KING Announces US Tour Dates; Named Boston Globe's '16 Artists To Look Forward To In 2016'

posted Feb 4, 2016, 5:32 PM by Vu Nguyen

After selling out their LA show at The Lyric Theater in December, KING continue to make waves in the music scene having been recently named one of Boston Globe's '16 Artists To Look Forward To Hearing In 2016.'  The innovative LA trio made up of twins Paris and Amber Strother and musical sister Anita Bias create their unique sound by blending an array of genres and eras, and their dreamy, soulful aesthetic has been capturing the attention of music-lovers and the media alike.
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

RIP Jon Bunch (1970-2016)

posted Feb 4, 2016, 3:50 PM by Vu Nguyen

The popular vocalist who over his decades-long career, fronted such beloved bands as Reason To Believe/Sense Field and Further Seems Forever, and more recently War Generation and Lucky Scars, went on to influence a generation of artists including Jimmy Eat World, Paramore's Hayley Williams, Dashboard Confessional's Chris Carabba and Bob Nanna, who upon learning of his passing, took to social media to pay tribute to the singer.

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 (

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 (, 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
Jon Bunch was larger than life in every way. He was a towering man. His voice was huge and serene. His heart was gigantic. My own heart breaks for losing him. I feel such deep loss but in that loss I am lucky to have his songs to guide me. Jon was my friend and I loved him.

Jason Gleason - Further Seems Forever
We had planned to grab a drink and catch up while I was in LA this weekend. Sadly, these plans will be delayed a bit. I was quite stunned and saddened yesterday to hear about the passing of Jon Bunch. An amazing musician, and an even better man. Jon had this uncanny ability, whether on stage, or off, to make everyone feel as if they were the only person in the room. His message was consistantly about love, and he personified that love through song and friendship. Based on all of the beautiful things that people have been outpouring on social media, Jon's lyric that a "perfect dream outlives the man," is a fitting testament to his legacy. May you rest in peace brother.

Further Seems Forever
We are in total shock, today we found out that Jon Bunch departed this world. Jon was an inspiration to us in so many ways. He had the uncanny ability to light up a room when he stepped into it. He left a huge imprint in the music scene from "Reason to Believe” to “Sense Field", and we were lucky enough to make a beautiful record with him. It is a legacy of hope and one that will never fade. We truly lost a special person.

Jimmy Eat World
We are very sad to hear about the passing of Jon Bunch. He was such a talented and kind human being. He will be sorely missed!

Hayley Williams - Paramore
Rest in peace, Jon Bunch. Your voice sang me to sleep many nights. Thx for your contribution to my fav Further Seems Forever album.

Bob Nanna - Braid, Hey Mercedes, City on Film
Jon was a huge inspiration to pretty much every one of my bands, particularly as a singer. I was in awe of his range and strength and I took every opportunity to pick his brain and study his performance & preparation during the tour Hey Mercedes did with Sense Field in 2003. He was super supportive and beyond kind to us, his friends, and his fans. He will be missed.

Mike Kinsella - Cap'n Jazz, American Football, Joan of Arc, Owen
The Killed For Less cassette was a staple in the Cap'n Jazz van. It was equal parts beautiful and odd and corny and interesting and romantic and mathy and sincere, and it was a huge influence on all the music I've made since.

Blair Shehan - Knapsack / The Jealous Sound
I met Jon around ’94. Our bands played shows together many times after that. Keep in mind, I was a big fan before I met him. I loved Reason to Believe in high school and mail ordered the first Sense Field directly from Jon that included a hand written note. His voice was pure and powerful. He was the quintessential front man. We both lived in Southern California and I would run into him off and on over the last twenty years. Whenever I saw him he would always be genuinely interested in what I was doing. He was sincere, warm, and welcoming. He was a true talent and the real deal. He will be missed.

Chris Higdon - Falling Forward, Elliott, Frontier(s)
Hearing Killed for Less for the first time was an eye opener, equal to seeing my first punk show. Seeing someone accomplish what you want to do makes it one step closer to becoming a reality. Beyond Jon’s voice, which made me start taking lessons soon after, the production and musicianship made me realize what could be accomplished with an independent label. Getting a chance to meet with the band and Jon a few times only made things more intriguing. There was an honesty and sense of universal peace and struggle with in them and in his lyrics. He would make things just cryptic enough in his songs that if you chose to, they could easily fit into your life regardless who or whatever you chose to love or believe in.What he brought to our community will be missed.

