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The Rides' (Stephen Stills, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Barry Goldberg) new record "Pierced Arrow" out May 6 on 429 Records; US tour this spring

posted Apr 26, 2016, 4:51 PM by Vu Nguyen


photo credit Eleanor Stills
The
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
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The Blue Stones streaming full album ahead of release, hypnotic soul-rock charm

posted Apr 14, 2016, 6:26 AM by Vu Nguyen

Windsor, Ontario's The Blue Stones are streaming their entire forthcoming album, Black Holes starting today via AllMusic.com. Hear and share The Blue Stones' Black Holes at allmusic.com

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.
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KAABOO Del Mar

posted Apr 14, 2016, 6:21 AM by Vu Nguyen   [ updated Apr 14, 2016, 6:22 AM ]

The wait is almost over. In just two short weeks, KAABOO Del Mar will be making a splash with another big wave of announcements. After months of teasers and guessing games, KAABOO will be providing the full music roster for the 2016 event coming up in September.

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.

Lineup (so far): kaaboodelmar.com/lineup

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The Fall announce Arrows Of Love as support during Garage residency

posted Apr 14, 2016, 6:12 AM by Vu Nguyen

Legendary British post-punks The Fall have announced their four night residency at The Garage, London with support from the likes of Bo Ningen, Slowcoaches, Soshin and now Arrows Of Love.


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.

 

Live Dates

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
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Rock the Garden 2016

posted Apr 14, 2016, 6:09 AM by Vu Nguyen

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.
  • Member Presale General Admission: $59 
    Member discount available only April 5–12; Discount ends at 10 am on April 12. Access to both stages and food/beverage vendors.
  • General Admission: $64 
    Access to both stages and food/beverage vendors.
  • VIP Level: $150 
    VIP tickets offer exclusive access to a private area on the waterfront at Boom Island Park. Take advantage of shorter lines for drinks and restrooms. Includes free parking across the street, a voucher for a Rock the Garden T-Shirt ($25 value), four drink tickets, complimentary VIP-only appetizer stations, and limited seating with a view of both stages. You’ll also enjoy activities such as meet-and-greet opportunities with hosts from 89.3 The Current and other special guests. Access to all general admission areas is also included.

Buy Tickets

  • To purchase tickets in advance, visit Etix.com.
  • Tickets go on sale to Walker and MPR members April 5 at 10 am, following the band reveal on 89.3 The Current. Remaining tickets go on sale to the general public on Wednesday, April 6, at 10 am.
  • Discounted member presale tickets are available from 10 am on April 5 to 10 am on April 12.
  • Any unsold tickets will be available at the entrance to Boom Island. Reentry is allowed.
  • Children ages 6 and older must have a ticket for entrance. No refunds; all ticket sales are final. Advance tickets are print-at-home and will be received by e-mail. For online issues, call Etix Customer Support: 1.800.514.3849.

Stay Connected
Follow Rock the Garden on Facebook and Twitter for updates and behind-the-scenes photos. Join the conversation on Twitter and Instagram using #rockthegarden.

Weather
Rock the Garden will be held rain or shine. However, staff reserves the right to cancel the event or part of the event due to severe weather. No umbrellas are allowed into the event.

Getting to Rock the Garden at Boom Island Park: Walk, Bike, or Bus!
If you live in the area, please walk, bike, or take public transportation:

  • Bike racks with parking for 500+ bikes will be located at the south end of Boom Island Park. A Nice Ride bike drop-off station will be located on the corner of Marshall and 8th Avenue NE.
  • All ticket holders are eligible for a free ride on buses and light rail to and from the event between the hours of 12 noon and 12 midnight. Visit rockthegarden2016.com in June to get the pass. Metro Transit bus lines: 11, 14, and 30.
Parking
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!

Accessibility
Rock the Garden is accessible to all visitors. For more information, contact us at 612.375.7564 or access@walkerart.org.

Free Hydration
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!
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French house master Michael Calfan on USA tour

posted Mar 25, 2016, 1:24 AM by Vu Nguyen

After a ground-breaking year, French house master Michael Calfan kicked off 2016 with his much acclaimed single, aptly titled Nobody Does It Better.

Supported by everyone from the world’s biggest DJs such as BBC Radio 1’s Pete Tong and Annie Mac through to Oliver Heldens, Avicii and former Swedish House Mafia member Steve Angello, Michael Calfan’s music is making big waves.


