Utah alt-rockers Neon Trees announced a hefty North American Tour this morning, in support of their upcoming Pop Psychology album (due out on April 22). The tour includes a stop at the Dome at Oakdale in Wallingford on Thursday, July 10 at 8 p.m., with Smallpools and Nightmare and the Cat opening.
For the past four years, the members of the soul-pop group sextet Fitz and the Tantrums have been running a marathon — sprinting, perhaps — caught up in the cycle of recording and touring that’s often a mixed blessing for breakout bands.
“The funny thing is, we haven’t taken a break in about four years,” said keyboard player Jeremy Ruzumna, who spoke by phone from Chicago, where last-minute rehearsals and tour preparations were unfolding. “We just took three weeks off… When we got back, I remember thinking, ‘We really need a rehearsal,’ but then when we started playing it was like second nature.”
Van Halen has canceled most of its summer tour, which included a stop July 7 at Mohegan Sun. There’s been no official word why, but there’s talk the family Van Halen and singer David Lee Roth are at each other’s throats again. Roth has said the group is merely trying to stave off exhaustion and will reschedule. For now, refunds are available at point of purchase.
Florida nu-metal band Shinedown performs with Papa Roach (remember them?) July 3 at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford; tickets go on sale Thursday, May 24, at 10 a.m. for $35 via www.livenation.com.
Hootie frontman-turned-country singer Darius Rucker performs Sept. 14 at Mountain Park in Holyoke; tickets go on sale Friday, May 25, at 10 a.m. for $55, $45 and $35 via www.nbotickets.com.
Jennifer Lopez and Enrique Iglesias co-headline July 26 at Mohegan Sun; tickets go on sale Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. for $135 and $95. The Wanted performs Aug. 24; tickets go on sale Saturday, May 19, at 10 a.m. for $30. Jethro Tull leader Ian Anderson is there Oct. 4, performing Tull’s 1972 album “Thick as a Brick” in its entirety, then following it with “Thick as a Brick 2.” Tickets go on sale Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. for $35. This year’s American Idol Live! tour, featuring finalists from the TV singing competition, hits Mohegan Sept. 2; tickets are $71 and $61. Tickets are available via www.ticketmaster.com.
Duran Duran performs Aug. 24 at MGM Grand at Foxwoods; tickets go on sale Friday, May 18, at 10 a.m. for $75, $65 and $55 via www.foxwoods.com.
Girl Talk headlines Aug. 18 at Mountain Park in Holyoke; tickets go on sale Friday, May 18, for $25 via www.nbotickets.com.
Heavy metal band Korn performs with Sluggo and J Devil June 17 in the Dome at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford; tickets go on sale Friday, May 11, at 10 a.m. for $39.50. The Wiggles play the main room there Aug. 14; tickets go on sale Friday, May 11, at 10 a.m. for $45, $31 and $21. Tickets are available via www.livenation.com.
Iron & Wine performs July 27 at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton; tickets go on sale Friday, May 11, at 10 a.m. for $35 and $25 via www.nbotickets.com.
Halestorm plays June 26 at Pearl Street in Northampton; tickets are $16. G. Love & Special Sauce is there June 27; tickets are $20. Foxy Shazam plays the Club Room July 7; tickets are $9.93. Tickets are available via www.nbotickets.com.
Skeletonwitch performs with Barn Burner July 15 at the Webster Underground in Hartford; tickets are $12 in advance.
There’s all the metal you could want when Slayer, Motörhead and Anthrax headline this year’s Rock Star Energy Drink Mayhem Festival with Slipknot, the Devil Wears Prada and more Aug. 5 at Comcast Theatre in Hartford. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 13, at 10 a.m. for $63.50, $53.50 and $34 for reserved seats and $20.50 for the lawn.
O.A.R. plays Aug. 2 on the “Festival Stage” there (that is, outside the main amphitheater building); tickets go on sale Saturday, April 14, at 10 a.m. for $29. Tickets are available via www.livenation.com.
Martina McBride performs Aug. 24 at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford; tickets go on sale Friday, April 13, at 10 a.m. for $65 and $45 via www.livenation.com.
Jam bands are steadfast in their conviction that lurking within every compact folk or country (or rock) song is a 10-minute improvisational workout just waiting to be freed. Letting it loose is where the fun is.
