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Man these Texas cops have it out for touring musicians!

Rapper Nelly was detained last night in Texas while police officers searched his tour bus -- and found HEROIN in addition to a loaded gun ... and MASSIVE amounts of weed ... law enforcement sources tell TMZ.

According to law enforcement sources, Nelly's bus was stopped at a border patrol checkpoint in Sierra Blanca -- and a police canine detected the presence of drugs.

We're told cops pulled the bus over -- and after performing a search, they found 36 small baggies of heroin (totaling .64 ounces) and over TEN POUNDS of marijuana inside a large green duffel bag (an amount roughly the size of a large bed pillow).

Cops also say they found a loaded .45 caliber pistol.

There were seven people riding on Nelly's bus at the time -- including the rapper -- and they were all detained during the search.

According to law enforcement sources, one of the passengers -- a guy named Brian Keith Jones -- admitted the drugs and the gun were his. He was subsequently placed under arrest.

Nelly and the remaining five were let go. Calls to Nelly's reps were not returned.

FYI -- this is the same checkpoint where multitudes of celebs have been busted for drugs in recent years ... including Willie Nelson, Armie Hammer, Snoop Dogg, and Fiona Apple. [TMZ]

That was nice of Brian Keith Jones to take the fall.

In somewhat related news, Fiona Apple's Austin show has changed status from "postponed" to "cancelled". her NJ, Long Island and NYC shows this week are still all on though.

Robert Ellis at Summerstage, June 2012 (more by Chris La Putt)
Robert Ellis

Shakey Graves in Austin - 8/11/2012 (more by Tim Griffin)
Shakey Graves

The 2012 CMJ Festival is less than a month away and you can expect a bunch of announcements soon as to what BrooklynVegan has planned this year. Meanwhile here's one that involves our BV Austin site. The Convoy Group, Regressive Records, Eye in the Sky Collective, and BV Austin presents, along with Tito's Handmade Vodka, The Texas Takeover Party, which is an official and FREE CMJ event (with free Tito's until it runs out).

The party happens on Thursday, October 18 at Rebel NYC (251 W. 30th St.) and features an all-Texas line-up: Houston's Robert Ellis, Austin's Wild Child, Houston's The TonTons, Texas' Shakey Graves, Houston's Josiah Hall and Houston's New York City Queens.

The fun starts at 6 PM and CMJ badgeholders can just walk right in. Everyone else who wants to come should RSVP here.

For the Ton Tons, the show is part of a tour that also includes a CMJ show at Bowery Electric. A video by them and some from other artists on the bill, along with the Texas Takeover flyer, below...

Continue reading "BV Austin Presents: Texas Takeover CMJ Party (Robert Ellis, The TonTons, Wild Child, Shakey Graves & more)"

Fiona Apple at Bowery Ballroom in March (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
Fiona Apple

TMZ reports that Fiona Apple was arrested in Texas yesterday (9/19) for possession of hash. She's currently beind held at Hudspeth County Jail.

If all goes well, Fiona will return to the NYC area for multiple shows in October. Meanwhile she's scheduled to play the Moody Theater in Austin tonight. UPDATE: Tonight's show is sadly postponed

Free Fiona! UPDATE: she is actually free at least.

Apple spent the night in the Hudspeth County Jail, and was ordered released this afternoon on $11,000 bond.

Apple was arrested at the same checkpoint where Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, and 'J. Edgar' actor Armie Hammer were arrested on similar charges. What does Dean-Walker think of all of the celebrities being arrested in her remote county, which is in the Big Bend between San Antonio and El Paso?

"I think the reason we're catching so many celebrities there is they are going through there with stuff they shouldn't have," she said. [WOAI]
Legalize it!

You can see her mugshot, via TMZ, below...

Continue reading "Fiona Apple arrested for possession of hash in Texas"

photos by Tim Griffin

Girl Talk

As the rowdy crowd chanted his name, Girl Talk, aka Gregg Gillis, took the stage in a hoodie and white bandana... and opened his laptop. Girl Talk's set was a seamless, ever-evolving collage of samples, cutting across genres and eras as he combined top-40 gems in new ways and even rap lyrics over Rush... Girl Talk's anarchic good-times music suited the celebratory vibe at the outdoor venue, where the crowd seemed part music nerds in dorky glasses, part sun-baked tubers in swimsuits and glowing bracelets. -[mysanantonio]
A week after Governors Ball, Girl Talk spent his Saturday (6/25) in New Braunfels, Texas (near San Antonio), playing a mashed-up set to a raucous outdoor crowd with support from "hillbilly disco" rockers Bright Light Social Hour. Pictures from that show are in this post.

The DJ/remixer will hit multiple festivals this summer and fall including Lollapalooza, and the just-mentioned Popped! Fest in Philly in September. All dates are below.

