(Tia made the pilgrimage to the OTD compound in Pittsburgh for Mom's Day and returned with the following dispatch)
Girl Talk at Mr. Smalls: holy balls was that the single most amazing event I've ever seen in Pittsburgh. My memories of show-goers in Pittsburgh were permanently scarred back when I saw Radiohead on the OK Computer tour in '97 with Teenage Fanclub at Metropol, this place in the strip district.
The White Stripes at the Agganis Arena at Boston UniversityMonday, July 23, 2007 at 7:30 pmTickets are $46.00On -sale Friday, May 11, 2007 at 10:00 am
Kelly Clarkson at the TD Banknorth GardenSaturday, August 4, 2007 at 7:30 pmTickets are $39.50, $59.50 and $79.50On-sale Saturday, May 12, 2007 at 10:00 am
Amy Winehouseat AvalonMay 7, 2007Photos: Kelly Davidson
Screamin' Jay Hawkins always maintained that "I Put a Spell on You" was the product of a plastered night in the studio, but if so he was one motherfucking miracle of a drunk. He was a frustrated opera singer, and even on "Spell" he had the elocution of a baptist -- that is, when he wasn't howling like a jive voodoo priest.
Au Revoir Simone
Fujiya and Miyagi
Peter Bjorn and Johnwith Fujiya and Miyagi, and Au Revoir SimoneMay 4 at the Paradise, BostonPhotos: Carina Mastrocola
[Check back next week for exclusive Peter Bjorn and John live mp3s]
It's possible a few of you haven't seen the latest video from UK indie sensations the Cribs, in which the band performs its new single "Men's Needs" while trying to ignore the naked girl stumbling around the set, knocking over their gear and hacking off bandmates' limbs with an axe.
Airhorns to Stereogum for leaking the new Buffalo Tom single -- album and tour coming in July, tickets go on sale Thursday for the Boston show -- thereby completing our Tuesday 90s Boston Alt-rock trifecta: the Dinosaur Jr album is officially out today, and we just got Joan "Dambuilders" Wasser's solo record in the mail.
Up front, we've never been big huge Brand New fans or anything, but were pretty overwhelmingly won over by Jesse Lacey's solo set last Tuesday, which kids were trying to bribe us to get into and whatnot. Their last album established them as the Long Island emo band it was okay to like, sort of. And since Sharon's a huge fan, and so is Rick, so we went along for the ride.
Metal Blade 25th Anniversary Jam
Cannibal Corpse (with Trevor from Black Dahlia Murder)
The Red Chord
Job for a Cowboy
Beyond the Embrace
The Architect (Note to singers playing NEMHF: if your drummer throws a stool into the audience, the audience very well may throw it back and hit your singer in the head, thereby forcing him to complete the set in a bloody mess and then repair to the hospital afterwards for stiches. -- C.M.)
New England Metal and Hardcore Festival, Day TwoApril 28, 2007The Palladium, WorcesterPhotos: Carina Mastrocola
This, dudes, is going to sell out quickly. We'll have VIP tix to give away eventually, but do you really want to rely on OTD's spotty blogging schedule to get into this?
FNX/Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll Concert 2007June 6 at Avalon, Axis, Bill's Bar, and outdoors on Lansdowne StreetTickets $32.50
Chris CornellApril 19 at AvalonPhotos: Carina Mastrocola
As you can tell from the setlist, Cornell is playing shit from all phases of his career -- Temple of the Dog?! -- but that opening/closing with prime-era Soundgarden ish has us hungry for a reunion. Kim Thayil, where you at?
Geez, these venue fees are like some new form of date rape. Hope you brought yer calculators. Makes you want to root for Ozzy . . .
The Faint at AvalonSaturday, May 26, 2007 at 7:00 pmTickets are $18.25 adv. and $20.00 d.o.s.On-sale Friday, April 20 at 10:00 am
Dolores O'Riordan at AvalonMonday, July 9, 2007 at 8:00 pm
Well, it's nice to see that even when blessed with an excess of talent, the Rumble still finds a way to suck yak balls. Some things never change. And yet . . . and yet it could've been so different. Looking at the semis lineup last week, it seemed so promising. Or maybe the judges just got wind that if Protokoll, Eli Reed, and Age Rings had made it to the finals, they were going to perform a single 90-minute collaborative set.
The Locust and DaughtersApril 12 at the RoxyPhotos: Rev. Aaron
Elvis Costello at Avalon Tuesday, May 15, 2007 at 8:00 pm Tickets are $55 On-sale Saturday, April 7, 2007 at NOON
Velvet Revolver at AvalonWednesday, May 16, 2007 at 8:00 pmTickets are $55.00On-sale Saturday, April 7, 2007 at NOON
John Mayer and Ben Folds at the TD Banknorth GardenTuesday, July 17, 2007 at 7:30 pmTickets are $49.50 and $59.50On-sale Saturday, April 7, 2007 at 10:00 am