On Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new album The Navigator (out March 10 on ATO Records), Alynda Segarra tells an interwoven, cinematic story of a wandering soul at a crossroads of identity and ancestral weight. It finds a street kid named Navita traversing a perpetually burning city in search of herself. The Navigator is a thrilling call to arms that could not come at a more crucial time. It also finds Hurray for the Riff Raff at its own musical intersection, delving deep into the worlds of Latin rhythms, searing rock, and incisive ballads.
The Navigator was produced by Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Devendra Banhart) and recorded at Electric Lady Studios in NYC and Panoramic House in California. The album features percussionists Juan-Carlos Chaurand, Gregory Rogove (Rodrigo Amarante), a trio of Bomba drummers, and Doo Wop singers from New Jersey.
Says Alynda: This is dedicated to the water protectors of Standing Rock – thank you for your bravery and giving us hope. Also, to the people of Peñuelas, Puerto Rico, who are demanding an end to the AES dumping of coal ash which leads to water contamination – we are with you.
All over the world there are heroes, who, despite suffering generations of oppression, are protecting the land and the future of our humanity. Rican Beach is a fictional place, but it was written with my ancestors in mind. It’s time to call on yours and to always remember: this land was made for you and me.
Hurray for the Riff Raff will tour extensively in 2017 and today announce a spring tour in support of the album. Full list of dates below. Tickets go on sale Friday Dec 9 at 10AM local time in the US (and Weds Dec 7 at 10AM UK time in the EU/UK).
“The Navigator” is currently available at the band’s official store, iTunes and Amazon for fans to pre-order with an immediate download of “Rican Beach.” The PledgeMusic pre-order features exclusive items including autographed CD and vinyl, one of a kind lyric sheets, and deluxe bundles.
2. Living In The City
3. Hungry Ghost
4. Life to Safe
5. Nothing’s Gonna Change Girl
6. The Navigator
7. Halfway There
8. Rican Beach
9. Fourteen Floors
January 18 – London UK – Sebright Arms
January 19 – Newcastle UK – Cluny 2
January 20 – Glasgow UK – Celtic Connections at Drygate
January 21- Bristol UK – The Lantern
January 24 – Amsterdam ML – Paradiso, Upstairs
March 20 – Leeds – Brudenell
March 21 – Manchester UK – Deaf Institute
March 22 – London UK – The Dome
March 23 – Winchester UK – The Railway Inn
March 25 – Brighton UK – Sticky Mikes
March 28 – Brussels BE – Rotonde
March 29 – Hamburg DE – Hakken
March 30 – Berlin DE – Gruener Salon
March 31 – Munich DE – Milla
April 2 – Munster DE – American Series – Pumpenhaus
April 3 – Rotterdam NL – Rotown
April 4 – Utrecht NL – EKKO
April 5 – Groningen NL –Vera
April 15 – Middlebury, VT –Middlebury College
April 16 – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music
April 18 – Cambridge, MA – Sinclair
April 19 – Cambridge, MA – Sinclair
April 20 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
April 21 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café (downstairs)
April 23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
April 24 – Cincinnati, OH – Woodward Theater
April 25 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
April 27 – Detroit, MI – Magic Bag
April 28 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
April 29 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
April 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café
May 2 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
May 3 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
May 4 – Birmingham, AL – The Saturn
May 5 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre
*All US dates w/Ron Gallo
King Gizzard’s newest album FLYING MICROTONAL BANANA is out February 24 – pre-order now from ATO and get a free, limited edition King Gizzard zine. You’ll also instantly download “Rattlesnake” when you pre-order, and receive an early download of the album on February 20.
Flying Microtonal Banana is King Gizzard’s first-ever experience in microtonal tuning, which features intervals smaller than a semitone and not found in customary Western tuning octaves.
“Earlier this year we started experimenting with a custom microtonal guitar our friend Zak made for Stu,” further explained drummer Eric Moore. “The guitar was modified to play in 24-TET tuning and could only be played with other microtonal instruments. We ended up giving everyone a budget of $200 to buy instruments and turn them microtonal. The record features the modified electric guitars, basses, keyboards and harmonica as well as a turkish horn called a Zurna.” – Eric Moore
NEW TOUR DATES
Wed March 9 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
Thurs March 30 – Philadelphia PA @ Trocadero Theater
Fri March 31 – New York NY @ Webster Hall
Sun April 2 – Boston MA @ Royale
Mon April 3 – Portland ME @ Port City Music Hall
Tues April 4 – Montreal QC @ Fairmount Theatre
Wed April 5 – Toronto ON @ Danforth Theater
Thurs April 6 – Detroit MI @ Magic Stick
Fri April 7 – Cleveland OH @ Beachland Ballroom
Sat April 8 – Chicago IL @ Metro Chicago
Sun April 9 – Seattle WA @ Neumos
Mon April 10 – Vancouver BC @ Vogue Theatre
Tues April 11 – Portland OR @ Revolution Hall
Wed April 12 – San Francisco CA @ The Fillmore
“One of the year’s best new artists” – NPR Music
“Glaspy’s a world-class songwriter, and each track on Emotions And Math explores the divide between desire and rationality with exactitude and confidence. If Glaspy feels like an outlier in today’s musical landscape, that’s only because she’s so remarkable, and her music demonstrates that the singer-songwriter tradition is alive and thriving.” – Stereogum, “40 Best New Bands of 2016”
Margaret Glaspy has released a new music video for the title track of her critically acclaimed debut album “Emotions and Math”. Watch it now via NPR Music:
Watch her NPR Tiny Desk performance below, and make sure to catch Margaret on tour now.
