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NewSong Music Finalists Announced

Posted by Greg on Nov 16, 2019 in Music

NewSong Music has announced the finalists for its 18th annual NewSong Music Competition Finals on November 23 at Isis Music Hall in Asheville, NC. Read more…

 
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Bonnaroo Black Friday Pre-Sale

Posted by Greg on Nov 15, 2019 in Music, Travel

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Want to stay at home on Black Friday, fellow music lover? Don’t worry, us too. Want to go to Bonnaroo 2020? We do too. Why not do both? At noon EST on Black Friday, pre-sale GA, VIP and platinum tickets will be available at the Bonnaroo website.

Not eager to fork over all that cash? No worries, Bonnaroo has instituted payment plans for GA tickets starting with $30 down. Read more…

 
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Album of the Day: Portnoy – No Complaints

Posted by Greg on Nov 14, 2019 in Music

Another day, another musical surprise.

Today’s shoutout goes to British-Israeli duo Portnoy, an introspective folk tandem who released their debut album No Complaints on Halloween. The album as a whole is uneven but the good songs, hot damn, they are something else. Though this marks the band’s debut under the name Portnoy; brothers Israel and Mendy Portnoy previously recorded under the moniker The Portnoy Brothers. An amalgamation of Milk Carton Kids DIY folk and the enduring melodies of The Beatles, No Complaints has quite a few songs that linger long after the final second. Read more…

 
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2019 CMA Awards Thoughts

Posted by Greg on Nov 13, 2019 in Music, Op-Ed

Holy cannoli it’s late and we need to get to bed, but here’s our thoughts on the recently wrapped-up 2019 CMA Awards. Read more…

 
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Song of the Day: Robert Sarazin Blake – “Ukrainian Phone Call”

Posted by Greg on Nov 7, 2019 in Music

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For as long as we’ve been listening to music intelligently (age 15 or so) we’ve had a soft spot for folksingers. We also love politics, even if the current state of affairs is an ugly quagmire. Picking up on that quagmire vibe, singer-songwriter Robert Sarazin Blake has released a fantastic new song “Ukrainian Phone Call.” Sturdy, confident and strong, it falls somewhere between Steve Poltz, Dan Bern and Ani DiFranco. Read more…

 
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Album of the Day: John DeNicola – The Why Because

Posted by Greg on Nov 5, 2019 in Music

Oh, nostalgia. If ever there’s a reason to listen to aging rockers, the nostalgia factor might be at the top of the list. John DeNicola is an artist who has lived most of his life in the shadows of others. But his songs, they’re as iconic as ever. Read more…

 
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Whataburger + Randy Rogers Band Launch Cowboy Boots

Posted by Greg on Oct 31, 2019 in Music

Texas burger chain Whataburger has launched its latest online retail item: custom-made Whataburger-stitched cowboy boots. The collaboration between Whataburger and Justin Boots was announced on Friday, Oct. 25 at a Randy Rogers Band concert at Floore’s Country Store in Helotes, TX. The first 300 fans in attendance receivd a co-branded gift bag and one lucky winner received a pair of the boots. Read more…

 
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Caamp Celebrates Big Week

Posted by Greg on Oct 30, 2019 in Music

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One of the biggest successes of 2019 has been the emergence of Columbus, OH band Caamp. This week the band celebrated two milestones. The first involves current single “Peach Fuzz” standing atop the charts at Triple A radio and last night they made their TV debut, appearing on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Read more…

 
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Frankie Cosmos to Play at Bandcamp Oakland on Nov. 17

Posted by Greg on Oct 29, 2019 in Music

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We are huge fans of Bandcamp and even bigger fans of Bandcamp’s new brick-and-mortar store in downtown Oakland. Since its debut (which we wrote about) the brick-and-mortar record store has had a series of live events and the latest is one worth your attention. Read more…

 
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Album of the Week: The Brook + The Bluff – First Place

Posted by Greg on Oct 28, 2019 in Music

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If there’s one album that has absolutely floored us over the past week it is easily First Place, the debut album from Birmingham, AL’s indie-soul quartet The Brook and the Bluff. Read more…

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