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Vans Warped Tour 2007, HHH Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN, July 28, 2007

A Static Lullaby

Bad Religion

Blacklist Royals

Downtown Brown

Escape the Fate

It Dies Today

Killswitch Engage 


Revolution Mother 

 The Unseen

The Vincent . . . → Read More: Vans Warped Tour 2007, HHH Metrodome, Minneapolis, MN, July 28, 2007

Review: Casual Confusion

With glimpses of my favorite corn-fed jazz sound (Kevin “BF” Burt & the Instigators), motown soul (Marvin Gaye) and melodic metal blends (Sevendust, P.O.D.), watching Minneapolis power-trio Casual Confusion live is the closest you will ever get to reliving the Jimi Hendrix Experience.

We’ve been rocking out to the group’s self-titled debut all week — an imposing 10 track album for the discriminating music fan. We must give big props to bewitching group leader Colin Hodges, whose soaring, sweeping guitar solos underscore his own spirited vocals track-to-track.

The group plays Bunkers Bar in Minneapolis tonight with . . . → Read More: Review: Casual Confusion

Review: Seth Lakeman : Introducing…Vol. 1 and 2 (EPs)

Seth Lakeman
Introducing…Vol. 1 and 2 (EPs)
Release Date: July 24, 2007
Label: Manhattan Records

Following his $600 DIY, Mercury Prize-nominated album U.K. folk singer-songwriter Seth Lakeman is preparing his next album and official U.S. debut, Poor Man’s Heaven, this fall on Manhattan Records.

Until then, Lakeman is satiating our undying thirst for freeform folk with the release of two 3-track EPs. This isn’t really our kind of music, but here’s a sample track to test out yourself…

Seth Lakeman : “The . . . → Read More: Review: Seth Lakeman : Introducing…Vol. 1 and 2 (EPs)

Review: UNKLE : War Stories

War Stories
Label: Surrender All
Release Date: July 24, 2007

Although it’s been four years since Never, Never, Land graced our tinny JBL desktop speakers, U.K. trip-hop outfit UNKLE have been listening and waiting to unfurl their latest blitzkrieg on their unsuspecting fan base.

War Stories is a marked departure from the UNKLE of old, and that’s a good thing. For one, check out this stellar list of guest artists: Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), The Duke Spirit, 3D (Massive Attack), Autolux, Gavin Clark (Clayhill), Ian Astbury (The Cult), Twiggy Ramirez, Pablo Clements, Matthew Caws (Nada Surf), David Catching (Eagles . . . → Read More: Review: UNKLE : War Stories

Interview with Editors

Neo-post-punk, U.K. brood rockers Editors are basking in the glow of their highly anticipated Back Room follow-up, An End Has a Start (Epic/Fader), which hit U.S. shores last week.

Editors : “Smokers Outside the Hospital Doors” (Jools Holland stream; radio edit stream)

We had the honor of chatting with Editors’ bassist Russell Leetch this afternoon to chat about the new video, the album, upcoming tour and the “Birmingham sense of humor.” Read on…

Perfect Porridge: Where are you right now?
Russell Leetch: In Los Angeles at the record label.

You guys have a little break here before launching . . . → Read More: Interview with Editors

Review: Tegan & Sara : The Con

Tegan & Sara
The Con
Release Date: July 24, 2007
Label: Sire / London/Rhino

Canadian twin songstresses Tegan and Sara Quin release their their fifth studio album this week, The Con.

We aren’t familiar with 2004′s hit album, So Jealous, or any of their previous work. We do know the duo teamed up with Christopher Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) for some production help and invited some notable guest contributors, including Death Cab’s Jason McGerr on drums) Matt Sharp (The Rentals/Weezer) on bass and guitar virtuoso Kaki King.

Far from the folk-rock/folk-punk Lilith Fair genre of bands, The Con benefits from electronica influence . . . → Read More: Review: Tegan & Sara : The Con

Review: Silverchair : Young Modern

Young Modern
Release Date: July 24, 2007
Label: Eleven Music Company

The opening salvo of Silverchair’s newest album in five years, Young Modern, is misleading. The opening grungey power chords of “Young Modern Station” quickly give way to falsetto vocals, mature transitions and strings (stringts!) we just didn’t expect from the prepubescent band behind 1995′s smash Frogstomp.

After thorough review, digestion and research, we are finally ready to write this review without yearning for some reverb.

If this was their debut, Silverchair would be hailed as the Australian Arcade Fire — a buzz band worth watching…frontman Daniel Johns as a 27 year-old . . . → Read More: Review: Silverchair : Young Modern

CoreSource Productions Compilation Vol. 1

Amy Van Patten’s CoreSource Productions at Studio 8 has released their first annual compilation, CoreSource Productions Compilation Vol. 1.

This year’s line-up features six different artists playing mainly acoustic guitar and singing with Van Patten adding guitar, bass, piano and drums to the mix: Jess Nelson, Oscar Yanez, Ben Petro, River Gordon, Thea Ennen and Henry Bishop.

CDs are $12.00 with proceeds going to Second Harvest Heartland

The CD Release Show is Saturday, July 21 at Center For Independent Artists. Music, refreshments, music and oh . . . → Read More: CoreSource Productions Compilation Vol. 1

Interview with Savu Sea

New York’s Savu Sea have readied their debut LP, The River Light, which boasts a repertoire of highs and lows graced with a subdued Eastern psychedelic air underscored by singer Hiro Williams’ deep, sonorous voice.

We had the opportunity to sit down with Williams to chat about the band, their controversial track “Baghdad Love Hotel” and whales…

Who is Savu Sea?
The four of us—Cliff, Colin, Judson, and Hiro—are the core members of the band. We write and perform all the recorded music, and then bring additional musicians to actualize it live.

How did you guys get together?
The seeds . . . → Read More: Interview with Savu Sea

Concert Review: Great Northern, The Comas, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, The Donkeys, First Avenue's 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis, MN

Great Northern, The Comas, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, The Donkeys
July 17, 2007
First Avenue’s 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis, MN

Last night was indeed a unique night for music in Minneapolis, as two national tours crossed in the night like nomadic gypsys on the tiny stage of The Entry.

Casiotone for the Painfully Alone and The Donkeys’ tour was headed west; Great Northern and The Comas’ 23 date tour was kicking off and headed east. Yet here, in the bowels of the legendary First Avenue in Minneapolis, Minn. On a Tuesday evening, the stars aligned for . . . → Read More: Concert Review: Great Northern, The Comas, Casiotone for the Painfully Alone, The Donkeys, First Avenue's 7th St. Entry, Minneapolis, MN