Sunday, May 31, 2009

Amazon Deal on U2 Hits...

For a limited time, you can buy U2's, The Best of 1980 - 1990 (all 15 tracks) for just $2.99 on Amazon.

Buy it now.

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Saturday, May 30, 2009

U2 Surprise Gig at Island 50th B-Day...

U2 joined Senegalese artist Baaba Maal on stage as part of London's celebrations for Island 50.

Baaba and Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens) were sharing the bill at Shepherd's Bush Empire. The band joined Baaba Maal for a version of U2's 0ne to the surprise of the sold out crowd.

Introducing U2 Baaba said, "I have a friend a brother who really takes care of everything. We share the respect of Nelson Mandela's vision. We need people to understand. We didn't make it yet but we are on the way. As we continue fighting poverty especially on the continent of Africa".

As Bono. The Edge, Larry and Adam joined onstage.

The room was a glow with phones in the air as the crowd took pictures of this crazy moment. And then they started with a rousing chorus of One Love by Bob Marley.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

NPR Stream Dark Was The Night Concert...

From NPR, May 28, 2009 - In a year of great music, the Dark Was the Night compilation ranks near the top, with 31 songs by artists writing and performing original works, including Sufjan Stevens, Arcade Fire, Yeasayer, Cat Power, Andrew Bird and many more.

More recently, on May 3, the collection spawned a one-of-a-kind concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.

It was a truly mammoth undertaking. Though not all 31 songs from the record were performed, you could still hear David Byrne, The Dirty Projectors, Bon Iver, The National, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, My Brightest Diamond and Feist, often in unique configurations.

The lively dynamics of the night made for some wonderful pairings and odd duets: Feist and Bon Iver, David Byrne and The Dirty Projectors, David Byrne with Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, The National with My Brightest Diamond and Sharon Jones with everyone.

Dark Was the Night is a 20th-anniversary benefit collection put together by the Red Hot Organization, which has been using the power of pop culture to fight AIDS since 1989. This particular compilation was brilliantly curated by twin brothers Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National, who also curated the concert.

Listen to the concert.

Video: Dan Auerbach ~ Heartbroken...

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Get Into the Swim...

The Canadian Folk Rock group, Great Lake Swimmers will be performing at The Ark in Ann Arbor on August 29th.

Four albums into an already-rich and storied career, Great Lake Swimmers' live show has won them ever-expanding audiences in the United States and Europe, and of course their native Canada. In 2008 Great Lake Swimmers shared the stage with an impressive list of artists, including Feist, Bela Fleck & The Sparrow Quartet, Hayden, Goldfrapp, Bill Callahan of Smog, and Robert Plant & Alison Krauss.

More Great Lake Swimmers Videos.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Video: Beastie Boys on Jimmy Fallon...

Monday, May 25, 2009

DMB Prepare to Take NYC...

Dave Matthews Band and Hulu are teaming up to present Hulu’s first-ever live concert stream. Beginning at 9:00 p.m. EST on June 1st, Hulu will bring the intimate Beacon Theatre show to fans for free via a live stream at The Beacon concert will take place on the eve of the release of Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King and is a benefit concert for DMB’s own Bama Works Fund. Following the exclusive live stream, Hulu will offer on-demand access of the show.

The concert is one of numerous elements of Hulu’s first music partnership. Beginning on Thursday, May 28th, Hulu will begin introducing DMB videos leading up to the Beacon Theatre concert and will also air Dave Matthews Band’s upcoming performances on “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” and the “TODAY” show.

It's been over a decade since DMB's last live televised concert and four years since their last album, so it's gonna be a pretty special night. Expect over two hours of live, commercial-free music.

Stream the new album, Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King on Pandora.

More DMB on Fuse.TV.

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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Dial Up the Wilco iPhone App...

In their never-ending quest to satisfy their fans, Wilco (with the help of the good people at Smartley-Dunn) has just released an iPhone App for FREE. The App will offer up to the minute news and tour dates. Complete discography, photos, pre-sales, maps to venues, requests,'s all on there! No doubt this will be the wave of the future as bands and musicians understand the importance & satisfaction of making a connection with the fans.

This new app is available on iTunes.


Adam Horovitz on Soft Focus...

Ian Svenonius sits down with Beastie Boys' Adam Horovitz

Part 1 of 4

Part 2 of 4

Part 3 of 4

Part 4 of 4

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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

McCombs Catacombs...

