Saturday, May 30, 2009

Stream Eels new album 'Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire'

Eels have a new album coming out on Tuesday, June 2 titled Hombre Lobo: 12 Songs of Desire. This is Eels first new album since 2005's Blinking Lights and Other Revelations. Head on over to MySpace to stream the new album a few days early.

Check out a short making of the album video below featuring the the song "Tremendous Dynamite."

Friday, May 29, 2009

Joshua Bell to play with the NC Symphony in January

Masterful violinist Joshua Bell is set to play a show with the North Carolina Symphony in January. Bell will play Max Bruch’s Scottish Fantasy with the orchestra at the Meymandi Concert Hall in Raleigh on January 14.

I know what you're thinking. That's eight months away. Why should I care now. Well, you can buy pre-sale tickets right now thru June 5 at 5 pm. Go here and enter the pre-sale password VIOLIN. Tickets will run you $70, $60 or $50. The general on sale date for the show is August 17 at 9 am.

I still love the Washington Post experiment in 2007 where Bell played in a DC subway station and went almost completely ignored as he play some of the most difficult classical pieces there are. Check out the article and video here.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Ticket giveaway: Thad Cockrell at Duke Gardens

Duke Performances' Summer in the Gardens series is getting ready to kick into high gear and once again, we're thrilled to be able to offer a pair of tickets to the shows, starting with Thad Cockrell next Wednesday, June 3.

In order to enter, email with "Cockrell tickets" in the subject line no later than 3 p.m. on Monday, June 1 and we'll choose one winner using's number generator.

UPDATE: The winner has been notified. Thanks to everyone who entered!

Tickets are on sale for $10 (or $5 for Duke employees, and free for Duke students).

Be sure to check back each of the following weeks for more giveaways!

06.10.09 - The Rosebuds
06.17.09 - Megafaun
06.24.09 - Alina Simone
07.01.09 - Dex Romweber Duo
07.15.09 - The Love Language
07.22.09 - Eric Bachman
07.29.09 - Chris Stamey & Peter Holsapple

Superchunk to release 'Crossed Wires' 7" in July

Superchunk have a had a productive year and are showing no signs of slowing down. The band released their first new music in a while with the Leaves in the Gutter EP in April, and now they're releasing a new 7" vinyl.

Merge will release the Crossed Wires 7" on July 7. The a-side is obviously the song "Crossed Wires" and the b-side will be a fast version of the song "Blinders." Their will only be 1,000 copies of the 7" printed. It will be on clear vinyl and include a download code to download both songs as well as the demo version of "Crossed Wires."

You can pre-order the 7" here, which just so happens to be out just before the XX Merge Festival that Superchunk will be playing from July 22-25. Check out more on that here, here and here.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Counting Crows announce dates, head to Charlotte, Myrtle Beach

Counting Crows are gearing up to hit the road this summer, this year playing some smaller venues on their own this time instead of partnering up with another big act. The tour won't be stopping in the Triangle, but will head to Charlotte's new Uptown Amphitheater on August 21 as well as the House of Blues in North Myrtle Beach on August 20. Michael Franti & Spearhead and Augustana will open both shows as well as many others on the tour.

Tickets for the Charlotte show go on sale June 5 at 10am. Tickets for the House of Blues show are on sale now here.

The band's most recent release is their 2008 album Saturday Nights & Sunday Mornings. Check out our review of the album here. Check out all of the upcoming tour dates below.

The Uptown Amphitheater is a new 5,000 capacity amphitheater in downtown Charlotte owned and booked by LiveNation (yeah, we know). Counting Crows show at the venue is on August 21.

Counting Crows dates:
06.26.09 - Milwaukee, WI - Summerfest [Tickets]
06.27.09 - Chicago, IL - Grant Park
06.29.09 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion [Tickets]
07.01.09 - Muskegon, MI - Muskegon Summer Celebration
07.04.09 - Sioux City, IA - Grandview Park
07.06.09 - Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion @ Riverbend Music Center [Tickets]
07.08.09 - Rochester Hills, MI - Meadow Brook Music Festival [Tickets]
07.09.09 - Sarnia, ON - Rogers Bayfest Rock Weekend
07.11.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Basilica Block Party
07.16.09 - Redmond, WA - Marymoor Amphitheater [Tickets]
07.17.09 - Goldendale, WA - Maryhill Winery [Tickets]
07.19.09 - Friant, CA - Table Mountain Casino
07.21.09 - Los Angels, CA - Greek Theatre [Tickets]
07.24.09 - Henderson, NV - Red Rock Resort, Spa & Casino
07.26.09 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theater [Tickets]
07.29.09 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheater [Tickets]
08.01.09 - Houston, TX - The Showgrounds at Sam Houston Racepark
08.03.09 - Austin, TX - Austin Music Hall
08.04.09 - Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia Theatre [Tickets]
08.06.09 - Biloxi, MS - Beau Rivage Theatre [Tickets]
08.07.09 - Orange Beach, AL - The Amphitheater at the Wharf
08.08.09 - Tunica, MS - Harrah's Casino [Tickets]
08.11.09 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium [Tickets]
08.12.09 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheater
08.14.09 - St. Augustine, FL - St. Augustine Amphitheatre [Tickets]
08.15.09 - Orlando, FL - Hard Rock Live [Tickets]
08.17.09 - Clearwater, FL - Ruth Eckerd Hall [Tickets]
08.18.09 - Miami, FL - Bayfront Amphitheater
08.20.09 - North Myrtle Beach, SC - House of Blues [Tickets]
08.21.09 - Charlotte, NC - Uptown Amphitheater
08.26.09 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theater
08.28.09 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Casino
08.29.09 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun
08.31.09 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion
09.03.09 - New York, NY - Rumsey Playfield @ Central Park Summerstage [Tickets]
09.05.09 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion [Tickets]
09.06.09 - Canandaigua, NY - CMAC [Tickets]

