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Nov. 20th, 2009


Friday night in Toronto: The Cranberries

Nov. 19th, 2009


Alice in Chains are coming in March

If you live under a rock and right about now you're like, "Wait, I thought their singer totally died years ago?" well... yes. Layne Staley DID die, but now Alice in Chains have a new singer, who sounds just like him. (It's actually frightening.)

Their first album in 14 years, Black Gives Way to Blue, came out in September and now they're touring in support of it. They'll tour North America throughout February and March and will be in Toronto at the Sound Academy on St. Patrick's Day. That means you can get shitfaced while listening to songs about dying. Fun stuff!

Dates in Montreal and Vancouver are also on the itinerary.


Michael Stipe grows beard in apparent attempt to become bear sex symbol

A few days ago, R.E.M. uploaded some videos to YouTube which showed the band recording their upcoming 15th studio album. They were shot by a rather hirsute man who resembled Elvis Costello/Joe Pernice. Guess what.... it was Michael Stipe!

Bears, take note!

Here's the video:

Does that look like Michael Stipe? That looks nothing like Michael Stipe! My goodness.

Thursday night in Toronto: Jimmy fucking Buffett

Nov. 18th, 2009


Out this week: Them Crooked Vultures, Fall Out Boy, more

If you still actually buy music, here's what's out this week:

Alejandro Escovedo - A Man Under the Influence: Deluxe Bourbonitis Edition (bourbonitis?!?! OMFG, amazing)
Anberlin - Anberlin: The Anthology
Beak> - Beak> (Portishead members)
The Blood Brothers - Burn, Piano Island, Burn (reissue)
The Blood Brothers - Crimes (reissue)
The Blood Brothers - March on Electric Children (reissue)
The Blood Brothers - Young Machetes (reissue)
David Bowie - Space Oddity (reissue)
Miles Davis - Live in Vienna 1973
The Doors - Live in New York
John Entwistle - Rigor Mortis Sets In (reissue)
The Fall - Hex Enduction Hour (reissue)
Fall Out Boy - Believers Never Die: Greatest Hits
Forever the Sickest Kids - The Weekend: Friday
Janet Jackson - Number Ones
Norah Jones - The Fall
Lovvers - Think EP
John Mayer - Battle Studies
Paul McCartney - Good Evening New York City
Mumford & Sons - Sigh No More
OneRepublic - Waking Up
Rakim - The Seventh Seal
Rush - Working Men
Sun Ra - New Steps (reissue)
Tape Deck Mountain - Ghost
Them Crooked Vultures - Them Crooked Vultures
tUnE-yArDs - BiRd-BrAiNs
Patrick Watson - Just Another Ordinary Day (reissue)

Fergie totally has rock cred, you guys

Slash has apparently drawn a lot of criticism for recruiting Black Eyed Peas singer Fergie to appear on a cover of Guns N' Roses' "Paradise City," because he's been defending her on his Twitter.

The cover also features Cypress Hill and is the B-side to Slash's "Sahara" single. It will be released on the Japanese version of Slash's upcoming Slash & Friends solo disc, but thankfully will not come out anywhere here. (Please, God. I don't believe in you, but whatever, just don't let this happen.)

If you have no effing clue what I'm talking about, please educate yourself:

(I'm really, really sorry for that, just so you know.)

Let's face it, the original version of "Paradise City" (which really should have been called "Paradise Shitty") was bad enough in itself. But this one is just... I'll let you make that judgment.

Anyway, here's what Slash has been saying to back up Fergie's rock cred on Twitter:

"Until now, not too many people have heard Fergie sing Rock & Roll but she sings it better tha [sic] most dudes I know. She's a screamer at heart."

At this point I'm very curious what Axl Rose would have to say about that... but we'll just leave it there.........

Just so you are aware, here is the full list of confirmed guests on Slash & Friends (not including Fergie and Cypress Hill):Collapse )

I'm pretty sure Chris Cornell is a bad, bad idea considering, Slash.

Nov. 17th, 2009


Justin Townes Earle back in March

Photo by Joshua Black Wilkins

Justin Townes Earle (Steve Earle's son, for those of you who care), who's finishing a North American tour with Black Keys frontman Dan Auerbach, is coming back to Toronto in March.

Earle will play the Horseshoe Tavern again, just as he has every other time he's been here (with the exception of his show with Auerbach earlier this month - that was at the Phoenix). Earle's got singer/songwriter Joe Pug opening for him this time around, who, interestingly enough, has also opened for Steve Earle.

Justin most likely won't have longtime friend and backing musician Corey Younts with him this time around, though. Younts left Earle's gig to branch out on his own. Nothing personal, he just wanted a change.

No word on a new album just yet; looks like these gigs are in support of Midnight at the Movies.

You can see Justin Townes Earle here:Collapse )

Hot Chip coming in April

U.K. electro pop band Hot Chip are playing the Kool Haus on April 20 as part of a North American tour behind their upcoming fourth studio album, One Life Stand.

The disc comes out Feb. 8 through EMI. The title track is its first single, and you can preview it now on the band's MySpace page.

Here are the songs on it:

"Thieves in the Night"
"Hand Me Down Your Love"
"I Feel Better"
"One Life Stand"
"Alley Cats"
"We Have Love"
"Keep Quiet"
"Take it In"

Here are Hot Chip's upcoming shows:Collapse )

WTF: Still Life Still opening for Wild Beasts

Still Life Still

Falsetto-laden Brits Wild Beasts are playing the Horseshoe Tavern as part of a North American tour on Feb. 22, and they're touring with Toronto's Still Life Still as openers.

I find that a bit of a weird pairing considering they sound nothing like each other, but whatever...

Wild Beasts just released their Two Dancers sophomore album, while Still Life Still's Girls Come Too debut came out earlier this year.

You can see Wild Beasts here:Collapse )

You can also see Still Life Still here:Collapse )

Cribs playing the Phoenix in January (with Johnny Marr!!!)

Britain's The Cribs, which now includes former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, will play Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre on Jan. 15... and they'll have Marr with them.

You can bet I'll be at this show, mainly because I think The Cribs' recently released fourth album, Ignore The Ignorant, is great, but also because I think Marr is a musical legend and completely underrated guitarist. Marr, of course, also plays with Modest Mouse these days.

A date in Vancouver at The Venue is also plotted for Jan. 31.

Here are all of The Cribs' upcoming dates:Collapse )

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