In other Girl Talk news, Greg Gillis recently made the instrumental for his track with Jim Jones and LLoyd, "Believe in Magic", available for free download. Hear the original, alongside all tour dates and more pictures from Texas below.

Continue reading "Girl Talked played Whitewater Amphitheater in Texas w/ Bright Light Social Hour (pics), touring (dates)"

photos by Tim Griffin

Arcade Fire

Win and Will Butler are currently visiting their birth state for a few shows. Last night (5/3), Arcade Fire and Texas band Explosions In The Sky played to a roughly-5000 capacity crowd at The Backyard at Bee Cave in Austin. Arcade Fire, who co-headlined Coachella just a few weeks ago, also played the other night with Okkervil River in Dallas, and they do it again with EITS in The Woodlands tonight, near Houston where Win grew up, a fact that has not gotten past the locals....

"Yes, we're all excited that Arcade Fire is playing the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Wednesday night. And, yes, it's exciting that lead singer Win Butler spent his "formative years" growing up in that community which makes this -- to borrow a title from a beloved U2 anthem -- A Sort of Homecoming.

But it's time all of the greater Houston area suck on the bitter pill of reality for a moment and come to grips with a very real truth: Arcade Fire is not a band from The Woodlands.

It is not even a Texas band. It is not even an American band and anyone saying anything to the contrary must also accept the equally preposterous notion that country icon Willie Nelson hails from Vancouver, Wash., or that Madonna is British."
[says CultureMap Houston]

All upcoming tour dates (Bonnaroo included), along with pictures and the setlist from the Austin show are in this post, and they continue, along with a video of Will Butler & Marika recently singing "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" at Chicago's Wrigley field, below...

Continue reading "Arcade Fire & Explosions in the Sky played 'The Backyard' in Austin, Texas (Win's home state, sort of) -- pics & setlist"

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"Erykah Badu's naked stroll through downtown Dallas, Texas, for a music video has earned her a disorderly conduct citation. The singer shed her clothes as she walked through Dealey Plaza until she was nude and then fell near where President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Badu said the video was "shot guerrilla style," without a crew and in one take March 17. A Dallas Police spokeswoman said earlier in the week that they wanted to press charges against Badu because children were present, but no one had called police or filed a complaint that day. Police now have their witness." [CNN]
The witness probably works for her record label. Total punishment: $500 fine. Total free press from having to pay a $500 fine: priceless.

by Martin Longley

Kinky Friedman

Since the early 1980s, self-styled Texas Jewboy Kinky Friedman has drawn the most attention as a crime fiction scribe, smearing the division between reality and fantasy, laughs and tension. In the last four years, he's also been raising his political profile to the point where The Kinkster just might be a realistic contender (so says a recent, and apparently 'serious' poll), with his Texans For Kinky campaign surging towards 2010 in the battle against current governor Rick Perry. In 2006 he ran as an independent candidate. Next year, he's a Democrat.

Friedman's increased musical drive harks back to those early performing years in the 1970s, when his best-known songs were laid down. This merry trio of players are reasonably fresh from a substantial European tour. The music they make is kind of cabaret country, with Friedman singing lead vocals and strumming acoustic guitar, backed up by his amigos. As ever, Friedman is flanked by Little Jewford at the keyboards and fellow singer/guitarist Ratso, who both happen to enjoy a dual existence as characters in their bandleader's tales. Friedman believes that the eternal bonding between himself and Lebanese cowboy Ratso is the last chance for Middle Eastern peace.

The Kinkster's existence is legend, and his legend is his existence.

Friedman's return to B.B. King's Blues Club on 11/16 is even more anarchic than his last show at this same joint. The threesome are calling for tequila. They can't get started without a shot. Jewford, topped by tight curls, beaming a talk-show host grin, flashes boogie woogie runs up'n'down the keys, stylistically switching from country to schmaltz, pop-classical to Broadway. He's emcee-ing with stentorian Hollywood trailer pomp, bantering with The Kinkster. They're playing songs, jumping between Freidman's own classics ("Sold American", "Asshole From El Paso") and old chestnuts "Jambalaya" (Hank Williams handled by Ratso) and "When The Saints Go Marching In" (Jewford running through a ludicrous set of style-variations, topped by swivelling around to ripple the keys behind his back).

Friedman also steps aside from the songs to deliver a few rambling tales, coming into sharp focus with a short piece dealing with his father's exploits in WW2. This is the serious Kinky, although your reviewer just happened to be seated in front of two warring tables who surely couldn't be genuine followers of the Kinkster, as they proceeded to babble all the way through his poignant oration. The majority of this packed Monday nite crowd were thankfully hushed. This is one of Friedman's greatest talents: the ability to move through simultaneous spheres of low comedy and high thought, sometimes prompting the audience to wonder which is which. He'd been toying with his cigar throughout the reading, and right at the end of the encores, he's lighting up, puffing as he exits, doubtless ready to repeal all anti-smoking legislation in 2010.

