Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Sights and Sounds: MST3K Reunion Show, Dawes, Garbage, 'Quiero Creedence' CCR tribute

With the arrival of summer comes plenty of entertainment news to share...

From left, Bill Corbett, Kevin Murphy
and Michael J. Nelson.
In less than one week, catch the hysterical live broadcast of RiffTrax’s MST3K Reunion Show - set to be shown live in select U.S. movie theaters on June 28 at 8 p.m. ET/ 7 p.m. CT and tape-delayed to 7 p.m. MT/ 8 p.m. PT, followed by a special re-broadcast on Tuesday, July 12 at 7:30 p.m. (local time). Come celebrate 10 years of RiffTrax with the guys who make movies funny (Michael J. Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett) for an amazing night of riffing and comedy with most of the original Mystery Science Theater 3000 stars.

Joining Mike, Kevin and Bill from the State Theater in Minneapolis will be your favorite MST3K stars: Joel Hodgson, Trace Beaulieu, Frank Conniff, Mary Jo Pehl, Bridget Nelson and the host of the revived MST3K, Jonah Ray. The cast will riff on a cavalcade of goofy, educational short films and comic interludes before concluding the evening with a grand finale “SUPER RIFF-A-PALOOZA!”

Tickets for MST3K Reunion Show can be purchased online at or at any participating theater box offices.

For a complete list of theater locations visit the Fathom Events website (theaters and participants are subject to change).

Dawes Releases Exclusive Track for Fans who Join Fight against Malaria
Band encourages fans to donate to Nothing But Nets campaign, receive their cover of
The Waterboys' "Fisherman's Blues"

Today, Dawes announced it has released an exclusive track for fans who donate to the United Nations Foundations'
Nothing But Nets campaign, to help save lives from malaria. Fans who donate will receive a free download of Dawes covering The Waterboys' "Fisherman's Blues." The promotion will run for 60 days.
Every two minutes, a child dies from malaria.
Nothing But Nets works closely with its UN partners across sub-Saharan Africa to ensure vulnerable populations including children, refugees, and families displaced by conflict are protected from this deadly disease. It only costs $10 to purchase and deliver a life-saving bed net and provide education on its proper use.
In 2013, Dawes traveled with
Nothing But Nets to Gihembe Refugee Camp in Rwanda and saw the devastating impact of malaria firsthand. They visited children in the health clinic, sang and danced with families, delivered bed nets and personally hung them in homes.
"In Rwanda, we met so many families impacted by malaria," said Taylor Goldsmith, lead singer of Dawes. "All it takes to protect a child is a simple bed net. Anyone can help us save a life."
Today, there are tens of thousands of refugees fleeing violence in Burundi and Democratic Republic of the Congo, seeking shelter in Rwanda. They are weak from their journey and more vulnerable to malaria.
Nothing But Nets is working to send life-saving nets and other comprehensive malaria interventions and treatment to the region to help protect these refugees.
"After all refugees have endured and survived, they should not have to fear a mosquito bite," said Margaret Reilly McDonnell, director of
Nothing But Nets. "Dawes has supported our work for many years and we're grateful for their efforts to help us raise awareness and save lives."
Today, there are more than 50 million refugees and families displaced by violence around the world - and 60 percent of them live in areas where malaria is transmitted. Malaria is a major threat to refugees - it is a leading cause of illness and death in many African countries, including those where
Nothing But Nets and its UN partners work. Last year, the campaignlaunched The Million Nets Pledge to protect refugee families from malaria with one million nets by 2016. This ambitious two-year goal aims to raise $10 million to protect vulnerable people fleeing violence, particularly in Central Africa.
Now in its tenth year, the
Nothing But Nets campaign boasts hundreds of thousands of supporters - from students to athletes to entertainers - who all help to protect families on another continent from the threat of malaria. Fans can donate at to receive their free cover and to learn more about the fight against malaria.

