Each week brings more days that feel like summer than winter. To jump start your summer concert attending ambitions, we are giving away a pair of tickets to a sensational show. Multi-platinum rock band Thirty Seconds To Mars bring their Into The Wild tour to the Santa Barbara Bowl on Friday, May 14 with special guests MUTEMATH, Neon Trees and Street Drum Corps. Scroll down for more information and to enter to win!
Continuing off the their two previous music-alphabet kid book, Nevermind Your P’s And Q’s: Here’s the Punk Alphabet and M Is For Metal!, Paul McNeil And Barry Divola tap country western rich history for their next children’s lesson. Rhymes, illustrations, and an absurb sense of humor that will tickles kids with in-jokes for ma and pa. If your favorite rockabilly couple are now swinging a little one, Country Western Alphabet is definitely worth a look.
(((folkYEAH!))) Presents “The 2nd Annual Mother Hips Family Hipnic” @ Fernwood Resort in Big Sur, CA April 30 & May 1, 2010. Like last year, you’ll be under a canopy of majestic trees with the warm sounds of dazzling folk-rock in all its incarnations. Get away from the stress and take it down a 1,000. You’ll come back next week with your core centered, and the goofiest smile on your face. The event will take place at Fernwood Resort in Big Sur, CA over two days – April 30 & May 1, 2010. The other artists set to perform include Jackie Greene, Little Wings, Dawes, Neal Casal (The Cardinals), Farmer Dave Scher (Beachwood Sparks, All Night Radio), Elisa Randazzo (The Red Krayola), Parson Red Heads, Nicki Bluhm, Red Cortez, and Sparrow’s Gate.
Sometime you just need a warm sentiment.
Straight Outta Long Beach! On the same day as their debut release for Sub Pop (Fleet Foxes, Postal Service, Shins), we are hosting an in-store with up and comers Avi Buffalo. They’ll take our stage at 6pm on Tuesday, April 27th! The show is free and open to all ages. Listen Here: Avi Buffalo – What’s In It For
Avi Buffalo is the adopted name of 19-year-old Avigdor Zahner-Isenberg, also the moniker of the band that he and three of his friends began some three years ago while in high school. Together – somehow – they’ve managed to create an album full of the blissful haze of departed childhood and misspent youth, songs that evoke so precisely half-remembered summers and first loves that never existed, events and people in your life that never were, but which you can’t help but remember.
It’s very much a summer album, not just because of the (in)gloriously titled Summer Cum (“I got lost in your summer cum / Leave all your stains with me”), but because its songs glow with the warmth of that time of year. What’s in It For? almost starts from where The Shins’ New Slang left off, its surreal lyrics and falsetto vocals capturing the sense of a never-ending August night, albeit one imbued with teenage uncertainty. Then there’s the lilting One Last, which captures the last vestiges of sunset, and the gentle erosion of innocence through experience on the lovely Can’t I Know?
Throughout, Avi’s vocals coalesce remarkably with those of keyboard player Rebecca Coleman, who was originally Avi’s muse by way of an intense teenage crush. You can hear the tenderness of first love in their voices, which makes each song that much more fragile and brittle. Yet that frailty is strengthened by the band’s glorious sunlit melodies and obtuse imagery, all of which combine to turn this into a truly remarkable album that’s sad and wistful way beyond the band’s years. [Read more…]