Monthly Archives: March 2010

One Last Batch O’ SXSW 2010 Photos

Our scintillating
shutterbug made the rounds of Austin
– and she knows of what she clicks! Check our other SXSW photoblogs by Scott
Dudelson
and Randy Harward while you’re at it.

 

By Susan Moll

 

(above and below) Les Savy Fav @ Galaxy Room Backyard 3-19

 

 

Drive-By Truckers @ Stubb’s 3-18

 

 

 

A Sunny Day in Glasgow
@ Lambert’s 3-20

 

 

 

Band of Horses @ Stubb’s 3-18

 

 

 

Besnard
Lakes @ Brooklyn Vegan
Party (Galaxy Room) 3-20

 

 

 

Antlers @ Galaxy Room Backyard 3-19

 

 

 

The Middle East @ Maggie
Mae’s 3-20

 

 

 

Man Or Astroman @ Club DeVille 3-18

 

 

 

Buddy Miller & Patty Griffin

 

 

Big Star Tribute @ Antone’s 3-20

 

 

Belle & Sebastian Curate 2nd Bowlie Fest

 

 

Mark your calendars
for… December! From the good folks who bring you All Tomorrow’s Parties, natch.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

In 1999 Belle & Sebastian curated The Bowlie Weekender,
the event that became All Tomorrow’s Parties, and this December they will
return to headline and curate Bowlie 2. It’s designed to cap a yearlong
celebration of “10 Years of ATP”.

The UK
festival weekend will be held December 10-12 at Butlins Holiday Centre,
Minehead featuring around 40 bands picked by Belle & Sebastian. The first
exciting set of line-up additions will be confirmed on Monday at the general
on-sale.

This will be the second of two festival weekends from ATP this December. The curators
for the first weekend (Dec. 3-5) will be announced on April 9. Plans are also
on to repeat last year’s In Between Days event, which runs at Butlins between
the two weekend festivals and features “intimate performances from a range of
bands”. Details of In Between Days will also be announced on April 9.

 

Artists picked by Belle & Sebastian will be announced soon. Keep
checking the ATP Bowlie page for updates, and you can also get ticketing info.
There’s already a limited pre-sale going on now.

 

 

 

Robert Plant Revives Band of Joy Name

 

Album and tour to feature
Buddy Miller, Darrell Scott and others.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Robert Plant, no stranger to collaborations with some of the
best musicians on the planet – there was that Raising Sand album and tour with Alison Krauss back in 2006-07, and
before that some guys named Page, Jones and Bonham -has announced he’s
recording and will be touring this summer with some real heavy hitters: guitarist/producer
Buddy Miller, singer Patty Griffin, multiinstrumentalist Darrell Scott, bassist
Byron House and drummer Marco Giovino.

 

Rounder will reportedly release the album in late summer
(there’s no title yet), but the tour kicks off July 13 in Memphis
and runs through the end of the month to conclude July 31 in Miami. Dates below.

 

(The interesting part? He’s calling the group Robert Plant
& the Band Of Joy – which of course is the name of the band he fronted in
the mid ‘60s prior to joining Led Zeppelin. Even more interesting is that two
of his former bandmates reformed Band of Joy in the late ‘70s and recorded a
couple of albums before splitting up again. Check out the BoJ Wikipedia page for full details.)

 

In a statement posted to Plant’s website, the singer
observed, of the recording sessions, “It’s been a blast working on these new
songs…and I’m enjoying such creativity and vitality. It’s been a remarkable
change of direction for all of us and as a group we all seem to have developed
a new groove.”

 

July Tour Dates:

13 – Memphis, Tenn. @ The Orpheum Theater
15 – Little Rock, Ark. @ Robinson Center Music Hall
16 – Tulsa, Okla. @ Brady Theater
18 – Albuquerque, N.M. @ Sandia Casion Amphitheater
20 – Phoenix, Ariz. @ Dodge Theater
21 – Tuscon, Ariz. @ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater
23 – Dallas, Texas @ Meyerson Symphony Hall
24 – Houston, Texas @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavillion
26 – Austin, Texas @ Stubbs Waller Creek Amphitheater
28 – Mobile, Ala. @ The Saenger Theatre
30 – Clearwater, Fla. @ Ruth Eckerd Hall
31 – Miami, Fla. @ Bayfront Park Amphitheater

