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.
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 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/ Warpaint
Tape The Radio have impressed several big names in music with their hard work and shining musicianship, and now their hard work is starting to pay off.
The band jumped into the music biz by releasing their first single “Save A Life” the old fashion way…by themselves. The band hand-made the packaging, numbered the discs and shipped them off.
Next the band enlisted the help of famed producer Alan Moulder (The Killers, Depeche Mode, My Bloody Valentine) after the producer met frontman Malcolm Carson hand-delivering demos to his studio in London.
Now the group is ready to release another single (this time, preferably with some help from label Hi Tone Music). “Our Love Is A Broken Heart” will be out as a 7-inch and a digital download on November 1st. Luckily for you, you can hear these fast-rising rockers right here first.
Mt. Desolation is the side-project of Tim Rice-Oxley and Jesse Quinn of Keane, the British band that flooded the airwaves with the single, “Somewhere Only We Know” back in 2004. But don’t expect to hear the same alt-rock tunes from them. Mt. Desolation specializes in country music with indie folk accents and their self-titled debut album will be released on October 19th, 2010 on Cherry Tree Records.
To help accomplish the perfect sound for this genre, which is far removed from British culture, to say the least, Oxley and Quinn called on their friends Ronnie Vannucci from the Killers, Country Winston from Mumford and Sons and producer Emery Dobyns, known for his work with Patti Smith and Antony & The Johnsons.
Get a first taste of what these collaborations sound like below, with the song “Departure:”
The association between Mt. Desolation and Mumford and Sons doesn’t end here as the two bands will be heading on tour together starting on October 18th, 2010 in Los Angeles. During those shows, they will also be joined by fellow Brits King Charles.
Here are their tour dates:
10/18 – Los Angeles @ Palladium (with Mumford & Sons and King Charles)
10/20 – San Francisco @ Warfield (with Mumford & Sons and King Charles)
10/22 – Portland @ Crystal Ballroom (with Mumford & Sons and King Charles)
10/23 – Vancouver @ Vogue Theatre (with Mumford & Sons and King Charles)
10/24 – Seattle @ Moore Theatre (with Mumford & Sons and King Charles)
10/27- NYC @ Mercury Lounge
10/28 – Toronto @ The Drake
10/29 – Detroit @ Pike Room
10/30 – Chicago @ Schubas
Ah, remember the days when Lollapalooza got, well to say the least really crappy and they toured with the festival and no one cared to see it anymore? Well since Lollapalooza has stationed itself permanently as a festival in Chicago, the quality of bands have been getting better every year. Thus, making me wish that Lollapalooza actually was a touring venture again. Just reading the lineup for the three day event makes my head want to explode with excitement. The best thing about the show is the wide range of bands.
Here are some of our top picks for each day of the festival:
Friday: Of Montreal, Kings of Leon, The Decemberists, Fleet Foxes, Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, Crystal Castles, and Kevin Devine.
Saturday: Ezra Furman & The Harpoons, Chairlift, Langhorne Slim, The Living Things, The Constantines, TV on the Radio, Santongold, Lykke Li and Animal Collective.
Sunday: Sam Roberts Band, Passion Pit, Friendly Fires, Neko Case, Dan Auerbach, Cold War Kids, Vampire Weekend, Cage the Elephant, Bat for Lashes, Dan Deacon, Dearhunter, Ra Ra Riot, Silversun Pickups, and Band of Horses.
The festival takes place at Grant Park in Chicago from August 7th to August 9th. Unless a bag of money falls from the sky there is no possible way for us to be there. Sad. Let us know how it goes kids.
Check out all of the details on the festival’s main site HERE
Lollapalooza’s 2009 lineup has recently been announced, and with 130 bands, it leaves little room to complain. Start saving up now for August’s shows in Chicago which includes such bands as Of Montreal, Kings of Leon, Beastie Boys, Cold War Kids, The Killers, TV on the Radio, Andrew Bird, Vampire Weekend, Decemberists, Neko Case, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, Chairlift, Los Campesinos!, Crystal Castles, Santogold and so many more. This is perhaps the best Lolla lineup we’ve ever seen.
The tickets run about $190 for all 3 days. Pretty sweet deal if you ask us. See you there hopefully!
For more information go to www.lollapalooza.com