April 27, 2009

Pearl Jam is Headlining ACL, along with Beastie Boys, Kings of Leon

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The Austin City Limits lineup went up and confirmed what everyone pretty much have known for a while was going to be the big name. (Pearl Jam also announced a few August European dates.) And it looks like Dave Matthews may be making a pattern of attending festivals this year. This is a pretty power-packed list:

* Pearl Jam * Dave Matthews Band * Beastie Boys * Kings of Leon * Ben Harper and Relentless7 * Thievery Corporation * John Legend * The Dead Weather * The Levon Helm Band * Ghostland Observatory * Sonic Youth * Mos Def * Toadies * Flogging Molly * The B-52s * Lily Allen * Citizen Cope * Arctic Monkeys * The Decemberists * Coheed and Cambria * Andrew Bird * Girl Talk * STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9) * Phoenix * Bassnectar * Bon Iver * !!! * Avett Brothers * The Airborne Toxic Event * Medeski, Martin & Wood * Clutch * Michael Franti & Spearhead * Grizzly Bear * Heartless Bastards * Passion Pit * White Lies * Dan Auerbach * The Walkmen * The Scabs * Reckless Kelly * DeVotchka * Blitzen Trapper * The Virgins * Here We Go Magic * Eek-A-Mouse * K’Naan * Asleep at the Wheel * Dr. Dog * The Raveonettes * The Knux * Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears * State Radio * Los Amigos Invisibles * The Felice Brothers * Federico Aubele * Raul Malo * Daniel Johnston * Poi Dog Pondering * Brett Dennen * Rodriguez * Henry Butler * Preservation Hall * Sam Roberts Band * The Greencards * Sara Watkins * Walter “Wolfman” Washington * David Garza * John Vanderslice * Zac Brown Band * Todd Snider * School of Seven Bells * The Dodos * Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 * Alberta Cross * Deer Tick * Bell X1 * Alela Diane * The Wood Brothers * The Parlor Mob * Rebirth Brass Band * Marva Wright * Terri Hendrix * L.A.X. * Lisa Hannigan * The Low Anthem * Sons of Bill * Suckers * Sarah Jaffe * Cotton Jones * The Henry Clay People * Papa Mali * Jypsi * Vince Mira * Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights * Mimicking Birds * Jeffrey Steele * Jonell Mosser * Leatherbag * Keith Gattis * Damien Horne * Sarah Siskind * The Dexateens * Nelo * Danny Brooks * Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band * The Soul Stirrers * The Durdens * Palm School Elementary * The Gospel Silvertones * Diaconos * Quinn Sullivan * Ralph’s World * Q Brothers * Milkshake * Telephone Company * Loose Cannons * Lunch Money

I hear Austin is cooler in October.

February 9, 2009

Decemberists Announce Spring Tour, may be dropping by the Gorge?

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The Decemberists, who’ve got a new album called The Hazards of Love coming out in March 24 are finally letting the cat out of the bag with regard to their Spring tour. The tour dates announced are as follows, and as noted by Eric at the Stranger, a curious gap of time in the northwest happens at right about Sasquatch time with nary a Seattle date in sight:

May 19 Hollywood Palladium Los Angeles, CA May 20 Fox Theatre Oakland, CA May 21 McDonald Theater Eugene, OR May 24 Wilma Theatre Missoula, MT May 26 Fillmore Auditorium Denver, CO May 27 Uptown Theater Kansas City, MO May 29 Riverside Theater Milwaukee, WI May 31 The Pageant St. Louis, MO June 1 Lifestyle Communities Pavilion Columbus, OH June 3 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA June 4 Memorial Auditorium Raleigh, NC June 5 The National Richmond, VA June 6 Tower Theatre Upper Darby, PA June 9 Bank of America Pavillion Boston, MA June 10 Radio City Music Hall New York, NY June 11-14 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Manchester, TN

For an interview with Meloy from last month where he talks about the upcoming record as a “folk opera” head on over to NPR’s World Cafe.

In other Sasquatch pseudo-confirmation news we can now add new Grammy winners Kings of Leon to the lineup as well as Monotonix and Grizzly Bear. Things are starting to shape up for the northwest’s flagship spring festival.

October 20, 2008

The Whigs Keep Rollin’ On

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julian dorian - the whigs at bumbershoot

Julian Dorian of the Whigs at Bumbershoot ::: Photo by Josh

During late August, just prior to their appearance at Bumbershoot and in anticipation of their upcoming three month tour supporting the Kings of Leon as well as the Kooks, Julian Dorian, drummer for Athens, Georgia three-piece the Whigs was excited to get on the road again. “We like it,” he says of touring without hesitation while over the phone with me from his hometown. “It’s normal to us.”

Dorian’s not exaggerating one bit when he says three months is normal. A look at their calendar for the last few years has found the band on average about three months on the road at a time, a couple of times a year. In the struggle to retain any notion of continuity he confesses, “we eat in waffle house more than you might imagine.”

In 2006 the Whigs were called out as the best unsigned band in America after Rolling Stone’s David Fricke got a whiff of their DIY debut full-length Give ‘Em All A Big Fat Lip. Dorian himself was named as Esquire’s drummer of the year in 2007. Eventually the band signed to ATO Records and released their second full-length Mission Control in January of this year, a record I personally think outdoes their first and stands as one of the year’s best albums overall. Ever since then, the momentum has been palpable.

The week of the album’s release they visited the Late Show with David Letterman. “That day was so surreal, so bizarre, and awesome!” Dorian remembers. “And then it’s over. In a flash. Even right now talking to you it’s odd saying it happened. You spend your whole life not being on that show…” It was just the first of numerous late night appearances and the kind of jump start to a just released album most bands can only dream of. The summer of 2008 found them at most of the major music festivals in the country, among them our own Bumbershoot and Sasquatch Music festivals.

Now following a spat of dates riding the coattails of southern rock royalty Kings of Leon, Tuesday at the Showbox SODO finds the Whigs playing the second leg of their tour opening for rapscallion heartthrobs the Kooks. Earlier in the evening at 6pm apparently both bands will be singing some songs acoustic at Easy Street Records on lower Queen Anne. Both sets will be very worth catching.

Get Tickets for The Kooks with the Whigs at Showbox SODO.

October 9, 2006

Shows this Week: 10/9-10/15

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Here are the SOTS recommended shows of the week:

10/10 – Magnolia Electric Company – Neumos

10/10, 10/11 – Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Architecture in Helsinki, Takka Takka – The Showbox

10/12 – Joseph Arthur – The Crocodile Cafe 

10/13 – Visqueen – The Crocodile Cafe

10/13 – Bob Dylan, Kings of Leon – Key Arena

10/14 – Math and Physics Club CD Release Party – Sunset Tavern (also at Ballard location of Sonic Boom at 6pm)

10/15 – Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond - The Paramount

That is like a show a day. No complaining about being bored this week! Next week should be just as good with Beirut, Ghostland Observatory, Cursive, and The Hold Steady. Then again it will be tough to top Sufjan Stevens, Jason Molina, and Bob Dylan all in the same week.