Liz Kennedy (www.lizkennedymusic.com) had been composing wordless songs on the piano since she was 12, always wondering who was going to come along and finish them for her. By her late '40s, she finally gave up waiting and began adding the lyrics herself. Performing for the first time in her early '50s, she knew she was taking a bold risk. Divorced and remarried, facing the kind of fears that come with the pain of loss, never playing for anyone but her young children asleep on the floor below, she was protecting a budding need for self-expression. She worried that one sharp critique could destroy her deep connection to something that had always been her greatest passion. (more...)
The Split Squad is headed to their second annual appearance at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, TX, later this month.
The Split Squad will kick off their Spring tour in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware on March 7th and wrap up on April 28th in Longbranch, New Jersey, sharing bills with legendary NYC-based rockers The Fleshtones. Confirmed dates and venues for the Spring 2014 tour are:
3/07/14 Dogfish Head Brewery, Rehoboth Beach DE - with The Fleshtones
3/08/14 Stage on Herr, Harrisburg PA - with The Fleshtones
3/13/14 Yard Dog Art Gallery, Austin TX
3/14/14 The Gingerman, Austin TX - Blurt Magazine/Dogfish Head SXSW Showcase
4/24/14 IOTA, Arlington VA
4/25/14 The Bowery Electric, New York NY
4/26/14 Cafe Nine, New Haven CT
4/28/14 Brighton Bar, Longbranch NJ
Formed in 2011, The Split Squad is the the brainchild of bassist/singer Michael Giblin, of the PA-based powerpop band Parallax Project, who assembled a team of veteran musicians he had worked with over the years on tours and various recording projects. The other members of The Split Squad are:
Drummer Clem Burke, a founding member of Blondie, and a 2006 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee. Burke is also a highly sought-after session musician who has worked with Pete Townshend, Bob Dylan, Iggy Pop and Joan Jett, among many others.
Guitarist Eddie Mun?oz of L.A.'s legendary powerpop outfit The Plimsouls (whose single 'A Million Miles Away' charted on the Billboard Hot 100) and more recently Magic Christian and Parallax Project, with Giblin.
Guitarist Keith Streng, founding member of seminal rockers The Fleshtones, longtime fixtures of the New York garage-rock scene that grew from the famed Manhattan music club CBGB.
Keyboardist Josh Kantor, of The Baseball Project, and Boston-based folk-rock band Jim's Big Ego, who also serves as the organist for the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park.
Featuring 12 original tracks plus a cover of The Small Faces' 'Sorry She's Mine,' Now Hear This is the unmistakeable product of its members common roots in the classic powerpop, punk, glam and garage rock of the '70s and '80s. The album was produced by Seattle music icon Scott McCaughey, best known as a founding member of cult faves The Young Fresh Fellows and the Minus 5. Adding to the star power on The Split Squad's debut are guest appearances by McCaughey, Peter Buck (R.E.M.), Hugo Burnham (Gang of Four), and Mike Gent (The Figgs). Now Hear This was recorded in the summer of 2012, at Woolly Mammoth Studios in Waltham, MA.
For more information, please visit the band's official website at www.thesplitsquad.com and their Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/TheSplitSquad. (more...)
Barb Jungr has been called the UK's finest interpreter of song, especially the songs of singer/songwriting icons Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen. Jungr has also taken the New York cabaret scene by storm the last few years, having performed her celebrated Dylan tribute show, Man In the Long Black Coat (also available as a CD and called "the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far," by the Wall Street Journal) at the Metropolitan Room in 2011 and 2012. Now, Barb Jungr returns to the songs of Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen with the release on March 24 of her new CD, Hard Rain (from Kristalyn Records and distributed by Absolute via Universal), which will also be available for download. (more...)
In 1970, Charlie Daniels released his self-titled solo album. Two years later he formed the Charlie Daniels Band and an award-winning sound was created. The Grammy Award winners take the State Theatre stage on Friday, March 28. (more...)
The Adelaide Cabaret Festival and David M. Hawkins are thrilled to announce that legendary singer- songwriter Melanie Safka is making her long awaited return to Australian shores this June with her People In The Front Row Tour. (more...)
NEW YORK, Feb. 25, 2014 /PRNewswire/ Global superstar George Michael will release his first album in seven years when SYMPHONICA, arrives in stores March 18th on Island Records in the U.S. SYMPHONICA is available for pre-order now in a Standard version: http://smarturl.it/isymphonicaSTD and Deluxe version: http://smarturl.it/isymphonicaDLX. The album, produced by the legendary Phil Ramone, and George Michael, was recorded during the wildly successful 2011-12 'Symphonica' tour of the UK and Europe. The first single released to support the album will be the dramatic ballad 'Let Her Down Easy.' (more...)
Wilko Johnson, legendary guitarist with Canvey Island rock pioneers Dr Feelgood, and Roger Daltrey, lead singer of rock giants The Who, are set to release the joint album Going Back Home on March 25, 2014, on the world-famous Chess Records label which was resurrected specifically for this record coming out through Universal Music Enterprises (UMe). (more...)
mtvU, MTV's 24-hour college network, today announced that 2014 “Did it My Way Woodie” nomineeChildish Gambino will make his triumphant return to the Woodies stage at the “2014 mtvU Woodie Awards” on Thursday, March 13, 2014 during the SXSW Music Festival. (more...)
Tony Award-nominee Stephanie D'Abruzzo (Avenue Q), Drama Desk-nominees Chip Zien (Into the Woods, Falsettos) & Karen Mason (Sunset Boulevard, Mamma Mia!), Sebastian Arcelus (Elf, A Time to Kill), Nightlife Award-Winner Mark Nadler, Jillian Louis, Danny Gardner and the Broadway by the Year Chorus have been added to Town Hall's 14th season opener of its Broadway by the Year Series on Monday, February 24 at 8pm, THE BROADWAY MUSICALS OF 1915-1939. They join previously announced Tony Award-winners Tonya Pinkins and Beth Leavel, Tony Award-nominees Carolee Carmello, Stephanie J. Block, Karen Akers and Emily Skinner, Drama Desk Award-nominee Julia Murney, Grammy Award-winners Lari White and John Easterlin, Noah Racey (Curtains), Camille Saviola (Nine), concert and recording artist Howard Fishman and Nightlife Award-winner Carole J. Bufford. Individual tickets ($57 and $47) are on sale at www.TicketMaster.com or by phone at 800-982-2787; series subscriptions ($180-$220) are available at www.TheTownHall.org. (more...)
Carsick Cars is one of the most established indie rock bands in China. Their much anticipated third studio album 3, produced by Sonic Boom of Spacemen 3 and Hamish Kilgour of The Clean, in New York, is set to be released on February 28th (more...)
Globally-renowned recording and performing artist, Morrissey will bring his U.S. Tour to Hershey Theatre on Thursday, June 19 at 8:00 p.m. Special guest for the evening will be songwriter and keyboardist, Kristeen Young. (more...)
Bob Dylan once observed, “Behind every beautiful thing, there's some kind of pain.” He might have been writing about entrepreneurs initially caught up in a mountaintop experience who wake up one day lost in a nightmarish mound of paperwork. That's when it's time to contact iPEO Solutions (http://iPEOsolutions.com) about finding the right Professional Employer Organization (PEO). (more...)