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Jim Adkins (Of Jimmy Eat World) To Release Series of Singles This Summer

Someone once sang…

It just takes some time,
Little girl, you’re in the middle of the ride.
Everything, everything will be just fine,
Everything, everything will be alright, alright.

Oh wait…

JimAdkinsJim Adkins, lead-singer of multi-platinum rock band Jimmy Eat World, is excited to announce a series solo tour dates in Europe and a string of digital singles to be released this summer, beginning with “I Will Go” this Friday, July 10. Every Friday between now and August 14, Adkins will release a new digital single, with all of the singles being released as a set of three 7” singles in September. The singles series will also be available as a one time purchase digital subscription through Three songs of original material will accompany three cover songs over the six Fridays. The schedule of digital and physical releases is below.

Following the last few years, which consisted of Jimmy Eat World touring extensively behind their most recent album Damage and to celebrate the 10th anniversary of their 2004 album Futures, Jim Adkins is embarking on a solo tour of Europe this August and September, following his previously announced solo tour in the U.S. this July. The exclusive pre-sale is available now at

About the new solo singles and upcoming solo tour, Adkins noted, “2015 seemed like as good a time as any to take a second and experiment with life outside the pattern. In the past I have been involved with solo work, playing mostly benefit concerts locally in my home of Arizona. Toward the end of our last European tour I decided to stick around and play a solo show in Berlin, DE. I thought to myself: hey, this is different and also pretty fun…I could keep going. So why not?”

Upon returning to the United States in September, Jimmy Eat World will celebrate the end of summer with a show in their native Arizona at Tempe’s Summer Ends Music Festival on September 25, followed by a concert in southern California at San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino on October 3rd.



Early morning jam session


My co-worker Adam and I are jamming this morning. doesn’t exist anymore but that doesn’t mean we can’t be our own office DJs.

Up in my queue right now.

Kids by MGMT

Next Up in my queue Modest Mouse – Lampshades on Fire

Last played by Adam David Bowie – Man Who Sold The World

Last played by me Pat Benetar – Love Is A Battlefield

Oh for you, I’d lose it all – Budapest

csdWeAllWin-avatarThis is going to seem like an odd start, but I’m a co-chair for the Christina School District Referendum Steering Committee along with the lovely Ms. Central West. She is a Grandma to students at Stubbs Elementary. I am a parents of three kiddos, two of which are at Keene Elementary.

In addition to trying to lead discussions and forums I’m also creating many of the communication pieces. I’m an Interactive Media Design major, well, I was for my Associate Degree, so it’ great to be back to designing something.

I created a video using still photos from all our schools and programs and I put it up on YouTube using music from The Script featuring  You can (and should) watch it here because I for one think it’s quite inspiring. Not that I made it, but that these students, every single one of them, are all amazing. Which leads me to this blog post, trying to get back to my music roots because after creating that video I realize how much I missed music and how therapeutic it is for me.

When I first started it was mostly to talk about music. I’ve been writing more serious posts lately and they are all critically important to me so I put them up here online even if the audience who usually reads this came here looking for music.

So for you,  my fellow music lovers, let’s talk George Ezra.

I’d like to pretend I know why George Ezra has this deep voice that doesn’t sound at all British but I can’t. He is an English singer-songwriter and he has a very unique voice which I’m digging.  He is 21 years old, born in the UK, signed by Columbia House and Sony already. How does that happen? As far as I know he only has one LP album and it is called Wanted on Voyage. So check him out, he’s pretty awesome. I hope you like what you here.


This song “Budapest” is my current “TURN UP THE VOLUME” track while I’m driving around like a maniac with the kids. My daughter, Amelia, does a really fascinating wiggle dance while listening.

P.S. If you are local to be and live int he Christina School District go out on May 27 too VOTE YES for the operating referendum. There are 17,000 students counting in you!


Gavin Degraw teaming up with NEEDTOBREATHE

NEEDTOBREATHE is preparing for their Australian tour and those lucky aussies will be hearing some new music from the hot, hot band.

They recently teamed up with Gavin DeGraw on a brand new version of “Brother.” They said, “It’s always inspiring to work with great artists, and Gavin’s additions to the song are absolutely incredible.”

“Brother (feat. Gavin DeGraw)” will hit the airwaves over the coming months, and is available today (along with an all-new acoustic version of the song) from the usual online stores: iTunes, Amazon, and the NTB Store!

There’s also a limited edition 7″ Vinyl available from our online store which you can pre-order today! The 7″ contains each track that was released today digitally.

And they will be touring WITH Ben Rector, Drew Holcomb & The Neighbors and Colony House! What!

This is going to be an epic showing, those bands all on one stage. Love it!

Radio Birds

Hahaha ever hear an angry Rod Stewart who spent a little too much time smoking?


Okay, okay listen to this…

Radio Birds – Colin Dean (drums), Jaz Dixon (guitar), Justin Keller (vocals and guitar), and Chase Lamondo (vocals and bass)

Love the beat, makes my toes tap, but I’m sorry, my first impression of Radio Birds is that he sounded like someone I’ve heard sing before and then as I kept listening.. Rod Stewart. Yep. But they don’t look ANYTHING like that, they look a little red neck at least with this truck photo I found.

So how are they described?

That sound is simple: Plain-Old Rock and Roll Music with a distinctly hairy touch. Meaning, it is not clean, it is not easy, (or too difficult), and it is not The Next Logical Revival of a Previously Popular Genre From the Seventies.