Michael's first claim to fame was the arrival of Treasured Soul, his mesmerizing single that took him on international acclaim with over 1.3 million Shazams and 20 million streams on Spotify. Nobody Does It Better follows in those footsteps having already racked up over 2 million Soundcloud plays, as well as another million for the official video on YouTube.


Meanwhile his Treasured Tape series of DJ mixes receives upwards of 100,000 plays each month. Bringing all the ‘soul house’ energy of his singles and mix series to the dancefloor, Michael is set to embark on a 15 date North American tour including four shows during this year’s Winter Music Conference in Miami.


Tour Dates

3/24/2016 @ The Mid, Chicago

3/25/2016 @ Create, Los Angeles
3/27/2016 @ The Exchange, Minneapolis
 

Michael Calfan Nobody Does It Better is out now on Spinnin' Records 

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The Bergamot Premiere New York City Inspired New Video!

posted Mar 25, 2016, 1:19 AM by Vu Nguyen

Brooklyn-based alternative folk duo The Bergamot have premiered their brand new video "Forget About Tomorrow" today via Music Times, here: http://bit.ly/21IPQkl. The track comes from the band's recently released album Tones, which can be streamed in full via Pancakes & Whiskey. The Bergamot have also recently been featured on Paste Magazine,  Baeble Music, and  idobi Radio for singles "Alive," "Forget About Tomorrow," and "Tones," respectively. To purchase Tones, please visit http://bit.ly/1Q7FwvG or purchase via iTunes, here: http://apple.co/1Q7FEvr. For more information on The Bergamot, please visit: www.thebergamot.com
 
On the new video, the band shares: "'Forget About Tomorrow' captures the rawness of New York City. The music video was filmed in our band rehearsal spot in Brooklyn, New York. The driving force behind the video is the vibrant musicality of the song and our energy together in such an intimate space."
 
The Bergamot recently wrapped their highly successful The Unity Collective USA Kickstarter campaign, which surpassed its goal of $15,000 towards the band's upcoming 50 State "Unity Tour," raising more than 124% of the funds needed. The money raised will be used to maintain the band's Volvo throughout the tour, in addition to documenting the entire experience and providing updates to fans along the way. At each stop of the "Unity Tour," which kicked off in NYC on January 2nd, The Bergamot will be inviting fans to sign their car as a symbol of unity. It also marks the band's last tour in their 2002 Volvo, which has racked up over 276,000 miles throughout their history of touring. The Volvo will be auctioned off at the tour's hometown stop in South Bend, IN, with all proceeds going towards Memorial Children's Hospital.
 
Consisting of husband-and-wife duo Nathaniel Paul Hoff and Jillian Speece, The Bergamot arrived on the international music scene in 2012 when they won Bud Light Battle of the Bands. Since then, the band has seen their popularity balloon, taking them from coast to coast and from continent to continent.  
 
Drawing upon influences such as Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Joni Mitchell, The Dave Matthews Band and Bob Dylan, The Bergamot writes songs that are uplifting, catchy, and enchanting as Jillian's velvety alto voice blends seamlessly with Nathaniel's ethereal vocals to create dynamic harmonies. The band weaves intimate storytelling with articulate instrumentation, crafting an innovative indie folk-rock sound that combines both the joys and heartaches of life into a story. Since meeting in their hometown of South Bend, Indiana in 2003, Nathaniel and Jillian have released three albums and toured extensively across North America and Europe.
 
Thanks to their uplifting and infectiously sweet sound, The Bergamot has been taking the music world by storm - earning the affection and admiration of BuzzFeed, Daytrotter, The Aquarian Weekly, ICON Magazine, Chicago Tribune, Brooklyn Vegan, Kings of A&R, The Deli Magazine, and so many more, as well as a recent placement on ABC's "Blood & Oil." The Bergamot have also opened up for artists such as All American Rejects, Young The Giant, and Ben Sollee, as well as performed at SXSW, Taste of Chicago, The Traverse City Film Festival, and Bud Lights Port Paradise Music Festival.
 
The Bergamot released their new album Tones on February 11th, 2016. For more information on The Bergamot, please visit: www.thebergamot.com.
 
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Upcoming Tour Dates:
3/25 - Elmira, NY @ Elmira College
3/31 - St. Paul, MN @ University of St. Thomas
4/7 - Lansing, MI @ Avenue Café

 
For Updates, Please Visit:
Website: www.thebergamot.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/TheBergamot
Twitter: twitter.com/the_bergamot
 
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José González Reveals Video for "With the Ink of a Ghost," US Tour Underway

posted Mar 10, 2016, 3:33 PM by Vu Nguyen


Photo Credit: Malin Johansson
Coinciding with the launch of his North American tour with yMusic, José González is proud to unveil the emotive and strikingly beautiful music video for “With the Ink of a Ghost,” a song found on José’s acclaimed studio album Vestiges & Claws – out now on Mute.
 
The video, directed by Malin Ingrid Johansson, portrays dancer Yared Cederlund expressing himself in arresting freeform movement over José’s serene and near-meditative melody. Reflecting on this visual offering, Johansson states:
 
Using both the physical movement through Yared's body, and the movement between the two rooms, we wanted to do something as contradictory as visualizing the invisible. Us people are often strongly under the influence by forces we can't see. Forces inside and outside of us, sometimes created by events that took place long before us. In the same way, our actions today will affect those coming long after us. By then we will be what's invisible.
 
Watch the video for “With the Ink of a Ghost” via Vogue here: vogue.com/13414294/jose-gonzalez-with-the-ink-of-a-ghost/
 
 
On Sunday, José will embark on a sizable North American tour with the revered chamber sextet yMusic. With the addition of strings, flute, clarinet and trumpet to José’s celebrated catalog, these shows are sure to be a special treat for all in attendance.
 
yMusic works in close quarters with contemporary composers and songwriters, developing ideas into vivid, communicative performances. Virtuosos, the six classically-trained instrumentalists are equally comfortable in the classical and pop worlds, collaborating with artists from Ben Folds to Dirty Projectors. “yMusic is thrilled to be joining José, says Rob Moose of yMusic, “and to bring our musicianship and unique color to José’s gorgeous, moody songwriting.”
 
Tickets for this exceptional tour are available at http://jose-gonzalez.com/tour-dates/. See below for a full itinerary of performances.
 
Tour Dates

10 March - Santa Barbara, CA - University of California @ Campbell Hall 
11 March - Los Angeles, CA - Walt Disney Concert Hall **SOLD OUT
12 March – Los Angeles, CA – Walt Disney Concert Hall 2ND SHOW ADDED
13 March - Oakland, CA - Fox Theater 
15 March - Escondido, CA - California Center for the Arts **SOLD OUT
17 March - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre 
19 March - Milwaukee, WI - Pabst Theatre 
20 March - Minneapolis, MN - Pantages Theatre 
21 March - Chicago, IL - Rockefeller Chapel **SOLD OUT
23 March - Philadelphia, PA - Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts 
24 March - New York, NY - Beacon Theatre 
25 March - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Hall **SOLD OUT
26 March - Washington, DC - George Washington University @ Lisner Auditorium 
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Andy Shauf signed to Anti-

posted Mar 10, 2016, 3:27 PM by Vu Nguyen

On May 20th, Anti- is excited to release an immensely imaginative work from acclaimed young singer-songwriter Andy Shauf called The Party.
 
The Saskatchewan-based Shauf recorded his first album at home and toured Western Canada playing DIY punk venues with an acoustic guitar. In 2015 he gained attention with an album called The Bearer of Bad News that NPR called one of “2015's most breathtaking albums” and “an appropriately titled collection of mostly grim tales about small town drug addicts, murderous lovers and other weary underachievers.”
 
With The Party, Shauf masterfully creates a cast of memorable and unique characters. They show up “Early to the Party,” reveal secrets (“To You”) or try to reveal nothing (“The Magician”).  In “a city the size of a dinner plate,” everyone knew the guy who keeled over after smoking what he promised would be his last pack of cigarettes (“Alexander All Alone”). There’s the girl dancing by herself in the middle of the room, with the “Eyes of Them All” upon her. One moment you’re dancing with someone who bears an uncanny resemblance to your ex (“Martha Sways”) and later slagging your best friend as way of endearing yourself to his recently dumped ex (“Quite Like You”).
 
All of this is set to ornate arrangements of fuzzed-out guitars, string sections, clarinets and dreamy synths, all draped over delicate piano, acoustic guitars and rainy-day drums.
 
Have a listen to track “The Magician” here: 

https://soundcloud.com/antirecords/andy-shauf-the-magician/s-dIxON

 
The Party is not exactly a concept record, but it was a way for the singer-songwriter to get out of his own head. An after-party record, more like it. Or for the hangover the next day, when only Shauf’s songs can make any sense of the emotionally-charged scenarios that played out the night before.
 
