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EMI's Family Of Artists And Songwriters Raise $940,000 To Support Japanese Red Cross Disaster Relief Efforts

April 26th, 2011 2:43pm EDT
30 Seconds To Mars
An auction of exclusive personal items and memorabilia donated by EMI’s family of artists and songwriters has raised $940,000 in funds to help the Red Cross support people affected by last month’s earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

The charity auction, which launched on eBay’s worldwide sites on April 5, attracted bids totaling $470,000 from music fans around the world. All the money from winning bidders will be doubled through a donation by EMI.

EMI Group CEO Roger Faxon commented: “What a wonderful result!! It was made possible by the extraordinary generosity of so many members of the EMI...
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Check Out Michael Franti's Performance of 'I'll be Waiting' on Jimmy Kimmel Live (Video)

March 8th, 2011 1:26pm EST
Michael Franti
Continuing their TV takeover, Michael Franti and Spearhead hit the stage at Jimmy Kimmel Live! on Thursday performing their latest hits “I’ll Be Waiting” and “Hey, Hey, Hey,” from their hit album The Sound of Sunshine (available on iTunes). Fans can check out the performance video on ABC.com.

Franti also rocked the Tonight Show with Jay Leno last week and this past weekend was a featured performer on the 42nd Annual NAACP Image Awards.

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Michael Franti & Spearhead Premieres “Hey, Hey, Hey” Video (Watch It!)

December 2nd, 2010 1:14pm EST
Franti
Yahoo! and Michael Franti & Spearhead have partnered for the exclusive premiere of the music video for “Hey, Hey, Hey”. The third single from their latest album, The Sound of Sunshine, features Franti’s signature reggae-pop sound with an uplifting message of overcoming obstacles. For the video, Michael traveled to various cities hitting the streets to sing and talk to people about their daily lives. “‘Hey Hey Hey’ is about overcoming adversity and appreciating every second that we have on this planet. The video is centered around the lives of everyday people as we all experience rough times...
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Lila Downs Announces Sept. 2 Release Of Diverse New Album 'Shake Away'

August 21st, 2008 11:09pm EDT
Lila Downs
Exploring and expressing Mexico's rich culture has been a lifelong passion for Lila Downs. On Shake Away, Downs takes listeners on a journey that's both intensely personal and vividly universal. Recorded in New York and Mexico City, the songs range from the pointed "Minimum Wage" to the mystical "Silent Thunder" to a cover of Lucinda Williams' "I Envy The Wind" in English and Spanish ("Yo Envidio El Viento") versions.

On Shake Away Lila invites a group of special guests, including the legendary Argentinean singer Mercedes Sosa on a duet of her song "Tierra de Luz" (Land of Light); long...
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Vegoose Confirms Initial Line Up For 2007 Festival; Rage Against The Machine And Daft Punk To Headline

July 24th, 2007 5:04pm EDT
Rage Against the Machine
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment, creators of the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, are proud to announce the initial line up for Vegoose 2007. The third annual installment of this dynamic entertainment experience will be staged in Las Vegas on Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 27 and 28, at Sam Boyd Stadium, encompassing the surrounding complex – highlighted by the 30-acre grassy Star Nursery Field with its stunningly beautiful mountain backdrop. Two-day passes to the event will go on sale this Saturday at 10:00 AM PST only at www.vegoose.com.

Known for setting the high standard i...
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11th Annual 'All Good Music Festival' Expands Talent Lineup With 2nd Wave Of Acts

April 24th, 2007 6:00pm EDT
Drive-By Truckers
Six more stellar acts have been added to the ever-expanding talent lineup of the 11th Annual All Good Music Festival as its celebrates the diversity and loyalty of the improvisational music scene with its most extensive and intensive lineup to date. Drive-By Truckers, Benevento/Russo Duo, Sam Bush, The Bridge, Lee Boys and the Ryan Montbleau Band have come aboard the East Coast's longest-running camping event for its return to the magnificent Marvin's Mountaintop in Masontown, WV, July 13-15, 2007.

They join many of the improvisational scene's leading attractions - Bob Weir & RatDog, t...
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Leftover Salmon To Reunite At 11th Annual All Good Music Festival

March 30th, 2007 7:30pm EDT
Leftover Salmon
Walther Productions is excited announce that Leftover Salmon has chosen the 11th Annual All Good Music Festival for its exclusive East Coast festival appearance when the longtime pillars of the improvisational music scene reunite this summer.

Vince Herman (acoustic guitar, vocals), Drew Emmitt (mandolin, guitar, vocals), Jeff Sipe (drums), Greg Garrison (bass, vocals), Bill McKay (keyboards, vocals), and Noam Pikelny (banjo) will be ending their 27-month hiatus by filling the West Virginia mountains with the trademark polyethnic-cajun-slamgrass sound that propelled Leftover Salmon fro...
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Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival Announces Initial 2007 Lineup

February 14th, 2007 12:38pm EST
Police
Superfly Productions and A.C. Entertainment are proud to announce the initial lineup for the 2007 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The sixth annual four-day camping and music festival will be held on June 14-17 on the same beautiful 700-acre farm in Manchester, Tennessee, 60 miles south of Nashville.

A full list of confirmed acts follows, and more will be announced in the coming weeks. The final Bonnaroo 2007 lineup will total over 100 bands and 20 comedians performing on 13 stages over four days. Tickets go on sale exclusively through bonnaroo.com on Friday, February 23 at 12:00 PM ...
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Doors Drummer John Densmore's New Project Tribaljazz Releases Debut Album

October 17th, 2006 4:56pm EDT
John Densmore
John Densmore has been telling people he's a jazz drummer since his days with the Doors; he finally gets to put his sticks where his mouth has been with Tribaljazz. The Los Angeles-based collective releases its debut album date October 17 on Hidden Beach Recordings.

As their name implies, Tribaljazz combines Densmore's love of the classic Jazz of Miles Davis and John Coltrane with the global rhythms he's explored since his first recordings with The Doors (their hit "Break On Through" was inspired by the Bossa Nova beat of "The Girl From Ipanema") through the Middle Eastern grooves hear...
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Top Musicians Participate In "Wear Your Music" Campaign; Guitar String Bracelets Benefit Charities

August 30th, 2006 12:11pm EDT
John Mayer
Relix, the magazine for music, announced that top artists John Mayer, Keith Richards and Anna Nalick have been added to the list of musicians participating in its "Wear Your Music" campaign. Created by noted designer Hannah Gasner of AZU Studio, Relix President/Publisher Steve Bernstein and sponsored by DR Handmade Strings, the Relix Band is a fashionable accessory created by previously played strings from top artists. The bracelets are available at www.relix.com/wearyourmusic.

"I think this is a terrific idea and I'm more than happy to be a part of it," said Carlos Santana. "The chari...
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Matisyahu August/September Tour Dates

July 20th, 2006 9:47am EDT
Matisyahu
2006 has been a year of notable collaborations for Matisyahu. Earlier this summer he was tapped by Dave Matthews to open several of his U.S. tour dates, and by Sting to open a performance in Tel Aviv, Israel. Starting Aug. 8, Matisyahu will headline a new string of dates featuring a diverse lineup of acts including Michael Franti & Spearhead, Keller Williams, The Polyphonic Spree, and Gomez, as well as a co-headlining bill with The Flaming Lips Sept. 16 in TX.

Completing his sweep of the festival circuit, he will also stop at the Austin City Limits music festival on Sept. 17, joining a...
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Gov't Mule Get 'High & Mighty' August 22nd

July 18th, 2006 4:21pm EDT
Gov
Big riffs, massive grooves, and expansive improvisations are the hallmarks of Gov't Mule's legendary live shows. Likewise, their well-crafted songs feature larger-than-life characters bearing life's heaviest burdens, performed by four musicians – guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes, drummer Matt Abts, keyboard player Danny Louis, and bassist Andy Hess – whose powerful musicianship and chemistry along with their tireless work ethic have earned them the respect of their peers.

Their new ATO Records release, High & Mighty, produced by Haynes and Gordie Johnson (former leader of Canada's acc...
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