When Rose’s Pawn Shop formed in 2005, the original plan was to mix the twang of bluegrass music with the fury of rock and punk. Nearly a decade later, the L.A. folksters haven’t left the three-way intersection between those genres, happy to remain in a place where everything — from fiddle solos and banjo arpeggios to the sort of chest-beating, beer-spilling gang vocals that could’ve come from a Gaslight Anthem album — is fair game. Must-See Artists at Americana Fest Maybe that’s why the guys turned to Gaslight Anthem producer Ted Hutt for their newest release, Gravity Well . Funded by the band’s own fans and released on September 9th, Gravity Well is a blast of 21st century pickin’-party music, driven forward by five Californians who can howl, harmonize and finger-pick with all the confidence of their Nashville peers
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Despite heartwarming lifetime achievement award acceptance speeches from the likes of Jackson Browne and Loretta Lynn, and a surprise appearance from rock god Robert Plant, last night’s 13th Annual Americana Honors and Awards show in Nashville belonged to Jason Isbell. The former Drive-By Trucker took home awards for Artist of the Year and Song of the Year (for “Cover Me Up”), as well as the night’s top honor: Album of the Year, for his post-sobriety triumph Southeastern . In one of the evening’s best-received performances, he also sang “Cover Me Up” with wife Amanda Shires. Must-See Artists at Americana Fest “I just wanna say something, I’m glad of this award, his album is stupendous and beautiful,” presenter Lucinda Williams interjected into the mic as Isbell walked onto the Ryman Auditorium stage to accept the Album honor. “I don’t want to keep making the same damn record over and over, so help me get out of that,” Isbell recalled telling Southeastern producer Dave Cobb.
New York’s West Indian Day Parade has marked the city’s Labor Day weekend for decades, and this year, the festivities begin at 9 p.m. on a Wednesday night. “They say this is the last weekend of summer!” yells local radio celeb DJ Prostyle, doing his best to make everyone aboard the VP Records’ “Carnival Gold” yacht party forget that Thursday and Friday are technically still work days. Sailing down the Hudson River, Prostyle and his 105.7 colleagues DJ Self and DJ Norie spin 2014’s biggest Caribbean hits: springy dancehall from Jamaica and uptempo soca from Trinidad. Under normal circumstances, this music would create a frenzy.
Münster-based classic rockers Zodiac are preparing to release their third album – and Classic Rock has an exclusive stream.
Sixx AM have release a lyric video for their track Stars.
George Hamilton IV, whose gentle demeanor and soothing folk-country vocal style earned him worldwide acclaim, died Wednesday (September 17th) at a Nashville hospital, following a heart attack which he suffered on Saturday. He was 77. Iconic Country Music Photos A 50-year veteran of the Grand Ole Opry, Hamilton was known as the “International Ambassador of Country Music,” having toured successfully throughout Europe, Asia, the Soviet Union and Australia. Born and raised in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Hamilton scored a major hit in 1956 with “A Rose and a Baby Ruth.” Penned by John D. Loudermilk, the tune reached Number 6 on the Billboard Top 100 chart
On the day of Foo Fighters’ unscheduled concert in Richmond, Virginia, the city’s mayor has officially recognized September 17th as “Foo Fighters Day RVA.” In a proclamation signed and stamped today, Mayor Dwight C. Jones cited seven reasons tied to the crowd-funding campaign that brought them there to laud the band, whose frontman grew up 90 minutes away in a Virginia suburb of Washington, D.C. A photograph of the document is viewable on Consequence of Sound. Foo Fighters Play Tiny Show in Abandoned London Train Tunnel The official document details the campaign’s history, from its March 2014 post, to the day “Foo Fighters announced via Twitter that they would be performing Richmond’s National Theater.” The band’s fans managed to raise $70,026 of its $70,000 goal to get the band to play its first concert in the city since 1998. Rewards were doled out at $50 apiece, with two $5,000 donations coming from local businesses that planned to give away their tickets.
Peter Hook continues to fan the flames of his very public conflict with former band New Order. On Wednesday morning, the synth-pop quintet unveiled a new Twitter account for defunct post-punk outfit Joy Division – which also featured the bassist – though they didn’t tell their former bandmate. “Thanks for telling me,” Hook replied to the tweet announcement. “As a member of @joydivision it would have been nice to have been informed.” Finds Out Where New Order’s ‘Substance’ Ranks on Rolling Stone’s List of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time Hook’s final album with New Order was 2005’s Waiting for the Sirens’ Call , their eighth overall.