When The Party was over, Shauf had no regrets—even if its characters have more than a few. You’re invited to The Party. It’s one you’ll never forget.
 
Watch some behind the scenes footage of Shauf recording The Party here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yut-Vq_FpQo&feature=youtu.be
 
The Party Track Listing 

  1. The Magician
  2. Early to the Party
  3. Twist Your Ankle
  4. Quite Like You
  5. Begin Again
  6. The Worst in You
  7. To You
  8. Eyes of Them All
  9. Alexander All Alone
  10. Martha Sways

Andy Shauf is set to open for case/lang/veirs on their highly anticipated tour this June.
 
Live Dates:

06/22 San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s
06/23 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
06/25 Saratoga, CA @ The Mountain Winery...
06/30 Seattle, WA @ Woodland Park Amphitheatre
07/02 Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre
07/05 Bend, OR @ Athletic Club of Bend
07/26 Brooklyn, NY @ BRIC Celebrate Brooklyn!
07/27 Washington, DC @ Lincoln Theatre
07/29 Atlanta, GA @ Atlanta Botanical Garden
08/02 San Antonio, TX @ Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
08/03 Austin, TX @ Long Center for the Performing Arts
08/09 Bayfield, WI @ Big Top Chautauqua

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LITTLE GREEN CARS reveal video for 'EASIER DAY'

posted Mar 3, 2016, 6:32 AM by Vu Nguyen

Easier Day is the second single to be taken from Ephemera, following the Annie Mac-championed ‘The Song They Play Every Night’.

Watch video: http://vevo.ly/PEV2Ws

The  video for Easier Day was made by the band’s very own Adam O'Regan with the help of Hugh O’Conor. Says O’Regan, “[It] was inspired by the Faye’s opening lyric “I’ve been away for a long time” and it was shot over the course of three days in Tokyo, in the quiet neighbourhood of Hatsudai, the bustling ward of Shinjuku and the dark underbelly of Golden Gai. We wanted to show a very real side of the city, in order to create a believable sense of life. It was important to us that the story is never fully disclosed, just hinted at.”

 

Little Green Cars follow their recent, sold out London show with another, newly announced headline date on 1st June at Village Underground. The band has lined up a major outdoor headline show in Dublin’s Iveagh Gardens for July, with Irish, European and US tours following the album’s release through April and May.

 

On Ephemera...

Little Green Cars were still in their teens when they were spotted and signed to Glassnote and recorded their widely-acclaimed 2013 debut Absolute Zero with producer Markus Dravs. That album changed their lives, taking the five former school friends on tour everywhere from Europe and Australia to Russia and the States, which they criss-crossed six times in three years.

Now all in their early 20s, Little Green Cars are both a different band and the same five friends who met every Sunday aged 15 in singer Stevie Appleby’s garden shed to start writing songs. Those changes, their shared experiences and individual ups and downs are candidly documented in Ephemera, a gorgeous, grown-up album about, well, growing up.

Two deaths, relationship break-ups and their over two years’ worth of touring are among the key events that inform Ephemera’s richly-textured, harmony-soaked rock songs. While the impact of those events will change over time, the intense emotions they evoked live on in the music.

All the time the band were on tour, they were writing new songs. All the time they were changing, as were family and friends back home, whose lives they could sometimes no longer relate to. Stevie and Faye O’Rourke – the band’s principal songwriters and interchanging lead vocalists – watched their love lives fall apart. All five questioned who they used to be and who they had become, not least guitarist Adam O’Regan, whose father passed away.

“It’s a transitional album,” says Stevie. “Lyrically, it’s all about change – the end of some eras, new beginnings, learning from the past and looking to the future. Ephemera means things that are important to you, but only for a short time. That could apply to music or relationships or even a particular day.

All five members of the band – completed by Donagh Seaver O’Leary on bass and Dylan Lynch on drums - contribute to the music and harmonise. Having written on the road, the quintet returned to Dublin in 2014 to make demos. By the end of the year, they were ready to record their first batch of songs. Keen to co-produce, they sought a trusted collaborator. Enter Rob Kirwan, at whose treasure trove Dublin studio the band experimented with sounds, adding electronics, mastering reverb, bringing in a cellist and learning to play the toy-like Omnichord.

 

A dozen exquisitely-crafted, exceptionally-sung, sumptuously-produced songs shimmer with the myriad of emotions the band has been through - restlessness, regret, love, heartbreak, hope and acceptance among them.
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