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Jack White delivers scorching 38-song, three-hour set at Detroits Jack White Theater
Jul 31, 2014 9:05am | Cosequence Of Sound

Photo by David James Swanson /

On Wednesday night, Jack White played the second of a two-night stand in his hometown of Detroit. After waging war against the Fox Theater and its plush seats, White took to the much more friendly confines of the Masonic Temple. If you’re up on your Third Man history, Masonic Temple is the venue White saved from foreclosure last year by paying off its 140,000+ in back taxes. In light of his actions, the Masonic Temple Association renamed its Cathedral Theater to the Jack White Theater. So, technically, Jack White played Jack White Theater last night, and man, did he give one hell of a show.

White delivered a scorching 38-song, three-hour performance that included virtually every White Stripes song you’d want to hear, including the tour debuts of “The Big Three Killed My Baby” and “Apple Blossom”, along with rarely played songs like “I Fought Piranhas” and “Screwdriver”.

The set also included an appearance from Dead Weather bandmates Alison Mosshart and Dean Fertita, who accompanied him on “I Cut Like a Buffalo”. He also briefly covered Led Zeppelin’s “Lemon Song” during his performance of “Ball and Biscuit”.

See the full setlist and fan-shot video below.

“I Cut Like a Buffalo” w/ The Dead Weather:


Q&A: Isa Cucinotta, Programmer Of The Sound + Vision Music Documentary Series
Jul 31, 2014 9:00am | CMJ

When your next door neighbors little brother can take his smart phone in the backyard and film his dad washing the car, you get a direct sense of why, and how, there are so many documentaries coming down the pike the last few years. Music documentaries especially seem to be having their moment. Aside from recent surprise hits like 20 Feet from Stardom, Searching for Sugarman, and A Band Called Death, there are promising docs coming on the DC hardcore scene, 60s psych-rock masters, the Seeds, Japanese garage-punk band Teengenerate, a Chicago punk history, and 90s noise-rock label, Amphetamine Reptile, to name just a very few.

Its either a golden age or an embarrassment of riches, time will tell. But you can trust that when venerated NYC performing arts hub Lincoln Center decides to run a music documentary series, it will be special. Enter Isa Cucinotta. Shes been a film programmer at the Film Society of Lincoln Center for a while, and shes about to unveil the second annual Sound + Vision film series, featuring a wide array of musical topics, special guest Q&As, and live performances as well. The series starts tonight and goes through August 9.

So how did you become involved with the Sound + Vision series?
I started it myself last year, simply because I noticed there were so many good music documentaries out there, and I wanted to show them to people. I proposed it to our program director, and he ...

Living Room releasing an LP, kicking off tour at Suburbia on Saturday (dates & new song stream)
Jul 31, 2014 8:59am | Brooklyn Vegan

by Andrew Sacher

Living Room at Saint Vitus in 2013 (more by Vladislav Grach)

If you go to punk/emo shows in Brooklyn, there's a good chance you've caught Living Room at least once. They're basically the resident band at Suburbia and have opened tons of notable bills elsewhere in the area for Hop Along/Sidekicks, You Blew It!, Slingshot Dakota and others. Their new album, Moonchaser, comes out August 19 via Jetsam-Flotsam (pre-order digital or physical), and we've got the premiere of its title track in this post. The song sounds like a long lost b-side off Braid's Frame & Canvas, employing that band's anthemic yet ever so slightly off-key vocals and almost-math rock subtleties. Listen below.

The band are heading out on a tour in August, which includes multiple shows with Vetter Kids in the Southern US, and it kicks off with a hometown show at Suburbia on Saturday (8/2) with Del Paxton, What Moon Things and Bethlehem Steel. $5 at the door gets you in, and Living Room will have limited test presses of their new album available.

