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History was made in the Nation's oldest city Saturday night when Mumford and Sons finished their Gentlemen of the Road tour in St. Augustine, FL. When it was announced that GOTR would make it's final stop in the small coastal town, it was the biggest thing to happen to the city since Ponce De Leon stepped foot upon its Florida shores 500 years ago. As Mumford says: "where you invest your love, you invest your life." And I've invested a lot of my life and my love in St. Augustine. It's the town of my alma matter, my beloved Flagler College. Its

The Shouting Matches - Grownass Man

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Justin Vernon is back - but not in a Bon Iver sort of way. Nope - if you're looking for ethereal earthy minimalist folk tunes, this is not the Vernon for you. But for those looking to rock... allow me to introduce you. Part early Black Keys, part Wilco's Sky Blue Sky record, and part Southern roots rock and roll, Grownass Man, the debut album from Vernon's newest endeavor The Shouting Matches, is guitar laden and gritty. The record gives us a handful of tunes slathered with harmonica, hammond organ, and blues guitar. Vernon's signature falsetto is practically unrecognizable on
With his signature round glasses, shaggy hair, humanitarian causes, and acoustic folk tunes - John Denver was a hipster 20 years before today's hipsters were born.  And the newly released tribute album The Music is You celebrates the life and nature inspired tunes of the singer-songwriter. The list of contributing artists is stellar...simply stellar.  My Morning Jacket - "Leaving on a Jet Plane" Dave Matthews - "Teach Me to Tomorrow" Kathleen Edwards - "All of My Memories" J. Mascis and Sharon Van Etten - "Prisoners" Train - "Sunshine on My Shoulders" Old Crow Medicine Show - "Back Home Again" Lucinda

The Lone Bellow - Angel From Montgomery

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Remember that one time that we here at BlindedBySound couldn't shut up about Gary Clark Jr.? Well, I believe The Lone Bellow might be the new GCJ....and the gushing continues now. Josh already gave you the gift that is their Tiny Desk Concert and for that...well, you're welcome. But the gorgeous three part harmonies don't stop there folks. We've got the trio covering the John Prine classic "Angel From Montgomery" - a tune famously covered by Dave Matthews, Brandi Carlile, Old Crow Medicine Show, Susan Tedeschi, Ben Harper, and many more. Aside from the fact that the Prine tune is
Mexo-Americana darlings The David Wax Museum are back - and preparing for the release of their new record Knock Knock Get Up, which is being released on September 4th. In celebration of the new record, we are given some free Wax music, courtesy of the fine folks at Noisetrade. The free 5 song sampler features new tunes "Will You Be Sleeping" and "Vivian," as well as old favorites "Yes, Maria Yes," and "Born With a Broken Heart" - from the band's critically acclaimed 2011 record Everything is Saved. Get the free sampler here   But the real fun of the
The summer of Brandi Carlile continues.  Following the June release of the impeccable Bear Creek record, Carlile and her band have been hard at work touring in support of the Dave Matthews band. Carlile recently shared this video of her singing John Prine’s “Angel From Montgomery” with Matthews (You might recall “Angel From Montgomery” was recently selected as one of our Top 5 duet songs here at Blinded by Sound).   And thanks to our friends at NPR, we now have some new Carlile magic to celebrate – the singer’s Tiny Desk Concert.  This three song set showcases Carlile’s
My unyielding affection for Rhett Miller is the worst. kept. secret. ever. here at Blinded by Sound.  I’m a girl that loves singer-songwriters, and Rhett’s voice is a favorite amongst favorites.  So you can imagine my excitement now that we are just a week away from the release of Miller’s newest solo record, The Dreamer. And in anticipation of The Dreamer, we are given some delicious Rhett goodness to tide us over until the real thing arrives.  First up is a video of Miller at the American Songwriter office singing “Lost Without You,” which he co-wrote with Ben Kweller.  In
It's been 10 years since Birmingham's Wayne released their debut record Music on Plastic. And I'm betting you probably still haven't heard of it. Well, technically it was their debut record, their best record, their last record, and well - you guessed it - their only record. And despite a set of tours supporting acts like John Mayer, the Tragically Hip,  and Five for Fighting, Wayne basically disappeared from the music scene leaving fans wondering what happened to these Alabama boys. A long time fan of Music on Plastic, I managed to see Wayne twice before they made their grand
Our obsession with the new Brandi Carlile record continues. We've already given you our thoughts on Bear Creek, which is set for release on June 5th. Now we thought we'd give you some additional information on how the record was made - and how you can get your hands on some pretty cool pre-order items. As fans, we usually spend time reading all about how a record was made before actually getting to hear it. But when the oh-so-kind folks at Columbia Records sent us an advance copy of Bear Creek, all research was thrown aside to make room for

