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LCD Soundsystem @ Sasquatch Festival 2010 (more by Chris Graham)
LCD Soundsystem

LCD Soundsystem still don't have any NYC dates coming up (maybe they're holding out for a big announcement?), but they will be in the area (if you're willing to drive to take a bus/train/plane). The band is spending the rest of August and part of September in Europe before returning to the US for a September 24th show at Naval Cruise Terminal at the Philadelphia Naval Yard. The lineup also includes Sleigh Bells (who just played Governors Isle) and DJs brought by the Making Time party (who are co-presenting it). Tickets are on sale.

LCD and Sleigh Bells play the Virgin Mobile FreeFest the next night (9/25) at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland, and other dates. They're all listed below.

Shows after that include an October 1st show at Hamilton College in Clinton, NY (not sure if it's open to the public) and more across the country, before a return to the UK in November. The first leg of those US dates is with Sleigh Bells, the second is with Hot Chip, who play Central Park SummerStage tonight (8/4) with Hercules & Love Affair and Holy Ghost.

Speaking of Making Time, they'll be hosting a repeat of their 2009 pool party (at an actual pool) at the Flying W Airport and Resort in Medford, NJ on Sunday, August 15th. Deerhunter will again play with DJs, swimming, etc. Tickets are on sale. Deerhunter play a free NYC show at Pier 54 on August 12th.

LCD videos and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "LCD Soundystem playing shows w/ Hot Chip, Sleigh Bells & at a Philly Naval Yard (dates)"

Tickets for an August 14th Paul McCartney show at the Wachovia Center sold out when they went on sale this morning. Tickets are on sale now for a show happening at the same venue the next day.

Glass Candy
Glass Candy

If there's such a thing as an earthy disco queen, it's Ida No.

The silken-voiced singer for cosmic beat-pumping duo Glass Candy isn't as urbane as you might expect. In fact, many of her lyrics, melodies and themes are inspired by hikes in the lush tree-lined hills that surround her Portland home.

"I go on really long walks and won't come back for four hours," says No. "I'll go for a walk and a theme will come up or I'll get overcome by a feeling."

She then conveys these vocal lines to long-time musical partner Johnny Jewel, who writes and composes Glass Candy's analog-synth-based jams. These writing sessions have become a long-distance affair of late. Jewel recently relocated to Montreal to be with his romantic interest. [Now Magazine]

Glass Candy plays a NXNE show on Thursday, June 17th (tonight) with Trust at Wrongbar.

Glass Candy will be in NYC for a July 2nd show at Highline Ballroom with DJ Mike Simonetti (the head of Italians Do It Better, their record label) and Xeno & Oaklander. Tickets are on sale.

Two days after NYC, Glass Candy will join Sleigh Bells for an Independence Day show at Bamboo Bar in Philly. The "Making Time" party is part of Sleigh Bells' July tour that leads up their show at Governors Island with M.I.A.. Sleigh Bells also play the free Creators Project shindig on June 26th (which is now "sold out").

Tons of Glass Candy's electro-pop is streaming on their official Facebook. Videos and all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Glass Candy playing NXNE, NYC & July 4th in Philly w/ Sleigh Bells (who are also touring - dates)"

by BBG

Starkweather at ABC No Rio

This Is Hardcore Fest 2010 details are officially in the open, and the three day Philly festival will feature appearances from Sheer Terror, Ink & Dagger (with Geoff Rickly of Thursday filling in on vocals), Kid Dynamite, Cro-Mags, Nails, Ringworm, Starkweather, Trapped Under Ice, Seraphim, and many others. The full list is below. Tickets are on sale for the full weekend, or each individual day (Fri, Sat) though Sunday (with Kid Dynamite and Ink & Dagger) is sold out.

One of the This is Hardcore bands, Starkweather, played ABC No Rio on Saturday (May 29) with Rosetta and Shell Shock, one of TWO Rosetta shows for the weekend (the second was the BV/1000 Knives production with Ken Mode). I ducked out before the headliner Shell Shock, and missed a good portion of Rosetta's set due to beverage consumption across the street, but Starkweather were as good (better?) than I had remembered, playing a mix of metal and hardcore all anchored by vocalist weighty and powerful Rennie Resmini's voice. The band's material from their new LP This Sheltering Night sounded fantastic live as well (cop that). More pictures from their appearance are below.

