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Wilco Announces Summer Tour

Jeff Tweedy of Wilco at Bonnaroo Music And Arts Festival on June 14, 2013 in Manchester, Tennessee

Wilco has officially announced their summer tour as well as some Jeff Tweedy Solo dates. For the upcoming dates, they have added some pretty great people to join the band so you won’t want to miss the show if you can make it.

Check out the full lists of dates below.

Wilco Tour Dates:

June
01 Charleston, W. Va. @ Clay Center (with Angel Olsen)
03 Hunter, N.Y. @ Mountain Jam
04 Philadelphia, Pa. @ The Mann (with Richard Thompson)
16 Bergen, Norway @ BergenFest
17 Oslo, Norway @ Norwegian Wood
18 Aarhus, Denmark @ Northside Festival
19 Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands @ Best Kept Secret Festival
22 Zagreb, Croatia @ INmusic Festival
24 Kotor, Montenegro @ SeaRock Festival
26 Bialystok, Poland @ Halfway Festival
29 A Coruña, Spain @ Palacio de la Opera

July
01 Vilanova i la Geltrú, Spain @ Vida Festival
02 Madrid, Spain @ Jardines Del Botanico
04 Ferrara, Italy @ Piazza Castello (with Kurt Vile and The Violators)
05 Rome, Italy @ Villa Ada
08 Brugge, Belgium @ Cactus Festival
10 Dublin, Ireland @ Iveagh Gardens (with Lucinda Williams)
23 Yuzawa, Japan @ Fuji Rock

August
13 Winnipeg, Manitoba @ Interstellar Rodeo
14 Moorhead, Minn. @ Bluestem Amphitheater (with William Tyler)
16 Kansas City, Mo. @ CrossroadsKC (with William Tyler)
17 St. Louis, Mo. @ The Fabulous Fox Theatre (with William Tyler)
19 Madison, Wis. @ Breese Stevens Field (with Kurt Vile and The Violators)
20 Minneapolis, Minn. @ Hall’s Island (with Kurt Vile and The Violators)
21 Chicago, Ill. @ Jay Pritzker Pavilion
30 Salt Lake City, Utah @ Red Butte Garden

October
27 Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
28 Brussels, Belgium @ Ancienne Belgique
29 Düsseldorf, Germany @ New Fall Festival
30 Stuttgart, Germany @ New Fall Festival

November
02 Copenhagen, Denmark @ DR Koncerthuset
03 Oslo, Norway @ Sentrum Scene
04 Stockholm, Sweden @ Annext
05 Weissenhäuser Strand, Germany @ Rolling Stone Weekender
07 Berlin, Germany @ Tempodrom
09 Utrecht, Netherlands @ Trivioli Vredenburg
10 Utrecht, Netherlands @ Le Guess Who Festival
12 Milan, Italy @ Fabrique
14 Vienna, Austria @ Museumquartier
15 Zurich, Switzerland @ Volkshaus
16 Paris, France @ Casino de Paris
18 Manchester, England @ Albert Hall
19 London, England @ O2 Brixton Academy

Jeff Tweedy Solo Tour Dates:

April
29 Sheboygan, Wis. @ Stefanie H. Weill Center

May
13 Chicago, Ill. @ Vic Theatre
14 Chicago, Ill. @ Vic Theatre

August
5-7 Happy Valley, Ore. @ Pickathon

Prince Has Passed Away at the Age of 57

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Music just keeps dying all around us. The legendary singer Prince has passed away today at the age of 57. He died at his Paisley Park estate in Minnesota.

The details are very few right now as police are not releasing any details. But what we do know is that Minnesota police responded to an emergency at the estate at about 9:30 am. The released news that there was a dead body but did not confirm that it was Prince. TMZ was the first to report on the singer’s death.

The AP has since confirmed Prince’s passing. A statement from Prince’s reps can be read below.

“It is with profound sadness that I am confirming that the legendary, iconic performer, Prince Rogers Nelson, has died at his Paisley Park residence this morning at the age of 57. There are no further details as to the cause of death at this time.”

