OOIOO (oh-oh-eye-oh-oh). Under the intrepid leadership of Yoshimi P-We (cofounder of Japanese band Boredoms and the inspiration behind the Flaming Lips’s album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots) the group has subverted expectations and warped perceptions of what constitutes pop and experimental music since the mid-1990s. Simply put, “It’s rugged, inspired, original music” (New York Times). OOIOO perform their Minnesota debut on Thursday, December 3, 8 pm in the William and Nadine McGuire Theater. The concert opens with a special set by Minnesota-based Javanese musician Joko Sutrisno and his Sumunar Gamelan Ensemble.
Four years of work went into to making Gamel, their bold new album inspired by the Javanese style of gamelan and the first new music from Yoshimi in over five years. Gamelan is an ancient form that has inspired a great many composers and musicians over the past century, from Erik Satie and Claude Debussy to Mouse on Mars and Sun City Girls. The introduction of this traditional form transformed the group into a super tribe, side-stepping the road between the past and the future. Their focus is not to replicate these ancient styles, but to incorporate them into their consistently inventive, constantly shifting musical frameworks. They take their love of indigenous music into an entirely new dimension by freely weaving organic and electric tones into a vivid tapestry, employing their keen sense of color and texture.
While the previous five OOIOO albums have been largely studio creations, Gamel is the most accurate portrayal of the band’s overwhelming, forceful live presence they have released yet. Yoshimi leads her minimalistic rhythm ensemble by making quick, impulsive shifts in tone and attack, the group acting as one mind under her expert instruction. While the gamelan elements will be brand new to many listeners, the band offsets the bizarre with familiar, at times even nostalgic and childlike, melodies. Gamel is euphoric, bursting at the seams with an exhilarating frenzy that is universal yet uniquely their own. OOIOO’s music is reflected in the ear of the beholder, with each listener taking away something different.
Yoshimi began her music career in 1986 playing drums in UFO or Die with vocalist Eye, and later joined him in the revolutionary noise-pop group Boredoms. Her explosive drum performances captivated audiences and even inspired Wayne Coyne to name a now-famous Flaming Lips album in her honor. While the band’s tours of the United States are infrequent, they are as the New York Times has stated, transcendent.
Tickets to OOIOO are $20 ($16) available at walkerart.org/tickets or by calling 612.375.7600
Three Reasons To Live Here, Brooklyn based saxophonist and composer, Jonah Parzen-Johnson, starts pretty big. “I want to be part of a community of people whose first allegiance is to empathy and mutual understanding.” After the release of his album Remember When Things Were Better Tomorrow in June 2015, Jonah spent 9 weeks on tour, mostly by himself. “I wanted something to do on the road that would mark the time, and immediately connect me to people I ran into as I hit different cities.” By the end of the summer, Jonah had collected three reasons to live in 34 cities in the US and Canada. “In the end, the idea is pretty simple. Empathy and mutual understanding can spread from the tiniest affirmation: I could live where you live.”
Publication Date: 11/17/2015
File Under: Travel / Essays & Travelogues
Palehound Announce Winter Dates w/ Torres + Fall Tour w/ Mitski, Critically Acclaimed Debut LP Out Now
Palehound aka 21-year-old Ellen Kempner has been making waves since the release of her debut LP Dry Food earlier this year via Exploding In Sound. The album has received accolades from the likes of Pitchfork, Rolling Stone, NPR, SPIN + more as it continues to gain international attention. Following a label signing with UK’s Heavenly Recordings, Palehound is nominated for three Boston Music Awards – New Artist of the Year, Rock/Indie Artist of the Year, and Female Vocalist of the Year.
Today, the band announces their upcoming winter tour with Torres, hitting cities such as New York, Boston, Chicago, and more. Palehound will also kick off their run of fall dates with Mitski and PWR BTTM on November 10th. Revered for her raw, rattling live show, be sure to catch Palehound in a city near you!
