Wal-Mart, Now with Live Nation Ticketing Outlets!

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Personally, I blame online ticketing for missing out on Lady Gaga’s Monster Ball tour. I despise waiting for the site to load, nervously refreshing the page after I’ve already entered my credit card information, and panicking as the phone rings right when the site says I have five minutes to finalize my order.

A new partnership between TMT favorites Live Nation Entertainment and Wal-Mart gives you another option. Live Nation executive chairman Irving Azoff announced at the recent NBA Technology Summit in Dallas that ticketing outlets will open in select Wal-Mart stores across the US (about 500, in major cities). Rather than go online, shoppers will be able to head to Wal-Mart’s entertainment section for tickets to local concerts, sporting events, and other Ticketmaster offerings.

$9.99 DVDs and Nickelback tickets in one shopping trip? Given the similar deal between Live Nation and Blockbuster, settled late last year, this might not seem that special. But does Blockbuster have in-store fast food?

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

• A Place to Bury Strangers: http://www.aplacetoburystrangers.com
• The Big Pink: http://www.musicfromthebigpink.com

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.

Tracklisting:

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

• Sightings: http://www.myspace.com/sightings
• Brah: http://www.brahrecords.com

MGMT Say Congratulations on April 13

By now, you’ve most likely seen MGMT’s cover art for their new album, Congratulations (due April 13 from Columbia) and decided whether or not you think they’re completely full of shit or just halfway full of shit. Well, once you’ve made up your mind, you can pre-order the album right here on either CD or LP, both of which include a scratch-off front cover with a custom metal coin.

Be sure to also check out MGMT on the festival circuit this summer. Maybe you can trade your custom coin for a sweet decoder ring!

04.17.10 - Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
05.02.10 - East Rutherford, NJ - Bamboozle Festival
05.31.10 - George, Washington - Sasquatch Festival

• MGMT: http://www.whoismgmt.com
• Columbia: http://www.columbiarecords.com

Brooding Brethren Unite: The Antlers Tour with The National

There’s going to be a whole lot of pensive stares and five-day-old stubble when The Antlers team up with The National for a week’s worth of tourdates this summer. Before that, The Antlers are embarking on their own US headlining tour with Phantogram opening. You give, and then you take. Beautiful.

Antlers around the US:

04.16.10 - Columbus, OH - The Basement &
04.17.10 - Urbana, IL - Canopy Club &
04.18.10 - Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon &
04.20.10 - Minneapolis, MN - Varsity Theatre &
04.21.10 - Iowa City, IA - The Blue Moose &
04.22.10 - Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall &
04.23.10 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig &
04.28.10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah &
04.30.10 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour &
05.01.10 - San Francisco, CA - Independent &
05.03.10 - Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge &
05.04.10 - Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore Cabaret &
05.05.10 - Seattle, WA - Neumo’s &
06.02.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues %
06.03.10 - Boston, MA - House of Blues %
06.04.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory %
06.05.10 - Philadelphia, PA - Electric Factory %
06.06.10 - Washington, DC - Constitution Hall %
06.08.10 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall %
06.09.10 - Toronto, ON - Massey Hall %
06.16.10 - New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall %

& Phantogram
% The National

• The Antlers: http://www.myspace.com/theantlers
• The National: http://www.americanmary.com
• Phantogram: http://www.myspace.com/phantogram

[Photo: Ben Ritter]

Dinosaur Jr. Announces Australian Tour, Super Duper Secret Free Show Next Tuesday in LA

When we last reported on Dinosaur Jr., they had announced shows with TMT favorite Kurt Vile. Sorry, we don’t have any additional Dino/Vile shows for you, but Dinosaur Jr. did just announce an Australian tour for March, which has them playing shows surrounding festivals like Golden Plains and Lost Weekend, and finally ending up at the Mosaic Music Festival in Singapore.

Now, you could spend some money to trek your ass to Australia or Singapore, but the cheaper route would see you making your way to The Troubadour in L.A. next Tuesday (2/23) for a special-edition, super-sized, completely free Dinosaur Jr. show. First come, first serve. Doors at 8 PM. Fun all night, etc.

Since I’m rich, I’ll probably just travel to Singapore. Anyone want to come?

02.23.10 - Los Angeles, CA - The Troubadour (free!)
03.04.10 - Melbourne, AUS - Corner Hotel
03.05.10 - Melbourne, AUS - Corner Hotel
03.06.10 - Meredith, AUS - Meredith Supernatural Auditorium (Golden Plains Festival)
03.07.10 - Brisbane, AUS - Lost Weekend Festival
03.10.10 - Byron Bay, AUS - Great Northern Hotel
03.11.10 - Sydney, AUS - Metro Theatre
03.12.10 - Perth, AUS - Rosemount Hotel
03.13.10 - Adelaide, AUS - Fowlers Live
03.14.10 - Hobart, AUS - Moorilla
03.16.10 - Singapore - Concert Hall (Mosaic Music Festival)

• Dinosaur Jr.: http://www.dinosaurjr.com

[Photo: Gitte Johannessen]

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