Review by special guest correspondent Angeleeta Sosnowski
You know a show will be good when you get a contact high in the parking lot. It will also have touches of irony that you’ll love, like the line for the men’s restroom being about 200 guys deep while the girls could walk and out in a matter of minutes. I must mention that I am a fan of Tool. However I have come in and out of their work over the years. I don’t have a poster on my wall or their complete song collection on my iPod. I do appreciate talented musicians with something to say, and Tool definitely falls into that category.
Tool is one of those bands that demands to been seen live at some point. Danny Carey on drums and Justin Chancellor on bass have developed the ability to make the incredibly challenging riffs in any Tool song seem effortless. And that teamwork was on brilliant display Saturday at the Verizon Theater in Grand Prarie. With no new music in sight, Saturday’s show was what many a fan desires: the best from past work without any new questionable material to have to wrap your head around. Maynard and the boys delivered early, with “Stinkfist” (complete with video) causing a massive roar and sing a long from the crowd early in the show. Sadly for me, this was as deep as Tool went into their catalog, so no “Sober” or “Prison Sex” live for the fans.
Many of high points of the show came from Tool’s most recent album, 2006’s 10,000 Days, with “The Pot” being my personal favorite. I’ve always enjoyed the sharp social commentary that Maynard’s lyrics hold which are perfect for so many situations. Plus nothing says awesome like the middle aged white guy from suburbia behind me screeching lyrics at the top of his lungs. The crowd was so into “Vicarious” off of the same record at one point you couldn’t hear anything but male fan voices belting out lyrics.
Tool were experts at building the energy throughout the show with it reaching its apex at during the encore. I have always been a huge fan of the song “Aenema“, so to see it live was a great moment for me. With the ‘what if’ that are floating around out there in pop culture about the year 2012, a song about change in its most visceral form is a perfect way to end the show. It was another moment where the crowd was almost as loud as the music supporting it as we chanted ‘learn to swim, learn to swim’ over and over. It’s been quite some time since I’ve been to such a powerful show where the entire crowd stood the entire time. Where you were dazzled by the musicianship on stage as well as the light show that accompanied it. As my friend said as we left, “that was fucking awesome.”
Back in the day, when this place was crawling with forums and chats about random acts of music, we used to poll ourselves to see which release by an artist not only set them atop of the industry but stapled them in as musical gods.
Our focus this week is the one and only Pearl Jam. What is the best Pearl Jam record of all time? Let us know your favorite by voting and leaving comments! Make sure to check out the new rockumentary Twenty, from Cameron Crowe, which was released in 2011.
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One of the best artists that I discovered last year was St. Vincent. The Dallas based musician will once again be touring in support of one of the best records of 2011, Cruel. And to make it even more attractive and entincing is that the incredible tUnE-yArDs will be along as the opening slot. Tour dates listed below:
02-21 Istanbul, Turkey – Salon IKSV
02-22 Rome, Italy – Lanificio 159
02-23 Bologna, Italy – Locomotiv
02-24 Milan, Italy – Tunnel
02-26 Paris, France – Alhambra
02-27 London, England – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
02-28 Brussels, Belgium – Botanique-Rotonde
02-29 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Melkweg
03-02 Porto, Portugal – Vodafone Mexe Festival
03-08 Perth, Australia – Rosemount Hotel
03-10 Brisbane, Australia – The Hi-Fi
03-12 Sydney, Australia – Factory Theater
03-14 Melbourne, Australia – The Hi-Fi
03-18 Auckland, New Zealand – The Kings Arms Tavern
03-19 Wellington, New Zealand – San Francisco Bath House
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Another day, another tour announcement! There was no doubt that Florence + The Machine would eventually be supporting their latest effort, Ceremonials. You can find all of the details below. The opening support act will be Devonté Hynes, known as Blood Orange. The artist has been on MTV, has written music for Florence, and will also be at this year’s SXSW.
Picture and video credit: Carina Contreras
* Saturday, April 14 Santa Barbara, Calif., Santa Barbara Bowl
* Sunday, April 15 Indio, Calif. Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
* Tuesday, April 17 Reno, Nev. Grand Sierra Resort
* Wednesday, April 18 Davis, Calif. Mondavi Center UC Davis
* Friday, April 20 Phoenix Comerica Theatre
* Saturday, April 21 Las Vegas The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
* Sunday, April 22 Indio, Calif. Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival
* Friday, April 27 Minneapolis State Theater
* Saturday, April 28 Milwaukee Eagles Ballroom
* Sunday, April 29 St. Louis Peabody Opera House
* Tuesday, May 1 Dallas Palladium Ballroom
* Wednesday, May 2 Houston Verizon Wireless Theatre
* Thursday, May 3 New Orleans Fair Grounds Race Course
* Tuesday, May 8 New York Radio City Music Hall
* Friday, May 11 Uncasville, Conn. Mohegan Sun Arena
* Saturday, May 12 Atlantic City, N.J. Borgata Event Center
Odd Future Wolfgang R&B friends The Internet have just debuted a brand new music video for their song “Fastlane“. It hasn’t even been out 24 hours yet and has already quickly gained nearly 12,000 views. Directed by Matt Alonzo, Concept by Matt Martin & Syd, Video Produced by Michael Busalacchi, Kelvin Craver & Tara Razavi (Modern Artists//Happy Place). The song itself sounds upbeat, cheery, and delightful. Of course you are in for nearly the exact opposite when watching the short film. Filled with dark imagery and violent displays of visceral intensity, it’s a haunting and superb story. The ending will remind reviewers of their 1st video, “Cocaine.”
