St. Vincent & David Byrne: New Free EP Download!

St. Vincent and former Talking Heads singer David Byrne are following up last year’s Love This Giant collaboration with a new tour and a free download of their new 5-song EP, Brass Tactics. Brass Tactics is comprised of live tracks from the Love This Giant Fall tour, remixes, and a song that didn’t make it onto the Love This Giant album. You can download the Brass Tactics EP mp3s by entering your email address below.

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2013 Love This Giant Tour Dates:

6/12 – Montclair, NJ @ Wellmont Theatre
6/13 – Baltimore, MD @ Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
6/15 – Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
6/16 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
6/18 – Charlotte, NC @ Blumenthal Performing Arts Center – Belk Theater
6/20 – New Haven, CT @ Shubert Theatre
6/21 – Portland, ME @ State Theatre
6/22 – Shelburne, VT @ The Green at Shelburne Museum
6/23 – Ottawa, ON @ Confederation Park, Ottawa Jazz Festival
6/25 – Rochester, NY @ Kodak Hall at Eastman Theater
6/27 – New Bedford, MA @ The Zeiterion Performing Arts Center
6/28 – Red Bank, NJ @ Count Basie Theatre
6/29 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
6/30 – Greensburg, PA @ Palace Theater
7/2 – Louisville, KY @ The Kentucky Center – Whitney Hall
7/5 – Des Moines, IA @ 80/35 Music Festival
7/6 – Highland Park, IL @ Ravinia Festival
7/7 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
7/8 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Michigan Theater
7/10 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
7/12 – Kansas City, MO @ Crossroads KC
7/13 – Littleton, CO @ Denver Botanic Gardens – Chatfield
7/14 – Telluride, CO @ Telluride Town Park
7/15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre
7/17 – Eugene, OR @ Cuthbert Amphitheater
7/18 – Woodinville, WA @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
7/20 – Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery
7/21 – Oakland, CA @ The Fox Theater
8/18 – Reykjavik, Iceland @ Haskolabio
8/20 – Oslo, Norway @ Folketeatret
8/21 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Filadelfiakyrkan
8/22 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Falconer Salen
8/24 – Brussels, Belgium @ Bozar
8/25 – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Vredenburg Leidsche Rijn
8/27 – London, UK @ Roundhouse
8/28 – Birmingham, UK @ Symphony Hall
8/29 – Glasgow, UK @ Royal Concert Hall
8/30 – Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Fest
9/3 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Coliseu Lisboa
9/4 – Portugal, Portugal @ Coliseu Do Porto
9/6 – Madrid, Spain @ Teatrp Circo Price
9/7 – Barcelona, Spain @ The National Auditorium of Catalonia
9/9 – Brescia, Italy @ Vittoriale Theatre
9/11 – Rome, Italy @ Auditorium Parco Della Musica
9/12 – Florence, Italy @ Teatro Verdi

Boyz II Men 2013 Tour

I know I’m dating myself here, but I loved Boyz II Men when I was in middle school. “It’s So Hard to Say Goodbye,” “Motown Philly,” “End of the Road,” “I’ll Make Love to You,” “On Bended Knee,” “Water Runs Dry”…any one of those songs brings back a million adolescent memories. So I was very excited to learn that Boyz II Men will kick off a new summer tour on May 31st.

Unfortunately and shockingly, “The Package” tour also features New Kids on the Block and 98 Degrees. Ugh. How did that happen? I know Boyz II Men’s releases in the past decade have received mixed reviews – and rightly so, due to their unnecessarily slick pop production. But their voices are as strong as ever (as proved by their acapella singing during recent tv interviews) and I would still love to hear those harmonies live. I don’t think they belong anywhere near washed up boy bands.

The good news is that Boyz II Men are supposed to be the opening act for every date, so you can see them in concert and leave before the boy bands take the stage.

Boyz II Men “The Package” Tour Dates:

May 31 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun Arena
June 1 Uniondale, NY Nassau Coliseum
June 2 Boston, MA TD Garden
June 4 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
June 6 Montreal, QC Bell Centre
June 7 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
June 8 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
June 9 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena
June 11 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center
June 13 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center
June 14 Washington DC Verizon Center
June 15 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
June 18 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena
June 19 Charlotte, NC Time Warner Cable Arena
June 20 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena
June 21 Orlando, FL Amway Center
June 22 Fort Lauderdale, FL BB&T Center
June 25 Cincinnati, OH US Bank Arena
June 27 Houston, TX Toyota Center
June 28 Dallas, TX American Airlines Center
June 29 Oklahoma City, OK Chesapeake Energy
June 30 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center
July 5 Los Angeles, CA STAPLES Center Arena
July 6 Las Vegas, NV Mandalay Bay Events Center
July 7 San Jose, CA HP Pavilion
July 9 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
July 12 Rosemont, IL Allstate Arena
July 13 Minneapolis, MN Target Center

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Fiona Apple: 2012 Summer Tour Dates!

As we eagerly anticipate the June 19th release of Fiona Apple’s new album, The Idler Wheel is wiser than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords will serve you more than Ropes will ever do, I’m happy to announce Fiona will be gracing the nation with a rare summer tour. Dates below. If you missed it the first time ’round, also check out our review of Fiona’s recent Chicago concert.

Fiona Apple 2012 Summer Tour Dates

6/19 Ithaca, NY: State Theatre
6/20 Baltimore, MD: Lyric Opera House
6/22 Mashantucket, CT: MGM Grand Theater at Foxwoods
6/23 Holyoke, MA: Mountain Park
6/24 New York, NY: The Governors Ball – Randall’s Island
6/26 Washington, DC: Warner Theatre
6/27 Upper Darby, PA: Tower Theatre
6/29 Danbury, CT: Ives Concert Park
6/30 Boston, MA: Citi Performing Arts Center
7/1 Portland, ME: State Theatre
7/3 Montreal, QC: Olympia Theatre
7/4 Toronto, ON: The Sound Academy
7/6 Cleveland Heights, OH: Cain Park
7/7 Detroit, MI: The Fillmore Detroit
7/9 Grand Rapids, MI: Meijer Gardens
7/10 Chicago, IL: Chicago Theatre
7/11 Indianapolis, IN: Murat Theatre
7/13 Nashville, TN: Ryman Auditorium
7/14 St. Louis, MO: Peabody Opera House
7/16 Minneapolis, MN: Orpheum Theatre
7/17 Kansas City, MO: The Midland by AMC
7/20 Denver, CO: Paramount Theatre
7/21 Salt Lake City, UT: Kingsbury Hall – University of Utah
7/24 Vancouver, BC: Orpheum
7/25 Seattle, WA: Paramount Theatre
7/26 Portland, OR: Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
7/28 Oakland, CA: Fox Theater
7/29 Hollywood, CA: Hollywood Palladium

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Cate Le Bon: New Mp3 & Tour

Cate Le Bon’s low key, French pop-folk style is similar to Nico, but with a modern indie-rock twist. Cate will join St. Vincent on their upcoming tour. You can download a free, legal mp3 of her new single, “Puts Me To Work,” and see her tour dates below. The song will be featured on Cate’s 2012 album, CYRK.

Cate Le Bon – Puts Me To Work (mp3)*

*mp3 hosted by label & posted w/ permission of artist’s PR rep

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Cate Le Bon & St. Vincent Tour Dates:

10/02 – Minneapolis, MN @ McGuire Theatre (2 shows)
10/03 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theater
10/05 – Chicago, IL @ Metro
10/06 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
10/07 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
10/08 – Boulder, CO Boulder Theater
10/10 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
10/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Commodore Ballroom
10/13 – Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre
10/14 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ Music Box
10/20 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom
10/22 – Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
10/23 – Dallas, TX @ Kessler Theater
10/24 – Austin, TX @ Moody Theater at ACL Live
10/25 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s
10/26 – New Orleans, LA @ Tiptina’s
10/28 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
10/30 – Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theater
11/01 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
11/02 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
11/03 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
11/04 – Boston, MA @ Royale

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Tori Amos: New Album & Tour Dates

I’m very excited to share this bit of album news: Tori Amos has signed to Deutshe Grammophon, a prominent classical music record label. Her forthcoming album, Night of Hunters, is set for release in September. Tori says these new, original songs were inspired by select classical pieces from the past four centuries.

Amos says of the new album: “I have used the structure of a classical song cycle to tell an ongoing, modern story. The protagonist is a woman who finds herself in the dying embers of a relationship. In the course of one night she goes through an initiation of sorts that leads her to reinvent herself allowing the listener to follow her on a journey to explore complex musical and emotional subject matter. One of the main themes explored on this album is the hunter and the hunted and how both exist within us.

As I said when I selected Tori Amos’ debut for Muruch’s Classic Albums Appreciation Club, I was an obsessive fan of Tori’s from her 1992 debut through Scarlet’s Walk but haven’t been able to tolerate her recent releases. I’m a little wary since Night of Hunters seems to be yet another concept album and such gimmicks ruined her last few efforts. But I love classical music and Tori’s greatest strength has always been her piano playing, so I’m hoping the stylistic change will help her triumph this time around.

Tori will tour in support of the album starting in September. European tour dates are below and U.S. tour dates will be announced later.

Tori Amos 2011 Tour Dates:
9/28 Finland, Helsinki, Ice Hall
9/30 Russia, St Petersburg, Oktyabrsky Hall
10/2 Russia, Moscow, Crocus Hall
10/4 Luxembourg, Den Atelier
10/5 France, Paris, Le Grand Rex
10/7 Italy, Milan, Teatro Smeraldo
10/8 Italy, Rome, Auditorium Parco della Musica
10/10 Germany, Hamburg, Laieszhalle
10/11 Germany, Berlin, Tempodrom
10/13 Poland, Warsaw, Sala Kongresowa
10/17 Holland, Amsterdam, Carre
10/20 Norway, Oslo, Sentrum Scene
10/21 Denmark, Copenhagen, The Royal Theatre
10/24 Switzerland, Lucerne, KKL
10/25 Austria, Vienna, Stadthalle F
10/26 Germany, Frankfurt, Alte Oper
10/28 Belgium, Antwerp, QEH
10/29 Belgium, Brussels, Bozar
10/31 Germany, Essen, Philharmonie
11/2 UK, London, Royal Albert Hall
11/4 UK, Manchester, Apollo
11/6 UK, Glasgow, Royal Concert Hall
11/8 UK, Belfast, Waterfront
11/9 Eire, Dublin, Grand Canal Theatre

Soon you will be able to buy concert tickets and hear samples from the new album at the Tori Amos Official Site.

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