"Piano virtuoso, stunt performer, and wildman-about-town Mark Mallman will release his next album, Invincible Criminal, in early August."
"It occurred to me, as I wept like a small child to the song "Beautiful Children" at the Jeremy Messersmith show on Saturday night, that I have a small handful of songs that inevitably cause me to get choked up, misty-eyed, and sometimes, if the mood is right, broken down into complete tears every time I hear them."
"The lineup for the Memory Lanes Block Party, which will be held May 23-24, looks phenomenal -- from Black Blondie to City on the Make to Kill the Vultures, Nightinghales, and more, we just might end up camping out for the entire thing. Music starts outside at 1 p.m. each day, and finishes off inside from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m."
"David Campbell, new host of the Current's Sunday night Local Show, was kind enough to invite me to spin some of my favorite songs and chat about the local scene during the first hour of this week's program."
"Tony Nelson, who shoots concerts for publications like the Star Tribune and City Pages, has spent the last few years chronicling a movement in the local folk scene, the Mad Ripple Hootenanny led by writer and musician Jim Walsh..."
From the City Pages:
"Spirituality and pop music have never been comfortable bedfellows. Even (wisely) ignoring the garish cartoon show that is Christian rock, there's just something about JC and AC/DC that usually doesn't mix well, which is what makes bands like the Daredevil Christopher Wright such a pleasant surprise. "
"Like Picasso, Messieurs Ethan Iverson, Reid Anderson, and Dave King love to mess with your head, especially on covers of songs widely known (many toting significant critical baggage) outside their serious jazz milieu."
-- The Songs We Can't Escape featuring Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Micachu and the Shapes, Jason Mraz, Phoenix & Wilt.
Next Week's New Releases (May 19):
-- Tori Amos Abnormally Attracted to You [Universal Republic Records]
-- Busta Rhymes Back on My B.S. [Flipmode/Universal Motown]
-- CKY Carver City [Roadrunner]
-- Eminem Relapse [Aftermath, Interscope]
-- Iggy Pop Preliminaries [EMI]
-- Iron & Wine Around the Well [Sub Pop]
-- Method Man & Redman Blackout! 2 [Def Jam]
-- Passion Pit Manners [Frenchkiss]
-- John Vanderslice Romanian Names [Dead Oceans]
-- White Rabbits It's Frightening [TBD Records]