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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

12 Apr

The Civil Wars performed “Kingdom Come” and “Barton Hollow” on Jimmy Kimmel Live.

Watch both songs in the video below and pick up their album Barton Hollow on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

14 Feb

The Civil Wars performed “Birds Of A Feather” on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

Watch the video below and and pick up their album Barton Hollow on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

12 Feb

The Civil Wars performed a minute of “Barton Hollow” before introducing Taylor Swift who performed “Mean.”

Watch both videos below:

The Civil Wars – “Barton Hollow”

Taylor Swift – “Mean”

24 Jan

We told you a few weeks ago about the lovely sibling trio from the UK, The Staves. The lovely sisters just wrapped up a run of dates with The Civil Wars. Our photographer Jennifer Murtha ( was at the Paramount Theatre in Austin to get some great shots of the band. Check them out below and head over to to learn more about The Staves.

09 Jan

The musical evolution of U.K. sibling trio The Staves — Emily, Jessica and Camilla — has been a slow, steady process; an adventure that began in the stew of family car journeys, sing-alongs and squabbles over the stereo, and immersed in the music of artists like Feist, Fleet Foxes, Simon & Garfunkel, Buffalo Springfield, and Motown. “There was always music in the house and we always sang,” Jessica remembers. “Mum and Dad weren’t professional musicians or anything but they were always into music and would sing, and play both the guitar and piano. Lots of harmonies.”

Legendary producers Glyn and Ethan Johns (whose combined credits include the likes of The Rolling Stones, Joan Armatrading, Ryan Adams, Ray LaMontagne, Kings of Leon, and Laura Marling to name but a few) found the sisters’ talents so compelling that they both independently tracked the band down. The Staves’ debut album, due for release in late 2012, will be the first record on which father and son have shared production credits.

The Staves’ music is songwriting as striking as it is exquisite, a melding of still, bright English folk and sublime West Coast pop. But undeniably, it’s the vocal arrangements that mark them out, a mingling of dusky sweetness and high, beaming radiance. For the listener, this Mexico EP comprises three songs that offer a mere taste of these young ladies’ extraordinary talents, and a promise of what is yet to come.

Performed live, their music is capable of plunging an audience into silence, and capturing The Staves’ harmonies in a hushed room is an experience in itself.

Listen here:
Tracklisting: Mexico / Icarus / I Try
Released on Atlantic Records

The Guardian names The Staves as one of their 2012 pop picks – see video interview:

10 Germantown, TN Germantown Performing Arts Centre
12 Nashville, TN Ryman Auditorium
13 Louisville, KY Brown Theatre
14 Covington, KY Madison Theater
15 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
17 Lawrence, KS Liberty Hall
18 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom
19 Austin, TX Paramount Theatre
20 Houston, TX Cullen Theater
21 Dallas, TX House of Blues

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27 Oct

The Civil Wars performed “Poison & Wine” on the Late Show with David Letterman.

Watch the performance and pick up their album Barton Hollow on iTunes, Amazon MP3, CD

24 Jun

By Marianne Spellman

This is what I believe: you can do almost anything to a good song – fill it out with an orchestra, strip it down to a foot stomp and a single voice, change tempo and style, whatever – and it will remain a good song no matter what. The same concept holds true for musicians. Whether performing in the finest acoustically-perfect concert hall or in someone’s living room at a house party, a gifted musician’s talents are always beautifully evident. The audience that filled Seattle’s Triple Door club to capacity on a Wednesday night to hear indie-folk artists James Vincent McMorrow and The Civil Wars were almost reverently-awed by both performances, and exploded into applause and cheers at the end of each set.

James Vincent McMorrow, dressed simply in a pair of jeans and a plaid shirt, stepped onstage with only an acoustic guitar in hand and kept the crowd mesmerized throughout his solo set in support of his debut album, Early In The Morning. His soaring falsetto and deeply-emotional songs inevitably brought to mind Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) and Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, but McMorrow’s voice had a huskier, more controlled feel to it – he’s his own man. His lyrics are matched well to his musical style – simply and evocatively poetic, with rich imagery. McMorrow confidently played with the dynamics in his vocal range – his melodies dipped, climbed, and glided serenely, sometimes delivered in passionate projection (“The Sparrow and the Wolf”), sometimes with a jazzy, soulful swagger (“This Old Dark Machine”), sometimes almost closed off and sung to himself alone (“Follow You Down To The Red Oak Tree”).

McMorrow’s down-to-earth, and affable personality was revealed throughout the night as he paused to take a sip of wine, tune his guitar, and address the audience, which gave a nice balance to his set. During one such conversation, he revealed that he was a fan of the heavy metal band Pantera, saying, “I bet you wouldn’t have guessed that from listening to my music!” At the close of his set, he announced that he would be stepping off mic for the final song, and the room was completely silent as he sang without amplification. He smiled as he waved goodnight to the crowd, turned, and walked into the shadows, surely pleased with the fine reception he received in Seattle.

The Civil Wars, singer-songwriters Joy Williams and John Paul White, wowed the crowd with their playful, sexy, and elegant stage presence, clever arrangements, and superb vocal prowess. Their latter quality was frankly remarkable – neither Williams nor White should ever sing with anyone else, for they are as perfectly matched in voice as it is possible for any two people to be. It was almost eerie listening to how Williams and White kept even the tiniest inflection and phrasing in tandem throughout the night, with not a single bobble in pitch or delivery. Their harmonies were strongly reminiscent of the Everly Brothers, and that’s one big-time compliment.

White supported the duo with fine acoustic guitar work, with Williams occasionally moving over to a Steinway piano, as during “Poison and Wine,” their best-known song from their studio debut album, Barton Hollow. A wickedly-delightful cover of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” was brought out for the encore. Williams huge beam of a smile lit up the room, and the banter between she and White was enjoyed immensely by all.

As I left The Triple Door, again I was struck by the idea how timeless folk music can be. After all, here was a young man from Dublin, Ireland and a duo from Nashville, Tennessee playing a concert in downtown tech-happy Seattle in 2011, yet in the powerful simplicity of just voices and a guitar and the stories told through song we could have been anywhere at any time, and there is something very lovely in that.

Check out James’s newly announced fall tour dates here

09 Jun

In support of the recent tornado devastation in Northern Alabama, The Civil Wars have launched “Auction for Alabama” on eBay. The special online auction will last through Saturday, June 18 at 10 PM ET. More information about the auction is available at

The auction features limited edition items donated by The Civil Wars and numerous other world-renowned musicians. Already confirmed contributions include items from A Fine Frenzy, Adele, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Bon Iver, Brad Paisley, Brandi Carlile, Bright Eyes, Carrie Underwood, Christina Perri, Crystal Bowersox, Drive By Truckers, Emmylou Harris, Flo Rida, George Strait, Hank Williams Sr., Ingrid Michaelson, James Vincent McMorrow, Jason Aldean, Jason Isbell, Jason Mraz, John Legend, Josh Ritter, Justin Townes Earle, Kelly Clarkson, Kobe Bryant, Lady Antebellum, Lionel Richie, Little Big Town, Lupe Fiasco, Martina McBride, Mat Kearney, Miranda Lambert, Mumford & Sons, Nickelback, Phoenix, Rascal Flatts, Rosanne Cash, Sade, Secondhand Serenade, Snoop Dogg, St. Vincent, Sugarland, Taylor Swift, The Secret Sisters, The Temper Trap, Train, Two Door Cinema Club, Tyrese Gibson, VH1, Whitney Houston, Wilco, Wiz Khalifa and Zac Brown.
In addition to the auction, the band has already raised over $20,000 through a special benefit concert that took place at the historic Shoals Theater in Muscle Shoals, AL on May 25. In addition to The Civil Wars, the concert featured special guest appearances by Dylan LeBlanc and Doc Dailey & Magnolia Devil. 100% of the proceeds were donated directly toward tornado victims.

John Paul White (one half of The Civil Wars) was inspired to action after witnessing the devastation first hand in his home of Florence, Alabama. White states, “The devastation around here can’t be summed up very easily; not in words, pictures, or video. It’s everywhere we look—the lines at the gas pumps, the lines at the hotels, the desperation for generators, water, non-perishable food. I, just like everyone else here, have close friends and family that have lost everything.”

09 May

Dublin’s James Vincent McMorrow will be spending most of the month of June touring the U.S. Beginning June 6, James will support Bell X1 in New York, Boston and Chicago before joining up with The Civil Wars on June 12 in San Diego for a handful of west coast dates. James will also be performing a special headlining show at Mercury Lounge in NYC on Friday, June 10.

James’ captivating debut album, Early In The Morning, was released in January on Vagrant Records. From the simple beauty of “Hear the Noise that Moves So Soft and Low”, the pastoral thump of “Sparrow and the Wolf’, and the haunting grace of ‘Follow You Down to the Red Oak Tree”, fans are discovering the subtle complexity and gorgeous vocals featured on the record through national radio airplay and newly devoted word-of-mouth testimonials.

James and his band performed a marathon of gigs in Austin, Texas at this year’s SXSW, which propelled him onto the Top 10 of the Hype Machine music blog charts. James won over a legion of new fans, including KCRW’s Anne Litt who said, “Best live performance – James Vincent McMorrow. He’s an Irish singer-songwriter who elevates his craft with precision, purity, poetry and energy. He was mesmerizing – not to mention the nicest guy in the world. “From the Woods!!” and “If I Had A Boat” are epic.”

Check out James (along with his band) performing “This Old Dark Machine” live in Paris last month:

James’ current international dates can be found on

June 06 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
June 07 – New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom ^
June 08 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club ^
June 10 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge (headlining)
June 11 – Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall ^
June 12 – San Diego, CA @ Anthology #
June 13 – Los Angeles, CA @ Largo at The Coronet #
June 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Largo at The Coronet #
June 17 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Rio #
June 18 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall #
June 21 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theatre #
June 22 – Seattle, WA @ The Triple Door #
^ – with Bell X1
# – with The Civil Wars

The press on Early In The Morning:

“Sounds both fresh and as if they’ve been in your head forever…McMorrow’s debut deserves its success.” – Q Magazine

“A captivating debut… An arresting journey from emotional trials to aural pleasure.” – Uncut ****

“Gorgeous…a similar beauty to James Blake’s current hit” – NME

“There’s a world of mystery in the mesmerizing voice of this Irishman… make’s ‘11’s best debut” – People Magazine