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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The Dresden Dolls: Reunion Tour 2010!

Yes, yes, yes, yes, my favorite band is back! After a three year haitus, Amanda Palmer and Brian Viglione are reuniting to celebrate the 10th anniversary of The Dresden Dolls with a special autumn reunion tour!!!!! You can’t have enough exclamation points for this! You can catch the infamous, outrageous, incomparable punk-cabaret duo (whose self-titled album was my #1 of the last decade) on tour at the venues and dates below….

The Dresden Dolls 2010 Reunion Tour Dates:

Oct 31 – NEW YORK CITY, NY @ Irving Plaza (w/ Surprise Guests)

Nov 12 – NEW ORLEANS, LA @ Tipitina’s (w/ Jason Webley)

Nov 13 – ATLANTA, GA @ The Buckhead Theatre (w/ Lille)

Nov 14 – LEXINGTON, KY @ Buster’s Billiards & Backroom (w/ Chico Fellini)

Nov 16 – ST. LOUIS, MO @ The Pageant (w/ Sleepy Kitty)

Nov 17 – CHICAGO, IL @ The Vic Theatre (w/ Mucca Pazza)

Nov 19 – DALLAS, TX @ Granada Theatre (w/ Girl In A Coma)

Nov 20 – HOUSTON, TX @ Fitzgerald’s (w/ Girl In A Coma)

Nov 21 – AUSTIN, TX @ La Zona Rosa (w/ Girl In A Coma)

Muruch Dresden Dolls Reviews

The Dresden Dolls Official Site

Bell X1: Another New Live Mp3

As I said last week when I posted an mp3 of “The Great Defector” (which you can still download for a limited time), Irish band Bell X1 is offering a series of tracks from a new digital Acoustic EP (streaming at Reverb Nation) in anticipation of their upcoming acoustic tour of the U.S. Below is the second in this series of free mp3s – a live rendition of “Rocky Took a Lover” from their 2005 album Flock. The live shows will include songs from the band’s entire catalogue and some new tunes from their forthcoming 2011 full-length album.

Bell X1 – Rocky Took a Lover (live) (mp3 removed)*

*mp3 provided by & posted w/ permission of Yep Roc Records

Bell X1 2010 Acoustic Tour Dates:

10/6 Philadelphia, PA@ Tin Angel
10/7 New York, NY @ Le Poisson Rouge
10/8 Cambridge, MA @ Brattle Theater
10/9 Northampton, MA @ Iron Horse Music Hall
10/11 Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
10/12 Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel
10/14 Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s
10/15 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
10/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Café
10/17 Vienna, VA @ Jammin’ Java
10/20 Los Angeles, CA @Hotel Café
10/21 San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall

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