23.05.2017 news
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Stream Benjamin Booker’s new album ‘Witness’ in full via NPR Music & watch live sessions

You can now stream the new album Witness in its entirety via NPR First Listen – LISTEN HERE. NPR notes that on Witness, “Booker leans especially hard into the vintage soul-rock, gospel and blues that have underpinned his work from the start, folding R&B string arrangements and gospel piano into his guitar’s gritty rampage.”

Witness is out June 2 – pre-order it here now: http://smarturl.it/witness-preorder

Previously, Benjamin Booker shared the track “Believe” with an accompanying live session video and interview via TIME check it out now.

Head to Mic to watch two new Benjamin Booker session videos for “Witness” and “Right On You”, recorded live at Providence’s Columbus Theatre with album producer Sam Cohen on guitar and several of the musicians who played on the album. Mic praises Booker’s music as “an urgent synthesis of blues, gospel and soul … with a raw and unforgiving candor that’s reminiscent of downtown New York punk.”

Download the studio versions of both tracks when you pre-order Witness, out June 2: http://smarturl.it/witness-preorder 


Listen to “Right On You” via The FADER
, which calls it “a staticky, high-tempo ballad that packs a punch”. Download “Right On You” instantly when you pre-order Witness.

Previously, Booker shared the title track ‘Witness’ featuring a guest vocal by Mavis Staples. Pre-order the new album “Witness” and instantly download the title track, or stream it now via Spotify or Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/witness-preorder

“The New Orleans-based songwriter — who’s favored a sound like the blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll mixed with gasoline and a lit cigarette — leans into more explicitly gospel territory here, letting his strepitous guitar take a backseat to an upright-piano melody and choral harmonies.”

On ‘Witness,’ Booker has created his most ambitious work yet by digging deep into his passion for eccentric soul, R&B, and blues – drawing on everything from William Onyeabor’s 70s African psych-rock to Freddie Gibbs and Pusha T, while never straying too far from the garage-punk intensity that made his self-titled 2014 debut such a creative breakthrough. The album’s ten new, original tracks were all written by Booker, produced by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby), and mixed by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes).

‘Witness’ tracklist:
1. Right On You
2. Motivation
3. Witness (feat. Mavis Staples)
4. The Slow Drag Under
5. Truth Is Heavy
6. Believe
7. Overtime
8. Off The Ground
9. Carry
10. All Was Well

01.05.2017 news
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Nick Hakim’s debut album ‘Green Twins’ is out now! Read Pitchfork Rising feature

Read the NPR First Listen review of Nick Hakim’s debut album Green Twins HERE. NPR notes, “Matters of the heart require tenderness – and this conviction is what makes Green Twins a treasure; irresistible and challenging, without contradiction.” Pitchfork also featured Nick Hakim’s “eclectic soul” in their Rising series – read the profile HERE.

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Get Green Twins: http://smarturl.it/NH_greentwins

Nick is on tour now – see all dates and get tickets HERE.

Watch the psychedelic animated video for the newest track off of Nick Hakim’s debut album Green Twins, out May 19, via Pitchfork, which calls the song “a soul delight”.

Nick Hakim said of the track, “This song’s first verse is about a night when I got really stoned at my friend’s house and forgot to meet up with my partner. It was pouring rain outside and when I realized I was late, I biked through Bed Stuy as fast as I could through the rain to find her but she was gone… the second verse is about patching it up, not leaving her house for a couple days. It’s a love song.”

Watch the official video and ATO Session for “Bet She Looks Like You”:

“An abstract but powerful experience” – Pigeons & Planes

“A hazy, deeply felt bit of modern soul” – Stereogum

“A smoky love ballad that is textbook Hakim: a bone-bare slow-wind of a song that doesn’t beg for one’s attention so much as it intoxicates the senses with knowing assurance. It’s a heartbreaker, for sure” – The FADER

Watch the live session for “Green Twins”, filmed live from Brooklyn’s Market Hotel:

“A soulful dive into one of Hakim’s signature psychedelic soundscapes.” – Stereogum

