Motown 25 Special Airs Feb 28 on Public TV/Boxed Set Feat Unheard Versions of Classics To Be Released

posted Feb 23, 2015, 6:16 AM by Vu Nguyen

Motown 25: Yesterday – Today – Forever,
an updated version of the legendary Motown 25 TV Special, will premiere on most public television stations on February 28, 2015 at 8pm ET, then will repeat immediately following. TJ Lubinsky, executive producer and co-host of public television’s “My Music,” series has created a 7-CD set of original Motown Hits, classic album tracks and rarities to accompany the airing of this classic special.
Titled Motown: Big Hits & More, the boxed set is a compelling collection of not just “the same old songs,” but many of the radio hits, regional hits and flip side favorites from the Gordy, Soul and Tamla/Motown labels. “I had the chance to grow up from New Jersey to South Florida to Pennsylvania, so I heard Motown on the radio not only in the Garden State, but also in New York and especially in Philadelphia”, says Lubinsky. “This gave me a special taste for different flavors of classic Motown that each region of the country loved to hear on the radio.
"In putting together this unique 7-CD set, I wanted to create a unique package that featured all these great songs, including 25 new stereo mixes of classic songs," Lubinsky elaborates. "We had the extraordinary opportunity to go through the Motown archives and have access to the original tapes and sessions, going back to the original stages and pre-mixed stages of recording sessions done at Hitsville gave us so many amazing surprises. Most often the songs went much longer than the fades we are used to hearing – and sometimes even extra verses were uncovered, like Smokey Robinson and The Miracles ad-libbing the line, 'the tracks of my tears, I’ve been crying for years' which has never been heard before because it was on the original session tapes past the fade-out on the 45."
The entire CD collection will be available to members that pledge to public television stations during the February 28 national broadcast of Motown 25 (8pm ET, 7pm CT - check local listings), and at www.treasurycollection.comMotown 25 is under license from Berry Gordy’s West Grand Media and jointly distributed by StarVista Entertainment and TJL for public television stations.