Garbage performs "Empty" on Jimmy Kimmel Live

In case you missed it, earlier this week Garbage stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to perform their new single "Empty". Watch the performance HERE

Garbage's sixth studio album Strange Little Birds was released earlier this month, via the band's own STUNVOLUME Records. The album is available for purchase both physically HERE and digitally HERE

Next month, Garbage will embark on their 'Strange Little Birds' U.S. tour. Check for tickets and additional details on VIP experience packages, including: early entry, soundcheck access, Q&As, meet and greets, photo opps with the band, exclusive merch, and more.

'Quiero Creedence' is Latin music tribute to CCR

The legendary Creedence Clearwater Revival was America's ultimate Top 40 band of the late 1960s, many of their singles now placing high on the “greatest rock hits of all time” lists and in the GRAMMY Hall of Fame, with the band itself long enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

But it wasn’t just the United States of America where CCR topped the charts. As Quiero Creedence now underscores, the band, which was so identified with a sound called “swamp rock,” was big throughout all of Latin America, both then and now. 

Releasing on Concord Picante on July 29, the Latin-inspired, multilingual tribute album to Creedence includes covers of the band’s greatest songs by some of the biggest Latin artists from around the world including Juan Gabriel, Bunbury, Andrés Calamaro, Enjambre, Los Enanitos Verdes, Juanes, Los Lonely Boys, Ozomatli, La Marisoul from La Santa Cecilia, El Tri, Diamante Eléctrico, Los Lobos, as well as Billy Gibbons. As these names indicate, the set (the title of which translates as “I Want Creedence”) spans a variety of genres and decades—and totals a social media reach of over 40 million fans for the participating artists.

The first single from “Quiero Creedence” is Mexican superstar Juan Gabriel’s Spanish version of “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?”:

“The Spanish version of a Creedence Clearwater song is absolutely stunning… EVERYBODY STOP WHAT YOU’RE DOING! Put on your headphones and listen to Juan Gabriel’s spectacular cover of the Creedence Clearwater classic ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain?’” – BuzzFeed

“When we get older, we want to be like Juan Gabriel! At 66 years old, the Mexican singer is unstoppable and seems healthier and stronger than ever…To prove that he's here forever, El Divo de Juarez dropped his latest production titled ‘Gracias Al Sol,’ a Spanish-language cover of Creedence Clearwater Revival's classic jam ‘Have You Ever Seen The Rain?’ The song, however, is not only an ode to the classic band of the sixties and seventies, but it's also the first single off of a Latin tribute album for the band titled Quiero Creedence.” – Latin Times

Friday, June 17, 2016

Sights and Sounds: Pete Yorn, Tears for Fears, 'Free State of Jones' soundtrack

Here are a few timely media releases I wanted to share going into the weekend...

'My Father,' a new song from Pete Yorn, out today

Purchase "My Father" here:
Listen to "My Father" here:
Yorn Supports New Album, ArrangingTime, With Performances At
Life Is Beautiful, Austin City Limits And Oaktopia Festivals

Pete Yorn is commemorating Father's Day with the release of a brand new song, "My Father," available now on iTunes and SpotifyYorn, who is celebrating his first Father's Day as a new dad, shared his inspiration for the song in this post to his social media:                                
"This song was recorded with my old pal R. Walt Vincent. It is an ode to strength in the face of uncertainty. It stares our inevitable mortality in the eye and says: 'lets dance!' My father, your father, The may be all of them. My father, the archetype. From me to you on Father's Day, I give you...'My Father.' And to my actual father....Dad, I am grateful for all the time you spent with me when I was growing up. You could have easily spent more time doing other things you wanted to do, but you were there for me. Thank you. PY"
Yorn will perform at several festivals this fall, including Life is Beautiful, Austin City Limits and Oaktopia. See below for itinerary.
ArrangingTime (Capitol Records) - Yorn's first solo studio album in more than five years - debuted in the Top 5 of Billboard's Alternative Albums and Folk Albums charts and in the Top 10 of the Top Rock Albums chart. Yorn celebrated its release with a series of North American and European headline dates and performances on numerous televisions shows, including a return visit to "The Ellen DeGeneres Show," where he performed the album's lead single, "Lost Weekend." View his performance HERE.
Entertainment Weekly noted,"propulsive cuts like 'Summer Was a Day' and 'Lost Weekend' sound refreshingly back-to-basics, like rediscovering a long-forgotten Jackson Browne record."MAGNET Magazine noted, "the unforgettable choruses and custom Yorn finger-strum pattern are abundant. 'Roses' could be a hidden b-side onDay I Forgot, a gorgeous ballad with its ambient stack of strings, guitar and piano, complete with a spooky baritone croon capping off the chorus and evening out the harmonies: instant classic." In an 8/10 review, Uncut hailed ArrangingTime as "a creative reboot" while found its "enveloping warmth...alluring."
ArrangingTime marked his first collaboration with producer R. Walt Vincent since the two albums that launched Yorn's career - 2001's RIAA Gold-certified debut, musicforthemorningafter, and 2003's Day I ForgotArrangingTime follows Yorn'sacclaimed 2010 self-titled album, recorded with The Pixies' Frank Black, and a pair of adventurous collaborations - 2009's Break Up with Scarlett Johansson and The Olms (2013), a '60s-styled retro-pop duo with J.D. King.

