Road Warriors 5

Def Leppard will not be touring with Kiss after all. The band instead announced that they will be playing North American dates with Foreigner and Styx. Throw it all into a blender if you like, because no matter who the other bands are on the bill, it’s still a draft beer and mullet fest.

British pop songstress Lily Allen’s career has exploded almost as fast as Barry Bonds’ upper body. After wrapping up the MTV “Discover and Download” tour, Allen will kick off a new headlining tour in Houston on March 16 after two appearances at SXSW. Allen’s album, Alright, Still, has tabbed her as an artist to watch by all of the major critics and she’s been dubbed the “queen of myspace.” If you want to see what the fuss is all about, you can catch Allen on her spring tour :

3/14 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s BBQ
3/15 – Austin, TX – Waterloo Record Store
3/16 – Houston, TX – Engine Room
3/17 – New Orleans, LA – House of Blues
3/19 – Atlanta, GA – The Loft
3/20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room
3/23 – Mexico City, Mexico – Salon 21
3/26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox
3/27 – Vancouver, BC – House of Blues (Commodore Ballroom)
3/28 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theatre
3/30 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
4/01 – Sacramento, CA – The Crest Theatre
4/02 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
4/05 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
4/06 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda
4/07 – Boston, MA – The Roxy
4/08 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
4/10 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
4/11 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza
4/14 – Los Angeles, CA – Gibson Amphitheatre (KCRW’s “A Sounds Electric Evening”)
4/29 – Indio, CA – Coachella Festival
6/25 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival

Spin Magazine calls Brooklyn based four-piece band Dirty on Purpose “a wet dream of collegiate, aural wizardry, swinging smartly between noisy rambunctiousness and delicate bedroom pop.” Um, okay. If that intrigues you at all, the band is touring in support of the Hallelujah Sirens album. Here are the dates:

March 9 – Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery
March 10 – Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds
March 11 – St. Augustine, FL @ Cafe Eleven w/ The Thermals, The Big Sleep
March 12 – Tallahassee, FL @ Beta Bar w/ Apollo Sunshine, Earl Greyhound
March 14 – Austin, TX @ Gen Art SXSW Party
March 15 – Austin, TX @ Spaceland & LiveDaily SXSW Party
March 16 – Austin, TX @ Official SXSW Showcase
March 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Paper Heart w/ Besnard Lakes
March 20 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echo w/ Helio Sequence, Besnard Lakes
March 22 – Costa Mesa, CA @ Detroit Bar w/ Helio Sequence, Besnard Lakes
March 23 – San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Shop w/ Helio Sequence, Besnard Lakes
March 25 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court w/ Besnard Lakes
March 26 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Divew/ Besnard Lakes
March 27 – Lawrence, KS @ Jackpot w/ Besnard Lakes
March 28 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room w/ Besnard Lakes
March 29 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern w/ Besnard Lakes

Indie rock heroes The Graduate are about to release their debut full-length album, Anhedonia and will hit the road in support of it. Dates are:

9 – Grand Rapids, MI – Intersection
10 – Pekin, IL – Fusion
11 – Claremore, OK – The Tree
12 – San Antonio, TX – The Sanctuary
17 – Austin, TX – SXSW Indieclick/AbsolutePunk Party

(w/ Punchline, The Fold, Permanent Me)
6 – Madison, WI – The Loft
7 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
9 – Des Moines, IA – House Of Bricks
10 – Springfield, IL – Capitol City
11 – Papillion, NE – The Rock
12 – St. Louis, MO – Creepy Crawl
13 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
14 – Edinboro, PA – The Hangout
15 – Buffalo, NY – The Icon
16 – South Hackensack, NJ – School Of Rock
17 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
18 – New York, NY – Knitting Factory
19 – Cambridge, MA – Middle East
20 – Portland, ME – The Station
21 – Providence, RI – Living Room
22 – Hartford, CT – Webster Underground
24 – Philadelphia, PA – First Unitarian Church
27 – Cleveland Heights, OH – Grog Shop
28 – Pittsburgh, PA – Diesel

