Entries tagged with: Rage Against the Machine
photos by Amanda Hatfield, words by Andrew Sacher
Hop Along / Radiator Hospital / Des Ark @ Bowery Ballroom - 12/12/15
Hop Along have had quite the year, getting a lot of love for the great album Painted Shut and playing to some of their biggest crowds ever. On Saturday night (12/12) in NYC they played to another big crowd, headlining a sold-out show at Bowery Ballroom, where they've played as an opener more than once. It was the first time I've seen them where the new songs actually got more applause than the old ones. "Tibetan Pop Stars" was a great moment as always, but it wasn't the climax of the set that it usually is. That probably would've been "Waitress" or "Sister Cities" at the Bowery show. Or maybe it was their awesome cover of Rage Against the Machine's "Bombtrack" (video below). My personal favorite song of the set was "Well-dressed." The way it moves from just Frances and a guitar to a full-band rager, and then brings in the falsetto "oohs," made for one the night's most uplifting moments.
Direct support came from Radiator Hospital, who are a great match for Hop Along. Both bands are from Philly, and both exist somewhere between indie rock, folk, pop and punk. Guitarist Cynthia Schemmer also said on stage that Frances from Hop Along and Aimée Argote from openers Des Ark were some of her early inspirations to play music. Rad Hos were great as always, maybe even a little better than I've seen them before. And we got a good setlist, with "Cut Your Bangs," "Our Song," and plenty more.
Des Ark, who also played Union Pool the next night (12/13), were on first and supporting their recently-released album Everything Dies. I'd never seen them before but they knocked me out right away. Aimée has a killer voice, she's a great performer, and she's got a knack for moving from super quiet folk songs to heavy distorted rock seamlessly.
Hop Along also just announced 2016 tour dates, including a few Frances Quinlan solo shows with Barry Johnson of Joyce Manor. All dates are listed, with more pictures, and the video of the "Bombtrack" cover, below...
words by Jeremy Nifras, photos by David James Swanson
Detroit-raised, Nashville-based guitarist, music enthusiast, vinyl fanatic and baseball star Jack White took the stage at MSG last night (1/30) for his first time headlining as a solo artist (The White Stripes headlined in 2007). He and his band did not disappoint the sold-out crowd, and he brought out a few surprises along the way.
The night began with rap duo Run the Jewels, who brought loads of fun, energy and hype to kickstart the show. Atlanta-based Killer Mike and NYC native El-P blazed though tracks such as "Oh My Darling Don't Cry", "Banana Clipper" and "Get It". Perhaps the biggest highlight was surprise guest Zack De La Rocha of Rage Against the Machine, who came on stage to perform his verse on the track "Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck)". Watch video of that below.
Shortly after, it was time for Jack White. Quickly bouncing and thrashing around the stage during older fan favorites such as "Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground", "Steady as She Goes" and "Hotel Yorba", he instantly reminded us how rich his 15-plus year history has been. Seven White Stripes songs made it into the setlist, including show-closer "Seven Nation Army". They played three by The Raconteurs.
Jack also performed songs from his two solo records, such as the fiery instrumental "High Ball Stepper", as well as the tender "Blunderbuss". And much to our surprise, it turned out Run the Jewels weren't the only rappers on stage for the evening. Hip hop icon and A Tribe Called Quest member Q-Tip (who last played MSG during the 'Yeezus' tour, the greatest show Jack's ever seen in his life) appeared to drop a few lines during "That Black Bat Licorice", as well as perform the first verse from the Tribe classic "Excursions" from their second LP The Low End Theory. Video of that can be watched below too.
This concert was also streamed online live though Pandora. If you missed it, you can still listen to the loop through Monday (2/2). Starting Tuesday (2/3), the show will be available to stream by individual track.
Jack's tour continues in Ohio tonight. Remaining tour dates HERE. More pictures and the setlist from Jack's set, and the above-mentioned videos, below...
by Andrew Sacher
Photo: Modern Baseball @ MHOW - 12/15/14
Modern Baseball wrapped up their tour with Foxing (who told us their favorite LPs of 2014), Somos, Crying and Knuckle Puck in NYC last night (12/15) at Music Hall of Williamsburg. It was their second show here after playing Gramercy Theatre on Friday (12/12). There was a good amount of collaborating from the bands on the bill throughout the night, with Foxing singer Conor Murphy joining Crying for a cover of Smashing Pumpkins side project Rage Against the Machine's "Testify," and Crying drummer Nick Corbo sitting in with Modern Baseball as MoBo drummer Sean Huber took the mic for his part in "Your Graduation."
