Friday, December 13, 2019

Stone Temple Pilots confirm acoustic album, tour

Stone Temple Pilots' upcoming album PERDIDA is its first-ever acoustic one and will be available February 7 on CD and vinyl as well as from digital outlets and streaming services. The first single, “Fare Thee Well,” is available now.

STP will also launch a 15-date acoustic tour. At each performance, the band will not only recreate the sound of PERDIDA, but also re-imagine other songs from the group’s multi-platinum catalog. The tour begins in February. See tour dates below.

Tickets are on sale now. Go to to purchase VIP packages that include Meet & Greet with the band.

PERDIDA, the band’s eighth studio album, features guitarist Dean DeLeo, bassist Robert DeLeo, drummer Eric Kretz and vocalist Jeff Gutt, who joined Stone Temple Pilots in 2017. The band produced the album and recorded the majority of it earlier this year at Kretz’s Bomb Shelter Studio.

Dean says the album’s title (Spanish for “loss”) foreshadows its somber mood. “You have to live it to write it, and this record is a reflection of where we’ve been recently."“Fare Thee Well” is the first single. Gutt says the album’s emotional honesty focused him lyrically. “I had to let myself be as vulnerable writing the lyrics as Dean and Robert were writing the music.”

Robert thinks PERDIDA is as much a musical journey as it is an emotional one thanks the touches of flute, alto saxophone, vintage keyboards, guitarrón and Marxophone featured throughout the album. “I’ve always loved how different instruments can accentuate a song in unexpected ways. Working with other musicians on this album was such a joy because it gave us a rare opportunity to hear our songs through someone else’s ears.”

Kretz adds that the band is looking forward to not only performing the new songs acoustically, but also pulling songs from previous albums into the set list. “We’ll finally get a chance to play songs from our catalog that we’ve never played live, or in some cases, haven’t played live in more than 20 years.”Robert says the band is looking forward to finally realizing that dream in February 2020. “We’re excited because it’s not only a chance for us to celebrate our new album in a special way, but also everything that’s brought us to this moment.”

Track Listing:
1. “Fare Thee Well”
2. “Three Wishes”
3. “Perdida”
4. “I Didn’t Know The Time”
5. “Years”
6. “She’s My Queen”
7. “Miles Away”
8. “You Found Yourself While Losing Your Heart”
9. “I Once Sat At Your Table”
10. “Sunburst”

Tour Dates:
5 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
7 Snoqualmie, WA Snoqualmie Casino
8 Boise, ID Knitting Factory
9 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
12 San Francisco, CA Herbst Theatre
13 Beverly Hills, CA Saban Theater
15 Denver, CO Fillmore Auditorium
17 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
19 Milwaukee, WI Turner Hall Ballroom
21 Detroit, MI The Fillmore Detroit
22 Covington, KY Madison Theater
25 New York, NY Gramercy Theatre
27 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
29 Atlantic City, NJ Tropicana

1 Boston, MA The Wilbur Theatre

Bad Company to mark 40th anniversary of 'Desolation Angels' with box set

Bad Company’s incredible commercial success continued in 1979 with the British supergroup’s fifth studio album, Desolation Angels. A double-platinum hit, the album peaked at #3 on the U.S. album charts and took radio by storm with “Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy,” the best-selling single of the band’s career.

Bad Company will celebrate the album’s 40th anniversary with a newly expanded version that boasts nineteen unreleased songs taken from the album’s recording sessions. Desolation Angels was recently remastered from the original multi-track tapes for THE SWAN SONG YEARS 1974-1982, a boxed set that was released this summer. That remastered version of the album is also used in this new anniversary collection.

DESOLATION ANGELS: 40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION will be available on January 10 as a two-CD set and a double-LP set on 180-gram vinyl. The music will also be available from digital outlets and streaming services.

In the late summer of 1978, Paul Rodgers, Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Boz Burrell spent several weeks recording songs for Desolation Angels at Ridge Farm Studio in Surrey, England. The album – named after Jack Kerouac’s 1965 novel – was released in March 1979, and spawned two singles, “Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy” and “Gone, Gone, Gone.” The album also introduced fan favorites like “Evil Wind” and “Rhythm Machine.”

The second disc that accompanies DESOLATION ANGELS: 40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION presents unreleased versions of seven album tracks. Highlights include alternate takes for “Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy,” “Early In The Morning” and “She Brings Me Love.” Also, the version “Oh, Atlanta” included here is played at slower tempo and adds a Fender Rhodes keyboard into the mix.

In addition to alternate versions of album tracks, DESOLATION ANGELS: 40th ANNIVERSARY EDITION also features two unreleased outtakes from the sessions. The first is “Smokin’ 45.” This version is different from the one that appeared on the 1999 compilation, The ‘Original’ Bad Co. Anthology. The second outtake, “Rock Fever,” has never surfaced on any Bad Company release until now.


CD Track Listing:
Disc One
1. “Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy”
2. “Crazy Circles”
3. “Gone, Gone, Gone”
4. “Evil Wind”
5. “Early In The Morning”
6. “Lonely For Your Love”
7. “Oh, Atlanta”
8. “Take The Time”
9. “Rhythm Machine”
10. “She Brings Me Love”

Disc Two
1. “Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy” – Alternative Version *
2. “Gone, Gone, Gone” – Alternative Version *
3. “Evil Wind” – Alternative Version *
4. “Early In The Morning” – Alternative Version *
5. “Smokin’ 45” – Outtake/Alternative Version *
6. “Oh, Atlanta” – Slow Version with Rhodes *
7. “Rhythm Machine’ – Alternative Version *
8. “She Brings Me Love” – Alternative Version *
9. “Rock Fever” – Outtake *
*previously unreleased

LP Track Listing
Side A
1. “Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy”
2. “Crazy Circles”
3. “Gone, Gone, Gone”
4. “Evil Wind”

Side B
1. “Early In The Morning”
2. “Lonely For Your Love”
3. “Oh, Atlanta”
4. “Take The Time”
5. “Rhythm Machine”
6. “She Brings Me Love”

Side C
1. “Rock ’n’ Roll Fantasy” – Alternative Version
2. “Gone, Gone, Gone” – Alternative Version
3. “Evil Wind” – Alternative Version
4. “Early In The Morning” – Alternative Version

Side D
1. “Smokin’ 45” – Outtake/Alternative Version
2. “Oh, Atlanta” – Slow Version with Rhodes
3. “Rhythm Machine’ – Alternative Version
4. “She Brings Me Love” – Alternative Version
5. “Rock Fever” – Outtake

Peter Buck produces old friends in Portland band Eyelids

Portland band Eyelids has released the video for the song “Found at The Scene of a Rendezvous That Failed.” The track appears on their new album in collaboration with poet Larry Beckett, The Accidental Falls, out February 14, via Jealous Butcher Records.

