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G-Eazy's "From the Bay to the Universe Tour"

posted by Vu Nguyen

Bay Area rapper G-Eazy announced his highly anticipated return to the road with the "From The Bay To The Universe Tour."The Oakland emcee, who was recently named one of USA Today's hottest college acts, will be stopping in 31 cities along with Bay Area luminary E-40 as well as IAMSU! and Jay Ant.

 

Fittingly, the tour will start and end in California, making stops in major metropolitan markets such as Atlanta, Chicago, Houston and Las Vegas. G-Eazy is set to perform hits off his lauded album These Things Happen such as "I Mean It," "Lost," "Tumblr Girls" as well as "Far Alone" featuring E-40 and Jay Ant. Bay Area legend E-40 will surely bring out his hyphy classics such as "Tell Me When To Go" and "Rapper's Ball," while IAMSU! is likely to perform his verses from radio hits "Function," "Gas Pedal" and "Only That Real." 

 

The "From the Bay to the Universe Tour" comes off a stellar summer for G-Eazy, from the release of These Things Happen, his first European tour, dates on the "Drake vs.Wayne Tour" and his late night TV debut on Late Night With Seth Meyers. After MTV dubbed "Far Alone" their 2014 "summer jam" and G-Eazy as their "Artist to Watch", the Oakland Tribune's declaration that G-Eazy's buzz is "deafening" has become an understatement. G-Eazy's album These Things Happen has surpassed 100,000 copies sold and 35 million Spotify streams after debuting on the Billboard R&B/Hip-Hop and Top Rap Albums Charts at #1, while garnering the #3 position on both the Billboard 200 and Top Digital Albums Chart. G-Eazy's accomplishments have not gone unnoticed, earning praise from The New York Times, Pitchfork and VIBE, who noted G-Eazy's method for success in their review of These Things Happen, stating: "Sans radio single, sans famous rapper cosign, sans beats from super producers, the Bay Area-native has leveraged blog exposure, social media reach and a relentless touring schedule into a sizeable fan base."

 

For more information please visit, www.g-eazy.com.


Jay Ant will appear on all tour dates

 

Date

City

Venue

10/30/14

Houston, TX

Warehouse Live #

10/31/14

Chicago, IL

Aragon Ballroom (Flux Pavilion)

11/3/14

Tampa, FL

The Ritz Ybor #

11/4/14

Ft. Lauderdale, FL

Revolution #

11/5/14

Orlando, FL

The Plaza Live #

11/6/14

Atlanta, GA

The Masquerade #

11/7/14

Charlotte, NC

Amos' Southend #

11/8/14

Baltimore, MD

Ram's Head Live #

11/9/14

Philadelphia, PA

Trocadero #

11/11/14

Pittsburgh, PA

Xtaza Nightclub *#

11/12/14

Cleveland, OH

House of Blues *#

11/13/14

Detroit, MI

The Majestic Theatre *#

11/14/14

Madison, WI

Barrymore Theatre *#

11/15/14

Minneapolis, MN

First Avenue *#

11/16/14

Minneapolis, MN

First Avenue *#

11/18/14

Milwaukee, WI

The Eagles Hall *#

11/19/14

Des Moines, IA

7 Flags *#

11/20/14

Lawrence, KS

Granada Theatre *#

11/21/14

Denver, CO

1stBank Center

(Flosstradamus' Hdynation Tour)#

11/22/14

Salt Lake City, UT

The Complex *

11/23/14

Boise, ID

Revolution Center *

11/24/14

Seattle, WA

Showbox SODO *

11/25/14

Portland, OR

Roseland Theater *

11/26/14

Oakland, CA

Fox Theater (SPECIAL GUESTS TBA)

11/28/14

San Diego, CA

Soma *

  

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Leif Vollebekk North American Tour in support of North Americana

posted by Vu Nguyen   [ updated ]

Ann Powers of NPR Music included  Leif Vollebekk's North Americana the album on her "Under-The-Radar Albums Preview of 2014" list and said "Vollebekk also openly borrows from Jeff Buckley - always a daring move. With a grit-and-honey voice and a way of opening up his own confessions until they become universal, Vollebekk pulls it off."