Prince was hospitalized last week after his plane made an emergency landing in Illinois following a show in Atlanta. At that time, his team said he had been battling the flu and was dehydrated.

Unfortunately as of now, there’s no word on the cause of death, though Prince had to cancel multiple shows recently due to health concerns. According to Carver County Sheriff Jim Olson, when the police arrived at Prince’s estate this morning, they found him unresponsive in an elevator and attempted to perform CPR.

This is a huge loss to the world of music. He has impacted music and culture in a way that no one else ever can again. His singles hit No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart five times. During his career, Prince released 37 studio albums, with the last being HITnRUN Phase One and HITnRUN Phase Two, which were released in 2015.

Bob Dylan Announces New Album And Tour

NEW YORK - MAY 19: Musical guest Bob Dylan performs on the Late Show with David Letterman, Tuesday May 19, 2015 on the CBS Television Network. (Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)
(Photo by Jeffrey R. Staab/CBS via Getty Images)

Iconic singer and songwriter Bob Dylan has announced a new album as well as a new tour! The 74-year-old living legend isn’t stopping anytime soon.

His new LP is titled “Fallen Angels” and the upcoming 27-date North American tour will be in support of the album release.

Tickets are on sale on Dylan’s website. Each pair of tickets (with the exception of the Indianapolis and Boston shows) comes with a redemption code for a CD of Fallen Angels. See below for a full list of shows.

June

4-5 – Woodinville, Wash. @ Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
7 – Eugene, Ore @ Cuthbert Amphitheater
9 – Berkeley, Calif. @ Greek Theatre
11 – Santa Barbara, Calif. @ Santa Barbara Bowl
13-14 – San Diego, Calif. @ Humphreys Concerts By The Bay
16 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Shrine Auditorium
19 – Morrison, Co. @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
21 – Kansas City, Mo. @ Starlight Theatre
22 – Lincoln, Neb. @ Pinewood Bowl Theater
24 – Highland Park, Ill. @ Ravinia Festival
25 – Indianapolis, Ind. @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
26 – Nashville, Tenn. @ Carl Black Chevy Woods Amphitheater
28 – Kettering, Oh. @ Fraze Pavilion
29 – Toledo, Oh. @ Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre
30 – Lewiston, N.Y. @ Artpark

July

2 – Lenox, Mass. @ Tanglewood
3 – Mashantucket, Conn. @ Foxwoods Resort Casino
5-6 – Vienna, Va. @ Wolf Trap
8 – Queens, N.Y. @ Forest Hills Stadium
12 – Canandaigua, N.Y. @ CMAC
13 – Philadelphia, Penn. @ The Mann Center
14 – Boston, Mass. @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
16 – Portland, Maine @ Thompson’s Point
17 – Gilford, N.H. @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion

Sturgill Simpson Announces New Album

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Sturgill Simpson, the bluegrass country artist who burst into the scene in 2014, has announced a brand new album with one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen.

The sophomore effort is called A Sailor’s Guide to Earth. The new album will be released on April 15. Simpson has released the first song from the album as well;  “Brace for Impact (Live a Little),” which you can listen to at the bottom of this post.

Simpson released this press release in regards to album, what it means, and how it came to be:

I really questioned whether I wanted to spend however many more years on this bus, not being there and seeing all that was happening. That’s where this record came from, just processing all that guilt and homesickness. I had to figure out a way to put that into music, so I decided to write the whole record from the perspective of a sailor going to sea and not knowing if he’s ever coming home.I remembered an old letter that I read, written by my Grandfather Ora to my grandmother when he was in the Army. He was in the South Pacific during World War II, and he thought he was going to die. So he wrote a goodbye letter to her and their newborn son. He finally made it home five years later…

I knew I wanted to make a concept record in song-cycle form, like my favorite Marvin Gaye records where everything just continuously flows. I also wanted it to be something that when my son is older and maybe I’m gone, he can listen to it and get a sense of who I was. I just wanted to talk as directly to him as possible.

A Sailor’s Guide to Earth will also include a cover of Nirvana’s “In Bloom,” and he also discussed that choice in the press release:

I remember in seventh or eighth grade, when that album dropped, it was like a bomb went off in my bedroom. For me, that song has always summed up what it means to be a teenager, and I think it tells a young boy that he can be sensitive and compassionate—he doesn’t have to be tough or cold to be a man. So I wanted to make a very beautiful and pure homage to Kurt.

Track List:

1. Welcome to Earth (Pollywog)
2. Breakers Roar
3. Keep It Between the Lines
4. Sea Stories
5. In Bloom
6. Brace for Impact (Live a Little)
7. All Around You
8. Oh Sarah
9. Call to Arms

Flight Of The Conchords Announce Tour and Exclusive New Material

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Flight of the Conchords are out of hiatus!!! The folk comedy band announced a new North American tour that will feature new exclusive material.

The news the group could possibly be out of hiatus were raised last month when they announced they were going to headline  the Newport Folk Festival alongside Father John Misty and Ray LaMontagne. But now dreams are real and FotC will kick off a 28-city North American tour. The Flight Of The Conchords Sing The Flight Of The Conchords tour kicks off in June and will showcase exclusive new material.

The official tour dates are below:

The Flight Of The Conchords Sing Flight Of The Conchords tour

June 11—Cleveland, OH—State Theatre
June 12—Philadelphia, PA—Mann Center for Performing Arts
June 13—Washington, D.C.—Wolf Trap Filene Center
June 14 —Columbus, OH—Palace Theatre
June 16—Detroit, MI—Fox Theatre
June 17—Minneapolis, MN—Orpheum
June 18—Milwaukee, WI—Riverside Theatre
June 19—Chicago, IL—Pritzker Pavilion
June 22—Redmond, WA—Marymoor Park
June 23—Vancouver, British Columbia—Orpheum
June 24—Portland, OR—Keller Auditorium
June 27—San Francisco, CA—The Masonic
July 1—Santa Barbara, CA—Santa Barbara Bowl
July 2—San Diego, CA—Cal Coast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
July 3—Phoenix, AZ—Comerica Theatre
July 5—Morrison, CO—Red Rocks Amphitheatre
July 7—Kansas City, MO—Starlight Theatre
July 9—Austin, TX—Bass Hall
July 11—New Orleans, LA—Saenger Theatre
July 12—Atlanta, GA—Chastain Park Amphitheatre
July 14—Nashville, TN—Ascend Amphitheater
July 16—Boca Raton, FL— Mizner Park Amphitheatre
July 17—St. Augustine, FL—St. Augustine Amphitheatre
July 18—Cary, NC—Koka Booth Amphitheatre
July 22—Newport, RI—Newport Folk Festival 2016 (Fort Adams State Park)
July 23—Boston, MA—Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
July 24—New York, NY—Central Park Summerstage
July 27—Los Angeles, CA—Greek Theatre

Shaky Knees Reveals 2016 Lineup

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The 2016 Shaky Knees festival has officially announced the line up and it looks phenomenal. The Atlanta-based music festival takes place at Centennial Olympic Park and International Plaza during the weekend of May 13th and 15th with this year’s headliners including Florence and the Machine, My Morning Jacket, At the Drive-In, Jane’s Addiction (performing Ritual De La Habitual), Deftones, Explosions in the Sky, The Decemberists, and Huey Lewis and the News (performing Sports).

If that isn’t enough to get you jazzed up, other notable acts include The Kills, Foals, Young the Giant, The Head and the Heart, Ghost, Cold War Kids, Houndmouth, and Strand of Oaks.

Advanced general admission three-day tickets as well as VIP passes will go on sale Wednesday, January 13th at 10 a.m. ET. Visit the festival’s official website for more info. Check out the full lineup below via the official poster.

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2016 Forecastle Festival Announces Lineup

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One of the best festivals the US has to offer, the Forecastle Festival, has officially released its 2016 lineup and it is quite impressive. The headliners include The Avett Brothers, the Grammy-nominated Alabama Shakes, indie darling Ryan Adams and the alt-rock standard-bearers of Death Cab for Cutie.

