If you missed you chance to grab tickets to this year's Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA, FEAR NOT! For you can be anywhere in the world and still be amongst some good ass music thanks to 5 Gum who will be streaming live from Coachella all weekend long on YouTube. Kicking off the stream at 4:00pm (PDT) will be !!!(Chk Chk Chk). Gayngs, Flogging Molly, and Scala & Kolacny Bros. will be the last to hit the 3 stages tonight at 12:00am. For a full line-up of streaming concerts check out youtube.com/user/coachella.
When do you think dubstep will become mainstream? What are your thoughts on the genre?
2011 will bring Musicheads lots to choose from with in the next year. Aside from the unsuspecting newcomers that will hit the scene, there's already a slew of albums on deck for a 2011 release, including a few from some folks we haven't heard from in a while. Whose album are you patiently waiting for?
While we have been waiting for a full-fledged Brit-Brit comeback since her revival during Glee's current season, a new song titles "Hold it Against Me" has leaked to the masses. Now, although this is a demo, the production sound's a little dated. I expect that the single version will sound a hell of a lot better than this. Although she is a "Pop Princess", she's got competition in Gaga, Ke$ha, Rhianna (and remember, Beyonce is working on an concept for her next album) and anyone who jumps on the Euro-trance bandwagon this year. Spears switched up her style in 2003 with the release of In the Zone and every since then, she has corralled a new fan-base. Her appeal to hip-hop lovers and pop fanatics spread to dance and techno listeners, which has allowed Spears to release a little bit of everything for everybody on only album she does. Brit-Brit is definitely cashing in on the shift from the run-of-the-mill Pop album to Europop produced tracks. 2011 could be a very big year for Spears, although the U.S. might only get a glimpse of it. She's always had loyal fans overseas (and that won't change any time soon), but the mainstream U.S. music scene should hold their breathe in waiting for Spears's new album (scheduled for a March 2011 release). She's not reverting anytime soon, and if she doesn't control the airwaves this year, we all know she'll rule in clubs all over the world. Click to listen to the leak here!
Talib Kweli was in Houston this past weekend showing support for a few different local organizations. Saturday, at Emancipation Park on Elgin, Kweli took the stage at the Life is Living environmental justice festival. The event was sponsored by The Mayor's Initiative Program, University of Houston, S.H.A.P.E. Community Center, and Project Row Houses to name a few. The event included a vintage clothing exchange, free health screenings, and gardening and cooking demonstrations among others. The best part, was the array of people in the park, all ages and races came together to celebrate each other and to make the community a little better. Talib Kweli's free show was muy muy live. I arrived a little late I had my windows down the whole while I was looking for a place to park. Along with favorites "Get By" and "The Blast", Kweli's set focused on social justice, empowerment, and the freedom of political prisoners. There was something in the air Saturday that made everyone feel a little better. Later on, Kweli hosted a Q & A session at the Our Image Film and Arts Festival after the screening of Dream Hampton's Black August: A Hip-Hop Benefit Concert at St. Thomas University. The documentary film focuses on the Malcolm X Grassroots Movement and their strive to raise awareness for political prisoners. The film also features performances from Common, Dead Prez, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, and more. I didn't make it to the film screening, but I can only imagine how powerful the film is, and I hope to see it in the future. I'm glad I can add Kweli to my "seen live" list, I feel more informed on what's going on in this country and around the world.
I have absolutely no excuse for not writing on this blog for almost a month, I just wanted to let you all know that Amos Lee will be touring through Febraury to promote his new album "Mission Bell" that will hit stores on January 25th. Check soundspike for dates.
2010 Mercury Prize winners, The xx, has to be one of the chillest bands I've heard in a while. They've got a pretty cool iPhone app too! You could fall asleep to this stuff, but don't sleep on them. The xx has only released one studio album ( xx in 2009) and has been playing the U.S. festival circuit since 2009. Although the British band's first album didn't hit so high on the charts in the U.S., they received pretty rewarding reviews. Their latest single "islands", has been released twice and has a pretty amusing video to go along with it. The xx drummer, Jamie Smith, will release a solo single later this month while the band holds off on a sophomore album.They will do a show in Dallas before heading down to Austin for ACL this weekend. Here's that video for "Islands". Enjoy ;)
I am ABSOLUTELY IN LOVE with The Morning Benders's song "Excuses" and it doesn't hurt that their dreamy lead singer Chris Chu sings with so much emotion. They have toured and played with many indie favorites, such as MGMT, Ra Ra Riot, and The Kooks. They've been getting tons of exposure, recently playing Last Call with Carson Daly. Their 2008 album Talking Through Tin Cans was named best indie/alternative album of 2008 on iTunes. Their 2010 album Big Echo is GREAT! The Morning Benders is a band of many sounds. They've just released an EP Echomix in September. They are about to start their American tour with Dallas and ACL being their first two shows Oct 9th and 10th, respectively.
I absolutely love this band's charm. Vampire Weekend's preppy, worldbeat style is so very refreshing, and its visible by their mainstream success. They released their first album (self-titled) in 2008, which include such indie hits as "A-Punk" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa". Vampire Weekend delivers, ironically, they were delivered a $2M lawsuit for unauthorized cover art on there 2010 album Contra . Nevertheless, this 4-piece Ivy League band can be as cocky as they ever want to be. They know how to keep their fans, new & old, happy. Of course, who doesn't love "Cousins" and "Horchata'. My favorite "White Sky". Enjoy! :)
Philly singer-songwriter Amos Lee has had the privilege of touring with greats like Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, and Elvis Costello. His folk-soul music is easy to listen to, and his distinctive voice commits to every lyric he sings. He has released 3 albums to date, and has worked with Norah Jones throughout his career. His new album Mission Bell will hit stores January 25th and he's got indie-band Calexico backing him on the album. Along with playing ACL next weekend, he will be playing FarmAid 25, hosted by Tavis Smiley, on Saturday, Oct. 2nd. Lee will also join Dave Matthews Band for a few dates on their arena tour next month. Top 3 AL songs: "Soul Suckers", "Won't Let Me Go" and "Colors". Here's ALL THREE!
Won't Let Me Go