Posted in music | tour dates on March 29, 2011

"Can't believe Cedric did the whole Omar set." - Brendan Hubbard

"Holy shit cedric is at the show...
playing new mars volta music.... best day ever." - Jim Kettler

"Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group turned out to basically be Mars Volta. Cedric cut all his hair off. Still has the slick foot moves though." - Joey

omar and Cedric

Times Square: You're playing the Highline Ballroom on the 29th in NYC. What are your thoughts on the city and its music scene?

Omar Rodriguez Lopez: New York's cultural diversity speaks for itself. There's so much to check out. If you walk down the street you'll hear a different language or dialect on almost every city corner. The music obviously mirrors that diversity....

Times Square: Your music comes off as quite complex. In light of the fact that you aren't formally trained, how do you write music and then communicate it to your band?

Omar:Writing just happens. It ends up being intuitive. It's just documenting internal monologue. As far as communicating music to my band goes, I'll either give them recordings, show them their parts with my guitar, or just sing to them.... We'll practice a few times before a tour. Then I'll show them new material that we'll insert into the show the day of the concert. Fans often mistake the new material for improvisation because they don't recognize it.

Omar Rodriguez-Lopez has been inserting new material into his recent sets, but not just solo stuff. His other half in The Mars Volta, Cedric Bixler-Zavala, has been out on the road with the Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Group, and they've been performing new Mars Volta material, as you can partially see in a series of videos below.

The tour hits Highline Ballroom in NYC TONIGHT (3/29). Advanced tickets are now sold out, but the venue says "LIMITED TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE DOOR AT SHOWTIME."

UPDATE: a few more tickets will also be online around 4:30pmEST.

All tour dates and those videos are below.

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SXSW 2011 - The Mars Volta

Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group @ SXSW 2011

Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group in Houston


Omar Rodriguez Lopez Group in New Orleans

THE OMAR RODRIGUEZ-LOPEZ GROUP - 2011 TOUR DATES
Tuesday, March 29, 2011 Highline Ballroom, New York, NY
Wednesday, March 30, 2011 Middle East, Cambridge, MA
Thursday, March 31, 2011 The Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY 14203
Friday, April 1, 2011 Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights, OH
Saturday, April 2, 2011 Southgate House, Newport, KY 41071
Sunday, April 3, 2011 Bottom Lounge, Chicago, IL
Sunday, April 10, 2011 Vive Latino @ Vive Latino, Mexico City, MEX
Tuesday, April 12, 2011 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA 94109
Friday, April 15, 2011 Coachella @ Coachella Indio, CA
Thursday, April 28, 2011 South Side Music Hall Dallas, TX
Friday, April 29, 2011 Austin PyschFest @ Seaholm West Power Plant Austin, TX 78701
Saturday, April 30, 2011 Neon Desert Music Festival @ Downtown El Paso El Paso, TX

THE MARS VOLTA - 2011 TOUR DATES
Fri, 07/01/2011 Hove Festival Tromøya, Arendal Norway
Wed, 07/06/2011 A2 Concert Hall Moscow Russia
Fri, 07/08/2011 Bilbao BBK Live Bilbao Spain
Sat, 07/09/2011 UK Sonisphere Knebworth United Kingdom
Sat, 08/13/2011 Summer Sonic Osaka and Tokyo Japan
Sun, 08/14/2011 Summer Sonic Osaka and Tokyo Japan

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Comments (43)

New TMV album please :D

Posted by Sanskar | March 29, 2011 3:50 PM

No, not another Mars Volta record. The first one was decent, then they went downhill. Just do a cash cow ATDI reunion - you know you want that instead.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 3:53 PM

Dudes need to eat a sandwich.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 3:54 PM

dudes need to hang out with James Murphy. he knows how to eat, and they could gain some weight.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 3:58 PM

Don't believe the hype...ATDI isn't going to happen. All you new jacks who missed it, will have to live without. All those haters - Stop being internet bitches and start your own bands..if you could do better, go ahead...mom and dad could bank roll your asses.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 4:16 PM

@4:16 has anger issues. And yes, ATDI will happen. Those dudes will need drug money soon...

