Ryan Adams announces new album Prisoner

posted by Vu Nguyen

In an exclusive interview with the world's foremost feline talk show host Lil BUB, pinball, comic book, black metal and hardcore enthusiast and multiple-Grammy-nominee-and-zero-winner Ryan Adams confirmed details of his first album of all new original material since 2014's Ryan Adams.

During the intimate and revealing interview, Adams divulged that the album, titled Prisoner, will be released February 17 on Pax-Am/Blue Note in the US (Virgin EMI in the UK), and previewed and discussed snippets (or "sniplets") of new tracks including first single "Do You Still Love Me?" which is available today for purchase and as an instant grat with all pre-orders.

"I was reflecting on the different states of desire and what it means to be a prisoner of your own desire," Adams told BUB of the new record's title, later adding, "I felt like I had been robbed of... the most valuable thing in a person's life…Time."

The twelve tracks that make up Prisoner came to Adams over a prolific period stretching back as far as the week his 2014 self-titled album entered the U.S. album chart at a career high of #4. During that run, Adams toured the world, recorded and released both his Live at Carnegie Hall collection and full-album cover of Taylor Swift's 1989, and saw the aforementioned Ryan Adams garner two Grammy nominations - Best Rock Song for "Gimme Something Good" and Best Rock Album.

And somehow during this two-year-plus whirlwind, Adams contends Prisoner virtually wrote itself. As he told Lil BUB, "Whatever was going on in me was strong enough that I only had to sit down and this stuff just made itself known."

Tune into Lil Bub’s channel later today for this exclusive interview

Ryan Adams' Prisoner track listing is below. The album will be available February 17, 2017 in formats including standard digital, HD digital, 180G vinyl and CD "Do You Still Love Me?” can be streamed

1. Do You Still Love Me?
2. Prisoner
3. Doomsday
4. Haunted House
5. Shiver and Shake
6. To Be Without You
7. Anything I Say To You Now
8. Breakdown
9. Outbound Train
10. Broken Anyway
11. Tightrope
12. We Disappear

Athens GA's Nude With Lyre shares desolate track "Purple" via Big Shot Mag; Ambient/drone self-released debut album 'Blood' out 12/9

posted Dec 2, 2016, 7:24 PM by Vu Nguyen

“There is something about the stillness and monotony of growing up in a small, southern town where I felt disgustingly inward, and at the same time, fixated on the crude surfaces of things...pores of skin, grease in food, crackle of bad speakers...and everything else became a background to these surfaces...this album is about that sort of feeling”

Tristan McNeil aka Nude With Lyre grew up in Augusta, Georgia and was trained primarily in the visual fine arts, but also classical and jazz music as a child. He spent his early years after high school working as a dishwasher and a line cook, occasionally playing in local bar bands, and later working as a graphic designer and concert video editor.

His debut album Blood -- announced, perhaps fittingly, just before the bleakness of the early November election season -- is out December 9th via self-release. It began as a score for a friend’s short-film - documenting desolate scenes of his hometown and “violence-out-of-boredom.” Inspired by the “empty 1970s nostalgia” and “pop music distorted by shitty speakers and poor acoustics,” he created an atmosphere of retro synth sounds displaced by futuristic production ideas – blasts of sub bass, treated vocals, and an offbeat layering of rhythms akin to the phasing of Steve Reich. The drip-dropping falsetto in the new track "Purple", premiering today via Big Shot Magazine, is an intriguing counterpoint to the otherworldly, repetitive nature of the previously released album track "Pleasure". Listen to "Purple" on Soundcloud.

When the film unexpectedly came to a halt, Tristan was left with music that he felt intimately connected to and constructed his own narrative for the music. Adding and subtracting layers and modifying sounds over a period of two years, the music evolved into a deeply personal work of droning post-pop akin to Grouper, Laurel Halo, and Ian William Craig.

“It’s an album about my own experience, working shitty food service jobs in a small southern town…moments of getting lost in sublime fantasy interrupted by the vulgar realness of excessive exhaust from passing cars, humid air saturated with the chemical smell of paper plants...and finding ecstasy in monotony.”

A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas: Tour Dates Announced

posted Nov 17, 2016, 3:11 AM by Vu Nguyen

This holiday season, Wynonna & The Big Noise are once again hitting the road-in an unforgettable way! "A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas" will include a mix of holiday favorites and WYNONNA's biggest hits, as well as brand new music from their debut album released in February 2016.

