Tour: The Dollyrots / Suffrajett

Kelly of The Dollyrots hinted at this tour pairing in December when her band played a radio-station sponsored gig in Columbus. I’ve been a fan of Suffrajett since they were named Simi (after their lead singer) and even caught a CMJ gig when they were going by the name Cherry (thanks to Wes Kidd for introducing me to their music). They’ve been using the name Suffrajett for a few years now, ever since their move from New York to Chicago and have been wowing audiences coast to coast both as headliners and as support for acts ranging from Local H to MC5 to Juliette & the Licks.

If ever there has been a 100% Atomic Ned approved double bill, this is it (The Dollyrots ‘Because I’m Awesome’ landed at #2 on my “Favorites of 2007” list). Because both bands have toured pretty heavily in Columbus, I kind of thought the tour wouldn’t land in Ohio’s capital city, but thanks to Chris Wood and the Ravari Room, this bill is not only playing in Columbus, but on a Friday night! Check back for more coverage – definitely a concert review and maybe an interview or two.

MySpace: Suffrajett
MySpace: The Dollyrots

Jan 22 Launchpad – Alburquerque, New Mexico
Jan 24 The Unity Center – Roswell, New Mexico
Jan 25 Bennigan’s – El Paso, Texas
Jan 26 Rock Bottom – San Antonio, Texas
Jan 27 Venue TBA – Houston, Texas
Jan 28 Grant Street Dance Hall – Lafayette, Louisiana
Jan 29 Keystones Lounge – Metairie, Louisiana
Feb 1 Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, Florida
Feb 2 The Social – Orlando, Florida
Feb 3 1982 – Gainsville, Florida
Feb 4 Beta Bar – Tallahassee, Florida
Feb 8 The Nick – Birmingham, Alabama
Feb 12 IOTA Cafe – Arlington, Virginia
Feb 14 Asbury Lanes – Asbury Park, New Jersey
Feb 18 ITAM Lodge – Pittsfield, Massachusetts
Feb 19 TT The Bear’s – Cambridge, Massachusetts
Feb 20 Diesel NightClub – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Feb 22 Ravari Room – Columbus, Ohio
Feb 23 Peabody’s – Cleveland, Ohio
Feb 25 Frankie’s Innercity – Toledo, Ohio
Feb 28 The Note – Chicago, Illinois
Mar 3 Triple Rock – Minneapolis, Minnesota
Mar 4 The Reverb – Cedar Falls, Iowa

Videos by both bands after the jump.

Tour: Queensryche / Don Dokken

The second interview I ever did was with Queensryche guitarist Michael Wilton back in 1990 when the band was touring to support ‘Empire’. Believe it or not, Suicidal Tendencies opened that leg of the tour.

A few days ago I had the opportunity to speak with Queensryche singer Geoff Tate about the band’s 2007 releases (a greatest hits compilation and a covers album), their past/present/future, and why Don Dokken was chosen to open the tour. The interview will be in the March issue of ENVY magazine which is available exclusively in Houston and Dallas. Once the issue is no longer on newsstands, I’ll toss it up, in it’s entirety here. In the meantime, here’s what Tate had to say about Don Dokken.

“Last year, my two guitar players and I did a benefit show in Los Angeles and on the bill was Don Dokken solo. He had this real interesting act. It’s just him, an acoustic guitar, and a martini. I don’t know how to describe it. It’s metal meets Las Vegas, the Rat Pack kind of thing. He’ll be playing a song, stop halfway through, starting telling a story, have a drink and a smoke and then get back to the song. It’s really different. I just really like Don a lot, he’s quite a character. I called him up and said, ‘Why don’t you do this tour with us? It’s not a big, heavy theatrical show. It’s going to be a fun evening and I think your act will really fit well in this.’ He said, ‘Well, gosh, I don’t know. I haven’t been feeling well lately.’ He goes into this long list of medical problems he’s had. He’s always got something wrong with him. Every time I see him, he’s got band-aids on. I just find him to be charming.”

