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Line-up for Wilco’s Solid Sound Festival: The ABC’s

Wilco‘s Solid Sound Festival is announcing the line-up for their Solid Sound Festival over the course of the alphabet. That is, they are slowly posting the names of the acts in alphabetical order over on their Facebook page.

E is for expecting the “E” band in a few minutes. I’m very excited for “L” and I’ll tell you why as soon as we get there…
UPDATE: It’s because L is for Lucius, a band we love, and we’re doing an exclusive recording session with them tomorrow.

Academy of Country Music Awards Nominees

I wonder how long country music awards shows think they’re going to be able to claim Taylor Swift as a country artist. I think that train has sailed. Swift was among this year’s nominees for Album of the Year at the Country Music Awards for her shit-kickin’, twang fest Red, and garnered four other nominations, including Entertainer of the Year. Miranda Lambert, another Entertainer of the Year nominee, ties Swift with a total of five nominations.

The big leaders, though, are Eric Church, with seven nominations around his album Chief, and Hunter Hayes, with six, including Song of the Year and Single of the Year (because maybe the Song of the Year will be a deep cut, right?) for his song “Wanted.”

The 48th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards will be broadcast live on CBS on April 7th and will be hosted this year by Luke Bryan and Blake Shelton.

See the full list of nominees below.

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News In Brief: February 12, 2013

Lots of interesting little bits today, kiddos.

Timbuck and the JZA…what, I can’t make up nicknames for popular entertainers that I hope will catch on, even though they’re super-stupid and I know they won’t? Fine, Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z (happy?) are reportedly planning a big tour together. Jay-Z guests on JT’s new “Suit And Tie” and the pair have been appearing together a lot recently, most notably at the Grammys this past Sunday. Via Rolling Stone

Spin has neatly summarized the pop-up feud between The Black Keys’ Patrick Carney and Leif Garrett Justin Bieber. Carney, cornered by TMZ cameras, let out a short dig at the pop’s littlest sensation. Known lately for taking shots at some, uh, easy targets, Carney’s remarks hinted that Bieber had been snubbed at the Grammys because the Grammys are for music. Conclusions drawn. Bieber hit back on twitter that Carney should be “slapped around haha.” HAHA YOU ASSHOLE, I WILL HAVE YOUR LEGS BROKEN, is what we think he was getting at. Carney then invited a more intimate form of corporal punishment.

Phoenix has announced an impending new album, called Bankrupt! I can’t imagine the title has anything to do with the French quartet’s bank accounts, after the success (and double success if you count some mega licensing deals) of 2009′s Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (named in tribute to Eddie Van Halen‘s son Wolfgang, I assume). Tour dates, track list, over at the AV Club.

Despite the buzz, which itself was despite the consistent denials, Ben Gibbard has again refuted the notion of a new Postal Service LP. It is NOT GOING TO HAPPEN, MUSIC NERDS. Gibbard “broke” the “news” while announcing that there are two new singles, both to be included with the reissue of Give Up.

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Latin Artists: Enter To Be The Next El Headliner

Latin artists, are you ready for your close-up? OurStage and Tr3s have teamed up to offer one lucky Latin artist an incredible opportunity for spotlight coverage on Tr3s network’s Top 20, and’s Music My GüeyDescubre y Download, and Blogamole. Just enter your best song into the “Tr3s Latin Music Channel” by March 23 for a shot at some incredible coverage.

Family Of The Year Performs On Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Los Angeles’ Family Of The Year performed a couple of songs for the Jimmy Kimmel Live! audience last night. The band played their single “Hero,” a heartbreaking indie folk ballad, as well as St. Croix, which is offered as a bonus track on the JKL site.

Family Of The Year released their debut LP Loma Vista in 2012 on Nettwerk Records and are currently on tour throughout the U.S. Click here for dates.

See St. Croix after the jump.
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Passion Pit Headlines Madison Square Garden: Photos has posted a series of images from the scene inside New York’s Madison Square Garden when, as we reported last week, electro popsters (and Boston’s own) Passion Pit played the legendary venue with openers Matt & Kim and Icona Pop.

It’s one thing to hear about and understand that these relatively un-assuming indie bands have risen to the level where they can fill MSG. It’s quite another to gaze at the photo evidence and get a sense of the intensity that must have gone down, in the midst of a near-blizzard, no less, when these acts took the stage.

As Spin puts it, “Here’s what happens when the little guys become the big guys.”

Passion Pit


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Spotify’s Grammy Awards Playlist

Didn’t listen to the radio over the past year? You’re not alone. Terrestrial radio listenership has been declining steadily. Listeners turn more to Internet radio, which is usually tailored to the listener’s specific tastes. Thus they don’t get the kind of broad-spectrum popular music survey represented at the Grammy Awards.

If you are among those who need (and, importantly, want) a crash course on what’s popular in music right now, Spotify has made a playlist of winners from last night’s ceremony. Check it out here.

