ROGER WATERS The Wall tour 2012



LOS ANGELES, CA (April 30, 2012)  Roger Waters’ extraordinary production of The Wall has smashed attendance records in South America with a record breaking 15 open-air stadiums shows in Chile, Brazil and Argentina, playing to over 750,000 fans.  This is the largest number of stadium shows ever played in South America by an international artist on one tour. The South American leg included a record breaking 9 sold out shows in Buenos Aires, River Plate Stadium, exceeding the previous record of 5 nights, held by the Rolling Stones (see link below to photos of The Wall in River Plate Stadium). 

The Wall, an aural and visual masterpiece, has so far played 150 shows for a gross of US $218M in 27 countries. Due to overwhelming popular demand, The Wall returns to North America in 2012 kicking off this weekend, April 27 and 28th, at the Foro Sol stadium in Mexico for a historic run of 41 performances at stadiums and arenas.  The U.S. and Canadian leg begins on May 1st at the Toyota Center in Houston, TX with dates through July 14th at the Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA, including 2 nights at New York’s prestigious Yankee Stadium and 1 once-in-a-lifetime night at the world-famous Los Angeles Coliseum, for a total of 9 stadium shows.   Tickets are available now at Ticketmaster.com and LiveNation.com.

The Pollstar Music Industry Awards, as voted by the music industry, has honored Roger Waters and The Wall Live with two of the highest accolades - the coveted “Major Tour of the Year” and “Most Creative Stage Production” of 2010.  The Wall also won the “Most Creative Stage Production” for a second consecutive year in 2011.

The best arena show ever.  Period.” New York Post

“The Wall Live is flawless. Everyone should see it once before they die.Philadelphia Inquirer

April 27                         Mexico City, MX          Foro Sol
April 28                         Mexico City, MX          Foro Sol

May 1                           Houston, TX                Toyota Center                            
May 3                           Austin, TX                   Frank Erwin Center                     
May 5                           Tulsa, OK                    BOK Center                               
May 7                           Denver, CO                 Pepsi Center                              
May 11                         San Francisco, CA       AT&T Park                                 
May 13                         San Diego, CA            Valley View Casino Center          
May 15                         Phoenix, AZ                US Airways Center                     
May 19                         Los Angeles, CA          Los Angeles Coliseum                                       
May 22                         Portland, OR               Rose Garden                             
May 24                         Seattle, WA                 Key Arena                                 
May 26                         Vancouver, BC            BC Place       

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Mystery Jets "Radlands"

Mystery Jets - Radlands

Street Date, June 5th, 2012, Rough Trade

Mystery Jets are Blaine Harrison, Will Rees, Kai Fish and Kapil Trivedi. On the making of the album Radlands, Blaine explains:

We've always wanted to make a record in America and after touring Serotonin the time felt perfect to go and do it. Our first three albums were entirely conceived and recorded in London so going out to Austin felt like the furthest place from everything we knew.  We arrived with a handful of songs, but one in particular felt like it captured the spirit of why we had come there. It was called Radlands (a fusion of the 1970s Terrence Malick film Badlands and Redlands, Keith Richard's Sussex estate), which is also what we named our studio; a big old wooden house on the banks of the Colorado river.

All we brought on the plane were the guitars on our backs, so we ended up borrowing all this amazing valve gear from an old guy called jack who ran a little studio up in the hills-which is why the songs sound the way they do. In the daytime we wrote lyrics on the porch and in the evenings a family of Deer would gather in the back yard to hear us play. Some nights we drove into town to drink and bring people back to play on the songs.

When we arrived home, it was hard to believe any of it even happened. It somehow all felt like a strange dream. But when Dan Carey heard it and invited us down to his studio we listened back to everything and it was all there, it was real. All we were missing were some gospel singers, which he found in the Streatham community ladies choir...

Twelve months on, and we are gearing up to take Radlands on the road. Its been a long time and we cannot wait to see you all again.


The limited edition double vinyl format of Radlands (500 copies only) will include a 32+ page illustrated comic called Radlands - The Ballad of Emmerson Lonestar and features covers by Eisner Award-winning British comic artist Glenn Fabry, famous for his work on Preacher and The Authority. Richard Elms co-wrote the comic with Mystery Jets and this is his first published comic.

Tour Dates:

12 June 2012  House Of Blues  Boston, MA
14 June 2012  Music Center At Strathmore North Bethesda, MD
15 June 2012  Beacon Theatre  New York NY
16 June 2012  Merriam Theater Philadelphia PA
18 June 2012  Olympia de Montreal     Montreal QC   
19 June 2012  The Sound Academy       Toronto ON    
21 June 2012  Marathon Music Works    Nashville TN
22 June 2012  Vic Theatre     Chicago IL
23 June 2012  Pabst Theatre   Milwaukee WI
25 June 2012  Paramount Theatre       Denver CO
26 June 2012  The Gallivan Center     Salt Lake City UT
29 June 2012  The Orpheum Theatre   Los Angeles CA
30 June 2012  The Fox Theatre  Oakland CA    

Track List:
1. Radlands  
2. You Had Me At Hello      
3. Someone Purer
4. The Ballad of Emmerson Lonestar  
5. Greatest Hits  
6. The Hale Bop  
7. The Nothing
8. Take Me Where The Roses Grow  
9. Sister Everett      
10. Lost In Austin      
11. Luminescense  

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Jack White @ The Mayan

photo: Angel Ceballos

JACK WHITE performs at the Mayan tonight April 30th 2012.
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Blonds @ Mercury Lounge

All photos by Daniel Murtagh.
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April in reverse







There were hardly any shows in LA this weekend. So let's look back at the past month in review.

All photos by Angel Ceballos.
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Har Mar Superstar @ Detroit Bar

HAR MAR SUPERSTAR performs at the Detroit Bar tonight April 28th 2012.
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Lissy Trullie @ Mercury Lounge

All photos by Daniel Murtagh.
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Exitmusic @ Crocodile Cafe (live)

All photos bt Rachel Robinson.
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Will Sergeant "My Own Worst Enemy"


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Austin Psych Fest 2012











All photos by Angel Ceballos
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School of Seven Bells @ Crocodile Cafe (live)

All photos by Rachel Robinson
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Brian Jonestown Massacre: US Tour


"adventurous and totally mesmerising." - MOJO (4 stars)
Listen to “I Want To Hold Your Other Hand” here: http://soundcloud.com/cargorecords/05-i-wanna-hold-your-other/s-HFbh6

Fri April 27      Dallas TX @ Granada Theater
Sat  April 28    Houston TX @ Fitzgeralds
Sun April 29    Austin TX @ Psych Fest
Tues May 1     Phoenix AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
Fri May 4         Portland OR @ Wonder Ballroom
Sat May 5        Seattle WA @ Neptune Theatre
Tue May 8       Denver CO @ Bluebird Theater
Wed May 9      Salt Lake City UT @ Urban Lounge
Fri May 11       San Francisco CA @ The Fillmore
Sat May12       Los Angeles CA @ The Wiltern
with Blue Angel Lounge supporting
Thu Aug 16     Minneapolis MN @ First Avenue *
Fri Aug 17       Milwaukee MS @ Turner Hall *
Sat Aug 18      Chicago IL @ The Metro *
Mon Aug 20    Atlanta GA @ Variety Playhouse *
Tue Aug 21     Carrboro NC @ Cats Cradle *
Wed Aug 22    Washington DC @ 9.30 Club *
Thu Aug 23     Philadelphia PA @ Union Transfer *
Fri Aug 24       Boston MA @ Royale *
Sat Aug 25      New York NY @ Webster Hall *
* with Magic Castles supporting

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Oberhofer @ KCRW

OBERHOFER will be on KCRW today at 11am.
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Death Grips "The Money Store"


Death Grips - The Money Store  

"Death Grips appeals to the knuckle-dragging troglodyte and the smirking smart kid in us: 
thick-headed goonery and bookish, viscera-free nerdiness, making 
beautifully misanthropic music together." - Pitchfork (Best New Music, 8.7)

"Like a searing art-rap road-rash, Death Grips masterfully combine bellowing slow-flow rhymes, screechy Black Flag samples, and the lunatic genius from Hella going 
buck fuckin' wild on drums." - SPIN

 "Unlike any of the other cool groups on the Coachella bill... The result was rap with the 
frenzied energy of a hardcore punk show" - Los Angeles Times
Death Grips - I've Seen Footage  

