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WHITperson -- aka Marc Whitman or simply "Whit" -- is a long-time LMB contributor known for his in-depth posting style and his knack for crafting interesting podcasts. Whit currently resides in Brooklyn, where he's building up his web development chops and hoping to put his technical skills towards something interesting in the music world. Follow his updates over at whitperson.com...
It's been a busy week here at LMB, especially with Justin out of town enjoying the Maui sun. Here's a run-down of what went down... Pearl Jam to Headline Lollapalooza 2007! Chicago Sun-Times' Pop Music Critic, Jim Derogatis, is today reporting that Pearl Jam will headline this year's Lollapalooza, which is set for August 3rd - 5th in Grant Park... Langerado 2007...
Last week, I wrote a little round-up of some of the key bands that play some form of live, electronic dance music. But I realized that I neglected to mention a band that I really should have discussed: The Bays While the Bays definitely share similarities with bands like STS9, Lotus, and the New Deal, their approach to playing live electronic...
photo by schoenswetter It's another cold (and windy) weekend here in Chi-town, so what better way to spend the time than to sip on a beverage and whip up a bunch of 'heady links' for all ya'll. I thought I'd mention a few album items from this past week... After a bunch of tracks from Wilco's upcoming album, Sky Blue Sky,...
photo by fatmandy There are various "eras" of Phish history that get a lotta play, but I'd venture to say that the band's Fall 1997 tour is one of the most popular and often given the label "Epic!" Fall '97 is also often referred to as the "Cow Funk Era" because of an extremely funky type of jamming the band...
Ever heard the Whigs? Plain and simple, these guys rock... I grabbed their latest album, Give ‘Em All A Big Fat Lip, from eMusic a few months back after a friend caught them here in Chicago and gave them a solid recommendation. When I asked him what their sound was like, he said something like, "well, they kind of.....they just...
photo by bouche The Slip -- perhaps the band that best exemplifies the term "post-jam" -- had a big 2006. They toured with My Morning Jacket, played NPR's Live Concert Series, were featured on AOL's Interface, released a very solid album that got some good blog coverage, and somehow got their song "Even Rats" featured on the hot new video...
Photo © Spector1 Toubab Krewe -- who I recently tagged as one of the bands I'm excited to see for the first time at Langerado -- starts its Spring tour tonight at the Cat's Cradle in Carrboro, NC. Along the the way they've lined up an opening slot for moe. (3/3), several nights opening for Toots & the Maytals, a...
(update for full lineup on 4/11/07) Chicago Sun-Times' Pop Music Critic, Jim Derogatis, is today reporting that Pearl Jam will headline this year's Lollapalooza, which is set for August 3rd - 5th in Grant Park: The major headliner for year three of the retooled Lollapalooza concert will be none other than the band that became the breakout superstar of the old...
Hey folks. Once again, let me apologize for the site problems today. Our hosting provider had some sort of major meltdown relating to its power grid, so access to the site was inconsistent for a good portion of the day. Guess you gotta have power to run these darn Internets!?! Anyways, we hope that this is the last of these announcements,...
Well, at least they will be new to me! Yep, that's right folks, as Justin recently mentioned, I'll be headin' down to Florida for the festival extravaganza that is Langerado! And with just over a week until it begins, I've been starting to get some pre-show butterflies of excitement. One thing I'm especially excited about is the possibility of checkin'...
Let me apologize for the site being down this morning. Our hosting service had some electrical issues, but everything appears to be functioning properly now. That said, if you notice any site problems, do not hesitate to email us. ...Some pretty amazing timing with Justin being out of town and basically unreachable this week. Guess that's just Murphy's Law at...
The recently re-united Police have created quite a stir in the concert world since they played the Grammys. They've recently sold out a bunch of the initial stadium dates they announced a couple weeks back, which included a headlining slot at Bonnaroo (a festival which has also been selling tickets at a feverish pace). Today, they’ve added even more stops...