No pictures from the show, but related videos below...

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Crystal Castles @ MHOW in Brooklyn (more by Ryan Muir)
Crystal Castles

Crystal Castles were supposed to play a show at the Granada Theater in Dallas last night (4/14). According to the band's manager:

"After witnessing the CC soundcheck, the owner of the club was afraid that CC would "blow up the soundsystem" and the show was cancelled, after three hours of arguing."
But according to the club......

Continue reading "Crystal Castles (who cancelled last night) vs. Dallas, Texas "

Jandek @ Rudyard's (via Breakfast on Tour)

"The first ever live Jandek concert took place in October 2004. There have been 39 concerts total so far (1 in 2004, 10 in 2005, 9 in 2006, 10 in 2007, and 9 so far in 2008) and two more have been announced. So far the first eight shows are available from Corwood on CD, five of them on DVD as well, with more CD's and DVD's believed to be on the way.

To the best of my knowledge, official audio recordings of all the shows are in Corwood's hands. Nearly all of the shows were also officially videotaped." [Jandek Live]

The above blurb is slightly outdated. The "two announced" shows took place earlier this year, and there was at least a third that took place just the other day in Houston, Texas...
[We] had literally no idea what to expect at Sunday afternoon's Jandek show at Rudyard's, the first-ever public performance in Houston by one of the world's leading "outsider" musicians (who just happens to live here). From the little he knows of Jandek's prodigious catalogue, his best guess would have been a somewhat downcast solo performance on scratchy acoustic guitar. A one-song, 75-minute atomic funk explosion by way of the Knitting Factory was about the last thing Aftermath would have guessed, but that's exactly what he and the rest of the crowd packed into Rudyard's upstairs got...

...And there's more to come. Jandek will join New England drone duo MV + EE at DiverseWorks May 3. Aftermath has a hunch it won't sound anything like Sunday, but he'll be there just to make sure. [Houston Press]

I've lost count, but whatever the total is now, add one more: Jandek will appear at NYU's E & L Auditorium in the Kimmel Center on April 23rd (washington square south, 4th floor doors at 8, show at 9). The FREE show will feature a "dance performance by Biba Belle", and "Tickets [will be] available to the public day of ONLY starting at 12:30pm from NYU ticket central (2nd floor of show's address)"

Jandek's 5th & 6th-ever concerts took place in NYC in 2005.

Who wants the funk? Check out a video of Jandek jammin' at the Houston show, below...

Continue reading "a now funkier Jandek played Houston (video), is playing NYU"

photos by Kyle Dean Reinford

Leftover Crack

Every other band at Fun Fun Fun Fest over the weekend made it a point to give the fest's co-headliner Bad Brains a shout-out - a respect kind of thing. It makes sense. That's kind of what you do when you're sharing a bill with a band that helped paved the way for your own sound. That said, it was also really refreshing to hear one band take a slightly different approach. Leftover Crack's Stza also gave Bad Brains, or more specifically HR, lots of shout-outs. They were even positive shout-outs, but they were to call out HR's questionable politics/alleged-still homophobia. They were positive because they started with a speech about equality for all people, and were said in a way as to educate HR (if he was listening), AND Stza even announced his cell phone number in case HR wanted to give him a call. You can hear that last part in the first video below.

So, as pointed out, NYC's anarchist ska punk band Leftover Crack (who I had no idea were so popular because I honestly don't follow punk music that much) love everyone, EXCEPT, notoriously,...

...Oddly, the visit from detectives came just after cops arrested Leftover Crack lead singer Scott Sturgeon [also known as Stza Crack] on Friday for--no kidding--throwing donuts at the police during a demonstration outside the 9th Precinct in the East Village. Sturgeon says he was pissed off that the cops wouldn't let the band play their music at a reasonable volume.

In the complaint, Officer Richard Labore wrote that Sturgeon's antic "caused people to express alarm." Labore also wrote that Sturgeon was chanting "kill the police, kill the police."... [Village Voice, September 2008]

...police. The other video below is the band performing their hit "Fuck the Police" at the Austin festival. The show was a ton of fun. There's more pictures down there too...

Continue reading "Leftover Crack calls out HR, police @ FFF Fest - pics & video "

Spring Break Beach Bash

Johnny Smecca, owner of Mario's Italian Restaurant, said cars were swerving into incoming traffic, blocking off streets, and people were partying in the streets and parking lots.

He saw people urinating in the alley behind his restaurant, dancing on top of cars, smoking marijuana and drinking beer, he said. [Galveston County Daily News]