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Giant Drag thinks Coachella will be a Giant Drag?

tony Mar 27, 2006
One of the most appealing things about Annie Hardy is her dry sense of humor and refreshing honesty, however if she doesnt like going out to the desert I wonder why she accepted the invite to play Coachella?

In December of 2005 the Colorado Springs Indy asked her if she was looking forward to playing the fest in the desert.  While typically that would create the perfect opportunity to blow smoke up their ass, Hardy spoke what could only be seen as honestly

Indy: You're playing Coachella in 2006. How are you feeling about that?

AH: I don't know. I never liked going to it. I hope playing it isn't as bad as going to it. I'm not a big fan of festivals because there's so much going on at once and it's so hot. I can't handle it.

That's quite different than what she told NME earlier this year.

"We are super excited to play Coachella this year," she said. "I love that there are so many different bands that you can see in one place. There's nothing like it over here."

Perhaps she's had a spiritual awakening. Take a gander at what she wrote on their website at last month about the festival:

"We are so excited about coachella that we are prepared to eat the entire contents of a porto-potty through a crazy straw and then mosh our asses off to Tool! "

mmmm delish! make sure to stock up on crazy straws on Sunday.

Madonna Prepared to Pitch in at the Dance Tent

tony Mar 27, 2006
Although she could have performed on the main stage, Madonna chose instead to rock out in the much smaller Sahara dance tent with a scaled-down presentation including a live band.

The Sahara tent has been host to such techno artists as Kraftwerk, The Chemical Brothers, Prodigy, Underworld, and Fatboy Slim but never anyone as huge as the 47 year old Material Girl, whose appearence at Coachella is also unprecendented for the woman who you'd have thought had done everything in her 20+ year storied career.

"I've never performed at a festival," Madonna said in a statement earlier this month. "And I'm especially excited about playing at Coachella before I start my own tour."

Goldenvoice President and Coachella founder Paul Tollett told that scoring Mrs. Guy Ritche to rock the tent was a dream come true. "We've got Daft Punk headlining the Dance Tent the first night and we were looking for something else that good," he said. "It just came up and we're super excited. She's so dance oriented right now."

Although the booking of the pop queen is considered risky by some of the promoters as Coachella has established itself by steering clear of mainstream commercial icons (although theyve had no problem  retaining their street desert cred with headliners like Weezer, NIN, and Beck), Tollett told MTV that regardless of her fame, checking out Madonna in a tent isn't something that happens everyday.

"I love things you don't see all the time," Tollett said. "And we're always trying to make it so it's something you don't see anywhere else."

A taste, through video of SXSW

tony Mar 25, 2006
A minute with My Chemical Romance:

A minute with Wolfmother:

thirty seconds of Gogol Bordello:

three minutes with Gomez:

The Grates were super Great

tony Mar 24, 2006
One of the most refreshingly spunky bands of SXSW were the Aussie trio The Grates.

Grates Patience (singer), Alana (drummer) and John (guitar driver) dared you not to smile and clap and tap your foot, and they rarely lose dares cuz there we all were tapping our feet and smiling. I even saw a few people <i>dancing</i> omg.

Seriously this Brisbane band was so sweet and earnest and Ms. Patience stood up there in here springtimey dress with her hands outstretched and sold every phrase as if she was singing to her lover who was running towards her from the gate at the airport.

Alana helped out on vocals a tad and John had his hands full providing all the music but it never seemed thin or too much work. It was pretty and girlie and happy and nice.

The type of kids you'd want to babysit your infant on a warm summer night when you wanna take a long walk with your special lady.

The Grates on the Road:

Mar 24 2006 8:00P
JJ's House of Rock Wichita, KS
Mar 25 2006 8:00P
Hi Dive Denver, CO
Mar 28 2006 8:00P
Crocodile Cafe Seattle, WA
Mar 29 2006 8:00P
The Red Room Vancouver
Mar 30 2006 8:00P
Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
Mar 31 2006 8:00P
Independent San Francisco, CA
Apr 1 2006 8:00P
El Rey Theatre Los Angeles, CA
Apr 2 2006 8:00P
The Casbah San Diego, CA
Apr 20 2006 8:00P
Prince Of Wales Hotel Bunbury
Apr 22 2006 8:00P
Rosemount Hotel Perth
Apr 23 2006 8:00P
Newport Hotel Fremantle
Apr 26 2006 8:00P
National Hotel Geelong
Apr 27 2006 8:00P
Karova Lounge Ballarat
Apr 28 2006 8:00P
Corner Hotel Melbourne
Apr 29 2006 8:00P
Adelaide Uni Bar Adelaide
May 3 2006 8:00P
ANU Bar Canberra
May 4 2006 8:00P
Woolongong Uni Bar Woolongong
May 5 2006 8:00P
Metro Theatre Sydney
May 6 2006 8:00P
Cambridge Hotel Newcastle
May 10 2006 8:00P
Great Northern Byron Bay
May 11 2006 8:00P
Coolangatta Hotel Coolangatta
May 12 2006 8:00P
Tivoli Theatre Brisbane
May 14 2006 8:00P
Sol Bar Sunshine Coast

130 pics from the mcr show at emos on st. paddy's day

tony Mar 23, 2006
Hey Rockstars,

My name is Tony, i'm the community manager of Buzznet.