In addition to producing the album, R.E.M.’s Peter Buck plays bass on "Found at the Scene of a Rendezvous that Failed," which was originally written in 1966 by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett but not released. Rachel Blumberg, who has made videos for Iron & Wine & Gillian Welch, animated the video. Watch and share here.

From John Moen (vocals, guitar): “We Eyelids proudly present a lovely music video made by a dear friend with whom we share much history! From drumming with Bob Phonic in Beth’s attic (for a real rager) in the late 80’s, to quitting another band at the right time in the early 2000’s (to give poor John a drumming job of his own), to stints with Bright Eyes, M.Ward and Califone- former Portland resident, Rachel Blumberg, has graced us this time with her visual art. It’s a beautiful painting that just so happens to move in time to our humble rendition of ‘Found at the Scene of a Rendezvous that Failed’ written by Tim Buckley and Larry Beckett.”

When acclaimed poet and former Tim Buckley collaborator Larry Beckett first offered Chris Slusarenko and John Moen of Eyelids to write new lyrics for their next record as well as giving them access to his words from the last four decades, the musicians weren’t sure Eyelids soaring brand of guitar driven rock would jibe with someone else's lyrics (including a song that was written with Buckley). “It was Larry’s trust in us that really caused us to think we should do it,” Moen says. “When someone like that is into your work to the degree they want to collaborate, it definitely feeds your confidence.”

On The Accidental Falls, the band step firmly out from the considerable shadow cast by the band members’ second-to-none pedigrees earned from time spent in Guided By Voices, The Decemberists, Stephen Malkmus and Elliott Smith’s bands. Buck also plays on the record with Tucker Martine (Decemberists, My Morning Jacket, Neko Case) and Heba Kadry (Deerhunter, Bjork) who mixed and mastered the record respectively.

Created with band members, Jonathan Drews (guitar), Jim Taltstra (bass) and Paulie Pulvirenti (drums), Eyelids’ fourth album finds the outfit as both stewards of a classic sound (Alex Chiltonites and disciples of early REM or later XTC will fall hard for this project) and accomplished artists propelling their craft to thrilling new heights.

Slusarenko’s relationship with Buck goes back to 1983 when R.E.M. fanboy Chris wrote Peter a gushing letter that Buck answered, leading to a meeting in ‘84, displaying how full circle things have come for the songwriter and guitarist. The magic of being fated to find one of your heroes producing your record a half a century later isn’t lost on Slusarenko. “Peter has always been amazing for us. Having your hero become a friend and collaborator is such a dream and does so much for the band,” the guitarist says. “Even though we’ve been working together for years now, sometimes you look up in the studio and think ‘Holy shit, we’ve got Peter Buck working on our record.’”

As they typically write the music first and add lyrics later, Beckett’s compositions allowed Eyelids to wholly focus on the music and the result is stunning. Already the band’s trademark, the delectably shimmering guitar playing on The Accidental Falls is utterly spellbinding and deeply imbued with joyous emotion—rock n’ roll as catharsis.

The Accidental Falls sees the band expound upon that sound and push it to new heights. The paisley psychedelia of “Dream” and “River” provide a perfect sonic palette cleanser to the cacophonous crashing of drums and guitars the peaks of songs like “Ceremony” and the Elliott Smith-indebted “Monterey” provide. The Accidental Falls casts a hypnotic spell over the listener and triumphantly reminds us, hearts fully on sleeves, why we fell in love with rock n’ roll in the first place.

Pre-order The Accidental Falls

Tour Dates:

Dec. 14th - Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern - w/ Dream Syndicate
Jan. 24th - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club - w/ Camper Van Beethoven
Jan. 25th - Athens, GA - 40 Watt Club- Eyelids backing John Cameron Mitchell
Feb. 28th - Seattle. WA - Clockout Lounge- Record Release Show
Feb. 29th - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios - Record Release Show
March 13th - Los Angeles, CA
March 15th- San Francisco, CA
April 3rd - New York, NY
April 4th - New Haven, CT - Cafe 9
April 5th - Washington, DC - Comet Ping Pong
April 6th - Philadelphia, PA - Ortlieb's
April 10th - Atlanta, GA - Club 529
April 11th - Athens, GA - Caledonia
May 29th - Milwaukee. WI
May 30th - Chicago, IL - Space
May 31st - Madison, WI - Kiki's House of Righteous Music

Boomtown Rats reunion album coming

Crossing fingers for some American tour dates...

The Boomtown Rats will mark 2020 (The Year Of The Rat) with the release of ‘Citizens Of Boomtown’, their first new studio album since 1984, plus a UK tour, and a book of lyrics and reminiscence by Rats singer Bob Geldof entitled ‘Tales Of Boomtown Glory’.

Released on March 13 via BMG, the album was produced by Rats bassist Pete Briquette and it will be available on digital platforms, CD and vinyl. The first single ‘Trash Glam Baby’  will be released on January 10.

On the same day as the album release, Faber Music will publish a new book by Geldof. Tales of Boomtown Glory is a collection of the complete lyrics from Geldof’s Boomtown Rats and 7 solo albums, accompanied by an introduction and 28 song stories written by Geldof, with exclusive scans from his notebooks over the years. Lyrics to the 189 songs include previously unreleased material as well as the new songs on ‘Citizens Of Boomtown’.

