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Music News of 2010

Aretha Frankin goes home from hospital

Thursday, December 16, 2010 – Aretha Franklin was discharged from a Detroit hospital earlier this week after undergoing surgery that her doctors "deemed highly successful," according to a publicist.

The Queen of Soul has reportedly been suffering from pancreatic cancer.

"I've been at home for almost three days now," Franklin said. "My family and friends who brought me home are taking great care of me. I also have a private nurse who visits on a daily basis. I'm hoping to be strong enough to go out and see the upcoming Sam Cooke play at the Music Hall in Downtown Detroit before January 2, as well as a performance of Dreamgirls at the FOX before it closes."

New Ricky Martin CD due in February

Tuesday, December 14, 2010 – Ricky Martin's first new studio album in six years will be out in Feburary.

Musica+Alma+Sexo"(Music+Soul+Sex)" will be out Feb. 1, 2011. The single Lo Mejor de Mi Vida Eres Tu is number one on the Latin Pop Airplay Chart. The English version , The Best Thing About Me Is You, featuring Joss Stone, will be out in January.

Martin also recently released his autobiography "Me," which has been a big seller.

Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears get "Scandalous" on new CD

Monday, December 13, 2010 – Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears will release their soph disc, "Scandalous," in March through Lost Highway.

On March 15, 2011, the Austin-based garage soul ensemble will be out with a disc produced by Jim Eno of Spoon and featuring 11 new songs.

The heavy touring band debuted in 2009 with " Tell Em What Your Name Is!"

Beatles, Jackson 5 songs enter Grammy Hall

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 – The Beatles the Jackson 5Willie Nelson, Bob Wills and Hank Williams were among the artists having songs named to join the Recording Academy Hall of Fame collection.

Established by The Academy's National Trustees in 1973, the Grammy Hall Of Fame was created to honor recordings of lasting qualitative or historical significance that are at least 25 years old. With 30 new titles, the list currently totals 881 and is displayed at The Grammy Museum.

"The Grammy Hall Of Fame represents all genres of music, acknowledging the diversity of musical expression for which The Academy has become renowned," said Neil Portnow, President/CEO of The Recording Academy. "These musical treasures have brought us timeless recordings, and each of them deserves to be memorialized. These recordings are living evidence that music remains an indelible part of our culture."

Songs named were:

BOGALUSA BOOGIE - Clifton Chenier
Arhoolie (1976)
Folk (Album)

BRIGADOON - Original Broadway Cast
RCA Victor (1947)
Musical Show (Album)

"CAT'S IN THE CRADLE" - Harry Chapin
Elektra (1974)
Pop (Single)


The Meters
Josie (1969)
R&B (Single)

Columbia/Vocalion (1927)
Gospel (Single)

"DO NOTHIN' TILL YOU HEAR FROM ME" - Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Featuring Al Hibbler
Victor (1944)
R&B (Single)

"FRANKIE" - Mississippi John Hurt
Okeh (1928)
Blues (Single)

GENIUS + SOUL = JAZZ - Ray Charles
Impulse (1961)
Jazz (Album)

HEAVY WEATHER - Weather Report
Columbia (1977)
Jazz (Album)

"I'LL BE THERE" - The Jackson 5
Motown (1970)
Pop (Single)

Volt (1965)
R&B (Single)

JOAN BAEZ - Joan Baez
Vanguard (1960)
Folk (Album)

"KO-KO" - Duke Ellington & His Famous Orchestra
Victor (1940)
Jazz (Single)

THE KLN CONCERT - Keith Jarrett
ECM (1975)
Jazz (Album)

"THE LETTER" - The Box Tops
Mala (1967)
Pop (Single)

"LOVESICK BLUES" - Hank Williams With His Drifting Cowboys
MGM (1949)
Country (Single)

A&M (1969)
Reggae (Single)

"MY MAMMY" - Al Jolson
Brunswick (1927)
Traditional Pop (Single) "ON THE ROAD AGAIN" - Willie Nelson
CBS (1980)
Country (Single)

"PENNY LANE" - The Beatles
Capitol (1967)
Pop (Single)

"PLEASE MR. POSTMAN" - The Marvelettes
Tamla (1961)
R&B (Single)

PURPLE RAIN - Prince & The Revolution
Warner Bros. (1984)
Pop (Album)

"ROCKIN' CHAIR" - Mildred Bailey
Vocalion (1937)
Jazz (Single)

SCHUMANN: CARNAVAL OP.9 - Sergei Rachmaninoff
RCA Victor (1929)
Classical (Album)

"STEEL GUITAR RAG" - Bob Willis & His Texas Playboys Featuring Leon McAuliffe
Vocalion (1936)
Country (Single)

"SUMMERTIME" - Sidney Bechet
Blue Note (1939)
Jazz (Single)

Riverside (1961)
Jazz (Album)

Hi (1974)
R&B (Track)

- Imperial (1960)
Rock (Single)

MGM (1965)
Rock (Single)

Peter Bjorn And John set new disc for March

Tuesday, December 7, 2010 – Peter Bjorn And John are set to release a new full-length studio album on March 29, 2011 on StarTime International.

For their sixth album the band chose to work with an outside producer for the first time ever enlisting the skills of Per Sunding at Tambourine Studios in Malm, Sweden. John Eriksson told Spin.com, " We needed someone who can make us play differently, someone to remember to back up the hard drive."

The new album, a follow up to 2009's more experimental "Living Thing," is a definite return to Peter Bjorn And John's pop roots.

In the nearly two years since the band's last album, Bjorn Yttling produced the Lykke Li record "Wounded Rhymes," Peter Morn released his second solo album and his debut Swedish language album "I Spren av Tren," and John Eriksson released a new album "Favorite Flavor" with his disco-kraut band Holiday for Strings as well as three EPS with his solo project Hortlax Cobra.

Robyn releases yet another CD, announces yet another tour

Monday, November 22, 2010 – On the day her third CD of the year was released, Robyn announced she will launch a North American tour - her third in six months - on Jan. 26, 2011. The outing will kick off at Toronto's Sound Academy and include a show at New York City's Radio City Music Hall on Feb. 5.

"Body Talk," the third in Robyn's trilogy of 2010 albums, was released today by Cherrytree Records. Robyn will perform on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" on Wednesday, Nov. 24.

Robyn's current tour with guests Maluca and Cherrytree Records label-mate Natalia Kills - concludes tomorrow with a show at The Warfield in San Francisco.

"Body Talk" contains 15 tracks: 5 brand new songs plus five tracks each from" Body Talk PT 1" and "PT 2." The new collection illustrates the breadth of Robyn's recent collaborations - from Diplo (Dancehall Queen), Kleerup (In My Eyes) and Snoop Dogg (U Should Know Better) to Ryksopp (None of Dem), Savage Skulls (Love Kills) and her longtime producer Klas Ahlund, who was instrumental in making the trilogy. With Time Machine, one of the new tracks, Robyn comes full circle in her career, collaborating once again with Max Martin, who produced Show Me Love and Do You Know (What It Takes) on her first album, "Robyn Is Here."

Tour dates are:

Nov. 23 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
Jan. 26 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy
Jan. 27 Montreal, QC Metropolis
Jan. 28 Quebec City, QC Imperial Theatre
Jan. 29 Portland, ME State Theater
Jan. 31 South Burlington, VT Higher Ground
Feb. 1 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live
Feb. 3 Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory
Feb. 4 Boston, MA House of Blues
Feb. 5 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
Feb. 7 Cleveland, OH House of Blues
Feb. 8 Columbus, OH The LC Pavilion
Feb. 9 Detroit, MI Royal Oak Music Theatre
Feb. 11 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
Feb. 12 Milwaukee, WI Rave Ballroom
Feb. 13 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Feb. 17 Austin, TX ACL Live @ The Moody Theater
Feb. 18 Dallas, TX South Side Music Hall
Feb. 19 Houston, TX Warehouse Live

Cowboy Junkies plan Chesnutt tribute CD

Friday, November 19, 2010 – Cowboy Junkies will release "Demons," the second album in the four-volume Nomad Series on their own Latent Recordings on Feb. 15, 2011.

A collection of songs by the late Vic Chesnutt, "Demons" is described by Michael Timmins as "a labor of love" that explores Chesnutt's catalogue.

Timmins says, "We let happy accidents happen and tried to invest his songs with the same spirit in which they were written, but at the same time adding our own Northern spin. Exploring his songs and delving deeper and deeper into them has been an intense, moving and joyous experience. I don't think Vic would have wanted it any other way."

Songs on the CD are:

Wrong Piano

Flirted With You All My Life

See You Around

Betty Lonely

Square Room



West of Rome

Strange Language

We Hovered With Short Wings

When the Bottom Fell Out

The Nomad Series is a series of four CDs being put out by the band in an 18-monthp eriod.

Hutchinson plays new song at Turkey Day parade

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 – Eric Hutchinson will perform in the live broadcast of the 84th annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade from New York City, which will also feature such artists as Kanye West and India Arie. Riding aboard the Parade's first float - Food Network's Tom Turkey - the Warner Bros. Records artist will premiere Best Days, a track from his forthcoming album, "Moving Up, Living Down."

This year's parade celebration will air on NBC from 9 a.m.- noon in all time zones.

"Moving Up, Living Down," out in spring of 2011, is the follow up to Hutchinson's breakthrough debut, "Sounds Like This." He recorded the new album with Mike Elizondo (Fiona Apple, Eminem, Regina Spektor) in California and Martin Terefe (James Morrison, Jason Mraz) in London, but wrote most of the songs for it in New York City.

"I did 500 shows for 'Sounds Like This,' and it gave me a ton of ideas for new material and what I wanted to do on the next record," said Hutchinson. "I got a new writing space in New York City, and I would hole up there writing nonstop during the week, then play the new songs live on the weekend. If they felt right, they made the cut."

Lambert peps acoustic live EP

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 – Adam Lambert will release "Acoustic Live!" (19 Recordings / RCA Records), a 5-song EP, on Dec. 6.

The EP will be available at all digital service providers and www.AdamOfficial.com. A limited number of physical copies will be available for sale exclusive from www.AdamOfficial.com.

Fans who pre-order the EP on www.AdamOfficial.com will get the acoustic version of Whataya Want From Me" immediately and a limited edition lithograph poster of the cover art.

"Acoustic Live!" includes versions of five of Lambert's most popular tracks from For Your Entertainment, including Whataya Want From Me and Music Again. " and "Music Again" which were recording while Lambert was in Germany and Aftermath and Soaked from Lambert's Glam Nation tour. It also includes an acoustic version of Mad World, which Lambert first performed on American Idol.

Leona Lewis DVD coming in December

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 – In summer 2010, pop star Leona Lewis toured across the UK for the very first time. And now, fans worldwide can experience this tour with the release of the full 90 minute DVD on Dec. 14.

Steeped in the surreal, The Labyrinth tour allowed Lewis to present her biggest hits in a dreamlike setting of mythical forests, fairytale castles and giant creatures from another realm. Featuring the iconic Bleeding Love, as well as her hit singles Happy' and Better In Time, The Labyrinth was realized by Lewis in collaboration with creative visionary William Baker, best known for his work on spectacular tours by Kylie Minogue and Britney Spears.

The DVD format also includes an exclusive bonus CD, featuring 10 live fan favorites.

Songs are:

DVD/Blu Ray:
1. Intro / Brave
2. Don't Let Me Down
3. Better In Time
4. Whatever It Takes
5. Take A Bow
6. Video Interlude: Ride A White Swan
7. I See You
8. Can't Breathe
9. Forgive Me
10. Happy
11. Could It Be Magic
12. I Got You
13. Cry Me A River
14. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
15. Homeless
16. Video Interlude: They Don't Care About Us
17. Outta My Head
18. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
19. Run
20. Bleeding Love

CD (bonus with DVD only):
1. Brave
2. Don't Let Me Down
3. Better In Time
4. Whatever It Takes
5. Happy
6. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
7. Outta My Head
8. Sweet Dreams (Are Made Of This)
9. Run
10. Bleeding Love

The Decemberists announce '11 tour dates

Monday, November 15, 2010 – The Decemberists announced the first leg of their 2011 North American Tour in support of "The King Is Dead," their forthcoming Capitol Records album due Jan. 18. The 16-city run will kick off in New York on Jan. 25 and culminate with a hometown show in Portland, Ore. on Feb. 19.

A limited presale for all dates is now underway. Tickets will go on sale to the public beginning Friday, Nov. 19.

