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16.01.2020 news

Watch Black Pumas Perform “Colors” On Fallon

“The duo’s flair for drama is so stirring, they can seem acutely cinematic… Burton lends an elegant elasticity to Quesada’s tightly layered productions.” – PITCHFORK

 

“Sam Cooke meets Wu-Tang Clan in the Texas-based duo’s suprisingly fresh take on 70s soul… a debut so perfectly realised by the standards they’ve set themselves that you wonder what could possibly come next. ” – THE GUARDIAN “ONES TO WATCH”

 

“The breakout band of 2019– NPR “HERE AND NOW”

 

“Tireless, charismatic energy… tapping the collective unease of the national moment.” – ROLLING STONE

 

“The world does indeed need Black Pumas and their message right now (4/5 Stars)” – Q MAGAZINE

 

 

Watch Black Pumas perform a stunning version of “Colors” last night on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon!

 

 

Black Pumas played their breakout single “Colors” from their debut album last night to a live studio audience. The duo are set to appear at the GRAMMYs next week following their nomination for “Best New Artist”.

 

With no signs of slowing down, they’ll be continuing their massive sold out tour through North America, including stops at Red Rocks and Coachella. See dates below for more information.

 

1/18 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
1/20 – Indianapolis, IN – Hi Fi
1/21 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
1/22 – Detroit, MI – Saint Andrew’s Hall
1/31 – White Oak Music Hall – Houston, TX

3/26 – Chicago, IL – House of Blues
3/27-3/29 – Pelham, TN – Bluegrass Underground
4/12 – Indio, CA – Coachella
4/19 – Indio, CA – Coachella
5/8 – Stubb’s Amphitheatre – Austin, TX (SOLD OUT)
5/9 – Stubb’s Amphitheatre – Austin, TX (SOLD OUT)
5/10 – Stubb’s Amphitheatre – Austin, TX
6/3 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks (SOLD OUT)
6/4 – Denver, CO – Red Rocks
6/17 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
6/18 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre
6/19 – Baltimore, MD – Baltimore Soundstage

 

15.01.2020 news

Danny Barnes Announces New Album ‘Man On Fire’ Out March 6

Executive Produced by Dave Matthews

Featuring John Paul Jones, Bill Frisell, Matt Chamberlain

Listen to “Awful Strange” Now

PRE-ORDER Vinyl Now

 

 

“A clever lyricist with a punk-rock past who understands the raw simplicity of a good country tune.” – Rolling Stone

 

“Down-home magical realism.” – New York Times

 

“While many players use the banjo to show what they can do, Danny Barnes uses it to show who he is—something so rare that we have to look back decades for comparisons.” – Bluegrass Today

 

“Smart, literate, innovative, and endlessly creative.” – No Depression

 

 

Banjo virtuoso Danny Barnes is thrilled to announce his new album Man On Fire, due out March 6. The record was executive produced by Dave Matthews and finds Barnes collaborating with musical legends including Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones on bass and mandolin, Bill Frisell on guitar, Matt Chamberlain on percussion, and Matthews himself on vocals and Wurlitzer. In an interview with Fretboard Journal, Barnes says, “I’m so blessed to have friends like that, super genius guys.” He also declares Man On Fire “the best I’ve ever been at my craft.”

 

Fretboard Journal also debuted Man On Fire‘s first single “Awful Strange,”calling Barnes their “favorite banjo experimentalist/singer-songwriter.” Listen to “Awful Strange” HERE.

 

Originally from Texas, Barnes was a founding member of the influential roots-punk band the Bad Livers before relocating to the Pacific Northwest. In 2015, he was awarded the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, hailed as “one of bluegrass music’s most distinctive and innovative performers.”

 

“Normally I work by myself,” says Danny Barnes. “I’ve learned to make records pretty quickly on my own over the years, but this time around I wanted to slow things down and open up the process to a circle of friends whose musical input I really value, to collaborate with a small handful of artists I consider to be true masters.”

 

Take a glance through the liner notes of Man On Fire, Barnes’ remarkable new album and you’ll be sure to recognize quite a few of those masterful friends. As star-studded as the album may be, it’s Barnes who shines brightest throughout, his virtuosic banjo and unassuming vocals front and center as he delivers poignant portraits of everyday folks struggling to get by in a world that’s been rigged against them. The songs here walk the line between past and present, fusing old-time tradition with modern experimentalism as they draw on a wide swath of American musical history, from Appalachian folk and Memphis rockabilly to Kentucky bluegrass and Bakersfield country. Ably guided by the subtle touch of producer Geoff Stanfield (Sun Kill Moon, Firehorse), the resulting collection manages at times to be both hilarious and heartbreaking, reaching out for hope wherever it appears but forging ahead with dignity and self-respect even when it’s nowhere to be found.

