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Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Robert Plant

Just yesterday we were talking about the upcoming Led Zeppelin reissues, and now Robert Plant has announced a North American tour with his band the Sensational Space Shifters. The tour kicks off just outside of NYC at Port Chester's Capitol Theater on September 25 and then comes here for shows on September 27 & 28 at BAM. Cap tickets go on sale Friday, August 15 at noon and BAM tickets are on sale now. Citi cardmembers can purchase tickets to any tour date via www.citiprivatepass.com/ starting August 12, and those all come with a copy of Plant's new record. All dates are listed below.

The new record, titled lullaby and... The Ceaseless Roar, comes out September 9 via Nonesuch/Warner Bros. The band just premiered a live video for that album's track, "Rainbow," over at Rolling Stone. You can check that out, with the list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Robert Plant & the Sensational Space Shifters releasing an LP, touring, playing Capitol Theatre & 2 nights at BAM"

by Ian Chainey

ledzep

The exhaustive Led Zeppelin reissue treatment continues with IV and Houses of the Holy. Details were announced for both of the Jimmy Page-remastered sets, and while surprises are slight, there are a few notable throw-ins making nerds salivate. IV features a "Sunset Sound Mix" of "Stairway To Heaven" and Houses of the Holy has a vocal-less version of "No Quarter." Full tracklistings below. Both sets hit the street October 28 (preorder).

So how about that Led Zeppelin reunion, eh? The Guardian reported that Robert Plant wanted to come back as an acoustic project, but Page wished to stay plugged in.

"A couple of years ago, I said, 'If you've got anything acoustic, let me know. I'll give it a whirl,'" Plant recently told Uncut, (via NME). "It was hands across the water. [But Jimmy] just walked away."
For the record, I tried the "got anything acoustic" line in a bar and was similarly shot down. I even tried it backwards. (Maybe I shouldn't have been holding a mudshark?) Guess we need to step our game up.

That said, there is a way you can catch the music of Led Zeppelin live. The all-lady tribute band Lez Zeppelin will be touring Colorado and then will be playing three special shows this fall based on famous Zep engagements including The Royal Albert Hall (Jan, 9, 1970), The Song Remains the Same MSG concerts (July, 1973), and Knebworth (Aug 11, 1979). All performances will take place at NYC's Highline Ballroom on September 22 (tickets), October 27 (tickets), and November 24 (tickets). Check out the full tour schedule below.

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Reich Glass

Contemporary composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass have announced that they'll perform together for the first time in over 30 years, as the kickoff event for "Nonesuch Records at BAM", the label's 50th anniversary going down this September.

"Nonesuch Records at BAM" also includes an event with Devendra Banhart, Stephin Merritt (who's involved in another BAM event happening sooner), and Iron & Wine; one with Natalie Merchant and Sam Amidon; another with Laurie Anderson and Kronos Quartet; two nights of Robert Plant and more. Full schedule below.

Members can get early access to tickets starting May 21, and they'll become available to the general public BAM's site on May 28.

The Steve Reich/Philip Glass event is also part of the 2014 Next Wave Festival. Still not many details on that, but we do know Bryce Dessner and Brooklyn Youth Chorus are performing. Members can get tickets to Next Wave starting June 16, and the general public starting June 23.

Full "Nonesuch Records at BAM" schedule below...

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by Ian Chainey

Page & Plant in more brotherly times
Page Plant

Led Zeppelin fans must feel as though they're in a B.F. Skinner experiment as the band seems bent on giving and taking away in equal measure.

Giveth: Earlier this week, the iconic outfit revealed more details regarding their comprehensive reissue series that's starting with their first three albums. In addition to a full remaster by guitarist Jimmy Page himself, the expanded sets feature previously unreleased material, including recordings that haven't yet made their way to bootlegs. "I left no stone unturned," Page said to Rolling Stone, though it wasn't reported if the magazine was also turned. Concerning whether the Led Zeppelin archive was ready to be fully raided, Page was vague: "There's certainly more things that can be done." Yet, if something is going to be done, it seems as though Page and Page alone will spearhead the project. "I can't have anyone else do it because I want it done properly. I dread to think how it could have been thrown together if I wasn't around." If you were looking for a link between Led Zeppelin and Prince, there it is.

