Rolling Stone just premiered the first track off of Rhett Miller‘s upcoming solo album The Traveler, out May 12, describing it as a “jubilant love song about picnicking in the sun”. The song is called “Most in the Summertime”, and you can instantly download it when you pre-order the album:
Backing Rhett Miller on The Traveler is Black Prairie, a six-piece band composed of members of The Decemberists and R.E.M.. Comparing his new solo material to his work with Old 97s, Rhett Miller said, “Where the 97’s record was raw and raunchy, these songs needed a more delicate touch.”
Check out Rhett Miller’s tour dates below, and get tickets at his website.
4/23 – Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theater#
4/24 – Bloomington, IN – Castle Theater#
4/25 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music#
4/26 – Chicago, IL – Old Town School of Folk Music#
5/13 – Somerville, PA – Johnny D’s
5/14 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
5/15 – Hudson, NY – Club Helsinki
5/17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
5/18 – Annapolis, MD – Ram’s Head Tavern
5/21 – Wilmington, DE – World Café Live
6/11 – Fort Worth, TX – Shipping and Receiving Bar
6/12 – Austin, TX – Strange Brew
6/13 – Houston, TX – Mucky Duck
6/15 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
6/16 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios
6/18 – San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
6/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Hotel Café
6/20 – San Diego, CA – The Casbah
6/21 – Hermosa Beach, CA – Sainte Rock
6/24 – New York, NY – City Winery
In a profile in this week’s New York Times Magazine, you can listen to a new song from Alabama Shakes upcoming album Sound & Color, out April 21. Listen to “Future People” and read the profile, which follows the band’s story back to their beginnings in Athens, Alabama, HERE.
Preorder new Alabama Shakes album Sound & Color and instantly download “Future People”, “Gimme All Your Love”, and “Don’t Wanna Fight”:
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Writer Joe Rhodes says of the new album, “The band’s new material is markedly trippier and more sophisticated than their bluesy, foot-stomping debut. There are psychedelic slow-jam dreamscapes, with names like “Gemini” and “Dunes” and “Future People” that call to mind Prince or D’Angelo. There are layered falsetto vocals, some of them borderline operatic, distorted guitars and high-frequency feedback. There are vibraphones.”
We’re very excited to share the NPR premier of Benjamin Booker‘s new short film “The Future Is Slow Coming”, featuring the songs “Slow Coming” and “Wicked Waters”. NPR’s Ann Powers describes it as “a kind of mash-up of Selma and Beasts of the Southern Wild, with Booker as an unwilling time traveler recalling both the segregated Deep South and current controversial police actions.
“The first song, “Slow Coming” was written before Eric Garner or Michael Brown were killed, when I first moved to New Orleans in 2012. I was seeing friends fight for gay rights. I was seeing people who immigrated to the States struggle for decent wages and a good education. I was seeing an astounding amount of gun violence and people marching on the streets of Central City for a stop to the crime.
I know the difference between right and wrong and I couldn’t understand how these issues I was reading about in books about the 1950s, from people like James Baldwin, could still be unresolved.” – Benjamin Booker
Watch Alabama Shakes perform songs from their new album Sound & Color, out April 21, on SNL last night. Watch the Saturday Night Live performances of “Don’t Wanna Fight” and “Gimme All Your Love” below, and receive both tracks as instant downloads when you preorder the album. The band’s performance of “Don’t Wanna Fight” from Letterman is below as well:
SOJA Releases New Music Video “Shadow”, Raises Awareness For Out-Of-School Children in Ethiopia
The Video Is Part Of UNICEF’s “Out-of-School” Children Initiative; 3 Million Children Remain Out Of School In The East African Nation
SOJA, in collaboration with UNICEF, are helping to highlight the problem of out-of-school children in Ethiopia through their new music video, “Shadow,” which was filmed in Jigiga, Ethiopia. An estimated 3 million primary school-aged children remain out of school in the East African nation. For more information, visit: http://www.AllInSchool.org/ You can watch + share the video HERE.
The global initiative calls for a greater investment in better data and demonstrates that reaching the most marginalized children may initially cost more but also yields greater benefits. Visit the UNICEF website for more information about the initiative: http://www.unicef.org/education/bege_61659.html
“Shadow is a song for people as a whole everywhere in the world,” explains SOJA lead guitarist and vocalist Trevor Young. “It’s about realizing that we are all equals and should be treated that way. Education should be a basic human right for all people. We are excited to be releasing a music video that will spotlight the power of education and the severe lack of access to schools in Ethiopia.”
The song “Shadow” is featured on the band’s new album Amid The Noise And Haste (ATO Records) which was recently nominated for a GRAMMY in the “Best Reggae Album” category. The album originally debuted at #20 on Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart and #3 on iTunes Top Albums Chart. Rolling Stone said: “This new album will likely win friends, influence people, and make the country a better place.” USA Today gave the album 3 1/2 out of 4 stars, saying, “This band’s bouncy rhythms and soulful melodies carry potent messages of social justice.”
