Entries tagged with: The Replacements
Last year, Replacements frontman Paul Westerberg and Juliana Hatfield said they'd be releasing a collaborative album as The I Don't Cares called Wild Stab. Today, that album is finally here. It's a lengthy 16 songs, and you can stream the whole thing via Spotify below...
The Replacements reunion may be done, but frontman Paul Westerberg is staying busy. He's got a new collaborative project with Juliana Hatfield (whose band the Juliana Hatfield Three also recently reunited) called the I Don't Cares. They're set to release an album called Wild Stab, but meanwhile two singles are out. One is "1/2 2 P" which came out a few weeks ago, and the other is "King of America" which just came out on iTunes today, as Consequence of Sound points out (via Pitchfork). That one doesn't appear to be streaming anywhere yet, but you can listen to "1/2 2 P" via Spotify, below.
photo: The Replacements in Chicago in April (more by James Richards IV)
The Replacements had been on another leg of their reunion tour, but it looks like it may have come to an end over the weekend. Pitchfork points out that at their Primavera Porta set, Paul Westerberg said it would be the last time they played together, and smashed his guitar at the show.
A Billboard article adds that the band had plans to play makeup dates for their cancelled Pittsburgh and Columbus shows, but have now cancelled those as well. The article also points out the band have no plans to return to the studio, after having recorded some material, said a new album was "likely" coming, and debuted a new song live.
Paul had also been wearing shirts with different letters on the front and back that had been spelling a sentence over the course of the tour. It's been completed and reads: "I have always loved you. Now I must whore my past."
In other news, Replacements (and Guns N Roses) member Tommy Stinson is playing NYC on July 23 at Bowery Electric with Simon Doom. Tickets are on sale.
Miley Cyrus recently launched the Happy Hippie Foundation, a nonprofit organization with the goal of "rallying young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBT youth and other vulnerable populations." In honor of its launch, Miley has been filming live videos in a backyard (called the Backyard Sessions), and the newest one is a pretty amazing collaboration with Against Me! singer Laura Jane Grace and Joan Jett, where the three of them cover The Replacements' "Androgynous." Watch the video below.
This collaboration (which follows the news that she and her friends The Flaming Lips are working on an album together) isn't the only interesting Miley news this week. In a new interview with Out she came out as gender queer:
Miley says she already spent a lot of time struggling with traditional gender expectations--and being resentful that she was a girl. "I didn't want to be a boy," she clarifies. "I kind of wanted to be nothing. I don't relate to what people would say defines a girl or a boy, and I think that's what I had to understand: Being a girl isn't what I hate, it's the box that I get put into."Miley will also be honored, along with Andy Cohen, at the sixth annual Inspiration Gala to benefit amfAR, "in recognition of their contributions to the fight against AIDS." The gala happens June 16 at Spring Studios in NYC.
The Replacements are also on tour. They don't hit NYC but they have a Philly show this weekend with Superchunk. We recently posted pictures and setlist of their Chicago show with The Smoking Popes, as well as a live video of their new song.
Miley/Laura/Joan video below...
photos by James Richards IV
The Replacements in Chicago - 4/29/15
Make no mistake, by most standards the show was a bit of a mess, full of missed cues, flubbed lines and plenty of fooling around. Westerberg conspicuously avoided nearly all of his most heartfelt ballads, and he and the band gleefully sabotaged some of their most popular tracks, kicking "I Will Dare" into double time or tacking on a taste of the bubblegum ditty "My Boy Lollipop" to the end of an otherwise blazing "Bastards of Young." The airtight "Left of the Dial" and heavy "The Ledge" were balanced by loose renditions of lighter fare like "Waitress in the Sky" and "Kiss Me on the Bus," all to the band's mischievous delight. A new song, "Whole Foods Blues," was as much a goof as a truncated T. Rex medley.The Replacements are currently on a US tour, which kicked off in Seattle, hit the ongoing 'Converse Rubber Tracks Live Boston' series with Dinosaur Jr on Monday (4/27), and began a two-night stand at Chicago's Riviera Theatre last night (4/29). We caught the Chicago show, and pictures of that one are in this post.
