Hip-hop mainstay Lupe Fiasco has had a busy 2011, having finally released his long awaited full-length Lasers this past March, in addition to the 5-year-anniversary re-release of his beloved debut Food & Liquor. He's spending his fall on the road, and will be bringing his concious, visual flow to the Hollywood Palladium on Oct. 10.
Expect classics such as skate anthem "Kick, Push" and "Superstar," as well as newer singles like "Show Goes On." The Chi-Town MC is never one to hold back his political and social beliefs, so its likely he'll be as blunt and unfiltered between songs as he is in the press.
Every year, Alternative Press handpicks five of the scene's strongest acts, throws them into tour buses and vans, and sends them out on the road. This year's lineup covers almost every shade of the "punk" spectrum, ranging from guttural growls to guitar-driven pop. All of the action is set to illuminate the Boston House of Blues on Oct. 16th.
Pop-punk heavyweights Four Year Strong are headlining the event, armed with crowd favorites such as the anthemic "On a Saturday" and "Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die," which mandates a mosh pit nearly every time it's played live. With their new record In Some Way, Shape, or Form due out in November, expect a healthy dose of new material, which has been sounding great so far. The House of Blues show is the hometown stop for the Boston rockers, so this could very well be the most chaotic night of the tour.
While famous for being the birthplace of hip-hop, New York City has spawned some of the greatest rock acts in history, ranging from the Queens-bred punks in the Ramones to indie darlings such as Interpol and The Strokes. The basements and bars of the Big Apple are always buzzing with new sounds, and here are five bands that likely won’t stay confined to those venues much longer. Ranging from indie to punk rock, it's more than likely you'll find room for one of these bands in your CD... er... iTunes library.
New York Rivals – Rising out of the ashes of former tri-state area bands such as Great Big Planes and Armor for Sleep, Brooklyn’s New York Rivals sound like they’ve been making music for years. Having just formed in August, their self-titled debut record occasionally brings to mind The Strokes, Nirvana, and Muse, culminating in a fresh, aggressive sound that the New York scene needs now more than ever.
Philly show-goers will be treated to an appearance by one of alternative rock's longest running acts when The Lemonheads roll through North Star Bar this Saturday, Oct. 8. The grizzled quartet will bring along some youthful torch-carriers of the genre they helped create, with indie upstarts The Shining Twins and New York Rivals coming for the ride.
Rising out of their punky garage beginnings in 1986, The Lemonheads became one of indie's bigger acts in the early 90s, with several successful singles including a cover of Paul Simon's "Mrs. Robinson." The brainchild of songwriter Evan Dando, The Lemonheads were re-ignited with new members in 2005 after a six-year hiatus. Now as active as ever, Dando is once again ready to bring his signature brand of tunes on the road.
A yearly celebration of punk rock's godfathers and grandchildren alike, Riot Fest will rage through Chicago's Congress Theater, among several other venues, from Oct. 5th-Oct. 9th. Get your liberty spikes and leather vests ready, or at least convince your dad to dig his out of the closet.
The festival's biggest names will bring some rowdy energy to the stages of the Congress Theater. Punk stalwarts Social Distortion will headline on Thursday, supported by the Tossers and Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band. Danzig fans are in for a special treat Friday night, as the legendary frontman will perform Danzig, Samhain, and Misfits songs as part of his career-spanning "Danzig Legacy" set. Nerd-punk pioneers The Descendents will close out Saturday night, backed by equally influential acts such as Suicide Machines and Leftover Crack. Finally, as voted by fans, Weezer will perform their beloved Blue Album front-to-back on Sunday night. It's a fitting close to the entire festival, as half the show's participants likely started writing songs after hearing the opening plucks of "My Name Is Jonas."
Born out of punk shows in the basements of Boston in 2007, Transit have become one of underground rock's most rapidly evolving group of artists. While their early EPs and 2010 full-length Keep This To Yourself were excercises in fast, punky catharsis, the five-piece have refined their sound into a blend of massive choruses, creative, noodly guitars, and emotional, honest lyrics that can only be described as "Transit." Their new album Listen & Forgive is the culmination of all of this growth, and it hits stores tommorrow. We caught up with guitarist Tim Landers (pictured second from left) to discuss the new record, what the band are listening to, and just how they landed a spot on their big fall tour.
English singer Adele has emerged as one of music's most critically-respected and commercially-loved artists, thanks to the captivating pureness of her soulful voice. Her hit "Someone Like You" is one of the most striking examples of her talent, and her newly released video for the song is as simple, poignant, and arresting as the track itself.
Consisting mainly of a single, continuous black-and-white shot of Adele walking through the streets of Paris, the video never distracts from Adele's emotional struggle to stay afloat in the wake of a failed relationship. The clip ends with a subtle shot of Adele's former lover walking away, leaving the 23-year-old vocalist in a damaged yet sufferable state, a balance she outlines gracefully in the song's lyrics.
In an age of overproduction and constant simulation, it's nice to see a music video so basic and beautiful. What do you guys think?
From one of electronic music's biggest acts to a two-night affair with one of the most enduring outfits in alternative rock, there's no shortage of live entertainment to be found throughout October. Here are some marquee names and rising superstars that will be hitting the Big Apple's best venues in the coming months:
Love deadmau5? Well, here's your chance to see him six times in a row! The world-renowned electronic artist will make history when he brings his Meowsington Hax experience to Roseland Ballroom for nearly a full week. Named after his cat Professor Meowingtons, the Meowsington Hax show is a combination of arresting visual production and deadmau5's signature blend of original music and remixed classics. Judging by this clip from Lollapolooza, NYC fans are in for one heck of a sense-jarring treat. Though six consecutive nights of those flashy lights can't be good for your eyes...
The signature sounds of Bassnectar will fill the walls of Palladium Ballroom next month, when the genre-bending DJ rolls into town on his Divergent Spectrum tour. Joined by Ana Dia and Superdre, the night promises to be a celebration of diverse beats and crowd interaction.
Bassnectar, whose real name is Lorin Ashton, spins everything from dubstep to punk rock remixes. The Santa Cruz-based artist is just as active socially as he is behind the boards, as he's been a longtime supporter of the Concious Alliance, an organization that brings food to the needy.