While much of the news surrounding the Rock Hall has focused on the hiring of new CEO, Greg Harris, and to a lesser extent, Greg Harris’ days running a record store in Philadelphia, the museum has also just revealed a new exhibit honoring the legacy of the influential British record label, Two-Tone. Then, on December 12th, the museum will be hosting a screening of the Replacements documentary, Color Me Impressed, featuring a Q&A with the film’s creator, Gorman Bechard, after the movie. Tickets are still available.
In an ever-crowding music festival market, The Nelsonville Music Festival in Southeast, Ohio, has quietly created its own niche through reasonable pricing (This year weekend passes go for $90), a family-friendly atmosphere (the press release says kids activities and I assume that means kids don’t get locked in a barn), and its strong history of booking both commercially viable and artistically respected headliners across the rock, folk, and country spectrum. Past year’s have featured artists as diverse as The Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, The Avett Brothers, Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, and Yo La Tengo. This year’s festival will be no different as Wilco and John Prine have been announced as headliners on Saturday and Sunday night, respectively. Other artists announced for 2013 include The Reigning Sound, Cotton Jones, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Nick Tolford and Company, The D-Rays, and The County Pharaohs. You can keep up on all things Nelsonville at the festival’s website.
Finally, the new release schedule for 2013 continues to fill up with Matador Records’ Kurt Vile revealed to be readying a new release for the Spring. In an interview with Spin’s David Bevan Vile described the record as “Classic Rock-y,” epic, and with more solos, but not cheesy. He also dropped words like “cosmic” and name-checked the Fleetwood Mac album, Tusk. In other words, we’re not quite sure what exactly we’ll get, but it’ll be a new Kurt Vile record and it will rock.