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Give Peace A Dance – ATX Style

Monday, April 27th, 2009

Taken from “EarthDance, the Global Dance & Cultural Festival for Peace has grown to become the world’s largest simultaneous music and dance event. Founded in 1997, with 22 cities and 18 countries participating, EarthDance events have occurred in over 400 cities in 75 countries, with locations ranging from the club-lands of New York to the rainforests of Brazil . Every year, in alignment with the International Day of Peace, over 250,000 people unite in dance with hundreds of thousands more joining online in support of global peace and humanitarian aims.


EarthDance has been described by the music industry as the “Dance Aid” for the new millennium. “Think Global Act Local” is the aim of the event bringing together global communities to create a synchronized global festival and dance event to help fund humanitarian causes and develop an environment of peace throughout the World.

The highlight of the EarthDance Global event is a synchronized dance floor link-up, when the specially created song, “The Prayer for Peace” is played at every event across the world at exactly the same time. 6pm Central Time Houston TX, morning in Australia, sunrise over the Himalayas, midnight in London, afternoon in California – the universal prayer is a powerful moment that unifies our intention for a peaceful world.”

The first annual EarthDance Austin is happening in September! The 3-day camping festival will run September 25th-27th, and EarthDance Austin 2009 will support the non-profit charitable organization, Lance Armstrong Foundation. Among many artists from around the world, Chillville friends and Austin locals Govinda are on the bill, along with an impressive lineup of acts that are sure to serve up lots of dance energy and a great festival experience. Guests can also enjoy the psychedelic sights and sounds of Austin’s Canartic which has joined the festival lineup, and new acts continue to be added. The fun will go down at Apache Pass in “Downtown Texas” where there are several acres of open areas and some forested spots in which to camp, play, dance, and sing. You’ll find artisans, workshops, concerts and events all weekend long on five stages and plenty of room to frolic or simply – chill. A limited number of pre-sale tickets are now available. More information at, or you can check it out on MySpace.

Abnormally Attracted To Tori Amos

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Tori Amos Wow!

Having just performed here in Austin for SXSW, this beautiful and gifted songstress/piano-humper has a new album entitled Abnormally Attracted to Sin due in stores May 19th. Check out the first music video from the album: Welcome To England.

Reggae Fest Weekend

Friday, April 17th, 2009

Reggae Fest

The Austin musical festival formerly (officially) known as Marley Fest takes place this weekend once again at Auditorium Shores. Despite these April showers, the show will go on rain or shine, and it’s looking like Sunday will offer up a little for more “shine”. Showcasing the chillest of reggae and dub, headliners for this 12th annual event include the Ska-talites and the Wailing Souls, and local dub heroes Grimy Styles will take stage at 6:30 on Saturday. The event is just $10 per day or $15 at the door, and ticket sales benefit the Capital Area Food Bank. You can buy advance tickets through Friday afternoon at any Front Gate outlet. So support a good cause, share some positive vibes, and enjoy some ridiculously overpriced margaritas and hippie-centric arts and crafts. Gates open at noon and the show ends at 10PM each day. One love!

SX for Less

Friday, March 13th, 2009

You don’t have to to spend a bajillion dollars on a badge to have a crazy good time during SXSW. If you got one, you’re awesome. But if you’re as broke as a lot of folks in these crazy times now (me), you don’t even have to wrangle up a wristband to get in on the fun. And broke or not, who can pass up a sale? Here are a few freebies and cheapies that guarantee good times. Save your money for beer!

Kick it off Friday, March 13th at The Mohawk. Just $9 gets you in without a badge for AMODA’s Digital Showcase featuring live electronic music and digital art. 16 electronic DJs will compete in a a series of elimination rounds, battling it out on their laptops. Austin’s Phranchyze and Zeale will emmcee at the event, and a panel of judges will decide the winners of each round. Digital artists from across the U.S. and the U.K. will showcase their talents, and this is a great way to support the non-profit AMODA in a SXSW event that showcases digital art at it finest.
Digital Showcase

Thursday, March 19th there’s good news if you like Punk, Pop and Hip Hop – (even on a budget.) Daddy Fat Sacks, A.K.A. Big Boi of Outkast, is headlining a show at Austin Music Hall featuring K’Naan in this Afropunk showcase. Anyone can attend for $15, with or without a badge (or fat sacks). Also, you can follow the link above for a chance to win one of ten free pairs of tickets from Do512. Hey Ya!
Big Boi

Wednesday, March 18th – Saturday, March 21st – Get to the booty bar! Every day and night there’s something going on at the inside stage and in the backyard that’s totally free. Just RSVP. I’m looking forward to catching DJ Craze at 1:00AM, FREE on Friday the 20th – all cash on beer! And if that’s not enough booty for ya, check The Beauty Bar’s MySpace page for even MORE FREE SHOWS, like this one presented by Art Disaster. These free parties are happening day and night during SX.

