Our very own Evan Sawdey just got off the radio moments ago, sparring with Blender’s Joe Levy on WYNC’s Soundcheck in a smackdown session on U2’s No Line on the Horizon, which we gave a 6 yesterday. Check out the broadcast and U2’s appearance last night on Letterman playing “Breathe” off the new record.
No Line on the Horizon smackdown on WNYC [streaming]
Tinted Windows is a power-pop supergroup made up of the odd-until-you-really-think-about-it crew of Taylor (the middle one) Hanson, Fountains of Wayne tunesmith Adam Schlesinger, former Smashing Pumpkin James Iha and Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos. Lead single “Kind of a Girl” is a brain-implantingly catchy pop treat, all crunchy guitars, glam-rock fuzz and an achingly melodic singalong chorus. They’ll be at SXSW on March 20, with their album dropping, via S-Curve, on April 21.
MSTRKRFT have a very busy March ahead of them. The Canadian group releases their latest album Fist of God on March 10th for the iPod set and March 17th for those of us who still like to play CDs on our stereos. It’s a dance-heavy set and features a long list of hip-hop luminaries among the collaborators, including Ghostface Killah, E-40, Freeway, Lil’ Mo, N.O.R.E., and R&B man John Legend. They’ll be dropping by Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 18 and playing a long list of March and April tour dates (listed below) in March and April culminating in an appearance at Coachella.
05-Mar Cholula, Mexico - lAniversio Bombay w/Felix Cartal
06-Mar Monterrey, Mexico - Nueva Leon w/ Felix Cartal
07-Mar Mexico City Plaza - Condesa w/Felix Cartal
13-Mar Phoenix Myst - Bird Peterson
14-Mar Denver - Ogden Theater w/Felix Cartal, Bird Peterson
19-Mar San Francisco - The Independent w/Felix Cartal
20 Mar Dallas - Pontiac Garage at the House of Blues
21-Mar Austin - SXSW
28-Mar Miami (WMC) - Ultra Music Festival
28-Mar Miami (WMC) - Louis @ Gansevoort
03-Apr New York - Webster Hall w/The Bloody Beetroots, Bird Peterson
04-Apr Baltimore - Sonar
09-Apr Toronto - Koolhaus w/Crookers, The Bloody Beetroots, Steve Aoki
10-Apr Philadelphia - Theater of Living Arts)
11-Apr Montreal - Metropolis w/Felix Cartal
18-Apr Indio - Coachella
Although conveniently placed within the garage-rock revival earlier this decade, The Soundtrack of Our Lives has proven to be a consistently good modern rock band with reverence for classic rock masters but a style all its own. With singer-shaman Ebbot Lundberg leading the way, the band returns to the United States in support of double-album Communion, available March 3.
This live version of “Second Life Replay”, a song from the new album, features mystical lyrics, a harmonica interlude, and a galloping third act—business as usual for this group of musicians borne from Union Carbide Productions. See them in a city near you this month.
09 March 2009 Paradise Rock Club, Boston
11 March 2009 Music Hall of Williamsburg, New York
12 March 2009 Bowery Ballroom, New York
13 March 2009 Double Door, Chicago
15 March 2009 The Independent, San Francisco
16 March 2009 Troubadour, Los Angeles
and their label are making it available early via an inexpensive yet highly motivational tactic. On Sunday, March 1, the full album download cost $1. On March 2, the price went up to $2. On March 3, it’s $3, and so on until the release date. The sooner you get on it, the more you’ll save!
Need more convincing? Check out “From The Hips”, a typically intense Tim Kasher slow-burner from the new record.