Rhett Miller’s new album, The Traveler, is out today. After twenty years as the lead singer and guitarist of the Old 97’s, Miller’s restless drive to create meaningful music and perform for the audiences it inspires is clearly nowhere near slowing down.
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“Rhett Miller is the type of singer/songwriter whom would need no introduction in a just world – but life’s not fair and his string of mini-masterpieces solo and with the Old 97’s have found a sizable cult audience with songs that deserve to make him a household name.“ – SPIN
Starting tomorrow, Rhett hits the road on a solo tour that will take him all across America as he introduces his fans to the twelve new tracks on The Traveler. Although the album was written and performed by Miller he also had some help, most notably by the members of Black Prairie, the Portland-based that plays everything from bluegrass to klezmer to country and shares members with the Decemberists. Peter Buck of REM also added additional guitar work. All upcoming tour dates are listed below.
5/13 – Somerville, MA – 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
To celebrate Sound & Color‘s #1 debut in the US and Canada, Alabama Shakes have shared the new video for the album’s title track. Directed by James Frost (Radiohead, Coldplay, Norah Jones) and based on a concept by Brittany Howard, you can watch the video below.
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Pitchfork gave the album an 8.1 ranking, hailing it as “stadium soul with one eye peeking toward another galaxy.” USA Today named Sound & Color “Album of the Week” while Entertainment Weekly put it on “The Must List,” awarding it an A- and proclaiming Brittany Howard a “national treasure.” Rolling Stone observed, “This is a weirder, woozier, fiercer and sexier record than their debut in nearly every way” and The New York Times Magazine praised the band’s “soul-stirring, shape-shifting new sound.
The Alabama Shakes will kick off the next leg of their US tour on May 28. Check out tour dates below, and get tickets at their website.
Alabama Shakes – Upcoming Tour Dates
With special guests Father John Misty (May 28 – June 3), Strand of Oaks (June 9) and Courtney Barnett (June 10).
Very special guests Drive-By Truckers will open on August 16 and September 17-19.
5/3 – Berlin, Germany @ Astra Kulturhaus
5/13 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy Birmingham
5/15 – Brighton, UK @ The Great Escape Festival SOLD OUT
5/16 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo
5/28 – St. Louis, MO @ The Fox Theatre w/very special guest Father John Misty
5/29 – Kansas City, MO @ The Starlight Theatre w/very special guest Father John Misty
5/30 – Minneapolis, MN @ Hall’s Island w/very special guest Father John Misty SOLD OUT
6/2 – Indianapolis, IN @ The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park w/very special guest Father John Misty
6/3 – Detroit, MI @ Masonic Temple Theatre w/very special guest Father John Misty
6/5 – Seaside Heights, NJ @ Gentlemen of the Road Stopover
6/6 – Toronto, ON @ Field Trip Music & Arts Festival
6/7 – Hunter Mountain, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
6/9 – Charlottesville, VA @ nTelos Wireless Pavilion w/special guest Strand of Oaks
6/10 – Cary, NC @ Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park w/special guest Courtney Barnett
6/12 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/24-28 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury
6/27 – Beuningen, Netherlands @ Down The Rabbit Hole
6/28 – Werchter, Belgium @ Rock Werchter
7/1 – Gdynia, Poland @ Open’er Festival
7/4 – Dublin, Ireland @ Marlay Park
7/5 – Belfort, France @ Les Eurockeennes
7/8 – Lucca, Italy @ Summer Festival Lucca
7/9 – Montreux, Switzerland @ Montreux Jazz Festival
7/10 – Rotterdam, Netherlands @ North Sea Jazz Festival
7/12 – Auchterarder, UK @ T In The Park
7/31 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
8/1 – Council Bluffs, IA @ Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino & Hotel
*8/4 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden
8/9 – Squamish, BC @ Squamish Valley Music Festival
8/16 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre w/very special guests Drive-By Truckers
9/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Mann Center for the Performing Arts w/very special guests Drive-By Truckers.
9/18 – Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion w/very special guests Drive-By Truckers
9/19 – Forest Hills, Queens, NY @ Forest Hills Stadium w/very special guests Drive-By Truckers
11/18 – London, UK @ O2 Academy Brixton
* Tickets go on sale on May 4 at 9AM to the General Public.
We here at ATO Records are thrilled to share Alabama Shakes’ NEW album Sound & Color with you! And after a #1 debut in the US and Canada, we’re happy to say that the rest of the country agrees that this is an incredibly special record.
The album is available NOW on 180-gram black vinyl, clear vinyl, CD, or digital download. All vinyl comes with a free digital download.
Get Sound & Color:
WATCH Brittany’s tour of United Record Pressing, the vinyl plant where Sound & Color was pressed on clear vinyl.
WATCH the Sound & Color packaging reveal video.
STREAM Sound & Color in its entirety at NPR.org
Sound & Color is the follow-up to the band’s Gold-certified debut album, Boys & Girls, which earned them three GRAMMY nominations, including a nod for Best New Artist.
“Soul-stirring, shape-shifting new sound.” – NEW YORK TIMES
“This is a weirder, woozier, fiercer and sexier record than their debut in nearly every way.” – ROLLING STONE
“The Shakes’ furious energy can bridge geographical divides and remind you that rock and soul aren’t mutually exclusive” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
The album’s twelve songs reveal a band honed by years on the road, and drawing from a wide range of influences. The bluesy groove of “Shoegaze” or the garage-rock freak-out on “The Greatest” give way to the psychedelic space jam “Gemini.” The gently swaying, chiming title song opens the album then explodes into the urgent, tightly-coiled funk of “Don’t Wanna Fight.” Long instrumental intros and passages create hazy atmosphere, and then the intensity of Howard’s vocals snaps everything back into riveting focus.
