Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Video: Monsters of Folk ~ Dear God...

Video: The Black Keys ~ Tighten Up...

Videos: David Rawlings Machine on KEXP...

Joshua James to Play Ann Arbor's Ark...

Joshua James has booked a date to play The Ark in Ann Arbor on June 28th, 2010.

If you are not familiar with Mr. James, here is a brief "About" taken from his website:
Joshua James has been writing and singing songs for only six short years, but the 25-year-old heartland poet has the perspective of a wise, old soul.

On his second album, Build Me This, the follow-up to his critically acclaimed The Sun is Always Brighter, produced by industry veteran Shannon Edgar, James expands his musical palette to foreboding doom-laden hard rock. Progressing from folkish harmonies, to country twang, world beats and southern home rock while further exploring themes of spiritual searching.

Possessing a whispery and intimate vocal style that works its way into the ear peacefully and directly, Joshua James is pitched midway between seminal influences like Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

“I find solace and beauty in darkness and depression,” admits James, who grew up in his native Lincoln, Nebraska, skateboarding and sneaking listens to music his parents banned, like classic rockers Jim Morrison and The Doors, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd, “But there are contrasts to everything. You have to combine the sweet and salty, the ugly and beautiful. Music is very therapeutic for me. It’s all about making a connection with humanity, with the audience, in ways that I normally wouldn’t be able to.”

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Monday, March 29, 2010

Video: Erykah Badu ~ Window Seat (JFK Version)...

Video: Wilco ~ Take Away Show (La Blogo)...

Sunday, March 28, 2010

tUnE-yArDs Set to Beat Down Ohio...

Don't waste your time trying to categorize the sounds created by tUnE-yArDs, just loosen up you neck, your shoulders and your hips and let the rhythm carry you away. Their extended, unfamiliar beats may stretch your ears, but Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner always seem to bring their songs in for a solid landing.

The band has a few upcoming Ohio dates with Xiu Xiu.
4/5 The Sco @ Oberlin College in Oberlin, OH
4/6 Horn Gallery in Gambier, OH
4/7 The Spot in Cleveland

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Saturday, March 27, 2010

The Low Anthem is Hitting a High Note...

Good Karma is touring side by side with The Low Anthem. Whether opening for The Avett Brothers or lining up an impressive list of gigs that puts them in heavyweight heaven...SXSW, Letterman, La Blogotheque, KCRW, NPR Tiny Desk Concert, a slot at Newport Folk Festival...the rising stock for this band is not to be missed.

If you missed them as The Avett Brothers opening act at Michigan Theater...fear not. They are scheduled to be back in Ann Arbor as a headliner at The Ark on April 7th. Surely they are destined to play larger venues with each passing tour, so catch them now at on e of the premiere "listening venues" in the midwest.

Low Anthem "Charle Darwin" from Lake Fever Sessions on Vimeo.

Low Anthem "This God Damn House" from Lake Fever Sessions on Vimeo.

The band's most recent release is Oh My God, Charlie Darwin (June 2009)

From Nonesuch:
From its hand silkscreened cover art to its meticulously crafted songs, The Low Anthem offers work meant to be held, savored, contemplated, and occasionally stomped along to. The Providence, RI, trio’s Nonesuch debut offers a distinctly human touch in an era of instant uploading and ephemeral expression. The mood of Oh My God, Charlie Darwin is melancholic from the start—quiet, intimate, full of longing, and often hauntingly beautiful. In its lyrics, a dog-eat-dog society is nearing collapse and relationships are bruised, broken, or irretrievably lost. Yet in their tenor there is a pencil shaving of hope.

The Low Anthem combines folk and blues arrangements with the elegance of chamber music and the fervor of gospel. Much of Oh My God is hushed and hymn-like, but the trio throws a clamorous curve with raw, stomp-and-holler tracks like “The Horizon Is a Beltway” and its version of “Home I’ll Never Be,” a Jack Kerouac song passed via Tom Waits. Members Ben Knox Miller, Jeff Prystowsky, and Jocie Adams—all students of classical composition—bring a wide range of individual interests to the band. Prystowsky is a scholar of baseball, jazz, and American history. Adams, a classical composer and technical wizard, spent summers working an infrared spectrometer at NASA. And Miller, principle songwriter, painter, and general ruminator, can indeed expound upon the theories of Charles Darwin. They have a formidable work ethic, along with the ability to laugh at their maniacal intensity.