National Tour Dates
^ = w/ Mitski & PWR BTTM
# = w/ Torres
11/13: Durham, NC @ Pinhook^
11/14: Athens, GA @ Caledonia Lounge^
11/16: Nashville, TN @ The High Watt^
11/17: Bloomington, IN @ Bishop Bar^
11/18: Madison, WI @ The Frequency^
11/19: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry^
11/20: Chicago IL @ Beat Kitchen^
11/21: Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe^
11/23: Toronto, ON @ Smiling Buddha^
11/24: Montreal, QC @ Casa Del Popolo^
11/25: Kingston, NY @ BSP Lounge^
1/13: Grand Rapids, MI @ The Pyramid Scheme #
1/15: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall #
1/16: St. Louis, MO @ Firebird #
1/20: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's #
1/21: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom #
1/22: Allston, MA @ Great Scott #
and the Queens releases the critically acclaimed English self-titled debut album in North Americavia Neon Gold / Because Records / Atlantic Records recently. The pop sensation will join Marina and The Diamonds on tour starting 10/19, which will go through California, Portland, Canada, Seattle, Salt Lake City, Denver, and end with 3 New York shows; two at Terminal 5 and a solo headline show at Webster Hall.
Earlier this week, Christine and the Queens has premiered her video for "Paradis Perdus" via Vogue. Fully conceptualized by Christine herself, she enlisted the help of fashion designer JACQUEMUS to beautifully realize the suit visual and reunites here with the duo J.A.C.K, composed of Camille Hirigoyen and Julien Choquart who have directed "Tilted" / "Christine", and her award winning video for "Saint Claude" as well. "Paradis Perdus" is combination of Kanye West's "Heartless" and Christophe's "Les Paradis Perdus".
Christine and the Queens about the video: "This pink suit is the real protagonist of the videoclip - I wanted it to be that way. It had to grow. To be alive. It had to make me feel too old and then too young, too little and then too big. I'm lost in it, lost myself in it. The old man and the little boy are both floating in the fabric. One used to fit in his clothes, the other one will one day. Isn't it the same ? I wanted someone who would play with proportions with the mind of a child - to help me with this suit, this story. Simon Jacquemus is, for me, a storyteller, a very gifted child - and an old man like me is very proud of our collaboration."
JACQUEMUS about working with Christine: "I met Christine over a glass of orange juice a few months ago, after I told her that I loved her on Instagram. We talked about a lot of things, about « Paradis Perdus » and of course about this XXL outfit. I feel very connected to her, to her songs, to her minimalist aesthetics, to the way she moves. Her album is one my favorite, of all categories. I hope I’ll have the opportunity to work with her again."
Hailed worldwide as a visionary live artist, Christine was among the breakout stars performing at this year’s South By South West (SXSW) in Austin, Texas. From there, Christine and her band served as special guests on fellow Neon Gold recording artist Marina and The Diamonds’ west coast tour dates.
Recently named “Female Artist of the Year” at the French GRAMMY-equivalent Victoires de la Musique ceremony, Christine is already a household name in her native country. “Saint Claude” – which received “Music Video of the Year” honors at the Victoires de la Musique – has proven a massive worldwide hit, earning more than 13 million individual views thus far. In addition, “Christine” – the French-language version of “Tilted” – has drawn nearly 14 million views and counting.
Christine and the Queens came together in London where the Nantes-born Letissier went after studying art and theatre. The artist – named in honor of Christine’s cross-dressing friends at Soho’s famed Madame Jojo’s drag bar – released a series of three EPs beginning in 2011, each one earning further attention and acclaim for her utterly individual brand of French-language freak-pop. Chaleur Humaine arrived in 2014 and immediately established Christine as a phenomenon, earning over 5x platinum certification in just over a year.
Christine and the Queens - Christine and the Queens trackslist:
2. Saint Claude
4. No Harm Is Done feat. Tunji Ige
5. Science Fiction
6. Paradis Perdus
7. Half Ladies
8. Jonathan feat. Perfume Genius
9. Narcissus is Back
10. Safe And Holy
11. Night 52
Christine and the Queens live:
10/30 - Minneapolis, MN @ Northop*
10/31 - Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre*
11/02 - Toronto, ONT @ Sound Academy*
11/03 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis*
11/04 - Boston, MA @ House of Blues*
11/09 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5*
11/10 - New York, NY @ Terminal 5*
11/11 - New York, NY @ Webster Hall (headline)
Mipso – has debuted at the coveted #1 spot on Billboard magazine's Bluegrass Chart. The album also charted at #20 on the venerable publication's Folk Chart and #23 on their Heatseekers Chart, which tracks new and developing artists.
