Thursday, May 7, 2009

Tom Morello Brings Street Sweepers To Roots' NYC Jam Session

As a warm-up for their opening slot on the impending Jane’s Addiction/Nine Inch Nails tour — which kicks off Friday in Florida (Rolling Stone will have a full report) — Morello’s new band, Street Sweeper Social Club, played a surprise gig opening for the Roots last night at New York’s Highline Ballroom, engaging a sold-out crowd that was there more to dance than to mosh. Morello and crew — featuring frontman Boots Riley of Oakland hip-hop act the Coup — took the stage in matching black coats with red trim and shades and kicked into the staccato, guitar-heavy “Fight! Smash! Win!,” complete with some shredding from Morello without his trademark effects array. (more at

Rage Against the Machine founding member Tom Morello and Boots Riley of the Oakland hip hop outfit the Coup kicked out the jams with their latest project, the Street Sweeper Social Club, in an after-hours set last night (May 5) during the Roots' weekly party at the Highline Ballroom in New York City. (more at