“The siren-like psychedelic jam is rich with layers and movement” – Saint Heron

“The unadorned, impassioned core of soul, seeped into unorthodox production influences and techniques. Together, it amounts to a sound all Hakim’s own, a look inside his head that gets into your own instead.” – Noisey

“Hakim’s sounds are deep and soulful, but touches of jarring reverb and eerie synths throw his work into a uniquely beautiful state of unbalance.”Washington Post

“A truly futuristic slice of R&B” – Uncut

Nick and his band stopped in Austin during SXSW where they played several showcases. Hakim filmed a pared down version of his song “The Want” from Green Twins as part of NPR Music’s South X Lullaby series. Watch the performance here and see Nick live on tour (see tour dates below):

“It’s soul music for outer space, performed in a room that looks like outer space” – NPR

TOUR DATES

May 11 The Drake Hotel – Toronto, ON

May 12 Bar Le Ritz PBD – Montréal, QC

May 13 Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA

May 14 Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA

May 17 Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY

May 20 Rock & Roll Hotel – Washington, DC

 

11.04.2017 news
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King Gizzard Announces New Album ‘Murder of the Universe’ out June 23rd. Watch 360 Degree Live Performance

Melbourne’s King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are a once-in-a-generation group playing a heady combination of psychedelia, prog rock, freakbeat, jazz, heavy metal and Krautrock at a breathless punk pace. Today they introduce Murder of the Universe, to be released June 23rd via ATO Records. A concept album to end all concepts, Murder Of The Universe is a face-melting musical assault concerned with the downfall of man and the death of the planet.

 

Pre-order Murder of the Universe on Vomit Splatter or 180-gram Black Smoke vinyl from the official store, and receive a free album art megaposter

 

Lit by thunderclaps and lightning, MOTU inhabits a sonic landscape of death, decay, ossification, fossilization, rebirth. It is a place occupied by wandering shape-shifting beasts, bleeding skies, pools of blood, great fires and mushroom clouds; a planet rent asunder by conflict.  Like in the band’s frenzied live show, snippets of their breakthrough records I’m In Your Mind Fuzz and Nonagon Infinity resurface throughout this album to haunt their latest sound.

 

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“We’re living in dystopian times that are pretty scary and it’s hard not to reflect that in our music,” says front man Stu Mackenzie. “It’s almost unavoidable. Some scientists predict that the downfall of humanity is just as likely to come at the hands of Artificial Intelligence, as it is war or viruses or climate change. But these are fascinating times too. Human beings are visual creatures – vision is our primary instinct, and this is very much a visual, descriptive, bleak record. While the tone is definitely apocalyptic, it is not necessarily purely a mirror of the current state of humanity. It’s about new non-linear narratives.”

 

 

 
US TOUR DATES

9/26 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom

9/28 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s

9/30 – Austin, TX – Mohawk Outside

10/1 – Dallas, TX – Trees

10/3 – Albuquerque, NM – Sister Bar

10/4 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

10/5 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre

10/6 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall

10/7 – Boise, ID – Neurolux

10/8 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

10/9 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

10/10 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre

10/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

 

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

5/31 – 6/4 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival 2017

6/3 – London, UK – Field Day 2017

6/5 – 6/8 – Marina di Ravenna, Italy – Beaches Brew 2017

6/8 – 6/10 – Porto, Portugal – NOS Primavera Sound 2017

6/9 – 6/11 – Nimes, France – This Is Not A Love Song 2017

6/13 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2

6/14 – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall

6/15 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town

6/16 – 6/18 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands – Best Kept Secret Festival 2017

6/16 – 6/18 – Mannheim, Germany – Maifeld Derby 2017

6/22 – Paris, France – Cabaret Sauvage

7/21 – 7/23 – Byron Bay, NSW, Australia – Splendour in the Grass Festival 2017

 

28.03.2017 news
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Listen to a new song “I Would” from Slow Dancer’s album In A Mood (pre-order now)

Melbourne, Australia’s Slow Dancer – the moniker of singer, songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Simon Okely – has shared his new track, “I Would” from his forthcoming sophomore album, In A Mood, out June 9th. Listen to the song via Nylon below, along with a live version of the track recorded and filmed at New Market Studios.
Pre-Order In A Mood: Official store / iTunes / Amazon

 

 

Slow Dancer also recently released a new video for his stand out single “It Goes” on. The social worker by day, soulful songbird by night said of the video:

“I wrote the treatment for the ‘It Goes On video’ with my ex lover of 14 years. We wanted to explore what the things we choose say about us. I have a theory about writing love songs; they are a curse; they inadvertently herald the end of the very relationship they here intended to praise. In this instance, I was painfully correct.