[photo by Danny Clinch]

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Lonnie Walker to celebrate debut album with two shows

After months of talk and speculation, the local lads of Lonnie Walker will finally release their debut album These Times Old Times. The band will celebrate the release of the album on May 30 with two shows. The first will be at Schoolkids Records in Raleigh at 5pm. The second will be at the Ahpeele studio space at 400 Capital Blvd. in Raleigh at 9pm.

Along with the release shows, Lonnie Walker also has a show scheduled at Local 506 in Chapel Hill on June 19 and will play a set at Downtown Live in Raleigh on July 25. Check out all of Lonnie Walker's upcoming dates below.

Lonnie Walker - Compass Comforts (mp3)

Lonnie Walker dates:
05.30.09 - Raleigh, NC - Schoolkids Records
05.30.09 - Raleigh, NC - Ahpeele Warehouse
06.14.09 - Philadelphia, PA - The Fire
06.15.09 - Baltimore, MD - The Golden West
06.17.09 - Richmond, VA - The Triple
06.18.09 - Greensboro, NC - The Green Bean
06.19.09 - Chapel Hill, NC - Local 506
06.20.09 - Greenville, NC - The Spazz
06.21.09 - Wilmington, NC - The Soapbox
06.23.09 - Atlanta, GA - Criminal Records
06.25.09 - Charleston, SC - Ashley Street House
06.26.09 - Asheville, NC - New French Bar
06.27.09 - Charlotte, NC - Dugg Dugg Gallery
07.25.09 - Raleigh, NC - Downtown Live

Monday, May 25, 2009

Former Wilco member Jay Bennett passes at 45

Former Wilco keyboard player and guitarist Jay Bennett died in his sleep on Sunday morning at the age of 45. The cause is currently unknown.

Bennett's playing can be heard on all of Wilco's albums from Being There to Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. His departure from the band was documented in the film I Am Trying To Break Your Heart. At the time of his death, Bennett had been working on his fifth solo album titled Kicking at the Perfumed Air. His last album Whatever Happened I Apologize was distributed for free and is still available to download via Rock Proper Netlabel.

Check out David Menconi's post about Bennett's passing which is really well written and very interesting. I honestly know very little about him outside of the contention documented in I Am Trying To Break Your Heart. It's always sad to lose such talented musicians while they're still young.

Read Jeff Tweedy's statement released about Bennett's passing below.
"We are all deeply saddened by this tragedy. We will miss Jay as we remember him -- as a truly unique and gifted human being and one who made welcome and significant contributions to the band's songs and evolution. Our thoughts go out to his family and friends in this very difficult time."

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Stream Grizzly Bear's new album 'Veckatimest'

Grizzly Bear's new highly-anticipated album Veckatimest is due out on Tuesday, May 26, but you can stream the entire album now. Head on over to the band's MySpace page to listen to the album. While you're at it, check out the video for the song "Two Weeks" from the album below.

Grizzly Bear will hit the road on Sunday for a month long tour that will bring the band to the Cat's Cradle on June 11. Tickets for the show are still available via

Grizzly Bear dates:
05.24.09 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theatre [Tickets]
05.25.09 - George, WA - Sasquatch
05.26.09 - Vancouver , BC - Commodore [Tickets]
05.28.09 - New York, NY - Town Hall [Tickets]
05.29.09 - New York, NY - Town Hall [Tickets]
05.31.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg [Tickets]
06.01.09 - Washington, D.C. - 9:30 Club
06.02.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Trocadero [Tickets]
06.03.09 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center [Tickets]
06.04.09 - Montreal, QC - Le National
06.05.09 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix [Tickets]
06.07.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center [Tickets]
06.08.09 - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre
06.09.09 - Bloomington, IN - Buskirk - Chumley
06.11.09 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle [Tickets]
06.12.09 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo Festival
06.13.09 - Atlanta, GA - Tabernacle *
06.15.09 - Dallas, TX - Granada
06.16.09 - Austin, TX - The Parish
06.19.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern
06.21.09 - San Francisco, CA - Fillmore

w/ TV on the Radio

Friday, May 22, 2009

The Cosmopolitans to play first show in 27 years

Long disbanded garage dance pop group The Cosmopolitans are reuniting for a show at the Cat's Cradle on August 1. The group hasn't played together since 1982 and the show is being billed as the group's 30th anniversary reunion concert.