In that case, there was plenty of fun Saturday when Furthur stretched 19 songs into three hours of music at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford. The band, a successor to the Grateful Dead, features Dead members Phil Lesh and Bob Weir and draws on the Dead’s extensive catalog. A pair of sets Saturday featured some of the group’s best-known tunes, along with covers of Merle Haggard’s “Mama Tried” and Johnny Cash’s “Big River,” songs the Dead recorded back in the day.
The band took its time strolling through the songs, following wherever they led as Weir and John Kadlicek traded guitar licks or laid back in a supporting role when keyboard player Jeff Chimenti took the lead during extended instrumental passages while the capacity crowd danced in the aisles. In fact, Chimenti turned in one of the more memorable solos with his versatile playing on the traditional song “I Know You Rider,” which eventually gave way to a lower-key suite of songs from the band’s “Terrapin Station” album.
When Mastodon finished its 2009 album “Crack the Skye,” the Georgia heavy metal band felt like it had also completed a specific cycle in its career.
“It seemed like the pattern we were on was diving into deeper, darker, more bizarre conceptual ideas, and with the previous four albums, they had all been conceptual or thematic to some degree,” guitarist Troy Sanders says from home before starting a tour that stops in Wallingford Tuesday, April 10.
In fact, those albums each represented one of the classical elements: earth, fire, water and aether (in the band’s spelling). With last year’s “The Hunter,” Mastodon was ready to try something different.
“It was almost like we had written all the chapters of the elemental book, so we were able to close that book and start with a clean slate, and looking back, that was so therapeutic and refreshing for our band,” Sanders says. “Without working under the umbrella of a concept, we were able to write lyrically about whatever we wanted. I really believe it sparked a fresh fire in all of us, and there’s an energy there that we hadn’t had for a long time.”
As we learned last week, Canadian singer and rapper Drake performs June 11 at Comcast Theatre in Hartford, with J. Cole, Wakka Flocka Flame, Meek Mills, 2 Chainz and French Montana. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 30, at 4 p.m. for $144.75, $89.75, $69.75 and $49.75 for reserved seats and $29.75 for the lawn. Tickets are available via www.livenation.com.
Mansfield native Rivers Cuomo returns home-ish May 31 when his band Weezer headlines Mohegan Sun; tickets go on sale Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m., for $35. They’re calling it the “Summerland Tour,” though “Time Machine: 1997” would have done just as well: Everclear, Sugar Ray, Gin Blossoms, Lit and Marcy Playground share the bill July 29 at Mohegan Sun. Tickets go on sale April 13 at 10 a.m. for $25. Country singer Eric Church is there Aug. 17 with Robert Earl Keen; tickets go on sale Friday, March 30, at 10 a.m. for $39.50. Tickets are available via www.ticketmaster.com.
With a new Danger Mouse-produced album due in May, Norah Jones’ summer tour stops July 2 at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford; tickets go on sale March 30 at 10 a.m. for $58, $48 and $38. The Queen Extravaganza (paying tribute to — you guessed it! — Queen) is there June 9; tickets go on sale Saturday, March 31, at 10 a.m. for $35 and $25. Tickets are available via www.livenation.com.
Young the Giant plays July 17 in the Dome at Oakdale (that is, the lobby); tickets go on sale Friday, March 30, at 10 a.m. for $20 via www.livenation.com.
For those of you who want to paint your faces like kabuki demons and shout at the devil — and you know who you are — you’re in luck: Kiss and Mötley Crüe are co-headlining what they’re simply calling “The Tour,” which wraps up Sept. 23 at Comcast Theatre in Hartford. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 23, at 10 a.m. for $151 for a VIP Package; $90.50 and $50.50 for reserved seats; and $30 for the lawn (or four lawn tickets for $108), via www.livenation.com.
Face painting seems rather less likely when Crosby, Stills & Nash performs June 16 at Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre in Wallingford; tickets go on sale March 30 at 10 a.m. for $76, $56 and $46 via www.livenation.com.
Cake plays May 9 at the Palace Theater in Waterbury; tickets go on sale Saturday, March 24, at 11 a.m. for $50, $40 and $35 via www.palacetheaterct.org.
Ben Harper plays an acoustic show Oct. 7 at the Calvin Theatre in Northampton; tickets go on sale Friday, March 23, at 10 a.m. for $45 and $35. Tickets are available via www.nbotickets.com.