock) but hopefully Alphabeat will make a name for themselves with their killer single "Fascination".

Here is the video for "Fascination":



Now, don't tell me you didn't get out of your seat and dance...

Tuesday, July 22, 2008

Liz Phair Brings Exile In Guyville To More Cities

So, you got really sad that you missed the Chicago, SF or New York Exile In Guyville dates? Not to fear, as Liz Phair has added 3 more dates to the tour!!!!!

Now she will play Philadelphia, Washington DC and Boston in late August...and luckily for us New Yorkers the Philly show is only a public transportation destination away!

She apparently will be adding other shows too along the way so stay tuned to this space for the latest

Here are the tour dates:

Philadelphia, PA, Theatre Of Living Arts – August 27
Washington, DC, 9:30 Club – 28
Boston, MA, The Paradise - 29

Friday, July 18, 2008

MGMT - Electric Feel (Behind The Scenes)

I sort of think this video could be the worst thing ever created.

Therefore, now you can see scenes from how the "worst video ever made" was created. Maybe I'm being too harsh and its not the worst video ever made...but its b-a-d. I still have love for MGMT though!

Karen O Announces Side Project

As the Yeah Yeah Yeahs continue on making their third album, Karen O has just announced she will play two inimate shows with her side project "Native Korean Rock".

The shows will happen on July 21st at Union Pool (wooo Karen getting back to her BK routes!)

The tickets are on sale now through Ticketweb...not sure if they will be sold out when you try to purchase them but good luck.

Here's all the info from the official YYYs website:

"Native Korean Rock is a side project of mine comprised of a body of love songs written over the last two years, to be performed with a motley crew of NYC natives. Expect high drama, high stakes in two intimate performances.

Does Native Korean Rock have anything to do with Yeah Yeah Yeahs? NO

Are these the leaked demos of years ago? NO"

Monday, July 14, 2008

Likely Looks: The Verve - Love Is Noise

Now I'm not going to lie...The Verve can do no wrong in my book. The video is quite simple...just close ups of Richard (who minds THAT though) and some nice pretty scenes of people making out and in l-o-v-e.

Quite sweet, yea?

Beck Announces US Tour

When Beck announces a tour then its something to talk about...

In support of his latest record, Modern Guilt (which is brilliant by the way!) he'll be playing a few headlining dates and a few festivals along the way.

If you've never seen Beck live...well then, CHANGE THAT!

Here are the dates (from nme.com):

Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort and Casino (August 21)
San Francisco, CA Outside Lands Festival (22)
Bend, OR Les Schwab Amphiteater (24)
Seattle, WA Bumbershoot Festival (30)
San Diego, CA Street Scene Festival (September19)
Hollywood, CA Hollywood Bowl (20)
Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theater (22)
Albuquerque, NM Kiva Auditorium (23)
El Paso, TX Abraham Chavez Theatre (25)
Austin, TX Zilker Park, Austin City Limits Festival (27)
Kansas City, MO Uptown Theatre (29)
Minneapolis, MN Wilkins Auditorium (30)
Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom (October 2, 3)

The Verve Changes Album Release Date

Us Verve fans are going to have to now wait a week longer for the new record, "Forth" to come out.

Its been announced today that the new release date with be August 26th in the US and Canada and August 25th in the UK.

Bummer...

Likely Looks: Albert Hammond Jr. - GFC

Albert Hammond Jr seems to continue his indie rock domination with his new album "Como Te Llama?"

The video features Albert and the band on a nice psychedelic trip courtesy of a spinning lamp. Fun!

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Manda Rin Releases A Solo Album

Its been quite some time since we've heard from the members if Scottish band Bis, but that has changed. Manda Rin, 1/3 of the band, has now announced details of a solo album!

The tracks are a nice little slice of fun electro pop and are influenced by the likes of CSS, Operator Please and others.

The album will be released through This Is Fake DIY records on September 8th, 2008.

The track listing is as follows:

1. DNA
2. Typeface
3. Bad Things Happen To Bad People
4. Guilty Pleasures
5. Do The Static
6. The Word Out
7. Break Up / Breakdown
8. Love To Hate You
9. No Language
10. Less Than Zero
11. Black Book
12. Bruises

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Likely Looks: Beck - Gamma Ray

Beck is back with his new album, Modern Guilt and a new video for his single Gamma Ray. I guess he was feeling his inner Warhol because the video reminds me quite a bit of the screen tests Warhol did of The Velvet Underground some time long ago.

Also, I am digging the long hair...

Albert Hammond Jr Plays Special Show For Spin

Albert Hammond Jr has been all over NY playing gigs in support of his second solo album, Como Te Llama?. The private show for SPIN Magazine on July 9th was the second of his special gigs in NYC.

The vibe was a bit weird walking in as electro blared from the speakers of Hiro. The free Budweiser flowed as the typical hipster crowd showed up to catch Albert.

Taking the stage a little after 11PM and opening with "Everyone Gets A Star" from his new album, the crowd stood there placid as they thought they were too cool to dance to the tunes.

The sound at Hiro is a bit crap and it took its toll on Hammond and Co. They were (I am guessing) a little rusty from not playing for so long and it could have been better. Do I blame him? No. He had a bad crowd to deal with...

Overall, Hammond really did perform well despite the circumstances. Hopefully he gets a better crowd on any upcoming tours he has...or else it will be painfully boring for him.


Photo courtesy of Fresh Bread

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Likely Looks: CSS - Rat Is Dead (Rage)

CSS is back with their new album "Donkey" and a killer first singl to go along with it. The video for "Rat Is Dead (Rage)" sees Lovefoxx in all her leotard glory running rapidly around set to a killer guitar rift. Guess all that covering L7 has given then a rock edge? Whatever it is...I dig it

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

Likely Listens - The Postelles

Hailing from New York, The Postelles are bringing back a little bit if retro to the Big Apple.

With their single "1 2 3 Stop" being produced by Albert Hammond Jr from The Strokes, the band has also opened for the singer as well.

They've mastered the art of making the perfect pop song...if it was the 60's of course!

The Postelles - Boy's Best Friend

Secret Machines Announce Deal With World's Fair

World's Fair seem to be picking up bands that are getting dropped from major labels like hot cakes. First it was The Dandy Warhols and now the latest addition is the Secret Machines!

Releasing their third album with a little help from World's Fair, the band is now officially freed from their contract from Warner Brothers.

Of course, with every album release there is usually a tour. Here are the tour dates to support the upcoming album:

July 08 - Glen Falls, NY @ Glen Falls Civic Center*
July 10 - Quebec City, QC @ Plaines d'Abraham
July 11 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre*
July 12 - Toronto, ON @ Lee's Palace
July 15 - Canandaigua, NY @ CMAC Performing Arts Center*
July 19 - Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Café
July 22 - Missoula, MT @ The Badlander
July 25 - Pemberton, BC @ Pemberton Music Fest
July 27 - West Hollywood, CA @ Viper Room
July 28 - Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre^
July 29 - El Paso, TX @ Club 101^
July 30 - Alburquerque, NM @ Sunshine Theatre^
Aug 01 - Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues^
Aug 03 - San Antonio TX @ White Rabbit^
Aug 05 - Jacksonville, FL @ Plush^
Aug 06 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution^
Aug 07 - St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Landing^
Aug 08 - Orlando, FL @ House Of Blues^
Aug 10 - Jersey City, NJ @ All Points West Festival - Liberty State Park

*With Stone Temple Pilots
^With Coheed and Cambria and Russian Circles

The Faint Announce US Tour

The Faint put on one of the best live shows ever...and with their new album Fascination coming out on August 5th, the band are going to play a few dates to support it.

Here are the dates:

Des Moines, IA People’s Court (July 27)
Sioux Falls, SD Ramkota Annex (28)
Denver, CO Ogden Theatre (29)
Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue (30)
Boise, ID Knitting Factory (31)
Vancouver, British Columbia Commodore Ballroom (August 1)
Seattle, WA The Showbox (2)
Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom (3)
San Francisco, CA The Fillmore (4, 5)
Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theatre (7, 8)
San Diego, CA Soma (9)
Austin, TX La Zona Rosa (11)
Dallas, TX Palladium Ballroom (12)
Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse (14)
Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle (15)
Washington, DC 9:30 Club (16)
Philadelphia, PA Trocadero (17)
New York City, NY Terminal 5 (18)
Worcester, MA The Palladium (20)
Toronto, Ontario Opera House (21)
Chicago, IL Vic Theatre (22)
Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium (23)

Don't miss these...they'll be wicked

Monday, July 07, 2008

Likely Looks: Bloc Party - Mercury

Bloc Party came out of nowhere with a new video and single called "Mercury". The song premiered on Zane Lowe's BBC Radio 1 show last night and I must say...its quite brilliant. Its a bit darker which I love and a bit less dancey which is a nice touch. Experimentation!

Here is the new video for "Mercury". Its a bit odd with all the animals and whatnot but I sort of dig it:



Also, sorry for the delay in posts. My trusty computer battery decided to officially die on me the other day so its been a struggle to get on line. Things will be back to normal starting tomorrow

Sunday, June 29, 2008

Amy Winehouse Throws A Punch At Glastonbury

Amy Winehouse was apparently a typical mess at Glastonbury with the slurring lyrics, talking about Blake and well...just being typical Amy Winehouse lately.

Before apparently being escorted back to the hospital immediately after her performance, she still found the energy to punch a fan who attempted to touch her trademark beehive.

Hey, if someone was pulling my hair I probably wouldn't hold back either.

UNKLE Gives Away 4 New Tracks

No, its not Christmas time yet...but UNKLE seems to think it is.

The band will be giving away 4 tracks from its upcoming album on different websites to celebrate their album 'End Titles… Stories for Film' coming out July 7th.

You can get the four tracks at the following places:

Track 5 - Kaned And Abel via UNKLE.com on Fri, June 27th

Track 8 - Chemical (feat. Josh Homme) via Pitchfork on Mon, June 30th
www.pitchforkmedia.com/page/forkcast

Track 6 - Blade In The Back (feat. Gavin Clark) via Rcrdlbl.com on Wed, July 2nd
www.unkle.rcrdlbl.com

Track 7 - Synthetic Water via UNKLE77.com on Fri, July 4

Enjoy!

Jay-Z Covers Wonderwall at Glastonbury

I guess there are no hard feelings with Jay-Z and Noel Gallagher anymore considering he covered "Wonderwall" at Glastonbury.

Jay Z clearly can't sing...but it was a good try. He also clearly didn't know the words...at least the crowd got to hear Liam's vocals throughout or it would have been a bit painful.

Wednesday, June 25, 2008

The Kooks Announce US Tour

The Kooks are coming back around to the States once again for their biggest tour yet in the fall. The question is, did they ever leave?

They are even playing Des Moines, IA...whoa.

Here are the dates:

Clinton, NY The Annex at Hamilton College (September 4)
Montreal, QC Club Soda (5)
Toronto, ON Virgin Festival (6)
Washington, DC 9.30 Club (8)
September 10th New York, NY Rumsey Playfield Central Park Summerstage
Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony (12)
Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory (15)
Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theatre (30)
Dallas, TX House of Blues (October 2)
Houston, TX Meridian (3)
Austin, TX Antone’s (4)
Tulsa, OK Cains Ballroom (5)
St Louis, MO The Pageant (7)
Des Moines, IA People’s Court (8)
Madison, WI Barrymore Theatre (9)
Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre (11)
Cincinatti, OH Bogarts (12)
Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall (14)
Seattle, WA Showbox SoDo (21)
Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom (22)
Sacramento, CA Empire (24)
San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre (25)
Anaheim, CA House of Blues (27)
Hollywood, CA Hollywood Palladium (28)


Photo credit: Danny North

Monday, June 23, 2008

Kings Of Leon Announce New Album Details

Kings Of Leon have revealed the details on their upcoming fourth album titled Only By The Night.

The album will be released on September 23rd in the US (one day earlier) in the UK and was recorded in Nashville at Blackbird Studios.

How the band had time to record this record while touring non-stop we will never know...but they managed to do it.

The band has a few more tour dates in Europe and the US before getting a mini touring break till their next album drops.

