Fleetwood Mac Announces ‘On With the Show’ Tour… with Christine McVie

Posted in Live Shows, Music on March 27th, 2014 by Nick

FleetwoodMac_News_ImageThis is pretty huge news. On one hand, it’s pretty miraculous that Fleetwood Mac, living legends really, are even still touring. Kudos to them. If news about the new tour wasn’t big enough, after a 16-year absence, Christine McVie will be re-joining band for the 34-show, 33-city tour that the band is calling the “On With the Show” tour.

So cool.

This feels like a great opportunity to see Fleetwood Mac play, with the hands of all its major players at the wheel.

If this tickles your fancy, here are the deets:

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, March 31 at 10:00 a.m. through Sunday, April 6 at 10:00 p.m. Tickets go on sale beginning Monday, April 7 through the Live Nation mobile app and at www.livenation.com.

On With The Show Tour Dates:

Minneapolis, MN @ Target Center

Chicago, IL @ United Center

New York, NY @ Madison Square Garden

Boston, MA @ TD Garden

Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center

Pittsburgh, PA @ Consol Energy Center

Philadelphia, PA @ Wells Fargo Center

Toronto, ON @ Air Canada Centre

Columbus, OH @ Nationwide Arena

Indianapolis, IN @ Bankers Life Fieldhouse

Detroit, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hills

Ottawa, ON @ Canadian Tire Centre

Washington, DC @ Verizon Center

Hartford, CT @ XL Center

Winnipeg, MB @ MTS Centre

Saskatoon, SK @ Credit Union Centre

Calgary, AB @ Scotiabank Saddledome

Edmonton, AB @ Rexall Place

Vancouver, BC @ Rogers Arena

Tacoma, WA @ Tacoma Dome

Portland, OR @ Moda Center

Sacramento, CA @ Sleep Train Arena

San Jose, CA @ SAP Center at San Jose

Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

Los Angeles, CA @ The Forum

San Diego, CA @ Viejas Arena at SD State University

Oakland, CA @ Oracle Arena

Phoenix, AZ @ US Airways Center

Denver, CO @ Pepsi Center

Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center

Houston, TX @ Toyota Center

Atlanta, GA @ Philips Arena

Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ BB&T Center

Tampa, FL @ Tampa Bay Times Forum

Props to Josh for the tip!

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Music Monday: Haim – Days Are Gone

Posted in Music on October 7th, 2013 by Nick

HAIM-DAYS-ARE-GONELast week, I claimed on Facebook that Haim’s new album, Days Are Gone, is probably one of the best of the year. After spending some more time with the disc (I’ve been playing it non-stop in the car and at home), I stand by my original sentiment. And clearly, I’m not alone.

Haim is made up of three tightly-knit sisters, all three proficient on more than one instrument. Este plays both guitar and bass, Danielle plays guitar and drums, and Alana plays guitar, keyboards and percussion. They swap vocal duties between the three of them and harmonize the fuck out of each and every song. Their music can best be described as folk-meets-classic-rock, with a tinge of R&B inspiration sprinkled throughout. They’re sort of like a modern day Fleetwood Mac, minus Mick, but plus the sisterhood-feel that the Dixie Chicks front.

After releasing their Forever EP over a year ago, the band hopped from festival to festival, spreading their name and building a slow and steady fan-base. Shortly after, they signed with Jay-Z’s Roc Nation management group and finished up their debut album, which sports the new single, “The Wire.”

But the Haim girls aren’t strangers to the music biz, having been a part of a family band along with their parents ever since they were young. Growing older, Danielle Haim played with Jenny Lewis, Julian Casablancas (The Strokes), and joined Cee-lo’s all-female backing band Scarlet Fever. With all of these guest gigs under her belt, Danielle along with Este and Alana decided they only wanted to play together. Alana dropped out of college after only a year and there it was. The family band was back in action.

