Thursday, March 31, 2011
Now this is how you do a drum solo!
"I always get excited to test new songs out on the road," said Aldean. "This one is a little different because it kicks off with the chorus, so everyone starts sorta grooving along with it...and then we hit that first verse with the rapid fire lyrics, and the fans go nuts. I know we're pushing some boundaries with a song like this, but I also think people expect that from me now. I'm really taking the fans' lead on this one, but I think it's going to be a killer single for us on the road this summer."
To stream "Dirt Road Anthem," click here: http://www.thegreenroompr.com/jasonaldean.html
MY KINDA PARTY has already spawned the three week No. one smash "Don't You Wanna Stay" with Kelly Clarkson, and its title track took the top spot on the Mediabase country singles chart in December. The album hit big out of the gate, selling over 193,000 albums its first week, more than any debut by a male vocalist in over three years and was certified PLATINUM only eleven weeks after release. Following the ACM Awards, Aldean will pick his MY KINDA PARTY tour back up for 38 more dates through August. For a full list of appearances and upcoming tour dates, visit www.jasonaldean.com.
On April 5, Tedeschi Trucks Band will perform just their second show of the year, at Charleston Music Hall in South Carolina. Each of the other April shows are sold out, but some tickets are still available for the Charleston show. Select tickets are also available for TTB's April 7 concert at Alabama Theatre in Birmingham. Tedeschi-Trucks then bring their 11-man band of wonder to the Center Stage in Atlanta one week from today, April 8. Get your tickets for this amazing tour before it's too late!
Tedeschi Trucks Band is still adding shows to their Summer and Fall schedule. Several new dates were added recently, starting with a June 4 appearance at Snowmass Chili Pepper & Brew Fest in Snowmass Village, CO (next to Aspen). On July 22, Tedeschi Trucks Band will join Furthur, Levon Helm Band, Taj Mahal and others for a show at Gathering Of The Vibes. Then on July 30, TTB returns to Atlanta for a performance at Chastain Park Amphitheatre. Check out the Tour page for a complete list of concert dates so far.
For a preview of what you'll hear when Tedeschi Trucks Band hits the road in April, take advantage of the free mp3 download of "Bound For Glory," one of the tracks from the debut album, Revelator(in stores June 7). Sign up for the TTB newsletter to get your copy, and please tell a friend or two to do the same! Problems downloading? Email firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll work with you to make sure you get to enjoy "Bound For Glory."
If you liked "Bound For Glory," be sure to place your pre-order for Tedeschi Trucks Band's Revelatortoday. All pre-order purchasers will receive an additional three full-length mp3 downloads of album tracks, well before the album's official release date on June 7.
Was I The Wave? is available for pre-order on miraclefortress.com and comes with an instant download of the Pantha du Prince remix of "Raw Spectacle" in addition to the single itself. Fresh off this year's set of heralded SXSW performances, Miracle Fortress will embark on a Canadian tour with US dates to follow.
3. Raw Spectacle
6. Everything Works
9. Immanent Domain
The Strokes recently released fourth studio album, Angles, has debuted at number 4 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums chart. The band sold over 88,000 copies of Angles in its first week.Angles debuted at #3 in the UK, #4 in Canada, and #1 in Australia. The album is about to enter the top 10 on Billboard's Modern rock chart as well.
Following the bands recent performances on late night television including Saturday Night Live and Late Night with David Letterman, The Strokes will be playing on The Jimmy Fallon Show tonight at 12:30 pm EST.
To top off this extraordinary week for the band, The Strokes will be playing a sold-out concert at New York's Madison Square Garden this Friday, April 1.
Angles has received lots of praise from critics as well, with Rolling Stone magazine calling it "the best album that [The Strokes] have made since 2001's Is This It" in their 4 star review. Other critics laudedAngles as a welcome reinvention for the band, with NME noting that "'Angles' lives up to its name by coming at you from some very obtuse places indeed." TIME called Angles "a 10 song exercise in rock precision," and SPIN magazine proclaiming that Angles "reminds you why they were so irresistible in the first place" in their 8 out of 10 review.
Angles is the band's first new release since 2006's First Impressions of Earth and marks the ambition of that album with the immediacy of the band's earlier albums Is This It (2001) and Room On Fire(2003). In 2010, the band returned to the road, playing and headlining major festivals in the United States and UK, including the Isle of Wight Festival, Lollapalooza, Hurricane Festival, Splendour In The Grass, Rockness, Outside Lands, and Austin City Limits. Time Out Chicago hailed the Lollapalooza performance as "the best set I've seen since covering Lollapalooza. Better than Radiohead in 2008. Better than... who headlined last year? ...The crowd...was euphoric."
Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil follows Garage A Trois' 2009 release, Power Patriot (the band's debut with Benevento replacing original member Charlie Hunter). In the words of Stanton Moore, "the band set out to capture the highly flammable, rock-driven, avant pop album we all knew we were capable of making." Recorded at Studio In The Country in Bogalusa, LA (where masterpieces by The Neville Brothers, Stevie Wonder and The Wild Magnolias have been cut) with revered engineer/producer Randall Dunn (Cave Singers, Black Mountain, Sun City Girls), Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil is indeed the finest representation yet of the band's sinewy, fourth-dimensional, polychromatic songwriting. It's sure to fuel the fire for a growing legion of fans amassing around the most dangerous instrumental band on the scene today.
Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil track listing:
2. Resentment Incubator
3. Earl Harvin
4. Shooting Breaks
5. Kansas (interlude)
7. The Drum Department
9. Baby Mama Drama
10. Chimp & Flower
11. Dark Bogul (interlude)
12. Assault On Precinct 13
Always Be Happy, But Stay Evil tour dates:
April 19 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA
April 20 | Doug Fir Lounge | Portland, OR
April 21 | Sam Bond's Garage | Eugene, OR
April 22 | Humboldt Brews | Arcata, CA
April 23 | Amoeba | San Francisco, CA (2PM Free In-Store)
April 23 | Independent | San Francisco, CA
May 4 | Louisiana Music Factory | New Orleans, LA (3PM Free In-Store)
May 4 | Howlin' Wolf | New Orleans, LA
May 7 | One Eyed Jack's | New Orleans, LA
May 8 | DBA | New Orleans, LA
May 11 | The Five Spot | Atlanta, GA
May 12 | Pour House | Charleston, SC
May 13 | Pisgah | Asheville, NC
May 14 | Capital Ale House | Richmond, VA
May 15 | Jewish Mother Backstage | Norfolk, VA
May 17 | 8x10 | Baltimore, MD
May 18 | Rex Theater | Pittsburgh, PA
May 19 | North Star | Philadelphia, PA
May 20 | Regattabar | Boston, MA
May 21 | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY
Tuesday, March 29, 2011
om Morello has signed to New West Records. The innovative rock guitarist and acoustic troubadour released his debut solo album as the Nightwatchman, One Man Revolution, in 2007 with its follow up, The Fabled City, quickly appearing the next year. He is set to release his forthcoming third Nightwatchman album, World Wide Rebel Songs, late Summer.
Tom Morello stated, "I'm very excited to be working with New West. Their commitment to their artists is inspiring and I'm looking forward to fanning the flames of discontent with many Nightwatchman releases under their banner." "We are proud to announce the signing of Tom Morello to our roster of great songwriters and performers," says George Fontaine, President and Owner of New West Records. "He is an amazing songwriter and guitar player as well as an inspiring activist. We are honored to be working with Tom at New West."
Tom Morello is an original member of the rock bands Rage Against the Machine and Audioslave, two artists responsible for multiple Grammy Awards and a combined 30 million albums sold worldwide. After releasing two solo albums as The Nightwatchman, Morello formed the band Street Sweeper Social Club with Boots Riley of The Coup in 2009. Morello has also been recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the "100 Greatest Guitar Players of All-Time (#26)."
Tom Morello graduated from Harvard University with honors as a Political Science major and has been a widely recognized political activist throughout his career. In 2006, he was the recipient of the Eleanor Roosevelt Human Rights Award. Morello's family has been a constant source of political and social inspiration as his great-uncle, Jomo Kenyatta, was the first President of Kenya, and his mother, Mary Morello, founded Parents for Rock and Rap, an anti-censorship counterweight to Tipper Gore's PMRC (Parents Music Resource Center). With System of A Down's Serj Tankian, Morello formed Axis of Justice, an organization whose purpose is to bring together musicians, music fans, and grassroots political organizations to fight for social justice. In the spring of 2008, Morello also launched The Justice Tour, a recurring nationwide concert tour initially formed in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of the Human Rights Declaration. Tour stops, which have featured members of Guns and Roses, Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, Jane's Addiction, MC5, Alice in Chains, Cypress Hill and many more, have visited cities with a day dedicated to a local charity and a rock show to benefit that charity at each stop.
As a producer, Morello has worked with The Crystal Method, Anti-Flag, P Diddy, and many more. He has also scored compositions for major motion pictures such as the 2008 hit Iron Man (where he was also seen as an actor), it's 2010 sequel Iron Man II, The A-Team, Collateral, Charlie's Angels, Talladega Nights, and more.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Hudspeth County Attorney Kit Bramblett said: "I’m gonna let him plead, pay a small fine and he’s gotta sing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” with his guitar right there in the courtroom, before adding, "You bet you’re a** I ain’t gonna be mean to Willie Nelson."
Nelson was arrested in November his tour bus was crossing the Mexican border into Hudspeth County, Texas on its way to Los Angeles when officers smelled cannabis coming from inside.
The bus was searched and six ounces was discovered, which Nelson said was his. He posted a $2,500 bail and the bus was allowed to go on its way. Nelson is a keen advocate of legalizing the drug and is co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Local laws say that anything below three ounces is considered a misdemeanor, which Bramblett usually pushes for a fine and court costs, which are paid through the mail.