The reunion show will feature original band members Jamie K. Sims, Nel Moore (Nichols), David Itch (Britsch) and Evan “Funk” Davies as well as a new singer Cathy Harrington. The band are set to perform a brand new song at the show titled "My Mama."

Mitch Easter and Don Dixon are set to open the show at the Cradle. Tickets will be on sale soon for $15 via

Click the link below to go to a site where you can download The Cosmopolitans tune "Chevy Baby" for free from their 2006 retrospective collection titled Wild Moose Party.

The Cosmopolitans - "Chevy Baby" (mp3 link)

Thursday, May 21, 2009

New Elvis Costello live video - "Sulphur to Sugarcane"

Elvis Costello's new album country, string band album titled Secret, Profane & Sugarcane is due out on June 2. Check out a brand new solo performance of the song "Sulphur to Sugarcane" Costello recently filmed for Newsweek below. You can also stream the tracks "Down Among the Wine and Spirits" and "Complicated Shadows" on Costello's website.

As we previously reported, Elvis Costello will bring his upcoming tour with The Sugarcanes to Cary's Booth Amphitheatre on June 14. Tickets for the show are available here. Check out the rest of Costello's summer dates below the video.

Elvis Costello and the Sugarcanes dates:
06.09.09 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Theatre
06.10.09 - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre [Tickets]
06.11.09 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
06.14.09 - Cary, NC - Koka Booth Amphitheatre [Tickets]
06.16.09 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium [Tickets]
06.19.09 - Telluride, CO - Telluride Bluegrass Festival
08.15.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Dear Valley Music Festival *
08.17.09 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery [Tickets]
08.18.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre
08.19.09 - Livermore, CA - Wente Vineyards [Tickets]
08.21.09 - Santa Rosa, CA - Wells Fargo Center
08.22.09 - Jacksonville, OR - Britt Pavilion
08.23.09 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery [Tickets]
08.24.09 - Vancouver, BC - Malkin Bowl [Tickets]
08.26.09 - Highland Park, IL - Ravinia Festival
08.27.09 - Kettering, OH - Fraze Pavilion [Tickets]
08.28.09 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall [Tickets]
08.29.09 - Chautauqua, NY - Chautauqua Institute
09.01.09 - Austin, TX - Long Center
09.02.09 - Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia Theatre [Tickets]
09.03.09 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom

*w/ Steve Nieve and the Utah Symphony; not The Sugarcanes

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The Script announce US dates, play Carrboro

Irish pop band The Script have announced a summer US tour in support of their self-titled debut album released in March. The 14-date tour will stop in Carrboro at the Cat's Cradle on Sunday, August 16. Tickets for the show will be $12 in advance and will go on sale on Friday, May 29 via Virginia band Parachute will open the show and most of the tour.

The Script US dates:
07.30.09 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey
07.31.09 - Portland, OR - Hawthorne
08.01.09 - San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
08.02.09 - San Diego, CA - Epicentre
08.05.09 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey [Tickets]
08.07.09 - St. Louis, MO - Fubar
08.08.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock [Tickets]
08.09.09 - Chicago, IL - Martyrs [Tickets]
08.11.09 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe
08.12.09 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
08.13.09 - New York, NY - Webster Hall [Tickets]
08.15.09 - Atlanta, GA - Smith’s Olde Bar
08.16.09 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle [Tickets]
08.17.09 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel

Little Anthony & the Imperials announce five NC dates

Classic doo-wop group and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members Little Anthony and the Imperials have scheduled numerous Carolina dates for September. Among the dates is a show at the Durham Performing Arts Center on September 6. Ticket info for the show is not available yet.

The group are also scheduled to play Charlotte, Greensboro, Supply, Fayetteville, North Charleston and Myrtle Beach. Check out those dates and others below along with a classic video performance of "Going Out of My Head."

Little Anthony & the Imperials dates:
05.23.09 - Airway Heights, WA - Northern Quest Casino
05.24.09 - Airway Heights, WA - Northern Quest Casino
05.29.09 - Bow, WA - Skagit Valley Casino Resort (early) [Tickets]
05.29.09 - Bow, WA - Skagit Valley Casino Resort (late) [Tickets]
06.13.09 - East Rutherford, NJ - Izod Center
06.28.09 - Grantville, PA - Hollywood Casino
07.11.09 - Las Vegas, NV - Cannery Casino Hotel
07.17.09 - Babylon, NY - Tanner Park
07.18.09 - Lyndhurst, NJ - City Park
09.04.09 - Charlotte, NC - Ovens Auditorium
09.05.09 - Greensboro, NC - Greensboro Coliseum
09.06.09 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center
09.10.09 - Supply, NC - Odell Williamson Auditorium
09.11.09 - Fayetteville, NC - Crown Center
09.12.09 - North Charleston, SC - North Charleston PAC
09.13.09 - Myrtle Beach, SC - Palace Theatre
10.02.09 - Torrington, CT - Nancy Marine Studio Theatre
10.03.09 - Saint Charles, IL - Arcada Theatre
06.05.10 - Shippensburg, PA - H. Ric Luhrs Performing Arts Center

