The Specials Announce Forthcoming “Eighth-Wave Ska Revival” Preceded by North American Performances and Live DVD

The Specials Announce Forthcoming "Eighth-Wave Ska Revival" Preceded by North American Performances and Live DVD

The Specials, who have emerged from a seemingly improbable time warp that pulled them straight from 1979 to 2010, have released information on North American performance dates that will be kicked off by an April 13 appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The television performance will be the first time that the band have been on American television since a 1980 performance on the late, great American sketch-comedy show Saturday Night Live. Wait… 1980? That doesn’t make sense with my time warp joke!

The Specials have also announced that they will be releasing a “very special” live Digital Video Disc (or DVD) on March 1. The DVD was filmed at a November 2009 performance at Wolverhampton Civic Hall in Shirefordshire, England. The video features performances of plenty of classic Specials tunes, as well a bevy of backstage, rehearsal, and interview footage. The DVD also features a “two-tone” version of the show presented in black and white.

Here are those tourdates:

04.15.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Club Nokia
04.16.10 - Indio, CA - Coachella
04.19.10 - Toronto, ON - Sound Academy
04.21.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5

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Lady Gaga a Lock for Lollapalooza?

The early word is out and it looks like Lollapalooza has had half of its headliners revealed. While no official confirmation has been made, it appears, at least to
The Daily Swarm and its many industry sources, that the three-day festival will be top-billed by Lady Gaga, Green Day (still riding the crest of Dookie’s success), and recently-reunited-rockers Soundgarden. Rumors are also swirling like chocolate-and-vanilla swirl cones that The Strokes and Arcade Fire might play too! Plus, I’m speculating that the sixth headliner will be a back-from-the-dead Johnny Cash supporting the final volume of his American Recordings!

But, yes, those are all rumors at this point, so don’t get mad at me if plans change, but keep in mind that Lollapalooza has a pretty good track record of having its lineup revealed (at least the headliners) way earlier than the official announcement, which generally happpens in April.

The fest takes place August 6-8 at Grant Park in Chicago, IL.

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Concert Barricade Collapses During Alexisonfire Concert in Vancouver, 19 Injured

Approximately 19 people have been injured after a concert barricade collapsed during a free concert by Canadian band Alexisonfire this past Wednesday. The concert took place in Vancouver as part of a Winter Olympics celebration, in the city’s David Lam Park, and was packed with about 7,000 attendees. The concert was set to continue later at Live City Yaletown, but was called off. Fireworks were also canceled. The accident happened in the middle of the band’s first song, after which Alexisonfire immediately stopped playing and asked the crowd to step back. Nine people ended up being taken to the hospital for further evaluation.

The band posted a statement about the incident on their website the next day: “We always take great care in the safety of our fans and are saddened that this happened. We are sincerely sorry that people were injured. We want to thank the security team, paramedics and police for their quick reaction. We especially want to thank our fans for cooperating and not making a bad situation worse.”


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The xx Cancel Portion of Tour After Familial Death

The xx have canceled some dates following news that Romy Madley Croft’s father has died. While the February dates have officially been axed, the status of the UK dates in March are still up in the air. Meanwhile, The xx have a North American tour scheduled from SXSW through April, which at this point are still on.

We send our condolences to Romy and her family.

Here are the canceled dates and the rest of the European tour:

02.20.10 - St Malo, France - Route du Rock Winter
02.21.10 - Strasbourg, France - Laiterie
02.23.10 - Rome, Italy - Brancaleone
02.24.10 - Milan, Italy - Magazzini Generali
02.25.10 - Munich, Germany - Tonhalle
02.27.10 - Cologne, Germany - Essikfabrik

03.01.10 - Brighton, UK - Komedia Ltd.
03.02.10 - London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
03.03.10 - London, UK - O2 Shepherds Bush Empire
03.05.10 - Birmingham, UK - O2 Academy Birmingham 2
03.06.10 - Manchester, UK - Academy 2
03.08.10 - Leeds, UK - The Cockpit
03.09.10 - Edinburgh, UK - Studio 24
03.10.10 - Liverpool, UK - The Kazimier

US tour (and beyond):

