A new monthly, themed and curated Hip Hop night at Northside's The Comet, presented by local artist Abiyah, kicks off this week. Plus, The Tempers and Shiny and the Spoon celebrate new releases, the free Northside Music Fest returns this weekend and Kelly Thomas takes on an Everly Brothers classic with Switchblade Syndicate.
The RIAA announces streaming numbers will now factor into Gold and Platinum certifications for digital songs. Plus, a U.K. college offers what is believed to be the world's first Heavy Metal degree and the Catholic League snarkily attacks David Bowie over new video, alleged bisexuality and oldness.
After close to six solid years of touring and a quintet of
best selling albums (including a B-sides/rarities collection and a live
CD/DVD set), The Killers began 2010 with the announcement that they
would be taking a well-deserved break. But the need to create doesn't
take convenient vacations.
Rundgren’s own latest album is called State and it
brings the long-time innovator into the modern scene full bore, with
energetic stabs at Electronica, Dub Step and Techno, with his unique
vocals and multi-layered/multi-instrumental arsenal thrown up against
the electronics to see what sticks.
Ordinarily, Indie Rock, Halo and skating share a
whole heap of nothing in common. But for Wild Moccasins
vocalist/guitarist Cody Swann, each of those things has functioned as an
all-enveloping obsession at some point in his life.
Schmidt's poetic and melodic gifts have earned him glowing
comparisons to Dylan and Leonard Cohen, his keen sense of humor has
been measured against Prine and Steve Goodman and his haunting
songcraft, as well as his roots, have aligned him with Townes Van Zandt.
Violent Affair reportedly came together to fill a local Street
Punk niche no one else was filling — “We felt like if you wanted to
hear a certain type of music, go and play it,” lead vocalist Dave
Williams wisely said in a 2012 interview.
The music Colin Stetson is playing on his current solo tour largely features songs from New History Warfare Vol. 3: To See More Light,
the just-released final entry in a trilogy of loosely connected albums
for Constellation Records.
Organizers of the 12.12.12 Sandy relief concert got Bill Clinton to plead with Led Zeppelin to perform (they, again, said no); Mountain Dew and Hip Hop aren't mixing so well lately, as the soda company axes endorsement deals with Lil Wayne and Tyler, the Creator, for controversial lyrics and a goat commercial (respectively); and a Minnesota man pretended to be David Gilmour while getting checked out at a local hospital and was promptly arrested when staffers looked up a photo of the real Gilmour on the web.
While his music is uniquely stylized, Lyle Lovett
was Americana before Americana music was cool. When he appears at the Taft Theater this
week, he will be with his all-star Acoustic Group, playing cuts off his
new album, Release Me, and more.
Justin Furstenfeld may not have invented the concept of
“living out loud,” but he certainly embodies it with an enviable zeal.
The Blue October frontman has never hesitated to identify his long
struggle with a bipolar condition as the main grist for his songwriting
The image on the front of The Lonely Wild's first
full-length is a sepia photo collage of skulls, rocks and mountainous scenery.
Before you even catch a note from the Los Angeles five-piece, that
cover's color scheme suggests that pensiveness and nostalgia will
probably be on the menu.
The six-piece band’s music, though recently taking on a slightly
darker tone, is raucous and rousing. Their concerts aren’t meant for the
people that stand and stare, but for the sneaker-wearing, arm flailing,
synth-loving people of the world.