March 9, 2005

Tarantula 1/26/2005: Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT

Tarantula adventured through a set of music making nods to classical as well as dark metal music, gypsy, and strange circus like music. However, this night of Tarantula did unfortunately have one missing element that was obvious – Jamie Reeder was missing. If they made mention of her absence, I did not hear it. Jamie

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M. Ward: Transistor Radio

Although Transistor Radio may be a come-down from Ward’s prior release, the full sounding Transfiguration of Vincent, M.Ward

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Z-Trip & UNKLE Added To Coachella

Z-Trip, UNKLE and Everything But The Girl’s Ben Watt have been added to the lineup for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, to be held April 30-May 1 at the Empire Polo Field in Indio, Calif.

After making his Coachella debut in 2002 with a near-legendary set featuring a surprise appearance by Beck, Z-Trip acknowledges the difficulty in topping it this time around.

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Awaited Ry Cooder Project To Be Released

More than a year-and-a-half after first revealing plans for the project to, Ry Cooder’s musical portrait of a lost Los Angeles Mexican neighborhood will finally see release in late spring. Across the 15 tracks of “Chavez Ravine,” the artist brings back to life the hillside community that was destroyed by developers in the 1950s and since 1962 has been home to Dodger Stadium.

“It’s a story/concept record about Chavez Ravine,” Cooder told in November 2003, “our L.A. classic Hispanic Pachuco tale of woe, corruption, politics, the Red Scare, the little and the big, neighborhood vs. corporate, all rolled into one.”

The songs on “Chavez Ravine,” due June 7 on his own Perro Verde Records imprint through Nonesuch, are sung in Spanish and English. Helping Cooder weave the pastiche of conjunto, corrido, R&B, Latin pop and jazz are Chicano music great Lalo Guerrero, late Pachuco legend Don Tosti, singer Little Willie G. (Thee Midniters), Ersi Arvizu (The Sisters) and veteran East L.A. band El Chicano.

“I think we did a pretty good job at using this music to demonstrate a lot of things about daily life and good ways,

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G. Love & Special Sauce & Particle To Headline Xingolati Groove Cruise

G. Love & Special Sauce and Particle are among the artists who will perform on the inaugural Xingolati Groove Cruise. The three-day, three-night charter will depart Los Angeles Oct. 14 en route to Ensenada, Mexico, on board the Carnival Cruise Lines’ ship Paradise.

The event will feature sets by the John Popper Project featuring DJ Logic, the Everyone Orchestra, DJ Greyboy, the Mutaytor, DJ Laird, Perpetual Groove, Lowpro Lounge, Soul Rebels Brass Band and Delta Nove. Organizer Guy Grand Productions (GGP) is also promising performance art and circus theatrics to amuse 2,000 fans.

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Ben Folds Plans Short U.S. Tour

Piano man Ben Folds has set down a run of spring dates to support the release of his upcoming album, Songs For Silverman.

Tour Dates –

5/03/05 Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
5/04/05 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
5/05/05 Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room In Murat Center
5/08/05 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club All Ages On Sale TBA
5/09/05 Durham, NH @ Univ. Of New Hampshire – UNH Fieldhouse
5/10/05 New York, NY @ Town Hall Theatre
5/13/05 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
5/14/05 Boston, MA @ Avalon Ages

In other Ben Folds news, Ben’s cover of Dr. Dre

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