Yeasayer: preaching the psychedelic gospel
Since coming onto the scene via 2007's South By Southwest Music Festival, Yeasayer have been turning heads since day one. Shortly after their stint at SXSW, this psychedelic-gospel-pop group created a heavy buzz by touring with MGMT and supporting the likes of Beck on large tours.
After being asked to play Lollapalooza, the group went back in the studio to record their follow-up effort, Odd Blood. Since it's release, Odd Blood has been greeted by warm critical reception, as well as rabid consumption by fans.
A full U.S. tour is already in progress for the band, who show no sign of slowing down any time soon.Yeasayer tickets
The Get-Up Kids release a reunion EP
Set for an April 27th release date, these Kansas City second-wave emo rockers are back with an all-new EP. After breaking up in 2005, respective side projects spurted forth, such as Reggie and the Full-Effect and Blackpool Lights. After reforming for a short tour, the band decided it was time to record new material.
A supporting tour has been undertaken for this EP, with dates covering most of the U.S.Get-Up Kids tickets
New MGMT record, Congratulations, available 4/13
On their sophomore effort, hipster superstars MGMT aren't looking to replicate their debut hit album Oracular Spectacular. It seems, through working with Spacemen 3's Sonic Boom, that they are going off on a separate tangent altogether. Crafting sparkling psych-pop, the album reads more like a story than a list of individual songs.
The band has actually stated that they don't intend on releasing any singles from this album, so fans shouldn't look for the next Kids or Electric Feel. Instead, this is an album to be listened to in it's entirety.
MGMT has already kicked off their tour in support of Congratulations, and will be hitting the Coachella Festival, as well as the rest of the U.S. before heading overseas to begin a world tour. It seems as though the boys from MGMT are here to stay.See MGMT tour dates here
Jack Johnson Tour Pre-Sale April 6th!
Jack Johnson is on the road again this summer, along with an amazing crew of musicians. The North American dates are available via presale on April 6th starting with the show in Hartford, CT on July 9th.
If you're on the West Coast, try to make it to Santa Barbara for his shows October 13th and 14th. Bay Area fans can get their fix with the TWO shows at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley, as well. Openers for the tour include G. Love (solo acoustic), G. Love and Special Sauce, ALO, and Zee Avi. If you're a fan of Jack Johnson, you know that his friends are often surprise guests at his shows. Expect to hear some tracks off Jack Johnson's new CD To The Sea.Jack Johnson Tour Dates and Tickets
LCD Soundsystem announce summer tour
James Murphy and company will be taking their catchy brand of dance punk on the road this summer. Known for their high-energy no holds barred shows, this is a tour that is not to be missed. After hitting Coachella, LCD Soundsystem will hit the other side of the pond with new kids on the scene, YACHT.Get tour dates and info here
Madonna and Ellen Degeneres found to be distant relatives
Not only do the 'Material Girl' and American Idol's newest judge share a birth year and hair color, it also seems they share a common lineage. According to a new report from Ancestry.com, the two are 11th cousins, sharing a common 10th Great-Grandfather
It was also just recently discovered that Madonna's former manager, Caresse Henry, was found dead at the age of 44 in her Irvine, CA home. At press time cause of death had not been determined.See what Madonna is up to
Freedom Concerts under fraud investigation
Sean Hannity, well-known conservative right-wing newscaster for FoxNews, is reportedly under fire amidst accusations of fraud with his nationwide "Freedom Concerts". These concerts were to be fundraising events for charity, but Hannity and co. have allegedly been keeping most of the money made from the shows (including using a large portion of the proceeds for expensive travel and hotels.
Originally accused of these fraudulent by conservative blogger Debbie Schlussel, the D.C. watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington filed complaints with the Federal Trade Commission and Internal Revenue Service for engaging in "illegal and deceptive marketing practices".
The group promoting these concerts was to donate the proceeds to the Freedom Alliance scholarship fund, while maintaining a charitable organization tax status. It is being claimed that in fact, this is a for-profit venture and money is being treated as such. There has been no official disclosure as to the amount of money actually being donated to the scholarship fund.
The concerts feature Lynyrd Skynyrd, Charlie Daniels Band, and Michael W. Smith.Check out Lynyrd Skynyrd on Thrillcall
The Drums are gonna take you surfing.
Combining a modernized surf-rock sound coined by the beach boys with indie-pop sensability, this Brooklyn quartet is quickly becoming the indie darlings of the scene. Formed in late 2008, their 2009 EP "Summertime" is gaining masive ground both here in the states as well as the UK and Australia.
Their lead single from the debut EP, "Let's Go Surfing", has done wonders for the band's popularity and gives light to the great music this group will have to offer in the future.Let's Go Surfing!
Neon Indian is gonna shake you to the ground.
Formed in 2008, this Austin-based band has been creating quite the buzz as of late. Composer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist Alan Palomo (who previously operated under the name VEGA) combines danceable synths with the poppiest of hooks, adding in a dash of danger.
Their debut LP, Psychic Chasms (released in October of 2009), has been sending shockwaves through the underground. Named "best new music" by Pitchfork in '09, this group shows no signs of slowing down their rocket ride to the top.Preview the insanity here.
Alexisonfire is back and ready to roar.
After a short hiatus, this canadian quintet is back with a vengence with their 2009 release Old Crows/Young Cardinals. Constant touring and a searing sound best described as "two catholic school girls in a knife-fight" has paid of wel for the post-hardcore group that formed in 2001.
During their time off, guitarist Wade MacNeil released an album with his side project "Black Lungs", while vocalist/guitarist Dallas Green released two albums for a solo project entitled "City and Colour" (a clear reference to his given and surnames).
Regardless of the break this band took for about two years, it's very clear that they're back with a vengeance and ready to take the world by storm once again.Learn more about Alexisonfire here.