| PIXIES ADD SECOND LEG TO 2017 NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Baltimore Date Added to Leg One
With more than half of Leg One already sold out, Pixies announce the addition of Leg Two to its 2017 North American touring schedule. The band will kick off the second leg September 19 in New Haven, CT, and will perform in major and secondary markets over a five-week period. Tickets go on sale this Friday, February 24; log onto www.pixiesmusic.com for pre-sales details and complete purchasing info.
Pixies also announce that a Baltimore date has been added to the first leg of the tour. The band will play Rams Head Live on Tuesday, May 14. Tickets for this show also go on sale this Friday, February 24, and all details are at www.pixiesmusic.com.
Pixies, a long time leader in helping to break the ticket scalper stranglehold, will be working to get their face-value tickets to their fans, and not to touts for inflated resale, something they did very successfully during last Fall’s UK tour. Said Pixies manager Richard Jones, “On this tour, we are asking the promoters and the venues to make avaialble as many tickets as possible for pre-sales. That way, we can help insure that tickets get into the hands of the fans and not the scalpers. We’ve also asked the promoters to remove any secondary site links and to use their anti-tout teams and technology to help combat the scalper market.”
Leg Two – the second of three planned for North America – will also include additional New York shows – the initial three NY dates on Leg One are sold out – as well as this cycle’s first Canadian shows, scheduled in Toronto and Montreal. Sunflower Bean, who Rolling Stone called “NYC’s coolest young band,” will provide support on the first half of the tour with Brooklyn’s Mitski (“one of the most compelling voices in the sphere of indie rock” – Pitchfork) opening the shows on the second half. The confirmed itinerary is below and includes the band’s upcoming international dates.
On the 2017 dates, Pixies – Joey Santiago/guitar, Black Francis/guitar & vocals, David Lovering/ drums, and bassist Paz Lenchantin – are introducing to its global audiences a brand new stage set designed by their longtime production manager Simon Foster and lighting designer Myles Mangino. The design is simple and sleek and fashioned around special pods that are positioned behind the band, housing all of the lighting. Fans can expect a set list comprised of the classics and catalogue rarities as well as newer songs from Indie Cindy and the band’s latest release, Head Carrier. As is the norm, there will be no firm setlist for Pixies’ shows; their sets, while pulled from nearly 90 songs that the band has rehearsed and is prepared to play, will change somewhat from night to night with every number determined just before it’s performed.
Pixies launched the European leg of this 2016-17 global run last November, playing sold-out shows throughout the UK and wrapping up in Birmingham on December 8. The band is back on the road as of February 25, playing a series of dates in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and, for the first time, South Africa. Following the April/May North American leg, Pixies will head to Europe to play a series of major summer festivals.
Confirmed dates are below:
February 25 – March 18, 2017
Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa
North American Tour, Leg One
21 Fox Theatre, Pomona, CA*
22 Cal Coast Open Air, San Diego, CA*
23 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA*
25 Ace Theatre, Los Angeles, CA*
29 Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX*
30 White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX*
1 Stubbs, Austin, TX*
3 Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA*
5 Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN*
6 Madison Theatre, Covington, KY*
7 Express Live Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH*
9 The National, Richmond, VA**
11 Durham PAC, Durham, NC**
12 Shaky Knees Music Festival, Atlanta, GA**
14 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD**
16 Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC**
17 Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC**
19 House of Blues, Boston, MA**
20 House of Blues, Boston, MA**
21 Paradise Ballroom, Boston, MA**
23 Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA**
24 Webster Hall, New York, NY**
25 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY**
26 Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY**
* Public Access TV will support
** Cymbals Eat Guitars will support
July 6 – August 11, 2017
North American Tour, Leg Two
19 College Street Music Hall, New Haven, CT*
22 The Westbury Theatre, Westbury, NY*
23 Stone Pony Summerstage, Asbury Park, NJ*
24 The Capitol Theatre, Portchester, NY*
26 State Theatre, Portland, ME*
27 Metropolis, Montreal QC*
29 Massey Hall, Toronto, ON*
30 Massey Hall, Toronto, ON*
1 UB Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY (support TBA)
3 The Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH*
4 Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA*
6 The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI*
7 20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI**
8 The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL**
11 Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN**
14 Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, MO**
15 Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO**
18 Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO**
21 The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV**
* Sunflower Bean will support
** Mitski will support
By Ed Thompson
The night was labeled “EPIC” months in advance. When you see two incredible bands like Anti Flag and Reel Big Fish billed together at the same venue, you kind of say to yourself, this could be an epic night of music. Then, you get there and get warmed up by two incredible bands like Direct Hit and then the great Ballyhoo! you just sit and smile and say “This IS going an epic night”.
