Road Warriors 49

Road Warriors 49

The 50th Annual Grammy Awards will air Sunday, February 10 at 8pm ET, and the first group of performers have been announced. Those are Beyonce, Carrie Underwood, Aretha Franklin, Mary J. Blige, Rihanna and more. Stay tuned for more updates.

American Idol Season 6 champ Jordin Sparks will be singing the National Anthem at the Super Bowl next Sunday in Glendale, Arizona. What makes it extra special is that her dad, Phillippi, played for the Giants in the ‘90s, and the Giants are taking on the Patriots in the big game.

The 2008 Honda Civic Tour has announced its tour dates, and it begins April 10 in San Francisco. Bands on the tour are Panic at the Disco, Motion City Soundtrack, The Hush Sound and Phantom Planet. Tickets go on sale February 2, and more information is available at

Singer/songwriter Tristan Prettyman is back with her new album, Hello, on April 15 on Capitol, and is heading out on tour with G. Love & Special Sauce, and then headlining some dates of her own. Here are the confirmed dates:

Feb 14 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
Feb 15 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
Feb 16 Los Angeles, CA House of Blues
Feb 17 Flagstaff, AZ Orpheum Theatre
Feb 21 Houston, TX Warehouse
Feb 22 Dallas, TX House of Blues
Feb 23 Austin, TX Stubb’s BBQ
Feb 26 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
Feb 27 Tuscaloosa, AL Jupiter
Feb 28 Nashville City Hall
Feb 29 Charlotte, NC Amos’ Southend
March 1 Washington, DC party – venue tba (not with G Love)
Mar 4 Boone, NC Legends
Mar 5 Columbia, SC Headliners
Mar 6 Athens, GA Georgia Theater
HEADLINE TOUR: March 19 – April 27

The list is long for the performers at this year’s Coachella Vallery Music & Arts Festival, which takes place in California from April 25-27. Among them are Jack Johnson, The Verve, Raconteurs, Fatboy Slim, Madness, Rogue Wave, Portishead, Death Cab For Cutie, Rilo Kiley, Flogging Molly, Roger Waters, Love & Rockets, My Morning Jacket, Shout Out Louds and Brett Dennen. Wow. That’s just a sampling, but it’s clear that Coachella has become quite the player in the festival world. For more information, please visit:

Following the success of the second annual Paid Dues Hip-hop festival last year, the event is back at the NOS Events Center in San Bernardino, California on Saturday, March 22. Artists performing include Sage Francis, Little Brother, Dilated Peoples, Jedi Mind Tricks, and more. PAID DUES is an all-ages show. $35 pre-sale tickets will be available through on Thursday, January 24 and through on Friday, January 25. After, tickets will be available for $40 via Ticketmaster online and at all locations.

Jimmy Eat World and Paramore have confirmed a U.S. co-headline tour that will kick off in March. More information is to be announced shortly.

London band Switches has developed quite a fan base in the U.S., and is touring with The Bravery. Switches will release their debut, Lay Down The Law, in March in the US as well, and here are all of the confirmed shows:

22 Boise, ID – The Big Easy
23 Spokane, WA – The Big Easy Concert House
24 Vancouver, BC – Richard’s on Richards
25 Seattle, WA – Neumos Crystal Ball Reading Room
26 Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
28 Sacramento, CA – The Boardwalk
29 Anaheim, CA – House of Blues
30 San Diego, CA – House of Blues
31 Las Vegas, NV – House of Blues
01 Tempe, AZ – The Clubhouse
02 Los Angeles, CA – Crash Mansion
05 Austin, TX – Emo’s
06 Dallas, TX – Granada Theatre
07 Houston, TX – Warehouse Live
08 Baton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
09 Atlanta, GA – Roxy
12 Toronto, ONT – Opera House
13 Detroit, MI – Magic Stick
14 Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theatre
15 Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
16 Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
18 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
19 Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
21 New York, NY – Terminal 5
22 Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore at TLA

The Dollyrots released their 2007 album, Because I’m Awesome, on Joan Jett’s Blackheart Records label. Since then they have been tearing up the road, and continue to do so. Here are the current shows:

1/25 – El Paso, TX — Bennigans (Outside show)
1/26 – San Antonio, TX — Rock Bottom
1/28 – Lafayette, LA — Grant Street Dancehall
1/29 – New Orleans, LA — Keystones Lounge
2/01 – Jacksonville, FL — Jack Rabbits
2/02 – Tampa, Fl – Club Opheum
2/03 – Gainesville, Fl — 1982
2/04 – Orlando, FL – The Social
2/05 – Tallahassee, FL – Beta Bar
2/08 – Birmingham, AL — The Nick
2/11 – Raleigh, NC – Siren Lounge
2/12 – Arlington, VA — Iota Cafe
2/14 – Asbury Park –, NJ Asbury Lanes
2/15 – New York, NY – Knitting Factory
2/18 – Pittsfield, MA — ITAM Lodge
2/19 – Cambridge, MA — T.T. the Bears
2/20 – Pittsburgh, PA — Diesel Nightclub
2/22 – Columbus, OH — Ravari Room
2/23 – Cleveland, OH — Peabodys
2/25 – Toledo, OH — Frankie’s
2/28 – Chicago, IL — The Note
3/03 – Minneapolis, MN — Triple Rock
3/04 – Cedar Falls, IA — The Reverb
3/06 – St. Louis, MO – Creepy Crawl
3/12-3/16 – SXSW
3/20 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
3/21 – San Diego, CA – Beauty Bar

Alt-country artist Tift Merritt is releasing her new album, Another Country, on February 26 and will hit the road in support of it. Here are the upcoming dates:

Mon March 17 Philadelphia Johnny Brenda’s
Tue March 18 Northampton, MA Iron Horse
Wed March 19 New York City Mercury Lounge
Fri March 21 Alexandria, VA Birchmere
Sat March 22 Durham, NC Carolina Theater
Fri March 28 New Orleans Parish/HOB
Sat March 29 Pittsburgh Club Cafe
Sun March 30 Ashland, KY Mountain Stage/Paramount Theater
Tue April 1 Toronto El Mocambo
Wed April 2 Ann Arbor, MI Ark
Fri April 4 Chicago Schubas
Sat April 5 Madison, WI High Noon Saloon
Sun April 6 Minneapolis Cedar Cultural Center
Tues April 8 Denver Bluebird Theater
Fri April 11 Vancouver Plaza
Sat April 12 Portland Doug Fir Lounge
Sun April 13 Seattle Tractor Tavern
Tue April 15 San Francisco Great American Music Hall
Thu April 17 Los Angeles Troubador
Fri April 18 San Diego Anthology
Sat April 19 Tucson Plush
Mon April 21 Austin Parish
Tue April 22 Dallas Cambridge Room
Thu April 24 Atlanta Five Spot
Fri April 26 Wilkesoro, NC Merlefest


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