"Every year I look forward to our Christmas tour," says WYNONNA, "It's so easy to get caught up in the perfectionism that this time of the year often brings. I love singing the music that inspires me to remember the real reason for the season. My hope is that people can come to the show, forget about their 'to do' list and, for the time we are together, simply enjoy themselves."

WYNONNA-along with her band, The Big Noise-will bring "A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas" to audiences across the country for the third year in a row. The show will feature incomparable musical arrangements from The Big Noise, putting WYNONNA's voice front and center for what promises to be a truly memorable evening of music and holiday magic.

Respected by the millions of fans who are drawn to her music and her undeniable talent,
WYNONNA's rich and commanding voice has sold over 30 million albums worldwide spanning a remarkable 33-year career. Charting countless singles, including 20 #1 hits and over 60 industry awards, the iconic performer was dubbed by Rolling Stone as "the greatest female country singer since Patsy Cline."

"A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas" Tour will kick off with a FREE SHOW on November 26th in Panama City Beach, FL, with dates running through December 17th in
Lufkin, TX. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit

Catch "A Wynonna & The Big Noise Christmas" this winter:

Sat 11/26 Panama City Beach, FL Aaron Bessant Park
Thu 12/01 Bowling Green, KY SKyPAC
Fri 12/02 Glen Ellyn, IL McAninch Arts Center
Sat 12/03 Shipshewana, IN Blue Gate Theater
Thu 12/08 Las Vegas, NV The Golden Nugget
Fri 12/09 Cerritos, CA Cerritos Center for the Performing Arts
Wed 12/14 Nashville, TN CMA Theater at Country Music Hall of Fame
Thu 12/15 El Dorado, AR El Dorado Municipal Auditorium
Fri 12/16 Biloxi, MS IP Casino Resort & Spa - Studio A
Sat 12/17 Lufkin, TX Temple Theater at Angelina College


Aanysa & Snakehips release "Burn Break Crash"

posted Nov 5, 2016, 5:11 AM by Vu Nguyen

Multi-talented artist, Aanysa, in collaboration with coveted U.K. beat makers, Snakehips, release “Burn Break Crash”.  The track is Aanysa’s first single with RCA Records and is available now at all digital retail providers.


About Aanysa
Seventeen-year-old singer, dancer, and songwriter, Aanysa, is gearing up to release brand new music for her first album with RCA Records. The cross-genre artist brings us music that combines 90’s pop-R&B and nu-disco.  Aanysa seeks her inspiration from female powerhouses like Beyoncé and Janet Jackson who have influenced her both musically and as an entertainer as a whole. The Kansas City-born and now Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter has been a performer her entire life, with her unique dancing style being cultivated over the past few years living in LA all while she continues to develop music.  Songs off of her debut album, “Burn Break Crash”, which is produced by U.K. DJ duo, Snakehips, and “Mathematics”, perfectly capture Aanysa’s unique signature and extremely catchy sound, and are expected to propel her musical career to great heights.  Aanysa’s debut album is set for release in 2017.


About Snakehips

London natives, Snakehips, consists of Oliver Lee and James Carter. Although, they hail from the city, the 25 year-olds met on a separate business trips to Hong Kong, where they bonded over shared musical interests. Shortly after meeting, the pair began crafting Hype Machine chart-topping remixes for Banks, The Weeknd, Bondax and Wild Belle. In 2015, the duo released their EP, Forever (Pt II) featuring vocals from such artists as The Internet’s Syd, Kaleem Taylor, singer-songwriter Sasha Keable and Daniella T.A.O.L., crafting a sound that can be best described as a sensual, contemporary take on old school R&B and hip hop. In fall of 2015, Snakehips released their massive single “All My Friends” featuring Tinashe & Chance The Rapper, which they performed with Tinashe on Jimmy Kimmel Live!.  “All My Friends” also appears on their latest EP of the same name, and includes collaborations with U.K. singer, Malika, Canadian rapper, Tory Lanez, along with “Money On Me”, featuring Dr Dre protégé, Anderson .Paak.  They recently collaborated with ZAYN on their latest track entitled “Cruel”.  Snakehips performed at this year’s Coachella Music & Arts Festival, Lollapalooza in Chicago, Outside Lands in San Francisco, and most recently, Life Is Beautiful in Las Vegas.  The duo will also kicking off their North American tour on October 26th in Dallas, TX.

