The Latest

 

UPCOMING RELEASES:

04/29/14 – DAMON ALBARN: Everyday Robots (Warner Bros.)
05/20/14 – LCD SOUNDSYSTEM: The Long Goodbye:
LCD Soundsystem Live at Madison Square Garden - 
Wide Release (Warner Bros.)
06/03/14 – BOB MOULD: Beauty & Ruin (Merge)
06/10/14 – CHRISSIE HYNDE: Stockholm (Will Travel/Caroline)
06/10/14 – JACK WHITE: Lazaretto (Third Man Records/Columbia)

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DAMON ALBARN EVERYDAY ROBOTS OUT NEXT WEEK APRIL 29

ALBUM STREAM LIVE NOW ON iTUNES 

OFFICIAL “HEAVY SEAS OF LOVE” VIDEO, DIRECTED BY DAMON HIMSELF WATCH HERE

Everyday Robots Cover Art

Everyday Robots Cover Art

“All of Albarn’s musical obsessions are present on his revealing solo debut… The results can often recall Seventies Eno at his most meditative and Village Green-era Ray Davies… With a restless innovator like Albarn, where you’re going always matters more than where you’ve been.” - ROLLING STONE, 4 Stars

“Everyday Robots is without a doubt the most personal album in Albarn’s long and incredibly varied career. Its songs have a collage-like texture that make them feel like hand-pasted scrapbook pages-the sound of long-dormant memories rustling suddenly back to life.” – PITCHFORK

“Albarn’s complicated relationship with technology has produced some highly interesting MP3s”  - BUST, 4 Stars

“one of the alternative era’s most ambitious and consistently rewarding survivors… Everyday Robots is a powerfully human turn… brilliant musical reverie.” - JIM DEROGATIS (WBEZ)

Next week will see the release of Damon Albarn’s Everyday Robots, the first-ever solo album by the beloved frontman of Blur, Gorillaz, The Good, The Bad & The Queen, and progenitor of possibly the most eclectic group of musical collaborations on both sides of the Atlantic.

Everyday Robots can be streamed in full on iTunes, now: http://smarturl.it/Eralbumstream

Also, fresh off of Damon’s iPad is the latest video accompaniment for Everyday Robots track “Heavy Seas of Love.” Shot entirely by Damon himself and edited by Matt Cronin, the video shows the creation of a world formed entirely of images captured from places visited while making the record. Watch here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCUfitpIsW8

Last week, The Tribeca Film Festival announced the winners of the first-ever “Tribeca Interactive & Interlude: A Music Film Challenge,” created in collaboration with The Lincoln Motor Company via Genero.tv’s global creative community. From new creators to experienced filmmakers, music film entries that utilized Interlude’s interactive video authoring suite, Treehouse, were received from 29 countries around the world. Jakub Romanowicz of Poland was selected as the winner for his interactive fan video for Damon’s “Heavy Seas of Love”: http://genero.tv/watch-video/38137

Damon Albarn and his band The Heavy Seas will soon head out on a world tour which will include stops at U.S. festivals Governors Ball and Bonnaroo.

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JACK WHITE: NEW SINGLE & TITLE TRACK “LAZARETTO” RELEASED

LISTEN AT JACKWHITEIII.COM NOW + INSTANT DOWNLOAD AVAILABLE WITH ALL ITUNES PRE-ORDERS APRIL 22ND

RECORD STORE DAY LIVE 7″ OFFICIALLY WORLD’S FASTEST RELEASED RECORD 

LAZARETTO TRACK LISTING REVEALED FOR ALBUM OUT JUNE 10TH ON THIRD MAN RECORDS/COLUMBIA

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Jack White has unveiled the title track and first official single from his new album Lazaretto out June 10th on Third Man Records/Columbia. The new single ”Lazaretto” can be streamed at jackwhiteiii.com now and will be available tomorrow, April 22nd, as an instant download with all iTunes pre-orders.

The curtain has also been pulled back on Lazaretto’s track listing, which can now be revealed as:

1. Three Women
2. Lazaretto
3. Temporary Ground
4. Would You Fight For My Love?
5. High Ball Stepper
6. Just One Drink
7. Alone In My Home
8. Entitlement
9. That Black Bat Licorice
10. I Think I Found The Culprit
11. Want And Able

Additionally, Jack recorded and released a special mono live version of “Lazaretto” (and its B-side cover of Elvis Presley’s “Power Of My Love”) within a matter of hours on Saturday, April 19th, commemorating Record Store Day by issuing and breaking the record for the World’s Fastest Released Record.  The single was recorded live direct-to-acetate that morning in the blue room of Jack’s Third Man Records in Nashville. The masters were then rushed to United Record Pressing who immediately began pressing 45s to be slipped into sleeves and then whisked back to Third Man where they were sold until demand was satisfied. Watch a recap of the entire day HERE.

Finally, on May 29th at Cain’s Ballroom in Tulsa OK, Jack will return to the road for the first time since the 2012 world tour supporting the gold-certified, multiple-GRAMMY-nominated, international #1 Blunderbuss. The Lazaretto tour will continue with stops throughout North America, Europe, and the United Kingdom including two-night-stands in Jack’s native Detroit, Chicago, and Paris, as well as multiple summer festival headline appearances. Kelley Stoltz will open Jack’s headline dates from May 29th through June 5th. Benjamin Booker will support July 20th-31st. For further information, see the itinerary below and visit http://jackwhiteiii.com/.

JACK WHITE 2014 WORLD TOUR

05/29/14 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom *
05/30/14 – Lubbock, TX – Wild West *
05/31-06/01/14 – Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Festival
06/02/14 – Shreveport, LA – Municipal Auditorium *
06/03/14 – New Orleans, LA – Saenger Theatre *
06/05/14 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte *
06/07/14 – New York, NY – Governors Ball Music Festival
06/12-15/14 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
06/25-29/14 – Somerset, UK – Glastonbury Festival
06/26/14 – Dublin, Ireland – Royal Hospital Kilmainham
06/29/14 – Paris, France – L’Olympia
06/30/14 – Paris, France – L’Olympia
07/03/14 – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Heineken Music Hall
07/04/14 – Gdynia, Poland – Open’er Festival
07/05/14 – London, England – Eventim Apollo
07/19/14 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
07/20/14 – St. Louis, MO – Fox Theatre +
07/21/14 – Milwaukee, WI – Eagles Ballroom +
07/23/14 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre +
07/24/14 – Chicago, IL – Auditorium Theatre +
07/27/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE Outdoors +
07/28/14 – Detroit, MI – Fox Theatre +
07/30/14 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre +
07/31/14 – Toronto, ON – Air Canada Centre +
08/01-03/14 – Montreal, QC – Osheaga Music Festival

* with Kelley Stoltz
+ with Benjamin Booker

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BROKEN BELLS CONFIRM NEW HEADLINE DATES

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© James Minchin

“James Mercer and Brian ‘Danger Mouse’ Burton continue to make beautiful music together in a set that is breathtakingly perfect.” —THE HOLLYWOOD REPORTER

Broken Bells have added a new series of headline dates to the tour that began in the wake of the #5 debut of the band’s sophomore album, After the Disco (Columbia).

The new dates pick up immediately following Broken Bells’ already announced appearances at the Governors Ball and Bonnaroo festivals, taking James Mercer, Brian Burton and their immaculate touring band and immersive audiovisual journey from St. Louis to Portland by way of a nearly a dozen new North American stops—including a return to Minneapolis, the site of the tour’s sold out opener.

Broken Bells’ stellar live show has been translated into stunning and unique TV performances, including a must-be-seen-to-be-believed Beatles tribute on The Late Show with David Letterman, plus sublime performances of After The Disco tracks on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and most recently “Control” on Conan.

The expansion of the tour continues Broken Bells’ partnership with the B612 Foundation. As on the band’s April West Coast tour, $1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the B612 Foundation to help fund their Sentinel Mission, which seeks to protect Earth while preparing for future exploration. More information pertaining to the B612 Foundation can be found at https://b612foundation.org/.

The new dates will be on sale Friday, April 25 at 10am local time.
For further updates, keep an eye on:
www.brokenbells.com

https://www.facebook.com/brokenbellsmusic

https://twitter.com/broken_bells

BROKEN BELLS
2014 TOUR 

New Dates in BOLD

June 6-8 - New York, NY – Governors Ball
June 15 - Bonnaroo
June 16 - St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
June 18 - Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre
June 19 - Columbus, OH – LC Indoor Pavilion
June 20 - Louisville, KY – Iroquois Amphitheater

June 22 - Dover, MD – Firefly Festival
Aug 1 - Chicago IL – Lollapalooza
Aug 3 - Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
Aug 4 - Winnipeg, MB – Burton Cummings Theater for the Performing Arts
Aug 6 - Calgary, AB – Epcor Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 7 - Edmonton, AB – Winspear Centre
Aug 9 - Squamish, BC – Squamish Valley Music Festival (previously announced)
Aug 10 - Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
Aug 11 - Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall

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PAUL McCARTNEY IS GETTING BACK “OUT THERE”

ANOTHER FIVE U.S. SHOWS CONFIRMED FOR SUMMER 2014

July 9 – Chicago, IL – United Center
July 12 - Fargo, ND – Fargodome
July 14 - Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
July 16 - Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
August 2 - Minneapolis, MN – Target Field

STILL MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

Paul McCartney © MJ Kim

Paul McCartney © MJ Kim

Following an incredible 2013 which saw Paul McCartney’s universally acclaimed Out There tour launch in Brazil and visit 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan, Paul has confirmed another five shows on the 2014 U.S. Out There tour. Currently tearing through Uruguay, Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica, with Paul’s return to Japan and debut in Korea set for next month, the upcoming Out There 2014 world tour will now feature five more U.S. dates:

* Paul will return to Chicago July 9 at the United Center, his first appearance in the Windy City since the legendary 2011 Wrigley Field doubleheader, a tour de force that moved the
Chicago Tribune to rave ”wringing new rivers of passion from songs he’s played hundreds of times… McCartney played like he wasn’t taking anything, including his place in rock history, for granted.”

* July will also see Paul playing long awaited first ever concerts in two U.S. cities:July 12 at the Fargodome in Fargo ND, and July 14 at the Pinnacle Bank Arena in Lincoln, NE.

* On July 16 Paul will return to Kansas City’s Sprint Center for the first time since his 2010 Up and Coming Tour, a show ”most musicians a third of his age couldn’t come close to equaling” per the
Riverfront Times, and that moved the
Pitch to implore “Please come see us again soon, Paul.”

* Paul’s August 2 show at Target Field in Minneapolis, will be both his first ever at the ballpark and the latest in a long and storied history with the Twin Cities:  one that includes not only Paul’s previous shows on The US Tour in 2005 and The New World Tour in 1993, but also a 1976 stop on the Wings Over America tour and began with The Beatles’ one and only Minneapolis show in 1965.

The Out There tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, as Paul performs songs spanning his entire career-as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul’s most recent studio album NEW, a global hit upon its release last year.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. The last decade has seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, and even broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 10+ years-Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums)-the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul’s shows attract a multi generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

2014 got off to an incredible start for Paul as he set a personal career best by winning an incredible five GRAMMY Awards in one night. In the UK he was honored by music bible NME with a special one off award, the ‘Songwriter’s Songwriter Award’ chosen for this unique accolade by his fellow peers.

Tickets for the newly announced dates will be on sale Monday, April 28 at 10 a.m. local time.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, April 24 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, April 27 at 10 p.m.

Keep checking PaulMcCartney.com for further announcements.

PAUL McCARTNEY
OUT THERE U.S. TOUR 2014
Newly Confirmed Dates in BOLD

June 14 - Lubbock, TX – United Spirit Arena
June 16 - Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
June 19 - New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center (SOLD OUT)
June 21 - Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
June 22 - Jacksonville, FL – Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
June 25 - Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
June 26 - Louisville, KY – Yum! Center (SOLD OUT)
July 5 - Albany, NY – Times Union Center (SOLD OUT)
July 7 - Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center (SOLD OUT)
July 9 - Chicago, IL – United Center
July 12 - Fargo, ND – Fargodome
July 14 - Lincoln, NE – Pinnacle Bank Arena
July 16 - Kansas City, MO – Sprint Center
August 2 - Minneapolis, MN – Target Field

August 7 - Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena

THE CRITICS WEIGH IN ON PAUL McCARTNEY’s OUT THERE U.S. TOUR 2013:

AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN

“Two songs into the first of two shows at the Erwin Center, Paul McCartney announced, ‘we are going to have a party here tonight.’ For three hours on Wednesday night, McCartney fueled that party with a mix of hits from his days with the Beatles and his later career with Wings, showing off his skill as a writer of both simple, poignant ballads and more complex rock pieces… left the crowd alternating between singalong and awe… a big, joyous trip.”

AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“The still ‘cute’ Beatle played 38 songs in two hours and 45 minutes Thursdaynight at the Erwin Center. McCartney, not rock & roll, may be the universal language… You may only ever see Paul McCartney live once, but it’ll define a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

BOSTON GLOBE

“Thanks to his unparalleled repertoire, his miraculously still-marvelous voice, and the skills of his crackerjack, four-man backing band, even the most intimate moments – a delicate, solo acoustic ‘Blackbird’ or the chills-inducing ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – were as captivating as brawny, spectacle-assisted rockers like ‘Back in the U.S.S.R.’”

BOSTON HERALD

“McCartney packed his latest Fenway show – he sold the park out twice in 2009 – with Beatles classics, Wings hits, and a few odd nuggets… The legend did so many things well it’s hard to find an entry point… There was hugging, there were tears, there was a 35,000-strong singalong. Everyone knew the epics were coming, everyone knew they would be cathartic. But this guy born in 1942 – this working-class Liverpool lad who’s been playing some of these songs for 50 years (!) – made us feel the love.”