The festival will take place in downtown Louisville, Kentucky.  You can check out the full confirmed festival line-up below.

2016 Forecastle Festival Confirmed Artists

  • The Avett Brothers
  • Alabama Shakes
  • Ryan Adams
  • Death Cab For Cutie
  • Walk The Moon
  • Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
  • Grouplove
  • Brandi Carlile
  • Gary Clark Jr.
  • Big Gigantic
  • Glass Animals
  • Dr. Dog
  • Blackberry Smoke
  • Sylvan Esso
  • Moon Taxi
  • Danny Brown
  • Phosphorescent
  • Shakey Graves
  • Washed Out
  • Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness
  • Femi Kuti & Positive Force
  • White Denim
  • Bully
  • Speedy Ortiz
  • Caveman
  • All Them Witches
  • Liz Vice
  • Anderson East
  • The Suffers
  • Wild Child
  • Nothing
  • Steve Gunn
  • Alex G
  • Saintseneca
  • Los Colognes
  • Jazz Cartier
  • 1200

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Andrew Bird Announces 2016 World Tour

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Musician Andrew Bird has announced an extensive tour starting this month! The 6 month tour begins in his home state of Illinois and continues through the U.S., Canada, and Europe.

The tour is more than just spreading his music. Bird will be donating a dollar of every ticket sold to help to stop gun violence. Also, one of the Chicago shows will donate all of the money earned to benefit Foundations of Music in Chicago to fund a ChiArts student’s private lessons.

Tickets will be available for purchase on Dec.4. Tour dates are listed below.

Andrew Bird Tour Dates

December
7-10 — Chicago, Ill. @ 4th Presbyterian Church
11 — Chicago, Ill. @ The Hideout

February
25 — Eindhoven, Netherlands @ Muziekgebouw
26 — Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Muziekgebouw aan’t IJ
27 — Rotterdam, Netherlands @ De Doelen
28 — Groningen, Netherlands @ De Oosterpoort

March
30 — Nashville, Tenn. @ The Ryman

April
1 — Knoxville, Tenn. @ Big Ears Festival
2 — Atlanta, Ga. @ The Tabernacle
4 — Philadelphia, Pa. @ Electric Factory
5 — Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
7 — Brooklyn, N.Y. @ Kings Theatre
8 — New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5
9 — Boston, Mass. @ Citi Wang Theatre
11 — Montreal, Quebec @ Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
13 — Toronto, Ontario @ Danforth Music Hall
14 — Detroit, Mich. @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
15 — Columbus, Ohio @ The LC Pavillion
16 — Cleveland, Ohio @ House of Blues
18 — Milwaukee, Wis. @ The Riverside Theater
19 — Minneapolis, Minn. @ First Avenue
21 — Kansas City, Mo. @ Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland
22 — St. Louis, Mo. @ The The Pageant
30 — Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street

May
2 — Edinburgh, United Kingdom @ Queen’s Hall
3 — Manchester, United Kingdom @ Cathedral
4 — London, United Kingdom @ Roundhouse
6 — Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
8 — Brussels, Belgium @ Cirque Royale
9 — Paris, France @ Trianon

GRIZFOLK Announces Debut Album and Headlining Tour

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Grizfolk has announced their plans to release their highly anticipated full-length debut album, Waking Up The Giants [Virgin Records], on Friday January 8 through iTunes alongside their upcoming tour!

The digital pre-order is now live, and allows fans an instant grat download of the single “Troublemaker” as well as the four tracks off the previously released EP From The Spark. Additionally, the band has launched a pre-order through their online store for an exclusive vinyl bundle of the debut album, signed by the band, which is available here: http://smarturl.it/GrizfolkShop.

With the release of the album, Grizfolk is going on tour beginning early 2016. The tour starts off Thursday January 21 at Voodoo Room in San Diego, CA.

“When we all met in a studio in Santa Monica in 2013, little did we know that we would be writing our debut full length album Waking Up the Giants,” said Grizfolk. ”Looking back and listening to the album now that it’s completed, it truly is a journal of memories and emotions that we’ve gathered these past 2 years. We can only hope that you’ll enjoy it as much as we enjoyed making it.”

Their popular single, “Troublemaker,” continues to steadily rise at Alternative Radio and the band is partnering with Vevo to premiere its music video later this month. “Troublemaker” is also included in Activision’s Guitar Hero Live.

Critics are also enthusiastically responding to Grizfolk. Recently, Paste Magazine described “Troublemaker” as “a raunchy mix of electronic synth and guitar,” and Spin named them one of “Five Can’t Miss Emerging Artists at Voodoo Fest,” adding, “For those who love unapologetic, badass alt-rock staples but want something more, we give you Grizfolk.”

Grizfolk made their television debut earlier this year on the Late Show with David Letterman. They’ve got a bevy of festivals under their belts including Firefly Music FestivalHangout FestivalFree Press Summer FestivalBoston Calling Music FestivalVoodoo Music + Experience, and more. In 2014, Grizfolk blasted on to the scene with their debut EP, From the Spark. Tastemaker Jason Bentley of KCRW proclaimed them one of his new favorite bands, and they appeared on “Morning Becomes Eclectic.” Spotify pegged them as an “Artist to Watch” in 2014.

You can see their tour dates below:

TROUBLEMAKER TOUR 2016 DATES:

1/21     San Diego, CA             Voodoo Room

1/22     Santa Ana, CA             Constellation Room

1/23     San Francisco, CA        Bottom of the Hill

1/25     Portland, OR               Doug Fir Lounge

1/26     Seattle, WA                 Croc

1/28     Salt Lake City, UT        Kilby Court

1/30     Denver, CO                 Lost Lake

2/1       Minneapolis, MN        7th Street Entry

2/2       Milwaukee, WI            Shank Hall

2/3       Chicago, IL                  Lincoln Hall

2/5       Detroit, MI                  Shelter

2/6       Cleveland, OH             Grog Shop

2/7       Toronto, ON                Garrison

2/9       Boston, MA                 Great Scott

2/11     New York, NY              Gramercy

2/12     Philadelphia, PA          Johnny Brenda’s

2/13     Washington, D.C.        Rock & Roll Hotel

2/14     Richmond, VA             Broadberry

2/16     Nashville, TN               The High Watt

2/17     Atlanta, GA                  Vinyl

2/18     Pensacola, FL              Vinyl Music Hall

2/20     Houston, TX                 Rudyard’s

2/21     Austin, TX                    Stubbs Jr.

2/22     Dallas, TX                    Prophet Bar

2/25     Phoenix, AZ                 Valley Bar

2/26     Los Angeles, CA           Troubadour

The Gills: Listen to Live or Online – Just Listen to Them

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Photo courtesy of The Gills Facebook Page

Nashville is a city flush with musical talent and one of those local bands happens to be The Gills.

Originally the band may be from Pensacola, Florida but they have made Nashville their home over the last several years and our city has welcomed them.

A lot of bands feel their music but not every band can make the audience feel it too but The Gills accomplish that within the first song. Two songs in and the crowd is dancing, moving, and reacting to every lyric and every chorus. The Gills are extremely talented as evident from the moment they began their first set.

The quartet switch effortlessly from one song to the next, packing in the most musical enjoyment as possible into the time allotted.

Their sound is very unique and immediately grabs your attention. They stuck out from the other band proceeding them and surpassed other bands I’ve heard dozens of times before. The music is full of energy, full of drive. You can’t help but feel it in every bone. The lead singer pulls all the parts together with his dynamic voice but he isn’t the only heart. Every player provides depth that the band would be missing otherwise.

The Gills are a rare live show that sounds just as good as their recorded pieces. A group that you could see again and again without it ever being boring or have it feel like a repeat. Whether you listen to them live or listen to them online – just listen to them.

The Gills are currently working their self-titled album which is scheduled to be released in 2016.

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