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Sunday’s Best: Pearl Jam

posted January 22, 2012, 5:28 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Sunday's Best | comment 5 Comments

Tags: Pearl Jam, Twenty

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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Previous polls can be found below:

A Tribe Called Quest
The Mars Volta
TV on the Radio
Brand New
Pink Floyd
The Roots
Led Zeppelin

Artist Update: St. Vincent

posted January 22, 2012, 2:16 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Cruel

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
04-14 Indio, CA – Coachella Read more

Artist Update: Florence + The Machine

posted January 21, 2012, 11:02 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Ceremonials, Florence + The Machine

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

Video Of The Week: The Internet “Fastlane”

posted January 20, 2012, 4:12 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Video | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: The Internet, odd future wolfgang, ofwgkta, odd future, Fastlane, gangwolf

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.”

Decibel Magazine Tour

posted January 20, 2012, 9:03 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Decibel Magazine Tour, Watain, In Solitude, Behemoth

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,, 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!”

“Part of Decibel’s mission is to push Read more

Artist Update: School of Seven Bells

posted January 19, 2012, 2:18 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Releases, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: GHOSTORY, School Of Seven Bells, Rewards, Exitmusic

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.

Tour 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

Fela! World Tour

posted January 19, 2012, 10:15 am by Carina | Filed Under Music News | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Will Smith, Jay Z, FELA!, Questlove

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!

35 Denton Fest

posted January 19, 2012, 8:45 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, Festivals, General Interest, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: festivals, 35 Denton

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
Best Coast
The Jesus And Mary Chain
The Raincoats
Atlas Sound
Bun B
Mountain Goats
Thee Oh Sees
Light Asylum
Peaking Lights


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Artist Update: Sublime With Rome

posted January 19, 2012, 7:57 am by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Sublime With Rome, Everlast, Yours Truly

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.

Artist Update: Young The Giant

posted January 18, 2012, 2:47 pm by Ben Oliver | Filed Under Editorial, General Interest, Music News, Tour | comment Leave a Comment

Tags: Young The Giant, Walk The Moon, Nick Tree, Mtv, MTVU, Woodies, Woodie Awards

mtvU is turning up the volume this February with the first ever Woodies Tour featuring Young the Giant with special guests Walk the Moon and MTV Hype artist Nick Tree. We’re hitting 5 cities across the country getting crowds pumped up for the biggest celebration in indie music – the 2012 mtvU Woodie Awards!

Confirmed dates and locations for mtvU’s “Woodies Tour” include:

February 23, 2012 Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL*
February 24, 2012 Madison Theater – Covington, KY*
February 25, 2012 Newport Music Hall – Columbus, OH*
February 26, 2012 Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH*
February 28, 2012 The Majestic – Detroit, MI*

The date and location of the “2012 mtvU Woodie Awards” will be announced soon. Read more

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