May 10, 2005

New Pornographers Album Due Aug. 23- Tour Dates OnTap

Canadian indie rock outfit New Pornographers will return this summer with a new studio album, “Twin Cinema.” Due Aug. 23 via Matador, the 14-track set features a guest spot from group member Carl Newman’s teenage niece Kathryn Calder, who will soon join the touring incarnation of the group. The title cut can be sampled on the New Pornographers’ official Web site.

New Pornographers have begun confirming summer shows, including a previously announced June 25 date as part of the Celebrate Brooklyn festival in the borough’s Prospect Park.

Here are the New Pornographers’ tour dates:

June 23: Hoboken, N.J. (Maxwell’s)
June 24: Lancaster, Pa. (Chameleon Club)
June 25: Brooklyn, N.Y. (Prospect Park)
June 26: Northampton, Mass. (Pearl Street)


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Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Returns With Third Album

Rock outfit Black Rebel Motorcycle Club will release its third studio album, “Howl,” Aug. 22 in the United Kingdom and Europe via the Echo label. The first single is due Aug. 8; BRMC’s official Web site says it will be “Shuffle Your Feet,” although reports suggest it could also be “Ain’t No Easy Way Out.”

In support of the set, BRMC will return to live duty with a seven-date U.K. tour, beginning June 11 in Nottingham. All of the shows except the opener will feature support from Brian Jonestown Massacre.

BRMC member Robert Turner told in October that the new album will reveal a shift from the propulsive rock of the band’s first two sets for Virgin.

“There’s one in the vein of an old, Johnny Cash song, and there are a couple of songs that sound like Dylan’s first couple of albums,” he said. “On the songs that do have a fuller sound, they’re more produced and layered. We used that setup more for our first album than the second; just having fun in the studio layering things, rather than the live electric band, throw-and-go sound.”

It was unclear at deadline what label would release “Howl” in North America.

Here are BRMC’s U.K. tour dates:

June 11: Nottingham (Rescue Rooms)
June 12: Glasgow (QMU)
June 13: Manchester (Academy)
June 14: Birmingham (Academy)
June 16: London (Scala)
June 18: Leeds (Cockpit)
June 19: Brighton (Concorde)


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Rolling Stones World Tour Unveiled – Kicking Off At Fenway Park

The Rolling Stones today (May 10) announced another mega world tour during a media event at New York’s Juilliard School of Music. The Rolling Stones On Stage outing begins Aug. 21 at Fenway Park in Boston, and tickets to many dates go on sale this weekend. As on the 2002-2003 Licks tour, the band will play clubs, theaters, arenas and stadiums, with each sized venue boasting unique production elements and set lists.

Longtime Stones tour promoter Michael Cohl tells the production for the stadium shows will be the biggest and “most interesting” the Stones have ever attempted, including a feature that will allow 400 fans to view the show from the stage.

The Stones performed their classics “Start Me Up” and “Brown Sugar” at the event, and also premiered a new song, “Oh No Not You Again,” slated to appear on its next studio album. That set is due this summer via Virgin.

Tickets will average $100 in stadiums and $110 in arenas, not counting the gold circle seats, which Cohl defines as the “five or 10% where we try to get the high-priced ticket people to pay for the tour.”

Cohl has been plotting the tour for about a year, and the Stones may stay out that long. “We’re announcing we’ll play the world, but right now the only thing that’s set is somewhere around 40 shows in North America,” Cohl says.

The strategy follows a now-familiar Cohl/Stones modus operandi: announce in May, begin in the fall, play until the beginning of December, take a break, “and then off we go to South America, the Far East and then Europe next summer,” Cohl says. “That’s the plan.”

With the new album on the way, this will be the first time since the Bridges to Babylon tour in 1997-98 that the Stones have toured in support of new material.

As on Licks, core Stones Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ron Wood will be augmented by all-star sidemen Chuck Leavell (keyboards), Darryl Jones (bass) and Bobby Keys (horns), as well the same backup singers and horn section.

Here are the Rolling Stones’ North American tour dates:

Aug. 21: Boston (Fenway Park)
Aug. 26: Hartford, Conn. (Rentschler Stadium)
Aug. 28: Ottawa, Ont. (Frank Clair Stadium)
Aug. 31: Detroit (Comerica Park)
Sept. 3: Moncton, N.B. (Magnetic Hill)
Sept. 6: St. Paul, Minn. (Xcel Energy Center)
Sept. 8: Milwaukee (Bradley Center)
Sept. 10: Chicago (Soldier Field)
Sept. 15: East Rutherford, N.J. (Giants Stadium)
Sept. 24: Columbus, Ohio (Nationwide Arena)
Sept. 26: Toronto (Rogers Centre)
Sept. 28: Pittsburgh (PNC Park)
Oct. 1: Hershey, Pa. (Hershey Stadium)
Oct. 3: Washington, D.C. (MCI Center)
Oct. 6: Charlottesville, Va. (Scott Stadium)
Oct. 10: Philadelphia (Wachovia Center)
Oct. 15: Atlanta (Philips Arena)
Oct. 17: Miami (American Airlines Arena)
Oct. 19: Tampa, Fla. (St. Pete Times Forum)
Oct. 21: Charlotte, N.C. (Charlotte New Arena)
Oct. 28: Calgary (Pengrowth Saddledome)
Oct. 30: Seattle (Key Arena)
Nov. 1: Portland, Ore. (Rose Garden)
Nov. 4: Anaheim, Calif. (Angels Stadium)
Nov. 11: San Diego (Petco Park)
Nov. 13: San Francisco (SBC Park)
Nov. 20: Fresno, Calif. (Save Mart Center)
Nov. 22: Salt Lake City (Delta Center)
Nov. 24: Denver (Pepsi Center)
Nov. 27: Phoenix (Glendale Arena)
Nov. 29: Dallas (American Airlines Center)
Dec. 1: Houston (Toyota Center)


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