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

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 

 

 

22.01.2014 news, Uncategorized
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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
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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.”

www.dawestheband.com

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!

May
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

June
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

July
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

August
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.”

19.05.2011 news, Uncategorized
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“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
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“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

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