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Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 15, 2011

– Singer, songwriter, and guitarist Gary Clark Jr. will release his major-label debut EP, Bright Lights, on August 9th on Warner Bros. Records.  The title track, “Bright Lights,” was produced by Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Dave Matthews Band, etc) while the remaining tracks were produced by Gary Clark Jr. The EP, his first release for Warner Bros. Records, will give fans a taste of what’s to come when the 27-year-old Austin, TX, native releases his full-length WB album debut which is expected in early 2012. Joining Gary on these recordings are band members J.J. Johnson on drums & percussion, Scott Nelson on bass and Eric Zapata on guitars.View the “Bright Lights” Trailer here:

Gary Clark Jr. – Bright Lights Trailer  (Windows vers.) or Gary Clark Jr. – Bright Lights Trailer(Quick Time vers.).


Weaned on John Lee Hooker, Curtis Mayfield, and Snoop Dogg, Clark fuses his deep rock, R&B and blues influences with a love of classic soul and contemporary hip-hop beats that has already put critics on notice. Rolling Stone’s Best Of Rock issue pegged him as “Best Young Gun,” while The Wall Street Journal opined that Clark “may be the city’s next big music star” thanks to “his blend of blues, soul and rock, mixing fluid, muscular guitar with a rootsy bark or a falsetto croon.” Clark was the only newcomer to be selected by Eric Clapton to perform at the 2010 Crossroads Guitar Festival, where he performed with Doyle Bramhall II and Sheryl Crow. View the links here: “Bright Lights,”  “Don’t Owe You A Thang”


Hot on the heels of performing on the Bonnaroo Buzz Tour, which culminated in Clark’s blistering set at the Bonnaroo Festival itself; Clark fueled a media buzz based on word of mouth alone:


“Gary Clark Jr. is a soul man. He’s a blues man. He’s a rock and roll man. Gary Clark Jr. is the real deal. – IFC News


“The 27-year-old Austin guitarist Gary Clark Jr. is maybe the closest thing there is to a ‘Frosty’ era Albert Collins in 2011, especially considering the tens of thousands he blew away at the Crossroads Guitar Festival.” – YES Weekly (Greenville, SC)


Clark continues his cross-country trek throughout the summer and has already appeared on the Dave Matthews Caravan this past July 8th in Chicago, and will appear at Red Rock Amphitheatre with the Jon Butler Trio on August 12th, and at New York’s Jones Beach Theater with B.B. King, Buddy Guy & J. Geils on August 27th, among other shows listed below.


The Bright Lights EP track-listing is as follows. Get an advance listen to “Bright Lights” and “Don’t Owe You A Thang” at


“Bright Lights”

“Don’t Owe You A Thang”

“Things Are Changin'” (solo acoustic live)

“When My Train Pulls In” (solo acoustic live)


Gary Clark Jr. is on the road now. Don’t miss him this summer:

7/16        Austin, TX                                       Antone’s

7/22        Camden, NJ                                      XpoNential Music Festival, Wiggins Park

7/23        Nashville, TN                                    Gibson Summer Jam

7/30        Atlantic City, NJ                               House of Blues

7/31        Wilkes-Barre, PA                               Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs

(w/ Doobie Brothers)

8/04        Rochester, NY                                  Party in the Park Rochester

(w/ Robert Randolph)

8/05        Utica, NY                                        Saranac Brewery

(w/ Robert Randolph)

8/07        Montauk, NY                                    Surf Lodge

8/12        Morrison, CO                                    Red Rocks Amphitheatre

(w/ Jon Butler Trio)

8/13        Truro, Nova Scotia – CAN                   Dutch Mason Blues Festival / Truro Raceway

8/14        Fredericton, New Brunswick                The Capital Complex

8/15        Montreal, QC                                    Divan Orange

8/17        Quebec City, QC                               La Casbah

8/18        Gravenhurst, ON                               Peters Place Live

8/19        Toronto, ON                                    Rivoli

8/20        Pittsburgh, PA                                  Hard Rock Café

8/22        Evanston, IL                                    SPACE

8/23        Detroit, MI                                       Magic Bag

8/25        Amagansett, NY                               The Stephen Talkhouse

8/27        Wantagh, NY                                    Jones Beach Theater

(w/ B.B. King, Buddy Guy & J. Geils)

8/28        Holmdel, NJ                                      PNC Bank Arts Center

(w/ B.B. King & Buddy Guy)

9/03        Mohawk, NY                                     Gelston Castle Estate

9/16        Austin, TX                                        Austin City Limits Festival (BMI Stage)

More dates TBC soon…


Shimon Presents Summer of Music Update

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 15, 2011






Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 15, 2011

HBO has acquired the North American TV rights to Martin Scorsese’s GEORGE HARRISON:  LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD from Grove Street Pictures.  The film was produced by Scorsese (through his Sikelia Productions banner), Olivia Harrison (through her Grove Street Pictures banner) and Nigel Sinclair (through Exclusive’s documentary label, Spitfire Pictures).  Margaret Bodde served as executive producer on the film, which was edited by David Tedeschi, who previously worked with Scorsese, Bodde and Sinclair on “No Direction Home:  Bob Dylan,” and with Scorsese and Bodde on “Public Speaking.”  Tedeschi also edited Scorsese’s Rolling Stones concert film “Shine a Light.”  The documentary will debut in two parts – on Oct. 5 and 6, 2011 – exclusively on HBO.

GEORGE HARRISON: LIVING IN THE MATERIAL WORLD focuses the imaginative and inspired eye of one of cinema’s most preeminent filmmakers on one of the world’s most influential men.  The film takes viewers on the musical and spiritual voyage that was George Harrison’s life, much of it told in his own words.  The result is deeply moving and touches each viewer in unique and individual ways.