Taketh: Speaking of people who won't be around, singer Robert Plant, riding upon a fresh deal from Nonesuch and targeting the end of the year for a solo record, put the kibosh on the idea of a reunion tour. Again, to Rolling Stone: "A tour would have been an absolute menagerie of vested interests and the very essence of everything that's shitty about about big-time stadium rock. We were surrounded by a circus of people that would have had our souls on the fire. I'm not part of a jukebox!" Fair assessment, though Plant's recent set-lists look close to what you'd key in if gifted a stack of quarters at the bar. Still, his adherence to art over money is impressive, considering the kind of small-nation-GDP haul the band could net if they found their road legs. Lesser men would go Gollum vs. The Ring in a similar situation. In fact, the same Rolling Stone piece had this nightmare-fuel nugget:

When Robert Plant walked away from the group after the O2 show, Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham continued to rehearse together in England, even auditioning singers for a possible Plant-free tour. Most names have remained secret, but Steven Tyler and Alter Bridge frontman Myles Kennedy have both admitted to spending a few days playing with the group.
That bullet from Janie's gun? Consider it dodged.

For the record, Page doesn't see a tour in the future, either: "The answer is 'no.' It's been almost seven years since the O2. There's always a possibility that they can exhume me and put me onstage in a coffin and play a tape." Jeeze, Jimmy, why all of this talk of the end? Doesn't anyone remember laughter?

Giveth: And that's the thing, Jimmy Page is an oddly curatorial state of mind. Genesis Publications announced the first autobiographical account of the Led Zeppelin years and Page is the source. (Preorder.) Jimmy Page is due out in October and features his first-hand account, along with 650 hand-picked pictures. The tome weighs in at 512 pages and looks to be a treasure trove for obsessives who wish they were there; just maybe not for the mudshark thing.

So, despite the doubtful tour, it still looks like Led Zeppelin will acquire one more thing this year.

Taketh: Your money.

To help you envision what could've been, find a full Led Zeppelin set from Royal Albert Hall in 1970 below...

Continue reading "Led Zeppelin says no live shows, but even more unheard material may be released; Page autobiography also in works"

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England's Glastonbury Festival is pretty much the forefather to all crazy worldwide "20,000 people standing in a field" festivals we have today. The 2014 edition goes down June 27 - 29 in Pilton, UK and the lineup was just announced. It includes Arcade Fire, Jack White, Dolly Parton (!), Elbow, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Massive Attack, Pixies, M.I.A., Dexys Midnight Runners, Kasabian, Lily Allen and loads more. The festival's already sold-out. A few more acts -- including one more headliner -- is still to be announced but lineup as it stands is below...

Continue reading "Glastonbury 2014 line-up announced: Arcade Fire, Disclosure, Bryan Ferry, Jack White, Dolly Parton, Elbow, Dexys & more"

photos by Dana (distortion) Yavin

Robert Plant @ Prospect Park 7/27/2013
Robert Plant @ Prospect Park - 7/27/2013

Never has the singer brought a fresher/stranger/more abstract touch to songs this well-known. The Space Shifters allowed Plant to do so by bringing a trio of fresh influences to the table - British trip-hop electronics (via band members borrowed from Portishead and Massive Attack), American funk, and West African string music.

That last bit came courtesy of Gambian musician Juldeh Camara, who played the ritti, a one-stringed violin, and the kologo, an African banjo. Both instruments provided a fresh corollary to the fiddles and banjos Plant explored in his Americana projects with Krauss and Band of Joy (which included alterna-country mainstays Patti Griffin and Buddy Miller).

In "Black Dog," Camara's spiraling ritti traded places with hard rock guitars, adding a fierce and hypnotic new texture to the song's classic stop-start riff. Camara's work in "Friends" gave this already forbidding piece a sinister new hue. To egg him on, Plant added his own talking drums. In a sense, the sound recalled the worldly expansion Plant brought to familiar songs in his mid-'90s, semi-Zep reunion with Jimmy Page that featured a host of Arabian musicians. - [NY Daily News]

Robert Plant brought his electronic and world influenced band, The Sensational Space Shifters (featuring members of Massive Attack and Portishead/BEAK>), to NYC over the weekend (7/27) for a Celebrate Brooklyn! benefit show in Prospect Park. Opening was Phosphorescent, who also played Newport Folk Festival over the weekend. Pictures from the Prospect Park show are in this post.

More pics -- plus Plant's setlist -- are below.

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Phosphorescent at McCarren Park - 6/15/13 (via doNYC)
Phosphorescent

Matthew Houck's indie folk collective Phosphorescent have been touring behind their excellent new album Muchacho, and just played a free show in Matthew's current hometown of Brooklyn. The show was the first of two free Northside shows in McCarren Park and also included The Walkmen, Friend Roulette, and Abadabad. Did you go to that show? If so, how was it?

Phosphorescent's tour includes another NYC-area date happening at Montauk's Surf Lodge on June 30, as part of that venue's free Summer Concert Series, and now Pitchfork points out that they've just expanded that tour to include many more dates. A couple of the dates are supporting Robert Plant (who used to be in some band called Led Zeppelin), including his previously discussed Celebrate Brooklyn! show on July 27 at Prospect Park. Tickets for that show are still available.

The day after that show (7/28), Phosphorescent also play Camden, NJ's XPoNential Music Festival, which runs that whole weekend (July 26-28) in Wiggins Park and Susquehanna Bank Center. Other artists playing include Bob Dylan, My Morning Jacket, Dr. John, Lord Huron, and more. Tickets for that festival are available.

Updated dates are listed, along with a stream of Muchacho's standout single, "Song for Zula," below...

Continue reading "Phosphorescent played McCarren Park, expand tour, playing Prospect Park w/ Robert Plant & XPoNential Music Festival"

Sigur Ros at @ Celebrate Brooklyn! 2012 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Celebrate Brooklyn

We've known about a few Celebrate Brooklyn! shows already (Belle & Sebastian / Yo La Tengo, The Roots with Jim James, Beck), but festival has announced their full 2013 schedule which includes Big Boi, Amadou & Miriam, Calexico, Mavis Staples, Cody Chesnutt, Os Mutantes, The Waterboys, Jamie Lidell / Dan Deacon, and They Might Be Giants... all of which are free. Celebrate Brooklyn! kicks off the season with a free show with Patty Griffin on June 5.

The full Celebrate Brooklyn! schedule is below.

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Robert Plant

While Led Zeppelin's appearances last year were limited to press conferences and late-night TV interviews, Robert Plant will be going on a tour this year with his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters. That tour kicks off this June in Texas, and after making its way over to the West Coast and back, it culminates in a Celebrate Brooklyn! show at Prospect Park on July 27. Tickets for that show go on sale Friday (4/26) at noon with an AmEx and a BRIC presale starting Thursday (4/25) at noon.

In addition to Robert Plant, The Sensational Space Shifters' lineup includes Justin Adams (Tinariwen, SInead O'Connor), John Baggot (Massive Attack, Portishead), Billy Fuller (Beak>, Massive Attack), Liam "Skin" Tyson (of The La's offshoot Cast), Juldeh Camara, and Dave Smith.

All tour dates are listed, along with the tour trailer and a live video of the band from 2012, below...

Continue reading "Robert Plant & The Sensational Space Shifters announce US tour, including 'Celebrate Brooklyn!' (dates & video)"

Pandora
Pandora

This letter, signed by a ton of artists and pictured above, is set to appear in an ad in Billboard:

We are big fans of Pandora. That's why we helped give the company a discount on rates for the past decade.

Pandora is now enjoying phenomenal success as a Wall Street company. Skyrocketing growth in revenues and users. We celebrate that. At the same time, the music community is just now beginning to gain its footing in the new digital world.

Pandora's principal asset is the music.

Why is the company asking Congress once again to step in and gut the royalties that thousands of musicians rely upon? That's not fair, and that's not how partners work together.
Congress has many pressing issues to consider, but this is not one of them. Let's work this out as partners and continue to bring fans the great musical experience they rightly expect.

Pink Floyd, Down, Primus, Dead Kennedys (with our without Jello?), Nas, Alabama, Sheryl Crow and many more big major label names signed this (or someone signed it on their behalf). Check out the full list below, and head to fairpayforartists.com for more information on their point of view..

The issue is that Pandora is supporting the Internet Radio Fairness Act which they say will "help end the long-standing discrimination against internet radio". Artists are mad because that possibly means less money for them, but Pandora and other Internet radio providers argue they can't stay in business the way things are now.

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Led Zeppelin at MoMA - 10/9/12
Led Zeppelin

Speaking of Led Zeppelin, they (Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and the late John Bonham's son, Jason) were also in NYC yesterday (10/9) for a press conference at MoMA, hours before their new film, Celebration Day, made its world premiere in Manhattan's Ziegfeld Theater. Rolling Stone was at the press conference and noted that Robert Plant seemed pretty uncomfortable for much of it (most likely due to dreaded questions of another reunion):

Minutes later, a radio host praised the film but added, "I don't know if it's going to quench the thirst of those who wished to see you in the flesh." Again, the band was silent until Plant said simply: "Sorry!"

Later, Plant clarified himself. "We were so happy we were getting it right and taking it beyond what we thought we were about that night," he said of the O2 gig. "There were moments where we took off ... But the responsibility of doing that four nights a week for the rest of time is a different thing. We're pretty good at what we do but the tail should never wag the dog, really. If we're capable of doing something, in our own time, that will be what will happen. So any inane questions from people who are from syndicated outlets, you should just really think about what it takes to answer a question like that in one second. We know what we've got, you know."

...

Page explained he felt the band still had unfinished business after previous reunions at Live Aid and Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary concert. "I think if we had the opportunity to get back together again, which is what we had there to do the O2, things had left us a little uncomfortable like Live Aid and the Atlantic 40th, etc. We just really wanted to get it right and go out and play to people who maybe never heard us, who had heard about this reputation and what we were about, and basically stand up and be counted for what we were. That's my feeling, anyway."

Regarding his interest in modern bands, Plant also added, "I love Mumford & Sons."

After the premiere last night, the members of the band made their way over to Monkey Bar for an afterparty. Other guests at the party included Joan Jett, her producer Kenny Laguna, Metallica's Kirk Hammett, rock photographer Ross Halfin, Patty Griffin, and others. Meanwhile, the actual film screening was attended by Kiss's Paul Stanley and RHCP's Chad Smith.

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience is taking their tour to the NYC area for two shows in November.

A video from the Led Zeppelin press conference is below.

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Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin are releasing their new concert film/album, Celebration Day, which documents their show at London's O2 Arena (12/10/07) from their 2007 reunion tour. The film gets its theatrical release on October 17 and comes out on November 19 on CD/DVD/Blu-Ray via Swan Song/Atlantic and there will also be a deluxe edition with bonus material. It will screen in NYC at 6:30 PM and 9:00 PM at Sunshine Cinema. Tickets for those screenings are on sale now. A list of all theaters that the film will screen at can be found at Zeppelin's site. The film trailer and tracklist are below.

But you won't have to wait that long to see it because Celebration Day will make its US/world premiere in NYC on October 9 at Ziegfeld Theater in Manhattan. There will also be a press conference earlier that day at MoMA with the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin -- Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones -- and the late John Bonham's son, Jason Bonham. All premiere dates (London, Berlin, and Tokyo included) are listed below.

In related news, Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience is going on tour and hitting the NYC area for shows on November 14 at Capitol Theatre and November 15 at Wellmont Theatre. Tickets for the Cap show and the Wellmont show are on sale now.

A list of all dates and the Celebration Day trailer are below, plus some classic videos so you can get the led out.

Continue reading "Led Zeppelin releasing concert film, 'Celebration Day,' giving press conference at MoMA before the film's premiere in NYC"

Elvis

Sotheby's is hosting "An Evening of Spoken Word and Performance by Patti Smith" on Tuesday, May 17, 2011. It's a benefit for the Archives of American Art, and $100 tickets are on sale.

$100 tickets are also still on sale for the benefit at Le Poisson Rouge tonight (3/29) which has expanded its lineup even further. You get: Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band with special guest Antony , Patti Smith with Tony Shanahan, Cibo Matto and (as previously mentioned) Lou Reed.. who also plays a 12 hour Japan benefit with Phillip Glass, and many others (the Lou Reed portion is sold out) on April 9th.

In unrelated news, Elvis Costello is playing a small show at Gramercy Theatre on April 1st which is now sold out, but tickets are on presale (usename Elvis, password Costello) now for newly added shows in MN, ME, MA and Red Bank, NJ.

You can also catch Elvis on TV on April 1st, as a show he taped at the New York Public Library is the first episode of this season's Live From the Artist's Den...

"On the evening of November 2, Elvis Costello gave a private concert for five hundred lucky fans in celebration of his new album's release that day. Within the ornate and awe-inspiring Celeste Bartos Forum in The New York Public Library's world-famous Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, Costello - along with The Sugarcanes and Pete Thomas on drums -- performed new songs from National Ransom as well as hits spanning his three-decades-and-counting career."
As you can see on the poster above, Robert Plant, Squeeze, Grace Potter and others will also be the subject of other episodes this season.

Bonnaroo

Bonnaroo (June 9-12 in Manchester Tennessee) has announced the 2011 lineup (slightly early), and like the rumored Lollapalooza lineup, Eminem is among the headliners. Bonnaroo also has Grammy winners Arcade Fire and the Black Keys, in addition to Lil Wayne, Mumford & Sons, the Strokes, The Decemberists, Florence & the Machine, Girl Talk, Beirut (haven't seen them in a while), and many more. Full list below...

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Robert Plant & Patty Griffin at Bowery Ballroom (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Robert Plant

Robert Plant and the Band of Joy have announced a 15-date winter tour. There probably won't be another show the size of their Bowery Ballroom show for a while, but you can catch the legend next in NYC at Beacon Theater on January 29th, 2011 (tickets not listed yet).

"The touring band will once again be the same that made the record: Patty Griffin, vocals; Darrell Scott, multi instrumentalist/vocals; Byron House, bass/vocals; Marco Giovino, drums and percussion/vocals, and co-producer Buddy Miller, guitar/vocals. North Mississippi Allstars will be supporting on all the dates."

All tour dates and video of Plant's full Electric Proms set below....

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Robert Plant @ Bowery Ballroom on 9/12 (more by Andrew St. Clair)
Robert Plant

Missed Robert Plant's recent show at Bowery Ballroom? Listen to the whole thing below courtesy of NPR...

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photos by Andrew St. Clair

Robert Plant

"The doors opened at 7:30 and Robert Plant and the Band of Joy hit the stage just after 9 pm. I stood front row, center stage (my usual spot), but tonight this spot was extra magical. I was inches from where Robert Plant's lyric book was and for the entire show, I was less than 2 feet away from him. During the concert, my brain would suddenly shout out - "you are close enough to reach out and touch the lead singer of Led Zeppelin, a band whose music has shaped your life." Needless to say, I broke into tears many times during the night." [According to G]
While many were watching a mildly-amusing and vodka-soaked host introduce a woman in a meatsuit, Robert Plant and fans squeezed their way into Bowery Ballroom last night (9/12) for a rare appearance at the venue in preparation for Band of Joy, the legendary frontman's latest solo LP (he spent the last few years dabbling in country rhythms with Alison Krauss). Band of Joy is not just Robert Plant's latest post-Zep LP/moniker, but a calling card to his olden days with Bonzo; before joining Jimmy Page & John Paul Jones in Led Zeppelin, Plant and John Bonham served in a psychedelic folk band called Band of Joy.

