Friday, July 29, 2005
Thursday, July 28, 2005
Lollapalooza Photoblog Part 2 (Sunday 7/24/05)
Wednesday, July 27, 2005
Teenage Fanclub joins former teenage heartthrob
Tuesday, July 26, 2005
New Releases Tuesday (7/26)
Monday, July 25, 2005
Lollapalooza- An Overview
Dandy's reunite with Jonestown at Lollapalooza
Well, I be damned!! It actually did happen...though not at the Dark Room, but at the Dandy Warhols set Sunday night at Lollapalooza. Former Brian Jonestown Massacre guitarist Matt Hollywood and Jonestown ring leader Anton Newcombe actually joined the Warhols for a few songs during their set. It was a total riot seeing them all play up there and sure enough, there was even a bit of drama from Anton at the end. It wasn't a part of the set, but after Anton left the stage he kept bitchin' to all the security people backstage about one of the photographers, and tried to get the guy kicked out. I actually ran into the photographer in question after the show, and apparently Anton was successful in getting him booted off the stage. What was it that provoked him?? Well, this wasn't just any photog, but it was one of the Jonestown's former managers. Anton claimed to the security people that he had a restraining order on him and eventually he was escorted off stage. I didn't prod any more about whether there really was a restraining order in effect or whether it was just complete BS, but either way it's just another classic story in the dysfunctional life of Anton Newcombe and the Brian Jonestown Massacre. Technorati: Dandy Warhols
Stay tuned...lots more Lollapalooza coverage and pictures to come here in the next couple of days. Any stories/pics from this weekend you'd like to share??? Send them to rfceditor(at)hotmail.com. Speaking of which, this weekend I received a great extended piece from RFC reader Robyn Detterline about her experiences last week at Intonation. Scroll down and check it out today while we sort through all our Lolla footage this afternoon.
Friday, July 22, 2005
Intonation Music Festival 2005: A Romance
Lollapalooza Post-Party Guide
Of course, with all the great festival hijinks during the day, you can’t forget about all of the great post-parties at night. Here’s a run-down of some of the major post-Lolla gigs already announced. Undoubtedly, there are probably a few others I missed and quite a few more that will spontaneously sprout up over the next two days. Keep your eyes peeled during the festival and feel free to pass along any other gigs or parties in the comments section of this post. Saturday The Walkmen at Schubas - 11pm Right after their 7:30pm set in Grant Park, the Walkmen will be darting up north to the corner of Belmont and Southport to rock the quaint confines of Schuba's. Unfortunately, even with the hefty $20 ticket price, this one already sold out. M83 DJ Set at Sonotheque - 9pm Anthony Gonzalez, one half of French synth-rockers M83 will be manning the decks of Sonotheque with DJ Jordan Zawideh. After a long, hot day in Grant Park, basking in the low-key, climate-controlled, acoustically-tuned environment of Sonotheque might just be a euphoric experience in itself, no matter who is spinning the tunes. Sunday
The Brian Jonestown Massacre at Dark Room - 9pm Thanks to the brilliant documentary, Dig!, I am now completely obsessed with this band. The Jonestown are actually playing Saturday afternoon at Lolla, but I couldn't help but notice that Dig! co-stars(or should I say, arch rivals?) The Dandy Warhols are scheduled from 7:30-8:30pm Sunday night. Hmmm... That would be perfect timing for the Dandy's to casually stroll on over to the Dark Room after their Lolla gig to come check out the Jonestown who will probably be starting their set around 10 or 11. Perhaps a spontaneous reunion or jam session might ensue??? Yeah, right...but then again I never thought I would see Roger Waters play with Pink Floyd again, so I guess stranger things have happened. And what's this?? Is tambourine-man Joel back in the band?? Check out the pictures from the Jonestown's recent performance at London’s Queen Elizabeth hall on www.underexposed.org.uk. If Joel is really back with the band, this really will be a post-show party.
Thursday, July 21, 2005
Ex-QOTSA member plays Mother's??
Wednesday, July 20, 2005
More Music Fest Madness
Tuesday, July 19, 2005
New Releases Tuesday (7/19)
Monday, July 18, 2005
The Intonation Music Festival- An Overview
It's 6:00 PM and I'm still horrendously sore from a weekend spent on my feet in 90+ degree weather, but I'm a trooper. The festival went off mostly without a hitch, minus long lines for the food, taking too long to open the gates on Saturday morning, and a few sound problems that plagued bands like Prefuse 73 (too much bass obscuring the rest of their sound) and Xiu Xiu and the Hold Steady (certain instruments clearly not amped at times during their sets). Other than that every band started on time, water was plentiful and the mood was generally jovial. I was actually fairly surprised at how well-run it was, given what must have been a very low budget. Kudos to festival promoter and organizer Mike Reed.
Hideout co-owner Tim Tutton introduced each band, and Thax Douglas provided 21 poems for the festivities, each with titles like "Thunderbirds Are Now! #2" and "Andrew Bird #4." By generally eschewing many of the other activities like the DJ tent, record fair and merch tables, I managed to hear and/or see almost every single band this weekend. I'll avoid making comments on every band for the sake of brevity, but here are some highlights and other notables:
-Carl Newman, the redheaded frontman of AC Newman, started off his set with a guitar string completely out of tune. The band trudged through the "On the Table" and alerted him to the fact once it ended. Luckily, he managed to laugh it off, tune his guitar, and restart the show with an in-tune version of "On the Table." Andrew Bird later joined the band to whistle along with "Drink to Me Babe Then," guided by local alt-country singer Nora O'Connor, who provided back-up vocals and revealed herself to be quite pregnant.
-Four Tet's Kieren Hebden performed alone with two laptops and a mixing board, a set up that may have fared better in the DJ tent. Though he sounded great, there wasn't much to watch for 45 minutes. I later spotted him hanging out with friends during the Wrens and snapped a quick picture.
-The Go! Team was a treat, with singer/rapper Ninja keeping the crowd involved in their brand of 1970's action television show theme song music (Ladies say "Go," men say "Team!" "Go!" "Team!" "Go!" "Team!"). She eventually brought up a dozen or so neighborhood kids who had clearly just come from the park's public pool to dance along, which was adorable and hilarious.
-Frenchkiss Records got the most love from the festival this weekend, with their three signature bands all featured on Sunday's lineup- Thunderbirds Are Now!, The Hold Steady, and Les Savy Fav. They were also three of the best sets of the weekend. TAN! showcased an incredible amount of energy on stage and a variety of circus tricks with their tambourines, and Les Savy Fav's Tim Harrington joined them on stage for a raucous finale. Meanwhile, the Hold Steady are one of my favorite bands of the moment, and singer Craig Finn showed a ton of personality to go along with his very unique voice and style of singing. And of course, what more can be said about Les Savy Fav. Tim Harrington is certifiably insane, and LSF puts on a serious show. He fashioned himself a hat out of tin foil, got the entire crowd to sit down together, threw a blow-up raft into the crowd, and poured a variety of substances over himself. They also played one of my favorite LSF songs, "Adoptduction," a story of a man kidnapped by "a dude with a moustache and a chick with an eyepatch." Classic.
-The Decemberists closed the event with a set list that spanned all three of their studio albums. Singer Colin Meloy also managed to get the crowd to sit down for him, and at one point during "The Infanta" the wind was blowing so hard at the band it seemed like they were fighting to get through the song, an effect that strangely added perfectly to their pirate-rock sound.
Check out the photoblog for a visual review of the festival and more specific commentary on the bands I was able to see. For $22 this weekend's festivities were a steal, and I hope the organizers will learn from the weekend's minor faults and make Intonation an annual event.