Music News- Today, Fleet Foxes, via CoS, debut a stunning performance of "Crack-Up," accompanied by the acclaimed Icelandic choir Graduale Nobili, an all-female group of vocalists who have toured the world alongside Björk. The performance was filmed in one extended shot at the famed Harpa Concert Hall in Iceland, just before the band headlined the Iceland Airwaves music festival. In the video, the camera moves from backstage to onstage to the open auditorium, capturing the Fleet Foxes musicians at work, illuminated against the beautiful hall. The video was produced by CoS and directed by Eilífur Örn Þrastarson, with creative direction by Kevin McMahon. Full credits are listed below.
Fleet Foxes will begin an extensive tour this March, including festival plays at Coachella, Boston Calling and Shaky Knees as well as several headline shows, including two nights at the legendary Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. Amen Dunes will join them for select dates. The full tour itinerary is below.
Music News- This week Alexis Krauss of Sleigh Bells unveiled an original song by Alexis Krauss and the Our Land Collective . Entitled “ Our Land ,” the song was recorded in response to President Trump’s assault on our National Monuments and Parks. All proceeds from the sale of the song and released merchandise (via partners Bandcamp and Revolutions Per Minute ) will directly fund Utah Diné Bikéyah’s legal effort to reinstate protection for the entire Bears Ears National Monument . Utah Diné Bikéyah is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that works to preserve the culturally significant ancestral lands of indigenous communities.
The song, written by Krauss and co-produced by Krauss, Shane Stoneback (Vampire Weekend, Sleigh Bells), and Chris Vultaggio , features contributions byactivist Josh Fox , Springtime Carnivore’s Greta Morgan, and additional vocals by Tunde Olaniran among others. Full credits for the song are below.
The song also features a companion video, filmed in Bears Ears, UT, which was, co-produced by Krauss and photographer/producer Chris Vultaggio, and includes notables from the music, outdoors, and activism communities, including Karen O, Maggie Rogers, Edward Sharpe, Sunflower Bean, Josh Fox, Hey Flash Foxy, Robbie Bond of Kids Speak For Parks , and more. A full list of the video’s participants are below.
Music News- In case you missed the news, The Infamous Stringdusters won at last night's Grammys for Best Bluegrass Album for LAWS OF GRAVITY at the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards. You can view the band on the GRAMMY red carpet on GRAMMY.com. The Infamous Stringdusters--Andy Hall (Dobro), Andy Falco (guitar), Chris Pandolfi (banjo), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (upright bass)--recorded LAWS OF GRAVITY in Nashville at Compass Sound Studio and co-produced it with Billy Hume (Ludacris, Ying Yang Twins). Compass Records co-founder Garry West said the win was very well deserved, "The Infamous Stringdusters are a band with a tireless work ethic and tremendous talent. They are making some of the most forward-thinking and accessible music in the genre. It was our pleasure to partner with them on this release."
This is the band's third GRAMMY nomination and first win. The Infamous Stringdusters will share their win with Rhonda Vincent And The Rage as the Best Bluegrass Album category was a tie. The band will be back on the road for an extensive tour starting in Louisville, KY on February 7th. Tour dates below.
Music News- The National was awarded a GRAMMY award yesterday for Best Alternative Music Album category for their 2017 release Sleep Well Beast during The Recording Academy 60th annual GRAMMY Awards show. While they were nominated in the same category for their last album, Trouble Will Find Me, this is the band's first win. Sleep Well Beast, with designers Luke Hayman and Andrea Trabucco-Campos of Pentagram, also received a nomination for Best Recording Package.
Guitarist and producer Aaron Dessner had this to say about the win:
"We are honored and grateful to be recognized by the Recording Academy. The National started 19 years ago and has grown into a large extended family and community of artistic collaborators. This award is for our whole family and everyone who has helped us and listened along the way. We could never have accomplished what we have just the five of us. We also want to recognize all the incredible music that was not nominated and awarded this year, and every year. The National lived in the shadows for many years, outside the spotlight of commercial success and accolades. There is so much vital and important art and music being made in every corner, whether it's put up on a pedestal at year end or not. Thank you."
The band is currently on tour with newly announced North American dates listed below.
Music News- The entire Nelson catalogue - representing every album released by Matthew and Gunnar Nelson (twin sons of legendary Ricky Nelson) in the course of their 28-year-career will, for the first time, is being made available at all digital retailers, including Spotify, Apple Music, iTunes, Amazon and Pandora, among others, through their distribution partner, Redeye. The announcement follows the re-release of Nelson's remastered 1990, multi-platinum debut album, After the Rain, on 180g vinyl by Universal Music Enterprises.