 

 

 

 

Incoming: Marco Benevento Tour & Album

 

Multitasking maestro hits the road in April, with the album dropping May
11.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Last year when we checked in on
Brooklyn avant/jam/jazz pianist Marco Benevento he had recently hosted an
acclaimed residency at prestigious Oakland venue Yoshi’s, followed by a
national tour supporting his 2009  album Me Not Me, which featured his unique
interpretations of artists ranging from Deerhoof and Beck to My Morning Jacket
and Led Zep. As we put it at the time in the BLURT review, “Although the
album features other artists’ material, Benevento opens up doors those others
left untouched, taking each tune into a realm of its own with his special brand
of dark funk and circuit bent madness. Sit back and get comfortable before
pushing play.”

 

More recently he was spotted
serving as ¼ of the mighty Garage A Trois, featuring Stanton Moore on drums,
Skerik on sax and Mike Dillon on vibes, and you can check out our review of
their album Power Patriot here.

 

 

Benevento’s got a new album, Between The Needles & Nightfall, due
May 11 on The Royal Potato Family, so you can bet that’s considered good news
around the BLURT compound. We’re already listening to advance track “It
Came From You” which you can nab as a free MP3 at his official website, www.marcobenevento.com.

 

There’s a tour in the works,
natch, with a warmup date next weekend in Burlington
followed by the full deal starting April 21 in Hattiesburg and running through the end of
June. Be there, or be square, baby!

 

Tour Dates:

 

April 3 | Parima | Burlington,
VT

April 21 | Bennie’s Boom Boom Room | Hattiesburg, MS

April 24 | Tipitina’s French Quarter | New Orleans, LA

April 28 | Howlin’ Wolf | New Orleans, LA

May 2 | Hi Ho Lounge | New
Orleans, LA

May 5 | The Space | Portland,
ME

May 6 | The Stone Church | Newmarket,
NH

May 7 | Main Pub | Manchester,
CT

May 8 | RISD | Providence,
RI

May 9 | Parima | Burlington,
VT

May 12 | The Hideaway | Louisville, KY 

May 13 | Southgate House | Newport, KY 

May 14 | Martyr’s | Chicago,
IL

May 15 | Wilbert’s | Cleveland,
OH

May 16 | Club Cafe | PIttsburgh,
PA 

May 19 | The Nightcat | Easton, MD

May 20 | 8×10 | Baltimore,
MD

May 21 | North Star | Philadelphia,
PA

May 22 | Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY

June 16 | Sellersville Theater | Sellersville, PA

June 17 | River
Street Jazz Cafe | Plains, NY

June 18 | The Big Up Festival | Ghent, NY

June 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA

June 25 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR

June 26 | Axe & Fiddle | Cottage Grove, OR

June 27 | Winnipeg Jazz
Festival | Winnipeg, Canada

June 28 | Montreal Jazz
Festival | Montreal, Canada

June 29 | Toronto Jazz
Festival | Toronto, Canada

 

 

Panos Panay’s SXSW Recap

 

Noted music industry mover and shaker does
Austin and
lives to tell (write) about it – sleep optional!

 

By Panos Panay, Founder and CEO of Sonicbids

 

You know, I’ll admit it. There’s hardly another event out there that I look
more forward to than SXSW Music. Maybe it’s the escape from the Northeast cold,
or the fact that I can always count on seeing a killer line up, or just that
the damn thing is so much fun. I love it.

 

Day one of Music did not disappoint. I started my day with the usual flurry
of meetings and did a panel for the UK Trade & Investment office and AIM UK (the independent
label group) called “Live Touring in the US”.  Adam Lewis from
the Planetary Group was
on the panel with me which is always fun. More importantly, I thought that Phil
Patterson from UKTI did a great job as a moderator, and the audience (which
consisted of managers and bands from the UK) got some great info.

 

As far as music, the lines were already insane this year and it was only day
1. I couldn’t get into the Broken Bells show at
Stubbs which was a major disappointment and I missed Fanfarlo due to an
admittedly prolonged fun dinner (that happens at SXSW)… You can read my blow-by-blow
tweets
about all the shows, but early favorites were Band of Skulls, and the
Black
and White Years
whom I’ve seen several times, including at our showcase at MIDEM.

