Posted 7/7/11 10:54 am EST by Gil Kaufman in Britney Spears, fleet foxes, Foo-Fighters, kings of leon, Lil Wayne, Live Music, Newsroom Poll, Rihanna, Taylor Swift, Tour Dates, U2
One shoots whipped cream out of her boobs and changes outfits seven times in one song. Another writhes on a giant guitar and closes her show by donning giant angel wings. Whether you're a Katy Perry fan or a Britney booster, the fact is these divas are leading a parade of major stars hitting stages this summer, and since we told you who our experts predict will rule the road during bikini season, now we want you to tell us who you've invested your cash in.
Will you plunk down your hard-earned cash to see Taylor Swift's country cutie act (once she gets over that nasty case of bronchitis, that is), will it be U2's gargantuan 360 Tour that will drain your bank account, or is your money on Perry and Spears?
If you're more of a hip-head, Lil Wayne is a lock to be somewhere near your neck of the woods this summer and Wiz Khalifa will surely burn one down within driving distance. If high-energy pop-punk is the thing, the Blink-182/My Chemical Romance double-bill aims to please, unless you prefer your rock more uncut, in which case Foo Fighters, My Morning Jacket and Kings of Leon may be the right choice.
And, for the first time, glowstick-loving dance fans are not being left out in the cold thanks to the first-ever touring electronica festival, IDentity, which will hit amphitheaters in major markets with a host of big beat stars like Skrillex, Afrojack and Kaskade.
Then again, maybe we left someone off the list and there's some other tour your totally jacked about. We've done our homework, now it's your turn. Vote in our summer tours poll below. Read More...
Last night, I saw the Backstreet Boys (for what feels like the millionth time) and New Kids On The Block (for the first time ever!) hit the stage as the amazing boy band hybrid NKOTBSB at the Izod Center in good old New Jersey.
Was I blown away? Why, yes. To be honest, I'm a huge fan of both groups, but really had no idea what I was getting myself into or what to expect. I was curious how these two massive pop acts would make it work. But make it work they did.
It was marvelous to see the New Kids for the first time – I’ve been a fan of theirs for longer than I'd care to admit – and it was amazing to see that BSB still have it. The room swooned for all nine guys, to say the least.
Seattle emo legends Sunny Day Real Estate just announced that they will be heading out on a reunion tour this fall. It will be the band's first series of shows since 2000 (when they recorded and toured as the Fire Theft) and the first featuring the original lineup since 1998. You probably know Sunny Day Real Estate more from what the band members did after they left the group: Bassist Nate Mendel and drummer William Goldsmith were the first rhythm section for Foo Fighters (Mendel remains a member of that band), guitarist Dan Hoerner has worked with Dashboard Confessional and frontman Jeremy Enigk has had minor success as a solo artist.
The band's tour will launch on September 17 in Vancouver. They also plan on reissuing their first two albums, the influential Diary and LP2, and the shows plan on drawing mostly from those albums. Those reissues, featuring new liner notes, will be released September 15.
Many bands name-check Sunny Day Real Estate as a big influence, including Paramore, who have dropped a cover of the Sunny Day Real Estate song "Faces in Disguise" into their live shows. Their most famous moment probably came when they appeared on the soundtrack to "Batman Forever" in 1995, though they did have a brief presence on MTV's "120 Minutes" with the video for "Seven."
Britney Spears has taken her Circus across the pond and kicked off the European leg of her tour Wednesday night at London's O2 Arena. But instead of just bringing over the same tour she had Stateside, the singer has some new song remixes of old favorites and some new looks as well.
According to her Web site some of the remixed tracks include "Baby One More Time," "Do Something," "Piece of Me," "I'm a Slave 4 U" and "Womanizer." After the show, Britney Tweeted excitedly, "Just wrapped my first show in London. I love all the remixed tracks and new costumes!"
Although we're sure Spears' loyal fans loved the show, the same can't be said of some of her critics. The reviews are in, and some professional concertgoers described it as dull. The Sun said of Brit's performance, "Madonna is twice her age and does double the dancing." Read More...
At this point, Paramore have been out on the road in support of Riot! for so long that they can probably play the album back-to-front while standing on their heads and chucking Frisbees into the crowd. (Note: They should totally do this if they haven't already.)
But lo! The end is near ... because on July 28, they'll embark on "The Final Riot!," a summer tour which, if you couldn't guess by the name, will be their final jaunt of 2008 and the last time you'll get to see them before they've got a brand-new album to promote (an album that firecracker-y frontwoman Hayley Williams talked to MTV News about earlier this month).
