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INXS Announces Second Leg of North American Tour

March 31, 2006

Responding to numerous sellouts and hands-down critical acclaim from the “Switched On” tour, multi-platinum rock group INXS will be mounting a second leg to the mega-successful 2006 North American concert trek in the spring. Tour producer Metropolitan Talent Presents is proud to announce that the Australia-based band will kick off the run on April 21 in Memphis. The tour will be highlighted by triumphant returns to New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago, plus 12 stops in Canada, homeland of new lead singer J.D. Fortune.

Fans can expect additional cities all along the West Coast and Texas to be announced in the coming weeks. Confirmed cities so far are listed below.

“The first leg proved that INXS’ winning combination is undeniable” says Metropolitan co-CEO John Scher. “They’re already an iconic group with long time fans. Add in their smash reality TV show, hot new album and phenomenal fan response and its no surprise that almost every seat was snatched up. It’s clear INXS is the don’t miss band to see in 2006.”

INXS has been performing an electrifying mix of songs from its recent album, Switch, including Top 10 hit “Pretty Vegas” and the new single “Afterglow,” along with a jukebox full of past chart-toppers, from “Suicide Blonde” and “New Sensation” to “Never Tear Us Apart” and “What You Need.”

INXS is Andrew Farriss (keyboards/guitar), Tim Farriss (guitar), Jon Farriss (drums), Kirk Pengilly (guitar/saxophone), Garry Beers (bass) and lead singer J.D. Fortune.

INXS ‘Swithed On’ Tour Itinerary – Leg Two
*All dates On Sale Now unless otherwise noted

4/21 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theatre
4/22 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
4/23 Cincinnati, OH Aronoff Center
4/25 Columbus, OH Palace Theatre
4/26 Louisville, KY Louisville Palace
4/28-29 Atlantic City, NJ House of Blues
5/1 Pittsburgh, PA Heinz Hall – on sale 3/27
5/2 Washington, DC DAR Constitution Hall
5/4 Bridgeport, CT Arena at Harbor Yard
5/5 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
5/8 Moncton, NB Moncton Coliseum
5/9 Halifax, NS Metro Centre
5/11 Montreal, PQ Bell Centre
5/12 Ottawa, ON Scotiabank Place
5/14 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
5/15 London, ON John Labatt Centre
5/16 Kitchener, ON Memorial Auditorium
5/19 Cleveland, OH State Theatre – on sale 3/31
5/20 Milwaukee, WI Riverside Theatre
5/22 Indianapolis, IN Murat Theatre – on sale 4/8
5/23 Chicago, IL Rosemont Theater
5/25 Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
5/26 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre
5/27 Saskatoon, SK Credit Union Centre
5/29 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddledome
5/30 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place
6/1 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
6/16 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre – on sale 4/1

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Korn Rock Hometown, Have Street Named After Them On ‘Official Korn Day’

March 30, 2006

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It’s not exactly one of Bakersfield’s busiest streets, but the back access road to Rabobank Arena was named Korn Row on Friday, a day Mayor Harvey Hall officially declared Korn Day.

The green street sign, which stands just a few feet from train tracks that run behind the venue, uses the band’s signature logo, backwards “R” and all.

“It kind of makes us get teary-eyed a little bit,” singer Jonathan Davis confessed to the few hundred fans who attended the mid-afternoon ceremony where the sign and a Korn plaque on the venue were unveiled. “It’s because of all you coming and supporting us.”

After the presentation, the singer told MTV News that the whole thing felt a little surreal.

“This [city] was a place that I dreaded as a teenager because there wasn’t much stuff to do, but it’s always going to hold a special place in my heart,” he said. “It’s a little bit too much to handle. Like, what are these politicians doing here saying they like us?”

It was quite a sight to see a gray-haired mayor man-hugging Fieldy, a state senator’s spokesperson telling fans to “rock on” and a county supervisor calling Korn “the godfather[s] of heavy metal,” but chalk it up to a little hometown pride.

“I asked them to name a Korn song, and they did,” Davis said.

Friday’s street naming was held in conjunction with the kickoff to Korn’s See You on the Other Side tour, which marked the band’s fourth time playing Rabobank, more than any other band.

The show, living up to Davis’ promise of a something special, was heavy on rarities and featured twice as many musicians on stage as a usual Korn performance.