Birthed from the ongoing renaissance currently enriching and expanding the traditional vocabularies of old time and bluegrass music, Old Time Reverie finds rising stringband Mipso putting time-honored tools to work on new terrain – with evocative, intoxicating results. Constant touring has tightened their attack, lending a new degree of authority and cohesion to their sound, while the addition of fiddler and vocalist Libby Rodenbough to the existing lineup of Jacob Sharp (mandolin), Joseph Terrell (guitar), and Wood Robinson (bass), has added new colors to an already rich palette.
The album’s original songs paint morally nuanced portraits of Mipso's complex and evolving native landscape. “Being young artists living in the middle of North Carolina is inherently complicated,” adds Libby Rodenbough, “because we’re trying to position ourselves within our family, state, regional histories – while being true to all the understanding of the world we’ve gained over the past year. This album contains a lot of songs that deal with moral ambiguity and the struggles that come with forging an identity – which has a lot to do with the fact that we’re from and continue to live in North Carolina.”
“By being on the road 200 days a year,” adds guitarist Joseph Terrell, “we’ve come to understand how we fit into this idea of the New South – not the south of old stereotypes, but a really intriguing, nuanced place that’s educated and progressive, while also embracing its traditions.”
For more information about Mipso and Old Time Reverie, visit www.mipsomusic.com.
10/23/15 Cedarburg, WI Performing Arts Center
10/28/15 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
11/05/15 Okoboji, IA Pearson Lakes Art Center
11/06/15 Orange City, IA Orange City Arts Council
11/21/15 Charlotte, NC Neighborhood Theatre
03/05/16 Red Wing, MN The Sheldon Theatre
Leon Bridges has announced 2016 tour dates scheduled to kick off on March 1st of next year in Atlanta, GA, touching down in a slew of major cities across North America (please see dates below) with the Texas native’s seven-piece band joining him on the spring trek. Support comes from Andra Day, who will open for Leon from May 23rd through June 9th.
The fan presale (pw: cominghome) and Amex presale started Monday, October 12, with tickets for the tour going on sale to the public Friday, October 16 at 12pm local. Fans can check with local box offices for availability and pricing, and should also visit leonbridges.com for additional information.
Intense demand to see the compelling singer/songwriter’s live show has been overwhelming since the release of his universally hailed debut album Coming Home (available at smarturl.it/ComingHomeiT), released via Columbia Records on June 23rd. The spring tour announcement comes on the heels of Bridges current sold out fall run, which stretches until mid-November, his first-ever full length North American headlining tour.
Most recently, the Ft. Worth Texas native enjoyed a homecoming of sorts, performing at the Austin City Limits Festival as well as taping his first ‘Austin City Limits’ TV show last week. Bridges performed all ten songs contained on the new album, Coming Home, and others, for the prestigious PBS show. ‘Austin City Limits’ has been a cornerstone of Austin’s celebrated music scene for four decades and a pioneer in bringing new and noted music artists to PBS stations across the country.
