April 2, 2013 |
It's April, which is good news for the roughly 180,000 music fans who have tickets to the sold-out Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, set for the weekends of April 12 and April 19. But for those who find themselves shut out of the annual festival in the desert, there are numerous noteworthy concerts happening closer to home. Most even feature modern amenities such as air conditioning, and many, in fact, include artists performing at Coachella. Granted, you won't be seeing 100-plus acts over a three-day span, but for less than the cost of one $349 general admission Coachella wristband, one can undertake a more than worthy pop-music crash course over the next four weeks.
March 16, 2013 |
AUSTIN, Texas -- Big bands in small venues -- it's become a ritual at the South by Southwest music festival, where even A-list rock stars recognize the opportunity to launch a new project or heal a wounded reputation. But if Depeche Mode and Green Day found themselves Friday night in venues a fraction of the size of those they normally play, neither group pared down its show to accommodate the cozy environment. Roaming across the stage at Austin City Limits Live at the Moody Theater, Green Day frontman Billie Joe Armstrong -- whose treatment last year for addiction derailed promotion of the band's albums "¡Uno!
March 7, 2013
Near the beginning of 2012, the commercial rock world was abuzz with news of Green Day's forthcoming trio of studio albums. On a winning streak that included the Broadway musical "American Idiot" and the double whammy of studio albums "American Idiot" and "21st Century Breakdown," the band had announced that the albums, called "¡Uno!" "¡Dos!" and "¡Tre!" would arrive over a four-month period at the end of the year. Then, mere days before "¡Uno!" came out, Armstrong threw a tantrum at a Clear Channel-sponsored Las Vegas promotional concert.
February 20, 2013 |
A list of upcoming concerts across the Southland, with on-sale dates in parentheses. Staples Center Beyoncé, July 1 (Sat.) L.A. Memorial Sports Arena Green Day, April 18 (Fri.) Nokia Theatre Lupillo Rivera, May 24 (Fri.) Saban Theatre Jewel, June 5 (Fri.) Club Nokia UZ, March 7 (now); Keyshia Cola, April 19; Blackstreet, May 3 (Fri.) El Rey Theatre Crystal Fighters, June 4 (now); Mika, March 27 (Wed.) The Echo/Echoplex Amanda Palmer, March 5; the Spits, March 21; Nik Turner, March 10; Aussie BBQ #5, March 10; Zola Jesus, Feb. 21; Flume, March 26 (Fri.)
December 31, 2012 |
Green Day, sidelined since late September, will return to the touring circuit in early 2013. The rock band unveiled on Monday a host of live dates, its first since leader Billie Joe Armstrong was admitted to rehab in the fall. Green Day's return to the road is now scheduled to begin on March 28 with a show at Chicago's AllState Arena. Only dates through early April were revealed. They include stops in Pittsburgh (March 31), Brooklyn, N.Y. (April 7) and Toronto (April 11). A statement from the band said West Coast dates will be announced in early 2013. In September, Armstrong revealed that he was headed to rehab following an onstage meltdown at Clear Channel's iHeartRadio Music Festival in Las Vegas.
November 21, 2012 |
Green Day has announced a fourth installment of its former trilogy (now a quadrilogy?) with an upcoming documentary called "Quatro!" The film promises a behind-the-scenes look at the creation of "Uno!," "Dos!" and "Tre!," the trio of new studio albums the band has been unveiling over the last few months. Highlights from "Quatro!" will premiere Wednsday, Nov. 28 on VH1, and run on another of MTV Networks' properties, Palladia, through much of December. According to an announcement, the film will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the band's creative process, as well as offer clips of live performances from Green Day's run of small club dates earlier in the year.