Saves The Day Talk Life On The Road


I got to snag an interview with Saves The Day while they were finishing up the New Found Glory 10 yr anniversary tour. Saves The Day has their upcoming seventh full-length album, Daybreak, making it’s debut this year. A release date is yet to be set. However I hear that the album is almost finished. The boys say Daybreak is the best yet and will melt your faces off! But you can read all about that after the jump!
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Kick-Ass Soundtrack in-stores now

KICK-ASS MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK IN-STORES NOW
KICK-ASS OPENS WIDE IN U.S. THEATRES APRIL 16TH
Exclusive “Suit Up” clip posted

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Kick-Ass: Music from the Motion Picture is now available everywhere! The KICK-ASS soundtrack album opens with “Make Me Wanna Die,” the first official commercial release by new Interscope recording group The Pretty Reckless. The band is fronted by singer-songwriter Taylor Momsen, who is also one of the stars of CW’s hugely popular TV series, Gossip Girl. The release of The Pretty Reckless debut album on Interscope is slated for June 22nd; two days later the group joins the 16th annual Vans Warped Tour 2010 for its two-month trek, running through August 15th.

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Rafter Ventures Out for Tour, Creates Special Edition Tour-Only Remix Album of Animal Feelings, Gives Away Remix!

RAFTER VENTURES OUT FOR TOUR, CREATES SPECIAL EDITION TOUR-ONLY REMIX ALBUM OF ANIMAL FEELINGS, GIVES AWAY REMIX!

Consummately professional zest-hound Rafter Roberts is hitting the road in support of his exuberant new FM-ready feel-good record, Animal Feelings, out 4/13 on Asthmatic Kitty. Also setting out along the rhinestone-studded interstate, in addition to ringmaster Roberts, will be drummer extraordinaire Nathan Hubbard, and, for select dates, singer/designer/Rafter-muse and main squeeze, Lizeth Santos. To mark the occasion, Rafter has compiled an album’s worth of remixes, some of his own fashioning, which will be available as a tour-only release, and to get the party started off on the right foot, is making one available to all those who love life now! Enjoy this wonderful Epstein Y El Conjunto (aka Roberto Carlos Lange, aka Helado Negro) remix of “Timeless Form, Formless Time.”

Downloads after the jump…

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Paper Tongues Self-titled Album Out TODAY!!

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Paper Tongues’ Self-titled debut album is available everywhere today! The album features 10 revolutionary tracks that are influenced by rock, funk, rap, and soul, including their hit single “Ride To California.” Another song off the album, “Trinity” is available for free as iTunes’ “Single of the Week.” Head over to iTunes now to grab the track along with the rest of the album, in stores now!

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A Night With The Quin Twins, Tegan And Sara

Tegan and Sara
Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
March 26, 2010

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The twins Tegan and Sara Quin have been writing music together since the age of 15. Yet this is the first major time in their career when the two have collaborated and actually written together. Whereas most teenagers are lost in the turmoil that is young love and the pressures of growing up, Tegan and Sara were chronicling their teenage lives in their high school’s makeshift studio. Over the next few years, tender lyrics like, “Got time to wander to waste and to whine / But when it comes to you / It seems like I just can’t find the time” would form into the album that jump started their future career.

More photos of Tegan and Sara after the jump…

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Steel Train Rolls Through Chicago Full Steam Ahead

Steel Train
Aragon Ballroom – Chicago, IL
March 26, 2010

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I know, I know. I was fooled as well. Steel Train is actually five young rockers made from skin and flesh. While the name may be misleading, these guys know how to play rock music and then some. Some may consider it a mix up of traditional rock or even punk music, but it has definitely been run through pop re-workings, keeping quirky songs like “I Feel Weird” stuck in your head.

More photos of Steel Train after the jump…

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Air Blows Through Chicago

Air
The Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL
03/24/2010

Air BandA robotic voice boomed over the airwaves as the French duo, Air, glided on stage in near darkness.

“Do you speak French,” it asked. The crowd roared back.

Air must have a wide range of fans, because people of all ages were at this show. I mean, Air has seen more than a decade of hits. The pair have left an imprint on everyone as they blow through album after album, who released over half of their work in the early 2000’s. The first full-length album, Moon Safari defined the “chill” genre and garnered their well-deserved attention from much of the UK’s major music news. Remember that perfect world when MTV stood for “music television”? Only briefly has Air slowed down to work with writer/director Sofia Copppola, scoring her original film The Virgin Suicides and contributing tracks to a few other films like Marie Antoinette. Air has also collaborated with many popular French artists, like Phoenix and Charlotte Gainsbourg.