Tears for Fears announce fall 2016 concert dates

Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith are working on new studio album currently set for release in 2017

Tears for Fears' Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith are pleased to announce that they have rescheduled as many tour dates in the fall as possible, that were previously postponed earlier this year. Tickets purchased for the original dates will be honored for the new dates or refunds will be available at point of purchase.

The UK band formed in 1981 and have sold more than 30 million albums worldwide to date. They have released four albums as a group. Their platinum-selling 1983 debut The Hurting reached #1 on the UK Albums Chart, while their second album, 1985's Songs from the Big Chair reached #1 on the US Billboard Top 200 and spawned two massive hits, "Shout" and "Everybody Wants To Rule The World." The latter won the BRIT Award for Best British single in 1986. Orzabal and Smith released The Seeds of Love in 1989, and after a break, reunited to release Everybody Loves a Happy Ending in 2004.

Tears for Fears are currently working hard both in the US and the UK on their new record, which will be released in 2017 on Warner Bros. Records. For more information on Tears for Fears, visit:

Please see below new fall tour dates:

September 17Maryhill WineryGoldendale, WA
September 18Chateau St. MichelleWoodinville, WA
September 20Red Butte GardenSalt Lake City, UT
September 22Idaho Botanical GardenBoise, ID
September 23Silver Legacy Resort and CasinoReno, NV
September 26Meijer GardensGrand Rapids, MI
September 27Murat TheatreIndianapolis, IN
September 29Hard Rock LiveNorthfield, OH
September 30The Colosseum at Caesars WindsorWindsor, ON
October 1Casino Rama Entertainment Ctr. Orillia, ON
October 3Red Rocks AmphitheatreMorrison, CO
October 5Pikes Peak CenterColorado Springs, CO
October 7Comerica TheatrePhoenix, AZ
October 8Pechanga Resort & Casino - Pechanga TheatreTemecula, CA
October 9Humphrey'sSan Diego, CA

Sony Classical presents 'Free State of Jones' Soundtrack

Available Digitally And On CD June 24

With Original Music By Nicholas Britell
And The Song “I'm Crying” (featuring Lucinda Williams)

