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Experience Sun, Sand And Sensational Sounds At Hangout Festival 2014

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Alabama's sun-soaked, sold-out Hangout Music Fest begins officially today (May 16th 2014) following yesterday's kick-off party - and there's almost too much fun to take in.

Set against the glorious backdrop of Gulf Shores' pure white beaches, this festival truly is the place to 'hang out' this weekend with top headliners The Black Keys, The Killers, Outkast and Jack Johnson leading the talent-studded bill. Acts such as Jack Antonoff's latest project Bleachers, CLASSIXX and Bonobo's DJ set went down a storm at the Discover Great Thursday Kickoff Party, but don't worry if you missed it because things are getting even better over the rest of the weekend.

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Headliners The Black Keys open the festival today

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It's That Time Of Year Again! New Orleans Jazz Festival Returns With Another Two Weekends Of Music Mythology

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It's that time of year again where New Orleans go all out to prove they are one of the most culturally rich cities in North America with their annual two-weekend event, the New Orleans Jazz Festival.

The Jazz Festival has expanded to two long weekends since its inaugural year in 1970, meaning that more people than ever can get the chance to enjoy the fine music culture of Louisiana. The Queen of Gospel Mahalia Jackson appeared at the first event alongside renowned orchestral composer Duke Ellington, and from then on the festival has gone from strength to strength and has never once lost the spirit that has made it so loved.

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The Avett Brothers - February Seven

The Avett Brothers unveil the video for 'February Seven'; the sixth track from their seventh studio album 'The Carpenter' released in 2012 on Universal Republic. The album has so far been a huge hit peaking at number 4 in the US charts.

The Avett Brothers - The Avett Brothers Album Review

The Avett Brothers last album, 2009's I and Love and You, was one that brought them into the mass consciousness on both sides of the Atlantic; testimony to the kind of career endurance and character which would shame most of their British counterparts. Taking their cues from legendary producer Rick Rubin, amongst the generally positive clamour of web hacks far and wide there were, however, also murmurs of formula; a lack of risks being taken and, generally, all the kind of stuff levelled at a band the moment they begin selling enough of their music to come off welfare. To their credit, the band - the eponymous brothers Scott and Seth, plus other permanent member Bob Crawford - have opted to ignore those griping about comfy environs and have chosen on The Carpenter to decree that if any approach isn't broken, there's no cotton pickin' reason to fix it.

The Avett Brothers - The Carpenter Album Review

Rubin is also in the chair again, but this time the boys claim wielding far less of a pervasive influence. What transpires is a record that is prepared to make few compromises on the use of trad song writing nous and by extension mainstream accessibility, whilst throwing the odd surprise up in its largely folk/country milieu. Probably the biggest of these arrives in the form of Paul Newman & The Demons, as dirtier, check shirted rawk stomp as you feel they could muster and one which their producer may well have been omnipotently nodding along to behind the mixing desk. Less claustrophobic, the fleeting Geraldine reaches out for the middle class angst demographic, seventies rock patents all running along too clever for themselves, a little like The Hold Steady covering Randy Newman.

This is all well and good, but the trio and their small army of collaborators -  RHCP drummer Chad Smith and Heartbreakers percussionist Lenny Castro to name just two - aren't really here to be ironic, and if The Carpenter feels very comfortable on, it's because they stick to archetypes that are at the roots of all dreams, American or otherwise. The (almost) titular opener reveals our central character to be a drifter, neither knowing or understanding his own best vocation and finding solace in what he might be rather than what he'll inevitably become once more. By contrast Pretty Girl From Michigan is a story of lopsided love played out over fifties sounding, sweaty blue collar rock 'n' roll whilst staying in a different character, but one just as recognisable to the touch,  Live And Die is a down home fiddle diddle and banjo toting square dance piece that's as uncomplicated as it's rustic.

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The Avett Brothers - Live And Die

The Avett Brothers unleash the video for 'Live And Die'; their upbeat new single from their latest album 'The Carpenter' released earlier this month (September 2012) on Universal Republic. It serves as the folk rock group's seventh studio effort since forming in 2000.

Picture - The Avett Brothers New York City, USA, Monday 28th September 2009

The Avett Brothers and David Letterman Monday 28th September 2009 outside the Ed Sullivan Theater for the 'Late Show With David Letterman' New York City, USA

The Avett Brothers and David Letterman