28.08.2014 news
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Benjamin Booker Debut Out NOW!

We’re incredibly excited to bring you the debut album from New Orleans based blues-punk wunderkind Benjamin Booker. You can pick up the vinyl or CD at Benjamin’s store, download it now from iTunes, or listen to the album in its entirety at NPR First Listen.

Check out his blistering performance of “Have You Seen My Son?” on CONAN, and read what the critics have to say about his debut below:

“A fierce debut.” – Rolling Stone “Contender for rock record of the year.” – SPIN “The #1 Under the Radar Artist You Should Be Listening to Right Now” – TIME Magazine “a raucous, unruly mix of punk, blues rock and soul” – New York Times “The suavest kid in Southern Rock.” – GQ “If you’ve not heard of Benjamin Booker yet, get ready.” – NPR

Benjamin Booker’s self-titled debut album is out now on ATO Records. Benjamin Booker is a young New Orleans based singer-songwriter, influenced by The Gun Club, Blind Willie Johnson, and T. Rex. The album has already earned early raves from SPIN (“a contender for rock record of the year”), GQ (“The suavest kid in Southern Rock”), Rolling Stone (“a fierce debut”), ELLE (“The god we’ve been waiting for”) and Vice (“a layer cake of guitar shredding, incorporating Dinosaur Jr. quality riffs with an insistent, punk-like forward motion”).

When Benjamin Booker played Lollapalooza, Rolling Stone named him the weekend’s Best Rock Star Moment (“though Lollapalooza is always filled with countless rock acts, Booker may have been the strongest and most refreshing”). When he played Newport Folk Fest, Billboard named him the second best performance of the entire event (“a tight, raucous set that comes with enough well-placed gaps in the riffage onslaught to highlight his searching, soulful lyrics”). When he toured opening for Jack White, Jack brought him back out during his own set for a show-closing guitar duel.

Naming him the first of ten July “Artists You Need To Know” last week, Rolling Stone said Benjamin sounds like “Howlin’ Wolf’s scrawny, bipolar little cousin discovered a fuzzbox.” Watch his “Violent Shiver” live video:

Directed by Rick Alverson (‘The Comedy’ and videos for Sharon Van Etten & Bonnie Prince Billy), “Have You Seen My Son” finds Benjamin roaming an abandoned Virginia prison in stark, beautiful black & white. Watch here:

 

Benjamin Booker Tour Dates

08/20 – San Francisco CA @ Brick & Mortar

08/21 – Los Angeles CA @ The Echo

08/22 – San Diego CA @ Soda Bar

08/24 – Los Angeles CA @ FYF Fest

09/25 – Nashville TN @ High Watt #

09/26 – Louisville KY @ Zanzabar #

09/27 – Chicago IL @ Schubas #

09/29 – St. Paul MN @ Turf Club #

10/01 – Kansas City MO @ The Record Bar #

10/03 – Dallas TX @ Three Links

10/04 – Austin TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

10/10 – Austin TX @ Continental Club

10/11 – Austin TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

10/17 – Birmingham AL @ The Bottletree #

10/18 – Atlanta GA @ Vinyl #

10/20 – Washington DC @ U St. Music Hall #

10/21 – Philadelphia PA @ World Cafe Live – Downstairs #

10/22 – Cambridge MA @ TT The Bear’s #

10/24 – Tallahassee FL @ Club Downunder

10/25 – Tampa FL @ Coral Skies Festival

10/26 – West Palm Beach FL @ Coral Skies Festival

10/29 – Orlando FL @ The Social

10/30 – Gainesville FL @ High Dive

10/31 – Mobile AL @ Soul Kitchen

11/01 – New Orleans LA @ Voodoo Music Experience

28.08.2014 news, Uncategorized
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STARS Announce New Album ‘No One Is Lost’ (Out Oct. 14) and Headlining Tour

NPR Music Premieres First New Song “From The Night:” http://shorefi.re/XWHlbJ

Pre-Order ‘No One is Lost’ On iTunes: http://smarturl.it/StarsNoOneIsLost

STARS have confirmed the October 14 release of their new album ‘No One Is Lost’ (ATO Records) and a headlining North American tour, including shows at NYC’s Modern Sky Festival plus dates in DC, Boston, Chicago and more (full schedule below). The follow-up to 2012’s ‘The North,’ ‘No One is Lost’ is comprised of 11 original songs and was produced by STARS and Liam O’Neil (Metric, The Stills). NPR Music premiered “From The Night,” the lead track off the record, calling it “a misnomer to describe a song about embracing darkness as ‘sunny,’ but its silver linings – “Let’s be young / Let’s pretend that we never will die” – are as insistent as the propulsive thump of the chorus.” Listen here.

