Acoustic punk-leaning outfit Dashboard Confessional will launch its first tour of the new year March 1 in Fort Worth, Texas, wrapping April 17 on its home turf of Pompano, Fla. The band, led by singer/songwriter Chris Carrabba, is booked for two-night stands in a number of cities, including Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The tour comes in support of Dashboard's second full-length set, "The Places You Have Come To Fear the Most" (Vagrant), which is No. 23 on Billboard's Top Independent Albums chart this week.
Dates and venues for rock-rapper Kid Rock's North American tour have finally been released. The trek will kick off Feb. 22 in Saginaw, Mich. Dates stretch into the spring, ending with a pair of festival performances: May 3 at Memphis' Beale Street Music Festival, and the following day at Atlanta's sprawling annual Music Midtown event.
Veteran rock artist Bob Mould will return this year with a trio of albums intended to mark a new direction for the ex-Husker Du/Sugar frontman. The artist has not released a new album since 1998's "The Last Dog and Pony Show" (Rykodisc), which reached No. 11 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. First up is "Modulate," a half-guitar-based, half-electronic album due March 12 from Mould's own Granary Music imprint.
The Coal Miner's Daughter soon will receive a new moniker -- Dr. Loretta Lynn. The University of Kentucky's board of trustees has approved an honorary doctorate for the 66-year-old country singer and Johnson County, Ky., native. Lynn will receive the honorary doctorate in arts at a ceremony during the Society for American Music's 28th annual meeting March 6-10 on the university's Lexington campus.
A departure from the loungey vibe of the group's first disc, At the Risk of Sounding Pretentious, a pared-down Lifestyle (from 12 to four members) offers Frontier, a hook-laden collection of pure synth-pop.
Keep Movin' On doubles as a vocal accompaniment to VH1's recent illuminating Legends special about the charismatic soul/pop singer responsible for such '50s and '60s hits as "You Send Me" and "Wonderful World." A lover of music and a voracious reader, Cooke constantly experimented during an all-too-brief career that found him creatively pairing banjos, flutes, lush strings, and French horns with gospel harmonies.
More than 20 years ago, when he already had a decade's worth of albums under his belt, Canadian singer/songwriter Bruce Cockburn was advertised to American consumers as "Canada's best-kept secret." Still a relative unknown south of the border, Cockburn's new singles collection should help secure his deserved spot in the domestic pop landscape.