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In Photos: 1Fifty1

1Fifty1
The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
3/26/10

1Fifty1 is Big Herc (Juan Hernandez) and Fresco (Ian Mathias).

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1Fifty1 opened up for Bone Thugs and Harmony Thursday night at the Rave in Milwaukee.  Their next show is, again, at the Rave opening for Lupe Fiasco on April 16th!

More photos after the jump!

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Dirty Heads “I Got No Time” Free Download

“I Got No Time” Free Download: http://dirtyheads.bandcamp.com/

The Dirty Heads Any Port In A Storm – Special Edition Pre-Order Now Live On Interpunk

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Executive Music Group (EMG) has announced they will release the expanded, special edition CD of The Dirty Heads debut album Any Port in a Storm, through Fontana, on April 27th. The 22-track set includes the hit single “Lay Me Down,” featuring Rome of Sublime with Rome, and is available now at all major digital services. “Lay Me Down,” currently Top 20 on the charts and climbing, was recently featured on Rolling Stone’s “Hot List” and is one of the most added and requested songs at dozens of radio stations across the country. On tour now in support of the release, the band has announced they will be the opening act on the highly anticipated Sublime with Rome spring theatre tour beginning 4/20 in Los Angeles.

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PAPER TONGUES RELEASE EPK

PAPER TONGUES RELEASE EPK
Self-titled Album In Stores March 30th

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It has been a long journey for the North Carolina-based septet Paper Tongues, but now, with their Self-titled debut album set for release on March 30th, the band is ready for the spotlight. In the first of a series of new EPK videos on YouTube, fans are introduced to the seven band members and get to know singer Aswan North, who shares his unique background and childhood struggles. North also explains the origins of the name “Paper Tongues” and its tie-in to the new record. Check out the video here, and stay tuned to the band’s official MySpace page for updates and more videos in the series.

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Want to see Corinne Bailey Rae… FREE?

I was stumbling around the internet after one too many, and I found something I thought I must share:

Free tickets.

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Complete Truck America 2010 Festival Lineup

FULL PERFORMER LIST ANNOUNCED FOR TRUCK AMERICA FESTIVAL
Intimate performances from Mercury Rev, White Rabbits, The Joy Formidable
Here We Go Magic, Wintersleep & many more
April 30 – May 2 @ The Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY in the awe inspiring Catskill Mountains

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You heard it here first…revel in the FULL list of confirmed bands for the first ever Truck America Festival co-presented by Radio Woodstock! The lineup includes performances by Mercury Rev, The Joy Formidable, Hopewell, White Rabbits, Forgetters, Ida, Lewis & Clarke, The Silent League, Roadside Graves, Neil Halstead and many more (complete list below). The inaugural love fest will take place at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY from Friday, April 30 through Sunday, May 2nd 2010. Weekend passes and individual day tickets are available online NOW from Brown Paper Tickets. The three day festival celebrates the stateside arrival of one of the UK’s great independent, family operated festival circuits.

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AM Taxi’s new album/new single “Fed Up” Available Now!

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Chicago-based rock band AM Taxi released their new single “Fed Up” this past week. Their debut album, ‘We Don’t Stand a Chance’, is set for release June 8th, on Virgin Records. The group will be touring with Spill Canvas this upcoming April and May, and will also be spending the summer on Warped Tour. (Check out the dates below.)

“Fed Up” is available for purchase on iTunes, and featured as a New and Noteworthy single on their Alternative music page here!



