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Cage the Elephant: “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked”

Here is the basic bio information on this young band, which was recommended by my son, from Wikipedia:

Cage the Elephant is an American rock band from Bowling Green, Kentucky, that formed in mid-2006. Since their formation, the band has gained a large following in the US as well as the UK and Canada for their sound and their high-energy live performances. The band released their self-titled debut album on May 19, 2008 (June 23, 2008 in the UK). The album made them very popular in both Europe and America.[1] On January 11, 2011, the group released their second album, Thank You, Happy Birthday (March 21, 2011 in the UK). The second album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200,[2] and earned the band much positive reception.[3] Both albums were produced by Jay Joyce of Jive Records.[4]

Here is an interview at American Songwriter in which lead singer Matt Schultz and Bryan Graves discuss The Starry Night Music and Arts Festival, which the band started in Bowling Green. Graves founded the festival. Two other songs by the band are Shake Me Down and Aberdeen. Here is the Facebookย page.

Here’s What’s Here

The Daily Music Break explores every genre of music, from hip hop to opera. It's simple: Boundaries are dumb. It's all good. Here is more about the site and here is our index:

--A Tribe Called Quest to The Dick Hyman Trio (In other words, A to H)

--Indigo Girls to Queen Ida (I to Q)

--Radiohead to ZZ Top (R to Z)

Reading Music

The stories of the great bands and musicians are fascinating. Musicians as a group are brilliant, but often troubled. The combination of creativity and drama makes for great reading.

Here are some books to check out.

Duke Ellington brought class, sophistication and style to jazz which, until that point, was proudly unpolished and raucous. His story is profound. The author, Terry Teachout, also wrote "Pops," the acclaimed bio of Louis Armstrong. Click here or on the image.

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What else is there to say? Here is the story behind every song written by The Beatles. Click here or on the image.

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The Grateful Dead don't get enough credit for the profound nature of its lyrics. Many of the band's songs are driven by a deep and literate Americana ("I'm Uncle Sam/That's who I am/Been hidin' out/In a rock and roll band" and "Majordomo Billy Bojangles/Sit down and have a drink with me/What's this about Alabama/Keeps comin' back to me?").

David Dodd's exhaustive study tells the story, song by song. Click here or on the image.

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