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The Black Crowes Announce Tour Dates for Spring 2013

The Black Crowes may be known for shocking their fans with hiatuses here and there, but they always come back with a bang. In just a few short months, they’ll do it once again when they not only go on tour, but release a brand new album.

Fans were disappointed when, in 2002, the band announced that they’d be taking a brief hiatus. It was more than brief, lasting three years until they released “Warpaint.” The band would release another album the following year, but in 2010 when “Croweology” was released for their 20th anniversary, it seemed more like a farewell album. The record contained acoustic songs of the band’s biggest past hits. Shortly after they announced that they would, once again, be going on hiatus.

Three years seems to be what this group needs for a good break, as they’re coming back in 2013 with the “Lay Down for Number 13” tour that will take them throughout Europe and North America. Not only will they be travelling across two continents to bring their music to as many fans as possible, but those tracks will be brand new ones, off of their latest album “Wiser for the Time.”

That’s an appropriate title, given that it’s a live record, recorded during the 2010 tour and with a mixture of acoustic and non-acoustic tracks. The album is bound to be a good one, but there’s little doubt that fans are going to want another release shortly after, given that it’s been eight years since any original material has been released.

The Crowes will kick off the 26-date tour on March 24 at the Manchester Academy, with a handful of U.K. venues being played after that date. The band will head to North America on April 2 to perform in Port Chester, New York. From there they’ll travel around to some of the biggest cities in the States, including Washington D.C. and Nashville. Most dates will include a two-night stay with performances on both nights. For a full listing of tour dates, check out the Black Crowes tickets page on

Good Tasting at the South Beach Wine and Food Festival

Life has many pleasures, but good food and wine are near the top!  If you love a good bite paired with a perfect glass of vino be sure not to miss the South Beach, or Sobe Wine and Food Festival being held February 21-24, 2013 in Miami Beach, Florida.  Book early or you may find yourself out of luck for the best events.

This festival is being sponsored by the Food Network, so you right away you know it is going to be good!  Celebrity guests include everyone’s favorite southern charmer Paula Deen, her son Jamie Deen, Emmy award winner Giada De Laurentiis, the spunky Anne Burrell, the adorable Rachel Ray, the handsome Bobby Flay, and many more.  Celebrities are sure fun to meet and greet, but there is even more to this festival then seeing Paula Deen’s smile.  There are dinners, seminars, parties and brunches, and of course wine to keep you having one fantastic day.

One of the events to be sure to get your tickets to early includes the Garden to Glass event that will be hosted by Emeril Lagasse.  Follow the celebrity chef through the garden as he finds fruits and plants that will then be taken back in to be used in the very cocktails guests will then be enjoying.  As a foodie no doubt you’ve jumped onto the newest craze that is food trucks.  If you are in love with this mobile food option then check out the food truck event hosted by the “Bizarre Foods” man himself Andrew Zimmern.  If some messy barbecue and some blues music is more your speed then let chef Geoffrey Zakarian and others show you how it is done.

All the great food needs some great drinks!  There will be well over 250 wineries and spirits creators at the festival, so there really will be a glass to go perfectly with every dish.  A few of the events not to miss include the House of Mandela Wine Dinner, Goya Foods’ Swine & Wine hosted by Michelle Bernstein, and Beer Tasting with Spiegelau to name but a few.  Those wanting to see a bit of everything can save some money by purchasing “package deals” or by getting their tickets online.  This truly is a food festival like no other.

Better Than Ezra – Still Touring After 24 Years

The New Orleans-based rock band Better Than Ezra first debuted with their 1995 single “Good” on their album Deluxe and 24 years, the band is still touring and putting on their signature high-energy rock shows. Their latest shows have been described as a “soundtrack of the 90s” and has had longtime followers of Better Than Ezra hopping around like they were twenty again.

The band is still hard at work in the studio as well working on their latest album as a follow up to 2019’s Paper Empire. They aren’t giving out many details on the project, but they are debuting some of their latest studio material throughout their latest tour.

In addition to touring and working on their 8th album, they have announced that the band will once again host the third annual Krewe of Rocckus during Mardi Gras in their home town of New Orleans. The event will take place February 7-9th and will feature several bands including Treme Brass Band, Emerson Hart of Tonic, Sister Hazel and Big Sam’s Funky Nation. The event is aimed at first time Mardi Gras visitors. The event is the culmination and fulfillment of an idea the band has had for 10 years.

