The Killers to Record New Album

It has been a long while since we heard new music from The Killers. Years down the line they are still going strong as one of the biggest buzz bands out there. We had to wait it out for a bit as singer Brandon Flowers and drummer Ronnie Vannucci embarked out on solo projects. The hiatus is now over and Vannucci hinted to The O2 Evening Show that The Killers are in the midst of working on a new album. The record is still in the early songwriting stages as the band is slated to start working on the new material this week. Fans will still have to wait a little while before any of the tracks get released though. There is nothing recorded yet, just in the works. Ah the torture. Check back for more upcoming news on the yet to be written record.


Rewards, Aaron Pfenning of Chairlift Adds New Tour Dates

With main project Chairlift on the sidelines for now, co-founder Aaron Pfenning has been keeping himself busy performing solo work under his own name and as Rewards. As the latter, with his deep, breathy baritone layered in (you guessed it) “sunny reverb-drenched guitar hooks and puffy surges of synthesizer” it makes perfect sense that Mr. Pfenning recently completed a leg of his European tour opening for Brandon Flowers of The Killers. Now it looks like Rewards will be staying busy for the rest of 2010, as he’s just announced additional dates in Europe and North America, first with current tour mates We Are Scientists and culminating in a five day run with rising act Warpaint.

Check out the full list below:


Rewards Tour Dates

Nov 15 – Pyramids – Portsmouth, UK    #
Nov 16 – HMV Institute – Birmingham, UK  #
Nov 19 – UEA – Norwich, UK    #
Nov 20 – Academy – Manchester, UK    #
Nov 21 – Shepherds Bush Empire – London, UK  #
Nov 22 – O2 Academy – Liverpool, UK     #
Nov 24 – Metropolitan University – Leeds, UK      #
Nov 25 – ABC – Glasgow, UK   #
Nov 26 – O2 Academy – Newcastle, UK    #
Nov 27 – Rock City – Nottingham, UK   #
Nov 30 – Great Scott – Boston, MA     @
Dec 1 – The Studio at Webster Hall – NYC     @
Dec 2 – Music Hall of Williamsbug – Brooklyn, NY     @
Dec 3 – Voyeur – Philadelphia, PA     @
Dec 4 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC     @
# w/  We Are Scientists
@ w/ Warpaint

Rewards Going On Tour

pfenningBreaking out on his own and showing off his musical solo prowess is Aaron Pfenning.

Known for co-founding Chairlift, Aaron Pfenning is performing under the moniker Rewards and will be going on tour, opening for Brandon Flowers this fall.

Pfenning’s new music takes a dark tone for listeners as he experiments with different inspiratins and plays every instrument. Pfenning will be debuting some of his new material for his upcoming album during his fall tour.

He will be teaming up with Flowers in Europe and We Are Scientists back in the States for a full tour.

Tour Dates:

Sep 28 – Paradiso – Amsterdam, Netherlands   *
Sep 29 – Cabaret Sauvage – Paris, France    *
Oct 1 – Huxley’s – Berlin, Germany    *
Oct 3 – Kaufleuten – Zurich, Switzerland    *
Oct 4 – Alcatraz – Milano, Italy    *
Oct 5 – Circolo degli Artisti – Rome, Italy    *
Oct 8 – SALA APOLO – Barcelona, Spain  *
Oct 9 – La Riviera – Madrid, Spain   *
Oct 11 – Metronome – Burlington, VT  #
Oct 12 – Jerky’s – Providence, RI    #
Oct 13 – Valentine’s – Albany, NY   #
Oct 15 – Metro Gallery – Baltimore, MD  #
Oct 17 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC    #
Oct 18 – 40 Watt – Athens, GA    #
Oct 19 – Masquerade – Atlanta, GA   #
Oct 26 – The Loft – Dallas, TX    #
Oct 28 – Emo’s – Austin, TX    #
Oct 29 – Korova – San Antonio, TX   #
Nov 15 – Pyramids – Portsmouth, UK    #
Nov 16 – HMV Institute – Birmingham, UK  #
Nov 19 – UEA – Norwich, UK    #
Nov 20 – Academy – Manchester, UK    #
Nov 21 – Shepherds Bush Empire – London, UK  #
Nov 22 – O2 Academy – Liverpool, UK     #
Nov 24 – Metropolitan University – Leeds, UK      #
Nov 25 – ABC – Glasgow, UK   #
Nov 26 – O2 Academy – Newcastle, UK    #
Nov 27 – Rock City – Nottingham, UK   #

* w/  Brandon Flowers
# w/  We Are Scientists

Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band ‘Slowly (Oh So Slowly)’

Yes this is the new album cover!

Yes this is the new album cover!

Conor and the boys are back for a second time with their newest upcoming release Outer South due out next month on Merge. Yes, there has been a few complaints that the new Conor project isn’t really reflective of Bright Eyes, but who said it had to be? Oberst is more poetic and honest than ever…and not to mention there is a bit more ‘pep in his step’ if you will. The band just released a new single on their site titled ‘Slowly (Oh So Slowly)’ which continues with the spirit of their first record.

Listen to the stream of the new song at The Mystic Valley Band Website

On a Conor Oberst note, The Killers have just covered a version of Bright EyesCassadega. Right now you can only view it on Youtube. Its a really interesting take on the song.  It will appear on their Spaceman EP due out next month on Island.