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Last night, we kicked up our feet and drank a cold brew, nestled among aged oak trees at Austin, Texas’s newly renovated music venue, Tim’s Porch. We enjoyed the rockin’ bluesy sounds of John Gaar and Malford Milligan at the recently modified site, formerly known as the “Backyard” amphitheatre. The audience, an undoubtedly Austin-esque conglomeration of colorful characters, ranged from to crazy college kids to hippies in their sixties.
John Gaar, originally from Louisiana, unleashed his soulful flair for strumming the guitar during the concert, a spicy compliment to Austinite, Malford Milligan’s Al Green-like sound and style. The collaboration was both entertaining and soothing. Everyone rocked out, including a 4-year old girl who burned up the dance floor all night. With multiple decks of comfortable, intimate seating and ample parking, Jaunted gives Tim’s Porch a thumbs up.
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More than a music venue and beyond an art space, NYC’s Le Poisson Rouge is a self-proclaimed “creative asylum,” and its historic address (the site of the legendary Village Gate) is an inviting refuge from Bleecker Street’s rowdy, pub-crawling NYU crowd.
This week, we stopped by hereone of our "Best Live New Music Venues"for a performance by Italian musician Franco Battiato. But the experience is so much more than just him; it's the entire venue. You'll see why...
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Hollywood Hoedown al fresco, anyone?
With a torrent of flash flood warnings in San Francisco and standing water bathing the streets of Los Angeles, California is looking decidedly un-Californian this week. We get it; it's fall, time for leaves to change colors and a crisp chill to hit the air, but us Golden State natives know that the wet weather will pass and we'll still have a solid few weeks to enjoy being outdoors before it becomes truly unbearable. And by unbearable, we mean 50 degrees.
Catching music al fresco is one of our favorite ways to take advantage of the amazing climate, like thousands of Bay Area young'uns will be doing this weekend when they descend upon the Treasure Island Music Festival. But if MGMT, Grizzly Bear, and pushing your way through a crowd of Doc Martens (who brought these back, anyway?) doesn't do it for you, there are other options on the concert docket.
More on outdoor concerts after the jump.
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When you think of the Fillmore the first thing that pops into your head is sparkling chandeliers, thick ruby curtains, a wooden dance floor and legendary shows. The legendary auditorium on Fillmore and Geary hosted *everyone* in the sixites, and when it was reopened in the eighties it didn't skip a beat. We have been lucky enough to see plenty of shows at the SF Fillmore, thus when we heard Charlotte was opening a new Fillmore in June of 2009 we were anxious to check it out.
Charlotte is a millennial city in every way and in the midst of a ten year boom, so it makes perfect sense that the Fillmore brand chose the Queen City as a key spot for Fillmore brand expansion.
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These days, buses and benches in Los Angeles are emblazoned with one of two images: an ad for Cougar Town, or a photo of an enthusiastic, curly-haired conductor with the text, "¡Vibrante Gustavo!" or "¡Bienvenidos Gustavo!" scrawled across it in bold letters. This animated man is Gustavo Dudamel, the young Venezuelan conductor who has just assumed a lead post at the Los Angeles Philharmonic. Everyone from Vogue to 60 Minutes has been buzzing about his arrival in the City of Angels, and after a free preview at the Hollywood Bowl last weekend, it's official: He's arrived.
It's difficult not to buy into the hyped-up excitement about Dudamel, especially when he's drawing comparisons to Leonard Bernstein and it's said his youthful energy might save the state of classical music in the U.S. Talk about expectation. That said, we're itching to see the man in action just as much as the next classical enthusiast. The question is how, especially when ticket demand for a Dudamel-conducted show is ridiculously high.
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When you think of live music venues in Chicago, is the first thing that pops into mind the bright-lit vintage marquee of the Chicago Theater? If so, get ready to have your mind blown by learning what actually are the hot spots for concerts these days; one hint: they aren't clubs and they aren't sit-down theaters.
