The stage at Minneapolis’ 7th Street Entry (the 250-capacity room attached to First Avenue) is quite small. In the past, bands that are used to playing larger stages elsewhere have had to.…
Legendary cool Japanese band Guitar Wolf will be back in the US & Canada this fall in support of their 12" vinyl of Beast Vibrator. If you can make it to one of their live tour dates, the vinyl is available online, including guitarwolfshop.com.
Anyway, words from singer/guitarist Seiji indicate his inspiration of the title track ("Beast Vibrator") from his cell phone: "Be wild! Find your wild instinct! Don’t sit still! Hey, don’t keep staring at your mobile. Fxxk “healing”! Shake your body and heart hard with power of beast!!!"
This new "Tour Magma" throughout the U.S. is with The Coathangers (the all-girl band that I wrote about five years ago, comparing them to "Bikini Kill, the Slits, and other Riot Grrl-type bands") and Coward (a punk band from Nashville). I'm really looking forward to seeing all these bands live.
Tour Magma tour kicks off next week:
09/26 Memphis GONERFEST10
09/27 Nashville Exit/In.
09/28 Baltimore Ottobar
09/29 NYC Santos Party House
09/30 Montreal Sala Rossa
10/01 Toronto Hard Luck Bar
10/03 Saint Paul Turf Club
10/04 Chicago Subterranean
10/05 Lincoln Knickerbockers
10/06 Denver Marquis Theatre
10/08 Seattle Chop Suey
10/09 Vancouver Rickshaw Theatre
10/10 Portland Dante's
10/12 San Francisco Bottom of the Hill
10/13 Los Angeles The Satellite
10/14 San Diego Soda Bar
10/16 Austin Red 7 (inside)
10/17 Houston Walter's
10/18 New Orleans Siberia
10/19 Atlanta Drunken Unicorn
10/20 Memphis HiTone
Otonana Trio, as their name suggests, is a three-piece rock band from Dynamite Club's Kentaro Saito, The Cavemans' Naoya Miyara, and Goshi "the hardest working bassists in Japan" Miura.
Their name translate to English as "Three Grown-ups" in broken Japanese. The trio will be in the U.S. in support of their sophomore album The Ramen War:
9.21.13 NYC, NY @ Leftfield
9.22.13 Wilmington, DE @ Mojo 13
9.24.13 Johnson City, TN @ Acoustic Coffeehouse
9.25.13 Clarksville, TN @ The Coup
9.26.13 Huntsville, AL @ Copper Top
9.27.13 Mobile, AL @ Alabama Music Box
9.28.13 Monroe, LA @ Trial Bar
9.29.13 Ocean Springs, MS @ Squeaky Lizard
10.1.13 New Orleans, LA @ Café Istanbul
10.2.13 Baton Rouge, LA @ Culture Bar
10.5.13 Austin, TX @ Hole in the Wall
10.7.13 El Paso, TX @ The Low Brow
10.9.13 Tuscon, AZ @ Tucson Live
10.17.13 Tulsa, OK @ Sound Pony
10.18.13 Tecumseh, KS @ Farmesan
10.19.13 Omaha, NB @ Sweatshop Gallery
10.20.13 Minneapolis, MN @ Hexagon
10.21.13 Milwaukee, WI @ Quarter's
10.22.13 Dekalb, IL @ House Café
10.13.13 Colombia, MO @ 602 Fay Street
10.25.13 Denton, TX @ Rubber Gloves
10.26.13 Galveston, TX @ Vanishing Point
10.28.13 Beaumont, TX @ The GIG
10.29.13 Austin, TX @ Infest
10.31.13 Houston, TX @ Super Happy Funland
11.1.13 Lufkin, TX @ StandPipe Coffee
Yoshiki's double album Yoshiki Presents Eternal Melody is one of Japan's top-selling classical albums, and he is back with Yoshiki Classical. The new album features his collaboration with legendary Beatles producer Sir George Martin, the London Philharmonic Orchestra, the Tokyo City Philharmonic Symphony and the Quartet San Francisco. It was supposed to have been released last month, but due to a controversial "skeleton album art", the album has been delayed to next week, September 24th.
Hear "Miracle" on Soundcloud.
It's kind of interesting to see classical musicians in today's environment, but there is definitely a market for this - considering that Olafur Arnalds does well and Japan's Yoshiki selling out his debut solo performance in Los Angeles last month at The Grammy Museum.