Following sets from 10 Years and Mudvayne, the band took the stage with “It’s On!” and followed with three additional lesser-known tracks (“Clown,” “Divine” and “Love Song”) before playing a hit single, “Falling Away From Me.”

The first three songs featured the band’s current lineup Davis, guitarist Munky, bassist Fieldy and drummer David Silveria — but before “Love Song,” curtains on both sides of Silveria dropped to reveal a second percussionist, second guitarist, keyboardist and backup singer/multi-instrumentalist.

All wearing different animal masks, the additional musicians helped fill the shoes of departed guitarist Brian “Head” Welch and conquer the additional instrumentation on Korn’s latest album, See You on the Other Side. But more than anything else, the extra musicians gave the band an added thickness, especially with thunderous cannon drums.

“It’s exciting with the new elements there,” Davis said backstage. “We knew we wanted to do something different and over the top and not a typical Korn show, so we’re doing new things.”

Another Korn first was packaging some of their hits and live favorites into a medley, which kicked off with Davis returning to the stage in a kilt and playing the bagpipes intro to “Shoots and Ladders” — yielding the loudest crowd response of the night.

A few songs later, after “Got the Life,” Davis closed the first set by himself, delicately singing “Tearjerker” over the sound of guitar feedback.

For the encore, Korn re-emerged with “Twisted Transistor” and another new one, “Hypocrites,” before going out with the one-two punch of “Freak on a Leash” and “Blind,” featuring a momentum-building extended opening from Silveria.

During both the show and the ceremony before, Davis kept his banter to a minimum.

“I’m not trying to go out there and be the center of attention,” the singer explained backstage. “I don’t have LSD: lead singer’s disease.”

During the street sign presentation, however, he did make sure to promise one thing to Korn’s screaming fans, congregating in front of a massive “Welcome Home Korn” sign hanging from a nearby building.

“We will work on getting a real street some day,” he said with a smile.

Family Values Tour Dates

August

Korn Tickets August 20 – Marysville CA – Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Korn Tickets August 24 – Bonner Springs KS – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
Korn Tickets August 25 – Maryland Heights MO – UMB Bank Pavilion
Korn Tickets August 26 – East Troy WI – Alpine Valley Music Theatre

September

Korn Tickets September 1 – Holmdel NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
Korn Tickets September 2 – Wantagh NY – Jones Beach Theater
Korn Tickets September 3 – Hartford CT – New England Dodge Music Center
Korn Tickets September 6 – Cleveland OH – Tower City Amphitheater
Korn Tickets September 8 – Burgettstown PA – Post Gazette Pavilion
Korn Tickets September 9 – Clarkston MI – DTE Energy Music Theatre
Korn Tickets September 12 – Cincinnati OH – Riverbend Music Center
Korn Tickets September 13 – Columbus OH – Germain Amphitheater
Korn Tickets September 15 – Camden NJ – Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Korn Tickets September 17 – Bristow VA – Nissan Pavilion
Korn Tickets September 20 – West Palm Beach FL – Sound Advice Amphitheatre

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Soul2Soul: Tim McGraw & Faith Hill Tour

March 30, 2006

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Husband-and-wife team Tim McGraw and Faith Hill will head out this spring on their first co-headlining trek since their 2000 “Soul2Soul” tour.

The outing, dubbed “Soul2Soul II,” is set to launch April 21 in Columbus, OH, and is expected to visit more than 70 cities. Hill hasn’t toured since the 2000 co-bill with McGraw, which barely edged out the Dixie Chicks as the top-grossing country tour of that year.

Organizers have announced cities and venues for seven of the tour’s stops, as well as a long list of additional markets for which additional information is pending. Details are in the itinerary below.

“Along with some never before seen musical performances and what insiders are calling one of the most unique set designs ever made, the latest in visual technology and lighting design, ‘Soul2Soul II’ tour will include many of Tim and Faith’s biggest hits and duets,” reads a press release announcing the tour, which is being presented by The Hershey Company.

Hill is backing her 2005 release “Fireflies,” which last August entered The Billboard 200 album chart at No. 1. The 14-track set spawned the hit single “Mississippi Girl.”

McGraw, a mainstay on the tour circuit who is also one of the concert industry’s top draws, released his latest album, “Live Like You Were Dying,” in 2004.

Faith Hill/Tim McGraw Soul to Soul Tour Dates

08/05/06 – Salt Lake City, UT, US
08/06/06 – Boise, ID, US
08/08/06 – Portland, OR, US
08/09/06 – Seattle, WA, US
08/10/06 – Seattle, WA, US
08/12/06 – Sacramento, CA, US
08/13/06 – San Jose, CA, US
08/14/06 – Fresno, CA, US
08/17/06 – Los Angeles, CA, US
08/18/06 – Los Angeles, CA, US
08/19/06 – Los Angeles, CA, US
08/25/06 – Phoenix, AZ, US
08/26/06 – Phoenix, AZ, US
09/01/06 – Las Vegas, NV, US
09/02/06 – Las Vegas, NV, US
09/03/06 – Las Vegas, NV, US

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A Lollapalooza of a Show

March 30, 2006

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This summer’s Lollapalooza lineup has been announced and the Chicago event goes like this:

Three days, 120 artists including Red Hot Chili Peppers; Chicago’s own Kanye West, Wilco, Common, Umphrey’s McGhee, Poi dog Pondering, Smoking Popes, the Redwalls and the M’s.; Manu Chao, The Flaming Lips, Ween Death Cab for Cutie, Raconteurs, Queens of the Stone Age, The Shins, Iron & Wine, Matisyahu, Ryan Adams, Sonic Youth, Nada Surf, the New Pornographers, Dresden Dolls, Sleater-Kinney, Sparta, She Wants Revenge … and the list goes on and on.

“We want the fans to discover and explore,” said Perry Farrell, founder and creator of what is considered the “original” modern festival. “That’s what Lollapalooza is all about: sounds of all genres swirling about as you walk through the expanse of Grant Park.”

Tickets are now officially on sale for the August 4-6 party in Grant Park.

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Ozzfest Goes to 11

March 30, 2006

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Metal’s perenial metal behemoth, Ozzfest, lumbers into its second decade this July with Ozzy Osbourne, System of a Down, disturbed, Hatebreed, Lacuna Coil, and a whole bunch more.

Ozzfest will roll out July 1 in San Francisco and visit 20 cities. Founder and namesake Ozzy Osbourne is set to headline just 10 shows this summer “because after 10 years I feel it’s time to let someone else share the headlining spotlight.

We want to shake it up a bit this year,” Ozzy said. “I’ve closed virtually every Ozzfest performance for a decade now and I feel I can finally let other artists headline our festival and that’s my intention for the future.”

This year’s main stage lineup features headliner System Of A Down and such formidable artists as Disturbed, Hatebreed, and Lacuna Coil. Fans can expect a major main stage addition to be announced May 23.

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Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival

March 30, 2006

The 2006 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival will be held April 29-30 at Empire Polo Field in Indio, California. More than 80 artists are scheduled to play the seventh edition of the two-day fest. Depeche Mode, Tool, Franz Ferdinand, Paul Oakenfold, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Sigur Rós, Common, Matisyahu, TV on the Radio, Danger Mouse, Damian Marley, HARD-Fi, She Wants Revenge, Cat Power and the Like are among the artists scheduled to play.

Depeche Mode will close the first night on the main stage, and Tool closes up the show on Sunday.

The official lineup:

Saturday, April 29 Depeche Mode, Daft Punk, Franz Ferdinand, Sigur Ros, Damian Jr Gong Marley, Common, Atmosphere, Carl Cox, My Morning Jacket, TV on the Radio, Ladytron, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Tosca, Cat Power, animal Collective, HARD-Fi, Derrick Carter, Devendra Banhart, She Wants Revenge, The Walkmen, The Juan Maclean, Imogen Heap, Audio Bullys, Lady Sovereign, Deerhoof, The Duke Spirit, Eagles of Death Metal, Lyrics Born, Matt Costa, The New Amsterdams, The Zutons, Platinum Pied Pipers, White Rose Movement, Chris Liberator, Colette, Joey Beltram, Hybrid, Living Things, Wolfmother, The Like, Nine Black Alps, Celebration, The Section Quartet, Shy FX & T Power, Infusion

Sunday, April 30 Tool, Massive Attack, Madonna, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bloc Party, Paul Oakenfold, Scissor Sisters, Matisyahu, James Blunt, Sleater-Kinney, Mogwai, Coheed and Cambria, Wolf Parade, Gnarls Barkley, Phoenix, Coldcut, Digable Planets, Amadou & Mariam, Louie Vega, Mylo (DJ Set), Seu Jorge, Ted Leo & Pharmacists, The Go! Team, Kaskade, Metric, Editors, Art Brut, Dungen, The Dears, Jamie Lidell, The Magic Numbers, Los Amigos Invisibles, Jazzanova, stellastarr, Michael Mayer, Murs featuring 9th wonder, Mates of State, Gilles Peterson, Infadels, Gabriel & Dresden, The Subways, Minus the Bear, OneRepublic, Be Your Own Pet, Youth Group, Giant Drag, Kristina Sky, The Octopus Project

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Get Your Motor Runnin (Sturgis Motorcycle Rally)

March 30, 2006

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The massive Stugis Bike Week is a 65 year American tradition for motorcycle fans but this year you can get yer motor runnin’ and rock out, too.

A new concert series, Rock’n The Rally, will present Aerosmith, Sammy Hagar, Big & Rich, Keith Urban, Steve Miller, Cheap Trick, Steppenwolf, Fabulous Thunderbirds, REO Speedwagon, .38 Special, Foghat, Georgia Satellites, Greg Rollie, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Shooter Jennings and others in Sturgis, S.D., August 6-10.

The concerts will take place in a 34-acre natural grass amphitheatre that will seat tens of thousands.

Construction on the Rock’n The Rally site began last September at the Glencoe Camp Resort. Glencoe owner Gary Lippold, along with festival producers Dork Fish Inc., have planned the Rock’n The Rally as an annual event.

“We took the reverse view of the ‘build it and they will come’ theory,” Dork Fish’s Mark Russo said. “We figured, 600,000 people attend Sturgis Bike Week each year, let’s build it where they already are.”

This will be the first year that a stand-alone festival coincides with motorcycle extravaganza, which runs from August 7th through the 13th.

“We are providing a safe, modern, and expansive venue with a full line-up each day of world-class acts that appeal to the Bike Rally’s audience,” property owner Gary Lippold said.

“For 66 years, Sturgis Bike Week has been a celebration of independence and freedom, the same concepts that define Rock ‘n Roll. We’re adding a new music festival to Bike Week in a classy way… to give our guests a great concert experience.”

 

Current Tom Petty Tour Dates

Tom Petty Tickets September 14 – Chicago IL – Charter One Pavilion – Northerly Island
Tom Petty Tickets September 15 – Chicago IL – Charter One Pavilion – Northerly Island
Tom Petty Tickets September 21 – Gainesville FL – Stephen C. O’Connell Center
Tom Petty Tickets September 22 – Atlanta GA – HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Tom Petty Tickets September 26 – Los Angeles CA – Hollywood Bowl
Tom Petty Tickets September 27 – Chula Vista CA – Coors Amphitheatre-CA
Tom Petty Tickets September 29 – Berkeley CA – Greek Theatre-Berkeley
Tom Petty Tickets September 30 – Berkeley CA – Greek Theatre-Berkeley

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New Cars Ready To Roll With Album, Tour

March 30, 2006

Confirming long-standing speculation, Cars guitarist Elliot Easton and keyboardist Greg Hawkes have drafted Todd Rundgren to front a new version of the band, appropriately dubbed the New Cars. The lineup is rounded out by singer/bassist Kasim Sulton and Tubes drummer Prairie Prince. Original Cars vocalist Ric Ocasek is not involved in the new endeavor; original bassist/vocalist Ben Orr passed away in 2000.

“When Ric made it clear to us that he really no longer wished to tour, and Greg and I wanted to do this thing, we sort of cast about for who we could get to be in the band. Who would be a great frontman and a great writer?” Easton tells Billboard.com. “I sort of came up with a very short list, and Todd was at the top of it. To my very pleasant surprise, he was receptive to the idea. It’s just a great fit. It sounds terrific. He’s a lot of fun to play with.”

The newly formed quintet debuted in front of an invite-only audience in January in Burbank, Calif. Several tracks from that show will be released May 9 on the album “It’s Alive” via Eleven Seven Music. The set also features three new tracks penned by Easton, Hawkes and Rundgren, “Not Tonight,” “Warm,” and “More.” A European release will follow shortly thereafter.

