This April the US gets a taste of something that’s been missing from it’s pallet for a while and that folks would be The Darkness returning to America! It’s no secret we here at Concert Confessions are HUGE fans of the UK’s own mythological rock gods as we’ve covered them most recently here along with reviews happening here , here, and of course here. They’re too much fun to miss when they come to town.
“If music and good times are in your soul, come see us perform live,” declares frontman Justin Hawkins. “A Darkness show is a place where believers come together, where fluids are shared and dreams are built. But most importantly, rock and roll is crowned king EVERY NIGHT!”
Justin Hawkins is correct. Fluids ARE shared. Dreams ARE built.
The band hits the road April 8th in the lovely Santa Cruz, California and the trek continues across the country making it to the east coast by the end of the month. Several House Of Blues locations are on the itinerary. Tons of chances to catch the Darkness this year in America. Just scroll the dates below and see for yourself when you’ll get to catch this must-not-miss event.
Back To The USSR Tour Dates:
Friday, April 8 – Santa Cruz, CA //The Catalyst
Saturday, April 9 – San Luis Obispo, CA //Fremont Theatre
Sunday, April 10 – San Diego, CA //House of Blues
Tuesday, April 12 – Los Angeles, CA //The Belasco Theatre
Wednesday, April 13 – Riverside, CA //Riverside Municipal Auditorium
Friday, April 15 – Las Vegas, NV //House of Blues
Saturday, April 16 – Scottsdale, AZ //Livewire
Sunday, April 17 – Tucson, AZ //The Rialto Theatre
Tuesday, April 19 – Houston, TX //House of Blues
Wednesday, April 20 – Dallas, TX //House of Blues
Thursday, April 21 – New Orleans, LA //House of Blues
Saturday, April 23 – Nashville, TN //War Memorial Auditorium
Sunday, April 24 – Cleveland, OH //House of Blues
Tuesday, April 26 – Cincinnati, OH //Bogart’s
Wednesday, April 27 – Chicago, IL //House of Blues
Friday, April 29 – Indianapolis, IN //Deluxe at Old National Center
Saturday, April 30 – Baltimore, MD Baltimore //Sound Stage
Monday, May 2 – New York City, NY //Irving Plaza
Tuesday, May 3 – Buffalo, NY //Waiting Room
Wednesday, May 4 – Boston, MA //Paradise Rock Club
Tame Impala Psyches Out The Pageant
Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala stopped by The Pageant on Monday night and somehow found a way to convey your Uncle Mark’s acid flashbacks from the 60’s and 70’s through a live music experience. When it comes to recorded music, Tame Impala is Kevin Parker. Parker writes all of the songs and creates the textured and dynamic music himself while playing every instrument and using techniques such as reverb and fuzzing to melt your mind. However, the Tame Impala live experience is a five piece powerhouse featuring drummer Julien Barbagallo, bassist Cam Avery, and multi instrumentalists Dominic Simper and Jay Watson who provide additional layers to their unique sound by way of additional guitar, bass, and synths, respectively. Parker himself sticks primarily to the guitar and vocal duty for live performances, relying heavily on down tuning and effects pedals to recreate the sound heard on recordings.
Opening act Kuroma started things off at 8PM and did a perfectly fine job as an opening act for a band as hyped as Tame Impala. They ripped through their 45 minute support slot full of indie garage rock with ferocity. Kuroma is fronted by Hank Sullivant, former front man of The Whigs. Sullivant also spent some time as a touring guitarist with MGMT, I kind of wished more of that sound had rubbed off on him, but regardless, it was a very good set. Kuroma isn’t new to the scene, they have been around on and off since 2008 and they have a few albums available. They are worth checking out for sure. There was a noticeable difference at this point between the under 21 section and the over 21 section. The all ages floor and right quarter of the venue were both packed full of kids that had lined up early in hopes of riding the rail or obtaining that sweet spot in the pit. Then there were those disappointed to end up in the raised seating just off to the side of the floor. However, even after Kuroma’s set ended, there were optimal spots available for those who were old enough to consume alcoholic beverages. Much of the crowd started to fill in after Kuroma ended their set. Sucks to be them…
During the set change from Kuroma to Tame Impala, all signs pointed towards this being an interesting show. The stagehands and techs in charge of setting up and sound checking the equipment were all dressed in white lab coats. The set up was quite simple, a large screen behind the band and a handful of lights set up all over the stage. The stacks of speakers set up at the side of the stage told everyone in the room that it was about to get loud.
Tame Impala did a great job covering their entire catalog, including a few new tracks from their soon-to-be released album, Currents, out July 19. The set also featured songs from 2010’sInnerspeaker, but focused heavily on 2012’s critically acclaimed, and commercially successful,Lonerism. Once Parker led the rest of the boys on stage, the crowd immediately erupted and welcomed the Aussie’s to St. Louis.
The set began with a little tuning free jam before segueing into the new and almost Daft Punk-ish sounding “Let It Happen”, from the yet to be released Currents. The screen behind the band was transformed into a giant spinning eyeball. The screen didn’t get any less weird throughout the next 90 minutes while we were taken on what seemed like a chemically enhanced spiritual journey into Kevin Parker’s mind.
The rest of the set featured minimal banter and excessive amounts of awesomeness. The crowd seemed to respond the most to the tracks from Lonerism, including “Elephant”, which many people recognize as the song from a Blackberry commercial. Remember when Blackberry was a thing briefly?
Highlights of the set were “Endors Toi”, “Be Above It”, which featured one of the only real opportunities for the band to stray from the course and do a little free jamming, and set closer “Apocalypse Dreams”, which is always a fan favorite. The encore featured another crowd favorite “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards” before ending with “Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control”, most likely Tame Impala’s longest song title.
When the lights came on and the lab coat sporting stage hands returned to start tearing down the spectacle that was, it appeared that most of the crowd was incredibly satisfied with what we had just experienced. Tame Impala are at the top of their game right now and not to be missed if you are given the opportunity to check them out. They are quickly shooting up the bills on festival lineups across the globe, and even though this show was shy of being a sellout, I would be shocked to see them playing rooms the size of The Pageant much longer.
SETLIST (courtesy of Setlist.fm)
For the sixth year in a row, beautiful Forest Park in St. Louis, MO will be turned into a small town of its own when more than 35,000 people descend on the Central Fields for the LouFest Music Festival. This year the festival is set to take place on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13.
Previous LouFest lineups have brought the best of both major headlining acts like The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Arctic Monkeys, Cake, Outkast and The Killers to smaller up and coming acts such as Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dawes, Little Barrie and Cherub. The lineup always features an eclectic mix of everything from indie rock to R&B to bluegrass.
