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Thanks for waiting until noon to put tickets on sale and then not having any available.

**UPDATE** - Thanks to loyal reader Chad, I went to the venue's website and got a ticket for Moz's Baltimore show! Talk about best case scenario...I have a ticket and didn't pay Ticketmaster a dime. Thanks Chad!

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From NME:

Super Furry Animals have titled their forthcoming album Hey Venus!.

The record, the follow-up to 2005's Love Kraft, will be released at the end of August.

Frontman Gruff Rhys told NME.COM earlier this year to expect a "speaker-blowing" LP, though no further details have been made available at the moment.

Related:
On the road with the SFA: Washington D.C.
On the road with the SFA: Norfolk, VA
On the road with the SFA: Chapel Hill, NC
On the road with the SFA: NYC

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It's a credit to Ted Leo's ability as a performer that I wasn't really in the mood to go out last night and he still blew me away. Other than "Sons of Cain," I'm not really feeling the new record, which he delved into quite a bit last night, although "Bomb. Repeat. Bomb" sounded much better than the recorded version. The biggest cheers were for his older material, specifically "Where Have All The Rude Boys Gone" and "Counting Down The Hours." Also, the Pharmacists are a three piece now, so the sound as a whole was filled out much better than the last few tours. I'm still not comfortable seeing him in big spaces like the 9:30 Club though. I think his shows work best at tiny clubs with sweat dripping from the ceiling, but judging by the size of the crowd last night, those venues might be a thing of the past for Ted, at least in major cities.

Ms. Smith and I were beat, so we left a bit early, but I still had a good time and a smile on my face when I left the venue. Love of Diagrams were a pretty good opener. I loved their guitars but their singing was a bit rough. If you get a chance to see them on this tour, let me know what you think.

NPR webcast last night's show, so head over to All Songs Considered to listen or download the show. Joel was there taking photos, so I'm sure his slide show will be online soon if it's not already.

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My photos of the night can be found here. I edited these in a hurry late last night, so I may post more photos later if/when I have time to go back through them.

My big night of concert hopping never materialized, as I didn't get Dean & Britta tickets. I was really looking forward to hearing "Moon Palace" and "Chinatown" but I couldn't really justify paying $30 for half a show. Especially when I'm off to Europe in less than a month. I'll just have to watch my Luna DVD over the weekend and hope they tour again soon.

Tuesday's Cold War Kids show was fairly craptastic. I hate to agree with Pitchfork, but they were all flash and no substance. I didn't like them at all. Actually I liked two songs, "Hospital Beds" and "Hang Me Up To Dry," you know - the ones with verses and choruses, but other than that I was bored to tears. Same with Tokyo Police Club and that other band that opened. Booooring. Also, I got screwed on my photo pass, so I wasn't exactly in the best of moods.

Back to the world of the NBA tonight. The Raptors are in town.

Argh!

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Spaced on the Baltimore pre-sale. Anyone have any luck?

Looks like I have to try again on Saturday.

PS - Tickets are $65! Jeezy Creezy.

Morrissey tour dates, onsale and presale details for the upcoming US tour.

So despite threatening to go to 437 shows this week, my total thus far is zero. My Decemberists tickets never materialized on Monday(no big deal, I stayed home and watched The Riches instead - anyone else LOVING this show? Eddie Izzard + Minnie Driver = me watching) and I wasn't supremely motivated to go to the Say Hi To Your Mom show last night. Blah. Ms. Smith and I went and had dinner and drinks instead.

But fear not, I'm kicking it into high gear tonight, assuming my Cold War Kids tickets actually materialize. Tomorrow I now have two shows on the docket, and it's all Frank's fault. He more or less convinced me to go see Dean & Britta (they're playing Luna tunes!!) so I'm going to try and see Love of Diagrams and the first three songs of Ted Leo and then jet over to the Cat to catch D&B. Tune in Friday to see if I'm able to say "I Love it when a plan comes together." Last time I tried to do something like this, it ended up in shambles. But at least The National put on a great show.

Speaking of The National, I'm assuming you've already downloaded their new track, right? It is positively lovely. If not, here it is:

[MP3] The National | Fake Empire

I still have record reviews to come, but has anyone else heard the Albert Hammond Jr. record? I'm seven songs in and it's really fucking good.

Here's an awesome interview with Agent Steinz!

I don’t have a MySpace page. Life is too short to cavort with fake friends.

10 must have Firefox extensions.

Thirty ways to get more out of Gmail.

Top 10 Free Mac Downloads

Yahoo mail to offer unlimited storage.

The human eye is equivalent to a 576 megapixel camera and has a nighttime ISO of 800 (~1 during the daytime). Wow, just think about the kind of storage the iPod (in your mind) has!

Someday

[via Kottke]

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Hear me now, believe me later, the future is bright for The Changes. You don't create and perfect a sound that takes the Boo Radleys' song writing, adds in Teenage Fanclub's harmonies and some Marr-like riffage and stay anonymous very long. At least in my corner of the internets.