Here are the tour dates:

27 June: Glastonbury Festival, Somerset UK
29 June: Open Air St Gallen Festival, Switzerland
4 July: Roskilde Festival, Denmark
5 July: Werchter Festival, Belgium
8 July: Le Zenith, Paris France
11 July: Oxegen Festival, Ireland
13 July: T In The Park Festival, Scotland
18 July: Summercase Festival, Madrid Spain
19 July: Summercase Festival, Barcelona Spain
9 August: All Points West Festival, Liberty State Park, Jersey City
16 August: V Festival, Weston Park, Staffordshire UK
17 August: V Festival, Hylands Park, Chelmsford UK

Boy George Is Denied His U.S. Visa

It seems that getting in trouble for drugs in the States will most certainly stay with you for a while. With an upcoming tour, Boy George has been denied his visa to come into the country and it isn't determined if the tour will be canceled or postponed.

Speaking to Paper Magazine, George said the following: "I'm pretty devastated because I am so excited about this forthcoming tour and having my visa application denied seems unfair after I swept the streets of New York spotless. There are a number of public figures who are openly using drugs and they have no problem with immigration and I have seriously turned my life around and I feel great right now and this is just another reminder of how bad things were. I committed a crime and I happily paid the consequences and I should be allowed to move on and get on with what I do best and that is performing and making people dance and cry!"

Here are the tour dates (if they are still happening!):

Aspen, CO, Belly Up – July 10
Las Vegas, NV, House of Blues - 11
San Diego, CA, Concerts In The Park - 12
Anaheim, CA, The Grove Of Anaheim - 13
Los Angeles, CA, El Rey Theatre - 15
Los Angeles, CA, El Rey Theatre - 16
Reno, NV, Grand Sierra - 17
San Francisco, CA, Regency Center Grand Ballroom - 18
Seattle, WA, Showbox - 20
Vancouver, BC, The Commodore Ballroom - 21
Calgary, AB, Flames Central - 22
Edmonton, AB, Edmonton Events Centre - 23
Miami, FL, Club Cinema - 25
Orlando, FL, Hard Rock Hotel Orlando - 26
Tampa Bay, FL, Jannus Landing - 27
N. Myrtle Beach, SC, House of Blues - 29
Washington, DC, 9:30 Club - 30
Philadelphia, PA, Keswick Theatre – August 1
Atlantic City, NJ, House of Blues - 3
Long Island, NY, Theatre at Westbury - 5
Chicago, IL, House of Blues - 7
Toronto, ON, Kool Haus - 10
Montreal, QC, Metropolis - 12
Boston, MA, Wilbur Theatre - 13
New York, NY, Terminal 5 - 14
Atlanta, GA, Center Stage - 19
Austin, TX, Stubb's BBQ - 21
Houston, TX, Verizon Wireless Theater - 22
Dallas, TX, House of Blues - 23

Sunday, June 22, 2008

Lykke Li Announces Fall U.S. Tour Dates

The darling Lykke Li has just announced a new set of tour dates for the U.S. in the fall.

More dates are to follow but this is what we've got so far:

Los Angeles, CA Hotel Café - August 25
New York, NY Le Poisson Rouge - 28
Washington, DC Black Cat - October 19
Boston, MA Paradise - 23
Toronto, ON Mod Club - 24
Chicago, IL Empty Bottle - 25
Vancouver, BC Richards on Richards - 28
Seattle, WA Neumo’s - 29
Portland, OR Doug Fir - 30
San Francisco, CA Independent - November 1

Thursday, June 19, 2008

Likely Looks: Blood Red Shoes - This Is Not For You

Blood Red Shoes "get under each other's skin" in this new clip from their album Box Of Secrets.

"I've wanted to work with Laura-Mary and Steven for some time and knowing that they're constantly being asked if they're an 'item', I wanted to play with that relationship and replace the sexual tension with something darker and more sinister," says director Tim Mattia

The video is shot in black and white and is absolutely lovely...



The single will be released with 2 new b-sides on June 30th in the UK through V2 Records.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Likely Looks: Those Dancing Days - Run Run

Those Dancing Days could be the most adorable band ever...

With their new clip for their single "Run Run", the girls are running about and being their usual cute selves as well as getting a free ride from some guys that are skilled in chair pulling.

