Wednesday, October 31, 2012

INXS to release 25th anniversary reissues of 'Kick'

Has it really been 25 years since INXS released Kick? Read on for big news about exciting plans to celebrate the album's 25th anniversary...

INXS to release 25th anniversary reissues of the multi-platinum album Kick

Pick up the editions now exclusively at INXS.COM

Three special editions to include limited edition red LP, deluxe 2 CD, and Super Deluxe 3 CD+1 DVD + Hardcover book

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the release of the landmark album KICK, INXS has announced they will release three newly remastered KICK 25th Anniversary Editions of their acclaimed 1987 studio album. The KICK 25th Anniversary Editions are being made available as a limited edition LP on red vinyl, a 25-track expanded Deluxe 2CD set; and a 32-track collector's edition Super Deluxe 3CD set coupled with a 60-minute DVD and 80-page hard cover book. All three versions of the KICK 25th Anniversary Editions are available for purchase immediately and available exclusively online at Formed 35 years ago in 1977, INXS is one of the most notable and successful rock bands of all time, having sold over 35 million albums worldwide with the group's music remaining in constant radio rotation and in DJ sets nightly across the globe.

In addition to the INXS KICK 25th Anniversary Edition on limited edition red vinyl featuring the remastered original album, the Deluxe 2CD Edition includes the remastered version of the original album, along with a bonus disc of early demo recordings and outtakes, live concert tracks, rare b-sides and remixes. The collector's edition Super Deluxe 3CD+1DVD+80-page hardcover book edition includes the remastered version of the original album, a second CD of early demos, live concert tracks, rare b-sides and remixes, along with a third CD featuring special single edit versions and bonus remixes of "Never Tear Us Apart," "New Sensation," and "Devil Inside" among others. The added DVD features never-before-seen exclusive footage titled Through Our Eyes Only filmed by the band themselves, taking fans behind-the-scenes during the 1987-1988 KICK "Calling All Nations World Tour." Additional DVD features include unseen live-in-concert recordings, rare promos for the band and album, music videos, and a track-by-track documentary filmed during the late-80s to present on the making of the classic album featuring intimate interviews with the late Michael Hutchence and brothers Andrew, Jon and Tim Farriss. The collector's edition Super Deluxe set also comes with an 80-page art book that includes never-before-seen handwritten lyrics from the Michael Hutchence family archives, previously unseen photos, diaries, a Kick sticker sheet and original tour poster.

In addition, INXS has rolled out an entirely new line of merchandise and apparel commemorating the KICK 25th Anniversary available only online at: For more information please visit the bands' official website at

Originally released on October 19, 1987, KICK has been lauded by critics the world over as a work of "rhythm rock" perfection. Famously "rejected" at the time by their record label, who offered the band $1,000,000 to go back to Australia and record an entirely different album, KICK became a worldwide, multi-platinum success. Yielding the band four Top 10 singles, "Devil Inside," "New Sensation," "Never Tear Us Apart," and "Need You Tonight" which hit #1 in the U.S., KICK solidified the band as one of the world's top concert attractions with a relentless radio presence and constant video rotation at MTV.

During this prolific period - the album from beginning to end, front to back, including the now iconic imagery - everything contributed to conjuring up one of the most inspired INXS albums of their career and one of the most exciting albums of that musical era, with sales now approaching 20 million worldwide.

In the accompanying DVD of the KICK 25th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition Andrew Farriss recalled "the KICK album was a very important album for INXS' career on lots of levels. We'd had chart success prior to that album. It was our sixth studio album, but the chart success we'd had prior to that album was a mixed bag."

Tim Farriss remembered, "KICK, to me, was an extension of Listen Like Thieves, the album we had just made with producer Chris Thomas. And it just felt like we had really just gotten it happening."

"We came up with 'What You Need' which was a top 5 hit for us then in the United States...and that really did change things in a big way for us," said Andrew Farriss. We knew what we had to do with KICK as an album, so Michael and I talked with the other guys in the band on a tour bus, I think in Germany of all places and said to them 'Look, you know, this album we're about to make, it feels like a big career move for us...if you really trust us with the songwriting, we'll try to give you ten 'What You Need's.' And the guys, to their credit, said 'okay, you write all the songs.' And we (Michael and I) went, 'alright!,' because now we had our mission statement. So, we sat down and carefully designed KICK."

Jon Farriss described the album and bands' then evolving sound as having "a groove element, a dance element that lies underneath a lot of that stuff. Motown (was) definitely a very influential aspect of INXS."

Michael Hutchence continued "It's a soul thing, really. I sort of write songs where there's just a movement, an energy, and rhythm. But, they're basically moral songs. 'Being good to each other, taking care of each other.' They're love songs. They're not trite. They're very passionate."

One of the most notable and successful rock bands of all time, INXS has sold over 35 million albums worldwide with the group's music remaining in constant radio rotation and in DJ sets nightly across the globe. To this day, the group's multi-platinum landmark albums Listen Like Thieves, KICK, and X are all widely regarded as music collection staples. Huge chart-topping hit singles including "What You Need," "Need You Tonight," "Devil Inside," "Never Tear Us Apart," "New Sensation" and "Suicide Blonde" have been featured in numerous films, advertising campaigns and video games, earning the band countless accolades and awards around the world, including several Grammy nominations, and is the driving force behind selling over 15 million albums in the U.S. alone. With a career spanning three decades, first as the Farriss Brothers, then as INXS, brothers Tim, Jon, and Andrew Farriss, along with Kirk Pengilly, Garry Gary Beers, and Michael Hutchence have created some of the most enduring music in rock.

For more details on INXS and Kick, please visit the band's official Web site at

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Inbox Update: Tim McGraw, 'Holidays Rule' collection, Levon Helm documentary

There are a number of new and upcoming releases set to land between now and early 2013. Here are some recent highlights pulled from my inbox.

Tim McGraw unveils details for his next album, 'Two Lanes of Freedom,' set to land on Feb. 5, 2013

McGraw to debut brand new single "One Of Those Nights" live on the CMA Awards on Nov. 1, 2012

Nashville, TN - Oct. 30, 2012 – Country music icon Tim McGraw announced today that his first album on Big Machine Records TWO LANES OF FREEDOM will be released Feb. 5, 2013. The new single "One Of Those Nights" will make its national television debut on ABC's live broadcast of the 2012 CMA Awards this Thursday night (Nov. 1, 2012), as it will simultaneously be delivered to country radio.

"I always go into the studio to make the best record I can possibly make, and this one is no different. But 'Freedom' is a powerful word," said McGraw. "To come into a situation where there's some weight lifted, some refreshment going on, you can feel that in the music. I think you can feel the horses gallop on this record, and where I might go and what I might do when my engines are revving."

For 20 years, McGraw has been providing a powerful connection with his audience. With TWO LANES OF FREEDOM, the singer returns as co-producer with long-time friend Byron Gallimore. The album covers his broadest emotional range yet, with a set of songs that looks forward and back, gets deep and gets loose, and reveals that even the biggest stars can continue to grow with consistency and maturity.

