Archive for May, 2011

Adele Cancels Shows Due to Illness (Including Vancouver)

Tuesday, May 31st, 2011

UPDATE: Adele has cancelled the rest of her North American tour.

Adele is ill. Not just in the fresh/wicked/dope sense of the word: she’s come down with laryngitis and her famous pipes are barely able to croak out a voicemail to her mum, let alone hits like “Chasing Pavements” or “Someone Like You.”

The curvaceous chanteuse, whose albums include the imaginatively titled 19 and 21, gained massive fame in her native UK for her smoky, powerful voice and retro-modern sound. While she’s often written up as a less trainwreck-y Amy Winehouse or a “realer” Duffy, Adele’s rapidly growing fanbase has found something in her music that neither singer can match. That, along with the hype, has led to a string of sold-out concert dates on Adele’s North American 2011 tour and, when Adele cancelled all her shows until June 4th’s at the Warfield in San Francisco, a bunch of disappointed fans.

Official word so far is that shows will be rescheduled and tickets honored at the new ones. Cancelled shows so far are May 31st in Vancouver at the Orpheum (moved from the Commodore due to demand), June 1 in Seattle at the Paramount, and June 3 in Portland at the Crystal Ballroom.

For more info, visit Adele’s official site at Adele.tv or visit the Adele tickets page at ShowTimeTickets.com.

Six (Okay, Seven) Most Memorable U2 Covers

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

With U2 on their 2011 tour now and scheduled to hit Winnipeg May 29 and Edmonton on June 1, there’s no better time to look back on their long career and dig up some of the many, many covers which have been done of their songs. Some are brilliant, some are cheesy, some are hilarious, and some are just plain weird. Here’s six of our faves. Did we miss yours? Let us know in the comments.

Also, if you still need U2 tickets for Winnipeg, Edmonton, or any of their tour dates, you can always get them from us at ShowTimeTickets.com, where we’re never sold out.

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Listen to Death Cab for Cutie’s Brand New Album (See ‘Em On Tour, Too!)

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Seattle indie pop superstars Death Cab for Cutie have a new record, Codes and Keys, coming out May 31. They’re on tour now, though, and excited fans can listen to the whole thing a week early.

NPR.org in the States (don’t worry, Canadian fans, you can still access it) is streaming the entire album as well as letting fans listen track-by-track. Make sure to check out “Monday Morning” and “Underneath the Sycamore.” Listen here.

Ben Gibbard and company are on tour now, and plays the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton tonight. Find out the rest of their schedule and buy Death Cab for Cutie tickets over at ShowTimeTickets.com.

Lauryn Hill on 2011 Tour; Comeback Looks Like a Go!

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Lauryn Hill is coming back, and this time it’s for real. After years of hiding away, making bizarre public appearances, and fighting with her former bandmates in the Fugees, the “Doo Wop” singer is back on a tour which sees her revisiting her roots with the help of an amazingly good backing band.

After years of sonic weirdness and stage shows which failed to live up to her early work with the Fugees and in support of her classic solo album The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill, she began a return to form in late 2010, peaking with her Coachella 2011 performance which drew almost unanimous raves from attendees (writes influential music blog Hey Reverb: Lauryn Hill’s set was easily the day’s best -– a big-band outing with horns, DJ, back-up singers and her catalog songs rearranged into furious, mesmerizing creations that barely resembled their original incarnations. It was the day’s bravest and most soulful set, and the R&B diva’s comeback looks well positioned”).

She’s back on tour now, and in rare form. Since she might decide to go back into seclusion at any time, this may be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for fans of timeless classics like “Everything Is Everything” and “Ex-Factor” to hear her live at her very best.

Lauryn Hill plays Vancouver at the Commodore Ballroom May 24 and May 25, then heads to Calgary May 27 at the Flames Center, and wraps up the Canadian leg of her tour May 30 at the Centennial Concert Hall in Winnipeg. For more info and to buy tickets, head over to the Lauryn Hill ticket page on ShowTimeTickets.com.

The 6 Most Intense Relationship Breakups in Rock History

Monday, May 23rd, 2011

With papers covering the breakup and alimony drama of Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger and his former common-law wife of seven years, Marianna Goriuk, we got to thinking about some of the more truly epic breakups and broken relationships in rock music. Sure, Marianna’s asking for $95,000 a month (and currently getting $25,000), and according to legal papers, she’s spending over $5k of that every month on “pet care,” but compared to some of the more legendary breakups of rock n roll, whether Kroeger has to pay for his ex’s limos, cocktail parties, and vet bills is small potatoes. Here are six of the most intense, protracted, ridiculous, and productive breakups in rock music history.

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New Music Alert: I’m From Barcelona – “Always Spring”

Friday, May 20th, 2011

Spring has sprung fully at the ShowTimetickets.com HQ in Vancouver, and summer is just around the corner–the sun’s out, the birds are chirping, and it’s not pitch-black at 9 AM anymore. Hopefully there’ll still be some ice left for the Canucks to win the playoffs on.

With that, we thought we’d bring you one of the first really fantastic songs of summer. There’s just something about catchy, upbeat pop released between May and August which makes us incredibly excited for the beach. Here’s the brand-new track “Always Spring” from Swedish indie pop group I’m From Barcelona (you might remember their unimaginatively-titled but incredibly catchy track “We’re From Barcelona” from a few years ago). It’s got a great hook, a wonderful little piano line, and is so crammed full of saxes, glockenspiels, and handclaps that you can’t help but dance in your seat a little when listening. Pop this on your iPod and start thinking about what snacks you’ll bring to the beach this weekend.