Bob Dylan has announced another installment of his so-called “Never Ending” tour.
The 76-year-old singer will hit the road in October and make his way from the west coast to Boston, where the tour concludes on November 16th.
Along for the trek for all but the first two dates will be Mavis Staples, civil rights activist and Dylan’s one-time girlfriend/frequent collaborator who famously rejected his marriage proposal in the early 60s.
Dylan’s latest release is Triplicate, a three disc collection of covers of classic American songs.
Staples recently announced the upcoming If All I Was Was Black, a collaborative album with Jeff Tweedy, due November 17th via Anti-Records.
Bob Dylan and Mavis Staples
10/13- Valley Center, CA @ Harrah’s Southern California Casino & Resort*
10/14- Las Vegas, NV @ The Chelsea*
10/17- Salt Lake City, UT @ George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater
10/18- Salt Lake City, UT @ George S. and Dolores Dore Eccles Theater
10/21- Broomfield, CO @ 1stBank Center
10/23- Omaha, NE @ CenturyLink Center
10/24- Ames, IA @ Stephens Auditorium
10/25- Saint Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Arena
10/27- Chicago, IL @ Wintrust Arena
10/28- Grand Rapids, MI @ Van Andel Arena
10/29- Bloomington, IN @ Indiana University Auditorium
11/01- Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre
11/03- Akron, OH @ E.J. Thomas Hall
11/05- Columbus, OH @ Palace Theatre Columbus
11/06- Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Hall
11/08- Uniondale, NY @ Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum
11/10- Richmond, VA @ Richmond Coliseum
11/11- Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
11/12- Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
11/14- Washington, D.C. @ The Anthem
11/16- Boston, MA @ Agganis Arena
* = no Mavis Staples
Written by Eugene
Texas acappella group Pentatonix have announced plans for a Christmas-themed tour in December via an Instragram video.
The tour will primarily focus on the east coast, but starts with three consecutive dates in Chicago (it also includes three-run stints in Boston and New York City) and will be in support of the quintet’s upcoming album, A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe, a reissue of last year’s A Pentatonix Christmas, which will include 10 new songs.
A Pentatonix Christmas Deluxe is due October 20th through RCA Records.
Pentatonix are the recipients of three Grammy awards – winning Best Arrangement, Instrumental or A Cappella, in both 2015 and 2016 and Best Country Duo/Group Performance in 2017 (along with Dolly Parton) for the group’s arrangement of Parton’s “Jolene.”
Pentatonix on Tour
12/03- Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
12/04- Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
12/05- Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre
12/07- Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre
12/09- Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
12/12- Boston, MA @ Boch Center – Wang Theater
12/13- Boston, MA @ Boch Center – Wang Theater
12/14- Boston, MA @ Boch Center – Wang Theater
12/17- Washington, DC @ The Anthem
12/19- New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
12/20- New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
12/21- New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
Written by Eugene
Country singer Kip Moore has announced a North American tour in support of his upcoming album, Slowheart. Support will come from Drake White and Jordan Davis.
The tour will begin October 19th in Bowling Green, Ohio and conclude December 2nd in Columbus, Ohio. The announcement comes as Moore is still on the road rounding off a couple of dates on the East and West coasts, which he won’t be visiting on the Plead the Fifth run.
In a press release on his official website, Moore praised his opening acts:
"Our live show has been such a focus for me and the band for many years. We are constantly woodshedding and trying to come up with new ways to engage the loyal fan base we've developed such a bond with. I've always felt Drake is cut from the same cloth and his focus has always seemed to be on the things that matter. We've been talking about touring for years and we're finally going to get that chance. It'll be a blast to see what we come up with, and also see Jordan Davis build his fan base out here with us."
Slowheart will be released September 8th. So far, Moore has shared the singles “The Bull” and his current Top 15 single “More Girls Like You.”
For a complete list of Kip Moore tour dates, click here!
Written by Eugene
A$AP Mob, the hip-hop collective featuring rappers A$AP Rocky, A$AP Ferg, A$AP Twelvyy, A$AP Nast and A$AP Ant as well as producers A$AP Lou and A$AP Snacks, will set out on a North American tour this fall. Support will come from Playboi Carti and Key! on select dates.
A$AP Mob recently announced their second album, Cozy Tapes Vol.2: Too Crazy, which will arrive August 25th via RCA Records. The group has shared a single, “RAF,” which features guest appearances from Payboi Carti, Frank Ocean, Lil Uzi Vert and Quavo.
The month of August will also see the release of A$AP Twelvyy’s debut album, 12, and A$AP Ferg’s mixtape, Still Striving. The trio of releases has been dubbed AWGEST by the group as a nod to A$AP Rocky’s agency, AWGE.
For a full list of A$AP Mob tour dates click here!
Written by Eugene
Rap legend JAY-Z has announced a North American tour in support of his new album, 4:44.
The 31-date trek will hit arenas across the country. JAY-Z is also set to make headlining appearances at New York City’s The Meadows and Austin’s Austin City Limits festivals, as well as his own Budweiser Made in America festival, where he has enlisted J Cole, The Chainsmokers, Solange, Run the Jewels and more to perform.
4:44 has made headlines for going RIAA-certified Platinum in less than a week after its release. The album was initially only available to subscribers of the rapper’s streaming service, Tidal, and Sprint customers. Although it was made available as a free download to the latter group, Sprint did purchase these copies, allowing the album to reach its Platinum status. However, 4:44 did not chart on the Billboard Top 200, although this is probably due to Tidal not reporting its streaming figures to Nielson Music. 4:44 has since been released to iTunes and Apple Music and a physical release is forthcoming.
A Roc Nation representative recently confirmed to Pitchfork that JAY-Z now officially has added the hyphen back to his name (after dropping it for 2013’s Magna Carta…The Holy Grail) and will now be formatted in all caps.
For 4:44 tour dates nearest you, click here!
Written by Eugene
Last evening (July 12th, 2017) marked the highly anticipated ESPY Awards- a high class event that was designed to recognize top-performing athletes, and affiliates of various sporting organizations. This year marked the 25th annual ceremony, and it was hosted in Los Angeles, California.
Narrated by former NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, this event was full of honorable, tear-jerking stories, accompanied by good humor to lighten the mood. Manning poked fun at several different athletes (although Kevin Durant wasn’t a fan) before rolling out the actual awards.
Aside from recognizing top performing players, the Excellence in Sports Performance Yearly Award show also accredits noble individuals who have made a difference within the sports community. This year there were several heart-warming awards given to extremely deserving individuals including:
For a complete list of winners click here!
Written by Tara
The Foo Fighters have announced a new album, Concrete and Gold, as well as a series of US tour dates in the fall.
The tour will run, playing arenas through mid-October to mid-December. Directly before the tour, they will host Cal Jam 17, a one-day festival also featuring Queens of the Stone Age, Royal Blood, Cage the Elephant, the Kills, Japandroids, and former Oasis singer Liam Gallagher. The festival name is a tribute to the original California Jam festival, which occurred in 1974.
Concrete and Gold will be released on September 15th through Roswell/RCA Records. The album was produced by Greg Kurstin, who has previously worked with Adele and Sia. Frontman Dave Grohl told Rolling Stone that “[Kurstin] is the guy we ask to be our producer because he’s never made a heavy rock record before and we’ve never worked with a pop producer.” So far, a single, “Run,” has been released and the band recently performed another new song, “Lah Dee Da,” at Iceland’s Secret Solstice Festival.
The Foo Fighter’s latest studio album was 2014’s Sonic Highways. The band also released an EP, Saint Cecilia, in 2015.
For a complete list of tour dates click here!
Written by Eugene
The NBA began a new tradition yesterday by launching their first annual award show in New York City. This lavish event boasted some of the biggest names in mens basketball, and rewarded them for their major accomplishments on, and off the court.
Typically the NBA holds a small ceremony upon the conclusion of the regular season during the NBA Playoffs to grant these annual awards. However, this year the NBA chose to honor their valued players by setting up an actual award show which was hosted by rapper, Drake.
In front of a large, supportive crowd the following awards were granted to deserving members of the NBA:
The NBA granted fans the opportunity to weigh in on who they believed should win each award. Their website hosted a contest beginning in April which allowed fans to cast their votes. Seeing as this will be an annual event, be sure to check back next year, to nominate your favorite NBA player as a winner!
Written by Tara
New Zealand pop star Lorde (real name: Ella Yelich-O’Connor) has announced the North American portion of her Melodrama World Tour via her Twitter account. See the dates here.
The singer will crisscross the country from the beginning of March to late April, hitting arenas in every major market. The tour will feature an opening act that has yet to be announced.
Melodrama, Lorde’s sophomore effort, was released on June 16th to near universal acclaim. The album was produced and written almost entirely by O’Connor and collaborator Jack Antonoff. The follow-up to 2013’s Pure Heroine was preceded by the jarring, key-shifting single “Green Light” and, more recently, “Perfect Places.”
O’Connor, who is only 20 years old, told USA Today that Melodrama is not a concept album, but does revolve around a loose narrative of a house party which she described as an “interesting metaphor for young adulthood.”
Written by Eugene
Tim Tebow is making headlines as a minor league baseball player as he continues to hit well for the New York Met’s A affiliate, the Columbia Fireflies. As of last week he was 40 for 178 with 18 RBIs.
As we all know Tim Tebow did not start off with Major League Baseball dreams. In 2011, the Heisman Trophy winner led the Denver Broncos to their first AFC West title since 2005. However, even after a successful season he was traded to the NY Jets (and then released), signed with the New England Patriots (and cut) and he stepped away for a few seasons to only try again with the Philadelphia Eagles in 2015. Never getting back to his “Tebow Time” ways of 2011, Tebow switched gears and surprised many when he signed with the New York Mets on a minor league contract in 2016.
Tim Tebow is not the only athlete to switch professional leagues, and no we aren’t talking about that time Michael Jordan tried playing for the Chicago White Sox. We are talking about athletes who successfully transferred to a new league or crazily enough, played in two professional leagues at the same time!
Brian Jordan, from 1989 to 1991, Jordan played in the NFL and earned a spot on the roster for the Pro-Bowl as an Atlanta Falcon. After that? In 1992 he moved over to the MLB where he played 15 seasons. In 1999 he was voted into the MLB All-Star game as an Atlanta Brave.
Bo Jackson, like Tebow, he won the Heisman Trophy. Jackson was originally drafted to the NFL only to play professional baseball (first) instead. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers who initially drafted Jackson would go on to trade him to the Los Angeles Raiders in 1987. In 1987, Jackson had 396 at bats with 22 home runs, 53 RBIs and an on base percentage of .296 with the Kansas City Royals and he played in 7 games for the Los Angeles Raiders, rushing for 554 yards with 6 touch downs. He would continue to play for the Raiders for three more seasons before leaving the NFL and stayed in the MLB until 1994.
Deion Sanders, he once played a professional baseball game (where he hit a home run) and a professional football game (where he scored a touchdown) all in the same weekend! He would later attempt to play in both leagues on the same day, after playing with the Falcons in Miami Sanders went to Pittsburgh for Game 5 of the NLCS however, after he arrived he sat on the bench. He is also the only person to have rings from both the World Series and the Super Bowl.
Gene Conley, was a pitcher in the MLB for 11 seasons and concurrently played in the NBA for six. He is the only person to have a World Series ring and a NBA Championship ring.
While the number of athletes who have successfully played in multiple professional leagues may be few it does not mean that Tim Tebow cannot succeed as an outfielder after an attempt at a career as a quarterback. Only time will tell if Tebow will get to put on the orange and blue jersey in Queens but if and when he does, he could become part of an elite group of athletes in sports history.
Written by Kristen
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