I had seen them once before, late last year at the Rock N Roll Hotel and was a bit underwhelmed, but only just. The band was a bit aloof on stage and the pacing of their set was a bit suspect. Well, they've improved both those things and their show on Saturday at the Recher Theater in Towson, Md. was well worth a trip to the land of people that don't drive so good.

The Recher is a larger version of the Rock N Roll Hotel that at first glance looks a bit worse for the wear, but it's a nice little room with a great soundsystem, tall stage and most importantly, an actual pro-level lighting rig!

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The band put on a very energetic show, which was not easy to do seeing as that there were less than 40 people in attendance (and that includes the other two bands). And now that I've seen them twice, I don't think the band is necessarily aloof, they're just too busy switching instruments between every song to stop and chat with the crowd.

I think they played a new song to start out the set, but from there, they focused mainly on the material from Today Is Tonight, one of my favorite records of 2006. The pacing problems that plagued their previous show were fixed by moving the slower songs like "On A String" to the latter part of the set and working out a new, sped up arrangement of "Sisters" that kept everything moving along nicely. Smiths-ian tunes like "Water on the Gods" and "Modern Love" were full of jangly goodness and set closer "Her, You and I" brought the house down.

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Consider me fully on board The Changes' bandwagon, that is, if there is such a thing. If not, it starts here. If you didn't catch them on this tour, fear not. After taking April off, they'll be back out on the road in May with The Cinematics. They'll be hitting the Rock n Roll Hotel on their way through D.C., so when I get the date, I'll be sure to let you know.

In the meantime, download some tracks from the band:
WOXY has a Lounge Act by the band available to download.
Daytrotter also has a set just waiting to be downloaded. I highly recommend "Her, You and I" and "Water of the Gods," the best stab at "This Charming Man" that I've heard in quite some time.
You can also stream some music on their MySpace page.

All my photos from the night are over on Flickr.

Do yourself a favor and take 4 minutes out of your day and watch the above video of this weekend's D2 Championship game. What an awesome ending. I love the way they run around the court at the end. Best! Thanks to Peabs for the heads up. He was actually in attendance!

Also, not sure you caught this late Friday, but the leafblower earned its first ever link over at ESPN.com (sixth item). Pretty sweet.

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Friday I took my first ever trip up to American University to catch Snow Patrol, OK Go & Silversun Pickups play Bender Arena. For a basketball gym, it's not a bad venue at all. There's plenty of room to move around on the floor and there are an abundance of seats along the side and back of the gym, so everybody's happy. The sound was great too. Can we move all the shows at DAR up here ASAP?

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As for the gig, I viewed Snow Patrol as a second rate u2 going into the show and my opinion hasn't really changed that much, but they were still much better than I thought they'd be. Gary Lightbody is a very capable front man and he's skilled at grabbing the crowd's attention and not letting go. Playing all those songs with big choruses that people love to sing along to certainly doesn't hurt. Crowd participation is a big part of their show, so I think seeing them in a big arena is the way to go. They stayed away from most of the stuff I know off of Final Straw, but all in all, not too bad.

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I had seen OK Go once before, opening for Rufus Wainwright. I wasn't very impressed back then or with their set on Friday. Their songs sounded unremarkable and hooks were far and few between. The best thing they did all night was a cover of ELO's "Don't Bring Me Down." I think at this point it's safe to say I'm not a fan. However, I will give them propers for not dancing this time.

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I've gone on record many times saying that I think the Silversun Pickups are bovs and they did not let me down. They were alloted a very short set, which was perfect for them because they played their five or six best songs and got the hell out of there. When I saw them last year, I predicted they'd be mega once they got a proper sound system behind them and I was right. They'll be ready to headline shows like this in a few years.

Related:
Check out my Silversun Pickups interview from last year.
Silversun Pickups on AOL's The Interface.
Silversun Pickups on Woxy's Lounge Acts.
Scroll down for all three Silversun Pickups performances at KEXP.


SilversunPickups-9610.jpg As far as I can remember, that was the first time I've had the opportunity to shoot an arena show and I was unsure as to how to go about it. I brought all four of my lenses and it took me a long time to figure out which one worked best. The SSPU's were lit by this searing blue light and red fills and OK Go was bathed in straight red and I had a hard time getting any good shots. Snow Patrol's set was easier because they relied more on their lighted backdrop and some straight flood lights. I always bitch about not having enough light to shoot shows, right? Well Friday I got what I asked for and I had a hard time coping. Every time I start thinking I'm getting good at this photo thing, I have a gig like this that sets me straight.

No rest for the wicked though. I have a very full week ahead of me. I might be going to see The Decemberists in Bethesda tonight(although I doubt the tickets will come through), then there's Say Hi To Your Mom and De Novo Dahl on Tuesday, Cold War Kids on Wednesday, Ted Leo on Thursday, Raps @ Wiz on Friday. Whew.

