Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Mark Lanegan Band at Gramcery Theatre, August 18

Warpaint at Irving Plaza, June 3rd

Paul McCartney Adds New York Dates to One On One Tour

Paul McCartney has added more tour dates to his continuing On On One tour, which kicked off last spring in North America. The legendary Beatle will be returning to the New York City area for four shows.

McCartney will kick off the run with a September 11 date at Newark, NJ’s Prudential Center, marking his debut at the venue, before he moves to New York’s Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center. McCartney will then round out the run on Long Island on September 26.

See the schedule below. Tickets for the new dates go on sale May 5 at McCartney’s website


Miami’s American Airlines Arena has also announced that McCartney will be beginning the 2017 North American leg of his One On One tour in Florida on July 5, and 14 dates in all have been confirmed today.

Paul McCartney Tour Dates

July 5 Miami, FL – American Airlines Arena

July 10 Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena

July 13 Duluth, GA – Infinite Energy Center

July 15 Bossier City, LA – Centurylink Center

July 19 Wichita, KS – Intrust Bank Arena

July 21 Des Moines, IA – Wells Fargo Arena

July 23 Omaha, NE – CenturyLink Center

July 25 Tinley Park, IL – Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre

September 11 Newark, NJ – Prudential Center

September 15 New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

September 19 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

September 23 Syracuse, NY – Carrier Dome

September 26 Uniondale, NY – Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum

October 1 Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Kendrick Lamar’s DAMN. Will Be Released On Vinyl

DAMN., Kendrick Lamar's fourth album, dropped last Friday and is already poised to be the rapper's third consecutive #1 record. On Tuesday, Kendrick fans got even more good news.

In addition to the "DNA." video dropping, you can now pre-order the vinyl version of DAMN. on the rapper's online store.

Until 11:59 ET on April 20, fans will be able to order limited edition autographed copies of DAMN, which includes a digital download of the album, for $35. After the 20th, you'll have to settle for unsigned vinyl. The LPs are expected to ship this July.

Warpaint To Open For Depeche Mode, To Perform On 'Ellen' Thursday

Acclaimed L.A. foursome Warpaint will be the sole opener for Depeche Mode on their North American "Global Spirit" tour kicking off August 23 in Salt Lake City with further dates in New York City-with two nights at Madison Square Garden-Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles and more.

Additionally, the band will perform "Whiteout" on "Ellen" this Thursday, April 20. Rolling Stone recently praised "Whiteout," saying the track "enshrouds an austerely crackling dub-funk beat in refracted guitar shimmer as interweaving voices resolve in a Sufi state of opaque desire." The performance continues a massive year for the band, whose critically acclaimed third album Heads Up, was released in September.

The band performed an intense, well-received set at Coachella this weekend and will return this Saturday, April 22, to the Gobi stage at 8:25 p.m.

The band's hit "New Song"-which The New York Times says "feels, actually, like an old song: something from the end of the 1970s when punk, disco and Minimalism found common ground in repetition, simple chords and a danceable thump"-topped radio charts nationwide, and the band toured the U.S. twice to celebrate the release. Warpaint performed "New Song" on "The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon" in December.

NPR Music filmed the band's October Washington, D.C. show as part of their Front Row performance series. Watch the entire concert here. See warpaintwarpaint.com for all announced tour dates.

Warpaint – 2017 Tour Dates

Apr 22 Coachella Indio, CA
May 12 Centennial Olympic Park Atlanta, GA
May 14 Shakey Knees Festival May 12-14 Atlanta, GA
May 15 Cats Cradle Carrboro, NC
May 16 The Orange Peel Asheville, NC
May 18 Mr Smalls Theater Pittsburgh, PA
May 19 Newport Music Hall Columbus, OH
May 20 101 WKQX PIQNIQ 2017 Chicago, IL
May 21 Hangout Fest Gulf Shores, AL
Jun 02 Governors Ball: June 2-4 New York, NY
Jun 05 Fete Music Hall Providence, RI
Jun 07 Beachland Ballroom Cleveland, OH
Jun 08 20th Century Theater Cincinnati, OH
Jun 10 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN
Jun 28 Roskilde Festival Roskilde, Denmark
Jul 01 Vida Festival Vilanova I La Geltru, Spain
Jul 06 Mad Cool Madrid, Spain
Jul 07 NOS Alive Algés, Portugal
Jul 09 Blue Dot Festival Cheshire East, United Kingdom
Jul 10 Somerset House London, United Kingdom
Jul 12 Culture Factory Zagreb, Croatia
Jul 13 Carropnte Milan, Italy
Jul 14 Kulturzelt Kassel, Germany
Jul 15 Melt Festival Gräfenhainichen, Germany
Aug 03 Grant Park Chicago, IL
Aug 05 Grant Park Chicago, IL
Aug 06 Grant Park Chicago, IL
Aug 11 Golden Gate Park San Francisco, CA
Aug 23 USANA Amphitheatre Salt Lake City, UT Presale Tickets
Aug 25 Pepsi Center Denver, CO
Aug 27 DTE Energy Music Theatre Detroit, MI
Aug 30 Hollywood Casino Amphitheater Chicago, IL
Sep 01 Mohegan Sun Arena Uncasville, CT
Sep 03 Air Canada Centre Toronto, Canada
Sep 05 Centre Bell Montréal, Canada
Sep 07 Verizon Center Washington, DC
Sep 09 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
Sep 11 Madison Square Garden New York, NY
Sep 13 MidFlorida Credit Union Amphitheatre Tampa, FL
Sep 15 American Airlines Arena Miami, FL
Sep 18 Ascend Amphitheater Nashville, TN
Sep 20 Austin360 Amphitheatre Del Valle, TX
Sep 22 Starplex Pavilion Dallas, TX
Sep 24 Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Houston, TX
Sep 27 Ak-Chin Pavilion Phoenix, AZ
Sep 30 T-Mobile Arena Las Vegas, NV
Oct 02 Santa Barbara County Bowl Santa Barbara, CA
Oct 06 SAP Center San Jose, CA
Oct 10 Oracle Arena Oakland, CA
Oct 12 Hollywood Bowl Los Angeles, CA
Oct 14 Holly Los Angeles, CA
Oct 16 Holly Los Angeles, CA
Oct 21 Key Arena Seattle, WA
Oct 23 Moda Center Portland, OR
Oct 25 Rogers Arena Vancouver, Canada
Oct 27 Rogers Place Edmonton, Canada


Having recently celebrated the 40th anniversary of his timeless classic “Legalize It” on the heels of the Peter Tosh Museum grand opening, fans worldwide are getting ready for “International Peter Tosh Day” on Thursday, April 20th, 2017!

Among the many acts who are planning tributes and messages of gratitude spreading the “Legalize It” movement worldwide; Tosh’s children and grandchildren including sons Andrew Tosh and Jawara “Tosh 1” McIntosh, grandson Dre Tosh, and granddaughter Jahzarah McIntosh have continued their father and grandfather’s legacy through music and advocacy. 

Granddaughter Jahzarah, who will be participating in a Facebook LIVE stream to commemorate the third annual International Peter Tosh Day, recently had this to say on the upcoming celebration: 

“I believe that it’s time that the world comes together and celebrates my grandfather Peter Tosh. Over 40 years ago, he released his iconic song and album Legalize It.  A song that became the anthem for those that believed that our human rights should NEVER be compromised. Join me and many others as we celebrate the musician, the activist, the revolutionary, and the visionary on April 20th,  International Peter Tosh Day by sharing your videos and photos with #petertosh420 and #420intlpetertoshday.”

International Peter Tosh Day will also be a day of recognition focused on Tosh’s contributions as a revolutionary musician in hopes that he will be considered for the 2018 class of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductions and given the rightful honor he wholeheartedly deserves, with the continued #InductTosh movement spreading worldwide.

Additionally- Dre Tosh, who released a cover of “Comin’ In Hot” late last year in tribute to his grandfather, will be be going LIVE via Facebook continuing to spread the message of equal rights, cannabis legalization, and expansion of Jamaica’s worldwide cultural influence that Peter Tosh so passionately fought for.

Just last year, the Tosh Family announced the launch of the “Peter Tosh 420” cannabis brand, which will be launched in tandem with this year’s celebration! A company with a mission to organically grow the Peter Tosh legacy by providing quality cannabis products for medicinal power, spiritual enlightenment and recreational enjoyment- PT 420 will embrace the mind, body, and spiritual aspects of the cannabis culture. In addition, proceeds from every sale will be donated to the Peter Tosh Foundation to support education and social programs with an emphasis on social justice, cannabis legalization, and other humanitarian causes in Jamaica and around the world.  

A self-taught multi-instrumentalist, Peter Tosh and The Wailers became pioneers of the burgeoning reggae scene in the late 1960’s, and together they toured the world for over ten years. He left the band in 1973 to pursue his solo career and earned huge success with “Legalize It” and later solo releases. He was tragically assassinated in his home in 1987 at the age of 42. In 1988, he was posthumously awarded a Grammy for Best Reggae Album for 1987’s “No Nuclear War”.