All tour dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

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Tom Pettys Lackluster New Album Will Be His First #1
Jul 31, 2014 8:49am | StereoGum

Into The Great Wide Open peaked at #13. Wildflowers made it to #8. Full Moon Fever, one of the most iconic rock albums of its day, stalled out at #3. Damn The Torpedoes was stuck at #2 for seven weeks in 1979, unable to overcome Pink Floyd’s The Wall. Even 1993′s Greatest Hits collection, an album that just about everyone owned, only made it to #5. Somehow, in a career that’s lasted nearly four decades, Tom Petty has never had a #1 album, but that’s about to change. That headline up there is a bit harsh; Tom Petty is incapable of writing a bad song, and Hypnotic Eye, Petty’s new album with his Heartbreakers, has its moments. But Hypnotic Eye is never going to be anyone’s favorite Tom Petty album. It is, however, going to be his first #1. Billboard projects that the album could sell as many as 100,000 copies in its first week. Barring something crazy happening, that’ll be good enough to land at the top of next week’s charts. (If you really want Shabazz Palaces to get recognition, Stereogum comments section, buy every copy of Lese Majesty in existence and see if you can’t snatch that #1 spot away.)

Anvil playing shows, including NYC; Metal Pistol too (dates)
Jul 31, 2014 8:45am | Brooklyn Vegan

By Ian Chainey


Famously down-on-their-luck Canadian heavy metallers Anvil will be playing select dates in October. The band featured in the feel-good redemption documentary Anvil: The Story Of Anvil -- I'm not crying, my computer is dusty -- have three shows lined up: two in Canada and one at NYC's the Bowery Electric on October 19. There they'll be joined by Lords of Mercy, Sweet Magma, and Danse De Sade. Tickets are available now. All three of Anvil's dates appear below.

Metal Pistol

Speaking of bands that could use a boost, the Bowery Electric has quite the eclectic calendar of upcoming shows. One band that stands out is Metal Pistol, who are playing a few dates in around NYC in the coming months, including Bowery Electric on August 3. The drum-machine aided trio categorize themselves as "hard rock/metal" which is accurate, but doesn't really come close to capturing their oddball magnificence. However, I'm going to try using the multitude of examples at my disposal. Ready?

Example 1: They're named Metal Pistol.

Example 2: Vocalist Sunny Lee also wields a keytar.

Example 3: The picture above.

Example 4: Per their Facebook bio, "Singer-song writer Sunny Lee forges driving acidic melodic lyrics over the heavy metal thunder...

Alice Cooper and Kiss pay tribute to late Lou Reed guitarist Dick Wagner
Jul 31, 2014 8:37am | NME
Wagner died in Phoenix, Arizona yesterday (July 30)

Watch Vin Diesel Cover Sam Smiths Stay With Me
Jul 31, 2014 8:32am | StereoGum

Vin Diesel’s gravelly, marblemouthed voice is an absolute natural wonder, which is presumably the reason he’s playing the voice of the walking alien tree Groot in the new Marvel movie Guardians Of The Galaxy. Last year, a video of Diesel singing a weirdly emotional cover of Rihanna’s “Stay” went viral, and someone at the British radio station Capital FM clearly realized that Diesel should sing a cover of every pop song with “Stay” in the title. So on a recent visit to the station, Diesel ended up singing Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me,” moving from operatic basso to deeply painful falsetto without any warning whatsoever. The cover is a thing of absolute majesty, and you can watch it below.


David Guettas Tomorrowland Spaceout Is An EDM Moment Even Tom Petty Could Appreciate
Jul 31, 2014 8:19am | StereoGum

Yesterday, Tom Petty was in the news because he said some not-so-nice things about the entire nature of the EDM festival: “Watch people play records? That’s stupid. You couldn’t pay me to go. I’m not oversimplifying it. That’s what’s going on. I dont think it would be any fun without the drugs. It’s a drug party.” (Here in central Virginia, Petty will soon headline a festival that also features String Cheese Incident and various surviving Grateful Dead members, so it seems safe to assume that it’s the “playing records” part Petty doesn’t like, rather than the “drug party” part.) But I can imagine Petty getting a chuckle out of the video below: French pop-house cheesemonger, playing a set at Belgium’s Tomorrowland festival, being caught on video spacing out heavily during one of his own buildups. With that flashing light behind him, Guetta looks like he’s living out a heroin-addiction montage from a low-budget movie. Observe:


Foxygen @ Webster Hall tickets on BrooklynVegan presale (password HERE)
Jul 31, 2014 8:15am | Brooklyn Vegan

As mentioned, Foxygen have a new album coming out in October and will be touring then as well, with shows at Music Hall of Williamsburg on October 8  and Webster Hall on October 9 (opener TBA). There is a BrooklynVegan ticket presale for the Webster Hall show that starts today at 10 AM. Password is STARPOWERRADIO.

