Billboard Bits: Sweet, Save The Music, Danko Jones
News on Matthew Sweet, Save The Music, Danko JonesMatthew Sweet will hit the road in November for a North American tour in support of his two new albums, "Living Things" and "Kimi Ga Suki * Raifu." Twelve dates are confirmed so far, kicking off Nov. 3 in Denver at the Bluebird Theatre and running through a Nov. 17 date at Nashville's Mercy Lounge.
"Living Things" and "Kimi Ga Suki * Raifu" will be released simultaneously on Oct. 19. Both were recorded in Sweet's home studio, though they represent different aspects of his work. The latter was recorded with a stripped-down electric rock setup and released initially only in Japan. "Living Things" features a more lush, acoustic sound, and features contributions from Beach Boys collaborator Van Dyke Parks, among others.
Here are Sweet's tour dates:
Nov. 3: Denver (Bluebird Theatre)
Nov. 4: Omaha, Neb. (Sokol Auditorium)
Nov. 5: Minneapolis (First Avenue)
Nov. 6: Madison, Wis. (High Noon Saloon)
Nov. 7: Chicago (the Vic)
Nov. 8: Toronto (Mod Club Theatre)
Nov. 10: Philadelphia (TLA)
Nov. 12: New York (Irving Plaza)
Nov. 13: Washington, D.C. (9:30 Club)
Nov. 15: Chapel Hill, N.C. (Cat's Cradle)
Nov. 16: Atlanta (Variety Playhouse)
Nov. 17: Nashville (Mercy Lounge)
-- Matthew Sweet, N.Y.
Cyndi Lauper, Desmond Child, Patty Smyth, the Hooters' Eric Bazilian and Rob Hyman, the Fixx's Cy Curnin and Jamie West-Oram will perform in an acoustic setting for Songwriters in the Round: Generations 3: The Best of the 80s. Presented by VH1 Save the Music Foundation, the Nov. 4 show at the China Club in New York will be moderated by matchbox twenty frontman Rob Thomas.
Thomas was a performer in a past Songwriters in the Round event. Others who have participated include Jewel, the Neptunes, Lamont Dozier, Darius Rucker, Johnny Rzeznik, Angie Stone, BeBe Winans, Bernie Taupin and Jimmy Jam.
Tickets for Generations 3 are priced at $600 (floor), $300 (second level) and $100 (standing room) and include admission to party after the performance. Seats are available by calling 212-846-7882. All proceeds benefit the VH1 Save the Music Foundation.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.
Toronto-based rock trio Danko Jones will see the U.S. release of its latest album, "We Sweat Blood," in early 2005 via Razor & Tie. It's the third disc from the band, which is signed to the Swedish Bad Taste Records label.
The U.S. edition of "We Sweat Blood" will boast a pair of bonus tracks -- "Lovercall" and "Sound of Love," both from the band's 2002 set, "Born a Lion."
Danko Jones finishes a brief Canadian tour tomorrow (Oct. 9) in Toronto, and will play New York Oct. 15 as part of the annual CMJ Music Marathon. On Nov. 12, its namesake frontman will make a spoken word appearance at the Crossing Border Festival in the Hague. Others taking part in that four-day event include Fugazi/Minor Threat frontman Ian MacKaye, Spearhead leader Michael Franti, the Stranglers' Hugh Cornwell, singer/songwriters Jolie Holland, Rufus Wainwright and Jim White, the John Butler Trio and author Nick Hornby.
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.