Lady Antebellum’s “Take Me Downtown” tour with Kip Moore has been postponed; but, that isn’t keeping the opening act off stage. Moore announced a headlining tour that includes 11 shows in November and December with Drake White and Joey Hyde on select dates. The “Burn the Whole World Down” tour will play some cities that were canceled on the Lady A tour including Cleveland; the singer(s) will visit the states of Florida, Louisiana, Alabama, Ohio, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Michigan.
The first leg of Lady A’s tour that was originally scheduled to begin November 8, will now open January 10. When the opportunity presented itself for the CMA new artist of the year nominee to headline a tour, Moore jumped on it. There’s something ‘bout this guy that tells me he’s ready to set the Country music world on fire.
“The best way to test out new songs is always to play them live for the fans, so I’m excited to get some feedback direct from them.”
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Look out Broadway! Not only are we the movie capital of the world, but Los Angeles boasts one of the best theater crawls in the country. With venues like the Hollywood Pantages, the Ahmanson, A Noise Within and Geffen Playhouse, an amazing theatrical experience is never too far away, and coming up, some of the world’s most beloved musicals and talented artists will be making their run in the City of Angels!
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Just prior to the conclusion of his sold-out Dirt Road Diaries tour, Luke Bryan announced he will be headlining another tour in 2014. The ACM Entertainer of the Year announced 18 shows as part of his That’s My Kind of Night Tour set to open January 16 in Columbus at Schottenstein Center. His hit song, with the same name as the tour, reached the top spot on the Country charts and is Bryan’s latest single from his fourth studio album, Crash My Party.
Luke Bryan’s “That’s My Kind of Night” video (above) was shot during his Dirt Road Diaries Tour. The Country superstar showed off a few of his dance moves, playing to the crowd and getting everyone out of their seats to sing along. Controversy over the country, pop single recently ran rapid; Zac Brown called the single “one of the worst songs I’ve ever heard.” But, Country fans certainly love it and although it may not be traditional country, the single has sold over 869,000 copies. Jason Aldean, who came on to the Country scene around the same time as Bryan responded to Brown’s comments on social media saying, “It’s a big ol’ hit, so apparently the fans love it which is what matters. Keep doin’ your thing LB!!!”
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Imagine Dragons recently announced that they will be back on the road following their successful 2013 Night Visions tour in which all North American concerts sold out. The 2014 Into the Night tour starts February 8 in Boise and concludes in Denver March 15. The 21-City trek includes arenas in Dallas, Nashville, Toronto, and Chicago. The Naked and Famous will open for the alternative rock band on tour along with special guests Nico Vega and X Ambassadors for select dates.
“This is our last North American tour before returning to the studio, so we plan to make it a very special experience for those who come out to share it with us.” – Dan Reynolds, lead singer
“The Breakthrough Band of 2013” released their debut album Night Visions in September of last year; the album has since gone platinum selling over 1.4 million copies. The record spawned the hits “It’s Time” and “Radioactive” which have both topped charts worldwide. Single “Demons” has sold more than 1 million copies in the United States and climbed to #2 on the Billboard Alternative Songs list. The music video for the third single was filmed in Las Vegas where the band originated. Some of the footage from the music video is of the band’s performance at The Joint in early 2013 which gives fans perspective on the passion you’ll feel when attending an Imagine Dragons concert. The darker song also incorporates scenes of people who are going through difficult times including Tyler Robinson. Robinson was a known fan of the band whom the quartet started a charity for after he passed away from cancer.
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Look for another big week from Jimmy Graham in Week 6.
Honorable Mention: Philip Rivers | QB | San Diego Chargers
Indianapolis at San Diego – Mon, 8:30 PM ET
Average Price: $98
Following a dismal 2012 season, Philip Rivers has shown signs of life through the first five weeks of 2013. While his wide receiving core has been decimated by injuries, Rivers is still the third rated passer in the NFL. The Chargers are slight underdogs at home against the Colts on Monday night, but if Rivers plays like he did in his last home game, the Bolts will be in good shape. In a Week 4 victory against the Cowboys, Rivers threw for 401 yards and three touchdowns, including a 56-yard scoring toss to Antonio Gates (below).
