Tuesday, June 28, 2005

Love. Angel. Tour Baby.

Everyone's favorite girl, is holla-ing back for a US Tour this fall.

Gwen Stefani - Harajuku Lovers tour w/ support from Black Eyed Peas.

Sun 10/16/05 Phoenix, AZ America West Arena
Tue 10/18/05 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion At San Jose
Thu 10/20/05 San Diego, CA Cox Arena
Fri 10/21/05 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl
Sun 10/23/05 Santa Ana, CA Art & Jazz Festival
Tue 10/25/05 West Valley City, UT E Center
Wed 10/26/05 Denver, CO Magness Arena
Fri 10/28/05 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
Sat 10/29/05 Auburn Hills, MI Palace Of Auburn Hills
Mon 10/31/05 Boston, MA Fleet Center
Tue 11/01/05 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
Thu 11/03/05 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel / Casino
Sat 11/05/05 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center
Sun 11/06/05 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center
Tue 11/08/05 Duluth, GA Arena @ Gwinnett Center
Thu 11/10/05 Houston, TX Toyota Center

Previously: Harajaku Girls
When The Sun Comes Out, So Do The Freaks

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Hey, Charlie

View the new Willy Wonka trailer!!


I am alive!

So I have posted anything in about a week, so here is everything to catch up. This is my week in review:

Earlier in the week, Billy Corgan placed an add in the Chicago Tribune, reporting that he wanted to get back together with The Smashing Pumpkins. Not exactly sure if that is the best way to get your band back, but I hope it works. I also have an extra ticket for his show on 6/30 in Boston.

Live 8 is all about two things: One, the lack of top notch African Artists - (Orchestra Baobab? Baaba Maal???!!) and Two, putting all the shitty acts in North America. Earlier in the week, Live 8 was confirmed for Barrie, Ontario. Bryan Adams, Barenaked Ladies, Deep Purple, Motley Crue, Our Lady Peace, Simple Plan, Tegan & Sara and The Tragically Hip are among the B-list acts to grace the Canadian stage. ... Awesome.

In other Live 8 news, Bjork decided to hop on the bandwagon and will be performing her first headlining show in two years, over at the Toyko leg.

Modest Mouse is playing tonight in Montreal. From what I have heard, Modest Mouse shows generally rock. Tonight's show is sold out but I think tickets should be floating around (no pun intended..).

This weekend is the Chew Chew Fest! Lots of portions of food for very cheap, down at the waterfront.

Saturday, June 18, 2005

MIA/LCD Pictures


DJ Contra

LCD Soundsystem

Thanks to Big Stereo, I have the setlist for LCD Soundsystem.

Set I:

Beat Connection
On Repeat
Give It Up
Daft Punk Is Playing At My House
Loosing My Edge
Slow Dive


Jump Into The Fire


MIA/LCD 2005/06/21 @ Avalon in Boston, MA

Drugs & Girls!

Lesbians On Ecstasy are on tour again! I didn't make it last time, so hopefully I will make it one of these free shows.

June 25 - Toronto, ON
Pride South Stage
**Free!** 7pm

July 1 - Montreal
Meow Mix - le boudoir pre party
Salla Rosa

July 7 - Quebec City
Off-Fest - La Drague

July 16 - Ottawa, ON
Shameless Magazine party

July 17 - Toronto, ON
Folsom Fair North

July 29 - Montreal
Boat Party

July 31 - Montreal
Sex Garage at Divers Cit?

July 1-3 in Montreal is Le Boudoir, three days and nights of Burlesque & Vaudeville. For more information click here.

Looking for the right somebody? Need a date for the upcoming Sleater-Kinney show? Why not post on Craigslist?

Friday, June 17, 2005

The Skins and Punks will love this one...

I didn't even know the Templars still play! This will be one show not to miss. Hopefully The Exploited don't pull out of a Montreal gig like previously...

