Andrew Bird announces new US tour dates

Photo by Nina Corcoran

Andrew Bird is just a few days away from wrapping up his current North American tour behind his latest album, Are You SeriousHe’s already looking ahead towards the fall, however, as he’s just announced a second round of US dates beginning in September.

The new leg will kick off at Seattle’s Bumbershoot and end in October in Providence, Rhode Island. Along the way, Bird will also play at Austin City Limits and Hopscotch Music Fest. As with his current trek, this new tour will see $1 from each ticket sale go to the Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund. Margo Price, John Grant, Gabriel Kahane, and Sinkane will serve as support.

Find Bird’s full itinerary below, followed by his video for “Capsized”.

Andrew Bird 2016 Tour Dates:

05/21 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre *

05/23 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot *

05/24 – Denver, CO @ Paramount Theatre *

09/02-04 – Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot

09/03 – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma ^

09/05 – Papillion, NE @ Sumtur Ampitheater ^

09/06 – Madison, WI @ Overture Hall ^

09/07 – Chicago, IL @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion #

09/08-10 – Raleigh, NC @ Hopscotch Music Fest

09/09 – Louisville, KY @ Iroquois Amphitheatre ^

09/12 – Athens, GA @ The Georgia Theatre ^

09/13 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel ^

09/14 – Covington, KY @ Madison Theater ^

09/16 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Murat Theatre ^

09/17 – Shakopee, MN @ Festivl Palomino

09/30-10/02 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits

10/03 – New Orleans, LA @ Civic Theatre &

10/04 – Birmingham, AL @ The Saturn &

10/06 – Richmond, VA @ The National

10/07 – Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live &

10/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Byham Theatre &

10/10 – South Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground &

10/11 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre &

10/13 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre &

10/14 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall &

10/15 – Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre &

* = w/ John Grant

^ = w/ Gabriel Kahane

# = w/ Margo Price

& = w/ Sinkane



LCD Soundsystem cover “Heroes” at Coachella in tribute to David Bowie – watch

In the final years of his life, David Bowie forged a musical relationship with James Murphy. The LCD Soundsystem frontman contributed to both 2013’s The Next Day and 2015’s ★ (Blackstar). Last night at Coachella, Murphy dedicated a portion of LCD Soundsystem’s headlining set in tribute to Bowie, as they covered “Heroes”.


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Also during their set, LCD Soundsystem mashed up “New York I Love You” with Guns N’ Roses’ “November Rain”.



Boss Harmony – Punky Reggae Party (04.13.16)

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Punky Reggae Party broadcasts every 2nd & 4th Wednesday of the month and features musical selections from the punk & post-punk period between 1977 – 1982 (although other era’s, sub-genres & pre-punk influences are often represented), as well as Jamaican music from the ska, rock steady & roots reggae era’s, respectively. Many of the British post-punk bands were influenced by reggae music & it’s recording techniques, and that experimental spark is the nucleus of the show.


Filth – Don’t Hide Your Hate

The Spits – 19 Million AC

The Wipers – Does It Hurt

Steve Treatment – Danger Zone

Art Attacks – Punk Rock Stars

Pere Ubu – Street Waves

Scratch Acid – Mess

Family Fodder – Disco Purge

Model Citizens – Animal Instincts

Dow Jones & The Industrials

Fifth Colomn – To Sir With Hate

Mud Hutters – Nice Guy/Left Right

Artefact – World Match

Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Jim On The Move

The Nightingales – Paraffin Brain

The Fall – Rowche Rumble

Tactics – Standing By The Window

Petticoat/Crash – Fremder Schoner Mann

Snatch – Red Army

The English Beat – Dream Home In NZ

The Teardrop Explodes – Bouncing Babies

The Lines – Transit

Minny Pops – Dolphin’s Spurt

Distributors – T.V.ME

Rene Halkett & David Jay – Nothing

Killing Joke – Chop Chop

Wire – Go Ahead

The Ex – Shoes

I Jog & The Track Suites – Worrying Man

Nora Dean – Angie La La

Burning Spear – Door Peeper

Prince Far I – Blackman Land

Horse Mouth – Herb Vendor

Linval Thompson – Sukumaka

Wayne Wade – Beware

Baba Brooks – Flames In The Street

Reid’s All Stars – Mafia

The Destroyers – Raggmop

The Royals – Don’t Mix Me Up

David Isaacs – Who To Tell

The Hippy Boys – Death Rides

The Fabions – V Rocket

The Tennors – Another Scorcher

Live Review: The Smashing Pumpkins reunite with James Iha in Chicago (4/14)

Photography by Heather Kaplan

“No yelling dumb shit tonight,” Billy Corgan told his hometown. “All good vibes.”

