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by Unknown // Monday, January 30, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Jack White has announced that he will release his first solo album, "Blunderbuss," on April 24th.

"I've put off making records under my own name for a long time but these songs feel like they could only be presented under my name. These songs were written from scratch, had nothing to do with anyone or anything else but my own expression, my own colors on my own canvas," the White Stripes lead man said in a statement.

To kick things off right, the Nashville-based songwriter released the debut track "Love Interruption" - streaming now on his newly launched website. Joined by raspy, raw female vocals, the new track is a stripped-down, laid back, bluesy song - a refreshing change from White's harder rock trademark.

"Love Interruption" will be up for sale digitally starting tonight, and will also be pressed onto a vinyl single for release on February 7th with exclusively B-side "Machine Gun Silhouette." Both songs were recorded this winter.

The single and the album are being released through White's own Third Man Records label, in conjunction with Columbia.

Looking forward to hearing more from this album, which was apparently produced by White out of his Third Man Studio. Listen to "Love Interruption" below!

by Unknown // Wednesday, January 25, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

How would you feel if you discovered a historic collection of African music - forgotten by the world for decades? And what would you do if you learned it was in danger of being lost forever?

The Radio Tanzania Dar-es-Salaam archives contain over 100,000 hours of priceless Tanzanian music on damaged and deteriorating reel-to-reel tapes, and they need your help.

Radio Tanzania: Reviving the Forgotten Archives was created to raise awareness and support for our project to preserve, digitize and restore this collection and make it available to the world through mp3 downloads, a 'best of' compilation CD, and a documentary film. Check out the video below.

The project has two aims: to save and to share the Radio Tanzania archives. To save the archives, they will digitize the 100,000 hours of East African music recorded from the mid-1960s through the 1980s. This will include providing high-quality equipment for the transfer of the music and training Tanzanian employees/interns to perform the bulk of the digitization. The project leaders have spoken with a number of audio archival experts, budgeted costs, and put together a small team of people perfectly suited for the job.

To share the Radio Tanzania archives, a compilation 'Best Of" CD and a website will be released and launched, dedicated to the history and dissemination of the music, complete with background info, translations and photographs. A documentary film will also be produced, allowing viewers to get an inside look at the digitization project, the history of the archives, the evolution of Tanzanian music, and what makes this music significant for contemporary artists and listeners. The film will include interviews and performances by surviving musicians.

The Radio Tanzania archives contain priceless treasures of cultural heritage with tremendous academic, historic, anthropological and entertainment value, but their existence is in grave danger. The material at risk includes ethnographic recordings of ngoma drumming from dozens of Tanzania's tribes, Arabic taarab, energetic Afro-jazz dance music, political broadcasting used to garner support for independence movements across Africa, and more. Essentially, the archives are an audio-musical history of Tanzania's struggle for independence and its birth as a modern African nation. The digitization of this collection will be a tremendous good as an act of cultural perservation, and will benefit musicians, scholars, and music lovers alike. 

Since the launch of the campaign in December, Radio Tanzania has raised $11,054, with 157 people backing the project. They have exactly 9 DAYS left before the Kickstarter campaign ends on Feb. 4th to reach their goal of $13,000. They are SO close!

To be a part of this awesome project, visit the Kickstarter page, where you can pledge anywhere for just $1 to $1000 - the more you pledge, the more involved you can be with the project! http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/radiotanzania/radio-tanzania-reviving-the-forgotten-archives

For more information about the archives, the team and the plan, check out TanzaniaHeritageProject.org. Also, be sure to "Like" Radio Tanzania on Facebook and share the mission with your friends!

To hear a sample of some of the music, check out their Soundcloud: http://soundcloud.com/user1962241

Thank you for your support!!

by Unknown // Tuesday, January 24, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

Florence & The Machine have announced a string of US tour dates.

The 'No Light, No Light' hitmakers insist the shows will not be "extravagant," opting instead to focus on the strength of the music during the 16 concerts.

Singer Florence Welch said: "In a way, it's not going to be too big a production; we've done a lot of quite extravagant stuff, and that's been amazing, but for this tour, it's definitely going to be about showcasing the music.

"The songs are going to be the most important thing. It will be heavily based on the music ... no bells and whistles just yet, we're going to try and keep it quite pure."

