Music Articles Worth Reading

And here we unveil a whole new feature idea for the blog: a list of noteworthy links to check out, should your interests run that way. If you’ve read any interesting music blogs/articles/ etc and want to post them in the comments, I’d love to check them out! Keep in mind that applies to music related writings you may have written, oh great internet-music-blogging-atmosphere.

sxsw-2013-logoHappy Readings!

  • SXSW–love it or hate it–is a big deal in the music world. For some smaller bands, playing SXSW means they’re on the verge to being “discovered” by the larger music population. But does it always? And given the increasing role sponsorships and big companies are playing, how much of this once heralded festival is truly about the music? Andrea Swensson, a music reporter at Minnesota Public Radio and a long time SXSW attendee shares her thoughts. Why I’m Not Going to SXSW This Year
  • SXSW by the music! The great thing about this little thing we call the internet is that you don’t have to go to SXSW to experience new music, especially when the staff at NPR are so good about putting together music lists. If you’ve got some time to kill and want to check out who’s playing in Austin, check out this excellent and exhaustive list. The Austin 100. Oh, and if you’re not the biggest music geek in the world, you might not know this, but the staff at NPR’s All Songs Considered do a GREAT job with daily recaps. So if you want to live SXSW vicariously, subscribe to the NPR ASC podcast asap.
  • If you’re a music person, then chances are you’ve already heard this bit of news. The ambassador for Record Store Day 2013 (April 20!) has been chosen and is none other than Jack White. Given his love of records and all the great work he’s been doing with Third Man Records, he is unquestionably the PERFECT fit. Add his incredible love for records and we have to ask ourselves, was there really any other candidate? Anyway-he issued a fantastic statement which everyone should add to their reading list. Whether you totally 100% agree or think he’s full of it, it brings up some good thoughts.
    As Record Store Day Ambassador of 2013 I’m proud to help in any way I can to invigorate whoever will listen with the idea that there is beauty and romance in the act of visiting a record shop and getting turned on to something new that could change the way they look at the world, other people, art, and ultimately, themselves. ” Read the rest of his statement HERE.
  • Speaking of Third Man Records, have you heard that Brittany Howard (Alabama Shakes) is about to be the latest artist on Third asraMan Record to make a 7-inch with the label?  She and Ruby Amanfu will be doing reinterpretations of Rodriguez’s “I Wonder” and Memphis Minnie’s “When My Man Comes Home”. Read a bit more here.
  • Ok–final mention of SXSW in this entry, I promise. I’m sure you’ve heard whispers about a documentary that’s all about Kathleen Hanna and her work? Maybe you even helped fund it during their kickstarter campaign? Well, this SXSW the film (by Sini Anderson and Tamra Davis), The Punk Singer premiers. March 10. If you can make it to SXSW and somehow crash that movie, you’ll have to let me know how it is. ’till then, I’ll have to wait until I can finally check it out. (SOOOOO EXCITING!!!! OMG!!!) Kathleen Hanna posted about it on her blog, and a small excerpt (and then you can go read the rest of it HERE): “It has been really fun watching old footage of Bikini Kill , as that’s something I’ve never done before. I have now officially realized why we seemed so fucking nuts to people, and I say that with an absolute beaming pride. I can’t believe any of my bandmates took such a leap of faith and let me play music with them.”
  • Kate Nash’s new Album, “Girl Talk” came out this Tuesday! Have you bought it? Listened to it? what are your thoughts?

What have you been reading? What new albums have you bought? What’s making you happy this week! Talk about it in the comments! Cheers!

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BugGiRL & Adrian and the Sickness: The SLC Invasion

There’s something amazing about women in rock. and I’m not talking the pop/rock, the alt/rock, I’m talking pure balls to the fuckin’ wall ‘old school’ drugs, alcohol, sex and take no survivors kinda rock.

The word fierce covers it. Wiktionary defines fierce thusly:

(US Slang) Of exceptional quality, exhibiting boldness or chutzpah.

This weekend is pretty exciting for me. A couple weeks ago, thanks to the infinite powers of the internet, I stumbled upon the page for BugGiRL, a rock-n-roll band from Australia. Let’s take the song “Dirt in a Skirt.” From the very beginning the song grabs you and won’t let go. It’s driving, it’s aggressive, and Amber’s got the perfect rock vocals. Think…The Donnas, but imagine that they’ve had a lot more to drink (and by the way, the local dude who prides himself on his ability to drink anyone under the table….I’m pretty sure Amber’s standing over him as he’s lying on the floor, passed out, laughing her ass off) and they don’t mind the groupies.

BugGirl is a sister/brother act made up of Amber (guitar and vocals), Clinno (drums) and their bassist Heather Webb. If you like rock-n-roll that is pure in sound (but not so pure in intention) then this band is absolutely for you. It’s fun and perfect for headbanging.

And the best news of this entry thus far? Well. If you live in Salt Lake City and surrounding areas, they’re gonna be here, at one of my personal favorite venues, Burt’s Tiki Lounge. If you like rock-n-roll, this is absolutely a show that you SHOULD NOT MISS. Why? Well, because they’re awesome. They are THE definition of the rock sound.

And they’re traveling with another kickass rock band–Adrian and the Sickness– from Austin, TX that is made up of bassist Heather Webb (yep, same one in BugGiRL), lead guitarist Adrian Conner. Adrian Conner is no stranger to the rock genre. She’s part of one of the most infamous AC/DC cover bands, Hell’s Belles (wait, you haven’t heard of them? Well Angus Young has, according to the band’s page, and he loves ’em. So if you haven’t heard of ’em….well, you just ain’t listening hard enough, are ya?) and has been recording with Adrian and the Sickness since 2004 and are working on their 5th album. Their music has been described as an undeniable front of infectious pop concoction wrapped around electric, bombastic rock and roll. Hard hitting, infectious riffs are a staple, and Adrian’s ability as a musician has been described as “exciting, rambunctious and kinda scary” in Guitar Player Magazine (2007).

If you like rock then this gig at Burts (6/10/11) is a MUST-SEE. Here, have a few videos to tide you over. And I’ll see ya there.

BugGiRL: Dirt in the Skirt

Adrian & the Sickness: Listening

Salt Lake’s True Colors

True Colors

Tomorrow marks the fourth day of the True Colors Tour. Comedian Margaret Cho and bands like the Dresden Dolls, the Cliks and Cyndi Lauper will give the good folks of Chicago a taste of good times and good (oh-so-good!) music.

I made it out to the second stop on the tour–Salt Lake City. The show started at 6:10 at a huge ampitheatre and my aunt and I had seats not too far away from the stage (but not all that terribly close, either). We got there just as the Cliks hit the stage. and you know I did a blog about the Cliks here before, right? so of course as soon as I heard that I ran to find our seats in the audience. I didn’t want to miss more than I positively had to. And I’m glad I did. The Cliks are indeed worth every second live. Great music, great stage presence, everything about them is phenomenal. Lucas and the gang were worth the $87 I paid, alone. well, they would’ve been if they’d gotten to play a lot longer!! I do hope that they’ll be headlining a tour soon instead of just opening, so I can pay to see them!

THE CLIKS

I could’ve met the band members, but as soon as they left the stage, The Dresden Dolls came and replaced them. And I will not miss the Dresden Dolls. I’m sorry, but for nothing do I miss seeing Amanda Palmer. She is amazing in her own right, and I cannot wait to see what she does outside of the Dresden Dolls.

Amanda Palmer-a modern goddess

 

Amanda v. Brian

One of the best moments of the night was meeting Amanda and Brian, although ’twas a very brief meeting! It consisted of me getting my official True Colors T-Shirt signed and me getting my picture with the Dolls. Currently, this photo is my default for facebook, myspace and my desktop. Am I a fangirl? Yes, oh yes god help me, I am.

whoa!

(oh, one of the frequently asked questions of the night of me: “Did you get that shirt from this tour? It’s really cool!” Me: “No, actually. I’ve had it for a while!” Even Amanda asked me where I got it. yeah Debbie Harry! 😉

So of course I did see the one and only Debbie Harry. She didn’t do any of the well known Blondie songs, but she still had a lot of fun pop songs, and it was amazing seeing her. I’m still half in shock. Here’s a pic of this one woman legend 😉

Debbie

Oh, and if you think the audience was the only one enjoying Debbie Harry, think again! From our seats my aunt and I could see the side of the backstage…and I got a glimpse of Margaret Cho dancing around and enjoying the show! (Also, while the Dolls were on, Harry was dancing and having a good time!)

dance, dance!

hmm. in retrospect I shoulda cropped that random head. oh well. After Debbie Harry came Erasure, who I’d never heard about before but they were a lot of fun! and where I hadn’t heard of them before, I’m pretty sure everyone else in the audience had. Not only were people dancing around, but they were singing the lyrics! And the frontman had a shirt that said ‘bi-pride’ which was hello awesome. We need more celebs like this. 😉

Finally, Cyndi Lauper came on. Outside of a few of her more popular songs, I didn’t know much by her, but oh-my-goodness, does this woman have stage presence. To some extent, Debbie Harry is showing her age. Cyndi Lauper-Not so much! She was ohmigod amazing. I don’t even know where to start, so I will give a few pics and see if any words come to mind!

Cyndi

I don’t know what was up with the funny hat thing, but it was still awesome. If she auctioned it off, I’d probably try buying it. If I had the funds, of course 😉

Cyndi

So one of the things that struck me most about Cyndi, like I mentioned, was her stage presence. In addition to gallavanting about onstage (she could definitely give bands like the Hives and the Killers with their spastic seeming energy a run for their money), she interacted really well with both the audience and the musicians onstage. She was absolutely brilliant! and her voice is amazing. and oh my goodness, her legs! She is indeed something else.

In the crowd

Cyndi walks offstage and into the hordes of admirers below! In case ya don’t know, Cyndi would be the woman with the short purple colored hair. see the picture below:

Cyndi without the red wig (is HOTT)

So Cyndi left the stage to earshattering applause and screaming  (a good .05% being mine, of course) and soon came out for an encore with the rest of the band. she performed “time after time” and “girls just wanna have fun” and then left the stage again. My aunt knew the show was not over, mostly because the song “True Colors” a Cyndi song, hadn’t yet been performed. and she was right. After another bout of earshattering applause and screams and yells, the entire cast of the True Colors SLC came out (well, I didn’t get a glimpse of Debbie Harry…) and after throwing massive colorful balloons into the audience began a few group numbers. and OHMIGOD it was beautiful. An absolutely phenomenal experience. There is seriously nothing in my life that compares quite to this. It was overwhelming, it was beautiful, incredible, etc.

The True Colors Tour

Who Can You See?
(If you can make out anyone in this picture, you’re awesome. Otherwise, it’s still cool. kinda psychedelic-like.)

I should also mentio that the True Colors tour was the brainchild of Cyndi Lauper and is a way to connect with all of her GLBTIQ fans and show her support for them. In this world, we are all human, and that was the main thing the tour was trying to get across. and that was also awesome!

IF YOU CAN MAKE IT (and if you can, TRY!! It’s worth every minute):

Tuesday June 12th, 2007
Chicago, IL / Auditorium Theatre

Wednesday June 13th, 2007
Colombus, OH / Jerome Schottenstein Center

Friday June 15th, 2007
Atlantic City, NJ / Borgata Hotel

Saturday June 16th, 2007
Boston, MA / Bank of America Pavilion

Sunday June 17th, 2007
Columbia, MD / Merriweather Post Pavilion

Monday June 18th, 2007
New York, NY / Radio City Music Hall

Tuesday June 19th, 2007
Toronto, ON / Molson Amphitheatre

Thursday June 21, 2007
Atlanta, GA / Chastain Park Amphitheatre

Saturday June 23, 2007
Dallas, TX / Smirnoff Music Centre

Sunday June 24, 2007
Woodlands, TX / Woodlands Pavilion

Wednesday June 27, 2007
San Diego, CA / San Diego State Open Air Theatre

Friday June 29th, 2007
Berkeley, CA / Greek Theatre-U.C. Berkeley

Saturday June 30th, 2007
Los Angeles, CA / Greek Theatre

**Keep in mind that in addition to the main acts there will be many another act, including bands such as the Gossip and the Misshapes. and for those of you who see these bands….I do envy you!!*************

Oh, and if you go, don’t settle for lawn seats. seriously, spend a little extra to get as close as the stage as possible.

Oh Yeah, Oh Yeah!

I’m going to do something I haven’t done before. Today’s music music feature will be *gasp* on a NEW band!! While I am enjoying the music that came out of the 90s far too much (believe me I have one for next Thursday already…), it doesn’t hurt to showcase some upcoming artists as well.

So who’s the lucky band?Lucas Silveira-lead vox/guitar

The Cliks. This Canadian band is making waves in the indie-rock world. The music is catchy, exciting and honest. And the band will join the True Colors tour for a few shows starting in Salt Lake City, Utah (which I would like to go to. Here’s to hoping!)

The True Colors concert tour is a 15 city nationwide tour that’s supporting the Human Rights Campaign. Other headliners are Cyndi Lauper, Debbie Harry, The Dresden Dolls and the Gossip. Needless to say, this tour will be THE tour of the summer.

To be involved in a tour like this is pretty special, to say the least. In addition to the True Colors Tour, the band is also touring on its own to promote their album Snakehouse. The Cliks is made up of Lucas Silveira (lead vocalist/guitarist), Morgan Doctor (drums), Nina Martinez (guitar), and Jen Benton (bass).

According to Sarah Liss, NOW magazine, “… the Cliks’ music kinda sounds like what might happen if Chrissie Hynde and the Murmurs’ Leisha Hailey fell in love, got Bowie to help out with insemination and gave birth to an indie rock love child. It’s all kinda raw but sweetly melodic, with a ballsy cabaret swagger.”

Though their sudden appearance may seem like an overnight success, the band has been around since 2004–just in a very different form. Early in 2005, Silveira found himself overwhelmed by a variety of different events at once–a 7 year relationship came to a bitter and ugly fall out, his father suffered a stroke and he had just begun to accept himself as a transgendered male and went from being Lila (NOW magazine) to Lucas. Amid all this was a lineup change with the original version of the Cliks.
The Cliks OH YEAH!

While the only thing that has remained stable about the Cliks is Silveira, that’s really not a bad thing. The ordeals Silveira has been through has been a huge influence on the songwriting, and it shows in the music and the lyrics.

Listening to their songs on their Myspace site, it’s clear that this band has talent. The music is powerful but controlled indie rock with clear, raw vocals. And from what I hear, their live show shall take you to an unprecedented level of wonderfulness (so do check them out when they hit your area!)

If any band was meant to take on the role of successor to The Pretenders–the Cliks would be it.

So with no further ado I shall leave you with a final comment from their myspace page and a video! (the comment should be taken in consideration with the video, in fact 😉

“A final suggestion: PLAY LOUD, and prepare to have your preconceptions obliterated.”

**all pics from the band’s myspace site 🙂 **