Margaret was also named as a VEVO DSCVR artist, highlighting the best up-and-coming artists. Watch her live performance of “You and I” below:
Joseph, the trio of hypnotically harmonizing sisters Allison, Meegan and Natalie Closner, has been burning up radio charts and Spotify playlists with their triumphant anthem “White Flag.” Watch their captivating performance of Later with Jools Holland here!
Also watch them perform the hit single on Ellen below:
NPR, which premiered the new album, says: “On I’m Alone, No You’re Not, sweetness and power aren’t mutually exclusive. Punctuated by peppy, remix-friendly songs of devotion (“Blood & Tears”) and resistance (“White Flag”), I’m Alone, No You’re Not finds the Oregon-bred sisters delving into luscious ballads (“I Don’t Mind”), spirited dance-pop (“SOS [Overboard]”) and songs that build to cavernously booming, kick-drum-intensive rock (the appropriately titled “Canyon”). Joseph may have gotten its start playing living-room shows, but these songs are more than sturdy enough to support the layers of studio polish they get here.”
Watch Joseph on CONAN:
Watch their performance on CBS This Morning – Saturday Sessions:
And don’t miss their television debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon:
Jonny Fritz is back— with a new album, a new hip, and a new homebase in Los Angeles, California. Produced by Jim James, Sweet Creep includes the lyricism of prior release Dad Country with an added air of hopefulness. Jonny throws himself into the new album by stripping things down to the essentials. He gathered Nashville’s Joshua Hedley and Dawes’ Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith and recorded the whole album in three days.
Sweet Creep marks the return of a renewed lyricism in country music, a recurring theme in Fritz’s previous album Dad Country. Recorded in James’ makeshift hilltop studio in Montecito Heights, the album reverberates with the feeling of sunny vistas. Jonny gathered Nashville’s Joshua Hedley and Dawes’ Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith and stripped things down to the essentials. Recorded in just three days, the fresh air, freedom from studio pressures, and strong cups of tea all mix into the music.
A Montana native, Jonny was raised in Virginia and has passed weeks in nearly every city in the United States and overseas. He is a torchbearer, brimming with personality in the celebrated country music tradition. Fans look to country musicians such as John Hartford, Roger Miller, and Billy Joe Shaver for more than just music. They look for a life, for outrageous legend, for a showmanship on and off stage that Jonny Fritz will never fail to deliver. He might not have shot anybody or spent any considerable time in prison, but on Sweet Creep he reminds himself and his fans that sometimes great lives can also be pretty good ones.
Tour Dates w/ Jamestown Revival
11/1 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
11/3 – Dallas, TX – Kessler Theater
11/4 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
11/5 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11/10 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Blind Pilot‘s new album “And Then Like Lions”, their first in five years, is now available.
The album premiered via NPR First Listen, where NPR’s Stephen Thompson said, “And Then Like Lions unfurls slowly and gracefully, its energy directed more toward richness of sound than speed or force.” They just released a new music video for “Packed Powder” via Wall Street Journal – watch it below.
Watch the band perform on CBS Saturday Morning:
Watch Blind Pilot perform their new single “Packed Powder” at Bear Creek Studios via BrooklynVegan:
Listen to “Umpqua Rushing”, which NPR Music calls “a hazy, quiet beauty that builds slowly but persistently.”:
Written and composed by Blind Pilot’s Israel Nebeker over the course of three years, the record is a transcendent, cathartic response to the loss of his father and end of a 13-year relationship. ‘Lions’ is Blind Pilot’s most exhilarating album to date, a lush 10-song collection that is resilient, uplifting and often majestic in the face of tragedy.
Blind Pilot has performed on Ellen and The Late Show with David Letterman, at the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza. The group has shared stages with The Shins, Andrew Bird, Calexico and more. The project began in 2007 when Israel and co-founding member Ryan Dobrowski went on a West Coast tour via bicycle.
AMERICAN BAND, the new album from the Drive-By Truckers, is out now. NPR’s Lars Gotrich writes that the album “lives up to its name in how it digests, understands and challenges the notions of what it means to be American. In short, it’s complicated. In the band’s ambition to be current, to speak hard truths without metaphorical tangles, American Band is still remarkably nuanced in its quiet and not-so-quiet anger.” The band is on tour now – see all tour dates at their website.
Drive-By Truckers recently performed the full album LIVE for NPR First Listen Live – watch their performance via VuHaus, and read an interview with Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley via OPB. The New York Times also recently featured Drive-By Truckers in a piece on Southern bands making politically progressive music – read it HERE.
Watch the band perform live from the legendary Electric Lady Studios:
Watch the lyric video for “Filthy and Fried”:
Singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick Hakim was via The FADER’s “Gen F” series as he prepares his debut full-length album Green Twins, set for release in the spring of 2017 on ATO Records. Notes The FADER, Hakim is “…a singer who composes achingly beautiful soul music that almost always reaches you somewhere deep in your bones.” Read the feature here
His debut full-length album follows Hakim’s critically praised Where Will We Go Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 EPs, released on his own Earseed Records imprint in 2014. The collection of intimate, lo-fi soul songs was called “lovingly dreamy and hopelessly bleary at once” by NPR Music. The long out-of-print 12” will be reissued on milky white vinyl with all new interior art by ATO Records, and is now available for pre-order for delivery by March 2017:
The Brooklyn-based, Washington, D.C.-raised musician grew up in a household overflowing with musical diversity and cites influences ranging from Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, to Madlib and MF Doom, to South American folk and DC punk. It comes as no surprise that Nick tends to blend genres, mixing an ambient airy psychedelic sound with the raw gut-wrenching emotion of the blues.
Hakim has performed supporting the likes of Maxwell, How To Dress Well, KING and more, in addition to his headline dates. Look for him to kick off 2017 by bringing his new live show to New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and London, before heading out on a full tour around the album’s release. See tour dates below, and visit the “Live Dates” section of http://nickhakim.com for ticket info. Look for lots more from Nick Hakim in 2017.
Joseph has just released a new music video for “Planets”, filmed in their namesake town of Joseph, OR. Watch it now via Sweet on Snapchat Discover, or check out the video on Youtube below.
Watch the three sisters of Joseph flex their choreo skills in the new Anderson Wright-directed music video for “SOS (Overboard)”, the infectious new single from Joseph’s new album I’m Alone, No You’re Not.
Okkervil River’s new album Away is now available, and critics are praising it as one of the band’s best ever.
NPR says of the album, “Away is a rebuilding-yourself-from-the-ground-up kind of record… Sheff uses the occasion to take his time and let his songs breathe.”
“[Away] is a cause for joy.” – The Wall Street Journal
“It may be Okkervil River’s best album yet.” – UNCUT
“It’s a testament to Sheff’s considerable gifts… graceful and evocative.” – NPR
“A gorgeous collection …. as poignant as anything Nick Drake ever penned… astounding.” – Under the Radar
“[Away] is a tremendous achievement.” – Consequence of Sound
“One of Okkervil River’s prettiest records to date – FOUR STARS” – American Songwriter
Watch the epic, moving video for “Okkervil River R.I.P.”, written and directed by, and starring Will Sheff, along with acclaimed actor Tim Blake Nelson (O’ Brother Where Art Thou, Lincoln). “Okkervil River R.I.P.” opens the Away, out now, and sets the tone for what Sheff sees as a turning point for his long-running indie-folk project. He says of the album: “Eventually, I realized I was writing a death story for a part of my life that had, buried inside of it, a path I could follow that might let me go somewhere new.”
David Dye of the World Cafe called the track: “a gorgeous… song about soul-searching, finding the strength one needs to carry on in the face of adversity and finding solace in the ones we love.”
Okkervil River heads out on a world tour upon the albums release. See tour dates below and get tickets at the band’s website.
Okkervil River 2016 Tour Dates
9/14 @ The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA*
9/15 @ The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA*
9/16 @ Theatre Fairmount – Montreal, QC
9/19 @ 9:30 Club – Washington, DC*
9/20 @ Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC*
9/21 @ Terminal West at King Plow Arts Center – Atlanta, GA*
9/23 @ 1884 Lounge – Memphis, TN*
9/24 @ One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA*
9/30 @ The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ*
10/01 @ Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA*
10/04 @ Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA
10/05 @ The Independent – San Francisco, CA
10/07 @ Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR*
10/08 @ Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA*
10/10 @ Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT*
10/11 @ Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO*
10/13 @ Fine Line Music Cafe – Minneapolis, MN*
10/14 @ Metro – Chicago, IL#
10/15 @ The Magic Bag – Ferndale, MI^
10/16 @ Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, PA^
10/18 @ Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA^
10/20 @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
10/30 @ Parkteatret – Oslo, Norway
10/31 @ Pustervik – Gothenburg, Sweden
11/02 @ Debaser Strand – Stockholm, Sweden
11/03 @ Vega – Copenhagen, Denmark
11/04 @ Rolling Stone Weekender – Weissenhauser Strand, Germany
11/05 @ Paradiso Nord – Amsterdam, Holland
11/07 @ Petit Bain – Paris, France
11/08 @ Botanique Rotonde – Brussels, Belgium
11/10 @ Islington Assembly Hall – London, UK
11/11 @ Thekla – Bristol, UK
11/12 @ Gorilla – Manchester, UK
11/13 @ Stereo – Glasgow, UK