Cass McCombs is a working artist whose material has as many faces as there are "fat cities" that he's called home. Think of a parade of troubadours. Some of them are young, fresh-faced and mischievous, weaving fairy tales of innocence and idealism. Others are ragged, weathered poets, who's hearts in contrast are comforted more by religious ballads and bittersweet songs of betrayal. Nevertheless they forge ahead together, singing as one, united, all part of the same parade.

Since getting started out west, slumming it up north, working himself like a dog out east, making a go for it down south, doing his time over seas, and now living in the middle of the country where rock and roll was born, Cass McCombs has made a mysterious and mythological moniker, he writes songs for both the streets and the priests, the seers and the school children, friends and enemies, for suburban families and whatever's left of the ivory tower.

As of late, besides recording and writing, he's been working on developing esoteric artistic models which aim to unite the arts in these times of "corruption and perversity;" also his wife just got a cat who he nicknamed "Hi-tone".

Cass McCombs' new album, Catacombs, will be released on June 1st in Europe and July 7th in North America.

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Video: White Rabbits on Letterman...

Elvis By Bono...

From the BBC:
U2's singer Bono reads his own poem, Elvis, and weaves it into an atmospheric sound-scape.

The poem, which sounds like the beat poetry of Adrian Henri, contains images from Elvis' life and his legacy, American history, and popular culture of the last 50 years from crooning to rap via rock and roll, from Valentino to television via Nixon and Lisa Marie. It is blended with archive material and recorded, specially-composed music.

Take a listen.

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Levon Helm: The Making of Electric Dirt...

Cold War Kids Go Interactive... is the exclusive home for the debut of the Cold War Kids' hyper-interactive new video, "I've Seen Enough." The video, directed by Tool of North America's Sam Jones, (Wilco's "I Am Trying to Break Your Heart"), features four distinctly different versions of the song played by the band's four members. Each member was filmed on a darkly lit stage, playing their parts on vibraphone, guitar, bass, keyboard, standup bass, and more. These versions were recorded so the parts can be mixed together or played on their own.

Every change the fan makes happens in real time, including every stop, start, or mid-stream instrument change. Without skipping a beat, a fan can silence everything but the vocals and bring in the drums, or start with the full band, pull the keyboard and add the xylophone, or sweep away the standup bass at the last minute and cue the bass guitar for the song's closing notes. The remix possibilities are endless!

Check out the video.

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Rhino Offer Up CSN Demos...

As members of one of rock's first supergroups, David Crosby, Stephen Stills, and Graham Nash helped define the Woodstock generation through their peerless harmonies, resonant songwriting and deep commitment to political and social causes. Crosby, Stills & Nash will tour this summer in both the U.S. and Europe, with more dates to be added to the U.S. leg. In between the late-spring North American and early summer European segments of the tour, Crosby, Stills & Nash will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame on June 18 in New York City, and before the tour begins, Rhino will offer a behind-the-scenes look at the group's early days with a collection of 12 previously unreleased demos recorded between 1968 and 1971. CROSBY, STILLS & NASH DEMOS will be available June 2nd from Rhino Records at all retail outlets, including

Pre-order now on Amazon.

Listen to a sample.

Catch this tour as it stops in Toledo...great venue for an outdoor show.

Upcoming U.S. Tour Dates
3 St. Louis, MO @ Chaifetz Arena
4 Chicago, IL @ Charter One Pavilion
6 Detroit, MI @ Meadow Brook
7 Toledo, OH @ Toledo Zoo Amphitheatre
9 Niagara, ON @ Fallsview Casino Resort
10 Canandaigua, NY @ Constellation, PAC
12 Cooperstown, NY @ Doubleday Field
13 Mashantucket, CT @ MGM Grand (Foxwoods)
14 Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion

25 Portland, ME @ Merrill Auditorium at City Hall
26 Bridgeport, CT @ Gathering of the Vibes
28 Saratoga Springs, NY @ Saratoga Perf. Arts Center

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Friday, May 15, 2009

Explore Wilco's Studio & More...

Wilco has created the "Loft" section of their website to give you a peek inside WILCO (the loft). They worked with photographer Zoran Orlic and the people from Gigapan to create these images of the loft, stay tuned for more shots from the road. Check it out...go get you Zoom on.