All Foxygen tour dates here.

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Ariel Pink recalls time he was maced in the face by 'a feminist'
Jul 31, 2014 8:12am | NME
Woman scratched the word 'asshole' into singer-songwriter's car too

Tori Amos Promise (Feat. Her Daughter, Natashya) Video
Jul 31, 2014 8:04am | StereoGum

“Promise,” one of the songs on Tori Amos’ new album Unrepentant Geraldines, is a duet with Amos’ 13-year-old daughter Natashya, who, it turns out, can really sing. She also shows up in the song’s brand-new video, which follows Amos’ video for “Trouble’s Lament” as the second one from the album. There’s not much going on in the video — it’s just two of them singing in a room together and doing the hug-from-behind-sway-together thing — but as a person with a daughter, it’s more than enough to get me feeling pretty emotional. Natashya, it seems, has mastered the staring-intently-into-the-camera thing, and she already appears to be taller than her mom. Also of note: Amos has been getting weird with her setlists on her recent tour, playing songs she hasn’t played in years (including songs from her Richard Marxist pre-Little Earthquakes band Y Kant Tori Read!) and a whole lot of ’80s covers. Below, check out the “Promise” video, as well as video of Amos covering Rihanna’s “We Found Love” during a recent Oakland show, completely turning it into a Tori Amos song.


Meredith Graves of Perfect Pussy: “Theres a lot of people out in the world who deserve an apology from me”
Jul 31, 2014 8:00am | The Line Of Best Fit
Meredith Graves takes the floor in what begins as a chance for the brilliant singer to talk about the things she loves, before revealing that she owes a few people some apologies...

Vaniish made a video for "Memory Work" (watch it) ++ updated tour dates
Jul 31, 2014 8:00am | Brooklyn Vegan

As mentioned, Bay Area band Vaniish released their debut album, Memory Work, last month which stark, strident gothy synthrock. If you dig Wax Idols and Soft Moon (singer Keven Tecon played drums for both bands) and Weekend, you should definitely give it a spin. We've got the premiere of the video for the album's title track which you can watch in this post.

As mentioned, Vaniish will be in NYC in September for two shows. They're playing a few other East Coast shows as well while out here. All dates are listed below.

Video below...

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Speedy Ortiz Lost Something In The Hills (Sibylle Baier Cover)
Jul 31, 2014 7:57am | StereoGum

Sibylle Baier is a little-known German folk singer who, according to this, recorded a handful of songs in her home on a reel-to-reel tape recorder in the ’70s but never released any of them. That is, until her son put together a CD of her old songs to give out to family and friends and passed one along to Dinosaur Jr. frontman J Mascis. He liked them so much that he put her son in touch with label Orange Twin, who would put out the collection of tracks under the name Colour Green in 2006. Speedy Ortiz is drawing attention to that album of sparse folk songs with their beefed up cover of “Lost Something In The Hills,” which they did for Rookie Magazine. “Its got this really honest sadness to it,” frontwoman Sadie Dupuis told Rookie. “It’s about losing yourself in the woods, but it takes that idea in two very different directions: first, that the woods are the only thing that can restore this sadness, and, second, that this sadness is unbearable and you need to be exploring beyond the hills in order to get over feeling miserable.” Listen to the cover, which was recorded with Ben Scherer from Palehound, and the original below.


Someone had the good sense to ask Vin Diesel to cover Sam Smiths Stay With Me
Jul 31, 2014 7:54am | Cosequence Of Sound

As a two-time Academy Award-winning actor, Vin Diesel has proven time and time again to be one of the greatest talents of our modern age. The Godfather? Pssh, that has nothing on xXx. Apocalypse Now? Try Fast & Furious 6 instead. And it turns out his talent isn’t bound to the silver screen: recently Capital FM asked Vinnie to sing a cover of Sam Smiths “Stay With Me”. And while I don’t want to get too ahead of myself, I think he just locked up a Spike Guys’ Choice Award in the category of Jean-Claud Ghad Dam.

Even Sam was impressed:

Vin diesel just covered Stay With Me. Surreal. Thanks man haha—
SAM SMITH (@samsmithworld) July 30, 2014

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