May is looking good for all of you NYC concert goers out there. Not only are some big names coming through (M83, Norah Jones, Jack White), but a ton of awesome smaller bands. The end of May also marks THE BEGINNING OF SUMMERSTAGE, which should prove inspiration enough to get through this month at work. So, take a look at the list, pick some shows and start your summer off right! If we forgot anything, leave a comment and we'll put it up!
Japanther/Ritz Riot @ 929 XPO
Teen Daze/Supreme Cuts @ Glasslands
Active Child/Balam Acab @ Mercury Lounge
You know summer is coming when the definitive summertime music event, SummerStage, is announced. This year's lineup is packed with awesome artists including Beach House, Norah Jones, araabMUZIK, Das Racist, Kurt Vile, Foster the People, Deer Tick, Amadou and Miriam and many more!
For 2012, the event has expanded to all of NYC's many parks, not just the main stage in Central Park. That means more shows and events from all over the city, Red Hook to Queensbridge, Central Park to Tompkins Square.
Did I mention all of the shows are free?! And that it'll be summertime?! And that these are all outside in NYC's beautiful parks?!
Here's a link for the full schedule and lineup. See ya there!
Danger Mouse and Daniele Luppi have finished their common project called Rome. It took them five years to record the fifteen songs of the record. They tried to get close to the ambiance you have in Western Spaghetti movies.
Ennio Morricone was a major source of inspiration. Jack White and Norah Jones also contributed to this project. Danger Mouse always does great work, this should be good.
1) Theme Of Rome
2) The Rose With The Broken Neck
3) Morning Fog (interlude)
4) Season's Trees
5) Her Hollow Ways (interlude)
6) Roman Blue
7) Two Against One
8) The Gambling Priest
9) The World (interlude)
11) The Matador Has Fallen
12) Morning Fog
13) Problem Queen
14) Her Hollow Ways
15) The World
The music industry just keeps getting better, which generates the gloomy realization that the radio will have to suffice instead of hearing the tunes in the past college bar scene. Some artist's have continued creating catchy tracks while others have blown up, showing that they aren't going anywhere anytime soon.
In short, 2010's music can most be remembered for Lady Gaga, Bruno making all the females swoon and an exhilarating formal introduction to Mumford & Sons. Not to mention the satisfaction in knowing that Kings of Leon will continue to be the best rock band for years to come with their Southern root melodies and lyrics that without a doubt will catch listener's pressing repeat on their playlist.
Well Joonbuggers, it's that time again, Festie time! This time we are preparing for Austin City Limits. This is one of my favorite festivals of the year, not only because Austin is home, but also because it might be one of the most musically diverse. We are seeing some of our electronic, oldies, Texas country and pop favies this year. Here is what we were looking most forward to.
If you missed our ultimate preparation guide for a festival, please click here to get the scoop on how to get you and your group ready for a weekend of music.
Joonbug met up with David Handler, one of the founders of Le Poisson Rouge, to discuss how the West Village hot spot continues to be the shuffle button for the music lover, party goer and art aficionado. While sitting on a fish throne David spoke about how a group of classical musicians wanted a new outlet for young people to get down with class, culture and alcohol.
Josh Gordon: Has the place changed since you first opened?
David Handler: It’s definitely been an exercise in the things to hold on to and the things that are defining that you really must preserve and protect throughout the evolution of the concept and then those other things that you have to let go of or allow to change and let take on a life on their own. We knew we could count on people for their participation in a more eclectic, a more dynamic, more savant kind of experience. We’ve just been happy and proud to see the extent that people are interested and participate in, and that has been very encouraging.
Musikfest is a ten-day-long community music and arts festival on the Delaware River in Bethlehem, PA on the site where the Bethlehem steel plant used to function as one of the top producers in the nation before shutting down in the early nineties. In short, it’s a really interesting place.
Musikfest was started in 1984 as a way to use the arts to revitalize the town of Bethlehem after the steel plant shut down. When the factory- known as Steelstacks- was closed, steelworkers planted trees at the top of the blast furnaces as a symbol of the potential that the area still had. Now, all these years later, the trees still grow and Steelstacks is being renovated into the new ArtsQuest Center. ArtsQuest’s goal in Bethlehem is to “take a unique setting and turn it into something positive,” Curt Mosel said. Mosel is the director of marketing and PR for ArtsQuest. “It will be a huge win for tourism and more opportunities for the 25,000 college students that live in the Lehigh Valley area.”
December is a slow month in regards to concerts as, presumably, most musicians would prefer to spend time with their families during the holiday season. However, The Tonight Show with Conan O' Brien films until the week before Christmas and is something that everyone local to Los Angeles should experience at least once. At the very reasonable price of completely free, one can see the comedian, his celebrity guests and a popular musical act live at the NBC studios.
On December 15th, Norah Jones, while promoting her new album The Fall, appeared as a musical guest for the show. Norah Jones is best known for sweeping the Grammy Awards in 2003, taking home 8 awards including Best New Artist and Album of the Year, despite being largely unknown by the public at the time. In the past her music has been categorized as jazz with soul and folk influences. On her latest fourth album, she steps outside of the box a little bit, her ballads still nurturing, but more up-tempo with hints of blues and soul.
You don’t have to be an acid-fried, VW driving, hippie-burnout to appreciate a good jam-band, nor do you have to be a hoity-toity, pinky-flaring, culture snob to appreciate the subtle nuances of good improvisation. In fact, the presence of a loyal fan-base is far from evidence proving notable talent (need I cite the existence of multiple Paris Hilton fan-clubs?). But, there is one so-called “jam-band” that transcends the barriers between underground appeal and critical notoriety. Regularly treading their own successful path through the journey toward musical greatness is the Chicago-based improvisational conglomerate, Umphrey’s McGee.