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POSTED BY Rod ON Wed Dec 11, 12:54 PM
Seattle hip-hop masters The Physics are celebrating the release of their new album, Digital Wildlife (out 12/13), at the Crocodile on December 21st! Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing email@example.com with the subject line "Play It Off" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/19. Good luck!
If you'd rather play it safe and buy tickets, you can do so here.
POSTED BY Rod ON Tue Dec 10, 02:21 PM
Neil Young - Live At The Cellar Door
"Devotees of the Everything Used to Be Better school will love Neil Young's sorta-new record. On Tuesday the rock legend releases the latest in his archival concert series, Live at the Cellar Door. The recordings are drawn from a six-show solo stand at the Georgetown nightclub in late November and early December of 1970. Alone on stage and switching between acoustic guitar and grand piano, the young Young's folk-rock brilliance shines throughout a 45-minute set of faithful-to-the-original-recording renditions of many of his classics, including 'Tell Me Why,' 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart,' 'After the Gold Rush,' and 'Old Man.' The then-25-year-old also played unplugged versions of 'Cinnamon Girl' and 'Down By the River,' as he makes the latter easily the most beautiful song about a psycho's gun-murder of a girlfriend ever put to wax." - Dave McKenna, Washington Post
R. Kelly - Black Panties
"Pop art? Audio porn? Manifesto of a hedonist who salutes his haters with a middle digit? Comedy album?
Yeah, R. Kelly's Black Panties (* * * ½ out of four), his 12th studio album, is some combo of those — and one of the most honest, frank and compelling listening experiences of the year (for adults only, though). Against slinky slow-jam backdrops and with a clear sweet voice, the inexhaustible 'taser-tongued' provocateur details his love of sex without apology, filter or euphemisms. When he needs a breather he delves into his rough past ('My Story') and his 'hood philosophy ('Right Back') and strikes back at those who doubted his recovery from 2011 throat surgery ('Shut Up'). Aiding and abetting: Kelly Rowland, Jeezy, Ludacris, 2 Chainz, Migos and Juicy J." - Jerry Shriver, USA Today
Childish Gambino - Because The Internet
"Donald Glover's newest album as Childish Gambino, Because the Internet, is a self-aware portrait of a young man isolated by technology, celebrity and relentless introspection. Anyone who caught Glover's recent bloodletting Instagram session (in which he listed a barrage of self-criticisms on hotel stationery) might think that unplugging from the Web would give his brain a much-deserved break. But then he'd have lost his source material for this sometimes goofy, often sad, very capable laptop-rap album. Trollish Web-culture jokes abound here (there's a song named after the indicted hacker Weev and the popular fight-video site Worldstar Hip-Hop), but it's all done in service of documenting the rootless, distracted millennial male mind. '3005' is a lush, electro-bendy production where he tries to muster up a commitment to fidelity; 'Crawl' takes moves from Odd Future's gnarled, noisy goth-rap while 'No Exit' nails the aimless night-driving of a guy who wants to be out late but suspects he's too old for this. For fans who will miss his less-than-entirely-jovial exit from his day job on Community, Because the Internet carves a place for him in today's Web-addled indie-rap world, even if some offline fresh air might do him some good as well." - August Brown, LA Times
Brendan Benson - You Were Right
"On Brendan Benson's sixth solo album, the FM-gold guru — and occasional Jack White collaborator — turns into a dark-hearted relationship expert, spinning tales full of curb-kicked exes and embittered beaus (sample fun-time title: 'She's Trying to Poison Me'). But it's a testament to his power-pop prowess that even his most downcast tunes are adamantly upbeat: 'I'll Never Tell' is equal parts stomping and slinking, with a drum break straight out of Kiss' 'Love Gun,' and the minor-key harmonies and bucolic guitars of 'The Fritz' are Apple Records to their core. It's all fetching, if tough to fully love — which may have been Benson's intent all along." - Brian Raftery, Rolling Stone
The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat (45th Anniversary Edition Box)
"[The White Light/White Heat 45th Anniversary Box] collects remastered mono and stereo remasters of the album plus bonus material and previously unreleased recordings, across three discs. Both Lou Reed and John Cale helped choose the material for the reissue. Among the outtakes are alternate takes and new mixes of tracks like 'Hey Mr. Rain,' 'Guess I'm Falling in Love,' 'The Gift' and 'Beginning to See the Light.' The reissue also includes an unearthed live set, recorded at the Gymnasium in New York City on April 30, 1967, which featured The Velvet Underground & Nico's 'I'm Waiting for the Man' and 'Run Run Run.' New liner notes were written by veteran Rolling Stone writer David Fricke. 'No one listened to it,' Reed told Rolling Stone, of the album. 'But there it is forever–the quintessence of articulate punk. And no one goes near it.' - Pitchfork
Eric Clapton - Give Me Strength: The '74-'75 Recordings
"The six-disc set collects three major albums with various previously unreleased material and session outtakes including 461 Ocean Boulevard (CD1), There's One In Every Crowd (CD2), E.C. Was Here (CDs 3 and 4) as well a sessions disc with Freddie King (CD5), and a Blu-Ray audio disc containing surround and quadrophonic mixes of the three albums noted above (without the bonus material). The fourth disc of Freddie King sessions is a blues lovers dream, pairing Clapton with one of his guitar idols. King handles vocal and guitar duty while Clapton and George Terry supply him with guitar backup alongside other Clapton studio bandmates on drums, organ, and bass. … The albums proper don't necessarily need any further adulation thrown their way. All did very well chart-wise, two in the top 15 and the live E.C. Was Here just missing the top 20 (#21), but more importantly they represented Clapton showcasing just what a guitar god he truly was(/is) and that he could write an original tune or arrange a classic from virtually any genre with equally awe-striking effect." - Eric Luecking, American Songwriter