EXPRESS MILWAUKEE

“For three sweaty hours and two encores, fans got to bask in the presence of a legend who seemed genuinely glad to be there, and who still commands the star power to drive a crowd of nearly 44,000 giddy with the smallest gesture.”

INDIANAPOLIS STAR

“… dazzling show of enduring hits… McCartney didn’t hesitate to salute the American music that shaped his career”

MEMPHIS COMMERCIAL APPEAL

“… the Beatles legend left a capacity crowd buzzing… McCartney’s concert at the arena reaffirmed his place as the popular champion… a nearly 40-song, three-hour set of Beatles classics, rarities, tributes and favorites from his Wings and solo catalog, a truly epic and awe-inspiring performance.”

MEMPHIS FLYER

“… though the show was dominated by classics from several different periods of the 50-odd years this remarkable artist/icon has been performing, there was no oldies-show aura to any of it… McCartney’s refusal to age or to go gentle into dilapitude or obsolescence is uncanny. His lithe and youthful appearance was matched on Sunday night by his seemingly undiminished stage energy.”

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

“McCartney treated the crowd… the largest attendance for a non-baseball event in Miller Park history, to 38 songs and nearly three hours of material… including a handful of songs – including ‘Another Day’ and the playfully simple ‘All Together Now’ – McCartney said weren’t performed before this tour.”

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

“It’s amazing that, with a catalogue more exposed and beloved than any of the last 50 years, McCartney could find something fresh to give fans. It’s equally unlikely, and pleasing, that… he could deliver these songs with such verve and verisimilitude.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Paul McCartney played a tight and polished headlining show Friday at the Bonnaroo festival… He sounded strong and energized… It was a bit like a performance from a head of state, and the enormous crowd held its respect through nearly all of it: walking against the flow of faces, you saw a remarkable kind of quiet concentration… In a scene where music from different stages is always competing in the air, sometimes aggressively, your ear gravitates toward these kinds of musicians, who seem to be giving you something rather than selling it.”

NEWSDAY

“Paul McCartney is always up for a challenge. His two-hour-and-40-minute set was also a model of efficiency, barely breaking between songs for more than a few words of banter or a quick story… what made his show memorable were the songs – and the chance to see McCartney himself. It doesn’t get much more rock and roll than that.”

NUVO NEWSWEEKLY

“Opening with the 1964 Beatles’ classic, ‘Eight Days A Week,’ Paul brought the energy throughout his three-hour set, playing an expansive mix of Beatles, Wings and solo material.”

ORLANDO SENTINEL

“At its heart, every McCartney performance is a reminder of the unmatched inspiration and influence of timeless Beatles music, the soundtrack of a band that legitimately changed the world…the show was a testament to McCartney’s own longevity… a legend, one of the rare pop musicians to really deserve that over-used title.”

ORLANDO WEEKLY

“There are certain things you expect from an arena show (glitz/glam), and there are certain things you expect from a music legend (hits/banter)… the show crazy-delivered on both counts… Sir Paul bested even his FX team with rocking, fearless vocals… McCartney’s fans were a mix of old and young. He blew kisses to all of them throughout the show; I swear, you could see them floating like little hearts through the neon lights. I had the pleasure of sitting across the aisle from an actual screaming teenage girl, who bobbed and cried and shrieked, her phone overhead pumping it repeatedly. She wore braces and at one point shook so hard, her orthodontic wax fell on the floor… even a music legend can continue giving his fans something extra… there was nothing to do but love McCartney do.”

ROLLING STONE

(BONNAROO) “Seeing the 70-year-old Beatle, whose voice has hardly aged a day since Please Please Me, play universally loved, time-transcending staples like ‘Let It Be,’ ‘Eight Days a Week’ and ‘Yesterday’ – selections from inarguably the most influential song book in pop music history – in 2013 (and all in their original keys!) is like being able to go see Abraham Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address in person. It’s a privilege for anyone born in the last half century to hear this music performed live, in the moment, and with such grace, by the man who composed them. That wasn’t lost on the 80,000-or-so elated festivalgoers that congregated for Macca’s extraordinary performance… the single greatest Bonnaroo headlining performance in the festival’s 12-year history, as it was moment after awesome moment of fever-pitched collective transcendence. ‘Paperback Writer,’ ‘Maybe I’m Amazed,’ ‘Band on the Run,’ ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Something; (played in tribute to George Harrison), ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘We Can Work It Out,’ ‘Hey Jude’ – to have not gotten swept up in and invigorated by the life-affirming celebration would be an outright rejection of joy… Now the question is, how will Bonnaroo ever top this?”

