the church Announce 'Starfish' 30th Anniversary U.S. Tour

posted Aug 8, 2018, 6:09 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Aug 8, 2018, 6:10 AM ]

New York, NY: 
the church will be celebrating their breakout album Starfish with a North American tour kicking off October 1st at the Chapel in Berkeley, California.

A ringing 12-string guitar introduction. A dreamlike lyric that seems to hold the cosmos in its hands. It’s still the most recognizable, covered and widely beloved song in the catalogue of a band that’s released a remarkable 26 albums.

And it’s 30 years old this year.

The song is 'Under The Milky Way', from the church’s most successful album, the undisputed classic Starfish.

In 2018, the Australian paisley underground pioneers are enjoying a year of unique celebrations, which started with a sold-out appearance at the Meltdown Festival in London on the personal invitation of curator, The Cure’s Robert Smith, on June 15th.

Followed by a string of dates in the UK – including a sold-out fan convention in Shepherds Bush which saw the band perform their second album The Blurred Crusade in its entirety for the first time in that country – the church arrive in the US on September 30th for a month’s worth of shows, with a return early in 2019 planned to complete the US circuit. Joining the band onstage once again is ex-Remy Zero guitarist Jeffrey Cain 
who is also Kilbey’s partner in side project Isidore.

For these shows, Starfish will likewise be performed in its entirety, along with a selection of other gems from the band’s career, which now spans an incredible 38 years. The band will return briefly to the UK in late October as very special guests of Fields of the Nephilim, a band whose music displays similar spectral soundscapes and whose leader, Carl McCoy, remains a big fan of the band. 

From there a flight home to a fast selling Starfish 30th Anniversary National Tour of homeland theaters in Australia awaits to conclude the year.

Starfish remains best known for its iconic singles Under The Milky Way and Reptile. But like all classic albums, it’s a journey – and it starts with Destination, the six-minute epic that opens the album. In between it takes you to all point of the compass: North, South, East and West.

The sound of Starfish is open and uncluttered. That was a change for the band after the dense orchestrations of the previous album, Heyday. All 10 songs are individually memorable, yet speak to one other, making for an entirely cohesive, satisfying listening experience.

From there, the list of hits, band and fan favourites is long. Myrhh, which leader Steve Kilbey described in his memoir Something Quite Peculiar as the definitive Church song. Ripple, from the masterful Priest=Aura. Almost anything from 1982’s The Blurred Crusade.

Expect songs from Hologram of Baal, itself celebrating its 20th anniversary. And, of course, there’s The Unguarded Moment, the single that launched the band onto world stages on its release on its release in 1981.

But this is not just a nostalgia trip. The Church have been revitalized since 2014 with the addition of guitarist Ian Haug, formerly of another iconic Australian band, Powderfinger. Haug’s first outing with the band was on the acclaimed Further/Deeper, which yielded a new dynamic set-closer,  the infinitely psychedelic and earth shaking Miami.

Last year’s Man Woman Life Death Infinity strengthened the bond, cementing Haug’s place with long-time fans, as well as with the rest of the band: singer, bass player and songwriter Kilbey, fellow guitarist Peter Koppes and longtime drummer Tim Powles. “Ian is a big part of the band now,” Koppes says. “He’s a consummate, intuitive musician with fantastic tones.”

Koppes goes on to sum up the band. “Music is like inner space and we’re astronauts,” he says. It’s a spellbinding thing, it’s hypnotizing. That’s why people like it. It takes them into another world and we’re here to open those doors.”

The Church’s strange journey remains an endless sea of possibilities. In 2018, it’s time for the band to celebrate one of their crowning glories, but always with an eye to the future. Further. Deeper. The Church truly are a rock band for the ages.

Tour Dates:
Sept. 30 - Long Beach, CA - Music Tastes Good Fest
Oct. 1 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
Oct. 3 - Portland, OR - Aladdin Theater
Oct. 4 - Vancouver, BC - Fox Cabaret
Oct. 5 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
Oct. 6 - Seattle, WA - The Triple Door
Oct. 9 - Aspen, CO - Belly Up
Oct. 11 - Boulder, CO - The Fox Theatre
Oct. 12 - Fort Collins, CO - Washington’s FoCo
Oct. 14 - Kansas City, MO - recordBar
Oct. 15 -  St. Paul, MN - Turf Club
Oct. 16 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
Oct. 17 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
Oct. 19 - Cleveland, OH - Beachland, Ballroom
Oct. 20 - Toronto, ON - Horseshoe Tavern
Oct. 21 - Montreal, QC - Cafe Campus
Oct. 23 - Cambridge, MA - The Sinclair
Oct. 24 - Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
Oct. 25 & 26  - New York, NY - City Winery

Minneapolis: July 1 to July 4, 2018

posted Jun 28, 2018, 6:01 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Jun 28, 2018, 5:23 PM ]

Here are some shows taking place in the Minneapolis/St Paul area on July 1 to July 4, 2018.

Read more: Minneapolis Music Guide.

Janelle Monáe 2018 Poster

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Janelle Monae
For most attendees, this was their first opportunity to hear new tracks by the likes of Fratellis, Mazzy Star, Janelle Monae w/ Prince, Rudimental, and Bastille. …

+ St. Beauty
State Theatre
Tue 07/03/2018 (7:30pm/$53.50)

Everyone I know is really excited about having American singer, songwriter, rapper, and actress Janelle Monáe in town this July 3rd at the State Theatre in Minneapolis. Maybe this might be because she hasn’t been in Minneapolis since appearing with Bruno Mars in 2011.

Monáe’s third album, Dirty Computer, is out now on Wondaland Arts Society / Bad Boy Records / Atlantic Records.

St. Beauty to open.

Tour dates:

Jun 26 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theater
Jun 28 Los Angeles, CA The Greek Theatre
Jun 30 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
Jul 01 Denver, CO The Paramount Theatre
Jul 03 Minneapolis, MN State Theatre
Jul 05 Chicago, IL The Chicago Theatre
July 06 Milwaukee, WI* Summerfest*
Jul 07 Grand Rapids, MI 20 Monroe Live
Jul 09 Detroit, MI Fox Theatre Detroit
Jul 10 Cincinnati, OH Taft Theatre
Jul 11 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
Jul 13 Nashville, TN+ Ryman Auditorium+
Jul 14 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre
Jul 16 Toronto, ON Rebel
Jul 18 New York, NY Hulu Theater
Jul 20 Washington, DC* The Anthem*
Jul 21 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Jul 23 Raleigh, NC The Ritz
Jul 24 Charlotte, NC The Fillmore Charlotte
Jul 26 Tampa, FL Jannus Live
Jul 27 Miami, FL The Fillmore Miami
Jul 28 Orlando, FL House of Blues Orlando
Aug 04 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle

Harry Styles 2018 Poster

Peking Duk 2018 Poster

Goblinjr 2018 Poster

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One Direction
One Direction became Cosmopolitan's first all male cover in its 40 year history. Some may jokingly suggest there aren't any "men" on the cover. ..…

Other shows in the area:

+ Kacey Musgraves
Xcel Energy Center
Sun 07/01/2018 (7pm/$39.50)

There’s no doubt that former One Direction singer, Harry Styles is more popular than ever since the group broke up. Due to overwhelming demand, the majority of this tour had been upgraded to add more seats and tickets.

Styles is touring in support of his self-titled 2017 album, which featured the platinum hits “Sign of the Times” (no relationship to the Prince song) and “Kiwi”.

Tour dates:

6/27/2018 Indianapolis, IN Bankers Life Fieldhouse
6/30/2018 Chicago, IL United Center
7/1/2018 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center
7/3/2018 Denver, CO Pepsi Center
7/6/2018 Vancouver, BC Rogers Arena
7/7/2018 Seattle, WA Key Arena
7/9/2018 Sacramento, CA Golden 1
7/11/2018 San Jose, CA SAP Center
7/13/2018 Los Angeles, CA The Forum
7/14/2018 Los Angeles, CA The Forum

+ *repeat repeat
7th Street Entry
Mon 07/02/2018 (7:30pm/$15)

Australia’s duo Peking Duk will be headlining the 7th Street Entry this Monday, July 2nd. Their single “Fire” was the second most added track to Australian radio, streaming nearly 1 million times and broke into the Australian Spotify Top 50.

*repeat repeat to open.

Tour dates:

June 28: Stubbs Indoors, Austin TX
June 30: Venue, Vancouver BC
July 02: 7th Street Entry, Minneapolis MN
July 05: Brighton Music Hall, Boston MA
July 06: Le Ministère, Montreal QC
July 07: Velvet Underground, Toronto ON
July 12: Commonwealth, Calgary AB
July 14: Crocodile, Seattle WA

Kitty Cat Klub
Wed 07/04/2018 (7pm/Free?)

Gobbinjr (stylized as gobbinjr) will be playing the Kitty Cat Klub in Minneapolis on July 4th, Independence Day.

