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Bruce Cockburn Set for Acclaimed Mountain Stage Radio Appearance Airdate on March 29; 7 Canadian Dates In 2024

 

Legendary singer/songwriter/guitarist Bruce Cockburn, whose palette of honors and awards includes 13 Canadian JUNO wins, two Hall of Fame inductions, countless honorary Doctorates, Officer of The Order of Canada and recent inductee into Canada’s Walk of Fame spanning a 50+ year career, is set to appear on the National Public Radio performance show, “Mountain Stage,” beginning Friday, March 29th. Recorded on February 1st at the Lesher Center for the Arts in Walnut Creek, California, Cockburn was joined on stage that night by Colin Hay, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Chuck Prophet & the Make Out Quartet and The Lucky Valentines. “Mountain Stage” with host Kathy Mattea airs on over 260 NPR Stations nationwide. You can find the station listings here: On The Radio – Mountain Stage

Bruce Cockburn’s most-recent album, O Sun O Moon, has generated world-wide acclaim and radio airplay. He’s enjoyed an illustrious career shaped by politics, spirituality, and musical diversity. His remarkable journey has seen him embrace folk, jazz, rock, and worldbeat styles while earning high praise as a prolific, inspired songwriter and accomplished guitarist. He remains deeply respected for his activism and humanist song lyrics that thread throughout his career. On all his albums Cockburn has deftly captured the joy, pain, fear, and faith of human experience in song.

Bruce Cockburn will begin yet another international tour in March to support O Sun O Moon, with shows in Italy, as well as an extensive string of dates in the US and Canada.

BRUCE COCKBURN 2024 WORLD TOUR DATES

MAR 5 CHIARI ITALY, AUDITORIUM SCHOLE
MAR 6 BOLOGNA ITALY, TEATRO DEHON
MAR 8 CASTELFRANCO ITALY, CASA DEL POPOLO
MAR 9 TORINO ITALY, FOLK CLUB
MAR 11 ROME ITALY, PARCO DELLA MUSICA
APR 24 SAN LUIS OBISPO, CA HAROLD MIOSSI THEATRE
APR 25 LAS VEGAS N,V SMITH CENTRE FOR ARTS
APR 27 PRESCOTT AZ, YAVAPAN ARTS CENTER
APR 28 TUCSON AZ, RIALTO THEATRE
APR 30 ALBUQUERQUE NM, KIMO THEATRE
MAY 2 AUSTIN TX, 04 CENTER
MAY 3 HOUSTON TX, HEIGHTS THEATRE
MAY 4 DALLAS TX, KESSLER THEATRE
MAY 6 ROGERS AR, VICTORY THEATRE
MAY 7 ST. LOUIS MO, DELMAR HALL
MAY 8 OKLAHOMA CITY OK, TOWER THEATRE
MAY 10 BOULDER CO, BOULDER THEATRE
MAY 11 BASALT CO, ARTS CAMPUS
MAY 12 SALT LAKE CITY UT, STATE ROOM
MAY 24 LINDSAY ON, FLATO ACADEMY THEATRE
MAY 25 TORONTO ON, MASSEY HALL
MAY 26 GUELPH ON, WAR MEMORIAL HALL
MAY 28 LONDON ON, GRAND THEATRE
MAY 29 HUNTSVILLE ON, ALGONQUIN THEATRE
MAY 30 KINGSTON ON, GRAND THEATRE
MAY 31 OTTAWA ON, NATIONAL ARTS CENTRE

Her Own Best “Friend”: Flying Solo At Last, OUDi Is More Together When She’s Alone

Sometimes your most rewarding relationship is the one you have with yourself. Over the course of a career that’s taken her from Canada to Nashville—and from the alt-pop/industrial world to the country arena and back again—the phenomenon known as OUDi has learned that lesson all too well. And she’s sharing it on “My Old Friend,” an irresistible high-drama ballad that marks her debut as a solo artist after years of sharing the spotlight.

Built on a plaintive instrumental melody and a mesmerizing clockwork rhythm, the song carries the emotional weight of a conversation you have in the mirror when there’s no one left around to hoodwink. OUDi’s compelling vocal starts off at a seductive purr as she confronts an inner solitude, she might not exactly welcome, but knows she can always count on:

Hello loneliness, can’t say I missed you
But let me tell you this, now I need you

The internal co-dependency fully acknowledged, her amazing voice opens up into a bittersweet embrace of the darkness:

Go and do that thing you do, make me feel and lose my mind
‘Cause I have nothing left to lose, you’ve been waiting all this time
I dare you come a little closer and rest your head upon my shoulder.

