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Thursday, September 17, 2009

Likely Looks: Fever Ray - Seven

Karin Andersson (aka Fever Ray) takes an "older" approach to her new video for her single Seven and puts on her best sparkly dress to have a dance in a farm in back of a Chewbacca-like character.

A bit odd but SO interesting. Could you expect any less from Fever Ray?

Yes, The Pavement Reunion Is True

Can you believe it? Its been 10 years (a longgggggg wait!) but Pavement is reuniting in 2010 for a New York show in at Central Park Summerstage.

September 21, there!

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Nico Vega Announces Support Dates w/ Manic Street Preachers!

After originally booked to support Placebo on their tour tour (which sadly got canceled), Nico Vega has announced that they will be supporting legends in their own right, Manic Street Preachers.

Hoping on the tour for 6 dates, the band will play several West Coast, Cannda and Midwest dates with the band.

Here are the tour dates:

9/21/09 - Neumo's, Seattle, WA
9/22/09 - The Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC
9/24/09 - The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
9/25/09 - The Avalon, Los Angeles, CA
9/28/09 - The Bluebird Theatre, Denver, CO
9/30/09 - The Varsity Theatre, Minneapolis, MN

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Likely Listens: Caroline Smith And The Good Night Sleeps

What happens when you mix a fiery red head with a little bit of alt-country? Well, Caroline Smith And The Good Night Sleeps of course!

Hailing from Minneapolis, this trio has a sound that will lure you in upon first lesson. Combining the unique voice of Caroline Smith and a little pop, alt-country and mellow singer-songwriter type vibes all rolled into one make them absolutely wonderful.

With a new album out entitled Backyard Tent Set they will be the band to watch very very soon.

The band will also be on tour this fall and hopefully coming to a city near you! Here are the tour dates:

Sep 16 2009 The Cedar Cultural Center (Caroline Solo Show) Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sep 18 2009 Campus Arts Festival (Caroline Solo Show) Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sep 20 2009 Nomad World Pub Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sep 22 2009 Black Hills Amphitheater Spearfish, South Dakota
Sep 23 2009 The Filling Station Bozeman, Montana
Sep 25 2009 High Dive Seattle, Washington
Sep 26 2009 The Finger Complex Olympia, Washington
Sep 29 2009 The Partisan Merced, California
Oct 1 2009 Armadillo Music (In-store Performance) Davis, California
Oct 1 2009 Sophia’s Thai Kitchen Davis, California
Oct 4 2009 The HangArt Tucson, Arizona
Oct 5 2009 Winning Coffee Company Albuquerque, New Mexico
Oct 6 2009 The Lounge On Elm Street Dallas, Texas
Oct 8 2009 Rice University Houston, Texas
Oct 9 2009 White Water Tavern Little Rock, Arkansas
Oct 10 2009 The House Little Rock, Arkansas
Oct 11 2009 Eighth Street Taproom Lawrence, Kansas
Oct 12 2009 Off Broadway St. Louis, Missouri
Oct 13 2009 KRUI In-studio @ Public Space One Iowa City, Iowa
Oct 13 2009 The Mill Iowa City, Iowa
Oct 16 2009 Pioneer Place On Fifth St. Cloud, Minnesota
Oct 17 2009 Kitty Cat Klub Minneapolis, Minnesota

Kanye West Apologizes On Jay Leno...

After Kanye West's atrocious appearance at Sunday night's VMA he mustered up the courage to apologize on national television to Taylor Swift.

His actions are really irreversible but his apology did seem heartfelt. Even so, this isn't the first time he's been a complete ass on an award show so its clearly a reoccurrence that he doesn't learn from.

Let's also mention how incredible it is that Taylor Swift has branched over from country to win an MTV VMA, which is such an accomplishment. Taylor is a talented, one of a kind star.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Lily Allen Stands Up For The Little Guy...

Good or bad, you have to hand it to Lily Allen for speaking her mind.

This time around. she tackles British music and illegal file sharing and actually does make some valid points. One can argue for or against her but rising to fame on MySpace you must admit she is quite familiar with the workings of how a band blows up in this day and age.

Taking her opinion to her MySpace blog, Lily has written the following:

"I havent written on here for a while but I've taken the time to write this as I think music piracy is having a dangerous effect on British music, but some really rich and successful artists like Nick Mason from Pink Floyd and Ed O'Brien from Radiohead don't seem to think so. Last week in an article in the Times these guys from huge bands said file sharing music is fine. It probably is fine for them. They do sell-out arena tours and have the biggest Ferrari collections in the world. For new talent though, file sharing is a disaster as it's making it harder and harder for new acts to emerge. Heres a link to the article
Mason, O'Brien and the Featured Artists Coalition say that file sharing's "like a sampler, like taping your mate's music", but mix tapes and recording from the radio are actually very different to the file sharing that happens today. Mix tapes were rubbish quality - you bought the real music, because you liked the track and wanted to hear it without the DJ cutting off the end of each song. In digital land pirated tracks are as good quality as bought tracks, so there's not a need to buy for better quality. The Featured Artist Coalition also says file sharing's fine because it "means a new generation of fans for us". This is great if you're a big artist at the back end of your career with loads of albums to flog to a new audience, but emerging artists don't have this luxury. Basically the FAC is saying 'we're alright, we've made it, so file sharing's fine', which is just so unfair to new acts trying to make it in the industry.
You don't start out in music with the Ferraris. Instead you get a huge debt from your record company, which you spend years working your arse off to repay. When you manage to get a contract, all those pretty videos and posters advertising your album have to be paid for and as the artist, you have to pay for them. I've only just finished paying off all the money I owe my record company. I'm lucky that I've been successful and managed to pay it back, but not everyone's so lucky. You might not care about this, but the more difficult it is for new artists to make it, the less new artists you'll see and the more British music will be nothing but puppets paid for by Simon Cowell.
And it's not like there aren't alternatives to illegal downloads anyway. Sites like Spotify give us access to new music and different music without having to rip someone off - you can listen to tracks and see if you like them before you buy them. Then obviously there's MySpace, that streams music and helps acts like me get enough fans to convince record companies to sign us up.
If this sounds like I'm siding with the record bosses, I'm not. They've been naive and complacent about new technology - and they've spent all the money they've earned on their own fat salaries not industry development. But as they start to lose big from piracy, they're not slashing their salaries - they're pulling what they invest in A&R. Lack of funds results in A&R people not being able to take risks and only signing acts they think will work, which again makes British music Cowell puppets.
Is this the way we want British music to go? Now, obviously I'm going to benefit from fighting piracy, but I think without fighting it, British music is going to suffer.
I don't think what's out there is perfect. It's stupid that kids can't buy anything on the internet without credit, forcing them to steal Mum's credit card or download illegally. It's this kind of thing that the record company bosses, artists, broadband providers and government should be sitting down and discussing. I'm off to South America on tour today, but i'm going to be writing British artists, saying just this.
File sharing's not okay for British music. We need to find new ways to help consumers access and buy music legally, but saying file sharing's fine is not helping anyone - and definitely not helping British music. I want to get people working together to use new digital opportunities to encourage new artists."