“We have played, but they’re not shows in the sense that it was a venue where somebody could buy a ticket,” explains Rundgren. “We had to come up with some sort of recorded product, and it was always the intent to come up with a live album. It just was also the intent to have played live before we did that [laughs]. So we had an invited audience on a soundstage, and we played three nights. We tried to make it as much of a gig as possible, but reality-wise, it was the first three shows we ever played.”

As for the new tracks, Rundgren says “they were the final product of a process of various combinations of us getting together and trying to write songs — including alone, in twos and sometimes all of us together. Just trying to figure out what we wanted to play, and how we could update the sound and not lose original Cars fans.”

The New Cars will hit the road with Blondie beginning May 12 in Robinsonville, Miss. “The hopes are after that to do Europe and beyond that, Australia, Asia and New Zealand, and then come back, and do another swing of the States,” Easton says. Fans who purchase tickets via VH1Classic.com or Ticketmaster.com will receive free five-song download bundles from eMusic.com of tracks from “It’s Alive” plus unreleased live Blondie recordings and the band’s new cover of Roxy Music’s “More Than This.”

Easton insists there is no ill will between Ocasek and the New Cars. “I have been in contact with [Ocasek],” he says. “I read in some press thing that Ric did where he said he just wanted to see Greg and I be happy. I thought that was a very nice thing to say, and I wish him the same.”

Here is the track list for “It’s Alive”:

“Just What I Needed”

“Let’s Go”

“Candy-O”

“You Might Think”

“Best Friend’s Girl”

“I Saw The Light”

“You’re All I’ve Got Tonight”

“Not Tonight”

“Drive”

“Moving In Stereo”

“Shake It Up”

“Dangerous Type”

“Bye Bye Love”

“Open My Eyes”

“Good Times Roll”

“Not Tonight” (new studio recording)

“Warm” (new studio recording)

“More” (new studio recording)

Here are the New Cars/Blondie tour dates:

May 12: Robinsonville, Miss. (Grand Casino)

May 13: Grand Prairie, Texas (Nokia Theatre)

May 17: Phoenix (Dodge Theatre)

May 19: Las Vegas (Aladdin Theatre)

May 20: Universal City, Calif. (Gibson Amphitheatre)

May 23: Alpine, Calif. (Viejas Casino)

May 25: Saratoga, Calif. (Mountain Winery)

May 26: Reno, Nev. (Events Center)

May 27: Kelseyville, Calif. (Konocti Field)

May 30: Englewood, Colo. (Coors Amphitheatre)

June 3: Highland Park, Ill. (Ravinia Pavilion)

June 4: Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio (Blossom Music Center)

June 6: Vienna, Va. (Wolf Trap)

June 7: Boston (Bank of America Pavilion)

June 9: Wantagh, N.Y. (Jones Beach)

June 10: Holmdel, N.J. (PNC Bank Arts Center)

June 13: Orlando, Fla. (Hard Rock Live)

June 14: Clearwater, Fla. (Ruth Eckerd Hall)

June 15: Hollywood, Fla. (Seminole Hard Rock Hotel)

June 17: Atlanta (Chastain Park Amphitheatre)

June 18: Charleston, S.C. (Oyster Shell)

June 21: Toronto (Molson Amphitheatre)

June 23: Montreal (Bell Centre)

June 24: Atlantic City, N.J. (Borgata)

June 25: Uncasville, Conn. (Mohegan Sun)

June 30: Clarkston, Mich. (DTE Energy Music Theatre)

July 1: Saratoga Springs, N.Y. (Saratoga Springs PAC)

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South by Southwest: An Embarrassment of Rock Riches Despite the Crowds

March 29, 2006

If you’re on a plane sitting next to a suited-and-booted A&R guy blabbing about the new band he’s signed, a sort of “Spanish System of a Down, but with an edge,” and British singer/songwriter Beth Orton is seated in an exit row in front of you, it’s a pretty safe bet that you’re on a flight bound for the South by Southwest music conference in Austin, Texas.

Every March, SXSW turns the college town/state capital of Austin into the epicenter of the music world with a pulsating, weeklong party where bands come to get noticed, get famous, get drunk and get … some other things too.