“From The Night” revels in the chances you take and the loves you make or break on any given evening. Lead singer/songwriter Torquil Campbell explains, “I always find it so moving and beautiful to watch people have their nights out. There’s something so heartbreaking about it. People have jobs that they have to get up for, jobs they hate, and they live for the weekend; they live for these moments. And they put everything they have into it.”

For ‘No One Is Lost,’ STARS craved autonomy, and serendipitously inherited the Mile End rehearsal space last December above the now defunct, Royal Phoenix nightclub in Montreal. STARS built a functional studio out of the former space of then-disbanding Handsome Furs (and site of Arcade Fire’s first rehearsals); Mile End became a home away from home. Then the nightclub (and life) crept in, resulting in STARS’ most urgent record to date. Drummer Pat McGee explains, “The sub-bass throb coming from the club below our studio was undeniably and unavoidably influential. It motivated us to out-throb the throb.”

“This record’s called ‘No One Is Lost’ because that is a fucking lie,” says Torquil. “We are all lost, we are all going to lose this game and, as you get older, you lose people more and more. I just wanted to close my eyes and jump and hope that was true. Life is loss, love is loss. And loving people is about accepting that you’re going to have to say goodbye to them. And that’s why it’s fucking brave. That’s STARS ethos: this life is very heartbreaking and sad… so let’s get completely fucking arseholed and listen to some Dionne Warwick.”

‘No One Is Lost’ translates all that anxiety into pure ecstasy, from the laser-cut new-waved precision of Millan’s “This Is the Last Time” to the soaring, Mozzerific chorus of Campbell’s “Trap Door,” to the dreamy duet “Look Away.” And the titanic title track – the sound of a dancefloor being swallowed whole by an ocean of sweat and swapped spit - feels like the moment STARS entire 15-year journey has been leading up to, a euphoric house banger that distills all the hope, fear, joy, sadness, and sex in the band’s songbook into a pair of unshakeable mantras: “put your hands up because everybody dies / put your hands up if you know you’re going to lose.”

‘No One Is Lost’ Tracklist:

1. From The Night

2. This Is The Last Time

3. You Keep Coming Up

4. Turn It Up

5. No Better Place

6. What Is To Be Done?

7. Trap Door

8. Are You OK?

9. A Stranger

10. Look Away

11. No One Is Lost

STARS 2014 Tour Dates:

08/18 – Stratford ON, Canada @ Stratford Music Fest

08/30 – Calgary AB, Canada @ Xfest

08/31 – Edmonton AB, Canada @ Sonic Boom

09/07 – Toronto ON, Canada @ Riot Fest Toronto

10/05 – New York, NY @ Modern Sky Festival (Central Park)

11/08 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall

11/09 – Boston, MA @ Royale

11/12 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

11/13 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club

11/14 – Raleigh, NC @ Lincoln Theatre

11/15 – Atlanta, GA @ The Loft

11/16 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge

11/19 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue

11/21 – Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre

11/22 – Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre

11/23 – Buffalo, NY @ The Tralf

STARS is: Amy Millan, Evan Cranley, Patrick McGee, Chris Seligman and Torquil Campbell, with Chris McCarron.

STARS On The Web:

http://www.youarestars.com/home/

https://www.facebook.com/starsstars

https://twitter.com/youarestars

http://www.youtube.com/user/StarsMontreal

18.08.2014 news
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Jessica Lea Mayfield Fall Tour

Jessica Lea Mayfield will be heading out on a string of tour dates through the midwest this September, including headlining shows and a tour with Communion Music. Tour dates are below, and tickets are available from Jessica’s website.

9/9 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop

9/10 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar

9/11 – Springfield, MO @ Patton Alley Pub

9/13 – Joplin, MO @ JB’s Downtown

9/15 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Front Room

9/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater

9/17 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency

9/18 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville MEws

9/19 – Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hollow Barn

9/26 – Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival

9/27 – Cleveland, OH @ NEOCycle Music Festival

9/28 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders Brewing Co

Keep your eyes peeled for a new music video for “No Fun”, directed by Joshua Shoemaker, coming soon. In the meantime, watch her video for “I Wanna Love You”:

15.08.2014 news
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Primus Tour Update: Danny Carey of Tool to Play in September

Primus has announced that Tool drummer Danny Carey will fill in for Primus drummer Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander on the September dates of Primus’ upcoming fall tour in support of their upcoming album Primus and the Chocolate Factory. Alexander, who is currently recovering from an open heart surgery last month, is slated to rejoin Primus’ original lineup in October.

Les Claypool commented on the lineup change in an article for Rolling Stone, saying, “The mighty Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander is a polyrhythmic Viking of extreme and unique talent so the one person that we thought could step into his shoes and do it justice is the one and only Mr. Danny Carey… whereas Herb is the stocky, Easter Island-faced boulder of a drumming human, at nearer to seven feet, Danny Carey is the mighty redwood tree of percussion; towering over his kit like a golden-haired noble sequoia”.

A full list of tour dates is below, and tickets are available on Primus’ website. Stream “Pure Imagination” from the album out October 21st here:

9/12 – Maplewood, MN @ Myth

9/13 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

9/12-14 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest

9/16 – Fargo, ND @ The Venue

9/17 – Clive, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center

9/19-21 – Denver, CO @ Riot Fest

10/22 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre

10/24 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre

10/25 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre

10/26 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

10/28 – Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theatre

10/29 – Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome

10/31 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre

11/1 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre

11/2 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory

11/3 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore

11/5 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House

11/7 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre

11/8 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

11/9 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live

11/11 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore

11/12 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall

11/14 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

11/15 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater

11/16 – Dallas, TX @ The Majestic Theatre

11/17 – San Antonio, TX @ The Majestic Theatre

11/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre

11/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre

14.08.2014 news, Uncategorized
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Old Crow Medicine Show Touring West in September

Old Crow Medicine Show continues to tour on the heels of their critically acclaimed new album Remedy, with dates approaching in the Southeast and West Coast this September, with dates in the Midwest and UK following in October. New Orleans based band The Deslondes, who have toured previously with Alabama ShakesThe Lumineers, and others, will be supporting through September.

See below for updated tour dates – tickets are available on Old Crow’s website - and check out the video for “Sweet Amarillo”:

9/12 – Midwest City, OK @ Rose State Performing Arts Theatre ^

9/13 – Albuquerque, NM @ KIVA Auditorium^

9/14 – Mesa, AZ @ Ikeda Theater^

9/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl^

9/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Theater^

9/19 – Monterey, CA @ Golden State Theater^

9/20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic^

9/22 – Reno, NV @ Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel^

9/23 – Bend, OR @ Century Center^

9/24 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall^

9/26 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theatre^

9/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre^

9/30 – Missoula, MT @ Adams Center^

10/2 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre^

10/3 – Madison, WI @ Overture Hall^

10/19 – Manchester, UK @ Ritz*

10/20 – Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street*

10/21 – Belfast, UK @ Mandela Hall*

10/22 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC*

10/24 – London, UK @ Roundhouse*

10/26 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso*

11/14 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace

11/21 – Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theatre

11/22 – Chattanooga, TN @ Memorial Auditorium

^ With The Deslondes

* With Parker Millsap 

 

 

13.08.2014 news
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Hurray for the Riff Raff: Tour Update

It’s shaping up to be a busy fall for Hurray for the Riff Raff. After a few end-of-summer festival stops including Bumbershoot in Seattle and San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly, the band will be heading out on tour with Trampled by Turtles before setting out on a headlining tour in the Southeast. Check the dates below to see when they’ll be in your area (tickets are available on the band’s website), and watch the video for “I Know It’s Wrong, But That’s Alright”:

Tour Dates:

8/29-8/30: Fayetteville, AR @ Fayetteville Roots Festival

9/1: Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival

9/4: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre

9/5: Madison, WI @ Overture Hall

9/6: Cincinnati, OH @ Ohio River Throwdown

9/7: Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre

9/9: Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre

9/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

9/11: Boston, MA @ House of Blues

9/12: New York, NY @ Terminal 5

9/13: Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

9/14: Ottowa, Canada @ Ottawa Folk Festival

9/20: Shakopee, MN @ Festival Palomino

9/21: North Adams, MA @ FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival

10/3: San Francisco, CA @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

10/22: Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre

10/23: Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle

10/24: Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre

10/25: Edisto Island, SC @ Mostly Bluegrass Festival

10/27: Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre

10/28: Savannah, GA @ The Jinx

10/29: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

13.08.2014 news
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Listen to NPR Fresh Air Review of Benjamin Booker album, catch him on tour this Fall [NEW DATES]!

Ken Tucker of NPR’s Fresh Air reviewed Benjamin Booker’s debut album, calling it “out of control, impassioned” and “raw, yet disciplined”. Listen to the full review hereBenjamin Booker is available now on vinyl or CD from his online store or on iTunes,

According to NPR, Booker’s “ready for headliner status”. Check him out for yourself on his fall headlining tour: tickets are available at his website, and dates are below:

Tour Dates:

08/13 – Vancouver BC @ The Media Club ^

08/15 – Seattle WA @ Tractor Tavern^

08/16 – Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

08/19 – Oakland CA @ Leo’s

08/20 – San Francisco CA @ Brick & Mortar

08/21 – Los Angeles CA @ The Echo

08/22 – San Diego CA @ Soda Bar

08/24 – Los Angeles CA @ FYF Fest

09/25 – Nashville TN @ High Watt #

09/26 – Louisville KY @ Zanzabar #

09/27 – Chicago IL @ Schubas #

09/29 – St. Paul MN @ Turf Club #

10/01 – Kansas City MO @ The Record Bar #

10/03 – Dallas TX @ Three Links

10/04 – Austin TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

10/11 – Austin TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

10/17 – Birmingham AL @ The Bottletree #

10/18 – Atlanta GA @ Vinyl #

10/20 – Washington DC @ U Hall #

10/21 – Philadelphia PA @ World Cafe Live – Downstairs #

10/22 – Cambridge MA @ TT The Bear’s #

10/24 – Tallahassee FL @ Club Downunder

10/25 – Tampa FL @ Coral Skies Festival

10/26 – West Palm Beach FL @ Coral Skies Festival

10/29 – Orlando FL @ The Social

10/30 – Gainesville FL @ High Dive

10/31 – Mobile AL @ Soul Kitchen

11/01 – New Orleans LA @ Voodoo Music Experience

 

^ w/ The Districts

# w/ Blank Range

 

13.08.2014 news
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Drive-By Truckers Continue to Tour In Support of “English Oceans” with Lucero, Houndmouth and More

The Drive-By Truckers have barely had a moment’s rest since the March release of their newest record, English Oceansand don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. This September and October the band will continue to journey across America with the likes of St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Houndmouth, Lucero, Lee Bains & The Glory Fires and more.

 

Looking at the accomplishments of English Oceans from the perspective of DBT’s nearly three-decade history, both Cooley and Hood decline to hedge their bets on the quality of their latest work.

 

“You’re always hesitant to say, ‘Oh, this is the best record we’ve ever made,’” Cooley says, “because you always want to. And sometimes you say it, and sometimes you’re right, and sometimes you think, ‘Well, maybe I jumped the gun on that a little bit, I got excited.’ But I think this just might be the best record we’ve ever made.”

 

Head below to find out when the Drive-By Truckers are bringing their rock show to your town!

 

9/4 – Dewey Beach, DE – Bottle & Cork

9/5 – Arrington, VA – Lockn’

9/6 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Ampitheater

9/12 – Louisville, KY – Iroquois Ampitheater w/ North Mississippi Allstars

9/13 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Theater%

9/14 – Champaign, IL – Canopy Club%

9/16 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown#

9/17 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom#

9/18 – Dallas, TX – Southside Music Hall#

9/19 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall%

10/4 – Mt. Pleasant, SC  – Holy City Hogs

10/10 – Atlanta , GA – Tabernacle$

10/11 – Birmingham, AL – Cask and Drum

10/ 17 - New York, NY – Beacon Theater$

10/ 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory$

10/ 19 – Albany, NY – Hart Theatre at The Egg

10/21 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met

10/22 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest Cafe

10/23 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall^

10/24 - Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater^

10/25 – Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theater^

10/28 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge^

10/29 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford^

10/30 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium^

11/1 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore^

 

# = Lucero

% = Lee Bains & The Glory Fires

$ = St. Paul & the Broken Bones

^ = Houndmouth

12.08.2014 news
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New SOJA Album “Amid the Noise and Haste” Out Today!

SOJA’s fifth studio album “Amid the Noise and Haste” is now available. You can download it from iTunes and Amazon, or pick up a copy on translucent gold vinyl or CD at your local record store or online. Vinyl and CDs both come with a free digital download of the album.

Amid The Noise And Haste was produced by multiple GRAMMY award winning Jamaican producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend) and is the first full-length album he has chosen to take on in his career. The new album is the follow up to critically acclaimed Strength To Survive which debuted in the Billboard Top 40Amid The Noise And Haste features special guests including Michael Franti, Damian Marley, and Collie Buddz.

SOJA lead singer/guitarist Jacob Hemphill says, “The point of the album is reconnecting people to the power inside themselves, getting them to fall back in love with life again. Look around, take a deep breath. All the answers are there.”

SOJA is celebrating the album tonight with a sold-out release show in their hometown of Washington, D.C., followed by stops in LA (also sold-out) and Brooklyn (where you can still snag one of a limited number of available tickets – which come with a free download of the album).

Watch the video for “Easier” below:

08.08.2014 news
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Watch Rhett Miller of Old 97′s Impromptu Acoustic Street Performance

Last night was the second show of Old 97′s two-night run at Brooklyn Bowl, and when an electrical issue forced the venue to cancel the show, frontman/rockstar with a heart of gold Rhett Miller treated fans to an impromptu acoustic set right outside. Watch the footage here:

 

(via BrooklynVegan, photo via @sophisticatedbeastmusic)

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