Dum Dum Girls

Dum Dum Girls announce the release of Only in Dreams out September 27 on Sub Pop Records
World Tour

Dum Dum Girls will embark on a 31 date World Tour beginning on October 1st in San Diego, CA and ending on November 17 in London, England. All North American shows are with Crocodiles, and will see
Colleen Green and Royal Baths sharing openning duties. See below for a full list of tour dates.

Tour dates:
Sun, Aug 08, Los Angeles, CA Sunset Junction Street Fair
Sat, Oct 01, San Diego, CA Casbah $*
Sun, Oct 02, Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar $*
Mon, Oct 03, Los Angeles, CA Troubadour $*
Tue, Oct 04, San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall $*
Fri, Oct 07 Portland, OR Doug Fir $*
Sat, Oct 08, Vancouver, BC Electric Owl $*
Sun, Oct 09, Seattle, WA Neumo's $*
Wed, Oct 12, St. Paul, MN Turf Club $*
Thu, Oct 13, Madison, WI High Noon $*
Fri, Oct 14, Chicago, IL Empty Bottle $*
Sat, Oct 15, Detroit, MI Magic Stick $*
Sun, Oct 16, Toronto, ONT Lee's Palace $*
Mon, Oct 17, Montreal, QU Il Motore $*
Wed, Oct 19, Boston, MA Paradise $@
Fri, Oct 21, New York, NY Bowery Ballroom $@
Sat, Oct 22, Washington, DC Black Cat $@
Sun, Oct 23, Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer $@
Mon, Oct 24, Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s $@

Europe Dates
Thu, Nov 03, Berlin, Germany Festsaal Kreuzberg
Fri, Nov 04, Cologne, Germany MTC
Sat, Nov 05, Lyon, France Big Tinnitus Festival at Clacson
Tue, Nov 08, Nantes, France Stereolux
Wed, Nov 09, Roubaix, France Le Cave aux Poetes
Thu, Nov 10, Brussels, Belgium Rotande Botanique
Fri, Nov 11, Amsterdam, Netherlands London Calling Festival
Sun, Nov 13, Manchester, UK FAC 251
Mon, Nov 14, Newcastle, UK The Cluny
Tue, Nov 15, Leeds, UK Brudenell Social Club
Wed, Nov 16, Wrexham, UK Central Station
Thu, Nov 17, London, UK ULU

$ Crocodiles
* Colleen Green
@ Royal Baths

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Corridor @ The Echo

CORRIDOR plays at the ECHO tonight, June 30th.
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Happy Birthday Alessi's Ark

Alessi Laurent-Marke finally turns 21 today. You are old now like the rest of us.
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Glastonbury 2011

Glastonbury was this past weekend. We were not there, but these bands were:













All photos by ANGEL CEBALLOS
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Alela Diane @ The Echo

Alela Diane is playing the Echo tonight, June 29th.
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Zola Jesus "Conatus"

Zola Jesus announces new album: CONATUS (available Oct 2011)
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Blonde Redhead WIN TICKETS

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Blonde Redhead will be playing here again in a week at the ECHOPLEX on Friday July 1st. In celebration of all those great albums over the years, we are giving away two pairs of tickets to those amazing LA music lovers out there. All you have to do is send your name or email address and mention Blonde Redhead. 1) Leave a comment below, 2) follow us on twitter, or 3) send an email to PORTINFINITE @ aol.com and we will pick a winner at noon on Friday. Don't just stand around. This is for real. Enter sooner than later. Good luck.

Blonde Redhead Interview 2004

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Anika "No One's There"

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The Black Angels @ Carson Daly

The Black Angels are on Carson Daly tonight, Monday June 27th.
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The Black Lips @ The Glasshouse

The Black Lips

The Black Lips

Cerebral Ballzy, PERSONAL & THE PIZZAS

@ The Glasshouse, Saturday June 25th 8pm

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Blonde Redhead @ Echoplex

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BLONDE REDHEAD @ Detour Fest 2006

I must have seen Blonde Redhead over ten times. In Boston at Middle East, in NYC at Bowery Ballroom, in SF at Bottom of the Hill, and in LA at the Music Box. So many times and good memories.

