13.12.2019 news

Watch Allen Stone perform “Brown Eyed Lover” on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Watch Allen Stone perform his hit “Brown Eyed Lover” on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Incredible high-energy outdoor stage performance. Allen ended up in the crowd by the end of the song, singing face-to-face with some of his biggest L.A. fans! “Brown Eyed Lover” now has more than 12 million total streams.

 

 

 

10.12.2019 news

Emily King Announces New Acoustic Album, Out January 17 & Winter 2020 Acoustic Tour

Photo Credit: J. Shotti

 

“Look At Me Now” + Scenery Nominated For 2 Grammy Awards

 

Fresh off the heels of two Grammy Award nominations, New York native and singer-songwriter Emily King delighted fans this morning, announcing a forthcoming release of 11 acoustically arranged songs from across her catalog, due out January 17 on Making Music Records / ATO Records. The to-be-titled collection of songs features highlights from 2011’s The Seven EP, 2016’s The Switch, and King’s acclaimed latest studio album Scenery. Today, King shares the acoustic version of her Grammy-nominated single “Look At Me Now.”

 

Listen to “Look At Me Now” (Acoustic) Below

 

The album, produced by Jeremy Most and featuring string arrangements by Rob Moose, will be accompanied by a nationwide tour this January and February. King will be hitting U.S. cities coast to coast, including multiple dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, performing stripped-down versions of her songs. All dates are below and tickets are available HERE.

 

Emily King has been nominated for two 2020 Grammy Awards — Best R&B Song for her single “Look at Me Now” and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for her album Scenery and its engineers Tom Elmhirst, Ben Kane, and Jeremy Most and mastering engineer Bob Ludwig.

 

Scenery has been praised for its “starry-eyed earnestness” by NPR Music, while Pitchfork called its “sleek, vibrant R&B… the perfect frame for her extraordinary voice.” King spent 2019 taking her dynamic live show on the road, making high-profile TV appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS This Morning, performing at Coachella and Lollapalooza, and opening a massive arena tour with Sara Bareilles that included dates at Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl.

 

2020 ACOUSTIC TOUR

TICKETS & VIP PACKAGES

1/30: Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR

1/31: The Triple Door – Seattle, WA

2/01: Rio Theatre – Vancouver, BC

2/04: Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

2/05: Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

2/07: Swedish American Hall – San Francisco, CA

2/08: Swedish American Hall – San Francisco, CA

2/11: Eddie’s Attic – Atlanta, GA

2/12: Eddie’s Attic – Atlanta, GA

2/14: Space – Evanston, IL

2/15: Space – Evanston, IL

2/17: The Drake Hotel – Toronto, ON

2/18: The Drake – Toronto, ON

2/20: The Cutting Room – New York, NY

2/21: The Cutting Room – New York, NY

2/22: The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY – GA Tickets Sold Out / VIP – Limited Availability

2/28: Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

2/29: Somerville Theatre – Somerville, MA

 

Rave Reviews for Scenery:

 

Scenery is a precise-yet-fluid blend of ’80s pop and rock, contemporary R&B and light jazz touches that, together, reveal a starry-eyed earnestness.” – NPR

 

“Sleek, vibrant R&B that’s packed with 1980s soundtrack flourishes and big moments; it’s the perfect frame for her extraordinary voice.” – Pitchfork

 

“Wide and expansive and embraces all manners of genre befitting a child of ’90s hip-hop and pop music who also adored traditional soul music.” – Chicago Tribune

 

“A lithe vocalist who deftly employs subtlety, rewarding close listening.” – WBEZ Sound Opinions

 

Scenery rings out with joy and hope. The production is a stunning combination of jazz-inflected R&B and ’80s pop that’s precise but not fussy, textured but never overdone.” – KPCC The Frame

 

“The vulnerability that’s implied in King’s calming vocal caress is remarkable… The skill she shows elevates her above much of the competition, imbuing her with a decided level of class and credence.” – Paste

 

 

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22.11.2019 news

Watch Black Pumas’ Stunning & Powerful New Video For “Colors”

 

GRAMMY Best New Artist Nominees On Tour In North America + Europe Through 2020

 

 

“Colors” Just Broke 14 Million Streams and Hit Top 20 at AAA Radio — Watch The Video Below

 

 

Black Pumas, the rising Austin duo of powerhouse vocalist Eric Burton and Grammy-winning producer and guitarist Adrian Quesada, have emerged as “the breakout band of 2019” (NPR) with the release of their self-titled album earlier this year, a debut that according to KCRW “radiates soul at a wattage that may not be exactly street legal.” Today, fresh off their nomination for Best New Artist at the 2020 GRAMMY Awards, they share the new music video for their hit single “Colors.” The cinematic clip — a powerfully intimate, Melanin-packed depiction of the joys and hardships of life colliding — was directed by Kristian Mercado, fresh off his Best Music Video win at this year’s SXSW Film Festival for Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Pa’lante.”

