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Avenged Sevenfold, Korn headine Mayhem Festival at First Niagara Pavilion

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avenged-sevenfold-2013Avenged Sevenfold and Korn will be the heavy hitters atop the seventh annual Rockstar Energy Mayhem Festival tour, hitting the First Niagara Pavilion on July 26.

Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. April 4. The "GET OFF YOUR ASS" ticket special for the first 72 hours is all lawn tickets $20 and $5 off reserved. (www.livenation.com)

The festival features bands on four stages, including the return of rapper Ice-T's Body Count and Suicide Silence fronted by All Shall Perish's Hernan "Eddie" Hermida (replacing singer Mitch Lucker, who died in a motorcycle accident).

ROCKSTAR ENERGY DRINK MAIN STAGE:

Avenged Sevenfold

Korn

Asking Alexandria

Trivium

COLDCOCK AMERICAN HERBAL WHISKEY STAGE:

Cannibal Corpse

Suicide Silence

Miss May I

Mushroomhead

Texas Hippie Coalition

King 810

THE SUMERIAN RECORDS/HEADBANG FOR THE HIGHWAY STAGE:

Body Count featuring Ice-T

Upon A Burning Body*

Veil of Maya*

Darkest Hour*

Headbang Local Winner

THE VICTORY RECORDS STAGE:

Emmure

Ill Nino

Wretched

Islander

Erimha

*bands rotating slots

 

 

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Lake Street Dive wins crowd with showy chops

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LakeIf you work in an office, with mature adults, you may have heard them freaking out about Lake Street Dive because they saw them on "Letterman" or "The Colbert Report or the star-studded Showtime "Inside Llewyn Davis" concert.

The novelty here is that Lake Street Dive puts a jazz singer trained at the New England Conservatory of Music in a bouncy pop/R&B format. The band formed there so they all have jazz chops to spare.

On the band's first trip through it played Club Cafe. On Saturday, Lake Street Dive sold out Mr. Smalls, a venue not perfectly suited to the style. LSD -- as they hashtag it -- ideally should be experienced in a fancier room, something like the old Balcony in Shadyside, with tables and cocktails.

Nonetheless, people seemed to be in good spirits Saturday, especially with frontwoman Rachael Price declaring it one of the biggest shows they've played.

With or without Lake Street Dive, Price is going to be a lot more famous than she is now, likely for long time, because there are a lot of women who can belt out this kind of stuff, but she has the raw ability and the training plus the look and now the backing of T-Bone Burnett. She sang the National Anthem next to Kevin Spacey in "House of Cards." Watch for a World Series or Super Bowl in her future.

Based on the record and the Smalls show, though, I'm still not totally sold on the band. Yes, Price can bring it live and her partners are versatile, able rock moderately or flip to straight-up acoustic jazz combo, with Mike Olson moving impressively from electric guitar to trumpet.

The downside for me is that Price, who draws comparisons to everyone from Amy Winehouse to Etta James, doesn't let many notes go without reminding you that she majored in jazz. It's awfully showy for these songs that often border on clunky, cliched and even a little annoying. And yet catchy! It's understandable then that a sold-out crowd would go wild for "You Go Down Smooth" (with her staccato handclaps) or the signature-changing "Seventeen" or Bonnie Raitt-ish "Bad Self Portraits" (title track of the new album).

Late in the set, Lake Street usually does The Jackson Five "I Want You Back" cover that helped break the band on YouTube. Saturday night, it shelved that for a smoky "Let Me Roll It" from the McCartney catalog.

If all goes well, expect Lake Street Dive in a bigger venue next time, likely the Byham, where the band's talents can be enjoyed in a more relaxed setting.

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The Mangum Sweater

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This picture from the Carnegie Music Hall show posted on Twitter shows The Mangum Sweater.

Neutral Milk Hotel frontman Jeff Mangum wore it when he played the venue solo in January 2013 and had it on again Wednesday night for the band's brilliant show. It was really hot in there (as always!), so I can't imagine what it must have felt like under the lights.

When a fan yelled out that he was wearing the same sweater, he responded playfully, "I have two f---ing sweaters. What the hell do you want?"

You won't find much in the way of pics or video from the show because security was swarming like secret service, creating plenty of a distraction, even to Mangum.

This messageboard comment sums it up: 

 

The show was great, the people yelling s--t during interludes really killed the mood, and the sing along wasn’t bad, since jeff was really encouraging it anyway.

The flashlights on people taking photos and videos, that s--t just got ... annoying and kept distracting me from the show.

All said and done, I had a good time though.

 

 

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Yes returning with 'Fragile'; M.I.A. also on sale

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yesnewWhen Yes came through the Carnegie Library Music Hall of Homestead last July, the band treated fans to three classic albums — “The Yes Album” (1971), “Close to the Edge” (1972) and “Going for the One (1977) — and left them without an encore of “Roundabout.”

One classic that wasn’t played that night was “Long Distance Roundaround.”

It’s guaranteed to be on the set list when the band returns on July 20. This time, Yes is pairing “Close to the Edge” album with the popular 1971 classic “Fragile,” which includes both “Roundabout” and “Runaround,” along with 11-minute closer “Heart of the Sunrise.”
Yes is guitarist Steve Howe, bassist Chris Squire and drummer Alan White with keyboardist Geoff Downes with Jon Davison replacing Jon Anderson.

Don’t make that your reason for not going. Davison, frontman for Glass Hammer, is a dead ringer for Anderson vocally and has a nice, low-key stage presence.

Tickets are $62, $80, and a limited number of Gold Circle seats for $100. All tickets will increase by $5 on the day of the show. Tickets are on sale on Saturday, March 29th at noon at the venue box office, LibraryMusicHall.com, & by calling412-368-5225.

 

Also going on sale this week:

 

Stage AE (via ticketmaster):

April 28: M.I.A. with special guest A$AP Ferg ($29.50 advance/$35 day of Show). On sale Friday.

July 5: Fitz and The Tantrums $15. On sale Friday.

Aug. 8: An Evening With Dark Star Orchestra ($25 advance/$30 day of show). On sale Friday.

 

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SiriusXM debuts Billy Joel channel today

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billyjoelpicBilly Joel is hot right now.

The Piano Man has that residency at Madison Square Garden. He drew more people to Consol Energy Center this season than Jay-Z and Arcade Fire combined.

Today at 6 p.m. (March 26), SiriusXM launches The Billy Joel Channel, which will run through June 25, via satellite on channel 4, online and through the SiriusXM Internet Radio App.

The music will span from his work with The Echoes in 1964 and through his solo years, right up to his forthcoming live album, “A Matter of Trust: The Bridge to Russia,” recorded in Russia in 1987 (the complete album will run the day of its release, May 20).

The channel will also feature rarities from the vaults, archival interviews, excerpts from “Masters Class” sessions he conducts with music students and guest DJ sessions.

The Billy Joel Channel joins such specialized SiriusXM channels as Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Radio, Jimmy Buffett’s Radio Margaritaville, Willie Nelson’s Willie’s Roadhouse, The Pink Floyd Channel, B.B. King’s Bluesville, Elvis Radio, Siriusly Sinatra, Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozzy’s Boneyard, Pearl Jam Radio, Eminem’s Shade 45, Tiësto’s Club Life Radio and Neil Diamond Radio.

For more information, go to www.siriusxm.com.

 

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