Archive | September, 2012

Revisited: Setlist – Blink 182 · 9 28 12 · Las Vegas · The Cosmopolitan

29 Sep

Set list from Blink 182 night one in Vegas.


My Review of Robert Randolph & The Family Band in Vegas SEVEN

28 Sep

Oh what a show it was last week at Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel.  Having seen Robert Randolph perform numerous times, I knew what I was getting into but this show was by far the best I’ve been too, it was flat out awesome.  See below or click HERE for my review which appears in the September 27 issue of Vegas SEVEN.

My Interview with Christian Zucconi of GROUPLOVE in Vegas SEVEN

27 Sep

What can I say except I’m a huge fan of Grouplove and I have been for some time.  Having had the chance to see them perform live several times, I’m excited to see them next week out here in Las Vegas and to make it even more special, I had the opportunity to chat with Christian Zucconi to preview the concert in the new issue of Vegas SEVEN.  The issue dropped today and you can click HERE or see below.

Hope to see everyone at the show, it’s going to be a great one and Christian promised a jump in the pool following the last song!

New Music Tuesday: Mumford & Sons, Lupe Fiasco, No Doubt, Ozomatli, Talib Kweli and more!

25 Sep

For the third straight week, New Music Tuesday is absolutely amazing with a handful of BIG TIME releases.  We’re talking Mumford & Sons – Babel, Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1, No Doubt – Push and Shove, Ozomatli – OzoKidz, Talib Kweli – Prisoner of Conscious, Preservation Hall Jazz Band – St. Peter and 57th, Dragonette – Bodyparts, Green Day – Uno!, Anita Baker – Only Forever, The Soft Pack – Strapped, deadmau5 – >album goes here< and a whole bunch more.

As for my two top picks of the week, tough call yet really simple:

Mumford & Sons – Babel

Mumford & Sons fresh off their performance on Saturday Night Live drop one of the most anticipated albums of the year and I promise you won’t be disappointed.  Unlike their incredible debut Sigh No More, Babel is more upbeat from the start and really captures more of the live M&S experience.  Give a few spins through the record and you’ll be hooked.  If you’ve seen the fellas live, chances are you’ve heard what early on I have to say my favorite tracks on the disc are “Hopeless Wanderer” and “Below Your Feet” – oddly enough track 11 on both discs are my favorite (“Dust Bowl Dance” on Sigh No More).  Enjoy!


Lupe Fiasco – Food & Liquor 2: The Great American Rap Album Pt. 1

If you know me, you know I’m a gigantic Lupe Fiasco fan so it’s no surprise to see his new disc here as one of my top picks.  I’m really looking forward to listening to the “follow-up” to his debut album six years and two albums later, as I’ve only heard a few tracks including “Around My Way (Freedom Ain’t Free)” which samples Pete Rock and C.L. Smooth’s “TROY” and from what I’ve read, it’s very politically and culturally charged.  He speaks load and clear enough that his message is heard and people respond.

GROUPLOVE – “Itching On A Photograph” Remixes by Wolf Gang and The Very Best

24 Sep

Wow, Wow, Wow, just heard two sweet new remixes of GROUPLOVE’s “Itching On A Photograph” by Wolf Gang and The Very Best. I loved the song before but wow, these remixes are dope.  I’d love to say you can listen and download below but I got it from their mailing list this afternoon so I’d suggest visiting, sign up for their updates and perhaps you can get your hands on these remixes too.

And keeping on the GROUPLOVE topic for a moment, this Thursday my interview with Christian Zucconi runs in Vegas SEVEN so keep your eyes out for that as I preview the upcoming show on October 4 at The Cosmopolitan.

Fall tour starts Wednesday!

Five For Friday: @RRTFB, Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel, #DMB, @MumfordOfficial & more

21 Sep

Late night edition.

  1. Robert Randolph once again rocked the house last night at Vinyl inside the Hard Rock Hotel in Vegas.  Look out for my show review in the 9.27 issue of Vegas SEVEN.
  2. Keeping on the Hard Rock and Vinyl, besides The Smith Center, I think the best sounding room in Vegas may be the brand new, intimate venue.  Definitely looking forward to catching more shows at Vinyl.
  3. Still find myself listening to the DMB Away From The World disc nonstop.  Can’t get enough, it keep bringing me back to the great years.  Thank you Steve Lillywhite.
  4. New Music Tuesday is going to be a great one as Mumford & Sons drop Babel! But before that, tune into Saturday Night Live!
  5. Get ready for a fun, fun, fun post of My New Music next week.  All I’ll hint at is get ready for a little Thunder Clatter!

The New Music Tuesday That Was: The Killers, Ryan Bingham, Kanye West, Grizzly Bear & more

19 Sep

A day late I know but what the heck.  New Music Tuesday for the second straight week was a powerful one.  The Killers dropped Battle Born, Ryan Bingham – Tomorrowland, Wiz Khalifa – O.N.I.F.C, Ben Folds Five returned with The Sound Of the Life Of The Mind Out, Dinosaur Jr. – I Bet On Sky, Grizzly Bear – Shields, Martin Solveig – Smash, Ne_yo – R.E.D., Pink – The Truth About Love, Nelly Furtado – The Spirit Indestructible, and many others including Kanye West – Kanye West Presents Good Music Cruel Summer.

Seriously how much great music is coming out this fall? As for my two picks this week:

I’m a fan of The Killers outright so it’s no surprise that I like what I’ve listened to thus far on Battle Born.  It’s what I expected and got to love how they always stay true to their home, Las Vegas!  Also worth checking out is the short film Werner Herzog made while following the fellas leading up to the release.


Ryan Bingham, man what more can I say but this guy is just so damn good.  Had the pleasure of seeing him in concert a couple times, interviewing him last year and I just can’t get enough of his music.  Tomorrowland is the Ryan Bingham I remember first listening to when I discovered, Roadhouse Sun and then his first album Mescalito.  I encourage everyone to give this disc a listen and get ready to rock out.


Mariachi El Bronx | 9·14 ·12 | Setlist | Las Vegas

15 Sep

Awesome show this evening at The Cosmopolitan for Mexican Independence Day Weekend. Two more nights to check them out party people.

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Five For Friday: Mariachi El Bronx, @LaborWines, #SNL, @DJVice, Happy Birthday Guadalupe!

14 Sep
  1. If you’re in Las Vegas, make sure you come by Book & Stage at the Cosmopolitan at 10:30 p.m. tonight, that’s where I’ll be to see Mariachi El Bronx.  They are amazing live and put on one of the best shows I’ve seen before.
  2. If you are in Las Vegas on Saturday, our friends at Rock n’ Roll Wine are hosting their 7th annual Wine Amplified event over at Mandalay Bay Beach and besides the great music lineup featuring Young The Giant and Vintage Trouble, my brother, will be pouring his wine, Labor Wines!
  3. If you didn’t see, this is genius by Saturday Night Live!  Great engagement idea.
  4. Super stoked and proud of my friend.  Click HERE for a little preview of VICE’s upcoming song, “Breathe.”
  5. In honor of Mexican Independence Day, everyone should listen to “Happy Birthday Guadalupe” by The Killers, Wild Light and Mariachi El Bronx!

Vegas You Ready For This Weekend: The Hives, Mariachi El Bronx, Young The Giant, Vintage Trouble

13 Sep

I may as well start my weekend officially on Thursday with the amount of live music in Las Vegas.

Tonight it is straight over to The Cosmopolitan to check out The Hives.  I’ve been waiting YEARS to see these guys live and finally I get the chance! Plus it’s the anniversary party for Vegas Rated, the magazine that I contribute music stories to. Fiesta Fiesta!

While I’m super stoked for The Hives show, I’m beyond excited about Friday night where Mariachi El Bronx, takes to Book & Stage at 10:30 p.m. for an amazing kickoff to Mexican Independence Day Weekend in Las Vegas.  If you have never heard of Mariachi El Bronx, trust me when I say you don’t want to miss this show.  If you have heard of Mariachi El Bronx but never seen them live, this is a show you don’t want to miss.  If you know their story and the original band, The Bronx, you definitely want to see this show.  I had the pleasure of finally getting to see them this past June at Bonnaroo and it was easily one of my favorite shows of the festival.  I’m expecting this to be the highlight of my weekend.

I know, I know I just proclaimed my weekend to be taken over by Mariachi El Bronx but on Saturday my friends Sonny and Chris of Rock n’ Roll Wine host their 7th Wine Amplified event over at Mandalay Bay Beach with music by Young The Giant and Vintage Trouble.  Even cooler, my brother will be pouring his Labor Wines at the event!  So I’ve got family, two great wines from my brother, my friends events and two bands I love performing – yeah you could say this is going to be a fun evening.

And that is why my weekend is starting tonight!