Willie Nelson's sympathetic judge. County Judge Becky Walker and prosecutor "Kit" Bramblett were easy on Nelson and he got off with a song. When Nelson’s papers came to County Judge Becky Walker’s desk, she told Bramblett to call the singer to her court, which he promptly did.
Although initially stopped with 6 ounces, with packaging removed the weight was less than three. Bramblett, who prosecutes between 10 and 12 marijuana possession cases a month joked, "Between me and the sheriff, we threw out enough of it or smoked enough so that there’s only three ounces, which is within my jurisdiction."
It is understood the singer will agree to the demand when his tour is next in town.
Stops include two nights in Austin, TX, along multi-night runs in California at the Fox Theatre in Oakland and the Wiltern in Los Angeles in July, and a return for three nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrision, CO the last weekend of June.
Tickets onsale Friday at http://www.ticketmaster.com/search?tm_link=tm_header_search&q=widespread+panic&search.x=0&search.y=0
Full list of tour dates - http://www.widespreadpanic.com/ontour.php
To celebrate this crazy trip, we've put together a year-by-year Time Capsule of music, photos, and video going back to the first Lollapalooza in 1991, to remind fans just how far we've come together.
Revisit memories of mohawks, mosh pits, peculiar piercings, and more flannel than was probably necessary, as Lolla and our fans grew up together with each passing year.
This week - and this week only - you'll have a shot at getting incredible bang for your buck when we release a batch of Lollapalooza 3-Day Passes for a mere $60.
(You read that correctly.)
To be one of the first to stake your claim at Grant Park for August 5-7, 2011, all you have to do is keep checking back at Lollapalooza.com.
When the tickets go on sale, they'll go fast because this year's 20th Anniversary Lolla spectacular is gonna blow some minds.
Didn't land a sixty dollar ticket? Never fear!
Get your hands on our first run of Early Bird priced 3-Day Passes to Lollapalooza 2011 when they go on sale Tuesday, April 5th.
Don't get left behind - mark your calendars now!
Sunday, March 27, 2011
Friday, March 25, 2011
Making it his own, Setzer modifies the mood on "Earl's Breakdown" and as the song builds, Setzer's banjo gives way to his lead guitar lines, which coalesce to make this take on "Earl's Breakdown" a true jazz/bluegrass gem.
Listen to Setzer's rendition on RollingStone.com:
Making music for nearly a decade and creating art for a lifetime her ethereal songwriting remains rich with imagery and beautiful textures. "I'm no longer hiding," She admits. "The mystery still exists in the music as an aesthetic tool, but the songs cut harder because of the vocal mix, with more varied colors than my other records."
Before moving out on her own label, Marissa released her last two critically-acclaimed efforts, Songs III: Bird on the Water (2007) and Little Hells (2009) with Kemado Records. The former led to two nominations for the 2008 PLUG awards for "best female artist of the year" and "best Americana record of the year."
Her influential songwriting was also responsible for the name of up-start Brooklyn-based vinyl label,Mexican Summer which put out her third release on vinyl, Songs III: Bird on the Water, as well as albums forAriel Pink, Kurt Vile, and Little Girls.
1. In Your Lair, Bear
2. Alabaster Queen
3. The Sun Always Reminds Me Of You
4. Mr. John Lee Revisited
5. Baby, I Will Leave You In The Morning
6. Puppet Master
7. Wind Up Doll
9. Little King
10. In A Magazine
11. Daisy, Where Did You Go?
Joe Jackson is set to release Live Music on the Razor & Tie label on June 7, 2011. The record is a document of the fantastic European tour from 2010. While 2003's Volume 4 and the seven-month tour that followed that brilliant record featured the reunion of the entire original, iconic Joe Jackson Band from the late 70s, the follow-up, 2008's Rain, was made with three of those four members: Jackson (vocals and keyboards), Graham Maby (bass/vocals) and Dave Houghton (drums/vocals). This is the band that appears on Live Music, which is made up of 12 tracks culled from board recordings from a variety of cities. Jackson will perform with The Roots as his band on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on June 8.
Jackson approaches the live setting with a very different mindset than he does his studio recordings. For that reason, his tours are always must-see events as the songs take new shape and evolve over time. His writing leaves much room for re-interpretation and he derives great pleasure from bursting the boundaries and exploring new avenues and readings of his own work. The 2008/09 tours were no different, as it featured a piano-based trio without guitar.
Jackson always enjoys the energy that an audience brings to the creative process and he often likes to authenticate the experience by releasing a live record as a historical document of his ideas. Live Music will be the sixth live record in his career. His first was the groundbreaking Big World in 1986, which was all new songs recorded in front of an audience. The second was Live 1980 - 1986, which was a double album featuring songs from every phase of his career up to that point. The third was 2000's Summer in the City: Live in New York, which was also a trio record, though that one featured more recent alum Gary Burke on drums. Next was 2001's Two Rainy Nights, released after the Night and Day II tour, and the most recent was 2004's Afterlife, which documented the Volume 4 performances.
Live Music features nine Jackson classics and three covers: The Beatles' "Girl," David Bowie's "Scary Monsters" and Ian Dury's "Inbetweenies." The tracks are heard as they were performed. There aren't any fixes, overdubs or corrections.
