Wilco Announce Fall 2015 Tour Dates

Wilco made headlines last week when they pulled a super sneaky move and released their brand new album, Star Wars without anyone’s knowledge.

A few days after the release of the new record, the indie band have announced plans to head out on the road beginning in August in support of the new album.

The tour will kick off on Aug. 1 at the Gathering of the Vibes Festival in Bridgeport, CT. The trip will then wrap up with the Chicago group performing two nights (Sept. 29 and 30) at Austin’s Stubb’s. Supporters for the tour, which will alternate, include Jenny Lewis, Vetiver, Speedy Ortiz, and William Tyler.

The complete list of upcoming tour dates can be seen below which also includes a couple of music festivals such as Toronto’s Urban Roots Festival and Ottawa’s CityFolk Festival.

WILCO 2015 TOUR DATES:

08/01 – Bridgeport, CT @ Gathering of the Vibes
08/05 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Greek Theatre
08/06 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
08/07 – San Francisco, CA @ Outside Lands
08/08 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater *
08/09 – Troutdale, OR @ McMenamins Historic Edgefield Manor *
08/11 – Redmond, WA @ Marymoor Park ^
08/12 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre ^
08/14 – Missoula, MT @ Big Sky Brewing Company %
08/15 – Sandpoint, ID @ Festival at Sandpoint %
08/16 – Ketchum, ID @ River Run Lodge %
08/18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden %
09/16 – Kalamazoo, MI @ Kalamazoo State Theatre #
09/17 – Cleveland, OH @ Masonic Auditorium #
09/19 – Toronto, ON @ Toronto Urban Roots Festival
09/20 – Ottawa, ON @ CityFolk Festival
09/21 – Montreal, QC @ Le Metropolis de Montreal #
09/23 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre of Ithaca #
09/24 – Ann Arbor, MI @ Hill Auditorium #
09/25 – Bloomington, IN @ Indiana University Auditorium #
09/26-27 – Franklin, TN @ Pilgrimage Festival
09/28 – New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum #
09/29-30 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s #

^ = w/ Jenny Lewis
% = w/ Vetiver
* = w/ Speedy Ortiz
# = w/ William Tyler

Star Wars is currently available for purchase on the band’s website as well as any digital media marketplace.

Watch the New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer

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The time has finally arrive for those super excited and eager Star Wars fans; the new teaser trailer for the upcoming film has been released.

The newest teaser for the upcoming installation of the hit franchise made its debut a little while ago at the “Star Wars Celebration” event in Anaheim, CA, much to the delight of everyone in the convention center.

As pictures from several publications present at the event showed, hardcore fans of the movie started lining up for the event last night and for good reason. Not only was director J.J. Abrams and producer Kathleen Kennedy on hand to answer fans’ questions and give out information about the new film (like the planet is named Jakka), but so were the stars of the film including: Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill and newcomers, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, and Oscar Isaac.

According to Kennedy, Harrison Ford also wanted to be present at the event as well, but couldn’t due to his recovery from his plane crash last month.

For now, check out the two-minute trailer below and prepare yourself to “go home.”

Star Wars: The Force Awakens will be released just in time for Christmas on December 18.

The Force Has Officially Awoken in New ‘Star Wars’ Trailer

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Happy late Thanksgiving all you Star Wars fans!

J.J. Abrams promised fans of the series that the first trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens (aka Episode VII) would be coming their way post turkey hangover and he kept his promise of premiering the trailer on iTunes a couple of hours ago.

Instead of revealing what goes on in the almost minute and a half teaser, check out the footage below.

According to Entertainment Weekly, the film will pick up 30 years after the last Star Wars film and will welcome original cast member Harrison Ford (who was injured during filming), Carrie Fisher (who confirmed her involvement earlier this year),Mark Hamill, Kenny Baker, Peter Mayhew, and Anthony Daniels.

Joining the original cast members are newcomers, Lupita Nyong’o, Gwendoline Christie, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow.

“All About That Bass” Gets Star Wars Treatment

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Star Wars once again made headliners yesterday with the revelation that Episode VII would now be titled, Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Of course, all the jokes about the name began, including our personal favorite, Star Wars: The Force Needs Its Cup of Coffee. Like with any revelation that big, a lot of fans not exactly excited about the choice of names (like they’ve ever been happy with any of the titles). But, leave it to The Nerdist to be able to take the negative reactions to the name and give them something funny in the form of a parody of a top 40 radio song.

Chris Hardwick and his crew at the Nerdist took Meghan Trainor’s infectious, pop song, “All About the Bass” and gave it the Jedi treatment rewriting the lyrics to fit the Star Wars world. Things like “Alderaan chunks where Alderaan space was…” and “We know that Sith ain’t real ’cause even I got chopped” replace the original lyrics of the song.

Check out the parody below because you know, “we’re all about that base…no rebels.”

Help Save the World, Get Role in ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’

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Are you a major Star Wars fan? Ever dreamed of one day having a small role in a film? Well, kiddies, you might be in luck because some good news is coming your way that people who answered yes to those questions would enjoy.
 
Beginning today (May 21), you can visit omaze.com/starwars to enter for your chance to win a spot in the film. Director J.J. Abrams invited fans, via special video message which was shot on the set of the upcoming film in Abu Dhabi, to this special opportunity.
The video announces the creation of Star Wars: Force for Change, an initiative from Disney, Lucasfilm and Abrams own company, Bad Robot to help find creative ways to help combat some of the world’s biggest problems. 

“The Star Wars fans are some of the most passionate and committed folks around the globe,” Abrams said in the video message. “We’re thrilled to offer a chance to come behind the scenes as our VIP guest and be in Star Wars: Episode VII. We’re even more excited that by participating in this campaign star wars fans will be helping children around the world through our collaboration with UNICEF Innovation Labs and projects.”

If the VIP treatment isn’t enough to help you come up with something to submit, at least think of the children. 

Check out Abrams’ full message below. 

‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ Cast Revealed

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After much speculation and buzz, the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII has finally been revealed thanks to StarWars.com.

Rounding out the cast alongside original stars Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker are John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaacs,  Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, Max von Sydow and Girls star (and rumored baddie) Adam Driver.

The film will pick up after Episode VI which would make it 35 years later. The film was penned by J.J. Abrams after much denouncing since, you know, he’s the guy behind the Star Trek reboot and Lawrence Kasdan.

“We are so excited to finally share the cast of Star Wars: Episode VII,” Abrams said in a statement posted on the site. “It is both thrilling and surreal to watch the beloved original cast and these brilliant new performers come together to bring this world to life, once again. We start shooting in a couple of weeks, and everyone is doing their best to make the fans proud.”

In case you didn’t already know, Twitter users have been keeping an eye on the set of the film, taking to social media to upload several pictures.

Star Wars: Episode VII will be released on Dec. 15, 2015.

May the force be strong with this one.

John Williams to Score “Star Wars: Episode VII”

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It may not be ‘official,’ but the fact that Star Wars: Episode VII director, JJ Abrams, has announced that John Williams will continue his role as the creator for the film score, makes it an almost guaranteed deal.

During a press conference for his new film, Star Trek Into Darkness, the director was asked the following:

Can you talk a little about Michael Giacchino’s music and will he be scoring Star Wars too, or not?

Michael Giacchino is an incredible composer who I was lucky enough to begin working with on Alias. He was doing videogame soundtracks and we started working together then and have done a number of films and television series since. He is brilliant and it’s very easy for me to say to him, looking at a scene, “Okay, this scene needs to be about the conflict between these characters. It’s got to be hopeful but you also have to feel that there’s a tension still.” I can say all these ridiculous things and he has to listen and say “okay” and go off and come back and present music that invariably does that but so much more. He’s truly one of the most influential members of our crew and I think this score, he just really out did himself, especially with the score for Benedict’s character. I think that suite that he wrote was just brilliant. Again, for Star Wars it is very early days to know but I believe that going forward John Williams will be doing that film, because apparently he was there long before I was.”

Williams created Darth Vader’s iconic and chilling theme music and in 1978, he won an Oscar for his score for Star Wars: A New Hope.

Witness Abrams reveal the news to the delight of many fanboys and girls.

Star Wars: Episode VII has a tentative release date of 2015.