Monthly Archives: February 2010

Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Announce 2010 Tour

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers have announced their 2010 tour dates (below). They will be playing 38 dates spanning from May 6 to August 27. At the same time, they are promoting their first studio album in eight years, Mojo. In fact, when you buy tickets to a show, you will receive a special code to download the new album for free.

Supporting acts for the tour are pretty awesome, too. They are: Joe Cocker, Drive-By Truckers, ZZ Top, Crosby, Stills and Nash, and My Morning Jacket. Plenty of respect for Petty and the gang.

Tickets go on sale to the general public on Monday, March 8, at 10 AM. The presale is Wednesday, March 3 at 10 AM. We’re not sure what the presale password is yet – follow Sound Citizen on Twitter and we’ll post the password there as soon as we know.

UPDATE: A few codes we’re hearing that work so far are 542418, 412800, or 546616 and REFUGEE. For Oakland, password is guitar. For Chicago, you don’t need one, just go to Ticketmaster and pay $45 extra. We’ll keep looking.

In the mean time, you can hear a new track from the upcoming Mojo, “Good Enough,” right here.

Also, enjoy this video, a Sound Citizen favorite from one of our all-time favorite artists.

Tour dates are below.


May 06 2010 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion w/ Joe Cocker
May 07 2010 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ Joe Cocker
May 09 2010 Tampa, FL St Pete Times Forum w/ Joe Cocker
May 15 2010 Dallas, TX Center w/ Joe Cocker
May 16 2010 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion w/ Joe Cocker
May 18 2010 Phoenix, AZ US Airways Center w/ Joe Cocker
May 22 2010 Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Bowl w/ Joe Cocker
Jun 02 2010 San Diego, CA Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre w/ Joe Cocker
Jun 03 2010 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ Joe Cocker
Jun 05 2010 Oakland, CA Oracle Arena w/ Joe Cocker
Jun 08 2010 Vancouver, BC GM Place w/ Joe Cocker
Jun 11 2010 Seattle, WA The Gorge w/ Joe Cocker
Jun 12 2010 Seattle, WA The Gorge w/ Joe Cocker
Jun 15 2010 Calgary, AB Pengrowth Saddeldome w/ Joe Cocker
Jun 16 2010 Edmonton, AB Rexall Place w/ Joe Cocker
Jun 19 2010 Winnipeg, MB MTS Centre w/ Joe Cocker
Jun 22 2010 St. Paul, MN Xcel Energy Center w/ Drive-By Truckers
Jun 23 2010 Omaha, NE Qwest Center w/Drive-By Truckers
Jun 25 2010 Millwaukee, WI Summerfest w/ ZZ Top
Jul 10 2010 Indianapolis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center w/ Drive-By Truckers
Jul 13 2010 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center w/ Drive-By Truckers
Jul 15 2010 Cincinati, OH Riverbend Music Center w/ Drive-By Truckers
Jul 17 2010 Chicago, IL United Center w/ Drive-By Truckers
Jul 20 2010 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center w/ Drive-By Truckers
Jul 22 2010 Detroit, MI Palace of Auburn Hills w/ Drive-By Truckers
Jul 24 2010 Pittsburgh, PA First Niagra Pavilion w/ Drive-By Truckers
Jul 28 2010 New York City, NY Madison Square Garden TBA
Jul 31 2010 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center TBA
Aug 11 2010 ATLANTA, GA Philips Arena w/ Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Aug 12 2010 Nashville, TN Sommet Center w/ Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Aug 14 2010 Darien Lake, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center w/ Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Aug 15 2010 Washington, DC Jiffy Lube Live w/ Crosby, Stills and Nash
Aug 17 2010 Hartford, CT Comcast Theater w/ Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Aug 19 2010 Boston, MA Comcast Center w/ My Morning Jacket
Aug 21 2010 Boston, MA Comcast Center w/ My Morning Jacket
Aug 24 2010 East Rutherford, NJ Izod Center w/ My Morning Jacket
Aug 25 2010 Toronto, ON Air Canada Center w/ Crosby, Stills, and Nash
Aug 27 2010 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Springs Performing Arts Center w/ Crosby, Stills, and Nash

Local Natives: 2010′s Indie Darlings

local natives(Video, audio and tour dates included) We’re always on the lookout for new, breakout bands. And so is everyone else. Here’s one for you: Local Natives. Their debut album, Gorilla Manor released just a week ago and they’re getting massive pub around the Interwebs. Many critics have already tabbed them “indie darlings” of 2010. I suspect that the lead singer’s Freddy Mercury/John Oates mustache helps, too.

UPDATE: We saw Local Natives live. Read the Local Natives concert review now.

What do they sound like? Glad you asked. Local Natives sounds like talent. It’s definitely an interesting mix – there are keyboards, strings, an occasional trumpet and all of the singing band members have some pipes that blend flawlessly. No kidding.

The instruments are treated as an accompanyment to the overall music and vocals. It’s never overpowering but rather understated; however not unimportant. If you like Fleet Foxes, Arcade Fire or Vampire Weekend, Local Natives are for you. If you don’t like those bands, you probably won’t like this either. But give it a shot. There are two videos below; the first is “Airplanes” and the second is “Sun Hands.” What I find most impressive is that these are live performances, not studio work, but it sounds like it could be. And that’s always a sign of a talented band, whether it’s your style or not. They also do a nice cover of Talking Heads’ “Warning Sign.” And really, you can’t go wrong with covering Talking Heads.

Below the videos are current tour dates, including a stop in Chicago at Schuba’s. That show WILL sell out, so if you like them, get tickets here.

You can listen to Gorilla Manor for free, right here, at the bottom of this post. You can also order a vinyl copy of Gorilla Manor.



Sun Hands



Feb 24 2010 8:00P Thekla Bristol
Feb 25 2010 8:00P Rescue Rooms Nottingham
Feb 26 2010 8:00P Concorde II Brighton
Feb 27 2010 8:00P SOLD OUT Brudenell Leeds
Feb 28 2010 8:00P Arts Centre Norwich
Mar 2 2010 8:00P SOLD OUT Heaven London
Mar 3 2010 8:00P Academy 3 Birmingham
Mar 4 2010 8:00P Club Academy Manchester
Mar 5 2010 8:00P King Tuts Glasgow
Mar 6 2010 8:00P Academy 2 Newcastle
Mar 10 2010 8:00P SOLD OUT Academy 2 Dublin
Mar 11 2010 8:00P Limelight Belfast
Mar 18 2010 8:00P SWSX Austin, Texas
Mar 19 2010 8:00P SXSW Austin, Texas
Mar 20 2010 8:00P SSXW Austin, Texas
Apr 18 2010 3:00P Coachella Indio, California
Apr 20 2010 8:00P Solar Culture Tuscon, Arizona
Apr 22 2010 8:00P The Cavern Dallas, Texas
Apr 23 2010 8:00P Emo’s (inside) Austin, Texas
Apr 24 2010 8:00P Mango’s Houston, Texas
Apr 26 2010 8:00P Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack Little Rock, Arkansas
Apr 27 2010 8:00P Thirsty Hippo Haittesburg, Mississippi
Apr 29 2010 8:00P Cafe 11 St. Augustine, Florida
Apr 30 2010 8:00P The Basement Nashville, Tennessee
May 1 2010 8:00P Masquerade Atlanta, Georgia
May 4 2010 8:00P Local 506 Chapel Hill, North Carolina
May 5 2010 8:00P DC 9 Washington DC, Washington DC
May 6 2010 8:00P Bowery Ballroom New York, New York
May 7 2010 8:00P Kung Fu Necktie Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
May 8 2010 8:00P Great Scott Allston, Massachusetts
May 11 2010 8:00P Beachland Tavern Cleveland, Ohio
May 12 2010 8:00P The Basement Columbus, Ohio
May 14 2010 8:00P Schubas Chicago, Illinois
May 15 2010 8:00P Rock Island Brewing Company Rock Island, Illinois
May 17 2010 8:00P 400 Bar Minneapolis, Minnesota
May 18 2010 8:00P The Mill Iowa City, Iowa
May 19 2010 8:00P Mojo’s Columbia, Missouri
May 21 2010 8:00P Larimer Lounge Denver, Colorado
May 22 2010 8:00P Kilby Court Salt Lake City, Utah
May 25 2010 8:00P Empyrean Spokane, Washington
May 26 2010 8:00P Neurolux Boise, Idaho
May 27 2010 8:00P Mississippi Studios Portland, Oregon
May 28 2010 8:00P Media Club Vancouver, British Columbia
May 30 2010 8:00P Sasquatch! Seattle, Washington
Jun 3 2010 8:00P Bottom of the Hill San Francisco, California
Jun 10 2010 8:00P Bonnaroo Manchester, Tennessee
Jun 15 2010 8:00P Shepherds Bush Empire London

Sound Citizen Radio 4: From Philly to Down Under

We have another great show for you this week, including three new bands playing in Chicago in the next couple weeks – from Philadelphia and all the way from Australia. Also featured is an up-and-coming Chicago band and some news about Lollapallooza 2010 and Pitchfork.

