the Weekender ::: Bruce Springsteen & Arcade Fire @ SXSW + new albums from Hot Chip and Damon Albarn
SXSW has come and gone again. It’s speculated over 200,000 people littered the streets of Austin for the music lover’s paradise, but I remember by Saturday morning, my liver had all but gone out on me and my feet begged me to not leave the hotel. For those of you that braved all week, we salute you. Some of the more memorable items that I caught wind of is Bruce Springsteen bringing the kitchen sink on stage to cover Woody Guthrie’s classic, “This Is Your Land.” The performance included, but not limited to, Tom Morello, Eric Burdon, Joe Ely, Alejandro Escovedo and Arcade Fire.
Domino is reporting that Hot Chip will be BACK! Their new album, “In Our Heads,” will see the light of day on June 11. Expect the guys to hit the road in support of the new album with some dates south of the border. The first taste, “Flutes,” sounds exactly where they left off on their last album, “One Life Stand.” Dare I say that they’re one of the best live bands to ever grace the stage.
Damon Albarn hs the equivalent of restless leg syndrome as a musician. He’s never NOT working on a project and “Dr. Dee” is the name of his forthcoming album to be released via Parlophone on May 7. Don’t expect anything crazy like his Gorillaz vehicle. The album is inspired by John Dee a numbers wizard and advisor to Elizabeth I. Expect the album to be a little more on the tamer side than what fans are accustomed to from previous works.
the Boss @ SXSW 2012
Hot Chip “Flutes” video
Damon Albarn Dr Dee ‘Apple Carts’
Hot Chip North American Tour Dates
FRI 13 JULY – MINNEAPOLIS, MN, FIRST AVENUE, USA (new date)
SAT 14 JULY – CHICAGO, IL – PITCHFORK MUSIC FESITVAL
SUN 15 JULY – TORONTO, ON, SOUND ACADEMY, CANADA (new date)
TUE 17 JULY – BOSTON, MA, HOUSE OF BLUES, USA (new date)
WED 18 JULY – BROOKLYN, NY, PROSPECT PARK BANDSHELL (new date)
SAT 21 JULY – PHILADELPHIA – ELECTRIC FACTORY (new date)
SUN 9 SEP – LOS ANGELES, CA – HOLLYWOOD BOWL
TUE 11 SEP – OAKLAND, CA, FOX THEATER, USA (new date)
THU 13 SEP – PORTLAND, OR, CRYSTAL BALLROOM (new date)
FRI 14 SEP – SEATTLE, WA, PARAMOUNT THEATRE, USA (new date)
SAT 15 SEP – VANCOUVER, BC, COMMODORE BALLROOM (new date)
THU 20 SEP – PUEBLA, MEXICO, PIRAMIDE De CHOLULA (new date)
FRI 21 SEP – GUADALAJARA, MEXICO, FORO ALTERNO (new date)
SAT 22 SEP – MEXICO CITY, PEPSI CENTER, MEXICO (new date)