New Releases: Rodrigo y Gabriela, JET

rodigo y gabriela 11:11Rodrigo y Gabriela have released their third studio album titled 11:11 (recorded in Ixtapa, Mexico) and it’s poised to make their current tour (dates listed below) one of the hottest live tickets this fall. If you’re not yet familiar with them, here’s the short version of the story: The duo met in Mexico in a thrash metal band. They soon moved to Ireland and, as a matter of convenience, switched to acoustic so they could tour the pubs without hauling heavy gear. Then they found their sound – a mix of rock, metal and Spanish-style guitar. It’s just the two of them, no percussion. What you hear that sounds like drums is them slapping, knocking and pounding on their guitars. It’s mesmerizing.

So what can you expect from the new album? They keep with the stuff that earned Rodrigo y Gabriela a loyal following but are clearly growing and exploring new territory. There are some new sounds teased in an earlier U.S. tour stop, like the distortion in “Buster Voodoo” ala Jimi Hendrix – all recreated on stage with no loops, no back-door tricks. Some other influences Rodrigo y Gabriela list on this album include Carlos Santana, Hendrix, Paco De Lucia, Pink Floyd and Pantera lead guitarist Dimebag Darrell.

We saw Rodrigo y Gabriela in Milwaukee this summer and it was easily one of the best shows of the year. Check out the footage. And don’t miss them when they come through town. It’s as must-see as it gets. I’ve also included a video of one of their new songs I found on YouTube, “Hanuman.”

JET Shaka RockJET also released an album this week titled Shaka Rock and it sucks. So, I’m not going to spend much time on it. Basically, JET hit their high-water mark when they had that iPod commercial for “Are You Gonna Be My Girl,” and they’ve been going downhill ever since. They’re boring and sound uninspired. It feels like they’re attempting to break out of their early mold, but instead dig themselves a deeper hole. Listening through the new album, I was reminded of 80’s Great White. No kidding. About the only use I see for JET anymore is a beginners level song on Rock Band.

Rodrigo y Gabriela, “Hanuman” live at Festival Eurockéennes

[youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z8QjxTpXh1g[/youtube]

9-Sep-09 Alhambra – SOLD OUT Paris, France
12-Sep-09 Town Square Caen, France
16-Sep-09 Terminal 5 New York, NY
19-Sep-09 The Buell Theatre Denver, CO
21-Sep-09 Moore Theatre Seattle, WA
23-Sep-09 Fox Theater Oakland, CA
25-Sep-09 Orpheum Theatre Los Angeles, CA
10-Oct-09 4th and B San Diego, CA
12-Oct-09 Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall Portland, OR
14-Oct-09 Pabst Theatre Milwaukee, WI
16-Oct-09 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL
16-Oct-09 Riveria Theater Chicago, IL
19-Oct-09 House of Blues Dallas Dallas, TX
20-Oct-09 Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre Austin, TX
22-Oct-09 The Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA
23-Oct-09 Orpheum Theatre Boston, MA
24-Oct-09 Rams Head Live! Baltimore, MD
26-Oct-09 Teatro Metropólitan México, Mexico
11-Nov-09 La Carriere Nantes, France
12-Nov-09 Casino de Paris Paris, France
13-Nov-09 Aeronef Lille, France
16-Nov-09 Olympia Theatre Dublin, Ireland
18-Nov-09 Les Docks Lausanne, Switzerland
20-Nov-09 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
21-Nov-09 Watt Rotterdam, Holland
23-Nov-09 HMV Hammersmith Apollo London, United Kingdom
24-Nov-09 O2 Academy, Birmingham Birmingham, United Kingdom
26-Nov-09 O2 Academy Glasgow Glasgow, United Kingdom
28-Nov-09 Manchester Apollo Manchester, United Kingdom
29-Nov-09 Colston Hall Bristol, United Kingdom
14-Jan-10 ZEPP Tokyo, Japan
15-Jan-10 CLUB Diamond Hall Nagoya, Japan
16-Jan-10 IMP HALL Osaka, Japan
18-Jan-10 TOKYO Tokyo, Japan

3 Replies to “New Releases: Rodrigo y Gabriela, JET”

  1. I saw R&G twice before. They’re great live–I’m excited to see them again and hear how they’ve evolved their sound!

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