MUSIC NEWS - Neil Finn is prepping to embark on a spring tour in support of his new album Dizzy Heights, out on February 10, 2014 on Lester Records via Kobalt Label Services (KLS). Finn’s Dizzy Heights Tour will open in Vancouver on March 29, ahead of a string of dates across North America including stops in San Francisco, Washington and New York before finishing up at the Lincoln Theatre in Washington DC on April 12.
The follow up to the ex-Crowded House leader's last solo outing One All, Dizzy Heights was announced during a live webcast. The album was lead by a short film created by Finn for the song “Divebomber” which is now streaming on his official YouTube channel, check it out below.
MUSIC NEWS- Back on October 15th, Chris Cornell began his second North American “Songbook” acoustic tour in San Diego, CA at a sold-out performance that was lauded by the San Diego Union Tribune as “a two-and-a-half-hour master class in solo performance”. The tour will continue throughout the month of November, and due to overwhelming demand, four additional December dates have been added (see details below).
The “Songbook” tour is a series of intimate shows highlighting songs that Chris has written throughout his illustrious career, including a few surprise covers. This will also be the first time USA fans will hear a handful of acoustic arrangements of songs from 2012's critically-acclaimed King Animal, Soundgarden’s first new studio album in over 16 years. American/Sri Lankan folk artist, Bhi Bhiman, has joined Cornell on the tour as the opener.
MUSIC NEWS- Classic rockers, Sting and Paul Simon plan to launch a 2014 concert tour on Febrary 8th (thru March 16) with plans to play NYC's Madison Square Garden on March 4, launching on the west coast before moving east with be more dates to be announced. The former Police bassist, Sting told The New York Times: "We don't really know where this is going . We don't really have a clue how this is going to pan out."
Unoffical word is that the pair will play their own hits and perform a number of duets ala the previous Billy Joel / Elton John tour. They previously performed together in May for the Robin Hood Foundation, playing acoustic versions of Simon & Garfunkel song 'The Boxer' and Sting's 'Fieldsof Gold.' Paul Simon also appearing unannounced in June at a Sting concert in Atlantic City, NJ.
MUSIC NEWS- Multi Grammy nominated musician and songwriter, Thomas Dolby wants to help save America’s doomed historic lighthouses. The “Doomsday List”* of endangered lighthouses currently numbers forty six monuments that are threatened by erosion or lack of upkeep. Having been powerless to prevent the closure of a much-loved lighthouse near his own home, Dolby is setting out to alert the US public to the fact that many of these venerable landmarks are close to extinction.
This October and November, Dolby will tour North America with his groundbreaking transmedia show The Invisible Lighthouse, which features a screening of his award-winning film documenting the closing earlier this year of the Orford Ness lighthouse, visible from Dolby’s home studio in East Anglia, and the lack of co-operation he received from the authorities in his efforts to draw attention to its plight. As the film screens, Dolby and renowned sound designer Blake Leyh (The Abyss, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon) will create the narration, score, songs and sound effects in real time.
The USA tour hits New York City (October 28), Los Angeles (November 22), and twenty three other cities coast-to-coast, many of which, even inland cities with rivers, possess surviving lighthouses in town or nearby.
“Some of these marvelous lighthouses have stood watch over our coasts for centuries, through devastating hurricanes, epic sea battles, daring rescues and thwarted invasions,” explains Dolby. “The U.S. public has a perpetual love affair with the lighthouse, but is probably unaware that many are on the verge of being lost forever. It is so sad to see them crumble. America is still a young country and we should be doing all we can to preserve our historic landmarks for future generations to enjoy.”
