Media Roundup: Outlaw Blues and New Tunes

What’s been going on in the world of music lately? Read on to get the scoop on your favorite artists, and start some discussion about current music-related events!

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Bob Dylan has rarely allowed his songs to be used in advertisements, but the icon will be making an exception next month when his celebrated hit “Blowin’ In The Wind” will accompany commercials for the Co-operative Group in the UK.  While fans may be shocked to hear news of Dylan’s involvement in the advertising campaign, the company is a far cry from massive corporate beasts like Wal-Mart (you listening, Springsteen?).

According to NewsroomAmerica.com, “The Co-op, which runs a string of supermarkets as well as banking, funeral and travel services, operates according to environmental impact, fair trade and social responsibility guidelines.”

Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan

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Dreaming of warmer days to come?  How about all those great spring and summer festivals just around the corner?  Check out what the folk at Coachella, Bonnaroo and SXSW have in store.

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A trial is now underway to seek justice for murdered South African reggae star Lucky Dube.

Lucky Dube

Lucky Dube

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Live Nation’s new ticket service got off to a rocky start, proving to be a major headache for masses of Phish fans.

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Charges against Noel Gallagher‘s onstage attacker have been upgraged to aggrivated assault, meaning the accused could be facing a maximum penalty of 14 years in prison.

Noel Gallagher

Noel Gallagher

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Exciting news for Hold Steady fans!  The band has announced plans to release a live album/documentary DVD double disc set called A Positive Rage this April!

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Can’t wait for pop songstress Lily Allen‘s new album to drop on February 10?  You can snag a sneak peak of the new tunes from It’s Not Me, It’s You as they’re currently being streamed on Lily’s myspace!   What do you think?

Lily Allen

Lily Allen

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Joan Baez was recently featured in a Rolling Stone article with fellow folk legend, Pete Seeger.  (Psst! Be sure to grab tickets to Joan’s Madison show next month!)

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Composer and conductor Lukas Foss, who had worked with the Milwaukee Symphony, has passed away.

Lukas Foss

Lukas Foss

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Media Roundup: Who’s Cool and Stuff

Find out what’s going on with your favorite True Endeavors artists since they’ve been through Madison, and learn more about who’s coming to town in the near future!

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The Kills recently premiered their new video for “Tape Song,” filmed while on tour with The Raconteurs (see if you can spot the cameos from Jack White).   And seriously, could Alison Mosshart be any cooler?!

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Speaking of impossibly cool musicians, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club just made “The Effects of 333” their first release on their Abstract Dragon Label.  Download the album here!  The boys in black also report that they’re working on completing a DVD.

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Besides not eating after midnight, what else does The Spinto Band have in common with Gremlins?  Daytrotter knows!

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Fans of Springsteen, The Clash, Lucero, Against Me!, The Dropkick Murphys and The Hold Steady, are sure to get goosebumps after hearing The Gaslight Anthem‘s intense, heartfelt punk-infused rock.  After all, Kerrang! magazine called them “the best new band you’ll hear in 2008.”  Check out I Am Fuel, You Are Friends blogger Heather Browne’s nod to their upcoming Madison show and listen to live mp3s of the band.

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If you got a chance to enjoy the recent Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks show with Blitzen Trapper, you may want to check out their funked out James Gang cover from their St. Louis show.

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The National‘s Matt Berninger spoke to mog.com about everything from touring, band names and Gandhi.

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Rachael Yamagata recently played The High Noon Saloon as part of The Hotel Cafe Tour.  Click here to listen to her duet with Ray LaMontagne, and here to read Rolling Stone’s review of her album, Elephants…Teeth Sinking Into Heart.

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Deerhunter‘s new album, Microcastle, was recently reviewed by the Onion’s A.V. Club.

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Check out Salt Lake Tribune’s interview with Eagles of Death Metal, who just recently rocked a sold out crowd at the High Noon Saloon!

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…and this interview with Craig Finn of The Hold Steady from the Associated Press.

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