Thursday, April 20, 2017

Matthew Sweet announces new double album via Billboard, "Tomorrow Forever" out June 16 (Sony/RED)

So glad to hear the great Matthew Sweet is set to return with a double dose of new tunes later this spring!

Power pop icon Matthew Sweet returns with "Tomorrow Forever" 
His first new studio album since 2011

A 17-track CD/double LP out June 16 on his new Honeycomb Hideout 
label distributed through Sony/RED

US Tour dates announced - May NYC dates on sale now

Omaha, NE: Matthew Sweet returns after a six-year hiatus to speak with Billboard about his new album, Tomorrow Forever. The expansive 17-song work, available in CD, double 180-gram-vinyl LP and digital configurations, will be released on June 16 via Sweet's own newly launched Honeycomb Hideout label through Sony's RED DistributionThe album is an introspective collection inspired by Matthew's move to his native Omaha and the tragic loss of his mother. From that loss, Matthew overcame writer's block with a burst of creative spirit, recording 38 songs in his newly built full production home studio. 

As Billboard describes, "from the crunchy opening riff of "Trick," Tomorrow Forever is another of Sweet's power pop-leaning gems, with plenty of garage and psychedelic flavors in the mix." It's the sound fans have come to expect while still pushing these familiar elements into previously unexplored territory, reflecting the profound changes in his life over the past six years.  Essentially, the album contemplates the question: Does what is real extend beyond what the consciousness can readily grasp?

Though Matthew plays and sings on every track, he's joined by a talented group of guest artists including guitarists Jason Victor (Steve Wynn & the Miracle 3, Dream Syndicate), Val McCallum (Jackson Browne), John Moremen (The Orange Peels) and Gary Louris (The Jayhawks). His longtime rhythm section of Paul Chastain (Velvet Crush) and Ric Menck (Chastain's partner in Velvet Crush) are joined by the Bangles' Debbi Peterson and there's a keyboard cameo from The Zombies' Rod Argent.

"I just wrote songs, and then it became clear what they might be about," says Sweet. "I was dealing with moving for the first time in 20 years, and with the loss of my mom, just the shock of it all." 

When an uncommonly gifted artist trusts and follows the lead of his intuition, the results can be magical. In terms of its musical density, thematic depth, emotional immediacy and sheer scale, Tomorrow Forever could be described as Matthew Sweet's All Things Must Pass. That wasn't the plan -- there was no plan. The music just turned out that way.
"Right after we moved here," says Matthew, "I made this video for Kickstarter, and in it, if anything, I was promising myself that I was going to make a really heartfelt record."
Mission accomplished.

Track Listing



MO 5/15 City Vineyard - New York, NY - City Vineyard - tickets
TU 5/16 City Vineyard - New York, NY - City Vineyard - tickets
SA 7/08  Omaha NE - The Waiting Room
SU 7/09  Omaha NE - The Waiting Room
TU 7/11  Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club
WE 7/12  Des Moines, IA - Wooly's
TH 7/13  Chicago, IL - City Winery  
FR 7/14  Chicago, IL - City Winery
SA 7/15  Springfield, IL - Bedrock 66 Music Fest
SU 7/16  St. Louis, MO - Blueberry Hill Duck Room
TU 7/18  Kansas City, MO - Knuckleheads
TH 7/20  Dallas, TX - Kessler Theater
FR 7/21  Austin, TX - 3TEN Austin City Limits Live
SA 7/22  Austin, TX - 3TEN Austin City Limits Live
SU 7/23  Houston TX - Heights Theatre
TU 7/25  Jackson MS - Duling Hall
WE 7/26  Atlanta, GA - City Winery
TH 7/27  Atlanta, GA - City Winery
FR 7/28  Nashville, TN - City Winery
SA 7/29  Louisville KY - Headliners 
TH 9/07  Alexandria, VA - Birchmere
FR 9/08  Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage
WE 9/13  Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall
TH 9/14  Derry, NH - Tupelo Music Hall
FR 9/15  Brownfield, ME - Stone Mountain
SA 9/16  Boston, MA - Brighton Music Hall
SU 9/17  Norfolk, CT - Infinity Hall
MO 9/19  Fall River, MA - Narrows Center for the Arts
WE 9/20  Hudson, NY - Club Helsinki
TH 9/21  Wilmington, DE - The Queen
FR 9/22  Tarrytown, NY - Tarrytown Music Hall
SA 9/23  Port Washington, NY - Landmark on Main Street
SU 9/24  South Orange, NJ - SOPAC