Sony Classical will release the FREE STATE OF JONES - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD June 24, 2016. The album features the film’s original score by Nicholas Britell (THE BIG SHORT, A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS).
Directed by four-time Oscar® nominee Gary Ross (The Hunger Games, Seabiscuit, Pleasantville), and starring Oscar® winner Matthew McConaughey, Free State of Jones is an epic action-drama set during the Civil War, and tells the story of defiant Southern farmer, Newt Knight, and his extraordinary armed rebellion against the Confederacy.
Banding together with other small farmers and local slaves, Knight launched an uprising that led Jones County, Mississippi to secede from the Confederacy, creating a Free State of Jones. Knight continued his struggle into Reconstruction, distinguishing him as a compelling, if controversial, figure of defiance long beyond the War.
Director Gary Ross, editor Juliette Welfling, and Britell worked very closely together to determine the musical approach to each scene. Britell used a string ensemble with added mandolin, trumpet, guitars, banjo, piano, and percussion. “We created a sound palette drawn primarily from instruments of the era; our attempt was to craft a musical landscape which felt almost like an ethereal civil war band. With all the sounds, we produced and recorded them in such a way to form a unique character for the overall musical atmosphere of the film,” explained Britell
Nicholas Britell is an award-winning composer, pianist, and producer. In 2015, Britell composed the score for
Adam McKay’s Oscar-nominated film THE BIG SHORT, based on Michael Lewis’ book about the housing and credit bubbles of the 2000’s and the subsequent 2008 financial crisis. His music is featured prominently in director
Steve McQueen’s Oscar-winning film 12 YEARS A SLAVE, for which he composed and arranged the on-camera music including the violin performances, spiritual songs, work songs, and dances. Britell also composed the score for Natalie Portman’s directorial debut feature film A TALE OF LOVE AND DARKNESS which was selected for a special screening at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.
Britell’s work and projects have been highlighted in publications including the Wall Street Journal, the New York
Times, New York Magazine, and Vogue, which called him among “the most talented young artists at work.” He was awarded the Henry Mancini Fellowship from the ASCAP Foundation in December 2012 and also won the ASCAP/Doddle Award for Collaborative Achievement. Britell is a Founding Member of L.A. Dance Project and is a Board member of the New York-based ensemble Decoda, the first-ever affiliate ensemble of Carnegie Hall. As a pianist, for the past five years, he has been performing as part of the critically-acclaimed “Portals” project with violin virtuoso Tim Fain. He produced the short film WHIPLASH, directed by Damien Chazelle, and subsequently co-produced the Oscar-winning feature film WHIPLASH.
Track Listing

1. Battle of Corinth
2. Taking Daniel Home
3. They Took Everything
4. Piney Woods Swamp
5. Finding Home
6. July 1863 / Loyalty Oath
7. Perfect Charity
8. Resistance
9. The Letter
10. Let There be Light
11. Hanging the Deserters
12. Killing the Colonel
13. The Free State of Jones
14. Reconstruction
15. Voter Suppression
16. John Madison Knight
17. Postlude
18. I'm Crying (feat. Lucinda Williams)

Sony Classical will release the FREE STATE OF JONES - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack digitally and on CD June 24, 2016.
About STX Entertainment
STX Entertainment is a diversified, global media company built for the 21st century. STX’s integrated platform develops, produces, markets and distributes talent-driven content across film, television and digital media distribution channels. Led by accomplished businessman Robert Simonds, STX was co-founded by Bill McGlashan, managing partner at leading global private investment firm TPG. For more information, please visit
About Sony Music Masterworks
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Thursday, June 16, 2016

TJR discusses Led Zeppelin lawsuit on CNN

Watch TJR on CNN as reporter John Vause speaks with him about the similarities between Led Zeppelin's "Stairway to Heaven" and the song "Taurus." by the band Spirit:

Beck, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Grace Potter, Violent Femmes, City and Colour to perform at Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival

A pretty cool lineup - a wide range of strong artists are slated to perform. I count Beck, Daryl Hall & John Oates, Grace Potter, Kacey Musgraves, Violent Femmes, and City and Colour all must see for those attending the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival this fall...

PRAISE FOR INAUGURAL YEAR"With an A-list lineup (arguably the best curated of the year) and all the charm of a county fair, the inaugural Pilgrimage Music Festival, held just south of Nashville in Franklin, Tennessee, established itself as a festival to watch." - Rolling Stone"Pilgrimage Music Festival comes out on top." - American Songwriter

 "...if this inaugural edition was any indication, this could be a great festival for years to come." 
Consequence of Sound
"Pilgrimage had the vision to get it right the first time... It is a perfect representation of the modern South- from the food to the music and everything in between." - CMT 