Academy Award®-winning director Martin Scorsese traces Harrison’s life from his musical beginnings in Liverpool through his life as a musician, a seeker, a philanthropist and a filmmaker, weaving together interviews with Harrison and his closest friends, performances, home movies and photographs.  Much of the material in the film has never been seen or heard before.  The result is a rare glimpse into the mind and soul of one of the most talented artists of his generation and a profoundly intimate and affecting work of cinema.

The film includes interviews with Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart.  They speak honestly and frankly about George’s many talents and contradictions.

“When Martin Scorsese brings a project to HBO, we all know it is going to be very special, and he has added to that body of work with this monumental film on George Harrison,” says Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming.  “From rock‘n’roll icon to moviemaker, to spiritual seeker and humanitarian, George Harrison was a true renaissance man.  This amazing film will illuminate every aspect of Harrison’s remarkable, multifaceted life.”

Comments Scorsese, “Like so many millions of people, I first came to know George through the music, which was the soundtrack of our world.  The Beatles’ music, those beautifully lyrical guitar breaks and solos, those unforgettable songs of George’s like ‘I Me Mine’ or ‘If I Needed Someone,’ and the images, in magazines, on album covers, the TV appearances, the newsreel footage, the Richard Lester movies; and then there was the world after the Beatles, when George and his music seemed to open up and flower.  I will never forget the first time I heard ‘All Things Must Pass,’ the overwhelming feeling of taking in that all glorious music for the first time.  It was like walking into a cathedral.  George was making spiritually awake music – we all heard and felt it – and I think that was the reason that he came to occupy a very special place in our lives.  So when I was offered the chance to make this picture, I jumped at it.  Spending time with Olivia, interviewing so many of George’s closest friends, reviewing all that footage, some of it never seen before, and listening to all of that magnificent music – it was a joy, and an experience I’ll always treasure.

Notes Olivia Harrison, “Martin Scorsese’s intuition towards George was evident the first time we met to discuss this project.  He sensed what George was about:  his music, his strong beliefs, his art, his place in the Beatles’ story and his extraordinary life afterwards.  Marty’s wonderful film has found all of that and more.

“I always hoped HBO would be our North American partners because of their respect for artistry.  I am doubly happy to be working with their excellent team.”

“This film was an extraordinary journey for all involved and it has been a sheer pleasure working with Martin Scorsese and Olivia Harrison to bring the amazing story and legacy of George Harrison to life.  We have found the perfect partner in HBO Documentary Films and are proud to have them on board to bring this incredible film to North American audiences,” adds Nigel Sinclair.

Exclusive Films International, the international sales and marketing arm of Exclusive, represents worldwide rights, excluding the U.S.  Scott Pascucci serves as executive producer for Grove Street and is coordinating all aspects of the film’s distribution for Grove Street.

Additionally, in late September, Abrams Books will publish Olivia Harrison’s “George Harrison:  Living in the Material World,” a personal archive of photographs, letters, diaries and memorabilia from George’s life that reveals the arc of his life, from his guitar-obsessed boyhood in Liverpool, to the astonishment of the Beatles years, to his days as an independent musician and bohemian squire.  The book release is intended to coincide with the release of Scorsese’s film.

Scorsese’s upcoming feature, “Hugo,” a 3D adaptation of Brian Selznick’s children’s book, starring Sacha Baron Cohen, Ben Kingsley, Jude Law, Chloe Moretz and Asa Butterfield, is due to be released in the U.S. by Paramount Pictures in Nov. 2011.   In 1976, Scorsese’s “Taxi Driver” was awarded the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, and it was followed by a series of outstanding successes, including “New York, New York,” “Raging Bull,” “The Last Temptation of Christ,” “GoodFellas,” “Casino,” “Kundun,” “The Age of Innocence,” “Gangs of New York” and “The Aviator.”  Scorsese’s feature “The Departed” was released to critical acclaim in Oct. 2006, and would go on to win several Academy Awards®, including Best Picture and Best Director.  “Shine a Light,” Scorsese’s documentary of the Rolling Stones in concert, was released worldwide in April 2008.  His most recent feature was the acclaimed psychological drama “Shutter Island.”

Scorsese’s artistic excellence has been recognized with many honors, including the Golden Lion from the Venice Film Festival, the AFI Lifetime Achievement Award, a Directors Guild of America Lifetime Achievement Award and a Kennedy Center Honor.  In addition to his work as a filmmaker, he has also been a staunch advocate for film preservation.  He is the founder and chair of The Film Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of motion picture history, and in 2007, he launched the World Cinema Foundation (for which he serves as both founder and chair), dedicated to the preservation and restoration of neglected films from around the world.

Olivia Harrison is a producer and philanthropist.  She administers the Material World Charitable Foundation, and received a Grammy Award for her video of the 2002 “Concert for George,” which she organized to benefit the Foundation in memory of her husband.  She also administers the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF, and received the 2010 UNICEF Spirit Of Compassion Award in recognition of her family’s assistance to the children of Bangladesh.

Nigel Sinclair is a Grammy Award-winning producer, and serves as CEO of Exclusive Media Group, which includes the documentary production outfit Spitfire Pictures.

Los Lonely Boys Announce Tour to Support “Rockpango”!