In true Chicago style, the city's forgotten spaces are being reclaimed for art and communitywe once went to a Ghetto Gourmet dinner (a roving dinner party) in an old church loft, stained glass windows and all. And one old ballroom, the Logan Square Auditorium, is seeing its own fair share of shows this season. We headed into Chicago's hipster haven to experience the Israeli band Monotonix this last Saturday night, and we'll just say that it was an experience all right. Read on for all drum set crowd-surfing details...
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Los Angeles is a city rich with live music venues. From the expansive Hollywood Bowl to the inevitably sticky floors of the El Rey Theater, L.A., a bastion of entertainment, provides bands passing through town with a home for their fans and a place to showcase their sonic stylings for a night.
In our search for an alternative concert experience we were tipped off to indie-folk band Bon Iver's one-off performance at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, a sunrise show that couldn't be any more different than Britney's Circus extravaganza from the previous week.
Last night's "India Calling!" concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles' best place to see live music during summer months, was a reminder that Bowl season is swiftly winding down. The show was the last in the "World Festival" series, leaving Angelenos just over a month left to enjoy nights at the Bowl with picnics, music, views of the Hollywood sign, and tickets starting as low as $1 per seat.
The Bowl is hardly a well-kept Los Angeles secret, joining the ranks of Runyon Canyon as one of the city's most popular attractions. But it's also one of those quintessentially LA experiences that even locals fawn over, year after year. There are few other places you can get such bang-for-your-buck entertainment, and which allow you to bring bottles of wine and outside food rather than pay a ridiculous fee for venue concessions. Though, if you want to, the Bowl has a slew of restaurant-quality food from the Patina Group to choose from—think Angus rib-eye and gourmet sandwiches instead of stale nachos with imitation cheese.
Everyone's favorite trainwreck on a comeback opened her world tour last night near her hometown of Kentwood, Louisiana. It may not be the kind of "Circus" that you can take a kid to to see jugglers and elephants, although Britney Spears threw in some clowns with nunchucks and acrobats in case anyone in the audience was looking for that.
Should you brave the slings and arrows of the World of Spears? We haven't been yet, but the reviews are filled with faint praise and pats on the back for Brit to have emerged after her five-year hiatus from touring.
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After finishing up Saturday's entries, I met a friend and walked over to Passout Record Shop, an independent music store on Grand Street in Brooklyn dedicated to punk, hardcore, garage, and soul. Our friend Seth was performing an in-store show with his band, Blackout Shoppers, in honor of the release of their first album, Pass Out, and we showed up to offer our support and witness the insanity.
Austin becomes the center of the indie rock universe every spring for the South by Southwest music festival. But while that 15-year-old fest has grown pretty unaffordable for anyone who doesn't own a record label, another Austin festival is stepping up to the plate with something a little more every-rocker.
The Fun Fun Fun Fest, now in it's third year, takes place this weekend in Austin's Waterloo Park. FFFF doesn't have SXSW's 1,000-plus bands, but they do bring a pretty stellar lineup this year, with indie A-listers like The National, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Minus the Bear, and ...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead.
And with tickets starting at $25--including free after-parties around Austin--we might have a reason to start moving our annual Texas trip to November.
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What do a hipster band from Boston and ancient temple ruins have in common? Apparently, something. On December 7, MTV will host a rock concert featuring the pop phenom The Click Five in front of the world’s largest religious monument, Cambodia’s Angkor Wat.
Organizers picked the band because they’re touring the region and have a particularly avid fan base in Southeast Asia. The concert will attempt to draw attention to the country’s human trafficking problem.
Whether you consider it sacrilege or humanitarianism, at least MTV is doing something other than creating faux-reality TV shows for once. Not that we don’t enjoy those--it’s just good to change things up from the evil wrought by Spencer Pratt to look at some of the real ills plaguing the world. If we can’t have music videos and Loveline back, at least we can watch a band of attractive, floppy-haired musicians churn out some catchy tunes in front of a kick-ass backdrop.