Benjamin Francis Leftwich US Tour

One of my favorite UK singer/songwriter discoveries will be making his debut tour here in the US, kicking it off with some SXSW dates. He’ll be hitting San Francisco’s The Independent on May 8 supporting The Jezebels.

March 20th – Homegrown Hamilton / Hamilton, Ontario (HEADLINE)
March 21st – Raw Sugar Cafe / Ottawa, Ontario (HEADLINE)
March 22nd – CMW Cameron House / Toronto, Ontario (HEADLINE)
March 23rd – CMW Supermarket / Toronto, Ontario (HEADLINE)
March 25th – E Bar / Guelph, Ontario (HEADLINE)
March 26th – Call The Office / London, Ontario (HEADLINE)
March 28th – 2nd Cup / Buffalo, New York (HEADLINE)
March 29th – Vibe Lounge / Syracuse, New York (HEADLINE)
April 3rd – Cafe Nine / New Haven, Connecticut (HEADLINE)
April 4th – Club Cafe / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (HEADLINE)
April 5th – Music Gallery / Baltimore, Maryland (HEADLINE)
April 10th – Bowery Ballroom / New York (w/ The Jezabels)
April 11th – The Knitting Factory / Brooklyn, New York (HEADLINE)
April 13th – Johnny Brendas / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (w/ The Jezabels)
April 14th – Red Palace / Washington, D.C (w/ The Jezabels)
April 16th – Brighton Music Hall / Boston, Massachusetts (w/ The Jezabels)
April 17th – Divan Orange / Montreal, Quebec (w/ The Jezabels)
April 18th – Mod Club / Toronto, Quebec (w/ The Jezabels)
April 19th – The Active Room / Detroit, Michigan (HEADLINE)
April 20th – Lincoln Hall / Chicago, Illinois (w/ The Jezabels)
April 21st – Triple Rock / Minneapolis, Minnesota (w/ The Jezabels)
April 23rd – WECC / Winnipeg, Manitoba (w/ The Jezabels)
April 24th – Amigo’s / Saskatoon, Saskatchewan (w/ The Jezabels)
April 26th – Sarlite / Edmonton, Alberta (w/ The Jezabels)
April 27th – SAIT / Calgary, Alberta (w/ The Jezabels)
April 28th – The Royal / Nelson, British Colombia (w/ The Jezabels)
April 30th – The Longhorn / Whistler, British Columbia (w/ The Jezabels)
May 1st – Venue / Vancouver, British Columbia (w/ The Jezabels)
May 2nd – Lucky Bar / Victoria, British Columbia (HEADLINE)
May 3rd – Crocodile / Seattle, Wasshington (w/ The Jezabels)
May 4th – Mississippi / Portland, Oregon (w/ The Jezabels)
May 8th – Independant / San Francisco, California (w/ The Jezabels)
May 9th – Soho / Santa Barbara, California (w/ The Jezabels)
May 11th – Troubadour / Los Angeles, California (w/ The Jezabels)
May 12th – Casbah / San Diego, California (w/ The Jezabels)

James Brown….Turning Japanese

Seems like no American celebrity can resist the lure of hawking Japanese products when the price is right. Even James Brown. Loved this footage of “The Godfather of Soul” pimping Miso soup to “Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine”. One can only imagine the Lost in Translation like scenes of JB trying to dissect the tonalities of the Japanese language. Misoba? Misoba. Misoba!

Happy Friday!

Buke & Gass – “Page Break”

One can become a bit jaded burning through as much music as I do, flippantly classifying bands into the latest trend du jour… electro pop, chill wave, nu wave, shitgaze. So I always pause and take note of an artist with a unique and distinctive sound. That happened the first time I laid ears on this duo calling themselves Buke & Gass. I’m endlessly intrigued by their clattering noise. I mean they make their own instruments! This is the video for the track “Page Break” off their album Riposte.

One to Watch: Simon Says No!

Wow, I was introduced to Simon Says No!, an Oslo-based shoegaze 3 piece, at a @FutureSounds Rumble more than a year ago.  They blew my mind (and my eardrums) then with their EP Ahoy de Angst. Now, finally, their getting ready to release their new album September 13 in Scandinavia. “Solitary Rush” is their new single and I’m still in shock after seeing this video. They’re just all polished up and ready for success. Check it out.