Tour: Jimmy Eat World

Anybody heard any buzz about the new Jimmy Eat World CD? Invented is due in stores September 28 with a single (“My Best Theory”) showing up sometime in August. Mark Trombino, who produced Clarity and Bleed American, is back on-board and it’ll be interesting to see if the band can capture the magic of those two CDs on their latest.

I’ve been listening to the Jimmy Eat World catalog a lot this week and my current go-to song is “Pain” from 2004’s Futures.

The first leg of the band’s tour starts just a week before Invented is released. Here are the dates:

9/21 – Atlanta, GA / Center Stage
9/22 – Asheville, NC / The Orange Peel
9/24 – Sayreville, NJ / Starland Ballroom
9/25 – Virgin Mobile FreeFest Merriweather Post Pavilion
9/29 – Los Angeles, CA / The Wiltern
9/30 – San Francisco, CA / Warfield Theatre
10/1 – San Luis Obispo, CA / SLO Veterans’ Auditorium
10/3 – Denver, CO / Ogden Theatre
10/4 – Omaha, NE / Sokol Auditorium
10/5 – Milwaukee, WI / Pabst Theatre
10/7 – Chicago, IL / Riviera Theatre
10/8 – Royal Oak, MI / Royal Oak Music Theatre
10/9 – Columbus, OH / Newport Music Hall
10/11 – Philadelphia, PA / Electric Factory
10/14 – New York, NY / Terminal 5
10/15 – Boston, MA / House Of Blues
10/17 – Toronto, CAN / Kool Haus

Support:
– Civil Twilight 9/21-9/22.
– We Were Promised Jetpacks 9/29-10/17.

In My Ear – Week of July 19

1. Magic Kids
I’m not entirely convinced the Magic Kids are for real. The group’s debut, Memphis, due in stores in late August, sounds like an obscure gem put out by a California high school glee club in 1974. Looking for influences? Try The Beach Boys, The Hollies, The Partridge Family, and The Turtles.

DOWNLOAD: Magic Kids – “Summer”

2. I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In The House
Alex from In Music We Trust has been singing this band’s praises for years (he put out 3 of their releases in addition to 2 solo releases by frontman Michael Dean Damron) but until I downloaded the latest mix CD by Suburban Home Records, I hadn’t paid them much mind. I’m sure somewhere along the way, Alex had to have mentioned that if I loved Two Cow Garage (which I do), then I’d love I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch In the House but I must have missed it. Suburban Home is releasing the band’s new album in late August, but you can purchase a digital copy right now. I swear to God that “Swear to God” is one of my favorite tracks of 2010.

<a href="http://suburbanhome.bandcamp.com/album/sounds-of-dying">Swear To God by Suburban Home Records</a>

3. The Unwinding Hours
Columbus, Ohio – and the music world – lost a great one last week. CD101 DJ/program director Andy “Andyman” Davis drowned while on vacation with his family. The sudden loss was a shock to the local music community and I think many people spent last week listening to somber and reflective music. The lyrics of this track by ex-Aereogramme members The Unwinding Hours aren’t really related to the tragedy, but it’s the song that played in my head over and over many nights this past week.

4. The Damnwells
Along the same lines as The Unwinding Hours’ “Solstice”, I found myself listening to The Damnwells “Graceless” quite a bit – the song’s tone set the mood for last week.

5. Helmet
Helmet’s got a new album coming in September at which point they’ll start a tour that will run at least until early November, if not longer, including an October 15 date in Columbus (can’t wait!)

Tour: “An Evening with Greg Dulli”

This tour is going to do really well, right? I’ve got to believe that the Greg Dulli maniacs are already making their travel plans to attend one of these shows – heck, if we can score Cleveland tickets, we’ll be going.

While it’s called “An Evening with Greg Dulli”, the Afghan Whigs/Twilight Singers/The Gutter Twins singer will be accompanied by Twilight Singers guitarist Dave Rosser and multi-instrumentalist Rick Nelson (Polyphonic Spree) and will play a set of songs spanning his entire career including debuting new material from the Twilight Singers’ album scheduled for release (on SubPop) in early 2011.

Tickets for all shows will go on sale later this week. Check www.thetwilightsingers.com for the most up to date information on where to purchase tickets.

OCTOBER
08 New Orleans LA – DBA
12 Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge
13 Cincinnati OH – 20th Century Theatre
14 Chicago IL – Double Door
15 Detroit MI – Magic Stick
16 Cleveland OH – Grog Shop
18 Cambridge MA – Brattle Theatre
19 New York NY – Bowery Ballroom
20 Philadelphia PA – Johnny Brenda’s
22 Pittsburgh PA – Brillobox
23 Baltimore MD – Ottobar

Robert Francis played in Columbus last night

As Robert Francis’s headlining set was coming to an end last night, I leaned over to Kirk and said, “I’d like Pete Yorn a lot more if he sounded like this.” Kirk’s response was an instant Tweet classic, “Pete Yorn is a poor man’s Robert Francis.”

The LA-based singer channels some of the last 3 decades best singers – you can hear bits of Bono, Springsteen, Jeff Buckley, Ryan Adams in his delivery – and while he maintains a moderately moody and subdued Americana sound, if you go into a live Francis performance knowing that the Chili Peppers’ guitarist John Frusciante taught Francis to play guitar at the age of 16, you’ll hear that influence as well.

At an hour and fifteen minutes, the set seemed a little short (no encore – the “hits” were played relatively early on) though it’s better to leave the crowd wanting more than overstaying your welcome. Dozens of people hung out after the show waiting to meet Francis and you get the feeling that if he plays his cards right (or, rather, if his management makes wise decisions), this will be one of those shows that you brag to your friends about seeing 10 years down the road (“I saw him at this small club way before he was headlining much bigger stages.”)

Catch Francis this September and October as the support act on the follow Jason Mraz tour dates.

SEPTEMBER
11 Bangor, ME Bangor Waterfront
13 Utica, NY Stanley Performing Arts Center
15 Buffalo, NY SUNY Buffalo – Baird Point Amphitheater
16 Ypsilanti, MI EMU Convocation Center
20 Charleston, WV Clay Center For The Arts & Sciences
21 Greenville, SC Peace Center
22 Charleston, SC Carolina First Arena
28 Newark, DE Bob Carpenter Center
29 Columbus, OH The LC Outdoor Pavilion
30 Interlochen, MI Kresge Auditorium

OCTOBER
4 London, ONT John Labatt Center
5 Ottawa, ONT Scotiabank Place
6 Quebec City, QUE Colisee Pepsi Arena