January 2006

Mogwai Spring Tour Dates

Matador’s second Scottish release of 2006 comes from Glasgow’s most distinctive noisemakers, Mogwai. “Mr. Beast” is the long-anticipated follow-up to 2003’s “Happy Songs For Happy People,” which Mojo called “an ultramodern rock masterpiece,” and Alternative Press called “a sonically cinematic experience that will leave the listener at once elated and emotionally drained.” “Mr. Beast” is perhaps their noisiest record since their debut five albums ago, yet still utterly gorgeous.

Delivering one of the most devastating live shows around, Mogwai will be hitting the road in March, covering much of the Midwest and East Coast before cruising down to Austin for SXSW.

Full tour dates – all dates with Growing:
3/1 Chicago IL Logan Square Auditorium
3/2 Columbus OH Wexner Center for the Arts
3/3 Lexington KY The Dame
3/4 Charlottesville VA Satellite Ballroom
3/6 New York NY Avalon
3/7 Baltimore MD Sonar
3/8 Carrboro NC Cat’s Cradle
3/9 Asheville NC Orange Peel
3/10 Nashville TN Mercy Lounge
3/11 Atlanta GA Whirly Ball Atlanta
3/12 Atlanta GA Whirly Ball Atlanta
3/14 Houston TX Numbers
3/15 Austin TX SXSW

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Jazz Fest Stays In New Orleans

The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival will be held in its usual location at the city’s Fair Grounds Race Course on April 28-30 and May 5-7, despite the ravages of Hurricane Katrina. The event will be sponsored by Shell, marking the first time a presenting sponsor has been brought on board. A full lineup announcement is expected next month.

“We’re dedicating this year’s festival to the people of New Orleans and inviting everybody who cares about this city to come to Jazz Fest and play a meaningful role in bringing back the city’s culture, which is the soul of America,” festival producer Quint Davis said today (Jan. 31).” Jazz Fest 2006 will be a homecoming party for thousands of New Orleans musicians, Festival chefs and craftspeople, and we want the world to join us in welcoming them back as we present the celebration of a lifetime.”

The lone artist confirmed at present is R&B legend Fats Domino, who was evacuated from his New Orleans home in the wake of Katrina. Domino will also be the subject of the 2006 event poster, which was designed by local painter James Michalopoulos.

Tickets for Jazz Fest are on sale now via NOJazzFest.com and Ticketmaster. The event’s Web site features information on early-bird discounts and VIP packages.

Source billboard.com.

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Particle Announces Spring Transformations Tour

Particle is poised to return to the stage February 24 at The Fonda in Hollywood with the help of a few friends. DJ Logic will open the festivities that evening as well as make an appearance with the band. Particle will also welcome Robbie Krieger from The Doors back as a special guest that evening. More guest announcements and details surrounding the evening will be released shortly.

Particle will hit the road with fresh material, a revamped lineup, and a renewed energy this spring. After a special SXSW showcase on March 16 in Austin, TX that will also feature Brazilian Girls, The Mutaytor, and Kid Beyond, the band will head to Dallas on March 17 for a show at The Granada theatre on St Patty’s Day. The tour continues the following week with a stop in Phoenix at The Brickhouse on March 24 and a return appearance at The Belly Up in San Diego on March 25 before heading out across the country.

Upcoming Tourdates:
Feb-24-2006 Los Angeles, CA Henry Fonda Thr. w/ DJ Logic
Feb-28-2006 SF, CA Great American Music Hall w/Motion Potion
March-16-2006 Austin, TX SXSW-Fox & Hound w/ Brazilian Girls, The Mutaytor, and Kid Beyond
March-17-2006 Dallas, TX Granada Thr.
March-24-2006 Phoenix, AZ Brickhouse
March-25-2006 San Diego, CA Belly Up
March-31-2006 Arcata, CA Mazottis
April-1-2006 Tahoe, NV Breeze
April-5-2006 Vail. CO Club 8150
April-6-2006 Boulder, CO Fox Thr.
April 8-2006 Denver, CO Gothic Thr.
April-9-2006 Lawrence, KS Granada
April-11-2006 Ames, IA People’s
April-12-2006 Minneapolis, MN Cabooze
April-13-2006 Madison, WI Orpheum Thr.
April-14-2006 Chicago, IL Abbey Pub
April-15-2006 Detroit, MI Magic Stick
April 18-2006 State College, PA-Crowbar
April-20-2006 Boston, MA Paradise w/ Pnuma Trio
April-21-2006 NY, NY Bowery Ballroom
April-22-2006 Philadelphia, PA-TBA
April-23-2006 Baltimore, MD Recher Thr.
April-26-2006 Charlottesville, VA Starr Hill
April-27-2006 Richmond, VA Canal Club
April-28-2006 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
May-2-2006 Birmingham, AL Zydeco
May-21-2006 Joshua Tree, CA Joshua Tree Music Fest

