Though the calendar still says spring, summer tour season has begun. Tracking your favorite acts, though, can be almost as interesting online as at your local amphitheater.
Here are a handful of curious Web stopovers bands are making while on the road:
The generally press-shy Waits announced his upcoming “Glitter and Doom Tour” in a video recently posted on his Web site: www.TomWaits.com. In a press conference, Waits quiets a clamoring press corps while speaking into numerous microphones (including, humorously, a boom mic). I won’t spoil the reveal, but the punchline is classic Waits. The grisly-voiced singer also conducted an interview with himself on Monday, which can be found at www.antilabelblog.com.
Death Cab for Cutie
The Seattle-based rock band is touring its chart-topping new album “Narrow Stairs,” a dark and big sounding record that is playing well on large stages (as it did at Coachella). The band has long been fan-friendly, happy to pull back the curtain to its inner-workings. On Tuesday, it took over the music blog Stereogum (http://stereogum.com), with all band members writing posts.
The British band, which is releasing the album “Viva la Vida” on June 17, made news recently by announcing plans for free concerts in London, New York and Barcelona. After releasing a traditional video for their single “Violet Hill,” it last week put out a version featuring footage of dancing politicians. President Bush and former Prime Minister Tony Blair are the video’s biggest stars. Chris Martin sings, “When the future’s architectured by a carnival of idiots on show/ You’d better lie low.”
The always interesting Chicago rapper is currently on tour and will be playing big venues all summer, including a performance at Bonnaroo. At www.KanyeUniversity.com/blog/, West posts numerous times a day in his own brand of blogging that aptly reflects his, well, let’s say uniqueness. He mostly posts links to music, design, furniture, movie trailers and even saunas that interest him.
Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor really, really likes the Internet. Earlier this month, Reznor’s band released its new album “The Slip” for free at www.nin.com. Beyond that, though, the band has made all songs available to fans for remixing and it regularly posts photos and video of backstage life. One video is a 31-second first-person perspective of Reznor autographing a book. It’s titled: “Spend the day with us: Watch this 2500 times.”
Since forming three years ago, Jack White’s rock outfit has made nostalgia a part of its identity. The Raconteurs play old-fashioned bluesy guitar rock ‘n’ roll and it likes to appear in black-and-white photos that resemble old pictures of The Band. The Web site, www.theraconteurs.com is also old-school. It has the bare-bones, bright green type of early computers. The site calls itself “The Raconteurs: Version 1.0” and bears a copyright of 1981 and 1982.