 

“To me, the fundamental question of life is, ‘How do you lay your burdens down?’” says Barnes. “There are so many powerful entities stacked against a person, especially a regular, unmoneyed person, but I think that just by realizing what’s happening to you, by recognizing the forces at play, you can start to regain some of your power.”

 

Catch Danny Barnes live at the below dates:

 

DANNY BARNES ON TOUR

1/17: McMenamins Anderson School – Bothell, WA

1/18: Dusty Strings (Banjo Workshop) – Seattle, WA

1/26: Caffe Lena – Saratoga Springs, NY

1/29: One Longfellow Square – Portland, ME

1/31: Spire Center for Performing Arts – Plymouth, MA

2/01: Club Passim (Banjo Workshop) – Cambridge, MA

2/01: The Parlor Room – Northampton, MA

2/07: Club Passim – Cambridge, MA

2/19: Ambrose West – Asheville, NC

2/21: Prism Coffeehouse – Charlottesville, VA

2/22: The Purple Fiddle – Thomas, WV

2/23: Wine Garden at City Winery – Washington, DC

4/17: Cactus Café – Austin, TX

5/29-30: John Hartford Memorial Fest – Morgantown, IN

8/19-23: Blue Ridge Banjo Camp – Brevard, NC

9/10-13: American Banjo Camp – Port Orchard, WA

 

Danny Barnes – Man On Fire

March 6, 2020 – ATO Records

PRE-ORDER

 

09.01.2020 news

Other Lives Return With New Song/Music Video ‘Lost Day’ & Announce New Album ‘For Their Love’ Out April 24

Other Lives, the Oklahoma-bred outfit fronted by Jesse Tabish, are returning with new album For Their Love, due out April 24. The long-awaited follow-up to 2015’s RitualsFor Their Love is a ten-track collection with a nod to the past while progressing positively towards the future.

Pre-Order For Their Love

“The album is a record reflecting human feeling in the current state of affairs — economy and politics on the individual, while the latter still has to deal with the basic struggles of finding meaning of their existence,” says Tabish. “Money, love, and death are always real and hard to cope with: what does the individual choose to make these larger themes of life easier to deal with? The record speaks in realness, questions, observing, lamenting and hopefully finding the slightest of hope in themselves, these characters sometimes venturing out into spiritual, religious or institutionalized endeavors. In my personal hope, only finding their self-worth is more important than anything that has been taught or preached to them.”

 

The band announced the record and released its vivid first single “Lost Day”alongside a video shot in the A-frame cabin (also featured on the album cover) in Oregon’s Cooper Mountain region where Tabish now lives with his wife Kim, who contributed vocals to the album.

 

WATCH: “LOST DAY”

 

On emerging from Oklahoma back in 2011 with the sweeping, widescreen arrangements and haunting, wistful melodies of their debut album Tamer AnimalsOther Lives (Tabish on piano, guitar, lead vocals; Jonathon Mooney on piano, violin, guitar, percussion, trumpet; and Josh Onstott on bass, keys, percussion, guitar and b/vocals) had an uncanny ability to evoke the wide-open space, big skies and broad horizons of their home state’s prairies. A reignited sense of freedom is palpable throughout For Their Love, whether pared back, sombre resignation, or upbeat, rousing and liberating. Out of personal and creative uncertainty and recalibration the trio have re-emerged with a pastoral sensation reborn.

 

Self-produced, the album sees Tabish and his bandmates less inclined to over-finesse. The resultant tracks show the band “trying to capture the vibe of something altogether more instant. I was adamant there would no tricks and nothing to obscure me which I had been doing psychologically and musically,” says Tabish.

 

Joined again by drummer Danny Reisch, who played on Rituals, the band is bolstered by an array of musicians featuring strings, brass and percussion, as well as Kim Tabish and Onstott contributing choral-style backing vocals reinforcing the overall cinematic feel that permeates the album.

 

 

Other Lives – For Their Love

April 24, 2020 – ATO Records

PRE-ORDER

  1. Sound of Violence
  2. Lost Day
  3. Cops
  4. All Eyes – For Their Love
  5. Dead Language
  6. Nites Out
  7. We Wait
  8. Hey Hey I
  9. Who’s Gonna Love Us?
  10. 10. Sideways
13.12.2019 news

Watch Allen Stone perform “Brown Eyed Lover” on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

Watch Allen Stone perform his hit “Brown Eyed Lover” on last night’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Incredible high-energy outdoor stage performance. Allen ended up in the crowd by the end of the song, singing face-to-face with some of his biggest L.A. fans! “Brown Eyed Lover” now has more than 12 million total streams.