In previous years the folks at LouFest have used social media to provide clues about some of the bands on the lineup, but after last year’s lineup was leaked a few days prior to the scheduled release… only a few names have come out from folks endlessly scouring the internet. What we do know is that Hozier will be gracing the LouFest stage and taking you to his proverbial church. Also, Albert Hammond Jr. from The Strokes has announced his late Summer / Fall solo tour dates with a stop at LouFest on the agenda.
Check out our previous LouFest coverage right here and a few of our favorite photos from LouFest’s past just below the lineup.
I set my alarm to get up for this drop at 6AM… so excuse any typos that may follow.
Here is the full lineup for the 2015 LouFest Music Festival!
The Avett Brothers • Hozier • Ludacris • Young the Giant • Brandon Flowers • Billy Idol • Nate Ruess • Umphrey’s McGee • Lord Huron • JJ Grey & Mofro • Pokey LaFarge • Blue October • Misterwives • Albert Hammond Jr. • Nico & Vinz • Robert Delong • Milo Greene • Knox Hamilton • Delta Rae • Strand of Oaks • Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas • Colony House • The Suffers • Walking Shapes • All Them Witches • Brave Baby • The Black Cadillacs • The Bros. Landreth • Hembree • Coin • Clockwork • American Wrestlers • KOA • Earl Burrows
A full schedule will be released at a later time.
You can purchase a two day pass for $95 right now at www.loufest.com.
One has to wonder what caused LouFest organizers to take such a huge step back from previous years with this lineup. The rumors circulating around the interwebz for the past few weeks were pipedreams compared to what was actually booked. After following what promoters called the most successful LouFest to date in 2014 with a stacked lineup including OutKast, Arctic Monkeys, and Cake and even the 2013 lineup that included Wilco, Jim James, The Killers, Edward Sharpe, The National and Alabama Shakes… this seems like a far reach to exceed expectations or make this event a sell out. People are revolting over on the LouFest Facebook page and hoping there is an additional headliner they are holding back. Seeing a show Hozier was just in St. Louis earlier this year and played to a room of about 2500 people, its tough to see him as a festival headliner.
It has been just about one year since the Yonder Mountain String Band and former front-man/mandolin player Jeff Austin played their final show together. Austin went on to form the Jeff Austin Band, touring and releasing an album in less than twelve months. Yonder Mountain String Band have also remained incredibly busy… picking up Allie Kral (formerly of Cornmeal) to shred the fiddle and add a bit of estrogen to the tour bus, as well as master of the mandolin Jacob Jolliff. The two additions were on board for a majority of the 2014 Yonder shows post-Jeff, and when the band first announced their 2015 Winter tour late last year, it was confirmed that both would return for 2015 (and hopefully beyond!). I had the pleasure to see what fans are referring to as YMSB 2.0 in Nashville just a few months back, and it is safe to say that Yonder hasn’t lost a bit of steam with the lineup shakeup.
This week marks the first full week of Spring, and with that comes the beginning of yet another Yonder Mountain String Band Spring Tour! Spring Tour is one of my favorite Yonder Mountain tours, because most of the time this tour features stops in or near St. Louis! This year they close the Spring shows out in the Show Me State with a Thursday night in Springfield, MO and a Friday night rager at The Pageant. After that, the Summer of Yonder begins with festival dates and random appearances scheduled all over the nation.
Check out the full list of dates below and be sure to head over to www.yondermountainstringband.com for all of your ticketing info.
Check out some great photos from Winter 2015 tour on Looking Back Over My Shoulder
Check out our previous YMSB content here
***** TOUR DATES *****
3/24 Jackson, WY Pink Garter Theatre
3/25 Missoula, MT Wilma Theatre
3/26 Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom
3/27 Seattle, WA The Neptune
3/28 Eugene, OR McDonald Theatre
3/30 Arcata, CA Van Duzer Theatre
4/1 Park City, UT Park City Live
4/2 Reno, NV Whitney Peak
4/3 Oakland, CA Fox Theater
4/4 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
4/8 Manhattan, KS Wareham Opera House
4/9 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
4/10 Dallas, TX Granada Theatre
4/11 Austin, TX Stubb’s BBQ
4/12 Fayetteville, AR George’s Majestic
4/15 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
4/16 Springfield, MO The Gillioz Theatre
4/17 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
4/18 Live Oak, FL Wanee Music Festival
5/14 Columbia, MD Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia
5/22 – 24 Chillicothe, IL Summer Camp Festival
6/11-13 Eau Claire, WI Blue Ox Festival
6/18 – 21 Telluride, CO Telluride Bluegrass Festival
6/24 Kansas City, MO The Starlight Amphitheatre (Opening for Widespread Panic)
6/25-28 Rothbury, MI Electric Forest
7/9 – 11 Summit Point, WV All Good Music Festival
7/16 – 19 North Plains, OR Northwest String Summit
7/31 – 8/1 Des Moines, IA Winterland Music Festival
On September 6 & 7 the LouFest Music Festival will return to the beautiful Forest Park in St. Louis for a fifth straight year. LouFest is growing yet again, with a rumored FOURTH stage now being added after a third being brought into the mix last year. It was estimated that the 2013 version brought in more than 15,000 people each day, more than double the previous year. The last five years have provided concert goers with a very eclectic mix of artists from all genres and stages of their careers. Another great aspect of LouFest is that they be sure to throw a few local talents such as Sleepy Kitty, Troubadour Dali and Tef Poe on the bill as well.
Previous artists to grace the LouFest stage have included The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Girl Talk (above), The Killers, She & Him, Jim James, TV on the Radio, The National, Trampled by Turtles, Alabama Shakes, Dawes, Built to Spill, Dinosaur Jr. and even a Jeff Tweedy solo set. The Roots were scheduled in 2011 but sadly had to cancel at the last minute. LouFest has certainly grown to become something very special for the city of Saint Louis.
Unfortunately for LouFest, their game to slowly reveal the first nine bands by slowly releasing clues had a slight flaw that led to a leak of those nine bands in just a few hours after announcing the game. So what we already found out last week is that alt-rockers Cake will be one of the top bands on the bill… which excites the hell out of me! The other eight leaked bands are Grouplove, Portugal the Man, Blackberry Smoke, San Fermin, Pretty Little Empire, Moon Taxi, Washed Out and funksters Lettuce, who I am also incredibly excited to see.
The rest of the lineup was just released… check it out below. Be sure to check back soon for a full preview of the entire lineup!
Matt & Kim
Portugal. The Man
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Young and Sick
Kopecky Family Band
Roadkill Ghost Choir
Black Pistol Fire
The Jan Shermans
Old Salt Union
Dylan McDonald and the Avians
Pretty Little Empire
Big Brother Thunder and the Masterblasters
GO HERE TO BUY TICKETS AND GET DETAILS LouFest Official Website
THE FLAMING LIPS (2012)
JIM JAMES (2013)
The Blue Note
Words/Photos/Videos – BeezNutzSTL
Last Sunday, the one and certainly only Danny Brown brought his ” The Old Danny Brown Tour ” through The Blue Note in Columbia, MO. Once again I made a short road trip from the suburbs of St. Louis to the college town of Columbia, Mo. Round Trip its a little under 3 hours. The Blue Note, is one of my favorite venues. I have been going here for a long time. It never disappoints me.
We got inside watched a few openers, had a few beers. Danny Brown hit the stage and the place went crazy. One of the most hyped crowds I have seen in a while.
The crowd feed off the music and gave security plenty of people to chase throughout the night, such as the guy in the basketball jersey that climbed on stage, dodged security and jumped into the crowd. That was at the end of the night, they kicked him out but that was the mood throughout the evening. People we going insane, shouting back lyrics, jumping and just having a good ass time. Danny Brown brings out the party, and Columbia came to party on a Sunday night.
Danny Brown rocked it for more than a hour. A healthy mix of old and new songs that the crowd ate up.
This tour has a bunch of dates booked worldwide through August, he very well could be smoking ” Blunt After Blunt ” in a city near you. Check Danny Brown’s tour dates here: www.xdannybrownx.com/tourdates
The show was well worth the drive, Danny Brown is something you just have to see live to appreciate and, if you go see a show you will. Hip hop when its good, is the best drug on the earth. Right now Danny Brown is dealing some serious crack music because he had these fans were hooked in Columbia. He left everyone wanting another hit, he will be back and so will we.
Till next time.
During times that legendary musicians aren’t stopping by Third Man Records to record things in every way besides typical, Jack White does indeed fancy himself a live musician. Besides a handful of Festival dates, the pale faced guitar beast has scheduled a bakers dozen of dates across North America, kicking off in Tulsa on May 29th. Fox Theater in St. Louis AND Detroit are happening, as well as two nights in Chicago before the tour “closer” at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto (before Osheaga festival in Montreal). Kelley Stoltz and Benjamin Booker will serve as openers the shows where listed below.
Jack White North America 2014 Tour Dates:
04/19 – Nashville, TN // Third Man Records
05/29 – Tulsa, OK // Cain’s Ballroom %
05/30 – Lubbock, TX // Wild West %
05/31-06/01 – Houston, TX // Free Press Summer Festival
06/02 – Shreveport, LA // Municipal Auditorium %
06/03 – New Orleans, LA // Saenger Theatre %
06/05 – Charlotte, NC // The Fillmore Charlotte %
06/07 – New York, NY // Governors Ball Music Festival
06/12-15 – Manchester, TN // Bonaroo Music and Arts Festival
07/19 – Louisville, KY // Forecastle Festival
07/20 – St. Louis, MO // Fox Theatre #
07/21 – Milwaukee, WI // Eagles Ballroom #
07/23 – Chicago, IL // Chicago Theatre #
07/24 – Chicago, IL // Auditorium Theatre #
07/27 – Pittsburgh, PA // Stage AE Outdoors #
07/28 – Detroit, MI // Fox Theatre #
07/30 – Detroit, MI // Masonic Temple Theatre #
07/31 – Toronto, ON // Air Canada Centre #
08/01-03 – Montreal, QC // Osheaga Music & Arts Festival
% indicate shows w/ Kelley Stoltz
# indicate shows w/ Benjamin Booker
Local H is currently on the inaugural tour with new drummer Ryan Harding, and by all indications things seem to be moving along smoother than a friction-less surface. So after endless nights awake looking for shooting stars to pass along the sky it turns out the band has added more gigs to this trek. With a handful of shows left for March ending with a Scott Lucas solo spot in Forest Park, IL, the boys will head further east hitting towns Local H fan filled towns such as Indianapolis, Richmond,VA, New York City, DC, Baltimore, Portland, ME and Detroit just to name a few. The newer dates come courtesy of Hellhound Music, who also have a neat list of Scott Lucas’ top Rock & Roll films
Local H Spring Tour:
3/4 St. Petersburg, FL The Local 662
3/5 Orlando, FL Will’s Pub
3/6 Atlanta, GA The Earl
3/7 Knoxville, TN The Well
3/8 Lexington, KY Cosmic Charlie’s
3/29 Forest Park, IL Chalk (Scott Lucas solo show)
4/16 Indianapolis, IN Radio Radio
4/18 Richmond, VA Canal Club
4/19 Washington, DC DC9
4/20 Baltimore, MD Metro Gallery
4/21 New York, NY Mercury Lounge
4/23 Hamden, CT The Ballroom at The Outer
4/24 Allston, MA Great Scott
4/25 Portland, ME Asylum
4/26 Burlington, VT Signal Kitchen
4/28 Buffalo, NY Waiting Room
4/29 Cleveland, OH Grog Shop
4/30 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
5/3 Bolingbrook, IL Tailgaters
Let’s break it down for you. Les Claypool recently released a new record with Duo De Twang titled Four Foot Shack. Also, the man known as Dean Ween is currently touring with the Moistboyz. Now forget the last two sentences, because if you’re looking at this post you’re here to find out tour dates for Primus and The Dean Ween Group (not to be confused with the Moistboyz), which kicks off May 1st through the 3rd at the Brooklyn Bowl’s Las Vegas location. The Deaner and Mr. Claypool have been rumored to be in talks about a reality show based around their fishing endeavors. Be on the look out for that, and for the dates just check below. Beats Antique will be opening a handful of shows as well which is noted below.
May 1-3 Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
May 13 Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre w/ Queens of the Stone Age
May 14 Little Rock, AR @ Riverfest Amphitheatre
May 16 Birmingham, AL@ Iron City
May 17 Wilmington, NC @ Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
May 18 Asheville, NC @ Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
May 20 Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
May 21 Portsmouth, VA -@ nTELOS Wireless Pavilion w/ Beats Antique
May 22 Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica – w/ Beats Antique
May 23 Chillicothe, IL @ Summer Camp Music Festival
June 24 Port Chester, NY @ Capitol Theatre
June 25 Portland, ME @ State Theatre
June 27 Big Flats, NY @ The Summer State at Tags w/ The Deen Ween Group
June 28 Asbury Park, NJ @ Stone Pony Summerstage w/ The Deen Ween Group
June 29 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Here’s a sweet version of ECHOES by The Dean Ween Group from John And Peter’s the other night in New Hope. The full 37 minute version.
Yonder Mountain String Band Set To Hit Road for Spring Trek / Announce Festival Plans.
As the calendar turned to 2014 and the members of the Yonder Mountain String Band set out for their Winter tour… they forgot to pick up one quarter of the band on their way to the first stop. Actually Jeff Austin decided to sit this one out and instead spend a few months of quality time with his wife and recently born baby girl. The other three members of the jam-grass powerhouse, Dave Johnston (banjo), Adam Aijala (guitar), and Ben Kaufman (bass) hit the road with a little help from their friends in the Travelin’ McCoury’s, especially Ronnie McCoury on the mandolin, to conquer 17 cities. That trek made way for some memorable Yonder shows, but as the weather begins to slowly heat and the snow finally begins to melt, the mandolin man has returned and will head back out with the boys for their Spring tour. Check out the full list of dates below as well as what they have lined up for the festival season.
Fresh off of their mostly sold out tour supporting The Devil Makes Three… San Francisco’s The Brothers Comatose are set to support Yonder for a majority of the tour. Check them out here, I am really excited to see them, they seem to fit in really well with the Yonder fan base and are known for their on stage antics. Listen to their song “Church Street Blues” here
CHECK OUT OUR PREVIOUS YONDER MOUNTAIN COVERAGE HERE:
MARCH 19 – George’s Majestic Lounge / Fayetteville, AR
MARCH 20 – Bluesville / Tunica, MS
MARCH 21 – Cain’s Ballroom / Tulsa, OK
MARCH 22 – The Pageant / St. Louis, MO
MARCH 23 – Gilloz Theatre / Springfield, MO
MARCH 26 – Varsity THeatre / Baton Rouge, LA
MARCH 27 – House of Blues / New Orleans, LA
MARCH 28 – Stubb’s BBQ / Austin, TX
MARCH 29 – Granada Theater / Dallas, TX
APRIL 1 – Orpheum Theatre / Flagstaff, AZ
APRIL 2 – The Depot / Salt Lake City, UT
APRIL 3 – Montbleu Resort Casino / Stateline, NV
APRIL 4 – Ace of Spades / Sacramento, CA
APRIL 5 – Fox Theater / Oakland, CA
APRIL 8 – Crystal Ballroom / Portland, OR
APRIL 9 – McDonald Theatre / Eugene, OR
APRIL 10 – Showbox At the Market / Seattle, WA
APRIL 11 & 12 – Wilma Theatre / Missoula, MT
FESTIVAL DATES (Please see festival site for specific Yonder set date/time)
Good news for those in B level markets and neighborhoods with casinos. Alice In Chains will be paying you a visit later this year. Still supporting the highly forgettable The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, check out where you can catch Jerry and the gang below in the United States later this year.
Alice In Chains Spring 2014 U.S. Tour Dates:
04/25 Tulsa, OK – Brady Theater
04/26 Thackerville, OK – Winstar World Casino & Resort
04/28 Austin, TX – Moody Theatre (ACL Live)
05/01 Tunica, MS – Horseshoe Tunica
05/02 Cherokee, NC – Harrah’s Cherokee
05/06 N. Charleston, SC – N. Charleston PAC
05/07 Raleigh, NC – Memorial Auditorium
05/09 Atlantic City, NJ – Ovation Hall at Revel
05/10 Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Casino MGM
05/12 Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre
05/13 Reading, PA – Sovereign PAC
05/14 Roanoke, VA – Roanoke PAC
05/16 Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Arena
05/17 Cincinnati, OH – Horseshoe Casino
05/19 Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
05/20 Battle Creek, MI – Kellogg Arena
05/22 Elizabeth, IN – Horseshoe Southern Indiana
05/23 Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre
05/24 Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Stir Cove
In a shocker to no one, Dave Matthews Band will hit the road for a massive North American summer tour in 2014. What is shocking is the format the shows will take.
Each show will be a two set affair. The “evening with” is being billed as both acoustic and electric. According to Rolling Stone, the band will change their configuration as needed while performing songs from their expansive catalog. Matthews goes on to tell Rolling Stone that they are trying to keep the shows “loose” this summer and that “It seems like the opposite of a safe plan, so why not?”
The trek will feature some interesting locations, including three nights at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley California and their first appearance in Bend Oregon.
The online presale for the Warehouse fan association begins Thursday, January 16 at 10 am ET. Tickets go on sale to the public beginning Friday, February 7.
Dave Matthews Band Summer 2014 North American Tour Dates:
5/16 Woodlands, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
5/17 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
5/21 Tulsa, OK – Bok Center
5/23 Pelham, AL – Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
5/24 Atlanta, GA – Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
5/30 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
5/31 Saratoga Springs, NY – Saratoga Performing Arts Center
6/6 Bangor, ME – Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion
6/7 Mansfield, MA – Xfinity Center
6/10 Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
6/11 Darien Center, NY – Darien Lakes Performing Arts Center
6/13 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
6/14 Camden, NJ – Susquehanna Bank Center
6/20 Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
6/21 Noblesville, IN – Klipsch Music Center
6/24 Toronto, ON – Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
6/25 Clarkston, MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/27 Cuyahoga Falls, OH – Blossom Music Center
6/28 Burgettstown, PA – First Niagara Pavilion
7/2 Milwaukee, WI – Marcus Amphitheater – Summerfest
7/4 Chicago, IL – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
7/5 Chicago, IL – FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
7/9 Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
7/11 Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
7/12 Hartford, CT – Xfinity Theatre
7/15 Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
7/16 Tampa, FL – Midflorida Credit Union Amphitheatre
7/18 West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
7/19 West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheatre
7/22 Charlotte, NC – PNC Music Pavilion
7/23 Raleigh, NC – Walnut Creek Amphitheatre
7/25 Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach
7/26 Bristow, VA – Jiffy Lube Live
8/22 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
8/23 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
8/24 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theatre
8/26 Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheatre
8/29 George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
8/30 George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
8/31 George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre
9/5 Chula Vista, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
9/6 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Blitzen Trapper at Old Rock House 9.18.2013 – St. Louis, MO
Quick story for you… I’ve been contributing posts to Concert Confessions for something like four years now. Throughout this entire period, our founding father Reverend Justito had continuously told me that I need to listen to this band called Blitzen Trapper. He told me once… he told me twice… hell, he even told me thrice. And I heard him, but I didn’t listen to him. There is no good reason to explain why I never did give this Blitzen Trapper a fair shake… The Rev and I have an incredibly similar taste in a good chunk of our favorite music. Then came the Wakarusa 2012 lineup announcement sometime around January of 2012, and there they were making their Wakarusa debut. The time was upon us… minutes after combing the lineup, to YouTube I went to type in those two words that had been staring me in the face for the last few years. I started with a few songs from 2008’s Furr… SON OF A BITCH I REALLY LIKE THIS BAND! Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Eric Earley’s lyrics immediately sounded like something that could have been released by Tom Petty or Ray LaMontagne or maybe even Bob Dylan. The music gave me a strong Wilco vibe, but with more twang and not so much jam. Why had I not taken Papa Concert Confessions advice a hell of a lot earlier?! (Note: See all of our previous Blitzen Trapper coverage right here)