 

“I really wanted to capture how powerful the sounds and vocals of Black Pumas are,” says Mercado. “I’m driven by emotion and felt a strong connection to the music. I was on a trip in Florida at Banana Records, when I heard ‘Colors’ playing. I was instantly moved and asked tons of questions about who they were. It was such a powerful song and experience that I sought out to do the music video for the song. We shot the whole film in the Bronx, wanted to show the Bronx as a place that was alive and vibrant. We wanted to celebrate family, connections, movement, and life. We explored the idea of the Bronx as a living garden, always growing always moving forward, and finding a cinematic landscape in places people often ignore. Eric and I spoke in great length about perspective and growing up, and how sometimes it’s a complicated experience, and we want to capture the feeling that is both beautiful and sometimes imperfect. We wanted to show both the joys and hardships of life colliding and expressing things in movement with images colliding together. Black Pumas are an extraordinary band and the visual needed to share the timeless quality of the song.”

 

“Colors” has racked up 14 million streams and been Shazamed 100K times, and the band’s incredible live video of the song went viral with over 8 million views to date. Last month, Black Pumas performed “Colors” on Jimmy Kimmel Live, following their network TV debut on CBS This Morning. Their performance of the track on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic was featured on NPR Music’s Favorite Sessions. “Colors” is currently at #18 on AAA Radio, the band’s highest charting single to date.

 

Black Pumas’ live show has been called “electrifying” by The Guardian, and following their Austin City Limits taping, the Austin American-Statesman raved, “To say Black Pumas is having a moment is like saying summer this year in Austin, Texas, has been pretty hot. With sold-out shows at large concert halls around the globe, singles clocking seven figures on streaming services and enthusiastic shoutouts from top-tier national publications, the band isn’t ascendant. It is skyrocketing.” Black Pumas’ performance on the iconic PBS series Austin City Limits is set to air in early January.

 

After selling out their entire U.S. and E.U. tours this fall, Black Pumas are currently wrapping a sold-out run in the UK. They will continue to tour North American and Europe in early 2020, including dates in Amsterdam and Berlin that have already sold out in advance. Tickets for all shows are available HERE.

 

More Praise for Black Pumas:

“A debut so perfectly realized by the standards they’ve set themselves that you wonder what could possibly come next.” — The Guardian

 

“Few artists seem to tap the collective unease of the national moment quite like Austin’s Black Pumas…never missing a beat is the tireless, charismatic energy of singer Eric Burton.” — Rolling Stone

 

“So much more expansive than retro soul…sounds like a record that The Black Keys would do with Marvin Gaye.” — NPR Music

 

“The duo’s flair for drama is so stirring, they can seem acutely cinematic.”

— Pitchfork

 

“Wu-Tang Clan meets James Brown…radiates soul at a wattage that may not be exactly street legal.” — KCRW

 

“Staggering…the world does indeed need Black Pumas and their message right now.” — MOJO

 

“The Austin favorites need to be seen to be appreciated…(Burton’s) presence on stage is robust, a whirlwind of movement and gesture.” — Chicago Tribune

 

“The breakout band of 2019.” — NPR Here & Now

 

”Exemplifies idiosyncratically modern soul…a staunch force as fresh as it is compelling.” — Hypebeast

 

“Stirring retro soul.” — FADER

 

“Soulful, psychedelic, amazing.” — NPR Alt.Latino

 

“They’ve already established hometown hero status thanks to their electric live shows…soul music that draws fresh inspiration from folk, hip-hop, and psychedelic music.” — Pigeons & Planes

 

“A soul explosion.” — UNCUT

 

“Brooding and cinematic soul…an LP that unfurls like a puma stalking its prey.” — Austin Chronicle

 

“The hottest party in town. This is the show your music nerd friend who knows what’s up said you have to check out.” — Austin-American Statesman

 

