Friday, June 12, 2015

Sights and Sounds: Dawes performs "Things Happen" on Conan, Jim Ed Brown remembered, Steven Wilson teams with Yahoo! for livestream

Happy Friday everybody! Here is a roundup of both good and bittersweet music news to get you through the weekend...

"The new album wins on every level - in observation, performance, composition
and sound...
For the band's fourth work, Goldsmith conceived his most concise
and catchy material 
to date." - NY Daily News (five stars)
Last night, Los Angeles-based rock band Dawes performed their rollicking new single, "Things Happen," on Conan. The song is taken from the band's recently released full-length album, All Your Favorite Bands, an LP produced by Dave Rawlings that highlights the outstanding musicianship of frontman Taylor Goldsmith, his brother Griffin GoldsmithWylie Gelber and Tay Strathairn. These nine bracing original songs also feature the vocal support of Gillian Welch andThe McCrary Sisters, as well as Rawlings on guitar and vocals, Richard Bennett on acoustic guitar and Paul Franklin on pedal steel. Check out last night's performance via Team Coco HERE or by clicking on the image below.  

Photo: Dan Martensen

Dawes is currently on the road supporting All Your Favorite Bands. Upcoming dates include a performance at the Greek Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. 

Jim Ed Brown statement from Plowboy Records
April 1, 1934 - June 11, 2015

"It is with a great deal of sadness that Plowboy Records announces that one of our artists, Jim Ed Brown, has passed away. Our prayers are with his family and friends, who will miss a kind, loving individual as well as a great artist. If anyone should have been called "Gentleman Jim," it was Jim Ed Brown.

Jim Ed Brown's big dream was to be inducted to the Country Music Hall of Fame. He achieved that dream. He also had a dream to record a new album-he had not recorded an album in over 30 years-and we're proud to say that Plowboy Records helped him to achieve that dream. His album In Style Again is quintessential Jim Ed Brown. 

We were proud to work with him on this album and honored that he chose Plowboy for his last recording label as it fit perfectly with our mission to promote the legacy of Jim Ed's close friend, Eddy Arnold. Jim Ed, whether solo or with The Browns, toured and/or made many appearances with Eddy Arnold over the years and they remained close friends until Eddy's death in 2008. Eddy's passing deeply affected Jim Ed and that is why it was especially rewarding to have him join our family. We will not only miss Jim Ed Brown's smile and amazingly positive spirit, but also that connection to a friendship between two great artists who shared a lot through their journey through life and music."

Don Cusic, Producer and Co-Founder and Shannon Pollard, President

Be sure to read my glowing review of Brown's In Style Again that ran on the Music News Nashville site in January 2015 here.

Please celebrate Jim Ed's life with this video of "It's A Good Life" 

Steven Wilson partners with Yahoo! for Livestream on Saturday, June 13, 2015

Prolific singer-songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist and multiple Grammy-nominee, Steven Wilson, has teamed up with Yahoo! Music for a livestream of his show on Saturday, June 13, live from The Wiltern in Los Angeles.  Wilson brings his critically acclaimed visual experience to the living rooms of fans across the globe as he just set out on the first leg of his North American tour in support of his current release, his fourth solo release, Hand. Cannot. Erase. (Kscope).  This is one of 365 concerts to stream over a 12-month period on the Live Nation Channel on Yahoo Screen.  

Fans can tune in on June 13 at 8 p.m. PT here: Fans will also have the freedom to stream the concert wherever they are through Yahoo Screen on iOS, Android, mobile Web, desktop, and Smart TV platforms including Apple TV, Roku, and Xbox 360.
The critics:
Oh my god ... Leave it to Wilson, of course — the eminent visionary in modern rock — to enhance his musical presentation through the other senses. “ – The Day
“…Wilson uses quadraphone surround sound and incorporates elaborate visuals to create an immersive experience.” – The Aquarian
“…halfway through the show, the seated audience was on their feet and remained that way for the rest of the night.
A Steven Wilson show isn’t simply a performance, it’s a multi-media experience. In addition to constantly shifting and moving lights setting the mood, nearly every song was accompanied by a video or other visuals on a large screen that filled the entire back of the stage.” – Chunky Glasses
“No one puts on a concert like Steven Wilson….He typically ties his live treatments into the themes and narratives of his newest opus too, so the fact that Hand. Cannot. Erase. tackles ideas like loss, death, regret, technological dependency, and loneliness with such catchy poignancy denotes that its live representation be equally expansive and moving. Fortunately, his show last night went above and beyond these requirements, leaving every fan at the Keswick Theatre in awe by the end of it.” –
Arguably one of the most important artists in the music today, Wilson’s critically acclaimed fourth solo album,  Hand. Cannot. Erase., weaves elements of ethereal Jazz Fusion, while taking the listener on a multi-layered audio journey inspired by the haunting true tale of a popular young woman forgotten by society and family as she sits dead in her apartment for more than 2 years.

For the uninitiated, Wilson has made a sampler of his solo work available as a free download on Amazon, link:

The following links are for a better understanding of the album, Hand. Cannot. Erase.

Best known as founder and front man of British rock act Porcupine Tree, Wilson has produced and collaborated with diverse acts as Opeth, Blackfield, Yes, Roxy Music, and XTC. His prolific engineering work can be heard on his mixes of classic releases from King Crimson, Jethro Tull, and most recently the 5.1 surround sound version of Tears For Fears’ classic Songs From The Big Chair reissue, released in November 2014. Porcupine Tree’s last album went top 30 in both the UK and USA, and the tour climaxed with sold out shows at Royal Albert Hall in London and Radio City Music Hall in New York.  Wilson has just sold out 2 nights at Royal Albert Hall in September 2015!

Steven Wilson has already begun his world tour tour, having assembled a virtuoso band - Nick Beggs (bass), Adam Holzman (keyboard), Guthrie Govan (guitar), David Kilminster (guitar) and Craig Blundell (drums).  His latest studio creation completed, the cinematic Hand. Cannot. Erase. features dynamic performances by Wilson, members of his touring ensemble, Marco Minneman on drums, and vocal accompaniment from
Ninet Tayeb.

Remaining dates:

June 09         Boulder Theater                                    Boulder, CO  
June 11         Mesa Arts Center                                   Mesa, AZ      
June 12         The Grove                                            Anaheim, CA                    
June 13         The Wiltern                                          Los Angeles, CA                         
June 14         The Warfield                                         San Francisco, CA              
June 16         Aladdin Theater                                    Portland, OR           
June 17         Neptune Theater                                   Seattle, WA            
June 20         Vogue Theatre                                                Vancouver
June 22         Myer Horowitz Theatre                           Edmonton     
June 23         Theatre Junction Grand (Flanagan Theatre) Calgary        
June 26         The Danforth Music Hall                          Toronto       
June 27         Montreal Jazz Festival                            Montreal
June 28         Montreal Jazz Festival                            Montreal
June  29        ImpĂ©rial                                               Quebec City  
Sept 28         Royal Albert Hall                                    London
Sept 29         Royal Albert Hall                                    London

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