I’ve been a fan of Jonatha Brooke’s for quite some time. This singer songwriter seems to have a unique perspective and musical sensibility that I find so appealing. So when she announced she would be doing her one-woman show, “My Mother Has Four Noses,” at NYC’s Duke Theatre, I was stoked. Check out our on camera interview. And you’ve still got a few more days to catch “My Mother Has Four Noses” in NYC. Go here for tickets.
With no member older than 16 years old, the Sleepy Man Banjo Boys might be the world's youngest bluegrass virtuosos. Below, watch the Mizzone brothers – fiddle player Robbie, guitarist Tommy and banjo player Jonny – perform a blazing three song set during a TED Talk from February 2013. Sleepy Man Banjo Boys hail from Lebanon Township, New Jersey – a part of the country Tommy jokingly calls “the bluegrass capital of the world.”
We’ve all experienced it. Bad soundmen. You know, the guy who just doesn’t seem to know what he’s doing and can’t quite get that ringing frequency out of the FOH (Font of House) as you’re microphone checking one-two-one-two.
Here’s a treat! It’s a new track from Big Little Lions called, “The Way Home,” from their upcoming EP, Paper Cage, slated for release May 6. Chock full of twangy goodness, “The Way Home,” surprises with a driving, clap-along beat and some pretty sweet whistling. Big Lions’ Helen Austin and Paul Otten impress with some fabulous songwriting and perfect vocal harmonies. Not to mention extremely able fingerpicking!
The special banjo exhibit at the Museum of Making Musicp called: The Banjo: A New Day for An Old Instrument has some truly gorgeous instruments. From historic to brand new, the collections has a lovely variety of these desirable instruments.
Wisconsin's PHOX have released a new song titled “Slow Motion,” plus a slew of US headlining tour dates. “Slow Motion” will be featured on the band’s upcoming self-titled release, available June 24. The album was produced by Brian Joseph at Justin Vernon's (Bon Iver) April Base Studio in Wisconsin and mixed by Michael Brauer at Electric Lady in New York City.
Thurston Moore’s two most recent solo albums, Trees Outside the Academy and Demolished Thoughts were both entirely acoustic. Both records presented another side to Moore, a musician who may have surprised many with the more subtle side of his songwriting skills.
This five part series is dedicated to what happens beyond the first draft of your song. Sometimes, songs are born to you like the Goddess, Athena. They spring out of your noggin’ fully formed and perfect. Don’t you love songs like that? They’re gifts from whatever higher power or inner power you believe in. Accept them and be grateful.
Over the course of his career, Tom Freund has created a wide variety of albums. His first was a collaboration with Ben Harper and his last was a double disc live album. In between, he’s made full lengths, EPs, a children’s CD and a Christmas album — but he’s never made an album like 2 Moons. This self-produced disc, due out June 17 on Surf Road Records, finds the Los Angeles-based Freund in a contemplative yet confident mood, where swirls of nostalgia blend with sharp-eyed views of life today.
NEEDTOBREATHE is gearing up for the release of their new album Rivers In the Wasteland, out next Tuesday April 15th on Atlantic Records. In support, the band will bring their captivating live show to The Ellen DeGeneres Show on April 18th and will return to the Late Show with David Letterman on April 23rd to perform new single "The Heart."
Willie Watson's forthcoming debut album, Folk Singer Vol. 1, is available now for pre-order through iTunes, Amazon, and Willie's own website. The album will be released May 6 through Acony Records. Right now, you can listen to Willie's stirring live rendition of "Mexican Cowboy" on A Prairie Home Companion, where Garrison Keillor complimented him by saying, "You sing as if the microphone had never been invented."
Goo Goo Dolls are releasing a live EP - Warner Sound Sessions - available digitally today via Warner Bros Records. Recorded last April at East West Studios in Los Angeles, the EP features 4 tracks from the band's new album Magnetic, as well as the classic hit "Slide." The band has just kicked off a 3-week acoustic tour called The Otis Midnight Sessions.
Check out this beautifully shot clip of British fingerstyle guitarist Chris Woods performing his composition, “Edinburgh.” Woods utilizes some impressive percussion techniques, and the track isn’t lacking in the melody department either. It’s no surprise that Woods’ technique turns heads – to say “he wrote the book” on percussive style acoustic guitar wouldn’t be too far a stretch.
With the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, we thought it only fitting to post a selection from Nirvana’s now-legendary MTV Unplugged concert. Below, watch the band’s acoustic take on Nevermind's, “Something in the Way.” The song was originally intended to be a full-band recording, but after initial attempts proved difficult, producer Butch Vig encouraged the band to take a different approach.