Music News of 2009

Owl City announces tour

Friday, December 18, 2009 – Owl City, the Minneapolis act behind the hit Fireflies, announced a spring headlining tour of the U.S. kicking off on March 30 in Boise, Idaho and hitting every major U.S. market including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Atlanta, San Francisco, Denver, DC and more before ending on May 2 in Milwaukee.

Canadian electro pop singer Lights will open the shows. She received a Juno (the Canadian version of a Grammy) for best new artist this year.

The tour will come on the heels of a headlining tour of Europe and the UK as well as a tour of Australia where they'll be joining up with Cobra Starship. The spring headlining tour will be Owl City's second Stateside headlining tour in 2010 as the band is heading out on a sold out winter tour in January.

The debut disc, "Ocean Eyes," was recently certified gold in the U.S. and Fireflies has sold more than 2 million copies making it double platinum. The song also hit the number 1 position on Billboard's Hot 100 chart twice and went number 1 on iTunes in the U.S., Canada, Denmark, Holland and New Zealand.

Tour dates are:

March 30 Knitting Factory Boise, ID

31 Knitting Factory Spokane, WA

April 1 Paramount Theater Seattle, WA

3 Roseland Theater Portland, OR

5 Fillmore San Francisco, CA

6 Fillmore San Francisco, CA

7 Fox Theater Pomona, CA

8 Soma San Diego, CA

9 Club Nokia Los Angeles, CA

10 Marquee Phoenix, AZ

12 Salt Air Salt Lake City, UT

13 Ogden Denver, CO

15 Stubbs Austin, TX

17 Nokia Theater Dallas, TX

19 War Memorial Nashville, TN

20 Tabernacle Atlanta, GA

22 DAR Hall Washington, D.C.

23 House of Blues Boston, MA

24 Terminal 5 New York, NY

25 Electric Factory Philadelphia, PA

28 House of Blues Cleveland, OH

29 Royal Oak Detroit, MI

30 Riviera Theatre Chicago, IL

May 1 State Theater Minneapolis, MN

2 Eagle Ballroom Milwaukee, WI

The Used launch headline tour

Thursday, December 17, 2009 – The Used will launch a headlining tour in the U.S. this winter, starting Jan. 27 in San Diego through Feb. 26 in Birmingham, Ala. The tour will support their new disc, “Artwork.” Atreyu and Drive A will be supporting.

Tour dates are:
Jan. 27 House of Blues, San Diego, CA
Jan. 28-29 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
Jan. 31 The Pavilion, Lubbock, TX
Feb. 1 Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
Feb. 3 Val Air Ballroom, Des Moines, IA
Feb. 5 The Venue, Fargo, ND
Feb. 6 Convention Center, Sioux City, IA
Feb. 8 Convocation Center, DeKalb, IL
Feb. 9 The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
Feb. 12 House of Blues, Atlantic City, NJ
Feb. 13 Lupo’s, Providence, RI
Feb. 14 Starland Ballroom, Sayreville, NJ
Feb. 16 Rapids Theatre, Niagara Falls, NY
Feb. 17 9:30 Club, Washington, DC
Feb. 19 Lifestyles Pavilion, Columbus, OH
Feb. 20 House of Blues, Cleveland, OH
Feb. 22 Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
Feb. 23 Valarium, Knoxville, TN
Feb. 25 Fillmore, Charlotte, NC
Feb. 26 Five Point Music Hall, Birmingham, AL

Editors set headlining U.S. tour

Thursday, December 10, 2009 – After two years away, Editors are returning to the U.S. for a headlining North American tour this February in support of their new album “In This Light And On This Evening.” The album, which is out stateside via Fader Label Jan. 19, 2010, debuted at number 1 on the charts the week of release in the UK this past October and charted in the Top 10 throughout the rest of Europe.

Produced by Grammy award winner Mark "Flood" Ellis (U2, Sigur Ros, PJ Harvey) the CD finds Editors heading in a new direction where synths replace the soaring guitars.

Tour dates are:
Feb. 5 - Seattle, WA - Showbox at the Market
Feb. 6 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
Feb. 8 - San Francisco, CA - The Warfield Theatre
Feb. 9 - San Diego, CA - House of Blues
Feb. 11 - Los Angeles, CA - The Wiltern
Feb. 13 - Denver, CO - Ogden Theatre
Feb. 15 - Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre
Feb. 16 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
Feb. 18 - Boston, MA - House of Blues
Feb. 19 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
Feb. 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
Feb. 21 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club

All tickets will be on-sale Dec. 12.

Muse plans U.S. gigs

Thursday, December 10, 2009 – Muse announced a six-date U.S. tour today. The headlining trek begins Feb. 27 in Atlanta and includes a stop at New York City's Madison Square Garden.

The band are touring in support of their fifth studio album, "The Resistance," which earned Muse their highest-ever debut on the Billboard album chart when it bowed in third. The CD was produced by Muse and mixed by audio engineer Mark ‘Spike' Stent. The band, which recently supported U2 on several American tour dates, and completed a sold-out tour of the U.K. and Europe, are performing a series of holiday radio shows this coming week and will perform on Saturday Night Live on Dec. 19.

Tour dates are:

Feb. 27 - Atlanta, Gwinnett Center on-sale

March 1 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center

March 5 New York, Madison Square Garden

March 6 Boston, TD Banknorth Garden

March 13 Detroit, Palace of Auburn Hills

April 5 Salt Lake City, UT McKay Event Center

More dates to be announced in the coming weeks.

All tickets go on sale Dec. 12.

Patti Smith joins Tibet House concert

Wednesday, December 9, 2009 – The 20th Annual Benefit Concert for Tibet House US will be held at Carnegie Hall in New York City on Friday, Feb. 26. Performers include Patti Smith, Jesse Smith, Michael Campbell, Baaba Maal and Pierce Turner with more performers being confirmed soon. Tickets will go on sale Dec. 24.

Past shows included David Bowie, Paul Simon, Sheryl Crow, Moby, Sigur Ros, Bright Eyes, R.E.M., The National, Natalie Merchant, Rufus Wainwright, Vampire Weekend, Emmylou Harris, Live, Ray Davies and Damien Rice.

The Tibet House US Benefit Concert commemorates the Monlam Prayer Festival traditionally held at the time of the Tibetan New Year. Tibet House US is a non-profit organization founded in 1987 at the behest of the Dalai Lama that serves as a center for the preservation and presentation of the endangered Tibetan culture.

LMFAO opens Black Eyed Peas shows

Tuesday, December 8, 2009 – LMFAO will open shows for The Black Eyed Peas in 2010 on the North American leg of their “The E.N.D. World Tour 2010.” The tour starts in Atlanta on Feb. 4 and conclude on April 11 in Vancouver. National ticket on-sale dates begin Dec. 12.

LMFAO’s debut album, “Party Rock,” was released this past summer and has sold more than 100,000 units. I’m In Miami Bitch, La La La and new single Shots featuring Lil Jon, have sold more than 1.5 million copies combined. LMFAO is currently on the road headlining their Party Rock tour. “Party Rock” was nominated for “Best Electronic/Dance Album” for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards.

AIR to tour U.S. in March

Monday, December 7, 2009 – Following the October release of their fifth studio album “Love 2,” French electronic pop duo AIR (Nicolas Godin and JB Dunckel) return to the U.S. for their first live shows in three years. The “Pocket Symphony” tour of 2007/08 saw the band travel to the Far East and beyond, stage their largest New York play to date at the Madison Square Garden.

AIR is preparing for the first of several U.S. trips, the first of which will be a traditional tour showcasing the breadth of their catalog and re-interpretations of new songs from the “Love 2” album. For the first time on these dates, the band will be performing their live show as an intimate three-piece with Godin and Dunckel taking on full instrumental and vocal duties. This follows a successful short tour of China and the Far East in late 2008, where they experimented with a core of three musicians and the current live set took shape.

For the North American dates, AIR will be joined by British drummer/percussionist Alex Thomas (Bat For Lashes, Badly Drawn Boy) and guest opening act will be AM, a revered multi-instrumentalist from Los Angeles with a flare for distilling global music influences into his own pop confections.

Prior to their North American journey, AIR will set out on a European tour in early 2010 starting at the legendary Casino de Paris in their hometown and ending at the legendary Roundhouse in London on Feb. 26.

Tour dates are:

March 13: Miami, FL - Fillmore

March 14: Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live #

March 15: Atlanta, GA - Centerstage

March 17: Washington DC - 9:30 Club

March 18: Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory #

March 19: New York, NY - Terminal 5 #

March 20: Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center

March 22: Montreal, PQ - Metropolis

March 23: Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre

March 24: Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre

March 26: Oakland, CA - Fox Theatre #

March 27: San Diego, CA - 4th & B #

March 28: Los Angeles, CA - Walt Disney Concert Hall #

Weezer lead singer hurt in bus crash, tour cancelled

Sunday, December 6, 2009 – •

A bus crash caused apparently by snowy road conditions this morning in New York resulted in injuries to Weezer lead singer Rivers Phoenix and the cancellation of the remainder of the December tour. •

According to the band’s web site, “Today at 7:18 a.m., about 40 miles West of Albany on I-90, the Weezer tour bus carrying Rivers and his family and assistants lost control as it hit a patch of black ice. The driver employed every ounce of skill he had in fighting to keep the bus upright, as the vehicle violently fishtailed over the highway. And while the bus did indeed go off the road, plunging about 8-10 vertical feet into a muddy ravine off to the right of the Thruway thus coming to a very abrupt stop, it did not flip or roll, despite having plowed right over a guardrail, flattening it. Kudos to the driver for somehow keeping things as level as they could be - surely this story would have been far more tragic if not for his actions.”

”Nonetheless the damage was severe, and everyone on the bus was either terrified or injured or both. The bus contained Rivers, his wife and daughter, their nanny, and Rivers' assistant Sarah. Both Sarah and Rivers' wife were pitched out of their upper level bunks onto the floor 5 feet below. Somehow Rivers' wife was uninjured, but Sarah sustained 2 fractured ribs and a fractured lower vertebrae. The baby daughter was in her crib unit and was fine, as was the nanny who was sleeping near the floor in her bunk at the time. However in the back lounge, Rivers was tossed around violently, waking up as he landed back on his mattress. He recalled not hitting anything, but later we learned that he must have, as he cracked 3 ribs and sustained some mostly minor but very painful internal damage, as well as hurting his lower leg somehow.”

”The interior of the bus was a chaotic mess with broken glass, smashed glasses and plates, food and clothing items strewn everywhere, as well as the refrigerator flying off the wall and many drawers coming right out of their slots, spewing their contents everywhere. On top of it the sliding interior doors were fused shut, and the bus's electronics were ruined, so no one could get into the back lounge where Rivers lay immobile and unable to speak due to the pain in his ribcage. To top it off, the front door was jammed shut with 5 feet of heavy wet mud up pressed against it so there was no way to leave the bus.”

Finally, using the jaws of life to remove a rear window bar, the local EMTs and firefighters got a ladder across the ravine to the rear bus window, where they could get to Rivers, eventually getting him and Sarah out on stretchers and into an ambulance. Meanwhile they dug frantically in the mud at the front of the bus, clearing the front door so everyone else could come out. To access the rest of the bus from Rivers' lounge, the fused sliding door was destroyed by the firefighters.”

”The other buses pulled up within 20 minutes of the accident and already a long line of firetrucks and EMT vehicles were on the scene. I threw on my shoes and walked up just as the jaws of life were being turned on, catching a glimpse of Rivers lying inside on his back surrounded by EMTs. I couldn’t believe what was happening in front of me, as Rivers lay so helpless, shivering in the center of the chaos, and meanwhile the sun was coming up and revealing an utterly beautiful light covering of snow on the surrounding trees. I don’t know how to describe the wave of awfulness that gripped me as I watched, but adrenalin took over and the next thing I knew I was in the passenger seat of an ambulance transporting Rivers and Sarah to the hospital in Amsterdam, N.Y., about 10 miles from there. That adrenalin would sustain me all day, as everyone's did, from family to band to crew - everyone pitched in to help however they could all day as things unfolded.”

”Sarah was discharged, a 3-4 week period of extreme pain awaiting her as she heals from her injuries the only way possible, with time and gritted teeth. Rivers was transported to a larger area hospital where he remains under observation. He is resting about as comfortably as could be expected now, and we were relieved to hear that surgery is unlikely. Hopefully, tomorrow the docs will have more info. You don't fool around with internal injury. Whatever happens, we foresee some gritted teeth in his future too.”

”We are sorry to say that the rest of the December Raditude Tour has been cancelled - when we can reschedule the dates we will, of course. I have no ticket or refund or whatever info at this time, but stay tuned to this site and the ticketing websites for more info. For now it’s a waiting game for all of us. Thanks for your kind thoughts and good wishes, we need them!”

Pet Shop Boys offer "Christmas"

Friday, December 4, 2009 – Pet Shop Boys will release a new digital EP, "Christmas", via Astralwerks on Dec. 15.

The track listing for the EP is:
It doesn’t often snow at Christmas (new version)
My Girl
All over the world (new version)
Viva la vida/Domino dancing
My Girl (our house mix)

All over the world is a new version of the track which appears on Pet Shop Boys’ latest album, “Yes.” Also included is a new version of It doesn’t often snow at Christmas, originally an exclusive Christmas single issued to members of the Pet Shop Boys fan club in 1997. Both new versions are produced by Marius de Vries and Pet Shop Boys, based on the original tracks, and have orchestral and choir arrangements by Matt Robertson and Marius de Vries. Pet Shop Boys’ arrangement of the Madness classic, My Girl, was originally performed with Suggs and Carl of Madness at last year’s charity benefit, Can You Bear It? for the family of Chris and Neil’s former assistant and close friend, Dainton Connell, who was tragically killed in a car accident.

The EP also includes a medley of Coldplay’s Viva la vida and Pet Shop Boys classic Domino Dancing, which the duo has been performing on their current world tour. This studio version is produced by Stuart Price.

Sweet Apple signs with Tee Pee

Wednesday, December 2, 2009 – Sweet Apple, featuring members of Dinosaur Jr., Cobra Verde and Witch, signed to NYC's Tee Pee Records with the group’s debut album "Love and Desperation" out March 30, 2010.

The band is Dinosaur Jr.'s J. Mascis (drums/guitar/vocals); Cobra Verde's Tim Parnin (guitar); John Petkovic (vocals/guitar) and Witch's Dave Sweetapple (bass/vocals).

Petkovic got in his car heading eastward days after the passing of his mother -- to smoke cigarettes, listen to music and clear his head. He ended up in New England, the home of long-time friends Sweetapple and Mascis, who told Petkovic to start writing some songs so they could start a band. Within weeks, and after recruiting Parnin, they started working on an album.

The 12-song disc includes power-pop, crushing rock and ballads.

"I hadn't even played the guitar for months," says Petkovic. "And then, out of the blues, there were all these songs just coming out."

Recorded in Cleveland and Massachusetts, "Love and Desperation" was mixed by John Agnello (Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth and The Hold Steady) and Don Depew (Cobra Verde, Guided by Voices).

"I tell people that I saved John's life by starting this band," says Mascis. "But they don’t believe me."

Sweet Apple is currently working on a video for the opening track, Do You Remember, a driving, rock anthem. The band plans to tour and perform at South by Southwest.

The Whigs announce third release

Tuesday, December 1, 2009 – The Whigs announced Tuesday the band will have a new album, “In the Dark,” out March 2, 2010.

The group previously released “Give 'Em All A Big Fat Lip” and “Mission Control.”

The Athens, Ga. trio is now offering two new songs – the title track and Hundred / Million for free download at

Tour dates are:
Dec. 1 Emo's Austin
Dec. 2 The Loft Dallas
Dec. 4 The Variety Playhouse Atlanta
Dec. 5 Rhythm & Brews Chattanooga, Tennessee
Dec. 8 Visulite Charlotte, North Carolina
Dec. 10 Black Cat Washington, DC
Dec. 11 The Fillmore @ Irving Plaza New York
Dec. 12 North Star Philadelphia
Dec. 14 Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Dec. 15 Pour House Charleston, South Carolina

With The Features (Dec. 1-5)
With Mean Creek (Dec. 5 - 15)

Massive Attack readies fifth CD

Tuesday, November 24, 2009 – Massive Attack will release their fifth studio album, “Heligoland” on Virgin Records on Feb. 9, 2010. Last month, the duo released their first new material in three years, giving fans a preview of “Heligoland” with a four-song EP, “Splitting the Atom” with two album tracks and two remixes.

The disc features guest vocals from Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval, Martina Topley-Bird, Guy Garvey and Tunde Adebimpe. Long time cohort Horace Andy makes a return alongside Massive Attack founding members Robert Del Naja (3D) and Grand Marshall (Daddy G). Albarn also plays bass on Flat Of The Blade and keyboards on Splitting The Atom while Portishead’s Adrian Utley plays guitar on Saturday Come Slow’. The band also collaborated with DFA’s Tim Goldsworthy on selected tracks. The cover artwork features an original image by Del Naja.

Over the last three years, Del Naja wrote and produced soundtracks for films and documentaries, including “Trouble In The Water,” “44 Inch Chest, “ “In Prison My Whole Life” and “Gomorra,” the latter for which he won the David Di Donatello Award for Best Song. Earlier this year, Massive Attack won the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award at the Ivor Novello Awards. In September, Massive Attack headlined this year’s Bestival ahead of their first full UK tour in three years. They have just announced a few more UK dates in February and are expected to announce a U.S. tour next year.

Nick Jonas debuts new material with new band

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 – Nick Jonas & The Administration, featuring one-third of the Jonas Brothers, was added to the line-up for "The Grammy Nominations Concert Live!! — Countdown To Music's Biggest Night," a one-hour special which takes place live on Wednesday, Dec. 2 in Los Angeles.

Nick Jonas and his new side project will be introduced by his brothers Kevin and Joe. Previously announced performers include the Black Eyed Peas, Maxwell and Sugarland, with LL COOL J set to host.

The 52nd Annual Grammy Awards live from Los Angeles on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2010, and broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m.

Xiu Xiu readies new music

Wednesday, November 18, 2009 – Xiu Xiu will be out with a new album “Dear God, I Hate Myself” Feb. 23, 2010 on Kill Rock Stars.

Singer Jamie Stewart is joined by new full-time band member Angela Seo on piano, synth, and drum programming; with production handled by Stewart and Deerhoof's Greg Saunier. Elements from goth and pop that are part of the mix.

Saunier plays on much of the record as does Ches Smith (John Zorn, Terry Riley, Marc Ribot) who supplies timpani, conga and moog along with a broad range of other instrumentation. Deerhoof's John Dieterich plays on the traditional folk song Cumberland Gap. Xiu Xiu also is joined by the Immaculata Catholic School Orchestra in Stewart's ode to heartbreak and healing, This Too Shall Pass Away (for Freddy). The title track, one of four songs done primarily on a Nintendo DS, explores the relationship between faith and despair with a layer of commentary provided by the sounds of the music itself.

Songs on the CD are:

1. Gray Death

2. Chocolate Makes You Happy

3. Apple for a Brain

4. House Sparrow

5. Hyunhye’s Theme

6. Dear God, I Hate Myself

7. Secret Motel

8. Falkland Rd.

9. The Fabrizio Palumbo Retaliation

10. Cumberland Gap

11. This Too Shall Pass Away (for Freddy)

12. Impossible Feeling

Motion City Soundtrack announces tour

Tuesday, November 17, 2009 – Motion City Soundtrack will launch a U.S. headlining tour in late January in support of their new album and major label debut – “My Dinosaur Life” – due out
Jan. 19 on Columbia Records. The tour kicks-off with a hometown show at First Avenue in Minneapolis and Motion City Soundtrack will be joined by fellow rockers Set Your Goals, This Providence and The Swellers for the entire tour.

