“Rodrigo y Gabriela” returns with a new re-master and previously unreleased live album and DVD to be released March 31st. Watch and share “Satori (Live at the Olympia Theatre” via Consequence of Sound, and pre-order the deluxe album HERE.
Mexico City’s Rodrigo y Gabriela originally released their self-titled breakthrough album in 2006 and are now excited to announce a 10year anniversary deluxe edition for 2017 that will be released on March 31st via ATO Records. The deluxe edition will include a 2-LP set including both a re-mastered version of the original album and a 2006 performance, live from Olympia Theatre in Dublin.
Affectionately known to fans as “the Crocodile album”, the original record has sold nearly one million copies worldwide and the global success of the album, together with endless touring, established Rod & Gab as one of the most popular acoustic instrumental artists in the world.
They made worldwide TV appearances on David Letterman, Jools Holland and Austin City Limits among others, and have sold out tours of America, UK, France and Japan, including festival appearances at Bonnaroo and Glastonbury and multiple nights at the Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Le Zenith (France), Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Radio City Music Hall (NYC) and the Hollywood Bowl.
“We are busy at work on our new record, but looking back at this album, it’s good to be reminded of how far we’ve come in ten years,” said Rodrigo. “We had some crazy times in Ireland, and made many great friends there,” added Gabriela. “The fans are so passionate about music, this is a thank you to them and our time in Dublin.”
Rodrigo y Gabriela was produced by John Leckie (My Morning Jacket, Radiohead, The Stone Roses) and mastered by Robyn Robins, who also did the re-master. The CD format will be a two CD + one DVD set including the re-mastered album, the live set and a concert film of the live set. The vinyl version will be a double album on 180-heavyweight vinyl. Pre-order it HERE.
We are very excited to welcome LA’s psychedelic soul masters Chicano Batman to the ATO family! You may have seen the band on tour recently with Alabama Shakes and Jack White or at festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The new Chicano Batman album Freedom Is Free will be released March 3rd, 2017. Check out the first single “Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)” at Noisey.
Chicano Batman came out of L.A., four young men in vintage formalwear, playing songs that blended Brazilian Tropicalía with early ’70s psychedelic soul and the romantic pop of bands like Los Ángeles Negros. It was an immediately addictive sonic brew, and their reputation grew fast. Now, they’re making their boldest statement yet with Freedom Is Free.
Pre-order “Freedom Is Free”: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon
Freedom Is Free reflects Chicano Batman’s decision to foreground the soul and R&B elements of their sound. To achieve their ambitious sonic goals, the quartet worked with producer Leon Michels (El Michels Affair, The Arcs) in his Diamond Mine Recording studio in Long Island City, NY. Michels, a veteran in the New York soul scene, has performed in Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, The Black Keys and The Menahan Street Band. In addition to tracking the album to analog tape, Michels contributed keyboards and his trademark horn arrangements (he’s been sampled by Jay-Z and Ghostface Killah). The partnership between Michels and Chicano Batman truly captures the band’s live energy and brings their aesthetic goals to life.
UPCOMING CHICANO BATMAN TOUR DATES
Feb 23 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile #
Feb 24 – Portland, OR – Star Theater #
Feb 25 – Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall #
Feb 26 – Arcata, CA – Arcata Theatre Lounge #
Mar 01 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s #
Mar 02 – San Jose, CA – The Ritz #
Mar 03 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore #
Mar 13 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad $
Mar 19 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio $
Mar 21 – Atlanta, GA – The EARL #
Mar 22 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight #
Mar 23 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 #
Mar 24 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern #
Mar 25 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel #
Mar 27 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge #
Mar 28 – Boston, MA — The Sinclair #
Mar 31 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom #
Apr 01 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry @ The Fillmore #
Apr 02 – Pittsburgh, PA – James Street Ballroom #
Apr 04 – Toronto, ON – The Velvet Underground #
Apr 05 – Detroit, MI – El Club #
Apr 06 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache @ The Intersection #
Apr 07 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall #
Apr 08 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird $
Apr 10 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater $
Apr 11 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf $
# w. 79.5
$ w. The Shacks
All dates w. SadGirl
With over twenty years and ten albums to their name, Texas alt-country stalwarts Old 97’s are excited to be releasing their eleventh LP, Graveyard Whistling via ATO Records. The album was recorded in the same Tornillo, Texas studio as their major label debut back in 1996, Too Far To Care. “[Too Far To Care] is the sound that best defined us,” says Rhett Miller, the lead singer and primary songwriter. “It was a really magical time, and we go back to it a lot in our collective memory.” And so when it came time for the band—which still consists of the same four members: Miller, guitarist Ken Bethea, bassist Murry Hammond, and drummer Philip Peeples—to record their newest endeavor, producer Vance Powell brought up the idea of returning to Tornillo. “We knew instantly that it was the perfect move,” says Miller.
Pre-Order now and choose from 4 different vinyl colors: Official Store | iTunes
“The time-travel element can’t be overstated,” says Rhett. “It was a beautiful feeling of completing a circle—we’re the same people, but we had grown so much as band mates and friends. It really made me believe in the power of experience and that you do get better with time.”
While there are new collaborators on Graveyard Whistling, including Nicole Atkins and Butch Walker, there aren’t more than a handful of bands in history who can claim to have an intact, unchanged line-up as they approach twenty-five years together. There is, of course, no real blueprint or rulebook for sustaining the kind of chemistry that Miller, Bethea, Hammond, and Peeples enjoy.
“I think our longevity can be attributed primarily to our friendship and ability to overcome those moments when egos want to overtake and obliterate everything in their path,” says Miller. “We experienced the hype of the old business model, with all of its excess and idiocy, and also the deconstruction of that model and the advent of the new world, and been able to maintain a fundamental love for each other.
On vinyl, Graveyard Whistling will be released with four different cover color options – red, blue, green and silver – with four matching vinyl colors in translucent red, translucent blue, translucent green, and clear. You can pre-order the album physically or digitally HERE and head below to check out Old 97’s 2017 tour dates.
2/25 – Ponte Verde, FL – Ponte Verde Concert Hall
2/26 – 3/2 – Outlaw Country Cruise
3/2 – St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre
3/3 – Tallahassee, FL – Fifth and Thomas
3/4 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
3/21 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
3/22 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
3/23 – Eugene, OR – Wow Hall
3/24 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
3/25 – San Luis Obispo, CA – The Fremont Theater
3/29 – Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
3/30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
3/31 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
4/1 – Big Bear Lake, CA – The Cave Big Bear
4/2 – Las Vegas, CA – Vinyl
4/5 – Scottsdale, AZ – Livewire
4/6 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing Co
4/7 – Lubbock, TX – The Blue Light
On Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new album The Navigator (out March 10 on ATO Records), Alynda Segarra tells an interwoven, cinematic story of a wandering soul at a crossroads of identity and ancestral weight. It finds a street kid named Navita traversing a perpetually burning city in search of herself. The Navigator is a thrilling call to arms that could not come at a more crucial time. It also finds Hurray for the Riff Raff at its own musical intersection, delving deep into the worlds of Latin rhythms, searing rock, and incisive ballads.
The Navigator was produced by Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Devendra Banhart) and recorded at Electric Lady Studios in NYC and Panoramic House in California. The album features percussionists Juan-Carlos Chaurand, Gregory Rogove (Rodrigo Amarante), a trio of Bomba drummers, and Doo Wop singers from New Jersey.
Says Alynda: This is dedicated to the water protectors of Standing Rock – thank you for your bravery and giving us hope. Also, to the people of Peñuelas, Puerto Rico, who are demanding an end to the AES dumping of coal ash which leads to water contamination – we are with you.
All over the world there are heroes, who, despite suffering generations of oppression, are protecting the land and the future of our humanity. Rican Beach is a fictional place, but it was written with my ancestors in mind. It’s time to call on yours and to always remember: this land was made for you and me.
Hurray for the Riff Raff will tour extensively in 2017 and today announce a spring tour in support of the album. Full list of dates below. Tickets go on sale Friday Dec 9 at 10AM local time in the US (and Weds Dec 7 at 10AM UK time in the EU/UK).
“The Navigator” is currently available at the band’s official store, iTunes and Amazon for fans to pre-order with an immediate download of “Rican Beach.” The PledgeMusic pre-order features exclusive items including autographed CD and vinyl, one of a kind lyric sheets, and deluxe bundles.
2. Living In The City
3. Hungry Ghost
4. Life to Safe
5. Nothing’s Gonna Change Girl
6. The Navigator
7. Halfway There
8. Rican Beach
9. Fourteen Floors
January 18 – London UK – Sebright Arms
January 19 – Newcastle UK – Cluny 2
January 20 – Glasgow UK – Celtic Connections at Drygate
January 21- Bristol UK – The Lantern
January 24 – Amsterdam ML – Paradiso, Upstairs
March 20 – Leeds – Brudenell
March 21 – Manchester UK – Deaf Institute
March 22 – London UK – The Dome
March 23 – Winchester UK – The Railway Inn
March 25 – Brighton UK – Sticky Mikes
March 28 – Brussels BE – Rotonde
March 29 – Hamburg DE – Hakken
March 30 – Berlin DE – Gruener Salon
March 31 – Munich DE – Milla
April 2 – Munster DE – American Series – Pumpenhaus
April 3 – Rotterdam NL – Rotown
April 4 – Utrecht NL – EKKO
April 5 – Groningen NL –Vera
April 15 – Middlebury, VT –Middlebury College
April 16 – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music
April 18 – Cambridge, MA – Sinclair
April 19 – Cambridge, MA – Sinclair
April 20 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
April 21 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café (downstairs)
April 23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
April 24 – Cincinnati, OH – Woodward Theater
April 25 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
April 27 – Detroit, MI – Magic Bag
April 28 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
April 29 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
April 30 – Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Café
May 2 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House
May 3 – Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge
May 4 – Birmingham, AL – The Saturn
May 5 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre
*All US dates w/Ron Gallo
King Gizzard’s newest album FLYING MICROTONAL BANANA is out February 24 – pre-order now from ATO and get a free, limited edition King Gizzard zine. You’ll also instantly download “Rattlesnake”, “Nuclear Fusion”, and “Sleep Drifter” when you pre-order, and receive an early download of the album on February 20.
Flying Microtonal Banana is King Gizzard’s first-ever experience in microtonal tuning, which features intervals smaller than a semitone and not found in customary Western tuning octaves.
“Earlier this year we started experimenting with a custom microtonal guitar our friend Zak made for Stu,” further explained drummer Eric Moore. “The guitar was modified to play in 24-TET tuning and could only be played with other microtonal instruments. We ended up giving everyone a budget of $200 to buy instruments and turn them microtonal. The record features the modified electric guitars, basses, keyboards and harmonica as well as a turkish horn called a Zurna.” – Eric Moore
US TOUR DATES
3/29 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club^#
3/30 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre^#
3/31 – New York, NY – Webster Hall^#
4/2 – Boston, MA – Royale^#
4/3 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall^#
4/4 – Montreal, Canada – Fairmount Theatre^#
4/5 – Toronto, Canada – Danforth Theatre^#
4/6 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick^#
4/7 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom^#
4/8 – Chicago, IL – Metro^#
4/9 – Seattle, WA – Neumos^
4/10 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre^
4/11 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall^
4/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore^
4/14 – Indio, CA – Coachella
4/18 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas^
4/19 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom^
4/21 – Indio, CA – Coachella
^ with ORB
# with Stonefield
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
5/31 – 6/4 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival 2017
6/3 – London, UK – Field Day 2017
6/8 – 6/10 – Porto, Portugal – NOS Primavera Sound 2017
6/14 – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
6/15 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
Margaret Glaspy’s ‘Emotions and Math’ on New York Times Best Albums list! Watch new music video, on tour now!
“One of the year’s best new artists” – NPR Music
“Glaspy’s a world-class songwriter, and each track on Emotions And Math explores the divide between desire and rationality with exactitude and confidence. If Glaspy feels like an outlier in today’s musical landscape, that’s only because she’s so remarkable, and her music demonstrates that the singer-songwriter tradition is alive and thriving.” – Stereogum, “40 Best New Bands of 2016”
Margaret Glaspy‘s Emotions and Math has made several of the year’s Best Of lists, including #7 Best Album of 2016 by Jon Pareles for The New York Times. She has released a new music video for the title track of her critically acclaimed debut album. Watch it now via NPR Music:
Watch her NPR Tiny Desk performance below, and make sure to catch Margaret on tour now.
Margaret was also named as a VEVO DSCVR artist, highlighting the best up-and-coming artists. Watch her live performance of “You and I” below:
Singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick Hakim was via The FADER’s “Gen F” series as he prepares his debut full-length album Green Twins, set for release in the spring of 2017 on ATO Records. Notes The FADER, Hakim is “…a singer who composes achingly beautiful soul music that almost always reaches you somewhere deep in your bones.” Read the feature here
His debut full-length album follows Hakim’s critically praised Where Will We Go Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 EPs, released on his own Earseed Records imprint in 2014. The collection of intimate, lo-fi soul songs was called “lovingly dreamy and hopelessly bleary at once” by NPR Music. The long out-of-print 12” will be reissued on milky white vinyl with all new interior art by ATO Records, and is now available for pre-order for delivery by March 2017:
The Brooklyn-based, Washington, D.C.-raised musician grew up in a household overflowing with musical diversity and cites influences ranging from Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, to Madlib and MF Doom, to South American folk and DC punk. It comes as no surprise that Nick tends to blend genres, mixing an ambient airy psychedelic sound with the raw gut-wrenching emotion of the blues.
Hakim has performed supporting the likes of Maxwell, How To Dress Well, KING and more, in addition to his headline dates. Look for him to kick off 2017 by bringing his new live show to New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and London, before heading out on a full tour around the album’s release. See tour dates below, and visit the “Live Dates” section of http://nickhakim.com for ticket info. Look for lots more from Nick Hakim in 2017.
Joseph, the trio of hypnotically harmonizing sisters Allison, Meegan and Natalie Closner, has been burning up radio charts and Spotify playlists with their triumphant anthem “White Flag.” Watch their captivating performance of Later with Jools Holland here!
Also watch them perform the hit single on Ellen below:
NPR, which premiered the new album, says: “On I’m Alone, No You’re Not, sweetness and power aren’t mutually exclusive. Punctuated by peppy, remix-friendly songs of devotion (“Blood & Tears”) and resistance (“White Flag”), I’m Alone, No You’re Not finds the Oregon-bred sisters delving into luscious ballads (“I Don’t Mind”), spirited dance-pop (“SOS [Overboard]”) and songs that build to cavernously booming, kick-drum-intensive rock (the appropriately titled “Canyon”). Joseph may have gotten its start playing living-room shows, but these songs are more than sturdy enough to support the layers of studio polish they get here.”
Watch Joseph on CONAN:
Watch their performance on CBS This Morning – Saturday Sessions:
And don’t miss their television debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon:
Jonny Fritz is back— with a new album, a new hip, and a new homebase in Los Angeles, California. Produced by Jim James, Sweet Creep includes the lyricism of prior release Dad Country with an added air of hopefulness. Jonny throws himself into the new album by stripping things down to the essentials. He gathered Nashville’s Joshua Hedley and Dawes’ Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith and recorded the whole album in three days.
Sweet Creep marks the return of a renewed lyricism in country music, a recurring theme in Fritz’s previous album Dad Country. Recorded in James’ makeshift hilltop studio in Montecito Heights, the album reverberates with the feeling of sunny vistas. Jonny gathered Nashville’s Joshua Hedley and Dawes’ Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith and stripped things down to the essentials. Recorded in just three days, the fresh air, freedom from studio pressures, and strong cups of tea all mix into the music.
A Montana native, Jonny was raised in Virginia and has passed weeks in nearly every city in the United States and overseas. He is a torchbearer, brimming with personality in the celebrated country music tradition. Fans look to country musicians such as John Hartford, Roger Miller, and Billy Joe Shaver for more than just music. They look for a life, for outrageous legend, for a showmanship on and off stage that Jonny Fritz will never fail to deliver. He might not have shot anybody or spent any considerable time in prison, but on Sweet Creep he reminds himself and his fans that sometimes great lives can also be pretty good ones.
Tour Dates w/ Jamestown Revival
11/1 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
11/3 – Dallas, TX – Kessler Theater
11/4 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
11/5 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11/10 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Blind Pilot‘s new album “And Then Like Lions”, their first in five years, is now available.
The album premiered via NPR First Listen, where NPR’s Stephen Thompson said, “And Then Like Lions unfurls slowly and gracefully, its energy directed more toward richness of sound than speed or force.” They just released a new music video for “Packed Powder” via Wall Street Journal – watch it below.
Watch the band perform on CBS Saturday Morning:
Watch Blind Pilot perform their new single “Packed Powder” at Bear Creek Studios via BrooklynVegan:
Listen to “Umpqua Rushing”, which NPR Music calls “a hazy, quiet beauty that builds slowly but persistently.”:
Written and composed by Blind Pilot’s Israel Nebeker over the course of three years, the record is a transcendent, cathartic response to the loss of his father and end of a 13-year relationship. ‘Lions’ is Blind Pilot’s most exhilarating album to date, a lush 10-song collection that is resilient, uplifting and often majestic in the face of tragedy.
Blind Pilot has performed on Ellen and The Late Show with David Letterman, at the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza. The group has shared stages with The Shins, Andrew Bird, Calexico and more. The project began in 2007 when Israel and co-founding member Ryan Dobrowski went on a West Coast tour via bicycle.