Archive: March, 2013
Foo Fighters leader and former Nirvana drummer Dave Grohl, who's in Austin to push his new Sound City: Real to Reel music documentary, gave the keynote address for the 27th annual SXSW in a standing room only hall at the Austin Convention Center on Thursday morning.
The son of a speech writer and a school teacher, Grohl whipped out a pair of drug store bought reading glasses at the start, quipping "I hope I still look like a rock star." He said that he sought the advice of last year's keynoter Bruce Springsteen, who only laughed at him.
Grohl talked about growing up in the Washington, D.C. area, coming under the influence as a 13 year old of a female cousin from Chicago who he referred to as a "punk rock superhero." Along with falling in love with rock via Edgar Winter's "Frankenstein," he recounted the DIY lessons he learned by going to see bands like Naked Raygun, Minor Threat, Black Flag, Bad Brains, the Minutemen and the Dead Kennedys during the Reagan 1980s.
The folks over at R5 Productions just announced that they will bring Flying Lotus to Union Transfer in April for a special late night gig. The producer/DJ/musical wizard is known for creating albums that are more focused on the complete piece of art instead of an one off "club banger" like so many other electronic artists out there today. His latest record, Until The Quiet Comes, is a prime example of just that.
Not to mention he has a long list of collaborations with the likes of Thom Yorke of Radiohead, Erykah Badu and Burial just to name a few. Also just to throw in a random fact, his uncle would have been John Coltrane who died long before he was born.
The show will happen on Friday, April 26th and started a little later than normal shows at 11pm. Thundercat will open the show.Tickets for the show go on sale this Friday(03/15) at noon and will be found HERE.
I'm headed to South by Southwest in Austin, Texas on Tuesday.
I'll be blogging, Tweeting and Instagramming from down there in the Lone Star State all week, and hopefully seeing Prince and a whole lot of bands I haven't heard of yet while I'm at it. I don't think anybody else is doing that down there, are they? So follow me @delucadan if you want to see what those Korean tacos I'm about to eat look like.
The SXSW preview that ran in Sunday's Inquirer A & E section, which focuses on Philadelphia band Grandchildren, is here. That's a picture of Katie Crutchfield, the West Philadelphian who records as Waxahachee and is playing the big NPR SXSW showcase at Stubb's on Wednesday.
Justin Timberlake's hotly hyped The 20/20 Experience, which comes out on March 19, is now streaming for free on iTunes. Listen here.
JT was all dressed up in his "Suit & Tie" on Saturday Night Live this weekend. Check him out below, and decide for yourself whether he hit Kanye West back with his "got rappers acting all dramatic" line.