|Neil pulled out the rarely heard Thrasher at the Dolby Theatre as seen in this security-shortened clip.|
Monday, March 31, 2014
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Friday, March 28, 2014
Elvis Costello has announced ten new "SOLO" tour dates in North America beginning June 9th, the first time since 1999 (when touring with keyboardist Steve Nieve) that he's headlined the area with such a stripped down setup. For the last several years, Costello has been playing about a month of solo dates in the U.S. a year, region by region. They are some of the most adventurous and lauded performances of his career -- the last run in November 2013 was called “remarkable” (Esquire) and "exhilarating" (American Songwriter) -- and they reflect the musician's astonishing breadth of material.
In Los Angeles in 2012, the OC Register called Costello's solo show "spellbinding" and said that Costello's set list "touched on cornerstone numbers and obscurities of his own, but...also dipped back to pre-Elvis, pre-Beatles, pre-the-other-Elvis and prewar tunes that illustrated his familial roots in the riches of both the Great American Songbook and England’s dance hall and music theater traditions."
In November, 2013, the DCist pointed out that "It’d be tough to name another songwriter who’s produced as much original material over the last 35 years, and it’s impossible to name another who mines his back catalog as equitably onstage. Most artists have only a handful of songs they’ll ever play from any particular album. With Elvis, any tune he’s ever released is fair game." The Washington Post wrote that “Costello showed that real rockers don’t need amplification or sound processors to rock out."
Elvis Costello - SOLO June North American Tour Dates:
All tickets on-sale Friday, March 28 except as noted
Monday 9th St. Paul, MN - O’Shaughnessy
Tuesday 10th Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
Wednesday 11th Chicago, IL – Copernicus Center (on-sale April 5th)
Friday 13th Ann Arbor, MI – Michigan Theater
Saturday 14th Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Monday 16th Cleveland, OH – Palace
Tuesday 17th Louisville, KY – Palace
Thursday 19th Atlanta GA – Cobb Energy Centre
Friday 20th Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
Saturday 21st Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Thursday, March 27, 2014
Written by Ugly Ducklings' lead vocalist Dave Bingham, Noise From The North End: The Amazing Story Of The Ugly Ducklings follows the career of the legendary 60s garage rock band from their Scarborough origins through their major hit parade successes to their re-emegernce as the favourite 60s gararge band of the punk rock movement in New York & Toronto and beyond.
Exploits and touring stories abound, with descriptions of opening for The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys and many other iconic acts of the 60s, 70s, 80s & 90s.
Of particular note are the descriptions of recording their seminal debut album Somewhere Outside in Toronto, their snotty proto-punk anthem Nothin' and their chart topping hit Gaslight in New York during the summer of love in 1967. Have a look at an excerpt right here.
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Canadian Shows:
April 4 -- Victoria BC -- Alix Goolden Hall [SOLD OUT]
April 5 -- Vancouver BC -- Commodore Ballroom [SOLD OUT]
April 8 -- Winnipeg MB -- Burton Cummings Theatre
June 3 -- Ottawa ON -- Algonquin Commons Theatre
June 4 -- Montreal QC -- Corona Theatre
June 5 -- London ON -- London Music Hall
June 6 -- Toronto ON -- Massey Hall
Monday, March 24, 2014
Saturday, March 22, 2014
|You can catch the Bottle Rockets live at The Sportsmen's Tavern in Buffalo on June 3.|
|Check out the deluxe edition of the Bottle Rockets first two albums right here|
Friday, March 21, 2014
|You can wish Gord a happy birthday at one of the various Massey-Harris gigs this weekend.|
Massey-Harris is playing...
Friday March 21 @ The Duke Of Gloucester (649 Yonge St), 10 pm
Saturday March 22 @ Sauce on Danforth (1376 Danforth), 4 pm
Saturday March 22 @ Relish (2152 Danforth), 9:30pm to 11:30pm
Sunday March 23 @ The Duke Of Gloucester (649 Yonge St), 10 pm
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
They're The Oakland A's
The Day Dock Went Hunting Heads
To The Veterans Committee
Thursday, March 6, 2014
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
|Check out the list of Black Lips dates at SXSW following the studio session clip below|
Stream the Black Lips' Underneath The Rainbow album right here
BLACK LIPS @ SXSW
With thousands of acts angling for SXSW showcase spots, getting one show during the annual week long mega music confab is a feat in itself. Alejandro Escovedo will be doing five shows this year. Here's where you'll find him...
Alejandro Escovedo at Lucy’s Fried Chicken: Taking some time out to play an intimate set at an Austin Favorite, come by Lucy’s Fried Chicken on Wednesday March 12th at 5 PM to see this performance.
Alejandro Escovedo and Richard Barone Present a Tribute to Lou Reed: With an all-star cast of musicians and a historic setting at The Paramount Theater, the stage is set for what promises to be one of the most memorable shows of SXSW. Artists across a wide spectrum of genres come together to play and honor the music of Lou Reed on March 14th. Check this link for more info.
Alejandro Escovedo hosts Maria’s Taco Xpress: An Austin institution filled to the brim with good food and good music for an entire day! Come out to Maria’s Taco Xpress on Saturday March 15th for a bite to eat and a chance to catch one of over a dozen different artists to play that day.
Plowboy Records Showcase at The Saxon Pub: Late in the evening on Saturday March 15th. Come by at 10 PM to grab a drink and catch Alejandro performing a set.
The Annual Continental Club Closeout Bash: The tradition continues! Join us and over a dozen other artists (will old pals Peter Buck and/or Steve Wynn show up?) in a celebration of another successful SXSW with an entire day of great music and great friends. Come for just a drink, or stay through to the early hours of the morning. Hey, you can sleep on the plane home!
Tuesday, March 4, 2014
Yes you heard that right and yes it is the 60’s garage rock band THE SONICS releasing an unheard track called "Bad Betty" on Muddy Roots Music Recordings. What can possibly make this sweeter? Adding "I Like It Small" by MUDHONEY to this 7” split sure the hell would! It will be available on Record Store Day (April 19, 2014) at participating independent retail stores.
So get your ass down to the local record shop and get a copy! This is a one time only pressing to add to your rare collection. Here's the Mudhoney track...
You may be familiar with Beau Williams as an accomplished modern soul artist for Capitol Records in the mid 80's. But years before his over-polished Capitol releases, the Houston-based crooner cut a couple of surprisingly funky singles for the legendary Ovide label circa 1970-71 under the alias Bobo Mr. Soul. One was a Honey Cone answer song cleverly titled "Answer To The Want Ads" and the other being the Phillip Mitchell-penned "Hitchhike to Heartbreak Road" (originally cut by Curtis Wiggins) which was re-released by Hi in 1972. That was all most of us heard from Bobo until he resurfaced as Beau Williams on Star Search. But apparently our man recorded two more powerfully funky soul sides and submitted them as a demo to Lionel Whitfield's Whit label but for whatever reason, "I'll Be Home Soon" and "Outside Love" remained on the shelf.
The lost tracks were rediscovered in 2011 by David Haffner and Brian Sears of Magnetic Recordings from the tape archive of TSU jazz director, Howard Harris who came into the possession of this material through his long-standing working relationship with Whitfield. The undeniably funky drumming sadly goes unaccredited but the understated arrangements and production combined with such emotionally-charged lyrics make for something quite special. Truth & Soul Records has just released a limited 500 copy pressing with hand stamped labels which is sure to become a sought-after cult classic.