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Robert Plant to start Spring Tour April 8 at Louisville Palace

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 20, 2011

Robert Plant -Bonnaroo 2008

 

Robert Plant has confirmed a 12-date North American tour. Beginning April 8 in Louisville, KY, this will be the third leg of touring on these shores in support of the triumphant release of his latest album, Band of Joy. The touring band is the same that made the record and that is currently touring the States: Patty Griffin, vocals; Darrell Scott, multi-nstrumentalist/vocals; Byron House, bass/vocals; Marco Giovino, drums and percussion/vocals, and co-producer Buddy Miller, guitar/vocals. The full itinerary is listed below, along with a download of “Central Two-O-Nine,” the lone original track off the new album.

ROBERT PLANT SPRING TOUR:
April 8 – Louisville, KY – The Palace
April 9: – Chicago, IL – The Auditorium Theatre
April 11 – Milwaukee, WI – The Riverside Ballroom
April 12 – Minneapolis, MN – The State Theatre
April 15 – Hollywood, FL – Hard Rock Live Arena
April 17 – Vancouver, BC – The Queen Elizabeth Theater
April 19 – Portland, OR – The Schnitzer
April 20: – Seattle, WA – The Paramount
April 22 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek
April 23 – Los Angeles, CA – The Greek
April 25 – Santa Barbara, CA – The Santa Barbara Bowl
April 27 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore

CAKE’S SHOWROOM OF COMPASSION DEBUTS AT #1 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 200 * ACHIEVE HIGHEST CHART POSITION OF THEIR CAREER

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 20, 2011

Cake plays Forecastle 2010

Cake - Forecastle 2010

 

CAKE is back on top! The band’s new album, Showroom Of Compassion, has debuted at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 today, marking their first number one album in their nearly two decades of existence. Showroom Of Compassion, CAKE’s first record of new material since the release of Pressure Chief seven years ago, comes via the band’s own label, Upbeat Records. Not only is this a first for CAKE, who have always made it a point to stay true to their independent roots, but also the first Number One release for Warner’s Independent Label Group.

CAKE – John McCrea, Vincent DiFiore, Xan McCurdy and Gabriel Nelson – has been hard at work promoting Showroom. Last week, they performed their hit single, “Sick Of You,” on The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon. They also performed the song on Conan back in December. “Sick Of You” remains a Top 5 hit at both Alternative and Triple A radio, and the videocontinues in heavy rotation at both MTV2 and MTVu. Rolling Stone did a Q&A with lead singer John McCrea and premiered the video for the Showroom opener “Federal Funding,” with NPR recently featured “Teenage Pregnancy” as their “Song Of The Day.” CAKE also stopped by Fuel TV’s show “The Daily Habit” for a performance of “Sick Of You,” which can beseen here.

Showroom Of Compassion has been met by enthusiasm from both fans and critics alike, with Billboard saying the album  “finds the group at its most musically accomplished and quirkily ambitious, covering more ground on one album than most band do in an entire career,” the Los Angeles Times raving that Showroom shows CAKE is“in toned condition, turning out polished compositions that could fit in with its classic catalog. and Entertainment Weekly awarding the album a rock-solid B+, declaring Showroom as “remarkably fresh.” CAKE is booked to perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live Tuesday, February 22nd and on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno on March 1st.

The buzz continues with “Long Time” set to be the second single off Showroom, featuring an animated music video created by French production company Callicore Films. Look for the video to debut next week.

New CAKE tour dates for 2011 include four nights at The Fillmore in San Francisco, four nights at the Troubadour in Los Angeles, three nights at the 930 Club in Washington DC and an evening with CAKE at Terminal 5 in NYC.
MORE CAKE IN THE MEDIA:
“We heard this hip little fuzzed-out tune on the radio, and we were, like, who’s this cool new band? Maybe something called Bear Antler? Then we realized it was CAKE.” – Rolling Stone

“Deadpan brilliance” – The New Yorker

“[‘Sick Of You’] is vintage CAKE, with frontman John McCrea’s jaded, semi-spoken vocals, crunchy guitar riffs, a skippy beat, and blasts of trumpet.” – Spin.com

“Fifteen years after they batted out their first left-field hit with “The Distance,” the band’s sound and words still have bite.” – New York Daily News

“‘Showroom of Compassion’ may well be one of the first great discs of 2011.” – New Jersey Record

Coachella Valley Music and Arts announces Lineups for 12th Annual Show

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 20, 2011
The 12th Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival is set for Friday, April 15, Saturday, April 16 and Sunday, April 17 at the beautiful Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA and the 2011 line-up includes headlining performances from Arcade Fire, Kanye West and Kings of Leon. While music serves as the centerpiece for Coachella, this year’s festival will feature an expanded commitment to art, culture and community via a unique partnership with The Creators Project–a global initiative that supports leading and emerging artists. 


Arcade Fire

Kanye West

Kings of Leon

The full 2011 line-up will feature: !!!, 12th Planet, Afrojack, Alf Alpha, Andy C, Angus and Julia Stone, Animal Collective, Arcade Fire, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, A-Trak, Axwell, Beardyman, Best Coast, Big Audio Dynamite, Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears, Bloody Beetroots Death Crew 77, Bomba Estereo, Boys Noize, Brandon Flowers, Brandt Brauer Frick, Breakage, Bright Eyes, Broken Social Scene, Cage the Elephant, Caifanes, Caspa, Cee Lo Green, Chromeo, Chuckie, City and Colour, Clare Maguire, Cold Cave, Cold War Kids, Crystal Castles, CSS, Cults, Cut Copy, Daedelus, Death From Above 1979, Delorean, Delta Sprirt, DJ Hype, DJ Kentaro, DJ Marky, DJ Zinc, Duck Sauce, Duran Duran, EE, Elbow, Electric Touch, Eliza Doolittle, Ellie Goulding, Emicida, Empire of the Sun, Erick Morillo, Erykah Badu, Excision, , Fat Freddy’s Drop, Fedde Le Grand, Fistful of Mercy, Flogging Molly, Foals, Foster the People, Francis and the Lights, Freelance Whales, fun., G.Q., Gayngs, Glasser, Gogol Bordello, Good Old War, Gord Downie, Goth Trad, Green Velvet, Gypsy and the Cat, HEALTH, Here We Go Magic, High Contrast, Hurts, Interpol, Jack Beats, Jack’s Mannequin, Jakes, Jenny and Johnny, Jimmy Eat World, Joachim Garraud, Joy Orbison, Kanye West, Kele, Kings of Leon, Klaxons, Kode9, Kyle Hall, Laidback Luke, Leftfield, Lightning Bolt, Lil’ B, Lorn, Los Bunkers, Magnetic Man, , Mariachi El Bronx, Marina and the Diamonds, Mary Anne Hobbs, MEN, Menomena, Monarchy, Mount Kimbie, Moving Units, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Mumford & Sons, Nas & Damian Marley, Neon Trees, New Pants, Nosaj Thing, OFF!, OFWGKTA, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, One Day as a Lion, Ozomatli, Paul van Dyk, Phantogram, Phosphorescent, PJ Harvey, Plan B, Ramadanman, Raphael Saadiq, Ras G, Ratatat, Riva Starr, Robyn, Roska, Rye Rye, Sander Kleinenberg, Sasha, SBTRKT, Scala & Kolacny Bros., Scissor Sisters, She Wants Revenge, Shpongle, Skrillex, Sleigh Bells, Steve Angello, Sven Vath, Take, Tame Impala, Terror Danjah, Thao and the Get Down Stay Down, The Aquabats, The Black Keys, The Chemical Brothers, The Drums, The Felice Brothers, The Henry Clay People, The Joy Formidable, The Kills, The London Suede, The Love Language, The Morning Benders, The National, The New Pornographers, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, The Presets, The Radio Dept., The Rural Alberta Advantage, The Strokes, The Swell Season, The Tallest Man on Earth, The Twelves, Thunderball, Tinie Tempah, Titus Andronicus, Tokimonsta, Trampled by Turtles, Trentemoller, Twin Shadow, Two Door Cinema Club, Warpaint, Wire, Wiz Khalifa, Yacht, Yelle and Zed Bias.

Three-day weekend passes, along with camping passes for Coachella go on sale Friday, January 21 at 10:00 AM (PT) through Ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 and at www.coachella.com. Three-day weekend passes are $269.00, plus surcharges and camping passes are $75.00.