Gary Clark, Jr. is finally releasing his debut full length album, Blak and Blu on October 22nd. He recently played Made In America and returns to town on Saturday, November 10th to the TLA. Go here for more information on the show. Below, listen to a new song, “Ain’t Messin’ ‘Round,” and watch a version of “Bright Lights” he performed at Made In America.
Drake, Chris Cornell, DJ Shadow, Gary Clark, Jr and more bands have been added to the Made In America festival on Saturday and Sunday, September 1st and 2nd. The Jay-Z curated festival also featured performances from Pearl Jam, Skrillex, Santigold, Dirty Projectors, D’Angelo and more. Complete lineup and ticket information here
The first weekend of Coachella wrapped up yesterday with the second weekend of performances next weekend. Watch some of the festival highlights below from Grace Potter and The Nocturnals, the Weeknd, Gary Clark, Jr., Bon Iver, Radiohead, the Black Keys and Dawes.
Willie Nelson’s western town in Luck, TX, is about a 45 minute ride from downtown Austin. On Thursday, March 15th, at SXSW, the town was transformed into the Heartbreak Banquet, a performance space with two stages featuring over 20 musicians including Rhett Miller, Father John Misty, Blitzen Trapper, Daughter, Billy Joe Shaver, Phosphorescent, and Gary Clark, Jr.
Heartbreak Banquet was presented by Electric Lady Studios and Robot Fondue, in association with John Varvatos. For the attendees (including WXPN Station Manager Roger LaMay) it was a welcome break and musical retreat from the frenzied pace of SXSW.
With three self-produced albums under his belt, Gary Clark Jr. plays more than just blues: He cuts through a stunning blend of reggae, rock and soul. Clark can sing some sweet R&B, but at heart, he’s a blistering blues-rock guitarist who’s about to blow up big. In August, he released The Bright Lights EP.
Clark began playing guitar at the age of 12, and has since expanded his arsenal to the harmonica, bass and drums. He’s also the winner of multiple accolades, including the Austin Music Award for Best Blues Band in three separate years. Though still only in his 20s, Clark has shared the stage with legends like Jimmie Vaughan, Sheryl Crow, and Eric Clapton. Hear Clark’s fiery songwriting and wild guitar work in this performance from World Cafe Live in Philadelphia.
You can listen to the performance in its entirety here.
Bon Iver, the indie folk outfit led by Justin Vernon, emerged from 2007’s For Emma, Forever Ago with a devoted following and a hefty dose of high expectations for the next album. After For Emma’s romantic mythology (weighty songwriting in a lone cabin, deep in the woods) and wistful, rustic songs meant that Bon Iver had a lot to live up to. Fortunately, Vernon more than delivered with this spring’s self-titled Bon Iver.Bon Iver takes its predecessor’s charms and multiplies them, creating a layered, complex sound that’s more sophisticated by half. Bon Iver plays with The Rosebuds at the Tower Theatre tonight at 8 p.m.; tickets to the all-ages show are $35-$45.
Also playing: Fresh from performing at the XPoNential Music Festival, WXPN’s Artist To Watch Gary Clark Jr. is on the bill with ?uestlove (on the wheels of steel) + Voss, Abstract Verses at The Blockley (9 p.m., 21+, $8),
WXPN Welcomes the Ben Vaughn Quintet to The Sundown Music Music Series at Haddon Lake Park in Haddon Heights, NJ (7:30 p.m., all-ages, free)
Yesterday, WXPN’s Mike Vasilikos interviewed 2011 XPoNential Music Festival headliners Citizen Cope as well as Gary Clark Jr. and Joseph Arthur. You can listen to the full interviews by clicking the links below.
Every year at the XPoNential Music Festival we introduce you to some new musicians. This year, one of those artists is Gary Clark, Jr. from Austin, Texas. Clark can sing some sweet R&B but mostly he’s a blistering blues and rock artist at heart. Check out the two videos below that from a live performance he did at Bardot in Hollywood, California. Clark recently signed to Warner Brothers records and he peforms on Friday, July 22nd with the North Mississippi Allstars Duo, Joseph Arthur, Citizen Cope, The Smithereens, and locals Nicos Gun, Johnny Miles and The Waywards. Purchase tickets to the festival here.