Brit Pack Alert: Bobby Long to open for Rodrigo Y Gabriela April 25



On Friday, April 25, the State Theatre in Portland will host a trio of talented musicians: guitarists supreme, Rodrigo Y Gabriela and the opening act, singer-songwriter Bobby Long. Long has a handful of albums, EPs and singles out (both self-released and commercially on ATO Records, home of his last two studio albums: “A Winter Tale” and “Wishbone”) and when you hear his music — especially his latest CD, “Wishbone” — you may find yourself struck by his skill on the guitar, his raw and honest vocal stylings, and the bluesy Americana sound he’s developed. What will surprise you is when he talks about his music, his hometown of London is very prevalent as he walks around the streets of Brooklyn, N.Y., where he was reached recently for an interview … and the discrepancy of his accents is address right up front.
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CONCERT INFO

Rodrigo y Gabriella with Bobby Long
Time: 8 p.m.
Date: Friday, April 25
Venue: State Theatre
Address: 609 Congress St.. Portland
Tickets: $25-$40
Phone: 956-6000
Website: statetheatreportland.com
Long: Yeah, it’s having listened all those years to American music — rock ’n’ roll and blues. I think that so many English singers are brought up with listening to B.B. King and Freddie King and then rock ’n’ roll and you want to sound like that — you try to recreate that. But in England I think people generally sound more American when they sing because … if you were to sing in an English accent it would sound kind of weird — it’s a bit straight-laced, I think — ya know?
Q: I think I do, yeah. I understand from your publicist you are working on your next album — is that correct?
Long: Yeah, yeah. I haven’t started on the recording but I’ve got most of the songs written so I’m really, really excited about it. I’ve been doing a few shows a month for the last three months trying out the songs and it’s all coming together very, very well.
Q: So you play them out before you record them.
Long: Yeah, definitely … but you don’t want to over play them because by the time you come to record them you’ve lost whatever it was that excited you. Sometimes having kind of a childish view of the song is really good because you can go into the studio and you can instinctively do something and it’s great — it’s all about the song. But with some songs you have to play them out — you mind of have to take them on a trip — wine ’em and dine ’em before you record them — because they’re not quite there yet. So playing them about 20 times in the right setting really kind of helps.
Q: When do you think you’ll release the album?
Long: Well, I’m planning on recording it in the next two months and then release it early next year or late this year … so I would say November or late January/early February, I should think.
Q: On “Wishbone” you have a full band backing you … when you play State Theatre, will you have a band with you?
Long: I’m going to be there solo — a lot of the new material is more solo-based so I’m just going to be coming up on my own, yeah, playing acoustic.
Q: Well, that will fit in quite well with what Rodrigo and Gabriela do, right?
Long: Yeah. I’ve been lucky enough to play with them a few times before and they’re really amazing — it’s always worked really well. I’m the only singer: I sing, I open and then they kind of take people away with their skill. They are really very wonderful musicians. It’s always really worked well in the show, you know?
Q: Seeing you’re on your own up on the stage, you can really go where your muse takes you — you’re not locked into a set list, right?
Long: Yeah, it’s great to be able to try new stuff out on stage and kind of set up the show as I’m going along — so I feel like, rather than keeping to a set list, I can be: “Oh, cool, I’m going to do this song right now!” There doesn’t need to be a conversation with anybody … it’s a really great situation.
Q: Have you ever played in Maine before?
Long: I have once before — I don’t remember where I played but it was great. There was really nice food and nice people so it’s a real good memory.
Q: Is there anything you’d like to pass on to the folks reading this article?
Long: Just really emphasize that I’m about to start recording a new record — that would be fantastic if you would do that. (www.musicbobbylong.com)

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marriage can be declared void if either of the two persons is physically impotent.
OR
Elephants may not be used to plow cotton fields.



FIRST LOOK: Official trailer for David Michôd’s ‘The Rover’ starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson

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Following the initial teaser trailer earlier this year, A24 Films has now released the full length trailer for David Michôd’s The Rover. Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson take bromance to a riveting and gritty level in this official trailer. The haunted and grim Eric (Pearce) finds his bargaining chip in the southern-American manchild, Rey (Pattinson). The trailer paints a harsh world but one that is disturbingly recognizable. I can’t wait to see this film and what happens to men with nothing to lose.
The film was just announced today as an Official Selection for the Cannes Film Festival. You can see why in this incredible trailer for THE ROVER.


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Maps To The Stars finally releases movie trailer and can be viewed here:

Check out the link below to view the first Maps to the Stars trailer! And please share your thoughts on the trailer in the comments section! We'd love to hear what fellow Rob fans are thinking of this upcoming film.


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Music Monday - Sigur Ros



Welcome back to another Remember Me Music Monday. Today's artist is Sigur Ros. 

Sigur Ros originated in Iceland in 1994. The group has released a total of seven albums, with the most recent one dropping last year. The group is currently off tour, but from the sounds of it they plan on releasing another album sometime in the future. And a fun fact - in Icelandic, Sigur Ros means Victory Rose.

 Their song "Andvari" is featured on the Remember Me soundtrack. Check out the song below, and be sure to check out the band's official website. Another fun fact - this happens to be my favorite song off of the soundtrack! ;)



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While riding in an elevator, one must talk to no one, and fold his hands while looking toward the door.

 
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