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 13, 2011
After proving themselves one of the most stunning and wonderful musical success stories of the last decade,  
Los Lonely Boys continue to carve out their legend with their fourth studio album, their first self-produced LP on their own LonelyTone/Playing In Traffic Records,Rockpango.
Supporting this newest release, Los Lonely Boys hit the road to share the utterly unique combination of blues, rock, soul, their Latino heritage and snippets of hip-hop found on Rockpango.
For a preview of what to expect, check out the undeniably fun animated video for “16 Monkeys.”
Since debuting in 2003 with a multi-chart gold single, selling millions of albums, winning a Grammy, racking up reams of critical praise, opening for the Rolling Stones and playing and recording with such legends as Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, Rockpango further enforces All Music Guide‘s assertion that Los Lonely Boys are “one of America’s premier rock bands.”
Tour Dates and more on Rockpango below!

Los Lonely Boys Tour Dates
July 15 – Winstar Casino – Thakerville, OK *
July 16 – Fritz City Park Festival – Hutto, TX
July 19 – George Lopez Show     
July 21 – Mill Bay Casino – Manson, WA *
July 22 – Emerald Queen Casino – Tacoma, WA *
July 23 – Yakama Nation Legends Casino – Toppenish, WA
July 24 – Oregon Zoo Amphitheater – Portland, OR *
July 26 – Mountain Winery – Saratoga, CA *
July 27 – John Ascuaga’s Nugget – Sparks, NV *
July 28 – Chukchansi Gold Resort Casino – Coarsegold, CA
July 29 – Greek Theatre – Los Angeles, CA *
July 30 – Fantasy Springs Casino – Indio, CA *
July 31 – Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay – San Diego, CA
Aug 2 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Albuquerque, NM
Aug 4 – Colorado River State Park – Fruita, CO *
Aug 5 – Arvada Center Amphitheater – Arvada, CO *
Aug 6 – Chautauqua Auditorium – Boulder, CO
Aug 9 – Music In The Zoo – Apple Valley/Minneapolis, MN *
Aug 10 – Ravinia Pavillion – Highland Park/Chicago, IL *
Aug 11 – Frederik Meijer Gardens – Grand Rapids, MI
Aug 12 – Meadow Brook Music Festival – Rochester Hills, MI
Aug 13 – Dutch Mason Blues Festival – Truro, NS
Aug 17 – Blues on the Green – Austin, TX
KGSR event
Aug 19 – Trails West 2011 – St Joseph, MO
Aug 20 – Freeport Music & Art – Freeport, IL
Aug 27 – Texas Music Theatre – San Marcos, TX
benefit for LULAC
Aug 28 – Eddy County Sheriff’s Posse Arena – Carlsbad, NM
Sept 2 – Crockett Civic Center – Crockett, TX
Sept 3 – Summertime Blues Festival – Freeport, TX
Sept 9 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA
Sept 10 – Library Theatre – Hoover, AL
acoustic – 2 shows
Sept 11 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA
Sept 13 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
Sept 14 – The Bijou Theatre – Knoxville, TN
Sept 15 – Live on the Green – Nashville, TN
WRLT event
Sept 16 – The Arts Center – Carrboro, NC
Sept 18 – Ziggy’s – Winston Salem, NC
Sept 24 – Foster Communication Center – San Angelo, TX
w/ Los Lobos *

More on Los Lonely Boys and Rockpango

Can anything even more magical happen in the already charmed career of Los Lonely Boys? You bet. It’s called Rockpango, their first self- produced long player on their own LonelyTone/Playing In Traffic Records. And yeah, it’s magical indeed.
At least as magical — and maybe more so — as debuting in 2003 with a multi-chart gold single, selling millions of albums, winning a Grammy, racking up reams of critical acclaim, opening for The Rolling Stones, and many more accomplishments for the Texican rock’n’roll trio of brothers. Plus playing and recording with such legends as Willie Nelson and Carlos Santana, associations that give a strong hint at what’s at work here on Rockpango.
After proving themselves one of the most stunning and wonderful musical success stories of the last decade, Los Lonely Boys are now carving out their legend with their fourth studio album. Even though the band has already shown they can “up the ante with greater musicianship and confidence” (People) every time out, on Rockpangothey heighten the trajectory, open up their sound, and show what flourishing maturity feels like from these veteran yet still young and burgeoning musical talents.
Rockpango is a spirit and sound coined by Los Lonely Boys that takes the next step from fandango (a beat of loving celebration) and then huapango (another infectious Latin rhythm that gets the fiesta cooking) to a full-scale Tex-Mex American roots rock party galore. Bursting out of the gate with the simmering and slinky “American Idle” that scans today’s tough economic times, and wrapping up 10 tracks later with the fierce and fiery assertion that love is the answer on “Believe,” Los Lonely Boys look at the big picture around us with the concerns and continuing faith that come with well-grounded adulthood.
Their ever-expanding musical vision fills the set with new facets that further reveal the group’s already notable artistic diversity. “16 Monkeys” is a delightfully funky slice of infectious neo-bohemian wit and wordplay, while orchestration by the Tosca String Quartet adds classic rock-pop sophistication on the achingly beautiful “Road To Nowhere” and the Beatle-esque gem “Smile.” And they fuse deep blues with a hip-hop twist on “Porn Star,” which includes a razor-sharp rap at the tail end by Kush, one of their Texas extended family relations.
They soar on “Fly Away,” rip it up to percolating Latin beats on “Love In My Veins” and “Baby Girl,” and reassert their mastery of the classic music that influences them as demonstrated on their recent 1969 EP. They deliver ‘60s style blues-rockers on the rousing title tune and powerfully loping “Change The World” — two more slices of their spot-on social commentary and consciousness.
The trademark Los Lonely Boys genetic vocal blend is deeper, richer, more fluent and confident than ever. The rhythms are utterly irresistible as well as flush with smart syncopation and muscular drive, abetted on some tracks by tour percussionist Carmelo “Melo” Torres. The brothers’ songwriting skills stamp indelibility on every winning number. And Henry Garza goes even beyond what Guitar World hails as being a “guitarist with chops out his ass who doesn’t care about chops [and] just opens up and plays.” Joined by veteran Austin player Riley Osbourn on keyboards, Los Lonely Boys deliver and more on Rockpango.
“I’m super proud of it,” says JoJo Garza, bassist and middle brother in the triumvirate. “It’s just progress, maturation and growth. Growing up, being older, seeing the world we’re living in. It’s also touching base with home.”
Los Lonely Boys tale to date is already the stuff legends are made of: Playing behind their father as kids in cantinas and honky-tonks. Moving to Nashville in their teens to try to win a record deal. Returning to their native Texas, where the brothers made their bones on the club scene as a live act. Releasing their self-titled debut, which goes double platinum, and penning a #1 radio hit in “Heaven.”
Two more stellar studio albums followed: Sacred (2006) and Forgiven (2008). In 2009, they cut 1969, an EP that leaps back four decades to reveal how the group’s roots extend well past their birthdates on songs by The Beatles, Santana, The Doors, Buddy Holly and Tony Joe White. 2010 brought about the release of Keep On Giving: Acoustic Live! a snapshot of their recent acoustic tour.
So after all that, what’s left but to meet the new decade with the great leap forward, upward, outward and onward of Rockpango? “It was just time to grow and change,” explains JoJo. “But not change too much. It’s kind of like a tree. A tree doesn’t actually change much as it grows. It gets taller, grows more branches, gets thicker and stronger.
“I think it’s one of our best if not our best,” he adds. “We took the ball and I think we scored a touchdown.”
And after eight years of championship seasons, Rockpango paves the way for Los Lonely Boys to enter the rock’n’roll pantheon of legendary musical artists while also remaining true to themselves. “We’re still Lonely Boys,” JoJo insists, chuckling in agreement that they are also now Los Lonely Men who have truly come of age on their latest. “We’re still family, we’re still three brothers, we’re still doing what the good Lord has blessed us with, and that’s singing and playing for people who really want to listen.”
Los Lonely Boys Website
Los Lonely Boys YouTube
Playing In Traffic Los Lonely Boys
Los Lonely Boys on Facebook


Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 13, 2011

THE FLAMING LIPS continue to confirm additional concert dates to their current summer itinerary. All dates are listed below. The LIPS are fresh off their very special two-night engagement in Los Angeles at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery where they played to ecstatic capacity crowds, The band performed THE SOFT BULLETIN in its entirety the first night and their version of Pink Floyd’s THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (including spectacular vocal assistance from Peaches on a pair of Dark Side songs) on the second night. In addition, the LIPSadded a brief, stripped-down sunrise performance on the cemetery’s front lawn with assistance from Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros on the morning of June 15th. Each of these events has been heavily documented in the media so check out YouTube for highlights.


An exclusive Flaming Lips (life-size) Gummy Skull, with USB drive featuring “The Soft Bulletin: Live La Fantastique de Institution 2011,” was available for this event. It’s very possible that some of these special Skulls may remain in stock so double check the LIPS Official Store and grab it up before it’s gone…forever.


Possibly the most exciting news of the summer is the confirmation of a pair of NY area co-headline shows with Weezer July 28, at PNC Bank Arts Center and July 29, at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater. This will be a first for both bands as they will take the stage together and trade off songs. Naturally, these will be very special events and most likely will never happen again. The only thing that can be predicted is to expect the unpredictable.  Yeasayer will provide support.


Commenting on these shows Wayne Coyne remarked: “The Flaming Lips and Weezer are playing a show together…where they are actually playing together.”  “I asked Wayne if he has an extra bubble I could ride in,” dared Weezer’s Rivers Cuomo.  Needless to say don’t miss these unprecedented, monumental happenings.


Complete list of confirmed dates are as follows:

Wed     July 27              Bank Of America Pavilion                      Boston, MA
Thur      July 28              PNC Bank Arts Center                            Holmdel, NJ
(w/ LipsWeezer/WeezerLips Extravaganza & Yeasayer)


Fri        July 29              Nikon and Jones Beach                         Wantagh, NY
(w/ LipsWeezer/WeezerLips Extravaganza & Yeasayer)


Sun      July 31              Osheaga Festival                                  Montreal, Canada

(Featuring a special performance of “The Soft Bulletin” and more)


Wed     Aug 3               Red Rocks Amphitheater                       Morrison, CO

(w/ Primus – Special performance of “Dark Side Of The Moon” and more)


Thur      Aug 4               Harrah’s Council Bluffs                          Council Bluffs, IA

Fri        Aug 5               Kanrocksas –  Kansas Speedway           Kansas City, KS

Sat       Aug 6               Brady District Block Party                      Tulsa, OK
(w/ Primus, MuteMath and more)


Sat       Aug 20              Sound Town Fest/Somerset Amphit       Somerset, WI

Sat       Sep 3               Metamorphose                                      Izu City, Japan

Fri        Sep 9               Long Beach                                          Long Island, NY

Sat       Sep 10              Hopscotch festival                                Raleigh, NC

Fri        Sep 16              Telluride Blues & Brews Festival             Telluride, CO

Sat       Sep 17              The Great Saltair                                    Magna, UT

Mon      Sep 19              Eagle River Pavilion                              Eagle, ID

Tue       Sep 20              Keller Auditorium                                   Portland, OR

