Posts Tagged ‘2011 tour’

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.

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Confessions: Our Top Five Usher Songs

Friday, May 20th, 2011

With Usher’s Vancouver concert coming up so soon (May 25 at Rogers Arena), now’s the time to relive some of Usher Raymond IV’s (neither Usher Raymond I, II, III, or V has a singing career… yet!) greatest hits.

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Jimmy Eat World Comes to Vancouver May 21

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

Back in 2001, “The Middle” was my jam. Jimmy Eat World had just come out with their breakthrough album Bleed American, and the song was everywhere. It was great. The lyrics were sort of sad in an uplifting way, the hook stayed catchy no matter how many times it was played on the radio, and the guitar part was enough that I, along with millions of other high school kids, could pick out the simple chords on our cheap knockoff Stratocasters.

Then Jimmy Eat World kept releasing good albums, like 2004’s Futures and 2007’s Chase This Light (their highest charting work to date), and managed to avoid being stuck with the label of “that band that does that ‘Middle’ song.” Their latest album, Invented, was released in September 2010, and the band went on tour in support of it, playing shows worldwide as well as festival dates at Coachella, Soundwave, and an upcoming headlining gig at Reading and Leeds.

The band plays the Commodore Ballroom on May 21, and there are a few tickets to the Jimmy Eat World Vancouver concert still available at ShowTimeTickets.com. They’ve been touring for well over a decade, so they’ve had plenty of time to hone their stage act. Anybody else thinking of going? Seen them live before? Let us know in the comments section!