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Cross Country Songbook: The American Southwest + Utah Parks

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Traveling through the American Southwest then up to Denver and Moab offers some of the most interesting landscape I’ve ever seen. Driving from Dallas to Santa Fe there is a whole lot of nothing, and when I say nothing I mean no gas stations, no houses, not even any cattle or cowboys like you see in the movies. Santa Fe to Denver is a stark contrast from the bleakness of North Texas, but after a long drive curving through the …

Cross Country Songbook: My Morning Jacket Live at Red Rocks 8/14/2015

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This past May I visited the Gorge Amphitheatre for the Sasquatch Festival and the views from the main stage were literally breathtaking. I wasn’t sure that there could ever be another outdoor concert experience to top that, but visiting Red Rocks Amphitheatre last week was damn near close. It didn’t hurt either to be seeing my favorite band of all-time with some of my favorite people of all-time (2 of which happened to be geologists that were geeking out about …

Cross Country Songbook: The Ralston Listening Library

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What if I told you there was a place that was designed for the sole purpose of listening to vinyl records and hi-def digital recordings? Not just some hobbyist’s mancave, but a place where every single aspect of the room is designed with acoustics in mind. When I say every aspect I mean that even the way the concrete was poured during construction of the room was done so in a way to make the room more acoustically pleasing. This …

Cross Country Songbook: My Morning Jacket Live at BJCC Concert Hall 8/10/2015

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I’ve been to nearly 30 My Morning Jacket shows, but last night in Birmingham at the BJCC Concert Hall was a new experience for me with it being my first solo MMJ show. Once I arrived in Birmingham after a short drive from Nashville, I headed to the Avondale Brewing Company to get rid of those pre-show jitters. The brewery, who have quite a selection of delicious beers, also sports a pretty amazing backyard concert venue themselves. After downing a …

Cross Country Songbook: Setting Out

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As we drive from Brooklyn to Nashville on the initial leg of this journey, we bring you our first M&T curated playlist for the Cross Country Songbook. This playlist, entitled Setting Out, aims to capture the swirl of reflective, yet hopeful emotions we’re feeling as we hit the road, along with a handful of tunes that are perfect companions for a long highway drive. Read on below to find out why each song was included and make sure to listen/subscribe to the full …

August Spotify Playlist of the Month

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It might feel like summer is slipping away, but fear not, we’ve got 40 new tunes to keep your spirits up as the warm weather winds down. This month’s playlist features plenty of familiar faces like Ben Folds, City and Colour, and Diet Cig along with fresh faces such as Bad Bad Hats, Gordi, and Vince Staples. Not to mention plenty of Boston love from Darlingside, These Wild Plains, Philadelphia Collins, Caspian, Funeral Advantage, and Vundabar. Check out all those …

Maimed & Tamed Presents: Cross Country Songbook

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After years of covering our beloved Boston, and now Brooklyn music scenes, we decided it was time to take Maimed & Tamed on the road. During August and September we will be traveling across these great United States to bring you the Cross Country Songbook. Now you’re probably thinking, what’s a Cross Country Songbook? Glad you asked. As we travel from Brooklyn to Los Angeles and back we’ll be stopping in various cities along the way to learn more about local …

Newport Folk Festival 2015 Recap

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The M&T crew had a wild and wonderful weekend at Fort Adams and we’ve chosen some of our favorite sets from this year’s Newport Folk Festival to share with you. Once again Newport proved why it’s such a magical place with once-in-a-lifetime performances from My Morning Jacket and Lucius backing Roger Waters to everyone who is anyone paying tribute to Bob Dylan in the hullabaloo that was ’65 Revisited. Now we begin counting down the days until next July and …

Unannounced Newport Folk Festival Acts

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With the M&T crew already posted up in a vacation rental in Newport (yea, we’re pros at this), all of our conversations this week have eventually turned to speculation as to who will be filling the two “unannounced” slots on Friday and Saturday of the festival. We won’t know for sure until we show up at the Fort, but here are a few (somewhat) educated guesses at who will be playing in those two slots and why. Friday July 24: …

Bellwire Premiere New Video For “Time Out”

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Boston based powerpop quartet Bellwire have released a brand new video for their single “Time Out.” The video, directed by Ben Bocko (who also snapped the lovely photo of the band above), was filmed in Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain, MA. The song will be included on the band’s upcoming full-length produced by Elio DeLuca who has previously worked with acts like Titus Andronicus and Hallelujah the Hills. After watching the video for “Time Out” it’s no surprise that DeLuca and Bellwire …