Harajuku Girls

Can't get enough of Gwen?? Who are these mysterious Harajuku girls that she seems to sweat? Here are a few links to help you understand the style that these girls have that others, apparently, can't touch.

Link 1

Link 2
Link 3 argues that Gwen is falsely portraying the Lolita-esque style of the real Harajuku girls and dolling them up with stupid pastels.

Here's you weekend links:

Burlington - 70s + 80s Flashback dance @ Higher Ground
Boston - Robert Plant @ Bank of America Pavillion
Boston - Caesars @ T.T. The Bear's

Boston - Freezepop @ Cambridge River Festival

Montreal - Sleater-Kinney @ La Tulipe

Tuesday, June 14, 2005


First off, round 2 of Mars Volta/System Of A Down tourd ates has been announced.

The presale password is mezmerize and most tickets go on sale through ticketmaster.

Monday, August 8th
Phoenix, AZ
American West Arena

start Wednesday June 15th 10 am local time
end Thursday, June 16th 9 pm local time
Public On Sale: Friday June 18th noon local time
Monday, August 15th
Pensacola, FL
Pensacola Civic Center

start Wednesday June 15th 10 am local time
end Thursday, June 16th 9 pm local time
Public On Sale: Friday June 18th 9am local time
Tuesday, August 16th
Orlando, FL
TD Waterhouse Centre

start Wednesday June 15th 10 am local time
end Thursday, June 16th 9 pm local time
Public On Sale: Friday June 18th 10am local time
Wednesday, August 17th
Miami, FL
Office Depot Center

start Wednesday June 15th 10 am local time
end Thursday, June 16th 9 pm local time
Public On Sale: Friday June 17th 5pm local time
Monday, August 29th
Bell Centre

start Wednesday June 15th 10 am local time
end Thursday, June 16th 9 pm local time
Public On Sale: Friday June 17th noon local time

Tuesday, August 30th
Quebec City
Colisee Pepsi

start Wednesday June 15th 10 am local time
end Thursday, June 16th 9 pm local time
Public On Sale: Friday June 17th 10:00 am local time

In other news, Jacko was acquitted of all 10 charges against him! Maybe he will schedule a concert in celebration?? I hope so! Here is an interview he did with Geraldo in February 2005.

The Soundtrack Of Our Lives is playing at Higher Ground on Thursday. Tickets are $14 in advance, $16 at door.

Sunday, June 12, 2005

Un-kept Promises

I once told myself that I would shell out my back account to see Pink Floyd. Well, ...

I wish I wasn't a liar. At least the revolution will be televised.

Saturday, June 11, 2005

Tonight's local pick

Check out the audio samples on their website. It should be a good time. Currently my favorite track that they have is Zygor and the Eye of Death. This band opened up for Of Montreal when they came to Higher Ground a few months ago, so I recommend coming to this free show tonight, while you can still them for free.

Friday, June 10, 2005

Finally, the indie kids.

So last night I finally got to see MIA and it very much lived up to what I was anticipating. There is a nice review of the show over at Big Stereo, with some pictures and a video clip. Her new DJ, whose name no one seems to know. I think it is something like DJ Control, Brooklyn Vegan thinks it's DJ Marlboro, while Big Stereo thinks he is DJ Chaos. Anyhow, he is fucking good. He spun before MIA came out and then spun all the tracks for the show, cutting back and forth between the Piracy beats and some other ones not on the albums. The setlist was:

Set I:
Pull Up
Fire Fire
Lady S.O.V.
Bucky Done Gun



I don't know who the girl is who sings with MIA on tour, but she is awesome and I wonder if she did tracks on the record. Anyway, they were all in good spirits and at times MIA got really excited and climbed up on the monitors and was dancing and singing.

