The Futureheads have cancelled their Fall tour, including their Oct. 19th show at Mississippi Nights.
Archive for September, 2006
Ray LaMontagne will be playing at The Pageant on Thursday, December 7. Ray’s recently released Till the Sun Turns Black is another solid album from this increasingly popular singer/songwriter/guitar player from New Hampshire. While his sound is certainly steeped in the folk-rock tradition, it is a melancholy affair, featuring violins, cellos, keyboards and horns to accentuate his whispering Nick Drake-like vocal delivery.
This is a video clip I found on YouTube of the Descendents performing their song “Clean Sheets” at Mississippi Nights in 1987:
While the video is better than I would expect for a show like this (what’s the source of this?), it’s certainly not the best performance from the band, but I thought it was cool, nonetheless (and I’m a big Descendents fan).
Ouch. This picture has no relation to the post. I don’t like posts without pictures, though.
The Riverfront Times, has recently started up a blog, which you can read here. Music editor Annie Zaleski’s posts are a great resource for local music goings-on; she even gave me a tip of the hat, so here’s to her on that. Be sure to add it to your daily website/blog reading regimen.
The Lineup for this year’s CMJ Music Marathon, which takes place in New York from October 31 until November 4, features such bands as The Shins, The Black Keys ,Ben Lee, Deerhoof, Blonde Redhead, Architecture In Helsinki, Tapes N Tapes and Cansei de Ser Sexy (and a few hundred more).
This year, based on my initial, cusory glance at the lineup, St. Louis has one band performing at the Marathon, Bunnygrunt. If I missed any other St. Louis bands, please let me know. Springfield, MO’s Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin (see their MySpace page) is also playing.
Here are two cover songs for you, both of which are rocking my face right now:
Bishop Allen – Psycho Killer (live Talking Heads cover)
The Polyphonic Spree – Lithium (Nirvana cover from the Spree’s new EP, Wait)
Two Gallants will be playing at Off Broadway on Thursday, October 12th with Langhorne Slim and Trainwreck Riders . I have never seen Two Gallants live, but have only heard good things about the San Francisco duo’s live show. The band delivers its take on folk rock with punk rock intensity that has drawn comparisons to The Pogues. As an interviewer said in a recent interview with the band, “You guys write awesome drinking songs.” That should sum it up.
Ever wondered what The Beatles’ “Revolution #9” sounded like backwards, but were too lazy or too lacking in a proper turntable? Well, this guy has done it for you and has provided MP3’s.
Me as a kid:
The new French Kicks album, Two Thousand, came out this summer and shows the band poppier than ever. They’ve gotten some good press, and I have yet to write about them, so consider this my recommendation. You can even make up your own mind:
Here’s the video for French Kicks’ “So Far We Are”:
I recently discovered local postpunkdiscorockers Say Panther and was quite impressed with the young band’s take on the whole make-the-indie-kids-dance genre that was all the rage in New York a few years ago. I imagine the distorted vocals (think Julian Casablancas of The Strokes) would get old after a whole album, but hopefully they will eventually phase that technique out on future releases as the singer gets more confident with his singing voice.
Also, tonight, at the Lemp Neighborhood Arts Center, come out and see Berlin Whale, who recently blew the roof off at Riddle’s as part of the RFT Music Awards Showcase (and are friends with the aforementioned Say Panther), Puppet Show and God Fodder for a fundraiser for the Center. $5.