Also slated for a release early next year is a documentary film by Billy McGrath, a long term confidant of Bob and the band which will tell their story through a mix of interviews and previously unseen personal archive - from their inception in Dun Laoghaire right up to the present day.

Formed in 1975 in Dublin, The Boomtown Rats first toured the UK with the Ramones and Talking Heads. They became one of the biggest bands of the late 70s/80s with a string of top ten hits and platinum albums, earning them Brit Awards and Ivor Novellos. Making history as the first Irish band to have a UK no 1 hit with ‘Rat Trap’, they went on to top the charts in 32 Countries with ‘I Don't Like Mondays’ and racked up 6 era-defining albums: ‘The Boomtown Rats’ (’77), ‘A Tonic For The Troops’ (’78), ‘The Fine Art Of Surfacing’ (’79), ‘Mondo Bongo’ (’80), ‘V Deep’ (’82) and ‘In The Long Grass’ (’84). In 1984, inspired by a TV report on the famine in Ethiopia, Bob Geldof organized the star-studded Band Aid and co-wrote "Do They Know It's Christmas," one of the biggest-selling singles in history. The next year he organized Live Aid.

When The Boomtown Rats took a break after 6 albums and countless singles it seemed the right time. They went off to their different lives. Bob Geldof made 7 solo albums. Then something pulled them back into each other’s orbit. It felt unforced, entirely natural and the rage and frustrations that drove the earlier incarnation of the band was no less tempered by time or life.

“Indeed if anything”, says Geldof “it was time to hear THAT noise again. But I only knew that when I heard this group of individuals re-constitute their specific racket”.

Were they not afraid of a sort of cosy or complacent nostalgia smothering the original vitality of the music? “Had that happened I’d have instantly knocked it on the head, but when we played “Someone’s Looking At You’ I found I was singing now about the dangerous corporate surveillance of Facebook, Apple, Google, ever-on “smart’ shit whose product is ‘You’. When we do ‘I Don’t Like Mondays’ I’m thinking of last week’s mass killing. When it’s ‘Banana Republic’, it is now the death of the American Republic. When it’s ‘Rat Trap’, that abattoir I worked in and where I wrote the song, now still serves as a physical metaphor, not just for the death of the animals there, but the hopelessness of the human lives that worked there. It still works for that same reason. There is no nostalgia here. None.”

So why a new record? “Because that’s what bands do. They make records. Songwriters write songs. There’s so much to respond to in this new and different febrile atmosphere that we live in. People forget we took our name from Woody Guthrie, the great musical activist. I think The Boomtown Rats have always shown that rock’n’roll is a form of musical activism. The music has intent and purpose even if that is just the sound, about boy/girl, nothing particularly at all, everything in general, or pointed polemical…. whatever.”

Does the world need another Boomtown Rats record? “I couldn’t give a shite”, says Geldof, “we do, and that’s enough’.

So here it is. “I love this record”, he says. “It just feels absolutely right!”

Track listing:

Trash Glam, Baby
Sweet Thing
Monster Monkeys
She Said No
Passing Through
Here’s A Postcard
Rock ‘n’ Roll Yé Yé
Get A Grip
The Boomtown Rats

UK tour dates:

26 BRIGHTON The Dome
17 LIVERPOOL Grand Central Hall
18 CARDIFF The Great Hall
24 CAMBRIDGE Corn Exchange
25 YORK Barbican
1 LONDON The Palladium
2 NEWCASTLE The Sage, Gateshead

The Boomtown Rats are: Bob Geldof on vocals, Pete Briquette on bass, Simon Crowe on drums and Garry Roberts on guitar

Out now: Blake Shelton's 'Fully Loaded: God’s Country'

Blake Shelton just released Fully Loaded: God’s Country. The 12-song collection has seven hits from previous albums and five new tracks, including his recent hit “Hell Right” and “Jesus Got a Tight Grip” (LISTEN HERE), co-written by Shelton alongside frequent collaborators Chase McGill, Jessi Alexander and Rhett Akins. See track listing below.

The title track and three-time CMA-nominated multi-week No. 1 “God’s Country” is the fastest country single in the past year to reach one million track equivalents. The smash hit became Shelton’s 26th No. 1 on country radio, where it remained for multiple weeks, becoming his 16th No. 1 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart as well. Shelton also earned a Musical Event of the Year nomination for “Dive Bar,” his collaboration with music icon Garth Brooks.

Having championed his friends and heroes this year more than ever, from sharing singles to sharing stages, the multi-media entertainer will hit the road once again for “Friends and Heroes 2020” beginning next February in Portland, OR. The 16-date run will hit major cities throughout the Midwest and West Coast, including a stop at The Forum in Los Angeles (full list below). Joining him is very special guest Lauren Alaina as well as appearances by The Bellamy Brothers, John Anderson and Trace Adkins.

Shelton will perform Tuesday, December 17 on The Kelly Clarkson Show (click HERE for local listings).

Described as having “an anthemic chorus that seems tailed to whip an arena – or stadium – of fans into frenzy,” Shelton’s current Top 20 and climbing radio single “Hell Right” is one of five new tracks on the album.

Joining “Hell Right” is his recently announced duet with Gwen Stefani, “Nobody But You,” as well as the title track, CMA Awards Single of the Year “God’s Country” – the latter of which Billboard named one of the 35 Best Country Songs of the 2010s. Also featured on the project are fan favorite tracks spanning his last several projects, including No. 1 smash hits “Came Here To Forget,” “Every Time I Hear That Song,” “A Guy With a Girl” and “I’ll Name The Dogs” as well as GRAMMY-nominee “I Lived It.”


