Nick Cave is taking his band on the road in promotion of Grinderman 2 hitting stores September 14th. A reincarnation of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Nick Cave’s band Grinderman features Warren Ellis, Martyn P. Casey and Jim Sclavunos all of whom were members in his past band. Cave has put out a series of dark trailers by The Road director John Hillcoat to endorse the album, and released the first single “Heathen Child”. The new Grinderman album isn’t the only thing Cave has on his plate. Last week, it was reported that Cave has been drafted to write the screenplay for a remake of the cult ‘90s goth-comedy The Crow.
Grinderman was formed in 2005 as a side project when Nick Cave began writing songs on guitar, an instrument he didn’t play, in search of a raw, refined sound. After releasing a debut album in 2007, the band opened for the White Stripes at Madison Square Garden. The members are still fully involved in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, which released their fourteenth studio album two years ago. Cave explained that Grinderman 2 has a much different sound that their debut, explaining they wanted to do it in a more serious way this time, but still without caring for commercial success. Grinderman will be playing at Boston’s House of Blues on November 13th.
The fiery redhead that’s already taken the UK by storm is crossing the Atlantic this fall. Florence and the Machine confirmed a US and Canadian tour last week and has since delivered, announcing eight US tour dates. The band, fronted by vocal vixen Florence Welch, made their US debut back in April with a show at NYC’s Terminal 5 and a performance in front of 40,000 at Coachella in California. Now she’s back for round two, having added three more dates to her forthcoming North American tour. After playing the Voodoo festival in New Orleans, Florence and the band will be at Boston’s House of Blues on Halloween, followed by two NYC shows, two LA shows and two performances in Ontario and Oakland.
Florence and the Machine’s debut album Lungs (2009) was released in last July and has since remained in the UK top 40 for 52 consecutive weeks, making it one of the best selling albums of 2009 and 2010. The band won the “Mastercard British Album” honor at the 2010 Brit awards and headlined at six different European music festivals this summer alone, attracting record crowds at Glastonbury. Of the many acclaims the band has received since their debut, The Times has called Welch “the most peculiar and most highly acclaimed female singer of the moment”.
While a follow-up album is currently in the works and expected to be released in 2011, the band released a preview with the track “Heavy in My Arms”, featured in the third Twilight saga, Eclipse. “The Dog Days Are Over” from Lungs is also featured in the heartening trailer for the upcoming summer flick Eat Pray Love featuring Julia Roberts. Check back soon to purchase Florence and the Machine tickets!
With September approaching quicker than we like to admit comes a fresh batch of concert announcements, beginning with an all-star lineup at the House of Blues. Stars, the Canadian indie band that played a sold-out show at the Paradise Rock Club mere weeks ago, has cemented themselves as one of the more eloquent bands in the indie category- incorporating “lush instrumentation and soft but nuanced vocals” into an electro-pop sound. Stars’ June 2010 album The Five Ghosts, released in June, is the latest installment in the melodramatic, subdued boy-girl harmonies that so well reflect dream-like, romantic tragedy. Stars are scheduled to play the House of Blues on September 23rd. Following Stars are two huge tribute shows: Who’s Bad- the Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute and Captured- the Journey Tribute Band.
The following week WFNX presents The Temper Trap performing on September 29th with opening bands Delphic and the Hundred in the Hands. Australian Temper Trap debuted on alternative radio with the hit “Sweet Disposition” and their latest commercial success “Love Lost”. Temper Trap’s debut album Conditions (2009) was very well received, having already gone platinum in Australia. The following week electronic-meets- rock duo Ratatat will be performing on October 5th, promoting their latest release, LP4.
Miike Snow will be headlining a show at the House of Blues October 10th in promotion of their self-titled album. Released last October, Miike Snow features the single “Animal” and “Black & Blue”. While their accessible poppy-electronica has provided the soundtrack to many advertisements, the band is best known for their remix work on tracks for Passion Pit, Vampire Weekend and Peter Bjorn and John. Considering this will be their first US tour, it’s a great feat for Miike Snow to make their Boston debut at a venue as vast as the House of Blues. Following up Miike Snow, the Avett Brothers will be playing October 14th in promotion of their 2009 release “I and Love and You” and “Bad Religion” playing the 18th. (more)
This coming week the House of Blues is host to a variety of rock groups that ought to provide a loud, cool alternative to the unbearable summer heat. The lineup includes One Republic, BB King, Bad Rabbits, Epic Saturdays, Wolf Parade and the Dead Weather. The all-male band from Colorado Springs, One Republic, was one of the first bands to go viral with the help of MySpace. While releasing hits for others, front man Ryan Tedder made his name in the music industry by writing hits for Natasha Bedingfield and Leona Lewis, before gaining with his own band’s debut, Dreaming Out Loud (2008).
“Apologize” and “Stop and Stare” made it to the radio before the album was even finalized. The band remained true to their rock roots despite their hip-hop record label and continued to do so with Waking Up (2009). One Republic usually receives musical comparisons to The Fray and Coldplay. In June, One Republic appeared on the Today Show’s Summer Concert Series in promotion of their upcoming headlining world tour, which comes to Boston tonight.
Next the King of Blues, BB King, age 84, is set to appear at the House of Blues tomorrow night. One of the greatest blues guitarists of all time, King began recording in 1949 and his first hit, “Three O’Clock Blues,” was on the R&B chart for 17 weeks. The legendary King’s increasingly sophisticated and eclectic approach found him pushing the blues in new direction and bringing blues music to the mainstream. He has been an inspiration to Eric Clapton, Steve Ray, Mike Bloomfield and many more. King was given a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 1987 and won the Grammy for Best Traditional Blues Album nine times since 1984. (more)
Boston’s House of Blues is hosting some of the largest names in alternative rock this summer, beginning with tomorrow’s show, headlined by the New Pornographers and featuring the Dodos. The New Pornographers’ new album Together was released in early May and recorded throughout Canada and the US, with the help of a small army (including Will Sheff from Okkervil River, Annie Clark of St. Vincent, The Dap Kings, and Zach Condon from Beirut, amongst many others). Together conveys a variety of experimental sounds from The New Pornographers’ assembly of talents. “Crash Years”, the debut track provides a harmonious pairing of A.C. Newman and Neko Case’s vocals, the signature that complements just about anything the band strums.The rest of the month of June is welcomed with headlining performances from GWAR, Hole, 50 Cent, Taking Back Sunday and Cyndi Lauper.
The month of July starts off with She & Him, the duo of guitar virtuoso M. Ward and indie film favorite Zooey Deschanel. With the release of this year’s Volume Two, the affectionate, summery sounds reminiscent of Brian Wilson are back with a mixture of covers and original tracks. Deschanel’s voice is likely to bring audiences back to another era, and their lively, cheerful performances (as were seen at this year’s Coachella and Bonnaroo festivals) have been selling out all over Europe and the US this summer with this first ever headlining tour. The album’s single “In the Sun” is a playful, hummable tune that assures the warm sun can cure rocky relationships. She & Him will be followed up by OneRepublic, Sara Bareilles, Wolf Parade and the Dead Weather.
The alternative supergroup The Dead Weather, fronted by Jack White, is promoting their latest album, Sea of Cowards. After hiding behind the drums and passing off the mic to Allison Mossheart take center stage, White provides lead vocals on the album’s single “Blue Blood Blues” and sings alongside Mossheart on several tracks. Their live performances have been praised, with Spin and Rolling Stone listing them as one of the must-see tours of the summer. (more)
Jack White’s latest project, alternative rock supergroup The Dead Weather, is making its return to the House of Blues this summer in July to promote their newest album, Sea of Cowards. The Dead Weather formed in 2009 after an impromptu jam session and is made up of Alison Mosshart of The Kills, Jack White of The White Stripes and The Racounteurs, Dean Fertita of Queens of the Stone Age and Jack Lawrence of The Raconteurs and The Greenhornes.
On the May 10th release Sea of Cowards, Jack White makes a comeback to center stage. After hiding behind the drums and passing off the mic to Mosshart in their debut album, White provides lead vocals on single “Blue Blood Blues” and singing alongside Mosshart on several tracks.
Their debut album, Horehound, was released just 10 months earlier. After making the rounds at music festivals such as Bonnaroo and Glastonbury for the month of June, the band will begin the American leg of their tour in Washington D.C. on July 13th and wrap up in Brooklyn August 3rd. Texas rockers Harlem, who were recently signed by Matador and released their debut album in April, will be opening for The Dead Weather at the House of Blues Wednesday July 14th. Doors open at 7pm, Show begins at 8pm.
This week in Boston shows starts off with a performance tonight by Peter Wolf from the J. Geils Band. In addition to his work with that band, Wolf has frequently recorded and toured as a solo act. This year’s Midnight Souvenirs is his seventh solo album. Wolf will be performing at the Wilbur Theatre on Tuesday, May 25th with tickets currently priced at $55.
Don’t miss Imogen Heap when she makes her way to the Orpheum Theatre this Wednesday. The Grammy Award winning artist is known to many as the singer from Frou Frou. In 2003 – 2004, Frou Frou had songs featured on a few popular soundtracks, including “Let Go” from the film Garden State, which led to a surge in the band’s popularity. She also has released three albums as a solo artist. Recently, Jason Derulo heavily sampled part of her song “Hide and Seek” in his hit “Whatcha Say,” which has led to another resurgence for Heap. Orchestra seats for Wednesday’s performance start at $89.
On Thursday, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings will bring their funk/soul sound to The House of Blues. The Dap-Kings are the house band of Daptone Records, which is known for using analogue recording equipment (as opposed to more modern tools) in an effort to revive the essence of the genre in the ‘60s and ‘70s. Their cover of “This Land Is Your Land” is featured in the 2009 movie Up in the Air. General admission tickets for the show on May 27th are available for $69. Also at the House of Blues this weekend is Grace Potter & The Nocturnals on May 28th. The Vermont-based band is touring in anticipation of their upcoming self –titled album, which will be released on June 8th. They have been nominated for numerous Boston Music Awards and Jammy Awards. The opening act for Friday’s show is Anais Mitchell, and general admission tickets are available for $65.
On Saturday, May 29th, New England’s Kiss Tribute Band ALIVE! will perform at The House of Blues. Appearing in full costume and makeup, the band will play all of your favorite Kiss classics from 1974 – 1978. ALIVE! will be joined by special guests Crazy Train (The Ozzy Tribute). General admission tickets are available for $55. Wrapping up the weekend at The House of Blues on Sunday will be Toots and The Maytals. Since the 1960s, The Maytals (as they were then called) have established themselves as one of the premiere ska and reggae groups around. After breaking up in the early ‘80s, the band reformed the following decade and has continued to tour and record successfully since then. You don’t want to miss this legendary band; tickets are still available for $75. Jersey Boys is still at the Providence Performing Arts Center, but won’t be for much longer. Catch it before it’s too late! This weekend’s performances have Orchestra tickets starting at $79.
The House of Blues in Boston is scheduled to welcome in a number of musical acts through the upcoming summer and fall months. Indie rock band The National will take the stage for two nights starting Wednesday, June 2nd before Michael Franti and the Psychedelic Furs fill the weekend slots. The 2,500 capacity venue will then play host to Jordin Sparks the following week on June 13th. Sparks, the season 6 American Idol winner, is currently in the midst of her nation-wide tour in support of her second studio album Battlefield. It was just recently announced for her to join the Broadway show “In the Heights,” replacing Janet Dacal as Nina Rosario (the lead female role).
The month of July will showcase One Republic on Wednesday, July 7th. Members Ryan Tedder, Zach Filkins, Brent Kutzle, Drew Brown and Eddie Fisher are touring in support of their latest project Waking Up. Their lead single “All the Right Moves” ranked in the top 10 in Ireland, New Zealand and Switzerland soon after its release. July is also set to feature artists that include BB King, 50 Cent, Crowded House, and Modest Mouse.
The House of Blues will be sure to conclude their 2010 campaign on a high note. Willie Nelson, Tears for Fears, Billy Idol, Slash, The Script and John Mclaughlin are all scheduled for concert-dates this fall. Don’t miss your chance to see your favorite artists when they hit the newly renovated Boston House of Blues. Check the complete list of 2010 event dates right here at Ace!
On Thursday, May 20th, jazz guitarist Pat Metheny performs at the Orpheum Theatre. Metheny has been one of the most successful jazz musicians since the 1970s, accruing three gold albums and 17 Grammy Awards. In addition to his own Pat Metheny Group, he has worked with numerous jazz musicians such as Chick Corea, Michael Brecker, and Brad Mehldau. Orchestra tickets for the show at the Orpheum start at $95. In a very different type of entertainment on Thursday, Kowloon hosts the Phantom Gourmet Hot Dog Safari Comedy Night. The $50 General Admission ticket includes a performance from some of the area’s funniest comedians, a live auction, a light Chinese Buffet and “the world’s first hot dog pu-pu platter.” On Sunday, The Phantom Gourmet Hot Dog Safari is at Suffolk Downs in East Boston from 12 PM – 5 PM. Proceeds from the event benefit The Joey Fund and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. General admission tickets are available for $15.
Friday is an incredibly busy night in New England with just about every venue offering a stellar performance. The House of Blues will host Bo Burnham, a young comedian, singer-songwriter, musician, actor and Internet celebrity. Writing comedic and satirical songs with a politically incorrect slant, he gained popularity on YouTube before releasing his first EP on Comedy Central Records. In August of 2008, four days after his eighteenth birthday, he became the youngest person to record a Comedy Central special. Tickets start at $35. Connecticut’s Mohegan Sun Arena also has a comedy night planned for Friday with Gabriel Iglesias taking the stage. Known for his impersonations and animated personality, Iglesias got his start on the Nickelodeon show All That. He has also been featured on Comedy Central specials, and films such as The Surfer King. Tickets start at $110.
The legendary Neil Young visits the Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts on Friday. Young has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: as a solo artist and also as a member of Buffalo Springfield. His career has spanned 5 decades, and has included numerous accolades and awards. He consistently evolves and experiments with his sound, while staying true to his writing of simultaneously topical and classic songs. A few orchestra tickets remain for his performance in Worcester, starting at just $285. The summer concert season is getting underway at the Comcast Center, and on Friday night they’ll present Sugarland. The country duo broke out in 2004 and has had five #1 singles in the US. Jake Owen and Danny Gokey will join the band at this weekend in Mansfield, and tickets start at $59.
Also at the Comcast Center this weekend is the annual Kiss 108 Concert. The impressive 2010 lineup includes Adam Lambert, Ke$ha, Boys Like Girls, Orianthi, Kris Allen, Jason Derulo, New Boyz, Iyaz, and The Script. The show is all ages and benefits The Genesis Fund, a non-profit organization which aids children born with genetic diseases, birth defects, and mental retardation. Tickets start at $85, and pavilion seats are available starting at $175.
Longtime rapper-producer 50 Cent is currently on the road to promote his latest studio album Black Magic. He is scheduled to play Detroit’s Chene Park on Saturday, May 29th before arriving at the UIC Pavilion in Chicago the following day. The House of Blues in Boston will open its doors for the 3X Platinum artist on Thursday, June 24th. Jay Electronica among other G-Unit artists will accompany 50 on stage during his time on tour.
Black Magic is set to be released one month after Eminem’s Recovery drops in stores this June. 50 is most well known through hit tracks “In Da Club,” “21 Questions,” “Candy Shop” and “Disco Inferno.” He has also built his resume as an accomplished actor, starring in movies that include “Get Rich or Die Tryin,” “Righteous Kill” and “Before I Self Destruct.” Don’t miss your chance to witness 50 Cent live in concert! Tickets are now available right here at Ace!