Massive Attack totally coming to North America

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A great man once said “Why you wanna go and do that, love, huh?” That man was rapper T.I. (and Q-Tip before him). Now, he may not have been speaking about Massive Attack at the time, but I think today his words are more poignant than ever. Because today is the day I learned that one of my most admired bands of the past couple decades is finally touring the United States when I’m a legal adult with a certain (minimal) amount of money to spend on driving to bigger cities to see bands, and yet this band is coming nowhere near me. Oh Massive Attack, you bring me such pain. Toronto, maybe you could call me and hold up your cell phone when they do the Hope Sandoval and Martina Topley-Bird tracks off their latest album on Virgin, Heligoland (TMT Review)?

05.07.10 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
05.09.10 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
05.11.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
05.12.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
05.18.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
05.19.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theater
05.25.10 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater
05.27.10 - San Francisco, CA - Warfield Theater
05.30.10 - George, WA - Sasquatch! Festival

• Massive Attack: http://massiveattack.com
• Virgin: http://virginrecords.com

Gogol Bordello add a little samba on new album Trans-Continental Hustle?

Gogol Bordello have already released information about the massive “Casa Gogol” North American and European tours, as well as a tour of Australia, and now they finally have a little more information about the new album they’ll be touring in suppport of. Trans-Continental Hustle, the band’s first album since 2007’s Super Taranta!, is set to be released April 27 through Rick Rubin’s American Recordings. Rubin also produced the new record and Eugene Hutz, frontman for Gogol Bordello, offered a few words on working with the Bearded Fellow: “Rick inspired us to focus on the very soul entity of the song. He inspires confidence to always do your best and mature work.”

The band are also adding to their trademark “gypsy-punk” sound by stirring in the interesting flavors and influences of Brazilian music and culture. Hutz currently lives in Brazil (and has for the past two years), and the new album is, according to my mystical sources, “heavily informed by Hutz’s experiences living in a country rich with diversity.” The new album features a handful of songs, like “Uma Menina Uma Cigana” and the near-death carnivale experiences of “Sun on My Side,” that wear the new influences proudly on their sleeves.

Finally, Gogol Bordello would like you to know that they’ve also scheduled, in addition to their forthcoming world tour, a return to Irving Plaza in New York City on March 9 (tomorrow!), where the band will be performing a benefit concert for Haiti relief.

Trans-Continental Hustle tracklist:

01. Pala Tute
02. My Companjera
03. Sun Is on My Side
04. Rebellious Love
05. We Comin’ Rougher (Immigraniada)
06. When Universes Collide
07. Uma Menina Uma Cigana
08. Raise the Knowledge
09. Last One Goes the Hope
10. To Rise Above
11. In the Meantime in Pernambuco
12. Break the Spell
13. Trans-Continental Hustle

• Gogol Bordello: http://www.gogolbordello.com

[Photo: Mike D’Ariano]

The Hidden Cameras tour Origin: Orphan across Europe

In February, The Hidden Cameras completed a session of the LimeWire Store’s “Live at Lime” series. The six-track EP includes reworkings of tracks from their latest album, Origin: Orphan (out in the open since September 2009 from Arts & Crafts), but sometimes a second-hand “live” just won’t do. In light of this, The Hidden Cameras are leaving Canada for a pretty sizable tour of Europe over the next two months, beginning in Germany, making a few loops, and ending in Sweden. Flash photography may or may not be permitted.

