Archive for March, 2010

March 31st, 2010 - 2:55 pm § in True/Slant

Lollapalooza releases lineup… in code

Lollapalooza, the gigantic three-day alternative pop music extravaganza, announced its 2010 lineup. Except you’ve probably got to be Vanna White to be able to discern who will be there from this quirky/gimmicky mess: It’s a cute concept, but you’ve got to wonder why they decided to[...]

March 30th, 2010 - 4:39 pm § in True/Slant

Free the Music: Signals

Free the Music is a guide to new albums, EPs and songs that are available for free online. Today’s drop is: Signals/Supple Youth Tour Mixtape. I was crushed when I found out The Mae Shi broke up last summer. Or should I say, split in twain. Whatever the case may be, a number of the [...][...]

March 28th, 2010 - 11:43 pm § in True/Slant

Australian road safety campaign mocks youth subculture

It’s great when public service announcements try and reach out to youths by showing off their cred in humorous fashions. Yet, one particular road safety ad in Australia seems to take things a little too far [via The Sydney Morning Herald]: The government announced on Monday a new online advert[...]

March 24th, 2010 - 10:54 pm § in True/Slant

The album lives… live!

Friday night I stood for two-plus hours in awe as I watched The Appleseed Cast perform their entire 2001 double album Low Level Owl. The Lawrence, Kansas emo band played to a packed crowd at Chicago’s Bottom Lounge, and gracefully played the criminally overlooked double album, with a brief in[...]

March 23rd, 2010 - 12:38 pm § in True/Slant

Internet-based radio station WOXY shutting down today

I was shocked when I stumbled upon the news that Internet-based indie radio station WOXY will shut down today [via the Daily Swarm]: Due to current economic realities and the lack of ongoing funding for WOXY’s operations, we’ve been forced to suspend our live broadcasts as of March 23rd.[...]

March 22nd, 2010 - 1:10 am § in True/Slant

Dear MGMT: 'Congratulations' for what exactly?

MGMT’s new album, Congratulations, leaked online. So the band cleverly began to stream the new record on their site. In an even smarter move, the group punctuated the appearance of the album’s music with this simple statement: Hey everybody, the album leaked, and we wanted you to be able[...]

March 21st, 2010 - 4:22 pm § in True/Slant

Free the Music: Everyone Everywhere

Free the Music is a guide to new albums, EPs and songs that are available for free online. Today’s drop is: Everyone Everywhere – A Lot Of Weird People Standing Around. I first heard of Philadelphia’s Everyone Everywhere close to a year ago, when Fistfight At The Arthouse featured [...]

March 17th, 2010 - 11:18 pm § in True/Slant

R.I.P. Big Star's Alex Chilton

The New York Times‘ ArtsBeat blog has confirmed the death of Big Star singer and guitarist Alex Chilton: Alex Chilton, the mercurial if influential rock musician, whose work spanned an eclectic gamut from the soul songs of the Box Tops to the multiple incarnations of his pop band Big Star, has[...]

March 16th, 2010 - 2:21 pm § in True/Slant

Crowdsourcing vs. blogging in music journalism

SXSW, the internationally renowned music trade show, officially kicks off the live music portion of the expanding festival tomorrow. It’s the one week of the year that Texas bests every other state in the union in the “holds more music geeks per square foot” contest. In the ever-ev[...]

March 14th, 2010 - 4:56 pm § in True/Slant

Chicago goes green… for St. Patrick's Day

Every year around St. Patrick’s Day the Chicago River turns green… with a little help from some dye of course. Yesterday, Chicagoans packed the riverwalk, bridges and sidewalks adjacent to the river to seen it morph into the unnatural-looking green for the city’s St. Patrick’[...]

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