Though the album has a mostly alt-folk feel, Haim is really for fans of Tom Petty, Fleetwood Mac, and any other classic Americana-type sound. Most importantly, they aren’t just following the trendy, commercial Mumford path; rather, these sisters are paving their own way with a sound that’s unlike anything else out right now. Check out some of their irresistible hooks below:


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Music Monday: Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City’

Posted in Movies, Music on July 15th, 2013 by Nick

trailer-still-8b08451df7a2c7ccfa0d3886a65dcc42Last night, I finally got the chance to sit down with Dave Grohl’s 2013 documentary (and directorial debut) about Sound City Studios, a studio responsible for so many legendary albums from Fleetwood Mac, Nirvana, Tom Petty, Pat Benatar, Rage Against the Machine, and countless others. The film, simply titled Sound City, chronicles the studio’s early days and struggles, and showcases interviews from Lindsey Buckingham, Stevie Nicks, Petty, Lars Ulrich, Trent Reznor, Butch Vig, Josh Homme, Grohl, Stephen Pearcy, Rick Springfield, and a continuing army of Rock and Roll kings and queens from past to present.

The studio was originally run by Joe Gottfried and Tom Skeeter, two guys who wanted to start a record company and also got into artist management. After a rough start, Skeeter ponied up $75,175 to buy a state-of-the-art recording console from Rupert Neve, a British electronics genius who built technologically advanced audio gear. The Neve purchase was a big deal. As Skeeter mentions in the film, the cost of the Neve 8028 analog mixing console was more than double the man’s home purchase! Needless to say – it was quite a chunk of change for 1969. sound-city-blu-ray-cover-98

Grohl recorded Nevermind at Sound City with Nirvana and was inspired to create the documentary after he purchased several items from the studio including the Neve 8028 (now located in Grohl’s home studio) when the studio closed in 2011. His love affair with the studio and its story is understandably shared by many of the musicians who spent time there; their testimonials fuel the story and cyclically, the story fuels their passion for music.

Grohl’s intention, both here and in his own music, is to make sure the human element in music is never lost amidst our plunge into the Digital Age – and studios and the equipment they house are a huge part of the music-making experience. After all, just how much will we continue leaning on computers for? And how long will it be until machines have fully taken over the production process? These artists’ love for analog recording techniques and old school methods are absolutely commendable, and lets face it, comforting for us music fans.

After the story of days past is told, the film segues into Grohl’s recording sessions with other aforementioned artists. The result is the album Sound City: Real to Reel. The jam sessions that take place in front of your eyes are pretty mindblowing – Paul McCartney joins the surviving members of Nirvana; Nicks croons with Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, and Rami Jaffee backing her; Rick Springfield fronts the Foo Fighters; Trent Reznor sits in with Grohl and Homme. The tracks were produced all on Sound City’s former equipment with Vig manning the soundboard. The results are crisp, loud and old school. Some may argue that it’s music heard and recorded the way it should be. It is indeed a treat.

At times, the film can be a little self-indulgent. Grohl has been quoted calling Sound City his “life’s most important work.” Is this true? It might be. Though I wish Grohl would’ve let the film speak for itself and let others make the gigantic claim if they chose. Despite this gripe, Sound City really is a great film that highlights a slice of music history that is now lost and gone forever.

Well, except for the gear stashed in Grohl’s basement.

Film Grade: A-
Album Grade: B+

The film is now out on DVD and Bluray. It’s not on Netflix, but digital fans can find it on iTunes. The album is out on CD and can also be found on Spotify.

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Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City’ Doc to Premiere at Sundance

Posted in Movies, Music, Trailer Park on December 6th, 2012 by Nick

When the Foo Fighters set out to record their latest release, Wasting Light, frontman Dave Grohl and his bandmates went old school, digging the art of analog from its grave and recording straight to tape. No computers, no bells, no whistles. With the upcoming Rock-Doc Sound City, Grohl is still celebrating analog from the vantage point of LA’s renowned, yet sadly defunct Sound City Studios.

Grohl’s film (yes, he directed it) has appearances by Trent Reznor, Stevie Nicks, Josh Homme, Lars Ulrich, Butch Vig, Rick Rubin, Tom Petty, Frank Black, Krist Novoselic, and many more, all of whom sit down to discuss and focus in on the humanistic element of music and recording…and, of course, Sound City itself. After all, it was only the recording place of Fleetwood Mac’s Rumours, Nirvana’s Nevermind, and Neil Young’s After the Gold Rush, to name a few. But what makes it so damn special, and what have computers actually taken away from music? Grohl’s film will answer these questions and many more.

Sound City is set to premiere at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, but until then, check out this just-released trailer:


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