In 1994, like a million other music fans, I got caught up in the urgent rock and roll York, Pennsylvania quartet Live and their breakout album Throwing Copper. After releasing 1991’s Mental Jewelry, the young band hooked up with former Talking Head Jerry Harrison and holed up at the legendary Pachyderm Studio in Cannon Falls, Minnesota to record what would be the most successful album of the band’s career. The album was hard and heavy, but plenty melodic, boasting modern rock singles like “I Alone,” “Selling the Drama,” and the gigantic “Lightning Crashes,” a song that came to symbolize everything Live stood for: music that you could mosh and contemplate the universe to.
At the center of it all, of course, was lead singer Ed Kowalczyk and his powerhouse vocals. At his quietest, Kowalczyk could summon the kind of gentleness reserved for Michael Stipe, and at his loudest, fill an arena better than Bono. On top of recording five more Live albums, Kowalczyk also ventured solo with Alive (2010), The Garden (2012) and The Flood and the Mercy (2013).
Sadly, Kowalczyk would exit the group amidst inter-band turmoil and 2010 saw the three other members filing a lawsuit against their former lead singer over a sour publishing deal. Despite the acrimonious split, Kowalczyk has continued making new music and touring, including this years acoustic tour in honor of Throwing Copper’s 20th anniversary. I imagine it must be a bittersweet time for Kowalczyk, but from the looks of his Facebook and Instagram, he’s enjoying being on the road, reconnecting with fans new and old. I’m really curious about how he’ll arrange some of Throwing Copper’s faster, wilder songs like “Stage” or “White, Discussion.” And I hope he doesn’t mind people singing along… ‘cause I still know every word to this album. One thing I’m certain of: hearing “Horse” will bring more than a few tears to my eyes.
The first leg of the Throwing Copper Unplugged tour kicked off earlier this month with Mr. Kowalczyk stopping by the Cedar Cultural Center on March 2nd.
Feb 24 House of Blues Cleveland, OH
Feb 25 Wharton Center East Lansing, MI
Feb 27 Duck Room at Blueberry Hill St Louis, MO
Feb 28 City Winery Chicago Chicago, IL
Mar 01 City Winery Chicago, IL
Mar 02 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN
Mar 24 Soiled Dove Underground Denver, CO
Mar 30 Yoshi's Oakland Oakland, CA
Apr 01 Belly Up Tavern Solana Beach, CA
Apr 02 Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas
Apr 04 Musical Instrument Museum Phoenix, AZ
Apr 24 Bears Den Niagara Falls, NY
Apr 25 Swyer Theatre Albany, NY
Apr 26 Sellersville Theater 1894 Sellersville, PA
May 08 House of Blues Dallas Dallas, TX
May 09 House of Blues Houston Houston, TX
May 11 City Winery Nashville, TN
May 12 Variety Playhouse Atlanta, GA
May 14 Ponte Vedra Concert Hall , FL
May 15 Capitol Theater Clearwater, FL
May 16 Plaza Live Orlando Orlando, FL
May 17 Culture Room Fort Lauderdale, FL
The funk duo Tuxedo (Mayer Hawthorne and Jake One) is releasing their self-titled debut release via Stones Throw Records... the duo is throwing their record release party on March 4th at The Regent Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, featuring live DJ sets from Dam-Funk and Peanut Butter Wolf. The show is sold out.
Here is how they described Tuxedo:
The duo is excited to release the upcoming album on Stones Throw Records, which also marks Mayer's return to the label since his debut release of A Strange Arrangement in 2009.
Regent Theater (Sold Out)
Feb 27 Bird Rotterdam, Netherlands
Mar 04 The Regent Theater, DTLA Los Angeles, CA
Mar 05 Hawthorn San Francisco, CA
Mar 07 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn, NY
Mar 11 Amoeba Music Hollywood, CA
Chicago's Dowsing and Nashville's Free Throw are both touring together, starting next week.
Dowsing are out in support of their 2013 debut LP, I Don't Even Care Anymore and Free Throw are out in support of their 2014 debut LP, Those Days Are Gone... both available on Count Your Lucky Stars Records.
Dowsing / Free Throw Spring Tour:
3/06 - Madison, WI @ TBA
3/07 - Minneapolis, MN @ TBA
3/08 - Fargo, ND @ New Direction
3/09 - Winnepeg, MB @ Windsor Hotel
3/10 - Sioux Falls, SD @ TBA
3/11 - Omaha, NE @ Reverb
3/12 - Kansas City, MO @ The Scene
3/13 - Ames, IA @ The Pentagon
3/14 - Normal, IL @ TBA
3/15 - Indianapolis, IN @ Hoosier Dome