Sigh. I just watched last night's UCLA v. Kansas game on my DVR. Stupid Jayhawks. Hey Bill Self, whatever you do don't switch out of the ball/screen offense, because that's working so well. I had them winning it all, so there go my brackets.

I'm going to watch today's games in real time. Until then I'll be editing down the 1,000+ photos I took over the weekend. I saw five bands and have an abundance of visual evidence to prove it. Full report tomorrow but you can get a sneak peek below and also over at Flickr.

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Also, just threw on the new Neil Young, Live at Massey Hall disc. It's pretty great. Especially on a sunny Sunday morning.

Gif animations at Gickr.com

It's like his elbows won't bend. And he starts out with his non shooting hand on top. Weird.

Maybe that's why he's only shooting 66%.

Also, let me echo DCeiver in saying this is one of the funniest things I have ever read.

I told you yesterday that Mew are teh awesome. Now hear for yourself. Download this, courtesy of KEXP, and tell me this doesn't blow your socks off:
[MP3] Mew | Am I Wry, No?
That shit is straight fire! Love the touches of piano. Download their entire performance for KEXP at SXSWorst and check out the KEXP blog for their entire festival archive. I'm slowly going through it and will post anything that grabs me. My only complaint: No Gruff!

[MP3] Grant Lee Phillips | Soft Asylum
Raise your hand if your favorite GL Phillips tuns is "Mockingbirds." His new album Strangelet is out on March 27th.

[MP3] Chromeo | Tenderoni
I'm hoping this is a Bobby Brown cover.

[MP3] Roger Waters | Hello, I love You
This is a new song on for the movie The Last Mimzy starring Dwight Schrute.

Two Amy Winehouse videos:
Rehab
You Know I'm No Good
Still not sure how I feel about this record, but I'm glad this and the Lily Allen record are moving some units. Better them than Nickelback.

[MP3] Central Serivces | Four Letter Word
[MP3] Central Services | Getting Better Lately
This band is out of Seattle and apparently KEXP hearts them. Ms. Smith, have you ever heard of them?

[MP3] Mika | Relax
This guy is hot shit in the UK, but he just sounds like a Scissor Sisters ripoff to me.

Goldenfiddle has new MP3's by Humble Rodent and Kings of Leon for you to check out. Don't worry if you don't like the KOL track. The album is awesome. My fave track is "Fans" (which you can get right here). It's been stuck in my head for over a week now. Make it stop!

Yep, that's San Antonio Spurs point guard Tony Parker with the ill flow. It's hard to sound gangsta when you're rapping in French. You sound like a wussy Sean Paul. Le bounce!

[via Popbitch]

W00t!

Consider me jump-up-and-down happy.

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Here's the second leg of Morrissey's US tour!

june
Tue 26 BOSTON, MA : Bank of America Pavilion
Wed 27 NORTHAMPTON, MA : Pines Theater
Fri 29 PHILADELPHIA, PA : Mann Center
Sat 30 NEW YORK, NY : MSG

july

Mon 2 VIENNA, VA : Wolf Trap
Tue 3 BALTIMORE, MD : Rams Head
Thur 5 ATLANTIC CITY, NJ : Borgata
Fri 6 HOLMDEL, NJ : PNC Bank Arts Center
Mon 9 NORFOLK, VA : The Norva
Tue 10 KNOXVILLE, TN : Tennessee Theatre
Thur 12 CLEARWATER, FL : Ruth Eckerd Hall
Sat 14 BOCA RATON, FL : Mizner Park Amphitheater
Sun 15 ORLANDO, FL : Hard Rock Live
Tue 17 JACKSONVILLE, FL : Morocco Shrine Auditorium
Thur 19 BIRMINGHAM, AL : Alabama Theatre
Fri 20 ATLANTA, GA : Chastain Park
Sat 21 MYRTLE BEACH, SC : House of Blues

I see at least a NYC->Vienna->Baltimore road trip in my future. Grambo, get ready.

Here's a photo of me meeting the Mozzer.
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Holy shit. Mew were teh awesome last night at the Black Cat. Those Danish boys sure know how to bring the rock. I almost spontaneously combusted during "Special." Just...Wow.

Full report on DCist later today, but until then, I just want to throw this out there:

Mew > Bloc Party

Seriously. That is all for now.

<> - Here's my DCist review.

* I've seen a grand total of four shows so far this year.

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Thanks to my latest source for online music (I can't reveal my source, but here's a hint: He's gorgeous. Just ask him.), I have a ton of new music that I'm going through right now: Ted Leo, Humble Rodent, Kings Of Leon, Travis, Maximo Park, etc. I'll have some short record reviews in the next day or two. Yes, you read that correctly, actual content! Combine that with tonight's Mew show and shows this weekend by the Silversun Pickups and The Changes, and I might be able to sneak some music content onto this here blog. Developing...