On stage and in its recordings, the trio uses a variety of unusual instrumentation—by its own count, the band mates took turns playing 27 different instruments on Oh My God—that gives its songs, at times, an otherworldly quality. For example, Miller and Prystowsky refurbished a World War I pump organ that had been dragged by chaplains into the battlefield and is now part of The Low Anthem’s arsenal of instruments. Adams plays the crotales, a rack of bronze, cymbal-like discs often used with mallets as a percussion instrument. Adams, however, wields a bow to elicit feedback-like sounds. Some critics have called The Low Anthem’s sound Americana, but what the group has really done is to conjure a varied and elusive sound of its own.

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Martin Sexton Brings New Tour to Ann Arbor...

Sugarcoating, Martin Sexton’s new album due out April 6, finds the one-of-a-kind artist doing what he does best: locating larger truths within specific details of the life he’s living. “I write from personal experience - my own hang-ups and quirks, good times and bad times. That keeps it real.” The Syracuse-born artist tracked
Sugarcoating live off the floor in seven days with a remarkably cohesive studio band composed of what Sexton describes as “amazing players, the best you could find.”

“Each song is so stylistically different from the next,” adds Sexton, “I’ve always preferred records that range, sort of like the White Album, from ‘Black Bird’ to ‘Helter Skelter.’ At one time, industry types tried to convince me to stick with one genre, but it was like wearing a suit that didn’t fit.” “I recorded this album with no rehearsals, no pre-production, using all vintage gear from what went into the mics to what came out on the analog tape...I like making records like the old jazz guys did - they just showed up and worked it out.”

The title track, disturbing in its theme and audacious in its presentation, takes “keeping it real” to another level. An unsettling look at post-9/11 reality, the song is encapsulated in the lines “I wonder why nobody wonders why/with all the sweet sweet sweet sugarcoating/the nightly news gone entertainment biz/and politicians out showboatin’/One day somebody tell it like it is.” Which is exactly what Sexton accomplishes here. The fact that this urgent message is embedded in a danceable, happy-go-lucky arrangement complete with backing vocals by what Sexton calls his “cowboy trio” only serves to deepen the song’s impact.

Not every song is heavy. The first single, “Livin the Life,” is a buoyant joy-of-existence piece with achurning clavinet burrowing a deep soul groove right through it. “Stick Around” is a piano-driven Beatlesque bouncer complete with an Abbey Road reference in the lyric; and “Easy on the Eyes” is a finger-snapping, ragtime mating call with a voice trumpet solo from Sexton.

The New York Times noted that Sexton “jumps beyond standard fare on the strength of his voice, a blue-eyed soul man’s supple instrument . . . his unpretentious heartiness helps him focus on every soul singer’s goal: to amplify the sound of an ordinary heart.” And Rolling Stone adds, “His outstanding taste in songwriting as well as a soul marinated voice that can easily be compared to the likes of a young Steve Winwood or Van Morrison.” John Mayer calls him “one of the greatest singers of our generation."

Martin Sexton’s spring and summer tour dates have just been announced and include severalhighlights: appearances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and Bonnaroo,plus a run of dates supporting Dave Matthews Band.

Martin will be doing two shows at The Ark in Ann Arbor on April 21st, in addition to a FREE In-Store performance & signing at Borders at 1pm.

