Friday, October 30, 2009

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Dashboard Confessional Cancels Tour

Posted: 30 Oct 2009 02:05 PM PDT

We have some bad news. Due to a family situation that is beyond our control, we have to cancel our upcoming tour with New Found Glory, Never Shout Never, Meg & Dia and Single File (we are still playing with the Louisville Orchestra on November 7th). We don’t take this lightly but family has to come first. As this is a last minute development, we are still figuring out what we will do- as soon as we know, you will know. We apologize to everyone who planned on coming to the shows. We will find a way to make it up to you.

–Chris, John, Scott, Mike / Dashboard Confessional

Info taken directly form Dashboard Confessional’s Blog

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Lights @ Jackpot Saloon, Lawrence KS

Posted: 30 Oct 2009 12:00 PM PDT

When I went to the Jackpot Saloon for the national tour, I didn’t know I would come away discovering one of my new favorite local Kansas City/Lawrence artists.

opened and if I didn’t repeatedly confirm that she was a local Lawrencian with my roommate, I would have assumed she was yet another amazing piano singer from California discovered by the Hotel Cafe crew.

When she announced an Anni Rossi cover – an artist I’ve never been able to buy into the hype for – I cringed. Yet Conroy’s rendition was so pretty and (in pitch!) that I thought even Rossi might be worth another try.

Conroy’s voice is absolutely gorgeous and that’s really all you need to know to know she needs to be in your iPods asap. She is releasing a solo album in the next month, I believe, and she has music with another band called .


performed through a haze of smoke and backlit for their first Lawrence show ever. They tried really hard to create a rock show atmosphere, but the crowd was dead. Despite the band trying to interact and get the audience clapping or dancing, people would not budge.

It wasn’t the fault of the band. They sounded great as they played through tunes off the new album and older songs – “With You” with its harmony bridge is my favorite both live and recorded…gotta love build up!

I hope they band didn’t take the crowd’s lame enthusiasm level personally, but there sarcastic comments showed them to be at least frustrated with Lawrence, which is a shame because their distorted rock tunes are exactly the type of thing that Lawrence loves. Sorry boys, but for a city with great local music, we don’t have the greatest concertgoers…something I’d like to see change.

Stars of Track and Field

Stars of Track and Field

is a very bubbly keytar rocking indie pop singer. Her song, “Last Thing on Your Mind,” tipped me (and I’m sure) many off to her talent after it was used in a commercial.

For such a young singer, I’m amazed at the amount of respect and adoration her fans show her. I don’t see many 40 year olds treated the same way. I feel like each band had a completely different audience. When lifted her arms wide in a slow clap, the audience did the same. They smiled, they laughed, they danced all in unison.

claimed she was in a sad mood and having a rough day when she started playing, but she was all smiles for the duration of the set and call me synesthetic, but that was a smile you could even hear when she sang. It was contagious, too, and made it hard not to love her.



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Google Launces ‘OneBox’

Posted: 30 Oct 2009 11:00 AM PDT

Google has unveiled plans to launch a “Music Search OneBox” in its Search 2.0, which will offer content from partner sites such as MySpace, Imeem, Pandora, LALA, and others. logo

It enables searchers to listen to song clips right from 's search results page.

The new OneBox should go start going live this week.

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Timber Timbre Free Album Download

Posted: 30 Oct 2009 10:00 AM PDT

It’s like Christmas came early…except it is Halloween, not Christmas. Nonetheless, we’re glad is giving this present now. timbre

You have until midnight, Saturday, Oct. 31 to download the Toronto group’s breakthrough album for free on their website! Don’t let the witching hour catch you by surprise and download now.

KCRW says, “ takes on the topic of love but presents it in a cloak of macabre beauty that is perfect for the Halloween season. Songs full of eerie sounds, dark imagery and ghoulish lyrics will make for a spellbinding session on Morning Becomes Eclectic.”

What could be more perfect for Halloween?

: website | myspace | Timbre Timbre review

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Audio Interview: Thao

Posted: 30 Oct 2009 09:00 AM PDT

Thao Nguyen, the frontwoman of Thao With the Get DowThao Nguyenn Stay Down, is a new and innovative voice in the indie music scene. We chatted with her over a year ago, but a lot has changed for the Hotel Cafe artist since then.

Listen to editors Nick and Joshua catch up with the songstress.

.“Thao Audio Interview”

: website | myspace | @ First Unitarian Church | @ Electric Factory | @ Terminal 5 | interview with | @ Liberty Hall | Bite Sized Review

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New Moon Talent Tour

Posted: 30 Oct 2009 08:00 AM PDT

The Twilight franchise continues branching out, this time with a talent tour. Keyword here is “talent.” That’s right. Bands featured on the soundtrack for the next Twilight movie “New Moon” have a tour and it is hitting Hot Topics across the country. New-Moon-Soundtrack-Cover

LA’s Hot Topic in Hollywood & Highland mall will host a kick off party with Death Cab for Cutie, and .

The other dates on the tour will feature either or .

So be sure and check out the New Moon talent if it is coming through your city. Oh, and cast members will be there, too (Fine, the acting isn’t that bad, but I’m a indie snob. What did you expect from me?).

Tour dates and locations:

Nov. 06 -  Hollywood & Highland Hot Topic / Hollywood, (feat. Death Cab For Cutie, , , )*
Nov. 10 – Fox Valley Mall / Chicago ()
Nov. 10 – Cherry Hill Mall / Philadelphia ()
Nov. 11 – Mall of America / Minneapolis ()
Nov. 12 – Natick Collection / Boston()
Nov. 12  – Westfield Southcenter / Seattle ()
Nov. 14 – Fashion Place / Salt Lake City ()

*to participate in a signing with cast and band members for this date only, you’ve got to go to the Hollywood & Highland Hot Topic at 8 a.m. on Saturday, October 31, where the purchase of a commemorative Twilight Saga: New Moon T-shirt will get you a non-transferable wristband that will guarantee your access to the November 6 signing.

New Moon OST: website | review

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Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels – The Detroit-Memphis Experiment

Posted: 30 Oct 2009 07:00 AM PDT

I love Detroit. To be more precise it is the music of the city I adore most. The rationale is simple; music is a good conglomeration of influences, but in Detroit you can intimately see the process in motion. You can actively witness the point of creation. detroit

Other great cities have great bands. The music scenes of these cities are steeped in storied traditions, too. Just like Detroit. However, their markets are flooded and, maybe worse, there's no real connection between the markets and it is in pockets: really good pockets but here, in Detroit, there's really just one giant pocket—a beautiful, unplanned, refinement of a particular sound.

Watch and try not to recall Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels.

The only city to really share this same quality is Memphis.

When Mitch Ryder traveled twelve hours south to record with Booker T & the MGs this point came to the foreground. In one moment the scenes combined. Released in 1969, the Detroit-Memphis Experiment is the culmination of these sessions.

Over the 12 songs, Mitch Ryder's voice has never had more bite and sneer as the near gospel tones of Booker T & the MGs pour out. The liner notes hint at underlying tension and the past that Mitch Ryder brought with him to Memphis but they also hint towards the feeling of revel that pervades the whole album.

“I Get Hot” might have the best groove in the collection but “Direct Me” captures that same driving force and combines it with Ryder's most sincere vocal delivery on the album. “Liberty” finds Ryder exploring themes of freedom—but also seemingly singing his contractual difficulties with .

Following this record Ryder would go onto record the aptly titled, and more successful, Detroit but the Detroit-Memphis Experiment gives a clear musical statement that remains relevant 30 years later.

01. Liberty
02. Eeenie Meenie Minie Moe
03. Boredom Listen
04. Push Aroun’
05. Sugar Bee
06. I Get Hot
07. I Believe
08. Direct Me
09. Long Long Time
10. Raise Your Hand
11. Wear and Tear on My Heart
12. Meat

Mitch Ryder: website

Written by Adam Leroy

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