For the past decade, Metallica has been beating bootleggers to the punch by offering high-quality soundboard recordings of nearly every concert they play as downloads on their own LiveMetallica.com. To commemorate the anniversary of the site, the group is offering CDs and LPs of every gig it played in 2014, mostly comprising its “Metallica by Request” tours of South America and Europe where fans selected the set lists. Metallica Look Back at 30 Years of ‘Ride the Lightning’ The group will be unrolling the releases in three-album batches each Monday through the end of the year in the order they played the shows, beginning with Bogotá, Colombia. It’s also offering a box set of all 27 shows, which will ship in December. All sales will be conducted through the LiveMetallica website
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel inadvertently declared himself the coolest mayor on Earth by proclaiming September 23rd “David Bowie Day.” The honor comes in connection with David Bowie Is …, a retrospective exhibit opening that day at the city’s Museum of Contemporary Art. 20 Insanely Great David Bowie Songs Only Hardcore Fans Know As Consequence of Sound notes, the announcement was delivered in a written proclamation in which Emanuel describes the art-rock legend as “an undisputed global icon boasting a catalogue of 26 critically acclaimed studio albums” who has “bridged cultures and faiths while both transcending and fortifying the music, art, fashion & design and theatrical canons.” According to the museum’s website, David Bowie Is … features over 300 items from the musician’s personal archives, including “never-before-seen storyboards, handwritten set lists and lyrics, and some of Bowie’s own sketches, musical scores and diary entries,” which help demonstrate his creative evolution – “from his years as a teenager in the 1950s to the early 2000s, when he retired from touring.” The exhibit – which was previously displayed in London, Berlin, Sao Paulo and Toronto on an international tour – will be an immersive experience, incorporating “advanced sound technology produced by Sennheiser, original animations, continuous audio accompaniment and video installations.” The Chicago exhibit, the tour’s only U.S. stop, will remain on view until January 4th, 2015. A documentary about David Bowie Is…, which premiered at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum in 2013, will be shown in over 100 U.S. movie theaters on September 23rd, the day the exhibit hits Chicago. Related David Bowie’s ‘Heroes’ Reimagined by Janelle Monae Watch David Bowie Explain Ziggy Stardust David Bowie and Cher Duet
Tim McGraw released his 13th studio album, Sundown Heaven Town on Tuesday, and promoted the new set of tunes from sun-up to sundown in the Big Apple. Tim McGraw Packs New LP With ‘Songs That Move Me’ The 47-year-old entertainer kicked off his album release day with a performance on ABC’s Good Morning America , and wrapped up the evening with a concert for American Express Unstaged that was live-streamed from Manhattan’s iconic Hammerstein Ballroom. Directed by filmmaker Bennett Miller ( Moneyball, Capote ), the webcast featured 17 songs, 11 cameras and a pair of family members. If you happened to log on five minutes early, you were treated to a rare, voyeuristic countdown of McGraw alone in his dressing room, ear monitors on, intently pacing, before he strapped on his guitar and headed out to center stage. Impeccably tailored in head-to-toe black and sporting a new salt-and-pepper beard, McGraw chose not to roll out any of the freshly-pressed material from Sundown until halfway through his set, when he was joined by Catherine Dunn for the wistful “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools.” “Ladies and gentlemen, I want you to give a New York City welcome to my first cousin, Miss Catherine Dunn, singing along with me,” he instructed
This year’s Stand Up For Heroes benefit, an evening of music and comedy that raises funds for injured servicemembers and their families, will feature appearances by Bruce Springsteen, Louis C.K., John Oliver, John Mulaney, Brian Williams and other surprise guests. The annual show will take place at New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden on November 5th, with tickets on sale September 17th at noon. Stones Bring Out Springsteen in Lisbon The annual event is organized by the Bob Woodruff Foundation and the New York Comedy Festival. “Lee and I are so humbled by the generous contributions of the talent, sponsors, and variety of organizations in honor of our nation’s heroes and their families,” Woodruff said in a statement. “Each year the show gets bigger and better, demonstrating the unwavering support of all those involved. “We, as well as the show’s talented performers, want to show our appreciation for and give back to the brave men and women who served our country and have come home injured.