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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