Another This is Hardcore band, Seraphim, is also on board to play SATURDAY at Cake Shop alongside Altered State, Voyager, and Monolith as part of a BV/1000 Knives/Science of Silence production. The show kicks off at 5PM!

Some pics and video of Starkweather at ABC No Rio, and the full This is Hardcore fest lineup are below...

Continue reading "Starkweather played ABC No Rio (pics), playing 3-day This is Hardcore Fest in Philly w/ Kid Dynamite & many others"

My Morning Jacket

As previously mentioned, My Morning Jacket landed some opening slots on the current Tom Petty tour including August 24th in NJ (though not MSG). Tickets for the tour are currently on sale (some with no service fee).

My Morning Jacket now has new dates that include Canandaigua, NY (outside Rochester) on August 28th (tickets on sale Friday at noon) and Philly on August 29th. On those headlining dates "the guys will be donating $1 from each ticket to a local charity." All dates and the list of charities are below.

Before those, Jim James will be a part of the Appalachain Voices tour with Ben Sollee and Daniel Martin Moore in July. That includes a July 30th show at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets are on sale Friday.

You can also catch Yim Yames on May 26th performing with John Prine on Letterman. MMJ is among those who contributed to a new Prine tribute album entitled Broken Hearts & Dirty Windows: Songs of John Prine. Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and Gayngs, Deer Tick, Josh Ritter, Conor Oberst, Drive By Truckers, Those Darlins and others have tracks on the CD too.

The full tribute tracklist, a video of J Vernon covering Prine at the Haiti benefit @ MHOW, and all MMJ tour dates, below...

Continue reading "My Morning Jacket announce more tour dates, contribute to John Prine tribute CD"

Murphy's Law @ the Khyber in Philly (via)
Murphys Law

Three men who showed up in full Nazi regalia to a hardcore punk show at an Old City [Philadelphia] bar Friday night were attacked by as many as 50 people on the streets after leaving the venue, according to witnesses and club management.

The headlining band at the Khyber that night was Murphy's Law, led by front man Jimmy G, who formerly went by the moniker Jimmy Gestapo.

In an e-mail to the Daily News, Jimmy G confirmed that some guys had showed up to the concert in "full Nazi field dress."

"And they did get their asses kicked," he wrote. "Again."

Khyber owner Stephen Simons, who was not at the show, said he had been told that the crowd inside "largely ignored and mocked" the three men. But after they exited the club, on 2nd Street near Chestnut, they were attacked by a group of up to 50 people, he said. "I guess being on 2nd Street in SS uniforms on a Friday night is a way to incite a semi-riot," Simons said. [Philadelphia Daily News] (via)

Philebrity points out that there was "a gay-themed DJ night" going on upstairs at the same club too. Awesome.

Murphy's Law will celebrate Jimmy Gestapo's birthday once again on a Rocks Off Concert Cruse this year. Tickets for the August 12th NYC boat show are on sale.

No pictures of the actual incident, but one night after Philly, the band played at Ralph's Diner in Worcester, Mass. Jimmy discussed the incident on stage. And though some people are saying maybe the nazis didn't get beat up, Jimmy says they were bloody (and that he warned them). Video of that below...

Continue reading "nazis (may have) got their asses kicked @ a Philly Murphy's Law show"

The Feelies @ ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)

In what is now becoming somewhat of a tradition, the reunited Feelies will return to Maxwell's in Hoboken this July for three shows in a row over Independence Day weekend. Tickets for the July 2nd, 3rd & 4th shows are on sale... at Ticketfly (as are all shows at Maxwell's from July on) (April-June shows can still be found at Ticketweb).

The Feelies are also playing one other show, much sooner. Tickets are on sale for a Saturday, April 17th gig at World Cafe Live in Philly. All of those dates again, and a video, below...

Continue reading "The Feelies playing Philly & three more July 4th weekend shows at Maxwell's (who are now using Ticketfly) "

Faith No More @ the Warfield (Dina Marie)
Faith No More

"Faith No More really kicked ass tonite at their first hometown show in many years....Neil Hamburger killed as MC and the ladies (and gents!) of Trannyshack put on a bloody good show too!" [Dina Marie]
Faith No More played their first U.S. reunion show last night (4/12). The show was also their first of three nights in a row at the Warfield Theatre in their hometown of San Francisco. A video, the poster and the setlist is below.

Mike Patton & band (that doesn't include Jim Martin) also revealed more shows, in part via a t-shirt at the show (pictured below). In addition to the previously announced (sold out) July 5th show at Williamsburg Waterfront in Brooklyn, the band will play a show at the same venue three days earlier (Friday, July 2nd), and a show at The Mann Center in Philadelphia one day after that. Tickets for the new Brooklyn show go on sale Friday (4/16) at noon.

All together that makes seven upcoming U.S. dates - the three in SF, two in NYC, one in Philly and this weekend at Coachella. The t-shirt seems to imply there won't be any other dates in 2010. Maybe they'll do a bigger tour later in the year or in 2011? The "Second Coming" dates and other stuff below...

Continue reading "Faith no More played the Warfield (setlist), added a Philly show & a 2nd Brooklyn one @ Williamsburg Waterfront (dates)"


As one of the self-proclaimed pioneers of stage-diving, Fishbone front man Angelo "Dr. Madd Vibe" Moore has been perfecting his form for more than 25 years.

But his diving produced an unwilling ripple in his human sea while the band performed last month at the World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St.

On Friday, a woman who was at that show filed a lawsuit against Moore, charging that he broke her collarbone when he launched off the stage onto the outstretched hands of the audience. Kimberly Myers, 42, of Voorhees, N.J., claims in the suit that she attended Fishbone's Feb. 23 show at the World Cafe's downstairs stage and that "without any warning," Moore dived off the stage and into the audience near where she was standing.

The suit claims that she also suffered a fractured skull, perforated eardrum and hearing loss and that she had to be taken from the venue by an ambulance. [Philly Daily News]

The Roots Picnic 2009 (more by Tim Griffin)
The Roots

As Pitchfork reported, The Roots Picnic will be happening again this year at Philadelphia's Festival Pier on Penn's Landing, on Saturday, June 5th. ?uestlove announced part of the lineup via a Twitvideo (which you can see below), and it includes of Mayer Hawthorne, Clipse, the Very Best, Neka, Tune-Yards (a recent Questlove favorite), Das Racist, Bajah & the Dry Eye Crew, Pattern Is Movement, headliner Vampire Weekend and The Roots (with two side-projects, Black Thought's Money Making Jam Boys and ?uestlove with DJ Jazzy Jeff). He also says that the fest will be reuniting a certain black hat/gold chain (and it could be assumed, Adidas)-wearing hip-hop crew.

Tickets go on sale Friday, March 5th at 10am.

Mayer Hawthorne headlines Webster Hall Thursday night (3/4).

Picture sets from last year's Picnic are here. Pictures from a 2009 show at Brooklyn Bowl that featured more than a few of the members of this year's lineup are here. See ?uestlove's video for yourself (where he also announces that it's the Roots' one year anniversary on Fallon - congrats!) below...

Continue reading "The Roots Picnic - 2010 date & initial lineup (Vampire Weekend, Clipse, The Very Best, Tune-Yards, Run DMC?)"

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Local Natives (photo by: Gareth Jackson)
Local Natives

L.A.'s Local Natives, whose new album "Gorilla Manor" is out in the US now (via Frenchkiss), have sold out to their May 6th headlining show at Bowery Ballroom so they added a second NYC show for the next night, May 7th, at Bowery Ballroom. Tickets go on sale Tuesday at noon.

Those dates are part of a larger tour across North America for the band. To schedule that extra show though, they had to cancel their previously planned Philly show, BUT they'll still play a free afternoon show in Philly on the same day (5/7) (and just as many people can fit).

Even sooner, Local Natives will be at this year's SXSW in Austin. Two of their shows will be with Suckers at Galaxy Room: the showcase for their label Frenchkiss/Mom+Pop Records on March 19th (with Les Savy Fav, Antlers, Freelance Whales & more), and the free BrooklynVegan/M For Montreal Saturday day show on March 20th (where they'll also play with Roky Erickson backed by Okkervil River, Andrew WK & more TBA).

All tour dates and some videos are below...

Continue reading "Local Natives add a 2nd NYC show, a free Philly show & a free BV SXSW day party - updated 2010 tour dates"

The Twist"The main casualties of the fire were memorabilia and merchandise to be sold in the PIR retail store on the ground floor of the building where Chubby Checker recorded "The Twist," when it housed the Cameo Parkway record label. That was before Gamble, Huff, and Bell bought the building in 1970. The building suffered structural and water damage, and about 40 gold records were harmed, as were irreplaceable photos, said Gamble's nephew Chuck Gamble, PIR's executive vice president, who estimated the damage "in the millions."" [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Liam Wilson playing w/ Frodus @ DBA (more by Ryan Muir)

we asked lots of people to make lists. this is what Liam sent in...

Liam Wilson's Favorite Things About Philly
1. All things Macabre at the Mutter Museum
2. The Mint and Cucumber soup at Horizons
3. Weekend Brunch at Mi Lah
4. Fairmount Park
5. The Smoked Coconut at Memphis Tap Room
6. Yoga at the Bikram College Of India
7. Jazz at Ortleibs
8. Iced Coffee from Ray's in China Town
9. Hot Pretzels from the Pretzel Factory at Midnight
10. The Wannamaker Organ at Macy's Department Store


Dillinger Escape Plan open for Gogol Bordello at Webster Hall tonight (12/29), and then play with Glassjaw & Thursday at Starland Ballroom on Wednesday (12/30).

They debuted a new song on Sirius-XM on Christmas Eve. Listen below...

Continue reading "new Dillinger Escape Plan song streaming, Liam Wilson lists his favorite things about Philadelphia"

photos by Tim Griffin

TV on the Radio

Happy Holidays! I take on more than I can handle. That results in a lot of unposted content. In the name of catching up, while also taking it easy during this final week of the year, here's some of that lost material.

TV on the Radio played the 2009 Roots Picnic in Philly in June Pictures from their set are continued below...

Continue reading "TV on the Radio @ the 2009 Roots Picnic in Philly - pics "

Kill Hannah

Chicago's nu romantics KILL HANNAH woke up on the eve of wrapping their fall tour with Jet, Papa Roach and Morningwood to a find their 15-passenger van and 14-foot trailer stolen. Taken between 4am and 11am today, Wednesday, November 11 from the front of the Holiday Inn on 900 Packer Ave, Philadelphia, PA-the same location that rock trio Mae had their van stolen from just a week earlier-the band lost over $120,000 in gear and merchandise, including one-of-a-kind vintage custom guitars and vintage custom effects. The theft comes just over a year after a devastating fire in Europe destroyed everything on the band's bus.

Lead singer Mat Devine says, "We're devastated and speechless. We've been touring so hard around the world for the past seven years and this is the most evil thing we've witnessed. Special Crimes say this was a coordinated heist."

The band regretfully has to cancel their remaining tour dates, scheduled for the Electric Factory in Philadelphia [Wednesday] and the Nokia Theatre in New York City [tonight]. Their seventh annual "New Heart For Xmas" weekend of shows and events are still scheduled in Chicago on December 18 at Reggie's Rock House and December 19 at Metro.

Police believe the perp may not be a fan of emo. Seriously though, that sucks. List of stolen gear below...

