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March 17 in Music History: Grateful Dead release their debut, Ray Davies receives his CBE

The Grateful Dead Self-Titled Debut Album

1957 – Elvis Presley buys the Graceland mansion from Mrs. Ruth Brown-Moore for $102,500. The 23-room, 10,000 square foot home on 13.8 acres of land is expanded to 17,552 square feet of living space before the King moves in a few weeks later. The original building had at one time been used as a place of worship by the Graceland Christian Church and was named after the builder’s daughter, Grace Toof.

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XPN MusicNotes: Roy Orbison’s classic Black & White Night concert gets 30th anniversary package

Roy Orbison, Elvis Costello and Bruce Springsteen | still from A Black & White Night

30 years ago, the late great Roy Orbison began his late 80’s comeback with the historic all-star “Black & White Night” concert film and show at LA’s Coconut Grove Club. It’s now getting the special bonus treatment to mark the 30 year milestone. Continue reading →

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Just Announced: case/lang/veirs added to the XPoNential Music Festival lineup

case / lang / viers | photo by Jason Quigley | www.photojq.com | courtesy of the artist
case / lang / viers | photo by Jason Quigley | www.photojq.com | courtesy of the artist

This just in: case/lang/veirs (Neko Case, k.d.lang, and Laura Veirs) have been added to the Sunday night lineup at the BB&T Pavilion for this year’s XPoNential Music Festival. This completes the Sunday night lineup that includes Old Crow Medicine Show and Brandi Carlile. Continue reading →

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k.d. lang playing Verizon Hall on Sept. 29th

Tonight, k.d. lang begins a 60 city North American tour that runs through October and will stop in Philadelphia on September 29th at the Kimmel Center’s Verizon Hall. Singer-songwriter Teddy Thompson is opening the show. Lang recently released a new album called Sing It Loud, her first studio album since 2008’s Watershed. Ticket information is here. Below, a video for the song “I Confess” from her new album.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amM3Z2YgcKI