This isn’t just a declaration of artistic independence; it’s the story of a life. Born Chrystal Oudijk, she was out of the house and supporting herself by age 16, while pursuing her musical muse through a variety of projects. There was the five-piece alternative band The Perfect Strangers, the pop-industrial project Jakalope (for producer Dave “Rave” Ogilvie) and then—most famously—the pop-country duo Sons of Daughters (with Jimmy Thow). She was Chrystal Leigh by that point, and finding such success as a Billboard-charting, CCMA Award-nominated artist that she had even moved to Nashville from her native Vancouver. There was just one problem:

“Jimmy and I struggled as creative partners,” she divulges. “Add in alcohol, anxiety & depression and we had ourselves a real party!”

The near loss of a family member due to addiction and the confusion of the early pandemic era only deepened her dissatisfaction. When Sons of Daughters parted ways, she took two years to regroup, rethink and write her very first solo album. The release of “My Old Friend” is the opening salvo in her new career—strike that, her new state of being—as OUDi. It also sounds the death knell for what she describes as an adulthood full of toxic relationships and creative compromises.

“I’ve been living in survival mode my entire life,” she reflects. “It’s only been in the past two years I’ve been training my nervous system to relax. I’m excited to finally put my stories to song, for I have a lot of them.”

The year 2024 is going to mark a real renaissance for this woman, she even directed the music video for “My Old Friend,” exploiting a side talent she’s cultivated during her recent period of self-emancipation and reinvention. Her explanation for all of it is as sanguine as the song is bleak, yet equally self-aware:

“I guess it goes to show when you start to live your life authentically and true to yourself, magic really can happen.”

Orange You Glad To Be Here? Minneapolis’ The Orange Goodness Get The Show Started On New Single “Pitter Patter”

Even at a time when the questionable economics of recording are making musicians renew their commitment to playing live, a trio of studio aces are the last bunch you’d expect to pen a salute to the in-concert experience. But groove-obsessed Minneapolis alt/indie outfit The Orange Goodness haven’t just dedicated their new single, “Pitter Patter,” to “all the live performers of the world”; they’ve imbued every note and drumstroke with the invigorating immediacy of the best gigs you’ve ever been to.

Are you coming to us ringside? the infectious rallying cry demands.

Belly up here on the inside
Are you coming for the big show?
We’ll lay it out and feel the wind blow
Pitter patter

It’s like a modern-day “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” but with earnest enthusiasm in place of ironic self-flagellation. And the music couldn’t be farther from ’90s Northwestern sludge: Guitarist/vocalist Mike Michel, bassist Ian Allison and drummer Reese Kling lock into a light-hearted, herky-jerky rhythm that’ll have you picturing Danny Elfman riding the Tilt-a-Whirl with Les Claypool.

“Most humans seek a sense of community, and have a yearning for a celebratory ceremony where they can release their joy, release their frustration, and mend their sadness,” the band says. “Rock and roll performances provide safe havens where all are free to be who they really are and experience the majestic nature of music. High fives to all the amazing performers of the world who give us a daily lift and reveal what greatness really is!”

The title “Pitter Patter” refers to the butterflies that swarm in a performer’s stomach right before showtime. Not that The Orange Goodness have any especial reason to get stage fright, mind you. While they came together as recording-session go-tos (they’ve backed everybody from Haley to Bad Bad Hats to the Unknown Prophets), the reputation they’ve built up since the 2021 release of their debut EP, Flying Under the Radar of Chaos, has rested just as much on their abilities as a crackerjack live unit. Their high-energy shows have gotten them invited to appear on club stages, in theaters and at festivals, and they perform regular duty as the backup band for MCs and poets in their native Minnesota.

Plus, not only is their buoyant boosterism of their fellow stage warriors totally endearing, they also love a good cause. Michel first recruited Allison and Kling to help promote On the Mend, an auditory-health campaign he had founded. And on the band’s very own social-media TV channel, Orange G TV, they share educational videos for aspiring artists and music-appreciation lessons for fans, not just the customary performance clips. Those are there too, of course; did you really think a group that’s recorded an entire song about the sanctity of the stage would leave itself out of the fun?

