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News Roundup: Dax Riggs, Stars, Tapes ‘n Tapes, Blind Melon

Dax Riggs, ex-frontman of deadboy & the Elephantmen,will hit the road this February on a 17-date outing set to deliver hissouthern-fried tunes from Nashville to Denver to New York, in supportof We Sing of Only Blood or Love, his debut LP.

Dax Riggs tour dates:

2/1, Toledo, OH (Frankies Inner City)
2/2, Akron, OH (Barfly)
2/4, Lexington, KY (The Dame)
2/5, Nashville, TN (Exit/In)
2/7, Oxford, MS (Proud Larry’s)
2/8, Baton Rouge, LA (Varsity Theatre)
2/9, Austin, TX (Continental Club)
2/10, Dallas, TX (House of Blues/Cambridge Room)
2/12, Little Rock, AR (Sticky Fingerz)
2/15, Denver, CO (Larimer Lounge)
2/16, Denver, CO (Larimer Lounge)
2/18, Omaha, NE (Slowdown, Jr.)
2/19, Iowa City, IA (The Picador)
2/20, Chicago, IL (Double Door)
2/21, Pontiac, MI (The Pike Room)
2/22, New York, NY (Mercury Lounge)
2/23, Hoboken, NJ (Maxwell’s)

After jet setting through Europe, Australia, and Japan over the next three months, Stars,another of Canada’s premier musical exports, will roll through the U.S.for a string of dates. The 14-date outing kicks off March 19 inBaltimore and rolls to a stop in the desert of California; yep, that’sright astute readers, Stars are included in Coachella‘s amazing lineup. Check out the full dates over at Pitchfork.

Minneapolis’ Tapes ‘n Tapes will release their sophomore set, Walk it Off, April 8 via XL. The new album was produced by Dave Fridmann (Flaming Lips, Sleater-Kinney, Weezer), and is the follow up to 2006’s acclaimed LP The Loon. Looks like they finally nailed down those lyrics!

Taking a page from Alice in Chains’ manual, How to Reunite After Your Lead Singer Dies From a Drug Overdose, SoCal rockers Blind Melon have reformed and will drop For My FriendsApril 22, their first record of new material in 13 years, sincefrontman Shannon Hoon’s death. The new album will feature vocalistTravis Warren, as well as original members Rogers Stevens (guitar),Christopher Thorn (guitar), Brad Smith (bass), and Glen Graham (drums).[Via]