5/5 Sacramento Electronic Music Festival - Sacramento, CA
5/18 The Academy - Dublin, Ireland 
5/19 Stag & Dagger - Glasgow, UK
5/20 The Roadhouse - Manchester, UK
5/21 The Bodega - Nottingham, UK
5/22 Norwich Arts Center - Norfolk, UK
5/23 Green Store Door - Brighton, UK
5/25 All Tomorrow's Parties - London, UK
5/26 Grande Halle de La Villette - Paris, France
5/27 Worm - Rotterdam, The Netherlands
5/28 OT301 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
5/29 Merleyn - Nijmegen, The Netherlands
6/1 Primavera Sound Festival - Barcelona, Spain
6/2 Field Day Festival - Barcelona, Spain
6/4 Magasin - Brussels, Belgium 
6/5 Charlatan - Gent, Belgium
6/6 Mtc - Cologne, Germany
6/7 Gretchen - Berlin, Germany
6/8 Hafenklang - Hamburg, Germany
6/9 Primavera Sound Porto - Porto, Portugal
6/12 The Barbery - Philadelphia, PA
6/13 Music Hall of Williamsburg - New York, NY
6/14 TT The Bear's - Boston, MA
6/15 Club Lambri - Montreal, QC
6/16 Wrong Bar - Toronto, ON
6/18 Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
6/19 The Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
6/20 Bottom Lounge - Chicago, IL
6/21 Triple Rock - Minneapolis, MN


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Andrew Vachss interview

photo: Daniel Murtagh

Andrew Vachss Interview
by Alexander Laurence

Andrew Vachss is an internationally renowned author who has been translated into many languages. He has written several novels, most of them published by Random House and Vintage, including Blue Belle, Down In The Zero, and most recently, Footsteps of The Hawk. Most of which feature the strange character, Burke. Vachss has also recently published a book with DC Comics, Batman: The Ultimate Evil.

He lives in New York City where he practices law, specializing in child abuse cases.
Alexander Laurence: You must get a lot of letters from your readers? What have those been like?
Andrew Vachss: I get thousands of letters. These range from "You've saved my life" to "I'd like to take yours." I've gotten letters from serial killers, and bizarre crazed stalkers who decide that we are going to be together in this life or the next. Most of the letters I get aren't weird at all. They're from people in the victim/predator food chain.

AL: In the new book Footsteps of The Hawk, there is quite a lot about corruption in boxing. Is this your critique of the problems with today's boxing rules?
AV: It's intended to be. You can see that the book was absolutely prescient. The book talks about building up absolute stiffs with strong looking records so that their skin color can get them a fight and being easily defeated without any risks to the so-called champion.

AL: How do you think we can regulate boxing properly? Do you think that boxing was any better controlled in the 1940s and 1950s?
AV: I don't think things will change because as long as the public continues to get sucker punched and as long as they continue to pay fifty bucks to watch a person like Mike Tyson beat up a tomato can, why would it change? The only thing that will change it is dollars. The boycott is the traditional civil rights weapon and it's no less applicable to boxing. I wouldn't pay fifteen cents to see these fights. In the 1940s there was regulation by the mob. Some people would actually argue that it was better. I'm not going to take a position that organized crime is the salvation for any of our problems. The proliferation of cable TV has created a demand for product. So you can see a title fight any night of the week. The other thing that has changed is that there is no boxing commission. There's one for every sport except boxing. There's no centralized control. You can be knocked out cold in 25 straight fights and some states will still license you.

AL: There a sense in your books that everyone is having a moral crisis. How do you think that we are going to remedy this in practical terms?
AV: I'm not that sort of pontificator. Every one of these problems has the same remedy, which there is an enemy and you fight it. A lot of the young people I speak to all over the world—I don't care if it's Oslo or Melbourne, or Brooklyn, it's the same thing—they actually want to be in a war. I don't mean that they want to get guns and kill people. I mean that they want to fight for something. It's really unclear to them what there is to fight about, so you get a certain amount of energy expended in nonsense. There are legitimate enemies. I think that it's human nature to seek balance, safety, and peace, and to be willing to go to war to find it.
What we have is the lack of balance but we don't have the war.

