Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category

Japandroids are one of my absolute favorite bands right now, and their sophomore effort, Celebration Rock, is helping to solidify that opinion. The album is a more concise collection than their debut album while still harboring the same frantic energy and lyrical wit. The two-piece features heavily fuzzed guitar sounds and manic drumming that set them apart from other two-piece bands. This is not a blues band like the White Stripes or the Black Keys; no, this is a rock duo, and they will melt your face. Or at least make you convulse to the beat (some may call it dancing).

Check out “The House That Heaven Built,” below. This song was also recently released as a limited edition 7″ on clear vinyl via Polyvinyl Records.

Celebration Rock is set to be released June 5, and is available for pre-order now from Polyvinyl and Amazon.

Catch the band live on tour this summer:

05-18 Brighton, England — Green Door Store
05-19 Amsterdam, Netherlands — Paradiso (London Calling Festival)
05-21 Bristol, England — Cooler
05-22 London, England — CAMP (Basement)
05-23 Manchester, England — Soup Kitchen
05-24 Glasgow, Scotland — King Tut’s
05-25 Leeds, England — Cockpit 2
05-26 Nottingham, England — Bodega
05-29 London, England — The Garage (Upstairs)
05-31 Barcelona, Spain — Parc del Fòrum (Primavera Sound Festival)
06-11 Seattle, WA — Neumos
06-12 Portland, OR — Doug Fir
06-14 San Francisco, CA — The Independent
06-15 Los Angeles, CA — Echoplex
06-16 San Diego, CA — Casbah
06-19 Denver, CO — Larimer Lounge
06-21 Chicago, IL — Lincoln Hall
06-22 Cleveland, OH — Grog Shop
06-23 Toronto, ON — Lee’s Palace
06-25 Montreal, QC — La Sala Rossa
06-26 Boston, MA — Brighton Music Hall
06-27 New York City, NY — Bowery Ballroom
06-28 Brooklyn, NY — Music Hall of Williamsburg
06-29 Philadelphia, PA — Johnny Brenda’s
06-30 Washington, DC — Rock & Roll Hotel
07-03 Minneapolis, MN — 7th Street Entry
07-07 Vancouver, BC — Biltmore Cabaret
08-19 Leicester, UK — De Montfort Hall @ Gardens (Summer Sundae Weekender)

Tickets for the above shows are available now.

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Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg resurrected their deceased friend Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio, California this year, and Dre put the tour rumors to rest. Tupac will most definitely not go on tour unless there is a tour. Thanks for clearing that up, Dre!

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If you’re like me and heading to Coachella this weekend, the wait for set times is finally over. What are some conflicts that are going to keep you awake the next three nights? (Click each image for a larger view.)

If you want to follow my goings on at Coachella, find me on Twitter: @grantruby.


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Coachella Releases Official Lineup


How awesome is this lineup?!

Friday April 13 & 20
The Black Keys, Swedish House Mafia, Pulp, Refused, Arctic Monkeys, Mazzy Star, Afrojack, Explosions In the Sky, M83, Amon Tobin, Cat Power, Madness, Jimmy Cliff, Tim Armstrong, GIRLS, the Rapture, Madeon, M. Ward, the Horrors, Frank Ocean, James, Alesso, SebastiAn, Datsik, Yuck, Neon Indian, Dawes, the Black Angels, Death Grips, WU LYF, Breakbot, Atari Teenage Riot, Feed Me, GIVERS, Other Lives, Band of Skulls, R3hab, Wolf Gang, the Midnight Beast, EMA, Ximena Sariñana, Kendrick Lamar, the Dear Hunter, honeyhoney, Hello Seahorse!, the Sheepdogs, LA Riots

Saturday April 14 & 21
Radiohead, Bon Iver, the Shins, David Guetta, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Circus, Kaskade, Miike Snow, Jeff Magnum, Sebastian Ingrosse, Andrew Bird, Feist, fIREHOSE, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, St. Vincent, Martin Solveig, Sub Focus, SBTRKT, Flying Lotus, Manchester Orchestra, Kasabian, AWOLNATION, Azealia Banks, Squeeze, A$AP Rocky, Buzzcocks, Kaiser Chiefs, Destroyer, the Head and the Heart, Laura Marling, tUnE yArDs, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Black Lips, the Big Pink, Childish Gambino, the Vaccines, Zeds Dead, Grouplove, Jacques Lu Cont, We Were Promised Jet Packs, Gary Clark Jr., Borgore, Dragonette, We Are Augstines, Mt Eden, Destructo, Suedehead, Keep Shelley In Athens, Pure Filth Sound

