17.12.2014 news, Uncategorized
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ATO’s Best of 2014 Mentions

We’re thrilled to have received shoutouts in a number of 2014′s best of the year lists! Thanks for all of the support this year – we’re already gearing up for an awesome 2015.  Check out some of ATO’s year-end mentions below:

Benjamin Booker

benjamin booker's debut album

50 Best Albums of the Year, Rolling Stone – “Booker’s raw-throated boogie blues proves rock & roll can still function as crazy-ass party music.”

“Have You Seen My Son”, Favorite Songs of 2014, NPR – “A 22-year old maverick [who] finds a link between Southern juke joint blues and The Replacements.”

Also mentioned in:

Public Radio’s 10 Best Albums of 2014, NPR

Public Radio’s 10 Breakout Artists of 2014, NPR

100 Best Albums of 2014, Rough Trade

20 Best Albums of 2014, Glide Magazine

Ken Tucker’s Top 9 Albums of 2014, NPR Fresh Air

Top Albums of 2014, KCRW

Best of 2014: Staff Picks, WFUV

“Have You Seen My Son”, Top 50 Songs of 2014, American Songwriter

#17 Best Southern Album of the Year, Bitter Southerner

Drive-By Truckers


“Grand Canyon”, Favorite Songs of 2014, NPR - “this elegy … nods to the difficulty of letting go while providing a way to do it.”

“The Part of Him”, #14 The Best 40 Country Songs of 2014, SPIN – “The highlight of this amazing band’s best album in six years is as vituperative with political outrage as anything Drive-By Truckers have ever laid down.”

Also mentioned in:

#17 Top 50 Songs of the Year, American Songwriter

Top 50 Albums of 2014, American Songwriter

The 50 Best Albums of 2014, Paste

#5 Best Southern Albums of the Year, Bitter Southerner

Top 20 Albums of 2014, Fox Sports

#4 Best Albums of 2014, Twangville

25 Best Albums of 2014, Slant Magazine

Hurray for the Riff Raff


“The Body Electric”, #1 of the Top 50 Songs of 2014, American Songwriter – “Alynda Lee Segarra takes more than 100 years of murder ballads to task on this standout.”

“The Body Electric”, Favorite Songs of 2014, NPR – “The Political Folk Song of the Year”

Also mentioned in:

50 Best Albums of 2014, Rolling Stone

#6 Top 50 Albums of 2014, American Songwriter

#4 40 Best Country Albums of 2014, Rolling Stone Country

#1 Stephen Deusner’s Top 10 Albums: The Year in Music 2014, Pitchfork

100 Best Albums of 2014, Rough Trade

50 Best Albums of 2014, Paste Magazine

#6 The Best Americana of 2014, PopMatters

50 Favorite Albums of 2014, NPR

Top 50 Songs of 2014, Consequence of Sound

#13 Best Southern Albums of the Year, Bitter Southerner

#7 Best Country Albums of 2014, Wondering Sound

Best Albums of 2014, Amazon

40 Best Country Songs of 2014, SPIN

“Blue Ridge Mountain”, Songs You Need To Hear Before 2014 Ends, Flavorwire

#1 Best Indie Roots Album of 2014, Magnet Magazine

Jessica Lea Mayfield

make my head sing cover art

Top 50 Albums of 2014, American Songwriter – “Make My Head Sing is still equally as honest as Mayfield’s past releases.”

“Do I Have The Time”, Favorite Songs of 2014, NPR – “[Mayfield]… bursts out of her former Americana mold with a visceral, blood on the lips fury, dreamy flanged guitars and gnarled squelches of distortion.”

Also mentioned in:

“Seein* Starz”, Songs You Need to Hear Before 2014 Ends, Flavorwire

#14 Best Southern Albums of the Year, Bitter Southerner

Most Overlooked Albums of 2014, Huffington Post

Old 97′s


“Longer Than You’ve Been Alive”, #20 50 Best Songs of 2014, Rolling Stone – “These alt-country vets get real about what it’s like to be a band for 20+ years in this wry lament.”

“Longer Than You’ve Been Alive”, #6 40 Best Country Songs of 2014, SPIN – “The greatest rock country band in the universe”

Also mentioned in:

“Longer Than You’ve Been Alive”, #8 Top 50 Songs of 2014, American Songwriter

#2 Best Country Albums of 2014, Huffington Post Canada

Best of 2014 Staff Picks, WFUV

#8 Best Southern Albums of the Year, Bitter Southerner

Top 50 Albums of 2014, American Songwriter

Old Crow Medicine Show


“Sweet Amarillo”, #9 Top 50 Songs of 2014, American Songwriter – “Wild and wooly, the song is truer to the spirit of The Basement Tapes than, for example, the ‘New Basement Tapes’.”