On January 28th, Vollebekk released his U.S. debut North Americana on Missing Piece Records
 
The ten songs that comprise North Americana were performed by Vollebekk (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, a little rusty fiddle), jazz musicians Hans Bernhard (bass) and Philippe Melanson (drums), Arcade Fire's Sarah Neufeld (violin), Joe Grass(pedal steel) and Adam Kinner (tenor sax).
 
U.S. Tour Dates with Barr Brothers:

11/11/14         Buffalo, NY     Ninth Ward At Babeville     
11/12/14         Pittsburgh, PA     Andy Warhol Museum     
11/13/14         Columbus, OH     Woodlands Tavern     
11/14/14         Chicago, IL     Empty Bottle     
11/15/14         Minneapolis, MN     Cedar Cultural Center     
11/18/14         Washington, DC     Sixth & I Historic Synagogue     
11/19/14         Philadelphia, PA     Boot & Saddle     
11/21/14         New York, NY     Bowery Ballroom     
11/22/14         Cambridge, MA     The Sinclair     
11/28/14         Carrboro, NC     Cat's Cradle 
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French Horn Rebellion on Co-headline Tour with Zak Waters

posted by Vu Nguyen

Love Is Dangerous in the big, bad city where late nights always bring out swingers on party patrol, hipster suits in dark alleys, beat-boxers at street corners and Poster Girls with Broken Hearts. It's Friday Night, baby and French Horn Rebellion's dance card is Void and Fancy Free.

FHR is Robert and David Perlick-Molinari, two Brooklyn-based brothers born and bred in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In 2007, while hanging on a heartstring and daydreaming of Beaches and Friends, Robert had been playing French horn in the Chicago Civic Orchestra, got restless and decided to turn all attention to making dance music. After informing his conductor that Mahler isn’t fun anymore, Robert asked bassoon- toting older brother, David, to share this epiphany of self-emancipation. Our sordid tale of French Horn Rebellion's mission to deliver NextJackSwing to The Body Electric begins here.

Explains Robert, "We were trying to think of a way to engage kids who play in orchestra or band, and say, 'Hey. You guys can have fun too and this is how you do it.’ That's when the wheels started turning - we could make music the way we want to, and it’s OK."

David offers, "We realized that we had the power to create something of our own. The rebellion was about accepting wholeheartedly the uniqueness of who we are and using that as a driving force. We had to rebel against the status quo and focus on what drove us internally."

These self-proclaimed band geeks gone wild (BGGW) are often Up All Night crafting witty, hook-laden grooves, making reverent noise or Dancing Out on tour with a program of disco-etched lights, hi-octane special guests and a keg full of party-starter anthems. It's the French Horn Rebellion creed. "Could we really be having This Moment?" The answer is an explosive and resounding "Hell, Yeah!" FHR effortlessly weave between the seams of buzzy indie dance, electro, funk and psychedelia through to visceral new wave, rock and ambitious pop. David and Robert's sly productions, smart songs and giddy live shows manage to infuse their devoted disciples with a compulsive and joyous energy.

As FHR's resident pied piper, Robert concedes this bit of affable insight, "I play French horn really, really loud. That's the number one thing - live and loud! We're running around and ripping off Jimi Hendrix solos on French horn. It’s the equivalent of a pizza party in band class with Teddy Riley on the jukebox."

David's practical wisdom believes "Our rebellion is about getting the true, everyday meaning of being alive and forcing the bull-s**t out!"

French Horn Rebellion fan favorites like "Girls," "Caaalifornia," "Last Summer," "Johnny Smash," "Swing Into It" or the band's inspired cover of The Human League's perennial classic, "Don't You Want Me" continue to cement their NextJackSwing global takeover aspirations in the studio and on the road.