The band will also embark on a European Tour from March 4-16 that includes shows in Dublin, Glasgow, Amsterdam and London. Presales for these dates begin Nov. 17 with tickets going on sale to the public Nov. 19.

Gillian Welch will be a special guest joining The Decemberists when they perform the new album's lead single Down by the Water on Conan O'Brien's newly launched late show "Conan" on TBS this Thursday, Nov. 18. The song will be released digitally tomorrow. A pre-order of The King Is Dead will launch at Decemberists.com beginning Nov. 22.

"The King Is Dead" marks a deliberate turn towards simplicity after the band's ambitious 2009 song-cycle "The Hazards of Love." Produced once again by Tucker Martine, the album features Welch on seven tracks and R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck on three tracks.

Tour dates are:
Jan. 25, Beacon Theatre, New York, NY*
Jan. 28, House of Blues, Boston, MA*
Jan. 29, House of Blues, Boston, MA*
Jan. 31, Olympia De Montreal, Montreal, Canada*
Feb. 1, Sound Academy, Toronto, Canada*
Feb. 2, Royal Oak Music Theatre, Royal Oak, MI* Feburary 4, Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL*
Feb. 5, Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI#
Feb. 6, State Theatre, Minneapolis, MN#
Feb. 7, Uptown Theatre, Kansas City, MO#
Feb. 9, Boulder Theater, Boulder, CO#
Feb. 10, Ogden Theatre, Denver, CO#
Feb. 12, The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA#
Feb. 13, House of Blues-San Diego, San Diego, CA#
Feb. 14, Fox Theater, Oakland, CA#
Feb. 18, Paramount Ballroom, Seattle, WA#
Feb. 19, Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall, Portland, OR#
March 4, Vicar Street, Dublin, Ireland
March 5, ABC, Glasgow, UK
March 7, Birmingham Institute, Birmingham, UK
March 8, Bristol Academy, Bristol, UK
March 10, Manchester Academy, Manchester, UK
March 11, Leeds Academy, Leeds, UK
March 13, Trix, Antwerp, Belgium
March 14, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
March 16, Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK

* with Wye Oak

# with Mountain Man

Escape the Fate bags tour, member enters rehab

Friday, November 12, 2010 – Escape The Fate will not be joining Bullet For My Valentine on their European tour that kicks off this weekend in Helsinki, Finland. The band will remain in the states to support their band mate, bassist Max Green, as he enters an undisclosed rehab for drug and alcohol addiction.

"Max needs his friends and family by his side, so we're not gonna leave him," said lead singer Craig Mabbitt. "Max is one of my best friends and has never done this band wrong in any way shape or form. It's very honorable of him to admit he has a problem and wants to seek help for the longevity of his life and this band. I'm so sorry to the fans, but so proud of Max. He needs our love and support through this rough time in his life, so let's give it to him. Our soldiers never let us down and we will be back to play Europe and the two London dates very soon. We love you guys."

Escape The Fate will headline a string of European dates in early 2011. Tickets for the two London headline shows that were scheduled for Dec. 6-7 at the Islington Academy will be honored when these shows are rescheduled early next year.

Gang of Four announces tour, new CD coming

Wednesday, November 10, 2010 – Gang Of Four announced a headlining tour of North America beginning in early February. The band will tour in support of their upcoming album, "C O N T E N T", their first new material in 16 years.

The CD is set for a Jan. 25 release on Yep Roc Records.

The British band started with their 1979 debut, "Entertainment" and eventually influenced punk, post-punk and indie rock bands (R.E.M., Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sonic Youth, Bloc Party, The Rapture, Franz Ferdinand), Gang Of Four Fans can hear first track Never Pay for the Farm here.

Tour dates are:
Feb. 4 Phoenix Concert Theatre Toronto, ON
Feb. 5 Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia
Feb. 7 Paradise Boston
Feb. 8 Webster Hall New York
Feb. 9 9:30 Club Washington, DC
Feb. 11 Metro Chicago
Feb. 12 First Avenue Minneapolis
Feb. 15 Venue Vancouver, BC
Feb. 16 Showbox @ the Market Seattle
Feb. 17 Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
Feb. 19 The Fillmore San Francisco
Feb. 20 House of Blues Anaheim, CA
Feb. 21 Music Box Los Angeles

New Greg Allman CD coming

Monday, November 8, 2010 – Named for the coastal Georgia region Allman calls home, the record was produced by T Bone Burnett, recorded at his Village Recorder studio in Los Angeles and features Dr. John on piano, guitarist Doyle Bramhall II, and Burnett's rhythm section: bassist Dennis Crouch and drummer Jay Bellerose.

As a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and in his own solo career, Allman has long been an interpreter of the blues. "Low Country Blues" finds him putting his own stamp on songs by some of the blues giants whose work has long informed his own, from Muddy Waters and BB King to Buddy Guy and Magic Sam.

"When you have a new record it always feels different," he said. "Man, you gotta get out there and move the muscles, you gotta move it and shake it."

"It's been too long," he adds. "I guess I was just born with a lot of gypsy in my soul."

Though often on the road, Allman has spent little time in the studio since the 2002 death of producer Tom Dowd - the man behind the glass for much of his recorded career. Initially skeptical, Allman and Burnett bonded and work began in January 2010. The band which also features Allman's own acoustic guitar expertise and trademark Hammond B-3 organ cooks up an earthy and atmospheric musical stew infused with gritty R&B muscle, spooky Southern psychedelia, and greasy deep soul grooves.

The CD was initially slated for a mid-2010 release, but that plan changed when Allman, who had long battled chronic Hepatitis C, was notified that he was a candidate for a liver transplant. In June 2010, he entered the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. where he successfully underwent the difficult surgery.

Songs on the CD are:

1. Floating Bridge (Sleepy John Estes) 2. Little By Little (Junior Wells) 3. Devil Got My Woman (Skip James) 4. I Can't Be Satisfied (Muddy Waters) 5. Blind Man (Bobby Bland) 6. Just Another Rider (Gregg Allman & Warren Haynes) 7. Please Accept My Love (BB King) 8. I Believe I'll Go Back Home (Traditional) 9. Tears Tears Tears (Amos Milburn) 10. My Love is Your Love (Samuel Maghett) 11. Checking On My Baby (Otis Rush) 12. Rolling Stone (Traditional)

New Michael Jackson song released

Monday, November 8, 2010 – A new songs from Michael Jackson appears on his web site today. Breaking News is a new song from Jackson's "Michael," which will be out in December.

The song was recorded in New Jersey in 2007 and recently brought to completion. Breaking News can be heard here. The new music will be out Dec. 14.

Bon Jovi sets winter tour

Thursday, October 28, 2010 – Bon Jovi will be back touring the U.S. this winter. Tickets for Bon Jovi 2011 Tour go on sale beginning in November.

On Nov. 9, the band will release "Greatest Hits" with four new songs What Do You Got?, The More Things Change, No Apologies and This Is Love, This Is Life. These new songs were written and recorded specifically for inclusion in these compilations, which fans can pre-order now and receive free instant downloads of the exclusive unreleased track This Is Our House as well as the new single What Do You Got. The compilations, available in both double and single CD packages, are include Livin' On A Prayer, Wanted Dead or Alive and Who Says You Can't Go Home.

Tour dates are:
Feb. 9 State College, PA Bryce Jordan Center
Feb. 11 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
Feb. 14 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
Feb. 18 Montreal, QB Bell Centre
Feb. 21 Raleigh, NC RBC Center
Feb. 24 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden
Feb. 25 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden
Feb. 27 Washington, DC Verizon Center
March 1 Boston, MA TD Garden
March 2 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
March 4 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
March 8 Chicago, IL United Center
March 17 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
March 19 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena
March 22 Salt Lake City, UT EnergySolutions Arena
March 25 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena

Devo postpones tour

Tuesday, October 26, 2010 – Devo must postpone all of their upcoming live dates for 2010 due to a "serious hand injury" sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh, according to their publicist.

A glass shard sliced Mothersbaugh's right thumb to the bone, severing a tendon. He underwent immediate emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery after proper care and therapy.

Most of Devo's upcoming November tour dates, including Solana Beach's Belly Up, Los Angeles' Club Nokia and San Francisco's Warfield Theater, will be rescheduled for next spring.

Devo founding members Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale will still attend Moogfest on Oct. 29 in Asheville, N.C. Devo was awarded the first-ever Moog Innovation Award by Moog Music. The Moog Innovation Award celebrates pioneering artists whose genre-defying work exemplifies the bold, innovative spirit of Bob Moog. Past recipients of the previously titled Moog Award include Keith Emerson, Herb Deutsch, Gershon Kingsley, Jan Hammer, and Bernie Worrell.

Josh Groban slates four shows

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 – Josh Groban will perform four concerts in November, leading up to the release of his fifth studio album, "Illuminations," due on 143/Reprise Records on Nov 15.

Groban decided to perform these shows featuring him on piano accompanied by his guitarist, with a specific goal in mind: To involve the audience in the initial planning stages of his Illuminations World Tour in 2011.

"Going on tour involves so many steps to get ready for what people eventually see as the big production. The first step is simple. I sit down in my living room at the piano and play. I try to explore the songs in a different light and also just practice as much as possible to get the songs in my hands and voice. I also think about playing songs I haven't played on tour in years. And then I might bring in my guitarist to work more songs out. All of this happens before we move it into a more formal rehearsal space with the full band and orchestra. However, this time around, I want to try something different. I want to bring my Living Room to you. I want the "first step" for this tour to be in front of you."

Shows are:

Nov. 6 Palm Desert, CA McCallum Theatre

Nov. 7 San Diego, CA Balboa Theatre

Nov. 10 Santa Barbara, CA Granada Theatre

Nov. 13 New Haven, CT Shubert Theatre

Tickets for these shows go on sale to the general public on Friday, Oct. 22 at 10 a.m. local time via http://www.joshgroban.com/tour or the local venue box office. A pre-sale for current members of Friends of Josh Groban will take place on Thursday, Oct. 21 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. local time via http://www.joshgroban.com/tour only.

Groban, a 29-year-old Los Angeles native, teamed with veteran producer Rick Rubin, known for his iconic work with Metallica, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash and Dixie Chicks.

Lead song Hidden Away is currently available from all digital service providers.

Drummer for The Sword quits band, group cancels U.S. tour

Tuesday, October 12, 2010 – The drummer for Austin heavy metal and The Sword left the band, causing the group to cancel their U.S. tour.

Trivett Wingo departed,leaving J.D. Cronise, Kyle Shutt and Bryan Richie in the band. Wingo said, "It is with deep sadness that I am announcing my departure from The Sword. After nearly seven years and some of the most amazing adventures of a lifetime, I have arrived at a place where I am physically and emotionally unable to continue on as part of The Sword. If I could go any further, I would as I love the music and JD, Bryan and Kyle are people that I deeply respect, but I have reached a point where I just can't do this anymore. I would like to thank the wonderful people who made this experience what it has been: the fans, the people that I have worked and all of the bands and musicians that have inspired me over the years. I thank you and apologize for any disappointment that this may cause anyone, not least of which The Sword."

The band said in an official statement, "We wish Trivett nothing but the best, and it is with heavy hearts that we bid him farewell. He is a phenomenal musician and has been an integral part of this band's success. He helped to lay the foundation that we will continue to build upon, and we wouldn't be where we are without him. We wish he could continue the adventure with us, but we understand that the life of a touring musician is not for everyone. It's been a hell of a ride, and we're sad to see this part of the journey end. The show must go on, though, and will be back on the road as soon as humanly possible."

Alter Bridge slates new CD

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 – Alter Bridge will release "AB III" on Alter Bridge Recordings via EMI Label Services on Nov. 9, the follow up to "Blackbird" and "One Day Remains."

"We went into the process of putting the record together with a lot of confidence," band founder Mark Tremonti reveals, "but we didn't go into it looking to be commercial, or to have radio singles. We just wanted this to be an album that pleased us artistically, through and through."

The band formed in 2004 by Grammy Award winning guitarist, Mark Tremonti (Creed), features front man Myles Kennedy (lead vocalist for Slash's solo touring band and Mayfield Four) and former Creed band members, Brian Marshall and Scott Philips.

"This record is definitely a departure from the last two albums in terms of its subject matter. It touches on the thoughts and emotions of someone who has come to question everything that was once regarded as an absolute truth. It's the realization that everything you once believed in might not exist." Kennedy ssaid.

The first single, Isolation, was released to rock radio.

Metallica live club gig goes to CD

Wednesday, October 6, 2010 – On June 12, 2008, on the eve of their headlining performance at the Bonnaroo Music Fesival, Metallica played a surprise performance at The Basement, an 150-capacity venue.