“We filmed my sections in the room I’d just moved into fresh after the breakup. I took only a suitcase of clothes, my grandmother’s fan and my songwriting equipment. After the first edit of the video came back, I was embarrassed by how bare my room was in comparison to the couples’.  My cheap, new, self-constructed furniture was void of any real character. It’s honest though – a guiding principal! – and now I’m kinda glad we captured that space at that time.”

Watch the clip here:

Read Noisey‘s profile on Slow Dancer HERE and watch the official video for “Don’t Believe”:

 

“[‘Don’t Believe’ is a] soulful serenade to a detached lover, it blends laid-back drums, soft guitar and fuzzy, plucky synthesizers to make a smooth ’70s sound.” – NPR

“silky smooth…spindly and soulful” – Stereogum

“Okely’s soulful, Stax-inflected vocals and stinging guitar work stand out in any crowd.” – Billboard

“It’s all happening for fresh-faced indie-R&B upstart Slow Dancer, so you’d better go ahead and get acquainted with his music now” – Paste

“This is old-school, baby-making stuff.” – WFUV

“”an album that seeps into your consciousness…In a Mood creates a blanket of sound, each layer blending smoothly, a sonic gradient of guitar, organ, strings, bass, and vocals.” – Noisey

 

 

 

 

Simon Okely is lost in time. Or at least, his songs as Slow Dancer sound that way: warm, near-whispered indie-rock love letters to the 60s and 70s rhythm and blues records his parents would play on family car rides down Australia’s winding west coast, heavy on nostalgia and even heavier on imagination. His 2014 debut Surrender was a melt-your-heart, Fleetwood Mac-with-Neil Young licks “pop postcard” from another time, another place. Now returning in 2017 with In A Mood, Okely is aiming even higher, featuring a “more expansive, more ambitious” sound that’s “less about the stories we tell ourselves when in love and more about the moods that can come creeping over a relationship” at any time. It’s no wonder his music is already striking a chord with fans of Mac DeMarco, Tobias Jesso Jr, Connan Mockasin and more, with his latest single accumulating over a quarter of a million Spotify streams in just a few weeks.

Okely grew up near West Australian city Perth, in a “tiny farming town” where, as a small kid, he would bring a toy ukulele to church every Sunday and strum along as though he was playing the hymns. After growing up and learning the guitar aged nine, he inherited his grandmother’s piano and gradually became fascinated with the intense, intimate folk of Nick Drake, rhythm and blues vanguards Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett and his parents’ favourite Van Morrison.

After moving to Melbourne in 2013, Okely began writing as Slow Dancer in 2014, naming the project after a lyric from a song on Surrender that was “essentially an instruction manual for slow dancing with someone who is experiencing apathy.” Key to the Slow Dancer sound is the environment Okely writes and records in: alone, entirely at night, in a bedroom that “somehow crams in a drum kit, a piano, some guitars, and a bed,” he laughs. “This has always been my journal, my love letter to the music I love. My concentration will always be on making the music that pleases me, and if it pleases other people too, that’s also great. It’s been a wonderful ride so far.”

Simon Okely is lost in time. You should get lost in time with him.

 

11.03.2017 news
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Watch Joseph performing on NBC’s Today Show!

Watch Joseph perform their hit “White Flag” on NBC’s Today Show:

The band is hitting the road this spring, with headlining shows, festivals (including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Newport Folk Festival and more) and arena dates with Tim McGraw & Faith Hill on the books. Scroll down to see a full list of dates, and get tickets at Joseph’s website.

