Wednesday, March 31, 2010

The Black Keys - Known to Kill

photos from SxSW
The Mohawk in Austin - 3/20/10

all photos by Ryan Spaulding

The Black Keys - I'm Glad
Captain Beefheart cover

UNSTOPPABLE - Long ago I had plotted out how good this set was going to sound. A pair of missed prior Black Keys shows and a pair of incredible Dan Auerbach band sets had fueled my passion. The music lineup and the SxSW promotion machine had long since ironed out any doubt about our attendance. We could not have expected what unfolded just prior to the band's set however... In eight hours, the Texas Spring would turn from a gorgeous 73 degrees to barely freezing! The 40 degree temperature may have dampened spirits elsewhere but nothing could diminish from the insane set by Auerbach and Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney. The scene of this awesome, albeit cold outdoor exhibition? The MOG SxSW Party at the Mohawk on Red River in Austin.

RSL Streaming Photo Album
The Black Keys at SxSW 3-20-10

THE NEW ALBUM - On May 18th, Brothers, the new album from The Black Keys will hit stores. For a limited time you can get a free copy of the record when you buy tour tickets through the band's website. Methinks this whip smart blues rock band are going to be around for a very, very long time. The band is on the road now. Summer dates begin on June 2nd in Salt Lake City. The tour will include a newly added second show at Central Park’s SummerStage on July 28 that follows the band’s July 27 performance, which quickly sold out. Presale tickets for the tour dates are on sale now through the band's website.

The new album includes the Danger Mouse-produced song “Tighten Up” and a cover of the Jerry Butler classic “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The remaining songs on Brothers are written, performed and produced by The Black Keys.

April 8 - Iowa City, IA
appearing with Mondo Drag
University of Iowa Memorial
April 10 - San Francisco, CA
Yuri’s Night Bay Area 2010
April 17 - Oak, FL
Wanee Music Festival Live
April 18 - Miami, FL
appearing with Brian Olive
The Jackie Gleason Theater
April 19 - Orlando, FL
appearing with Brian Olive
The House of Blues
May 20 - NYC, NY
Madison Square Garden
May 25 - NYC, NY
“Late Show with David Letterman”
May 26 - NYC, NY
“Late Night with Jimmy Fallon”
June 2 - Salt Lake City
The Depot
appearing with Brian Olive
June 3 - Denver, CO
appearing with Brian Olive
The Fillmore
June 4 - Kansas City, MO
appearing with Brian Olive
The Crossroads
June 8 - Minneapolis, MN
appearing with Brian Olive
First Ave
June 9 - Minneapolis, MN
appearing with Brian Olive
First Ave
June 10 - St. Louis, MO
appearing with Brian Olive
The Pagaent
June 11 - Manchester, TN
July 27 - NYC, NY
Central Park Summer Stage
appearing with Morning Benders
July 28 - NYC, NY
Centeral Park Summer stage
appearing with Morning Benders

The Black Keys
Web / Myspace

BRMC's Beat the Devil's Tattoo

On Further Review
by Nick Parker

Boston Date: 4/3

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s first big single, “Whatever happened to my Rock and Roll?,” back in 2001, asked a question I didn’t care to think about at the time. BRMC’s whole ethos shouted (just as their singing did) that we needed a return to real, bawdy, bold, ROCK music.

Having lived through Oasis’s heyday in Manchester, when big anthemic rock music was all you were allowed to hear, BRMC’s complaint seemed out of place, even counter-intuitive. Better to ask about the missing indie, post-punk, industrial, or in fact almost any other genre, than to call for more tough-guy bombast.

new Black Rebel Motorcycle Club

Watching them at Glastonbury festival that year, they looked the part too – the part of black leather-clad, macho, rockers. But then I started to hear something really unexpected from them. More than just posturing, the band built but moody, dark melodies driven principally by really inventive bass parts. They won me over slowly from then on, always serious about what they were doing, and often bold in the moves they made (particularly in exploring their own musical roots on 2005’s “Howl”).

Track Listing:
1. Beat The Devil’s Tattoo
2. Conscience Killer
3. Bad Blood
4. War Machine
5. Sweet Feeling
6. Evol
7. Mama Taught Me Better
8. River Styx
9. The Toll
10. Aya
11. Shadow’s Keeper
12. Long Way
13. Half-State
14. Annabel Lee (album only)
15. 1:51 (US iTunes exclusive)

Now they bring us “Beat the Devil's Tattoo,” their fifth major release. “Beat the Devil's Tattoo” is certainly a rock album, true to form. It has lots of what BRMC do best: massive overdriven bass; rolling, primal drum lines, sinister vocals washing under masses of reverb. Some great material comes out of this mix, and new drummer Leah Shapiro fits very well into BRMC’s long established sound.

It might have been nice if Shapiro had destabilized BRMC a little more in fact - listening to “Beat the Devil’s Tattoo” makes you feel at times like they could have pushed further to do something more new for them, like “Howl.” The band's sound has already been solidly defined, and this album doesn't do much to revise that. This album is not the best work the band have done over the last 11 years then, but it tells me again that they were right and I was wrong – there is still a place for out and out rock music, which takes itself seriously and plays in and out of darkness.

Apr 1 -Toronto, Ontario
Phoenix Concert Hall - SOLD OUT
Apr 2 - Montreal, Quebec
Apr 3 - Boston, MA
Newbury Comics Instore
Apr 3 - Boston, MA
House of Blues
Apr 5 - Washington DC
9:30 Club
Apr 6 - Philadelphia, PA
Theatre Of The Living Arts
Apr 7 - Pittsburgh, PA
Mr Small’s Theatre
Apr 8 - NYC
Webster Hall - SOLD OUT
Apr 9 - NYC
Webster Hall
Apr 11 -Toronto, Ontario
Phoenix Concert Theatre
Apr 15 - London, UK
Electric Ballroom - SOLD OUT

Website / Myspace

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

The Brilliance of Sharon Jones

Photographic Evidence
by 5342 Studios
Stubb's in Austin, TX - 3/17/10

The week at 2010 SXSW was a top-ten best experience. Between the music, the town and new and old friends, it was simply amazing. Now that I'm back, the most common question I get from folks is. "Did you see anything good?" That one, is very easy. There was so much great stuff that I'm sure we will criminally forget to mention someone as we do our articles. The second most common question is harder. "Who was the best?" I always have to chew on this one, but not because the top spot is in doubt. Its because #2 is such a crowded field. The best thing I saw was Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings. They are an experience not to be missed.

Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings at the NPR showcase at Stubbs
all photos by 5342 Studios

I expected Sharon Jones to put on a great show, but I wasn't prepared for the dominating performance I experienced. I got to Stubbs Famous BBQ early to make sure I had a spot at the front. The first thing I noticed was the microphone height. I couldn't help but think that she was a small woman for such a big stage. That was the LAST time that thought will ever enter my mind. After the Dap Kings briefly warmed up the crowd, Sharon Jones came out. She could have been 20 feet tall the way her power filled the stage.

She has a power, a presence and the grace that sucks you in and says "Welcome to my home." And, she's one hell of a gracious host. I can't think of any other performer that I have seen connect so deeply and intentionally with an audience. Jones' personality is utterly engaging. She is one of those performers whose love for what they do just reaches out and embraces anyone within earshot. I never had a chance to see any of the old-time funk and soul performers, but I wouldn't be surprised if it was a lot like this.

You can hear for yourself by visiting our friends at NPR Music who recorded this show live.

RSL Streaming Photo Album
Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
SxSW performance 3-17-10

This performance aside, if you don't know, Sharon Jones biography says a lot for folks who dream of an artistic career. In brief, after singing in the church choir from a young age, she moved to New York in the 70's where she did a fair bit of uncredited session work. After her style was considered out of fashion in the 80's, she worked as a corrections officer and a security guard until being rediscovered in 1996. The rest, as they say, is history.

Do not miss her at House of Blues Boston on May 27. As a warning, when I bought my tickets a few days ago, there was standing room only remaining. Don't wait around. There is still a very worthy fallback spot available for you at this year's Newport Festival. Sharon will play Fort Adams in Newport on Aug 1.

Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings
Web / Myspace / Daptone Records

Monday, March 29, 2010

Seattle's Visqueen at SxSW

by Ryan Spaulding
photos by
5342 Studios

Stubbs Austin, TX - 3/17/10

Visqueen's Rachel Flotard
all photos by 5342 Studios

PERSONAL EXPERIENCES - Without a doubt one of the most special moments from our first full day of the festival was to hear Seattle's Visqueen belt out one song to the next at Stubbs. The band's songcraft really lifted up and off the stage and breathed vitality into the beginning of a jet-lagged night. The energy was palpable and no one knew what to expect. NPR and Stubbs should be commended for their selection of Visqueen - this was one of the winners of the first night. We were not alone in our review. It was clear based on crowd reaction that most had arrived to see one of the headliners, but none had come to the conclusion that Visqueen was a throwaway opening act.

HUMAN EMOTION - More memorable for me than even the music experience was how open and earnest Visqueen seemed behind singer Rachel Flotard. She thanked the audience profusely - and took a few minutes near the end of the set to pour her heart out, thanking everyone who had helped her and the band survive their early struggles. It was an undeniable moment - we were seeing a band reach a plateau of success they had not thought possible.

RSL Streaming Photo Album
Visqueen - SxSW performance 3-17-10

Unadulterated joy -and a moment of clarify characterized the end of the show, as Flotard addressed the mass of fledgling fans; "maybe just two years ago, I was close to sleeping in a sleeping bag on the side of the road." She thanked her friends and supporters - anyone who helped the band and believed in her. This was a hugely satisfying performance - and another music moment locked in time. Seattle should be proud to have another star.

Web / Myspace

Sunday, March 28, 2010

SxSW - The Wandas

by Ryan Spaulding
photos by
5342 Studios

Hole in The Wall Austin, TX - 3/17/10

all photos by 5342 Studios

PROBABLY THE BEST LIVE SHOW WE SAW IN AUSTIN - Our St. Patrick's Day got set off with a bang thanks to The Wandas... We are proud to say this Boston act is suddenly (only with much hard work and extensive touring, of course,) one of the best bands in America. As it ended up, they were easily one of the best live shows we saw in Austin last week.

The Wandas have a signature sound.
Currently, the soft melancholy but wholly beautiful, "Lose You," is playing in the background. (I stopped to listen to The Wandas yet again this morning, desiring to consider their music again before drafting out this piece. One after the next, their songs improve in succession. And, most importantly, their newest stuff seems to be their best. That's really promising to this listener.)

Their sonic output is a happy argument between the two halves of the band's collective brain. The first hemisphere is the indie brain rock (vibrant song structures, clever lyrics) and the other side hides the band's underlying secret nature... they are raw, wildly capable and a sometimes-epic live band. It is at these key moments that country, blues and soul bloodlines shine through the band's quiet exterior.

DISCOVERY 101 - I've come to observe that how people come to discover a band often colors the way they consider that same band later. (Think of it as the first time you visit a new city. You may remember later, the way the new city's skyline or how it's waterways met your eyes.) With the Wandas, true classification (if needed at all) comes only with lengthy consideration. You really do need to hear this to believe it. Their sound is a evolving challenge for listeners - it's happy work.

Looking back, The Wandas set in Austin came to have significant and symbolic meaning for me - as it was one of the very first sets I saw in Austin this year. And certainly one of the best.

The Wandas
Web / Myspace

Saturday, March 27, 2010

SxSW - The Walkmen

Photographic Evidence
by 5342 Studios
Stubb's in Austin, TX - 3/17/10

all photos by 5342 Studios

THE WALKMEN slay Austin - Out back behind Stubbs BBQ we saw one of the week's most stellar music lineups: Visqueen, The Walkmen, Broken Bells, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings and Spoon. We are delighted to bring you images of the band from the photo pit up front - giving you the sensation of what it was like in Austin for SxSW 2010. Amazing!

RSL Streaming Photo Album
The Walkmen - SxSW performance 3-17-10

The Walkmen
Web / Myspace

SxSW - The Black and White Years

Photographic Evidence
by 5342 Studios
The Belmont Austin, TX - 3/17/10

all photos by 5342 Studios

Austin Homeboys Prove It Again - Black and White Years are one of the country's best live bands. Traveling across the country to their home turf meant seeing them play before an insanely appreciative local audience. Images taken from The Belmont on 6th Street. Love the palm trees and open courtyard, which was filled with bobbing heads and clenched fists. Gotta love a Saint Patrick's Day in Texas. Love this band!

The Black and White Years "Two Reservoirs"
from Matthew Hoffman on Vimeo.

The Black and White Years "Two Reservoirs"
Directed, shot and edited by Matthew Hoffman

Shot on Super 8 color negative film stock:

Kodak Vision2 200T 7217
Kodak Vision2 500T 7218
additional footage: A. Bri Cormier
MCH/ABC Productions

RSL Streaming Photo Album
Black and White Years at the Belmont in Austin 3-17-10

Black and White Years

Web / Myspace

Friday, March 26, 2010

Live Show Pick of the Week

Saturday Night - Out On the Town

At TT the Bears in Cambridge tonight

ABOUT OUR SELECTION - This one's all about high energy... The three bands in this lineup will help your forget your worries (take off that wet winter blanket and step into something more comfortable this weekend...) We love our lady sinners and singers - making this triple lineup a celebration of women in music.

So here you have it: British Columbia's You Say Party We Say Die, and Boston's own New Collisions and Static of the Gods will get your hopes up and stomp all over your heart - until it does, check out the music! (* a special mention for friends Static of the Gods who are releasing their album, the amazing Knowledge Machine. CD Releases parties are always the best live shows!




TT the Bears
Central Square, Cambridge, MA
Saturday 3/27/10 - 9pm - $12 (18+)

You Say Party We Say Die
The New Collisions
Static of the Gods

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Black Gold Breakdown

Unbelievable Sounds:
Moments Locked in Time!

Black Gold,Black Gold
Adam Cwiklinski photo

Live at the Middle East
Cambridge, MA 3-14-10

One of the Best Live Shows of the last year came just before I flew off to Austin for SxSW last week. New York's Black Gold heated up a large audience at The Middle East on a cold, wet and rainy winter Sunday afternoon in Boston. The audience were treated to a stellar set characterized by huge vocals, big-badass drums, strong bass and dynamic keyboards. An RSL Best of 2009 Artist selection, Black Gold again proved their might. Here is my favorite song from their new album, Rush. (Highly Recommended!)

Web / Myspace

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Freezepop in Boston 3/27 Day Show*

Good Times Out on the Town


Freezepop - 3/27
RARE Sat Matinee Show!
All Ages - 4pm - $10
RED ROOM at Cafe 939
939 Boylston Street, Boston
[advanced tickets]

Carla Richmond
Web / Myspace / Facebook

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Newport Folk 2010 Artists

July 31 & Aug 1, 2010

Andrew Bird's only American date this Summer!

Andrew Bird photograph by Sean Hafferty

Newport, RI - The Planners for Newport Folk 51 are about to officially unveil their 2010 Summer Lineup and we figured we would beat them to the punch. It's amazing what a little research can do for a music blogger. As for the bands: As with last year's stellar mix of bands both old and new - the fit will be great and there will be something for everybody.

We are only going to reveal bands tonight that we are absolutely positive will play the festival based on news bulletins and secret pre-sales codes provided to the bands by the Festival Planners allows them to buy their tickets early... Basically ladies and gents: these kids are completely confirmed:

Andrew Bird
only summer 2010 date in the USA *

* meh, Bird just beat me to this one.
I had concluded as much earlier based on his
"open dates" coinciding exactly with Folk.

The Swell Season
Zoran Orlic photograph

Horse Feathers
Tarina Westlund photograph

The Punch Brothers
Geoff Johnson photograph

Doc Watson
David Holt photograph

Newport Folk 50 Coverage
2009: Day One / Day Two

Monday, March 22, 2010

Big Star's Alex Chilton Tribute in Austin

A Legendary Night in Texas
photos by 5342 Studios
SxSW: Antone's in Austin - 3/20/10

Ken Stringfellow of The Posies and R.E.M's Mike Millsphotos by 5342 Studios for Ryan's Smashing Life

AUSTIN, CLOSE TO HEAVEN - The unfortunate news last week of songwriter Alex Chilton's passing came on the eve of another celebration of his life in Austin, Texas at the annual South by Southwest Music Festival. There, a newly reborn Big Star was to shine brightly - now, not to occur at all.

Big Star drummer Jody Stephens

MEMORIES OF AUSTIN - But with the love and support of friends, family and a few music legends, the show did go on. A small crowd in Austin was treated to a musical tribute worthy of Chilton's fiery spirit and creative legend. The evening would begin with a personal letter from Alex Chilton’s widow, Laura, which was read to the audience by his publicist. With each individual memory or peek into his life, we learned time and time again, that Chilton was his own man. He was relayed as both a caring friend and a fiery spirit. Chilton was a creator who influenced many; a real musician's musician. That's when the music started...

An Alex Chilton Tribute
Antone's in Austin, TX *

"Back of a Car"
"Don't Lie to Me"
with Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets
"In the Street"
with Curt Kirkwood
"I am the Cosmos"
(a Chris Bell song)
with Chris Stamey of the dB's
"When My Baby's Beside Me"
with Chris Stamey
"Big Black Car"
with M. Ward
"Way Out West"
with Andy Hummel
"Daisy Glaze"
"Jesus Christ"
with Mike Mills of R.E.M.
"For You"
"I'm in Love with a Girl"
with John Doe of X
"The Ballad of El Goodo"
with Sondre Lerche
"Thank You Friends"
with Chuck Prophet
with Evan Dando
"Try Again"
with Amy Speace and Evan Dando
"September Gurls"
with the Watson Twins, Susan Cowsill, Mills and Hummel

* Setlist credit:
Thanks to Jim DeRogatis

ANTONE'S SHONE BRIGHT - Being at this performance, there was no mistaking what was unfolding before us. This was legendary stuff. I thought, briefly, on the grainy Seventies and Eighties Era videos of rock and pop conglomerates (the benefits, the tributes, the lifetime achievements...) on stage. Those were remarkably wonderful; each magical in their own way. And we had ours. It was an amazing way to remember Chilton - a performer I will never see in-person, but I think many know in spirit.

Jon Auer of The Posies and M. Ward

High Points: The very presence of R.E.M.'s Mike Mills, who performed on two tracks, was a real treat. I enjoyed the solid combo of "In The Street" / "I Am The Cosmos." M Ward and the band excelled at, "Big Black Car," and there were more than damp eyes when Big Star and Chuck Prophet broke into the appropriate, "Thank You Friends." Nothing, however, could compare with Sondre Lerche's amazing version of "The Ballad of El Goodo" or incredible show closer, "September Gurls." (Those two really stole the show.) Particularly courageous and heartfelt was Big Star drummer Jody Stephens coming out from behind the kit to speak to the crowd, crediting Chilton as a mentor and a friend.

Web / Myspace

SxSW Artist - Kasey Anderson

SxSW 2010 Featured Artist
Someone You Should Know

Kasey Anderson
John Meloy photograph

PORTLAND, USA - American Songwriter Kasey Anderson has certainly caught our ear. Having just toured dates leading up to this year's South by Southwest Music Festival, he embarks with new fans under wing. The new album from Anderson is Nowhere Nights, a country-tinged record that focuses squarely on human events and Anderson's easygoing, amiable storytelling. This song has made me weep. *yes, it has.

Favorable comparisons come easy with music this good, but Anderson should be on your shopping list if you follow any of these talented artists we already love: Guy Clark, Steve Earle, Tom Petty, Butch Walker and David Vandervelde. The new tracks will warm up your nights but are capable of letting you unwind after a punishing day on the grind. Kasey Anderson is One to Watch in 2010. Highly Recommended Music!

