Before we get to Rocktober, let's take a look at the news:
Congratulations goes to Alt-J who took home the Barclaycard Mercury Prize 'Album of the Year' award for their debut album An Awesome Wave. They were my leading pick for this year's winner, I'm glad I was proven right. This was based on seeing three Mercury Prize nominees (Alt-J, Ben Howard, Michael Kiwanuka) within a span of a week. The hype was good; all three shows were sold out, or very close to selling out.
One of the judges Simon Frith commented on why they picked the album, "Alt-J's 'An Awesome Wave' combines unexpected shards of sound with mesmerising rhythms, compelling melodies and intriguing songs. A tantalising and delightful album."
Morrissey was forced to postponed appearances in 2012 due to his mother's hospitalization. Steven Patrick Morrissey dropped everything and flew back to England to see his mother.
No words yet on reschedules, but rumors has it that the dates are now for January 2013 and any old tickets will be honored for the 2013 rescheduled dates.
Speaking of cancellations and postpone dates, Green Day announced that all 2012 dates are now canceled. Tickets for these shows will be refunded at point of purchase. In addition, 2013 dates are to be rescheduled. This is a difficult time for Green Day, with Billie Joe's health is a concern.
In Rocktober, Brody and I look over some of the highlights and low points of their shows.
LIVE SHOWS WE COVERED IN OCTOBER
Brody thinks it's the perfect month after the UK Festivals to tour the US. I blame CMJ.
The Lumineers at their sold out show at the House of Blues, New Orleans, is Brody's best show in Rocktober. Brody thinks the "new, young, hip, folk, fresh" sound is what it is all about, appealing to Midwesterns and Southerners.
Laura Marling double shows was also a highlight.
Also, I wonder why the xx are all the rage? Their sold out show at First Avenue was… underwhelming. Still very glad I made it out to see the band.
Of all the shows, the most memorable was my love for the new Norah Jones, going away from the old jazz pop contemporary to a more hip Norah Jones. Even in row Z, I can tell Norah Jones is quite the looker.
Gunnarsson told me that his new band was called The Garlands.
As it turns out, The Garlands are back, with a forthcoming self-titled album on November 27th from Shelflife.
The album is on limited edition vinyl, CD, and digital formats. 100 copies of the vinyl will be purple, exclusively as a Shelflife mail order.
Bonus: La Sera dressed as Morrissey & Marr, Peter Murphy's $500 concert, The Stone Roses reunion tour, and the Generationals' hometown gig for November 3rd at Tipitina's will benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.
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