Get I’m Alone, No You’re Not: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon | Spotify

Watch Joseph performing “White Flag” on Ellen:

In a recent live review, the Philly Voice said, “With the precision of master harmonizers, the [sisters] delivered rich vocals one song after another to an adoring World Café Live crowd. Super catchy ‘SOS (Overboard)’ was eaten up to its candy core by everyone in attendance as were the rest of the audio confections they served up.” The band is touring in support of its new album, I’m Alone, No You’re Not, which spent two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and was voted as one of 2016’s top albums by NPR listeners.

“The members of Portland trio Joseph — sisters Natalie, Allison and Meegan Closner — blend their voices in the eerily close way that only siblings seem able to accomplish,” said NPR, praising their mix of “swoony delicacy and punchy anthems.” PAPER praised Joseph’s “dark folk-pop that will make you cry (in the best, most cathartic way possible).” BUST observed, “Joseph has certainly arrived, and this is one sister act whose talent will stand the test of time.”

Joseph – North American Tour Dates

5/19 – 21 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
5/24 – Boise ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
5/25 – Boise ID @ Taco Bell Arena %
5/26 – Portland OR @ Moda Center %
5/27 – Tacoma WA @ Tacoma Dome %
6/1 – Hamden CT @ The Outer Space
6/2 – Buffalo NY @ Town Ballroom
6/3 – Toronto ON @ Field Trip Music & Arts Festival
6/5 – Detroit MI @ El Club
6/6 – Millvale PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
6/7 – Columbus Oh @ Newport Music Hall
6/8 – Lexington KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
6/10 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
6/11 – Charlotte NC @ Visulite Theatre
6/12 – Annapolis MD @ Rams Head On Stage
6/16 – Copenhagen DK @ Komos Festival
6/17 – Bergen NO @ Bergenfest
6/19 – Stockholm SE @ Lilla Hotellbaren
6/20 – Hamburg DE @ Schanzenzelt
6/21 – Utrecht NL @ Ekko
6/22 – Tunbridge Wells UK @ The Forum
6/26 – Manchester UK @ Deaf Institute
6/27 – Glasgow UK @ Saint Luke’s
6/28 – Leeds UK @ Headrow House
6/30 – London UK @ Shoreditch Town Hall
7/1 – Over UK @ Barn On The Farm
7/3 – Paris FR @ Le Pop Up du Label
7/6 – Madrid SP @ Mad Cool Festival
7/15 – Louisville KY @ Forecastle
7/16 – Morrison CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/29 – Newport RI @ Newport Folk Festival
8/4 – Montreal QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
8/6 – Chicago IL @ Lollapalooza
8/11-13 – San Francisco CA @ Outside Lands

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10.03.2017 news
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New Hurray For The Riff Raff Album ‘The Navigator’ out Now! Watch Daily Show Performance + Read NY Times Feature

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” is now available at the band’s official store, iTunes and Amazon.

PledgeMusic: http://smarturl.it/Navigator-Official
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/TheNavigator-iTunes
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/TheNavigator-Amazon

 

 

Read The New York Times‘ in-depth profile of Alynda HERE, and watch Alynda’s interview and performance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah below. Tune in to CBS This Morning on March 11 and CONAN on March 13 to catch her performing new songs from The Navigator:

Watch Alynda’s interview and performance with Democracy Now‘s Amy Goodman:

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.

Track list:
1. Entrance
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
10. Settle
11. Pa’lante
12. Finale

 

Tour dates:
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

24.02.2017 news
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Old 97’s New Album Out Now! + Music Vid Starring Fred Armisen & Jenna Fischer

With over twenty years and ten albums to their name, Texas alt-country stalwarts Old 97’s are excited to release their eleventh LP, Graveyard Whistling out todayThe 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.

Order now and choose from 4 different vinyl colors (buy them all): Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

 

Just released!  New music video for “Good with God” starring the hilarious Fred Armisen and Jenna Fischer


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.