Opening act for the tour will be former Test Icicles and Lightspeed Champion singer Dev Hynes, who is currently recording as Blood Orange and Florence to have him on board.

She added to MTV News: "It's going to be so fun, I can't wait. I used to be his backing singer in Lightspeed Champion, he took me on tour with him for one date, in Manchester. He was one of the first members of Florence and the Machine, he used to play guitar with me at all my first gigs.

"Even though he was doing his own stuff, he used to come and play guitar for me. We'd be in these weird matching outfits, T-shirts and lumberjack trousers, doing Iggy Pop covers and I would play the drums, Green Day covers [too]. We covered the whole of 'Nimrod'."

 

Dates for Florence and the Machine's spring tour:

14/4 - Santa Barbara Bowl, Santa Barbara

15/4 - Coachella, Indio

17/4 - Grand Sierra Resort, Reno

18/4 Mondavi Center at UC Davis, David

20/4 - Comerica Theatre, Phoenix

21/04 - The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas

22/04 - Coachella, Indio

27/04 - MHennepin Theatre, Minneapolis

28/04 - Eagles Ballroom, Milwaukee

29/04 - Peabody Opera House, St. Louis

01/05 - Palladium Ballroom, Dallas

02/05 - Verizon Wireless Theatre, Houston

03/05 - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, New Orleans

08/05 - Radio City Music Hall, New York

11/05 - Mohegan Sun Arena, Uncasville

12/05 - Borgata Event Center, Atlantic City

by Unknown // Tuesday, January 24, 2012 // News, Upfront // 0 Comments

After a brief arctic slumber your Lords and Masters GWAR will be returning to the road this Spring on the second leg of their "Return of the World Maggot Tour."

The tour kicks off with a special tribute show for fallen band mate and friend Cory Smoot, AKA Flattus Maximus, in Richmond, VA, at The National Theater of Friday, March 16th. All proceeds from the Richmond show will benefit the "Smoot Family Fund," which has been established to help support Cory's widow and their unborn child. Support on this run will come from fellow Richmond metallers Municipal Waste and California's Ghoul. Legacy of Disorder will join the tour on March 20th in Boston and the tour will run through April 11th in Fort Collins, CO.

Tickets for fan club members go on sale tomorrow, January 25th, and tickets will go on sale to the general public on Friday, January 27th and Saturday, January 28th.

Personal slave to Oderus and Slave Pit spokesman Dave Brockie had this to say:

"All the years of doing GWAR could never have prepared us for what we have been through, and I want to thank the metal community and the extended GWAR family for all of your support. Finishing that last tour was the hardest thing we have ever had to do, and we still have about half of the country left to hit. We will continue as a four-piece, with the special tribute to Flattus at the end of the show, in order to give our fans a chance to say goodbye to our fallen Scumdog brother in true GWAR fashion-covered in blood and rocking the fuck out! After this tour is over we can start looking to the future and begin to put this tragedy behind us. But for now we are still in 'Hail Flattus' mode!"

DON'T MISS GWAR ON TOUR  
3/16: Richmond, VA @ The National
3/17: Millvale, PA @ Mr. Smalls
3/18: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom
3/20: Boston, MA @ Wilbur Theater
3/21: So. Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
3/22: Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theater
3/23: Toledo, OH @ The Omni
3/24: Lexington, KY @ Buster's Billiards and Backroom
3/25: Joliet, IL @ Mojoes
3/26: Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
3/27: Des Moines, IA @ People's Court
3/28: Tulsa, OK @ Cain's Ballroom
3/30: Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theater
3/31: Boulder, CO @ Fox Theater
4/1: Grand Junction, CO @ Mesa Theater & Club
4/2: Flagstaff, AZ @ Orpheum Theater
4/3: San Diego, CA @ House Of Blues
4/4: Ventura, CA @ Majestic Ventura Theater
4/5: Chico, CA @ Senator Theater
4/6: San Francisco, CA @ The Regency Ballroom
4/7: Reno, NV @ Knitting Factory
4/9: Las Vegas, NV @ Hard Rock Café
4/10: Magna, UT @ The Great Salt Air
4/11: Ft. Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater
 
There are still a couple of weeks worth of shows TBA, so if you don't see your city, don't flip your shit!