Check out our eco-friendly Holiday Guide—I talked to some broke-ass musicians (Zach from Umbrella Tree, above) about what they'd do for gifts this season. Not surprisingly, they all get pretty creative.
Aesop's Fables: Indie emcee gets married, moves across the country, grows up. (Playing Monday, 19th at Mercy Lounge.)
Fang on Wax: Wax Fang's latest finds them sharpening their canines. (Playing Friday, 16th at The Basement w/Hotpipes.)
Night Vision: On her latest, Mary Gauthier shows she can make good use of a match in the dark. (Playing Friday, 16th at The Belcourt.)
Six Degrees of Feist: Sure, she's famous now, but what about her friends? (Playing Wednesday, 21st at the Ryman.)
In the Spin: Who won the Buddytown vs. Left Can Dance dance-off? Were we disappointed in The Sky Drops show? Got plans Thursday and Friday night? What Atlanta garage-rockers want you to "nestle in" their "boobies?"
Our Critics' Picks: The Art of Rock, James King, Physics of Meaning, Kenny Barron, Blue Man Group, Nanci Griffith, The Blakes, Mothers Without Borders & more.
I heard last night that Regina Spektor passed out during soundcheck for her show at the Ryman. News today from the promoters at AEG:
Due to last-minute health issues, the November 14 Regina Spektor concert was postponed and has been tentatively rescheduled for Thursday, December 6. Tickets for the 11/14 show will be honored for the new date when it is finalized.Of course, Perez Hilton is already on it.
Those seeking refunds may do so at their original point of purchase beginning on Thursday, November 15. All refunds must be requested by noon on Wednesday, December 5.
Word on the street is that 12th & Porter has closed its doors again. According to their MySpace page, there are no shows from the 14th through the 24th of November because the venue is "closed for the holidays." However, a showcaser whose gig was canceled called up Mercy Lounge looking to rebook elsewhere, claiming the email he received from 12th & P said the place was closed for good, and that they'd even pulled the PA out already.
You may recall that we reported on the last 12th & P closure, that time due to nonpayment of taxes, back in May. Or, you may not.
Just when you thought Gibson wasn't doing anything much these days except trying to sell glow-in-the-dark SGs to goth kids and finding new ways to work "killer tone" into their press releases, they go and drop a bomb on you: the robot guitar that tunes itself.
Or, as Idolator put it: Artificially Intelligent Guitar Able To "Tune Itself," Destroy Human Civilization.
According to the Reuters report, the guitar "not only keeps itself in tune even after string changes but also allows players to access six nonstandard tunings at the push of a button."
Gibson has not said whether plans are in the works for a guitar with a 120 GB hard drive mounted inside the body, which would allow the player to extract guitar lines from mp3 files, store them in the guitar and then trigger the samples either by hitting the strings or by using a cell phone. (Also, we didn't ask them.)
Paramore is undeniably ascendant: after three years of tireless runs through clubs and festivals, the band, from Franklin, Tenn., has built a passionate audience that has snapped up more than 350,000 copies of its recent second album, "Riot!," more than doubling the sales of its debut. And now the band is selling out theaters on its biggest tour to date.
Though its success is in large part due to smart pop songwriting and a fashion-forward frontwoman, music executives and talent managers also cite Paramore as a promising example of a rising new model for developing talent, one in which artists share not just revenue from their album sales but concert, merchandise and other earnings with their label in exchange for more comprehensive career support.
How I Became the Bomb have offered up an unreleased track via the Interweb. Trick is, you've gotta sign up for their mailing list over here. Feel free to use the comments section to bitch about how I just posted an HIBTB blog entry.
L-R: Stella, Spider Virus, Mammy Namms.
I'm too sexy for my human, as I do my little turn on the manwalk.
Nope, still listed on his Ticketmaster page...
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