Blonde Redhead will be playing here again in a week at the ECHOPLEX on Friday July 1st. In celebration of all those great albums over the years, we are giving away two pairs of tickets to those amazing LA music lovers out there. All you have to do is send your name or email address and mention Blonde Redhead. Leave a comment below, follow us on twitter, or send an email to PORTINFINITE @ aol.com and we will pick a winner at noon on Friday. Enter sooner than later. Good luck.

Blonde Redhead Interview 2004

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Middle Class @ Echoplex


MIDDLE CLASS / KID CONGO and The Pink Monkey Birds /

GRANT HART (founding member of Husker Du) / The Urinals @ Echoplex

Middle Class

A few weeks ago, Frontier Records announced that for their 30th anniversary, they were hosting a show featuring a reunion by Santa Ana hardcore pioneers Middle Class.

The label (which released punk classics such as The Circle Jerks’ Group Sex,” The Adolescents self-titled blue album, and Suicidal Tendencies’ self-titled release) had reissued Middle Class’ seminal 1979 EP, Out of Vogue.

Soon after, members of the band (which broke up in 1982) refused interviews, saying the label was premature in announcing their reunion, as they were only “99.9 percent” sure that they were performing.

But OC punk history was made Friday when the reunion of hardcore originators the Middle Class went from 99.9 happening to 100 percent on as the foursome practiced in an undisclosed location for its first show in nearly three decades.

The Middle Class 2.0 includes original members Jeff Atta (vocals), Mike Atta (guitar) and Mike Patton (bass) and Matt Simon, the group’s second drummer. Original skinsman Bruce Atta-now a college professor-was asked to participate but “couldn’t put in the time,” said brother Mike.
The six-stringing Atta also said the group is hoping to get approximately 15 practices before taking the stage in less than two months. Currently, the band is hoping for a 45-minute retrospective set comprised of songs from its two singles and a few tracks from 1982′s full-length Homeland.

Depending on who you talk to, the band is regarded as either the first or second hardcore band ever (some say it’s Black Flag) thanks to the 1979 EP Out of Vogue, a four-song aural assault that took the Ramones’ penchant for downstrumming and sped it up to then-unheard speeds. This will be their first live show in since then.

For now, the Middle Class reunion (which will also feature The Adolescents, Flyboys, The Pontiac Brothers and Rikk Agnew) is shaping up to be a one-time thing, but Mike Atta said that could-or could not-change. OC Weekly

Kid Congo and The Pink Monkey Birds || Listen || Watch
Anyone who ever played with LA blues punks The Gun Club should be afforded the status of rock’n’roll legend. The fact that Brian Tristan – aka Kid Congo Powers – followed such a feat by playing with both The Cramps and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds means the man is beyond mere mortal categorisation.
This is Powers’ second album with The Pink Monkey Birds, and it sees him returning to his roots with a set of raw and raucous garage rock so primitive that it was actually recorded through the shitty PA of a high school gymnasium somewhere in the Midwest. You can just imagine the scene – a B-movie called something like Hell On Wheels and directed by Roger Corman, with a motley crew of leather-clad juvenile delinquents roaring off on their motorbikes after causing a rumpus at the prom; The Pink Monkey Birds’ ‘Hitchhiking’ is blasting over the top.
But this is not just a collection of straight-up garage nuggets, there are nods to Powers’ Chicano roots with
a cover of Thee Midniters’ spectacularly dumb ‘I Found A Peanut…’ and, courtesy of bassist Kiki Solis and drummer Ron Miller, there’s a real groove here. ‘Funky Fly’ (actually a cover of a track from Bo Diddley’s obscure ‘Black Gladiator’ album) and ‘Black Santa’ sound like The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion circa ‘Orange’, without the added annoyance of someone shouting “blooooze explosion!” every five seconds, while ‘Bobo Boogie’ and ‘Kris Kringle Ju Ju’ strut like The Meters in their prime. In short, on ‘Dracula Boots’ Kid Congo Powers has once again found the juicy jugular of soul-fired, funked-up rock’n’roll. You’d be foolish not to take a bite. NME

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Keren Ann "My Name Is Trouble"

Keren Ann plays at McCabes tonight, Jue 24th, and Luckman Fine Arts tomorrow, June 25th.
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Black Lips @ Detroit Bar

(Photo: Angel Ceballos)

The Black Lips will be playing Detroit Bar tonight, June 23rd.

