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2014 Stagecoach Country Music FestivalStagecoach

Stagecoach, California’s biggest country music festival, runs April 25-27 this year. Besides such massive hitmakers as Eric Church, Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and Florida Georgia Line, Stagecoach also includes beloved legends John Prine, Lynard Skynard and Don McLean as well as Americana outsiders such as Shelby Lynne and Hurray For The Riff Raff.


RayCharlesRay Charles: MU Icon

A towering figure in American music, Ray Charles melded the proto-rock jazz of Louis Jordan and the sophisticated supper club vibe of Nat Cole and Frank Sinatra with the earthy howl of the black church. This is a complete portrait of The Genius at work, from his groundbreaking R&B hits to his big band and orchestral sessions and his detours into hard-bop instrumentals, country and the blues.


ClassicalNRClassical New Releases

We inaugurate this Classical spotlight with new releases from young titans like Julia Fischer, Laurent Korcia and Simone Dinnerstein as well as generation-spawning giants Daniel Barenboim and Claudio Abbado. The Bad Plus were already infamous for turning indie rock tunes into jazz instrumentals. Now, they put their own stamp on Stravinsky’s The Rites of Spring.


DaveFridmannDave Fridmann: Behind the Music

In the ‘90s, Dave Fridmann helped bands like The Flaming Lips and Mercury Rev (with whom he was once the bassist) achieve a broad and shimmering neo-psychedelic sound. He has since become one of the most sought-after producers in the game, adding magic to albums from MGMT and Tame Impala and numerous others.


JamaicanSkaJamaican Ska & Rocksteady

The pre-rock ‘n’ roll explosion of R&B and jazz wasn’t solely an influence on the USA. The advent of transistor radios meant that places like Jamaica were also able to hear the sound of young Black America. The result, when combined with the surrounding sounds, was ska and gave a voice to artists like Desmond Dekker and Bob Marley. Highly energetic and locally produced, it became the sound of Jamaica in the early to mid ‘60s before it slowed down a bit, added more harmony and called itself rocksteady.

FutureFuture: Artist Picks

With Future’s new album out, take the time to explore the deep funk and hip-hop sounds of the Dungeon Family, including Outkast, Killer Mike & more, hand-picked by the man himself.

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Last weekend we were out in the desert celebrating the best of country music at Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, CA. While we were there, we sat down with Aaron Lewis, the front man of multi-million-selling hard rock group, STAIND, to talk about his upcoming country album, The Road, set to release this year. Lewis has made a significant dent into the country music world, as his 2011 EP “Town Line,” entered #7 on the Top 200 album charts, thanks in large part to the gold-certified single, “Country Boy.” Lewis speaks of his life on the road and the difference between the two genres he inhabits in the interview below.

Check out Aaron Lewis’ first single from his full-length album, “Endless Summer,” on the Music Unlimited service and keep an eye out for more news from Aaron in the coming months!

Sony Entertainment Network: From SEN follower @Hybridstaind on Twitter: How would you describe the energy from one of your Country shows compared to a Rock show?
Aaron Lewis: Well, just by nature, there’s a lot more energy to a rock show. But, the country shows are great, too, for different reasons. I tend to express myself a lot differently in the rock shows, lyrically. But I’d have to say that there’s probably more evoked at a STAIND show. I have to.


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The end of Stagecoach Music Festival proved extra poignant as it marked not only the end of the country festival’s first three-day weekend, but three solid weekends of music in Indio, CA on the same grounds. Fans gathered for one more day and three stages full of diverse country music.

A change in tone from some of the boot-stomping, honky tonk style of the other stages, Joe Purdy took the Palamino stage. A large, polite audience gathered, receptive to the somber string-picking of the Arkansas native.  “Man, you guys will clap for anything . . . thank God,” he joked at the beginning of the set. Purdy played songs from the staggering ten albums he’s released in the last in eight years, and even shared a song he wrote a few days prior. Highlights included, “Ride on a Cloud,“ “Angelina,” and “ The Sun.” “I’m really grateful to be here,” he said, “and grateful to be in the shade.” (more…)

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The second day of Stagecoach came roaring out of the gate, the first full day of a now three-day music festival. Fans had the opportunity to not only start the party earlier, but catch more than just the Mane Stage acts as the Mustang and Palomino tents were up and running. Sara Watkins, Old Man Markley, JD Souther and more may have also caught some accidental new fans  with people scrambling to stay in the shade of the tents. (more…)

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Following two identical weeks of Coachella Music & Arts Festival, the desert is rallying through one more weekend and a definite change in scenery. Extending from the usual two-day schedule to three, Stagecoach Music Festival kicked off yesterday at the Empire Polo Fields in Indio, CA. Electronic dance tents from earlier this month are now filled with haystacks; and a clear mis-step by the sound guy of playing Fun.’s “We Are Young” between bands was quickly fixed by fading out to the much more audience-approved, Alan Jackson “Country Boy.”


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We’ve had a great couple of weekends out in Indio, CA, and we’re excited to close our time there out with the Stagecoach Music Festival today through Sunday, with an amazing line-up of the best of country music. This is looking to be very different from Coachella Music & Arts Festival, featuring a ton of great activities for families and some serious all-star talent. Take a look at our Top 10 things we’re looking forward to this weekend. YEE HAW!

1) PlayStation Roadhouse: We’re putting the final touches on our air conditioned haven, where you can be one of the first to play unreleased PlayStation®3 titles such as PixelJunk™4am for the PlayStation® Network and listen to your favorite Stagecoach artists on the Music Unlimited service through PS3™ and PS VITA! Find us next to the Mustang Stage.

2) We got a chance to jump on the Ferris Wheel during Coachella Music & Arts Festival a few weeks ago to check out the amazing views of southern California, but we’ll probably have to jump on and get another look during this very different festival.


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Sony Entertainment Network is staying one more week in the desert for the sold out Stagecoach Music Festival in Indio, California! If you planning to be there, make sure you stop by the PlayStation Roadhouse to get out of the heat and enjoy an entertainment oasis of PlayStation games and Music Unlimited. Be one of the first to play unreleased PlayStation®3 titles such as PixelJunk™ 4am for the PlayStation Network and listen to your favorite Stagecoach artists like Miranda Lambert, Aaron Lewis and Jason Aldean on the Music Unlimited service on PS VITA and PS3™. YEE HAW!

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