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Mumford & Sons Stopovers in August
The English folk-rockers Mumford & Sons are bringing its homespun Gentlemen Of The Road Stopovers mini-festival to the United States.
The band said that the tour -- which features community events, activities and a glorious concert -- is loosely based on its favorite festivals, such as Colorado's Telluride Bluegrass and Scotland's Loopallu Festivals. "We want to stop off in towns where bands don't usually tour, and celebrate the local people, food and music," they said in a statement.
Gentlemen of the Road begins August 4 in Portland, Maine, and goes to Bristol, Virginia, on August 11; Dixon, Illinois, on August 18; and Monterey, California, on August 25. Tickets are priced at $69 and will include a "passport," as well as a digital-download compilation of the night's respective performances.
LCD Soundsystem Announces Movie Date
LCD Soundsystem finally have a release date for “Shut Up And Play The Hits,” the documentary about the group's final concert on April 1, 2011 at Madison Square Garden. "Shut Up" will be screened for one night only on July 18 at select movie theaters.
Rome Without Sublime
Rome Ramirez, frontman for reggae-rock trio Sublime With Rome, is stepping out with a solo EP "Dedication," his first, on June 12. The title track, and leadoff single, was co-written with fun. vocalist Nate Ruess and producer Jeff Bhasker.
Ramirez said in a statement that he had been working on solo material for about a year. "This EP is a taste of my forthcoming album, and just a huge step for me creatively,” he said. His full-length debut is scheduled to drop later this year.
Meanwhile, Sublime With Rome will hit the road this summer with Cypress Hill, Matisyahu, Pepper, HB Surround Sound and The Dirty Heads.
Greek Fire Fighting for Drummer
The St. Louis rock band Greek Fire recently released the video to its new single “If This Is The End (The Sound Of Belief).” The powerful record was inspired by the group's drummer, Johnny Venus, who was diagnosed with leukemia in February. All proceeds generated from the track will go directly to Venus to help cover medical expenses.
Dan Marsala, frontman of Story Of The Year, is currently drumming for Greek Fire. The group will promote “If This Is The End (The Sound Of Belief)” on the road and have a brief stint on this summer's Warped Tour.
Ohio Tag Team
The Orphan, The Poet is teaming with Belle Histoire -- both are from Ohio -- for a series of dates around the Midwest. The tour will begin July 18 at The Forge in Huber Heights, Ohio. From there, they'll head to Indiana, Illinois and Michigan before circling back for a final date together on July 25 at Scores Fun Center in Painesville, Ohio.
Belle Histoire, a female-fronted dream-pop-rock collective, is supporting its “I Can Tell” EP. The band's debut album is expected later this summer. Meanwhile, The Orphan, The Poet, is currently promoting its stripped-down acoustic EP “An Exercise In Form.”
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