Umphrey’s McGee announces massive summer tour

May 9, 2010

Our favorite prog-rockers Umphrey’s McGee have released a ridiculous tour for summer 2010.  Umphrey’s McGee will be pulling out all the stops by playing major venues and festivals all over the country.

Umphrey’s McGee is fresh off of playing Jam in the Dam and touring Australia.  They are also on the heels of the ground breaking UM Bowl that is still attracting rave reviews and buzz in the music and jam band industry. This won’t stop the Chicago-based band who thrives off of the live show.

The summer tour will start on May 28 at Summercamp in Chilcoathe, Illinois and end on August 14 at the Masquerade Music Park in Atlanta, Georgia.  Umphrey’s McGee will be touring with great bands Brock Butler, moe, Cornmeal, Tea Leaf Green, Widespread Panic and Rebelution.

Let’s not forget all of the great bands UM will be sharing the stage with at major music festivals such as Summercamp, Bonnaroo, All Good Music Festival, Wakarusa and Summerfest.  Umphrey’s McGee will also be playing the much-anticipated “Red Rocks & Blue” at Red Rocks Amphitheater with Galactic and The Wailers.

This will be a big summer for Umphrey’s McGee and they will be able to show off their wide range of talent to thousands of die-hard music and UM fans. Check out the rest of Umphrey’s Mcgee’s summer tour.


Tea Leaf Green is “Looking West”

May 4, 2010

Thank the music gods.

Tea Leaf Green announced that they will be releasing a new studio album this June.

The album, titled “Looking West” is the first studio album the San Francisco-based rockers have released since 2008, and the album has a fitting title.  Tea Leaf Green just capped off a huge tour throughout the United States and finally settled back home to put the finishing touches on the much anticipated album.

The album is set to hit the stores Tuesday, June 8.Tea Leaf Green will celebrate the release of their new album with a special acoustic set June 16 at Cafe du Nord in San Francisco.  They will then play some major summer shows and festivals to support the album.

It’s going to be a great summer for this awesome band, and if you have not given them a listen, I really suggest you check them out.  I saw them at the Recher Theatre in April and it was one of the best shows I have seen in a while.  These guys really know how to rock and get a crowd pumped.

Here are the rest of Tea Leaf Green’s summer tour dates

06/05 – Wakarusa – Ozark, AR

06/16 – Café du Nord – San Francisco, CA

06/19 – Oysterfest – San Diego, CA

07/03 – Marin County Fair – San Rafael, CA

07/09 – All Good Music Festival – Masontown, WV

07/10 – Abbey Bar- Appalachian Brew Co. – Harrisburg, PA

07/11 – Tags Summer Stage – Big Flats, NY

07/12 – Rocks Off Concert Cruise – New York, NY

Check out this video of Tea Leaf Green playing the fan favorite “If It Wasn’t for the Money.” ENJOY.

WTMD: Not your average radio station

April 23, 2010

When you turn on the radio in the Baltimore area, you are bound to hear multiple radio stations that play rock, rap, and country music.  These genres of music are dominating the airwaves, and after awhile hearing the same songs and artists over and over can get tiring. But there is one small station at the beginning of the dial that is different from the norm.

This unique radio station is 89.7 WTMD, and the music that comes from this station is far different than what you hear nowadays. WTMD has numerous radio programs that play an eclectic mix of music.

Located in Towson University’s Media Center, WTMD used to be affiliated with the university but parted ways a few years ago to become their own organization. Although many people in the Baltimore area still have no idea that the station exists, it has recently developed a solid fan base and more people are catching on to the contagious station.  John Kennelly, a musician and student at Towson University, listens to WTMD all the time.

WTMD's First Thursday stage

“I had no idea WTMD existed a few years back,” Kennelly said.  “But once I found out about WTMD, it is the only radio station I listen to and I have been spreading the word to all my friends because it is not your average station.”

On top of playing different genres of music, WTMD helps out local bands in a big way.  WTMD sponsors local Baltimore concerts and music festivals, and they also throw their own event called “ First Thursdays” which is a free concert in Mount Vernon on the first Thursday in the summer months.

WTMD also hosts different programs that play music from local Baltimore bands.  One of the more popular programs, “Baltimore Unsigned”, takes a look into some of the best local bands in the Baltimore area.  The program features album cuts, interviews, and live studio performances from these local bands. Kevin Shook and his band, The Cheaters, were featured on this popular show.
“Being featured on WTMD’s Baltimore Unsigned really helped our band out in a big way and let listeners know who we are and what we are about,” Shook said. “WTMD is such a great radio station and we owe a lot to them by helping us get new fans.”

WTMD is catching on in Baltimore and local bands have a lot of respect for the station because it looks out for the new music that is constantly coming out.  It gives local bands a chance to be heard on the radio.  If you haven’t listened to 89.7 WTMD, check it out and hear what people in Baltimore are raving about.

Cypress Hill is back

April 21, 2010

That’s right, folks.  Fans of the legendary hip hop band have a reason to smile and get real excited.  Cypress Hill is back with a new album and will be throwing down with Slightly Stoopid on a massive summer tour.

The new album, Rise Up, is the band’s first in six years, but you wouldn’t think it has been that long.  Rise Up features the solid music and raps/freestyles that Cypress Hill fans have enjoyed since the early ’90s. Along with B-real and company, an all-star lineup is featured on the album, including Linkin Park vocalist Mike Shinoda, System of a Down guitarist/vocalist Daron Malakian, Everlast, Young De, Evidence, The Alchemist and Cheech and Chong.

Cypress Hill celebrated the release of Rise Up in front of a packed house at The Warfield in San Francisco last night. The band will kick off their summer tour with Slightly Stoopid July 16 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in California and will travel the country supporting the new album.  They will then head overseas and tour around Europe.

This will be an unforgettable summer tour for the musicians and music fans.  If you are huge fan of Cypress Hill and Slightly Stoopid, or just appreciate good music, be sure to mark this show on your calendar.

Check out this video of Cypress Hill with Tom Morello performing their new song “Rise Up”  on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Roger Waters to commemorate The Wall

April 16, 2010

Get your tickets fast, because one of the greatest rock and roll shows will be hitting stages across North America this fall.

Roger Waters, co-founder and writer for the great and influential band Pink Floyd, will be commemorating the 30th anniversary of the The Wall.  Waters will commemorate one of the most popular albums and the film of all time with a full band, a huge tour and a big, high-tech production that tripped so many people out 30 years ago.

The Wall has been performed by Waters and Pink Floyd  31 times, and Waters thought that it was the right time to bring back the magic that inspired so many.  The tour will start September 15 in Toronto and run to December 14 in Anaheim.

This will be a true sight to see for  any Pink Floyd fan, and it will give younger generation fans the chance to see one of the most memorable performances in rock and roll history.

John Butler Trio’s “April Uprising”

April 1, 2010

Have you ever heard of the the John Butler Trio?

If you are a fan of the band or have no clue who I am talking about, be sure to check out JBT’s new album “April Uprising.”

“April Uprising” will release Tuesday, April 6, and hit music stores all over the world.  This is John Butler’s fifth studio album, but this record has a different feel all around.

“April Uprising” is the debut album on JBT’s new label ATO Records.  The Australian roots rocker also has a new supporting cast playing around him with Nicky Bomba on drums and Byron Luiters on bass. The album is more song driven ad commercial than his previous two albums “Sunrise Over Sea” and “Grand National”, but the songs stick in your head and set the mood for summertime.

The underlying message of all of the songs are surprisingly influenced by a television show.  While recording the new album, John Butler was featured on an Australian TV show “Who Do You Think You Are” , a show that traced the family history of different celebrities and artists.  Through the show, Butler found out information about his distant relatives and many of the songs on the album are inspired by his family’s history.

The John Butler Trio will be supporting “April Uprising” with a tour of the UK this spring.  That will be followed with a theatre and club tour in the US early this summer.

John Butler Trio is a band you do not want to pass up. Their unique style will make you want to listen again and again.

“April Uprising” Track List

“C’Mon Now”
“I’d Do Anything”
“Ragged Mile”
“Johnny’s Gone”
“Close To You”
“Don’t Wanna See Your Face”
“Take Me”
“I’m A Fool”
“To Look Like You”
“Steal It”
“Mystery Man”
“Gonna Be A Long Time”
“A Star Is Born”

Phish announces 2010 summer tour

April 1, 2010

Need I say more?

I know this post is coming a little late, but I found out about this awesome news when I was in Miami two weeks ago and I felt that I had to share the information with you readers all again to refresh your memories because it is HUGE news.

Phish is going to return to the stage and play at venues across the country for a two-leg summer tour starting this June.

The tour will kick off on June 11 in Chicago and wrap up with two shows at Jones Beach in New York.  The first leg of the tour will end with a Fourth of July performance near Atlanta.  After a short break, Phish will be heading out west for the second leg of their tour with shows at the famous Greek Theatre outside Los Anegeles, Ca., Telluride, Co., and much more.

I have yet to see Phish since they returned in March 2009, but many friends and Phish heads have said that their shows are an amazing experience with the crazy jams capped off with their signature light show. I will be sure to pick up tickets for this summer tour.

Tickets for Phish summer tour go on sale to the public tomorrow, April 2 at 10am ET.  More tickets will be releasd to the public Saturday, April 3.

Phish 2010 Summer Tour Dates

6/11 – Toyota Park, Chicago, IL
6/12 – Blossom Music Center, Cuyahoga Falls, OH
6/13 – Hersheypark Stadium, Hershey, PA
6/15 – Telos Pavilion, Portsmouth, VA
6/17 – Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT
6/18 – Comcast Theatre, Hartford, CT
6/19 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
6/20 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, NY
6/22 – Comcast Center, Mansfield, MA
6/24 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
6/25 – Susquehanna Bank Center, Camden, NJ
6/26 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD
6/27 – Merriweather Post Pavilion, Columbia, MD

6/29 – CMAC Performing Arts Center, Canandaigua, NY
7/01 – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion at Walnut Creek, Raleigh, NC
7/02 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte, Charlotte, NC
7/03 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA
7/04 – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA
8/05 – The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
8/06 – The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
8/07 – The Greek Theatre, Berkeley, CA
8/09 – Telluride Town Park, Telluride, CO
8/10 – Telluride Town Park, Telluride, CO
8/12 – Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
8/13 – Verizon Wireless Music Center, Noblesville, IN
8/14 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
8/15 – Alpine Valley Music Theatre, East Troy, WI
8/17 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY
8/18 – Nikon at Jones Beach Theatre, Wantagh, NY