6/28 - Columbus, OH @ Middle Earth
6/29 - Cincinnati, OH @ The Hub
6/30 - Champaign, IL @ Blips and Chitz
7/1 - St. Louis, MO @ The Shrub
7/2 - Iowa City, IA @ Gabe's
7/3 - Omaha, NE @ O'Leavers
7/4 - Minneapolis, MN @ Kitty Cat Klub
7/5 - Madison, WI @ Communication
7/6 - Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
7/7 - Detroit, MI @ Trixie's Bar
7/8 - Cleveland, OH @ Mahall's
7/9 - Pittsburgh, PA @ The Bloom Effect
7/10 - Flemington, NJ @ Flemington DIY

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New Order Announces US Tour Dates

posted Jun 18, 2018, 5:32 AM by Vu Nguyen

is pleased to announce a new round of touring taking place across North America this summer and fall. These dates will see the electronic music pioneers visiting cities they haven’t played in quite some time including two performances in Hawaii. Tickets are on sale beginning Friday, June 22. See below for a full itinerary and visit for market-specific details.
The band recently released a new live album, NOMC15, which was recorded at London’s Brixton Academy during their 2015 tour. The album, which features tracks taken from New Order’s 2015 Mute-released LP Music Complete, also boasts songs from across the group’s storied catalog as well as a selection of Joy Division numbers. Purchase and stream NOMC15 via iTunes, Spotify and Amazon.
8/23/18 – St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
8/25/18 – Cleveland, OH – InCuya Music Festival
8/28/18 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
8/30/18 – Toronto, ON – Budweiser Stage
9/29/18 – Long Beach, CA – Music Tastes Good Festival
10/3/18 – Kahului, HI – Maui Arts & Cultural Center - Castle Theater
10/5/18 – Honolulu, HI – Blaisdell Arena

Johnny Marr 2018 Tour

posted Jun 13, 2018, 5:01 PM by Vu Nguyen

Praise for Johnny Marr’s live show:

 His gruffer, but by no means unrefined, vocals lend fresh flavour to the Smiths tracks he drops intermittently into the set; his fired-up “Bigmouth”, stabbed through with trademark arpeggios, seems designed to remind us that the Smiths were as much gobby post-punk rabble as they were foppish ego cult, while “The Headmaster Ritual” could be “Daytripper”-era Beatles with switchblades up their blazer sleeves.4 Stars - The Guardian

 Marr (was) showcasing his great new album which somehow manages to combine those perfect Marr-lodies with a whiff of early eighties post-punk melancholy but also nods to that patented chiming guitar sound that he trademarked in the Smiths. The new album is his finest solo offering yet and the gig was a celebration of this and his own back pages...a perfect example of how seamlessly it all fits together into a continuous career whole in a sweatshod celebration of a decades long quest of guitar pop brilliance.” - Louder Than War

“...the songs themselves sounded urgent and engaged. Guitar solos emerged with power and clarity within songs.” - The Financial Times


Sat 15 Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
Sun 16 Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
Mon 17 Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
Thu 20 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theater
Fri 21 Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
Sat 22 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
Mon 24 Santa Cruz, CA @The Catalyst
Tue 25 Berkeley, CA @ UC Theater
Wed 26 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
Fri 28 Sonoma, CA @ Old Redwood Barn
Sun 30 Tempe, AZ @ The Marquee

Tue 2 Mexico City, Mexico @ Plaza Condesa
Thur 4 Los Angeles, CA @ The Theater At Ace Hotel
Mon 8 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
Tue 9 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
Wed 10 Austin, TX @ Empire Control Room & Garage
Thu 11 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
Sat 13 Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
Mon 15 New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Tue 16 Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
Wed 17 Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore
Fri 19 Toronto, ON @ The Phoenix
Sat 20 Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom
Sun 21 Boston, MA @ The Paradise
Mon 22 Philadelphia, PA @ TLA

My Bloody Valentine Announce First U.S. Tour Since 2013

posted Apr 24, 2018, 7:10 AM by Vu Nguyen

My Bloody Valentine return to the stage this summer for the first time since late 2013. The band will tour the United States and play overseas festivals including Robert Smith’s Meltdown in London, Roskilde in Denmark, and Sonicmania in Japan. This is the first stateside run since My Bloody Valentine toured in support of m b vTickets will be on sale at this Friday, April 27th at 10am local time, except for New York, which will be on sale at 11am Eastern. A presale code will be available via Brooklyn Vegan on Thursday, April 26 at 10am Eastern.
Listen to Kevin Shields and Bob Boilen discuss the newly released all-analog versions of Loveless and Isn’t Anything and more on NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered,” and read recent interviews with Shields on Pitchfork and Rolling Stone. My Bloody Valentine Tour Dates:

Sat. June 23 – London, UK @ Royal Festival Hall – Robert Smith’s Meltdown
Sat. June 30 – Sat. July 7 – Roskilde, DE @ Roskilde Festival
Tue. July 17 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount
Thu. July 19 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
Sun. July 22 – Los Angeles, CA @ FYF Fest
Wed. July 25 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Fri. July 27 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Mon. July 30 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
Wed. Aug. 1 – New York, NY  @Hammerstein Ballroom
Fri. Aug. 17 – Makuhari Messe, JP @ Sonicmania

Belly Announce First Album in 23 years 'DOVE' - Release first single "Shiny One" + Announce National Tour

posted Feb 25, 2018, 10:00 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Feb 25, 2018, 10:01 PM ]

On May 4, Belly return with DOVE, their first full length album release in 23 years. The album was recorded and produced and recorded by band member Tom Gorman alongside longtime friend of the group Paul Q. Kolderie (Hole, Throwing Muses, Radiohead). Today, the band shared "Shiny One," the first single to be released from the forthcoming album.
DOVE is now available for pre-order and includes an instant download of "Shiny One." 
"I have a lot of affection for 'Shiny One,'" says Tanya Donelly. "It was the first completely collaborative song we've ever done—Gail wrote the riff and the chorus, Tom and I wrote the verse and bridge, Chris’s parts shaped the direction and vibe. When I hear it, I hear all four of us equally."
Belly, who formed in 1991, is Tanya Donelly (guitar, vocals), Tom Gorman (guitar), Chris Gorman (drums), and Gail Greenwood (bass). The band released their gold-certified critically-acclaimed debut album Star in 1993, which spawned the alternative radio and MTV staple "Feed The Tree" and led to Grammy nominations for Best Alternative Music Album and Best New Artist.
In 1995, Belly released their sophomore album King and toured extensively behind the album before dissolving in 1996. Over the next two decades, the members stayed close while pursuing their own creative paths before the idea of a Belly reunion gained serious traction just a few years ago.
"We had just gotten to the point where we were just missing each other, and missing the music," says Donelly. "The music I've been doing in the past several years has been very collaborative, which made me kind of homesick for Belly; I missed that sense of having a band."
The songs that comprise DOVE were spun out of a new songwriting system that was necessitated by the four members' far-flung hometowns. "It required a lot of trust," says Donelly, "because we were sending raw snippets to each other—anything from 30-second pieces to full songs. Tom and Gail and I would send demos back and forth, and then Chris would add drums to whatever snippets he'd heard, and Tom would sew everything together. It would sometimes be a very circuitous route to a song, but it was really fun."  

"All three of the songwriters were locked in and working in a way that complemented the others' strengths," says Chris Gorman. "Gail's writing was in top form. Tanya is able to make anybody's song her own—she's got that gift. And Tom has really honed his arrangement and production style." 
Belly will launch their first major tour since 1995 later this year and will play Boston Calling on May 26. Find a full list of tour dates below. "We're all looking forward to presenting these songs in a live setting, and having the opportunity to play together again," says Chris Gorman. "We should be in for a really exciting year."

1) Mine
2) Shiny One
3) Human Child
4) Faceless
5) Suffer The Fools
6) Girl
7) Army of Clay
8) Stars Align
9) Quicksand
10) Artifact
11) Heartstrings
Tour Dates:
5/26: Cambridge, MA - Boston Calling
6/9: Portsmouth, UK - Wedgewood Rooms
6/10: Bristol, UK - SWX
6/11: Cardiff, UK - Glee Club
6/12: Manchester, UK - The Ritz
6/13: Leeds, UK - Beckett
6/14: Whitley Bay, UK - Playhouse
6/16: Glasgow, UK - O2ABC
6/17: Sheffield, UK - Leadmill
6/18: Nottingham, UK - Rescue Rooms
6/19: Brighton, UK - Concorde 2
6/20: London, UK - Shepherd's Bush Empire
8/8: Los Angeles, CA - Teragram 
8/9: Los Angeles, CA - Teragram
8/10: San Francisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
8/11: Portland, OR - Revolution Hall
8/12: Seattle, WA - Neptune
8/22: Portland, ME - Port City
8/25: Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
8/26: Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
9/28: Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
9/29: Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
10/4: Madison, WI - Majestic Theater
10/5: Minneapolis, MN - Fine Line Music Cafe
10/6: Chicago, IL - Vic Theatre

Erasure Unveils "Still It's Not Over" From Echo Collective Collaboration; New Tour Dates Added

posted Feb 1, 2018, 8:56 AM by Vu Nguyen

(Andy Bell and Vince Clarke) have unveiled the first track from World Beyond, the new album out on March 9 on Mute.
World Beyond – which sees the entirety of Erasure’s 2017 album, World Be Gone, given a post-classical rework – is a collaboration with Echo Collective, the Brussels-based group of post-classical musicians best known for their ongoing collaborative work with A Winged Victory for the Sullen, Johann Johannsson, Dustin O’Halloran and Stars of the Lid.