Jackson is currently working on a Duke Ellington tribute record that will be recorded in Amsterdam, Berlin and New York. It will be released sometime in early 2012.
The final tracklisting for Live Music is below:
1. Tomorrow's World
2. Another World
3. Still Alive
5. Sunday Papers
9. Scary Monsters
10. Got The Time
11. Steppin' Out
12. Slow Song
"Fools In Love" will be offered as a free download bonus track.
Rise Against's newest album, Endgame, has debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart with 85,031 records sold in the album's opening week. According to Billboard, "It easily marks the act's best sales week and chart high. It surpasses its previous record frame, when its last set, 2008's "Appeal to Reason," debuted and peaked at No. 3 off a 65,000 start." The album was released last week via DGC/Interscope records. Endgame has received praise from the media, including Rolling Stone, who noted in their review "Rise Against's mastery of anthemic punk rock is second only to their mastery of being pissed off." You can purchase Endgame at a variety of retailers, including fromiTunes.
The band also premiered their newest music video for first single "Help Is On The Way" yesterday on their website, http://www.riseagainst.com/. The single and video explore the devastation that fell upon New Orleans after Katrina and last year's tragic BP oil disaster. Lead-singer Tim McIlrath was inspired to write the song after spending time in the city while the band was on break from touring.
McIlrath recently revealed his thoughts and inspiration to SPIN.com. "I was down in those wetlands...talking about how important they were and the damage that was being inflicted on them," says McIlrath. "And this was right before the oil spill! I could almost visualize a tear coming out of that guy's eye, like, 'Are you kidding me? Kicking us while we're down?'"
Rise Against will also headline a U.S. tour with special guests Bad Religion and Four Year Strong starting April 5th in Las Vegas.
Thursday, March 24, 2011
The album, recorded with Scott Solter (Superchunk, The Crooked Jades) in North Carolina and Neilson Hubbard (Glen Phillips, Matthew Perryman Jones) in Nashville, nudges Andrews' folksy roots into an effortless, classic-pop sensibility and keen eye for human drama. Her clear, lovely voice sounds more adventurous than ever, and on tunes like the album's title track, her words are wrapped in shimmering piano lines and a collage of background harmonies. But beneath many of the songs' bright shells lies plenty of the tough, true words that have become a hallmark of Andrews' career.
Much of the album was also aided by fan contributions via Kickstarter, which successfully raised over $13,000 to help with recording costs. You can download the disc's title track now on her website, as well as check out her EPK here: www.jillandrews.com
Andrews, who is no stranger to the road and has previously performed at Bonnaroo and The Kennedy Center, is hitting the road to premiere her new material for fans, including a stop this weekend at New York's acclaimed venue The Living Room on Sunday March 27th. Andrews will be announcing additional tour dates in the coming months and will appear at several festivals throughout the summer.
Monday, March 21, 2011
"We just kicked off the Jager Tour this past weekend, and the song is already killing it out there," says Bentley. "The fans are singing the second and third choruses with fists in the air. I decided to stage dive Sat. night and by Sun. night in Pittsburgh the fans were crowd surfing before I even hit the stage. They haven't been shy about letting me know that I'm not the 'only one!' We recorded a lot of fun, uptempo songs for the new record, so we're going to be rocking the whole year."
Written by Bentley, Jim Beavers and Jon Randall, the new song was recorded at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, NC, where Bentley and the other musicians lived and recorded 15 songs for the new project in only five days. Over 35,000 fans tuned in and streamed the recording process that Bentley made available to them through a 24 hour web cam.
For a video about the making of "Am I The Only One," click here: http://www.thegreenroompr.com/dierksbentley_video.html
Bentley will debut "Am I The Only One" on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno next Tues., April 29. He will also perform the new song the following day on CBS' The Talk and the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards live from Las Vegas on Sun., April 3 where he is nominated for "Album of the Year."
Bentley's new album follows in the footsteps of his critically acclaimed UP ON THE RIDGE, which earned Album of the Year nominations at the ACM, CMA and GRAMMY Awards this year. His previous five albums have sold over five million copies, earned 10 GRAMMY nominations, have spawned seven No. one hits (What Was I Thinkin," "Come A Little Closer," "Settle For A Slowdown," "Every Mile A Memory," "Free and Easy (Down The Road I Go)," "Feel That Fire," "Sideways") and 12 Top 10 hits.
Bentley is testing the new music for fans on the road while headlining the 30-city 2011 JÄGERMEISTER COUNTRY TOUR which treks to Lewiston, ME, Poughkeepsie, NY, Reading, PA and Westbury, NY this week. The tour runs through mid-May and features special guest Josh Thompson and Miss Willie Brown. For a full list of tour dates and more information on the upcoming album, visit www.dierks.com.
Thursday, March 17, 2011
After releasing their debut Space Wrangler on the regional Landslide label, Widespread Panic found themselves courted by several major labels throughout 1990. Though the band had already recorded their potential second album at John Keane’s Athens studio in September, the sessions, which included the band’s most guitar-driven material ever recorded, would eventually be scrapped when Panic signed with Capricorn Records in January 1991.
