Today’s recap includes tour announcements, festival lineups, band debuts, and more as compiled by TicketNews on December 16, 2008.

A summer tour favorite, Dave Matthews Band has announced plans for a new studio album and an accompanying spring tour, which will both land April 14. The occasion marks not only DMB’s first studio album in four years, but also the band’s first tour since the death of founding member and saxophonist LeRoi Moore.

A new supergroup of progressive rockers, called UKZ, will make its debut at Town Hall in New York City next year. The January 24 concert is the sole date on the band’s aptly titled One City World Tour. … Rock band Los Lobos will hit more than one city when it tours in 2009. The East LA rockers have more than 20 shows scheduled for the remainder of the winter through spring. … Ponderosa Stomp has announced dates and a lineup for its eighth annual amalgamated music festival. The two-day New Orleans event features a variety of acts ranging from blues and soul to rockabilly and garage rock.

Those are the complete concert and tour announcements for the day, but more itinerary updates have been compiled in brief for your perusal.

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Rodney Carrington is gearing up for a productive New Year, which the country musician and comedian will open with a stretch of 48 performances across the country in winter/spring 2009. Carrington opens the year with January 2-3 shows at Beau Rivage Resort Casino in Biloxi, MS, and has dates booked straight through his May 23-24 sets at Resorts International in Atlantic City, NJ. Some of his other shows include a February 7 set at Warner Theatre in Washington, DC, a February 27 performance at Knoxville Auditorium in Knoxville, TN, a March 27 show at Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, FL, and an April 25 set at Riverside Theatre in Milwaukee, WI. Later in the summer, the performer will hit the MGM Grand Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas for a seven-night residency from July 30 through August 5.

Lykke Li has announced plans to tour North America during a 13-date winter 2009 outing. The trek begins January 31 at Sixth & I Historic Synagogue in Washington, DC, and wraps February 19 at Antone’s in Austin, TX. The Swedish singer-songwriter, whose song “Little Bit” was featured in a recent Victoria’s Secret ad campaign, also has shows booked for February 2 at Webster Hall in new York, NY, February 7 at Metro in Chicago, IL, and February 15 at The Fillmore in San Francisco, CA, among others. Three dates north of the border are scheduled for February 4 at Club Soda in Montreal, QC, February 6 at Phoenix in Toronto, ON, and February 11 at Commodore Ballroom in Vancouver, BC.

Griffin House will support his second studio album with a coast-to-coast U.S. tour that is set to run from mid-January through early March. The nearly 30-date trek begins January 15 at B Side Lounge in Boulder, CO, and runs through March 5 at Gerstie’s in Louisville, KY. Highlights for the folk/punk rocker’s extensive outing include a January 20 show at The Triple Door in Seattle, WA, a January 25 concert at Anthology in san Diego, CA, a February 5 gig at Orpheum Stage Door in Madison, WI, a February 7 performance at Double Door in Chicago, IL, a February 21 set at Exit/In in Nashville, TN, and a February 27 show at Highline Ballroom in New York, NY.

The Hold Steady will book-end a February tour of Australia with a number of U.S. dates. The sole pre-Aussie date is set for January 15 at the House of Blues in Chicago, IL, but the indie rockers will roar back for a March 31 tour kick-off at Valentine’s in Albany, NY. After that, the Hold Steady will be on the road for more than 10 other shows through an April 15 closer at Harlow’s Night Club in Sacramento, CA. Highlights for the tour include an April 3 show at Courtyard Café in Urbana, IL, an April 8 gig at Slowdown in Omaha, NE, and an April 10 concert at Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO, among other performances.

Lenka has outlined a January-February tour of North America to support her latest release. The 14-show run begins January 10 at the Boulevard House of Music in Spokane, WA, through February 5 at the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. Along the way, the Aussie actress-turned-singer-songwriter will stop for a single Canadian date on January 11 at Media Club in Vancouver, BC, a January 15 show at The Independent in San Francisco, CA, a January 24 concert at Soiled Dove Underground in Denver, Co, a January 29 gig at Varsity Theatre in Minneapolis, MN, and a February 4 show at Great Scott in Allston, MA.

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