“Next Jack Swing is a genre we’ve created from the ‘New Jack Swing’ or ‘Swing Beat’ tradition of the late 80’s and early 90s, but using today’s technology to make the beats heavier, with funkier bass lines, and of course, putting in our own flair..." begins Robert with a knowing, mischievous tone. David finishes the missive, "...It's New Jack's kid brother seasoned by sweaty, basement dance-rages of eternal groove. It exposes everything we love about dance music!"

Over the years, French Horn Rebellion's emotive pop singles, illustrious dance e.p.'s, well-tailored remixes and an acclaimed album debut, "The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion" have received high praise, acclaim and obsession by such media hubs as: The Huffington Post, Billboard, BBC Radio 1, Entertainment Weekly, Jay Z's Life & Times, Interview Magazine, Spotify, Rolling Stone, VIBE, The Guardian, Bust, Mashable, Thissongissick, NY Daily News, VEVO, Q Magazine and Time Out. Additionally, FHR have had 10 self-released singles and mixes storm the top of the influential Hype Machine chart.

With their new record label, Ensemble Records enjoying a glorious bow this Summer introducing Slaptop's smash "Sunrise" (in conjunction with +1 Records) and a busy Williamsburg-based production compound and studio, YouTooCanWoo, churning out the hits, The Perlick-Molinari brothers of French Horn Rebellion are living their D.I.Y. manifesto to the fullest, noting the best is yet to come. It's clear that the group's engaging performer, A&R chief and French Horn-toting label honcho, Robert - partnered with David, the introspective studio geek, world domination enthusiast and production perfectionist, are gearing up for an international rebel party coup. FHR know You're All Right and want to assist with a bit of exclusive party intel.

David knowingly states, "A way the world can feel worthwhile is for its individuals to lead the charge. We are all worth the time and energy. This dance party is where we celebrate!"

Robert breaks it down even further, "I equate orchestra players with middle-class workers. You play the music on the page, listen to the conductor and go home. And I think orchestra players aren't appreciated, much like today's working man. That's why it's a rebellion: working guys, rebel!”


SHOWS:

10/30 - Tijuana, MEX @ Mous Tache

10/31 - Los Angeles, CA @The Satellite (halloween)

11/1 - San Francisco, CA @ Neck of the Woods

11/2 - Sacramento, CA @ LowBrau

11/3 - Portalnd, OR @ Mississippi Studios

11/4 - Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project

11/6 - Boise, ID @ Crazy Horse

11/14 - Minneopolis, MN @ The Nether Bar

11/15 - Chicago, IL @ The Empty Bottle
Detroit, MI @ The Crofoot

12/5 - Springfield, MO - FHR DJ SET @ College Street Bar & Arcade

12/6 -Kansas City, KS - FHR DJ SET @ The Riot Room

12/7 - Boston, MA - FHR DJ SET @ Wonder Bar

12/11 - Brooklyn, NY - FRENCH HORN REBELLION Xmas Party @ Tandem



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W. Kamau Bell announces Oh, Everything! Tour

posted by Vu Nguyen

W
. Kamau Bell announces dates for his Oh, Everything! Stand-up Comedy winter tour, which kicks off in November and runs through the end of January 2015, taking the comedian from coast to coast and everywhere in between.  A fanclub presale begins today, Thursday, September 18th at 10am PT time www.wkamaubell.com.  General public presale starts tomorrow, Friday September 19th at 11am local time. VIP Packages are also available at $50 to benefit Race Forward. These packages will include a post-show meet and greet with W. Kamau Bell and an autographed, personalized tour poster.  Dates below.  All tickets are available at www.wkamaubell.com.
 
Socio-political comedian W. Kamau Bell’s Oh, Everything! promises to be a comedic attack on everything he can’t stop thinking about, including but not limited to homophobia, the ’N” word, gentrification, President Obama, why the borders should be opened, his mixed race kids, your “friends”, your “followers”, why he could never be an atheist, why his God looks like Denzel Washington with dreadlocks, guns, guns, guns, and of course Kamau’s old buddy racism! The title of Kamau’s tour dates back to his days on Totally Biased. Kamau and the writers would often sit back and find gallows humor in the dark subject matter they tackled. At the end of a big laugh about a difficult subject, someone would sit back and say, “Oh, George Zimmerman!” OR “Oh, The GOP’s War on Women!” OR “Oh, Donald Trump!” And eventually these recurring expressions just morphed into, “Oh, Everything!”

Kamau has emerged as the post-modern voice of comedy, hailed by the New York Times as “the most promising new talent in political comedy in many years,” and voted San Francisco’s best comedian by the SF Weekly, the SF Bay Guardian, and 7×7 Magazine.  Kamau may be most recognizable for his critically acclaimed FX/FXX comedy series Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell. Kamau was creator, writer and host of the show, which was executive produced by Chris Rock who became a fan of Kamau’s after seeing his one man show, The W. Kamau Bell Curve: Ending Racism in About an Hour. Totally Biased was nominated for “Best Talk Series” at the 2012 NAACP Image Awards and Salon.com listed Kamau on their “Sexiest Men of 2012” list, calling the series “surreptitiously revolutionary in its effortless diversity and humanism.”  The San Francisco Chronicle raved, “it makes The Daily Show seem like something your dad watches.”  Kamau’s writing has appeared on Salon.com, Buzzfeed, and colorlines.com. His recent Buzzfeed article on the lack of diversity in mainstream late night talk show hosts was quoted (and misquoted) all over the Internet, including in The Hollywood Reporter. Kamau’s TV, radio and podcast appearances include HBO’s Real Time with Bill Maher, Conan on TBS, WTF with Marc Maron, The View, NPR’s Fresh Air with Terry Gross, and Comedy Central’ s @midnight and John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show.
 
 
Race Forward advocates for racial justice, focusing on issues such as immigration, LGBT liberation, and economic equity. Race Forward accomplishes its impactful work through leadership development, research, and via its award-winning daily news site, Colorlines. For more information visit: www.raceforward.org.
 
 
W KAMAU BELL’S “OH, EVERYTHING!” COMEDY TOUR
The Tour
11/4 – Kansas City, MO @ Record Bar
11/5 – Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s
11/6 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center
11/8 – Austin, TX @ Fun Fun Fun Fest
11/9 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
11/11 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
11/12 – Omaha, NE @ The Waiting Room
11/13 – Iowa City, IA @ The Mill
11/14 – St. Paul, MN @ The Turf Club
11/15 – Madison, WI @ High Noon Saloon
11/16 – Milwaukee, WI @ Shank Hall
11/19 – Ferndale, MI @ Magic Bag
11/20 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre
11/21 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks
11/22 – Washington, DC @ Sixth & I
11/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
12/3 – Manchester, NH @ Shaskeen Pub           
12/4 – Burlington, VT @ Nectars
12/5 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall
12/6 – Providence, RI @ Fete Lounge
12/7 – New York, NY @ SubCulture
1/6 – New Orleans, LA @ Tipitina’s
1/7 – Little Rock, AR @ Juanita’s Cantina
1/8 – Jackson, MS @ Duling Hall
1/9 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall – 1884 Lounge
1/10- Nashville, TN @ Exit In
1/14 – Athens, GA @ The Melting Point
1/15 – Knoxville, TN @ The Pilot Light
1/16 – Birmingham, AL @ Zydeco
1/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Vinyl
1/21 – Portland, OR @ Hollywood Theatre
1/22 – Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall
1/23 – Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
1/24 – Seattle, WA @ Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute
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Jillette Johnson touring with Mary Lambert

posted by Vu Nguyen

Creating authentic and infectious pop that bleeds with heart and soul is no mean feat. Save for Jillette Johnson - taking songwriter cues from esteemed artists like Fiona Apple and Stevie Nicks, potently combined with the attitude and indie aesthetics of modern-day alterna-pop favorites St. Vincent and Tove Lo, the New York based artist made her stunning debut with album, “Water In A Whale.”


And today, Johnson announces her support on the forthcoming Mary Lambert tour across the States, set to kick off later this fall. "I'm thrilled and honored to open up for such an outspoken powerhouse of a talent. It's so inspiring to be surrounded by artists who actually have something to say," says Jillette of the upcoming tour.

Produced by Peter Zizzo (Vanessa Carlton, Avril Lavigne) and Michael Mangini (Joss Stone, David Byrne), “Water In A Whale,”  journeys from the energetic and emphatic, to the heartbreaking and comforting. The release was received with critical acclaim earning praise from major tastemakers like Elle, Perez Hilton, NYLON and Marie Claire not to mention buzz from well respected outlets throughout the blogosphere.


With a hint of the spit and grit of her hometown New York, Johnson’s voice screams of a youthful optimism- and is one that is impossible to ignore. Leading with the explosive track, “Torpedo,” Johnson muses, “I wrote it about my relationship with my career and my unwillingness to give up on my dream."


“I've been writing and playing music for whoever would listen since I was a little kid, and with that has come a lot of rejection and heartache. ‘Torpedo’ is about absorbing those blows to my ego and then bouncing right back up to fight.”


Tour Dates:
Sat Nov 1 @ Fine Line Music Cafe - Minneapolis MN
Sun Nov 2 @ The Waiting Room - Omaha NE
Mon Nov 3 @ The Record Bar - Kansas City MO
Wed Nov 5 @ Bluebird Theater - Denver CO
Thurs Nov 6 @ Colorado State University - Ft. Collins CO
Fri Nov 7 @ The Complex - Salt Lake City UT
Sun Nov 9 @ Club Red - Phoenix AZ
Sat Nov 15 @ The Rio Theatre - Vancouver BC
Thurs Nov 17 @ Knitting Factory - Boise ID
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MOORS' self-titled debut out now

posted Oct 28, 2014, 4:46 PM by Vu Nguyen

Rising duo MOORS are set to release their debut, self-titled EP October 28 on Haven Sounds, a new emerging record label based in Los Angeles and Toronto. The EP features four original tracks alongside a remix of “Asphyxiated” from The Postal Service’s Dntel and “Gas” remixed by Daedelus. Watch the video for “Asphyxiated".

Moors is producer HH and emcee Keith Stanfield. Stanfield united his acting and rapping talents in his on-screen debut in the 2013 film Short Term 12, which earned him an Independent Spirit Award nomination for his role of Marcus. His upcoming roles include portraying the young Snoop Dogg in Straight Outta Compton and civil rights activist Jimmie Lee Jackson in the Martin Luther King, Jr. biopic Selma. In between films, Stanfield and HH have been working on the MOORS EP as well as remixing songs for artists such as James Vincent McMorrow, Baths and Slow Magic.

Moors will tour nationwide this fall, playing dates in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and more. After Moors remixed James Vincent McMorrow’s track “Cavalier,” he personally invited them to join him on an eight-date run this November. McMorrow and Moors have also collaborated on a brand new track titled “New Romancers,” set to appear on the deluxe version of McMorrows’s Post Tropical, out November 11 via Vagrant and Dine Alone Records.

 
MOORS EP TRACK LIST
1. Asphyxiated
2. Gas
3. Fire
4. Smoke
5. Gas (Daedelus Remix)
6. Asphyxiated (Dntel Remix)


MOORS TOUR DATES

*with Com Truise
†with James Vincent McMorrow 


October 4 /// Los Angeles, CA /// El Rey Theater*
November 8 /// Washington, D.C. /// The Lincoln Theater†
November 10 /// New York, NY /// Town Hall†
November 12 /// Chicago, IL /// House of Blues†
November 13 /// Minneapolis, MN /// First Avenue†
November 16 /// Seattle, WA /// The Neptune†
November 17 /// Portland, OR /// The Aladdin†
November 19 /// San Francisco, CA /// The Fillmore†
November 20 /// Los Angeles, CA /// Ace Hotel†
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The Bug Teams up with Earth for "Boa/Cold" Out 11/28

posted Oct 28, 2014, 11:48 AM by Vu Nguyen

The Bug vs. Earth... In a way it's hard to imagine how this took so long to happen. Both artists have been exploring and distorting their respective genres for 20 plus years. In that time they've both defined and redefined what "heavy" means by pushing the boundaries of beautiful/ugly and minimalist/maximalist music. Two uncompromising outsiders meeting at last for “Boa/Cold,” the double A-side single set for release on Ninja Tune. The rare collaboration will be available as a part of Record Store Day's Black Friday exclusives on Nov. 28th. The first track, “Boa” is currently streaming here. The Bug is currently in the middle of his latest North American Tour. Full tour dates below.

