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29 Mar

The much-anticipated new studio album from Regina Spektor, What We Saw From The Cheap Seats (iTunes pre-order), is set for release on Sire/Warner Bros. Records on May 29. The album reunites Spektor with production partner Mike Elizondo (Eminem, Fiona Apple, Dr. Dre) and is her first album of new material since 2009’s far. What We Saw From The Cheap Seats was launched with the first listen track “All The Rowboats” and followed with the single “Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)”. The album digital deluxe pre-order is available and the video for “All The Rowboats” will receive a worldwide premiere on YouTube and The Warner Sound on March 29. Spektor will also release an exclusive 7” of two Russian cover songs, “The Prayer Of François Villon (Molitva)” and “Old Jacket (Stariy Pidjak),” for Record Store Day on April 21. Spektor will tour with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers this spring performing new material from the album; See dates below.

What We Saw From The Cheap Seats was recorded over an eight-week period this past summer in Los Angeles. Spektor wrote each of the 11 tracks on the album. She arrived at the session with a collection of new compositions, but others were pulled from earlier periods. She and Elizondo fleshed out instrumentation and sought to make each of the songs stand alone sonically. Most of the songs were recorded live with Spektor on piano and vocals, while additional instrumentation was added to these original takes. Of working with Spektor, Elizondo says “Regina Spektor is that rare artist that continues to surprise. Just when you think you have her figured out, she knocks you out with something completely different. It’s that spirit that drives this record. Each song takes you on a journey that only Regina is capable of providing. She has truly outdone herself.”

Spektor studied classical piano and garnered a loyal live following in New York before self- releasing two albums. Her breakthrough album Soviet Kitsch was released by Sire Records in 2004 followed by Begin to Hope in 2006. The album included worldwide fan favorites “Fidelity,” “Samson,” “On The Radio” and “Better” and is certified gold in the U.S. Spektor followed up with far (2009) and Live from London (2010), which was recorded at the Hammersmith Apollo Theater during the far tour.

1. Small Town Moon
2. Oh Marcello
3. Don’t Leave Me (Ne Me Quitte Pas)
4. Firewood
5. Patron Saint
6. How
7. All The Rowboats
8. Ballad of a Politician
9. Open
10. The Party
11. Jessica
All dates with Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers
April 18/19 1 Bank Center Broomfield, CO
April 21 Verizon Arena Little Rock, AR

April 24 Tingley Coliseum Albuquerque, NM

April 26 Intrust Bank Arena Wichita, KS

April 29 Verizon Wireless Amphitheater at Encore Park Alpharetta, GA

May 1 Germain Arena Estero, FL

May 3 Amway Center Orlando, FL

May 5 Frank Erwin Center Austin, TX

29 Mar

Superfly and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce that the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has confirmed another extraordinary comedy lineup in association with Comedy Central for the 2012 event, scheduled to take place June 7 – 10 in Manchester, TN. A festival staple and a longstanding tradition that began in 2004, Bonnaroo will once again feature a dynamic and eclectic host of national headlining comics in its ever-popular seated, air-conditioned comedy venue.

The festival, in association with Comedy Central, will welcome some of the most hilarious personalities working today, including, among others, Aziz Ansari, the iconic Steven Wright, Marc Maron, Brian Posehn, Judah Friedlander, Reggie Watts, and Colin Hay, former Men At Work frontman. Now considered an essential play for any comic, Bonnaroo is widely considered one of the biggest comedy events in the country. Like the music programming, festival organizers strive to do things a little bit differently as they look for ways to present shows you won’t experience anywhere else. Many of the performances in the comedy tent are unique and are not likely to be seen on the comedy club/theatre circuit. More details about Comedy Central’s new partnership with Bonnaroo will be announced in the coming weeks.

The full list of comedians confirmed for the festival is below.

After an unforgettable 10th year celebration in 2011, festival organizers have come back with one of the most eclectic and striking lineups to date, drawing from an astounding range of music scenes to create what is sure to be another incomparable weekend for the ages. The breadth of the programming is consistently innovative each year and has become one of the key signature aspects of this legendary festival, whose uniquely open minded yet discerning and passionate community thrives on its intelligent diversity.

As the only round-the-clock major U.S. music festival, Bonnaroo packs an unparalleled amount of entertainment options into its four days. The event has offered its attendees the amenities and community spirit of a small city, with 24 hours of activities including a comedy theater, cinema festival, broo’ers festival, silent disco, salon, sustainable gardening lessons, arcade, Internet cafés, restaurants, yoga classes and hundreds of high quality food and craft vendors. Rolling Stone magazine called the 2011 event “epic,” saying the weekend was full of “surprise and wonder.” Stephen Stills of Buffalo Springfield intoned, “If Woodstock were like this, we never would have left.”

The 2012 comedy lineup is below:

Aziz Ansari
Steven Wright
Marc Maron
Brian Posehn
Judah Freidlander
Reggie Watts
Rhys Darby
Colin Hay
Garfunkle & Oats
Amy Schumer
Pete Holmes
Rory Scovel
Mike O’Connell
Ali Wong
Kyle Kinane

28 Mar

Mariachi El Bronx – the alter ego of acclaimed punk outfit The Bronx – will kick off a headlining tour on May 17 at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO. The run, which will feature special guests Two Gallants, will include two free Sailor Jerry Presents shows (5/20 in Chicago and 5/22 in Philadelphia) plus a Rocks Off cruise in New York City (5/23). Prior to the tour’s launch, the band will play a pair of West Coast shows with Los Lobos and X, including a hometown concert at Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre on May 5. Mariachi El Bronx will also support Dave Matthews Band, Gogol Bordello and tUnE-yArDs this spring and perform at the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Full dates below.

“The ferocious Mariachi El Bronx took the stage in their signature charro suits …[and] brought together some of the best parts of Los Angeles,” said the LA Weekly in a recent live review. “Against swooping violins, heart pounding guitars and a bombastic horn section, lead singer Matt Caughthran held his own. Shaking with passion, he wrapped his fingers around the microphone and poured out his amorous woes.” Noted the Los Angeles Times: “The Bronx’s acoustic alter ego fuses its punky themes of struggle and misanthropy with traditional Mexican mariachi music. The result is startlingly natural.”

“Revolution Girls,” Mariachi El Bronx’s latest single, has been remixed by rising Latin electronica artists Los Macuanos, Super Guachin (ZZK) and Algodón Egipcio and will be out in April. You can check out the band performing “Revolution Girls” on “Late Show with David Letterman.”

In a Record Store Day exclusive, The Bronx and Mariachi El Bronx will release a split 12” on April 21. The special splatter-colored vinyl features both bands in their element – rocking their ferocious live show for rabid fans at intimate clubs from Brooklyn to Stockholm. The six-song collection includes a cover of Hanoi Rocks’ classic “Boulevard Of Broken Dreams” that features a guest appearance by the legendary Michael Monroe of Hanoi Rocks.

Since forming in 2002, The Bronx has redefined what punk means, releasing three self-titled full-length albums and a deluge of 7 inches and EPs. Mariachi El Bronx was conceived in 2006, in response to a request for The Bronx to do an acoustic performance on television. Mariachi El Bronx followed in 2009 and Mariachi El Bronx (II) debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative New Artist chart in 2011. The Bronx will also be touring shortly – beginning with a pair of shows with The Hives next month, followed by a Rocks Off Cruise of their own (5/24) and numerous European dates. The band’s new album, The Bronx (IV), will be released this summer.

Mariachi El Bronx/The Bronx are: Matt Caughthran, Joby J. Ford, Jorma Vik, Brad Magers, Ken Mochikoshi Horne, Vincent Hidalgo and Ray Suen.


5/5 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre w/Los Lobos, Neko Case, Alejandro Escovedo and X
5/6 – San Luis Obispo, CA – Blacklake Golf Course w/Los Lobos & X (daytime show-begins @ 2pm)

Headline dates w/Two Gallants unless otherwise noted
5/17 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
5/18 – Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
5/19 – St. Louis, MO – Firebird
5/20 – Chicago, IL – Sailor Jerry’s Presents FREE SHOW
5/21 – Cleveland, OH – The Beachland Ballroom
5/22 – Philadelphia, PA – Sailor Jerry’s Presents FREE SHOW
5/23 – New York, NY – The Harbor Lights *Rocks Off Boat Show
5/25 – Hartford, CT – Comcast Theatre w/Dave Matthews Band
5/26 – Buffalo, NY – The Mohawk Place
5/27 – Toronto, ON – Sound Academy w/Gogol Bordello & Two Gallants
5/28 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis w/Gogol Bordello & Two Gallants
5/31 – Portland, ME – State Theatre w/Gogol Bordello & Two Gallants
6/1 – Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion w/Gogol Bordello & Two Gallants
6/2 – Hunter Mt., NY – Mountain Jam
6/3 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club w/tUnE-yArDs
6/5 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater w/tUnE-yArDs
6/6 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel w/tUnE-yArDs
6/7-10 – Manchester, TN


4/17 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern w/The Hives SOLD OUT
4/18 – San Francisco, CA – The Warfield w/Refused and The Hives
4/29 – Hasslet, BEL – Groezrock
5/24 – New York, NY – The Dutchess *Rocks Off Boat Show
6/14 – Hultsfred, SWE – Hultsfred Festival
6/15 – Clisson, FR – Hellfest
6/16 – Interlaken, CR – Greenfield
6/19 – Milan, IT – Magnolia Open-Air Garden w/Rise Against
6/22 – Scheessel, GER – Hurricane Festival
6/24 – Neuhausen, GER – Southside Festival
6/29 – Evreux, FR – Le Rock Dans Tous Ses Etats
6/30 – Rossum, NTL – Rosrock Festival

28 Mar

Andrew Bird performed “Eyeoneye” on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Watch the video below and pick up the album Break It Yourself on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

28 Mar

All-American Rejects performed “Beekeeper’s Daughter” and “Kids In The Street” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Watch both songs in the video below and pick up the album Kids in The Street on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

28 Mar

The Pierces performed “You’ll Be Mine” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Watch the video below and pick up the album You & I on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

28 Mar

Lionel Richie performed “Say You, Say Me” with Jason Aldean on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Watch the video below and pick up the album Tuskegee on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

28 Mar

Macy Gray performed “Teenagers,” a My Chemical Romance cover, on Conan.

Watch the video below and pick up the album Covered on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

27 Mar

After thrilling sold-out crowds with their critically acclaimed U.S. tour last month, THE DARKNESS will return stateside this May for select dates as well as three festival appearances: Saturday, May 19 at InfieldFest (Baltimore, MD), Sunday, May 20 at Rock On The Range (Columbus, OH) and Saturday, May 26 at Rocklahoma. Tickets are available now at: www.theactualdarkness.com.

Hailing from Lowestoft, Suffolk, THE DARKNESSJUSTIN HAWKINS (vocals/guitars), DAN HAWKINS (guitars/backing vocals), FRANKIE POULLAIN (bass) and ED GRAHAM (drums)—are ready to launch a full-scale invasion with the release of their third studio album and first in eight years. Due out late summer, the as-yet-untitled album–marks the follow-up to the group’s multi-platinum debut Permission To Land which spawned fan favorites “I Believe In A Thing Called Love” and “Get Your Hands Off My Woman” as well as the revered One-Way Ticket To Hell And Back which featured “One Way Ticket” and “Is It Just Me?.” More album details and a major tour will be announced soon.

So far, 2012 has been a stellar year for THE DARKNESS, described by the LA Weekly as “…heroically reunited, with a returned sense of fun and still this millennium’s most multi-dimensionally entertaining live rock show.” They’ve left fans stunned (see the Rolling Stone “Random Notes” photo below), critics delighted (see soundbites below), debuted a free new song “Nothin’s Gonna Stop Us” and made a surprise Superbowl commercial appearance with their classic hit “I Believe In A Thing Called Love.” THE DARKNESS are poised to hit the stratosphere in 2012 and beyond. Much more to come…


Fri 5/4 Brisbane, Australia Eaton Hill
Sat 5/5 Newcastle, Australia Workers
Sun 5/6 Sydney, Australia Roundhouse
Tue 5/8 Melbourne, Australia Palace
Thurs 5/10 Canberra, Australia ANU
Fri 5/18 New Haven, CT Toad’s Place
Sat 5/19 Baltimore, MD Preakness Stakes InfieldFest, Pimlico Race Course
Sun 5/20 Columbus, OH Rock on the Range, Crew Stadium
Tue 5/22 Nashville, TN Marathon Music Works
Wed 5/23 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Fri 5/25 Austin, TX Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheatre
Sat 5/26 Pryor, OK Rocklahoma, Fever Music Festival Grounds
Sun 5/27 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Fri 6/8 Solvesburg, Sweden Sweden Rock
Sat 6/16 Spain Azkena Rock Festival
Sat 6/23 Milan, Italy Gods of Metal Festival
Sun 6/24 UK Isle of Wight Festival
Fri 6/29 Belgrade, Serbia Usce Park
Fri 7/6 Kinross, Scotland UK T in the Park
Sun 7/8 France Sonisphere
Sat 7/14 Suffolk, UK Thetford Forest
Sat 8/4 Oder, Poland Woodstock Festival

