Monthly Archives: September 2008

LOU REED: BERLIN

by pelle FedEx dropped off a random surprise last week. After tearing open the plastic, bubble insulated envelope, a live Lou Reed dvd appeared and I got excited. Academy award nominee Julian Schnabel directed Reed’s first live performance of his 1973 album, Berlin. It reminds you of a time when rock songs were a tinge [...]

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS: DAY 1

by zander(s) ACL so far has exceeded all of my expectations. From the media tent, to the unkempt grass, to the amazing lineup. Everything has been, in a word, awesome. We arrived at the festival grounds yesterday at about 12:30. Just enough time to get some snacks and beers and settle in. Two sets of [...]

CHRISTMAS ON MARS

by phil Christmas comes early…well, sort of. If you’re talking Christmas on Earth– then yes, very early. If you’re talking Christmas on Mars, then it’s more like seven years late. But, don’t hate, congratulate. The Flaming Lips are finally letting the public see their feature science-fiction film, Christmas on Mars. This fall, Christmas on Mars [...]

MEAT PUPPETS/DINOSAUR JR./BUILT TO SPILL @ TERMINAL5

by kevin diamond (photos by vin diamo) Thursday Night’s triple threat of classic indie bands seemed too good to be true. It wasn’t. Let’s be frank, shall we. Meat Puppets, the godfathers of Grunge. Dinosaur Jr, arguably the best band to come out of the indie underground in the 80s. Built to Spill playing their [...]

QC INTERVIEW: TEGAN AND SARA

by eliza czander Before heading off to ACL and then onto another big tour, QC contributing writer Eliza Czander was able to get on the phone with Sara from indie pop twosome Tegan and Sara. Below, she gets the scoop on playing festivals, future collaborations, and how Americans run on fear. THE CON BY TEGAN [...]

CORNELL & TIMBALAND ANNOUNCE SCREAM TOUR

by joey bots After two decades as front-man for Soundgarden and Audioslave, Chris Cornell releases his third solo album, Scream. Unlike anything Cornell has done before, the grunge vet takes an unexpected leap into hip hop, collaborating his efforts with (everyone’s favorite) producer Timbaland. The unlikely duo came into contact after a suggestion from Cornell’s [...]

SWAY MACHINERY @ LE POISSON ROUGE

by marc amigone The Sway Machinery is a creative collaboration between five of the most dynamic musicians on the NY scene, bass saxophonist Colin Stetson of Arcade Fire and Tom Waits’ Band, horn players Stuart Bogie and Jordan McLean of Antibalas, Brian Chase of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and frontman Jeremiah Lockwood of Balkan Beat [...]

PASSION PIT, FRENCH KICKS @ BOWERY BALLROOM

by kevin diamond The ballroom was packed on Wednesday night with spectators, revelers, and girls who worked for AOL. Apparently French Kicks just recorded a few songs for them live, and, according to the girls, they sucked. But “Oh my god, the lead singer is so tall!” they screamed over their cosmos. Yikes. BETTER THINGS [...]

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS 9/26-9/29

by zander nation  Austin perennially holds its place amongst the indie rock league leaders. Every September, Austin City Limits serves as the city’s festival followup to South by Southwest and brings droves of music addicts from around the globe. The 2008 lineup may yield somewhat to years past, but the knock is slight with acts such as [...]

IN THE STUDIO: SILVERSUN PICKUPS

by phil miller Silversun Pickups have released some details on the follow-up to their debut album, Carnavas (one of the better albums the last five years, in my opinion). Titled Swoon, the album is due out early next year on Dangerbird with Carnavas producer Dave Cooley again, turning the knobs. Frontman Brian Aubert hinted at [...]