Thursday, April 24, 2008

Road To Somewhere

Other than a few US tour dates coming up in the next few days(including an appearance at this weekend's Coachella festival), there's still yet no news of North American tourdates for Goldfrapp. She did recently precede her Coachella appearance with a session for KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic and a performance on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno:

Video: Goldfrapp - Happiness" (live on The Tonight Show - April 22, 2008)
Audio/Video: Goldfrapp - live on KCRW's Morning Becomes Eclectic - April 23, 2008

Goldfrapp's tour dates are almost solidly booked throughout the summer in Europe, so a better bet for North American tour dates might be this fall.

Another band on my tour-date radar(and also at this year's Coachella) is Portishead, although no news yet of a Toronto/other North American dates but in the meantime, watch Geoff and Adrian speak briefly(1 min and 36 secs) with The Herald Sun about Portishead's new album "Third", check out a cool live version of "Machine Gun" the band performed in Berlin at the end of March for, and check out their live performance on Later With Jools Holland on April 18:

Video: Portishead's Geoff Barrow and Adrian Utley speak with The Herald Sun (1 min and 36 sec)
Video: Portishead - "Machine Gun" (live in Berlin - filmed for - end of March 2008)
Video: Portishead -"We Carry On" (live on Later... - April 18, 2008)
Video: Portishead -"The Rip" (live on Later... - April 18, 2008)
Video: Portishead -"Machine Gun" (live on Later... - April 18, 2008)

By the way, Portishead's new album "Third" (released in Canada on April 29) is streaming over at for your enjoyment for a week(it started April 21).

Concert/festival announcements have been coming with full force this week including preliminary and or full lineups for the Toronto Jazz Festival(June 20-29) at various venues, Rogers Picnic(July 20) at Historic Fort York in Toronto, and Hillside(July 25-27) in Guelph. Check the respective websites for further info. There's also the 'Rock The Bells' tour coming to Molson Ampitheatre on July 20 featuring A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul and a reunited Pharcyde among others - more details over at Billboard.

In my neck of the woods, the considerably more modest Mississauga Waterfront Festival(June 13-15) lineup has been announced, and I have to say that most years it doesn't appeal to me much but this year The Sadies are playing the evening of June 13, opening for Matthew Good. While I've never really been a fan of Matthew Good, his most recent album "Hospital Music" (inspired by Matthew's divorce, his battle with bipolar disorder and his eventual overdose) which I'd sampled recently was a more stripped-down affair and revealed moments of clarity and honesty that made me want to give him a second chance. I mean, he sells(did sell?) tonnes of records in Canada, and all those fans can't be wrong.

These New Puritans and French Kicks are at the Reverb on June 12 as part of an NME showcase for NXNE. [via The Windish Agency]

Up and coming indie act Times New Viking are at Horseshoe Tavern on Canada Day, July 1. [via Ground Control Touring]

The Black Keys are at the Phoenix on August 3 and the Osheaga Festival in Montreal the following day. More dates here.

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