27 Mar

By Matt Arena

Band of Skulls represent something rather unique in music today, a bluesy, true three-piece rock band. Sure there are plenty of other three piece acts out there but a lot of times you’ll see them sneak a touring member or two in there; not with Band of Skulls. Not that there’s anything wrong with adding a touring member, a lot of times it makes sense and is necessary for the song to work in a live atmosphere. But it’s refreshing to see a group like Band of Skulls be uncompromising with their sound. No doubt this influenced the amount of success the band has had at a relatively early point in their career. The smash hit of a debut album they released probably helped a bit too. It seemed like every single (and even a few non-singles) off that album caught fire, being played in a myriad of commercials and TV shows that allowed them massive exposure. Hailing from Southampton in the UK, this talented three-piece was even able to garner success here in the US. Being historically late in catching onto British rock acts, American audiences seemed to connect with the dirty blues vibe that Band of Skulls showcases so well. Existing in a post-White Stripes musical landscape, they were able to capitalize on the lack of bluesy rock and really caught the attention of many. This allowed them to headline very early in their career, and that’s exactly what they’re doing in support of their sophomore album, Sweet Sour. Only being about a month or so old, they’ve already released a set successful of singles with ‘The Devil Takes Care of His Own’ and ‘Sweet Sour.’ And on March 22nd, their nationwide tour of the United States brought them to the historic Webster Hall in New York City. Though there were definitely some other choice shows that night, with The Black Keys playing another sold out Madison Square Garden show and Kasabian selling out Terminal 5, Band of Skulls still managed to pack the place out.

First up was local Brooklyn favorite, We Are Augustines. Though technically billed as support, from both the length of their set and the crowd reaction one could have mistaken this for a headlining gig. Playing over 40 minutes of music from their debut album Rise Ye Sunken Ships, they electrified the hometown audience with their incredibly intimate performance. Lead singer/guitarist Billy McCarthy made regular trips to the barrier to get closer to fans and was smiling for pretty much every second of the set. The passionate performance no doubt endeared them to the crowd, as the pit was more than happy to jump along to their songs. A set highlight was ‘Philadelphia [The City of Brotherly Love],’ as McCarthy’s unique vocals mixed incredibly well with the booming bass lines of Eric Sanderson and the determined beating of drummer Rob Allen. Pausing before their last song to thank their friends in attendance, McCarthy even remarked “I’ve driven in a truck with that guy for years,” it was clear that We Are Augustines were extremely grateful to everyone in attendance. And the feeling was mutual as a fan handed him a mystery note, which he pinned to the mic stand during the final song.

After an unbelievably quick changeover, Band of Skulls hit the stage. Coming out of the gate incredibly strong with their new single ‘Sweet Sour,’ was a great choice as it was one that nearly everyone knew and got the crowd going early. The riffy, slow-burner of a track was the perfect choice to open with, since it hits on pretty much all of the band’s strengths. Utilizing the vocals of guitarist Russell Marsden and bassist Emma Richardson, this burning track has shows off an infectious riff and main chorus that had the entire crowd jamming along. They played a solid choice of tracks off the new album, with ‘You’re Not Pretty But You Got It Going On,’ ‘Wanderluster,’ and ‘The Devil Takes Care of His Own’ all sounding fantastic. The sound that worked so well on the first album definitely carried over and increased ten-fold live, as the heavy bass lines and thumping beats (courtesy of drummer Matthew Hayward) literally shook the floor of Webster Hall. They kept the banter a minimum and instead focused on playing a hefty 90 minute set, which is an impressive for a band that only just released their second LP last month. That’s not to say they didn’t showcase any personality, as Marsden dead panned the crowd with “you guys won’t know this one,” before launching into one of the band’s most popular songs, ‘I Know What I Am.’ This was definitely one of the best moments of the set as it’s one of their more consistently upbeat songs, made clear by the transformation of the pit into an all-out dance floor. Emma Richardson paced across the stage during the breakdown, challenging the crowd to belt out the well-known hook.

As the night went on the crowd swelled even more, with the floor becoming a sea of people reaching as far back as the bar and even overflowing up to a packed balcony. The band continued with their sarcastically funny intros to songs, as Marsden said, “all right, New York, we’ve got one more song” before launching into a great one-two punch of ‘Light of the Morning’ and ‘Death by Diamonds and Pearls.’ Both songs received an incredible response from the audience, who at that point were completely enraptured in the band’s performance. The old-school blues vibe of ‘Light of the Morning’ sounded amazing, with the first few lines and main riff cutting through the entire venue. After being teased with a snippet of the song earlier, the crowd was more than happy to get the whole thing as they yelled out the chorus so loudly it almost drowned out the band. The same went for ‘Death by Diamonds and Pearls,’ one of the best off their first album and an absolute monster track to hear live. Towards the end of the song, the entire band paused as Russell stalked over to the very edge of the stage to rip into the song’s trademark breakdown. Like in most songs that night intros and breakdowns were extended, modified, teased, and pretty much made better in a thousand different ways. It’s refreshing to see a band bring such a free form, loose vibe to a show. Bringing a unique sound and incredible live presence, Band of Skulls prove that they’re deserving every bit of success so far and then some. Make sure to check them out as they stop by your local city on their nationwide tour in support of their new album, Sweet Sour.

All photos courtesy of Matt Arena