#1, The Best Americana of 2014, PopMatters – “With ‘Remedy’, Old Crow have delivered an album embracing all kinds of human experience … one can only hope that Bob keeps sending boxes of fragments their way.”

Also mentioned in:

“Sweet Amarillo”, 50 Best Songs of 2014, Rolling Stone

Top 50 Albums of 2014, American Songwriter

“Sweet Amarillo”, 50 Best Songs of 2014, Paste Magazine

“Sweet Amarillo”, #6 Stephen Deusner’s Top 10 Tracks: The Year in Music 2014, Pitchfork

#15 25 Best Country Albums of 2014, Wondering Sound

#13 Best Albums of 2014, PopMatters

15.12.2014 news, Uncategorized

The Best of 2014 from ATO Artists and Staff

As 2014 comes to a close, we caught up with some ATO artists – including Alynda Lee Segarra (Hurray for the Riff Raff), Benjamin Booker, The Belle Brigade, and more – and staffers to find out what they’ve been listening to all year:

Alynda Lee Segarra, Hurray for the Riff Raff

1. Clear Plastic Masks : Being There

2. Nikki Lane : All or Nothin’

3. Shovels and Rope : Swimmin’ Time

4. Jessica Lea Mayfield : Make My Head Sing

5. Fly Golden Eagle: Quartz

6. Old Crow Medicine Show : Remedy

7. Sharon Jones and the Dapkings : Give the People What They Want

8. Benjamin Booker: s/t

9. Big Freedia : Just Be Free

10. Beyoncé (Even though it came out in Dec 2013.)

Pick up Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new album “Small Town Heroes” at iTunes or Amazon.


Benjamin Booker

1- Parkay Quarts – Content Nausea
2- Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
3- Perfume Genius – Too Bright
4- Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams
5- Swans – To Be Kind
6- Iceage – Plowing Into the Fields of Love
7- PC Worship – Social Rust
8- Fugazi – First Demo
9- Ought – More Than Any Other Day
10- Hundred Waters – The Moon Rang Like A Bell’

Pick up Benjamin Booker’s self-titled debut at iTunes or Amazon.


Heath Fogg, Alabama Shakes

The Budos Band – Burnt Offering – Magus Mountain

Julian Casablancas & The Voidz – Tyranny – Nintendo Blood

Fly Golden Eagle – Quartz – Death Myth

Timber Timbre – Hot Dreams – Hot Dreams

Lee Fields & The Expressions – Emma Jean – Magnolia

Blake Mills – Heigh Ho – Gold Coast Sinkin’

Drive-By Truckers – English Oceans – Pauline Hawkins

Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires – Dereconstructed – The Weeds Downtown

Sun Kil Moon – Benji – Micheline

Future Islands -Singles – A Song For Our Grandfathers

Pick up Alabama Shakes’ “Boys & Girls” on iTunes and Amazon, and look out for a new album in 2015.


Simon Rix, Kaiser Chiefs

Iggy Azalea ft. Charli XCX – Fancy

Mark Lanegan Band – Harvest Home

Pulled Apart By Horses – Hot Squash

Mazes – Astigmatism

First Aid Kit – Master Pretender

Eno/Hyde – Daddy’s Car

Run The Jewels – Oh My Darling Don’t Cry

Hookworms – The Impasse

Jack White – Lazaretto

Beck – Morning

Pick up Kaiser Chiefs’ new album “Education, Education, Education and War” from iTunes or Amazon.


rayLand Baxter

shakey graves: and the war came – family and genus

Odessa: EP – gather round

temples: sun structures – the guesser

riff raff: neon icon – all songs

Blake mills: heigh ho – curable disease

warpaint: warpaint – love is to die

fly golden eagle: Quartz bijou – horse’s mouth

angel olsen: burn your fire for no witness – high & wild

Mac demarco: salad days – salad days

first aid kit: stay gold – cedar lane

Pick up rayLand Baxter’s “Feathers and FishHooks” on iTunes or Amazon, and look out for a new album in 2015.


