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Del Amitri Reissues, Free Tickets For You

In an interview with ATV pal R. Todd Richards, Del Amitri frontman Justin Currie spoke about his latest solo disc, Lower Reaches, which was released earlier this year.

He also indicated that there are plans to put out expanded reissues of the band's last two albums, Some Other Sucker's Parade and Can You Do Me Good?

For those of you who already picked up the expanded reissues of Waking Hours, Change Everything and Twisted, you'll know that this is good news. Those reissues were packed with nearly all of the appropriate B-sides from the period...and even as somebody who had personally accumulated all of those B-sides, it was nice to have them collected in one place.

October will bring the release of Into The Mirror, the first official live album from Del Amitri -- you can pre-order signed copies (autographed by Justin and Iain) from the band's website.

Currie launched his U.S. solo tour on Sunday with a show in Nashville that was apparently broadcast on the radio (and I'm looking for a copy -- do you have one?).

He'll be out on the road for a few weeks and you can check out the tour dates, including a long awaited Cleveland date tonight at the Music Box Supper Club.

Speaking of that, if you'd like to go see that Music Box show tonight --- drop me an email here with "Justin Currie Cleveland Concert" in the subject line for your chance to win.  This contest will expire not too long after you read this, so move quickly and good luck!


Sons of Bill Take Their ‘Sirens’ To Vinyl & Plan Worldwide Trek

Since we last left our heroes Sons of Bill, they've been quite busy. Their new album David Lowery-produced album Sirens was officially released in March and made its debut in the Billboard Top 200 (not too shabby, guys!). They're touring currently in support of Sirens and recently announced that they will go to Europe this fall to play shows, starting with two weeks of dates in Germany.

Before that, they have a summer full of U.S. tour dates including a Cleveland-area show at the annual Painesville Party in the Park on Friday, July 20th, where they will join in on three days of musical entertainment including music from Cleveland locals Tom Evanchuck, Oldboy, Hedgehog Dilemma and Alex Bevan, just to name a few.

Sirens is also available on vinyl, as I recently discovered when I got this at my P.O. Box.

The pictured note below says "we hear you've been enjoying our record (and given the name of your blog) thought you might enjoy it even more on vinyl. Thanks for listening and keep in touch. All our best, Sons of Bill."

Sounds like friends forever, doesn't it? Thanks so much, guys!

You can get your own copy of Sirens on vinyl, or digitally via compact disc or a new-fangled digital download.


Anthrax and Testament announce 2012 tour dates

Good news if you missed Anthrax and Testament - they'll be continuing their run with additional tour dates together in 2012.

“The first leg of the tour with Testament and Death Angel was an amazing way to end a great year for Anthrax,” remarks Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian, “and it went above and beyond my expectations! Sold out shows, raging crowds and EPIC war dances! So, we figured what better way to start 2012 than to continue this thrash-fest into the new year!!! Thank you all for giving us this privilege to come and play for you. See you soon!”

Here are the tour dates:

1/22 — House of Blues, Las Vegas, Nev.
1/23 — House of Blues, Anaheim, Calif.
1/24 — Marquee Theatre, Tempe, Ariz.
1/27 — Egyptian Room @ Murat Center, Indianapolis, Ind.
1/28 — Piere’s Entertainment Center, Fort Wayne, Ind.
1/29 — Expo Five, Louisville, Ky.
1/30 — The Orange Peel, Asheville, N.C.
2/2 — Tabernacle, Atlanta, Ga.
2/3 — Promowest Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio
2/6 — Crocodile Rock, Allentown, Pa.
2/7 — Rams Head Live!, Baltimore, Md.
2/8 — Best Buy Theatre, New York, N.Y.

I had the chance to catch the "remastered" version of the Anthrax 'Behind The Music' over the weekend - not sure how I missed it the first time around but as the BTMs go, it's a good one - it made me want to pull out a bunch of my Anthrax albums after the fact, so I'd say that's a job well done.


Shows to Know: Trashcan Sinatras, Helmet + The Godfathers

You know what's awesome?  Hearing news that the Trashcan Sinatras will be back in Cleveland for an acoustic show within the most excellent confines of The Winchester on Friday, March 18th.

The gig is part of an upcoming tour that the band describes as a series of acoustic shows and house parties (including a number of cities getting either their first Sinatras show or first visit since touring in 2004-2005 for Weightlifting), and the trek is expected to run 20-25 dates.  The band will take requests through their website and as you might guess, they'll play the top vote getters in each city.

Here's a list of the dates from their website:

march 3 houston, tx – fitzgerald’s
march 4 dallas, tx – the loft
march 5 austin, tx – cactus cafe
march 7 atlanta, ga – atlanta room @ smith’s olde bar
march 8 charlotte, nc – casbah room @ tremont hall
march 9 chapel hill, nc – local 506
march 12 philadelphia, pa – house party
march 14 northampton, ma – the iron horse
march 17 rochester, ny – the lovin’ cup
march 18 cleveland, oh – winchester music hall
march 23 dayton, oh – canal street tavern
march 24 st. louis, mo – firebird

You can also get your mitts on an acoustic live CD (recorded over two shows in November of 2009) that would probably be good primer for the shows.

In the meantime, put your Helmet on...

Helmet will also be hitting the road as a replacement for High on Fire on the Metalliance tour, an outing that also features Crowbar, and Saint Vitus (!!!!). But the real news is that they'll be rolling the entirety of the classic Meantime album on each night of the tour.  The tour starts on March 17th and will run through April.  Allegedly (read: not officially announced, but it's happening), Cleveland will get a tour date on March 26th at Peabody's.  Tour dates for the entire run will be announced shortly.

The Godfathers play a bunch of U.S. shows, for real this time?

Remember how close Cleveland came to getting a Godfathers tour date last year?  2011 brings not one, but THREE Ohio dates for the legendary rockers, including Sunday, February 13th at the Grog Shop.  That's the sound of our ATV scribe Kevin jumping up and down for joy.  Settle down - we don't want you to harm yourself!

Here's the rundown of tour dates from the official press release:

Wednesday, February 9th

Off Broadway (St. Louis, MO)

Thursday, February 10th

Double Door (Chicago, IL)

Friday, February 11th

Club Garibaldi (Milwaukee, WI)

Saturday, February 12th

Howard's Club H (Bowling Green, OH)

Sunday, February 13th

Grog Shop (Cleveland, OH)

Monday, February 14th

Santo's (NY, NY) - St. Valentine's Massacre Show

Tuesday, February 15th

Maxwell's (Hoboken, NJ) w/The Sights & Frosting

Wednesday, February 16th

Johnny D's (Somerville, MA) w/The Sights & Frosting

Friday, February 18th

Black Cat (Washington, DC) w/Dot Dash & Frosting

Saturday, February 19th

Frankie's Inner City (Toledo, OH) w/The Sights & Frosting

Looking at the tour schedule, I'll assume that this is the band's first visit to Bowling Green...

2011 is looking musically bright already!


The Jayhawks announce winter reunion shows + new album details

Good news:  Those expanded Jayhawks reissues for Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow The Green Grass will finally be out on January 18th (and having had the chance to hear them, I can tell you that they are worth the wait, especially the one for TTGG).  (Pre-order Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow The Green Grass from Amazon.)

Better news: The band (with both Mark Olson and Gary Louris) will celebrate the reissues with a set of shows in five major cities, including two nights in NYC and two nights in Chicago.  For those shows, the band will play all of Hollywood Town Hall on the first night and all of Tomorrow The Green Grass on the second night (with selected 'Hawks tunage filling out the rest of the set each night).

A pre-sale for all of the shows except for Chicago will start tomorrow with general tickets for all dates going on sale on Friday with the exception of (you guessed it) Chicago where tickets will go on sale on Saturday morning. (Ticketmaster information for some of the dates can be found at this link.)

(Update:  The Jayhawks Fan Page has ticket purchase links for all of the shows, including the Chicago shows which will go on sale via pre-sale on Friday with the regular on-sale happening on Saturday morning as mentioned previously.)

And perhaps the best news of all, the reunited project is working on their first album of new material (with both Olson and Louris, that is) in 15 years with release planned for summer 2011.

From the official press release, here's some more information + tour dates and the obligatory quotes:


01/18 Toronto, ONT The Phoenix

01/20, 21 New York, NY Webster Hall

01/22 Philadelphia, PA TLA

01/27, 28 Chicago, IL The Vic

01/29 Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

The band’s lineup for these dates will comprise Gary Louris (guitar, vocals), Mark Olson (guitar, vocals), Marc Perlman (bass), Karen Grotberg (keyboards) and Tim O’Reagan (drums).

“I’m very excited about the reissue of Hollywood Town Hall and Tomorrow the Green Grass,” says Olson. “It’s great that our fans will get a chance to hear some of our earliest songwriting through the bonus tracks.”

Louris adds, “These tour dates will also be an opportunity for fans who didn’t catch us early in our career, to hear these songs played again. The Jayhawks are re-energized and our next chapter starts with these shows in January.”

Tune up for the reunion shows with a couple of cool downloads, including a reaaaallly early show from '85 (opening for Alex Chilton), posted on the band's newly revamped official website and digging back in the ATV archives a bit, here's a TTGG-era show from San Francisco.

Photograph via The Jayhawks Official Website


Rush brings their Time Machine to Cleveland (and Toledo too!)

As my radio pal Nard put it, "Finally, a Rush concert I don't have to fly to!"

At last, the Canadian rock trio will be keying the Cleveland digits into their touring GPS as part of a newly announced extension of additional Time Machine tour dates for 2011 (which will include the band's first ever performance in Ireland).  As it was with last year's performances, the Time Machine tour dates will feature the band performing the classic Moving Pictures album in its entirety in addition to a full set of Rush favorites (read: greatest hits).  I had the chance to see the show in Pittsburgh last year with my good friend Jack and it was a total blast.

The Cleveland Rush date is set for April 15th (at Quicken Loans Arena) and the band will also be performing in Toledo on April 6th at the Huntington Center.  I had heard rumors about the Cleveland date and if the other half of the rumor is true, the Cleveland show will be a special performance.  (Either way, it's a really fun show.)

Select tour dates will be on sale starting next week and fans that opt to purchase the VIP Time Machine package will receive some pretty cool goodies. Complete tour dates and additional PR jabber can be found after the jump.
(update: Cleveland goes on sale Saturday, December 11th at 10am.)