Friday, January 30, 2015

Spike Lee To Preview ‘Da Sweet Blood Of Jesus’ at City Winery, February 10th


Filmmaker Spike Lee is set to take over NYC’s City Winery on February 10th for a very special evening of film, wine and music capped by a sneak peek of Da Sweet Blood of Jesus – the forthcoming film billed as “The Newest, Hottest Spike Lee Joint.” The event will celebrate Lee’s career as a groundbreaking director with a look back at some of his most iconic “joints” from She’s Gotta Have It to the present. Spike Lee will screen selections from the films and lead a discussion about his rich body of work with guests. Each ticket purchased for the preview event will include six wines paired with Lee’s films and a special musical performance to round out the affair – a great addition given the importance of Spike Lee’s film scores. Check the footage below to view the trailer for Da Sweet Blood of Jesus. Purchase tickets for the event via citywinery.com. Keep up with the film’s progress via Kickstarter and Facebook. Stay tuned for more from Spike Lee.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

(Jean-Luc Godard) GOODBYE TO LANGUAGE at IFC Center, January 28th

Named the Best Picture of 2014 by the National Society of Film Critics!

“The idea,” in Godard’s own words, “is simple. A married woman and a single man meet. They love, they argue, fists fly. A dog strays between town and country. The seasons pass. A second film begins…” But the result, in the master’s radical, joyously lo-def 3D tale, is something else entirely—a glorious, dizzying meditation on love and history, nature and meaning, as fresh and innovative as anything the 83-year-old legend has ever made. Jury Prize, Cannes Film Festival

NR, 70 Minutes, In French with English subtitles
France

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Primal Scream touring after Austin Psych Fest, including two NYC dates


Let's try this again, shall we? Primal Scream were supposed to have toured around an appearance at the 2014 Austin Psych Fest, including Irving Plaza and Warsaw in NYC, which ended up not happening. They're scheduled to play Austin Psych Fest (now re-dubbed Levitation) in May, and have announced a North American tour to go along with it, including the two same NYC venues they were to have played last year: May 20 at Irving Plaza and May 21 at Warsaw. Tickets to Warsaw go on sale Wednesday (1/28) at 10 AM and tickets to Irving Plaza go on sale sale Friday (1/30) at 10 AM with a LiveNation/Music Geeks presale beginning Wednesday at 10 AM (password: MUSICGEEKS). All dates are listed below.

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Primal Scream - 2015 Tour Dates
5/9 Austin, TX - Austin Psych Fest
5/11 New Orleans, LA - NOLA Civic
5/12 Atlanta, GA - Terminal West
5/14 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Smalls
5/15 Toronto, ON - DanForth
5/17 Boston, MA - Royale
5/19 Philadelphia, PA - The TLA
5/20 New York, NY - Irving Plaza
5/21 Brooklyn, NY - Warsaw

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds Announce North American Tour in Support of New Album 'Chasing Yesterday' [FULL SCHEDULE]


In support of his upcoming studio album, Chasing Yesterday, former Oasis guitarist Noel Gallagher will be hitting the road with his backing band, High Flying Birds, for a spring tour of North America. The tour will kick off on May 3 in Toronto and hit New Orleans, Chicago, Los Angeles, Boston, DC, and many other cities before finishing up June 7 with Gallagher's appearance at Governor's Ball in New York City.

You can check out Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds' upcoming tour dates right here:

05/03: Toronto, ON @ Sony Center for the Performing Arts
05/10: New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre
05/13: Houston, TX @ House of Blues
05/14: Dallas, TX @ Majestic Theatre
05/16: San Diego, CA @ Humphreys Concerts By the Bay
05/18: San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
05/20: Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre
05/22: Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel Las Vegas
05/29: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
05/30: Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
05/31: Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
06/02: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
06/04: Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
06/06: Boston, MA @ Opera House
06/07: New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival

Sleater Kinney at Terminal 5, February 26th & 27th

Friday, January 16, 2015

Black Crowes Break Up After 24 Years

The blues-rock band the Black Crowes are fading to black.

Founding member Rich Robinson announced Thursday the group is disbanding after 24 years.

In a statement, he alluded to internal issues between his brother and the band.

"I love my brother and respect his talent but his present demand that I must give up my equal share of the band and that our drummer for 28 years and original partner, Steve Gorman, relinquish 100 percent of his share, reducing him to a salaried employee, is not something I could agree to," Robinson said in the statement.