- additional dates to be announced soon

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

By the Numbers: Coachella 2, Big Star's Third, Record Store Day 10

Coachella Weekend 2, an amazing live title featuring Big Star's Third and Record Store Day's 10th Anniversary all add up to plenty of excitement for music lovers this weekend.

Radiohead's Thom Yorke performing April 14, 2017.
Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella
The Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival continues to be the preeminent music festival in North America thanks to the range of eclectic and outstanding artists, groundbreaking art installations, the dramatic desert setting and the overall spirit of the event. The good news is for those of us who couldn't be there Weekend 1, we have a chance to catch the groundbreaking sights and sounds at Coachella Weekend 2, April 21-23.  

There were plenty of memorable moments that thrilled concertgoers at Weekend 1 of Coachella and now the festival plays out again this weekend. Among the highlights this writer caught via the full-length performances streamed on YouTube were Radiohead overcoming two sound system blackouts to deliver an impressive top-tier set featuring many of the quintet's most beloved songs. "Creep," "You and Whose Army?," "Paranoid Android" and "Karma Police" were among the sterling songs the band played late in their set on Friday night.
Lady Gaga performing at Coachella on April 15, 2017.
Photograph: Kevin Winter/Getty Images for Coachella

Of the early-afternoon performances I caught on Saturday, I was taken with the Americana-meets-folk rock of The Head and the Heart. Later on, Northern Ireland-based modern-day rockers Two Door Cinema Club offered up a high octane set including classic material and dance-minded gems off the group's latest album GameshowBon Iver returned to Coachellafest to perform a captivating set, highlighted by "45," Minnesota, WI," and the particularly sweeping "Calgary." Lady Gaga brought a bona fide party atmosphere to close out the proceedings with a two hour set featuring her dance hits and more country-flavored material.
Pharrell Williams, left with Hans Zimmer on April 18, 2017.
Photograph: Charles Reagan Hackleman ©Coachella 2017

Sunday also featured a mix of far-flung music champions. I caught Tycho and was impressed by the quartet's lush instrumentals blending dance rhythms, synth pop and shimmering guitar lines. And who knew how cool it would be that composer Hans Zimmer was such a cool act to add, performing concert-ready versions of some of his best movie music? His impressive cast of star musicians (including a full orchestra and guest turn from Pharrell Williams) was surely one of the fun surprises of the weekend, and his 65-minute set attracted around a massive crowd.

I look forward to immersing myself in as much music as possible this weekend at the Empire Polo Club.


While Coachella will provide the perfect live setting to take in music, fans looking to take in some great music via their home theater system or while on a drive can pick up the newly-released Thank You, Friends: Big Star's Third Live...And More coming Friday, April 21, 2017 courtesy of Concord Bicycle Music

While you may not have yet heard of this film, make sure to track down the DVD/2 CD title filmed and recorded at a star-studded concert in Glendale, CA a year ago. The concert serves as both a celebration (for those who know cult heroes Big Star), and those who may not yet be familiar with the Memphis-spawned early '70s rockers.

