Friday, August 17, 2018

Aretha Franklin remembered

The outpouring of tributes and heartfelt remembrances to Aretha Franklin following her death on Thursday, Aug. 16, 2018 is no surprise. The "Queen of Soul" is widely regarded as one of the best gospel and soul singers of the past 100 years.

After learning of the loss of Franklin, Robert Kinsler and TJR filmed a tribute to the icon that you can view here:

Here are some other notable tributes to Franklin worth sharing...

AUG. 16, 2018

Aretha Franklin was an incomparable artist who came to be recognized as one of the most profound voices in music. Known universally as the Queen of Soul, she solidified her legendary status in the late 1960s with chart-topping recordings that included "Respect," "A Natural Woman (You Make Me Feel Like)," and "Think." During her six-decade career Aretha earned 44 GRAMMY® nominations, 18 GRAMMY Awards, and was recognized by the Recording Academy™ on several occasions for her remarkable accomplishments as an artist and philanthropist. We were privileged to honor her with the Recording Academy's GRAMMY Legend Award in 1991, the Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994, and as the 2008 MusiCares® Person of the Year for her extraordinary artistic achievements and charitable efforts. Her distinctive sound, unforgettable recordings, and giving spirit will continue to be celebrated worldwide. Aretha will be dearly missed, and our thoughts go out to her loved ones during this difficult time.  

Neil Portnow
Recording Academy 

Warner Music Group Statement

"There are great artists and there are transcendent artists - artists who break new barriers and take us to places we never imagined. Aretha elevated soul from genre to high art. She defied musical categorization, bringing her phenomenal talent to R&B, pop, blues, gospel, rock, jazz, and classical music. Aretha's influence on music, culture, and history is incalculable. We will be forever grateful for everything that she accomplished as an artist, a woman, and a beacon of humanity." 

-Max Lousada, CEO, Recorded Music, Warner Music Group

SiriusXM To Pay Tribute to Aretha Franklin Across Multiple Music and Talk Channels
SiriusXM has announced that it will pay tribute to Aretha Franklin. The life and music of the Queen of Soul will be celebrated across multiple music and talk channels.
SiriusXM Soul Town (channel 49) will become The Aretha Franklin Tribute Channel in honor of her contribution to popular music. The channel features music from her iconic career, live listener calls, as well as archival interviews and tributes from fellow artists and fans.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Radio (channel 310) will highlight her music and air reflections from fellow artists each hour throughout the week.
SiriusXM VOLUME (channel 106) will discuss her life, music and legacy during their live broadcasts.
With her music and legacy spanning multiple decades and genres, Aretha Franklin's music can also be heard across many SiriusXM channels, including Heart & Soul (channel 48), 60s on 6 (channel 6) and 70s on 7 (channel 7) and 80s on 8 (channel 8).

Source: SiriusXM


Urban One Celebrates the Life, Legacy and Impact of Music Icon and Civil Rights Champion with Special Primetime Programming Encores and Tribute on TV One, Interactive One Digital Sites and Across all REACH Media/Radio One Markets

PHOTO CREDIT: Nicholas Hunt/WireImage (Courtesy of TV One)
SILVER SPRING, MD - As the world mourns the tremendous loss of American treasure Aretha Franklin, the music legend, Civil Rights champion and renowned 'Queen of Soul,' Urban One announces plans to honor her life, legacy and impact on humanity with special encore presentations of interviews and news specials on TV One, special digital content across Interactive One sites and all REACH Media and Radio One stations, hosts, shows and sites.

Below is the TV One programming lineup for Aretha Franklin's tribute that aired yesterday (August 16, 2018) and will see an encore showing on Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018:

TV One on One: Aretha Franklin (11 a.m. ET/10 C)
Join Urban One Founder Cathy Hughes as she talks with "Queen of Soul" Aretha Franklin about her life and journey throughout her amazing career.
Aretha:  Frankly Speaking (12 p.m. ET/11 C)
Chronicles the professional and personal life of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin. The one-hour special also features exclusive behind-the-scenes stories of iconic songs like "Respect," "Natural Woman," "Precious Lord" and "Pink Cadillac" as told through Franklin's trusted inner circle, her musical team, and her very own words.


