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Friday, February 5, 2016

Tanya Tucker Starts 2016 Tour in Shipshewana: Live Review
by Brooklyn Brown-Sater - 0

Tanya Tucker has started her 2016 tour off well. Last Friday she kicked off in Shipshewana, Indiana at the the Shipshewana Event Center to a nearly sold out crowd. The crowd itself was a mixture of young and old, a testament to Tucker's longevity and status as a respected country music legend without country radio airplay in recent years.

Tucker sauntered onto the stage to open her show with "Some Kind of Trouble," a single from 1992 that hit #3 on the country singles chart.  Tucker noted early on that she was nursing a sore throat, joking that she sounded like Johnny Cash when she talked, yet her voice sounded clear and recognizable when she sang. I have to say that seeing Tucker in concert a few times, I am always surprised by how unchanged her voice seems from when she started her career 42 years ago. She is one of the few performers whose voice hasn't deepened as she's aged, nor does she sound very different singing live versus an album recording.

Tucker performed for 80 minutes, keeping the crowd engaged in between songs with banter, jokes, and anecdotes of growing up in the music industry.  She featured such hits as "If Your Heart Ain't Busy," "Walking Shoes," "San Antonio Stroll," and "Texas When I Die." A true highlight was the 1975 #1 "Lizzie And The Rainman," a personal favorite of mine.

Tucker slowed things down, performing one of her biggest hits "Two Sparrows in a Hurricane." The song is very personal to Tucker, as she relates the characters in the song to her parents. She stated in lead up to the song that she gets very emotional whilst performing the song since she has lost both parents. The vulnerability Tucker displays while performing "Sparrows" is the type of quality that has kept the former wild child relatable to her fans and critics. Tucker followed up with a moving rendition of "Amazing Grace" that lead into her biggest hit "Delta Dawn." Closing her shows with the song that launched her career is the perfect way in coming full circle in what can be seen as a retrospective of her career; a Greatest Hits tour if you will.

*If there were any draw back of last week's show, it would be the slight confusion as to location due to the event promotion. All online promotion listed the concert at the Blue Gate Theater, when in reality the show was at the Shipshewana Event Center and presented by the Blue Gate Theater. This caused a slight delay in start time to allow audience members a few extra minutes to arrive after being redirected to the event center.

Tour Dates:

Feb. 12 Newberry Opera House - Newberry, S.C.
Feb. 15 The Birchmere - Alexandria, Va.
Feb. 18 Hard Rock Rocksino - Cleveland, Ohio
Feb. 19 Tarrytown Music Hall - Tarrytown, N.Y.
Feb. 20 Sanctuary Concerts - Chatham, N.J.
March 11 Florida Strawberry Festival - Plant City, Fla.
March 18 Greenville Municipal Auditorium - Greenville, Texas
March 19 Margaritaville Resort & Casino - Bossier City, La.
May 28 Cape May Convention Hall - Cape May, N.J.
June 4 Santa Clarita Performing Arts Center Santa Clarita, Calif.
July 15 Branson Theatre - Branson, Mo.
August 12 Chinook Winds Casino - Lincoln City, Ore.
August 13 Chinook Winds Casino - Lincoln City, Ore.


Brooklyn Brown-Sater is the Style & Entertainment Editor for UpToTempo. Follow her on Twitter: @bbrownsater

Brooklyn & UpToTempo would like to thank: Tanya Tucker, Scott Adkins at Webster Public Relations, & James Garner at CTK Management
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

The Kills Announce Tour Dates
by Kelli Redding - 0

Photo Credited to the Kills Official Site

Indie rock duo The Kills have just announced a series of tour dates to take place this spring and summer! Alison Mosshart and Jamie Hince have not released a new album for the band since 2011, and their upcoming shows may be an indication of an upcoming album. The two are rumored to have been writing music over the past few years for a new record that is likely to be released at some point in 2016. The band has released four albums since their 2003 debut, which include songs such as "URA Fever" and "Future Starts Slow," two staples of modern indie rock classics. Check out their tour dates below and let us know if you are going to have the chance to catch them live!

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Friday, January 22, 2016

Discover: Cardiknox - Into The Night
by Julia Merryman - 0

Courtesy of Cardiknox Facebook

Cardiknox, an NYC based power band, is really bringing their A-Game. With their North America tour in progress, they're set to hit a few of our favorite cities including Chicago this Saturday, January 23, at Lincoln Hall. Head to their Facebook page by clicking here to check out the rest of their dates to see if you can catch this duo live.

To help celebrate, Cardiknox released a fun track off their upcoming album Portrait called "Into The Night." The lead female vocalist, Lonnie, brings spunk and charm, creating an indie electronic dance song that has a chorus you'll be dying to belt out.

We're excited to see what else Cardiknox has in store, but for now, enjoy their single "Into The Night" and dance away!

Pre--order the new album 'Portrait' and get instant downloads of 'Doors', 'On My Way' and 'Into The Night'. Album available everywhere March 11th!


iTunes: wbr.fm/Portrait
Amazon: wbr.fm/Portraita
Google Play: wbr.fm/PortraitG


Apple Music: wbr.fm/PortraitAM
Spotify: wbr.fm/PortraitS
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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Discover: Yuck's New Song "Hearts In Motion"
by Kelli Redding - 0

"Hearts In Motion" Single Artwork

UK indie rockers Yuck have just announced that their third album, Stranger Things, will be released on February 26th! The band's first two albums were full of chilled out tunes and fuzzy guitar riffs reminiscent of 90s underground giants Pavement and My Bloody Valentine. Their third LP promises even more of this sound with the band's new single, "Hearts In Motion." Listen to the new song below and let us know what you think, and click here for more info on pre-ordering Stranger Things.

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