KING announced the plans for their long-awaited debut album "We Are KING" on Thanksgiving 2015, and much to the delight of fans, have continued to roll out a series of campaign assets including the release of their 8-bit animated music video for first single "The Greatest". Pre-album buzz has included Vulture, Pitchfork, Yahoo Music, The SOURCE, and Essence- and, as VIBE succinctly noted - "It's official: The ladies are back".
Through their debut EP they garnered critical acclaim with NPR stating, "Not only does KING establish itself squarely amongst 21st - Century soul electronica with stargazing synth chords; the LA based group also stands out from many other female combos by writing, producing, singing and handling nearly all of its songs' instrumentation." They received raves in Billboard, Village Voice, Glamour, The Sunday Times and Guardian to name just a few; and Brooklyn Vegan raves, "They've got a sound that simultaneously recalls classic soul and fits right in with the kind of psychedelic R&B that's been a dominating force these past few years."
KING Live Dates:
Friday, February 5th @ Le Poisson Rouge, New York, NY
Saturday, February 6th @ U Street Music Hall, Washington, DC
Sunday, February 7th @ Ortleib's Lounge, Philadelphia, PA
Tuesday, February 9th @ Pike Room, Pontiac, MI
Thursday, February 11th @ Society For The Preservation of Arts & Culture, Evanston, IL
Friday, February 12th @ Icehouse, Minneapolis, MN
Saturday, February 13th @ Barboza, Seattle, WA
Sunday, February 14th @ Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, OR
Tuesday, February 16th @ The New Parish, Oakland, CA
Friday, February 19th @ Hollywood Forever, Los Angeles, CA
Saturday, February 27th @ The Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh, NC
Sunday, February 28th @ Neighborhood Theatre, Charlotte, NC
Monday, February 29th @ Vinyl ATL, Atlanta, GA
Wednesday, March 3rd@ San Jose Jazz Winterfest, San Jose, CA
Jon's latest project, the rock band Lucky Scars, released its debut EP, 'Rock and Roll Party Foul,' in December on Spartan Records.
In remembrance and with the family's blessing, Spartan Records has just released the band's final music video for the single "Bandita" which can be viewed here (youtube.com).
Jon's partner and longtime best friend Angelique Flores released the following statement:
"Earlier this week we lost an amazing person. Jon was a kind, thoughtful, sensitive man who made time for everyone and made a huge impact on many lives. For reasons still unknown to us at this time, his life was cut short at age 45. I am still in shock and devastated. My heart aches over his loss, and he leaves a massive void not only in my life but also in the lives of his family, friends and fans. I appreciate the outpouring of support, love, stories, pictures and videos shared that show the fun-loving, sweet and talented person he was. His heart and personality was as big as his 6’6” frame. I will notify everyone of the services once they are scheduled. His friends and I are planning a tribute show to honor this incredible man. Jonathan, you are an angel in heaven now. I miss you immensely tonight and forever."
A Jon Bunch Memorial Fund has been established via GoFundMe (gofundme.com), with the goal of helping to raise college funds for Jon's 12-year old son, Jack, and the family's funeral expenses. A portion of the proceeds may also be allocated to an organization that fights for the protection and safety of children, a cause important to Jon.
Additionally, Jon's friends are in the early stages of planning several tribute shows to celebrate and remember Jon. Details are not available at this time.
More tributes to Jon Bunch:
Chris Carrabba - Dashboard Confessional, Further Seems Forever
Jason Gleason - Further Seems Forever
Further Seems Forever
Jimmy Eat World
Hayley Williams - Paramore
Bob Nanna - Braid, Hey Mercedes, City on Film
Mike Kinsella - Cap'n Jazz, American Football, Joan of Arc, Owen
Blair Shehan - Knapsack / The Jealous Sound
Chris Higdon - Falling Forward, Elliott, Frontier(s)
Jonah Matranga - Far, Onelinedrawing
Chad Gilbert - New Found Glory, What’s Eating Gilbert
Eddie Reyes - Taking Back Sunday
Eric Richter - Christie Front Drive
Texas is the Reason
Matthew Caws - Nada Surf
Bryan Gassler - The Jazz June
Brett Detar - The Juliana Theory
Jeff Caudill - Gameface
Christie Front Drive
The Starting Line
Td Trout - Gameface
Greg Bennick - Trial
John Herguth - Atlantic/Pacific, The Love Scene
Mark Kozelek sings a few of his favorite songs, plus favorites of friends and loved ones. Accompanied by piano, Mark sings songs by 10CC, David Bowie, Modest Mouse, Bob Seger, Waylon Jennings, and others. Guest singers include Mike Patton of Faith No More and Mimi Parker of Low.
Stream Mark's version of David Bowie's "Win" featuring Mike Patton on back-up vocals at www.sunkilmoon.com.
Send In The Clowns
Another DayFloat On
Sticky Fingers are set to embark on their 2nd Massive North American tour. They'll be dropping by their favorite haunts across the East and West Coasts and into Canada too. Spreading their dub fusion/indie rock beats from their cult albums Caress Your Soul and Land of Pleasure. The boys will be joined on tour by their label-brothers, Bootleg Rascal, for this summer tour.
2015 saw the fellas from the Inner West of Sydney trotting the globe extensively, playing to packed out show. Including UK, Europe, New Zealand, USA and Canada and their home soil Australia. Playing major festivals and SOLD OUT Headline shows. They also spun their magic on the 1980s classic Ghost Town by The Specials, as a response to their city's newly imposed lockout laws.
Their second album, Land of Pleasure, received high acclaim. Debuting on the ARIA charts at number 3 in its week of release and was album of the week on Australia's premier National Youth broadcaster, Triple J. Furthermore, Sticky Fingers are no strangers to the Annual Triple J's Hottest 100 countdown, the biggest voter-led music countdown in the world. STI FI has placed in the countdown every year for the last 3 years.
Sticky Finger's highlights
- 2015 Hottest 100, Delete (Triple J LIke a Version) # 86.
- 2014 Hottest 100, Land of Pleasure album. Gold Snafu # 20, Just for You # 86. Liquorlip Loaded Gun # 94.
- 2013 Hottest 100, Australia Street # 70.
- 2015 sell out Australian tour, with some shows selling out before being announced.
- Live radio performances (3FM Holland, RTL2 Paris).
- Triple J album of the week (Land of Pleasure).
- Land of Pleasure Album # 3 on ARIA Charts.
- 4 x sellout Enmore Theatre shows 2015/2016*
- 4 x sellout Metro Theatre shows 2015/2016*
- 2 x sellout Baby's All Right, Brooklyn NY 2015
- 1 x sellout The Mint, Los Angeles CA 2015
*The Enmore Theatre is one of Sydney's premiere live music venues in the heart of the Inner West, capacity 2 500.
*The Metro Theatre in Sydney's CBD, capacity 1 500.
STI FI's next album is well under way and due out towards the end of the year; the boys are once again collaborating with master-mind producer Dann Hume recording in Karma Sounds Studios in Thailand. Don't miss this chance to catch the existing Sti Fi live, before their new album drops.
Sticky's US tour will kick off in Chicago in late April, and extends til the end of May.
NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES:
WED 27 APR || Chicago, IL || Beat Kitchen
THU 28 APR || Detroit, MI || The Shelter
FRI 29 APR || Toronto, ON || Horseshoe
SAT 30 APR || Montreal, QC || L'Astral
SUN 01 MAY || Quebec City, QC || L'Anti
MON 02 MAY || Boston, MA || Brighton Music Hall
WED 04 MAY || Brooklyn, NY || Music Hall of Williamsburg
THU 05 MAY || Philadelphia, PA || Underground Arts
FRI 06 MAY || Carrboro, NC || Cat's Cradle
SAT 07 MAY || Nashville, TN || The Basement East
SUN 08 MAY || Atlanta, GA || Masquerade
TUE 10 MAY || Jacksonville, FL || Jack Rabbits
WED 11 MAY || Tampa, FL || The Orpheum
THU 12 MAY || Gainesville,FL || High Dive
FRI 13 MAY || New Orleans, LA || Parish @ House of Blues
SAT 14 MAY || Dallas, TX || The Door
SUN 15 MAY || Austin, TX || The Parish Room
WED 18 MAY || Denver, CO || Larimer Lounge
THU 19 MAY || Salt Lake City, UT || Urban Lounge
FRI 20 MAY || Las Vegas, NV || Backstage Bar
SAT 21 MAY || Phoenix, AZ || The Rebel Lounge
WED 25 MAY || Solana Beach, CA || Belly Up Tavern
THU 26 MAY || West Hollywood, CA || Troubadour
FRI 27 MAY || Monterey, CA || Monterey County Fairgrounds
Martin Courtney is pleased to announce a 2016 East Coast tour, in support of his recently-released, critically applauded solo album Many Moons. The shows, following his West Coast run in January, will feature his full band - Jarvis Taveniere of Woods, Matt Kallman of Real Estate, Doug Keith and Aaron Neveu - and will be the first time fans in cities beyond New York experience the album live.
Many Moons has been winning hearts and fans across the country, and is currently the #1 Most Played album on KCRW, and has been getting heavy support from KEXP, The Current, WFUV, and World Café. NPR featured the song ‘Northern Highway’ in their monthly feature Heavy Rotation, which highlights songs that public radio can’t stop playing. Sirius XM
have also been spinning songs from the album consistently, in addition to a cover of Pavement’s ‘Major Leagues’, which Courtney and band recorded in their studios in October.
10 Best Bands We Saw At The 2015 CMJ Music Marathon - VILLAGE VOICE
“When on his own, Courtney displays some of Real Estate’s grooviest qualities, from the wholesome lyrics that detail a nostalgic yearning for his New Jersey suburban past to his mastering of the mid-tempo rhythm that casts body-swaying spells. [The band’s] tight coordination and performance verified Courtney’s leadership.” - VILLAGE VOICE
“Courtney and his ace band were joined for part of the show by a string section… that certainly made songs like 'Foto', 'Before We Begin' and ‘Vestiges' all the more lush.”- BROOKLYN VEGAN
“Many Moons works as a remarkably cohesive album, meandering its way across themes of past and present to a state of aching clarity that's modest, but no less genuine for it.”- PITCHFORK
“Courtney’s solo debut is a big-hearted reflection on time, memory and innocence that makes growing up sound every bit as scary as it is.”- ROLLING STONE
“A collection of guitar-based melodies that rank among Courtney’s finest work in any context” – CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
October’s Best New Music – WASHINGTON POST
Martin Courtney 2016 Tour Dates
Many Moons is available on CD, standard and
limited edition LP. The limited edition LP (of 500) contains an
alternate cover with an embossed jacket, featuring an artist logo
designed by Robert Beatty and coke-bottle clear colored vinyl.
Vestal, the men’s and women’s watch and eyewear brand inspired by music and the outdoor lifestyle, is proud to announce the return of Vestal Village, marking the brand’s seventh annual event. From April 14 through 17, Vestal will celebrate spring in the desert at an undisclosed, expansive location outside of Palm Springs, Calif.
Vestal Village is a private, invite-only event spanning the course of four days. The exclusive event includes a unique living environment with VIP camping, several hosted VIP daytime pool parties and nighttime desert campfire gatherings. Guests will become immersed in a weekend of nature, fashion and music, enjoying hundreds of acres of mountainous terrain, rolling grass hills, a spectacular lake, geared for fishing and lakeside relaxing, and a welcoming large beach entry pool.
