Recent Posts in tour dates - Page 2
December 17, 2013
Blondie in NJ in 2012 (more by Dana (distortion) Yavin)
New Year's Eve is quickly approaching, which means (among other things) that tons of people will stand out in the cold at Times Square for Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Musical performers at this year's celebration include NYC legends Blondie, along with Icona Pop, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Miley Cyrus. TV coverage begins at 8 PM on ABC. Full schedule for the night, below.
Also check out concert options for New Year's Eve in NYC.
Times Square NYE schedule below...
Young pop star Lorde will head out a North American tour in March that brings her back to NYC for two big shows at Roseland Ballroom on March 11 and 12, two of the venue's final shows. Tickets for those shows go on CIti Cardmember presale today at 10 AM. Live Nation/Mobile App and Ticketmaster presales start Thursday (12/19) at 10 AM, and general on-sale begins Friday (12/20) at 10 AM.
December 16, 2013
by Doug Moore
Bill Ward (right) with Black Sabbath, before being redacted in 2012
If it wasn't official before, it is now: drummer Bill Ward is the most likable member of the original Black Sabbath lineup. While his erstwhile bandmates are busy photoshopping him out of old band pics and releasing new music of dubious quality with tremendously creative cover art, Ward has been keeping a relatively low profile. He has a solo album, entitled Accountable Beasts, floating around somewhere in the mixing/mastering process, though it doesn't have a release date yet. He also recently participated in a weird but cool visual art project involving colorful, psychedelic performance shots.
Hellbound.ca ran a great interview by Kyle Harcott with Ward today; he comes off as not only thoroughly genial, but quite openminded about newer metal (he did write a Hails and Horns column for a while) and remarkably hard-working for an established player, to boot:
How often do you practice?So there you have it: Bill Ward loves Today is the Day, Krisiun, Celtic Frost, and Cryptopsy. Awesome.
Every day, but that's not necessarily stick practice, I work on rhythms probably two or three hours a day. I work on out-of-the-box ideas, I reinvent ideas. I challenge myself, make it incredibly difficult to perform on some of things I do. For example, when I'm using my keyboards, I write with my left hand, but I play drums on the keyboard with my right, so that one hand has to play all the drum parts - so by the third or fourth hour of doing that, my hands are killing me. I've taught myself new techniques in the bathtub by putting my feet out of the water and tapping the side of the bath - trying to create rhythm against the resistance of the water, which is really difficult to do as well. But by playing and practicing these really hard rudiments, when I actually play stick-to-snare, it all fits much nicer, like, oh, this feels good, when the pedal actually rebounds. These are just little techniques I've built up over the years to be a better player.
What bands excite you as the torchbearers in modern metal?
Oh God, there are so many! Amon Amarth are progressing really well. And I've got to wave the flag for bands like Soilwork, who are not necessarily new, but what they are doing is progressing, and they're playing so fucking well. Same with a band like Devildriver, where I'll be listening and wonder "What are they gonna do next?" I'm blown away by those guys. Another one of my favorite bands is Celtic Frost. I also really like Today Is The Day. And - I know it'll never happen, what with Henke's passing, but I also wish we could have a reincarnation of Disfear.
Do you have a particular style or subgenre of metal that you're drawn to?
Not really - if the music catches my heart and my ears, then that's it. I usually find out afterward what the genre might be called. If it sounds great, I'm going to pick up on it - from Cryptopsy, or Arch Enemy, Krisiun - it's all such good stuff, very dramatic ways of playing. See, it's the energy that turns me on. I have an open mind, and I try to be critical of none of the bands, even if something's not to my personal taste. After all, somebody worked really hard on that music.
There's some diversity of opinion regarding 13, the Bill Ward-less new Black Sabbath album. I personally thought very little of it, but a lot of other music writers (including at least one Invisible Oranges contributor) rated it highly. If you haven't heard it yet, you can stream it in full below in preparation for Sabbath's upcoming North American tour. Dates for that tour, including its March 31 stop at Barclays Center in Brooklyn (tix here), are listed in full below as well.
RHCP at Coachella 2013 (more by Wei Shi)
The Red Hot Chili Peppers don't have much of a tour scheduled for 2014 at the moment besides some South American festivals, like Lollapalooza Chile & Argentina, but they've just added what appears to be a one-off in Brooklyn at Barclays Center on February 1. The night, presented by CBS sports station WFAN happens on the "biggest weekend in sports and entertainment" and is part of the venue's "Kickoff in Brooklyn" series which includes championship boxing (1/30) at the Nets vs Thunder game (1/31). Opening for the Chili Peppers at this big show will be MS MR, J. Roddy Walston & the Business, New Politics and Basic Vacation. Tickets for the show go on sale Friday (12/20) at 10 Am with an AmEx presale starting Tuesday (12/17) at 10 AM.