My Next Read: “The Terrifying Realm of the Possible: Nearly True Stories” by Brett Gelman

Enter the wonderfully weird, always uncomfortable, side-splittingly funny world of The Terrifying Realm of the Possible, where your worst fears of who you are or might become are always just around the corner. In these masterful short stories from the singular mind of the actor and comedian Brett Gelman, you’ll meet five individuals, each navigating a uniquely strange stage of life:

– ABRAHAM AMSTERDAM (the child)
– MENDEL FREUDENBERGER (the teenager)
– JACKIE COHEN (the adult)
– IRIS BELOW (the senior)
– Z (the dead)

Our characters face the big issues; the ones we all face. As they traverse the prickly terrain of morality, family, sex, fame, religion, and death they search for answers to life’s unanswerable questions. In the futility of that search comes the absurdity, along with the comedy. The composite portrait is an existential (mis)adventure of Rothian proportions. Gelman’s remarkable first book is a bold, unforgettable debut that challenges our assumptions about what it means to be human.

Chris Martin On What’s Kept Coldplay Together

Chris Martin reveals the secret to keeping a band together: sharing credit and money.

My Next Read: “Touring and Mental Health: The Music Industry Manual” By Tamsin Embleton

Touring and Mental Health: The Music Industry Manual by Tamsin Embleton is a comprehensive manual will help musicians and those working in live music to identify and cope with the various physical and psychological difficulties that can occur during, or as a result of, touring. It covers topics including mental health, peak performance and performance anxiety, addiction, group dynamics, relationship problems, dealing with the media, physical health, diversity and inclusion, crisis management and post-tour recovery. Written by health and performance professionals, this timely and essential book provides robust clinical advice, cutting edge research, practical strategies, resources and detailed illustrations. Each chapter is underpinned with personal recollections from musicians and prominent touring personnel, including Nile Rodgers, Justin Hawkins, Philip Selway, Charles Thompson, Katie Melua , Kieran Hebden, Jake Berry, Tina Farris, Taylor Hanson, Trevor Williams, Lauren Mayberry, Pharoahe Monch, Jim Digby, Will Young, Angie Warner, Dale ‘ Opie’ Skjerseth and many more. Touring and Mental Health is designed to be picked up, put down, read at length and passed around the tour bus.

Why Artists Should Still Have A Website In 2024

In an era dominated by social media platforms and streaming services, some artists might question the necessity of having a dedicated website for artists. However, despite the popularity of digital channels, having a personal artist website remains essential.

Control over Branding: Artist websites provide full control over branding and presentation. Unlike social media profiles or streaming platforms, where the layout and design are predetermined, artists can customize their website to reflect their unique aesthetic and identity, ensuring a cohesive brand experience for fans.

Ownership of Content: With a personal website, artists retain ownership and control over their content. This includes music, videos, artwork, and written material. Unlike on social media platforms or streaming services, where algorithms and terms of service can dictate visibility and access to content, artists can dictate how their work is seen and distributed on their website.

Professionalism and Credibility: A well-designed website signals professionalism and enhances an artist’s credibility. It serves as a central hub where fans, industry professionals like potential managers and booking agents, and the media can learn more about the artist and their body of work.

Direct Fan Engagement: Artist websites offer a direct channel for engaging with fans on a deeper level. Through features like mailing lists, blogs, and interactive elements, artists delivers a sense of community and intimacy with their audience. This direct line of communication is invaluable for building and maintaining a dedicated fan base.

Monetization and Revenue Generation: Artist websites provide multiple avenues for monetization and revenue generation. In addition to selling music, merchandise, and concert tickets directly to fans, artists can leverage their website for crowdfunding campaigns, exclusive content subscriptions, and advertising partnerships. By diversifying revenue streams, artists can achieve greater financial independence and sustainability.

While social media and streaming platforms play a massive role – and will continue to do so – in today’s music industry landscape, artists should not overlook the importance of maintaining their own website. From branding and content ownership to fan engagement and monetization, artist websites offer unparalleled opportunities for creative control, professionalism, and sustainability in 2024 and beyond.

Sean Paul Raises The Temperature With 2024 ‘Greatest Tour’

Today, one of dancehall and reggae’s most prolific artists of all time Sean Paul announced his highly anticipated Greatest Tour 2024. Produced by Live Nation, the 22-date tour kicks off on May 2 in Orlando at House of Blues, with stops across the U.S. in Miami, Brooklyn, Chicago, Austin, Los Angeles, and more before wrapping up on Sunday, June 16 in Charlotte at The Fillmore. The Greatest Tour announcement follows Sean recently wrapping up several tour dates across New Zealand and Australia to kick off 2024.

Across seven studio albums and counting, Sean Paul has taken the dancehall genre global, from its origin in clubs and street dances in Kingston, Jamaica to the top of the charts, packing some of the biggest venues in more than 120 countries. Only Sean has the distinction of being the first Jamaican to play shows in Uzbekistan and Burkino.

Sean Paul, the multi-award winning Jamaican born, international dancehall/reggae icon, is renowned for his infectious beats and electrifying performances that captivate audiences worldwide. With a string of chart-topping hits, Sean Paul has collaborated with esteemed artists including Beyoncé, Rihanna, Karol G, Manuel Turizo, Damian “Jr Gong” Marley, and Sia, showcasing his versatility and musical prowess. Continuously breaking barriers, Sean Paul’s unique blend of reggae and dancehall continues to dominate global charts and streaming platforms, solidifying his status as a music industry powerhouse. Recently recognized with nominations for the Billboard Latin Music Awards and Lo Nuestro Award, Sean Paul remains at the forefront of contemporary music, inspiring generations with his unparalleled talent and infectious energy.

GREATEST TOUR DATES 2024:
Thu May 02 — Orlando, FL — House of Blues Orlando
Fri May 03 — Miami, FL — The Fillmore Miami Beach at Jackie Gleason Theater
Sun May 05 — Atlanta, GA — Coca-Cola Roxy
Tue May 07 — Boston, MA — Leader Bank Pavilion
Thu May 09 — Brooklyn, NY — Brooklyn Paramount
Fri May 10 — Philadelphia, PA — The Fillmore Philadelphia
Sun May 12 — Washington, DC — Echostage
Tue May 14 — Detroit, MI — The Fillmore Detroit
Wed May 15 — Chicago, IL — Radius Chicago
Fri May 17 — New Orleans, LA — The Fillmore New Orleans
Sat May 18 — Dallas, TX — South Side Ballroom
Sun May 19 — Austin, TX — Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Mon May 20 — Houston, TX — 713 Music Hall
Thu May 23 — Denver, CO — Fillmore Auditorium
Sat May 25 — Las Vegas, NV — House of Blues Las Vegas
Sun May 26 — Phoenix, AZ — The Van Buren
Thu May 30 — Anaheim, CA — House of Blues Anaheim
Fri May 31 — San Francisco, CA — The Masonic
Sat Jun 01 — San Diego, CA — SOMA San Diego
Sun Jun 02 — Los Angeles, CA — Hollywood Palladium
Fri Jun 14 — Raleigh, NC — The Ritz
Sun Jun 16 — Charlotte, NC — The Fillmore Charlotte

Usher Announces ‘Usher: Past Present Future’ North Amercian Tour

Following his incredibly successful two year My Way: The Las Vegas Residency run culminating in 100 sold out shows at Dolby Live at Park MGM, multi-platinum, 8-time GRAMMY award-winning global entertainment icon USHER is bringing his smooth R&B tracks, infectious smile and slick moves to fans all across the globe. USHER will be traveling across the country performing in celebration of his 30-year storied career including songs from COMING HOME, his ninth studio album slated for release on February 9, via mega/gamma.

Produced by Live Nation, USHER: Past Present Future 24-city tour will visit arenas across North America starting August 20 at Capital One Arena in Washington DC making stops in Brooklyn, Los Angeles, Toronto, Atlanta and more, before wrapping up in Chicago at United Center on October 29.

USHER has changed music, culture, and countless lives. The multiple GRAMMY Award-winning diamond-selling international megastar, actor, dancer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist inspires change yet again. Beyond selling over 80 million records worldwide and collecting dozens of awards, he has simultaneously lit up the small screen on NBC’s The Voice and the big screen in blockbusters such as Hustlers. He has also tirelessly distinguished himself as a devout humanitarian, raising tens of millions of dollars for various causes and uplifting youth via his New Look Foundation. Since 1999 he has been providing opportunities for young people in underserved communities and enabling them to flourish and achieve seemingly impossible dreams. A long-time supporter and Global Citizen Ambassador, USHER has performed at events since 2015 raising awareness to defeat poverty, defend the planet, and demand equity. A true outlier, he was equally at home on the stage of his sold-out My Way Las Vegas residency as he was on a 2016 government cultural mission to Cuba as part of President Barack Obama’s Presidential Committee for Arts and Humanities. In 2024 he will be celebrating 30 years as an entertainer, releasing his ninth studio album, COMING HOME.

USHER: Past Present Future NORTH AMERICA TOUR DATES:
Aug 20 | Washington, DC | Capital One Arena
Aug 24 | Baltimore, MD | CFG Bank Arena
Aug 27 | Boston, MA | TD Garden
Aug 30 | Philadelphia, PA | Wells Fargo Center
Sep 2 | Toronto, ON | Scotiabank Arena
Sep 3 | Toronto, ON | Scotiabank Arena
Sep 6 | Brooklyn, NY | Barclays Center
Sep 7 | Brooklyn, NY | Barclays Center
Sep 12 | Detroit, MI | Little Caesars Arena
Sep 17 | Denver, CO | Ball Arena
Sep 21 | Los Angeles, CA | Intuit Dome
Sep 22 | Los Angeles, CA | Intuit Dome
Sep 28 | Oakland, CA | Oakland Arena
Sep 29 | Oakland, CA | Oakland Arena
Oct 4 | Dallas, TX | American Airlines Center
Oct 7 | Austin, TX | Moody Center ATX
Oct 11 | Miami, FL | Kaseya Center
Oct 12 | Miami, FL | Kaseya Center
Oct 17 | Atlanta, GA | State Farm Arena
Oct 18 | Atlanta, GA | State Farm Arena
Oct 22 | Charlotte, NC | Spectrum Center
Oct 26 | St. Louis, MO | Enterprise Center
Oct 28 | Chicago, IL | United Center
Oct 29 | Chicago, IL | United Center

Incubus Announces 2024 Arena Tour Performing The Iconic Album “Morning View” In Its Entirety Plus The Hits

Today, Incubus announced their 2024 US Arena tour, performing their iconic album “Morning View” in its entirety, plus the hits featuring special guests Coheed and Cambria. Produced by Live Nation, the 10-city ARENA tour kicks off on August 23 at Little Caesars Arena in Detroit making stops across the U.S. in New York, Tampa, Austin and more before wrapping up in San Francisco at Chase Center on September 12.

Incubus originally released their critically acclaimed studio album Morning View on October 23, 2001, and were met with an outpouring of love and acclaim from fans and industry alike. The album has been RIAA certified double Platinum and spent 60 weeks on the Billboard 200 peaking at number 2.

On October 6, 2023, the band announced the re-recording and re-release of the acclaimed double album entitled Morning View XXIII (Virgin Music Group), which is set for an album release date of May 10th, 2024.

“Roughly 23 years ago we rented a house at the sea to do an art experiment. The novel and expansive environment combined with a healthy dose of momentum helped us find that ever sought after FLOW state and the songs that became known as ‘Morning View’ have since become indelible and deeply important parts of our lives,” said Brandon Boyd.

“This album helped propel our little art experiment called ‘Incubus’ into a way of life and here we are today, some 23 years later, about to introduce a new/next phase of it’s existence. ‘Morning View xxiii’ is a re-recording/re-think of the 2001 album and is the result of our desire to honor this burgeoning legacy but also reimagine it as musicians who have been lovingly performing these songs night after night for the last 23 years. See you on the road soon!”

As a sonic and spiritual enigma, Incubus continue to stretch, shape, and shake the foundation of alternative music, embracing endless possibilities and eclipsing any and all boundaries in the process. The multiplatinum Los Angeles band—Brandon Boyd [vocals], Mike Einziger [guitar, piano, backing vocals], José Pasillas II [drums], Chris Kilmore [turntables, keyboards], and Nicole Row [bass]—tune into the creative exchange between them and beam it back to audiences as loudly (and lovingly) as possible. To date, the quintet have notably sold over 23 million albums, scored dozens of multi-platinum and platinum certifications around the globe, gathered billions of streams, and notched six consecutive Top 5 debuts on the Billboard 200. At the same time, they have graced the bills of festivals such as BottleRock, Ohana, Lollapalooza, and Rock In Rio in addition to headlining arenas and amphitheaters worldwide. During 2021, the musicians celebrated the 20th anniversary of their seminal double-platinum third full-length offering, Morning View, with a worldwide livestream. Incubus returned to the house where they famously recorded the album and performed the entire tracklisting from front-to-back for the first time. It incited a rapturous fan response, and the band decided to do it again in October 2023. The group sold out the legendary Hollywood Bowl and performed Morning View in front of a hometown audience, unassumingly kickstarting another era. Between launching a massive US Morning View arena tour in 2024, they ignite the next phase of Incubus with Morning View XXIII and more new music on the horizon. So, are you in?

INCUBUS 2024 TOUR DATES:

Fri Aug 23 – Detroit, MI – Little Caesars Arena

Sat Aug 24 – Rosemont, IL – Allstate Arena

Tue Aug 27 – Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

Thu Aug 29 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden

Sat Aug 31 – Boston, MA – TD Garden

Tue Sep 03 – Tampa, FL – Amalie Arena

Fri Sep 06 – Irving, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory

Sat Sep 07 – Austin, TX – Moody Center ATX

Mon Sep 09 – Denver, CO – Ball Arena

Thu Sep 12 – San Francisco, CA – Chase Center

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