Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Blitzen Trapper: "American Goldwing" Album Stream

Head over to PASTE Magazine to take a listen to the new Blitzen Trapper album "American Goldwing". These guys will be heading out on tour with Dawes starting on October 7th for what should be a great show. All tour dates listed below.....

October 7th Mystic Theatre Petaluma, CA
October 8th SoHo Santa Barbara, CA
October 9th Belly Up Solana Beach, CA
October 10th Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
October 13th Club Dada Dallas, TX
October 14th Utopia Fest Utopia, TX
October 15th Manship Theatre Baton Rouge, LA
October 18th Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
October 19th Mercy Lounge Nashville, TN
October 20th Headliner's Louisville, KY
October 21st Orange Peel Asheville, NC
October 22nd Cat's Cradle Chapel Hill, NC
October 24th The Black Cat Washington, DC
October 26th Webster Hall New York, NY
October 27th The TLA Philadelphia, PA
October 28th Royale Boston, MA
October 30th Opera House Toronto, ON
November 1st Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
November 2nd Calvin College Grand Rapids, MI
November 3rd The Metro Chicago, IL
November 4th First Ave Minneapolis, MN
November 7th Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
November 11th The Neptune Seattle, WA
November 13th McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR
November 15th The Fillmore San Francisco, CA

SOTD: "The Keeper" - Chris Cornell

Great new tune from Chris Cornell......

Thursday, August 25, 2011

SOTD: "Lucky Now" - Ryan Adams

Here's the great new single from Ryan Adams' upcoming album Ashes & Fire (out 10/11/11).

Pre-order packages for the album can be found HERE.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

SOTD: "This Time" - Chris Trapper

Here's a new video from Chris Trapper (lead singer of the Push Stars). You may recognize the song as it was also performed by Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the film August Rush. Below you'll find some upcoming tour dates to see Chris in concert. More info available at his site HERE.

Thu Aug 25 Toronto, ON HUGH'S ROOM
Fri Aug 26 Montreal, QC PETIT CAMPUS
Sun Aug 28 Brewerton, NY PRIVATE EVENT
Thu Sep 08 Hermosa Bch, CA SAINT ROCKE
Sun Sep 11 Sacramento, CA HARLOW'S
Thu Sep 15 Seattle, WA TRIPLE DOOR
Fri Sep 16 Seattle, WA TRIPLE DOOR
Sat Sep 17 Walla Walla, WA CROSSROADS LOUNGE
Sun Sep 18 Pullman, WA BELLTOWER
Tue Sep 20 Salt Lake, UT THE STATE ROOM
Wed Sep 21 Carbondale, CO PAC3
Sat Sep 24 Denver, CO L2 ARTS CENTER
Sun Sep 25 Colorado Springs, CO LUSCZEK HOUSE CONCERT
Mon Sep 26 Santa Fe, NM SANTA FE BREWING CO.
Wed Sep 28 Tucson, AZ CLUB CONGRESS
Thu Sep 29 Flagstaff, AZ COCONINO CENTER
Fri Sep 30 Cave Creek, AZ HAROLD'S
Mon Oct 03 Nashville, TN THE BASEMENT
Tue Oct 04 Atlanta, GA SMITHS OLDE BAR
Wed Oct 26 New York, NY THE LIVING ROOM
Thu Oct 27 Philadelphia, PA THE GRAPE ROOM
Fri Oct 28 Buffalo, NY NINTH WARD
Sun Oct 30 Syracuse, NY JAZZ CENTRAL

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Caveman & The War On Drugs @ Cameo Gallery 8/19/11

Friday night I went to a great show in Brooklyn at Cameo Gallery featuring Caveman & The War On Drugs. This was my first time seeing both acts even though I've been listening to The War On Drugs for a couple of years now. Caveman is a relatively new band out of Brooklyn whose album is due out in a couple of weeks (and you're going to love it, one of my favorites of the year).

