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

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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My Chemical Romance Mid-West Tour: The Review

Following is Jen “Coble” Hopper‘s collective review of of My Chemical Romance’s tour of the Mid-West last week. You can see Coble’s three-part photo series of the concerts in Part 1: Milwaukee, Part 2: Chicago and Part 3: Grand Rapids.

Getting to follow My Chemical Romance around the Midwest portion of their World Contamination Tour was a wonderful opportunity not only to enjoy three great performances by the band, but to observe the different personalities of each city’s crowd.

The setlist is a really diverse mix of their catalog, including even “Vampires Will Never Hurt You” from their 2002 debut album, I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love. (Note: Chicago’s setlist photo is missing because the Aragon stage is at least 10 feet high) There were some slight changes and surprises, too. The setlist wasn’t completely static and saw some changes and surprises: Milwaukee was the only date treated to a cover of The Damned’s “Neat, Neat Neat” and Chicago’s crowd missed “The Ghost of You” (likely not in an effort to end the show in time for curfew). Grand Rapid’s setlist was as it appears in the photo:

However, what is not listed is a Pencey Prep breakdown (guitarist Frank Iero’s old band) between songs. The pleasantly embarrassed guitarist Frank Iero did not participate, but Ray Toro was quite pleased after he nailed the guitar riff. Lead singer Gerard Way filled in lyrics he could not remember with “La La Las.”

Prior to the start of the tour, Gerard shared that their touring keyboardist, James Dewees, would be using a lot of interesting equipment with unique sounds for their live show, and that they had also invested in some impressive lighting. The whole package paid off as a high-energy trip for your eyes and ears, from the tinkly keys and xylophone sounds during The Black Parade‘s “Mama” to the sirens and mix of techno in “Planetary (GO!),” the throbbing dance tune from Danger Days. With all of this, they have reimagined their classic tunes and amped up even the latest tracks.

Next, the performance–these guys BRING IT to every show. “We’ve been at this for ten years. We’re a professional fucking rock band,” Gerard proudly told the crowd in Milwaukee, strutting across the stage. Each of these guys stands out in every performance: Iero never stops moving, twisting his body even as he screams into his mic. He headbangs and writhes and interacts with the crowd, stepping closer to shout along with them. Mikey Way brings the focused, introspective bass playing and rockstar stance, nodding along and occasionally breaking into a sideways headbang. Gerard is a commanding front man. While he is obviously not in character and is perhaps less animated facially than during the Black Parade tour, he’s still constantly moving and feeding off the crowd. It’s less theatrical, but no less dramatic. When he tells the audience to jump, to clap, to sing along, the crowd responds eagerly. Mike Pedicone is an absolute madman on drums. Guitarist Ray Toro is ALL smiles, ALL the time. That is a man who loves his job, even when his foot is broken (he broke it a few shows back.) All of these guys can shred.

Another item of note regarding Gerard’s vocal performance: obviously a lot of (especially early) MCR is heavy, and Gerard belts out those tunes loudly, definitely screaming at some points. But he starts the encore with “Cancer” nearly a capella, and his vocals are spot on, not strained. His voice is crisp and beautiful. “Cancer” is not my favorite recorded song, but it never fails to make me cry when he performs it live. The drama of the spotlight on him and the simplicity of the piano accompaniment is quite moving.

Despite the heaviness of much of the music and the roughness that can come with that, it is impossible to attend an MCR show without noticing by way MCR cares for its fans and in turn, the way these values are reflected within the audience. There are people of all ages at these shows – I literally saw eight-year-old and an eighty-year-old fans at Milwaukee. And while the crowd is smashed together, moshing, constantly jumping and giving back all the energy, they’re also watching out for one another. At every show, Gerard reminds the crowd to pick someone up if they fall down, to take care of each other. And they really do. These crowds have no tolerance for jerks. There’s an amazing unity in the audiences for these shows, despite any age differences.

Now and then, something happens that tells you that you’re right where you’re supposed to be. Being part the crowd for My Chemical Romance is that kind of experience for me. I leave MCR shows with my life affirmed, with a faith renewed in humanity and in our youth.

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Check out Coble’s review of MCR’s new album, Danger Days, and view/buy more of her awesome photos at JLHopper Photography.

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