Artist – Radio Birds
Album – Contemporary American Slang
Release Date – February 3, 2015

Label –  Brash Music

01. Hold On Me
02. Your Favorite Part
03. Sleep City
04. The Beast
05. Dirty Rags
06. Chew Me Up
07. Time Ranger
08. Miss Ilene
09. Paper Moon
10. Red Wine, Hard Liquor
11. Wait For Me In The Fall

Find Radio Birds online
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Follow Radio Birds on Twitter
Look at what Radio Birds eat on Instagram
Watch Radio Birds on YouTube

Balanced on Barbed Wire

lyalstricklandEvery now and then while Lyal Strickland is singing I hear a bit of Sister Hazel’s Ken Block. Oh how I love Ken Block. I love Sister Hazel. I could very much like Lyal Strickland I think, ahaha.

Strickland’s new album, Balanced on Barbed Wire, available February 17th, is a “gripping, cinematic dispatch from small-town America – a series of stories in song where desperation is met with relentless determination,” according to Western Publicity, but I’ll be honest I don’t really know how that’s supposed to get anyone to want to listen to it.

What I hear is a folky, mellow rock with an occasional country flair, with the exemption of “Hard to Hold” which is ALL country. I think most people who really like the album will listen all the way through but if they skip one, it might be that one.  Hopefully not though.

Lately I’m all about songs that talk about saving the world because I fancy myself a modern day Wonder Woman you see and thus I need to be schooled on all things superhero. Who doesn’t want to hear a happy kind of song anyway?

Then you move onto  “Knocking Down Doors” and it’s just brutally honest and awfully painful.  I love the soulful composition at around 2:12 in the song.

Nobody knows what they’ve got
Til it’s gone and it’s
All gone now
But you got to keep growing
Keep going keep building
Til you’re on solid ground
Til you’re on solid ground
This house is stripped to the bone
Nobody left it a home

While I feel like these lyrics are a bit worn, songs like this have been written before, I like the music behind them. I’d love to see this man at a show, hear him live, see his face. It sounds like he’s really connected to his music, but I think it would mean more to actually see it. I’m not sure if I have ever considered needing that out of music I’m listening to before. I’ll have to contemplate why this one is different.

Lyal Strickland On Tour
1/15/15 St. Louis MO Evangeline’s
1/21/15 Bloomington IN Player’s Pub
1/23/15 Downers Grove IL Two Way Street
1/24/15 Goshen IN New Paradigm
1/29/15 Cleveland OH Barking Spider
2/6/15 Kansas City MO Knucklehead’s
2/17/15 Kansas City MO Tank Room
Feb 18-21 Kansas City MO Folk Alliance
2/26/15 Dallas TX Opening Bell

A long way from Ocean Avenue, but not far enough

My fingers are fat. It’s true. Maybe just the fingertips. Laying with my daughter last night I opened up the memo pad on my Samsung Galaxy and I typed. I typed furiously. And them I emailed them to myself so I could reorganize my thoughts.

And it’s true. I’ve been convinced, you can’t buy therapy better than the time you spend writing.  Some of what I wrote could be crafted into lyrics. I think. Sadly even though I can feel every single word I wrote, I can’t for the life of me be the person to put those words to music.

And so this morning I’m listening. I started out with The Wonder Years in specific “Don’t Let Me Cave In,” which I listened to on repeat a few dozen times this morning.

Then I felt compelled to move onto Yellowcard, in hopes for something a little softer. I had never given time to their album Southern Air which released in August of 2012. It’s pretty incredible, I gotta say. This was their 8th studio album, they released one in 2014 as well called Lift A Sail.

yellowcardYellowcard has come a long way. I remember them from when I was younger, we’re talking high school years, early college years. I’ve always liked the band, but their new music sheds a whole new layer to what they are capable of as a group and while I’m  impressed  enough to write, I can’t say they’ve “wowed” me.

Of course my current favorite tracks on the Southern Air album is “But Here I am Alive” because as music works… this is the track that has my toes tapping the most at the moment.

“They say you don’t grow up
You just grow old,
It seems to say I haven’t done both,
I made mistakes, I know I know
But here I am alive.
So many people close to me cut me down,
This is supposed to be a bad luck town
I jumped, I fell, I hit the ground.
But here I am alive.”

And what’s that I hear? A violin? Yes, yes, it’s delightful! Find Southern Air track #3, Always Summer, thank me later for the musical goodness you’re about to here. Just listen to that violin… at 2:05 I have to say the lyrics aren’t the best which bothers me, but I’m absolutely in love with the heart violinist Sean Mackin put into the second half of this song.

If you’re not in the mood for a good cry do not listen to track #9 which is titled “Ten.” I have recently learned that unconditional love is unconditional in only one aspect of life. Love for your child. And I cannot fathom every losing one of mine. It breaks my heart when I hear when anyone has died young. This particular song, love the lyrics, but it could have had better music.

Moving onto their 2014 album, released in October, Lift A Sail, this album has a new drummer and it’s on a new label Razor  & Tie. You can hear the differences right off the bat. The lyrics to this album are a bit more compelling which I appreciate but I was hoping to see more in the way of their composition and I didn’t. Still enjoying the violin but there wasn’t anything extra. I wanted more.

Illuminate is my favorite track from Lift A Sail.

Records on, the speakers blown
Fill the air with what we know
Climb a ladder up and hang a hopeful sign
Never lonely, never lost
Never scared to jump across
Revolutions come and go but we survive

The last two Yellowcard albums follow a trend of continued potential but unfortunately I still have a lingering feeling of wanting more; something is lacking. … Except for the violin. ;)

Before I close this post, thank you, thank you to the musicians and the artists and the producers of the world who have the ability to  put scrawled out lyrics to musical notes and create a sound to pull at the heart strings of the world. You don’t know how much you’re needed.