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The Black Crowes

THE BLACK CROWES have sold over 35 million albums and are known as one of rock’s best live acts. They’re currently touring the U.S. on their “Lay Down With Number 13” tour, their first tour since recently ending a two-year hiatus. The in-progress tour launched with five sold-out U.K. shows and began this week in the U.S. and continues through June 2. After that, the group will return to Europe for a leg of dates June 18 to July 6, including headlining shows, festivals and two stadium concerts with Bruce Springsteen. The iconic and influential band–Chris Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Rich Robinson (guitar, vocals), Steve Gorman (drums), Sven Pipien (bass), Adam MacDougall (keyboards) and new member Jackie Greene (guitar, vocals)–are reaching deep inside their songbook and extensive catalog, performing greatly varied set lists.

The band recently released WISER FOR THE TIME, which features a mammoth eight sides on four vinyl albums containing 26 songs–15 acoustic and 11 electric–from THE BLACK CROWES’ five-night, sold-out NYC performances in the fall of 2010. These never-released-before versions are also available as a double album digital download. The WISER FOR THE TIME track listing can be found on

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Robert Cray

Robert Cray has been bridging the lines between blues, soul and R&B for the past four decades, with five Grammy wins and over 20 acclaimed albums. For his latest project, Robert Cray & Hi Rhythm (?April 28 / Jay-Vee Records), the Blues Hall of Famer traveled to Memphis with his friend, renowned Grammy Award winning producer Steve Jordan, to make a classic soul album with Hi Rhythm, the band that helped create that sound.

www.robertcray.com

Chris Robinson Brotherhood

Ego takes a backseat to community in the CRB, where collaboration carries the day. Rather than coming into the studio with a collection of finished songs for this album as he had in the past, Chris Robinson would present the group with sketches—a verse and melody here, a chorus and chord progression there—and let the band follow its collective muse to bring the music to life, a process he likens to putting an engine into the chassis of an old race car. Robinson had been sitting on “Leave My Guitar Alone,” for instance, for nearly 15 years, but only once he presented it to the rest of the band did it roar to life in a way that had eluded him for more than a decade.

“It’s a group effort,” says Robinson. “All it takes is one good, small idea, and then if everyone’s focused and in the moment, a few hours later, you can have something that you realize you’ll be playing for as long as you’re making music. I think when everyone’s aware that that’s the sort of magic that we’re looking for, then it happens naturally. More than any other session that I’ve ever been a part of, that’s how all of these songs were done.”

www.chrisrobinsonbrotherhood.com

Third Eye Blind

Third Eye Blind is an American band formed in San Francisco. The band found commercial success with Third Eye Blind and Blue going six times and single platinum in the United States respectively. Several songs were a commercial success as well, with “Semi-Charmed Life,” “Jumper,” and “How’s It Going to Be,” all reaching the Top 10 of the US Billboard Hot 100, and “Never Let You Go” reaching the Top 20. Third Eye Blind has sold around 12 million records worldwide.

www.thirdeyeblind.com

Bjork – Biophilia Live

“A dazzling audiovisual spectacle that benefits from the full cinematic treatment…an imaginative stand-alone artwork.” – The Hollywood Reporter

“Exhilirating” – Indie Wire

“There are not many artists who can combine the lifecycle of a jellyfish with a breakbeat and make it work. But this is an extraordinary piece, perhaps more an opera, where Björk and drummer Manu Delago are at their virtuosic best. “ – The Guardian

Biophilia Live is a concert film by Nick Fenton and Peter Strickland that captures the human element of Björk’s multi-disciplinary multimedia project: Biophilia.

Recorded live at Björk’s show at London’s Alexandra Palace in 2013, the film features Björk an her band performing every song on Biophilia and more using a broad variety of instruments – some digital, some traditional and some completely unclassifiable.

The film premiered at The Tribeca Film Festival and has appeared at Festivals around the Globe since.

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Against Me! – Daytrotter Sessions

These days, there’s nothing that anyone else can say better about the new life that Laura Jane Grace of Against Me! is living than she can. Her passions aren’t new. They’re just being shown in pure form for the first time.. Grace, who stopped by Daytrotter for a rare solo show with Atom Willard (on two tracks) , sings o n her band’s new record’s title track, as well as a number of other songs

Recorded at Daytrotter, there’s new bliss for Grace these days, even as the pain of intolerance and human cruelty still doubles down. She’s herself now and that should bring happiness, in time.

www.againstme.net

Mike Doughty – Stellar Motel

Legendary wordsmith Mike Doughty’s STELLAR MOTEL is back, on his Snack Bar imprint, via Megaforce/RED. Stellar Motel is Mike’s first album of all-original tunes since 2011’s acclaimed Yes and Also Yes. STELLAR MOTEL is led by the tranced-out, banjo-driven single “Light WIll Keep Your Heart Beating in the Future.”

Produced by DJ Good Goose, the album features a menagerie of guests, from the rappers Jay Boogs, HJA, Miss Eaves, and MC Frontalot, to drums and sax trio Moon Hooch, to long-time sideman Andrew “Scrap” Livingston, to Japanese rap star Kim Uhnellys.

Doughty hits the road this fall with an extensive US tour of his famed Question Jar Show. Stretching from early October through Thanksgiving, stops are expected in every major market from New York to Chicago to Seattle to LA to Atlanta and back again.

STELLAR MOTEL comes hot on the heels off this summer’s release Live At Ken’s House – a document of Doughty’s 2013 all-Soul-Coughing-songs tour.

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