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Posted: February 26, 2014
Portugal. The Man and Local Natives were the featured acts on a recent episode of Austin City Limits, and both bands definitely delivered the goods.
While Portugal. The Man played past hits like “Sleep Forever,” they also highlighted several new tracks off latest album Evil Friends.
As for Local Natives, they performed the haunting “Columbia” off 2013′s Hummingbird and also called back to previous gems like “Airplanes.”
Posted: February 13, 2014
Award-winning Malian singer/songwriter Rokia Traore released her fifth studio album Beautiful Africa in April of last year, and as she traveled to promote it, she stopped into the studios of KCRW in Los Angeles for a live performance.
Now, video of Traore playing one song from that appearance on Morning Becomes Eclectic has surfaced online.
Posted: February 10, 2014
Hard Working Americans is a new supergroup that includes Neal Casal (above) of the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, singer/songwriter Todd Snider, Dave Schools from Widespread Panic and Duane Trucks.
Earlier this year, the band released a self-titled debut album covering 11 tracks by a wide range of well-known artists. As such, the Hard Working Americans recently stopped by the set of Conan to perform a rocking version of “Stomp and Holler,” which was written by country luminary Hayes Carll.
Posted: February 7, 2014
Stephen Stern of the Gretsh Custom Shop is always on a quest to ensure his guitars are as close to vintage correct as possible, accomplishing that by having his builders closely analyze all the vintage instruments that come across his desk.
Stern’s group recently examined Stephen Stills’ 1959 White Falcon— the one he played at Woodstock with Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young. And because that guitar featured the original knobs that were used on Gretsch Falcons and Penguins over a three-year period in the late 1950s, Stern now finds himself closer to his goal.
“From that one knob, we were able to spec out the three model years of Falcon and Penguin knobs,” said Stern.
In addition, Stern was helped a while back when he got his hands on George Harrison’s 1957 Duo Jet and recorded the knobs used over a two-year period on Duo Jet and 6210 models.
“I wanted to release all the new knobs at the same time, so when we got the Stills guitar in the shop, it was the last piece of the puzzle,” Sten noted.
Note photos of the new vintage correct knobs below.
Posted: February 5, 2014
But the fact that the legendary band was offering it as a free download via iTunes for 36 hours in order to raise money for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS – through a partnership with (RED) and Bank of America – caused a massive worldwide reaction.
Bank of America originally pledged to donate $1 for each download up to two million, but the success of the campaign prompted them to exceed that mark, as U2 announced Tuesday that the effort raised more than $3 million for the cause.
Now, all proceeds from “Invisible,” which costs $1.29, will go to the Global Fund, as well.