Track Lists: Motown: Big Hits & More 7-CD Set

CD #1 
1. Money - Barrett Strong
2. Shop Around – The Miracles
3. Please Mr. Postman – The Marvelettes
4. The One Who Really Loves You – Mary Wells
5. Do You Love Me – The Contours
6. Stubborn Kinda Fella - Marvin Gaye
7. You Beat Me To The Punch – Mary Wells
8. Two Lovers - Mary Wells
9. You Really Got A Hold On Me – The Miracles
10.  Come And Get These Memories - Martha & The Vandellas
11.  Beachwood 4-5789 – The Marvelettes
12.  Too Strong To Be Strung Along – The Marvelettes
13.  Hitch Hike - Marvin Gaye
14.  Fingertips, Pt. 2 - Stevie Wonder
15.  A Breath Taking Guy – The Supremes
16.  Mickey's Monkey – The Miracles - EXTENDED MIX
17.  Heatwave - Martha & The Vandellas - EXTENDED MIX
18.  Quicksand - Martha & The Vandellas
19.  I Gotta Dance To Keep From Crying – The Miracles
20.  The Girl's Alright With Me – The Temptations
21.  Contact On Love - Stevie Wonder
22.  Leaving Here - Eddie Holland
1. The Way You Do The Things You Do – The Temptations
2. I Want A Love I Can See – The Temptations
3. You're A Wonderful One – Marvin Gaye
4. In My Lonely Room - Martha & The Vandellas
5. Every Little Bit Hurts - Brenda Holloway
6. My Guy Mary Wells
7. Looking For The Right Guy – Kim Weston
8. I Like It Like - That Miracles
9. Dancing In The Street – Martha & The Vandellas
10.  Baby I Need Your Loving - Four Tops
11.  Would I Love You – The Miracles
12.  How Sweet It Is - Marvin Gaye
13.  Girl Why You Wanna Make Me Blue – The Temptations
14.  Needle In A Haystack – The Velvelettes
15.  Where Did Our Love Go – The Supremes
16.  Ask Any Girl – The Supremes
17.  Without The One You Love – Four Tops
18.  Since I Lost My Baby – The Temptations
19.  You Lost The Sweetest Boy - Mary Wells
20.  Sweet Thing – The Spinners
21.  Baby Love – The Supremes
22.  My Girl – The Temptations
CD #3
1. Come See About Me  - The Supremes
2. Shotgun - Jr. Walker & His All Stars - EXTENDED MIX
3. Nowhere To Run - Martha & The Vandellas
4. Don't Look Back – The Temptations
5. I'll Be Doggone - Marvin Gaye
6. Ooh Baby Baby – The Miracles
7. Back In My Arms Again – The Supremes
8. I Can't Help Myself - Four Tops
9. Tracks Of My Tears – The Miracles - EXTENDED MIX
10.  A Fork In The Road  - The Miracles
11.  It's The Same Old Song - Four Tops
12.  Nothing But Heartaches – The Supremes
13.  Ain’t That Peculiar - Marvin Gaye - EXTENDED MIX
14.  Take In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While) - Kim Weston
15.  My Baby – The Temptations
16.  Everything Is Good About You – The Supremes
17.  I Hear A Symphony – The Supremes
18.  Uptight  - Stevie Wonder - EXTENDED MIX
19.  My World Is Empty Without You – The Supremes
20.  Since I Lost My Baby – The Temptations
21.  Put Yourself In My Place – The Elgins
22.  Going To A Go-Go – The Miracles - EXTENDED MIX
CD #4
1. Get Ready  - The Temptations - EXTENDED MIX
2. He Was Really Sayin' Something – The Velvelettes
3. This Old Heart Of Mine – The Isley Brothers - EXTENDED MIX
4. Ain't Too Proud To Beg – The Temptations
5. Truly Yours - Spinners
6. Shake Me, Wake Me - Four Tops
7. Whole Lot Of Shaking In My Heart – The Miracles
8. You Can't Hurry Love – The Supremes
9. I Guess I'll Always Love You – The Isley Brothers
10.  Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever - Four Tops
11.  What Becomes Of The Brokenhearted - Jimmy Ruffin - EXTENDED MIX
12.  Blowing In The Wind - Stevie Wonder - EXTENDED MIX
13.  Reach Out, I'll Be There – Four Tops
14.  You Keep Me Hanging On – The Supremes
15.  Heaven Must Have Sent You Elgins - EXTENDED MIX
16.  Beauty Is Only Skin Deep – The Temptations
17.  All I Need – The Temptations
18.  I'm Ready For Love - Martha & The Vandellas
19.  Standing In The Shadows Of Love - Four Tops
20.  Since You've Been Gone  - Four Tops
21.  (Come Round Here) I'm The One You  Need Miracles
22.  A Place In The Sun - Stevie Wonder - EXTENDED MIX
CD #5
1. Love Is Here And Now You're Gone – The Supremes
2. Love I Saw In You Was Just A Mirage – The Miracles - EXTENDED MIX
3. Jimmy Mack - Martha & The Vandellas - EXTENDED MIX
4. Don't Mess With Bill – The Marvelettes - EXTENDED MIX
5. Bernadette - Four Tops - EXTENDED MIX
6. I Got A Feeling - Four Tops
7. I'm Losing You – The Temptations
8. 7 Rooms Of Gloom - Four Tops - EXTENDED MIX
9. I'll Turn To Stone - Four Tops
10.  I Was Made To Love Her – Stevie Wonder
11.  More Love – Smokey Robinson & Miracles - EXTENDED MIX
12.  You're My Everything – The Temptations
13.  Your Precious Love - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terell
14.  Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Marvin Gaye & Tammi Terell
15.  I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Gladys Knight & The Pips
16.  I Wish It Would Rain – The Temptations - EXTENDED MIX
17.  I Heard It Through The Grapevine - Marvin Gaye
18.  Too Busy Thinking About My Baby - Marvin Gaye
19.  I Second That Emotion – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles - EXTENDED MIX
20.  If You Can Want – Smokey Robinson & The Miracles
21.  The Hunter Gets Captured By The Game – The Marvelettes - EXTENDED MIX
22.  Reflections – Diana Ross & The Supremes
CD #6
1. Dance Party  - Martha & The Vandellas
2. Jamie - Eddie Holland
3. Let Me Go The Right Way - Supremes
4. The Only One That I Love – The Miracles
5. Third Finger, Left Hand - Martha & The Vandellas - EXTENDED MIX
6. Forever - Marvin Gaye
7. The Impossible Dream – The Temptations
8. There's No Stopping Us Now – The Supremes
9. More, More, More Of Your Love - Miracles
10.  Come On And See Me Tammi Terrell
11.  I'm Still Loving You - Kim Weston
12.  Keep On Loving Me - Frances Nero
13.  S.O.S. (Stop Her On Site) – Edwin Starr
14.  If My Heart Could Tell A Story - Edwin Starr
15.  Behind A Painted Smile – The Isley Brothers
16.  I've Passed This Way Before – Jimmy Ruffin
17.  You'll Lose A Precious Love - Temptations
18.  Loneliness Has Made Me Realize (It's You That I Need) -  The Temptations
19.  Just A Little Misunderstanding – The Contours
20.  It's Easy To Fall In Love With A  Guy Like You - Martha & The Vandellas
21.  It's A Good Good Feeling – The Miracles - EXTENDED MIX
22.  What's So Good About Goodbye – The Miracles
CD #7  (Motown 1970s)
1. Ball Of Confusion - Temptations
2. What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
3. War - Edwin Starr
4. Stoned Love - The Supremes
5. I Just Want To Celebrate - Rare Earth
6. It's A Shame - Spinners
7. If I Were Your Woman - Gladys Knight & The Pips
8. I'll Be There - Jackson Five
9. Cruisin' - Smokey Robinson
10. Love Machine - Miracles
11. Brick House - Commodores
12. You And I - Rick James

Temple Invisible's Enter_ EP Out March 10th In The US/Canada

posted Feb 22, 2015, 8:52 AM by Vu Nguyen

Temple Invisible is the dark-experimental, electronic, post-industrial musical project of Irina Bucescu, Costas Ivanov and Daniel Olteanu – three multi instrumentalists from Bucharest, Romania.

