Fran Healy Playing in the UK and the US!
This September, Fran Healy will be playing his first UK live shows to support his upcoming record, Wreckorder.
Fran will also be performing in the US in October following the release of Wreckorder.
Tickets are availble now for all shows.
Sam & Ruby to Be Featured on Essence.com!
At the 2010 Essence Music Festival, Sam & Ruby put on quite a fantastic performance. If you weren't able to attend, we've got some good news for you! Their performance of "The Here And The Now" will soon be streaming on Essence.com and EssenceMusicFestival.com, as well as on Essence's Vevo page.
Make sure to be on the look out for the amazing footage!
Will Hoge On The Set With American Songwriter!
Will Hoge just filmed his new video for "Favorite Waste of Time" where American Songwriter was on hand to catch up and discuss his album, The Wreckage, as well as his upcoming EP, The Living Room Sessions!
Check out the feature here.
US fans can visit http://franhealy.hasawebstore.com for an exclusive pre-order. In addition to autographed CD and vinyl options, there are pre-order exclusive t-shirt bundles and deluxe packages that include a limited edition hardback casebound book version of WRECKORDER with an extra track & enhanced artwork, autographed WRECKORDER 180 gram vinyl with a 18”x24” poster and download card, autographed lyric sheet, and a collectible Fran Healy clear tote bag. A very limited number of “Ultimate” deluxe pre-order packages add 2 very exclusive and special items; autographed and handwritten lyrics sheets of every song from the album and a $100 DONATION to Save The Children (Fran’s preferred charity).
A Few Words from Fran Healy...
The Posies Announce U.S. Tour with Brendan Benson!
The Posies announced their U.S. fall tour dates today exclusively on BrooklynVegan.com .
The band is embarking on a 23-date co-headling tour with Brendan Benson kicking off November 5th in Milwaukee. Stay tuned for where to purchase tickets!
Megan McCormick is a SELFy Star
Megan McCormick is featured on SELF Magazine's Selfy Stars blog. Megan's "Shiver" was part of the Must Hear Monday feature. The site called "Shiver" "a swampy, slow-burning single showcasing Megan McCormick's powerful vocals."
Check out the feature here .
Megan McCormick Shares Her Honest Words...
Matt White's New Single Out TODAY!
Megan McCormick on KRFC Podcast
The Posies Sell Out in TWO Hours!
The Posies' record release show at the Rock Shop in Brooklyn sold out in only TWO hours! Congrats to those who got tickets and we'll see you there on September 23rd.
The Posies Record Release Show Pre-Sale
The Posies are celebrating the release of their new record, Blood/Candy, with a special show at the Rock Shop in Brooklyn on 9/23. Pre-sale tickets go on sale today at NOON! Enter password "candy" to purchase tickets.
To go to the pre-sale, click here .
Megan McCormick in O, The Oprah Magazine!
This month's issue of O Magazine , the Oprah Magazine, gave Megan McCormick's debut album a glowing review in the mag's "Make Over Your iPod" feature.
The magazine said, "Cross Sheryl Crow with Bonnie Raitt and you get Honest Words, a bluesy, lovelorn showcase for singer-songwriter McCormick's bright alto and growly guitar."
Megan McCormick "Honest Words" Release Party
Ryko and Relix invite you to celebrate the release of Megan McCormick's "Honest Words" at The Basement in Nashville this Saturday.
Tickets are $8 at the door. Click here to RSVP on Facebook!
Matt White is Falling In Love With His Best Friend...
Matt White's new single, "Falling In Love (With My Best Friend)" hits digital retailers on August 17th. ARTISTdirect boasts that the song "channels Elton John and Woody Allen equally, combining a soaring hook and vivid storytelling."
Stream the single now at Matt's MySpace.
Mark Olson Enlists Buzzworthy Bands as Tour Openers
Wisconsin folk-rocker Cory Chisel made his major-label debut with Death Won’t Send A Letter in the fall of last year with a dark and urgent rock and roll vision. Cory joins Mark on 9/14, 15 & 17.