Earth (and it's mainstay member Dylan Carlson) first appeared in the early 90's and came to prominence with their Sub Pop release "Earth 2". A record that was an exercise in distorted droning minimalist riffage, and was the blueprint for what Dylan coined at the time "ambient metal". A style that was explored by many after, but probably best exemplified by the output of Sunn O))), who's member Greg Anderson went on to release the later Earth projects on his Southern Lord label. Records that retained the early aesthetic, but started to incorporate elements of country, folk, and cinematic elements. A style still being pushed forward and explored on his latest Southern Lord release "Primitive And Deadly."

Kevin Martin's career spans the same time frame. Techno Animal, Ice, God, Razor X, King Midas Sound, and of course the The Bug moniker. All of which explore(d) the fringes of experimental and heavy music. With his recently released Angels & Devils (follow up to the acclaimed document of London's decay "London Zoo") receiving high praise across the board, he's once again put his sonic stamp on the here and now with his collaborators Liz Harris (of Grouper), Copeland, Miss Red, Gonjasufi, Flowdan, Death Grips, Justin Broadrick (Godflesh/Jesu), and Warrior Queen.

Originally envisioned as being a collaborator for Angels & Devils, it became apparent early on that the tracks with Earth needed room to stretch out/drone and be their own thing. Two tracks, "Boa" & "Cold", that sees Dylan's signature guitar sound sitting seamlessly with some of Kevin's most destructively heady bass explorations. You'll want to be sitting down for this.

North American Tour:
10/28: Denver, CO @ Cervantes ^
10/29: St. Louis, MO @ 2720 Cherokee ^
10/30: Asheville, NC @ Orange Peel ^
10/31: Houston, TX @ Gritsy ^
11/01: San Francisco, CA @ The Independent ^#
11/03: Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex ^#
11/05: Montreal @ Underworld Cabaret *
11/06: Toronto, ON @ Coda *
11/07: Calgary, AB @ Ten Nightclub *
11/09: Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl *
11/13: Seattle, WA @ Nectars ^
11/14: Portland, OR @ Rotture ^
11/15: Chicago, IL @ Evil Olive ^

* w/ Flowdan ^ w/ Manga # w/ Wolf Eyes

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Alien Ant Farm's ANTarchy In The USA Tour Dates

posted Oct 28, 2014, 11:27 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Oct 28, 2014, 11:29 AM ]

Since the formation of Alien Ant Farm in 1995, the quartet has enjoyed worldwide success, selling over five million records over the course of their three album releases, a Grammy and AMA nomination along with a number of #1 and top 10 singles to date. Having just released their brand new single, ‘Homage', via Executive Music / The End Records, the group is thrilled to announce that they’ll be heading back out on the road for the second leg of their ANTarchy In The USA Tour in the US this fall. All tickets are on sale now! 

ANTarchy In The USA Tour Dates
11/4 - Portland, OR - Tonic Lounge 
11/5 - Seattle, WA - Studio Seven 
11/7 - Missoula, MT - Stage 112 
11/8 - Billings, MT - Babcock Theater 
11/9 - Williston, ND - DK's Lounge 
11/10 - Minot, ND - The Original Bar and Nightclub 
11/12 - Minneapolis, MN - Triple Rock 
11//13 - Fargo, ND - Shotgun Sally's Rock N' Roll Saloon 
11/14 - Chippewa Falls, WI - Every Buddy's Bar 
11/15 - Macomb, IL - The Outskirts 
11/16 - Des Moines, IA - House of Bricks 
11/19 - Arlington Heights, IL - Home Bar 
11/20 - Pontiac, IL - Freakster's Roadhouse 

The single, which has already been added to Sirius XM Faction, is now available on iTunes. 

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Bear's Den's live video premieres at GQ + on tour now

posted Oct 28, 2014, 10:34 AM by Vu Nguyen

Bear
s Den’s live video for “When You Break,” recorded at the legendary Electric Lady Studios for WFUV, is streaming at GQ. The song is off the British trio’s debut LP Islands, out now via Communion Records.
 
Islands premiered in full at The New York Times  and is receiving widespread critical acclaim—NYLON explains, “even though Bear’s Den maintains classic musical values, that doesn’t mean their work is stuck in the past. With a healthy dose of synth, ivory melodies, reversed guitar loops, and strong drumlines, the band is producing a new, infectious post-modern take on folk,” while Relix praises, “its classic folk married with modern mannerisms” and CMT hails, they’re “the perfect blend of sorrow and strength.” Furthermore, the video for the album’s single “Above the Clouds of Pompeii” is available worldwide at VEVO.
 
Islands was produced by regular collaborator Ian Grimble (Travis, Daughter, Manic Street Preachers) and includes tracks off the band’s 2013 EP Agape (ag-ah’-pay) as well as new, never-before recorded songs. The record was teased in the form of the video for the song “Elysium” which premiered at NPR as a “First Watch”. The video has since gone viral, receiving nearly 500,000 views.
 
Andrew Davie (vocals, guitar), Joey Haynes (vocals, banjo) and Kevin Jones (vocals, drums) make up Bear’s Den. The London-based trio played music in various incarnations before officially forming the band in 2012. They developed a cult following in their short existence as a result of their writing, harmonies, D.I.Y. approach with custom hand-stamped CDs and extensive worldwide touring. It was only after finding their identity on the road that the band focused their attention on studio recordings.
 
The band is celebrating the release on tour throughout November. See below for details.
 
Islands Track Listing
1. Agape
2. The Love We Stole
3. Above the Clouds of Pompeii
4. Isaac
5. Think of England
6. Magdalene
7. When You Break
8. Stubborn Beast
9. Elysium
10. Bad Blood
 
Bear’s Den Tour Dates
October 27                                                 Columbus, OH                                             The Basement
October 28                                                    Chicago, IL                                                  Lincoln Hall
October 29                                               Minneapolis, MN                                Fine Line Music Café
October 31                                                    Denver, CO                                         Lost Lake Lounge
November 1                                             Salt Lake City, UT                                         Urban Lounge
November 3                                                 Portland, OR                                         Doug Fir Lounge
November 4                                                Vancouver, BC                                        Biltmore Cabaret
November 5                                                  Seattle, WA                                               The Crocodile
November 7                                             San Francisco, CA                      Great American Music Hall
November 8                                              Los Angeles, CA                                             Bootleg HiFi
November 9                                                San Diego, CA                                                 The Casbah
November 13                                                 Austin, TX                                                    The Parish
November 14                                                 Dallas, TX                                                        The Loft
November 15                                               Memphis, TN                                              Hi-Tone Café
November 16                                               Nashville, TN                                              3rd & Lindsley
November 17                                                Atlanta, GA                                                        The Earl
November 19                                             Washington, DC                                     Rock & Roll Hotel
November 21                                               Toronto, ON                             Virgin Mobile Mod Club
November 22                                               Montreal, QB                                                Petit Campus
November 24                                             Cambridge, MA                                               The Sinclair
November 25                                              Brooklyn, NY                                                        Warsaw
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My Brightest Diamond's new album, This is My Hand, is out now on Asthmatic Kitty Records (

posted Oct 27, 2014, 4:28 PM by Vu Nguyen

My
Brightest Diamond
’s new album, This is My Hand, is out now on Asthmatic Kitty Records (digitaldeluxe digitalCDspecial edition translucent red vinyl). Already receiving widespread critical acclaim,NPR Music declares, “As a musician, [Shara] Worden (who performs as My Brightest Diamond) builds her songs deliberately and impeccably…words are painted, sounds are sculpted, and the nature of Worden’s voice itself adds dimension—more than a single vocalist usually can. Her wholly enveloping, finely tuned alto sounds by turns forceful, vulnerable, cooing, playful, and endlessly emotive.” Additionally, Pitchfork asserts, “…This Is My Hand works on a visceral level, conjuring Worden’s intended image of tribal, fireside collaboration through a rich diversity of texture, detail, and tone,” and The New York Times describes, “…[Worden] has a feeling for both the grandeur and the grain, building every sweeping gesture in her music out of a swarm of small details.”

In celebration of the release, Worden will kick off her worldwide tour later this week with a hometown show at Detroit’s Music Box. The tour also includes dates at New York’s Bowery Ballroom and L.A.’s The Roxy as well as an appearance at the 2014 Austin City Limits Music Festival. See below for details. 

Earlier this summer, an Instagram crowd-sourced video contest for the album’s title track launched at Hitfix. The contest encourages fans to take a picture that matches a lyric from the song and submit it for a free track download and possible use in the upcoming video. Full details can be found at thisismyhand.com. Additionally, the official music video for the song “Pressure” recently premiered at Rookie Magazine and can now be viewed/shared here. Of the song, Stereogum proclaims, “…‘Pressure’ is something to be reckoned with. Filled with an army of percussive sounds from big drums to twinkling bells along with shrieking brass and crushing synths…” 

This Is My Hand was recorded in Berlin, New York, L.A. and Worden’s re-adopted hometown of Detroit with producer Zac Rae. Of her inspiration behind the album, Worden comments, “The genesis of the new album was looking at the changes that have happened in music over my career, and trying to reevaluate what it meant to me in the first place: ‘what is the value of music’ is essentially the question. In the States, the marching band is something that is done in school, so it still represents something inclusive, something that anyone can learn. I loved the communal quality and the way that drums and horns travel in large three-dimensional spaces.”

Since debuting as My Brightest Diamond in 2006, Worden has released three full-length albums, including her most recent, 2011’s All Things Will Unwind. Of the album, The New York Times praises, “…she has a keen sense of the dramatic, and a sure understanding of dynamics,” while allmusic asserts, “All Things Will Unwind finds this musical auteur at the top of her game, maturing, pushing her already broad boundaries, and brimming with imagination.” 

In addition to her work as My Brightest Diamond, Worden has collaborated and performed with various musicians, artists and filmmakers, including Matthew Barney, Sufjan Stevens, Bryce and Aaron Dressner (The National), The Decemberists, Bon Iver, David Byrne, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Laurie Anderson, Matthew Ritchie, Murat Eyuboglu, Brooklyn Rider and yMusic, among others. 
MY BRIGHTEST DIAMOND TOUR DATES
 
October 26 /// Paris, France /// Bababoum
October 28 /// London, UK /// Village Underground
October 29 /// Leeds, UK /// Brundenell Social Club
October 30 /// Glasgow, UK /// Oran Mor
October 31 /// Dublin, Ireland /// Workman’s Club
November 8 /// St. Paul, MN /// Wits
November 12 /// Grand Rapids, MI /// Wealthy Theater
November 13 /// Chicago, IL /// Lincoln Hall
November 14 /// Madison, WI /// High Noon 
November 15 /// Milwaukee, WI /// Vogel Hall
November 16 /// Iowa City, IA /// The Mill
November 17 /// Minneapolis, MN /// Cedar Cultural Center
November 19 /// St. Louis, MO /// Old Rock House
November 20 /// Indianapolis, IN /// White Rabbit Cabaret
December 2 /// Denver, CO /// Larimer Lounge
December 3 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// Urban Lounge
December 5 /// Portland, OR /// Doug Fir Lounge
December 6 /// Seattle, WA /// The Crocodile Café
December 7 /// Vancouver, BC /// Electric Owl
December 10 /// San Francisco, CA /// Great American Music Hall
December 12 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Roxy 
December 13 /// San Diego, CA /// The Casbah
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