Archive for March, 2009

EOTO at Hour Haus 3/24 $20 ALL YOU CAN DRINK (BYOB optional)

Posted in Upcoming Shows with tags , , , , , , on March 24, 2009 by dillonator

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Michael Travis and Jason Hann formed EOTO (rhymes with Kyoto) after the semi-dissolution of their previous band, jam-scene heavyweights String Cheese Incident.

While SCI has always had a foot in the electronic door, their music tended to gravitate more towards funky bluegrass, towards country jazz…EOTO all but forsakes that tradition in favor of a percussive jamtronic beatstorm, taking the audience down a fully-improvised rabbit hole.

This, in fact, is what makes EOTO so unique. SCI never shied away from improvisation, of course, but EOTO takes the “jam” concept one step further: all music is put together the night of, live in front of you.  It is mastered, mixed, and remixed, as  it is being created.  This is the sort of collaboration only two masters of their trade could pull off, and even then only with years of working with, and off, each other.

Hann was a late addition to SCI, supplementing Travis as an auxiliary percussionist, as Travis had already been pushing envelopes as drummer for the group…and I use the word “drummer” loosely, as he is known for experimenting with as many styles and percussors as he could find.  He must be excited to get to perform with guitars, bass etc.

Opening are locals Segway and Stushido; I’ve heard good things about Segway, and nothing about Stushido, but don’t let that turn you off.  Performing in between sets is dubstep DJ Marm0set, and hey, if you get hungry, Joe Squared is right next door, and they have some of the most interesting pizzas you’ll find in Baltimore…not to mention a fabulous beer selection.

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Richie Havens at Rams Head OnStage 3/22 $35

Posted in Upcoming Shows with tags , , , , on March 21, 2009 by dillonator

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He was the first act to play Woodstock.

Isn’t that rad?

He replaced Mary Travers, and formed Peter, Paul, and Richie.

That’s kinda weird actually…but still kinda rad.

The good news is, Richie Havens is coming to Rams Head in Annapolis on Sunday.

The bad news is, at some point in the 40 years since Woodstock, he got fake teeth.

Havens achieved worldwide notoriety following his  encore-laden performance at that New York farm; though he was mostly known for his song covers (most notably Bob Dylan or the Beatles), after he ran out of songs, he improvised the now-anthemic “Freedom,” based on the slave spiritual “Motherless Child.”  That spur-of-the-moment stomper became one of the songs that defined Woodstock; some would say an entire generation.

Now almost 70, Havens continues his storied career.  With 28 albums behind him, he’s performed at 1969’s Isle of Wight, the first Glastonbury Festival in 1970, and numerous other groundbreaking festivals; he performed at President Clinton’s inauguration; he’s starred in several films and plays, including the original production of the Who’s Tommy; and is one of only two performers to be asked to perform on two consecutive nights by Johnny Carson (the other was Barbra Streisand, of course).

I’m curious as to how many people at Sunday’s show saw him perform 39 years, 7 months, 8 days, 2 hours, and 23 minutes earlier.

If you didn’t, relive it below…

Death Set @ Ottobar tonight (3/13) $10

Posted in Upcoming Shows with tags , , , , on March 13, 2009 by dillonator

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For those of you not interested in getting silly with Gregg Gillis, may I offer an alternative?  Or, if you’re feeling sassypants, an afterparty?

The Death Set, formerly of Baltimore, and before that Australia, will be making the trek from distant Philadelphia to destroy their old stamping grounds with their unique mix of snot-nosed punkisms and electronic bleep-bloop-itudes.

Also, I often see “Death Set” in the same sentence as “spazzy.”

Expect to be eye-to-eye with the ground-level pounders.  Expect to drape your arms around Beau Velasco and Johnny Siera and sing along to “Around the World.”  Expect to have a good time.

They were Baltimore City Paper’s Best Live Band of 2007.  UK’s NME magazine called them the “#1 biggest hope of the future.”

They’re coming home.  Buy ’em a Boh.

Opening are similarly-minded noise rockers Team Robespierre, hip-hopping Death Set remixers Ninjasonik, poorly-named New Yorkers Cerebral Ballzy, and upbeat party maestro Totally Michael.

Sidenote: I totally love Totally Michael.  He’s like Andrew W.K., but without all the yelling.  His songs are about birthday parties, 90’s computer games, and high school clique rivalries (but in a good way!).  He makes smiles.  He’s a machine, you input corny keyboard hooks, he outputs smiles.

Girl Talk @ Loyola Friday 3/13 $20

Posted in Upcoming Shows with tags , , , , , on March 11, 2009 by dillonator

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Mash-up maestro Girl Talk will take over Loyola College Friday night at 9PM as part of the school’s “Late Night” program.

Needless to say, this is probably the only remotely interesting thing going on as part of the school’s “Late Night” program.

There is also a Loyola Battle of the Bands earlier that evening, which is, of course, part of the school’s “Late Night” program.

Is anyone interested in karaoke?  There is a monthly karaoke event at Loyola, as part of the school’s “Late Night” program.

Pittsburgh native Girl Talk, née Gregg Gillis,  sounds like DJ Z-Trip stopped taking his meds, started listening to Dem Franchise Boyz, and began bathing in a mixture of glow-stick juice and Red Bull.  His epileptic live shows are the stuff of phosphorescent legend, having converted throngs at Bonnaroo, Langerado, Virgin Festival, as well as more intimate locations, such as October’s sold-out show at Sonar.

Specializing in smushing a dozen or more tracks into three minutes of music, Girl Talk blends as wide a variety of songs as you’ll find anywhere.  I won’t waste my time providing examples;  you name it, he’s set it to a Phil Collins beat and interspersed it with Mike Jones lyrics.

Unfortunately, what could have been the crowning moment in his awesomely absurd (absurdly awesome?) career fell through last July.  His live collaboration with Baltimore’s King of Hipster Cool Dan Deacon and Spank Rock, Crown Prince of, I dunno, Vaginas? was cancelled due to the weather/police.   The one-time-only supergroup, dubbed Who Is the Tunafish Man?, was to play Whartscape’s 2:00AM (read 4:00AM) set, but a lack of permits shuttered them, as well as Cex and DJ Dog Dick.

Only four months later, Girl Talk’s Harvard University gig was cut short due to safety concerns. Hopefully, Loyola kids are a little more respectful.

But not too much more.

Hey, look!  The coolest professor in the world!

By the way, much respect goes out to Loyola’s SGA.  Not only did they book Girl Talk, a bit of a risk for a college, they had Lupe Fiasco play there in the Fall, and Citizen Cope is set to play the annual Loyolapalooza in the Spring.

When I was in college, the biggest event of four years was Nappy Roots, and Loyola gets Girl Talk.  As part of the school’s “Late Night” program.

Kimya Dawson @ 2640 Space tonight (3/06) $10

Posted in Upcoming Shows with tags , , , , , on March 6, 2009 by dillonator

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Achieving fame with her contributions to the soundtrack of snarky-sweet InstaClassic Juno, Kimya Dawson has since become the poster mom for flatulent children’s music with her album Alphabutt.

Sounding like a drunken Laurie Berkner, Dawson had previously been in indie-folk acts Moldy Peaches and Antsy Pants, and collaborated with Regina Spektor and Third Eye Blind, among others.  Alphabutt, however, sees Dawson going from child-like music for adults to adult-themed music for children.

Though she was featured on only 8 of Juno’s 19 songs (9 if you count Michael Cera and Ellen Page’s cover of “Anyone Else But You”), Dawson has become synonymous with the Billboard #1 album, and with good cause; musical director Mateo Messina said that he was “trying to capture the Kimya Dawson vibe,” in writing the score.

He seems to have achieved his goal, using not only works from Dawson’s two bands and solo albums, but the most Dawsonian songs by Velvet Underground and Belle & Sebastian he could find, as well as similarly cutesy original compositions.

So, her tidal wave of fame brings her to non-venue 2640 Space, the after-hours name for Charles Village’s St. John’s Church, as curated by Red Emma’s Bookstore Coffeehouse, headlining for local acts 1602 Destructure St. and Beans.  Doors are at 7:30, so I’m guessing she’ll go on around 10:00 or so.  It’s only $10.  Bring your kids and a sense of humor.