April 15 - NEW HAVEN, CT - Toad’s Place
April 16 - WASHINGTON, DC - 9:30 Club
April 17 - BOSTON, MA - House of Blues
April 18 - SYRACUSE, NY - Wescott Theatre
April 20 - TRAVERSE CITY, MI - City Opera House
April 21 - ANN ARBOR, MI - The Ark (2 shows)
April 22 - INDIANAPOLIS, IN - The Vogue
April 23 - CHICAGO, IL - Park West
April 24 - MADISON, WI - Majestic Theatre
April 25 - ST PAUL, MN - Fitzgerald Theatre
April 28 - NEW ORLEANS, LA - House of Blues
April 29 - NEW ORLEANS, LA - Jazz & Heritage Festival
April 30 - ATLANTA, GA - Variety Playhouse
May 1 - NASHVILLE, TN - Mercy Lounge
May 5 - PHOENIX, AZ - Compound Grill
May 6 - SAN DIEGO, CA - Belly Up
May 7 - SAN FRANCISCO, CA - The Fillmore
May 8 - W. HOLLYWOOD, CA - House of Blues
May 9 - SACRAMENTO, CA - Harlow’s
May 11 - ARCATA, CA - Humboldt Brewery
May 12 - EUGENE, OR - W.O.W. Hall
May 13 - VANCOUVER, BC - Commodore Ballroom
May 14 - PORTLAND, OR - Crystal Ballroom
May 15- SEATTLE, WA - The Showbox
May 16 - SPOKANE, WA - Knitting Factory
May 18 - BOISE, ID - Knitting Factory
May 19 - SALT LAKE CITY, UT - The Depot
May 20 - DENVER, CO - Ogden Theatre
May 21 - KANSAS CITY, MO - Crosstown Station
May 22 - ST. LOUIS, MO - The Pageant
May 23 - CINCINNATI, OH - 20th Century Theatre
June 5 - NEW YORK NY - Nokia Theatre
June 11 - MANCHESTER, TN - Bonnaroo
June 23 - CLARKSTON, MI DTE - Energy Music Theatre *
June 25 - CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH - Blossom Music Center *
June 30 - CAMDEN, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center *
July 1 - CAMDEN, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center*
* = w/Dave Matthews Band

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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Record Store Day Set For April 17th...

The original idea for Record Store Day was conceived by Chris Brown, and was founded in 2007 by Eric Levin, Michael Kurtz, Carrie Colliton, Amy Dorfman, Don Van Cleave and Brian Poehner as a celebration of the unique culture surrounding over 700 independently owned record stores in the USA, and hundreds of similar stores internationally.

This is the one day that all of the independently owned record stores come together with artists to celebrate the art of music. Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on. Metallica officially kicked off Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Franscisco on April 19, 2008 and Record Store Day is now celebrated the third Saturday every April.

A Record Store Day participating store is defined as a physical retailer whose product line consists of at least 50% music retail, whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70% located in the state of operation. (In other words, we’re dealing with real, live, physical, indie record stores—not online retailers or corporate behemoths).

Official Website

List of Participating Artists & Releases

According to Mic To Mic:
Beastie Boys have contributed a "super surprise" 12-inch record for Record Store Day, which is a day in which special vinyl and CD releases are sold exclusively at independently owned record stores. The purpose of Record Store Day is to encourage music fans to support their local record stores, instead of big box stores or online music stores.

The Beastie Boys' super surprise record for Record Store Day is limited to 1,000 copies and will be distributed among more than 700 record stores. If you are interested in getting a copy of the Beastie Boys' album, go to your local record store and express interest in it. The record store will not be able to guarantee you a copy, but it will be able to make a request for the record.

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Monday, March 22, 2010

Video: Absolut Vodka Jay-Z Documentary...

ABSOLUT Vodka presents "NY-Z", a new 15-minute documentary featuring Jay-Z. The film was directed by Danny Clinch. More exclusive content at Facebook.com/ABSOLUT.

Continuing to collaborate with creative visionaries, ABSOLUT Vodka presents this new 15-minute short film featuring Jay-Z. The documentary, titled NY-Z, was directed by Danny Clinch and paints a rare portrait of the global hip-hop icon. With unprecedented access to Jay-Z the days and moments leading up to, and after, his legendary September 11th benefit concert at Madison Square Garden, Danny Clinch gives us an intimate glimpse into Jay-Z: his childhood, his motivation as an artist, his passion for music, and his muse, New York.

NY-Z kicks off the ABSOLUT Concert Series, a collaborative partnership between ABSOLUT and two New York icons: Jay-Z and Madison Square Garden.


Sunday, March 21, 2010

The Black Atlantic Turns the Tide in Toledo...

The Black Atlantic rolls into Toledo this weekend for a highly anticipated performance at The Ottawa Tavern on Friday, March 26th. The show's promoter, Shakin' Promotions, has allowed The Lone Microphone & Toledo.com to help set up an In-Store performance at Culture Clash Records (4020 Secor Road). At the time of this post, it looks like the acoustic style gig will take place sometime around 6pm. This band has begun to make a name for itself in the states and will be coming this way after what is sure to be a successful showing at SXSW in Austin, TX. Their soft acoustic style can be defined as simple sweetness...with rich textured melodies that are powerful enough to pick you up and carry you away. Try to make both performances...this will be a good one.

