Archive | January, 2011

New Music: Go Back To The Zoo

31 Jan

They’ve been around for a bit but a band I’ve been listening to for the last several weeks that’s growing on me is Go Back To The Zoo.  The Dutch indie band released their debut album Benny Blisto in the summer of 2010 and thanks to the power of the internet for helping me discover these guys.

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New Music: Ruby Coast – Whatever This Is

28 Jan

Lately I’ve really been diggin the band Ruby Coast and their disc Whatever This Is.  Give a listen to the song “Creep Me Out” below and if you like what you hear visit www.rubycoast.bandcamp.com to download the disc for FREE.  Yep, the band is giving it away and all they ask in return is you Tweet, Facebook, and share with your friends.

VIDEO: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – “I’m Broke” Live in Las Vegas

28 Jan

Video from their performance on January 27, 2010.  Enjoy!

Now Playing: Jon Fratelli – “Rhythm Doesn’t Make You A Dancer”

27 Jan

New music from Jon Fratelli formerly of The Fratellis and Codeine Velvet Club.

REVISITED: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears | 1 26 11 | Las Vegas

27 Jan

Last night was just as I expected, a funky good time with Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears. Over the course of three hours and two sets, the Austin, TX masters of music ran through their catalog of songs and let us in on a bunch of new tracks set for release on Scandalous as well as a couple covers.  Excited I am for both the new LP and to head on back to Book & Stage inside the Cosmopolitan this evening for Round II.

If it is any indication what you are in for the next three nights, to me this was really the first band to grace Book & Stage and treat it like a two set show with their song selection and demeanor.

See you tonight!

NOW PLAYING: Brett Dennen – “Sydney (I’ll Come Running)”

26 Jan

Brett Dennen is one of those artists who seems to be able to just pen a great song time and time again.  Right now I really love his new tune “Sydney (I’ll Come Running)” which is set to appear on his new album Loverboy due out later this year.  I’ve had the pleasure to hear him jam this a couple times while he was on tour with Dave Matthews Band last summer and this song has hit written all over it.  Give a listen and let’s here what you think.

TONIGHT: Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears – Las Vegas Best Be Ready

26 Jan

Today is officially one of the best days in 2011 at least for me as Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears descend on Las Vegas to begin a four-night residency at Book & Stage at Cosmopolitan.  I know I practically live there but you can’t blame me as they are bringing in some amazing groups to perform and let’s just say if you miss out on these Black Joe Lewis performances you are only hurting yourself.

Belting out blues, soul, funk and rock, Black Joe Lewis has the potential to be our modern day James Brown. I know that is a bold statement but come check out the shows and you’ll have to agree.  Having had the pleasure of seeing the group perform in a room of 200 and an arena of 14,000, these guys bring it each and every time and can get a crowd dancing and feeling the groove in no time.

On the verge of releasing their new album Scandalous on March 15, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears will have an arsenal of  sweet music to treat us to for the next four nights.

To get you in the right state of mind, check out one of my favorite tracks, “Sugarfoot” off their album Tell ‘Em What Your Name Is and see you at the Book & Stage.

Match Made in Heaven? Bruce Springsteen & Dropkick Murphys

24 Jan

Check this out.  Bruce Springsteen and Dropkick Murphys team up to record 1913 song “Peg O’ My Heart” which will be featured on the DM album Going Out In Style set for release on February 28.  I for one can’t wait to hear this.

Click HERE to read the item from Paste Magazine.

Now Playing: GIVERS – “Up Up Up”

24 Jan

It’s Music Monday and what better way to start the week off than listening to GIVERS’ “Up Up Up.”  Hopefully this upbeat track from the pure fun Louisiana rockers will get you going on the right foot and have good vibes running through your veins.

If you’re in the Northwest catch them this week with Ra Ra Riot and for the rest of us, GIVERS will be once again playing SXSW this year.

Images: Weezer | 1 21 11 | The Joint Las Vegas – @Erik_Kabik

22 Jan

In 2011 I’m going to be ramping up the photo content from concerts with the help of Las Vegas photographer Erik Kabik.  Be sure to check out Erik’s site www.ErikKabik.com for some amazing images he’s shot over the years and follow him on Twitter @Erik_Kabik for the latest scoop.

Here’s a gallery from the Weezer concert on January 21 at The Joint at the Hard Rock. Hotel