The Fresh & Onlys @ Natural History Museum

The Fresh & Onlys @ Natural History Museum tomorrow, April 1st, 2011
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seven kinds of wonderful - brian jonestown massacre

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Sarabeth Tucek

Sarabeth Tucek Announces Sophomore LP
Get Well Soon Out On May 24 On Ungawa

"A set of songs that are often as disquietingly spare as they are beautiful" UNCUT (4 STARS)

"A treatise on death and loss in a dozen songs" Q MAGAZINE (4 STARS)


A timeless little wonderBBC

Absolutely amazing. NME (8/10)

“You may have just found your new comedown queen. Let every gentle note and piercing word move you slowly and surely to tearsTIME OUT LONDON

Amazingly accomplishedSUNDAY TIMES

Her rich, sad voice makes her rise above the packDAILY TELEGRAPH
Sarabeth Tucek is set to release her sophomore LP, Get Well Soon, on May 24th on Ungawa Records. It’s a stunning record that, although not a concept album as such, forms a narrative based around the death of Sarabeth’s father, or as she beautifully describes it “an impressionistic rendering of a time ruled by grief”. The 12 tracks were “sequenced and resequenced for weeks” in order for the story to emerge and the end result sees not one wasted word or unnecessary note; all we’re left with is “just pure feeling”.

Sarabeth was born to a psychiatrist and a psychologist in Miami, but grew up in New York. She was a latecomer to music, her first calling being acting. However, after a few years in Hollywood, her singing and songwriting was encouraged by people on the music scene she fell in with. She first made an impression singing backing vocals on Smog’s 2003 album Supper and then in the film ‘Dig!’, where she sings a song she had just written called "Something For You". The Brian Jonestown Massacre went on to cover the song (retitled "Seer"), but Sarabeth’s own version became her debut single, on Sonic Cathedral, back in February 2007.

This stark and simple song won her legions of fans and her self-titled debut album followed a few months later (on the Echo label) to rapturous reviews. Produced by Ethan Johns and Luther Russell, its understated style was an inspiration to a number of singer-songwriters who followed in Sarabeth’s wake, including Laura Marling, who approached Johns to produce I Speak Because I Can after hearing it.

However, despite everything seemingly going so right, at home everything was going wrong. “Some very bad things happened during the first record and after,” recalls Sarabeth. “It was as if all that had ever troubled me, hurt me, came back just as I was embarking on what should’ve been the happiest time of my life. It all came back and said, ‘Not so fast...’

“I don’t think my mind could handle all the good coming its way. It was unfamiliar terrain and I didn’t know how to traverse It. Predictably, my drinking got out of control and that led to a couple car accidents, jail and legal troubles.I wanted to leave LA anyway, but now I felt I sort of had to. I hoped that by coming back home to New York I would be able to forge some kind of redemptive break from the past. To forgive myself.”

The move has informed much of the music on Get Well Soon. The warmth of the West Coast has gone, replaced by a much rawer sound, all recorded over an intensive 15-day period in a basement in Southampton, Pennsylvania. “We recorded this record in a house where we also lived,” Sarabeth explains. “My friends Robert and Peter from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club recorded ‘Howl’ there. It’s owned by the Nicgorski family who are all very musical: Billy, who offered me the basement, and his brother have played in lots of bands, their sister Maria sings on ‘State I Am In’ and their father Wally spent his mornings on the front porch singing in his rocking chair. Making a record where I am singing to and about my father and seeing and hearing their dad out there every morning served up a pretty strong and bittersweet feeling for me.”

“I think we managed to capture a unique mood down in that basement,” adds producer Luther Russell. “As guests in someone’s home we got a feeling that might not have happened in a regular studio. Sarabeth wanted to be somewhere totally unfamiliar; the material was incredibly personal to her, so she had to feel right about where she did it. My job was to capture that feeling, and fast. The plan was to mix it in LA, but it turned out that all the magic was there in the rough mixes I did as we went along – so that is what you hear. I think that’s why it’s such an immediate record, because it really was completed in those two weeks... but with a lifetime of preparation, of course.”

