The Rolling Stones
As expected, the Rolling Stones made a little tour announcement this morning. The 50 and Counting tour kicks off in Oakland, CA on May 5. No NYC date scheduled as of yet, but the confirmed shows are pretty limited right now. (I wouldn’t be surprised to see a Giants Stadium date pop up some time this summer.)
Tickets for Oakland, San Jose, Toronto and Chicago go on sale beginning Monday, April 8 at 10AM local time and will be available at www.rollingstones.com.
Citi cardmembers will have access to presale tickets beginning April 5 at 10AM local time through Citi’s Private Pass Program. For complete presale details visit www.citiprivatepass.com.
Mick Taylor, who was a member of the Rolling Stones from 1969-74, will be a special guest throughout the tour.
More Rolling Stones tour dates after the jump.
Good news, The National have announced a release date (well, a release window) for the follow up to their excellent 2010 LP, High Violet.
A brand new studio album from The National is slated for a May release on 4AD. This forthcoming release is follow up to the critically acclaimed High Violet (2010), which brought the band global critical and commercial success. People Magazine described the album as “stellar, moody atmospherics.” and Rolling Stone called it “a seductive collection of subtly surging anti-anthems, with evocative lyrics about the terrors and unexpected joys of adult life.”
Tickets are already on sale for the band’s big show at the Barclays Center and tickets for the band’s new tour dates go on sale on Friday, March 1. Ticketing links and presale information can be found at www.americanmary.com/tour.php.
More The National tour dates after the jump.
Ra Ra Riot
Boom. Just like that, a new album and new tour dates. Ra Ra Riot, the Syracuse-come-Brooklyn quartet, have just announced their third LP, the William Gibson (he’s Canadian)/ Raymond Kurzweil inspired Beta Love. Beta Love is set to drop on January 22 on Barsuk Records and the band will be playing a hometown record release show on January 25 at Webster Hall (Buy Tickets). It will be interesting to hear what the band has put together on the new album considering it was recorded without the services of long time cellist (and sometime singer) Alexandra Lawn. I can only assume that they will tour with both a cellist and a drummer (maybe session drummer Josh Freese) when the band hits the road in November.
Inspired by their lean new lineup, the recording process found Ra Ra Riot’s members exploring and re-defining their roles within the new makeup of the group. They built upon demos created mostly by Miles and producer Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Elvis Costello, Wavves) at Sweet Tea Studios in Oxford, MS. For the first time in their history the band recorded in a warmer climate and found themselves stimulated by the balmy Southern air and the physical setting of Oxford. Joined by session drummer Josh Freese (Devo, Nine Inch Nails, Weezer) the band enjoyed exploring its potential, experimenting with new influences and exciting sounds.
Mathieu said of the sessions, “Making the record was a lot of fun for us, because we were in a completely different environment, trying a completely new approach. We’d been used to arriving at a session with every song totally arranged and figured out, but in Oxford, a lot of the creative decision-making happened in the studio, on the fly. We wanted to be outside of our collective comfort zone for this record. We wanted to be open to new things happening. There was a lot of building up and tearing down with Dennis—a lot of problem solving, a lot of trial and error, and that was really exciting for us.”
Ra Ra Riot Beta Love track list and new tour dates after the jump.
Tickets for The Rolling Stones upcoming shows at The Prudential Center in Newark, NJ (Dec 13 and 15) go on presale today (Oct 20) at 9AM ET. The Facebook Fan presale password is GRRRegoryUSA (which you can actually see even you are not a fan of The Stones on Facebook.) The American Express presale starts Monday, Oct 22 at 12:00 PM ET. General on sale begins Friday, Oct 26 at 12:00 PM ET.
The Stones recently released a new single entitled “Doom and Gloom” which will be featured on their upcoming 50th Anniversary compilation album, GRRR!. GRRR! will be released on Nov 13 via ABKCO/Interscope. Though the London and Newark are the only live shows announced so far, Mick has teased the public with the possibility of more dates.
Lyric video for “Doom and Gloom” and tour announcement video after the jump.
Sufjan Stevens will jingle-jangle his way across America, bringing yuletide cheer to your local music club, sharing reverent hymns and pop carols from his upcoming Christmas album Silver & Gold. “The Sirfjam Stephanapolous Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Spectacular Music Pageant Variety Show Disaster” will be a tragic-comedic feast for the ears and eyes. Sufjan will be joined by a 5-piece band (including Rosie Thomas, Nedelle Torrisi, Casey Foubert, James McAlister, and Ben Lanz) playing all the hits from both Christmas box sets. Send us your song requests!