LCD Soundsystem, however, was the show. Oddly enough, or maybe not, the live show is 10x better than the album. They opened up with Beat Connection and I don't remember the setlist in order, but they are floating around somewhere. People were dancing off the bat, but not enough. Four songs in, Daft Punk Is Playing At My House, and the crowd still isn't going ape-shit .. But it was an odd version of the song, not my favorite. Then, something happened. Tribulations came on, and a light bulb inside the indie kids clicked. Finally, the indie kids were dancing. I think there may have been a mosh pit, actually. The encore (or maybe set closer?) was Yeah and everyone was singing and didn't want it to end. Even though it was around 10 PM and the show was over, I felt fully satisfied. Here is a band that does not cheat their audience one bit. Murphy constantly left his post to tweak with amp and noise settings too make sure everything sounds perfect.

If you haven't seen them yet, you have a few more chances before it is off to Europe.

Fri 10th New York, USA: Webster Hall
Sat 11th Philadelphia, USA: Transit
Sun 12th Washington DC, USA: 9:30 Club

I did take pictures but I don't have them yet, I will shortly.

Need a cheap good show to go to tonight? Go see The Bomb Squad at Metronome. Only $5 and they hit the stage at 11 PM. They play dirty funk and feature Jen Durkin, from Deep Banana Blackout, on vocals.

Seven Days has also reported that tomorrow there will be a sidewalk chalk competition downtown! Even if you don't want to compete, I'm sure it will be fun to watch and see the finished products.

Sidewalk Chalk Pastel Competition
Saturday, June 11
Burlington City Hall Park
10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Free, materials provided.
Info, 864-1557.

Thursday, June 09, 2005

Broken Dreams

Well I dropped my camera somehow the other day, so now it is in the shop getting fixed... And now I don't have a camera for MIA/LCD Soundsystem. I have been waiting for this show for months, so don't think that I won't borrow one and have tons of pictures to post here soon.

More of my Jam On The River pictures are posted here on the State Of Mind website.

In the meantime ... Drink Liberally.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Too Self Indulged

Last night I saw Mindless Self Indulgence and I was really excited to see them. It was just nice to see all the punk kids out, that are often shafted in this town when it comes to chances to see bigger artists that interest them. MSI has been around for years have gained quite a semi-underground following. I remember a few years ago they played several nights at Irving Plaza and sold them all out before I got a ticket, so last night was my first time seeing them. I am a fan of their new album, however, I am not a fan of their live show. First off, the singer thinks he is a god ... Exemplified by the back of his jacket which stated, "We Are Gods" (I wish I had a picture). He would do very obnoxious, and by obnoxious I do not mean gross/sexual/obscene - more crude/cocky, innuendos. An example of this is that he walked around the crowd looking for "the ugliest" person so he could "stick his tongue down their throat". Anyhow, the music they were playing was good... Until on closer look, it appears that everyone is pre-recorded except for the singer. This may be false information, but I believe it to be true. Here are some photos.

The good people at One Louder have reported that Sigur Ros will be coming over to North America for a fall tour. The dates are listed below:

Aug 9th Hawaii Theatre, Honolulu
Sept 6th Atlanta Symphony Hall
Sept 7th Carolina Theatre, Durham
Sept 9th Tower Theater, Philadelphia
Sept 11th The Music Center at Strathmore, Maryland
Sept 12th Beacon Theatre, New York
Sept 13th Beacon Theatre, New York
Sept 15th The Opera House, Boston
Sept 16th Theatre Maisonneuve, Montreal
Sept 18th Ottawa (venue to follow)
Sept 19th Massey Hall, Toronto
Sept 20th The Michigan Theater, Ann Arbor
Sept 21st Chicago Theatre
Sept 23rd Orpheum Theatre, Madison
Sept 24th State Theatre, Minneapolis
Sept 27th Orpheum, Vancouver
Sept 28th Paramount Theatre, Seattle
Sept 29th Roseland Theatre, Portland
Oct 1st Paramount Theatre, Oakland
Oct 3rd Copley Symphony Hall, San Diego
Oct 5th Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles
Oct 6th The Joint, Las Vegas

