May 2005

Acetate: This Band Makes Me Feel

Dave Schools is a rock and roll chameleon. While most recognized for his full-time job as virtuoso bassist for Widespread Panic, over the course of his career (and particularly in the past year while his band was on hiatus) his effortless, shape-shifting talents have bubbled freely from his fingers.

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The Decemberists 4/24/2005: Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT

Although they sport a somber name, The Decemberists could be mistaken for taking themselves too seriously. Their show in support of their latest album Picaresque, at Higher Ground was certainly far from a frowner and had you thinking May. Although the band only has three official albums out, the crowd knew word by word the material and was seen singing triumphantly to lead singer Colin Meloy

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The String Cheese Incident: One Step Closer

Following some growing pains, an apparent identity crisis, and an album with good intentions but questionable results, The String Cheese Incident release their fifth studio album, One Step Closer. But they inevitably sold themselves short on the title, ’cause this latest effort is far more than just a step – it’s more like leaps and bounds closer.

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Big Head Todd & The Monsters Make Live Plans

Big Head Todd & The Monsters have announced their summer tour dates. Amongst the travels, the band will offer two free shows, beginning wtih a performance at the Ribfest in St. Louis, MO. The band will be playing a June 4th show in their home state of Colorado at Red Rocks with supporting act Love45.

Tour Dates

05.29.2005 – St. Louis, MO – Ribfest @ Soldiers Memorial FREE SHOW!!
06.04.2005 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks
06.17.2005 – Oklahoma City, OK – Zoo Amphitheatre
06.19.2005 – Lawrence, KS – Wakarusa
06.24.2005 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Park Zoo
06.25.2005 – Sioux Falls, SD – Summer Jam
06.26.2005 – Superior, WI – University of Wisconsin
07.02.2005 – Sun Valley, ID – Freedom Fest
07.03.2005 – Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s
07.04.2005 – Itasca, IL – Hamilton Lakes
07.08.2005 – Minneapolis, MN – Basilica Block Party
07.09.2005 – Des Moines, IA – Simon Estes Amph.
07.21 – 7.22 – Cabo San Lucas, MX – Cabo Wabo/Finesterra
07.28.2005 – Salt Lake City, UT – Galavan Center
07.29.2005 – Sparks (Reno), NV – The Nugget
07.30.2005 – Sparks (Reno), NV – The Nugget
08.03.2005 – Paso Robles, CA – Midstate Fair
08.05.2005 – Saratoga, CA – Saratoga Winery
08.06.2005 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
08.07.2005 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
08.12.2005 – Three Forks, MT – Rockin’ the Rivers
08.24.2005 – Isle of Palms, SC – Windjammer
08.25.2005 – Isle of Palms, SC – Windjammer
08.26.2005 – Isle of Palms, SC – Windjammer
08.27.2005 – Nashville, TN – WRLT Festival
09.03.2005 – Naperville, IL – Last Fling Festival
09.04.2005 – Indianapolis, IN – FREE SHOW!!
09.16.2005 – Deadwood, SD – Deadwood Jam

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Jazz Great Oscar Brown Dies

Oscar Brown Jr., a legendary rhythm & blues and jazz singer, died Sunday (May 29) at age 78 following a two-month illness, his son said.

The songwriter and playwright had been hospitalized in April and again in mid-May complaining of pain and paralysis in his legs. He had emergency surgery on May 16 to address an abscess on his lower spine, Napoleon Brown said.

Brown was known for such compositions “The Snake,” “Signifyin’ Monkey” and lyrics for Miles Davis’ “All Blues.” The son of a prosperous attorney and real estate broker, he began performing on radio as a teenager. His first album, Sin and Soul, came out in 1960. He appeared with such jazz greats as Dizzy Gillespie, John Coltrane and Cannonball Adderly.

Brown wrote more than a dozen plays and musicals. He was also active in the civil rights movement in the 1960s, running unsuccessfully twice for political office — first for the Illinois legislature and later for the U.S. Congress.


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Live Aid Returns With Five Summer Shows

Circus Maximus in Rome, London’s Hyde Park and the Eiffel Tower in Paris are among the venues that will host Live 8, a series of concerts being organized by Bob Geldof, the driving force behind the Band Aid and Live Aid campaigns for African famine relief.

The July 2 concerts, which will be free, also will be held at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin and in Philadelphia, organizers said.

Performers include Coldplay, Madonna, Paul McCartney, R.E.M. and U2 in London; Will Smith, Bon Jovi, Dave Matthews Band, Stevie Wonder and P. Diddy in Philadelphia; Crosby, Stills and Nash, Lauren Hill and Brian Wilson in Berlin; Jamiroquai, Youssou N’Dour, Yannick Noah and Placebo in Paris; and Duran Duran in Rome.

The events are aimed at raising awareness of poverty in developing countries just days before G8 leaders meet in Britain. Organizers didn’t immediately announce the full lineup for the concerts or where the Philadelphia incarnation would take place.

They said there were plans for concerts in other cities in G8 countries, but didn’t give further details. Japan, Canada and Russia are the three other nations in the G8.


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311 Readies New Album For July

Modern rock act 311 will release its next studio album, “Don’t Tread on Me,” July 26 via Volcano. According to a post from vocalist Nick Hexum on the band’s official Web site, songs tipped to make the final cut are “Solar Flair” (“a super slow and heavy rap rocker”) and “It’s Getting OK Now” (“a fast punk song”), as well as “a handful of reggae-influenced tracks.”

311 has begun lining up dates for a summer tour, which will run from July 27 to Sept. 18. A handful of shows will feature Papa Roach and/or Unwritten Law, and 311 is also confirmed to appear July 30 at San Diego’s Street Scene festival.

Here are 311’s tour dates:

July 30: San Diego (Street Scene Festival)
Aug, 2: Tucson, Ariz. (Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre)
Aug. 5: Las Vegas (Skin Pool Lounge)
Aug. 6: Salt Lake City (USANA Amphitheatre
Aug. 7: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks)


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Built To Spill Pushes Back New Album Release

Idaho-based rock act Built To Spill is eyeing a spring 2006 release date for its fourth Warner Bros. studio album. The as-yet-untitled project was originally expected in the fall but has been pushed back to allow for mixing and potential additional recording at a new studio in Portland, Ore.

“We recorded maybe 15 or 16 songs and I thought I knew which 10 were going to be on the record,” BTS vocalist/guitarist Doug Martsch tells “But now, we have time to revisit a few of those other songs to see if there might be something worth working with. It is kind of open-ended right now.”

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White Stripes Launch North American Tour Dates

Following through on a pledge to not tour North America until later this summer, the White Stripes have revealed an initial round of dates. The tour will begin Aug. 6 in George, Wash., and has shows on tap through an Aug. 29-31 stand at Chicago’s Auditorium Theater.

There are also multiple-night engagements lined up at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre and the Orpheum Theatre in Minneapolis, as well as an Aug. 22 show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre outside Denver. More shows will be added.

As previously reported, the Stripes are in the midst of a 12-date tour of Central and South America ahead of the June 7 release of their new Third Man/V2 album, “Get Behind Me Satan.”

Before the North American run, the Stripes will spend three weeks in June and July playing in such far-flung European locales as Ljubljana, Slovenia, and Riga, Latvia.

Here are the White Stripes’ North American tour dates:

June 10: Atlanta (Music Midtown Festival)
July 29: San Diego (Street Scene Festival)
Aug. 6: George, Wash. (Gorge Amphitheatre)
Aug. 7-8: Vancouver (Orpheum Theatre)
Aug. 10: Portland, Ore. (Keller Auditorium)
Aug. 12: Berkeley, Calif. (Greek Theatre)
Aug. 15-18: Los Angeles (Greek Theatre)
Aug. 19: Phoenix (Dodge Theatre)
Aug. 22: Morrison, Colo. (Red Rocks)
Aug. 23: Kansas City, Mo. (Starlight Theatre)
Aug. 24: St. Louis (Fox Theatre)
Aug. 26-27: Minneapolis (Orpheum Theatre)
Aug. 29-31: Chicago (Auditorium Theatre)


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