At the bequest of Capricorn, the band brought in a hired gun, T Lavitz on keyboards, adding a new dimension to the songs. A former member of the Dixie Dregs, Lavitz playing pushed the rest of the band to perform better than ever before, especially Dave School’s bass playing.
The major label influence brought a time of unparalleled change in the lives of Widespread Panic, as the band’s music diverted from the Houser led wah-heavy guitar sounds of 1990, and evolved in to a more diversely musical combination, the first signs of what would later become known as the six-headed beast. Perhaps the most underappreciated of all Panic albums, the self titled release, which later became known as Mom’s Kitchen in ode to the soul food diner featured in the album’s liner notes, was an intriguing mix of a label seeking a radio friendly hit with “Walkin’ (For Your Love),” while also featuring many of the band’s down and dirty classics, including “Love Tractor,” “Barstools and Dreamers” and “Proving Ground.”
The album kicks off with a pair of songs the label found to be radio friendly “Send Your Mind” and “Walkin’,” before the initial notes of “Pigeons” signals a serious diversion. With Dave’s pounding bass leading the way, “Pigeons” replicated the band’s live sound more than any of the tracks on their previous release.
“Mercy,” a song the band had yet to perform live before heading to the studio, follows. Featuring the beautiful vocals of Samantha Woods accompanying JB, along with Mike Houser’s soaring sonic guitar, this seven minute march could only be lead by Widespread Panic. JB takes a rare turn playing lead as he slides in to “Rock,” a track the gives Dave plenty of time to show his amazing signature lead bass lines.
After JB gets everybody’s arms and legs moving along, the band launches in to new territory with the first of what would become many Bloodkin songs added to their repertoire. As JB proclaimed, “It makes sense to me, I must confess,” it suddenly seems clear that, without warning, Widespread Panic had evolved from a guitar driven rock band doing the best they could in to a group of professional musicians, pushing the envelope of their songs to places never previously envisioned. And, though few give him much, if any, credit, the role Lavitz played in pushing the musical development of the members of the band is something that should never be forgotten. Not only did the man add an entire new dimension to Panic with his beautiful keys, the level of orchestration he helped add to the group’s sound would become as much a part of their signature sound as Mike’s lingering leads, JB’s everyman lyrics, and Dave’s one-of-a-kind lead bass.
“C Brown” is one of those beautiful Panic gems that always makes you smile. Though he was childhood a friend of the Charles Shultz family, JB was not the one to pen the lyrics for this owed to Charlie Brown. While Panic did write the music, the words came from their friend Jeff Riley. Though not original in that regard, the words “trying to do as we should” and “doing what feels good” would become common themes that still run throughout many of the band’s songs to this day.
From the moment you first heard “Love Tractor,” it was instantly apparent this was a song played with a passion and fire possessed by few others. “Weight of the World,” on the other hand, marked entirely new territory for the band, stepping out on a limb by adding the Memphis Horns to the mix.
“I’m Not Alone,” the love struck song ala Widespread Panic, starts with JB’s singing about unscrewing a bottle of beer and that famed square of “cellophane cheese.” By song’s end, he utters the classic lines “I feel a little easier now, knowing that you’re all here,” words of joy that still send shivers up the spine of any true Panic fan. Throughout, Mike’s wah-led guitar is front and center, a strong reminder that, new direction or not, the lingering lead would forever remain the signature Panic sound.
The remainder of Mom’s Kitchen can only be described as classic Panic. If forced to select back to back studio songs that best represent what the band is all about, one would be hard pressed to name a better combination than “Barstools & Dreamers” and “Proving Ground.” After all, what screams Widespread Panic more than a song about finding your way to a bar, where your hands are “just right for a new kind of dance,” followed by the song seeking to “find out just how tall” you are, as the band erupts in to a mind-melting jam? If ever there was a song that best showcases what the rhythm section of Todd Nance and Sunny Ortiz do best, it has to be “Proving Ground.”
In classic Panic fashion, the heaviest of songs are followed by a healthy dose of light. “The Last Straw” is the light that brings Widespread Panic to a beautiful close. Having taken the listener on a journey that fills every possible minute a CD can handle, the band does what they do best – six young men, making sparks and catching fire, erupting in to some of the finest music known to man.
Before heading to the studio to record, Dave and I talked about the “sophomore jinx” that so many bands face in recording their second album. Dave summarized the plight by saying, “You have your entire life to get ready for your first album, then before you know it, it’s time to do it again.” Though my friend may not have felt prepared, I knew better. At this point in their career, a time when everything they touched just seemed to get better and better, the only question in my mind was how much better would the band become after adding a new player to the mix.
