Today’s featured artist is ∆, pronounced Alt-J. An indie, alternative, pop/rock, electro-folk, (at times a capella) British band, with tight lyrics, memorable guitar riffs, and emphasis on the keyboard, is taking the U.S. by storm. With a tour that is currently crisscrossing from Boston to San Francisco before the tour takes them back to the UK, this week, they will be playing twice at the Fillmore before they hit up Coachella Weekend 1 this Friday. If you’re going to Coachella, be sure to look for them — they are one of the bands to watch for, even MTV says so.
The Glastonbury Festival announced that The Rolling Stones will be headlining the concert this year, and Mick Jagger said, “’I've got my wellies ready”, about the notoriously wet concert venue at Worthy Farm in Southwest England. After months of talks about the possibility of their playing, the Rolling Stones agreed this week, and the concert organizers are thrilled. Included in the June 28-30 concert lineup are The Arctic Monkeys, Professor Green, Dizzee Rascal, Mumford and Sons, Primal Scream, Elvis Costello, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Continue reading
While most people are (hopefully) familiar with the bands that are headlining Coachella, smaller acts tucked away into a massive lineup often get ignored. Thing is, these fledgling bands perform like they have something to prove and typically play better and harder than the stadium-ready groups that headline. So get out of the tent, chug your beer, leave the campsite and catch these five bands that’ll be playing on the early side of the day.
Palma Violets is an English band that blends the worlds of psychedelic and garage rock to create a unique and characteristic sonic aesthetic. With songs centering around the band’s two front men Sam Fryer and Chilli Jesson, the group manages to build a bilateral dichotomy in its music that’s a rare find in many modern bands. Causing a stir after its 2012 single “Best of Friends” became a Youtube sensation, a track that went on to be voted NME’s “song of the year,” Palma Violets established itself as somewhat of a crowd sourced phenom before even landing a record deal. Palma Violets on eventseeker.
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- Whiskey Thieves ( True T.L Style) Love this bar, and the staff is bad ass.
- Amsterdam Cafe ( T.L ) Awesome beer selection.
- The Hyde-Out (Nob Hill) Little hole in the wall gem.
- Kennedy’s Irish Pub ( North Beach ) One of a kind. (Dog friendly)
- City Beer Store ( Soma ) For the serious beer connoisseur.
- Shotwell’s (Mission) Sketchy hood, but rad selection.
- Bender’s Bar and Grill (Mission) Love this bar–A local’s dive bar; not so welcoming to non-locals. (Dog friendly)
- Southern Pacific Brewery ( Mission) Class & sass (Dog friendly)
- Giordano Brothers ( Mission ) Beer & sandwiches
- Dear Mom ( Mission ) A Must; say hi to Jay
- Pi Bar (Mission) Mmmmm, Pizza & Beer
- The Homestead (Mission) A home away from home 1970′s style. (Dogs friendly)
- Irish Bank (Downtown)
- Johnny Foley’s (Downtown)
- Bloodhound (SOMA) Great bar, but not on Paddy’s day.
- Columbus Cafe (North Beach) ⬆
The Flaming Lips, formed in Oklahoma City in 1983, are this week’s featured artist on eventseeker. Their rock music and shows are known the world over, featuring a mix of multi-layered arrangements, with psychedelic undertones. Their live concerts involve elaborate costumes, confetti, balloons, and a human-sized bubble that the lead singer, Wayne Coyne, gets inside through the crowd. The UK magazine Q named the Flaming Lips one of the “50 Bands to See Before You Die.” Their latest album, The Terror will be released on April 1 in Europe, and April 2 in the US. Continue reading
Big Boi Announces U.S. Tour
This week, OutKast rapper Big Boi announced his first tour in two years, during which he’ll perform nearly 50 shows throughout the U.S. Fellow Atlanta native, Killer Mike, will join Big Boi on the road, serving as show opener and on-stage collaborator during the main set each night. All shows can be found on eventseeker.
Chicago Improv Festival Shows Announced
This week, the Chicago Improv Festival announced its 16th annual show lineup. With over 150 teams performing 90 shows on 20 stages, big names and rising stars will share the stage. The festival will take place in Chicago April 1 – 7, 2013. Continue reading
Have you heard? MGMT is back with a tour across the US and Canada, beginning by headlining at Penn State’s Movin’ On spring music festival in April.
A February 2013 interview with Rolling Stone uncovered that a tour may be a lead up to a possible new album release, expected in April.
For fans who got hooked on MGMT’s 2008 debut album Oracular Spectacular, the 2010 sophomore effort, Congratulations, was a surprising change, where founding bandmates Andrew VanWyngarden and Ben Goldwasser broke away from the full band to create their own sounds. Much like Congratulations, this new album is also expected to be a duo recording, and VanWyngarden and Goldwasser say it was influenced by Aphex Twin and various house music. Continue reading
Some big event announcements came our way this week, and we wanted to fill you in…
Nine Inch Nails
You may have seen the news that lead singer Trent Reznor has resurrected Nine Inch Nails. The band has now released its first shows: the Rock ‘n’ Heim Festival in Germany (July 16-18) and the Fuji Rocks Festival in Japan (July 26-28). Rumors are that the band will play at Lollapalooza, but all U.S. tour dates are still yet to be announced — follow NIN on eventseeker to stay informed.
The National have posted a new worldwide tour. The band will begin its U.S. phase of its tour by joining up with Dirty Projectors, then go solo for Bonnarro before continuing on to Europe. The complete tour is below: Continue reading
After releasing one of the best LPs of the year and touring the United States towards the end of 2012, Australia’s Tame Impala is coming back stateside for a victory lap with a slew of tour dates, including layovers at Coachella and Sasquatch. Having sold out the majority of concert halls the band played during its 2012 sojourn, Tame Impala has booked larger, more accommodating venues for its upcoming tour. With the group’s ever growing popularity both among music connoisseurs and mainstream listeners, the Aussies shouldn’t have a problem packing fans in at these shows.
Click here for all of Tame Impala’s tour dates.
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