 

(Band of Skulls)

 

The one thing that’s not changed in the 10 years that I’ve been going to
SXSW: lack of sleep.

 

It’s just impossible to have all the meetings, do the panels, the parties,
the music, the tweets, the blogs and generally stay in touch with your emails
while there and get more than 4 hours sleep. But like Christmas, it only
happens once a year.

 

I saw some awesome music the last two days I was in Austin. I caught probably around 40 bands in
all with some personal favorites being the Gin Riots, Fanfarlo, Delta Spirit and Band of Horses who were
awesome at Stubbs. I also had the chance to catch the MySpace surprise show of Muse who as always, blew the roof
off. Good old British rock and roll.

 

(Muse)

 

Our party at
Maggie Mae’s
was a highlight for me – great venue, sunny day, about 3,000
of our closest friends drop by. Doesn’t get better than that. Just about all
the bands that played were outstanding and it’s hard for me to pick one that I
loved more than the others. If I had to, I would say The Uglysuit were
awesome and would love to see them again soon.

 

(Uglysuit)

 

Lastly, I had a great panel Thursday with the bookers from Bumbershoot, Bonnaroo,
Summerfest and Reeperbahn about booking bands at festivals. Good takeaways:

 

  • Booking a festival is a
    balance of many interests: artistic philosophy, keeping powerful managers
    and agents happy, selling tickets, pleasing sponsors, and of course
    attracting fans and breaking new talent;
  • It’s a 365-day a year job.
    Talent scouting does not end;
  • All festival bookers are
    committed to indie music. How many bands varies by festival size and
    number of stages;
  • Focus on social media
    presence, it’s a major influencer;
  • Keep your Sonicbids EPK
    up-to-date. Nothing is more influential for a booker than a band’s
    calendar history;
  • Of course, the music has to
    be great.

 

You can see all the photos etc. at Sonicbids.com/sonicsx And while there, make sure that you upload a video of
your experience at SXSW for the chance to get $4K in tour support. Deadline is
March 24.

 

 

 

Kate Bradley’s SXSW Recap

 

Austin vet and Blurt
blogger fills ya in on what was hip and what was drip at SXSW this year,
Interactive Vs. Music -wise. Hint: next year, steer clear of the khakis, gents,
and ladies, hula hoops are so, like, Web 1.0.

 

By Kate Bradley, CEO, Outlandos Music

 

Some
curious/humorous observations. Conclusions? All you…

 

 

SxSW
Interactive

 

  • Strictly on time
  • Panel/keynote speakers wear
    wireless/clip-on mics (most often)
  • Panel/keynote production
    appears flawless (ex: nametags/hash tags clearly visible, high-quality
    sound, SxSW staff on-hand and in control)
  • Open-door policy (attendees
    enter and leave panels/keynotes as they please)
  • Multitasking assumed and
    celebrated (ex: tweeting, hash tag strains broadcast simultaneously on
    stage screens, taking photos/videos, watching videos/accessing links
    speaker mentions as he/she continues talking)
  • Panels/keynotes packed to
    capacity, one-in/one-out entry queues outside most doors, attendees
    (literally) battling for panel/keynote front row seats
  • Panel/keynote attendee questions
    usually benefit everyone in the room
  • Panel/keynote speakers revered
    as “rockstars” as attendees vehemently Twitter speeches as
    “gospels” and rush the stage post events
  • Collective, impromptu crowd
    reactions are frequent (from applause to walkouts)
  • Attendees share uber-alpha
    networking gene, introducing themselves to each other at nearly every
    possible opportunity, whether seated or in queue… most even managing a
    pitch
  • Attendees have business cards
  • Attendees display exuberance in
    helping each other, openly sharing newly observed/learned tips/ideas
  • Panel/keynote speaker metaphors
    run rampant, assuming attendees will connect dots rapidly (which they do)
  • Conversely, attendees express
    frustration/impatience when panels/keynotes move “slow”
  • Overall celebration/mutual
    admiration between panel/keynote speakers and attendees, each easily
    vacillating between roles as “students” and “leaders”
  • Overarching business-casual
    fashion, geeky yet hip
  • Parties attended mostly by men
    in khakis

 

 

 

SxSW
Music

 

  • Late, a lot
  • Panel/keynote speakers have
    handheld mics (most often)
  • Panel/keynote production sloppy
    (ex: nametags/hash tags missing altogether, sound issues, SxSW staff MIA)
  • Open-window policy
    (attendees can come late or leave but panel/keynote speakers appear
    visibly put out)
  • Multitasking considered rude,
    especially at a show (ex: audience members reprimanded from stage by
    artists, while at panels/keynotes, hash tag strains completely MIA)
  • Panels/keynotes sparsely
    attended
  • Panel/keynote attendee questions
    are highly personalized
  • The only “rockstars”
    are actual rockstars
  • Collective, impromptu crowd
    reactions are also frequent but limited to applause and sing-alongs
  • Attendees keep to
    themselves/cliques
  • Attendees generally don’t have
    business cards
  • Attendees hoard newly
    observed/learned tips/ideas
  • Panel/keynote speakers
    consistently refer to old, outdated ideas (ex: 1000 True Fans, DIY
    Fundraising); PowerPoint runs rampant
  • Attendees yawn frequently but
    don’t express displeasure
  • Overall admiration of
    panel/keynote speakers by attendees; the opposite does not apply
  • Black, black, black; everyone
    wears black
  • Except for all the half naked
    girls with hula hoops and cowboy boots up and down 6th St.

 

 

 

Kate Bradley pens the “Cut Through the Noise” blog for
BLURT
, so check it out. In addition to an insane amount of multitasking, she’s the CEO of Outlandos Music, a new-music discovery service for grown-ups.

 

 

 

Incoming: Marco Benevento Tour & Album

 

Multitasking maestro hits the road in April, with the album dropping May
11.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Last year when we checked in on
Brooklyn avant/jam/jazz pianist Marco Benevento he had recently hosted an
acclaimed residency at prestigious Oakland venue Yoshi’s, followed by a
national tour supporting his 2009  album Me Not Me, which featured his unique
interpretations of artists ranging from Deerhoof and Beck to My Morning Jacket
and Led Zep. As we put it at the time in the BLURT review, “Although the
album features other artists’ material, Benevento opens up doors those others
left untouched, taking each tune into a realm of its own with his special brand
of dark funk and circuit bent madness. Sit back and get comfortable before
pushing play.”

 

More recently he was spotted
serving as ¼ of the mighty Garage A Trois, featuring Stanton Moore on drums,
Skerik on sax and Mike Dillon on vibes, and you can check out our review of
their album Power Patriot here.

 

 

Benevento’s got a new album, Between The Needles & Nightfall, due
May 11 on The Royal Potato Family, so you can bet that’s considered good news
around the BLURT compound. We’re already listening to advance track “It
Came From You” which you can nab as a free MP3 at his official website, www.marcobenevento.com.

 

There’s a tour in the works,
natch, with a warmup date next weekend in Burlington
followed by the full deal starting April 21 in Hattiesburg and running through the end of
June. Be there, or be square, baby!

 

Tour Dates:

 

April 3 | Parima | Burlington,
VT

April 21 | Bennie’s Boom Boom Room | Hattiesburg, MS

April 24 | Tipitina’s French Quarter | New Orleans, LA

April 28 | Howlin’ Wolf | New Orleans, LA

May 2 | Hi Ho Lounge | New
Orleans, LA

May 5 | The Space | Portland,
ME

May 6 | The Stone Church | Newmarket,
NH

May 7 | Main Pub | Manchester,
CT

May 8 | RISD | Providence,
RI

May 9 | Parima | Burlington,
VT

May 12 | The Hideaway | Louisville, KY 

May 13 | Southgate House | Newport, KY 

May 14 | Martyr’s | Chicago,
IL

May 15 | Wilbert’s | Cleveland,
OH

May 16 | Club Cafe | PIttsburgh,
PA 

May 19 | The Nightcat | Easton, MD

May 20 | 8×10 | Baltimore,
MD

May 21 | North Star | Philadelphia,
PA

May 22 | Bowery Ballroom | New York, NY

June 16 | Sellersville Theater | Sellersville, PA

June 17 | River
Street Jazz Cafe | Plains, NY

June 18 | The Big Up Festival | Ghent, NY

June 24 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA

June 25 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR

June 26 | Axe & Fiddle | Cottage Grove, OR

June 27 | Winnipeg Jazz
Festival | Winnipeg, Canada

June 28 | Montreal Jazz
Festival | Montreal, Canada

June 29 | Toronto Jazz
Festival | Toronto, Canada

 

 

Marva Wright 1948-2010 R.I.P.

 

Was known at The Blues
Queen Of New Orleans,
and there never was a more accurate label. Video, below.

 

By Fred Mills

 

Marva Wright, “The Blues Queen Of New Orleans,” passed away
Tuesday, March 23, in New Orleans,
reportedly due to complications arising from a pair of strokes she suffered
last year. The acclaimed blues singer was 62.

 

Wright may have gotten her professional start relatively
late – it wasn’t 1987 when she got her start on the blues club circuit – but she
certainly made up for lost time and made an impact on the blues scene. Mixing
blues, gospel and jazz, and blessed with a room-filling voice that could
simultaneously tickle the earlobes and rattle your spine, she was a favored
performer (frequently with her band the BMWs) at roots festivals both in Europe and here in the States.

 

Two of her well known hits: “Heartbreakin’ Woman”; “Mama He Treats
Your Daughter Mean.”

 

As longtime New Orleans watcher (and BLURT contributor) Alex
Rawls put it in a piece for Offbeat, “Though
the venues changed size and location throughout her career, her warmth,
passion and vocal power made every gig seem like a club gig – a
little intimate, a little rowdy, and timeless.”

 

Amen.

 

 

 

WTF: Liars, Beck, etc. Cover INXS

 

It’s not a question of who is on the album;
the lineup is impeccable. The question is: why on earth would anyone possibly
be interested in hearing a remake of an INXS album?

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Liars joined
Beck, Annie Clark and Daniel Hart from St. Vincent,
Sergio Dias from Os Mutantes and Brian Lebarton for Beck’s Record Club 4,
covering the 1987 album, Kick by
INXS.

 

Beck’s Record Club is an “informal meeting of various
musicians to record an album in a day”. The results are posted, track by track
at http://www.beck.com/recordclub/,
with the first track Guns In The Sky already online now.

 

Liars’ Angus Andres, talking about Beck’s Record Club said
in a statement, “It is a rare opportunity for completely selfless collaboration
and an extremely interesting and unique project that was an absolute pleasure
to participate in.”

 

Explained Beck, of the album, “It was recorded in a little
over 12 hours on March 3rd, 2010. It was an intense, hilarious, daunting and
completely fun undertaking. Thanks to everybody for being there and putting so
much into it. Many classic moments, inspired performances and occasional
anarchy.”

 

 

 

 

Petra Haden Coaches Reality Show Folks

 

Here’s hoping she
taught them how to do The Who Sell Out… now THAT would be challenging!

 

By Blurt Staff

 

Blurt fave Petra Haden
recently participated in one of the most unusual gigs of her life – vocal coach
for a reality show. The show is called “The Sing Off” and will be
broadcast on NBC-TV and features a capella vocal groups.

 

Initially Petra
flew to Atlanta, Chicago,
New York and Los Angeles to be there for uditions. Everyday she and the others judging heard 30 to 40 groups
perform per day.  Petra then 
worked on arrangements and vocal coaching for several of the finalists, flying
to Baltimore to
work with “Maxx Factor,” an all-women barbershop quartet. Further coaching with a number of the
groups went on for about a month in Burbank.
“I was really there to help with people’s pitch and dynamics of the songs.
 It was challenging, but still a great experience,” explains Petra

 


Haden
currently lives in Los Angeles
where she is working on her next solo a-cappella project – her favorite movie
themes – recorded by Justin Burnett. She has been commuting
between L.A.
and NYC where her other main project has been recording with Yuka Honda under
the name “If By Yes.” Much of 2009 was given over to continued work on her album
of a capella renderings of movie themes and crafting the If By Yes album. In
addition she performed the music for several Prius commercials, the first being
her a capella reading of the Bellamy Brothers’ chestnut, “Let Your Love
Flow” and others being Petra originals.

 

Her last
proper solo effort 2005’s Petra Haden Sings: The Who Sell Out. In 2008
she released her second collaboration with Alicia Rose (Miss
Murgatroid) called Hearts And
Daggers
as well as Ten Years,
a duo album with Woody Jackson, guitarist and
multi-instrumentalist (Friends of Dean Martinez).