MOKB@Roskilde : Something is Rocking in the State of Denmark

That’s right, Mom. MOKB is packing an ol’kit bag and heading off to Roskilde 2013. What to expect is anyone’s guess, but given the list of bands (see poster), how can it be anything short of superfantastic?

Our goal? Avoid the pitfalls (mud, cholera, long bathroom lines) and temptations (local brews, local fare, half-naked Danes) long enough to cover as many acts as possible, interview a few famous (and not-yet famous) folks and even provide a little cultural commentary about our gracious hosts and their beloved homeland.

Stay tuned as MOKB gets all Hamlet on yo ass…

Song : CHVRCHES : “Gun”

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For all young bands out their looking to capture and audience and keep it, look no further than Glasgow trio CHVRCHES for an example. Since releasing their first songs last year, the band has consistently stayed in the spotlight with their consistent release of remixes, covers, videos and, not to mention, consistently good singles. The latest song to hit the world is “Gun.” Their are no surprises here. The band has a sound that has been successful up until this point and they stick to it. Listen below.

[Win This!] : Two Tickets to see Sigur Rós at Madison Square Garden

Quite a few years back, wanderlust and general distaste for responsibility found me traipsing through Iceland. I had a great time exploring the island nation, its rugged coastline, seemingly eternal darkness (winter in Iceland is not for the seasonally affected) and Reykjavík’s too cool for words clubs (as long as one remembered not to show up before midnight).

Years later, the thing I remember most about my Icelandic pilgrimage is an incident involving the Blue Lagoon, a flybussen full of German tourists and a rented Speedo.

Now the other thing I remember well (and the one that will not haunt me upon my deathbed) was discovering Sigur Rós. And it wasn’t a subtle thing. I literally saw the cover image of Ágætis Byrjun everywhere. Everywhere. And so finally my curiosity got the best of me, and I’ve been a fan ever since.

Seeing Sigur Rós live is difficult to describe. Actually, it’s pert near impossible. And that’s where we come in. Sigur Rós just so happens to be hovering over North America for the next couple weeks in support of their latest, Valtari. See what I’m getting at here?

MOKB/Sigur Rós at Madison Square Garden Giveaway: Just in time for Spring, one fortunate MOKB reader is going to score two (2) tickets to see Sigur Rós performing at the world’s most famous arena. Just the tickets mind you, but how cool is that? Airfare is out of the question. Whatta we look like, Pitchfork? The winner will be able to pick up his/her spoils in advance at the Bowery Presents office. To get yer butt in the running, click the Comment link and enter your name and email address. But do it by Friday, March 22nd. All entrants will be tossed in a hat and the winner will be chosen at random. Oh, and don’t forget to follow MOKB on Facebook and Twitter!

And for all of youse in the New York area who don’t like things like this left to chance, get your tickets here.

Sigur Rós on Tour
Mar 24 – Fairfax, VA
Mar 25 – New York, NY
Mar 26 – Boston, MA
Mar 27 – Montreal, QC
Mar 29 – Ottawa, ON
Mar 30 – Toronto, ON
Apr 1 – Detroit, MI
Apr 2 – Chicago, IL
Apr 3 – St. Paul, MN
Apr 4 -Kansas City, MO

Video : Do317.com session with The Lumineers

Late last year, MOKB & MOKB Presents launched an interactive events calendar website called Do317.com. The site exploded onto the scene during the February Super Bowl activities in Indianapolis and has been rapidly growing ever since. A couple month ago, we opened the Do317.com Lounge, a 70-person performance space where we could hold our own sessions, art shows, and events. Since opening, we’ve now hosted six bands in front of a live studio audience, and have some fun shows and sessions coming up. Do317.com registered users are the only ones eligible to win admission to these special sessions.

Our first session with a national act features Denver, Colorado’s The Lumineers. During a two-day stretch of sold out MOKB Presents performances at Radio Radio in Indianapolis, the band stopped over at the Lounge and spent some intimate, QT with us…

Stubborn Love:

Flowers In Your Hair:

Ho Hey:

MOKB Premiere : Exray’s : You Can Trust a Robot

One of last year’s must buzzed-about bands, San Francisco’s Exray’s are primed and ready to make their triumphant return to the record racks with their latest full-length, Trust A Robot. Sadly, you’re going to have to wait until June 26th to make off with that release, which will see the light of day courtesy of the fine folks at SF-based Howell’s Transmitter.

So what’s a lo-fi pop fan to do in the meantime?

Well, ever righteous, MOKB would rather light a candle than curse your darkness. So we begged, borrowed and pleaded with the nice folks who handle the Exray’s bidness, and laid our meathooks on a premiere of the album’s second single, You Can Trust a Robot. Sure, they might’ve washed behind their ears for their sophomore stroll, but these boys still sound like they raided Gary Numan’s garage sale. This one is a keeper, for sure.

Exray’s – “You Can Trust A Robot” from Echolocale on Vimeo.

Exray’s on Tour
6/8 @ San Francisco, CA – Rickshaw Stop (Record Release Show w/ Mwahaha, Devonwho, Maus Haus)
6/15 @ Tacoma, WA – The Space
6/16 @ Olympia, WA – Little House on the Perry
6/17 @ Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern
6/22 @ San Diego, CA – Soda Bar
6/23 @ Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy
9/15 @ San Francisco, CA – Rock Make Street Festival

Concert Review : Why Bother With The Wall?

In case you hadn’t heard, erstwhile Pink Floyd bassist/frontman, Roger Waters, is on the road this summer with a moveable beast known simply as The Wall.

The Wall

Rarely have two simple words been juxtaposed and thereby endowed with such a wallop. Since its release in November 1979, The Wall has been a monolithic presence on the cultural landscape: a rallying cry for unmotivated school children, a target for endless satire, a talisman of passage for college freshmen and the music bed to roughly 5 billion buzzes. (Trying to imagine the number of joints that have been smoked to Comfortably Numb is not unlike trying to contemplate the cosmos themselves.) And while it didn’t end the Cold War, The Wall certainly provided a nifty metaphor for the political turbulence and the eventual reunification of Berlin.

The Wall isn’t the first concept album, and it’s certainly not the best (I would give that honor to Hüsker Dü’s Zen Arcade). It’s not even the most preposterous. But the fact remains that it has sold over 23 million copies in the Unites States alone. If I were a betting man, I’d say either it or Back In Black will likely be the first record to hit 1 billion in sales, and its success has spawned too many dreadful imitations to count (Hello Black Parade! Bon Jour Operation: Mindcrime!). It has also inspired a major motion picture, endless tributes and a graffiti so easy even your little sister can master it. And did I mention this current incarnation has played 150+ shows in 27 countries for a gross of $218 million? That’s a lot of three-quarter sleeve t-shirts, kiddies.

Obviously, The Wall still resonates with people, everyone from doctors to dock workers. But why? In an attempt to understand the lasting appeal and financial cash cow that is The Wall, MOKB braved the bricks when Waters and company stopped in St. Paul on June 3, and we’ve come up with a few pet theories to explain the endearing fascination.

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Song : Florence + The Machine : Try A Little Tenderness (Otis Redding Cover) + MOKB Presents

We have already heard Florence Welch aka Florence + The Machine’s team up with Queen’s of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme to perform a lovely cover of Johnny Cash and June Carter’s Jackson during an MTV Unplugged episode. We, now, have this great cover of a personal favorite, Otis Redding’s Try A Little Tenderness, from that same session. You can watch the performance below, along with the previously discussed Jackson cover.

MTV Unplugged – A Live Album is available now. You can watch the episode in its entirety here. MOKB Presents will be bringing Florence + The Machine w/The Walkmen to The Lawn @ White River State Park in Indianapolis on July 29th. Tickets are now onsale and you can get the full details here.

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