Quick Hits: Jack Johnson, Seether, Carolina Rebellion, Boston Calling, Taking Back Sunday & The Used, Rodrigo y Gabriela
January 28, 2014


Jack Johnson
Jack Johnson has announced a summer headline tour in support of his sixth studio album, From Here To Now To You. Support during the tour includes Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros (May 24-31), Amos Lee (June 1-7), Michael Kiwanuka (August 18 - September 1), ALO (May 20-21) and Bahamas (June 10). The extensive tour also will find Johnson headlining the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL on May 16-18 as well as the Firefly Music Festival in Dover, DE on June 19-22.

Seether's fund-raising Rise Above Fest, which aims to combat mental illness and suicide, is taking place this year on May 10 at Darling's Waterfront Pavilion in Bangor, ME. The bill includes Avenged Sevenfold, Motörhead, Hellyeah, Black Stone Cherry, Trivium, Skindred, Kyng, Muckler's Circle and Devour the Day playing on two stages. Tickets go onsale January 31, with proceeds benefiting Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE). Seether, meanwhile, is planning to have some new music ready in time for this year's festival, as they are almost finished with their next album. "It's a little heavier than we've done before, but by the same token it's a little more poppy, so it's this bizarre combination," singer Shaun Morgan told Billboard.com. "We're recording 12 (songs) but I think we're gonna do an album of 10 tracks this time... We wanted to consolidate it down and make sure it was 10 really strong songs from start to finish and there's nothing on the album that feels like filler. We're putting a lot of work into this and a lot of thought into everything."

Monster Energy's two-day Carolina Rebellion festival returns to Rock City Campgrounds at Charlotte Motor Speedway in Concord, NC on May 3 and 4 with headliners Avenged Sevenfold and Kid Rock. The festival also will feature performances by Rob Zombie, Five Finger Death Punch, Motörhead, Seether, Volbeat, Black Label Society, Killswitch Engage, Black Stone Cherry, 311, Staind, A Day To Remember, Alter Bridge, Theory of a Deadman, Fuel, Hellyeah, Of Mice & Men, Trivium, and more.

The Boston Calling festival will return for a second year with headliners Jack Johnson, Death Cab For Cutie and Modest Mouse. The festival is set for Memorial Day weekend (May 23-25) in Boston's City Hall Plaza, and tickets go on sale this Wednesday (1/29). Other notable acts on the three-day lineup include Brand New, The Head and the Heart, Tegan & Sara, Bastille, Jenny Lewis and The Neighbourhood. All info is available at www.bostoncalling.com.

Taking Back Sunday and The Used have announced a North American co-headlining tour set for this spring. Both bands have new albums on the horizon, as Taking Back Sunday will release Happiness Is on March 18, and The Used will offer Imaginary Enemy on April 1. The tour is set to run from March 14 in Dallas to April 27 in Orlando.

Acoustic rock duo Rodrigo y Gabriela have announced a handful of American tour dates to support the release of their new album, 9 Dead Alive, due on April 29. It is their first record of new material in five years and was recorded and produced by Rod and Gab at their studio in Ixtapa, Mexico. So far, dates have been set from May 1 and 2 in New York to May 11 in Seattle, with more to come.




 
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