All Grinches be forewarned: the show will consist entirely of Christmas music, inviting audience participation. Be prepared to sing along with bawdy bravura! Song sheets will be provided. There should be plenty of low-production props and gags, dollar-store giveaways, inflatable unicorns, cheap confetti, make-shift costumes, and Gloria in excelsis deo. Wear a santa hat, bring a flask (and a friend) and join the Sufjan Christmas Spectacular Sing-a-long in drunken revelry.
Extra-special guest Sheila Saputo—the hottest ticket from Gary, Indiana—will be opening all dates with her indelible ice-breaking pizzazz.
Twenty-four dates in less than 30 days, including Saxapahaw (Home of the Christmas Market!), Chattanooga (Deck the Ruby Falls!), Oxford (Ride the Christmas Double Decker Bus!), Missoula (Mother Nature’s Christmas Tree!), Providence (See Santa arrive at Bowen’s Wharf Christmas Tree Lighting!), and New York City (SantaCon 2012!). [asthmatickitty.com]
Tickets for The Surfjohn Stevens Christmas Sing-A-Long Seasonal Affective Disorder Yuletide Disaster Pageant On Ice at the Bowery Ballroom (Dec 21-22) go on sale on today (Oct 12) at noon ET. The 58 song hereSilver and Gold collection will be released on 5 CD box set and digitally on Nov 13 via Asthmatic Kitty (the limited edition vinyl box set will ship around December 31, 2012).
Sufjan Stevens tour dates and 58 song Silver and Gold track list after the jump.
Matt and Kim – Lightning
Matt and Kim‘s Lightning came out last week via The FADER label and the band is already hard at work on the road promoting their new record. They kicked off their tour in the Northeast, tiptoeing around NYC, but not actually playing here. After criss-crossing the country, they’ll be back in NYC on Nov 15 to play Terminal 5 (Buy Tickets), then they’ll close out the tour (well, the first leg anyway) two nights later at The Wellmont Theater in Montclair, NJ.
More Matt and Kim tour dates and a YouTube stream of Lightning, featuring 8 brand-new, animated lyric videos for every track on the album after the jump.
Jason Collett‘s new full-length, Reckon, will be released on Sep 25 via Arts & Crafts, but if you’re looking to hear it now, you can stream the album its entirety at SPIN.com. The double disc features an entire LP of new material (Reckon) as well as a bonus disc (Essential Cuts) of eleven songs from throughout the former BSS member’s career. Jason was just here the other night (Sep 19) supporting Bahamas at The Bell House, but he’ll be back with an album release show of his own on Oct 10 at Joe’s Pub (Buy Tickets).
Album art, video for “I Wanna Rob A Bank” and more Jason Collett tour dates after the jump.
Because Yankee Stadium would probably be a little cool at that time of year, Lady Gaga is bringing her Born This Way Ball tour to MSG on Feb 22, 2013 and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on Mar 6, 2013. On sale times should be announced shortly, more US tour dates after the jump.
Alabama Shakes at Central Park Summerstage (06/24/12)
Photo: Jon Klemm
After playing to an enthusiastic and sold out crowd at Central Park Summerstage, it’s no surprise that Alabama Shakes have added a return NYC engagement to their tour schedule. The Athens, AL quintet will be at Terminal 5 on October 4 with Fly Golden Eagle, tickets for that show go on Front Gate presale on Wed, July 11 at noon, regular on sale begins Fri, July 13 at noon.
More tour dates and pictures of Alabama Shakes from Central Park Summerstage after the jump.
The Beach Boys – That’s Why God Made The Radio
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In case you hadn’t heard, the original remaining members of The Beach Boys (Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston and David Marks) have marked the occasion of their 50th Anniversary as a band with a reunion tour and a new album. The new Beach Boys album, That’s Why God Made The Radio, comes out June 5 via Capitol/EMI and was produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love. The Beach Boys are currently on the road in support of TWGMTR and they’ll be playing (where other than) Jones Beach on June 24 (Buy Tickets) as well as a free Good Morning America Summer Concert on June 15 at the Rumsey Playfield at Central Park. If you’d like a chance to win a copy of the first Beach Boys album to feature all of the band’s surviving original members in decades, you can enter to win your very CD/Vinyl/Poster bundle at www.bumpershine.com/beachboys. Contest ends on June 8 at 11:59 59 PM ET, 1 entry per person.
More Beach Boys 2012 tour dates after the jump.