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55th Annual Grammy Awards Recap

The Grammys are a funny thing. On one hand, the awards have been long derided as out-of-touch, self-congratulatory celebration of mediocrity and irrelevancy. On the other hand, the Grammys remains the standard-bearer of the very top of the music world. An award means sales and attention for winning artists. Just ask Milli Vanilli. Oh, I kid the Grammys.

See full list of winners below.

Last night hammered home that the awards ceremony can also do glitz, glamour, and the good life like the Oscars. Jay-Z (Best Rap Performance, Song, and Collaboration) sipped cognac in the front row, seeming to anoint pop stars with his approbation, rubbing elbows with Mrs. Timberlake, and generally holding court. The beautiful people were out in force, looking beautiful, mostly adhering to the controversial dress code…even if some of the winners were a little more rag-tag.

Mumford & Sons (Album of the Year and Long Form Music Video) had a good showing with two wins, bringing, along with The Lumineers, a new wave of folkpop to the masses. When will we ever again see a Grammys featuring two separate performances with the stand-up kick drum stomp?

Fun. (Song of the Year and Best New Artist) also had a big night, literally making it rain inside the theater. I know not what additional sorcery these men are capable of – but it must have taken some kind of black magic to win Best New Artist moments after announcing that they’d been doing this for 12 years.

Another big winner was Dan Auerbach (Producer of the Year) and his band The Black Keys (Best Rock Song and Rock Performance), who represented quality rock and roll for the ceremony. Their performance of “Lonely Boy” with Dr. John and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band was a beautiful match.

And Justin Timberlake – let’s admit it, the guy has the world on a string. A gifted performer, funny, and a seemingly nice guy, who has made some really good pop music, JT can do whatever he wants now, including duet with Jay-Z before easing into a faux-big band number. The sepia tint was too much, ABC. Let the man’s classic style speak for itself. In the end, though, there’s just something that keeps Timberlake from being truly great – and it’s his voice. I’m not saying the dude can’t sing, I’m just saying that he’s still got the N’Sync voice. It has no…gravitas. I bet he’s not sweating my critique though.

Other thoughts…

That Frank Ocean (Best Urban Contemporary Album and Rap Collaboration) performance was weird, right? I mean, bad-weird. Do what you want, Frank, we’re here for you, but you’ve gotta stay in tune.

Sting’s price to show up and play with you is apparently no higher than just being asked, so there he was with Bruno Mars, and, man, it was pretty good. “Walking On The Moon” was a great choice, and I’m glad he was rocking the bass.

And you may be sick of it, or it may never have been your kind of thing, but if you try to tell me that “Somebody That I Used To Know” is not a killer track, you are a liar and probably a jerk. What the world needed now was a Human League for the next generation, and Gotye and Kimbra (Best Pop Duo/Group Performance) gave it to us. Very nice and appropriate nods to Prince from both of them.

The Levon Helm tribute performance of “The Weight” was nice, with standout performances by Mavis Staples (who memorably sang the song with Helm in The Band’s film The Last Waltz) and Alabama Shakes Brittany Howard. Too bad Elton John was just taking a song-length piano solo all over the damn thing.

Oh hey, Taylor Swift wants you to know that she’s the world’s biggest music fan, ok? Did you see her? With the arms up and the singing? She knows the songs, ok?

And finally, if anyone needs to tie a hobo bindle on the end of a stick, just follow Johnny Depp for a few minutes. He has bandannas falling off of him.

Full winners list after the jump…

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Dawes Release New Single, “From A Window Seat,” New Album Trailer

Los Angeles’ mellowest sons Dawes have released a new single, “From A Window Seat.” That’s the name of the song, not the place from which they released the song. Writing is hard.

The song, from their upcoming LP Stories Don’t End (safe to assume they took this line from the Paul Williams song “Our World” as featured in Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas), is certainly among the more driving of Dawes songs. It is also notably more dry sounding, with less of the reverb that has characterized the band’s sound.

Dawes has also released a behind-the-scenes trailer for the album, which is due April 9. Check out the lyric video for the single below, and the album trailer and track-listing after the jump.

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REMINDER: #FreeTicketFriday Returns Today At 1PM (EST)!

Warm up your hashtag trigger finger, because this week Free Ticket Friday is back. Win free tickets to any US-based show you want, just by tweeting at OurStage or interacting with us on Facebook. Yeah, we can’t believe it’s that easy either. Here’s what you have to do:


1. Follow @OurStage on Twitter.

2. Retweet the #FreeTicketFriday tweet (posted at 1PM on Fridays).


We’re also giving you the opportunity to win over Facebook:

1. Make sure to “like” the OurStage page.

2. Interact with our Facebook contest post (Like, Share, or Comment)

Once you interact with the contest links you’ll be automatically entered to win a pair of tickets to the US-based concert of your choosing. Past winners have already snagged tickets to see Green DayMaroon 5The Killers at Madison Square Garden, and Jay-Z at one of his historic first shows at the Barclays Center. If you’re on Twitter or Facebook all the time anyway, why not win some free tickets while you’re at it?

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