Review: Brandi Carlile - Bear Creek

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Following a weekend where music lovers everywhere could use a little good news, we are excited to say we've found some.  Bear Creek, the fourth studio record from Seattle's Brandi Carlile, is a stunning collection of tunes from one of the most dynamic voices making music today. Set for release on June 5th, Bear Creek shows us one thing clearly: When it comes to genre, you can't put Brandi in a corner.  From country-inspired tunes like "Keep Your Heart Young" and "Hard Way Home," to the piano laden "That Wasn't Me," to the raucous and rowdy "Raise Hell," to the
This week at Blinded By Sound we are celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Wilco's fearless Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Well, 10 years since the record's official release date of April 23, 2002 - though most fans had the album in their hands well in advance of that date due to the strange political label happenings that surrounded the record's release.   I'd love to be cool enough to say that YHF had me at hello, but the truth is the sonic noise of the record, unlike anything I'd ever really heard before, took time for me to connect with. The
The Blinded by Sound family is growing. And I don't just mean those of you who have taken to writing with us, therefore joining our little slice of internet heaven. All I need to do is look down at my ever-expanding belly and it's pretty darn obvious that my husband and I will welcome our own little BBS bundle in the coming months. And with this news I realize that life as a music fan, as I have known it, will be forever changed. Years ago I faced the music scene with reckless abandon. It didn't matter when or where
Nashville take note: This is how you do country music (and yes, it involves a cello)! Americana-bluegrass favorites the Avett Brothers brought a room of country music's elite to their feet last night at CMT’s “Artist of the year 2011.” Performing “Laundry Room” from 2009’s I and Love and You, the Avetts showed us why their shows are among the most entertaining live performances around right now. In a world where the commercial music scene (both country and pop genres) is laden with cheesy and trite lyrics and highly tracked live performances, the Avetts remind us of what truly great

