Known for his production work on Nirvana's Nevermind, and as a member of the chart-topping group Garbage, Butch Vig's latest project, Emperors of Wyoming, will get their first US release thanks to Liaison Music. The 10 songs from the band's original European release all appear, but the Emperors added three new songs for the American release and re-mixed other tracks. Engineer-mixer Alex Smolinski and singer-guitarist Kim Henry are now part of the working group.
Detroit-based pop-punk band Fireworks are the subject of photographer Ryan Russell's latest "Nervous Energies" video session. The song, "Run, Brother, Run," is taken from the band's newest album Oh, Common Life, which was released March 25th. Composed of vocalist David Mackinder, lead guitarist Brett Jones, guitarist Chris Mojan, bassist Kyle O'Neil and keyboardist Adam Mercer, Fireworks is a band filled with electric personalities and endless influences.
Charlie Daniels, best known for his No. 1 country hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia," is set to release a new album, Off The Grid - Doin’ It Dylan, on April 1, 2014. The new album, a tribute to Bob Dylan, is another example of the seemingly endless reservoirs of musical creativity that the now 77-year-young Daniels draws upon.
In celebration of the release of their fifth studio record Let It Go, The Infamous Stringdusters will embark on a two-month album release tour. The band will also make their first appearance at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Let It Go will be released April 1 on the quintet's own High Country Recordings.
UK-based experimental pop band Fanfarlo will return to the US this week for a month-long tour in support of their new album Let’s Go Extinct. Recorded by the band and David Wrench in a tucked-away recording studio in North Wales, Let’s Go Extinct is, in many ways, the true successor to the band’s debut, Reservoir. Having cast off the colder, more synthetic feel of their second record, Rooms Filled With Light, Let’s Go Extinct is the sound of the band cutting loose from all expectation, and just letting whatever’s going to come, come.
Lou is the title of an upcoming Lou Reed tribute album from Grammy-nominated songwriter Joseph Arthur. The album was performed, recorded and produced by Arthur in his home studio, and will be released on May 13, 2014. "The last thing I would want to do is turn his life into an opportunity, but at the same time, what better way to honor the man and his music than to celebrate it and sing it and record it," Arthur comments in the liner notes of Lou.
Known for their over-the-top live shows, Semi Precious Weapons pulls influences from a broad musical landscape, fusing their punk edge with high-octane dance and arena-ready pop. And as graduates of Berklee College of Music, these guys can play too. SPW has risen to fame over the last couple years thanks partially to Lady Gaga, who took the band out on the year-and-a-half long Monster Ball tour.
On the heels of their 2013 tour, which was both the best attended and reviewed Monkees reunion to date, Michael Nesmith, Micky Dolenz, and Peter Tork will return to the concert stage this May for a historic fourteen-date tour of the United States.
Recording is nearly complete for Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes. The project features Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons) and producer T Bone Burnett. These musicians have gathered in Capitol Studios together to create music for two-dozen recently discovered lyrics written by Bob Dylan in 1967 during the period that generated the recording of the legendary Basement Tapes.
Kelly Willis and Bruce Robison's latest release, Our Year, out May 27, 2014, draws comparisons to classic duos like Johnny ’n’ June and George ’n’ Tammy. They two fell in love while harmonizing together, though it took them until 2013 to release their first officially billed joint effort (not counting four children): Cheater’s Game. Cheater’s Game was well received and Willis and Robison felt the wind at their backs. They were eager to return to the studio.