"I feel like we really found some great songs for this record, and 'One Of Those Nights' perfectly sets the tone for the project," explained McGraw. "It's about reflecting on old times with a sense of nostalgia, but it's also about creating new memories and living in the moment and looking towards the future. I am doing that in my own life and career now, and I can't wait for my fans to hear the single and album. It's an unbelievably exciting time for me!"

Fans will have the first chance to preview the upcoming album’s carefree new single “One Of Those Nights” today when McGraw appears on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. He'll also surprise some unsuspecting fans in Las Vegas and chat with Ellen about the new album (check local listings).

In his record-shattering career, McGraw has sold over 40 million albums, and dominated the charts with 32 No. one singles. Since the release of his debut album in 1993, he has won three GRAMMY’s, 14 ACM Awards, 11 CMA Awards, and 10 AMA’s, while simultaneously maintaining a parallel career as a successful actor in such films as The Blind Side, Country Strong, and Friday Night Lights—as well as hosting Saturday Night Live, a rare honor for a singer in any genre. McGraw has never been afraid of breaking new ground; over the years, he has collaborated with musicians from Nelly to Tony Bennett to Def Leppard.

For more information on the new album and single, visit

'Holidays Rule' kicks off season with tracks courtesy of Sir Paul, the Civil Wars, the Shins and more!

With Halloween set to arrive tomorrow (where the heck has 2012 gone?), today marks the release of one of the most high profile holiday-minded music releases of the year. Holidays Rule (Hear Music/Concord Music Group) features new recordings from Paul McCartney, Americana favorites the Civil Wars, the James Mercer-led Shins, fun., the Punch Brothers, the Fruit Bats and many others.

Click here to read writer George A. Paul's full-length overview on his Music Minded blog.

'Ain't In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm' to be released in 2013

Kino Lorber has announced the acquisition of all North American distribution rights to the documentary AIN’T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH: A FILM ABOUT LEVON HELM, an in-depth and intimate look at music legend Levon Helm, who died of cancer in April 2012.

This announcement comes on the heels of the recent “Love for Levon” tribute concert in New Jersey earlier this month where nearly 20,000 Helm fans packed the Izod Arena to hear musicians including Roger Waters, Gregg Allman, Mavis Staples, Joe Walsh, Lucinda Williams, and many others celebrate the legacy of the much beloved founding member of The Band who died earlier this year.

Kino Lorber is planning to release the film in theaters across North America in early 2013, followed by a VOD and home video release set for the summer along with other digital and television distribution.

Levon Helm was in the middle of an intensively creative period in the years just before his death. In addition to establishing the Midnight Ramble concert series as a must-see music experience, Helm’s Dirt Farmer (Vanguard/Dirt Farmer Music) earned the Grammy Award for Best Traditional Folk Album in February of 2008, and in November of that same year, Rolling Stone magazine ranked him among The 100 Greatest Singers of All Time. In 2010, his follow up album Electric Dirt, also won a Grammy Award in the inaugural category of ‘Best Americana Album.’ In 2011, his live album Ramble at the Ryman was nominated for the Grammy in the same category – and won.

Director Jacob Hatley's intimate documentary finds Mr. Helm at home in Woodstock, NY, in the midst of creating his first studio album in 25 years. Shot during the course of two-plus years, this highly anticipated film focuses in on the four-time Grammy winner and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member after his 2007 comeback album, Dirt Farmer, brought him back to the spotlight.

While this period was artistically productive, AIN’T IN IT FOR MY HEALTH: A FILM ABOUT LEVON HELM also shows Helm dealing with the burdens of renewed celebrity, continuing financial obligation and returning health problems. The man known worldwide for his soulful voice, (as well as his singular and unparalleled drumming and multi-instrumental skills), permitted a camera crew inside his home to show the world an intimate side of his art and life.

Of the film, longtime Helm collaborator and musical director Larry Campbell says, “Jacob was the perfect fly on the wall for many months as we experienced the ups and downs of a wonderful time in all our lives. The result is a rare, artful, and honest glimpse into the fascinating world of one of our true American treasures, Levon Helm.”

The deal was negotiated between Kino Lorber CEO Richard Lorber and Stephen Brower, Senior VP of the Welk Music Group/Sugar Hill Records/Vanguard Records.

Mr. Lorber commented: “It was a privilege to meet Levon at one of his last Midnight Rambles and verify personally how insightfully this music-packed film captured the generosity of spirit, the humanity and the immense talent of one of America’s greatest musical artists. We see this as a mission now to be able to open the film, and Levon’s life, to legions of fans, followers and new audiences, who will be thrilled to discover the scope and depth of his contribution.”

About Kino Lorber

Kino Lorber, Inc. was founded in 2009 by industry veterans Donald Krim and Richard Lorber, combining the staffs, libraries and resources of Kino International, Lorber Films and Alive Mind to create the new leader in film distribution. Through its varied group of labels, Kino Lorber, Inc. offers the best in contemporary, classic and documentary films that aim to engage, provoke, stimulate, and entertain today's audiences.

With a library of more than 700 titles, Kino Lorber, Inc. releases over 20 films per year theatrically under its Kino Lorber, Kino Classics and Alive Mind Cinema banners. Moreover, the company brings over 60 new titles per year to the home entertainment market through Blu-ray, DVD and digital distribution on Internet platforms and VOD services.

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Monday, October 29, 2012

Switchfoot and Paper Route deliver rousing sets in Anaheim

Switchfoot’s Tim (leaping) and Jon Foreman kick off their sold-out show at City National Grove of Anaheim.
 Last night (Oct. 28) was a great night to be at the City National Grove of Anaheim. The Sunday night musical affair marked the end of Switchfoot's tour and the band had selected the stop to document as part of an upcoming documentary (titled Fading West) about the band's love of the stage and surfing. Needless to say, the San Diego-spawned outfit was firing on all sonic cylinders from start to finish in front of a sold-out house that was in a mood to sing along when asked and cheer at the top of their collective lungs. Across 80 minutes, the quintet performed high-octane songs that showcased the band's memorable songs and energetic approach. Lead singer Jon Foreman spent much of the night singing while out in the crowd, making a mostly-winning effort to connect deeply and directly with the band's audience.

Additionally, I was introduced to the power of Paper Route, an electronica rock band out of Nashville that impressed throughout its 45-minute opening set. Featuring material from the band's latest album The Peace of Wild Things (released on Tree of Hearts on Sept. 11, 2012), standouts included the emotive ballad "You and I" and uplifting "Two Hearts."

Here is a link to read music writer George A. Paul's full-length review of the show that ran on The Orange County Register's site earlier today.

Photo credit: Joshua Blanchard

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Other Lives touring in support of 'Mind The Gap' EP

One of my favorite musical discoveries of 2012 is Other Lives. I first saw the Oklahoma band when they opened for Radiohead in Glendale, Arizona on March 15, 2012. I was further impressed when I reviewed the band's potent set at Coachella for The Orange County Register just over a month later on April 20, 2012.

Now with the group having released its latest EP Mind The Gap last week on tbd records, Other Lives is back on the road and not to be missed. Among their upcoming performances is a headlining spot at Los Angeles' El Rey Theatre on Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012.

Here is the official release regarding the band's fall tour and newly-issued Mind The Gap EP, which was recorded in Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, England and features four tracks including a remix of "Tamer Animals" by Thom Yorke's supergroup Atoms For Peace. Again, Other Lives is an incredible band; do yourself a huge favor and see this band.

Mind The Gap EP released October 23 on tbd records
U.S. Fall Tour continues into early December

Other Lives announce the release of Mind The Gap EP out October 23, 2012 on tbd records.  The EP was recorded by the band this past summer in a studio in Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, England and features the Atoms For Peace remix of "Tamer Animals".  The EP also features the tracks "Dead Can" which was written during the band's recent world tour and was “mostly recorded in the van using a lap top, because we were touring so much. That's what gives it an electro feel" along with "Take Us Alive", which is “based on a violin loop that was written in my parents’ backyard", explains lead singer Jesse Tabish. Look out for Other Lives back on the road on a full U.S. tour this Fall.

Click here to listen to the outstanding and symphonic track "Take Us Alive" on Pitchfork

'Mind The Gap' EP Tracklisting
02. Dead Can
03. Tamer Animals (Atoms For Peace Remix)
04. Dust Bowl
01. Take Us Alive

Upcoming Tour Dates

10.29 - Harlow's - Sacramento, CA
10.30 - Great American Music Hall - San Francisco, CA
11.01 - Don Quixote's - Felton, CA
11.02 - Soho - Santa Barbara, CA
11.03 - El Rey Theatre - Los Angeles, CA
11.04 - The Casbah - San Diego, CA
11.05 - The Crescent Ballroom - Phoenix, AZ
11.08 - Sons Of Hermann Hall - Dallas, TX
11.10 - Fitzgerald's-Upstairs - Houston, TX
11.12 - Bottletree - Birmingham, AL
11.13 - 3rd & Lindsley - Nashville, TN
11.15 - Gabe's - Iowa City, IA
11.16 - Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
11.17 - Turner Hall - Milwaukee, WI
11.19 - The Pyramid Scheme - Grand Rapids, MI
11.20 - Magic Stick Lounge - Detroit, MI
11.21 - Beachland Ballroom & Tavern - Cleveland, OH
11.23 - Horseshoe Tavern - Toronto, ON
11.24 - Cabaret Mile-End - Montreal, QC
11.26 - Space Gallery - Portland, ME
11.27 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
11.28 - Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
11.29 - Music Hall of Williamsburg - Brooklyn, NY
11.30 - Rock and Roll Hotel - Washington, D.C.
12.01 - Johnny Brenda's - Philadelphia, PA
12.03 - Brillobox - Pittsburgh, PA
12.04 - The Basement - Columbus, OH
12.07 - Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL
12.08 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

The Beach Boys to celebrate 50th Anniversary Tour with DVD/Blu-ray release

Summer 2012 may be over, but the forthcoming release of a concert film celebrating The Beach Boys' 50th Anniversary Tour will ensure that good vibes and warm times live on... 

'The Beach Boys: Live In Concert - 50th Anniversary Tour' coming to DVD/Blu-ray on November 20, 2012

For music fans raised on the harmonies and melodies that defined a generation, THE BEACH BOYS' 50th Anniversary was celebrated with an album featuring all new material and a special 75 date world tour. THE BEACH BOYS played to sold out crowds garnering rave reviews at every stop -- from the Hollywood Bowl to its conclusion at London's Wembley Arena with an epic 55 song set. The excitement of THE BEACH BOYS 2012 tour lives forever on DVD and Blu-ray: THE BEACH BOYS: LIVE IN CONCERT - 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR.

Due out November 20, 2012 on BLASTMUSIC, THE BEACH BOYS: LIVE IN CONCERT - 50th ANNIVERSARY TOUR captures one of America's most beloved and chart-topping band's electrifying performances of 21 songs, including classics, album cuts and new songs, all of which highlight The Beach Boys' enduring impact on pop culture. For fans of all ages, this is the concert of a lifetime.

The new DVD comes on the heels of a remarkably productive year for THE BEACH BOYS which saw the release of their first new album in sixteen years, THAT'S WHY GOD MADE THE RADIO (Capitol / Brother Records), and THE BEACH BOYS: DOIN' IT AGAIN which features live performances, behind-the-scenes exclusives from the 2012 recording sessions, as well as never-before-seen footage from the 1966 'Good Vibrations' recording sessions, and moving tributes to founding members Carl and Dennis Wilson.

Said Marc Bennett, Co-Director of The Beach Boys 50 - Live in Concert: "To document this once-in-a-lifetime moment in music history as The Beach Boys embarked on their 50th year anniversary world tour was an experience I still have not come down from. This show is a solidification of their legacy and a tribute to creative endurance and artistic achievement that crosses all cultural and geographical boundaries. In spite of the obstacles they may have encountered over the years, they have reached this 50th year milestone as few bands have ever done, or even imagined. What they leave behind, as captured in this performance, is a body of work that is indelibly etched in music history and popular culture on a global level."

"It was truly an honor to be allowed to capture this historic performance. The song selection allows fans both new and old a chance to fully appreciate the span and depth of the Beach Boys catalogue. This DVD includes performances from their hits in the early 60s to selections from their latest Top 3 Album. To be able to film all five surviving members of this historic band, together one more time... was certainly a dream come true." Joe Thomas, Co-Director of The Beach Boys 50 - Live in Concert

"The Beach Boys 50th Anniversary tour meant so much to me personally; performing with the guys again was an absolute thrill. I'm so glad we captured it on film so that everyone, whether you were there or not, will be able to see what an historic event it was." Brian Wilson

"The 50th Anniversary Tour was a historic, special event. This DVD captures the tour brilliantly and marks an important, iconic moment in time in our band's history. It's a moment I am deeply proud of." Mike Love



Do It Again

Catch A Wave



Isn't It Time

Little Deuce Coupe


Shut Down

I Get Around

Heroes And Villains

Sloop John B

Wouldn't It Be Nice

All This Is That

That's Why God Made The Radio

Sail On, Sailor

Good Vibrations

California Girls

Help Me Rhonda

Rock And Roll Music


Fun, Fun, Fun


With 56 U.S. Top 100 hits, 36 Top Ten hits, 4 Number One singles and over 100 million records sold, The Beach Boys are America's greatest band. To celebrate their remarkable 50 year career, surviving original members, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks, joined together for the first time in over two decades for a historic world tour that began April 23 in Tuscon, AZ and concluded September 28 in London, England.

Music Worth Buying 101: Foxy Shazam, The Fixx

Watch the latest episode of Music Worth Buying where we celebrate Foxy Shazam’s The Church of Rock and Roll and the Fixx’ latest album Beautiful Friction:

Monday, October 22, 2012

Inbox Update: Lady Antebellum, Patti Smith

With the holidays fast approaching, there are several high-profile DVD/Blu-ray releases set to land before the end of the year. Here is the latest news to share...

Lady Antebellum Own the Night World Tour set for release on December 4, 2012

Eagle Rock Entertainment, the world’s leader in visual music, is proud to announce the DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Video release of Lady Antebellum Own The Night World Tour on December 4, 2012, a spectacular concert by country music’s reigning CMA and ACM Vocal Group Of The Year. Filmed in June of 2012, the concert features the Nashville-based band—Hillary Scott, Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood—complete with documentary footage of the tour and seven additional bonus tracks.
Lady Antebellum’s headlining tour traveled across the US, Canada, Europe and Australia, where the Grammy winning trio was welcomed by over one million fans in 11 countries on three continents. Lady A sold out shows in top markets including Los Angeles, Chicago, two nights in New York City, Toronto, London, three nights at Sydney’s Opera House and even had a chance to open a sold out show at London’s Hard Rock Calling for one of their idols Bruce Springsteen.

The concept for the stage was simply sketched out on a paper plate while out on tour the summer of 2011 and evolved into one of the trio’s proudest accomplishments as a band.

Before taking the show overseas, Lady Antebellum celebrated the final weekend of the North American leg by documenting the show from Little Rock, AR.

The 90-minute performance includes #1 hits “I Run To You,” “We Owned The Night,” “American Honey,” “Just A Kiss,” “Our Kind of Love,” and, of course, the greatest selling country single of all time, “Need You Now.” Among the performances are documentary excerpts depicting their lives as songwriters, musicians, and close friends.

According to Variety, “Lady Antebellum certainly pushes all the right buttons in concert: backdrops dominated by shooting stars and bucolic scenery, a careful placement of the hits--but there's more to their appeal than just that. Their palette is broader, more forcefully colored than most of their peers, and the soulfulness that results is unmistakable.”

Lady Antebellum is currently nominated for “Vocal Group of the Year” and “Album of the Year” for OWN THE NIGHT at the 46th Annual CMA Awards. OWN THE NIGHT debuted at the number one position on Billboard’s Top 200 and has spawned two number one hits “We Owned The Night” and “Just A Kiss.” The trio has sold over 11 million albums across the globe, scored seven GRAMMY Awards and tallied six number one hits.

Track Listing:

1) Intro

2) We Owned The Night

3) Stars Tonight

4) The Road To Here

5) Love Don’t Live Here

6) The Red Piano

7) Just A Kiss

8) Rebuilding Through Music

9) Dancin’ Away With My Heart

10) From The Ground Up

11) Our Kind Of Love

12) Touring The World

13) Perfect Day

14) Club LaBellum

15) American Honey

16) Coming Full Circle

17) Hello World

18) Evolution Of A Song

19) Wanted You More

20) Connection With The Fans

21) I Run To You

22) Lookin’ For A Good Time

23) The Next Chapter

24) Need You Now

25) We Owned The Night (Credits)

Patti Smith Live At Montreux 2005 will be the singer-songwriter's first-ever live DVD release

On November 13, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Live At Montreux 2005 by Patti Smith on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Video.
Smith’s vibrant live performance – a fervent intermingle of visual artistry, musical exploration, spoken word, and Rock ‘N’ Roll – is beautifully captured on Live At Montreux 2005 via DTS Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1, and Dolby Digital Stereo. This Montreux concert was filmed in the midst of their 2005 tour in support of the 2004 album Trampin’. This is the first ever live video release by Patti Smith and includes classic tracks such as “Because The Night,” “Dancing Barefoot,” “People Have The Power,” “Redondo Beach,” “25th Floor,” and many more. In addition, they also serenade the legacy of Bob Dylan, with a performance of “Like A Rolling Stone.”

Along with Patti Smith on vocals, guitar and clarinet, the band line-up includes original Patti Smith Group members Lenny Kaye (guitar & vocals) and Jay Dee Daugherty (drums), Tom Verlaine of Television on guitars and long standing band member Tony Shanahan on bass, keyboards and vocals.

“There’s something magical about seeing Montreux on our tour itinerary,” says Lenny Kaye. “Along with a sense of achievement in becoming part of its grand tradition, there’s an awareness of the many Those who have played here over the years, the tribute that must be paid, the higher level of artistic exploration and audience sophistication that enhances the possibilities for taking a performance one step further. We partake of a sense of communal belonging within the mandala that is human musical expression.”

Patti Smith was one of the key artists in the breakthrough of New York City punk rock. The 1975 debut album Horses was a landmark release, from her unique vocals and lyrics, to the strikingly androgynous cover art, shot by photographer Robert Mapplethorpe (Patti dons this exact outfit in the 2005 concert). Horses was a huge influence on the whole New Wave genre, and paved the way for 11 additional albums, as well as several published poetry collections.

Smith’s distinctive blend of rock, punk and poetry combined with her uncompromising style has ensured that she has remained a credible artist throughout her career, and continues to influence artists to this day.

Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV, Audio and Digital Media in the world. Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition and 3D programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, U2, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney and Ozzy Osbourne. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 30 multi-platinum, over 50 platinum and over 90 gold discs, worldwide. Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Toronto, Paris and Hamburg.

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Friday, October 19, 2012

Inbox Update: Jason Aldean, Austin City Limits

Here are the latest noteworthy news bits plucked from my inbox. Have a great weekend everybody!


Aldean's Fifth Album NIGHT TRAIN In Stores Now
CMA Entertainer of the Year nominee Jason Aldean continues a whirlwind album release week with a major surprise announcement today (Oct. 18, 2012) with the first announced stadium dates planned for his 2013 NIGHT TRAIN TOUR

Aldean kicked off the day at Boston’s Fenway Park with Red Sox EVP/COO Sam Kennedy on hand to announce his July 13, 2013 date, making history as the first country artist to ever play the famed stadium.  He traveled to Chicago’s Wrigley Field this afternoon and was joined by Cubs chairman Tom Ricketts to reveal that his long history of record-breaking Chicago area shows helped catapult him to stadium level headliner for the July 20 tour stop.  The Macon, GA native and lifelong Georgia Bulldogs fan ended the day in Athens, GA by surprising a crowd of UGA students who thought they were attending a pep rally.  When the curtain dropped, Aldean appeared to reveal that he will hold the first ever concert at Sanford Stadium on April 13, 2013.  He was welcomed by football head coach Mark Richt and followed the surprise with a special performance for fans.
"It takes a lot to make me nervous, but walking out of the dugout at Fenway this morning to announce our show there definitely did it," said Aldean.  "It's the kind of moment you dream about your whole career, so I tried to take a minute to soak it up, but it's pretty overwhelming.  It was an incredible day as we went on to Wrigley for that announcement and then finished it up tonight with a surprise performance for the fans at University of Georgia.   It's a day that I'm never going to forget."
Boston, MA – July, 13, 2013
Fenway Park
Support:  Miranda Lambert, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett
On Sale: Oct. 26, 2012 at 10am ET
Chicago, IL – July 20, 2013
Wrigley Field
Support:  Kelly Clarkson, Jake Owen, Thomas Rhett
On Sale: Nov. 3, 2012 at 10am CT
Athens, GA – April 13, 2013
Sanford Stadium
Support:  Luke Bryan, Jake Owen Thomas Rhett
On Sale: Nov. 2, 2012 at 10am ET
Aldean’s fifth studio album for Broken Bow Records, NIGHT TRAIN, was released on Tuesday (Oct. 16, 2012) to mass critical and fan praise. The album has already produced a record-breaking, multi-week No. one single with “Take A Little Ride,” and comes on the heels of the top-selling country album of last year and reigning CMA Album of the Year MY KINDA PARTY.
Aldean recently earned three Country Music Association Awards nominations for the Nov. 1 show, in the categories of Entertainer of the YearMale Vocalist of the Year and Single of the Year for "Dirt Road Anthem."  Additionally, he has sold out every show on his current MY KINDA PARTY TOUR presented by State Farm®, – often in minutes at the day of on sale – and has broken over 40 venue attendance records.  The tour has gone on to sell an unparalleled 1.9 million tickets and wraps Oct. 27 in Dallas, TX.

For a full list of appearances and more information on NIGHT TRAIN, please visit


Episode Airs October 20, 2012, on PBS Stations

Music legends Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples come together for the first time on Austin City Limits (ACL) in a powerful new episode airing Saturday, October 20, on PBS (check local listings for times). The two incredible artists deliver passionate performances and represent a perfect pairing of blues, soul, rock and R&B. Nine-time Grammy winner Bonnie Raitt returns for her third appearance on Austin City Limits, and legendary soul/gospel singer Mavis Staples makes her ACL debut.

The double-header episode features Raitt and Staples each performing separate sets, before teaming up on the ACL stage for an inspired rendition of Randy Newman's “Losing You.” “Thanks for coming out to see our soul sisters extravaganza tonight,” hails Raitt as the singers join forces for a roof-raising performance of the folk/gospel anthem “Will the Circle Be Unbroken,” bringing the audience at the Moody Theater in downtown Austin to its feet.

ACL Executive Producer Terry Lickona says, “What’s not to love about Bonnie Raitt and Mavis Staples? Bonnie brings more of the same magic she did on her first appearance 30 years ago. Mavis doesn’t have to prove anything, but she delivers the performance of a lifetime, and together they rank as one of ACL’s best shows.”

A true original, Raitt performs tracks from her critically-acclaimed 2012 release Slipstream and a few classics from her remarkable career. “This is worth 40 years on that tour bus, just to feel like this,” says a triumphant Bonnie Raitt from the ACL stage. With Slipstream, Raitt launched her own record label, Redwing Records, and the chart-topping release marks her return to studio recording after a seven year absence.

Called “one of the world's mightiest gospel pop singers” by Time Magazine, Mavis Staples won the first Grammy of her storied career in 2011 for Best Americana Album for her Anti- Records release, You Are Not Alone, produced by Wilco's Jeff Tweedy. Her debut appearance on ACL finds the iconic singer at her most powerful, performing soulful renditions of tracks from the universally-acclaimed Grammy-winning release, as well as songs from The Staples Singers-era.


Bonnie Raitt
Used to Rule the World
Down to You
One Million Miles
You Can't Fail Me Now
Thing Called Love

Mavis Staples
Creep Along, Moses
Wrote a Song For Everyone
You Are Not Alone
Freedom Highway
Losing You (with Bonnie Raitt)
Will the Circle Be Unbroken (with Bonnie Raitt)

Season 38 Current Broadcast Schedule (seven additional episodes/artists to be announced)
October 6, 2012 | Radiohead
October 13, 2012 | Bon Iver
October 20, 2012 | Bonnie Raitt with Mavis Staples
October 27, 2012 | The Shins | Dr. Dog
November 3, 2012 | The Civil Wars | Punch Brothers
November 10, 2012 | ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2012 (Hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featuring performances by Carolina Chocolate Drops, Richard Thompson, Alabama Shakes, Lifetime Achievement Honoree Bonnie Raitt and more)

The complete line-up for the full 13-week season, including seven episodes to air beginning January 2012, will be announced at a later date. Check for additional episode updates.

About Austin City Limits
Austin City Limits (ACL) is a television series on PBS that records and broadcasts original musical performances from exciting new talent and legendary artists of all genres.

Austin City Limits is the longest-running music series in American television history and remains the only TV series to ever be awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 2012, ACL received a rare institutional Peabody Award for excellence and outstanding achievement. The historic KLRU Studio 6A, home to 36 years of ACL concerts, has been designated an official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark. In 2011, ACL moved to the new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin.

ACL is produced by KLRU-TV and funding is provided in part by AMD, Budweiser, the Austin Convention Center Department and Dell. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Austin City Limits. Learn more about Austin City Limits, programming and history at

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sights and Sounds: Freddie Mercury, Don McLean, George Martin

I'm just back from vacation and have lots to catch up on. But I wanted to direct everybody to my latest column in the Desert Star Weekly where I take a look at three special DVD/Blu-ray releases including Freddie Mercury's The Great Pretender, Don McLean's American Troubadour and the aptly-titled documentary Produced by George Martin. Click here to read my column.

100th episode of 'Music Worth Buying' posted!

On a special episode of Music Worth Buying - our 100th to be exact - TJR and I celebrate our biggest influences and look back at how this sonic adventure got started in the first place! Thanks to everybody who has tuned in and listened along with us along the way...

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Grammy Award-winning Bon Iver immerses 'Austin City Limits' with magic touch

Singer-guitarist Justin Vernon, left, leads Bon Iver through a potent performance on Austin City Limits.
Radiohead kicked things off on the new season of Austin City Limits with an intense, fast-paced concert of experimental rock that set a high bar for those acts who follow in the weeks ahead. On the next episode of the legendary music series set to air this weekend, Bon Iver delivers an equally enthralling series by immersing the audience in its textured and artful sonic brew that literally is as much about the sound created by the nine musicians as the stellar songs they perform.

I had wondered after catching Bon Iver in a potent performance outdoors at Coachella in Indio earlier this year, if the group's sound and style gained that otherworldly element because of the epic desert setting. Although  expansive site may have played a part in the ethereal vibe, Bon Iver exhibits all those magical moods and sounds on the ACL episode too. Don't miss it...

Here is the official release on the Bon Iver episode, including the setlist:

Austin, TX—October 11, 2012—Austin City Limits (ACL) Season 38 hits its stride with a breathtaking performance by 2012 Grammy Award-winning Best New Artist Bon Iver in a standout ACL debut. The new episode airs on Saturday, October 13 (check local listings for times). Joined by an eight-piece band for the occasion, frontman Justin Vernon turns his intimate confessionals into orchestral pop anthems in his first turn at ACL. Vernon performs songs from Bon Iver, Bon Iver, the 2012 Grammy Award-winner for Best Alternative Album, and also includes gems from his 2007 breakthrough For Emma, Forever Ago. “This is a trip,” a heartfelt Vernon says from the ACL stage at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin. “I used to be on the other end of the screen when I was 10.”