Thursday, March 19th – Saturday, March 21st – Three nights of awesome FREE concerts at Auditorium Shores. No RSVP required! Gates open at 5:00PM Thursday and Friday, and the fun starts at noon on Saturday. Catch free performances by M. Ward, The Cold War Kids, Erykah Badu and more. Also enjoy festival food, local vendor booths and arts and crafts from some of Austin’s finest artisans. Our own Explosions in the Sky will finish things off with a bang Saturday night at 8:00PM. Though the event is free, no outside food or drinks are allowed. So go sell some plasma, and enjoy these free outdoor shows with some cold beer! (No pets allowed this year.)Explosions

Saturday, March 21st – As if there weren’t enough to do on Saturday, how ’bout The Knuckle Rumbler with Taking place at Peckerhead’s on 6th, this event features early sets by Austin’s Scorpion Child and Zeale. Later, Lady Sovereign and “cyber-girl from outerspace” Janelle Monáe are among other performers to take stage. Big Boi fans will recognize this fellow ATL native whose unique fashion sense and musical stylings are freakishly similar to that of Outkast’s other half, Andre 3000. (Listen to her hit song “Violet Stars Happy Hunting” for a good time.) Did I mention this entire lineup is FREE? Plus there’s lots of free alcohol, drinks, food and goodies being offered at this shindig.
Sometimes life takes badges or wristbands… but for everyone else, there’s free stuff.

Bonaroo Lineup – Woo-Woo

Wednesday, February 4th, 2009

The initial lineup for 2009 is here! (And it rocks.) This incredible camping and music festival will be held from June 11-14th this year. The party takes place on a beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee. This will be an amazing 4-day weekend of over 100 bands, comedians, art, activities, workshops, vendors and much more! If you can go, by all means treat yourself to a music experience unlike any other!

I’ve had the opportunity to experience Bonnaroo twice so far, and it trumps any festival I’ve been to in super-fun-ness. There’s music 24/7. While the main acts take place in the center of the venue, or “Center-Roo”, you’ll find smaller acts and dance parties popping up round-the-clock throughout the campgrounds. But, these aren’t ordinary campgrounds… venture out and you’ll find what seems to be miles of tents, hippies, turkey legs, sno-cones, tie-dye, green endeavors and recycling, drum circles, ferris wheels, art installations, port-a-johns (and those fancy pink port-a-janes), dancers, vendors, free spirits, party favors, nakedness, you name it. In fact, “Shakedown Lane” is the place to find just about anything you want at Bonnaroo. Mention that to any glassy-eyed kid in the whole place, and they’ll direct you. One thing that sets Bonnaroo apart from highly-regulated festivals like Coachella, and even ACL, is its lack of folks patrolling the place in badges. Snoop Dogg, one of this year’s performers, will we pleased to know there are no cops here – unless they pay for a ticket like everyone else (which is not likely at “five easy payments of $50″). You’re generally alright rockin’ out in whatever fashion you please, as long as you don’t have a seven-foot bong attached to your face. After all, glass can be dangerous, and suffocating in your tent due to a leaky nitrous tank is a major festival buzzkill as well. Just be careful. The good news is, people really look out for each other at this festival. There’s a huge sense of community that is shared each year, as the venue is transformed into a nifty subculture of folks all gathered for the love of music. So, pack well, wear lots of sunscreen, and take care of yourself and your friends if you find yourself in Manchester this June for Bonnaroo’s eighth run! You’re guaranteed to have the time of your life. Seeing Sigur Ros perform last year until 3AM was one of the highlights of my concert-going experiences to date. And I lied, I actually did see some police at Bonnaroo – THE Police! Twenty years past their prime, and they were incredible. Larger than life acts like The Police, Pearl Jam, Metallica and Tool become surreal somehow on Bonnaroo’s enormously large and infinitely loud middle-of-nowhere, million-dollar farm stages?! It’s nuts. So sell some plasma now and get tickets on Saturday at “ROO“. You’ll be glad you did. Just check out this lineup! Nine Inch Nails
Beastie Boys
David Byrne
Snoop Dogg
Paul Oakenfold
Ben Harper and Relentless7
The Mars Volta
TV On The Radio
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Andrew Bird
Band Of Horses
The Decemberists
Of Montreal
Animal Collective
The Ting Tings
St. Vincent
Crystal Castles
and many more to come!

No Line On The Horizon

Sunday, February 1st, 2009

No Line On The Horizon

By now you’ve probably heard Get On Your Boots, the first single from U2’s upcoming album No Line On The Horizon. If you haven’t, get rockin’ here. Set for a March 3rd release in the US, No Line On The Horizon will be the Irish giants’ first album since 2004’s How to Dismantle An Atomic Bomb. This period between albums is the longest in the band’s history, and we’re excited to hear what they’ve cooked up in the last five years. With eleven solid studio albums under their belts to date, countless other compilations and offerings and plenty of Bono’s world-saving endeavors, nobody can deny U2 is a legendary force in music. Whether it be pop, electronica, rock or something else entirely that’s yet to come, my bet is that Bono, Edge, Adam and Larry nail it indefinitely.

1993’s Zooropa remains one of my favorite electronic albums and definitely my top U2 album. Like Pop, it’s another album where the smarty pants seem to have chosen a genre just for fun and outright “pwned” it so to speak. Then again, everything U2 produces seems to shine with this epic and lasting quality that drives fans wild again and again and makes the haters even angrier. It’s awesome. Nobody can touch these guys. If anyone in music has my vote for lifetime achievement – it’s U2. The new album contains eleven tracks, and the stunning cover artwork by Japanese artist and photographer Hiroshi Sugimoto is an image of the sea meeting the sky. Produced by Brian Eno, Danny Lanois and Steve Lillywhite, the album will be released in five formats just to make us fans crazier: standard format, digipak format, magazine format, box format and LP viynl. Learn more and preorder yours on the band’s website. Get on your boots!

Wild For 2009

Tuesday, January 13th, 2009

2008 was a great year in entertainment: New Portishead, Santogold, Thievery Corporation… Not to mention The Dark Knight, The Fall and other awesome films that stormed our DVD collections. Now looking ahead, there are a few releases set for 2009 that I’m genuinely and proudly geekin’ out for in anticipation. On the top of the list is Spike Jonze’s film adaption of Maurice Sendak’s classic kid’s story:

Where The Wild Things Are

This was hands down one of my favorite lil’ twisted stories from my littleness. And though there’s nothing worse than having Hollywood corrupt, exploit or plain ruin such a magical childhood treasure, I have faith that Jonze is going to do this one justice. The director is sharing ideas with the book’s author in taking the tale to screen, and there are some great actors on board, including Forest Whitaker, James Gandolfini, Catherine O’Hara and Paul Dano (Little Miss Sunshine, There Will Be Blood).

With a number of stellar music videos under his belt for acts like Bjork, The Beastie Boys, Weezer and Daft Punk, you can count on this film sounding as incredible as it looks. Jonze has enlisted the talent of former girlfriend, Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, to write nearly the entire soundtrack for the film. Umm… awesome?!

Karen O

According to, the movie will hit theaters October 16, 2009. I’ll be there. Maybe even in a monster suit, covered in bells. Here are a few stills from the film, and some “leaked test footage” here on YouTube. (Does anyone else hear Beck in that clip?)

Where The Wild Things Are

Where The Wild Things Are

While you’re at it, check out Karen O’s sweet run with Adidas and Spike Jonze here. Also, Yeah Yeah Yeahs fans can count on a new YYY album this year, per the group’s blog.

Next in excitement… new Massive Attack in ‘09! The group’s highly-anticipated fifth studio album is rumored to see its release in the spring. According to, the album once thought to be called Weather Underground will be a double-album. “LP5″ is now the working title of the record. Whatever the name, the album will be a follow-up to 2003’s 100th Window, and Collected, MA’s Best Of record, which was released in 2006. Various sources on the net mention collaborations with TV On The Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe, Stephanie Dosen, Dot Allison, Gorillaz mastermind Damon Albarn, Horace Andy, Mike Patton and Liz Fraser of Cocteau Twins fame. Guess we’ll just have to wait and see. Whatever the formula of collaborators, Massive Attack always delivers magic. Fingers crossed that it’s sooner than later. “Let the wild rumpus start!”