But it’s not just musicians flooding the city — label bosses, industry yes-men, publicists, writers, party planners and fashion designers flock to Austin as well. And this year, they seemed to outnumber the bands — no small feat considering there were more than 1,400 acts booked throughout the city.

The headline of Friday’s Austin American-Statesman asked “Is it too big?” and many who attended the 20th annual incarnation of the festival would probably say yes. SXSW has grown each year — particularly over the last five — and some of the things that had previously made it so appealing (a laid-back disposition, the ability to casually hop between several gigs a night) are no longer present as crowds and pressures have grown. Many of the biggest shows had long lines to get in, and attendees became a lot more selective about which gigs they wanted to see. Indeed, so many people didn’t even bother trying to get in to the conference’s most buzzed-about show — a set by the Arctic Monkeys — that up to 45 minutes before the band hit the stage, people were still breezing in with a minimal wait.

But make no mistake: SXSW is still the greatest rock combo platter on earth, it just takes a lot more work to get what you want out of it.

On Wednesday night, anyone lucky enough to wander over to the parking lot of local watering hole the Fox & Hound were treated to a surprise gig from the Flaming Lips, who ripped through a surreal, smoke-and-balloon-filled set highlighted by a thundering version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” and a fuzzy take on “The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song,” the first single from their upcoming At War With the Mystics.

Other highlights included a bubbly set from Athens, Georgia’s Of Montreal at Emo’s (followed by a screeching onstage workout from Austin’s own … And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead), and Norway’s Serena Maneesh, a wild-looking band whose feedback-laden fusion of My Bloody Valentine, Spiritualized and Sonic Youth was slightly overshadowed by their striking bassist: a 6-foot tall, rail-thin pale woman with bleached-blond hair and a ferocious stage presence.

SXSW afternoons are rife with parties (inevitably featuring multiple bands), and the Fader‘s was unquestionably the highlight, held in the backyard of a house on Sixth Street and featuring a mixture of rock and hip-hop artists playing 30-45 minute sets. The odd man out in both of those realms was Argentine/ Swedish singer José González, who performed gentle songs redolent of bossa nova, accompanied only by his classical guitar; the fans up front loved him but sadly the majority spent his set talking. Far removed from Gonzalez were the Eagles of Death Metal — with Queens of the Stone Age‘s Josh Homme on drums — who must have shouted out the ladies in the house 15 times during their 45-minute set of bone-basic riff rock.

A bit farther up Sixth, at the French Kiss Records showcase, much-buzzed Minneapolis noiseniks the Plastic Constellations played a raw and rollicking 45-minute set full of detuned, ringing guitars and shouted, youthful vocals (plus a guest appearance by the Hold Steady‘s Craig Finn.)

The Flaming Lips served up another surprise (acoustic) gig on Thursday, but the week’s biggest secret show was the Beastie Boys early in the evening at Stubb’s — although it was far from secret by Thursday afternoon, when a long line started to wrap around the block. The Beasties — in town to promote their new live film, “Awesome: I F—in’ Shot That!” — served up a set peppered with classics like “Brass Monkey,” “Paul Revere” and “No Sleep Till Brooklyn,” Ad-Rock, MCA and Mike D made inside jokes that they called “banter,” which MCA explained to the industry crowd was an “industry term.”

Morrissey also trotted out the hits during his not-so-secret show across town at the Austin Music Hall, where — even though he said he’d turned down an offer to reform the Smiths for a $5 million gig — songs from his former band punctuated his set, from “How Soon Is Now?” to “Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me.” But rather than live in yesterday, Morrissey made a point out of showcasing several new songs from his libido-loaded Ringleader of the Tormentors album, which includes such promising titles as “Life Is a Pigsty.”

Thursday wrapped with a stunning set from the husband-and-wife duo Mates of State, whose soaring harmonies and startling dynamic range (their sound consists entirely of keyboards/drums/vocals) are in their best form yet on their brand-new LP, Bring It Back. A quick dash up the street to the Blender bar yielded a raucous set from the very loud and very British Rakes.

