Sunday, June 1, 2008

Concert Calendar: June: REM Rocks America

REM has returned to form. You heard it on their latest album Accelerate which got a big enthusiastic thumbs up here and now they are getting rave reviews for their concerts in support of the album. The threesome is touring with MODEST MOUSE, another band returning to form, and THE NATIONAL.

Catch REM in the following places this month before they go to Europe in July: Toronto (6.08), Raleigh (6.10), Washington DC (6.11), Boston (6.13), Long Island (6.14), Philadelphia (6.18), New York City (6.19) and Atlanta (6.21).

Tickets on sale through

STEELY DAN has been touring with such frequency in this decade that you almost forget that there was a time (not too long ago it seemed) when they never toured. Once again WALTER BECKER and DONALD FAGEN are back on the road together this month. This time Becker has a new album coming out and it's not produced by his SD team mate. Circus Money is expected to be in the stores in June as well. So expect to hear some solo work out of Becker on the tour as well as part of Fagen's wonderful solo catalog.

SD will be in Hollywood FL tonight, Clearwater, FL (6.09), and Apharetta, GA (06.11). This is all leading up to six shows at the famed Beacon Theatre in New York City starting on June 13 and closing on June 21. Remember that great live album from the early 90's where Donald Fagen plays on (The New York Rock and Soul Review)? The Beacon is where it was recorded. Then the duo will be in Boston (6.23), Walingford, CT (6.25), Atlantic City, NJ (6.28). Tickets through and Ticketmaster.

I saw Fagen solo recently when he was promoting Morph The Cat and it was one of the best shows I had ever seen live. So you can just imagine what it's like when partner Becker and the newest version of the Steely Dan band (who the duo says is the best they've assembled) join together.

SHERYL CROW is a busy lady as usual out promoting her latest album Detours which received a very favorable review here. Catch her in Denver (6.09), Los Angeles(6.11), Santa Barbara (6.12). On 6.24 she heads to France and will do shows there as well as Scotland and England before June finishes. Go to and Ticketmaster for detailed information.

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