All three bands truly complimented each other. The first was good, the second one better and so on and so on. Then you’re at the end of the night having got the chance to see four great bands all in one night. This was very much that case. And I must say, the price of the ticket for this shows was VERY affordable and at a great venue for seeing music live.
Direct Hit started the night off and was loud and brash from the start. All their songs were very punk-like and the lead singer Nick Woods really had a strong voice. He has some range too when he uses it correctly, Personally, I’d love to see him use his voice better and take care of it so he still has it in 5 years, cause he is truly a talented musician and singer. Guitarist Devon Kay really compliments Nick’s singing. Bassist Steve Maury and drummer Danny Walkowiak really bring this band into a great punk beat on all their songs. I do though still wish Woods would use his vocal range differently, thus prolonging its existence. Otherwise, I just don’t see his voice being in this for the long run.
Ballyhoo! was sn INCREDIBLER surprise. Thinking the night would be 100% punk; Ballyhoo! was a true surprise when they hit the stage. More along the lines of the rock genre, they came out rocking and rolling and really kept the crowd going crazy. It was a pleasant surprise. More so like I said an unexpected surprise. The band from Maryland really got the crowd pumped and ready for what the inevitable was. A heavy dose of punk from Anti Flag. But first, Ballhoo! Showed up and delivered. They ran through their set list led by singer Howi Spangler and not only got me pumped and in the mood, but also got the other 3000 fans going too. Their set list was strong and really highlighted Howi’s great voice. Very rock, very pop. Again, a great surprise on a night you thought you were getting 4 doses of heavy punk.
Next up was Anti Flag. A band that could be headlining just about anywhere in the world in the punk rock scene, but in Pittsburgh? I got the feel that the crowd was here to see Anti Flag and Reel Big Fish was just an added bonus. Yes, at this point in time, Reel Big Fish’s star is probably shining brighter, but Anti Flag is a Pittsburgh band and their fans were in the house so to say. The hit the stage hot and ready to rock, and left the stage the same. Very little change in their tempo or energy. They are and always have been” full tilt” from beginning to end. They were incredible. Both as individuals and as musicians. There are not a lot of bands that can go at Anti Flags pace for a full set like they do. Justin Sane hit the stage and bounced from one side to the other. Mostly staying at the middle mic, he still visited fans on both ends of the stage. “You’d Do the Same” was their set opener and set the pace for the night. Justin and Chrus#2 (Chris Barker) are like a dynamic duo. They feel off each other and truly push each other to perform better than the other. You couldn’t ask for a better punk duo than what Chris#2 and Justin give their fans each night. They ran right into the ever popular “Die for the Government”, followed by “Drink Drank Punk”, “Rotten Future”, “Davey Destroyed the Punk Scene”, and “Summer Squatter Go Home”. Never more so than in today’s world, is a song like “Fuck Police Brutality” so powerful. Crude I guess, but such a powerful and blatant message. Especially when anymore all you hear is about the brutality of cops and by cops. It was a special moment for the band and the Pittsburgh crowd. “I’m Being Watched by the CIA” and “ Kill the Rich …” were also powerful songs. For me personally, I think the most powerful song of the night was “Your Daddy Was a Rich Man, Your Daddy’s Fucking Dead” which is a powerful song about President elect Trump and his father. The crowd, obviously “unhappy” with the government and recent election, sang the song LOUD and PROUD. “This Is the End (For You My Friend)”, “The Press Corpse”, “Turncoat”, “All of the Poison, All of the Pain” and “1 Trillion Dollar$” were all great and LOUD as can be. All still very powerful for the crowd living through this bands set vicariously. The Clash’s “Should I Stay or Should I Go” was simply awesome. “Cities Burn” and “Brandenburg Gate” were a GREAT way to end their set. And like Is said. There was very little change in pace of this set from beginning to end. I’d probably bet that the band rocked all the way to Primanti’s following the set. They had that much energy. I feel I must throw out a mention to drummer Patrick Thetic. HE IS A MACHINE. There are punk rock drummers and then there is Pat. He never stops. He never misses a beat. Heck, he adds beats. Truly at the forefront of drummers in the punk rock industry.
