Monday, June 23

Photos: Make Music Pasadena - 6/21/08

The Raveonettes

The Little Ones

The Little Ones

The Little Ones

Division Day

Wednesday, June 18

Show Alert: No Age @ The Getty Center - 6/27/08

No Age are set to perform at The Getty Center on Friday, June 27 as part of the museum's monthly "Fridays Off the 405" series. Hot off the release of their Sub Pop debut LP Nouns, the duo will grace attendees with their blistering one-two live arsenal of punk-tinged experimental delight. This free* event starts at 6pm (so cut out of the office early if ya can), but No Age probably won't go on until 8pm or so as King Shade kicks the night off with a DJ set of "hardcore trustafari explosive jamaican action".

*Parking is $8 per vehicle.

Sunday, June 15

This Week's Recommended Music: Wolf Parade, The Notwist

The big one to look for this week is the new release from Wolf Parade. At Mount Zoomer is the band's sophomore effort and follow-up to 2005's Apologies To the Queen Mary. There are nine tracks in all, with four credited to Boeckner, four to Krug, and the closing cut attributed to both. The album comes out on Tuesday, but in case you want to sample before spending those hard-earned clams, the entire record is now streaming in low quality on MySpace.

And, as previously discussed, The Notwist are also set to unleash their latest work this week. Despite having released several EPs since 2002's Neon Golden, The Devil, You + Me is their first proper album in six years.

Friday, June 13

Live Archive: The Republic Tigers on Letterman - 5/22/08

In case you missed it, The Republic Tigers were on Letterman in May. Click on through to see an archive of their performance of "Buildings and Mountains".

Tuesday, June 10

Live: R.E.M. @ The Hollywood Bowl - 5/29/08

R.E.M. played twenty-six songs in their appearance at the Hollywood Bowl on May 29. With a generous smattering of new material from Accelerate, the band included some surprises like opener "Pretty Persuasion" (from 1984's Reckoning) and "Ignoreland" (never before played live). Despite these highlights, the set was plagued by too few second-rate racks. To make matters worse -- and this is by no means R.E.M.'s fault -- the crowd was the LAMEST crowd I've ever experienced. Little movement, dead applause, no reactions. I was told to sit down and others were told to "shhhsh". Unbelievable and a total buzzkill. At least even the most insipid attendees rocked out to "Man on the Moon". And seeing Stipe & Co. in the flesh -- for maybe the last time -- was awesome.

Friday, June 6

Show Alert: Mogwai @ The Wiltern - 9/9/08

Perennial post-rockers Mogwai will be appearing at The Wiltern on September 9, presumably in support of their forthcoming LP The Hawk Is Howling, out September 23 on Matador. Until then, do indulge in the track "Dracula Family" from the Rock Action Spring Sampler (available on the band's MySpace.) Experimental duo Fuck Buttons open. Tickets go on sale at noon on Friday, June 13 via Ticketmaster.

Best "Nude" Remix Yet

This is the best attempt at a remix of Radiohead's "Nude" I've seen yet. Enjoy!

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