Riddle: What do you get when you cast Parts & Labor’s Sarah Lipstate, GHQ’s Steve Gunn, Paul Duncan, Tom Gerke, and both members of Talibam! in a dance performance?

Hint: The answer does NOT involve a live appearance by the above parties in tutus and fitted bodices.

Answer: Think Punk!, an evening of music and dance by world-renowned choreographer Karole Armitage, whose dismantling of classical technique and ties to the New York No Wave scene earned her a reputation as “the punk ballerina” in the early ’80s.

On show at The Kitchen next month, Think Punk! casts a younger generation of New York noisemakers in a remake of Drastic Classicism, a hybrid of choreographed movement and rock ‘n’ roll à la Mudd Club, born out of a 1981 collaboration between Armitage and composer Rhys Chatham. Additional selections include The Watteau Duets (1985), a leather-clad deconstruction of the ballet pas de deux set to music by David Linton; Wild Thing (1987), featuring music by Jimi Hendrix and décor by artist Jeff Koons; and Mashup (2009), whose score ambitiously crosses Mozart’s “Sinfonia Concertante” and X-Ray Spex’s “Oh Bondage, Up Yours!”

Picture Robert Longo’s “Men in the Cities” series come to life.
03.04.09 - 03.07.09 – New York, NY – The Kitchen
03.11.09 - 03.14.09 – New York, NY – The Kitchen

Mogwai Schedule Spring Tour, Make Up For Lost Time

Hey, remember last year when Mogwai canceled all those North American tourdates? Well, they’ve finally decided to live up to their New Year’s resolution to not cancel anymore shows by booking an entire U.S. tour this spring. Now, if only Mogwai could give me back the 63 minutes I spent listening to their most recent album, The Hawk Is Howling (TMT Review), last year, then all would be forgiven. (JK.)

Making up for lost time:
04.20.09 - Houst​on,​ TX - Numbe​rs
04.​21.09 - New Orlea​ns,​ LA - Repub​lic
04.​22.09 - Birmi​ngham​,​ AL - Workp​lay Theat​re
04.​23.09 - Ashev​ille,​ NC - Orang​e Peel
04.​24.09 - Carrb​oro,​ NC - Cats Cradl​e
04.​25.09 - Phila​delph​ia,​ PA - Troca​dero
04.​27.09 - Brook​lyn,​ NY - Music​ Hall Of Willi​amsbu​rg
04.​28.09 - Brook​lyn,​ NY - Music​ Hall Of Willi​amsbu​rg
04.​29.09 - Brook​lyn,​ NY - Music​ Hall Of Willi​amsbu​rg
05.​01.09 - Bosto​n,​ MA - Wilbu​r Theat​re
05.​02.09 - North​ampto​n,​ MA - Pearl​ Stree​t
05.​03.09 - Montr​eal,​ QUE - Metro​polis​
05.​04.09 - Toron​to,​ ON - Phoen​ix
05.​05.09 - Buffa​lo,​ NY - Tralf​ Music​ Hall
05.​06.09 - Ponti​ac,​ MI - Crofo​ot Ballr​oom
05.​08.09 - Chica​go,​ IL - Congr​ess Theat​re
05.​09.09 - Milwa​ukee,​ WI - Turne​r Hall
05.​10.09 - Minne​apoli​s,​ MN - First​ Avenu​e
05.​11.09 - Omaha​,​ NE - The Slowd​own
05.​12.09 - Denve​r,​ CO - Blueb​ird Theat​re
05.​13.09 - Salt Lake City,​ UT - In The Venue​
05.​15.09 - San Diego​,​ CA - Belly​ Up Taver​n
05.​16.09 - Los Angel​es,​ CA - Orphe​um Theat​re

St. Vincent’s New LP Actor Set for Spring, Clinches 2009 as Year with Better Music Than 2008

In the recent slew of releases to actually look forward to glares at 2008], [St. Vincent -- also known as Annie Clark -- will release Actor, the follow-up to her 2007 debut Marry Me. Clark herself stepped behind the boards alongside John Congleton (who has worked with Modest Mouse and The Polyphonic Spree) and enlisted a few handfuls of musicians (who have also worked with famous people like Sufjan Stevens and Philip Glass). The album drops May 5 via 4AD.