Much like Anti Flag, Reel Big Fish hit the stage going 100 mph and left just about the same. Their colorful, happy yet “brutal honestly” type music was such a changeup from the anti government set from Anti Flag. However, they two truly can go hand in hand together. They are a perfect one-two punch and subsequent knock out for the tonight’s concert. The opened with “ I want Your Girlfriend To Be My Girlfriend”. A fast and powerful song, it really set the tempo for the night. Much like Anti Flag, the entire set was fast paced with very little talking in between sets. Many of the songs just ran right into the next which in my opinion is great. I’d rather hear 20-25 songs versus a REO Speedwagon type of night with Kevin Cronin and his 10-minute description of each song. “Another F.U. Song”, “Your Guts” and “Veronica Sawyer” all ran together. If you never heard the songs before, you’re have thought it was a 8 minute song. The next 20 songs rarely changed up the pace. “Sell Out”, “Join The Club”, “Snoop Dog, baby” and “Skatanic” were some of the highlighst from the album Turn The Radio Off.
“All I Want Is More, “Say ‘Ten’”, Everything Sucks and Beer/Self Esteem” were more highlights of the night. All were performed “perfectly” so to say. Aaron Barrett was in great control of his voice and the crowd. He without doubt can work the crowd and had them eating out of his hands all night. It’s always great to watch the other members perform in the background. Not necessarily “back ground performers”; they keep the action and energy going throughout the show. They are a “well-oiled machine” and really feed of each other much like Anti Flag does. Dan Regan (Trombone), Matt Appleton (Sax) and John Christianson (Trumpet) were INCREDIBLE. And much like Aaron, they really play to the crowd and keep them wanting more all night.
Reel rounded out the night with “I’m Cool”, Everyone Else is an Asshole”, “Where have You Been” and finally a powerful A-Ha cover “Take On Me” which left the crowd begging for me. It was a great set closer. And an end to a great evening of music.
All photos © 2017 Ed Thompson www.HyXposure.Photography
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Review by: Ed Thompson
From the second the lights went down and Styx opened with Grand Illusion to the final note of Renegade, Styx had the Benedum in Pittsburgh PA “electrified”. It was also Steeler’s great Kevin Green’s hall of fame ring ceremony’s eve and mush like his playing days here in Pittsburgh was buzzing through the crowd all night. However, the electricity in the night had nothing to do with the Steelers, Kevin Green or him getting his hall of fame ring the following night. Styx was 100% responsible.
Grand Illusion was an incredible song to kick the night off with and truly set the tone for the night. Heading right into the Paradise Theatre hit “Too Much Time On My Hands” was a great second song that kept the crowd buzzing. Honestly, I can say the same for every song the band chose for the Saturday set list. The list kept you wanting more and wishing the night would never end. Tommy Shaw is the “key element” of the Styx Machine followed closely by James Young and fellow founding member Chuck Panozzo when he has the time to tour and record. Tommy ran through the songs that he’s lead on. They ran through all the fan favorites like Fooling Yourself, Light Up, Crystal Ball and Blue Collar Man. All the songs were powerful and moving, to say the least. The nice thing about Styx is they have the different tempo songs fronted by James Young like Miss America, Snow Blind, and Lorelei. Like Shaw, Young hasn’t lost too much vocally over the years. Actually, his voice has deepened and shines, even more, these days on Snowblind with Shaw. The same can be said about Miss America.
One of the highlights of the night was Shaw’s vocals and performance on Man In The Wilderness. He had the crowd believing it was 1977 all over again. His vocals, along with stage presence truly did give it a feel of 1977 again. Like many of the other songs of the night, it was a moving moment hearing this song live. One I’m glad I got to hear and see.
Founding member Chuck Panozzo did make a guest appearance and it’s always great to see him on stage. Todd Sucherman and Ricky Phillips never missed a note. Ricky was all over the stage played well with the crowd. Todd? Well, Todd is Todd. One of the best and most solid in the business. Never misses a beat and is ALWAYS string and leading the band with the beats.
For the first time that I’ve seen, Lawrence Gowan had free reign of the stage and the songs he covers that were once sung by Dennis DeYoung. He shined on Lady early in the set list and brought the crowd to their feet screaming for more on Pieces of Eight. Quite honestly, it was a moment that I will remember for the rest of my life. He nailed every single note. And earned the standing ovation he received. Gowan ran through the rest of his leads that brought him to the long but incredible lead into Come Sail Away. He touched on Ground Control to Major Tom by David Bowie, Bohemian Rhapsody by Queen and finally Rocket Man by Sir Elton before belting out into Come Sail Away. It was a neat lead into the ending of the night’s regular set list.
