March 25, 2010

Beck Goes On a INXS Kick

Beck’s Record Club rolls on to album #4 with the release of Guns In The Sky off of INXS’ massively successful Kick LP. For his covers of the songs from

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The B List: Eight Bands That Could Charge More For Tickets But Don’t

There are some artists who have no qualms selling tickets to their shows for whatever the market will bear. Yet, there are a select few who do their best to keep prices under control, regardless of whether they could make an extra few million dollars by charging an extra $10 or $20. This week’s B List looks at eight major bands that could charge more for ducats but don’t.

While none of these bands are “pulling a Fugazi” – a group who famously did their best to keep prices to $5 per show – these acts are clearly leaving money on the table and should be applauded for doing so.

8. Ben Harper – Average Ticket Price = $33.82

When Ben Harper put together his latest band – Relentless7 – he played a number of shows at intimate venues as a warm up before the group tackled more high-profile gigs. Ben’s fanbase is extremely loyal and passionate. If he wanted to charge $50 a ticket for these smaller shows, no one would’ve batted an eye. Yet most ticket prices for these shows were under $20. A classy move by a classy artist.

7. Vampire Weekend – Average Ticket Price = $26.97

Over the past two years Vampire Weekend has blown up beyond anybody’s expectations. Despite ridiculous demand for tickets to their shows, VW has kept average ticket prices under $30 leading to sell outs across the country.

READ ON for six more fan-friendly artists…

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Last Week’s Sauce: March 15th – 21st

The Disco Biscuits have had quite a week, but they made it through and Jon “The Barber” Gutwillig is at home resting up after successful surgery on his wrist. In addition to some music from Barber’s fill-ins, we’ve also got audio from Fareed Haque’s great world music ensemble, a John Mayer/Michael Franti collaboration, some recent goods from Perpetual Groove and a fantastic classic rock cover from the Ryan Montbleau Band.

Another week and another edition of the Last Week’s Sauce Podcast. If you want to take this week’s five selections with you, you now can.
Click here to download Last Week’s Sauce Podcast #3

[Thanks to J5Brock for this week’s photo]

Artist & Title: the Disco Biscuits – Park Avenue
Date & Venue: 2010-03-19 House of Blues, Boston MA
Taper & Show Download: Matt Quinn

Before things went horribly wrong at the House of Blues last Friday, there was some fantastic music being made despite difficult circumstances. From the moment Chris Michetti took the stage for Park Avenue, I knew the Disco Biscuits had a good game-plan on how to attack that night’s show. tDB’s set at the Ultra Music Festival and their late night Tractorbeam set will go on as scheduled tomorrow with the help of Michetti and Tom Hamilton.


Some great video of Helicopters from the Boston show:

READ ON for tracks from Fareed Haque, PGroove, The Ryan Montbleau Band

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Video: STS9 – Life’s Sweet Breath

STS9 has always “danced to the beat of their own drummer”  in terms of navigating successfully through the music industry. The group enjoyed the fruits of their labor this past

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Bloggy Goodness: Universal To Lower Prices

With iTunes and other digital vendors selling music cheaper than traditional retail outlets, the sales of physical CD have plummeted in recent years. Looking to curb that trend, Universal Music

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Phish 3D Movie: April 30th Release

As we first reported in October, Phish’s Festival 8 was filmed in 3D for a theatrical release and we finally have the details on just when we can catch Phish

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