7The kick-off of our 7″ singles collection is just around the bend! We’re pleased to reveal longtime family member Tim Truman’s original hand-drawn artwork for the first single and even more pleased to announce that each release will be individually numbered. (Image above does not reflect numbering.) For those who need a little reminder, here’s what you’ll get when you become a subscriber:

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Old Shoe is a five-piece Americana Roots Rock band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Made up of talented songwriters from across the country, hailing from as far away as Alaska, the band’s compositions paint a diverse landscape of American life.

The band’s new album Family is not merely another notch in the belt for the Old Shoe, but is more so a poignant culmination of their growth and progress since the last release in 2011.  Family went on to be selected as the Best of 2013 Local Album by AAA radio station, 93.1FM WXRT.  They also rounded the Midwest festival circuit at high-profile events like Summer Camp, Wakarusa, Harvest Fest, and Phases of the Moon and opened for Grammy-award winning Bruce Hornsby, Leftover Salmon, Keller Williams, and Greensky Bluegrass and even produced 6 consecutive installments of their own festival, Shoe Fest.

The all-original 13-track release showcases the band’s diverse influences, ranging from bluegrass to prog-rock to jazz, with it all settling into a familiar comfort zone akin to one’s favorite “old shoe.” The album reaches new heights from previous releases with a star-studded guest roster featuring musicians from the Henhouse Prowlers, The Low Down Brass Band, and Chicago’s production of The Jungle Book.

Old Shoe Throws a Festival in Iliinois Once a year called Shoe Fest INFO HERE


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Snow Shoe 2017 with Old Shoe and The Schwag
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Dead & Company to perform at Wrigley Field
June 30 and July 1
Dead & Company will make their performance debut at Wrigley Field in 2017! The band will perform Friday, June 30, and Saturday, July 1, as part of their 2017 summer tour.

Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10 a.m. CST Friday, December 9.

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RIDE Festival Returns to Telluride This July 8th and 9th

Telluride CO:  RIDE Festival returns to Telluride July 8-9 in its sixth consecutive year of world-class music, camping and mountain adventure that only Colorado can deliver. Featuring an all-star line up in an intimate mountain setting; event headliners include BECK, Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals, The John Butler Trio, Rival Sons, The Temperance Movement, Kaleo, Jackie Greene, and Boulder’s own Rose Hill Drive among others.


Set to take place in downtown Telluride’s Town Park, the event features an unparalleled backdrop of Telluride’s idyllic landscape, world-class musicianship, Colorado’s finest microbrews and daily adventures for outdoor enthusiasts and music aficionados alike. Past RIDE performers include Pearl Jam, David Byrne, The Lumineers, Cage the Elephant, Widespread Panic, Jonny Lang and many others

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The undisputed gem of southwest Colorado, Telluride is well-known by Colorado locals to be among the very best mountain destinations and has been called “number one for both scenery and character” by Forbes and Ski Magazine. With world-class hiking, rafting, climbing, fishing, mountain biking, and hot springs all within 40 miles of the festival, as well as a perfectly integrated farmer’s market downtown on Fridays, RIDE Festival is the can’t-miss mountain festival of 2017.

A boost to the local economy during the beautiful alpine summer, event organizers work hand in hand with the community to help bring first-class entertainment throughout the town for a full-scale festival environment. In an effort to take advantage of the unique Telluride setting, RIDE Festival carries out into the streets from Town Park with events scheduled at The Sheridan Opera House, Sheridan Bar, Roma Bar, Moon at O’Bannons, and the new Liberty Bar — each featuring emerging talent and intimate performances that play well into the night. Featuring an inclusive party-vibe that only a small town can provide most of the late-night entertainment is also free to RIDE Festival weekend pass holders.

RIDE Festival will feature another star-studded lineup in 2017 including a rare Telluride performance by the Grammy-Award winning singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, BECK. Celebrated for his sonically experimental and lo-fi style, BECK rose to fame in the early 1990’s for creating musical collages encompassing a wide genre of styles. With a highly anticipated release on the horizon for 2017, fans may be treated to an early taste of the producer’s latest tunes during the 6th annual festival.

Known for his high-energy live performances, prominent activist and American singer-songwriter Ben Harper will perform for the first time in Telluride since his 2012 performance at the RIDE Festival.  This year, Ben will be appearing with his talented band The Innocent Criminals.  A rousing performer, Harper has taken home numerous awards including Grammy Awards for Best Pop Instrumental Performance and Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album in 2005 and Best Blues Album in 2014.

With additional performances spanning multiple genres of music including rock n’ roll, reggae, gospel and soul, RIDE Festival has something for everyone.

Photo Credit: Matt Kroll
Photo Credit: Matt Kroll
Photo Credit: Matt Kroll
Photo Credit: Matt Kroll

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Much more than just a mountain party with the coolest bands on stage, the annual event also benefits local community radio station KOTOfm, a local non-commercial listener-supported station in operation in the San Juan Mountains since 1975. An important facet to community living at 8,750 ft, KOTOfm provides local news, information, entertainment and music in an area that may not have access to local radio otherwise.

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Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
The John Butler Trio
Rival Sons
The Temperance Movement
Jackie Greene
Rose Hill Drive
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The Marcus King Band
Colter Wall
Carolyn Wonderland
Muddy Magnolias
Maggie Koerner


Go See Live Music
The third annual Hinterland Music Festival, on Friday and Saturday, August 4 – 5, 2017, returns to the Avenue of the Saints Amphitheater in St. Charles, Iowa. It’s two days of music curated for people who love both music and the outdoors. The festival features a blend of music, camping, art, craft vendors, family engagement and more.

Tickets & camping passes on sale Friday, February 17 at 10:00 a.m

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Columbia: This Week In Music

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Big News from Depeche Mode!
The video for their new single “Where’s The Revolution,” directed by Anton Corbijn, is out now. Watch the video and pre-order their album Spirit
out March 17th. The band is also inviting fans to take over their Facebook page. Apply to become an admin at


David Bowie
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The physical edition of David Bowie’s No Plan EP is available for pre-order now! Get the CD and vinyl at Amazon, the limited edition white vinyl at the
David Bowie Store and head to your
local record store for a limited edition clear blue vinyl.


Rag’n’Bone Man
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The rising UK star’s new album Human, featuring the hit title track, is available now everywhere! To celebrate the release he performed “Grace” in his first VEVO UK Lift video.

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Get ready for some of your favorite Columbia Records artists to take the Grammy stage Sunday night at 8pm on CBS. You don’t want to miss this!

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Juicy J

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Watch Juicy J’s two official new videos for “Gimme Gimme” ft. Jxmmi of Rae Sremmurd here & ”
Ain’t Nothing

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John Legend

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Tickets are on-sale now for John Legend’s DARKNESS AND LIGHT Tour with special guest Gallant. Also tune in to see him perform on the NAACP Image Awards 2/11 at 9 pm!

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Syd’s debut solo album FIN is now available to pre-order on vinyl. Get it at Amazon and stream the album everywhere now.


The Chainsmokers

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To celebrate 1M Twitter followers and their 3 Grammy Nominations, The Chainsmokers have created a custom Twitter sticker for their fans!

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Solange is on the cover of Elle Magazine’s March 2017 issue. Check out the full story here and get your copy on newsstands 2/21!

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No Wyld
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No Wyld did a Reddit AMA with fans earlier this week. Catch up now and head to their Instagram to see a live performance of “Air”!

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Grace VanderWaal

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Grace VanderWaal recently performed songs off her Perfectly Imperfect EP and a cover of Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful” at iHeartRadio!

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James Arthur

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Get ready for Valentine’s Day with James Arthur-inspired GIFs, printable cards and
online stickers
for your special someone!

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Declan McKenna
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“The Kids Don’t Wanna Come Home” Behind The Scenes

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John Legend
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“Surefire” Live at Pandora

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Congrats to Our Columbia Records Artists on their 59th Annual Grammy Awards!
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Adele took home awards for Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Record of the Year, Best Pop Vocal Album, & Best Pop Solo Performance.
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Beyoncé won Grammy Awards for Best Music Video, and Best Urban Contemporary Album!
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The Chainsmokers
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The Chainsmokers scored their first ever Grammy Award for Best Dance Recording for “Don’t Let Me Down” ft. Daya!
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David Bowie
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David Bowie swept his Grammy nominations winning awards for Best Rock Performance, Best Alternative Album, Best Rock Song, Best Recording Package, and Best Engineered Album
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Maxwell won Best R&B Song for “Lake By the Ocean”!
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Solange earned her first Grammy for Best R&B Performance for “Cranes in the Sky”.
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Maren Morris
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Maren Morris received her first Grammy Award for Best Country Performance for “My Church”!
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Following The Grammys Beyoncé dropped videos for “Love Drought” and “Sandcastles” on her Vevo Channel!
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John Legend and Cynthia Ervio’s rendition of “If God Only Knows” as performed at the 59th Grammys is now available everywhere.


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Alligator Records News, Blues & More
ELVIN BISHOP’S BIG FUN TRIO, the new collaboration between Rock And Roll Hall Of Famer and blues master Elvin Bishop – along with his friends, guitarist/pianist Bob Welsh and percussionist/vocalist Willy Jordan is now available!


ELVIN BISHOP’S BIG FUN TRIO is among his very best musical ideas ever. The music is rootsy, spirited and soulful, performed by serious musicians hell-bent on having a good time. ELVIN BISHOP’S BIG FUN TRIO features Bishop’s down-home delivery, deep blues picking and slide guitar playfully meshing with Welsh’s piano and guitar licks and Jordan’s soul singing and propulsive cajón playing. The album’s laid-back, front-porch vibe mixes four rollicking Bishop originals with three co-writes and five raucous, well-chosen covers of songs by Lightnin’ Hopkins, Fats Domino, Sunnyland Slim, Ted Taylor and Bobby Womack. And because one can never have too much fun, Bishop’s pals Kim Wilson, Charlie Musselwhite and Rick Estrin stop by the sessions, each adding his distinctive harmonica talent (and in Musselwhite’s case, vocals too) to a song.


Now, with ELVIN BISHOP’S BIG FUN TRIO, Bishop confidently debuts his new — yet satisfyingly familiar — sound, ready to share the group’s happy-go-lucky vibe with listeners near and far. The trio’s instrumental, vocal and songwriting talents guarantee a boisterous good time.

Listen before you buy! Stop by our free stuff page to download the track Keep On Rollin’ and our jukebox to hear It’s You, Baby and 100 Years of Blues.

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Los Angeles, CA:  Fantasy Records, a division of Concord Bicycle Music, is pleased to announce the vinyl edition of the acclaimed MERL SAUNDERS/JERRY GARCIA Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings, out October 21st.  Recorded live on July 10th and 11th, 1973 at the Keystone club in Berkeley, California, the 24 tracks on this 180-gram, 6-LP collection beautifully capture the magical musical friendship of keyboardist Merl Saunders and Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia. An accompanying booklet includes never-before-seen photos new to this edition, plus updated liner notes by Grateful Dead expert David Gans. A collectible poster will round out the package.

The five-year association of San Francisco-born keyboardist Merl Saunders and guitarist-vocalist Jerry Garcia was fruitful for both musicians, as well as for fans who witnessed their now-legendary performances at clubs in the Bay Area. It made the venerable jazz organist and pianist an icon in the world of rock, and it opened up new avenues of improvisation for the innovative rock guitar player.  Saunders had been writing and performing in New York before returning to the West Coast, where he began doing session work with Garcia, already at the helm of one of the world’s most popular rock bands, the Grateful Dead.  By December 1970, a weekly jam session featuring Saunders, Garcia, bassist John Kahn, and drummer Bill Vitt had become a weekly gig at San Francisco’s Matrix.


Originally released as Live at Keystone in 1973, the double LP was recorded by Grateful Dead associates Betty Cantor-Jackson and Rex Jackson, with all four artists credited as producers. Additional material was released as Live at Keystone, Volumes 1 & 2 in 1988. Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings assembles the original recordings–remastered–and presented in chronological order, allowing fans to experience the two shows exactly as they were performed. The repertoire spans blues, rockabilly, jazz, funk, Broadway, Motown, two Bob Dylan songs, and Jimmy Cliff’s immortal “The Harder They Come.”  Some songs appear twice, providing the opportunity to hear how the band kept it loose and fresh. As Gans writes in his liner notes, “This music is as exciting and satisfying 40 years later as it was on the day it was made.”


The 2012 compact disc edition of Keystone Companions: The Complete 1973 Fantasy Recordings was embraced by both fans and critics alike. Rolling Stone gave the collection four out of five stars, proclaiming, “What’s most remarkable about this [set] is the range…There are no rules-just four luminaries testing their own boundaries.” Relix called the box “compelling,” adding that, “The spacious, remastered sound brings out the chemistry of the two main players as well as the interplay of the rhythm section.”


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Side A:

1. Hi–Heel Sneakers — 8:14 (Robert Higgenbotham)

2. Keepers — 7:54 (Saunders–Kahn)

Side B:

1. The Harder They Come — 6:23 (Jimmy Cliff)

2. It Takes A Lot To Laugh,It Takes A Train To Cry — 6:21 (Bob Dylan)

3. It’s Too Late (She’s Gone) — 7:47(Chuck Willis)



Side A:

1. My Funny Valentine — 18:14 (Rodgers–Hart)

Side B:

1. Mystery Train — 11:37 (Phillips–Parker)

2. I Second That Emotion — 10:59 (Robinson–Cleveland)



Side A:

1. Someday Baby — 10:15 (Sam Hopkins)

2. Merl’s Tune — 13:34 (Saunders–White)

Side B:

1. It Ain’t No Use — 9:36 (Bonds–Hollinger–Williams)

2. Positively 4th Street — 7:45 (Bob Dylan)



Side A:

1. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) — 8:09 (Holland–Dozier–Holland)

2. It Takes A Lot To Laugh, It Takes A Train To Cry — 7:06 (Bob Dylan)

3. Keepers — 6:34 (Saunders–Kahn)

Side B:

1. One Kind Favor — 6:39 (Blind Lemon Jefferson, Arr. Garcia-Saunders-Kahn-Vitt)

2. That’s All Right, Mama — 4:11 (Arthur Crudup)

3. The Harder They Come — 10:09 (Jimmy Cliff)



Side A:

1. My Funny Valentine — 18:05 (Rodgers–Hart)

Side B:

1. Money Honey — 8:21 (Jesse Stone)

2. Someday Baby — 10:15 (Sam Hopkins)



Side A:

1. Merl’s Tune — 12:21 (Saunders–White)

Side B:

1. Like A Road Leading Home — 11:02 (Nix–Penn)

2. How Sweet It Is (To Be Loved By You) — 10:20 (Holland–Dozier–Holland)




Chicago Comedy Film Festival Sneak Peek

(CHICAGO, September 7th, 2016)  Chicago Comedy Film Festival announces a sneak peek of their films which will screen at the 6th annual fest November 10th-12th. Weekend passes are now onsale at

And Punching the Clown (Los Angeles, CA, 98 MIN.) 
Starring: Henry Phillips, Tig Notaro, Sarah Silverman, J.K. Simmons
Hapless satirical songwriter Henry Phillips is lured to LA when a veteran TV producer decides to make a show about the life of a loser.

#BeRobin The Movie (San Francisco, CA, 42 MIN.) #BeRobin The Movie is a documentary about Margaret Cho’s homeless outreach campaign inspired by the philanthropy of Robin Williams.

The Room Actors: Where Are They Now? (25 MIN.)
TRA:WATN is a mockumentary television/web series that takes a fictionalized, tongue-in-cheek look at what happened to the actors in the 2003 cult film, “The Room” after appearing in what Entertainment Weekly called “the Citizen Kane of bad movies.” Pairing “talking heads” with docu-style footage, “TRA:WATN” follows seven out of nine of the original actors from “The Room,” as they comically struggle with either embracing or shaking “The Room’s” “worst movie ever made” stigma. Packed with Room jokes, Room references and Easter Eggs, the series will be a highly entertaining for Room fans, however the narrative elements and characters are compelling enough to attract those with no prior knowledge of “The Room.”

The Merry Maids of Madness (Alburqurque, NM, 98 MIN.)
A comedy inspired by the women of Shakespeare.

Rack and Ruin (25 MIN.) A masochistic, people-pleasing Brit restarts her life at a toxic, high-end clothing boutique in NYC – ‘booby-trapped for humiliation and pain.’ Starring Angela Dee and Markie Post.What people are saying:’this is funny stuff. Angela Dee has created a hilarious web series’ – Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls’a (SERIOUSLY) funny 5-episode web series’ – Loren Raye (The TJ Show) ‘[Dee’s] a rare talent, an actress who can slide into comedic realms with ease and grace but one that also reveals the haunting insecurities that plague us all.’ – HuffPo Women’Few series offer a protagonist that you can immediately root for but Dee does just that here in an outing that not only pokes fun at the fashion industry but also effectively strips it naked to expose the insecure underbelly from which it tends to operate.’ – Huffington Post’This series is brilliant! I watched them all in a row’ – Bethany Watson (Z100 Duran and the Morning Show)

Open Tables (Chicago, IL, 75 MIN.) Within the walls of the trendiest Chicago restaurants, behind the closed doors of private dinner parties, and on the banks of The Seine in Paris, OPEN TABLES explores true love, love lost and the importance of a good main course.

Trailers can be found on our website 






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