...everyone can acheive personal happiness. Or something like that. photo by 5500 Yesterday, NPR listeners were treated to a little soliloquoy by Mr. Coyne when he added his commentary for the NPR series of personal stories, "This, I Believe." Coyne discussed his experience realizing ways to achieve personal happiness, stating: I believe this is something all of us can do: Try to...
photo by mactiste iPons This band with the name nobody's sure what to do with have recently been really grabbin' my attention. Perhaps I'm just in a dancey/groovy mood this week, but the tracks I've been hearing from their forthcoming album, Myth Takes, are hot hot hot! There's a bit of the disco-punk vibe, similar way to say, LCD Soundsystem, and...
(updated below on 2/27/07) So Bonnaroo quietly announced two more additions to their initial line-up that was leaked and subsequently confirmed a couple weeks back. The two new additions are: The Roots The Wild Magnolia Mardi Gras Indians Kind of a weak announcement, which may be why we haven't heard a ton of talk about it. Or perhaps that initial leaked line-up wasn't...
(updated below) Been wondering about the Benevento-Russo Duo? They had a rather huge 2006, dropping a stellar album (Play Pause Stop), doing a summer tour with Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon, hitting Lollapalooza, and wrapping things up with a solid fall tour. But we haven't heard all that much about their 2007 plans... Benevento Mini-Tour Looks like Marco Benvento (the keyboards half of...
Arcade Fire has been all the rage these days, and I haven't been able to resist getting sucked in. Yesterday, I nabbed some tix to catch the band in Chicago in May, and I'm pretty damn stoked (despite yet another s***ty ticket-buying experience via TicketBastard). Arcade Fire just wrapped up a much-hyped five-night run at the Judson Memorial Church in...
(updated on 2.25.07) Live Electronic Dance Music? Electronic rock? "jamtronica?" -- call it what you will, but there are a bunch of bands that are pushing the live EDM enevlope these days, continually creating new dance-party vibes and wowing audiences in the process. A bunch of these groups recently announced or updated their tour dates and are slated for various...
Editor's Note: This week's Phish Friday post comes from my main man Stanley T. Roper, a long-time friend and fellow Phish fiend who has a distinct nose for only the finest and highest quality Gin of the Bathtub variety. So let his taste buds guide you... What is the golden era of Gin? Lots of folks I know --...
Last week I discussed concert industry giant Live Nation and its attempts to utilize the web to continue to focus its business truly on the "live music fan." My post came just days before the Concert Industry Consortium took place in LA, where it offered a space for the Live Nations and Ticketmasters of the world to unveil new...
As usual, there’s a lot going on in the digital music world. Here are a few recent highlights: Last week, I briefly noted the big hullabaloo over Apple's Steve Jobs writing an open to letter to the major labels castigating them for continuing to use DRM. Since then, there have been a lot of great responses across the web. These...
Over the past few months I've been thinking a lot about all the new web 2.0 types of online services and how they relate to the live music world. Last week, I discussed the plans of concert industry giant Live Nation to "go web 2.0," but this week I thought I'd take a look at two similar but smaller...
After recently selling out its five-night run at NYC's Judson Memorial Church (which starts tonight), indie stalwarts the Arcade Fire have announced a slew of tour dates in Europe and North America. The tour includes several multi-night runs in big cities both across the pond and here in the U.S. and Canada, along with a stop at the Coachella...
Last night at the Grammys, the larger music industry celebrated the Dixie Chicks’ bitch-slap to the President, the Police’s reunion, the Red Hot Chili Peppers' Stadium Arcadium, and the legacies of the Grateful Dead, Ornette Coleman and James Brown, among many other artists and bands. If you’re interested, here’s the full list of winners. Anybody watch it? Did the...
Remember Heady Links? I used to have a regular HL post up every other day and I eventually just let the idea fizzle out. No longer, my friends... Mr. Whitperson has my back on this one and you'll be seeing regular posts from both of us in this category in the near future. Feel free to drop...
For my second podcast, I decided to go with a slide guitar theme, piecing together a few live tracks featuring some of my favorite players of fretless slide guitars like the lap steel, Weissenborn, and straight-up 6-string electric guitar. Enjoy! Live Music Blog Podcast #053 (51.3 MB) Subscribe via RSS or Subscribe with iTunes Total running time: 40:43 Sidenote: By the...
Giving even more meaning to their tune “On Repeat,” LCD Soundsystem has basically been on repeat on my iPod for the last few weeks (as have !!!, 120 Days, and the Cold War Kids). Although I’ve been diggin their witty disco-punk stylings for a while now, I have just recently been giving LCD Soundsystem a deeper listen as well...
Editor's note: we're going to start mixing up Phish Friday a bit by featuring other people's experience with the band. This week's selection is coming straight from our very own Marcus Whitperson. Also, we're now opening Phish Friday up to the masses. If you've got a great idea for an upcoming post, please send us a small paragraph and an...
(3.6.07 update: Full line-up available here) The 2007 Green Apple Music Festival has expanded to two more cities, Chicago and San Francisco, on top of their inaugural year in New York City. The festival is geared towards raising awareness for Earth Day and kicks off on April 20th. After digging through some recent tour announcements, we’ve now got early confirmations of...
photo by JoshC Clap Your Hands Say Yeah has announced some new North American tourdates in April. They’re currently on tour in Europe in support of their latest studio effort, Some Loud Thunder. Although it took me a little while to get used to Alec Ounsworth’s warbling vocals, I‘ve been diggin’ most of the studio stuff I’ve heard from these...
They played “Children of December” from their latest studio effort, Eisenhower... ...and let’s be honest -- this version is pretty rough around the edges and pales in comparison to the studio version. Either Brad Barr (vocals/guitar) was extremely nervous for their TV debut or his vocal cords are shot from overuse. I don't think this video is a good representation...
Live Nation has really been on the Internet business rampage lately. Since the official spin-off from Clear Channel late in 2005, the concert industry giant has become much more focused on its Internet businesses with CEO Michael Rapino at the helm. Just a few weeks ago, Live Nation announced a partnership with music social networking and discovery site, Last.fm;...
So we recently discovered FabChannel.com, a great site for live music fans that has a bunch of high-quality concert videos available for streaming. They've archived a ton of shows from the Paradiso and Melkweg theatres in Amsterdam, and they recently added a sharing and embedding feature similar to YouTube. I browsed a few selections and thought I'd try their embedding...
photo by mari If you dig bands that jam out the atmospheric keyboard synths and electronic beats but remain focused on a song, you might like 120 Days and/or Ratatat. Both bands have just set out on massive touring schedules in apparent attempts to dominate the world (or at least some decent-sized rock clubs throughout the Europe and the U.S.). Of...
The 10,000 Lakes Festival (10KLF) has announced a 2nd round of artist additions to its initial line-up.The new additions are solid, though not terribly surprising, and include: The Disco Biscuits Keller Williams New Riders of the Purple Sage Pnuma Trio God Johnson GypsyFoot Bump Mr. Blotto The Burnin' Smyrnans The Heavy Pets It’s nice to see the Disco Biscuits fleshing out their summer festival appearances early, and who knew New...
Show notes: Here at LMB we're obviously open to a band stretching a song beyond its normal studio length or otherwise changing it for the live setting…that's, in fact, one of the main reasons people dig live music. (Okay, duh, you can send my regards to Captain Obvious) But while a band such as Phish is definitely known for kicking out...
The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival announced its enormous line-up today. The annual music extravaganza is slated for April 27-29 and May 4-6. As usual, the line-up combines a huge list of mainstream pop acts, jam-rock and groove-oriented bands, and a slate of jazz combos strewn throughout the city. Seems like everyone's trying to get in on the "support...
Updated with new dates below Over the last few years, there seems to be some sort of uneasy convergence of indie rock and jambands playing out at summer music festivals across the nation (the rumored line-up for Bonnaroo, thought still unofficial, is a key example). Whether or not this phenomenon is actually happening is certainly debatable, and perhaps calls...
Planning on hitting the Coachella Music Festival this year and have faith that it’ll be another stellar line-up? Well, looks like they’ve already begun a $199 pre-sale for the three-day festival, which is slated for 4/27-4/29 and takes place in Indio, CA. (Apparently, you’ve gotta sign-in/register and use the password “ROXANNE.” Hmm, odd choice for a password. Is someone...
….seems to be all the rage these days. But is it only news when it's the latest Indie "buzz" band who's side-stepping the major labels? This whole "digital music era" thing is bringing out a lot of great discussion about changes to the status quo of music industry business models, and "indie" bands utilizing new "Do-it-Yourself" biz models are getting...

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