Bon Iver is the moniker of Wisconsin native Justin Vernon, a name derived from the French phrase for “good winter.” Written during a secluded winter stay in a remote cabin in Northwest Wisconsin, Vernon crafted a stunning collection of bold, ardent musings layered with pastoral melodies and his hauntingly smooth falsetto into Bon Iver's acclaimed debut For Emma, Forever Ago. In 2011, Bon Iver released the much-anticipated follow-up, Bon Iver, Bon Iver, earning two Grammy Awards in 2012 for Best New Artist and Best Alternative Album.

“In my opinion, Justin Vernon is a musical genius,” says ACL Executive Producer Terry Lickona. “The music he creates through Bon Iver transcends anything else out there in pop or rock. The orchestration may be dense and the lyric abstract - to say the least - but together the effect is riveting. Seeing it live really brings it to life in a way ACL does best.”

Vernon had high praise for his debut ACL experience: “This is the only perfect, wonderful music show that we have.”



Minnesota, WI

Brackett, WI


Blood Bank

Skinny Love



For Emma

Season 38 Current Broadcast Schedule (seven additional episodes/artists to be announced)

October 6, 2012

October 13, 2012
Bon Iver

October 20, 2012
Bonnie Raitt with Mavis Staples

October 27, 2012
The Shins
Dr. Dog

November 3, 2012
The Civil Wars
Punch Brothers

November 10, 2012
ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival 2012 (Hosted by Jim Lauderdale and featuring performances by Carolina Chocolate Drops, Richard Thompson, Alabama Shakes, Lifetime Achievement Honoree Bonnie Raitt and more)

  The complete line-up for the full 13-week season, including seven episodes to air beginning January 2012, will be announced at a later date. Check for additional episode updates.

About Austin City Limits

Austin City Limits (ACL) is a television series on PBS that records and broadcasts original musical performances from exciting new talent and legendary artists of all genres.

Austin City Limits is the longest-running music series in American television history and remains the only TV series to ever be awarded the National Medal of Arts. In 2012, ACL received a rare institutional Peabody Award for excellence and outstanding achievement. The historic KLRU Studio 6A, home to 36 years of ACL concerts, has been designated an official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Landmark. In 2011, ACL moved to the new venue ACL Live at The Moody Theater in downtown Austin.

ACL is produced by KLRU-TV and funding is provided in part by AMD, Budweiser, the Austin Convention Center Department and Dell. Additional funding is provided by the Friends of Austin City Limits. Learn more about Austin City Limits, programming and history at

Inbox Update: The Doobie Brothers, Gary Clark Jr., 'Wrecking Crew' screening

This is a long post, but features news and updates from around the sonic universe. What a great way to get an early start on the weekend, right? 

'Let The Music Play The Story Of The Doobie Brothers' coming to DVD, Blu-ray and Digital Video on November 13, 2012

Eagle Rock Entertainment, on November 13, 2012, will release Let The Music Play – The Story Of The Doobie Brothers on DVD, Blu-ray, and Digital Video.

Let The Music Play is the authorized story of The Doobie Brothers from their beginnings in California in 1970 to worldwide success, selling over 40 million albums during their long career. The film features interviews with band members Patrick Simmons, Tom Johnston, Michael McDonald, John McFee ,Tiran Porter, Jeff “Skunk” Baxter, their manager Bruce Cohn and long term producer Ted Templeman, revealing the full story of the band’s highs and lows through four decades of musical evolution.

The Doobie Brothers breakthrough came with “Listen To The Music” in 1972, and they went on to experience both sustained success and line-up changes in the mid-seventies. The band made a change of musical direction and enjoyed further success following the arrival of Michael McDonald in 1976. Worn out by non-stop touring and internal disagreements, the band broke up after a “farewell” concert in 1982. There were sporadic reunions in the eighties before the band reformed permanently in the early nineties and have continued touring and recording ever since.

As well as the film itself, Let The Music Play – The Story Of The Doobie Brothers features bonus live performances of: “Rainy Day Crossroad Blues,” “Without You,” “Listen To The Music,” “Black Water,” “Takin’ It To The Streets,” “Rockin’ Down The Highway,” “Neal’s Fandango,” “Long Train Runnin’,” and “China Grove”.

Let The Music Play – The Story Of The Doobie Brothers is more than just a rockumentary, exposing their incredible career and achievements. Boasting an additional nine live tracks, with a total running time of well over two hours, this is the complete package for any fan of this amazing band.

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  Gary Clark Jr. celebrates October 22 release of new album 'Blak And Blu' with appearances on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon

October 11, 2012 - (Burbank, CA) - To celebrate the release of his eagerly anticipated new album Blak And Blu, which will be released on October 22, 2012 rock 'n' soul phenomenon Gary Clark Jr. will make two high-profile television appearances the week of its release.

Clark will perform the album's first radio track "Ain't Messin 'Round" on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno the day Blak And Blu is released - October 22. Later that week, Clark will travel to New York to perform on The Late Show With Jimmy Fallon. Clark will perform two songs, one that will air during the show and another that will be featured exclusively on The Late Show's website.

Clark has just completed a well-received tour of the UK and Australia. He returns to the U.S. in October for a series of headlining tour dates, which are listed below.

11/2 Boston, MA The Sinclair

11/3 Boston, MA The Sinclair

11/4 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

11/5 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

11/7 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom

11/9 Washington, DC 9:30 Club

11/10 Philadelphia, PA Theatre of the Living Arts (TLA)

11/13 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

11/14 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

11/15 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour

11/16 San Francisco, CA The Fillmore

Additional TV appearances and much more to be announced soon.

Check out Gary Clark Jr.'s official sites for more details:!/garyclarkjr

'The Wrecking Crew' update

Those of you who live in Orange County, CA or the greater Southern California region should consider checking out the next screening of a special movie, The Wrecking Crew, this weekend that truly celebrates some of the greatest unsung muicians of the rock era...

October 13, 2012 7 p.m.


Chapman University, Marion Knott Studios

283 N. Cypress St.

Orange, CA, 92866

Benefit for Orange Public Library Foundation and Orange Home Grown Farmers and Artisans Market

Q & A with Denny Tedesco, Don Randi and special guests.

General admission for 7 p.m. show is $20.

VIP seating $100 - includes pre-screening Green Room cocktail party and photo op

Buy Tickets Online or reserve your seats by calling 714/288-2470

There are a number of other special screenings of the film throughout the fall. Email for more information...

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Sights and Sounds: Peter Frampton, Shelby Lynne, Flyleaf

With the holidays approaching, there are plenty of well-timed releases on the way over the next few months. Here are some choice collections on the way...

'FCA! 35 Tour: An Evening With Peter Frampton' coming November 13

DVD/Blu-Ray & CD of release features footage from 2011/2012 world tour celebrating 35th anniversary of legendary live album 'Frampton Comes Alive!'

…the British guitar virtuoso is still making sweet music.

—Los Angeles Times

“[The evening] reminded you of Frampton’s accomplishments as a lead guitarist. He delivered, with practiced ease, everything from jazz-inflected introductions to fierce, irresistible solos.”

--Herald Scotland

“Pleasing those who came to hear the hits and impressing the musicians in the crowd with his still-smoking guitar chops”

--Santa Barbara Independent

New York, NY (October 10, 2012)—FCA! 35 Tour: An Evening With Peter Frampton, a new live 2DVD, Blu-ray, and The Best Of FCA! 35 Tour 3CD set from the acclaimed artist, will be released on November 13, 2012 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.

The performances featured classics such as “Show Me The Way” and “Do You Feel Like We Do” as well as tracks from Frampton’s most recent albums Thank You Mr Churchill and the Grammy®-Award winning instrumental album Fingerprints. The 2 DVD/Blu-Ray/3CD Set features Peter's favorite tracks culled from the world tour. FCA! 35 Tour: An Evening With Peter

FCA! 35 Tour: An Evening With Peter Frampton, directed and produced by Pierre & François Lamoureux, features two February 2012 shows - one performance in Milwaukee at the Pabst Theater and another in New York at the Beacon Theatre. The Best Of FCA! 35 Tour 3CD was executive produced by Zach Bair and Mark Fischer of Disc Live Network.

From 2011 to 2012 Frampton toured the world in celebration of the 35th anniversary of his landmark 17 million selling live album Frampton Comes Alive! Each stop on the tour was divided into two sets: a first set featuring Frampton Comes Alive! performed in its entirety and a second set including songs from throughout his career.

“I have tried to find the best musical performances from as many different countries and cities as possible,” says Frampton. “My MO in choosing these tracks was to make this CD as representative as possible of the entire year of shows. Maybe there’s one you were at, whether you’re from Europe or the US. I’m still going through the 116 versions of ‘Do You Feel…’ as I write this! I might never want to play it again, so you better pick this CD up just in case!”

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Track Listing:


Disc One

1. Somethin’s Happening

2. Doobie Wah

3. Lines On My Face

4. Show Me the Way

5. It’s A Plain Shame

6. Wind of Change

7. Penny For Your Thoughts

8. All I Wanna Be (Is By Your Side)

9. Baby, I Love Your Way

10. (I Wanna) Go to the Sun

11. (I’ll Give You) Money

12. Shine On

13. Jumpin’ Jack Flash

14. Do You Feel Like We Do

Disc Two

1. Asleep at the Wheel

2. Restraint

3. Float

4. Boot It Up

5. Double Nickels

6. Vaudeville Nanna And The Banjolele

7. Road to the Sun

8. I Don’t Need No Doctor

9. Black Hole Sun

10. Four Day Creep

11. Off the Hook

12. While My Guitar Gently Weeps


Disc 1

1. Somethin's Happening

2. Doobie Wah

3. Lines On My Face

4. Show Me The Way

5. Its A Plain Shame

6. Wind Of Change

7. Just The Time Of Year

8. Penny For Your Thoughts

9. All I Wanna Be (Is By Your Side)

10. Baby, I Love Your Way

11. (I Wanna) Go To The Sun

12. Nowhere's Too Far (For My Baby)

13. (I'll Give You) Money

Disc 2

1. Do You Feel Like We Do

2. Shine On

3. Jumpin' Jack Flash

4. While My Guitar Gently Weeps

Disc 3

1. Asleep At The Wheel

2. Restraint

3. Float

4. Boot It Up

5. Double Nickels

6. Vaudeville Nanna And The Banjolele

7. Suite:Liberte

8. All I Wanna Be (Is By Your Side) Electric

9. Road To The Sun

10. I Don't Need No Doctor

11. Black Hole Sun

12. Four Day Creep

13. Off The Hook

Shelby Lynne gives away free download of 'Your Lies' from her first-ever live album

"Up Close & Personal" Tour Kicks Off October 12th In Phoenix

Revelation Road Deluxe Edition Release Party On October 16th

At L.A.'s Silent Movie Theatre Will Feature Performance By Lynne,

Q&A Session, Meet & Greet And Documentary Premiere

Fans can get a free download of a live version of "Your Lies," from Shelby Lynne's upcoming Live At McCabe's, at The song, which originally appeared on her breakthrough album I Am Shelby Lynne, is one of 18 tracks included on the GRAMMY® winner's first-ever live CD, which is included in Revelation Road Deluxe Edition, due out next Tuesday, October 16th, on Lynne's own EVERSO RECORDS.

The box set includes Revelation Road, which was awarded four stars by American Songwriter and MOJO when released last fall, the new Live At McCabe's CD plus Live in London, a DVD featuring Shelby's February 25, 2012 concert at Union Chapel, London, a DVD containing Jason Harter's exclusive documentary on the making of Revelation Road, one limited edition picture postcard, and five bonus acoustic tracks.

EVERSO RECORDS will present a special Revelation Road Deluxe Edition release party at The Silent Movie Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Tuesday, October 16th. The event will feature a solo acoustic performance by Shelby, a Q&A session moderated by Entertainment Weekly Senior Writer Geoff Boucher, a meet-and-greet reception and a screening of the documentary. Fans will leave with their own autographed copy of Revelation Road Deluxe Edition. Tickets are available now at

This Friday, October 12th, Lynne launches her "Up Close & Personal" tour at the MIM Music Theatre in Phoenix, AZ. The run will feature a performance by Shelby and a Q&A session. See below for itinerary. She will also perform at Theatre Within's 32nd Annual John Lennon Tribute, a benefit for WhyHunger, which will take place at Symphony Space in New York City on Friday, November 30th.

Shelby Lynne makes timeless American music, pure and simple. Born in Quantico, VA, she grew up in Jackson, AL and headed to Nashville after high school. There she released a series of contemporary country albums and one Western swing/big band jazz album. She moved to California and released her breakthrough album, I Am Shelby Lynne, in 2000. The following year, Lynne won the GRAMMY for "Best New Artist." After several other major label releases - Love, Shelby, Identity Crisis, Suit Yourself and Just a Little Lovin' - she founded her own label, EVERSO Records, in 2010, a move that has given her the freedom to release music on her own timetable. Her EVERSO debut, Tears, Lies, And Alibis, dropped in 2010 and was followed by Merry Christmas (2010) and Revelation Road (2011).

Upcoming tour dates are as follows:

Date City/State Venue

10/12 Phoenix, AZ MIM Music Theater

10/16 Los Angeles, CA The Silent Movie Theatre - special event

10/20 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center

11/3 Palm Desert, CA McCallum Theatre for the Performing Arts

11/25 Washington, DC The Hamilton

11/27 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live

11/29 Natick, MA The Center for the Arts in Natick

11/30 New York, NY Symphony Space
Theatre Within's 32nd Annual John Lennon Tribute

12/1 Port Washington, NY Landmark on Main Street

1/11 Mamaroneck, NY Emelin Theatre

Additional dates to be announced. Info:

Flyleaf to release first new album in 3 years
'New Horizons' set for October 30th release

New York, NY - A&M/Octone recording group Flyleaf will release their third studio album New Horizons on October 30th. The band also just released the second single from the album titled “Call You Out.” The song is the follow up to the title track from the new album.

