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
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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.
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)
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."
Butch Trucks Hints at Allman Brothers Madison Square Garden Finale Fri, 07 Mar 2014 05:00:00 +0000 Photo by Larry Hulst
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The co-bill has some historical significanc...
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If you like crunch with your twang; if you think itâs a crying shame that Hank Williams Sr. never lived long enough to won a Nudie suit; if you think the ultimate gig would be Johnny Cash fronting The Bottle Rockets – or Uncle Tupelo at their cowpunkiest – then you, my friend...
Nigel Tufnel (Spinal Tap):
Well, it's one louder, isn't it? It's not ten. You see, most blokes, you
know, will be playing at ten. You're on ten here, all the way up, all
the way up, all the way up, you're on ten on your guitar. Where can you
go from there? Where?
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
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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