Robinson, the band's guitarist and songwriter, founded the group with his brother and lead singer, Chris Robinson. An email seeking comment from Chris Robinson wasn't immediately returned. He also fronts the band Chris Robinson Brotherhood.

The Black Crowes released its debut album, "Shake Your Money Maker," in 1990. It went on to sell five million albums and featured the hits "She Talks to Angels" and "Hard to Handle." The band also had success with the follow-up albums "The Southern Harmony and Musical Companion" and "Amorica," but started to fade in the late 90s.

Besides the Robinsons and Gorman, the Black Crowes included bassist Sven Pipien, keyboardist Adam MacDougall and guitarist Jackie Greene.

"I hold my time with the Black Crowes with the utmost respect and sincerest appreciation. It is a huge swath of my life's body of work," Rich Robinson said in the statement. "I couldn't be more proud of what we accomplished and deeply moved by the relationships people created and maintained with my music. That alone is the greatest honor of being a musician."

The Black Crowes' last studio album was 2008's "Warpaint."

Friday, January 9, 2015

Extreme "Pornograffitti - 25th Anniversary" tour at The Space (Westbury), January 24th

Extreme rolls into town on the 25th anniversary of their biggest album "Pornograffitti". This is the album most famous for songs- 'More than Words' and 'Hole Hearted'. It was their entry into Top 40 Pop music history. Extreme had been a Glam-rock hair metal act before, but they offered something more: the eccentric guitar stylings of Nuno Bettencourt. One of the greatest guitarists alive, now jumbling gigs between Rihanna and his own solo group, Bettencourt returns to the stage with the original lineup (minus drummer Paul Geary) for this special performance.  They will be playing the album in its entirety with an encore of various hits spanning their career. 1990 was their year, and if you were in high school around that time, you probably loved this band. Tickets on sale now.

Kim Gordon releasing 'Girl In A Band' memoir, going on book tour (two NYC dates included)


Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon, no stranger to authoring books, is releasing a new memoir on February 24 via Dey Street Books called Girl In A Band, presumably named for the ill-advised question female musicians are often asked in interviews that Kim sarcastically sang about on "Sacred Trickster" ("What's it like to be a girl in a band? I don't quite understand!"). She's now announced a book tour in support of it, which has her being interviewed by different people at each stop.

The tour begins around release day, with two NYC appearances. First, she'll be at Brooklyn's Greenlight Books/BAM Cinematek on February 23 with Margaret Bodde(executive producer of a 2011 George Harrison documentary), and then at The Strand on February 24 with novelist/Vanity Fair contributing editor Elissa Schappell. To get into the Strand date, you need to purchase a copy of the book or a $15 Strand gift card. Stay tuned for more info on the Greenlight Books date.

Other stops on the tour will have Kim interviewed by Carrie Brownstein, Aimee Mann, Jon Wurster, Sub Pop's Bruce Pavitt (who also just released a book), and more. All dates are listed below...

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Kim Gordon -- 2015 Tour Dates


02/23 Brooklyn, NY Greenlight Books/BAM Cinematek (with Margaret Bodde)

02/24 New York, NY The Strand (with Elissa Schappell)

02/25 Chapel Hill, NC Flyleaf/Cat's Cradle (with Jon Wurster)

02/26 Chicago, IL Chicago Humanities Festival (with Alison Cuddy)

02/27 Austin, TX BookPeople (with Terry Lickona)

03/01 Albuquerque, NM Bookworks/University of New Mexico (with Samantha Carillo)

03/02 Seattle, WA Elliott Bay Books/The Neptune (with Bruce Pavitt)

03/03 Portland, OR Powell's Books (with Jon Raymond)

03/04 San Francisco, CA JCC San Francisco (with Carrie Brownstein)

03/05 Santa Monica, CA Live Talks LA (with Aimee Mann)

03/07 Los Angeles, CA MOCAtv (Bennett Simpson)

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Scott Weiland Talks New 'Furry' Album 'Blaster,' Plots U.S. Tour

After months of speculation, Scott Weiland has revealed to Rolling Stone that Blaster, his debut LP with backing band the Wildabouts, will be released March 31st via Softdrive Records and will be accompanied by a cross-country tour. The 12-track album was produced by Rick Parker (Black Rebel Motorcycle Club) and recorded at Weiland's Lavish Studios and the Sandbox in Los Angeles. It's Weiland's first original solo album since 2008's "Happy" in Galoshes, with the singer, who penned 11 of the new album's tracks himself, describing the results as guitar-heavy and "furry."

""Happy" in Galoshes was an experimental art record, for the most part," he tells Rolling Stone. "Blaster is definitely a band sound: a stripped-down, furry sound with a lot of space between the notes. But it's tight and to-the-point while keeping that garage rock vibe to it."

The Wildabouts – guitarist Jeremy Brown, bassist Tommy Black and drummer Danny Thompson – previously joined Weiland for the 2013 "Purple at the Core" tour, which included material from Purple and Core, Weiland's first two albums with former band Stone Temple Pilots. He and the Wildabouts worked on Blaster between touring bursts, writing and recording "two or three songs in a stretch, sometimes more."  

While the musician says there's no overarching lyrical theme on Blaster, many of the songs were inspired by Weiland's wife, Jamie – including "Way She Moves," which the singer describes as a "sexy T-Rex kind of tune." Other tracks are "fictitious stories" and "whimsical adventures": Weiland says "White Lightning" is "about making and selling moonshine, back in the day" and was inspired by the bootlegging crime-drama Lawless, while "Modzilla" is a "mishmash of psychedelic vibes, taking you on a wild ride."

The frontman says he hasn't been this excited about making an album since the early days of STP – mostly because of strong chemistry with his bandmates. "If you take out the fact that we had to break up the recording process when touring, the album came very easily because of the vibe between the band members," Weiland says. "The sound we were getting felt original and infectious and brought me back to the feelings I had when I made my first couple records. Just excitement, feeling invigorated. Youthful."

Weiland and the Wildabouts will tour in support of Blaster starting in February. The band has scheduled 13 new solo dates and three festival spots, beefing up an already-busy spring schedule that includes previously announced performances at SXSW, the Sundance Film Festival and more. Tickets for the band's first 13 shows go on sale January 9th. 

Scott Weiland and the Wildabouts Tour Dates:

February 22 - Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
February 24 - Denver, CO @ Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom 
February 26 - Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room 
February 27 - Chicago, IL @ Double Door 
February 28 - Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
March 2 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge 
March 3 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
March 6 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
March 7 - Destin, FL @ Club LA
March 10 - New York, NY @ Gramercy Theatre
March 12 - Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
March 13 - Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar 
March 14 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall 
April 25 - Welcome to Rockville @ Jacksonville, FL
May 16 - Rock on the Range @ Colombus OH
May 30 - BottleRock Music Festival @ Napa Valley

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Ride confirm reunion and announce 2015 tour, NYC Terminal 5 June 4th


Shoegazers Ride have announced their return, confirming a series of live dates for 2015.

The band will reunite in May for a UK tour that includes dates in London, Manchester and Glasgow, plus shows in Paris, Amsterdam, Toronto and New York. Ride will also make festival appearances at Primavera Sound in Barcelona on May 29 and London's Field Day on June 7.

In this week's issue of NME, on newsstands and available digitally now, Ride's Andy Bell said: "It's going to be really cool. As we were all still friends, we always thought when the time was right we'd do it. And now the time is right."

"People bought our records first time round," frontman Mark Gardener added, "but our music has grown in significance since we've been away... We want to give the people what they want. We'd be idiots to go out and play a new album, but that's not to say we wouldn't make new music."

Gardener confirmed that while "there are no plans as such" for a new LP, he's "sure there will be writing because that's what undoubtedly happen when we rehearse".

Ride formed in Oxford in 1988, releasing four albums – 'Nowhere' (1990), 'Going Blank Again' (1992), 'Carnival Of Light' (1994) and 'Tarantula' (1996) – before their split in 1996. They reformed briefly in 2001 for a Channel 4 documentary and 'Best Of' release.

Bell was a member of Beady Eye with Liam Gallagher until the band's recent split.

Ride's tour dates in full:

Glasgow Barrowland (May 22)
Manchester Albert Hall (23)
London Roundhouse (24)
Amsterdam Paradiso (26)
Paris Olympia (27)
Barcelona Primavera Festival (29)
Toronto DanForth Music Hall (June 2)
London Field Day (7)