Tuesday, April 24, 2007

BREAKING NEWS: Set Times Announced for COACHELLA Festival This Weekend & Festival Grounds Map

Hallelujah, it's Coachella time!  That's right, fellow music fans, the weekend we've all been waiting for is finally at hand. And the one thing we've wanted to know more than any other is, drum roll please... "What time does Of Montreal go on???"  Or were you wondering about the Noisettes? Or maybe festival opener Flosstradamus? Whatever the case, you were fumbling about in the dark for all the most important details. Without the set times, how could you know you'd have to think long and hard about choosing between Gogol Bordello and Bjork?! 

Well, I'm happy to report that the mystery has been solved, and set times have gone public!

So print out these handy dandy set times and festival grounds map, courtesy of their publicity peeps. Puzzle over them, agonize, make choices, and mark 'em up til you barely know what they say anymore. Just make sure not to forget them at home!

Don't have tickets yet? What are you waiting for?!
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Coachella 2007 Set Times - Friday 4/27

Coachella 2007 Set Times - Saturday 4/28

Coachella 2007 Set Times - Sunday 4/29

Coachella 2007 Festival Grounds Map

UK NEWS: How to Get Insider Info On Hot Tours Going On Sale

This one goes out to our fellow music fans across the pond. It's a shout out to a fantastic Alert product for those of you in the UK who want to get the earliest possible notification about who's playing and when tix go on sale. You gotta check it out: http://www.gigsandtours.com.

Norah Jones at the Theater at Madison Square Garden   The Decemberists at Loew's Landmark
>>Left: Norah Jones at MSG, New York, 4/18     
>>Right: The Decemberists at Loews Landmark Theater, New Jersey, 3/21


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Latest news from http://www.gigsandtours.com

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT
..On sale 9am Thursday 26th April:
BRIGHTON Dome - Sun 24 June
OXFORD New Theatre - Mon 25 June
FOLKESTONE Leas Cliff Hall - Wed 27 June

BLOC PARTY
..On sale 9.30am Friday 27th April:
MANCHESTER Central (Formally GMEX) - Thur 13 December
LONDON Alexandra Palace - Fri 14 December

NORAH JONES
..Norah Jones has just announced her first UK shows in over 3 years. The singer will play Glasgow, Manchester and London in support of her current album 'Not Too Late'. Norah's mulit million selling debut 'Come Away with Me' won her 8 Grammys and a Brit award in 2003 and these shows represent a rare opportunity to hear one of the most unique voices in contemporary music live. On sale 9am Friday 27th April. The dates are:
GLASGOW Clyde Auditorium @ SECC - Fri 24 August
MANCHESTER Apollo - Sat 25 August
LONDON Apollo Hammersmith - Mon 27 August

THE DECEMBERISTS
..On sale now are:
LIVERPOOL Carling Academy - Wed 10 October
NEWCASTLE Carling Academy - Thu 11 October
LEEDS Metropolitan University - Sat 13 October

PAOLO NUTINI
..Plymouth - last release of tickets:
PLYMOUTH Pavilions - Fri 27 April

AUTOMATICA
..On sale now are:
SOUTHAMPTON University - Wed 23 May
WOLVERHAMPTON Wulfrun Hall - Fri 25 May
MANCHESTER University - Sat 26 May
LONDON Mean Fiddler - Mon 28 May
CARDIFF Solus - Sun 10 June

ROBYN
..On sale Tuesday 24th April:
LONDON Dingwalls  - Thurs 14 June

GRANT LEE PHILLIPS
..On sale now:
LONDON Dingwalls - Tue 7 August

Bloc Party 3/31/07
>>Bloc Party at the United Palace Theater, New York, 3/31

Monday, April 23, 2007

HOT TIP: Feist and The Faint Announce New Tours

FINALLY!  The Faint are going back on tour! Could they have made me wait any longer? But I digress. Loyal readers might recall that I've waxed rhapsodic about both Feist and The Faint in the past. Here's the low-down...