The full digital roll-out will take place today, January 29, when such collector's items as Imaginator, the prophetic 1996 release which were originally supposed to be the follow-up to After the Rain; Brother Harmony, the 1998 country album the brothers recorded in Nashville which is now a coveted collector's item, and Ricky Nelson Remembered, an album featuring studio recorded versions of Matthew and Gunnar performing their father's biggest career hits, previously available only at Nelson concerts, become available for streaming and download for the first time.
"Each of these songs is like one of our children," says Gunnar about the process of going back and rehearing their work.
Music News- The Gaslight Anthem has announced a very special series of shows celebrating the 10th anniversary of their milestone second studio album, THE '59 SOUND . The New Jersey-based rock band will travel North America and Europe performing the album in its entirety, with dates beginning May 27 th at Washington, DC's legendary 9:30 Club and then traveling into mid-August. As previously announced, The Gaslight Anthem will also perform THE '59 SOUND in its entirety at this year's Governors Ball Music Festival .
Fan presale begins January 30th, with all remaining tickets to be released to the general public on February 2nd .
Released by SideOneDummy Records on August 19th, 2008, THE '59 SOUND officially saw The Gaslight Anthem break out as one of the most electrifying groups, marrying their punk roots with classic FM radio scale to craft a soulful and exhilarating vision of American rock 'n' roll. Songs like "Old White Lincoln," "Great Expectations" and the worldwide smash title track proved transcendent modern rock classics, fueled by heroic hooks, huge choruses, and lead vocalist-guitarist-songwriter Brian Fallon's masterful chronicles of love, loss, and the broken-hearted, of summers gone and dreams still to be met.
Music News- alt-J, Gus Unger-Hamilton, Joe Newman, Thom Green and Gwil Sainsbury, have announced a unique concert at NY's Forest Hills Stadium on June 15, 2018 It will mark the largest venue the band has ever headlined in North America, and is the only immersive sound show in the continent. In another first for the band, the show will feature a surround speaker system enveloping the entire audience. The speakers will be used throughout the show to position sound effects mixed into a variety of the band's material, thus creating an immersive sound experience. The band has recently won the prestigious 'Knights Of Illumination' award for lighting production in an arena, which will also be featured at this show. For this special event, the entire venue will be general admission, including floor and bowl, so that fans can enjoy the show from every angle.
Additionally, the band is happy to announce that Kamasi Washington will be appearing as special guest on the bill.
Their first album An Awesome Wave won the prestigious Mercury Prize in the UK and sold Gold in the US and Canada. Their second album, This Is All Yours received a Grammy nomination for Best Alternative album was certified Gold by the RIAA in the US. The band's third album Relaxer was released in June, 2016.
Music News- Last week, Calexico released their ninth studio album, The Thread That Keeps Us via Anti-. In larrge part inspired by lead singer Joey Burns' wanderings around Northern California during the album's production, the narratives embedded in The Thread That Keeps Us reflect on displacement, transitory existence, and - in his own words, "returning to your home after being gone for some time and seeing how things have changed, and maybe not in the best way." Working with their longtime engineer Craig Schumacher, Calexico co-produced The Thread That Keeps Us , gathering musicians from across the globe to dream up an earthy yet expansive sound spiked with jagged guitar tones and flashes of distortion. Listen to Calexico's Joey Burns discuss the new record via NPR Weekend Edition , below-
In addition to Calexico's previously announced North American tour kicking off in April, the band today announce another run of dates with Julia Jacklin this Summer. See below for a full rundown.
Irish international rockers U2 are booked to perform at Sunday’s Grammy Awards, but according to TMZ, the live performance will actually be pre-recorded a few days ahead of time. The 22-time Grammy-winners are reportedly filming their appearance on Friday night in New York on a barge in the Hudson River. The actual ceremony is happening at Madison Square Garden on Sunday night, the first time in 15 years the award show hasn’t been broadcast from LA. On Sunday, we’ll still be watching a live clip of Bono and band, without any lip synching or backing tracks, just one that happened two days prior and likely "cleaned up" for airing.
Music News - On March 28, 2018, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Days Of Future Passed Live by The Moody Blues on DVD, Blu-ray and 2CD. Filmed in high definition, this video release captures The Moody Blues delivering an incredible performance of Days Of Future Passed live in its entirety with a full orchestra. The concert includes: “Nights In White Satin”, “Tuesday Afternoon (Forever Afternoon)”, “I’m Just A Singer (In A Rock And Roll Band)”, “Isn’t Life Strange”, “I Know You’re Out There Somewhere”, “Question”, “Ride My See-Saw”, and many others.