Wakarusa come, and Wakarusa go… and I got the chance to see Blitzen Trapper for the first time. That performance was absolutely great in my eyes, but we will come back to that in a bit. Let’s talk about the Portland, Oregon quintets recent stop in St. Louis at the Old Rock House in support of their soon to be released seventh album called, VII where they worked a smaller yet respectable crowd into a frenzy for about 90 minutes with their blend of Oregonian Alt-Country… Or as Earley called it in a recent interview , “Rocky Mountain Whoop Ass.” The set kicked off with the opening track to Furr, “Sleepytime in the Western World” after informing the crowd that they were “here to play rock music… and sensitive music.” Our first new song of the night titled “Thirsty Man” followed, which was one of seven songs from new album featured in the set. Stand outs tracks were “Heart Attack”, “Feel the Chill”, and “Shine On” which is “just straight gospel” and my pick for the first single. One noticeable trait with the new songs was a more upbeat sound, almost a bit of a funk, but still nothing too far off the path of the typical Blitzen Trapper alt-country/rock/Americana/whatever genre you want to call it. You can grab that new album, VII, on September 30th or just pre-order it here (they are also selling it on tour right now)
“This one is a country song” said Earley before “Taking It Easy Too Long” from 2011’s American Goldwing. Each song drew a smattering of applause from the crowd that packed in mostly on the main floor. After each break the band would thank the crowd and mentioned that St. Louis is always one of their loudest cities. Earley addressed the crowd prior to “God and Suicide” and noted that “your all going to look back and think how polite this band was”. At one point the setlist featured a back to back to back knockout trio of fan favorites “Black River Killer”, “Love the Way You Walk Away” and finally the title track to their pivotal 2008 release Furr, which Earley called a “pretty song.” The crowd erupted yet again as they continued to play another of the seven tracks from Furr that would appear tonight, “Lady on the Water.”
The set closed out with two more new songs and finally “Fire & Fast Bullets” before the band graciously thanked the crowd for their raucous applause and support. After leaving the stage, front man Eric Earley returned to the stage and performed a few acoustic songs, both songs that really showcase Earley’s songwriting, “The Man Who Would Speak True” and “Stranger in a Strange Land” which features some of my favorite lyrics from any Blitzen Trapper song. The rest of the band came back out to join him on stage for one final song, “Evening Star” from 2010’s Destroyer of the Void. After the set you could find all five of the guys scattered around the venue chatting with fans, taking photos and signing autographs… which brings me back to the Wakarusa set we briefly touched on earlier. I was talking with guitarist Erik Menteer and drummer Brian Adrian Koch after the set for a minute and mentioned seeing them at Wakarusa for the first time and told them how much I enjoyed the set and had looked forward to a non festival show. Both of them were very impressed to hear that, because apparently that was what they referred to as one of their worst shows and even went on to say something about how the “hippies fucking hated us so much.” I definitely don’t remember getting that vibe from their set, but they were one of my highlights going into and coming out of the festival that year… to each his own I guess, but you may be tough to find someone who was in attendance at the Old Rock House last Wednesday that would be able to say they didn’t enjoy the performance put on by the boys of Blitzen Trapper. Check out tour dates below and go see these guys.
Sleepytime In the Western World (Furr)
Thirsty Man (VII)
Fletcher (American Goldwing)
Astronaut (American Goldwing)
God and Suicide (Furr)
Ever Loved Once (VII)
Not Your Lover (Furr)
Taking It Easy For Too Long (American Goldwing)
Heart Attack (VII)
Shine On (VII)
Earth (Fever Called Love) (VII)
Neck Tatts, Cadillacs (VII)
Black River Killer (Furr)
Love The Way You Walk Away (American Goldwing)
Lady on the Water (Furr)
Feel the Chill (VII)
Big Black Bird (Black River Killer)
Fire & Fast Bullets (Furr)
E: The Man Who Would Speak True (acoustic) (Destroyer of the Void)
E: Stranger In A Strange Land (acoustic) (American Goldwing)
E: Evening Star (Destroyer of the Void)
UPCOMING BLITZEN TRAPPER TOUR DATES:
Sep 24 The Bottle Tree Birmingham, AL
Sep 25 40 Watt Club Athens, GA
Sep 26 The Haw River Ballroom Saxapahaw, NC
Sep 27 Black Cat Washington, DC
Sep 28 Arch Street Tavern Hartford, CT
Sep 29 Royale Boston, MA
Sep 30 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
Oct 01 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington, VT
Oct 03 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
Oct 04 Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, NY
Oct 05 Lee’s Palace Toronto, ON
Oct 07 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
Oct 08 Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI
Oct 09 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Oct 10 The Aquarium Fargo, ND
Oct 12 The Filling Station Bozeman, MT
Oct 13 Top Hat Missoula, MT
Nov 05 The Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
Nov 06 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
Nov 08 Pappy & Harriets Pioneertown Pioneertown, CA
Nov 09 Porter’s Pub La Jolla, CA
Nov 10 Club Congress Tucson, AZ
Nov 12 The Parish Austin, TX
Nov 13 Club Dada Dallas, TX
Nov 15 The Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
Nov 16 The State Room Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 19 The Bartlett Spokane, WA
Nov 20 The Leavenworth Festhalle Leavenworth, WA
Nov 21 The Wild Buffalo Bellingham, WA
Nov 22 The Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, BC
Nov 23 Neptune Theatre Seattle, WA
Nov 30 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
THIS IS WHAT I WAS SEEING BY THE END OF THE SHOW. Special Thanks to 4 Hands Brewing Co. for the buzz
15 MINUTES IN TRAFFIC WITH JEFF AUSTIN (of Yonder Mountain String Band)
Jeff Austin, who you may know as the mandolin man and one fourth of the jamgrass powerhouse that is the Yonder Mountain String Band, recently took some downtime with Yonder to hit the road with a few close friends. Austin’s current project, Jeff Austin and The Here & Now, consists of banjo picker extraordinaire Danny Barnes, as well as the husband and wife / legendary bluegrass combo of flat picker Larry Keel and Jenny Keel on the bass.
The tour kicked off in Chicago a few nights ago and has recently stopped in Kentucky and Ohio. They also stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Thursday before wrapping up at the Mumford and Son’s Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Guthrie, Oklahoma this weekend.