Blackened clouds are gathering overhead, and it’s all our fault. North America’s premier heavy metal magazine is launching the maiden edition of its annual earth-scorching tour this April. The inaugural Decibel Magazine Tour will feature not just the long-awaited stateside return of Polish blackened death metal overlords Behemoth, but support from Swedish black metal provocateurs Watain, Dutch prog mystics the Devil’s Blood and Swedish old-school occultists In Solitude.
Beginning in April and laying waste through a gargantuan 26-date run, the Decibel Magazine Tour (presented by Metal Blade Records, IndieMerchStore.com, FYE, ESP Guitars and Good Fight Entertainment) not only offers four diverse European artists hand-picked by the magazine, but doubles as Behemoth’s first U.S. tour since vocalist/guitarist Adam “Nergal” Darski’s well-documented battle with—and triumph over—leukemia.
Gruesome visual evidence of this tour package is forthcoming: We went all the way to Sweden to capture the frontmen and women of all four bands for our special Decibel Magazine Tour cover story, streeting in April. “Considering the fact that we’ll be sharing the stage with the most evil and uncompromising bands around—Watain, the Devil’s Blood and In Solitude—this already makes it a legendary bill that you can’t miss out on!” promises Nergal. “Watch out. We won’t show up—we will ARRIVE with all the strength and might!”
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Brooklyn duo School of Seven Bells (Benjamin Curtis and Alejandra Deheza) have just announced a 25-date North American tour with stops spanning from Boston to Los Angeles in support of their upcoming new album ‘GHOSTORY‘, due out on February 28. See below for all dates.
02/28 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge *
03/01 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge #
04/04 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s *
04/05 – Washington, DC @ Black Cat *
04/06 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Tavern *
04/07 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl *
04/08 – Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree *
04/10 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Spanish Moon *
04/11 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s *
04/13 – Austin, TX @ The Mohawk *
04/14 – Fort Worth, TX @ Modern Art Museum *
04/15 – Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room *
04/16 – Denver, CO @ Larmier Lounge *
04/17 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court *
04/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex *
04/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop * Read more
Musical icons Nas, Prince, Stevie Wonder, Kanye West, Mos Def, Talib Kweli, Quincy Jones, LL Cool J, Ziggy Marley, and Smokey Robinson are just a few names who lend their support at FELA! Currently entertaining audiences in Los Angeles’ Ahmanson Theatre, FELA! is about the life and legacy of musical master Fela Anikulapo Kuti. It has already won 3 Tony Awards in 2011 (Best Choreography, Best Costumes, Best Sound) and is set to hit the road to a few cities throughout the US.
FELA! first opened in 2009 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre in New York City with Jay Z and Will & Jada Pinkett-Smith as Producers. Ahmir Questlove Thompson of The Roots acted as Associate Producer.
Tickets are On Sale Now for the following dates:
12/13/2011 – 1/22/2012: Los Angeles – Ahmanson Theater
1/26 – 1/29: Washington, DC – Warner Theatre
2/14 – 3/4: Detroit, MI – Detroit Music Hall
3/20 – 3/25: Philadelphia, PA – Kimmel Center
3/27 – 4/8: Chicago, IL – Oriental Theater
6/5 – 6/10: Houston, TX – Jones Hall
6/12 – 6/17: St. Paul, MN – Ordway Center
Check out the video below of Talib Kweli and Yasiin Bey (Mos Def) on stage with the cast of FELA!
Without doubt, the festival scene is alive and well. As you probably are well aware by now, Coachella actually scheduled the exact same line up for 2 weekends this year, and still sold both events out in record time. Not only are there large fests though, there are several dozen smaller fests. Since 2009, 35 Denton in Denton, TX has been growing. The first year had 124 bands and over 4,000 fans. Past artists have included The Flaming Lips, Big Boi, Neon Indian, Portugal.The Man, Health, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Dr. Dog, Sarah Jaffe, The Walkmen, and The Black Angels. This year, once again, they have a great line-up planned the week before SXSW:
Built to Spill
The Jesus And Mary Chain
Thee Oh Sees
After they play the Smokeout in San Bernardino, Sublime With Rome will be heading out on the road for a quick tour with Everlast. Check out the dates below and pick up your tickets starting this Friday.
3.04 Tucson, AZ @ Rialto Theatre
3.06 Colorado Springs, CO @ City Auditorium
3.07 Magna, UT @ The Great Saltair
3.08 Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theater
3.09 Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory
3.11 Stateline, NV @ MontBleu Casino Resort
3.12 Chico, CA @ The Senator Theatre
3.13 Fresno, CA @ Rainbow Ballroom
3.14 Bakersfield, CA @ The Dome
Even though rumors were flying in December the band were breaking up, it only amounted to rumors.