Shelby Lynne - Thanks
"Southern gospel proves a durable framework for Shelby Lynne on Thanks, an EP due out Tuesday on her Everso label. Produced with Ben Peeler, who plays lap steel and acoustic guitars, among other things, it's a five-song collection of rusticated devotionals, ideally suited to Ms. Lynne's honeyed but husky alto. (Her backup singer is Maxine Waters, a figure of broad experience in gospel and pop.) The title track, a pure expression of gratitude, could be addressed to a person or (more likely) a personal savior. 'Walkin' ' or 'This Road I'm On' leave no such room for ambiguity. And 'Call Me Up,' which might sound at first like a relationship song, turns out to be about the rapture, or something just as urgent and spirited." - Nate Chinen, New York Times
POSTED BY Rod ON Tue Dec 10, 10:48 AM
Nineteen-year-old British singer-songwriter King Krule's sound is described by The Guardian as "a pissed-off Joe Strummer having a stand-up row with Billy Bragg, a voice that seems absurd coming from this pencil-thin, hollow-cheeked boy." He's tearing it up on his first US tour in supoort of his brilliant full-length debut 6 Feet Beneath The Moon, and stopping in at Barboza for a SOLD OUT 21+ show on 12/14. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Out Getting Ribs" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/12. Good luck!
POSTED BY Rod ON Fri Dec 6, 03:51 PM
Hometown heroes Pickwick are playing two nights at the Crocodile December 13th & 14th! The show on the 14th is sold out, but we've got a pair of tickets to the Friday show, so you can get "souled out" on the grooves of the Pickwick crew! Enter to win by e-mailing email@example.com with the subject line "Lady Luck" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/11. Good luck!
Or, if you'd rather BUY a couple of the last remaining tickets, go here!
POSTED BY Grady ON Fri Dec 6, 12:21 PM
Halloween parties need great music to really bring the affair to the highest peak of personal enjoyment, so the best one this year had to be with Ms. Janelle Monae at the Showbox SODO! Like any good party, things didn't start quite on time, but the delay did give Monae's entourage plenty of time to set up the stage – a completely white set-up, from the three-sided drapes to the white floor – a pristine appearance for the sold-out show.
Monae is a very theatrical performer, so it was no surprise that her show had some sort of conceptual theme behind it – on this particular night, it was set up to appear as a performance from a patient in a psych ward. As the "doctor" (someone in Monae's entourage dressed in a white lab coat with thick, black-rimmed glasses) gave us the backstory on this particular patient, his orderlies were wheeling out Monae (a.k.a. the patient) on a dolly, strapped into a straightjacket. Once they loosened the straps and let her arms free, the party commenced! Giving the audience their first live taste of her newest album, Monae rattled off three straight from The Electric Lady – "Givin Em What They Love,""Dance Apocalyptic" and "Q.U.E.E.N." (minus Erykah Badu) before she ventured back in her catalogue to play "Sincerely, Jane" from Metropolis: The Chase Suite. Monae also dazzled her fans with some amazing covers, the first coming during the first half of her set, as she rocked the house with the Jackson 5's "I Want You Back," which sounded as if little Michael was up on stage singing in her place. Following this stellar cover, she jumped into back-to-back cuts from ArchAndroid, "Cold War" and the crowd-pleaser, "Tightrope" that got just about every person in Showbox Sodo up and dancing with reckless abandon!
Monae's set was so electric that the fans chanted and clamored for an encore, a request that she was all too pleased to honor! After performing "Prime Time," Monae blew everyone away with her second cover of the night, as she nailed Prince & The Revolution's "Let's Go Crazy!" She then surprised everyone again, as she requested all in the house to sit or crouch down, shouting "…this is for the short people…" before she laid out across the first few rows of fans and proceeded to crowd-surf her way to the back of the house, then back to the stage to finish off the night with, appropriately, "What An Experience" from The Electric Lady!
Whether you were dressed to the nines, dressed as Cindi Mayweather, or dressed as an ArchAndroid, there is no doubt you experienced the show of the year! From the amazing covers to the impromptu crowd-surfing, Ms. Janelle Monae knows how to put on a killer show!
POSTED BY Rod ON Fri Dec 6, 12:14 PM
Big thanks to Sandrider for a killer in-store last night! It rocked so hard we just had to snag another Good To Die Records band - Deadkill - for a January (1/21) in-store!
Dasha took some cool pix for our gallery - check them out here!
POSTED BY Rod ON Fri Dec 6, 09:17 AM
One of my favorite bands, Denton, TX-based psych-folk-rockers, Midlake, will be playing at the Crocodile on December 12th in support of their new album Antiphon, the first without original singer, Tim Smith, who left the band during its recording. Enter to win a pair of tickets by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "Antiphon" and please include first & last name with entry. We'll draw a winner on 12/10. Good luck!
Rather not leave it to chance? Buy tickets here!