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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Wednesday Ticket Giveaway: Something to Burn

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 2:04 PM


We have a pair of tickets to the kick-ass concert coming to Peabody's next Wednesday, April 7, featuring Something to Burn, Fair to Midland and Karnivool.

Wanna go? Send an e-mail to with the subject "Something to Burn."

Just send us your name and e-mail address.

We'll pick the winners at 10 a.m. on April 6.

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Concert Review: Passion Pit at the House of Blues

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 10:12 AM


Passion Pit has been on the road almost nonstop for two years on the strength of their debut album, Manners. Though they've graduated from the club circuit to sold-out larger venues and festivals and drawn in a newer, younger crowd, the set list hasn't changed. The 45-minute jaunt of Manners, some new songs from the soon-to-be re-released bonus edition of Manners, and the Chunk of Change EP amount to the sum total of their catalog. With hundreds of shows under their belt at this point with the same hour's-worth of material, it wouldn't be hard to imagine a passionate but mechanical live show at this point.

Last night's show at the House of Blues would put any concerns to rest. Michael Angelakos was in the midst of "The Reeling" early in the show — prancing, spinning, clapping around the strobe-lit stage and crooning in that distinctive falsetto — when he held the mic over the pogosticking throng for a sing-along chorus of Oh no's and cracked a big, sincere smile.

I guess it never gets old hearing a crowd sing the chorus of your song back to you.

When the pit was swaying and the synth vibes loud, when Angelakos was dancing and the seven light displays on stage were flashing, when the young crowd turned the HOB into Dance Party USA after screaming their favorite sing-along lines — that's when the show was at its best. The anthemic, synth-heavy sections of "Make Light," "Little Secret," "Eyes as Candles" and, of course, "Sleepyhead" were sugary and caffeinated prods, sending the balcony and pit into delirious movement. The beautiful and surprising nuance of Manners came through in between the mini raves, but was largely ignored by the crowd, which seemed very focused on jumping and dancing.

The band looked energized and engaged during the set, which lasted just over an hour, and the crowd returned the energy tenfold. And you wonder if, even after hundreds of times, after graduating from hipster hype to top-ten lists, the boys aren't also still defenseless against the little Prozac pill of an album they put together, which, even after a hundred plays, never ceases to brighten the day.

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What to Do Tonight: The Black Lips

Posted By on Wed, Mar 31, 2010 at 8:00 AM

Sweet stache!
  • Sweet 'stache!

Atlanta noisemakers the Black Lips love to fuck things up: your mind, their instruments, the way they bridge about a half-dozen genres without really nailing one. On last year’s 200 Million Thousand — their best record and the only one that comes close to playing by traditional music-making rules — the Lips take a cue from another Lippy band: the Flaming Lips, whose pre-prog mix of churning psychedelia and garage-punk throttle serves as inspiration. The songs on 200 Million Thousand sound like they were recorded two rooms away … on an iPhone in a closet. But the low-fi setting suits tracks like “Take My Heart,” “Drugs” and “Bad Kids” (which was on the [500] Days of Summer soundtrack). Onstage, the Black Lips tear through their songs with total disregard for everything within flailing distance. Beer cans, mic stands and band members often end up somewhere in the audience, bruised, battered and ready for another bout. The Black Lips play the Beachland Ballroom at 9 p.m. Box Elders and Cobra Verde open. Tickets: $12. —Michael Gallucci (follow me on Twitter @mgallucci)

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Tuesday Giveaway: Runaways and Joan Jett CDs

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 11:21 AM


Excited about The Runaways, the new movie about the real-life '70s jailbait rockers starring Kristen Stewart (as the totally bad-ass Joan Jett) and Dakota Fanning (as the kinda bad-ass Cherie Currie)?

It opens on April 9, but right now we're giving away six CDs: three copies each of the Runaways soundtrack and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Greatest Hits.

Want one? Send an e-mail to with the subject "Runaways."

Just send us your name, e-mail address and which CD you want.

We'll pick the winners at 10 a.m. on April 8.

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This Just In: Cleveland Concert Announcements

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 9:30 AM

Sarah McLachlan is bringing back Lilith Fair. Huzzah!
  • Sarah McLachlan is bringing back Lilith Fair. Huzzah!

This week, we have 54 new shows, including the returns of Lilith Fair and Phish, and that band from Old School.

Apocalyptica: Thu., May 27, 7 p.m., House of Blues.

