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My Morning Jacket are known for their legendary live shows, and it looks like they can add more impressive live feats to their resume. The band has just announced a 5 day residency at NYC’s Terminal 5 from Oct 18th-Oct 23rd. Each night they will play one of their album’s it it’s entirety. They will start with their debut The Tennessee Fire, and then go chronologically to Evil Urges. After the band’s performance of the whole album they will mix in other cuts from various albums.

This is going to be some serious stuff. My Morning Jacket don’t mess around. I am seriously thinking about going to the show for Z. That album was my best friend back in 2005. I lived off it.

Tickets will go on sale June 18th at noon for individual shows. There is even an option to attend all 5 shows. That is pretty intense.

Boston Calling Announces May 2015 Lineup

By Will Oliver, January 15th 2015

Boston Calling

Last fall I made my first visit to the Boston Calling Music Festival, and had a blast. It’s one of my new favorite festivals, with only two stages you’re able to catch as many acts as possible and do it in a intimate fashion.

The spring edition of the festival has been announced, and it’s a good one. The May lineup features Beck, Pixies, My Morning Jacket, Tenacious D (!), Tame Impala, St. Vincent, TV On The Radio, Run The Jewels, Sharon Van Etten, Mo, Ben Harper and The Innocent Criminals, Marina and The Diamonds, Vance Joy, Jason Isbell, Gerard Way, Tove Lo, Chet Faker, The Lone Bellow, Jungle, Krill, Grizfolk, DMA’s and The Ballroom Thieves.
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Twin Show | Lou Reed Cover

With the passing of Lou Reed, the touching covers and tributes keep coming in. We saw Arctic Monkeys cover “Walk On The Wild Side” and Neil Young, Elvis Costello, My Morning Jacket, and others, came together to cover The Velvet Underground.

Now we can add Twin Shadow to the list of artists playing tribute to the late, great, Lou Reed. He uploaded a touching cover of Reed’s “Perfect Day.” It’s a simple cover, but does all the job, capturing all the emotion that so many are feeling with Reed’s passing.

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Alabama Shakes incredible rise has been one of the best success stories of the last year. It brought them all the way to Westchester, which is actually a bit easier for me to get to than the city. Not many current bands play at the historic theater, as it’s been more reserved for older acts, aside from the likes of My Morning Jacket and Fiona Apple.

Speaking of success stories, it was amazing to see Houndmouth open for the Shakes. It was a perfect bill as both bands came from similar areas and have seen a natural organic rise thanks to good quality music spread with word of mouth. Houndmouth killed it as usual, sounding just right in the theatre, the biggest venue I’ve been able to catch them in yet. I doubt it will be the last time either.

This was my first time catching a real show from Alabama Shakes. Although I did catch a stunning late night set from them at Bonnaroo last year. The band have been touring non-stop since then, and haven’t missed a beat. Brittany sounds as powerful as ever, and the rest of the band seems just as locked in as ever. They played a soulful set that rocked from every angle and pore of the band until they gave it all. With only one official album it’s amazing to not only see them play at such a large theater, but to sell it out. Things aren’t going to get any smaller either. The Alabama Shakes are truly one of the best success stories of the last few years.

Check out some photos of both Alabama Shakes & Houndmouth, posted below.
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I saw a lot of great shows in 2012, from all the great shows in NYC during CMJ, from my trip to Bonnaroo, and my duel visits to Chicago for Lollapalooza/Pitchfork. I saw many bands both big in small in a wide variety of venues, and made many good memories along the way.

When it came down to it, these shows were my absolute favorite concert moments of the year:
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Jim James – Know Til Now

By Will Oliver, November 12th 2012

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James will finally venture off into the solo world with his debut album, Regions Of Light And Sound Of God. It’s his first true solo venture, even though he released a solo EP under the name Yim Yames a few year ago.

He played every instrument on the album and engineered it himself. The album was built around “God’s Man”, a 1929 graphic novel by Lynd Ward. “Know Til Now” is the first song to be released from the album, and it showcases a funkier, soulful side of Mr. James that is a lot different than My Morning Jacket, as it should be.

[mp3]: Jim James – Know Til Now

Regions Of Light And Sound Of God is out February 5 via ATO.

alt-J – Fitzpleasure (Jim James Apple C Remix)

By Will Oliver, September 6th 2012

Jim James, My Morning Jacket’s front-man, gave alt-J’s incredible song “Fitzpleasure” a pretty wild remix. The song is electic and unique as it is, but James found a way to bend its boundaries even more.

[mp3]: alt-J – Fitzpleasure (Jim James Apple C Remix)

alt-J have a sold out show at Bowery Ballroom next week (September 12). Their album is finally getting released stateside on September 18 via Canvasback.

Leann Grimes – I’m Not Too Skinny

By Will Oliver, July 10th 2012

Last year Leann Grimes released a great mixtape/album that was an ode to the great new music he discovered on music blogs. He takes the songs and creates his own songs out of them.

Asheville, North Carolina native Shane Conerty is the man behind Leann Grimes. He’s back with a new release titled I’m Not Too Skinny and it’s another release filled with interesting versions of some great songs.

Here’s how Leann Grimes describes his album:

This album is a continuation of gratitude for music bloggers. Each track on this mixtape is a remix of an indie band’s song that I’ve discovered on various music blogs across the internet in the past year or so. It is my hope that people that are unfamiliar with the band’s I’ve sampled will seek out and support these artists as much as I do.

The album is streaming at bandcamp now. It will be available to download on Friday. Find the album stream below, along with a list of the songs he used.
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