Franklin, TN - June 15, 2016
 - Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival is thrilled to announce the second wave of artists for their 2016 line-up and return to The Park at Harlinsdale in Franklin, TN for its' second year taking place on September 24 and 25, 2016. Two Day GA passes and VIP passes are available beginning yesterday (June 15, 2016), PRESS HERE. The full lineup includes: 

Daryl Hall & John Oates
Jason Isbell
Grace Potter
Kacey Musgraves
Violent Femmes
The Arcs
City and Colour
Shakey Graves
Better Than Ezra
Preservation Hall Jazz Band
The Struts
Margo Price

Anderson East

The Suffers

Blind Pilot
Brothers Osborne 
Langhorne Slim & The Law
Wild Belle
The Strumbellas
LunchMoney Lewis
Son Little
JD & The Straight Shot
Big Sam's Funky Nation
Jonny P
The Settles Connection
Electric Western Dance Party
Family Stage with Ralph's World and more

The Little Pilgrim's Family Stage will feature performances by Ralph's World, The Happy Racers, Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers, Mr. Steve, Jazzy Ash & The Leaping Lizards, and more.  The Little Pilgrim's area will not only feature performances by these top children musical acts but will also have interactive activities that will include: a painting wall; drum circles; a hip hop rhyming workshop; breakdancing demonstrations and workshop; a musical petting zoo featuring musicians from the bands demonstrating their instruments and special cameos by main stage acts!   "In addition to the incredible artists we have added to the lineup, we have also teamed up with local and regional sponsors, restaurants, food trucks and festival vendors that includes great partners like The Frye Company Harpeth River Stage." For more information, please   

Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival is a two-day event transforming The Park At Harlinsdale Farm into an oasis of music, food, and culture set against the natural amphitheaters and vistas of this former walking horse farm located in Franklin, TN.  Renowned musical acts, many performing acoustically, will be presented on wood-clad stages reflecting the area's historic aesthetic. In addition to artists performing their own sets, Pilgrimage will feature Pilgri-mashupswhere one-of-a-kind pairings of musicians collaborate with one another on stage.  The region's best food and drink will be on display as well as numerous local artists and artisans creating an all-encompassing festival experience.

The festival debuted last year with a star studded lineup featuring artists such as 
Willie Nelson,WilcoWeezerSheryl CrowCage theElephantBand of HorsesSteven Tyler and more with 10,000 fans descending upon the Park at Harlinsdale Farm in Franklin each day. To watch the highlights from last year's festival, PRESS HERE.
Not only will the festival drive tourism dollars to Williamson County but a portion of each ticket sale will benefit the 
City of Franklin and Franklin Parks. In addition, a portion of ticket sales will also benefit MusiCares®, a nonprofit organization that was established by The Recording Academy® to provide a wide range of emergency financial assistance and addiction recovery resources to members of the music community.

To post artist announce video, PRESS HERE

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About The Pilgrimage Foundation 
The Pilgrimage Foundation was established to develop, in conjunction with the Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, a non-profit program whereby organizations that support the arts, artists, historic preservation and education may benefit from the growth of the festival.  Each year several organizations will be chosen to participate and benefit from the festival in ways that include publicity, events, and donations.

About Friends of Franklin Parks
The not-for-profit organization Friends of Franklin Parks was formed in 2011 to mobilize community resources to continually enhance the City of Franklin's park system.  In 2015, Friends embarked on a $1.3 million effort to construct a multi-purpose equestrian arena at the Park at Harlinsdale Farm. The new Tractor Supply Co. Arena is slated to open in April 2016, and will host numerous public events ranging from polo matches to concerts.

For more information, please visit

About MusiCares
Established in 1989 by The Recording Academy, MusiCares provides a safety net of critical assistance for music people in times of need. MusiCares' services and resources cover a wide range of financial, medical and personal emergencies, and each case is treated with integrity and confidentiality. MusiCares also focuses the resources and attention of the music industry on human service issues that directly impact the health and welfare of the music community. For more information, please visit For breaking news and exclusive content, please like "MusiCares" on Facebook, follow MusiCares on Twitter (@MusiCares), and join us on Instagram.