(OUTSIDE LANDS) “… the biggest fireworks at Outside Lands’ opening ceremony – literally and figuratively – came with the day’s anchor act… Paul McCartney. Some fans found the performance cathartic. Some cried. Others had wide smiles from start to finish. Nearly everyone understood the weight of Sir Paul tearing soulfully through Beatles and Wings numbers with the conviction of the person who wrote those songs – ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Paperback Writer,’ ‘Hey Jude,’ ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘Let It Be,’ and so on and so forth – which, individually and collectively, helped shape our very idea of rock & roll… moved virtually every single person in the field, including security guards and food vendors.”

(BARCLAYS CENTER, BROOKLYN) “It’s nearly impossible to feel anything but excitement watching McCartney play many of the greatest rock songs ever written, and he’s careful to bring more than a few surprises each time he comes around… McCartney clearly lives for this. Crazy as it sounds, he very well might pull a Chuck Berry and still be at this late into his eighties. Why the hell not?”

THE SEATTLE TIMES

“… a moment in history… Sir Paul McCartney played to a sold-out crowd of 47,000 people at Safeco Field on Friday… There won’t be a more historic concert in Seattle this year than Paul McCartney’s show on Friday night. That was a given even before McCartney came on stage, as it was Safeco’s first-ever concert. But McCartney made it a night for the ages by playing an inspired set of mostly Beatles songs, and ending with a Nirvana reunion, of sorts… It was magnificent.”

SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER

“… one of the best I’ve seen… nothing short of a fan’s dream. This was about as close to perfect as it gets. McCartney himself remains a force of nature… he has clearly inherited the mantle of ‘world’s oldest teenager.’”

SF WEEKLY

“Last night in Golden Gate Park, tens of thousands of people sang along… The words, the melodies, and the voice carrying them arrived like a burst of long-captive air – familiar, yet revelatory. Soul-stirring, even… sung by Paul McCartney, who for the first night of Outside Lands 2013 took a sold-out San Francisco audience back to one of pop music’s original supernovas, and let us bask in its incredible warmth for the best part of three hours… Sir Paul can still sing, still play, and still charm… So the question of whether or not it was a ‘good’ show almost doesn’t apply – Paul McCartney… was good in a way that no other show could be.”

TULSA WORLD

“He gave his fans what they came for, with a set including nearly three dozen hits over 2 1/2 hours. Fans shot to their feet, clapping and cheering, twisting and singing, as McCartney blasted into ‘Eight Days a Week.’ Grown women cried. Their husbands held them tight as McCartney let loose the soundtrack of rock ‘n’ roll history… His voice strong, his stature strait-backed, the affable British Invasion pioneer thanked the crowd for the warm welcome… A woman handed a packet of tissues down an aisle, eyes moist. Down the aisle it went until it was nearly empty.”

THE WASHINGTON POST

“McCartney sends all his loving to D.C. audience, and they send it back… There he was, 71 years old and forever young, presiding over another evening of civic ecstasy on another American ball field. And the guy made it all look so easy-breezy, with sly grins, and knowing nods, and four backing musicians who summoned big sounds with calm assurance.”

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ARCADE FIRE CONFIRM L.A. HEADLINE SHOWS

AUGUST 1 & 2 AT THE FORUM

TICKETS & REFLEKTOR TOUR UPDATES AT http://arcadefire.com/

AF

In the wake of-well in the midst of-a second Sunday night main stage closing set at this year’s Coachella festival, Arcade Fire has confirmed two new Los Angeles headline shows, August 1 and 2 at The Forum. Local and Facebook Pre-Sale is April 24th from 10am-10pm PST. General On-Sale is April 26th at 10am PST.

As with every date on the worldwide Reflektor Tour named for the international #1 album, these two newly announced additions will prove unlike anything Arcade Fire-or any other artist-has ever staged in an arena setting. No two shows are alike, as any given night can find the band shattering the barrier between audience and performer, making red carpet arrivals, joining the audience in pre- and post-show dance competitions and more.

As for the performances themselves, the Reflektor Tour’s dazzling production, multiple stages, captivating visual effects, and sprawling setlists spanning the entire AF catalog plus regular surprises has been generating universal raves, most recently from last week’s Coachella headlining triumph:

“Arcade Fire’s high-quality collection of towering rock songs was typically thrilling… Butler has evolved into the consummate frontman of a headlining act over the band’s decade-long ascendance” -BILLBOARD

“Arcade Fire was ruthlessly efficient in supplying big-tent indie rock… they’ve become the best arena-rock band to break out of the mid-aughties indie-rock bubble.” -ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“The curfew didn’t stop the band from carrying on… Each member of the group grabbed an instrument (with Butler on megaphone) and weaved through the audience as the crowd sang the ‘ooh, ooh, oh oh oh oh’ portion of the show-ending single ‘Wake Up.’ The singalong carried on until the band eventually slipped away behind the fence, and even then a sizable crowd kept on ‘ooh ooh-ing’ as the festival shut down around them. That’s the way you end a fucking show.” -LA WEEKLY

“a nice reminder that dance music almost always sounds better onstage when it’s coming from a big band, immaculately mixed… Arcade Fire’s second Coachella headlining set did underline its status as maybe the most significant live rock band to emerge from North America in the 2000s.” -THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

“Arcade Fire’s lengthier performance was even more riveting and easily the best of the fest… They weren’t about to go gently into the good night, either, ultimately performing their stirring anthem ‘Wake Up’ well after the PA had been shut off… It was a fitting, prayerful finish to what almost felt like a religious experience… Arcade Fire transcended everything” -OC REGISTER

Transforming the world’s biggest arenas into unique and locally flavored carnivals, Arcade Fire will continue to provide Reflektor Tour revelers with an evening like no other. Showing up early and staying late are recommended. For a full list of remaining dates, see below and continue to check back at http://arcadefire.com/ or http://www.livenation.com/

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PAUL McCARTNEY IS GETTING BACK “OUT THERE”

SIX MORE U.S. SHOWS CONFIRMED FOR SUMMER 2014

June 14 – Lubbock, TX – United Spirit Arena
June 16 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
June 21 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
June 22 – Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
June 25 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
August 7 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena

STILL MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED

Paul McCartney Out There Tour 2013
Paul McCartney © MJ Kim

Following an incredible 2013 which saw Paul McCartney’s universally acclaimed Out There tour launch in Brazil and visit 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan, Paul has confirmed another half dozen dates on the 2014 U.S. Out There tour. Kicking off next week in Uruguay, and tearing through Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica, as well as Paul’s return to Japan and debut in Korea, the upcoming Out There 2014 world tour will now feature six more shows:

* Paul will open the 2014 U.S. leg of the tour on June 14 with his first ever appearance in the hometown of his beloved Buddy Holly, playing the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock TX.

* On June 16, Paul will return to Dallas to play the American Airlines Center, his first visit to Dallas since closing his summer 2009 tour with a sold out show at Cowboys Stadium.

* June 21 will see Paul get back to another city he last played on that 2009 tour, when the Out There extravaganza rolls into Atlanta’s Philips Arena.

* Jacksonville FL will experience its first ever full Paul McCartney headline concert June 22 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena–Paul’s only previous performances in Jacksonville being his four-song set at Super Bowl XXXIX in 2005, and the one and only show The Beatles ever played in Florida at the Gator Bowl in 1964.

* On June 25 Paul will play Nashville for the second time, once again at the Bridgestone Arena where he made his historic debut in the Music City on his 2010 Up and Coming Tour.

* Paul’s August 7 date at the EnergySolutions Arena in Salt Lake City will be his second ever show in Utah, the first having been on the 2010 Up and Coming Tour-which also marked the 200th show Paul had played with his current touring band.

These dates expand an itinerary including New Orleans, Louisville KY, Albany NY and Pittsburgh, all of which sold out virtually instantly upon going on sale Monday, April 14.

The Out There tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, as Paul performs songs spanning his entire career-as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul’s most recent studio album NEW, a global hit upon its release last year.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. The last decade has seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, and even broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 10+ years-Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums)-the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul’s shows attract a multi generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

2014 got off to an incredible start for Paul as he set a personal career best by winning an incredible five GRAMMY Awards in one night. In the UK he was honored by music bible NME with a special one off award, the ‘Songwriter’s Songwriter Award’ chosen for this unique accolade by his fellow peers.

Tickets for the newly announced dates will be on sale Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m. local time.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, April 21 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, April 24 at 10 p.m.

Keep checking PaulMcCartney.com for further announcements.

PAUL McCARTNEY
OUT THERE U.S. TOUR 2014
Newly Confirmed Dates in BOLD 

June 14 – Lubbock, TX – United Spirit Arena
June 16 – Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center
June 19 - New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Center (SOLD OUT)
June 21 – Atlanta, GA – Philips Arena
June 22 – Jacksonville, FL - Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
June 25 – Nashville, TN – Bridgestone Arena
June 26 - Louisville, KY – Yum! Center (SOLD OUT)
July 5 - Albany, NY – Times Union Center (SOLD OUT)
July 7 - Pittsburgh, PA – Consol Energy Center (SOLD OUT)
August 7 – Salt Lake City, UT – EnergySolutions Arena

THE CRITICS WEIGH IN ON PAUL McCARTNEY’s OUT THERE U.S. TOUR 2013:

AUSTIN AMERICAN STATESMAN

“Two songs into the first of two shows at the Erwin Center, Paul McCartney announced, ‘we are going to have a party here tonight.’ For three hours on Wednesday night, McCartney fueled that party with a mix of hits from his days with the Beatles and his later career with Wings, showing off his skill as a writer of both simple, poignant ballads and more complex rock pieces… left the crowd alternating between singalong and awe… a big, joyous trip.”

