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28 Jun

By Farhaad Esfandiary

If you can make a connection between “Linda Tripp” and “Madden 2004″ that doesn’t have anything to do with blowjobs and football, then you need to be at The Echoplex in Los Angeles on June 28th. Underground Hip-Hop icon El-P, and Dungeon Family all-star Killer Mike have teamed up to bring us a union of abstract thuggery dubbed the Into the Wild Tour, which also features newcomers Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire, and Despot.

No doubt this tour was born from the critical acclaim garnered from El-P’s Cancer for Cure (Fat Possum Records), and Killer Mike & El-P’s collaborative effort R.A.P. Music (Williams Street Records). El-P’s surrealist raps and out-of-this world bangers, combined with Killer Mike’s sociopolitical commentary, and southern influenced, 808 heavy contributions from El-P are going to make for, if nothing else, an interesting time. I’m coming out of rap show retirement for this one. Don’t miss it, y’all.

Watch last night’s performance of “Works This Time” on Conan.

CHECK YO PONYTAIL 2 with EL-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuckin Exquire, Despot
EL-P, Killer Mike, Mr. Muthafuc*in eXquire, Despot
Thu, June 28, 2012
8:30 pm
The Echoplex
Los Angeles, CA
$25.00 – $28.00

15 Jun

By now, you already know of our love for the British rock band Morning Parade. We had a chance to speak with them right before SXSW, we saw them play on top of their record label in NYC last month and you know that we’re going to catch them on their tour now with Walk The Moon. This coming Wednesday though, Morning Parade headlines their own show at the Mercury Lounge in New York City and we want YOU to be there!

We have a pair of tickets to give away to TWO lucky readers. Simply email us at tapcontests at and profess your love for Morning Parade in the email and we’ll hook you up! Winner must be at least 21 years of age and have a valid photo ID. (Winners will be chosen on Monday 6/18 and mailed to the winner).

Good luck!

20 Apr

Combining fuzzed out pop melodies with the distorted punk attitude of late 1970′s New York, Brooklyn’s Beast Make Bomb craft songs informed by twenty-something college life in urban grit. Powerful yet tastefully delicate vocals by Houston native Ceci Gomez croon over distorted guitars (Glenn VanDyke), warm bass lines (Sam Goldfine), and locked down up-tempo drums (Hartley Lewis) on the band’s two self-released EPs, Skinny Legs and Sourpuss. Bringing a pronounced energy and sonic solidarity to the stage, Beast Make Bomb’s roots lay firmly at the intersection of indie pop and punk rock, inhabiting a city known for spawning the pioneers of both.

Formed as NYU students in 2009, Beast Make Bomb have toured the country in support of several acts, including Cold War Kids, Tokyo Police Club, and The Whigs. The band was also featured at Rolling Stone Magazine’s 2011 SXSW showcase, sharing the stage with Queens of the Stone Age. This year, the garage-pop quartet is returning to SXSW to play a string of dates in the midst of their southern tour. As the group puts it, “We are young spirited grungey transplants living in Brooklyn and we want the rawness and high energy of our live performances to spread far and wide so that when people read about us they feel like they must go to the live show to get the full picture of what Beast Make Bomb is.”

The band will be gearing up for the release of their new EP, Double Dipper, available May 15th, 2012 with a few NYC dates soon including tonight at the Music Hall of Williamsburg. Beast Make Bomb will be playing with Portugal. The Man and Lonely Forest.

“Coney Island” Music Video


4.20 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg*
5.13 New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
* playing with Portugal. The Man

21 Mar

Kasabian is excited to announce they will be live streaming their New York City show this Thursday, March 22nd at 9:00 pm EST at Terminal 5 on The Bowery’s new YouTube channel- The Bowery Presents Live. Launching as part of YouTube’s new original channels initiative, The Bowery Presents Live will allow fans all over the world to witness Kasabian’s return to New York City. Kasabian is the second band to participate in the self-titled YouTube channel. Click HERE to watch an announcement from the band and go to to view the broadcast.

In addition to their North American tour, see dates below, Kasabian is set to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! on April 19th. The band also recently won the title of Band of the Year at the NME Awards.

Kasabian’s fourth studio album Velociraptor! was released this past September and impressively debuted at #1 in the UK, while simultaneously skyrocketing to the top of charts in countries around the world. Chock full of amplified vocals and stadium sized riffs, the album has received critical praise with Q Magazine calling the release “their best album to date,” and Mojo who proclaimed “[Kasabian] have just made a career-best record that’s completely devoid of filler…it’s the great record Kasabian have been threatening to make for some time.”

Since the debut of their new album, Kasabian have been has been on a world tour in support of Velociraptor!. The band are currently in the midst of a 14-city UK arena outing that will wrap up with two shows at London’s O2 on December 14th and 15th. Before arriving in the US this spring, Kasabian will also headline arena dates throughout Europe, Japan, Asia and Australia.


March 21 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts

March 22 New York, NY Terminal 5

March 27 Boston, MA House of Blues

March 28 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre

March 29 Toronto, ONT Phoenix Concert Ballroom

March 31 Columbus, OH LC Pavilion

April 1 Pontiac, MI Crofoot Ballroom

April 2 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre

April 3 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

April 6 Edmonton, AB Edmonton Event Center

April 7 Calgary, AB MacEwan Hall

April 9 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre

April 10 Seattle, WA The Showbox @ The Market

April 11 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom

April 14 Indio, CA Coachella

April 16 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

April 17 Los Angeles, CA Music Box

April 21 Indio, CA Coachella

April 22 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall

07 Mar

Eytan Oren’s reputation for crafting sticky hooks in any genre has made him a secret weapon in the entertainment industry. His compositions can be heard on everything from a pair of 2011 MasterCard spots to the jazzy soundtrack for the 2005 Chinese hit drama Beauty Remains to a trio of parody videos to virally promote the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. Of the latter, he says, “I wrote four songs in a day and a half for that.”

Oren subsequently created the Musician’s Energy Conservation Alliance (, a charity that helps facilitate green touring practices while saving money, as well inBloom (, the location-based app that helps you “Buy What You Believe In” and focuses on the sustainable food movement .
In 2009 he formed his most creative outlet yet with Etyan & the Embassy. Joined by a four-piece live band, Oren has earned comparisons to Ben Folds for his dexterous use of the piano, and Mark Ronson for his love of brass. Word quickly spread about his buoyant live shows, garnering him slots at Summerfest and Isle of Wight, as well as support positions for OK Go and Company of Thieves.

The debut LP, The Perfect Breakup (featuring appearances from OK Go’s Ross and members of Locksley) is a collection of horn-driven pop songs that focus on the sunny side of bummers. The Strokes-turned-Elton John banger “No Reason to Cry” begins as a consolation until exploding into a dance song. Meanwhile, the minor keyed “Good Morning Marilyn” muses on interfaith dating while finding a blissful mean between the late-Beatles sound and ‘90s guitar pop.

Additionally, Oren’s newest single, the percussive “Everything Changes”, boasts sunny vocals from old friend Nicole Atkins and is, he says tellingly, “about having the guts to reinvent yourself.” Indeed, ever the music omnivore, Oren has already been plotting to switch up his sound by tinkering with a Chinese violin called an erhu. The plan: to write pop songs using the old-timey instrument. No, he’s not masochistic – just ambitious. “I’m always thinking about what hasn’t been done, what might be interesting on a larger level than a chord change,” Oren says. “My favorite artists – Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Radiohead – all share one common theme: They constantly experiment, take risks, evolve.”

Eytan & the Embassy will be playing a free show at Rockwood Music Hall on Stage 2 at 10:30PM tonight (3/7/12). For more information check out his site here and Rockwood’s site here

01 Mar


WHERE: ACL LIVE at The Moody Theater



TICKET INFO:, in store at Waterloo Records, or charge by phone at 877-435-9849

Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Joe Ely and Butch Hancock have been friends for almost 40 years, and members of that not-really-a-band, life-of-its-own musical entity known as The Flatlanders for nearly as long.

The Flatlanders began making music together over 30 years ago, releasing their first work in 1972 as an eight-track tape only and then on vinyl that was only available in Europe. The band gained a cult following but, with the recordings rare and hard to find, went their separate ways, but remained friends. They reunited in 1998 when asked to write a song for “The Horse Whisperer” soundtrack – which they wrote together (for the 1972 recording they wrote individually recording each other’s songs). The collaborative effort paid off, leading to the critically acclaimed Now Again and Wheels of Fortune. For Hills and Valleys, the three friends pooled their diverse, yet complimentary songwriting talents and co-wrote eight of the 13 tracks on the record.

Here they are, 37 years after they were prodded into recording together the first time, still collaborating—and still the best of friends. In his soft Texas drawl, Ely sums the philosophy behind their creativity: “We might as well write music and make songs up, because there’s not anything that we’d rather be doing.”

15 Feb

By Emilia D’Albero

Lately, the emo genre has been earning its fair share of criticism from fans and fanatics who claim the label is offensive or incorrect in some way. But that’s mostly because the word “emo” is often associated with skinny jeans, dark makeup, and My Chemical Romance, instead of the raw emotion and thought-provoking musicality that should rightfully define the emo genre. However, the Los Angeles-bred band The Jealous Sound is taking that stereotype and basically beating it into the ground with the release of their long-awaited sophomore album, A Gentle Reminder.

Their first album, Kill Them With Kindness, was received very warmly and was even one of Spin’s Best Albums of 2003. Nine years later, The Jealous Sound are finally continuing their legacy of emotionally charged rock music, delighting critics and fans alike. Having taken a 9-year hiatus, the band obviously had some high standards to meet as well as a chance to show off new material and new skills, and they have done just that on A Gentle Reminder. The record is a continuation of Kill Them With Kindness’s train of thought, with the new twist of added harmonic complexity and perhaps the addition of a few life lessons that frontman Blair Shehan had learned during the band’s vacation.

While most artists’ styles would have changed a considerable amount in a period of inactivity that long, The Jealous Sound has stayed comfortably similar, making their newest release nostalgia at its finest for those who have stayed loyal to the band since the release of Kill Them With Kindness in 2003. A Gentle Reminder maintains the simplicity that made The Jealous Sound so popular while integrating the maturity that the members have gained in their time away. The opening track, “A Beautiful Morning”, introduces the album perfectly with floating treble as Shehan croons the words “make you whole,” which are followed by the addition of heavy, distorted bass that seem to make the song itself whole. Following “A Beautiful Morning” is “Change You”, a 5-minute-long song about being defiant to change, possibly a reference to the mindset of the band regarding the unwavering quality of their music. The raw urgency in Shehan’s voice and heart wrenching chord progressions in the song make “Change You” one of the most memorable parts of the album and a song that you will want to listen to many more times after the album ends.

Another relatively strong track is “Promise of the West”, which perpetuates the theme of life lessons and emotional development that is present on A Gentle Reminder with pulsing bass from Nate Mandel, who once played with the Foo Fighters, and desperate, heartfelt lyrics from vocalist Blair Shehan. Shortly thereafter, Shehan sings “Can you feel my beating heart?” during “This Is Where It Starts” (which is placed curiously in the middle of the album instead of at the start) and alerts the listener to the fact that the passion in his voice coupled with the pounding percussion makes the listener feel like they actually can feel his beating heart. In a world where, more often than not, generic themes of alcoholism and casual sex in music eclipse genuine emotion and raw passion, the ability to internalize what the artist is feeling and fully understand it is rare and unusual, but The Jealous Sound have pulled it off. “Here Comes the Ride” is another song off of A Gentle Reminder that also does this; the slow tempo and gentle vocals are similar to that of a Coldplay love song and draw the listener in, making them want to actually listen to the lyrics and maybe even let a tear or two fall.

As the album draws to a close, The Jealous Sound throw in a few musical surprises, including “Equilibrium”, a track that comes as a shock not only because it is quite possibly the strongest track on the album, but also because of the stark contrast between it and the other songs on the album- it is fast and heavy with intense, almost strained vocals that sound as if the subject matter of the song still hits home with Shehan even months after it was written. And it is not only “Equilibrium” that will hit home with the listeners; it is the entire album. From “A Beautiful Morning” to “Waiting For Your Arrival”, the closing track, A Gentle Reminder will send your emotions on a rollercoaster ride and leave you waiting for the arrival of more music from The Jealous Sound.

The Jealous Sound play the Knitting Factory (361 Metropolitan Avenue) tonight in Brooklyn, NY. A limited amount of tickets are available now online

The Jealous Sound Tour Dates

2.15 Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory
2.16 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy
2.17 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
2.18 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
2.19 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock Social Club
2.20 Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room
2.21 Denver, CO @ Marquis Theatre
2.22 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
2.24 Portland @ Hawthorne Theatre
2.25 Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
2.27 San Francisco @ Bottom of the Hill
2.28 Los Angeles @ The Satellite

10 Feb

by Ilana Kaplan

The New York underground scene is coming to Mercury Lounge tonight for one hell of a show. Friends, Julia Haltigan, Kendra Morris and MotherFeather will be gracing the stages with a show full of folk, soul and pop-cock rock. The show brings together these musical talents for Haltigan’s birthday, which was yesterday. MotherFeather brings back the feel of PJ Harvey with the vocal styling of Karen O. With glitzy fashion and wild theatrics, lead singer Ann Courtney knows how to put on a show. Julia Haltigan’s Tom Waits-like crooning will be taking over the crowd as she performs some of her token tracks from My Green Heart. Wax Poetics’ musician Kendra Morris comes equipped with a soulful voice that could compare with the likes of Adele and Amy Winehouse. Her gorgeous single, “Concrete Waves,” was recently remixed by the legendary DJ Premier.

Mercury Lounge’s doors opens at 9:30pm.

Mercury Lounge
217 E. Houston Street
New York, NY 10002
Tickets: $12

(Photo credit: Marc McAndrews/

26 Jan


WHERE: ACL LIVE at The Moody Theater



TICKET INFO:, in store at Waterloo Records, or charge by phone at 877-4FLYTIX

By their seventh studio album, many bands are running out of creative steam and original ideas. But in the case of Death Cab for Cutie, nothing could be further from the truth. Codes and Keys is singular in the quartet’s catalog when it comes to sonic exploration and lyrical ambition. If anything, the band has never sounded more excited to experiment with textures, words, sounds and even the process of recording itself.

Austin City Limits Live and Transmission Entertainment are proud to bring Death Cab for Cutie with The Magik*Magik Orchestra and special guest Youth Lagoon, to Austin City Limits Live at The Moody Theater on Friday, May 4th, 2012.

07 Jan


WHERE: ACL LIVE at The Moody Theater



TICKET INFO:, in store at Waterloo Records, or charge by phone at 877-435-9849

Gigantour–the critically acclaimed package festival founded in 2005 by esteemed metal titans Megadeth–will make its highly anticipated return for the first time since 2008. The multi-artist bill, with metal heavyweights Motörhead, Volbeat and Lacuna Coil, were all personally picked by Megadeth frontman Dave Mustain.

Volbeat vocalist and guitarist Michael Poulsen said the band couldn’t refuse an offer to join the tour. “This is something you don’t think twice about; it’s a must and a blessing. They [Megadeth and Motörhead] are two of the world’s biggest/best and most important bands in heavy rock history. Andrea Ferro, co-vocalist of Lacuna Coil, says they are eager to return for their second Gigantour; they first performed as part of the 2007 tour.