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Tyler, the Creator Expands Spring Tour, Adding Dates With Earl Sweatshirt
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:56:00

Tyler, the Creator Expands Spring Tour, Adding Dates With Earl Sweatshirt

Photo by Erez Avissar

Odd Future kingpin Tyler, the Creator, who's about to release his sophomore album, has added more dates to his international spring solo tour. He'll also be joined by Earl Sweatshirt for a string of shows. Wolf, Tyler's new album, is out on April 2 through Odd Future Records. Dates below.

Tyler, the Creator:

03-15 Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small's
03-16 Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
03-17 Norfolk, VA - The Norva
03-18 Washington, DC - U Street Music Hall
03-20 Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom
03-21 Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
03-22 Toronto, Ontario - Opera House
03-23 Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
03-24 Philadelphia, PA - TLA
03-28 Paris, France - Trabendo
03-29 Berlin, Germany - Festaal Kreuzberg
03-30 London, England - Islington Academy
04-02 Los Angeles, CA - TBA
04-03 San Antonio, TX - White Rabbit
04-05 Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
04-07 La Jolla, CA - Porter's Pub
04-08 San Luis Obispo, CA - Slo Brew
04-10 Seattle, WA - Neumos
04-11 Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre
04-30 Tucson, AZ - Rialto Theatre ^
05-02 Tempe, AZ - The Marquee ^
05-05 Boise, ID - Knitting Factory Concert House ^
05-07 Missoula, MT - Top Hat Lounge ^
05-08 Spokane, WA - Knitting Factory Concert House ^
05-10 Bend, OR - Midtown ^
05-11 Ashland, OR - Ashland Armory ^
05-12 Eugene, OR - Wow Hall ^
05-14 Reno, NV - Knitting Factory ^
05-15 Chico, CA - Senator Theatre ^
05-17 Sacramento, CA - Ace of Spades ^
05-18 Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst ^
06-21-23 Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands - Best Kept Secret Festival

^ with Earl Sweatshirt

Watch the video for the new Earl/Tyler collaboration "Whoa":

SXSW: Pitchfork's Show No Mercy With Skeletonwitch, Trash Talk, Pallbearer, and More
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 14:40:00

SXSW: Pitchfork\'s Show No Mercy With Skeletonwitch, Trash Talk, Pallbearer, and More

Photos by Trent Maxwell. Above: Trash Talk. For all of our 2013 SXSW coverage, head here

There were blues skies and warm spring breezes for a packed house at Pitchfork's Show No Mercy Day Party at House of Vans at Mohawk on Wednesday. Not exactly the most metal weather, but it didn't matter. The afternoon kicked off with Brooklyn industrial doom metal band Batillus and Chicago's Encrust. Richmond, Virginia experimental sludge crew Inter Arma came armed with a water stick and expansive songs, while Brooklyn crusts Mutilation Rites delivered a raw, filthy set.


Forth Worth doomy deathrock duo Pinkish Black played songs from their self-titled debut. Royal Thunder vocalist Mlny Parsonz has a powerful voice that crosses genre lines, and their songs felt especially ready for a crossover on the Mohawk outdoor stage. Austin's Wet Lungs, featuring onetime Locust drummer Gabe Serbian, played a set of power violence-influenced noise rock. Arkansas doom band Pallbearer appeared at the Show No Mercy party for the second year in a row, this time with a year of touring-- and the excellent album Sorrow and Extinction-- under their belts. Trash Talk vocalist Lee Spielman had a cast on his foot, but that didn't stop him from climbing a wall or spending much of his band's typically intense set somewhere in the crowd.


Next, Trash Talk's Austin cohorts and tour buddies Power Trip destroyed the indoor stage with their crossover thrash. The day was capped by Athens, Ohio quartet Skeletonwitch, who flew in for a one-off set of super tight, anthemic, and flat-out fun blackened thrash, and escaped the snow to do it.



Echo Chamber: DIIV: "Fuck SXSW"
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 13:04:00

Echo Chamber: DIIV: "Fuck SXSW"

Photo by Erez Avissar

"Hi Austin. Fuck SXSW. There… I said it.

Here, the music comes last. 5 minute set-up, no sound check, 15 minute set. The 'music' element is all a front, it's the first thing to be compromised. Corporate money everywhere but in the hands of the artists, at what is really just a glorified corporate networking party. Drunk corporate goons and other industry vampires and cocaine. Everyone is drunk, being cool. 'Official' bureaucracy and all their mindless rules. Branding, branding, branding. It's bullshit… sorry." 

-- DIIV's Zachary Cole Smith is not enjoying his time in Austin. (via Tumblr)

SXSW: Eagulls
Thu, 14 Mar 2013 12:50:00

SXSW: Eagulls

Photo by Erez Avissar/Weird Magic. For all of our SXSW 2013 coverage, head here.

The Leeds-based melodic punk band Eagulls are not the sort of group that seems to be comfortable inside the corporate shit-show of SXSW. (Revisit their handwritten blog postfrom January, in which they decry the music industry and "all beach bands sucking each others' dicks and rubbing the press' clit.") But their set last night at the SESAC showcase at Friends, following some astonishingly terrible electro-rock-dubstep hybrid thing, was at least a sort of interesting glimpse into the types of hyper-industry showcases international bands get tacked onto when they happen to score funding to travel to the fest.

