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16 Aug
2011

For our final day of coverage of Lollapalooza, our writer Michael Zonenashvili would have to make the most difficult decision of the weekend: Foo Fighters or Deadmau5? Find out which he chose below. (Photos courtesy of Lollapalooza Flickr page)


The Joy Formidable:

The Joy Formidable by Matt Ellis

The best set that could possibly happen so early in the morning. The UK’s Joy Formidable could play the extended outro of “Whirring” as an entire set and I’d be more than fine with it. What preceded that closing song, was a quick slew of songs from the thunderous album “The Big Roar.” The crowd clapped along without any prompt from the band, only encouragement after already starting, Ritzy Bryan saying, “Fuck yeah! Keep doing that.” Massive double kick drums, all the bass strings hit at once, and Ritzy’s army of guitars compact into one made it the loudest non-headlining show of the weekend. I always like to consider Ritzy Bryan to be the My Bloody Valentine incarnate that’s actually listenable/discernible. But yeah, back to that outro. A ten minute extended version of “Whirring” concluded the set, complete with Ritzy and crew thrashing their instruments, meddling with pedals, and Ritzy smashing a guitar into a gong. A perfect wake up call.


Noah and The Whale:

Noah & The Whale by Matt Ellis

I came to the stage expecting a cheery, ukulele ridden, completely inappropriate for a main stage set. Only one of those rang true. Being clad in matching suits was not the only thing that made Noah and the Whale seem like they were trying to be The National. New songs were droney and little too post-breakup to keep the crowd interested. The violin that cut through all their album tunes shifted from whimsical to eerie, and the songs as grey as the suits. A ukulele wasn’t the only thing missing from the most anticipated track, “Five Years Time.” Replaced with a guitar, and stripped of all charm, the song had me(and seemingly others) completely disengaged. Perhaps they would’ve just been better suited for the stage in the shade.


Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. hasn’t given up their shtick. They still came out in racing suits, only to strip them off before starting to play – it is hot, after all. I hadn’t yet seen them post-album release, but a little did change. Even more tight on the harmonies, on point with dynamics, and with no decrease in enthusiasm. Even stage banter was inspired and sincere, balancing between cheesy cuteness and festival-y togetherness. My only complaint is that they traded their cover of the Beach Boys’ “God Only Knows” for a Celine Dion one. Probably not a career defining move, but it’s not too late to go back.



The Cars:
The Cars by Steve Wrubel

“I should learn how to play that one.” murmured Ric Ocasek following the career defining “Just What I Needed.” Even he knew something was up, and that’s what made the set a little disappointing. Compared to last year’s “legacy” act, Devo, The Cars made me feel old and dated themselves as well. Can’t blame it on being tired of old tunes; even new songs from “Move Like This” lacked enthusiasm and volume. The audience awkwardly bobbed to “My Best Friend’s Girl” as I sat on a hill and feared the impending storm.



Arctic Monkeys:
Arctic Monkeys by Jack Edinger

Delayed by thirty minutes due to the second strongest storm of the weekend, the Arctic Monkeys refrained from making too many jokes about the weather and got straight to the music. It was a shame that after every song I’d have to actively hope that the next one wasn’t from “Humbug,” but songs from “Suck It And See” melded well with old tracks, and the band luckily got a 45 minute set instead of being cut down to 30 by the storm. Just enough time to appease the crowd with songs like “Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor” and “When the Sun Goes Down” that were significantly more enthused and energized than when played on the “Humbug” tour. Maybe all Alex needed was a haircut, but whatever it was, the band is starting to get their groove back.


Explosions in the Sky:
Explosions in the Sky by Dave Mead

Every time, Explosions in the Sky is a completely cathartic experience without even needing lyrics. Perfect buildups to even better payoffs riddle their extremely precise set. An artistic approach to volume and crescendo establishes the band as one deserving of their almost religious following. Perhaps there were only previous fans at the stage, others walking by to see the Foo Fighters and wondering “why aren’t they singing yet?” but those fans were into it. The crowd would be at Explosions’ side until the rain washed the set away, and the Foos started to blast across the park.



Deadmau5:
Deadmau5 by Matt Ellis

I passed up seeing a stadium rock band to see a DJ I hate. Was it worth it? Completely. After the brief, torrential storm that turned any blade of grass left on Grant Park into mud, we had all potentially garnered pneumonia but had made it to the North Stage. Upon passing the hill to the stage, we had the first glimpse at Deadmau5′s massive production. His famed Cube setup was bolstered by more lights and crazy rigging, and apparently that was only about half the setup that was allowed with the weather. The Deadmau5 set had an entire field dancing and jumping in mud, and I guess something converted me. Seeing everyone in a field lose their collective shit regardless of being covered in god knows what was exciting. Even the remix of “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” was tasteful, a nice nod to the band that everyone hopes will headline Lolla with each announcement released.

Deadmau5 was able to convince thousands of people to opt out of returning to their hotel to shower, in favor of being dirty and listening to some great beat drops accompanied with great lighting and design. And fine, I don’t hate him, “Ghosts n Stuff” is a pretty fun one, I admit.

09 Aug
2011

You may never make it out to see The Cars live but the next best thing is to watch their performance from the Lollapalooza webcast.

Watch it below:

25 May
2011

The Cars performed “Blue Tip” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Watch the video below and pick up the album Move Like This on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

10 May
2011

The 24-year wait is over as today, May 10, The Cars release their brand new album, Move Like This, via Hear Music/Concord Music Group. Move Like This, produced by Garret “Jacknife” Lee (U2, REM, The Hives, Weezer) and The Cars, finds the beloved band – Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton and David Robinson – brimming with confidence and creative energy, in full charge of their considerable power and enduring influential artistry. In celebration of the release, the band is sharing an embeddable full album stream for fans to hear and share via the link below.

Stream and Grab The Cars’ Move Like This on SoundCloud (live for one more week)

Purchase Move Like This on iTunes

Purchase Move Like This on Amazon

“Sad Song” Music Video

“Blue Tip” Music Video

5.10.11 – Showbox @SODO – Seattle, WA
05.12.11 – The Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
05.13.11 – Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA
05.15.11 – The Fillmore – Denver, CO
05.17.11 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
05.18.11 – The Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
05.20.11 – The Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
05.22.11 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
05.23.11 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
05.25.11 – Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY
05.26.11 – The House of Blues – Boston, MA

www.facebook.com/TheCars
www.TheCars.org

05 May
2011

The wait is over!!! Just a little under a week away from its release date, Move Like This, The Cars’ first record in 24 years, is available for your listening pleasure! Yes, we know, we’re just as excited as you are. General feedback to the new music so far has been overwhelming. What are people saying, you ask?

“The Cars’ long-awaited, brand new record Move Like This has all the precise swagger, art-rock minimalism and chrome-gleam pop of their classic hits.” – Rolling Stone

“Those (understandably) wary of any band reuniting decades later can rest easy… updated to gel with the 21st century’s idea of what the ’80s sounded like.” – Entertainment Weekly

We’ll let the music speak for itself….Move Like This can be streamed in its entirety on The Cars’ SoundCloud Page as well as RollingStone.com.

Stream Move Like This
Purchase Move Like This on iTunes
Purchase Move Like This on Amazon

“Sad Song” music video
“Blue Tip” music video

5.10.11 – Showbox @SODO – Seattle, WA
05.12.11 – The Hollywood Palladium – Los Angeles, CA
05.13.11 – Fox Theatre – Oakland, CA
05.15.11 – The Fillmore – Denver, CO
05.17.11 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
05.18.11 – The Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
05.20.11 – The Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
05.22.11 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
05.23.11 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
05.25.11 – Roseland Ballroom – New York, NY
05.26.11 – The House of Blues – Boston, MA

www.facebook.com/TheCars
www.TheCars.org

26 Apr
2011

If you happen to be an insomniac like us, you probably caught this already. If you slept (you lucky bastards), here’s the full 2011 Lollapalooza lineup. As always, lineup is subject to change because of denied visas, band breakups, etc. You can pick up your tickets at www.lollapalooza.com. Will it sell out? We don’t think so but who thought Coachella would sell out in one weekend?

Check out the lineup below:


12th Planet
A Perfect Circle
Afrojack
An Horse
Ana Tijoux
Arctic Monkeys
Atmosphere
Beats Antique
Beirut
Best Coast
Big Audio Dynamite
Black Cards
Black Lips
Boy & Bear
Bright Eyes
Busy P
Cage the Elephant
Cee Lo Green
Chico Trujillo
Christina Perri
Chuckie
City and Colour
Cold War Kids
Coldplay
Collie Buddz
Crystal Castles
Cults
Daedulus
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley & Nas
Deadmau5
Death From Above 1979
Deftones
Delta Spirit
Disappears
DJ Mel
Dom
Electric Touch
Ellie Goulding
Eminem
Explosions in the Sky
Feed Me
Fences
Fitz & the Tantrums
Flogging Molly
Foo Fighters
Foster the People
Friendly Fires
Girl Talk
Gold Motel
Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Grouplove
Imelda May
Iration
J. Roddy Walston and the Business
Jackmaster
Jay Electronica
Joachim Garraud
Julia Easterlin
Kerli
Kid Cudi
Kids These Days
Kyle Lucas & Captain Midnite
L1ght
Lady D
Lia Ices
Lissie
Local Natives
Lord Huron
Los Bunkers
Lykke Li
Manchester Orchestra
Maps & Atlases
Mayer Hawthorne & the County
Midnight Conspiracy
Modeselektor
Muse
My Morning Jacket
Noah & The Whale
OK Go
Patrick Stump
PerryEtty vs Chris Cox
Phantogram
Portugal the Man
Pretty Lights
Ratatat
Reptar
Rival Schools
Ruby Jane
Ryan Bingham & The Dead Horses
Ryan Leslie
Sam Adams
Savoy
Skrillex
Skylar Grey
Sleigh Bells
Smith Westerns
Super Mash Bros.
TAB the Band
Tennis
the Bloody Beetroots Death Crew
the Chain Gang of 1974
the Cars
the Drums
the Glitch Mob
the Joy Formidable
the Kills
the Kingston Springs
the Mountain Goats
the Naked and Famous
the Pains of Being Pure at Heart
the Pretty Reckless
the Vaccines
Tinie Tempah
Titus Andronicus
Two Door Cinema Club
Typhoon
Ween
White Lies
Wye Oak
Ximena Saritana
Young Man
Young the Giant

04 Apr
2011

The Cars have announced an initial string of concerts across North America, due to begin Tuesday, May 10th at Seattle’s Showbox SoDo. The set list will draw from the band’s remarkable career and include songs from their eagerly awaited new album Move Like This, set for release by Hear Music/Concord Music Group on May 10th, 2011.

Move Like This, produced by Garret “Jacknife” Lee and The Cars, finds the beloved band – Ric Ocasek, Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton and David Robinson – brimming with confidence and creative energy, in full charge of their considerable power and enduring influential artistry. Previewing the new album and debut single, “Sad Song,” Rolling Stone affirms “It’s as if they never left.” The magazine calls Move Like This “A total recall of the precise swagger, art-rock minimalism and chrome-gleam pop” that defines The Cars.

The project’s genesis came in the fall of 2009 as Ocasek considered how to proceed with his latest batch of songs. He realized that his best option was the three players with whom he had the most symbiotic relationship. Ocasek reached out to Hawkes, Easton, and Robinson, each of who were excited at the opportunity to play together again. “It totally clicked immediately,” Ocasek says. “Everybody got right into it, as if we had never stopped playing. After two days I thought, ‘Oh yeah, this is going to be cool.’”

Even as the band fell naturally back into rhythm, Hawkes says, “We tried hard to keep it from just being a nostalgia thing. We definitely wanted to bring a modern slant to it.”

Producer Jacknife Lee (U2, REM, The Hives, Weezer) added, “The Cars have always had a futuristic sound,” added Producer Jacknife Lee (U2, REM, The Hives, Weezer), “and this is something we wanted to keep – tight, taut and lean. There’s a freshness and clarity to The Cars and Move Like This that most new bands don’t have. That’s pretty special.”

Easton said, “The years melted away and within minutes we were up to our usual mischief. We had a blast making the record and I think that shows in the music.”

Looking forward to the upcoming live performances, Robinson said, “We have such a great catalog of songs to choose from. The new songs should blend in nicely.”

The Cars – North American Spring Tour:

5/10 in Seattle, WA @ Showbox @SODO

5/12 in Los Angeles, CA @ The Hollywood Palladium

5/13 in Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre

5/15 in Denver, CO @ The Fillmore

5/17 in Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

5/18 in Chicago, IL @ The Riviera Theatre

5/20 in Toronto, ON @ The Sound Academy

5/23 in Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

5/25 in New York City, NY @ Roseland

5/26 in Boston, MA @ The House of Blues

To hear songs, play videos and get news on The Cars, visit:

www.facebook/thecars

www.thecars.org

21 Mar
2011

The past few months have seen a lot of exciting news coming from The Cars. It was only a couple of weeks ago that the band gave fans a taste of the new album by sharing the music video for “Blue Tip”. Today, The Cars continue to share new music from their first studio album with Rik Ocasek in 24 years!

    Click HERE to watch the new video for “Sad Song”

The new album, Move Like This, will be released May 10 via Hear Music/Concord Music Group.

Pre-order Move Like This on Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/carsMOVE

www.TheCars.org
www.facebook.com/TheCars


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