Michigan-based punk band The Swellers have released the dates for their “Call It a Night” tour, following the announcement earlier this year that they would be “retiring”. Unlike most hiatus announcements, this news came with more of a feeling of finality, as the band announced via twitter on July 28 “we’re just… retiring. We are just done, and it was good”. The Swellers stated that these will be the last shows they play in these cities, which so far includes Buffalo, Boston, New York City, Philadelphia, Chicago, Cleveland and Detroit. Check out the band’s music video for “The Best I Ever Had” and kick your week off right with this anthemic, nostalgic look back at the happiest memories the band’s lyricist has experienced. Check out the dates and cities below to see if The Swellers will be making their way to your hometown; the band will be adding more dates in the coming weeks, so no need to fret if your city isn’t listed!
The Super Bowl is one of the biggest sporting events in the world, pinning the two best football teams against one another for the chance to hoist the Vince Lombardi Trophy. On top of the game and the beloved Super Bowl commercials, the half time show is a big part of what makes the Super Bowl such a celebrated event. Some of the most talked-about performances from U2, Prince, Michael Jackson, and The Rolling Stones happened on the Super Bowl stage. With the 2015 Super Bowl only six months away, the NFL has narrowed the choices down to Rihanna, Coldplay, and Katy Perry. However, in a curious move, the NFL may be asking the three choices to pay for the right to play the event, according to a report from the Wall Street Journal. According to the report, the NFL asked “at least some” of the potential choices to contribute some of their post-Super Bowl tour income to the National Football League, a move that has been met with some head-scratching. This is a first for the Super Bowl Half Time show; it is still too early to tell if the league will go threw with the request to the artists. What do you think of the unprecedented move… fair or foul?
Just a couple months ago I was lamenting the fact that we had no news on a follow up album by Ben Howard from 2011’s Every Kingdom. Well, the wait is over! Just yesterday Ben released a new song, “I Forget Where We Were” which is taken from his upcoming album of the same name. The new album comes out October 20th, and you can preorder if now from Ben’s official website. UK/EIRE fans who preorder the album will also get exclusive access to preorder tickets to Ben’s soon to be announced tour.
The thing I love best about Xtra Mile is the sense of community.
The bands on the label not only are familiar with each other’s work, but they are often friends or at least fans of each other. They collaborate together, go on tour together, and promote each other’s work. It’s an inspiring thing to see. I’ve always been passionate about music and writing, but my favorite way to express the things I love is through collaboration. There’s something special about creating something with another person; there’s a bond that forms between them that strengthens whatever foundation they might have had before. I founded this blog with that sense of community and collaboration in mind, and I’m always excited (and sometimes in awe) of what comes out of it. A record label that is founded on the same principles is something that I am proud to support.
When it came to the latest XtraMile Recordings compilation, the record label did something a little different. The album contains a grand total of 42 tracks. Side A features tracks from XtraMile artists, and side B contains tracks from unsigned artists that were chosen by XtraMile artists (and one track that was chosen by the Street Team!).
Some of the bands chose bands that they were fans of themselves. Others kept it in the family (literally). Beans on Toast picked Little Rob and the Mob because Robyn is a gifted young songwriter and musician – and she also happens to be his niece. Still others picked bands that had collaborated with in the past. You can read the article on how each of the unsigned tracks was chose over on the XtraMile website.
But regardless of how each track was chosen, there’s one trend that winds through each of the write ups from various artists. Excitement. Pride. Passion.
I already love the tracks that were chosen to feature on Side A from established artists, and I look forward to exploring Side B and discovering new bands. The album is just $8.99 – which averages about to be less than $.25 a song. With a deal like that you have no excuse not to buy a copy.
Xtra Mile High Club: Vol 5: Smokin’ is available now through Xtra Mile or through iTunes.
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This summer, Xtra Mile Recordings reached out to their street team members to plan something exciting. The label wanted to host a series of acoustic living room shows, which were inspired by 1920s skiffles – rent parties with a small charge designed to cover the cost of rent. The idea was to have one of the many wonderful Xtra Mile artists play a series of small shows in the living rooms of its street team members.
It took some feverish behind the scenes planning, but a few months after the idea was first proposed it was announced that the first tour was in the final planning stages. Barry Dolan, aka Oxygen Thief, will be hitting the east coast of the US for the first time this fall for a good old fashion Skiffle Tour. Oxygen Thief just released a new album last month and it has quickly become one of our favorites for the year so far. You can check out his latest video for “Too Many Trees” (renamed “Too Many Tees”), featuring members of the street team.
We here at Lyrically Addicted are thrilled to announce that one of the stops on the Skiffle Tour will be hosted by none other than yours truly! Be sure to follow us on our social media sites (facebook and twitter) for more content as we get closer to the date!
Drowners are hitting the road in the US this fall, courtesty of the Dr. Martens Stand For Something Tour. The tour will be coming to the following cities:
9/25 – Columbus, OH**
9/27 – Chicago, IL**
9/28 – Madison, WI
9/29 – Minneapolis, MN**
10/2 – Seattle, WA**
10/3 – Portland, OR**
10/6 – San Francisco, CA**
10/7 – Los Angeles, CA**
10/8 – Santa Ana, CA
10/10 – San Diego, CA
10/11 – Scottsdale, AZ**
10/13 – Austin, TX
10/15 – Dallas, TX
10/16 – Houston, TX
10/17 – New Orleans, LA
10/18 – Atlanta, GA
10/20 – Chapel Hill, NC
10/21 – Washington, DC**
10/22 – Philadelphia, PA**
10/28 – Brooklyn, NY**
10/29 – Boston, MA**
**fans can meet the band before the show at local Dr. Marten Stores
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Dawes recently performed some songs for Guitar Center Sessions and the set will be airing July 27th at 8pm on DirectTV’s Audience (channel 239). Check out this exclusive video of the band performing their song “A Little Bit of Everything”, taken from the upcoming showing.