The rawness of the recording reflects the subject matter and provides the perfect accompaniment to Sarabeth’s voice, which seems stronger, more confident and more crystalline than ever, like Karen Dalton or a less histrionic Cat Power, as she deftly conveys her grief with an eloquent, understated majesty. The musical reference points of the first album – Neil Young, Dylan, The Velvet Underground, Big Star – are still there, but somehow amplified, and Sarabeth is definitely not looking towards the current music scene for inspiration. “It’s odd how placid a lot of music seems now; so washed out in sound and feeling,” she says. “It’s like antidepressant music to take antidepressants to. I don’t really give a shit. I am more likely to buy a new book now than a new record.”

This would explain the number of literary references on Get Well Soon. The opening track "The Wound And The Bow" is named after a book of essays by Edmund Wilson, in which Sarabeth discovered and subsequently became obsessed with the myth of Philoctetes, a play by Sophocles in which the protagonist suffers a wound so grotesque that he is left alone on an island to live in a cave and tend to his injuries. The title of "Exit Ghost" was taken from the Philip Roth novel, but he appropriated it from ‘Hamlet’, where it is written as a stage direction. “The scene when Hamlet sees his father’s ghost became lodged in my head,” explains Sarabeth. “And his subsequent madness I understood in a more personal way.”

The narrative ends with the title track and a resolution of sorts. “I feel like I’m either the patient or the doctor, somebody always has an ache,” she says. “When I wrote the title track I had a friend of mine on my mind. She was so sad... just inconsolable and it was painful to see her like that. The title is a reminder to keep myself well. It’s hard to explain the ferocity of the grief I experienced when my father died. I really felt like it was going to kill me, so to be here... well, I just wanted to remind myself of what I survived.”
*Sarabeth Tucek's Sophomore LP, Get Well Soon, Is Out May 24th On Ungawa*
1. The Wound And The Bow
2. Wooden
3. A View
4. The Fireman
5. Smile For No One
6. Things Left Behind
7. State I Am In
8. At The Bar
9. Rising
10. The Doctor
11. Exit Ghost
12. Get Well Soon

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Ringo Deathstarr

Wired "Must Hear Band at SXSW"
CNN "What's Next" Profile
Colour Trip is one of my favorites of 2011”-Brooklyn Vegan
Austin, TX trio, Ringo Deathstarr released TWO new videos for the songs Two Girls and Kaleidoscope today. The self made videos encompass everything the band is, loud, fuzzy and dream-like, as evidenced on their new full-length album Colour Trip. The band have just delivered a whopping twelve plus shows at SXSW which was championed by such outlets as NPR who included the band in their SXSW preview as a band they can’t wait to see. Wired Magazine proclaimed Ringo a “Must Hear Band” in their SXSW preview.
On the press front, the band is also getting attention including top web outlets like Pop Matters giving the band an 8 out of 10 and saying the band has “expanded its musical palette to the point where they shift gears between varying styles so effortlessly that it’s enough to convince listeners they’ve been doing this for the past 20 years.” Chrome Waves called the album “Loud, fuzzy and fun,” CMJ called it “an interesting indie-pop/lo-fi contrast that’s addressed in every distortion-soaked, echoing track.” Local tastemaker The Austinist gave it’s seal of approval saying “Ringo Deathstarr’s debut LP is a well-made, effects-laden enfilade of melody and noise.” My Old Kentucky Blog who proclaimed “At heart, Ringo Deathstarr is a tremendous pop band, perhaps ready to rival Belle and Sebastien.” Street Boners said Is it possible to wear out your YouTube player to the point that it starts skipping, because that’s how many times I’ve spun this video for “So High.” UK tastemaker NME proclaimed “It’s a shame we do not live in a world in which Ringo Deathstarr is the name of Liam Gallagher’s new band.” Finally MOG.com sums it up by saying “I can only state that this is an amazing record.”
Ringo Deathstarr head to Japan in April and will announce a national U.S. tour shortly.

