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Listen To Eli “Paperboy” Reed’s New Single

eli reedRetro soul crooner Eli “Paperboy” Reed has moved just a few inches away from the “retro” tag with “Shock To The System,” the first single off his upcoming LP Nights Like This, which drops on April 29th.

The single immediately impresses as less Otis Redding, a primary Reed influence, and slightly more modern by way of Daryl Hall and relatively contemporary production. No surprise then to learn that the song was co-written with Fitz and the Tantrums Michael Fitzpatrick, a Hall devotee.

The main thing is, it grooves. Check it out.

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Third Fatality In SXSW DUI

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We are sad to report that a third victim has died from injuries resulting from an allegedly drunk driver running into a crowd at South By Southwest in Austin, TX early Thursday morning.

Sandy Thuy Le, 26, was pronounced dead last night by doctors at University Medical Center Brackenridge. Five other victims remain hospitalized.

The suspect in this incident is Rashad Charjuan Owens, 21, who is said to have fled a DUI stop with reckless abandon, driving at high speed through police barriers and into a waiting crowd before attempting to flee on foot. He was apprehended by police at the scene.

Yellabird Gives A Taste Of New EP

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Our friends in the power-duo known as Yellabird have released the first track from their upcoming EP Debts. The song is “Tired Eyes,” and it bears the trademark Yellabird heavy riffage, flying-off-the-rails rhythm, and contrastingly sweet melodicism, with an ethereally roomy verse. Check it out.

Matt Nathanson And Gavin DeGraw On Tour

on-the-verge-matt-nathanson-faster-modern-love-6662MMG-x-largeAcclaimed singer-songwriter Matt Nathanson has announced that he’ll be touring this summer with Gavin DeGraw. Mary Lambert (Macklemore & Lewis / solo) and Andrew McMahon (Jack’s Mannequin / Something Corporate) will open select dates. Watch Nathanson and DeGraw discuss some of the more suspect dates in this video, and see the tour route below.

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Hannah Thomas Launches Kickstarter

Hannah Thomas Described by Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls as having “the soul of old country [but a] die hard rocker with some punk thrown in the mix,” Georgia-based Hannah Thomas isn’t afraid to play around with genres. Having released her latest album over a year ago, Thomas has been busy traveling the country, playing shows, and writing new material— but in order to help that last one come to fruition, she’ll need your help. Thomas has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her latest album, and is seeking $10,500. Though the album title is still in the works, she hopes to record the album in late spring/early summer for a fall release. You can pledge here and watch her video below. You can also catch Thomas on tour this March and April across the U.S.  Continue reading ‘Hannah Thomas Launches Kickstarter’

Yellowcard Part Ways With Drummer

Yellowcard2After nearly 17 years, Longineu Parsons has decided to part ways with Yellowcard. The band announced their drummer’s departure on Thursday, saying, “It has been announced that long-time drummer Longineu ‘LP’ Parsons III has left YELLOWCARD. Longineu has decided to pursue other musical interests. We wish him the best of luck in his future endeavors.” A replacement has not been announced. Parsons’ exit leaves Sean Mackin as the sole original member. It is unclear what this means for the band’s upcoming tour dates, including their slot on this summer’s Warped Tour.

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Beck Performs On ‘The Tonight Show’

beck_hansen_0100Right after his recent North American tour announcement, Beck took to the stage of Jimmy Fallon‘s Tonight Show to perform “Waking Light” and “Say Goodbye,” which appeared as an online exclusive. Both tracks come off Beck’s recent album, Morning Phase, which we’ve raved about in one way or another over the past few months. I wasn’t sure those haunting melodies would necessarily translate well live, but this performance speaks for itself. Catch Beck on tour this spring, and watch both videos below.  Continue reading ‘Beck Performs On ‘The Tonight Show’’

YONAS Announces Tour Dates

YonasIn just under two weeks, New York based hip-hop artist YONAS, will be hitting the road for a month of non-stop shows across the U.S. Beginning March 27th in Jacksonville, FL, YONAS will hit New York City, Boston, Cleveland, St Louis, and Denver and beyond, before wrapping things up April 26th in Loudonville, NY. Support on the tour will come from The Specktators. Check out the dates below. Continue reading ‘YONAS Announces Tour Dates’

Live Video: Vic And Gab At SXSW 2014

Vic and GabSXSW is in full swing, despite last night’s tragedy, and as we move forward in one of the music industry’s biggest festivals, we’re beginning to see the first of the SXSW coverage popping up online. From performances to reviews, it’s almost enough to make those of us not there feel like we’re in the crowd. For former OurStage Artists of the Week, Vic and Gab, last night went off without a hitch as they performed their single “Let You Down.” Check out the clip right here and catch the duo on tour throughout the Midwest this March and April.

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Keith Richards Writing Children’s Book

Keith RichardsI don’t know why I’m surprised. In this day and age, it seems musicians are doing just about everything, and as much as Keith Richards is probably one of the last people I’d peg to write a children’s book, it seems I’d be wrong. Billboard reports that Richards’ story, Gus & Me: The Story Of My Granddad and My First Guitar, details Richards’ own relationship with his grandfather, Gus Dupree. Illustrations will come from his daughter, Theodora Richards (ok, so that’s kind of sweet), and the book will be released this fall. Barnaby Harris and Bill Shapiro will assist in the writing, so I guess we don’t have to worry about any of that drug abuse and debauchery that appeared in his memoir, Life, popping up. Keep an eye out for Richards’ book, released on Little Brown Books For Young Readers this fall.

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