03.18.10 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk Patio (SXSW)
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - Central Presbyterian Church (SXSW)
03.19.10 - Austin, TX - La Zona Rosa (SXSW)
03.22.10 - Baton Rouge, LA - Spanish Moon
03.23.10 - Birmingham, AL - Bottletree
03.24.10 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
03.25.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
03.26.10 - Knoxville, TN - Bijou Theatre (Big Ears)
03.28.10 - Washington, DC - Sixth & I Historic Synagogue
03.29.10 - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
03.31.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall -
04.02.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
04.03.10 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis -
04.04.10 - Toronto, ON - Phoenix Concert Theatre
04.05.10 - Columbus, OH - Wexner Center For The Arts
04.06.10 - Bloomington, IN - Buskirk-Chumley Theater
04.08.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
04.09.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theater
04.12.10 - Bellingham, WA - The Nightlight
04.13.10 - Vancouver, BC - Commodore Ballroom
04.14.10 - Portland, OR - McMenamins Crystal Ballroom
04.16.10 - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater
04.17.10 - Indio, CA - Empire Polo Club - (Cochella)
04.19.10 - Chicago, IL - Riviera Theatre
04.20.10 - Toronto, ON - Kool Haus
04.22.10 - New York, NY - Terminal 5
04.23.10 - Baltimore, MD - Sonar
04.24.10 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
05.07.10 - Somerset, United Kingdom - Butlins Minehead - (ATP)
06.10.10 - Manchester, TN - Bonnaroo
07.31.10 - London, United Kingdom - Victoria Park (Field Day Festival)

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A Place to Bury Strangers Hit the Road with The Big Pink, Damage the Road’s Eardrums

A Place to Bury Strangers, one of New York’s only “noise rock” bands to completely disregard the New York sound for sonics much more European, is not going to Europe. Nope, they’re staying here in America and hitting the road with their friends, The Big Pink, who aren’t from America, but from London. What a mess. Together, they will be doing a full month of dates all across the USA.

Behold, tourdates:

03.09.10 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
03.10.10 - San Franicisco, CA - Great American Music Hall
03.12.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
03.13.10 - Vancouver, BC - Venue
03.14.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
03.18.10 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
03.19.10 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall Ballroom
03.20.10 - Chicago, IL - Metro
03.21.10 - Toledo, OH - Frankies
03.22.10 - Newport, KY - Southgate House
03.23.10 - Cleveland, OH - Grog Shop
03.24.10 - Toronto, ON - The Mod Club
03.26.10 - Montreal, QC - Cabaret JPR
03.27.10 - Boston, MA - Paradise
03.28.10 - Hoboken, NJ - Maxwell’s
03.30.10 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
03.31.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Theater of Living Arts
04.01.10 - Baltimore, MD - Rams Head Live!
04.02.10 - Carrboro, NC - Cat’s Cradle
04.03.10 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
04.04.10 - Orlando, FL - Backbooth
04.05.10 - Tallahassee, FL - Club Downunder
04.07.10 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live
04.08.10 - Austin, TX - The Parish
04.09.10 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
04.10.10 - Lawrence, KS - Bottleneck
04.11.10 - Denver, CO - Bluebird Theater
04.12.10 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge
04.14.10 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room
04.15.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah

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Sightings to Give Birth to New LP City of Straw on Brah in April

After nearly a decade of developing their wallow-in-the-mud fallout shelter industrial rock assault, where does a band like Sightings belong if not on their mainstay Load? Well, on Brah apparently — the label helmed by fellow pop/rock-structure boundary-pushers Oneida and subsidiary of indie big boys Jagjaguwar. After taking a noticeable (for some) break from twisting musical composition in a way that threatens music as we know it, Sightings took residency at Brooklyn’s The Ocropolis with Ex-Models/Oneida member Shahin Motia twisting the knobs. What resulted from this is the band’s seventh full-length, City of Straw.

The band claims that this is its most forward, coherent, and frankly best statement to date. Quite a statement, considering the leap in structural progression and sheer awesomeness of 2007’s Through the Panama.

City of Straw comes out on April 12, and it will rock. Because Sightings say so.


01. Tar and Pine
02. Jabber Queens
03. City of Straw
04. Saccharine Traps
05. We All Amplify
06. Weshawken
07. Hush
08. Sky Above Mud Below

Wanna get a taste of what kind of holocaust your ears might be in store for? Check out the first track “Tar and Pine” over at the Chocolate Grinder. You can also hold your hands up over your ears at the following venues this spring:

04.16.10 - Providence, RI - ASS200
04.17.10 - Boston, MA - PA’s Lounge
04.19.10 - Montreal, QB - Casa del Popolo
04.20.10 - Toronto, ON - The Boat
04.21.10 - Columbus, OH - Skylab
04.23.10 - Chicago, IL - The Mopery
04.26.10 - Seattle, WA - SS Marie Antoinette
04.28.10 - Portland, OR - Artistry
04.29.10 - Oakland, CA - The Oasis
04.30.10 - San Francisco, CA - Hemlock Tavern
05.01.10 - Sacramento, CA - The Hub
05.02.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Syncspace
05.04.10 - Denver, CO - Rhinoceropolis
05.05.10 - Kansas City, MO - The Foundation
05.06.10 - Louisville, KY - Skull Alley
05.07.10 - Cleveland, OH - Embassy

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