Thursday, June 23rd: Black Lips @ Detroit Bar

Friday, June 24th: Black Lips @ The Music Box

Saturday, June 25th: Black Lips @ The Glasshouse

The Black Lips interview 2007
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Peter Murphy

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The Black Lips: we love LA

(Photo: Angel Ceballos)

You waited and waited and now all the shows are sold out or nearly sold out. You can still go down to the venue and beg for tickets. It is worth it because these will be the most exciting shows of the summer. The Black Lips have secret guests and new songs to unveil. So make sure you catch one of their THREE big shows at Detroit Bar, Glasshouse and Henry Fonda. See you there.

Thursday, June 23rd: Black Lips @ Detroit Bar

Friday, June 24th: Black Lips @ The Music Box

Saturday, June 25th: Black Lips @ The Glasshouse

The Black Lips interview 2007
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Jolie Holland





Critically acclaimed artist Jolie Holland will release her new album PINT OF BLOOD next Tuesday, June 28th on Anti- Records. Describing the album as one "that simultaneously stuns and crushes" and praising opening track All Those Girls as "one of the year's most poignant musical moments," Paste Magazine is now streaming PINT OF BLOOD in its entirety. Known for her captivating live performances, Jolie will head out on a six-week national headlining tour beginning next Tuesday in New York City.

Along with Spin, Filter, American Songwriter, USA Today and The New York Times, among many more, NPR raves, "Jolie Holland has a voice reminiscent of some of the great old blues vocalists," calling her "one of America's finest musical poets," and praising her songs as "hauntingly beautiful." Rolling Stone adds "Holland's voice is a thing of wonder - languorous but with a sweetness that makes even the saddest sentiments comforting."

Listen to PINT OF BLOOD here: http://www.pastemagazine.com/blogs/av/2011/06/album-stream-jolie-holland---pint-of-blood.html

Tour Dates (more to be announced shortly):

June 28th Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
July 5th Passim Cambridge, MA
July 6th Iron Horse Northampton, MA
July 7th Space Portland, ME
July 8th Cabaret Montreal, Canada
July 9th Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, Canada
July 10th Ottawa Bluesfest Ottawa, Canada
July 11th The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
July 12th Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
July 14th Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN
July 15th Englert Theatre Iowa City, IA
July 16th Record Bar Kansas City, MO
July 18th Opolis Norman, OK
July 20th Kessler Theater Dallas, TX
July 21st Lamberts Austin, TX
July 22nd Fitzgerald's Houston, TX
July 23rd Tipitina's New Orleans, LA
July 25th Crowbar Tampa, FL
July 26th The Social Orlando, FL
July 29th Grey Eagle Asheville, NC
July 30th Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
August 2nd Jammin' Java Vienna, VA
August 3rd World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA


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The Joy Formidable

The Joy Formidable Release Music Video for "A Heavy Abacus"

Band Announces More U.S. Tour Dates

Band To Digitally Release Roarities EP of Remixes and Live Tracks on July 12

The Joy Formidable's new video for their song "A Heavy Abacus" is out today, and you can watch the video via the band's Youtube channel at the link below.

The band will also be returning to the U.S. for some brief tour dates in August, including a stop at the Lollapalooza Festival in Chicago on August 7. See tour dates below with more to be announced.

The band will also be releasing a digital EP of select remixes and live tracks on July 12. The Roarities EP will feature 5 total tracks, and the track listing and artwork are below.

Watch "Abacus" Music Video

Tour Dates

Aug 3 Cleveland, OH @ Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
Aug 5 Kansas City, MO @ Kanrocksas
Aug 7 Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza Festival
Aug 9 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach
Aug 12 San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands Festival San Francisco

Roarities EP

1. Whirring - Innerparty System Remix
2. A Heavy Abacus - Live at Koko
3. Llaw = Wall - Live at Koko
4. Austere - Naked And Famous Remix
5. The Greatest Light is The Greatest Shade - Live at Koko

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Our Broken Garden "Garden Grow"

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Parenthetical Girls @ The Echo

Parenthetical Girls Return to Los Angeles on July 21st @ The Echo!

photo by Angel Ceballos.