As described on their website:
The Black Atlantic is an acoustic indie pop band from Groningen, the Netherlands. Their music is an introspective and intimate affair of melancholy, folk influenced acoustic pop, relying heavily on vocal harmonies and melody on soft strummed guitars, piano and minimal percussion. The band often uses nature imagery to express their stories on love, death and family. The band has toured in various incarnations around the world (US, EU, UK) and have played with bands such as Nada Surf, Patrick Watson and Saturday Looks Good to Me.

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Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Jack Johnson Tour Dates Include OH & MI...

This April Jack Johnson will be headlining the Byron Bay Blues and Roots Festival in Australia and the Kokua Festival in Hawaii. In addition, this summer Jack will embark on a world tour in support of, To The Sea. The North American leg of the tour begins July 9th in Hartford, CT and ends on the west coast with two nights at the Santa Barbara Bowl on October 13th and 14th. Highlights include stops at Madison Square Garden, Jack’s first headline appearance at the Hollywood Bowl, and two nights at the Greek Theatre in Berkeley. Tickets go on sale on April 10th.

July 2010
9 - Hartford, CT - Comcast Theatre
10 - Mansfield, MA - Comcast Center
11 - Camden, NJ - Susquehanna Bank Center
13 - Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
14 - New York, NY - Madison Square Garden
16 - Virginia Beach, VA - Virginia Beach Amphitheater
17 - Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
19 - Toronto, Ontario - Molson Amphitheatre
20 - Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
21 - Cuyahoga Falls, OH - Blossom Music Center
23 - Noblesville, IN - Verizon Wireless Music Center
24 - East Troy, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre
25 - Somerset, WI - River's Edge
August 2010
13 - Salt Lake City, UT - USANA Amphitheatre
16 - Bonner Springs, KS - Sandstone Amphitheater
17 - Dallas, TX - Superpages.com Center
18 - The Woodlands, TX - Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
20 - Atlanta, GA - Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
21 - Raleigh, NC - Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion atWalnut Creek
22 - Charlotte, NC - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre Charlotte
24 - Orlando, FL - Amway Arena
25 - Tampa, FL - Ford Amphitheatre
26 - West Palm Beach, FL - Cruzan Amphitheatre
October 2010
1 - Vancouver, British Columbia - General Motors Place
2 - George, WA - The Gorge Amphitheatre
3 - Ridgefield, WA - The Amphitheater at Clark County
5, 6 - Berkeley, CA - Greek Theatre - Berkeley
8 - Los Angeles, CA - Hollywood Bowl
9 - Chula Vista, CA - Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
10 - Phoenix, AZ - Cricket Wireless Pavilion
12 - Irvine, CA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
13, 14 - Santa Barbara, CA - Santa Barbara Bowl

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Saturday, March 13, 2010

David Byrne Doc Film: Ride, Rise, Roar...

Ride, Rise, Roar is a David Byrne concert film that blends riveting onstage performances with intimate details of the creative collaborations that make the music and performance happen.

Shot with multiple cameras over several concerts during the 08/09 tour, the film blends the energy and charisma of classic Talking Heads with the heartfelt pathos of David Byrne and Brian Enos most recent collaboration. Between the songs, the film achieves an unprecedented intimacy with David Byrne and the band, documenting behind-the-scenes auditions, rehearsals, and interviews with key players while revealing the creative process that led to the show's unique fusion of pop music and modern dance.

Ride, Rise, Roar celebrates Byrne's extensive career as a musician and testifies to the creativity that keeps him going today.

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Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pearl Jam Tour Dates Include Midwest (Ohio)...

Pearl Jam announced today that they will play 11 Midwest and East Coast tour dates in May of 2010. The tour kicks-off on May 3rd at Sprint Center in Kansas City and wraps on May 21st at Madison Square Garden in New York City. Pearl Jam's U.S. tour follows the band's previously announced headlining appearance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation Festival on May 1st. Band of Horses will open all shows except the May 20th Madison Square Garden engagement, where The Black Keys will open.

