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

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.


Umphrey’s McGee Official Website

Umphrey’s McGee Facebook Page

Umphrey’s McGee Twitter Page

23.06.2011 artists, Uncategorized

Mariachi El Bronx

“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

Punk rock. Mariachi. Two great tastes that go great together – er, right? Well, anyway, the two joined regardless one fateful August day in 2006, when The Bronx showed up to play on a television show. At the time, the Los Angeles-based punks were infamous for scabrous rifferama that suggested a return to L.A.’s golden age of hardcore (it’s not coincidence that the band portrayed Black Flag in the Darby Crash biopic What We Do Is Secret, or went on their first tour with the Circle Jerks). The show requested the band play an acoustic version of “Dirty Leaves” off the band’s second, self-titled album – a request that didn’t sit well. “Going ‘unplugged’ was a ‘90s fad that I had a knee-jerk reaction to dislike,” notes guitarist Joby J. Ford. “We wanted to do something a little bit different.” Indeed, The Bronx took it one irreverent step further, donning uncharacteristic sombreros and arranging the song as a mariachi lament. “We never wanted The Bronx to be a soft, quiet band,” says frontman Matt Caughthran, “but this freed up a whole new realm. Sometimes you don’t realize the barriers around yourself until you step outside them. It was a big moment in our career, breathing new life into the band.”

And thus Mariachi El Bronx was born. Between tour stops, Caughthran, Ford and their bandmates – Jorma Vik (drums) Brad Magers (trumpet), Ken Horne (jarana/guitar), and Vincent Hidalgo (guitarrón) – relentlessly studied instructional videos on YouTube to master the various mariachi styles: norteno, jorocho, juasteka, bolero, and corridos. “Mariachi has rules,” Caughthran explains. “We learned everything we could out of respect, especially as we’re a bunch of white guys – well, except for Ken, who’s Japanese.” (Mariachi El Bronx would eventually come to include Ray Suen on violin, as well as satellite members Alfredo Ortiz – known for his percussion styles with the likes of Beastie Boys and Money Mark – and acclaimed guitarrón player Karla Tovar.) The sonic merger of the two cultures wasn’t so surprising considering the band’s evolution out of California’s ethnic melting pot. Caughthran grew up in Pico Riviera, on the outskirts of East L.A., where he was definitely in the gringo minority. “I know people are like, ‘Where the fuck does this come from?’, but growing up in Mexican neighborhoods, it feels automatic,” says Caughthran. “My two favorite bands were always Black Flag and Los Lobos, so it all makes sense. Black Flag was all about aggression, no rules, no dress code, while Los Lobos opened me up to Neil Young, the Carpenters, Dinosaur Jr., Sonic Youth. Through them, I discovered a rebellious spirit in many genres.” Caughthran was actually junior high schoolmates with Vincent Hidalgo, whose father David is a key member of both Los Lobos and the Latin Playboys. Vincent would eventually join Mariachi El Bronx in 2007, while el padre Hidalgo played accordion on “My Love” off of Mariachi El Bronx’s eponymous 2009 debut album. “For David to like something we did musically – it was our vindication,” Caughthran says.

Los Lobos’ nonconformist streak also proved inspiring. “We’ve definitely got our share of flack, but punk to me was not about playing fast and having a chain wallet,” Ford says. “It’s a way of life, not a sound.” As such, while Mariachi El Bronx’s culture clash initially seems exotic, in fact it follows in a grand punk tradition: The Pogues, for example, merged the traditional music of their Irish backgrounds with punk abandon, The Clash famously mixed raw garage guitars with Brixton reggae riddims, and Manu Chao continues to blend raw street anthems with Latin, folk, and African grooves. More currently, Mariachi El Bronx found kinship with the Gypsy punk of Gogol Bordello, with whom they toured Europe in 2010. “I would never have known there was a ‘world music’ category,” Caughthran claims. “I wasn’t thinking that big!” Hugeness ensued anyway: soon after the acclaimed release of the first Mariachi El Bronx album in 2009 – highlighted by the first single, “Cell Mates” – the band found itself moving from sweaty punk dives to playing Coachella and Glastonbury, and booking dates with the likes of The Flaming Lips, Foo Fighters (with whom MEB tours this fall) and The Killers (with whom they collaborated on a charity Christmas single, “Happy Birthday Guadalupe”). “We’re doing some weird-ass shows,” Caughthran laughs. “The experiment of El Bronx was a disguise to get us into parties where we didn’t belong, places we didn’t expect to go – and it worked!”

Mariachi El Bronx has always defied expectations: they were first revealed to the public via an unexpectedly stirring cover of Prince’s “I Would Die 4 U,” recorded for a SPIN tribute 25th anniversary of Purple Rain (find it on YouTube; it’s awesome, trust.). Likewise, the band’s latest album, Mariachi El Bronx (II), finds them exploring new ground – from collaborating with Grammy-nominated Mariachi Reyna de Los Angeles (the first all-female mariachi group in the U.S.) to an even greater emphasis on storytelling craft and emotion in the lyrics. “It still has the naïveté and blind excitement of the first record, but it’s more vulnerable,” Caughthran says. As such, songs like “48 Roses” paint picaresque portraits of men doomed with an insatiable appetite for love, while “Revolution Girls” details a border romance gone awkwardly astray. “A lot of people have gone down to Tijuana, fucked up and done something stupid – I certainly have,” Caughthran admits. “There’s a lot of regret and loneliness here. A lot of The Bronx stuff is in code, but in the tradition of the mariachi, El Bronx has become an outlet for songs about love, heartbreak, growing up and being a man.”

“People were surprised that our embrace of mariachi wasn’t a joke,” Ford says. “Instead, being able to bounce back and forth between two musical styles we love and respect has proven the key to our longevity.” In fact, Mariachi El Bronx (II) finds The Bronx on the verge of celebrating their tenth anniversary – a landmark that most likely will lead to some unexpected path yet again. “If you had told me when we started this that I’d find be playing mariachi ten years later, I’d tell you to go fuck yourself,” says Caughthran. “The greatest thing about our band, and the most torturous, is that it’s unpredictable for us too! We don’t know where the chaos will take us, but that’s a good thing – it’s always exciting. Honesty, heart and the will to do things no one else is doing remain the driving force: I’m not saying we’re the best band on the planet, but we’re pretty fuckin’ good. When we put the charro suits on, we feel invincible.”

Mariachi El Bronx Official Website
Mariachi El Bronx Facebook Page

Mariachi El Bronx Twitter Page

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

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.”

19.05.2011 news, Uncategorized

“Circuital” Live on VH1 Storytellers

My Morning Jacket preformed thier new title song Circuital on VH1 Storytellers which you can stream by Clicking Here. The New My Morning Jacket Album Circuital is being released on May 31st.

In support of their new album My Morining Jacket will be kicking off their summer tour in Louisville, KY at the Palace Theatre on May 31st. That show will have a live stream for all the MMJ fans who are unable to attend. You can find out more information about the live stream by clicking here.

02.07.2010 news, Uncategorized

“Buster Voodoo” now available for Rock Band

Buster Voodoo from RodGab’s latest album, “11:11″ is now available on Rock Band for XBox 360! Click the banner below to purchase the track. Dig it.

05.06.2010 Uncategorized

ATO Blog

Our interns and some staff members are trying their hands at blogging. Click the image below for office updates and commentary on the day’s most unimportant news.

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