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by Jennifer Kelly

10 Feb 2009

They may not be the most famous male-female roots rock duo in the world, but Dex Romweber and his sister Sara were pounding out stripped down blues and manic rockabilly when Jack and Meg were in middle school. Jack White has, in fact, publicly acknowledged Romweber as “a huge influence” calling “his songwriting, along with his love of classic American music from the south, be it rockabilly, country or R&B… one of the best kept secrets of the rock ‘n’ roll underground”. The two Romwebers—note they are actually brother and sister—have a new album out on Bloodshot on February 10th, called Ruins of Berlin. Three of its tracks are duets with a-list alt.twangers Neko Case, Exene Cervenka and Cat Powers, but the rest is just family, plus Southern Culture on the Skids’ Rick Miller. That’s the team for “Picture of You”, a heel-rocking, old-time strut through Eddie Cochrane territory, and “Lookout” whose bluegrassy licks might just catch fire from all the friction.

Dex Romweber Duo
“Picture of You” [MP3]
     

“Lookout” [MP3]
     

by Robert Celli

10 Feb 2009

Will the myth hold true as merger between giants is announced?

Will the myth hold true as merger between giants is announced?

Woke up this morning to this potentially game changing news in the concert promotion industry. Ticketmaster and Live Nation have announced plans to merge. In a Financial Times.com story appearing this morning, Michael Rapino, CEO of Live Nation and the proposed CEO of the merged group, said the combination would produce “measurable benefits to consumers”, noting that “current inefficiencies in the system result in higher costs and confusion over access to seats”. 

These two giants in the concert promotion industry could potentially have a stranglehold on venues, artists, and ticket buyers. According to the piece there are still a lot of particulars to work out but it will be interesting to see how this plays out.

A recent conversation I had with a source in the concert promotion industry, said advance ticket sales for premium seats at venues are sagging considerably. Perhaps this merger is designed to shore up ticket sales in a bad economy. Will this also mean an increase in 360 deals, a trend started by Live Nation. I’m sure much more will be written about this in the coming months.

by Sarah Zupko

10 Feb 2009

Hot Panda, a new Canadian pop band, releases their debut today on Mint Records. Entitled Volcano… Bloody Volcano, it’s a dose of off-kilter, spastic pop. Case in point, check out “Cold Hands, Chapped Lips”. The boys have four SXSW appearances lined up so far (dates and times below).

Hot Panda
“Cold Hands, Chapped Lips” [MP3] from Volcano… Bloody Volcano [10 February]
     

SXSW APPEARANCES
March 18, 3 pm - Beauty Bar (Breakthru Radio Party)
March 19, 3 pm - Headhunters (Mint/Venus Magazine BBQ)
March 19, 4 pm - Room 710 (Pirate Promotions party)
March 21, 8 pm - Habanna Calle 6 (Mint Records Showcase)

by PopMatters Staff

10 Feb 2009

Scottish twee-poppers Camera Obscura release their latest album My Maudlin Career in the US on the 21 of April. Those on the other side of the pond can pick it up on April 20th. The band is offering a free download of “My Maudlin Career”, yep same name as the album. This is just a taster though as the first single will be “French Navy”, releasing in April as well.

Camera Obscura
“My Maudlin Career” [MP3]
     

by Joe Tacopino

10 Feb 2009

Coming off a tour of India where they caused all sorts of trouble, lo-fi rockers the Black Lips give us a taste of their forthcoming album 200 Million Thousand, due out February 24th. “Short Fuse” displays the band’s signature jangle, wacky lyrics and general old-school rock aesthetic. Take a listen before it “blows up like an atom bomb”.

The Black Lips
“Short Fuse” [MP3]
     

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Double Take: 'Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid' (1969)

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"The two Steves at Double Take are often mistaken for Paul Newman and Robert Redford; so it's appropriate that they shoot it out over Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

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