"...a wildly ambitious swirl of hyper-literacy, orchestral grandeur and incredible intimacy"—L.A. Times

Following a lamentable two-year absence, Portland, Oregon's progressive pop powerhouse Parenthetical Girls finally mark their return to Los Angeles on July 21st, at The Echo. The Girls have been busy: the group is currently in the midst of an ambitious experiment—self-releasing our fourth record, Privilege, as a sequential series of 5 extremely limited (500 copies) 12” EPs on our own Slender Means Society label, each hand-numbered in the BLOOD of its members—a project that has attracted a great deal of media curiosity (Pitchfork, Stereogum, L.A. Times, Drowned In Sound, RCRD LBL, etc. have all run stories or features about the series). What's more, lead (((GRRRL))) Zac Pennington was recently recruited as a member of experimental pop titans Xiu Xiu, and Parenthetical Girls themselves have been joined by multi-instrumentalist Paul Alcott, touring member of the group Menomena.

The group will be joined in Los Angeles by hometown heroes Abe Vigoda, Brooklyn's baroque metal group Extra Life (fronted by former Dirty Projector Charlie Looker, who was recently ranked one of NPR's top "100 Composers Under 40"), and a solo set from Dead Science frontman/Xiu Xiu member Sam Mickens.

7/15 Vancouver @ Astoria Bar

7/16 Seattle @ Highline

7/17 Portland @ Holocene (w/Vice Device)

7/19 SF @ Hemlock Tavern

7/20 Oakland @ Lobot Gallery

7/21 LA @ Echo (w/Abe Vigoda)

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Yuck "Shook Down"

Yuck premieres NSFW "Shook Down" video, plus updated U.S. Summer tour dates
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STREAM: "Milkshake" -

Yuck photographed by Angel Ceballos

UK band Yuck recently wrapped up a North American tour opening for Australian band Tame Impala and announced another run of U.S. shows in late July, starting with its debut appearance at Chicago's Pitchfork Festival and heading to the West Coast with openers and Fat Possum labelmates Unknown Mortal Orchestra. The band continues its steady stream of singles with a new self-released double A-side 7" on July 11, featuring the non-album track "Milkshake" which you can hear here. The band taped a great version of "Shook Down" for MTV Hive that you can watch here and was also recently filmed for Noisey.com you can watch that here.

YUCK! Eeew, I was like, "that is soo gross". Anybutt. I was like whatever. Butt then I saw the tour and it made me feel kinda tingly. It's like totally awesome!!! Like those girls are so cool and like that guy looks weird but then yer like omg he is like so hot. So the show was incredible but then I thought about my Dad cuz he liked killed somebody or himself. Dad always said he loved my step mom but he was never nice to her. Where am I? Since I was a teenager I always used to take out out the dogs and he always encouraged that and once we found a bunny and the next day I had a carrot and we saved it. Our german shepherd was so smart. I live by myself. My landlord said I don't have to pay rent this month but I was trying to write some good news to my therapist and I actually paid my landlord in full. But it's all thanks to the new YUCK album!

7/17: Pitchfork Festival, Chicago, IL
7/17: Schubas, Chicago, IL
7/18: Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI *
7/19: Varsity, Minneapolis, MN *
7/22: Capitol Hill Block Party, Seattle, WA
7/23: Biltmore, Vancouver, BC *
7/24: Doug Fir, Portland, OR *
7/26: The Independent, San Francisco, CA *
7/28: Cellar Door, Visalia, CA *
7/29: Casbah, San Diego, CA *
7/30: Troubadour, Los Angeles, CA *
10/8 - 10/9: Langerado, Sunrise, FL
* = w/ Unknown Mortal Orchestra

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Fleet Foxes more shows

Fleet Foxes Add 11 New Stops to Fall North American Tour

in Support of Helplessness Blues

World Tour Scheduled Through 2011

On May 3rd, 2011 Fleet Foxes released their highly anticipated sophomore album, Helplessness Blues (Sub Pop/Bella Union) to rave reviews from critics and fans alike. Since then, the band has been touring North America, the UK and Europe with 11 new stops announced today. For the complete list of tour dates see below or visit the band's website or artist page.

