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It is an exercise in simplicity, this experience with The Strokes’ Albert Hammond, Jr., on his new EP, AHJ. Compared to the baroque pop sensibilities of his 2006 debut LP, Yours To Keep, and the indie rock of his 2008 followup, ¿Cómo Te Llama?, this EP does not ask the listener for a huge investment. AHJ endures for maybe 20 minutes, with the songs’ modest arrangements offering a lot of breathing room. Opening cuts “St. Justice” and “Strange Tidings” are the sparsest offerings; the songs get progressively more fleshed out, but only slightly. By the fifth song, “Cooker Ship,” probably the fullest number on AHJ and the one that recalls his previous outings, the fact that Hammond is a musical force behind the Strokes is at its most evident.
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“Put Your Sad Down” Benefit Concert for School of Seven Bells’ Benjamin Curtis To Feature Paul Banks, Albert Hammond Jr.
Masses of uninsured musician winced in sympathy when, early this year, guitarist Benjamin Curtis of the electronic dream-pop band School of Seven Bells was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma. Six months later, as his medical bills continue to compound, three organizations—Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, Wiz Kid Management, and New York-based creative agency GOST—have stepped up to curate a high-profile benefit concert to take place August 22nd at Bowery Hotel in New York. Read more…
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Representative democracy strikes again. The New York City Council voted 47-1 in favor of a Penn Station redesign which leaves its above-ground neighbor, the generations-old arena Madison Square Garden, with a 10-year operating permit before ostensibly requiring the facility to shut down for good. Read more…
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L.A. brought the decade-old NYC Petty Fest to it’s El Rey Theatre in November to a sold out audience. Of course the surprise celeb guests were brought in, and in LA that included Johnny Depp, Keisha, Justin Bartha, and Sarah Silverman, as well as members of The Strokes, The Black Keys, Guster, and Alberta Cross to join in solos and tracks within the solid line-up of bands to play Tom Petty albums. The 2012 NYC Petty Fest saw the likes of Albert Hammond, Cyndi Lauper, and Father John Misty. Here, at The Fillmore, the Cabin Down Below Band will again be the backbone of the tunes but performances will feature Tom Johnston of The Doobie Brothers, Tim Bluhm of The Mother Hips, The Strokes, and more (to be a surprise)! Any Tom Petty fan, or appreciator, is sure to have a blast at this concert. And 100% of proceeds go to benefit Sweet Relief – a musicians fund to help disabled or ill music veterans. Tickets will sell out!
UPDATE: MORE ARTISTS CONFIRMED!
Aimee Mann//Catherine Pierce//Danny Masterton & Adam Busch//Parker Gispert of The Whigs//Two Gallants and Paul Sprangers os Free Energy//Ryan Miller of Guster//Jody Porter of Fountains of Wayne///and still more tba!
Petty Fest San Francisco @ The Fillmore – 1805 Geary
Wednesday February 27th
Doors @ 7pm // Show @8pm
$25 ($35 with fees) tickets
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