AUSTIN CHRONICLE

“The still ‘cute’ Beatle played 38 songs in two hours and 45 minutes Thursday night at the Erwin Center. McCartney, not rock & roll, may be the universal language… You may only ever see Paul McCartney live once, but it’ll define a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”

BOSTON GLOBE

“Thanks to his unparalleled repertoire, his miraculously still-marvelous voice, and the skills of his crackerjack, four-man backing band, even the most intimate moments – a delicate, solo acoustic ‘Blackbird’ or the chills-inducing ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – were as captivating as brawny, spectacle-assisted rockers like ‘Back in the U.S.S.R.’”

BOSTON HERALD

“McCartney packed his latest Fenway show – he sold the park out twice in 2009 – with Beatles classics, Wings hits, and a few odd nuggets… The legend did so many things well it’s hard to find an entry point… There was hugging, there were tears, there was a 35,000-strong singalong. Everyone knew the epics were coming, everyone knew they would be cathartic. But this guy born in 1942 – this working-class Liverpool lad who’s been playing some of these songs for 50 years (!) – made us feel the love.”

EXPRESS MILWAUKEE

“For three sweaty hours and two encores, fans got to bask in the presence of a legend who seemed genuinely glad to be there, and who still commands the star power to drive a crowd of nearly 44,000 giddy with the smallest gesture.”

INDIANAPOLIS STAR

“… dazzling show of enduring hits… McCartney didn’t hesitate to salute the American music that shaped his career”

MEMPHIS COMMERCIAL APPEAL

“… the Beatles legend left a capacity crowd buzzing… McCartney’s concert at the arena reaffirmed his place as the popular champion… a nearly 40-song, three-hour set of Beatles classics, rarities, tributes and favorites from his Wings and solo catalog, a truly epic and awe-inspiring performance.”

MEMPHIS FLYER

“… though the show was dominated by classics from several different periods of the 50-odd years this remarkable artist/icon has been performing, there was no oldies-show aura to any of it… McCartney’s refusal to age or to go gentle into dilapitude or obsolescence is uncanny. His lithe and youthful appearance was matched on Sunday night by his seemingly undiminished stage energy.”

MILWAUKEE JOURNAL SENTINEL

“McCartney treated the crowd… the largest attendance for a non-baseball event in Miller Park history, to 38 songs and nearly three hours of material… including a handful of songs – including ‘Another Day’ and the playfully simple ‘All Together Now’ – McCartney said weren’t performed before this tour.”

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS

“It’s amazing that, with a catalogue more exposed and beloved than any of the last 50 years, McCartney could find something fresh to give fans. It’s equally unlikely, and pleasing, that… he could deliver these songs with such verve and verisimilitude.”

THE NEW YORK TIMES

“Paul McCartney played a tight and polished headlining show Friday at the Bonnaroo festival… He sounded strong and energized… It was a bit like a performance from a head of state, and the enormous crowd held its respect through nearly all of it: walking against the flow of faces, you saw a remarkable kind of quiet concentration… In a scene where music from different stages is always competing in the air, sometimes aggressively, your ear gravitates toward these kinds of musicians, who seem to be giving you something rather than selling it.”

NEWSDAY

“Paul McCartney is always up for a challenge. His two-hour-and-40-minute set was also a model of efficiency, barely breaking between songs for more than a few words of banter or a quick story… what made his show memorable were the songs – and the chance to see McCartney himself. It doesn’t get much more rock and roll than that.”

NUVO NEWSWEEKLY

“Opening with the 1964 Beatles’ classic, ‘Eight Days A Week,’ Paul brought the energy throughout his three-hour set, playing an expansive mix of Beatles, Wings and solo material.”

ORLANDO SENTINEL

“At its heart, every McCartney performance is a reminder of the unmatched inspiration and influence of timeless Beatles music, the soundtrack of a band that legitimately changed the world…the show was a testament to McCartney’s own longevity… a legend, one of the rare pop musicians to really deserve that over-used title.”

