Monday, March 30, 2015

Sights and Sounds: Jeff Beck, Striking Matches, Neon Trees

What better way to get the week started than with a quick roundup focusing on forthcoming releases...

On June 2, 2015, Eagle Rock Entertainment will release Jeff BeckPerforming This WeekLive At Ronnie Scott– Special Edition on 2CD and Digital Audio. A 3LP Edition will be released shortly thereafter.
Now released for the first time with the full audio from these incredible shows, Performing This Week features classic tracks from across Jeff Becks career including: “Beck’s Bolero,” “Led Boots,” “Scatterbrain,” “Where Were You,” “Angels (Footsteps),” “Cause We’ve Ended As Lovers,” and his now iconic version of “A Day In The Life.” This amazing show includes guest appearances by Joss StoneEric Clapton and Imogen Heap, in addition to a 7-track set with the Big Town Playboys.
This 2007 series of concerts at the renowned Ronnie Scott’s club in London became a must-have ticket of the year, with a packed audience every night consisting of the famous and the fans. The CD and DVD releases of these shows (released via Eagle Rock Entertainment in 2008, 2009 respectively) have become the definitive Jeff Beck live recordings. Now for the first time on LP and CD, all of the live tracks are available (including those with special guests plus the Big Town Playboys set, which has previously only been on the Blu-ray release).
From his time with the Yardbirds in the sixties, through the Jeff Beck Group and throughout his solo career, Jeff Becks unique guitar style and constant desire to explore new musical areas and sounds has won him the admiration of peers and legions of fans worldwide. Performing This Week… Live At Ronnie Scott– Special Edition is a stunning representation of the unmatched live experience that only he can deliver. 
Eagle Rock Entertainment is the largest producer and distributor of music programming for DVD, Blu-Ray, TV and Digital Media in the world.  Eagle works directly alongside talent to produce top quality, High Definition programs, both concerts and documentaries, including The Rolling Stones, Pink Floyd, The Who, Queen, The Doors, Jeff Beck, Peter Gabriel, Paul McCartney, Ozzy Osbourne, Genesis, Alice Cooper, Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. Eagle is a Grammy Award winning company and has received over 40 multi-platinum, over 80 platinum and over 144 gold discs, worldwide.  Eagle Rock Entertainment has offices in London, New York, Paris and Hamburg.
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Striking Matches' Justin Davis and Sarah Zimmermann
Striking Matches has officially taken the UK by storm, landing at No. 1 on the iTunes UK Country Albums Chart with their debut release, Nothing But The Silence. Produced by the legendary T Bone Burnett, the album showcases this dynamic duo (comprised of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis), brimming with harmonies and plenty of guitars.
“Their debut album is an engaging blend of slick country storytelling scuffed up with rockier riffs. Imagine a noisier version of The Civil Wars: squaring up and trading electric licks before coiling their voices together in sweet harmony,” beamed The Telegraph UK.

While the guitar-driven duo has been steadily building their fan base here in the U.S., it was to their great surprise to be greeted by concert goers singing the words to their songs at their very first overseas show in London – before ever releasing a song in the country. Due to having eight songs they’ve written featured on ABC’s hit drama series Nashville, which has built a dedicated British following, the unprecedented early embrace by music fans in the UK has led to sold-out performances and demand for more (the band will return for a series of concerts in large venues as well as TV appearances in May), airplay on the country’s largest radio station Radio 2 and rave reviews, as well as a No. 1 album on the chart. Nothing But The Silence is available now: iTunes and Amazon.
Meanwhile, back at home, supporters include USA Today, who wrote: “Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis give off sparks as singers and writers, but they’re even hotter guitarists. Incendiary.” In additon, Nothing But The Silence was included on their  “Don’t Miss These Great March Albums” list stating, “Like Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt or Keith Urban, they're both fiercely talented guitarists who revere the songs that come out of their mouths every bit as much as the music that comes through their fingers.”

American Songwriter declared “these songs crackle and sizzle, walking on a tightrope between pop, rock, country and blues,” additionally noting, “Between the acoustic/electric twin guitar attack, easy flowing harmonies, peppy mid-western rootsy singer/songwriting and an unbridled enthusiasm, Striking Matches fires up a hot, often incendiary first impression.”

Striking Matches will continue their overseas charge with headline dates before they return to the U.S. for a co-headline stint with harmony-loving The Secret Sisters. The run will be part of the Fender Accelerator Tour as Striking Matches is one of a select range of rising artists in various genres chosen to represent the iconic guitar brand, who in turn will provide vehicles, gear and support. Following, the duo will join the festival circuit and share stages with country music superstars such as Luke Bryan and Brad Paisley, as well as an opening slot for Keith Urban.

4/22 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Kat Country Jam benefit for St. Jude w/ David Nail and more

5/8 – London, England @ Union Chapel
5/9 – Bristol, England @ Fleece
5/10 – Manchester, England @ Deaf Institute
5/11 – Glasgow, Scotland @ Oran Mor
5/14 – Milton Keynes, England @ The Stables

5/26 – Boston, Mass. @ Brighton Music Hall
5/27 – Alexandra, Va. @ Birchmere Music Hall
5/29 – Annapolis, Md. @ Rams Head
5/30 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ World Café Live
5/31 – Hopewell, Va. @ Beacon Theatre
6/4 – Columbus, Ohio @ The Basement

6/6 – Detroit, Mich. @ WYCD Downtown Hoedown *
6/17 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ The Mint
6/18 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Go Country’s Summer Under the Stars ^    
6/21 – Princeton, N.J. @ McAneny Theatre @ Princeton Festival
6/27 – New York, N.Y. @ Farmborough #    
8/21 – Thackerville, Ok. @ Winstar Casino +    
* with Darius Rucker, Rascal Flatts, Ashley Monroe and more
^  with Little Big Town, Ashley Monroe & David Nail
# with Luke Bryan, Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley and more
+ opening for Keith Urban

Neon Trees today announced their next tour "An Intimate Night Out With Neon Trees" will kick off June 6 in Seattle, WA at the Showbox and cross the country before winding down on July 25 in Boston, MA at Paradise Rock Club.  A full list of tour dates can be found below.

"At the end of last year we had made plans to take this year off, but honestly we got bored at home. We just love touring that much," said front man Tyler Glenn.  "We're going to play songs from all three albums and it will be an entirely new show.   We chose smaller clubs and theaters to make it a communal, fan driven experience for us and the audience."

Neon Trees - comprising Tyler Glenn (lead vocals, keys), Chris Allen (guitars), Branden Campbell (bass), and Elaine Bradley (drums, vocals) - released their third album Pop Psychology on April 22, 2014.   The album, recorded in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, Los Angeles, CA, and their hometown of Provo, UT with longtime collaborator Tim Pagnotta spawned the RIAA Gold-certified single "Sleeping With A Friend," which won an award for BMI Publishing Award in 2014 and charted in the Top 15 of the Billboard Hot 100.  It is available HERE

Pop Psychology is the follow up to Picture Show, which featured the RIAA double platinum single "Everybody Talks," which charted in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100. Neon Trees' debut album, Habits, was released in 2010 and featured the double platinum smash single "Animal." The band has toured with Taylor Swift, The Killers, Maroon 5, Duran Duran, Flaming Lips, My Chemical Romance, and more.


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