Portugal. The Man release their new Danger Mouse-produced album Evil Friends (Atlantic) June 4th. The Portland, OR band hit the road for Summer Tour Dates starting May 20th in New York through July 18th in Portland.
Fitz And The Tantrums are touring this summer in support of their newly-released second album More Than Just A Dream (Elekta/Atlantic). The LA band begins the Fitz And The Tantrums U.S. Summer Tour May 16th in San Luis Obispo CA and winds up Sept. 20th in Chula Vista CA.
With a new album planned for next year, the Rodrigo y Gabriela Summer Tour launches May 12th at the Bottlerock Festival in Napa, with a special performance with The Colorado Symphony set for the tour's last stop at Red Rocks near Denver July 28th.
Mikal Cronin has released his second album, MCII (Merge). The Mikal Cronin Band U.S. Tour kicks off May 23rd at The Casbah in San Diego and includes a stop at the Pitchfork Music Festival July 19th in Chicago.
Jason Isbell will hit the road playing songs off his new album, Southeastern (Thirty Tigers) due June 11th. The Jason Isbell Tour begins May 17th in Tulsa through August 10th in New York. The trek includes stops at Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL, Bonnaroo in Manchester, TN, Stones Fest in NYC and Newport Folk Festival in Newport, RI.
Guster and Ben Folds Five will join Barenaked Ladies on their second The Last Summer On Earth Tour set to play over 30 North American venues, starting May 5th at the Sun Fest in West Palm Beach, Florida. The tour will celebrate BNLs' 25th anniversary and the group's new as yet un-titled studio album out via their new label Vanguard on June 4th. Guster's Adam Gardner and Barenaked Ladies' Ed Robertson - along with bassist Stefan Lessard from the Dave Matthews Band and Eric Fawcett from Spymob - are members of the side band Yukon Kornelius, also playing select dates this summer.
Sara Bareilles will release her third studio album this summer, produced by John O’Mahony (Coldplay, Metric) and Mark Endert (Fiona Apple, The Fray, Train). The album's first single "Brave" has been released via iTunes. Bareilles has embarked on a 18-city solo acoustic Brave Enough Tour through May 23rd at the Highline Ballroom in New York.
Just back from Europe, Counting Crows will hit the road again this summer with The Wallflowers, who just wrapped up a tour with Eric Clapton. The Counting Crows and Wallflowers Summer Tour starts June 14th in Farmingville, NY and winds up in Costa Mesa, CA on July 21st.
After touring Australia and New Zealand, Robert Plant is set for a North American Tour this summer with his new band, The Sensational Space Shifters, beginning June 20th in Dallas through July 27th in Brooklyn.
Mumford & Sons are set for their 2013 North American Tour beginning May 21st in Calgary through Sept. 14th in St. Augustine, Florida.
After kicking it off April 12th at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Guitar Festival at Madison Square Garden, John Mayer's Born & Raised Tour continues through Oct. 5th at the Hollywood Bowl.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers have set a Summer Tour, opening May 16th in Evansville, Indiana through June 29th in Minneapolis. The tour includes five nights at NY's Beacon Theater on May 20, 21, 23, 25 and 26. Petty will follow up the NY shows with a six-night stay at an equally intimate West Coast venue, the Fonda Theater in LA.
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MUSIC ON TV/ONLINE
5/14: HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS Kelly & Michael, NATALIE MAINES Ellen, THE SLIDE BROTHERS f/ SHEMEKIA COPELAND Conan, FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS Kimmel, PISTOL ANNIES Ferguson, PHOENIX Fallon
5/15: CYNDI LAUPER Colbert, PYRAMIDS Leno, HUEY LEWIS & THE NEWS Kimmel
5/16: MS MR Letterman, DAWES Kimmel
5/17: KURT VILE Letterman
5/18: VARIOUS ARTISTS (JOHN MAYER/GARY CLARK JR./CAROLE KING, TOM MORELLO/RANDY NEWMAN/JACKSON BROWNE/JOHNFOGERTY) 2013 Rock Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony/HBO
5/19: VARIOUS ARTISTS (PRINCE) Billboard Music Awards /ABC
May 18: ARCADE FIRE Austin City Limits/PBS
May 25: RADIOHEAD Austin City Limits/PBS
June 1: RANDY NEWMAN Austin City Limits/PBS
5/13: STEVIE WONDER, DARIUS RUCKER (Hootie and the Blowfish), RITCHIE VALENS, MARY WELLS, MAGIC DICK (J. Geils Band)
5/14: DAN AUERBACH (THE BLACK KEYS), DAVID BYRNE (Talking Heads), JACK BRUCE (Cream)
5/15: BRIAN ENO, MIKE OLDFIELD, JONATHAN RICHMAN
5/16: KRIST NOVOSELIC (Nirvana), RICHARD PAGE (Mr. Mister)
5/17: TAJ MAHAL, JESSE WINCHESTER, ENYA, BILL BRUFORD (King Crimson, Yes, Genesis), TRENT REZNOR (Nine Inch Nails)
5/18: RICK WAKEMAN (Yes), BIG JOE TURNER
5/19: PETE TOWNSHEND (The Who), GRACE JONES, JOEY RAMONE (The Ramones)
DEBUT ALBUM BY THE OLMS RELEASES JUNE 4TH
The Olms are set to release their debut album The Olms (Harvest/Caroline) on June 4th. The Olms is a new collaboration between Pete Yorn and J.D. King, LA artists who became aquainted through mutual friends in the local music scene. The band has performed tour dates with Band of Horses with more summer dates to come.
