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UPCOMING RELEASES:

04/07/15 – FOO FIGHTERS: SONIC HIGHWAYS DVD/Blu-ray
04/28/15 – BLUR: The Magic Whip (Warner Bros.)

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BOOTS: “MOTORCYCLE JESUS”

SHORT FILM LIVE NOW AT BOOTSONBOOTS.COM

SOUNDTRACK FEATURING FIVE ORIGINAL SONGS OUT MARCH 3 ON CANVASBACK/ATLANTIC

BOOTS © Eliot Lee Hazel

BOOTS © Eliot Lee Hazel

BOOTS has premiered his self-directed short film “Motorcycle Jesus”. It can be viewed now at bootsonboots.com.

Speaking to the intentions and inspiration behind “Motorcycle Jesus”, BOOTS stated:

“This film was created out of necessity… While I’m alive — while I’m here, I want to find a way to leave my own drawings on the insides of caves. Someone will find them.”

“Motorcycle Jesus” eschews the traditional music video format, instead taking the form of a 30-minute feature film set amongst the arid red backdrop of the Mojave Desert. Derived purely from BOOTS’s vision, as he was behind the camera with director of photography Hunter Baker for the set up of every shot, “Motorcycle Jesus” is also one of the first of its kind to be presented in 4K HD (2160p).

In addition to the original BOOTS songs that soundtrack “Motorcycle Jesus”, original music was also contributed by El-P and Carla Azar.

The “Motorcycle Jesus” soundtrack will be available March 3 via Canvasback/Atlantic.

Jon Pareles and Ben Ratliff of The New York Times recently dedicated an episode of their Music Popcast to a discussion of BOOTS’s work. Listen here.

“Motorcycle Jesus” embed code:

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PAUL McCARTNEY TO HEADLINE FIREFLY MUSIC FESTIVAL

JUNE 18-21 AT THE WOODLANDS, DOVER DE

www.FireflyFestival.com

Following a whirlwind weekend including a surprise intimate Valentine’s Day gig at New York’s Irving Plaza and a performance on Saturday Night Live’s 40th Anniversary prime time special (not to mention a massive all-star jam at the SNL40 after party), Paul McCartney now lays the rumors to rest:

Paul will headline this year’s Firefly Festival June 18-21 at the Woodlands in Dover, DE. It is Paul’s first ever appearance at Firefly and the latest confirmed date of this year’s Out There tour, following on the recent announcement of April 21-May 2 run through Japan and South Korea.

The Out There tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, as Paul performs songs spanning his entire career – as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. recent years have seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, and even broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 10+ years – Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums) – the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul’s shows attract a multi generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

Passes for Firefly are available exclusively at www.FireflyFestival.com.

Keep checking PaulMcCartney.com for further announcements.

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NEARLY 1/4 OF iTUNES USERS ARE LISTENING TO U2

“This is fantastic news. If these figures suggest that these songs still matter to people, then we’re knocked out. That’s all any songwriter wants.” — Bono

An independent study has concluded that U2 accounted for 23% of all music listened on iOS devices throughout January 2015.

The study, conducted by the Kantar Group, found that not only was U2 the most-listened-to act on the iOS platform, but that more users were listening to U2 than the second (Taylor Swift at 11%) and third (Katy Perry at 8%) runners-up combined.

Additionally, Kantar found that 95% of the U2 listeners listened to one or more tracks from the band’s current album, Songs Of Innocence.

“It’s nice to know that 5 months on so many people have discovered Songs of Innocence. In the end we just wanted people to hear the album. We took a big risk but today we can say that the experiment worked.” — The Edge

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FOO FIGHTERS

SONIC HIGHWAYS DVD/BLU RAY AND DIGITAL RELEASE VIA iTUNES APRIL 7 

PRE-ORDER LIVE MARCH 9 AT Foofighters.com & iTunes.com

AWARD WINNING HBO DOCUSERIES TO RECEIVE DELUXE EXPANDED TREATMENT

Featuring Additional  Footage Filmed in All Eight Cities Plus Extended Interviews with President Barack Obama, Dan Auerbach, Chuck D, Billy Gibbons, Gibby Haynes, Joan Jett, Ian Mackaye, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Joe Walsh

Sonic Highways DVD

Sonic Highways DVD

“skillfully directed and packed with decades-spanning trivia”–ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“excellent… a road trip that only could have been taken by a star who’s never lost touch”–ROLLING STONE

“Dave Grohl’s busy but beautiful road trip… intimate and revealing… makes a passionate case that the roots of American music result in the same large tree.”–WASHINGTON POST

“The care and detail lavished on each city in Sonic Highways is incredibly interesting and powerful”–VULTURE

Fresh off winning the fans’ vote to be named Best International Act at the NME Awards while in the thick of a massive Australia/New Zealand stadium tour, Foo Fighters have confirmed the details of the DVD/Blu-Ray and iTunes release of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways:

The critically acclaimed and award-winning HBO docuseries directed by Foo Fighters’ own Dave Grohl, will receive a deluxe DVD/Blu-Ray treatment and digital release via iTunes on April 7. Assembled with the same passion that went into the musical odyssey that produced both the series and the current Foo Fighters album that shares its title, the Sonic Highways DVD/Blu-Ray package features bonus footage filmed during each of the eight episodes – plus extended interviews with President Barack Obama, Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, Chuck D of Public Enemy, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top, Gibby Haynes of the Butthole Surfers, Joan Jett, Ian Mackaye of Fugazi and Minor Threat, Dolly Parton, Carrie Underwood and Joe Walsh.

Pre-orders for the Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways DVD/Blu-Ray will be live beginning March 9at Foofighters.com and via iTunes. Fans can also purchase DRM free files direct from the band at http://buy.foofighters.com/

Originally premiering on HBO October 17, 2014, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways has gone on to win this year’s Cinema Audio Society Award for Outstanding Achievement in Sound Mixing for Television Non-Fiction, Variety or Music – Series or Specials (for the Los Angeles episode), as well as the Motion Picture Sound Editors Golden Reel Award for Best Sound and Music Editing: Television Documentary, Long Form (for the Seattle episode).

Described by Grohl as a love letter to the history of American music, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways followed Grohl and fellow Foo Fighters Taylor Hawkins, Nate Mendel, Chris Shiflett and Pat Smear as they recorded each song in a legendary studio in one of eight iconic American musical capital cities – Chicago, Washington DC, Nashville, Austin, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Seattle and New York – tapping into the deep musical heritage and cultural fabric of each locale: experiencing firsthand how each region shaped these musicians in their formative years, and in turn the impact those people had on the cultural fabric of their hometowns. The resulting eight songs were released as the eighth Foo Fighters album, each song featuring local legends sitting in, with every lyric written in an unprecedented experimental style: Dave held off on putting down words until the last day of each session, so as to be inspired by the experiences, interviews for the HBO series, and other local personalities and experiences that became part of the process.

With the DVD/Blu-Ray release of Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways, the journey is expanded and enriched, with virtually every word and note captured and shared with the viewer. If Grohl’s 2013 feature film directorial debut, the Grammy-winning Sound City, was a celebration of the human element in the creation and recording of music, Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways is, in its director’s words, “a chronicling of a journey to unravel the fabric of our musical identity… not only the making of our most ambitious album… this is Sound City on steroids.” Dave’s unequaled passion for both the music he creates and the music that inspires its creation once again fuels the type of honest and trusting musician-to-musician exchange that made Sound City a critical and commercial smash-and that makes Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways required viewing for music fans for generations past, present and future.

For further information, visit foofighters.comhttps://www.facebook.com/foofighters and https://twitter.com/foofighters.

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BOOTS

NEW SHORT FILM “MOTORCYCLE JESUS” COMING SOON

EXCLUSIVE TRAILER & INTERVIEW ON NOWNESS

SOUNDTRACK FEATURING FIVE ORIGINAL SONGS OUT MARCH 3 ON CANVASBACK/ATLANTIC

DEFINITIVE NEW YORK TIMES ARTS & LEISURE PROFILE OUT NOW

BOOTS

BOOTS

After much speculation, BOOTS, the artist behind last year’s WinterSpringSummerFall mixtape, begins to draw back the curtain on his most personal work to date: a self-conceptualized and self-directed short film titled “Motorcycle Jesus”. Shot among the looming mountains and dusty basins of the Mojave Desert, “Motorcycle Jesus” is scored by five original BOOTS tracks and will soon be available to view on bootsonboots.com.

A trailer from the 30-minute-long featurette can be viewed exclusively via Nowness.

In addition to the “Motorcycle Jesus” release, BOOTS will also be offering the original soundtrack to the film, available March 3 via Canvasback/Atlantic.

Jon Pareles of The New York Times recently joined BOOTS for the filming of “Motorcycle Jesus”, resulting in an introductory profile in the paper’s Sunday, February 15 edition. BOOTS opened up to Pareles about being homeless while honing his musical skills and taking the meetings that would transform his career. He also discussed his self-taught recording methods, the WinterSpringSummerFall mixtape and his work with artists as diverse as Run the Jewels, FKA twigs, Autolux and Beyoncé (for which he earned an Album of the Year GRAMMY nomination as a writer & producer).

For further information and to view videos and excerpts from the upcoming’ “Motorcycle Jesus”, visit bootsonboots.com.

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BLUR

NEW ALBUM THE MAGIC WHIP OUT APRIL 28

LONDON HYDE PARK SHOW ANNOUNCED FOR JUNE 20

ANNOUNCED AT LIVE FACEBOOK EVENT IN LONDON’S CHINATOWN

It’s 16 years since their last album as a four-piece and April 28 sees the release of a brand new album from blur on Warner Bros., titled The Magic Whip.

The recordings, which began during a five-day break in touring in Spring 2013 – at Avon Studios in Kowloon, Hong Kong – were put aside when the group finished touring and returned to their respective lives.

Last November, Graham Coxon revisited the tracks and, drafting in blur’s early producer Stephen Street, he worked with the band on the material. Albarn then added lyrics and the 12 tracks of The Magic Whipare the result.

The full tracklisting is:

Lonesome Street
New World Towers
Go Out
Ice Cream Man
Thought I Was a Spaceman
I Broadcast
My Terracotta Heart
There are Too Many of Us
Ghost Ship
Pyongyang
Ong Ong
Mirror Ball

See the video for the first track off the album “Go Out” here: http://smarturl.it/61i8sg

The Magic Whip will be available as a digital download, on CD and as a 2-disc vinyl set.

As the only artists to play Hyde Park four times, blur will return to the historic London park for a headline show on Saturday, June 20 as part of Barclaycard presents British Summer Time Hyde Park. Tickets go on general sale at 9am GMT on Friday, February 27 and are priced from £75, for full details visit www.bst-hydepark.com.

News of blur’s new album and show was announced exclusively with Facebook at a press conference in London’s Chinatown which also gave fans across the world the chance to be part of the event via a live stream and Q&A. With millions of fans following blur on Facebook, this was an opportunity for the band to speak directly to their fans in real time, answering questions via their profile page.

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