New Zealand comedy duo Flight of the Conchords are coming to North America this summer for a lengthy tour. The news of Bret McKenzie and Jemaine Clement’s ambitious Summer Tour comes just weeks after the pair were confirmed to play this year’s Newport Folk Festival in Rhode Island.
The tour is currently slated to begin at the State Theatre in Cleveland on June 11. From there, the pair hit venues on both coasts and many cities in between throughout June and most of July. Flight Of The Conchords are set to visit the Northeast, Midwest, Pacific Northwest, West Coast, Southwest and Southeast before returning to the Northeast for the appearance at Newport and performances in Boston and New York City.
Anyone who has ever taken to social media to announce a self-improvement project knows that your “friends” cannot be relied upon to hold you accountable. Almost as soon as you proclaim your intention to learn French or cut out carbs, the world moves on, leaving you with only your empty promises and scone crumbs on your shirt.
It’s not so easy to slack if you’re Mark Zuckerberg. Each year, Mr. Zuckerberg, the Facebook co-founder and C.E.O., who is now 31, has made public pledges to improve himself. His efforts have been closely tracked by the press and by users of his globe-spanning social network who seem never to forget his promises despite the Internet’s ability to reset itself every morning in the manner of “Groundhog Day.”
Exactly a month ago, on January 29, Karsh Kale released his fifth solo studio effort Up. On the same day, Monica Dogra, also known as one-half of the duo Shaa’ir +Func, released her debut solo set Spit. They have a lot more in common than a date. Both the Indian independent music stars considered not releasing the new records. We got the pair, who have been friends for over 16 years, to interview each other about their artistic processes, the making of the albums and how both Up and Spit are perhaps their most personal works yet.
Welcome back to Calcutta. Is it a special place for you?
Calcutta is probably one of the cultural capitals of the country. One could feel it whenever I have done classical shows, fusion concerts and DJ sets, and it has always been a great, receptive audience. They have a respect for all forms of music and arts, be it dance, music, theatre… of even DJs. Calcutta has always been a hub of culture.
What was the starting point for your new album, UP? What binds it and distinguishes it from your repertoire?
YouTube Red to launch soon
YouTube’s subscription service Red, which contains original movie-length features, will launch in Australia later this year, providing competion to online video rivals Netflix and Amazon.
Red is targeted at millenials and will invest in up to 20 shows each year, but considers itself more of a distribution platform, The Australian reports.
Red subscriptions are ad-free and content can be viewed on background.
Amazon Prime could launch in Australia
Amazon Prime, a subscription video-on-demand service that is popular in the US and UK, could soon launch in Australia, Farifax reports.
This summer renowned musicians Steely Dan and Steve Winwood will once again pair up for a tour together. The second leg of The Dan Who Knew Too Much Tour finds Donald Fagen and Walter Becker and the former member of The Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith teaming up just as they did in 2011 for a tour of Australia and New Zealand. This week’s edition of Sunday Cinema takes a look back on that tour of Rock And Roll Hall Famers in the Southern Hemisphere.
Steely Dan first performed in Australia in 2007 and returned with Winwood on board for the Shuffle Diplomacy Tour in 2011 that saw stops cities such as Perth, Sydney, Melbourne, Yarra Valley and Adelaide as well as Auckland and Wellington in neighboring New Zealand.
Photos by: Adam McCullough
Anders Osborne & American Babies :: 2.26.16 :: Capitol Theatre :: Port Chester, NY
New Orleans guitarist Anders Osborne brought his band to The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, New York on Saturday night for their first-ever headlining gig at the historic venue. American Babies kicked off the evening with a set of roots-rock that included takes on “Winter War Games,” “They Sing Old Time Religion” and Bruce Springsteen’s “Atlantic City.” Osborne, whose current band features guitarist Eric McFadden, alternated between acoustic-based numbers and electrified rockers.