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Neko Case Comedy Song Gets
11July

Neko Case Comedy Song Gets "Awesome" Video

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Pitchfork reports: "Neko Case and Kelly Hogan recently shared "These Aren't the Droids", a very funny song that critiques teen fanboy culture. That song now has a video, which is, unsurprisingly, also very funny. Neko dons a Spock uniform and a Princess Leia wig, while Hogan wears a full Chewbacca costume. The video also stars Ellie Kemper ("The Office", Bridesmaids), who's dating a stormtrooper."

Musicport 2014 Festival Announces Line-Up
11July

Musicport 2014 Festival Announces Line-Up

Musicport 2014 is a new addition to the UK music festival scene with an eclectic cross-genre mix on the line up, and as a bonus extends the festival season right in to October, being that it’s indoor - no more mud, soggy tents or sodden falafel burgers, plus it takes place in the beautiful Victorian North Yorkshire fishing town of Whiby.

Win Signed Copy of Dan Stuart Autobiography!
10July

Win Signed Copy of Dan Stuart Autobiography!

Green on Red frontman book details life on the road, loves and demons

Dan Stuart is an American musician best known as the leader/ singer/songwriter of 80s post punk, alt-country rock band, Green On Red and for his teaming with Steve Wynn as Danny & Dusty. Green On Red's former front man and main scribe presents 'A false memoir', detailing his life on the road, his loves and his demons.

Jeff Tweedy, Jason Isbell and Others to Appear on Beck Project Recording
10July

Jeff Tweedy, Jason Isbell and Others to Appear on Beck Project Recording

album also includes Laura Marling and Loudon Wainwright III

Uncut reports: "Beck is set to release a recorded version of his Song Reader project with an all-star cast including Jack White, Jeff Tweedy, Laura Marling and Jarvis Cocker.  Two years ago, in 2012, Beck released the album in sheet music form, leaving it up to individual musicians around the world to interpret his compositions in their own style. Three live shows have been staged since that release and later this month, on July 28, the first Song Reader album will be officially released.  Beck himself contributes one song, titled Heaven's Ladder."

Jackson Browne to Receive AMA Lifetime Achievement Award
09July

Jackson Browne to Receive AMA Lifetime Achievement Award

Billboard reports: "Jackson Browne, Loretta Lynn, conjunto musician Flaco Jimenez and blues musician Taj Mahal will receive lifetime achievement awards at The Americana Music Association Honors and Awards ceremony in Nashville, Tennessee, in September. Browne, who has lent his voice to a number of social policy issues including clean energy, will receive the "Spirit of Americana" Free Speech Award. The Lifetime Achievement Award for songwriting will go to Lynn, who wrote hits such as "The Pill" and "Don't Come Home a Drinkin' (With Lovin' on Your Mind).""

SC4M 2014 Americana Festival Announces Line-Up
08July

SC4M 2014 Americana Festival Announces Line-Up

Danny & the Champs, the Travelling Band and more play former SXSC event

Our good friends at Winchester’s annual one-day festival of Americana and Roots have entered a new phase this year after a name change from sxsc to sc4m. Previously known as South By South Central, the organisers were forced to change the name when threatened with litigation from the South By South West festival in Texas, which claims it holds copyright over the letters sxs.  In that order anyway or they'd be in real trouble.

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