The tour will be Motion City Soundtrack’s first trek in more than a year. Produced by Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus and mixed by Andy Wallace, this will be the band’s fourth studio album. Fans can pre-order the album now and the band is offering a special deluxe edition only available through the MCS store, which can be accessed via the band’s web site

Tour dates are:
Jan. 23 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Jan. 25 The Intersection Grand Rapids, MI
Jan. 26 Bogarts Cincinnati, OH
Jan. 2 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
Jan. 29 Clutch Cargo’s Pontiac, MI
Jan. 31 Mr. Small’s Pittsburgh, PA
Feb. 1 Recher Theater Towson, MD
Feb. 3 Fillmore at Irving Plaza New York, NY
Feb. 4 Webster Theater Hartford, CT
Feb. 5 Crocodile Rock Café Allentown, PA
Feb. 6 Amos’ Southend Charlotte, NC
Feb. 8 Masquerade Atlanta, GA
Feb. 10 The Door Dallas, TX
Feb. 11 Emo’s Austin, TX

Tickets for all shows go on sale at 10 a.m. this Friday, Nov. 20.

Rooney tours behind EP

Wednesday, November 4, 2009 – Rooney is gearing up to release a new, limited-pressing EP, “Wild One,” and will launch a national headlining tour beginning Nov. 27 in Los Angeles. Fans can get a first listen to “Wild One” as the EP will be available exclusively at these upcoming shows before becoming available at iTunes in early 2010. Only 5,000 EPs will be pressed.

The EP was produced and engineered by the band, and features four brand-new tracks. Dave Trumfio (Wilco, Built to Spill and My Morning Jacket) mixed the EP, with mastering by Dave McNair (Willie Nelson, Patti Smith.)

Rooney signed to Geffen Records in 2002 after independently releasing a series of EPs and demos. They released their self-titled debut in 2003; shortly thereafter they saw significant success with single I'm Shakin and a cameo appearance on hit teen drama The O.C.

Rooney is Robert Schwartzman (vocals/guitar,) Taylor Locke (guitar / vocals) Ned Brower (drums / vocals) Louie Stephens (keyboard / vocals) and Matthew Winter (bass).

Songs on the CD are:
1. Suckceed
2. I Don't Understand
3. Wild One
4. The Days Keep Going By

Tour dates are:

Nov. 27 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre

Nov. 28 - Pomona, CA - The Glass House

Nov. 29 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's

Nov. 30 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall

Dec. 1 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theatre

Dec. 2 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon

Dec. 4 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue- Club Sound

Dec. 5 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theatre

Dec. 7 - St. Paul, MN - Station 4

Dec. 8 - Chicago, IL - House Of Blues

Dec. 9 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre

Dec. 10 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom

Dec. 11 - New York, NY - Webster Hall

Dec. 12 - Baltimore, MD - Club Stage

Dec. 13 - Cambridge, MA - Middle East Underground

Dec. 14 - West Chester, PA - The Note

Dec. 16 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft

Dec. 17 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's Uptown

Dec. 18 - Houston, TX - Meridian

Dec. 19 - Austin, TX - Emo's

Dec. 20 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre

Dec. 22 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress

Hail The Villain signs with Roadrunner

Wednesday, October 28, 2009 – Canadian rock band Hail The Villain signed with Roadrunner Records. The band’s debut album, “Population: Declining,” will be released globally in March 2010 outside Canada. The first single is Take Back the Fear.

Originally forming in 2003 under the name Farenheit, members are Bryan Crouch, Joseph Stamp, Drew Dockrill and Chad Taylor. In early 2006, Farenheit officially became Hail The Villain. Four stories of disappointment – an unsuccessful solo album, a dead end job, an attempt at joining the army and a promising career that fell flat – inspired the new disc.

“We used to talk about how great it would be to sign to Roadrunner during the pre-production days of the ‘Population: Declining’ album,” bassist Chad Taylor said. “The talent on their roster is truly unique, and it’s an honour for us to be part of the family.” Roadrunner Records Senior VP, A&R Ron Burman says, “I am really thrilled about working with Hail the Villain. They are perfect for Roadrunner. They are in-your-face heavy like the core acts on the label, but much more radio friendly with melodic and catchy songs, in the vein of Disturbed & Three Days Grace. I saw them play and the singer Bryan blew me away with his captivating stage persona.”

Airbourne to release new CD

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 – Australian rockers Airbourne will dish out “No Guts, No Glory,” their second album for Roadrunner Records, on Feb. 23, 2010. The CD was recorded in Chicago with producer Johnny K (Disturbed, 3 Doors Down, Staind). The band relocated from their shared home in Warrnambool and moved into K’s spacious studio to record the album.

Frontman Joel O’Keefe said, “Working with Johnny was great, he's one of the boys. We basically just set up all the gear, chucked a few mics around and went for it. Good times.” Brother and drummer Ryan confirms the precarious microphone placement, “With this album, we threw the mics all over the building, left the doors and windows open and pressed record."

Airbourne will embark on a two-month European tour in early February that will span two months and kick off with several UK dates. The band will commence U.S. touring of major markets beginning in April. They will live on the road through the summer.

”No Guts, No Glory” follows up the band’s 2008-released debut, “Runnin’ Wild.”

Lilith returning in 2010

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 – Lilith will be back in 2010 hitting at least 18 cities, including New York, Los Angeles London, Montreal and Washington, D.C.

Nearly 6 months ago, Nettwerk CEO and Lilith Fair co-founder Terry McBride announced via Twitter that the all-female festival would make its return in 2010. The Lilith 2010 website launched today. “I can’t reveal anything further now,” said McBride, “but I can assure fans that we have some exciting announcements over the course of the following weeks, from confirmed artists to additional cities to innovative social initiatives. Lilith 2010 is very much upon us.”

Cities listed on the web site include Atlanta, Calgary, Canada, Dallas, Philadelphia, Seattle, Toronto, Boston, Chicago Denver, Minneapolis, Portland, Ore., San Francisco, Vancouver and Canada.

Lilith 2010 will have a mix of international artists and local up-and-comers.

From 1997 through 1999, Lilith Fair was one of the highest grossing touring festivals in the world, with more than 1.5 million fans in attendance and raising over $10 million dollars for national and local charities. Founded by Grammy-award winning artist Sarah McLachlan along with Dan Fraser, Marty Diamond and McBride, Lilith Fair was the only tour of its kind—a celebration of women in music featuring artists like Sheryl Crow, Christina Aguilera, Erykah Badu, The Dixie Chicks, Missy Elliot, The Pretenders, Nelly Furtado, Jewel, Queen Latifah, Indigo Girls, Tegan and McLachlan.

Shout Out Louds finish recording new disc

Tuesday, October 27, 2009 – The Shout Out Louds finished recording their third album, "Work." The album was recorded at Bear Creek Studio in Seattle and was produced by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, The Shins, Built To Spill, Modest Mouse). Look for the disc to be out on Feb. 23, 2010 on Merge.

Singer Adam Olenius said of the album title, "I am fascinated by the process of creating something and almost working yourself to death, the relief that comes when it is over and the ability to just shut off a part of one's life. Work also means that something does work," to reach a goal.

A song from John Cale and Lou Reed's "Songs For Drella" also inspired the album title choice.

Guster launches anniversary tour

Monday, October 26, 2009 – Guster will launch a short, but special nine-date tour this week.

The Lost & Gone Forever Ten Year Anniversary Tour, which will kick off Oct. 28 in Charlotte, N.C. and wrap on Nov. 28 at the Beacon Theater in New York, will be Guster’s only headline dates of this year.

Ten years ago, the band released ”Lost and Gone Forever.” The nine shows will include two sets, one of which will be the album in its entirety and no opening act.

Guster has specially chosen each venue as they have historical significance to the group. Higher Ground in Vermont (now in new location) was where they launched the original “Lost & Gone Forever” tour. Ten years ago at the Orpheum, in Boston, Guster put on a Halloween show wearing tuxes and pretending it was New Year’s Eve, Y2K. The Beacon in New York harkens back to a time when they played Thanksgiving Weekend in NYC five years in a row.

Tour dates are:
Oct. 28 – Charlotte, N.C. Neighborhood Theater
Oct. 29-30 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
Oct. 31 Boston Orpheum Theater
Nov. 4 Cincinnati Madison Theatre
Nov. 5 Cincinnati – House of Blues
Nov. 6 Rochester, N.Y. Armory
Nov. 7 Burlington, Vt. Higher Ground.
Nov. 27-28 New York Beaon Theater

Ratt is coming back

Monday, October 26, 2009 – Ratt is coming back. The band announced today that “Infestation” will be the title of their next album, due out in March 2010 via Loud & Proud/Roadrunner Records. This is the band’s first studio album since 1999.

The band, consisting of longtime members Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini and Bobby Blotzer, new guitarist Carlos Cavazo (formerly of Quiet Riot) and Robbie Crane on bass, worked with producer Elvis Baskette (Chevelle, Incubus, Limp Bizkit). This collaboration marks the very first time in their storied career that RATT have recorded outside of Los Angeles. The band lived together at Baskette’s Virginia studio while recording “Infestation.”

In the 1980’s, Ratt enjoyed 5 consecutive multi-platinum albums, including “Out of the Cellar,” “Invasion of Your Privacy” and “Dancing Undercover. “ Ratt will embark on a world tour in 2010.

Smokey Robinson keynotes SXSW

Thursday, October 22, 2009 – Smokey Robinson will deliver the keynote address at the 2010 SXSW Music Conference. The address will kick off SXSW activities at the Austin Convention Center on Thursday, March 18, 2010.

One of the architects of the Motown sound, Robinson's current CD "Time Flies When You're Having Fun," was released on Aug. 25, 2009 on his own Robso Records.

The Editors set release of new CD

Wednesday, October 21, 2009 – The Editors will release their new album in the U.S., “In This Light And On This Evening” with bonus material Jan. 19, 2010 on the Fader Label.,

The CD is available now as a pre-release via iTunes and other digital outlets.

The disc debuted in first on the British charts last week following its release their. The music is the follow-up to 2007's platinum selling record “An End Has A Start” and was produced by Grammy Award winner Mark “Flood” Ellis (U2, Sigur Ros, Depeche Mode). The album finds Editors heading in a new direction where synths replace the soaring guitars.

Greg Allman tours the east

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 – After closing out the current and final leg of the Allman Brothers Band year-long 40th anniversary celebratory U.S. tour, Greg Allman will head back out on the road for solo dates this winter. The tour starts Nov. 11 in Salamanca, N.Y. and ends in mid-January in Connecticut.

Joining Allman on the tour will be Bruce Katz (keyboard), Jerry Jemmott (bass), Steve Potts (drums), Scott Sharrard (guitar), Jay Collins (sax) and Floyd Miles (percussion). “The Brothers had a great run this summer. I’m gonna stretch these solo shows out a bit, try some new material and just do what I do,” said Allman.

Tour dates are:
Wed Nov. 11 Salamanca, NY Seneca Allegany Casino & Hotel

Thu Nov. 12 Verona, NY Turning Stone Casino
Sat Nov. 14 Peekskill, NY Paramount Center for the Arts
Thu Nov. 19 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
Sat Nov. 21 New York, NY Michael J Fox Foundation Benefit
Wed Dec. 30 Jim Thorpe, PA Penn’s Peak
Thu Dec. 31 Lincoln, RI Twin River Casino
Sat Jan. 2 Westhampton Beach, NY Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
Sun Jan. 3 Albany, NY Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center
Tue Jan. 5 Montclair, NJ Wellmont Theatre
Wed Jan. 6 Annapolis, MD Rams Head On Stage
Fri Jan. 8 Richmond, VA The National
Sat Jan. 9 Atlantic City, NJ Harrah’s Atlantic City
Tue Jan. 12-13 Fairfield, CT Ridgefield Playhouse

Cake records green

Tuesday, October 13, 2009 – Cake is recording their sixth studio album, with an entirely green twist: the new project is being written, rehearsed and recorded entirely with solar power. During the recording process, Cake is sharing the results with their fans via a set of free ring tones - each based on a song from the upcoming album and released via the band’s mailing list.

Starting today, the first of six ring tones based on brand new album tracks will be released through Cake’s mailing list. The first ringtone, Long Time, is only available for download to members of the mailing list; to sign up, visit: Every six weeks, a ringtone for a new song will be released via e-blast to all mailing list members up until the new album launch in spring 2010.

"We weren't sure if people were still even listening to albums,” said songwriter and lead vocalist John McCrea, “so we thought we might just release ring tones and car commercial music instead. This allows people who own cell phones a chance to sample our wares long before an album is ever released. That's what we know people want. Ring tones."

Dead by Sunrise stream new CD at MySpace

Wednesday, October 7, 2009 – Dead by Sunrise, the new band fronted by Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, will hold an exclusive listening party for its debut album “Out of Ashes” on its MySpace page this week. Fans can stream the album, which will be released by Warner Bros. Records on Oct. 13, in its entirety at from Oct. 8-10.

Dead by Sunrise’s MySpace page is featuring the video for the band’s first single Crawl Back In.

The band, which is Bennington on vocals, guitarists Ryan Shuck and Amir Derakh (from Orgy/Julien-K), bassist Brandon Belsky, drummer Elias Anda (also from Julien-K) and keyboardist Anthony Valcic, will perform at The Gramercy Theatre in New York City on Oct. 14 and at the Roxy in Los Angeles on Oct. 19

Taking Back Sunday goes live on iTunes

Tuesday, October 6, 2009 – Taking Back Sunday today released “Live From Bamboozle ’09” on iTunes. The album captures the band playing to a crowd of more than 30,000 fans at the 2009 Bamboozle Festival in Rutherford, N.J. on May 3.

Fresh from a run with Blink-182 this summer, Taking Back Sunday will do a U.S. co-headlining tour with The All-American Rejects, starting Nov. 3 in East Lansing, Mich. and ending Dec. 6 in Miami.

The track listing for “Live From Bamboozle ‘09” is:
1 You Know How I Do
2 Error: Operator
3 Set Phasers To Stun
4 Carpathia
5 180 By Summer
6 You're So Last Summer
7 New Again
8 Liar (It Takes One To Know One)
9 Cute Without The 'E' (Cut From The Team)
10 Sink Into Me
11 A Decade Under The Influence
12 What's It Feel Like To Be A Ghost?
13 Make Damn Sure

Headling tour dates are:
Oct. 22 - Cintas Center @ Xavier U - Cincinnati, OH
Oct. 23 - Lifestyle Communities Pavilion - Columbus, OH
Oct. 25 - Crocodile Rock Cafe - Allentown, PA
Oct. 27 - Pop's - Sauget, IL
Oct. 28 - House of Blues - Chicago, IL
Oct. 29 - University of Iowa - Iowa City, IL
Oct. 30 - Tom, Dick and Harry's - Green Bay, WI
Oct. 31 - The Venue - Fargo, ND

Co-headlining dates with The All-American Rejects:
Nov. 3 Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI
Nov. 4 WVU Coliseum, Morgantown, WV
Nov. 5 Mansfield University, Mansfield, PA
Nov. 6 Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville, CT
Nov. 8 House of Blues at Showboat, Atlantic City, NJ
Nov. 10 Showcase Live, Foxboro, MA
Nov. 11 Showcase Live, Foxboro, MA
Nov. 13 Saint Vincent College, Pittsburgh, PA
Nov. 14 Alumni Hall- USNA, Annapolis, MD
Nov. 16 George Mason University- Patriot Center, Fairfax, VA
Nov. 20 House of Blues, North Myrtle Beach, SC
Nov. 24 Bricktown Events Center, Oklahoma City, OK
Nov. 25 Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
Nov. 27 IP Casino, Biloxi, MS
Nov. 28 Horseshoe Casino, Bossier City, LA
Dec. 1 The Pavilion @ Concrete Street, Corpus Christi, TX
Dec. 2 Sunset Station, San Antonio, TX
Dec. 4 The Swamp, Fort Walton Beach, FL
Dec. 5 House of Blues, Lake Buena Vista, FL
Dec. 6 Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater, Miami Beach

Alice Cooper keeps Halloween alive

Monday, October 5, 2009 – Alice Cooper has a brand-new single celebrating the holiday, Keepin' Halloween Alive. The song is available for purchase exclusively on iTunes, as a single, or as a Digital 45 with the "Cooper-oke" vocal-free version and a bonus digital booklet. Fans can enter the "Keepin' Halloween Alive " Cooper-oke video contest, in which they upload videos of themselves singing their own karaoke versions of the song. Three winners, chosen by Cooper, will have their videos posted on and elsewhere and will be awarded one of three cash prizes: First place: $1,000, second: $500, and third: $250. All videos must be submitted no later than midnight PDT, Oct. 31.

“At home, my family all gathers around an old spooky tree decorated with skulls and bones in the living room, and we exchange gifts,” said Cooper. “It’s our holiday. We even all have matching black-and-orange Halloween sweaters! I wanted a theme song for people like me, and for us Halloween never ends. In the chorus I say, ‘I’m keepin’ Halloween alive, baby, 3–6–5’... and I mean it!”

Keepin’ Halloween Alive, was co-written and co-produced by Cooper with Piggy D. (a member of Rob Zombie’s band), who played rhythm guitar/backup vocals. Dave Pino (Powerman 5000) is featured on lead guitar, and David Spreng (Bob Dylan, The Bravery) on drums. Of the recording, Cooper said, “We played it live as a band to capture the vibe. It was the easiest work I think any of us have ever done, not to mention a blast.”

New Sanz single coming Monday

Friday, September 18, 2009Looking for Paradise, the first single of Alejandro Sanz’s new album will be released on Monday on radio stations nationwide. Fan Members will be able to hear the new single as of today in the exclusive fan area of The song is a duet with New York artist Alicia Keys produced by Puerto Rican Tommy Torres.

“Alicia has a very authentic music sense. I think people will be quite surprised of the final product. It is a very positive, musical and lyrical song where we establish a dialogue with the listeners, inviting them to search for their paradise within, when we have a tendency to look for it outside ourselves,” said Sanz.

Against Me! records with Vig

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 – Florida punk band Against Me! are currently in the studio in Los Angeles working on their second album for Sire Records with veteran producer Butch Vig. Vig produced the band’s 2007 album “New Wave” and is known for his work with Green Day, Nirvana and Smashing Pumpkins.

Against Me! frontman Tom Gabel began writing the songs that will appear on the album, slated for a 2010 release, more than a year and a half ago. Pre-production with Vig began in early July and the band, which also includes guitarist James Bowman, bassist Andrew Seward, and new drummer George Rebelo (formerly of Hot Water Music) began tracking in mid-August.

Gabel said that lyrically speaking, the album is “all over the place.” He adds, “If anything, I would say one recurring theme is Reflection. ‘White Crosses’ was written during my recent stay in St. Augustine, Fla., and ‘I Was A Teenage Anarchist,’ well, that's pretty self-explanatory.”

“I feel like we are constantly pushing ourselves to better what we did on the previous record,” Gabel says. “’New Wave’ was a great album to make, and now we want to show another side of the band. The new songs feel like a natural progression of where we should be at. Our intentions, as always, are to deliver the best record we can possible make.”

The decision to work with Vig again was a no-brainer. “He gets our band and brings tons of great ideas to the table,” Gabel says. “The guy has got such a great track history, you can’t really fuck with that.”

Dave Matthews Band's new CD goes platinum

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 – Dave Matthews Band's "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" (RCA), was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), signifying sales of 1 million units. The album debuted at number 1 on The Billboard 200 in June, marking the band's fifth consecutive studio album to enter the chart in the top position - thus tying Dave Matthews Band with Metallica as the only two groups in chart history to have five consecutive studio albums bow at number 1.