Though Widespread Panic starts out sounding a major label’s attempt at commercializing the band’s sound, by the third track, it becomes evident that Panic had not bowed to such demands, and instead had simply polished their chops and taken a huge leap forward as professionals. From JB’s crisp, clear vocals to Mike’s shred-filled lingering leads to Dave thundering bass lines, Widespread Panic is indeed an album that lives up to its name. Though Space Wrangler seems destined to forever live as the favorite release amongst fans, a fresh listen to this self titled release offers a much closer glimpse in to what the band was working to become – a six-headed monster that can make music like no other.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Monday, March 14, 2011
In support of the protests of public worker unions in Wisconsin and elsewhere, Steve Earle has released the songs, "Harlan Man" and "The Mountain" as a special 2-track digital single with all profits benefiting The America Votes Labor Unity Fund via SaveWorkers.org. Originally appearing on Earle's critically acclaimed 1999 bluegrass album with the Del McCoury Band, The Mountain, both "Harlan Man" and "The Mountain" depict life as a card-carrying union miner. "Harlan Man" features the lyric "I'm a union man, just like my daddy and all my kin, I took a union stand, no matter what the company said, I got me two good hands, and just as long as I'm able I won't give in" The digital b-side, "The Mountain," is a longtime live favorite at Steve Earle performances. The digital single is available now via iTunes HERE.
"Unions are a fundamental component of Democracy throughout the free world. All eyes are on Wisconsin," stated Steve Earle.
The America Votes Labor Unity Fund is the fiscal agent of the AFL-CIO State Unity Fund, a special account of the AFL-CIO and directed by a broad coalition of national labor organizations to promote fair labor-management relations in the private and public sectors and defend workers and their unions against state legislation, ballot measures and executive orders that are aimed at undermining or destroying organizing and bargaining rights and unemployment standards. In states like Wisconsin, Ohio and Indiana, Republican legislatures are moving to strip middle class workers of their collective bargaining rights. The America Votes Labor Unity Fund united labor organizations, allied progressive groups and individuals to fight for workers -- on the ground and on the airwaves. Contributions help activists campaign in 11 states: Florida, Indiana, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
The America Votes Labor Unity Fund accepts donations from labor organizations and individuals who donate on their own behalf. Please visit www.saveworkers.org for details on making a donation.
Steve Earle will release his 14th studio album I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive on April 26th via New West Records. Produced by T Bone Burnett, the album is the follow up to his three consecutive Grammy Award winning albums Townes (2009), Washington Square Serenade (2007) and The Revolution Starts...Now (2009). His debut novel, also titled I'll Never Get Out Of This World Alive, will be published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt on May 12th. This year, Ea
The second round of artist announcements will be made within the next 2 weeks. Vibes continues its tradition of embracing new, undiscovered artists, alongside legendary performers by reviewing 2,400 submissions via the Vibes website and Sonicbids, for an opportunity to perform in front of 20,000+ music enthusiasts. Over 40 bands will perform on multiple alternating stages at Seaside Park's 370-acre beachfront venue.
"Gathering of the Vibes continues its musical evolution and remains true to our roots with this year's lineup," says festival founder Ken Hays.
The Vibes is an all ages, family friendly event, offering an exclusive Family Camping area, Kids Corner, and a Teen Scene that includes interactive workshops and a "Teen Vibes Stage" offering musical instruction and jam sessions with main stage artists.
For the first time, Vibes is offering single day VIP tickets. VIP Vibesters can look forward to rock-star parking, a stage-side chill tent, catered meals, snacks and beverages.
All tickets and camping passes are on sale and available now at: www.gatheringofthevibes.com.
Fans traveling to and from New York can ride the Metro North, Port Jefferson Ferry or return on the late night "Vibes Party Bus" with shuttle service to Penn Station, Grand Central Station and NY Port Authority, post Friday and Saturday night sets, departing at 3:30 a.m. Hotel packages with complimentary shuttle bus service are available at: www.gatheringofthevibes.com/hotels.
For over a decade and a half, Gathering of the Vibes has been a frontrunner in creating an online community whose year round support is dedicated to helping make the world a better place through charitable causes and environmental initiatives. Vibes 2011 is dedicated to the memory of Michael J. Potashnick, the "Voice of the Vibes,"
co-Emcee since 2005, and a cherished member of the Vibes family since its inception.
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Simple Math is the follow-up to the band's 2009 critically acclaimed Mean Everything To Nothing, a record which earned the band rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Spin, and Alternative Press, amongst others. The band offered fans a preview of what's to come by revealing the title track earlier this month. "The five-minute track builds from a quiet and haunting beginning to a soaring, beautiful peak" - AOL.
A very limited number of tickets for the Manchester Orchestra & Cage The Elephant co-headlining shows will be available through a special pre-sale on Wednesday, March 16th at 12 PM local time and general public tickets go on-sale Friday, March 18th at 12 PM local time. Act fast, as the number of tickets is limited.
