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Heartless Bastards announced a new album & tour with Craig Finn, played SXSW (dates, video)
Mar 26, 2015 3:24pm | Brooklyn Vegan

Heartless Bastards at Willie Nelson's Ranch during SXSW (via)

Bluesy garage rockers Heartless Bastards will release the followup to 2012's Arrow with Restless Ones on June 16 via Partisan. The album was produced by John Congleton, who's recently helmed records by St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Swans, Cloud Nothings and others. You can hear a few clips at restlessones.net.

The band also announced a tour with support from Hold Steady frontman Craig Finn taking place June into early July. Craig's on almost every show, but not the one in NYC, which happens June 15 at Webster Hall. Stay tuned to find out who's opening that one. Tickets for it go on sale Friday (3/27) at 10 AM.

The band were just in Austin for SXSW last week. Watch a video of them playing an acoustic WFUV session that was taped down there, with their list of dates, below...

Continue reading "Heartless Bastards announced a new album & tour with Craig Finn, played SXSW (dates, video)" at brooklynvegan



Willie Nelson to launch Willies Reserve brand of marijuana, open stores across America
Mar 26, 2015 3:24pm | Fact Magazine

Willie’s Reserve aims “to be a bright light amongst this trail as were trying to extract ourselves from the goo of prohibition”.

Willie Nelson will launch his own chain of marijuana stores in states where the drug is legalized, the Daily Beast reports. After being briefly mentioned by the country music star and activist at SXSW, the plan was expanded upon by the official spokesperson and marijuana lobbyist Michael Bowman who talked with the publication about the business.

Named Willie’s Reserve, the stores will feature special strains in addition to branded merchandise. Created by Neslon and his family, the company aims to begin by opening stores in Washington, Colorado, and Alaska, where marijuana is legalized, and will move forward elsewhere if other states vote the same.

Built around what they nickname “the anti-Walmart model”, Willie’s Reserve plans to hold high standards for all their products in an effort to empower small growers and manufacturers. Bowman expanded on the inspiration and goals of the business.

Willie has spent a lifetime in support of cannabis, both the industrial hemp side and the marijuana side. He wants it to be something thats reflective of his passion. Ultimately, its his. But it was developed by his family, and their focus on environmental and social issues, and in particular this crazy war on drugs, and trying to...



Willie Nelson to launch Willies Reserve brand of marijuana, open stores across America
Mar 26, 2015 3:24pm | Fact Magazine

Willie’s Reserve aims “to be a bright light amongst this trail as were trying to extract ourselves from the goo of prohibition”.

Willie Nelson will launch his own chain of marijuana stores in states where the drug is legalized, the Daily Beast reports. After being briefly mentioned by the country music star and activist at SXSW, the plan was expanded upon by the official spokesperson and marijuana lobbyist Michael Bowman who talked with the publication about the business.

Named Willie’s Reserve, the stores will feature special strains in addition to branded merchandise. Created by Neslon and his family, the company aims to begin by opening stores in Washington, Colorado, and Alaska, where marijuana is legalized, and will move forward elsewhere if other states vote the same.

Built around what they nickname “the anti-Walmart model”, Willie’s Reserve plans to hold high standards for all their products in an effort to empower small growers and manufacturers. Bowman expanded on the inspiration and goals of the business.

Willie has spent a lifetime in support of cannabis, both the industrial hemp side and the marijuana side. He wants it to be something thats reflective of his passion. Ultimately, its his. But it was developed by his family, and their focus on environmental and social issues, and in particular this crazy war on drugs, and trying to...


FACT at SXSW 2015 Atlanta rap superstars Migos on staying ahead of the game
Mar 26, 2015 3:12pm | Fact Magazine

This year, FACT TV’s Bryan McKay, Chris Kelly and John Twells packed up and headed to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest 2015 and talked to some of the festival’s most exciting artists.

There are few acts in Atlanta right now quite as important at Migos, and we managed to track them down (after a long cat-and-mouse chase around one of Austin’s most labyrinthine hotels) to talk about why their flow has been so influential and what they’ve got in store for the rest of the year.

To see the rest of our SXSW coverage head here.

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FACT at SXSW 2015 Atlanta rap superstars Migos on staying ahead of the game
Mar 26, 2015 3:12pm | Fact Magazine

This year, FACT TV’s Bryan McKay, Chris Kelly and John Twells packed up and headed to Austin, Texas for South By Southwest 2015 and talked to some of the festival’s most exciting artists.

There are few acts in Atlanta right now quite as important at Migos, and we managed to track them down (after a long cat-and-mouse chase around one of Austin’s most labyrinthine hotels) to talk about why their flow has been so influential and what they’ve got in store for the rest of the year.

To see the rest of our SXSW coverage head here.

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Local H share new song, announce tour (dates & stream)
Mar 26, 2015 3:08pm | Brooklyn Vegan

photo by Katie Hovland

Long-running Chicago rockers Local H are still going strong, and celebrating their 25th anniversary as a band this year. They're releasing their eighth album, Hey, Killer, on April 14 via G&P Records (pre-order via their Pledgemusic page), and just premiered the riffy single "The Misanthrope" over at Loudwire. Listen below.

Local H will also do some extensive touring, beginning in mid-April and continuing through July. The tour hits NYC on June 19 at Saint Vitus. Tickets for that show are on sale now.

All dates are listed, with the new song stream, below...

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Virginia Wing releasing deluxe edition of 'Measures of Joy,' share new video, touring Europe (dates, streams)
Mar 26, 2015 3:02pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

UK band Virginia Wing have a new video for "A Complex Outline" from last year's terrific, Broadcast-y Measures of Joy. It was filmed on a landfill site in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire in one day by Frankie Pike and Misha Hering, who also recorded their album. In it, singer Alice Merida Richards drags a parachute (filled with something) around the hillside, starts a fire...it's all ambiguous and creepy. Kind of like the song. The video makes its premiere in this post and you can watch it below.

In other news, Measures of Joy is being reissued in a deluxe edition featuring two-color vinyl with added bonus tracks. It's out May 11 and you can pre-order it here. Virginia Wing are also on tour in Europe, playing Munich tonight with The Notwist, a pretty good double bill. All dates are listed, along with the video, below...

Continue reading "Virginia Wing releasing deluxe edition of 'Measures of Joy,' share new video, touring Europe (dates, streams)" at brooklynvegan


Weed Yr Songs
Mar 26, 2015 2:58pm | StereoGum
When I interviewed the hardcore band NEEDS on Monday, we attempted to unpack what their Vancouver rock music scene might look like to outsiders. What we eventually agreed on is: Most people in the U.S. barely know any bands who owe their reputation to Vancouver, aside from White Lung, and they're based in L.A. now! Weed are one of the most notable bands coming up out of the Vancouver scene, and as it turns out, one of Weed's members used to play in NEEDS way back in the day. About a month ago, we premiered "Stay In The Summer," the first single off of Weed's forthcoming Lefse full-length Running Back, and today the band's offered up "Yr Songs." Listen below.



WATERS Whats Real
Mar 26, 2015 2:57pm | StereoGum
Power-pop four-piece WATERS are prepping their debut album What's Real, and today they shared the title track. Van Pierszalowski laments "I've been stuck with the same kind of people/ Just blind and drunk, we can never see what's real," but he sings it over a swooning, female harmony and enough gigantic, pulsing guitar joy to make it sound like a celebration. One of my favorite songwriting tricks is when a song sounds really happy even if it's about super sad stuff, and this track nails that. Listen below and also check out the angsty anthemic first single "Stupid Games."



Brooklyn Folk Festival 2015 lineup & schedule
Mar 26, 2015 2:45pm | Brooklyn Vegan
Celebrating folk music from near and far, the Brooklyn Folk Festival showcases 30 bands, workshops, film screenings and contests. Daptone gospel group Naomi Shelton & The Gospel Queens, country blues and songster multi-instrumentalist Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton, folk legend and songwriter Michael Hurley, old-time fiddle and banjo player Bruce Molsky, fiddle player Frank Fairfield, and intergenerational anti-folk collaborators Peter Stampfel & Jeffrey Lewis are among the performers at this year's Festival, held from April 17-19th.

The seventh annual festival has sold out every year, its attendance growing each time, and has moved to its largest venue to date, St. Ann and the Holy Trinity Church, in Brooklyn Heights. Its world-famous stained-glass windows will frame the stage. The Festival is a co-production of The Jalopy Theatre and Down Home Radio. The three-day event has grown each year. This year's partnership with St. Ann's allows for a main stage inside the church, and a second stage for workshops, film screenings and vendors.
Tickets for the 2015 Brooklyn Folk Festival are on sale now. Full schedule below...

Continue reading "Brooklyn Folk Festival 2015 lineup & schedule" at brooklynvegan


Hookworms postpone North American tour due to visa issues
Mar 26, 2015 2:40pm | Brooklyn Vegan

by Bill Pearis

Well crap. Hookworms' tour of North America was about to go underway... but visa issues have reared their ugly heads again. The just posted this on their Facebook:

We are really sorry to tell you that unfortunately we are forced to cancel our upcoming US/Canadian tour. There has been an unexplained hold-up in the visa process and we will now not have them back in time for the tour which was due to start in Santa Ana, CA next week. I don't know whether this is some kind of backlog from SXSW or whether we are just an unfortunate anomaly, but everything was submitted with plenty of time, and there were zero issues with visas when we played in New York 18 months ago, so we're just as confused and upset as anyone else.

We've spent the last 6 months organising this trip along with our US booking agent Alisa and the good people at Domino, so devastated doesn't really begin to cover it.

You can read their whole message below. Dates included two in NYC at Palisades and Rough Trade. Major bummer. Their label, Weird World, uses the phrase "postpone" not "cancel" so let's hope they come back sooner than later.

Continue reading "Hookworms postpone North American tour due to visa issues" at brooklynvegan


Band To Watch: Algiers
Mar 26, 2015 2:37pm | StereoGum
Listening to Algiers is like cramming a Marxist treatise in one ear and a church organ in the other. Their music is a heady, vicious condemnation of bankrupt culture, ghosted gospel punk that snarls at the status quo. The text of their debut, self-titled album is a scathing intellectual clash of religion, race, economics and morality. To grapple with the eleven songs on Algiers is to wrestle angels, face down demons and rebel against authority -- this is revolutionary music in the truest sense of the word. It demands action. It requires penance. It destroys expectations.



Lion Babe Wonder Woman Video
Mar 26, 2015 2:34pm | StereoGum
Jillian Hervey and Lucas Goodman make up the silky, pop-funk duo Lion Babe, who just released their first self-titled EP. Today they've shared a song that wasn't on that release, the swag-inducing "Wonder Woman," that slinks along an ominous little beat that bursts into deep grooves to match Hervey's vocal runs. While Goodman stays mostly behind the scenes, Hervey crawls all over parched desert landscapes and eye-popping colorful backgrounds in the video. She seems to take the whole "lion" aspect of their name pretty seriously in these videos. Watch it below.



The Major Lazer cartoon series will premiere next month
Mar 26, 2015 2:31pm | Fact Magazine

The show will premiere in conjunction with the release of Major Lazer‘s new album.

Back in 2011, Adult Swim announced their plans to create an animated series inspired by Major Lazer. That never happened, but it looks like the Major Lazer show will finally come to life on a different network. FXX will premiere the first episode on April 16 at midnight during their Animation Domination block with the full series coming later this year.

Diplo is credited as co-creator and executive producer of the series. Read the premise and watch the show’s opening theme below.

The reggae dancehall grooves of Major Lazer are just one of the highlights in Major Lazer. The animated series tells the story of a superhero named Major Lazer who, with the help of his two teenaged friends, Penny and BLKMRKT, fights against the villains that populate the futuristic dystopia that is Jamaica. A self-proclaimed Guardian of the Groove, Major Lazer vows to fight for the rights of the Jamaican people and to bring down the ruthless curmudgeon, President Whitewall.

(via Consequence Of Sound)

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The Major Lazer cartoon series will premiere next month
Mar 26, 2015 2:31pm | Fact Magazine

The show will premiere in conjunction with the release of Major Lazer‘s new album.

Back in 2011, Adult Swim announced their plans to create an animated series inspired by Major Lazer. That never happened, but it looks like the Major Lazer show will finally come to life on a different network. FXX will premiere the first episode on April 16 at midnight during their Animation Domination block with the full series coming later this year.

Diplo is credited as co-creator and executive producer of the series. Read the premise and watch the show’s opening theme below.

The reggae dancehall grooves of Major Lazer are just one of the highlights in Major Lazer. The animated series tells the story of a superhero named Major Lazer who, with the help of his two teenaged friends, Penny and BLKMRKT, fights against the villains that populate the futuristic dystopia that is Jamaica. A self-proclaimed Guardian of the Groove, Major Lazer vows to fight for the rights of the Jamaican people and to bring down the ruthless curmudgeon, President Whitewall.

(via Consequence Of Sound)

The post The Major Lazer cartoon series will premiere next month appeared first on FACT Magazine: Music News, New Music..

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