The ever-unpredictable Courtney Love just announced a short run of east coast tour dates that kicks off at The TLA in Philadelphia on June 20. Tickets are $47 and go on sale Friday at noon through Ticketmaster. Below, check out some shaky camera-phone footage of Love’s last Philadelphia visit, when she played the Electric Factory with Hole (but not, you know, the “classic Hole” that played Brooklyn’s Public Assembly last year) – it’s a raucous and awesome performance of “Plump” and “Malibu.”
Grammy Award-winner Paula Cole headlines World Cafe Live tonight. Continuously released albums since her debut in 1994, Cole completed her sixth studio record last month called Raven. The effort was funded by fans through a Kickstarter campaign, allowing Raven to be independently released. Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here. Watch a video for “Eloise” from Raven below.
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club play The TLA tonight. The Los Angeles rock band released their new album Specter at the Feast earlier this year, following up 2010′s Beat the Devil’s Tattoo. With Specter, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club display their anthemic, arena-rock compositions over the course of fifteen tracks, released on the band’s own label Abstract Dragon. Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here. Watch a live performance of “Hate the Taste” on The Tonight Show below.
Folk / pop singer-songwriter Josh Rouse performs at World Cafe Live tonight. The Nebraska native, who now lives in Spain, is touring behind his recent The Happiness Waltz release. Throughout his career, Rouse has perfected an up-tempo-but-hushed sound that makes his recordings both inviting and intimate. Waltz returns Rouse to his English language roots after 2010′s bi-lingual El Turista effort. Tickets and information for tonight’s show with Eleni Mandell can be found here. Below, watch his new film noir inspired video for “Julie (Come Out of the Rain).”
Les Claypool brings his Duo de Twang to The TLA tonight. Fitting in a handful of dates before he heads out on tour with his main band Primus, Duo de Twang features Claypool and guitarist Marc Haggard in an intimate, unplugged set-up. According to a review of a Duo de Twang show in Los Angeles, the set-list for the evening includes a mix of Primus favorites, original material and some covers as well as a significant amount of banter and story telling. Tickets and information for tonight’s show can be found here. Below, watch the Duo (in this instance Claypool and Chris Robinson) perform “Battle of New Orleans.”
Experimental DJ Flying Lotus headlines Union Transfer tonight. The Los Angeles-based musician / producer (real name Steven Ellison) has an impressive musical pedigree – Alice Coltrane was a great-aunt and Ravi Coltrane counts Ellison as one of his cousins – but he’s forged his own path in the electronica / hip hop world over the course of four studio efforts. Most recently, Ellison released his 2012 Warp Records LP Until the Quiet Comes, on which he showed his ability to cross genres and blend concepts with transcendent results. Tickets and information for the show with Teebs and Thundercat can be found here. Watch Flying Lotus’ short film for “Until the Quiet Comes” below.
XPN welcomes Matt Duke to the Tin Angel. The New Jersey native continues to tour behind his recent Love On a Major Scale EP, which hit #6 on the iTunes singer-songwriter chart last December. Duke has been hitting the stage hard up and down the east coast lately, and this June he’ll be heading down to the Outer Banks for Pat McGee’s Down the Hatch OBX event after getting back into the studio this spring. Tonight’s concert will feature opening sets by Matt Santry and Zach Hurd; tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch Duke perform “The Eyes” at World Cafe Live and download the song for free here.
In the third video we’ve seen from James Blake‘s latest LP Overgrown, the electronic singer-songwriter takes a sleepwalking journey into the woods under a star-filled sky surrounded by cloaked figures. The video for “Overgrown” was directed by Nabil, who has worked with Bon Iver and Frank Ocean and who is currently working with Daft Punk. Overgrown, Blake’s follow-up to his 2010 self-titled debut, came out this week and was met with overwhelmingly positive reviews, among them top marks from Pitchfork and Consequence of Sound. James Blake will perform at The TLA on Saturday, May 11th; tickets and information can be found here. Watch the video for the title track to Overgrown below.
Caveman headline Johnny Brenda’s tonight in support of their self-titled sophomore effort. The Brooklyn band turned heads with their 2011′s CoCo Beware debut, an album that displayed an affinity for theatrical synths and instrumental phrases threaded and revisited throughout the tracks. The four-piece employs that cohesiveness again on the new LP, with guitar riffs in lead single “In the City” being reprised in “Over My Head” and even echoing hooks from CoCo Beware standout “Old Friend.” Tickets and information for tonight’s 21+ show with Son Step and Pure Bathing Culture can be found here. Stream “In the City” below.
New songs keep trickling out of James Blake‘s camp – earlier this morning a radio rip / dub version of “Voyeur” made the rounds and now we have “Digital Lion” (featuring Brian Eno) streaming on the London electronic singer-songwriter / producer’s Soundcloud. Both tracks, in addition the previously tipped “Retrograde,” will appear on Blake’s forthcoming Overgrown LP, expected out April 8th on Republic Records. James Blake headlines The TLA on May 11th in support of the album; tickets and information for the all-ages show can be found here. Stream “Digital Lion” and the alternate take of “Voyeur” below.