Denver-based band The Lumineers announce the premiere of their new music video for their song "Submarines," the newest single from their GRAMMY-nominated Platinum-selling debut album. The "Submarines" video, directed by Nicholas Sutton Bell, is an animated affair that was inspired by the animation techniques of Bell's friend Neil Dvorak and the video game Limbo. "Submarines" is Nicholas Sutton Bell's Directorial debut though he has worked with The Lumineers for years - illustrating posters and helping design their tour and online merchandise. He is also a published children's book author and illustrator.
Last year I accomplished my dream of playing festivals. I’ve already done four in the last year. Somehow I instinctively knew how to manage my first one. Whatever I suggest here is what worked for me as a current solo artist. Some things will work for everyone, some won't. But here are 11 ideas you can try out.
I want to tell you the truth. All the time. Sometimes I worry that my posts are too blunt and real. But, my premise is this: If I tell you the truth, then you can evaluate for yourself whether you want it bad enough to do what it takes to succeed. So, here's the truth for the day. It's HARD. It's REALLY hard. There are lots of ups and downs. And LOTS of heartache when you get SO close, but it doesn't happen. Still it's worth it.
The September 30 edition of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon featured an SNL-style phony infomercial for a new album, The Avett Brothers Sing Heavy Metal. The clip, which you can check out below, shows the hugely successful US folk band, the Avett Brothers, performing Iron Maiden‘s "Run to the Hills," Black Sabbath‘s "Iron Man" and Metallica‘s "One."
I love guitars. I look at them online like most people look at porn. Over the years, I’ve built up a nice little collection. Acoustics from the ‘30s. Electrics from the 50s. When I’m on tour, I make a point of finding rad guitar shops (thank you, Gbase), guitar factories to tour (thank you, Collings!!) or museums with exhibits that have anything remotely guitar about them. Over the summer i was playing a show in Indianapolis, and happened to catch signs hanging around downtown for the Eiteljorg Museum’s “Guitars! Roundups to Rockers” exhibit. So I busted a move over there, not knowing what to expect.
Prior to launching a solo career, acoustic guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Aoife O'Donovan (pronounced ee-fuh) spent the better part of a decade touring and recording with the celebrated progressive string group Crooked Still. This past June, O’Donovan released Fossils, her debut LP released on Yep Roc Records. On Fossils, O’Donovan has developed a collection of bluegrass-tinged folk-rock that showcases a focused maturity in her songwriting, and a clear understanding of a deep-rooted music form.
While Don McLean was recording “American Pie,” the eight-minute-plus song that brought him stardom in late 1971, his label, Media Arts Records, went under. Understandably, the situation put a damper on any great expectations McLean had for the song. “I wasn’t thinking of releasing or editing it,” he says today. “My expectations were that I would be looking for a record company.”
Eric Clapton was already a master of the electric guitar in January 1992 when he traded his signature Fender Strat for a Martin acoustic to record his hugely successful Unplugged album. The live album captured the guitarist, backed by a small band, performing acoustic versions of his own songs and some blues standards.
In this video, reviewer Justin Horenstein demonstrates the Ultrasound CP-100 compact acoustic amplifer. This is an amp specifically built for acoustic instruments such as guitar, mandolin, fiddle and even vocals. It has a single 8’’ speaker and 100 watts of power. It’s made to be transparent, so it won’t add color to the tone of your acoustic instrument.
This fall The Devil Makes Three will embark upon a month long tour of the United States in support of their forthcoming full-length release I'm A Stranger Here, out October 29 on New West Records. The Santa Cruz, Calif. by way of Vermont trio will showcase songs from the new Buddy Miller-produced album. The fall tour will kick off Halloween night in Colorado Springs and include shows at Webster Hall in New York, 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. and the Metro in Chicago.