Since I have a massive girl crush on St. Vincent, this exciting news has already influenced me to start happily waving in merging cars left and right. 2009 is indeed looking up so far.

Actor tracklisting:

1. The Strangers
2. Save Me From What I Want
3. Neighbours
4. Actor Out Of Work
5. Black Rainbow
6. Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood
7. Marrow
8. The Bed
9. The Party
10. Just The Same But Brand New
11. The Sequel
02.27.09 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall (Noise Pop Festival)
03.18.09 - Austin, TX - Central Presbytarian Church (SXSW)
03.20.09 - Austin, TX - Antone's (SXSW)

Critically Acclaimed TV on the Radio Set out on a (Presumably) Critically Acclaimed Tour of Hit-And-Miss Canada and Critically Derided USA

Although sensible publications like The Guardian and Consequence of Sound normally share little in common with bottom-feeding taste-lechers like MTV and Rolling Stone, at the end of 2008 they all agreed on one thing: TV on the Radio’s Dear Science (TMT Review) was the best album of the year. How TVOTR finally managed to shift the media’s focus from Kyp Malone’s almost entirely hair-consumed face to their music will forever remain a mystery. Regardless of how they pulled it off, TVOTR are taking a victory lap around the USA and Canada beginning in May, sandwiched by an April performance at Coachella and a June show at Bonnaroo. But remember: Staring too long into Malone’s beard has the same affect on your eyes as a solar eclipse, so either bring your own safety goggles to the show or prepare to be gouged at the merch table.
04.18.09 - Indio, CA - Coachella
05.12.09 - Louisville, KY - Headliners Music Hall
05.16.09 - Austin, TX - Stubbs
05.18.09 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
05.22.09 - Oakland, CA - Fox Oakland Theatre
05.23.09 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre
05.25.09 - Vancouver, British Columbia - Malkin Bowl
05.27.09 - Edmonton, Alberta - Edmonton Events Center
05.28.09 - Calgary, Alberta - Macewan Hall
05.29.09 - Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Louis' Pub
06.02.09 - Toronto, Ontario - Sound Academy
06.03.09 - Montreal, Quebec - Metropolis
06.04.09 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
06.05.09 - New York, NY - Central Park Summer Stage
06.08.09 - Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club
06.11-09 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo

RIP: Kelly Groucutt, bass player of Electric Light Orchestra

From Kelly Groucutt's official website:

It is with great sadness that I have to inform the fans that Kelly Groucutt died on the afternoon of 19th February 2009 of a heart attack. Our hearts and thoughts go out to Anna and Kelly's family. He touched all of our lives with his love, kindness and generosity as well as his talent for music and song. He was a true and wonderful friend who loved every second of life and he will be greatly missed by us all.

- Kelly Groucutt official website
- Kelly Groucutt Wikipedia entry
- Electric Light Orchestra official website

Legendary L.A. Rockers X Wanna Spend AT LEAST One Night with You

This spring, seminal L.A. punk band X are bringing all the sunshine, ocean breezes, and, um, publicity photos of a bunch of pals hanging out in an exhumed grave that one typically associates with southern California to their fans in more tanning and grave-digging challenged areas of the United States (and England!). X may have formed over 30 years ago, but they still bring a blistering, high-energy show, and it features all original members of the band, including Exene Cervenka, John Doe, D.J. Bonebrake, and Billy Zoom.

But sometimes one night just isn't enough. I mean, how can you go back to your workaday routine when you've just had the raw power of rock ‘n’ roll unleashed in front of your very eyes? Well, if you are a resident of Seattle, Denver, or New York (so, pretty much half the tour), you don't have to! You can celebrate not one, but TWO, maybe even THREE (if you live in NY) nights of X-cess. There are also a couple of promising festival dates, such as the Breeders-curated All Tomorrow's Parties in England and the Cure/Paul McCartney/The Killers Coachella.

In other X-related news, co-frontman John Doe is embarking on a tour in support of his upcoming covers album with The Sadies, Country Club, just before X hits the road.

X dates:
04.09.09 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
04.10.09 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
04.11.09 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
04.14.09 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
04.15.09 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre
04.19.09 - Indio, CA - Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival
05.15.09 - Minehead, England - All Tomorrow's Parties
05.29.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.30.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
05.31.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

John Doe solo dates:
02.28.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo
03.05.09 - Brisbane, AUS - The Troubadour
03.06.09 - Sydney, AUS - Manning Bar at Sydney University
03.07.09 - Melbourne AUS - The Corner Hotel
03.08.09 - Melbourne, AUS - Golden Plains Festival

Andrew Bird Touring Noble Beast; Useless Creatures Less Relevant But May Find Some Worth On Tour

You know those people who find it necessary to serenade you by whistling some stupid tune? Well, they suck. Pretty much the only person who should be allowed to whistle is Andrew Bird. Fresh off yet another solid release, Andrew Bird is doing what we've come to expect of musicians nowadays: touring in support of his new album Nobel Beast (TMT Review). For those of you who do not fancy whistling (or lyrics in general), you should pickup Nobel Beast, as it comes packaged with a bonus instrumental disc titled Useless Creatures, which, despite its name, finds plenty of use for activities such as writing articles for TMT. So yeah, we may be a little late to the party on this one, as Bird has indeed already been touring, but there are still many dates to come. Check the list below to see if Bird has neglected your hometown or if you are one of the lucky ones who can see Dr. Stringz himself in concert.

Andrew Bird tourdates:
02.19.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
02.20.09 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
02.21.09 - Portland, OR - The Roseland Theater
02.23.09 - Seattle, WA - The Moore Theater
02.24.09 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
02.25.09 - Murray, UT - The Murray Theater
02.26.09 - Denver, CO - The Ogden Theater
02.27.09 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
03.15.09 - St. Louis, MO - The Pageant
03.17.09 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
03.21.09 - Houston, TX - House of Blues
03.22.09 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
03.23.09 - Oxford, MS - The Lyric Oxford
04.03.09 - Toronto, ON - Queen Elizabeth Theatre
04.04.09 - Montreal, QC - Le National
04.05.09 - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
04.07.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Carnegie Music Hall
04.10.09 - Chicago, IL - The Civic Opera House
04.11.09 - Minneapolis, MN - The State Theater

Casiotone For the Painfully Alone Goes Gospel, Prepares Two New Records

Casiotone For the Painfully Alone, a.k.a. Owen Ashworth, will release two separate records in the next two months. The first of the two, Advance Base Battery Life, is a collection of B-sides and rarities from Ashworth's back catalog, set for release on March 10. It will include tracks from both older 7-inches and more recent projects, including the Bruce Springsteen tribute record he did with his bro’s Concern project.

The second release is a brand new record titled Vs. Children, due April 7. Aswhroth’s fifth album will feature a sound "decidedly absent of the battery-powered keyboards" and "arrangements built largely on the sounds of piano, organ, Mellotron, and acoustic percussion, both live and sampled." Casiotone’s label Tomlab also says Vs. Children will be “like gospel music, if you can imagine that most of the choir has gone home for the evening and the church musical director is just really into samplers.” So, this record will not only make you cry, but it will also make you shout for joy! Shy Kids Around the World Rejoice!

Tracklisting for Advance Base Battery Life:

1. Old Panda Days (w/ Nick Krgovich)
2. Lesley Gore on the T.A.M.I. Show (version)
3. White Corolla
4. White on White
5. Holly Hobby
6. Lonesome New Mexican Nights
7. The Only Way To Cry
8. It's A Crime
9. Missoula
10. Hot Boyz (w/ Dear Nora)
11. Born in the U.S.A. (w/ Concern)
12. Streets of Philadelphia (w/ Concern)
13. Graceland
14. Sunday St
15. Voice of the Hospital

Tracklisting for Vs Children:

1. Casiotone for the Painfully Alone vs. Children
2. Tom Justice, The Choir Boy Robber, Apprehended at Ace Hardware in
Libertyville, IL
3. Optimist vs. The Silent Alarm (When The Saints Go Marching In)
4. Natural Light
5. Traveling Salesman's Young Wife Home Alone on Christmas in Montpelier, VT
6. Man O' War
7. Northfield, MN
8. Killers
9. Harsh The Herald Angels Sing
10. You Were Alone
11. White Jetta

It's that time of year again. When we in the New World begin reading press releases about totally amazing festivals in the Old one and start really, really wishing that these glittering, unattainable festival lineups could somehow be replicated over here, in our land. Alas! Of course, they cannot be. For how could we here, in say, St. Louis, or, um, Winnipeg, ever hope to replicate the delicate salt breezes of the Mediterranean coast and the vibrant architecture of the Catalan capital of Barcelona? Or, apart from that, to cobble together such a totally bitchin' lineup? Because this year's Estrella Damm Primavera Sound looks to be even better than last year, when I proclaimed it to be even better than the year before (but probably couldn't really remember what exactly that previous year's lineup was. Our secret.)

