Erykah Badu has never been one to shy away from statements-- personal, social or political--and she’s making a big one on all three fronts with her new video for “Window Seat,” from “New Amerykah, Part ll: Return of the Ankh.”
As the temperatures start to heat up, so do the releases. March 30 brings new albums from two superstars: Usher and Alan Jackson, as well as a releases from a number of proven hitmakers, including Erykah Badu and Barenaked Ladies, and a collection from fictional conjoined twins, Evelyn Evelyn.
Robert Plant starts a U.S. tour on July 13. Sure, it’s no Led Zeppelin, but he’s joined by an amazing group, dubbed the Band of Joy, that includes vocalist Patty Griffin, multi-instrumentalist Darrell Scott, and guitarist Buddy Miller. Plant historians will appreciate the band’s moniker as a nod to the group Plant and Zeppelin drummer John Bonham belonged to pre-Led Zep.
He’s recording the new album with the above-named musicians, but, so far, no release date has been set.
The new album, whenever it comes out, will be Plant’s first since his multi-Grammy winning collaboration with Alison Krauss, “Raising Sand.” The two attempted to record a follow-up last year, but it has since been shelved.
Below are the tour dates. More are to be added.
Robert Plant starts a U.S. tour on July 13 in support of his new album.
Hear Phoenix for free and pretend you’re in Sydney.
The French band who snared the Grammy for best alternative music album for “Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix,” is offering fans a free download of their recent Australian concert via its website, www.wearephoenix.com. And there’s no catch… we promise.
After months of leaking out details in dibs and drabs, Lilith Fair has finally announced the opening date of the rejuvenated femme fest. The tour launches June 27 at Calgary’s McMahon Stadium. Tickets go on sale April 3. Additionally, Selena Gomez and Jenni Rivera have been added to the line-up.
To heighten awareness for the festival, founder Sarah McLachlan and Emmylou Harris will perform McLachlan’s “Angel” on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” tonight.
Below is a list of tour dates announced so far with on-sale dates.
Sun, Jun 27 Calgary, AB McMahon Stadium (on-sale 4/3)
Mon, Jun 28 Edmonton, AB Northlands Spectrum (on-sale 4/3)
Thur, Jul 1 Vancouver, BC Pitt Meadows Airport (on-sale 4/3)
Fri, Jul 2 Portland, OR The Amphitheatre at Clark County (on-s ale 3/27)
Sat, Jul 3 Seattle, WA The Gorge Amphitheatre (on-sale 3/27)
Wed, Jul 7 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre (on-sale 4/3)
Sat, Jul 10 Los Angeles, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre (on-sale 4/3)
Tue, Jul 13 Denver, CO Comfort Dental Amphitheatre (on-sale 4/3)
Sat, Jul 17 Chicago, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre (on-sale 3/27)
Tues, July 20 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center (on-sale 3/27)
Sat, Jul 24 Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre (on-sale 3/27)
Tues, July 27 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center (on-sale 4/3)
Sun, Aug 8 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheatre (on-sale 3/27)
Tues, Aug 10 W. Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre (on-sale 3/27)
Full list of artists announced so far:
A Fine Frenzy, Anjulie, Ann Atomic, Anya Marina, Ash Koley, The Bangles, Beth Orton, Brandi Carlile, Butterfly Boucher, Cat Power, Ceci Bastida, Chairlift, Chantal Kreviazuk, Colbie Caillat, Corinne Bailey Rae, Court Yard Hounds, Donna Delory, Elizaveta, Emmylou Harris, Erin McCarley, Erykah Badu, Frazey Ford, The Go-Go’s, Gossip, Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, Heart, Ima, Indigo Girls, Ingrid Michaelson, Janelle Monae, Jenni Rivera, Jennifer Knapp, Jesca Hoop, Jill Hennessy, Jill Scott, Julia Othmer, Kate Miller-Heidke, Kate Nash Katzenjammer, Kelly Clarkson, Ke$ha, La Roux, Lights, Lissie, Loretta Lynn, Lucy Schwartz, Marina & The Diamonds, Martina McBride, Mary J. Blige, Meaghan Smith, Melissa McClelland, Metric, Miranda Lambert, Miranda Lee Richards, Missy Higgins, Nikki Jean, Nneka, Norah Jones, Priscilla Renea, The Rescues, Rosie Thomas, Sara Bareilles, Sarah McLachlan, Selena Gomez, Serena Ryder, Sheryl Crow, Sia, Sugarland, Susan Justice, Suzanne Vega, Tara MacLean, Tegan and Sara, Toby Lightman, Vedera, Vita Chambers, The Submarines, The Weepies, Ximena Sarinana, Zee Avi
Danny Clinch’s documentary on Jay-Z, "NY-Z," gives a short look at the life of the rap superstar. You can watch the doc, all 15 minutes of it, below.
What’s next for Lady GaGa? In addition to a U.S. summer tour that is selling out like gangbusters (she’s already adding multiple dates in cities), it looks like the next video will be for “Alejandro.”