Wednesday February 29th 2012, 3:54 am
Snapshot: Pete Sears
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Pete Sears
Pete Sears (who played on all of Rod Stewart’s early records and was a member of Jefferson Starship) in John Cipollina’s antique gun room on King Street in Mill Valley, California in 1971. Photo taken by Michael Moore. Read about the photo in Pete’s own words after the jump.

Wednesday February 29th 2012, 3:47 am
Video of the Day: The Sumner Brothers
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YouTube Preview ImageThe Sumner Brothers- You Will Find Me

Vancouver, Canada-based band The Sumner Brothers performing their song “You Will Find Me” for the Green Couch Sessions in December 2010. The group is currently touring the US and will stop in Los Angeles for a gig at The Hotel Cafe on Friday night before continuing along the coast with a handful of When You Awake-favorites including Leslie Stevens, Willy Taylor and more. Check out their complete tour dates after the jump.
MP3: The Sumner Brother- Both Back (buy)

Monday February 27th 2012, 11:10 am
Movie Lounge: Bob Dylan on Quest
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Bob Dylan

On February 1, 1964, Bob Dylan appeared on the Canadian TV program Quest. The entire 27-minute clip is below and includes a 22-year old Dylan performing “The Times They Are A Changin'”, “Talkin’ World War III Blues”, “Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll”, “Girl From The North Country”, “A Hard Rain’s A-Gonna Fall” and “Restless Farewell”. Enjoy!

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Monday February 27th 2012, 10:56 am
Video of the Day: Those Darlins
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YouTube Preview ImageThose Darlins – Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy

Tennessee’s Those Darlins performing “Keep My Skillet Good and Greasy” in Athens, Georgia in spring 2010. The group just announced that founding member Kelley Anderson (aka ‘the blond Darlin’) will be departing the band. Very sad to hear it but we wish her much luck in all future endeavors! The official statement:

With sadness, we must announce that Kelley Anderson has decided to leave “Those Darlins” in order to pursue other musical projects and professional ventures. We will miss Kelley but will follow her with excitement at her new website: Kelley promises to keep us updated on the Tenth Anniversary of The Southern Girls Rock and Roll Camp in Murfreesboro this summer. It was Kelley’s hard work and dedication to the Southern Girls Rock And Roll Camp that brought us together in the first place.Those Darlins will continue to move forward with a lot of exciting news in 2012.  We will be recording an EP in May with producer Scott Litt (REM, Nirvana, Patti Smith) to be released this year and will resume touring in March.

Thursday February 23rd 2012, 5:52 pm
Interviewin’: Paul Lacques of I See Hawks In L.A.
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This Friday, February 24th, I See Hawks In L.A. will be headlining McCabe’s in Santa Monica. It will be the first of several concerts celebrating the release of their brand new mostly-acoustic album, New Kind Of Lonely, which finds the band in a wistful, contemplative mood. We caught up this week with the Hawks’ multi-talented guitarist and co-songwriter Paul Lacques via email to ask him about the new album and a few other bits of Hawksian ephemera.

New Kind Of Lonely, featuring cover calligraphy by Henry Diltz!

When You Awake: I wanted to start off by asking you about the new album, of course, which is a mostly all-acoustic collection of songs, the first one you’ve released in your long history as a band. Was there a particular reason for doing it now?

Paul: Several of our earlier recordings started off acoustic, but we could never resist the lure of the pedal steel and Telecaster.  This time we took a vow of no electricity, and managed to go cold turkey.  Scary at first, then quite rewarding. (Continue reading after the jump)


Thursday February 23rd 2012, 4:04 am
Video of the Day: Gregory Alan Isakov
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YouTube Preview ImageGregory Alan Isakov- In Tall Buildings

Gregory Alan Isakov performing John Hartford’s “In Tall Buildings” in a water-filled quarry near Halvasso, Cornwall in June 2011.

Thursday February 23rd 2012, 3:57 am
Snapshot: Steve McQueen
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Tuesday February 21st 2012, 3:01 pm
Video of the Day: Hurray For The Riff Raff
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Hurray For The Riff Raff- People Talkin’

Alynda and Yosi of Hurray for the Riff Raff covering Lucinda Williams’ tune “People Talkin'” next to the Mississippi River in New Orleans’ lower 9th Ward on Nov. 2, 2011 (click on the video image to watch it on Vimeo).

Thursday February 16th 2012, 12:10 pm
Snapshot: Dennis Hopper
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Dennis Hopper in The Last Movie, 1971.

Thursday February 16th 2012, 12:03 pm
Video of the Day: Dawes
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YouTube Preview ImageDawes- My Way Back Home

Dawes performs “My Way Back Home” live at New York’s KFUV Studio A on August, 2 2011. It’s set to be a huge year for Dawes, with gig highlights including Coachella, Bonnaroo, The Ryman Auditorium (for a sold out two day stint with Mumford and Sons) and Glen Campbell’s The Goodbye Tour at the The Hollywood Bowl.


The boys are currently touring the UK and will be playing an in-store gig at Rough Trade East tonight, The Windmill tomorrow night, The Borderline on March 5th and Hoxton Bar & Kitchen on March 6th. Click here to check out their complete US and UK tour dates.