Archive for October, 2006

Headlights – Kill Them With Kindness

October 31st, 2006

Caught in the Headlights

The Illinois trio Headlights rose from the ashes of Absinthe Blind to charm and delight with their debut album Kill Them With Kindness. Aptly named, given the positive and peaceful exploration of melodies. The indie rock outfit can’t be pinned down to one sound, which should lend itself to unevenness and chaos, but instead crafts a diverse and pleasurable album.

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By M. Burns Posted in Reviews

Murs – Murray’s Revenge

October 30th, 2006

Revenge Is Sweet

Murray’s Revenge, the second installment from L.A. born Murs, is an album that reveals the rapper’s intellect, game and humor. The album’s 10 tracks are all his own. He does not copycat mainstream rap nor does his lyrical content resemble any other hip-hop artist.
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By Diana del Rio Posted in Reviews

Bloc Party’s Weekend In The City

October 30th, 2006

Bloc Party have announced a February 6th arrival date for their sophomore album, A Weekend In The City. “This next record is hopefully going to be a lot more intricate and layered. We learnt so much about the power of arrangements. I know it sound cheesy, but I guess it is going to be a more grown up Bloc Party,” explains frontman Kele Obereke. In the meantime, Bloc Party will be opening for Panic! At the Disco on a tour begining November 7th.

Here’s the tracklisting for A Weekend in the City:

“Song for Clay (Disappear Here)”
“Hunting for Witches”
“Waiting for the 7:18″
“The Prayer”
“Where Is Home?”
“I Still Remember”

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By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Thursday – A City By The Light Divided

October 27th, 2006

Thursday Everyday

Geoff Rickly is relatively calm considering that several demos of his band’s hard work were stolen and leaked over the Internet. Thursday is known for their support of the spread of music via file-sharing, but warn that the album versions “have all changed substantially.” One can’t blame Thursday fans for anticipating A City By The Light Divided, the continued diary of personal songs documenting life from high school in New Jersey to the present. Read more…

By Danielle Reicherter Posted in Reviews

Bach & Chinese Democracy

October 24th, 2006

Sebastian Bach, formerly of Skid Row, will be joining forces with Guns N Roses on their Chinese Democracy Tour which launches on October 20th.

“We are so excited to be going on tour with Guns N’ Roses,” said Bach. “I have waited for the perfect opportunity to tour North America again, and this is absolutely the greatest tour any of us could ever imagine being on. It has been over ten years since I have screamed in a lot of these arenas, and there are many places on this tour I have dreamed of playing but never have…until now – Madison Square Garden, Air Canada Center, The Palace of Auburn Hills are just some of the hallowed halls I get to rock in on this tour.”

They will be landing at the following venues:


20 Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
22 Gaylord Entertainment Center, Nashville, TN
24 Bank Atlantic Center, Sunrise, FL
25 St. Pete Times Forum, St. Petersburg, FL
27 Germain Arena, Estero, FL


2 Greensboro Coliseum, Greensboro, NC
3 Big Sandy Superstore Arena, Huntington, WVa
5 Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ
6 Cumberland County Civic Center, Portland, ME
8 DCU Center, Worcester, MA
10 Madison Square Garden, New York, NY
13 1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, MD
15 Air Canada Center, Toronto, ONT CANADA
17 Scotiabank Place, Ottawa, ONT CANADA
18 Colisee Pepsi, Quebec City, QC CANADA
24 Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
25 The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, MI
27 Allstate Arena, Chicago, IL
29 Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI


1 Hilton Coliseum, Ames, IA
2 Target Center, Minneapolis, MN
4 MTS Centre, Winnipeg, MB CANADA
6 Pengrowth Saddledome, Calgary, AB CANADA
7 Rexall Place, Edmonton, AB CANADA
10 Everett Events Center, Everett, WA
11 Rose Garden, Portland, OR
13 Save Mart Center, Fresno, CA
15 Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
17, 19 Gibson Amphitheatre, Universal City, CA


10 ARCO Arena, Sacramento, CA
11 Rabobank Arena, Bakersfield, CA
13 Reno Events Center, Reno, NV
16 ipayOne Center @ The Sports Arena, San Diego, CA

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By Matthew Kiel Posted in News

Lola Ray Live at the Knitting Factory in Los Angeles, CA 07/25/06

October 23rd, 2006

Entering the Knitting Factory lounge on Hollywood Boulevard, you might assume you took a wrong turn somewhere. The venue manages to squeeze in a bar, sound booth and stage with standing room spread in between — the perfect venue for up-and-coming NYC band Lola Ray, as by 7:00 P.M. the place was already full. The four male band members — easily confused with the torn shirt, rolled up jeans, fancy hat-wearing audience members — ran on stage. What began as a guitar-strumming warmup then kicked into “I Will Make You Mine.” Read more…

By Megan Clinard Posted in Editorials

Thom Yorke – The Eraser

October 23rd, 2006

Picking Himself Up After A Fall

Two essentially great albums in succession can be a storm cloud hovering over a band. However, in Radiohead’s case, Kid A’s bold shift in gears after The Bends and OK Computer worked to the band’s credit, though that album seemed to sputter to a mediocre conclusion. Amnesiac’s apparently disjointed attempt to win fans back led to Hail to the Thief, which brought Radiohead’s seeming decline to a plateau. Even with Thom Yorke’s individuality, he couldn’t resist ostensibly chasing his own achievements. That said, his solo debut The Eraser finds him up to his old tricks, but focused, exciting and downright beautiful – the lone spike amidst the apparent recession in Radiohea’s oeuvre.

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By Matthew Kiel Posted in Reviews

Beck’s Detour – Downtown LA

October 23rd, 2006

On a warm sunny day in Downtown Los Angeles the LA Weekly held a festival all it’s own to usher in the fall. Bearing the title “LA Weekly Detour Festival,” an outstanding lineup of quality alternative music showed up to rock the unlikely location. In comparison to Indio’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which is a long journey to reach even for LA residents, Detour was a well-executed day of fun not requiring camping or hotels. Read more…

By Raymond Flotat Posted in Features

Dresden Dolls – Yes, Virginia…

October 22nd, 2006

Life Should Be A Cabaret

Yes, they wear mime makeup and are often clad in bustiers and shirtless suspenders, but the Dresden Dolls are not just another gimmicky band. These two Boston locals unite to make beautiful, often angry music. On their sophomore album Yes, Virginia… no subject is too sensitive or off-color to be part of Amanda Palmer’s piano melodies. Read more…

By Megan Clinard Posted in Reviews

Blind Melon Recording with New Singer

October 22nd, 2006

Eleven years after the death of singer Shannon Hoon apparently put an end to Blind Melon, the surviving members have picked up the banner and decided to press on. This time, with 25 year-old Travis Warren of Amarillo, Texas.

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By Matthew Kiel Posted in News