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]
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
Justin Townes Earle’s tunes have more of an old-timey classic country feel than those of his father Steve. Blending Hank Williams style honky tonk with a little bit of ragtime, swing and bluegrass harmonies, Earle is on his way to becoming one of roots music’s young stars. Earle sings of being like his dad on “Mama’s Eyes” and twangs through a sweet country shuffle on “What I Mean to You”. Both of these songs appear on Midnight at the Movies, out this week on Bloodshot Records.
Justin Townes Earle
“Mama’s Eyes” [MP3]
“What I Mean to You” [MP3]
In the work of British emcee/visual artist Kid Acne, two elements of hip-hop culture—emceeing and graffiti art—converge to calibrate and stimulate the eyes and ears of hip-hop heads, punk rockers and visual art lovers. And on his latest album Romance Ain’t Dead (2008) the evolution of his work is even more sly, personal and urgent.
Making full use of his skillful this-is-my-life reporter rapping, Kid Acne takes you through a sophisticated trip racing over a seamless production mix of old school hip-hop and punk rock riffs (Req One and Ross Orton). Front to back, the journey is just as fun, vivid and engaging as flipping through his portfolio of t-shirt designs and street art.
Song to song, he might be happy, sad or mad; but whatever the emotional undercurrent, Kid Acne’s sonic aesthetic celebrates the banging pleasure of old-school hip-hop drum machines while splicing in mangy guitars riffs that bleed the beautiful brevity of punk rock’s cut-to-the-chase credo. The production and careful study of his crafty comical rhymes demand repeat listens as he pokes fun at himself via “the two phones of drug dealer” on “Worst Luck”. The swift and sweet romance of Kid Acne’s idiosyncratic storytelling is clearly still in full effect since his first releases in 2001, and it’s also safe to say that this entry way into his perpetual world of visual and recorded art is wide open and demands jumping into.