Monday, May 18, 2009

Sara Watkins brings solo tour to the Triangle

Sara Watkins has a series of shows in support of her self-titled debut album scheduled for June and the Triangle is among them. She will play the ArtsCenter in Carrboro on June 5. Tickets for the show are on sale now for $20 via

Watkins' other recent shows have been with a small band including her brother and fellow ex-Nickel Creeker Sean Watkins. It's unconfirmed whether the same lineup will be out on the June dates. Check out the schedule below.

Check out our review of Sara Watkins' debut album here.

Sara Watkins dates:
06.05.09 - Carrboro, NC - The ArtsCenter [Tickets]
06.06.09 - Greenville, SC - The Handlebar
06.07.09 - Princeton, WV - Chuck Mathena Center
06.08.09 - Lexington, KY - Kentucky Theatre
06.10.09 - Knoxville, TN - The Square Room * [Tickets]
06.11.09 - Asheville, NC - Grey Eagle Tavern *

* w/ Fiction Family

Chatham County Line fans brave ticks, sunburn at Bond Park

Chatham County Line kicked off a series of free concerts sponsored by PineCone and the Town of Cary Saturday at Bond Park's Sertoma Amphitheater.

The last time I think I spent any considerable amount of time at Sertoma Amphitheater was during summer camp in the 8th grade when my group was supposed to be doing orienteering exercises. This was considerably more fun.

Despite the heat and threat of rain, the four piece filled the amphitheater's metal bleachers and then some, with a smattering of folks camped out on the pine straw in the back with lawn chairs and blankets.

New Telekinesis video - "Awkward Kisser"

Merge's newest group Telekinesis has released a brand new video from their debut album Telekinesis!. The video is a funny little production for the catchy little pop tune "Awkward Kisser." It features Michael Benjamin Lerner awkwardly treating a female mannequin like his girlfriend.

Telekinesis are currently on tour and will make a stop in Chapel Hill at the Local 506 on June 18 with An Horse. Tickets are $8 and are available now via The band will also be playing the XX Merge Festival in July.

Telekinesis dates:
05.18.2009 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour *
05.19.2009 Costa Mesa, CA Detroit Bar * [Tickets]
05.20.2009 Phoenix, AZ Rhythm Room *
05.22.2009 Denton, TX Hailey's *
05.23.2009 Austin, TX The Mohawk *
05.24.2009 Norman, OK The Opolis
06.07.2009 Chicago, IL Schubas #
06.08.2009 Pontiac, MI The Pike Room at The Crofoot # [Tickets]
06.10.2009 Toronto, ON Canada Horseshoe Tavern # [Tickets]
06.11.2009 Montreal, Club Lambi #
06.12.2009 Northampton, MA Iron Horse #
06.13.2009 Brooklyn, NY Union Hall # [Tickets]
06.14.2009 New York, NY Mercury Lounge # [Tickets]
06.16.2009 Philadelphia, PA Kungfu Necktie # [Tickets]
06.17.2009 Washington , DC Black Cat Backstage # [Tickets]
06.18.2009 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506 # [Tickets]
06.19.2009 Atlanta, GA The Earl #
06.20.2009 Nashville, TN The End #
06.21.2009 St. Louis, MO Off Broadway #
06.22.2009 Omaha, NE Slowdown Jr. #
06.23.2009 Denver, CO Hi Dive #
06.27.2009 Los Angeles, CA The Echoplex
06.28.2009 San Francisco, CA Bottom of the Hill

* w/ Margot & The Nuclear So & So's
# w/ An Horse

Friday, May 15, 2009

Blink 182 announces summer dates, set for Charlotte

Blink 182 will embark on their first tour in five years this summer and fall and it's a big one. The band currently have 48 shows scheduled and though those dates do not include a Triangle show, the trio will play Charlotte's Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on October 1. No ticket info is available yet.

The tour is set to host a grab bag of big openers for the dates including Weezer, Fall Out Boy, Panic at the Disco, Asher Roth and Chester French. Which openers will play which dates have not been announced yet. Fall Out Boy, All-American Rejects, and Asher Roth will open the Charlotte show. The fanclub pre-sale starts on May 27 at 10am with other pre-sales on following days. The general on-sale date is May 30 at 10am.

Blink 182's big return performance will be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on May 21, though the band technically played their first show last night at a private party.

I saw about two songs of a Blink 182 set years ago at Walnut Creek when they toured with Green Day and I was glad Green Day played first. Travis Barker is a really good drummer, but Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge just simply couldn't sing. They butchered the two songs I saw before leaving. Hopefully they've acquired some much needed skills in that area during their hiatus.

Blink 182 dates:
07.24.09 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint ~* [Tickets]
07.28.09 - Vancouver, BC - GM Place %*
07.30.09 - Calgary, AB - Saddledome #%*
07.31.09 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place #%
08.01.09 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Center #%
08.02.09 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre #%
08.04.09 - Milwaukee - Marcus Amphitheater #%*
08.06.09 - Boston, MA - Comcast Center #%*
08.07.09 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre #*
08.08.09 - Porland, ME - Cumberland County Civic Center [Tickets]
08.12.09 - Hershey, PA - Star Pavilion #^*
08.13.09 - Cincinnati, OH - Riverbend Music Center #^* [Tickets]
08.14.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Post Gazette Pavilion #^*
08.15.09 - Chicago, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre #^*
08.16.09 - Omaha, NE - Westfair Amphitheater #^* [Tickets]
08.18.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Xcel Energy Center #^*
08.20.09 - Indianapolis, IN - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater #^*
08.21.09 - Buffalo, NY - Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center #^*
08.22.09 - Detroit, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre #^*
08.23.09 - Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheater !$*
08.25.09 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center !$*
08.27.09 - Saratoga, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center !$*
08.28.09 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center !$*
08.29.09 - Hartford, CT - New England Dodge Music Center !$*
08.30.09 - Washington, DC - TBA
08.31.09 - Wantagh, NY - Nikon Theater at Jones Beach !$*
09.02.09 - Cleveland, OH - Blossom Music Center !$* [Tickets]
09.03.09 - St. Louis, MO - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
09.04.09 - Kansas City, KS - Capitol Federal Park at Sandstone !$*
09.06.09 - Denver, CO - Fiddlers Green Amphitheater !$*
09.07.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - David O. McKay Events Center $*
09.10.09 - Seattle, WA - White River Amphitheater !$*
09.12.09 - Sacramento, CA - Sleep Train Amphitheater !$*
09.13.09 - Mountain View, CA - Shoreline Amphitheater !$*
09.14.09 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl !$¢
09.16.09 - San Diego, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheater !$¢
09.17.09 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater !$¢
09.19.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Tempe Beach Park #%
09.21.09 - Albuquerque, NM - Journal Pavilion #%¢
09.23.09 - Dallas, TX - Center #%¢ [Tickets]
09.24.09 - Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion #%¢ [Tickets]
09.26.09 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheater #%¢
09.27.09 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheater #%¢
09.29.09 - Atlanta, GA - Lakewood Amphitheater #%¢ [Tickets]
10.01.09 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre #%¢
10.02.09 - Virginia Beach, VA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater #%¢
10.03.09 - Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Events Center ¢

# w/ Fall Out Boy
% w/ The All-American Rejects
* w/ Chester French
^ w/ Panic at the Disco
! w/ Weezer
$ w/ Taking Back Sunday
¢ w/ Asher Roth
~ w/ Motion City Soundtrack

Rock Hall benefit lineup annouced

We've been getting a little bit of activity on our post announcing the 2nd Annual Rock & Roll Hall of Fame benefit concert, so I suppose it's worth letting you all know that the lineup has been announced.

Now, we didn't actually get a press release about the event (maybe because I was formally dis-invited last year?), and I wasn't intending to write about the event/give it any publicity at all, but clearly our readers want more! (Really, I love you guys.)

And the lineup is...

Darryl McDaniels, best known as D.M.C
Patty Smyth and Scandal
94 East
Blessid Union of Souls
Nine Days
Freddy Jones Band
Atlanta Rhythm Section
Georgia Satellites
White Sox All-Star Band

So...yeah. There is one hall of famer on the list (Darryl McDaniels), but the rest is a pretty random mishmash of southern rock and people who have played Downtown Live. But hey, at least they announced the lineup before tickets go on sale! Which, if you're interested, that happens tomorrow via Ticketmaster, and prices range from $35-100 with a handful of 4-pack lawn tickets for $96 while "supplies" last.

So, what do you guys think? Is Rick French gonna start spreading rumors that Jam Master Jay was stopped at the stage door by town officials like last year's ridiculous Pete Townshend debacle?

Thursday, May 14, 2009

New music from Megafaun, new album in July

Local trio Megafaun are about to drop their new album Gather, Form & Fly on the world in a couple of months. The album will be released via Hometapes on July 21 as a double vinyl that will include a CD and download of the album too. The new album was mixed by dB's man Chris Stamey which will give the album a little more polish than their previous releases.

Download the the track "The Fade" from the album below and enjoy. It's quite a tasty little tune.

The Physics of Meaning cover The Smiths

The Physics of Meaning recently teamed up with music blog The Music Slut for their tribute to Morrissey's 50th birthday. To celebrate the occasion, the blog has been releasing covers of Morrissey tunes. Today's song is The Physics of Meaning covering The Smiths tune "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side." The song just features strings and vocals which turns out really cool. Click the link below to go to The Music Slut to download the tune.

The Physics of Meaning - "The Boy With the Thorn in His Side" (mp3 link)

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Stream Wilco's new album 'Wilco (The Album)'

The highly anticipated new Wilco album cleverly dubbed Wilco (The Album) is not due out for another month and a half but the band are streaming it now on their website. Click here to listen to the album. I've only made it a few songs in, but it sounds great. The opening track "Wilco (The Song)" is killer and reminds me a lot of the vibe of the Summerteeth album.

The band debuted "Wilco (The Song)" on The Colbert Report in October of last year. Watch a video of the performance below. You'll find the band's upcoming tour dates down there too.

Wilco dates:
06.12.09 - Cincinnati, OH - Aronoff Center
06.15.09 - Oklahoma City, OK - Bricktown Events Center
06.17.09 - El Paso, TX - Abraham Chavez Theatre [Tickets]
06.19.09 - Las Vegas, NV - The Joint [Tickets]
06.20.09 - Pomona, CA - Fox Theatre [Tickets]
06.22.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
06.23.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
06.25.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Wiltern Theatre
06.26.09 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
06.27.09 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre [Tickets]
06.28.09 - Stateline, NV - Lake Tahoe Outdoor Arena [Tickets]
06.30.09 - Jacksonville, OR - Britt Pavilion
07.03.09 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre [Tickets]
07.08.09 - Vienna, VA - Wolf Trap
07.10.09 - Wilmington, DE - Frawley Stadium
07.11.09 - Lowell, MA - Lelacheur Park
07.13.09 - Brooklyn, NY - Keyspan Park [Tickets]
07.17.09 - Portland, ME - Maine State Pier [Tickets]
07.18.09 - Wappingers Falls, NY - Dutchess Stadium
07.19.09 - Lewiston, NY - Art Park
07.21.09 - Royal Oak, MI - Royal Oak Theatre
07.23.09 - Detroit Lakes, MN - 10,000 Lakes Festival

Tori Amos announces 'Sinful Attraction' tour, plays Durham

Tori Amos will release her tenth studio album next Tuesday, May 19 titled Abnormally Attracted To Sin. She will hit the road in the US and Canada in July to support the album on tour dubbed the "Sinful Attraction Tour." Amos will make a stop in Durham on July 31 at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Ticket information for the show is not available right now, but we'll add it once it is. Tickets go on sale on Friday, June 5 at 10 am here for $39.50 or $49.50. An iTunes pre-sale begins on Wednesday, June 3 at 10 am.

Check out the video for "Fire To Your Plain" from the new album as well as the "Sinful Attraction" tour dates below.

Fire to Your Plain - Tori Amos

Tori Amos "Sinful Attraction" dates:
07.10.09 - Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater [Tickets]
07.11.09 - Portland, OR - Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
07.13.09 - Oakland, CA - Paramount Theatre [Tickets]
07.14.09 - Oakland, CA - Paramount Theatre
07.16.09 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey’s [Tickets]
07.17.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre [Tickets]
07.18.09 - Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
07.20.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Abravenal Hall
07.21.09 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre
07.23.09 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre
07.24.09 - Grand Prairie, TX - Nokia Theatre [Tickets]
07.25.09 - Austin, TX - The Long Center for the Performing Arts
07.27.09 - Atlanta, GA - Chastain Park Amphitheatre
07.28.09 - Orlando, FL - Bob Carr Performing Arts Center [Tickets]
07.29.09 - Miami Beach, FL - The Fillmore @ The Jackie Gleason Theater
07.31.09 - Durham, NC - Durham Performing Arts Center [Tickets]
08.01.09 - Washington, DC - DAR Constitution Hall [Tickets]
08.03.09 - Chicago, IL - Chicago Theatre [Tickets]
08.04.09 - Milwaukee, WI - Riverside Theatre
08.05.09 - Minneapolis, MN - State Theatre [Tickets]
08.07.09 - Indianapolis, IN - Murat Theatre
08.08.09 - Detroit, MI - Detroit Opera House [Tickets]
08.10.09 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall
08.11.09 - Montreal, QC - St. Denis Theatre
08.13.09 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
08.15.09 - Upper Darby, PA - Tower Theatre
08.17.09 - Boston, MA - Bank of America Pavilion

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

New music from Bowerbirds - "Northern Lights"

We have a brand new track from Bowerbirds sophomore album Upper Air for you to check out. It is the sixth track titled "Northern Lights." Download the song below. Check out the details of the new album that we shared with you last month here.

Bowerbirds just wrapped up a short tour on Friday night at Local 506, but they won't stay home long. The group will head to Europe and Australia in May before returning for a big US tour in July and August. Triangle trio Megafaun will join Bowerbirds for the entire tour. Check out those dates below which do not currently include any local dates will conclude with a show at The ArtsCenter in Carrboro on August 22. Tickets will be $10 and will be on sale via sometime soon.

Bowerbirds - "Northern Lights" (mp3)

Bowerbirds dates:
07.06.09 - Washington, DC - Black Cat [Tickets]
07.07.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
07.08.09 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom [Tickets]
07.10.09 - Providence, RI - Club Hell
07.11.09 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
07.12.09 - Cambridge, MA - T.T. The Bear's [Tickets]
07.13.09 - Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
07.14.09 - Toronto, ON - Sneaky Dee's
07.15.09 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern [Tickets]
07.16.09 - Pontiac, MI - Pike Room [Tickets]
07.17.09 - Indianapolis, IN - Vollrath Tavern
07.20.09 - Iowa City, IA - The Mill
07.21.09 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry [Tickets]
07.22.09 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown
07.26.09 - Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
07.27.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
07.29.09 - Vancouver, BC - Biltmore Cabaret [Tickets]
07.30.09 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
07.31.09 - Anacortes, WA - Department Of Safety
08.01.09 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
08.03.09 - San Francisco, CA - Cafe Du Nord [Tickets]
08.04.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Echo [Tickets]
08.05.09 - San Diego, CA - The Casbah
08.06.09 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rhythm Room [Tickets]
08.10.09 - Tucson, AZ - Club Congress [Tickets]
08.12.09 - Denton, TX - Hailey's
08.13.09 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
08.14.09 - Houston, TX - Walter's On Washington
08.15.09 - New Orleans, LA - One Eyed Jacks
08.16.09 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
08.17.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
08.22.09 - Carrboro, NC - The ArtsCenter

LiveNation offers $10 lawn tickets to select shows

If you're finding the recession taking a hit on your concert calendar, LiveNation is here to lend a hand. Bizarre but true!

This Friday, May 15, from 10am to 7pm, LiveNation will offer $10 lawn seats to select concerts at Walnut Creek with no service fees if you purchase tickets at the venue box office. A similar promotion is being held for Charlotte's Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre on Saturday, May 16. The $10 price is also available online but will include service fees, likely doubling the cost of the ticket.

Included shows at Walnut Creek:
June 8: No Doubt, Paramore and The Sounds
June 23: Bad Company and the Doobie Brothers
July 5: 311, Ziggy Marley & The Expendables
July 7: Aerosmith and ZZ Top
July 24: Kid Rock, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Black Stone Cherry
August 1: Nickelback, Hinder, Papa Roach and Saving Abel
August 7: Def Leppard, Poison and Cheap Trick
August 23: Crue Fest 2

[UPDATE: We received a question about the box office fees so we thought we'd share with you an image of what the promotion specifically said.]

Trekky gearing up for second annual TRKfest in June

Local record label and music collective Trekky Records is gearing up for their second annual TRKfest. The big show will happen on June 13 at Piedmont Biofuels in Pittsboro, NC. This year's festival will feature Trekky favorites such like Lost in the Trees, The Never and Embarassing Fruits as well as Trekky friends Ivan Howard (of The Rosebuds), Megafaun, Hammer No More the Fingers and others. Check out the full list of bands performing below as well as a list of other fun activities that will be going on.

There are no tickets for the event. There will be a suggested donation of $10. Piedmont Biofuels is at 220 Lorax Lane in Pittsboro.

TRKfest 2 performers:
Lost in the Trees
Ivan Howard (of The Rosebuds)
Embarrassing Fruits
Hammer No More the Fingers
The Never
Des Ark
Midtown Dickens
The Strugglers
Mount Moriah + Liza Kate
Vibrant Green

Other fun activities:
Local Art and Crafts for sale
Local food and drinks for sale
Pants-off Dance-off
Human Rubberband
Coffee Sack Race
Cool Kids Yoga Session
Group Bottlecap Mosaic Mural
Information and Literature from local organizations
Tour of Piedmont Biofuels
Free Massages
Free Haircuts
Shadow Puppets
Bliss Tent
Cake Walk

Monday, May 11, 2009

Patrick Wolf, Living Things announce dates, play Carrboro

Eclectic British singer-songwriter Patrick Wolf is preparing to release a new album titled The Bachelor and has announced a big tour supporting it in June. The tour will be sponsored by Nylon Magazine and feature Wolf, Living Things, Plastiscines and Jaguar Love. The tour will hit the Cradle on June 26 and tickets are on sale now via for $15.

The Bachelor will be released digitally on June 2 in the US but the physical CD won't be out until August 11. Living Things new album Habeas Corpus was just released in February.

Patrick Wolf - "The Bachelor" (mp3 link)
Living Things - "Let It Rain" (mp3 link)
Plastiscines - "La Regle Du Jeu" (mp3 link)
Jaguar Love - "Highways of Gold" (mp3)

Patrick Wolf w/ Living Things, Plastiscines, Jaguar Love dates:
06.05.09 - Seattle, WA - El Corazon
06.06.09 - Vancouver, BC - Richard's on Richards [Tickets]
06.08.09 - San Francisco, CA - Slim's
06.09.09 - Hollywood, CA - The Roxy [Tickets]
06.12.09 - Denver, CO - Oriental Theater
06.14.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe [Tickets]
06.15.09 - Chicago, IL - The Bottom Lounge
06.17.09 - Toronto, ON - Mod Club
06.19.09 - Buffalo, NY - Tralf Music Hall [Tickets]
06.20.09 - Philadelphia, PA - North Star Bar [Tickets]
06.21.09 - Boston, MA - Middle East Downstairs [Tickets]
06.23.09 - New York, NY - Highline Ballroom [Tickets]
06.24.09 - Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
06.26.09 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle [Tickets]
06.27.09 - Atlanta, GA - The Loft at Center Stage Atlanta
06.30.09 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theatre
07.01.09 - Austin, TX - Antone's Nightclub

New Kids on the Block cancel in Raleigh and Charlotte

Well, this settles my internal debate about how badly I really wanted to go see New Kids on the Block.

The Kids have canceled their shows in both Charlotte and Raleigh, scheduled for June 2 and 3. I wouldn't hold my breath for these dates to be rescheduled — this little reunion spree can only last so long...

Due to unforeseen production delays, the summer NEW KIDS ON THE BLOCK tour has made necessary changes to the tour dates and venues. The concerts scheduled to take place on June 2nd at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte and on June 3rd at Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion in Raleigh have been canceled.

Tickets purchased online or via phones will be refunded automatically starting Tuesday May 12. Tickets purchased at the venue box offices or at BLOCKBUSTER stores can be refunded at point of purchase starting Wednesday May 13.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Stream Green Day's new album '21st Century Breakdown'

Green Day's new album 21st Century Breakdown, the follow-up to their massive 2005 album American Idiot, is due out on Friday May 15, but you can give it a listen right now. The band have teamed up with Rhapsody where you can listen to all 18 tracks. At first listen, it's a pretty good album. It feels like a natural continuation of where the band was going on American Idiot.

Stream the album here and let us know what you think of it in the comments.

Like we said previously, the band won't be coming to the Carolinas, but if you're up for a road-trip, they'll play Atlanta and DC on their upcoming tour. Check out the dates below.

Green Day North American dates:
05.19.09 - New York, NY - Webster Hall [Tickets]
07.03.09 - Seattle, WA - Key Arena [Tickets]
07.04.09 - Vancouver, BC - GM Place [Tickets]
07.06.09 - Edmonton, AB - Rexall Place [Tickets]
07.07.09 - Saskatoon, SK - Credit Union Centre [Tickets]
07.09.09 - Winnipeg, MB - MTS Centre [Tickets]
07.10.09 - Fargo, ND - Fargo Dome [Tickets]
07.11.09 - Minneapolis, MN - Target Center [Tickets]
07.13.09 - Chicago, IL - United Center [Tickets]
07.14.09 - Detroit, MI - Palace of Auburn Hills [Tickets]
07.16.09 - Hamilton, ON - Copps Coliseum [Tickets]
07.17.09 - Ottawa, ON - Scotiabank Place
07.18.09 - Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
07.20.09 - Boston, MA - TD Bank Garden [Tickets]
07.21.09 - Philadelphia, PA - Wachovia Spectrum
07.22.09 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mellon Arena [Tickets]
07.24.09 - Hartford, CT - XL Center [Tickets]
07.25.09 - Albany, NY - Times Union Center
07.27.09 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden [Tickets]
07.29.09 - Washington, DC - Verizon Center [Tickets]
07.31.09 - Nashville, TN - Somet Center [Tickets]
08.01.09 - Atlanta, GA - Gwinnett Center [Tickets]
08.03.09 - Tampa, FL - St. Pete Times Forum [Tickets]
08.04.09 - Miami, FL - American Airlines Arena [Tickets]
08.05.09 - Orlando, FL - Amway Arena [Tickets]
08.07.09 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Arena [Tickets]
08.08.09 - Houston, TX - Toyota Center
08.09.09 - San Antonio, TX - AT&T Center [Tickets]
08.11.09 - St. Louis, MO - Scottrade Center [Tickets]
08.12.09 - Kansas City, MO - Sprint Center [Tickets]
08.13.09 - Omaha, NE - Quest Center [Tickets]
08.15.09 - Denver, CO - Pepsi Center [Tickets]
08.16.09 - Salt Lake City, UT - Energy Sol Arena [Tickets]
08.18.09 - San Jose, CA - HP Pavilion [Tickets]
08.20.09 - San Diego, CA - Cox Arena [Tickets]
08.21.09 - Las Vegas, NV - Mandalay Bay Events Center [Tickets]
08.22.09 - Phoenix, AZ - US Air Arena [Tickets]
08.24.09 - Sacramento, CA - Arco Arena [Tickets]
08.25.09 - Los Angeles, CA - Forum