Amid The Noise And Haste was produced by multiple GRAMMY award winning Jamaican producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend). Amid The Noise And Haste features special guests including Michael Franti, Damian Marley, and Collie Buddz.
Feb 25 – The Fillmore – Charlotte, NC
Feb 26 – The Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
Feb 27 – The NorVa – Norfolk, VA
Feb 28 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
Mar 1 – House Of Blues – Boston, MA
Mar 7 – Isla Grande Pier – San Juan, Puerto Rico
Mar 14 – Festival Estéreo Picnic – Bogotá, Colombia
Apr 2-3 – Byron Bay Bluesfest – Byron Bay, Australia
Apr 4 – The Triffid – Brisbane, Australia
Apr 5 – Enmore Theatre – Sydney, Australia
Apr 6 – Byron Bay Bluesfest – Byron Bay, Australia
Apr 18 – Red Rocks Amphitheatre – Morrison, CO
May 19 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
May 20-21 – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
May 22 – California Roots – Monterey, CA
Jun 11-14 – Bonnaroo – Manchester, TN
June 26-28 – Festival Garorock – Marmande, France
Jul 3 – Festival Au Foin de la Rue – St. Denis de Gastines, France
Jul 4 – Summerjam Festival – Cologne, Germany
Jul 9-11 – All Good Music Festival – Summit Point, WV
Today, Old Crow Medicine Show releases The Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer EP. The release contains the latest single from The Crow – “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer.” This special 4 track EP also includes two tracks which were previously unavailable to fans – “Mother Church,” written in honor of Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium and former long time home to the Grand Ole Opry, a live version of “The Warden”, and “I Done Wrong Blues” which was previously released on a limited edition 7″. A physical version of the EP will be available this spring.
Celebrated roots string band Old Crow Medicine Show won the GRAMMY for BEST FOLK ALBUM for their highly praised album Remedy on ATO Records. Remedy marked the highest Billboard debut in the band’s 18 year career and was praised by the press with coverage that included NPR Music, NPR Morning Edition, Garden & Gun, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Huffington Post, Associated Press and many more. Old Crow Medicine Show also performed on CONAN, headlined their biggest tour ever and most recently was the subject of an extensive profile on CBS This Morning.
Old Crow Medicine Show recently shot a video for their new single “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer”, at Nashville’s famed Tennessee State Penitentiary, which was also the location for the acclaimed Tom Hanks film, The Green Mile. CMT will debut the video via a 48 Hour Exclusive Premiere on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown, CMT, and CMT.com on February 21st and 22nd.
With fans ranging from hipsters to college students to music purists young and old, Old Crow Medicine Show have remained an unwavering force in roots music. Now being recognized as the torch-bearers of traditional old-time string music, or Country Music as they like to refer to it, they proudly and successfully are doing their part to celebrate the integrity of the genre in the modern era. The EP is available now on iTunes and Amazon.
Preorder the new Alabama Shakes album Sound & Color (out April 21) now from the ATO shop!
Alabama Shakes “I Found You” (from their 2012 debut “Boys & Girls”) is featured in the trailer for the series finale of “Mad Men”!
Alabama Shakes are heading out on tour, and the New York Times just published a tremendous review of last night’s Beacon Theater show. Check out the tour dates below, and buy tickets at their website.
Mar 14 | Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Mar 15 | Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Mar 17 | Madison, WI @ Overture Center for the ARts
Mar 18 | Champaign, IL @ Virginia Theatre
Mar 20 | Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall (SOLD OUT)
Mar 21 | Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre (SOLD OUT)
Apr 10 | Coachella (SOLD OUT)
Apr 11 | Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
Apr 17 | Coachella (SOLD OUT)
Apr 18 | Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas
May 28 | St. Louis, MO @ The Fabulous Fox Theatre
May 29 | Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
Ma 30 | Minneapolis, MN @ Hall’s Island (SOLD OUT)
Jun 2 | Indianapolis, IN @ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
Jun 3 | Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple
Jun 4 | Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
Jun 5 | Monmouth, NJ @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
Jun 6 | Toronto, ON @ Garrison Common, Fort York
Jun 9 | Charlottesville, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion
Jun 10 | Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre
Jun 11 | Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo
Aug 16 | Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Watch her performance on CONAN below, and read her interview with NPR’s Ann Powers, who calls the album “a glorious storm”. Brandi will host intimate release shows in LA (March 4) and NYC (March 11) as well as a limited capacity acoustic, unamplified SXSW “Pin Drop” concert at Austin’s Central Presbyterian Church on March 18. See the rest of Brandi’s tour dates here.
‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’ was recorded almost entirely as first takes without any demoing and little rehearsal before gathering at Bear Creek Studio in Washington State.
