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Elliott Smith Doc’s Offical Soundtrack to Include 15 Unreleased Tracks

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The Elliott Smith documentary soundtrack is highly anticipated as it is touted as including tons of music that even the biggest fans of the late singer haven’t heard before.

Kevin Moyer, Heaven Adores You’s producer, announced in a published statement that only four or five of the 20 tracks on the official soundtrack for the film are currently released.

When the soundtrack will be released is still up in the air, but Moyer said that there are plans to announce the tracklist and the release date within the upcoming weeks. The film was released on DVD on July 17.

You can watch the teaser for it below:

The film focuses on Smith’s life in the three cities he lived in during his music career (Portland, New York and Los Angeles), highlighted by his five solo albums from 1994-2000 and his 1998 Academy Award nomination for Best Original Song for “Miss Misery” in Good Will Hunting. It features personal photos, concert footage, and recorded conversations and interviews with Smith, his friends and collaborators. Participants include Smith’s sister Ashley, Jon Brion, Larry Crane, Tony Lash, Joanna Bolme, Rob Schnapf, and Kill Rock Stars founder Slim Moon. In addition to having at least one song from each of his albums, the track listing contains over a dozen previously unreleased Elliott Smith songs, spanning the length of his career. Heaven Adores You is the first documentary to gain permission to use Smith’s music.

Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings Announce Holiday Album

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My two favorite holidays are Halloween and Christmas. And when it comes to Christmas, I LOVE Christmas and Holiday albums from my favorite bands. Earlier this week, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings announced that they will release their first ever holiday EP titled, It’s a Holiday Soul Party, on Oct. 30 via Daptone Records.

The holiday release will feature 11 tracks including classic tunes and original tunes from the band. It’s a Holiday Soul Party is available for pre-order on iTunes. , which includes two instant Grat tracks: new song “Big Bulbs” and their previous classic holiday number, “Ain’t No Chimney’s In The Projects.”

The album follows the band’s Grammy-nominated 2014 album Give The People What They Want.

It’s A Holiday Soul Party Tracklist:

1. 8 days (of Hanukkah)
2. Ain’t No Chimney’s In The Projects
3. White Christmas
4. Just Another Christmas Song
5. Silent Night
6. Big Bulbs
7. Please Come Home For Christmas
8. Funky Little Drummer Boy
9. Silver Bells
10. World of Love
11. God Rest Ye Merry Gents

Ryan Adams is Covering Taylor Swift’s 1989 In Full

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Apparently Ryan Adams is a huge Taylor Swift fan. Adams announced today on Twitter than he is planning to cover Swift’s recent album, 1989, in its entirety. Adams has already recorded renditions of the insanely popular album’s first three tracks: “Welcome to New York,” “Blank Space” and “Style.”

You may not recognize the Swift songs when put through Adam’s style but they have already been approved by Swift.

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Adams responded adorably as well and Swift can’t hold in her excitement (not that anyone can blame her right?)

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Adams later shared a clip from his take on “Welcome to New York,” 1989’s opening track stating:

“Guaranteed saddest version of Welcome to New York ever – or your tears back,” Here’s a clip:

 

Follow Adams on Twitter to keep up with his 1989 covers. No word yet on when the covers will all be released but when it does I will for sure download that collection.

The Mountain Goats Announce Full Band Tour for Fall

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The indie band, The Mountain Goats, officially announced a new tour for this fall beginning October 2 in Knoxville, Tennessee. The tour comes after their recent Beat the Champ release.

In a manner befitting their odd style, The Mountain Goats released their announcement via telegraph:

I’M AT HOME IN THE WOODSHED STOP IT SMELLS AWESOME IN THE WOODSHED STOP I KNOW USUALLY WHEN PEOPLE BRING UP SMELL THEY’RE ABOUT TO SAY SOMETHING SMARTASS BUT I’M SERIOUS STOP THE WOODSHED IS AWESOME BECAUSE IT SMELLS LIKE WOOD STOP CEDAR PINE REDWOOD HICKORY YOU SIMPLY HAVE TO LOVE THE SMELL OF TREES STOP TREES GENERALLY REALLY STOP SO THE WOODSHED IS A GREAT PLACE TO BE AS LONG AS YOU DON’T GET TOO SENTIMENTAL ABOUT THE TREES STOP BECAUSE TO DO WHAT YOU GOTTA DO IN THE WOODSHED SOME STUFF HAS GOTTA GO DOWN WITH THE TREES STOP ANYHOW STOP

I PERSONALLY WILL BE EMERGING FROM THE WOODSHED IN LATE AUGUST STOP I WILL PREPARE A PATH FROM THE WOOSHED STOP WE AS A BAND WILL EMERGE FROM OUR INDIVIDUAL WOODSHEDS ON 2 OCTOBER IN KNOXVILLE TENNESSEE TO COMPLETE THE NORTH AMERICAN TOUR OF BEAT THE CHAMP STOP WE WILL PLAY EIGHT SHOWS STOP THEREAFTER WE WILL DEPART FOR EUROPE AS PREVIOUSLY DISCUSSED STOP WHEN WE HAVE RETURNED FROM THE EUROPEAN SHOWS I WILL BE BARRICADING MYSELF IN THE WOODSHED WHERE I AM HARD AT WORK ON AN ALTAR STOP IT’S AN ALTAR TO TREES MADE OUT OF TREES STOP IT’S A VERY SELF-REFERENTIAL ALTAR STOP

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEE THE MOUNTAIN GOATS ON THE BEAT THE CHAMP TOUR IN NORTH AMERICA THESE EIGHT SHOWS ARE YOUR LAST OPPORTUNITY TO DO STOP PLEASE JOIN US ON THE BY FOR AND ABOUT THE TREES SOUTHEASTERN TOUR FALL 2015 STOP WE WILL NOT BE PLAYING RUSH’S “THE TREES” WE DON’T HAVE THAT KIND OF CHOPS STOP

 

You can check out the full list of tour dates below:

The Mountain Goats Tour Dates:

September
8 – St. Louis, MO @ Off Broadway^
9 – Lawrence, KS @ Lawrence Arts Center^
10 – Lincoln, NE @ Vega^
12 – Ames, IA @ Maximum Ames Music Festival^

October
2 – Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre
3 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
4 – Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
5 – Athens, GA @ 40 Watt Club
7 – Fort Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
8 – Orlando, FL @ The Beachum Theatre
9 – St. Augustine, FL @ Colonial Quarters
10 – Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum

November
12 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
13 – Gasgow, UK @ Art School
14 – Dublin, IR @ Whelans
15 – Manchester, UK @ Gorilla
17 – Bristol, UK @ Trinity
18 – Brighton, UK @ Komedia
19 – London, UK @ 02 Shepherds Bush Empire
^ John Darnielle solo

The Avett Brothers Announce Fall Tour

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The Avett Brothers have officially announced a new tour for the fall! Pre-sales begin Tuesday, August 4 at noon for the tour. You can see all the dates below.

Fall Tour Dates:

September
11 – Blacksburg, VA @ Virginia Tech (Burruss Auditorium)

October
1 – Lexington, KY @ Rupp Arena
3 – Grand Rapids, MI @ ArtPine (Tent Venue Series)
16 – Augusta, GA @ The Bell Auditorium
22 – Jonesboro, AR @ Arkansas State University (Convocation Center)
24 – Charlottesville, VA @ Charlottesville nTelos Wireless Pavilion

November
5 – South Bend, IN @ Morris Performing Arts Center
6 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium
8 – Sheboygan, WI @ Weill Center for the Performing Arts
10 – Davenport, IA @ Adler Theatre
12 – Sioux City, IA @ Orpheum Theatre

Colony House Talks Silhouettes – Hangout Fest 2015 Interview

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At 2015’s Hangout Festival, Nashville band Colony House performed, spreading their unique and distinctive sound. Despite all the talent in the music city, this band and their talents stand out. Comprised of Caleb Chapman, Will Chapman, and Scott Mills, the trio have an undeniable gift that can be heard through every song on their debut album, When I Was Young.

The album, according to the band, was years in the making.

“Process on this one was interesting because the songs were around longer than usual. Some of them were written years before the album, some were written during the process of recording the album… we all collaborate to create a Colony House song.”

Their personal touches are apparent throughout every lyric on every song. That is what makes Colony House a band for the ages. They don’t write about what they think their fans want to hear or cater to the masses, instead write about real moments and real life. Every emotion can be felt through the lyrics of their songs in a way that most artists struggle to convey.

“We are very much life observers. The songs are based on personal experiences or experiences of family, friends, and those around us.”

The first single from When I Was Young has been getting a lot of play around the country. The track, titled “Silhouettes” is an anthem for making it through the hard times, a reminder that the rough moments won’t last forever. Colony House explains,

“The goal with all songs or lyrics is to make something personal transcend and connect with the audience and make it personal for them. “Silhouettes” is really about walking through those dark times and how it doesn’t overshadow the good things.”

The band made their television debut on September 29, 2014 on NBC’s “Late Night with Seth Meyers.” The band spoke about how amazing that experience was for them and how even after hundreds of shows, they still get stage fright.

“It was trippy. Really crazy. There was a lot of build up for a short amount of time. It was like playing the championship baseball game. You know, it is like you’ve played this game a million times but once you get up there you realize it is not that hard. It was surreal, definitely.”

Society is lucky these musicians found each other and formed Colony House because otherwise we would have totally different people among us. When asked what their alternative careers would be, the world could have ended up with a chef, video production-ist, entrepreneur/innovator, and a carpenter!

Currently, “Silhouettes” sits as the #1 most played and downloaded single on SiriusXM Alt Nation, #3 Billboard Heatseekers Charts, #7 on iTunes Alternative Rock Charts, #32 Billboard Independent Charts, #154 Billboard Top 200!

You can buy the debut album from Colony House, When I Was Young on iTunes now or watch the video for “Silhouettes” below!

Why Hangout Fest is Better Than Bonnaroo

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Music festivals can be a lot of things: exhausting, thrilling, exciting, overwhelming, but most of all they are an experience. You get to see dozens of bands, some you’ve never heard and some for which you’ve been waiting years. Within a sea of kindred spirits, you spend several days in the sun with the music.

The Hangout Festival is one of the best festivals you can attend all year, in fact, it is better than the much loved and talked about Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival for several reasons.  Every year the Hangout Fest has a just as good, if not better, line up as Bonnaroo.

If you can only go to one festival a year, make it the Hangout Fest and here’s why:

The Beach

It is literally RIGHT THERE! Taking place in Gulf Shores, Alabama, the Hangout Fest happens quite literally on the beach. Two of the stages are on the sand next to the waves. They sit on opposite sides of each other in the sand, serving as the two main stages. Then, there a few other stages that are situated throughout the festival grounds while still being within viewing distances of the ocean. Anywhere you stand in the grounds, you can see the beach and the waves. It is captivating and it is incredibly beautiful. Say what you will about other festivals, but no other gives you this type of atmosphere.

Having the beach so close also gives you something to do in your free time. Say you have an hour to kill between bands or activities. Why not spend that time relaxing on beach chairs about 15 feet from the relaxing cool waves? Or wade into the actual ocean in one of the beach access areas? Unlike other festivals, the grounds serve as a vacation on their own. Not to mention, because it is next to the ocean, there is a breeze coming off the water that cools you off and feels amazing. Bonnaroo has no water and no breeze with nothing as relaxing as beachfront property dedicated to the guests.

The Weather

Hangout Fest takes place in May, typically, so the weather is almost the perfect temperature. Around 80-85 degrees (combined with the ocean breeze) its actually bearable to be outside for three days. And you don’t feel like your going to die after an hour outside. There isn’t mud and dirt getting into everything. Yes sand does get everywhere, but guess what? Wash it off by getting in the ocean, problem solved.

The fest opens at 11 am as the weather is getting to it’s warmest and it closes at 11pm. The day and night time temperatures are warm so you don’t have to worry about lugging around a jacket for several hours during the day for cooler temperatures at night. It seems to be uniform all day. It is pretty much perfect continually for walking around in a bathing suit, shorts and shirt, or whatever you wear to the beach. Though, I recommend if you wear sandals to remember to put sunscreen on your feet, I made this mistake and it was literally the only part of my body to get sunburned. The festival recommends close toed shoes and I echo this sentiments as well. It keeps your feet from burning, keeps from kicking sand it other peoples faces, and makes the 12 hours of walking so much easier.

Length of Time

The Hangout Fest runs three days, Friday through Sunday. This means including traveling time you don’t have to take too much time off of work. As a person who works full time, this is really nice because I can afford to take a several days off work for a festival then several more to travel to and from it as well. Bonnaroo is 4 days which basically means your taking a week off.

Also, three days is just enough time outdoors before its gets repetitive. After that your sick of seeing the same vendors over and over again and the same attractions. Other than the music, you have nothing to do anymore except wait which can be boring. But at three days, the first day your settling in, the second your enjoying everything you want, and the last day your making sure you get the last bits in before you leave. It’s the perfect amount of time.

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There are some little things, too, that Hangout gives you. Right in front of the water, there are lounge chairs and hammocks for you to rest. It is SO relaxing. Basically like a beach vacation with bands for your convenience. Even better, if you lucky enough to get a hammock, there are palm trees spritzing you with water to cool you down. It is magical to say the least.

There is also a ferris wheel if you like that sort of thing. It is nice, actually, to ride it because it allows you to see there whole festival once you get to the top. Survey the land, if you will.

The fest also provides water refill stations because they don’t want you to die. It is like they actually care about their patrons. If you come in with a camel back, there are dozens of refill stations all over the grounds as well as a few water fountains. Most festivals are not that generous, that is for sure.

My favorite non-festival thing about this festival is the food options. Because it takes place in Gulf Shores. You can leave the grounds whenever you want and go eat. There are dozens of restaurants within several feet of the grounds. You are not stuck eating festival food if you don’t want to. Just walk right across the street and get some delicious legit restaurant food. Though I have to point out that the festival food was surprising good and fast. The longest I waited ever was 5 minutes.

Cons

The only cons of the festival, really is the sand. Hear me out. After six hours of walking back and forth across the sand in the heat, it can get very exhausting. I found it very arduous after being there for several hours and attempting to to go back and forth from from the Surf Stage to the Hangout main stage. Also at night, it can be tricky. People who have been drinking all day have also been inadvertently littering all day. So by the night there is trash buried through out the sand that can be nearly invisible and dangerous at night. And on that note, be careful of losing things in the sand. If you drop something on the beach, there is a good chance it will be buried before you know it.

Modest Mouse Announces Additional U.S. Tour Dates

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If you were unlucky enough (like me) to miss out on the Modest Mouse 2015 tour, you have another chance! The band has announced they are adding a few more shows to their U.S. tour before finishing up at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in October.

2015 is a great year for Modest Mouse and their fans. After eight years of virtually nothing, they are giving us a tour and a new LP. The first single “Lampshades on Fire” is phenomenal so I’m pretty sure their sixth studio album will be worth the wait.

See the complete list of 2015 tour dates below and I hope you get to see Modest Mouse live this year!

May
23 – George, WA @ Sasquatch! Music Festival

June
06 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheatre
07 – Chula Vista, CA @ Sleep Train Amphitheater
19 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival
21 – Minneapolis, MN @ Rock the Garden
26 – Odense, DK @ Tinderbox Festival
27 – Norrkoping, SE @ Bravalla Festival
28 – Oslo, NO @ Piknik | Parken
30 – Berlin, DE @ Columbiahalle

July
01 – Gdynia, PL @ Open’er Festival
03 – Utrecht, NL @ Tivolivredenburg
04 – London, UK @ Calling Festival
05 – Birmingham, UK @ The Institute
07 – Manchester, UK @ The Ritz
08 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy Leeds
09 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy
10 – Dublin, IE @ The Helix
12 – Perth, UK @ T in the Park
18 – Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Music and Arts Festival
19 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
22 – Brooklyn, NY @ Prospect Park Bandshell
23 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
25 – Oro-Medonte, ON @ WayHome Music and Arts Festival
26 – Detroit, MI @ Mo Pop Festival

August
15 – Omaha, NE @ Maha Music Festival
18 – Albuquerque, NM @ Villa Hispana
19 – Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
20 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Forever Cemetery
23 – Portland, OR @ MusicFest NW

October
10 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits

Pickathon Music Festival Announces 2015 Lineup

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The official lineup for the 2015 Pickathon Music Festival has been finalized and announced! The Pickathon festival will take place in its annual home of Happy Valley, Oregon on July 31-Aug 2!

Unlike most festivals, the Pickathon festival is a more intimate gathering in that the organizers max out the ticket allotment at 3,500. Yet it has DOZENS of amazing artists to enjoy.

Tickets are available now and can be purchased here. Check out the full lineup on Pickathon’s website or below.

Pickathon 2015 Lineup

  • A Giant Dog
  • Alice Gerrard
  • Billy Strings & Don Julin
  • Broncho
  • Cloud Nothings
  • DIIV
  • Dom Flemons
  • Edna Vazquez
  • Ernest Ranglin
  • Ex Hex
  • Freakwater
  • Grandparents
  • Giant³ Sand
  • Heartless Bastards
  • Hiss Golden Messenger
  • Happyness
  • Isreal Nash
  • Joan Shelley
  • JD McPherson
  • Jessica Pratt
  • Joseph
  • Kevin Morby
  • King Tuff
  • Langhorne Slim
  • Nathan Bowles
  • Leon Bridges
  • Little Freddie King
  • Mandolin Orange
  • Meatbodies
  • Rodrigo Amarante
  • Ryley Walker
  • Sam Amidon
  • Sam Cohen
  • Shabazz Palaces
  • Sonny & The Sunsets
  • Sinkane
  • Summer Cannibals
  • The Brothers Comatose
  • The Quebe Sisters Band
  • The Weather Station
  • Thundercat
  • Tinariwen
  • Total Babes
  • tUnE-yArDs
  • Turnpike Troubadours
  • Ty Segall
  • Vetiver
  • Viet Cong
  • Wand
  • Whitey Morgan
  • William Tyler
  • Wolf People

Percy Sledge Passes Away – Music Loses a Legend

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The 1966 powerhouse singer, Percy Sledge, passed away this morning leaving a void in my life and millions of others. Sledge is most known for hitting the Billboard Hot 100 with “When a Man Loves a Woman” in 1966.

During the 60’s, in order to get his music career off the ground, Sledge worked as a hospital nurse while touring. “When a Man Loves a Woman” was the first song he recorded while under contract and it was a massive hit. Even today, it remains one of the most popular songs in the world. His follow-up, “Warm and Tender Love,” reached No. 17 on the Hot 100. He would continue to hit the Hot 100 as the ’60s came to a close.

He later experienced a revival in the 80’s and 90’s thanks to his song being featured in the film, The Big Chill as well as a hit Michael Bolton cover.

Sledge was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

According to reports he passed away his Baton Rouge, Louisiana home at age 73. Sledge is survived by his wife and children.