Ben Harper Tour + Free Song

It’s been a week of tour announcements hasn’t it! Ben Harper is about to embark on his summer/fall tour that starts in June. There’s a European run there in the middle of it, but he comes back stateside in August. A few dates are already sold out. You know the drill.

Oh yeah, and did I mention Ben released a new, free song this week on iTunes? It’s for his latest single “Don’t Give Up On Me Now.” Party on!

6/4 - Ozark, AR - Wakarusa Festival
6/5 - Kansas City, MO - Crossroads
6/6 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre SOLD OUT
6/7 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre SOLD OUT
6/12 - Fès, Morocco - Festival de Fès
6/30 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre SOLD OUT
7/1 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre SOLD OUT
7/2 - Sioux City, OA - Saturday in the Park
7/3 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest
7/5 - Toronto, ON - The Sound Academy
7/6 - Ottawa, ON - Bluesfest
7/8 - Quebec City, QC - Quebec City International Summer Festival
7/16 - Aix les Bains, France - Festival Musilac
7/18 - Lucca, Italy - Piazza Napoleone
7/19 - Rome, Italy - Fiesta Ippodromo delle Capannelle
7/20 - Milan, Italy - Arena Civica
7/22 - Nimes, France - Festival de Nimes
7/23 - Carcassonne, France - Festival de Carcassonne
7/25 - Saint-Malo-Du-Bois, France - Festival de Poupet
7/28 - Lucerne, Switzerland - Swiss Blues Festival
7/29 - Tarvisio, Italy - Piazza Unita
7/30 - Verona, Italy - Castello Scaligero Di Villafranca
8/1 - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Sporting Summer Festival
8/3 - Corsica, France - La Citadelle
8/5 - Avenches, Switzerland - Rock Oz Arènes
8/6 - Colmar, France - Festival Foire aux Vins d’Alsace
8/7 - Dranouter, Belgium - Dranouter Festival
8/25 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield
8/26 - Bend, OR - Les Schwab Amphitheatre
8/27 - Seattle, WA - Marymoor Amphitheatre
8/28 - Vancouver, BC - Malkin Bowl
9/2 - Stateline, NV - Harvey’s Lake Tahoe
9/3 - Las Vegas, NV - Pool at Cosmopolitan
9/4 - Del Mar, CA - Del Mar Racetrack (concert following the races)
9/10 - Dana Point, CA - Doheny Days Music Festival
9/27 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis
9/29 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
9/30 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
10/1 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
10/4 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10/5 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

Free tunes from SXSW

As we are all setting off for our Austin adventures, SXSW has released an official, free Music Sampler on iTunes. It’s 20 free tracks from artists playing the conference that you outta know. It features Talib Kweli, an MC who happens to be performing at our showcase on March 16th.

The sampler is available for a limited time only, so get it while you can!


SXSW AP Showcase

It’s that time of year again! Music, interactive and film nerds all pile into Austin for the oh-so fabulous South x South West (SXSW) conference. Yours truly will be in attendance with the Vans crew and I think I can speak for all of us when I say that we can’t wait. I may or may not already be counting down the days.

Anyway, our friends at Alternative Press host a rad, all-ages and totally free showcase during SXSW. This year, you can check it out on Saturday, March 19th, across all three stages at Emo’s. With over 20 bands performing, everyone will have a reason to come out. And after seeing the crowd from last year, everyone will also have a reason to come out early.

See you there!


New Datarock Song + Free Download


Datarock is currently in the middle of what’s going to be the most epic release in music to date. Seriously. The project, out March 21, will be a vinyl toy. Inside the toy will be a custom designed USB drive containing 105 songs, 1500 photos, 20 music videos and a concert movie. Check out how rad the toy is going to look!


The track “Catcher in the Rye” from the USB is available for you to stream at and download for totally free (link trusted and verified). I just got the song myself and trust me, you’ll start shimmying. It can’t not happen.

Motörhead + Valient Thorr Tour


Motörhead have just announced their North American The World Is Yours 2011 tour. Supporting the headliners will be Clutch and Valient Thorr and tickets are available now.

1/25 Anaheim, CA @ House Of Blues
1/29 Las Vegas, NV @ House Of Blues
1/30 San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew
1/31 San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
2/1 Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
2/2 San Francisco, CA @ Warfield Theatre
2/4 Seattle, WA @ Showbox SoDo
2/5 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
2/7 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
2/9 Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Events Center
2/10 Calgary, AB @ Flames Central
2/12 Winnipeg, MB @ Burton Cummings Theatre
2/15 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
2/16 Milwaukee, WI @ Rave Ballroom
2/17 Kansas City, MO @ Midland Theatre
2/19 Chicago, IL @ Congress Theatre
2/20 Sauget, IL @ Pop’s
2/22 Grand Rapids, MI @ Orbit Room
2/23 Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Theatre
2/25 Kitchener, ON @ Elements
2/26 Toronto, ON @ Koolhaus
3/01 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
3/08 Austin, TX @ Stubbs
3/10 Tempe, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
3/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia Live

You can also download Valient Thorr’s latest release “Double-Crossed” for free from their website, and check out their newest video for the same track right here:

The Death Set’s Latest FREE Mix CD


We love The mothereffing Death Set. Not just because they are amazing, but they are always giving us (and you) free music!

The Death Set has teamed up with Мишка to release Artificially Sweetened. This mix has an astounding 43 tracks- all for free. There’s going to be something for everyone on this one. If not, you must not listen to any music…so shame on you.

Check out the low-down on this album:

This mix is so much more than raps and rocks getting jumbled around. There’s a good melange of everything that would possibly get people pumped. There’s some salsa, the Zombies, The Jackson 5, some Fugazi, Angry Samoans, The Misfits, Descendents, Waka Flocka, Black Sheep, Cee Lo – you know what, it’s mostly just punk and rap. But there’s a ton of great mixing in this thing.

Sounds like a party, right?! Get it today! We can verify this is a trusted download link.

The full track list is below.


Мишка Presents The Death Set – Artificially Sweetened
1. Mario Shows Pee Wee Some New Items In the Magic Shop vs. MFDS (Pee Wee Herman vs. The Death Set)
2. Brooklyn to Baltimore (Scottie B vs. Notorious B.I.G.)
3. I Want You Back (Jackson 5 and a Sprinkle of S & P)
4. 52 Girls vs. Shimmy Shimmy Ya (B52′s vs. O.D.B.)
5. Born Free (Ninjasonik vs. M.I.A. vs. Suicide)
6. Aussie Bogan Chick on Train (Some Dumb Skank)
7. Deformative vs. Circumstances (Black Eyes vs. Buju Banton)
8. I-10 vs. Terrorist (Japanther vs. DJ Vadim)
9. Ballzy Anthem Summertime (Crystal Fighters and a Spinkle of Cerebral Ballzy)
10. Chew It Like a Gun Gum [Mixtape Teaser Edit] vs. 1800 Suicide (The Death Set vs. Gravediggaz)
11. Perversion For Profit (George Putnam)
12. My Shadow vs. Pass the Mic (Jay Reatard vs. The Beastie Boys)
13. Hybrid Moments (The Misfits)
14. Suburban Home (The Descendents)
15. The Choice is Yours (Black Sheep)
16. Be Faithful (Crooklyn Clan)
17. Diamond Sea vs. Be Faithful vs. Hunter S. Thompson Lecture on Herpes & Disco (Sonic Youth vs. Crooklyn Clan vs. Hunter S. Thompson)
18. Pico Pico (Los Pico Pico)
19. Baltimore Collage (Ponytail, Double Dagger, Ecstatic Sunshine, Dan Deacon, Video Hippos, Spankrock, MFDS)
20. They Come to Get Us (The Death Set & XXXChange)
21. Earth Fwend Fire vs. O Lets Do It (Best Fwends vs. Waka Flocka Flame)
22. Mind Ya Buisiness (Rod Lee)
23. Black Metal vs. Lights Out (Ascii Disko vs. Angry Samoans)
24. Kittens Inspired by Canonball, Black Metal, Should I Stay or Should I Go, Get to the Point (The Breeders vs. Ascii Disko vs. The Clash vs. Sizzla)
25. Shot a Fire (Shabba Ranks)
26. Loving You Sometimes (The Outkasts)
27. Time of the Season (The Zombies)
28. Windowlicker (Aphex Twin)
29. Mashed Potato Time vs. He Hit Me vs. In the Clear (Dee Dee King vs. The Crystals vs. Cap’n Jazz)
30. Deep Cover (Hollywood Holt)
31. Subliminal (Suicidal Tendencies)
32. Public Witness (Fugazi)
33. Hypnotize vs. Brown Paper Bag vs. Blitzkrieg Bop (Notorious B.I.G. vs. Roni Size vs. The Ramones)
34. Grinding Halt (The Death Set Covering the Cure)
35. Ya Fat Bugger! (Wigan Fatty Fuck)
36. Chick Habit (April March vs. Zap! Pow! Die!)
37. Fair Weathered Friends (Daedelus)
38. Fair Weathered Friends (Daedelus, The Death Set Wonk Remix)
39. Hello Miss (Cee Lo, XXXChange Remix)
40. At the Movies (Bad Brains)
41. Zombie (The Death Set, Baby Giraffes Remix)
42. Michel Poiccard Prefers the Old (Breathless)
43. Gut Feeling vs. It’s Just a Ride (Devo vs. Bill Hicks)

New Song from The Damned Things


The Damned Things (you know- the crazy mash up Every Time I Die, Anthrax and Fall Out Boy) have announced their new album Ironiclast will be available on December 14th. Word on the street says it’s amazing and after seeing the band’s second performance ever, there’s no debating that claim over here.