"Testify" wasn't the only fun cover on this tour. Modern Baseball put their scrappy pop punk spin on a rendition of Smashing Pumpkins side project The Killers' "When You Were Young," with bassist Ian Farmer taking over on lead vocals. No videos yet of the MHOW show specifically, but you can check out a video of the Killers cover from another tour stop (with Brendan Lukens singing this time) and a short clip of the "Testify" cover, below.
Modern Baseball's next NYC-area show is opening the second of two Taking Back Sunday holiday shows at NJ's Starland Ballroom (12/28) (sold out). TBS' first night is with The Menzingers, who also play a holiday show with Tigers Jaw.
Q-Tip leading protests in Times Square last night (photo via @alphajada)
Last night it was announced that the grand jury decided not to indict Ferguson, MO police Officer Darren Wilson in the August shooting and death of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Protests sprung up all over the country. In NYC, Q-Tip lead protests in Times Square chanting "Whose streets? Our Streets!" and "Don't shoot! Hands Up!" Instagram videos of him in Times Square can be watched below.
Meanwhile, much much closer to the center of the story, Run the Jewels were performing in St. Louis, Missouri. Killer Mike, who sang about the police "terrorizing whoever, but mostly black boys" in his hyper-political song "Reagan," gave a moving, tearful speech during their set. "I knew it was coming...I knew it wasn't going to be good, but you motherfuckers got me today. You kicked me on my ass today, because I have a 20-year-old son, I have a 12-year-old son and I'm so afraid for them." You can watch it below.
Macklemore also took part in a protest in Ferguson, which Seattle King5 News has a clip of here.
Lots of other musicians expressed their feelings on social media. "I'm heartbroken over the news of no indictment in Ferguson. Let's all pray for peace," Pharrell Williams tweeted. Talib Kweli tweeted, "I feel really bad for the family of Mike Brown. To my brothers & sisters in Ferguson my heart is with you & I will join you soon."
A few more:
Baseball, apple pie, decisions like this. #Merica— Tom Morello (@tmorello) November 25, 2014
Fuck This Bullshit !!! #JusticeForMikeBrown— Big Boi (@BigBoi) November 25, 2014
"Ignorance, allied with power, is the most ferocious enemy justice can have"-James Baldwin. #FergusonDecision— Carrie Brownstein (@Carrie_Rachel) November 25, 2014
fellow white people: stop saying you're 'shocked.' the US gov't stopped caring about POC once they were no longer considered legal property.— meredith (@gravesmeredith) November 25, 2014
the only worthwhile purpose of social media is to hold accountable people like darren wilson and the mangled systems that find him blameless— sadie dupuis (@killquilty) November 25, 2014
"You were put here to protect us, but who protects us from you?" - KRS One— Nasir Jones (@Nas) November 25, 2014
today just proved how little black lives mean to america. fuck you if you feel differently.— raeen roes (@AngelHaze) November 25, 2014
" the system isn't broken, it was built this way" TRUTH.— Frankie Rose (@heyfrankierose) November 25, 2014
Azealia Banks also went on a long Twitter rant about it, saying, "What makes it even worse is the fact that I sleep with white men..... LOL" and "I might have to kill one of these crackers in their sleep !!" but then "Lol, I'm joking." She also got more serious and said things like, "But something seriously has to be done about this shit. I don't want to hear about another unarmed black kid being shot by the damn cops. It's so discouraging, just as a young black person, to know that people like me can be murdered and have there be no real justice." Read many more of her tweets here.
Not every musician was against the ruling. Gun expert Ted Nugent tweeted, "DarrenWilson did good MichaelBrown did bad justice is served."
Video of Killer Mike's speech in St. Louis and Q-Tip in Times Square, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, Killer Mike and El-P's collaborative project Run the Jewels is releasing a new album, RTJ2, on October 28 via Mass Appeal. Now, "Close Your Eyes (And Count To Fuck)," the album's collaboration with Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha is out now. Not that you expected otherwise, but this song goes hard. Listen below.
