Released September 11, 2015 on Alternative Tentacles Records–Jello Biafra’s record label–this is Legendary Shack Shakers’ first release in five years, lands on the band’s 20th anniversary, and is their Alternative Tentacles debut (following releases on Yep Roc, Bloodshot, and Arkam Records). The Southern Surreal also features guest appearances by actor/musician and longtime Shack Shakers fan, Billy Bob Thornton, and Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison.
Sara and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek created Watkins Family Hour over a decade ago to introduce new material and explore classic folk tunes. The side project’s monthly performances at the intimate venue Largo in Los Angeles are spirited variety shows featuring unique collaborations with guest musicians. The Watkins siblings finally recreated that musical magic in the studio with regular playmates Fiona Apple, pedal steel and dobro player Greg Leisz, keyboardist Benmont Tench (Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers), bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Soul Coughing) and drummer Don Heffington.
New Kingston, the NYC-based, chart-topping reggae band, will embark on an extensive fall tour in support of their new single and music video “Protect Me,” off their #1 Billboard album Kingston City (released earlier this year on Easy Star Records). “Protect Me,” which features guest vocals from the legendary reggae group The Wailing Souls, is available to stream here: (https://soundcloud.com/easy-
Check in today, Thursday, September 10th, to the Wall Street Journal Speakeasy for the exclusive video premiere of “New York City“ performed by G. Love and Special Sauce and Lucinda Williams. The video features behind-the-scenes studio footage of G. Love and Lucinda coming together to collaborate on the Lead Belly blues classic. "New York City" will appear on G.
Over the last year, international DJ and music producer STEVE AOKI has been releasing a steady stream of music, remixes and videos as part of his NEON FUTURE I and II double-album. Now, AOKI is amassing both albums into a special deluxe package. NEON FUTURE ODYSSEY will be released October 2 via Dim Mak/Ultra Music. Along with the albums, it will include six bonus tracks--collaborations with Headhunterz, Borgore and Marnik, a brand ne
Severn Records announces an October 16 release date for Raise Your Hands!, the first solo recording from former Blind Boys of Alabama guitarist Sam Butler. Produced by Brian Brinkerhoff (Guitar Shorty, Jazz Soul 7), the even-dozen tracks on Raise Your Hands! showcase the splendid talents of Butler, whose guitar work was a staple of The Blind Boys of Alabama for many years.
Gabrielle Papillon is one of those artists whose music is driven by her voice, lyrics and guitar. To call her simply a singer/songwriter would miss the point by leaving out a whole other dimension: the nostalgic distance and fragile aesthetics she brings vocally.
Her upcoming new album The Tempest Of Old captures the pick-up-and-play honesty in Gabrielle’s song writing with each track being beautifully produced alongside a yielding sense of time and place.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds are a NY based seven-piece rock, blues, gospel and soul band. The band is led by singer Arleigh Kincheloe, with Jackson Kincheloe on harmonica, Sasha Brown on guitar, Josh Myers on bass, Dan Boyden on drums, Phil Rodriguez on trumpet and Brian Graham on saxophones.
On such a beautiful evening right across the river, the lineup was stacked and the anticipation was high. All three of these bands by themselves would have drawn a huge crowd, but you throw them all together and no one wanted to miss this one. They could all be included in the soundtrack of my adolescence, and even to this day. I grew up breaking rules to these guys, and never skip the chance to catch a show of theirs. The Expendables kicked off the night with their magical blend of reggae, ska, and su