Robert Plant's band included vocalist Patty Griffin, guitarist Buddy Miller, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Daryl Scott, bassist-vocalist Byron House, and drummer-percussionist-vocalist Marco Giovino.

"The Band of Joy played songs from their self-titled album, 2 of my favorite tracks off "Raising Sand," Plant's Grammy winning album with Alison Krauss, ("Please Read the Letter" and "Rich Woman,") and they also reinterpreted 4 Led Zeppelin songs ("Misty Mountain Hop," "Houses of the Holy," "Gallows Pole," and "Rock and Roll.")" [According to G]
The whole setlist, with more pictures and some videos (including two of the reworked Zep classics), below...

Continue reading "Robert Plant, Patty Griffin & Band (Of Joy) played Bowery Ballroom (pics, video, setlist) "

Hole

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club played the Fashion Week party at Don Hill's on Thursday. Iggy Pop and The Stooges played there Friday, and according to the above Tweet by Eli Mizrahi, Courtney Love is playing there tonight.

Eli's Tweet also reminds us that tonight is the John Varvatos's 10th Anniversary party in the store previously known as CBGB. There will be a concert from: 9 p.m. - 2 a.m. Supposedly confirmed performers include Alejandro Escovedo, Alice Cooper, Wayne Kramer, Ian Hunter, ZZ Top, Black Country Communion, Camp Freddy, Cherie Currie, Darling Stillettos, Handsome Dick Manitoba, Jesse Malin & The St. Marks Social, and Perry Farrell . Rumored performers include Iggy Pop and (thanks John) Robert Plant (who plays Bowery Ballroom Sunday).

Who else is playing fashion week parties tonight?

Robert Plant throws his hood up
Robert Plant

"Burlington, MA - Rounder Records is pleased to announce that Robert Plant is back with Band of Joy, his first album since 2007's six time Grammy® Award winning Raising Sand (Rounder). Band of Joy was recorded in Nashville with a stellar cast of musicians and will be released on September 14.

A timeless plunge into authentic Americana, the album was co-produced by Plant and Nashville legend and guitarist Buddy Miller. "Buddy's integral to this album, you can hear his taste all over the instrumentation," enthuses Plant. "Buddy's zone is beautiful, with a lot of reflections going back into mid-Fifties rockabilly, the singing fishermen and all the great country stuff, along with the soul and R&B from Memphis."

As well as Miller, the Band of Joy is made up of multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, who provides the mandolin, guitar, accordion, pedal, lap steel and banjo lines, country singer-songwriter Patty Griffin who adds the main vocal foils to Plant's lead parts, while Byron House plays bass and percussion comes from Marco Giovino."

Robert Plant will celebrate the release of that new album by playing a special show AT BOWERY BALLROOM in NYC on September 12th. Limited tickets will go on sale via Ticketmaster on Saturday at noon.

More North American dates to be announced, but for now there are a set of European ones. They are listed, with more album info, below...

Continue reading "Robert Plant releasing 'Band of Joy', playing Bowery Ballroom"

Los Lobos

"Grammy Award winning roots-rock band Los Lobos has decided to cancel their scheduled performance at The Talking Stick Resort on June 10th, 2010. The band has made this decision based on the current call to boycott Arizona in response to SB 1070.

