Saturday, March 22, 2008

Saturday Roundup

Last time we were all about the 70s; this time we're all about the 90s. Guess next time we'll be clairvoyant...
  • The BoDeans ("Closer To Free" et al) are back and finding the D.I.Y route to their liking. The new disc from Sammy Lllanas and Kurt Neumann is Still, which debuted in the Billboard Top 200, and came in at #30 on the Top Independent Albums chart. The record’s first single, “Everyday,” has also landed in the top 10 on the Americana charts, and is one of the top 3 most-added songs at Triple A radio. Nice work from a couple of sharp-eyed singer-songwriters who've joined the crowd in leaving their label days behind.

  • The Dave Matthews Band will co-headline the inaugural Mile High Festival on July 19-20 along with Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and John Mayer; other performers include The Black Crowes, O.A.R., Michael Franti & Spearhead, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Steve Winwood, Spoon, Flogging Molly, Colbie Caillat, OneRepublic, The Roots and many others yet to be announced. Tickets go on sale March 29.

  • P.O.D. will release their first album with Columbia Records, When Angels and Serpents Dance, on April 8. The boys are also heading oout on a Hard Rock Cafe tour in a few days that will run through April; check here for dates.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

Monday Monday

It's a Monday roundup this week, so get over it, already. P.S. The theme this week is the 70s... and follow-ups to previous items...
  • Journey -- complete with new singer Arnel Pineda, who does a better Steve Perry than Perry has in years -- has a new album coming out. Revelation drops June 3, ahead of a U.S. concert tour set to begin in July. A three-disc CD and DVD package, Revelation's first disc consists of 11 re-recorded classics, while the second is filled with 11 new songs, and the third is a live DVD. While it's a bit of a bummer that Revelation will be sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores in North America, it nonetheless registers as a musical event of arena rock-sized proportions...
  • Return to Forever's classic lineup of keyboardist Chick Corea, bassist Stanley Clarke, guitarist Al Di Meola and drummer Lenny White recently announced a tour that will represent their first extensive engagements together in 30 years. The foursome will play more than 50 dates across North America and Europe, featuring primarily classic music from their chart-topping albums. Beginning in Austin, Texas, on May 29th, the legendary supergroup will swing across the U.S. and Canada in June, cross the Atlantic for July dates in Europe from Lithuania to London, then return to the States for an East Coast run of major venues. Visit www.return2forever.com for the latest information.

  • Oh yeah -- did we mention Sheryl Crow is joining Fleetwood Mac? The longer those initially strange words hang in the air, the more they make perfect sense.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

Sunday Roundup

You just never know when a batch of new items is going to pop up around here...
  • Blind Melon's early 90s run was notable both for the immediate buzz it generated on MTV and elsewhere, and for the rock tragedy cliche it turned into when talented frontman Shannon Hoon overdosed on tour just as the band was hitting its stride. Fastforward to 2006 and you find guitarist Christopher Thorn and bassist Brad Smith producing singer-songwriter -- and diehard Blind Melon fan -- Travis Warren. It didn't take long for the idea to be hatched, the remaining members to be contacted, and Blind Melon to be reborn. On February 28th the reconstituted Blind Melon are set to embark on a five month U.S. tour in support of their forthcoming CD For My Friends, set for release on April 22, 2008. Welcome back, guys.
  • The latest Aussie import to these American shores is Down Under superstars The Cat Empire, who will release their latest album, 'So Many Nights,' on April 22 via Velour Music Group. Lead-off title track "So Many Nights" sets the mood for this genre-defying album, which is already certified platinum down under. Listen here.
  • Steve Winwood has released the first single, “Dirty City” (featuring Eric Clapton), from his upcoming album Nine Lives, due in stores on April 29. Check out Winwood’s official site starting Monday, February 25th, for an exclusive “Dirty City” video clip and a chance to pre-order Nine Lives. Winwood will also be appearing with his former Blind Faith band-mate Clapton on-stage at New York City’s Madison Square Garden for three sold-out performances on February 25th, 26th and 28th.