Big Star remembered in new film to premiere at SXSW – Watch

And if you think that’s just the name of a Jayhawks song, here’s a story on a band that will join the dots for you. Billboard reports: “Big Star will get another opportunity to reclaim a positive legacy next week during the music portion of South by Southwest. Few will forget frontman Alex Chilton’s unexpected … Continue reading “Big Star remembered in new film to premiere at SXSW – Watch”

Dirty Dozen: Lonely Avenue

Lonely Avenue is a four-piece alt-country/Americana band from Bakersfield, California who has been playing around 150 shows per year since 2008.  Can you tell us about yourself?  Where you’re from and what you’ve been up to over the past few years? We are from different places but all of us have spent most of our … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Lonely Avenue”

New Robyn Hitchcock album due April – Listen

The legendary (and we use that word frugally) Robyn Hitchcock will release his new record on the Yep Roc label on 21st April. The 21st studio recording (spookily) and first-ever eponymous release of the British artist’s four-decade career, Robyn Hitchcock is available for pre-order now at the official Yep Roc Store. Described by its creator as “an ecstatic … Continue reading “New Robyn Hitchcock album due April – Listen”

Dirty Dozen: The Whiskey Gentry

Following the release of their first two acclaimed albums, Please Make Welcome (2011) and Holly Grove (2013), the Atlanta-based band The Whiskey Gentry are set to release their third full-length studio album entitled Dead Ringer on April 7th. On it, the husband and wife duo of Lauren Staley & Jason Morrow and bandmates have created … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: The Whiskey Gentry”

Jeff Tweedy writes an open letter to Trump supporting trolls

And there’ll be a lot more of this to come. 3 years, 361 days and counting which might feel more bearable if you can manufacture a self-induced coma. Before you do, have a gander at the video at the end of this article if you’ve not seen it before – it’s a cracker. Billboard reports: “Fans … Continue reading “Jeff Tweedy writes an open letter to Trump supporting trolls”

Band of Heathens stream new album – Listen

Not to get mixed up with horses, although they both begin with the letter ‘h’. Americana with the swagger of the Stones, Rolling Stone Country reports: “On a January morning in Austin, it’s chilly enough to snow. Hometown heroes the Band of Heathens are leaving their winter gear at home, though, and prepping for tropical weather … Continue reading “Band of Heathens stream new album – Listen”

Dirty Dozen: Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire

If the Scots slang – which gives Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire’s “Swithering” its name – suggests any sort of indecisiveness at play, then it’s one that the band whole-heartedly embraced to help push the boundaries of what it felt capable of creating.  From the very beginning, this was a group of players eager … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Roddy Hart & the Lonesome Fire”

Jeff Tweedy Collaborates with Parks and Rec’s Nick Offerman

And if you’ve never seen Parks and Recreation, now’s the time (it’s finished but as relevant as ever, particularly in this US election year).  Pitchfork reports: “Nick Offerman, most famous for starring on NBC’s “Parks and Recreation,” is a big fan of Jeff Tweedy. After directing a video for his Tweedy side project and, later, announcing plans to … Continue reading “Jeff Tweedy Collaborates with Parks and Rec’s Nick Offerman”

Dirty Dozen: Annie Keating

Talent spotted by BBC Radio 2’s Bob Harris, (who calls the new album,“Wonderful – heartfelt and real”), Keating appeared live on the Bob Harris show twice and has performed at leading international festivals, including Take Root (Netherlands), Glasgow Americana Festival (Scotland), The Brooklyn Indie Music Fest, Brooklyn Americana, New Song and North by North East … Continue reading “Dirty Dozen: Annie Keating”