Railroad Revival Tour is Born!

HUGE announcement – 3 amazing bands will be embark on a tour being called the “Railroad Revival Tour.”   The bands are Mumford & Sons, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros and Old Crow Medicine Show.  WOW!  The bands will be traveling to 6 different locations in the southwest via vintage railcars.  The train will be 1,500 feet long and comprised of 15 vintage railcars from the 1950’s and 1960’s.  Not only will the bands be traveling on this astounding mode of transportation, they will also be eating, sleeping and recording as they ride to each location.  The entire tour experience will be captured on film for a soon-to-made documentary.  Tickets are now on sale through http://railroadrevivaltour.com and each ticket will include an MP3 of a live recording from the tour as well as a commemorative ticket custom.

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Celebrate Winter With The 1st Annual Snow Ball Festival

Next weekend, Vail Valley, Colorado will play host to the first ever Snow Ball Festival. The festival, for which pass/ski lift combo packages and music only passes are being sold now, will take place outdoors.  And, while organizers admit it won’t exactly be tropical temperatures outside, they believe the snowflakes, surrounding mountains, and wintery vibes will make for a nice change from standard music festival experiences.

Among the artists stated to appear are Twin Shadow, Miami Horror, Lord Huron, Parisian producer Onra, Gauntlet Hair, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and The Flaming Lips. For more information on the festival, visit the festival’s website HERE.

Pepper Rabbit Reap A Bountiful Video for “Harvest Moon”

Thanks to the likes of Beirut and Edward Sharpe’s traveling circus, french horns, tubas, harpsichords, pump organs and other self-consciously nontraditional instruments have rounded up a substantial little corner of the indie realm. Regardless of this sub-genre’s forefathers exhausting any remaining ingenuity Balkan/freak/avant folk could possibly offer, more and more musicians seem to be deeming themselves multi-instrumentalists these days.  Pepper Rabbit is a great example of a band putting out what you can call good music – as long as you choose to disregard anything that came out before it, or at least, not care. The point is, there’s nothing about Pepper Rabbit’s “Harvest Moon” that hasn’t been heard before, nor does it really succeed as a homage to the music that inspired it.  It simply exists; relevant by association.  Oh well.. watch the video (directed by Alex Disenhof and David Altobelli) at the link below:

http://stereogum.com/612712/pepper-rabbit-harvest-moon-video/mp3s/

If you found this post to reek of cynicism and want me to shove it up my own ass, you should know Pepper Rabbit’s debut LP, Beauregard is out now on Kanine Records and here are some tour dates with Ra Ra Riot for good measure:

Pepper Rabbit 2011 Tour Dates
1/22 – Harlows – Sacramento, CA*
1/23 – Gundlach Bundschu Winery – Sonoma, CA*
1/25 – WOW Hall – Eugene, OR*
1/26 – Hawthorne – Portland, OR*
1/27 –  Neumos – Seattle, WA*
3/23 – Low Brow – El Paso, TX**
3/24 – The Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ**
3/25 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA**
3/27 – Rickshaw Stop – San Francisco, CA**
3/29 – Holocene – Portland, OR**
3/30 – Crocodile Cafe – Seattle, WA**
4/1 – Filling Station – Bozeman, MT**
4/2 – Kilby Court – Salt Lake City, UT**
4/3 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO**
* w/ Ra Ra Riot
**w/ Miniature Tigers

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros Release Exclusive iTunes Session

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On November 30th, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros released a new iTunes Session- available exclusively through the iTunes store.  A six-song collection recorded at EastWest Studio in Los Angeles, the session features reworked, unique versions of some of the band’s most memorable songs found on their debut album, “Up From Below.”  The release also includes a previously unrecorded live show favorite, “Fire & Water.”