1. God’s Country - Michael Hardy, Jordan Schmidt, Devin Dawson
2. Hell Right (feat. Trace Adkins) - David Garcia, Brett Tyler, Michael Hardy
3. Nobody But You (Duet with Gwen Stefani) - Ross Copperman, Shane McAnally, Josh Osborne, Tommy Lee James
4. Came Here to Forget - Craig Wiseman, Deric Ruttan
5. She’s Got a Way with Words - Wyatt Earp, Andy Albert, Marc Beeson
6. A Guy With a Girl - Ashley Gorley, Bryan Simpson
7. Every Time I Hear That Song - Aimee Mayo, Chris Lindsey, Brad Warren, Brett Warren
8. I’ll Name the Dogs - Matt Dragstrem, Ben Hayslip, Josh Thompson
9. I Lived It - Ashley Gorley, Ben Hayslip, Rhett Akins, Ross Copperman
10. Turnin’ Me On - Blake Shelton, Jessi Alexander, Josh Osborne
11. Jesus Got a Tight Grip - Blake Shelton, Chase McGill, Jessi Alexander, Rhett Akins
12. Tequila Sheila - Mac Davis, Shel Silverstein


2/13 – Portland, OR – Moda Center
2/14 – Tacoma, WA – Tacoma Dome
2/15 – Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
2/20 – Bakersfield, CA – Mechanics Bank Arena
2/21 – Fresno, CA – Save Mart Center
2/22 – Sacramento, CA – Golden 1 Center
2/27 – Salt Lake City, UT – Vivint Smart Home Arena
3/5 – Glendale, CA – Gila River Arena
3/6 – San Diego, CA – Pechanga Arena
3/7 – Los Angeles, CA – The Forum
3/11 – Wichita, KS – INTRUST Bank Arena
3/12 – Omaha, NE – CHI Health Center
3/14 – Denver, CO – Pepsi Center
3/19 – Chicago, IL – Allstate Arena
3/20 – Milwaukee, WI – Fiserv Forum
3/21 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

Pet Shop Boys news

Pet Shop Boys new album Hotspot is out January 24 via x2 Records/Kobalt. Listen to new album track “Burning the heather” HERE. The album will also be available to purchase on cassette and 2-disc deluxe CD, which includes an instrumental version of the full record on the second disc; pre-order HERE.

“We’ve written much of our music over the last ten years in Berlin and it was an exciting experience to work on this album in the legendary Hansa studios there and add a new dimension to our sound,” Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe say of the album.

Hotspot was primarily written and recorded in Berlin and Los Angeles. The album was produced and mixed by Stuart Price (marking the third PSB album Price has produced, following Super (2016) and Electric (2013).

Track list:

1. Will-o-the-wisp
2. You are the one
3. Happy people
4. Dreamland (feat. Years & Years)
5. Hoping for a miracle
6. I don’t wanna
7. Monkey business
8. Only the dark
9. Burning the heather
10. Wedding in Berlin

World tour dates:

May 1
Mercedes Benz Arena

May 2

May 5
Forest National Arena

May 6

May 8
Leipzig Arena

May 10
Porsche Arena

May 12

May 19

May 20

May 22
Barclaycard Arena

May 24
Torwar Arena

May 28
The O2

May 29
Manchester Arena

May 30
Resorts World Arena

June 2
BIC Arena

June 3
Motorpoint Arena

June 5
Utilita Arena

June 6
SSE Hydro

June 17
Ericsson Globe

June 19

Christmas 2019: Music Gift Guide Part 1 featuring Prince, Bruce Springsteen, the B-52's, Live, Ken Burns' Country Music from PBS

These gift ideas are sure to be music to the ears of the audiophiles in your life.

Prince: ‘1999’ Box Set
The Purple One crossed over to the pop chart in a big way with the highly successful “1999,” which featured top 20 singles in the title track, “Little Red Corvette” and “Delirious.” The five CD+DVD super deluxe box set contains the first-ever main album remaster, 35 previously unreleased tracks, promotional mixes, B-sides, a 1982 Detroit concert recording and an unseen Houston show filmed the same year.
Cost: $53.38; standard CD, LP configurations available

Live: ‘Throwing Copper: 25th Anniversary’ Box Set
One of the biggest rock releases of the 1990s, the Pennsylvania band’s hard-hitting second major label album sold 8 million copies and topped the Billboard 200 chart. It spawned five top-20 hits on alternative radio (including “Lightning Crashes,” “Selling the Drama,” “I Alone”) and was a mainstay at stations like KROQ and X103.9 FM for more than a year. The deluxe box set edition features the original running order and three bonus tracks on two LPs and one CD. A second CD adds the band’s incendiary set from Woodstock ’94.
Cost: $89.99; single CD, LP, colored vinyl collector configurations available

‘Country Music — A Film by Ken Burns: The Soundtrack’ Box Set
If you’ve ever gone to the Stagecoach Country Music Festival, seen some old timers perform in the Palomino or Mustang tents and wanted to examine their roots, this box set is a good place to start. Taken from “Country Music,” the fascinating multi-part PBS documentary and history lesson on the genre, this box set is divided into five CDs relating to each segment.
Cost: $54.55; two CD, two LP configurations plus DVD combo packs available


‘Playing Back the ’80s: A Decade of Unstoppable Hits’ Book
Author Jim Beviglia adeptly reveals the origin stories to 65 hit singles and radio faves from the 1980s via interviews with artists, producers, session players, writers and others. Presented in chronological order by chart peak, this fun book features pop and rock tunes like Gary Numan’s “Cars,” Rupert Holmes’ “Escape (The Pina Colada Song),” Devo’s “Whip It,” Rick Springfield’s “Jessie’s Girl,” Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Phil Collins’ “In the Air Tonight,” Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean,” The Police’s “Every Breath You Take,” Metallica’s “One” and Tom Petty’s “Free Fallin’,” among others.
Cost: $37 hardcover; $35 eBook

‘Yesterday’ Blu-ray, DVD
This charming, underrated 2019 feature stars newcomer Himesh Patel as a struggling U.K. musician who suddenly wakes up after a worldwide power outage to find that nobody has ever heard of The Beatles. So, he passes off the Fab Four’s songs as his own and becomes an overnight sensation. Kate McKinnon, Lily James and actual hitmaker Ed Sheeran co-star.
Cost: $17-$23