THE UNDERTONES release new KEVIN SHIELDS (My Bloody Valentine/Primal Scream) remix of classic 1979 single 'Get Over You'

posted Sep 20, 2016, 5:29 AM by Vu Nguyen

2016 marks the 40th Anniversary of The Undertones and birth of punk, and to celebrate this milestone, Union Square Music are pleased to announce the 2016 vinyl remaster and digital release of the band’s highly acclaimed first two albums; ‘The Undertones – The Undertones’ + ‘The Undertones – Hypnotised’. Released 7th October, both LPs are remastered from the original tapes and produced on 180g heavyweight vinyl with original replicated artwork.


Also released is a 2016 7” remix of the classic 1979 single ‘Get Over You’. Remixed by Kevin Shields (My Bloody Valentine/Primal Scream), the single was remixed from the original multi track tape and available on 180g heavyweight red vinyl.


One of the best bands to come out of Northern Ireland, The Undertones took youth adoration from glam-rock and gave it the stripped-down simplicity and energy of punk to create 3 minute, slam-bang punk-pop. 


Released in 1979, the band’s self-titled debut album was recorded at Eden Studios, London and reached No.13 in the UK Albums Chart.


Including the classic singles ‘Here Comes the Summer’, ‘Jimmy Jimmy’ and the seminal ‘Teenage Kicks’ - heavily championed by BBC Radio 1 DJ John Peel at the time, the album is based around simple, 4 chord punk songs, but executed with so much enthusiasm, you cannot help but smile all the way through. The album is regularly touted as one of the greatest albums to be released in the 1970s and one of the Top 40 Punk/New Wave albums of all time.


The Undertones’ second album ‘Hypnotised’, released the following year, was part recorded at Wisseloord Studios in the Netherlands in and Eden Studios. Produced by Roger Bechirian, ‘Hypnotised’ reached number 6 in the UK Albums Chart, the highest charting album of the band’s career. Including the hit singles ‘My Perfect Cousin’ and ‘Wednesday Week’, ‘Hypnotised’ was listed in ‘1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die’; a poll selected and written by 90 leading international music critics.


Formed in Derry in 1974, The Undertones consisted of the O’Neill brothers – John and Damian on guitars, Michael Bradley on bass, Billy Doherty on drums, and Feargal Sharkey on vocals. Even by the standards of that decade, Derry was not the rock and roll capital of anywhere. Like countless others, punk rock fired their imagination and they learned to play by listening to mail order records, reading one of the few copies of NME that made it to Derry but most of all, from listening to John Peel’s show on BBC Radio One. A love of Garage bands helped formulate their predilection for songs with strong chorus hooks, keeping songs short, economical and dynamic.


With little success initially, the band were on the verge of quitting when the small but influential Belfast label ‘Good Vibrations’ took them on. The song ‘Teenage Kicks’ was released as their debut single in September 1978 and although it failed to chart, it did attract the attention of the BBC’s John Peel. A tale of adolescent yearnings, its greatest strength lies in its simplicity from the buzzsaw guitars to the two angst-ridden verses and the singalong chorus. Peel played it incessantly, proclaiming it the greatest single ever, and it helped the band win a major label deal with Sire Records who re-released it, resulting in the band’s first appearance on Top of the Pops.


Over the next five years before their eventual split in 1983, The Undertones released four studio albums and thirteen singles.


Reforming in 1999 to perform two shows in their hometown, it wasn’t long before the band were back in the studio working on new material. The resulting albums ‘Get What You Need’ (2003) and ‘Dig Yourself Deep’ (2007) were both released to critical acclaim and showed that the art of writing short, sharp songs had not been lost over the previous two decades.


The Undertones were back in the media spotlight again in 2012 when the story of ‘Teenage Kicks’ was at the heart of the film 'Good Vibrations', which told the story of Terri Hooley and his record label, Sire Records.


Earlier this year, bassist Michael Bradley released his memoirs of his time with the band entitled, ‘Teenage Kicks: My Life as an Undertone’ which received numerous plaudits. 


