Yahoo! and Michael Franti & Spearhead have partnered for the exclusive premiere of the music video for “Hey, Hey, Hey”. The third single from their latest album, The Sound of Sunshine, features Franti’s signature reggae-pop sound with an uplifting message of overcoming obstacles. For the video, Michael traveled to various cities hitting the streets to sing and talk to people about their daily lives. “‘Hey Hey Hey’ is about overcoming adversity and appreciating every second that we have on this planet. The video is centered around the lives of everyday people as we all experience rough times and lean on each other for support and to help lift our spirits,” says Michael.
To celebrate the premiere of the “Hey, Hey, Hey” music video, Michael would love to hear from his fans about how they are holding on during these challenging times and overcoming the obstacles in their lives. The videos will be included in a collective message of hope for the holidays. Fans can submit their videos on Michael’s website now through Monday, December 13th.
Michael Franti, whose latest CD release All Rebel Rockers marked the highest debut album chart position of his career and gave way to the platinum digital smash, “Say Hey (I Love You)”, is now a part of the EMI/Capitol Records roster. New singles will be released later this month from Franti’s forthcoming CD, The Sound of Sunshine on the Capitol Records/Boo Boo Wax label. The Sound of Sunshine album will be available later this summer.
“The spirit and support that we’ve been receiving on the road has been incredible,” said Franti. “Even though we’ve been making music for a long time and many of our fans have been with us for years, the success of All Rebel Rockers and ‘Say Hey (I Love You)’ has allowed even more people to hear the music. Our new fans have become a part of the family and I’m happy to have this new family extend to everyone at EMI.”
Greg Thompson, EMI’s EVP of Promotion and Marketing, said, “We are honored to be involved with such a gifted artist whose incredible spirit, coupled with his musical genius, makes him one of the most exciting performers and musicians in the music scene today.
Michael Franti is the creator and lead singer of Michael Franti & Spearhead. For over two decades, The Bay Area born Franti has been bringing our world exceptionally powerful, deeply felt music. While studying at the University of San Francisco, Franti formed the punk band The Beatnigs, and later the far more hip hop-inflected The Disposable Heroes of Hiphoprisy. In the mid-Nineties, Franti first formed Spearhead, and increasingly in recent years, he’s found his own voice musically and his own organic brand of popular success. Franti’s impressive series of recordings have vividly reflected his status as a musical citizen of the world.
Franti & Spearhead will kick off a nationwide headline tour on May 14th at The Fillmore in Miami. For tour dates and ticket information and official Michael Franti news and to check out the latest v-blogs on FRANTV, go to www.michaelfranti.com.
Counting Crows and the bandâ€™s non-profit organization, the GreyBird Foundation, are partnering with regionally-based non-profits around the country to give away free tickets to their shows, as well as CDs and signed posters, in the cities where the band will not be on tour.
Counting Crows are currently out with Augustana and Michael Franti & Spearhead on the Traveling Circus and Medicine Show tour. Each day, as the tour bus pulls up, a non-profit in that city will hide an envelope for the lucky winner to find. Adam Duritz will be tweeting clues to their 600,000+ Twitter followers as to where to find the envelope.
Join the circus @ www.twitter.com/countingcrows
Thu 08/20/09 North Myrtle Beach, SC House Of Blues
Fri 08/21/09 Charlotte, NC Uptown Amphitheatre At The Music Factory
Tue 08/25/09 New York, NY Hammerstein Ballroom
Wed 08/26/09 Red Bank, NJ Count Basie Theatre
Fri 08/28/09 Atlantic City, NJ Borgata Hotel, Casino & Spa
Sat 08/29/09 Uncasville, CT Mohegan Sun
Mon 08/31/09 Boston, MA Bank Of America Pavilion
Thu 09/03/09 New York, NY Rumsey Playfield / Central Park
Sat 09/05/09 Columbia, MD Merriweather Post Pavilion
Sun 09/06/09 Canandaigua, NY Constellation Brands – Marvin Sands PAC (CMAC)
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:
Dave Matthews Band
Kings of Leon
Ben Harper and Relentless7
The Dead Weather
The Levon Helm Band
Coheed and Cambria
STS9 (Sound Tribe Sector 9)
The Airborne Toxic Event
Medeski, Martin & Wood
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Here We Go Magic
Asleep at the Wheel
Black Joe Lewis & the Honeybears
Los Amigos Invisibles
The Felice Brothers
Poi Dog Pondering
Sam Roberts Band
Walter “Wolfman” Washington
Zac Brown Band
School of Seven Bells
Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3
The Wood Brothers
The Parlor Mob
Rebirth Brass Band
The Low Anthem
Sons of Bill
The Henry Clay People
Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights
Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band
The Soul Stirrers
Palm School Elementary
The Gospel Silvertones
The lineup for Coachella was announced today and it’s.. ehhh. The three main headliners are Paul McCartney, The Killers and The Cure. Throw in Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Amy Winehouse, TV On The Radio and Lupe Fiasco and you have a pretty eclective lineup for the weekend. I don’t think that I’ll be going tough.If I did go though to one day, it’d probably be the first day. Check out the links to get your tickets and the lineup below them:
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FRIDAY, APRIL 17: Paul McCartney, Morrissey, Franz Ferdinand, Leonard Cohen, Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band, Beirut, The Black Keys, Girl Talk, Silversun Pickups, The Ting Tings, The Crystal Method, Ghostland Observatory, Crystal Castles, The Airborne Toxic Event, We Are Scientists, N.A.S.A., Patton & Rahzel, M. Ward, The Presets, The Hold Steady, A Place to Bury Strangers, Felix da Housecat, Buraka Som Sistema, Ryan Bingham, Bajofondo, Peanut Butter Wolf, Noah & the Whale, White Lies, The Bug, Alberta Cross, Los Campesinos!, Craze & Klever, Molotov, Switch, Gui Boratto, Steve Aoki, The Aggrolites, People Under the Stairs, The Courteeners, Cage the Elephant, Dear and the Headlights.
SATURDAY, APRIL 18: The Killers, Amy Winehouse, Thievery Corporation, TV on the Radio, Band of Horses, Fleet Foxes, MSTRKRFT, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Atmosphere, Mastodon, TRAV$DJ-AM, Henry Rollins, Crookers, Turbonegro, Hercules and Love Affair, Superchunk, Glasvegas, Dr. Dog, Drive-By Truckers, Booker T & the DBTâ€™s, Amanda Palmer, The Bloody Beetroots, Surkin, Para One (Live), Calexico, Liars, Bob Mould Band, Zane Lowe, Electric Touch, Blitzen Trapper, James Morrison, Drop the Lime, Glass Candy, Thenewno2, Gang Gang Dance, Billy Talent, Ida Maria, Ariel Pinkâ€™s Haunted Graffiti, Zizek, Cloud Cult, Tinariwen.
SUNDAY, APRIL 19: The Cure, My Bloody Valentine, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Throbbing Gristle, Lupe Fiasco, Paul Weller, Peter Bjorn and John, X, Antony & the Johnsons, Roni Size, Public Enemy, Jenny Lewis, Groove Armada, Paolo Nutini, Christopher Lawrence, Lykke Li, The Kills, Okkervil River, M.A.N.D.Y., Clipse, Sebastien Tellier, Fucked Up, Perry Farrell, The Horrors, Late of the Pier, Kâ€™naan, Junior Boys, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Supermayer, No Age, Vivian Girls, Shepard Fairey, Themselves, Gaslight Anthem, The Knux, Mexican Institute of Sound, The Night Marchers, Marshall Barnes.