RTJ's tour hits NYC in November with Ratking and Despot.
by Andrew Sacher
Run the Jewels at Outside Lands 2014 (more by Samantha Saturday)
FADER and vitaminwater's #uncapped series in NYC continues with another show on August 19 at SIR Stage 37 (508 West 37th St) featuring R&B crooner Jeremih and Killer Mike and El-P's no-bullshit rap project, Run the Jewels, plus a DJ set by DJ Envy. It's free but you have to RSVP to get in. RTJ have a few other dates coming up, including FYF Fest and FFF Fest. All of their dates are listed below.
Run the Jewels spoke about their upcoming sophomore album, Run the Jewels 2, in a new interview with XXL, where they talked about two guests they'll have on it, Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack De La Rocha and blink-182 drummer Travis Barker:
El-P: Well we can share what's already out now. We got Zack De La Rocha from Rage Against The Machine. My boy Travis Barker is on the album as well. Me and Mike are on the album, we're on every song. [Laughs] It's a dope record. The fact of the matter is it's the El-P and Mike show. The record really doesn't have a lot of features on it. There are some friends that pop up here and there but it's not a big feature record.Jeremih is also planning a new album, which Buzzfeed just did an interesting article on, discussing how he bridges the gap between indie-approved R&B and the more radio-ready stuff. You can hear his "indie" side on his recenty-released EP with Shlohmo, and for the radio stuff, check out his new single with Omarion, "Show Me," below.
Killer Mike: We didn't plot to go find Zack De La Rocha and Travis Barker. We were at the studio smoking a joint and El and Zack saw each other grabbing a sandwich. Him and El was there and I was with Travis smoking weed. This record is very organic. One thing, when we made Run The Jewels, we never wanted to get--you can't make a better collab record than DJ Khaled, so if you ain't Khaled don't go fucking around with all the features, just do what you do to the best of your ability. And that's what Run The Jewels is. When you buy a Run The Jewels album, you're buying a Run The Jewels album.
Tame Impala at Terminal 5 in February (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
We know these kinds of listicles get published all the time, and that everyone will always find ways to argue them, but this one is kind of interesting. Rolling Stone published their '50 Greatest Live Acts Right Now' list, where they asked a panel of writers, industry figures, and artists, "who rules the road in 2013?" It's got much of the stuff you'd think Rolling Stone would have on this kind of list (like insisting The Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen are still better live than basically anyone else in 2013), but there's still some surprises, like the inclusion of Tame Impala amongst mainly rock/pop stars.
Check out the full list below...
photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin
Rick Springfield / John Fogerty / Rick Nielson, Taylor Hawkins, Krist Novoselic
As discussed, Dave Grohl made his directorial debut with his new documentary, Sound City, which tells the story of the LA recording studio of the same name, and he brought his star-studded Sound City Players to NYC for show at Hammerstein Ballroom last night. The lineup included Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Lee Ving of Fear, Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Alain Johannes, and Chris Goss, with backing from Dave Grohl himself, along with Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Krist Novoselic, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear.
In addition to playing original tunes that the members wrote for Sound City, the show included mini-sets from the people involved. It opened with a set from Alain Johannes, who played "Hangin' Tree" by Queens of the Stone Age, which he co-wrote, and also played some tracks from his band Eleven. Then Masters of Reality head Chris Goss brought out RATM's Brad Wilk for a set of Masters of Reality songs. Fear's Lee Ving did an original Sound City song followed by all Fear cuts. Rick Nielson of Cheap Trick did his set with Nirvana's Krist Novaselic, and the pair did all Cheap Trick songs and his cover of Fats Domino's "Ain't That A Shame". Then Rick Springfield was up, followed by John Fogerty.
Steve Nicks ended the show, doing original Sound City track, and combining that with Fleetwood Mac favorites "Dreams," "Landslide," and "Gold Dust Woman," plus here solo song, "Stop Draggin' My Heart Around," for which Dave Grohl came out and took over Tom Petty's role in the song. The sets were all backed by Foo Fighters members, and in between performances, clips of the film were played on stage. The
entire setlist (incomplete setlist, can anyone help fix it?) and more pictures from the show are below (though unfortunately, photographers were not allowed to shoot the entire show, and there are no pictures of Stevie Nicks & Dave Grohl).
