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The Postal Service Celebrate 10 Years Of ‘Give Up’ In Los Angeles

At the ripe age of 34, I have seen the music industry reinvent itself on more than one occasion. While I was fortunate enough to begin my musical identity right as Nirvana was taking off, it is my honest opinion that there are only a few perfect records created. One of these perfect albums just so happened to be released as I entered my second decade of musical snobbery. That album is called Give Up and as it now enters its second decade, The Postal Service are in the middle of a world tour celebrating the beloved album.


The Postal Service 07/23/13 Greek Theatre Los Angeles

After nearly 90 minutes in traffic, we made our way to the lovely Greek Theatre in Los Angeles just in time for the evenings main support act, Big Freedia. I’ll be honest, my exposure to bounce MC’s is very limited, but thanks to the eccentric act from New Orleans, I sure as hell hope that changes. For nearly 45 minutes, Big Freedia freaked across the stage armed with a mic, a DJ and three booty shaking dancers. As the sun set behind the hills that make up Griffith Park, most of the crowd didn’t know what to make of what was in front of them. Two self-described wine snobs sitting in my general area honestly thought they had made it to the wrong show. With songs like Excuse and Azz Everywhere, it is understandable as the hard hitting beats and praise of the backside are a radically different message than kissing an ex in a way Clark Gable would have admired. That said, Big Freedia came and concurred as he pumped the crowd for the main event.

When I first heard that The Postal Service was going on tour, I was skeptical. What bootlegs I had heard of their sporadic live performances a decade ago left a lot to be desired. As I am sure many people are, I am very protective of Give Up and how something so simple truly served as a blueprint for a new generation of laptop rocking musicians. Thankfully a decade after release, the band has managed to translate the still unique techno sounds found of Give Up into anthems capable of moving large masses of humanity that show up to celebrate them.

Opening with The District Sleeps Alone, the band commanded the short attention spans of all 8,000+ fans that made it into the hillside venue. For the next 75 minutes, with front man Ben Gibbard joking that they were “a band from nowhere” the four piece perfectly performed basically every song that appeared on the original version of Give Up, as well as all the b-sides and new songs from the deluxe edition.

While many may thing of The Postal Service as the guy from Death Cab and some other guy, it was fellow indie darling Jenny Lewis who stole the show. The ‘third’ member of The Postal Service, we all know Lewis can belt out some truly powerful vocals, however on this particular night we got to witness just how phenomenal of a musician she is. In addition to her cute interplay with Gibbard on Nothing Better, Lewis threw massive amounts of rage sauce onto songs like Recycled Air, Clark Gable and Tattered Line of String.

While I don’t believe The Postal Service could ever recapture the magic that is Give Up with a second album, I am truly grateful the band decided to hit the road in celebration of 10 years of songs that served as an important soundtrack to my twenties. Let’s hope it doesn’t take another 10 years to have them do it all over again.

Lollapalooza Announces Full 2013 Lineup


Alight folks here we go. Lollapalooza 2013 has revealed it’s full lineup. We debated sharing the headliners with you when they broke a few weeks ago (  Phoenix, The Postal Service, The National, the Killers, Mumford & Sons and Vampire Weekend). We decided to wait for the full lineup, and it turned out alright.

In the artists we care about after giving the lineup a quick skim category we list these folks:

Queens of the Stone Age, Nine Inch Nails ,The Cure, Ghost(not calling them B.C.!),Kendrick Lamar, New Order, Death Grips, Grizzly Bear, Major Lazer, Local Natives, Band of Horses, Haim, Cat Power, Beach House, Baroness, Smith Westerns, DIIV, Tegan & Sara, Baauer, Foals, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, 2 Chainz, Disclosure, Angel Haze, Wild Nothing, Eric Church, Father John Misty, Reignwolf

Check out this poster below for the full list, or head over to the official festival website by clicking here


Free Press Summer Fest Unveils 2013 Lineup

Free Press Summer Fest 2013

There’s a Festival Called “Free Press Summer Fest” that’s going to go down this year at Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston, Texas June 1st – 2nd, has just released it’s 2013 lineup.

The upper tier names on the bill are The Postal Service, Iggy And The Stooges (Featuring Mike Watt on Bass) and TV On The Radio but the undercard isn’t bad either. Bands that don’t suck on the lower half of the bill include Arctic Monkeys, Japandroids, Of Monsters Of Men, Baroness, Social D, The Bronx , Grace Potter And The Nocturnals and added as of hours ago, UME. Hell you could even catch 2 Chainz if that floats your boat. Sounds good to me, who has a couch for me to crash on in Texas? For Tickets, head to the official festival website by clicking here. Full lineup below.

Free Press Summer Fest 2013 Lineup:

The Postal Service

Iggy and the Stooges

TV on the Radio

Passion Pit

Arctic Monkeys

Alabama Shakes

Cat Power,

Geto Boys



Social Distortion

Of Monsters and Men


The Men


The Bronx


Grace Potter and the Nocturnals

Kitty Pryde


Macklemore & Ryan Lewis

Calvin Harris

Mavis Staples

2 Chainz

The Head and the Heart

Matt and Kim

Milo Greene

Paul Banks



The Postal Service Annouce More Tour Dates This Summer

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Earlier this month, The Postal Service announced six tour dates around their appearance at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival in Indio, CA. Well today, they let us in on a little more than six when they added 21 shows to that over the course of this summer. Barclay’s Center gets a second night added and thing end at the Greek in July. For all the North American Tour Dates, see below:

The Postal Service Summer 2013 North American Tour Dates:

04/09 – Reno, NV // Grand Sierra Theatre
04/10 – Davis, CA // Mondavi Center
04/12 – San Luis Obispo CA // Madonna Expo Center
04/13 – Indio, CA // Coachella Music and Arts Festival
04/12 – San Luis Obispo, CA // Madonna Expo Center
04/18 – Phoenix, AZ // Comerica Theatre
04/19 – Las Vegas, NV // Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan
04/20 – Indio, CA // Coachella Music and Arts Festival
05/27 – George, WA // Sasquatch! Music Festival
05/28 – Boise, ID // Knitting Factory
05/29 – Magna, UT // Saltair
05/30 – Morrison, CO // Red Rocks Ampitheater
06/03 – Grand Prairie, TX // Verizon Theater
06/05 – Orlando, FL // Hard Rock Live
06/06 – Atlanta, GA // Fox Theater
06/07 – Raleigh, NC // Red Hat Ampitheater
06/08 – Columbus, OH // LC Pavilion
06/10 – Detroit, MI // The Fillmore
06/11 – Toronto, ON // Air Canada Centre
06/12 – Boston, MA // Bank of America Pavilion
06/14 – Brooklyn, NY // Barclays Center
06/15 – Brooklyn, NY // Barclays Center
06/17 – Philadelphia, PA // Mann Center for the Perofmring Arts
06/18 – Columbia, MD // Merriweather Post Pavilion
07/16 – Vancouver, BC // Rogers Arena
07/17 – Portland, OR // Rose Garden Arena
07/26 – Berkeley, CA // Greek Theater

Sasquatch! Festival 2013 Lineup Announced



The Sasquatch! Festival 2013 lineup has just been announced at the official Announcement Party at the Neptune Theatre in Seattle. The four night party over Memorial Day Weekend at the Gorge Amphitheatre always promises to be a good time and this year looks to be no exception.

Cody ChesnuTT came out to start the night, the first artist confirmation of the Festival. After his short set came “surprise guests” Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, who confirmed their own Gorge set for May after performing Thrift Shop, Same Love and Can’t Hold Us.

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(Macklemore live at the Neptune Theatre lineup drop)

After those the official lineup video was played for those in attendance (and those streaming online), the full lineup came to fruition:

Mumford & Sons
The Postal Service
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Sigur Rós
Vampire Weekend
The xx
The Lumineers
Arctic Monkeys
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
Primus 3D
Empire of the Sun
Imagine Dragons
Bloc Party
Andrew Bird
Dropkick Murphys
Built To Spill
Steve Aoki
Wake Owl
Toro Y Moi
Kingdom Crumbs
Nancy & Beth
Youth Lagoon
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Beachwood Sparks
The Barr Brothers
Brown Bird
Luke Sital-Singh
Brett Gelman
Jenny Slate
James Adomian
The Presets
Azari & III
Brothers From Another
Divine Fits
ZZ Ward
Four Color Zack
Nacho Picasso
ScHoolboy Q & Ab-Soul
Mike Birbiglia
Let’s Talk
OC Notes: “Golden Gods”
Danny Brown
Brody Stevens
Jon Daly
Hundred Waters
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs
Holy Ghost!
JJ Grey & Mofro
Kyle Kinane
Laidback Luke
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
Joe Mande
Nick Offerman
Rose Windows
RA Scion
Devendra Banhart
Sean Nelson
John Talabot
Red Fang
Willy Moon
Youngblood Hawke
Ryan Bingham
Azealia Banks
Atlas Genius
Matthew Dear
Robert Delong
Earl Sweatshirt
Killer Mike
Shovels & Rope
Radical Face
Wild Belle
Michael Kiwanuka
Deep Sea Diver
Death Grips
Twin Shadow
Dirty Projectors
Tame Impala
Surfer Blood
The Tallest Man On Earth
Fang Island
Father John Misty
Porcelain Raft
Shout Out Louds
Black Rebel Motorcycle Club
Elliott BROOD
Jherek Bischoff
Sea Wolf
Capital Cities

The Postal Service Unveil Spring Tour Dates

Postal Service

Adored by many, Ben Gibbard and The Postal Service have reunited. In addtion to Coachella Hipster And Arts Festival, the band will play six other dates besides the two weekends in Indio. Reno and Las Vegas get visited as well as Arizona before the band wraps things up in Jay-Z’s lovely Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn. Check out the dates below

 The Postal Service Spring Tour Dates:

April 9 – Reno, NV // Grand Sierra Theatre
April 10 – Davis, CA // Mondavi Center
April 13 – Indio, CA // Coachella
April 12 – San Luis Obispo, CA // Madonna Expo Center
April 18 – Phoenix, AZ // Comerica Theatre
April 19 – Las Vegas, NV // Chelsea Ballroom at the Cosmopolitan
April 20 – Indio, CA // Coachella
June 14 – New York, NY // Barclays

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