News on Alicia Keys, Ween, OEMF
Soulful songstress Alicia Keys will perform a concert Monday (Dec. 1) for broadcast exclusively to AOL Broadband subscribers. The invitation-only "Broadband Rocks!" concert at New York's Webster Hall will start at 9 p.m.; the concert will be available for streaming on demand for seven days.
Keys is also planning to perform tomorrow on ABC's "Good Morning America," broadcast live from Marcus Garvey Park in New York's Harlem neighborhood. In both performances, Keys will debut new music from her upcoming album "The Diary of Alicia Keys," due Dec. 2 from J Records.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Rock duo Ween will release a new live disc exclusively through its official Web site, via its own Chocodog Records. The site will begin accepting pre-orders for the release -- documenting an "All Request" concert the band played in July -- on Dec. 1, marking the third straight year the band has made a live album available to fans during the holiday season.
The show, performed live on Weenradio.com, featured a set list entirely chosen by fans through voting on the band's Web site. It includes such rare cuts as "Pollo Asado," "Demon Sweat" and all five installments of the group's "The Stallion" song cycle.
As previously reported, Ween kicks off a European tour Thursday (Nov. 27) in Stockholm. Fresh off the August release of its seventh studio album, "Quebec" (Sanctuary), which debuted at a career-best No. 81 on The Billboard 200, the band is also hoping to turn a recording of a recent three-night stand at Chicago's Vic Theatre into a live DVD.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
Swayzak, FannyPack, LFO, Zombie Nation, W.I.T., Punx Soundcheck, Tommie Sunshine and DJs Are Not Rockstars are among the acts confirmed for the first Outsider Electronic Music Festival (OEMF). The event is being spearheaded by New York-based producer/DJ Larry Tee, an outspoken advocate for the '80s-leaning electroclash movement.
The two-day OEMF will take place Dec. 11-12 at Crobar, one of several new clubs opening in New York this fall. Additionally, Tee plans to take the festival to Brazil and Russia next year. "Once electroclash became so popular around the world, the backlash then became not 'if' but 'when,'" Tee tells Billboard. "When a movement becomes that big, people need to slag it off. That's just how it goes."
Tee says the OEMF gives him the freedom to spotlight more "serious" acts like LFO and more "playful" ones like FannyPack. This philosophy suits FannyPack's Matt Goias just fine. "We are the anti-electroclash group," he says. "We have been more inspired by Afrika Bambaataa than British synth pop. So the word 'outsider' suits us better."
-- Michael Paoletta, N.Y.