Jonah Matranga - Far, Onelinedrawing
There was a band called Sense Field. They made elegant, energetic music. I played a ton of shows with them back in the day, and became friends with them in that Rockworld way. I traded occasional hellos with their singer, Jon; just daydreams of singing together again or something. I just found out that he died yesterday. I don't know anything about the details, and it doesn't really matter. I've got that distant, detached feeling that lets me know I'm in shock and haven't quite registered that I won't run into him on tour, or sing with him, or anything. So much is gone when we go. Bye, Jon. You were beautiful.

Chad Gilbert - New Found Glory, What’s Eating Gilbert
Just heard that Jon Bunch passed away. Such sad news. The Sense Field's “Building" is one of the best melodic post hardcore emo/rock songs ever written. I've tried recreating the feeling and impact of that riff and melody time again. A few years later after seeing Sense Field, they took New Found Glory on a tour before lots of people would. Besides being such a talented person he always had a smile on is face when I'd see him and was always positive and fun to talk to. He will be missed by lots of people. Jon Bunch was a pioneer without a doubt. There's a light up ahead.

Eddie Reyes - Taking Back Sunday
The loss of great singer and pioneer of our genre Jon Bunch is a big loss. Not only was he an influence but was a part of one of the best bands of their time, Sense Field. The albums "Killed For Less" and "Building" were such a big influence on me. It is so sad, RIP legend…

Eric Richter - Christie Front Drive
Jon was probably my favorite vocalist in this genre. His vocal melodies and delivery brought tears to my eyes on several occasions. I guess that's what you're suppose to say when you were branded like we all were in that time period, but that statement is 100% true. Jon, your words ran deeper and I thank you.

Sad to hear about the passing of Jon Bunch of Sense Field. Although it has been many years since our paths crossed, we remember him and the times that we shared fondly. Rest in peace.

Split Lip/Chamberlain
We had the fortune to share a stage many times with Sense Field, and Reason to Believe was on constant rotation in our early days. Today's news hits close to home. RIP, Jon.

Texas is the Reason
With heavy hearts we say goodbye to our brother Jon Bunch, singer of the mighty Sense Field. We will never forget you, your voice or that big smile. Chest-bumps for life. "Yes I've got these dreams and you're in them all”

Matthew Caws - Nada Surf
Rest In Peace Jon Bunch, singer of Sense Field (+ Reason to Believe + Further Seems Forever). We toured together and he was a lovely man.

Bryan Gassler - The Jazz June
In my early days I listened to a lot of punk and hardcore, and in 1994 that changed when I discovered Killed for Less by Sense Field. That album made me realize that melody could be born from the mosh pit and it was Jon Bunch's gorgeous voice at the center of it that stood out the most. Although I didn't know Jon, his voice and his songs had a tremendous impact on how I approached writing music. I am saddened by his passing, he was an emo-hardcore legend that left a big imprint on many people. Godspeed Jon, wherever you are.

Brett Detar - The Juliana Theory
I'm truly gutted to hear that Jon Bunch just passed away. Johnny Scars was an absolute sweetheart - hilarious and kind. Just a giant teddy bear - someone i looked up to long before I had the pleasure of knowing him. His voice and lyrics were definitely a massive influence in my formative musical years. Sense Field was the first band to take The Juliana Theory on tour and that was actually one of the only times I've ever gotten to tour as the opener for a band that I was a massive fan of beforehand. A couple years earlier I vividly recall Zao listening to Sense Field regularly in the tour van. To this day the album "Building" still sticks with me lyrically and is about the only piece of music from that era and scene that I still listen to. To me it's as powerful and moving as ever. I was asked to play second guitar for Sense Field on a Japanese tour and I wasn't able to do it and I've always regretted that. Thanks, Jon, for letting me borrow a lyric of yours for the last Theory record and much more importantly, thank you for blessing us with your music and your spirit. RIP.

"Sing on. You'll live on. Sing on. Love will on." - Jon Bunch

Jeff Caudill - Gameface
Jon and I weren't super close friends but had definitely spent some time together over the years. I was always in awe of his voice and his presence on and off stage. I guess I was more of a fan. Reason to Believe was one of my first ever punk shows in the late 80's. Then in the 90's, Gameface and Sense Field played together all the time. I remember talking to him about songwriting and stuff. We were on the back porch of a house me and Popeye (Farside) rented at the time. Sense Field had just finished an album. We talked about how my songs were really autobiographical and his were more universal. He said he 'just wanted to write songs that make people feel good - that bring people together.' I've always remembered that, not only because it's true but because of the way he said it - with such sincerity. That sincerity came through every time. Sense Field shows at that time were like going to church - so uplifting and moving. I think about all the shows we played together and watching Sense Field and thinking how lucky I was to even know this band existed. Those songs brought people together. Jon's voice brought people together. A couple years ago we had him in the studio to record some backing vocals with Gameface and again, he was just awesome - so positive and energetic. Goosebumps all around the room as he sang "now is what matters now." The last few days have been strange. I really don't know when it's all going to sink in but I'm thankful that his music will be with us forever.

Christie Front Drive
We are very sad today to learn of the passing of Jon Bunch. We (mostly Eric and I) would listen to Sense Field insistently in the van. We were all super excited to get to play with them at the Hong Kong Café on our first tour. They turned out to all be great guys and we were lucky enough to play with them many more times throughout the course of our turning days. Jon was always a humble kindhearted soul and one hell of a singer.

We met Jon at the Mocambo in LA in '92, he was a character...what a original.

The Starting Line
It’s so sad to hear of the passing of Jon Bunch - we had the opportunity to tour with Jon and Further Seems Forever back in 2005, which was an absolute pleasure. I remember all of us flipping out over the fact that Jon was in Sense Field, which was a huge deal to all of us. He was charismatic, kind, and such a great person to be around. The mark that Jon left on music and on the people and bands around him is undeniable and very much appreciated. RIP Jon.

Td Trout - Gameface
In high school, Jeff and I loved Reason To Believe. Such a cool band all the way around and vocal wise just amazing. Gameface first real show was with Sense Field and Jeff and I were both super stoked. Years later Gameface was able to be part of the benefit show for Rodney from SenseField when his daughter was hospitalized, what a super emo show. And then Jon came into the studio to sing on NOW, one of the highlights of my 26 yrs in gameface, sends the best kind of chills when I hear the end of the song. But here's the part of friendship that would not be expected. This past year my son played basketball in the same league as Jon's son. That is where we hung out and really talked. He played me his new songs and talked about fatherhood and those times are what I will remember about him. Tonight I will hold my loved ones closer and think of talents lost while getting the best kind of chills while listening to this song.

Greg Bennick - Trial
The right band for the right time. It's the voice that sweeps up our emotions along with the musicians who hit hard and capture the feeling of the times. Sometimes that's all we need to get by. There was a time when Sense Field and Jon Bunch's voice were at the center of what was a new scene. It was a new feeling, a sense of emotional exploration, and it's own new time. Bands like Farside and State of the Nation amongst others were bringing emotion to reason, and along with Sense Field were tapping into our feelings first and foremost, and our anger or passion second. This felt very real. And Jon Bunch had the voice to carry that scene. I just wish more people had gotten a chance to experience the band. So many bands get so much play, so much attention, so much of everything...for so little reason. Sense Field was a band who deserved so much more than they ever got. RIP Jon Bunch (Johnny Scars). "Love is building…”

John Herguth - Atlantic/Pacific, The Love Scene
On what would be the last afternoon I got to spend with my friend Erin, who passed away from cancer, I called Bunch and asked him to give her a ring to say "Hi." She was maybe the biggest Sense Field fan of all time and she literally had a week left. We sat at her house and she got a call from a California number which she immediately declined. I convinced her to call it back and it was Bunch. They spoke for at least thirty minutes and she was beside herself with excitement. It was pretty amazing. He was a sweet dude. Truly.

Mark Kozelek Sings Favorites - Caldo Verde Records - May 27, 2016

posted Feb 1, 2016, 9:39 PM by Vu Nguyen

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

Track Listing:

Send In The Clowns
Moon River
I'm Not In Love
O Holy Night
Main Street
Somewhere Over The Rainbow
Get Along Home Cindy

Another Day

Float On
Something Stupid

Sticky Fingers' North American Tour

posted Feb 1, 2016, 9:18 PM by Vu Nguyen

Australia's 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.


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 on 2016 US Tour

posted Jan 30, 2016, 5:39 PM by Vu Nguyen

After capping off 2015 with a sold-out album release show at National Sawdust in Brooklyn, 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

Tuesday Feb 2 || Boot and Saddle || Philadelphia, PA 
Wednesday Feb 3 || DC9 || Washington, DC 
Thursday Feb 4 || Ace of Cups || Columbus, OH |
Sat Feb 6 || University of Wisconsin Student Union || Madison, WI
Sunday Feb 7 || 7th St. Entry || Minneapolis, MN 
Tuesday Feb 9 || Schuba’s || Chicago, IL 
Thursday Feb 11 || Majestic Café || Detroit, MI 
Friday Feb 12 || The Haunt || Ithaca, NY
Saturday Feb 13 Baby’s All Right || Brooklyn, NY
Sunday Feb 14 || Brighton Music Hall || Boston, MA 

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 Village 2016 Celebrates 7th Year With A New, Expansive Home In The Desert

posted Jan 28, 2016, 6:43 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Jan 29, 2016, 2:48 PM ]

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,

To view 2015 recap highlights: 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,

About Vestal:
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,

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,

Filter announce "Make America Hate Again" tour

posted Jan 28, 2016, 6:36 AM by Vu Nguyen

Reconstruction requires deconstruction. The institutions must be razed in order to clear space for the future to flourish. You tear down the old and build up the new. Filter founder, singer, guitarist, and producer Richard Patrick knows this dance well. It’s what established the group as a multiplatinum industrial alternative luminary, and it catalyzed their seventh full-length album, Crazy Eyes [Wind-up Records].

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.

Tour dates:

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

Radiohead To Headline Secret Solstice, Adds 32 New Acts + Midnight Sun Boat Party

posted Jan 28, 2016, 6:30 AM by Vu Nguyen

Iceland’s Secret Solstice festival has unveiled its third phase lineup announcement for 2016, which organizers say is the biggest in the festival’s history since launching in 2014. This includes headliners UK rock heavyweights Radiohead in their Icelandic debut this June.
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:
Radiohead [UK]
Róisín Murphy [IE]
Action Bronson [US]
Afrika Bambaataa [US]
Kelela [US]
Matt Tolfrey [UK]
Bang Gang [IS]
Mammút [IS]
Fufanu [IS]
Rix [IS]
Plastic Love [US]
Clovis [US]
Dr.Spock [IS]
Bones [CA]
Faces of Walls [IS]
RVK Soundsystem [IS]
DJ Hendrik [IS]
Pink Street Boys [IS]
Halleluwah [IS]
Einar Indra [IS]
Gervisykur [IS]
Valby Bræður [IS]
Mosi Musik [IS]
Dalí [IS]
Stefán Karel [IS]
Auður [IS]
Átrúnaðargoðin [IS]
Kíló [IS]
Rímnaríki [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

posted Jan 25, 2016, 6:09 AM by Vu Nguyen

Critically acclaimed rock quartet 
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 releases Spotify Session, U.S. headline tour starts Feb 12

posted Jan 23, 2016, 7:17 PM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Jan 23, 2016, 7:18 PM ]

Photo Credit: Alysse Gafkjen
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 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 Winsteadself-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.


February 12—Chicago, IL—House of Blues—SOLD OUT
February 13—Madison, WI—Orpheum
February 15—Kansas City, MO—Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland
February 16—Denver, CO—Fillmore Auditorium
February 17—Salt Lake City, UT—The Depot
February 19—Portland, OR—Roseland Theater—SOLD OUT
February 20—Eugene, OR—McDonald Theatre
February 21—Seattle, WA—Moore Theatre
February 23—San Francisco, CA—The Masonic
February 24—San Diego, CA—House of Blues—NEW DATE
February 25—San Diego, CA—House of Blues—SOLD OUT
February 26—Los Angeles, CA—Hollywood Palladium
February 28—Anaheim, CA—House of Blues—SOLD OUT
February 29—Las Vegas, NV—Brooklyn Bowl
March 2—Albuquerque, NM—Sunshine Theater
March 4—St. Louis, MO—The Pageant
March 5—Indianapolis, IN—Egyptian Room at Old National Center
March 6—Louisville, KY—Mercury Ballroom
March 8—Richmond, VA—The National
March 9—Baltimore, MD—Rams Head Live
March 11—New York, NY—Hammerstein Ballroom
March 13—Silver Spring, MD—The Fillmore
March 15—Philadelphia, PA—The Fillmore
March 16—Wallingford, CT—The Dome at Oakdale Theater
March 17—Boston, MA—Orpheum Theater



March 19—Montreal, QC—Bell Centre
March 20—Kingston, ON—K-Rock Centre
March 22—St. Catharines, ON—Meridian Centre
March 23—Toronto, ON—Air Canada Centre
March 24—London, ON—Budweiser Gardens
March 27—Winnipeg, MB—MTS Centre
March 28—Regina, SK—Conexus Arts Centre—SOLD OUT
March 29—Edmonton, AB—Rexall Place
March 30—Calgary, AB—BMO Centre
April 1—Vancouver, BC—Thunderbird Sports Complex

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