Cameo is a small venue, I'd say it held maybe 200 people so we were packed in pretty good but I loved the show. I thought both bands were great and had a blast checking them out in such an intimate venue. If you're not familiar with these bands, I'd suggest checking them out ASAP, especially Caveman..... I think they're in for some big things over the next year.

Below you'll find some pictures and videos I took from Friday night, take a listen and enjoy! (I also recommend checking out Jessica Amaya's GREAT pictures over on BrooklynVegan right HERE.)

CAVEMAN (Pics & Video):



THE WAR ON DRUGS (Pics & Video):



Monday, August 22, 2011

SOTD: "So It Goes" - The Grownup Noise

Saw these guys a couple months ago during the same showcase as Chamberlin, they've got some good tunes. Take a listen to their latest below......

Friday, August 19, 2011

SOTD: "Holocene" - Bon Iver

Great new video for Bon Iver's "Holocene"....

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Scattered Trees @ Brooklyn Bowl - 8/17/11

Last night I made a trip over to Williamsburg, Brooklyn to check out Scattered Trees at Brooklyn Bowl. I've been wanting to get to this venue for awhile now and it did not disappoint. Brooklyn Bowl is a bowling alley/restaurant/bar/concert venue..... sounds like a random combination but trust me, it works. The acoustics were excellent and it's just a great space to see a show.

I got my hands on the Scattered Trees album "Sympathy" early this year and have been listening to it quite a bit since. I've written about them several times over the last eight months or so but this was my first time catching them in concert. The band was the second group on the bill and sounded great the minute they hit the stage. Their set was mostly comprised of songs off their album so I was familiar with the majority of the material and impressed that the songs translated so well in a live setting. The album is pretty mellow but some of the songs really took on a new life in person.

My favorite song off the album is called "A Conversation About Death On New Year's Eve" and Scattered Trees ended up playing it early in the set. Definitely one of the highlights for me along with a song called "Five Minutes". Sympathy is a really solid album, very listenable from start to finish and worth picking up if you don't have it.

I setup on the rail just off to the side of the stage and had a nice unobstructed view all night. I took a video of "A Conversation..." and several pictures which you can find below. I was really impressed with the performance, I think these guys are bound for some big things in the future. I got to speak with a couple of the band members after the show and I can definitely say that they're good people, I'll be rooting for them along the way.


Wednesday, August 17, 2011

SOTD: "Thankful" - Caveman

Take a listen to the track above (and you can stream/download at Pitchfork HERE). Trust me when I say you're going to want to get your hands on this upcoming Caveman album, "CoCo Beware". It's out November 15th (Available Digitally on September 13th)..... I've gotten to hear a preview and I'm loving it. Definitely keep your eyes peeled for this one and check them out on their upcoming tour if you get a chance. I'll be heading to their Friday night show in Brooklyn, all tour dates below.....

U.S. Tour with The War on Drugs Starts August 18

Upcoming Caveman Dates:
* w/ The War On Drugs

08/18 - Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's *
08/19 - Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo *
08/21 - Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
08/22 – Burlington, VT @ Monkey Bar
08/23 - Montreal, CAN @ Casa del Popolo *
08/24 - Toronto, CAN @ Drake Hotel *
08/25 - Ann Arbor, MI @ Blind Pig *
08/26 - Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern *
08/27 - Milwaukee, WI @ Club Garibaldi *
08/28 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry *
08/30 - St. Louis, MO @ The Biliken Club *
08/31 - Lexington-Fayette, KY @ Cosmic Charlie's *
09/01 - Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe *
09/02 - Washington, DC @ The Red Place *
09/15 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (Digital Album Release)

Head & The Heart opening for My Morning Jacket - European Tour

Exciting news from the Head & The Heart for our friends overseas.... they'll be opening for My Morning Jacket on their European tour in November. Dates and ticket info below.....