About Fleet Foxes Live Show
“Fleet Foxes song gives way to a stretch of wordless vocal harmonies shared by three, four, perhaps five voices, moving together in chords or interweaving in counterpoint. Those harmonies are many things at once: a show of skill and preparation, an offering of sweetness, a utopian communal project and, perhaps most of all, a temporary paradise, a refuge from any kind of discord.” - New York Times

“There is nothing mild-mannered about this band. Over the course of two studio albums and an EP, the Fleet Foxes' records have always balanced a hushed acoustic aesthetic with more soaring instrumentation. Live, though, the Foxes are bigger and fiercer than before.” - The Guardian

About Helplessness Blues
Helplessness Blueswas recorded over the course of a year at Avast Recording, Bear Creek Studios, Dreamland Studios, and Reciprocal Recording. The album was mixed by Phil Ek and co-produced by Fleet Foxes and Ek. The piece that appears on the album cover was illustrated by Seattle artist Toby Liebowitz and painted by Chris Alderson.Fleet Foxes is Robin Pecknold, Skyler Skjelset, Christian Wargo, Casey Wescott, Josh Tillman and Morgan Henderson.

Download title track “Helplessness Blues” here.
Download “Grown Ocean” here and watch the video here.
Watch Fleet Foxes perform “Sim Sala Bim” on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” here.

Fleet Foxes 2011 World Tour Dates
For all on sale and ticket information visit www.fleetfoxes.com

*w/Alela Diane and Wild Divine
**w/The Walkmen

07/14/11 Toronto, Canada @ Massey Hall*
07/16/11 Chicago, IL @ Pitchfork Music Festival*
07/17/11 Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre (MN)*
07/18/11 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater (MO)*
07/19/11 St Louis, MO @ Pageant*
07/21/11 Denver, CO @ Fillmore Auditorium (CO)*
07/22/11 Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Ampitheatre*
07/23/11 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory (ID)*
07/24/11 Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield Amphitheater*

09/06/11 Seattle WA @ Paramount Theatre** On-Sale 6/25 @ 10 am
09/07/11 Seattle WA @ Paramount Theatre** On-Sale 6/25 @ 10 am
09/09/11 Fri - Reno NV @ Grand Sierra Theatre Pre-Sale 6/23 @ 10 am, On-Sale 6/25 @ 10 am
09/10/11 Sat - Berkeley CA @ Greek Theatre**
09/11/11 Sun - Big Sur CA @ Henry Miller Library** On-Sale 6/24 @ 12 pm
09/13/11 Tue - Santa Barbara CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl** On-Sale 6/25 @ 11 am
09/14/11 Wed - Los Angeles CA @ Greek Theatre** On-Sale 6/25 @ 10 am
09/17/11 Sat - Tulsa OK @ Cain's Ballroom**On-Sale 6/24 @ 10 am
09/18/11 Sun - Austin TX @ ACL Festvial
09/20/11 Tue - Jacksonville FL @ Florida Theatre** On-Sale 6/24 @ 10 am
09/21/11 Wed - Raleigh NC @ Raleigh Amphitheater** On-Sale 6/24 @ 10 am
09/23/11 Fri - Columbia MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion**
On-Sale 7/1 @ 10 am
09/24/11 Sat - Brooklyn NY @ Williamsburg Waterfront**

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Zola Jesus "Manifest Destiny"

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The Black Lips start a riot

(Photo: Angel Ceballos)

The Black Lips invade LA this week and bring their "flower-punk" to the people. They hope to bring riot-like atmosphere of their albums to the stage. They will be taking no prisoners. So make sure you catch one of their THREE big shows at Detroit Bar, Glasshouse and Henry Fonda. See you there.

Thursday, June 23rd: Black Lips @ Detroit Bar

Friday, June 24th: Black Lips @ The Music Box

Saturday, June 25th: Black Lips @ The Glasshouse

The Black Lips interview 2007
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Kisses @ Make Music Pasadena

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Kisses perform today at Make Music Pasadena @ 9pm, June 18th.
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Zola Jesus @ Make Music Pasadena

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Zola Jesus headlines Make Music Pasadena tonight @ 10pm, June 18th.
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Trail of Dead @ Echoplex

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Trail of Dead plays The Echoplex tonight June 17th.
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The Hundred In The Hands @ Satellite

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The Hundred In The Hands plays The Satellite tonight June 17th.
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The Black Lips invade LA

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The Black Lips invade LA and bring their "flower-punk" to the people. It is the flower-punk revolution! I am not sure what flower-punk is, but it sounds unhealthy, yet necessary. So make sure you catch one of their THREE big shows at Detroit Bar, Glasshouse and Henry Fonda. Just the other day they were in Vancouver during the Hockey Riot, so they have stories to tell and songs to play! See you there.

Thursday, June 23rd: Black Lips @ Detroit Bar

Friday, June 24th: Black Lips @ The Music Box

Saturday, June 25th: Black Lips @ The Glasshouse

The Black Lips interview 2007
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The Hundred in The Hands @ Design For Humanity

The Hundred In The Hands are playing Paramount Studios tonight, June 15th.
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Wildbirds & Peacedrums @ Satellite TONIGHT

Wildbirds & Peacedrums play the Satellite on TONIGHT Wednesday, June 15th
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Ringo Deathstarr @ Glasshouse

Ringo Deathstarr is playing the Glasshouse tonight, June 15th.
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Trail of the Dead @ Echoplex June 17th

TRAIL OF THE DEAD and RINGO DEATHSTARR at the ECHOPLEX on Friday June 17th. In celebration of all that is great we are giving away two pairs of tickets to those amazing LA music lovers out there. All you have to do is send your name or email address and mention Tail ofthe Dead. Leave a comment below, follow us on twitter, or send an email to PORTINFINITE @ aol.com and we will pick a winner at noon on Friday. Enter sooner than later. Good luck.
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Brendan Perry Interview

Brendan Perry
Interview by Alexander Laurence

Brendan Perry has been involved in the music world almost 35 years. He was born and raised in East London, but his family moved to Auckland when he was still young. During that time the punk scene in New Zealand took off and Perry joined his first band The Scavengers. After two years they changed their name to The Maching Girls. By 1981, he had met Lisa Gerrard and formed Dead Can Dance and relocated back to London. They ended up on the 4AD label and becoming one of its most successful acts, releasing eight albums from 1984 to 1996. There was an international tour in 2005, which included a sold out night at the Hollywood Bowl. Brendan Perry also has two solo records to his credit: Ete Of The Hunter (1999), and Ark (2010). Brendan Perry has been touring with Robin Guthrie of Cocteau Twins. Perry still lives in Ireland with his family. I got to talk to him recently about touring, the music scene, and new Dead Can Dance music in 2012.

Brendan Perry and Robin Guthrie will be playing in Los Angeles at the El Rey on Monday, June 13th.


AL: How is the weather up there in Vancouver?

BP: It’s overcast, but I have been sitting in the venue all day.

AL: How many people are in the band?

BP: Five including myself. I have two keyboard players, bass, drums, and myself on vocals and guitar. Most of the band have been playing with me a while. We must have done sixty gigs since April of last year.

AL: When did you have the idea of touring with Robin Guthrie?

BP: It was an idea by the tour agent in the United States. Robin Guthrie has his own three piece band. They play with films. When I first started thinking about touring the Ark album in the States, we agreed upon a double headlining tour with Robin Guthrie. I have known him for years and it seemed like a no-brainer.

AL: The last time I saw you play was when Dead Can Dance played the Hollywood Bowl in 2005. What have you been doing since that time?

BP: You were at that gig? After we did the Dead Can Dance tour, we had some money to refurbish my home studio at Quivvy Church. I was tweaking and playing around with new gear. There was technical stuff and writing. That process took maybe two or three years.

AL: Do you see yourself as a person who adapts to the new technology or are you an old school person?

BP: I am open to any school really. I have used computer sequencers since they have become commercially available. I used the first Yamahas in 1982. I have embraced all the technology advances. That is self-evident on the album Ark. There is a heavy use of samplers and synthesizers on the album.

AL: Many people in the 1980s used regular recording studios. Now it is possible for everyone to have a home studio.

BP: We have had a home studio for twenty five years. It was just the first three albums that we recorded in someone else’s studio. Once we had enough income, we took the recording budget for the fourth album, The Serpent’s Egg, and invested it in a small studio. Recording technology had improved by leaps and bounds by that time. The smart people built their own studio at that time. The best analogy is the difference between renting and owning a house. Your money is going to go much further if you own your own studio. You will see more rewards. More important, it empowers you, because you can take your time with your own studio.

AL: When you start writing an album like Ark, are you trying to get across ideas, or are you trying to find exciting sounds?

BP: Yeah. Generally music is a stimulant. You play and see what comes through. There is a zeitgeist moment in those few years. I was very into what was happening with the world media and ecological issues. That becomes infused with the music I was making. It becomes amorphous and sponge-like.

AL: Do you like words for their sounds or is there storytelling?

BP: Usually the music comes first. It has shape and lends itself to progressions. Whether it be classic verse, chorus, verse, middle eight, and so on. Once the lyrics come through, the subject matter becomes clearer. The music is shaped around the lyricism and poetry. There is a shift in emphasis in the songwriting process.

AL: You have this dramatic voice. Did that work against you when you were doing the punk band The Scavengers?

BP: My voice has evolved over time. Back in the early days the dramatic voice wasn’t there. It wasn’t part of my sonic arsenal as it were. It was a slow evolution from punk, to post-punk, to alternative music.

AL: I saw this movie about Scott Walker.

BP: I was in the DVD. I was in the extras in the bonus disc. The film fucked up so there’s only the audio. I helped the director Stephen Kijak make acquaintances with various people who were influenced by Scott Walker and you can see that in their work. Unfortunately there were many people in the film who debt to Scott Walker is not apparent to me. .

AL: Were you influenced by Scott Walker and when were you aware of him?

BP: I became aware of him through Julian Cope’s compilation The Godlike Genius of Scott Walker. I heard it in 1980. From that moment on I was hooked. When I was a child I was familiar with the Walker Brothers. They had some dark wonderful songs. They had some stunning songs like “Mrs. Murphy” and “Archangel.”

AL: What about Peter Hammill?

BP: I am not so familiar with Peter Hammill.

AL: When people see you on this tour, you are going to play only songs from Ark?

BP: I will also be playing some new songs that I will be recording in Ireland in the Fall. Hopefully that will be coming out early next year.

AL: There are some people who are very faithful to the music of Dead Can Dance. What do you think of these hardcore fans?

BP: I love them. They are wonderful. They have allowed me and Lisa to fulfill part of our dreams. They have let us focus on music most of our lives. It’s what we love to do.

AL: You were involved with Ivo Watts-Russell and 4AD most of your career. How would descibe that relationship, and how are things different when you deal with a record label today?

BP: We had an unusual relationship with 4AD. It was unusual even with the indie labels of that time. Ivo was like a benign grandparent. It was really up to the bands how much freedom they really wanted. Ivo gave as much freedom possible, and we took most of it. He was a guiding light and he was there for advice. He helped us where we didn’t have any experience. There was a great mutual respect. There was a great ethos. All the bands got along with each other. It was a big family and those were great days in the 1980s and the early 1990s.

AL: Whereas now many of these bands are starting their own labels, and looking for distrobution deals.

BP: Yeah. There is no sense of development. You do one or two albums and if it doesn’t fly, then you are looking elsewhere. There was a dialogue with 4AD that you don’t have with labels today. Labels today are not intimate. Indie labels feel corporate. Whatever they say, they are still based on corporate models but on a smaller scale. And they are dying out. Labels are like white elephants. They are redundant. I think in ten years they won’t exist.

AL: Are you inspired by new bands or are you yourself your best inspiration?

BP: I am not too excited by new groups. I keep hearing hybrids. Some work. Most don’t work. There is a lack of good singers. There is a lack of intelligent lyricism. That is a serious vacuum. I decided about three years ago that while I still have my general health, that I would dedicate ten or fifteen years to doing music again. As long as I have the enrgy, I want to make as much music as I can. This winter I am going to get togetrher with Lisa and do another Dead Can Dance record. We should finish it by summer, and by fall 2012, we should be doing another Dead Can Dance tour. Between that and my own work that should keep me busy for the next decade or so.
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Alessi's Ark "The Robot" in Boston

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Wildbirds & Peacedrums @ Satellite

Wildbirds & Peacedrums play the Satellite on Wednesday, June 15th
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Glasvegas @ Troubadour tonight

Glasvegas and Gliss play the troubadour June 8th. Glasvegas is also on KCRW.
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Angel Ceballos Photography

Jessica Lea Mayfield

The Greenhornes

Architecture In Helsinki

Crystal Stilts

All photos by Angel Ceballos
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Glasvegas @ Great American SF

Glasvegas is playing SF tonight with GLISS on June 7th.
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