Through their management, Los Lobos issued the following statement: "We support the boycott of Arizona. The new law will inevitably lead to unfair racial profiling and possible abuse of people who just happen to look Latino. As a result, in good conscience, we could not see ourselves performing in Arizona. We regret the inconvenience this may have caused the Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community, Casino Arizona, Talking Stick Resort and our fans, but we feel strongly that it is the right thing to do."

The members of Los Lobos are Steve Berlin, David Hidalgo, Conrad Lozano, Cesar Rosas and Louie Perez."

The Mexican-American band are longtime supporters of immigration rights: Their 2006 LP The Town And The City touches on the subject pretty directly. When that album came out, this is what the band's Louie Perez has to say about the immigration issue...
Well, I can't ignore it. I don't think anyone can not be affected by it. Of course, Mexican-American people are more sensitive to it, but you just turn on the news at 11, I don't care where you live, you're going to know about what's going on.

I didn't set out for the record to be about immigration, but it started to go into that direction. I always go back to my neighborhood when I write songs, and in this case it was tempered by what was going on in the news. I was also thinking of the sacrifices my parents made when they came to the U.S. and the fact that if they hadn't crossed the border, I wouldn't be sitting here talking to you. I wouldn't have a career. I wouldn't have Grammys. I wouldn't have all these things that have happened in the spirit of the American dream.

Los Lobos will be releasing a new album, Tin Can Trust, on August 3rd through Shout! Factory. That's the artwork above. On that same Tuesday, they will play a record release show at Bowery Ballroom in NYC. Tickets are on sale at noon.

Robert Plant is also coming out with a new album this year, a David Hidalgo-Louie Pérez song included...

Robert Plant takes an eclectic dive into Americana roots music on Band of Joy, his first new album since 2007's surprise hit, Raising Sand with Allison Krauss. The album was recorded in Nashville with an all-star group of musicians and is due Sept. 14 on Rounder Records.

Band of Joy finds Plant putting his unique stamp on a wide variety of source material, including versions of Los Lobos' "Angel Dance," "Silver Rider" and "Monkey," both by Minnesota indie "slowcore" band Low, and the Kelly Brothers' 1960s soul classic "Falling in Love Again." [The Star]

Los Lobos will be touring this summer across North America. All tour dates are below...

Continue reading "Los Lobos are releasing an album (Robert Plant too), playing a release show in NYC & other dates (but not in Arizona) "

Funny PeopleFunny People

1. Paul McCartney - Great Day
2. Coconut Records - Wires
3. Robert Plant and the Strange Sensation - All The King's Horses
4. James Taylor - Carolina On My Mind [live]
5. Warren Zevon - Keep Me In Your Heart
6. Adam Sandler - Real Love [live]
7. Neil Diamond - We [early take]
8. Wilco with Andrew Bird - Jesus, etc. [Live Summer '08]
9. Adam Sandler - George Simmons Soon Will Be Gone
10. Coconut Records - I Am Young
11. Maude Apatow & Larry Goldings - Memory (from Cats)
12. Warren Zevon - Numb As A Statue
13. Ringo Starr - Photograph
14. John Lennon - Watching The Wheels [acoustic]
There was a screening of "Funny People" in NYC yesterday. "Funny People is the new Judd Apatow movie that stars Seth Rogan, Adam Sandler, Leslie Mann, and Raaaaaaaandy. As you can see in the track listing above, the soundtrack features a live Wilco song that was recorded when they were playing shows last year with Andrew Bird who joined them on stage. Some video examples of that below.

Wilco came to NYC this week to play a big show at Keyspan Park in Coney Island (7/13). That show also featured many special guests including Leslie Feist who most likely flew in mainly to join Wilco for their appearance on the David Letterman show which aired last night (7/14), but was recorded yesterday afternoon which gave Jeff Tweedy plenty of time to make it over to the movie screening (which he was spotted at). Letterman video below...

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Alison Krauss & Robert Plant @ ACL 2008 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
Rounder Records

Rounder Records, a venerable independent label based in the Northeast, released "Raising Sand," and it has become one of its biggest hits. Its multiple nominations were old hat for Alison Krauss, who before Sunday had already won 21 Grammy Awards. But none was for a project quite this adventurous.

"We ostensibly come from such different places on the musical map," Robert Plant said in a media conference backstage Sunday. "Alison showed me so much I had never been exposed to."

That Plant is still learning new tricks is a testament to his artistry. That he's not touring with a reunited Led Zeppelin is a sign of enduring integrity. That's a lot of money to be passing up, even if "Raising Sand" did win five Grammys.

But Plant was having none of it. The singer again was confronted with the inevitable question Sunday about his future involvement in any Zeppelin tour.

"How old are you, man?" Plant responded. "Because you look older than me. You try to do 'Communication Breakdown' in these pants." [Chicago Tribune]

Pics from their MSG Theater show, HERE.

Radiohead

TMZ can confirm that Chris Brown just entered an LAPD station, where he turned himself in to police.

Chris is being investigated by the LAPD for an alleged domestic violence felony battery that occurred early this morning near Hancock Park in L.A. Police officials said earlier today they may arrest Brown when they found him. Well, now they know where he is.

According to the female victim -- who cops refuse to identify -- she and Chris got into an argument which turned violent. Cops say when they arrived to the scene, Brown had split, but the woman had "visible injuries and identified Brown as her attacker."

Brown and his girlfriend Rihanna were together earlier last night, attending Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party -- and both canceled their scheduled performances at tonight's event.

Brown is currently being interviewed by detectives. [TMZ]

Radiohead did show up the Grammys, as did an even MORE pregnant M.I.A.. Robert Plant and Alison Krauss took best album (for an album that came out on indie label Rounder Records). Video of Radiohead and M.I.A.'s performances, and a list of all winners (including Daft Punk) below...

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Led Zeppelin in Central Park, 1969
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"As you probably know, Jimmy [Page], Jason [Bonham, son of John Bonham] and I are actually rehearsing and we've had the odd singer come in and have a bash. As soon as we know -- which we don't -- we will let you know. But we really hope that something is going to happen soon because we really want to do it and we're having a lot of fun, actually, just rehearsing. Jason is actually tremendous. . . We really wanna do something and Robert doesn't want to do this, at least for the moment. I don't really know what his plans are. He really doesn't want to make loud music anymore. We do. I mean, I love acoustic music, but it doesn't stop me from turning something up . . . And what we've done so far sounds absolutely fantastic. When it does come, it will come, and you'll know about it."
That quote is John Paul Jones speaking on the current status of Led Zeppelin. To that Robert would probably say he wishes them "nothing but success". Video of John's full statement below.

Led Zeppelin, Robert included, reunited in December of 2007 in tribute of Atlantic Records impresario Ahmet Ertegun.

Robert Plant has otherwise been keeping busy with the "acoustic" music he's making with Alison Krauss. Video below...

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Robert Plant never said yes, and it looks like he won't.

The Led Zeppelin singer has quashed a report last Friday in the British newspaper The Sun that claimed he was rejoining guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham for a 2009 Led Zeppelin world tour. Later Friday, an Australian report said the tour would begin in May.

In a statement released on his behalf yesterday, however, handlers announced that Plant will take some time off from the road following his current trek with Alison Krauss -- in support of their Raising Sand album -- which concludes Sunday in Saratoga, Calif.

"After those dates, Robert has no intention whatsoever of touring with anyone for at least the next two years," the statement said. "Contrary to a spate of recent reports, Robert Plant will not be touring or recording with Led Zeppelin. Anyone buying tickets online to any such event will be buying bogus tickets."

Plant himself added his own remarks, stating it was time for everyone to get on with their own plans.

"It's both frustrating and ridiculous for this story to continue to rear its head when all the musicians that surround the story are keen to get on with their individual projects and move forward," he said. "I wish Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham nothing but success with any future projects."
[Winnipeg Sun]

On Saturday, Robert & Alison played a set at the Austin City Limits music festival. More pictures from that below...

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