Dave Grohl was also on The Colbert Report last night, where he discussed the Sound City documentary with Stephen Colbert. A video of that is below as well.
Dave Grohl in the 'Sound City' director's chair...
We already told you about Dave Grohl's directorial debut, documentary Sound City, which is a love letter to the famed (and now defunct) LA recording studio that gave birth to such classic albums as Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers' Damn The Torpedoes and Nirvana's Nevermind.
The film made its debut at Sundance in January, and hit select theaters last night (1/31), the same night that Dave Grohl and his "Sound City Players" played the Hollywood Palladium in LA. The Sound City players are contributors to the film's soundtrack, plus a few others. The complete lineup includes Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Lee Ving of Fear, Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick, Alain Johannes, and Chris Goss, with backing from Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Krist Novoselic, Chris Shiflett, and Pat Smear.
That same lineup will be making their way to NYC this month for a show at Hammerstein Ballroom on February 13. Tickets ($87.50) go on sale, Tuesday, February 5 at 4 PM. They say this will be the "first and only" Sound City Players show in NYC.
You can watch the Sound City film now if you want to fork over $12 and download it. The soundtrack (which also features Paul McCartney, Trent Reznor, and others) will be out March 12 on Roswell/RCA. Trailer below.
Today is John Lennon's birthday, and so Yoko Ono is giving Lady Gaga an award, in Iceland. John would've been 72. Check out a gallery of the former Beatle's drawings (like the one above) over at the Huffington Post. Yahoo Canada takes a look at some of his letters.
Speaking of Lennons, Martha Wainwright's new album Come Home to Mama, which is also streaming at NPR, was recorded "mostly at" Sean Lennon's home studio in New York City. We're giving away tickets to see Martha at Le Poisson Rouge on Thursday (10/11) via our Facebook.
We are also giving away tickets to The Walkmen's 10/18 show at Terminal 5 with Dum Dum Girls; and Doveman: The Burgundy Stain Sessions featuring Owen Pallett, Dawn Landes, and Steve Salett at Le Poisson Rouge on 10/12.
Speaking of Doveman shows and Wainwrights, help support marriage equality later this month at the Beacon.
In other milestones, Rage Against the Machine's self-titled debut turns 20 this year. To commemorate, the band are reissuing it as a box set, with "never-before seen early concert footage and full 2010 Finsbury Park Victory Concert along with remastered debut album, original demos and treasure trove of videos and music." Yours for only $136.
Likewise, Rancid are celebrating their 20th anniversary by releasing their entire discography as a huge box of 7"s. Pre-orders began today.
To quote Merge Records, "You're Living All Over Me by Dinosaur Jr., the groundbreaking album from the masters of alt-guitar rock, turns 25 this fall. To celebrate, Merge Records is releasing Chocomel Daze, a rare live show (featuring the classic, original line-up of J, Lou, and Murph) recorded in 1987 at Dorrnroosje, Nijmegen, Netherlands. Limited edition on 150-gram vinyl for the first time, this release follows their recent I Bet on Sky." Listen to one of the tracks at the bottom of this post.
Mark Eitzel is going on tour later this year.
Bummer All Tomorrow's Parties news: ATP Japan has gone from postponed to canceled.
AND more stuff below...
Lee Ranaldo @ Foley Square for Occupy Wall Street - 9/16 (photo by jessierocks)
Jello Biafra @ Foley Square for Occupy Wall Street - 9/16 (photo by zacharylipez)
Today (9/17,Rosh Hashanah for many), protestors have taken to the streets around Wall Street on the one-year anniversary of the Occupy Wall Street movment. The anniversary celebration kicked off yesterday, on Sunday, in Foley Square near City Hall where a stage was setup for a five-hour concert featuring familiar, OWS-supporting names like Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Lee Ranaldo (and Steve Shelley) of Sonic Youth, Michelle Shocked, Jello Biafra of Dead Kennedys, and Jimmy McMillan, who as we pointed out last week, will be running for mayor again because the rent is still too damn high! Watch videos from the show, below...
Ted Nugent, some dude, and Hank Williams Jr.
For a good portion of the concert it seemed like Williams had moved beyond issues of politics and was putting the focus on the Bocephus party. But those made their way back into the show in a much more straightforward way later in the set.True enough (the part about it not deserving a response).
Following the song "We Don't Apologize For America" a chant of "USA, USA" broke out amongst the crowd. Williams smiled, telling the crowd that he was their mouth piece and adding:
"We've got a Muslim president who hates farming, hates the military, hates the US and we hate him!"
The cheers that followed were loud and enthusiastic.
When reached for comment Saturday, Brad Anderson with the Obama campaign in Iowa said in an email, "That type of absurd nonsense doesn't really deserve a response."
In related news, Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan likes Rage Against the Machine but naturally they don't like him.
Tom Morello @ Newport Folk Fest 2009 (more by Jim Brueckner)
Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello has announced plans to perform at the Occupy Wall Street protest at noon [today] in Manhattan. Morello, who has previously performed at the Occupy Los Angeles rally, will play a solo set as the Nightwatchman.Today (10/13) is also the first day of NY Comic Con & Anime Fest over at the Javits Center. Tom Morello performs in the convention center tonight with Z-Trip as part of the con's kickoff concert.
"The Nightwatchman will Occupy Wall Street [today] at noon, adding one more voice to the growing chorus of millions demanding economic justice at home and around the globe," Morello tells Rolling Stone. "And I'll be playing some songs. Likely in the rain."
Morello will be the third major act to perform at the protest. Neutral Milk Hotel's Jeff Mangum and rapper Talib Kweli have recently played impromptu sets at the protest site. Earlier this week, Kanye West visited the scene, but did not perform. [Rolling Stone]
We get why the Rage Against the Machine guitarist would show up at Occupy Wall St, but why Comic Con? Well, Comixcorner.com says:
Tom Morello's graphic novel Orchid, which tells the tale of a 16-year-old street prostitute in a dystopian future, will be released in twelve issues through Dark Horse Comics will be on sale October 12th. Orchid features a variant cover by the well-known and influential street artist Shepard Fairey, with interior art by Scott Hepburn (Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic).Other guests at Comic Con include Jon Glaser, David Cross, Chris Elliot, Carrie Brownstein (who is in tour with Wild Flag), Jon Benjamin, Janeane Garofalo, Judah Friedlander, Kevin Smith, Patton Oswalt, Fred Armisen, Mark Hamill, and many more. (Fred and Carrie will be promoting Portlandia)
"Orchid is part Suicide Girl, part Joan of Arc, who becomes the Spartacus of Whores in a story that merges the epic scope of Lord of the Rings with the politics of street terrorism." - Tom Morello
Headlined by DJ Z-Trip, the concert is free to all VIP's and 4-Day ticket holders BUT seating is first come, first served and will be extremely limited due to size of the auditorium and popularity of the event. Ultimate Access, Special Access and Anime Access VIP ticket holders will be guaranteed to get into the show first; then, 4-Day ticket holders will be let in until the auditorium is full. The concert is open to all 4-Day ticket holders on a first come, first served basis and we cannot guarantee that all 4-Day ticket holders that want to attend the show will be able to get in.
"I'm stoked and honored to be playing alongside Tom Morello at the New York Comic Con. He's one of my favorite guitarists of all time, and I've always admired the level of consciousness he brings to the table. This show is gonna be great. Can't wait to read his new comic too." - DJ Z-Trip
Tom Morello is appearing courtesy of Dark Horse Comics, New York Comic Con and Midtown Comics - who will be selling Orchid #1 exclusively at the Kick-Off Concert.
photos by Debi Del Grande
...When Rage Against the Machine lead singer-provocateur Zack de la Rocha stood before 60,000 people, raised his fist, barked out wicked smart, superbly flowed calls to action, pointed out the disparity between rich and poor, spit venom at the billionaires and wondered on their power, the sense of no future that has ignited unrest throughout the world in 2011 felt shockingly, palpably present.The L.A. Rising Festival, which took place on July 30th in Los Angeles at the LA Memorial Coliseum, was organized by the Rage Against The Machine crew. The nine-hour festival featured the band's first appearance in Los Angeles in ten years, as well as sets from Muse, Rise Against, Immortal Technique, El Gran Silencio, and Lauryn Hill, who welcomed her sixth child just last week(!). More pictures from the LA event are below.
...Throughout the hour-and-15-minute set, Rage pulled its weight, proved itself to be one of the only rock bands on Earth able to captivate such a large space. Its conquest was so assured, in fact, that it jumped back in time to render an earlier set moot....
Though singer-guitarist-pianist Matthew Bellamy knows his way around a riff -- he quoted Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, the Animals and others during breaks between songs -- [Muse] makes form-over-function rock, these architecturally grandiose musical structures that are as perfectly crafted as they are grooveless. Muse's fan base no doubt disagrees; The thousands sang along to every lyrical cliché and gymnastic bridge, followed the band down every meandering path; when huge balloons were floated out into the crowd as the band meandered on, they bounced throughout the Coliseum until they exploded and dropped confetti.
-[Pop & Hiss]
Street Sweeper Social Club @ Jones Beach Theater (more by Zach Dilgard)
Street Sweeper Social Club, the opening band on the tour, shares perspective with both NIN/JA headliners: its worldview is cynical, and its brand of action resembles a party. A rap-rock super-group of sorts, it features Tom Morello, the guitarist formerly with Rage Against the Machine, and Boots Riley, a rapper in the Oakland, Calif., hip-hop group the Coup.The NIN/Jane's Addiction tour ended June 14th. Two days later (TODAY, Tuesday, June 16th), Street Sweeper Social Club will play a CD release show for its debut album at the Gramercy Theatre in NYC. Tonight's gig will feature opener Shinobi Ninja. Advanced tickets were still on sale last night, so we're guessing there will be some at the door too.
The band's brief set was apoplectic, full of fist-pumping slogans and seemingly cobbled out of spare parts from other projects. "This is not a performance, this is a meeting," Mr. Riley declared, trying out a different model of inclusiveness than either Mr. Farrell or Mr. Reznor would choose. "Thank you for attending." [NY Times]
The show coincides with the release of their self-titled debut record on WM's Independent Label Group. Street Sweeper Social club will also be appearing Wednesday night on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.
The band performed a cover of "Kick Out the Jams" with Trent Reznor at some of the NIN shows. A video of that, with other clips of SSSC, below...
Street Sweeper (Staciaann Photography)
"Nine Inch Nails and the original Jane's Addiction lineup will embark on a May/June co-headlining tour that will see these seminal artists sharing a stage for the first time since the historic debut of the Lollapalooza festival in 1991...
The NIN/JA tour will feature a streamlined NIN with Reznor on vocals, guitars, keys, Robin Finck on guitars and keys, Justin Meldal-Johnsen on bass and keys, and newest NIN member IIan Rubin on drums and keys. NIN's stripped down configuration for the upcoming dates was inspired by a pair of club shows toward the end of last year's wildly ambitious Lights In The Sky tour. Leaving the massive production in the trucks for those two nights freed up the band for spontaneous performances including several seldom-aired NIN classics and inspired NIN to take a similarly unencumbered and unpredictable approach to the May/June dates, which include previously announced NIN appearances at the Sasquatch and Bonnaroo festivals...
...Support for all NIN/JA dates will be Street Sweeper, a collaboration between Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine/The Nightwatchman and Boots Riley of The Coup.
Tickets go on sale beginning March 13th, visit NIN.com, JanesAddiction.com and LiveNation.com for additional ticket and tour information.
If the prospect of a single company mounting a Guns n' Madonna tour worries you, it also concerns some in the business. Via e-mail, Tom Morello, the guitarist in Rage Against the Machine, told me that a Ticketmaster-Live Nation merger could have huge consequences.NY Senator Chuck Schumer not only agrees with Tom, he has now joined the fight against Ticketmaster started by angry Bruce Springsteen fans...
