Stevie Wonder has announced a tour in which he will perform his classic album, Songs in the Key of Life. The double LP (including a bonus EP) was released in 1976 and spawned several hits such as “Sir Duke”and “Isn’t She Lovely”.
The tour kicks off in NYC, and will hit Boston November 11th at the TD Garden. Tickets for the Boston show go on sale to the public tomorrow (Monday) at 10am.
You can stream Songs in the Key of Life in full above.
11.6.14 New York, NY Madison Square Garden
11.9.14 Washington, DC Verizon Center Sept. 29
11.11.14 Boston, MA TD Garden
11.14.14 Chicago, IL United Center
11.16.14 Philadelphia, PA Wells Fargo Center
11.20.14 Auburn Hills, MI The Palace of Auburn Hills
11.22.14 Atlanta, GA Philips Arena Sept. 29
11.25.14 Toronto, ON Air Canada Centre
11.29.14 Las Vegas, NV MGM Grand Garden Arena Sept. 29
12.3.14 Seattle, WA Key Arena
12.5.14 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena Sept. 29
Yusuf (formerly known as Cat Stevens) has announced his first U.S. tour dates in over 35 years, as part of the “Peace Train…Late Again Tour”. He last toured the United States in 1976 before converting to Islam and adopting the name Yusuf Islam. He was recently inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and will release a new studio album, Tell ‘Em I’m Gone, October 27th.
The U.S. tour kicks off December 4th in Boston when he will play the Wang Theatre, and tickets go on sale to the public September 27 at 10 a.m.
Back in the day, Cat Stevens was huge and he created some really beautiful music. Watch a full live concert from 1976 (Williamsburg, VA) below.
Yusif Islam (Cat Stevens) Tour Dates
12/04 - Boston, MA @ Citi Performing Arts Center - Wang Theatre
12/07 - New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
12/09 - Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre
12/12 - San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic Auditorium
12/14 - Los Angeles, CA @ Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
Julian Casablancas + the Voidz will release their new album, Tyranny, next Tuesday, September 23rd via Cult Records. You can stream the album in full a few days early below.
The next installment of Boston Calling will take place May 22-24, 2015. There will be a one day presale taking place today at noon. For one day, a three-day ticket will cost $110 (VIP is $250), and they can be purchased here.
Boston Calling will remain at City Hall Plaza in May and September through at least 2017, but the festival has parted ways with the company responsible for booking the acts, Bowery Presents. Apparently, they have brought on MusicFestNW’s Trevor Solomon to now book the artists.
Jack White Played the Bleacher Theatre at Fenway Park (Boston, MA): Photos, Videos, Rolling Stone Rant, Review & Setlist 9.17.2014
Jack White played a sold out show the Bleacher Theatre at Fenway Park last night, and the 2:20 minute concert featured new songs, as well tunes from The White Stripes, Ranconteurs, Dead Weather, and even a few covers. One non-musical highlight was Jack going on a passionate four-minute rant about the state of music and Rolling Stone, and it was less than flattering. A few rant highlights were:
- Most performers don’t use microphones that have cords, or mics that have regular diaphragms (mention of Katy Perry).
- 2nd guitar player playing the same parts in case a mistake is made (mention of Foo Fighters)
- Rollingstone.com - Brought to you by the Kardashian family.
- Rollingstone.com - 15 outfits that will blow your mind that Taylor Swift wore this month.
- 10 reasons why Rollingstone.com didn’t cover the Newport Folk Festival for 50 years straight.
- 12 reasons Rolling Stone won’t put a black and white cover on the cover of their magazine unless you’re dead.
Then he spoke about US Magazine owner Jann Wenner (who also owns Rolling Stone) and referred to it as the tabloid capital of magazines.
Listen to the rant here.
Update on the rant from Jack’s people (via Pitchfork)
Dear dream-makers of the media….
Last night Jack White made a joke on stage!
There was a minor equipment mishap, specifically with his guitar, and in an effort to keep his audience engaged, he made a joke! It was meant to be funny and self deprecating: “hey sorry, you’re stuck with just me up here…” vs the Foo Fighters who have three guitar players on stage and regularly play stadium shows.
Jack has the upmost respect for the Foo Fighters and communicated with Grohl this morning.
So if you’ll let us, we’ll all continue with our day and we assure you: All is well in the rock n roll world.
Overall, a very solid show. Not mind-blowing for me, and the sound mix was a little sub-par a couple times, but a good show nonetheless.
I thought it was odd that the field lights were on for the duration of the night, basically equivalent to playing a venue with the house lights on. It wasn’t the worst thing, but kind of annoying, and didn’t help the overall vibe (there’s a reason shows are played in the dark).
Jack’s tour photographer took some professional photos that are available here. My point & shoot photos and a few videos from the evening can be seen below, as well as the setlist (which I’m not 100% sure is correct).
Setlist: Jack White - Bleacher Theatre at Fenway Park (Boston, MA) 9.17.2014
Just One Drink
Dead Leaves and the Dirty Ground (The White Stripes song)
High Ball Stepper
You Know That I Know (Hank Williams cover)
Hotel Yorba (The White Stripes song)
I Cut Like a Buffalo (The Dead Weather song)
Top Yourself (The Raconteurs song)
Cannon (The White Stripes song)
Alone in My Home
Astro (The White Stripes song)
John the Revelator (Blind Willie Johnson cover)
You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told) (The White Stripes song)
We’re Going to Be Friends (The White Stripes song)
Ballad of Hollis Brown (Bob Dylan cover)
Ball and Biscuit (The White Stripes song)
Would You Fight for My Love?
Icky Thump (The White Stripes song)
Steady, As She Goes (The Raconteurs song)
Freedom at 21
Hello Operator (The White Stripes song)
The Hardest Button to Button (The White Stripes song)
That Black Bat Licorice
Seven Nation Army (The White Stripes song)
Maine-based songwriter Max García Conover was named Maine’s Best New Act at the Portland Music Awards in 2012, and he just released his second full length album, Ellery. The album was produced by contemporary composer Ben Cosgrove and is a collection of lyrical folk songs named after the town where Conover grew up.
2014 Tour Dates
Wilco frontman, Jeff Tweedy, is releasing a new album with his son Spencer (drums) under the name Tweedy. The album is titled Sukierae and will hit stores on September 23rd.
NPR has the first listen, and you can stream the album in full now here.
Sylvan Esso are electro-pop duo Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and Nick Sanborn (Megafaun). Their self-titled debut album has been well received, and their single “Coffee” is quite catchy and getting plenty of airplay.
Sylvan Esso are currently on tour, and played a sold out show at The Sinclair In Cambridge last Wednesday. Full tour dates can be found here. Doe Paoro (Brooklyn) opened.
Photos and setlist from The Sinclair show can be found below.
Sylvan Esso Setlist: The Sinclair (Cambridge, MA) 9.10.2014
Could I Be
Play It Right
Cosmos (Porches. cover)
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Played the XL Center (Hartford, CT): Photos / Review / Setlist 9.13.2014
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers recently released their thirteenth studio album, Hypnotic Eye, and are in the middle of a tour, which brought them to the XL Center in Hartford Saturday night. The band still sounds amazing, and they brought plenty of the hits for a two-hour eighteen-song set.
Pictures of the XL Center show, including Steve Winwood’s opening set, can be seen below along with the setlist. Click the “Read More” below the first photo to see them all.
Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: XL Center (Hartford, CT) 9.13.14
So You Want to Be a Rock ‘n’ Roll Star (The Byrds)
Mary Jane’s Last Dance
American Dream Plan B
Into the Great Wide Open
I Won’t Back Down
Tweeter and the Monkey Man (Traveling Wilburys)
U Get Me High
Yer So Bad
Learning to Fly
I Should Have Known It
Runnin’ Down a Dream
You Wreck Me
Boston Calling Day 3 (Sunday) Photos / Review: Nas, The Replacements, Spoon, The 1975, Twenty One Pilots, & More - 9.7.2014
After an interesting Day 2, Day 3 turned out to be a beautiful one and an ideal day for a festival. The music started with local band, Gentlemen Hall, followed by San Fermin (Brooklyn).
White Denim showcased their jaming skills, and Lake Street Dive played a solid set with Rachael Price’s voice shining as usual. I realize I’ve seen them three times this year alone, which definitely isn’t a bad thing.
Twenty One Pilots have gone from playing TT the Bear’s, to the Middle East, Paradise, House of Blues, and now Boston Calling in just two short years. These kids are serious performers, and delivered an incredible and memorable set, that was truly one of the best of the day. The duo from Ohio definitely gained some new fans for sure.
The 1975 played for a very lively younger crowd, and then it was time to transport back in time for The Replacements, Spoon, and Nas. The Replacements were quite a treat, as the band hasn’t played a Boston show since their Orpheum Theatre concert back in 1991 . Nas closed the festival and would later be joined by The Roots.
All in all, another great festival that seems to get slightly better each year. Photos from Day 3 can be seen below - click the “Read More” below the first photo to see them all.