They came back out for two show-stopping hits in Rockin’ The Paradise and the infamous Pittsburgh favorite “Renegade” that was a fitting end to the night that recognized Steeler great Kevin Greene. Gowan’s and Shaw’s vocal’s on both the encores sounded like it was their first song of the night. The night closed with the band staying much longer than usual to thank the capacity crowd in Pittsburgh.
Styx along with Kevin Greene’s wife sang the national anthem at Sunday’s Pittsburgh Steeler game that was nationally televised.
ALL PHOTOS HyXposure Sports Photography © 2016
FOUNDED BY THE STROKES’ NICK VALENSI,
BAND WILL RELEASE DEBUT ALBUM, NEW SKIN, ON OCTOBER 28 VIA COLUMBIA RECORDS
ALBUM PRE-ORDER LAUNCHES TODAY
CRX HEADLINES TROUBADOUR IN WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA
ON SEPTEMBER 17
Pictured L-R: Ralph Alexander, Darian Zahedi, Nick Valensi, Jon Safley, Richie James Follin
Photo Credit: Magdalena Wosinska
Los Angeles, CA – September 8, 2016 – CRX – the new Los Angeles-based band fronted by Nick Valensi, guitarist for The Strokes – released its first single, “Ways To Fake It,” today. The infectious track is from the band’s full-length debut, New Skin, which was recently singled out in Entertainment Weekly’s Fall Music Preview of highly anticipated albums. New Skin will be released on October 28on Columbia Records.
Listen to “Ways To Fake It” HERE. The album pre-order is now underway HERE. Fans who pre-order New Skin digitally will instantly receive “Ways To Fake It.”
Valensi recently spoke with Rolling Stone about CRX and the making of New Skin in this exclusive Q&A. His new playlist for Vogue.com, which can be found HERE, features an intriguingly diverse mix of artists, offering what Vogue calls “the perfect post-summer reality check.”
With live shows being relatively rare for The Strokes, Valensi found himself looking for a way to channel his urge to play live. “I wanted to perform in front of audiences and get back to doing things a little more simply. It got to the point where I missed being on a club stage,” Valensi says, explaining how he came to form CRX.
He began recording demos on his laptop at home last summer and, as the songs progressed, he invited a few trusted friends to join him. In addition to Valensi on lead vocals and guitar, CRXincludes Richie James Follin (keyboards), Ralph Alexander (drums), Jon Safley (bass) andDarian Zahedi (guitar). Approximately half of New Skin’s ten tracks were co-written with his band mates.
Valensi reached out to Queens of the Stone Age’s Josh Homme for feedback on the demos and advice regarding producers that might be right for the band. It quickly became apparent that there was no better person for the job than Homme himself. The album was recorded at Homme’s Pink Duck Studios in Burbank and mixed by Andrew Scheps (Johnny Cash, Green Day, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Adele).
The band explores richly varied sonic terrain on New Skin. “Ways To Fake It” reflects Valensi’spassion for 70s power-pop and 80s new wave as does the dub-tinged “One Track Mind.” “Slow Down” is a wistful plea for a less frenetic pace while the menacing “Unnatural” proceeds at breakneck speed. “Broken Bones” simmers, with Valensi’s effortless falsetto counterbalancing a massively sludgy bottom end.
CRX will preview songs from New Skin at a special headline show at the historic Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA on Saturday, September 17. The band will also headline Schubas in Chicago onSeptember 19 and support Beck on several upcoming dates. See below for itinerary or visithttp://www.crxmusic.com for further details.
New Skin – Track Listing
CRX – Upcoming Tour Dates
9/17 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Troubadour (headline show)
9/19 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas (headline show)
9/20 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live (supporting Beck)
9/22 – Bloomington, IN @ IU Pavilion (supporting Beck)
9/23 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House (supporting Beck)
Listen to “Ways To Fake It” HERE
Pre-order New Skin HERE
Read Rolling Stone’s exclusive Q&A with Nick Valensi HERE
Check out Nick Valensi’s playlist for Vogue HERE
Get tickets and tour information HERE
|Stephanie Connell: story and photos|
It’s a quiet night in Millvale, just like any other night. Cars happily bustle up and down the narrow streets, and a line forms outside Mr. Small’s Theatre and Funhouse. Teens and young adults alike eagerly wait for the doors to open. Around 7 pm the venue welcomes its guests inside the former church to enjoy a sanctuary of a different kind: music. A DJ opened the show with a series of classic 1980s jams, such as “Livin’ on a Prayer” by Bon Jovi and Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline.” At 8pm, Greensburg’s own Vertigo continued on with its pop-rock funk styles, followed by Skylar Stecker who is on the full tour. Not long after she finished, the lights dimmed and the crowd roared. Four musicians take the stage, the lead singer Jedi-style (slowly, hood-up). During the opening song, Astoria. The hood is removed to reveal Marianas Trench’s Josh Ramsay. The first few songs end with Ramsay very happily exclaiming “I told you we would be back soon!” Ramsay then happily discussed the excitement of the band touring for close to a full year since the beginning of the first Astoria tour. The Canadian pop-punk band played hits such as “Fallout” and “Cross My Heart” as well as hits from Astoria such as “Who Do You Love”. The band revealed that upon the tour’s end, they would be making a music video for the latter. They ended the show with the statement “We will back soon!” Hopefully, we can count on this.