The results of the show, "Live at Grimey's," will be out on Warner Bros. Records on Nov. 26.

The CD, which includes such highlights as "Welcome Home (Sanitarium)," a blistering "Master of Puppets," and "For Whom the Bell Tolls," will be released on standard CD plus as a limited-edition 2-disc set on regular-weight 10" vinyl with a gatefold jacket.

In keeping with Metallica's steadfast support of independent music retailers, "Live at Grimey's" will be sold to those who support Record Store Day, an annual event on the third Saturday in April that more than 700 independently owned record stores in the U.S. and hundreds of stores internationally. Visit www.mymetalclub.com for a list of all participating retailers.

Songs on the CD are:

No Remorse


Harvester of Sorrow

Welcome Home (Sanitarium)

For Whom The Bell Tolls

Master of Puppets

Sad But True


Seek and Destroy

Billie Joe Armstrong joins "American Idiot'

Sunday, September 26, 2010 – Green Day frontman and the musical's composer/ co-author Billie Joe Armstrong will make his Broadway debut as "St. Jimmy" Tuesday, Sept. 28 through Sunday, Oct. 3 at the St. James Theatre on Broadway.

Immediately following this engagement, Armstrong will join Green Day in Caracas, Venezuela on Oct. 8 to kick off their South American Tour. Original Broadway cast member and current "St. Jimmy," Tony Vincent, will resume performances on Tuesday, Oct. 12, following a leave of absence due to a personal family matter. Vincent's understudies, Joshua Kobak and Andrew Call, will cover the role from Oct. 5-Oct. 10.

"American Idiot" tells the story of three lifelong friends, forced to choose between their dreams and the safety of suburbia. Their quest for true meaning in a post 9-11 world leads them on a journey.

LaMontagne, Helm co-headline tour

Monday, September 13, 2010 – The Levon Helm Band joins forces with Ray LaMontagne & The Pariah Dogs to co-headline eight cities beginning on Nov. 2 in Jacksonville, Fla. and wrapping on Nov.12 in Austin.

The Levon Helm Band features Levon Helm, Larry Campbell, Jim Weider, Amy Helm, Teresa Williams, Brian Mitchell, Erik Lawrence, Howard Johnson, Clark Gayton, Jay Collins, Byron Isaacs and Steven Bernstein. Helm has cut way back on his singing due to vocal health issues. His daughter, Amy, and Williams assume most of the vocals.

Rootsy singer LaMontagne's fourth studio album, "God Willin' & the Creek Don't Rise," debuted at 3 on the Billboard Top 200 and 1 on the Digital album chart selling more than 64,000 units.

Tickets for the tour will go on sale to the public on Sept. 18 at ticketmaster.com and will be available for pre-sale on Sept. 14 at 10 a.m. eastern.

Tour dates are:

Nov. 2 Times Union Center of Performing Arts Jacksonville, FL

Nov. 4 Pompano Beach Amphitheatre Pompano Beach, FL

Nov. 5 Ruth Eckerd Hall Clearwater, FL

Nov. 7 Saenger Theatre Mobile, AL

Nov. 8 BJCC Concert Hall Birmingham, AL

Nov. 10 Orpheum Theatre Memphis, TN

Nov. 10 Verizon Theatre @ Grand Prairie Grand Prairie, TX

Nov. 12 Bass Concert Hall Austin, TX

New Bjork song out Sept. 7

Tuesday, September 7, 2010The Comet Song, written by Bjrk for the forthcoming Finnish stop motion 3D movie "Moomins and the Comet Chase," will be released exclusively on iTunes today by Nonesuch Records. All proceeds from the single will be donated to the children's charity UNICEF to support the flood victims of Pakistan.

The song features music written by Bjrk with lyrics by author and poet Sjn. A video for the song, which includes animation from the film, can be viewed at http://www.bjork.com/bjork_moomins.html

The new Moomins film is the latest incarnation of the story of the trolls created in the 1940s by Swedish-Finnish illustrator and author Tove Jansson.

Neil Young goes oslo

Wednesday, September 1, 2010 – Neil Young will release a brand-new solo album, "Le Noise," on Sept. 28 on Reprise Records. The eight-song album is a collaboration between Young and musician, songwriter, and producer Daniel Lanois, known for his work with U2, Bob Dylan, Peter Gabriel, Brian Eno, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson and The Neville Brothers.

Young and Lanois have crossed paths musically for years, including Lanois' performances at Young's Bridge School Benefit Concert and Young's performance at Farm Aid when Lanois was Nelson's music director, but this is the first time the two have recorded together. Recorded in Lanois' home in the Silverlake area of Los Angeles, "Le Noise" features Young on acoustic and electric guitars with Lanois adding his sonic textures. No band, no overdubs, just "a man on a stool and me doing a nice job on the recording," as Lanois puts it.

"Neil was so appreciative of the sonics that we presented to him," Lanois says. "He walked in the door and I put an acoustic guitar into his hands one that I had been working on to build a new sound. That's the multi-layered acoustic sound that you hear on the songs Love and War' and Peaceful Valley Boulevard.' I wanted him to understand that I've spent years dedicated to the sonics in my home and that I wanted to give him something he'd never heard before. He picked up that instrument, which had everything an acoustic sound, electronica, bass sounds and he knew as soon as he played it that we had taken the acoustic guitar to a new level. It's hard to come up with a new sound at the back end of 50 years of rock and roll, but I think we did it."

The CD will be released in several formats, including standard CD, vinyl, digital download, and as a deluxe CD/DVD. The DVD portion, shot by cinematographer Adam Vollick, will feature eight black and white films of Young performing each song solo on acoustic and electric guitar live in the studio. In November, Reprise will also release a Blu-Ray edition, featuring Lanois and Vollick's films of Young.

Songs are:
Walk With Me
Sign of Love
Rescue Me
Love And War
Angry World
Peaceful Valley Blvd.

Weller plays two fall gigs

Thursday, August 12, 2010 – Paul Weller will play two shows in New York and Los Angeles in this November.

The British singer will play Nov. 3 at the Wiltern Theatre in Los Angeles and Nov. 7 at the Nokia Theatre in New York.

Weller will be playing live in support of his new Mercury Prize-nominated album "Wake Up the Nation" (Yep Roc). The coveted award will be announced Sept. 7 in London.

Supporting Paul in New York will be Erland & the Carnival, a band featuring Simon Tong, formerly of UK acts Gorillaz, The Verve and The Good, The Bad & the Queen. In Los Angeles, Bella Union records artist Alessi's Ark opens.

Zombie, Alice Cooper tour together

Monday, August 9, 2010 – Rob Zombie and Alice Cooper will reunite for The Halloween Hootenanny Tour featuring the Gruesome Twosome with special guests Murderdolls. The tour kicks off in Los Angeles on Thursday, Sept. 30.

The pair recently shared the stage for a sold-out limited North American run earlier this year. Drummer Joey Jordison will be doing double-duty on the dates, playing drums with Zombie, as well as playing guitar with his own band Murderdolls.

Tour dates are:

Sept. 30 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre

Oct. 1 San Diego, CA Harrah's Rincon

Oct. 2 Tucson, AZ Anselmo Valencia Amphitheater

Oct. 4 Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre

Oct. 6 Kansas City, MO Independence Event Center

Oct. 7 St. Charles, MO The Family Arena

Oct. 8 Bloomington, IL U.S. Cellular Coliseum

Oct. 12 Binghamton, NY Broome County Arena

Oct. 14 Portland, ME Cumberland County Civic Center

Oct. 15 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun

Oct. 16 Worcester, MA DCU Center

Oct. 19 Roanoke, VA Roanoke Performing Arts Theater

Oct. 20 Nashville, TN Nashville Municipal Auditorium

Hot Tuna signs with Red House

Thursday, August 5, 2010 – Blues-roots band Hot Tuna signed with Red House and will release their first album of new material in 20 years in 2011.

Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady formed Hot Tuna in 1969, when taking a break from touring with Jefferson Airplane. Since then the band has been performing their mix of acoustic and electric blues. The band includes mandolinist Barry Mitterhoff and drummer Skoota Warner. Hot Tuna just wrapped up a tour with Steve Earle and is going into Levon Helm's studio now to record their first studio album of new material in 20 years. Hot Tuna's album is scheduled to be released in early 2011.

Founding member Kaukonen has released two solo albums with Red House. "We are so excited about signing with Red House Records and joining their fine roster of artists," he said. "The label promotes true freedom of expression."

Good Charlotte signs with Capitol

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 – Good Charlotte signed to Capitol Records and will be releasing their fifth full-length album "Cardiology" on Oct. 26, almost exactly 10 years after their self-titled.

Originally formed as a pop-punk band in Waldorf, Md., in 1996, Good Charlotte vocalist Joel Madden, guitarist Benji Madden, guitarist Billy Martin, bassist Paul Thomas and the latest edition, drummer Dean Butterworthhave sold more than 10 million records to date and penned countless mainstream radio hits such as The Anthem, Lifestyles Of The Rich & Famous and Hold On."

Good Charlotte had been on Epic. This is the band's first disc since 2007's "Good Morning Revival."

Bell X1 return for fall acoustic tour to U.S.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010 – Irish rock outfit Bell X1 announce a string of North American dates for an October all-acoustic tour.

Following their performance to 75,000 fans alongside artists like Arcade Fire, Muse and Eminem at this past weekend's Oxegen Festival in their native Ireland, Bell X1 start their U.S. tour on Oct. 6 in Philadelphia.

The sets will span the band's catalog as well as feature new songs for a new album set for release on Yep Roc Records in 2011. To highlight the acoustic nature of the tour, the band will also be digitally making available an acoustic collection of songs including a version of the Bell X1 gem Rocky Took a Lover,recorded live at Minneapolis radio station The Current.

Tour dates are:

Oct. 6 Philadelphia, PA@ Tin Angel

Oct. 7 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge

Oct. 8 Cambridge, MA @ Brattle Theater

Oct. 9 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall

Oct. 11 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark

Oct. 12 Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel

Oct. 14 Chicago, IL @ Schuba's

Oct. 15 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar

Oct. 16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Caf

Oct. 17 Vienna, VA @ Jammin' Java

Oct. 20 Los Angeles, CA @Hotel Caf

Oct. 21 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall

Bryan Ferry preps new CD

Monday, July 12, 2010 – Bryan Ferry returns with his brand new studio album "Olympia" on Oct. 26, his debut for Astralwerks Records. This will follow the release of the brand new single You Can Dance on Aug. 10.

Ferry reunites on record with members of Roxy Music, including Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera and Andy Mackay. This is the first album to reunite them since Roxy Music’s seminal album "For Your Pleasure" in 1973.

The album features musical contributions from Nile Rodgers, Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour, Groove Armada, Scissor Sisters, Marcus Miller, Flea, ex Stone Roses Mani (Primal Scream) and Jonny Greenwood of Radiohead.

The CD features eight new songs, and Ferry’s adaptation of Tim Buckley’s Song To the Siren, Traffic's No Face, No Name, No Number and collaborations with Scissor Sisters (Heartache By Numbers) and Groove Armada (ShamelessSongs are:

You Can Dance


Heartache by Numbers

Me Oh My


Song to the Firen

No Face, No Name, No Number

BF Bass (Ode to Olympia)

Reason or Rhyme

Tender is the Night

The CD was co-produced by Ferry and Rhett Davies.

Linkin Park plans new CD for September

Thursday, July 8, 2010 – Linkin Park will release "A Thousand Suns" on Sept. 14 (Machine Shop Recordings/Warner Bros.). The album is co-produced by Rick Rubin (U2, Johnny Cash) and Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda, who last joined forces to produce Linkin Park's 2007 release, "Minutes To Midnight."

The band also announced that the first single from the new album will be The Catalyst, which debuts on radio worldwide on Aug. 2 and will also be featured on the band's MySpace Music profile (http://www.myspace.com/linkinpark).

Prior to the song's release, the band and MySpace are teaming up for "Linkin Park, Featuring You," a promotion that gives fans a first-of-its-kind opportunity to collaborate with Linkin Park to produce their own song based on some of the tracks from the forthcoming single.

A winner will be chosen by Linkin Park and their submission will either be included on the band's new album or the winner will be invited to perform with the band on a song on the upcoming record.

Beginning tomorrow, July 9, fans can go to myspace.com/linkinpark to download audio stems from "The Catalyst." Fans will be encouraged to adjust the stems and also record and produce their own additional tracks. Fans can use their own music production software to create their song and then upload it to the band via their MySpace page. Once each new version is submitted, the track will be shared in an embeddable player, which anyone can access to rate and comment, as well as click through to record their own tracks. The contest is live as of tomorrow.