Founder and Chairperson of Urban One, Inc., Cathy Hughes, a radio legend and close friend to Aretha Franklin who worked with and interviewed Franklin many times over the years, issued a statement of her sincerest condolences to Franklin's family, friends and colleagues upon receiving  news of Franklin's passing.  Below are excerpts from Hughes' statement, click here to view in it's entirety.

(From Left to Right) Media maven, Cathy Hughes and the "Queen Of Soul"
Aretha Franklin during the taping of TV One On One. (Courtesy of TV One)
"Today I join my community, my industry and the world in mourning the loss and celebrating the life of my dear sister, friend, and ally, Aretha Franklin. I send my love and offer prayers of grace and peace to the members of her family, her friends and colleagues who walked alongside her and shared her with tens of millions of fans around the world.
I have so many fond memories of Aretha. Throughout her career, I was blessed to share her music and her iconic story. I am humbled to have been a part of her journey and to have served as an eyewitness to the evolution of her artistry and the formation of her legacy. 
Like many of our musicians, Aretha's musical roots are embedded in the black church, and gospel music was at her core. Her talent transcended genres and not only earned her the title of the "Queen of Soul" but also the distinction of being the first woman to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And while many will remember her for all of the titles she has received, I  
believe, Aretha Franklin, in her own words, said it best,'being a singer is a natural gift. It means I'm using to the highest degree possible the gift that God gave me to use. I'm happy with that.' 
And Aretha Franklin, so are we. Rest in peace my sister."

TV One continues its commitment to honoring the legacy of notable African Americans. The network will honor the musical genius by sharing top responses from social media on its website ( TV One viewers can join the conversation by connecting via social media on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook (@tvonetv) using #RIPARETHAFRANKLIN and #REPRESENT

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

'The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society' 50th Anniversary Edition to be released Oct. 26

Fans of The Kinks (including yours truly) couldn't be more excited than by today's stellar announcement!

The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society
50th Anniversary Edition Set for Release Oct. 26, 2018
Includes Previously Unreleased New Track 'Time Song'
Proud Gallery Photo Exhibition Oct 4th - Nov 18th
50th Anniversary Multi-Format Releases: Super Deluxe Box Set, 1CD, 2CD Deluxe, LP, Digital, MFiT & HD

The Kinks will release a 50th Anniversary Edition of one of the greatest British rock albums of all time The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society on BMG on October 26.
This essential album by one of the world's best ever bands is defined by the extraordinary catalogue of Ray Davies' songs, driven by brother Dave Davies' power pop guitar and became the foundation of generations of British guitar pop. The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society cemented Ray Davies reputation as one of Britain's greatest ever songwriters of his and any generation.
"I think The Village Green Preservation Society is about the ending of a time personally for me in my life," says Ray. "In my imaginary village. It's the end of our innocence, our youth. Some people are quite old but in the Village Green, you're never allowed to grow up. I feel the project itself as part of a life cycle."