 

 

 

11.12.2019 news

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard Announce 2020 North American Tour Dates

 

 

 

SET TO PERFORM THREE-HOUR

CAREER-SPANNING MARATHON SHOWS

AT THE GREEK THEATRE BERKELEY AND RED ROCKS

 

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced a run of 2020 North American tour dates, set to take place in between their unprecedented career-spanning marathon sets at The Greek Theatre in Berkeley, CA and Red Rocks in Morrison, CO. These new dates are set to begin April 19 at the Crystal Ballroom in Portland, OR and will end on May 2 at Franklin Music Hall in Philadelphia, PA just days before their two-night Red Rocks run. All dates will feature support from Leah Senior. The artist presale for these new dates begins on Wednesday, December 11 at 12pm EST, and they will go on sale to the general public on Friday, December 13 at 12pm EST. See below for the full itinerary.

 

Watch “Self-Immolate” Official Video Below

 

Due to popular demand, the band has now added a second career-spanning marathon show at Red Rocks on May 5, 2020, the day before the originally scheduled May 6 performance. These performances will run for three hours and incorporate material from all 15 of the band’s records without repeating a single song between sets.

 

 

King Gizzard also embarked on a massive world tour this year, with U.S. highlights including Los Angeles’ Greek Theatre, NYC’s Central Park Summerstage, Washington, DC’s 9:30 Club and many more. The band then went on to perform across Europe and Asia, and will resume touring with a run of festivals starting in Jakarta, Indonesia in November. See below for the full list of currently-announced tour dates.

 

Before releasing the “Mars For The Rich” video game, the band shared three singles from the album — the wildly heavy “Planet B,” the chugging “Self-Immolate,” and the blastbeat-laden “Organ Farmer” — and their absurdly dark accompanying videos. These new tracks prove that King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard aren’t mere dabbling dilettantes when it comes to thrash and metal. Their love of this ferocious music runs deep, and was previously explored on 2017’s apocalyptic concept album Murder Of The Universe, hinted at during the award-winning Nonagon Infinity’s more bludgeoning moments and elsewhere in numerous hardcore psychedelic freak-outs in their back catalogue.

 

1/27 – Auckland, NZ @ St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival 2020

2/1 – Brisbane, QLD, Australia @ Laneway Festival Brisbane 2020

2/2 – Sydney, NSW, Australia @ Laneway Festival Sydney 2020

2/7 – Adelaide, SA, Australia @ Laneway Festival Adelaide 2020

2/8 – Melbourne, VIC, Australia @ Laneway Festival Melbourne 2020

2/9 – Fremantle, WA, Australia @ Laneway Festival Fremantle 2020

4/18 – Berkeley, CA @ The Greek Theatre &

4/19 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom

4/20 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre

4/23 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Palace Theater

4/24 – Chicago, IL @ RADIUS

4/25 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre

4/27 – Toronto, ON @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre

4/28 – Montreal, QC @ L’Olympia

4/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Kings Theatre

5/1 – Washington, DC – The Anthem at The Wharf

5/2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Franklin Music Hall

5/5 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks &

5/6 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks &

 

& – Marathon Set shows

 

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10.12.2019 news

Emily King Announces New Acoustic Album, Out January 17 & Winter 2020 Acoustic Tour

Photo Credit: J. Shotti

 

“Look At Me Now” + Scenery Nominated For 2 Grammy Awards

 

Fresh off the heels of two Grammy Award nominations, New York native and singer-songwriter Emily King delighted fans this morning, announcing a forthcoming release of 11 acoustically arranged songs from across her catalog, due out January 17 on Making Music Records / ATO Records. The to-be-titled collection of songs features highlights from 2011’s The Seven EP, 2016’s The Switch, and King’s acclaimed latest studio album Scenery. Today, King shares the acoustic version of her Grammy-nominated single “Look At Me Now.”

 

Listen to “Look At Me Now” (Acoustic) Below

 

The album, produced by Jeremy Most and featuring string arrangements by Rob Moose, will be accompanied by a nationwide tour this January and February. King will be hitting U.S. cities coast to coast, including multiple dates in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York City, performing stripped-down versions of her songs. All dates are below and tickets are available HERE.

 

Emily King has been nominated for two 2020 Grammy Awards — Best R&B Song for her single “Look at Me Now” and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical for her album Scenery and its engineers Tom Elmhirst, Ben Kane, and Jeremy Most and mastering engineer Bob Ludwig.

 

Scenery has been praised for its “starry-eyed earnestness” by NPR Music, while Pitchfork called its “sleek, vibrant R&B… the perfect frame for her extraordinary voice.” King spent 2019 taking her dynamic live show on the road, making high-profile TV appearances on Jimmy Kimmel Live! and CBS This Morning, performing at Coachella and Lollapalooza, and opening a massive arena tour with Sara Bareilles that included dates at Madison Square Garden and the Hollywood Bowl.