Eagulls' set was nonetheless just as engaging as when I saw them Saturday afternoon in Monterrey, Mexico for the NRMAL fest. The band's live show is more raw and amusingly deadpan than the slightly slicker EP they re-released on Deranged earlier this year, adding more deliberate nods to late 70s post-punk. (One of the guys was clad in a Gang of Four shirt.) Frontman George Mitchell and the drummer's throttling rolls carried the set forward. Mitchell, T-shirt tucked in, stumbled about shouting and gazing out entranced, a strong presence. He saved his one bit of appropriately bratty banter for the end, after slamming down his mic stand and then his mic. "We're Eagulls. If you wanna see us again then come and do it again and bring me some beer."


Jimmy Herring, Duane Trucks Join Tedeschi Trucks Band at the Beacon
Sun, 21 Sep 2014 04:00:00 +0000
Tedeschi Trucks Band continued their Beacon Theatre run last night and were joined by a pair of familiar faces late in the show in Jimmy Herring and Duane Trucks. The Widespread Panic guitarist sat in for a trio of tunes including “Love Has Something Else to Say,” “Same Old Blues” and “Keep on Growi...
Members of Arcade Fire, Bon Iver and The Strokes Form Supergroup at Charity Basketball Game
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The Pop All Star Band, a supergroup featuring Arcade Fire’s Win and Will Butler, Justin Vernon of Bon Iver and The Strokes’ Nikolai Fraiture, made their debut at halftime of the annual Pop Vs. Jock charity basketball game. The one-time performance included covers of Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight...
Yonder Mountain String Band Cover Widespread Panic with John Bell at Kinfolk Celebration
Sat, 20 Sep 2014 04:00:00 +0000
‘ John Bell joined Yonder Mountain String Band for a significant portion of last night’s performance at the Kinfolk Celebration at Planet Bluegrass in Lyons, CO. The Widespread Panic frontman played a brief solo set before taking the stage with Yonder and special guests Allie Kral and Jake Joliff....

Telluride Jazz Festival, Town Park, Telluride, CO- 8/1-3
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:00:00 +0000
Friday Few places are as overwhelmingly picturesque and utterly glorious as the sleepy mountain town of Telluride. Sleepy may be a bit of an understatement, considering this burg plays host to some of the most sought-after festivals in the United States. Home to the Telluride Bluegrass Festival...
Groundation, Virginia Beach, VA & Nags Head, NC- 7/22-23
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:00:00 +0000
Peabody’s (July 22 – Virginia Beach, VA) Kelly’s Outer Banks Restaurant (July 23 – Nags Head, NC) With a full catalogue that reaches back to 1999, Groundation is a legendary band in the US reggae scene (California born – found one another at Sonoma State University), and they so rare...
Ginger Baker : Why?
Tue, 19 Aug 2014 04:00:00 +0000
Motema Music There might not have been a more shocking moment in a rock documentary upon recent recollection than seeing Ginger Baker straight up punch music journalist Jay Bulger in the face during a pivotal moment of the award-winning 2012 doc Beware of Mr. Baker. Yet for as mean as the...

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Cannabis and the Constitution

Thursday, January 06, 2011 9:02
Originally published at blog.NORML.org

Today, as first act for the Republican led 112th Congress, the new majority is going to read the United States Constitution out loud.

Oh, the irony.

If there is real reverence for the document (notably the original copies of the document in the late 1700s were scribed onto paper made from hemp…a staple commercial crop during America’s Revolutionary period cultivated by many of the US Constitution’s original signers…an agricultural product banned by US federal governments for the last 74 years) by those who read the document and sit in rapture listening to the words, then it should be clear to all in the Congress this morning that Cannabis Prohibition is unconstitutional.


Where in the Constitution does the federal government derive the power and authority to ban and criminalize such a utilitarian and life-enhancing plant species as cannabis?

The oft-lamented by conservatives Commerce Clause? This is where the liberals in Franklin Roosevelt’s administration justified the federal government’s prohibition of cannabis in 1937. Both liberal and conservative governments have argued strenuously, and successfully, in federal courts that Cannabis Prohibition is lawful and sanctioned under the US Constitution’s Commerce Clause.

Further, and most importantly, today’s Congress, notably the new Constitution-loving majority, should listen carefully today when the reading turns to the 1919 18th Amendment (which created Alcohol Prohibition) and the 1933 21st Amendment (which, of course, repealed Alcohol Prohibition, which, like Cannabis Prohibition, was a complete failure that created more problems than it solved and unnecessarily conveyed policing powers from the states and cities to the federal government).

Unless the new majority supports the continued use of the Commerce Clause to justify federal intervention into state sovereignty, for them to adhere and respect the U.S. Constitution (which each member of Congress swears to uphold), they need to pass a constitutional amendment post haste that prohibits the cannabis plant and criminalizes its use, rather than rely on what many Americans consider a legislative fiat by the Congress that created and has fostered Cannabis Prohibition for over eight decades.

Indeed new majority (and minority) in Congress, read and respect the U.S. Constitution!


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