Go! Motion, Cursive, Bright Eyes; The Album Leaf tonight…

Category: Blog — @ 5:49 pm May 22, 2007

A few headlines and other things from the ‘net to contemplate on this lazy Tuesday:

— I was surprised to see local indie dance-rock band Go! Motion has hired a publicist. The band is being represented by Planetary Group, which boasts offices in LA, Boston and New York, and a roster that includes Tuatara, Saturna, Traindodge, Roman Numerals and Jonny Polonsky. According to the Planetary site, Go! Motion is hitting the road at the end of this month for a national tour that winds up at The Lit Lounge in NYC June 29. Check out Go! Motion’s Planetary profile page.

— Almost every morning I get a review e-mailed to me of the previous night’s Cursive concert, and just about every review is the same. The writer, who’s probably a die-hard metal fan, talks about what an odd fit Cursive is on the bill and how the crowd suffered through their set while waiting to hear tourmates Against Me and Mastodon. For example: The Philadelphia Inquirer writes “Tim Kasher’s heaving guitars and the band’s throbbing rhythms started off strong and spiky, the melodies even touched with gospel’s holy rolling. But Cursive got weak, lame even.” Toronto’s Chart Attack sez “The crowd responded warmly to the headliners, as expected, but even they seemed somewhat disappointed on the whole. With a bill this diverse and bands who are undeniably talented luminaries in their respective scenes, you’d expect fans to embrace each act with open arms. Instead, the opening bands were generally shunned and ignorant audience members went out of their way to ruin it for fans of those bands. ” And TwinCities.com remarks “Mastodon didn’t catch its stride until about 20 minutes into the set, when it unleashed a torrent of terror from its fantastic 2006 disc, Blood Mountain. Only then were memories of the previous bands swept aside, reminding the audience it had, indeed, paid for metal. ” I don’t know what motivated Cursive to take on this tour. Their love of Mastodon? An opportunity to grow their fan base? A hefty paycheck? Whatever it was, Kasher and Co. with a small brass section in tow still seems like an odd pairing with a grunt-metal band like Mastodon, but you never know…

Billboard is reporting (here) that Bright Eyes will be included in the soundtrack for the new Ethan Hawke-directed film “The Hottest State,” along with Norah Jones, Cat Power, The Black Keys, Willie Nelson, M Ward, Feist and others. To my knowledge, this is the first time Bright Eyes has been included in a soundtrack, more evidence of the impact his new manager is having on his career and his exposure.

Tonight at The Waiting Room it’s ambient indie rock band The Album Leaf with Lymbyc Systym. $10, 9 p.m.

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