The Olms Summer Tour Dates
May 17 NON-COMMvention, WXPN Philadelphia
May 21 Blank Club, San Jose
Jun 03 The Troubadour, Hollywood, CA
Jun 06 The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
June 07 Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, New York, NY
Jun 08 Prince Music Theatre, Philadelphia
Jun 10 The Gramercy Theatre, New York, NY
Jun 11 Brighton Music Hall, Boston, MA
Jun 12 U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC
NEW KT TUNSTALL "INVISIBLE EMPIRE/CRESCENT MOON" RECORDED IN TUCSON, DUE AUGUST 6TH
KT Tunstall's much-anticipated new album Invisible Empire/Crescent Moon (Blue Note) - featuring the advance single, "Feel It All" - releases in June in the UK and August 6th here in the U.S. The album is Tunstall's follow-up to 2010's Tiger Suit. Her fourth studio album reportedly has a more country/folk sound - with a more ethereal "B" side. The Scottish singer recorded the album in Tucson with producer Howe Gelb. Tunstall will be announcing Fall U.S tour dates that will follow a European tour.
"STUCK IN LOVE" OST FEATURES BRIGHT EYES AND BIG HARP
Varese Sarabande will release the original soundtrack for the new indie comedy drama film, Stuck in Love. The album features the film's original score composed, arranged, performed and produced by Mike Mogis and Nathaniel Walcott from Bright Eyes; the band's Conor Oberst also contributes a song, "You Are Your Mother's Child". Additional tracks like "At Your Door" are performed by Mogis and Walcott featuring Big Harp while "Somersaults In Spring" is performed by Friends of Gemini (Mogis, Walcott and Corina Figueroa Escamilla). The digital release date for the soundtrack is May 21st with the physical release on June 11th. Look for the movie to open nationwide in theaters June 14th.
MICHAEL FRANTI TO RELEASE "ALL PEOPLE" JULY 30TH, SUMMER TOUR LAUNCHES AT BOTTLEROCK
Michael Franti is back with his eighth studio album, All People (Capitol), available July 30th and featuring the single, "I'm Alive (Life Sounds Like)." Franti explained, "The song is about being your own weird self with the person you love the most and being grateful for every last precious drop of life. It has rocked at our shows and it feels like we recorded a version that puts you right there in the first ten rows." He added. "All People is about the beauty of diversity, being your authentic self in a crazy world and the infinite power of love. All People is the follow-up to 2010's The Sound Of Sunshine. Michael Franti And Spearhead kick off their 2013 Summer Tour May 12th at the BottleRocket Music Festival in Napa, CA.
NEW U2 ALBUM DUE BY YEAR'S END
U2 bass player Adam Clayton tells the UK press that the band is working with Danger Mouse (Black Keys, Beck, Norah Jones) on an as-yet-untitled album due possibly as early as fall. Clayton has indicated that the group has plenty of material in the can, saying in part, "We have an abundance of riches." During a recent interview, Bono's wife Ali Hewson said, "They're well down the road on the new album and it sounds good. That's all I'm saying." U2 released No Line on the Horizon in 2009 and toured up until mid-2011 in support of the album.
JAMES COTTON RELEASES "COTTON MOUTH MAN" WITH GUESTS GREGG ALLMAN, RUTHIE FOSTER, WARREN HAYNES AND MORE
Legendary bluesman James Cotton releases Cotton Mouth Man (Alligator) May 5th. The star-studded new release from the Mississippi-born harp master and Grammy winner features guests Gregg Allman ("Midnight Train"), Joe Bonamassa ("Cotton Mouth Man"), Ruthie Foster ("Wrapped Around My Heart"), Warren Haynes ("Something For Me"), Delbert McClinton ("Hard Sometimes") and Keb Mo ("Mississippi Mud" and "Wasn't My Time To Go"). James Cotton is playing select Tour Dates in North America through the summer.
