“Final Song” comes on the same day that MØ announces North American dates as part of her major worldwide tour. The US dates will start on November 15th in San Diego, CA and end on December 6th in Washington DC with more dates to be announced soon. Tickets will be available for pre-sale starting May 18th and be made available to the general public on May 20th 9:00 AM local time. Before then, she plays some of the world’s biggest music festivals this summer including Lollapollooza, Firefly Music Festival, Capitol Hill Block Party and more in the US. To be the first to hear about the tour pre-sale, fans can sign up to the MØ mailing list via http://smarturl.it/MOmail.
MØ, AKA Karen Marie Ørsted, is one of the fastest rising pop stars on the planet. The co-writer and voice of the worldwide smash Major Lazer track “Lean On” - the most-streamed song ever on Spotify - is currently putting the finishing touches to her eagerly anticipated second album, due for release later this year.
Ørsted grew up on Funen, one of Denmark's largest islands, and wrote her first song when she was seven years old. A pop obsessive as a child, she became involved with politics, punk and the anti-fascism movement in her teens, leading her to form the “noisy, trashy electro-pop punk band” Mor aged 18. But already she was restless and writing new songs on her own, trying out a variety of sounds and styles on her laptop in her bedroom that, in 2009, necessitated her transformation into MØ. In 2014, she released her debut album No Mythologies To Follow - a unique blend of bedroom beats, soul-punk-electro-R&B and pop harmonies - to rave reviews. The record features singles Pilgrim, Waste of Time, Don’t Wanna Dance and XXX 88 feat. Diplo. In the two years since the album was released, MØ has played sold out tours solo and with Major Lazer, and won over festival crowds worldwide.
US Fall Tour Dates
11/15/16 San Diego, CA The Observatory North Park
11/16/16 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
11/18/16 Los Angeles, CA The Novo
11/19/16 San Francisco, CA The Warfield
11/21/16 Portland, OR Wonderball
11/23/16 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theater
11/26/16 Minneapolis, MN Mill City Nights
11/30/16 Montreal, QC Virgin Mobile Corona Theatre
12/2/16 Boston, MA Paradise
12/3/16 New York, NY Terminal 5
12/6/16 Washington, DC 9:30 Club
http://pdora.co/AlongTheShadow. Along the Shadow is the band’s first new album since 2009, and their first since 2003 with original vocalist Anthony Green. The band’s triumphant return to record is set for release on May 20 via Epitaph.
Along the Shadow is an adventurous rush of energy; equal parts confidence and vulnerability. It is the total musical experience of the classic Saosin line up: vocalist/lyricist Anthony Green, guitarist Beau Burchell, bassist Chris Sorenson, and drummer Alex Rodriguez. Sorenson produced Along the Shadow and Burchell engineered, with Green’s longtime collaborator Will Yip (Circa Survive, Title Fight, mewithoutYou) handling vocal production. Along the Shadow is the homecoming of Green whose instantly recognizable signature vocals and ambitious creative energy fuels an accomplished body of work. It is an album that straddles the line between metalcore angst and melodic experimentalism; a perfect balance of what makes Saosin's music
Pre-orders for Along the Shadow are available now at https://saosin.lnk.to/ATS. Saosin will join the Taste of Chaos tour this summer with all tour dates listed below.