Somewhat overlooked upon its release in November 1968, The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society is now regarded as one of the best British
albums ever recorded. Created in difficult circumstances by a band on the verge of disintegration and who refused to follow fashion, it is an album of timeless, perfectly crafted songs about growing up and growing old, and the decline of national culture and traditional ways. Enduring and unsurpassed, with its wit, sadness, quiet anger, regret and charm, it is generally considered the high point of The Kinks' outstanding career and Ray Davies' masterpiece.
Included in this anniversary edition are many previously unreleased tracks and versions, including the previously unreleased track 'Time Song'. Despite never been included on a release, 'Time Song' was performed by The Kinks at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in January 1973, celebrating Britain's entry into the Common Market.
'When we played a concert at Drury Lane in '73 to "celebrate" us about to join what was called The Common Market, I decided to use the song as a warning that time was running out for the old British Empire.' Says Ray. 'This song was recorded a few weeks later but never made the final cut on the Preservation Act I album. Oddly enough, the song seems quite poignant and appropriate to release at this time in British history, and like Europe itself the track is a rough mix which still has to be finessed.'
Ray mixed the track earlier this year and it is included on the new VGPS Deluxe Box Set and Deluxe 2CD. The single version will also be available as a limited edition 7" single exclusively with pre-orders of the box set via The Kinks Music Glue official store, and as a digital download single.
The deluxe box set includes extensive sleeve notes, interviews, photography and specially created online & press content "telling the story" of the album's production, release and cultural impact. Also included are two essays on the album written byPete Townshend and renowned journalist Kate Mossman.
Launching October 4, 2018, there will be an exhibition at London's Proud Central Gallery titled 'The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society' which will run until November 18, 2018 displaying a selection of rare collector's items including specially commissioned artworks by members of the band and vintage memorabilia, together with a collection of photographs documenting this remarkable period in the band's history. Each work is hand-signed by surviving band members Ray Davies, Dave Davies and Mick Avory - visit for more info.

(In special packaging with debossed box cover, foil & metallic text and linen cloth finish. Bespoke accessories holder. 174 audio tracks total)
LPs (180 gram heavyweight vinyl):
- Gatefold 2LP featuring original album new stereo remaster and new mono remaster. Original artwork faithfully reproduced in high resolution
- Continental (Swedish) original 12 track version of the LP

2018 Stereo Remaster, from the original HD tape transfers + bonus tracks of singles, B sides and original album related tracks
2018 Mono Remaster, from the original HD tape transfers + bonus tracks of singles, B sides and original album related tracks
Village Green Sessions - Including alternate versions, mixes and backing tracks, many previously unreleased

Village Green At The BBC - TV performance track audio and band interviews, many previously unreleased

Preservation, Sessions, Live & Demos - including mid 70s recordings, previously unreleased home demos, Ray Davies live in Denmark 2010 and unreleased track 'Time Song'.
CD booklet includes notes by Ray Davies on the home demos and comprehensive track source and mastering notes from world renowned mastering engineer Andrew Sandoval
7" singles (reproduced original picture sleeves):
-       Days / She's Got Everything (1968)
-       Starstruck / Picture Book (1968)
-       The Village Green Preservation Society / Do You Remember Walter? (1969)

Deluxe, beautifully produced, 52-page hardback photo book with extensive sleeve notes and new band interviews, essays by Pete Townshend and other writers, plus rare and unseen Kinks Village Green related photos and imagery

Reproduced original memorabilia: Poster of Village Green LP inner gatefold; Empire Liverpool 1968 tour poster; glossy 10" x 8" photos from Hampstead Heath 1968 photoshoot; colour press photo with reproduced band signatures; Bournemouth 1968 gig ticket; PYE Records promo card; 'Days' sheet music
1LP: ART OF THE ALBUM2018 Stereo Remaster of original album, from original tape high definition transfers.180 gram heavyweight vinyl. Original gatefold artwork replicated. Insert with notes and band photos
1CD: ART OF THE ALBUM2018 Stereo Remaster of original album, from original tape high definition transfers. Booklet with notes, band quotes and Village Green era photos Insert with notes, band quotes and Village Green era photos.
2CD DELUXE: ART OF THE ALBUMOriginal album 2018 stereo and mono remasters plus bonus tracks of singles, B sides, alternate versions, mixes and other original album related tracks. Contains previously unreleased track versions and unreleased new single 'Time Song'. Hardback book packaging with linen finish, 20-page booklet with extensive notes, band quotes and rare Village Green era imagery. 49 tracks total
DIGITAL DELUXEOriginal album 2018 stereo remaster plus key bonus tracks from the box set, includingsingles, B sides, alternate and unreleased versions, mixes and other original album related tracks. Contains previously unreleased new single 'Time Song'. 60 tracks total

DIGITALOriginal 15 track stereo album as: Standard Digital, MFIT & HD. Remastered from HD original tape transfers.

Original LP tracklist:
Side One
1. The Village Green Preservation Society   
2. Do You Remember Walter?
3. Picture Book
4. Johnny Thunder
5. Last Of The Steam-Powered Trains
6. Big Sky
7. Sitting By The Riverside

Side Two
1. Animal Farm
2. Village Green
3. Starstruck
4. Phenomenal Cat
5. All Of My Friends Were There
6. Wicked Annabella
7. Monica
8. People Take Pictures Of Each Other

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Jake Shimabukuro to release new album 'The Greatest Day' on Friday, Aug 31

Jake Shimabukuro is flat out the best ukulele player I have ever seen. His unique technique, virtuoso approach to the instrument and artistic touch must be seen (and heard) to be believed. I last saw Shimabukuro perform at the NAMM Show in 2016 and he was incredible (read my recap of that performance here)...

Ukulele master Jake Shimabukuro to release new album
The Greatest Day on Friday, August 31, 2018

Ukulele superstar Jake Shimabukuro, one of the most exceptional and innovative ukulele players in the history of the instrument, will release his newest record, The Greatest Day, on August 31, 2018 via Mailboat Records.
The album was recorded at Music City’s famed Ronnie’s Place studio with producer R.S. Field – the same city, studio, and producer as 2016’s “adventurous and dazzling” (Associated Press) Nashville Sessions. Returning as the ace rhythm section are bassist Nolan Verner and drummer Evan Hutchings; the group added guitarist Dave Preston to expand upon the sound they started creating two years ago.
“On the last record, it was pretty much the sound of a live trio, which sounded fresh, raw and organic,” says Shimabukuro. “Now we’ve expanded to a quartet, which has added more colors and variety to the overall production. Once we recorded the live takes, we experimented with overdubs, and added horns, strings and keys, and other funky sounds. There are even some vocals on a few cuts.”
The 12 studio tracks that comprise The Greatest Day feature some of Shimabukuro’s most imaginative and adventuresome playing yet. Half of the album is devoted to originals, on which the instrumentalist reaches new heights of compositional distinction. And on the covers, Shimabukuro's prodigious skills allow him to transcend his material – no mean feat considering some of the classics and standards he’s tackling.
Pre-Order available now at and if you pre-order at iTunes, receive “The Greatest Day” track instantly! Special exclusives also available at Pledge Music including a ukulele Skype lesson with Jake!
Pre-Order link:
Jake Shimabukuro performs during the NAMM Show
in Anaheim, CA on Jan. 21, 2016.
Photo: Robert Kinsler
Among the self-penned tunes, there’s the blissed-out title track which Shimabukuro wrote the night before going into the studio. After laying down parts with Verner and Hutchings, he watched Dave Preston add a joyous, Edge-like guitar riff that completed the picture. “It came together so quickly,” Shimabukuro says, “and when I heard the final mix, I just thought, ‘Wow, this has been the greatest day!’”
“Pangram” has already turned heads in concert with its rivers of cascading melodies and its pumping, rock-soul rhythms. “Straight A’s,” – inspired by the A string of the ukulele – is a carefree and vibrant gem on which Shimabukuro’s soulful soloing recalls one of his influences, Carlos Santana. “Mahalo John Wayne” is a flat-out stunner, a delicate melody that transforms into a grand-scale cinematic symphony.
As always, Shimabukuro’s playing has a wonderful innocence to it, as if each phrase feels new to him. This sense of discovery is abundant on his astonishing reinterpretations of the Beatles’ “Eleanor Rigby,” now a driving and insistent ballad brimming with furious jazz chords and a spirited back-and-forth between Shimabukuro and dobro legend Jerry Douglas. “It was such an honor to have Jerry guest on the record,” Shimabukuro says. “He was only going to play on one tune, but we had such a great time that he stayed and played on two more tracks.”
The two also go toe to toe on Jimi Hendrix’s freak-flag classic “If 6 Was 9,” spiraling off into a spacey, jazz-rock odyssey that manages to be reverential to the original while simultaneously distinguishing itself as a bold new tour de force.
Another reimagined track is The Zombies’ psychedelic rock nugget “Time of the Season,” which Shimabukuro often heard in his house growing up. The album concludes with a sparse yet exquisite reading of Leonard Cohen’s iconic hymn “Hallelujah.” “I had recorded it before, but after Cohen passed I wanted to re-record it – I felt a new emotional response to it. It seemed like the perfect way to end the album.”
The CD and vinyl versions of the album include the 12 studio tracks with three more live cuts including immersive takes on “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” Shimabukuro’s own “Dragon,” and a slinky, ultra-funky interpretation of Bill Withers’ hit single “Use Me.” They were recorded live with no overdubs at various venues by engineer Brett Lind and mixed by Jack Clarke (who engineered Nashville Sessions and The Greatest Day).
The digital edition of The Greatest Day includes the aforementioned live tracks as well as two additional songs – a live version of “Blue Roses Falling” that features Shimabukuro dueting with cellist Meena Cho as well as a concert recording of “Kawika” (originally made famous by the Sunday Manoa).

Since he first came to the world’s attention with his deeply beautiful and original take on George Harrison’s “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” in a viral video that dominated YouTube in 2005, the Hawaiian-born Shimabukuro has virtually reinvented the four-string instrument, causing many to call him “the Jimi Hendrix of the ukulele.”

Throughout his rich and varied catalog of albums, Jake captures the many moods of the ukulele, fearlessly traversing boundaries and putting his inspired touch on everything from island standards, to popular tunes and classical symphonic concertos. He has collaborated with artists from Yo-Yo Ma, Jimmy Buffett, Jack Johnson and Cyndi Lauper to Ziggy Marley, Dave Koz, Lyle Lovett and Bette Midler, and wowed audiences at SXSW, Bonnaroo, the Playboy Jazz Festival, and the cutting-edge TED conference. This year he founded Shima Ukulele with his brother, a fellow artist and teacher, Bruce Shimabukuro, which aims to make quality ukuleles accessible for anyone interested in learning to play.
In mid-July, Shimabukuro embarks on an extensive tour of the U.S. and a fall tour of Japan. “I’m really excited to play the new songs in my shows,” he says. “Making this record was one of the highlights I’ve had in the studio. I couldn’t be happier with the sounds and arrangements. But most of all, we had a ton of fun making it."
The Greatest Day Tracklist:
1.Time of the Season
2. The Greatest Day  
3. Eleanor Rigby  
4. Pangram  
5. Bizarre Love Triangle  
6. Straight A’s  
7. If 6 Was 9  
8. Shape of You  
9. Go for Broke  
10. Little Echoes  
11. Mahalo John Wayne  
12. Hallelujah  
13. Use Me (feat. Dave Preston) (’18 Live)
14. Dragon (‘18 Live)
15. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (’18 Live)
13. Kawika (’18 Live)
14. Blue Roses Falling (feat. Meena Cho) (’18 Live)  5
15. Use Me (feat. Dave Preston) (’18 Live)
16. Dragon (‘18 Live)
17. While My Guitar Gently Weeps (’18 Live)
Jake Shimabukuro Tour Dates:

John Lennon & Yoko Ono 'Imagine' Restored and Remixed for Cinema Audiences - In Selected Theaters this September

News worth sharing!