Pre-sale // Wednesday, March 16TH // 12PM local time
GENERAL Public On-sale // Friday, March 18th // 12PM local time
Manchester Orchestra 2011 Tour Dates:
April 29, 2011 -- Memphis, TN -- Tom Lee Park #
April 30, 2011 -- Due West, SC -- Erksine College #
May 2, 2011 -- Kansas City, MO -- The Beaumont Club ##
May 3, 2011 -- St. Louis, MO -- The Pageant ##
May 4, 2011 -- Chicago, IL -- Metro ##
May 6, 2011 -- Cleveland, OH -- Beachland Ballroom ##
May 7, 2011 -- Rochester, NY -- Water Street Music Hall ##
May 8, 2011 -- Baltimore, MD -- Rams Head Live*
May 10, 2011 -- Boston, MA -- House Of Blues *
May 11, 2011 -- New York, NY -- Terminal 5 *
May 13, 2011 -- Providence, RI -- Lupo's Heartbreak Hotel ###
May 14, 2011 -- Philadelphia, PA -- Theatre of the Living Arts ###
May 16, 2011 -- Toronto, ON -- The Mod Club ###
May 17, 2011 -- Detroit, MI -- The Fillmore *
May 18, 2011 -- Columbus, OH -- The LC Pavilion *
May 20, 2011 -- Columbia, SC -- Jillian's *
May 23, 2011 -- Orlando, FL -- House Of Blues *
May 24, 2011 -- Tampa, FL -- The Ritz *
May 25, 2011 -- Atlanta, GA -- The Tabernacle *
May 27, 2011 -- Houston, TX -- Verizon Wireless Theatre **
May 28, 2011 -- Austin, TX -- Stubbs **
May 29, 2011 -- Dallas, TX -- The Palladium **
May 31, 2011 -- Phoenix, AZ -- The Marquee **
June 1, 2011 -- San Diego, CA -- Soma **
June 2, 2011 -- Los Angeles, CA -- The Music Box #
June 7, 2011 -- Eugene, OR -- McDonald Theatre **
June 8, 2011 -- Portland, OR -- Crystal Ballroom **
June 9, 2011 -- Seattle, WA -- The Showbox SODO **
June 11, 2011 -- Salt Lake City, UT -- Club Sound #
June 12, 2011 -- Denver, CO -- Summit Music Hall#
* with CAGE THE ELEPHANT, O'Brother, and TBA opener(s)
** with CAGE THE ELEPHANT, Sleeper Agent, and TBA opener(s)
# with TBA opener(s)
## with AN HORSE and Harrison Hudson
### with AN HORSE, Harrison Hudson, and O'Brother
Friday, March 11, 2011
The media reaction to the exceptional Low Country Blues has been incredible. USA Today hailed, "T Bone Burnett's retro rustic production provide a sumptuous sound, but it's Allman's scarred croon that elevates Low Country." In their feature, The Sunday New York Times noted that, "where the Allman Brothers is sprawling and expansive, this music is intimate, tightly focused, carefully arranged but never stiff," while the Wall Street Journal concluded, "Mr. Allman has earned his stripes as a blues man." The Washington Post said the record's songs "testify to both the durability of deep, down-home blues and to how completely the Brothers' keyboardist and lead singer has made them his own," while the Boston Globe said that "at 63, Allman is scaling new peaks." Allman appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman as well as A&E's Private Sessions, and was featured in a lengthy segment on CBS Sunday Morning and NPR's Morning Edition.
As a founding member of the Allman Brothers Band and in his own solo career, Allman has long been a gifted natural interpreter of the blues. His soulful and distinctive voice is one of the defining sounds in the history of American music. Low Country Blues finds him putting his own stamp on songs by some of the blues giants whose work has long informed his own, from Muddy Waters and BB King to Buddy Guy and Magic Sam.
The first leg of tour dates is below. April 19 - 27 are all co-headlining shows with the Steve Miller Band. He will then be touring in Europe over the summer, and back doing shows in the States in the late summer into the fall.
19 North Charleston, SC North Charleston performing Arts Center
20 Cary, NC Koka Booth Amphitheatre
22 Columbus, OH Lifestyle Communities Pavillion
23 Toledo, OH Huntington Bank Arena
26 Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
27 Indiana, PA Kovalchick Complex
29 West Palm Beach, FL Sunfest
1 Memphis, TN Beale Street Music Fest
4 New Orleans, LA House of Blues
6 New Orleans, LA New Orleans Jazz & Heritage fest
7 Biloxi, MS Hard Rock Live
2 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
4 Syracuse, NY Taste of Syracuse
Thursday, March 10, 2011
With hits including Maggie May, You Wear It Well, Do Ya Think I'm Sexy and Sailing to name but a few, Rod will be picking from his illustrious back catalogue that has influenced generations for the Hyde Park set.
"Sounds like a perfect night - the people, the place," said Rod. "I intend to do my part to bring a whole lot of music and more than a few surprises to Hard Rock Calling."
He joins fellow Grammy Award-winning act and all-American rock band Bon Jovi, who have already confirmed that they will headline Saturday 25th June.
Tickets to this momentous occasion go on presale to all Live Nation subscribers at 9am Thursday, so if you're not already a member, sign up now for free.
Vodafone customers can buy tickets 48 hours before they go on general sale. Get yours from 9am, 9th March atvodafone.co.uk/vip.
Mar 9 - Doug Fir Lounge - Portland, OR *
Mar 11 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA *
Mar 12 - Troubadour - W. Hollywood, CA *
Mar 14 - @ 11:15am - KCRW Morning Becomes Eclectic
Mar 14 - Cellar Door - Visalia, CA *
Mar 16 - SXSW - @ 9pm - The Phoenix / KCRW Showcase
Mar 17 - SXSW - @ 12pm - Stage On Sixth / PASTE Party
Mar 18 - SXSW - @ 4pm - La Condesa / Black Iris Party
Mar 19 - SXSW - @ 2:30pm - Stubb's / Rachael Ray Party
Mar 20 - Stickyz - Little Rock, AR
Mar 22 - Mojo's - Columbia, MO
Mar 23 - The Bilken Club - St. Louis, MO
Mar 25 - Schubas - Chicago, IL
* with Tapes 'n Tapes
May 11 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
May 12 - The Rock Shop - Brooklyn, NY
May 13 - The Red Palace - Washington, DC
May 14 - Kung Fu Necktie - Philadelphia, PA
May 17 - IOTA Club & Cafe - Arlington, VA
May 18 - The Camel - Richmond, VA
May 19 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
May 21 - The Basement - Nashville, TN
May 24 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
May 25 - Proud Larry's -Oxford, MI
May 26 - Fitzgerald's - Houston, TX
May 27 - Club DaDa - Dallas, TX
May 28 - Emo's Alternative Lounge - Austin, TX
May 31 - Santa Fe Brewing Company - Santa Fe, NM
Jun 01 - Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ
Jun 03 - The Echo - Echo Park, CA
Jun 04 - Rickshaw Stop - San Francisco, CA
Jun 06 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
Jun 07 - The Tractor Tavern - Seattle, WA
Jun 09 - The Neurolux - Boise, ID
Jun 10 - Kilby Court Gallery - Salt Lake City, UT
Jun 11 - Hi-Dive - Denver, CO
Jun 15 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
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Wednesday, March 9, 2011
Eureka is the follow-up to Rooney's prior two critically acclaimed albums - Rooney and Calling The World - and showcases the band's most inventive and original material to date. The self-produced album spotlights the band's gift to craft intelligent, stimulating rock songs that continually captivated both fans and critics. Rolling Stone said of the album "On their self-released third album, Rooney mix West Coast catchiness with a sense of unrest" while The New York Times noted "Rooney plays perfectly tousled breezy, melodic pop-rock well suited to pool parties or convertible-cruising."
Apr 15 Minneapolis, MN University of Minnesota- Morris; Edson
Apr 16 Iowa City, IA Blue Moose Tap House
Apr 17 Bowling Green, OH Howard's Club
Apr 19 New York, NY The Gramercy Theatre
Apr 20 Baltimore, MD Bourbon Street
Apr 21 Charlotte, NC Amos Southend
Apr 22 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Apr 23 Little Rock, AR Juanita's
Apr 24 Dallas, TX Trees
Apr 25 Baton Rouge, LA Varsity Theater
Apr 26 Houston, TX Warehouse Live
Apr 27 Austin, TX Emo's
"Feels like this first leg just got started...we're only warming up!" said Aldean. "It'll be nice to stop in some places we haven't been since the new record came out. I'm really looking forward to having Chris and Thompson Square out with us too. Both are on a roll right now, so it'll be a great time!"
Lexington, KY's Rupp Arena hosted Aldean Saturday night for its biggest crowd in over six years and Aldean's biggest career headlining show with over 18,000 fans. Of the live show, The Lexington Herald-Leader said, "…watching a young indie country act smoke all major name competitors at the box and earn such an easygoing and complete trust with an audience of this size was an honest thrill."
FIRST ANNOUNCED MY KINDA PARTY TOUR DATES:
7/8 Milwaukee, WI
Aldean's sixth career No. one "Don't You Wanna Stay" featuring Kelly Clarkson holds a second week at No. one on the Billboard Country Singles chart this week. The second release off his PLATINUM album MY KINDA PARTY also continues to hold strong in the No. one position on iTunes' Top 10 Country Songs. 2011 began with a new benchmark for Aldean, his first ever Entertainer of the Year and Top Male Vocalist of the Year nominations for the 46th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards. The news came just days after learning of the PLATINUM certification of his fourth studio album MY KINDA PARTY, bringing the country rocker to over five million in career album sales.
Recently nominated for his first GRAMMY Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance with his hit, "Gettin' You Home," Chris Young has emerged as a fan-favorite with three consecutive No. ones at radio. His third release, NEON, featuring the hot new single, "Tomorrow," is set to release this summer.
Thompson Square, burst on to the country music scene with the release of their self-titled debut album earning the No. three spot on the Top Country Albums chart. Their infectious hit single, "Are You Gonna Kiss Me Or Not," has reached the Top five spot on iTunes Country Singles chart and on the country radio charts.
For a full list of tour dates and ticket info as it becomes available, visit www.jasonaldean.com,www.ticketmaster.com or www.livenation.com.