So this coming Thursday, April 20th celebrate International Peter Tosh Day via Facebook Live and join the Tosh Family, Estate, and countless others around the world in honoring the legacy of a true cultural icon!


Info on the Launch of the Peter Tosh 420 Cannabis Brand

More Information on Peter Tosh and His Legacy: HERE

PJ Harvey at Brooklyn Steel, April 20

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Michael Nesmith "Infinite Tuesday" releases April 18th

You know Michael Nesmith, of course, from his work as one of the members of The Monkees, but there’s so much more to this man than a wool hat, a flair for comedy, and a gift for songwriting, and you’ll be able to find out about the other sides of his life when you pick up a copy of his new book, Infinite Tuesday: An Autobiographical Riff. And after you’ve picked up a copy – or possibly even before then, in case you just want to be prepared for whenever you do add it to your bookshelf – we’ve got the perfect soundtrack for your reading: INFINITE TUESDAY: AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL RIFFS.

Yes, we know the titles are very similar. This is not coincidental.

Nesmith’s AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL RIFFS features 14 songs, starting off with a song from his pre-Monkees recording career as Michael Blessing, following it with a track from the Monkees’ self-titled debut album (“Papa Gene’s Blues”), and also offering two other Nesmith-penned Monkees songs: “The Girl I Knew Somewhere” and “Listen to the Band.” Beyond that, however, you’ll get a strong compilation of Nesmith solo songs, including his most famous solo composition, “Different Drum,” and taking you all the way up to his most recent solo album, RAYS.

Here’s the full track listing, so that you’re filled on what else the collection is filled with: 

1.    "The New Recruit" - Michael Blessing
2.    "Papa Gene's Blues" - The Monkees
3.    "Different Drum"
4.    "The Girl I Knew Somewhere" - First Recorded Version/Stereo Remix
5.    "Listen To The Band" - Single Version
6.    "Joanne"
7.    "Silver Moon"
8.    "Some Of Shelly's Blues"
9.    "Opening Theme - Life, The Unsuspecting Captive"
10.  "Rio"
11.  "Cruisin'"
12.  "Light"
13.  "Laugh Kills Lonesome"
14.  "Rays"


CHASING TRANE: THE JOHN COLTRANE DOCUMENTARY is a thought-provoking, uplifting, powerful and passionate film about an outside-the-box thinker whose boundary-shattering music continues to impact and influence people around the world.

This rich, textured and compelling portrait of a remarkable artist reveals the critical events, passions, experiences and challenges that shaped the life of John Coltrane and his revolutionary sounds. It is a story of demons and darkness, of persistence and redemption. But, above all else, it is the incredible journey of a spiritual warrior who found himself, found God, and in the process, created an extraordinary body of work that transcends all barriers of race, religion, age and geography. It is a film for anyone who appreciates the power of music to entertain, inspire and transform.

The beauty, poignancy, energy, pain, joy and inspiration heard in nearly 50 Coltrane recordings from throughout his career brings alive the artist and the times in which he lived. Even those familiar with his music will be able to hear and appreciate the music of John Coltrane in a new and exciting way.

Although Coltrane never participated in any television interviews (and only a handful for radio) during his lifetime, he has an active and vibrant presence in the film through his print interviews. These words—spoken by Academy Award winner Denzel Washington–illuminate what John Coltrane was thinking and feeling at critical moments throughout his life and career.

Guitar Pioneer Allan Holdsworth has died...

Progressive rock and jazz fusion guitar pioneer Allan Holdsworth, who Eddie Van Halen called “the best, in my book,” has died of unknown causes at the age of 70.

Holdsworth’s daughter Louise confirmed the news on Facebook, saying “it is with heavy hearts that we notify everyone of the passing of our beloved father. We would appreciate privacy and time while we grieve the loss of our dad, grandad, friend and musical genius. We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome. We are undeniably still in shock with his unexpected death and cannot begin to put into words the overwhelming sadness we are experiencing. He is missed tremendously.”

Holdsworth first appeared on a record in 1969 with the group ‘Igginbottom. After ’70s stints in groundbreaking progressive rock and jazz fusion acts such as Soft Machine, the New Tony Williams Lifetime, Pierre Moerlen’s Gong, Bruford and U.K., he released his first official solo album, I.O.U., in 1982. Later in the decade he became an early proponent of a synthesized guitar known as the SynthAxe, and his experimentation with the instrument would define much of his work over the next decade and a half.

“Holdsworth is so damned good that I can’t cop anything. I can’t understand what he’s doing,” Van Halen raved in 2008. “I’ve got to do this [does two-hand tapping], whereas he’ll do it with one hand.”