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Partner Post: Betta Promotions will be hosting A Lull, Suns, Group of Altos, and Young Sun at Subterranean

Betta Promotions will be hosting A Lull, Suns, Group of Altos, and Young Sun at Subterranean

Chicago IL March 25 2010 – On Saturday April 3 2010 Betta Promotions will bring a very illuminated and much anticipated line-up of Chicago, and Wisconsin’s, finest to Subterranean. Headlining the evening will be A Lull (Lujo Records). With one of the fullest  live bands (7 members to date) in the area, A Lull brings to the stage even more than they’ve managed to squeeze onto the ocean of sound that is their debut EP, Ice Cream Bones, and the more recent 7″ Weapons For War / Spread It All Around. Coming off multiple showcases in Austin at SXSW they’ll surely fulfill your expectations of any Saturday night. “[A Lull] have pulled together their collective indie rock experience to produce a lush, intricate, headphone-ready indie pop record that surprises, delights and frustrates – all in just over 11 minutes.”Westword.com

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Justin Bieber Brings The Fever To Chicago

Justin Bieber
Rosemont Theatre – Rosemont, IL
March 24, 2010

 

Justin Bieber Rosemont Theatre

More photos of Justin Bieber after the jump!

Godsmack Unveil The Oracle Cover Art and Tracklisting

Godsmack Unveil The Oracle Cover Art and Tracklisting

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Godsmack has given fans another glimpse at their forthcoming release with the unveiling of the album cover art and tracklisting. The band has been building anticipation for The Oracle’s May 4th release through a series of webisode’s titled “The Making Of The Oracle,” which follows the band through the recording process of their first studio album in four years.

Godsmack is a multi-platinum selling band led by front man Sully Erna. The Lawrence, MA rockers have had two consecutive number one albums on the Billboard Top 200 (Faceless and IV) and their latest single “Cryin’ Like A Bitch” is quickly climbing to the top of the charts.

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TAYLOR HAWKINS & THE COATTAIL RIDERS ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR

TAYLOR HAWKINS & THE COATTAIL RIDERS ANNOUNCE U.S. TOUR
JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE APPEARANCE CONFIRMED FOR APRIL 21
Album Out April 20 On Shanabelle/RCA

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Having confirmed the April 20 release of sophomore album Red Light Fever (Shanabelle/RCA), Taylor Hawkins & The Coattail Riders have now announced both U.S. tour dates and an April 21 appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

The first salvo of roadwork to support Red Light Fever will be April 19 at the Casbah in San Diego and will include a day of release show at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, as well as dates in Santa Barbara, Las Vegas, Salt Lake City, Boston, Toronto, Baltimore, New York and Philadelphia. Further dates will be announced as they are confirmed.

The upcoming tour will feature Hawkins on vocals and a variety of instruments, joined by veteran Coattail Riders Chris Chaney (bass), Gannin Arnold (guitar), Nate Wood (guitar), as well as Foo Fighters touring percussionist Drew Hester. The Coattail Riders coterie will unveil the first ever live interpretations of the brand new Red Light Fever material as well as tracks from the band’s eponymous 2006 debut album.

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AFI To Tour with Green Day

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In a double bill that is sure to set any punk rocker’s heart aflame, AFI and Green Day have announced they will hit the road together for a late summer tour beginning August 3rd. The tour will mark another piece of joint history for the two iconic bands who both got their starts in the Nor Cal scene. While both bands have come a long way from their Gilman days the tour will give fans the chance to experience an epic night of music rooted in the East Bay!

AFI has been touring tirelessly in support of their recent release, Crash Love, and will also be headlining Bamboozle Left this coming Saturday, March 27th, in Anaheim, California. For fans who can’t make it to Bamboozle, check out AFI’s tourdates with Green Day below and keep checking www.AFireInside.net as new dates will be added soon.

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WIN TICKETS TO WATCH CYPRESS HILL PERFORM ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE PLUS A FLYAWAY TRIP FOR 2 TO LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

WIN TICKETS TO WATCH CYPRESS HILL PERFORM ON JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE
PLUS A FLYAWAY TRIP FOR 2 TO LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA!

CYPRESS HILL GIVE FIRST LOOK AT “RISE UP” MUSIC VIDEO

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Cypress Hill has released a batch of exclusive shots from the new Cypress Hill video “Rise Up.” The energetic title track produced by Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine fame, stands as a clarion call for people to rise up to meet challenges and fight for what they believe in. The song’s rock feel offers the perfect entree for the rest of the band’s album – Rise Up, which masterfully alternates between hardcore hip hop and driving rock tracks.