>>Feist

Choosing Feist as one of my AOL CityGuide Ear to the Ground picks after her first album came out, I gushed, "After bruising her vocal chords touring with The Ramones, Feist reinvented herself as a lo-fi indie folk goddess via a breakout solo album and a spot in Broken Social Scene. Her laid-back intimacy and light-as-air musicality is perfect for gigs at [intimate clubs like] San Fran's Fillmore.

And guess what... Now that she's on the verge of releasing her follow-up sophomore album, you've got the opportunity to do just that! If the Fillmore isn't in your neck of the woods, I'd recommend catching her at Washington DC's 9:30 Club -- one of the best clubs on earth for an intimate show. Or Town Hall. Oh heck, see her anywhere you can.

Here are her upcoming tour dates -- many with Grizzly Bear, no less! -- courtesy of her publicity peeps:

6/8/07 – Northampton, MA @ Calvin Theatre +
6/9/07 – Boston, MA @ Berkelee Performance Center+
6/11/07 – New York, NY @ Town Hall *Sold Out
6/12/07 – New York, NY @ Town Hall
6/13/07 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club +
6/14/07 – Greensboro, NC @ Carolina Theatre +
6/15/07 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse +
6/17/07 – Bonaroo Music Festival
6/19/07 – Chicago, IL @ The Vic
6/20/07 – Minneapolis, MN @ Pantages Theatre +
6/22/07 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre +
6/24/07 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre +
6/25/07 – Portland, OR @ TBD +
6/27/07 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore +
6/29/07 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern +
6/30/07 – Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up +
+ dates w/ Grizzly Bear

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>>The Faint
About another of my Ear to the Ground picks, The Faint, I gushed, "Compulsively listenable and infectiously danceable, The Faint's brand of new wave for the 'Noughties' is no mere regurgitation of '80s synthpop. The Nebraska band's sold-out gig at NY's B.B. King Blues Club has officially made my Top 10 Shows of All Time list."

Two years later, that show is still on my Top 10 of All Time list. So hopefully that glowing recommendation will give you some inspiration for buying tickets to see  their upcoming tour. You will not regret it, I promise you.

Here's the itinerary, courtesy of The Faint's official site:

4.14     Lawrence, KS              University of Kansas Day on the Hill
5.22     Chicago, IL                  Metro
5.23     Toronto, ONT              Opera House
5.24     Buffalo, NY                  Town Ballroom
5.26     Boston, MA                 The Avalon
5.27     New York, NY            Motherfucker @ Webster Hall
5.28     Washington, DC           9:30 Club
5.30     Norfolk, VA                Norva
5.31     Asheville, NC               Orange Peel
6.02     Columbia, MO             Blue Note
6.03     Tulsa, OK                    Cain's Ballroom            
6.04     Boulder, CO                Fox Theatre
6.05     Boulder, CO                Fox Theatre
6.06     Salt Lake City, UT       In the Venue
6.07     Las Vegas, NV            House Of Blues
6.08     San Diego, CA             SOMA

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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

HOT TIP: Modest Mouse Adds More Tour Dates



Yes indie fans, you did it. You turned out en masse to buy Modest Mouse's new album, giving them a remarkable debut at #1 on the Billboard Top 200. Now turn right around and go buy tickets to their slew of new show dates, and help make them bestsellers on the touring frontier, too. And then there's always Lollapalooza in Chicago...

Need some arm twisting? I have four words for you: Johnny Marr on guitar.

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Tour dates courtesy of the fine folks at Filter...
 
Modest Mouse Tour Dates
 
April
17 Boise, ID - Big Easy Concert House ^
20 Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre ^
21 Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre ^
22 Chicago, IL - Auditorium Theatre ^
24 Toronto, Ontario - Hummingbird Center for the Performing Arts
25 Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis !
26 Rochester, NY - Main Street Armory !
27 Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre !
29 New York, NY - The United Palace !
30 New York, NY - The United Palace !
 