AMOS LEE RECORDING NEW ALBUM IN NASHVILLE
Amos Lee is busy working on a new album with producer Jay Joyce (Emmylou Harris, Patty Griffin, Eric Church, Cage the Elephant) in a converted old church in East Nashville. The record is the follow-up to 2011's Mission Bell ("Windows Are Rolled Down"). Amos is also a friend to Farm Aid - He performed at the charity's fundraising event (4/24) at Haven's Kitchen in New York City.
SOUL/FOLK LEGEND RICHIE HAVENS DIES AT 72
Soulful '60s/'70s Folk legend and Woodstock star Richie Havens ("Freedom") has died from a heart attack, in New Jersey. Havens was 72.
THE DIVINYLS' CHRISSY AMPLETT DIES IN NEW YORK
Chrissy Amphlett, lead singer of the influential Australian '80s/'90s band the Divinyls ("I Touch Myself"), has died in New York (4/21) at age 53, of complications from breast cancer and multiple sclerosis.
2013 ROCK HALL INDUCTION CEREMONY MAY 18TH: RUSH, PUBLIC ENEMY, HEART, RANDY NEWMAN, ALBERT KING, DONNA SUMMER
Performers to include John Mayer, Gary Clark Jr., Mike McCready, Jerry Cantrell, Tom Morello, Carole King
This year's 2013 inductees into the 28th Annual Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame - as announced late last year at a press event in Los Angeles hosted by Flea of The Red Hot Chili Peppers - are as follows: Rush, Public Enemy, Heart, Randy Newman, Donna Summer, Albert King and Donna Summer. Quincy Jones and Lou Adler will receive the Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers.
The event will be telecast live from the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles May 18th at 9 p.m. on HBO.
Special guests at the Induction will include John Mayer and Gary Clark Jr. who will perform a tribute to Albert King while Mayer gives the induction speech. Rock Hall of Fame inductee (1998) Don Henley will induct Randy Newman, while Jackson Browne and John Fogerty perform a tribute to Newman. Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters will induct Rush. Tom Morello and Usher will perform a tribute to Quincy Jones. Pearl Jam's Mike McCready and Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains will perform with Heart as Chris Cornell inducts the duo. Spike Lee and Harry Belafonte will pay tribute to Public Enemy. Carole King is set to sing a tribute to Lou Adler while Cheech & Chong will be on hand to present Adler with his award.
STONES SET TO PLAY NORTH AMERICA, MICK TAYLOR GUEST GUITARIST
Additional shows added in Anaheim, Boston and Philadelphia
The Rolling Stones have announced the North American leg of its 50 and Counting tour. The tour is set for the cities of Oakland, San Jose, Las Vegas, Anaheim, Toronto, Chicago, Boston and Philadelphia, with additional dates added on. The band previously announced a headlining concert June 29th at England's Glastonbury Festival and are also set to perform July 6th at London's Hyde Park.
The group has also announced that former Stones guitarist Mick Taylor will be joining the band as a special guest on all dates.
The Rolling Stones released the compliation album, GRRR! (ABKCO/Interscope) in November of last year to commemorate the band's 50th anniversary. The album features two new songs, "Doom and Gloom" and "One More Shot".
North American Tour Dates:
May 2, Los Angeles, Staples Center
May 5, Oakland, Oracle Arena
May 8, San Jose, HP Pavilion
May 11, Las Vegas, MGM Grand Garden Arena
May 15, Anaheim, Honda Center
May 18, Anaheim, Honda Center
May 20, Los Angeles, Staples Center
May 25, Toronto, Air Canada Centre
May 28, Chicago, United Center
June 12, Boston, TD Garden
June 14, Boston, Garden
June 18, Philadelphia, Wells Fargo Center
June 21, Philadelphia Wells Fargo Center
NEW ROBERT RANDOLPH DUE JULY 16TH
Robert Randolph recently announced at Eric Clapton's Crossroads Music Festival in Madison Square Garden that his long-awaited new album, Lickety Split (Blue Note) is set to be released July 16th. The new record is the first new studio album for Randolph & The Family Band in three years.
The long-awaited "southern gothic, supernatural musical," Ghost Brothers of Darkland County is finally set to release this summer. Collaborators John Mellencamp, T Bone Burnett and Stephen King have set June 4th as the project's new release date. The musical, a "haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge," features music by Elvis Costello, Rosanne Cash, Dave and Phil Alvin, among others.
VAMPIRE WEEKEND TO RELEASE "MODERN VAMPIRES OF THE CITY" MAY 14, SPRING TOUR SET
Vampire Weekend has moved up the date one week for a May 14th release of the new album, Modern Vampires Of The City (XL/Beggars). The New York group's third album is the follow-up to their breakout 2010 release, Contra. The band is set for a Vampire Weekend Spring Tour starting April 12th in Las Vegas through May 23rd in Portland, OR.