Peter Gabriel has long been a monster in the music biz, immortalizing himself with hits like "Solsbury Hill," "Sledgehammer," and "In Your Eyes". It's the former Genesis lead singer's place in the classic rock canon that makes his most recent album so surprising: a cover album. And among the classic rock hits he reinvents (Bowie, The Kinks, Paul Simon, Lou Reed, Neil Young), Gabriel also pays homage to the present indie scene. The list includes Bon Iver, Regina Spektor, The Magnetic Fields, and Arcade Fire. There's also some Radiohead in there, too - something I never thought I'd hear from Mr. Gabriel.
On what was the kick-off date of their 2010 Spring tour, Vivian Girls visited Allston's Great Scott and pleased a young, bouncy audience. The girls paired up with longtime friends, Male Bonding of the UK, and local band, You Can Be A Wesley (YCBAW), for a superb show on March 8th.
Bob Smeaton, acclaimed director of The Beatles Anthology returns with The Beatles on Record, a documentary revolving around the making of each album. The entire discography is explored, and is narrated with sound clips of the Beatles themselves. No narration or extra acting was brought into the piece, only what already existed from the Beatles and the producers on the albums.
The Disco Biscuits Planet Anthem
Drive By Truckers The Big To-Do
Tom McRae The Alphabet of Hurricanes
Nas And Damien Marley Distant Relatives
Neon Trees Habits
The Superions The Superions [EP]
The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights [Live]
The Whigs In The Dark
Gin Wigmore Holy Smoke
Peter Wolf Midnight Souvenirs
She's graced the covers and runways of such designers as St. Laurent, Dior and Pink House. She has even been featured in spreads for Playboy and Maxim Magazine. But behind this saucy Cuban's beautiful exterior, lies a serious and devoted DJ. LA's own DJ Tatiana Alvarez is on the fast track to becoming one of the world's top DJ's. From collaborating with greats like George Centeno, Darren Ramirez, Waxworks and David Garcia to spinning for famous venues and tours like Hot Import Nights, Vanguard, Webster Hall, The Church and Stadium, Tatiana's done it all.
Last Friday, the Manilow himself was set to premier his new show Paris Las Vegas but technical issues interrupted final rehearsals and postponed the show. Before the concert, a power surge shut down all the music and audio-visual components of the show, causing $150,000 in damages.
"You could smell the burnout," said one of the stage engineers. "One or two of the protectors failed or didn't turn on, and the lot just went up."
The disruption probably didn't come as much of a surprise to Barry Manilow, who had a suspicion something of this nature would happen.
If you weren't able to get to the SXSW festival or just didn't get your fix of indie sounds, there is another festival that takes place down the road from March 20th to 22nd. There are two stages in a beautiful drive-in movie theater on the side of a mountain in the Sierra Madre Oriental, located at Avenida Lázaro Cárdenas #1818 Colonia Las Torres, Monterrey, Nuevo León, Mexico.
Tickets are $30 USD for a 3-Day pass, which will have 78 bands, including headliners - No Age, Liars, Neon Indian, Andrew WK, and Washed Out. The festival includes a substantial visual art element as well, with the perimeter of the space decorated by huge original murals and projected video pieces (on the drive-in screen of course!) by such artists Stephanie Davidson, Sumi Ink Club, Jesse Spears, Katja Mater, JD Beltran and many more.
Forget The Hurt Locker and Katherine Bigelow, the real history being made during the Oscars on Sunday didn't happen during the live telecast, but during the commercials instead. If you were watching the advertisements right before the Best Actor, Actress, Director and Picture were announced you might have recognized a song playing during a McDonald's commercial. That song was "We Are Alive" off local folk band Hungry Cloud's 2008 self-titled album.