Massive Attack plans new music

Wednesday, August 26, 2009 – Trip-hop duo Massive Attack announced the release of their first new material in three years - an EP of four new tracks due for release on Oct. 6 from Virgin Records. The lead song, Splitting The Atom features Robert Del Naja (3D), Grant Marshall (Daddy G) and Horace Andy, while TV On The Radio frontman Tunde Adebimpe guests on Pray For Rain. The EP also has remixes of two new tracks; Psyche, featuring Martina Topley-Bird is given the re-rub by Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid who have recently remixed Bat For Lashes and The Big Pink, while the Guy Garvey fronted Bulletproof Love is stripped back to a minimalist reworking by Christoff Berg, who alongside Van Rivers & The Subliminal Kid produced the Fever Ray eponymous album. Massive Attack will release their fifth studio album in February 2010. This time around sees collaborations with Damon Albarn, Hope Sandoval, Martina Topley-Bird, Guy Garvey and Adebimpe.

Over the last three years, Del Naja has written and produced soundtracks for a number of films and documentaries, including 'Trouble In The Water', '44 Inch Chest', 'In Prison My Whole Life' and 'Gamorra', the latter for which he won the David Di Donatello Award for Best Song. Earlier this year, Massive Attack won the Outstanding Contribution to British Music Award at the Ivor Novello Awards. Massive Attack will headline this year's Bestival on Friday, Sept. 11 ahead of their first full UK tour in three years that begins Sept. 17 in London.

R.E.M. readies live CDs

Monday, August 24, 2009 – R.E.M. will release a live album, “R.E.M. Live At The Olympia” on Oct. 27 on Warner. The two-CD set, produced by Jacknife Lee, features 39 songs that capture the best moments from the band’s “working rehearsals” at Dublin’s fabled Olympia club during which singer Michael Stipe, guitarist Peter Buck, and bassist Mike Mills tested out new songs for R.E.M.’s 2008 studio album “Accelerate.”

”Live At The Olympia” ventures back to July 2007 when R.E.M. set up camp at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin, Ireland and tested new material over five nights before capacity crowds comprised of fan-club members, friends, family, and fans from all over the world who were privy to R.E.M.'s so-called “experiment in terror,” as guitarist Peter Buck said. “We were just trying to do something we hadn't done before," Buck said, "which meant there was no relaxing during the set. Every second we were playing something we didn't know all that well. Which was kind of good — there were all kinds of terror elements going on during that show."

The CD gives fans a chance to hear different incarnations of the songs before they were recorded in their final versions, such as the singles Man-Sized Wreath and an early version of Supernatural Superserious under its original title Disguised. As a bonus, the band has included two songs: On The Fly and Staring Down The Barrel Of The Middle Distance, that were only performed live and were not included on “Accelerate. “ In addition, the package features many early R.E.M. favorites from the band’s albums “Murmur,” “Reckoning,” “Fables of the Reconstruction” and “Life’s Rich Pageant.”

”Live At The Olympia” will be released in several configurations including a standard double CD, featuring 39 tracks and liner notes by author and music journalist Andy Gill, as well as a CD/DVD, which includes concert and backstage footage shot by French filmmakers Vincent Moon and Jeremiah. Moon, who has worked with Arcade Fire, The Shins and The National, along with Jeremiah, shot all the footage that R.E.M. posted on its various websites connected to “Accelerate” last year. Finally, fans will be able to purchase Live At The Olympia digitally from all online service providers beginning Oct. 27.

Songs are:

Disc 1: Living Well Is The Best Revenge / Second Guessing / Letter Never Sent / Staring Down The Barrel of the Middle Distance / Disturbance At The Heron House / Mr. Richards / New Test Leper / Cuyahoga / Electrolite / Man-Sized Wreath / So. Central Rain / On The Fly / Maps And Legends / Sitting Still / Driver 8 / Horse To Water / I’m Gonna DJ / Circus Envy / These Days

Disc 2: Drive / Feeling Gravity’s Pull / Until The Day Is Done / Accelerate / Auctioneer / Little America / 1,000 / Disguised / Worst Joke Ever / Welcome To the Occupation / Carnival of Sorts / Harbor Coat / Wolves Lower / I’ve Been High / Kohoutek / West of the Fields / Pretty Persuasion / Romance / Gardening At Night

Breaking Benjamin return to studio

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 – Breaking Benjamin (Ben Burnley, vocals/guitar; Aaron Fink, guitar; Mark James, bass; Chad Szeliga, drums) entered House of Loud recording studio in New Jersey with long-time producer David Bendeth to record their fourth album for Hollywood Records. The yet-to-be-titled disc is tentatively scheduled for a Sept. 29 release.

The first single, I Will Not Bow, ships to radio on Aug. 10 and will be the featured song in the upcoming sci-fi thriller, Surrogates, starring Bruce Willis, due out Sept. 25. A video clip for the track will be shot in New York City with director Rich Lee (Evanesence, All American Rejects) later this month. The song will be available on iTunes Sept. 1.

This album will mark the third straight Breaking Benjamin/Bendeth collaboration. The first two — 2004’s “We Are Not Alone” and 2006’s “Phobia” - both went platinum.

Newport festival gears up for 50th

Wednesday, July 29, 2009 – It may no longer be the Newport Folk Festival, but with George Wein involved again, it just about is.

George Wein’s Folk Festival 50 will be held this weekend featuring the likes of The Decemberists, The Avett Brothers, Judy Collins, Joan Baez and Pete Seeger.

Wein is involved in running the festival this year after financial problems with the previous operators.

The line up for the festival at Fort Adams State Park is:

Saturday, Aug. from 11:30 a.m.- 7 p.m.
A Singalong with Pete & Tao Seeger and Friends; The Decemberists; Fleet Foxes; Gillian Welch; The Avett Brothers; Billy Bragg; Iron & Wine; Mavis Staples; Tom Morello: The Nightwatchman; Ramblin' Jack Elliott; Ben Kweller; The Low Anthem; Tift Merritt; Brett Dennen; Tao Rodriguez Seeger; Langhorne Slim.
Sunday, Aug. 2, from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. with Pete & Tao Seeger and Friends with special guest Judy Collins; Joan Baez; Arlo Guthrie; Neko Case; The Campbell Brothers; Josh Ritter; Elvis Perkins in Dearland; Tim Eriksen & Shape Note Singers; The Del McCoury Band; Guy Clark; David Rawlings Machine; Balfa Toujours; Dala; Deer Tick; Joe Pug.

Jim Rooney will serve as host of the festival on both days.

Backstreet Boys plan new CD for October

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – Backstreet Boys, who started as a boy band, will release “This is Us” Oct. 6 on Jive, the band’s seventh studio disc.

Nick Carter, Howie Dorough, Brian Littrell and AJ McLean collaborated with producers including T-Pain, Max Martin, RedOne, Soulshock and Karlin, Jim Jonsin and Claude Kelly.

The lead single is Straight Through My Heart.

"We're really excited to release this new album and know that our fans are excited too. We worked with a group of amazing artists and producers that we've never worked with before, exploring new sounds and territory and know the final product turned out incredible" said Carter.

Backstreet Boys plan on spending the second half of 2009 and all of 2010 on the road. A European tour has already been announced, and a full North American headlining tour will be announced shortly.

This is the band’s first disc since “Unbreakable” in2007.

The Pixies tour U.S. for "Doolittle"

Tuesday, July 28, 2009 – In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the release of their 1989 album "Doolittle," The Pixies will kick off the U.S. "Doolittle Tour" in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Nov. 4. The U.S. tour will hit nine cities, including three dates in New York City.

On this tour, the Pixies will perform all of the songs from "Doolittle" and its related B-sides, including Weird at My School, Dancing the Manta Ray and Bailey's Walk. "Doolittle," the band's third album and the first to chart on Billboard's album charts, contained and Gouge Away.

"We wanted to do something special for ‘Doolittle's' 20th anniversary," said Francis, "and we thought his was a good opportunity to play all of the songs from that album, something we don't normally do at a regular gig."

The U.S. dates will follow the 7-city/12-date "Doolittle" trek of the UK and Europe. Kicking off on Sept. 30 in Dublin, most dates have already sold out, including a four-night stand at London's Brixton Academy, where some 20,000 tickets went in about an hour. In addition, on Aug. 29, the band will perform a straight-ahead Pixies set of their classic songs spanning their entire career at the Virgin Festival at Burl's Creek Park outside of Toronto.

The "Doolittle Tour" will be the band's first American trek since 2005. The "Doolittle Tour" will coincide with the release of the Pixies Collector's Set, "Minotaur," which ships in early October and will hit stores around the same time.
Tour dates are:

4 The Palladium, Los Angeles, CA - on sale TBA
8-9 Fox Theater, Oakland, CA - on sale August 16
12-13 Paramount Theatre, Seattle, WA - on sale August 1 16 The Fillmore, Denver, CO - on sale September 12
20-21 Aragon Ballroom, Chicago, IL - on sale September 12
23-25 Hammerstein Ballroom, New York, NY - on sale August 14
27 Wang Center, Boston, MA - on sale September 12
30 Constitution Hall, Washington, D.C. - on sale September 11

Pixies V Festival and UK/European "Doolittle Tour" dates are:

29 V Festival, Burl's Creek Park, Ontario, Canada

September 30 Olympia, Dublin, Ireland - SOLD OUT
1-2 Olympia, Dublin, Ireland SOLD OUT
4 SECC - Hall 4, Glasgow, Scotland
6-9 Brixton Academy, London, England SOLD OUT
11 Jahrhunderhalle, Frankfurt, Germany
13 Heineken Music Hall, Amsterdam, Holland
14 Forest National, Brussels, Belgium SOLD OUT
15-16 Zenith, Paris, France

Phish Halloween fest returns

Friday, July 24, 2009 – For the first time ever, Phish will combine two of its traditions - the Phish festival and the band's Halloween event - in a three-day celebration. Festival 8 will take place Oct. 30-Nov. 1 at The Empire Polo Club in Indio, Cal., the scene of Coachella. Festival 8 marks several additional firsts: it is Phish's first three-day festival, its first held on the West Coast, and it will be the first time that a single band has played consecutive dates at the venue.

Tickets, priced at $199 plus applicable service charges for the 3-day event, will go on sale Monday, July 27, at 10 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time at Daily parking is free, but additional fees of $15 per car and $125 per RV will be charged for those wishing to camp onsite. In addition to eight sets from Phish over the course of the event, fans will enjoy numerous attractions and art installations.

Festival 8 is, as its name suggests, Phish's eighth festival. Its first, The Clifford Ball, was held at a decommissioned Air Force base in Plattsburgh, N.Y. in August 1996. Festival 8 will be the band's first festival since Coventry, which came at the conclusion of its 2004 summer tour.

The group is also renowned for its Halloween performances, wherein its members don a musical costume, covering an album by another band. It began on Halloween 1994 with Phish performing The Beatles' self-titled album (known as "The White Album"). In subsequent years, they covered The Who's Quadrophenia, Talking Heads' "Remain in Light" and the Velvet Underground's "Loaded."

Kelly Clarkson launches fall tour

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 – Kelly Clarkson announced today the All I Ever Wanted Tour starting this fall. Joining Clarkson are Australian sister duo The Veronicas and new band Parachute.

The tour starts Oct. 2 in Uncasville, Ct. and winds up Dec. 13 in Hollywood, Cal. Clarkson will play 32 markets in the U.S. and Canada.

Tickets for the first shows go on sale Aug.15 with the remaining on-sales rolling out in the coming weeks. -

Tour dates are:
Oct. 2 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Resort & Casino
Oct. 4 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center
Oct. 6 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
Oct. 9 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel & Casino
Oct. 10 Fairfax, VA Patriot Center
Oct. 13 Boston, MA Agganis Arena at Boston University
Oct. 15 Orillia, ON Casino Rama Entertainment Centre
Oct. 17 Youngstown, OH Covelli Centre
Oct. 19 Pikeville, KY Eastern Kentucky Expo Center
Oct. 21 Knoxville, TN Knoxville Civic Coliseum
Oct. 23 Milwaukee, WI Milwaukee Theatre
Oct. 25 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre
Oct. 27 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theatre
Oct. 29 Lincoln, NE Pershing Center
Oct. 31 St. Charles, MO Family Arena
Nov. 2 Cedar Park, TX Cedar Park Center
Nov. 4 Lubbock, TX United Spirit Arena
Nov. 6 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
Nov. 7 Phoenix, AZ Arizona State Fair
Nov. 18 Victoria, BC Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
Nov. 20 Calgary, AB Saddledome
Nov. 22 Kelowna, BC Prospera Place
Nov. 24 Seattle, WA WaMu Theater
Nov. 28 Reno, NV Reno Events Center
Nov. 29 San Jose, CA Event Center at San Jose University
Dec. 1 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center at Fresno State
Dec. 3 Las Cruces, NM Pan American Center
Dec. 5 Beaumont, TX Ford Park Arena
Dec. 7 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center
Dec. 10 Columbus, GA Columbus Civic Center
Dec. 11 Pensacola, FL Pensacola Civic Center
Dec. 13 Hollywood, FL Seminole Hard Rock Live Arena

Beastie Boys's Yauch diagnosed with cancer

Monday, July 20, 2009 – Adam "MCA" Yauch of Beastie Boys was diagnosed last week as having a cancerous tumor in his left salivary gland, cuasing the group to cancel upcoming tour dates and postpone the release of their new album.

”Luckily it was caught early and is localized in one area, and as such is considered very treatable,” according to a statement from Capitol Records, the band’s label. ”It will, however, require surgery and several weeks of additional treatment. Fortunately, the cancer is not in a location that will affect Yauch's vocal chords.

The Beastie Boys canceled all upcoming concert appearances to allow time for Yauch's surgery and recovery. The release of the band's forthcoming album, “Hot Sauce Committee Part 1,” will also be pushed back.

Yauch said, "I just need to take a little time to get this in check, and then we'll release the record and play some shows. It's a pain in the neck (sorry had to say it) because I was really looking forward to playing these shows, but the doctors have made it clear that this is not the kind of thing that can be put aside to deal with later.”

A statement from EMI said, “Our thoughts, love and prayers are with Adam Yauch, his family and the Beastie Boys. The most important thing is to allow Adam to focus on staying healthy. We wish him all the best and a speedy recovery.”

Maroon 5 enters studio

Friday, July 10, 2009 – Maroon 5 is entering the studio with producer Robert John "Mutt" Lange for the follow- up of their multi-platinum album, “It Won’t be Soon Before Long.” Lange has produced blockbuster albums for acts like AC/DC, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams, The Cars, ex-wife Shania Twain and Foreigner.

The album should be out in 2010.

The Rifles sign with Nettwerk

Friday, July 10, 2009 – London-based rockers The Rifles signed with Nettwerk, which will introduce them with a 4-track digital EP on July 28. The EP will feature The Great Escape, also the name of their debut CD out later this year.
The three other tracks are exclusive to this release and not on the forthcoming album.

The Rifles — frontman Joel Stoker, guitarist Luke Crowther, bassist Rob Pyne and drummer Grant Marsh — burst onto the British music scene in 2006 with their debut "No Love Lost."

The song list is:
1. The Great Escape
2. Darling Girl
3. I Could Never Lie
4. A Love To Die For

Cumbancha signs Indian star Kailash Kher

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 – Indian star Kailash Kher, a household name across the sub-continent, signed wit h a Vermont-based world music label and will tour the U.S. starting late this month.

”Yatra (Nomadic Souls” will be their first internationally distributed album, to be available Sept. 29 on Cumbancha. The new album will feature new songs alongside original new studio and unplugged recordings of some of the band's hits.

Kher's voice has earned him comparisons to Pakistani legend Ustad Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, but his populist approach and ability to write hits with his musical collaborators, Naresh and Paresh Kamath, helped him bridge the divide between traditional and contemporary styles. While his music is modern and influenced by rock, funk, reggae and techno, Kher's voice recalls the ancient history of India, and he is just as likely to include a traditional village rhythm or a sacred Sufi chant in the mix as he is a jamming electric guitar or hip-hop beat.

"I first heard Kailash's amazing track "Tauba Tauba" blasting out of a radio back in 2007, when I was zipping down the road in an autorickshaw in the Indian state of Kerala," recalls Cumbancha founder Jacob Edgar, "I made the driver slam on the brakes so I could find out who was making this incredible blend of funky pop and Indian roots music. I finally found out later it was Kailash Kher & Kailasa and I've been a big fan ever since. I am so excited to have them as part of the Cumbancha roster and to help introduce the world to a group that millions of people already revere." A newly recorded version of "Tauba Tauba" will appear on the Cumbancha release.

Tour dates are:

July 24 - Houston, TX - Brown Theatre, Wortham Center
July 25 - Brooklyn, NY - Celebrate Brooklyn, Prospect Park Bandshell
July 30 - Philadelphia, PA - Perlman Theatre, Kimmel Center
Aug. 1 - Redwood City, CA - Courthouse Square
Aug. 2 - San Francisco, CA - Stern Grove Festival, Sigmund Stern Grove
Aug. 8 - Atlanta, GA - TBC
Aug. 9 - Atlanta, GA - TBC
Aug. 14 - Dallas, TX - TBC
Aug. 16 - Kansas City, KS - TBC
Aug. 21 - Boston, MA - TBC
Aug. 28 - Vancouver, BC - TBC
Aug. 29 - Toronto, ON - TBC
Aug. 30 - Montreal, QC - TBC
Sept. 20 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
Sept. 24 - New York, NY - TBC
Sept. 26 - Dallas, TX - TBC
Oct. 10 - Washington, DC - Lisner Auditorium
Oct. 12 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
Oct. 13 - Somerville, MA Somerville Theater

Dead Man's Bones with actor Ryan Gosling signs with Anti-

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 – Dead Man’s Bones, a duo including actor Ryan Gosling, signed with Anti- Records with a disc due Oct. 6.

The music apparently was first intended to be a soundtrack to a play about a monster-ghost-love-story. When Zach Shields and Gosling met in 2005 and discovered their mutual obsession with ghosts, they decided to write a ghastly love story. Scrapping the stage show when costs became prohibitive, they already had songs written and decided to continue. The pair chose to play all the instruments on the record, even those they had never previously played.

The duo also imposed rules on themselves during the recording process, like not playing with a click track or trying to do no more than three takes on any song. Enlisting the help of the Silverlake Conservatory Children's Choir to round out the tunes, the album was produced by Tim Anderson of I'm A Robot.d

John Butler Trio changes members

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 – John Butler changed the new line up to the ever-evolving John Butler Trio with a new album under way.

Australian musician Nicky Bomba will feature as the new drummer and percussionist. He has been an active member of the Melbourne music scene with his band Bomba. He was the main drummer on JBT's five times platinum album “Sunrise Over Sea.” This is a return to the band for Bomba, who is Butler's brother in law.

Sydney musician Byron Luiters will feature as the new bassist after having been with Sydney outfit Ray Mann Three. They replace drummer Shannon Birchall and basssist Michael Barker

The trio started recording of the new studio album in early June and are thrilled with progress so far.

Butler said today, "Over the last 12 years of the JBT, I have been blessed with some amazing individuals. All have left their legacy and have raised the musical bar of the band. With any new incarnation it has always been an honor and challenge to meet the benchmark the band has achieved artistically and take it to the next level. It's great to be playing with Nicky again and Byron brings a whole new level of melody, funk and Mojo to the Trio. Very exciting times."

On July 2, Butler goes on a solo overseas tour starting. He was invited to play, for the first time, at the Montreal Jazz Festival. He will also play at the Rothbury Music festival in Michigan and The Mile High Festival in Denver.

Upcoming shows are:

Thursday July 2- High Sierra Music Festival - Quincy, CA USA

Saturday July 4 - Rothbury Music Festival - Rothbury, MI USA

Sunday July 5- Montreal Jazz Festival - Montréal, QC CANADA - SOLD OUT

Monday July 6- Phoenix Concert Theatre - Toronto, ON CANADA - SOLD OUT

Friday July 10 - Folie Bergere - Paris, FRANCE

Saturday July 11 - Festival de la Guitare - Mandelieu, FRANCE

Wednesday July 15- Tivoli de Helling - Utrecht, Holland, The Netherlands - SOLD OUT

Thursday July 16 - Riverrenhof - Antwerp, Belgium

Friday July 17 - Union Chapel - London, England UK - SOLD OUT

Sunday July 19 - Mile High Music Festival - Commerce City, CO USA

Tuesday July 21- The Troubadour - Los Angeles, CA USA - SOLD OUT

Rob Thomas plots fall tour

Tuesday, June 23, 2009 – Rob Thomas announced dates for his full-scale tour of North America in support of his new release “cradlesong” and companion DVD “Live at Red Rocks.” The 2-month itinerary is slated to kick off on Sept. 23 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. and end with a multi-night stand at the Beacon Theater in New York beginning on Nov. 12.

The tour will include special guests One Republic and Carolina Liar.

The new tour, dubbed “cradlesong tour ‘09,” is Thomas’s second full-fledged solo tour and the first in support of his new Emblem/Atlantic Records release “cradlesong” which hits stores and digital retailers nationwide on June 30. “cradlesong” is the follow-up to Thomas’ solo album “…Something to Be” which debuted at number one on Billboard.

The first single off “cradlesong” is Her Diamonds.

Tour dates are:
Sept. 23 Hollywood, FL
Sept. 25 Orlando, FL
Sept. 26 Clearwater, FL
Sept. 28 Raleigh, NC
Sept. 29 Charlotte, SC
Sept. 30 Atlanta, GA
Oct. 4 Houston, TX
Oct. 5 Grand Prairie, TX
Oct. 7 Oklahoma City, OK
Oct. 9 Council Bluffs, IA
Oct. 10 Milwaukee, WI
Oct. 11 St Paul, MN
Oct. 14 Vancouver, BC
Oct. 15 Seattle, WA
Oct. 17 Reno, NV
Oct. 18 San Francisco, CA
Oct. 20 Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 21 San Diego, CA
Oct. 23 Temecula, CA
Oct. 24 Las Vegas, NV
Oct. 25 Tucson, AZ
Oct. 27 Denver, CO
Oct. 29 Kansas City, KS
Oct. 30 Hammond, IN
Oct. 31 St Louis, MO
Nov. 2 Detroit, MI
Nov. 4 Toronto, ONT
Nov. 6 Atlantic City, NJ
Nov. 7 Uncasville, CT
Nov. 9 Boston, MA
Nov. 10 Washington, DC
Nov. 12-13 New York, NY

AIR slates new CD for October

Thursday, June 18, 2009 – French electronic pop duo AIR, Jean-Benoit Dunckel and Nicolas Godin, will release their fifth studio album Love 2 on Oct. 6. This is the follow-up to 2007's "Pocket Symphony" and the first production from their recording facility Atlas Studio.

The duo recorded and produced for the first time entirely by themselves. These recording sessions again saw the band handling all vocal duties and cemented their association with LA-based drummer/percussionist Joey Waronker, who had previously joined them for their three-man "Close up" tour of south-east Asia in the fall of 2008. Stephane "Alf" Briat, a long-time fixture of the Paris music scene, whose work with AIR dates back to some of their earliest material, came on board for the final mixdown at Atlas.

A viral single "Do The Joy drops July 7, followed by a formal single release for the summery pop anthem Sing Sang Sung on Aug. 25.

AIR will set out on a European tour in early 2010 starting at the Casino de Paris in their hometown and will then embark on North American dates during the spring.

Songs are:
1. Do The Joy
2. Love
3. So Light Is Her Footfall
4. Be A Bee
5. Missing The Light Of The Day
6. Tropical Disease
7. Heaven's Light
8. Night Hunter
9. Sing Sang Sung
10. Eat My Beat
11. You Can Tell It To Everybody
12. African Velvet

Mariah Carey slates new CD

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Memoirs of an Imperfect Angel” will be the next release from Mariah Carey, scheduled to drop Aug. 25. The first single is Obsessed, out today. The video for the song will be directed by Brett Ratner. Obsessed was written and produced by Carey, The-Dream and Tricky Stewart, who are responsible for the majority of tracks on the new album. The CD was executive-produced by Antonio “L.A.” Reid.

Carey’s 12th studio album is the follow-up to “The Emancipation of Mimi.”

Los Lobos sign with Shout! Factory

Thursday, June 11, 2009 – Los Lobos signed a record deal with Shout! Factory with their 18th album.

“We’re honored to work with Los Lobos, a band that we’ve all been fans of for years, and that has a rich history of unbelievable music. We’re thrilled to be releasing their next project,” says Garson Foos, President of Shout! Factory.

The new disc will be the follow-up to the 2006 release, “The Town and The City.”

“We never really plan any album,” says Los Lobos’ saxophonist/keyboardist/percussionist and producer Steve Berlin. “Like with Kiko and Colossal Head (the quintet’s 1992 and 1996 heady opuses that broke artistic ground both times), we just played the songs that showed up, naturally. With each project, we try to make our songwriting an artistic statement, where the stories we’re telling and the arrangements we’re composing get our point across. But to a certain extent, we make our songs opaque, mysterious. We leave it up to the listener to interpret…That’s the highest purpose of artists, we think - not to rob the spirit out of the work.”

No release date was announced.

Los Lobos are David Hidalgo: Vocals, Guitar, Accordion, Fiddle, Requinto jarocho, Louie Prez: Vocals, Guitar, Drums, Jarana huasteca, Cesar Rosas: Vocals, Guitar, Bajo Sexto, Conrad Lozano: Vocals, Bass, Guitarrn and Steve Berlin: Vocals, Sax, Keyboards, Percussion.

Los Lobos also is touring. Tour dates are:
June 14 Avila Beach Resort Avila Beach CA BROTHERHOOD TOUR Featuring Los Lobos & Los Lonely Boys
June 19 Ann Arbor Summer Festival Ann Arbor MI
June 20 Blues on the Fox Aurora IL
June 25 Thursday at the Square Buffalo NY
June 26 Newport Sunset Music Festival Newport RI
June 27 Lowell Summer Music Series Lowell MA
July 4 Hootenanny Irvine CA
July 5 Marin County Fair San Rafael CA
July 11 Vancouver Island Music Festival Vancouver Island CANADA
July 17 Oregon Zoo Amphitheater Portland OR
July 18 California WorldFest Grass Valley CA
July 19 Woodland Park Zoo Amphitheater Seattle WA
July 22 DuPage County Fair Wheaton IL
July 23 Tanner Park Babylon NY
July 24 Rockin' The River Cruise New York NY
July 25 Pittsburgh Blues Festival Pittsburgh PA
July 26 Long's Park Amphitheater Lancaster PA
July 28 Berns Stockholm SWEDEN
July 29 The Jazz Cafe Camden Town, London UK
July 30 Paradiso Amsterdam HOLLAND
July 31 Southern Fried Festival Perth SCOTLAND
Aug. 1 Cambridge Folk Festival Cambridge ENGLAND
Aug. 3 Lokersee Feesten Festival Lokeren BELGIUM
Aug. 4 Rubigen Bern SWITZERLAND
Aug. 5 Kaufleuten Zurich SWITZERLAND
Aug. 8 Bayfront Blues Festival Duluth MN

The Brother Tour with Los Lonely Boys dates are:
Aug. 12 Mountain Winery Saratoga CA
Aug. 14 Hard Rock Hotel Pool Stage Las Vegas NV
Aug. 15 Concerts in the Park Alpine CA
Aug. 16 Greek Theatre Los Angeles CA
Aug. 19 Red Butte Garden Salt Lake City UT
Aug. 21 Isleta Casino & Resort Albuquerque NM
Aug. 22 Chautauqua Auditorium Boulder CO
Aug. 23 Denver Botanic Gardens Denver CO

Los Lobos dates are:
Aug. 28 Atlanta Botanical Garden Atlanta GA
Sept. 16 Paramount Center for the Arts Peekskill NY
Sept. 17 Calvin Theatre Peekskill NY
Sept. 18 Quick Center for the Arts Fairfield CT
Sept. 19 Harvest Jazz & Blues Festival Fredericton, N.B. CANADA
Sept. 20 Town Hall Theatre Woodstock VT
Sept. 26 The Whole Enchilada Fiesta Las Cruces NM
Sept. 27 San Jose Mariachi Festival San Jose CA
Oct. 14 The Big Fresno Fair Fresno CA
Oct. 30 Lied Center Lincoln NE
Nov. 1 Symphony Center Chicago IL
Nov. 6-8 Walt Disney World Resort Orlando FL
Nov. 13 Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center Westhampton Beach NY
Nov. 14 Harrah's Chester Chester PA
Nov. 15 Birchmere Alexandria VA
Nov. 16-17 Ram's Head Tavern Annapolis MD 2 shows
Nov. 21 Goshen College Music Center Goshen IN
Nov. 28 Cache Creek Casino - Club 88 Brooks CA
Nov. 29 Van Duzer Theater - Humboldt State University Arcata IL December 05 International Book Fair Guadalajara, Jalisco MEXICO December 10 Cascade Theatre Redding CA

Alice in Chains signs with Virgin

Monday, June 8, 2009 – Alice in Chains signed an exclusive worldwide deal with EMI's Virgin Records and will release their first new studio album in more than 10 years in September. The band and producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters) began recording last October at Studio 606 in Northridge, Cal. and recently finished mixing at Henson Studios in Hollywood.

Guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez reunited in 2005 at a benefit for victims of the tsunami in Indonesia. They began touring with new guitarist/vocalist William DuVall the following year. "It's been a meaningful journey and a hell of a story," said Cantrell. "We're very excited to have a home at Virgin/EMI and are looking forward to writing new chapters in the book of Alice."

"We're in a good place," said Kinney. "We've made a record that we're really proud of, we've got a team in place that's passionate about the music, and we're excited for the fans to hear the new songs."

"Alice In Chains has had a big hand in the evolution of music, and I still can't believe we get to work with them," says Rob Stevenson, President of Virgin Records. "This music is going to remind people what we've all been missing."

Alice In Chains were among the headliners at the recent Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, Ohio. Next up is a July 18 show with Kid Rock at Comerica Park in Detroit, to be followed by festival shows with Metallica overseas, including an Aug. 1 date at Marlay Park in Dublin and an Aug. 2 show at the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth. Earlier this year, the quartet took a break from recording to perform a string of shows in Australia with Nine Inch Nails.

Pet Shop Boys plan North American tour

Friday, June 5, 2009 – The Pet Shop Boys will launch a month-long North American tour in late August to support the release of “Pandemonium,” the duo’s 10th studio album.

The Pandemonium Tour is a multi-media show that will include Pet Shop Boys' greatest hits and celebrate the new album.

The Pet Shop Boys will be offering pre-sale tickets to their online community. A limited number of VIP packages (including the opportunity to meet Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe) will be made available for purchase.

The pre-sale will begin Monday, June 8 at 1 p.m. in the time zone of the performance. To purchase pre-sale tickets please click here:

Tour dates are:
Aug. 29 Montreal Metropolis
Sept. 1-2 New York, NY Hammerstein
Sept. 3 Washington, DC Constitution Hall
Sept. 5 Boston, MA House of Blues
Sept. 6 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
Sept. 9 Miami, FL Fillmore
Sept. 10 Tampa, FL Tampa Bay PAC
Sept. 11 Orlando, FL House of Blues
Sept. 12 Atlanta, GA Chastain
Sept. 14 Chicago, IL Chicago Theater
Sept. 15 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Ballroom
Sept. 19 Vancouver, BC Vancouver Centre of Performing Arts
Sept. 20 Seattle, WA Moore
Sept. 22-23 San Francisco, CA Warfield
Sept. 24 Los Angeles, CA Greek
Sept. 26 Las Vegas, NV Joint

Whitney Houston CD dropping Sept. 1

Thursday, June 4, 2009 – Whitney Houston’s new album will be released worldwide Sept. 1 on Arista Records. This is Houston’s seventh studio album and first since 2003’s “One Wish: The Holiday Album.” No title was announced.

Mentor Clive Davis has been instrumental in getting Houston’s career back on track after marital and legal mishaps.

Elektra Records relaunches

Monday, June 1, 2009 – Elektra Records, once home to such acts as The Eagles and Phil Ochs, is being relaunched. Heading the new Elektra are Co-Presidents Mike Caren and John Janick. Caren is executive vice president of A&R for Atlantic Records, while Janick is the founder and president of prominent indie label Fueled By Ramen.

Elektra Records will operate as a freestanding label within the Atlantic Records Group, which will provide resources and services in support of Elektra and its artists.

The first signings are Gnarls Barkley partner Cee-Lo, French electronic music duo Justice, and new UK dance group Little Boots. Elektra has also just released the soundtrack to the HBO Original Series “True Blood,” featuring songs from a diverse spectrum of native Louisiana musicians.

“Elektra Records will mark its 60th Anniversary in 2010,” said Janick, “and it feels like the perfect time to recapture and reignite the spirit which made the label a beacon of great music and eclectic artistry. Elektra has always been first and foremost about its artists, supporting their vision and giving them the freedom to do their best work. This is a sacred trust that Mike and I take very seriously, and that we will strive to uphold in the years ahead. We’d like to especially thank Jac Holzman for his wonderful support as we begin to build on the legacy of the amazing label he started six decades ago.”

“Our first signings already signal the diversity that has been and will continue to be Elektra’s trademark,” said Caren. “The Elektra logo has always stood for quality and integrity, defining genres while crossing and transcending them. John and I are devoted to seeking out original and compelling artists from all walks of music, and giving them a place they can call home. We are thrilled to be partnering with our friends at Warner Music Group and Atlantic Records to reinvent a groundbreaking music culture for a new era.”

Grace Potter band changes

Thursday, May 28, 2009 – After completing work on their T Bone Burnett-produced third album for Ragged Company/Hollywood Records, which is now in its final stages, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals will hit the road this summer in a new configuration. Catherine Popper (Ryan Adams & the Cardinals, Hem) is the band’s new bass player, replacing Bryan Dondero, while their friend and fellow Vermonter Benny Yurco, who also plays in Blues & Lasers, guitarist Scott Tournet’s experimental rock project, will be added as rhythm guitarist on all tour dates.

Writer/singer/keyboard player Potter, Tournet and drummer Matt Burr had planned on holding extensive auditions for the vacant bass slot in New York and Los Angeles, but they first checked out Popper on a recommendation. “She came in, plugged in and played with us,” Potter said, “and by the end of the first song, we knew she was absolutely, positively the perfect person for us. She completely understood the direction we wanted to go in.”

After Yurco sat in with the band, including Popper, during their performance for a special VH1”School of Rock” 40th anniversary of the Woodstock Festival (they played “White Rabbit,” “Woodstock,” Janis Joplin’s “Try” and one original, “Nothing But The Water”), “We all had that new-band buzz,” Potter said. “We thought that if were making a lineup change, why not make it a whole new experience? Because we couldn’t really replace Bryan — he’d been with us too long for that. So having five members has made it a positive transition for all of us.”

Potter described the new album, which is slated for a fall release, as “a soul record at its core, like the Velvet Underground backing Aretha Franklin.”

“There’s a spirituality — a soulfulness — that’s tapping into the Al Green vibe, but with a youth, a darkness and an edge to it that I wasn’t expecting.”

Drummer Jim Keltner, bassist Dennis Crouch and guitarist Marc Ribot formed the core studio band with Potter, Tournet and Burr.

“We did the full-on Dylan experience, where these guys pulled the song together within 15 minutes,” Potter said. “Each time, they’d listen to the song, write up their charts and then go in and start exploring. So a lot of the songs changed in unexpected ways from the demos. I was so lucky to have been prepared for that openness, because we were implementing something more significant than what the songs might’ve been otherwise.”

Ian Hunter returns with July CD on New West

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 – Mott the Hoople front man and solo artist Ian Hunter signed to New West Records with “Man Overboard” out July 21.

The original Mott The Hoople lineup of Ian Hunter, Mick Ralphs, Verden Allen, Dale Griffin and Overend Watts have announced 5 40th anniversary reunion shows at the HMV Hammersmith Apollo in London on October 1-3 and 5-6.

”Man Overboard” is Hunter's 13th solo album since his eponymous debut in 1975. Recorded in late 2008 in Pawling, N.Y., the 11-song set is a follow up to the 2007 CD “Shrunken Heads.”

Produced by Andy York (veteran guitarist for John Mellencamp) and Hunter, the CD features a backing band of Steve Holley on drums and percussion (Wings, Joe Cocker), Paul Page on bass (Dion), Jack Petruzzelli on electric guitar (Rufus Wainwright, Joan Osbourne), James Mastro on electric guitar (Patti Smith, John Cale), Andy Burton on piano and organ (The Db's) and York on guitar and backing vocals. Many of the band members are returning from the “Shrunken Heads” sessions.

"When we did Shrunken Heads, I felt like we had a good thing going so I wanted to revisit the experience before anything changed, and that's what we did,” said Hunter.

Songs are:
1. The Great Escape
2. Arms and Legs
3. Up and Running
4. Man Overboard
5. Babylon Blues
6. Girl From the Office
7. Flowers
8. These Feelings
9. Win It All
10. Way With Words
11. River of Tears

Hunter will tour in support of the CD.

Taking Back Sunday plans on new CD, Blink-182 tour

Tuesday, May 19, 2009 – Taking Back Sunday are set to release their new album, “New Again,” on June 2 on Warner Bros. Records. The album was recorded in New York City with producer David Kahne.

The first single, Sink Into Me, has made it into the Top 20 at Modern Rock Radio, and the band will perform the song on the outdoor Pontiac Stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live on release day.

Taking Back Sunday will open for Blink-182 on their summer reunion tour. Their leg also features Weezer and runs from Aug. 23 in Toronto through Sept. 17 in Irvine, Cal.. The New York five-piece are out now on a nationwide headlining tour that kicked off on May 14 and continues through the end of June.

A pack of their tracks will be available for Rock Band today. MakeDamnSure, What’s It Feel Like To Be A Ghost? and Liar (It Takes One To Know One) are the first three TBS songs to be featured on the game. Additionally, a new song off “New Again,” Everything Must Go, posted on the band’s MySpace this weekend. There will be a full album listening party on MySpace May 28th & 29th.

Taking Back Sunday is Adam Lazzara (vocals), Eddie Reyes (guitar), Mark O’Connell (drums), Matt Rubano (bass), and Matt Fazzi (vocals, guitar).