Yet if Westerberg and Stinson didn't want to be doing this, they clearly wouldn't. Anchored by unflappable session drummer Josh Freese and enabled by guitarist Dave Minehan, the pair were having a blast, every indulgence and detour tempered by the fact that they were still singing and playing their hearts out. Yes, you can repeat the past, and farce trumps tragedy every time. [Chicago Tribune]
We got tons of favorites at the show, including "Alex Chilton," "Bastards of Young," "Can't Hardly Wait," "I Will Dare," "Kiss Me on the Buss," "Color Me Impressed," and so many more, a few covers, and the new song they've been playing on this tour, "Whole Foods Blues." Opening was Chicago's hometown heroes The Smoking Popes, making for a great double bill of veteran alternative rock. Both bands do it at the Riv again tonight. Replacements' full setlist and a video of the new song at last night's show, below.
The Replacement's tour continues, and though it never comes to NYC, it will be sorta close on May 9 at Philly's Festival Pier which is another double bill of veteran alternative rock with Superchunk playing as well. Rootsy rockers J. Roddy Walston & the Business open as well. Tickets are still available. All remaining Replacements dates are listed below.
Paul Westerberg has apparently also been wearing shirts on this tour with different letters on the front and back that are in the process of spelling a sentence. So far the front says "I HAVE ALW..." and the back says "NOW I MUST..." What could it be?
There's also more shows in Converse's above-mentioned series of free Boston shows with Chance the Rapper / Action Bronson tonight (4/30) and Descendents on Friday (5/1).
More pictures from Chicago, Replacements' setlist, video, and tour dates, below...
this is one of the five show flyers...
Converse is moving into Boston and throwing some killer free shows to celebrate:
Converse Rubber Tracks Live Boston, a free five-night event set to take over the Sinclair, a club in Harvard Square.The shows are free, but you'll need a ticket. Those go "on sale" on Monday (4/20) at noon. More info at converse-music.com/boston/. Full lineups below:
From April 27 through May 1 may perhaps be the only time fans will be able to see major acts such as alt-rock pioneers the Replacements, Boston-bred electro-pop sensations Passion Pit, thrash-metal titans Slayer, rap star Chance the Rapper, and punk-rock progenitors Descendents in a cozy venue that holds 525 people. All are acts that easily draw crowds triple that size.
"We knew when we were moving into Boston that we wanted to do something that really celebrated the move and the local community and wanted to give something back," said Jed Lewis, Converse's global music marketing director, noting that the company will soon uproot its world headquarters from North Andover to Boston. "It's important for us to be active in the creative community." [Boston Globe]
photo: Superchunk at Riot Fest 2014 (more by James Richards IV)
The Replacements recently announced their first full US tour since 1991, and there's since been a couple updates. A second LA date was added, and though there's still nothing for NYC, the nearby Philly show just got a even more exciting with Superchunk being added as an opener. J. Roddy Walston & the Business are opening that one too, and tickets go on sale at noon on Friday (2/20). Updated dates are listed, with the Philly show flyer, below.
Superchunk singer Mac McCaughan also has a solo album and tour on the way, including a NYC show on May 16 at Baby's All Right with Flesh Wounds (tickets). Superchunk drummer Jon Wurster also has shows with Best Show buddy Tom Scharpling, including four at The Bell House (sold out except for 3/12 late show).
photo: The Replacements in Queens in 2014 (more by PSquared)
The Replacements have been jamming, and they were already announced for Primavera Sound, and now a US tour leading up to that festival has been announced. There's no NYC date (they last played here in September though), but they hit Philly, DC and other cities that aren't too far away. It's their first full US tour since 1991. All dates are listed below.
