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AC Newman: Shut Down the Streets

In contrast, a more straightforward and earnest Newman appears on Shut Down The Streets, his first album in three years, and this new-found openness is a direct result of a tumultuous time period that saw Newman experience the extreme ends of adulthood.  Like most middle-aged men, his life changed quickly and forcefully, as his first child was welcomed into the world around the same time that his mother passed away.

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Video: The New Pornographers – Moves

I’m going to just say it, the New Pornographers have made the most clever and quite possibly the best music video you’re going to see all year. The Canadian indie-pop collective,

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Video: Okkervil River – Wake And Be Fine

While last year Okkervil River served as the backing band on psych-rock legend Roky Erickson’s first solo album in 14 years, we haven’t heard anything in the way of new

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Tour Dates: Live Porn Shows

Since the beginning of the 2000s, Canadian indie-pop collective The New Pornographers have somehow managed record and tour behind four critically acclaimed albums, all while the band’s members pursue their

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BG: Rescue Blues Fries With That?

Last week, we brought you the news of the Toronto-based sandwich shop that dedicated all its menu items to Wilco songs. Well, now this week, comes the news that the

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Bloggy Goodness: Fire On The Mountain

In our never ending quest to keep you up to date on the latest and greatest festival news comes the announcement of the initial lineup for Warren Haynes’ Mountain Jam.

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Review: Halloween Midnight Ramble

Originally, the purpose for The Midnight Rambles at Levon Helm’s Woodstock home-recording studio – otherwise referred to as The Barn – was to serve as a way for the legendary drummer of The Band to recoup money from his mounting medical bills after battling and overcoming throat cancer. Helm’s iconic and unmistakable voice was down to barely a raspy whisper after radiation treatments which forced him into resting his vocal chords.

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While he had to rely on his capable band to provide the vocals, Helm was able to return to his signature perch behind his drum kit for what must have provided a cathartic release till he was ultimately able to sing again. Over the years the legend of the Rambles have grown, with everyone from Elvis Costello to Dr. John to Donald Fagen to former bandmate Garth Hudson showing up and sitting in with Levon.

When an invite was extended to head upstate to take in a night at The Barn, as a monster fan of The Band I was salivating at the opportunity to see Levon in such an intimate and undeniably unique setting. Since I couldn’t make it out to Indio for Festival 8, a Halloween Midnight Ramble was the next logical choice. Pulling into the sleepy town of Woodstock in the late afternoon on an overcast and rainy late fall day, we were greeted to a full-on Halloween parade by the locals in the streets of the small downtown area that helped to set the tone and atmosphere for the rest of the evening.

READ ON for more of Jeff’s All Hallow’s Eve experience…

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