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Feb 1, 2013

Fri 7:00 PM

610 West 56th Street
New York, NY 10019

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Performers:

  • The Lumineers
  • Against Me!
  • 7 More
    • Toots & The Maytals
    • James Blake
    • Bad Religion
    • Frightened Rabbit
    • Alt-J
    • Galactic
    • OMD

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Against Me!: Yet another hit band to come out of Gainesville, Florida, Against Me! has thrilled audiences around the world with unrivaled energy and crazy tour dates. From their punk beginnings to a currently alternative sound, Against Me! has found popularity with fans and critics. The band's latest album, White Crosses, has continued a musical evolution that has been embraced by audiences from all over. As fans wait for a new album, Against Me! has plenty of 2011 tour dates this summer and fall that should hold fans over until new music is released.

Lead singer Tom Gabel began Against Me! as an acoustic solo project in 1997, slowing acquiring a drummer and bassist as the years went on. The band released a number of demos and played tour dates attended by no one before adopting electric guitars and releasing Reinventing Axl Rose in 2002. Agasint Me! scored a hit in 2003 with the release of As the Eternal Cowboy, which was praised by critics and caught the attentions of numerous major labels. With a hefty major label contract, Against Me! achieved mainstream stardom with New Wave in 2007, supported by the hit single, "Thrash Unreal."

2010's White Crosses saw similar mainstream success, and featured the popular hits "Rapid Decompression" and "I Was a Teenage Anarchist." By this time, Against Me! had shed all evidence of their gritty punk sound for a much more refined alternative rock style, which fans are looking forward to hearing on their upcoming 2011 tour dates. After finishing up performances in support of Blink-182 in August, Against Me! will embark on headlong shows in Europe, beginning on November 3. The band will support Frank Turner in the UK beginning on November 18, with Against Me!'s tour dates in 2011 ending on November 28.

Toots & The Maytals: No biography provided

James Blake: James Blake tour dates have been scheduled internationally in support of the Electro-pop musician's debut album. The British newcomer recently placed on BBC's Sound of 2011 as one of the year's anticipated break out stars and he will be touring extensively to prove them right.

Blake began his career by releasing underground EP's which blended British-pop and American-soul. it attracted the interest of BBC Radio 1 DJ, Giles Peterson, who invited him to record a mix of the songs off the EP. Blake then released a second EP, entitled "CMYK" which was released on indie techno label, R&S records. The single was an immediate club hit and it debuted at #47 on the UK Singles charts in November, 2010.

Blake was then named to BBC's Sound of 2011 short list where he arrived in second placed to The Vaccines. He also came in second place to Jessie J at the 2010 BRIT Awards' for Critics Choice and was finally awarded single of the year in January, 2011 for "CMYK" at Giles Peterson's Worldwide Awards.

With an increasingly visible spot in the limelight and attention from music critics and fans, Blake quickly hit the studio to record his first LP. Blake's self-titled debut was released on both sides of the Atlantic on February 7, 2011 and reached the top ten on the UK albums charts. The album featured the hit single, "Limit to Your Love," which charted across Europe and secured a top ten entry in Belgium and the Netherlands. Currently, his second single, "The Wilhelm Scream," is gaining spins on radio stations around the globe.

This newbie is quickly gaining attention from critics and new fans alike. Don't miss out on electro-pop's break-out star when he comes to your town. James Blake tour dates are currently scheduled across the United States and Europe throughout Summer, 2011. Use Eventful as your source for James Blake tour dates, concert schedule, and venue information.

Bad Religion: Bad Religion is punk personified and has been a mainstay on the rock scene for over thirty years. They have maintained their independent status and have largely been responsible for defining the genre. They will release their sixteenth studio album in 2012 and have tour dates throughout the year. Don't miss a date on the Bad Religion concert schedule (2011); Use Eventful as your source for Bad Religion tour dates and venue information.

Bad Religion was formed in 1979 by high school friends Greg Graffin and Brett Gurewitz. They played their first show in 1980 as the opening act for Social Distortion and signed with Epitaph Records in 1981. They released their debut album, How Could Hell Be Any Worse?, in 1981 and spent the rest of the '80s touring and recording hit music. Graffin also managed to obtain a PhD from Cornell University during the band's nascent.

They hit the big time with their 1993 album, Recipe for Hate, which was their seventh album, but first to make an impact on the charts. Since then, Bad Religion perennially puts out records that satisfy punk's harshest critics. Stay on top of Bad Religion's concert schedule (2011) and use Eventful as your source for Bad Religion tour dates and venue information.

Galactic: With the release of their sixth album, From the Corner to the Block, the five-man group GALACTIC - drummer Stanton Moore, bassist Robert Mercurio, saxophonist/harmonica player Ben Ellman, keyboardist Richard Vogel, and guitarist Jeff Raines – reaffirms their standing as one of the funkiest outfits in the known universe. Featuring a cherry-picked guest list of some of hip-hop’s most dynamic lyricists – including Juvenile, Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), Lyrics Born, Ladybug Mecca (Digable Planets), Mr. Lif, Chali 2na (Jurrasic 5), Vursatyl (Lifesavas), and Boots Riley (The Coup), From the Corner to the Block exposes GALACTIC’s organic grooves to an urban ear while still maintaining their essential funk aesthetic. The band started out over a decade ago as an instrumental act in the tradition of the Meters, the JB’s, and Booker T. & the MG’s – bands equally comfortable recording their own material or working with vocalists.

From the Corner to the Block grew out of GALACTIC’s experiences touring with artists like the Roots, Jurassic 5, Triple Threat DJ’s and Gift of Gab. Though it features cameos from a “wish list” of fan-favorite MCs, this isn’t a typical hip-hop album per se, but a contemporary funk record that just happens to feature hip-hop vocalists. “We never set out to make a rap record,” explains Ellman, who produced the record with assistance from engineer extraordinaire Count (Halou, Quannum, DJ Shadow). “We wanted to kinda modernize the New Orleans sound,” adds Mercurio. The New Orleans legacy echoes throughout the album, indeed. The brassy “Bounce Baby” (featuring DJ Z-Trip) stirs up wah-wah guitar, a horn-driven melody, syncopated beats, and turntable wizardry into a potent rhythmic instrumental. “Tuff Love” (featuring Trombone Shorty) offers a taste of some of New Orleans’ hottest young talent. “Second and Dryades,” (featuring Big Chief Monk Boudreau), evokes the spirit of the Wild Magnolias – it’s a percussion-laced Mardi Gras anthem for the digi generation, on which Boudreau relates the story of being an Indian on Mardi Gras day. The song sure to raise eyebrows though is the title track and first single, featuring the Soul Rebels Brass Band and platinum rapper Juvenile (who tapped GALACTIC to back him on the “Jimmy Kimmel Show”). Mercurio, for one, is happy with the outcome. “It sounds like it was all supposed to be there, this track was meant to happen” he says. The rest of the album features a diverse array of funky arrangements, vocal deliveries, and musical expressions, from sexy downtempo jams like “Squarebiz,” featuring the ever-delectable Ladybug Mecca and singer Nino Moschella; to uptempo party-starters like “What You Need” with Lyrics Born, and “Hustle Up” with Boots Riley (which Mercurio calls “a total rock tune” dressed in funky threads); to semi-autobiographical tales of urban street life by Mr. Lif (“...And I’m Out”), Vursatyl & Ohmega Watts (“Find My Home”), Lateef the Truth Seeker (“No Way”), Gift of Gab (“The Corner”), and Chali 2na (“Think Back”). Even with all the different vocalists, the songs maintain a sense of thematic consistency. As Ellman explains, this was by design: the rappers were each asked to write about a corner. “It could have been any corner,” he says. “Everyone had a different perspective.” Many contemporary all-star collaborations are purely commercial exercises, yet From the Corner to the Block stands as a labor of love, connecting GALACTIC’s hip-hop jones and their guests’ fervor for funk aesthetics. The result isn’t just the grooviest, funkiest record of 2007, but perhaps the finest post-Katrina album to come out of New Orleans.

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