"Fewer and fewer gatekeepers mean fewer choices and higher prices for fans," he wrote. "One huge monolith means no choice at all. Fans and artists must develop some organized counterweight quickly or resign themselves to their fate." [David Carr, NY Times]
"Fans who thought they were going to 'The Promised Land' of Springsteen found themselves in the 'Badlands' of ticket scalpers," Schumer said. The senator added that he wants to put the brakes on Ticketmaster's proposed merger with Live Nation, the nation's largest concert promoter. [Newsday]NJ's Star Ledger newspaper hasn't forgotten yet either. Today's paper has an article entitled "More music fans claim scalpings by Ticketmaster". In it they talk to people who have come forward with similar claims of Ticketmaster-to-TicketsNow trickery.
Tom Morello, Zach de la Rocha & Flobots MC Jamie Laurie, a.k.a. Jonny 5
Joined by like-minded anti-war rockers State Radio, The Coup, Flobots, Jello Biafra and Wayne Kramer from the MC5, Rage Against the Machine headlined an impassioned midday concert at the Denver Coliseum featuring the band's hits, political speeches and calls for nonviolence.Wayne Kramer & Rage Against the Machine @ Denver Coliseum (cause=time)
More than anything, the concert was a respectful nod to Iraq Veterans Against the War, which, along with Tent State, mounted the show to call attention to their agenda: Encouraging a hasty end to the war, providing veterans with comprehensive healthcare, and rebuilding Iraq.
After the headliners capped off a loud, amped up performance with the fan favorite "Killin in the name," Rage guitarist Tom Morello called on the roughly 8,000 concertgoers to join him and other entertainers in a march for peace to the Pepsi Center.
"We're going right now," he said. "We'll meet you outside." [Denver Post]
DENVER COLISEUM -- The Iraqi Veterans Against the War took the stage and read an open letter to Barack Obama demanding he solidify his commitment against the war as the crowd chanted "U.S.A! U.S.A!"The show was free. Next up: Rage Against the Machine at the RNC
Then Rage Against the Machine came onstage, gave the vets a military salute and burst into the explosive set that has made their live shows legendary. Kicking off with "Guerrilla Radio," the band blasted through crowd-pleasers like "Bulls On Parade."
Wayne Kramer of the MC5 soon joined them for the anthem "Kick Out the Jams." Before they started, Kramer reminded everyone why they were here.
"Forty years ago we went to Chicago to protest an illegal war we were lied into. Today we're in Denver to protest an illegal war we were lied into," he told the crowd. [Rocky Mountain News]
Rage Against the Machine has joined forces with the Iraq Veterans Against the War and Tent State University to perform as part of the "Tent State Music Festival to End the War" on Wednesday, August 27 at the Denver Coliseum. They will join the Flobots, The Coup, State Radio, and Wayne Kramer. Doors open at 9:30 AM, show begins at 11:00 AM.Rage are also playing during the RNC in Minneapolis.
Tickets are free and available by lottery. Sign up for the lottery, with a valid photo ID (person must be present) at Tent State University at Cuernavaca Park between 11AM and 6:30 PM (look for the Tent State Music Festival booth near the IVAW Tower) Sunday, August 24 through Tuesday, August 26 during the D.N.C. Winners will be notified by email Tuesday evening, August 26.
Go to www.tentstate.org for more info.
RATM @ Lollapalooza 2008 (more by Bao Nguyen)
Political rap-rock giants Rage Against the Machine will give a rare performance at Target Center in Minneapolis on Sept. 3, which not so coincidentally is the same week as the Republican National Convention in St. Paul. Tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m. for $60.Steve Earle also has a bunch of NYC shows coming up at Judson Church. Tickets for those are on sale. Rage Against the Machine played a free show at the Democatic National Convention in 2000...
Target Center's news release for the concert makes no mention of any political overtones, but fans know to expect plenty of verbal fireworks. Rage guitarist Tom Morello has already committed to perform with country-rocker Steve Earle at a union rally Sept. 1 at St. Paul's Harriet Island, the first day of the convention. The band has lashed out at the Bush administration at other shows this year, including last weekend's Lollapalooza festival in Chicago. Morello expressed interest this summer in performing during both party conventions. [Minneapolis Star Tribune]
After the performance, a small group of attendees congregated at the point in the protest area closest to the DNC, facing the police officers, throwing rocks, and possibly engaging in more violent activity, such as throwing glass, concrete and water bottles filled with "noxious agents," spraying ammonia on police and slingshotting rocks and steel balls. The police soon after declared the gathering an unlawful assembly, shut off the electrical supply, interrupting performing band Ozomatli, and informed the protestors that they had 15 minutes to disperse on pain of arrest. Some of the protestors remained, however, including two young men who climbed the fence and waved black flags, who were subsequently shot in the face with pepper spray. Police then forcibly dispersed the crowd, using tear gas, pepper spray and rubber bullets. At least six people were arrested in the incident.Some video footage from that, and all tour dates below....
photos by Bao Nguyen, words by Chase Turner
DOWNLOAD: Rage Against the Macine - rant during 'Wake Up' @ Lolla (MP3) (via)
Brushing aside the questions of Zach De La Rocha's political rants...
"Now we know brother Obama. We know brother Obama. But I tell you what, if he comes to power come November and he doesn't start pulling troops out of Afghanistan and Iraq, I know a lot of people who are gonna stand up and burn down every office of every Senate."... [Zach De La Rocha @ Lollapalooza]...Rage Against the Machine rocked the south side of Grant Park in Chicago last night (August 2, 2008). The raucous crowd was wild enough that the show had to be stopped twice as De La Rocha asked everyone to take five or ten steps back; the crowd complied but kept its intensity.
A steady stream of bodies poured over the front rail as security nabbed crowd surfers and those wanting to get out of the chaos. Injured crowd-goers were rushed backstage to the medical tent while others went right back into the fray, most had smiles on their faces. The sound was loud and clean. Highlights included Testify, Bulls on Parade, Bomb Track, Freedom, and the Killing in the Name Of show closer. After the show the masses poured into the streets, completely halting traffic and chanting "fuck you I won't do what you tell me!" After about an hour the crowd abated and the city returned to normal.
Is Rage Against the Machine a nostalgia act? Who cares, they sound great. Pictures, video and the setlist below...
by Black Bubblegum
One Day As A Lion
"It's better to live one day as a lion, than a thousand years as a lamb."
Great quote, but possibly an even better band? Anti- Records has announced the signing of One Day As A Lion, the collaboration between Jon Theodore (on drums, ex-Mars Volta), Zack De La Rocha (Vocals/Keys! Rage Against The Machine) and their debut five song EP due out July 22nd! Here's another, well, interesting quote:
"One Day As A Lion is both a warning delivered and a promise kept. A defiant affirmation of the possibilities that exist in the space between kick and snare. It's a sonic reflection of the visceral tension between a picturesque fabricated cultural landscape, and the brutal socioeconomic realities it attempts to mask. One Day As A Lion is a recorded interaction between Zack de la Rocha and Jon Theodore from Los Angeles, California."Word(y).
RATM are playing Lollapalooza with Radiohead, Wilco, Kanye West and others.
ODAAL EP tracklist below...
last night (April 17, 2008) in NYC....
More than a few special guests (and I don't mean the protesters) showed up to the opening party/benefit inside the John Varvatos store (aka CBGB) on the Bowery last night (April 17, 2008). All photos by Randy Haecker, and there's more where they came from at his Flickr.
A lot of these guys were in town to play a different benefit show the night before.
Lollapalooza 2008 headliners confirmed
Lollapalooza's Austin, Texas-based promoters C3 Presents are not scheduled to make their official announcement of the acts performing at this year's weekend-long music festival in Grant Park until Monday, but the Sun-Times has confirmed through industry sources all of the major artists.
Art-rock giants Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails, the reunited Rage Against the Machine, Jack White's side project the Raconteurs and hometown heroes Wilco and Kanye West will headline the main stages on Aug. 1-3.
The Raconteurs, Wilco and West will each be making their second appearance at the reinvented destination festival. Other repeaters among the more than 100 acts on this year's bill are Gnarls Barkley, the Black Keys, Broken Social Scene, G. Love & Special Sauce, Blues Traveler and Mates of State.
Quite a few of the other acts -- including many of the most promising -- have earlier performed at Chicago's two independently produced music festivals, Pitchfork and Intonation. These include Bloc Party, Cat Power, Stephen Malkmus, Girl Talk, Kid Sister, Office, the Cool Kids, Battles, the Go! Team, Jamie Lidell and Grizzly Bear.