Continue reading "another band's van was stolen in Philly (same spot as Mae) (band cancels dates on best tour ever)"

Kurt Vile on WFMU @ UCB - Oct 7, 2009 (notladj)
Kurt Vile

"Kurt opened the night with two solo numbers that haven't appeared on any record, to my knowledge. I recognized "Peeping Tomboy" from one of the Ray Concepcion videos from Kurt Vile's last Silent Barn show, which I've posted below. If I had any doubt that Kurt Vile has any more good material left in him after this new album, "Peeping Tomboy" puts my worries to rest. With the October 6th release of Childish Prodigy, it was no surprise that Kurt Vile and the Violators mostly performed songs from that album. However, he performed a couple of songs off Constant Hitmaker, and they were given the Violators treatment. Of course, KV and the Violators tackled "Freeway," the song that Kurt once referred to as their Billboard chart hit, "right above 'Like a Rolling Stone.'" By far, the live version of "Freeway" is my favorite, mostly due to J Turbo's added harmonica part. No "My Sympathy" this night, but Kurt said he would definitely play it at his next NYC show. I will be there." [LAMIMAB]
That review of from Kurt Vile's show at Mercury Lounge last night (10/7). A few hours earlier he played a set at UCB that was aired live on WFMU (that's where the picture was taken).

Kurt Vile and the Violators are now on tour, but they'll be back soon. They were just added as opener on the November 18th Big Star show at Brooklyn Masonic Temple. Some tickets are still available.

A bunch of videos below...

Continue reading "Kurt Vile played UCB & Mercury Lounge, opening for Big Star"

photos by Greg Cristman


"What do you get when you take one very influential German band, about 60 people, three amps, half a drum set, two Fender guitars, a small accordion, an upright vacuum, a ukulele, trumpets, trombones, a full size synthesizer, tambourines and chairs? It's not the easiest thing to put your finger on, but the Faust workshop [the other] night at the International House wasn't your average musical performance" [Phrequency]
Faust performed twice in Philly this week. The second show was a standard performance, like what they did last night at Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn. The first was one of their workshops. That's where the set of pictures in this post were taken. Pics from the Brooklyn show are coming soon. All Faust dates HERE.

The Brooklyn show was also the first night of the three-day WFMU festival that continues tonight (10/2) with Pissed Jeans, TV Ghost, VeeDee, and Guinea Worms. Saturday is Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, Sightings, Drunkdriver, and Talk Normal.

More pictures from the Philly workshop below...

Continue reading "Faust played Brooklyn & Philly (pics) -- WFMU Fest continues "

"The management of the Flying W have decided that our radness is just too much for their family establishment..."

members of !!! take a dip...

!!! embark today (September 3rd) on a short East Coast tour, dates below. The band will stop this Friday at Terminal 5 for the first night of Warp20 with Battles, Flying Lotus and Pivot. Tickets are still on sale.

Two days later, on September 6th, !!! will play Jersey/Philly's final Making Time Pool Party of the summer (remember, the Dan Deacon/No Age/Deerhunter pool party with an actual pool?). Plans for the Making Time party have been shuffled a bit after the Flying W Pool and Resort dropped out as the venue. The September 6th show will be happening, but not there - not even in Jersey. Instead, Bamboo Bar in Philadelphia (which has a pool of its own) will host the event. Also in house will be resident DJs Dave P, Mike Z and many others.

Check out a video put together for the event, the flyer, the story behind the gig and all !!! tour dates, below...

Continue reading "!!! on tour (dates) --- Terminal 5 Friday (Warp20NYC), Making Time Pool Party Sunday (but not @ the Flying W anymore) "

Joe Jack Talcum
Jack Talcum

Dead Milkmen guitarist Joe Jack Talcum sets off today (9/1) on a two week solo tour. The tour visits NYC this Friday, September 4th for a show at Cake Shop with Samuel Locke-Ward vs. Darren Brown and The Bassturd.

On September 2nd, Joe shares a bill with another punk rocker turned solo artist, Kevin Seconds, at Asbury Lanes in Asbury Park, NJ (tix). That show is just one date on Kevin's own tour that he's been on since his band 7 Seconds played a couple of shows with the Bouncing Souls at Webster Hall and The Troc. Kevin plays Union Hall in Brooklyn on September 3rd (tix).