AL: You have dealt with many serial killers, child molesters, and criminals. What do you think of the idea that the prisons create career criminals?
AV: It's a good place to learn crime without question. But it's simplistic to say that the prisons are responsible. The prisons still have to get their product from some place, and they do get it essentially from the maltreatment of children. There's no bio-genetic code for a serial killer. If you bred Ted Bundy and Squeaky Fromme you wouldn't get a mass murderer. You'd get whatever was raised. That's what we seem to have forgotten completely. The maternal instinct that people used to talk about we have almost devolved past.
If you look at the most awesome animal of the jungle, the elephant, nothing can bother it. But a baby elephant without its mother is food. So animals have figured out a long time ago, that if they don't protect their own, they won't survive as a species. Let me give you another example. Why did the dinosaurs vanish from the earth?

AL: There are several theories about that ...
AV: Right. There's only one truth though. That is because they are lizards and they don't protect their young. And eventually we, people, evolved and we figured out that we can kill them in the egg. And we did it! We killed them and they didn't adapt and survive. Other animals which protected their young survived. Sharks survived because we couldn't get to them. We are not going to survive forever if we keep maltreating our children.

AL: Child abuse has been there from the start?
AV: Since there has been children which is forever. That's the point. We are just looking at it now and saying "Oh my God, look at all this child abuse that has just started ..." There's no evidence to support that view, and all the evidence supports the contrary, which is that children have been perceived as the property of their parents to do as they wish.

AL: How did you get involved with representing children in sexual abuse cases?
AV: I was an investigator for the federal government in sexually transmitted diseases. My job was what you're doing now except I'd ask different questions. My questions to you would be: "Well, you got syphilis, pal, and I need to know all the people that you have been with sexually within the hot zone." And then find those people, and ask them the same questions. Right? To try to break the chain at some point. At the time, I thought that I was a pretty tough kid. I was happy working in whore houses, juke joints, and gambling dens, and having myself a fine old time. I never realized that people had sex with babies. And when I realized that, and I realized that by—I was going to say a "man" but not a man—a male sitting as close to me as you are now, sort of giggling about how he ripped his child's rectum out to have fun, I thought that I saw the devil. But it wasn't the devil at all. As a matter of fact, it was not an atypical attitude, although the method was extreme. Since then that is what I have done whether it was the war in Biafra or running a maximum security prison. When I went to law school it was to exclusively to represent children and that's what I've done ever since.

AL: Do you consider yourself a participant in what you write?
AV: This isn't Raymond Chandler. This is what I do. The books are an organic extension of what I do, and I wish only that the books were fiction.

AL: What is your interest in prostitutes?
AV: Where do you get a prostitute from? Do you think that it's a career choice? If you go out on a stroll tonight and talk to some working girls, how many do you think will have not come from abusive childhoods? Do you think that they were reading counseling catalogues?

AL: Maybe 20%.
AV: I doubt that. You might if you go way up the ladder. If you go up to Heidi Fliess type stuff you may find women who for their own reasons made that as their career choice, but if you find these little girls who are walking around the corner, giving their money to a pimp, if you think that was a career choice, you must be crazy. They're simply continuing a cycle and playing out a script that was written for them when they were children. And that's my interest as you put it, I'm sure. The self-concept of such people is profoundly damaged by their prior lives, and they're exploited at every step in their lives, and it's not anything resembling a glamorous profession.

AL: No. Some of them delude themselves into thinking so.
AV: Of course. And some kids who are having sex with their fathers delude themselves into thinking it's an affair, too. The capacity to self-delude is part of the capacity to survive.

AL: Do you believe in the absolute innocence of children?
AV: I don't think that children are absolutely innocent as some type of religious concept. I do think that they are entitled fundamentally not to be abused and the fact that they're powerless to protect themselves is why intervention is required. So there's the absolute. You don't have any right to have sex with a baby, that you don't have any right to beat a baby, torture or hurt a baby for your own amusement. There are the absolutes, whether they are absolutely innocent or not. What I see is the abuse of children and its consequences, and that's what I write about.

AL: What sort of influence do you want to have on your readers?
AV: I want them to be angry. If they are not angry then the book has failed. It's not more complicated than that.

An avid fan of Vachss' has constructed a well-done archive of information, further interviews, and reviews which can be found here [see: History of The Zero]. His books are highly recommended, as are those of his wife, attorney Alice Vachss.
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Brian Jonestown Massacre: new tour 2012

 BRIAN JONESTOWN MASSACRE begin new tour on April 27th. All photos by Daniel Murtagh.
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Blitzen Trapper announce tour


Tour includes Wilco support dates (Jun. 25-Jul.02) + Appearances at Sasquatch, Wakarusa,  Pickathon & Newport Folk Festivals

Watch “Stranger In A Strange Land” here.