Tour Dates (w/ pre-sale dates):
5/4 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center (March 15, 9am PDT)
5/4 St. Louis, MO Scottrade Center (March 15, 11am PDT)
5/6 Columbus, OH Nationwide Arena (March 15, 1pm PDT)
5/7 Noblesville, IN Verizon Wireless (March 15, 3pm PDT)
5/9 Cleveland, OH Quicken Loans Arena (March 17, 9am PDT)
5/10 Buffalo, NY HSBC Arena (March 17, 11am PDT)
5/13 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live (March 17, 1pm PDT)
5/15 Hartford, CT XL Center (March 17, 3pm PDT)
5/17 Boston, MA TD Garden (March 16, 9am PDT)
5/20 New York, NY Madison Square Garden (March 16, 12pm PDT)
5/21 New York, NY Madison Square Garden (March 16, 3pm PDT)

Click here for more details.

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Monday, March 08, 2010

She & Him to Play Royal Oak Music Theatre...

She & Him will play at Royal Oak Music Theatre in Royal Oak, Michigan on June 6th. Tickets go on sale Friday, March 12th at 5pm est.

She & Him will release their sophomore album, Volume Two, on March 23rd. Written by Zooey Deschanel (She) and produced by M.Ward (Him), Volume Two is the follow up to the duo’s critically acclaimed debut, Volume One. The album includes eleven original tracks and two covers – “Ridin’ In My Car” by NRBQ and Skeeter Davis’ ”Gonna Get Along Without You Now”.

Described by Zooey as a “feel-good album,” Volume Two is bolstered by rich harmonies, sweet-as-sugar melodies and Brill Building choruses. From sweeping opener “Thieves” and first single “In the Sun” (featuring guest vocals by Tilly and the Wall), to the tempo and mood shifts of “Home” and the vocals-only, hymn-like closer “If You Can’t Sleep,” Volume Two shimmers from start to finish.

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Think Global, Act Local Natives...

Local Natives will be performing at the Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, Michigan on May 10th.

Words from Wiki:
Local Natives (formerly known as Cavil at Rest) are an indie rock band based in Silver Lake, Los Angeles, USA. Their debut album, Gorilla Manor (which is also the name they gave to a house they all shared in Orange County) was released in the UK in 2009. The bands sound has been described as "afropop-influenced guitars with hyperactive drumming and hooky three-part harmonies". They started to attract the attention of the music press after playing nine shows at the 2009 SXSW festival in Austin, Texas. Initial reviews of Local Natives have drawn favorable comparisons to Arcade Fire, Fleet Foxes and Vampire Weekend.

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NPR Offers 1st Listen to White Stripes Live...

NPR Music is offering up the Exclusive First Listen to the White Stripes Live: Under Great White Northern Lights.

Read the story & listen to the tracks until they are released on March 16th.

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The Swell Season Confirm May Tour & OH Date...

Following sold out shows coast to coast including a date at Radio City in January, the Swell Season return to the U.S. for a May tour in support of their critically acclaimed new album, 'Strict Joy' (ANTI-). The duo - Oscar winners Glen Hansard and Marketa will also play LA's Hollywood Bowl on July 18. Ohioans will be happy to see a date on May 16th at the Nelsonville Music Festival and at the House of Blues (Cleveland) on May 30th.

The Swell Season's recent live shows have been described as "cathartic" (Chicago Tribune), "mesmerizing" (Cleveland Plain Dealer), and "magnetic" (Arizona Republic). The band appeared on The Late Show with David Letterman in February. View the performance at the link below.

The Swell Season May 2010
May 15 Kalamazoo, MI The State Theatre
May 16 Nelsonville, OH Nelsonville Music Festival
May 17 Pittsburgh, PA Byham Theater
May 18 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
May 20 Asheville, NC Orange Peel
May 21 Raleigh, NC North Carolina Museum Of Art
May 22 Charleston, SC North Charleston Performing Arts Center
May 24 Miami, FL The Fillmore
May 25 Orlando, FL Hard Rock Live
May 26 Birmingham, AL Alys Robinson Stephens PAC - Jemison Concert Hall
May 28 Atlanta, GA Symphony Hall
May 29 Louisville, KY W.L. Lyons Brown Theatre
May 30 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues


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Saturday, March 06, 2010

Jay-Z Doc NY-Z to Premiere on Facebook...

NY-Z, Absolut Vodka's film collaboration with Jay-Z, Danny Clich and Madison Square Garden will premiere first for Absolut Facebook Fans on March 22nd.

Become a fan here.

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White Stripes Doc Movie Screenings for UGWNL...

