Billboard Bits: Ray Davies, Kotche/Cline, Wax On Radio/The North Atlantic
Kinks frontman/co-founder Ray Davies will be honored with the prestigious BMI Icon award during the performing rights organization's annual London awards, to be held Oct. 3 at the Dorchester Hotel.Kinks frontman/co-founder Ray Davies will be honored with the prestigious BMI Icon award during the performing rights organization's annual London awards, to be held Oct. 3 at the Dorchester Hotel. The Icon accolade is bestowed to BMI songwriters and artists who have had "a unique and indelible influence on generations of music makers," BMI says.
Previous recipients of the BMI Icon award include Steve Winwood and Van Morrison. Davies' songwriting talents were also celebrated with the PRS award for outstanding contribution to British music during the annual Ivor Novello Awards in May.
-- Lars Brandle, London
Wilco percussionist Glenn Kotche and guitarist Nels Cline will hit the road together for a handful of dates this fall, beginning Sept. 18 at Lincoln Center in New York. Kotche will be supporting his most recent release, "Mobile" (Nonesuch), which was released in March. Cline will be supporting material from his last two Cryptogramophone sets, "Instrumentals" and "The Giant Pin" (which featured Jon Brion and Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier).
Kotche will also be featured at the Modern Drummer Festival Weekend 2006 on Sept. 16. Other artists set to perform at the event include Death Cab For Cutie's Jason McGerr, the Police's Stewart Copeland, Mastodon's Brann Dailor and Danny Seraphine.
Meanwhile, work continues on Wilco's new album. Having just played Lollapalooza in Chicago, Wilco will regroup for three shows in early October; frontman Jeff Tweedy will play solo on Aug. 16 at the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh and at the Folks Festival in Lyons, Colo., on Aug. 18.
-- Lars Brandle, London
Up-and-coming rock acts Wax On Radio and the North Atlantic will team for a month-long fall tour, beginning Sept. 6 in Des Moines, Iowa, and running through Oct. 6 in Lake Forest, Ill. The trek precedes the October release of Wax On Radio's debut album, "Exposition," which will be released by Downtown/Atlantic.
The North Atlantic will be out behind its debut, "Wires in the Walls," released July 11 by We Put Out Records. The Archers Of Loaf-meets-Dismemberment Plan single "Scientist Girl" can be downloaded from the label's Web site.
Here are Wax On Radio/the North Atlantic tour dates:
Sept. 6: Des Moines, Iowa (Vaudeville Mews)
Sept. 7: Champaign, Ill. (TBA)
Sept. 8: Newport, Ky. (Southgate House)
Sept. 9: Louisville, Ky. (TBA)
Sept. 10: Knoxville, Tenn. (TBA)
Sept. 11: Nashville (TBA)
Sept. 12: St. Louis (TBA)
Sept. 13: Lawrence, Kan. (TBA)
Sept. 14: Iowa City, Iowa (TBA)
Sept. 15: Minneapolis (Triple Rock Social Club)
Sept. 16: La Crosse, Wis. (Warehouse)
Sept. 17: Chicago (Metro)
Sept. 18: Kalamazoo, Mich. (TBA)
Sept. 19: Grand Rapids, Mich. (Intersection)
Sept. 20: Detroit (TBA)
Sept. 21: Cleveland (TBA)
Sept. 22: Gambier, Ohio (Kenyon College)
Sept. 23: Pittsburgh (Garfield Artworks)
Sept. 24: Buffalo, N.Y. (TBA)
Sept. 26: Providence, R.I. (TBA)
Sept. 27: Boston (TT the Bear's)
Sept. 28: Wilmington, Del. (TBA)
Sept. 29: New York (TBA)
Sept. 30: Washington, D.C. (TBA)
Oct. 1: Brooklyn, N.Y. (North Six)
Oct. 2: Baltimore (TBA)
Oct. 3: Hoboken, N.J. (Maxwell's)
Oct. 4: Columbus, Ohio (TBA)
Oct. 5: Dekalb, Ill. (the House)
Oct. 6: Lake Forest, Ill. (Lake Forest College)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.