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30 Sep
2012

Last night, Neil Young with Crazy Horse headlined the Global Citizen Festival in New York’s Central Park. When it came time for the band to close the show with Young’s “Kep On Rockin’ In The Free World,” they’d welcome all of the performers from earlier in the night: Foo Fighters, The Black Keys, Band of Horses and K’naan. Watch the video below and head over to globalcitizen.org to find out how you can help support gender equality, primary education, environmental sustainability all throughout the world.

24 Feb
2012

K’naan performed “Is Anybody Out There” with Nelly Furtado on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Watch the video below:

05 Aug
2010

K’naan performed “Wavin’ Flag” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno. Check it out and pick up his album Troubadour on iTunes, Amazon MP3 (Only $5!), CD

20 Jul
2010

Elektra recording artist Bruno Mars has unveiled the first single “Just The Way You Are” via his newly launched BRUNOMARS.COM site. The single will arrive at all DSPs on July 20th, with his forthcoming hugely anticipated Elektra debut album slated to arrive later this year.

In the meantime, Mars has lined up his biggest US tour schedule to date. The Hawaiian-born artist will support Maroon 5 on the fall leg of their 2010 “Hands All Over” Tour, joining a bill that also includes One Republic. The dates begin October 6th at Santa Barbara, California’s Santa Barbara Bowl and then continue through an October 19th show at Tulsa, Oklahoma’s BOK Center (see attached itinerary). Tickets for all shows are now on sale to the general public –please check local listings for ticket availability.

Also just announced, Bruno Mars will perform at the Bowery Ballroom on August 25th, which will mark his first solo-performance debut in NYC.

What’s more, Bruno will join K’naan for a very special one-night-only concert, set for Wednesday, August 4th at West Hollywood, California’s House of Blues. The two artists recently collaborated on the international #1 smash, “Wavin’ Flag,” which served as the anthem of the FIFA World Cup tournament in South Africa. The track was written and produced by Mars and Philip Lawrence, two members of the hit making production trio The Smeezingtons.

Though best known for his soulful vocal turns and co-production skills on Rebel Rock Entertainment/Grand Hustle/Atlantic recording artist B.o.B’s #1 hit single, “Nothin’ On You (Feat. Bruno Mars)” and Decaydance/Fueled By Ramen recording artist Travie McCoy’s top 5 smash, “Billionaire (Feat. Bruno Mars),” Mars recently released his own debut EP, “IT’S BETTER IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND,” which peaked at #1 on the iTunes Pop chart. Among the deeply personal, purposefully simple collection’s highlights is “The Other Side,” which sees Mars joined by both B.o.B and the one and only Cee Lo Green (whose hugely anticipated new Elektra solo album, “LADY KILLER,” is slated for release later this year). All four tracks on “IT’S BETTER IF YOU DON’T UNDERSTAND” were produced and written by Mars in collaboration with his Smeezingtons partners, Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine.

“It’s hard to put myself in a box,” says Mars of the EP’s contents. “I just write songs that I strongly believe in and that are coming from inside. There’s no tricks. It’s honesty with big melodies. And I’m singing the s*** out of them.”

A buoyant live performer, Mars will join Travie McCoy for multiple upcoming TV performances of their collaborative hit, “Billionaire.” The duo will team up for VH1’s Do Something Awards, slated for July 19th, as well as a visit to TBS’ Lopez Tonight with an as-yet-unscheduled air date (check local listings). Mars will take the stage again with Travie McCoy to perform “Billionaire” at the 2010 Teen Choice Awards hosted by Katy Perry, airing on Fox August 9th. Bruno’s hit singles with B.o.B and Travie McCoy are both nominated as well. “Nothin’ on You” is up for the Choice Music: Single award and “Billionaire” is nominated for the Choice Summer: Single award.

Bruno has already received a wide array of national media attention for his role as featured vocalist on both “Nothin’ On You” and “Billionaire.” He appeared alongside B.o.B on a number of recent TV shows, including BET’s 106 & Park, the nationally syndicated The Ellen DeGeneres Show, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live!, and TBS’ Lopez Tonight, while additionally joining Travie McCoy for performances on ABC’s The View and NBC’s The Tonight Show with Jay Leno and Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

Mars is also confirmed to be a featured new artist on VH1’s You Oughta Know beginning at the end of August. Emerging artists among the likes of John Legend, Regina Spektor and Kings of Leon have been featured on the prestigious VH1 program in the past.

The scion of a Honolulu-based musical family, Bruno Mars grew up surrounded by a wide array of diverse sounds, spanning reggae, R&B, folk, and 1950s-era rock ‘n’ roll. Upon graduation from high school Mars headed to Los Angeles where he teamed up with Philip Lawrence and Ari Levine as The Smeezingtons. The three quickly became one of the most in-demand production/songwriting teams in modern music, with a streak of major hits including Flo Rida’s “Right Round,” Brandy’s “Long Distance,” and K’naan’s aforementioned “Wavin’ Flag.”

It wasn’t long before Mars also lent his signature vocals to a pair of Smeezingtons-penned and produced hits: B.o.B’s RIAA platinum-certified #1 sensation, “Nothin’ On You,” and “Billionaire,” the debut solo single from Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy. The latter track recently exploded into the top 5 on Billboard’s “Hot 100,” where it remains bulleted for its airplay and sales gains this week.

“Billionaire” is also an unqualified multi-format radio blockbuster, hitting the top 5 at CHR/Pop and the top 10 at Rhythmic outlets nationwide. The song was recently RIAA platinum-certified at 1.6 million in sales. What’s more, the “Billionaire” music video is scoring at both VH1, MTV, BET, Teen Nick, and Fuse (where it was recently the network’s #1 most played clip).

For more info, check out www.brunomars.com or www.elektra.com.

(TOUR ITINERARY BELOW)

BRUNO MARS
ON TOUR 2010
All Dates w/Maroon 5 & One Republic Except *
AUGUST
4 West Hollywood, CA* House of Blues (w/K’naan)
25 New York, NY* Bowery Ballroom

OCTOBER
6 Santa Barbara, CA Santa Barbara Bowl
8 Los Angeles, CA Greek Theatre
10 Berkeley, CA Greek Theatre
12 Tacoma, WA Tacoma Dome
14 Fresno, CA Save Mart Center
15 Sacramento, CA ARCO Arena
16 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
19 Tulsa, OK BOK Center
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28 Apr
2009

Austin City Limits 2009 Lineup Announced

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The lineup is out for this year’s Austin City Limits Festival (October 2nd-4th) and I noticed the bevy of indie-rock bands playing. No Foo Fighters this year but we get Pearl Jam, Dave Matthews Band, The Beastie Boys, Kings of Leon and a lot of filler. Anyways, check out the lineup below:

Pearl Jam
Dave Matthews Band
Beastie Boys
Kings of Leon
Ben Harper and Relentless7
Thievery Corporation
John Legend
The Dead Weather
The Levon Helm Band
Ghostland Observatory
Sonic Youth
Mos Def
Toadies
Flogging Molly
The B-52s
Lily Allen
Citizen Cope
Arctic Monkeys
The Decemberists
Coheed and Cambria
Andrew Bird
Girl Talk
STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9)
Phoenix
Bassnectar
Bon Iver
!!!
Avett Brothers
The Airborne Toxic Event
Medeski, Martin & Wood
Clutch
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Grizzly Bear
Heartless Bastards
Passion Pit
White Lies

Dan Auerbach
The Walkmen
The Scabs
Reckless Kelly
DeVotchka
Blitzen Trapper
The Virgins
Here We Go Magic
Eek-A-Mouse
K’Naan
Asleep at the Wheel
Dr. Dog
The Raveonettes
The Knux
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
State Radio
Los Amigos Invisibles
The Felice Brothers
Federico Aubele
Raul Malo
Daniel Johnston
Poi Dog Pondering
Brett Dennen
Rodriguez
Henry Butler
Preservation Hall
Sam Roberts Band
The Greencards
Sara Watkins
Walter “Wolfman” Washington
David Garza
John Vanderslice
Zac Brown Band
Todd Snider
School of Seven Bells
The Dodos
Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3
Alberta Cross
Deer Tick
Bell X1
Alela Diane
The Wood Brothers
The Parlor Mob
Rebirth Brass Band
Marva Wright
Terri Hendrix
L.A.X.
Lisa Hannigan
The Low Anthem
Sons of Bill
Suckers
Sarah Jaffe
Cotton Jones
The Henry Clay People
Papa Mali
Jypsi
Vince Mira
Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights
Mimicking Birds
Jeffrey Steele
Jonell Mosser
Leatherbag
Keith Gattis
Damien Horne
Sarah Siskind
The Dexateens
Nelo
Danny Brooks
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Soul Stirrers
The Durdens
Palm School Elementary
The Gospel Silvertones
Diaconos
Quinn Sullivan
Ralph’s World
Q Brothers
Milkshake
Telephone Company
Loose Cannons
Lunch Money

19 Feb
2009

NPR’s always been a friend to the music community. Last year, they worked with five member stations to broadcast 14 concerts from SXSW. NPR’s committed to maintaining its presence at SXSW as this year they will be webcasting and broadcasting concerts, artists interviews and other performances.

From the press release:
On the opening night of the festival, Wednesday, March 18 at 10PM (CT), NPR Music will present a SXSW showcase headlined by The Decemberists at Stubbs Bar-B-Q. The Portland-based band will give the first live performance of its new album, The Hazards of Love, which the band will play in sequence, in its entirety. Joining all five members of The Decemberists on stage will be Lavender Diamond’s Becky Stark and My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Worden, who lend leading vocals to the album. Opening bands are North Carolina
trio The Avett Brothers, set to debut songs from its forthcoming album produced by Rick Rubin, and bluesy rockers Heartless Bastards, riding the success of its third record, The Mountain. A SXSW badge is required for this official showcase.

On Thursday, March 19, NPR Music is hosting a daytime concert at The Parish, open to the public, with six acts worth lining up for. Kicking off at 12:30PM (CT), “Music for the Right Brain” will feature roots-pop duo Blind Pilot; BLK JKS, the art-rock band from Johannesburg; Brooklyn’s Dirty Projectors; Somali-born rapper K’NAAN; and songstress Thao Nguyen and the Get Down Stay Downs. Headlining the concert is Blitzen Trapper, whose 2008 release Furr was an NPR listener favorite.

Both concerts will be anchored by Bob Boilen, host and creator of the popular show All Songs Considered and its Live in Concertseries. Joining Boilen will be NPR Music blogger Carrie Brownstein and David Brown, host of Texas Music Matterson KUT in Austin”

You can find more info here.