Review: Rhett Miller - The Interpreter

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Old 97's frontman Rhett Miller has had a busy year. Just months after the 97's released The Grand Theatre Volume Two (the fantastic second half of 2010's The Grand Theatre), Stewart Ransom Miller II has given us another solo endeavor - The Interpreter. Recorded live at LA's esteemed music venue Largo, The Interpreter is just as the name would imply: a record filled with cover songs all performed in classic Miller fashion. It's hard to top a record that starts with a version of Simon and Garfunkel's "Homeward Bound" - which might be one of the most perfect songs ever
I've mentioned before that I love what technology has done for music fans - and tonight that affection found a whole new corner of cyberspace to love.  Thanks to Stageit.com I was able to see Glen Phillips live - from his couch to my couch.   Not familiar with the Stageit technology, I was lucky enough to learn about this gem at nearly the last minute.  For a mere $5 I was able to purchase 50 notes (each note is worth $.10) and the Glen show was a mere 30 notes (that's 3 bucks people).  I logged in a few
Ashes and Fire is the long-awaited newalbum from the famously prolific Ryan Adams. The record taken as a whole is a mixture of the alt/country crooning Adams fans have come to expect from the former Whiskeytown frontman and piano laden tracks that practically ooze of grown-up themes. Ashes and Fire shows a maturity that far surpasses Adam's previous body of work, a maturity that was long in coming and hard fought for personally and professionally. After leaving the music business for a while in 2009 (he called it a retirement but none of us took it all that seriously) Adams
It’s now been three weeks since Wilco gave us the ultimate gift – their newest full length release The Whole Love (and their first record on their own label dBpm). For longtime Wilco fans, The Whole Love brings us back to a feel akin to Summerteeth: ,ore rock, less noise. Honestly my buddy Josh already said everything I would say about the record (only better) so I won’t even try to repeat his efforts. I will say I’m not sure if it’s their release from a major label, maturity as a band, or just plain old life, but the band
So we’ve already established that I'm an R.E.M. fan. We have also confirmed that I’m a sucker for a cover. So you didn’t honestly think I was going to sit idly by after yesterday’s R.E.M.'s news now did you? My love affair with R.E.M. has been vast and consuming for much of my life. My brother jokes I’m still listening to all the same bands today that I loved 20+ years ago and that’s true – but not because I’m not out discovering new stuff -- but because I am, above else, a tREMendously loyal fan. And for Stipe, Buck, Mills,
Have you ever gone to see an artist or band that you like only to have the show be so vehemently good that you instantly shift from from casual enthusiast to full blown fanatic? Well friends my name is Stephanie, and I’m a Fleet Foxes addict. Now I’ve never kept my affection for the Seattle band a secret. At the same time, I didn’t expect an acoustic Americana folk band to rock quite so much live. I love the Fleet Foxes entire collection, but rarely find myself putting their records on and turning it up to eleven. But turn it
Austin, Texas's Bob Schneider just might be the hardest working man in rock and roll. At least that's my short and sweet assessment after seeing him deliver a blistering set last night at Skipper's Smokehouse in Tampa. Known for not making set lists but rather calling the songs he wants to play next to the band, every Bob show is a unique experience. And Bob has clearly shown up to entertain. He's not only juBob mping from instrument to instrument (guitar, keyboard, trumpet) he's also jumping from genre to genre. From a jazz-funk infused version of "Bullets," to the growling
The timing couldn't have been more or less perfect for a Kings of Leon documentary. The band canceled a series of US concert dates amid reports of internal fighting and alcoholism and just as things seemed to be falling apart, KoL release a documentary bringing the world inside the sea of turmoil and triumph. As we’ve previously reported, Talihina Sky premiered on Showtime August 21st. Now that I’ve had the chance to watch the movie a few times, let’s talk about it. First, I’ll confess to not really being a KoL fan. I’m really just around for the drama (I’m
I love it when the iPod Gods shuffle the perfect song into an otherwise gloomy day. Today I rediscovered this little gem and thought I’d share it the hopes that it might make someone else’s heart happy. Today's ray of sunshine is a cover- something we love discussing at BlindedBySound- the good, the bad, the unforgivable. Today's cover the now-defunct bluegrass trio Nickel Creek taking a run at Wilco's strangely wonderful "I Am Trying To Break Your Heart" from their landmark, breakthrough album Yankee Hotel Foxtrot. Anytime a band I love covers another band I love, I’m interested- throw in

Musical Review: The Book of Mormon

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Greetings from the best city in the world – Manhattan! I paid $24 for a bottle of wine that retails in most cities for $6 (and which I believe can remove paint from walls) and I just had the privilege of experiencing the most amazing musical this theater buff has ever seen. The brainchild of South Park’s Matt Parker and Trey Stone, The Book of Mormon is snort-laugh funny. Jokes about Orlando, Fl, Bono, and the Book of Mormon turned into Star Wars – you had me at “Hello” (that’s a joke about the production’s opening number).  The production is

Book Review - Bob Mould: See a Little Light

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With over 30 successful years in the music industry, Husker Du and Sugar frontman Bob Mould finally tells us the story - in his own words. See a Little Light: The Trail of Rage and Melody, Mould's autobiography, was released in June of this year. Mould fans will appreciate the candor of the book. One walks away from the book feeling that Mould, in typical Mould fashion, hasn't left anything out and certainly didn't pen the kind of self congratulatory boasting books that other rock stars have been known to do. Chronicling his childhood in Malone, NY, the success

