Ingram Hill is steadily climbing a mountain of success. The recent explosion of June
The 10th anniversary edition of Ozzfest will boast a main stage lineup of Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden, Killswitch Engage, Shadows Fall and Black Label Society. The trek will begin July 15 at Boston’s Tweeter Center and play 26 dates through a Sept. 4 finale in West Palm Beach, Fla.
The Hot Topic Second Stage will be headlined by Rob Zombie and feature some of hard rock’s rising acts, including As I Lay Dying, Mastodon, the Haunted, In Flames, Arch Enemy, the Black Dahlia Murder, Bury Your Dead, Soilwork, Trivium and A Dozen Furies.
Prolific alt-country rocker Ryan Adams has announced the first two dates of his upcoming Cold Roses Tour with his new band The Cardinals.
Cold Roses, to be released on April 19th is the first of three albums that Adams will release this year. The other two are titled Jacksonville and 29, although no release dates have been given yet. More tour dates are set to follow.
April 27 – Northampton MA – Calvin Theatre
April 28 – Burlington VT – Higher Ground
Doves and Mercury Rev will team for a three-week North American tour following their joint appearances at the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, Calif. The trek will begin May 1 in San Francisco and wrap May 23 in Washington, D.C.
Doves will be touring in support of their new Capitol album, “Some Cities,” which debuted at No. 1 on the U.K. album chart. The single “Black and White Town” opened at No. 6 in the territory. The group is in the midst of a short U.S. visit that includes stops at the South by Southwest Festival tomorrow (March 17) in Austin, Texas, and Monday in Los Angeles.
Doves bassist/vocalist Jimi Goodwin and drummer Andy Williams told Billboard.com last night following their show at New York’s Bowery Ballroom that they’ve been fans of Mercury Rev for many years. “We all loved [the 1998 album] ‘Deserter’s Songs’,” Goodwin said. “We’re really looking forward to these shows.”
Goodwin also revealed that the next U.K. single from “Some Cities” will be “Snowden,” which will likely feature “one new song” and “a couple of remixes by people quite close to us” as B-sides.
In addition, Williams said Doves will issue a limited-edition 7-inch single featuring the previously unreleased track “The Black Circus of Prague” and a David Holmes remix of “Black and White Town.” The former is “an instrumental that shows yet another side to us,” Williams said. “It will surprise people.”
Mercury Rev’s new V2 album, “The Secret Migration,” is due May 17. As previously reported, the set is being issued beforehand as three separate digital EPs on iTunes. The group plays Berlin on Saturday.
Here are Doves/Mercury Rev tour dates:
May 1: San Francisco (Fillmore)
May 3: Seattle (Showbox)
May 4: Portland, Ore. (Aladdin Theater)
May 6: Vancouver (Commodore Ballroom)
May 8: Salt Lake City (Club Sound)
May 9: Boulder, Colo. (Fox Theatre)
May 11: Kansas City, Mo. (Madrid Theatre)
May 12: Minneapolis (Quest Club)
May 13: Chicago (Vic Theatre)
May 14: Detroit (Majestic Theatre)
May 16: Toronto (Kool Haus)
May 18-19: New York (Webster Hall)
May 20: Boston (Avalon)
May 22: Philadelphia (TLA)
May 23: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Aimee Mann will release The Forgotten Arm, her fifth album, on May 3rd. The concept album follows the story of a boxer and his girlfriend as they fall in love and road trip across America.
“It takes place in the early Seventies just before the end of the Vietnam War,” Mann told Rolling Stone in September about the disc, which she was then calling King of the Jailhouse after a track of the same name. “There’s two people dating, and the guy gets sent over to Vietnam briefly and comes back and has a drug problem. The last record was about addiction, and this record is about recovery.”
The twelve track sonic “novella” was produced by singer-songwriter Joe Henry. Musically, The Forgotten Arm maintains its Seventies feel with the intersection of warm guitars and keyboards. “Dear John,” the opening track, features a flinty guitar riff and piano is prominent on the lilting “I Can’t Get My Head Around It” and the fragile-sounding “That’s How I Knew This Story Would Break My Heart.”
Mann and her band — which includes Sheryl Crow’s guitarist Jeff Trott, Julian Coryell on additional guitar, Jebin Bruni on keyboards, Paul Bryan on bass and drummers Victor Indrizzo and Jay Bellarose – recorded the album in just five days last summer, and Mann composed many of the songs on piano.
If you got a hankerin’ for some bootleg Grateful Dead, all 33 volumes of Dick’s Picks, the series of concert recordings recorded by fans and traded throughout the Deadhead community, is now available on iTunes.
Along with Dick’s Picks are several unreleased live recordings direct from the band’s famous “Vault.”
Of course, the band probably won’t make any real money from selling the bootlegs on iTunes, if only because most fans already have some, or all of the recordings. However, it’s a chance for those outside the Dead’s dedicated fan base to find out just what all the fuss was about. Expect prices to range anywhere from $18.99 to $30.70, depending on length and quality.
“Despite our reputation for being on the technical cutting edge, we’ve waited awhile to make our music available to our audience digitally because we wanted it to work well,” Grateful Dead spokesman Dennis McNally told Pollstar. “ITunes and our own GDstore.com have satisfied us that now we can sell directly and have our people get what they want.”