Jam In The Dam
is back with another jamband festival over March Break in Amsterdamm. The line-up is as follows:

Eerste Week (March 12-13-14):

Disco Biscuits
Yonder Mountain String Band
The New Deal

Tweede Week (March 19-20-21):

Umphrey's McGee
Sound Tribe Sector 9
North Mississippi Allstars
Benevento/Russo Duo

This weeks picks in music:

Tuesday - Ozomotli @ Higher Ground
Wednesday - Kaki King @ Club Passim (Cambridge, MA)
Thursday - MIA/LCD Soundsystem @ Avalon (Boston)
Friday - Infected Mushroom @ Aria
Saturday - Sasha @ Aria
Sunday - Sleater-Kinney @ La Tulipe
Monday - Dark Star Orchestra @ Higher Ground

Monday, June 06, 2005


Here is what you need to know:

1) Mars Volta + System of A Down Tour

That's right! Starting August 4th in California, The Mars Volta will be on tour with System of Down, who is supporting their new album Mezmerize. Mezmorize is also the pre-sale password. Pre-sale starts Wednesday at 10 AM (California local time, I believe) and ends Thursday June 9th at 9 PM. Tickets can be purchased here.

2) Help me get a Live 8 ticket! If you want a ticket for Live 8 (London), you must text the number below with the response to the following question. If you don't know the answer, then I don't know what to tell you.

What city is the forthcoming G8 summit being held near this July?

A) Berlin B) Moscow C) Edinburgh

Text A, B or C to 84599*

The text will cost you £1.50* plus your operator's standard text charge. If you can't afford the text, you can write in for free a request for tickets! Send your full name, address, and answer to:

Live 8 Ticket Competition,
PO Box 4026,
Leamington Spa,
CV31 9AZ

3) If you are in Burlington tonight, come to the Mindless Self Indulgence show!! I will be taking pictures.

Friday, June 03, 2005

Late Night Shorts

I just stopped by Tower Records and heard the new Nouvelle Vague album and I am pretty sure that I need to own this album. It is very sexy, sophisticated bar/lounge music. I don't know too much about them, except that their album consists of bossa nova/jazz covers of classic punk/post-punk artists such as The Dead Kennedys, The Clash, Joy Division, XTC and so on. Marc Collin and Olivier Libaux are behind the project, with different female vocalists doing vocals on each track. They are French, as you may have guess, but will be doing a North American tour starting in September.

* SAT 09/10 NEW YORK : NY Joe's Pub
* SUN 09/11 PHILADELPHIA : PA World Cafe
* MON 09/12 BOSTON : MA Paradise
* TUES 09/13 NEW YORK : NY Joe's Pub
* WED 09/14 NEW YORK : NY Canal Room - CMJ
* THU 09/15 MONTREAL : PQ La Tulipe
* FRI 09/16 TORONTO : ON Rivoli
* SAT 09/17 CHICAGO : IL Schuba's
* SUN 09/18 CHICAGO : IL Hothouse
* WED 09/21 SEATTLE : WA Chop Suey
* THU 09/22 PORTLAND : OR Holocene
* SAT 09/24 SAN FRANCISCO : CA Bimbo's
* SUN 09/25 LOS ANGELES : CA Tangier
* MON 09/26 LOS ANGELES : CA Tangier
* WED 09/28 SAN DIEGO : CA Casbah held

I've also gotten word that next Friday's Infected Mushroom show will be an all night long event, with the line-up looking something like this:

DJ Rickam (Tech Safari) 8PM - 10PM
G Obrien 1:30AM - 4AM
INFECTED MUSHROOM (Live) (Israel) 4:30AM Â- 8AM

Now, I have no idea what goes on between 10 PM and 1:30 AM, so the times are probably off and DJ Rickam will prob start later.

Miss Universe a Canadien?? From what I'm told, she just lives in Canada but she is actually Russian...Not that it matters..

Live 8 Website Launched

The official Live 8 website has been launched and will have up-to-date information on line-ups and how to get tickets for the various shows. According to the site, in order to get tickets for the event in London, one has to text a phone number that will be revealed on June 6th, and then he/she is entered into a lottery for tickets. Not everyone will get tickets, but everyone is allowed to text the number more than once, however one can be expected to be charged a hefty fee for each text.

One Clap, Two Snap, Jazz Tap.

Jazz Festival starts today in Burlington. For full information click here. I have listed some of the shows that appeal to me:

Friday June 3rd:
Madeleine Peyroux Quartet, Jamie Maitsfield & Doug Perkins @ The Flynn
Saturday June 4th:
Melvin Sparks Band @ Nectar's
Sunday June 5th:
Brothers Past @ Nectar's
Thursday June 9th:
Buckwheat Zydeco, ReBirth Brass Band, and Guy Davis @ Waterfront Park Tent
Saturday June 11th:
Starting at 9PM, downtown Chruch Street will turn into a block party with an array of music and festivities. This sounds like a party not to be missed.
Sunday June 12:
Trio! Stanley Clarke - Bela Fleck - Jean-Luc Ponty @ The Flynn

If you are still looking for activities, The Burlington Free Press has a pretty comprehensive list.

Thursday, June 02, 2005

Bud - Wise? - No!

I learned a few important lessons after the Kraftwerk show.

1) If there is an afterparty, either show up early, buy tickets in advance, or get on the guestlist. Fucking everybody in NYC is on the guestlist or knows Kim's brother's sister who is the editor of Fader (example). Luckily for the average un-elite, many parties make it easy to get on the guestlist, simply by submitting an email saying that you want to be on the list.

2) Whenever the words 'open' and 'bar' appear in the same phrase, either your vision is blurred or you are probably not seeing the fine print.

Needless to say, I did not get into the Martin Gore party last night because I got there too late and it was all full. I did read that Brazilian Girls, Kraftwerk, and Christian Aguilera were all in appearance. Luckily for me, I ended up at the Knitting Factory and got punk'd into hanging around for the open bar that was from 1-2 AM.

Little did I know, that open bar really translated into "free B2E," which for those of you who don't know anything about beers that sound like they are named after boy bands, is Budweiser's new energy beverage that consists of beer with Caffeine, Ginseng, and Guarana Extract. As you can probably guess, it is gross. However, it will be come trendy because some dumb popped-collar kid things it is awesome to chug and get hyped up and drunk at the same time. I salute you Mr. Popped-Collar.

I have also learned that Paul Hinojos (Sparta, ATDI) has joined The Mars Volta as a full time member, making the band now have three out of five ATDI members.

Have you ever wanted to see a talk show taping? Do you want to see Fischerspooner, The Faint, Bloc Party, for free? Details are here (not a scam) on how to obtain free tickets, while supplies last.

The Original Man-Machine

So last night, I was one of the privileged who saw Kraftwerk's sold out performance in New York City. I believe Kraftwerk is a band of Radiohead status on many levels, but specifically touring, where in they don't alter the setlists too much, but after each show you are blown away. This was my first Kraftwerk show and it was everything I wanted it to be, except that they didn't play Sex Object. I think the setlist looked something like this:

The Man Machine
Expo 2000
Tour de France e-tapes 1 + 2
Tour de France
The Model
Neon Lights

Trans Europe Express
Computer World
It's more fun to compute
Pocket Calculator

The Robots

Elektro Kardiogramm
Boing Boom Tschak
Aero Dynamik/Musique Non Stop

The amazing part of the live show is the visuals that accompany each song. Here are pictures and video clips as well. Highlights included the Man Machine opener, seeing the robots dance for The Robots, and hearing Boin Boom Tschak! If you haven't been to Kraftwerk's website,recommendend you do that now and play with the games.

Now click the links for video clips!

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