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IT’S ABOUT ALEX & SIERRA

Photo Courtesy: Columbia/Syco Records

Photo Courtesy: Columbia/Syco Records

X-Factor Season three winners Alex & Sierra are set for release on October 7 their debut album, It’s About Us.

Recently, the duo debuted Scarecrow, the albums first single, which has a funny video with puppets.

We wanted a lyric video that was more interesting than just words across a screen,” Sierra told Glamour Magazine. “The music video we filmed for the video is a lot more serious, so we thought this would be a fun way to show another side to the song with puppets.”

We’re fun people, and we like to do silly things,” Alex added. “We thought this was a whimsical idea for a video. Plus, puppets are cool.”

Scarecrow is just scratching the surface for this dynamic singer-songwriter duo. For the album, they worked with multiple songwriters and producers, including Toby Gad, John Legend, Sam Hollander and Julian Bunetta.

“There’s a lot of variation on the album. It’s not just filled with slow or upbeat songs, so we hope it becomes one of those albums that you can listen to without the songs ever sounding the same,” Sierra adds.

Alex & Sierra will hit the road this summer with dates opening for Colbie Caillat and Train, as well as an opening slot for Lady Antebellum August 3 on the beach in Atlantic City.

GARTH BROOKS IS BACK!

Photo Courtesy: Sony RCA Records

Photo Courtesy: Sony RCA Records

Country Music Hall of Famer Garth Brooks is recording new music and welcoming change.

Brooks, who has never authorized the distribution of his music on iTunes or any other digital retailer, said the downloads “will begin in the next two or three weeks” at garthbrooks.com. He also said his website will be upgraded and expanded.

Brooks announced the first single is expected to be released later this month and a full length album is scheduled for November. But even more exciting are details of his upcoming world tour.

On July 14, Garth Brooks revealed his comeback tour will kick off on September 4 in Chicago. And the icing on the cake is that Trisha Yearwood, Brooks’ wife, will be the country sensations co-headliner.

“As an entertainer, you get asked a lot, ‘What are the best cities to play?’” Brooks said in announcing the initial date. “Without hesitation, I rattle five or six of the best places to play, and that list always includes Chicago. It is the perfect city to launch the world tour.”

This news comes on the heels of defeat in Ireland. After a last-ditch effort in mid-July to save his five comeback shows at Dublin’s Croke Park, Brooks found out that negotiations with the city’s government are officially over.

“The Irish council cannot change their earlier ruling to not allow the licenses for all five shows,” he writes in a statement. “To say I’m crushed is an understatement. All I see is my mother’s face and I hear her voice. She always said things happen for a reason and for the right reason. But as hard as I try, I cannot see the light on this one.”

RADIOHEAD HITTING RECORDING STUDIO

Photo Courtesy: XL Recordings

Photo Courtesy: XL Recordings

Radiohead will begin rehearsing and recording its ninth studio album in September, according to the band’s guitarist Jonny Greenwood.

“We’re going to start up in September, playing, rehearsing and recording and see how it’s sounding,” Greenwood said during Mary Anne Hobbes’ BBC 6Music show on July 12.

Radiohead members have kept busy with various solo projects following the release of its last album, The King of Limbs, in 2011. Frontman Thom Yorke recorded music with his band Atoms For Peace, Greenwood scored Paul Thomas Anderson’s 2012 film The Master and his upcoming movie Inherent Vice, and drummer Phil Selway plans to drop his second solo album in October.

In an interview with Nashville Cream this past March, Greenwood dropped an earlier, vaguer hint that new Radiohead material would be on its way. “Well we’re meeting up at the end of the summer, and we’ll make a plan,” he said. “But, you know, we’re a slow-moving animal, always have been. I guess we’ll decide then what we do next.”

The new record would mark Radiohead’s ninth studio album. In the meantime, Greenwood will perform his score to There Will Be Blood live for the first time ever, in London this August before bringing the event to New York in September.

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Local Vibe

CARIBBEAN CHILLERS

Caribbean Chillers is one of Florida’s top Jimmy Buffett tribute acts, with performances that combine the authentic sights and sounds fans experience at a Buffett concert.  The band has performed in Hawaii, Cuba, Cancun, across the U.S. and in countless cruise ships and festivals.  Band frontman Jason Webb describes the act as “a party you don’t want to miss!”  Catch up with Caribbean Chillers on:

- August 2: 3 pm at Seminole Casino in Immokalee, FL.
– August 23: 3 pm at Seminole Casino in Immokalee, FL.

WILDFIRE

Wildfire has got it all! Classic Rock, Motown, Rhythm and Blues and even Country are the repertoire of this male high-energy band. The band plays everything from chart topping hits to original music, and their diverse blend will entertain all “Fireheads” on:

- August 15 & 16: 8:30 pm at Jacaranda in Sanibel, FL.
– August 22 & 23: 9 pm at Sneaky Pete’s in Bonita Springs, FL.
– August 30: 2 – 5 pm at Ragged Ass Saloon in St. James City, FL.

JIM MORRIS

Jim Morris is a singer and songwriter with a devotion to storytelling.  He considers himself “Florida’s own traveling tropical troubadour” with a unique blend of styles including island, rock, jazz, folk and country.  A prominent figure in the trop rock movement, he has 25 CDs to his credit and a touring schedule that regularly takes him to festivals, theaters and salty bars across the U.S., the Caribbean, Canada, Central America and the South Pacific.  Jam with Jim Morris on:

- August 10: 2 pm at Bert’s Bar & Grille in Matlacha, FL.
– August 13: 2 pm at Hurricane Charley’s in Punta Gorda, FL.
– August 16: 3 pm at Seminole Casino in Immokalee, FL.
– August 20 & 27: 6:30 pm at Bert’s Bar & Grille in Matlacha, FL.