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Lollapalooza To Return To Chicago Park

It appears Lollapalooza will return to Hutchinson Field at Chicago’s Grant Park, with dates tenatively set for Aug. 4-6. Lollapallooza is produced by Austin, Texas-based Capital Sports & Entertainment and Charles Attal Presents, who also stage the annual Austin City Limits Festival in September.

The lineup for the event won’t be announced for weeks, but Chicago media reports have suggested a primary target for a headliner is Smashing Pumpkins, who are making rumblings about a reunion. Thievery Corporation told Billboard.com last week it would be on hand for the festival.

Chicago promoters Jam Productions, on the other hand, appear to have been stymied in their attempt to stage a multi-band festival at Grant Park this summer. “I tried for six months,” Jerry Mickelson, co-president of Jam with partner Arny Granat, tells Billboard.biz. “The park district would not give me dates. I’m more than disappointed.”

Mickelson says Jam “blazed the trail” for producing events in Grant Park, dating back to 2001. “Now Jam is unable to get dates from the Park District and I’ve given up because it’s too late,” he says. “This is anti-competitive. As far as I’m concerned Arny and I and Jam have a right as Chicago taxpayers to rent Park District space, but yet we are being excluded. We’re shut out.”

Representatives from the Park District could not be immediately reached for comment.

Source billboard.com.

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Tool Joins Depeche Mode As Coachella Headliners

Tool will join Depeche Mode as the headliners for the 2006 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which will be held April 29-30 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, CA. Tool performed at the first Coachella in 1999 but has not played live in the United States since late 2002. The band is expected to release a new album at some point this spring.

Billboard.com has learned other acts confirmed to appear at this year’s festival are Paul Oakenfold, Franz Ferdinand, My Morning Jacket, Bloc Party, TV On The Radio, Sigur Ros, Scissor Sisters, Cat Power, Damian Marley and Tricky. Representing the hip-hop world will be Common, Hasidic reggae rapper Matisyahu and Dangerdoom, a collaboration between producer Danger Mouse and masked rapper MF Doom. Another Danger Mouse project with Cee-Lo, Gnars Barkley, will also perform.

Full article: billboard

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Grandaddy Calls It Quits

After almost a decade and a half of scruffy indie rock and sprawling space-pop, the California band Grandaddy are headed for the great big rock and roll nursing home in the sky. In an interview with Pitchfork yesterday, frontman Jason Lytle revealed that Just Like the Family Cat, due out May 9 on V2, will be the last Grandaddy album, and that the band has no plans to tour.

“We’ve seen an erosion happening,” Lytle said. “I use the word

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Arctic Monkeys Nail Fastest-Selling Debut Album in British Chart History

Arctic Monkeys have achieved the fastest-selling debut album in British chart history, opening at No. 1 yesterday (Jan. 29) thanks to sales of 360,000 copies of “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not” (Domino). That comfortably exceeded the 306,000 sales achieved by pop act Hear’Say with its 2001 debut album, “Popstars.”

But the Monkeys were unable to secure simultaneous album and single chart-toppers, as their second No. 1 single, “When The Sun Goes Down,” fell from the top to No. 2. Instead, Notorious B.I.G. scored a posthumous No. 1 with “Nasty Girl” (Bad Boy), featuring P. Diddy, Nelly, Jagged Edge and Avery Storm.

It’s rare for a single to rise to the No. 1 position on the British chart, and the fact that the rapper’s first U.K. No. 1 arrives nine years after his death makes the event all the more remarkable.

Source billboard.com.

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