As always, we make some recommendations about upcoming shows to look out for in the coming months. Hang tight, winter is almost over and that means the local music scene is coming alive again.

If you have any recommendations for us, comments, thoughts or opinions, please send an email to And bands, if you want to be featured on Sound Citizen Radio, email an MP3 or a link where some of your music can be downloaded.

This weeks’ lineup:

Strand of Oaks, “Two Kids”
February 21, Halfway Lounge, Chicago

Young Jesus, (pictured) “God Put a Curse on Us”
Feb. 17, Matz Hall, Winnetka
March 5, Martyrs, Chicago

Grand Atlantic, “Coast is Clear”
March 9, Martyrs, Chicago

From the Vault: Vandaveer in Chicago

Vandaveer and Sound CitizenSometimes we see a great show then get caught up doing other things. And, unfortunately, the show slips into the archives unpublished. This is one of those times. We went to Schuba’s back in November, 2009, to see Vandaveer – the folk duo of Mark Charles Heidinger and Rose Guerin. It was one of those shows that hit at just the right time – we were headed into winter and needed a warm sound to get prepared. Vandaveer was wrapping up a long road tour, on their way back to their homes in Washington DC. (Live video below)

We spent some time hanging out with Mark and Rose and they just couldn’t be nicer people. Rose was wearing a black veil over her neon-pink hair, recently purchased for her by her brother while on tour. Also, her frilled shoes which she said, “I can’t stop rocking them.”

Mark was all smiles and excited to meet a fellow Pearl Jam fan.

On stage, their every bit as freindly and simply excited to be doing what they do. For example, during an equipment malfunction, instead of complaining or apologizing, they explored the use of the word “awesome.”

“Where’d you get that hat?” asked Mark.

“Denver,” said Rose. “Denver is awesome. But not Chicago awesome.”

“Everything for you and me right now is pretty awesome,” said Mark. “That was a magnetic fuel song. They sure are great … but I wouldn’t call them awesome.”

Vandaveer is surely not widely known, but that might change real soon. They play The Birchmere in Alexandria, Virginia on Feb. 26, ahead of four-day stint at South by Southwest, in Austin, Texas, March 17-20. It’s really a perfect place for them to showcase their sound – what XM Cafe called “This generation’s Nick Drake” and Rolling Stone categorized as “Jarring new folk.”

Below is a video from the show at Schuba’s in November, “A Mighty Leviathan of Old.”

And read our interview with Mark Heidinger before the show, and hear more Vandaveer on their MySpace page.


EP Review: The One & Nines

Looking for an alternative to alternative music? Check out Jersey City’s The One & Nines. It’s decidedly retro … but thoroughly fresh and absolutely unique. Take some 50′s jazz with some 60′s blues and soul, and throw in some early-era rock and roll. There’s horns, organs, understated guitar and smooth vocals, and it all comes together seamlessly.

A particular favorite is the lead track from their EP, “Walked Alone.” Also, have a listen to “Something On Your Mind,” with its groovy undertones, soulful backup singers and honest lyrics:

Your love’s been fading since you opened up your door,
That’s been such a long time now.

I think something is on your mind,
But not on mine.

Vera Sousa heads up the vocals and, if you didn’t know better, you’d swear she was from an era past. The One & Nines are an easy listen that will leave you with a smile on your face and perhaps a longing for simpler times. Hosting a party any time soon? Add this to your playlist. The One & Nines will undoubtedly get people asking questions and admiring your versatile ear. As an added bonus, I suspect the ladies will dig it, even shake a leg. At least, groovy ladies.

You can hear The One & Nines EP at, where you can also purchase it.

See The One & Nines live, at O’Hara’s in Jersey City, New Jersey on February 26.

The One & Nines on MySpace.

Sound Citizen Radio 3: It’s for Lovers! Or Not.

Welcome to another installment of Sound Citizen Radio!

It’s February, which means Valentine’s Day. And whether you’re one half of a couple or a solo artist, we have you covered with three great bands and where you can find them playing this month – even a Valentine’s Day show.

Cobalt & The Hired GunsThis week’s lineup:

Dawes:  Feb. 16, Double Door – “When My Time Comes”

Cobalt & The Hired Guns (pictured at right):  Feb. 19, Metro – “Of Summer”

The Dirty Rooks:  Feb. 14, Lincoln Hall – “Larry’s Blues”

Enjoy the podcast, get out there and see these shows!

As always, please email me at to suggest a future band for Sound Citizen Radio or, if you’re a band, send us an MP3 and let us know when you’re playing your next Chicago gig.