The line-up of artists who perform songs from Big Star's discography include Jody Stephens (the only surviving member of Big Star), Chris Stamey (The dB's), Mike Mills (R.E.M.), Jeff Tweedy and Pat Sansone (both of Wilco), Robyn Hitchcock, Benmont Tench (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers) and many more. The film and performances are truly special. A shining version of "September Gurls" (featuring Mills on lead vocals), tender "Thirteen" (with Skylar Gudasz) and a flat-out rocking "When My Baby's Beside Me" featuring most of the ensemble are among the fantastic versions on the must-own collection (directed by Benno Nelson). Information:

The 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day arrives April 22, and countless brick and mortar indie record stores across the U.S. will celebrate the important event with special limited-edition releases from the likes of The Beatles, David Bowie, Rush, Elton John, the Cars and Fleetwood Mac going on sale for one day only. Visit for more information on this great event. Also, be sure to check out the most recent episode of MUSIC WORTH BUYING where TJR and yours truly filmed a special Record Store Day preview at Pepperland Music in Orange, CA. Watch the episode embedded below:

Robert Kinsler

Monday, April 17, 2017

Gorillaz Humanz Tour to stop at the Forum on October 5, 2017

This news is great! Southern California now has confirmation of an upcoming Gorillaz concert date!

Tickets on sale April 21, 2017 at GORILLAZ.COM 

Inglewood, CA (April, 17, 2017) -- The past few weeks have seen Gorillaz score the most successful debut in YouTube VR history with the 360 degree "Saturnz Barz (Spirit House),” launch a mixed reality app, release five wildly acclaimed tracks from the eagerly anticipated Humanz album (out April 28 on Warner Bros.), confirm a handful of international festival dates in the wake of their June 10 Demon Dayz festival at Dreamland Margate UK selling out instantly… 
… And now it can be confirmed that masterminds Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett will bring Gorillaz back to North America for the first time since the Plastic Beach tour that SPIN hailed as 2010’s “Live Show of the Year.” Tickets for the newly announced dates, which begin July 8 in Chicago and run through the fall, with a stop at the Forum on October 5, will be available for general on-sale this Friday, April 21 at
Tickets purchased online for select dates listed below will receive a choice of either a standard physical or standard digital copy of Humanz. Instructions will be sent via email shortly after ticket purchase. For tickets purchased after Humanz April 28 release date, instructions will be emailed 7-10 days after purchase.

The Humanz Tour traveling extravaganza will feature Albarn, Hewlett’s enigmatic characters and a touring ensemble of flesh and blood musicians joining Gorillaz Murdoc Niccals, Noodle, Russel Hobbs and 2D, as they bring to life the new tracks and classics spanning the massive Gorillaz catalogue. As always, Gorillaz will be joined onstage by a stellar lineup of featured artists—the new album offering such possibilities as Jehnny Beth (Savages), Danny Brown, Benjamin Clementine, De La Soul, D.R.A.M., Peven Everett, Anthony Hamilton, Grace Jones, Zebra KatzKelela, Mavis Staples, Vince Staples, Popcaan, Pusha T, Jamie Principle and Kali Uchis, among others.

For further information and updates, check back regular at

HUMANZ Tour 2017

July 8 - Chicago IL - Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island + 
July 10 - Toronto ON - Air Canada Centre + 
July 12 - Boston MA - Blue Bank Pavilion + 
July 13 - Philadelphia PA - Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing + 
July 15 - Quebec City QC - Quebec City Summer Festival 
July 17 - Washington DC - Merriweather Post Pavilion + 
August 11-13 - San Francisco CA - Outside Lands Music & Arts Festival 
Sept. 15-17 - New York NY - Meadows Music & Arts Festival 
Sept. 18 - Detroit MI - Fox Theatre + 
Sept. 20 - Minneapolis MN - Roy Wilkins Auditorium + 
Sept. 22 - Kansas City MO - Sprint Center + 
Sept. 24 - Las Vegas NV - Life Is Beautiful 
Sept. 26 - Denver CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre + 
Sept. 30 - Seattle WA - Key Arena + 
Oct. 5 - Los Angeles CA - The Forum + 
Oct. 11 - Atlanta GA - Infinite Energy Center + 
Oct. 13-15 - Miami FL -  III Points Festival 
+ Ticket/Album Bundle Offered 

