On The Road
  • Tegan and Sara Explore New Territory in L.A. Show

    February 2, 2013 2:20 PM ET
     |  Steve Appleford

    Tegan and Sara had some changes to share in front of a full house of true believers last night at Club Nokia in Los Angeles as they delivered a new sound of searing, danceable electro-pop from Heartthrob, the duo’s 7th studio album. "This is only the second time we’ve played these new songs live," Tegan Quin said from the stage, "and I’m very nervous." The new album was made with L.A.-based pop producer Greg Kurstin (also a member of the dreamy indie-pop duo the Bird and th...  | More »

  • Brazil Nightclub Fire Creates Blowback for Concert Industry

    January 31, 2013 12:25 PM ET
     |  James Sullivan

    This week, the special effects company Strictly FX will meet with fire department officials in New Orleans, where they'll present a massive workbook full of licenses, insurance forms, product information and checklists. It's part of the process for big-time pyrotechnicians; Strictly FX is doing the special effects for Beyoncé's halftime performance with Destiny's Child at the Super Bowl. At most major performance venues, the process has become routine. A handful of...  | More »

  • Iceage Kick Off 'You're Nothing' Tour

    January 26, 2013 5:30 PM ET
     |  Maria Sherman

    On the first real winter day in New York, Danish punk band Iceage officially kicked off their tour at 285 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The show (which followed a last-minute free gig at Wesleyan University) came less than three months after the band announced its move from small independent label What’s Your Rupture? to the much larger Matador Records, and the difference was apparent. By the time the band took the stage, the cavernous warehouse space was packed with sweaty bod...  | More »

  • Chili Peppers, Blur and More Set to Headline Coachella

    January 25, 2013 12:11 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    The Coachella 2013 lineup has officially arrived, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Blur, the Stone Roses and Phoenix are all slated to headline the two-weekend festival in Indio, California this April. Among the other big names on the bill: Lou Reed, Postal Service, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, New Order and Wu-Tang Clan. As in past years, several of the marquee acts playing Coachella are in the midst of reuniting, or at least resurfacing with new material. Both Phoenix a...  | More »

  • Rockie Fresh Cuts Small Shadow in New York

    January 24, 2013 1:05 PM ET
     |  Jeff Rosenthal

    Rockie Fresh stood alone onstage at SOB's, not exactly smiling or grimacing or allowing any discernible emotion cross his unlined face. He's 21, an insider to Chicago by location, an outsider by sound. Whereas much of hip-hop for the past year has been taken over by the city's drill movement, Rockie channels softer influences: Drake, Kid Cudi, A$AP Rocky, a human constructed from a vision board made of XXL Freshmen covers. Electric Highway, his just-released mixtape, sounds li...  | More »

  • Muse Open U.S. Tour With a Bang

    January 24, 2013 11:50 AM ET
     |  Steve Appleford

    Muse is not a band for stripping things down. Last night at the first of three concerts at Staples Center in Los Angeles, the British trio kept its reputation intact for flash and sweeping rock gestures. It was the second night of the band's U.S. tour behind The 2nd Law, Muse's sixth studio album, and it was heavy with ambitious new songs between heroic, earth-shuddering hits from the last dozen years. Hardly a critical favorite, Muse is frequently dismissed as a band hewing too cl...  | More »

  • Song Premiere: Charlie Sheen Croons Through 'Aguas de Marco' for 'Charlie Swan'

    January 24, 2013 9:00 AM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    In Roman Coppola's new film A Glimpse Inside the Mind of Charles Swan III, Charlie Sheen stars as a graphic designer who's quite good with the ladies yet gets dumped by his girlfriend (Katheryn Winnick). As he sorts out his thoughts, he struggles with nightmares of his past relationships and is forced to reassess his life. Coppola enlisted Liam Hayes, better known as Plush, for the film's soundtrack; here, Hayes brings Sheen and Winnick together for a Portuguese duet on Antonio...  | More »

  • Pearl Jam Set Two Shows for July

    January 23, 2013 12:25 PM ET
     |  Rolling Stone

    Pearl Jam have announced two July shows on their website, with a slate of fall tour dates to come. The rockers will first play in London, Ontario's Budweiser Gardens on July 16th, and will then visit Chicago's Wrigley Field on July 19th. 2013's Hottest Tours: Pearl Jam Public sale for both shows starts February 9th at 10 a.m. local time; the Chicago show will be available at Tickets.com and the Ontario show will be available at Budweiser Garden's website. Pearl Jam...  | More »

  • Yeah Yeah Yeahs Roll Out New Songs at Warm-Up Gig

    January 12, 2013 2:24 PM ET
     |  Steve Appleford

    "We’re back, man, we’re back," Karen O told a wildly cheering crowd last night in Pomona, California, near the end of 70-minute Yeah Yeah Yeahs warm-up gig for an impending Australian tour. The career-spanning show at the 800-capacity Glass House was a rare sighting of the band, but the beginning of a busy new year, with hints of their first new album in four years. The night began with "Mosquito," a driving, grinding new song, as Karen O warned, "I’ll suck your blood!" It ...  | More »

  • Lady Gaga Kicks Off Her Born This Way Ball in North America

    January 12, 2013 9:07 AM ET
     |  Denise Sheppard

    Fresh from a one-month hiatus, Lady Gaga brought glitter, sweat, a horse and a G.O.A.T to Vancouver, kicking off the North American leg of her long-awaited Born This Way Ball in spectacular fashion. The (mechanical) horse brought Gaga onstage at the top of the set in majestic fashion; the goat, however, was not your barnyard variety beast, but instead an acronym for  "Government-Owned Alien Territory," a medieval, gothic overlord created out of the twisted mind of la Lady herself. When ...  | More »

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