LEON BRIDGES 2016 TOUR DATES
3/1 – Atlanta, GA – The Tabernacle
3/2 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
3/4 – Baltimore, MD – Hippodrome
3/5 – Boston, MA – The Wang Theatre
3/6 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fillmore
3/9 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
3/10 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
3/11 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
3/12 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theatre
3/15 – Vancouver, BC – Orpheum Theatre
3/17 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
3/18 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theatre
3/19 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
5/23 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom *
5/25 – Denver, CO – Paramount Theatre*
5/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
5/28 – Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall *
5/30 – Boise, ID – Egyptian Theatre *
6/1 – Papillion, NE – Sumtur Amphitheater *
6/3 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE *
6/8 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant *
6/9 – Louisville, KY – Brown Theatre *
*with Andra Day
Little May Debut Album 'For The Company' Out Today on Capitol Records, US Fall Tour Starts This Month
The band has also released a hauntingly beautiful video for single "Seven Hours" to celebrate the release. The video is a hopeful adventure; a paradox; exploring loss, longing and change all appropriately set in both the center of Sydney and in an underwater paradise of our imaginations. Director, Gareth Davies, the visionary behind the clip interprets, "Seven Hours seemed appropriate for exploring a more surreal narrative - it comes from an idea of a man moving through and letting go of a past relationship and coming to terms with this loss. Whales are a totem for me, personally - so it was serendipitous to see afterwards that they also appear all throughout the band's album artwork also. There was definitely something significant and special about working on this video."
Little May have caught the attention of tastemakers far beyond their Sydney home with Mojo declaring "The Australian intricate, dramatic harmonic pop proves appropriately ornate on this soaring yet engagingly earthy first album". The LP has been added to Eclectic24 KCRW's new music stream and was spotlighted on Huw Stephens 'It's Album Time' segment on BBC Radio 1 and has just been announced as triple j's feature album.
It's safe to say that the last two years have been a whirlwind for age-old friends Hannah Field, Liz Drummond and Annie Hamilton from topping Hype Machine charts to sold-out Australian shows, support tours with Angus and Julia Stone, Bernard Fanning, Cold War Kids & Rodriguez, international festival appearances including The Great Escape, Bonnaroo Festival and CMJ where they were officially selected as one of the "11 Breakout Acts of CMJ". The trio's May/June European tour saw them selling out their London show two months in advance and their current 25-date worldwide tour will see them play the UK, Europe and USA, further solidifying themselves as an 'act to watch' as touted by the likes of The Huffington Post and The Guardian.
The band's US tour kicks off this fall, Little May will make stops in NYC, LA, San Francisco, Chicago, and more. See below for a full run of dates.
ACCLAIM FOR LITTLE MAY
"Little May have become one of Australia's most buzzed about bands, drawing comparisons to First Aid Kit, Fleetwood Mac and Haim. Now, they're poised for an explosive debut in the States." - Billboard
""Little May's haunting sound walks between the emotion of Daughter and the harmonies of First Aid Kit, creating a beautiful realm of music to get lost in. " WXPN
"Aussies just really are the best-we've just gotta say it. Emotional indie-folk trio Little May does nothing to disprove that. The band, comprising Liz Drummond, Annie Hamilton and Hannah Field, makes music you want to weep to because their lyrics are so sweet and (oftentimes) sad." Noisey
US TOUR DATES
10.20.15 - Mercury Lounge - New York, NY
10.21.15 - Baby's All Right - Brooklyn, NY
10.23.15 - MilkBoy - Philadelphia, PA
10.24.15 - DC9 - Washington, DC
10.26.15 - Schubas Tavern - Chicago, IL
10.27.15 - 7th Street Entry - Minneapolis, MN
10.29.15 - Barboza - Seattle, WA
10.30.15 - Mississippi Studios - Portland, OR
11.2.15 - The Independent - San Francisco, CA
11.3.15 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA
featuring Laurels String Quartet
Special Guest: Going to the Sun
THE CEDAR CULTURAL CENTER
Thursday, December 17th
Doors 7:00 PM | Music 7:30 PM | All Ages
G.A. Tickets: $12.00 (advance) & $15.00 (day of show)
Tickets on-sale Friday, October 16th at 12 PM through the Cedar’s ticket outlets and online at www.thecedar.org
We spend so much time dissecting music and pondering what the point in mak-ing it is that we sometimes forget that people merely create music because it brings them joy. That’s the most surprisingly pleasant thing about the Minneapolis band American Scarecrows; they do what they love without having to put any other labels on it. The trio, made up of Seth Davin, Allen Maier and Matthew Broadbent, has packed all of the experience of their years into music that tells a story of love, loss, and growth.