The band continue to tour and perform at venues and festivals throughout the UK and Europe and are set to embark on a 12-date 40th Anniversary UK tour this autumn.


2016 also marks the 40th anniversary of punk. The loud, take-no-prisoners genre smashed its way onto the UK’s music scene in the 70s and in particular in London in 1976 when two key moments helped spark the punk fervour: the Ramones’ July gig at the Roundhouse, and the release of the Sex Pistols’ anthem-like debut single, ‘Anarchy in the U.K.’ Punk not only changed music but also art, fashion and vulture forever, giving many young disillusioned young people a voice for the first time.


UK tour dates:



Fri 26th                    YORK                                     Fibbers                                 

Sat 27th                  STOKE ON TRENT              The Sugarmill                                   


Thur 20th                SOUTHAMPTON                 Engine Rooms                            

Fri 21st                    BRISTOL                               O2 Academy                                     

Sat 22nd                  LEAMINGTON SPA             The Assembly     

Thur 27th                GATESHEAD                       Sage                                                

Fri 28th                    HOLMFIRTH                         The Picturedrome               SOLD OUT

Sat 29th                  MANCHESTER                    Academy            


Fri 11th                    ABERDEEN                          The Garage     

Sat 12th                  GLASGOW                            The Garage          

Sun 13th                 AYR                                        Town Hall         

Thur 17th                BURY ST EDMUNDS          The Apex             

Fri 18th                    NORWICH                             The Waterfront         

Sat 19th                  LONDON                               O2 Forum             

Sargent (1/2 of Prince tribute band Princess w/ Maya Rudolph) Release New Video

posted Sep 8, 2016, 3:36 AM by Vu Nguyen

Los Angeles based Sargent has released a video for the track “Waltz (Foolish Desire)” via BUST. The new project from Gretchen Lieberum, who is also known as one half of the Prince tribute band Princess with Maya Rudolph, will be releasing a self-titled debut LP on September 16. The video is a visual representation of the song’s lyrics featuring whimsical animations to accompany “Waltz,” a sweetly wafting ode to unrequited love. The full album, which was co-written and produced with her collaborator Jake Blanton (The Killers, Beck), is abundant in levitating lullabies and heart-ached ballads backed by cabaret-pop born of vintage instruments.
Lieberum has earned a name for herself by venturing wherever creativity may take her. Though not classically trained, she was raised on the strains of Sarah Vaughan, Nina Simone, and Billie Holiday. Given the shorthand she shared with Jake, she would simply hum a melody to him and he would help craft the chords around it on a rickety, old upright piano that would come to be their secret weapon.
With Jake leaving to tour with bands such as The Killers, and Gretchen becoming pregnant with her son, Sargent took a hiatus, despite creating many near-completed songs. Long obsessed with Prince, Gretchen and actress-singer Maya Rudolph debuted Princess in 2011. By combining their formidable pipes to cover Prince’s catalog, their sincere fandom in full show, the duo instantly became the most famous Prince cover band on the planet, playing everywhere from Carnegie Hall to The Tonight Show.
Cosmically speaking, Gretchen has Prince to thank for Sargent. Years of performing Prince tracks reminded Gretchen that she missed working on her own material. In digging up the Sargent songs and playing them for friends, she was eventually encouraged to release them. Reuniting with Blanton, the duo soon penned new tracks, while fleshing out some older ones, resulting in a self-titled debut album. See a full list of tracks below and stay tuned for more to come from Sargent.
Tour Dates

9/27 – New York, NY at Rockwood Music Hall
10/15 – Los Angeles, CA at Hotel Cafe

Natural Child announce tour dates

posted Sep 8, 2016, 3:33 AM by Vu Nguyen

Okey Dokey
 (9/16) is the latest full-length from Nashville, TN's 
Natural Child. The band's first new music in two years is also the debut release on their new label, Natural Child Records and Tapes. Natural Child started recording the album in Memphis and completed it in Chicago, where they worked alongside Cooper Crain (Cave, Bitchin Bajas)
Let’s get a few things about Natural Child out of the way: they’re not retro, not the bastard sons of Lynyrd Skynyrd or ZZ Top, not barnstormers or foot stompers or country-fried bumpkins sharing their latest “stew.” To some they are saviors, to others they’re the soundtrack to countless substance- fueled nights.  To themselves, they’re a rock 'n' roll band, chugging along, in every sense of the word.
With Okey Dokey, Natural Child says come on in – give us your tired, your weak, your poor; give us your rockers and rollers and grimy punks and suburban cowboys. Get down how you wanna get down.

Natural Child on tour: 

Sep 17 Nashville, TN @ Little Harpeth
Sep 21 Little Rock, AR @ White Water Tavern
Sep 22 Dallas, TX @ Doublewide
Sep 23 Austin, TX @ Barracuda
Sep 24 San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
Sep 26 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
Sep 27 Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
Sep 28 Santa Cruz @ Crepe Place
Sep 29 San Francisco, CA @ Chapel
Sep 30 Reno, NV @ Loving Cup
Oct 1 Nevada City, NV @ Crazy Horse
Oct 3 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
Oct 4 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
Oct 6 Ft. Collins, CO @ Surfside7
Oct 7 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
Oct 8 Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
Oct 20 Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre
Oct 21 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
Oct 22 Asheville, NC @ Mothlight
Nov 2 Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar
Nov 3 Indianapolis, IN @ State Street Pub
Nov 4 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Nov 5 Detroit, MI @ El Club
Nov 7 Boston, MA @ Middle East Upstairs
Nov 9 Providence, RI @ Aurora
Nov 10 Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel
Nov 11 Jersey City, NJ @ Monty Hall
Nov 12 Philadelphia, PA @ Everybody Hits
Nov 13 Richmond, VA @ Strange Matter
Nov 14 Harrisonburg, VA @ Golden Pony
Nov 16 Winston-Salem, NC @ Garage
Nov 17 Durham, NC @ Pinhook
Nov 18 Charlotte, NC @ Heist Brewery
Nov 19 Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light

EDEN Kicks Off US Headline Tour + "drugs" VR Experience

posted Sep 8, 2016, 3:30 AM by Vu Nguyen

Hailing from Dublin, 20-year-old vocalist/producer/multi-instrumentalist EDEN kicks off his North American headline tour today in support of his recently released EP i think you think too much of me via Astralwerks. EDEN will bring his striking visual and energetic live performance to shows in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York, London and more. Tickets on sale now as well as VIP meet & greet upgradesi think you think too much of me is now available at all digital partners as well as in a variety of exclusive physical packages from EDEN's store that reached #1 on iTunes Alternative Charts, #7 on the Top Album Charts and #2 on Billboard's Heatseeker chart.
Tying into the tour kick off, EDEN unveils his "drugs" VR Experience, developed and distributed by SAMO in partnership with SB Projects. The experience takes viewers on a visceral journey led by the music, which SAMO abstracted into stunning visuals and a sprawling spatial audio mix to create a one-of-a-kind sensory experience.
The video is available in 360 on Facebook and in VR on EDEN's YouTube channel where the experience will utilize not only the 360 video feature but also YouTube's newly available spatial audio capabilities. YouTube has launched the spatial audio feature that is currently available on desktop and Android. The "drugs" VR Experience will be the first experience ever to utilize this feature on the web. The video can also be viewed in VR on Oculus, Milk VR, Jaunt, VRideo, Discovery, Littlstar, Napster and Hulu.
EDEN recently premiered the official music video for "drugs" on Pigeons & Planes. "It's not that I wrote the song about this specific storyline, but the idea that things in your life really only mean as much as you let them connects the visuals with the track and the EP in a powerful way. You can watch the video with an outcome in your mind but things are never quite as simple or straightforward as they seem," says EDEN. 
Fans were given a taste of the EP earlier this summer with the first single and accompanying video for "sex" which premiered on Consequence of Sound.  The track has already racked up over 4.3 million listens across digital platforms.
Ng learned to play violin at age seven at the urging of his parents and through classical training, discovered his natural musicality. He then began learning new instruments on his own and discovered a passion for songwriting. From the bedroom of his childhood home he began to cultivate a large online following, and establish in his own mind the vision for EDEN's future. In August 2015 EDEN made his debut with End Credits and-despite making zero effort to promote it-soon found the EP gaining major attention and ultimately amassing more than 30 million streams as well as selling out his first US tour. That momentum continued to build as EDEN released a cover of Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" in November 2015, a soulfully cinematic track that hit #1 on HypeM's popular chart and racked up a million cumulative streams in one week.

Sept 9                  Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
Sept 11                Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre
Sept 14                San Francisco, CA @ Slim's
Sept 16                 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
Sept 20                Scottsdale, AZ @ Pub Rock
Sept 22                Austin, TX @ The Parish
Sept 23                Dallas, TX @ House of Blues - Cambridge Room
Sept 25                 Houston, TX @ House of Blues - Bronze Peacock
Sept 27                 St. Louis, MO @ Firebird
Sept 29                Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
Oct 1                      Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall
Oct 4                     Toronto, Ontario @ The Mod Club Theatre
Oct 5                      Montreal, Quebec @ La Sala Rossa
Oct 7                      New York, NY @ Webster Hall
Oct 10                   Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore
Oct 11                   Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Oct 13                   Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
Oct 14                   Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre
Oct 15                   Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
Oct 17                   Jacksonville, FL @ Jack Rabbits Live
Oct 20                   Orlando, FL @ The Social
Oct 21                   Tampa, FL @ The Orpheum
Oct 22                   Fort Lauderdale, FL @ The Culture Room

Against Me! Release "333" Video Directed by Ione Skye & Starring Natasha Lyonne ("Orange Is The New Black")

posted Sep 5, 2016, 2:36 PM by Vu Nguyen

Celebrated American rock band Against Me! are excited to present the brand new music video for “333” taken from its highly anticipated forthcoming studio album titled Shape Shift With Me. Directed by Ione Skye and starring her friend of 20 years, Natasha Lyonne of Orange Is The New Black, as well as Welsh actor Andrew Howard who plays an electric, 1960s-inspired husband, the video for “333” illuminates a push/pull relationship between repression and free sexuality that speaks for the tension found within the song itself. “This project attracted a lot of talented people: an incredible director of photography, producer, costume designer, editor and set designer,” Skye mentions. “I felt very supported and inspired.” Check out the new music video for “333” over at YouTube

Being released on the band’s label Total Treble (in partnership with INgrooves) and serving as the follow up to the critically acclaimed Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Shape Shift With Me is now available for pre-order on Amazon (
LP, CD) and iTunes where instant downloads of album tracks “333” and “Haunting, Haunted, Haunts,” a song Rolling Stone recently deemed “a rollicking, swaggering stomper,” are now being offered for those who purchase the album ahead of its Friday, September 16 release.

Additionally, the band has announced its upcoming North American fall tour dates that will both include headline appearances and dates with Bad Religion and Dave Hause. A full listing of dates can be found below with tickets and information on Against Me!’s official website,

Frontwoman Laura Jane Grace recently announced the release of her upcoming memoir titled TRANNY: Confessions of Punk Rock’s Most Infamous Anarchist Sellout. Set for release on November 15, 2016 through Hachette Books, TRANNY is a searing account of Grace’s search for identity and true self. The highly anticipated book also reveals the struggles and victories that the artist experienced in her quest for gender transition. Written with Noisey editor Dan Ozzi and illuminated by Grace’s never-before-published journal entries reaching back to childhood, TRANNY is an intensely personal and revelatory look inside her struggles with identity and addiction. Grappling with everything from sex, drugs, failed marriages, music, and soul of a punk rock star, this memoir paints a vivid portrait of one of the most revolutionary transgender icons of our time.

Recorded, mixed and engineered by Marc Jacob Hudson (Taking Back Sunday, Saves The Day) at Rancho Recordo, Shape Shift With Me, Against Me!’s seventh full length album, has the distinction of the first album frontwoman Laura Jane Grace has written truly from the heart, with no metaphorical cloaks cast over the lyrics. It’s an album about love, that deceptively complex emotion we all struggle with yet has somehow eluded most of Grace’s songwriting for the past 20 years.

“Tons of people have written about love. But while love is cliché, it’s infinitely relevant,” Grace says. “For me, having always been in a punk band that was expected to be political, I never felt like I had that option to write about feelings in that way. That’s what I ended up being drawn to this time. It’s writing in a way I thought I could never write before, and not giving a shit about expectations.”

As such, Shape Shift With Me is a loose concept album about traveling the world and falling in and out of love, with Grace serving as the narrator. But even though she was opening herself up to new songwriting topics, she knew what her mission was from the start.

“Is there a record that is about relationships from a trans perspective?” she asks rhetorically. “There needs to be more records about trans rights and everything like that, but feeling like I already did that, I wanted to move on to write commentary on living from a trans perspective. I wanted to write the transgender response to the Rolling Stones’ Exile On Main St., Liz Phair’s Exile In Guyville and the Streets’ A Grand Don’t Come For Free. All those records are relationship records. There’s been an infinite amount of records talking about what love means from a cisgender perspective. I wanted to present the trans perspective on sex, love and heartbreak.”

With Grace’s new motivation came a new outlook on the band, as well. Previous albums found the songwriting process to be a largely solitary experience, but she embraced the spirit of collaboration for Shape Shift With Me—so much so that when Cody Votolato of the Blood Brothers sent her some demos of songs he was working on for another project, she became inspired and ended up co-writing “Boyfriend” and “Norse Truth,” two of the album’s most memorable tracks, with him.

“It was just about opening up to whatever comes my way karmically,” Grace says. “Whatever everyone in the band is willing to offer, I just wanted to be open to it. I didn’t want it to be like what it was in the past where it may have felt closed. I want it to be different.”

In a career already full of classic punk records, Shape Shift With Me feels like the definitive Against Me! album—it’s poppy and catchy (“Rebecca,” “Suicide Bomber”), aggressive and in-your-face (“ProVision L-3,” “Dead Rats”), sentimental and longing [Crash,” “All This (And More”)]. Moreover, it’s the culmination of four years of existence as Laura Jane Grace—there’s no going back now, so she might as well embrace it.

“While I’ve always wanted the moon and the stars, I have a certain amount of humbleness,” she admits. “I just want to play shows and make records and write songs. That’s what I’ve always wanted to do. Of course I always want the biggest and best things for those shows and records and songs, but when it comes down to it, I just love doing it. I have no other ambitions or career goals.”

Against Me! will be making the following North American headline appearances as well as touring with Bad Religion and Dave Hause this fall. Dates below with more headline shows to be announced soon.

14 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache #
15 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre #
17 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade In-Store 
18 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall #
19 – Boston, MA – Royale #
20 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall #
21 – Montreal, QC – Club Soda #
23 – Chicago, IL – Goose Island 312 Block Party
24 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom #
25 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre #
27 – Northampton, MA – Pearl Street #
28 – Providence, RI – Fete (Lounge) #
29 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground #
30 – Sayreville, NJ – Starland Ballroom *

01 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount *
03 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
04 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
05 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore *
06 – Silver Spring, MD – The Fillmore Silver Spring *
07 – Charlottesville, VA – Champion Brewing Company #
08 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte *
09 – Atlanta, GA – The Buckhead Theatre *
11 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – House of Blues-Orlando * 
12 – St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing *
14 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live *
15 – San Antonio, TX – The Aztec Theater *
16 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues-Dallas *
18 – Kansas City, MO – Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland *
20 – Salt Lake City, UT – In The Venue *
21 – Las Vegas, NV – The Foundry Hall @ SLS *
24 – Eugene, OR – McDonald Theater *
25 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore #
26 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SoDo *
27 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theatre *
29 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades *
30 – San Francisco, CA – Warfield Theatre *

03 – Tempe, AZ – Marquee Theatre *
04 – Hollywood, CA – Hollywood Palladium *

# = headline show
* = w/ Bad Religion, Dave Hause

The Kills on tour now

posted Sep 5, 2016, 2:32 PM by Vu Nguyen

Photo Credit - Kenneth Cappello
The Kills (Jamie Hince and Alison Mosshart) released their fifth full-length album, Ash & Ice earlier this summer.

The Kills continue to tour the globe and kick off their tour in the US tonight. All upcoming North American dates below - tickets are on sale now.

The Kills Tour Dates

9/7        Dallas, TX - Granada Theater
9/8        Austin, TX - ACL Live at The Moody Theater
9/9        Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall
9/11      St Louis, MO - LouFest
9/12      New Orleans, LA - House of Blues
9/13      Atlanta, GA - Buckhead Theater
9/14      Nashville, TN - Marathon Music Works
9/16      Madison, WI - Live on King Street
9/17      Milwaukee, WI - The Rave
9/18      Cincinnati, OH - Bogart's
9/20      Portland, ME - State Theatre
9/21      Montreal, QC - Metropolis
9/23      New York, NY - Terminal 5

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