Check out an exclusive behind-the-scenes look with Brittany Howard at the making of the vinyl, at the United Record Pressing plant in Nashville:
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You can now stream Alabama Shakes‘ new album Sound & Color, out April 21, at NPR. Listen to the album here. Ann Powers says of the new album:
“This album, so much more confident and wide-ranging than the band’s outstanding 2012 debut Boys & Girls, is not merely Southern rock, any more than the Allman Brothers are merely Southern rock. … It has punk elements, a song called “Shoegaze,” punishing heavy-metal chords, and falsetto singing that might make Prince envious. There are love songs like “Miss You,” spiked with charming little details, and cosmic adventures like “Future People” and the profane, biblical “Dunes.” These songs take their time, stretching time, turning it vertical and sideways through riffs, keyboard lines and rhythms that beg for organic metaphors of river currents and shifting sediment.
As a singer, Howard can deliver any blues or soul cliché with ease — or any rock cliché, for that matter — but her approach is singular. It’s punk in its refusal to conform, glam in its theatrical flair, jazz in its self-directed, often unexpected musicality.”
Get a behind-the-scenes look at the making of Sound & Color as Alabama Shakes frontwoman Brittany Howard takes us a tour of the United Record Pressing plant in Nashville, TN. Watch the video below, and get the album today!
Watch Benjamin Booker perform “Wicked Waters” on Late Night with Seth Meyers HERE, and catch him on tour this summer at a festival or club show! Tour dates are below, and tickets are available at his website.
5/22 – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival
5/28 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival
6/4 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza (Gov Ball After Show)
6/5 – New York, NY – Governor’s Ball
6/6 – Hunter, NY – Mountain Jam
6/7 – Houston, TX – Free Press Summer Festival
6/9 – Dallas, TX – Trees
6/11 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music Festival
6/13 – Lakewood, OH – Mahall’s 20 Lanes
6/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Three Rivers Arts Festival
6/16 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
6/17 – Burlington, VT – Arts Riot
6/19 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met
6/21 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
8/9 – San Francisco, CA – Outside Lands Festival
8/19 – Philadelphia, PA – Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing
Kopecky’s second full-length album Drug for the Modern Age is now available!
You can stream the album in full on SPIN, who describe the record as “a collection of melodic tunes that prove pop can be deeply intimate and fiercely energetic at the same time.”
Check out the band’s tour dates below and snag tickets at their website.
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. 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.
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
5/25 at The Casbah in San Diego, CA
5/26 at The Echo in Los Angeles, CA
5/29 at Bottlerock Festival in Napa, CA
5/31 at Sainte Rocke in Hermosa Beach, CA
6/1 at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ
6/4 at Wakarusa in Ozark, AR
6/5 at Wanderlust Festival in Snowshoe, WV
6/6 at KINK on the Waterfront in Portland, OR
6/12 at MidPoint Music Fest in Cincinnati, OH
6/13 at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL
6/16 at Vega in Lincoln, NE
6/18 at Vanguard in Tulsa, OK
6/20 at Turf Club in Minneapolis, MN
6/26 at U Street Music Hall in Washington, DC
6/27 at WYEP’s Summer Music Festival in Pittsburgh, PA
7/26 at XPoNential Music Festival in Camden, NJ
8/8 at Chateau Morrisette Winery in Floyd, VA
9/18 at Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion in Bristol, VA
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:
Brandi Carlile performed the American classic “Keep On The Sunny Side” with the Avett Brothers on the Late Show with David Letterman. Watch the performance below, and be sure to check out Brandi Carlile on tour! Dates are below, and tickets are available on her website.
Brandi Carlile Tour Dates:
May 22 – Portland ME @ State Theatre [SOLD OUT]
May 23 – Albany NY @ Palace Theatre
May 24 – Burlington VT @ Higher Ground [SOLD OUT]
May 27 – Toronto ON @ Danforth Music Hall
May 28 – Nelsonville OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival
May 29 – Royal Oak MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
May 30 – Indianapolis IN @ Egyptian Room
May 31 – Nelsonville OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival
Jun 02 – St Louis MO @ The Pageant
Jun 03 – Tulsa OK @ Cain’s Ballroom
Jun 05 – Dallas TX @ House of Blues
Jun 06 – Austin TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Jun 07 – Houston TX @ Free Press Summer Fest
Jun 09 – New Orleans LA @ House of Blues
Jun 11 – Raleigh NC @ North Carolina Museum of Art
Jun 14 – Manchester TN @ Bonnaroo
Jul 22 – Vienna VA @ Wolf Trap Center for the Performing Arts w/ First Aid Kit
Jul 24 – Floyd VA @ Floydfest
Jul 25 – Newport RI @ Newport Folk Festival
Jul 27 – Pittsburgh PA @ Stage AE
Jul 28 – Cleveland OH @ House of Blues
Jul 30 – Grand Rapids MI @ Ravinia Festival w/ OCMS
Aug 01 – Des Moines IA @ Hinterland Music Festival
Aug 02 – Minneapolis MN @ Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
Aug 04 – Bayfield WI @ Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua
Aug 05 – Fargo ND @ Fargo Theatre
Aug 12 – Spokane WA @ Knitting Factory
Aug 13 – Boise ID @ Idaho Botanical Garden (w/ Iron & Wine)
Aug 15 – Morrison CO @ Red Rocks (w/ Gregory Alan Isakov)
Aug 16 – Salt Lake City UT @ Red Butte
Sep 12 – Troutdale OR @ Edgefield
Sep 13 – Jacksonville OR @ Britt Pavilion
Sep 18-20 – San Diego CA @ KAABOO
Oct 09 – New York City @ Radio City Music Hall
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