The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights Sneak-Peek Theatrical Screenings of the Canadian Tour Film Kick-Off This Week at AMC Theaters and other locations across the country!

Beginning last Friday, February 26th in Seattle and Toronto, the Emmett Malloy-directed documentary film, The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights, which captured that incredible journey will be making its way across North America for a series of special screenings – allowing fans a peek into the touring lives of one of the world’s most enigmatic bands before its official DVD release on March 16th.

Additionally on March 16th, audiences across the country will have the opportunity to host their own screenings of The White Stripes Under the Great White Northern Lights. Fans have the chance to “Be a Part of the Tour” by purchasing a special screening kit and turning a favorite room, a local hangout, or any other location of their choice into their own premiere event. For more information on being part of this momentous occasion go to http://whitestripes.bside.com

Having first premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in September 2009, The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights documents the band playing to crowds in towns of all sizes across the Great White North – from traditional venues to matinee gigs at unusual locations such as a bowling alley, a boat and even on a city bus – culminating in a momentous 10th Anniversary show at the historic Savoy Theatre in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia. A captivating mix of striking live footage and poignant off-stage moments, this visually stirring and emotive feature length film celebrates the band’s 10 year history, bringing the band full circle in their career to a place reminiscent of how they first started out; shows where no one knew who they were, and where they were left to make a first impression with their music.

AMC Theaters is holding special midnight screenings of the film on Thursday, March 11 at the following locations:
Washington DC – Hoffman 22
Detroit – Forum 30
Philadelphia – Neshaminy 24
Chicago – River East 21
Minneapolis – Rosedale 14
Los Angeles – Block 30
San Diego – Mission Valley 20
Seattle – Pacific Place 11
Boston – Boston Common 19
New Jersey – Palisades 21
New York City – Empire 25
Atlanta – Barrett 24

Additional screenings of the film include:
March 8th
Philadelphia – Trocadero Theatre @ 6:45pm
Chicago – The Music Box @ 7:30pm
March 9th
Los Angeles – The Egyptian Theater @ 8:00pm
March 10th
New York – IFC Center @ 8:00pm
Atlanta – The Plaza Theatre @ 7:30pm
Ottawa, Ontario – Mayfair Theatre @ 9:00pm
March 11th
San Francisco – Variety Screening Room @ 6:30pm
New York – IFC Center @ 7:00pm and 9:00pm
Detroit – Burton Theater @ 9:00pm
Ottawa, Ontario – Mayfair Theatre @ 9:00pm
March 12th
Washington DC – AFI Silver Theatre & Cultural Center @ 9:30pm
Austin – SXSW Film Festival Premiere, Paramount Theater @ 10:00pm
Edmonton, Alberta – Metro Cinema in the Citadel Theatre @ 9:00pm
March 13th
Kansas City – The Screenland Armour @ 7:00pm and 9:00pm
Salt Lake City – Tower Theater @ 7:00pm
Boston – Brattle Theater @ 9:45pm
Edmonton, Alberta – Metro Cinema in the Citadel Theatre @ 9:30pm
March 14th
Edmonton, Alberta – Metro Cinema in the Citadel Theatre @ 9:00pm
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan – Broadway Cinema @ 7:00pm
March 15th
San Francisco – Roxie Theater @ 9:45pm

Tickets will be available at the theater box offices, and tune into your local radio stations for possible giveaways too. Additional sneak-peek theatrical screenings of The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights may also be announced soon, so be sure to keep checking www.whitestripes.com to keep updated on all new developments for these upcoming releases.

Fans will also be able to purchase The White Stripes Under Great White Northern Lights as part of a limited edition box set, which includes not onlythe film , but also a live DVD of the band’s 10th Anniversary show, Under Nova Scotian Lights, as well as a CD/double LP of 16 live tracks, exclusive 7 inch, hard cover book of photographs and a silk-screened print. This impressive package will also be available on March 16th, with pre-orders currently being accepted from http://whitestripes.com/ugwnl_boxset/.

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Thursday, March 04, 2010

Avett Brothers ~ Ann Arbor In Store...

Fron The Avett Brothers Website:

Hey Michigan,
Come out and visit with us next Tuesday, March 9th, as we make our way to Ann Arbor!

We will put on a special acoustic performance and signing at Borders, and would love for you all to stop by and say "hi."