Black Pumas On Tour

November 20 London, UK Dingwalls SOLD OUT
November 21 Manchester, UK YES SOLD OUT
November 22 Glasgow, UK Audio SOLD OUT
November 23 Dublin, IE The Grand Social SOLD OUT
November 29 Austin, TX Longhorn City Limits
November 30 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger
December 14 Nashville, TN Lightning 100’s Festivus 2019
January 9 Dallas, TX Canton Hall
January 10 Dallas, TX Kessler Theater SOLD OUT
January 11 Dallas, TX Kessler Theater SOLD OUT
January 16 Madison, WI Majestic Theater
January 17 Milwaukee, WI The Pabst Theater
January 20 Indianapolis, IN Hi-Fi
January 21 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
January 23 Toronto, ON Mod Club SOLD OUT
January 24 Detroit, MI Saint Andrew’s Hall
January 25 Chicago, IL House of Blues Chicago
January 31 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
February 5 Dublin, IE The Academy
February 6 Manchester, UK Academy 3
February 7 London, UK Islington Assembly Hall
February 8 Paris, FR Alhambra
February 9 Utrecht, NL TivoliVredenburg
February 10 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso SOLD OUT
February 11 Groningen, NL De Oosterport SOLD OUT
February 12 Eindhoven, NL De Effenaar
February 14 Antwerp, Belgium Trix
February 15 Heidelber, DE Karlstorbahnhof
February 16 Cologne, DE Gloria
February 18 Hamburg, DE Uebel & Gefährlich
February 19 Berlin, DE Metropol SOLD OUT
February 21 Vienna, AU Grelle Forelle
February 22 Zurich, CH Mascotte
March 14-15 Mexico City, MX Vive Latino
March 27-29 Pelham, TN Bluegrass Underground
May 8 Austin, TX Stubb’s

 

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21.11.2019 news

ATO Records Receives 7 GRAMMY Nominations

CONGRATULATIONS TO

BRITTANY HOWARD, BLACK PUMAS, EMILY KING, ALTIN GÜN, RODRIGO Y GABRIELA

 

ATO Records is thrilled to have received seven nominations at the 2020 Grammy Awards — the most in the label’s history — and congratulates the incredible artists below!

 

BLACK PUMAS

BEST NEW ARTIST

Photo credit: Greg Giannukos

WATCH: Official “Colors” Live Session

Sam Cooke meets Wu-Tang Clan in the Texas-based duo’s surprisingly fresh take on 70s soul… a debut so perfectly realised.” – THE GUARDIAN

 

Black Pumas is Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada. The band’s self-titled debut album was produced by Quesada in his Austin home studio and colored by Burton’s dark imagery and haunting vocals. It is equally indebted to East Coast hip-hop as it is to classic funk and soul, resulting in a project that is of the moment rather than retro. Quesada had been working on a new project inspired by a mix of woozy Ghostface Killah instrumentals, crispy Motown soul, and the introspective grandeur of dusty highway folk-rock, and, after hearing him audition over the phone, Burton slotted in beautifully. Pulling from his myriad performance backgrounds — singing in the church, acting in musical theater, and busking at the Santa Monica Pier — Burton injects Quesada’s instrumentals with a howling croon and surrealist lyrical bent.

 

BRITTANY HOWARD

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE (“HISTORY REPEATS”)

BEST ROCK SONG (“HISTORY REPEATS”)

Photo credit: Danny Clinch

WATCH: “STAY HIGH” MUSIC VIDEO

Exceptional…a thrilling opus that pushes the boundaries of voice, sound, and soul to new extremes.” – PITCHFORK

 

“History Repeats” was the first single on the debut solo album from Brittany Howard, the frontwoman and guitarist for Alabama Shakes. Howard has become one of music’s most celebrated figures—the band has won four Grammys (out of its nine nominations), and she has performed everywhere from the Obama White House to the main stage at Lollapalooza, where she sang with Paul McCartney at his invitation. But for her solo debut, Jaime, Howard boldly decided to explore new directions, with diverse instrumentation and arrangements and intimate, revelatory lyrics. As the first project to come out under Brittany Howard’s own name, Jaime represents an enormous step both musically and personally.

 

EMILY KING

BEST R&B SONG (“LOOK AT ME NOW”)

BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON-CLASSICAL (SCENERY)

WATCH: “LOOK AT ME NOW” LIVE VIDEO

“Sleek, vibrant R&B that’s packed with 1980s soundtrack flourishes and big moments; it’s the perfect frame for her extraordinary voice.” – PITCHFORK

 

For Emily King, the artist from New York City who spent her first three decades living on the same downtown block, that notion was always easier said than done. A proud New Yorker, she loved her home, her family, her friends, and her life there. But she resolved to challenge herself by moving out of her comfort zone, positive changes started taking shape immediately. In Upstate New York, the fresh air and fresh mentality gave her the proper space and perspective to create what would become the album of her career. Its name: Scenery. Following its release, Emily has performed at Coachella and Lollapalooza as well as TV shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live and Seth Meyers. She is currently on a national arena tour with Sara Bareilles.

 

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA

BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM (METTAVOLUTION)

Photo credit: Ebru Yildiz

WATCH: “METTAVOLUTION” MUSIC VIDEO

With a relentless and thought-out counterpoint of rhythm and melody that renders percussion (and vocals) unnecessary, Rodrigo and Gabriela’s signature acoustic sound, grounded on heavy metal influences, is virtuoso rock ‘n roll.” – BILLBOARD

 

Acclaimed guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela have been nominated for their album ‘Mettavolution.’ This marks the first time the duo has ever been nominated in their remarkable two-decade career – it’s their fifth studio LP and first album in five years. The LP embraces the duo’s passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution, and the liberation of the potential we have as a species, all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars. Conceived and composed in their studio in Ixtapa on the Mexican Pacific Coast, ‘Mettavolution’ was produced by multiple GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, Band of Horses).

