I spent the night with Everest … and they made a video

Sounds dirty, doesn’t it? Fortunately, the two aren’t related.

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Last night’s plan was simple – slide into The Newport 5 minutes before Everest went on (8:45), watch their 45-minute set, and be back home before the 11pm news started. It didn’t quite work out that way.

After Everest’s amazing set (if you go into listening to their music knowing that singer Russell Pollard draws inspiration from Neil Young, Jeff Buckley, and Elliott Smith, you’ll be well prepared), I ran into guitarist Joel Graves at the merch booth. Being the liner note reading geek that I am, I recognized Joel’s name from Dig’s third – and final – album, Life Like. Joel told me that I’m the only person that has ever recognized him from his short lived time with the mid ’90s alterna-rockers.
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New music from Kyle Krone (The Shys)

The Shys have seemingly come to end but that isn’t stopping frontman Kyle Krone from continuing to make great music. Kyle’s hard at work on his debut album which he hopes to release this year. As a sneak preview, Kyle’s made a video of sorts for his song “Driving Deloreans” using old stock footage of the ’80s car made famous by the movie Back to the Future.

Tour: Black Crowes

I guess it’s not that hard to believe that the Black Crowes Shake Your Money Maker came out 20 years ago. I remember listening to it my freshman year of college (and in the parking lot of Rob’s place in Wilmington, NC along with Dr.Morgan). To celebrate this anniversary, The Black Crowes are releasing a double album of acoustic material on August 3. To coincide with this release, the band is embarking on the “Say Goodnight to the Bad Guys” tour – a three-hour extravaganza in which the first hour and a half will be acoustic, the last hour and a half electric.

Tour dates:

(* = Electric shows ONLY):
Aug-13 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
Aug-14 * Walker, MN – Northern Lights Casino
Aug-15 * Apple Valley, MN – Zoo Amphitheatre
Aug-17 * Des Moines, IA – Simon Estes Amphitheatre
Aug-18 * Kansas City, MO – Harrah’s Kansas City
Aug-20 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore @ The State Theatre
Aug-21 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
Aug-22 Columbus, OH – Promowest Pavilion
Aug-24 * Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
Aug-25 Indianapolis, IN – The Murat Theatre
Aug-27 St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
Aug-28 * Council Bluffs, IA – Stir Cove
Aug-29 Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
Aug-31 * Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
Sep-07 * Salina, KS – The Stiefel Theatre
Sep-08 * Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Sep-10 Charleston, SC – Family Circle Magazine Stadium
Sep-12 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Sep-17 Raleigh, NC – Raleigh Boutique Amphitheatre
Sep-18 Charlotte, NC – Uptown Amphitheatre @ The Music Factory
Sep-19 Asheville, NC – Thomas Wolfe Auditorium
Sep-21 Jacksonville, FL – The Florida Theatre
Sep-24 Houston, TX – Verizon Wireless Theatre
Sep-26 * Dallas, TX – House of Blues
Oct-01 * Biloxi, MS – Beau Rivage Casino
Oct-02 Fayetteville, AR – Arkansas Music Pavilion
Oct-15 Albany, NY – The Palace
Oct-16 * Salamanca, NY – Seneca Allegany Casino
Oct-17 * Red Bank, NJ – Count Basie Theatre
Oct-19 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
Oct-20 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
Oct-22 Boston, MA – House of Blues
Oct-23 Boston, MA – House of Blues
Oct-24 * Hampton Beach, NH – Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom
Oct-26 Waterbury, CT – Palace Theatre
Oct-27 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Oct-29 Philadelphia, PA – Tower Theatre
Oct-30 * Atlantic City, NJ – Music Box @ Borgata Resort
Oct-31 New York, NY – Nokia Theatre Times Square
Nov-02 New York, NY – Nokia Theatre Times Square
Nov-04 New York, NY – Nokia Theatre Times Square
Nov-05 New York, NY – Nokia Theatre Times Square
Nov-06 New York, NY – Nokia Theatre Times Square
Nov-10 * Baltimore, MD – Ram’s Head
Nov-12 Pittsburgh, PA – North Shore Entertainment Complex
Nov-13 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Nov-14 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
Nov-16 Richmond, VA – The National
Nov-17 Norfolk, VA – The Norva
Nov-19 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
Nov-20 Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
Dec-03 Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Auditorium
Dec-04 * Eugene, OR – McDonald Theatre
Dec-05 * Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
Dec-07 Santa Barbara, CA – The Arlington Theatre
Dec-10 * Las Vegas, NV – The Joint
Dec-11 Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Palladium
Dec-12 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Dec-14 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Dec-15 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Dec-17 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Dec-18 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
Dec-19 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

Video: Vince Neil – “Tattoos and Tequila”

With Motley Crue, Vince Neil plays – and packs – arenas. On his own, he plays small clubs, State Fairs, motorcycle shows, etc. Kinda strange. Live, Neil’s performances have left a bit to be desired, he’s of the school where singing every third or fourth word seems to be good enough!

Vince’s new album, Tattoos and Tequila, due out this summer, looks to be a covers album with just a few new original tracks. While I’m hoping Neil will make these songs his own, I suspect they’ll be pretty safe covers with maybe some louder or edgy guitar work.

01. Tattoos & Tequila (album version)
02. He’s A Whore (CHEAP TRICK)
04. Nobody’s Fault (AEROSMITH)
05. Another Bad Day
06. No Feelings (SEX PISTOLS)
07. Long Cool Woman (THE HOLLIES)
08. Another Piece Of Meat (SCORPIONS)
10. Viva Las Vegas (ELVIS PRESLEY)
11. Bitch Is Back (ELTON JOHN)
12. Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers (ZZ TOP) *

* Bonus track available on first pressing in digipak

Interview: James Milne (Lawrence Arabia)

Lawrence Arabia just wrapped up an extremely successful run through the U.S. with Fanfarlo and Robert Francis. The band, London-by-way-of-New-Zealand, is led by George Harrison-loving frontman James Milne and live they comes across much louder (in a good way) than they do on their U.S. debut, Chant Darling (featuring the fantastic pop ditty “Apple Pie Bed”). Milne says that after a run overseas, Lawrence Arabia will be back on these shores, so do your studying now.

I grabbed James for a quick interview before Lawrence Arabia’s set in Columbus on April 1 (no fooling here!).