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22 May

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2012 Lineup Announced

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Austin City Limits Music Festival has announced its lineup for the 2012 edition of the festival. Set to headline this year’s lineup: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys and Jack White. Three day tickets and single day passes are still on-sale for the festival for the festival set for October 12th through the 14th. Pick them up here while they last.

Check out the full lineup below:

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys
Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Iggy & The Stooges, AVICII, BASSNECTAR, The Roots, The Shins, Weezer, Gotye, The Civil Wars, M83, Tegan and Sara, Childish Gambino Two Door Cinema Club, Thievery Corporation, The Afghan Whigs, Crystal Castles, Andrew Bird, Gary Clark Jr., Metric, Band of Skulls, Esperanza Spalding, Alabama Shakes, Delta Spirit, M. Ward, Randy Rogers Band, Die Antwoord, Rufus Wainwright, NEEDTOBREATHE, Big Gigantic, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Steve Earle, The War On Drugs, Umphrey’s McGee, Barrington Levy, Old 97′s Punch Brothers, Bombay Bicycle Club, A-Trak, Trampled by Turtles Patterson Hood, Michael Kiwanuka, Big K.R.I.T., Oberhofer, POLICA, Tennis, Zola Jesus, Stars, Kimbra, Black Lips, Los Campesinos!, Jovanotti, Ben Howard, Ruthie Foster, Freelance Whales, Civil Twilight, The Whigs, Dev, The Lumineers, Bad Books, The Devil Makes Three, Asleep at the Wheel, First Aid Kit Patrick Watson, LP, Caveman, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Father John Misty The Wombats, Dry the River, The Boxer Rebellion, Soul Rebels Brass Band Thundercat, Willis Earl Beal, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Kishi Bashi, Deep Dark Woods, Moon Duo, Kopecky Family Band, River City Extension Quiet Corral, Wheeler Brothers, The Relatives, Space Capone, The Staves Native Run, Nikki Lane, Quiet Company, Infantree, Wild Child, La Vida Bohème The Eastern Sea, The Dunwells, Kenny Vaughan Trio, Justin Jones, Sonámbulo Royal Teeth, Noah Gunderson, The Aaron Ivey Band, The Mighty Sincere Voices G.S.T., Colorfeels, Lera Lynn, Megan McCormick, Shields of Faith, Stapletones, The Baylor Choir, Disciples of Joy, Ralph’s World, Orange Sherbet, Big Don Rocknoceros, Hullabaloo, Jambo, Peter DiStefano & Tor, The School of Rock, The Q Brothers

31 Mar

Band of Skulls performed “Sweet Sour” on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Watch the video below:

27 Mar

By Matt Arena

Band of Skulls represent something rather unique in music today, a bluesy, true three-piece rock band. Sure there are plenty of other three piece acts out there but a lot of times you’ll see them sneak a touring member or two in there; not with Band of Skulls. Not that there’s anything wrong with adding a touring member, a lot of times it makes sense and is necessary for the song to work in a live atmosphere. But it’s refreshing to see a group like Band of Skulls be uncompromising with their sound. No doubt this influenced the amount of success the band has had at a relatively early point in their career. The smash hit of a debut album they released probably helped a bit too. It seemed like every single (and even a few non-singles) off that album caught fire, being played in a myriad of commercials and TV shows that allowed them massive exposure. Hailing from Southampton in the UK, this talented three-piece was even able to garner success here in the US. Being historically late in catching onto British rock acts, American audiences seemed to connect with the dirty blues vibe that Band of Skulls showcases so well. Existing in a post-White Stripes musical landscape, they were able to capitalize on the lack of bluesy rock and really caught the attention of many. This allowed them to headline very early in their career, and that’s exactly what they’re doing in support of their sophomore album, Sweet Sour. Only being about a month or so old, they’ve already released a set successful of singles with ‘The Devil Takes Care of His Own’ and ‘Sweet Sour.’ And on March 22nd, their nationwide tour of the United States brought them to the historic Webster Hall in New York City. Though there were definitely some other choice shows that night, with The Black Keys playing another sold out Madison Square Garden show and Kasabian selling out Terminal 5, Band of Skulls still managed to pack the place out.

First up was local Brooklyn favorite, We Are Augustines. Though technically billed as support, from both the length of their set and the crowd reaction one could have mistaken this for a headlining gig. Playing over 40 minutes of music from their debut album Rise Ye Sunken Ships, they electrified the hometown audience with their incredibly intimate performance. Lead singer/guitarist Billy McCarthy made regular trips to the barrier to get closer to fans and was smiling for pretty much every second of the set. The passionate performance no doubt endeared them to the crowd, as the pit was more than happy to jump along to their songs. A set highlight was ‘Philadelphia [The City of Brotherly Love],’ as McCarthy’s unique vocals mixed incredibly well with the booming bass lines of Eric Sanderson and the determined beating of drummer Rob Allen. Pausing before their last song to thank their friends in attendance, McCarthy even remarked “I’ve driven in a truck with that guy for years,” it was clear that We Are Augustines were extremely grateful to everyone in attendance. And the feeling was mutual as a fan handed him a mystery note, which he pinned to the mic stand during the final song.

After an unbelievably quick changeover, Band of Skulls hit the stage. Coming out of the gate incredibly strong with their new single ‘Sweet Sour,’ was a great choice as it was one that nearly everyone knew and got the crowd going early. The riffy, slow-burner of a track was the perfect choice to open with, since it hits on pretty much all of the band’s strengths. Utilizing the vocals of guitarist Russell Marsden and bassist Emma Richardson, this burning track has shows off an infectious riff and main chorus that had the entire crowd jamming along. They played a solid choice of tracks off the new album, with ‘You’re Not Pretty But You Got It Going On,’ ‘Wanderluster,’ and ‘The Devil Takes Care of His Own’ all sounding fantastic. The sound that worked so well on the first album definitely carried over and increased ten-fold live, as the heavy bass lines and thumping beats (courtesy of drummer Matthew Hayward) literally shook the floor of Webster Hall. They kept the banter a minimum and instead focused on playing a hefty 90 minute set, which is an impressive for a band that only just released their second LP last month. That’s not to say they didn’t showcase any personality, as Marsden dead panned the crowd with “you guys won’t know this one,” before launching into one of the band’s most popular songs, ‘I Know What I Am.’ This was definitely one of the best moments of the set as it’s one of their more consistently upbeat songs, made clear by the transformation of the pit into an all-out dance floor. Emma Richardson paced across the stage during the breakdown, challenging the crowd to belt out the well-known hook.

As the night went on the crowd swelled even more, with the floor becoming a sea of people reaching as far back as the bar and even overflowing up to a packed balcony. The band continued with their sarcastically funny intros to songs, as Marsden said, “all right, New York, we’ve got one more song” before launching into a great one-two punch of ‘Light of the Morning’ and ‘Death by Diamonds and Pearls.’ Both songs received an incredible response from the audience, who at that point were completely enraptured in the band’s performance. The old-school blues vibe of ‘Light of the Morning’ sounded amazing, with the first few lines and main riff cutting through the entire venue. After being teased with a snippet of the song earlier, the crowd was more than happy to get the whole thing as they yelled out the chorus so loudly it almost drowned out the band. The same went for ‘Death by Diamonds and Pearls,’ one of the best off their first album and an absolute monster track to hear live. Towards the end of the song, the entire band paused as Russell stalked over to the very edge of the stage to rip into the song’s trademark breakdown. Like in most songs that night intros and breakdowns were extended, modified, teased, and pretty much made better in a thousand different ways. It’s refreshing to see a band bring such a free form, loose vibe to a show. Bringing a unique sound and incredible live presence, Band of Skulls prove that they’re deserving every bit of success so far and then some. Make sure to check them out as they stop by your local city on their nationwide tour in support of their new album, Sweet Sour.

All photos courtesy of Matt Arena



11 Jul

Southhampton, UK trio Band of Skulls are taking some time out from finishing up their second album to play select tour dates in North America. They will be performing new songs at these shows along with favorites from their debut album album ‘Baby Darling Doll Face Honey.’

After spending two years touring in support of their debut album which was universally embraced by the U.S. press including SPIN (Best of Coachella), Rolling Stone (Best of SXSW) and Entertainment Weekly (Your Next Favorite Band) and culminated with a sold-out show at the Forum in London in late 2010, the band retreated to a studio in Norfolk UK to begin writing the follow-up. They returned to their home studio in Southampton to start the recording which they are now completing in Wales at Rockfield Studios. The album is produced by Ian Davenport (Supergrass, Badly Drawn Boy) and will be mixed by Nick Launay (Grinderman, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arcade Fire) and is scheduled for release in 2012. The album will be preceded by a single and EP released in late 2011.

September 24 @ Atlanta, GA Music Midtown Festival
September 26@ New York, NY Mercury Lounge
September 27 @ New York, NY Mercury Lounge
September 28 @ Toronto, ON The Garrison

Band of Skulls are Russell Marsden (guitar & vocals), Emma Richardson (bass & vocals) & Matt Hayward (drums).

07 Jan

Chop Shop and Atlantic Records have announced the forthcoming release of “THE DILEMMA—ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK,” (pre-order) the companion to the upcoming Universal Pictures comedy starring Vince Vaughn and Kevin James. The collection arrives digitally January 11 and hits stores January 18. The much-anticipated film, directed by Ron Howard and produced by Brian Grazer, opens in theatres across North America on January 14.

“THE DILEMMA—ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK” features a brand new track from Brooklyn-based band The Hold Steady. Titled “Just Saying,” the song was written specifically for the comedy. The collection also includes tracks from The Black Keys, Band of Skulls, The Fratellis, Wolfmother and The Virgins. “THE DILEMMA—ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK” is produced by Chop Shop’s Alexandra Patsavas and executive produced by Brian Grazer.

Vince Vaughn and Kevin James headline an all-star comedy from director Ron Howard and producer Brian Grazer about a man who finds out that what you don’t say to a friend is just as important as what you do. Jennifer Connelly, Winona Ryder, Channing Tatum and Queen Latifah join them in The Dilemma, a story of how far you can bend a brotherly bond before it snaps.

Since college, confirmed bachelor Ronny (Vaughn) and happily married Nick (James) have been through thick and thin. Now partners in an auto design firm, the two pals are vying to land a dream project that would launch their company. With Ronny’s girlfriend, Beth (Connelly), and Nick’s wife, Geneva (Ryder), by their sides, they’re unbeatable.

But Ronny’s world is turned upside down when he inadvertently sees Geneva out with another man and makes it his mission to get answers. As the amateur investigation dissolves his world into comical mayhem, he learns that Nick has a few secrets of his own. Now, with the clock ticking and pressure mounting on the biggest presentation of their careers, Ronny must decide how and when he will reveal the truth to his best friend.

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(Chop Shop/Atlantic Records)

Available digitally January 11th, in stores January 18th

1. “Chelsea Dagger”—The Fratellis
2. “Detroit Rock City”—KISS
3. “Just Saying”—The Hold Steady
4. “She’s Long Gone”—The Black Keys
5. “Cosmic Egg”—Wolfmother
6. “Bomb”—Band of Skulls
7. “Ready, Aim, Fire”—The Unknown
8. “Neon Invasion”—Neon Plastix
9. “One Week of Danger” (EP version)—The Virgins
10. “Don’t Do It”—The Band
11. “Everything Trying”—Damien Jurado
12. “Sticks and Stones”—Ray Charles

03 Sep

Muse returns to the UK starting this weekend where they’ll play Manchester’s LCCC this Saturday. Next weekend, the band play two nights at London’s Wembley Stadium (10th and 11th September). Each of the three shows will feature some tremendous supporting bands: Lily Allen, Biffy Clyro, Editors, The Big Pink, White Lies, Band Of Skulls, I Am Arrows, Pulled Apart By Horses and White Rabbits.

To prepare you for the supporting acts, Muse is offering a zip file of songs from each of the bands. You can download the zip file here

14 Apr

Pack your bags because Saint Motel is going on tour. The LA-based indie-pop band will be opening for the British trio Band of Skulls. Things kick off the day after Coachella and the tour jaunts through the Pacific Northwest and Canada.

Saint Motel is known for their over-the-top performances and an explosive, cinematic, indie-pop sound. The band’s live shows are marked by effusive energy and exciting visuals that offer up a unique blend of music and art. Currently, the band has a rabid fanbase in their hometown of Los Angeles, in fact their latest headline show this weekend at The Ecoplex – which was presented by KROQ and FILTER, sold out in advance with hundreds of costumed fans (shows have to have themes right?) showing up for the unique experience that only a Saint Motel show brings.

Frontman A/J Jackson explains, “People want to be entertained when they go out to see a show so we try to offer not only an energetic performance but also a memorable experience.” And the press has begun to catch onto this fact, Metromix declared “Saint Motel never fail to put on a show that’s a treat for the senses” and The Onion claims “Saint Motel has a…particular blend of wholesome indie rock brimming with raucous sexual energy,” while the Los Angeles Times has crowned the band “Los Angeles’ own pop-rock phenom.”

The band’s keen visual sensibility has yielded an array of stunningly original videos that accompany songs from their debut EP ForPlay, released via the band’s record label On The Records and the physical or digital version of ForPlay includes the free added bonus of ultra-conceptualized videos for each song.

Saint Motel’s music has been featured on featured on the popular THQ video game Saints Row 3, influential radio stations like KCRW and KROQ in addition to spots on television like 90210, VH1, and E! News.


Download the track “Butch” for FREE here (right click, save as)

Apr 19th – The Rickshaw Stop: San Francisco, CA w/ BAND OF SKULLS
Apr 20th – Doug Fir Lounge: Portland, OR w/ BAND OF SKULLS
Apr 22nd – The Crocodile: Seattle, WA w/ BAND OF SKULLS
Apr 23nd – Sugar: Victoria, BC w/ BAND OF SKULLS
Apr 24th – Venue Niteclub: Vancouver, BC w/ BAND OF SKULLS
Apr 25th – Venue Niteclub: Vancouver, BC w/ BAND OF SKULLS
Apr 26th – The Starlite: Edmonton, AB w/ BAND OF SKULLS


“Saint Motel has been generating a substantial amount of buzz throughout the music scene ever since the band released their debut album, ForPlay…” – FILTER

“They’re my favorite band of 2010. Besides having amazing songs, they add an artistic value to their shows that I haven’t seen in a long time.” – Nic Adler (Owner, Roxy Theatre),

“We watched and danced in flocks, we sweated, we opened up our wounds to Saint Motel’s killer beats” – Beth McNamara, LA Record

“Among the real stand outs this year is Saint Motel. I’ve got a feeling that the buzz on these guys in the coming months will parallel the insane media attention that The Strokes received in 2001/2002.” – Marie Claire
“…this is great hooky indie pop!” – Nic Harcourt, Los Angeles Times Magazine and KCRW DJ

“Four cinephiles met in film school three years ago and formed Saint, an unsigned indie-pop act that has gained legions of fans with just one EP and several energetic videos. It might be because their shows are such spectacles, mixing visual effects with the classic elements of a rock ‘n roll party.” –

“Imploring, atonal, and irresistible garage glam.” – FLAVORPILL


04 Mar

The Whigs are proud to announce a number of upcoming events as they gear up for the release of their new album, IN THE DARK, out March 16th on ATO Records. Known for their enthralling live show, the Athens, GA trio are currently on tour with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club introducing fans to new material, which Filter Magazine has already hailed for “artfully combining the disenchanted swagger of ’70s punk with the infectious, catchy bounce of ’60s pop” and Maxim Magazine simply called “riff-tastic.” On April 1st, The Whigs will make their return to The Late Show with David Letterman and will premiere raucous first single, KILL ME CAROLYNE. The song which brings a memorable strength to this exciting new collection, is now available for free download on the bands official website – Following a co-headlining tour with the Band Of Skulls that starts March 31st, The Whigs will make their Late Night with Jimmy Fallon debut April 27th.

IN THE DARK is the follow up to the band’s two much-admired albums – GIVE ‘EM ALL A BIG FAT LIP and MISSION CONTROL. With each release, The Whigs have won over fans and critics with their pedal-to-the-metal power earning them universal praise as one of America’s finest young rock ‘n’ roll bands. Spending much of 2008 and 2009 on the road, The Whigs have completed several tours with Kings Of Leon, The Kooks, Drive By Truckers and others, have performed at Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Fuji Rock and T in The Park, among other festivals and worldwide stops and have performed on The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien and Jimmy Kimmel Live!.

Developed through years of non-stop touring and two critically acclaimed albums, IN THE DARK, with its impressive range and undeniable vigor, sees The Whigs doing what all-great bands do – furthering their artistic scope with each successive effort.

Fans can currently pre-order IN THE DARK and find deluxe packages containing never before released demos, t-shirts, screen prints and more, only on the band’s official website –

TOUR DATES (more to be announced shortly):

With Black Rebel Motorcycle Club:

March 4th Knitting Factory Boise, ID
March 5th Showbox Market Seattle, WA
March 6th Commodore Vancouver, BC
March 7th Wonder Ballroom Portland, OR
March 9th Slim’s San Francisco, CA
March 10th Slim’s San Francisco, CA
March 11th Echoplex Los Angeles, CA
March 12th Echoplex Los Angeles, CA
March 13th House of Blues San Diego, CA


March 17th QuinnStorm / C3 Presents Party (4:20pm) Austin, TX
March 18th Sony Music Shindig (1:45pm) Austin, TX
March 18th Rolling Stone Magazine Party (9pm) Austin, TX
March 19th TBA Austin, TX
March 20th TBA Austin, TX
March 20th The 40-Watt Club Day Party (6:30pm) Austin, TX

With Band Of Skulls:

March 31st Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
April 1st Music Hall Of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
April 2nd North Star Bar Philadelphia, PA
April 3rd Harper’s Ferry Boston, MA
April 4th Ottobar Baltimore, MD
April 6th Cosmic Charlie’s Lexington, KY
April 7th Exit/In Nashville, TN
April 8th 40-Watt Athens, GA
April 10th WorkPlay Theatre Birmingham, AL
April 12th Riot Room Kansas City, MO
April 13th Boulder Theatre Boulder, CO
April 15th Martini Ranch Phoenix, AZ

May 14th Hangout Music Festival Gulf Shores, AL
June 5th Mountain Jam Hunter, NY

29 Oct

Sure, the holiday season is coming up fast, but the much-anticipated theatrical release of The Twilight Saga: New Moon on November 20 is coming up even faster. However, many of you Twilight fans won’t even have to wait that long for your fix; beginning November 6, the Twilight Saga: New Moon Talent Tour — featuring appearances by cast members from the film, and performances by artists who appear on the film’s critically-acclaimed soundtrack — will be hitting Hot Topic locations across the country.

The tour kicks off with a massive shindig at LA’s Hollywood & Highland mall, featuring performances by Death Cab For Cutie, Band of Skulls, Sea Wolf and Anya Marina, as well as a Q&A session with some of the cast members. Musical performances and the Q&A session are open to the public; but if you want to get your Twilight goodies or various parts of your body signed by the cast members, you’ve got to go to the Hollywood & Highland Hot Topic at 8 AM on Saturday, October 31, where the purchase of a commemorative Twilight Saga: New Moon T-shirt will get you a non-transferable wristband that will guarantee your access to the November 6 signing.

The other dates on the tour will feature either Anya Marina or Hurricane Bells, as well as additional cast Q&A sessions and signings. Can we get an amen — or at least an OMG!?

Official dates and locations of the Twilight Saga: New Moon Talent Tour are as follows:

11/06 Hollywood – Hollywood & Highland Hot Topic (feat. Death Cab For Cutie, Band of Skulls, Sea Wolf, Anya Marina)
11/10 Chicago – Fox Valley Mall (Anya Marina)
11/10 Philadelphia – Cherry Hill Mall (Hurricane Bells)
11/11 Minneapolis – Mall of America (Anya Marina)
11/12 Boston – Natick Collection (Hurricane Bells)
11/12 Seattle – Westfield Southcenter (Anya Marina)
11/14 Salt Lake City – Fashion Place (Anya Marina)

Pick up the New Moon Soundtrack at–new-moon—original-motion-picture-soundtrack.

22 Sep

Stephenie Meyer of the Twilight book series has unveiled the soundtrack tracklisting for the upcoming Twilight: New Moon soundtrack. You can check it out below and pre-Order the Twilight: New Moon Soundtrack now!


Pre-Order the Twilight: New Moon Soundtrack