 

ALTIN GÜN

BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM (GECE)

Photo credit: Sanja Marusic

WATCH: “SÜPÜRGESI YONCADAN” LIVE ON KEXP

Altin Gün’s groovy globalism is infectious.” – NPR

 

Psychedelic Turkish folk rock group Altin Gün have been nominated for their sophomore album. The nomination puts an exclamation point on an already exciting year for the Amsterdam-based group, for whom 2019 saw a tour supporting Tame Impala, festival slots at Outside Lands, Pickathon, Desert Daze and more, as well as sell-out performances in Brooklyn, Seattle, Philadelphia and more. Self described as “a folk band who play traditional standards,” the six-piece reinterprets lesser-known Anatolian rock and folk songs.

 

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20.11.2019 news

Drive-By Truckers Announce New Album ‘The Unraveling’

 

Drive-By Truckers have announced the release of their much-anticipated new album. The Unraveling arrives on Friday, January 31, 2020. The Unraveling is heralded by today’s premiere of the bracing new single, “Armageddon’s Back In Town,” available now for streaming and download. The track is joined by an official lyric video streaming now.

Pre-order at the ATO store now

 

WATCH “ARMAGEDDON’S BACK IN TOWN”

 

Drive-By Truckers’ 12th studio album and first new LP in more than three years – the longest gap between new DBT albums – The Unraveling was recorded at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis, TN by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and longtime DBT producer David Barbe. Co-founding singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood both spent much of the time prior doing battle with deep pools of writer’s block. “How do you put these day to day things we’re all living through into the form of a song that we (much less anybody else) would ever want to listen to?” says Hood. “How do you write about the daily absurdities when you can’t even wrap your head around them in the first place? I think our response was to focus at the core emotional level. More heart and less cerebral perhaps.”

 

The songs that eventually emerged are among Drive-By Truckers’ most direct and pointedly provocative, tackling the myriad horrors of our new normal through sincere emotion and unbridled heart. Indeed, “Armageddon’s Back in Town” takes a whirlwind joyride through the whiplash of events we collectively deal with each day while the concluding “Awaiting Resurrection” dives headfirst into the despair and pain roiled up by these troubled times.

 

“The past three-and-a-half years were among the most tumultuous our country has ever seen,” says Hood, “and the duality between the generally positive state of affairs within our band while watching so many things we care about being decimated and destroyed all around us informed the writing of this album to the core.

 

“While a quick glance might imply that we’re picking up where 2016’s American Band album left off, the differences are as telling as the similarities. If the last one was a warning shot hinting at a coming storm, this one was written in the wreckage and aftermath. I’ve always said that all of our records are political but I’ve also said that ‘politics is personal’. With that in mind, this album is especially personal.”

 

The remarkable songcraft found on The Unraveling receives much of its musical muscle from the sheer strength of the current Drive-By Truckers line-up, with Hood and Cooley joined by bassist Matt Patton, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Jay Gonzalez, and drummer Brad Morgan – together, the longest-lasting iteration in the band’s almost 25-year history. The LP also features a number of special guests, including The Shins’ Patti King, violinist/string arranger Kyleen King (Brandi Carlile), and North Mississippi All-Stars’ Cody Dickinson, who contributes electric washboard to the strikingly direct “Babies In Cages.”

 

Hailed by Stereogum as “perhaps the greatest extant American rock and roll band,” Drive-By Truckers will mark The Unraveling with an epic world tour, to be announced soon. In the meantime, the band is set for a series of upcoming live dates, including a two-night-stand at Englewood, CO’s Gothic Theatre (January 17-18) and the annual HeAthen’s Homecoming, a three-night extravaganza marking the 26th anniversary of Hood’s first visit to Athens, GA’s world famous 40 Watt Club (February 13-15). In addition, both Hood and Cooley will spend December traveling on solo concert tours.

