Kurt Vile and The Violators Announce New Tour Dates, Including a Stop at Jacksonville’s Intuition Ale Works 

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Singer-songwriter and purveyor of certifried guitar-pop tunes Kurt Vile has expanded his upcoming tour, announcing additional spring dates, including a visit to Jacksonville to perform at the Bier Hall inside Intuition Ale Works on Thursday, May 9. The announcement comes as Vile’s latest, the extensive extended player Back to Moon Beach has earned critical adoration and broad airplay, floating around …

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Get to Know the Black Opry Revue | Coming to the WJCT Soundstage in February

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On Thursday, February 15, right in the middle of Black History Month, we’ll welcome a quartet of musicians from the Nashville-founded collective Black Opry. The traveling showcase, known as the Black Opry Revue aims to put Black country, folk, roots and Americana artists on stages across the country. Country music has always been both versatile and diverse. Country, blues, folk, …

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Butcher Brown, Son Little Announce April Show at Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

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Jacksonville-based fans of all things jazzy, soulful and funky have a date with a killer double bill this spring, when Butcher Brown and Son Little’s newly announced southeastern U.S. tour comes to Ponte Vedra. Active since 2013, Richmond, Virginia’s Butcher Brown released one of JME’s favorite albums of 2023 in Solar Music, and that title tells you a lot about …

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Grammy-Winning Guitar Phenom Billy Strings Returns to St. Augustine for Three Concerts in April

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Locals can enjoy a triple dose of Billy Strings this spring. The much-loved Grammy winner is confirmed to perform at the Amp on Friday, April 19; Saturday, April 20, and Sunday April 21. Pre-sale for tickets starts tomorrow (Wednesday, January 10) at 10 a.m. at the official Billy Strings site. Tickets at the Amp box office go on sale this …

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5 Lucinda Williams Songs You Need to Know Ahead of the Legendary Songwriter’s Show at the PV Concert Hall

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Lucinda Williams will visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall on Wednesday, January 31. The songwriting legend, who turned 70 last year, suffered a stroke in 2020, leaving her unable to play guitar. But during her show here in Northeast Florida, Williams will be on the mic in a big way: in an interview last year, she told Vanity Fair, “I’ll …

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Widespread Panic return to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for a Three-Night Run

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Jam-band kings Widespread Panic return to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on March 22, 23 and 24.  Formed more than 30 years ago in Athens, Georgia, the band were spearheads of the now-legendary 1992 H.O.R.D.E. tour—a patchouli-scented and red-eyed sibling to Lollapalooza. Along with tourmates Blues Traveler, Phish and the Aquarium Rescue Unit, that tour was a success and helped create …

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Indie-Folk, Alt-Country Favorites Hiss Golden Messenger to Play Jacksonville in February

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Indie folk favorites Hiss Golden Messenger bring their celebrated alt-country sound to Intuition Ale Works on the band’s forthcoming winter tour.  Formed in 2007 in Durham, North Carolina by Michael Carrington “M.C.” Taylor and Scott Hirsch, the band issued a handful of DIY self-released albums that garnered immediate critical praise, as well as attracting a loyal fanbase. Along with their …

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Alt-Rockers The Flaming Lips to Perform Acclaimed ‘Yoshimi’ Album at The Florida Theatre in April

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Oklahoma City space cadets the Flaming Lips return to Northeast Florida for a live performance of Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots at the Florida Theatre on Saturday, April 20, 2024. Released in July of 2002 and taking its name as a tribute to Yoshimi P-We (Boredoms, OOIOO), the 22 tracks of the original release built off the success the band …

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Cindy Lee Mixes Old-School Chanteuse with New-Eon Indie Balladry

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While a broken heart isn’t required for romance, it seems like something has to give. Cindy Lee, the creative alter-ego of Patrick Flegel, is a bridge between the reverb-rich music of ‘60s girl groups and the guitar freefall of indie rock. Following the 2012 dissolution of Flegel’s former Canadian band Women, Flegel began releasing music as their drag queen persona: …

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Aussie Rockers Psychedelic Porn Crumpets Bring their Enjoyable, Exploratory Noise to Jack Rabbits

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Australian psych band, the aptly-yet-archly named Psychedelic Porn Crumpets are currently stomping through the US on a month-long North American tour with fellow noisy experimentalists, the Austin-based group Nolan Potter’s Nightmare Band. The tour hits the Sunshine State in mid-October, with a stop at Jack Rabbits in Jacksonville on Friday, October 20. The Crumpets’ latest, the 2022 full-length album Night …

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Chicago Post-Punk Powerhouse Dehd to Play Jacksonville in October

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Powerhouse Chicago-based three-piece Dehd announced both a run of late-summer dates (many of which are in support of electronic-folk band Sylvan Esso) and a fall tour of North America, which includes a stop at Jack Rabbits in San Marco on October 13.  The post-punk trio’s 2022 full-length album Blue Skies showcases the band’s knack for reverb-drenched garage rock and harmonious …

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Cuban Percussion Icon Pedrito Martinez Lands at The Ritz Theatre on October 6

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The paragon that is Pedrito Martinez has a rather mellow fall 2023 touring schedule, atypical for the normally busy Cuban percussionist. But he has been sure to include a stop in Jacksonville  Last here in 2014 for the Jacksonville Jazz Festival and a subsequent pandemic-disrupted show in 2020 that never was, the Havana-born-and-bred talent will be at The Ritz Theatre …

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Bold City Circuit Brings Intimate Concert Experiences to Jacksonville Residents’ Places of Residence

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On a recent Sunday, renowned Atlanta-based singer-songwriter Deidre McCalla settled in for a Bold City Circuit performance. Born and raised in New York City, McCalla cut her teeth in the highly competitive busking scene around Macdougal Street, which later produced legends like Suzanne Vega, Patti Smith and Tracy Chapman, among many others. McCalla’s album Don’t Doubt It (Olivia Records, 1985), …

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Steep Canyon Rangers Bring Their Deep Take on Bluegrass to the Florida Theatre

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The Steep Canyon Rangers will return to the Florida Theatre on Saturday, November 4. Over the course of two decades, the group has collaborated with banjo-playing comedy legend Steve Martin, singer-songwriter Edie Brickell and a whole host of others on their way to be being heralded as one of the finest bluegrass outfits working today. And while the Rangers have …

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The Mountain Goats Announce Return to Intuition Ale Works in December

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It’s a neat coincidence that Tuesday, August 22, was the day that The Mountain Goats announced their highly-anticipated return to Jacksonville, because that was also the 40th birthday of arguably their biggest fan: the late local musician and ace facilitator Dave Hargrove, the man largely responsible for spreading the Mountain Goats’ gospel to many people here in Northeast Florida, including myself. …

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Yo La Tengo Added to Sing Out Loud Lineup

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Update: This show has been postponed. Yo La Tengo provided the following message to Sing Out Loud. “Hi everybody – it pains us to write this message (in Georgia’s case, literally), but we have no choice except to postpone our September dates until early 2024.  A knee that’s been bothering Georgia for years has gotten bad enough that she’s going …

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Jazz Returns to the Jacksonville Symphony

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The Jacksonville Symphony has long specialized in offering their music in contexts designed to appeal to people who aren’t necessarily hardcore classical fans, and that has proven key to their success in an era that has been challenging, at best, for the symphony business overall. They’ve dabbled extensively in jazz in the past, but June’s Jazz at the Jacksonville Symphony …

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Japanese Band, Experimental Psychedelic Rockers Acid Mothers Temple, to Play for Free at the Jessie

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One of the globe’s most prolific purveyors of experimental rock, Japan’s Acid Mothers Temple is currently on tour, with more than 12 US dates remaining, including a stop in Downtown Jacksonville, where they’ll play a free show on the loading docks of the Jessie Ball duPont nonprofit center on Friday, May 26. Led by Makoto Kawabata, AMT — with its …

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In Support of New Album, ABB Scion Duane Betts to Play Jacksonville in July

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Local music fans get to experience a performance by Southern rock royalty when Duane Betts performs at Intuition Ale Works on Sunday, July 16. While Betts may tire of his legendary rock heritage, as the son of founding Allman Brothers Band guitarist Dickey Betts, the younger guitarist-vocalist is a bona fide torchbearer of that rock-music lineage. The fact that the …

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Fred again..: Tiny Desk Concert

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When Fred again.. first proposed a Tiny Desk concert, it wasn’t immediately clear how he was going to make it work — not because he lacked creativity, but because translating purely electronic music at the Desk is a daunting task for anyone. How would an artist, whose performances take the form of DJ sets in front of massive audiences, curate …

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Wilco Return to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for 2023 Spring Tour

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Wilco are readying to kick off their 2023 spring tour in support of their current, critically lauded 12th album, Cruel Country, and will return to the St. Augustine Amphitheatre for a performance on Wednesday, April 19.  Recorded at the Loft, the six-piece band’s Chicago studio space, Cruel Country is a double-album release that has been lauded as one of the best albums …

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San Diego Surf-Jazz Duo Mattson 2 to Play Hotel Palms in Atlantic Beach

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We’re stoked to welcome world-renowned surf-jazz duo the Mattson 2 to Jacksonville as part of our JME Presents Music Discovery Series. The San Diego based duo, made up of twin brothers Jonathan and Jared Mattson, will perform at the Hotel Palms in Atlantic Beach on Wednesday, April 12.  Over the last decade-plus, the Mattsons have consistently displayed a kind of …

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Celebrated Guitarist Eli Winter on his Early Influences, his Eponymously-Titled New Album and More

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When 20th-century occultist-artist Austin Osman Spare remarked that, “It was the straying that found the path direct,” he could have been anticipating the peripatetic ways of guitarist Eli Winter. Granted, the British magician died nearly 70 years ago and Winter was born in 1997. Yet the Chicago-born Winter has packed a lot of experiential wallop and road miles in a …

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Eclectic Alt-R&B Group Moonchild Announces Tour Stop in Jacksonville in April

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Moonchild, the popular LA trip that fuses jazz with R&B, soul and more, has announced an April tour of the East Coast, Southeast and Midwest, with a stop in Jacksonville. The group plays Underbelly in Downtown Jax on Tuesday, April 18. Wikipedia describes Moonchild as an “alternative R&B band”, but that description, much like their entry on the site, barely …