See GIFs of the Top 5 players to watch after the jump.
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2013 was projected to be a big year for popular music, with the likes of Kanye West, Selena Gomez, Jay Z, Miley Cyrus, Lorde and Daft Punk all dropping albums—but everything changed when Justin Timberlake boogied his way back into the spotlight with The 20/20 Experience. It’s his latest work in six years and the first album of the year to have sold 2 million copies, hitting double-platinum status. Hot on his heels is Canadian born rapper-singer, Drake, who just blasted onto the charts with his third studio album Nothing Was The Same (NWTS). Drake earned the second biggest debut sales week of 2013, behind Timberlake, and NWTS’s appearance on the charts marks the best week of rap music sales since the artist’s sophomore album, Take Care, in 2011.
Both Grammy winning artists recently made an incredible showing at music’s most talked-about night of the year, the MTV Music Video Awards. On August 25, Justin Timberlake nearly shattered TV screens across the country with an explosive compilation act that exhibited his long tenure of hits, a surprise 2-minute N’Sync reunion, and of course, a flawless dance routine. Drake’s same-night “Hold On, We’re Going Home/Started From the Bottom” medley, despite literally featuring explosives, was just under the seasoned star-power performance Justin commanded, but it did display the artists’ breadth, showing off his pipes while playing piano and eventually jumping into the crowd rapping and hyping the arena up. Timberlake and Drake’s ubiquity seems undeniable, and now, the two will be even closer to fans than ever, heading on the road for two of the biggest tours in music world: Drake’s Would You Like a Tour? and Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience World Tour.
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The Detroit Tigers advanced to the ALCS on their road to a second straight World Series last night. Justin Verlander pitched eight shutout innings and had a no hitter heading into the seventh. The 2012 AL Triple Crown winner, Miguel Cabrera, contributed with a two-run homer. Like last year’s ALCS, the Tigers will not have home-field advantage; but if history is to repeat itself, that will not affect this Detroit team. It was a sweep against the Yankees in 2012 that pushed them into the World Series. Detroit Tigers tickets for Games 3, 4, and 5 at Comerica Park are the cheapest of the four teams remaining in the postseason. At an average price of $176, you’ll pay $6 less per ticket to see the Red Sox than you would have last year to see the Yankees in Detroit.
The Boston Red Sox also advanced to the ALCS after a great pitching effort; the staff did not issue a walk in the game and Koji Uehara closed without allowing a single hit. The Game 4 win against the Tampa Bay Rays has the Sox playing for their 13th American League pennant. Baseball fans will pay a hefty 3.5-times as much to see an ALCS game in Boston than they will in Detroit. Boston Red Sox tickets are the most expensive of the Championship Series and average $624.
The Red Sox and Tigers will meet for the first time in a postseason. Detroit went 4-3 against Boston during the regular season, but each team won the series at home. Detroit Tigers vs. Boston Red Sox regular season tickets averaged $63 over four games in Detroit and $64 over three games in Boston, about 1/5 the cost of ALCS tickets. The average price of the ALCS is $342, $15 more than the NLCS.
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The St. Louis Cardinals are back in the NLCS for the third straight year, and in the postseason for the tenth time in the last fourteen years. Adam Wainwright threw a complete game last night to help the Cards defeat the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 5 of the NLDS. St. Louis will have home-field advantage, an advantage they didn’t have in last year’s NLCS against the Giants. In 2012, the Cardinals three home games in the NLCS averaged $184, $131 less than 2013 NLCS St. Louis Cardinals tickets. However, with an average price of $315 in 2013, the Cardinals have the lowest Championship Series ticket price of the three teams who have secured a LCS spot.