Friday got under way with a hushed, mumbled performance from Baltimore teenagers Metal Hearts but quickly shifted into high gear thanks to a fiery (and free) afternoon set from My Chemical Romance, who took the stage to a cacophony of camera flashes and screaming female fans. Frontman Gerard Way — looking a bit like a gothic Elvis Presley — flailed and strutted through it all, acknowledging MCR’s apparent rust (they hadn’t played live in almost three months) and talking up the band’s upcoming new album.

The night ended with the aforementioned Arctic Monkeys, who took the stage at La Zona Rosa riding a wave of SXSW buzz. Despite some snottiness at the beginning of the set due to the overabundance of photographers, they managed to live up to the hype, tearing through songs from their debut, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not, with a professionalism and poise that belied their young years.

Saturday started off early with a rousing set from L.A.’s the Color, who dress like the Black Crowes circa 1990 (all scarves, pointy boots and black jeans) and hew a similarly simple but effective rootsy riff rock. Most impressively, they were playing a small bar at 12:30 on a very rainy afternoon to about 20 people, yet they preened and strutted as if they were headlining Madison Square Garden.

A stop at another Fader party featured this month’s cover artists, Sweden’s Love Is All (who play a kind of angular indie pop heavy on saxophone, percussion and enthusiastically shouted vocals). After an approximately 90-minute wait, Ghostface Killah finished off the party with an hour-long set loaded with material from his forthcoming LP, Fishscale, as well as a couple of Wu-Tang chestnuts and a touching moment of silence for ODB (during which Ghostface had the lights dimmed and asked the crowd to hold their cell phones aloft), followed by a quick version of Dirty’s “Shimmy Shimmy Ya.”

The festivities closed with a completely unhinged party held by Vice magazine at a warehouse-sized art gallery outside of downtown that had a giant blue genie on its roof. At the show — which stretched well into Sunday morning — Toronto’s Stills played their second set of the evening (the first of which had ended less than two hours earlier) loaded with songs from their mature and impressively far-reaching forthcoming LP, Without Feathers. They were followed by Wolfmother, who played a blistering, abbreviated set that left ears ringing, amps feeding back and the bandmembers staggering off the stage. The show came to a close with a hefty performance by Tres Hombres, a portly ZZ Top tribute band that provided some Texas-sized entertainment for those who hadn’t already had enough.

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Sheryl Crow Reschedules First Round Of Tour Dates

March 29, 2006

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Sheryl Crow, who has been undergoing radiation treatment since having minor surgery for breast cancer last month, has rescheduled her first round of tour dates following the postponement of her North American spring trek three weeks ago.

The 44-year-old nine-time Grammy winner, who broke the news of her illness on her Web site in late February isn’t letting the disease get the best of her as she kicks off her tour June 12 in Indianapolis and wraps it up June 27 in Atlanta.

Crow also announced she will support the Dave Matthews Band when they take the field at Boston’s Fenway Park July 7 and 8 as part of their extensive summer outing.

Crow hopes to reschedule additional shows at a later date, according to her Web site, including ones in Omaha, Nebraska; Newark, New Jersey; Manchester, New Hampshire; Norfolk, Virginia; Erie, Pennsylvania; and Verona, New York. Unfortunately gigs in Houston, St. Louis and Atlantic City, New Jersey, will not be reworked due to “scheduling complications.”

Crow will be promoting her latest effort, Wildflower, currently fueled by the deeply personal second single, “Always on Your Side.” Texas-bred crooner Jack Ingram will occupy the supporting slot.

Sheryl Crow’s rescheduled tour dates, according to her record label:

  • 6/12 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Centre
  • 6/13 – Evansville, IN @ The Centre
  • 6/14 – Bloomington, IL @ U.S. Cellular Coliseum
  • 6/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theater
  • 6/17 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ U.S. Cellular Center
  • 6/20 – Grand Prairie, TX @ NOKIA Theatre
  • 6/21 – Corpus Christi, TX @ Concrete Street Amphitheater
  • 6/22 – Austin, TX @ Bass Hall
  • 6/24 – Memphis, TN @ Orpheum Theater
  • 6/25 – Huntsville, AL @ Von Braun Center Arena
  • 6/27 – Atlanta, GA @ Fabulous Fox Theater
  • 7/4 – Rama, ON @ Casino Rama
  • 7/5 – Rama, ON @ Casino Rama
  • 7/6 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park
  • 7/7 – Boston, MA @ Fenway Park

— Brandee J. Tecson

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