Kings of Leon have had a pretty good decade. In 2003, when the Oklahoma-born rockers released their debut, 'Youth & Young Manhood,' they were still a club band unknown outside of Nashville, their adopted hometown. With their next four albums, brothers Caleb, Nathan and Jared Followill, along with cousin Matthew, emerged as one of the biggest rock acts of the decade, combining Southern twang with post-punk edge and U2-grade stadium heroics. As the Kings prep for a new album and tour, RCA/Legacy is releasing 'The Collection Box' -- a five-disc set comprising all of their studio albums, plus a live DVD -- and we're giving away a signed copy.
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Dawes is one of those rare rock acts -- think Kings of Leon or Ray LaMontagne -- that glides effortlessly between popular music and a believably vintage-sounding aesthetic. Singer Taylor Goldsmith’s analog lead vocals may be unique for the ProTools-era listener, but his delivery is, unquestionably, a chip off of Jackson Browne’s old block. (Somewhat ironically, the band has backed Browne on tour). Which, in recent years, has left us scratching our heads. Does this band have an authenticity problem, or is this the sound of rock music’s Next Big Thing?
Earlier this week, Bottle Rock 2013 revealed a handful of acts to look forward to at this year’s festival, set to take place from May 10-12 in Napa Valley, Calif. The full lineup for the three-day event has since been announced, and big additions include Kings of Leon and Dirty Projectors.
The lineup for the third annual Governors Ball – a music festival held in Randall’s Island, N.Y. – has just been announced. The event is scheduled to take place from June 7-9 and feature more than 60 acts from a variety of genres, including indie rock, hip-hop, pop, dance and electronica.