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.
Is there a better place to be in St. Patrick's Day than in Boston? Unless you have a couch to crash on Dublin for a week, there's not. But, even with said couch, you would miss out on Beantown's music scene. I mean, what is St. Paddy's without an entire week of Celtic celebration and the Dropkick Murphys?
Boston's finest Irish punks will be making their traditional appearances from the 12th to the 17th of March, at the House of Blues.. and guess what? Not all dates are sold out yet!. $30 will get you in the door and dropkickin' around til your little Irish hearts' content.
Dr. Watson's Pub
216 South 11th Street
Closed February 2nd, 2010
It's hard to stomach the reality of legendary Philadelphia club Dr. Watson's Pub going belly-up. The famous second-floor stage hosted some incredible regional and national acts. The longstanding Philly establishment (since 1971) opened its doors for the last time on February 2nd, 2010. The no-cover finale featured Derek Sammack, Stephen Rose, DAPP, Mikey Potato, St. Alborne, and a final encore by Vince Volz and Clint Davis (formerly of Stillicide).
Gorillaz' third album, Plastic Beach, is the latest saga from Damon Albarn, who can also be found as the lead vocal in Blur and The Good, The Bad, and The Queen. Plastic Beach is the follow up to the critically acclaimed Demon Days and Albarn kept the same recipe, a concept album with a ton of guest spots (maybe too many). But those seem to be the only qualities these two records share; Plastic Beach isn't nearly as poppy as it's predecessors and the commercial singles of "Feel Good Inc." and "19-2000" seem to be long gone.
¡Mayday! takes the stage at a fully packed room in Vagabond, and without warning, launches off into a complete jam session on stage. Each of the six band members begin to completely let loose, hyping up the entire crowd around them. The percussion section, composed of Nonymous and LT Hopkins lay the beats down, while the guitarist/keyboardist Plex Luthor and keyboardist/bassist Gianni Cash chime in, completely syncopated. Front men Wrekonize & Bernbiz bring the swagger and begin to hype the crowd up even more before launching into the first song.
Acrassicauda Only The Dead See The End Of The War
Alberta Cross Broken Side Of Time
Before Their Eyes Untouchable
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Beat The Devil's Tattoo
Broken Bells Broken Bells
Frightened Rabbit The Winter Of Mixed Drinks
Gorillaz Plastic Beach
jj jj n3
Monica Still Standing
The Morning Benders Big Echo
New Young Pony Club The Optimist
Numero Group Good God! Born Again Funk
Pavement Quarantine The Past: The Best Of Pavement
Josh Rouse El Turista
Standard Fare The Novelle Beat
The Steel Wheels Red Wing
Ted Leo and the Pharmacists The Brutalist Bricks
Titus Andronicus The Monitor
James Murphy's electro gang LCD Soundsystem is finally going to give the fans what they want, a new record. Set for a May 18th release for the as-of-yet-untitled third album, Murphy stated on the bands blog, "Looks like we added another Paris gig. Oh, and something else. The fucking record is done." Murphy sent it off to be mastered by Bob Weston and by the looks of his comments; it seems to be a relief. Murphy spoke to Rolling Stone about the struggles of recording and coming up with song titles, "You ever listen to a song 40 times?" he asks. "That's why I don't write the lyrics until as close to the day I sing it as I can, so I don't get sick of them." And when it comes to the titles Murphy thinks it should be, "the most repeated, obvious phrase... because that's what people are going to say anyway!"
When given the challenge (and yes, I mean challenge) to do an album review on Joanna Newsom's latest release, Have One on Me, I thought to myself, "What else is there to say? This album has already written its own review." However, as a loyal Joanna Newsom fan, I knew the most responsible thing to do would be to get YOU to listen to Joanna's new work, and YOU know what? You should. What will you find? The comfort in knowing that somebody in this world has felt the same feelings you have, only she has brilliantly composed them into a 2 hour musical memoir. It is all doublespeak for Newsom - everything for her has two meanings. She has taken our thoughts, desires and fears and, with a harp and pluck, confessed them better than we ever could.
Folk music, which has developed since its birth in the 19th century as traditional folklore, has been used to describe the traditions, customs and culture of the average citizen with raw, unkempt vocals and minimal instruments, usually a simple guitar or piano. Recently, folk music has gained popularity and fusion genres such as electric-folk and pop-folk have emerged, at times causing our definition of the genre to become cloudy and bereft with computerized instruments and auto-tune. Joanna Newsom is a fresh breath of air amongst a class of musicians that no longer write their own material or play their own instruments. The California-bred songstress has been classically trained in harp, guitar and piano since she was a toddler and released her first EP at the tender age of 20.