Wed     Sep 21              Western Washington Fair                       Puyallup, WA

Sat       Sep 24              Blackwater Music Festival                      Live Oak, FL

Tue       Oct 25              Main Street Armory                                Rochester, NY

Thur      Oct 27              Norva                                                   Norfolk, VA

Sat       Oct 29              Moogfest                                              Asheville, NC



As previously reported the LIPS have been busy recording post-EMBRYONIC new material on their own as well as indulging in some unique collaborations. Some of these amazing recordings have manifested themselves into and onto the resoundingly popular 12″ round vinyl “record” format and pressed in vivid multi-hues of Mr. Coyne’s own choosing. These lovely limited-edition artifacts have been sparsely distributed to independent record stores around the country and though most have been grabbed up, search carefully and you shall be rewarded. No two are exactly alike but some are still out there in the bins so happy hunting.  Other recordings have found their way onto Flash Drives embedded into the flavorful brains of juicy edible Gummy Skulls randomly distributed to various music emporiums or sold at the Hollywood Forever L.A. shows. Again, these too, may be findable. To recap, here is a list of all the new LIPS music released to date this year:


“TWO BLOBS F**KING,” released on Valentine’s Day, Feb 14th, and available on YouTube now in 12 musical and visual parts designed to be played back on iPhone mobile devices simultaneously to create a lo-fi symphonic effect.


A very limited edition, self-released four-song 12″ color vinyl single followed in March and new songs with THE LIPS collaborating with Neon Indian and featuring the tracks:

“Is David Bowie Dying?,” “Alan’s Theremin,” “You Don’t Respond” and “Do You Want New Wave or Do You Want the Truth Part 2.”


April saw the release of “HEADY NUGGS: THE FIRST 5 WARNER BROS. RECORDS 1992 – 2002” for Record Store Day comprised of the complete recordings of:  Hit To Death In The Future Head (1992), Transmissions From The Satellite Heart (1993), Clouds Taste Metallic (1995), The Soft Bulletin (1999), and the Grammy Award-winning, Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robots (2002). Standard issue pressed on 120-gram black vinyl for Record Store Day internationally. A “Special Limited Edition” was also available with each album pressed on colored vinyl (five different colors), sold through the LIPS’ webstore.


Also in April was the first-ever Gummy Skull with different flavored Gummy brain inside the skull (life-sized, completely edible and weighing in at over seven lbs. of chewy goodness), which houses a USB drive inside the brain – of a different flavor and color – with four new and exclusive songs: “Drug Chart,” “In Our Bodies, Out Of Our Heads,” “Walk With Me,” and “Hillary’s Time Machine Machine.” These are now rare but check www.flaminglips,com for details.


In May, another varied colored vinyl limited-edition 12″ four-song EP was released, this time featuring the LIPS collaborating with Prefuse 73 (Guillermo Scott Herren). Tracklist: “The Super Moon Made Me Want to Pee,” “Heavy Star Moving,” “Be Like That…That…That,” and “Guillermo’s Bolero.”Search and you shall find!


In June, a limited edition marijuana-flavored Gummy Skull with a USB drive featuring “The Soft Bulletin:  Live La Fantastique de Institution 2011” was available at the Hollywood Forever Los Angeles shows.


Just in time for July, the LIPS have introduced the Gummy Song Fetus in limited quantities to fans in tour markets. Naturally, the prenatal confection contains a USB Drive embedded into its cranial core with three brand-new recordings exclusive to this release: “Enthusiasm for Life Defeats Existential Fear Part 2,” “Steven’s Moonbow,” and “Squishy Glass.” These will be very limited so don’t hesitate.


Future releases include such exotic formats as…well, you’ll just have to keep an eye or look for Wayne Infamous tweets for clues. Until then, don’t miss the LIPSlive this summer. Check the LIPS official Store for brand new merch available now.


Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 13, 2011

Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival Releases Official Line-Up for the 5 Day Festival and the Addition of DSACK to List of Non-Profit Organizations that will Receive Donations from Concert to be held July 27th-31st



PRESTONSBURG, KY(Monday, July 11, 2011)

The Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival released the official line-up for the 5 day event, adding Chris Knight to the already impressive roster of artists.  The Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky will join the list of local non-profit organizations receiving five percent of all tickets sales that will be evenly distributed amongst the charities.  The Pikeville College Booth Scholar Program will also receive a percentage of the profits from the Miller/Coors Beer

Garden sales.  An inflatable waterslide and obstacle course will be available for the kids at the event to be held July 27-31, 2011 at the Prestonsburg Equine Center at Stonecrest.




Below is the official artist line-up for the 2011 Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival:



Cecil Butcher

Chris Meade Band

Big Cedar Ramblers

Roger Dale

Wolf Creek Grass

Custom Made Bluegrass

Fast Lane

Appalachian Rain



Republik Steele

Black Powder express

Big Cedar Ramblers

Bluegrass Riot

East Kentucky Tyme

Custom Made Bluegrass

Appalachian Rain

Tyler Stephens

Josh Martin Band



Host Storme Warren

Cecil Butcher

Bluegrass Riot

Tyler Stephens

Dave Carrol & New River Line

Appalachian Rain

Cumberland River Band

Tommy Webb Band

Don Rigsby

Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain

Joe Diffie & New Found Road



Republik Steele

Black Powder Express

Karen Waldrup

Josh Slone and Coaltown

Danny Paisley & Southern Grass

Bluegrass Mountaineers

Coaltown Dixie

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road

The Roys

Chris Knight

J.D. Crowe


Sunday Mornin Service

Blue Moon Rising

Custom Made Bluegrass

Marty Raybon


Sunday Evening

CJ The DJ and East Kentucky Rain

Black Powder Express

Custom Made Bluegrass

Vince Combs & Shade Tree Grass

Blue Moon Rising

Dale Ann Bradley

Marty Raybon & Full Circle

Dailey & Vincent


Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky

DSACK is a non-profit volunteer organization comprised of families and professionals who are interested in bettering the lives of people with Down syndrome, and helping them to realize their life aspirations. DSACK’s ultimate goal is to provide support, resources, and opportunities for individuals with Down syndrome and their

families.  DSACK celebrates that ALL people are beautiful, capable, and loved!


Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival

The Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival is a five-day music festival that will be held July 27th-31st at the Prestonburg Equine Center at Stonecrest in Prestonburg, KY.  In its’ inception year, The Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival will captivate the audience with an artist lineup that includes J.D. Crowe, Joe Diffie, Dailey & Vincent and many more famous names from the country/bluegrass industry.  This festival will prove to be your family’s new tradition with delicious food, corn hole and horse shoe tournaments. The Blue Moon Mountain Bluegrass Festival’s all-star roster of pickers and grinners will have music echoing through the hills of Eastern Kentucky.  For more information please visit the Website:


Sponsors include Miller, Coors, Blue Moon, Pikeville RV, Coca-Cola, City of Prestonsburg, The Pikeville College Booth Scholars Program, Heritage House Inn, Law Offices of Moak & Nunnery PSC, Blue Highways TV, Shirt Gallery, Bud Light and Inter Mountain Cable. 


Local charities receiving donations from the festival include Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky, The Jordan Light Foundation, Shriners Hospitals for Children, Highlands Center for Autism, The Pikeville College Booth Scholars Program.


Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 13, 2011
With the confirmation of The Shins being added to this year’s DeLuna Fest, organizers are leaking the initial the line up for the 2011 music event on Pensacola’s Gulf Coast.  More bands are still to be announced, but DeLuna has confirmed those already set to play stages on the sugar-white sands of Pensacola Beach include Weezer, Jane’s Addiction, The Shins, Cut Copy, Cake,  Stars, Matt & Kim, Big Boi, Cold War Kids, Ra Ra Riot, Manchester Orchestra, New Pornographers, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Wanda Jackson, and many, many more.  In all, over 80 bands will be part of the 2nd year of America’s Original Beach Party which takes place October 13-16.
DeLuna Fest’s six stages and waterfront hotels along Pensacola Beach will play host to national rock acts as well as regional Southern Rock superstars.  In addition to the hottest in today’s mainstream and indie rock scene, as well as seasoned headliners, performing artists will also be spinning poolside, while the very best in jazz and blues will be performing in a special tented venues.  After the main stage performances each evening, the fun continues with indoor club parties in venues along the shore.
In its inaugral year, DeLuna Fest was able to bring an economic boost to the oil-spill ravaged Gulf Coast with the hugely attended 2010 music event.  This year, Five Flags Tourism Group has partnered with Innisfree Hotel Group to make DeLuna Fest the Fall’s biggest music festival with over 50k+ expected to attend.  Festival goers can stay at any number of beachfront properties just minutes from the action.  In addition to general admission passes, attendees will be given the opportunity to purchase VIP ticket/hotel packages that include on-site lodging in beachfront hotels with balconies overlooking performance stages, special VIP-only events, and complimentary beverages.
Additional bands also confirmed for the 2011 DeLuna Fest include: Ladytron, Bettye Lavette, Hood Internet, Ghostland Observatory, Wallpaper, Kevin Devine, Bad Books, Constellations, Asobi Seksu, Little Death, Mute Math, Bear Hands, Stone Foxes, Royal Bangs, Dinosaur Feathers, PS I Love You, Sleeper Agent, BlackBells, Saints of Valory, JJ Grey & MoFro, Toubab Krewe, Infamous Stringdusters, THE War on Drugs, Robbers on High Street, Nicos Gun, Still Corners, Grouplove, Dirty Heads, Cowboy Mouth, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Parlotones, Motopony, K.Flay, The Listening, Honey Island Swamp Band, Kermit Ruffins, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Anders Osborne, The Revivalists, Griffin House, Nico Vega.
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Preservation Hall Jazz Band to Perform With The Del McCoury Band on “Late Show With David Letterman”

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 8, 2011

Group Featured in Danny Clinch Documentary

Louisiana Fairytale With My Morning Jacket

The iconic, New Orleans-based Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be taking over New York on July 20th, where they will perform on “Late Show With David Letterman” before their show at City Winery that night.  Additionally, they will be stopping by WNYC’s Greene Space and WXPN’s World Cafe that day.  Please let us know if you’re interested in attending the City Winery show and click HERE for tickets to the Greene Space performance.

Pres Hall will be joined by the Grammy-winning  bluegrass outfit The Del McCoury band for these performances.  The two groups recently joined forces to record their collaborative full-length American Legacies, which was released earlier this year.  In addition to being a showcase for their incredible musicianship, the album is a fascinating juxtaposition of traditional New Orleans Jazz and Bluegrass, made by true legends who are both celebrating 50 years in their respective genres.

Pres Hall has dedicated itself to keeping the traditions of New Orleans jazz alive, both in their hometown and on tour around the world.  Along the way, they have brought in collaborators of all musical stripes to play, honor, and reinterpret America’s first true art form.

One of those bands is My Morning Jacket, who have performed and toured with Pres Hall numerous times over the past several years.  This ongoing partnership was the subject of the documentary Louisiana Fairytale, which was directed by Danny Clinch.  The film screened at SXSW and Bonnaroo, and can be viewed next at The Ogden Museum of Art in New Orleans on July 23rd as well as at the New Orleans film festival October 14th – 20th.

Pres Hall put on multiple soulful and triumphant performances at Bonnaroo last month, leading the New York Times to call them the “binding glue” of this year’s festival.  They led a parade to a surprise show by Portugal the Man, performed with The Del McCoury Band, and appeared during My Morning Jacket’s set.  Pres Hall have also played and recorded with artists like Tom WaitsPete SeegerAni DiFranco and Andrew Bird.  Through these collaboration and others, they are both the face of the genre to fans across the globe and a bridge that connects traditional NOLA jazz to other styles of music.  The illustrious group have thus earned a reputation as ambassadors of the music, as well as the overall spirit of New Orleans.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band US Tour Dates:

7/6: Racine, WI @ Racine Zoo
7/20: New York, NY @ City Winery w/ The Del McCoury Band
7/22: Thousand Oaks, CA @ Open Borders Festival
7/24: Santa Fe, NM @ New Mexico Jazz Festival
8/2: Wellfleet, MA @ Wellfleet Preservation Hall
8/3: New York, NY @ Lincoln Center w/ Trey McIntyre Project
8/4: Gettysburg, PA @ The Majestic Theatre
8/5: Clayton, NY @ Clayton Opera House
8/13: Windsor, CT @ Summerwind Perf. Arts Center w/ The Del McCoury Band
8/20: Eagle, ID @ Eagle River Outdoor Pavillion w/ Trey McIntyre Project
9/2: Camp Mather, CA @ Strawberry Music Festival
9/3: Irvine, CA @ Great Park Summer Series
9/17: Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
9/22: Grinnell, IA @ Grinnell College Herrick Chapel
9/23: Des Moines, IA @ Drake University – Sheslow Auditorium
9/24: Grand Rapids, MI @  Calvin College
9/25: S. Milwaukee, WI @ South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
9/26: S. Milwaukee, WI @ South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center
10/2: San Francisco, CA @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass w/ The Del McCoury Band
10/15: Aurora, IL @ Aurora University – Crimi Auditorium
10/19: Easton, MD @ The Avalon Theatre
10/21: Florence, SC @ Southeastern Institute of Manufacturing and Technology
10/22: Athens, GA @ University of Georgia w/The Del McCoury Band
10/29: Plymouth, NH @ Plymouth State University – Silver Cultural Arts Center
11/5: Carmel, IN @ The Center for the Performing Arts
11/12: Davis, CA @ UC Davis – Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
11/13: Arroyo Grande, CA @ Clark Center for the Performing Arts
11/19: Shreveport, LA @ Highland Jazz & Blues Festival – Columbia Park
11/22: Los Angeles, CA @ Walt Disney Concert Hall w/ Trey McIntyre Project


Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 8, 2011




Chromeo, the electrofunk duo credited for some of the decade’s most addicting pop songs and memorable live performances, is announcing a string of 34 new Fall tour dates, aptly titled the ‘Night Falls‘ tour, in addition to their many upcoming festival appearances throughout the globe this year.  This seven week journey across North America will be the biggest, most extensive tour in the band’s history.  Joining the twosome on the road is soulful crooner Mayer Hawthorne, the Stones Throw alum now signed to Universal, and, on selected dates, Ed Banger’s very own funkateer Breakbot.  Audiences should expect a spectacle as Chromeo’s performances are known for their trademark hot-legged keyboard stands, elaborate light show and sultry Robert Palmer-esque back-up singers.  More recently fans have been treated to guest appearances by the likes of A-Trak and Ezra Koenig ofVampire Weekend to go along with the band’s seriously fancy footwork.  Ticket sales begin July 6th for pre-sale and open July 8th for the general public.  As all of Chromeo’s past tours have, this one is likely to sell out quickly.


Chromeo members Dave 1 and P-Thugg hit new heights with the release of the critically acclaimed Business Causal this past year, appearing on Late Night with David Letterman and Conan O’Brien.  Their next official single, “When The Nights Falls” featuring Solange Knowles, is being released as a remix EP on July 26th through Big Beat/Atlantic Records.  The single package features remixes by Hercules & Love AffairLifelikeBreakbot and a cover version by Mayer Hawthorne.  Check out the Breakbot remix below for a preview of what to expect and scroll down for the full list of tour dates.














9/14                        DALLAS, TX – House of Blues

9/16                        HOUSTON, TX – House of Blues

9/17                        AUSTIN, TX – Austin City Limits *

9/18                        NEW ORLEANS, LA – House of Blues

9/20                        MIAMI, FL – Fillmore

9/21                        ORLANDO, FL – Beacham Theater

9/22                        ATLANTA GA – Masquerade (Heaven Stage)

9/24                        MONTREAL, QC – Metropolis (Pop Montreal) *

9/26                        DETROIT, MI – Majestic

9/27                        COLUMBUS, OH – Newport Music Hall

9/28                        PITTSBURGH, PA – Stage AE

9/30                        CHICAGO, IL – House of Blues *

10/3                        MILWAUKEE, WI – Turner Hall

10/4                        MINNEAPOLIS, MN – First Avenue

10/6                        BOULDER, CO – Boulder Theater

10/7                        DENVER, CO – Ogden

10/8                        ASPEN, CO – Belly Up

10/10                      SEATTLE, WA- Showbox Sodo

10/11                      PORTLAND, OR – Roseland

10/12                      ARCATA, CA – Arcata Community Center

10/13                      RENO, NV – Knitting Factory

10/17                      SAN DIEGO, CA- House of Blues **

10/18                      TEMPE, AZ – Marquee Theatre **

10/20                      KANSAS CITY, MO – Midland Theater **

10/21                      TULSA, OK    – Cain’s Ballroom **

10/22                      OXFORD, MS – The Lyric **

10/24                      ST. LOUIS, MO – The Pageant **

10/25                      NASHVILLE, TN – Cannery Ballroom **

10/27                      RICHMOND, VA – The National **

10/28                      ASHEVILLE, NC – MoogFest *

10/31                      PHILADELPHIA, PA – Electric Factory **

11/1                        BOSTON, MA – House of Blues **

11/2                        TORONTO, ON – Sound Academy **



* without Mayer Hawthorne

** with Breakbot


Iconic Bluesman Johnny Winter Returns with New Album ‘Roots’ (September 27th / Megaforce)