The first annual Rock On The Range Festival lineup was announced for May 19 at Ohio’s Columbus Crew Stadium. If any of these bands blow up your skirt, you’ll want to grab tickets fast: ZZ Top, Evanenscence, Velvet Revolver, Hinder, Chevelle, Three Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, and Papa Roach. If none of these bands blow up your skirt, then hey, it’s a Saturday in the middle of May and you can find plenty of things to entertain yourself.

Three Doors Down will be performing in South Africa for the My Coke Fest. Dates are April 27 in Alberton and May 1 in Capetown.

On June 9, George Michael will make history, as he becomes the first artist to perform at the newly re-opened Wembley Stadium in London as part of his summer tour. Michael has played at the old Wembley as part of Live Aid in 1985 and also in 1986 as part of the Wham farewell show.

FatCat Records indie rock band The Twilight Sad will support their new full-length, Fourteen Autumns and Fifteen Winters by touring the US with Mary Timony and Aerogramme, including appearances at SXSW. Here are the dates:

3/19 Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree Lounge
3/20 Mt Pleasant, SC – Village Tavern
3/21 Raleigh, NC – King’s Lounge
3/22 Norfolk, VA – The Boot
3/23 Washington, DC – Black Cat
4/1 Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s
4/2 New York, NY – Knitting Factory
4/3 Brooklyn, NY – Luna Lounge
4/4 Cambridge, MA – The Middle East
4/5 Montreal, QC – Main Hall
4/6 Toronto, ON – El Mocambo
4/7 Hamilton, ON – Casbah
4/9 Chicago, IL – Subterranean
4/10 Minneapolis, MN – 7th St Entry
4/13 Seattle, WA – Crocodile Café
4/14 Portland, OR – Dante’s
4/15 San Francisco, CA – The Independent
4/16 San Luis Obispo, CA – Downtown Brew
4/17 San Diego, CA – Casbah
4/18 Los Angeles, CA – Knitting Factory
4/19 Phoenix, AZ – Modified
4/21 Austin, TX – Emo’s
4/22 Denton, TX – Hailey’s

Hard rock heroes Tool had to reschedule some tour dates due to drummer Danny Carey tearing a bicep. Ouch. I don’t play drums and that hurts just thinking about it. Here are the new dates and more will be announced soon:

April 30 Reno, NV Reno Event Center
May 2 San Diego, CA Cox Arena
May 5 Las Cruces, NM Pan American Center
May 6 Tucson, AZ Convention Center Arena
May 8 Albuquerque, AZ Tingley Coliseum
May 15 Southaven, MS DeSoto Center
May 19 Oklahoma City, OK Ford Center
May 21 San Antonio, TX AT&T Center
May 22 Corpus Christi, TX American Bank Center
May 24 Baton Rouge, LA River Center

Circa Survive and Cute Is What We Aim For (for my money, the dumbest band name ever) will headline the Alternative Press “Bands You Need To Know” tour beginning March 16 in Houston. The tour coincides with the magazine’s annual feature of the 100 bands they want you to watch for. Other bands on the tour include As Tall As Lions and Envy On The Coast. Dates are as follows:

3/16 Houston, TX- Meridian
3/17 Austin, TX- Emo’ (free SXSW Party, all-ages)
3/18 Ft. Worth, TX- Ridglea Theater
3/20 Tempe, AZ- Marquee Theater
3/21 Pomona, CA- Glass House
3/22 San Diego, CA- House of Blues
3/23 Las Vegas, NV- House of Blues
3/24 Los Angeles, CA- Avalon
3/25 San Francisco, CA- Slim’s
3/27 Portland, OR- Hawthorne Theater
3/28 Seattle, WA- El Corazon
3/30 Boise, ID- The Big Easy
3/31 Salt Lake City, UT- In The Venue
4/2 Englewood, CO- Gothic Theater
4/3 Omaha, NE- The Rock
4/4 MInneapolis, MN- Trocadero’s
4/5 Chicago, IL- Metro
4/6 Cincinnati, OH- Bogart’s
4/7 Detroit, MI- St Andrews Hall
4/8 Cleveland, OH- House of Blues
4/10 Atlanta, GA- The Masquerade
4/11 Orlando, FL- House of Blues
4/12 Ft. Lauderdale, FL- Revolution
4/13 Jacksonville, FL- Free Bird Cafe
4/14 Charlotte, NC- Tremont Music Hall
4/19 New York, NY- Irving Plaza
4/20 Asbury Park, NJ- Stone Pony
4/22 Boston, MA- Avalon

Grammy winning bassist Victor Wooten, best known for his work with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, will be touring in support of his new book, “The Music Lesson—A Spiritual Search For Growth Through Music.” Could you hear Beavis and Butthead snickering now? Yeah, but this dude has quite the resume and if you are a bass player at any level you owe it to yourself to check out Wooten’s shows, which will double as a bass clinic. Dates are:

4/20/07 Legend at Appalachian State Boone, NC
4/21/07 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
4/22/07 House of Blues New Orleans New Orleans, LA
4/23/07 Granada Theatre Dallas, TX
4/24/07 Georges Majestic Lounge Fayetteville, AR
4/25/07 Granada Lawrence, KS
4/26/07 Fox Theatre Boulder, CO
4/27/07 Aggie Theatre Fort Collins, CO
4/28/07 Depot Salt Lake City
4/30/07 Mobius Ashland, OR
5/01/07 Aladdin Theatre Portland, OR
5/02/07 McDonald Theatre Eugene, OR
5/03/07 California State University Chico, CA
5/04/07 The Fillmore San Francisco, CA
5/05/07 El ReyTheater Lost Angeles, CA

Soulful singer/songwriter Joss Stone has a new album due on March 20 from Virgin Records, Introducing Joss Stone, and will be hitting the road to support it. If you haven’t heard this Stone sing yet, you need to, um, introduce yourself to her music. The Grammy winning artist will kick off the tour on April 27 and dates are as follows:

04/27 – Mashantucket, CT – Fosxwoods Resort & Casino
04/30 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory
05/06 – New Orleans, LA – Jazz & Heritage Festival
05/09 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues
05/12 – Alpine, CA – Viejas Concerts in the Park
05/15 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre
05/18 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
05/21 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom
05/24 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
05/27 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
05/30 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
06/02 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus
06/05 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
06/08 – New York, NY – Central Park Summerstage
06/11 – Boston, MA – Avalon Ballroom
06/13 – Vienna, VA – The Filene Center

Although they have been plagued by visa issues, Scottish band The View will cross the Atlantic in April for a North American tour, kicking off April 30 in Boston. Dates are:

4/30 – Cambridge, MA – T.T. The Bears
5/01 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
5/02 – Brooklyn, NY – Luna Lounge
5/04 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Place
5/06 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s Tavern
5/08 – West Hollywood, CA – Troubadour
5/10 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s
5/12 – Vancouver, BC – Plaza Club
5/13 – Seattle, WA – Crocodile Café
5/15 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

Piano playing indie pop singer/songwriter Ben Folds is coming to a college near you, beginning March 24 at Assumption College in Worcester, Massachusetts and wrapping up May 9 in Boston.

Punk band Paulson was chosen by the band Thursday to open a few dates on their upcoming tour. Paulson is touring in support of their Doghouse Records album, All At Once. Dates are:

03/13 – Brooklyn, NY – The Warsaw
03/14 – Allentown, PA – The Crocodile Rock
04/14 – Scranton, PA – University of Scranton
05/07 – California, PA – University of California


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