B-52’s: ‘Cosmic Thing: 30th Anniversary Edition’ CD
“Tin roof! Rusted.” Anyone vaguely aware of 1980s pop music will recognize that lyric from the major B-52’s hit “Love Shack.” This newly remastered edition of the zany Athens, Georgia party band’s most successful album — also including top-30 charters “Roam” and “Deadbeat Club” — comes with some B-sides and remixes. Disc 2 has a previously unreleased 1990 concert recorded in Texas.
Cost: $19

Bruce Springsteen: ‘Western Stars — Songs From the Film’ CD, LP
As seen in the magnificent recent motion picture release, The Boss performed all the songs from latest solo album “Western Stars” in his New Jersey barn with an orchestra and band (including E Streeter wife Patti Scialfa and Soozie Tyrell on a few songs). Since the studio album was inspired by the pop music of Burt Bacharach and Jimmy Webb/Glen Campbell, it’s only fitting that Springsteen shot a cover of the latter’s “Rhinestone Cowboy” especially for the film.
Cost: $12-$27

A version of this article originally appeared in the Orange County Register, LA Daily News, Press Enterprise and other SCNG (SoCal News Group) newspapers last month.

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

La Roux unveils another new track; tour dates in '20

La Roux is continuing to tease the release of her new album Supervision due February 7, 2020, and has unveiled another single and video titled, “Gullible Fool.” Watch the video HERE.

This track follows on the heels of “International Woman Of Leisure,” which premiered as Annie Mac of UK radio’s “Hottest Record in the World.” This forthcoming collection is the first offering from Elly Jackson, aka La Roux, in five years.

In her final Supervision recording sessions with co-producer Dan Carey, La Roux found herself up late finishing an altogether different song, but felt compelled to sit down at the piano on her way to bed. In her own words, “Gullible Fool” “is the most special and meaningful song on the record for me, because I feel like it encapsulates a cycle of a life, and that couldn’t have happened if I wasn’t in the process of writing something else. It describes the feeling of being overly trusting, and living under the assumption that you shouldn’t need to protect yourself if you are nice to people.”

Having recently provided vocals for Tyler, The Creator on his critically acclaimed Igor, La Roux is a Grammy-winning, BRIT and Mercury-Prize-nominated artist and producer who shot to worldwide fame with her debut self-titled album. Featuring hits like “In For The Kill” and “Bulletproof,” the album sold more than 6 million singles worldwide and featured collaborations with the likes of Skream, Kanye West, and Major Lazer – which ultimately helped reshape pop as we now know it.

Jackson’s second album, Trouble In Paradise, was a critically-adored reinvention in sound and look, topping the Dance/Electronic charts in the US and landing La Roux her second top 10 record in the UK. Since then, she’s been featured on records by artists ranging from Tyler, The Creator to New Order. It’s undeniable that ten years on from La Roux’s debut album, she has solidified her status as one of modern music’s genuine trailblazers.

La Roux will begin her international jaunt of headlining dates in February, with North American dates to commence in March.


February 5 London Fabric
February 11 Paris Elysee Montmartre
February 11 Amsterdam Melkweg Max
February 15 Berlin Metropol
March 2 Toronto, ON The Phoenix
March 3 Montreal, QB Corona
March 5 Boston, Mass. House of Blues
March 6 Washington, D.C. 9:30 Club
March 7 Philadelphia, Pa. Union Transfer
March 10 Brooklyn, N.Y. Brooklyn Steel
March 13 Chicago, Ill. Park We
March 14 Minneapolis, Minn. Varsity Theatre
March 16 Denver, Colo. The Gothic
March 19 Seattle, Wash. Showbox Market
March 20 Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
March 21 Portland, Ore. Roseland Ballroom
March 23 San Francisco, Calif. The Regency
March 25 Los Angeles, Calif. The Fonda

The NAMM Show '20 news: She Rocks Awards hosts Lyndsey Parker, Mindi Abair

The Women’s International Music Network (the WiMN) announced that Yahoo Entertainment music editor and SiriusXM radio host Lyndsey Parker and two-time GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist/vocalist Mindi Abair as co-hosts of the upcoming 2020 She Rocks Awards.

Recognizing women who stand out as role models in the music industry, the live event takes place on January 17, 2020, at 7:30 p.m. at the House of Blues Anaheim during the NAMM Show. This year’s honorees include Lizzy Hale, Linda Perry, Gloria Gaynor, Suzi Quatro, and more. Tickets are available at

Lyndsey Parker (pictured left) is the music editor at Yahoo Entertainment and co-host of the daily SiriusXM Volume show Volume West. Considered an expert in music and pop culture, Parker is an Online Journalism Award nominee and has written for Elle, MOJO, Rolling Stone, NME, and Guitar.

She has appeared as a commentator for the ABC special The Show Must Go On: The Queen + Adam Lambert Story, AXS TV’s The Top Ten Revealed, and the documentary I Want My MTV, as well as for VH1's Behind the Music, CNN, MTV, The Insider, and Good Day L.A.

She is the author of Careless Memories of Strange Behavior: My Notorious Life as a Duran Duran Fan (one of the first e-books published as part of Rhino Records’ all-digital music book series, which went to #1 on the iTunes Music Books chart), and is currently co-authoring the memoir of legendary groupie Mercy Fontenot, a former member of the GTOs. For more:

Highly sought-after saxophonist/vocalist and two-time GRAMMY nominee Mindi Abair (seen left) has been electrifying audiences around the world since her debut album in 2000, flawlessly bringing together saxophone, vocals, and a dynamic stage presence.

She has garnered ten #1 radio hits, six Top 5 solo records and two #1 spots on the Billboard album charts. Abair has toured and recorded with: Aerosmith, Duran Duran, Smokey Robinson, Gregg Allman, Booker T. Jones, Trombone Shorty and more. She also authored the book How To Play Madison Square Garden - A Guide to Stage Performance and served as a National Trustee for The Recording Academy. In 2019, she and her band, The Boneshakers, released No Good Deed, a hard-hitting blues rock album. For more:

The WiMN Founder, Laura B. Whitmore, comments, “Lyndsey and Mindi are perfect complements to the inspiring, high-energy, evening we have in store this year. I look forward to working with them to offer our guests another unforgettable experience.”

Gearing up for its eighth consecutive year, the She Rocks Awards pays tribute to women who display leadership and stand out within the music industry, and has become a standard at the NAMM Show. Previous award recipients include Melissa Etheridge, Pat Benatar, The B-52s, Colbie Caillat, Sheila E, Chaka Khan, Ronnie Spector, Orianthi, Lisa Loeb, The Bangles, and many more, plus a collection of role models from all walks of the music and audio industries.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2020 She Rocks Awards, available in four tiers that include dinner and more. This event is open to the public; a NAMM Show badge is not required to attend the She Rocks Awards. Find out more and purchase tickets at

Learn more about the She Rocks Awards at

About The Women’s International Music Network (WiMN)
Founded in 2012, the Women’s International Music Network unites women who work within all facets of the music and audio industries. With as its hub, the WiMN provides a community for women within the industry while enriching their careers and musical experiences through networking and sharing. The Women’s International Music Network produces events such as the #SheRocksIt panel & networking series, WiMN She Rocks Showcases and the She Rocks Awards, and is founded by music industry veteran Laura B. Whitmore. For more information, visit

The NAMM Show '20 news: Joni Mitchell to receive Les Paul Innovation Award

photo courtesy of NAMM
Folk legend Joni Mitchell will receive the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award at the 35th Annual NAMM Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (NAMM TEC Awards), being held Saturday, January 18, 2020 in Anaheim, California.

The award is given on behalf of the Les Paul Foundation to honor individuals that have set the highest standards of excellence in creative application of artistry in the spirit of the famed audio pioneer, inventor and musician, Les Paul.

“We are excited that Joni will be the recipient of the prestigious Les Paul Innovation Award,” says Michael Braunstein, Executive Director of The Les Paul Foundation. “Like Les, she has been a trailblazer and a true renaissance woman – a songwriter, musician, producer and influencer who made her mark with very influential songs in the 60s. She has pushed the boundaries of what it means to be a female singer-songwriter over the course of her four decade career, and like Les Paul, she’s never been scared to take creative risks. We are thrilled that Joni Mitchell will join the list of extraordinary recipients that represent the spirit of the legendary Les Paul.”

"Thank you for this honor,” said Mitchell. “I'm grateful for being appreciated."

Three Junos, nine GRAMMYS®(plus their Lifetime Achievement Award), the Governor General's Award for Lifetime Artistic Achievement, the Canadian Music Hall of Fame and Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a Polar Music Prize are but a few of Joni’s awards and accolades.

With this award, Mitchell will join the likes of Peter Frampton, Jackson Browne, Joe Perry (Aerosmith), Don Was, Slash, Todd Rundgren, Pete Townshend, Steve Vai and others, as a Les Paul Innovation Award honoree.

The NAMM TEC Awards, held during the global gathering of music, sound and event technology at The NAMM Show, are bestowed annually in honor of the many individuals, companies and technical innovations used in sound recordings, films, broadcast television and video games. Nominees were announced earlier this year.

Purchase tickets on site or in advance here for $65 (General Admission) or $195 (VIP). The show begins with a VIP-only reception at 6PM, followed by the awards ceremony at 7PM, held in the Hilton Anaheim Hotel’s Pacific Ballroom. Portlandia co-creator, Saturday Night Live alumnus and drummer, Fred Armisen will host the event.


Presented annually by the NAMM Foundation during The NAMM Show, The NAMM TEC Awards recognizes the individuals, companies and technical innovations behind the sound of recordings, live performances, films, television, video games and other media in 23 Technical and 8 Creative Achievement Categories. The Les Paul Innovation Award is given at the event in tribute to musical artists and others whose work has exemplified the creative application of audio technology. Through its Hall of Fame, The TEC Awards also honors the pioneers of audio technology and the music industry’s most accomplished producers and audio technicians. The NAMM Foundation’s TECnology Hall of Fame celebrates innovations and ground breaking technical achievements of the past. For more information, visit

About NAMM

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) is the not-for-profit association with a mission to strengthen the $17 billion music products industry. NAMM is comprised of approximately 10,300 members located in 104 countries and regions. NAMM events and members fund The NAMM Foundation's efforts to promote the pleasures and benefits of music, and advance active participation in music making across the lifespan. For more information about NAMM, please visit, call 800.767.NAMM (6266) or follow the organization on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Nada Surf update

Nada Surf's new album NEVER NOT TOGETHER arrives on Barsuk on February 7. It’s the band’s ninth studio recording -- their first in almost four years -- and is prefaced by the single, “Something I Should Do,” which is accompanied by a video and is available for streaming and download. NEVER NOT TOGETHER is available for pre-order now.


The New York City-based band – Matthew Caws, Daniel Lorca, Ira Elliot, and their longtime friend and collaborator, Louie Lino – recorded earlier this year at the legendary Rockfield Studios in Monmouthshire, Wales.

Founded in 1992, Nada Surf marked the 15th anniversary of their Barsuk Records label debut album, LET GO last year. In addition, they recently marked the 20th anniversary of 1999’s NORTH 6TH STREET, a long-unavailable collection of early demos recorded upon the band’s initial formation, by making it available on digital services for the first time. NEVER NOT TOGETHER follows 2016’s acclaimed eighth studio recording, YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE, and live album, PEACEFUL GHOSTS.

14 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
15 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
17 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
18 – San Diego, CA – Casbah
19 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour
20 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour
22 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom
24 – Austin, TX – The Mohawk
25 – Dallas, TX – The Kessler Theater
27 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
28 – Charlottesville, VA – Southern Café & Music Hall
29 – Washington, DC – The Black Cat
30 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Live
31 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
1 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair
2 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
25 – Cambridge, UK – J2
26 - Lille, FR - Le Splendid
27 – Cologne, DE – Live Music Hall
28 - Strasbourg, FR - La Laiterie
29 - Rennes, FR - Le MeM
2 - Lyon, FR - Le Transbordeur
3 - Tolouse, FR - Le Bikini
4 – Valencia, ES – Sala Moon
5 – Murcia, ES – Sala REM
6 – Madrid, ES – La Riviera
7 – Bilbao, ES – Antxokia
8 – Pamplona, ES – Zentral
9 - Bordeaux, FR - Le Krakatoa
11 - Paris, FR - La Cigale
12 – London, UK – Electric Ballroom
13 – Manchester, UK – Academy 3
14 – Dublin, IE – Button Factory
15 – Glasgow, UK – St Luke’s
1 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
2 – Brussels, BE – Orangerie Botanique
3 – Hannover, DE – Swiss Life Hall *
4 – Leipzig, DE – Haus Auensee *
5 – Vienna, AT – Arena
6 – Stuttgart, DE – Wizemann
7 – Milan, IT – Santeria Toscana
8 – Zurich, CH – Dynamo
9 – Munich, DE – Mufatthalle
10 – Berlin, DE – Columbiahalle *
11 – Berlin, DE – Metropol
12 – Hamburg, DE – Fabrik
14 – Stockholm, SW – Nalen
15 – Oslo, NO – John Dee
16 – Copenhagen, DK – Vega
17 – Bremen, DK – Pier 2 *
18 – Dortmund, DE – Warsteiner Music Hall *
21 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
22 - Montreal, QC - Cafe Campus
25 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
26 - Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
27 - Fairfield, CT - The Warehouse
29 - Pittsburgh, PA - Mr. Small’s
30 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
2 - St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
3 - Maquoketa, IA - Codfish Hollow Barn
4 - Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line
5 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
6 - Grand Rapids, MI - The Pyramid Scheme
7 - Detroit, MI - The Magic Bag
* Die Perfektion Tour w/Madsen

Track listing:

1. So Much Love
2. Come Get Me
3. Live Learn & Forget
4. Just Wait
5. Something I Should Do
6. Looking For You
7. Crowded Star
8. Mathilda
9. Ride In The Unknown

Dustin Lynch news

DUSTIN LYNCH’s fourth album TULLAHOMA is coming out January 17 via Broken Bow Records. Pre-order TULLAHOMA now and get the album opener “Momma’s House” instantly.

The Tullahoma, TN native says “Every song on TULLAHOMA, there’s a reason it’s there.” 

“A lot of that points back to the people who raised me, and growing up with a lifestyle where I could go outside and have fun, explore and try new things in the great outdoors,” he says. “It’s kind of about being that kid and learning all those things. That’s my story, but I think we all can relate to the kid who’s discovering, the kid who’s figuring out love for the first time, all that good stuff.”

Lauren Alaina appears for a special collaboration and Lynch’s TULLAHOMA co-writers include Rhett Akins, Dallas Davidson, Ashley Gorley and Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley, among others, while outside cuts were supplied by the likes of Old Dominion's Matthew Ramsey, the late producer/songwriter busbee and more.

Marking eight years of hits since first signing with Broken Bow Records – Lynch describes TULLAHOMA as perhaps the most authentic work of his career … but also says he’s not done yet.

“In a weird way, I feel like I’m just getting started,” he admits. “I feel like we’re just approaching the launching pad, and I feel like we have songs that will take us to the next level.”

Following the release of TULLAHOMA, Lynch will take his exciting new material on the road, set to headline the STAY COUNTRY TOUR 2020 starting in January in Detroit with Travis Denning in support. Tickets are available now, and a portion of each sale will benefit The Cowboys and Angels Fund – established by Lynch in 2018 and administered by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to support various philanthropic causes including an intentional focus on children’s charities.

Track List:

1. “Momma’s House” (Dylan Schneider, Michael Lotten, Rodney Clawson, Justin Wilson)
2. “Dirt Road” (Rhett Akins, Ben Hayslip, David Garcia)
3. “Thinking ‘Bout You" (feat. Lauren Alaina) (Dustin Lynch, Andy Albert, Hunter Phelps, Will Weatherly)
4. “Ridin' Roads” (Dustin Lynch, Ashley Gorley, Zach Crowell)
5. “Old Country Song” (Josh Miller, Bryan Simpson, Josh Jenkins)
6. “The World Ain’t Yours and Mine” (Matt Ramsey, Luke Laird, Rodney Clawson)
7. “Country Star” (Dustin Lynch, Brian Kelley, Corey Crowder, Jordan Schmidt)
8. “Workin' On You” (busbee, Ashley Gorley, Rhett Akins)
9. “Little Town Livin'” (Dustin Lynch, Ben Hayslip, Zach Crowell, Rhett Akins)
10. “Red Dirt, Blue Eyes” (Dustin Lynch, Kyle Fishman, Dallas Davidson)
11. “Good Girl” (Dustin Lynch, Justin Ebach, Andy Albert)

Tour dates:

January 30 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore+
January 31 – Troy, OH @ Hobart Arena+
February 1 – Athens, OH @ Memorial Auditorium+
February 7 – Norman, OK @ Riverwind Casino+
February 8 – San Antonio, TX @ San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo*
February 13 – Madison, WI @ The Sylvee+
February 14 – Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland+^
February 15 – Prior Lake, MN @ Mystic Lake Casino+*
February 28 – Bensalem, PA @ Parx Casino+^
February 29 – Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort Casino+
March 1 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues+
March 13 – Reno, NV @ Silver Legacy Resort Casino+
March 14 – Bakersfield, CA @ Rabobank Theatre+
March 27 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE+
March 28 – Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino+
+with Travis Denning

James Hunter Six back in 'Nick of Time'

James Hunter's seventh album Nick of Time is set for release on Brooklyn's Daptone Records on March 6. It was recorded and produced by label co-founder Bosco Mann (Sharon Jones + the Dap Kings) at the label's Penrose Studios in Riverside, California. The lead track is "I Can Change Your Mind."