May
2 Providence, RI - Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel !
3 Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory !
4 Greensboro, NC - Coliseum Special Events Center !
5 Atlanta, GA - Masquerade Music Park !
6 Birmingham, AL - BJCC Arena Concert Hall !
8 New Orleans, LA - House of Blues !
9 Austin, TX - The Backyard !
10 Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia Theatre !
12 Mesa, AZ - Mesa Amphitheater !
13 Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre !
14 San Diego, CA - Cox Arena at San Diego State University !
16 San Jose, CA - San Jose State University
20 Somerset, England - ATP vs. The Fans
23 London, England - Royal Albert Hall
26 Glasgow, Scotland - ABC
27 Wolverhampton, England - Wulfrun Hall
28 Nottingham, England - Rock City
29 Manchester, England - Ritz Ballroom
 
June
1 Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound
6 Munich, Germany - Georg Elser Halle
7 Berlin, Germany - Postbahnhof
10 Frankfurt, Germany - Batchkapp
11 Cologne, Germany - Live Music Hall
16 Interlaken/Schweiz, Switzerland - Greenfields Festival
23 Schee├čel, Germany - Hurricane Festival
24 Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany -Southside Festival
30 Arendal, Norway - Hove Festival
 
August
3-5 Chicago, IL - Lollapalooza
 
^ w/ Grand Archives
! w/ Love as Laughter, Man Man

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

BREAKING NEWS: Lily Allen Postpones Most US Shows

Well this is a new one. Emerging pop star cancels tour to... wait for it... record more. No post-DUI rehab, fisticuffs with tourmates, nor discreet "recovery time" in a posh resort until the bruising heals. Nope, I guess she'd just rather record for her fans, than play the music live for her fans. I'm not sure how I feel about that.

Folks with tickets to her shows in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, and Charleston, SC, plus Coachella and Bonnaroo, are in luck. She's kept those dates.

Folks with tickets to the other shows, don't lose hope. She hasn't canceled them completely. But she hasn't announced when the make-up dates will be, either.

Here's the word from LiveDaily.com...

"I want to give my best to every audience I play to but, at the same time, I am itching to get back in the studio to start recording these great new songs, to keep things fresh for the audience and for myself," the singer said in a press statement. "I am not falling apart at the seams, I am not suffering with exhaustion, I am not pregnant, and I am not going to rehab. I will be here in America, promoting the album and also starting to write the second album, which I am beyond excited about."

The postponed dates have not yet been rescheduled, but Allen's publicist said the shows will be made up "later in the year."




Monday, April 16, 2007

NEW PHOTOS: Martin Sexton & Jonah Smith at Nokia Theater

Martin Sexton @ Nokia Theater 4/6/07

Martin Sexton, one of the cornerstone musicians of the "new folk" acoustic singer-songwriter scene, brought his soulful tunes to Nokia Theater in New York's Times Square on 4/6/07. Relying heavily on tunes from his new release, "Seeds," he also mixed in a good share of old time faves. I would have liked to have heard some of the gospel-esque backing vocals prevalent on the new album represented in the live show. But the crowd full of Sextonites looked like they couldn't have cared less. They were there to worship at the altar of Martin, with or without backup singers.

One of the most important elements of creating a good show flow is to match the headliner with a suitable opener, and for their choice in openers for Martin, I give the show's organizers big props. Sexton's fellow Syracuse native, Jonah Smith, was da bomb. Speaking of, I'm off to go buy his debut CD. Check ya later...

Jonah Smith @ Nokia Theater 4/6/07

Want More? Check out a full gallery of shots from the show:
>>See photo gallery<<

Martin Sexton @ Nokia Theater 4/6/07 Jonah Smith @ Nokia Theater 4/6/07

Want even more? Check out videos from the show

Martin Sexton Live at Nokia


Jonah Smith Live at Nokia


Saturday, April 14, 2007

LIVE EARTH UPDATE: Final Lineup, Ticket Prices & More Info

The kind folks at the Meadowlands have graciously provided the following info on who's playing, how much tix will cost, and finally, a ticketing link:

LIVE EARTH
THE CONCERTS FOR A CLIMATE IN CRISIS
Saturday, July 7, 2007 at 2 PM
Giants Stadium
Ticket Prices: $55, $85, $175, $350

Live Earth is a monumental music event that will bring together more than 2 billion people to combat the climate crisis. Live Earth's 24 hours of music across 7 continents will deliver a call to action and the solutions needed to answer the call. The global concert on 7/7/07 will begin in Sydney and continue across all 7 continents, concluding with the concert at Giants Stadium.

Don't miss AFI, Akon, Alicia Keys, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Fall Out Boy, Faith Hill & Tim McGraw, John Mayer, Kanye West, Kelly Clarkson, KT Tunstall, Ludacris, Melissa Etheridge, Rihanna, Roger Waters, Smashing Pumpkins and The Police.

BUY LIVE EARTH TICKETS
Tickets for this event go on sale Mon., April 16 at 10 AM.
There is no Meadowlands All Access
presale for this event.


Thursday, April 12, 2007

BREAKING NEWS: Rufus Wainwright's New Tour & Presale Ticket Password


If you're like me and treasure any and every opportunity to see Rufus Wainwright (and/or assorted other members of the clan) play live, then you're in for a happy surprise... Tickets for his new tour have gone on presale - TODAY!  Totally snuck up on me, this one did.

For the 4 NY shows, the presale password is: judy
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Keep your eyes peeled on his official site's tour page for more info on other cities as they go on presale. In the meantime, here's the full schedule in N. America:

Sun, 04/22/07    Rufus Wainwright     Triple Door Seattle, WA
       
Mon, 04/23/07    Rufus Wainwright     Triple Door Seattle, WA
       
Wed, 04/25/07    Rufus Wainwright     Palace of Fine Arts San Francisco, CA
       
Tue, 05/01/07    Rufus Wainwright     El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA

Tue, 06/05/07    Rufus Wainwright     Gramercy Theatre New York, NY

Wed, 06/06/07    Rufus Wainwright     Gramercy Theatre New York, NY

Fri, 06/08/07    Rufus Wainwright     Gramercy Theatre New York, NY

Sat, 06/09/07    Rufus Wainwright     Gramercy Theatre New York, NY
       
Sat, 06/16/07    True Colors Tour:     Bank of America Pavilion Boston, MA
            Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, Debbie Harry, & Dresden Dolls
       
Sun, 06/17/07    True Colors Tour:      Merriweather Post Pavilion Columbia, MD
            Cyndi Lauper, Erasure, Debbie Harry, & Dresden Dolls
   
Sat, 08/04/07    Rufus Wainwright     Mountain Winery Saratoga, CA

Sun, 09/23/07    Rufus Wainwright     Hollywood Bowl Hollywood, CA
            Plays Judy Garland: Live at the Hollywood Bowl

Mon, 06/11/07    Rufus Wainwright     The Danforth Music Hall Theatre Toronto, ON
       
Tue, 06/12/07    Rufus Wainwright     The Danforth Music Hall Theatre Toronto, ON

PLUS: Can't hold out until June to see Rufus? New Yorkers, you've got your chance on May 16th. Here's the deets, courtesy of Rufus' MySpace Blog:

Rufus at Barnes & Noble in New York City

Rufus will do an instore performance and signing at the Union Square Barnes & Noble in New York City (33 East 17th Street) on May 16 at 7:00PM to promote his new album 'Release the Stars'. Be sure to get there early!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

BREAKING NEWS: How to Get Those FREE Ozzfest Tickets - Plus Lineup

Yes, going completely FREE was one ground-breaking decision, as I learned firsthand at Ozzy & Sharon Osbourne's press conference. But how the heck were fans to get their hot little hands on said free tickets? That remained a mystery... until now!  Here's the info from LiveDaily.com...

Beginning May 12, ticket codes will be distributed through sponsor websites, which can be found at the official sites of Ozzfest, tour producer Live Nation, Monster Energy, Jagermeister Music and F.Y.E. The codes can then be redeemed for tickets beginning June 12--exactly one month before Ozzfest kicks off in Auburn, WA.

And here's the juicy stuff, courtesy of their publicity peeps...

These codes can be redeemed for tickets beginning June 12--exactly one month before the first OZZFEST 2007 show in Seattle.  Fans will return to the site where they registered or www.livenation.com/ozzfest, enter their code and download two tickets to the show of their choice.  Note:  To ensure that everyone gets the chance for free tickets, there is a limit of two tickets per customer. 

Main Stage Lineup:
--Ozzy Osbourne
--Lamb of God
--Lordi
--More...

Second Stage Headliners:
--Hatebreed
--Behemoth
--Nick Oliveri & the Mondo Generation

Second Stage Rotating Slots:
--Nile
--Ankla
--Circus Diablo
--The Showdown
--3 Inches of Blood
--Daath
--In This Moment
--Chthonic

>>See pics from the press conference<<

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BREAKING NEWS: Live Earth US & UK Ticket On-Sale Dates & Festival Lineups Announced

OK, so what is this Live Earth thing you've been hearing about? Only one of the most ambitious climate (and concert) projects ever undertaken. Here are some snippets from the official website, to answer all your most burning questions. For other burning Qs not related to the climate, I'm sure there's a cream you can get to take care of it.

What:
Save Our Selves (SOS)... is designed to trigger a global movement to combat our climate crisis. It will reach people in every corner of the planet through television, film, radio, the Internet and Live Earth, a 24-hour concert on 7/7/07 across all 7 continents that will bring together more than 100 of the world's top musical acts. Live Earth alone will engage an audience of more than 2 billion people through concert attendance and broadcasts. MSN has partnered with SOS to use its reach to make the Live Earth concerts available across the globe. The Live Earth audience, and the proceeds from the concerts, will create the foundation for a new, multi-year global effort to combat the climate crisis led by The Alliance for Climate Protection and its Chair, Vice President Al Gore.

Where:
  • Shanghai
  • Sydney
  • Johannesburg
  • London
  • Brazil - TBD
  • Japan - TBD
  • United States - Giant's Stadium, NJ
  • Antarctica - TBD
Who in the US:
According to LiveDaily.com...
The concerts will conclude at New Jersey's Giants Stadium with performances by The Police, Roger Waters, Smashing Pumpkins, Kanye West, John Mayer, AFI, Kelly Clarkson, Akon, KT Tunstall, Alicia Keys, Ludacris, Bon Jovi, Melissa Etheridge, Dave Matthews Band, Rihanna and Fall Out Boy.

Who in the UK:
Acts announced so far for the UK version of the event at London's Wembly Stadium are Beastie Boys, Black Eyed Peas, Bloc Party, Corinne Bailey Rae, Damien Rice, David Gray, Duran Duran, Foo Fighters, Genesis, James Blunt, John Legend, Keane, Madonna, Paolo Nutini, Razorlight, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Snow Patrol.

When:
--The Concerts take place July 7th
--US tickets go on sale on Monday, 4/16
--UK tickets ballot registration begins on Friday, 4/13

How in the UK:
A ballot system will be used for UK tickets, and registration begins April 13. Details are available at the Live Earth website.


>>Pharrell Williams discusses his involvement with Live Earth., courtesy of LiveEarth.org

FESTIVAL NEWS: Rock the Bells Brings Hip-Hop to the Festival Circuit - Dates & Lineups

The Roots at Nokia 3/11/07
>>The Roots at Nokia Theater, NY 3/11/07

Ever wonder why there's no Coachella for Hip-Hop? No Bumbershoot for beat boys? Well, apparently so has Guerilla Union, and now they've come up with a remedy: The North American Festival Series, Rock the Bells.

Hitting New York on 7/28, San Bernardino on 8/11 and San Francisco on 8/18, this is one ambitious traveling circus that bills itself as "a world-class hip-hop platform." Below are a few more descriptive adjectives, courtesy of the Rock the Bells MySpace page. Skip to the bottom for the full lineup, including Rage Against the Machine, Wu-Tang Clan, Public Enemy, Cypress Hill, The Roots, Nas and Mos Def! Could the lineup possibly be more impressive?

