Archive for the ‘Billy Bragg News’ Category

Here are 10 songs you need to know as Wilco turns 20 – Tallahassee.com

Friday, April 24th, 2015

Tallahassee.com

Here are 10 songs you need to know as Wilco turns 20
Tallahassee.com
“Airline to Heaven” (2000) The lyrics were written by Woody Guthrie and Wilco provided the driving melody and vocals on this truck from the excellent “Mermaid Avenue” project with Billy Bragg. Wilco is not exactly an optimistic, upbeat band, so it's ...

10 Questions for Human Rights Campaigner Shami Chakrabarti – The Arts Desk

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The Arts Desk

10 Questions for Human Rights Campaigner Shami Chakrabarti
The Arts Desk
Those involved include Ali Smith, Rachel Holmes, Bidisha, Jackie Kay, Alison MacLeod, Billy Bragg and Neil Bartlett. Have you worked with any of them before? Quite a few are very much in our Liberty family of writers. Billy Bragg has played at Liberty ...

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, National Theatre – The Arts Desk

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The Arts Desk

Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, National Theatre
The Arts Desk
The production's eclectic mix of costumes suggests a long heritage, one that animated the late Tony Benn and inspires the current Billy Bragg. It is also worth pointing out that the 17th-century Freeborn Englishman (the Scots, Welsh and Irish don't get ...

Opening Night | Wilco Plays First Show Of 2015 – JamBase

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

JamBase

Opening Night | Wilco Plays First Show Of 2015
JamBase
The rest of the set saw the band mix staples like “She a Jar,” “Jesus, Etc.” and “Camera” with a couple of songs from the Mermaid Ave. sessions with Billy Bragg, “Secret of the Sea” and “Airline to Heaven.” The main set ended with “The Late Greats ...

Celebration of 20 years in business set for May – Carolinacoastonline

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

Celebration of 20 years in business set for May
Carolinacoastonline
They have toured with Motion City Soundtrack and Jukebox The Ghost, and shared the stage with everyone from Joan Jett to Billy Bragg, Passion Pitt to Modern English. Hank Sinatra, a Deep South Digital client, is the rowdiest rock n roll band in the land.

Does the UK need a chief data officer? – The Guardian

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

The Guardian

Does the UK need a chief data officer?
The Guardian
Not even singer and activist Billy Bragg mustered a song about it. But think of all the startups, app developers and data hackers the coalition has actively encouraged through funding deals and rebates for investors, but which are now forced to pay ...

Nancy Kerr wins BBC Folk Singer of the Year – Telegraph.co.uk

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

Telegraph.co.uk

Nancy Kerr wins BBC Folk Singer of the Year
Telegraph.co.uk
Julie Fowlis performs at the 2015 BBC Radio 2 Folk awards BBC/BRIAN TARR. Singer-songwriter Billy Bragg presented Peggy Seeger/Calum MacColl with the best original song award for Swim to the Star. Best Duo winners Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker ...
Homegrown talent shines as Wales hosts BBC folk awardsThe Guardian (blog)
Wales' 9Bach win best album at BBC Radio 2 Folk AwardsBBC News
North-East group The Young'Uns take top honour at Folk AwardsThe Northern Echo

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Red Wedge: bringing Labour party politics to young music fans – The Guardian

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2015

The Guardian

Red Wedge: bringing Labour party politics to young music fans
The Guardian
Billy Bragg: I suppose the Wedge came about because we all kept meeting at benefit gigs for Nicaragua or whatever. The same faces kept showing up – like Jimmy Somerville, Paul Weller, Tom Robinson – and we all shared similar ideals. Those were the ...

Thoughts From a Recent Trip to Tulsa’s Woody Guthrie Center – Flagpole Magazine

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Thoughts From a Recent Trip to Tulsa's Woody Guthrie Center
Flagpole Magazine
Reflecting on my visit to the center, I was fascinated by the number of contemporary musicians who identify with Guthrie's populism and ethos—including Bob Dylan, Ani DiFranco, Steve Earle, Corey Harris, Billy Bragg and, of course, his son Arlo.

Wayne Kramer: the man who survived drugs, jail and MC5 – Irish Times

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Irish Times

Wayne Kramer: the man who survived drugs, jail and MC5
Irish Times
These fuse his music (latterly of the free jazz variety) with his work for Jail Guitar Doors USA, which Kramer co-founded with Billy Bragg and which provides musical equipment as a means of rehabilitation for prison inmates. His life, he says, has been ...

Raury Feat. Malik Shakur “Fly” Video – HotNewHipHop

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

HotNewHipHop

Raury Feat. Malik Shakur "Fly" Video
HotNewHipHop
Released in January, and sounding more akin to a famous Billy Bragg track than anything rap-related, "Fly" has now gotten a video that hammers its point home even harder. Featuring stick figure illustration, the video highlights high and low points of ...

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Music meets nature at Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival – Washington Post

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Music meets nature at Kingman Island Bluegrass and Folk Festival
Washington Post
The sextet has built strong followings in both cities with its Billy Bragg-like folk-punk sound. “I love the storytelling troubadours like John Prine, Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt, but I also like playing my acoustic guitar really loud and noisy ...

The Milk Carton Kids Seek Transcendence on ‘Secrets of the Stars’ (Exclusive … – Wall Street Journal (blog)

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

Wall Street Journal (blog)

The Milk Carton Kids Seek Transcendence on 'Secrets of the Stars' (Exclusive ...
Wall Street Journal (blog)
“Secrets of the Stars” comes from “Monterey,” the band's third studio album. It's the follow-up to their breakthrough 2013 release “The Ash & Clay,” which won them acclaim from the likes of Billy Bragg and “A Prairie Home Companion” host Garrison ...

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Join The Chant? Pop’s Endlessly Problematic Relationship With Politics – The Quietus

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015

The Quietus

Join The Chant? Pop's Endlessly Problematic Relationship With Politics
The Quietus
Billy Bragg often ended up being pretty much the lone carrier of the pop-star-as-socialist banner, one who understand that actual street politics is a tedious, door-to-door trudge, minutiae and fudge, whose mundanity inevitably reverberated through his ...

SCLSNJ’s ten branches celebrate music in May – NJ.com

Monday, April 20th, 2015

SCLSNJ's ten branches celebrate music in May
NJ.com
Yes, studies have shown that reading stimulates your brain, reduces stress, and improves your memory. But did you know that there are studies that support the claims that listening to music can improve cognitive performance, reduce stress and even help ...

The Penske File: A Restless SymphonyA Restless Symphony (2013) – Punknews.org (registration)

Monday, April 20th, 2015

Punknews.org (registration)

The Penske File: A Restless SymphonyA Restless Symphony (2013)
Punknews.org (registration)
"The Valley" is another great folk/punk track very reminiscent of a Billy Bragg, Frank Turner, Johnny Hobo and The Freight Trains mix. It's very explosive, in your face but with such a grace that can be sung in a slower tempo around a campfire or even ...

Queers To The Front! Bent Fest & the Queer DIY Punk Scene – The 405

Monday, April 20th, 2015

The 405

Queers To The Front! Bent Fest & the Queer DIY Punk Scene
The 405
From their perforating paper towers, music journalists will blindly condemn the lack of political music being produced (the eternal quest to find 'the next Billy Bragg' is documented on the brilliant 'Where Is The Protest Music' Tumblr blog) but on the ...

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Comment: My Issues with Record Store Day – Impact Magazine

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

Impact Magazine

Comment: My Issues with Record Store Day
Impact Magazine
For the last two years I've joined in the Record Store Day and it's has ultimately been a pleasant experience. It's a chance to gain something that I otherwise would never be able to own, the first year I gained Biffy Clyro and Billy Bragg exclusives ...

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Notts: Nottingham Glee Club date for Thea Gilmore – Worksop Today

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Worksop Today

Notts: Nottingham Glee Club date for Thea Gilmore
Worksop Today
Thea has included new songs alongside re-recorded versions from her 17-year career with a handful of impressive guest appearances including The Waterboys, Joan Baez, Billy Bragg, John Cooper Clarke, Joan As Policewoman, King Creosote and I Am ...

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10 amazing REM performances you’ve never seen — with guests like Johnny … – Salon

Saturday, April 18th, 2015

Salon

10 amazing REM performances you've never seen — with guests like Johnny ...
Salon
Billy Bragg and Robyn Hitchcock collaborated numerous times with R.E.M. One of the most memorable occasions occurred the week “Out of Time” was released in March 1991, at the tiny London club the Borderline: A collaborative troupe known as Bingo ...

Record Store Day 2015: share your photos and experiences – The Guardian

Friday, April 17th, 2015

The Guardian

Record Store Day 2015: share your photos and experiences
The Guardian
Record Store Day 2015: share your photos and experiences. Saturday 18 April is record store day, and we'd like to see your photos and experiences from this year's event. Billy Bragg at Raves from the Graves in Frome, Record Store Day 2014 Saturday 19 ...

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From Woody to Lead Belly, the master of Smithsonian Folkways – Washington Post

Friday, April 17th, 2015

From Woody to Lead Belly, the master of Smithsonian Folkways
Washington Post
He also has been an invaluable resource, whether helping Wilco and Billy Bragg locate Guthrie lyrics for their “Mermaid Avenue” project in 1998 or tracking down obscure African American artists for award-winning author Elizabeth Partridge's “Marching ...

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Pick your favourite songs for the Southbank Centre’s ‘Changing Britain’ playlist – Time Out London

Friday, April 17th, 2015

Time Out London

Pick your favourite songs for the Southbank Centre's 'Changing Britain' playlist
Time Out London
Contributors include novelist Nick Hornby, former London mayor Ken Livingstone, Ray Davies of The Kinks, Billy Bragg, legendary reggae DJ Don Letts and the actor Patricia Hodge. You should definitely head down to an event, but there's another way you ...

World Snooker Championship: Shaun Murphy ‘better now’ – BBC Sport

Friday, April 17th, 2015

BBC Sport

World Snooker Championship: Shaun Murphy 'better now'
BBC Sport
A sportsperson's relationship with his or her game is not much different to an actual romance. To paraphrase Billy Bragg, if you take your precious game apart, to see how it works, the risk is you'll forget how to put it together again. In 2005, Shaun ...

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How did social media react to the election manifestos? – New Statesman

Friday, April 17th, 2015

New Statesman

How did social media react to the election manifestos?
New Statesman
Social media also became a forum for statistical analysis, as tweeters unpicked the Conservatives' housing promise. As musician Billy Bragg put it: “Natalie Bennett was ridiculed for saying Greens would build 500,000 homes for £2.7bn. Today Tories say ...

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