On June 17th, Guster will join Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds Five for the Last Summer On Earth 2013 tour. A rollicking roadshow, Last Summer On Earth 2013 will hit 30 arenas and amphitheaters across the country, kicking off at the Verizon Theatre in Dallas, TX.
2012’s inaugural edition of Last Summer On Earth tour was listed amongst the top “ten hottest summer package tour of 2012” (Rolling Stone) and spotlighted by Entertainment Weekly on the “2012 Summer Must List.” Ryan Miller from Guster, Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds partnered with Rolling Stone for a video to announce the 2013 Summer tour.
Guster recently self-released Guster: Live Acoustic, a collection of live recordings from their 2012 acoustic tour. It’s been eight years since Guster released a proper live album - 2004’s Guster On Ice – and two years since their last studio album, Easy Wonderful. The sixteen tracks from Live Acoustic are a musical tribute to the varied faces and places that made last year’s travels one of the most remarkable in Guster’s impressive career.
“I guess we could have called it Live at Various Theaters,” says drummer Brian Rosenworcel, referencing the fact that the songs on the album were culled from many performances and not just one. “Actually, I wish we’d called it Live at Various Theaters. Is it too late to call it Live at Various Theaters?”
Following the announcement of their forthcoming album - Rabbit Inn Rebellion (out October 22 via Ruff Shod/Nettwerk Records) – State Radio partners with Rolling Stone to reveal their latest single, “Big Man.” The track is one of this week’s featured “Daily Downloads”; click HERE.
As the largest international protest, The Occupy Movement inspired the story behind “Big Man.” A song about the social and economic inequality within the financial structure -- with a shout out to the late Mohamed Bouazizi (the Tunisian street vendor who set himself on fire) as well as references to Icharus (greed) and Solomon (wisdom) - “Big Man” comes out one year after Occupy Wall Street received wide coverage on September 17, 2011.
"With the one year anniversary of The Occupy Movement approaching, I'm proud of our contingent here in Boston on the front lines. The song is about the economic disparity between Wall Street and the rest of us, while referencing Icharus (greed) and Solomon (wisdom). Playing at Boston's Dewey Square was a dream for me. I was so honored to be there, let alone play music, for our brothers and sisters who are making a stand against injustice and corruption," – says lead singer/guitarist Chad Stokes.
Grammy®-winning mixer and Nettwerk Producer Management client, Chris Lord-Alge, appears in this month's Rolling Stone magazine as part of a story on Green Day's upcoming record, which Chris mixed. If you have a Rolling Stone subscription you can check out the article at Rolling Stone online. Or, go pick up the July issue on newsstands now!
In case you missed it, iconic frontman Peter Murphy dropped stopped by Rolling Stone the last time he came through New York for an on-camera interview with RollingStone.com. Check it out above or HERE.
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You don’t have to spend long in the company of Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass to work out the secret behind the success of Swiss/German duo BOY’s debut album. Mutual Friends is a magical collection of songs – suffused with equal parts joy and melancholy – that reflects the two women’s personalities flawlessly. Mutual Friends is an album of simple, heartfelt pop decorated with art school elegance and occasional folky flourishes. Their infectiously catchy single, "Little Numbers," has collected more than 7 million views on YouTube.