The "Linkin Park, Featuring You" promotion is the start of a multi-phase global partnership between the band and MySpace Music. Throughout the next four months, Linkin Park fans worldwide will have access to live shows, exclusive content and special chances to interact with the band.

"Our albums are the foundation of who we are as a band, and reserving a spot for a fan to play on one of our songs felt like a way to show our dedication to them," said Shinoda. "There are a lot of unknowns about what might get submitted for this contest, but that's what makes it fun. Our fans continually energize us with their creativity and dedication, so I think they're going to come up with something great."

The band (Shinoda, vocalist Chester Bennington, drummer Rob Bourdon, guitarist Brad Delson, DJ Joe Hahn and bassist Dave "Phoenix" Farrell) also recently announced that they'll be touring Europe this fall, beginning Wednesday, Oct. 20 at the O2 World, Berlin and wrapping Wednesday, Nov. 11 at the 02 Arena, London.

Tour dates are:
Oct. 9 Maquinaria Festival Santiago, Chile
Oct. 11 SWY Music & Arts Festival Sao Paulo, Brazil
Oct. 20 O2 Arena Berlin, Germany
Oct. 22 Schleyerhalle Stuttgart, Germany
Oct. 23 Tips Arena Linz, Austria
Oct. 25 Bercy Paris, France
Oct. 27 Lanxess Arena Koln, Germany
Oct. 29 O2 Arena Hamburg, Germany
Oct. 30 MCH Arena Herning, Denmark
Nov. 1 Hallenstadion Zurich, Switzerland
Nov. 2 Festhalle Frankfurt, Germany
Nov. 4 MEN Arena Manchester, UK
Nov. 9 LG Arena Birmingham, UK
Nov. 10--11 O2 Arena London, UK

Allman undergoes liver transplant

Wednesday, June 23, 2010 – Greg Allman underwent a successful liver transplant operation today at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, Fla. The singer, keyboardist, songwriter and guitarist had been on a waiting list for the transplant.

"I feel pretty good, considering everything that's happened," said Allman, who co-founded the Allman Brothers Band in 1969. "Everybody involved here, my doctors and nurses in the hospital and all the Allman Brothers fans, they've just all been great."

The surgery took place this morning after Allman was notified that an appropriate liver had been donated. "All I can really say is thanks,'" the singer said.

The transplant comes as a result of Allman's previous battle with Hepatitis C, a liver disease. In late 2007, Allman began a series of treatments for his Hepatitis C, but chronic damage of his liver led to doctors recommending a transplant. "I changed my ways years ago," Allman said, "but we can't turn back time. Every day is a gift, and I can't wait to get back on the road making music with my friends."

Teenage Fanclub return with fall tour

Sunday, June 20, 2010 – Teenage Fanclub will return North America beginning Sept. 22 to tour in support of their new record, "Shadows." While here, the band will also appear on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Sept 28.

Tour dates are:
Sept. 22-23 Toronto, ON Horseshoe Tavern * on sale June 28
Sept. 24 Montreal, QC Le National
Sept. 25 Boston, MA Royale
Sept. 28 New York, NY Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
Sept. 30 Brooklyn, NY Williamsburg Waterfront w/ Belle and Sebastian
Oct. 1 Philadelphia, PA Trocadero
Oct. 2 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
Oct. 3 Millvale, PA Mr. Small's Theater
Oct. 5-6 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall
Oct. 7 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue
Oct. 11 Los Angeles, CA El Rey Theater
Oct. 12 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore
Oct. 14 Seattle, WA Showbox w/ Superchunk and Telekinesis
Oct. 15 Portland, OR Wonder Ballroom w/ Superchunk and Telekinesis
Oct. 16 Vancouver, BC Biltmore Cabaret

KT Tunstall records third CD

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 – KT Tunstall will release her third studio album, "Tiger Suit," on on Sept. 28 on Virgin.

After a world tour, Tunstall began demo-ing songs for "Tiger Suit," a title inspired by a dream, in 2009 at the solar-powered recording studio she has built at her home in the English countryside. After pre-production at London's Sarm Studios, the Scottish-born Tunstall traveled to Berlin to record the CD over the course of three weeks in January at the Hansa Studios. The album was produced by Jim Abbiss, known for his work with Arctic Monkeys, Adele, Kasabian and Editors.

Tunstall co-wrote several tracks with Linda Perry and Greg Kurstin, as well as her long-time collaborators Martin Terefe and Jimmy Hogarth, both of whom contributed to "Drastic Fantastic" and its predecessor, 2006's platinum-seller "Eye To The Telescope."

Released in 2007, "Drastic Fantastic" included Hold On. "Eye to the Telescope" sold more than four million copies worldwide thanks its three singles, the Grammy-nominated Black Horse the Cherry Tree, Suddenly I See and Other Side of the World.

Next month, Tunstall will perform during "WNBA vs. USA Basketball: The Stars at the Sun" halftime presentation. This event will showcase the world's best female basketball players under one roof when the WNBA's top talent faces the USA Basketball Women's National Team at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Uncasville, Conn. on Saturday, July 10.

Tunstall will perform two solo shows that week: July 13 at New York City's Hiro Ballroom and July 15 at the Hotel Caf in Los Angeles.

School of Seven Bells sets tour, new CD

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 – School of Seven Bells will embark on a headlining North American tour this fall. Starting Sept. 9 in Brooklyn, NY, the tour sees the band traveling across the US and Canada, wrapping up in Philadelphia on Oct. 22. Opening the tour is electronica-harp playing Active Child.

School will tour behind their forthcoming album "Disconnect from Desire," due July 13 on Vagrant Records/Ghostly International. The album, produced by band member Benjamin Curtis and mixed by Jack Joseph Puig, was recorded in the band's home studio and mixed in Los Angeles at Ocean Way Recording.

The band is comprised of Curtis (formerly of Secret Machines) and identical twins Alejandra and Claudia Deheza, (formerly of On!Air!Library!) and released their debut album "Alpinisms" in 2008

Tour dates are:
Sept. 9 - Brooklyn Bowl - Brooklyn, NY
Sept. 11 - Middle East Downstairs - Cambridge, MA
Sept. 12 - Club Metronome - Burlington, VT
Sept. 13 - La Sala Rossa - Montreal, QB
Sept. 15 - Mod Club - Toronto, ON
Sept. 16 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI
Sept. 17 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
Sept. 18 - Majestic Theatre - Madison, WI
Sept. 19 - 7th St. Entry - Minneapolis, MN
Sept. 20 - Blue Moose Tap House - Iowa City, IA
Sept. 21 - Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
Sept. 23 - Record Bar - Kansas City, MO
Sept. 24 - Larimer Lounge - Denver, CO
Sept. 25 - Urban Lounge - Salt Lake City, UT
Sept. 27 - Neumos - Seattle, WA
Sept. 28 - Biltmore Cabaret - Vancouver, BC
Sept. 29 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR
Sept. 30 - Independent - San Francisco, CA
Oct. 1 - Echoplex - Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 2 - Detroit Bar - Costa Mesa, CA
Oct. 3 - The Loft- San Diego, CA
Oct. 5 - Plush - Tucson, AZ
Oct. 6 - Launchpad -- Albuquerque, NM
Oct. 8 - Hailey's -- Denton, TX
Oct. 9 - Mohawk - Austin, TX
Oct. 10 - Warehouse Live - Houston, TX
Oct. 11 - Spanish Moon - Baton Rouge, LA
Oct. 12 - Club Downunder - Tallahassee, FL
Oct. 14 - Crowbar - Tampa, FL
Oct. 15 - The Social - Orlando, FL
Oct. 16 - Grand Central - Miami, FL
Oct. 18 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
Oct. 19 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
Oct. 20 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
Oct. 21 - Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, DC
Oct. 22 - Johnny Brendas - Philadelphia, PA

Richard Thompson slates new CD

Monday, June 14, 2010 – Richard Thompson is finishing his new album "Dream Attic," set for an Aug. 31 release on Shout! Factory. Last week, Thomspon received the Les Paul Award at the 2010 MOJO Honours Awards show in London.

Southbank Centre in the UK has chosen Thompson as the Artistic Director of the 17th Meltdown festival scheduled for June 12 20 in London. Previous artists chosen to curate the festival include David Bowie, Patti Smith, Massive Attack, and Ornette Coleman.

Thompson fans can visit http://www.richardthompsondreamattic.com/ to get a free download of the new track Big Sun Falling In The River.

The new disc is a collection of 13 new songs recorded live. A special edition of the set containing a second disc of all 13 demos will also be available on the Dream Attic site, and a national tour will be announced at a later date.

Go-Go's cancel summer farewell tour

Friday, June 11, 2010 – The Go-Go's announced Thursday the cancellation of Happily Ever After, their summer farewell tour. The tour was scheduled to kick off July 7 at Lilith Fair San Diego, and conclude in Austin on July 27. The band will also be unable to perform live on Good Morning America, scheduled for July 16 in New York's Central Park.

The decision resulted from guitarist Jane Wiedlin injuring herself after a 20-foot fall while hiking near her home in Northern California a couple of weeks ago. She is scheduled for ACL replacement surgery for her knee in the coming weeks, with a prognosis of up to a year recovery time.

"The band is heartbroken and hopes their fans will send best wishes for Jane's speedy recovery," the band said in a statement.

Tickets can be refunded at point of purchase.

Ricky Martin to star in Evita

Wednesday, June 9, 2010 – Evita will open on Broadway in the spring of 2012 in New York starring RickY Martin as Che Guevera. The production will also star Argentinean actress Elena Roger as Evita, reprising her performance from the 2006 production in London's West End.

Michael Grandage and Tony Award winner Rob Ashford will return to direct and choreograph, respectively. This is the first new Broadway production of the seven-time Tony Award-winning musical since it debuted on Broadway more than 30 years ago.

"I've been blessed with the opportunity to perform on many of the world's largest concert stages, but I've never lost my love for the intimacy of the theater," said Martin. "I'm delighted to know that after I've had the chance to share new music and tour over the coming year, that I will then return once again to Broadway. I'm looking forward to playing such an essential part in Michael Grandage's wonderful production and the chance to work with the tremendously talented Elena Roger."

David Gray plans new CD, tour

Monday, June 7, 2010 – Less than a year after releasing his seventh album," Draw the Line," David Gray will put out a new studio album, "Foundling," out on Aug. 17 on Mercer Street Records/ Downtown Music. This two-disc set will feature the full length album and a nine-song bonus disc featuring never before released material including the first single A Moment Everything Changes.

Currently preparing to kick-off of a co-headlining summer tour with Ray LaMontagne, Gray will appear on the CBS's The Early Show performing an outdoor concert for fans on the network's plaza on Aug. 20 and the Tonight Show with Jay Leno on Sept. 9. He will also be featured in the second season of the music series, Live from the Artists Den, with Gray's Jan. 5 concert taping at New York's Broad Street Ballroom to air on public television the week of July 19.

Recorded in London and self-produced, "Foundling" finds Gray returning to his folk music roots.

Songs are:

Disc 1
1. Only The Wine
2. Foundling
3. Forgetting
4. Gossamer Thread
5. The Old Chair
6. In God's Name
7. We Could Fall In Love Again Tonight
8. Holding On
9. When I Was In Your Heart
10. A New Day At Midnight

Disc 2: Bonus Disc
1. Fixative
2. Morning theme
3. The Dotted line
4. A Million Years
5. Who's Singing Now
6. Old Father Time
7. Indeed I Will
8. A Moment Changes Everything
9. More to me now
10. Dave Jones' Locker

Tour dates are:
Aug. 15 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
Aug. 17 Boston, MA Bank of America Pavilion
Aug. 19 Wantagh, NY Nikon @ Jones Beach
Aug. 20 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
Aug. 22 Nashville, TN Grand Ole Opry
Aug. 25 Chicago, IL Millennium Park
Aug. 26 Rochester, MI Meadow Brook Theatre
Aug. 29 Council Bluffs, IA Stir Cover @ Harrah's Council Bluffs
Aug. 30 Morrison, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Aug. 31 Santa Fe, NM Santa Fe Opera House
Sept. 1 Phoenix, AZ Dodge Theatre
Sept. 3 Los Vegas, NV The Pearl @ The Palms
Sept. 4 Valley Center, CA Harrahs Rincon
Sept. 5 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
Sept. 8 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
Sept. 10 Berkeley, CA The Greek Theatre

Isobel Campbell records new CD

Friday, June 4, 2010 – Since departing Scottish indie-pop outfit Belle and Sebastian in 2002, Isobel Campbell has collaborated with former Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan and jazz musician Bill Wells. This summer Vanguard Records will release "Hawk" from Campbell.

Produced by the singer herself in a series of locations around the world, the set finds Campbell continuing working in the American roots music. Lanegan lends his blues-folk growl to 8 of the 13 tracks, while the U.S. singer Willy Mason shows up for a pair of tunes, including a stripped-down rendition of No Place to Fall by the late Texas songwriter Townes Van Zandt. Campbell and Lanegan duet on another Van Zandt number, Snake Song.

A U.S. tour is being scheduled following the release of "Hawk."

Mastodon cancels European gigs

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 – Mastodon canceled their upcoming summer tour of Europe originally set to begin June 5, in Germany and ending July 3, in Finland. Guitarist Bill Kelliher, who has been diagnosed with pancreatitis, was advised by doctors to continue further medical treatment.

Kelliher's medical team is optimistic and expect a full recovery in the weeks ahead as the band looks forward to being part of BlackDiamondSkye also featuring Alice In Chains, The Deftones, slated to begin Sept. 16, in Chicago.

Phil Spector produces wife's disc

Tuesday, May 25, 2010 – Phil Spector's first full recording project in three decades is the debut CD for his wife Rachelle Spector, which he produced and arranged. "Out of My Chelle" features 10 tracks of upbeat, mainstream adult pop, with hints of R&B, rock and dance. The album will be available for download on June 8 at digital retailers and in stores on July 20.

"I trusted her with my life and songs and production," Spector said of his wife. "She's fantastic on this album."

The first single is Here In My Heart. "Like the lyric says," Rachelle said, "no matter where you are, you're here in my heart.' Phil is far away, but he's still the shining light in my life, and I can always feel him here with me."

Phil Spector is currently in prison, convicted of murder. The recording process took more than two years with sessions taking place during downtime from the first and second trials. The resulting songs, blend shades of R&B, rock, dance and disco over a multi-layered pop instrumentation, but are a departure from the producer's renowned "Wall of Sound" orchestrations.

Antony and the Johnsons plan CD, book

Thursday, May 6, 2010 – Antony and the Johnsons will release their new album, "Swanlights", on Oct. 4 in Europe and the UK via Rough Trade, and the next day in the U.S. via Secretly Canadian.

Abrams Image will simultaneously release a special edition of "Swanlights," which will include the CD inside a 144-page art book containing Antony's paintings, collages, photography and writing.

"Swanlights" is the fourth Antony and the Johnsons album and the follow up to the "The Crying Light." Johnson burst into the international spotlight with his second album, "I am a Bird Now", which won the UK's Mercury Music Prize.

OH!3 slate new CD for June

Friday, April 30, 2010 – OH!3 will release their new disc, "Streets of Gold," on June 29.

The album which follows the Boulder, Col-based duo of Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte's breakthrough debut, "Want" will be preceded by the single, My First Kiss (featuring Ke$ha). The track is slated to begin streaming exclusively at the band's own www.3oh3music.com, beginning on Monday, May 3.

The CD from the electro rock group will be available in a variety of editions, including standard CD, standard digital, and deluxe CD/DVD, which will be obtainable exclusively via the www.3oh3music.com webstore. The "Streets of Gold" CD/DVD will feature a 30-minute documentary on the making of the album, a 16-page comic book created by Foreman, expanded artwork and more, all packaged in a deluxe gold brick. The first 500 fans to purchase the "Gold Deluxe Bundle" which includes the CD/DVD, an instant MP3 of My First Kiss (Feat. Ke$ha) and an exclusive pre-order t-shirt will also receive a limited edition "Streets of Gold" lithograph, signed by 3OH!3.

The group is on a tour with Cobra Starship. Presented by MTV, the "Too Fast For Love" tour will travel North America through mid-June. Upon the North American tour's conclusion, 3OH!3 will head out on a series of international festival dates, including T In The Park in Glasgow, Scotland on July 9; Belgium's Pukkelpop on Aug. 2; and the annual Summer Sonic Festival in Tokyo and Osaka, Japan on Aug. 7-8.

Tour dates are:

May 2 Buffalo, NY The Town Ballroom (NOTE NEW VENUE)

May 4 Toronto, ON The Sound Academy

May 5 Detroit, MI The Fillmore

May 7 Rochester, NY Rochester Institute of Technology

May 8 Danbury, CT Western Connecticut State University

May 9 Boston, MA House of Blues

May 11 Washington, DC 930 Club

May 12 New York City, NY Roseland Ballroom

May 14 Columbus, OH Ohio State University Center

May 15 Chicago, IL The Bamboozle Chicago *

May 16 Des Moines, IA Val Air Ballroom

May 18 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue Mainroom

May 19 Kansas City, MO Uptown

May 21 Denver, CO Fillmore

May 22 Salt Lake City, UT In the Venue

May 23 Reno, NV Grand Sierra Resort

May 25 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre

May 26 Seattle, WA Showbox

May 28 San Francisco, CA Warfield

May 29 San Diego, CA Soma

May 30 Anaheim, CA The Grove

June 1 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia

June 2 Phoenix, AZ The Bamboozle Roadshow *

June 4 Dallas, TX Palladium

June 5 Houston, TX Verizon Wireless Theatre

June 7 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle

June 8 Pompano Beach, FL Pompano Beach Amphitheater

June 9 Orlando, FL House of Blues

June 11 Philadelphia, PA Festival Pier

June 12 Wantagh, NY The Bay Stage @ Jones Beach

June 13 Asbury Park, NJ Stone Pony Summerstage

Kylie Minogue slates new CD

Monday, April 26, 2010 – Pop star Kylie Minogue returns this summer with her brand new album "Aphrodite" on July 6 by EMI's Astralwerks Records. The album's first single All The Lovers, will be available on June 29.

Minogue announced the release of "Aphrodite" with a snippet of the single on her website, www.kylie.com, this past Tuesday.

Stuart Price was executive producer. The list of songwriters includes Minogue, Price, Calvin Harris, the Scissor Sisters' Jake Shears, Nerina Pallot, NERVO and Keane's Tim Rice-Oxley.

"The single was one of the last tracks to be written for the album." said Minogue. "As I was recording it I knew that All The Lovers' had to be the first single; it sums up the euphoria of the album perfectly. It gives me goose-bumps, so I'm really excited to hear what everyone thinks of it".

McCartney teams with Concord

Thursday, April 22, 2010 – Paul McCartney will market and distribute his solo and Wings catalog through Concord Music Group.

The announcement coincides with the 40th anniversary of "McCartney," his first solo album released April 1970.

This exclusive global arrangement, will cover both physical and digital distribution of McCartney's post Beatles catalog including solo albums such as McCartney, Ram, McCartney II, Tug Of War, Pipes of Peace, Give My Regards To Broad Street, Press To Play, Flowers in the Dirt, Off the Ground, Flaming Pie, Driving Rain, Chaos and Creation in the Backyard, Memory Almost Full, and Good Evening New York City. The classic Wings albums include Wildlife, Red Rose Speedway, Band On The Run, Venus and Mars, Wings At The Speed of Sound, Wings Over America, London Town and Back To The Egg. The catalog also includes the albums recorded under the McCartney pseudonyms Percy "Thrills" Thrillington, The Fireman and Twin Freaks.

McCartney fans can look forward to a reissue program beginning in August with "Band On The Run"; Paul McCartney & Wings' number 1 album from 1973. It will be available in a variety of configurations, including a special collector's multi-disc edition with remastered audio, enhanced packaging and bonus content.

In 2007, Concord Records and Starbucks partnered to form Hear Music whose inaugural release was Paul McCartney's "Memory Almost Full." The McCartney-Concord relationship has since blossomed to include the 2009 release of McCartney's historic multi-disc live CD/DVD "Good Evening New York City."

"Since the release of Memory Almost Full in 2007 I've had a good working relationship with Concord and enjoyed our mutual love of music," said McCartney. "I'm looking forward to continuing this relationship with the new catalog campaign. I'm always looking for new ways and opportunities to get my music to people and Concord share this passion."

"Working with Paul McCartney, the MPL team and this tremendous catalog is an unbelievable honor," stated Glen Barros, Concord Music Group President and CEO. "To so many of us here at Concord and to millions of people all over the world, Paul's music has formed a big part of life's soundtrack.' So to now be a part of representing this amazing body of work is nothing short of a dream come true."

Disturbed finishes new disc

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 – Disturbed are in the studio putting the finishing touches on a new album, "Asylum." The release is the follow-up to their 2008 platinum album "Indestructible." The self-produced disc will be released by Reprise Records in late summer.

Disturbed began writing in September 2009 and recording in February of this year. Front man David Draiman described it as "still identifiably Disturbed, but showing more maturation. We feel this is one of the strongest bodies of work we've ever put together. It definitely goes in familiar areas, but with new levels of precision and skill."

Lyrically, Draiman said, the themes "range from very personal and introspective, to the political and provocative. What would you expect? No songs about puppy dogs or rainbows here."

"We want this record to be a shining example of how the years have made us stronger," he said. "We want it to be an album that helps people get through their own trials and tribulations, as always."

Formed in Chicago in 1996, Disturbed have sold 11 million albums and 6 million digital tracks worldwide and have scored 8 number 1 singles at Active Rock radio over the course of their career.

Disturbed is Draiman, guitarist Dan Donegan, drummer Mike Wengren and bassist John Moyer.

Hole sets tour

Wednesday, April 21, 2010 – Courtney Love will perform her first headlining North American tour this summer in support of "Nobody's Daughter," the new album by Hole on Mercury Records, set for release next week on April 27. The tour kicks-off in June, with the first wave of ticket pre-sales beginning this Wednesday, April 21, with general on-sale set for April 24.

In advance of the official tour, the new line-up of Hole will perform two shows at the Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles (April 22-23 sold-out in advance) and the Terminal 5 in New York City (April 27-28, also sold-out in advance). Those dates will dovetail with guest spots on CBS's The Late Show with David Letterman (April 27), The View (April 28) and ABC's Jimmy Kimmel Live (April 29).

Tour dates are:

June 22 Philadelphia Electric Factory

23 Boston House of Blues

25 Montclair, NJ Welmont Theatre

27 Washington, DC 930 Club

Iceland volcano grounds Bad Lieutenant

Friday, April 16, 2010 – Having exhausted possible scenarios to make their way to the U.S. from their British homes, the members of Bad Lieutenant canceled Saturday's appearance at the Coachella festival in California.

The band is comprised of Bernard Sumner, Phil Cunningham, Jake Evans, Stephen Morris and Tom Chapman. A publicist said the band "determined that there is simply no way for them to play at tomorrow's Coachella festival. The volcanic ash cloud formed by the eruption of Iceland's Eyjafjallajokull volcano on Wednesday continues to keep British airspace closed and all flights in and out cancelled. The band is very disappointed not to be able to play for their fans."

Green Day's American Idiot musical coming on CD

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 – Reprise Records will release “The Original Broadway Cast Recording of American Idiot” on April 20, the same day the show will open at the St. James Theatre in New York City. The official album features the 24-member cast accompanied by Green Day.

Based on Green Day’s chart-topping 2004 album “American Idiot,” the musical and the cast recording include every song from the CD as well as several songs from the band’s current album “21st Century Breakdown.”

Green Day’s singer/guitarist Billie Joe Armstrong, bassist Mike Dirnt, and drummer Tre Cool wrote the score to the show, which follows the journey of a new generation of young Americans as they strive to find meaning in a post-9/11 world. Armstrong wrote the lyrics and co-wrote the book with the show’s director, Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (“Spring Awakening)”. The album’s arrangements and orchestration were done by Tony Award-winning composer Tom Kitt (“Next to Normal”), who is the show’s music supervisor, orchestrator and music arranger. Armstrong is the album’s producer.

The album features the entire Broadway cast, including Tony Award winner John Gallagher, Jr. as “Johnny”, Tony Vincent as “St. Jimmy,” Stark Sands as “Tunny,” Michael Esper as “Will,” Rebecca Naomi Jones as “Whatsername,” Christina Sajous as “Extraordinary Girl,” and Mary Faber as “Heather.” The show is choreographed by Olivier Award-winning Steven Hoggett (Black Watch), and Carmel Dean is the music director.

Phil Collins goes back to Motown

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 – Phil Collins will release “Going Back,” a disc finding the singer recreating the Motown and soul music that influenced him, in September. This will be the Genesis singer’s first new studio album in eight years.

Collins will play a string of concerts at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom from June 22-25. Billed as UP CLOSE & PERSONAL: PHIL COLLINS PLAYS 60’S MOTOWN & SOUL, the shows will be exclusively devoted to the music from “Going Back” and other classic R&B/pop gems. The concerts will be presented as an “old school” style, standing-room-only dance concert.

Supporting Collins will be an 18-piece ensemble of musicians and vocalists. Anchoring the group will be three of Motown’s legendary session players, aka The Funk Brothers- bassist Bob Babbitt and guitarists Eddie Willis and Ray Monette - who are also featured on the “Going Back” album. The live band will also include long-time Collins cohorts Chester Thompson (drums), Daryl Stuermer (guitar) and Brad Cole (keyboards), plus Leslie Smith (percussion). Rounding out the ensemble will be a five-member horn section and six backing vocalists.

Tickets go on sale Monday, April 19 to Citibank cardholders.

“It shouldn't really be a surprise to anyone that I've finally made an album of my favorite Motown songs,” said Collins. “These songs - along with a couple of Dusty Springfield tracks, a Phil Spector/Ronettes tune, and one by the Impressions - make up the tapestry, the backdrop, of my teenage years. I remember it as if it was yesterday, going to the Marquee Club in London's Soho and watching The Who, The Action, and many others, playing these songs. In turn I'd go out the next day to buy the original versions.”

“My idea, though, was not to bring anything ‘new’ to these already great records, but to try to recreate the sounds and feelings that I had when I first heard them. My intention was to make an ‘old’ record, not a ‘new’ record. To be able to have three of the surviving Funk Brothers play on all the tracks was unbelievable. There was one moment when they were tracking ‘Heat Wave’ that I experienced a wave of happiness and wonder that this was actually happening to me! I learned more about production skills and the wonderful songwriting of those concerned whilst making this album, than I have from anything else. To those pioneers...much love and gratitude.”

The songs slated for inclusion on “Going Back” range from the album opener, the Temptations’ Holland-Dozier-Holland-penned Girl (Why You Wanna Make Me Blue) to the album-closing title track, a Collins-arranged version of the Gerry Goffin/Carole King tune Going Back, made famous by Dusty Springfield. In between, the collection captures multiple songs by Stevie Wonder - Uptight (Everything’s Alright), Blame It On The Sun, Never Dreamed You’d Leave In Summer; Martha And The Vandellas - (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave, In My Lonely Room, Jimmy Mack; and the Four Tops - Standing In The Shadows Of Love, Something About You, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever.

The Temptations get another shout-out with Papa Was A Rolling Stone, while the Goffin-King team is again represented by a second Dusty Springfield track, Some Of Your Loving. Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions are captured on Talking About My Baby, while Phil hails the Ronettes with Do I Love You? The Motown-fest continues with Smokey Robinson & The Miracles’ Going To A Go-Go, The Supremes’ Love Is Here, and Kim Weston’s Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While).

The Deftones ready CD, plan tour

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 – The Deftones will release their sixth album, “Diamond Eyes,” May 4.

The disc was produced and mixed by Nick Raskulinecz (Alice in Chains, Coheed & Cambria, Foo Fighters), and recorded / engineered by Paul “Fig” Figueroa (Alice in Chains, Bad Religion). A video for the title track will premiere on myspace.com on April 14 for 72 hours. The film was shot in Los Angeles and directed by Roboshobo (Metallica, Mastodon, B-52’s, etc.). After that, the clip will be available for viewing on You Tube beginning April 17.

Fans can pre-order the CD through www.deftones.com. Every album pre-order will include an instant bonus track of the M83 remix of the track Rocket Skates. This is exclusive to fans through the DEFTONES web site only.

For vinyl fans, A special, very limited edition 7” vinyl pressing of Rocket Skates will be available for sale on April 17 as a Record Store Day exclusive release.

Live dates are:

Saturday April 24 Vive Latino Festival 2010 Mexico City, MEX

Tuesday April 27 Club 101 El Paso, TX

Thursday April 29 Concrete Street Corpus Christi, TX

Friday April 30 Las Palmas Race Park Mission, TX

Saturday May 1 Edgefest / Pizza Hut Park Frisco, TX

Sunday May 2 Buzzfest / Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Houston, TX

Saturday May 22 Rock on The Range Fest Columbus, OH

Wednesday June 9 B1 Club Moscow, RUS

Friday June 11 Copenhell Copenhagen, DEN

Saturday June 12 Download Fest Donnington Park, UK

Sunday June, 13 Nova Rock Burgenland, AUS

Tuesday June 15 Ancienne, Belgique Brussels, BEL

Wednesday June 16 Melkweg Max Amsterdam, NET

Friday June 18 HellFest Nantes, FRA

Saturday June 19 Hurricane Fest Scheesel, GER

Sunday June 20 Southside Fest Newhausen, GER

Tuesday June 22 Colonia Sonora Fest Torina, ITA

Wednesday June 23 Volkshaus Zurich, SWI

The Futureheads plan tour, new CD

Tuesday, April 13, 2010 – British band The Futureheads will play shows in support of their upcoming release, “The Chaos,“ set to drop June 1 on New York-based Dovecote Records. The tour, which is the band’s first U.S. tour in more than four years, will kick off with a special record release show on June 1 in Brooklyn at The Music Hall of Williamsburg and take the band through major markets on the East Coast before it wraps in Chicago on June 12 at Lincoln Hall.

Seven years since the release of their first record, The Futureheads recorded 11 songs for the new CD.

Tour dates are:

June 1 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg (Record Release Party!)

June 2 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church

June 3 - Baltimore, MD - Ottobar

June 4 - Washington, DC - Black Cat

June 5 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwells

June 7 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club

June 8 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom

June 10 - Toronto, ONT - Mod Club

June 11 - Detroit, MI - Magic Stick

June 12 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall

The band also will later hit the west coast.

Roger Waters rebuilds The Wall with tour

Monday, April 12, 2010 – Roger Waters is bringing "The Wall" back to life again on the 30th anniversary of the CDs release. Waters will start touring the U.S. in September and continue into December.

Tour dates are:

Sept. 15 - Toronto, Air Canada Centre

Sept. 20-2121 - Chicago, United Center

Sept. 26 - Pittsburgh, Consol Energy Center

Sept. 28 - Cleveland, Quicken Loans Arena

Sept. 30 - Boston, TD Garden

Oct. 5 - New York, Madison Square Garden

Oct. 8 - Buffalo, HSBC Arena

Oct. 10 - Washington DC, Verizon Center

Oct. 12 - Uniondale, Nassau Coliseum

Oct. 15 - Hartford, XL Center

Oct. 17 - Ottawa, ScotiaBank Place

Oct. 19 - Montreal, Bell Centre

Oct. 22 - Columbus, Schottenstein Center

Oct. 24 - Detroit, Palace of Auburn Hills

Oct. 26 - Omaha, Qwest Center

Oct. 27 - St Paul, Xcel Energy Center

Oct. 29 - St. Louis, Scottrade Center

Oct. 30 - Kansas City, Sprint Center

Nov. 3 - New York, Izod Center

Nov. 8-9 - Philadelphia, Wachovia Center

Nov. 13 - Fort Lauderdale, Bank Atlantic Center

Nov. 16 - Tampa, St. Pete Times Forum

Nov. 18 - Atlanta, Philips Arena

Nov. 20 - Houston, Toyota Center

Nov. 21 - Dallas, American Airlines Center

Nov. 23 - Denver, Pepsi Center

Nov. 26 - Las Vegas, MGM Grand Garden Arena

Nov. 27 - Phoenix, US Airways Center

Nov. 29 - Los Angeles, The Forum

Dec. 6 - San Jose, HP Pavilion

Dec. 10 - Vancouver, General Motors Place

Dec. 11 - Tacoma, Tacoma Dome

Dec. 13 - Anaheim, Honda Center

On his web site, Waters posed the question, "Why am I doing the Wall again now?"

"I recently came across this quote of mine from 22 years ago: " What it comes down to for me is this: Will the technologies of communication in our culture, serve to enlighten us and help us to understand one another better, or will they deceive us and keep us apart?"

"I believe this is still a supremely relevant question, and the jury is out. There is a lot of commercial clutter on the net, and a lot of propaganda, but I have a sense that just beneath the surface, understanding is gaining ground. We just have to keep blogging, keep twittering, keep communicating, keep sharing ideas. 30 Years ago when I wrote The Wall I was a frightened young man. Well not that young, I was 36 years old."

"It took me a long time to get over my fears. Anyway, in the intervening years it has occurred to me that maybe the story of my fear and loss with it's concomitant inevitable residue of ridicule, shame and punishment, provides an allegory for broader concerns: Nationalism, racism, sexism, religion, Whatever! All these issues and isms are driven by the same fears that drove my young life."

"This new production of The Wall is an attempt to draw some comparisons, to illuminate our current predicament, and is dedicated to all the innocent lost in the intervening years. In some quarters, among the chattering classes, there exists a cynical view that human beings as a collective are incapable of developing more humane' ie, kinder, more generous, more cooperative, more empathetic relationships with one another."

"I disagree. In my view, it is too early in our story to leap to such a conclusion, we are after all a very young species. I believe we have at least a chance to aspire to something better than the dog eat dog ritual slaughter that is our current response to our institutionalized fear of each other. I feel it is my responsibility as an artist to express my, albeit guarded, optimism, and encourage others to do the same. To quote the great man, You may say that I'm a dreamer, but I'm not the only one.'"

Taking Back Sunday regroups

Monday, April 12, 2010 – Taking Back Sunday started work on their fifth studio album with its original line-up. The New York rock band has reformed, with the same band members as their 2002 debut "Tell All Your Friends."

Vocalist Adam Lazzara, guitarist Eddie Reyes and drummer Mark O'Connell reunited with vocalist/guitarist John Nolan and bass player Shaun Cooper, who departed in 2003 after the release of "Tell All Your Friends." "This crazy idea came up, and once we started exploring it and talking on the phone it was almost like all that time hadn't passed between us," said Lazzara. "Given the history and the years that had passed, I don't think any of us really knew if hanging out again let alone writing and playing together would actually work. For it to feel so comfortable and effortless so quickly made us realize that we had to give it a chance."

Nolan said, "I never would have imagined that this group of people reuniting would be possible. Since we parted ways we all went down very different paths and somehow everything we've experienced individually over the past seven years has brought us back to a point of genuine appreciation and love for each other as people and musicians. There's a shared excitement and enthusiasm within this group that I haven't experienced since the early days of the band."

Of the departure of bassist Matt Rubano and guitarist/vocalist Matt Fazzi, a statement from Taking Back Sunday's website said, "Sometimes it takes some time to remember where you were headed in the first place and the people you intended to go there with. There are no hard feelings, just the future." \

Taking Back Sunday will be recording their album in Los Angeles this summer with producer Eric Valentine, who worked on their previous album "Louder Now." Plans are in the works for a handful of exclusive preview shows in the near future and extensive touring as soon as the album is finished. "I'm so glad this is happening," said Reyes, "because I can already hear something in the songs that reminds me of why all of us were so passionate about this band to begin with."

Wilco plans Massachusetts fest

Thursday, April 8, 2010 – Wilco will stage its own festival in August at a modern art museum in northwestern Massachusetts.

The Solid Sound Festival is a new festival curated by the Chicago band and will feature Wilco along with the side projects of the members on Aug. 13 15 at MASS MoCA (Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art) in North Adams, Mass.

The fest is an independently promoted and ticketed three-day event of music, art, comedy, interactivity and more. Wilco headlines the weekend, in the bandʼs only East Coast performance of the summer, apparently on Saturday along with other appearances.

Glenn Kotcheʼs On Fillmore, The Nels Cline Singers, The Autumn Defense featuring John Stirratt and Pat Sansone and Mikael Jorgensenʼs Pronto all will appear.

The festival will feature indoor and outdoor stages. "The whole thing is designed to be multi-faceted, with the art being as much a part of it," Wilco spokesperson Deb Bernardini told Billboard.com. "The idea was to do something a little bit different, where being in the space would be a part of the whole event."

Tickets are on sale this Friday, April 9 through the bandʼs official website Wilco and through the festival. From April 9 to May 31 tickets for the three-day event will be available for $86.50 (including all fees and parking) and after June 1 for $99.50 (including all fees and parking).

The Gaslight Anthem prep new CD

Tuesday, March 23, 2010 – The Gaslight Anthem unveiled the cover art and track listing for their forthcoming album “American Slang." (SideOneDummy Records). The 10-song CD is set for release in the U.S. and Canada on June 15, and around the world that same week.

Produced by Ted Hutt (who produced the band's second album, “The ’59 Sound”), The Gaslight Anthem is Brian Fallon (vocals/rhythm guitar), Alex Rosamilia (guitar), Ben Horowitz (drums) and Alex Levine (bass).

Songs are:

1. American Slang

2. Stay Lucky

3. Bring It On

4. The Diamond Church Street Choir

5. The Queen of Lower Chelsea

6. Orphans

7. Boxer

8. Old Haunts

9. The Spirit Of Jazz

10. We Did It When We Were Young

The first single off the album, the title track, is currently streaming on the band's Facebook and MySpace pages.

Stones to release two DVDs

Thursday, March 18, 2010 – The Rolling Stones will release two DVDs this year through Eagle Rock. "Stones In Exile" is the story of the making of the classic album "Exile On Main Street," which was released in 1972 as a double LP and is considered by many to be their masterpiece. This title is due to be released in June with bonus material and follows the broadcast of the main show by the BBC in late May and the reissue of the album at the same time.

The second of the releases is "Ladies And Gentlemen...The Rolling Stones," the concert film from 1972. Fully restored from the original film, it will be released nationally in cinemas and then receive its first ever authorized DVD release The title will also be released in high definition on Blu-ray this fall.

The Rolling Stones line-up featured on both DVDs is: Mick Jagger vocals; Keith Richards guitars; Bill Wyman bass; Charlie Watts drums; Mick Taylor guitars.

Geoff Kempin of Eagle Rock commented, "We are delighted to add a band of such unparalleled caliber as the Rolling Stones to our catalogue and are delighted to be bring to consumers a pair of such important and high quality titles."

Phish sets summer tour

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Phish will kick off an extensive summer tour on June 11 at Toyota Park in Chicago. An online ticket request period is currently underway at http://phish.portals.musictoday.com/ and will end on Friday, March 26 at 11:59 p.m. eastern. Tickets will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, April 2.

The tour ends in mid-August in Wantagh, N.Y.

Tour dates are:
June 11 Chicago, IL Toyota Park
June 12 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center
June 13 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium
June 15 Portsmouth, VA Telos Pavilion at Harbor Center
June 17-18 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre
June 19-20 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
June 22 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
June 24-25 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center
June 26-27 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
June 29 Canandaigua, NY CMAC
July 1 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
July 2 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
July 3-4 Alpharetta, GA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre @ Encore Park
Aug. 5-7 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
Aug. 9-10 Telluride, CO Telluride Town Park
Aug. 12-13 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
Aug. 14-15 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre
Aug. 17-18 Wantagh, NY Nikon Theater at Jones Beach

DragonForce seeks new singer

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

DragonForce split with lead singer ZP Theart, they announced Tuesday.

"It is with great regret that DragonForce announce a parting of the ways with singer ZP Theart," the group said in a statement. "This is due to insurmountable differences of musical opinion but the rest of the band sincerely wishes ZP great success with his future projects."

The band includes Herman Li - guitars/backing vocals, Sam Totman - guitars/backing vocals, Vadim Pruzhanov - keyboards/backing vocals, David Mackintosh - drums/backing vocals and Frederic Leclercq - bass / backing vocals. While members started writing the fifth album, they have also started a worldwide search for a new vocalist. "We are looking for a powerful, melodic singer to write a new chapter of DragonForce with us." said Li.

Anyone wishing to audition for the vacant position should apply following the instructions at the DragonForce web site.

Goo Goo Dolls announce album title, tour

Tuesday, March 9, 2010 – The Goo Goo Dolls announced that the title of their forthcoming studio album will be "Something for the Rest of Us," the Goo's ninth studio album due later this year on Warner.

The band, which is singer/guitarist Johnny Rzeznik, bassist Robby Takac, and drummer Mike Malinin announced dates for their spring tour, which begins April 6 in Augusta, Ga., and criss-crosses the U.S. through mid-June.

"Something for the Rest of Us" is the follow up to 2006's "Let Love In, "which marked The Goo Goo Dolls' 20th anniversary as a band. The album spawned several Top 10 singles, including Better Days, Stay With You and the title track.

Special guests will be The Rocket Summer from April 10 May 18 (except May 4) and Vedura from May 19 June 12:

Tue Apr 06 Augusta, GA First Tee Golf of Augusta
Thur Apr 08 Wilmington, NC Trask Coliseum
Sat Apr 10 Oswego, NY SUNY Campus Center
Sun Apr 11 Wilkes Barre, PA FM Kirby Center
Tues Apr 13 Hershey, PA Hershey Theatre
Thurs Apr 15 Hampton Beach, NH Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Fri Apr 16 Potsdam, NY Cheel Arena
Sat Apr 17 Erie, PA Penn State Behrend
Tues Apr 20 Richmond, VA The National
Wed Apr 21 Norfolk, VA The Norva
Fri Apr 23 Greensboro, NC War Memorial Auditorium
Sat Apr 24 North Charleston, SC Performing Arts Sun Apr 25 Jacksonville, FL Moran Theatre
Tues Apr 27 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
Sun May 2 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
Tues May 4 Knoxville, TN Tennessee Theatre
Wed May 5 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace Theatre
Sun May 9 Columbus, OH Palace Theatre
Tues May 11 South Bend IN Morris Performing Arts Center
Wed May 12 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theatre
Fri May 14 Kettering, OH Fraze Pavilion
Sat May 15 Milwaukee WI Pabst Theatre
Sun May 16 Peoria, IL Peoria Civic

Hole finally returns

Wednesday, March 3, 2010 – Hole, the band fronted by Courtney Love, will be back after a 12-year hiatus with a new disc in late April.

"Nobody's Daughter," which drops April 27 on Mercury, contains the new single Skinny Little Bitch. The song is out today.

Along with Love, the new line-up of Hole includes 23-year-old British guitarist Micko Larkin (formerly of London indie rockers Larrikin Love), bassist Shawn Dailey (of Rock Kills Kid), and drummer Stuart Fisher. (Jack Irons, formerly of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam, played drums on the album.) Hole recently played a brief series of dates in February at Shepherds Bush Empire in London, then in Milan and Amsterdam. Hole is scheduled to perform at the Spin party at the SXSW (South By Southwest) Music Conference in March, with further tour dates to be announced.

"Celebrity Skin" from 1998 was the last Hole disc. This is Love's first record since her solo album "America's Sweetheart" of 2004.

Idan Raichel Project launches tour

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 – Israeli world artist Idan Raichel is launching his first tour of the U.S. in a year, starting on the west coast in early March for seven shows. But this tour is different from previous efforts as it's being billed as the Idan Raichel Project Unplugged.

Raichel has released two CDs in the U.S. the "Idan Raichel Project" in 2006 and "Within My Walls" in 2009. Both are on the Vermont-based world music label, Cumbancha. The music incorporates Hebrew, Spanish and Arabic language and sounds.

Tour dates are:

March 3 Seattle

March 4 Vancouver, Canada

March 7 Boston

March 8 New York

March 9 Margaret, N.J.

March 10 Oakland, Cal.

March 11 Palo Alto, Cal.

Sting tours with orchestra

Tuesday, February 23, 2010 – Sting, accompanied by the Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra, will embark on a world tour this summer. The Royal Philharmonic Concert Orchestra will be conducted by Maestro Steven Mercurio.

Sting will perform his most songs re-imagined for symphonic arrangement. Selections will include "Roxanne," "Next To You," "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" and "Every Breath You Take," to songs from Sting's solo career - "Englishman in New York," "Fragile," "Russians," "If I Ever Lose My Faith in You," "Fields of Gold," and "Desert Rose."

Sting will also be joined by a quartet comprised of Dominic Miller (Sting's longtime guitarist), David Cossin (a multi-percussion specialist in new and experimental music and featured member of the Bang on a Can All-Stars), Jo Lawry (vocalist) and Ira Coleman (bassist).

Presented in a variety of settings, the tour begins June 2 in Vancouver and then travels across North America. Dates announced today include: June 9 at Red Rocks in Denver; June 15 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles; and July 17 and 18 at Chicago's Ravinia Festival.

Sting will also perform in New York, Boston, Dallas, Houston, Philadelphia, Portland, Seattle and Washington and return to Canada, with stops in Toronto and Montreal. Additional North American cities, venues and on-sale dates will be announced in the next few weeks, with other territories throughout the UK and Europe to follow soon.

Daniel Merriweather opens Rae tour

Wednesday, February 17, 2010 – Australian singer and songwriter Daniel Merriweather was selected as the opening act for Corinne Bailey Rae's upcoming North American tour which kicks off April 9 in Vancouver, BC.

This tour comes on the heels of the U.S. release of Merriweather's much-anticipated debut album, "Love & War," on Feb. 23(J Records). The album's first single Red, certified platinum, was the second most-played song in the UK and features guitar work from Sean Lennon and Harper Simon. Another album track is Water and a Flame, a duet with Grammy Award-winning soul singer Adele.

Tour dates are:

April 9 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom

April 11 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre

April 12 Seattle, WA Moore Theatre

April 15 San Francisco, CA Regency Ballroom

April 22 Chicago, IL Vic Theatre

April 28 Montreal, QC Club Soda

April 30 Boston, MA House Of Blues

May 1 Philadelphia, PA TLA

May 3 New York, NY Webster Hall

May 11 Atlanta, GA Center Stage

May 13 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

May 14 Baltimore, MD Rams Head Live

Ellefson returns to Megadeth

Tuesday, February 9, 2010 – Megadeth original bassist David Ellefson (1983-2002) is returning to the group, according to founder and frontman Dave Mustaine. This reunion is timed to Megadeth's upcoming month-long Rust In Peace 20th anniversary tour which launches March 1 in Spokane, Wash. Megadeth will play their 1990 album "Rust In Peace" in its entirety.

"This shows the power of brotherly love and forgiveness," Mustaine said. "David Ellefson belongs in Megadeth. Next we are going to show you the power of getting your asses kicked...hard."

Ellefson said, "This is a huge moment for all of us, band and fans alike. It is a great celebration of the music from one of the biggest landmark albums of our career."

Ellefson will join Mustaine and band members Shawn Drover (drums) and Chris Broderick (guitar) on tour in support of the group's current CD "Endgame."

"We'd like to thank James LoMenzo for several years of loyal service on the bass, and wish him the very best," Mustaine said.

No reason was given for the line-up change.

Roadrunner signs Madam Adam

Wednesday, February 3, 2010 – Roadrunner Records signed Charleston, S.C. rock band Madam Adam. The band is currently finishing up the recording of their as-yet untitled Roadrunner debut in Nashville where they are working with producer/mixer Skidd Mills (Saving Abel, Saliva, Skillet, Sick Puppies.) Roadrunner expects to release the album this summer. The band will be announcing some Southeast tour dates shortly.

The band consists of vocalist/guitarist Scott Gould, bassist Kenny Varner, guitarist Drew Reindollar and drummer Matthew Reindollar

Dave Matthews Band sets tour

Tuesday, January 26, 2010 – The Dave Matthews Band will launch a North American summer tour, starting with a two-night stand in Hartford, CT in late May. An online ticket request period begins this Thursday, Jan. 28 through Monday, Feb. 8 at Dave Matthews tickets. Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Feb. 26.

The group's platinum-certified 2009 album, "Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King" (RCA), is nominated for two Grammy awards - "Album Of The Year" and "Best Rock Album."

The band will launch a month-long European tour in Hamburg, Germany on Feb. 16. U.S. tour dates are:

May 28-29 Hartford, CT Comcast Theatre Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings

June 1 Toronto, ONT Molson Amphitheatre The Felice Brothers

June 2 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center The Felice Brothers

June 4 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center The Felice Brothers

June 5 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center The Felice Brothers

June 7 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center Yonder Mountain String Band

June 8 Mansfield, MA Comcast Center Yonder Mountain String Band

June 15 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center Robert Earl Keen

June 16 Maryland Heights, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Robert Earl Keen

June 18 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center Robert Earl Keen

June 19 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center Robert Earl Keen

June 22 Columbus, OH Huntington Park Robert Earl Keen

June 23 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Center Martin Sexton

June 25 Cuyahoga Falls, OH Blossom Music Center Martin Sexton

June 30 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center Martin Sexton

July 1 Camden, NJ Susquehanna Bank Center Martin Sexton

July 3 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre Zac Brown Band

July 4 East Troy, WI Alpine Valley Music Theatre Zac Brown Band

July 9 Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium Zac Brown Band

July 10 Pittsburgh, PA PNC Park Zac Brown Band

July 13 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Amos Lee

July 14 Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain Amos Lee

July 16-17 New York, NY Citi Field Zac Brown Band

July 20 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Amos Lee

July 21 Charlotte, NC Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Amos Lee

July 23 Washington, DC Nationals Park Zac Brown Band

July 25 Louisville, KY Churchill Downs Music Festival

July 27 Atlanta, GA Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood Gov't Mule

July 28 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre Gov't Mule

July 30-31 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre Gov't Mule

Aug. 14 Wichita, KS InTrust Bank Arena Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears *

Aug. 17 West Valley City, UT USANA Amphitheatre Brett Dennen

Aug. 20 Chula Vista, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre Brett Dennen

Aug. 21 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater Brett Dennen

Aug. 23 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl Raphael Saadiq

Aug. 25 Concord, CA Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord Raphael Saadiq

Aug. 27 Marysville, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre Raphael Saadiq

Aug. 28 Mountain View, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre Raphael Saadiq

Aug. 31 Boise, ID Taco Bell Arena

Sept. 3-5 George, WA Gorge Amphitheatre Ben Harper and Relentless7

Sept. 10 Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Sept. 11 Dallas, TX Superpages.com Center Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Sept. 14 Omaha, NE Qwest Center Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Sept. 15 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears

Coachella line-up set with Jay-Z, The Gorillaz, Pavement

Tuesday, January 19, 2010 – Coachella 2010 will feature Jay-Z and The Gorillaz during the 3-day fest in southern California in late April. The event also will feature bands including Public Image Limited, Pavement, Thom Yorke, Vampire Weekend, Them Crooked Vultures, LCD Soundsystem, Phoenix, Tisto, Faith No More and MGMT.

Set for Friday, April 16 through Sunday, April 18 at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, Cal. - the same grounds where Coachella debuted in 1999 - the 2010 line-up will feature more than 130 acts.

The line-up is:

Friday, April 16: Jay-Z, LCD Soundsystem, Them Crooked Vultures, Vampire Weekend, Deadmau5, Public Image Limited, The Specials, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Echo and the Bunnymen, Benny Benassi, Fever Ray, Grace Jones, She & Him, Erol Alkan, The Avett Brothers, Calle 13, The Whitest Boy Alive, The Cribs, La Roux, Yeasayer, Lucero, DJ Lance Rock, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Proxy, Ra Ra Riot, Deer Tick, Wolfgang Gartner, Aeroplane, Iglu & Hartly, Sleigh Bells, P.O.S., Baroness, Hockey, Little Dragon, White Rabbits, Wale, Kate Miller-Heidke, As Tall as Lions, Jets Overhead, Alana Grace, Pablo Hassan.

Saturday April 17: Muse, Faith No More, Tisto, MGMT, David Guetta, The Dead Weather, Hot Chip, Devo, Coheed and Cambria, Kaskade, 2Many DJ's, Major Lazer, Dirty Projectors, Gossip, Z-Trip, The xx, John Waters, Les Claypool, The Raveonettes, Mew, Sia, Camera Obscura, Tokyo Police Club, Porcupine Tree, Old Crow Medicine Show, Aterciopalados, Bassnectar, Frightened Rabbit, Dirty South, Flying Lotus, Corinne Bailey Rae, Pretty Lights, Shooter Jennings, RX Bandits, The Almighty Defenders, Edward Sharp and the Magnetic Zeros, Craze & Klever, Zoe, The Temper Trap, Portugal. The Man, Band of Skulls, Girls, Beach House, Steel Train, Frank Turner.

Sunday, April 18: Gorillaz, Pavement, Thom Yorke, Phoenix, Orbital, Spoon, Sly and the Family Stone, De La Soul, Julian Casablancas, Plastikman, Gary Numan, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Sunny Day Real Estate, Yo La Tengo, MUTEMATH, Deerhunter, Infected Mushroom, Club 75, Matt & Kim, The Big Pink, Gil Scott-Heron, King Khan and the Shrines, Florence and the Machine, Yann Tiersen, Little Boots, Miike Snow, Talvin Singh, Ceu, B.o.B., Babasonicos, Owen Pallett, The Glitch Mob, Mayer Hawthorne, Local Natives, Rusko, The Middle East, Hadouken!, The Soft Pack, Kevin Devine, Paparazzi, Delphic, One EskimO.

Tickets go on sale Friday, Jan. 22 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster locations and www.coachella.com. Three-day weekend passes are $269.

Rob Zombie goes Miami

Thursday, January 14, 2010 – Rob Zombie will direct an episode of CSI: MIAMI to be broadcast Monday, March 1 on CBS. The episode begins production today and is Zombie's television directorial debut.

In the episode, the CSI team discovers that a listening device has been covertly planted at a crime scene, capturing a soundtrack of the murder and, possibly, the voice of the killer. However, when it's revealed the bug was planted by the team's own Jesse Cardoza, the state's Attorney tosses the taped evidence and uncovers accusations of evidence tampering by Cardozo on a murder case in Los Angeles. With the integrity of his team at stake, Horatio Caine and Eric Delko travel to Los Angeles to dig into that murder and clear Cardozo's name. While in Los Angeles, Caine find himself face to face with secrets from Jesse's past and a dangerous element within the LAPD.

"As writers, we were really pushing to create an interesting backdrop that could lend to Rob Zombie's visual style," said Marc Dube, co-executive producer. "We thought opening the episode at a macabre party, with Miami attendees all wearing stylized masks (a la "Eyes Wide Shut") would be a fun kick-off point for Rob do to what he does best -- conveying the cruel and creepy underbelly of humanity."

"I am very excited to be working on a show that has such an intense and unique visual angle on the classic crime drama formula and look forward to putting my own bizarre stamp on the world of CSI: Miami," said Zombie.

The Annuals record EP

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 – The Annuals are returning with an EP, "The Sweet Sister," out the end of March.

In 2006, the six members of Raleigh, N.C. group Annuals debuted with "Be He Me" and made their first major-label release, "Such Fun," on Canvasback Records in 2008.

The EP marks band leader Adam Baker's return to the producer role and will be out on Banter Records on March 30. A tour will follow this spring.

Songs are:

1. Loxtep

2 Turncloaking

3 Sweet Sister

4 Holler and Howl

5 Flesh and Blood

These Arms Are Snakes split

Tuesday, January 12, 2010 – Seattle post-hardcore quartet These Arms Are Snakes announced their break-up Tuesday, although no reason was given.

""It's with a heavy heart we tell you that These Arms Are Snakes is no more," the group said in a press release. "It's been a great run, and we'd like to send out a very hearty "Thank You" to everyone that we've worked with or anyone that we've toured with; anyone that lent us a floor, towed our van and / or trailer, lent a van, given us a listen, downloaded our records prior to their coming out, bought our shit, or asked us where our band name came from; everyone who cooked us food, made habanero-infused tequila, had a safety meeting with us, let Steve gyrate all over you, had to live with any of us, made us pay shitloads of money to get off your punk label, got us into LOST, found Steve drunkenly wandering the streets of Tokyo alone, played Madlibs in the van (plural nouns), lost money promoting one of our shows, took Chris to the hospital, put up with our drunken sorry asses, got into a fight with us, etc. etc."

'"This band could not have been possible without all of you. We sincerely thank you."

The band's last album was "Tall Swallower and Dove" from 2008 on Suicide Squeeze. They also released "Easter" in 2006 and "Oxeneers or the Lion Sleeps When Its Antelope Go Home" in 2004. The group included Brian Cook on bass and organ, Ryan Frederiksen on guitar, Steve Snere on vocals and Chris Common on drums.

English Beat, Fishbone tour together

Monday, January 11, 2010 – The English Beat and Fishbone are joining forces for a tour crossing the U.S., with the gigs starting Feb. 12 in Austin.

Celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the release of their 1980 debut album "I Just Can't Stop It," which spawned the hits Tears of a Clown, Mirror In the Bathroom, Best Friend, Twist & Crawl and Too Nice to Talk To,The English Beat were a major part of the 2 Tone ska music revolution of the late 70s and early 80s

Fishbone led the US Ska/rock fusion and are celebrating their 25th Career Anniversary, which kicked off with their 1985 singles Party At Ground Zero and ?(Modern Industry).

"I'm going to be celebrating the anniversary by doing what I enjoy the most - singing songs live to a fired-up audience, then traveling overnight on the bus to get ready to do it all over again," said Beat mastermind Dave Wakeling, about the tour. "You have to be a very confident band to follow Fishbone. They give no quarter, take no prisoners, and the stage is awash with their escapades."

"We're very excited to tour with them," said founding Fishbone member Angelo Moore, about his fellow tour mates. "Dave Wakeling and the Beat obviously ushered in a wave of ska that had a broad influence and was inspirational to bands like Fishbone, No Doubt, and Sublime."

Tour dates are:

Feb. 12 Emo's (Austin, TX)

Feb. 13 Granada Theatre (Dallas, TX)

Feb. 14 Warehouse Live (Houston, TX)

Feb. 16 Club at Firestone (Orlando, FL)

Feb. 17 Culture Room (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)

Feb. 18 State Theatre (St. Petersburg, FL)

Feb. 19 The Loft (Atlanta, GA)

Feb. 20 Tremont Music Hall (Charlotte, NC)

Feb. 22 9:30 Club (Washington, DC)

Feb. 23 World Cafe Life (Philadelphia, PA)

Feb. 24 Rams Head Live! (Baltimore, MD)

Feb. 25 The Stone Pony (Asbury Park, NJ)

Feb. 26 Showcase Live (Foxborough, MA)

Feb. 27 The Fillmore at Irving Plaza (NYC)

March 1 The Madhatter (Covington, KY)

March 2 House of Blues (Chicago, IL)

March 3 Turner Hall (Milwaukee, WI)

March 4 The Cabooze (Minneapolis, MN)

March 5 Slowdown (Omaha, NE)

March 6 Gothic Theatre (Englewood, CO)

Surgery on Slayer member postones Carnage tour

Thursday, January 7, 2010 – Back surgery for Slayer band member Tom Araya will result in the postponement of the Carnage Tour with Megadeth and Testament.

- "Tom gave various medical treatments more than a fair shot," said Slayer's manager Rick Sales, "but they just haven't handled the problem, so he's biting the bullet and is scheduled for back surgery at the end of this month."

The decision made by the bassist/vocalist Araya means the cancellation of Slayer's immediate tour plans that include the American and Canadian Carnage Tour dates set to start Jan. 18, as well as the band's UK/European headline tour scheduled for March and April.

Booking agents for both Slayer and Megadeth are already at work rescheduling the tour dates; tickets already purchased for these shows will be honored at the rescheduled dates.

Araya, known for swinging his long mane of hair while performing, began experiencing back problems while on the band's Australian/New Zealand/Japanese tour last October. In spite of his rapidly increasing pain and discomfort, he carried on with the tour, but immediately upon returning home saw an orthopedic specialist who diagnosed a cervical radiculopathy. Araya initially did not want to take the major surgery route, so the specialist recommended a series of minimally-invasive procedures. While those procedures have resulted in some improvement, Araya continues to deal with intermittent bouts of severe pain, numbness and muscle spasms. The surgical procedure that Araya will undergo, called an anterior cervical discectomy with fusion, is a relatively routine practice, and the recovery rate is excellent, according to his publicist.

Sales added, "As unfortunate as this is for so many people - the Megadeth and Testament camps, the concerts' promoters, and, of course, the fans - Tom's health is the number one priority, and this has to happen."

Joe Henry tours in March

Wednesday, January 6, 2010 – Joe Henry will perform in March to support his latest CD, “Blood From Stars.”

Henry just received Grammy nominations for producing new albums from New Orleans’ Allen Toussaint and country folk songsmith Ramblin’ Jack Elliott.

Tour dates are:

March2 Seattle, WA - The Triple Door

March3 Portland, OR - The Aladdin

March5 San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall

March6 Los Angeles, CA " Largo @ Coronet

March8 New York, NY - The Blue Note

March9 Vienna, VA - The Barns Wolftrap

March 3 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live

March12 Ann Arbor, MI - The Ark

March13 Chicago, IL - Old Town School of Folk

David Gray plays Letterman tonight

Monday, January 4, 2010 – David Gray will stop by The Late Show with David Letterman tonight, Jan. 4 to perform Stella The Artist, the second single off his eighth studio album "Draw The Line." Gray began writing the album in 2007. Gray announced dates for the second leg of his U.S. tour, which will kick off in March.

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