11/2 Glasgow, UK – ABC
11/3 Birmingham, UK – Institute
11/5 Leeds, UK – Academy
11/6 Manchester, UK – Academy
11/7 London, UK – Roundhouse
11/8 Bexhill, UK – De La Warr Pavilion
11/10 Antwerp, BE – Trix
11/11 Luxembourg, LU – Den Atelier
11/12 Koln, GE – Luxor
11/14 Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
11/16 Berlin, GE – Festsaal Kreuzburg
11/17 Lund, SE – Mejeriet
11/18 Oslo, NO – Sentrum Scene
11/19 Stockholm, SE – Munchen Brewery

Check the TOUR section of our website HERE for all of the ticket links.

New Deer Tick Album & Single Download

Deer Tick will be releasing a new record, Divine Providence on October 25, 2011, The new record features for the first time lead vocal turns on a couple of songs by guitarist Ian O'Neil and drummer Dennis Ryan.

You can download the first song from Divine Providence HERE. The track is called "Miss K."

The tracklisting for Divine Providence is:

The Bump
Funny Word
Let's All Go to the Bar
Clownin' Around
Main Street
Chevy Express
Something to Brag About
Walkin Out the Door
Make Believe
Now It's Your Turn
Miss K.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

SOTD: "Somebody That I Used To Know" - Gotye (featuring Kimbra)

My friend Ina posted this song on her page the other night and I instantly fell in love with it. Reminds me of Sting singing over Manu Chao music, great song.

Monday, August 15, 2011

SOTD: "The Stable Song" - Gregory Alan Isakov

This song is actually a couple years old but it's an amazing tune. Beautiful song, enjoy this one.....

NPR Music: The War On Drugs

NPR Music recently posted a great live session with The War On Drugs. I've been listening to these guys for a couple years now and really dig their stuff, especially "Arms Like Boulders" and "Baby Missiles". The setlist is listed below, full concert can be found HERE. If you're looking to catch the band locally, they'll be playing a great bill with Caveman on Friday night at Cameo Gallery.

Best Night
Baby Missiles
Comin' Through
Arms Like Boulders
Your Love Is Calling My Name
Buenos Aires Beach
I Was There

Sunday, August 14, 2011

New NFL Commercial w/ Josh Ritter "Change of Time"

I was just watching TV when I was pretty stunned to see a new NFL commercial with Josh Ritter's "Change of Time" as the background music. I can't find the commercial online yet but you can hear the song below. Great tune, I picked it as one of my Top 50 of 2010.

"I had a dream last night........"

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

SOTD: "Junk of the Heart" - The Kooks

The Kooks: North American Tour

The Kooks have announced their return to the U.S. for an extensive U.S. tour kicking off November 15th in Philadelphia.

Pre-sale tickets go on sale Wednesday August 10th (password: JUNK). Regular on sale for the tour begins Friday August 12th. Tour details can be found HERE.

The Kooks 3rd album "Junk of the Heart" is coming September 13th and is now available to pre-order on Amazon.com.

The Kooks North American Tour Dates:

11/15 Philadelphia PA Trocadero
11/16 New York NY Webster Hall
11/17 New York NY Webster Hall
11/19 Boston MA House Of Blues
11/20 Washington DC 9.30 Club
11/22 Montreal QC Club Soda
11/23 Toronto ON Sound Academy
11/25 Columbus OH Newport Music Hall
11/26 Chicago IL Vic Theatre
11/27 Minneapolis MN First Avenue
11/29 Denver CO Ogden Theatre
11/30 Salt Lake City UT Club Sound
12/02 Seattle WA The Showbox @ The Market
12/04 Vancouver BC Commodore Ballroom
12/07 Los Angeles CA The Music Box
12/08 Los Angeles CA The Music Box
12/13 San Francisco CA The Fillmore

Monday, August 8, 2011

RATM: First Public Performance - 10/23/91

This is pretty insane, somebody recently posted full concert footage of Rage Against The Machine's first ever public performance at The Quad, Cal State Northridge, Northridge, CA on Oct. 23, 1991. I had never seen this before but it looks like RATM had their trademark intensity from the start. I've seen these guys about five or six times and they always bring an amazing show. Enjoy this....

