...at face value:
Another Planet Entertainment has confirmed that, yes indeed, as reported here a week ago, Radiohead, Jack Johnson and Tom Petty/Heartbreakers will be playing the Outside Lands Festival in Golden Gate Park on Aug. 22-24. More info to come at their website - and here.
Also, Treasure Island is set for a month later, Sept. 20-21 on Treasure Island. More info at the festival's website. (Yes, I know the site only has last year's dates - trust me on this one.) There are no names yet - I'm open to leaks! Last year was a beautiful day with Thievery Corporation, Kinky, DJ Shadow and Cut Chemist, M.I.A. and many others. And that was just Saturday...
In other, even more immediate news, the on-again/0ff-again Van Halen swing - said as recently as Saturday to be off - is apparently on-again. And I still don't care.
And more immediate news I DO care about is that the Swell Season - also known as the band featuring Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, the charming duo that made "Once" not only one of last year's best movies but also won an upset Oscar for Best Song - will be playing the Paramount Theatre in Oakland on April 26, just a day after they play Coachella, and definitely a better place to see them than that clusterfuck. Tickets went on sale Sunday morning and have already sold out - I have failed you, and myself. Ah well...I'm over it already.
Explore the Swell Season further at their myspace page.
And I'm still not sick of this song (though I can see it from here)...so...
And don't forget the Sacramento Sound Art Festival, which takes place this Friday and Saturday, featuring a bunch of local and not-so-local artists at the Vox Gallery, at 19th and X Streets in Sacramento. Check the festival's myspace page or their website for more information. I'd give them more of a bump, but besides Bill Burg's name, I don't recognize anyone except for Ross Hammond. But as with many bands I've never heard of, the names SOUND cool...Audioemetic, Gendarmes, Jolthrower and Smite! all sound kind of cool.
And finally, yes, I know that only this last item actually has ANYTHING to do with the Grid - and I have to admit that I'm starting to feel that the whole Grid thing was a bit of an abstract pretense - who actually limits themselves to these 800 square blocks? I spent the weekend in San Francisco and Land Park, and will soon be heading out to ski. And the Grid has nothing much to do with them. I think I would be quite bored if I limited myself to the Grid.
Nice blooms these days, though...
On the other hand, I'm wondering, Grid people, if anyone knows what's going in at the corner of 10th and D...272 residential units and 101,000 square feet of retail, the notice from the City says...what's up with that? "The Creamery" they say. What say you, Burg?