Friday, February 20, 2015

Flashback: Newport Jazz Festival 2014

Winter has been taking a leisurely stroll here on the East Coast.  Folks have been counting down to the days until Spring shows up.  To give us some warm thoughts, we're going to flashback to last summer when we spent time roaming around the Newport Jazz Festival.  The reminiscing has gotten us excited for the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management; tickets are on-sale now.  **And, by the way, $55 flex tickets are still available until March 1…can't beat that price! You should hurry though. After March 1st, they will be the regular price of $74.  But, while we wait for all of the great music that will take place July 31 - August 2, this is what last year looked like.

Friday, August 1
Fort Adams State Park

Fort Stage
Jon Batiste & Stay Human (more photos HERE)

Miguel Zenon & The "Identities" Big Band (more photos HERE)

Cecile McLorin Salvant (more photos HERE)

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society (more photos HERE)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Len Sander To Releaase Phantom Garden, February 20 + Video

Six-piece Swiss band Len Sander is set to release their debut concept record Phantom Garden worldwide on February 20.  I'm really digging the tracks I've heard so far.  Check out the video for the first single, "Ungrowing" below. The video features dancer Armando and Nastja Vilanov.

Also, have a listen to the track that pulled me in and won't let go, "Black Bryony".

Len Sander are Blanka Inauen (vocals), Simon Inauen (keys), Alessandro Hug (percussion, keys, electronics), Flavio Schönholzer (bass, electronics), Markus Brütsch (drums), Dennis Schärer (guitar)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Dough Rollers - "Mansion On A Hill" + Tour Dates

Today we bring you "Mansion On A Hill" from New York based rockers Dough Rollers.  The track is from their EP, Gone Baby Gone, and was produced by Josh Homme.  If you haven't had a chance to check out the EP, I suggest you do so. I fully expect them to blow up big time.

The Dough Rollers recently announced their upcoming European tour opening for The Black Keys.  See dates below.


  • Feb. 16 Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion
  • Feb. 17 Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum
  • Feb. 19 Munich, Germany @ Zenith
  • Feb. 20 Berlin, Germany @ Max-Schmeling-Halle
  • Feb. 21 Warsaw, Poland @Torwar
  • Feb. 23 Amsterdam, Holland @ Ziggo Dome
  • Feb. 24 Antwerp, Belgium @ Sportpaleis
  • Feb . 25 Dusseldorf, Germany @ Mitsubishi-Electric-Halle
  • Feb. 27 Manchester, UK @ Phones 4U Arena
  • Feb. 28 Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena
  • Mar. 1 Glasgow, UK @ Hydro Arena
  • Mar. 3 London, UK @ O2 Arena
  • Mar. 4 Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
  • Mar. 5 Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
  • Mar. 7 Lyon, France @ Halle Tony Garnier

James Bay To Play Irving Plaza, April 29

Singer-songwriter James Bay is set tour North America.  He already has a sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom in March.  But, never fear NYC.  You can catch him at Irving Plaza on April 29.  Tickets go on-sale to the general public, this Friday, February 6th at 10AM EST.  

If by chance you didn't already know, James Bay will release his album Chaos And The Calm on March 24.  You can pre-order it HERE.  By the way, pre-ordering the album will give you access to the ticket pre-sale this Thursday, February 5th at 10AM local time.

Wednesday, April 29
17 Irving Place
New York, NY
Doors: 7PM

Monday, February 2, 2015

Toby Lightman To Play NYC Show, February 25 + Tour Dates

New York based sing-songwriter Toby Lightman is hitting the road in support of her newest album, Every Kind of People.  The album is her fifth release and was produced by Curt Schneider.  And, of course there's a NYC show!  She'll be at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2 on Wednesday, February 25. See below for more details as well additional tour dates.  

Check out "Bumps In The Road"  and "Brand Spankin New" from Every Kind of People below.  The album is filled with soulful pop that will keep you returning to it time and time again.  I first became familiar with Toby Lightman when I happened upon her album Let Go back around 2008 or so and have been a fan since.

Wednesday, February 25
196 Allen Street
New York, NY
Doors: 8PM / Show: 8:30PM

Tour Dates

  • FEB 25 - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 - New York, NY
  • FEB 27 - Club Passim - Cambridge, MA
  • MAR 13 -  Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina - Mt. Pleasant, SC
  • MAR 14 - Downstairs Live - North Augusta, SC
  • MAR 15 - Moe Joe's Greenville - Greenville, SC
  • MAR 18 - Evening Muse - Charlotte, NC
  • MAR 19 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
  • MAR 20 - Jammin Java - Vienna, VA
  • MAR 21 - The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Newport Jazz Festival Announces Lineup For 2015

Cassandra Wilson
Producer George Wein announced the line up for the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management today.  The festival will take place July 31 - August 2 with three full days of music at Fort Adams State Park, an evening show at the International Tennis hall of Fame at the Newport Casino plus a Gala at The Breakers.

The 2015 edition of America’s first annual jazz festival will feature Chris Botti, Cassandra Wilson, Dr. John, Jamie Cullum, Snarky Puppy, Kenny Garrett, Maria Schneider, Arturo Sandoval, Billy Childs, Arturo O’Farrill, Fred Hersch, Cecile McLorin Salvant, Jon Batiste, Kneebody, Hiromi, Michel Camilo, Jon Faddis, James Carter, Christian McBride, Bill Frisell, Mike Stern/Bill Evans Band, Ambrose Akinmusire, Tom Harrell, Pat Martino, Matana Roberts, John Hollenbeck and others. Please visit for the complete line-up. 

Tickets go on sale Thursday, January 15, at 10:00 am at

See you there?

Jeanine - "Runnin'"

Check out "Runnin'" from Jeanine.  The track is from her current release Thank you.

Jeanine’s style is equal blends of quirky, street, Soul, Pop, Hip Hop, and R&B. Her ear for harmonies and selecting quality beats stands above the rest. Her songs have been placed on “America’s Next Top Model,” and the “Tyra Banks Show” respectively. In 2003 she had also won the BMI/Songwriter's Hall of Fame Abe Oleman Award for her excellence in songwriting.

Monday, January 12, 2015

The Little Secrets - "All I Need"

Check out "All I Need" the debut single from Liverpool's The Little Secrets. It's a nice little piece of indie pop to warm your winter.

U.S. Royalty Release New Video + Upcoming Show

U.S. Royalty released a new video.  The clip is for the track "More To This" and was directed by their drummer Luke Adams.  Check it out below.

Have a hankering to see the band live?  Of course you do.  They will be at The Studio at Webster Hall on Friday, January 23 and it'll cost you $15. See below for more details.  

In other U.S. Royalty news, they're releasing their album Mirrors on limited edition marble vinyl.   It comes with a digital download of previously unreleased bonus material.  It can be pre-ordered HERE.  

Mainland / Dreamshow
125 East 11th Street
New York, NY
Doors: 7PM