ORLANDO WEEKLY

“There are certain things you expect from an arena show (glitz/glam), and there are certain things you expect from a music legend (hits/banter)… the show crazy-delivered on both counts… Sir Paul bested even his FX team with rocking, fearless vocals… McCartney’s fans were a mix of old and young. He blew kisses to all of them throughout the show; I swear, you could see them floating like little hearts through the neon lights. I had the pleasure of sitting across the aisle from an actual screaming teenage girl, who bobbed and cried and shrieked, her phone overhead pumping it repeatedly. She wore braces and at one point shook so hard, her orthodontic wax fell on the floor… even a music legend can continue giving his fans something extra… there was nothing to do but love McCartney do.”

ROLLING STONE

(BONNAROO) “Seeing the 70-year-old Beatle, whose voice has hardly aged a day since Please Please Me, play universally loved, time-transcending staples like ‘Let It Be,’ ‘Eight Days a Week’ and ‘Yesterday’ – selections from inarguably the most influential song book in pop music history – in 2013 (and all in their original keys!) is like being able to go see Abraham Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address in person. It’s a privilege for anyone born in the last half century to hear this music performed live, in the moment, and with such grace, by the man who composed them. That wasn’t lost on the 80,000-or-so elated festivalgoers that congregated for Macca’s extraordinary performance… the single greatest Bonnaroo headlining performance in the festival’s 12-year history, as it was moment after awesome moment of fever-pitched collective transcendence. ‘Paperback Writer,’ ‘Maybe I’m Amazed,’ ‘Band on the Run,’ ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Something; (played in tribute to George Harrison), ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘We Can Work It Out,’ ‘Hey Jude’ – to have not gotten swept up in and invigorated by the life-affirming celebration would be an outright rejection of joy… Now the question is, how will Bonnaroo ever top this?”

(OUTSIDE LANDS) “… the biggest fireworks at Outside Lands’ opening ceremony – literally and figuratively – came with the day’s anchor act… Paul McCartney. Some fans found the performance cathartic. Some cried. Others had wide smiles from start to finish. Nearly everyone understood the weight of Sir Paul tearing soulfully through Beatles and Wings numbers with the conviction of the person who wrote those songs – ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Paperback Writer,’ ‘Hey Jude,’ ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘Let It Be,’ and so on and so forth – which, individually and collectively, helped shape our very idea of rock & roll… moved virtually every single person in the field, including security guards and food vendors.”

(BARCLAYS CENTER, BROOKLYN) “It’s nearly impossible to feel anything but excitement watching McCartney play many of the greatest rock songs ever written, and he’s careful to bring more than a few surprises each time he comes around… McCartney clearly lives for this. Crazy as it sounds, he very well might pull a Chuck Berry and still be at this late into his eighties. Why the hell not?”

THE SEATTLE TIMES

“… a moment in history… Sir Paul McCartney played to a sold-out crowd of 47,000 people at Safeco Field on Friday… There won’t be a more historic concert in Seattle this year than Paul McCartney’s show on Friday night. That was a given even before McCartney came on stage, as it was Safeco’s first-ever concert. But McCartney made it a night for the ages by playing an inspired set of mostly Beatles songs, and ending with a Nirvana reunion, of sorts… It was magnificent.”

SEATTLE POST INTELLIGENCER

“… one of the best I’ve seen… nothing short of a fan’s dream. This was about as close to perfect as it gets. McCartney himself remains a force of nature… he has clearly inherited the mantle of ‘world’s oldest teenager.’”

SF WEEKLY

“Last night in Golden Gate Park, tens of thousands of people sang along… The words, the melodies, and the voice carrying them arrived like a burst of long-captive air – familiar, yet revelatory. Soul-stirring, even… sung by Paul McCartney, who for the first night of Outside Lands 2013 took a sold-out San Francisco audience back to one of pop music’s original supernovas, and let us bask in its incredible warmth for the best part of three hours… Sir Paul can still sing, still play, and still charm… So the question of whether or not it was a ‘good’ show almost doesn’t apply – Paul McCartney… was good in a way that no other show could be.”

TULSA WORLD

“He gave his fans what they came for, with a set including nearly three dozen hits over 2½ hours. Fans shot to their feet, clapping and cheering, twisting and singing, as McCartney blasted into ‘Eight Days a Week.’ Grown women cried. Their husbands held them tight as McCartney let loose the soundtrack of rock ‘n’ roll history… His voice strong, his stature strait-backed, the affable British Invasion pioneer thanked the crowd for the warm welcome… A woman handed a packet of tissues down an aisle, eyes moist. Down the aisle it went until it was nearly empty.”

THE WASHINGTON POST 

“McCartney sends all his loving to D.C. audience, and they send it back… There he was, 71 years old and forever young, presiding over another evening of civic ecstasy on another American ball field. And the guy made it all look so easy-breezy, with sly grins, and knowing nods, and four backing musicians who summoned big sounds with calm assurance.”

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