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The Killers to Play St. Augustine Amphitheatre in May

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Indie rock staples The Killers are embarking on a second tour in support of their 2021 album, Pressure Machine, this spring, with a stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Monday, May 8.  The seventh studio album leans more into folk-rock than the band’s previous work. It tells the story of small-town America, loosely based on frontman Brandon Flowers’ upbringing …

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Mavis Staples, Gladys Knight, Rhiannon Giddens, Christian McBride Headline February’s Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series

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Established as the Gracia Real de Santa Teresa de Mose in 1738, Fort Mose was the first settlement for free Blacks in American history. Slaves fleeing South from British-controlled territories had been taking refuge among Spanish settlers since 1687, growing from an initial group of just 11 to more than 100. Once the British absorbed Florida, though, all such dreams …

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The Smile to Play St. Augustine Amphitheatre in June

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Riding the wave of their critically-acclaimed 2022 debut, A Light for Attracting Attention, The Smile, the trio comprised of Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood and Sons of Kemet drummer Tom Skinner have announced 14 North American dates with a stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre in June. On A Light for Attracting Attention, the trio unspools an eclectic suite …

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Parking Lot Palooza | Beloved Jax studio hosts 20 bands for free concert

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Warehouse Studios’s Parking Lot Palooza 6 is a showcase for some 20 of the city’s up and coming bands, as well as several veteran acts of local renown, trading off on two stages, inside and out. They include bands like Tonal (the latest project by Warehouse boss Ryan Turk, joined by Michael Lee Martin and Jessica Walton), Hang Eleven, Alexander …

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On ‘Time In The Sun,’ Susto’s Justin Osborne Explores the Circle of Life

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After nearly a decade of crafting introspective songs as Susto, Justin Osborne wrote his most personal record to date. On 2021’s Time in the Sun, the Charleston, South-Carolina-bred singer-songwriter and guitarist unpacks, at times, contradictory ideas of hope and despair. Time in the Sun was written during the early onset of what has become into an open-ended global pandemic. And …

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Soccer Mommy | Tiny Desk Concert

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When Sophie Allison says to our friends and coworkers assembled around the desk, “We’re finally doin’ it,” she really means it. A little less than exactly three years ago, Allison had just released the wonderful Color Theory as Soccer Mommy; it’s an album that marked significant strides in her songwriting and production. A big year was doubtless in store for …

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Jazz Discovery Series Presents Celebrated Bassist Michael Feinberg at the Jessie

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The proverbial overnight sensation — ten years in the making — upright-jazz-bass virtuoso Michael Feinberg continues to bridge the genre’s storied traditions with the open-minded skills and fearless approach of a contemporary player.  Feinberg is featured in a workshop followed by a performance with local musicians from JAMS (Jacksonville Arts & Music School) and the John Lumpkin Institute at the …

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The Taylor Swift Ticket Fiasco is Refocusing a Spotlight on Ticketmaster’s Dominance

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Ticket sales for Taylor Swift’s upcoming tour have not gone, in the words of the chart-topping singer, all too well. Mixed messages, long wait times and temporary outages on the Ticketmaster website left scores of fans frustrated and empty-handed when the first wave of tickets for the 52-date Eras Tour, scheduled for next year and Swift’s first since 2018, went …

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Just Announced | Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series 2023

Gladys Knight, Mavis Staples, Christian McBride, and more headline second-annual festival at St. Augustine’s historic site

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From February 10-19, the second-annual Fort Mose Jazz & Blues Series presents six concerts to celebrate the historic and cultural importance of Fort Mose, the site of the first free African settlement in what is now the United States. This year’s series features performances by Mavis Staples (February 10); Christian McBride’s New Jawn (Feb. 11); Valerie June (Feb. 16); Gladys …

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Go | Australian punks The Chats at Underbelly

Even Dave Grohl is a fan!

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Quotable Australian punk sensation The Chats are on tour in support of their latest album Get F*cked and are set to stop in Jacksonville on Wednesday, October 26 at Downtown’s Underbelly. Surfacing first from the Sunshine Coast, the band has repurposed their deranged sound in Brisbane, going completely rogue with vicious rebellion by means of gruff vocals and blitzkrieged guitar …

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Watch | Sailor Goon live at Blue Jay Listening Room

Jax singer-songwriter Sailor Goon spins and sings in Jax Beach

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With the release of several singles that blend jazz, neo-soul, psychedelia and pop under her alter ego Sailor Goon, Jacksonville vocalist Kayla Le has had our attention for some time now. Indeed, at the beginning of the year we named her one of the 10 Jacksonville artists to watch in 2022. Just a few months after the release of her …

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Sing Out Loud Staff Picks

What to see & hear (for free) at this year’s festival

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With tons of free music events at a dozen or so venues throughout the month of September, there’s a lot to look forward to at this year’s Sing Out Loud. And it’s all free! There’s so much, in fact, that it’d be impossible to see and hear it all. The team at the Jacksonville Music Experience will be on the …

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