The Allman Brothers Band will stage their annual run at New York's Beacon Theatre beginning March 22. Tickets for the 13-show extravaganza go on sale Saturday (Jan. 6); plans are in the works to cyber

The Allman Brothers Band will stage their annual run at New York's Beacon Theatre beginning March 22. Tickets for the 13-show extravaganza go on sale Saturday (Jan. 6); plans are in the works to cybercast the shows in high-definition video.

The Allman Brothers will play the Beacon March 22-24, 26-27, 29-31, April 2-3 and April 5-7. After that run, the Allmans will anchor the Wanee Festival in Live Oak, Fla., on April 13-14. The group will then pause before an August/September run of about 25 shows to be announced.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.







Saddle Creek singer/songwriter Maria Taylor will release her sophomore set, "Lynn Teeter Flower," on March 6. The follow-up to her solo debut, 2005's "11:11," the album was recorded with the help of Spoon drummer Jim Eno, Andy LeMaster of labelmate Now It's Overhead and veteran producer Doug Easley.

Bright Eyes frontman Conor Oberst and Taylor's brother and sister Macey (bass) and Kate (keyboards) are also featured on the effort, which is named after a family friend from the Taylor's native Birmingham, Ala.

According to a spokesperson, Taylor is not dissolving Azure Ray, her band co-lead by Orenda Fink. However, the group has no plans to release another record at this time. Taylor will be embarking on a month-long European tour next week (Jan. 10) and is currently planning a North American run.


-- Katie Hasty, N.Y.







Instrumental rock outfit Pelican has set a May 22 release for its next Hydra Head album, "City of Echoes." The set was recorded at Steve Albini's Electrical Audio studio in Chicago and includes a number of tracks previewed on a recent tour, including "Bliss in Concrete," "Dead Between the Walls" and the title song.

Later in the year, the group will unveil a live DVD, "After the Ceiling Cracked," taped in London and mixed by Jesu's Justin Broadrick. An accompanying CD will feature a reworking of the song "Mammoth" (renamed "Pink Mammoth") and a remix by Prefuse 73.


-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.