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    Australian indie rockers Atlas Genius will visit Jimmy Fallon on Tuesday, the same day their new album When it Was Now will be released. The band is in the midst of a tour that will see them hit Music Hall of Williamsburg in Brooklyn on Wednesday, The Fillmore in Silver Spring, Maryland on Friday and then a return to the Big Apple for a Saturday night show at Roseland.

    Monday, February 18 [All Times ET]

    • Aaron Neville on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • Kevin Eubanks on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • Ben Harper w/Charlie Musselwhite on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC 11:35PM]
    • Tame Impala on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]
    • Blitzen Trapper on Carson Daly [NBC 1:35AM]

    Tuesday, February 19

    • Levon Helm: Love for Levon [AXS 1PM]
    • Tupac: Resurrection [Showtime 8PM]
    • Lisa Loeb on Conan [TBS 11PM]
    • Bonnie Raitt on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • Atlas Genius on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]

    Wednesday, February 20

    • Robert Plant: With the Strange Sensation [AXS 9PM]
    • SkyBlu on Jay Leno [NBC 11:35PM]
    • Dido on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC 11:35PM]
    • Ke$ha on Jimmy Fallon [NBC 12:35AM]
    • ZZ Ward on Carson Daly [NBC 1:35AM]

    Thursday, February 21

    • Ne-Yo on Live! with Kelly & Michael [syndicated - check listings]
    • Mumford & Sons: Big Easy Express [Showtime 4:55PM]
    • Family of the Year on Conan [TBS 11PM]
    • Imagine Dragons on David Letterman [CBS 11:35PM]
    • The Mowgli’s on Jimmy Kimmel [ABC 11:35PM]
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    If you’re looking for this year’s feel-good musical comeback story akin to Rodriguez, than look no further than The Relatives, who will release their full-length debut The Electric Word tomorrow via Yep Roc. Formed in Dallas in the 1970′s by Rev. Gean West and his brother Tommie, the band fused psychedelic-rock with gospel, funk and soul – arriving at a powerful mix that was influenced by the likes of Jimi Hendrix, James Brown, Sly & The Family Stone and The Temptations’ Psychedelic Soul record. The Relatives, who toured nationally throughout the ’70s, recorded three singles that didn’t find much success other than regionally and recorded an unreleased session in 1975.

    Fast forward some three decades later and the band, who broke up in 1980, got a second chance thanks in part to the 2009 release of Don’t Let Me Fall, an anthology of those “lost sessions” by Heavy Light Records. Since then, the band has toured with the likes of Black Joe Lewis and the Honeybears and played a number of major music festivals including Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits. Tomorrow, the band will release their first album of new material in 30+ years, which is currently streaming at Texas Monthly and should finally get The Relatives widespread acclaim. Let’s take a listen to Bad Trip…

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    The RelativesBad Trip

    The Relatives have a handful of live dates scheduled on the West Coast this March and are also set to appear at the third installment of Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival this June.

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    Here at Stormy Mondays we believe in recycling, and with that in mind, this week we present Steve Kimock’s free live album, LIVE 2012, from last year, featuring his current band of Bernie Worell on keys, Wally Ingram on drums and Andy Hess on bass, a group greater than the sum of its already great parts.

    The album is a fantastic document, with a monster version of Thing One and a tight One for Brother Mike; Hey Man, a newer tune; and a must hear, wickedly funky instrumental cover of Come Together > The Thrill Is Gone. Now that the group, which is billed simply as Steve Kimock, has been together for a year, they’ve also expanded into some different grooves than aren’t represented here, including a large dose of dub magic in the form of 54-46, Congo Man Chant > Get Up, Stand Up, and Banana Walk, along with the soaring leads and driving rhythms one would expect from any Kimock project.

    The band is hitting the road for a short Northeast swing this week, followed by a fuller West Coast schedule in March. Steve has always been more than generous with free music, but this album is especially wonderful, something I continue to listen to regularly months and months after its release. Turn it up loud, and as always, enjoy!

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    Back in late December a giant-sized mural appeared on the side of a building at the intersection of Front and Master Streets in the Fishtown neighborhood of Philadelphia. The mural’s sole purpose was to announce the release of Kurt Vile’s new studio album – Walkin’ On A Pretty Daze. Created by graffiti artist Steve Powers, the piece not only revealed the record’s title, but its track-listing as well. On April 8, the singer-guitarist will release the sprawling 68-minute double-album Walkin’ On A Pretty Daze via venerable indie label Matador, which will include a special limited-edition, deluxe blue vinyl addition, whose cover will be blank and will come with a sheet of graffiti icon stickers.

    Last week Vile released the “non-music video” for the album’s hazy nine-plus minute title track, for which he got some heavyweight help courtesy of famed director Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Stop Making Sense). The beautifully-shot clip weaves gorgeous city-scapes with time-lapse footage showing the creation of the large-scale art piece. Let’s check it out…

    Click here to view the embedded video.

    Kurt Vile will head out for a 19-date world tour that kicks off with a pair of high profile appearances at the Coachella Music & Arts Festival on April 14 and 21.

     

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    Nearly four years after the release of their breakthrough fourth album, Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix, french rockers Phoenix have finally given fans a taste of the soon-to-be-released Bankrupt! with the premiere of the new single Entertainment. The group set the bar high with Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix thanks to earwormy singles Lisztomania and 1901, which helped the album achieve gold status and launched them from the bottom of festival lineups towards the top.

    Upon first listen Entertainment isn’t a huge departure from the synth-oriented pop-rock of Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix. Thomas Mars and Co. also shared a snippet of Bourgeois from the new LP which sounds a bit more adventurous. You can listen to both right here…

    Bankrupt! is due out on April 23rd. Let us know what you think of the new tracks.

    [via CoS]

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    As the story goes, following Led Zeppelin’s well-received one-show reunion at London’s 02 Arena in 2007 Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were ready to bring the show on the road. Robert Plant demurred leading his former band mates to search out another lead singer, though they wisely never went through with the Plant-less Zeppelin. In a feature on Plant that aired last night on the Australian version of 60 Minutes, Plant tells reporter Tara Brown that not only should the blame for the lack of a Zeppelin tour not be laid at his feet, but that he has “nothing to do in 2014,” inferring that he’d be open to another reunion next year.

    In explaining his side of the story of Brown, Plant said, “[Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones] are Capricorns. They keep shtum. They don’t say a word. They’re quite contained in their own worlds and they leave it to me.” When Brown says Plant is the bad guy for not reuniting the band, he turns it around on Page and JPJ, “You need to see the Capricorns because I’ve got nothing to do in 2014.” This is a much different response than the one Robert generally gave at a press gathering for the recently released Celebration Day, when he said “If we’re capable of doing something, in our own time, that will be what will happen” after chiding a reporter.

    Now that Jimmy Page doesn’t have the “Robert isn’t interested” response to fall back on when asked about a possible Led Zeppelin reunion, we’re can’t wait to see how he responds to future queries.

    You can watch the entire 16-minute feature on Plant here…

    [Hat Tip - Rolling Stone]

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    The Firefly Music Festival returns for its second year on June 21 – 23 at Dover Speedway in Dover, Delaware. This morning, festival organizers unveiled the lineup for the rock-heavy fest which includes HT faves Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers, Vampire Weekend, The Avett Brothers, MGMT, Alabama Shakes, Grizzly Bear, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Dr. Dog and Foxygen.

    Here’s a look at the full lineup…

    RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS • TOM PETTY & THE HEARTBREAKERS • VAMPIRE WEEKEND • FOSTER THE PEOPLE • YEAH YEAH YEAHS • THE AVETT BROTHERS • CALVIN HARRIS • PASSION PIT • MGMT • ELLIE GOULDING • DISPATCH • THE LUMINEERS • KENDRICK LAMAR • ALABAMA SHAKES • GRIZZLY BEAR • EDWARD SHARPE & THE MAGNETIC ZEROS • BIG GIGANTIC • AZEALIA BANKS • IMAGINE DRAGONS • ZEDD • MATT & KIM • PUBLIC ENEMY • DR. DOG • THE JOY FORMIDABLE • JAPANDROIDS • KREWELLA • THE WALKMEN • AMANDA PALMER AND THE GRAND THEFT ORCHESTRA • TORO Y MOI • LP ATLAS GENIUS • DJANGO DJANGO • DAN DEACON • CRYSTAL FIGHTERS • DRAGONETTE • MANUFACTURED SUPERSTARS • ACTION BRONSON • YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE • LORD HURON • WILD BELLE • THE WHITE PANDA • ZZ WARD • ST. LUCIA • HAIM • FOXYGEN • CAPITAL CITIES • A SILENT FILM • KISHI BASHI • KOPECKY FAMILY BAND • THE APACHE RELAY • THE CHEVIN • SELAH SUE • TWENTY ONE PILOTS • BLONDFIRE • THE ROYAL CONCEPT • CHVRCHES THE NEIGHBOURHOOD • IMAGINARY CITIES • ROBERT DELONG • CONNER YOUNGBLOOD • JC BROOKS AND THE UPTOWN SOUND • DELTA RAE • HEY MARSEILLES • YOUNG EMPIRES • THE LAST BISON • THE WHEELER BROTHERS • SISTER SPARROW AND THE DIRTY BIRDS • THE SPINTO BAND • LEAGUES • TRAILS AND WAYS • THE LAST ROYALS

    Early-bird tickets go on sale Thursday, February 21 at the event’s website.

    Watch the lineup announcement video…

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    ’00s jammers RAQ returned to the stage on Friday evening at the AURA Music Festival down in Live Oak, Florida. The group offered a mix of originals from throughout their time together with Kung Fu drummer Adrian Tramontano filling in for Greg Stukey.

    [Photo by Allison Portlock]

    Our friend Adam at Cheesehead Productions filmed plenty of amazing moments at AURA including most of RAQ’s set. Here’s the catchy synth’d out Botz…

    Set: Shirley Be A Drooler, Botz, Brother From Another Mother, Will Run, Comin’ Home, Walking in Circles, Late Night > Sweet Cream Butter > Late Night , Tumblin’ Down

    We’ll have a full report from last weekend’s AURA Music Festival soon.

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    Al Gore might have invented the internet decades ago, or so he says, yet we still find our minds being blown on a daily basis by some of the inventive ways users continue to harness the power of the web. Today’s example? The Bonhamizer – a way to add the powerful drumming of Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham to any track you throw at it.

    [Photo by Dina Regine]

    The web app was created this past weekend at Music Hack Day San Francisco 2013 by Paul Lamere. According to the site, it works by “cutting songs up into beats and tatums, and aligning the beats to John Bonham Drum patterns.” If you go to “Pick A Song,” you’ll see a list of Lamere’s favorite Bonhamizer tracks thus far such as The Beatles’ Norwegian Wood, Seven Nation Army by The White Stripes, Intro by The xx and The Postal Service’s Such Great Heights.

    Users can toggle between four different Bonham beats: ”hammer of the gods,” “Basic Bonham,” “double time shuffle” and “Bonham shuffle.” Some work better than others and we suggest keeping your browser open to The Bonhamizer as when we tried browsing in other tabs while listening, the track skipped. So head over to The Bonhamizer, throw a track or 12 at it and let us know which tunes work particularly well.

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    For the second year in a row the Peach Music Fest will take place at Montage Mountain in Scranton, Pennsylvania this summer. Scheduled to run from August 15 – 18, the first batch of acts set to join headliners the Allman Brothers Band has just been announced.

    The Allman Brothers Band will play two nights as will Bob Weir’s RatDog featuring Jeff Chimenti, Jay Lane, Robin Sylvester, Rob Wasserman and Jonathan Wilson. Other Peach Music Fest acts include The Black Crowes, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band, Railroad Earth, Galactic, Rusted Root and the Dirty Dozen Brass Band. In addition to his sets with RatDog, Weir will perform a special “Brunch With Bobby” set on Sunday morning. More bands will be announced soon.

    A pre-sale for tickets starts on Thursday, February 21st at the event’s website.

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    Today is Bonnaroo Lineup Announcement Day and this year Superfly and AC Entertainment have tasked Weird Al Yankovic with announcing the acts that will play Bonnaroo 2013 on June 13 – 16.

    Paul McCartney will make his first Bonnaroo appearance this June, while fellow headliners Mumford & Sons and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers will return to The Farm. HT faves Wilco, Pretty Lights, David Byrne & The National, Passion Pit, Animal Collective, Jim James, Gov’t Mule, Portugal. The Man, Trombone Shorty and Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers are also set to appear at Bonnaroo this June. Superjam wise, we’re excited to see Jim James paired up with Meters drummer Zigaboo Modeliste, John Oates and the Preservation Hall Jazz Band for a Soul SuperJam, while actor Ed Helms will front a bluegrass jam session. Also of note, Weird Al himself will appear at the festival.

    Here’s the complete Bonnaroo 2013 lineup…

    Paul McCartney, Mumford & Sons, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Björk, Wilco, Pretty Lights, R. Kelly, Wu-Tang Clan, Daniel Tosh, The National, The Lumineers, David Byrne & St. Vincent, Passion Pit, The xx, Kendrick Lamar, Grizzly Bear, Animal Collective, Of Monsters and Men, Nas, ZZ Top, Beach House, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Cat Power, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeroes, A$AP Rocky, Jim James, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Tame Impala, SUPERJAMS: Soul SuperJam ft. Jim James with John Oates, Zigaboo Modeliste (of the Meters), Preservation Hall Jazz Band and more TBA!, Ed Helms Bluegrass Situation Superjam with special guests, Boys Noize, Glen Hansard, Gov’t Mule, Gaslight Anthem, Portugal. The Man, Wolfgang Gartner, Billy Idol, Sam Bush & Del McCoury, Dwight Yoakam, Foals, Porter Robinson, Local Natives, Matt & Kim, Dirty Projectors, Trombone Shorty, John McLaughlin and the 4th Dimension, Noam Pikelny & Friends, Amadou & Mariam, Alt-J, Father John Misty, Baroness, The Tallest Man On Earth, Walk The Moon, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, A-Trak, The Vaccines, Earl Sweatshirt, Paper Diamond, Holy Ghost!, Divine Fits, Mike Birbiglia, Purity Ring, Swans, Frank Turner, Big K.R.I.T., Allen Stone, Cults, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Fatoumata Diawara, Two Gallants, The Sheepdogs, Four Tet, Calexico, Japandroids, Death Grips, Conspirator, Wild Nothing, AraabMUZIK, John Fullbright, Django Django, HAIM, Killer Mike, Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti, Action Bronson, Clockwork, twenty | one | pilots, Reptar, DIIV, Milo Greene, Lord Huron, Futurebirds, Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Charli XCX, JEFF The Brotherhood, Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors, Sea Wolf, JD McPherson, Trixie Whitley, Deap Vally, Patrick Watson, Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers, The Stepkids, Aoife O’Donovan, Bombino, Bernhoft, Matthew E. White

    Watch the official lineup announcement vid hosted by Daniel Tosh…

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    California’s Animal Liberation Orchestra, aka ALO, were one of the band’s that impressed me most on last month’s Jam Cruise 11. I’ve been waiting for official videos of their sets and others to appear online. Today, a clip of ALO performing Plastic Bubble, a catchy tune they’ve performed on Jam Cruise 7 and Jam Cruise 9 as well, was uploaded to the JamCruiseTV YouTube channel.

    Watch as ALO plays Plastic Bubble on the Pool Deck during Jam Cruise 11…

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    Expanding your wireless network keeps getting easier and easier. Routers used to cost a fortune and were definitely not very portable. Seemingly like everything else in the electronics world, the quality keeps getting better and the product keeps getting smaller. While small routers and even cheap routers are not totally unheard of, it is tough to find one as cheap, as portable, and most importantly as feature packed as the Satechi Wireless Mini Router.

    Measuring a meager 3″ x 3″ x 1″ and costing less than $40, this router is an amazing gadget. I hate to even call it a gadget as that label belittles its machine like strength. Offering more than a simple WiFi signal, this device can act as a bridge, a repeater, an access point or a client. And it does it all with quick speed and ease of use. Read on to learn a little bit more about this great device.


    Router There’s not terribly much to say about a good router. Hopefully you can turn a new router on, set it up properly and never have to think about it again which means it is doing its job properly. Like most modern routers, this one is compatible with N, G, & B devices and standard. Speeds are up to 300Mbps and you can set up WPS security encryption with the press of a button. So simply plugging it into a wall socket and then into your internet source will act as a standard router with great range and robust speeds.

    Repeater This is actually how I came across this device when searching for WiFi repeaters and what I am actually using it for. In the past we looked at Power Line Networking as an easy way of adding internet access to areas that your wireless signal was not properly covering. That is a great solution if you only need to plug in one device like a TiVO or a Boxee. Amplifying your existing network is the solution if you want WiFi everywhere. I’ve tried a couple repeaters in the past with mediocre results that I ended up returning. The Satechi performs great. A simple set up and now the third floor attic space of my house has the speed and coverage that the rest of my house does.

    Access Point This is one of the reasons why it is so fantastic that this is such a portable device. You can carry it along and use it as a wireless access point when travelling in hotels that only offer a wired connection. So frustrating these days not to have wireless in your hotel room. Especially when you want gadgets connected that don’t have an ethernet port like tablets and other mobile devices. Simply plug the Satechi into the ethernet cable and instantly you can create a wireless network for all your devices without having to sit at the desk and plug in. I’ve ordered a second unit to keep in my travel bag so I don’t need to swap back and forth with the unit I am using as a repeater at home.

    Client Mode This is cool too. Many devices like game consoles or DVD players only have an ethernet port and don’t have wireless capabilities to access the internet. In this mode, you can use the Satechi and plug into your device giving it full internet access without a wired ethernet line. This makes for an inexpensive and easy option to get streaming music sites or Netflix for example to your DVD player or online games to your gaming console without having an ethernet connection. The speed and reliability make videos, games and movies all work perfectly without stutter or skip.

    Bridge Mode I have not tested this mode out yet or will likely have any reason to in the future. This allows you to take an existing network and broadcast it under a name. So for example, you could be broadcasting “Parkers Home Network” from a main router with password protection, and then create “Parkers Guest Network” and leave it open. I am sure there are plenty of people that would have an application for this, perhaps businesses.

    Ease of Use It’s a snap! If you’ve ever configured a router, you’ll be familiar with launching a browser to access your router settings. Even if you haven’t, it couldn’t be easier. Simply enter 192.168.10.253 and the default admin/admin user/pass combo which can be changed later.  On the settings page is an easy wizard that allows you to quickly set-up any of the previously mentioned modes. I had no issue with any of them and they all worked the first try without any issues. Bear in mind though, that you do need to go through the setup every time that you want to change modes.

    Drawbacks Not many to be honest. While the size is small and easy for carrying around to hotels and such, it would be nice if the AC prongs were collapsible to make packing in a small gadget bag even easier. Frankly, I can’t think of too much else that could be improved in the design, function or set-up.

    Bottom Line A small device with a small price tag that can be used as your primary wireless router, as a repeater to rebroadcast a weak signal giving more robust wireless coverage, as an access point where there is only a wired connection, as a bridge or as a client. So many uses and so versatile. I can’t say enough good things about the combination form factor, price and versatility of this great router. Two big thumbs up.

    Buy 

    Direct from Satechi $39

    Amazon $49

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    When he’s not performing with Primus, bassist Les Claypool has been scheduling shows with his Duo de Twang project which finds him pairing up with long-time musical collaborator, guitarist Mirv.

    After a number of West Coast gigs, Duo de Twang will finally head east this April for a run of shows that includes the group’s first-ever Atlanta, NYC, Philadelphia and Washington D.C. shows.

    Here’s the full list of Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang dates…

    Mar-20 San Rafael, CA Terrapin Crossroads
    Mar-22 Los Angeles, CA The Troubador
    Mar-23 Pioneertown, CA Pappy and Harriett’s
    Mar-24 Phoenix, AZ McDowell Mountain Musicfest
    Apr-18 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
    Apr-19 Live Oak, FL Wanee Music Festival
    Apr-20 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
    Apr-22 Saxapahaw, NC Haw River Balroom
    Apr-23 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
    Apr-26 Philadelphia, PA TLA
    Apr-27 Washington, DC The Hamilton
    Apr-28 New York, NY The Gramercy

    [via JamBase]

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    Just months after forming in Los Angeles and over six months before the release of their self-titled debut album, Rage Against The Machine played one of their first gigs ever at Zed’s Records in Long Beach, California. The gig was shot with two cameras and shows off the power and energy that would soon turn them into a commercially successful and critically acclaimed band.

    A few days ago a killer transfer of the Zed’s Records gig turned up on YouTube…

    Set: Bombtrack, Darkness of Greed, Take The Power Back, Bullet In The Head, Settle For Nothing, Killing In The Name, Know Your Enemy, Freedom

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    Earlier today Weird Al Yankovic hosted the Bonnaroo Lineup Announcement Megathon in which the lineup for this year’s Bonnaroo fest was revealed. There were plenty of complaints about the format, but for the hour when Yankovic and his guests were announcing the ‘Roo acts, it seemed Bonnaroo was all our readers were talking about on Twitter and Facebook.

    Bonnaroo performers and HT faves Portugal. The Man were tasked with providing the musical entertainment and we thought they delivered a fine version of perhaps their most well-known tune – So American. In true Bonnaroo spirit, Weird Al joined them to add some rockin’ accordion. Take a look…

    Later, Portugal. The Man backed Yankovic on Canadian Idiot…

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    Twang!

    The Growlers: Hung at Hearts

    Hailing from Southern California, the Growlers’ third album sounds like Roy Orbison on acid on a surfboard – the entire album seemingly put through a reverb meat grinder whole. I mean every little bit of this music echoes with thick reverb amongst other embellishments. The sound is unique and infectious and a lot of fun.  My favorite track is definitely One Million Lovers, one of the best songs of the early year.

    Spotify: The Growlers – Hung At Heart
    MOG: https://mog.com/m#album/77910835
    Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00A4A2K8G
    Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/the-growlers/album/hung-at-heart

    Widowspeak: Almanac

    From the other coast comes Widowspeak who feature two diametrically opposed forces: the bewitching, ethereal voice of Molly Hamilton and the cosmic twang rock and roll guitar of Robert Earl Thomas. Combined they create a sound that is equal parts dreamy and fanged. Their sophomore release shows a band ready to take the next step after endless live performances.

    Spotify: Widowspeak – Almanac
    MOG: https://mog.com/m#album/79311021
    Amazon: http://amzn.com/B00AXVIUE4
    Rhapsody: http://www.rhapsody.com/artist/widowspeak/album/almanac-captured-tracks

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    Will McCranie loves music with every last bone in his body. It’s undeniable. He’s the exact opposite of the musician who only has time for his own music. He’s the guy who you see at every show, and he somehow already knows your friends before you even get a chance to make the introduction. This week, Will has an exciting solo release which I think is his best representation to date, produced masterfully by Matty Amendola. Have a look at The Making of Ain’t That Strange…

    Click here to view the embedded video.

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    SXSW Music has just announced a special Levon Helm Tribute and Benefit that will be held at Austin’s Auditorium Shores on Saturday, March 16th. This “all-day concert” will feature the Midnight Ramble Band (formerly known as the Levon Helm Band) fronted by Amy Helm with “special guests.” All proceeds will go towards Keep It Goin’, a program designed to save and preserve Levon Helm Studios and the Midnight Ramble programming.

    [Photo by Jeremy Gordon]

    In addition to the Midnight Ramble Band, other acts expected to play at Auditorium Shores that day include Robert Randolph and The Family Band, Los Lonely Boys, JJ Grey & Mofro, James Hunter, Spirit Family Reunion, Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers and The Mother Hips.

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    There are many festivals out there that aim to bring in as big a crowd as possible by booking hot, in-demand acts. Portland, Oregon’s Pickathon goes in a different direction. Pickathon founder Zale Schoenborn goes after bands that play “good music” despite any labels attached to them or their ability to sell tickets. On the smaller end of the music festival scale, for Pickathon’s 15th annual festival, which will take place on August 2 – 4 at Pendarvis Farm just outside of Portland, Schoenborn and his team are looking to attract 3,500 attendees.

    Today, the lineup for Pickathon has come out and features a lot of bands we’ve mentioned over the past 12 months from Andrew Bird to the Divine Fits to The Devil Makes Three to Sharon Van Etten to Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside. None of these acts are huge, but they all create “good music” fitting in perfectly with Pickathon’s mission. We’re happy to see that HT faves The Felice Brothers, Marco Benevento and Yellowbirds are also set to play Pickathon this August.

    Here’s the just-announced lineup for Pickathon 2013…

    Andrew Bird, Divine Fits, The Devil Makes Three, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Sharon Van Etten, Shabazz Palaces, Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside, Feist, Vieux Farka Touré, Howe Gelb, Lady, The Felice Brothers, Tift Merritt, The Lone Bellow, Dale Watson, Foxygen, Wayne Hancock, Marco Benevento, Ginny Hawker, Parquet Courts, Breathe Owl Breathe, Lake Street Dive, Dirk Powell, Lightning Dust, Cedric Watson & Bijou Creole, King Tuff, JD McPherson, White Fence, Shinyribs, Yellowbirds, Foghorn Stringband, Shakey Graves, Caleb Klauder Country Band, Brad Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys, I Draw Slow, Leo Randeau, Malcolm Holcombe, Pure Bathing Culture, Sturgill Simpson, Old Light, The Cactus Blossoms, Pharis & Jason Romeo, Pickathon Squaredance with Caller Caroline Oakley, Diane Ferlatte, Cat Doorman, Circus Cascadia, Trackers Earth, and Caroline Oakley Family Dance Band

    [via Spin]

    Tickets for Pickathon are currently on sale through the event’s website.

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