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They met at NYU as students with one common goal: to make every gig feel like a party and to keep everyone dancing. Several years and many rooftop gigs later, Stolen Gin lived up to this mantra at their biggest show yet last Saturday, April 13, 2024, at the legendary Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY. Fans raged into the night as this quintet delivered a strong funk-pop vibe coupled with well-placed jazz and rock improvisation.

This summer, the Momentary will play host to a remarkable gathering of musical talent as FreshGrass | Bentonville returns to Arkansas on May 17th and 18th. Set against the stunning backdrop of the Ozarks, the festival is now in its fourth year and has rapidly become a beacon for both traditional and innovative roots music.

Today, with Rhino's surprise release of From The Mars Hotel: The Angel's Share, the Grateful Dead vaults have once again been opened. Featuring 16 newly unearthed session recordings, the digital collection brings listeners directly into San Francisco's Coast Recorders during the spring of 1974, revealing the band's real-time process as they crafted such eternal staples as "Scarlet Begonias," "Ship Of Fools," "China Doll," "U.S. Blues," "Unbroken Chain" and more that would make up their classic From The Mars Hotel LP.

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After a moody meditation on addiction (“I Go”) and a sweetly hopeful ode to lifelong love (“Just Let Me Know”), bluegrass stalwarts The Grascals are back with an energetic portrait of a lovelorn man who just can’t get the woman he’s wooing to reciprocate his feelings.

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David Villalta, the multi-talented owner and operator of Studio 55 and General Manager of Louisiana Red Hot Records, has launched the official website for Studio 55 and recently dazzled audiences with a spectacular halftime performance at an NBA Phoenix Suns game. The performance featured Villalta shredding on lead guitar alongside Oscar-winner DJ Paul of Three 6 Mafia.

The Spring tour continued in Harrisburg, PA this week as Spafford made sure to acknowledge the recent passing of legendary musician Dickey Betts in their performance at XL Live.  Guitarist Brian Moss started into the Betts written classic "In Memory of Elizabeth Reed" before launching into the spacey original "In the Eyes of Thieves."  As the band hit a pocket of stellar jamming midway through the song, Moss again injected the iconic riffs from the old time ballad.

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Today GRAMMY winning, two-time IBMA Fiddle Player of the year Bronwyn Keith-Hynes announces the release of her sophomore solo album I Built A World out May 24th via Sugar Petunia Records and shares her new video for “Trip Around the Sun.” Long renowned as a prolific instrumentalist and member of Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, her latest album finds the Charlottesville, VA native unlocking an impressive new sound: her voice.

GRAMMY-Award-winning bluegrass, folk, and Americana outfit The Infamous Stringdusters have unveiled their first single of 2024 with a cover of Earl King’s timeless classic “Those Lonely, Lonely Nights” featuring New Orleans-based songwriter and guitarist Anders Osborne on vocals. The track is released to celebrate The Infamous Stringdusters with Anders Osborne performing at House of Blues in New Orleans on Saturday, April 27th during the first weekend of Jazz Fest.

From the time he began recording with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s until his death in 2013, Lou Reed released nearly 50 original albums. In Sweet, Wild and Vicious: Listening to Lou Reed and The Velvet Underground, out today via Trouser Press Books, Jim Higgins delves into each one, with descriptions, details, analysis and appraisals that will amplify and expand fans’ understanding and appreciation of them.

Big Head Todd & The Monsters, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, Eric Gales, Charlie Musselwhite, Canned Heat, Ally Venable Band, GA-20, Tommy Castro & Deanna Bogart, Taj Farrant, and Toronzo Cannon. The 22nd Annual Blues from the Top Music Festival is presented by the Grand County Blues Society, and takes place at the Rendezvous Event Center, 78821 US Highway 40, Friday, June 28 through Sunday, June 30. Tickets on sale at www.bluesfromthetop.org.