R.E.M. - Out of Time: 20 Years Later

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Lots of game-changing records and events are celebrating their twentieth birthday this year: Nirvana’s Nevermind, Pearl Jam’s Ten, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Blood Sugar Sex Magik, The Smashing Pumpkin’s Gish, My Bloody Valentine’s Loveless, and of course the iconic Lollapolloza festival. These records changed the sonic scope of the music scene, ushering us all to a decade of flannel fueled grunge music. But there’s another record that came out that year that also altered the music scene. Released March 8, of 1991, R.E.M.’s iconic Out of Time stood in stark contrast to albums like Nevermind and Ten. It was cheerful

Review - Mat Kearney: Young Love

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On August 2nd, singer-songwriter Mat Kearney brought us his fourth record, Young Love.  Filled with strong pop anthems, Kearney has a unique style that's highly likable, fun to listen to, and pretty darn catchy. The record starts with "Hey Mama," which is also the song's first single.  You're instantly drawn in by the rhythmic hand claps, the fetchy chorus, and the overall liveliness of the song.  The second track, "Ships in the Night" is equally catchy - featuring some of the spoken word rap style that Kearney got his start with. As the record progresses, we are given a
We reported last week that a new documentary about Kings of Leon was set to air on Showtime. We now have another sneak peek at the documentary and we are less than a week away from the premiere of Talihina Sky: The Story of Kings of Leon. The much anticipated documentary airs Sunday night at 10:00pm on Showtime. I think we’re all hoping the movie will shed a little light on just what led to the meltdown in Dallas and subsequent cancellation of KOL’s US tour. Aside from rumors of rehab for KOL frontman Caleb Followill, the band has stayed pretty
One of the things on my to-do list is to attend the Newport Folk Festival in New Port, Rhode Island. Started in 1959 as the counterpart to Newport’s Jazz Festival, the folk festival is noted for helping give artists like Joan Baez and Bob Dylan their first dose of national exposure. Who knew Rhode Island was so kick ass? For those like me who didn’t make it this year, our friends at NPR once again have our backs.  They have full sets from all of the bands that played the festival – available for stream or for download, which is
We are about a week out from all of the drama with Kings of Leon cancelling the rest of their US tour, and the rumors are still circling about what happened with the band (we covered said commotion and posted the video of the meltdown moment).  Well, KOL fans are about to get even more insight into the Followill family with the upcoming release of the band’s documentary Talihina Sky: The Story of The Kings of Leon. Airing August 21st on Showtime, the documentary focuses on the band’s extended family and early years traveling the country with their Pentecostal preacher

Old 97s - Live from Austin

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If you like the Old 97s but weren’t able to make it to last night’s Blues on The Green show in Austin, TX (or maybe you were there, and were a bit delirious from the 104 degree heat) – here’s a must see video of their entire set.  The band is on tour supporting The Grand Theatre, Vol. 2 which was released 7/5.  The record, a companion to The Grand Theatre Volume One which was released last October, is the band’s 9th studio record.  While I haven’t reviewed it yet formally, I will skip to the punchline and tell
Bon Iver fans – we’ve got a treat for you.  Our good friends at NPR have the second of two sold out performances the band did at the 9:30 club in DC.  Available for both stream and download – this is a must listen for Justin Vernon fans.     Bon Iver is on tour in support of the self-titled release, which I recently reviewed. I wasn't in love with the album but I'm still a huge fan and this concert is but one shining example of why that is. You can hear (or download) the show here: Bon Iver