American Scarecrows’ second release Yesteryear (June 2014) charted on the Top 100 CMJ charts at college radio and, along which their dynamic live show, pro-pelled their local fan base in 2015. In February, they showcased at Harriet Brew-ing’s anniversary show at the Cedar. Seth, Allen and Matt were invited to play the RedGorilla Music Festival at SXSW in Austin, TX, and chosen as the second run-ner-up in Muzooka’s best band contest picked by Vance Powell (studio engineer for The Dead Weather, Houndmouth, and A Thousand Horses). They went on to support Soul Asylum on their spring tour before returning home in May to play Kill Kancer’s annual spring benefit at the Turf Club.
The summer of 2015, American Scarecrows was introduced to Triple A radio pro-grammers across the country. Stations started spinning “The Peak” and “Gods of the West” in regular rotation. The Star Tribune invited the band to close out their stage at the Basilica Block Party, exposing the band to music fans across the Twin Cities. July was also the month the Scarecrows reunited with the Evening Rig for their annual gig at the Triple Rock Social Club.
Following their 5-year band anniversary celebration at the Turf Club in October with over 300 fans, American Scarecrows will cap off the year with a special all-ages performance at the Cedar Cultural Center, featuring Laurels String Quartet playing w/ American Scarecrows, and special guest Going to the Sun.
Sword today announce a 50 show fall tour commencing October 9th. The tour will be divided into two legs. Leg number one will commence October 9th in Dallas, TX and run through November 4th in Lubbock, TX. Support on the 1st leg will be provided by Kadavar and All Them Witches. As part of this leg, The Sword will be appearing at the Aftershock Festival in Sacramento and the Knotfest Festival in San Bernardino.
Leg two will commence on November 18th in New Orleans, LA and end in Corpus Christi, TX on December 19th. Support on this leg will be provided by Royal Thunder. Tickets for all shows go on sale this weekend. High Country remains available for preorder until Friday at:
The Sword Tour Dates
Oct. 9 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey Live!
Oct. 10 – Austin, TX – Mohawk
Oct. 11 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds
Oct. 13 – Lawrence, KS – Granada
Oct. 14 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theater
Oct. 15 – Iowa City, IA – Gabes
Oct. 16 – Minneapolis, MN – Mill City Nights
Oct. 17 – Omaha, NE – Waiting Room
Oct. 18 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom
Oct. 20 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red
Oct. 21 – Las Vegas, NV – Vinyl
Oct. 22 – San Diego, CA – Belly Up
Oct. 23 – San Francisco, CA – Slims
Oct. 24 – San Bernardino, CA – San Manuel Amphitheater (Knotfest)
Oct. 25 – Sacramento, CA – Gibson Ranch (Aftershock)
Oct. 27 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
Oct. 28 – Vancouver, BC – Rickshaw
Oct. 29 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
Oct. 30 – Boise, ID – Neurolux*
Oct. 31 – Salt Lake City, UT – Club Sound*
Nov. 2 – Denver, CO – Gothic*
Nov. 3 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad*
Nov. 4 – Lubbock, TX – Jakes*
*dates without Kadavar
Nov. 18 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
Nov. 19 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade
Nov. 20 – St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre
Nov. 21 – Jacksonville, FL – Freebird Live
Nov. 23 – Birmingham, AL – Satum
Nov. 24 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
Nov. 25 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
Nov. 27 – Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
Nov. 28 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
Nov. 29 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel
Dec. 1 – New York, NY – Webster Hall
Dec. 2 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair
Dec. 3 – Albany, NY – Northern Lights
Dec. 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero
Dec. 5 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
Dec. 6 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
Dec. 8 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls
Dec. 9 – Cleveland, OH – Agora Ballroom
Dec. 10 – Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
Dec. 11 – Grand Rapids, MI – Pyramid Scheme
Dec. 12 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
Dec. 13 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
Dec. 15 – Memphis, TN – 1884 Lounge
Dec. 16 – Little Rock, AR – Juanita’s Cantina & Ballroom
Dec. 17 – Oklahoma City, OK – ACM
Dec. 18 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
Dec. 19 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock