Midlake Goes Acoustic for KDHX Session

Midlake’s 2013 album Antiphon was a challenge to make.

The Texas-based low-fi band lost its lead singer in 2012, and they had to ditch two years of work and start over with guitarist Eric Pulido on vocals. What came out of that was a gem of ethereal rockers that can easily lull the listener into a trance.

Late last year, Midlake got the chance to stop by the St. Louis studios of KDHX to play a few of their new tracks.  Watch acoustic performances of “Antiphon” and “It’s Going Down” after the jump and listen to their full set here. Continue reading

Hot Chelle Rae Perform ‘Don’t Say Goodnight’ on Arsenio

Hot Chelle Rae has a new album called Recklessly coming out later this year, but the band recently gave fans a taste of the new material with a performance of “Don’t Say Goodnight” on Arsenio.

The Nashville group’s appearance was actually the first time they’ve played the track on live television.

Watch Hot Chelle Rae in action below.

Neal Casal Performs Two Tracks in the Guild Lounge

Neal Casal has worked with Ryan Adams and the Cardinals and the Chris Robinson Brotherhood, but he also boasts a prolific solo career, having released his first solo album in 1995.

When Casal recently stopped in the Guild Lounge with artist Lauren Barth, he touched on two different periods of his solo catalog, performing the tracks “Need Shelter” from 2011′s Sweeten the Distance and “Too Much to Ask” from 2001′s Anytime Tomorrow.

Watch Casal and Barth below and visit his official website for more information.

Watch Paolo Nutini’s ‘Iron Sky’ at Abbey Road

Paolo NutiniScottish singer/songwriter Paolo Nutini has kept out of the spotlight for the past few years, but with the new album Caustic Love slated to come out April 14, he is returning to the music industry with a soulful bang.

Nutini recently turned in an amazing performance at London’s Abbey Road Studios, offering up a heart wrenching version of the track “Iron Sky” with a spot-on backing band and an Instagram-worthy filter.

The song highlights Nutini’s powerful vocals, as well as a snippet from Charlie Chaplin’s noteworthy speech from 1940 film The Great Dictator, in which the comedian states, “Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men, machine men, with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines. You are not cattle. You are men.”

Count Grammy-winning pop songstress Adele as one artist who was impressed.

“F**k!!! This is one of the best things I’ve ever seen in my life hands down,” she tweeted.

You can watch Nutini perform “Iron Sky” in the clip below.

Scars on 45 Offer Live Debut of ‘Crazy for You’ on Big Morning Buzz

Scars on 45 Big Morning BuzzScars on 45 have their sophomore full-length album at the ready— with a PledgeMusic campaign in action to mix and master the record—and the band recently performed one of those new songs on VH1′s Big Morning Buzz.

In the clip after the jump, the English indie rockers play “Crazy for You,” which features dual vocals from members Danny Bemrose and Aimee Driver.

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Kodaline Perform ‘Love Like This’ in the Guild Lounge

When Irish quartet Kodaline visited our London Artist Showroom, they performed “Love Like This,” an upbeat track that appears on their debut studio album In a Perfect World.

Watch Kodaline in action after the jump and visit their official Facebook page for more information.  Continue reading

Sean Watkins Performs a New Track in the Guild Lounge

In addition to his work with bands like Nickel Creek, Fiction Family and the Americana super group WPA, Sean Watkins is also an accomplished solo artist.

Planning on releasing fourth solo album All I Do is Lie at some point this year, it was a real treat when Watkins stopped by the Guild Lounge to play its opening track “Since the Day That I was Born.”

In addition, he treated us to a solo version of the track “Wave as We Run,” which he originally wrote for a movie that unfortunately was never used.

Watch both performances after the jump and visit Watkins’ official website for more information.  Continue reading

Andertons Music Demos the Starfire IV and X-175 Manhattan

Andertons Music recently had an opportunity to demo two Guild guitars from the Newark St. Collection – the Starfire IV and X-175 Manhattan, and both instruments received high marks.

“The Guild Starfire IV is a familiar design with a quirky character all of its own,” noted the reputed dealer.  ”The jagged scratchplate, ‘Harp’ tailpiece and distinctive ‘anti-hum’ pickups all add up to a classy vintage looking guitar that work hard and sounds fantastic! With a full bright tone you’d expect from a semi hollow the Starfire IV is a guitar we’re happy to welcome back to production!”

Andertons called the X-175 Manhattan “breathtaking,” with special scrutiny going to some of the guitar’s vintage accoutrements.

“Vintage features like tall frets, harp tailpiece and wooden bridge are all present and correct and you can’t help but feel the history of the guitar when you play it, so bold and authoritative is the tone,” they wrote.

Enjoy both demos below.

Bonnie Raitt Celebrates Leno’s Last Week on Tonight Show

The venerable Bonnie Raitt was recently on hand to celebrate Jay Leno’s final week as host of The Tonight Show, performing a beautiful version of the song “You.”

Raitt has a new double-disc package available that is called Now & Then, which consists of her latest album Slipstream and an additional career-spanning 16-song compilation.

Watch Raitt in action on Leno after the jump and visit her official website for more information.  Continue reading

Sting Joins Matthew Koma for Live Performance

During a set at the Cherrytree House Live show at Magicopolis in Santa Monica, Calif., late last year, Matthew Koma welcomed a surprise special guest on stage.

Sting walked out as Koma began playing an acoustic version of Zedd’s “Clarity,” which Koma co-wrote.  The former Police frontman, who also performed during the event, noted that he “loved this song” so he had to sing it.

After the duet, Koma told the excited crowd, “I told you I did magic!”

Watch the performance below  and visit Koma’s official website for more information.