So if you haven't caught Paramore live yet (were you in jail or something?), well, you better get cracking. As an added bonus, Jack's Mannequin, Phantom Planet and Paper Route are all coming along for the ride too. Full dates after the jump. Read More...
The boys of Foxboro Hot Tubs (aka You Know Who) are touring all May, and you can only get tickets day of at the venue box office. $20, two tickets per person. End of story. Live Nation this is not!
You'll be treated to some loud garage rock, and who knows what else? Maybe midway through the show, they'll toss you some American Idiot fan faves -- or split off into some other alter-ego band that plays reggaeton. So much is possible.
We'd also like to take a moment and point out that the band is hitting up one of the coolest venues you will ever set foot into: New Orleans' One Eyed Jack's. It's like a dinner theater-style bordello, red velvet and all, where folks like Liars have played. And it's waaaaaay too small a joint for a band like, say, Green Day...
The dates for you, after the jump. Read More...
Have you ever seen the gravelly-voiced, bowler hat-sportin', Jim Jarmusch movie-starrin', probably-brushes-his-teeth-with-moonshine genius that is Tom Waits...LIVE?? Nope, us neither.
And you know why? Because the man close to never tours. And when he does, it's usually not to godforsaken, off-the-beaten-path places like NY and LA. No, the man prefers spots like Mobile, AL. And it's all due to his mystical method of booking shows -- for instance, this tour, as evidenced in the kinda psychedelic clip above, may be the first ever planned to correspond with the constellation "hydra."
So if you're within road-trip distance of any of the stops on the "Glitter and Doom" tour, spend your rent money on inflated gas prices and go see him play. The man is inimitable!! (Except by Scarlett Johansson...?)
The complete dates after the jump. Read More...
Newsroom favorites, The Roots, have a new album, Rising Down, coming out on April 29. It'll be either their 10th or 11th album, depending on if you count the live album and/or retrospectives and CAN YOU BELIEVE THEY'VE PUT OUT THAT MANY ALBUMS?? (Also, the album is quite good).
Anyway, we've always called them the Hardest Working Band In Show Business and that's for a reason. They're about to hit the road for five months. Seriously. Like from now through August. Starting tonight, they'll be playing a bunch of colleges, then they do a series of old-school theaters and outdoor amphitheaters with Erykah Badu (whose new album is so very good), and then a bunch of summer festivals in strange places that probably don't get A-list acts too often. If you've never seen them before, you have no excuse.
Plus, they'll be doing three TV appearances in the next couple of weeks. April 13th with Jon Stewart's "Night of Too Many Stars" (Comedy Central), April 15th with Steven Colbert as "The Colbert Show" comes to Philly for pre-Primary Week (Comedy Central), and April 28th for "The Late Show With David Letterman." Whew.
Questlove spoke about what it's going to be like performing with Erykah Badu. The loudest hip-hop band in the world just might become the quietest.
Yes, that's a tuba in the background.
So, where can you see The Roots? Full tour itinerary after the jump.
Our favorite psyche-out, proggy hard-rock dudes, The Mars Volta, have announced additional dates on their tour that kicked off last week. Even MORE dates are due soon, in support of their latest (excellent) album, The Bedlam in Goliath. But for now, their current tour listed after the jump.
The Raconteurs are going on tour in support of their new album, Consolers of the Lonely. Dates courtesy of our friends at Brooklyn Vegan:
April 14-15 Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge
April 20 Vancouver. BC @ Commodore Ballroom
April 21 Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
April 22 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
April 23 San Francisco, CA @ Bimbo's 365 Club
April 25 Indio, CA @ Coachella
April 26 Las Vegas, NV @ The Joint
April 28 Denver, CO @ The Fillmore
April 29 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theatre
May 1 Dallas, Texas @ House of Blues
May 2-3 Austin, Texas @ Stubb's BBQ
May 4 New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival
May 13 Manchester, Tennessee @ Bonnaroo (with Black Lips)
May 27 Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club (with Black Lips)
May 28 Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club (with Black Lips)
May 30 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (with Black Lips)
June 3 Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion (with Black Lips)
June 4 Montreal, QUE @ Metropolis (with Black Lips)
June 5 Toronto, ONT @ Ricoh Coliseum (with Black Lips)
June 7 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore (with Black Lips)
June 9 Columbus, OH @ LC Amphitheater (with Black Lips)
June 10 Cincinnati, OH @ National City Pavilion (with Black Lips)
June 12 St. Louis, MO @ Pageant (with Fiery Furnaces)
June 13 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival