Lucy Rose Announces New Live Album, Dates

LUCY ROSE VINYL FRONT SLEEVE.inddLucy Rose will release her new album, ‘Live at Urchin Studios’ on 9th December 2016. Recorded in one hour at London’s Urchin Studios in front of a live audience and with only one bandmate (Alex Eichenberger), the album features tracks from Rose’s debut release ‘Like I Used To’ as well as last year’s follow up ‘Work It Out’.  Rose also hits the UK for a “library” tour as part of the Get It Loud In Libraries initiative. Limited tickets for all shows are on sale now via DICEContinue reading “Lucy Rose Announces New Live Album, Dates”

The Shins Return with New Album and Video

The album’s set for a 2017 release before you get too excited.  Pitchfork peppily reports: “The Shins are getting in the Halloween spirit. This morning (Oct. 26), the James Mercer-led band dropped a music video for a new song called “Dead Alive,” featuring the rickety production quality and campy macabre of an old horror B-movie. The Shins teased the video on Instagram yesterday and today we’ve got the whole thing, along with a message about the new music the group’s brewing: “James Mercer wanted to give you all a Halloween gift while you wait for the album.” Below, watch Mercer struggle to realize if he’s shrunk or if the world’s gotten bigger.  Continue reading “The Shins Return with New Album and Video”

Sarah McQuaid Announces Tour Dates – November

Following hard on the heels of a seven-week USA tour that saw her playing thirty nine shows from coast to coast, Sarah McQuaid hits the UK next month for her final tour before she takes a break from the road in 2017 to focus her energies on writing and recording a fifth solo album, as well as penning a sequel to The Irish DADGAD Guitar Book, the popular tutor she authored on the alternative guitar tuning method that she uses. “I’d like to do a follow-up book that focuses on song accompaniment and that demonstrates the versatility of DADGAD,” Sarah explains. “A lot of people think of it as a specifically ‘Celtic’ tuning, but I write all my songs in DADGAD, and it’s great for all sorts of different genres, from blues to classical music to rock ’n’ roll.”  Get yourself a guitar and find out for yourself.  Continue reading “Sarah McQuaid Announces Tour Dates – November”

Carrie Rodriguez Announces UK Dates – November

Texan songwriter Carrie Rodriguez has announced a headline UK tour next month following the release of critically acclaimed album Lola (which garnered 4 stars in the Guardian) including shows in Birmingham, London and Scotland.   Known as a passionate performer, Carrie melds fiery fiddle playing, electrifying vocals and a fresh interpretation of new and classic songs with an “Ameri-Chicana” attitude (that’s a new one for us). Lola is both a return to her musical roots and something of a departure where she delivers her own twangy, Texas-bred twist on Mexican Ranchera songs, creating “culturally blended music for a culturally blended world.”  Hear for yourself below. Continue reading “Carrie Rodriguez Announces UK Dates – November”

Buddy Miller Talks The Wire and Nashville on New RS Podcast

News from Rolling Stone Country of a new podcast you can catch now with the King of Americana: “One month after fronting the house band at this year’s Americana Honors & Awards, Buddy Miller sits down with Chris Shiflett – podcast host, Foo Fighters bandmate, solo artist and fellow multi-tasker – for the newest installment of Walking the Floor. The episode makes its way through more than a half-century’s worth of history, from the original Woodstock, where a teenaged Miller caught Jimi Hendrix’s set, to present-day Nashville. Along the way, Miller – who helped strengthen the left-of-center country scenes in Austin, New York and Los Angeles before moving to Tennessee – geeks out over the Grateful Dead and takes some well-deserved shots at Nashville’s obsession with co-writing. There’s also a story about the time he suffered a heart attack onstage, only to drink half a beer with the creator of The Wire before heading to the hospital. (Priorities, people.)”  Continue reading “Buddy Miller Talks The Wire and Nashville on New RS Podcast”

Ryan Adams “Won’t Cover Album Again”

ryan-adamsSo bad luck on that version of the Babylon Zoo debut.  Pitchfork reports: “In September 2015, Ryan Adams released 1989, an album in which he covered every song from Taylor Swift’s Grammy-winning 2014 blockbuster. Taylor herself was thrilled by the idea, and surrounding the album’s release, the two artists discussed their mutual admiration in joint interviews. Now it seems as though Ryan does not look fondly upon the release. Today on Twitter, he responded to a fan suggesting a new album he could cover (it was Oasis’ Be Here Now): “Thanks but not gonna cover an album again.” He continued, suggesting that 1989’s polarized reception had given him a new outlook on releasing these types of projects. “1000 jabs later, what we made for fun has been made to be something else,” he wrote. “Learning to share less.”  Continue reading “Ryan Adams “Won’t Cover Album Again””

Americana Outsells Country in the US for First Time

“If you can taste the dirt through your ears, that’s Americana.” Slightly late to the party with this one, and you can read some further analysis here courtesy of the Houston Press, but Billboard reported last week: “On the Billboard charts dated Oct. 22, four full-length releases that qualify for the Americana/Folk Albums chart — BonIver’s 22, A Million, Bob Weir’s Blue Mountain, Van Morrison’s Keep Me Singing and Drive-By Truckers’ American Band — landed among the top 10 highest-selling albums overall (in the tracking week ending Oct. 6, according to Nielsen Music). That’s an outsize performance for Americana, and represents more in sales than any other genre outside of rock (for which all four also qualify) among the top 10. In other words, Americana albums outsold R&B/hip-hop, dance and, most notably, country among the Top Album Sales chart’s top 10. It’s the first time the genre has bested country sales among weekly top 10-sellers since Billboard rebranded the Folk Albums chart as Americana/Folk Albums beginning with the chart dated June 4.  Continue reading “Americana Outsells Country in the US for First Time”

Loudon Wainwright III Announces “Surviving Twin” Dates

If you’ve caught him on his current UK tour (or indeed the Andrew Marr Show yesterday) you’ll know that “Surviving Twin” is a posthumous collaboration in which Grammy Award winner Loudon Wainwright III connects some of his best songs with the writing of his late father Loudon Wainwright Jr, the long-standing LIFE Magazine columnist. The performance, never previously put on in the UK, is pitched as “a game of creative catch between son and father, exploring issues like birth, loss, parenthood, fashion, pet ownership, and mortality.”  Continue reading “Loudon Wainwright III Announces “Surviving Twin” Dates”

Robert Pollard Announces Yet Another Record

If you’re one of those people who slavishly follow Robert Pollard (GBV, Boston Spaceships and a host of others) you’ll be heartened by this news and if you’re one of those people who pick up the odd release when he churns out something close to classic, then you’ll also be pleased by this news because, the new one is a cracker. There’s a whole host of nuggets squirrelled away in Pollard’s back catalogue which are easily overlooked due to his productivity. Earlier this year I binged and I got hold of Cosmos, a collaboration with Eric Matthews (from the Moles) and Mars Classroom with Gary Waleik from Big Dipper. There both as great as they could be and the latter in particular has some songs that make my life less dull. Continue reading “Robert Pollard Announces Yet Another Record”

Northcote and Jon Snodgrass Hit the UK for Dates – November

Canadian Northcote (Matt Goud), who we’re big fans of here at AUK, and Colorado songwriter Jon Snodgrass (from self-described “country and mid-Western” band Drag the River) are joining forces for a whistle stop four-date tour of the UK in Bristol, Southampton, Manchester and London next month. Northcote will return to the UK for the first time since September last year, having invested over a year of touring in support of latest album Hope Is Made of Steel, building his solid fanbase with gospel-tinged, soulful songs – and Jon Snodgrass’ CV, which includes collaborations with Descendents, Cory Branan, Chuck Ragan (Hot Water Music), Tim McIllirath (Rise Against), Vinnie Fiorella (Less Than Jake) is equally as impressive.  What could go wrong?

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