 

2020 ACOUSTIC TOUR

TICKETS & VIP PACKAGES

1/30: Aladdin Theater – Portland, OR

1/31: The Triple Door – Seattle, WA

2/01: Rio Theatre – Vancouver, BC

2/04: Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

2/05: Hollywood Forever Cemetery – Los Angeles, CA

2/07: Swedish American Hall – San Francisco, CA

2/08: Swedish American Hall – San Francisco, CA

2/11: Eddie’s Attic – Atlanta, GA

2/12: Eddie’s Attic – Atlanta, GA

2/14: Space – Evanston, IL

2/15: Space – Evanston, IL

2/17: The Drake Hotel – Toronto, ON

2/18: The Drake – Toronto, ON

2/20: The Cutting Room – New York, NY

2/21: The Cutting Room – New York, NY

2/22: The Bell House – Brooklyn, NY – GA Tickets Sold Out / VIP – Limited Availability

2/28: Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA

2/29: Somerville Theatre – Somerville, MA

 

Rave Reviews for Scenery:

 

Scenery is a precise-yet-fluid blend of ’80s pop and rock, contemporary R&B and light jazz touches that, together, reveal a starry-eyed earnestness.” – NPR

 

“Sleek, vibrant R&B that’s packed with 1980s soundtrack flourishes and big moments; it’s the perfect frame for her extraordinary voice.” – Pitchfork

 

“Wide and expansive and embraces all manners of genre befitting a child of ’90s hip-hop and pop music who also adored traditional soul music.” – Chicago Tribune

 

“A lithe vocalist who deftly employs subtlety, rewarding close listening.” – WBEZ Sound Opinions

 

Scenery rings out with joy and hope. The production is a stunning combination of jazz-inflected R&B and ’80s pop that’s precise but not fussy, textured but never overdone.” – KPCC The Frame

 

“The vulnerability that’s implied in King’s calming vocal caress is remarkable… The skill she shows elevates her above much of the competition, imbuing her with a decided level of class and credence.” – Paste

 

 

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22.11.2019 news

Watch Black Pumas’ Stunning & Powerful New Video For “Colors”

 

GRAMMY Best New Artist Nominees On Tour In North America + Europe Through 2020

 

 

“Colors” Just Broke 14 Million Streams and Hit Top 20 at AAA Radio — Watch The Video Below

 

 

Black Pumas, the rising Austin duo of powerhouse vocalist Eric Burton and Grammy-winning producer and guitarist Adrian Quesada, have emerged as “the breakout band of 2019” (NPR) with the release of their self-titled album earlier this year, a debut that according to KCRW “radiates soul at a wattage that may not be exactly street legal.” Today, fresh off their nomination for Best New Artist at the 2020 GRAMMY Awards, they share the new music video for their hit single “Colors.” The cinematic clip — a powerfully intimate, Melanin-packed depiction of the joys and hardships of life colliding — was directed by Kristian Mercado, fresh off his Best Music Video win at this year’s SXSW Film Festival for Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “Pa’lante.”

 

“I really wanted to capture how powerful the sounds and vocals of Black Pumas are,” says Mercado. “I’m driven by emotion and felt a strong connection to the music. I was on a trip in Florida at Banana Records, when I heard ‘Colors’ playing. I was instantly moved and asked tons of questions about who they were. It was such a powerful song and experience that I sought out to do the music video for the song. We shot the whole film in the Bronx, wanted to show the Bronx as a place that was alive and vibrant. We wanted to celebrate family, connections, movement, and life. We explored the idea of the Bronx as a living garden, always growing always moving forward, and finding a cinematic landscape in places people often ignore. Eric and I spoke in great length about perspective and growing up, and how sometimes it’s a complicated experience, and we want to capture the feeling that is both beautiful and sometimes imperfect. We wanted to show both the joys and hardships of life colliding and expressing things in movement with images colliding together. Black Pumas are an extraordinary band and the visual needed to share the timeless quality of the song.”

 

“Colors” has racked up 14 million streams and been Shazamed 100K times, and the band’s incredible live video of the song went viral with over 8 million views to date. Last month, Black Pumas performed “Colors” on Jimmy Kimmel Live, following their network TV debut on CBS This Morning. Their performance of the track on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic was featured on NPR Music’s Favorite Sessions. “Colors” is currently at #18 on AAA Radio, the band’s highest charting single to date.

 

Black Pumas’ live show has been called “electrifying” by The Guardian, and following their Austin City Limits taping, the Austin American-Statesman raved, “To say Black Pumas is having a moment is like saying summer this year in Austin, Texas, has been pretty hot. With sold-out shows at large concert halls around the globe, singles clocking seven figures on streaming services and enthusiastic shoutouts from top-tier national publications, the band isn’t ascendant. It is skyrocketing.” Black Pumas’ performance on the iconic PBS series Austin City Limits is set to air in early January.