Better Than Ezra formed in 1988 with vocalist and guitarist Kevin Griffin, Joel Rundell, the lead guitarist, bassist Tom Drummond and drummer Cary Bonnecaze. Throughout the 90’s they played at house parties and fraternity shows throughout the South. It wasn’t until 1995 that the band was signed by Elektra Records and their single “Good” made it to the number one spot on the Hot Modern Rock Tracks Chart in just seven weeks.  The band released five albums after Deluxe, but no other record has had the same level of success as the 1993 Deluxe album.

Twenty-four years later, the band is a trio consisting of Kevin Griffin, Tom Drummond and Michael Jerome, who joined in 2009.  To see the latest tour dates of Better Than Ezra and to purchase tickets online, check out for details and information.

The Wallflowers Are Part of Dylan’s Legacy

The Wallflowers are part of Dylan’s legacy, though music fans have come to respect the Wallflowers for their own unique sound.  The Wallflowers are most famous for their 1996 album Bringing Down the Horse.  The album’s stand out song was “One Headlight”, which won the band two Grammy awards.

Other hits you may have nodded along to as they played on the radio included “6th Avenue Heartache”, “The Difference”, and “Three Marlenas”.  More albums followed, and while the band never “split up” officially, they did decide to take a break to pursue their own things for a while.  That short while quickly turned into a seven-year hiatus, which left fans wondering if they’d ever hear a new song by the band again.  The big news for Wallflowers fans is that the band is back and better than ever with their newest album “Glad All Over”, which was released on October 9, 2012!  A new album also means plenty of touring.

The founding members are here, Jakob Dylan brings his smart lyrics and soulful voice, Rami Jaffee is still pounding it out on the keyboards, and bassist Greg Richling is still keeping the beat on base.  Stuart Mathis and Jack Irons are fairly new faces, but have filled the roles nicely and certainly have kept up the original vibe of the band.  The first single off the album is entitled “Reboot the Mission” was given to fans free on The Wallflowers website in July 2012.  “Love is a Country” is the next single off the album.  Both received positive reviews from critics and fans alike.  Many are stating the original sound from “Bringing Down the Horse” is back on this album, to the point that this could be considered part two.

The band is currently wrapping up their first tour for their new album.  Don’t fret if you missed their first tour, as they have already announced spring tour dates.  Starting on March 14, 2013 the band will be touring across the US along with singer Eric Clapton.  They will be making stops in Arizona, Texas, Tennessee, Florida and many more states along their way.  Hear your old favorites like “One Headlight” sung live and in person, as well as all the newest songs off of “Glad All Over”.  Check tour dates online and see if the band is coming to your hometown.

Come see Jakob Dylan, already a music legend!

Kiss Him Goodbye – It’s Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds!

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds is unlike any other band to their growing legion of fans.  Their best selling album entitled “Murder Ballads” shot them to fame with their hit “Where the Wild Roses Grow”.  This song featured a duet between Cave and popular vocalist Kylie Minogue, which had the pair singing on a pretty sinister subject.  The good news for fans of the band is that they are back with a brand new album entitled “Push the Sky Away” and 2013 tour dates have just been announced.

The new album took over a year to be written and recorded, so fans know the band took their time to get it just right.  This album is the 15th that the band has recorded together, and is due to hit stores and iPods on February 18, 2013.  Fans dying to get their first taste of the album can listen to “We No Who U R” the first single of the album that was released on the December 3, 2012.  Fans and critics alike are already praising the new song, and hoping the full album lives up to the quality of the first single.  The other songs on the album that are sure to be hits include “Wide Lovely Eyes”, “Jubilee Street”, and the titular “Push the Sky Away”.    The 2013 tour to promote the album will start in the band’s native homeland of Australia in February and will come to American shores for their first US tour date starting in March.

Dallas, Texas will be the band’s first stop in the US, then they will head on to Tennessee, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and more (including a few stops in Canada) before their final show in Denver, Colorado.  The band will be playing the songs off their newest album as well as fan favorites.  Hear your favorites such as “Red Right Hand”, Into My Arms”, “The Weeping Song”, “Stagger Lee”, and more being sung live and in person.

No matter if you want to be one of the first to hear their newest songs performed live, or if you are dying to hear some of your past favorites, The Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds concert is not one to be missed!

The Girl in Red: A Taylor Swift Story

The media calls her America’s Sweetheart. Her fans call her inspirational, empowering, and relevant. But Taylor Swift simply calls herself a romantic.

Known for her self-written lyrics and catchy choruses, Taylor Swift is one of the youngest and most accomplished singer/songwriters in the music industry.

At 22 years young, Swift is a six-time Grammy winner and the youngest musician to ever receive the Grammy Award for Album of the Year (Fearless, 2008). She has received eleven American Music Awards, seven Country Music Association Awards, six Academy of Country Music Awards and thirteen BMI Awards.  Her list of high profile honors include her reigning title as American Music Awards Artist of the Year, both the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music’s current Entertainer of the Year, one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world, and Billboard’s Woman of the Year (2011).

If you’re a Taylor Swift fan, you understand that her fame is due to her incredible ability to translate heartbreak and love into songs that speak directly to millions of fans. With a roster of celebrity ex-boyfriends, epic breakups, and fierce lyrical empowerment, Taylor Swift does not lack the experiences or the words to write songs that fans can relate to – after all, Swift has sold over 26 million albums and 70 million songs worldwide, including 3 million copies of her fourth studio album, Red (released October 22, 2012).

As of November 30, Red ranked #2 on the Billboard 200, #1 on Country Albums, and #7 on Digital Albums, and has been on the top of the charts for five consecutive weeks. In fact, Swift’s third studio album, Speak Now, still ranks on the Billboard 200, two years after its release.

Rumored to be about ex-boyfriend Jake Gyllenhaal, the lead single off Red – We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together – ranked #1 on Digital Songs and Country Digital Songs for 14 weeks and #1 on Country Songs and Pop Songs for 15 weeks. Her current singles, I Knew You Were Trouble and Begin Again, currently rank on the top of the Pop and Country Song charts, respectively.

Taylor Swift will be kicking off her Red tour in March 2013 in St. Louis, MO. The U.S. tour includes 30 dates at 18 locations. If you’re thinking about seeing Taylor Swift live – which I can say from personal experience is an incredible show — you’ll want to plan ahead; tickets to her concerts have been known to sell out in less than two minutes.  For more information on tour dates and to find tickets, please visit

Rolling Stones Tickets – A Piece of Music History!

You heard right.  The Rolling Stones are on tour.  Beginning with a blast from the past in London that rocked the rafters as surely as when the band was young, they’ll be coming to Brooklyn December Eighth to take America by rock and roll force.

Anyone who has seen a recent televised performance of Mick Jagger knows he’s still got what it takes to rock down.  Fans are in for a very special treat because not only is guitarist and master song-writer, Keith Richards, still holding staunch and true, Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor returned to the ranks, adding a thrill to this fifty year revival of the greatest of the greats.  Taylor hasn’t been with the Stones since 1974, when he broke away to do his own blues solo renditions of “Midnight Rambler”, but he doesn’t appear to have been abducted unwillingly.

Jagger is in top form, giving his classical strutting performances down a stage, where he intimately speaks to and sings for an audience that understand such messages as “Get off of My Cloud” and “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction”.  The years seem to fall away and you forget there was ever a time beyond the time when Rolling Stone magic cast a spell that kept all rock and roll fans under cover of the night.

The amazing part is, their energy doesn’t stop.  They exploded onto the London stage to the cheers of 20,000 wild fans, and the critics, who are usually everything but generous, applauded their sound delivery and choice of great sound tracks.  According to the critics, the biggest secret behind the success of a Stones performance is that the band actually listens to each other while they play, losing themselves in the music.  With skill, with the instinct and finesse of master showmen, they still keep it together.

It’s easy to pull up their list of achievements and awards.  They are rock and roll’s biggest success story, rivaled only by The Beatles.  During their fifty years of entertainment, they have released over one hundred singles, over two dozen studio albums and numerous compilations and live albums.  While they creamed the rock and roll charts for number one hits throughout the sixties and seventies, by 1978, their popularity began to wane as punk rock began taking over the scene.  This changed abruptly in 1980, when their album, “Emotional Rescue” hit the top of the charts on both sides of the ocean and became the number three title track in the United States.

They haven’t stopped kicking it out.  When the band headlined the Molson Canadian Rocks for Toronto in 2003, to help the city recovering from a SARS epidemic, they sold out to an audience of 490,000 people.  A double live album, “Live Licks”, put out that same year, went gold in the United States.  In November 2004, the Rolling Stones were among the inaugural inductees into the UK Music Hall of Fame.

It doesn’t matter how old you are, if you’re a rock and roll fan, you are not going to want to miss the kings of rock and roll.  Get your tickets for the fiftieth anniversary of the band that made rock what it is today.