Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Rooney > new song > summer tour + tour with Hanson

Rooney's next album, Eureka, will be out June 8, 2010 via California Dreaming Records via Warner Music Group's Independent Label Group. "I Don't Wanna Lose You," another breezy pop rock song from the band--fronted by a nephew of Francis Ford Coppola--is free at their webby site. After their regular headlining tour, which includes a date in LONG ISLAND, they jump onto tour with Hanson. Yes, mmmbop Hanson. -Kenyon

Dates with the nite (with Black Gold and Young Veins):

June 16 Wave House San Diego, CA
June 17 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
June 19 Henry Fonda Los Angeles, CA
June 20 Canyon Club Agoura Hills, CA
June 22 Slim's San Francisco, CA
June 23 The Boardwalk Orangevale, CA
June 24 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
June 26 El Corazon Seattle, WA
June 27 Knitting Factory Boise, ID
June 28 Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
June 29 Marquis Theatre Denver, CO
June 30 Waiting Room Omaha, NE
July 1 Blue Note Columbia, MO
July 2 Juanita's Cantina Ballroom Little Rock, AR
July 3 The Collective Shreveport, LA
July 5 Republic New Orleans, LA
July 6 Seville Quarter Pensacola, FL
July 7 The Social Orlando, FL
July 8 Common Grounds Gainesville, FL
July 9 Crowbar Tampa, FL
July 10 The Loft Atlanta, GA
July 11 Amos' Southend Charlotte, NC
July 12 Handlebar Greenville, SC
July 14 Irving Plaza New York, NY
July 15 Bottle & Cork Dewey Beach, DE
July 16 Chameleon Club Lancaster, PA
July 17 Crazy Donkey Farmingdale, NY
July 18 Toad's Place New Haven, CT
July 19 School of Rock Hackensack, NJ
late July to late August tour with Hanson

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Fol Chen new track + tour with Liars

West coast indie art pop ensemble Fol Chen are ready to release the follow up to last year's Part I: John Shade, Your Fortune's Made with Part II: The New December (on Asthmatic Kitty July 6, 2010). The album features members of Liars, who are taking Fol Chen on tour with them. "In Ruins" shows the band proud and confident with their mixture of hard-to-identify sounds and female vocals that bring to mind the best of Luscious Jackson. Also, find their law-defying cover of Pink Floyd's "In the Flesh" at their myspace. -Kenyon

"In Ruins" - [mp3]

dates with LIARS
04/27 San Francisco, CA Slim's
04/29 Portland, OR Hawthorne Theatre
04/30 Vancouver, BC VenueCanada
05/01 Seattle, WA Neumo's
07/13 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
07/14 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
07/15 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall
07/17 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
07/18 Newport, KY The Southgate House
07/20 Nashville, TN Exit / In
07/21 Bloomington, IN Rhino's Youth Center
07/22 St. Louis, MO Firebird
07/23 Lawrence, KS Bottleneck
07/24 Denver, CO Bluebird

Friday, April 23, 2010

Portugal. The Man Signs with Atlantic records. Tour dates in June.

Portland by way of Alaska artist Portugal. The Man hits the West coast in June. Earlier this month, its creative escapist rock earned them a contract with big wig Atlantic records.

dates with the nite
5/29 - Sasquatch! Festival - George, WA
6/17 - Harlow's Night Club - Sacramento, CA
6/18 - The Fillmore - San Francisco, CA
6/19 - House of Blues - Anaheim, CA
6/20 - Hotel Congress - Tucson, AZ
6/23 - Club Sound - Salt Lake City, UT
6/25 - Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room - Seattle, WA
6/26 - Roseland Theater - Portland, OR

Monday, April 19, 2010

Blur >> new song!

Graham Coxon re-joined last year to play festivals and junk. And now, this new zzzz i'm sleeping tune, which could have been a B-side from Blur's Modern Life is Rubbish. "Fool's Day" doesn't even sound finished. At least it's better than Stink Tank. -Kenyon
Drummer of You Say Party! We Say Die! dead at age 30

Drummer Devon Clifford of YSPWSD, who released one of the best albums of 2010 so far, collapsed onstage Friday night at a concert in Vancouver and passed away early Sunday morning. Reported at Spinner and NME, among others.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Univox: Univox (ROIR)
release: April 13, 2010 (digital) May 11 (CD)
style: garage rock, rock 'n roll
[rating: ***1/2] "Pi," the quick, garage rocky lead off single from this Philly band's debut, is a misleading first listen. The songs that follow show a different type of band, one that is smarter and melodic. All four members sing and write (hence "Univox"), which brings a unified existence to "You Don't Know" and "Bright Lady Light," the latter of which harnesses their influence from the Kinks. In the middle of the album, Univox takes a respectable chance and exits their box for the dark "All This Blood Came from My Heart," which is like an a cappella Gregorian chant with modern lovelorn lyrics. -Kenyon

listen to the whole album HERE.

Friday, April 16, 2010


The country-folk-rock from this Portland, Oregon band bears striking resemblance to My Morning Jacket on these two songs from their upcoming Hay, Hay, Make A Wish and Turn Away (out May 18, 2010 on Timber Carnival records). "Hell, If I Love" has a big country rock vibration that can fill a large space, while "No Clouds" rides a horse with no name through shuffling percussion and robust harmonies. -Kenyon

"Hell, If I Love" - [mp3]
"No Clouds" - [mp3]

Thursday, April 15, 2010

movie left for dead.

The Boogens
(1981) Mostly mundane in its first hour, the Boogens (which is rare on VHS and never put to DVD) suffers from several pot holes. Oh my bad, i mean PLOT holes. The "monsters" keep a low profile during that hour, only showing their tentacle grabbing people. When the mutants are finally shown full body (i think), it's still a mystery as to the what, why, where and how. The "how" being this: how could they have survived in a mine tunnel cave for 80 years. And how about this for a why: Why do they kill one guy in the garage and then bring him down to the cave where he is found floating in the water, while they kill some girl and leave her in the basement. Just left there. Didn't even bother to eat her. The two lead girls look straight out of most any other early campy 80s horror film, and in fact one of them was in the original Prom Night. At least the Boogens didn't get REMADE yet! [rating: *1/2] -Kenyon
movie left for dead.

The Cavern
(2005) Ruined by unlikeable characters and a ludicrous ending, the Cavern sets a new low for horror set in the underground. A group of adventurers, whose passion for cave exploration is hardly believable, find a cave that has never been explored. It happens to be a year after their friend DIED in a cave during one of their outings. But that doesn't stop them from going into a big hole in the middle of nowhere! A creature--which we don't see much of till the end--has apparently been dwelling in the cave, surviving for years without eating people, until now (just like the Boogens!). When its identity is revealed, the Cavern only digs itself into a deeper hole (ha!). Let's just say that there's no way the creature would have the strength to push large boulders like it does. [rating: *] -Kenyon
Boy Eats Drum Machine > audio + video
Cassette love cuteness. Snappy title track from Hoop + Wire, out now.

Friday, April 09, 2010

The Radio Dept > new track > album out April 20

"Never Follow Suit" - [mp3]

Following acclaim and contributions to Sophia Coppola's Marie Antoinette, the Swedish groop applies a dub reggae foundation for "Never Follow Suit," while the soft vocals and rich tapestry of sound is reminiscent of the Marr/Sumner project Electronic. Next album, Clinging to a Scheme, is out April 20 on Labrador/Caroline. -Kenyon

Saturday, April 03, 2010

Phantogram > new video from debut LP Eyelid Movies (Barsuk records) + tour dates that are mostly with the Antlers, who are playing a show at Stony Brook this thursday with me, DJ k3nyon, spinning!

15 Buffalo, NY Soundlab
16 Columbus, OH The Basement *
17 Urbana IL, Canopy Club *
18 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon *
20 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theatre *
21 Iowa City, IA The Blue Moose *
22 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall *
23 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig *
24 Rock Island, IL Brewing Company *
26 Boulder, CO Fox Theater *
28 San Diego, CA Casbah *
29 Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar *
30 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour *

1 San Francisco, CA Independent *
3 Portland, OR Doug Fir *
4 Vancouver, BC The Biltmore Cabaret *
5 Seattle, WA Neumo's *
18 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
19 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
31 George, WA Sasquatch! Music Festival
* w/ The Antlers
Band of Horses > new song + video.
From next album, out May 18. U.S. Tour with Pearl Jam!

April 23 + 24 - Raleigh, NC - Walnut Creek Amphitheater (with Widespread Panic)
April 26 - Athens, GA - 40 Watt
April 28 - Miami, FL - Fillmore
April 29 - Orlando, FL - House of Blues
May 1 - New Orleans, LA - Jazzfest
May 2 - Memphis, TN - Beale St. Music Festival
May 3 - Kansas City, MO -Sprint Center (w/Pearl Jam)
May 4 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center (w/Pearl Jam)
May 6 - Columbus, OH - Nationwide Arena (w/Pearl Jam)
May 7 - Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Center (w/Pearl Jam)
May 9 - Cleveland, OH - Quicken Loans Arena (w/Pearl Jam)
May 10 - Buffalo, NY - HSBC Arena (w/Pearl Jam)
May 13 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center (w/Pearl Jam)
May 15 - Hartford, CT - XL Center (w/Pearl Jam)
May 17 - Boston, MA - TD Garden (w/Pearl Jam)
May 21 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden (w/Pearl Jam)
May 27 - Davis, CA - UC Davis Freeborn Hall
May 30 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheater (w/She & Him)
May 31 - George, WA - Sasquatch Festival