Until then I want to direct you to two sites that I have been reading quite regularly for the last week or so. The first is Recordreviews.org, straight outta Tha D, written by the incomparable Gorilla with lots of help from Damizz, Peabs and Nummer. If you have some money burning a hole in your pocket and you want to know what's worth buying, these guys will lead you in the right direction. I loved Damore's recent Idlewild review and I'm not just blowing smoke when I say that Nummer's Brief History of Badly Drawn Boy in Detroit is one of the finest blog posts I've read in a while. And Gorilla runs down the big releases for you every week as only he can. I say Buzz.

Also back online is Kegzies, formerly of the dearly departed Glamorama, now of Sendmedeadflowers.com. An anglophile after my own heart (and much more informed than yours truly) Kegzies was singing Mew's praises a good two years before anyone else had even heard of them. Peep his interview with the original Libertines drummer and sample some of the great MP3's he's throwing your way (even if he is totally copying me by posting "Gravity Grave").

Seriously though, it's great to have these guys back online and writing again. It's like 2003 all over again. We'll be doing Friday Afternoon Topics again before you know it.

I've been doing a whole lot of research lately on the whole Movable Type v. Wordpress argument, mostly because 1) I know a few people that have all but given up on MT and are planning to switch their platforms (although not necessarily to WP) in the next year or so and 2) I am getting the itch to redesign this site. I'm not ready to give up on MT yet, although I could be convinced otherwise. All those themes look cool and it seems like you can do alot with them.

So consider this a plea for help in the redesign. Anyone out there want to lend me a hand? If so, please drop me a line (email address over on the right). I have a very good idea of what I want to do (more or less), I just need help in the execution. I am happy to compensate you for your work, although I would prefer to pay in CD's and concert tickets. Obvs.

Swamped at work today.

Bracket Update:
1st in the blogger battle
3rd in the DCist pool
Tied for ninth in the office pool
Haven't check the Deadspin pool yet.

Not too shabby. Thanks Vandy!

Did you know John Darnielle was on Flickr?

So is Bobby Boswell. I was his first friend. I'm honored. No, really. Bobby B is celebrating his 24th birthday (Youngster!) at Love tomorrow night. I RSVP'ed and figure I'll go check it out before heading over to the Black Cat to catch Mew. Hopefully I'll be able to get some incriminating photos of Kyle Sheldon, my D.C. United doppleganger. If you're in D.C. and want to tag along, all you have to do is click on the link above.

SXSW is finally over! Rejoice! Unfortunately, we'll still have to read about it for the next week. I'll save you some time. This is the only gig worth reading about (which, strangely, no blogger seemed to attend) and you can get everything you need from Central Village's liveblog, Chromewaves recaps and Dan's photos. I lovelovelove this photo. I want a wide lens!

Related: How much should all that free music cost everyone a year? Fifty dollars. Sign me up.

I link to this only because I love revisionist history. I guess the UK press have switched sides again.

Shhhhhhhh...TrueHoop has quietly launched on ESPN's bandwidth.

Say it with me now...OVER-RATED!

Go the fuck back to College Park.

Soul-crushing loss to VCU notwithstanding, I'm actually doing pretty well in my brackets this year. I picked 27 winners in the first round, a total which would be higher if stupid Illinois didn't give us a choke job for the ages. Oh well, at least 15 of my Sweet 16 picks are still alive, a number that again would be higher if not for my irrational hate for all things Maryland. Go Old Dominion Butler!

Also, I am currently third in the DCist bracket challenge and tied for first in the blogger throwdown. I haven't checked my entry in the Deadspin Pants Party but I'm confident I'm at least in the top third. w00t!

Veronica Mars cancelled.

Or is it?

For fuck's sake. Today is not the day for this crap.

[via the person that turned me on to VM]

1:27 in the a.m. and I just got done watching the Duke game on DVR. It's frustrating knowing that Eric Maynor has the last shot and you and everyone else knows what he's going to do, and yet the Devils does nothing to stop it. I saw the Mason game, I knew what was coming. Hell, VCU ran the same play the last three times down the court. Ever think of double teaming Maynor to get the ball out of his hands?

This was a very winnable game. Earlier today I told a co-worker Duke would easily beat VCU if two things happened: Coach K used his bench and stopped his usual 6 man rotation bullshit and someone (Scheyer, Nelson, or McClure) steps up and has a big game. Lo and behold eight players are used in the first eight or so minutes, the team shoots 60% from the field and builds up a double-digit lead. Greg Paulus decides to show everyone what he's made of (finally) and drops 25. Should have been a cakewalk. But no, K reigns in the PT in the second half and we stop rotating on D, start making bad turnovers and quit giving the ball to Josh McRoberts, who VCU has no answer for. McRoberts and Paulus were the only two players in double figures. We tried that two-man team shit last year and it didn't work then either.