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 4:26 PM

@4:16 is the first hip-hop commentator i've seen with a take on ATDI! 'new jacks' 'haters' 'bitches' 'your asses' WOW! Word up, man!

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 4:31 PM

^zing

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 4:33 PM

ATDI Coachella 2012

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 4:35 PM

Bloody Loco, remember that name....write that sh*t down, A-SAP!

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 4:37 PM

ATDI comin' atcho'azzzzz muthafuckaaaaaaaa! Peace!

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 4:37 PM

heard tonight's show at highline is actually going to be an ATDI reunion show.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 4:49 PM

Is it confirmed that cedric is playing every show? Or possibly just a couple of them?

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 4:52 PM

ha- Highline Ballroom. Just HA! That's all.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 4:56 PM

Wow, and I thought Régine from Arcade Fire had bad hair (snap, snap)

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 4:57 PM

I prefer Sparta and other Jim Ward stuff. That's just me.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 5:04 PM

boring

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 5:05 PM

Sparta? you nuts...go back to your job organizing the card catalog at the library or sucking farts out of the MTA bus seat cushions

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 5:17 PM

can someone please tell me what a ATDI is?

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 5:19 PM

Yo, das sum fucked up hair, son!
DAMN!

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 5:20 PM

thanks so much BV - I always put off these Omar solo shows - but this sealed the deal for me.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 5:24 PM

These guys will not even have 15 fame filled minutes

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 5:24 PM

Whoa 517. I'm actually a writer at an ad agency. Sparta is great. The Jim Ward solo albums are awesome. Just don't care for the other half of the ATDI split. You don't have to be an asshole about it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 5:24 PM

total conviction. These are the people pushing music forward for the right reasons, chasing the dream. maybe one day you'll get it.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 5:35 PM

sir or madam,

How would your ad agency like it if you used "a**shole in your ad copy?" So very unprofessional of you. On the other hand, I suspect the MTA might be your client.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 5:50 PM

Wow, that faggot is wearing the tightest pants I've ever seen.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 5:57 PM

Sorry *those faggots.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 5:57 PM

^^ I have no horse in this race, but this post seems a bit pedantic to me, as an objective observer. I think that you are just looking for controversy, and if I was the ad copywriter I would totally dismiss you from here forward. for shame!

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 5:57 PM

As the ^^ squared, I don't know what pedantic means.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 6:19 PM

2012 is cool.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 6:35 PM

Pitchfork ruined music. amen.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 6:44 PM

@6:19, I got this new thing that is really pretty cool, and it makes quick work of such queries ... here is the link, no charge!
http://www.google.com

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 7:42 PM

@5:24 - Poor chap. Must be new here on the board...

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 8:11 PM

was this a sxsw post? wtf?

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 8:45 PM

let's either close the comments or require a username to post... people take advantage of their anonymity around here... takes away from the good good job the purveyors of this blog in covering a broad spectrum of music... musical discourse has always been positive for me-- until I came across this blog. I'll prob just stop reading this nonsense... but the blog itself is well done.

Posted by Perry | March 29, 2011 9:44 PM

let's do this - if you want to be un-anonymous, post your name AND VALID EMAIL ADDRESS. Otherwise, STFU you hypocrite stooge.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 10:12 PM

Perry (@9:44) only blows men that give their first name beforehand. If you want to be anonymous, look for pleasure elsewhere!
B'bye, Perry. we hardly knew ya ...

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 10:17 PM

was that necessary?... fucking faggots...

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 10:24 PM

Hey hey hey! None of that, now! If you have names to call, remember to put your name and valid email address in the comment box. It's fast and easy. Let's do it for Perry!

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 11:10 PM

just got back to bk from the show. it was actually really good. the first 20 minutes of the show were better than anything on the last 3 volta records. d'antoni is unbelievable.

Posted by Anonymous | March 29, 2011 11:42 PM

when does daft punk come on?

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 5:06 AM

D IS THE MAN

Posted by Anonymous | March 30, 2011 9:16 AM

Where's Perry?

Posted by Phineas and Ferb | March 30, 2011 11:00 AM

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