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The Smashing Pumpkins Kick Off RECORD STORE DAY, APRIL 17, 2010

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS KICK OFF RECORD STORE DAY – APRIL 17, 2010
EXCLUSIVE PRE-SALE FOR THE SMASHING PUMPKINS LIMITED-EDITION EP
“TEARGARDEN BY KALEIDYSCOPE VOL. 1: SONGS FOR A SAILOR”

Coast to coast, fans visiting select local independent record stores on RECORD STORE DAY, Saturday, April 17, will have an opportunity to preorder the new, limited edition EP by The Smashing Pumpkins, Teargarden by Kaleidyscope Vol 1: Songs For A Sailor. The pre-order is exclusive to independent record stores. By preordering the EP, fans will be guaranteed to own the EP and will immediately receive a collector’s edition Smashing Pumpkins black light poster, while supplies last.

Says Smashing Pumpkins band leader Billy Corgan: “I used to work at an indie record shop so I’ll always have a soft spot for the places where I still go to find the most vital music, whether new or still hidden.”

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Jakob Dylan Announces U.S. Tour, Letterman and Leno Apperances in Support of ‘Women and County’

Announces Tour Dates With His Band
Jakob Dylan and Three Legs Featuring Neko Case and Kelly Hogan
Tour dates are in conjunction with his new album ‘Women and Country’
set for release on April 6th
Jakob set to appear on ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’ on April 21st &
‘The Tonight Show With Jay Leno’ on May 13th

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LOS ANGELES, CA, March 24, 2010— Jakob Dylan has announced plans for an upcoming nation-wide tour with his band Jakob Dylan and Three Legs, which features Neko Case and Kelly Hogan. The tour is set to kick off April 9th in Pittsburgh, PA in support of his latest album Women and Country set for release April 6th. Jakob has also announced that he will be appearring on The Late Show with David Letterman on April 21st and The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on May 13th.

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Gossip Debut Video for “Pop Goes the World”

Check out the latest video from Gossip for “Pop Goes the World.” The video for the band’s third single, from their internationally acclaimed sophomore release Music for Men, was directed by Philip Andelman (Jay-Z, Silversun Pickups, Maxwell).

Gossip is on tour this spring! Check out the dates below:

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Hollywood Undead Release “Radio Undead” Webisode 3


Hollywood Undead are starting the countdown to their new, customized radio station on iheartradio, “Radio Undead.” The band just posted a new countdown widget on their Facebook page that includes a video of the guys – complete with animated masks – discussing their musical choices. Click here for the widget, or just watch the video on YouTube. “Radio Undead” will kick off this April, and for two weeks fans can listen to hours of music by some of Hollywood Undead’s favorite artists, some of which, according the band themselves – might surprise you. Click here to RSVP to the event before April 1st!

Hollywood Undead is currently working on their sophomore album, a follow-up to their acclaimed debut Swan Songs. For more info and updates on the band’s progress, head over to the band’s official MySpace Page, and stay tuned to iheartradio.com.

M.I.A. to Headline Hardfest LA and NYC!

M.I.A. TO HEADLINE HARD LA AND HARD NYC!

SUPPORT FROM SLEIGH BELLS, RYE RYE, THEOPHILUS LONDON, SKREAM, BENGA, NINJASONIK, 12TH PLANET, DESTRUCTO AND MORE!

CROSS-CONTINENTAL FESTIVAL TO TAKE PLACE JULY 17TH IN LOS ANGELES & JULY 24TH IN NEW YORK

SPECIALLY PRICED BUNDLED TICKETS AVAILABLE FOR UPCOMING HARD SUMMER LA & HARD LA / M.I.A. FESTIVALS

www.hardfest.com

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Global trendsetter & cultural icon M.I.A. will make her 2010 national stage debut with appearances at HARD festivals in NYC and LA this July! Performing alongside M.I.A. will be her own N.E.E.T. recording artists Sleigh Bells and Rye Rye along with Theophilus London, 12th Planet, Ninjasonik, Nguzunguzu and the hardest working man in LA, Destructo. HARD LA & HARD NYC will be the first chance to catch M.I.A. live in support of her upcoming summer release.

On July 17th, HARD will transform the Los Angeles State Historic Park into a huge day-long, two-stage festival. The caravan heads to New York next where HARD has partnered with The Bowery Presents for another two-stage outdoor extravaganza on July 24th at South Island Field on Governors Island. Both shows will have additional artists on the lineup to be announced closer to event dates. Tickets for both events are available starting Friday, March 26th. Scroll down for details on dates and where tickets can be purchased.

