Billboard Bits: Streets, Liars/Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Kansas
News on the Streets, Liars/Yeah Yeah Yeahs, KansasU.K. rapper Mike Skinner will bring his group the Streets to North America for a short tour later this month. Five dates are on tap, beginning Oct. 22 in San Francisco and wrapping Oct. 27-28 in New York. Skinner is augmented in the live version of the Streets with a second MC, a keyboardist, and a bassist and drummer.
The act will be promoting its debut album, "Original Pirate Material," which was released this spring internationally and nominated for the U.K.'s prestigious Mercury Music Prize. The set is due Oct. 22 in North America, as part of a new deal between magazine/clothing empire Vice and Atlantic Records.
Here are the Streets' tour dates:
Oct. 22: San Francisco (Justice League)
Oct. 24: Los Angeles (Troubadour)
Oct. 26: Chicago (Double Door)
Oct. 27-28: New York (Mercury Lounge)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
Liars and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, two of New York's hottest rock acts, will set off on a short North American tour later this month in support of upcoming new releases. Dates begin Oct. 23 in Cleveland and wrap Oct. 28 in Pittsburgh.
Liars' three-song EP, "Fins To Make Us More Fish Like," is due Nov. 12 from Blast First/Mute. It features the new songs "Pillars Were Hollow and Filled With Candy So We Tore Them Down" and "Everyday Is a Child With Teeth," plus a newly recorded version of "Grown Men Don't Fall in the River Just Like That," which originally appeared on the group's debut album, "They Threw Us All in a Trench and Stuck a Monument on Top."
The Yeah Yeah Yeahs' own three-track single, "Machine," arrives Nov. 5 from Touch & Go. Alongside the title cut and the demo "Graveyard," the release features a remix of "Pin," a favorite from the trio's live shows. "Machine" will also be available on pink 10-inch vinyl. The band's full-length debut is due sometime next year.
Here are Liars/Yeah Yeah Yeahs tour dates:
Oct. 23: Cleveland (Grog Shop)
Oct. 24: Detroit (Magic Stick)
Oct. 25: Chicago (Empty Bottle)
Oct. 26: Chicago (Fireside Bowl)
Oct. 27: Newport, Ky. (Southgate House)
Oct. 28: Pittsburgh (Club Laga)
-- Jonathan Cohen, N.Y.
On Tuesday (Oct. 8), veteran rock act Kansas will release "Device Voice Drum," a live concert film on DVD and a companion two-disc live album of the same name. Featuring a career-spanning setlist, the footage and the audio for the separate releases was captured during a specially staged concert in June for "Wheatheads," as members of the band's fan club are known.
The concert at Atlanta's Earthlink Live was shot on film using six cameras for the Compendia Music Group DVD, which is in widescreen letterbox format and mastered in both Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS audio formats. Extensive interviews, a making-of feature, discography, and behind-the-scenes photos round out the disc.
"'Device Voice Drum' is not your run-of-the-mill live video," drummer Phil Ehart said in a statement. "It is a true film and was conceived as such. It's not a carelessly assembled release meant for us to simply have a DVD product on the market."
Among the highlights is a version of "The Preacher" with the backing of Atlanta's New Advent Choir, as well as an arrangement of "Dust in the Wind" with a string section. The enhanced double-disc audio features the same lineup as the DVD with the addition of the song "Distant Vision."
-- Barry A. Jeckell, N.Y.