On "Till I Hear From You," Hunter delves into Dave Brubeck territory with his first go at recording a song in 3/4. Featuring his recording debut on chromatic harmonica, Hunter professes about the track, "I think I had three tunes in my head when I wrote this number, including Ray Charles' theme from The Cincinnati Kid, Lou Johnson's 'It Ain't No Use,' and Bacharach's instrumental bit from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid."

"Missing In Action" sees a rare wartime theme in Hunter's song catalogue. Though only spending a couple months in the Sea Cadet Corps at the age of 14, Hunter recalls, "I never saw action let alone went missing in it, but walking home dressed like Popeye the Sailor past pubs bristling with squaddies ensured I was always surrounded by the enemy. I was quite pleased with The Longest Day timpani and the machine-gun phrasing of the saxophones."

Nick of Time finds Hunter backed by New York City musicians like Victor Axelrod (piano), Adam Scone (organ), Rudy Petschauer (drums), Myles Weeks (bass), Michael Buckley (baritone saxophone), and Freddy DeBoe (tenor saxophone).

On the road for an extensive U.S., U.K., and European tour in support of Nick of Time, Matt Slocum (keyboards) takes the reins on keys. See tour dates below.

Track Listing:

1. I Can Change Your Mind
2. Who's Fooling Who
3. Till I Hear It From You
4. Never
5. Missing In Action
6. Nick Of Time
7. Brother Or Other
8. Ain't Goin' Up In One Of Those Things
9. Take It As You Find It
10. Can't Help Myself
11. How 'Bout Now
12. Paradise For One
13. He's Your Could've Been


Thursday, March 26 - City Winery - Boston, MA
Friday, March 27 - Narrows Center for the Arts - Fall River, MA
Saturday, March 28 - Daryl's House - Pawling, NY
Sunday, March 29 - StageOne at FTC - Fairfield, CT
Wednesday, April 1 - City Winery - New York, NY
Thursday, April 2 - Sellersville Theater - Sellersville, PA
Friday, April 3 - City Winery - Washington DC
Saturday, April 4 - The Paramount Theater - Burlington, NC
Monday, April 6 - Neighborhood Theater - Charlotte, NC
Wednesday, April 8 - Franklin Theatre - Franklin, TN
Thursday, April 9 - City Winery - Chicago, IL
Friday, April 10 - The Dakota - Minnesota, MN
Saturday, April 11 - The Dakota - Minneapolis, MN
Monday, April 13 - Antone's - Austin, TX
Thursday, April 16 - Echo - Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, April 18 - Cornerstone - Berkeley, CA
Sunday, April 19 - Harlow's - Sacramento, CA
Friday, May 1 - Moulin Blues - Ospel, The Netherlands
Sunday, May 3 - Paradiso Noord - Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Tuesday, May 5 - Luxor - Koln, Germany
Wednesday, May 6 - Mojo Club - Hamburg, Germany
Thursday May 7 - Columbia Theater - Berlin, Germany
Saturday May 9 - Technikum - Munich, Germany
Monday May 11 - Zoom - Frankfurt, Germany
Wednesday May 13 - Le Café de la Danse - Paris, France
Thursday May 14 - Fuzzyon - La Roche-sur - Yon, France
Saturday May 16 - Jazz a Liege-Brasserie Sauvenière - Liege, Belgium
Tuesday May 19 - Jazz Café - London, United Kingdom

Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Out now: Expanded version of Lewis Capaldi’s 'Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent'

Capitol Records has released Lewis Capaldi’s Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent Extended Edition featuring three new songs. Available here, the release comes on the heels of news that his breakthrough hit “Someone You Loved” has been nominated for a Grammy Award in the prestigious Song of the Year category.

After topping the U.K. Official Singles chart for a nearly unprecedented seven weeks, the single has held the No. 1 spot on the Billboard Hot 100 for three weeks, marking the first No. 1 single from a debut U.K. artist on the tally since February 2016. In addition, “Someone You Loved” has topped the U.S. Top 40 Radio chart for four consecutive weeks, spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Hot AC Radio chart and topped the U.S. Shazam chart for eleven weeks running, making it the longest running consecutive #1 on the US chart this year. A global smash, “Someone You Loved” is certified Platinum or greater in a total of 20 countries, including the U.S., where it has now earned over three million equivalent song units. Worldwide streams of the track are approaching two billion.

Capaldi’s debut album, Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, is the fastest selling U.K. debut of 2019 with 90,000 albums sold in the first week. To date, it has sold over 1.5 million adjusted albums worldwide and combined global streams now exceed 3 billion. “Before You Go,” one of three new songs included on the extended edition, premiered on Beats 1 New Music Daily Live with Zane Lowe. It amassed two million Spotify streams in first 24 hours of release and was added to the Today’s Top Hits playlist as well as BBC Radio 1’s A-list. See below for the extended edition tracklisting.

Following his sold out fall headline tour of North America, Capaldi will kick off his headline tour of the U.K. and Ireland in March 2020. Announced before the release of Divinely Uninspired To A Hellish Extent, the run sold out in mere seconds, making him the first artist in history to sell out arenas prior to the release of a debut album. Capaldi will join as a special guest on Niall Horan’s 2020 Nice To Meet Ya world tour. The North American run, which also features fellow label mate FLETCHER, will kick off on April 20, 2020 at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, TN and include shows at Barclays Center in New York (April 29) and The Forum in Los Angeles (May 18). Full itinerary and ticket information can be found here.

Capaldi recently performed on “Live with Kelly and Ryan,” “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon.” The 23-year-old Scottish singer-songwriter made his U.S. late night television debut on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert” in June. The following week, he performed “Someone You Loved” on “The Late Late Show with James Corden” and, in a first for the show, Corden invited Capaldi back to perform for a second night in a row.

Track listing:

Hold Me While You Wait
Someone You Loved
Don’t Get Me Wrong
Lost On You
Before You Go (New)*
Leaving My Love Behind (New)*
Let It Roll (New)*