From May 28-30, Barcelona's Parc del Fòrum will be alive with the sounds of My Bloody Valentine (performing twice), Aphex Twin, Yo La Tengo, Sonic Youth, Bloc Party, Jarvis Cocker, The Jayhawks, and (WHOA!) A Certain Ratio. Plus The Jesus Lizard! And Shellac! And Joe Henry and The Black Lips! And pretty much like every band ever! There's a lot more, so check out the complete (so far) listing for the festival below.

CONFIRMED ARTISTS:

A-Trak, A Certain Ratio, Alela Diane, Andrew Bird, Angelo Spencer, Aphex Twin, Ariel Pink, Art Brut, The Bad Plus, Bat For Lashes, Black Lips, Bloc Party, Bowerbirds, The Bug, Carsick Cars, Crystal Antlers, Crystal Stilts, Cuzo, Chad VanGaalen, Damien Jurado, Dan Deacon Ensemble, Deerhunter, Dj Mehdi, The Drones, Ebony Bones, El-P, Extra Life, The Extraordinaires, Extraperlo, Fucked Up, Gang Gang Dance, Ghostface Killah, Girl Talk, Girls, Jarvis Cocker, Jason Lytle from Grandaddy, Jay Reatard, The Jayhawks, The Jesus Lizard, Joe Crepüsculo y Los Destructores, Joe Henry, John Maus, Karl Blau, Kimya Dawson, Kitty Daisy & Lewis, Lemonade, Lightning Bolt, The Lions Constellation, The Mae Shi, Magik Markers, Magnolia Electric Co., Mahjongg, Marnie Stern, Michael Mayer, Michael Nyman, My Bloody Valentine, The New Year, Oneida, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Phoenix, Plants & Animals, Ponytail, Rosvita, The Secret Society, Shearwater, Shellac, Simian Mobile Disco, SkatebÃ…rd, Sleepy Sun, The Soft Pack, Sonic Youth, Spectrum, Spiritualized, Squarepusher, Sunn O))) performing "The Grimmerobe Demos", The Tallest Man On Earth, Throwing Muses, Uffie, The Vaselines, Veracruz, Vivian Girls, Wavves, Women, Wooden Shjips, Yo La Tengo and Zombie Zombie.

Terry Riley’s “In C” Turns 45 With Reissue, Performance, Stark Aplomb

The score for "In C” is comprised of 53 short musical phrases that can be repeated ad infinitum, leading to performances as long as four hours.

Terry Riley's landmark minimalist composition "In C" will be reissued March 24 on Sony Classical.

The musicians arbitrarily choose which phrase to play and for how long before moving on to the next, making each performance unique.

New liner notes feature interviews with Riley and the supporting musicians.

“In C” was a huge influence on the future work of composers such as Philip Glass and Steve Reich.

This edition, which is remastered from the original session tapes, is part of a new branded series through Sony Classical, called “Carnegie Hall Presents.”

In addition, the piece will be performed April 24 at New York's Carnegie Hall.

This reissue commemorates the 45th anniversary of its premiere.

Performers are Carnegie Hall will include Riley himself, as well several of the participants from the original 1964 recording.

Some editions of the score indicate that it is customary for one musician ("traditionally played by a beautiful girl," Riley notes) to play the note C in repeated, octave eighth notes on a piano. This functions as a metronome and is referred to as "The Pulse."

The piece was named for its constant pulse of C notes on the piano.

Steve Reich even participated in its first performance, possibly keeping the C “metronome” pulse on the piano?

Players are also encouraged to play the phrases starting at different times, even if they are playing the same phrase.

The phrases are supposed to be played in order, but I’m pretty sure that you could mix them up however you’d like, if you were so inclined.

Steve Reich is not a beautiful girl.

  

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