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Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion get a little help from Wilco on 'Chairman Meow' -- EXCLUSIVE STREAM


Take Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion, add a guitar c/o of Jeff Tweedy, add one cat pun and some sunshine; shake well. Pour it out and you have “Chairman Meow,” one of 11 tracks from the duo’s upcoming fourth album, Wassaic Way (out Aug. 6), produced by Wilco’s Tweedy and Patrick Sansone. The song name-checks L.A. neighborhoods like Hancock Park, Miracle Mile, and Koreatown while paying ah-oooh tribute to the titular cat owner.

It is maybe almost too delightful. Stream it exclusively below.


The Seekers lead singer recovering after brain hemorrhage

The lead singer of the 1960s Australian folk-pop group the Seekers is recovering from a brain hemorrhage suffered after a concert.

Bass player Athol Guy told Nine Network television on Thursday that 69-year-old Judith Durham is “resting very comfortably” in a hospital. She had the brain bleed Tuesday night after a 50th anniversary reunion concert in the Seekers’ hometown of Melbourne.

The band had a string of hits in Australia, the United States and Britain including “Morning Town Ride,” “The Carnival is Over” and “I’ll Never Find Another You.”

Their biggest U.S. hit, “Georgy Girl,” was featured in the 1966 British movie and nominated for an Academy Award for original song.

The Seekers’ website says their remaining 10 Australian concerts will be rescheduled.

Bob Dylan announces summer tour with Wilco and My Morning Jacket

Bob Dylan is literally always on tour — his “Never Ending” trek technically started way back in 1988, if you buy into the Dylan mythology.

But this summer, he’s putting together his own package tour, AmericanaramA. Wilco and My Morning Jacket are slated to round out the top of the bill, which will hit 26 different dates. Several acts will rotate in on the undercard, including Ryan Bingham and the Richard Thompson Electric Trio.

The tour kicks off on June 26 in West Palm Beach, Florida and wraps up August 4 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif. Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, April 24. Check out the complete list of dates and venues below.  READ FULL STORY

Michelle Shocked apologizes: 'I do not believe that God hates homosexuals'

Last weekend, Michelle Shocked burst back into the public consciousness with a hideous anti-gay rant during a concert in San Francisco. “When they stop Prop 8 and force priests at gunpoint to marry gays, it will be the downfall of civilization, and Jesus will come back,” she reportedly told the crowd. “You can go on Twitter and say, ‘Michelle Shocked says God hates f—s.'”

Most of her upcoming tour dates were canceled in the wake of the controversy. Wednesday, Shocked (born Karen Johnston) issued a statement that rolled back (or at least clarified) her statements from the weekend. “I do not, nor have I ever, said or believed that God hates homosexuals (or anyone else),” Shocked wrote. “When I said “Twitter that Michelle Shocked says ‘God hates f—–s,’ I was predicting the absurd way my description of, my apology for, the intolerant would no doubt be misinterpreted.”

Check out the entirety of the statement below.  READ FULL STORY

SXSW: Gold Fields, the Lone Bellow rock the EW Music Lounge


Warm weather and cool music mingled like old buddies at EW’s Music Lounge yesterday in Austin. Hosted at 219 West, the party starred more than piles of sliders, tater tots by the bucket, and pop-culture-pegged cocktails (“Pretty in Pink” margaritas, “Tainted Love” vodka tonics); there were some musical delicacies as well — specifically Gold Fields (above) and the Lone Bellow, which each put on a set for the bustling room.

The Lone Bellow kicked things off with their stripped-down folk-country, powered through tracks from their recently released self-titled album and commandeered the attention of even the most appetizer-obsessed partygoers (when you hear them sing a number like “You Never Need Nobody” and mean it, you’ll put down your slider and shut your greasy mouth).


'SNL' and 'Portlandia' star Fred Armisen's Eight-Step Guide to Being a Folk-Rock Star -- EXCLUSIVE

In this week’s issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands now, we take a deep dive into the (re)emerging folk-rock boom and its relation to the current obsession with all things banjo’d, suspendered, and artisanally pickled.

To help us define the movement, we commissioned SNL mainstay, Portlandia star, one-time professional drummer, and artisinal-lifestyle expert (see: Portlandia‘s awesome “Dream of the 1890s” sketch) Fred Armisen to provide a playbook.

(And don’t take it too personally, folk fans; he teases because he loves!)

Step 1: Give the genre a name

“What’s this music even called? No one’s given it a name. If it were up to me, it would be called wooden-rock. You know, like it’s made out of wood? Or maybe it’s be the first kind of rock where it’s the word after rock, so maybe it’ll be rock-craft. Banjo-rock? Derby-rock? These are all question marks!”

Step 2: Play the right instrument

“The most important thing is that the case for your instrument is really well taken care of and vintage and of high quality and ornate and comfy-looking. So before you reach out for that banjo or ukulele, make sure that the case is really fuzzy inside and has something written in cursive on the outside. When you hand it to somebody at the airport, it goes without saying that it is extremely delicate. That said, I think you can’t wrong with banjo, and you can’t go wrong with accordion.”

Step 3: Travel in appropriately old-timey style

“I picture caravans of old milk delivery trucks or newspaper trucks from say the ‘30s. Or maybe an old city bus from 1951 in St. Louis.” READ FULL STORY

The Great Folk Rock Revival: how bands like Mumford & Sons and the Lumineers are leading a global phenomenon -- plus an ultimate Spotify playlist


The following is excerpted from a feature in this week’s Entertainment Weekly.

To read the full story, find the issue on newsstands now — and scroll down to stream our ultimate folk-rock playlist featuring ten essential tracks from the current crop of stars, plus a starter kit of earlier classics.

The future of rock & roll looks a whole lot like the past. It’s wearing vintage suspenders and playing the banjo. It’s singing high-lonesome harmonies and rediscovering Woody Guthrie. And it was all over the Grammys this month, as some of the year’s biggest bands took the stage with old-timey instruments and formal attire straight out of There Will Be Blood. Before taking Album of the Year, the night’s top prize, for their Americana-fueled barn burner Babel, British folk-rockers Mumford & Sons showed off their fingerpicking and their fedoras, stomping their weathered boots to their floorboard-rattling anthem “I Will Wait.” Denver indie band the Lumineers strummed their ubiquitous “Ho Hey,” while their bow-tie-clad drummer kept time with a tambourine. After picking up their Best Country Album prize, Atlanta bluegrass lovers Zac Brown Band joined Elton John, Mumford, and more for an all-star Levon Helm tribute, performing the Band’s 1968 classic “The Weight.” For one night, at least, Hollywood felt just about as down-home as the Midnight Ramble, Helm’s legendary Woodstock jam session.

Backstage after the show, sipping from a plastic cup, Marcus Mumford celebrated his win: “It’s f—ing awesome!” he shouted. But he wasn’t quite ready to declare a victory for folk rock just yet. “I think it’s always been around,” he told EW. “And you guys”—meaning Americans—”did a good job of inventing it. The media likes to focus on things at certain times, and that’s good for us. That means we get to play lots of shows.”


SiriusXM to air live New Year's Eve concerts nationwide: Willie Nelson, the Lumineers, and more


How many different versions of “Auld Lang Syne” will you get to hear this New Year’s Eve? Thanks to SiriusXM, many!

The satellite radio service has announced that they’ll be airing live concerts from various artists and D.J.s on Dec. 31. Some of the bolder-faced names among the list are the likes of Willie Nelson (who’ll be playing in Austin), the Lumineers (Denver), Gregg Allman (New Orleans), Widespread Panic (Charlotte), the Avett Brothers (Greensboro, NC), Afrojack (New York) and more.

The shows will be broadcast across various SiriusXM networks for over 24 hours, as well as a new station called “New Year’s Nation.” The station goes live on Monday, Dec. 31 at 3:00 pm ET and will stay alive through Tuesday, Jan. 1 at 6:00 pm ET.

You can look below to see the full lineup so far, and be sure to check out the SiriusXM site for more information on station details and scheduling.


Glen Hansard revisits hometown for 'High Hope' video: Watch it here -- EXCLUSIVE


Irish singer-songwriter Glen Hansard has had plenty of Stateside success — see exhibits A and B, for starters — but that doesn’t mean he’s forgotten his roots.

For his solo song “High Hope,” the former Frames frontman and Once star returns to his hometown of Ballymun, Ireland, in a personal new video.

According to director Hedi Rose, the clip for the Rhythm and Repose track was “put together with recreated scenes of Glen’s memories and documentary footage” of the town “that formed and informed his childhood.” The video features Hansard singing to and along with the townsfolk, who seem more than happy to help their Local Kid Done Good with his project.

Check out the new Glen Hansard clip for “High Hope” in the video below:


Mumford & Sons release 'Lover of the Light' video starring (and directed by) Idris Elba

Mumford & Sons’ new music video for their latest U.K. single “Lover of the Light” (the track has not been confirmed as an official U.S. single yet, as “I Will Wait” is still thriving) hit the web over the weekend, and it has faithful Mumford fans wiping their eyes… and scratching their heads.

The cinematic clip, which stars and was co-directed by U.K. actor Idris Elba (Luther), follows a blind man’s journey out of his home (where he appears to be grieving the loss of a lover) and out into the forest. As he runs through the woods, his confidence surges — and a sort of joy blossoms on his face — until he arrives at a cliff side and yells his heart out to the ocean. He’s alive! In a world of darkness, he loves the light.

Elba’s journey through the wilderness is inter-spliced with images of a swift antlered deer, though it’s somewhat unclear whether he’s chasing the deer, imagining the deer, or if the nimble deer is simply an evocative representation of the man’s sensory aptitude.

What does it all add up to? Honestly, I don’t know — and that’s after watching the video three times — but I don’t mind that. It’s a gorgeous piece with lovely cinematography set to one of Babel‘s best tracks. Give it a watch below: READ FULL STORY

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