In a Lincoln Log cabin in deep rural Michigan live and work Micah Middaugh, Trevor Hobbs, and Andréa Moreno-Beals. This is Breathe Owl Breathe. The trio's new album, Magic Central, is a timeless aural cartogram of feeling, souls, skill, and story, much of which was born out of experiences living at the cabin. The group joins Mark on 9/25 & 26.
Backyard Tire Fire is building on the momentum of their new record Good to Be, which was produced by Grammy-winning producer and member of Los Lobos, Steve Berlin. For the band’s fifth full-length release, BTF have spread the stylistic court with a rich, ever-expanding palette of aural rock ’n’ roll colors and textures that tap into bouncy, Kinks-meet-Squeeze Brit pop-rock, Tom Petty-styled Southern rock, and Beatles-esque majesty. The band joins Mark on 9/16.
Vandaveer is Mark Charles Heidinger, a man who knows how to charm via the medium of song. His melodies are easy, welcoming and filled with splendor, and intelligent enough to be on the right side of radio-friendly. While humble, his folk is not twee or sappy. Divide & Conquer, Vandaveer's 2nd album, was released in 2009, aided and abetted by the angelic vocals of his good sister Rose. Vandaveer joins Mark 9/18-23 and 9/27 & 28.
Seattle's Ivan & Alyosha take their musical inspiration from vintage folk-pop. Formed in 2007, the band has gained traction following the release of their debut EP, The Verse, The Chorus and a successful stop at SXSW 2010. The duo joins Mark opening night, 8/27, and 9/7, 11 & 12.
Who's Playing on The Posies' "Blood/Candy"?
"Licenses To Hide," which premiered on SPIN.com last week, features lead singer of Reverie Sound Revue and Broken Social Scene vocalist Lisa Lobsinger. Meanwhile, album opener "Plastic Paperbacks" features UK punk legend and ex-Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell, Kay Hanley of Letters To Cleo lends her voice to the ethereal "The Glitter Prize" and Paco Loco of Australian Blonde and the Paco Loco Trio makes an appearance on the album's closing track, "Enewetak." The band also brought in Grammy-nominated string arranger Phil Peterson , who has played on recent albums for Owl City and Nada Surf.
The Posies Premiere "Licenses to Hide" on SPIN.com
The Posies premiered the song "Licenses to Hide" from their forthcoming album, Blood/Candy, exclusively today on SPIN.com. Talking about the track to SPIN, Posie Jon Auer said:
"'License to Hide' is one of two songs on the record that I think is so completely out of left field for us. I always thought that the Posies should have something that resembles a showtune in our canon... On a certain day, it could be in one of the Muppet movies -- and I mean that in a good way."
Check out the feature and listen to "Licenses to Hide" here .
Matt White on ARTISTdirect
Megan McCormick Album Release Party
Relix Magazine presents Ryko Recording Artist and September's “On The Verge” pick, Megan McCormick, and her debut album, Honest Words. Celebrate the release of the album on Saturday, August 14th at The Basement in Nashville.
Folk Alliance International Announces Mark Olson as Keynote Speaker for 2011 International Conference
Mark Olson has been announced as a keynote speaker at the 2011 Folk Alliance Conference on February 16-20th in Memphis, TN. Mark joins musician David Bromberg as the second keynote speaker at the conference.
"I was inspired by the local bands playing around Minneapolis, like the Replacements and I come from a folky background, Dave Van Ronk, Bob Dylan, Neil Young," Mark said of the folk genre. "Then a friend turned me on to the Flying Burrito Brothers, and when I started playing and harmonizing with Gary, something worked right away...to me, our music has a soulful feeling, put together with traditional melodies and I think there will always be people out there who like that."
For more info on the event, visit the Folk Alliance website.