The result is immediate and electrifying. “The Eye,” a song influenced by Crosby, Stills and Nash, is so intimate and hushed you can hear the quiver of Brandi’s voice in a flawless 3-part harmony. Lead-off track and first single “Wherever Is Your Heart” captures a fiery intensity.
The creative spirit of the album is also exemplified in Brandi’s sold-out Pin Drop Tour, which wowed audiences this fall. Playing historic rooms, Brandi and The Twins performed songs new and old without any amplification – no mics, no amps, no PA – relying only on their voices, acoustic instruments and the venues themselves. The Chicago Tribune attributed Carlile to proving “that sometimes music has more to say than speakers can communicate.”
‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’ follows 2012’s ‘Bear Creek,’ which debuted in the Billboard Top 10, was hailed as “gorgeous” by Rolling Stone and “tremendously assured” by NPR. Brandi has sold out venues like Red Rocks, back to back nights at The Beacon Theater and performed at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and more.
1. Wherever Is Your Heart
2. The Eye
3. The Things I Regret
4. Mainstream Kid
5. Beginning To Feel The Years
6. Wilder (We’re Chained)
7. Blood Muscle Skin & Bone
8. I Belong To You
10. The Stranger At My Door
11. Heroes And Songs
12. Murder In The City
Kopecky are thrilled to announce their second album, Drug for the Modern Age, set to be released on May 19 via ATO Records. Listen to the lead single “Quarterback”, which SPIN premiered and praised as a “melodic three-minute blast with piercing guitar riffs and an adrenaline-pumped chorus.” The album is now available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, and Kopecky’s official store.
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Formerly known as the Kopecky Family Band, the Nashville based group has had their music appear on a variety of hit television series including Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood, The Vampire Diaries, and MTV’s Awkward to name a few. They’ve also toured all over the world and have played at some of the largest music festivals including Austin City Limits, Bumbershoot, and Lollapalooza. This year they will be performing at SXSW.
Their upcoming release, Drug for the Modern Age, explores such life-altering events as the sudden loss of a loved one, divorce, and struggles with addiction, along with more joyful happenings like new love and marriage. “The album was written in this weird time of so much pain but also happiness, and that really informed the writing and recording,” says vocalist/guitarist Gabe Simon, who co-founded the group with vocalist/keyboardist Kelsey Kopecky in 2007. “Our goal was to talk about all these very serious things we were dealing with, but in a way that felt nothing like wallowing and more like standing triumphantly, or even dancing our way through it.”
In achieving that dynamic, Kopecky (whose lineup also includes guitarist Steven Holmes, bassist Corey Oxendine, cellist Markus Midkiff, and drummer David Krohn) offer moments of symphonic grandeur alongside edgy, electronic-leaning innovation. Meanwhile, their daringly intimate lyrics both unsettle and engage, asking questions and encouraging reflection on the part of the listener.
As on their 2012 debut Kids Raising Kids, Kopecky teamed up with Konrad Snyder, but this time around the band took a more slowed-down and deliberate approach. This allowed them to bring new level of sophistication and soulfulness to their songcraft.
Drug for the Modern Age serves up its share of intricately layered love songs as well, revealing Kopecky’s endless grace in merging sweetness and melancholy. In its quietly devastating narrative of sex and heartbreak, “Closed Doors” is an epic breakup ballad built on dreamy guitar tones and sensually charged lyrics. A shimmering piece of dance-pop genius, “My Love” sheds light on the ephemeral nature of romance on the road. And with its gritty guitar riffs and bombastic drumbeats, “Quarterback” spins the slyly feel-good story of an underdog who misrepresents himself to get the girl before realizing that, as Gabe explains, “he can love as good as anyone else, and it doesn’t matter who he is.”
With the band forever bound by their shared passion for purposeful songwriting, all that revelation and sometimes-painful truth-telling ultimately fulfills something central to Kopecky’s mission: a deeper and stronger connection with each person listening.
3/18 – 3/20 at SXSW in Austin, TX
3/20 at Common Grounds in Waco, TX
3/26 at the Hi Fi in Indianapolis, IN
3/27 at Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI
3/28 at Verve Night Club in Terre Haute, IN
4/2 at Club Café in Pittsburgh, PA
4/3 at Musica in Akron, OH
4/10 at The Loft in Columbus, GA
4/11 at One Spark Festival in Jacksonville, FL
4/12 at Second Sunday in Macon, GA
4/28 at Pour House in Charleston, SC
4/29 at Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA
5/4 at Mercury Lounge in New York, NY
5/5 at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY
5/8 at Artisphere in Greenville, SC
5/14 at Camp House in Chattanooga, TN
5/15 at Vinyl in Atlanta, GA
5/17 at Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL
5/19 at Basement in Nashville, TN
5/22 at Live Oak in Fort Worth, TX
5/28 at Club Bahia in Los Angeles, CA
5/29 at Bottlerock Festival in Napa, CA
6/4 at Wakarusa in Ozark, AR