You can download a FREE 4 SONG EP HERE. Be sure to check out one of the few Jeff Austin and the Here and Now shows or catch Jeff later this fall when the Yonder Mountain String Band resumes their schedule. All the dates are listed below, may I suggest the Harvest Music Festival in Ozark, AR in October. Not only do you get Yonder, but you get to see Tedeschi Trucks Band, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, Railroad Earth, JJ Grey and MOFRO, as well as Friends of Concert Confessions, Dirtfoot and many many others. Get the full lineup here.
I recently had a chance to catch up with Jeff Austin to discuss his new adventure while he was sitting in traffic with Danny Barnes en route to their show at the Bluebird in Bloomington, Indiana. We also discuss a lot of things St. Louis (this was originally done as preview piece for STL show on another site) and Jeff’s passion for delicious food.
Me: Thank you for taking a few minutes to talk to me about The Here and Now. Its a great project that I’m very excited to see on Wednesday.
Jeff Austin: I’m pretty excited too. It’s some of my heroes and they happen to be some of my friends. Every day is just great, I’m really looking forward to it.
Me: You’ve been involved in many different solo projects over the years, from the 30dB shows (with Brendan Bayliss from Umphrey’s McGee) to various Bluegrass Balls to the Grateful Grass show (with Keller Williams and Keith Moseley) How did the Here and Now come about?
Jeff Austin: The first time the 4 of us played together it was two years ago out in Oregon. I got asked to do a set of Jerry Garcia music on the anniversary of his death. They said play whatever you want, hire whoever you want, and I kind of went… Shit, this could be a fun lineup to try and get together. Everyone was able to do it and it was just a blast we had a great time. The musical conversation was really neat, it was very easy to have, the call and the response and all of that it was just beyond cool and to ignore that would be irresponsible. We’ve all been busy, it took a little while to get it together, but earlier this year we played together in Colorado and it was off to the races… we put together a tour and it came together.
Me: I am very happy you’ve chosen St. Louis as a stop to bring this project to. You’ve been at the Old Rock House a few times before with the Bluegrass Ball, is that a venue you personally wanted to come back to or did it just happen that way?
Jeff Austin: I really enjoy that venue, I think its perfect for this project. Its not too big, but its not small. Its got that intimate vibe to it. This is a Wednesday night and a new project, so its all about new things. I’m telling you, I like St. Louis… I really, really like St. Louis and I wanted to kind of make sure this was somewhere we went on our first run. It worked out perfectly and the people at that venue are really nice and accommodating and open to musicians coming in. I was really glad when it worked out.
Me: A few of the other shows are just duo shows with you and Danny Barnes. How does planning a set list with just you and Danny differ than a set list with the whole Here and Now band?
Jeff Austin: The Keels had a prior engagement at that Lock’n Festival that they have to fly out to. One of the things with Danny and I just doing that show, and I’m looking at him right now, with just the two of us it will be a lot of open ended stuff and kind of, off the cuff. Seeing how the emotion of the evening kind of writes the set list for us. Some of the songs we probably haven’t even rehearsed like ‘Hey you know this Hartford tune’ or whatever. That will be really cool, it’ll be really kinda in the spur of the moment thing and see how the crowd reacts and how we’re having our conversation with each other.
Me: Is the Here and Now going to be a rotating cast of musicians, similar to Sam Bush’s New Grass Revival, or is this the group of four you plan on moving forward with?
Jeff Austin: Well it has the potential there that we could write songs, have a horns section, who knows? It could turn into anything. It kind of really is based on the idea of Here and Now, what’s happening in this moment and what works. Not just because I’m writing material I want to play for people, but you know… I have so much freaking fun with this lineup that I may be hard pressed to pick up traveling with anyone else. Its pretty damn fun.
Me: What does the future of the Here and Now look like? Is there going to be an album or is this mostly a live thing?
Jeff Austin: The plan right now is that I have a laundry list of material I want to put on a record I was hoping to have out this fall. There are certain songs being played, that I can’t think of any other lineup playing them than the folks I am traveling with, so as i’m thinking of the studio version of it I absolutely want to see these guys play on it. But it could be a rotation of songs where i want a horn section or drums or strings or this and that. It will vary a little bit but the core of it will be built around the way that this project is sounding… thats what I hope
Me: That sounds awesome.
Jeff Austin: There are songs that I didn’t write in a bluegrass vane but I played them in a bluegrass vane and when I put them out, I want to play them the way that I wrote them. To be able to go into a studio to do those songs that way, its going to be interesting because its not going to be a bluegrass album by any stretch of the imagination. It will just be a record. I guess if you had to categorize it Americana? I don’t know, but i’m looking forward to that process. i’m in the part right now of getting the lineup of songs, editing, and all that kind of stuff and going full steam ahead.
Me: I’ve read recently that in your freetime one of the things you love doing is running a food blog, “Table for One”, right?
Jeff Austin: It’s not only a food blog its going to be turning into a webisode kind of thing. I’m actually in the editing process right now with that as well. I did filming a number of months ago, and I have four days of a shoot coming up in September. My hope is by mid or late October to drop the first webisode of Table for One. I have some high aspirations for that so that hopefully it could maybe turn into, or launch, a show at some point, but yeah its a huge passion of mine. Just telling the story of people who are passionate about what they do and how that affects me and how it affects people. I find that story intriguing.
Me: Back in Spring 2012 we spoke briefly and you told me about the Thai Kitchen Cafe down on Delmar. Is there anywhere in St Louis you are looking forward to checking out when you get back in town or somewhere you went last time you want to give a shout out to?
Jeff Austin: Thai Country Cafe.. I LOVE that place. One of the heartbreaks on the road for me was when they took the duck noodle soup off the menu, and then they put it back on. I was so happy… so happy. I love that place. Uhh… I am not sure. I’d like to make it a point to get back there. The beautiful thing about having not done a tour like this is with these friends is that I get to take them to new food joints that I love and I want to share. This morning in Chicago we went to Hot Dougs Sausage Emporium. I’ll tell you what I like at the Rock House is right down the block that tiny little joint, that one room diner. That place blows my mind. When the Del McCoury Band was just down there doing a couple nights… me and a couple of those guys, we will text each other when we know we’re in a restaurant that someone else likes. I got a couple photos of just them at the counter or the menu on the wall.
Me: Well Jeff thats really all I had for you, is there anything else you want to tell us about? What else is going on in the life of Jeff Austin?
Jeff Austin: I’d say check out www.JeffAustin.com, I am going to try to post something everyday from the tour whether its a little video of us playing, song ideas or food updates or whatever but I’m going to start that up tonight here and do little things everyday. Kind of a little road diary type of thing.
Me: Thanks for the time Jeff, we’ll see you on Wednesday!
9/04 Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO
9/05 The Shrine – Tulsa, OK *Jeff Austin & Danny Barnes duo show
9/06-07 Cottonwood Flats – Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road – Guthrie, OK
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
10/09 Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater
10/10 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
10/11 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
10/12 Silk Hope, NC
10/13 Chattanooga, TN – Track 29
10/16 Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford
10/17-19 Ozark, AR – YMSB Harvest Festival at Mulberry Mountain (3 nights)
10/23 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
10/24 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue & 7th St Entry
10/25-26 Chicago, IL – House of Blues (2 nights)
10/29-30 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl (2 nights)
10/31 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts
11/01 Boston, MA – House of Blues
11/02 Portland, ME – State Theatre
12/27-29 & 12/31 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater (4 nights)
Summerland, part three?
Not exactly, but your chances to find out if Stacy’s Mom still has it going on just got a bit better as Fountains of Wayne will be hitting the road with Soul Asylum and Evan Dando this fall. As of right now this tour seems to focus East Coast heavy, but we are told that future dates and without a doubt in the works. So prepare yourself for one more night of 90s nostalgia and check out the dates below to see if this tour is coming to your town.
To check out our coverage of The Lemonheads (we’ve got some pretty words, photos and videos with good sound), just click here.
Avenged Sevenfold is hitting the road in support of their new record, Hail To The King, due out August 27th. Fans of the band are more than thrilled. You know who else is thrilled? Fans of Deftones as well as fans of Ghost, both bands who will be on tour with A7X this fall, hitting arena’s in major markets not named New York or California. To check out where to catch this gig, take a look at the dates below. Head over to the band’s website for more information by clicking here.
Avenged Sevenfold/Deftones/Ghost Tour Dates:
10/03 Chicago, IL // Allstate Arena
10/05 Indianapolis, IN // Klipsch Music Center
10/06 Cincinnati, OH // US Bank Arena
10/08 Baltimore, MD // 1st Mariner Arena
10/09 Boston, MA // TD Garden
10/12 Bloomington, IL // US Cellular Coliseum
10/13 Detroit, MI // Joe Louis Arena
10/15 Atlanta, GA // Phillips Arena
10/16 Orlando, FL // Amway Center
10/18 Houston, TX // Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/19 Dallas, TX // American Airlines Center
10/20 San Antonio, TX // AT&T Center
10/22 Omaha, NE // CenturyLink Center
10/23 Oklahoma City, OK // Chesapeake Energy Arena
10/26 Las Vegas, NV // Mandalay Bay Events Center
Coming to an end of another summer tour that contained no shortage of weather surprises and set stoppages, the Phish from Vermont have announced east coast shows for this upcoming fall. Multi-night stints planned for Hampton, Worchester and the finale begins on Halloween in Atlantic City at Boardwalk Hall. Phans invading casinos, I’m sure the high rollers at the blackjack tables can’t wait.
Always a lottery of some sort, because too many of you want these. You can go here to enter yourself in said lottery. The lottery will be open for 12 days and close on Sunday August 4th at 11:59 pm PST-you and Ti(cketmaster get to brawl it out over tickets after that. Check out the list of dates below, and be on the lookout for Wooks.
Phish Fall 2013 Tour Dates:
10/18 -Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, VA)
10/19 – Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, VA)
10/20 – Hampton Coliseum (Hampton, VA)
10/22 – Blue Cross Arena (Rochester, NY)
10/23 – Glens Falls Civic Center (Glens Falls, NY)
10/25 – DCU Center (Worcester, MA)
10/26 – DCU Center (Worcester, MA)
10/27 – XL Center (Hartford, CT)
10/29 – Sovereign Center (Reading, PA)
10/31 – Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City, NJ)
11/01 – Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City, NJ)
11/02- Boardwalk Hall (Atlantic City, NJ)
With Scott Weiland and the band currently suing one another, Stone Temple Pilots won’t let that stop them from hitting the road this Fall with Chester Bennington (of Linkin Park fame) taking over frontman duties. The band will be supported by Filter, who oddly enough served as the opening band for STP at the infamous PNC Bank Arts Center show in New Jersey where Weiland came out an hour late just days into the band’s reunion tour. Chances are, that won’t happen this time. The dates are below, for tickets head over here.
Stone Temple Pilots Fall Tour Dates:
09/04 Bethlehem, PA // Sands Bethlehem Events Center
09/06 Sayreville // Starland Ballroom
09/07 Atlantic City, NJ // Ceasars – Circus Maximus
09/09 Boston, MA // House of Blues
09/10 Huntington, NY // Paramount
09/13 Oklahoma City, OK // Downtown Airpark (w/ Motley Crue)
09/14 Newkirk, OK // First Council Casino (Without Filter)
09/17 Sunrise, FL // BB & T Center (FLA Panthers Event)
09/18 Orlando, FL // House of Blues
09/20 Columbia, SC // Township Auditorium
09/21 Ft Myers, FL Shockwave Festival // Jet Blue Park
09/24 Midland, TX // TBA
09/26 Tempe, AZ // Marquee
09/27 Las Vegas, NV // Freemont Street Experience
11/ 01 Biloxi, MS // Hard Rock Live
Stone Temple Pilots – Out Of Time
Austin rock trio Ume are hitting the road this summer. With shows featuring And You Will Know Us By The Trail of The Dead, The Vandelles and Wild Flag depending on what date you decide to hit. The band kicks things off at Spaceman Ballroom in Hamden, CT on July 10th and finishes up in DC just 17 days later. You can view all the dates below, and if you’re looking for advance tickets, look no further than this link.
Ume Summer East Coast Tour Dates:
7/10 Hamden, CT @ Spaceland Ballroom *
7/11 Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery *
7/12 Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theatre *
7/13 Columbus, OH @ Ace of Cups *
7/15 St. Louis, MO @ The Firebird *
7/16 Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar *
7/17 Minneapolis, MN @ Triple Rock
7/18 Chicago, IL @ Double Door *
7/19 Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club *
7/21 Detroit, MI @ Pike Room *
7/22 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
7/23 Hoboken, NJ @ Maxwell’s * – SOLD OUT
7/24 New Haven, CT @ BAR – Free
7/25 New York, NY @ Piano’s +
7/26 Philadelphia, PA @ Milkboy +
7/27 Washington DC @ The Black Cat ^
9/21 Utopia Fest in Utopia, TX w/ !!!, Blackalicious
* w/ Trail of Dead, The Red Paintings
+ w/ The Vandelles
^ w/ Wild Nothing
Arctic Monkeys are releasing their 5th studio record, AM, on September 10th (via Domino Records). Five days after that album drops, the boys will embark on month long trek of the US (book ended with a lead off Toronto date and finishing up in Mexico) in support of the latest effort. Festival stops at Music Midtown, Austin City Limits and Capital Corona in Mexico. Major markets like Chicago and LA are also hit while the furthest east the band gets is Philadelphia. Check out the dates below and check out the video for their new single, “Do You Wanna Know” underneath that.
09/15 – Toronto, ON // Kool Haus
09/18 – Philadelphia, PA // Mann Center for Performing Arts
09/21 – Atlanta, GA // Music Midtown
09/23 – Chicago, IL // Riviera Theater
09/27 – Oakland, CA // Fox Theater
09/29 – Los Angeles, CA // The Wiltern
09/30 – Los Angeles, CA // The Wiltern
10/04 – Austin, TX // Austin City Limits
10/05 – Baton Rouge, LA // Varsity Theatre
10/07 – Chattanooga, TN // Track 29
10/08 – Nashville, TN // Marathon Music Works
10/09 – Birmingham, AL // Iron City
10/11 – Austin, TX // Austin City Limits
10/12-13 – Mexico City, MX // Capital Corona
So if you’ve heard …Like Clockwork then it’s probably going to be blasting out of your speakers and headphones for the next couple of weeks. It’s alright, that’s what great records make you do. You know what they also make you do? Go see the band live, and Queens Of The Stone Age are giving some lucky cities that chance this fall. Check out all non-festival tour dates below. Spoiler alert. No New York or California. See the bands full tour itinerary by clicking here.
Queens of the Stone Age Fall Tour Dates:
9/10 Toronto // Air Canada Center
9/12 Detroit // The Fillmore
9/13 Cincinnati // PNC Pavilion
9/14 Pittsburgh // Stage AE Outdoors
9/15 Columbus // LC Pavilion Outdoor Amphitheater
9/17 Indianapolis // Old National Centre
9/18 Louisville // Louisville Palace
9/19 Charlotte // TWC Amphitheater
9/20 Asheville // Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
10/5 Grand Prairie // Verizon Theatre
10/7 Nashville // Municipal Auditorium
10/8 Fayetteville // Arkansas Music Pavilion
10/9 Tulsa // Brady Theatre
They’ve kept you updated on lineup changes, they’ve finally released their latest track “Came Back Haunted” that you can listen to here and now, they’ve announce tour dates that aren’t festival appearances. They of course are Nine Inch Nails, and in one of the most anticipated ‘reunions’ of the year, it looks like you can catch them if you live just about anywhere in North America during the ‘Tension 2013’ Arena Tour. Openers for some shows will be Explosions in the Sky, God Speed You! Black Emperor will open a few as well. Other openers
are to be determined are listed below. For more information on tickets and stuff, head over to the bands twitter account, since their website doesn’t seem too helpful, by clicking here.
‘Nine Inch Nails: Tension 2013‘ dates:
With Explosions In The Sky:
09/28 St, Paul, MN – Xcel Energy Center
09/30 Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
10/01 St. Louis, MO – Chaifetz Arena
10/03 Montreal, QC – Centre Bell
10/04 Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre
10/05 Cleveland, OH – Wolstein Center
10/07 Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace Of Auburn Hills
10/08 Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events Center
With Godspeed You! Black Emperor:
10/11 Boston, MA – TD Garden
10/14 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center
10/15 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center
10/18 Washington, DC – Verizon Center
10/19 University Park, PA – Bryce Jordan Center
10/21 Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
10/22 Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
10/24 Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
With Gary Numan:
10/30 Sunrise, FL – BB&T Center
10/31 Orlando, FL – Amway Center
With Explosions In The Sky:
11/05 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center
11/08 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center
11/09 Phoenix, AZ – US Airways Center
11/11 El Paso, TX – Don Haskins Center
11/13 Broomfield, CO – 1st Bank Center
11/15 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
11/16 Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
11/18 Portland, OR – Rose Garden Arena
11/19 Spokane, WA – Spokane Arena
11/21 Vancouver, BC – Rogers Arena
11/22 Seattle, WA – KeyArena
11/24 Edmonton, AB – Rexall Place
11/25 Calgary, AB – Scotiabank Saddledome
With vocalist Randy Blythe acquitted of all charges against him from being charged with manslaughter in March, Lamb of God set out to continue their tour promoting their newest album, “Resolution”. One of their stops was surprisingly in my area in Ventura so I knew that was a must go show for me.
The crowd was set and ready the whole night as they roared in excitement as Lamb of God prepared to take the stage and opened with the first track from their new album, “Desolation” then continued with the single from the album “Ghost Walking”. All the songs they played were greatest hits which included: “Walk With Me in Hell”, “Now You’ve Got Something to Die For”, “Redneck”, and “Laid to Rest”.
Randy Blythe and the rest of the band were on top of their game and kept the crowd going as Randy let out his signature growling singing style which was more or less easy to understand. Chris Adler being one of my favorite drummers is always awesome to see live and seeing him using his drumming techniques and go crazy while drumming is one of the many reason why I look up to him, in fact it was his drumming that got me into Lamb of God in the first place. Since I wasn’t too familiar with my metal scene, it was interesting seeing the different types of metal heads that lived in my area. Some of them you could tell they were into metal while others you could look at and wonder if they even know who Lamb of God is and didn’t come just to take up space or because someone forced them to.
I could say that the actual Lamb of God fans were all up front doing mosh pit after mosh pit to all their songs and jumping up and down when Randy directed them to. After the show I managed to catch up with some of the band members and I personally congratulated Randy on his trial and being proven innocent and that it was very brave of him to face the trial instead of running from it. This was definitely an energetic show and it was nice to see one of the many bands I listen to come to my area instead of having to drive to Los Angeles and farther all the time. Lamb of God is a must-see live band for any metal fanatic.
Lamb of God singer, Randy Blythe.
Lamb of God drummer, Chris Adler
The Meat Puppets recently released their 14th studio album, Rat Farm in April. This cruised through the east coast, destroying cities like Lancaster, New Hope and New York City just to name the ones we covered for you. The band just played Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona and as rumblings of a fall west coast swing fill the grapevine, we can officially report at least 10 shows happening in middle America this July. For all the announced dates scroll down below, or feel free to check out the bands Official Website Here for more information.
Meat Puppets Summer US Tour Dates:
June 29th – Summerfest // Milwaukee, WI
July 10th – Rock Island Brewing Co. // Rock Island,IL
July 11th – The Mill // Iowa City, IA
July 12th – Spicoli’s Grill and The Reverb Rock Garden // Waterloo, IA
July 13th(5PM) – St. John’s Block Party // Rochester, MN
July 13th (8:30PM) – Twin Cities Roots, Rock And Deep Blues Festival // Minneapolis, MN
July 14th – Tycoon’s Alehouse and Eatery // Duluth, MN
July 16th – The Aquarium // Fargo, ND
July 17th – O.N.E. // Mandan, ND
July 19th – What’s Up Lounge // Mankato, MN