Temple Invisible‘s music diffuses a unique blend of electronic influences and musical genres combined with a classical sense of composition. Since releasing their debut single ‘Disappearance’ in May 2014 they have had a pretty ripper year. Whether playing multiple venues around the hometown, performing on the main stage at Electric Castle Festival in Transylvania or finding new fans around the world it’s fair to say the guys have been off to a nice start.

In the autumn of 2014 they've released their second single, 'Collide', ahead of an EP release called ‘ENTER_’ on early of 2015. At the same time, they've been getting rave reviews across the internet as well as comparisons to the likes of Depeche Mode and Massive Attack. The darker edge of the first two singles is offset by Irina's vocals that draw you sub-consciously into the songs.

Striking a balance between the trip-hop scenes of Portishead with the dark industrial zones inhabited by Nine Inch Nails, the three-piece summon tectonic plates of noise that shift subtly with earth-shattering consequences.

Press Quotes

Temple Invisible hails from Romania, and makes a brand of dark, icy, electronica that feels like someone took the industrial tremor of Depeche Mode and the trip-hop sprinklings of Portishead, and made them spend the night locked together in a pitch black dungeon.” - Thump

“Creeping, emotive, glitchy” - BULLETT

"Romania may not be the first country to spring to mind when you think of those paving the way in electronic music, but experimental three piece Temple Invisible are out to change that." - Hunger Magazine

“Dark, neo-industrial electronics from Romania - a sentence we don’t get to write often enough - the trio have been attracting with their dense, Nine Inch Nails inspiring writing.” - Clash

“Imagine if Daughter went ‘80s goth or a more psychedelic Portishead and you’ll probably land in the ballpark of Temple Invisible.” - The Line Of Best Fit

'Enter_' EP Tracklisting

1. Everything From Above
2. Disappearance 
3. Collide
4. Sudden Acts 
5. Anima
6. Dimension Dive
7. Disappearance (Officers Remix)
8. Collide (Hologram Emperors Remix)
9. Sudden Acts (Liar Optimix)

Bob Marley’s 70th Birthday will include yearlong celebration of rare and unreleased material from the Marley family vaults and private collection - 1st commemorative release out on February 17th

posted Feb 21, 2015, 8:12 AM by Vu Nguyen

Bob Marley’s 70th birthday year (2015) will include a variety of releases and events to commemorate the legend, his work and iconic impact.  Over the course of the year, his legacy will be remembered by new releases of rare and unreleased material as well as fan favorite deluxe editions of his most memorable work.  The first release will be available on February 17.   BOB MARLEY & THE WAILERS – EASY SKANKING IN BOSTON ’78, features two historic live shows from Boston’s Music Hall, June 8, 1978.  This new and unreleased performance  is from the Marley family giving unprecedented access for the first time to their  personal material from their private collections and their vaults. The album will be available on blu-ray/cd combo pack as well as dvd/cd and standalone cd versions.  Additional newly created animated material will also be a part of this release, marking the first time the family has incorporated this technology into any official Marley releases.  

The video footage was shot with a hand-held camera by a fan that Marley allowed to sit right in front of the stage. The result is remarkable imagery that captures Marley from just a few feet away, allowing one to experience the intimacy of his set. While the cinematographer was shooting with film and forced to change rolls of tape, the gaps in the live footage have been augmented with specially created animation over the existing audio. The animation video elements were produced and created by the animation team of S77 whose credits include recent projects for Bruno Mars, Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Disney, ESPN and many others. The 46-minute video includes seven of the 13 songs in the full set.

Highlights of the performance include a lively “Jammin’” and “The Heathen,” a song Marley and the band didn’t perform during the second set. The show features them at their most comfortable, truly enjoying themselves in the spotlight, basking in the appreciation of the audience.

Marley, a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee, is notable not only as the man who put reggae on the global map, but, as a statesman in his native Jamaica, he famously brought together the country’s warring factions — symbolized by rival politicians Michael Manley and Edward Siega joining hands on-stage -- during his legendary “One Love Peace Concert” in Kingston, which took place on April 22, 1978, less than six weeks before this Music Hall performance in Boston. It was five years since Marley and the band arrived from Jamaica, with the 1977 release of EXODUS, recorded in London just after an assassination attempt on his life, turned into not just a socio-political statement, but one which included such hits as the title track, “Waiting In Vain” and “One Love,” paving the way for their next release Kaya and a world tour in ’78.  Together with his music’s theme of liberation, Marley’s own rags-to-riches story brought inspiration to subjugated people around the world, where he was revered as a larger-than-life leader.


Today, Bob Marley remains one of the 20th century’s most important and influential entertainment icons. Marley’s lifestyle and music continue to inspire new generations as his legacy lives on through his music. In the digital era, he has the second-highest social media following of any posthumous celebrity, with the official Bob Marley Facebook page drawing more than 74 million fans, ranking it among the Top 20 of all Facebook pages and Top 10 among celebrity pages. Marley’s music catalog has sold millions of albums worldwide

Thirty years after its original release, Bob Marley & The Wailers’, LEGEND, shared the top of the charts, holding the No. 5 spot on Billboard’s 200 Album Chart among Maroon 5 (#1), Jeezy (#2), Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack (#3), and Ariana Grande (#4). LEGEND also holds the distinction of being the longest-charting album in the history of Billboard magazine’s Catalog Albums chart and remains the world’s best-selling reggae album. Marley’s accolades include inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1994) and ASCAP Songwriters Hall of Fame (2010), a GRAMMY® Lifetime Achievement Award (2001), multiple entries in the GRAMMY® Hall Of Fame, and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (2001).  For more information visit: and



1. Slave Driver

2. Burnin' and Lootin

3. Them Belly Full

4. The Heathen

5. Rebel Music

6. I Shot the Sheriff

7. Easy Skanking

8. No Woman, No Cry

9. Lively Up Yourself

10. Jammin'

11. War/No More Trouble

12. Get Up Stand Up

13. Exodus

TRT: 1:15:17




1. Rebel Music

2. I Shot the Sheriff

3. No Woman, No Cry

4. Lively Up Yourself

5. Jamming

6. War/No More Trouble

7. Exodus

TRT approx. 46min


The complete list of the performers on BOB MARLEY AND THE WAILERS – EASY SKANKING IN BOSTON ‘78 :


Bob Marley - vocals, guitar

Carlton Barrett – drums

Aston Barrett – bass

Marcia Griffiths - backup vocals

Rita Marley - backup vocals

Judy Mowatt - backup vocals

Tyrone Downie – keyboards

Alvin Patterson – percussion

Julian Marvin - lead guitar

Lights Debuts 'Running with the Boys' Video + Headlining 2015 Tour and Coachella Confirmed

posted Feb 12, 2015, 12:50 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Feb 12, 2015, 12:51 PM ]

Canada's acclaimed pop multi-instrumentalist 
Lights has debuted a nostalgic new video for 'Running With the Boys.' The track is taken from her latest album, Little Machines, which is nominated for 'Pop Album of the Year' at this year's Juno Awards. Lights is currently on a sold-out European tour, and will return to the states for a headlining tour starting February 14th in Minneapolis, supported by X-Ambassadors. Tickets are on-sale at Please see below for all dates. 

She has also announced that she will be performing at Coachella 2015. Ryan Seacrest included Lights in his '10 Artists You Must See at Coachella,' saying "Lights has a knack for creating celestial beats by combining alternative rock and contemporary synth-pop."


Lights has been perfecting her own unique brand of synth pop since she was 14. With a couple of Junos and Gold records under her belt, she's amassed a dedicated 'Lights Army' over the years (1.3 million Facebook fans, over half a million Twitter fans), including self-professed fans Miley Cyrus, John Mayer, and K'Naan among others. She's also collaborated with Kaskade and Deadmau5. 


Little Machines was produced and engineered by Drew Pearson, with key songs/singles mixed by Mark "Spike" Stent (Madonna, U2, Beyonce). The anthemic single, "Up We Go," deemed "perhaps [Lights'] biggest banger to date," by Noisey, follows intro track 'Portal,' which Refinery29 called "the wanderlust song of the summer."


Lights upcoming tour dates w/ special guest X Ambassadors:

*Select dates w/ special guest Saint Motel


02/13 Kansas City, MO        Arvest Bank Theatre 

02/14  Minneapolis, MN       Mill City Nights

02/15  Omaha, NE               The Waiting Room

02/17  Iowa City, IA              Blue Moose Tap House

02/18  St. Louis, MO            Ready Room

02/20  Dallas, TX                 Granada Theater

02/21  Austin, TX                  Emo's

02/22  Houston, TX              Warehouse Live

02/24  Orlando, FL               Beacham Theater

02/25  Ft. Lauderdale, FL     Culture Room

02/27  Atlanta, GA                The Masquerade

02/28  Carrboro, NC             Cat's Cradle

03/01  Nashville, TN             Rocketown

03/02  Charlotte, NC            The Fillmore Charlotte

03/04  Norfolk, VA                The NorVa

03/05  Pittsburgh, PA           Mr. Small's Theatre

03/06  Columbus, OH           Skully's Music Diner

03/07  Indianapolis, IN          Deluxe at Old National Centre

03/09  Cleveland, OH           House of Blues - Cleveland

03/10  Grand Rapids, MI      The Intersection

04/11  Indio, CA                    Coachella Week 1

04/14  Phoenix, AZ               Marquee Theatre*

04/15  San Diego, CA           The Irenic*

04/16  Sacramento, CA         Ace of Spades*

04/18  Indio, CA                    Coachella Week 2


Lights as special guest to OneRepublic:


04/20  Montreal, QC             Bell Centre

04/21  Ottawa, ON                Canadian Tire Centre

04/22  London, ON               Budweiser Gardens

04/24  Toronto, ON               Air Canada Centre

04/25  Sudbury, ON              Sudbury Arena

04/27  Winnipeg, MB            MTS Centre

04/29  Edmonton, AB           Rexall Place

04/30  Calgary, AB               Scotiabank Saddledome

Francisco The Man Announce Tour, Debut Album Out Now on Fat Possum

posted Feb 10, 2015, 10:21 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Feb 10, 2015, 10:23 PM ]

Francisco The Man are excited to announce their first tour of 2015 beginning February 6th in Austin Texas, and taking them to cities cities like Atlanta DC, NYC, Boston and more. Their acclaimed debut, Loose Ends, was released at the end of 2015 on Fat Possum/Small Plates Records and comes out on January 19th in the UK.  The album featured their singles "Progress", "Big Ideas", which Consequence of Sound as the "kind of ripping, radio-ready alt rock song that actually has some bite and staying power, and "It's Not Your Fault", reviewed by Earmilk as a"rock song that oozes good times and faint memories."


The band recently visited KEXP to perform tracks off Loose Ends. Watch it here:


Francisco The Man on Tour

2/11 - Nashville, TN @ The High Watt

2/13 - Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade Purgatory

2/14 - Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge

2/15 - Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight

2/16 - Durham, NC @ Motorco

2/17 - Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle

2/18 - Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall

2/21 - New York, NY @ Studio at Webster Hall

2/22 - Boston, MA @ Great Scott

2/24 - Toronto, CAN @ The Cave

2/25 - Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern

2/26 - Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle

2/27 - Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

2/28 - Kansas City, MO @ Riot Room

3/1 - Denver, CO @ Lost Lake

Flyleaf headlines SnoCore

posted Feb 10, 2015, 9:02 PM by Vu Nguyen

released their fourth album, Between The Stars, on September 16, 2014 and was produced by Don Gilmore (Linkin Park, Three Days Grace, Avril Lavigne). 

In addition to debuting in #1 spot on Billboard Top Current Alternative Albums, the album made it on to several charts including #3 Billboard Current Contemporary Christian Albums, #3 Billboard Top Christian/Gospel Albums and #4 Billboard Top Hard Music Albums, among others in the U.S.  In CanadaBetween The Stars debuted at #39 on Billboard Top 200 Albums, #30 on Billboard Top Current Hard Music Albums and #46 on Billboard Top Current Alternative Albums.

Flyleaf began over a decade ago with their self-titled debut platinum album that included their hit song "All Around Me” which has sold over one million digital downloads. Flyleaf spent 133 weeks in the Billboard Top 200, Top 15 on the Rock Albums & Alternative Albums charts.  Its follow-up, Memento Mori, went Top 10 on the Billboard Top 200. 

2015 SnoCore Tour will feature headliner Flyleaf, with Adelita's Way confirmed as direct support.  Framing Hanley and Fit For Rivals will open the show. The SnoCore Tour first launched close to two decades ago, and from 1996 to 2010 staged annual runs filling a void of minimal touring activity during the winter months.  In its first year, SnoCore showcased bands that included Sublime, Less Than Jake, Guttermouth and Shankin' Pickle. Over the years Blink-182, Incubus, Everclear, System of a Down, Seether, Shinedown and Alien Ant Farm amongst others participated in SnoCore. Now, after a brief hiatus, Wind-up Records and TKO are proud to be uniting to bring SnoCore back on to the road. 