The 2015 Primavera Sound Festival goes down in Barcelona, Spain from May 28 - 30. We knew The Strokes and recently reunited shoegazers Ride were playing and now the line-up is being announced via the festival's mobile app, which is a not-so fun 8-bit game you have to play to reveal names. The whole lineup is in the poster above and includes The Replacements, James Blake, Sleater-Kinney (who apparently are playing festivals after all) Patti Smith performing Horses, Spiritualized, Interpol, Antony & the Johnsons, OMD, Mineral, Brand New, Panda Bear, Run the Jewels, Sleaford Mods, Julian Casablancas + The Voidz, The Black Keys, New Pornographers, Jose Gonzalez, Shabazz Palaces, Kevin Morby, Ought, Disappears, Pharmakon, Baxter Dury, Death From Above 1979, Spiritualized, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Shadow, Swans, Iceage, the Juan MacLean, Dan Deacon, Viet Cong, Sun Kil Moon, Antony, Hiss Golden Messenger, Fucked Up, Kelela, Ariel Pink, Voivod, Electric Wizard, Mikal Cronin, alt-J, Sunn O))), the Thurston Moore Band, Underworld (performing dubnobasswithmyheadman), Pallbearer, Tobias Jesso Jr., American Football, Jon Hopkins, DIIV, Caribou, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, My Brightest Diamond, HEALTH, Babes in Toyland, Thee Oh Sees, Single Mothers, Ex Hex, Shellac and Twerps. Full line-up is below.
photos by Amanda Hatfield
Sharon Van Etten / Patrick Stickles with Deer Tick @ Brooklyn Bowl 12/27/2014
Deer Tick just wrapped up their six-night 10th Anniversary celebration at Brooklyn Bowl that had them covering classic albums in full in addition to sets of their own material.
THE ALBUMS THEY PLAYEDI was there for the "War Elephant" night. Hearing Deer Tick perform the album that made me fall in love with them was perfection. At least two of the songs on that album they almost never play live which made it even more special.
12/26: NRBQ - Tiddlywinks / Deer Tick: War Elephant
12/27: Lou Reed - Transformer
12/28: The Beatles - Meet the Beatles
12/29: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
12/30: Elvis Costello - My Aim is True
12/31 fan chosen Deer Tick Set
Another highlight of night one was finding out that happy NRBQ members were in the audience to see Tiddlywinks performed live because they heard about it and bought tickets. Marshall Crenshaw, who guested on about 5 of the NRBQ songs, has since said on his WFUV show that he thinks it was special to see a young crowd experiencing NRBQ's music. Also special was Jana Hunter of Lower Dens opening the show and then returning to the stage to cover Buddy Holly hit "It Doesn't Matter Anymore" with Deer Tick and Marshall Crenshaw who played Buddy Holly in the movie "La Bamba". They played that right before Deer Tick did "War Elephant" which was first released on Jana's label FEOW! Records (the Partisan Records release was a re-release). John thanked Jana for helping put Deer Tick on the map.
Each night featured a different opener and multiple special guests. Here's the final tally:
DEER TICK @ BROOKLYN BOWL -- OPENERS & GUESTS(Did we miss anyone?)
12/26: Jana Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, Lux Deluxe, Skye Steele
12/27: Robert Ellis, Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles (Titus Andronicus), Josh Rawson (Felice Brothers)
12/28: Joe Fletcher, Tommy Stinson (The Replacements), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), James Felice (Felice Brothers)
+ James Felice, Robert Ellis, Bryan Minto, Chris Marine, Taylor Goldsmith, Tommy Stinson & Joe Fletcher on "Goodnight, Irene."
12/29: The Districts, Vanessa Carlton, Robert Ellis, Alex Collier (The Weeks)
12/30: The Weeks, Smoota, Julian Veronesi (Titus Andronicus), Spencer Swain
12/31 T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks, Chris Paddock (emcee), Skye Steele, Stevie Nicks, Vanessa Carlton, John's mom
On night 2 (12/27), which is pictured in this post, Deer Tick performed Lou Reed's Transformer with Sharon Van Etten singing lead on "Perfect Day". Watch the video of that below. Ian Felice did "Walk on the Wild Side" and Titus Andronicus' Patrick Stickles came out for "I'm So Free." Deer Tick guitarist Ian Patrick O'Neil sang most of the lead on the rest of Transformer's songs. The full setlist is also below.
Opening the second night was Robert Ellis, who covered Billy Joel's "Movin' Out" and also joined Deer Tick on guitar during the Transformer set. Ellis then played with the band again the next two nights.
Rolling Stone was at the Beatles night:
With frontman John McCauley serving as John Lennon and guitarist Ian O'Neil taking the McCartney parts, the usually scrappy garage band opened the evening as a harmonizing three-piece pop outfit, running through overlooked Beatles gems like "It Won't Be Long" and "Till There Was You." There were plenty of pleasant surprises along the way, as when Goldsmith came out to sing lead on "Don't Bother Me" ("He's our George tonight," said McCauley), Felice added some unexpected accordion to "Little Child" and Stinson joined the band for a ragged take on "I Wanna Be Your Man."----
Vanessa Carlton, aka Mrs. John McCauley, performed twice during the run, despite being NINE MONTHS PREGNANT. One of those times was on backup vocals on New Year's Eve when the biggest special guest of all appeared to help Deer Tick play Fleetwood Mac's "Rhiannon". That guest of course was Stevie Nicks, a long time mentor to Vanessa, and the person who officiated her wedding to John.
More pictures, video and the setlist from Deer Tick's 12/27 show, below...
Photo: Bully @ BV-CMJ 2014 (more by Amanda Hatfield)
Nashville rockers Bully got some buzz (including from us) around the time they played CMJ, and that buzz turned into year-end accolades when they made Gorilla vs Bear's favorite songs of 2014 list and Vulture's 10 Female Punk Songs You Need to Hear in 2014 list. They also gave us their list of 2014 favorites, which you can read below. They'll be on tour again this month, including shows opening for Cloud Nothings, Hamilton Leithauser and Strand of Oaks. After those dates, they'll headline their own show in NYC on January 26 at Pianos. Tickets for that show are on sale now.
You can check that out, along with All dates are listed, with a video from their 2014 EP, below...
As announced back in September, Deer Tick are celebrating their 10th anniversary six nights in a row at Brooklyn Bowl, starting tonight (12/26). During the first five nights, in addition to playing their own material, they'll be covering some of their favorite albums in full, and tickets are back on sale:
THE ALBUMS THEY'RE PLAYINGMore excitingly, at the 12/26 show they'll be performing their 2007 album War Elephant in full too! For the final (New Year's Eve) show, it will be an entirely fan-chosen setlist. The band promised "many friends, special guests, and great bands joining the party each night.", and openers and some of the guests have since been announced. They definitely delivered in that department
12/26: NRBQ - Tiddlywinks / Deer Tick: War Elephant (tix)
12/27: Lou Reed - Transformer (tix)
12/28: The Beatles - Meet the Beatles (tix)
12/29: Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo! (tix)
12/30: Elvis Costello - My Aim is True (tix)
12/31 fan chosen Deer Tick Set (tix)
ANNOUNCED OPENERS & GUESTSIf you can't be there, tonight's show (12/26) will also be streaming live on Yahoo. If you are there, pick up a poster, which is pictured above.
12/26: Jana Hunter, Marshall Crenshaw, LuxDeluxe (tix)
12/27: Robert Ellis, Sharon Van Etten, Patrick Stickles (tix)
12/28: Joe Fletcher, Taylor Goldsmith, Tommy Stinson, Felice Brothers (tix)
12/29: The Districts, ? (tix)
12/30: The Weeks, ? (tix)
12/31 T. Hardy Morris & The Hardknocks, ? (tix)
Rdio/YouTube streams of the albums they're covering, below...
Photo: The Replacements in Forest Hills in September (more by PSquared)
Earlier this year, The Replacements said they would "likely" record a new album, and while we still haven't heard more info on that, the band did upload proof that they've been in the studio in the form of a 24-minute jazz jam called "Poke Me In My Cage." Listen below...
Strand of Oaks at Bowery Ballroom - 12/4/14 (via Scott Taylor)
Strand of Oaks just wrapped up their tour with Torres in NYC at Bowery Ballroom last night (12/4), after playing their hometown of Philly a day earlier. The Philly show included a cover of The Replacements' "Alex Chilton," which you can listen to below, via Stereogum. It's a pretty straightforward take but Strand of Oaks sound great doing it.
They're hanging around NYC and before they leave, they'll play a free 5 at 5 show at Ace Hotel tonight (12/5). Like all shows in that series, they'll be playing five songs at five o'clock. RSVP is open.
Show flyer and Replacements cover below...
Jenny Lewis / The Replacements / Spoon @ ACL Fest 10/5/2014
"Thank you for coming over to our nook when the Replacements were playing," Spoon frontman Britt Daniel said. "We were trying to figure out who to yell at about that"...The 2014 ACL Festival wrapped up its first of two weekends on Sunday (10/5) with sets from The Replacements and Spoon (playing at the same time which made for tough audience choices), as well as Jenny Lewis, The Gaslight Anthem, Chromeo, Phantogram, Jhene Aiko and many more. Pictures from those and other ACL Day 3 performers are in this post.
...swapping between a classy mustard-colored Telecaster and an acoustic guitar, Daniel seemed to have a blast on stage, smiling as he nodded his head along to the layers of synths and keys of "Inside Out" -- the prettiest and least Spoon-sounding Spoon song -- and poking fun at the band's previous work. "Not bad for a song from 'Transference," he said, after "Who Makes Your Money." [Austin 360]
Happy Replacements fans in 2014 (more by P Squared Photography)
It is possible that my own archival experiences with the Replacements may have affected my ability to appreciate the pure delight people are feeling upon seeing the renascent Replacements in 2014. See, back in the day (early-ish/middish 1980s) I saw them play five terrible shows, I mean shows that really insulted both the audience and the bands' talents; also, I have known too many people who were hurt or insulted by Westerberg; and last but most certainly not least, in the Fall of 1983 I walked into the apartment on Eldridge Street I was sharing with Jack Rabid, and found a naked Bob Stinson having sex on the kitchen floor. Please keep in mind that at that time the apartment had changed very little since Jacob Riis had photographed it in 1904 (except for the Bad Brains flyers on the wall), and just the idea of anyone having sex on that filthy neo-tenement floor would give any person, decent or indecent, the willies. Frankly, I don't think I've been able to erase the memory from my mind, and it may have been contributed to development of a tumor on my optic nerve in the late 1990s (true story). So, I confess that a lot of that baggage probably got in the way of my appreciating just how much people are enjoying seeing Westerberg and Tommy Stinson on stage bashing out old favorites.Read the full story at the Brooklyn Bugle (and part 1 HERE).
Bob Stinson passed away in 1995.
In related news, The Replacements may be writng new music.
The Replacements in Forest Hills last week (more by PSquared)
In a recent Rolling Stone article titled The Replacements: The Greatest Band That Never Was, it was revealed that the band say it's "likely" they'll make a new album. An excerpt reads:
Now, the Replacements say they'll likely make an album at some point in the future. Westerberg, who often writes on piano as well as guitar, has plenty of songs in the hopper. One candidate for inclusion might be called "Are You in It for the Money?"; another is titled "Dead Guitar Player" (which he says was written before Dunlap's illness).If an album does come out, it would follow 2013's Songs for Slim EP (of covers) which remaining original members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson recorded to benefit former guitarist Slim Dunlap, who had suffered a stroke. It would otherwise by their first full length under The Replacements name since 1990's All Shook Down.
The Replacements brought their reunion tour to NYC for an excellent show at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium this past Friday (check out our review and pictures). If a new album does come, here's to hoping it's as spirited as they were live.
photos by P Squared Photography
The Replacements at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium - 9/19/14
The Replacements did like to mess around, but they've also written some of the best songs of this kind that have ever been recorded, and the Forest Hills show had them playing hit after hit, sounding tight as hell. ("They've never sounded this tight!" exclaimed an older fan sitting next to me who seemed like he had seen them plenty of times back when.) They played just about everything you wanted to hear too. Their three most classic albums, Let It Be, Tim and Pleased to Meet Me, were well represented. But if you're a fan of their earlier punk years, you got "Takin a Ride," "Take Me Down to the Hospital," "White and Lazy," "I'm In Trouble" and a handful of others. And if you're into the more polished latter albums, you got "I'll Be You," "Merry Go Round," "All Shook Down" and "Achin' To Be."Alternative rock legends The Replacements finally brought their reunion tour to NYC this past Friday (9/19) for a show at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens with well-matched openers The Hold Steady and Deer Tick. Above is an excerpt from our review, which you can read in full along with the setlist and videos, here. Now we've got a set of pictures of all three bands from the show.
by Andrew Sacher
The Replacements @ Forest Hills Tennis Stadium - 9/19/14 (via BV Instagram)
The Replacements have been playing shows again for the first time since 1991 for over a year now, but it wasn't until this Friday (9/19) at the Forest Hills Tennis Stadium in Queens that their reunion tour finally hit NYC. The band -- original members Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson, plus guitarist Dave Minehan (The Neighborhoods) and drummer Josh Freese (The Vandals, Devo, Weezer) -- were supported by Deer Tick and The Hold Steady, both of whom are old pals, tourmates and huge Replacements fans. I missed Deer Tick's early set (6:30 PM), but there was a definite admiration for the headliners during The Hold Steady's set. Craig Finn told a story of being at a tennis court as a teenager and telling someone his favorite band were the Ramones (who are from Forest Hills), and the person responded, "If you like the Ramones, you should check out The Replacements." He then said how The Replacements went on to become his other favorite band, so now opening for them at a tennis stadium located where the Ramones are from felt full circle. Before he left the stage, he said, "I can't believe I'm saying this... THE REPLACEMENTS ARE UP NEXT!"
I never saw The Replacements during their initial run, and I really had no idea what to expect. So many of the stories I've heard are that they were equally or more likely to get drunk and play a bunch of sloppy covers than put on a tight set. Not to mention, not all of these reunion shows have gotten the best reviews. But I'm being totally honest when I say this was up there with the best rock shows I have ever seen. The Replacements did like to mess around, but they've also written some of the best songs of this kind that have ever been recorded, and the Forest Hills show had them playing hit after hit, sounding tight as hell. ("They've never sounded this tight!" exclaimed an older fan sitting next to me who seemed like he had seen them plenty of times back when.) They played just about everything you wanted to hear too. Their three most classic albums, Let It Be, Tim and Pleased to Meet Me, were well represented. But if you're a fan of their earlier punk years, you got "Takin a Ride," "Take Me Down to the Hospital," "White and Lazy," "I'm In Trouble" and a handful of others. And if you're into the more polished latter albums, you got "I'll Be You," "Merry Go Round," "All Shook Down" and "Achin' To Be."
They did get a few covers in, including about half of The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back" for which Paul commented on being proud of themselves for learning that riff. And they definitely weren't taking themselves too seriously or anything. Tommy joked between songs, and even if the setlist was actually planned, he and Paul at least made some of the songs seem like they were picked on the spot. Everything got a great reaction from the crowd (and the huge venue was packed), but they went out with a bang, packing all the biggest anthems -- "Can't Hardly Wait," "Bastards of Young," "Alex Chilton," "Unsatisfied," college radio ode "Left of The Dial" -- in at the end of the set. If I had to pick a personal favorite moment, it would be hearing "Androgynous" which Paul sang with the same heartbreaking, voice-cracking sincerity he recorded it with thirty years ago. But hearing that huge crowd belt out "We are the sons of nooooooo one!" and "I'm in love! With that song!" even from my seats in the upper bowl were some of the most purely satisfying moments you could ask for at any rock show. Let alone one from a band who had been away for 22 years.
We'll have pictures from the whole night soon. UPDATE: Pictures are up. Meanwhile check out the full setlist and videos from the Forest Hills show below...
The Replacements @ Boston Calling (via Erich Roehre)
The Replacements' ongoing reunion tour hit Boston Calling yesterday (9/7) for a set filled with favorites like "Androgynous," "I Will Dare," "Can't Hardly Wait," "Bastards of Young," "Kiss Me On The Bus," "Color Me Impressed," "Takin a Ride," and more, plus a couple of the covers they've been doing (The Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," Chuck Berry's "Maybellene") and an encore of "Alex Chilton." Full setlist and a video, below.
The tour finally makes its way to NYC on September 19 at Forest Hills Tennis Stadium with The Hold Steady and Deer Tick. Tickets to that show are still available and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win, with the update list of dates, video and setlist from Boston, below...
photos by Ellie Pritts
Outkast / Nick Cave / Modest Mouse
Headliner OutKast took the stage with a more pertinent query: "Are you ready for the greatest rap group of all time?" It was classic rap hype, and yet as the ensuing 90 minutes proved, the recently reunited duo of Big Boi and Andre 3000 has earned the right to include itself in the ranks of the hip hop elite. Not only did these guys show no rust, they reminded us what made them great since their first album, Southernplayalisticadillacmusik, was released 20 years ago: a dynamic and utterly complementary MC team blessed with rare musicality, lyrical ingenuity and stylistic audacity. From frenetic opener Bombs Over Baghdad to the understatedly anthemic Wheelz of Steel, civil rights party jam Rosa Parks and the song that made them a household name, Ms. Jackson, they were at once authoritatively engaging and sonically adventurous. Sure, there were hits, lots - including irresistible genre-bender Hey Ya! (delivered by André 3000 with a line of female fans dancing on stage - cheesy, but effective), sly boast So Fresh, So Clean, and the beautifully sleepy Elevators - but it's all relative. At its best, OutKast mixed cool and creativity like nobody's business. [Montreal Gazette]Taking place over the same weekend as Lollapalooza, and boasting a similarly huge lineup, Montreal's annual music festival Osheaga went down over this past weekend (August 1-3). The stacked festival included sets from Outkast, Jack White, The Replacements (with Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong), Arctic Monkeys, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Modest Mouse, Danny Brown, Mac Demarco, Against Me!, The Dismemberment Plan, Haim and many more. Pictures of some of those artists, and a bunch of others, are in this post.
They continue below...
Tommy Ramone (in Uncle Monk) @ Merc in 2010 (more by Chris La Putt)
New York Rocker Magazine publisher Andy Schwartz posted the sad news to Facebook tonight:
It is with sadness and regret that I report the passing of TOM ERDELYI a/k/a TOMMY RAMONE who died at 12:15 p.m. today (7.11.2014) at his home in Ridgewood, Queens. He was 65 and had been in hospice care following treatment for cancer of the bile duct.UPDATE: The Ramones have confirmed the sad news as well.
Andy followed that with a great obituary which you can read in full below along with a video of Tommy performing at the Cutting Room in 2012. Rest in Peace Tommy!
Ever since The Replacements first announced reunion gigs, we have wondered when is NYC going to get a show. Finally we know: September 19 at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens. The Hold Steady and Deer Tick (who are old pals, tourmates and huge Replacements fans). Tickets to that show go on sale Saturday (6/21) at 11 AM, and we're also giving away a pair. Details on how to enter to win, below.
The annual Bumbershoot Festival returns in 2014 to Seattle's Seattle Center from August 30 to September 1. The lineup was just announced and includes The Replacements, Wu-Tang Clan, Elvis Costello, Schoolboy Q, Afghan Whigs, The Dismemberment Plan, Nada Surf, Bobby Womack, Danny Brown, Mac DeMarco, Twin Shadow, Big Freedia, Jonathan Richman, Mission of Burma, The Dream Syndicate and many more. Full lineup below.
Tickets, including 3-day passes, any-day passes, and single-day passes, are on sale now. Check out the full day-by-day lineup, with the announcement video, below...