 

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
3/18 – Greeley, CO – Moxi Theater
3/19 – Billings, MT – Pub Station
3/20 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge
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
3/27 – Reno, NV – Cargo Concert Hall
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
4/4 – Flagstaff, AZ – The Museum Club
4/5 – Scottsdale, AZ – Livewire
4/6 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing Co.
4/7 – Lubbock, TX – The Blue Light
4/8 – Dallas, TX – Old 97’s County Fair
4/21 – Lindale,TX – Love and War in Texas
4/22 – Driftwood, TX – Old Settler’s Festival
5/1 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
5/2 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
5/3 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar
5/4 – Cambridge, MA – Sinclair
5/5 – Cambridge, MA – Sinclair
5/6 – New York, NY– Irving Plaza
5/7 – York, PA – Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center
5/8 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
5/9 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theater
5/10 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
5/11 – Newport, KY – Southgate House Revival Sanctuary
5/12 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
5/13 – Springfield, IL – Boondocks
5/14 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
5/16 – St Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
5/17 – Louisville, KY – Headliners

24.02.2017 news
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ATO Records announces Official SXSW Showcase

ATO Records is excited to announce that it will be hosting its 2017 Official SXSW Showcase on Thursday March 16, 2017 at Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin, TX from 8PM – 2 AM. Five ATO artists with new album releases in 2017 will be performing.  

 

LINE UP

Benjamin Booker

Hurray For The Riff Raff

Chicano Batman

Nick Hakim

Slow Dancer

 

SXSW Music and Platinum Badges receive primary admission while artist and Festival Wristbands, Film and Interactive Badges receive secondary admission. Single admission as capacity allows.

  

Benjamin Booker‘s anticipated second album will be released Summer 2017. Booker returns to SXSW after playing the festival in 2014 in support of his acclaimed debut which The New York Times described as “a raucous, unruly mix of punk, blues rock and soul.” 

 

Hurray For The Riff Raff‘s new album The Navigatorout March 10th, finds the band at a musical intersection, delving deep into the worlds of Latin rhythms, searing rock, and incisive ballads. Watch the video for “Hungry Ghost,” the band’s new single that the FADER calls “more than a rock song – it’s an anthem” HERE.

 

Chicano Batman‘s new songs have been applauded as “blistering, politically-charged throwback” and “breezy Brazilian Tropicalía mixed with early ’70s psychedelic soul and romantic pop,” by Noisey. The band’s highly-anticipated ATO Records debut Freedom is Free is out this Friday. Watch their new video for “Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)” HERE.

 

New York City’s Nick Hakim will be releasing his debut album, Green Twins, on May 19th. Hakim’s flavor of “achingly beautiful soul music” (The FADER), can be found in his new single “Bet She Looks Like You” which showcases his dynamic and powerful voice as well as his excitingly experimental approach to neo soul. Listen to it HERE.

 

Melbourne, Australia’s Slow Dancer, the moniker for singer-songwriter Simon Okely, has just released its new single “Don’t Believe” with a new album due Summer 2017. 

NPR Music describes his sound as “a delicate blend of folk and indie R&B, largely inspired by classic blues from the ’60’s and ’70s.” Slow Dancer grew up listening to his parents’ Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett records before discovering the haunting sounds of José González and Nick Drake. Watch the official video for “Don’t Believe” HERE.

Listen to ATO’s SXSW Spotify Sampler HERE.

 

ATO Records Official SXSW Showcase 2017

 

Thursday March 16, 2017

Cedar Street Courtyard

208 W 4th St

Austin, TX 78701

Doors: 8 PM

24.02.2017 news
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Chicano Batman on tour incl. Coachella – ‘Freedom is Free’ out now, Watch KEXP Session

LA’s psychedelic soul masters Chicano Batman are fresh off the release of their new album Freedom Is Free and have announced a new run of tour dates, including Newport Folk, FYF, KCRW One Pasadena, Central Park Summerstage and more! Scroll below for new tour dates, and get tickets at http://chicanobatman.com/.

Get “Freedom Is Free”: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

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.

Watch the band’s KEXP session:

 

Get “Freedom Is Free”: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon
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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

Apr 11 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
Apr 12 – El Paso, TX – The Perch
Apr 13 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
Apr 15 – Indio, CA – Coachella
Apr 20 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
Apr 22 – Indio, CA – Coachella
Apr 29 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
May 28 – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival
June 17 – Pasadena, CA – KCRW One Pasadena
June 29 – Lawrence, KS – Lawrence, KS
June 30 – Davenport, IA – Daytrotter
July 01 – Chicago, IL – Live on Lincoln
July 02 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric Café
July 05 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
July 07 – Saint Paul, MN – Turf Club
July 08 – Des Moines, IA – 80/35 Festival
July 09 – Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Summerfest
July 11 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
July 13 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
Jul 14 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
July 15 – New York, NY – Central Park SummerStage
July 16 – Greenfield, MA – Green River Festival
July 23 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Festival
July 29 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
July 29 – Camden, NJ – Xponential Festival
Sept 17 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

24.02.2017 news
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King Gizzard’s Flying Microtonal Banana is Out Now! Stream FULL live show via Pitchfork

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are the most exciting head-spinning, third-eye opening, double-drumming goddamn rock ‘n’ roll band on the planet.

Following the frazzled freakbeat of 2016’s Nonagon Infinity, the endlessly inventive septet return in 2017 with new album Flying Microtonal Banana, their ninth studio album in five years, out now. Watch the band’s sold-out Webster Hall show via Pitchfork now:

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Flying Microtonal Banana marks another shift in sound as King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard drive deep into trance-inducing drones, inventive jazz flourishes, non-Western musical scales and metronomic rhythms that motor along like a well-oiled engine. So unique and evolved is the album’s sound that it necessitated a total reinvention of the band’s instruments after they began experimenting with a custom microtonal guitar made for frontman Stu Mackenzie.

 

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Inspired by the movable frets of the Turkish bağlama, three cheap old guitars and a bass were customized in order to explore a new set of musical notes. A keyboard and mouth organ followed suit and so Flying Microtonal Banana was born.

Recorded in their own studio Brunswick East in Melbourne, the album also incorporates liberal use of the stirring tones of a Turkish horn called a zurna, as heard on the likes of ‘Billabong Valley’, the purple smoke-enshrouded, sub-Sabbath ‘Doom City’ and the moving musical miasma that is the album’s utterly transcendental title track. “The zurna’s notes are really malleable,” says Stu. “It’s a bendy, wobbly-sounding instrument, and blends perfectly with the secret notes on the guitar”.

 

After celebrating Flying Microtonal Banana’s release with a string of sold-out shows in Melbourne where they’ll be playing the album in full, King Gizzard will be headed back to North America! Check out the full tour schedule and get tickets below: 

Wed March 9 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club

Thurs March 30 – Philadelphia PA @ Trocadero Theater

Fri March 31 – New York NY @ Webster Hall

Sun April 2 – Boston MA @ Royale

Mon April 3 – Portland ME @ Port City Music Hall

Tues April 4 – Montreal QC @ Fairmount Theatre

Wed April 5 – Toronto ON @ Danforth Theater

Thurs April 6 – Detroit MI @ Magic Stick

Fri April 7 – Cleveland OH @ Beachland Ballroom

Sat April 8 – Chicago IL @ Metro Chicago

Sun April 9 – Seattle WA @ Neumos

Mon April 10 – Vancouver BC @ Vogue Theatre

Tues April 11 – Portland OR @ Revolution Hall

Wed April 12 – San Francisco CA @ The Fillmore

Sat April 14 – Indio CA @ Coachella

Mon April 17 – Los Angeles CA @ The Roxy

Tues April 18 – Las Vegas NV @ Hard Rock Hotel Pool

Wed April 19 – Phoenix AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom

Sat April 21 – Indio CA @ Coachella

May 31 to June 4 – Barcelona SPAIN @ Primavera Sound

Sat June 3 – London UK @ Field Day

June 5 to June 8 – Marina di Ravenna ITALY @ Beaches Brew

June 8 to June 10 – Porto PORTUGAL @ NOS Primavera Sound

Wed June 14 – Manchester UK @ Albert Hall

Thurs June 15 – London UK @ O2 Forum Kentish Town

June 16 to June 18 – Mannheim GERMANY @ Maifeld Derby

June 16 to June 18 – Hilvarenbeek, NETHERLANDS @ Best Kept Secret Festival

Thurs June 22 – Paris FRANCE @ Cabaret Sauvage

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