You can catch Don Dokken opening for Queensryche on the following dates:

Jan. 23 – Fillmore – Denver, CO
Jan. 25 – Harrah’s – Kansas City, MO
Jan. 26 – Myth – St. Paul, MN
Jan. 27 – Northern Lights – Walker, MN
Jan. 29 – Potawatomi – Milwaukee, WI
Jan. 30 – Potawatomi – Milwaukee, WI
Jan. 31 – Potawatomi – Milwaukee, WI
Feb. 01 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Feb. 02 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL
Feb. 05 – Turning Stone – Verona, NY
Feb. 06 – The Roxy – Boston, MA
Feb. 07 – Starland – Sayreville, NJ
Feb. 08 – Nokia – New York, NY
Feb. 09 – Tropicana – Atlantic City, NJ
Feb. 10 – House of Blues – Myrtle Beach, SC
Feb. 12 – Tampa Theater – Tampa, FL
Feb. 13 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL
Feb. 14 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
Feb. 15 – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX
Feb. 16 – Palladium – Dallas, TX
Feb. 19 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
Feb. 24 – House of Blues – Anaheim, CA
Feb. 28 – Newmark – Portland, OR
Feb. 29 – Big Easy – Spokane, WA
Mar. 01 – Paramount – Seattle, WA

Tour: The Gutter Twins


Those of us headed to Austin in March for SXSW were hoping for an appearance by the Greg Dulli/Mark Lanegan project, The Gutter Twins. Unfortunately, it ain’t gonna happen. Instead, the duo will be playing shows in the Midwest that week and saving an Austin show until March 26. The Gutter Twins have posted two songs from their March 4 release, ‘Saturnalia’ (SubPop) on their MySpace page.


01 San Francisco CA/Bimbo’s 365
03 Portland OR/Wonder Ballroom
04 Seattle WA/Showbox
07 Chicago IL/Metro (Late Show)
08 Minneapolis MN/First Avenue
09 Madison WI/High Noon Saloon
11 Newport KY/Southgate House
12 Cleveland OH/Beachland Ballroom
14 Toronto ON/Mod Club
15 Montreal QC/Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire
19 New York NY/Webster Hall
20 Washington DC/9:30 Club
21 Atlanta GA/Roxy Theater
22 New Orleans LA/One Eyed Jacks
26 Austin TX/Antone’s
29 Boulder CO/Fox Theater

Live Ken Andrews CD now available

I’m of the mindset that Ken Andrews is one of the most overlooked artists of the last 20 years. Failure, the band he fronted in the ’90s, was always a favorite of the critics and of other bands, but that didn’t necessarily translate into big record sales. The band broke up in 1997 and since then Andrews has formed bands (ON, Year of the Rabbit), produced/recorded/mixed bands (Pete Yorn, Chris Cornell, A Perfect Circle) and written/recorded/toured as a solo artist with his wife, singer Charlotte Martin.

While on tour last year, Andrews recorded some of his performances and has culled songs from those performances for a release simply titled ‘ Live (Secrets of the Lost Satellite Tour, Spring 2007)’. The CD, featuring songs that span Andrews recorded career, is available in digital format through iTunes, Amazon, and Napster. If you crave an actual physical copy of the CD, you can pick one up through MusicToday or CD Baby.

Andrews is currently working on a project called Los Angeles Digital Noise (LADN) with his wife, Jordon Zardorozny (ex-Blinker the Star), Brad Laner (ex-Medicine), and Sharky Laguana (Creeper Lagoon). Andrews says in an email newsletter that he’s hoping to finish the album in February so he can prepare for the birth of his child in April.

One additional Failure note: There is a tribute CD called ‘The Nurse Who Loved Me’ which is due to be released in mid-2008.

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How do CDs leak before the release date?

Have you ever wondered how CDs which are supposed to be under lock and key somehow find their way onto P2P sharing services days, weeks, or sometimes even months before the official release date? The music industry has often blamed people working at the manufacturing plants or “thieves” who “find an unsecured copy of a CD sitting on somebody’s desk”, but, as Adrienne Day of New York magazine discovered, leaks often come from those who are closest to the music – people working at labels and journalists who are sent advance music in order to have time to listen before a deadline.

I had this discussion on the Blind Melon message board after demo tracks from the band’s forthcoming album found their way onto Oink, and then other download sites, back in October. I argued that the band – or at least somebody in the band – put those songs out there, especially given the fact that nobody even knew they were there until one of the band members mentioned in an interview that he had “heard” that the new album was on Oink. The band never publicly admitted putting anything out there, but considering that two of the guys run the studio where all the new material was recorded, and that the band has yet to sign with a label, it would be pretty odd if these demos ended up in the hands of somebody other than a band member who then through them up for people to download.