Speaking of The Troc, Joe Talcum will also be playing with the Dead Milkmen this fall for a limited set of shows. They play two nights at Riot Fest in Chicago on October 9th and 10th, and then a special hometown show at The Troc in Philly on October 31st. Tickets for the Halloween gig are on sale now.

Speaking of Riot Fest, 7 Seconds (and some other bands) have been added to the previously announced bill (which already included Dead Milkmen). Full lineup and schedule HERE.

Dead Milkmen played Fun Fun Fun Fest in Austin in 2008. 7 Seconds are playing that fest in 2009.

Videos of Joe Jack with the Brooklyn What at Fontana's earlier this year, with all of his tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Dead Milkmen playing Philly on Halloween, Joe Jack Talcum touring, playing Asbury Lanes (w/ Kevin Seconds), Cake Shop"

photos by Tim Griffin

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog has signed to Anti-Records (home of Os Mutantes), which will release the band's fifth record in early 2010. What does Dr. Dog guitarist-vocalist Scott McMicken have to say about that?

"Each album we've made was the best one we could have made at the time and I don't have any regrets," McMicken says. "But something has changed. We've never really recorded as a band before. We started as a recording project but over the years we've become a real band. We tour all the time and we have this certain place we fall into. And I think we're ready to use that as a reference point now"
This fall Dr. Dog will go on an extensive North American tour, with a select number of dates opened by NYC's own Jeffrey Lewis. No NYC dates yet though, but there are two in the band's hometown of Philly, and one pre-tour gig in Bethlehem, PA.

Bethlehem Musikfest is a music festival that runs from July 31st to August 9th and consists of more than 300 performances, most of which are free (Dr. Dog on August 3rd included). Pay shows at the fest include a stop on the Pat Benatar/Blondie/The Donnas tour (which has a free Coney Island show on August 13th) and a show with the B-52s (also playing NYC) and Joan Jett & The Blackhearts.

Dr. Dog's last NYC show was also a free one. It took place at the Prospect Park Bandshell in Brooklyn. We already posted a set of pictures from it. Now here's another one, along with the full lineup for the Bethlehem Musikfest and all tour dates, below...

Continue reading "Dr. Dog sign to Anti, playing Bethlehem Musikfest (lineup) & other places - 2009 tour dates & more Prospect Park pics "

Flying W Airport & Pool in Medford, NJ
Flying W Pool Party

We previously mentioned the two "pool party" stops on the upcoming No Age/Dan Deacon/Deerhunter tour. One will be at the Williamsburg Waterfront on August 2nd. The second will be in Medford, NJ, at a place called the Flying W Airport & Resort on August 1st. Tickets for that show are on sale.

Unlike the "pool parties" last summer at McCarren, or the ones this summer at the Williamsburg Waterfront, it looks like the Flying W party, located not far from Philadelphia (R5 is co-promoting), will actually involve a pool (that has water in it) (and that is shaped like an airplane) (see above).

And that's not the only "Flying W Pool Party" at the resort this summer. The spot is also hosting at least three more events, the first of which is an edition of Making Time with a whole host of DJs including Dave P, listed below. That'll happen this Saturday, June 27th. Tickets are on sale. The other two currently scheduled gigs at Flying W are another Making Time on September 5th, and "TBA" on September 19th.

Full lineup for the June event, with a flyer and more details, below...

Continue reading "Flying W Pool Parties in Medford, NJ - Making Time Saturday"

photos by Tim Griffin

The Roots

Philadelphia's City Hall just announced that the Roots are playing the Fourth of July! The hometown band has been added to the bill with Sheryl Crow for the city's massive free concert on the Ben Franklin Parkway, Saturday, July 4th, beginning 8:30 p.m. It's the largest free concert in the country. The Roots play first; then Sheryl Crow for Philadelphia's "Life, Liberty & You" concert. A huge fireworks show will follow the concert.
That'll be the second big outdoor Philly show this year for the Roots -- the band hosted the Roots Picnic on June 6th at the city's Penn's Landing. That daylong fest included a headlining set by Public Enemy (with the Roots and Antibalas guesting). It wasn't their only performance of the night...
The Roots opened the entire concert with a mini-set. How sick are these dudes that they even open up for... THEMSELVES?!?

The Roots picnic is a tremendous bellwether for so many things. Asher Roth, Kid Cudi, and Santigold are that next-next shit. I think all three of them will be in the business of making music for a good long time.

The Roots picnic also gave me a chance to see Philadelphia again in a new and different light. That city is once again rebuilding itself with a signature sound played by musicians who have dedicated their lives to their craft. [XXL]

The band shows no signs of slowing down this summer and beyond. They continue to impress as the house band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, often collaborating with the show's musical guests. Their Highline Ballroom residency has been extended into November. And they're scheduled to be at most of the Rock the Bells shows, including stops Chicago, Baltimore, Boston, L.A., San Francisco and NY's Jones Beach Theater.

More pictures from the Roots Picnic & all tour dates are below...

Continue reading "The Roots - free 4th of July show in Philly, more Highline shows, Rock the Bells (all dates) & the Roots Picnic (pics) "

photos by Tim Griffin

Public Enemy
Public Enemy

"The marquee event [at this year's Roots Picnic - June 6, 2009 in Philly] was Public Enemy's performance of their epochal 1988 album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, performed for only the third - and, they have said, the last - time on American soil, and the first time with a band.

Public Enemy's Chuck D famously called rap music African Americans' CNN, an analogy that bodes ill for the exhumation of a 20-year-old album. But fueled by an expanded Roots lineup that included a horn section from the Brooklyn-based Afrobeat orchestra Antibalas, Nation sounded like anything but old news. Chuck D's stentorian voice has lost none of its power to command, and Flavor Flav washed away years of reality-TV embarrassment, seeming more like a sharp-witted jester than a fool.

Rather than approximating Nation's sonic thicket, the Roots added melody and depth. The prison-riot saga "Black Steel in the Hour of Chaos" gained a funk guitar riff and blaring horns, with ?uestlove's snare hits ringing out like rifle shots.
[Philadelpha Inquirer]

The also performed the album at the 2008 Pitchfork Festival. More pictures from Saturday's show, below...

Continue reading "Public Enemy performed 'It Takes a Million' w/ Antibalas & The Roots @ the Roots Picnic in Philly - pics"

Sing Along Forever

The previously mentioned Bouncing Souls / 7 Seconds shows have officially appeared and also include Lifetime, Tim Barry (of Avail), and None More Black (ex-Kid Dynamite) and are now (mostly) on band pre-sale. The lineups look like this:

8/20 - The Bouncing Souls, Lifetime & None More Black @ Webster Hall
8/21 - The Bouncing Souls, 7Seconds & Tim Barry @ Webster Hall
8/22 - The Bouncing Souls, 7Seconds, None More Black @ The Trocadero
8/23 - The Bouncing Souls, Lifetime, Tim Barry @ the Trocadero

Tickets for both NYC shows go on AmEx presale on Wednesday at noon. Tickets for all four shows go on regular sale Friday at noon. More Bouncing Souls dates HERE.

Continue reading "Bouncing Souls, 7 Seconds, Lifetime, Tim Barry & None More Black - 2 shows in NYC & 2 in Philly (presale now) "

by Black Bubblegum

Thank god for wireless! Ben Weinman of DEP in the Photo Pit (more by Lori Baily)

The Dillinger Escape Plan have added a show at The Barbary in Philadelphia, a venue that holds "less than 100 people". Why you ask? Presumably to work out the kinks with their new drummer Billy Rymer. Here are the deets for all the Philly headz:

HOLY SMALL INTIMATE SHOW!... these guys will debut their new drummer as well as some new songs.
The smallest Dillinger show ever in Philly (even those Stalag shows were bigger than this). So get your ticket like right this second cause it's going to be sold out in like 3 hours.
The dates is February 5th and tickets are still available (thx Hiro).

The Dillinger Escape Plan are working on new material to follow up the critically acclaimed Ire Works. They have "loosely set aside" June & July for recording.