Ghostface Killah at Tampa Pro 2009

13 02 2009

It all goes down on March 21st at the Tampa Pro 2009! With their notoriously off-the-hook parties, this year’s party madness is in Ybor City at the Ritz. Yeh, hearrrd right yo, Ghostface and Raekwon will be sweatin’ up the stage!  Tickets are $15 and apparently it’s all ages (teeny boppers welcome).

Get yo tickets before they sell out. And I’m sure they will, them SPOT boys know how to throw it down.

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The Black Keys at Terminal 5–February 09

12 02 2009

This past Saturday night (February 7) was “such a perfect day.” The day was bright and sunny, and pretty warm for New York City. Started out with some vintage record shopping at Fifth Avenue Record & Tape in Brooklyn where I was subjected to listening to some mildly retarded woman blab about her record collection, inclusive with a New Kids On The Block Vinyl. On the bright side she liked Sabbath.

Venturing on to a nice wine break back in the Slope, then onto some buttah like  sushi at Omido in Manhattan right next to the David Letterman Show. I highly recommend the Green Tea Martini, so delish! But the real icing on the cake came when we got to Terminal 5 to check out The Black Keys play a stellar set.

The show started out with a band called Lucero, who I could really give two shits for (sorry). The lead singer just sounded to country rock pop for me like Three Doors Down or some other band that frat boys like. I did however, love the rather rotund lumberjack looking fellow on the geetar. He was bad ass.

Next up were the Heartless Bastards, who I have liked for quite sometime now. Good to see them getting some well deserved tour coverage. Lead singer Erika, has an amazing, deep feminine voice that can croon with the best of them. A great band over all that puts on a killer performance. Very original and skilled in their soulful rockin’ tunes from the beginning, they ain’t no bandwagoners. They just dropped a new album too: “The Mountain,” it rocks!

As always, The Black Keys put on a great show! Dan cut his hair much shorter and trimmed up that beard. It almost looked like he was sporting a bowl cut in his country like Liberace shirt. That thing had tassels on it! Enough about his fashion though. The two-man band put on a knock out show playing just about an hour and a half. Lots of guitar solos, lots of movement and a great selection of songs! Probably one of the best performances I’ve seen them put on. And finally, “Have Love Will Travel.”

THANK YOU!

We had some sweet“special” seating but uh, I fergot my camera. Here’s a few snaps from our iphones.






Live Nation Monopoly

10 02 2009

ticketnation1Oh no dey di’nt … Looks like the world’s biggest concert provider has merged with the greedy devil Ticketmaster. Striking a deal worth $2.5 million, concert goers everywhere just might be paying a pretty penny for shows.

This basically can become a vertical monopoly! With the new company now called Live Nation Entertainment, they now control a healthy sum of concert venues, the ticketing to the shows at those venues and even the exclusive rights to some of the performers at those venues.

But who knows, this might work out in your benefit and actually lower ticket prices. Right? Ha! Does a cat fuckin bark?!!!

In the words of The Adicts: “Viva la Revolution.”

Read more about this corporate brouhaha here.





Metric’s New Album is Coming! “Fantasies”

5 02 2009

metic_emilyMany try to imitate but they surely can’t create, such a dope ass female fronted band as Metric (everyone else in the quartet is male). Front woman, Emily Haines has a sick style and voice to match. From “Grow up and Blow Away” to “Live it Out,” the music they’ve put out is sexy, stylish, smooth, and flat out rockin’. I’m sure many faithful fans are happy to hear that after four years they’re finally coming out with a new album. We’ve been so sick of all them Metric knock-offs and truly crave that lovely voice that Emily has.

Metric is announcing it’ll return with its fourth full-length album, “Fantasies” — which will be available for pre-order on their Web site I Love Metric on March 2nd, and in stores April 14th.

In a video interview posted on the band’s site, Emily says she did her “simplest and clearest” writing in Buenos Aires — where she traveled to escape the din of new music coming out of New York and the UK — including the first song she penned there, “Help I’m Alive.” And who could blame her: Argentina is amazing and all this new music has become so stale. As always, I’m sure she’s come up with some innovative goods that many will cop.

Listen to their first single “Help I’m Alive” here.

Check out a live video of their new track “Give Me Sympathy” here.

For more news on Metric read here.





Coachella 2009: Who’s Going?

4 02 2009

The line-up was announced this past weekend and it’s looking damn good! Coachella 2009: are you going?

As always there’s already rumors of who the surprise headliner will be, not to say that The Killers aren’t good enough to headline, uh … but Coachella always adds someone big and bad in the end.  Last year was Prince, and it seems like every year the rumor about Bowie gets passed around, yet I foolishly believe the thin white duke will make his appearance, only to be disappointed every year. One day, Ziggy, one day …

For those of you feeling the burden of the recession, layoffs and all that other depressive economic bullshit, you don’t have to pay the full price for tickets up front. They got a great layaway plan this year. Rest assured you’ll get to the sweaty sexy music melting pot we like to call Coachella.

Anywho, here’s the line up:

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SHEPARD FAIREY: SUPPLY & DEMAND EXHIBIT

4 02 2009

supplyanddemandIf you didn’t know him then, I’m sure you know him now. And if you still haven’t jumped on the Shepard Fairey bandwagon, I’m sure you will soon. Everyone loves a wagon ride right?

Shepard’s the shit, so check this out:

On the 20th anniversary of the Obey Giant campaign, the Institute of Contemporary Art/Boston opens the first museum survey of Shepard Fairey, the influential street artist who created the now iconic Obama poster. And to think, it all started with a lil Andre the Giant stencil that read: OBEY.

Featuring over 80 works, Shepard Fairey: Supply & Demand traces the artist’s career over 20 years, from the Obey Giant stencil to screen prints of political revolutionaries and rock stars to recent mixed-media works and a new mural commissioned for the ICA show. In complement to the exhibition, Fairey will be creating public art works at sites around Boston. On view at the ICA from Feb. 6 to Aug. 16, 2009, Shepard Fairey: Supply & Demand is accompanied by an expanded, limited-edition box set of Supply & Demand, the retrospective publication of the artist’s work, in addition to exclusive limited-edition prints only available at the ICA Store.

If you want to know what this visionary man is all about, I highly recommend you visit the exhibit.
For more information click here.





Stream Dan Auerbach’s New Album “Keep It Hid”

3 02 2009

dan-auerbach-solo-by-james-quineStream it while you can! Looks like Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys has leaked his highly anticipated solo debut on his myspace page. Listen to the entire goods of his new album “Keep It Hid” at this very moment.

Fourteen stellar tracks and the shit is impressive! I wouldn’t expect anything less from him. However, is it better than The Black Keys? I guess it depends what you’re looking for. I for one prefer The Black Keys. As much as I adore Dan’s amazing voice and the many dark, slow, fuzzy blues and ballads “Keep It Hid” exudes, I still need the variety the The Black Keys pump out: punk rock, country, blues, just plain out rock n’ roll.

So go do your ears a favor and instill some good music into your soul. “Keep it Hid” will be available to add to your CD collection February 10th via Nonesuch Records.

Dan Auerbach Upcoming 2009 Tour Dates:

Feb 28  @ 9:30 Club – Washington DC, Washington DC
Mar 1   @ Paradise Club – Boston, Massachusetts
Mar 2   @ Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, New York
Mar 3   @ Bowery Ballroom – New York, New York
Mar 5   @ Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, Ohio
Mar 6   @ Metro – Chicago, Illinois
Mar 7   @ First Avenue – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 10 @ The Showbox – Seattle, Washington
Mar 11 @ Wonder Ballroom – Portland, Oregon
Mar 13 @ Bimbo’s – San Francisco, California
Mar 14 @ El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, California