All upcoming RHCP dates are listed below...
by Andrew Sacher
Michigan progressive post-hardcore band La Dispute picked the wrong year to stay on the quiet side, but fortunately that won't be true next year. They've announced that they'll follow 2011's Wildlife with their third long player, Rooms of the House on March 18 via their own new Better Living label in partnership with Staple Records. They recorded the album with Will Yip (Title Fight, Balance & Composure), and it will be released with a 48-page book, Yesterday's Home, which was written about the process of making the album and includes all of the lyrics as well. Some of the proceeds from the new record will benefit "causes advancing and encouraging youth involvement in the arts and music, such as all-ages spaces, creative workshops, programming, and education." No music has been revealed from it yet, but stay tuned. Album artwork below.
La Dispute have also announced that they'll be heading out on the road in the spring with the likeminded Pianos Become the Teeth, plus alt-rockers Mansions. That tour hits NYC on April 10 at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Tickets for that show are on sale now. All dates are listed below.
Pianos Become the Teeth haven't announced any solid details on their own new album, but from the looks of their Facebook page we might be able to expect new stuff from them soon too. And if it sounds anything like their song on their split with Touche Amore (who are also touring), that'll be something to look forward to.
And meanwhile, you can catch Mansions in NYC this week when their tour with Their/They're/There and Birthmark hits Knitting Factory on Thursday (12/19). Tickets for that show are still available. Their newest LP, Doom Loop, came out recently and you can stream a track from that below.
All dates are listed, along with streams, below...
Jessy Lanza at Pop Montreal 2013 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Ontario singer/producer Jessy Lanza released her debut album Pull My Hair Back via Hyperdub (Burial, Laurel Halo) earlier this year. It was co-produced and co-written by Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys, and falls somewhere between future R&B, the synthpop of Grimes, and the type of production that usually feels at home on Hyperdub. You can watch the video for its track "Kathy Lee" below, and stream the whole album on RDIO.
Jessy will be kicking off a short North American tour in January that begins in Montreal and then crosses the border for NYC shows at Glasslands on January 17 and Mercury Lounge on January 18. Tickets for the Glasslands show and tickets for the Mercury Lounge show are on sale now.
All dates are listed, along with that video, below...
We Were Promised Jetpacks at Southpaw in 2009 (more by Dominick Mastrangelo)
Scottish indie rockers We Were Promised Jetpacks were talking about releasing a live album earlier this year, and it's now officially announced that E Rey - Live in Philadelphia (recorded at Union Transfer) will be out on February 25 via FatCat. A trailer for the album can be watched below.
The band are also kicking off a US tour around that album's release that includes SXSW and a NYC show happening on March 8 at Webster Hall with Honeyblood. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (12/18) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with the trailer, below...
Gary Numan at Bumbershoot 2013 Soundwave Tent (more by Melissa O'Hearn)
Synthpop/goth legend Gary Numan has had an active 2013 with a new album and tour, and he plans to hit the road again in 2014. He'll be taking out Big Black Delta and Roman Remains (the new project of The Duke Spirit's Liela Moss and Toby Butler) for a North American run in March and April that includes his first-ever appearance at SXSW and a NYC show happening on March 22 at Webster Hall. Tickets for that show go on sale Wednesday (12/18) at noon.
All dates are listed, along with a recent live video and a more classic video, below...
by Andrew Sacher
As discussed, Orlando's You Blew It! are releasing their new Evan Weiss-produced album Keep Doing What You're Doing on January 14 via Topshelf Records, and since we last spoke the band have revealed another cut from the LP, "House Address." We recently argued that the current wave of emo and indie rock aren't so different, and this new song is an excellent example of that. There's hints of the romantic side of emo in his voice and much of the genre's shimmering riffage, but all the raw energy and hastiness that makes a great rock song is found here too. Listen to the new song, along with the previously released "Award of the Year Award," below.
You Blew It! have also added more dates to their tour schedule, including a Northeast run with their Topshelf labelmates Prawn that hits NYC on February 8 at Shea Stadium with Living Room. Admission is $8 at the door.
Updated dates are listed, along with those streams, below...
Noise trio Magik Markers hadn't released an album since 2009's Balf Quarry until this past November when they put out its followup, Surrender to the Fantasy, on Drag City. The record was recorded partially in J Mascis' attic in Amherst, and as you might expect, sounds completely void of any type of studio work. You can hear the whole thing over at SPIN, and stream one of its tracks, "Bonfire," below.
Magik Markers will celebrate the new album with a slightly belated record release party in Brooklyn on January 4 at Union Pool with Degreaser and Lushes. Tickets for that show are on sale now. It's their only announced date at the moment.
Song stream below...