As you know Buzznet was in full force last week at the biggest music festival in the world: South By Southwest (sxsw) where 1,300 bands played.

Because we knew how strong the My Chemical Romance community was here at Buzznet we made damn sure that we had a good location to take pictures at the show. I, myself, took over 300 pictures.

Hours after the show I put up about 35 for you, then Tuesday I put up another 30, well today I put up 130 in its own folder

If you guys like what I did and there's enough demand I will put another 100+ pics up from last week's show. Otherwise we'll call it even with this. But for those of you who werent at the gig, you might find it interesting to see the pictures in rapid procession like you now have.

Your band was great, I had always liked them but I had never seen them live, and they were quite impressive, which is a tough trick at a place like SXSW where there are soooo many cool bands of different styles: Matisyahu, Beastie Boys, Morrissey, The Go Team, Of Montreal, Gogol Bordello, Honky, Neil Young, Metric, Belle & Sebastian, and the Bellrays just to name a few.

Anyways, enjoy the pics, tell your friends about this treasure trove here at Buzznet, and savor them because it doesnt sound like MCR is going to be playing live again anytime soon since theyre in the studio making a new record.

Keep rockin,


Pitchfork gives the MCR show at Emo's a good review

tony Mar 22, 2006

The typically snide, cynical, anti-pop, too-cool-for-school Pitchfork found themselves at Emo's on St. Patrick's Day in the middle of the 1300-band fiesta of SXSW surrounded by up-n-coming artists and international phenoms and experimental hipsters and cozied up to listen to My Chemical Romance and... loved it.

Yes, I saw My Chemical Romance at SXSW. No, I'm not going to apologize. It was fucking awesome.

The pop-punk superstars played a short set at the Shirts for a Cure breast cancer benefit on Friday evening at Emo's (yes, yes, emo at Emo's, very funny, haha). Shockingly, the place wasn't even at capacity; I guess everybody at SXSW is too cool for this band. But not the adorable teenagers in eyeliner and Hellogoodbye t-shirts moshing around me as MCR ripped through "I'm Not OK", "Helena", and a bunch of other songs I don't know the names of because I'm a total poseur. Watching those little girls running up on stage to give Gerard Way a kiss, and then diving back into the maelstrom, I almost wished I was still that young and that in love with the idea of rock stardom. Almost.

Gotta say i'm shocked. Pitchfork can be prudes when it comes to doling out props, but they're rarely wrong and at least this time they were honest. It was a great show and the teens were pretty damn adorable.

My Chemical Romance rocked Emo's on St. Patty's day at SXSW

tony Mar 21, 2006

Taking a break from recording their new album, chart-topping rock band My Chemical Romance took the stage to wild shrieks from the capacity crowd at Emo's, one of the more famous clubs in Austin, Texas.

In order to benefit The Shirts for a Cure Project the New Jersey quintet headlined the 6 hour concert that also included  legendary punk band Lifetime for the free show that only asked for donations to support breast cancer research.

Hundreds of MCR fans had waited for hours for the doors to open at noon to get a good spot to see the group, and they weren't disappointed. Not only were all the hits performed with passion and sweat and enthusiasum but after the 45-minute set was over, climaxing with "Helena", the crowd chanted "one more song" and after 15 minutes the band returned to the stage surprising many who had left and all who were still in attendence.

"We're going to regret this," singer Gerard Way smiled adjusting the mic before introducing the encore number, explaining that what they were about to play was a new song called "Father" which the band hadn't quite nailed down yet.

Needless to say, no one at the SXSW event complained with the unexpected bonus whose intro sounded faintly like Pink Floyd, but soon errupted into the MCR trademarked rock frenzy.

Way sported a curious ensemble of a leather jacket, on top of two or three other shirts and black leather pants. Curious because Austin was one of the warmest towns in all of the USA on 3/17 with temperatures outside the club nearing 80 degrees and inside the club, particularily onstage creeping much higher. It was also humid from the light drizzle of the afternoon. The singer also had the word Wolves written across his sweaty neck.

Circa Survive, Drive By, Head Automatica, The Loved Ones, The Receiving End of Sirens, Hit The Lights, and The Fall of  Troy were also on the bill  that took place on two seperate stages that did not require a SXSW wristband.

Emo's is an iconic small rock club in Austin, a town known for its fine selection of live music. Founded by a man named Emo, the club has been around for decades. After Johnny Cash played their they hoisted the stool that he performed on to the ceiling in honor of that fine performance.

Because of their multi-platinum success, the likelihood of MCR playing a club like Emo's was relatively small. But combined with the invitation by the charity and the 20th aniversary of the 1,300 band music festival, one of the more popular "emo" bands around was able to perform at Emo's sparking ironic jokes all along the noisy streets of Austin.

SXSW in pictures!

tony Mar 20, 2006
sometimes all it takes are a few pictures to tell the whole story

sxsw. austin texas the end.

tony Mar 20, 2006
rock kicked my ass and i kicked back.

ten straight days and nights of partying and drinking and rocking out to some of the finest music in the world does take its toll which is probably why the skies opened up tonight here in austin with thunder and lightening and sheets of rain so as to wash the sins from the streets.

never made it to the roller derby because my wife miss amerikill let her cousin be her plus one even though she promised it to me last night. ah women.

so instead i took in three local punk bands at room 710: castle siege, the fuckemos, and finally punk. apparently the fuckemos got so big at one time that they started playing at emos. the reunited this year and played some shows at sxsw.

the fuckemos singer is actually in several bands including the uss friendship and castle siege who opened the night's lineup with a cross section of metal punk and marriachi. led by a guy who really cant sing very well. and hes quite fat. and when hes fronting the fuckemos he pulls out a trombone on one of the numbers.

finally punk is an all girl teenage punk band whos singer leapt offstage to slamdance with the boy she was singing about while singing. the kids are alright.

because that wasnt enough i went back to emos as the rain started coming down to enjoy the neil diamond tribute band the diamond smugglers.

a very nice cleansing of the pallet. especially while walking home in a weak drizzle as the band played daydream believer to a crowd who sang along to every word.

its 230am my rooms a mess, i havent packed and i have to be out of my room by 9am i figure. so im setting my alarm for 8. i can do this.

austin is a beautiful town where the birds scream in the trees and the bands scream wherever theres a stage.

i blame most of my debauchery to two entities, the red bull house and the texas roller derby girls. for if either of them werent around i would never have stayed up so late and drank and drank and drank.

i blame the rest of my fun to all the people who came up wanting to smoke weed with me, and whats so interesting is just as many offered the miracle herb during the interactive days as during the music days.

and yes i did see Lifetime before the my chemical romance show. not bad but i dont get the hype.

i will be back next year and i will plan out my day much better now that i know whats going on. and unlike the masses who fled town tonight, next year i will stay on the sunday night of sxsw just like tonight because the local bands are well worth the attention.

SXSW - The Bellrays evoked a sexy magic that cant be explained fully

tony Mar 19, 2006
theres a deepness to the souls of black folks thats different from the rest. and theres something even deeper to the souls of black women. particularily black women who are no longer girls but women.

Lisa Kekaula is tina turner returned from the dead. she wears high heels and a tight skirt and picked out her afro as big as she can upstairs at room 710 which is the backstage dressing room slash office at the club that asher owns.

shes a dark skinned nubian princess destined to be queen and the longer it takes her to get their the more emotional and wild and soulful her singing and performances get.

i was lucky enough to catch a show of theirs two years ago at spaceland and i was blown away by the mixture of punk thrash with her soulful vocals. and i was twice as shocked that somehow theyve upped the ante with something that can only be described as heart.

ms kekaula shook her ass, shook her cha-chas got on her knees, jumped on the stage and sang with the people and even bent over backwards to let us in on what soul music is all about while her band kept a steady beat and a tight rock melody. she told us cheer only if we wanted to only if we felt it only if it was true. and then she reminded us that clapping along helped us feel the spirit it helped us get into the groovy it helped us be one with the power of love.

and then she belted out a song that made us keep clapping because we wanted some of whatever that was. and if you ask me, that was the begining of the end to the evil that was inside me. yes i had been excorcised by rock n roll.

after the inpsiring and devistating performance i asked her to pose for a picture with asher and sara and dan and i was so nervous because she is really the real deal and all 50 people who were at the show knew it and the picture turned out blurry because i couldnt think straight and before she left i hugged her. she was sweaty i was sweaty but i did feel the magic and i wanted to hug the source. i had to. and i did.

i thought i was complete after the one-two punch of gogogogo bordello and honky but im often wrong and sometimes its great to be wrong about things.

way more pics of the show here
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