Two Birds & One Ace Up The Sleeve: Dave Barnes, Matt Wertz, and Jon McLaughlin

Dave Barnes and Matt Wertz have teamed up for the Two Birds / One Stone Tour they are currently on.  The recent stop in Austin at the Belmont was a fantastic musical ride of spiritual proportions. The weather was a nice 70 degrees, which mattered as it is an outdoor patio venue.  One of the…


3 Key Ingredients of The Secret SXSW Sauce

3 Key Ingredients Of The Secret SXSW Sauce June 5, 2014 So SXSW has concluded, the city’s hangover has worn off and people are back to business as usual. This was my first experience at one of the largest conferences overall and the only one of its kind. Being a new transplant to the Austin…


Exclusive Interview with Steven Roth: Bringing Back the Roots of Rock

STEVEN ROTH – BRINGING BACK THE ROOTS OF ROCK On January  30, 2013 a friend of mine took me to see the Who at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA.  It was that night I was blown away by the opening act, “Steven Roth”.  A performance full of all the elements of the live…


Lumineers Self-Titled “Lumineers” is an Enjoyable Experience in Folk Music

Released in April of 2012, The Lumineers’ self-titled album “The Lumineers” has debuted to good reviews and sold-out shows. The feel of the album is a gentle folksy tone with a hint of alternative to it. It is generally a good mixture that works throughout the album and brings to mind unknown yearnings of childhood…


THE SMASHING PUMPKINS’ 1994 ‘PISCES ISCARIOT’ REMASTERED REISSUE AVAILABLE JULY 17

THE SMASHING PUMPKINS’ 1994 ‘PISCES ISCARIOT’ ALBUM IS REISSUED FOR THE FIRST TIME AND RECEIVES THE FULLY REMASTERED TREATMENT AS PART OF EMI MUSIC’S EXTENSIVE REISSUE CAMPAIGN AVAILABLE JULY 17 IN NORTH AMERICA AND JULY 16 INTERNATIONALLY “My approach was to look at the album like a mix tape. It was as if I was…


COULD THIS BE THE END FOR COACHELLA MUSIC FESTIVAL?

Coachella music festival may move due to new taxes and may cancel future festivals. In a recent development promoters of the Coachella and Stagecoach music festivals are threatening to move both of the music festivals out of the Coachella valley because of the admissions taxes that are applied to the host cities. Paul Tollett, the…


PENNYWISE CANCELS REMAINING TOUR DATES DUE TO SINGERS COLLAPSE

Pennywise frontman, Zoli Teglas, collapsed on stage last Friday during the Full Force Festival show in Germany due to complications of a herniated disc.  He was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery or otherwise risk permanent paralysis. The band posted a statement and update on the facebook page, “We would like to thank…


Dirty Heads “Cabin By The Sea” Toes In The Sand Fun

In 1996, Jared Watson and Dustin “Duddy” Bushnell came together in California and formed a garage band, practicing the fine art of mixing nearly every genre of music into one sound. The result is the Dirty Heads; crazy, fun, totally unexpected and never predictable. “Cabin By The Sea,” the second offering by Dirty Heads holds…


MAROON 5 ‘OVEREXPOSED’ – OVEREXPOSED OR OVERCOOKED?

A little over a decade ago, someone gave me a cutout of Maroon 5’s first album, “Songs About Jane”. I played it over and over again. It was one of the freshest new styles of pop/rock music I had heard in years. I passed it around to all my friends; even spread the news to…


TWENTY-TIME GRAMMY® WINNER BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN TO BE HONORED AS 2013 MUSICARES® PERSON OF THE YEAR

Annual Gala Benefiting the MusiCares Foundation® And Its Health And Human Services Programs For Music People Will Be Held During GRAMMY® Week SANTA MONICA, Calif. (June 28, 2012)— Bruce Springsteen will be honored as the 2013 MusiCares® Person of the Year on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, it was announced today by Neil Portnow, President/CEO of…