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Max Bemis called me on the phone and I touched myself…

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When I found out I was going to interview Max Bemis of Say Anything (and Two Tongues and Perma), I was beyond ecstatic. When I first heard “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too” (the inspiration for the title of this post) back in 2006, well, it was love at first note. I’ve been following Say Anything’s career ever since.

From Max’s personal ordeals to line-up changes, Say Anything has been through a lot since its inception. Many fans, like me, are aware and even feel like they’ve gone through it with them. Max’s lyrics are very personal and are capable of evoking a myriad of emotions. That’s one of my favorite things about this band.

Despite any rough patches along the way, the current incarnation of Say Anything is on point. They are polished, but not overly so. They seem ready to grow in a new direction without losing any of the qualities that make them awesome. Say Anything has a new self-titled album out and will be touring with Angels and Airwaves this spring.

Read all about my conversation with Max after the jump…

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Fizz Half Acre Brewery Tasting

Fizz
3220 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60657

Stop into Fizz for their Half Acre Brewery tasting coming up next Wednesday the 31st at 7pm and running to 9pm. Brewers from the Chicago Microbrewery will be in giving out samples and talking about their latest brews.

Abbey Pub Events

Abbey Pub
3420 W. Grace St.
Chicago IL 60618

WEEKLY IN THE PUB:

Every Tues… Open Mic. 8:30pm. Free
Every Sun… Longest Running Traditional Irish Session with Devin Shepherd – 4pm. Free
$3 Guinness.

Preferred seating available at all music events when a dinner reservation is made

NEW SHOWS! On Sale Saturday at Noon!

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Flip Flops Tiki Bar & Grill Events

Flip Flops Tiki Bar & Grill
1022 Fountain View Drive
Carol Stream, IL 60188

Come check out this family owned Caribbean themed venue while listening to some great live music. See why the Daily Herald calls Flip Flops a getaway close to home.

April – 3rd – Todd Donnelly and his steel drums
April 17 – Joey Derus Duo
May 1st – Jimmy P
May 15th – Gypsy

Metro, Smart Bar, and Double Door Events

Here are your most up to date Events at the Metro, Smart Bar & Double Door!

ON SALE THIS SATURDAY 3/27 @ NOON IN METRO:
Friday, June 11: (JAM) THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS * SHE WANTS REVENGE
Friday, June 18: COCOROSIE

ON SALE THIS SATURDAY 3/27 @ NOON IN SMART BAR:
Thursday, April 22: INCYDE (Hot Flush/Dub War NYC) * TIMID * JEFF PIETRO * OLIN

See What’s ON SALE NOW After The Jump!

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Tilted Kilt & The Highlands Music Lounge Events

Tilted Kilt and The Highlands Music Lounge
2300 Bushwood Drive
Elgin, IL 60124

Tilted Kilt and The Highlands Music Lounge are the hottest new sports pub and music venue in the northwest suburbs!! Tilted Kilt has bands playing every Saturday night. The Highlands Music Lounge has Country Night every Wednesday night! Is Country not your thing? That’s ok! Come in for Ladies Night on Thursday’s or dance it up on Friday’s. Check out the local scene with live bands on Saturdays follwed by a DJ dance party.

Show’s to check out:
3/27 – Hi Infidelity
4/3 – Alive
4/10 – Infinity
4/17 – Cover Gurl
4/24 – Libido Funk

LIFEHOUSE SHARE THEIR FAVORITE TUNES WITH FANS IN NEW PODCAST

LIFEHOUSE SHARE THEIR FAVORITE TUNES WITH FANS IN NEW PODCAST

Fresh off the release of their highly anticipated fifth album, Smoke & Mirrors, and preparing to hit the road with Daughtry in support of the new record, Lifehouse found time to sit down for the weekly syndicated radio show “The iTunes Download” and share with fans the songs that they’ve recently downloaded onto their own iPods. In the free podcast, available now on iTunes, the guys also spin songs from bands that influenced them – including Nirvana and the Police – and laugh about life on the road. Download the show now, and then share the link with your friends on Facebook and Twitter!

Lifehouse’s nationwide tour with Daughtry and Cavo kicked off March 18th in Baltimore, MD and will wrap up in mid-June. For all upcoming tour dates and ticket details visit LifehouseMusic.com. Smoke &
Mirrors, featuring the hit single “Halfway Gone,” is available in stores and online now. It debuted at #6 on the Billboard charts after its March 2nd release – the highest debut of the band’s career.

Motion City Soundtrack Performing at House of Blues in Chicago April 7th!

Motion City Soundtrack Performing at House of Blues in Chicago April 7th!

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“Motion City Soundtrack’s smart-aleck tendencies combine nicely with a
harder sound on My Dinosaur Life, pushing the band back to its roots with
enough twist to propel it in a new direction.”

“Smart, brash and mouthy, the songs on My Dinosaur Life have such
irresistible melodies and arrangements that they dare you not to play them
on the radio.”

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Norah Jones Pushes ‘The Fall’ In Chicago

Norah Jones
The Chicago Theatre – Chicago, IL
March 20, 2010

Norah Jones The Chicago Theatre

Not many artists kick off their live show with six brand new songs in a row. Not even when on tour promoting their latest record. However, that is exactly what Norah Jones did last night when she performed to a sold out crowd at The Chicago Theatre. On the road in support of her new album The Fall, Norah Jones pushed her new tunes to the max. Not until the seventh song in did Jones revert back to an oldie. Upon completing the first midtempo keyboard-heavy song of the evening “Chasing Pirates,” Norah informed the audience that, “We’re playing all new songs from my new album for the first few minutes.” If fans wanted to hear Norah’s early material, no one dared to object to the singer/songwriter’s decision to plug her latest musical effort, The Fall. Norah works hard for her money. Clearly, the fact that Norah Jones has won multiple Grammy Awards (12 wins out of 18 nominations!) in the past seven years has no effect on this woman’s work ethic.

More photos of Norah Jones and the set list from the show after the jump…

Set List / Chicago

I Wouldn’t Need You

Light As A Feather

Even Though

Chasing Pirates

Young Blood

It’s Gonna Be

Broken

Waiting

Sunrise

Cold Cold Heart

Back To Manhattan

Sinkin’ Soon

Jesus, Etc. (Wilco cover)

Man Of The Hour

Don’t Know Why

You’ve Ruined Me

Lonestar

Strangers

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How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart?

Come Away With Me

Stuck

“It’s Gonna Be” is a throwback to 1969-1970 when Norman Greenbaum’s hit “Spirit In The Sky” was omnipresent and selling over two million copies. “We’re going to do a song from my last album. It’s a song called ‘Broken,’ announced Jones while two of her band members respectively arranged themselves with an upright string bass and a xylophone. What surprised me the most at last night’s concert, was that Jones did not sit down at her upright piano until eight songs through her set when she played another new track from The Fall, “Waiting.” Up until then, Jones was either steadily strumming on her red-and-white electric guitar, or on stage right standing behind her keyboard.

“You guys wanna hear a happy song now? I wore my party dress for you guys,” said Jones, cute as a button in a strapless polka-dotted red, black, and red dress straight out of a 1950s high school prom. “It kinda doesn’t fit under the piano, but whatever.” The happy song that the jazz piano major from the University of North Texas performed next just happened to be my absolute favorite track from the Norah Jones catalog. One simply cannot help but smile and sing along when you hear “Sunrise.” Believe me, just try not to hum or “hoo” along with the singer’s angelic and ethereal voice. This tune is addictive. And to imagine I first heard it at work while hostessing at the Olive Garden. The job was horrible, but it introduced me to one of my favorite pieces of music ever. “Sunrise” was accompanied by a gorgeous spectacle of lights set against a backdrop of four white curtains hanging from the ceiling. Rich, warm tones of red, orange, yellow, magenta, fuchsia, purple, pink, gold, and any other color reminiscent of a splendid summer sunrise and/or sunset illuminated the stage and its performers.

“Thanks, we’re going to do an old song now,” announced Jones before launching into “Cold Cold Heart” from her debut record Come Away With Me. “It’s way older than I am. And it’s probably older than most of you, too.” Next up was a cover that I somewhat expected would be included in the night’s festivities. “We’re in Chicago, so we’re going to do a song by our favorite Chicago band, Wilco,” Jones exclaimed. Performing a cover of Wilco’s “Jesus, Etc.” has become a staple of Norah’s live show. “Thank you, Jeff Tweedy,” gushed Jones, an avid and long-time fan of Chicago’s very own Wilco. “We actually did some shows with them and we sang this song in tribute to them to be funny. They played it, too.”

“We’re going to do a song about a dog here,” Jones said by way of introducing the next song “Man Of The Hour.” However, Norah was left alone on stage for this one, where she proceeded to perform “Man Of The Hour” sitting at her piano. This was the only moment during the entire show that had Jones playing solo, with only her delicate voice coming through the house PA, supported by her college-trained tickling of the ivories. “Man Of The Hour” is about man’s best friend. That’s correct, a dog. “Sasha and I have our dogs out on the road with us, which is really fun,” admitted a smiling Jones. Sasha is the only female member of Norah’s touring band. What is it with girls and their dogs? I suppose once you listen to the comical lyrics that compare a boyfriend to a canine, why not have your dog with you to keep you company?

Inevitably, the time came for Jones to knock out one of her big hits. The first few bars of “Don’t Know Why” was met with claps and shouts of approval from fans seated in the audience, who had been waiting patiently to hear a song that they knew. Radio fans is what I call those people. With “Don’t Know Why” out of the way, Jones took a few seconds to verbalize her appreciation of those fans in attendance. “You are great audience. It’s like I can feel you.”

“You want to hear a song about Texas? Let’s do a song about Texas,” Jones said while addressing her band as they stood by waiting for their boss to make an impromptu decision regarding which song would be next on the set list. “It’s the only song about Texas we have,” joked Norah before beginning to play the opening notes to “Lonestar.” After paying tribute to the state where Jones lived out her formative years, Norah told the crowd with a hint of disappointment, “I thought we were going to have some honkytonk dancers, but I think they were just going to the bathroom. We had it last night. Oh well, maybe next time.” Maybe next time, indeed. Although it will definitely NOT be me getting up out of my seat to dance the honkytonk. However, count on yours truly being at the next Norah Jones concert in Chicago. Witnessing the talent of Norah Jones right before your eyes is worth every penny of her ticket price.

For the encore, Jones and her band got up close and personal with each other as they gathered around a single microphone on stage right. From here they began to play a beautiful acoustic arrangement of “How Many Times Have You Broken My Heart?” With the first of three encore tunes wrapped up and out of the way, Jones gave in to the wishes and desires of fans who have followed Norah’s music since the beginning. “Come Away With Me” may have been the third single to be released from the artist’s debut record with the same name, but it is arguably the biggest hit of Norah’s career to date. “No, YOU come away with ME,” a smiling Norah told a fan sitting up front who shouted out the song’s title as Jones adjusted her electric guitar. I was caught off guard upon realizing that “Come Away With Me” was not the last song of the night. Jones is obviously very proud of her new record and its tunes because she chose to end her set with yet another new one, “Stuck.” When it was all over, Norah lovingly told the crowd, “Thanks a lot, Chicago! Have a good night!” before she sauntered off the stage and out of sight.

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Stone Temple Pilots – New Album Artwork + Official Tracklisting

STP FINAL COVER

Check out the official cover art and track listing for Stone TemplePilot’supcoming self-titled studio album in stores on May 25th!

Tracklisting:
Between The Lines
Take A Load Off
Huckleberry Crumble
Hickory Dichotomy
Dare If You Dare
Cinnamon
Hazy Daze
Bagman
Peacoat
Fast As I Can
First Kiss On Mars
Maver

Atlantic recording group *STONE TEMPLE PILOTS *has announced the upcoming release of their hugely anticipated self-titled studio album *“STONE TEMPLE PILOTS.” * This will be the first studio release since 2001’s certified gold
“Shangri-La Dee Da.” The new album – which will be released on *MAY 25th*– will render the magic that has established the band as a dominate force in the rock scene for the past two decades, featuring tracks that original
bassist, guitarist and vocalist, Robert DeLeo recently admitted to SPIN magazine as musically reminiscent of “Paul Revere and the Raiders” driven by the sound of the sixties.

STP kicked off their North American tour with a special SXSW showcase at famed Austin Music Hall on March 18th. See below/attached for more information, tour details and press tools. (Album artwork by Shepard
Fairy; photo credit: Chapman Baehler.)

Stone Temple Pilots comprises all four original band members:
*Scott Weiland* – lead vocals | *Robert DeLeo* – bass, guitar, vocals
*Deab DeLeo* – guitar | *Eric Kretz* – drums, percussion

2010 Tour Dates After The Jump

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