Thursday, March 13, 2008

R.E.M. at SXSW: A lapsed fan's notes

Posted By on Thu, Mar 13, 2008 at 10:59 AM

It’s fitting that R.E.M. played South by the Southwest 2008’s first big show, last night at the venerable Stubb’s. After all, the veteran group pretty much invented indie-rock in the early ‘80s, back when it was called “college rock.” Along with Husker Du, the Replacements, the Minutemen, Black Flag, and a handful of other bands, R.E.M. shaped an entire generation through their music. No matter that they haven’t released a decent record in more than a decade -- the band is an indie-rock institution, and the packed house was there to pay tribute to three guys who, more or less, helped define what SXSW is all about. ...

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Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Ready or not, South by Southwest, here we (and our Killer Death Flu) come

Posted By on Wed, Mar 12, 2008 at 6:40 AM

Could I have gotten the Killer Death Flu at a worse time? I’m flying down to Austin today for five days of music, beer, and hob-nobbing -- assuming the hob-nobbing includes copious beer and music -- at the annual South by Southwest festival, from where I'll be blogging here over the next few days. I’m hoping the airplane ride from Cleveland to Texas will clear my stuffed head a little, so by the time I get down there, I’m ready to party like a former Mickey Mouse Club pop star. Or at least listen to nonstop music like it was my job, which it is, which is probably why God stuck me with the I'll-Be-Dead-Soon Flu. A dude can't have everything. To commemorate the start of festivities, I give you five worse things than having the Please Lord Just Kill Me Now Flu at SXSW: ...

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Monday, March 3, 2008

Aloha, Black Keys among local bands headed to South by Southwest

Posted By on Mon, Mar 3, 2008 at 1:09 PM

Akron's The Black Keys are headed to Austin's South by Southwest.
Next week, pretty much everyone who makes a living off the music industry will be in Austin for the annual South by Southwest music festival. We’ll be there too, drinking, listening to music, drinking, and writing, hopefully, for your sake, not in that order. To get you as geeked as we are, here’s a quick rundown on five of our favorite local bands making the trip. ...

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Tuesday, February 26, 2008

Rolling Stone goes inside the studio for The Black Keys' new album

Posted By on Tue, Feb 26, 2008 at 4:24 PM

In the latest issue of Rolling Stone – it’s got Jack Johnson’s sandy mug on the cover – writer Peter Relic takes us inside the Painesville studios where Akron blues-rockers The Black Keys ground out their new record, Attack and Release, with producer Danger Mouse. The album, Relic reports, was born out of an idea Danger Mouse had to team the Black Keys with the late Ike Turner:
In early 2007, Danger Mouse began work on a comeback album by rock & roll pioneer Ike Turner. Danger enticed the Keys (”One of my favorite bands,” he says) to write some songs for the project. The Keys turned in demos for Turner to learn, but when sessions bogged down, the project was temporarily shelved. The band eventually decided to make the tunes the heart of its fifth album, and Danger Mouse was the natural choice as producer. “Even when we gave the songs to Ike, they felt like Black Keys songs,” Auerbach says.
The album comes out April 1. The Keys start touring next month, including a stop at a South by Southwest party thrown by Scene and its sister papers. – Joe P. Tone
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Friday, February 15, 2008

The Black Keys to play Scene SXSW party

Posted By on Fri, Feb 15, 2008 at 10:14 AM

After assurances that there would, indeed, be plenty of Pabst and chicken wings, Akron blues-rockers The Black Keys will headline a party thrown by Scene and its sister papers at March’s South by Southwest festival. The two-man team is hitting the road hard next month, escaping the friendly confines of the 330 to scare up mojo for Attack and Release, its new, Danger Mouse-produced record, due out this spring. (Sadly, no appearances by Cee-Lo. But it should rock the kids’ Crocs off nonetheless.) If you can’t make the fest – and you probably shouldn’t, since it’s in Texas, and sunlight is deadly until at least June 1 – stay tuned March 9-18, when we’ll post pictures and indecipherable dispatches from our drunken music critics, who fed us wine coolers and gasoline and somehow talked us into paying their way. The sneaky bastards. Read on for the line-up and details.

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