1: Killing In The Name (Instrumental)
2: Take The Power Back
3: Autologic
4: Bullet In The Head
5: Hit The Deck
6: Township Rebellion
7: Darkness Of Greed
8: Clear The Lane
9: Clampdown
10: Know Your Enemy (alternate version)
11: Freedom

SOTD: "I Don't Wanna Go Home" - Kingsley Flood

The Friday night before the Newport Folk Festival, my friends and I went out in Providence. We ended up seeing this band and I thought they were really good. Check out their song "I Don't Wanna Go Home"...

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Typhoon @ Mercury Lounge 8/2/11

Last night my buddy JayT and I took another trip to the Mercury Lounge to see Typhoon, a band from Portland, Oregon. Like I’ve said in previous entries, I’ve been trying to see these guys (& gals) for about seven months now. They just haven’t played a lot of local dates so I haven’t been able to catch them until last night. I thought I’d finally get my chance this past weekend in Newport but unfortunately it took us over two hours to get into the festival on Saturday and I just missed their set (they were one of the early acts going on Saturday). Fortunately I had this show in my back pocket so I was pretty pumped to finally see them last night.

Typhoon is a pretty unique band, if my math is decent I counted THIRTEEN people playing on stage. If you’re familiar with Mercury Lounge, this was an interesting dynamic seeing as it’s a pretty small stage. The group was pretty much broken up into groups of three: lead singer w/guitar, lead guitarist and bass guitarist; three piece horn section; three piece string section; two drummers and one guy playing percussion. Pretty sure there was also a girl playing keyboard in the back but it was difficult for me to see from my spot on the floor. For such a big band they’re extremely tight, you can tell they’ve played and rehearsed quite a bit together. Typhoon’s music has a lot of tempo and volume changes so this is an impressive quality for such a large band.

The band played about a 45 minute set consisting mostly of material off their albums but they also played a brand new song that I thought was excellent. Really entertaining set, it was almost overwhelming how much was going on and what you wanted to fix your eyes to. Highlights for me were “The Honest Truth” (my favorite song by Typhoon), “Kitchen Tile” and “CPR/Claws Pt 2” which I filmed and you can watch below.

About half way through the show, lead singer Kyle Morton remarked that this was their first show in NYC but I was really impressed and would expect that their next trip they’ll be playing a larger venue like Bowery Ballroom or Music Hall of Williamsburg. Typhoon has some more dates lined up listed below including another NYC show tonight in Brooklyn at Littlefield. Also, they'll be the muscial guest on Letterman Thursday night. I definitely recommend checking them out if you get the opportunity.

One other random note, I recognized the lead singer of Freelance Whales (Judah Dadone) in the crowd between sets and spoke with him for a bit. They’re back in town working on a second album after touring relentlessly over the last couple years off of their album “Weathervanes”. Really nice guy, enjoyed speaking with him after seeing them perform a couple times this year. Another very good band you should check out if you’re not familiar with their stuff.


August 3rd Littlefield Brooklyn, NY
August 4th Sixth & Synagogue Washington, DC
August 6th Lollapalooza Chicago, IL
August 8th The Old Rock House St. Louis, MO
August 9th The Riot Room Kansas City, MO
August 10th Hi-Dive Denver, CO
August 12th Visual Arts Collective Garden City, OH
September 10th Musicfest NW @ Pioneer Courthouse Square Portland, OR


Monday, August 1, 2011

Newport Folk Fest

Arrived back in NYC, totally spent from the weekend but a tremendous time at the Newport Folk Festival. I'll get much more up in the next few days, here's a quick shot from M Ward & Dawes to hold you over....