The band’s upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Headline Dates:
May 19- Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
May 20- Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
May 21- Indianapolis, IN - Egyptian Room
May 24 - Omaha, NE - Sokol Auditorum
May 26 - Boulder, CO - Boulder Theatre
May 27 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
May 28 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
May 29 - Seattle, WA - Showbox Sodo
May 30 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore
May 31 - Portland, OR - Roseland
June 3 - Anaheim, CA - The Grove
June 4 - Las Vegas, NV - House of Blues
June 5 - San Diego, CA - SOMA
June 6 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheatre
June 7 - Bakersfield, CA - Rockin Roots Festival
June 9 - Phoenix, AZ - Marquee Theatre
June 10 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
June 12 - Oklahoma City, OK - Diamond Ballroom
June 13 - Little Rock, AK - The Village
June 14 - Mandeville, LA - Mandeville Trailhead Amphitheatre
June 16 -Tampa, FL - Jannus Landing
June 17 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
June 18 - Charlotte, NC - Amos Southend
June 19 - Richmond, VA - The National
June 20 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory
June 21 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
June 23 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
June 24 - Rochester, NY - Water Street Music Hall
June 25 - Hartford, CT - Webster Theatre
June 26 - Hampton Beach, NH -Casino Ballroom
June 27 - Boston, MA - House of Blues

With Blink-182 and Weezer:
Aug. 23 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheater
Aug. 25 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 27 - Saratoga, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 28 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 29 - Hartford, CT - New England Dodge Music Center
Aug. 30 - Washington DC - TBD
Aug. 31 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon Theater at Jones Beach
Sept. 2 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center
Sept. 3 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Sept. 4 - Kansas City, KS - Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone
Sept. 6 - Denver, CO - Fiddlers Green Amphitheater
Sept. 7 - Salt Lake City, UT - David O. McKay Events Center
Sept. 9 - Portland, OR - TBD
Sept. 10 - Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheater
Sept. 12 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheater
Sept. 13 - San Francisco, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater
Sept. 14 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl
Sept. 16 - San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater
Sept. 17 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater

Green Day's “21st Century Breakdown” drops today

Friday, May 15, 2009 – Green Day’s eighth studio album, “21st Century Breakdown,” is out today, an unusual move since CDs usually are released on Tuesdays.. The album is the follow-up to 2004’s punk-rock opera “American Idiot,” which sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.

Produced by Butch Vig, the album’s first single is Know Your Enemy.

Green Day will be on the season finale of Saturday Night Live on May 16, The Colbert Report on May 21, the first concert of Good Morning America’s 2009 Summer Concert Series from Rumsey Playfield in Central Park on May 22 and The Late Show with David Letterman on May 22. On Sunday, May 24, CBS Sunday Morning will air its first in depth interview with Green Day shot in Oakland last month.

Green Day, which is singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool, are preparing to launch their first proper tour of the U.S. and Canada in more than three years. The tour begins July 3 at Seattle’s Key Arena and will cross North America through the summer, including a July 27 stop at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, before finishing up with a show at the Forum in Los Angeles on Aug. 25.

Coldplay gives away live CD

Friday, May 1, 2009 – Coldplay will give away an exclusive live CD, “LeftRightLeftRightLeft,” to all fans attending the Viva La Vida summer tour beginning May 15, the first date of the band's North American tour and at every remaining live show in 2009. The CD will also be available as a free download during the same time period through their website

"Playing live is what we love," said Coldplay in a statement. "This album is a thank you to our fans - the people who give us a reason to do it and the people who make it happen."

Supporting Coldplay on the North American tour dates will be Pete Yorn (May 15-June 4), Snow Patrol (June 5-21), Amadou & Mariam (July 10-24), Elbow (July 25-August 9), Howling Bells (May 15-21) and Kitty Daisy & Lewis (July 10-August 9).

The track listing for “LeftRightLeftRightLeft” is:
1. Glass of Water
2. 42
3. Clocks
4. Strawberry Swing
5. The Hardest Part/Postcards From Far Away
6. Viva La Vida
7. Death Will Never Conquer
8. Fix You
9. Death And All His Friends

Tour dates are:
May 15 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
May 17 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
May 18 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Center Birmingham
May 20 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 21 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion
May 23 Hartford, CT Meadows
May 24 Hershey, PA Hershey Stadium
May 26 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Center
May 27 Saratoga Springs, NY SPAC
May 30 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
June 1 Buffalo, NY Darien Lakes
June 2 Detroit DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 4 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
June 5 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
June 6 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
June 9 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
June 10 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
June 12 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
June 13 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
June 15 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
June 17 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
June 18 Edmonton, AB Northlands
June 20 Vancouver, BC GM Place
June 21 Vancouver, BC GM Place
July 10 Portland, OR The Amphitheater at Clark County
July 11 George, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre
July 13 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
July 14 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 16 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
July 18 Carson, CA Home Depot Center
July 19 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 21 Dallas, TX Center
July 22 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
July 24 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 25 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
July 30 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre
Aug. 2 Liberty State Park, NJ All Points West Music & Arts Festival
Aug. 3 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
Aug. 6 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
Aug. 7 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Aug. 9 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre

Tori Amos offers free download

Thursday, April 30, 2009 – Tori Amos is offering a free download of a song appearing on an album out in May. Maybe California, from "Abnormally Attracted to Sin" (out May 19) is available at

Nutini unveils tour plans

Tuesday, April 28, 2009 – Paolo Nutini unveiled plans for a North American headline tour this summer in the wake of the Scottish-born singer/songwriter’s second album, “Sunny Side Up,” out June 2.

Nutini and his band, The Vipers, will kick off the tour on July 20 at The Stephen Talkhouse in Amagansett, N.Y. The dates continue through mid-August, with more shows to be announced soon. Opening will Erin McCarley and labelmate Matt Hires.

The first single is Candy. A companion video clip – filmed in Cuba under the direction of Nez (Lily Allen, Kano) – is currently streaming exclusively on MSN Music.

Nutini and The Vipers were among the performers at this month’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Cal. The following week saw Nutini play a week of sold out shows on the west coast before returning home for a completely sold-out UK tour.

Produced by Nutini and Ethan Johns (Kings of Leon, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne), “Sunny Side Up” sees Nutini continuing to play soulful modern pop.

Nutini debuted with “These Streets” and the hit Soul Shoes.

Tour dates are:
20 Amagansett, NY The Stephen Talkhouse
21 New York, NY Webster Hall
23 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
24 Boston, MA House of Blues
25 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of Living Arts
27 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue Theatre
28 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
29 Nashville, TN Cannery Ballroom
31 Toronto, ONT Opera House

1 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
2 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
3 Apple Valley, MN Weesner Amphitheater

Sean Paul releases new song

Friday, April 24, 2009 – Sean Paul will unveil his first new music in over three years, So Fine, tomorrow, April 25, on the Grammy-winning singer’s own, beginning at 1 p.m. eastern. The track debuts on radio May 1.

So Fine, produced by Stephen “Di Genius” McGregor, heralds the upcoming release of Paul’s fourth album. “Imperial Blaze,” which follows 2005’s RIAA platinum-certified “The Trinity,” and arrives Aug. 18.

The Cure go live

Tuesday, April 21, 2009 – The Cure are releasing a live disc, “The Cure Live from Secret Shows,” recorded at the Troubadour in Los Angeles in December 2008 through MySpace Music starting today.

The album consists of a compilation of some of their classic and new songs from their latest album “4:13 Dream.” Beginning today, the MySpace community and The Cure fans can relive the event and stream the audio from the show for free by visiting The Cure's official MySpace profile at

Songs include:
Underneath the Stars
Pictures of You
The Reasons Why
The End of the World
Friday I'm In Love
One Hundred Years
Boys Don't Cry

Green Day announcees tour

Monday, April 20, 2009 – Green Day will tour the U.S. and Canada for the first time in more than three years beginning July 3 in Seattle. The first leg of the tour will cross North America through the summer and will finish up with a show in Los Angeles on Aug. 25.

Green Day is touring in support of their long-awaited eighth studio album “21st Century Breakdown,” due Friday, May 15. Singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool have been at work writing, arranging, and recording “21st Century Breakdown” since early 2006 with producer Butch Vig (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins). The first single, Know Your Enemy, was released to radio and digital retailers on April 16.

Green Day recently performed 21st Century Breakdown in its entirety during a series of warm-up club shows for hometown fans in the Bay Area. “21st Century Breakdown” is Green Day's first studio album since 2004's two-time Grammy Award-winning punk-rock opera “American Idiot,” which yielded 5 hit singles and sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.

Tour dates are:

3 Seattle, WA
4 Vancouver, BC
6 Edmonton, AB
7 Saskatoon, SAS
9 Winnipeg, MAN
10 Fargo, ND
11 Minneapolis, MN
13 Chicago, IL
14 Detroit, MI
16 Hamilton, ONT
17 Ottawa, ONT
18 Montreal, QUE
20 Boston, MA
21 Philadelphia, PA
22 Pittsburgh, PA
24 Hartford, CT
25 Albany, NT
27 New York, NY
29 Washington, DC
31 Nashville, TN

1 Atlanta, GA
3 Tampa, FL
4 Miami, FL
5 Orlando, FL
7 New Orleans, LA
8 Houston, TX
9 San Antonio, TX
11 St. Louis, MO
12 Kansas City, MO
13 Omaha, NE
15 Denver, CO
16 Salt Lake City, UT
18 San Jose, CA
20 San Diego, CA
21 Las Vegas, NV
22 Phoenix, AX
24 Sacramento, CA
25 Los Angeles, CA

Beyonce launches tour in June

Friday, April 17, 2009 – Beyonce is bringing her 2009 "I AM..." World Tour to North America this summer with tour launching at New York's Madison Square Garden in June and winding down with a four night residence at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas July 30 Aug. 2.

Tickets for Beyonce's North American concerts will be available as a pre sale for members of Beyonce's Fan Club on Monday, April 20, starting at 10 a.m. local venue time. Tickets will go on sale to the general public through Ticketmaster ( on Saturday, April 25. In order to make her concerts affordable, Beyonce is making 2,000 seats available at each venue for $20 plus applicable service charges.

Tickets for the four night residence at Encore at Wynn Las Vegas will go on sale at a later date. Information will be available at

Beyonce is co sponsoring food drives along her tour itinerary as part of the Show Your Helping Hand initiative, a national hunger relief campaign created by General Mills' Hamburger Helper in partnership with Beyonce and her Survivor Foundation. The campaign goal is to help Feeding America deliver more than 3.5 million meals to local food banks. Consumers can get involved in the effort by submitting codes on specially marked boxes of Hamburger Helper, by donating non perishable food items at Beyonce's concerts in select cities across the U.S., or by donating money at Beginning April 25, visit for more information.

Tour dates are:
Sunday Jun 21 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden
Wednesday Jun 24 Washington DC Verizon Center
Friday Jun 26 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center**
Saturday Jun 27 Greensboro, NC Greensboro Coliseum Complex
Monday Jun 29 Ft Lauderdale, FL Bank Atlantic Center
Wednesday Jul 1 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
Friday Jul 3 New Orleans, LA Superdome (Essence Music Festival)
Saturday Jul 4 Houston, TX Toyota Center**
Sunday Jul 5 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
Tuesday Jul 7 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center
Thursday Jul 9 Sacramento, CA Arco Arena
Friday Jul 10 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena
Saturday Jul 11 Anaheim, CA Honda Center
Monday Jul 13 Los Angeles, CA Staples Center
Thursday Jul 16 Minneapolis, MN Target Center
Friday Jul 17 Chicago, IL United Center
Saturday Jul 18 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills
Thursday Jul 23 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
Thursday Jul 30-Aug. 2 Las Vegas, NV Encore Theatre, Wynn Las Vegas

Fall Out Boy moves show over security issues

Friday, April 17, 2009 – Fall Out Boy’s April 21 show in Boca Raton, Fla. was moved to Pompano Beach over security issues. A press release from the band’s label said, “a statement from the city reads “There have been known disturbances associated with one of the bands, “Fall Out Boy”. We anticipate that the concert will generate security challenges.”

“I’m not sure what these ‘challenges’ are that they are speaking of” said Fall Out Boy manager Bob McLynn. “The town said that if we tried to keep the show on we would have to pay an extraordinary amount of money in extra costs.”

The show will be relocated to Pompano Beach Amphitheatre the same date, and all ticket to the original Mizner show will be honored.

Dead Weather slate first public gig

Monday, April 6, 2009 – The Dead Weather, a new band including Jack White, will make their very first public performance at The Bowery Ballroom in New York on April 14. Tickets will go on sale this Wednesday, April 8 with a two-ticket limit.

The Dead Weather are Dean Fertita (Queens Of The Stone Age), Jack Lawrence (The Greenhornes/The Raconteurs), Alison Mosshart (The Kills) and White (The White Stripes/The Raconteurs). White produced the group’s CD, “Horehound,” which was recorded at his Third Man Studios in Nashville earlier this year and is slated for a late June release. The album will be the first full-length release on White’s own Third Man Records, which includes a fully operational HQ in Nashville that houses a vinyl record store, photo studio, dark room and performance stage.

The band has released two songs exclusively on iTunes and on limited edition seven-inch inch vinyl, Hang You From The Heavens and Are Friends Electric?

Phish plays Fenway

Monday, April 6, 2009 – Phish will kick off its first summer tour in 5 years with a concert at Boston's Fenway Park on May 31. The band has also added a third date (June 2nd) at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater in Wantagh, N.Y. An online ticket request period is currently underway for the two newly announced shows at and will end April 12 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Tickets will go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. eastern on Friday, April 17, for the Jones Beach show and at 10 a.m. eastern on Saturday, April 18, for the Fenway Park show.

The band will play the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival on June 12 and 14. Tickets are still available for the festival as are a limited number of seats for the band's Aug. 11 date at Toyota Park in Chicago. The rest of the group's previously announced shows are sold out

The group has recorded demos of 20 new songs and entered the studio last week with Steve Lillywhite (U2, Rolling Stones, Dave Matthews Band) to begin work on Phish's first new studio album in five years. Lillywhite produced Phish's 1996 album, “Billy Breathes.” The Clifford Ball, a seven-DVD box set from JEMP Records/Rhino capturing the band's entire performance at this landmark 1996 festival, recently debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's Top Music Video chart.

Tour dates are:
May 31 Boston, MA Fenway Park On Sale April 18
June 2,4, 5 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater On sale April 17
June 6 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center sold out
June 7 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center sold out
June 9 Asheville, NC Asheville Civic Center sold out
June 10 Knoxville, TN Thompson-Boling Arena sold out
June 12 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Manchester, TN On sale now
June 14 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival Manchester, TN On sale now
June 16 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre sold out
June 18 Burgettstown, PA Post Gazette Pavilion sold out
June 19 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center sold out
June 20-21 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley sold out
July 30-Aug. 2 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre sold out
Aug. 5 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre sold out
Aug. 7-8 George, WA The Gorge sold out
Aug. 11 Chicago, IL Toyota Park Limited seating available
Aug. 13 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center sold out
Aug. 14 Hartford, CT Meadows Music Theater sold out
Aug. 15 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion sold out
Aug. 16 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center sold out

Stamey, Holsapple releasing new CD

Monday, April 6, 2009 – ”hERE aND nOW” will be the first new collaboration in almost two decades by Peter Holsapple and Chris Stamey of the dB’s. Due June 9 on Bar/None Records, the album features saxophonist Branford Marsalis on two tracks: the single Early in the Morning and Holsapple’s ode to New Orleans, Begin Again.

Drummers Jon Wurster (Superchunk, Son Volt, the Mountain Goats) and Logan Matheny (Roman Candle, The Rosebuds) and percussionist Gary Greene (Hootie and the Blowfish, Big Head Todd) helped out as well on Some of the Parts and Widescreen World. The dB's’ rhythm section Gene Holder (bass) and Will Rigby (drums) join in on Santa Monica.

The acoustic side of the duo, reminiscent of their 1992 Rhino/RNA album “Mavericks,” is apparent on Long Time Coming, one of several with Greg Readling (Chatham County Line, Tift Merritt) on pedal steel. The lead track, My Friend the Sun, is a cover of a classic from British prog-pop band Family.

Holsapple and Stamey grew up together in Winston-Salem, N.C., and started playing music together in middle school. Through bands along the way — including Rittenhouse Square, Little Diesel, Sneakers, the H-Bombs, the dB’s, Continental Drifters and the Golden Palominos — and recording sessions and sideman stints with the likes of R.E.M., Bob Mould and Hootie, the two have maintained a close musical connection. Having relocated to Durham, N.C., from New Orleans in 2006, Holsapple is writing songs and blogging as well as playing locally and afar, while Stamey produces and records at Modern Recording, his home base in Chapel Hill, N.C. where this record was made.

”The first duo record we did in 1992 (“Mavericks”) was recorded and mixed in one fell swoop; this one took a couple years and a hurricane to complete,” Holsapple said. “We had a few days to get some rhythm tracks completed and then spent the rest of the studio time getting the vocals and overdubs to sit correctly with the songs."

“Peter and I think of this as a band without a name, but still with its own distinct style and sensibility. We tried to pick songs that would not seem out of place with the vibe of ‘Mavericks,’ that could sit alongside the uncynical exuberance and unblinkered romanticism of the Lovin’ Spoonful, the Beach Boys, and the Everly Brothers. We kept the recording process as natural as we could, without click tracks or engineers, just friends playing in a room together…We shared with Big Star a teenage Anglophilia: Family's My Friend the Sun was a hit in our world, although pretty much unknown to the greater U.S.”

“At a rehearsal with the dB's, I showed the newly-penned Santa Monica — and that initial one-take ‘reading’ is the same basic track that was used here; sometimes the first take is the best. In spring 2005, we huddled together and pored over lyrics in a little writing room at Piety Street Studios in New Orleans, covering the floor with multiple revisions of Widescreen World. We were in the process of returning there for sessions when Katrina rewrote our plans.”

Holsapple said his song Begin Again is about “watching the news reports about New Orleans flooding from far away, and the kind of reconciling one has to do when one’s life is forced to change dramatically because of the destruction of a hurricane. It's hard to walk away from a city that embraced me for 13 years, but that's what I did physically, moving back to North Carolina where Chris and I are from. Spiritually and mentally, I don't think you can ever really leave New Orleans after you've lived there for any length of time; the lessons I learned about myself and how I fit into the world at large are ones I learned there and are deeply rooted in me forever.”

Holsapple, Stamey, Holder and Rigby are continuing their work on an eventual dB’s album.

Gallows signs with Warner

Tuesday, March 31, 2009 – British hardcore punk rock heroes Gallows signed a worldwide deal with Warner Brothers Records. Their second full-length album and first for Sire in the U.S., "Grey Britain," will be released on May 5. The 13 thematically-linked song album was recorded at London's RAK studios with producer Garth ‘GGGarth' Richardson (Rise Against, Rage Against The Machine). Their debut was 2006's "Orchestra of Wolves."

Priest sets tour with Whitesnake

Friday, March 27, 2009 – Judas Priest will tour with Whitesnake for a series of shows in July and August. Priest will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the classic album “British Steel,” originally issued in April 1980, by performing the album in its entirety for the very first time ever live on stage.

The disc has been considered one of metal's all-time classics with the songs Breaking the Law and Living After Midnight. Produced by Tom Allom, 'British Steel' was recorded at the Tittenhurst Park in England - which is a mansion owned at the time by former Beatle Ringo Starr, and previously owned by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. In 2001, the album was remastered and reissued with extra bonus tracks.

Judas Priest - singer Rob Halford, guitarists Glenn Tipton and K.K. Downing, bassist Ian Hill, and drummer Scott Travis – released “Nostradamus” last year.

Priest and Whitesnake toured together in 2005 in Mexico and South America. "The opportunity to perform live on stage in its entirety the whole of ‘British Steel’ is a dream come true for all of us. We're really excited and looking forward to presenting the album live on stage - fans will be able to enjoy a taste of true heavy metal when it was in its early, raw state," said the group in a statement. "Plus, we will of course be throwing in a few other Priest classics."

Tour dates are: (* indicates shows with Whitesnake)
July 1st The Family Arena St. Charles, MO
July 2nd Summerfest (Harley Davidson Stage) Milwaukee, WI
July 3rd Taste of Minnesota at Harriet Island * St. Paul, MN
July 7th Comcast Center * Mansfield, MA
July 8th CMAC * Canadaigua, NY
July 9th Molson Amphitheatre * Toronto, ONT
July 11th PNC Bank Arts Center * Holmdel, NJ
July 12th Nikon at Jones Beach * Wantagh, NY
July 14th Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre * Cleveland, OH
July 15th DTE Energy Music Theatre * Clarkston, MI
July 17th Moondance Jam * Walker, MN
July 18th Rockfest/Cheppewa Valley Music Cadott, WI
July 21st PNC Pavillion @ Riverbend Music * Cincinnati, OH
July 29th California Mid State Fair * Paso Robles, CA
July 31st Sleep Train Pavillion * Concord, CA
Aug. 1st 98 Rock Jamboree @ Sleep Train Amp* Marysville, CA
Aug. 2nd Gibson Amphitheatre * Universal City, CA
Aug. 4th SDSU Open Air Theatre * San Diego, CA
Aug. 5th Pacific Ampitheatre/OC Fair * Costa Mesa, CA
Aug. 7th Dodge Theatre * Phoenix, AZ
Aug. 8th Thomas & Mack Center * Las Vegas, NV
Aug. 10th Sandia Casino Albuquerque, NM
Aug. 11th Red Rocks Ampitheatre * Morrison, CO

Iggy Pop plots new CD

Thursday, March 26, 2009 – Iggy Pop will release “Préliminaires” on Astralwerks label on June 2. Produced by Hal Cragin, “Préliminaires,” (“foreplay” in French), is score music inspired by Michel Houellebecq’s 2005 novel “The Possibility of an Island.”

The book “is about death, sex, the end of the human race and some other pretty funny stuff,” says Pop in a video statement explaining his motivations. “I read the book with intense pleasure when it came out and, in my mind, I created music that would have been the music that I would hear in my soul when I read it.”

Later on Iggy was approached to write several songs for a film documentary about Houellebecq’s life and his attempt to direct a film of his own book. “The project grew and grew and I found the emotions from my reading transforming themselves into music,” he said. “I wrote less and less for the movie and started writing an alternative score to the novel.”

Pop sings the standard Les Feuilles Mortes (Autumn Leaves), originally covered by the likes of Yves Montand and Edith Piaf, while the New Orleans-influenced King of the Dogs, with a jazz arrangement featuring trumpet, trombone and clarinet, tells the story of a dog named Fox who explains “how cool it is to be a dog, and how much it beats human life.” There’s also a version of Antonio Carlos Jobim’s bossa nova standard How Insensitive (Insensatez).

“At one point, I just got sick of listening to idiot thugs with guitars banging out crappy music. I’ve started listening to a lot of New Orleans-era, Louis Armstrong, Jelly Roll Morton type of jazz. And I’ve always loved quieter ballads as well,” said Iggy. “There are some guitars on the album. Only one song is vaguely raucous; three have jazz-like instrumentation.”

The album was recorded in Woodstock and in Miami, where Iggy first sketched out the songs in his small cabin on the river on his old wooden guitar. “Like Daniel, the book’s protagonist, I too have grown weary of a career as an entertainer and I wish for a new life,” he said. “I, too, have spent desolate hours in the future world of the Spanish Coast. The concluding chapters about Daniel and his small faithful dog wandering doomed through a ruined earth to the desiccated sea were the most empathetic and believable predictions of the future that I’ve encountered.”

The visuals for the album package are being created by French/Iranian graphic novelist and award-winning film director Marjane Satrapi, who first met Iggy when she asked him to do the voice for one of the characters in her Oscar-nominated animated feature “Persepolis” in 2007.

Songs are:
1. Les Feuilles Mortes
2. I Want To Go To The Beach
3. King Of The Dogs
4. Je Sais Que Tu Sais
5. Spanish Coast
6. Nice To Be Dead
7. How Insensitive
8. Party Time
9. He's Dead/She's Alive
10. A Machine For Loving
11. She's A Business
12. Les Feuilles Mortes (Marc's Theme)

Green Day CD out May 15

Wednesday, March 25, 2009 – Green Day’s eighth studio album, “21st Century Breakdown,” will be out on Friday, May 15 on Reprise. The album is the best-selling trio's first studio album since 2004's two-time Grammy Award-winning punk-rock opera “American Idiot,” which sold more than 12 million copies worldwide.

”21st Century Breakdown” is divided into three acts: "Heroes and Cons," "Charlatans and Saints" and "Horseshoes and Handgrenades.” The CD follows a young couple, Christian and Gloria, through the mess and promise of the century so far.

Songs include Know Your Enemy, 21 Guns, East Jesus Nowhere, Before the Lobotomy and Restless Heart Syndrome.

Singer-guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool have been at work writing, arranging and recording “21st Century Breakdown” since early 2006 and are currently making finishing touches with producer Butch Vig, known for his work with Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins and Garbage.

The first single is Know Your Enemy, which will impact radio and be available for purchase from all online retailers this April.

Counting Crows announces split from Geffen

Wednesday, March 18, 2009 – Counting Crows split from Geffen Records, lead singer Adam Duritz announced in a letter to fans. Duritz made it clear that the band, which has been on Geffen for 18 years, would continue, looking to the internet to help the band.

“Unfortunately, the directions we want to go and the opportunities we want to pursue are often things that our label is simply not allowed to do,” Duritz wrote without getting into detail. The band released 11 CDs on Geffen.

”Eighteen years ago, when Counting Crows signed our first record contract, we were an unknown band signed to DGC, the cool indie-flavored boutique label of Geffen Records,” Duritz wrote. “Our label mates were Sonic Youth, The Posies, Nirvana, The Sundays, Maria McKee and That Dog, to name a few. Bands knew each other, played on each other's records, toured together... It was a dream environment to be a musician, even for that time.”

”A lot of things changed in seventeen years. DGC disappeared except as a logo on our records, and Geffen became one of many labels of a much larger conglomerate. Still, Geffen and Counting Crows never stopped working together and never stopped succeeding together. We made great music and together. We sold a lot of records. We're still here.”

”But these days, it's a different world for a band than it is for a label. A lot of people think it's a tough time to be a band, but we don't feel that way. The internet opens a world of limitless possibility, where the only boundaries are the boundaries of your own imagination. We want a chance to push those boundaries back as far as we can…We've been friends for a long time and we've worked together for a long time so they understand the direction we need to go in and we understand why they can't always go there with us. We all want what's best for everyone, which is why we've decided to part ways.”

Eighteen years ago, Counting Crows was just a little band from Berkeley. Geffen Records helped put us on the map and then they were our partner for almost two decades. We want to thank every person who worked hard for so many years to make us a successful band. We're going to go out now and see what the world has to offer a band with a lot of ideas and a lot of energy and, hopefully, a lot of years left in a career that's already surpassed our wildest dreams.”

”This is a big change for us, but it's a border we've been wanting to cross for a long time so we want to celebrate it. The best way to do that seems to be to give a little something to all of you since, after all, you've been with us the whole time too. So, in the spirit of this new frontier we're entering, we offer you our homage to a certain lady who honored us last year by expressing her longtime deep and abiding worship of our band by naming her entire album after one of ours. From us to you, Live from The Royal Albert Hall in London, our tribute to Madonna: "Borderline". Dig it.”

”We've covered a lot of road on this ride and, as far as we're concerned, the busses still have a lot of white lines ahead of them. We are on our way. We will see you soon. We are coming, as Elton said, "From the end of the world to your town."

Taking Back Sunday becomes "New Again"

Tuesday, March 17, 2009 – Taking Back Sunday will release their fourth album, “New Again,” the follow-up to 2006's gold-certified “Louder Now,” on June 2 on Warner. The music was recorded in New York City with producer David Kahne, whose production credits include Paul McCartney, The Strokes and Sublime.

The band will launch a nationwide headlining tour on May 14 in Cleveland, ending in June. With every two tickets purchased, fans will receive a digital download of “New Again.” Taking Back Sunday will play at Bamboozle Left festival in Irvine CA, on April 5 and at Bamboozle in East Rutherford, NJ on May 3.

Taking Back Sunday is Adam Lazzara (vocals), Eddie Reyes (guitar), Mark O'Connell (drums), Matt Rubano (bass) and Matt Fazzi (vocals, guitar).

Tour dates are:
May 14 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
May 15 Cincinnati, OH Bogarts
May 16 Chicago, IL Journeys Backyard BBQ
May 17 Detroit, MI Clutch Cargos
May 19 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
May 20 Milwaukee, WI The Rave
May 21 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
May 24 Omaha, NE Sokol Auditorium
May 26 Boulder, CO Boulder Theatre
May 27 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
May 28 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
May 29 Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo
May 30 Vancouver, BC Commodore
May 31 Portland, OR Roseland
June 4 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
June 5 San Diego, CA SOMA
June 7 Bakersfield, CA Rockin Roots Festival
June 9 Phoenix, AZ Marquee Theatre
June 10 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
June 12 Oklahoma City, OK Diamond Ballroom
June 13 Little Rock, AK The Village
June 14 Mandeville, LA Mandeville Trailhead Amphitheatre
June 16 Tampa, FL Jannus Landing
June 17 Atlanta, GA Masquerade
June 18 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend
June 19 Richmond, VA The National
June 20 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
June 21 Baltimore, MD Sonar
June 23 Toronto, ON Kool Haus
June 24 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
June 25 Hartford, CT Webster Theatre
June 26 Hampton Beach, NH Casino Ballroom
June 27 Boston, MA House of Blues

Coldplay adds dates

Monday, March 16, 2009 – Coldplay added a slew of dates Monday to their North American tour.

Added dates include:
May 15 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
May 17 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
May 18 Birmingham, AL Verizon Wireless Center Birmingham
May 20 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
May 21 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion
May 23 Hartford, CT Meadows
May 24 Hershey, PA Hershey Stadium
May 26 Philadelphia, PA Susquehanna Center
May 27 Saratoga Springs, NY SPAC
May 29 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion
May 30 Pittsburgh, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
June 1 Buffalo, NY Darien Lakes
June 2 Detroit, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
June 4 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
June 5 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
June 6 Nashville, TN Sommet Center
June 9 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Arena
June 10 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
June 12 Des Moines, IA Wells Fargo Arena
June 13 Omaha, NE Qwest Center
June 15 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
June 17 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
June 18 Edmonton, AB Northlands
June 20 Vancouver, BC GM Place
June 21 Vancouver, BC GM Place
July 14 Sacramento, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
July 19 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
July 30 Toronto, ON Rogers Centre

Dylan, Dead, Stanley, Nelson top Rothbury fest

Monday, March 16, 2009 – Willie Nelson & Family, The Dead in their only summer appearance, Bob Dylan, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, and The Black Crowes will top the bill of more than 60 acts at the second annual Rothbury Festival in Michigan on July 2-5.

Others appearing include:
String Cheese Incident
Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley & Nas
G. Love & Special Sauce
Gov't Mule
Broken Social Scene
Yonder Mountain String Band
The Disco Biscuits
Les Claypool
Cold War Kids
John Butler
Ani DiFranco
Girl Talk
Femi Kuti & The Positive Force
Martin Sexton
Flogging Molly
Railroad Earth
The Hold Steady
Toots & The Maytals
Brett Dennen
Zappa Plays Zappa
Grace Potter and the Nocturnals
Shpongle DJ Set
Son Volt
Jackie Greene
Man Man
Peter Rowan Bluegrass Band w/ Tony Rice
King Sunny Adé & His African Beats
Kid Cudi
STS9 Live PA
The Glitch Mob
Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam
Pretty Lights
Moseley, Law, Sipe & Droll
Quannum All Stars ft. Lyrics Born, The Mighty Underdogs, Gift of Gab & Lifesavas
Toubab Krewe
Sam Roberts Band
Hill Country Revue
Kyle Hollingsworth Band
Lipp Service
2020 Soundsystem
Break Science ft. Adam Deitch
The Hard Lessons
The Low Anthem
Underground Orchestra
Future Rock
The Macpodz
Steppin' In It
Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad
Chris Pierce
Rachel Goodrich
The Ragbirds
Four Finger Five

Green Day gets vinyl treatment

Friday, March 13, 2009 – Green Day's entire catalog will get the vinyl treatment on 12-inch vinyl, giving fans and collectors alike access to records that have been hard-to-find or out-of-print for years. The band's first two albums, “39/Smooth” and “Kerplunk,” will be made available on March 24, while their third, the breakthrough smash “Dookie,” will be out April 18. The remaining albums will be released chronologically throughout 2009.

Green Day's debut 39/Smooth, which was originally released by Lookout! Records in 1990, will be available on 140-gram vinyl, along with two 7-inch singles, "Slappy" and "1000 Hours," beginning March 24.

Kerplunk, originally released on Lookout! Records in 1992, will be available on 140-gram vinyl, along with the 7-inch single "Sweet Children," beginning March 24.

Dookie, the band's Diamond-selling major-label debut that was originally released by Reprise Records in 1994, will be available on 180-gram, audiophile-grade vinyl beginning April 18.

Insomniac, originally released by Reprise Records in 1995, will be available on 140-gram vinyl beginning May 12.

Nimrod, out Reprise Records in 1997, will be available on two 140-gram vinyl discs with a gatefold sleeve, beginning June 16.

Warning, which was originally released by Reprise Records in 2000, will be available on 140-gram vinyl beginning July 14.

International Superhits!, a greatest hits collection that was released by Reprise in 2001, will be available on 140-gram vinyl beginning August 11.

Shenanigans, a compilation of B-sides, rarities, and covers that was released by Reprise Records in 2002, will be available on 140-gram vinyl beginning Sept. 15.

American Idiot, the band's chart-topping, Grammy-Award winning punk rock opera that was released by Reprise Records in 2004, will be available on two 180-gram, audiophile-grade vinyl beginning October 13.

Bullet in a Bible, a live CD/DVD, that was released by Reprise in 2005, will be available on 140-gram vinyl beginning Nov. 10.

Reprise will also release a boxed set of Green Day singles culled from the band's entire career, including those from their alter egos Foxboro Hot Tubs and The Network, as well as B-sides, international tracks, and live tracks, on July 21.

Green Day are currently putting finishing touches on their Butch Vig-produced eighth studio album, “21st Century Breakdown,” which will be released in May. It, too, will be available on 180-gram, audiophile-grade vinyl.

Jack White debuts new band

Thursday, March 12, 2009 – Jack White’s new band, The Dead Weather, made their debut in Nashville last night. The band consists of Dean Fertita of Queens Of The Stone Age, Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs, Alison Mosshart of The Kills and White.

The band performed at the opening of White’s new Third Man Records building in downtown Nashville. Third Man Records is the imprint on which all White’s music has been released over the years, acting as the label for all of The White Stripes and The Raconteurs releases around the world. The new Third Man Records includes a brand new company HQ that will house the label’s offices as well as a vinyl record store, photo studio, dark room and performance stage.

The Dead Weather’s performance at the opening included several songs from their forthcoming debut album, “Horehound.” The band, fronted by Mosshart (known to music fans as one half of London-based rock outfit The Kills) includes Lawrence on bass, Fertita on guitar and White on drums and vocals. White produced “Horehound,” which was recorded in three weeks earlier this year at the newly constructed Third Man Studio, also designed from the ground up by White. The album will be released via Third Man in June.

The set list included:
60 Feet Tall
Hang You From The Heavens
Treat Me Like Your Mother
New Pony

Devo records new music

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 – Devo will release their first studio album this fall since 1990’s “Smooth Noodle Maps.” This follows their 2007 single Watch Us Work It, their first new song in 18 years.

The group is now in the studio putting the finishing touches on their new album with title to be determined. The five-piece - featuring co-founders and songwriters Mark Mothersbaugh (lead vocals, synthesizer innovations) and Gerald Casale (lead vocal, bass), Bob Casale (guitarist), Bob Mothersbaugh (guitars/vocals) and Josh Freeze (drums) – will be at SXSW this year including a press conference and keynote panel - moderated by radio veteran Nic Harcourt on March 19 with a Friday, March 20 one-night-only SXSW concert at the Austin Music Hall.

In May, Devo will head to the United Kingdom for shows. On Wednesday, May 6, Devo will perform their debut album, the seminal “Q: Are We Not Men, We Are Devo!” in its entirety from beginning to end at London’s Kentish Town Forum. On Friday, May 8, they’ll headline the All Tomorrow’s Parties festival in Somerset.

Stevie Nicks readies DVD, CD

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 – Stevie Nicks will offer "Live In Chicago" DVD as well as "The Soundstage Sessions" CD on March 31, it was announced today by Reprise Records.

The "Live in Chicago" DVD includes Nicks songs from her solo projects as well as songs written as a member of Fleetwood Mac. The set includes Stand Back, Rhiannon, Dreams, Gold Dust Woman, Landslide and Edge of Seventeen She also covers Dave Matthews' Crash Into Me and Led Zeppelin's Rock and Roll.

"This is the first time since 1985 that I have had one of my live shows filmed and recorded," said Nicks. "We spent 3 years perfecting this show, which we began in Vegas in October of 2007. I could not move on until we filmed this show. Luckily "Soundstage" producer Joe Thomas, who saw the show many times, felt the same way. I am as proud of this as anything I've ever done in my entire career."

The CD includes 10 songs from the "Live in Chicago" DVD. Nicks brought the songs from the show to Nashville and worked once again with Thomas in the studio where they added "Nashville strings" and additional vocals. The CD features a lush orchestral version of Landslide and Stand Back, Crash Into Me, Sara, Fall From Grace and If Anyone Falls in Love.

Digital downloads of Crash Into Me ("I've wanted to record this song for the last 10 years," said Nicks) and Landslide (orchestral version) will be available on on March 17. Enchanted, an exclusive album track, is scheduled to be available on March 31st on Gold Dust Woman and Edge of Seventeen will be available exclusively on iTunes on March 31.

Nicks is currently on the Fleetwood Mac "Unleashed" Tour, which began March 1 in Pittsburgh.

NIN, Jane's Addiction set tour

Monday, March 9, 2009 – Nine Inch Nails and the original Jane's Addiction lineup will embark on a May/June co-headlining tour for the first time since the historic debut of the Lollapalooza festival in 1991. The genesis of the upcoming tour came about in late 2008 after NIN's Trent Reznor was named to produce Jane's first recordings since reforming.

The tour will feature a streamlined NIN with Reznor on vocals, guitars, keys, Robin Finck on guitars and keys, Justin Meldal-Johnsen on bass and keys, and newest NIN member IIan Rubin on drums and keys. NIN's configuration was inspired by a pair of club shows toward the end of last year's Lights In The Sky tour.

For the first time in 17 years, the original lineup of Jane's Addiction will tour - vocalist Perry Farrell, guitarist Dave Navarro, bassist Eric Avery and drummer Stephen Perkins. The possibility of reforming took shape in April 2008 when the musicians performed and accepted the Godlike Genius Award bestowed on them by N.M.E. Magazine at their U.S. Awards ceremony. The band then did small, secret shows around the Los Angeles area.

"Towards the beginning of my career in Nine Inch Nails, our biggest break came in the form of an invitation to perform a series of shows with Jane's Addiction," Reznor said via his blog. "These performances essentially created and defined the term "alternative" rock in the US, created an ongoing festival franchise that is still thriving (Lollapalooza), set the stage for Nirvana to shift popular taste a few months later, and were really fucking FUN to play and attend - truly the best times I've had. The shows were epic. So epic, they propelled NIN to the "next level" (whatever that means), but caused Jane's to implode. The band broke up at the end of that tour."

Navarro said, "Since our reformation, we have been spending a lot of time with Trent in the rehearsal studio and in the recording studio, working on new stuff, addressing some old stuff and more importantly, creating a friendship and working relationship. It's rare that touring partners have an opportunity to spend so much time together creatively before a tour. Regardless of the collaborative outcome, our time with Trent has brought forth a new focus and sense of purpose that we plan to share with you on a nightly basis."

Support for all NIN/JA dates will be Street Sweeper, a collaboration between Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine/The Nightwatchman and Boots Riley of The Coup.

Tickets go on sale beginning March 13th, visit, and for additional ticket and tour information.

