Who says people don’t pay for music anymore? Almost all these shows are sold out. Try Craigslist, but beware of scams.
Tuesday-Thursday, February 15-17: There’s only one type of cake that gets better with age. And that’s CAKE. The Sacramento group began their four-day stay in the city on Monday, but no need to worry, they’re here until Thursday. Here’s the catch: they’re sold out. The shows start at 8:00pm and tickets go for $49. The tastiest things go fastest.
Friday, February 18: Another sold out show, brought to you by Chromeo. The duality of funk will be at the Fox Theater on Friday, will you?
Friday, February 18: Dreamy Baltimore duo Beach House is playing the Fillmore this Friday. Tickets are $32.25 and the show starts at 9:00pm. Paper Cuts will be opening up the vacation.
Saturday, February 19: After a hiatus of many years, Godspeed You! Black Emperor is back and selling out shows. Tickets to the 9:00pm Saturday show at the Warfield were $25, but no longer.
Sunday, February 20: Another night of Godspeed You! Black Emperor, another sold out show. This one’s at the Great American Music Hall at 8:00pm.
Monday, February 21: They even had special restrictions to prevent scalping, and GY!BE is blowing out these venues. Third sold out show in a row, second at the Great American Music Hall.
LCD Soundsystem‘s reason for breaking up? James Murphy is 41 now, and he wants to do other things with his life. At least that’s what he said on the Colbert Report yesterday. He was humble and blunt (himself), during a short interview, then put on LCD’s final television performance with “I Can Change” which you can watch here. Sad, yet appropriate.
It’s rare that a band comes back with the more veracity than they left with, but The Strokes have done just that. Their first single called “Under the Dark of Night” gives us all The Strokes we remember: carefully distorted guitars with dueling, chirpy riffs, and a hurting middle-class croon, backed by one solid band. Check it out above, Angles comes out March 22.
The spoken word and poetry of Gil Scott Heron is arguably far from modern, but this remix album just changed that. Introduced by a mutual label manager, Heron handed over his last album (I’m New Here) to Jaime of the xx to create something soulful, jazzy, and eerie. The outcome is We’re New Here, and it’s being streamed at Spin right now for free listening.
If Iggy Pop and A Tribe Called Quest had band baby, it would sound something like The Knux. They place fun-loving, party packed rhymes over gritty guitars and their new single “She’s So Up” is just that.
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This year isn’t a complete loss for rock music, (looking at you LCD and White Stripes), because Radiohead has announced that they will be coming out with a new album very soon. Their eighth release is called King of Limbs, and it’s being pushed as the world’s first “Newspaper Album.” They don’t really say what that is, but I’m interested. For those that pre-ordered, the digital version will be ‘leaked’ February 19, and the hard copy with all it’s goodies will be out March 29. Get them here.
The album cover for upcoming The Strokes album Angles has been released. Have a look, it drops March 22.
A new hit single or a Madonna rip off? Lady Gaga dropped the first song off her upcoming album, both called “Born This Way,” and some are saying it’s biting on Express Yourself by Madonna. Listen to the tracks here and here. Even the Material Girl’s brother says they sound similar, and they kind of do. What do you think?