Fanfarlo/Lawrence Arabia/Robert Francis: Thu., April 8, Grog Shop.

Big D & the Kids' Table/Tropidelic: Mon., April 19, 8 p.m., $10 ADV/$12 DOS. Grog Shop.

Bug Girl: Sun., May 9, 8:30 p.m., Tavern, $7. Beachland.

Jason Castro: Sat., May 1, 6:30 p.m., early show, $15. Grog Shop.

The Church (30th anniversary acoustic tour): Sat., April 17, Special CD included with admission. Annabell's.

Cocorosie: Wed., June 16, 9 p.m., Ballroom, $18 ADV/$20 DOS. Beachland.

Crash Test Dummies: Tue., May 18, 8 p.m., Ballroom, $15. Beachland.

Cute Is What We Aim for/Friday Night Boys/the Bigger Lights/Down With the Lights: Sat., June 19. Grog Shop.

The Dan Band (from Old School)/Dot Dot Dot: Fri., April 9, 9 p.m., $17.50 ADV/$20 DOS/four-pack of general admission tickets $52 ( House of Blues.
Detroit Cobras: Fri., April 23, 9 p.m., Ballroom, $12 ADV/$14 DOS. Beachland.
Dying Fetus/Arsis/Misery Index/Annotations of an Autopsy/Conducting From the Grave: Fri., June 4, 6:30 p.m., $14 ADV/$17 DOS. Peabody's.

Trevor Hall: Tue., May 4, 9 p.m., $12. Grog Shop.

Wayne the Train Hancock: Wed., May 19, 9 p.m., Tavern, $12. Beachland.

Faith & the Muse: Tue., April 27, 8:30 p.m. Phantasy Nite Club.

The Felice Brothers: Mon., May 10, 8:30 p.m., Tavern $15. Beachland.

Inhale Exhale: Thu., April 29, 6:30 p.m., $10. Peabody's.

Will Kimbrough: Fri., July 9, 6:30 p.m., $14 ADV/$16 DOS. Beachland.

Cyndi Lauper: Tue., June 29, 7 p.m., $29.50 ADV/$32 DOS/four-pack of general admission tickets $84 ( House of Blues.

Lilith Fair 2010: Sarah McLachlan/Mary J. Blige/Kelly Clarkson/Courtyard Hounds/Sara Bareilles/Serena Ryder/Lights Anjulie/Nikki Jean/Zee Avi: Sun., June 27, 1 p.m., $41.50-$252/four-pack of lawn tickets $127 ( Blossom Music Center.

Jessica Lea Mayfield: Wed., May 19, 9 p.m., $10. Beachland.

Ingrid Michaelson: Wed., June 16, 8 p.m., $16 ADV/$18 DOS/four-pack of general admission tickets $48 ( House of Blues.

Macabre: Tue., May 25, 7 p.m., $14 ADV/$16 DOS. Peabody's.

Metric: Wed., May 19, 8 p.m., $20 ADV/$23 DOS/four-pack of general admission tickets $60 ( House of Blues.

The Movement: Sat., May 1, 10 p.m., late show, $10. Grog Shop.

Murphy's Law: Thu., June 24, 7 p.m., $10. Pirate's Cove.

Murs: Fri., May 14, 9 p.m., Tavern, $12. Beachland.

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Morning-Coffee Video

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 9:26 AM

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Out Today: Meth, Ghost & Rae

Posted By on Tue, Mar 30, 2010 at 9:00 AM


Meth, Ghost & Rae
Wu Massacre
(Def Jam)

The Wu-Tang Clan web can get so tangled it’s hard to distinguish the U-Gods from the Inspectah Decks. All you really need to know about Wu Massacre is that the Wu’s three greatest living rappers — Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon — are the top-billed stars. Deck, Cappadonna and producer RZA also show up, essentially making Wu Massacre a follow-up to the group’s 2007 album, 8 Diagrams. And it’s almost as good. Rae — still blazing after last year’s terrific Only Built for Cuban Linx … Part II — spits the slipperiest lines, with Ghost a close second. The best tracks are the ones where the trio goes guest-free: opener “Criminology 2.5,” the woozy “Miranda” and “Our Dreams,” which is built around a 35-year-old Michael Jackson sample. No new ground is broken here (a Scarface sound bite is the first thing you hear on Wu Massacre), but 17 years after their landmark debut, Wu’s MVPs still slay on the mic. —Michael Gallucci (follow me on Twitter @mgallucci)

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