Holdsworth’s 11th and most recent studio album was 2001’s Flat Tire: Music for a Non-Existent Movie. In 2009 he released the live album Blues for Tony – a tribute to drummer and former bandmate Tony Williams – alongside Alan Pasqua, Chad Wackerman and Jimmy Haslip.

Holdsworth is survived by his daughters, Emily and Louise, his son, Sam, and his granddaughter, Rori. Funeral services and a memorial are pending.

In her Sunday Facebook post, Louise wrote: “We will update close friends and family when service arrangements have been made and will notify the public of an open memorial service, which all would be welcome.”

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Beatles-Inspired “IMAGINE” One Night Theatrical Tribute Comes to The Cutting Room Sunday, April 30th

On Sunday, April 30th at 8:00 P.M., one of NYC’s premiere entertainment venues--The Cutting Room--will present a unique spin on the songs written by one of the most defining bands in rock history as “IMAGINE” comes to life.

 Written by Claude Solnik and directed by Thom O'Connor, “IMAGINE” is a non-musical theatrical tribute for fans of the Fab Four and anyone who imagines a world where “all you need is love.

 In the show, a cast of 14 performers bring Beatles songs and characters to life such as Eleanor Rigby in scenes inspired by songs by the Beatles – when they were in the band and after.

 O’Connor decided to set the entire show in a re-creation of Strawberry Fields, with its inspirational word “Imagine” on the stage beside park benches, used as the setting for scenes taking place in apartments, homes and stores.
The director’s own story is an equally a remarkable journey through reality and a refusal to let go of imagination,  a heartfelt voyage from home to homelessness and back. He chased a dream and has brought inspiration and positivity to his and other's' lives through theater and film.

“We talked and Thom had all sorts of ideas,” Solnik said. “I took Imagine, gave it to him to direct.  He came up with ideas for the setting, added quotes from the Beatles, helped shape  scenes. He knows what he’s doing.”

A journalist, playwright and Beatles fan, Solnik started with the idea that songs themselves can inspire other works of art.

"What excited me about this show was the varied tones and themes of the scenes," O'Connor said. "The scenes that comprise IMAGINE could stand on their own, regardless of one's knowledge of the songs or the band that inspired them."

Enjoy this spectacular re-IMAGINE-ing in a one-night event Sunday, April 30th at 8:00 P.M. (Doors open at 7:30 P.M.) at The Cutting Room (44 East 32nd St. between Park and Madison Aves.) New York, NY.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Dave Abbruzzese is the bipolar ex girlfriend that won't stop trolling Eddie Vedder

Throughout former Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese's numerous, repeated pleas to be invited and included in the band's recent Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony, I sympathized with him. I understood how it must feel to have your contributions to one of the most legendary rock bands alive suddenly be deemed unworthy of inclusion.

After all, Abbruzzese was the band's drummer during arguably their most fertile era, playing on Vs. and Vitalogy following the success of Ten, helmed by original drummer (and recent Hall of Fame inductee) Dave Krusen.

But all of that understanding and sympathy is gone now, at least from me, with his latest rant.

As Alternative Nation uncovered, Abbruzzese is once again chiming in on his exclusion from the Rock Hall induction, claiming that neither the band nor the Hall of Fame formally reached out to invite him (Pearl Jam posted an open letter inviting all past drummers to the ceremony). "That isn't an invite," he wrote. Okay.

He goes on.

For the band to put me in the same light as Matt Chamberlain & Dave K really was a slap in the face. Nothing to do with those guys as people or players. Respect… but as a contributor? A band member? A definitive contributor to the energy and power of where the band went? …the sacrifices, the work, the physical and emotional contributions…not to mention the personal weight of carrying on through and after unceremonious and disrespectful way I was fired.
Putting aside the fact that there are a thousand better ways to handle this (getting mad online doesn't solve anything), it's one thing to want to be included, but to start valuing yourself over some of the other drummers in Pearl Jam's history crosses a line that comes across as petty and small. Nobody got up on stage to diminish Abbruzzese's accomplishments (Hell, Eddie Vedder thanked him in his speech and called him a great drummer) so to try to discredit the contributions of Chamberlain (who referred Pearl Jam to Abbruzzese) and Krusen is a shallow attempt at settling a score that seems to date back to how his firing was handled.

He dives into full-cliche mode, saying he "never played for a paycheck" and "never let the fans down" all the while wondering why he's still a point of contention. That wonder can be answered simply by noting all of the public venom thrown in his direction, of which there was none. Pearl Jam's camp only preached inclusion for all of their drummers.

He closes with the probably passive-aggressive, "I don't know if I heard anyone say it, but you’re welcome and thank you, too."

Abbruzzese found his way into Pearl Jam during their incredible rise, playing on two of their very best records. To see him reunite even for one song on the stage at the Rock Hall would've been a treat for longtime fans but sadly, this case went from something special to something downright petty.

Hello, David Abbruzzese here….

Not true, the band and the hall did not invite or contact me.. The band tweeted that they welcomed the idea of the event granting the possibility of all the drummers to be in the same room. That isnt an invite.

I personally have deep respect for all drummers and of course the five that participated in the pearl jam bands carreer… I am going to say this; For the band to put me in the same light as Matt Chamberlain & Dave K really was a slap in the face. Nothing to do with those guys as people or players. Respect… but as a contributor? A band member? A definitive contributor to the energy and power of where the band went? …the sacrifices, the work, the physical and emotional contributions…not to mention the personal weight of carrying onthrough and after unceremonious and disrespectful way I was fired. I gave this band all I had to give every single moment I was in it. I never played for a paycheck. I never let the band down. I never let the music down. I never let the fans down… not once. I suppose that is why I am still such a point of contention. Truth be told, if I would have been inducted, I would have requested my tech, Jimmy Shoaf Jr. and my daughter, Francesca to say a few words on my behalf. If they had invited me to be there to witness the bands induction? Nope. To do that would justify the mistake and disrespect the core fans that took this band to heart back when all we were to become, we had to earn and also, most importantly, we had to prove we deserved every single time we took the stage. And we did that. We, the Pearl Jam band & original crew, deserved to be inducted & respected. I’m proud of my old friends for managing it all so well. I dont know if I heard anyone say it, but you’re welcome and thank you, too

Time to STFU Dave! The fans are sick of you and it's obvious now as to why you were fired from the band.

Thursday, April 6, 2017


Mick Rock in person for Q&A following the 7:15pm show and to introduce the 9:15pm showon Friday, April 7.

Mick Rock in person for Q&A following the 7:00pm show on Saturday, April 8.

The unearthly beauty of Bowie, the savage majesty of Iggy Pop, the aristocratic pomp of Queen, the laconic staredown of Lou Reed—if you know the defining images, you very likely know the work of photographer Mick Rock, the man who could extend a rock star’s prime into eternity with the click of a shutter. Now Rock, who saw the joyful noise and the parties and the cleanup and lived to tell about it all, stands and delivers for his documentary portrait, the rambunctious chronicler of an unruly era.

A Magnolia Pictures release

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Rocker Liam Gallagher’s debut solo album, As You Were is complete

Liam Gallagher’s long-awaited solo record is imminent and will be called As You Were. The first single to precede the debut album from one of the last rock stars on Earth (and they are a dying breed) is called Not For Sale.

Liam has been hyping up his own record via his twitter account when not having a pop at his older brother. Little is known about the content of the album at this stage but I’ve heard that Richard Ashcroft has helped our kid assemble a suitable band for both recording and live performances.

Those live performances include a variety of summer festivals including Pinkpop in the Netherlands, Benicassim in Spain and Exit in Serbia. More dates are currently being added and no doubt As You Were will surface well ahead of its live outing. This album could be adventurously fantastic or a simply streamlined Beady Eye part two – I’m hoping for the former.

LG’s Lennon/Lydon snarl has been sorely missed, in my opinion. Perhaps the length of time taken in conceiving and crafting the new material will pay off and the songs will have at least been well considered and put through a strict quality control. Hopefully As You Were will come along and show that sometimes it takes the old guard to ruffle feathers and upset what has become a very safe apple cart.

I wonder will Noel give it a listen?


STILL no official word on that soon to be fabled third Stone Roses album. After the singles All For One and Beautiful Thing popped up in 2016 as well as a tour announcement, the speculation has been naturally intense about one of the greatest British bands of all time actually making a follow-up record to The Second Coming.

Of course for a variety of reasons that album didn’t exactly follow hot on the heels of the seminal debut so I doubt any Roses’ fan’s breath is currently being held.

However, the fact that sources close to the band remain tight lipped rather than dispelling rumours is a positive sign. Whether the two aforementioned songs were simply the first to be finished or were the only juice squeezable from the lemon, only the tight unit of the band and their confidants know.

We do have the gig to look forward to of course at the SSE Arena on June 13 and, new material or not the show promises to be a night to remember – which is sometimes the case with the Stone Roses who are on occasion simply mind blowing live.