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Devo Cancels Tour/Fun Fun Fun Fest + Dum Dum Girls and Crocodiles Out Also

Just as the excitement was starting to swell with me in regards to Fun Fun Fun Fest 2010, and mostly because of this band, Devo cancels their tour including their Fun Fun Fun Fest appearance. Due to an injury suffered by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh, the band is forced to stop the show. Severing a tendon in your thumb is a pretty good reason for a guitar player to not be able to go on with the show. Speedy recovery Bob.

Aside from losing one of their big headliners, the fest also recently lost the Dum Dum Girls due to a family emergency. A member of Crocodiles is married to the frontwoman of the band Dee Dee who is the member having to deal with the emergency, so they have canceled the rest of their tour as well.

Sounds like ACL a few years ago…how will the funster festers bounce back?

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Video: Land Of Talk “Quarry Hymns”

I gave you the acoustic version and now the “official” album version.  Cloak and Cipher is quietly working it’s way into my psyche as it’s a departure from the band’s earlier work…in a really good way.

The band is here in Austin on Oct 15th @ the Parish. They don’t come around often, so you should check it..

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Pics: Dead Confederate + Futurebirds + Special Guests @ Red River On The Rocks

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Barely a week into their tour in support of their sophomore release Sugar, Dead Confederate rolled into Mohawk with fellow Athenians Futurebirds in tow to take part in the 23+ acts event @ Mohawk cleverly billed as Red River On The Rocks. Sponsored by Makers Mark no less. Futurebirds brought the anticipated smile of delight to my face while Dead Confederate blasted away at their catalog, spending as much time on older material as the newest. For the band’s encore, three -fifths of Dead Confederate was joined by three young members of local band Flock of Spiders, (Ben Redman, Deven Ivy, and Max Redman) for the first single from Sugar titled “Giving It All Away”. And they gave it all..all rock.

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Warpaint LP The Fool + Bowie Cover + Tour Dates

You know I love the ladies in Warpaint, and not just for the obvious reasons. Aside from making great music that walks the line of dreamy, psych-rock, that lends itself to the occasional jam on stage, they are pretty easy to look at as well.

Quickly working their way into the modern music consciousness with critic pleasing performances at last year’s CMJ Festival and this year’s SXSW, the band also managed to score a signing with Rough Trade with their EP Exquisite Corpse. And not wasting any time, the band is prepping the release of their debut LP The Fool which is to be released Oct 26th on Rough Trade.

If you are aching for a Warpaint fix until then, the band has recorded a version of David Bowie’s Ashes to Ashes for the Bowie tribute album We Were So Turned On to be released sometime later this year.

MP3> Warpaint ‘Ashes To Ashes’ David Bowie cover

The band is on the road and heading this way for an appearance at ACL Festival (more on that later), and will begin a tour with The XX later in October.

Warpaint - US Tour dates:
8/18  Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
8/19  Knoxville, TN Pilot Light
8/20  Nashville, TN Exit/In (w/Royal Bangs)
9/4 Los Angeles, CA FYFest
9/22 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium (w/The xx)
9/23 Oakland, CA Fox Theatre (w/ The xx)
9/24 Portland, OR Holocene (w/ The xx)
9/25 Seattle, WA Paramount Theatre (w/ The xx)
9/28 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre (w/ The xx)
9/29 Toronto, ONT Massey Hall (w/ The xx)
10/1 Montreal, QUE Place Des Arts Maissoneuve (w/ The xx)
10/2 New York, NY United Palace (w/ The xx)
10/4 Philadelphia, PA Merriam Theatre (w/ The xx)
10/5 Washington, DC 9:30 Club (w/ The xx)
10/6 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle (w/ The xx)
10/8 Dallas, TX Granada Theater (w/ The xx)
10/10 Austin, TX ACL Festival
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Itch Pick: New Pornographers, Dodos, + Amaad Wasif @ Stubbs 7.23

I can’t say that I reach for a New Pornographers record that frequently, but my experience with the band live spurs this recommendation for Friday night at Stubbs. There’s something incredibly mesmerizing about watching this band so rich in talent work together like a well oiled machine churning out catchy tune after catchy tune. Especially when Neko Case is present.

I’m also extremely curious about opening artists Imaad Wasif. His latest release The Viodist has spent a fair amount of time with my attention, and the fact that Spoon’s Britt Daniel is seen sporting a Wasif’ shirt in just about every photo taken of him over the last 6 months surely means something? Time to do laundry?

Don’t know anything about the DoDos.

New Pornographers will surely be testing the newest of their offerings, from the most recent release Together, but there better be a “My Rights Versus Yours” scribbled on the set list.

Tickets are still available HERE for now.

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Blonde Redhead Announce Tour w/Austin Date + Penny Sparkle Release

Blonde Redhead have their 4th 4AD release scheduled for a street date of 9/14, and as expected a nice little tour to follow in support of Penny Sparkle. It’s been 3 years since the band’s previous release 23 secured their reputation as a mainstay in the music scene, that doesn’t threaten to become commercial, but remains as pertinent if not more.

You may remember the surfacing of the track “Here Sometimes” not too long ago that we speculate will be found on Penny Sparkle.

There will be a pre-sale for many of the shows, so click HERE for details, including opportunity to upgrade with poster, CD, and an instant MP3. Oh yeah, password for pre-sale is “Sparkle”, and the presale begins 48 hours prior to city’s general on-sale date.

Dates after the jump, jump, jump, jump around Read more

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MP3: Monahans “We Tremble”

If you haven’t tuned in to the sounds of Austin’s Monahans, you might be missing out on one of Austin’s currently undiscovered great secrets. While the band’s popularity quietly begins to bubble under the surface, they are introducing us to their newest recording, simply titled 2010 Recordings, one track at a time. The band began releasing a track a month in March and today finds us with track number 5 titled “We Tremble” with a short statement about the track from the band:

“Building on last month’s theme, the title “We Tremble” echoes the refrain of a classic eerie-yet-powerful hymn. Please pardon our progress as we plunge into darkness. (As if this Texas summer heat wasn’t oppressing enough!) We recommend revisiting Track 1 or watching Double Rainbow after you’ve heard this one.”

Maybe I enjoy the darkness unknowingly, because I really dig this track.

MP3> Monahans ‘We Tremble’

Upcoming Austin shows for the band:

FRIDAY JULY 30 at Club DeVille
with Telegraph Canyon and Aaron Sinclair (of Frank Smith)

FRIDAY AUGUST 13 at ND/501 Studios
Milton Mapes (duo set) opening for AA Bondy and JBM


Land Of Talk Tour w/Austin Date + New Album

Montreal’s Land of Talk have always been one of those bands quietly bubbling under the surface, just threatening to become recognized for the talent that it posses.  Or maybe I should say for the talent that Elizabeth Powell posses? The crafty songstress and gifted guitarist for the band has been the foundation for the band since it’s incarnation and continues to grow as a writer and performer.

August 24th will see the band’s sophomore full length come legal, on the Saddle Creek label mysteriously titled Cloak and Cipher. Soon after, the band embarks on a headlining tour that will bring them to Austin for a performance @ The Parish. If I’m not mistaken, this would be their first performance in town in more than 2 years. I’m not mistaken that I’m completely giddy about seeing this band once again.

Cloak and Cipher was produced by Jace Lasek ( Besnard Lakes, Wolf Parade, Sunset Rubdown) and features a slew of Canada’s finest in the modern rock scene. Patrick Watson, Jeremy Gara of Arcade Fire, and members of Stars, Wintersleep, Besnard Lakes, and Esmerine.

A sneak peak with the band performing Cloak and Cipher’s “Quarry Hymn” on La Blogotheque’s Take Away Show

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Video: Interpol ‘Lights’ + Tour Dates

Interpol have been pretty quiet for the past couple of years, but the silence is about to be broken. September will see the release of the band’s 4th album and with a recent lineup change, the band is booking the live dates. More to come soon for sure, but for now… the video for ‘Lights’

June :
Wednesday, June 23 – Pittsburgh, PA Mr. Smalls Theatre
Friday, June 25 – Allentown, PA Crocodile Rock
Saturday, June 26 – New York, NY, Creators Project Party, Milk Studios
Friday, July 23 – Northampton, MA – Pearl Street Ballroom*
Saturday, July 24 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s Place – +
Sunday, July 25 – Baltimore, MD – Ramshead Live – *
Thursday, July 29 – Richmond, VA – The National – +
Friday, July 30 – Norfolk, VA – The NorVA – +
Saturday, July 31 – Atlantic City, NJ – Showboat Atlantic City – House of Blues – #
Wednesday, August 04 – Montclair, NJ – Wellmont Theatre – +
Thursday, August 05 – Boston, MA – House of Blues – +
Friday, August 06 – Clifton Park, NY – Northern Lights – #
Monday, August 09 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis – #
Tuesday, August 10 – Toronto ON – Kook Haus – @
Wednesday, August 11 – Pontiac, MI – Clutch Cargo -+
Friday, August 13 – Milwaukee, WI – The Rave – #
Saturday, August 14 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue – *
Sunday, August 15 – Chicago, IL – Vic Theatre – #
Wednesday, August 18 – Charleston, SC – The Music Farm – +
Thursday August 19 – Lake Buena Vista FL – House of Blues – #

@ – on sale June 23
* – on sale June 24
+ – on sale June 25
# – on sale June 26

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Built To Spill to Play Emos 10.22 + 10.23

I was just listening to some Built To Spill the other day thinking about what a solid career these guys have had with some great recordings under their belt, and then POOF! they are coming to town. As if I almost willed it to happen.

Built to Spill, who usually find themselves playing the larger Stubb’s venue as of lately, take it down a notch and get real @ Emo’s for not just 1 night, but 2. Expecting them to traverse their illustrious catalog of jams.

Built to Spill @ Emos 10.22 Tickets

Built to Spill @ Emos 10.23 Tickets

MP3> Built To Spill ‘Untrustable Part 2 (About Someone Else)’

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Neon Indian: New Video + Austin Show

Most of you know that the current electro/dance/dj scene isn’t really my preference, albeit one that I took full advantage of years ago when bands like Depeche Mode, New Order, Front 242, OMD, When In Rome, Art of Noise, Alphaville, etc were delivering the beats. I do pay attention a bit still, and the rise of Neon Indian from practically unknown to a face plastered on billboards is quite a curiosity.

Neon Indian just released a video for “Sleep Paralysist” which is kinda cool although the song sounds oddly familiar in a lot of ways.

Neon Indian will also be playing host to a big ‘ol sweaty dance party on Monday 6/7 @ Emos. TICKETS

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Pixies Tour Dates/Playing Austin Music Hall: Death To The Pixies?

“The place where good music goes to die” was the statement made about The Austin Music Hall by one of the major music magazines a few years ago in an article about My Morning Jacket during the time they were playing SXSW. And this is where The Pixies are going to land when they stop here in Austin on their most recent string tour dates. Unfortunately, if you’ve ever seen the Pixies live, the music is about all they have during their live performances. Don’t get me wrong, I hold the band near and dear to my heart, but zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz……snooze fest live. I really do La La Love You!

Now, where’s that Austin Pavement date?

And now to stay with the “Death” theme, a track from Death To The Pixies. See how it all comes together.

MP3> Pixies ‘Gouge Away’ Live

Tour Dates: Read more

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MP3: Futurebirds “Johnny Utah”

One of my favorite new bands that I saw during SXSW 2010 was a little band, with some obvious country roots, based out of Athens, GA, called Futurebirds. I do have a thing for Athens bands.

There’s a very low-fi quality to this band’s music that draws from the previously mentioned country roots, while bluegrass runs thick, and guitars wander into sonic washes. The band has a previously recorded EP floating around in limited edition and available digitally on their Bandcamp page, as well as their upcoming label debut Hampton’s Lullaby to be released on July 13th on the Autumn Tone Records label.

MP3> Futurebirds ‘Johnny Utah’

The band is on the road with Jessica Lea Mayfield currently and will be making a stop here in Austin @ Emo’s on July 18th.

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Itch Pick: Minus The Bear @ La Zona Rosa 5.16

Seattle’s Minus The Bear pleasantly caught our attention with their release Menos el Oso, weaving cinematic imagery with expansive sounds supported by spine of technical guitar work.  While the group took their sound and songs further into the prog -rock o sphere on the follow up release Planet Of Ice some critical and fan reactions were mixed. LA based Dangerbird Records saw some potential within the band and signed them to release the latest from the band Omni, which was produced by Grammy Award winning producer Joe Chiccarelli.

While we wait for the reception of the newest material to unfold, the band brings it live to La Zona Rosa this Sunday 5.16.

Git your tickets HERE.

And what do you know…the video for the first single “My Time” just premiered.

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The Besnard Lakes Are….

The Besnard Lakes are……

What completes that sentence should be of my own words, but the band has so conviently provided a couple of options in the titles of their last two albums recorded for the Jagjaguwar label. The Besnard Lakes Are the Dark Horse (2007) and The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night (2010) couldn’t be more suitable metaphoric self descriptors, but there’s more.

I always love being blindsided by a band, happening upon their music, not knowing what or who I’m listening to and just falling for it with no preconceived ideas of what I think I might expect. Such was the case with The Besnard Lakes. I’ve known the name of the band, and been quietly drawn to investigate, but just hadn’t. Thanks to some late night television host and his show I happened across the band performing “And This Is What We Call Progress” and was completely drawn to the performance and the song.

The Besnard Lakes are from Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Formed by husband and wife team of Jace Lasek and Olga Goreas, and have released three albums, but you could’ve found that out exactly where I did. Describing the band’s sound is more difficult that finding statistics on the internet. It’s been described as indie rock (a term that I’m hoping to shed ever using again to describe a band as it’s lost all meaning), as well as shoegaze and post rock.  There’s a soothing atmospheric charm, albeit a bit dark and sometime ominous, layered in rich driving guitars with a swagger of mystery. It definitely stands out from much of the hype driven dribble that finds popularity entirely too quick and lacking any sense of reason why.

The Besnard Lakes are a rock band, much like many a rock band before them, a perfect reason to slip on the headphones and allow yourself to be carried away for 46.5 minutes dancing along the edge of post rock, modern psychedelia.

I highly recommend the recent 2010 release The Besnard Lakes Are the Roaring Night and the band will have a film score for the upcoming Sympathy for Delicious.

MP3> The Besnard Lakes ‘Albatross’

You can check out the band’s television performance that caught my attention HERE.

And you check them live around these parts.. Read more

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