by Andrew Sacher
Desert rockers Queens of the Stone Age put out their new record, ...Like Clockwork, today (6/4) via Matador. It's their first album since 2007, their first with Dave Grohl, Nick Oliveri, and Mark Lanegan all together since Songs for the Deaf, and their first on an independent label since their debut. The record also features appearances from Alex Turner (Arctic Monkeys), Trent Reznor, Elton John, and others. And while the guest appearances aren't felt as strongly as ones on past albums, that doesn't hold the album back from being a very solid listen. Certain tracks (my personal favorite is "I Sat By The Ocean") rank among the band's best. A Spotify stream of the album and the video for "My God Is the Sun" are below.
In honor of the release, the band will be doing some celebrating in the NYC-area this week. First, on Wednesday (6/5), QOTSA will do a "Live On Letterman" concert, which will be taped in the Ed Sullivan Theater and air on CBS.com and VEVO at 9 PM that day.
The next day (6/6), they'll be doing an in-store at one of NJ's greatest record stores, Vintage Vinyl (you had to buy a record to get in and it "sold out" very quickly the day it was announced).
And finally, on Friday (6/7), they're doing a secret show in Brooklyn. We can't say much more than that, but if you click that link you'll see at least one record store is giving out 30 tickets (a number much lower than the capacity of the venue they're playing).
All dates are listed, along with that stream/video, below...
Queens of the Stone Age - "My God Is the Sun" Official Video
Queens of the Stone Age -- 2013 Tour Dates
June Wednesday 05 New York, NY Live at Letterman
June Thursday 06 Fords, NJ Vintage Vinyl
June Friday 07 Brooklyn, NY Secret Location
June Thursday 13 Interlaken, CH Greenfield Festival
June Friday 14 Landgraaf, NL Pinkpop
June Saturday 15 Donington, UK Download Festival
June Friday 21 Neuhasuen Obeck, DE Southside Festival
June Saturday 22 Berlin, DE Zitadelle Spandau
June Sunday 23 Scheesel, DE Hurricane Festival
June Wednesday 26 Helsinki, FI Rock The Beach Festival
June Friday 28 Borlange, SE Peace & Love Festival
June Sunday 30 Herschesfeld Roeser, LU Rock A Field Festival
July Tuesday 02 Vienna, AT Wiener Stadthalle Halle D
July Wednesday 03 Budapest, HU Volt Festival
July Thursday 04 Hradec KRalove, CZ Rock For People Festival
July Friday 05 Gdansk, PL Heineken Opener Festival
July Sunday 07 Roskilde, DK Roskilde Festival
July Thursday 18 Benicassim, ES FIB 2013
July Saturday 20 Sesimbra, PT Super Bock Super Rock Festival
August Friday 02 Chicago, IL Lollapalooza 2008
August Thursday 08 Squamish, BC Squamish Valley Music Festival
August Friday 09 Squamish, BC Squamish Valley Music Festival
August Saturday 10 Squamish, BC Squamish Valley Music Festival
August 31-September 1 Philadelphia, PA Made In America Festival