Sub Pop road warriors Blitzen Trapper have scheduled a ton of summer dates in support of their latest release, American Goldwing.  The tour, which kicks-off at Sasquatch Festival in George, WA on May 26th, will wrap up at Pickathon in Happy Valley, OR on August 5th. Highlights include performances at the venerable Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI on July 27th and Wakarusa in Ozark, AR on June 1st. Blitzen Trapper will also support Wilco from June 25th-July 2! The summer tour will be preceded by a one-off date in Silverton, OR for Oregon Garden Brewfest on April 28th. Full tour dates below.

Just in time for the tour, Blitzen Trapper will release a new single for Record Store Day! The “Hey Joe”/”Skirts On Fire” 7” single will be available in a limited edition run of 1800 and on yellow vinyl.   Meanwhile, American Goldwing track, “Stranger in A Strange Land” is now the subject of a video. The clip features landscapes found in Nome Alaska where there are no indigenous trees or mountains within plain sight. Film maker Luke Norby along with the help of Blitzen Trapper drummer Brian Koch compiled a series Norby’s incidental shots including shivery hand held pans in 20 below zero conditions and segments from a sweeping driving shot that Norby shot from the back of a truck in 2010. Nome is known for housing the finish line to the Iditarod or "The Last Great Race", an 1100-mile race across the length of Alaska. The video also includes intermittent overlays of Singer/Guitar player/Songwriter Eric Earley along with a glimpse of the final mile from the 2010 Iditarod final finisher A.K.A "The Red Lantern" and a cameo by John Boyles walking out into the frozen Bearing Sea.

What people are saying about Blitzen Trapper:
“Blitzen Trapper's Eric Earley performs the amazing feat of making alt-country seem fresh on the band's gripping sixth album. This Portland, Oregon quintet has long excelled at energizing rootsy sounds with trashy noise, but Earley's true trump card is smart, vivid songwriting that transcends genres.” - SPIN Magazine

 “It's a simplistic but intoxicating roots fantasy - full of Dylan mysticism, spidery acoustic Dead jamming, tasty 1970s rock moves and evocations of high-plains drifters with ichy trigger fingers drinking from jam jars.“ – Rolling Stone

 “The stories here are the stuff of swamp rock legend: Characters are drinking too much whiskey late at night, fantasizing about loving or leaving the finest women in town, returning home, and piecing together the wonders of the natural world… Blitzen Trapper has once again succeeded in crafting an album that fits with the classics.” - Under the Radar

Tour Dates:
Apr. 28 – Silverton, OR - Oregon Garden Brewfest
May 26 - George, WA - Sasquatch Music Festival
May 29- Denver, CO - Bluebird
May 30- Lincoln, NE - Bourbon Theatre
May 31- Kansas City, MO - Riot Room
Jun.  01- Ozark, AR - Wakarusa Festival
Jun.  02 - Oklahoma City, OK - ACM@UCO Performance Lab
Jun.  04- Santa Fe, NM - Sol Santa Fe
Jun.  05- Flagstaff, AZ - The Green Room
Jun.  06 - Pioneertown, CA -  Pappy & Harriet's Pioneertown
Jun.  09- Petaluma, CA - Mystic Theatre
Jun.  25- Salt Lake City, UT - Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre*
Jun.  26- Boise, ID - Idaho Botanical Garden Outlaw Field*
Jun.  28- Missoula, MT - Big Sky Brewing Company*
Jul. 01 - Duluth, MN - Bayfront Festival Park*
Jul. 02- Rochester, MN - Mayo Civic Center Auditorium*
Jul. 05 – Victor, ID - Victor City Park Thursday Music on Main Series 
Jul 07 – Winnipeg, MB - Folk Festival
Jul. 08 -  Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
Jul. 09 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Jul. 13 - South Burlington, VT -  Higher Ground
Jul. 14 – New York, NY  - Stuyvesant Town Oval "Music On The Oval Series" *FREE SHOW
Jul. 15 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
Jul. 17 - Alexandria, VA - The Birchmere
Jul. 27– Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
Aug. 03-05 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon Festival

 *w/ Wilco


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