L7 took the stage for the first time in 18 years during May of 2015, receiving accolades from the likes of Rolling Stone, LA Weekly, and many more. For a taste of their live energy that still radiates to this day, fans can watch the first reunion performance of “Sh** List” at The Echo in Los Angeles.
The band is now set on a North American tour, hitting stages with their high-octane energy from coast to coast. Be sure to catch L7 in a city near you and stay tuned for additional announcements coming soon!
Original Line-Up Takes Their Ferocious
Show Across North America This Fall!
9/6: Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
9/8: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
9/9: Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
9/11: Philadelphia, PA @ Trocadero Theater
9/13: Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest
11/2: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
11/3: Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theatre
11/4: Vancouver, BC @ Rickshaw Theatre
11/8: Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Festival
11/14: San Diego, CA @ San Diego Music Thing Festival
Brandon Flowers is thrilled to announce that his anticipated second solo album, The Desired Effect, is available to stream in full, exclusively on iTunes First Play. The album, which was available digitally on 5/18 and in retail stores on 5/19 via Island Records, has garnered critical acclaim for recently released hits like “I Can Change,” “Lonely Town,” “Still Want You,” and “Can’t Deny My Love”. Pre-order The Desired Effect via iTunes. Rounding out The Desired Effect experience, fans can also eagerly anticipate Flowers’ headlining North American tour which kicks off in July. Full tour listing can be found below – tickets are available for purchase now.
Flowers will also be performing his spine-tingling track “Lonely Town” on The Late Late Show with James Corden on May 13th on CBS.
Featuring a stellar cast that includes Bruce Hornsby, Ethan Farmer, Tony Levin, Kenny Aronoff, The Dirty Projectors’ Angel Deradoorian, Ronnie Vannucci Jr, Danielle Haim, Joey Waronker and Pet Shop Boys’ Neil Tennant – The Desired Effect showcases Flowers at his very best.
BRANDON FLOWERS North American Tour Dates:
9/02/15 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
“Our music can show people how much Tuaregs enjoy life, what we like to share with other people,” says guitarist and singer Sanou Ag Ahmed. “Perhaps there’s a harder edge in the music because of what happened in Mali in 2012, but it’s an unconscious thing. Our goal with this was to make the songs very danceable.”
And they’ve succeeded. Producer Justin Adams (Tinariwen, Robert Plant) has amped up the bass and drums and given the twin guitars of Ag Ahmed and his uncle, Diara, an edge that slices and jumps through the music. It’s where the ancient melodies crash right into today.
“Terakaft sounds like the guardians of the original Tuareg guitar music I heard back in the 1990s,” Adams explains “In these troubled times, we have made an album that presents the deep Saharan rhythms as a vital contemporary heartbeat.”
More than anything, it’s a disc that captures exactly the way Terakaft sounds onstage. The space of the desert is still a vital ingredient, but this is also music made for the 21st century.
“Terakaft always sounds rock on stage,” notes Ag Ahmed. “This time we wanted to underline it on record. That was the central idea when we discussed the sessions with Justin. He just wanted to show our real personality. He makes the material sound strong and true. Each part is very precise. But at the same time he’s very respectful of the basic song and its meaning.”
20 years ago, Terakaft started life as part of desert blues pioneers Tinariwen, gradually taking on its own identity after 2001. Only after Diara left Tinariwen to join the nephew whom he’d taught to play guitar in Terakaft, bringing his songs and wealth of guitar experience, did the band find its edge and form. “Diara has been writing songs all his life,” Ag Ahmed points out. “He’s still composing new songs, like ‘Anabayou,’ but plenty of those on Alone are older, like ‘Amidinin Senta Aneflas.’ He believes their messages still fit today.”
Those messages carry some of the despair that arrived with the incursion of the Islamists into the band’s home region of Northern Mali three years ago. “They began to forbid music and many other things,” Ag Ahmed recalls. “How could we live without music? It is such a great thing for all of us. Music is pure life in the desert. Music is like freedom.”
Freedom did return and with it the sense of hope that underpins the lyrics of the songs towards the end of the album, like the celebration of “Wahouche Natareh” with its twin guitar spiral. But the road to that place traverses some dark territory. There’s the hard, spiky blues of “Karambani” and the treachery beneath “Oulhin Asnin.” It’s a journey that as much emotional as musical, emerging finally into the light of “Anabayou.”
Even the album’s title – Alone – carries resonances of the recent conflict, as well as the isolation of the Sahara. “Diara came up with the name,” Ag Ahmed says. “Alone for all reasons I suppose. Because things are never like we expect them to be. And because we do not know what will come after.”
Caught between two warring factions, all the Tuareg wanted was to be able to live their lives without disturbance or threat. To make their crossings, to know some peace and make their music. But even in one of the world’s isolated places, life can be tenuous. The fragility of existence in the desert rings loud through Terakaft’s music. Not only is the band an extended family, something so vital among nomads, but even their name translates as caravan, still an important form of transport over the endless sands.
“A caravan is a huge symbol for the Tuareg way of life,” Ag Ahmed says. “And many people can follow the caravan. It’s an idea we all really like.”
Terakaft’s desert blues is the music of brotherhood, of the co-operation so necessary t in a people who inhabit the fringes of the world. There’s a powerful intimacy to it. With Alone, they’ve simply translated those songs to a larger stage and put them in a context where they can be understood all over the globe.
“When we play in the desert around the fire, no doubt it is desert blues,” Ag Ahmed agrees. “When we play live all over the world, the sound is more powerful. That’s because we want people to dance. They’re exactly the same songs; we just play them differently.”
Sep 5 IJlst, NL Festival Ijlst, Holland
Sep 7 New York, NY Joe's Pub
Sep 8 Minneapolis, MN Cedar Cultural Center
Sep 10 Urbana, IL ELLNORA | The Guitar Festival
Sep 11 Detroit, MI Trinosophes
Sep 13 Chicago, IL World Music Festival Chicago
Sep 14 Nelsonville, OH Stuart's Opera House
Sep 18 Leuren, Belgium Leffingeleuren Festival
Sep 19 Tilburg, NL Incubate Festival
Sep 26 Copenhagen, DK Global Copenhagen
Edinburgh's We Were Promised Jetpacks released their their third album Unravelling via FatCat Records to critical acclaim. The band has just announced a fall tour in support of Unravelling, which is available now on CD and LP in the FatCat Records online store. The upcoming tour kicks off in Washington, DC at the Black Cat and will make stops in major cities including Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Austin, Brooklyn, Philadelphia and more. All of the band's upcoming shows are listed below.
We Were Promised Jetpacks could write the book on how to be a rock band. They work tirelessly. They are friendly, humble people. They are passionate about what they do, truly in it for the music and nothing else. They write great songs and they put on a killer live show.
Some bands spend forever making their album sound perfect, and then fall flat when it comes time to performing live. Not WWPJ. All the explosive energy and drama of their studio albums not only comes across in concert, but is greatly intensified. A Jetpacks concert is transformative experience, a rite of passage, an exuberant unity with those around you.
In 2008 Adam Thompson (vocals / guitar), Darren Lackie (drums), Sean Smith (bass) and Michael Palmer (Guitar) were friends and University students by day and one of Glasgow's most talked about live bands by night. They signed to FatCat Records later that year and released their debut album These Four Walls. Thus began the bands busy touring schedule, playing high profile festival slots around the UK and USA supporting labelmates Frightened Rabbit and The Twilight Sad. 2010 saw the release of EP The Last Place You'll Look - comprising of unreleased tracks and swelling, orchestrally-inspired rewrites of songs from their debut album.
The bands sophomore release followed in 2011 and was recorded at Sigur Ros's Sundlaugin Studios in Iceland. In the Pit of the Stomach was testament to the poise, control and vigour the band had learned to command. The extensive touring schedule continued and the release received support and high praise from the likes of Rolling Stone and SPIN. The band also continued to build on their high profile live performances with sets at Coachella, Fashion's Big Night Out at New York's Rockerfeller Center and on Last Call With Carson Daly.
During the 2012 tour the band decided to document their journey with the help of friend and film maker Matt Gee. The final show of the run, at Philadelphia's Union Transfer, was recorded and filmed in its entirety, capturing the explosive energy and drama fans have come to expect from a We Were Promised Jetpacks show. This material was released in February 2014 as E Rey: Live in Philadelphia, named in tribute to the bands then tour manager and friend Esteban Rey.
Also in early 2014 the band worked tirelessly on Unravelling. Recorded in Glasgow at the infamous Chem19 Studios with Paul Savage who has previously worked with numerous established and diverse Scottish acts such as Teenage Fanclub, King Creosote, The Twilight Sad, Franz Ferdinand and Mogwai.
We Were Promised Jetpacks Tour Dates
11.06 - Washington, DC @ The Black Cat
11.07 - Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery
11.09 - Louisville, KY @ Headlines Music Hall
11.10 - Indianapolis, IN @ HIFI
11.11 - Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
11.12 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
11.13 - Fargo, ND @ The Aquarium
11.16 - Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
11.17 - Seattle, WA @ Neumo's
11.19 - San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11.20 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Teragram Ballroom
11.21 - San Diego, CA @ Irenic
11.22 - Tucson, AZ @ The Flycatcher
11.24 - San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
11.25 - Austin, TX @ The Parish
11.27 - Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
11.28 - Orlando, FL @ The Social
11.29 - Jacksonville, FL @ Underbelly
12.01 - Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Hell Stage
12.02 - Nashville, TN @ Exit / In
12.04 - Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern
12.05 - Brooklyn, NY @ Warsaw
12.06 - Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
12.07 - Cambridge, MA @ The Sinclair
Lucero's new album All A Man Should Do contains some of the most resonant lyrics Ben Nichols has ever written. They read like chapters from his life: the duality of relationships, getting older, finding where you want to be in this world and more.
"I was 15 years old in 1989," Nichols explained. "This record sounds like the record I wanted to make when I was 15. It just took 25 years of mistakes to get it done."
Lucero have included a cover close to their heartstrings on the new record: Big Star's "I'm In Love With A Girl". Courtesy of the Wall Street Journal, you can now listen to cover featuring Big Star drummer Jody Stephens HERE: blogs.wsj.com
All A Man Should Do is also now available for pre-order at iTunes and the band's website. Exclusive to indie record stores and limited to only 1,372 copies (a nod to the band's old home address and album "1372 Overton Park"), the band is also releasing a bootlegger's edition of All A Man Should Do vinyl. Each jacket is individually hand-stamped and numbered by ATO Records, while the vinyl is made with a combination of randomly mixed colors, making each copy of this release truly unique.
Working with producer Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Flogging Molly) for a third time at Memphis's Ardent Studios, the band felt comfortable enough to take some chances with a palette of new tones that sound understated yet powerful, bringing life to the stories behind the lyrics without overshadowing them.
This is a Memphis record in the greatest sense and a perfect finish to the three-part love letter to a city that brought them up and made Lucero what they are today.
Sailor Jerry Rum will present Lucero's upcoming tour to support the album. Head below to see the extensive list of upcoming dates.
9/6 - Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
9/19 - Del Mar, CA - Kaaboo Festvial
9/25 - Carbondale, IL - Hangar 9
9/26 - Columbia, MO - Roots n Blues BBQ Festival
Sailor Jerry Presents: An Evening With Lucero
10/1 - Nashville, TN - Cannery Ballroom
10/2 - Atlanta, GA - Variety Playhouse
10/3 - Mount Pleasant, SC - The Grove at Patriot's Point
10/4 - Charlotte, NC - The Neighborhood Theatre
10/5 - Charlottesville, VA - Jefferson Theater
10/7 - Philadelphia, PA - Union Transfer
10/8 - New York, NY - Webster Hall
10/9 - Boston, MA - Royale
10/10 - Portland, ME - Port City Music Hall
10/11 - Washington DC - 9:30 Club
10/14 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Small's Theatre
10/15 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
10/16 - Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
10/17 - Detroit, MI - St. Andrew's Hall
10/20 - Iowa City, IA - The Englert Theatre
10/21 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue
10/22 - Milwaukee, WI - Turner Hall
10/23 - Chicago, IL - Metro
10/24 - Bloomington, IN - The Bluebird
11/10 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom
11/11 - Omaha, NE
11/14 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
11/15 - Salt Lake City, UT - The State Room
11/17 - Seattle, WA - The Showbox
11/18 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom
11/20 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
11/21 - Los Angeles, CA - El Rey Theatre
11/23 - Phoenix, AZ - The Crescent Ballroom
12/3 - Ponte Vedra, FL - Ponte Vendra Concert Hall
12/4 - Orlando, FL - The Social
12/5 - Tampa, FL - The Ritz Ybor
12/6 - Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Culture Room
12/8 - Charleston, SC - Music Farm
12/10 - Jackson, MS - Duling Hall
12/11 - Austin, TX - ACL Live at the Moody Theatre
12/12 - Houston, TX - Numbers
12/13 - Dallas, TX - Southside Music Hall
12/15 - Pensacola, FL - Vinyl Music Hall
12/16 - New Orleans, LA - Tipitina's
1988. Their first tour since Afghan Whigs and White Zombie opened for them, the 22-date national headline tour will kickoff at Lee’s Place in Toronto on October 14th, bounce around the Northeast, head South, make a beeline for the West Coast, then boomerang back to the Midwest to conclude at Chicago’s The Burlington. In addition, frontman John Robb will be doing readings of his book Punk Rock: An Oral History at select venues along the way.
This stretch of dates is in support of their critically-hailed concept album Dark Matter/Dark Energy, which was released on July 10, 2015 via Metropolis Records - their first studio album since 1989’s To Slay The Rock Pig. NME called Dark Matter/Dark Energy “An extraordinary comeback.” The Quietus declared, “…it’s much better than the vast majority of post punk, underground, noise rock albums I’ve heard this year.” Drowned In Sound vowed, “something quite special.” Q Magazine affirmed, “Re-formed noise post-punkers continue where they left off.” Gigslutz professed, “An eclectic brew of styles comprise this outstanding return from the band.” AllMusic added, “…both musically and philosophically, this is still the aural equivalent of a mugger hitting you in the face with a length of pipe, confrontational and unashamed.” The Vinyl District proclaimed, “The Membranes’ return to making music should be a cause for celebration for anyone interested in catchy but challenging post-punk and industrial noise.”
The band has a few things in the pipeline for the remainder of 2015. They’ll be making a film about the album called Dark Matter/Dark Energy. “The film is an exploration of the album’s themes,” explains Robb. I’ll be speaking to top scientists at CERN along with other key thinkers about the universe, life and death – it’s a quest to get the meaning of everything through the eyes and ears of a critically-acclaimed album.” Also, they’ll be playing one of their special Universe Explained gigs in Estonia with a 20-piece all-women Estonian choir at the end of September to be filmed for a BBC documentary. Additionally, Robb will be conducting a conversation with a top scientist at CERN at the event. In addition, the band will be doing another Universe Explained concert in Manchester.
Formed in Blackpool, England in 1977, the band was the first band ever signed to the legendary label Creation Records but due to a recording budget that famed label owner Alan McGee could not afford, the band released what would have been Creation's debut first 7" "Spike Milligan's Tape Recorder" on Criminal Damage which posited them on 'Single of the Week' in all four of UK’s major music publications, kicking their career off to a storied career. Reuniting in 2009 at the request of My Bloody Valentine, the band reignited their creative spark and released their first studio release since 1989's To Slay The Rock Pig. With the release of Dark Matter/Dark Energy, Membranes are energized to return to the forefront.
Membranes are John Robb (vocals, bass, strings, keyboard), Nick Brown (guitar, piano, Hammond, brass), Peter Byrchmore (guitar, strings, keyboard, ebow), and Rob Haynes (drums, metal percussion). Dark Matter/Dark Energy was released on July 10, 2015. Catch them on the road this fall!
MERCURY REV Reveal "Are You Ready?" Video. New Album "The Light In You" Out October 2 Via Bella Union
Stereogum have called the track "a dense, psychedelic odyssey" and Brooklyn Vegan chimed in saying, "'widescreen' is a term that's been applicable to the band since Deserter's Songs and 'Are You Ready?' is a good example of how they do it. This one's more of a rock song than first taste "The Queen of Swans" with a chorus that's bursting with light (and flutes)."
The Light In You is being released October 2 via Bella Union - their first for the label -and is available to preorder now via iTunes. The band will be touring this Fall and US dates kick off September 10 in South Burlington, VT at Higher Ground and concluding October 16 at the Rock & Roll Hotel in Washington, DC. The band plays New York City on October 15 at LPR, part of the "Bella Union Presents @ CMJ Music Marathon" night at the venue. These will be the first electric shows the band performs in North America in 7 years. The full tour is listed below with West Coast dates to be announced soon.
Mercury Rev previously released album track "The Queen In You" and Vanity Fair labeled it "voluminous" and Stereogum stated the single, "has the elaborate, layered, finely orchestrated sound that's come to characterize the band." Spinsaid it's a "sweetly atmospheric track layered with string accents and a slow-building breakdown."
Mercury Rev began recording The Light In You, their eighth studio album, in autumn 2013. At the time when asked what people could expect, co-pilot Grasshopper responded, "Mandolin. Timpani. Sleigh Bells. All sorts of electric guitars....." He subsequently added, "It is the best stuff we have done in a long, long time." The record is filled with wondrous and voluminous kaleidoscopic detail, but also intimate moments of calm, and altogether stands up to the very best that this notable band of maverick explorers has ever created.
As well as The Light In You being the first Mercury Rev album with Bella Union, it's also the first with only Jonathan and Grasshopper at the controls, as scheduling conflicts and travel between the Catskills and Dave Fridmann's Tarbox studio became too great to overcome. On The Light In You, Jonathan and Grasshopper decided they were best served being based at home in the Catskills for once. Surrounded by longtime friends such as engineer Scott Petito and bassist Anthony Molina, Jonathan and Grasshopper quickly found their stride recording themselves in their own basement studio as well as venturing out into the daylight to record tracks at some of their old haunts like NRS and White Light Studios. The two even found time to arrange backing vocal harmonies and record with Ken Stringfellow at his studio Son du Blé studios in Paris.
The Light In You will be released worldwide 2nd October via Bella Union.
Mercury Rev US Tour
September 10th - South Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
September 11th - Northhampton, MA - Pearl Street Downstairs
September 12th - Hamden, CT - The Ballroom at the Outer Space
October 12th - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
October 13th - Philadelphia, PA - First Unitarian Church
October 15th - New York, NY - Le Poisson Rouge (Bella Union Night @ CMJ)
October 16th - Washington, DC Rock & Roll Hotel
Mercury Rev European Tour
Friday 18 September - TILBURG - Incubate Festival
Sunday 4 October - LEEDS - Brudenell Social Club
Monday 5 October - BRISTOL - Trinity
Thursday November 5th -REYKJAVIK - Iceland Airwaves
Friday 6 November - COPENHAGEN - DR Studio 2
Saturday 7 November - Weissenhauserstrand - Rolling Stone Weekende
Sunday 8 November - BRUSSELS - Botanique Orangerie
Monday 9 November - KOLN - Studio 672
Wednesday 11 November - BERLIN - Postbahnhof
Friday 13 November - ZAGREB - Lauba
Saturday 14 November - RAVENNA - Bronson
Sunday 15 November - MUNICH - Kranhalle
Monday 16 November - PARIS - Alhambra
Tuesday 17 November - BRIGHTON - Komedia
Thursday 19 November - GATESHEAD - The Sage
Friday 20 November - GLASGOW - Art School
Sunday 22 November- DUBLIN - Button Factory
Monday 23 November - MANCHESTER - RNCM
These videos, which were directed and produced by Jeff D. Johnson of Motion 117 Productions, are a small handful of the many inspiring stories Cloud Cult fans have shared with the band and all of these stories are the fuel that powers the Cloud Cult ship. In an era when the bulk of news media focuses on the negative things going on in the world, the band felt it was important to bring attention to the people whose powerful life stories inspire hope in humanity and that is what they hope to achieve with “Stories from the Road.”
Cloud Cult will be releasing one episode each week on Monday at 3pm EST through the month of September via the Matador Network with the first episode being released yesterday. In Episode One you meet Spencer. The story of Spencer is every hiker's nightmare. But what happens to him after is so rare, that you can't help but think miracles can come true. Click on the screen shot below to watch this story via Matador Network’s Facebook Page.
‘I FEEL LIKE MUCH OF THE MEDIA focuses on the negative stories out there, and that leaves many of us feeling uninspired about humanity. But if you look at the bigger picture, you start seeing there are many people out there doing absolutely amazing and inspiring things, and they just don’t get the same kind of attention,’ says Craig Minowa, lead singer for the band Cloud Cult.
This was the impetus behind Cloud Cult’s new webseries, Stories from the Road, which looks at the most challenging moments in the lives of fans. The idea was conceived while touring, Minowa says.
“The crazy thing is that after night, the stage lights are shining on us, but there is a crowd full of people who have amazing and inspiring stories that they have been living through, who deserve to have the lights on them. So this series of films is our chance to take the limelight away from us and shine it on some people who deserve to have their stories told, and it teaches us that the real “show” isn’t about what’s going on on stage, but rather with how people choose to live and perform in their everyday lives.”
September 22 via Bikini Kill Records that features three previously unreleased songs: “Playground”, “Ocean Song”, and “Just Once.”
The Revolution Girl Style Now demo tape was originally self-released in May of 1991. The demo was recorded by Pat Maley at the ABC House in Olympia, WA earlier that year. Bikini Kill played one of their first shows at the house the night before and left their equipment set up to record the demo the next day. For this reissue, the songs were mixed by Guy Picciotto (Fugazi) and mastered by John Golden.
“Ocean Song” premiered with The New York Times today. (Link: nytimes.com )
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Comprised of Kathleen Hanna (vocals), Tobi Vail (drums), Billy Karren (guitar), and Kathi Wilcox, Bikini Kill was a feminist punk band based in Olympia, WA and Washington DC, forming in 1990 and breaking up in 1997. Bikini Kill actively encouraged women to start bands as a means of cultural resistance and used touring as a way to create an underground network between girls who played music, put on shows and made fanzines. This informal network created a forum for multiple female voices to be heard and built a feminist community through the punk scene.