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Willard Grant Conspiracy Announce Dates - September
30Jul

Willard Grant Conspiracy Announce Dates - September

Willard Grant Conspiracy have announced a string of dates for the UK in September.  Their most recent album, 2013’s Ghost Republic, received much critical praise, with Mojo magazine describing it as being “at times hushed and poetic, at others dizzyingly huge and squalling” and The Line Of Best Fit calling it “a haunting, remarkable record which grips you like the living dead."   They return to the UK as a trio - Robert Fisher being joined by long time collaborator and principle viola player, David Michael Curry (also of the Thalia Zedek Band) as well as cellist Jonah Sacks. Tickets for all shows are on sale now - click through for them.

Jeremy Pinnell Announces European Dates
29Jul

Jeremy Pinnell Announces European Dates

Jeremy Pinnell has been described as "Northern Kentucky's son from across the river.  Raised from humble beginnings of singing in church and learning the guitar from his father, his craft quickly made heads turn and rooms fall silent. But with his departure from home at 18 to venture into the unknown with only his music, this young man soon found himself surrounded by the demons of the world he used to try and sing away."  You can catch him live with those demons in the Netherlands, Germany and the UK in October.  Click through for dates.

Farm Aid Announces Line-Up for 30th Anniversary
29Jul

Farm Aid Announces Line-Up for 30th Anniversary

Rolling Stone reports: "Farm Aid is coming to Chicago. The annual event, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary, will be held on September 19th at FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island near downtown Chicago. In addition to board members Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews, the show will feature Jack Johnson, Imagine Dragons, Kacey Musgraves, Old Crow Medicine Show, Mavis Staples, Holly Williams, Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real, Insects vs. Robots and Blackwood Quartet."

Watch New Neil Young Short Film on Monsanto
28Jul

Watch New Neil Young Short Film on Monsanto

Uncut reports: "Neil Young has released a 10-minute short film, Seeding Fear. Rolling Stone reports that the film tells the story of farmer Michael White, who with his father Wayne, took on agriculture giant Monsanto in court. The film accompanies his current album, The Monsanto Years. Click here to read Uncut’s review. The film is credited to “Bernard Shakey“, Young’s long-standing directorial pseudonym."

Dylan's Fender Returns to Newport Festival
27Jul

Dylan's Fender Returns to Newport Festival

NME reports: "Bob Dylan’s electric guitar, which he first used at the Newport Folk Festival in 1965, has returned to Newport 50 years later. The festival producer, Jay Sweet said “Dylan’s guitar is home” on Friday (July 24), the first day of this year’s festival.  Dylan first went electric with the Fender Stratocaster at the festival on July 25, 1965, drawing boos from some members of the crowd and criticisms from folk musicians including Irwin Silber and Ewan MacCroll for moving away from acoustic music. "

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