And why not put someone athletic on Maynor in the last 90 seconds? Why not put Gerald Henderson on him? Why not foul him? Do something! Argh.

Why John Sheyer was in the game I have no idea. He's useless. To slow to even get his own shot off. How many times did he rise up for a jumper, only to stop in mid-motion and bail out by passing it to a teammate? I wonder what Martynas Pocius could have done in 35 minutes.

DeMarcus Nelson just hasn't developed like he should have. I expect Coach K thought he'd be a Daniel Ewing-like, b-level go to guy at this point, but he's more Roshown McLeod than anything else. I still remember the multitude of jumpers he used to clang off the front rim. Nelson's Carolina game from his freshman year seems light years away right now.

I give Paulus credit for his good game, but he, McRoberts and Nelson missed free throws late that would have put Duke over the top. So it's really more of the same for Paulus. A true Wojo-like performance. Puts the team in a position to win, but screws up in the clutch to deliver the loss. Perhaps if Coach K would have recruited one other player that could handle the ball, he might have had fresher legs going into the final few minutes of the game. But that's a discussion for another day. Off to bed.

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Last night I was lucky enough to have my first ever (somewhat informal) photo assignment for a non-DCist media outlet (actually it was probably my second if you count this), that being photographing The Good, The Bad & The Queen at the 9:30 Club. The show was sold out, but as far as I could tell, there were a lot less people there than there were at the (insanely packed) Scissor Sisters show the week before.

IMG_7713.JPG As for the performance, it was...pleasant. Not amazing, not boring, mostly middle of the road. The music isn't exactly upbeat and merry. That said, the band sounds much better live than on record, but with this lineup, you'd kind of expect that. The album, to me, sounds like a band playing a bunch of Gorillaz b-sides. Not much energy or hooks to be found, just Damon whinging about whatever he's on about. Live, the backing vocals take more shape, the sound fills out nicely and you honestly can't help but get into a little groove while you're watching Paul Simonon bound all across the stage. Man, he was great. He was full of gusto and looked like he was waiting to bust into "Death or Glory" or something like that at any second. You could tell he's enjoying being back on stage. Not so for Simon Tong. He mostly stood there, looking down at his guitar the whole time. I was waiting for him to wow me, but then I remembered that was always Nick McCabe's job. Damon was/is Damon. I want to like him, but I just can't. I do give him credit though. He gave me two good shots during the first song, staring right at me in-between verses. His gaze was all like "Get your fucking photo now and leave me alone," but props for doing that. I got a decent shot the first time but my second one was too blurry to use. Also, he was ducking behind his piano every once in a while to hit his bowl and he has droopy eyes in most of the photos I took of him. Just saying.

Sadly, we didn't get their cover of "Guns of Brixton" at the end of the encore, instead we got some less-than-stellar b-side sung by some random dude named Eslam. Not the best ending to the show, but other than that, not bad overall. I still think Damon's a ponce though. There, I said it.

But hey, don't take my word for it. Thanks to the magic of the internerd, you can listen to the show and decide for yourself. You can either stream it or download it from NPR. Joel was there taking photos and they packaged his photos into a cool slideshow you can watch, so check that out too. My photos of the night are here. Some of them should be up on Read Express fairly soon. I'll update the post when that happens.

**UPDATE** - Here it is. Click through and read it, Mike wrote a GREAT review.

No rest for the wicked. I have to DVR the Duke game tonight since D.C. United are taking on Mexican power Chivas at RFK.

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So true. And yes, even though I've never used Twitter, I'm totally guilty here.

[via the newest must-read in my RSS feed, Strange Attractor]

At this point, I think every band is skipping D.C. or touring here on the back end of their tour. Here are the first batch of Moz dates:

april

Fri 27 STOCKTON, CA : Bob Hope Theater [1,896 cap]
Sat 28 SPARKS, NV : John Ascuaga's Celebrity Showroom [700 cap]
Sun 29 SPARKS, NV : John Ascuaga's Celebrity Showroom

may

Tue 1 OAKLAND, CA : Paramount Theater [2,840 cap]
Wed 2 SANTA ROSA, CA : Wells Fargo Center [1,482 cap]
Sat 5 SPOKANE, WA: INB Performing Arts Center [2,700]
Sun 6 SEATTLE, WA : Paramount [2,782]
Tue 8 SALT LAKE CITY, UT : E Center Ford Theater [3,500]
Wed 9 DENVER, CO : Fillmore [3,600]
Fri 11 OMAHA, NE : Orpheum [2,586]
Sat 12 MILWAUKEE, WI : Riverside [2,304]
Mon 14 ANN ARBOR, MI : Michigan Theater [1,591]
Tue 15 CHICAGO, IL : Auditorium [3,635]
Thur 17 CLEVELAND, OH : Playhouse Square Center [2,837]
Fri 18 COLUMBUS, OH : Palace Theater [2,705]
Mon 21 INDIANAPOLIS, IN : Murat Center [2,889]
Tue 22 ST LOUIS, MO : The Pageant [2,000]
Wed 23 KANSAS CITY, MO : Uptown Theater [2,200]
Fri 25 DALLAS, TX : Palladium [2,800]
Sat 26 AUSTIN, TX : Backyard [5,000]
Mon 28 HOUSTON, TX : Verizon [2,815]
Wed 30 EL PASO, TX : County Coliseum [3,500]
Thur 31 TUCSON, AZ : Music Hall [2,289]

