Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Inbox Update: Music Worth Buying episode, Dream Theater, Fitz and The Tantrums

Here is my latest roundup of updates to share...

But first, here is the new episode of Music Worth Buying where TJR features the new collaboration from Elvis Costello and The Roots, while I celebrate the return of Mazzy Star.


“DREAM THEATER,” the milestone new album from Roadrunner Records group Dream Theater, has made a spectacular debut atop Billboard’s “Hard Rock Albums” chart, while simultaneously entering at #7 on the overall Billboard 200. This marks the GRAMMY-nominated group's third consecutive top 10 debut, and also sees "DREAM THEATER" making top 5 chart debuts in Japan, Germany, Italy, Canada, Argentina, Switzerland, Holland, and Finland, as well as top 10 debuts in  Denmark, Austria, and Norway with career high debuts in the United Kingdom and Australia.

“DREAM THEATER,” which was recorded at Cove City Sound Studios in Glen Cove, New York, with founding guitarist John Petrucci producing and studio luminary Richard Chycki (Aerosmith, Rush) engineering and mixing, marks a brilliant new chapter for the always adventurous group.  Rolling Stone touted the collection as “…the birth of a new era in the band’s career,” while Loudwire exclaimed that “Dream Theater pushes the envelope into (a) new musical dimension, a cosmic realm reserved for the best.”

Dream Theater - John Petrucci (guitar), John Myung (bass), James LaBrie (vocals), Jordan Rudess (keyboards & continuum), and Mike Mangini (drums) - debuted the album’s first single, “The Enemy Inside” this past August with USA Today and recently premiered a companion music video for the track with Billboard.  During the process of making the video for “The Enemy Inside,” Dream Theater were connected with Save A Warrior, an organization dedicated to embracing returning veterans in a healthy and nurturing environment  and offering safe, innovative and evidence-based resiliency programs for veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.  In the coming months, Dream Theater will be working closely with the organization to help bring awareness to soldiers suffering from PTSD through social outreach, fundraising drives and more. “The Enemy Inside” is currently available for streaming on the band’s official YouTube channel (located at 

Dream Theater will tour in support of “DREAM THEATER,” visiting 30 cities in 16 countries, with plans to tour North America beginning in March 2014 – full details will be announced soon. For up-to-the-minute news and information, please
“DREAM THEATER” follows 2011’s acclaimed “A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS.” That album – highlighted by “On The Backs Of Angels,” which earned the iconic band its first ever GRAMMY Award nomination (in the “Best Hard Rock/Metal Performance” category) – proved one of Dream Theater’s most successful, making top 10 chart debuts in 14 countries, including our own Billboard 200. “A DRAMATIC TURN OF EVENTS” was hailed for its ambition, complexity, and sheer melodic power, with Japan’s influential BURRN!naming it as the year’s “Best Album.” 
With total sales exceeding 10 million albums and DVDs worldwide, Dream Theater have long stood among the upper echelon of hard rock giants. Albums such as 1992’s RIAA gold-certified classic “IMAGES & WORDS” (featuring the breakthrough top 10 single, “Pull Me Under”) have earned the Long Island-based band countless accolades for their visionary synthesis of melodic power and virtuosic experimentation, including being named as one of Rolling Stone’s top 10 “Best Prog Rock Bands of All time.”
“DREAM THEATER” is currently available in a wide range of distinctive versions, including standard and special edition CDs, 180 Gram Vinyl Double LP, and a Limited Edition Box Set at the Roadrunner Records Webstore.




Fitz and The Tantrums have scored a No. 1 hit with "Out Of My League," the first single from the band's new album, More Than Just a Dream (Elektra Records). Competition has been fierce on Billboard'sAlternative Songs chart, where "Out Of My League" has spent 32 weeks and now becomes the sixth song to take the top position this year. 

Fans can see the band perform "Out Of My League" on "Ellen" (October 15), "Conan" (October 16) and "CBS Saturday Morning" (October 26). "'Out of My League,' a colorfully catchy piece of '80s-inspired soul-pop, shows that the Los Angeles sextet is more than ready for the big leagues," said USA Today, while Peoplenoted,"'Out of My League'...bounce[s] like a more fun version of Fun." The accompanying video, which was directed by Jordan Bahat (fun., Grouplove) and already has more than 1.5 million views, can be viewed here

Fitz and The Tantrums will co-headline "The Bright Futures Tour" with Capital Cities, which launchesOctober 20 at The National in Richmond, VA. They'll play New York City's Roseland Ballroom on October 23, sold-out shows at the 9:30 Club in Washington, DC (October 30 & 31) and Cleveland's House of Blues (November 15), and a night at Chicago's Aragon Ballroom (November 22). See below for itinerary. 

More Than Just a Dream, produced by Tony Hoffer (Beck, M83, Depeche Mode, Phoenix), is the follow up to 2010's Pickin' Up the Pieces, which spent 73 weeks on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, peaking at No. 1. 

"It's the sort of disc that begs for repeat listens," said Relix. "This six-piece Los Angeles pop-soul group is all about irrepressible energy: hopped-up rhythms, shout-it-out choruses, hooted background vocals," notedRolling Stone

ABC News called Fitz and The Tantrums "a band you're likely to hear more of in 2013...[their] music is catchy electro-pop with the soul of an '80s dance party."  

Fitz and The Tantrums - comprised of Fitz (vocals), Noelle Scaggs (vocals/tambourine), James King (saxophone), Jeremy Ruzumna (keyboards), John Wicks (drums) and Joseph Karnes (bass) - played their first show in December 2008 at Hotel CafĂ© in Hollywood, CA. After self-releasing the five-song 2009 EP Songs for a Breakup, Vol. 1Fitz and The Tantrums soon found themselves appearing on KCRW's "Morning Becomes Eclectic," touring with Maroon 5 and recording their full length debut, Pickin' Up the PiecesThe band was named a "You Oughta Know" artist by VH1 and views for the video for the hit single"MoneyGrabber" surpassed three million. Fitz and The Tantrums supported Pickin' Up the Pieces with two sold-out U.S. headline tours, performances at numerous major music festivals and appearances on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno," "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon," "Jimmy Kimmel Live," "Conan," "Last Call with Carson Daly" and "The Rachael Ray Show." The band launched More than Just a Dream with another headline tour and spent the summer of 2013 on the road with Bruno Mars.  


20 - Richmond, VA @ The National  - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
22 - Providence, RI @ Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
23 - New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
25 - Wallingford, CT @ The Dome at Oakdale Theatre - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
26 - Portland, ME @ State Theatre
28 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
29 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
30 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
31 - Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities

1 - Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
4 - Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theater
5 - Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
6 - Charlotte, NC @ Amos' Southend - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
7 - Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music Works - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
9 - Tampa, FL @ Coastline Festival
10 - West Palm Beach, FL @ Coastline Festival
11 - Gainesville, FL @ University of Florida - Phillips Center- "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
13 - Athens, OH @ Templeton-Blackburn Alumni Memorial Auditorium - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
14 - Covington, KY @ Madison Theatre - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
15 - Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
16 - Indianapolis, IN @ Egyptian Room - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
17 - Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
19 - Ames, IA @ Iowa State University/Stephens Auditorium - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
20 Champaign, IL @ University of Illinois - State Farm Center- "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
21 - Maplewood, MN @ Myth - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
22 - Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities
23 - Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave - "The Bright Futures" tour w/Capital Cities


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1 comment:

newwavegeo said...

They were so good at NAMM last January that I look forward to catching them do a full set in the future.