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on July 8, 2011

Johnny Winter Returns with New Album 'Roots'

Special Guests include Vince Gill, Susan Tedeschi, Sonny Landreth, John Popper, Edgar Winter,

Warren Haynes, John Medeski & More
The legendary Johnny Winter will release his new studio album entitled ‘Roots’ on September 27, 2011 via Megaforce Records. This album returns Johnny to his roots by paying homage to the iconic blues heroes whose pioneering music influenced Winter’s own signature sound and style. ‘Roots’ is the follow up to his Grammy-nominated ‘I’m a Blues Man.’
A host of special guests join Winter trading licks in honoring his idols, including Sonny Landreth, Vince Gill, Warren Haynes, John Popper, Jimmy Vivino, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, John Medeski and Johnny’s brother Edgar Winter. 
Among the 11 tracks that together represent a veritable history of the blues are songs by the genre’s elder statesmen including a version of Robert Johnson’s 1936 recording “Dust My Broom.” Winter pays respect to the greats who came to prominence in the late 1940s and ‘50s including Elmore James’ “Done Somebody Wrong,” Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Further on up the Road” and Chuck Berry’s first hit single, “Maybellene.” Also featured is “Come Back Baby,” written by Walter Davis and made popular by Ray Charles, Jimmy Reed’s 1961 hit “Bright Lights, Big City,” and Muddy Waters’ version of “Got My Mojo Working.” Brother Edgar guests on “Honky Tonk,” the one instrumental featured on ‘Roots.’ Rounding out the collection are Little Walter’s “Last Night,” Larry Williams’ “Short Fat Fannie” and T-Bone Walker’s “T-Bone Shuffle.” This special project was directed by famed guitarist Paul Nelson, who’s role is as both producer and performer on this recording.
Track listing and special guests joining Mr. Winter on ‘Roots’:
1) “T-Bone Shuffle” (Sonny Landreth, slide guitar)
2) “Further on up the Road” (Jimmy Vivino, guitar)
3) “Done Somebody Wrong” (Warren Haynes, slide guitar)
4) “Got My Mojo Workin’”
5) “Last Night” (John Popper, harp)
6) “Maybellene” (Vince Gill, guitar)
7) “Bright Lights, Big City” (Susan Tedeschi, lead guitar and
8) “Honky Tonk” (Edgar Winter, sax)
9) “Dust My Broom” (Derek Truckson, slide guitar)
10) “Short Fat Fannie” (Paul Nelson, guitar)
11) “Come Back Baby” (John Medeski, organ)
About Johnny: Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal and walked with the originators of the art form. A Texas bluesman who played Woodstock and jammed with everyone from Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix and Willie Dixon to
Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, Janis Joplin and Steve Ray Vaughan.
His signing to Columbia Records has been called largest solo artist deal of its time.  Johnny immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues – a prime combination for those discovering the blues through the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton.  Constantly shifting between simple country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock, Johnny has always been one of the most respected singers and guitar players in rock; the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock.
A torchbearer for the blues, Johnny has championed and helped revitalize the careers of his idols, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.  Johnny had a special relationship with Muddy Waters and is often credited with revitalizing the legendary guitarist, producing and performing on Waters’ Grammy-winning comeback album ‘Hard Again,’ and Grammy-winning albums I’m Ready’ (1978) and ‘Muddy Mississippi Waters Live’ (1979) and ‘King Bee’ (1980). Johnny was inducted into the Blues Foundation Hall of Fame in 1988.

Today, Johnny Winter continues to tour worldwide, performing more than 120 shows a year and selling-out performances with his with acclaimed band.  Totally clean and sober, Winter has kicked all the demons that have been a part of his life since the ’60.  In 2011, he performed in Japan for the first time in his career

Johnny Winter:
July 22 – Norwalk, CT  Norwalk Concert Hall
July 23 – Alexandria, VA  Birchmere
July 24 – Pittsburgh, PA  Hartwood Acres
July 26 – Erie, PA  Liberty Park Ampitheatre
July 27 – Cleveland, OH  Beachland
July 28 – Columbus, OH  Newport Music Hall
July 29 – Lexington, MI  Lexington Music Theatre Company
July 30 – Chicago, IL  Taste of Lincoln Avenue
July 31 – Minneapolis, MN  Famous Dave’s BBQ & Blues
Aug 2 – Auburn Hills, MI  Callahan’s Music Hall
Aug 3 – Oakville, ON  Oakville Center for the Performing Arts
Aug 10 – Atlanta, GA  Smith’s Olde Bar
Aug 11 – Asheville, NC  The Orange Peel
Aug 12 – Knoxville, TN  Bijou Theatre
Aug 13 – Greenville, SC  Handlebar
Aug 20 – Niagara Falls, NY  Bear’s Den
Sept 23 – New York, NY  BB King’s /