See it Live:
Friday, July 29: With a title like the Summer Slaughter tour, it’s farly easy to tell whether this show is for you or not. The Black Dahlia Murder, White Chapel and many other bands with equally brutal names will be taking over the Fillmore on Friday. Tickets are $39 after fees, show starts early at 3:30pm.
Friday, July 29: Haven’t been able to rock those cowboy boots lately? Look no further. Kid Rock is bringing his Born Free tour with Sheryl Crow to the Shoreline Amphitheatre with tickets starting at $20. Starts at 7:00pm.
Friday, July 29: Southern California is taking over the Bay this Friday. Slightly Stoopid, Rebelution and Shwayze will be putting on a party at the Greek Theatre at 7:00pm for $40.
Saturday, July 30: They have no intention of putting out an album, but that doesn’t mean A Perfect Circle is slacking off. They’ll be at the Greek Theatre this Saturday with Red Bacteria Vacuum for $45.00. Show starts at 8:00pm.
It’s a disco ballad fit for an arena. The Rapture‘s new track “How Deep Is Your Love” is a powerful marble cake of sounds: vocal harmonies, chunky piano, fuzzy bass. An instant winner, even if it did take half a decade – The Rapture’s last release was in 2006. Their album In the Grace of Your Love comes out September 6.
In celebration and remembrance of 20 years of Nirvana‘s Nevermind album, Spin magazine put together an audible tribute in exchange for your email address. Artists like Surfer Blood, Titus Andronicus, Meatpuppets and more give their takes on an album that inspired a whole generation of kids and musicians. Their print magazine also features a bunch of musician quotes and memories on the album, without feeling like they’re cashing in on a buddy’s birthday.
You can now preorder Bassnectar‘s upcoming Divergent Spectrum project, as well as some new Gogol Bordello Remix. The album comes out August 2, but the preorder will bring you exclusive content as well as some cool gear. The maestro himself describes the “Immigraniada” cover as his biggest drop yet. Get it while it’s hot.
This massive dual creation from Diplo and Datsik leaked before its August 2nd release, and it’s sure to be in a large amount of club mixes and car stereos very shortly. Between the womps and euro-synths it’s fairly easy to spot where each producer contributed, hence the title “Pick Your Poison”. Be sure to listen on a pair of good speakers or headphones.
Well, M.I.A. was the first to pump out a tribute song for Amy Winehouse But like televisions and humankind, just because it came out first doesn’t mean it’s the best. The track is aptly titled “27” and you can listen to it above. What do you think? A worthy tribute, or a horrible try?
Heard it Through the Grapevine:
If big things do in fact come in small packages, Treasure Island music festival is proof of that. The lineup, which was announced on Monday, includes huge acts like Death Cab For Cutie, Cut Copy, Death From Above 1979, Beach House and many more. For those who aren’t looking to get lost in the park, this is your best alternative. Tickets go on sale Wednesday morning.
Reacting to Amy Winehouse‘s death, the band that helped construct her sound – Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings – released a statement. “She was one of a kind and we were fortunate to have had the chance to make music with her. She was always gracious and a pleasure to work with on the road.” In an interview with Access Atlanta, Jones added while she was brought to tears, she was not surprised by the death of Winehouse.
In collaboration with friend and director Francis Ford Coppola, Dan Deacon released a film over the weekend. The two worked on Twixt for over a year before its debut at Comic-Con. It stars personalities like Dakota Fanning and Val Kilmer, and was described by Coppola as “one part Gothic romance, one part horror film that began my career.”
Last week Europe’s biggest music streaming website, Spotify (think Pandora), made its official US launch. This free, web-based music library allows you to listen to nearly any song you want, whenever you want. There are a few catches, as this LA Times article points out, but for the most part it seems to be an interesting new business model and way to hear music. You can sign up here.