Kings of Leon Cancel US Tour

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To borrow a line from The Smiths: “Stop me if you think that you’ve heard this one before.” A band comprised of family members (primarily brothers at that) has internal discord that leads to a tantrum on stage and a cancelled tour. Taking a page from the Noel and Liam Gallagher handbook, the Kings of Leon are the latest band to hit the skids, canceling the rest of their North American tour after a terrible show in Dallas. The band, comprised of siblings Caleb, Nathan, and Jared Followill and their cousin Matthew Followill, seemed virtually unstoppable after the release
We have TheMouse, SeaWorld, and Universal Studios but we don't get a lot of great music coming through Orland. It seems most artists stop their Southern trek around Atlanta and when someone great does come to town, they don't often come back. So you can imagine my surprise when I learned in January that there were plans to hold a music festival here in November. Put on by Festival Republic (the group that also puts on the festivals in Leeds and Reading among other places), the company says they chose Orlando because most airlines fly here and because of
This little gem was captured by my iPhone at the Old 97s show in Orlando, FL last March. The theater they were playing is also a playhouse - and apparently there are props back stage. Rhett came out for encore in a scarf and hat, opting to remove the hat but keep the scarf for his acoustic version of my favorite of all the Rhett Miller solo songs "I Need to Know Where I Stand." Lyrically Miller is a genius. It's like he's a walking rhyming thesaurus. I bet he dominates at Words With Friends.  Quiet in the kitchen of

Review: Bon Iver - Bon Iver

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This is another review that we are running a bit behind on, as the record was officially released in the US June 21st (though thanks to solid support from NPR the record was streaming weeks in advance of it's release). And then there was that snafu where iTunes made the full album available by accident on May 23rd, allowing a handful of lucky listeners grab the record before Apple "fixed the glitch." So why are we late on this review? Well, I'm not sure this isn't the kind of record that's digested quickly or easily. I'm probably 30 plus
And the great music news just keeps coming – this time from a favorite around here at Blinded By Sound – Guster!  The band just announced a six song EP On the Ocean, which will be released August 2nd on the band’s own label – Ocho Mule.  The EP seems to be a mix of live, acoustic, and remixed Guster favorites.  Here’s the track list: On the band's web site, they give some details about the tracks being prepped for this mini release and remind us all that while B-sides for some bands mean B-grade material, Guster B-sides are often
Avett Brother fans – we just got some great news about a live Avett performance. The fine folks over at CMT are giving us Unplugged: The Avett Brothers this Wednesday (7/13) at 9pm ET. It’s hard to tell if the unplugged performance will be on both the CMT channel and CMT.com (Rolling Stone says tv, the CMT site seems to imply it’s a webcast).  Either way – members of the Avett Nation won’t want to miss this acoustic performance. Here are a few sneak peaks: The Avetts will also debut a new song, “The Once and Future Carpenter.” 
We’re not sure how it happened, but with all of the great new music being reviewed around here we somehow missed talking about one of the biggest albums of the year – well, technically of last year. Sign No More, the debut studio album from England’s Mumford and Sons, was originally released in the US on February 16, 2010. Despite a release date that was roughly 17 months ago, Sign No More currently holds the #3 album spot on the iTunes charts and is the 10th most downloaded record of all time. So how is it possible that we missed
We have a couple updates for all our Wilco/Jeff Tweedy fans this morning, including details of new music from the band. First up, here's a link to a radio interview with Tweedy where they read a fan letter from one of my favorite artists David Wax (of the David Wax Museum) and talk about musical inspiration,  Jazz camp, the new Wilco record, and crime shows: Jeff Tweedy Interview. Our friends at NPR are letting you stream new music from Wilco, "I Might," as well as good stuff from Gillian Welch and Fountains of Wayne (Wilco - "I Might"). You
Hard to believe the Old 97s are releasing their 9th studio album next week. The follow up to 2010's The Grande Theatre, Volume One, we are given our first sneak peak at The Grande Theatre, Volume Two this week thanks to the fine folks at KTX 91.7.  Approaching 20 years as a band, the Dallas, TX quartet continue to bring their unique country-punk-swing sound to the masses. Fueled by singer-songwriter Rhett Miller's sweet little wail of a voice and story-telling lyrics, TGTV2 feels familiar to long term 97s fans. Matching TGTV1 in general sonic sound and landscape, TGTV2 continues with
I was inspired by a recent post from Mat Brewster that talked about cover songs. "Great cover songs take the essence of the original and then do something new and innovative with it." I couldn't agree more. A cover song junkie for more years than I care to admit, this got me thinking: Is it the cover I love, or is it just that I'm a fan of the original song? Or maybe the better question - do I like any cover songs that I didn't care for in their original form?  In asking these questions, I'm not sure

Review: Matt Nathanson - Modern Love

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As interesting and awe inspiring as complex and profoundly thoughtful records are, they can also be exhausting to digest. So much sonic sound to swallow - so many elements to encounter. Heck, I still find myself listening to records like Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot or Radioheads In Rainbows years after their release only to discover new things layered into songs that are practically burned into my brain.  So there's something sweet and delightful about a record that's somewhat simple - especially in the summer time. Modern Love, the seventh studio release for singer/songwriter Matt Nathanson is just that. The
As you might have noticed by all of the top notch reviews flying around here at Blinded by Sound, there are some great records out. And even more on the way. In anticipation of these new releases, it seems more and more artists are giving listeners the option to stream the record before its release. This, to music lovers far and wide, is ridiculously cool.  Since most of my waking hours have been spent tethered to various album streams lately I thought it might be helpful to put a few of them in one place. So without further ado, here’s
This might be the one that gets me fired from my gig here at Blinded By Sound. I promise, I don’t mean to offend. That said, last weekend the world didn’t end as predicted but the unthinkable did happen – I went to a stadium rock show. You see, I’m not much for a spectacle and tend to avoid big arena shows. But marriage is all about compromise and I’m married to the King of arena shows – and he’s a major U2 fan. So in my continued quest for the Wifey of the Year award I bought him
She's been mentored by Elton John and has a Patsy Cline like croon, so what could possibly make Brandi Carlile better? As this record shows, add in the Seattle Symphony and you've got something pretty magical.  Always one to show her love of cover songs, Brandi gives us several on this record. Starting with a cover of Elton's "Sixty Years On," Brandi later mentions that she thinks of Sir Elton every time she sits down at a piano ("That's what heros are all about"). Carlile then goes on to perform the often-covered "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen and also gives
I consider myself pretty lucky - two of the things i love the most compliment each other perfectly. Not only do I love all things music, but I'm also a runner, triathlete, hot yoga enthusiast, and general masochist. If it sounds like an athletic endeavor you would never in your life like to attempt - my friends and I probably pay to do it. For me running and music go hand in hand. I can't run without it and most days look forward to my evening run with the headphones turned up to eleven. My favorite way to digest

Review: Joe Adragna - Fall Back

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New Orleans based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Joe Adragna brings us his second solo record Fall Back - only four short months after delivering his first solo effort Parlophony.  Adragna, former frontman for the bands The Junior League and Tether's End, plays most of the instruments on the record but brings along an impressive group of friends to contribute as well. While I know I probably shouldn't compare the two records, I can't help but to think of them both since they came out so close together.  If Parlophony is the hyper-active older sibling, boasting punchy power pop numbers
Most of the world (meaning me and everyone else) has been anxiously waiting for the much anticipated new album from Seattle's Fleet Foxes.  Dare to disagree?  Just pick up this month's copy of Spin with Robin Pecknold and the phrase "the years most beautiful album" on the cover.   The followup to the bands 2008 self-titled debut, Helplessness Blues brings back the ethereal three part harmonies that Foxe's fans fell fantastically infatuated with in the first place.  The record also shares the same dream-like sounds played by an eclectic assortment of acoustic instruments (is that a hammered dulcimer and a
When I close my eyes and remember the home I grew up in (in beautiful Brandon, Florida) there are a few things that always come to mind. The first is our basset hound, Sneakers. The second, the sound of my mom singing in the morning when she did laundry. The third thing I think of?  My brother's room - and the giant poster of the Dulciena album cover that hung on his wall. Like any kid who worships her big brother I immediately purchased the Dulciena cassette tape - a move that began my straight up love affair with