The Killers have an incredibly aggressive tour schedule plotted out for 2013, including headlining many festivals as well as their own stand alone shows – all throughout the world, in support of 2012’s Battleborn. The Rock Subculture Journal covered two of the shows in December 2012, the second of which in their hometown of Las Vegas was especially awesome; sadly, they hit bad weather on their way to headlining one of the nights of Caprices Festival in Switzerland last week and were not able to make the show. [Read more…]
After a string of health-related challenges over the past 30 days, Morrissey appears to be back in the swing of things with a bit of ethics-related controversy with a Jimmy Kimmel Live! booking this week and since having played a successful show last night with an excellent set list in San Diego… with two more shows in Los Angeles in coming days, and then up to Northern California for a Mondavi Center show in Davis (rescheduled from last year), which I’ll be attending and reviewing. Additionally, tomorrow a number of new dates will go on sale, and some missed dates have been rescheduled, so this will serve as somewhat of a housekeeping announcement. [Read more…]
Last night Thunder Valley Resort & Casino played host to one of a short run of shows by music legend Crystal Gayle. The award-winning singer, best known for her 1977 hit, “Don’t It Make My Brown Eyes Blue”., put on an amazing show of her own songs as well as tributes to the works of others, with her own signature style. It was incredible to have an opportunity to enjoy the show put on by her along with her sister Peggy Sue and the five-piece band led by Jay Patten.
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.
The Breeders are celebrating the 20th anniversary of the second album, Last Splash, with a special reissue of the album as well as live tour dates. While many are hopeful that it turns out to be a full world tour, thus far the dates on sale are in Europe this Summer. [Read more…]
Sixto Rodriguez, who’s story was portrayed in the Oscar-nominated Searching for Sugar Man (due on DVD/Blu-Ray January 22nd) has concert dates planned out through the first half of 2013, taking him to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, the United States, and through to Glastonbury in the UK. [Read more…]
Natasha Khan, recording and performing as Bat for Lashes, has announced a handful of dates for the start of 2013, supporting the critically acclaimed The Haunted Man, which was released late last year. January and February are host to mostly festival performances in Singapore, New Zealand, and Australia, with some concerts in California and the Pacific Northwest in April, and one date in her Native England in June. [Read more…]
Grammy award-winning prolific alternative duo They Might Be Giants have plotted out their 2013 North American tour (part of a 60-date international tour), which will also mark their 30th anniversary. Kicking off in Maine at the end of February, the band will journey across the United States and Canada through mid-June. Their latest studio album, Nanobots, is due to hit on March 5th, and a 3-song Nanobots EP was just released (find on iTunes and Amazon). You can also check out their new track, “Lost My Mind”, on SoundCloud. The tech-savvy band have also released a new iPhone app. [Read more…]