SnoCore Tour:

02/13 — Syracuse, N.Y. — Lost Horizon
02/14 — Buffalo, N.Y. — Rapids Theatre
02/15 — Pittsburgh, Pa. — Altar Bar
02/17 — Louisville, Ky. — Expo Five
02/18 — Columbus, Ohio — A&R Music Bar
02/20 — South Bend, Ind. — Club Fever
02/21 — Flint, Mich. — Machine Shop
02/22 — Joliet, Ill. — Mojoes
02/24 — Libertyville, Ill. — Austin’s
02/25 — Minneapolis, Minn. — POVS
02/27 — Denver, Colo. — Summit Music Hall
02/28 — Grand Junction, Colo. — Mesa Theatre
03/03 — Salt Lake City, Utah — Hanger 18
03/04 — Missoula, Mont. — The Wilma
03/06 — Spokane, Wash. — Knitting Factory
03/07 — Seattle, Wash. — Studio Seven
03/10 — Reno, Nev. — Knitting Factory
03/11 — Sacramento, Calif. — Ace of Spades

The Replacements: Back by Unpopular Demand Tour

posted Feb 9, 2015, 3:02 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Feb 9, 2015, 3:02 PM ]

Photo: Steven Cohen
The Replacements walked away from each other in Chicago's Grant Park on July 4, 1991, seemingly never to return to the stage toether again. That all changed in late 2013 when singer, guitarist and principal songwriter Paul Westerberg and bassist Tommy Stinson enthusiastically reunited (with drummer Josh Freese and guitarist David Minehan in tow) for nearly 100,000 fans over three Riot Fests in Toronto, Chicago and Denver.  

The reunion received rave reviews from fans and press alike, and the guys actually enjoyed themselves. Thus, the band continued its victory lap into 2014 by playing headline slots at festivals such as Coachella, Shaky Knees, Forecastle and Bumbershoot. Despite being banned for life from Saturday Night Live in 1986, the band partook in a well-received and unexpected return to 30 Rock when Jimmy Fallon invited them to The Tonight Show. The stage was then set for a big homecoming show at Midway Stadium in St. Paul, MN on September 13, which sold out of all 14,000 tickets in less than 15 minutes. The following week they played for 12,000 rowdy New Yorkers at Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, and the next logical step is now being taken. The step on to a tour bus ... for the "BACK BY UNPOPULAR DEMAND" TOUR 2015.

That's right, The 'Mats are eschewing festival stages for the more intimate vibes of clubs and theaters throughout the United States. The only sure thing you can expect at the following shows is that the band will show up, plug in and turn it up.

Following the U.S. dates, the band hops over the Atlantic to headline Spain's Primavera Sound festival, as well as club dates in London and Amsterdam.


09 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre
10 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
13 - San Francisco, CA - The Masonic
16 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Palladium
19 - Denver, CO - The Fillmore
29 - Chicago, IL - The Riviera Theatre
30 - Chicago, IL  - The Riviera Theatre

02 - Milwaukee, WI - Eagles Ballroom
03 - Detroit, MI - The Fillmore
05 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE
06 - Columbus, OH - LC Pavilion
08 - Washington, DC - Echostage
09 - Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier
28 - Barcelona, Spain - Primavera Sound Festival
30 - Amsterdam, The Netherlands - Paradiso

02 - London, UK - Roundhouse

Beth Hart to release Better Than Home on 13 April 2015

posted Feb 5, 2015, 2:20 PM by Vu Nguyen

Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, Beth Hart is to release her captivating new album ‘Better Than Home’ on Provogue/Mascot Label Group on 13th April 2015.


Her incredible voice has already moved guitar legends Jeff Beck, Slash, Joe Bonamassa and Buddy Guy to perform with her on records and live; making her, in the words of Classic Rock Magazine “guitarists go-to girl and the UK have firmly taken Beth to their hearts after recent stirring headline performances at the Royal Albert Hall, The Roundhouse and Hampton Court Palace.

Some artists choose to sing the blues and some artists find that they have to live them as well; the latter couldn’t be more fitting for Beth Hart. A prodigious talent in her childhood she’s been through more than most; FBI raids, her father going to jail, her sister died of complications from AIDS, expelled from school, she ran away from home to Brooklyn aged 15 to fulfil her dream of performing live. Scouts picked her up and she won $100k on Star Search beating a young Beyonce to claim the prize. Her break-through single ‘LA Song (Out of this Town)’ later became a hit reaching #6 in the US.  Pressure and a “dark period” hit; drink, drugs and an eating disorder followed – but performances on the Jay Leno and David Letterman shows grew her public profile. She spent the following years either on tour or in and out of rehab. In 2000 she confessed to being “nuts and struggling” and was diagnosed as Bipolar; doctors told her “you can’t handle this life in the music industry”, she was to prove otherwise.


Now on her 7th solo record, album collaborations with Joe Bonamassa, ‘Seesaw’ and ‘Don’t Explain’, made it to the top #1 and #3 of the Billboard  Blues Albums Chart whilst ‘Live in Amsterdam’ entered the UK album chart at #18.  Her greatest validation as one of the defining voices of our time came when her tribute (alongside Jeff Beck) to Buddy Guy on The Kennedy Center Honors Special received one of the only 2 standing ovations of the evening, led by President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle. She has also worked with Guns ‘n Roses guitar maestro Slash on ‘Mother Maria’ from his album ‘Slash’.


The producer of The Kennedy Center Honors, Michael Stevens, and the musical director, Rob Mathes, saw what people have been seeing for nearly 20 years: a woman who wears her soul on her sleeve and has the pipes to back it up. Michael and Rob decided to produce her new album, ‘Better Than Home’.


What makes ‘Better Than Home’ her most intimate work ever, is that it goes to the depth of her soul, revealing terrible pain in her past, family issues and personal demons as well as her coming to grips with them and using that knowledge to find the real beauty in her life. No words do a better job of summing up what this new album is all about, than the lyrics to the title song, Better Than Home:


                I can feel my body breathing, I can feel my heart movin’ fast

                I am not afraid or lonely; I am not chasing the ghost of the past


Now Beth’s putting her past behind her, embracing the great things she’s done and the good things she has and looking forward such as on ‘Mechanical Heart’, which is a powerful love song to her husband, Scott Guetzkow.  “It was my way of saying”, she admits, “yeah, I don’t have a healthy or normal heart, but I’m going to figure out a way to bring you everything you need and want in life.” Whilst ‘Trouble’ is“a brass balls song…about a female who says, ‘Hey, I didn’t come here to make trouble, but the bottom line, it’s a whole lot of fun.’  It’s a bad girl song.”


In ‘We’re Still Living In The City’, she chronicles two peoples’ lives by their marriage together.  “They’re going through life…this rollercoaster.  But the one thing that’s always constant between them is…no matter what, I’m still crazy about him!”  ‘St. Teresa’ is an anthem with a unique point-of-view, narrated by a man in prison.  Inspired by the film, Dead Man Walking, she adds; “There’s this man, who knows everyone hates him, and there’s this woman, who’s very close to God, and she will love him and be devoted to him no matter what.”


‘As Long As I Have A Song’ is a stirring ballad that “represents my love and hate about being a songwriter.  What I love about it, it’s connecting, but, out of the blue, it can all go away.  You’re searching to get reconnected, and out of writer’s block.” Beth isn’t afraid of admitting her own shortcomings.  Mid-tempo ‘Might As Well Smile’ is a soulful reminder of that.  “You’re taking yourself too seriously, just smile, relax and just get through the tough time.”


‘Tell ‘Em You Belong To Me’ is one of the most personal songs on the album.  “This is about my relationship with my father.  When I was a kid, my Dad and I were as tight as can be.  Then he married this woman who would not allow me to have anything to do with him.  It’s the story of ‘You tell that lady you’re my Dad.’ ”  Showing a lighter side on ‘The Mood That I’m In’.  “It’s a fun song.  It’s about love, it’s about going out at night.  You’ve got someone that you’re crazy about but they’re not available to you, so you go searching for it in other people.”

The highly emotional, limited edition bonus track, ‘Mama This One’s For You’, reveals that she’s not afraid to tell her mother how much she loves her.  “It’s probably the most important song to me on the record.  I finally got how blessed I was to have my Mom.”

This album isn’t about the problems Beth’s faced in her life. Instead, she’s choosing to find the good things that have been there all along: accepting and loving her parents for who they really are, appreciating a good husband, facing her fears head on and ultimately finding ways to heal and convert that positive energy into music that moves people.  This is an incredibly moving, self written and composed record that’s going to reach people on a very personal level, because a one-of-a-kind artist found the perfect formula for exposing her very private inner voice and empowering it with her legendary outer voice. 

UK Tour Dates.

Thurs 30 April     Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Fri 1 May              Colston Hall, BRISTOL
Sun 3 May           Philharmonic Hall, LIVERPOOL
Weds 6 May       O2 ABC, GLSAGOW
Fri 8 May              Barbican, LONDON
Sat 9 May            O2 Academy, LEEDS
Mon 11 May       Corn Exchange, CAMBRIDGE
Weds 13 May     Rock City, NOTTINGHAM

Ásgeir Releases Icelandic Version Of Debut Album

posted Feb 5, 2015, 1:57 PM by Vu Nguyen
Internationally praised musician Ásgeir will release the Icelandic language version of his debut album, titled Dýrð í dauðaþögn, in the U.S. Released in his native country when Ásgeir was just 20 years-old, the breathtaking collection of songs made history by quickly becoming the fastest-selling debut ever in Iceland; one in 10 people in the country own the album, which has outsold debuts from Icelandic legends including Björk and Sigur Rós. 

The ubiquity of Dýrð í dauðaþögn caught the attention of American musician John Grant, who not only saw Ásgeir’s knack for melody, gorgeous harmonies, and amazing sense of rhythm and virtuosity on acoustic guitar, but also the beauty in the album’s lyrics—poetic words touching on nature, fantastical creatures, weather and old short stories—a majority of which were written by Ásgeir’s 72 year-old father, a poet in his own right. Grant eventually helped translate the lyrics to English for the international version of the album, titled In The Silence and released in the U.S. in March of 2014 via One Little Indian/Columbia. The album reached #1 on Billboard’s Next Big Sound chart upon release.
Ásgeir will make his stateside return next month, where he’ll join acclaimed Irish singer/songwriter Hozier on the first leg of his sold out North American tour, in addition to a handful of his own headline dates. The tour kicks off February 6 at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre and continues through February 28 at Detroit’s Royal Oak Music Theatre. See below for itinerary.
Tastemakers and critics have wholeheartedly embraced Ásgeir’s stunning and majestic sound. He’s drawn praise from NPR, TIME, The Guardian, Vogue, NME, and more. His soaring single “King And Cross,” featured on In The Silence, has been championed at AAA radio and currently sits Top 25 on the chart. NPR’s Bob Boilen, who raves “Ásgeir’s voice is angelic and yearning, his songs simple and universal,” named In The Silence one of his top albums of 2014, while Amazon has named Ásgeir one of their Artists To Watch in 2015, exclaiming his “soft coo transcends borders.”
Ásgeir On Tour:
2/6       Los Angeles, CA          The Fonda Theatre * (SOLD OUT)
2/7       Oakland, CA                 New Parish
2/9       San Francisco, CA        The Independent (SOLD OUT)
2/10     Oakland, CA                 Fox Theater * (SOLD OUT)
2/11     Sacramento, CA           Ace of Spades * (SOLD OUT)
2/13     Portland, OR                Crystal Ballroom * (SOLD OUT) 
2/14     Seattle, WA                  Paramount Theater * (SOLD OUT)
2/15     Vancouver, BC             Orpheum Theatre * (SOLD OUT)
2/17     Salt Lake City, UT        The Depot * (SOLD OUT)
2/18     Denver, CO                  Ogden Theatre * (SOLD OUT)
2/20     Minneapolis, MN           First Avenue * (SOLD OUT)
2/21     Milwaukee, WI              Pabst Theater * (SOLD OUT)
2/23     Lawrence, KS               Liberty Hall * (SOLD OUT)
2/24     St. Louis, MO               The Pageant * (SOLD OUT)
2/25     Chicago, IL                   Riviera Theater * (SOLD OUT)
2/27     Columbus, OH              LC Music Pavilion * (SOLD OUT)
2/28     Detroit, MI                    Royal Oak Music Theatre * (SOLD OUT)
* w/ Hozier

Elvis Perkins Premieres "I Came For Fire" Single On T Magazine || Announces Tour Dates, On Sale February 6th || 'I Aubade' LP Due Out February 24th On MIR Records, Pre-Order On iTunes Now

posted Feb 3, 2015, 2:59 PM by Vu Nguyen

Songwriter and recording artist Elvis Perkins will release his latest album “I Aubade” on February 24, 2015. Perkins’ third full-length is set to come out on his own label, MIR.

This new work comes as something of a departure from his previous releases on XL Recordings. Whereas Ash Wednesday (2007) would not have been itself without the guidance of friend and producer Ethan Gold, and the eponymous  Elvis Perkins in Dearland and subsequent Doomsday EP (2009) were group efforts, “I Aubade” was on the whole an autonomous project. "I had the impulse to hear what would happen if left to and with my own devices,” says Perkins. "Not surprisingly this is the thing that sounds the most, to me, like myself.”

That said,  a number of musicians, including Nick Kinsey and Wyndham Boylan-Garnett of Dearland, drummer Otto Hauser and multi-instrumentalist Frank Fairfield contributed to the album. Singer Cornelia Livingston is featured on several tracks and long time collaborator Becky Stark of Lavender Diamond makes an appearance as well.

The mixing was done by Jesse Lauter with Elvis Perkins and Alan Silverman mastered.  It will be manufactured and distributed by the music division of Isolation Network, INgrooves. Mr. Perkins will be touring in support of the new album in the spring of 2015.

Tour Dates:

4.15 Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
4.16 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
4.17 Hamden, CT - Ballroom at The Outer Space
4.18 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
4.20 Brooklyn, NY - Rough Trade
4.21 Washington, DC - Synagogue
4.23 Pittsburgh, PA - Club Cafe
4.24 Bloomington, IN - The Bishop
Evanston, IL - SPACE
4.29 St. Louis, MO - Old Rock House
4.30 Nashville, TN - City Winery
5.1 Birmingham, AL - Workplay Theatre
Decatur, GA - Eddie's Attic
5.6 Austin, TX - Parish
5.11 San Diego, CA - Irenic
5.13 Los Angeles, CA - Masonic Lodge at Hollywood Forever
5.16 San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
5.18 Portland, OR - Doug Fir Lounge
5.19 Seattle, WA - Triple Door

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