Weekly Roundup

‘Morning, ya’ll…

Last week was a pretty standard week here in the live music world, with the real big news being that EMI and Apple announced that they were partnering together to bring non-DRM tracks to iTunes for the first time. Finally. We had a slew of festival lineups announced and/or updated and plenty of bands are going out on tour soon — so expect plenty more of that this week as everybody gears up for the summer season.

Full roundup is included after the jump; hope everyone has a killer week!

Live Music Blog Weekly Roundup

  • EMI, Apple to Sell Non-DRM Tracks through iTunes
    Breaking news: EMI and Apple have announced that they will begin selling the EMI digital catalog through the iTunes Music Store that will be free of digital rights management (DRM) restrictions. Tracks will be $1.29, up slightly from the DRM-laden…
  • Keller Williams and Ratdog | 2007 Tour Dates
    photo by tedwardo2 One-man band extraordinaire, Keller Williams, will join forces with Bob Weir’s Ratdog for a slew of summer tour dates starting in July. Both Ratdog and Williams are slated to play several big summer festivals including Bonnaroo,…
  • Dave Matthews Band | Summer 2007 Tour Dates
    Photo © oceanfrog Dave Matthews Band just announced their annual Summer tour dates — nothing new there — and they’ve got an amazing assortment of opening bands lined up for the trek, including Xavier Rudd, Umphrey’s McGee, The Roots,…
  • Pearl Jam Confirms Lollapalooza 2007 Appearance, Lineup Still Not Official
    You may have heard it here first and it’s looking that it’s finally official — Pearl Jam is confirmed for Lollapalooza 2007. The early-bird tickets for the festival just went on sale for $165, reduced slightly from the full price…
  • EMI/iTunes DRM Drop | Some Additional Thoughts
    So because I’m a bit of a nerd when it comes to all this digital music stuff, I wanted to follow-up on yesterday’s big iTunes/EMI news. If you missed it, there’s been a ton of blog chatter about it. But…
  • The Shins Cover Pink Floyd, “Breathe”
    Stereogum has a video up of The Shins covering Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of The Moon classic, “Breathe.” Here’s the link to the straight YouTube clip. I felt that this deserved it’s own post simply for the fact that I…
  • Bumbershoot 2007 | Initial Lineup Announced
    We’ve had dates and rumors for a while, but a partial lineup for Seattle’s Bumbershoot Music & Arts Festvial has now officially been announced. The festival takes place September 1st – 3rd at the Seatle Center, and now includes…
  • Wilco 2007 Tour Dates | Worldwide Shows in Support of Sky Blue Sky
    photo by vassego Wilco will be taking their 2007 tour worldwide, with stops in Australia, Europe, and North America. The tour includes a summer slot at Bonnaroo and a series of European festivals. They’ll be touring in support of…
  • Umphrey’s McGee | 2007 Tour Dates, ‘The Bottom Half’ Released
    The road warriors in Umphrey’s McGee have added significantly to their already-busy 2007 in support of their new release, The Bottom Half. I had their new album in our CD changer while on vacation in Maui, driving around, listening…
  • Newport Folk Festival 2007 | Initial Lineup Announced
    The 2007 “Dunkin Donuts Newport Folk Festival” has announced its partial lineup. The classic East Coast folk festival — which takes place August 3rd – 5th, in Newport, RI — will feature some artists that could certainly stretches the…
  • Gathering of the Vibes 2007 | Lineup Update
    The 12th Annual Gathering of the Vibes festival has added some artists to its initial 2007 lineup. As previously noted, GOTV takes place August 9-12, and has returned to its original location in Seaside Park in Bridgeport, CT. The festival…
  • Intonation Fest 2007 | Not Going to Happen
    Greg Kot is reporting that the 2007 Intonation Fest has been called off, even though no information had been officially released yet. Among the headliners that Intonation had pursued were PJ Harvey, Public Enemy and MIA. Jon Brion had been…
  • Athfest 2007 | Perpetual Groove, the Whigs and The Drive-By Truckers Set to Headline
    Athens, GA, has always been a great Southern music town, both in terms of the musical nightilife but also for churning out great local bands. And the city’s annual Athfest is a good place for its local talent to…
  • Tonic Closing, Benevento/Russo Duo Shows Move to The Knit
    I got an email from our good buddy Nicholas Tolson reminding me that the guys in The Duo had some dates booked at Tonic in New York City — even though that venue just announced that it would be shutting…
  • Do Great Live Bands Need an Album to Tour?
    So I was catching up on some of the more mainstream industry publications and came across this Billboard article about Pearl Jam’s big Spring and Summer tour plans. The premise is that the band, despite not having a new album…
  • Phish Friday | Post-Hiatus Highlights
    photo by telafree This week’s Phish Friday selection comes from another Live Music Blog friend, T. Gourdo (“the ‘G’ is soft”). He brings us into the post-hiatus Phish era with a few of his favorite tracks from 2003. And…
  • Philly’s ‘Jam on the River’ 2007 | Disco Biscuits, Common, STS9 and More
    photo by headylife Philadelphia’s annual ‘Jam on the River’ has announced its 2007 lineup. Philly’s own Disco Biscuits will return for their 5th year to headline on Saturday, May 26th, while STS9 has the top slot on Sunday, May…
  • The Disco Biscuits | 2007 Spring and Summer Tour Dates
    photo by headylife The Disco Biscuits — whose dub-stye jams we featured in our most recent podcast — continue to flesh out their Spring and Summer tour dates at a rapid pace. In addition to the band’s recent announcements…
  • 2007 Kokua Music Festival
    Happy Easter, folks… I’m going to be spending some time going through my photos from Maui this weekend, something I still haven’t really had time for since I returned from that trip and then subsequent trip to Austin for SXSW….
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