JANUARY

16 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theater

17 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre

18 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre

 

FEBRUARY

13 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club

14 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club

15 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club

18 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

19 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater

21 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

22 – Boston, MA – Somerville Theatre

23 – Portland, ME – State Theatre

25 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

27 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

28 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

29 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

 

MARCH

20 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

21 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

22 – Arcata, CA – Van Duzer Theatre

24 – Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre

26 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater

28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

31 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater

 

APRIL

2 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater

3 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn

4 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn

16 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel

17 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel

18 – Charleston, NC – High Water Festival *

21 – Winston-Salem, NC – The Ramkat

23 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall

24 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

25 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

27 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall

28 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live

29 – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

 

MAY

1 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City

2 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees *

 

JUNE

1 – Raalte, NL – Ribs and Blues

3 – Dublin, IE – Vicar Street

5 – Leeds, UK – Irish Centre

6 – London, UK – O2 Forum

7 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso

8 – Antwerp, BE – De Roma

9 – Koln, DE – Kantine

11 – Berlin, DE – Kesselhaus

12 – Copenhagen, DK – Amager Bio

13 – Stockholm, SE – Sthlm Americana *

14 – Oslo, NO – Rockefeller

15 – Arhaus, DK – Train

 

* FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE

 

# # #

 

PATTERSON HOOD

SOLO 2019

 

NOVEMBER

22 – Huntsville, AL – Tangled String Studios (EARLY SHOW/LATE SHOW)

 

DECEMBER

2 – York, PA – Appell Center For The Performing Arts

3 – Bethesda, MD – AMP by Strathmore

5 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House

6 – Tampa, FL – The Attic

7 – Tampa, FL – The Attic

9 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic

10 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic

12 – Austin, TX – Cactus Café

13 – Austin, TX – Cactus Café

14 – Dallas, TX – Sons of Hermann Hall

16 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room

17 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall

18 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall

20 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

21 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

 

# # #

 

MIKE COOLEY

SOLO 2019

 

DECEMBER

4 – Portland, OR – The Old Church

5 – Seattle, WA – Ballard Homestead

6 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge

7 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge

11 – Pensacola, FL – Ashmore Auditorium at Pensacola State College

12 – Jacksonville, FL – Blue Jay Listening Room

13 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic (EARLY SHOW/LATE SHOW)

14 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn

                                                                                                           

# # #

 

20.11.2019 news

Mattiel Release New Music Video “Millionaire” and Announces Tour

Lauded Atlanta band Mattiel have shared the video to “Millionaire”, taken from their much acclaimed second album, Satis Factory, which was released in June. The band have also revealed touring plans and will be making their first run of coast-to-coast American dates since Satis Factory’s release, kicking off in Houston, Texas on January 23rd and winding their way around the country, taking in Los Angeles, the West Coast, the South, the Midwest, Canada, New York City and the East Coast. Tickets on sale Friday, November 22nd @ 10am local time. All dates below!

 

Filmed at a Southern state fair, and directed by frontwoman Mattiel Brown, the “Millionaire” video documents the faces of the hardworking fairground ride operators, sidestall workers and bucking broncos as day turns to dusk and then into evening. Says Mattiel, “Besides the nostalgia factor from my childhood, I wanted to shoot the video at a state fair because there’s such an eerie juxtaposition between the bright lights and the actual people who run the cheap thrills. The need for instant gratification is a very American, western-world thing. No matter the mental or physical cost, entertainment is always readily available. But funny enough, inside this huge funfair of rides and games, a lot of the people I ran into didn’t look entertained at all.”

 

The song itself, a languid lament delivered in Nico-esque tones, was written, she explains, “about high expectations and empty promises. I suppose it serves as my own warning against complacency.  It’s also the song that inspired the title of the album.”

 

Watch the video below

 

The last few months have been action packed for the band who first won international praise for their self titled Burger Records’ debut in 2017. Championed by Jack White – who took them out on arena shows around the US – they’re making their way back to the US with their brilliant album Satis Factory. Their dynamic live performances landed them their TV debut, first in the UK on the BBC’s prestigious Later…with Jools Holland and then on NBC’s Last Call in the U.S, before touring extensively in the UK Europe, on a run that included an impressive three sets – on three different stages – at this summer’s Glastonbury Festival. “Millionaire” follows previous impressive videos, “Keep The Change”, “Je Ne Me Connais Pas” and “Food For Thought.

 

Listen to Satis Factory NOW 

 

The band, anchored by the impressive talents of guitarist and co-songwriter Jonah Swilley, initially met in 2014 through the local music scene in Atlanta. Mattiel Brown, who had never fronted a band before and was working full time as a graphic designer, found the musical camaraderie and shared vision that she’d been seeking.The process of recording Satis Factory was built upon the success of Swilley and Mattiel’s time working together on their debut album. It’s a team that just works. “Jonah will put a structure together and send it to me through an email,” Mattiel explains. “And then we’ll restructure it if we need to and I’ll write a melody and lyrics to it and eventually record it.

 

Where the first record was confident, Satis Factory is even more so. This is probably down to the chemistry between them; they seem in awe of each other. “Some of Mattiel’s best lyrical writing is effortless,” Jonah says. “She’s thoughtful with what she wants to say as an artist, but also understands pop sensibilities.”

 

Catch Mattiel Live:

1/23/20 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall Upstairs – Tickets

1/24/20 – Dallas, TX – Three Links – Tickets

1/25/20 – Austin, TX – Barracuda – Tickets

1/28/20 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar* – Tickets

1/29/20 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room* – Tickets

1/31/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg* – Tickets

2/1/20  – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord* – Tickets

2/4/20  – Portland, OR – Doug Fir* – Tickets

2/6/20 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret* – Tickets

2/8/20 – Seattle, WA – Sunset* – Tickets

2/11/20 – Boise, ID – Neurolux* – Tickets

2/12/20 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge* – Tickets

2/15/20 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake* – Tickets

2/18/20 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room – Tickets

2/19/20 – St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill – Tickets

2/21/20 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt – Tickets

2/22/20 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl – Tickets

 

*With Calvin Love supporting

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19.11.2019 news

Honey Harper Announces Debut Album “Starmaker”

Today, Honey Harper returns to announce his debut album, Starmakerdue March 6th via ATO Records.  Pre-orders are available now from the ATO Store.  Starmaker comes as a collection of contradictions in both subject matter and style. Written with his wife and writing partner Alana Pagnutti over the past three years, the album itself is primarily about the journey to create it. Its self-awareness is largely the result of Harper’s inner monologues about his fear of failure, desire for success, and the toll that journey has taken on him and his loved ones. It’s an attempt at honesty through the veil of a country singer lost in the stars.  After explorations in other vastly different styles, Harper recognized the value he could add to a genre with beautiful sounds but negative connotations. On Starmaker, Harper seeks to revitalize country music for people who don’t like country music.

 

 

The latest offering from the album, “In Light Of Us,” arrives with a fittingly tender video. Directed by Joshua Gary, the visual compiles VHS footage of Harper and his friends (including the director) from the ages of 15 through 21, the song an ode to them and the times they spent together. Harper says it best: “When I turned 18 I left home and moved to Decatur, GA with my best friends. ‘In Light of Us’ is a significant song for me as it represents that time; the light and dark psychedelic paths that led and inspired the beginning of my journey to Starmaker.” 

 

 

Starmaker also includes previous singles “Tomorrow Never Comes,” “Vaguely Satisfied,” and “Strawberry Lite,” the latter two are available to purchase on 7″ vinyl now. The album itself is primarily about the journey to create it, following his mysterious emergence with “Secret” from 2017’s critically-acclaimed Universal Country EP. The new album’s self-awareness is largely the result of Harper’s inner monologues about his fear of failure, desire for success, and the toll that journey has taken on him and his loved ones. It’s an attempt at honesty through the veil of a country singer lost in the stars. With album appearances from Sébastian Tellier, Austra, and John Kirby, the contrast of the songs becomes even more apparent and set Honey Harper apart to become the torch-bearer for a revitalized country sound.

08.11.2019 news

Allen Stone Releases New Album ‘Building Balance’

The R&B/soul singer-songwriter is embarking on his biggest U.S. headlining tour yet in support of the record on February 2020

 

“the eagerness and frisky syncopations of Mr. Wonder, coupled at times with Michael Jackson’s percussive flourishes” —The New York Times

 

“heartwarming…meaningful” — Billboard

 

“A pitch-perfect powerhouse” — USA Today

 

“The long-haired singer has a knack for creating catchy, soulful tunes that are full of heartfelt sentiment and foot-tapping grooves” — Soulbounce

 

 

 

R&B singer-songwriter Allen Stone releases his latest album Building Balance today. Building Balance is rooted in a mix of genres from 70s D.C. go-go music and hip-hop to soul and funk. Allen Stone’s third record is built around the central and very human question of finding balance, largely constructed at a vital point in the 32-year old musician’s life when he was figuring out how to balance the new and old parts of his life, the romance and rest of domesticity with the intensity of his career as a touring musician. “The balance through the turmoil of strife and struggle is the best balance you can build because you’re growing, you’re strengthening, you’re utilizing muscles,” Allen Stone says of the album. “If it was a cake walk then you’re not gonna fortify those tendons or that willpower.”

 

Watch “Sunny Days” music video below

 

 

Building Balance is Allen Stone’s third record, and arguably his most sentimental and experimental, diving headfirst into the depths of emotion on cuts like “Brown Eyed Lover” and “Consider Me” while tapping into the nostalgic funk sound that has put him on the map on “Back to the Swing” and “Sweaters”. Building Balance sees the soul vanguard continuing to draw inspiration from ’70s-era genre icons, his tremulous voice sitting amid D’Angelo in its sultrier moments and Stevie Wonder at its most melodic. A textured amalgam of R&B and soul, Building Balance puts Allen Stone front & center as an artist that has not only grown into his own, but one that has learned to balance and appreciate all parts of his life from the vices of the past to the gifts of the present.

 

To support the soul-stirring collection of R&B and funk tracks, the soulful crooner will be embarking on his biggest headlining U.S. tour yet. The sprawling 35-date outing kicks off in Austin, TX on February 7th and promises an intimate and fun-loving deep-dive into Allen Stone’s catalogue from fan favorites and cuts from the new record. Allen Stone will bring the show to major cities such as New York City, Los Angeles, Washington D.C., and more.

 

Buy tickets for Allen Stone’s Building Balance 2020 U.S. Tour HERE

 

 

ALLEN STONE NORTH AMERICAN KARAOKE TOUR FALL 2019

11.09 – Nashville, TN – Analog – Sold Out!

11.11 – Denver, CO – The Soiled Dove Underground- Sold Out!

11.12 – Dallas, TX – House of Blues (Cambridge Room)- Sold Out!

11.13 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy Theatre

11.15 – Seattle, WA – Triple Door- Sold Out!

11.16 – Portland, OR – The Jack London Revue- Sold Out!

11.18 – Seattle, WA – Triple Door

 

ALLEN STONE BUILDING BALANCE 2020 U.S. TOUR DATES

2.7- Austin, TX- Empire Control Room and Garage

2.8 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater

2.10 – Nashville, TN- Marathon Music Works

2.12 – Atlanta, GA- Buckhead Theatre

2.18 – Fort Lauderdale FL  -Culture Room

2.19 – Orlando, FL- The Plaza Live

2.21- Pensacola, FL- Vinyl Music Hall

2.24 – Charlotte, NC   – The Underground – Charlotte

2.25 – Washington, DC  – 9:30 Club

2.27- Asbury Park, NJ – Asbury Lanes

2.29 – Brooklyn, NY- Brooklyn Steel

3.1- Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

3.3 – Boston, MA- Royale

3.4 – Portland, ME- Aura

3.6 – Cleveland, OH- House of Blues

3.8 – Toronto, ON- Phoenix Concert Theatre

3.9 – Pittsburgh, PA- Mr. Smalls Theatre

3.10 – Columbus, OH-Newport Music Hall

3.12 – Memphis, TN- Minglewood Hall

3.13 – Saint Louis, MO-Delmar Hall

3.14 – Chicago, IL- Vic Theatre

3.16 – Minneapolis, MN- First Avenue – Mainroom

3.17- Omaha, NE- Slowdown

3.18 – Kansas City, MO- The Truman

3.20- Denver, CO- Summit Music Hall

3.22 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory Concert House

3.23 – Spokane, WA- Knitting Factory Concert House

3.25 – Seattle, WA- The Showbox

3.27- Vancouver, BC- The Commodore Ballroom

3.28 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

3.30 – Sacramento, CA – Ace of Spades

4.1- San Francisco, CA – The Warfield Theatre

4.3- Los Angeles, CA -The Fonda Theatre

4.4- Santa Ana, CA -The Observatory Santa Ana

4.5 – San Diego, CA -The Observatory North Park

 

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08.10.2019 news

Watch Black Pumas Perform “Colors” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Last night, Black Pumas — the Austin upstarts who have emerged as “the breakout band of 2019” (NPR) on the back of their “perfectly realized” (The Guardian) self-titled debut album — performed “Colors” on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

 

“Colors” took off after a live version racked up over 4 million views on YouTube, and is the #1 Most Added song at Triple A Radio. Watch last night’s Kimmel performance below:

 

 

From winning Best New Band and Best Song (“Black Moon Rising”) at the 2019 Austin Music Awards and attracting praise from Rolling Stone for their “tireless, charismatic” performances at SXSW to sold-out dates across the US and debut television performances, Black Pumas are having an ascendent 2019. Black Pumas recently captured “lightning in a bottle” at a recent Austin City Limits taping, and just last month performed on CBS This Morning.

 

Check out a Spotify feature on Black Pumas frontman Eric Burton, and his journey from busking on the Santa Monica boardwalk to touring the world: https://bit.ly/2oCDnaJ

 

UPCOMING TOUR DATES:

10/10 – Meow Wolf – Santa Fe, NM

10/11 – Globe Hall – Denver, CO (SOLD OUT)

10/12 – Globe Hall – Denver, CO (SOLD OUT)

10/13 – Globe Hall – Denver, CO

10/14 – The State Room – Salt Lake City, UT

10/16 – Rickshaw Theatre – Vancouver, BC

10/18 – Neumos – Seattle, WA (SOLD OUT)

10/19 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR

10/21 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA

10/22 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA (SOLD OUT)

10/23 – Regent Theater – Los Angeles, CA

10/24 – Lodge Room – Los Angeles, CA (SOLD OUT)

10/25 – Soda Bar – San Diego, CA (SOLD OUT)

10/26 – Rhythm Room – Phoenix, AZ

10/27 – 191 Toole – Tucson, AZ

11/7 – La Roche-sur-Yon, FR – Le Fuzz’yon

11/8 – Paris, FR – La Boule Noire (SOLD OUT)

11/9 – Ajaccio, FR – Aghja

11/10 – Ris-Orangis, FR – Le Plan

11/12 – Berlin, DE – Frannz Club (SOLD OUT)

11/13 – Cologne, DE – Helios 37 (SOLD OUT)

11/14 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso Noord (SOLD OUT)

11/15 – Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique (SOLD OUT)

11/16 – Rotterdam, NL – BIRDfest

11/17 – Tourcoing, FR – Le Grand Mix

11/19 – Bristol, UK – The Louisiana (SOLD OUT)

11/20 – London, UK – Dingwalls (SOLD OUT)

11/21 – Manchester, UK – YES (The Pink Room) (SOLD OUT)

11/22 – Glasgow, UK – Audio Glasgow (SOLD OUT)

11/23 – Dublin, IE – The Grand Social (SOLD OUT)

11/30 – Paper Tiger – San Antonio, TX

12/14 – Lightning 100 Festivus – Nashville, TN

1/10 – The Kessler Theater – Dallas, TX

1/31 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX

2/5 – Dublin, IE – The Academy

2/6 – Manchester, UK – Manchester Academy 3

2/7 – London, UK – Islington Assembly Hall

2/8 – Paris, FR – Alhambra

2/10 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso

2/11 – Groningen, NL – De Oosterport

2/12 – Eindhoven, NL – Effenaar

2/14 – Antwerp, BE – Trix

2/15 – Heidelberg, DE – Karlstorbahnoff

2/16 – Cologne, DE – Gloria-Theater

2/18 – Hamburg, DE – Uebel & Gefahrlich

2/19 – Berlin, DE – Metropol

2/21 – Vienna, AU – Grelle Forelle

2/22 – Zurich, CH – Mascotte

 

07.10.2019 news

Temples Release Third Album “Hot Motion”

“Hot Motion is their third album and shows such a gigantic growth from either of their two previous albums as to leave the listener giddy with delight…This is bright, progressive, shimmeringly psychedelic rock music of the highest order. Under The Radar

 

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Beloved British band Temples’ highly anticipated third album, Hot Motion – is out today.  Renowned for their mesmerizing live performances, Temples  take to the road in support of Hot Motion with North American  touring in the fall and winter. The band arrives in the US in October for a first leg of dates which begins with a stop at Desert Daze in Lake Perris, California. (All tour dates below.)

 

 

With their third brilliantly crafted and ingeniously intricate album, Temples have found new ground and a deeper, darker creative well.  A glorious technicolor infuses much of the album but there is a David Lynch-ian undertone that adds a gravity to Hot Motion’s soaring moments. “It felt like there was a darker edge to what we were coming up with and we wanted to make sure that carried through the whole record,” said bassist Thomas Walmsley. “It’s not a ten track, relentless rock record from start to finish, it’s got a lot of light and shade and more tender moments, but that heavier, darker sound is something we wanted to explore further.”

 

Setting up their recording studio in an outbuilding of lead singer James Bagshaw’s house in the midlands of England, the space proved a factor in the gestation of the record. “We’ve gone from bedroom to living room to a dedicated space. We could all set up in the same room and allow things to play out a lot more like a band. That played a huge part in the sound of the record,said Walmsley.

 

Lyrically too, this record has seen Temples embrace “purer, primal” feelings. “I’m really proud of “You’re Either On Something” lyrically,” admitted Bagshaw. “On that track, I can hear influences of stuff that I listened to when I was growing up. There’s almost a nostalgia to that track, even though it’s very forward-looking. Equally, while the words on [album closer] “Monuments” are a little cryptic, it’s very much about the time we live in. I wouldn’t say it’s a political song but you can’t help but write about the things that are happening.

 

North American Tour Dates In Full:

10/11/19 – 10/13/19 – Perris, CA @ Desert Daze Festival

10/14/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex

10/15/19 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

10/17/19  – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Commonwealth Room

10/18/19 – Englewood, CO @ The Gothic Theatre

10/19/19 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf

10/21/19 – Dallas, TX @ The Granada Theatre

10/22/19 –  Austin, TX @ Stubbs

10/24/19 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall

10/25/19 – 10/27/19 – New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Music Experience

10/29/19 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade

1/20/20- Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall

1/21/20 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

1/23/20 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair

1/24/20 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry at The Filmore

1/26/20 – Montreal, QC – L’Astral

1/28/20 – Toronto, ON – Lee’s Palace

1/30/20 – Detroit, MI – Shelter

1/31/20 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall

2/1/20 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry

2/4/20 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret

2/6/20 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

2/7/20 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile Cafe

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