Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Events galore.....

Sherman has been inundated with information regarding upcoming and future festivals. February is that time of year where people start thinking about plans for warmer weather and live music. Lots of dates have been confirmed for great things happening all over these united states.

Let's start with Lollapalooza. Yes, Perry Farrell is doing it all again this year. Despite the dangerous heat and dehydration of last year's event, Chicago's Grant Park will host Lollapalooza 2006 from August 4-6. This year the event will be double in size and will add one extra day to it's festival lineup. At this time, the rumor mill is buzzing with word that Smashing Pumpkins will headline the event for their big comeback! Chicago would certainly be a welcoming crowd for them. Thievery Corporation has announced that they will be playing, as well. Other acts and dates for ticket sales will come in the next couple of months.

The next event to look forward to will be right here in Seattle. This year's Bumbershoot will not add a day, but actually drop Friday night. Smart move. That was typically the slowest day of the event. This way they can pack all the bang for the buck into 3 days of music from around the globe. Bumbershoot is held every Labor Day weekend at the Seattle Center in the shadow of the Space Needle. This will be it's 36th year! Sherman has heard some great names being tossed around for this year's Fest! No confirmations have been released, but you will hear it here as quickly as Sherman can type!

Sherman had the great advantage of having a dear friend at last year's SXSW Event in Austin, but alas will not this year. We are going to rely on reports from blogs and music lovers around the net for this year. SXSW will be held from March 10-19. Neil Young will be this year's keynote speaker. The list of performers just keeps growing and growing. If you have the stamina (and Red Bull) you may have the chance to catch Morrissey, Aberfeldy, Blackalicious, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, New Pornographers, Beth Orton, We Are Scientists, Carmen Rizzo, Sonya Kitchell and countless others. See their site for a complete list. This is an event for hardcore music lovers. You need to sleep for about a week before and a week after the event!!! Looks like they're pulling out all the stops for the 20th anniversary this year. Leave it to Sherman to be in Austin the week after the event ends.

On a bit smaller scale, next week is the Arthur Ball brought to you by the kind people at Arthur Magazine. The events will be held at venues throughout LA's Echo Park District. Joanna Newsom is headlining the event. If you haven't seen her perform live, GO! She is mesmerizing. You can also catch the LA debut of Colleen and Mi & L'AU!

Today Sherman would like to recommend a great "old friend" to take out and listen to. If you have a copy of Everything But The Girl's Acoustic, pull that out, rub the cd across your pants to clean it, put it on and simply enjoy. That album is like an old friend. Released back in 1992 (can you believe it?), this was Ben and Tracey at their finest. This came before their jump into electronic music. This was EBTG as they started. Their covers of "Time After Time", "Alison" and "Downtown Train" rival some of the originals. We have all been missing Tracey , but this makes you remember Ben's sweet little voice. I am a great fan of his house music, but this was such a different time and space for them. I know Sherman would go to the ends of the earth for another night of these two making the music that launched their careers and made us swoon.

Now for some Seattle stuff. Lots of things coming up in town. Here's just a handful. Animal Collective-March 2nd Neumo's / Ohmega Watts - February 26th Chop Suey / Archer Prewitt - February 18th Crocodile / Nada Surf & Rogue Wave - February 26th Showbox / Stereolab & Hot Chip - March 6th Showbox / Podcast Hotel - February 24th & 25th Triple Door / Osunlade - February 24th War Room / Roy Davis Jr. - February 17th Trinity / Go to Easy Street in West Seattle for breakfast

Speaking of local goodies, check out Barsuk's website for a great streaming archive of Barsuk artists playing at EMP's JBL theatre back in April of last year. These recordings will be made available each week and feature acoustic performances by some of the best.

PS: Goldfrapp will be at the Wiltern in LA on March 11th! Please come back to Seattle!

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