Listen to “Still It’s Not Over,” which tackles the LGBT+ rights movement post-Stonewall and highlights the band’s place within that movement, here (
World Beyond was recorded over ten days by Andy Bell and six performers from Echo Collective. Produced by Echo Collective, mixed by Gareth Jones and arranged by Echo Collective’s Gary De Cart, Margaret Hermant and Neil Leiter.
The tracks featured on World Beyond show award-winning songwriters Vince Clarke and Andy Bell in a more reflective mood, giving the world and recent political upheavals a thoughtful examination. This new collaboration gives a new dimension to the tracks and the band’s optimism about the future remains clear and bright. Andy Bell explains: “…the reinterpretations have brought such enormous context to the songs, it has created a new place for them.”
The original idea for the album developed from Vince Clarke, who initially suggested that a single from World Be Gone could be given an orchestral reinterpretation, but as the idea expanded and took shape, he spoke at length to Echo Collective ahead of the recording. “It was great to talk through ideas with Echo Collective and then see how their arrangements took shape. The collaboration has given elements of the album a whole new feel and Andy's vocals remain as powerful and uplifting as ever” says Clarke.
Recently, Erasure announced a North American leg in addition to the sold out European leg of their world tour. With tickets selling out within a week of announcement in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Austin, Chicago and Salt Lake City, additional dates have been added in an attempt to meet demand. For additional details, visit
February 2 – Dundee, Scotland – Caird Hall (SOLD OUT)
February 3 – Edinburgh, Scotland – Usher Hall (SOLD OUT)
February 4 – Newcastle, England – City Hall (SOLD OUT)
February 6 – Liverpool, England – Philharmonic (SOLD OUT)
February 7 – Hull, England – City Hall (SOLD OUT)
February 8 – Manchester, England – O2 Apollo (SOLD OUT)
February 10 – Cambridge, England – Corn Exchange (SOLD OUT)
February 11 – Birmingham, England – O2 Academy (SOLD OUT)
February 12 – Nottingham, England – Royal Concert Hall (SOLD OUT)
February 14 – Ipswich, England – Regent (SOLD OUT)
February 15 – Southampton, England – O2 Guildhall (SOLD OUT)
February 16 – Cardiff, Wales – St David’s Hall (SOLD OUT)
February 18 – Aylesbury, England – Friars Waterside Theatre (SOLD OUT)
February 19 – Brighton, England – Dome (SOLD OUT)
February 20 – Guildford, England – G Live (SOLD OUT)
February 22 – Norwich, England – UEA (SOLD OUT)
February 23 – London, England – Eventim Apollo (SOLD OUT)
February 24 – London, England – Eventim Apollo (SOLD OUT)
February 27 – Cologne, Germany – E-Werk (SOLD OUT)
February 28 – Hamburg, Germany – Mehr Theater (SOLD OUT)
March 1 – Berlin, Germany – Columbiahalle (SOLD OUT)
March 3 – Leipzig, Germany – Haus Auensee (SOLD OUT)
March 4 – Munich, Germany – Tonhalle (SOLD OUT)
March 5 – Frankfurt, Germany – Batschkapp (SOLD OUT)
March 7 – Hanover, Germany – Capitol (SOLD OUT)
March 9 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
March 13 – Dublin, Ireland – Olympia (SOLD OUT) *rescheduled from January 29
April 21 –  Guadalajara, Mexico – Roxy Fest
May 2 – Lima, Peru – Anfieteatro Del Parque De La Exposicion
May 3 – Santiago, Chile – Movistar Arena
May 5 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Luna Park
May 6 – Rosario, Argentina – Metropolitano      
May 8 – Asunción, Paraguay – Paseo La Galeria
May 10 – Curitiba, Brazil – Teatro Positivo
May 11 – São Paulo, Brazil – Espaco Das Americas
May 12 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Vivo Rio
July 6 – Miami Beach, FL – Fillmore
July 7 – St. Petersburg, FL – Mahaffey Theater
July 8 – Orlando, FL – Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts
July 10 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
July 11 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
July 13 – New York, NY – Beacon Theater
July 14 – New York, NY – Beacon Theater (SOLD OUT)
July 15 – New York, NY – Beacon Theater (SOLD OUT)
July 17 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
July 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Merriam Theater
July 20 – Washington, DC – Warner Theater
July 21 – Washington, DC – Warner Theater
July 22 – Pittsburgh, PA – Byham Theater
July 24 – Toronto, ON – Queen Elizabeth Theater
July 25 – Grand Rapids, MI – 20 Monroe Live
July 27 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre (SOLD OUT)
July 28 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
July 29 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
July 31 – Indianapolis, IN – Murat
August 1 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
August 3 – Dallas, TX – Toyota Music Factory
August 4 – Houston, TX – Smart Financial Centre
August 5 – San Antonio, TX– Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
August 7 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live (SOLD OUT)
August 8 – Austin, TX – Austin City Limits Live
August 10 – Denver, CO – Opera House          
August 11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kingsbury Hall 
August 12 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kingsbury Hall (SOLD OUT)
August 14 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre (SOLD OUT)
August 15 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre
August 17 – San Francisco, CA – Masonic Auditorium
August 18 – San Francisco, CA – Masonic Auditorium (SOLD OUT)
August 19 – San Francisco, CA – Masonic Auditorium (SOLD OUT)
August 21 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre
August 22 – San Diego, CA – Symphony Hall (SOLD OUT)
August 24 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater
August 25 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater (SOLD OUT)
August 26 – Los Angeles, CA – Wiltern Theater (SOLD OUT)

Rod Stewart Announces 22-Date North American Summer Tour Kicking Off June 25 at the Hollywood Bowl

posted Jan 8, 2018, 6:26 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Jan 8, 2018, 6:27 AM ]

Singer/Songwriter Rod Stewart, the two-time Rock & Roll Hall of Fame-music icon, today announced plans for an extensive North American summer tour.  Following the incredible success and rave reviews for their 2017 summer tour, Stewart has invited the legendary Cyndi Lauper to again join him as the tour’s special guest.  Produced by Live Nation, the 22-date tour begins June 25 at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, CA with performances scheduled at some of the most storied venues across North America including Madison Square Garden in New York on Aug. 7, Bridgestone Arena in Nashville on Aug. 1, Budweiser Stage in Toronto on Aug. 10, Shoreline Amphitheatre in San Francisco on Aug. 29 and more (complete itinerary below).

Pre-sales begin Tuesday, January 9 at 10:00 a.m. local time; tickets will go on sale to the general public starting Friday, January 12 at 10:00 a.m. local time via For complete details on presales, ticketing and tour information, please visit:, or

Citi® is the official presale credit card for select markets of the Rod Stewart with Special Guest Cyndi Lauper tour. As such, Citi® cardmembers will have access to purchase pre-sale tickets beginning January 9 at 10:00 a.m. local time until Thursday, January 11 at 10:00 p.m. local time through Citi's Private Pass® Program. For complete pre-sale details visit

American Express® will hold a presale for tickets to the Hollywood Bowl concert only, visit for more information.


“The greatest singer in rock 'n' roll proved time is on his side with a heart-pumping nearly two hour set.” - Laura DeMarco, The Cleveland Plain Dealer

“Two Legends Who Thrill In Their Own Ways…More than just their pop success and great hair, what really united Sir Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper on Saturday night was the sheer joy that both brought out of the audience…You can put a price on a show, but it’s hard to quantify joy.” – Cory Garcia, Houston Press

“The pair, who combined have sold a whopping 250 million albums throughout their Grammy-winning careers… kick off a nostalgia blast.” – Rachel Desantis, Entertainment Weekly

Stewart, Lauper provide timeless performances at Xfinity Center.” “There are concerts and then there are productions…Stewart’s signature raspy voice never faltered in a 90-minute set that dazzled with showmanship and personality, changes from one flashy costume to the next, and stellar vocals that drew the audience in close for their favorites… Stewart was simply a treat.” - Sue McDonald, The Sun Chronicle

“The spotlight was all Sir Rod’s…hits came early and often: Infatuation, Some Guys Have All the Luck, Tonight’s the Night, Forever Young, Young Turks, Tom Waits’ Downtown Train. On a stirring Maggie May, Stewart shimmied and twirled with his mic stand; on a drunkenly woozy Stay With Me, he punted an arsenal of soccer balls throughout the arena…but whenever the time came to sing loud and proud, Stewart didn’t back down.” - Jay Cridlin, Tampa Bay Times

Rod Stewart and Cyndi Lauper are true music legends, who’ve been awarded nearly every industry award and honor for their incomparable catalog of hits and activism, among them multiple Grammys, American Music Awards and VMA’s, plus two inductions into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the ASCAP Founders Award for songwriting, and a knighthood for Stewart; and an Emmy and Tony Award for Lauper.



25                           Hollywood, CA -- Hollywood Bowl    


24                           Hollywood, FL -- Hard Rock Event Center *
26                           Orlando, FL -- Amway Arena
28                           Charlotte, NC -- Spectrum Center 
29                           Louisville, KY -- KFC YUM! Arena



1                              Nashville, TN -- Bridgestone Arena
3                              Allentown, PA -- PPL Center
4                              Atlantic City, NJ -- Atlantic City Boardwalk Hall
7                              New York, NY -- Madison Square Garden
10                           Toronto, ON -- Budweiser Stage
11                           Pittsburgh, PA -- PPG Paints Arena
14                           Kansas City, MO -- Sprint Center
15                           St. Paul, MN -- Xcel Energy Center
18                           Indianapolis, IN -- Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
19                           St. Louis, MO -- Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
22                           Denver, CO -- Pepsi Center Arena
24                           Phoenix, AZ -- Talking Stick Resort Arena
26                           San Diego, CA -- Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
28                           Reno, NV -- Event Center **
29                           San Francisco, CA -- Shoreline Amphitheatre
31                           Portland, OR -- Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre



1                              Seattle, WA -- White River Amphitheater


* Concert promoted by Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino

** Concert promoted by Eldorado Resorts, Inc.


Sir Rod Stewart is one of the best selling artists in the history of recorded music with 200 million records sold worldwide. With his signature voice, narrative songwriting, trendsetting style and passionate live performances he’s transcended all genres of popular music, from rock, folk, soul, R&B, new wave, and even the Great American Song Book; making him one of the few stars to enjoy chart-topping albums throughout every decade of his five decade-long career.  As a singer and songwriter his hits include “Gasoline Alley,” “Every Picture Tells a Story,” “Mandolin Wind,” “You Wear It Well,” “The Killing of Georgie,” “Tonight’s the Night,” “You're In My Heart (The Final Acclaim),” “Da Ya Think I’m Sexy?,” “Young Turks,” “Forever Young,” “Hot Legs,” “Infatuation” and the indelible, “Maggie May.” Stewart’s performed for millions of fans on all seven continents, even holding the record for the largest-ever free concert, for an estimated 4.2 million in Rio de Janeiro on New Year’s Eve in 1996.  In addition to touring, his Las Vegas residency, "Rod Stewart: The Hits," at The Coloseum at Caesars Palace has remained one of the hottest tickets and best reviewed shows since its launch in 2011.  He’s earned countless of the industry’s highest awards, among them; two inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the ASCAP Founders Award for songwriting, New York Times bestselling author, Grammy™ Living Legend, and in 2016 he officially became “Sir Rod Stewart” after being knighted by Britain's Prince William at Buckingham Palace for his services to music and charity.

Cyndi Lauper is a Grammy, Emmy, and Tony Award-winning artist who, after 30 sterling years and global record sales in excess of 50 million albums, has proven that she has the heart and soul to keep her legion of fans compelled by her every creative move. With her first album, She's So Unusual, Lauper won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist and became the first female in history to have four top-five singles from a debut album. With a string of unique follow-ups, Lauper has continued to push her own boundaries, exploring electronic dance music, American standards, the Memphis blues and, with her latest studio album Detour, country classics from the ‘40s, ‘50s, and ‘60s which features collaborations with some of country music’s most-celebrated artists including Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Willie Nelson, and Alison Kraus. In recognition of her ongoing contribution to music, Lauper was inducted into the prestigious Songwriters Hall of Fame in 2015.

POLIÇA and s t a r g a z e Premiere New Single via Billboard, Debut Collaborative Album Out 2/16

posted Dec 10, 2017, 11:22 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Dec 10, 2017, 11:23 PM ]

L-R ID: Channy Leaneagh, Marlies van Gangelen, Merle Scheske, André de Ridder, Chris Bierden, Drew Christopherson, Thora Sveinsdóttir, Maaike van der Linde, Alistair Sung, Romain Bly, Ben Ivascu
Credit: Graham Tolbert
Minneapolis-based electronic quintet POLIÇA and European orchestral collective s t a r g a z e recently announced their debut collaborative album entitled Music For The Long Emergency. Following their heart-stopping first track  "How Is This Happening?," (listen on written the day after Trump's election and released on its one-year anniversary, is their new single "Agree." Produced by POLIÇA’s Ryan Olson at Justin Vernon's studio in Wisconsin, the melodic "Agree" finds POLIÇA frontwoman Channy Leaneagh's voice -  atypically unfiltered in this track - careening from vulnerable verses to a vibrant and vital refrain atop of s t a r g a z e's lush chamber arrangement.

Listen to "Agree" on

tells Billboard about the track:

"In this long emergency of being human without a clue, we fall prey to the loudest, most powerful voices, and romantic love seems old fashioned and usually oppressive. However, we still fall in love again and again. When I got married a second time, I understood I have more philosophy than true conversion; I'm a religious anarchist but I haven't been born again, so to speak.

"But when I see it amongst my smartest, most radical friends and heroes, it's more confusing; they too get married or enter monogamous relationships. It makes no sense when you discuss the historical evidence or just our own experiences with love, but then we don't often act in evidence and learn from the past. That's the place 'Agree' was made from. We don't believe in it but we want it all the same."

Introduced via the Liquid Music project run by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra in Minnesota, with the hope of a cross-genre collaboration, POLIÇA and s t a r g a z e first met in Berlin in 2016 in s t a r g a z e conductor André de Ridder's living room. While the collaboration started in the same room, the process continued as an 18-month long "ping pong" match as the bands exchanged ideas and music over email, mp3 files, video conferencing, and the occasional meet-up in Berlin, Minneapolis, and Eau Claire. Both bands were adamant that whatever they created "not just be POLIÇA songs with s t a r g a z e pasted on top," as POLIÇA vocalist Channy Leaneagh puts it, and the end result is the most adventurous and forward-thinking music either group has made to date.

Lyrically, this is in many ways an album of tensions — of sorrow and intense joy, of beauty and confusion. "It's about those contradictions in life," Leaneagh says. "How you can be going through tragedy, never-ending wars, but you still also are dealing with human relationships and love and romantic troubles." It is a reflection of the strange and sudden darkening of our times. "Everybody in s t a r g a z e and POLIÇA is a little older. I grew up in a time in America that was before the internet, in a time when the schools in America were the least segregated that they'd ever been. In a time when we had turned towards progress after the era of Jim Crow, and lynching, and the Ku Klux Klan. And we're back in that right now in America. And in a lot of places in Europe too. We had our hands on progress and then it flipped. So the songs deal with that, lyrically, and musically they do too — with the idea that we're still human beings and we’re trying to find happiness and the love of our lives, or a career to be happy about, but then we're also trying to find world peace and end racism."

For both bands, this record is "an example of the truly healing effects of making music with your friends," says Leaneagh. “And while it doesn’t necessarily make things better, it builds community.”

Tour dates:

2/15 - North Adams, MA @ MASS MoCA
2/17 - New York, NY @ Symphony Space at Peter Jay Sharp Theatre
2/18 - Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace *
2/19 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall *
2/21 - Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
2/22 - Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
2/23 - Cincinnati, OH @ Contemporary Arts Center
2/27 - London, UK @ Oval Space
3/1 - Rotterdam, NL @ Cross-Linx Festival
3/2 - Amsterdam, NL @ Cross-Linx Festival
3/3 - Eindhoven, NL @ Cross-Linx Festival
3/4 - Enschede, NL @ Cross-Linx Festival

* solo POLIÇA show

Wanting Announces Headlining North American Tour Dates | New Album 'LLL' Out Now Via Nettwerk

posted Nov 30, 2017, 9:35 AM by Vu Nguyen

This February, Vancouver-based, multi-platinum selling artist Wanting will bring her new album 'LLL' ('Love Loss Latitude') on the road in North America. Produced by Justin Gray (John Legend, Mariah Carey, Miley Cyrus, Joss Stone), the full length released via Nettwerk Records last fall. The tour kicks off on February 18th in Eugene, Oregon at HiFi Music Hall and concludes on March 3rd at Toronto's Opera House. A full list of tour dates below.

In 2011, Wanting was signed by Nettwerk Records as the label’s first Chinese Canadian artist who composes in both Mandarin and English. Since then, she has quickly risen in fame as one of most recognized singer-songwriters in Asia. Her debut album 'Everything In The World' hit No. 1 on iTunes in Hong Kong, Malaysia, Taiwan, Singapore and sold over a billion downloads in China, achieving multi-platinum status. Wanting was nominated and won prestigious awards (Golden Melody Awards, Global Chinese Music Awards, Hito Music Awards and Chinese Music Awards) in categories such as "Best Producer," "Best Album of The Year," "Song of The Year," "Best New Artist," "Best Music Composer" and "Best Singer-Songwriter of The Year." Ms. Qu teamed up with Tourism Vancouver and became Vancouver’s first Ambassador to China in 2013 and 2014.

Tickets on sale on November 30th at 12am EST via

Wanting North American Tour Dates
Feb. 18 - Eugene, OR - Jacqua Music Hall
Feb. 22 - Los Angeles, CA - The Mayan
Feb. 23 - San Jose, CA - The Ritz
Feb. 25 - New York, NY - Gramercy Theater
Feb. 27 - Boson, MA - The Middle East
Mar. 1 - Cincinnati, OH - Bogart’s
Mar. 3 - Toronto, CN - Opera House

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