Thomas Dolby’s transmedia show The Invisible Lighthouse is focused on arthouse cinemas and independent film festivals, and will visiting the following cities and venues this Fall:
Thomas Dolby's The Invisible Lighthouse Live dates-
20 ORLANDO, FL Orlando Film Festival
23 SELLERSVILLE, PA Sellersville Theater 24 PHILADELPHIA, PA The Trocadero Theatre in association with the Philadelphia Film Festival 25 ALBANY, NY The Egg - Swyer Theater 26 SOMERVILLE, MA Somerville Theatre 28 NEW YORK CITY, NY Gramercy Theatre 29 CARNEGIE, PA Andrew Carnegie Free Library and Music Hall 30 TORONTO, ON 99 Sudbury
November 1 GLOUCESTER, MA Cape Anne Film Festival 3 ROYAL OAK, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre 4 CHICAGO, IL Mayne Stage 5 MINNEAPOLIS, MN Cedar Cultural Center 6 MADISON, WI Majestic Theatre 7 MILWAUKEE, WI Shank Hall 9 ST LOUIS, MO Blueberry Hill in association with the St. Louis Film Festival 11 LAWRENCE, KS Liberty Hall
13 BOULDER, CO The Dairy Center for the Arts 14 DENVER, CO Bluebird Theater 17 VANCOUVER, BC Rio Theater 18 SEATTLE, WA Showbox at the Market 19 PORTLAND, OR Alberta Rose Theater 21 SAN FRANCISCO, CA Swedish American Music Hall 22 LOS ANGELES, CA Hollywood Forever Cemetery 23 SACRAMENTO, CA Crest Theater
MUSIC NEWS - Celebrated Denver based husband and wife duo Tennis return with Small Sound, a new EP out November 5. Check out the first track “Mean Streets” below. Small Sound follows their much lauded previous full length efforts, 2011’s Cape Dory and 2012’s Young and Old.
Four of the tracks were produced by Richard Swift (Foxygen, The Shins, The Mynabirds) with the fifth track "Cured of Youth" produced by Jim Eno (Spoon, Polica, Gayngs). The band inked a new deal with Communion Records and will return to the studio to work on new music for a Spring 2014 full length album. Small Sound will be made available as a limited 10" vinyl release, as well as CD and digital formats; all of which can be purchased via pre-order beginning today, directly from the band's website.
MUSIC NEWS- Trashbeat, the new rock & roll brainchild of bassist Steve Trash, has released a teaser track for download. “Toys” will appear on Trashbeat’s upcoming full-length album (to be released in 2014 via Major Label) features guest appearances from members of the Sex Pistols, Blondie, and the Stranglers.
"Toys” is a chunky, beat-driven track with chiming chords and a snarling vocal attitude reminiscent of the late ‘60s-early ‘70s punk and new wave movements. With nods to Bowie, Iggy, Small Faces, Modern Lovers and such, it sounds like the next generation of rock.
The progressive hybrid of punk, glam, and alternative, Trashbeat’s sound is informed by and filtered through Trash’s music and art background. He came up in the punk/art rock movement, but also studied modern composition. Art without boundaries, figuratively and literally, as he works in both London and Los Angeles. His recording and touring resume includes work with Paul McCartney, Roy Orbison, KD Lang and Elton John as well as Stranglers, Attractions, Damned, Sex Pistols and more.
MUSIC NEWS - As one half of the iconic songwriter team Difford and Tilbrook of beloved and enduring pop-rock legends Squeeze, Glenn Tilbrook has written some of the most enduring pop classics of the '80s UK New Wave invasion with such global hits as "Tempted" and "Pulling Mussels (From the Shell)."
With more recent performances at Coachella and on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, The Ellen DeGeneres Show and Live From the Artist's Den, Squeeze has proven itself to be relevant and enduring as new generations of fans discover the band's incredible songbook. On his own, Glenn is a effortless, engaging entertainer and stunning guitarist whose eagerly anticipated solo tours and releases have brought him critical acclaim as an artist in his own right.
MUSIC NEWS- For almost three decades, legendary saxophonist Karl Denson has been getting crowds around the world up on the good foot. Approaching iconic status, Denson has moved bodies and minds dating back to his earliest years with Lenny Kravitz's band through his ongoing tenure as a founding member of seminal boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars and his current roll as a member of San Diego dub rockers Slighty Stoopid. Nowhere, however, is this more apparent than with his own band, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe. Touring relentlessly for the past 15 years and leaving a massive audience in his wake, fans know that when KDTU is in town a dance party will ensue.
In Fall 2013, Karl and his Tiny Universe get back to it, heading out for 39 shows across the United States that will debut material from a forthcoming new album due in early 2014 on Stoopid Records. Additionally, KDTU will hook up with looping master Zach Deputy & The Cosmic Horns on the West Coast and Southeast portion of the run to present: Soul Spectacular: A Ray Charles Boogaloo Dance Party.
MUSIC NEWS - Seven-time Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and musician John Mayer has announced additional concert dates for his current USA tour after a successful summer run, selling out in Los Angles, Denver, Houston, and Dallas among other cities. This is the singer’s first tour following his three-year hiatus.
The new tour dates kick off on 11/19 in Moline, IL and run through 12/17 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY, with Phillip Phillips (“Home,” “Gone, Gone, Gone”) on the bill again as support act for most shows. Tickets go on sale September 20and 21 at 10 am in the respective time zones.
MUSIC NEWS - Patty Griffin has confirmed a set of tour dates for October. Beginning in her home city of Austin, TX, on October 10, the tour runs through October 26, where she'll perform in Dallas, TX. The full list of dates is below. The tour is to promote her highly acclaimed latest record, American Kid (New West). It also coincides with the official release on October 8 of her long-lost album, Silver Bell (Universal); a record that was recorded in 2000 and never came out due to her first label A&M's turn-of-the-century ownership change.
American Kid, co-produced by Griffin and Craig Ross, is her seventh and first on New West. It marks her first album of mainly new material since the acclaimed Children Running Through in 2007. In between then and now, she made the Grammy Award-winning Downtown Church in 2010 and became a member of Band of Joy alongside former Led Zep lead singer, Robert Plant.
MUSIC NEWS- Noah And The Whale will release their fourth studio album, Heart Of Nowhere, on September 24th via Caroline Records. The album, recorded at West London's British Grove Studios, is the band's fourth record in five years, and will follow the band's 2011's platinum-selling Last Night On Earth.
To promote, the group will be touring this Fall. Starting up on September 27th in Seattle, WA the run will take them to major markets on both the west and east coasts, including an October 3rd show at the Avalon of Los Angeles and an October 22nd show at Irving Plaza in New York City. We've listed the band's full concert tour itinerary below.
MUSIC NEWS - Arctic Monkeys have announced the release of their highly anticipated fifth studio album, AM, via Domino on September 10th. The rockers from the UK headlined this year’s Glastonbury Festival and are playing several North American concert dates this Fall including New York City on September 16th at Webster Hall, a rare intimate show for the arena filling four-piece. On September 17th, the band will play in Boston at Paradise Rock Club. Tickets for both dates go on sale August 24th at 12pm. See below for more information and a full list of tour dates.
Arctic Monkeys have released their new single “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?” Watch the Nabil directed video below.
MUSIC NEWS - Franz Ferdinand are now streaming their internationally lauded fourth studio album Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action exclusively via NPR’s First Listen a week before its release. This exuberant, unencumbered record is the first from the Glasgow band since 2009’s Tonight. Right Thoughts, Right Words, Right Action will be released by Domino on August 27th.
Today, the velebrated Scottish band posted an exclusive short documentary film about the new album directed by Andy Knowles on their website. Franz Ferdinand recently completed a whirlwind promotional tour of the USA which included performances for Live On Letterman as well as a rollicking performance of first single “Right Action” (co-produced by Hot Chip) on Conan. \
MUSIC NEWS - Los Lobos, Los Angeles' masterful musicians who rose to fame from the East L.A. bar scene to worldwide recognition for their unique sound mixing Latin soul grooves, roots rock, Mexican folk, traditional Spanish, blues and R&B, are celebrating their 40th anniversary as a band with the release of "DISCONNECTED IN NEW YORK CITY'; their 429 Records debut.
Recorded live last December at the City Winery in New York City, the original members, David Hidalgo, Cesar Rosas, Louie Perez, Steve Berlin and Conrad Lozano (with the additional help of Enrique "Bugs" Gonzalez and Camilo Quinones) played with an invigorating, joyous spirit as they revisit four decades of musical magic. "DISCONNECTED IN NEW YORK CITY" will be out on October 29th in three formats; standard CD, a deluxe 2CD/DVD package and on vinyl. The band will be touring throughout 2013 and 2014.
MUSIC NEWS - Bonnie Raitt will return to the concert trail this autumn for the second North American segment of her ‘Slipstream’ World Tour. She’ll be joined by support acts Marc Cohn, Mavis Staples and Paul Brady.
The tour originally kicked off back in April of 2012 with forty North American concert dates and several shows in Europe, Singapore, Australia, and New Zealand.
Raitt’s album Slipstream picked up a GRAMMY for Best Americana Album in February 2013, making her 10th Grammy award.