Amenities include: two outdoor stages featuring live music and DJs, hosted daytime bars, free shuttles, campfires, hiking, horseback riding (BYOH - bring your own horse), the largest non-hotel swimming pool in the area, fishing lake, RV hookups, tent camping, VIP camper check in, welcome gifts, showers, horseshoe pits, pop-up restaurants (breakfast, lunch, dinner), and more. No need to leave your four-legged furry friends at home – pets are also welcomed.
"We can’t wait to reveal our new location. Vestal Village is back and bigger than ever,” said Johnny Gehris, Vestal president and owner. “We are looking forward to creating new memories with friends and dancing the night away at this beautiful place that we will all call home.”
Each day from 10 a.m. until sunset, guests will enjoy dancing to the tunes of nationally and internationally recognized secret guests, while they enjoy a hosted bar and catered food lakeside and poolside. Previous performances have included: Nick Waterhouse, Eagles of Death Metal, Shiny Toy Guns, Beach Party, Robert DeLong, Boots Electric, Dave Catching, Magic Wands, LA Riots, Terraplane Sun, DWNTWN, UZ, Ragged Jubilee, Hindu Pirates and many more. On Sunday, partygoers will enjoy a special poolside takeover from our partners and friends at Modern Disco Ambassadors, which will feature swanky, tropical house sets from special guests. As the sun sets behind the mountains, patrons may choose to hop on a free shuttle or simply bike to catch their favorite act just down the road. Those who prefer to stick around Vestal Village, will be treated to ranch-style special performances, with the night culminating in fireside acoustic sessions.
Vestal Village has partnered with Modern Disco Ambassadors, one of Southern California’s premier independent promotion and marketing companies. Modern Disco Ambassadors takes pride in bringing international and national talent to unconventional venues, creating one-of-a-kind experiences and aligning with Vestal Village was a natural fit.
Vestal Village welcomes musicians, professional athletes, artists, stylists, fashion industry executives, celebrities, media and social influencers, along with all music and outdoor lovers. For more information, please visit, http://vestalvillage.com/.
To view 2015 recap highlights: https://vimeo.com/127663192. Also, snoop the #VESTALVILLAGE hashtag to check out the fun!
About Vestal Village:
Vestal Village was born out of an unhinged desire to deeply immerse our consciousness into the entire experience of multi-day music events, which unite friends for an unforgettable adventure. For many years prior to Vestal Village, we’ve rented homes, drove RVs and set up camps, striving to live every waking moment like it was our last. Through these experiences, we found that the times had before and after music events are just as important and valuable to our consciousness as during them and thus, Vestal Village came to life. For more information, please visit, http://vestalvillage.com/.
Vestal collections are watches and eyewear that fine-tune style and expression for the musically inspired individual. Established in 1997, Vestal is marketed and branded through friends, musicians, artists and athletes who are immersed within music culture. For more information, please visit, http://www.vestalwatch.com/.
About Modern Disco Ambassadors:
Since its inception in 2013, Modern Disco Ambassadors has continued to bring renowned international and national talent to Orange County, Calif. Known as one of Southern California’s premier independent promotion companies, M.D.A. Events offers a unique blend of progressive and eclectic music to guests at a variety of venues. Check out weekly events at La Cave on Wednesdays and The Wayfarer on Fridays. For more information, please visit, www.followmda.com.
Following the arrival of their brash and urgent new single, "Take Me To Heaven" and album announcement via Billboard, Filter keep fans satisfied with news of a forthcoming US tour, "Make America Hate Again." Featuring Orgy, Vampires Everywhere and Death Valley High, the tour sees frontman Richard Patrick bring Filter's electric live show back to audiences across the country.
“Filter is the mind,” he exclaims. “It’s your interpretation or my interpretation. Our thing is to look at people’s unexplainable behavior and assess it, using sound. It’s a way to approximate the insanity of the human condition. The reason this record is so fucking heavy and strange is it’s exactly the opposite of what’s popular. It’s not pretty. It’s not cute. It’s real.”
"Crazy Eyes" is due for release April 8, 2016 via Wind-up Records.
Wed 04/13/16 San Francisco, CA Slim's
Fri 04/15/16 Portland, OR Dante's
Sat 04/16/16 Vancouver, BC Venue
Sun 04/17/16 Seattle, WA Studio Seven
Wed 04/20/16 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
Thu 04/21/16 Arlington Heights, IL Home Bar Chicago
Fri 04/22/16 Cleveland, OH Agora Ballroom
Sat 04/23/16 Pontiac, MI Crofoot Ballroom
Sun 04/24/16 Toronto, ON Opera House Concert Venue
Tue 04/26/16 Philadelphia, PA Theatre Of Living Arts
Wed 04/27/16 Cambridge, MA Middle East Downstairs
Thu 04/28/16 Amityville, NY Revolution Bar & Music Hall
Sat 04/30/16 "Welcome To Rockville"
Sun 05/01/16 Atlanta, GA Hell At The Masquerade
Tue 05/03/16 New York, NY The Gramercy Theatre
Wed 05/04/16 Washington, DC The Howard Theatre
Thu 05/05/16 Knoxville, TN The International
Fri 05/06/16 "Carolina Rebellion"
Sat 05/07/16 Athens, GA Georgia Theatre
Sun 05/08/16 Nashville, TN Exit / In
Tue 05/10/16 Houston, TX House Of Blues
Wed 05/11/16 San Antonio, TX The Aztec Theater
Thu 05/12/16 Dallas, TX Gas Monkey Live!
Fri 05/13/16 Tulsa, OK Cain's Ballroom
Sat 05/14/16 Lincoln, NE Bourbon Theatre
Sun 05/15/16 Denver, CO Herman's Hideaway
Tue 05/17/16 Tempe, AZ The Marquee
Wed 05/18/16 Las Vegas, NV Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
Thu 05/19/16 San Diego, CA House Of Blues
Fri 05/20/16 Pomona, CA The Glass House Concert Hall
Sat 05/21/16 West Hollywood, CA The Roxy Theatre
In total, 32 new acts have been added including Radiohead, Róisín Murphy, Afrika Bambaataa, Kelela, and Action Bronson from abroad, plus Icelandic artists Bang Gang, Mammút, Fufanu, Rix, Faces Of Walls, and many others. This brings the announced set of names to 92 in total, with more to be announced.
The event’s third edition is set for June 17th-19th, 2016, in the center of Iceland’s capital city Reykjavík. Held over the summer solstice weekend, in Iceland this means three full days of never-ending daylight due to the close proximity to the Arctic Circle, which has wowed visitors from all over the world for the past three years.
A host of ticketing options are available for the 2016 event, with 3-day passes starting from 24,900kr (approx £133/$190/€175), VIP passes at 34,900kr (approx £188/$267/€246), or for those wanting the ultimate experience, exclusive Óðinn Super-VIP tickets limited to only 50 guests at 129,900kr (approx £652/$990/€923). The festival recently also announced their Package Of The Gods for only three people to add on additional luxury options to their festival experience, though it comes at a premium price of 1.5 million Icelandic krona, around $11,500 USD.
The festival has also announced the addition of its third and final side event in the form of the Midnight Sun Boat Party, a late-night DJ event on a boat that takes guests out into the Atlantic to watch the sun touch the horizon after midnight. With only 200 tickets on offer, this will likely be a truly unique experience for a handful of festival guests to add on top of the main event.
This adds to the already announced world’s only party inside a glacier – Secret Solstice presents Into The Glacier – as well as the Secret Lagoon Party, at a geothermal pool in Iceland’s oldest volcano-powered nature bath outside of Reykjavík. Tickets for both exclusive events are close to sold out, so get them while supplies last!
Foreign guests traveling to Iceland for this year’s event over the summer solstice weekend have more choice than ever when it comes to travel options, with both Gaman Travel and Festicket offering discounted deals including event passes, accommodation, and flights. Apart from standard hostel and hotel options, guests can stay as close to the action as possible with on-site camping from as little as 9,900kr (approx £53/$75/€70) for the entire event weekend.
Here are the third phase lineup additions for Secret Solstice 2016:
Róisín Murphy [IE]
Action Bronson [US]
Afrika Bambaataa [US]
Matt Tolfrey [UK]
Bang Gang [IS]
Plastic Love [US]
Faces of Walls [IS]
RVK Soundsystem [IS]
DJ Hendrik [IS]
Pink Street Boys [IS]
Einar Indra [IS]
Valby Bræður [IS]
Mosi Musik [IS]
Stefán Karel [IS]
Since When [US]
The Wild Feathers Announce Spring Headlining North American Tour In Support of Upcoming New Album 'Lonely Is A Lifetime' Out March 11
The Wild Feathers have announced that they will hit the road for an extensive North American headlining tour in support of their highly anticipated new album, LONELY IS A LIFETIME, out March 11th. The tour kicks off on March 20th in Dallas, following the band's shows at this year's SXSW Festival. Tickets for all tour dates go on sale Friday Jan 29th.
The Wild Feathers will be touring in support of their eagerly awaited second album Lonely Is A Lifetime, which will be released by Warner Bros. Records on March 111h. The first single, "Overnight," is available now from all participating digital retailers. Produced once again by Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, Zac Brown Band, Patty Griffin, Fidlar), and mixed by D. Sardy (Oasis, The Rolling Stones, Nine Inch Nails), Lonely Is A Lifetime is the follow-up to the band's 2013 self-titled debut, which hit No.1 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.
"The story of this album starts with all of the touring we did," says guitarist/vocalist Ricky Young. "We progressed as a live band. When we wrote our first record, we knew what we liked, but we didn't really know who we were yet. The more we toured and grew into ourselves, the more we started to naturally move towards what we are today - as individuals and musicians." Adds guitarist/vocalist Taylor Burns: "We're a rock 'n' roll band who can play all different kinds of things. We made a conscious effort to expand our sound. We went into the writing mode on the same page. We wanted to preserve the essence of The Wild Feathers with the multiple harmonies, but we also wanted to take this step forward and experiment."
As a result, Lonely Is a Lifetime reflects a richer confluence of influences, while maintaining their signature soul and spirit and a nod to all that time on the road together. Following the first album's marathon of touring, the band retreated to a cabin in Muscle Shoals, AL. It was there they collectively sifted through the myriad ideas accrued on the road. Their three singular voices began to shine within the new material, giving a platform to their respective identities as both singers and writers.
Young, ambitious, and indefatigable, The Wild Feathers performed well over 200 shows in 2013 alone, including headlining dates, shows with Bob Dylan, Gary Clark Jr, and Willie Nelson plus appearances at most major music festivals, including Austin City Limits, Outside Lands, Bonnaroo, Voodoo, Summerfest, Firefly, Sasquatch, Hangout, and Squamish and have won the hearts of fans and critics everywhere and every time they play. Their unique take on modern American rock 'n' roll has earned them critical praise from Rolling Stone, New York Times, Huffington Post, USA Today, and many others. They have performed live on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Conan, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Late Night with Seth Meyers,and more.
Support bands on this tour will be LA-based quintet Bird Dog on the first seven shows of the tour. Their new EP "Misty Shrub," is out now on IAMSOUND. Also from LA, The Shelters will join the tour in Seattle for the rest of the dates. Their full-length debut album - produced by Tom Petty - will be released by Warner Bros. Records later this year. Their 4-song EP is available now.
Confirmed dates are listed below.
The Wild Feathers upcoming tour dates are as follows:
# Support provided by Bird Dog
*Support provided by The Shelters
03/17 Austin, TX SXSW
03/18 Austin, TX SXSW
03/19 Austin, TX SXSW
# 03/20 Dallas, TX Kessler Theater
# 03/22 Mobile, AL Soul Kitchen
# 03/23 New Orleans, LA One Eyed Jacks
# 03/24 Birmingham, AL Saturn
# 03/26 St. Louis, MO Old Rock House
# 03/27 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room
# 03/28 Denver, CO Bluebird Theater
03/31 Vancouver, BC Venue Nightclub
* 04/01 Seattle, WA Tractor Tavern
* 04/03 Portland, OR Mississippi Studios
* 04/05 Solana Beach, CA Belly Up Tavern
* 04/06 West Hollywood, CA Troubadour
* 04/07 San Francisco, CA The Independent
* 04/09 Salt Lake City, UT The State Room
* 04/11 Kansas City, MO The Riot Room
* 04/12 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
* 04/13 Milwaukee, WI The Rave II
* 04/15 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge
* 04/16 Madison, WI Majestic Theater
* 04/17 Indianapolis, IN The Hi-Fi
* 04/19 Columbus, OH The A&R Music Bar
* 04/21 Toronto, ON Lee's Palace
* 04/22 Albany, NY The Hollow
* 04/23 Burlington, VT Higher Ground
* 04/24 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
* 04/26 Providence, RI Fete Lounge
* 04/28 New York, NY Bowery Ballroom
* 04/29 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
* 04/30 Philadelphia, PA The Foundry at The Fillmore
* 05/01 Washington, DC U Street Music Hall
* 05/03 Atlanta, GA Terminal West
Metric’s Spotify Session is now available featuring acoustic versions of “The Governess,” “Lie Lie Lie” and “Cascades” from their new album Pagans In Vegas, plus the track “Breathing Underwater. The band announces a second date in San Diego on February 24 at House of Blues, following the sell out of the first show on February 25. Pre-sale begins at ilovemetric.com/tour on January 26, with public on-sale to follow on January 29. Their 24-city U.S. headline tour kicks off February 12 with a sold-out show in Chicago. As well, fans can now upgrade their tickets to include a backstage VIP experience with the band, who will chat with fans and lead an intimate acoustic sing-along before the show.
Pagans in Vegas is Metric’s newest album, born out of a year spent writing—guitarist/producer Jimmy Shaw at his studio in Toronto delving into his wall of modular synthesizers and Emily Haines with acoustic instruments in Nicaragua and Spain. The new album is packed with reverent references to artists who’ve inspired them, from Depeche Mode, New Order, The Cure and Underworld, all the way back to Kraftwerk. “The songs that made it onto Pagans in Vegas weren’t written with an overarching concept in mind,” says Shaw. “With this record we were making music for the joy of it…we tried to be as bold as possible. All we want is to feel like all we got didn’t cost us everything, even if we never win.”
Metric—Haines, Shaw, Joules Scott Key and Joshua Winstead—self-released their last two albums on five continents and have gone on to sell millions of records worldwide. In 2009 Metric became the first band in history to have their first ever Top 20 hit at U.S. commercial radio without the backing of a traditional label. Their most recent releases earned multiple Juno Awards including two for Album of the Year, one for Artist of the Year and Producer of the Year for Shaw, who has co-produced the band’s last two albums with Grammy nominated John O’Mahony (Coldplay, Sarah Bareilles).
Metric’s music is featured in a number of top TV shows including: “Grey’s Anatomy,” “CSI,” “True Blood,” “Vampire Diaries,” “House” and “Girls.” They also wrote the theme song/score music for several Hollywood films including Edgar Wright’s Scott Pilgrim vs The World, David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis and The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Their work with acclaimed composer Howard Shore on The Twilight Saga was nominated for both a Grammy Award and an Academy Award. Metric also won a Canadian Screen Award (with Howard Shore) in 2013 for Cosmopolis.
METRIC 2016 TOUR DATES
February 12—Chicago, IL—House of Blues—SOLD OUT
METRIC/DEATH CAB FOR CUTIE 2016 “LIGHTS ON THE HORIZON” TOUR
March 19—Montreal, QC—Bell Centre