Sunday April 15 & 22
Dr. Dre & Snoop Dog, At the Drive-In, Justice, Florence + the Machine, AVICII, La Roux, Beirut, the Weeknd, Girl Talk, the Hives, DJ Shadow, Calvin Harris, Nero, Wild Flag, Modeselektor, Dada Life, Porter Robinson, Santigold, Flux Pavilion, Dr. P, Gotye, Seun Kuti & Egypt 80, Beats Antique, Fitz and the Tantrums, araabMUZIK, Company Flow, Real Estate, Zedd, Le Bucherettes, Greg Ginn, the Growlers, NOISIA, Morgan Page, the Gaslamp Killer, First Aid Kit, Oberhofer, Lissie, Thunder Cat, Metronomy, Wild Beasts, Housse de Racket, Fanfarlo, Spector, Gardess & Villa, Airplane Boys, Sleeper Agent

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Goldenvoice, the folks behind the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, began dropping artists for this year’s festival(s) last week. Two Three more artists were “announced” this weekend. With the full lineup set to be announced this week (and rumors having it set to be announced Tuesday), these are likely the last ones before we get the whole thing. Enjoy.

Breakbot is a French DJ who has found success in recent years with the singles released through Ed Banger Records. Especially the one above, “Baby I’m Yours.” This guy is fantastic, and I hope there isn’t a conflict that I have to decided upon.

Housse de Racket, another French group, was also announced this weekend. They toured the US in the fall with fellow Frenchie Yelle, and they’re coming back this spring for Coachella.

The Weeknd has been one of the breakthrough artists of 2011, with no official album released. He has, however, released three unofficial “mixtapes” that are absolutely brilliant. This artist, more than any other announced to date, is the most exciting part of Coachella this year. So stoked!

So far the confirmed lineup includes:

Atari Teenage Riot
Azealia Banks
Jimmy Cliff
Housse de Racket
The Weeknd

I’ll let you know as more artists are announced for this year’s festival.

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Much like they did last year, the folks behind the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival are dropping one video each day as they build up to the release of the full lineup. Last year they posted six videos before giving us the full lineup; they’ve already dropped three this year. One of which has me excited for a new up-and-coming artist that is sure to make a splash in 2012.

The first of the videos to be posted, Azealia Banks is set to have a real impact on music in 2012. This song is a JAM, and reminds me of the ethos of Lil Kim or Nicki Minaj, but listenable. Warning: Put on your headphones, the lyrics are NSFW.

I’m no proponent of dubstep, but araabMUZIK is ridiculous with his drum machine. I bet he killed on the NES back in the day. Also, he’s already better than Skrillex because he actually plays his music live rather than just hitting play on his laptop and having a drink while people try to dance.

The third video to posted is from reggae legend Jimmy Cliff. Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2010, Cliff is credited as one of the artists responsible for making reggae a worldwide phenomenon.

Who do you want to see on the poster when Coachella releases the full lineup?

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I’ve written a couple concert reviews for the Audio Perv, and recently covered Deck the Hall Ball for them. 1077 the end’s winter concert festival has been going for 20 years now, and this one was stupendous:

Radio stations often put together disjointed lineups for such things as a holiday show like 107.7 The End’s Deck the Hall Ball. Because an alternative rock station like this plays so many bands from innumerable sub-genres, it can be difficult to find several acts that fit reasonably well together and can draw a large audience at the same time. In the 20th annual edition of the station’s winter festival, the end brought in some of alternative’s heaviest hitters. With Grammy nominated acts like Mumford & Sons and Death Cab For Cutie as headliners along with young up-and-comers Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, Young the Giant, Two Door Cinema Club and Grouplove lending support.

Because Deck the Hall Ball had so many bands this year, it was necessary to start rather early for a weekday. Grouplove took the stage at 4pm, and traffic kept me from getting to the venue on time to see their set. However, I had a chance to speak with the band later in the evening, and they noted that they’ll be back in Seattle with Young the Giant in April next year. I saw them in Salt Lake City earlier this year, and I can attest that they are a phenomenal live band. They plan to start work on their sophomore release this summer, after the tour with Young the Giant.

Read the whole review, with pictures, at the Audio Perv.