Mar 25 - Bellingham, WA
Green Frog Acoustic Tavern
Mar 26 - Seattle, WA
Conor Byrne Pub
Mar 27 - Portland, OR
Mississippi Pizza
Mar 28 - Eugene, OR
in store: CD World
Mar 28 - Eugene, OR
Sam Bond’s Garage
Mar 30 - Chico, CA
Empire Coffee
Mar 31 - Reno, NV
Living Room Show
Apr 1 - San Francisco, CA
Union Room @ Biscuits and Blues
Apr 2 - Mountain View, CA
House Show
Apr 3 - San Luis Obispo, CA
The Steynberg Gallery
Apr 4 - Los Angeles, CA
Bootleg Theater
Apr 5 - Santa Barbara, CA
Muddy Waters
Apr 6 - San Diego, CA
Soda Bar
Apr 8 - Prescott, AZ
Raven Cafe
Apr 10 - San Antonio, TX
Sam’s Burger Joint
Apr 11 - Houston, TX
Listening Room at Nia Moves
Apr 12 - Austin, TX
The Scoot Inn
Apr 13 - Denton, TX
Rubber Gloves
Apr 14 - Denton, TX
Dan’s Silver Leaf
Apr 15 - Dallas, TX
All Good Cafe
Apr 16 - Hot Springs, AK
Apr 17 - Memphis, TN
Young Ave Deli
Apr 18 - Nashville, TN
The Basement
Apr 19 - Knoxville, TN
WDVX Blue Plate Special
Apr 19 - Knoxville, TN
Preservation Pub
Apr 20 - Macon, GA
Hummingbird Stage And Taproom
Apr 21 - Decatur, GA
Eddie’s Attic
Apr 22 - Augusta, GA
Sky City
Apr 23 - Columbia, SC
The White Mule
Apr 24 - Raleigh, NC
Slim's Downtown
Apr 25 - Winston-Salem, NC
The Garage
Apr 26 - Washington DC
The Red And The Black
Apr 27 - Baltimore, MD
The Golden West Cafe
Apr 28 - Philadelphia, PA
Tin Angel
Apr 29 - New York, NY
The Living Room
Apr 30 - Cambridge, MA
The Middle East

Kasey Anderson
Web / Myspace

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Nathan Fake

Photographic Evidence
an unpublished photo collection
from RSL's Mark Jenko

The Middle East - 2/18/10

Nathan Fake

Nathan Fake at the Middle East
photos by RSL's Mark Jenko

LONDON SOUND - Twenty-two-year-old Nathan Fake is knocking on the door to true international stardom - few others have come to approach the celebrated output of British electronic musicians such as Aphex, Boards Of Canada and more recently Four Tet. Fake needs but a laptop and a keyboard (and his penchant for mixing in favorite artists such as Mogwai and My Bloody Valentine) to blow people's minds. We caught Fake in Boston last month.

RSL Streaming Photo Album
FOUR TET at the Middle East 2-18-10

Web / Myspace

Friday, March 19, 2010

Grace Potter - White Rabbit

New Live Music Video
Someone You Should Know

Grace at the HOB Boston [ Full Photo Set ]
photos by Johnny Arguedas


New Album in June - Grace Potter and The Nocturnals were in Austin this week on their current tour. The band are on the verge of releasing their eponymous third album (June 8 on Hollywood Records). Now playing as a five-piece band, the Nocturnals' new 13-track album was produced by Mark Batson (Dr. Dre, Eminem, Jay-Z, Dave Matthews Band.) While some elements have changed and the band has clearly improved with the passage of time and the experiences of the road have brought the band closer together than ever. What is about to come about is a new adventure for fans. I can't help but feel a bit of kinship with the celebrated native Vermont singer-songwriter - having grown up in those same hills. Glad to see her and the band staking out with new material and better things!

What You're About to See - Grace and the band perform a live cover of Jefferson Airplane's "White Rabbit" at the Burlington Waterfront Show in 2009. (Available to fans for the first time just recently.) A recorded version of the song is featured on Almost Alice, a collection of tracks inspired by Tim Burton's Alice In Wonderland. Do you believe in Magic?

Mar 21 - Snowmass Village, Colorado
Snowmass Mountain
Mar 27 - Teton Village, Wyoming
Jackson Hole Mountain Resort
Apr 25 - Phoenix, Arizona
Compound Grill - McDowell Mountain Music Festival
May 14 - Richmond, Virginia
Brown’s Island - Dominion River Rock
Jun 4 - Hunter, New York
Mountain Jam - Mountain Jam Music Festival

Thursday, March 18, 2010

SxSW Artist - Ólöf Arnalds

Photographic Evidence
by 5342 Studios
TT the Bears Cambridge, MA - 3/12/10

all photos by 5342 Studios

Iceland Comes to Austin - A native music hero and former collaborator with Bjork, Sigur Ros and The Dirty Projectors, we want you to know about Ólöf Arnalds who two remaining dates at this year's SxSW Music Festival. This is beautiful music.

Bonus Video - Live at KEXP

RSL Streaming Photo Album
Ólöf Arnalds SxSW Advance 3-12-10

Mar 20 - Bootleg BBQ - SxSW
Austin, TX
Mar 20 - Yelp Party - SxSW
Austin, TX
Mar 24 - The Bell House
Brooklyn, NY
Mar 27 -Les Trinitaires‎ Metz
Lorraine, FR
Mar 28 - Théâtre de la Cité Internationale
Paris, FR

Ólöf Arnalds
Web / Myspace

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

New Video from AM - Self Preservation

New Music Video Debut!
Someone You Should Know

Writing this to you today from a downtown hotel in Austin, TX - mere hours after being indoctrinated into our first night of unabashed debauchery at the South by Southwest Music Festival. It's been quite a ride and it only officially begun today. We are headed off to the Convention Center now - and later for another round of official and unofficial SxSW parties this evening.

Just wanted to share with you a new video that got uncorked last night on MTV - it's the unrelenting brilliance of AM - an RSL Best of Albums Pick for 2009 and somebody we told you (last August, actually) was going to be kicking big-time ass real soon. AM's a talented soul, mixing elements of folk Americana with modern rock and pop - there are clear elements of funk and soul in his music as well!

We really like AM's songwriting and presentation - his intelligent lyrics, and ironic rock mix well on his new album, Future Sons & Daughters. That LP draws from AM's own classic record collection: heavily anchored in 1960s albums, and interestingly - obscure Brazilian music to Italian soundtracks!

AM is on Tour with AIR
Tonight - Washington
9:30 Club
Mar 18 - Philadelphia
Electronic Factory
Mar 19 - NYC
Mar 19 - NYC
Terminal 5 - SOLD OUT
Mar 20 - Boston
Berklee Performing Arts Center
Mar 22 - Montreal
Mar 23 - Toronto
Phoenix Concert Theatre
Mar 24 - Chicago
Riviera Theatre
Mar 26 - Oakland
Fox Theatre
Mar 27 - San Diego
4th & B
Mar 28 - Los Angeles
Walt Disney Concert Hall - SOLD OUT
Mar 30 -Hermosa Beach, CA
Sainte Rocke

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Hey Marseilles secret show

Photographic Evidence
by Sean Hafferty

RSL Secret Show Boston, MA - 3/12/10

an undisclosed Boston location late Friday Night
all photos by 5342 Studios

Breaking Through - Easily one of the best new bands we have witnessed the last few years, I thought I struck it rich after seeing them perform last week. After a few drinks and some talking, I found out how lucky I really was - and grabbed the band for a secret loft show here in Boston. The photographs you see below only tell half the story with the music (think Cloud Cult and Decemberists quality songs) filling the void. Very highly recommended!

RSL Streaming Photo Album
Hey Marseilles SxSW Advance 3-12-10

Mar 19 - WOXY/Future Sounds Party
SxSW @ Shangrila
Austin, Texas
Mar 19 - RedGorilla Music Fest
The Chuggin’ Monkey
Austin, Texas
Mar 19 - The Round 5
SxSW @ Space12
Austin, Texas
Mar 20 - Chillax to the MAX
SXSW @ Space12
Austin, Texas
Mar 20 - Faux Pas Productions Party
SXSW @ Lovejoy’s
Austin, Texas
Mar 20 - SxSW Official
SXSW @ St. David’s Sanctuary
Austin, Texas

Hey Marseilles

Web / Myspace / Twitter

Monday, March 15, 2010

Omega vs Hypnotoad

Remix from Omega
Meme Pick of the Month


This One is On The Way.....

Debuting at Comic Conventions and hinted about in the chatrooms of online geek hotspots, it looks like Tron Legacy is almost here. There is one clear bridge to Tron's distant past: Jeff Bridges returns as Flynn - who has evidently gone missing. His son, who comes looking for him, is the protagonist. (This isn't exactly 1982 - Hope the near 30 years it took to get this one out is worth it!) Check these out. The folks at Disney are hinting at a December 2010 release. More when I have it.

alternative gamer preview:

Sunday, March 14, 2010

No Mystery - Video Mash

No Country for Old Men & Scooby Doo