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New Stones: Only Doom & Gloom, but I like it

- October 11th, 2012

It’s all Doom and Gloom in The Rolling Stones’ world these days. And that’s the good news.

The veteran rockers have just released their first new song in over six years: A classic-sounding rock nugget titled Doom and Gloom taken from their upcoming compilation GRRR!

Recorded recently in Paris with producer Don Was, the surprisingly strong number recalls early ’70s hits like Honky Tonk Women and Happy. Charlie Watts lays down a thumping tom-tom beat; Keith Richards and Ron Wood contribute clanging, intertwined guitars; and Mick Jagger delivers darkly humourous lyrics about killing zombies, overseas wars and eating dirt by the side of the road. “All I hear is doom and gloom, all is darkness in my room,” he intones — though of course, he also has a simple solution: “Baby, won’t you dance with me?”

Doom and Gloom is one of two new tracks that will appear on GRRR!, which will be released Nov. 12. Earlier this month, Richards and longtime sideman Bobby Keys have told the media that the Stones are gearing up to hit the road again in honour of their 50th anniversary, with a pair of upcoming shows in England and America, and possibly more dates to follow.

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Skrillex’s Full Flex Express returning in 2013

- October 10th, 2012

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Skrillex will be back on track in Canada next summer.

The EDM superstar is planning to stage another Full Flex Express Tour in July 2013, according to an online post.

The tour will reportedly begin in Montreal on July 12 and end in Vancouver on July 21, after stops in Toronto, Winnipeg and Calgary. See below for a full list of cities and dates. In all probability, the performers will once again be journeying across the country in a private passenger train.

This summer’s event — modelled after the hippie-era Festival Express and Mumford & Sons’ more recent Railroad Revival Tour — featured Skrillex, Pretty Lights, Diplo, Grimes, Koan Sound and Tokimonsta.

A full lineup of 2013 performers and specific venues won’t be announced until Jan. 8, but tickets will go on sale Friday Oct. 12 for $49.95 plus fees and taxes, according to the site. So far, the Winnipeg date is listed on Ticketmaster; others will presumably follow shortly. See www.fullflexexpress.com for more info.

Meanwhile, here’s the full slate of dates:

July 12 – Montreal
July 13 – Toronto
July 17 – Winnipeg
July 19 – Calgary
July 21 – Vancouver

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Biebs, Drake, Carly Rae nab AMA noms

- October 9th, 2012

Canadians aren’t doing too badly in the race for this year’s American Music Awards.

Justin Bieber, Drake and Carly Rae Jepsen all made the cut when nominations for the 40th annual AMAs were announced Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.

The Biebs and Drake are both up for three awards, including Artist of the Year alongside Maroon 5, Katy Perry and Rihanna. Bieber is also up for Favourite Male Pop/Rock Artist (where he takes on Flo Rida, Pitbull and Usher), while his latest album Believe is in the running for Favourite Pop/Rock Album (against Maroon 5’s Overexposed, Nicki Minaj’s Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and One Direction’s Up All Night. Drake is also in the running for Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Artist beside Minaj and Tyga, while his Take Care disc competes for Favourite Rap/Hip-Hop Album with J. Cole’s Cole World and Minaj’s Pink Friday. Jepsen, unsurprisingly, is up for the New Artist prize, taking on J. Cole, fun., Gotye and One Direction.

Rihanna and Minaj dominate this year’s race with four nominations apiece, while Maroon 5, One Direction and Usher also have three nominations. This year the AMAs have added an Electronic Dance Music category, with David Guetta, Calvin Harris and Skrillex competing for the inaugural trophy.

Christina Aguilera announced the nominations and is the first confirmed performer for this year’s festivities, which take place Nov. 18 at L.A.’s Nokia Theatre and air live on ABC. Winners are determined by online voting.

Here’s the full list of nominees:

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Muse bringing 2nd Law to Canada in 2013

- October 5th, 2012

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Muse will lay down the Law in Canada next spring.

The proggy British trio’s North American tour in support of their new album The 2nd Law will kick off in our home and native land, promoters have announced.

Singer-guitarist Matthew Bellamy and his bandmates will get the ball rolling with three Western Canada shows beginning Feb. 3 in Edmonton. After swinging down to the U.S., they’ll come back across the border for a trio of gigs in Ontario and Quebec. See below for a full list of dates and venues.

Tickets for the Western shows go on sale Friday, Oct. 12 at Ticketmaster, with seats for the Eastern concerts available Saturday, Oct. 13. They’re priced at $39.50, $59.50 and $65, with various fees and taxes added in some cities. Most shows will be all-ages, with general admission on the floor and reserved seating in the stands. U.K. rockers Band of Skulls are the opening act. No word on whether Bellamy will have his own muse — wife and Hollywood actress Kate Hudson — and their young son in tow.

Released in late September, the 2nd Law finds the ambitious group continuing to push the boundaries, using thermodynamics to illustrate the unsustainability of rampant technological growth while adding dubstep, funk and orch-rock into their complex brand of bombastic, proggy arena-rock. Their previous disc The Resistance won Best Rock Album at the 2011 Grammys.

Muse Canadian Tour Dates:
Feb. 3 | Edmonton | Rexall Place
Feb. 4 | Calgary | Scotiabank Saddledome
Feb. 6 | Vancouver | Rogers Arena
April 9 | Toronto | Air Canada Centre
April 23 | Montreal | Bell Centre
April 26 | Quebec City | Colisée Pepsi

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Brightman returning to Canada

- September 26th, 2012

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Sarah Brightman will chase her dreams to Canada this winter.

The popera superstar has just announced that her upcoming Dreamchaser World Tour — named after her next studio album, due in January — will begin north of the border and include nine Canadian shows.

Brightman kicks off her tour Jan. 29 in Hamilton and visits Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa before heading to the U.S. She’ll return to Canada in March for another handful of concerts in the West. See below for a full list of dates and locations.

Tickets are slated to go on sale Oct. 15 at Ticketmaster. Prices for the Canadian shows weren’t released, but seats for some of her American performances are going for between $35 and $250, depending on the city, venue and seating.

While they wait, fans can listen to her new song Angel, downloadable for free via her website www.sarahbrightman.com.

Sarah Brightman’s Canadian Dreamchaser Tour dates:
Jan. 29 | Hamilton | Copps Coliseum
Jan. 30 | Toronto | Air Canada Centre
Feb. 1 | Montreal | Bell Centre
Feb. 2 | Ottawa | Scotiabank Place
March 15 | Winnipeg | MTS Centre
March 17 | Calgary | Scotiabank Saddledome
March 18 | Edmonton | Rexall Place
March 20 | Victoria | Save-On-Foods Centre
March 21 | Vancouver | Rogers Arena

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