The Head and Heart Perform on Fallon

Seattle’s indie folk-rock outfit the Head and the Heart recently took to Late Night with Jimmy Fallon to perform new single “Shake” and “Another Story.” The tracks appear on their upcoming sophomore album Let’s Be Still, due out Oct. 15.

Rolling Stone is now streaming the album in its entirety here.

Victory Enlists Femme Fatales for ‘This, That or This’ Music Video

 

Los Angeles-based artist Victory, a.k.a. Robert Fleming, has released a new video for his song “This, That or This,” a track off his 2013 album Victory is Music.

The black-and-white clip runs features several female associates performing the infinitely-catchy tune and can be seen below.

Visit Victory’s official website for more information.

Premier Guitar Reviews Guild Starfire Bass

Guild Starfire Bass
Premier Guitar recently posted an in-depth review of the new Guild Starfire Bass reissue, as well as an audio demo.

“The original Starfires were intended to offer up an easy playing neck, and the vintage spec’d, skinny neck of this bass is no different,” noted reviewer Rich Osweiler. “The fret dress was super clean and the neck felt fast and comfortable as I spent some quality time working the Starfire unplugged. And while doing so, I found this semi-hollow can resonate like there’s no tomorrow.”

Osweiler’s final verdict?

“The new incarnation of the Starfire bass is a nicely constructed instrument and it’s hard to find much fault with it,” he wrote. “It won’t appeal to slap stylists, those looking for super-modern tones, or more aggressive players who might find the dual finger rests a nuisance. (They can be removed.) The Starfire, however, could become a go-to for many players because its rich, warm, mellow tones are more than fitting for R&B, jazz, and of course, rock ’n’ roll. This bass has a little bit of history there.”

Head here to read the full review and check out their audio file below.

Scott Matthews Featured in MusicRadar

Scott Matthews

U.K. singer/songwriter Scott Matthews was recently featured in MusicRadar. The Ivor Novello award winner for songwriter discusses his inspirations, gives tips on songwriting and arranging instruments and dishes on his favorite gear.

“I’ve always been drawn to Guild, partly because most of my influences played them,” Matthews tells MR. “I remember buying my first Guild – a 1977 D-25. It’s without doubt the one guitar I can take into battle and still come out with unscathed. It’s built like a tank and sounds as sweet as a blackbird at the crack of dawn. The new Guilds are even better. I’ve been fortunate to try the new prototype Orpheum series. They’re unreal; light yet rock solid, and the attention to detail is insane. They sound like nothing else, and the ’30s-era design ethos also ticks a big box for me.”

Read the entire interview here.

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.