Going to a Marilyn Manson concert is quite an experience, and probably not understood except by those who have done the same. To draw a comparison with the art world, it is akin to going to art museums in London and stopping in at the Tate. Except not to confuse matters… not in the past two weeks during Kraftwerk’s residency. That’s something else entirely. In any event, he puts on quite the impressive show, and is maybe the modern day rock concert equivalent of circus freak sideshows, only with Manson, though his band is supporting, it is decidedly a one man attraction. Most striking is how interactive it is – not just the literal interactions with the audience (and there are many), but his ability to lock onto members of the audience with his eyes, in a kind of staring match version of “chicken”, to see if he can make it striking enough to have you look away first (benefits of being right up close). He’s a natural performer, though interestingly comes across quite different off stage (more on that later). Really an exhilarating evening and hosted courtesy of Marilyn Manson’s unique and stylish version of reality.
French alternative rock band Phoenix will be returning to the United States for the first time in two years to make an appearances as one of the headlining artists at Coachella, as well as headline their own gigs outside of the annual Indio festival. Their fifth studio album, Bankrupt!, is due in the Spring as well through Glassnote Records. Following these dates, they will embark on a world tour headlining additional festivals in Europe.
Guitar and legend Johnny Marr, best known for his role with The Smiths, has announced a tour of the United States and Canada this Spring. As one of the performing guests at Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, Marr has added 18 dates outside of the popular multi-artist festival, including two with New Order. Johnny Marr’s new album, The Messenger, is due February 26th. Fans of Electronic, the joint project between Marr and Bernard Sumner of New Order, are hopefully that some of those amazing songs might be played at the shows where both appear. [Read more…]
One of my favorite albums of the 80s was Vivid from the genre defiant rock band, Living Colour. The band will be playing the classic work in its entirety as part of a 25th anniversary celebration, with a handful of special shows throughout Europe and the United States. The European leg all kicks off in Glasgow at the beginning of March, and then the U.S. in San Francisco at the end of the month. [Read more…]
Morrissey will be completing his tour of the United States, which was postponed late last year after his mother became ill. The concerts picked back up in New York last night, following his appearance on this week on the Late Show with David Letterman. Moz will have a very busy schedule over the next three months, covering much of the U.S., and one final date in Mexico. [Read more…]
Marilyn Manson will be touring the United States and Canada over the next two months, starting at the Eagles Ballroom in Wilwaukee. The Grammy-nominated artist has a reputation for putting on exciting live performances, so they should be great concerts. [Read more…]
Cowboy Junkies begin their “Nomad Tour 2013” in Glasgow, Scotland on January 23rd, play a few dates in the UK for the balance of the month, and then head out to North America, where they will play a number of dates throughout the United States and Canada through May. [Read more…]
Legendary country and pop singer Crystal Gayle has announced a handful of concert dates in the United States for 2013, in Florida, Indiana, Nevada, and California. The award-winning singer is best known for her 1977 hit, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”. [Read more…]
Crystal Castles duo Alice Glass and Ethan Kath will be playing a number of dates in the Spring in the U.S. and Mexico, following two dates in March for the Ultra Music Festival, and an ongoing tour in Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Europe. Their third album, (III), came out late last year, and new songs will be added to their sets from the new album, which will be promoted via a new single “Sad Eyes” and their first video, expected February 18th. [Read more…]
American singer-songwriter Shawn Colvin kicks off her 2013 tour with a series of shows at Yoshi’s in San Francisco (following a special sold out cruise) and will cover a good portion of the United States, Canada, and Australia over the coming months, including some shows with Mary Chapin Carpenter. Many of these shows will be featured at really special venues, like jazz clubs, and the Grammy-winning artist is sure to impress with her special brand of contemporary folk and popular rock music. [Read more…]