Thursday, April 17, 2014

Sights and Sounds: Coldplay, The Secret Sisters, AXS TV to broadcast Coachella

As I get set to hit Coachella Weekend 2 tomorrow, this will likely be my last roundup until next week, but it is a good one! Hope to see many of you in Indio this weekend!

Coldplay shows announced; six international dates to mark the release of the band's 'Ghost Stories' LP

Coldplay have announced that they will mark the release of their new album, Ghost Stories, by playing six intimate shows in six cities around the world. The dates are as follows:

25 April - E-Werk, Cologne, Germany 

5 May - Beacon Theatre, New York, USA 

19 May - Royce Hall, Los Angeles, USA 

28 May - Casino de Paris, Paris, France  
12 June - Dome City Hall, Tokyo, Japan

1 July - Royal Albert Hall, London, UK

Tickets for the Cologne show will go on sale at 9 a.m. CET on Saturday, 19 April from

Ticket information for the remaining five shows will be emailed exclusively to subscribers to the Coldplay mailing list (which can be joined at

Ghost Stories is Coldplay's sixth album. It will be released worldwide on Monday, 19 May. 


Critically Acclaimed Duo's First Album In Three Years
Produced By T Bone Burnett

Album Features New Original Songs Including First Single,
"Rattle My Bones," And "Dirty Lie" Co-Written by Bob Dylan

The Secret Sisters currently supporting country trio Nickel Creek
on its entire US reunion tour in April and May

The Secret Sisters' long-awaited second album, Put Your Needle Down is available now via Republic Records. The Alabama duo's sophomore set was produced by the iconic T Bone Burnett, and marks a giant creative step forward for siblings Laura and Lydia RogersPut Your Needle Down is currently available at iTunesAmazon and other select retailers.

Recently featured on NPR WEEKEND EDITION, they say"The Secret Sisters' music is a nostalgic blend of country, folk, blues and rockabilly," and USA TODAYwhich gave the album 4 out of 4 stars, says of Put Your Needle Down, "While still steeped in exquisite sibling harmonies, this albumcontemporizes them." ROLLING STONE says of the album, "Ethereal harmonies once again take center stage on the Secret Sisters' sophomore album [that] takes the listener back to a time when vocalists valued purity over production. But this time around, they manage to marry their signature throwback sound with a lot more energy."  

The album's 12 songs - primarily written or co-written by Laura and Lydia - seamlessly blend an exciting and decidedly Southern patchwork of country, blues, Americana, folk, rock and gospel. The album is preceded by the new single "Rattle My Bones," hopping from a guitar gallop into sweet, soaring harmonies from Laura and Lydia, it taps into a delightfully entrancing energy that's both enigmatic and endearing. The new album also features the he-said-she-said accusations of "Dirty Lie,"co-written with Bob Dylan. An unfinished song they brought to life, Dylan started writing "Dirty Lie" back in the '80s and when he heard that The Secret Sisters were recording a new album, he sent several demos to them for their consideration and gave the Sisters the nod to finish the song and record it.

Put Your Needle Down illuminates the many facets of this diverse, dynamic, and darling twosome and sways from the soulful mourning of "Let There Be Lonely" to the coy "murder ballad" "Iuka", and the uplifting musical baptism of "River Jordan".

In support of the album's release, The Secret Sisters are currently supporting country trio Nickel Creek on its entire US reunion tour in April and May.

Put Your Needle Down 
Track Listing:1. Rattle My Bones
2. Iuka
3. Dirty Lie
4. The Pocket Knife
5. Let There Be Lonely
6. Black And Blue
7. Lonely Island
8. I Cannot Find A Way
9. If I Don't
10. Good Luck Good Night Goodbye
11. Bad Habit
12. River Jordan

The tour itinerary is as follows:

4/16      Alabama Theater                       Birmingham, AL
4/17      Thomas Wolfe Auditorium          Ashville, NC
4/18      Ryman Auditorium                     Nashville, TN
4/19      Ryman Auditorium                     Nashville, TN
4/21      Track 29                                    Chattanooga, TN
4/22      Johnny Mercer Theater               Savannah, GA
4/24      NC Performing Arts Center        North Charleston, SC
4/25      Tabernacle                                Atlanta, GA
4/26      nTelos Wireless Pavilion            Charlottesville, VA
4/27      Tennessee Theatre                     Knoxville, TN
4/29      Beacon Theatre                         New York, NY
5/01      House of Blues                         Boston, MA
5/02      Keswick Theatre                        Glenside, PA
5/03      9:30 Club                                  Washington, DC
5/04      9:30 Club                                  Washington, DC
5/06      Taft Theatre                               Cincinnati, OH
5/08      Egyptian Room                         Indianapolis, IN
5/09      Riviera Theater                          Chicago, IL
5/10      Pabst Theater                            Milwaukee, WI
5/11      State Theatre                             Minneapolis, MN
5/13      Ogden Theatre                          Denver, CO
5/14      Kingsbury Hall                           Salt Lake City, UT
5/16      Crystal Ballroom                        Portland, OR
5/17      Moore Theatre                           Seattle, WA
5/19      Fox Theater                               Oakland, CA
5/20      Balboa Theatre                          San Diego, CA
5/21      The Wiltern                                Los Angeles, CA


Weekend-Long Broadcast Features Over 20 Hours of Live Coverage,
Spanning 5 Stages, Airing Nightly at 9pE/6pP

For the first time ever, the second weekend of the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival will be broadcast live, as AXS TV–the premier destination for live music events—gives viewers a front row seat to one of the most popular music festivals in the United States. AXS TV will offer incomparable access while broadcasting over 20 hours of live coverage, from Friday, April 18 through Sunday, April 20, airing each evening at 9pE/6pP.

Held at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, CA, the three-day cultural phenomenon boasts an eclectic blend of mainstream acts, underground favorites, up-and-comers and icons, spanning a wide array of genres from indie and rap, to metal and punk, and everything in between.

Featured in Friday’s live coverage is an explosive lineup that includes Ellie Goulding, Grouplove, Bastille, AFI, Neko Case, Broken Bells, Chromeo, Kate Nash, HAIM, ZZ Ward and Bryan Ferry. Friday’s coverage re-airs on Sat., April 19 at 2pE/11aP.

Saturday, April 19, features Lorde, Cage the Elephant, CHVRCHES, The Head and the Heart, Capital Cities, Future Islands, Fatboy Slim, MGMT, The Pixies, Queens of the Stone Age, and Foster the People. Saturday’s coverage re-airs on Sun., April 20 at 2pE/11aP.

The weekend comes to a close on Sunday, April 20, with Arcade Fire, Beck, Skrillex, Pet Shop Boys, Big Gigantic, Daughter, NAS, Fishbone, Frank Turner, and Calvin Harris. Sunday’s coverage re-airs on Mon., April 21 at 2pE/11aP.
Hosting the broadcast is KCRW’s Music Director and “Morning Becomes Eclectic” DJ, Jason Bentley. Bentley will conduct artist interviews and co-produce exclusive editorial segments.

Summary of AXS TV’s 2014 Coachella Lineup* (Does Not Represent Broadcast Order)
*Lineup Subject To Change

 Friday, April 18, 2014
Saturday, April 19, 2014
Sunday, April 20, 2014
Cage the Elephant
Arcade Fire
Capital Cities
Broken Bells
Big Gigantic
Bryan Ferry
Fatboy Slim
Calvin Harris
Foster the People
Ellie Goulding
Future Islands
Frank Turner
Kate Nash
Queens of the Stone Age
Pet Shop Boys
Neko Case
The Head and the Heart
ZZ Ward
The Pixies

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