We recently met up with Brooklyn band Fireships while on tour in Nashville, TN. The new project from Honey Brothers founder and indie veteran Andrew Vladeck, Fireships released their self-titled debut on April 21. Here, they play a stripped-down version of album standout “Come Back to Me,” featuring Vladeck on guitar/lead vocals and Zosha Warpeha on fiddle/backing vocal.
The Milk Carton Kids' Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan are studied craftsmen of the folk tradition. Over the course of their five years together as a band, they have mastered the delicate vocal harmonies, sophisticated songwriting and subtle musical interplay set forth by seminal folk duos such as Simon and Garfunkel or Welch and Rawlins.
What do you get when you attach drum machine pads to your acoustic guitar? German guitarist Pensen Paletti answers this question in the video below! Uploaded to YouTube May 19, the short clip has been viewed almost half a million times and counting.
Led by the irresistibly catchy, danceable track “Stolen Dance” – which has already hit #1 in 15 countries and amassed over 50 million views on YouTube – German duo Milky Chance are now poised for greatness in the states as well. Made up of guitarist/vocalist Clemens Rehbein and DJ Philipp Dausch, the duo weaves elegant electronic production with acoustic guitars, along with lilting, lush vocals. It’s a unique sound that is unequivocally their own.
Seven Handle Circus, a six-piece folk rock band from Atlanta, announces the release of their debut album Shadows On The Wall out October 20, 2014. The lead single “And We Danced” features an upbeat rhythm and nostalgic melody that reflects the danceable nature of the music. The single is currently available on iTunes.
Check out this new video from acoustic guitar phenomenon Thomas Leeb. “Trickster” was released June 30 and features some extremely innovative fingerstyle technique from this gifted guitarist. Some of the track’s unique sound could be contributed to it’s odd CGEbGGD tuning.
CALICO the band proudly announce the release of their debut album, RANCHO CALIFORNIA on Tuesday, September 2 via their own label, California Country Records. This melodically-hypnotic country trio from the San Fernando Valley not only shook the stage at this year’s Stagecoach Festival, their music has been featured on the smash ABC TV show, Nashville as well as NBC’s The Night Shift.
In this exclusive lesson, Rodrigo y Gabriela sit down with Jimmy Brown to dissect a segment of their song, “The Soundmaker.” Fusing flamenco guitar styles with the intensity of rock and metal, “The Soundmaker” opens up the duo’s latest album, 9 Dead Alive. The record celebrates individuals who have passed away, but who still resonate in the 21st century through their deeds and words.
Having been teased for days at http://heartisadrum.tumblr.com and during Beck's performance on The Colbert Report, the video for "Heart Is A Drum" can now be viewed in its entirety below. Beck also performed "Heaven's Ladder" on The Colbert Report, from the Beck Song Reader compilation album released today by Warby Parker/Capitol Records.
Portland-based trio Greylag is proud to officially announce signing to Dead Oceans for the release of their self-titled debut album (out October 14, 2014). And now they also share the first single off Greylag, “Another."
GRAMMY nominated artist David Gray will be kicking off his U.S tour this Friday, August 1, in Boston, MA at the Blue Hills Bank Pavilion. The outing marks his first full U.S. tour in 4 years. Gray's U.S. tour has been extended through the fall with 17 new cities set to go on sale (see dates below).
We’ve teamed up with LA rock quartet Kiven to premiere the band’s stripped down video for “I Can Take It.” The song was filmed right after their soundcheck before the band’s show at The Observatory in Orange County, CA. With delicate guitar playing and harmonies, the laid-back performance captures the group's hypnotic sound while preserving its enigmatic intensity.
Acoustic guitarist Tommy Emmanuel is often asked why he tours so much. His response? “I’m trying to get good at this. This is what you do. You work at it! How else are you gonna get any good?” While Emmanuel’s mastery of the acoustic guitar can certainly be attributed to his years of touring, it’s also clear that he has a natural ability for the instrument like few others possess.