Kelsey Kopecky, Kopecky Family Band

Kye Kye – Fantasize

Lucius – Wildewoman

Madi Diaz – Phantom

Banks – Goddess

Colony House- When I was Younger

Copeland -Ixora

Beck – Morning Phase

Foster the People – Supermodel

John Mark Mcmillan – Borderland

Taylor Swift – 1989

Pick up Kopecky Family Band’s “Kids Raising Kids” on iTunes or Amazon, and look out for a new album in 2015. 


Richard Harper, Fly Golden Eagle

Freddie Gibbs & Madlib – Pinata

Quichenight – Room Temperature

Shabazz Palaces – Lese Majesty

Paperhead – Africa Avenue

Your Old Droog – s/t

Chriis Murrrray 2 – Tell the Head the Code

Ariel Pink – pom pom

Clear Plastic Masks – Being There

Dean Blunt – Black Metal

Chrome Pony – We are the Pieces EP

Pick up Fly Golden Eagle’s new album “Quartz Bijou” from iTunes or Amazon.


The Belle Brigade

In no particular order…

St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Blake Mills – Heigh Ho

Flying Lotus – You’re Dead

The War On Drugs – Lost in the Dream

Ray Lamontagne – Supernova

Little Dragon – Nabuma Rubberband

Jenny Lewis – The Voyager

Spoon – They Want My Soul

Ariel Pink – Pom Pom

Nicki Minaj – The Pinkprint

Pick up The Belle Brigade’s “Just Because” from iTunes or Amazon.


Steve Johnson, Alabama Shakes

St. Vincent – St. Vincent

Freddie Gibbs – Pinata

Cibo Matto – Hotel Valentine

Spoon – They Want My Soul

Pick up Alabama Shakes’ “Boys & Girls” on iTunes and Amazon, and look out for a new album in 2015.


Eric Pulido, Midlake

Band of Horses: Acoustic at The Ryman

Neil Finn: Dizzy Heights

St. Vincent – St. Vincent

John Grant and the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra : Live in Concert

Soundcarriers – Entropicalia

Bob Dylan and the Band – Complete Basement Tapes

Beck – Morning Phase

Spoon: They Want My Soul

Philip Selway: Weatherhouse

Various Artists: A Very Merry Denton

Pick up Midlake’s album “Antiphon” on iTunes or Amazon.


Patterson Hood, Drive-By Truckers

TOP TWELVE ALBUMS: (alphabetical)

Angel Olsen – Burn Your Fire For No Witness

Centro-matic – Take Pride in Your Long Odds

D’Angelo – Black Messiah

The Delines – Colfax

Hurray For the Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes

Reigning Sound – Shattered

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There

Spoon – They Want My Soul

Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Sun Kil Moon – Benji (ALBUM OF THE YEAR)

Tweedy – Sukierae

War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream

ALBUM OF THE YEAR – Sun Kil Moon – Benji

SONG OF THE YEAR – “Dogs” by Mark Kozelek (Sun Kil Moon)

BAND OF THE YEAR – War on Drugs

ARTIST OF THE YEAR – (tie) Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen

FAVORITE LIVE SHOW OF YEAR – Slint at Primavera Sound in Barcelona

BEST NEW BAND – The Delines

FAVORITE MOVIES 2014 – Boyhood and Birdman (can’t wait to see Inherent Vice)

FAVORITE BOOK I READ THIS YEAR – The 10th of December by George Saunders

REISSUES OF THE YEAR: Beatles – White Album (MONO Reissue)

Bob Dylan and The Band – Basement Tapes Complete (Best Reissue of Year)


New Albums by Father John Misty, Alabama Shakes and Kurt Vile.

Pick up Drive-By Truckers’ English Oceans Deluxe Edition from iTunes or Amazon.

Marc Offenbach, Sales

#1 Ray Lamontagne/Supernova

#2 Johnny Marr/Playland

#3 Benjamin Booker/Benjamin Booker

#4 The New Pornographers/Brill Bruisers

#5 Heathers/Kingdom

#6 Foxygen/ . . . And Star Power

#7   Wye Oak/Shriek

#8  Temples/Sun Structures

#9  Fly Golden Eagle/Quartz Bijoux

#10 Ty Segall/Manipulator


Ed Green, Head of Radio Promotion:

Taylor Swift, 1989 (Big Machine)

Coldplay, Ghost Stories (Atlantic)

Stars, No One Is Lost (ATO)

Miranda Lambert, Platinum (Columbia)

Sam Hunt, Montevallo (MCA)

Eric Church, The Outsiders (EMI)

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Hypnotic Eye (WB)

Bruce Springsteen, High Hopes (Columbia)

Lady Antebellum, 747 (Capitol)

Phish, Fuego (ATO)


Mike Quinn, Product Manager

Steve Gunn, “Way Out Weather” (Paradise of Bachelors)

Spider Bags, “Frozen Letter” (Merge)

Earth, “Primitive and Deadly” (Southern Lord)

Purling Hiss, “Weirdon” (Drag City)

War on Drugs, “Lost In The Dream” (Secretly Canadian)

Luluc, “Passerby” (Sub Pop)

Bonnie “Prince” Billy, “Singers Grave A Sea Of Tombs” (Drag City)

Amen Dunes, “Love” (Sacred Bones)

Rick Brewer, Radio

War on Drugs – Lost in the Dream

Fly Golden Eagle – Quartz Bijou

Future Islands – Singles

Strand of Oaks – Heal

Real Estate – Atlas

Beck – Morning Phase

TV on the Radio – Seeds

Childish Gambino – Kauai EP

Alt J – This is All Yours

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2


Carlyn Kessler, Radio

Strand of Oaks “Heal” (Dead Oceans)

Sam Smith “In the Lonely Hour” (Capitol)

Damien Rice “My Favourite Faded Fantasy” (Warner Bros.)

War On Drugs “Lost In the Dream” (Secretly Canadian)

Lo-Fang “Blue Film” (4AD)

Ryan Adams “Ryan Adams” (PAX AM/Blue Note)

Old 97s “Most Messed Up” (ATO)

Taylor Swift “1989″ (Big Machine)

Alt-J “This Is All Yours” (Canvasback/Atlantic)

Sturgill Simpson “Metamodern Sounds in Country Music” (High Top Mountain)


Melissa Rich, Finance

The New Pornographers – Brill Bruisers

Spoon – They Want My Soul

Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

Wye Oak – Shriek

Sharon Van Etten – Are We There?

J. Mascis – Tied to a Star

Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker

Phantogram – Voices

Courtney Barnett – Double EP, A Sea of Split Peas

Chet Faker – Built on Glass


Ed Pinka, Radio

J Roddy Walston & The Business

Ex Hex

St. Vincent

Bryan Ferry, it’s weak but better than NO Bryan Ferry!!!!!

Hurray for the Riff Raff

Wolf Alice

Marco Benevento

King Tuff (no brainer, track #14 lolol!!!)

Kaiser Chiefs

Parquet Courts




Robin Hendrickson, Art + Production

Not in order…

Kim Deal – White-label 7″ series

Disco Doom – Numerals

Shellac – Dude Incredible

Various Artists – VOODOO PARTY VOL. 2

Neil Young – A Letter Home

Fugazi – Early Demos

Silkworm – ‘Libertine’ reissue

Hurray For The Riff Raff – Small Town Heroes

“Here Comes the Night: The Dark Soul of Bert Berns and the Dirty Business of Rhythm and Blues ” by Joel Selvin

Grifters reunion at Glasslands


Kelly Kettering, Director of Publicity

Ryan Adams – Self Titled

Parquet Courts – Sunbathing Animal

The Men – Tomorrow’s Hits

Cloud Nothings – Here and Nowhere Else

Schoolboy Q – Oxymoron

Oozing Wound – Earth Suck

Fat White Family – Champagne Holocaust

Jack White – Lazaretto

Yob – Clearing The Path To Ascend

Run The Jewels – RTJ2


Laura Lyons, Marketing:

[1] St. Vincent (Republic)

[2] Mitski // Bury Me at Makeout Creek (Double Double Whammy)

[3] Sango // Da Rocinha 2 (S/R)

[4] Angel Olsen // Burn Your Fire For No Witness (Jagjaguwar)

[4.5] Majid Jordan // A Place Like This EP (OVO)

[5] Mac Demarco // Salad Days (Captured Tracks)

[6] Kilo Kish // Across (Kitsune)

[7] Benjamin Booker (ATO)

[8] Sylvan Esso (Partisan)

[9] Future // Honest (Epic/A1/Freebandz)

[10] Alvvays (Polyvinyl)

Honorable Mentions: Ryan Hemsworth // Alone for the First Time; Lydia Ainsworth // Right Fron Real; Helado Negro // Double Youth; Tunji Ige // The Love Project.


Dave McClain, Product Manager

Vulfpeck – Fugue State

Taylor Swift – 1989

Fly Golden Eagle – Quartz

Run the Jewels – Run the Jewels 2

First Aid Kit – Stay Gold

Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music

Tycho – Awake



Tom Schmall, Radio

Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (High Top Mountain)

Damien Rice – My Favourite Faded Fantasy (Vector/ WB)

FKA Twigs – LP1 (Young Turks)

Strand of Oakes – Heal (Dead Oceans)

Sam Smith – In the Lonely Hour (Capitol)

Phantogram – Voices (Republic)

Sam Hunt – Montevallo (MCA Nash)

Taylor Swift – 1989 (Big Machine)

Benjamin Booker – Benjamin Booker (ATO)

Eric Church “The Outsiders” (EMI Nash)


Paul Dryden, Product Manager

  1. D’Angelo and the Vanguard – Black Messiah
  2. The War On Drugs – Lost in a Dream
  3. Caribou – Our Love
  4. Jungle – Jungle
  5. Ana Tijoux – Vengo
  6. Spoon – They Want My Soul
  7. Jorge Drexler – Bailar en la cueva
  8. Blake Mills – Heigh Ho
  9. Ryan Adams - Ryan Adams
  10. Buscabulla – Buscabulla EP


Eric Tsurumoto, Intern

10. Run The Jewels- Run the Jewels 2

9. Jack White- Lazaretto

8. St. Vincent- St Vincent

7. Tweedy-Tweedy

6. Jenny Lewis- The Voyager

5. Hozier-Hozier

4. The New Basement Tapes- Lost on the River

3. Spoon-They Want My Soul

2. Ryan Adams-  Ryan Adams

1. Beck- Morning Phase

21.10.2014 Uncategorized

New Album “Primus & The Chocolate Factory” Out Today!

Find one of FIVE Golden Vinyl Records for lifetime tickets to Primus shows! 

Catch Them Live This Fall – Tour Dates Below

“The idea was to combine the Frog Brigade and Primus, and do this record,’ says Claypool. I think like a good portion of the planet, we were all pretty put off by the remake of the ‘Willy Wonka’ movie – the Tim Burton version. I really wanted to pay homage to a film [1971's 'Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory,' starring Gene Wilder] that was very important to me as a kid and very influential to me musically. So that’s what we did. And as opposed to just going in and recording the songs and playing them the way they are in the film, we twisted them up a bit…twisted them up a lot.”

It felt so good, in fact, that he decided to take Primus into the studio to prepare the soundtrack for an album release. Claypool admits that he’s always, “in some way, wanted to be Willy Wonka,” and, also, that he’s always wanted to work a cover of “The Candyman” — a memorable number from the film’s soundtrack — into Primus sets.

With the album dropping on October 21, Primus plans to tour the Chocolate Factory beginning the very next day. “We’re going to do some touring with it and we put together this pretty abstract stage production,” says Claypool, “We’re going to take it out there, around the planet, and see what happens. And, in light of the record business being gutted by the internet, we’ve made some PRIMUS brand chocolate bars to peddle as well.”

Of course, Claypool realized that it was risky business to adapt a cinematic classic that is so close to so many people’s hearts. And, naturally, he realized that it was dangerous waters to swim in the wake of Gene Wilder, who portrays Willy Wonka in the original film. The band pulls it off by making something that is truly their own, without taking anything away from the movie.

“Our project is an homage to Gene Wilder and David L. Wolper’s, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and the effect it had on me in my youth,” spouts Les, “Now we get to sell PRIMUS bars and hang out with demented Oompa Loompas. Plus to top it off, it gives me an excuse to wear a purple, velvet waistcoat and brown top hat for the next 18 months.”

Primus & The Chocolate Factory Tour Dates
10/22 – Tower Theatre – Upper Darby, PA (Buy Tickets)
10/24 – Palace Theatre – Albany, NY (Buy Tickets)
10/25 – Orpheum Theatre – Boston, MA SOLD OUT
10/26 – Flynn Center for Performing Arts – Burlington, VT SOLD OUT
10/28 – Palace Theater – Waterbury, CT (Buy Tickets)
10/29 – Hippodrome – Baltimore, MD (Buy Tickets)
10/31 – Beacon Theatre – New York, NY SOLD OUT
11/01 – State Theatre – New Brunswick, NJ (Buy Tickets)
11/02 – Main Street Armory – Rochester, NY (Buy Tickets)
11/03 – The Fillmore Detroit – Detroit, MI (Buy Tickets)
11/05 – Peabody Opera House – St. Louis, MO (Buy Tickets)
11/07 – Taft Theatre – Cincinnati, OH (Buy Tickets)
11/08 – Tabernacle – Atlanta, GA (Buy Tickets)
11/09 – Hard Rock Live – Orlando, FL (Buy Tickets)
11/11 – The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater – Miami Beach, FL (Buy Tickets)
11/12 – Ruth Eckerd Hall – Clearwater, FL (Buy Tickets)
11/14 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Biloxi, MS (Buy Tickets)
11/15 – ACL live at the Moody Theater – Austin, TX (Buy Tickets)
11/16 – The Majestic Theatre – Dallas, TX (Buy Tickets)
11/17 – Majestic Theatre – San Antonio, TX (Buy Tickets)
11/19 – Orpheum Theatre Phoenix – Phoenix, AZ SOLD OUT
11/21 – Orpheum Theatre LA – Los Angeles, CA SOLD OUT
11/22 – Fox Performing Arts Center – San Siego, CA (Buy Tickets)
11/23 – Center for the Arts – Riverside, CA (Buy Tickets)
12/31 – Fox Theater – Oakland, CA* (Buy Tickets)
1/2 – Arlene Schnitzer – Portland, OR (Buy Tickets)
1/3 – Paramount Theater – Seattle, WA (Buy Tickets)

*annual New Year’s show, without Chocolate Factory

28.08.2014 news, Uncategorized

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:





14.08.2014 news, Uncategorized

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 



22.01.2014 news, Uncategorized

J. Roddy Walston & The Business Announce Spring Tour with Foals and Cage The Elephant

“J. Roddy Walston and the Business … comes off like a more polished White Stripes or an edgier My Morning Jacket” – Time Out New York


Best known for their live shows, we are thrilled to announce J. Roddy Walston & The Business’s upcoming string of tour dates, including a spring run with Foals and Cage the Elephant set to begin April 21st.


Melting all manner of stereotypes into an as-yet-unnamed breed of New American, each of J. Roddy Walston & The Business’s live performances finds hipsters hugging Teamsters and sweating till it hurts, and art-school cynics and metalheads screaming out every lyric in some gorgeously desperate attempt to connect. There seems to be a competition between the band and the crowd as to who will give more each night.


In addition to their epic performances, the band’s relentless rock single “Heavy Bells” has been charting at alternative radio for five months with a peak position of #12 this week. It has also spent five consecutive months on Billboard’s Heatseekers chart and is not letting up any time soon. For a peek into their recording habits, out this previously unreleased footage of the band in producer/engineer Mark Neill (The Black Keys) own Soil of the South Studios



Tour Dates


2/1 – Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

4/11 – 4/13 Indio, CA – Coachella, Weekend 1

4/18 – 4/20 – Indio, CA – Coachella, Weekend 2

4/21 – Tuscon, AZ – Rialto Theater%

4/22 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theater%

4/24 – San Antonio, TX – White Rabbit%

4/25 – Houston, TX – House of Blues%

5/2 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater*%

5/4 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre*%

5/6 – New York, NY – Terminal 5*%

5/10 – Richmond, VA – The National*%

5/13 – Toronto, ON – Kool Haus*%

5/14 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom*%

5/15 – Saint Paul, MN – Myth Live Event Center*%

5/17 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre*%

5/18 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex*%

5/20 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater*%


% with Cage the Elephant

* with Foals

18.07.2011 artists, Uncategorized

Umphrey’s McGee

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Already regarded as one of today’s most progressive and innovative acts, Umphrey’s McGee released their ATO-debut Death By Stereo this Fall, an album that cements their status as one of rock’s most audacious forces in the studio.

Death By Stereo is a lethal musical gumbo stewed by the Chicago-based bands seemingly telepathic six members, who Entertainment Weekly calls “Consummate musical alchemists, deftly reconfiguring sounds from rock’s vast panoply of styles.”

Death By Stereo finds the groups’ feet firmly entrenched in hard-hitting rock while still exploring radical new territories: Sticky Fingers-era Rolling Stones romp on Wellwishers, Black Keys-style blues on Domino Theory, and horns-infused 70s funk on Booth Love. Conduit delivers the type of dual-guitar fireworks that Umphrey’s has become known for and Miami Virtue is an upbeat, kaleidoscopic blend of Phoenix and Pink Floyd.

23.06.2011 artists, Uncategorized

Mariachi El Bronx

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“Going acoustic and dressing in black charro outfits is probably the punkest move they could have taken; El Bronx negotiate in exactly the same way as The Bronx – they don’t. They fear nothing, explore everything and create from the rawest of emotion, making imperfections the very best bits.”—NME

“I don’t want to make a mariachi record,” guitarist Joby J. Ford said to vocalist Matt Caughthran when songwriting began for what would become the 3rd eponymously titled LP from Los Angeles’ Mariachi El Bronx. The singer responded aptly with a pensive “I don’t either,” and a tone was seemingly set.

The next few months saw the band scrapping more material then they kept. It’s an interesting time when an artist, which had previously re-imagined its sound once (see American hardcore punk band, The Bronx), attempts to re-imagine their signature sound yet again. On (III) the focus to excel as a tradition ensemble have disappeared. The teetering of can or cannot is brazenly disregarded and the genre playbook sits idly next to the instruments it used to command – dusty and unread.

This time around the band approached writing from a different direction. They dusted off old sequencers, synths, and an ARP and began to create soundscapes they would tack their music against – hammering and bending parts against each other in order to create a harmonious environment. Energized by this fusion of traditional melodies and modern ambience the band decided to follow the imaginary rabbit down its hole and embraced the sonic mash. Rather then make a mariachi record they aimed to create a mariachi inspired album.

Fast forward to January 2014. The band set up camp at Haunted Hallow Studios in Charlottesville, Virginia — a surreal private countryside location with absolutely no cellphone reception, but plenty of strange sculptures and miles of woods in every direction. Mariachi El Bronx (Matt Caughthran, Joby J. Ford, Jorma Vik, Brad Magers, Ken Horne, Vincent Hidalgo and Ray Suen) spent two weeks with producer John Avila (Oingo Boingo) cutting the meat of the album before returning to LA to wrap up the loose ends. Certain tones echo through this 10 song LP – the feel of a band coming into their own, extending the proverbial middle finger to tradition (and backing it up 100%).

Commentary of social unrest is prominent on tracks like “New Beat” and “Sixes And Sevens” and reflection on life experiences peppers the album with tracks like “Wildfires” and “High Tide.” “Nothing’s Changed” sees a surprise visit from DJ Bonebreak (X) on marimbas and harp virtuoso Willie Acuña (Mariachi Sol de Mexico) guests on “Raise The Dead.”

Mixed by Rob Schnaph, (III) is available on November 4th in all formats, including day-glo orange vinyl, via ATO Records in the US, November 3rd via PIAS Records in the UK and across Europe and November 7th via Cooking Vinyl Records in Australia and New Zealand.

20.05.2011 news, Uncategorized

Pre-Order New Dawes Album / Band to Tour with Alison Krauss

ATO Records and Dawes have launched a unique pre-order campaign that will allow fans to purchase the record in advance of release date and receive an immediate digital download of an exclusive three-song promotional EP, entitled Suitcase, featuring “Time Spent In Los Angeles,” and two B-sides from the album sessions, “All My Failures” and “Strangers Getting Stranger.”


In addition, all pre-orders will automatically be entered-to-win a super deluxe grand prize suitcase loaded with the following items:

-Vintage 3’ x 2’ suitcase

-Double Gatefold packaging including photo collage and lyric insert

-CD version of album (sleeve without artwork)

-CD version of ‘Suitcase’ EP (sleeve with full-color artwork)

-Series of 5 (5×7) black and white lithograph prints in commemorative brown paper jacket sleeve with band logo

-12×12 black and white photo print autographed by Dawes

-Digital download of video series featuring interview, candid, recording, and live performance footage

-Digital delivery of 11-track album in its entirety on 6/7/11 in premium DRM-free 320 kbps MP3, Apple Lossless, or FLAC files

-Grado 225i Prestige Series headphones

-WILL Leather Goods Hopper Messenger Bag and Slim Billfold Wallet

-Leather notebook with lyrics signed by Taylor Goldsmith

-Black album artwork t-shirt

Fans can also pre-order Nothing Is Wrong online via the band’s website in the following formats and pricing configurations (visit www.dawestheband.com for details):

  • Deluxe LP (Limited Edition) + Immediate Download of ‘Suitcase’ EP ($28.99/$40.99 w/ T-Shirt)
  • Double LP + Immediate Download of ‘Suitcase’ EP ($18.99/$30.99 w/ T-Shirt)
  • CD + Immediate Download of ‘Suitcase’ EP ($12.99/$24.99 w/ T-Shirt)
  • Digital + Immediate Download of ‘Suitcase’ EP ($10.99/$22.99 w/ T-Shirt)

Dawes fans are in luck. The band has confirmed 17 more tour dates, this time supporting Alison Krauss & Union Station. These dates will begin on July 27th in Danbury, CT and run through August 27th.

And if 17 more tour dates doesn’t sound like enough, you can pre-order their highly anticipated album, Nothing Is Wrong, which is due out on June 7th at www.dawestheband.com and receive an immediate digital download of an exclusive three-song EP titled Suitcase, featuring “Time Spent In Los Angeles,” and two B-sides from the album sessions, “All My Failures” and “Strangers Getting Stranger.”

Check out the complete list of tour dates below!

11 – Tampa, FL – State Theatre
12 – St Augustine, FL – Cafe 11
13 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
14 – Birmingham, AL – Secret Stages Music Festival (2PM)
14 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
15 – Asheville, NC – Orange Peel
17 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
18 – Carborro, NC – Cat’s Cradle
19 – Athens, GA – Melting Point
20 – Chattanooga, TN – Nightfall Series (Free Show)
23 – New Haven, CT – Toad’s
24 – Portland, ME – State Theatre
25 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse
26 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
27 – Montreal, OC – Le National
28 – Toronto, ON – Opera House
29 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall

01 – Louisville, KY – Headliners
02 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
03 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
05 – Hunter, NY – Mountain Jam (1:30PM Set)
06 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant
07 – Louisville, KY – Iroquois Ampitheatrer
08 – Columbus, OH – LC Ampitheatre
09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE – Indoors
10 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for Performing Arts
11 – Vienna, VA – Filene Center at Wolf Trap
13 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
14 – Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
15 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
16 – Bend, OR – Athletic Club of Bend
17 – Chico, CA – El Rey Theatre
18 – Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre
20– San Diego, CA – House of Blues
21 – Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theatre
22 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee Theatre
23 – Las Vegas, NV – Silverton Casino
24 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory
25 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
26 – Atlantic City, NJ – Dave Matthews Band Caravan

02 – Quincy, CA – High Sierra Music Festival
07 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival
08 – Winnipeg, MB – Winnipeg Folk Festival
09 – Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Bluesfest
11 – Quebec City, QC – Quebec City Summer Festival
27 – Danbury, CT – Ives Concert Park
28 – Boston, MA – Wang Center
29 – Chautauqua, NY – Institution Ampitheatre
30 – Charlottesville, VA – Charlottesville Pavillion

02 – New York, NY – The Beacon Theatre
05 – Gilford, NH – Meadowbrook Pavillion
06 – Mashantucket, CT – MGM Grand Theatre
09 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest
11 – Cary, NC – Koka Booth Ampitheatre
12 – Asheville, NC – The Biltmore
13 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
14 – East Hampton, NY – Music to Know Festival
19 – St. Augustine, FL – Augustine Ampitheatre
20 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – AuRene Theatre
21 – Clearwater, FL – Ruth Eckerd Hall
26 – Nashville, TN – The Ryman
27 – Nashville, TN – The Ryman

20.05.2011 artists, Uncategorized

Fiction Family

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Jon Foreman of Switchfoot and Sean Watkins of Nickel Creek have come together to create FICTION FAMILY.

The seemingly unlikely duo met a few years ago at a show featuring Wilco, R.E.M. Nickel Creek and Switchfoot. Over time, they began writing songs together, which quickly turned into a full-length album. As both Watkins and Foreman are vocalists and multi-instrumentalists, they often took turns singing lead vocals and they both play several instruments on each song, including guitar, bass, keyboards, percussion, baritone ukulele, piano, organ, mandolin, steel guitar, 12-string guitar. Fiddle player Sara Watkins is featured on a few songs as well. Foreman explains, “The album was recorded and written in parts. Because Nickel Creek and Switchfoot are both hard working touring acts, we were rarely home from tour at the same time. Consequently the tracks were passed back and forth between Sean and I. Whoever was home from tour would chip away at the songs with no real expectations at all, mainly just for ourselves and for the love of the song I suppose. We came up with a few cowboy rules for the project: No double tracking. No pussyfooting. No tuning of vocals. etc… With very few exceptions, every note was written, arranged, played and recorded by Sean and myself.”

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