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WIRE american tour 2011

» Order Red Barked Tree and get the Strays EP FREE

Upcoming Wire gigs

  • Apr 01: Lee's Palace, Toronto, Canada Book tickets
  • Apr 02: Le Cabaret du Mile End, Montreal, Canada Book tickets
  • Apr 03: Middle East Downstairs, Boston, USA Book tickets
  • Apr 05: Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, USA Book tickets
  • Apr 06: Bowery Ballroom, NYC, USA Book tickets
  • Apr 07: Black Cat, Washington DC, USA Book tickets
  • Apr 08: Mohawk, Austin, USA Book tickets
  • Apr 09: Metro, Chicago, USA Book tickets
  • Apr 10: First Avenue, Minneapolis, USA Book tickets
  • Apr 12: Dante's, Portland, USA Book tickets
  • Apr 13: Neumos, Seattle, USA Book tickets
  • Apr 14: Rickshaw Theatre, Vancouver, Canada Book tickets
  • Apr 16: Coachella Festival, Indio, CA, USA Book tickets
  • Apr 17: Slim's, San Francisco, USA Book tickets

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Fleet Foxes - Grown Ocean (OFFICIAL VIDEO)

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Keren Ann "101"


The track listing for 101 is as follows:
1. My Name Is Trouble
2. Run With You
3. All The Beautiful Girls
4. Sugar Mama
5. She Won't Trade It For Nothing
6. You Were On Fire
7. Blood On My Hands
8. Song From A Tour Bus
9. Strange Weather
10. 101

April 17 – Kimmel Center – Philadelphia, PA
June 7 – Bell House – Brooklyn, NY
June 8 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
June 9 – ICA – Boston, MA
June 11 – The Warhol – Pittsburgh, PA
June 13 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL
June 14 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
June 17 – Triple Door – Seattle, WA
June 18 – Biltmore Cabaret – Vancouver, BC
June 19 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
June 21 – Yoshi’s – San Francisco, CA
June 23 – Casbah – San Diego, CA
June 24 – McCabes – Santa Monica, CA
June 25 – Luckman Fine Arts Complex – Los Angeles, CA
June 28 – Drake Hotel – Toronto, ONT

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LCD Soundsystem: final show

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Cut Copy @ Jimmy Fallon


Cut Copy yesterday released the first in a number of reinterpretations of Zonoscope album track "Need You Now". Architecture in Helsinki offer the first re-working, stripping back the dance elements and turning it into a sweet pastoral pop song. The AIH version premiered on the Huffington Post and you can also grab your copy of the track here. Look for mixes from the mighty Carl Craig and d.f.a. secret weapon Gavin Russom to surface on high quality 12" vinyl soon.

The band will also be doing their first TV performance of the Zonoscope era, performing on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon tonight. Check your local schedule for timing, or the internet on Saturday morning.

Finally, the band is embarking on the US leg of the Zonoscope World Tour on Saturday, commencing at Miami's Ultra Festival. All dates are below.