Few events can claim to both capture and define a movement, yet this is precisely what Rock The Bells has done since its inception in 2003. Rock The Bells is more than a music festival. It has become a genuine rite of passage for thousands of core, social, conscious, and independent Hip Hop enthusiasts, backpackers, and heads. Following in the colorful tradition and history of past Hip Hop music festivals such as Smoking Grooves and Cypress Hill's Smoke Out, Rock The Bells is the ultimate Hip Hop platform and premiere music experience in America. Rock The Bells has established a forum of unparalleled diversity and excellence by uniting the biggest names involved with urban culture. Rock The Bells prides itself for producing a spectacular music environment that is exciting, safe, and memorable. Rock The Bells has grown exponentially over the past years and has developed a reputation for keeping true to its core audience. Past Rock The Bells experiences have included a number of world-class Hip Hop acts including, KRS-One, Mos Def, Lauryn Hill, Hieroglyphics, Busta Rhymes, Cypress Hill, Sage Francis, Jaylib, Redman, Jurassic 5, Dilated Peoples, and a host of others. Rock The Bells strives to expose all the elements of Hip Hop culture. Whether it's an emcee battle, turntable exhibition, or b-boy circle, Rock The Bells represents, respects, and recognizes all aspects of the culture. History was made in 2004 as Rock The Bells hosted the reunions of the entire Wu-Tang Clan and legendary Tribe Called Quest. MTV, The Source, URB, Rolling Stone, and L.A. Times have all celebrated Rock The Bells . Rock The Bells will feature a massive indoor/outdoor festival complete with traditional vendor booths, multimedia experiences, and historic surprise performances. The evolution of urban street culture has forged its own unique movement in this world. Finally, there's an event that identifies and gives voice to the people and ideas that are continuing to shape it. If anyone is looking for a window into the future of this culture, Rock The Bells is as good as it gets.

FESTIVAL NEWS: Bumbershoot Partial Lineup Announced

The Shins @ McCarren 8/23/06
>>The Shins at McCarren Park Pool, Williamsburg, Brooklyn 8/23/06

Need some arm-twisting to get you to act on that awesome $60 special 3-day pass ticket offer? Well here's the lineup thus far, courtesy of Bumbershoot.org:

This year's music acts include:
The Shins, Wu-Tang Clan, Panic! At The Disco, Crowded House, Lupe Fiasco, Steve Earle, DeVotchKa, Devendra Banhart, Gogol Bordello, Kill Hannah, Norma Jean, Plain White T's, The Gourds, Lyrics Born, Roky Erickson & The Explosives, The Holmes Brothers, The Avett Brothers, Yungchen Lhamo, Allison Moorer, Magnolia Electric Company, The Aggrolites and many, many more to be announced!

As always, Bumbershoot is more than just killer live music, so be sure to check out the new list of hilarious Comedians, thrilling Dance Performances, extraordinary Literary Arts program, innovative Installation, Spectacle, and Visual Arts, amazing Theater and the return of the 1 Reel Film Festival.


Lupe Fiasco at Nokia 3/11/07
>>Lupe Fiasco at Nokia Theater, NY 3/11/07

HOT TIP: Insider's Deal on Bumbershoot 3-Day Passes for Super-Secret Special $60 Price!

Hey Pacific Northwesterners, and folks willing to travel for a great show... The folks from Bumbershoot are offering a super-steep discount for 3-day passes to the fest! Here's the deets:
 

BumberFans, we've got a sweet Insider's Deal for you. You listening? We're giving you a head start on your summer planning, AND passing on some incredible savings to you. Bumbershoot 3-day passes are available now ONLY for BumberFans, at the insanely low price of $60.

Just visit the Bumbershoot Store, log in and enter the promotional code "INSIDER" to get your hook-up.

This deal is available ONLY to BumberFans while limited quantities last, so if your friends want in, they will have to join the club, too. Be sure to let 'em know, and hurry up about it… this is a limited offer!

Monday, April 2, 2007

HOT TIP: Must-See Shows from Sean Lennon, Arcade Fire, Bjork, LCD Soundsystem, Teddybears

Summer always seems to get the big press about all the unbelievable concerts going down, but though it gets short shrift in the rags, little upstart Spring is hot on Summer's heels as a key concert season. Cases in point:

Sean Lennon @ the Bowery Ballroom, 12/19/06
Sean Lennon
I cannot recommend this tour highly enough. By far one of the best shows I've seen in the last year, and one of my favorite album releases, too, Sean Lennon is having a banner year in 2007. He's on the road throughout the month of April, and I'm personally looking forward to catching him at Irving Plaza. Need more convincing? Check out my review of his Bowery show in December.
>>BUY SEAN LENNON TICKETS


Arcade Fire
There's a reason they sold out 5 nights in a row in New York, and no, it's not just because the church was so damn small. This troupe of troubadours from Montreal are THE band to see this year. Thankfully, they've got 3 nights in NY at humongous venues (if the 500-seater church is your benchmark, that is). And with 16 dates overall across the country, you non-Gothamites will have a chance to catch 'Fire, too. I'll see you at United Palace AND Radio City -- woohoo!!!
>>BUY ARCADE FIRE TICKETS


Bjork
Yes, she of the oddball attitude, pixie appearance, and unmistakable vocals is coming back to the US this year. And for those of you who aren't going to be catching her headlining slot at Coachella, you have a great shot at catching her closer to home. She's got 3 dates in NY (United Palace, Radio City AND the Apollo -- zowie!), plus Chicago, Red Rocks CO, The Gorge WA (Sasquatch!), Mountain View, Vancouver and Ontario (Virgin Fest). It's not the vastest of tour routings, so plan your May very carefully.
>>BUY BJORK TICKETS


LCD Soundsystem
Sometimes you just gotta shake your groove thang. I find myself needing to do it quite often, actually. So thank goodness for James Murphy and his quasi-punk-electro-disco fabulousness that has found its ultimate expression in LCD Soundsystem. So if you live in NY, San Fran, Seattle, Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Vancouver or Toronto, balance out your Spring calendar with a club show or two, shaking your money maker to tunes fresh from the latest release (hear it in full at the LCD Soundsystem MySpace page).
>>BUY LCD SOUNDSYSTEM TICKETS

Teddybears at Hiro Ballroom, 3/1/07
Teddybears
Yet another of my favorite shows this year, Teddybears are 3 wacky Swedes that have thrown over their punk roots for two turntables, bolstered by some meaty strings and drums, with a tinge of reggae thrown in to make the party raunchy. When I said you should catch a club show or two, this is the second one I was talking about. Seriously. Run, don't walk, to your nearest Teddybears show. You'll thank me for it, I promise you. Need more convincing? Here's some arm-twisting for you.
>>BUY TEDDYBEARS TICKETS

FAVE VENUES Part 7: Bowery Ballroom

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>>The Apples in Stereo at Bowery Ballroom, 2/15/07

Kind of a pain in the behind to get to, but so worth it once you're there, the Bowery Ballroom just sort of seeps cool from its very pores. If live music venues even have pores. This is one of those venues for which you absolutely must sign up for their newsletter. Their lineups are so consistently good, you're going to be a more informed, more adventurous music fan if you do. And if you aren't wild about every band, there's a whole separate bar downstairs where you can sit out the talent on stage.

My fave spot is up in the balcony. You've got a nice view out over the heads of the crowd, but you're still super close to the stage, simply because the venue just isn't that big. So balcony does not equal feeling totally removed, like it can at so many venues. Plus, you'll get your beer far faster at the bar upstairs.

If you prefer being in the thick of it on the floor -- say, if you want to take some close-up shots of the band, for instance -- there's a secret weapon. And I'm really letting the cat out of the bag with this one... There's a secret staircase. Next time you're at the Bowery, glance to the exit sign at the right of the stage. Follow it down and see where it leads. Now that you know how to find it, reverse the process, and soak up the joy of snagging a spot next to the stage without having to fight your way up through the crowd from the back of the room. Lastly, smile knowingly at the poor sods who haven't yet discovered your secret. Share at your own discretion.

Sean Lennon @ the Bowery Ballroom, 12/19/06
>>Sean Lennon at Bowery Ballroom, 12/19/06

More of TixGirl's Fave Venues:
Part 1: Hammerstein Ballroom
Part 2: Irving Plaza
Part 3: 9:30 Club
Part 4: McCarren Park Pool
Part 5: The Theater at Madison Square Garden
Part 6: The Middle East
Part 7: The Bowery Ballroom