Personalize your new Wilco T-Shirt.

Stream the new album Wilco (the album).

Listen to Wilco's recent show @ Pabst Theater in Milwaukee.

If you are an insomniac, you can stay up and watch the new Wilco Doc, Ashes of American Flags tonight May 15th @ 12 midnight CST.

Video: Mos Def ~ Casa Bey...

Video: Modest Mouse ~ Satellite Skin...

Free Coldplay (Live) Album Download...

Click here to download a FREE Coldplay (Live) Album called LeftRightLeftRightLeft.

The CD will then be handed out to all fans at all remaining Coldplay live shows in 2009 (apart from Festival shows). The free download will also be available from until the band play their final 2009 show.

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Thursday, May 14, 2009

Patrick Watson Video...

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Concert Video: Cory Chisel...

Friday, May 08, 2009

Reckoning Reissue & Bonus Due in June...

On June 23, 2009, Universal Music will release R.E.M.'s Reckoning - Deluxe Edition (I.R.S./A&M/UMe), a two-CD set, featuring the original album remastered, plus a bonus disc of a previously unreleased concert recorded during the band’s "Little America" tour at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom on July 7, 1984 (broadcast on WXRT) (see the clip just below the news from 6-9-84 for a glimpse of R.E.M. Live circa Reckoning). In addition, Reckoning and R.E.M’s 1983 debut album Murmur will be simultaneously reissued on audiophile quality 180 gram vinyl in their complete original packaging.

On the Deluxe Edition’s bonus disc, the band performs eight of Reckoning’s ten songs at the Aragon as well as “Gardening At Night” from 1982’s Chronic Town EP and “Radio Free Europe,” “9-9” and “Sitting Still” from Murmur. The band also plays two new songs that had yet to make it onto tape: “Driver 8” which would later appear on Fables of the Reconstruction and “Hyena," later on 1986's Lifes Rich Pageant.

According to the press release for the reissue, "Inclusion of the live concert is particularly appropriate for the Reckoning - Deluxe Edition. Whereas Murmur had been complex and painstakingly deliberate, the band’s Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe, along with producers Mitch Easter and Don Dixon, saw Reckoning as a "chance to turn up the volume, tear up the rule book, and capture instead R.E.M.’s on-stage mojo."

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New Wilco Album Art...

The cover of "Wilco (the album)" makes its world debut above.

As for music, here's the previously mentioned track listing:

Wilco (the song)
Deeper Down
One Wing
Bull Black Nova
You And I
You Never Know
Country Disappeared
I'll Fight
Sonny Feeling
Everlasting Everything

More details to come very, very soon. In stores and on the nets June 30, at the latest.

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Video: Animal Collective on Letterman...

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

U2 Magnificent Videos (Take Your Pick)...

Magnificent Video Shoot (Behind the Scenes)

Bono's thoughts on the video shoot

Magnificent performed in Boston @ Somerville Theater (March '09)

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Austin City Limits Upcoming Season...

From Paste Magazine:
PBS hit concert series Austin City Limits is celebrating 35 years on the air, and they've snagged some top-notch acts to help with the festivities. The upcoming season will premier on Oct. 3 with the help of Dave Matthews Band.
Following Matthews, the lineup will be comprised of Pearl Jam, Kenny Chesney, Elvis Costello, Willie Nelson & Asleep at the Wheel, Beastie Boys, Sonic Youth, Ben Harper and Relentless 7, M. Ward, Andrew Bird, Madeleine Peyroux, St. Vincent, Heartless Bastards, Okkervil River and Band of Heathens.

Other performers and exact broadcast dates are forthcoming.

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Monday, May 04, 2009

Wilco to Play Royal Oak Music Theatre...

All you need to know is Wilco has just announced a summer tour date at Royal Oak Music Theatre on Tuesday, July 21st. Pre-sale tickets go on sale May 6th. General Public sale begins May 8th at 5pm. Check the Royal Oak Music Theatre site for more details. Front Gate Ticketing has info. too.

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Wilco Download of Woody Guthrie Song...

A new Wilco performance of Woody Guthrie's once-again-timely "The Jolly Banker" is available now on the site by going to with suggested donation to the Woody Guthrie Foundation and Archives.

Listen to an interview with Jeff Tweedy about Woody Guthrie's song.

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Jack Johnson En Concert Trailer...