"’Call You Out’ was one of the first songs written during the New Horizons sessions, commented bass player Pat Seals. “The stomping opening verse evolved over time into this aggressive but very calculated track that closes with Sameer using chaotic guitar sounds to sort of burn it to the ground - engages you all the way through."

Formed in Central Texas in 2002 when long-time friends Sameer Bhattacharya (Guitar) and Jared Hartmann (Guitar) merged their considerable talents with James Culpepper (Drums), Lacey (Lead Vocals), and later Pat Seals (Bass). Flyleaf quickly became a touring force on the road supporting their first two albums between 2005-2010. A break followed as Lacey and her husband announced her pregnancy in 2010 and gave birth of their baby boy in 2011.

The band regrouped in the studio last year and began work on New Horizons. Bass player Pat Seals has not only designed the album cover for the band’s upcoming release, he also created a fold out poster as part of the packaging.

Their debut self-titled album has now sold 1.3 million copies and is certified Platinum. "All Around Me" reached the Top 10 on Top 40 Radio. Flyleaf have also charted six singles at modern and rock radio.

Flyleaf’s last album, Memento Mori, debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and has gone on to sell over 325,000 copies in the US alone. "Again" from the album went all the way #2 at Modern Rock Radio (Breaking through the #1 and #3 spots held by Muse).

Flyleaf - New Horizons Track Listing

1. Fire Fire

2. New Horizons

3. Call You Out

4. Cage On The Ground

5. Great Love

6. Bury Your Heart

7. Freedom

8. Saving Grace

9. Stand

10. Green Heart

11. Broken Wings

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Blix Street Records to release "Best of Eva Cassidy" on November 13

One of the most beloved vocalists of the modern music, Eva Cassidy's legacy lives on. A new 'Best Of' collection should help satisfy fans of the late singer, as well as introduce her to new audiences...

On November 13, 2012, independent Blix Street Records will release The Best of Eva Cassidy, a compilation of the music of the versatile, much-missed vocalist praised for her emotional range and interpretive skills. Proof of both qualities abounds on the collection, which gathers 19 performances from the Washington, D.C.-based Eva Cassidy's previous albums and adds a previously unissued version of her popular "You Take My Breath Away." The Best of Eva Cassidy arrives on the eve of what would have been the singer's 50th birthday (February 2, 1963).
Cassidy's reputation has only grown since her untimely 1996 death from melanoma at the age of 33, earning her an international audience (more than 10 million CDs sold worldwide) and critical acclaim, with the Wall Street Journal praising her "perfect pitch, impeccable timing and vulnerability" and USA Today citing her "emotional ability to reach the depths of any song."

Cassidy fans and newcomers alike will find much to savor in The Best of Eva Cassidywhose program reprises the singer's greatest moments-among them her nonpareil reading of Sting's "Fields of Gold," John Lennon's "Imagine," Curtis Mayfield's "People Get Ready" and Christine McVie's "Songbird," the title song of her first and still biggest-selling posthumous release. She likewise applies her unique, song-sympathetic voicing to folk (the fragile "Danny Boy" and the swinging "Wade in the Water"), standards ("Autumn Leaves," "Over the Rainbow") and the work of such contemporary singer-writers as Paul Simon ("Kathy's Song"), Bill Withers ("Ain't No Sunshine") and Cyndi Lauper ("Time After Time").
Of special note is the album's 'new' track, a version of Claire Hamill's inspirational tune that became one of Cassidy's signature songs.  While the 1993 'demo' version of the song concluded Eva's American Tune Album, this previously unheard recording was one of several works-in-progress tracks at the time of her passing in 1996.  This more musically evolved vocal performance simply reaches a new level. With the aid of new digital technology, Eva's former bandmates Chris Biondo and Lenny Williams recently enhanced Eva's original guitar/vocal studio recording.  After maximizing the sound quality of Eva's vocal tour de force, they augmented the production with piano, double bass and a string quartet, creating the definitive version of what is destined to become one of Eva's best-loved performances.

"Hearing Eva perform my song was probably the most important moment of my career," Hamill says of Cassidy's earlier treatment of "You Take My Breath Away."   "I felt validated as a songwriter, a truly indescribable feeling. When I heard how a new version was to feature as the lead track on her new Best of Eva Cassidy album, I was literally over the moon. Eva will always mean the world to me.  Her beautiful voice will stay with me forever."

"Any new track on an Eva Cassidy best-of album had the tall order of being competitive with the other 19 classic Eva tracks, which have together raised the bar for singers everywhere," explains Blix Street Records president Bill Straw. "Essentially, Eva had to top or at least equal her own best work. I believe she did it. Otherwise, we would not have put it on the album. Some of our people in England are saying this 'new' version of 'You Take My Breath Away' is the best 'sounding' Eva Cassidy recording ever, high praise indeed at this point. It is enough to say that Eva's 'newest' released performance is worthy for inclusion among her best. Eva fans will ultimately decide for themselves where it ranks for them among her many classics."  
Initially shy and retiring, Eva Cassidy first appeared publicly in the Washington, DC-Maryland area, bowling over club patrons with her intensely personal, highly eclectic musical style. Following Cassidy's two locally issued albums, in 1998 independent Blix Street label took on the singer's catalog, initially releasing SONGBIRD (a compilation of tracks from the two albums, plus "Over the Rainbow" from the 1992 The Other Side duet album with Chuck Brown).  Blix Street subsequently reissued the earlier Live At Blues Alley and Eva By Heart albums.  But it was in 2001 that music enthusiasts sat up and took notice of Cassidy's compelling way with a song; that was the year that the Songbird compilation hit the top of the British album charts and captivated audiences the world over.  Songbird has now been certified Platinum in the U.S.

Subsequent releases include Time After Time, two additional U.K. chart toppers, Imagine and American Tune (the former climbed to No. 1 on Billboard's Independent Albums survey, the latter to No. 5), the 2004 compilation Wonderful World followed by Somewhere in 2008 and 2011's Simply Eva (an album of alternative Eva-only guitar and vocal performances).
The full track listing for THE BEST OF EVA CASSIDY:

1.  You Take My Breath Away   (new version)      
2.  Kathy's Song
3.  Songbird
4.  What A Wonderful World
5.  Wade In The Water
6.  Ain't No Sunshine
7.  Time After Time
8.  Autumn Leaves
9.  I Can Only Be Me
10. Fields Of Gold
11. It Doesn't Matter Anymore
12. Imagine
13. Over The Rainbow
14. True Colors
15. Danny Boy
16. People Get Ready
17. Anniversary Song
18. Early Morning Rain
19. I Know You By Heart
20. Tall Trees In Georgia