Mar 26 - Miami, FL - Ultra Music Festival - SOLD OUT
Mar 28 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade*
Mar 29 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club - SOLD OUT! *
Mar 30 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club - SOLD OUT! *
Mar 30 - Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall (DJ SET)
Mar 31 - Philadelphia, PA - The Trocadero - SOLD OUT *
Apr 1- New York, NY - Terminal 5 - SOLD OUT *
Apr 2 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 - SOLD OUT *
Apr 4- Boston, MA - House of Blues*
Apr 5 - Montreal, QC - Club Soda
Apr 6 - New York, NY - Terminal 5 - SOLD OUT
Apr 7 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy*
Apr 8 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theater - SOLD OUT *
Apr 9 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue*
Apr 12 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo*
Apr 15 - Indio, CA - Coachella - SOLD OUT
Apr 16 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom @ Regency - SOLD OUT *
Apr 16 - San Francisco, CA - The Sutter Room (DJ SET)
Apr 17 - San Francisco, CA - The Grand Ballroom @ Regency*
Apr 20 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater - SOLD OUT *
Apr 21 - Austin, TX - Stubbs BBQ*
Apr 22 - Austin, TX - Stubbs BBQ - SOLD OUT *
Apr 23 - New Orleans, LA - Republic*
June 5 - Houston, TX - Free Press Summer Fest @ Elanor Tinsiley Park
July 7 - Mariaville, NY - Camp Bisco @ Indian Lookout Country club
July 17 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park
August 12 - Tempe, AZ - Marquee Theatre

*with Holy Ghost! as support
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Hugh Cornwell @ Alex's Bar

Tonight at Alex's Bar, Hugh Cornwell performs, March 27th, 2011
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John Grant

John Grant Interview
By Alexander Laurence

John Grant was once in the band The Czars. They were an indie rock band started in Denver, Colorado. They did well in Europe but never made an impact in the States. Grant retired from music and moved to New York City for a few years. He was invited to move to Texas and start a new record with Midlake. The result was his first solo album Queen of Denmark. It is an astonishing powerful record. Soon John Grant was back on the road and introduced to a whole new audience. His album was picked as best of the year on many critic’s lists in 2010. Mojo Magazine picked it as their album of the year. I got to talk to him during the beginning of this year. He is playing SXSW this year.

AL: What happens when you get the flu on a tour?

JG: I just do it. I have trouble controlling my voice because I am all stuffed up. The last show in Brooklyn I was able to sing again, and it was very good, so I am on the mend apparently. .

AL: Your record has been out a while. How many shows did you play in 2010?

JG: I did about a hundred. I started out with an American tour. Then I did a majority of the shows in Europe. I was here, then there, and one last American at the end of the year.

AL: Who are you playing with? Do the people who play on the record play with you on this tour?

JG: No. It’s just me and one other guy. It’s a very stripped down version of the songs. I played with a band on the earlier American tour. It’s been just me and one other guy for a while now. I am not sure when I will play with a full band again. When the label feels like they can afford it, we will do it as a band.

AL: You had taken a break from music for a few years. How did this record come about and what was the process of making this record like?

JG: I was in New York City doing other stuff. I had pretty much given up on doing music. I was asked to do a few shows with Midlake at Bowery Ballroom and Webster Hall. Midlake kept bugging about possibly moving to Denton, Texas and living with them. They wanted to do a record with me. They would be my backup band. We would work on my first solo record. They kept hounding me, and they thought it was a great idea. I thought about it for a year or two. I realized that it was an offer that I couldn’t refuse. I wrapped up things in New York and moved to Texas. I thought that I would give it one last shot. If it turned out to be a mistake I would just blow my head off.

AL: You were going to kill yourself in Texas?

JG: Yeah. Maybe on stage? I would do one last big show. I would blow my head off as the encore.

AL: Like G.G. Allin?

JG: Exactly. But with more clothes on.

AL: What sort of preparation did you do before you went to Texas? Were any of the songs already written?

JG: I had two or three songs before I went down there. I wrote about 11 or 12 songs in Denton. Midlake would be in the studio most of the day doing their record. I would write my songs during that time. They would go home for dinner and come back into the studio with me at night. That is how we did things for a year. At first I didn’t have a lot of confidence. I was discouraged about everything. I didn’t know if I could come up with enough material. Midlake created a creative situation for me and took me serious as a musician, and things were able to flow naturally. It’s important to get out of your own way.

AL: Your former band The Czars came out in 1994. That was before the internet age. Can you talk about music and bands were 15 years ago, as opposed to your solo record in the past year?

JG: Back then no one gave a shit. We had very little success. I always felt like the material wasn’t good enough. I feel like if the material is good enough, and people respond to the music, then it happens automatically. People talk about it. It’s not that much different now. People have quicker access to things, but it still depends on whether people like it or not. With my new record, I think the material is stronger, and I was able to take my time with it, and express myself fully. You can tell because it has resonated with so many different people. The response has been bigger than anything I did with the Czars. It’s hard to know whether it had to do with bad decisions and bad planning, and the lack of a manager or an agent back in the day.

AL: You were on Bella Union back in the early days?

JG: Yeah. Bella Union is a whole animal now. They have a bunch of successful acts like Fleet Foxes, Midlake, and Andrew Bird. They have a lot of clout now. They are considered one of the labels to be on. Back in 1995, nobody knew about Bella Union and nobody cared.

AL: Do people think you’re a European band?

JG: It is strange. People go “It’s such a European thing you are doing.” If you listen to Queen of Denmark, it is an American thing from start to finish. Yes. I have lived in Europe for six years. I speak some languages and I feel comfortable there. At the end of the day, I am just a midwestern boy from the States. That is what I identify with and love the most. I love the sounds of the 1970s. That is what I put in my music. You can’t deny that part of yourself.

AL: There was a lot of bands in the 1990s who were forced upon us. I don’t think they would have been as big if the record labels didn’t promote them heavily.

JG: There were some good bands in the 1990s, but for the most part I hate the 1990s. The last ten years were better. The 1970s and 1980s were off the hook. The 1990s only had Portishead, Tricky, and a few interesting albums by Cocteau Twins.

AL: Many bands write songs about their childhood, and they exhaust all that material on the first few albums. Do you feel like since you are a solo artist now, that you are free to be yourself, and be up to date?

JG: That is exactly how it is. The big difference is this music is more focused. I don’t feel inhibited at all. I realized that I am good with language. That is one of my talents. I can write what I want to write. At the beginning with The Czars, I thought you had to do things a certain way. You want to be perceived a certain way. You want people to compare you to your favorite artists. You want to do things that fit into identified categories. As you get older, you suddenly make peace with yourself and realize that there is enough inside myself that gives me material for what I want to do. The Czars was all over the place. My own personal story didn’t relate to the other members of the band. It’s easier for me as a solo artist to talk about whatever I want to talk about. And then, there is the added confidence of growing up a bit. I am able to take risk and say things, and not worry what other people think.

AL: What other bands do you like now?

JG: I like Our Broken Garden. I have been listening to their new album. There’s also Gonjasufi. I really got into him this past year. I like School of Seven Bells and Neko Case. I follow Neko Case closely. I think what she does is off the charts. There is so much incredible stuff. I like the new Matthew Dear record. I like Jimmy Edgar. I like First Aid Kit and The Books. I like Fever Ray and The Knife.

AL: I read something about you playing SXSW in 2004 with The Czars and being depressed. Would you go back to SXSW again?

JG: I am going this year 2011. It’s a fun thing. You can’t take it too seriously. You shouldn’t crap yourself over your performance. I am going to play some shows with Midlake this year.
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Flaming Lips and Neon Indian "Is David Bowie Dying??"

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MEN @ Echoplex givaway

Giving away two pairs of tickets to see MEN + Psychic Friend + Bass Drum of DEATH @ Echoplex on SAT March 26th. Leave your email address below to enter, or RT "MEN" @portinfinite NOW to win.
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Sharon Van Etten on KCRW today

Sharon Van Etten is in town. She will be on KCRW, March 25th, 11am. She will also be playing the Satellite tonight, and Detroit bar tomorrow night. See you then.
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Hugh Cornwell @ Alex's Bar

Former Stranglers front man Hugh Cornwell returns to California for the final show of his North American/Canadian tour this Sunday at Alex's Bar in Long Beach. The show consists of two sets - the first a collection of Stranglers hits and classic solo material, with the second featuring The Stranglers seminal debut album 'Rattus Norvegicus IV', performed in its entirety. The band features Hugh on electric guitar and vocals, legendary drummer Clem Burke (Blondie) and Steve Fishman (James White & The Blacks) on bass and vocals. Do not miss it!
Photo: Robert Kenney

Cornwell is one of the UK's finest songwriting talents and accomplished live performers - the original guitarist, singer and main songwriter in The Stranglers enjoyed massive UK and European success with ten hit albums and twenty-one top forty singles, etching himself into the UK's musical psyche with songs such as 'Peaches', 'No More Heroes', 'Golden Brown', 'Always the Sun', 'Grip', 'Nice N Sleazy', 'Duchess' and 'No Mercy', all of which will be performed on this tour. One of the biggest hits, 'Golden Brown', saw renewed popularity when it was featured in Guy Ritchie's 2000 blockbuster, 'Snatch', and the song hit audiences again when it was used on ABC's 'Dancing With The Stars' last fall.

Cornwell has released eight solo albums, most recently the acclaimed 'Hooverdam', produced and mixed in ToeRag Studios by Liam Watson, (known for the Grammy winning White Stripes album 'Elephant'). 'Hooverdam' is available as a high-quality free download in twelve languages from Hugh's website at www.hughcornwell.com bringing his music free to the world's population. The release is a triple-sleeved digipak, featuring both CD and live studio performance DVD in one exclusive package, as well as being available on vinyl. With the free download, Cornwell breaks new ground and proves once again to be a unique force in British music. 'New Songs for King Kong', a limited edition live double CD and vinyl album, recorded on the last UK tour, features both 'Hooverdam' and ‘Rattus Norvegicus IV’ in their entirety and is also available exclusively from Hugh's website, as well as being available to buy at the shows each night.


March 24 Double Wide - Dallas, TX
March 26 George & Dragon - Phoenix, AZ
March 27 Alex's Bar - Long Beach, CA
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Alessi's Ark "The Robot" at SXSW 2011

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Toro Y Moi @ KCRW

Listen to Toro Y Moi on KCRW

TORO Y MOI also playing at the TROUBADOUR tonight!!!
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Sharon Van Etten: "Much More Than That" (Tiny SXSW Concert)

Sharon Van Etten is playing Satellite on March 25th.

She will also be at Detroit Bar on Saturday, March 26th.
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Pains of Being Pure at Heart @ Letterman

Pains of Being Pure at Heart will be on the LATE SHOW tonight!
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Toro Y Moi tonight

Toro Y Moi, Cloud Nothings, and Braids @ Detroit Bar tonight, and the Troubadour tomorrow. See you there!
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Little Dragon @ Jimmy Fallon tonight

Little Dragon make an appearance on late night TV.
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Esben and The Witch @ Bootleg Theater

Esben and The Witch brought their satanic powers under the full moon to SXSW. There are dead carcasses strewn about the city still. Now they arrive to Los Angeles by coffin. LA is the city which Satan still has a stranglehold. Sounds like a perfect match. They will be here tomorrow March 22nd, at the Bootleg Theater, a place where Charles Manson once lived. Check out the videos. Buy the record. See the show.
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Alessi's Ark in NY TIMES

NY TIMES @ SXSW article

NPR article
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The Soundtrack of Our Lives @ Detroit Bar

TSOOL at Detroit Bar tonight March 20th.
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WIRE "Adapt"

New WIRE song from RED BARKED TREE. @wirehq @pinkflag
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Devo @ Club Nokia tomorrow

DEVO live @ Club Nokia LA tomorrow March 19th
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Esben and The Witch @ SXSW

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Alessi's Ark @ SXSW

Alessi's Ark @ Central Presbyterian Church today March 18th 730pm.
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The Kills @ SXSW

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