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Why Is Christine McVie Re-joining Fleetwood Mac?

Fleetwood MacFleetwood Mac is touring again and, unlike recent reunions for the ’70s mega-stars, this one will include keyboardist, singer, and songwriter Christine McVie. McVie was one of the primary creative forces behind the groups mainstream success, contributing hits like “Don’t Stop,” “You Make Loving Fun,” and later singles “Little Lies” and “Everywhere.”

The band slowly dissolved through the end of the ’80s, reuniting for President Bill Clinton‘s inauguration and then later for a concert special, tour, and record called The Dance, which was a big success. Christine McVie left the group after that and they carried on without her, to mixed results. Now she’s back, which is nice for fans, and it’s obviously better to have her there than not. But you have to wonder why she’d do this, after having successfully, and seemingly wisely, extricated herself. It could be for the money, but I’m not so sure. I think when your public identity is so firmly defined by one thing – in this case, Fleetwood Mac – it must be hard to just say it’s over forever. And when you start to face mortality – McVie’s ex-husband and Mac bassist John McVie has recently battled cancer – the desire to revisit that one thing must be compelling. Finally, as McVie told People magazine, the band’s chemistry is truly and undeniably special. I’d like to think that it’s all just for the fun of it. So while I respected her for getting out while the getting was good, I have to assume the purest motives, and respect that, too.

The tour starts September 29 in Minneapolis. Maybe it will be awesome.

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Aloud’s New Album ‘It’s Got To Be Now’ Out April 1

MMWOBRSVCQDV-520x520Aloud will release It’s Got To Be Now on April 1, and will follow up with a regional tour in late April through May. From what we’ve heard of the new record, it’s what you might call top-shelf rock and roll – something we feel has been in short supply lately. Please allow the titular single to run you over.

See below for tour dates.
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Man On Earth On Tour (On Earth)

Friends of OurStage Man On Earth have begun a pretty wide-ranging American tour, with dates from Florida to California. The musically moody and bombastic modern rockers are in Orlando tonight and won’t wrap until at least May 10th in Biloxi, MS. Man On Earth will release their new record on April 1, with a release show on April 3 at Bowery Electric in New York. Openers on the tour include Miggs and Open Air Stereo. See dates below.

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Dawn & Hawkes Advance On ‘The Voice’

dawn hawkesWe could not be more proud of Dawn & Hawkes, the rootsy duo who emerged as one of the top finalists in our Intel Superstars competition in 2013. They have since been making waves as a big fan favorite on NBC’s The Voice. Last night, they advanced through another battle round with a version of Steelers Wheel’s classic “Stuck In The Middle.” They’ve been documenting their network adventure on their Facebook page, and it’s worth checking out.

 

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Satellites & Sirens Release ‘One Noise’

Nashville’s Satellites & Sirens have released their much anticipated new LP One Noise. The synthesizer pop maestros who first came to our attention as winners of our Rock Boat competition launched a Kickstarter campaign in February to help fund the release. Now, with the help of the band’s fans, the album is here for our listening pleasure. Get it now on iTunes.

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Bronze Radio Return Announce Spring Tour

Fresh off a successful run of shows at SXSW, the men of Bronze Radio Return will be hitting the road in support of their new album Up, On & Over, an atmospheric slice of radio-ready Americana indie rock. Check it out on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and Rdio. Here are the dates; do attend if at all possible.

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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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