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  1. Jan 20: Neon Trees with the Codi Jordan Band at the House of Blues Foundation Room at Star Bar, Park City, UT
  2. Jan 22: People Under the Stairs with Scenic Byway at Urban Lounge, Salt Lake City, UT
  3. Feb 15: Best Coast with Wavves at Urban Lounge
  4. Feb 17: Pendulum at In the Venue, SLC, UT
  5. Feb 25: King Niko, the Suicycles, Broken Spells at A Beuford Gifford’s Libation Emporium, Provo, UT
  6. Mar 5: King Niko, Long Distance Operator, the Suicycles at Bar Deluxe, SLC, UT
  7. Mar 18: The Codi Jordan Band with King Niko at the Complex, SLC, UT
  8. Mar 22: She Wants Revenge with The Californian at Bar Deluxe
  9. Mar 29: Foster the People with Grouplove and the Steelwells at Kilby Court, SLC, UT
  10. Mar 29: Electric Six with the Constellations at Urban Lounge
  11. Apr 15-17: Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival at Empire Polo Field, Indio, CA
  12. Apr 20: The Codi Jordan Band at the Complex
  13. May 6: The Black Angels at Urban Lounge
  14. May 24: U2 at Rice-Eccles Stadium, SLC, UT
  15. Jun 4: Ratatat at the Complex
  16. Jun 7: Foster the People at Urban Lounge
  17. Jul 30: Soundgarden at the Gorge, George, WA
  18. Sep 4-5: Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival (Day Two and Day Three) at Seattle Center, Seattle, WA
  19. Sep 6: Bring Me the Horizon at Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
  20. Sep 7: Brand New at Showbox SoDo
  21. Oct 2: Sleeper Agent at the Vera Project, Seattle, WA
  22. Oct 22: Death Cab For Cutie at Key Arena, Seattle WA
  23. Dec 7: 1077 the end’s Deck the Hall Ball with Mumford & Sons, Death Cab For Cutie, Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, Young the Giant, Two Door Cinema Club and Grouplove at Key Arena

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Death Cab For Cutie made a triumphant return to their native area when the band performed at Seattle’s Key Arena on Saturday. Lead singer Ben Gibbard made sure to let the crowd know that the band was, in fact, from the Seattle area by repeatedly stating “It’s good to be home.” or “We’re from here.” While Gibbard isn’t the best at on-stage banter between songs, he is deft at crowd pleasing. The set list was chock full of Death Cab’s hits, but also featured several songs from early releases like We Have the Facts and We Are Voting Yes and The Photo Album. I’ve seen Death Cab For Cutie a handful of times over the last 4 years, and they are extremely consistent live. They get more into their on-stage jam sessions each time I see them, and they’re near-lullaby songs are heavier when performed live. Which makes Gibbard’s comparison to Led Zeppelin (because Zepp played in arenas like DCFC did this night) more understandable than if they kept their music as toned down as it is on their albums.

With a “What’s up, Seattle?” when the band members first walked on stage, Gibbard whipped the already roaring crowd into frenzy, which seemed to crescendo with the first few bass notes of “I Will Possess Your Heart,” the song that kicked off the more than two hours of music to come. With Gibbard and guitarist/keyboardist Chris Walla frequently making trips to the keyboard set up on stage, the band kept from being stagnant on stage, and Nick Harmer always manages to find his way around stage, as well. And though Gibbard may not be the best at banter, he was successful in riling the 8,000 or so people in the Key Arena into a screaming mass several times with simple dedications to the opener the Head and the Heart, or a seemingly benign “Thank you.”

With the crowd fully engaged with the band, the four former Western Washington University students delivered an energized set that spanned nearly their entire catalog, and featured many great deep tracks for balance with the bands ever growing hit list. With swirling guitars, layered keys, thick bass and banging drums the four members work off each other and create many memorable moments in their long set.

Perhaps the highlight of the show was when a small drum kit was set up on stage near Harmer. While the band began to jam together, Gibbard sat at the kit with his back to audience and began hitting the drums with conviction as he and Jason McGerr synced for a tandem drum solo that led into “We Looked Like Giants.” While the band is currently tour in support of this year’s Codes & Keys, they played as many songs from Transatlanticism and Plans, and only one fewer from Narrow Stairs, illustrating the well balanced set list.

Death Cab For Cutie is a great live band, and I’ll continue to see them whenever I have the chance because they are consistent, among many other reasons. I have never seen an off show from this group, and they are exceptionally good at playing their brand of piano-tinged indie-rock.

The band now heads to Europe for a string of dates (mostly in the United Kingdom), before returning for an already sold out show in Portland on December 8. There are rumors that they’ll play another show in Seattle this fall/winter. They’ll release a remix EP, Keys & Codes, November 22 on Atlantic Records.

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My second post on the Audio Perv is up! Snippet and link below:

I was first introduced to Sleeper Agent when “Get It Daddy” was featured in SPIN magazine’s August playlist. The song piqued my interest, and when I got a hold of the album I gave it an earnest listen, and enjoyed it more than I had anticipated. The band hails from Bowling Green, Kentucky, and they’re friends with that other Bowling Green band Cage the Elephant. Both in studio and live on stage one can immediately see that this band shares similar roots as Cage the Elephant. The six members of Sleeper Agent constantly move, and their punk-infused, college rock sound is all over the place. Not unlike that other band from Bowling Green.

Check out the full concert review, with setlist, at theaudioperv.com.

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