Guild M-120 Featured on MusicRadar‘s 25 Budget-Friendly Acoustics

In a recent list that highlighted 25 of the best budget-friendly acoustic guitars out there, MusicRadar featured the Guild M-120 prominently.

The all-mahogany gem is noted as a great instrument for either pickers or strummers.

“An affordable Guild with a compact body and small neck, it sounds as good as it looks – and it looks good enough to eat. Double thumbs up from us for this little beaut,” wrote MusicRadar.

See what else is on the list here.

Patrick Sweany Performs ‘Them Shoes’ in the Guild Lounge

Patrick Sweany was one of the first to try out the Guild Oprheum Slope Shoulder 14-Fret Mahogany Dreadnought acoustic guitar, and he put it to good use when he played the bluesy number “Them Shoes” at the Guild Lounge.

Watch his impassioned performance below and check out Sweany’s official website for a list of tour dates.

Watch a New Lyric Video for Blue October’s ‘Sway’

Blue October Sway

With the release of Sway, Blue October’s seventh studio album, in August of this year, the Texas rockers have dropped a lyric video for the title track.

The album has seen a solid run of success thus far, debuting at No. 13 on the Billboard Top 200, No. 1 on Billboard‘s Alternative Albums chart, No. 2 on the Billboard Independent Albums chart, No. 3 among Billboard‘s Top Rock Albums, No. 10 on the Billboard Digital Albums chart and No. 8 on iTunes.

Check out the lyric video below and visit Blue October’s official website for upcoming tour dates.

Lera Lynn Charms Mercy Lounge Crowd

Lera LynnNashville-based, Georgia-bred singer/songwriter Lera Lynn took the stage at the Mercy Lounge Thursday night for the Americana Music Festival and charmed an enthusiastic crowd with selections from her entire catalog.

That includes her debut album Have You Met Lera Lynn?, EP Lying in the Sun and her upcoming full-length The Avenues, all of which feature introspective heartbreakers and impeccable storytelling.

Lynn cut an elegant figure in a black dress with a lace bodice, accented throughout most of her set by a deep red Guild Starfire.

Lynn’s sultry voice pulls the audience towards the stage with every word, especially when she went into “Bobby, Baby” three songs in.  The track is a delicate one that tells the tale of a man who killed his own brother and then tried to hold his life together.

That was followed by “Coming Down,” which Lynn has said is a reflection of her troubled relationship with an alcoholic father, who died when she was in her 20s.

Lynn added a little levity to the situation with a special cover of “Fire,” which is featured on  Lying in the Sun.

“The next song I didn’t write,” Lynn told the audience. “It’s by Bruce Springsteen. He’s cool right?”

Surely, the “Boss” is cool incarnate, and Lynn’s icy vocals were highlighted on the impassioned love song.

Lynn’s backing band was tremendously tight, as well.  The group included her “favorite girl in town” in bassist Annie Clements, Tommy Perkinson on drums and guitarist Todd Lombardo, who played slide guitar on her closer “La Di Da.”

Before playing that one, Lynn asked the crowd, “You f**king love us, right?!”

The cheers definitely conveyed the appropriate answer.

Watch Keith Urban’s Acoustic Performance on WSJ Café

Keith Urban

Country star Keith Urban’s new album Fuse edged out Weeknd’s Kiss Land to debut at no. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Prior to his album release, Urban dropped by WSJ Café for an acoustic performance of “Little Bit of Everything.” Watch Urban in action with his Guild Orpheum below, and click here to order his latest effort.

R5 Performs New Single on The Morning Show

Los Angeles-based pop band R5 recently released the single “Pass Me By” from their debut album Louder (due out Sept. 24), and the quintet performed the catchy track on The Morning Show in Canada.

Surrounded by a group of young and enthusiastic fans, R5 stripped down the song with just two acoustic guitars.

Watch R5 in action below and visit their official website for more information.

Soundgarden Drops New Video for ‘Halfway There’

In the video for “Halfway There,” the third single off their latest album King Animal,  Soundgarden tripped the light fantastic by following the adventures of a lonely pilot hurtling across space.

Directed by the band’s art director Josh Graham,  who also directed the band’s 2012 video for “Been Away Too Long,” the clip employs crazy colors and patterns to make it even more psychedelic.

Check out “Halfway There” below and visit Soundgarden’s official website for more information.

Exist Elsewhere Rocks Artie Lange Show

Exist Elsewhere on the Artie Lange ShowExist Elsewhere recently appeared on the Artie Lange Show to perform the track “Tokyo” from their latest EP 413.

Led by Noah Benardout, the song takes a rocking turn once the refrain kicks in.

Check out “Tokyo” in the video below and visit Exist Elsewhere’s official website for more information.

The Lumineers Light Up Reading Festival

The Lumineers Hey Ho Reading FestivalDenver folk rockers the Lumineers have been making the rounds of the summer festivals based on their intimate and passionate live performances and their heartfelt 2012 self-titled album.

That journey recently took the Lumineers overseas to the U.K.’s Reading Festival.  Taking the Main Stage after a smattering of rain hit the site, the band went out into the crowd at times and generally led a giant singalong.

That was evident during their take on “Hey Ho,” which had the masses singing loud.

Watch the Lumineers play “Hey Ho” below and visit their official Facebook page for more information.