Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Sights and Sounds: Jimi Hendrix, Two Door Cinema Club, The Human Rights Concerts, Lou Reed, Mogwai

Lots of things to share today. I want to start off reminding everybody to tune in tonight and watch PBS' “American Masters” series which offers an outstanding biography of Jimi Hendrix titled Hear My Train a Comin'. Make sure to check out my post that ran earlier this week that features my review of the two-hour documentary. It's truly worth watching.

Because I was reviewing Sarah Brightman on Saturday night, I was unable to catch Two Door Cinema Club at The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. Read George A. Paul's review of that show here. Sounds like I missed a great concert!

Today marks the release of Released: The Human Rights Concerts 1986-1998, an ambitious collection I featured in an in-depth post last month. There is a mini-review on the Pop Candy blog featured on the USA Today site. Click here to view that. I hope to see and review the collection soon. As I noted in my earlier post, I caught one of the initial shows in Inglewood, California in June 1986 and it remains one of my best concert-going experiences!

Legendary rocker Patti Smith has written a wonderful tribute to the late Lou Rocker that ran in The New Yorker that you can read here.

Finally, here is a comprehensive update on Mogwai...
Mogwai, who recently announced the release of their eighth studio album, Rave Tapes, on Jan. 21 via Sub Pop, have confirmed an extensive Spring tour of North America (dates listed below).
The Scottish quintet gave fans an early listen to music from Rave Tapes last week, streaming the single “Remurdered” via Sub Pop’s Soundcloud (http://soundcloud.com/subpop/mogwai-remurdered/s-2gdM2).  Pitchfork described the single as “night shivers coupled with blocky electronics,” adding that the track “heads down a mazy path while the volume gradually increases, ultimately peaking in a mesh of criss-crossing synthetic textures.”
Rave Tapes was recorded over the summer in the band’s Castle of Doom studio in Glasgow and reunites the band with Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will Co-Producer Paul Savage.
Mogwai previously announced two live dates for late 2013: a Nov. 28 performance at Junction in Cambridge, UK and a slot on All Tomorrow’s Parties “End of an Era” on Dec. 1 at Pontins Holiday Park in the UK. The band returns to the road in late January for a short European trek (dates listed below).
In related news, Mogwai recently scored the French supernatural thriller, Les Revanants, the most popular TV series in Canal + history. The show has since aired in the UK to rave reviews and made its stateside debut as The Returned on The Sundance Channel on Oct. 31. Information: http://www.mogwai.co.uk
North American tour dates:
Apr. 21 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theatre
Apr. 22 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
Apr. 23 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
Apr. 24 - Austin, TX - Emo's
Apr. 25 - Houston, TX - Fitzgerald's
Apr. 26 - Raton Rouge, LA - Varsity Theatre
Apr. 27 - New Orleans, LA - Civic Theatre
Apr. 29 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
Apr. 30 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor
May 1 - Orlando, FL - The Beacham Theatre
May 3 - Nashville, TN - Exit In
May 6 - Charlotte, NC - Amos' Southend
May 7 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
May 8 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
May 9 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
May 10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
May 11 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
May 13 - Toronto, ON - Danforth Music Hall
May 14 - Cleveland, OH - House of Blues
May 15. - Detroit, MI - St. Andrews Hall
May 16 - Chicago, IL - The Vic Theatre
May 17 - Des Moines, IA - Wooly's
May 18 - Minneapolis, MN - First Ave
May 20 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
May 21 - Salt Lake City, UT - The Depot
May 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
May 25 - Vancouver, BC - Vogue Theatre

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