Tour dates are:
May 8 West Palm Beach, FL [Cruzan Amphitheatre]
May 9 Tampa, FL [Ford Amphitheatre]
May 10 Atlanta, GA [Lakewood Amphitheatre]
May 14 Albuquerque, NM [Journal Pavilion]
May 15 Phoenix, AZ [Cricket Wireless Pavilion]
May 16 Chula Vista, CA [Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre]
May 18 Las Vegas, NV [The Pearl]
May 20 Irvine, CA [Verizon Wireless Amphitheater]
May 22 Mountain View, CA [Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View]
May 24 George WA Sasquatch Festival [The Gorge Amphitheatre]
May 26 Englewood, CO [Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre]
May 27 Kansas City, MO [Starlight Theatre]
May 29 Chicago, IL [Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island] * NIN only
May 30 Noblesville, IN [Verizon Wireless Music Center Indianapolis]
May31 Clarkston, MI [DTE Energy Music Theatre]
June 2 Toronto, ON [Molson Amphitheatre]
June 3 Darien Lake, NY [Darien Lake Performing Arts Center]
June 5 Camden, NJ [Susquehanna Bank Center]
June 6 Holmdel, NJ [PNC Bank Arts Center]
June 7 Wantagh, NY [Nikon at Jones Beach Theater]
June 9 Columbia, MD [Merriweather Post Pavilion]
June 10 Burgettstown, PA [Post-Gazette Pavilion]
June 12 Charlotte, NC [Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte]
June 13 Manchester TN - Bonnaroo * NIN only

Au Revoir Simone readies new disc

Friday, March 6, 2009 – Brooklyn female trio Au Revoir Simone will be out with “Still Night, Still Light” May 19 on Our Secret Record Co.

In 2007, Heather D’Angelo, Erika Forster and Annie Hart offered the synth-pop “The Bird of Music.”

Produced by Thom Monahan (Vetiver, Little Joy), and recorded in various studios between Brooklyn and Los Angeles, the release is their third. The music was described as the band relying on their keyboards, drum machine, and effortless voices to create a folk record without folk instruments.

Au Revoir Simone will be playing this year’s SXSW Festival, with a spring tour throughout America to follow.

Songs on the CD are:
1. Another Likely Story
2. Shadows
3. All or Nothing
4. Knight of Wands
5. The Last One
6. Trace a Line
7. Only You Can Make You Happy
8. Take Me as I Am
9. Anywhere You Looked
10. Organized Scenery
11. We Are Here
12. Tell Me

Pet Shop Boys plan 10th disc

Friday, March 6, 2009 – Pet Shop Boys return with their tenth album and first for Astralwerks on April 21, 2009. In a career spanning over 2 decades, the duo of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe have had hits including West End girls, It's a Sin and New York City Boy.

Produced by Xenomania (Girls Aloud, Sugababes, Cher, Kylie Minogue, Saint Etienne), the album features guitar work by ex-Smith Johnny Marr and orchestral arrangements by Owen Pallett (Last Shadow Puppets, Final Fantasy).

"We can't seem to remember how we came up with the title Yes," said Tennant. "Our official story is that we may have taken it from the famous Yoko Ono exhibition in 1967 where you had to climb up a step ladder – as John Lennon famously did - pick up a magnifying glass, look at a tiny word written on the ceiling, and the word was ‘yes'. I think it partly came from that."

Songs are:
Love etc*
All over the world
Beautiful people
Did you see me coming?
More than a dream*
Building a wall
King of Rome
The way it used to be*

* written by Tennant/Lowe/Xenomania

There will also be a limited edition version of the album featuring a bonus disc with 'This used to be the future' an exclusive track featuring Phil Oakey (Human League) and 6 dub mixes produced by Xenomania (More than a dream, Pandemonium, The way it used to be, All Over the World, Vulnerable, Love etc.).

Grizzly Bear announces new CD, tour

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 – Grizzly Bear will release their sophomore album, "Veckatimest," on Warp Records on May 26 and hit the road in late May as well.

Upon releasing their debut album, "Yellow House" in 2006, Grizzly Bear – comprising of singer/songwriter Ed Droste, drummer Christopher Bear, woodwinds player/bassist Chris Taylor and singer/songwriter/guitarist Daniel Rossen – will received much praise. The band opened tours for Radiohead, Feist and TV On The Radio.

Produced by Taylor, "Veckatimest" - named for a Massachusetts island the band visited during recording – contains 12 songs, featuring guest turns by composer Nico Muhly (whose string parts grace four tracks) and Beach House's Victoria LeGrand.

Tour dates are:
May 24 Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre
May 25 George, WA - Sasquatch Festival
May 26 Vancouver, BC - Commodore
May 28-29 NYC - Town Hall
June 1 Washington DC - 930 Club
June 2 Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero
June 3 Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center
June 4 Montreal, QUE - Le National
June 5 Toronto ON - Phoenix
June 7 Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
June 8 Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
June 9 Bloomington, IN - Buskirk- Chumley
June 11 Carrboro, NC - Cats Cradle
June 12 Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
June 13 Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle (With TV On The Radio)
June 15 Dallas, TX - Grenada
June 16 Austin, TX - The Parish
June 19 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
June 21 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore

Piedmont bluesman John Cephas dies at 78

Wednesday, March 4, 2009 – Piedmont blues guitarist and vocalist John Cephas, of Cephas & Wiggins fame, died of natural causes on Wednesday, March 4 at 78.

Cephas received a National Heritage Fellowship Award (often called the “Living Treasure Award”) in 1989. This is the highest honor the U.S. Government offers a traditional artist. Two weeks ago, he was honored as one of eight black trailblazers as designated by the Library of Virginia's African American History Month.

Cephas, along with his harmonica playing partner Phil Wiggins, performed thousands of concerts and festivals all over the world. Often under the auspices of the U.S. State Department, they spent much of the 1980s abroad, playing Europe, Africa, Central and South America, China, Australia and New Zealand. In 1988, they were among the first Americans to perform at the Russian Folk Festival in Moscow. In 1997 Cephas & Wiggins performed for President Bill Clinton. In addition, Cephas appeared on stage portraying a blind bluesman in the Kennedy Center production of “Blind Man Blues.” He also appeared in a production of Zora Neal Hurston’s play, “Polk County,” in Washington, D.C.

“More than anything else,” said Wiggins. “I would like to see a revival of country blues by more young people…more people going to concerts, learning to play the music. That’s why I stay in the field of traditional music. I don’t want it to die.”

Cephas was born in Washington, D.C. in 1930 into a deeply religious family and raised in Bowling Green, Va. His first taste of music was gospel, but blues soon became his calling. After learning to play the alternating thumb and fingerpicking guitar style that defines Piedmont blues, he began emulating the records he heard by Blind Boy Fuller, Blind Blake, Rev. Gary Davis and other early blues artists. He also worked early on as a professional gospel singer, carpenter and Atlantic fisherman. By the 1960s, he was starting to make a living from his music.

Cephas first met his Wiggins in 1976 at the Smithsonian National Folklife Festival in Washington, D.C., and the two quickly formed a duo. While overseas in 1981, they recorded two albums, “Living Country Blues” and “Sweet Bitter Blues,” for the German L&R label. Cephas & Wiggins recorded their first domestic album, “Dog Days Of August” (Flying Fish Records), in 1987 in Cephas’ living room, and it quickly won a Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Album of the Year.

In 1996, Cephas & Wiggins made their Alligator Records debut with “Cool Down.” They followed up with “Homemade,” “Somebody Told The Truth“ and “Shoulder To Shoulder.” Their most recent CD, 2009’s “Richmond Blues,” was released on the Smithsonian Folkways label.

Buckwheat Zydeco readies new CD

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 – Buckwheat Zyedeco’s debut for Alligator Records, “Lay Your Burden Down,” is due out May 5. The set was produced by Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) with guests Sonny Landreth, Warren Haynes, JJ Grey and Trombone Shorty.

The CD features five originals and songs by Memphis Minnie (as popularized by Led Zeppelin), Gov’t Mule, Bruce Springsteen, Jimmy Cliff, Captain Beefheart, JJ Grey & Mofro.

The songs include When The Levee Breaks, made famous by Led Zeppelin), Bruce Springsteen (Back In Your Arms), Gov’t Mule (Lay Your Burden Down), Captain Beefheart (Too Much Time), Jimmy Cliff (Let Your Yeah Be Yeah) and JJ Grey & Mofro (The Wrong Side).

DragonForce returns

Tuesday, March 3, 2009 – British band DragonForce will be back on U.S shores this spring to support last year's “Ultra Beatdown.” The band will embark on a month-long, headlining tour and hit markets they did not play on their tour last November.

Tour dates are:
April 15 – House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
April 17 – Knitting Factory, Boise, IA
April 18 – Knitting Factory, Spokane, WA
April 19 – Wilma Theater, Missoula, MT
April 21 – The Venue at Playmakers, Fargo, ND
April 22 – Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
April 24 – Pop's, Sauget, IL
April 25 – The Rave, Milwaukee, WI
April 26 – Bogarts, Cincinnati, OH
April 27 – Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
April 28 – The Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
April 30 – Mr. Smalls, Millvale, PA
May 1 – Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
May 2 – The Intersection, Grand Rapids, MI
May 4 – Lupos at the Strand, Providence, RI
May 5 – Toad's Place, New Haven, CT
May 7 – Higher Ground, So. Burlington, VT
May 8 – Northern Lights, Clifton Park, NY
May 9 – Crocodile Rock, Allentown, PA
May 10 – The Norva, Norfolk, VA

Dinosaur Jr. signs with Jagjaguwar, tours

Thursday, February 26, 2009 – Dinosaur Jr just inked a deal with Jagjaguwar Records and will hit the road in April to road test new material. Those attending will also receive either a limited edition, tour-only 7" or a digital download code with the purchase of a ticket. The songs on this release were recorded live during a feature at J Mascis' Bisquiteen Studios. The feature is currently running on

The A-Side is a new track entitled I Don't Want To Go There and is slated to appear on their forthcoming full length, while the B-Side is a revisited classic Tarpit from “You're Living All Over Me.” This will be Dinosaur Jr's first release since 2007's “Beyond.”

Tour dates are:
March 20 - Cedar St. Courtyard- Austin, TX
April 1 - Daniel Street- Milford, CT
April 2 - Club Hell- Providence, RI
April 3 - The Station- Portland, ME
April 4 - Higher Ground- South Burlington, VT
April 6 - The Town Ballroom- Buffalo, NY
April 7 - Lulu's - State College, PA
April 8 - Musica- Akron, OH
April 9 - The Small Planet- East Lansing, MI
April 10 - Bluebird Nightclub- Bloomington, IN
April 11 - Otto's Nightclub- Dekalb, IL
April 13 - Rhythm and Brews- Chattanooga, TN
April 14 - Minglewood Hall- Memphis, TN
April 15 - The Varsity Theatre- Baton Rouge, LA
April 16 - Revolution Music Room- Little Rock, AR
April 17 - George's Majestic Lounge- Fayetteville, AR
April 18 - Proud Larry's- Oxford, MS
April 20 - 40 Watt Club- Athens, GA
April 21 - Sky City- Augusta, GA
April 22 - Common Grounds- Gainesville, FL
April 23 - The Moon- Tallahassee, FL
April 24 - Freebird Live- Jacksonville Beach, FL
April 25 - The Music Farm- Charleston, SC
April 26 - The Orange Peel- Asheville, NC
April 27 - Cat's Cradle- Carrboro, NC
April 29 - Neighborhood Theatre- Charlotte, NC
April 30 - Toad's Place Richmond- Richmond, VA
May 1 - Chameleon Club- Lancaster, PA
May 2 - Ottobar- Baltimore

Razorlight plays U.S., releases new CD

Friday, February 20, 2009

Razorlight will play the U.S. in March to coincide with the March 10 release of their third album, “Slipway Fires,” featuring the Top 5 UK single Wire To Wire. The London-based band will hit these shores for two weeks of tour dates and promotions with the tour opening in Boston.

The video for “Wire To Wire” – directed by two-time Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Stephen Frears (“The Queen,” “The Grifters,” “High Fidelity”) – was recently added to mtvU.

Razorlight – principal songwriter and front-man and lead singer/guitarist Johnny Borrell, guitarist/vocalist Björn Ågnen, bassist Carl Dalemo, and drummer Andy Burrows – debuted in the summer of 2004 with “Up All Night.” After working the club scene, they soon found themselves playing large-scale venues around the UK and Europe as guests of Queen (with Paul Rodgers), Oasis, Richard Ashcroft, and the Rolling Stones. “Razorlight” came out in 2006 as the band’s second release.

Tour dates are:
March 9 Boston, MA Middle East
March 10 New York, NY Hiro Ballroom (album release)
March 12 Philadelphia, PA North Star Bar
March 14 Chicago, IL Double Door
March 16 Nashville, TN 12th and Porter
March 17 Atlanta, GA The Loft
March 19 Austin, TX SXSW
March 20 Austin, TX SXSW – Filter Magazine
March 21 Austin, TX SXSW Official Show at Stubb’s
March 24 San Francisco, CA The Independent

Idan Raichel Project slates tour

Tuesday, February 17, 2009 – The Idan Raichel Project will launch a short U.S. tour in March to support the Israeli band’s upcoming CD, “Within My Walls” out Feb. 24 (Cumbancha).

Tour dates are:
March 22 – Ridgefield, Conn., Ridgefield Playhouse
March 24 – Boston, Berklee Performance Center
March 25 – Washington, D.C., Lisner Auditorium
March 26 – New York, Town Hall
March 28 – San Francisco, Palace of Fine Arts
March 29 – Los Angeles, Orpheum Theatre

The Idan Raichel Project blends traditional Ethiopian folk music, Arabic poetry, Yemenite chants, Biblical psalms and Caribbean rhythms. Six years ago, keyboardist and composer Raichel was an unknown musician working in a home studio in his parent’s basement in a small city near Tel Aviv. His career began during his compulsory military service, when he joined the army rock band, toured military bases and became the group’s musical director. He then worked at a boarding school for troubled youth, attended by many Ethiopian Jews, where he was introduced to Ethiopian pop and folk music.

Fat Possum license Hi records

Friday, February 13, 2009 – Fat Possum Records entered an exclusive licensing deal for the Hi Records catalogue. The first three releases under the Hi/Fat Possum deal, remastered versions of Al Green's ”Greatest Hits,” “I'm Still In Love With You” and “Let's Stay Together,” will be in stores March 31.

Other Hi releases soon to be reissued under the Hi/Fat Possum exclusive license will include additional early '70s Green releases “Gets Next To You,” “The Belle Album” and “Livin' For You,” as well as albums by Ann Peebles, Otis Clay, Syl Johnson, Willie Mitchell and O.V. Wright.

Metallica goes digital

Friday, February 13, 2009 – Metallica will release “The Complete Metallica,” a digital box set containing their entire official discography, exclusively via iTunes beginning March 31. The package will be available from all other digital service providers beginning April 28.

”The Complete Metallica is a way for fans to purchase the band's entire official catalog with 163 tracks. The box set includes all of Metallica's studio albums — 1983's “Kill ‘Em All,” 1984's “Ride the Lightning,” 1986's “Master of Puppets,” 1988's “...And Justice for All” and the five consecutive number 1 albums 1991's “Metallica,” 1996's “Load,” 1997's “ReLoad,” 2003's “St. Anger” and the current blockbuster, the Grammy Award-winning “Death Magnetic.” It also includes their double album of covers, 1998's “Garage Inc.,” the 1999 live album “S&M,” the 2004 EP “Some Kind of Monster” (from the documentary of the same title), the 2007 EP “Live From Live Earth” and "I Disappear" from the 2000 Mission Impossible 2 soundtrack. In addition, buyers will receive eight bonus live tracks: The Four Horseman, Whiplash, For Whom The Bell Tolls, Creeping Death, Battery, The Thing That Should Not Be, One and ...And Justice For All.

On March 29th, Activision will release the highly anticipated video game Guitar Hero Metallica, featuring 28 songs from the band's nearly 30-year career. In addition, Metallica will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, which honors legendary rock and roll performers, in a ceremony to take place in Cleveland on April 4. Metallica just completed their first proper tour of the United States and Canada in four years in support of the platinum-selling “Death Magnetic.”

Limp Bizkit: They're back

Thursday, February 12, 2009 – Limp Bizkit is back. The original line-up of Fred Durst, Wes Borland, Sam Rivers, John Otto, and DJ Lethal are back from an eight year hiatus.’

Durst and Borland said in a joint statement, "We decided we were more disgusted and bored with the state of heavy popular music than we were with each other. Regardless of where our separate paths have taken us, we recognize there is a powerful and unique energy with this particular group of people we have not found anywhere else. This is why Limp Bizkit is back."

The guys will kick off a world tour in the spring on the overseas festival circuit with headline shows sprinkled in throughout Eastern Europe and Europe, selected dates include, in late May, Russia, Ukraine and the Baltic countries where Limp Bizkit has never played before, along with major festivals like Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in Germany, more dates to be announced shortly. There was no word on a U.S. tour.

A new album, which would be the original group’s first full-length effort since 2000, is also planned. Limp Bizkit’s first three albums have sold over 20 million copies in the U.S. alone, and another 13 million in the rest of the world.


Thursday, February 12, 2009 – New Orleans-based eclectic rock quartet MUTEMATH released their first brand-new studio recordings since their self-titled debut album on Teleprompt/Warner in September 2006. The "Spotlight EP" contains four new tracks, including the title song, which is also available on the chart-topping Twilight original movie soundtrack.

Songs are Spotlight, Clockwork, Earlylight and a Son Lux Remix of the title track. The "Spotlight EP" is currently available on line.

MUTEMATH - Paul Meany, Greg Hill, Roy Mitchell-Cardenas and Darren King - are currently at work on their next studio album.

U2 plans a week with Dave

Thursday, February 12, 2009 – U2 will be guests on the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday March 2nd, but won't stop there. The band also will appear on the Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday shows.

Coinciding with the worldwide release of "No Line on the Horizon" March 3, it's the first time a musical guest has performed an entire week on the CBS late night broadcast.

Lily Allen releases disc, plans tour

Monday, February 9, 2009 – Lily Allen's new album, “It's Not Me, It's You,” will be in stores tomorrow, and she'll celebrate with a performance on NBC's Today show in the morning and a MySpace Secret Show at New York City's Bowery Ballroom that evening. With free Secret Shows also scheduled in Tokyo and London, the concerts mark the first time a single artist will take part in multiple MySpace Secret Shows on a global level.

Allen will perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Feb. 16 and The Ellen DeGeneres Show on Feb. 18. She'll return home thereafter for a series of dates in Great Britain before kicking off a North American headlining tour on April 1 in San Diego.

Tour dates are:
April 1 San Diego, CA House of Blues - San Diego
April 2 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
April 4 San Francisco, CA Warfield Theatre
April 6 Seattle, WA The Showbox SODO
April 8 Salt Lake City, UT In The Venue
April 9 Denver, CO Ogden Theatre
April 11 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
April 12 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre
April 13 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
April 15 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
April 17 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
April 18 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of The Living Arts
April 19 Boston, MA House of Blues
April 20 New York, NY Roseland Ballroom
April 22 Toronto, ONT Sound Academy

Kings of Leon mount spring tour

Friday, February 6, 2009 – The Kings of Leon will launch a spring arena tour in mid April in Boston and end late May in San Francisco. These shows are the first set of U.S. tour dates to follow their sold-out performance at the Madison Square Garden in New York City on Jan. 29.

The band is touring behind "Only By The Night," which came out Sept. 23, 2008.