june

Sat 2 PHOENIX, AZ : Maricopa County Events Center [6,500]
Sun 3 SAN DIEGO, CA : Bayside Concerts [10,000]
Tue 5 VENTURA, CA : Majestic Ventura Theater [1,200]
Wed 6 RIVERSIDE, CA : Riverside Municipal Audit [1,950]
Fri 8 LOS ANGELES, CA : Hollywood Bowl [17,562]
Sat 9 LAS VEGAS, NV : Pearl [2,352]

Fuck. If he'd have gone to Vegas after Denver, I could have seen him there. I'll be in Sin City for a business trip then.

Hmmm...Since we're just waiting on the tour details for Morrissey, Kings of Leon have jumped top the top of my "Must See In 2007" list (Mylo is 1a, but I don't think that's going to happen).

Sadly, it looks like D.C. doesn't get to see them the first time around. Hopefully it will happen on the back end. Here are the dates they've announced so far. I am seriously debating on catching the June 2nd date in Asheville. I've always wanted to check out the Orange Peel.

April
28 Indio, CA Coachella Festival

May
2 Seattle, WA Moore Theater
3 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
5 Denver, CO Ogden
6 Kansas City, MO Voodoo Lounge @ Harrah's
7 Tulsa, OK Cains
9 Austin, TX Stubbs
11 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
12 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
13 Dallas, TX House of Blues
15 Indianapolis, IN Vogue
17 Milwaukee, WI Rave
18 Minneapolis, MN First Ave
19 Chicago, IL Riviera
21 Louisville, KY Headliners
22 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
24 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
25 St. Louis, MO Pageant

June
1 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
2 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
4 NBC TV CONAN O'BRIEN
5 New York, NY Roseland
6 Boston, MA Avalon
7 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
12 Toronto, ONT Kool Haus
15 Manchester, TN Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

Here's the video for "On Call," the first single from their upcoming record Because of the Times. Not my fave (that would be "Knocked Up") but check it out:

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Well, the first ever DCist Exposed show went off better than any of us could have hoped for. We had, by some accounts, around 600 people (!!!) come through the door at The Warehouse to take everything in, which is just phenomenal. I spent most of the night running around like crazy, alternating from charming host, to crowd control, to raffle ticket seller, to guy with a cold chugging as much OJ as possible to try and stay healthy. It was an exhausting night, but totally worth it.

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Without a doubt, one of the highlights of the night was meeting Kevin Anderson, who's blog I happened upon earlier in the week. When I saw that he would be in town for the show, I invited him on whim, not thinking much of it, but he came and we had a great time chatting. He's incredibly knowledgeable about blogging and it was a treat to pick his brain for a little while. We also had all sorts of local media types, from Fox 5 to a few WaPo writers. I hereby declare DCist Exposed a resounding success. Congrats to Heather for being the driving force behind such a great event.

Don't forget, the exhibit is up through Friday, so go check it out!

Unfortunately the opening left me too bushed to make it to the Black Cat to see my beloved Nethers headline the main stage. Did anyone else go? How was it? I was gutted not to go, but it was for the best.

I spent the rest of the weekend watching movies with Ms. Smith (The DaVinci Code, not as bad as I was lead to believe) and immersing myself in conference tourney hoops. I must have watched eight games over the weekend. Best. I'll have my thoughts on the NCAA's later this week (VCU scares the shit out of me), but in the meantime, let me ask you this:

Julian Wright: Bernard King or Billy Owens?

I'm not sure.

I'm really digging the new Travis video for "Closer."

Ted Leo stopped by The Interface! Grab the podcast.

The Guardian's 10 essential albums for Spring.

How Johnny Marr joined Modest Mouse. I guess I have to go see them when they tour now.

I'm not sure if I should be excited or sad about this news. I like that they're working with someone other than Pat McCarthy (Who I love, but they needed a new direction) but I'm worried this will turn into The Stones working with the Dust Brothers.

Unexpected. Hope it works out better for them than it did for these guys.

Mr. Pink does.

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More here.

Be sure to check out the Mr. Pink Archives on the leafblower and the Best Of over on Flickr.

Why in the world does Maximo Park hate Washington D.C.?

We never got a proper gig for A Certain Trigger and it looks like we're missing out on their first US go 'round behind their new jawn. Here's where they are playing:

July 11: Boston (Great Scott's)
July 12: New York (Webster Hall)
July 13: Montreal (La Tulipe)
July 14: Toronto (Mod Club)
July 16: Chicago (Double Door)
July 17: Minneapolis (Varsity Theatre)
July 19: Denver (Larimer Lounge)
July 20: Salt Lake City (Club Sound)
July 22: Seattle (Chop Suey)
July 23: Vancouver (Richard's on Richards)
July 24: Portland, Ore. (Doug Fir Lounge)
July 26: San Francisco (Popscene)
July 27: Los Angeles (El Rey Theatre)
July 28: San Diego (Casbah)

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The latest can't miss event / project that I'm involved with comes your way tomorrow night. I am super-excited about DCist's first ever photo exhibit at The Warehouse on 7th Street. Heather's worked her ass of to make this thing happen and it's getting written up everywhere. We're gonna have an awesome opening reception, so grab your friends and get there early.

And if that wasn't enough fun for one night, we'll be heading over to the Black Cat post-opening reception in order to catch Nethers, who are headlining a show with These United States! I am so there. Nethers have been in L.A. for a few months recording their new record, so it'll be great to see them for the first time in 2007. They're playing like 18 shows at SXSW, so if you're not in D.C., you can catch them there.

The Tripwire has a new track by AIR and a great interview with Jarvis Cocker.

10 things you didn't know about Ted Leo. [thx Frank]

Watching The Watchmen. Yes, please.

Hey, did you read my Wizards recap from Tuesday's game? If you did, you saw that one of my questions to Gilbert ended up in the official AP report (check the 'Notes' section). Hott.

In a world where Britney shaves her head and EVERYBODY knows within hours does an indie band truly need a scorched earth hype campaign to reach its audience? Is the problem that the band’s fans DIDN’T KNOW the record was out? And by trying to reach newbies, does the Arcade Fire SHORTEN its career?

I haven't heard the new Arcade Fire record yet, but I checked this morning and it's on eMusic, so I'll probably grab it tonight. I'm sure it's saffron-infused, snackytime junction vibe will keep the chupacabra-like, Steven Bochco-esque blogoshpere all atwitter, that is, if you care about perambulations like that.

Dolla, Dolla bill y'all. From Popbitch:

Vanity Fair have invited "pop-humanitarian" Bono to be guest editor of the July issue, to try and "rebrand Africa". Some magazines have been sharing some other facts about Bono:

* In the year since it was founded, his Red campaign (licensed to Gap, Motorola, Apple etc) has raised $18 million - but companies have spent $100 million to market it.

* Bono doesn't invest his own money in Red.

* Apple sells a Special Edition U2 iPod. Its profits are not donated to Red.

* U2 made $389m from the recent Vertigo tour. Its revenue was then funnelled through companies mostly registered in Ireland and structured to minimize taxes.

* U2 moved its music publishing company to the Netherlands from Ireland in June 2006, six months before Ireland ended a tax exemption on musicians' royalty income.

* Richard Murphy, adviser to lobbying group the Tax Justice Network, says "This is somebody who's exceptionally rich taking the opportunity to shift his tax burden to somebody else, but then asking governments around the world to spend that tax take in the way that he would like."

Much more here and here.

Need a ticket to see The Shins at DAR next week? You're in luck, Washingtonian is giving one away. Go hit them up for it!

Damore's favorite band, The Bravery, is streaming snippets of three new songs over on their website. Sounds OK.

Heard The Noisettes yet? They're touring with TV on the Radio. Here's an MP3:
[MP3] The Noisettes | Mind The Gap

Watch the new Kings of Leon video for "On Call." I am soooo excited for this record.

That's it for today. Sorry. I'd write more but I'm too busy deleting SXSW concert announcements from my inbox. Wake me when it's over.

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What do I want for my birthday? After careful consideration and painful deliberation, I have decided that I want The National to play Washington D.C.

Wait. You're telling me that it's happening? Seriously? That never works. Hooray for The National for not hating Washington D.C.!

Full tour dates for The National:
02 JUNE: JOHNNY BRENDA'S, PHILADELPHIA, PA
04 JUNE: CABARET, MONTREAL, CANADA
05 JUNE: OPERA HOUSE, TORONTO, CANADA
06 JUNE: MAGIC STICK, DETROIT, MI
07 JUNE: METRO, CHICAGO, IL
08 JUNE: 400 BAR, MINNEAPOLIS, MN
09 JUNE: TBA, MADISON, WI
11 JUNE: DUCK ROOM, ST LOUIS, MO
12 JUNE: HEADLINERS, LOUISVILLE, KY
13 JUNE: THE EARL, ATLANTA, GA
14 JUNE: BONNAROO MUSIC FESTIVAL, MANCHESTER, TN
15 JUNE: 20TH CENTURY THEATER, CINCINNATI, OH
16 JUNE: THE BASEMENT, COLUMBUS, OH
18 JUNE: BEACHLAND BALLROOM, CLEVELAND, OH
19 JUNE: REX THEATER, PITTSBURGH, PA
20 JUNE: 9:30 CLUB, WASHINGTON DC
21 JUNE: MIDDLE EAST DOWNSTAIRS, BOSTON, MA

25 JUNE: CASBAH, SAN DIEGO, CA
26 JUNE: EL REY THEATER, LOS ANGELES, CA
27 JUNE: BIMBO'S 365 CLUB, SAN FRANCISCO, CA
28 JUNE: BERBATIS PAN, PORTLAND, OR
29 JUNE: RICHARDS ON RICHARDS, VANCOUVER, CANADA
30 JUNE: NEUMOS, SEATTLE, WA

In case you forgot, they are fucking awesome live.

Thx to Frank for the heads up.

The Top 20 Most Influential Sports Bloggers. Those sports bloggers are so hott right now. I'm waiting for the Top 20 list of the best sports/MP3/photo bloggers that obsess about Oasis and Morrissey. I like my chances there.

Best General Managers in American Sports. Good lord. Is this list messed up or what?

The 20 Worst Post-Career Oscar Choices.

The Top 10 Corporate Moments In Rock. [via those that do not credit their sources]

The Top 20 Most Admired Companies.

The 50 Most Important People on the Web.

34 Reasons Why Readers Unsubscribe from Your Blog.

Eight Confessions From a Former Verizon Sales Rep.

Seriously.

The Getty Images version of yesterday's game as featured on NBA dot com slash Wizards:

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The leafblower version of yesterday's game as seen here on the leafblower and on DCist:

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Dayum. Keep in mind he's shooting from the floor and I'm eight rows back in the press aisle. Perhaps, much like my interviewing skills, my photography is becoming a force to be reckoned with.

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Caught two games over the weekend, Friday v. Atlanta and Sunday v. Golden State. Not exactly two marquee teams as far as the NBA goes, but both games were tight and fun to watch.

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Also, I have officially added Atlanta's Josh Smith and Golden State's Monta Ellis to the list of players I would pay to watch play basketball. Both were incredible. Smith had seven blocks on Friday and completely changed the game on the defensive end. The Wizards didn't know what to do about him. Ellis, on the other hand, was smooth as silk and has one of the best jumpers in the entire NBA this side of Ray Allen. He plays beyond his years (he's just 21).

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Rough draft of said list in no particular order:
- Agent Zero
- Steve Nash
- Paul Pierce & the Celtics
- Vince Carter
- Monta Ellis
- Josh Smith
- Dwight Howard
- Mike Redd

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Sorry for all the sports content lately, but hey, it's March.

Scissor Sisters were good but not great last night. Their set was kinda "Here's an Elton John song. Now here's a Bee Gees song," but they're marvelous entertainers and have tremendous energy. The label fucked up my photo pass so I didn't get to take pictures of a band that actually uses a light show. No, I'm not bitter. Not at all.

Whew!

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Full details won't be released until next week, but since Morrissey's US tour starts in California on April 27th, it looks like I won't be in danger of missing him while I'm in Europe April 24-May 5. Whew! This means I can drink German beer and eat Danish pastries without having this on my conscience. Best.

I am missing the Arcade Fire show, but I can live with that. I bet they'll play Lollapalooza this year and I can see them there.

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Brings back fond memories (fourth item) even though we lost that game too. Confound the internet for being so new it doesn't have jpeg's from the early 90's! I wanted show show some Montross blood for some compare / contrast action.

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I'm feeling a bit under the weather, so I'm going make like Mr. Pink and go take a nap.

In the meantime, I suggest you download and listen to this:

[MP3] The Zutons | Take Your Mama (Scissor Sisters cover)

I'm going to see the Scissor Sisters on Sunday and I'm v. excited. They were brilliant when I saw them last year at the Virgin Festival.

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Be sure to check out all my Scissor Sisters photos (some of the best I've ever taken) and the entire Virgin festival photo set.

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Hmmmmmm...This Pitchfork interview with The National reminds me of this other great interview with the band I read last year. Both interviews mention the new record, the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah tour, Beggars Banquet, day jobs...I see a pattern here. I also asked Matt about his baseball allegiances but didn't include it in the finished product.

Seriously though, I say all of this with tongue planted firmly in cheek. I'm not trying to imply that Pitchfork copied me (even though they did*), only that perhaps I'm a better interviewer than I give myself credit for.

All that said, I can't wait to hear their new album.

Want more? Check out all of my interviews from 2006.

* Again, kidding.

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After I read this post on Sean's blog, I decided I wanted to keep better track of all the things I do throughout the year, so here goes.
In February 2007 I saw:
Five Wizards games: Lakers, Portland, Timberwolves, Kings and Heat
Three concerts featuring: These United States, Pela, Lily Allen, The Dance Party and Middle Distance Runner
and posted 141 photos on Flickr.

I'm going to have to go back and do January later.