There are a few of the new tracks on the band’s MySpace, but the latest song “Little Darling” can be heard over at AbsolutePunk. Keith comments on the song:

"Little Darling" may have been the most instinctually oriented song on the record as far as the lyric writing was concerned. I remember when Joe and Rob and I sat down to go over possible melodies, the first line was the "example" we gave as to the vocal cadence of the verse. I remember saying "ok, so something that SOUNDS like ‘little darling’" and went to the drawing board. After nothing really felt right, I realized that those two words were perfect from the beginning. It set the tone for the entire rest of the song which is essentially just a letter of apology for being so absent from certain peoples lives.

A second song “Friday Night (Going Down In Flames)” can be downloaded for free via Facebook and for another taste, check out the song “We’ve Got A Situation Here” below (which is available for download on iTunes):

Just for kicks, see how the guys look live! These photos are from The Borderline in London back in June:

Free Live Tumbledown Tracks


Daytrotter, a website that features music sessions from a massive variety of artists, recently had Tumbledown in their studio. The website has a different band session available everyday- which leaves 28 free songs a week for all of us to enjoy for free. On behalf of everyone who likes good music, thanks for bringing TB in!

Tumbledown’s session features new, live recordings of “Butcher of San Antone,” “Let’s Drink,” “State Line” and “Son of a Gun.” To download the set, you must register for the site (all of which is free). If you don’t feel like downloading the tracks, you can simply stream them.

And don’t forget to pick up TD’s latest release Empty Bottle with these awesome packages- like an MP3 download, autographed poster and a t-shirt for $15.


Free Bad Religion Tribute Album


All great bands will have a tribute album. All the others just probably aren’t as good at this one.

In honor of Bad Religion’s 30th year, Germs of Perfection: A Tribute to Bad Religion has been complied for your enjoyment. I remember the list of artists who were in the mix for this project when it was coming together this past summer and I can say that I’m very impressed by the final cut.

Did I mention that this is a totally free album? Download it now! Right now! For you skeptics, this is a tested, trusted download link so lap it up.

Check out the tracklist below:

01. Switchfoot – Sorrow
02. Guttermouth – Pity
03. Cheap Girls – Kerosene
04. The Weakerthans – Sanity
05. William Elliott Whitmore – Don’t Pray on Me
06. Ted Leo and the Pharmacists – Against the Grain
07. Riverboat Gamblers – Heaven Is Falling
08. New Politics – Generator
09. Cobra Skulls ft. Fat Mike – Give You Nothing
10. Frank Turner – My Poor Friend Me
11. Polar Bear Club – Better Off Dead
12. Tegan and Sara – Suffer

Get some!

Matt Costa Free New Track Download

Like the headline says, our buddy Matt Costa is offering up free track “The Season” from his new album Mobile Chateau on Matt Costa dot com. The new album, due out on 9/21/10 on Brushfire Records, will accompany a big, long tour that will most certainly come to a city near you. The dates are up & some are already for sale.


Here’s a snippet of what you can expect from Mobile Chateau via OC Weekly, “Costa promises a “distinct departure” from his previous work in Mobile Chateau, leaning towards what the press release calls “‘60s psychedelic superheroes,” before name-checking Donovan, 13th Floor Elevators, the Zombies and the Electric Prunes.” Congrats, Matt!

The Pixies perform Doolittle…again!


The Pixies just announced they will be heading back out for an extended run of the 2009 Doolittle reunion tour. Last year, the band toured nation-wide in celebration of the album’s 20th anniversary- and it seems like fans have asked for more.

The tour will hit 11 cities throughout September and will offer something the previous tour did not. At the end of each performance, you can get a CD copy of the show at the merch booth. I’d like to see the CD burner they have to tour with that can pop them out that quickly. It must be crazy! I digress…

The show will still feature all of the songs from Doolittle as well as the B-sides associated with the album. As of now, there is no information when tickets will be available.

And let’s say you want to know what the band sounds like now after all these years? Then download a free copy of band’s live EP.

September 7
Tower TheatrePhiladelphia, PA September 10
Ryman AuditoriumNashville, TN September 13
Fox TheatreAtlanta, GA September 17
Uptown TheatreKansas City, MO September 18
Brady TheatreTulsa, OK September 19
Verizon TheatreDallas, TX September 20
Verizon Wireless Theatre
Houston, TX September 22
Austin Music HallAustin, TX September 24
Mesa AmphitheatreMesa, AZ September 25
The JointLas Vegas, NV September 26
RIMAC ArenaSan Diego, CA

Bad Religion Writing New Album

This week marks the official announcement that Bad Religion is recording a new album.