 

After selling out their entire U.S. and E.U. tours this fall, Black Pumas are currently wrapping a sold-out run in the UK. They will continue to tour North American and Europe in early 2020, including dates in Amsterdam and Berlin that have already sold out in advance. Tickets for all shows are available HERE.

 

More Praise for Black Pumas:

“A debut so perfectly realized by the standards they’ve set themselves that you wonder what could possibly come next.” — The Guardian

 

“Few artists seem to tap the collective unease of the national moment quite like Austin’s Black Pumas…never missing a beat is the tireless, charismatic energy of singer Eric Burton.” — Rolling Stone

 

“So much more expansive than retro soul…sounds like a record that The Black Keys would do with Marvin Gaye.” — NPR Music

 

“The duo’s flair for drama is so stirring, they can seem acutely cinematic.”

— Pitchfork

 

“Wu-Tang Clan meets James Brown…radiates soul at a wattage that may not be exactly street legal.” — KCRW

 

“Staggering…the world does indeed need Black Pumas and their message right now.” — MOJO

 

“The Austin favorites need to be seen to be appreciated…(Burton’s) presence on stage is robust, a whirlwind of movement and gesture.” — Chicago Tribune

 

“The breakout band of 2019.” — NPR Here & Now

 

”Exemplifies idiosyncratically modern soul…a staunch force as fresh as it is compelling.” — Hypebeast

 

“Stirring retro soul.” — FADER

 

“Soulful, psychedelic, amazing.” — NPR Alt.Latino

 

“They’ve already established hometown hero status thanks to their electric live shows…soul music that draws fresh inspiration from folk, hip-hop, and psychedelic music.” — Pigeons & Planes

 

“A soul explosion.” — UNCUT

 

“Brooding and cinematic soul…an LP that unfurls like a puma stalking its prey.” — Austin Chronicle

 

“The hottest party in town. This is the show your music nerd friend who knows what’s up said you have to check out.” — Austin-American Statesman

 

Black Pumas On Tour

November 20 London, UK Dingwalls SOLD OUT
November 21 Manchester, UK YES SOLD OUT
November 22 Glasgow, UK Audio SOLD OUT
November 23 Dublin, IE The Grand Social SOLD OUT
November 29 Austin, TX Longhorn City Limits
November 30 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger
December 14 Nashville, TN Lightning 100’s Festivus 2019
January 9 Dallas, TX Canton Hall
January 10 Dallas, TX Kessler Theater SOLD OUT
January 11 Dallas, TX Kessler Theater SOLD OUT
January 16 Madison, WI Majestic Theater
January 17 Milwaukee, WI The Pabst Theater
January 20 Indianapolis, IN Hi-Fi
January 21 Columbus, OH A&R Music Bar
January 23 Toronto, ON Mod Club SOLD OUT
January 24 Detroit, MI Saint Andrew’s Hall
January 25 Chicago, IL House of Blues Chicago
January 31 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
February 5 Dublin, IE The Academy
February 6 Manchester, UK Academy 3
February 7 London, UK Islington Assembly Hall
February 8 Paris, FR Alhambra
February 9 Utrecht, NL TivoliVredenburg
February 10 Amsterdam, NL Paradiso SOLD OUT
February 11 Groningen, NL De Oosterport SOLD OUT
February 12 Eindhoven, NL De Effenaar
February 14 Antwerp, Belgium Trix
February 15 Heidelber, DE Karlstorbahnhof
February 16 Cologne, DE Gloria
February 18 Hamburg, DE Uebel & Gefährlich
February 19 Berlin, DE Metropol SOLD OUT
February 21 Vienna, AU Grelle Forelle
February 22 Zurich, CH Mascotte
March 14-15 Mexico City, MX Vive Latino
March 27-29 Pelham, TN Bluegrass Underground
May 8 Austin, TX Stubb’s

 

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21.11.2019 news

ATO Records Receives 7 GRAMMY Nominations

CONGRATULATIONS TO

BRITTANY HOWARD, BLACK PUMAS, EMILY KING, ALTIN GÜN, RODRIGO Y GABRIELA

 

ATO Records is thrilled to have received seven nominations at the 2020 Grammy Awards — the most in the label’s history — and congratulates the incredible artists below!

 

BLACK PUMAS

BEST NEW ARTIST

Photo credit: Greg Giannukos

WATCH: Official “Colors” Live Session

Sam Cooke meets Wu-Tang Clan in the Texas-based duo’s surprisingly fresh take on 70s soul… a debut so perfectly realised.” – THE GUARDIAN

 

Black Pumas is Eric Burton and Adrian Quesada. The band’s self-titled debut album was produced by Quesada in his Austin home studio and colored by Burton’s dark imagery and haunting vocals. It is equally indebted to East Coast hip-hop as it is to classic funk and soul, resulting in a project that is of the moment rather than retro. Quesada had been working on a new project inspired by a mix of woozy Ghostface Killah instrumentals, crispy Motown soul, and the introspective grandeur of dusty highway folk-rock, and, after hearing him audition over the phone, Burton slotted in beautifully. Pulling from his myriad performance backgrounds — singing in the church, acting in musical theater, and busking at the Santa Monica Pier — Burton injects Quesada’s instrumentals with a howling croon and surrealist lyrical bent.

 

BRITTANY HOWARD

BEST ROCK PERFORMANCE (“HISTORY REPEATS”)

BEST ROCK SONG (“HISTORY REPEATS”)

Photo credit: Danny Clinch

WATCH: “STAY HIGH” MUSIC VIDEO

Exceptional…a thrilling opus that pushes the boundaries of voice, sound, and soul to new extremes.” – PITCHFORK

 

“History Repeats” was the first single on the debut solo album from Brittany Howard, the frontwoman and guitarist for Alabama Shakes. Howard has become one of music’s most celebrated figures—the band has won four Grammys (out of its nine nominations), and she has performed everywhere from the Obama White House to the main stage at Lollapalooza, where she sang with Paul McCartney at his invitation. But for her solo debut, Jaime, Howard boldly decided to explore new directions, with diverse instrumentation and arrangements and intimate, revelatory lyrics. As the first project to come out under Brittany Howard’s own name, Jaime represents an enormous step both musically and personally.

 

EMILY KING

BEST R&B SONG (“LOOK AT ME NOW”)

BEST ENGINEERED ALBUM, NON-CLASSICAL (SCENERY)

WATCH: “LOOK AT ME NOW” LIVE VIDEO

“Sleek, vibrant R&B that’s packed with 1980s soundtrack flourishes and big moments; it’s the perfect frame for her extraordinary voice.” – PITCHFORK

 

For Emily King, the artist from New York City who spent her first three decades living on the same downtown block, that notion was always easier said than done. A proud New Yorker, she loved her home, her family, her friends, and her life there. But she resolved to challenge herself by moving out of her comfort zone, positive changes started taking shape immediately. In Upstate New York, the fresh air and fresh mentality gave her the proper space and perspective to create what would become the album of her career. Its name: Scenery. Following its release, Emily has performed at Coachella and Lollapalooza as well as TV shows like Jimmy Kimmel Live and Seth Meyers. She is currently on a national arena tour with Sara Bareilles.

 

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA

BEST CONTEMPORARY INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM (METTAVOLUTION)

Photo credit: Ebru Yildiz

WATCH: “METTAVOLUTION” MUSIC VIDEO

With a relentless and thought-out counterpoint of rhythm and melody that renders percussion (and vocals) unnecessary, Rodrigo and Gabriela’s signature acoustic sound, grounded on heavy metal influences, is virtuoso rock ‘n roll.” – BILLBOARD

 

Acclaimed guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela have been nominated for their album ‘Mettavolution.’ This marks the first time the duo has ever been nominated in their remarkable two-decade career – it’s their fifth studio LP and first album in five years. The LP embraces the duo’s passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution, and the liberation of the potential we have as a species, all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars. Conceived and composed in their studio in Ixtapa on the Mexican Pacific Coast, ‘Mettavolution’ was produced by multiple GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, Band of Horses).

 

ALTIN GÜN

BEST WORLD MUSIC ALBUM (GECE)

Photo credit: Sanja Marusic

WATCH: “SÜPÜRGESI YONCADAN” LIVE ON KEXP

Altin Gün’s groovy globalism is infectious.” – NPR

 

Psychedelic Turkish folk rock group Altin Gün have been nominated for their sophomore album. The nomination puts an exclamation point on an already exciting year for the Amsterdam-based group, for whom 2019 saw a tour supporting Tame Impala, festival slots at Outside Lands, Pickathon, Desert Daze and more, as well as sell-out performances in Brooklyn, Seattle, Philadelphia and more. Self described as “a folk band who play traditional standards,” the six-piece reinterprets lesser-known Anatolian rock and folk songs.

 

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20.11.2019 news

Drive-By Truckers Announce New Album ‘The Unraveling’

 

Drive-By Truckers have announced the release of their much-anticipated new album. The Unraveling arrives on Friday, January 31, 2020. The Unraveling is heralded by today’s premiere of the bracing new single, “Armageddon’s Back In Town,” available now for streaming and download. The track is joined by an official lyric video streaming now.

Pre-order at the ATO store now

 

WATCH “ARMAGEDDON’S BACK IN TOWN”

 

Drive-By Truckers’ 12th studio album and first new LP in more than three years – the longest gap between new DBT albums – The Unraveling was recorded at the legendary Sam Phillips Recording Service in Memphis, TN by GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Matt Ross-Spang (Jason Isbell, Margo Price) and longtime DBT producer David Barbe. Co-founding singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood both spent much of the time prior doing battle with deep pools of writer’s block. “How do you put these day to day things we’re all living through into the form of a song that we (much less anybody else) would ever want to listen to?” says Hood. “How do you write about the daily absurdities when you can’t even wrap your head around them in the first place? I think our response was to focus at the core emotional level. More heart and less cerebral perhaps.”

 

The songs that eventually emerged are among Drive-By Truckers’ most direct and pointedly provocative, tackling the myriad horrors of our new normal through sincere emotion and unbridled heart. Indeed, “Armageddon’s Back in Town” takes a whirlwind joyride through the whiplash of events we collectively deal with each day while the concluding “Awaiting Resurrection” dives headfirst into the despair and pain roiled up by these troubled times.

 

“The past three-and-a-half years were among the most tumultuous our country has ever seen,” says Hood, “and the duality between the generally positive state of affairs within our band while watching so many things we care about being decimated and destroyed all around us informed the writing of this album to the core.

 

“While a quick glance might imply that we’re picking up where 2016’s American Band album left off, the differences are as telling as the similarities. If the last one was a warning shot hinting at a coming storm, this one was written in the wreckage and aftermath. I’ve always said that all of our records are political but I’ve also said that ‘politics is personal’. With that in mind, this album is especially personal.”

 

The remarkable songcraft found on The Unraveling receives much of its musical muscle from the sheer strength of the current Drive-By Truckers line-up, with Hood and Cooley joined by bassist Matt Patton, keyboardist/multi-instrumentalist Jay Gonzalez, and drummer Brad Morgan – together, the longest-lasting iteration in the band’s almost 25-year history. The LP also features a number of special guests, including The Shins’ Patti King, violinist/string arranger Kyleen King (Brandi Carlile), and North Mississippi All-Stars’ Cody Dickinson, who contributes electric washboard to the strikingly direct “Babies In Cages.”

 

Hailed by Stereogum as “perhaps the greatest extant American rock and roll band,” Drive-By Truckers will mark The Unraveling with an epic world tour, to be announced soon. In the meantime, the band is set for a series of upcoming live dates, including a two-night-stand at Englewood, CO’s Gothic Theatre (January 17-18) and the annual HeAthen’s Homecoming, a three-night extravaganza marking the 26th anniversary of Hood’s first visit to Athens, GA’s world famous 40 Watt Club (February 13-15). In addition, both Hood and Cooley will spend December traveling on solo concert tours.

JANUARY

16 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theater

17 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre

18 – Denver, CO – Gothic Theatre

 

FEBRUARY

13 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club

14 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club

15 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt Club

18 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle

19 – Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater

21 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

22 – Boston, MA – Somerville Theatre

23 – Portland, ME – State Theatre

25 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall

27 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer

28 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

29 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club

 

MARCH

20 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

21 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

22 – Arcata, CA – Van Duzer Theatre

24 – Petaluma, CA – Mystic Theatre

26 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater

28 – Phoenix, AZ – The Van Buren

31 – Albuquerque, NM – El Rey Theater

 

APRIL

2 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater

3 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn

4 – Austin, TX – Scoot Inn

16 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel

17 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel

18 – Charleston, NC – High Water Festival *

21 – Winston-Salem, NC – The Ramkat

23 – Lexington, KY – Manchester Music Hall

24 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant

25 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

27 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall

28 – Orlando, FL – The Plaza Live

29 – Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall

 

MAY

1 – Birmingham, AL – Iron City

2 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees *

 

JUNE

1 – Raalte, NL – Ribs and Blues

3 – Dublin, IE – Vicar Street

5 – Leeds, UK – Irish Centre

6 – London, UK – O2 Forum

7 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso

8 – Antwerp, BE – De Roma

9 – Koln, DE – Kantine

11 – Berlin, DE – Kesselhaus

12 – Copenhagen, DK – Amager Bio

13 – Stockholm, SE – Sthlm Americana *

14 – Oslo, NO – Rockefeller

15 – Arhaus, DK – Train

 

* FESTIVAL PERFORMANCE

 

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PATTERSON HOOD

SOLO 2019

 

NOVEMBER

22 – Huntsville, AL – Tangled String Studios (EARLY SHOW/LATE SHOW)

 

DECEMBER

2 – York, PA – Appell Center For The Performing Arts

3 – Bethesda, MD – AMP by Strathmore

5 – Charleston, SC – The Pour House

6 – Tampa, FL – The Attic

7 – Tampa, FL – The Attic

9 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic

10 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic

12 – Austin, TX – Cactus Café

13 – Austin, TX – Cactus Café

14 – Dallas, TX – Sons of Hermann Hall

16 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room

17 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall

18 – Denver, CO – Globe Hall

20 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

21 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge

 

# # #

 

MIKE COOLEY

SOLO 2019

 

DECEMBER

4 – Portland, OR – The Old Church

5 – Seattle, WA – Ballard Homestead

6 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge

7 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge

11 – Pensacola, FL – Ashmore Auditorium at Pensacola State College

12 – Jacksonville, FL – Blue Jay Listening Room

13 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic (EARLY SHOW/LATE SHOW)

14 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn

                                                                                                           

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20.11.2019 news

Mattiel Release New Music Video “Millionaire” and Announces Tour

Lauded Atlanta band Mattiel have shared the video to “Millionaire”, taken from their much acclaimed second album, Satis Factory, which was released in June. The band have also revealed touring plans and will be making their first run of coast-to-coast American dates since Satis Factory’s release, kicking off in Houston, Texas on January 23rd and winding their way around the country, taking in Los Angeles, the West Coast, the South, the Midwest, Canada, New York City and the East Coast. Tickets on sale Friday, November 22nd @ 10am local time. All dates below!

 

Filmed at a Southern state fair, and directed by frontwoman Mattiel Brown, the “Millionaire” video documents the faces of the hardworking fairground ride operators, sidestall workers and bucking broncos as day turns to dusk and then into evening. Says Mattiel, “Besides the nostalgia factor from my childhood, I wanted to shoot the video at a state fair because there’s such an eerie juxtaposition between the bright lights and the actual people who run the cheap thrills. The need for instant gratification is a very American, western-world thing. No matter the mental or physical cost, entertainment is always readily available. But funny enough, inside this huge funfair of rides and games, a lot of the people I ran into didn’t look entertained at all.”

 

The song itself, a languid lament delivered in Nico-esque tones, was written, she explains, “about high expectations and empty promises. I suppose it serves as my own warning against complacency.  It’s also the song that inspired the title of the album.”

 

Watch the video below

 

The last few months have been action packed for the band who first won international praise for their self titled Burger Records’ debut in 2017. Championed by Jack White – who took them out on arena shows around the US – they’re making their way back to the US with their brilliant album Satis Factory. Their dynamic live performances landed them their TV debut, first in the UK on the BBC’s prestigious Later…with Jools Holland and then on NBC’s Last Call in the U.S, before touring extensively in the UK Europe, on a run that included an impressive three sets – on three different stages – at this summer’s Glastonbury Festival. “Millionaire” follows previous impressive videos, “Keep The Change”, “Je Ne Me Connais Pas” and “Food For Thought.

 

Listen to Satis Factory NOW 

 

The band, anchored by the impressive talents of guitarist and co-songwriter Jonah Swilley, initially met in 2014 through the local music scene in Atlanta. Mattiel Brown, who had never fronted a band before and was working full time as a graphic designer, found the musical camaraderie and shared vision that she’d been seeking.The process of recording Satis Factory was built upon the success of Swilley and Mattiel’s time working together on their debut album. It’s a team that just works. “Jonah will put a structure together and send it to me through an email,” Mattiel explains. “And then we’ll restructure it if we need to and I’ll write a melody and lyrics to it and eventually record it.

 

Where the first record was confident, Satis Factory is even more so. This is probably down to the chemistry between them; they seem in awe of each other. “Some of Mattiel’s best lyrical writing is effortless,” Jonah says. “She’s thoughtful with what she wants to say as an artist, but also understands pop sensibilities.”

 

Catch Mattiel Live:

1/23/20 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall Upstairs – Tickets

1/24/20 – Dallas, TX – Three Links – Tickets

1/25/20 – Austin, TX – Barracuda – Tickets

1/28/20 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar* – Tickets

1/29/20 – Santa Ana, CA – Constellation Room* – Tickets

1/31/20 – Los Angeles, CA – Bootleg* – Tickets

2/1/20  – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord* – Tickets

2/4/20  – Portland, OR – Doug Fir* – Tickets

2/6/20 – Vancouver, BC – Fox Cabaret* – Tickets

2/8/20 – Seattle, WA – Sunset* – Tickets

2/11/20 – Boise, ID – Neurolux* – Tickets

2/12/20 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge* – Tickets

2/15/20 – Denver, CO – Lost Lake* – Tickets

2/18/20 – Kansas City, MO – Riot Room – Tickets

2/19/20 – St. Louis, MO – Blueberry Hill – Tickets

2/21/20 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt – Tickets

2/22/20 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl – Tickets

 

*With Calvin Love supporting

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