Sunday, April 16, 2017

MUSIC WORTH BUYING episode: Record Store Day 2017 preview

On the latest episode of MUSIC WORTH BUYING, Robert Kinsler and TJR join Mike Lefebvre at Pepperland Music in Orange, CA to discuss the forthcoming the 10th Anniversary of Record Store Day set for April 22, 2017:

Friday, April 14, 2017

Glen Campbell Says Adiós With Final Studio Album Due June 9 On UMe

Bittersweet news on the forthcoming (and final) new studio album from the great Glen Campbell...




Los Angeles – April 14, 2017 – Legendary singer and guitarist Glen Campbell’s final studio album, Adiós, will be released June 9 on UMe, capping off an extraordinary career that has spanned more than five decades and 50 million albums sold. The album will be released on CD, vinyl and digitally and is available for pre-order beginning today. Pre-order Adiós here:

Adiós was recorded at Station West in Nashville following Campbell’s “Goodbye Tour” which he launched after revealing he had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. The album was announced today via with an exclusive statement from Kim Campbell, Glen’s wife of 34 years. In her touching notes, Kim reveals the genesis of the album, details the recording process and explains why Adiósis finally being released.  Kim writes: “A new Glen Campbell album coming out in 2017 might seem a bit odd since he hasn’t performed since 2012, and even more odd – if not absolutely amazing – when you consider that he has Alzheimer’s disease. Glen’s abilities to play, sing and remember songs began to rapidly decline after his diagnosis in 2011. A feeling of urgency grew to get him into the studio one last time to capture what magic was left. It was now or never.” She concludes, “What you’re hearing when listening to Adiós is the beautiful and loving culmination of friends and family doing their very best for the man who inspired, raised, and entertained them for decades – giving him the chance to say one last goodbye to his fans, and put one last amazing collection of songs onto the record store shelves.” Head over to to read Kim Campbell’s full note as well as hear the album’s first track, “Everybody’s Talkin’,” Campbell’s take on the Fred Neil-penned hit made famous by Harry Nilsson in the film “Midnight Cowboy.”

For Campbell’s final recording session, Glen and Kim turned to Glen’s longtime banjo player and family friend Carl Jackson to helm the production, play guitar and help his old friend. In preparation for the recording, Jackson, who joined Campbell’s band in the early ‘70s as an 18-year-old banjo player, laid down some basic tracks and vocals for Campbell to study and practice. Jackson encouraged him every step of the way and although Campbell struggled at times because of his progressing dementia, he was clearly ecstatic about being in the studio.
The 12-track collection features songs that Campbell always loved but never got a chance to record, including several from Jimmy Webb, his longtime collaborator behind some of his biggest hits like “Wichita Lineman” “By The Time I Get To Phoenix,” and “Galveston.” In addition to the bittersweet title track, “Adiós,” first popularized by Linda Ronstadt, Campbell also sings Webb’s longing love song“Just Like Always” and country weeper “It Won’t Bring Her Back.” He revisits “Postcard From Paris” with his sons Cal and Shannon and daughter Ashley singing the line, “I wish you were here,” resulting in a powerful and heartfelt message of a family singing together one last time.

Adiós sees Campbell putting his spin on several classic songs including “Don’t Think Twice It’s All Right,” inspired by Jerry Reed’s version of Bob Dylan’s timeless tune and “Everybody’s Talkin’, a banjo-filled take on the song that Campbell never recorded but famously performed on the “Sonny & Cher Show” in 1973 with a 19-year-old Carl Jackson. Campbell’s daughter Ashley plays banjo on the song and joins her dad on several tracks on the album. Other songwriters featured include Roger Miller with “Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me),” which begins with a home recording of Miller singing the tune at a guitar pull before going into Campbell’s rendition with Vince Gill on harmonies, Dickey Lee’s honky tonk heartbreaker “She Thinks I Still Care” and Jerry Reed’s Johnny Cash hit “A Thing Called Love.” Willie Nelson joins his old pal for a poignant duet of Nelson’s 1968 “Funny How Time Slips Away” while Jackson tells Campbell’s life story in “Arkansas Farmboy.” “I wrote ‘Arkansas Farmboy’ sometime in the mid- to late-‘70s on a plane bound for one of the many overseas destinations I played with Glen between 1972 and 1984,” reveals Jackson. “The song was inspired by a story that Glen told me about his grandpa teaching him ‘In The Pines’ on a $5 Sears & Roebuck guitar when he was only a boy. That guitar led to worldwide fame and fortune, far beyond what even some in his family could comprehend.”

Adiós was a labor of love and a way for Glen Campbell to have one more chance to do what he loves to do and leave a musical gift for fans. Campbell, who turns 81 on April 22, is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s disease. He lives in Nashville where he is surrounded by his loving family and getting the very best of care.

In a legendary career that spanned more than five decades, Glen Campbell created an indelible mark on American pop culture as a beloved musician, singer, movie star and television personality. From his time as a groundbreaking guitarist for Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, The Beach Boys and many others in the archetypical backing band The Wrecking Crew to his decades atop the charts to the grace he showed as he closed his career while fighting Alzheimer’s disease, there are few artists who have touched as many lives as the Rhinestone Cowboy.

Before announcing his retirement from the studio and stage in 2013, after half a century of recording and touring, Campbell had won most every award and achieved every milestone available to musicians. Born in 1936 as the 12th child and seventh son of a dirt poor sharecropper, Campbell rose from his humble beginnings in rural Delight, Arkansas to become one of the best-selling solo male artists in U.S. chart history. The global superstar released more than 70 albums, selling 50 million copies with more than 80 songs charting. He achieved chart-topping, platinum-selling success in the arenas of pop and country music, bridging the two worlds and bringing country music to the masses as one of the genre’s first crossover stars. Testament to his widespread appeal that spanned generations and genres, borders and language barriers, his musical accolades were dizzying: 21 unforgettable Top 40 hits, including two No. 1’s; 27 Top 10 Country singles, six Top 20 albums, including the double-platinum classic,Wichita Lineman, and nine No. 1 country albums.

Campbell’s musical and entertainment lifetime is unmatched for its prolific breadth, popular appeal – and flat-out musical accomplishment and achievement. His biggest run of hits (“Gentle on My Mind,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix,” “Wichita Lineman,” “Galveston,” “Rhinestone Cowboy,” a signature song that became his theme in many ways, and “Southern Nights,” just to name a handful) put him in the pop elite of the ‘60s and ‘70s, erasing the line between pop and country and helping pave the way for generations of others.

A six-time Grammy winner, Campbell made history in 1967 with his first Grammy wins by sweeping the song and performance awards in both the pop and country and western categories. “By the Time I Get to Phoenix” won the pop honors and “Gentle on My Mind” took the two country and western trophies. Those two songs and “Wichita Lineman” are in the Grammy Hall of Fame. A member of both the Country Music Hall of Fame and the Musicians Hall of Fame, Campbell won Country Music Association’s Entertainer of the Year, twice won the Academy of Country Music’s Album of the Year award and was named Male Vocalist of the Year by both. In 2012, he was bestowed the Grammy’s most prestigious honor, a Lifetime Achievement Award.

Campbell's striking good-looks and country charm made him an instant television success with his variety series, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour." Seen in millions of homes across the U.S. for four seasons, Glen Campbell became a household name and a true celebrity. The show’s broadcasts in Great Britain, Australia and Singapore introduced him to an even wider audience and catapulted him to worldwide fame. Campbell also moved into the world of film as the hand-picked co-star of John Wayne in the movie “True Grit.” His eponymous song for the soundtrack was nominated for an Academy Award and he was nominated for Most Promising Newcomer at the Golden Globes.

But even at his popular peak, few were aware of the full extent of his credentials as a first-call session guitarist whose much sought-after musicianship as a member of The Wrecking Crew – widely considered one of the most successful session recording units in music history – helped shape Phil Spector’s famed “Wall of Sound” and The Beach Boys’ most creative works. After thrilling Brian Wilson with his talent, Campbell later became a touring member for a stretch when Wilson first retired from the road in 1964. Alongside musicians like Leon Russell, Carol Kaye and drummers Hal Blaine and Earl Palmer, Campbell played on an astounding 586 sessions in 1963 alone. His memorable guitar parts can be heard throughout the Beach Boys’ landmark Pet Sounds album, Frank Sinatra’s “Strangers in the Night,” the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” and the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer,” not to mention hits by Elvis Presley, Bobby Darin, Lou Rawls, Ricky Nelson, Merle Haggard and Bobby Vee.

1. Everybody’s Talkin’
2. Just Like Always
3. Funny (How Time Slips Away) (feat. Willie Nelson)
4. Arkansas Farmboy 
5. Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me) (intro by Roger Miller)
6. Am I All Alone (Or Is It Only Me) (feat. Vince Gill)
7. It Won’t Bring Her Back 
8. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right
9. She Thinks I Still Care
10. Postcard From Paris 
11. A Thing Called Love 
12. Adiós

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

The Record Company debuts "Baby I'm Broken" video today

Well folks, The Record Company is back with a great new blues rocker! Check out the media release and watch the official video too. I was blown away by the trio when they performed at the Doheny Blues Festival in 2016...

The Record Company debuts "Baby I'm Broken" Video today

“…The Record Company channel the distorted feedback of the White Stripes and Led Zeppelin at their most thumping.”
– Rolling Stone

“Raw emotion, dedication, honesty and hard work. These are just some of the words that best describe
Los Angeles rock trio The Record Company.” – Paste

The Record Company rocking the Backporch stage at the 2016 Doheny Blues Festival.
Photo: Bob Steshetz
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – APRIL 12, 2017 – GRAMMY-nominated roots/rock trio The Record Company has debuted a video for their new track "Baby I'm Broken” today, via VEVO and other partners. Stream/share the song here:

The Los Angeles-based band – Chris Vos (guitar, lead vocals, harmonica), Alex Stiff (bass, guitar, vocals) and Marc Cazorla (drums, piano, vocals) – unleashed its debut album, Give It Back to You, on February 12, 2016 and immediately struck a power chord nationwide. The album’s first single, “Off The Ground,” garnered extensive airplay in the alternative formats, achieving the coveted #1 AAA spot, where it remained for two consecutive weeks.

The Record Company’s popular success has been matched by enthusiastic and unanimous critical acclaim. “Caught halfway between the stomp of mid-century rock & roll and the soulful kick of Delta blues, the Record Company kick up a raw, rootsy racket,” raved Rolling StoneEntertainment Weekly wrote,  “The scuzzy, 10-track set meshes the group’s biggest influences—the early electric blues rock n’ roll of John Lee Hooker, staccato lyrical delivery akin to The Stooges frontman Iggy Pop, and Rolling Stones-style grooves.”

What’s more, The Record Company has rocked the airwaves with a series of high profile TV appearances, including CBS’ Late Show with Stephen Colbert and TBS’ Conan, not to mention countless radio sessions and live concert broadcasts on SiriusXM, NPR’s World Café Live, and Chicago’s WXRT.

The Record Company is touring the United States throughout 2017 in continued support of the album and just completed an arena tour supporting John Mayer, which included the band's debut at Madison Square Garden.

In December, The Record Company was nominated for a GRAMMY Award in the category of Best Contemporary Blues Album for Give It Back to You, after spending an entire year on both the Billboard Top New Artist Heatseekers Chart and the Nielsen Alternative New Artist Chart.

The Record Company on the web: