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by Unknown // Tuesday, December 18, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Brittany Howard - Alabama Shakes

According to The Nashville Scene, Alabama Shakes front woman Brittany Howard was robbed at gunpoint in Nashville latest Saturday night.

Howard, Serpents and Snakes general manager Seth Riddle, and members of Nashville rock band Clear Plastic Masks were sitting on the porch of a home owned by a local producer Andrija Tokic when two "skinny little" teenage males wearing hoodies approached them, drew guns, and demanded money.

Fortunately, no one was injured, and the guys only made off with a "few dozen dollars in cash and some cellphone."

Hope that was worth it….

Be careful out there, guys!

by Unknown // Thursday, December 6, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Roxwel is excited to bring you the EXCLUSIVE premiere of indie singer-songwriter Aimee Bobruk's new video for "Two of a Kind."

"Two of a Kind" is the first single and video from Aimee's upcoming new album, /ba.'brook/ (a phonetic spelling of her Russian last name), out January 29th, 2013. "When I hear music, I see pictures and the other way around. So naturally, when I write songs it starts with me trying to set an image to words and sound," the Huntsville, Texas native and Austin-based songwriter says of her writing process.

Paintings, cartoons and old silent movies have inspired Aimee in making /ba.'brook/, and proved to be a great influence for her video for "Two of a Kind."

"On the day of the shoot, I was a female flapper at 11AM, and by 7PM, I was a 1920's-era gentleman," says Bobruk of the video, inspired by the 1922 silent film Beyond The Rocks starring Rudolph Valentino and Gloria Swanson. "In early theater and film, it was a very common practice for one actor to play multiple roles, both male and female, and since the song was originally a duet with myself - an older demo vocal recorded to a laptop, and a new recording - it seemed only fitting that I play both characters in the video.

The video isn't the only aspect of the track with a vintage feel. "The track itself was produced to sound like an old recording brought back to life," Bobruk says. "It's kind of like what happened with Elvis' 'A Little Less Conversation.' My original demo vocal was very shaky and lo-fi, and I loved the fragile texture of it, so we arranged the song into a duo that would consist of my old vocal side-by-side with the new track."

On the upcoming album, Bobruk chose to collaborate with producer/bassist Brian Beattie and drummer Dony Wynn. Beattie hails from Austin's avant-garde punk rock band Glass Eye and has produced albums for Daniel Johnston, Okkervil River, Bill Callahan and Shearwater. Wynn has worked with such artists as Robert Plant and Robert Palmer and is known for building his drum kits out of everything from banana peels to filing cabinets.

For more information on Aimee Bobruk and the release of her album /ba.'brook/, check out her official website.

Be sure to check out the premiere for Aimee Bobruk's video for "Two of a Kind," EXCLUSIVELY on Roxwel!

by Unknown // Tuesday, November 27, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Maroon 5's Adam Levine & 50 Cent perform on The Voice

Kicking off the show before giving way to The Voice Top Eight last night, Adam Levine and 50 Cent pumped up the crowd with a performance of their new collaboration, "My Life."

Whether it's for integration or ratings stunts, The Voice is a wonderful home designed to boost singles sales on iTunes charts, especially for the show's coaches. Last week, coaches Blake Shelton and Christina Aguilera performed. This week, it was Maroon 5's  Adam Levine and rapper 50 Cent; Eminem, who also appears in the studio cut, did not appear.

The song is off 50 Cent's new album, Street King Immortal, which will be available in time for the holidays.

What do you think of the track?
 

by Unknown // Tuesday, November 13, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Jim James - Solo Album

My Morning Jacket frontman Jim James has announced that he will release a full-length solo debut LP, Regions of Light and Sound of God.

According to Pitchfork, James plays every instrument and oversaw all of the engineering. James cites Lynd Ward's 1929 graphic novel God's Man as his primary influence.

"I wanted the album to sound like it came from a different place in time. Perhaps sounding as if it were the past of the future, if that makes any sense - like a hazy dream that a fully-realized android or humanoid capable of thought might have when it reminisces about the good old days of just being a simple robot," James said in a press release.

This isn't Jim James' first time venturing away from the MMJ crew. In 2009 he release a solo EP as Yim Yames, and that year he also released Monsters of Folk - a collaboration with M. Ward and Conor Oberst.

The album is due out February 5, 2013 via ATO.

The first single "Know Til Now" is available now. It sounds like James might be venturing back to the spacey, experimental sound that My Morning Jacket channeled in Z. Hear it now by watching the video below: