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on tour: CAKE and Ben Folds


It’s a great year for GenX with so many fantastic artists and bands touring in 2018 . In August (my birthday month), CAKE and Ben Folds hit the road together for what seems like a solidly fun double bill. The tour kicks off in Boston at Blue Hills Bank Pavilion, the best summer venue.

CAKE’s Vincent DiFiore said: “Ben Folds has been a friend to us, a tour partner in the past, and for a long time we have had great respect for him. CAKE is looking forward to expressing our identity through music this summer, and the chemistry of our evening together with Ben and his band will be an inspiring jolt for us and the audience.”

Ben Folds said: “CAKE — my rough contemporaries, comrades and heroes — to me, they make universal, poetic, identifiable music with a groove. I’ve learned a lot from these guys and I’m proud as punch to be on tour with them this summer.”


13 – Boston, MA – Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

15 – Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage

16 – Philadelphia, PA – The Mann Center

17 – Forest Hills, NY – Forest Hills Stadium

18 – Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion

19 – Richmond, VA – Classic Amphitheatre

21 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater

22 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia Festival

23 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Bank Center

25 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn @ White River State Park

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new single and North American tour: Teenage Fanclub

one of my favorite bands ever. brilliant lyrics, shoegaze murmury guitar. A band that will always remind me of former longtime Bad Religion drummer Bobby Schayer. We kissed while Teenage Fanclub played on cassette in his hotel room YEARS ago on a Bad Religion tour. Hello my friend. The band will release a new album, Here, on September 9, 2016. Teenage Fanclub founded in 1989 in Glasgow, Scotland. Albums include Bandwagonesque [1991], Thirteen [1993] and Grand Prix [1995].

current members: Norman Blake; Raymond McGinley; Gerard Love; Francis Macdonald; Dave McGowan



October 12 – Toronto, Lee’s Palace
October 14 – Washington, DC, 9:30 Club:
October 15 – New York, NY, Bowery Ballroom
October 16 – Brooklyn, NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
October 17 – Cambridge, MA, The Sinclair
October 18 – Philadelphia, PA, World Cafe Live
October 20 – Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballrom
October 21 – Chicago, IL, Bottom Lounge
October 22 – Minneapolis, MN, Fine Line
October 23 – Madison, WI, High Noon
October 25 – Detroit, MI, Loving Touch

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music news: Suede album due out in January 2016

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One of my favorite Britpop bands The London Suede will release its seventh studio album Night Thoughts [Rhino Records/Warner Brothers] on January 29, 2016. The album will also be accompanied by a feature film directed by acclaimed photographer Roger Sargent – to be released on DVD – as part of a special album package. Night Thoughts was produced by long-time The London Suede collaborator Ed Buller and was recorded at SARM Studios in London and ICP in Brussels and features a full string orchestra.



Night Thoughts track listing:
1. When You Are Young
2. Outsiders
3. No Tomorrow
4. Pale Snow 5. I Don’t Know How To Reach You
6. What I’m Trying To Tell You
7. Tightrope
8. Learning To Be
9. Like Kids
10. I Can’t Give Her What She Wants
11. When You Were Young
12. The Fur & The Feathers

pre-order at Amazon: Night Thoughts (CD/DVD)

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On TOUR: Cracker and Camper van Beethoven


mark you calendars and buy your tickets GenXers and 90s alt-rock lovers: Cracker and Camper van Beethoven are heading out together. This show will warm you up this cold January. Get your tickets NOW!

Led by singer/songwriter Dave Lowery and guitarist Johnny Hickman, Cracker is best known for gold-selling 1993 album Kerosene Hat and the hit songs “Low” and “Euro-Trash Girl.” Lowery formed Camper van Beethoven in California in the 80s. Lowery’s a math whiz/techie guy when not playing in Camper or Cracker.

Cracker released its 10th studio album last month: Berkeley to Bakersfield [429 Records]. Purchase at Amazon: Berkeley to Bakersfield


Jan. 14th – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
Jan. 15th – Toronto, ONT – Lee’s Palace
Jan. 16th – Cambridge, MA – Middle East Downstairs
Jan. 17th – Philadelphia PA – World Cafe Live – SOLD OUT
Jan. 18th – New York City, NY – B.B. King Blues Club


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Amy Steele’s Essential 90s Female-Fronted Alternative-Rock Bands A-Z


From: Boston, Mass.
formed: 1991
The album: Star (1992)
The single: “Dusted”


The Cardigans
From: Sweden
Formed: 1992
The album: First Band on the Moon (1996)
The single: “Lovefool”


From: London, England
Formed: 1990
The album: Come Clean (1998)
The single: “Chinese Burn”


From: Manchester, England
Formed: 1993
The album: Lustra (1997)
The single: “The World is Flat”


From: London, England
Formed: 1992
The album: Elastica (1995)
The single: “Connection”


From: 1994
Formed: Madison, Wisc.
The album: Garbage (1995)
The single: “Only Happy When It Rains”


From: Los Angeles, Calif.
Formed: 1989
The album: Live Through This (1994)
The single: “Miss World”


From: New York City
Formed: 1994
The album: Realistic (1995)
The single: “Get Enough”

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Letters to Cleo
From: Boston, Mass.
Formed: 1990
The album: Aurora Gory Alice (1994)
The single: “Here and Now”


From: London, England
Formed: 1988
The album: Lovelife (1996)
The single: “Hypocrite”

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Luscious Jackson
From: Manhattan
Formed: 1991
The album: Electric Honey (1999)
The single: “Ladyfingers”

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Mazzy Star
From: Santa Monica, Calif.
Formed: 1989
The album: Among My Swan (1996)
The single: “Fade Into You”


Mistle Thrush
From: Boston, Mass.
Formed: 1993
The album: Silt (1995)
The single: “Flowereyed”


No Doubt
From: Anaheim, Calif.
Formed: 1986
The album: Tragic Kingdom (1995)
The single: “Just a Girl”


From: Bristol, England
Formed: 1991
The album: Dummy (1994)
The single: “Sour Times”


Siouxsie & the Banshees
From: London
Formed: 1976
The album: Superstitition (1991)
The single: “Kiss Them for Me”


From: London
Formed: 1990
The album: Mars Audiac Quintet (1994)
The single: “Wow and Flutter”


From: Iceland
Formed: 1986
The album: Stick Around for Joy (1991)
The single: “Hit”


that dog
From: Los Angeles
Formed: 1991
the album: Retreat From the Sun (1997)
the single: “Never Say Never”


Throwing Muses
From: Newport, RI
Formed: 1983
The album: University (1995)
The single: “Shimmer”

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Velocity Girl
From: College Park, Maryland
Formed: 1989
The album: Simpatico! (1994)
The single: “Sorry Again”

–list compiled by Amy Steele, 2013

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