03.12.10 - Hamburg, Germany - Kampnagel
03.13.10 - Offenbach, Germany - Hafen 2
03.15.10 - Münster, Germany - Gleis 22
03.16.10 - Cologne, Germany - Gebaeude 9
03.17.10 - Brighton, UK - The Audio
03.18.10 - London, UK - St. Leonard’s Church
03.19.10 - Nottingham, UK - Bodega
03.20.10 - Glasgow, Scotland - Stereo
03.21.10 - Manchester, UK - The Deaf Institute
03.22.10 - Cardiff, UK - The Gate
03.23.10 - Leeds, UK - The Brudenell Social Club
03.24.10 - London, UK - Hoxton Bar & Grill
03.25.10 - Paris, France - Point Ephémère
03.26.10 - Hondarribia, Spain - Psilocybenea Cultural Center
03.27.10 - Seville, Spain - South Pop Festival
03.28.10 - Madrid, Spain - Moby Dick
03.29.10 - Valencia, Spain - Colegio Mayor Lluis Vives
03.30.10 - Barcelona, Spain - Razzmatazz
04.02.10 - Bologna, Italy - Il Covo
04.03.10 - Rome Italy - Circolo Degli Artisti
04.06.10 - Florence, Italy - Sala Vanni
04.07.10 - Graz, Austria - PPC
04.08.10 - Salzburg, Austria - Arge
04.10.10 - St. Poelten, Austria - Festspielhaus
04.11.10 - Vienna, Austria - WUK
04.13.10 - Zürich, Switzerland - Exil
04.14.10 - Basel, Switzerland - Unionsaal
04.15.10 - Schorndorf, Germany - Manufaktur
04.16.10 - Heidelberg, Germany - Karlstorbahnhof
04.17.10 - Nuremberg, Germany - MUZ Club
04.18.10 - Berlin, Germany - Lido
04.20.10 - Copenhagen, Denmark - Vega
04.21.10 - Arhus, Denmark - VoxHall
04.22.10 - Malmo, Sweden - KB Club
04.23.10 - Stockholm, Sweden - Debaser Medis
04.24.10 - Gothenburg, Sweden - Brew House

• The Hidden Cameras: http://www.thehiddencameras.com
• Arts & Crafts: http://www.arts-crafts.ca

Los Campesinos! celebrate exclamation points by touring!

Since! Los Campesinos! are so! stoked on exclamation points that they! insist esteemed music journalists such as myself include one at the end! of their band name, I thought I would annoy them by putting! one after random! words in this news story that they will likely! not read. Los Campesinos! will be supporting their new album, Romance Is Boring (TMT Review), which is out! now on Arts & Crafts.

04.20.10 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
04.22.10 - New York, NY - The Fillmore (Irving Plaza)
04.24.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
04.27.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
04.30.10 - Chicago, IL - Cabaret Metro
05.04.10 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
05.07.10 - San Francisco, CA - The Regency Ballroom
05.08.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The El Rey Theatre

The band is currently touring Europe. Check out dates on their MySpace.

• Los Campesinos!: http://loscampesinos.com
• Arts & Crafts: http://arts-crafts.ca

[Photo: Jon Bergman]

RIP: Ron Banks of The Dramatics

From Billboard:

Ron Banks, singer and a founding member of veteran R&B group the Dramatics, died [on March 4] at his Detroit home of a reported heart attack. He was 58.

Originally a vocal sextet known as the Dynamics in the early O60s, the group changed its name and became a quintet comprised of Banks, William Howard, Larry Demps, Willie Ford and Elbert Wilkins. The Dramatics scored its first R&B-charting single (No. 43) in 1967 on the Sport label with “All Because of You.” But it wasn’t until four years later that the Dramatics broke into national consciousness with the 1971 Stax/Volt hit “Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get,” which peaked at No. 3 R&B and No. 9 pop. The Dramatics claimed an R&B No. 1 the following year with “In the Rain.” […]

Banks, whose sweet falsetto helped give the Dramatics its signature sound, was a Detroit native who was born May 10, 1951. He is survived by his wife Sandy and six children. Banks is the fourth Dramatics member to pass away following the deaths.

• The Dramatics: http://www.thedramatics.net
• The Dramatics (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Dramatics

RIP: Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse

From Rolling Stone:

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mark Linkous has committed suicide, his publicist confirms to Rolling Stone. Best known for his acclaimed work with Sparklehorse, who released four albums of imaginative ambient psych-folk, Linkous also produced Daniel Johnston’s 2003 album Fear Yourself and collaborated with Danger Mouse on Dark Night of the Soul. His exact age is unknown, but he was in his forties. “It is with great sadness that we share the news that our dear friend and family member, Mark Linkous, took his own life today,” reads a statement from his family. “We are thankful for his time with us and will hold him forever in our hearts. May his journey be peaceful, happy and free. There’s a heaven and there’s a star for you.”

• Sparklehorse: http://www.sparklehorse.com
• Sparklehorse (MySpace): http://www.myspace.com/sparklehorse
• Sparklehorse (Wikipedia): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sparklehorse