Tour dates with on sale release dates are:
19 - Boston, MA - Agganis Arena (On sale Feb. 13)
21 - Toronto, ON - Air Canada Centre (On sale Feb. 13)
22 - Pittsburgh, PA - Palumbo (On sale Feb. 13)
24 - Fairfax, VA - Patriot Center (On sale Feb. 20)
25 - Philadelphia, PA - Spectrum (On sale Feb. 13)
27 - Norfolk, VA - Constant Convocation Centre at Old Dominion University (On sale Feb. 14)
28 - Raleigh, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre (On sale Feb. 13)
30 - Charlotte, NC - Bojangles' Coliseum (On sale Feb. 13)

4 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre (On sale Feb. 14)
5 - Orlando, FL - UCF Arena (On sale Feb. 13)
7 - Miami, FL - Bank United Center (On sale Feb. 13)
8 - Tampa, FL - Sundome (On sale Feb. 13)
10 - Charleston, SC - North Charleston Coliseum (On sale Feb. 13)
12 - Cincinnati, OH - National City Pavilion (On sale Feb. 14)
13 - Cleveland, OH - Tower City (On sale Feb. 13)
19 - Phoenix, AZ - Mesa Amphitheatre (On sale Feb. 14)
21 - San Francisco, CA - Bill Graham Civic Auditorium (On sale Feb. 22)

Chris Cornell readies new music

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 – Chris Cornell’s third solo CD, “Scream,” drops March 10 on Interscope Records. Best known as the lead singer and songwriter for Soundgarden and Audioslave, Cornell and producer Timbaland created a 13-track CD.

The two artists were introduced at the suggestion that Timbaland create remixes for Cornell’s 2007 solo album, “Carry On.” Timbaland proposed that they record an entire album. Work began in early 2008 in Miami.

Lady Sovereign drops new single

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 – Lady Sovereign releases her new single So Human today digitally on her label Midget Records (via EMI). The single, taken from Sov's forthcoming album “Jigsaw” (due April 7th), was produced by Medasyn and featuring a remix by Sinden. The song was inspired by The Cure's Close To Me.

“Jigsaw” is the follow-up to her debut, “Public Warning,” released in late 2006. She had a hit with Love Me Or Hate Me, which lead to over 750,000 sales/downloads in the U.S. Over the last year Sov has gone back into the studio and recorded her new album, set up her own label, Midget Records, a global partnership with EMI.

Springsteen, Phish, Beasties, NIN play Bonnaroo

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 – Bruce Springsteen, Nine Inch Nails, Phish and the Beastie Boys are among the acts playing this year’s Bonnaroo Fest in June.

Springsteen will play with the E Street Band at the fest, which is slated for June 11-14 in Manchester, Tenn. The reunited Phish will play two shows.

Other acts on the bill include David Byrne, Wilco, Al Green, Snoop Dogg, Elvis Costello Solo, Erykah Badu, Paul Oakenfold, Ben Harper and Relentless7, The Mars Volta, TV on the Radio, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Gov't Mule, Andrew Bird, Band of Horses, Merle Haggard, MGMT, moe., The Decemberists, Girl Talk, Bon Iver, Bela Fleck & Toumani Diabate, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Galactic, The Del McCoury band, of Montreal, Allen Toussaint, Coheed & Cambria, Booker T & the DBTs, David Grisman Quintet, Lucinda Williams, Animal Collective, Gomez, Neko Case, Down, Jenny Lewis, Santogold, Robert Earl Keen, Citizen Cope, Femi Kuti and the Positive Force, The Ting Tings, Robyn Hitchcock & The Venus 3, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Kaki King, Grizzly Bear, King Sunny Ade, Okkervil River, St. Vincent, Zac Brown Band, Raphael Saadiq, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, Crystal Castles, Tift Merritt, Brett Dennen, Mike Farris and the Roseland Rhythm Revue, Toubab Krewe, People Under The Stairs, Alejandro Escovedo, Vieux Farka Toure, Elvis Perkins in Dearland, Cherryholmes, Yeasayer, Todd Snider, Chairlift, Portugal. The Man., The SteelDrivers, Midnite, The Knux, The Low Anthem, Delta Spirit, A.A. Bondy, The Lovell Sisters and Alberta Cross. More acts will be added.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, Feb. 7 at noon starting at $224.50 plus applicable fees. After these tickets are sold out, tickets will continue to be sold for $234.50 and finally $249.50. Tickets will only be available at each price range while supplies last.

The Decemberists debut CD at SXSW

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 – The Decemberists will present debut their new CD, “The Hazards of Love,” in its entirety with a kickoff show at the SXSW Music Conference and Festival in Austin on March 18.

NPR Music will live webcast and broadcast the entire concert at, and will be available for broadcast on NPR Member stations across the country.

At SXSW, The Decemberists will perform all 17 songs from “The Hazards of Love” in sequence – how the band intends for the record to be heard. The CD, out March 24 from Capitol Records, is the follow up to the quintet’s 2006 breakthrough “The Crane Wife.” This album tells the tale of a woman named Margaret who is ravaged by a shape-shifting animal; her lover, William; a forest queen; and a cold-blooded, immoral rake. Joining The Decemberists members Colin Meloy, Chris Funk, Jenny Conlee, Nate Query and John Moen on stage at Stubbs in Austin will be Lavendar Diamond’s Becky Stark and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden, who lend leading vocals to the album.

Travis launches tour

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 – Travis will launch a one-month tour in late March of the U.S., Mexico and Canada .

The tour kicks off in Mexico City March 27 opening three shows for Peter Gabriel. Starting in Vancouver, Canada on April 4 and winding up in Boston on April 26, the Republic Tigers will open.

Travis will perform songs spanning their catalog as well as tracks from their recently released sixth studio album “Ode To J Smith,” released in late 2008 on Fontana International under the band’s reignited label imprint, Red Telephone Box.

Tour dates are:
March 27 Mexico City, Mexico Foro Sol
March 29 Guadalajara, Mexico Arena VFG
March 31 Monterrey, Mexico Arena Monterrey
April 4 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
April 5 Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo
April 7 San Francisco, CA Zellerbach Auditorium
April 9 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
April 10 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theater
April 11 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Theater
April 12 Las Vegas, NV House of Blues
April 14 Salt Lake City, UT The Depot
April 15 Denver, CO Gothic Theatre
April 17 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
April 18 Chicago, IL The Vic Theater
April 20 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
April 21 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
April 23 Washington, DC 930 Club
April 24 Philadelphia, PA Theater of Living Arts
April 25 New York, NY Webster Hall
April 26 Boston, MA House of Blues

Slow sales axe Langerado

Tuesday, February 3, 2009 – The 2009 Langerado Music Festival was cancelled today due to sluggish ticket sales. The seventh annual event, which was to include Snoop Dogg, Death Cab for Cutie, George Clinton, Ryan Adams and the Cardinals and Matisyahu, was slated for March 6-8 at their new home in downtown Miami.

”Langerado's independent local promoters, faced with a very tough decision in a dismal economy, cancelled the 2009 event only after every possible option was exhausted,” a press release said.

Langerado Co-Promoter Ethan Schwartz said, "Langerado has always put the fan experience first. Unfortunately, during these difficult economic times, and facing a first year in a new venue, it's become apparent that we cannot execute a production that lives up to the high standards of our past events. Putting Langerado on hold was the toughest decision we have ever had to make. We are very grateful for the support of the greater Miami community and the music community during this difficult time."

All tickets purchased will be refunded and will be processed in the next seven business days. Each order will be refunded to the credit card in full, minus the included order processing fees. Shipping fees will also be credited for those orders that did not select the free shipping promotion.

Jon McLaughlin starts tour

Friday, January 30, 2009 – Jon McLaughlin, whose second Island Records album, “OK Now” was out in October 2008, returns to the road with his first headlining dates of 2009.

Opening all shows, which run through the first weekend of March) will be fellow Island Def Jam band Parachute VA, the first act signed to the newly relaunched Smash division of Mercury Records. Parachute VA’s new single, She Is Love is currently featured in the new NIVEA ad campaign.

McLaughlin debuted with “Indiana” in May 2007

Tour dates:
Jan. 30 Boston , MA Paradise
Jan. 31 New York, NY Blender Theatre @ Gramercy
Feb. 2 Troy, NY Revolution Hall
Feb. 4 Buffalo, NY Tralfamadore
Feb. 13 Ann Arbor, MI Blind Pig
Feb. 14 South Bend, MI Legends (Notre Dame)
Feb. 16 Madison, WI Majestic Theatre
Feb. 18 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
Feb. 19 Kansas City, MO Bottleneck

Solo dates are:
Feb. 20 Chicago, IL House of Blues
Feb. 26 Universal City, CA Hard Rock Cafe (March On Stage)
Feb. 27 San Diego, CA SOMA
March 1 Sacramento, CA Hard Rock Cafe (March On Stage)
March 4 Portland, OR Doug Fir Lounge
March 5 Seattle, WA Neumos
March 7 St. Paul, MN Benson Great Hall

McCartney, Winehouse, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand play Coachella

Friday, January 30, 2009 – Paul McCartney, The Killers, The Cure, Franz Ferdinand, Amy Winehouse and Leonard Cohen will perform at this year’s Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in April.

They are among 130 acts performing April 17-19 at the annual fest in Indio, Cal. Tickets went on sale this morning.

This marks the first ever U.S. festival appearance for McCartney who is currently supporting his latest release “Electric Arguments.” "I have heard that Coachella is one of the greatest festivals in the world. I'm really excited to get out there and rock!" McCartney said.

The line-up for this year’s event is:
Friday, April 17: Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Beirut, The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Silversun Pickups, The Ting Tings, The Crystal Method, Ghostland Observatory, Crystal Castles, The Airborne Toxic Event, We Are Scientists, N.A.S.A., Patton & Rahzel, M. Ward, The Presets, The Hold Steady, A Place to Bury Strangers, Felix da Housecat, Buraka Som Sistema, Ryan Bingham, Bajofondo, Peanut Butter Wolf, Noah & the Whale, White Lies, The Bug, Alberta Cross, Los Campesinos!, Craze & Klever, Molotov, Switch, Gui Boratto, Steve Aoki, The Aggrolites, People Under the Stairs, The Courteeners, Cage the Elephant, Dear and the Headlights.

Saturday, April 18: The Killers, Amy Winehouse, Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, MSTRKRFT, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Atmosphere, Mastodon, TRAV$DJ-AM, Henry Rollins, Crookers, Turbonegro, Hercules and Love Affair, Superchunk, Glasvegas, Dr. Dog, Drive-By Truckers, Booker T & the DBT’s, Amanda Palmer, The Bloody Beetroots, Surkin, Para One (Live), Calexico, Liars, Bob Mould Band, Zane Lowe, Electric Touch, Blitzen Trapper, James Morrison, Drop the Lime, Glass Candy, Thenewno2, Gang Gang Dance, Billy Talent, Ida Maria, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Zizek, Cloud Cult, Tinariwen.

Sunday, April 19: The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Throbbing Gristle, Lupe Fiasco, Paul Weller, Peter Bjorn and John, X, Antony & the Johnsons, Roni Size, Public Enemy, Jenny Lewis, Groove Armada, Paolo Nutini, Christopher Lawrence, Lykke Li, The Kills, Okkervil River, M.A.N.D.Y., Clipse, Sebastien Tellier, Fucked Up, Perry Farrell, The Horrors, Late of the Pier, K’naan, Junior Boys, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Supermayer, No Age, Vivian Girls, Shepard Fairey, Themselves, Gaslight Anthem, The Knux, Mexican Institute of Sound, The Night Marchers, Marshall Barnes.

Fall Out Boy slates spring tour

Tuesday, January 27, 2009 – Fall Out Boy will kick off their Believers Never Die Part Deux tour in early April in Phoenix and end about weeks later in Minneapolis. Supporting Fall Out Boy will be Cobra Starship, All Time Low, Metro Station and Hey Monday.

Eight select markets (exact ones to be announced) will be on sale the weekend of Friday Jan. 23 with the remainder starting Jan. 31.

A special presale will be offered for Overcast Kids, The Official Fan Club of Fall Out Boy.

Fall Out Boy - Patrick Vaughn Stump (vocals/guitar), Pete Wentz (bass), Joe TrohÅ]man (guitar), and Andy Hurley (drums) - just released their fourth full-length cd, ”Folie a Deux,” in December 2008. FOB also released their new iPhone App, allowing fans to purchase tickets from their iPhone. FOB honored a request from Matt Groening to record “The Simpsons” theme song. This will air during the Jan. 25 episode on FOX.

Tour dates are:
April 3 Mesa Phoenix, AZ
April 5 Pearl Las Vegas, NV
April 7 Event Center San Jose, CA
April 8 Memorial Auditorium Sacramento, CA
April 9 Expo Center Portland,OR
April 10 Wamu Seattle, WA
April 11 Thunderbird Vancouver
April 13 Salt Air Salt Lake City, UT
April 14 Fillmore Denver, CO
April 17 Nokia Dallas,. TX
April 18 Sam Houston Houston, TX
April 19 Lakefront Arena New Orleans, LA
April 21 Mizner Miami, FL
April 22 UCF Convocation Orlando, FL
April 23 Gwinnett Atlanta, GA
April 24 Bojangles Charlotte, NC
April 25 Merriweather Washington, DC
April 26 RPI Troy, NY
April 28 Tsongos Arena Lowell, MA
April 29 Mohegan Sun Connecticut
May 1 Pier Philadelphia, PA
May 3 Beale St. Memphis, TN
May 5 Ricoh Toronto
May 6 CEPSUM Montreal
May 8 EM Convo Detroit, MI
May 9 Allstate Chicago, IL
May 12 Time Warner Cleveland, OH
May 13 Promowest Columbus, OH
May 15 The Lawn Indianapolis, IN
May 16 Eagles Ballroom Milwaukee, WI
May 17 Roy Wilkins Minneapolis, MN

Depeche Mode readies new D

Thursday, January 15, 2009 – Depeche Mode is readying the release of “Sounds Of The Universe” on April 21, 2009 (Mute/Capitol). Recorded in Santa Barbara and New York, Depeche Mode returned to using a lot of vintage gear, from analogue synthesizers to drum machines, in order to conjure up the retro-futuristic arrangements featured on the album.

”Sounds Of The Universe” features writing credits for both Martin Gore, the group’s primary songwriter, and Dave Gahan who after honing his talents on two solo albums, has earned his place as Depeche Mode’s second writer. The release also marks a reunion between the band and producer Ben Hillier (Blur, Doves, Elbow). The first single is Wrong.

Maria Taylor readies third CD

Tuesday, January 13, 2009 – Maria Taylor will release her third solo album, “LadyLuck,” on April 7 on Nettwerk.

The producers were Andy LeMaster (Bright Eyes, Azure Ray and a host of Saddle Creek label mates), Mike Mogis and Lukas Burton. Helping out were Michael Stipe, Nate Walcott of Bright Eyes and Mckenzie Smith of Midlake.

Two songs from the disc, Time Lapse Lifeline and Orchids, will be available digitally prerelease starting today. Time Lapse Lifeline, with its orchestral strings and grand melody, tells the story about fast life moves and how everything can change in one moment. Orchids now is available exclusively on iTunes and will be on the Jan. 22 episode of Private Practice. Taylor will tour in support of CD.

Phish tours for first time in five years

Thursday, January 8, 2009 – Phish will launch its first summer tour in five years with a two-night stand in New York in early June. Yesterday the band resumed rehearsals, which began in November, in preparation for the upcoming shows.

An online ticket request period is currently underway at Tickets will go on sale to the general public the weekend of Jan. 30-31.

Phish's summer tour will be preceded by a trio of concerts (March 6-8) at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va. The shows at the 13,800-capacity venue sold out just seconds after tickets went on sale last fall. They will mark the group's first concerts since its August 2004 performance at the Coventry festival in Vermont.

On March 3, Phish will release “The Clifford Ball” on JEMP Records/Rhino. This major archival release features the band's entire performance at the 1996 festival, which was the largest concert in North America that year and the first of many two-day festivals staged by the group. More than 70,000 fans turned out for the event, which was held at a decommissioned Air Force base in Plattsburgh, N.Y. The seven-DVD box set will contain more than nine hours of music, including a bonus disc with Phish's extended soundcheck, its late night flatbed truck jam and a 30-minute featurette with behind-the-scenes footage.

Phish - guitarist/vocalist Trey Anastasio, drummer Jon Fishman, bassist Mike Gordon and keyboardist Page McConnell - has released 11 studio albums, five concert videos and a series of 44 complete live concert CDs, including 13 on its own JEMP Records. In addition, the band offers a selection of 88 full concert downloads at

Tour dates are:
June 4-5 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theatre at Jones Beach
June 6 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
June 7 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
June 9 Asheville, NC Asheville Civic Center
June 16 St. Louis, MO Fox Theatre
June 18 Burgettstown, PA Post Gazette Pavilion
June 19 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
June 20-21 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley

Buckwheat Zydeco signs with Alligator

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 – Zydeco star Buckwheat Zydeco signed with Alligator Records. The Louisiana accordion ace and vocalist will begin recording his debut for the label on Jan. 10 at Dockside Studios in Maurice, La. with Steve Berlin (Los Lobos) producing. The multi-Grammy nominee will celebrate his 30th anniversary as a solo artist with the new CD and a tour.

Alligator President Bruce Iglauer said, “Buckwheat Zydeco is the iconic figure of Louisiana zydeco music worldwide. It’s a thrill to bring an artist of this stature to Alligator. More important, he still tears it up at every show. His energy level and accordion chops are just amazing, and he’s a terrific, soulful singer. And he’s no slouch on Hammond organ, either. I’m also excited to reunite Buckwheat with Steve Berlin of Los Lobos as producer. Berlin produced ‘Five Card Stud,’ one of Buckwheat’s finest albums, so we’re expecting Buckwheat’s Alligator debut to be just as good, if not better.”

Stanley Dural was born in Lafayette, La. in 1947. He acquired his nickname because, with his braided hair, he looked like Buckwheat from The Little Rascals. His father was an accomplished, non-professional traditional Creole accordion player, but growing up Buckwheat preferred listening to and playing R&B. He became proficient at the keyboard, and by the late-1950s was backing Joe Tex and Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown. By 1971 he formed a 16-piece funk band, Buckwheat And The Hitchhikers. Never a traditional zydeco fan growing up, Buckwheat reluctantly accepted an invitation in 1976 to join Clifton Chenier’s Red Hot Louisiana Band as organist.

Buckwheat’s relationship with the Chenier led him to take up the accordion in 1978. A year later, he started his own band under the name Buckwheat Zydeco and began his recording career with the small Blues Unlimited label. Recordings for Black Top and Rounder followed before Buckwheat hooked up wit h New York-based journalist Ted Fox (who would later become his manager). Fox championed Buckwheat to Chris Blackwell at Island Records, and Buckwheat soon received a five-record deal. During the 1990s Buckwheat continued recording for his own Tomorrow Records label.

Femi Kuti cancels entire tour

Wednesday, January 7, 2009 – Due to illness, Femi Kuti’s January U.S. and Canadian tour was cancelled in its entirety Wednesday. The exact illness of the African singer was not disclosed by Kuti's publicist.

Ticket holders should seek refunds from the place of purchase. A U.S. and Canadian summer tour will be announced shortly.

Citing illness, Femi Kuti delays tour

Monday, January 5, 2009 – Due to illness, Afrobeat singer Femi Kuti postponed the first leg of his U.S. tour in support of his new album “Day By Day.” Set to kick off on Jan. 7 in Boston, the tour will now start Jan. 14 in Montreral. Postponed Boston, New York, Washington DC, and Philadelphia shows will be rescheduled.

The revised tour schedule is as follows:
Jan. 14 Montreal - Club Soda
Jan. 15 Toronto - The Opera House
Jan. 16 Detroit - Majestic Theatre
Jan. 17 Chicago - Metro
Jan. 19 Boulder, Col - Boulder Theater
Jan. 22 San Francisco - The Fillmore
Jan. 23 West Hollywood, Cal. - House of Blues
Jan. 24 San Diego - House of Blues

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