The Los Angeles Dodgers will play for their first NL pennant since 1988. The Dodgers were the first team to secure a postseason berth in 2013 and a spot in the LCS. LA earned a NLCS berth after defeating the Atlanta Braves in Game 4 of the NLCS; both Uribe and Crawford hit three homers combined to lead the effort. Although the Dodgers do not have home-field advantage in the NLCS, they do have the advantage when it comes to finishing their division series on Monday, and being able to rest their best pitchers. The Dodgers ace, Clayton Kershaw pitched Game 4 Monday; a decision some questioned of Manager Don Mattingly. But, LA can now throw Zack Greinke for Game 1 and on four days rest, Kershaw again for Game 2. With that, he’ll be available for a potential Game 6. The average price of NLCS Los Angeles Dodgers tickets is $330, $15 more than the average price of NLCS tickets in St. Louis (which includes a potential Game 7).
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When I first took a look at ticket prices for the upcoming League Championship Series for the MLB Playoffs, I realized that many of the Cities that had a chance to, or will play in the NLCS or ALCS, also had hockey teams that had advanced to the second round of the NHL playoffs in 2013; and, in three of the four cases, advanced to the Conference Finals (Boston, Los Angeles, Pittsburgh). I mention both because the NHL Playoffs essentially has four rounds (quarterfinals, semis, finals, Stanley Cup); and if you exclude the Wild Card, the MLB Playoffs has three (division, championship, World Series).
When comparing the teams in each City, and within each League I found MLB playoff tickets were more expensive in every city than their NHL counterpart in the second round. This held true for two of the three cities when comparing the second round of the MLB playoffs to the NHL Conference Finals. The only exception being in Pittsburgh where Penguins Eastern Conference Finals tickets are more expensive than Pirates NLCS tickets. This could change however if the Pirates clinch a spot in the LCS tonight. It was the Pirates who had the most expensive Division Series tickets this year despite not having home field advantage (their average price was based off two games, not three).
Also, in most cases, the Cities that had home ice advantage in the second round, have/still have a chance at home field advantage in the MLB playoffs (noted with an * for secured home advantage; noted with (*) still have a chance at home advantage). Therefore, for those cities, it is an equal comparison in average price; with home advantage (or the possibility of), the average price in the chart below is based on four home games, while those teams who did not or will not have home advantage is an average of three home games. Again, the exception being in Pittsburgh where the Penguins had home ice advantage in the second round (but not in the Conference Finals), while the Pirates would not. To note, the NHL playoffs in both the Conference Semifinals and Conference Finals has a 2-2-1-1-1 format, while the MLB Playoffs in the Championship Series has a 2-3-2 format; all series contain a potential seven games.
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One of America’s most beloved indie rock bands is back. Neutral Milk Hotel is set for their comeback tour beginning October 11 at Baltimore’s 2640 Space. All four original members including Jeff Mangum will tour for the first time since their split in 1999 in support of their widely popular second album, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea.
Released in 1998, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea was an instant classic with hits like “Holland 1945”, “Two Headed Boy”, and “Oh Comely” on the track list. These singalongs will again be on the Neutral Milk Hotel set list when Jeff Mangum, Jeremy Barnes, Scott Spillane, and Julian Koster hit the road for over 25 shows in North America between now and February. Many have speculated whether Aeroplane lyrics were inspired by Anne Frank and the Holocaust, but this has yet to be confirmed by the band themselves.
The indie rock pioneers remain relevant today. Although the group had been split up for more than a decade, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea continued to have success on the shelves. In 2008, it was the sixth best-selling vinyl album of the year. NMH sound has influenced many like groups including Arcade Fire and The Decemberists. Many of the aforementioned hits off their second album have been covered by many artists like “Holland 1945” by Kevin Devine and “Two Headed Boy” by The Mountain Goats and The Dresden Dolls.
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