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Friday, Feb 28, 2014
We caught St. Vincent's sold out tour kick off show in New York City and have the photos to prove it. Check out her lengthy North American tour schedule.

New York City was abuzz for Annie Clark’s (aka St. Vincent) show at Terminal 5 given all the buzz her new album, St. Vincent has garnished. It is currently number three at Metacritic for highest scores of the year (behind a reissue and albeit early in the year). So we had to check out the sold out show with Clark and her band, Toko Yasuda on Moog & bass, Matt Johnson on drums and Daniel Mintseris on keys. Below are some thoughts shared by fans on Twitter as well as our photos.


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Thursday, Feb 27, 2014
As guitarist and singer Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni explained sagely, Tinariwen's music has a global message.

In the midst of an extensive New York winter, Tinariwen stopped through New York to promote their new album Emmaar (“heat of the breeze”). The falling snow isn’t something the Malian band is used to out in the Saharan desert. But unfortunately, their country is in disarray given that attempts to create a separate or autonomous area in Azawad as a home for the Tuareg people have resulted in an extremist Islamic presence escalating conflicts with the Malian government. Tinariwen was thus persuaded to record Emmaar in a different desert, California’s Joshua Tree.


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Wednesday, Feb 26, 2014
What ultimately sets the Motet apart are the tightly layered arrangements.

Ocean Beach loves a funky Saturday night dance party and there was a line around the block at Winston’s to attest to it. Such a lengthy line is rare to see at the venue, with many music fans taking a laissez faire approach to buying tickets these days. But the line to get into the club showed anticipation running high for this fiesta with the Motet from Colorado, who were making their first visit to San Diego in some time.


Some had caught the Motet’s smashing performance at the 2012 High Sierra Music Festival in Northern California, where the band’s “Funk Is Dead” project—covering Grateful Dead tunes with funk and afro-beat arrangements—was one of the festival’s top highlights. The word was clearly getting out. But local funkateers the Earful were also bringing in a draw of their own, as evidenced by how full the intimate club was for their opening set.


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Tuesday, Feb 25, 2014
While Activision didn't have a new Skylanders game to show off, they did have new toys and MEZCO's line expands to include Sons of Anarchy as well as Breaking Bad.

In the past, video games haven’t been a big part of the international Toy Fair, but that hadn’t stopped Activision from having a big booth to showcase their Skylanders game/collectible toy hybrid line. This year however, Activision wasn’t sharing any info about any new game for 2014 at Toy Fair, so their booth was a bit more subdued. They did showcase a couple of new characters for their game as well as a seasonal variant, the springtime Trigger Happy, a pastel colored character in an egg-shaped package. They also announced a partnership by which they will release fruit snacks later this year but the samples they had were too gummy and unpleasantly stuck to my teeth.


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Monday, Feb 24, 2014
The ability to blend classic influences into new sonic flavors is one of Nelson’s strongest attributes and was evident throughout the night.

Guitarist Lukas Nelson calls his band the Promise of the Real (P.O.T.R.) and the name is fitting because the group is legit. There’s a general tendency to be somewhat skeptical of children of celebrities who choose to follow in their parents footsteps. But Nelson, son of country music legend Willie Nelson, is well on his way to carving out his own niche as one of the more gifted rock ‘n’ rollers of his generation.


The band’s first two albums established Lukas as a talented songwriter and the band as a sonic force, combining various classic rock influences with a little bit of cosmic cowboy country twang. Nelson is an ace guitarist and the band is a powerful live act, which is what separates the contenders from the pretenders. Nelson has also been racking up extra credit points by collaborating with various musical elders, such as sitting in with Phil Lesh, Bob Weir and company at the Los Angeles Greek Theater on Furthur’s fall 2012 tour. This followed a tour opening for John Fogerty.


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