And how! For nearly two and a half hours, The Smashing Pumpkins coaxed a wine-soaked audience at Chicago’s Civic Opera House into believing the past was within arm’s length. They played a healthy dose of their breakthrough album, Siamese Dream. They covered David Bowie (“Space Oddity”) and The Rolling Stones (“Angie”). Oh, and they also brought out James Iha.

No, the LA reunion a few weeks back wasn’t an Easter fluke. The former rhythm guitarist arrived, in the flesh, surprising the Midwestern crowd that had been waiting for him to return for nearly a decade. Okay, over a decade. How about 16 years? That’s the last time the two were seen side by side around these parts. Mind you, that’s longer than they initially played together.

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“I shall be free,” Corgan wailed on “Rocket” with Iha and has rarely ever sounded so earnest. Last summer, he played rock star alongside Marilyn Manson, ejecting hit after hit amid the pair’s The End Times tour. It was fun. It was loud. It was what you expect from a hard rock bill. This, however, the In Plainsong tour, pairs better with Corgan’s more theatrical sensibilities.

Similar to the Pumpkins’ polarizing 20th anniversary tour circa 2008, this current run finds Corgan weaving through his spiraling discography both acoustically and electrically. Hell, the first seven songs featured only Corgan and guitarist Jeff Schroeder – Liz Phair came in for the assist on “Thirty-Three” – and that unpredictable minimalism was often stunning.

Take, for example, how Corgan and Iha turned “Disarm” into even more of a funeral dirge. The singer straddled the organ while the silent guitarist lassoed him nearby, the two grieving in unison. It sounded like something Arcade Fire might have penned back in their Neon Bible days – you know, around the same time the Pumpkins dropped Zeitgeist? Mind blowing.

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Even more tantalizing is how laid-back Corgan appears to be right now. He’s playing Zwan! That’s an obvious sign. The other? He’s just in good spirits. When the very drunken crowd screamed random horseshit, he didn’t flair up or berate them or even scold anyone. He shrugged, smiled, and offered, “Thanks for giving me your permission to sing.”

Some might say he’s Murtaugh’d at this point in his career; in other words, he’s getting too old for this shit. Maybe. Maybe not. If we’re judging solely on output, one would have to argue otherwise. Both 2012’s Oceania and 2014’s Monuments to an Elegy were not only proper returns to form, but half-opened windows with a breeze that hinted at a cooler future.

Two years later, the Pumpkins look mentally healthy and sound exceptional. Drummer Jimmy Chamberlin doesn’t seem like a guest appearance to sell tickets anymore. While guitarist, vocalist, and bassist Katie Cole has a folksy pair of pipes that adds a curious country wash to the band’s traditional alternative fare (see: her duet with Corgan on “Stand Inside Your Love”).

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It’s hard to tell where Corgan heads next. Does he keep calling Iha? Doubtful, even if the three-guitar attack is totally viable. (How many six-strings reverberate across Siamese Dream?) Will Cole stick around? The band could use the stability, at least in that area. And is there any room for a special assist by D’arcy Elizabeth Wretzky in the near future? Don’t count on it.

What makes the In Plainsong tour so inviting is that the future isn’t important, at least not right now. Corgan’s having too much fun shaking up the past. At one point during the set, you could almost see the guy channeling his inner Moz, complete with a gray suit and a handful of solo ballads (he played those, too). It’s a good look on him and not too much of a stretch, either.

After all, Corgan is the boy with the thorn in his side.

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On a side note … Liz Phair delivered a charming solo performance. Humbled to be playing the Civic Opera House, where her parents (also in attendance) took her as a child, she struggled to hide her smile, even as she revisited her tragic, timeless poetry – from “Johnny Feelgood” all the way to the “Divorce Song”.

It’s not easy playing to a theater as grand and opulent as the Civic, and its abyssal qualities weren’t lost on her. “There’s this urge that I have in these cavernous voids to do a bird call,” she admitted prior to “Extraordinary”, and so she tried. Charming and effective, Phair kicked off the night’s homecoming with aplomb.

Liz Phair Setlist:

Johnny Feelgood

Fuck and Run

Polyester Bride


Our Dog Days Behind Us




Never Said

Why Can’t I?

Divorce Song

The Smashing Pumpkins Setlist:

Cardinal Rule


Tonight, Tonight

The World’s Fair (Billy Corgan song)

Space Oddity (David Bowie cover)

Thirty-Three (with Liz Phair)

Jesus, I / Mary Star of the Sea (Zwan cover)

Siamese Suite:

Mayonaise (with James Iha)

Soma (with James Iha)

Rocket (with James Iha)

Spaceboy (with James Iha)

Today (with James Iha)

Whir (with James Iha)

Disarm (with James Iha)

Sorrows (In Blue) (Billy Corgan song)



Identify (Natalie Imbruglia cover)


Stand Inside Your Love


Lily (My One and Only)

Malibu (Hole cover)

The Spaniards


Angie (The Rolling Stones cover) (with James Iha)

Photo by Heather Kaplan

Liz Phair // Photo by Heather Kaplan

The Smashing Pumpkins // Photo by Heather Kaplan

The Smashing Pumpkins // Photo by Heather Kaplan

The Smashing Pumpkins // Photo by Heather Kaplan

The Smashing Pumpkins // Photo by Heather Kaplan

The Smashing Pumpkins // Photo by Heather Kaplan

Liz Phair // Photo by Heather Kaplan

The Smashing Pumpkins // Photo by Heather Kaplan

Liz Phair // Photo by Heather Kaplan

Liz Phair // Photo by Heather Kaplan

The Smashing Pumpkins // Photo by Heather Kaplan

Sony is developing a franchise based on Spider-Man villain Venom

Sony is developing a standalone film based on the Spider-Man villain Venom.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dante Harper (Edge of Tomorrow, World War Z) has been charged with writing the script. Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach, who were involved in the two previous Spider-Man film franchises, are producing and overseeing the new project.

Sony reportedly envisions Venom as unrelated to the upcoming Spider-Man reboot starring Tom Holland. If all goes as planned, Venom could evolve into its own franchise.

The character of Venom was previously portrayed by Topher Grace in 2007’s Spider-Man 3.

r.r barbadas – Crushing with… (02.25.16)


The Urxed (Robert Barber) delivers to you his own brand of monthly musical crushes, old and new, as well as sharing his zone with guest crushes, live or in the mix.


Infinite Body – A Series Of False Awakenings

Skinny Puppy – Edge Of Insanity

AFX* – Pissed Up in SE1

CTI – Dancing Ghosts (Midnight At Robinwood Mill) – Elemental 7

Robert A.A. Lowe – Untitled

Daniela Casa – Pericolo – Sovrapposizione Di Immagini

$$$TAG$$$ – Lonely Crowd Surfing Arab

Red Axes – Bela Lugosi’s Dead – Ballad Of The Ice

Peter’s House Music – The Mirror Has 2 Faces

Violet Tremors – Spirals Inside – Time Is The Traitor

Nisennenmondai – 3

Symbol – Tracer – Online Architecture

Drvg Cvltvre – Spooky Kind Of Love – Porn Wax Five

Machine Woman – Very Kind Human Being

S U R V I V E – Hourglass – S U R V I V E

Storm Bugs – Objective

Drinking Electricity – Good Times – Overload

Randomer – Kids Play

Unknown Artist – Tricky’s Team

Sleep D – Hydro Dub

Omid Walizadeh – Modern Persian Speech Sounds (Part 1)

Max and Mara – Unseen – Less Ness

Keita Sano – 1979

Minimal Violence Dogs Run The House

Purling Hiss – 1976 – Public Service Announcement