April 20, 2006

Today's Hotness: The Raconteurs, Jane's Addiction, The Walkmen

The Raconteurs' Jack gets drawnOne whole online music news cycle later and still there's not a lot that is jazzing us. But here is what did catch our attention, however briefly:

>> AOL Music has a podcast with everyone's The Modern Age's favorite new Jack White/Brendan Benson/etc.'s supergroup The Raconteurs. The act plays three songs from their forthcoming set, including "Yellow Sun," "Blue Veins" and "Steady, As She Goes." Check it out here.

>> Billboard reports here that all the guys from Jane's Addiction but the interesting one (i.e. Perry Farrell) have reunited in a new group called The Panic Channel. The quartet, which features some cat named Steve Isaacs on vocals, will release its debut (ONe) (annoying meaningless punctuation and capitalization theirs) Sept. 12 on a major label. Two tracks will see digital release next month, and a third tune is already available at the band's web site here. We're kind of afraid to hear it (okay, we listened, it's not good). Why is it that an act like Jane's Addiction (or "Jane's Ad," as this lass we knew in high school called them -- she also referred to them as "violent") can't make another exceptional album? We heard Strays in a bar when it came out and it wasn't terrible, but we were also probably sorta drunk.

>> Here are those Walkmen dates we promised you the other night. The act's third record A Hundred Miles Off streets May 23.

05/24 -- New York, NY -- Webster Hall
05/25 -- Washington, DC -- 9:30 Club
05/26 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Theatre of Living Arts
05/30 -- Cleveland, OH -- Beachland Ballroom
05/31 -- Detroit, MI -- St. Andrew's Hall
06/01 -- Chicago, IL -- Metro
06/02 -- Milwaukee, WI -- Miramar Theatre
06/03 -- Minneapolis, MN -- 400 Bar
06/05 -- Englewood, CO -- Gothic Theatre
06/06 -- Salt Lake City, UT -- In the Venue
06/08 -- Portland, OR -- Berbati's Pan
06/09 -- Seattle, WA -- Showbox
06/10 -- Vancouver, BC -- Richards on Richards
06/12 -- San Francisco, CA -- Great American Music Hall
06/13 -- San Francisco, CA -- Great American Music Hall
06/16 -- San Diego, CA -- House of Blues
06/17 -- Tempe, AZ -- Clubhouse
06/19 -- Austin, TX -- La Zona Rosa
06/20 -- Houston, TX -- Numbers
06/21 -- Dallas, TX -- Granada Theater
06/23 -- Nashville, TN -- Exit/In
06/24 -- Louisville, KY -- Headliners Music Hall
06/27 -- Toronto, ON -- Phoenix Concert Theatre
06/28 -- Montreal, PQ -- La Tulipe
06/29 -- Boston, MA -- Avalon
06/30 -- Brooklyn, NY -- Warsaw

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