The Moody Blues’ classic 1967 album Days Of Future Passed is regarded as one of the foundation stones of the progressive rock genre. In 2017, the band headed out on the album’s 50th Anniversary Tour which included the wonderful show captured here at the Sony Centre For The Performing Arts in Toronto, accompanied by a full orchestra. The concert begins with the band by themselves performing a selection of classic Moody Blues tracks before they are joined by the orchestra to perform Days Of Future Passedin its entirety plus a couple of fantastic encore tracks. The Bonus Feature, entitled “Remembering Days Of Future Passed”, delivers brand new interviews with Justin Hayward, John Lodge and Graeme Edge discussing the making of this classic album.
Music News- Today, Grammy-nominated powerhouse Beth Hart and guitar master Joe Bonamassa, release their new collaborative album Black Coffee. The duo's previous album, Seesaw, was critically acclaimed, Grammy nominated, and hit #1 on the Billboard Blues Top Albums chart. Since then, the two have been on fire, riding creative tidal waves both in the studio and live. Now they've reunited for a collection of scorching interpretations of 10 soul gems that perfectly combine Hart's breath-taking vocals along with Joe's masterfully expressive guitar playing that make Black Coffee a fresh and captivating listen. The album is available now on their website www.HartAndBonamassa.com and available among many online retailers.
The official music video for the title track "Black Coffee" can be viewed here:
MUISC NEWS- Los Angeles trio Lo Moon have released the video for new single "Real Love", directed by the legendary Sophie Muller , who has collaborated with everyone from Beyonce to Coldplay. Of the video, Muller says: "It was a pleasure getting to work with Lo Moon. The song really seized my imagination and we had a lot of fun conjuring this dream world on the ice."
The band adds, "The Real Love video combines my two life long loves. Skating and Music. We talked about doing a video on ice while we were making the album and Sophie got really excited about it after hearing the song. She's always been one of our favorite directors and it was absolutely amazing working with her."
Lo Moon's anticipated self-titled debut album is set for release on Columbia Records on February 23, 2018 . The album - produced by Chris Walla (Death Cab For Cutie) and Francois Tetaz (Gotye) - features previously released songs "Loveless," "This Is It," and "Thorns," as well as guest turns by The War On Drugs' Adam Granduciel and Charlie Hall .
Last week, Lo Moon made their television debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live , playing album opener "This is It".
Music News- Southern rockers Lynyrd Skynyrd will kick off what will be their final tour on May 4 in West Palm Beach, FL, more than 40 years after the band's debut album was released and dubbed The Last of the Street Survivors Farewell Tour. View their itinerary below.
The Rock & Roll Hall of Famers announced Thursday that the farewell tour will also feature on some shows; Kid Rock, Hank Williams Jr., Bad Company, Blackberry Smoke, and old friends the Marshall Tucker Band, Charlie Daniels Band, Blackfoot and 38 Special.
Formed in Jacksonville, Fl the band had hits like "Free Bird," ''Sweet Home Alabama" and "Simple Man," but struck by tragedy when a plane crash in 1977 killed lead singer Ronnie Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines, backup singer Cassie Gaines and several members of the road crew. The lineup now includes sole original member Gary Rossington and Johnny Van Zant, Ronnie's brother.
Tickets for the first leg of the tour go on sale Febrary 2 at LiveNation.com.
Music News- On February 23, Woodstock-based artists The Weight Band will release their first full-length studio album World Gone Mad featuring original tracks, guest vocals and slide guitar from Jackie Greene on a cover of a Jerry Garcia-Robert Hunter song, and writing contributions from the late Levon Helm on previously unreleased songs.
"Common Man" is the first single off of the forthcoming full length album, and it will be available on Friday, January 26 on all digital streaming platforms. Give it a listen, below-
The Weight Band originated inside the famed Woodstock, NY barn of Levon Helm, when Jim Weider (guitar, mandolin and vocals) and Randy Ciarlante (drums and vocals)—both former members of The Band—were performing “Songs of The Band” with Garth Hudson, Jimmy Vivino and Byron Isaacs, now a bassist and vocalist with The Lumineers. Weider, Ciarlante and Isaacs began to carry on the tradition of performing songs from The Band, inviting Brian Mitchell (keyboards and vocals) and Marty Grebb (keyboards, saxophone and vocals) to complete their sound. The Weight Band later added Albert Rogers (bass and vocals) and Michael Bram (drums and vocals) to complete their current lineup, alongside Weider, Mitchell and Grebb.