Just lovely!

Santogold To Support Coldplay On Their U.S. Tour

Santogold continues her 2008 takeover of the U.S., being announced as the opening act for several of Coldplay's stops on their "Vida La Vida" tour.

She's also got a couple of live dates on her own...so if you want to skip the big arena you've got a few other options.

Here are the dates:

July
20 New York, NY Central Park SummerStage (headlining)
23 Chicago, IL United Center (supporting Coldplay)
25 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center (supporting Coldplay)
29 Montreal, Bell Center (supporting Coldplay)
30 Toronto Air Canada Center (supporting Coldplay)

August
2 Hartford, CT XL Center (supporting Coldplay)
3 Washington DC Verizon Center (supporting Coldplay)
4 Boston, MA TB Banknorth Garden (supporting Coldplay)

Adele Performs "Chasing Pavements" Live On Letterman

Adele continues to bring her beautiful voice Stateside with an amazing performance of "Chasing Pavements" on Letterman the other night.

It even brought on a compliment from the host himself!

Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Likely Looks: The Ting Tings - Shut Up And Let Me Go

The Tings Tings seem to be popping up everywhere lately. From a sold out U.S. tour to their track (and their latest video!) "Shut Up And Let Me Go" on the latest iTunes commericial, you just can't avoid the band.

Their latest video is reminiscent of a mid 80's video (can't go wrong with that) and the bonus is (hopefully) the band do cartwheels out of nowhere mid way through.

Robert Pollard Forms A New Band

Time for GBV fans to get a bit crazy...Robert Pollard has formed a new band. Joining forces with John Moen (The Decemberists) and Chris Clusarenko (GBV's bassist), the band is called Boston Spaceships and will be going on the road in the fall.

Their album Brown Submarine will be on September 9th via Guided By Voices Inc. and the band will be going on tour to support the release (wooooo!).

Here are the dates:

09-25 Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival *
09-26 Cleveland Heights, OH - Grog Shop *
09-27 Washington, DC - Black Cat *
09-29 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's *
09-30 Boston, MA - Paradise #
10-01 New York, NY - Highline Ballroom *
10-03 Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig *
10-04 Dayton, OH - Dayton Music Festival
10-06 Chicago, IL - Double Door *
10-07 St. Paul, MN - Turf Club *
10-09 Champaign, IL - Higher Ground *
10-10 St. Louis, MO - Bluebird *
10-11 Memphis, TN - Hi-Tone *
10-14 Austin, TX - The Parish *
10-15 Dallas, TX - The Loft *
10-17 Atlanta, GA - The Earl *
10-18 Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge *

Also, Pitchfork has a nice little MP3 so you can check out the band.

Boston Spaceships - Go For The Exit

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Is M.I.A. Seriously Retiring?

If you were lucky enough to catch M.I.A. at her last ever gig (according to her) then consider yourself lucky. “This is my last show and I'm glad I spent it with all my hippies", said M.I.A. during her set from the front of the stage.

Ending on a high note with Paper Planes she once again announced, "Thanks for coming to my last gig." If it comes straight from the horses mouth then you have to believe it, right?

Then again how many times have singers "retired" and then came back. I don't think this is the last of M.I.A...well, at least I hope not.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Adele Live at Highline Ballroom 6.11.08

Adele has been on my radar for quite some time now and I FINALLY got the chance to catch her live at the Highline Ballroom last night. Playing to a packed house, Adele played a short but sweet set of tracks from her debut smash "19" and a couple of covers.

Her voice is absolutely stunning and she's quote fun on stage. Plus, her cover of the Coral's hit "Dreaming Of You" was a nice surprise and absolutely lovely.

Here is the set list:

Right As Rain
Melt My Heart To Stone
Daydreamer
Dreaming Of You
Cold Shoulder
First Love
Make You Feel My Love
Tired
Hometown Glory

Encore:
Crazy For You
Fool That I Am
Chasing Pavements


Photo courtesy of The Music Slut

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

George Michael Done With Touring?

George Michael is billing his final two dates on his current tour "The Final Two". Michael will be ending the tour at Earls Court on August 24 and 25th.

Why titled "The Final Two" you ask? Well, according to Michael's website, "Michael will return to London to end his tour with two exclusive, filmed, concerts at Earls Court entitled THE FINAL TWO which is a nod to his sell out Wembley Stadium show, 'THE FINAL' with Andrew Ridgeley in 1986 when he brought the curtain down on Wham!,"

There you have it folks...catch George on this tour or never catch him again.

Coldplay Postposted Their Upcoming Tour

With a U.S. tour ready to happen in just a couple of weeks, Coldplay pulled the plug on the June 29th start date due to "production delays".

The tour will now start on July 14th in Los Angeles as opposed to June 29th in Philadelphia. Fans can get refunds for the canceled shows or hold on to their tickets till the date is rescheduled.

The free shows happening in New York, London and Barcelona are still good to go though! Did you get your tickets?!

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Nick Jago Leaves Black Rebel Motorcycle Club For A Second Time

Does drummer Nick Jago want to be in BRMC or not? For a second time it was announced that Jago has left the band to pursue his solo project.

Announcing his departure via MySpace, the two remaining members of the band posted to the following to clarify:

To all of you who have read or heard about Nick's myspace posting, Peter and I would like to clarify a few things from our perspective. It's true, Nick wont be
joining us for the upcoming European tour, but it's not true that he is
fired. We just feel Nick needs time to sort out exactly what he wants right
now. His heart and all his energy and attention is on his own solo project
and he needs to see that through.
We welcome his singing and songwriting in
BRMC, but his focus, at least at the present time, is on doing his own thing
and we wish him the best.
He is our brother, our musical partner, and we love him dearly and look
forward to playing with him again in the future.

From
Robert & Peter

Maybe he will rejoin for a third time? Who knows...

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

CSS To Release "Left Behind" on July 14

CSS are back and ready to release their second single Left Behind on July 14th in the UK. In the tradition "let's cover 90's bands" spirit the single will include a cover of The Breeders' Cannonball and brand new b-sides.

They've got quite a few live dates in the UK as well. Make sure you catch them sometime, somewhere in the UK at the following places:

June
28 - Glastonbury

July
13 - Rise Festival, London
16 - iTunes Festival, Koko, London

August
22 - Leeds Festival
24 - Reading Festival

September
05 - Bestival, Isle of Wight

Pharrell, Santogold and Julian Casablancas Create My Drive Thru

What an unlikely team! Santogold, Pharrell Williams and Julian Casablancas teamed up to record a song for Converse called My Drive Thru. Its actually quite good and definitely a combination of styles between all 3 artists.

Converse has gotten in on the downloading game so you can get the track at www.converse.com

Monday, June 09, 2008

Mogwai Announce North American Tour Dates

The boys in Mogwai are going to be quite busy for 2008. With the release of their Batcat EP on September 9th and now a North American tour, we've all got something to look forward to on this side of the Atlantic.

Here are the tour dates:

09.03.08 - Portland, OR (Music Fest NW)
09.04.08 - Seattle, WA (Showbox)
09.05.08 - Victoria, BC (Element Victoria)
09.06.08 - Vancouver, BC (Commodore Ballroom)
09.08.08 - San Francisco, CA (The Grand Ballroom)
09.09.08 - Los Angeles, CA (Wiltern Theatre)
09.10.08 - Tucson, AZ (The Rialto)
09.12.08 - Austin, TX (Stubbs Waller Creek)
09.13.08 - Dallas, TX (Granada Theatre)
09.15.08 - Atlanta, GA (Variety Playhouse)
09.16.08 - Richmond, VA (The National Richmond)
09.17.08 - Washington, DC (9:30 Club Washington)
09.18.08 - New York, NY (Terminal 5)
09.19.08 - Philadelphia, PA (Starlight Ballroom)
09.21.08 - Catskills, NY (ATP)
09.22.08 - Boston, MA (Wilbur Theatre)
09.23.08 - Montreal, QC (Metropolis)
09.25.08 - Pontiac, MI (The Crofoot)
09.26.08 - Chicago, IL (Congress Theatre)
09.27.08 - Minneapolis, MN (First Avenue)