So much is happening for the band on their 30th year anniversary. We’re talking full tours, a live album and now they are working on the next. Do these guys take a break!?

Epitaph Records founder, and Bad Religion member, Brett Gurewitz comments:

While we’re celebrating our 30th anniversary as a band this year it’s also a time when Greg and I have embarked on new creative pursuits which have informed our songwriting process. I’m a new parent again and Greg a new author having just completed his first book Anarchy Evolution. So the songs are a distillation of where we’ve been and who we are now…a natural evolution of creativity. Being a new parent has colored my whole world. As a result I’ve written songs that at least for me, are somewhat less angsty and more introspective and vulnerable. The experience has emboldened me to take some creative risks as a songwriter that I’ve not allowed myself to take before.

Greg also commented on working on the new album:

We wouldn’t embark on this new creative endeavor, Brett wouldn’t have embarked on parenthood, I wouldn’t have embarked on writing a book, if we hadn’t reached a place in our lives where we felt the confidence that we had something to offer and that’s what these songs represent. They represent a new found confidence that things are starting to make sense to us.

If you want the entire free live album, you can still get it for free by signing up for their mailing list…for free. Get it! Get it!!!

Free Bad Religion Song Download? Yes, Please!

As you may know from my previous posts, Bad Religion is celebrating their 30th year as a band in 2010. Crazy, right? And because we love them so much, and vice versa (we hope), we are bringing you an exclusive, free download!

The track is a live version of Suffer from the band’s 1988 album. We will have it available for you to download for a limited time from Just so you know, this is the only place to get this track!

If you aren’t happy with one song, then I have even better news for you. Starting May 18th you can download the FULL live album…also for free! You must sign up at to get the download when it’s available.


FREE Song from Trash Talk’s New Album


You can download the track “Explode,” yes for free, from Trash Talk’s newest album Eyes and Nines directly from their website. The full album will be released digitally on May 18th and you can find it on shelves starting June 8th. Since I know everyone reading this right now is going to buy this album (if you aren’t, I may have to track you down), you might as well get a jump kick and grab this song!

The band’s sophomore album will feature guest appearances from Bad Religion’s Greg Heston as well as Matt Caughthrah of The Bronx.

To round out the release, the band will be heading out on the road in late April with Alexisonfire, Therefore I Am and La Dispute:

April 21st Cleveland, OH - Peabody’s Down Under
April 22nd Detroit, MI - St. Andrew’s Hall
April 23rd Buffalo, NY - The Town Ballroom
April 24th Baltimore, MD - Ottobar
April 25th Richmond, VA - Canal Club (Downstairs Lounge)
April 27th West Palm Beach, FL - Ground Control
April 28th Orlando, FL - The Social
April 29th St. Petersburg, FL - State Theatre
April 30th Atlanta, GA - The Masquerade
May 01st Greensboro, NC - Greene Street Club
May 03rd Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
May 04th Dallas, TX - The Door
May 05th Austin, TX - Emo’s
May 07th Mesa, AZ - The Nile
May 08th Anaheim, CA - Chain Reaction
May 09th West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
May 10th San Francisco, CA - Slim’s
May 12th Portland, OR - Peter’s Room
May 13th Seattle, WA - El Corazon
May 14th Boise, ID - The Venue
May 15th Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue’s Club Sound
May 16th Denver, CO - Marquis Theater
May 18th Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock
May 19th Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
May 21st New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
May 22nd Philadelphia, PA - Theatre of Living Arts
May 23rd Worcester, MA - The Palladium

Need some free shoes?

Good. Because everyone needs more Vans.

This is the 100th post of the Vans Music Blog! Hooray! So I want to celebrate by giving you the chance to win a $50 VANS GIFT CARD! This contest is only open to US residents and this gift card can only be used on a Vans Off The Wall store. This means you cannot use it online or at a store like Journeys or Zumiez.

Now to the contest!

You know Vans rocks some pretty sweet band collabs. We have Iron Maiden, Slayer, Ramones, Rise Against, Kiss- you know them well! Now I want to know who YOU want to see on a Vans collab. Maybe some Every Time I Die or Gallows New Eras? How about Micheal Jackson Sk8 Hi shoes? Can you imagine red leather ones!? You could even want some Hannah Montana or Lady GaGa slip-ons. It can be anything your little heart desires. The only limit is your creativity on this one.

How to enter:
Just leave a comment of the band, shoe style and what you’d want it to look like! Do you want album art? Do you want the band’s logo? Perhaps jewel encrusted soles? Feathers? Speak up! All you have to do is tell me your dream band’s shoe and you are entered to win. Make sure to include some sort of contact information (like your Twitter name or e-mail) so we can contact you if you are the winner!

A winner will be picked randomly from applicable entries. Contest ends on Sunday, April 4th at 12pm PST.


So….what’s it gonna be?