“We got in kind of late today, and everybody jumped off the bus, except me… I had to change my clothes… and I looked out the window, and there was a man in his underpants… directly across from the bus… and was just sort of walking around like, ‘it’s cold’. And I felt like I was finally at home. Which brings us to this next song, ladies and gentlemen, which is called ‘We Live In A Dump’.” Preface to one of their uniquely They Might Be Giants songs, by one of the two founding members, John Flansburg, painting an accurate picture of the immediate area surrounding The Warfield in San Francisco in a uniquely perceptive and humorous TMBG way. The Grammy Award-winning duo and backing band have long been pioneers in alternative and experimental music, breaking into the mainstream with their third studio album, Flood (1990), which included hits “Birdhouse in Your Soul” and “Istanbul (Not Constantinople)” and well known for their “Boss of Me” theme song to the television series, Malcolm in the Middle. Last night’s show included a great mix of old and new material, including songs from their 16th studio album, Nanobots, released just a few months ago. The packed theater seemed to be filled with hardcore fans, which wasn’t surprising given that their work is so unique and they have been so prolific over more than a quarter century that they’ve cultivated quite a following.
“I’m not gettin’ old. I’m gettin’ dead.” Sixto Díaz Rodríguez, at age 70, standing before an enthusiastic, sold out crowd at The Warfield in San Francisco last night. He took time away from his set of late 60s folk protest rock and some surprising covers to engage the audience, often with humor (and some of it lighthearted and self deprecating) and incredible charm. I don’t know about the rest of the crowd, but if I could have one wish granted at the show, it would probably be to go up and give him a hug. He seems to be quite a sweet character, and beaming with happiness, which was not quite what I expected having his work on rotation for the 2.5 hour drive into the city. With boots, leather pants, black shirt and coat, and his trademark hat and glasses, he stood before us like some kind of elder statesman rock star… long lost and forgotten, that he was there at all playing on stage was as much unlikely as it seemed to be a part of his destiny. Truly an incredible opportunity to experience his music live and in person, I can’t imagine anyone in the room went away anything less that ecstatic with the show.
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, presented by Goldenvoice, has announced their 2013 line-up of artists and bands performing at the annual music event in Indio, California. Featured artists include New Order, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, The Stone Roses, Blur, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The xx, Phoenix, Modest Mouse, Lou Reed, Metric, Of Monsters and Men, Johnny Marr, Moby, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Vampire Weekend, Jurassic 5, Hot Chip, Postal Service, Social Distortion, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and more. For residents of Northern California, like myself, are just as excited about the announcement, in that though we may not make the trek to Southern California, we have the benefit of what has been dubbed “Fauxchella” by SpinningPlatters.com… with concert venues in the San Francisco Bay Area playing host to many of the bands adding on their own headlining shows on dates just before and after the famous festival event.
Sixto Rodriguez, who’s story was portrayed in the Oscar-nominated Searching for Sugar Man (due on DVD/Blu-Ray January 22nd) has concert dates planned out through the first half of 2013, taking him to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, the United States, and through to Glastonbury in the UK. [Read more…]
Natasha Khan, recording and performing as Bat for Lashes, has announced a handful of dates for the start of 2013, supporting the critically acclaimed The Haunted Man, which was released late last year. January and February are host to mostly festival performances in Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia, with some concerts in California and the Pacific Northwest in April, and one date in her Native England in June. [Read more…]
Grammy award-winning prolific alternative duo They Might Be Giants have plotted out their 2013 North American tour (part of a 60-date international tour), which will also mark their 30th anniversary. Kicking off in Maine at the end of February, the band will journey across the United States and Canada through mid-June. Their latest studio album, Nanobots, is due to hit on March 5th, and a 3-song Nanobots EP was just released (find on iTunes and Amazon). You can also check out their new track, “Lost My Mind”, on SoundCloud. The tech-savvy band have also released a new iPhone app. [Read more…]
New Wave legend Terri Nunn and Berlin will be playing a handful of special shows to start off 2013, hitting venues in Washington and Southern California. With the new album expected this year as well, it should prove to be an exciting one for fans. [Read more…]
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club have announced dates and locations for their North American tour, which will support Specter at the Feast, their new album which is expected on March 18th. [Read more…]