Sunday, February 28, 2010

Lupe Fiasco to Kick It in Royal Oak...

Lupe Fiasco will bring his slick rap style to Royal Oak Music Theatre on April 14th.

Lupe Fiasco "LASERS" Tour Dates
3/5 - Bridges Auditorium - Claremont, CA
3/20 - Bob Hope Theatre - Stockton, CA
4/07 - House of Blues - Boston, MA
4/09 - House of Blues - Atlantic City, NJ
4/10 - The Fillmore NY at Irving Plaza - New York, NY
4/13 - 9:30 Club - Washington, DC
4/14 - Royal Oak Theatre - Detroit, MI
4/16 - Eagles Ballroom - Milwaukee, WI
4/17 - Lund Arena (Gustavus Adolphus College) - St. Peter, MN
4/18 - Midland Theatre - Kansas City, MO
4/20 - Peoria Civic Center Theatre - Peoria, IL
4/23 - UNC – Charlotte - Charlotte, NC
4/24 - Worcester Polytechnic Institute - Worcester, MA
4/26 - House of Blues - Houston, TX
4/27 - House of Blues - Dallas, TX
4/29 - Ogden Theatre - Denver, CO
5/01 - House of Blues - Las Vegas, NV
5/02 - House of Blues - Los Angeles, CA
5/05 - Regency Ballroom - San Francisco, CA
5/07 - Showbox SoDo - Seattle, WA

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St. Andrews is For the Ladies...

Corinne Bailey Rae and Janelle Monae are both scheduled to perform at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit.

Tickets are on sale now for Corinne Bailey Rae’s upcoming North American tour, her first in three years. Playing a mixture of intimate venues and festivals, she’ll kick off the outing on April 9th in Vancouver, BC. She will perform at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival (April 17th), the St. Lucia Jazz Festival (May 8th) and on select Lilith Fair dates (to be announced). See below for itinerary and on sale dates.

"The album is a major creative leap from her debut," said The New York Times of The Sea while People noted: "she captivates with a haunting, heartbreaking set that's almost painfully exquisite." In a four-star review, the Los Angeles Times called it “a remarkable accomplishment.” “The Sea is full of tunes packing an intensity and musical adventurousness that might surprise those who know Bailey Rae only from her breezy breakthrough single ‘Put Your Records On,’" observed Entertainment Weekly while NPR’s “All Things Considered” said: "Corinne Bailey Rae mesmerizes with The Sea….[It] marks the arrival of a newly observant songwriter and an absolutely fearless singer.”

Corinne Bailey Rae – North American Tour
4/9 Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
4/11 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theatre
4/12 Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
4/15 San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
4/17 Indio, CA @ Coachella Music and Arts Festival
4/22 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
4/24 Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
4/26 Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre
4/28 Montreal, QC @ Club Soda
4/30 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
5/1 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
5/3 New York, NY @ Webster Hall
5/8 St. Lucia @ St. Lucia Jazz Festival
5/11 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage
5/13 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
5/14 Baltimore, MD @ Ram’s Head Live

Janelle Monáe is slated for a variety of live dates and TV appearances surrounding the release of “The ArchAndroid.” A charismatic and unique live performer who has previously toured with No Doubt, Paramore, Erykah Badu, and Raphael Saadiq, she will also be doing a series of exclusive residencies in a number of cities across North America – full details will be announced shortly.

What’s more, Monáe is set to join this summer’s much anticipated 2010 Lilith Tour, joining a star-studded array of female artists including Sarah MacLachlan, Norah Jones, Mary J. Blige, Loretta Lynn, Tegan & Sara, Sara Bareilles, Colbie Caillat, and many others. Full tour details will be unveiled shortly.

Janelle Monáe On Tour 2010
3/15 Washington, DC @ Black Cat
3/17 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
3/18 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
3/21 San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord
3/22 San Francisco, CA @ Café Du Nord
3/23 Los Angeles, CA @ The Viper Room
3/24 Los Angeles, CA @ The Viper Room
3/29 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
3/30 Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
3/31 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
4/2 St. Andrews Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew's Hall
4/5 Atlanta, GA @ Smithe's Olde Bar
4/6 Atlanta, GA @ Smithe's Olde Bar
4/9 New York, NY @ Joe's Pub
4/10 New York, NY @ Joe's Pub

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

The Black Atlantic Plans Stop in Toledo...

Amsterdam Acoustics - The Black Atlantic : Fragile Meadow from Mokummercials on Vimeo.

The Black Atlantic, an up-and-coming musical force from the Netherlands, will be playing at Ottawa Tavern in Toledo on March 26th. This will be the initial tour of the U.S. which begins a week earlier as part of the SXSW festivities. Keep your eyes (& your ears) on this band.

The Black Atlantic is the Groningen (The Netherlands) based acoustic pop band formed around singer and songwriter Geert van der Velde, former frontman for American metalcore group Shai Hulud. The Black Atlantic released their debut album “Reverence for Fallen Trees” digitally for free (worldwide) as part of the In A Cabin With international recording series on August 21st, 2009.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Video: Sean Hayes ~ When We Fall In...

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Clapton Plans Crossroads Guitar Fest 2010...

Often credited as being one of the all time greatest guitarists and known amongst his peers as one of the all time greatest collaborators, the ultimate Clapton collaboration will take place June 26, 2010. For one day only, Clapton will gather the past, present and future of guitar music onto one stage for an incredible full day musical event. Announced today, the third Crossroads Guitar Festival, scheduled for June 26, 2010 at Toyota Park in Chicago, will be a cornerstone of this year’s summer music festival season. Fans should note that gates open at 10am. All profits from the Festival will benefit The Crossroads Centre in Antigua, a treatment and education facility founded by Clapton for chemically dependent persons. The Festival will be presented by T-Mobile myTouch.

Since its inception, Clapton’s vision for the Crossroads Guitar Festival has been to create an event where his friends and contemporaries can have fun and perform together for the benefit of a good cause. This year’s Festival will feature a full day of musical performances with once-in-a-lifetime guitar collaborations. Known as pioneers in their field, the roster of artists spans old and new, from The Allman Brothers Band to BB King to John Mayer (anticipated guest list below). The audience can expect unrivaled entertainment, brilliant guitar work, surprise guests and impromptu jams that are the hallmarks of these performers.

“The Crossroads Festival is the realization of a dream for me, to gather a group of amazingly talented musicians to perform on one stage,” said Clapton. “The Crossroads performers are all musicians I admire and respect.”

Tickets for the Crossroads Guitar Festival will go on sale to the public on Saturday, February 20, 2010 at 10am Central Time (11am EST) via or Ticketmaster phone charge at 800-745-3000 or Ticketmaster retail outlets or the Toyota Park Box Office. Tickets will be priced at $100 plus parking and applicable fees.

Guitar Center has partnered with Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival 2010 to present the Guitar Center Village at Crossroads. Fans will be able to arrive early and experience today's top guitar, amp and effects manufacturers, presented through interactive exhibits and displays, including a series of very special guitar clinics conducted on the Ernie Ball Stage by main stage artists and other virtuoso guitarists.

For more information go to

About Toyota Park:
Conveniently located just 15 minutes southwest of Downtown Chicago (at 71st and Harlem in Bridgeview), Toyota Park ( is Chicagoland’s newest and most exciting outdoor concert facility.

Albert Lee
Allman Brothers Band
BB King
Bert Jansch
Buddy Guy
David Hidalgo and Cesar Rosas of Los Lobos
Doyle Bramhall II
Earl Klugh
Eric Clapton
Gary Clark Jr.
Hubert Sumlin
James Burton
Jeff Beck
Jimmie Vaughan
Joao Gilberto
Joe Bonamassa
John Mayer
Keb Mo
Pino Daniele
Robert Cray
Robert Randolph
Sheryl Crow
Sonny Landreth
Steve Winwood
Vince Gill
ZZ Top


Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Killing Joke to Play Crofoot in Pontiac, MI...

According to their website, Killing Joke will be at The Crofoot Ballroom in Pontiac, Michigan on May 28th.

From Killing Joke's Myspace Page:
With a reputation forged in fire, brimstone and magic, Killing Joke have long been one of rock's most iconic & influential outfits.

Now, 30 years since first bonding in blood, the original line-up of Jaz Coleman (vocals), Geordie (guitar), Youth (bass) and Paul Ferguson(drums) are set to start work on their 13th studio album – the first fruits of a new worldwide deal with the Spinefarm Records label.

Set for release in April 2010, this latest set of recordings (title to be confirmed) will see the aforementioned musicians sharing studio space for the first time in 27 years, having already road-tested their relationship with sold-out shows around the world, kicking off in Tokyo last Autumn.

Over the years, the band members have chosen to develop their talents in a variety of ways: triple Grammy winner Jaz Coleman, for instance, has established an international reputation working with some of the world's greatest symphony orchestras, whilst Martin ‘Youth' Glover has become one of the UK's most celebrated producers, supervising albums from the Verve & Primal Scream amongst others, as well as achieving major success as one half of highly-regarded duo, The Orb.

Covered by Metallica, Foo Fighters and more, Killing Joke's apocalyptic vision continues to draw praise from such high-profile supporters as Jimmy Page and Billy Corgan, and the band's considerable musical legacy can be heard in the works of Nirvana, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails and the like – artists whose rise to fame never saw them cutting ties with the underground/alternative scene.

Once described by Paul Ferguson as ‘the sound of the earth vomiting', Killing Joke are now poised to take their music of resistance to a whole new level, both in the studio and on the road.

As ever, the journey won't be easily forgotten… whether those involved wish to do so or not!

21 - Washington, DC Black Cat / 9:30 Club
22 - New York, NY Irving Plaza
23 - Boston, MA @ Paradise
25 - Montreal, PQ @ Cabaret
26 - Toronto, ONT @ Phoenix
28 - Detroit, MI @ Crofoot Ballroom
29 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
30 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
02 - Vancuover, BC @ Venue
03 - Seattle, WA @ Shoebox
04 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
05 - San Francisco, CA @ Regency
06 - Los Angeles, CA @ Witern

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Video: S. Avett ~ Famous Flower of Manhattan...

Bonnaroo Lineup Includes Avett Brothers...

The Bonnaroo 2010 lineup has been announced. The festival takes place in Manchester, Tennessee from June 10th thru 13th.

The Avett Brothers
The Flaming Lips with Stardeath and White Dwarfs perform “Dark Side of the Moon”
Medeski Martin and Wood
John Fogerty
Cross Canadian Ragweed
Ingrid Michaelson
The xx
Regina Spektor
Mayer Hawthorne & the County
Steve Martin & the Steep Canyon Rangers
Norah Jones
Monte Montgomery
Punch Brothers
Thievery Corporation
She & Him
Jimmy Cliff
Tokyo Police Club
Kid Cudi
Dr. Dog
Baaba Maal
Neon Indian
Zac Brown Band
The National
John Prine
Dave Matthews Band
Dave Rawlings Machine
Local Natives
Dropkick Murphys
Manchester Orchestra
Jeff Beck
Jay Electronica
The Postelles
Carolina Chocolate Drops
Damian Marley & Nas
Tenacious D
The Black Keys
Jamey Johnson
They Might Be Giants
The Entrance Band
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Tori Amos
The Melvins
The Dodos
Kings of Leon
The Dead Weather
Rise Against
Martin Sexton
Blitzen Trapper
Gaslight Anthem
Mumford & Sons
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Julia Nunes
Here We Go Magic
The Disco Biscuits
Diane Birch
Miranda Lambert
Kris Kristofferson
LCD Soundsystem
Brandi Carlile
Daryl Hall & Chromeo
Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros


Sunday, February 07, 2010

Mason Jennings Tour Includes Ann Arbor's Ark...

Mason Jennings will be in Ann Arbor performing at The Ark on April 9th.

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Saturday, February 06, 2010

Strand of Oaks to Play Ypsilanti...

Strand of Oaks will be playing The Elbow Room in Ypsilanti with Chris Bathgate & White Pines on Wednesday, February 17th.

Bio from Strand of Oaks Website:
Strand of Oaks is Timothy Showalter, an Indiana Mennonite turned Pennsylvania Hebrew Dayschool teacher who even drives the school bus for extra cash (and has sing-alongs with the pupils as they ease on down the road). It's like a scene from "Behind the Music" if the weed-soaked Tom Petty was your busdriver, and in this case the metaphors, spread throughout nine tracks, are to be taken quite literally.

Leave Ruin is Strand of Oaks' hometown deathbed-confession hymnal, the soundtrack of an Exodus. It's been back roads and parenthetical side streets for Showalter since he left his ruin of small town America. As a Hoosier transplant, he landed in the fertile musical soil of Northeastern Pennsylvania with a few key twists of fate that would turn his tragedy into trajectory.

While escaping a relationship gone worse, Showalter returned home to a house burned down, leaving all of his earthly possessions charred in flames. Spending nights in downtown hotels and on park benches with a borrowed guitar, he began to face the proverbial demons. Like any good roller coaster ride there came an upside, as inspiration grew like weeds within the rubble; songs led to shows, which led to tours of the US and UK with Jason Anderson and Kimya Dawson. Leave Ruin took shape shortly thereafter while touring and collaborating with Lou Rogai (Lewis & Clarke).

Taking cues from such luminaries as Neil Young (On the Beach era) and a burgeoning Springsteen, Showalter extends his musical gesture and searches to find modesty in the midst of confusion, addressing insecurities and settling existential debt with a simple and beautiful delivery. The personification of a Midwestern Grandfather's advice, his songs smack with hard truth and poignant severity, from child-like naivete to heart worn wisdom... sparse guitar, hammond, rhodes and wooden instruments support an atmosphere that is tender and raw, at times uncomfortable, shockingly candid, and unforgettable.

Tour Dates:
2/16/10 - North Manchester, IN @ The Firehouse w/ White Pines
2/17/10 - Ypsilanti, MI @ The Elbow Room w/ White Pines, Chris Bathgate
2/18/10 - Grand Rapids, MI @ The DAAC w/ White Pines
2/19/10 - Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon w/ White Pines, Juniper Tar, Common Loon
2/20/10 - Milwuakee, WI @ Cactus Club w/ White Pines, & more
2/21/10 - Chicago, IL @ Halfway Lounge w/ White Pines, Mako Sica
2/24/10 - Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop w/ White Pines & more
2/25/10 - Akron, OH @ The Manitee w/ White Pines
2/26/10 - Columbus, OH @ Skylab w/ White Pines, The Black Swans
2/27/10 - Millheim, PA @ Elk Creek Tavern w/ White Pines, Chicken Tractor
2/28/10 - Frostburg, MD @ House Show w/ White Pines
3/01/10 - Baltimore, MD @ The Wind Up Space w/ White Pines
3/02/10 - Kutztown, PA @ Eckhaus Gallery w/ White Pines, Bad Temple
3/03/10 - Brooklyn, NY @ Zebulon w/ White Pines
3/04/10 - Stroudsburg, PA @ Main St. Jukebox w/ White Pines
3/05/10 - Philadelphia, PA @ The Fire w/ White Pines, Hezekiah Jones

Thursday, February 04, 2010

The Specials Announce U.S. Tour Dates...

The Specials have confirmed the dates for the reunited British band's first North American tour in nearly 30 years. In addition to playing a top spot at the Coachella Music and Arts Festival, the band will play club dates:
April 15th @ Club Nokia in Los Angeles
April 19th @ Sound Academy in Toronto
April 21st @ Terminal 5 in New York

The Specials will kick off the dates with an appearance on NBC's "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on April 13th.


Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Blakroc Backstage on Jimmy Fallon...

David Rawlings & G. Welch (NPR Tiny Desk)...