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros will wrap up 2010 by playing a handful of US shows, including KROQ’s Almost Acoustic Christmas in Los Angeles on December 12th.  The band will kick off 2011 with a trip to Australia and New Zealand for Big Day Out.

iTunes Session tracklist and future tour dates for the band below:

Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros – iTunes Session

1.  Up From Below

2.  Janglin’

3.  40 Day Dream

4.  Fire & Water

5.  Brother

6.  Desert Song

Upcoming Tour Dates

Dec 12    Gibson Amphitheater                                     Universal City, CA

Jan 21     Big Day Out: Auckland                                   Auckland, NZ

Jan 23     Big Day Out at Gold Coast Parklands       Gold Coast, AUS

Jan 26     Big Day Out: Sydney                                       Sydney, AUS

Jan 27     Big Day Out: Sydney                                       Sydney, AUS

Jan 28     The Forum Sydney                                          Moore Park, AUS

Jan 30     Big Day Out: Melbourne                                Melbourne, AUS

Feb 1       The Forum Melbourne                                   Melbourne, AUS

Feb 4       Big Day Out: Adelaide                                     Adelaide, AUS

Feb 6       Big Day Out: Perth                                            Perth, AUS

Lollapalooza Announces 2010 Lineup

Lollapalooza is almost here! The festival just announced this morning the full line up, and we must say, it’s the best batch of bands we’ve seen in years. It makes us wish this was still a show that went on tour. The fun all goes down from August 6th to 8th at Grant Park in Chicago.

Reunions and big name stars will be gracing the stage and you won’t know where to go first. Some of the bands and artists that will be appearing include the recently reunited Soundgarden, The Strokes, Lady Gaga, MGMT, New Pornographers, The Morning Benders, Arcade Fire, Spoon, The National, Gogol Bordello, Mutemath, Metric, Dirty Projectors, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Phoenix, the xx, Blitzen Trapper, The Miniature Tigers, Grizzly Bear, The Walkmen, Waaves, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Javelin, Harlem, Hockey and TONS more.

The tickets will only set you back $ 215 at the Lollapalooza site.

Check out the full lineup!

Soundgarden
Green Day
Lady Gaga
Arcade Fire
The Strokes
Phoenix
Social Distortion
MGMT
Jimmy Cliff
Hot Chip
The Black Keys
The National
Spoon
Devo
Cypress Hill
Cut Copy
The New Pornographers
Erykah Badu
Slightly Stoopid
Grizzly Bear
Gogol Bordello
Chromeo
Wolfmother
Yeasayer
X Japan
MUTEMATH
Metric
Dirty Projectors
AFI
Mavis Staples
Matt & Kim
The xx
Drive-By Truckers
Blues Traveler
Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros
The Temper Trap
Jamie Lidell
Frightened Rabbit
F**k Buttons
Deer Tick
Blitzen Trapper
Stars
Raphael Saadiq
The Cribs
Minus the Bear
Switchfoot
The Walkmen
Mumford & Sons
Wild Beasts
Rogue Wave
Los Amigos Invisibles
The Big Pink
The Dodos
Hockey
Cymbals Eat Guitars
B.o.B
Dawes
Warpaint
The Antlers
The Soft Pack
Rebelution
Balkan Beat Box
Wavves
American Bang
The Ike Reilly Assassination
Company of Thieves
Nneka
Harlem
The Constellations
Miniature Tigers
Mimicking Birds
The Kissaway Trail
HEALTH
Javelin
The Morning Benders
Foxy Shazam
Violent Soho
Royal Bangs
NEON TREES
Freelance Whales
Semi Precious Weapons
Dan Black
The Band of Heathens
Dragonette
My Dear Disco
Shawn Fisher
Neon Hitch
Skybox
The Ettes
Jukebox the Ghost
These United States
MyNameIsJohnMichael
PERFORMING AT PERRY’S
2ManyDJs
Empire of the Sun
Digitalism
Perry Farrell
Tiga
Felix da Housecat
Rusko
Erol Alkan
Kaskade
Flosstradamus
Wolfgang Gartner
Joachim Garraud
Mexican Institute of Sound
Caspa
Peanut Butter Wolf
Dirty South
NERVO
Cut Copy (DJ Set)
Beats Antique
Steve Porter
Didi Gutman of Brazilian Girls
Ancient Astronauts
Ana Sia
Team Bayside High
Dani Deahl
FreeSol
DJ Mel
BBU
Vonnegutt
Only Children
Lance Herbstrong