Check below for event details, and we'll see you soon!
Performance will be streaming live via our facebook page, details to follow.

Borders & 107one present:
Special acoustic performance & signing with the Avett Brothers March 9th
12 PM
612 E Liberty
Ann Arbor, MI 48104
Free Lithograph with purchase of Avett Brothers I and Love and You Seating is limited call store for details!

The Avett Brothers

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Video: Mike Doughty ~ Rising Up...

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

Video: Justin Townes Earle ~ KEXP

Tuesday, March 02, 2010

The Black Keys Announce New Album...

The Black Keys release their sixth full-length album, Brothers, May 18 on Nonesuch Records. The album arrives on the heels of three other acclaimed projects the band released in the past year: Dan Auerbach’s solo effort, Keep It Hid, the debut LP from Patrick Carney’s band Drummer, and Blakroc, a collaboration between The Black Keys and renowned MCs including RZA, Mos Def, Q-Tip, and Raekwon. The Black Keys’ 2008 album, Attack & Release, received praise from The New York Times, NPR, Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, the Los Angeles Times, and MOJO, which called the album, “…rich with melody and driving power.” The band will support Brothers with a tour that includes a sold out performance at Central Park’s SummerStage in New York City on July 27 (additional dates will be announced soon).

Carney admits Brothers is the album they’ve always wanted to make and taps into their creative force as a duo. “Dan and I grew up a lot as individuals and musicians prior to making this album. Our relationship was tested in many ways but at the end of the day, we’re brothers, and I think these songs reflect that.” Carney and Auerbach recorded the bulk of the album at the legendary Alabama studio Muscle Shoals with additional sessions at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound System in Akron, OH and The Bunker in Brooklyn, NY. Muscle Shoals, an old building located in the sparse Alabama town that lends the studio its name, has produced iconic recordings from The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and Wilson Pickett, among many others.

The New York Times has called The Black Keys’ music “tough-minded, blues haunted songs,” and the ghosts of Muscle Shoals inhabit Brothers’ 15 tracks. Of the album, Auerbach says, “We like spooky sounds…like Alice Coltrane, where a dark groove is laid down. That’s the headspace we tried to get into for this record.”

The album includes the Danger Mouse-produced song “Tighten Up” and a cover of the Jerry Butler classic “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The remaining songs on Brothers are written, performed and produced by The Black Keys. With the exception of a handful of tracks, co- production duties were handled by Mark Neill. The record was mixed by Tchad Blake. Carney explains the sound the band wanted for this record: “We are big fans of Tchad Blake. The way he approaches mixing is the same way we approach making music. Respecting the past while being in the present. The mixes he did for us on Blakroc impressed us so much we knew he had to mix Brothers.”

1. “Everlasting Light”
2. “Next Girl”
3. “Tighten Up”
4. “Howlin’ For You”
5. “She’s Long Gone”
6. “Black Mud”
7. “The Only One”
8. “Too Afraid To Love You”
9. “Ten Cent Pistol”
10. “Sinister Kid”
11. “The Go Getter”
12. “I’m Not The One”
13. “Unknown Brother”
14. “Never Gonna Give You Up”
15. “These Days”


Monday, March 01, 2010

Mumford & Sons Tour Dates Include Ohio...

Mumford & Sons have announced a major tour of the U.S.

M&S will be making their way across the US this coming Summer, their first ever full Stateside tour of duty. They will be at Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland on May 21st and at Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus on May 22nd. Tickets for the Cleveland show go on sale March 5th at 10am.

Mumford & Sons + Middle East - 2010 Tour Dates
5/13 Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire in Montreal, QC
5/18 Webster Hall in New York, NY
5/20 9:30 Club in Washington DC
5/21 Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland, OH
5/22 Wexner Center in Columbus, OH

5/24 Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL
5/25 Varsity Theater in Minneapolis, MN
5/29 Sasquatch Music Fest in Gorge, WA
5/30 560 Club in Vancouver, BC
5/31 Aladdin Theater in Portland, OR
6/03 Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA
6/04 Henry Fonda Theater in Los Angeles, CA
6/07 Rhythm Room in Phoenix, AZ
6/09 Antone's in Austin, TX
6/10 House of Blues in Dallas, TX
6/12 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, TN
6/14 The Bluebird in Bloomington, IN
6/15 Off Broadway in St. Louis, MO
6/16 Record Bar in Kansas