SAOSIN AT TASTE OF CHAOS
Jun 2 Minneapolis, MN – Skyway Theatre – Studio B (Saosin headline)
Jun 3 Chicago, IL - FirstMerit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Jun 4 Sterling Heights, MI - Freedom Hill Amphitheatre
Jun 5 Indianapolis, IN - Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
Jun 7 Pittsburgh, PA - Petersen Events Center
Jun 8 Lewiston, NY - Artpark
Jun 9 Mt. Pocono, PA- Sherman Theater Summer Stage
Jun 10 Columbus, OH - Columbus Commons
Jun 11 Cincinnati, OH - PNC Pavilion at Riverbend Music Center
Jun 12 Cleveland, OH - Jacobs Pavilion At Nautica
Jun 14 Boston, MA - Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Jun 15 Portland, ME - Maine State Pier
Jun 16 Wallingford, CT - Toyota Presents the Oakdale Theatre
Jun 17 Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
Jun 18 Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Jun 19 Philadelphia, PA - Festival Pier at Penn's Landing
Jun 21 Charlotte, NC - Uptown Amphitheatre at NC Music Factory
Jun 22 Alpharetta, GA - Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park
Jun 27 Bossier City, LA - CenturyLink Center
Jun 29 Kansas City, MO - The Crossroads
Jun 30 Oklahoma City, OK - Criterion Theater
Jul 02 Houston, TX - Revention Music Center
Jul 03 Cedar Park, TX - Cedar Park Center
Jul 05 Papillion, NE - Sumtur Amphitheater
Jul 06 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Jul 07 Magna, UT - The Great Salt Air
Jul 08 Boise, ID - Revolution Event Center
Jul 09 Everett, WA - XFINITY Arena at Everett
Jul 10 Eugene, OR - Cuthbert Amphitheater
Jul 12 Concord, CA - Concord Pavilion
Jul 13 Fresno, CA - Rotary Amphitheater at Woodward Park
Jul 14 Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre
Jul 16 San Bernardino, CA - San Manuel Amphitheater
Jul 17 San Diego, CA – The Observatory North Park (Saosin headline)
Lineup varies by date - please check your local performance information at www.tasteofchaos.com
It was recorded at Church Studios in London and was produced by Paul Epworth.
From Functional to Fashionable: Crowdfunded Earbud Accessory Startup BudStraps Attracting Millennials and Marketers
BudStraps Founder and CEO Jared Green has figured out how to keep earbud cords right where they belong for the 70 million people, mostly Millennials, who are forecast to buy a set of wired earbuds in the United States this year. After achieving proof of concept with sales of over 10,000 units of their basic black and white earbud straps, BudStraps is now working with respected brands to personalize their products and expanding with eye-catching, inspiring and artistic designs.
BudStraps recently signed a deal with Amazon’s audiobook subsidiary to create a new BudStraps series promoting Audible’s Stories that Surround You campaign. “Our partnership with Audible is a natural fit,” said BudStraps CEO Jared Green. “We make listening with earbuds much more convenient, and their customers take Audible’s branding everywhere they go."
In order to meet the demands of its athletic and growing customer base, BudStraps is also developing a more robust outdoor and adventure model working with John Duran, the former head of industrial design at Camelback. In addition, the company is donating $1 from every sale of its recently released Girls Run the World BudStraps to charities focused on empowering women.
“It’s hard to believe that we are involved in such a wide range of exciting initiatives, and we are humbled by the opportunity to work with respected companies that are using our product as a vehicle for engagement,” said Jared Green.
The company set out to raise $10,000 on Kickstarter to launch the company, ultimately raising $17,000. Products began shipping to customers in July 2015. BudStraps expects new designs and promotional opportunities to support double-digit sales growth month over month beyond the end of the year.
BudStraps have received rave
reviews from customers, achieving the distinction of being a five star-rated
The Rides' (Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Barry Goldberg) new record "Pierced Arrow" out May 6 on 429 Records; US tour this spring
Rides, the project of two time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Stephen Stills, five time Grammy nominated guitar great Kenny Wayne Shepherd and celebrated Chicago rock/blues keyboardist Barry Goldberg, are set for the May 6 release of their sophomore album Pierced Arrow on 429 Records.
Pierced Arrow, the album title referencing the 1920s classic American car, follows the group’s chart-topping 2013 record Can’t Get Enough (#1 on the Billboard, Amazon and iTunes Blues Charts and a top 40 Billboard debut). The new record, which also includes performances by Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton, features more original material from Stills, Shepherd and Goldberg. The record’s first single, “Virtual World,” recently premiered via Relix and can be streamed/shared at soundcloud.com
The group will celebrate the album’s release with a 16-date U.S. tour, kicking off May 2 in Minneapolis. Please see below for a complete list of dates.
For Stills, Shepherd and Goldberg, the process of writing songs from scratch and touring behind their first album opened an exciting new feeling of intimacy that fueled the creative process of writing and recording Pierced Arrow.
“We had so much fun playing on stage, we had to do it more,” explains Stills. “Lots of freedom. Kenny and I found a wonderfully exciting knack for playing lead at the same time without a real ‘arrangement,’ just sort of instinctive guessing, from watching each other’s hands. Neil Young and I used to do this with Buffalo Springfield. And the grooves are always right on the money, never rushed or jittery.”
Shepherd adds, “For me, it’s a liberating dynamic that’s different from my live solo band because I’m sharing the vocals and guitar playing with Stephen. I love being part of a unit where everyone weighs in with thoughts and opinions.”
Goldberg also notes, “It’s so great to be back recording and playing live on this high level again with Stephen and Kenny Wayne, and we’re really excited about the music on Pierced Arrow. The chemistry is just so good between the three of us. We all have so much respect for each other.”
A passion for rock and the blues isn’t the only thing The Rides have in common. Stills and Shepherd share a mutual love of classic cars which inspired both the band’s and the new record’s name. Pierced Arrow is a riff on the famed Pierce-Arrow Motor Car Company, a maker of luxury cars in the first four decades of the 20th Century; it served as the ultimate musician’s mode of transportation in the ‘20s and ‘30s.
PIERCED ARROW TRACK LIST
1. Kick Out of It
2. Riva Diva
3. Virtual World
4. By My Side
5. Mr. Policeman
6. Use My Imagination
7. Game On
8. I Need Your Lovin’
9. There Was a Place
10. My Babe (Willie Dixon)
“PIERCED ARROW” TOUR
May 2 Burnsville, MN Ames Center
May 3 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
May 5 Springfield, IL Sangamon Auditorium
May 6 Ann Arbor, MI Michigan Theater
May 8 Merrillville, IN Star Plaza Theater
May 9 Munhall, PA Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall
May 11 Englewood, NJ Bergen Performing Arts Center
May 12 New York, NY Town Hall
May 13 Kingston, NY UPAC
May 15 Bethlehem, PA Sands Bethlehem Event Center
May 17 Boston, MA Wilbur Theater
May 18 Providence, RI Lupo’s Heartbreak Hotel
June 1 San Diego, CA Balboa Theater
June 2 Berkeley, CA UC Theater
June 4 Scottsdale, AZ Talking Stick
June 5 Riverside, CA Fox Performing Arts Center
Paste Magazine recently shared the shimmering, laid-back yearning of album closer "Magic", Exclaim! shared the title track. Previously, PopMatters launched "The Hard Part," a perfect example of the duo's hypnotic, yet rousing heavy soul-rock sound.
Black Holes was co-produced with Canadian underground legend Ian Blurton and mixed by Detroit garage-punk stalwart Jim Diamond (The White Stripes, The Von Bondies, The Dirtbombs).
The Blue Stones were a little surprised to see that their 2012 release How's That Sound? was on Bandcamp's best-selling list. At the same time, it was more of a revelation as to how far they'd come: the alternative indie-blues duo had made a serious impression on everyone they'd come across since hitting the road in 2010.
Not having a third member to fill another rhythm role, the duo developed an original characteristic to the sounds of the bands that influenced them. "We never had a bass player in our early jams, so we subconsciously compensated for one in the music," says guitarist/vocalist Tarek Jafar.
For Black Holes, Jafar and drummer Justin Tessier worked closely with Canadian underground legend Ian Blurton to define the record's sound and emotion. "Ian brought a level of grit and rawness that we really wanted to tap into for a record that's far darker than what we've released in the past," says Tessier. "We also worked closely with Brett Humber (Sound Foundry Studios), who helped us with How's That Sound? in 2012."
The duo's music has also been featured numerous times on major network television, including spots on Parks & Recreation, Suits, Monday Night Football, Battle Creek and more.
More importantly, crowds across Canada and hometown-neighboring Detroit, MI have been stunned by the energy and force behind their loud, dominant live performances-especially for just two dapper guys. The Blue Stones create a killer hi/lo effect; contrasting their slick and put together look with their rough and rollicking live show. Heart, soul and sweat characterize every Blue Stones spectacle - you can't help but be pulled in from the moment the first note is played.
The two are elated to have played with premiere acts and in national festivals; however, they'd like to achieve an even greater reach to bigger audiences around all of North America and the world. "After two releases and a third in the works, we're looking to forward to pushing this as far as it'll go, to reach as many people as we can," says Jafar. "We love this too much to keep it hid in southwestern Ontario."
Black Holes will be available via iTunes and Bandcamp on April 15th, 2016.
Forget what you know about music festivals, they are shifting the paradigm and starting something new. KAABOO was created by music lovers, for music lovers. A luxury “mix-perience” for people just looking to have fun.
Taking cues from last year’s successes, KAABOO wants to make this year’s three-day oasis even more elevated. Look out for details at the end of April to find out who will be joining already announced acts including headliner Jack Johnson, Goo Goo Dolls, Gavin Degraw, Jason Isbell and The Avett Brothers!
The upscale experience combines great live music, delicious food vendors, impressive and unique art displays and your favorite comedians all in one place. As the perfect weekend escape, KAABOO is a cut above your average music event and you never have to worry about sacrificing comfort and luxury for an amazing experience.
In other exciting news, KAABOO and the City of Del Mar just announced their agreement on a long term contract, keeping the three-day event at the Del Mar Racetrack & Fairgrounds for the next five years, with up to five one-year extensions after that. The contract was unanimously approved by the board and both Del Mar and KAABOO are excited to have a home for the “mix-perience of a lifetime” for years to come.
Three-day passes are still available for purchase here. Stay tuned for more epic announcements still to be made, including the final music lineup, culinary offerings, additions to Indulgences and so much more.
The support slot comes in time for a slew of other tour dates for Arrows, which you can see below including multiple appearances at The Great Escape and End Of The Road Festival.
Following the acclaimed debut album, ‘Everything’s F*cked’, explosive art-rock collective Arrows Of Love return with their brand new single, ‘Toad’, out on May 27th via the bands own Handspun Records and on limited edition vinyl and tape via Strong Island Recordings.
A precursor to their anticipated second album, ‘PRODUCT’, ‘Toad’ is a biting anthem of pure grit and emotion reminiscent of the likes of Fugazi and The Jesus Lizard, with stoner riffs and a recording that stands up to the bands energetic live reputation. The track was produced by Mikko Gordon (Thom Yorke, Gaz Combes), in the studio he built himself at Goldsmiths University, and mastered by Bob Weston of Shellac.
The 5-piece led by co-writers Nima and Nuha recently found themselves backed by the UK's highly competitive PRS Momentum Music Fund. After accepting an invite from CMJ Music Marathon the band confirmed a string of US dates, followed by a headline London show with Parallel Lines before the recording of their follow-up could finally begin.
Arrows Of Love are, above all, a live phenomenon. Originally aligned with the early East London wave of bohemian rock bands, it was their fiercely independent and creative drive that has taken them across the globe, to the likes of SXSW and End of the Road, to sharing stages with the likes of Buzzcocks, British Sea Power, 80’s Matchbox B-Line Disaster, The King Blues and many more. It’s on stage where London's own Arrows truly hit home.
Now, gearing up for the release of ‘PRODUCT’, the band are set to prove themselves the real deal. Drawing comparisons to the discordant, emotive musicianship of Sonic Youth to the raw power of McClusky, this second LP sees a band fully diversified, ready to release something truly unique.
APR 21: UK - Birmingham @ The Actress And Bishop
APR 22: UK - Nottingham @ The Lofthouse
APR 23: UK - Leeds @ Temple Of Boom
MAY 19: UK - Brighton - Alternative Great Escape @ The Globe
MAY 21: UK - Brighton - Alternative Great Escape PIT PARTY @ Brighton Youth Centre
MAY 20: UK - Brighton - Alternative Great Escape @ Bar Rogue
MAY 26: UK - London - NTS Radio "Tunnel Vision" Live Show - Filmed for NTS TV
MAY 29: UK - Cardiff PsychFest @ Fuel
SEPT 2-4: UK - END OF THE ROAD FESTIVAL
Summer starts with a Boom! One day, two stages, eight bands. This year your kickoff to summer heads out of the garden and over to Boom Island Park in NE Minneapolis, along the mighty Mississippi with a view of the city skyline. Bounce from stage to stage, hit up the food trucks and beer tent, and soak up some sun while indie icons and buzz-worthy bands soundtrack the perfect summer day.
Rock the Garden 2016 gets going with a blast of L.A. punk rock abandon when Plague Vendor hits the stage. With a frontman who channels Iggy Pop, Nick Cave, and Sid Vicious - their no holds barred power punk is frenetic, reckless, and super fun. Next up to rock the island is GRRRL PRTY, a celebration of femininity, hip hop, and unsheathed swagger featuring the spitfire poetess Sophia Eris, percussive hellion Manchita, and southern-born northern star Lizzo with their undeniably unique, gritty, unapologetic sound. Then it’s Hippo Campus, four young Twin Cities musicians whose youthfully bright and jangly rock has catapulted them from the St. Paul Conservatory of Music to the national stage with stops at Lollapalooza, SXSW and Conan along the way. The A.V. Club describes the band's latest release, South: “ while it’s easy to focus on how young the members of Hippo Campus are, South proves that the Minneapolis band is wise beyond its years. The songs are orchestrated yet still wildly energetic, while vocalist Jake Luppen elevates each track with his confident swagger.”
Rock the Garden 2016 continues with the blues-inspired indie folk of Portland’s M. Ward. Rolling Stone summed up the singer/guitarist: “ M. Ward is the best sort of traditionalist: one that blurs time. The vibe is retro, but the spirit is eternal.” Then Minneapolis' synthpop heroes Poliça take the stage for their only Twin Cities show of the summer. Founded in 2011 as a collaboration between producer Ryan Olson (GAYNGS) and chanteuse Channy Leaneagh, the band just released their third and most ambitious album to date, United Crushers, and heads off on a European tour this fall.
Chance the Rapper blows into Boom Island from the Windy City. At only 22, his legions of fans include fellow Chicagoans Kanye West and Pitchfork, who named his break-out 2012 mixtape as their album of the year, “Acid Rap invites elements of classic soul, juke, gospel, blues-rock, drill, acid jazz, house, ragtime scat, and R. Kelly, Twista, and a young Kanye to the same open mic poetry night. Its genius is that he makes it work.”
Psychedelic art rock surrealists The Flaming Lips close out the island party with a must-see spectacle/freak-out complete with front man Wayne Coyne's signature man-sized plastic bubble and beloved songs from a 30 year catalogue of alternative hits.
Looking for the ultimate way to Rock the Garden? VIP tickets include free parking, a Rock the Garden T-shirt, drink tickets, and snacks. Avoid the lines with VIP-only beverage stations and restrooms. The VIP area will be located directly next to the river, offering a one-of-a-kind experience including a prime view of both stages. Doors open at 1 pm; music starts at 2:30 pm.
Rock the Garden 2016 Set Times
Plague Vendor – 2:30 pm
GRRRL PRTY – 3 pm
TBA – 3:45 pm
Hippo Campus – 4:30 pm
M. Ward – 5:30 pm
Poliça – 6:30 pm
Chance the Rapper – 7:30 pm
The Flaming Lips – 8:45 pm
Tickets on sale April 5
The bands will be revealed beginning at 9 a.m. on April 5 on 89.3 The Current, Tickets will go on sale to MPR and Walker members at 10 a.m. that morning. Remaining tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, April 6, at 10 am.
Paid event parking is available at Hall’s Island, on 8th Avenue NE across the street from Boom Island Park. No parking is allowed in the neighborhood surrounding Boom Island, so please plan accordingly or walk, bike, or bus!
Rock the Garden is accessible to all visitors. For more information, contact us at 612.375.7564 or email@example.com.
Bring your empty water bottle and enjoy refreshing cold water throughout the Rock the Garden concert grounds provided by Tap Minneapolis.
Special Member Benefit
Walker Art Center and Minnesota Public Radio members: Bring your member card to receive a free Rock the Garden 2016 gift for being a supporter!