Overall, the band puts on a memorable show. The theatrics at the beginning of their set create an atmosphere that live music fan can enjoy. Their crowd interaction only makes it better. The band saw some familiar faces in the crowd, including a fan who strongly resembles Dean Back of Theory of a Deadman. “I know we talked about this the last time we came here!” Ramsay exclaimed to the crowd. Apparently, their concerts in Millvale are just as memorable for the band as they are for the fans. This was only the band’s second trip to Millvale. Hopefully, they do not think twice about returning a third time.
Music Awards and Online Betting:
Winning through predicting the outcome of musical events
In the past, only sports games were being bet on by people. Through informal means or by the help of professional bookers, betting has always been enclosed within the realms of sports such as basketball, baseball, football, and horse racing. However, with the dawn of technology and social media, people from all over the world can now place bets on almost anything including reality-TV shows and musical awards.
Betting on TV show contests is similar to how wagering on sports events works. Contestants who are predicted to win the event will have the highest odds but small payouts, while the underdogs will have the highest payouts.
The Barclaycard Mercury Prize in the UK is one of the shows that have a betting market. To the uninitiated, the Barclaycard Mercury Prize is an event that promotes the best UK and Irish music and the people who produce them. The event, as mentioned in its official website, is the equivalent of the Booker Prize for literature and the Turner Prize for Art. Apart from promoting the best albums of the year, it is also an affair that captures the overview of the music scene within a given year and a venue to launch new musical albums of different genres.
In 2013, David Bowie was among the highest contenders in the odds betting race. In a report by betting author Max Liu, the legendary rock musician David Bowie’s return in the music scene with a new album made him a strong competitor in the Mercury Music Prize Awards (source: http://betting.betfair.com/) . David’s amazing performance in his hit single The Next Day almost made him bag this year’s trophy. On the other hand, Laura Mvula was also a tough competitor in this year’s Mercury Awards, with a few bettors who placed six-figure bets under her name (source: www.telegraph.co.uk). Unfortunately, despite the inferences, it was James Blake who took home the trophy for his amazingly-arranged electronic music album Overgrown.
To some, betting on music may seem new and odd, but many have already accepted it as a new form of entertainment. After all, betting on who will win on musical events such as the Barclaycard Mercury Prize is just like predicting who will win in sports matches. In short, the transition from sports to popular media betting wasn’t very hard to recognize and accept as a new norm.
CLUTTER MEDIA GROUP and CLUTTER MAGAZINE once again team up with an amazing artist to bring their fans/collectors opportunity to expand their collections with specialty items, toys and artwork. This time, CLUTTER MEDIA GROUP and CLUTTER MAGAZINE are in cahoots with famed artist JERMAINE ROGERS for a very special FACEBOOK CONTEST, running now until Friday May 25th, 2012. The winner of this contest will be chosen at random and will receive a special limited edition (1 of 40) print by Jermaine Rogers that celebrates the anniversary of Led Zeppelin 4, as well as an Allepin Sane vinyl bust, created from a poster he designed for the Foo Fighters and produced by Plastic City Toys.
Jermaine Rogers is recognized as one of the pivotal artists in the modern resurgence of Gig/ Pop poster Art. In the last 15 years, he has created nearly 900 commissioned works for a variety of artists, including Radiohead, David Bowie, Tool, Deftones, Morrissey, The Melvins, Neil Young, The Mars Volta, Public Enemy, The Black Keys, Queens Of The Stone Age, and hundreds of others. His artwork has been featured in various books and publications, and is in the permanent collection of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. Since 2003, he has also been a player in the Western Vinyl and Art Toy movement. His vinyl projects include Dero, Squire, and Veil: Specimen 129, among others. These works, as well as his various collaborations with Jamungo, KidRobot, StrangeCo, etc, have received critical praise within the industry and are collected worldwide.