Official trailer HERE
Screening in cinemas Worldwide from September 17 2018
Full cinema list and tickets available now from
New Cinemas Added Daily

New York, NY (August 14, 2018) -- Music fans will be celebrating this September, as John Lennon & Yoko Ono’s Imagine hits the big screen. Including previously unreleased cinema-exclusive bonus material, restored footage, remixed, remastered and immersive Dolby Atmos soundtrack mix, it’s a unique opportunity to witness Imagine like you’ve never seen or heard it before!
Imagine is a cinematic collage of color, sound, dream and reality. Produced and directed by John and Yoko, who, with numerous guest stars including George Harrison, Fred Astaire, Andy Warhol, Dick Cavett, Jack Palance and Jonas Mekas, create a world of imagination as rich and moving as the music that accompanies it.
The ground-breaking music film features a different visual treatment for every song, and follows John and Yoko during the recording sessions for Imagine in both the UK and New York, as they co-produced the record with Phil Spector.
Imagine has been restored frame-by-frame, from the original reels with the audio remix by triple GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer, Paul Hicks. It is accompanied by 15 minutes of never-before-seen extras including studio footage of John and his band (including George Harrison, Nicky Hopkins from the Rolling Stones, Alan White from Yes and Klaus Voormann) performing "How Do You Sleep?" and "Oh My Love" in a specially created Dolby Atmos surround sound "raw studio" mix that puts you in the center of the recording studio while the band play live.
“The people who all worked on IMAGINE were Peace People and it was so enlightening and exciting all the way through to be one of them. Remember, each one of us has the power to change the world.” – Yoko Ono
For details of cinemas participating in this special event screening visit
Running Time
83 Minutes
Certificate: TBC

About Eagle Rock Entertainment
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the world-leading producer and distributor of music-related audiovisual content. Founded in 1997, the multi award-winning company completes over 50 productions a year including concerts, documentaries, scripted formats and specials representing over 2,000 hours of programming. The vast catalogue includes work by award-winning filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, Brett Morgan, Paul Dugdale, Stanley Nelson and Bob Smeaton. Eagle Rock has worked alongside a variety of artists including the Rolling Stones, Madonna, Mumford & Sons, Jay Z, Paul McCartney, Frank Sinatra, Katy Perry, Black Sabbath and Imagine Dragons. Eagle Rock Entertainment is headquartered in London, with offices in New York and Los Angeles, and is part of Universal Music Group.

Monday, August 13, 2018

Rock icons featured on masterworks

This summer has been a terrific season for those who love new music, deluxe reissues and highly-anticipated live sets.

Artist: The Alarm
Title: Equals (Twenty First Century Recording Company)
You might like if you enjoy: U2, Simple Minds, Big Country
Tell me more: The Alarm's first album since 2010, Equals may well be the Rhyl, Wales-spawned troupe's best new studio LP since the final disc that featured the band's all-original lineup (1991's Raw"). Singer-songwriter Mike Peters' high-flying voice not only sounds the equal it did on the band's classic '80s material, but his message of love, diversity and faith rings more true than ever across the 11 original songs that comprise this stellar set. Equals is loaded with signature-styled anthems that are bolstered by infectious hooks and choruses. The straightforward lyrics here are in tune with the times to be sure, capturing Peters' belief in a better and more compassionate world. Songs such as the U2-flavored "Two Rivers," the intoxicating "Beautiful," probing "Crowd Trouble" and impassioned "Peace Now" are among the most spirited rockers ever crafted by the band; the hard-charging "Coming Backwards" also features some winning fretwork from Cult guitarist Billy Duffy. Other notable tracks include the textured folk rocker "Transatlantic" and bluesy "Hellfire." In addition to Peters' outstanding work on acoustic guitar and harmonica, credit for the LP's musical power extends to a sensational lineup featuring Smiley (drums, percussion, backing vocals), James Stevenson (guitar, backing vocals), Jules Jones Peters (piano and backing vocals) and George Williams (keyboards, bass guitar) . Good news for fans in Southern California; The Alarm is scheduled to perform at the Belly Up in Solana Beach on Aug. 23, at The Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Aug. 24 and at The Rose in Pasadena on Aug. 25. Information:

Artist: Garbage
Title: Version 2.0: 20th Anniversary Edition (Stunvolume/PIAS)
You might like if you enjoy: The Pretenders, Garbage
Tell me more: Initially released in May 1998, Garbage's sophomore album Version 2.0 included enduring tracks "I Think I'm Paranoid," "Push It" and "Special." In addition to earning four Grammy Award nominations, the LP sold more than four million copies and pushed the boundaries of modern rock. In celebration of the 20th anniversary of the disc, Garbage has released Version 2.0: 20th Anniversary Edition. The expanded edition features the original 12-track remastered album on disc one, and 10 B-sides from the era on a second audio disc. Listening to the magnificent recording is to be reminded how contemporary and vital the album sounds even in 2018. The blend of melodic rock songcraft, groundbreaking digital effects and dynamic performances resonate fully in the here and now. Beyond the disc's '90s hits are a wealth of equally-recommended tracks; the electronica-draped rocker "Temptation Waits," tuneful "When I Grow Up," dreamy "The Trick is to Keep Breathing" and pulsating "Dumb" rival the radio hits. Moving to the second disc the urgent "13X Forever," opulent "Deadwood" and a sumptuous must-hear cover of the Big Star classic "Thirteen" are among the joyful entries chronicled. Garbage (which features its all-original lineup of singer Shirley Manson, guitarist-keyboardist Duke Erikson, guitarist Steve Marker and percussionist Butch Vig) will undertake a short U.S. tour in support of the release of the 20th Anniversary Edition of Version 2.0 that includes performances at Cosmopolitan Hotel in Las Vegas on Oct. 5, and at the Cal Jam festival at Glen Helen Regional Park in San Bernardino, CA on Oct. 6. Information:

Artist: Guadalcanal Diary
Title: At Your Birthday Party (Omnivore Recordings)
You might like if you enjoy: R.E.M., the Smithereens
Tell me more: The melodic rock of indie band Guadalcanal Diary sounds as strong today as when the Marietta, Georgia-spawned band issued four full-length LPs courtesy of Elektra Records across the mid- and late 1980s. The newly-issued At Your Birthday Party adds an important chapter to the college rock favorite's short but storied history. The quartet's performance  recorded in January 1998 during a brief return  explodes from the get go. A blend of jangly melodic gems ("Trail of Tears," "Newborn,"), art damage ("Say Please") and more forceful independent rockers ("Country Club Gun," "Pretty is as Pretty Does," "The Likes of You") are unleashed with artful force. Material from all four of the band's original albums is covered on the concert recording, including the band's beloved hit "Watsui Rodeo." A year after the concert heard here was recorded on a 16-track recorder at Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta, At Your Birthday Party was self-released as big "thank you" to fans of the band. The exciting new reissue has the added bonus of including new liner notes penned by frontman Murray Attaway. Omnivore Recordings has released this essential title for all to hear. Make sure you do. Information:

Artist: The Rolling Stones
Title: From the Vault: No Security  San Jose 1999 (Eagle Rock Entertainment)
You might like if you enjoy: The Rolling Stones
Tell me more: After kicking off their concert with a sizzling version of "Jumpin' Jack Flash," you might think it would be tough for The Rolling Stones to up their ante for another two hours. No need to worry. As evidenced on the new multi-format concert film and audio release "From the Vault: No Security  San Jose 1999," the enduring British rockers were more than ready to ride that opening salvo throughout the concert event. The rocking "Bitch," "Respectable" (with singer Mick Jagger playing some mean rhythm guitar), the sassy "Honky Tonk Woman," aptly-titled "I Got the Blues" and rarely-heard acoustic flavored "Saint Of Me" are all early standouts in the full-length performance. Later in the show, the capacity crowd (and viewers watching the wonderful concert film) are treated to affecting takes of "Paint It Black," a cover of Bobby Troup's "Route 66," "Tumbling Dice" and the night-ending one-two punch of "Brown Sugar" and "Sympathy for the Devil." Indeed, the night's set list packed in Rolling Stones hits spanning from the 1960s to the then recently-released 1997 "Bridges to Babylon" album. The latest title in the band's "The Vault" series, "No Security  San Jose 1999" is available as DVD + 2CD, Blu-ray + 2CD, 3LP and digital configurations. Information:

Robert Kinsler