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.”
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.”
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
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
Watch a live version of “Wicked Waters” from Benjamin Booker‘s Rough Trade session, which premiered at Line of Best Fit, and check out his live show for yourself on one of his newly announced tour dates (below). Tickets are available at his website.
Apr 15 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Apr 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon
Apr 17 – Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot
Apr 18 – Coachella (Indio, CA)
Apr 22 – Austin TX @ Mohawk
Apr 23 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
Apr 24 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
Apr 25 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
May 22 – Sasquatch Festival (George, WA)
May 28 – Primavera Sound Festival (Barcelona, SP)
Jun 4 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Jun 5 – Governor’s Ball Festival (New York, NY)
Jun 6 – Mountain Jam Festival (Hunter, NY)
Jun 6-7 – Free Press Summer Fest (Houston, TX)
Jun 9 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Jun 11 – Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN)
Jun 13 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes
Jun 14 – Three Rivers Arts Festival (Pittsburgh, PA)
Jun 16 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
Jun 17 – Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot
Jun 19 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
Jun 21 – Firefly Music Festival (Dover ,DE)
Jun 26-28 – Down the Rabbit Hole Festival (Netherlands)
Jul 9-11 – 2000Trees Festival (Cheltenham, UK)
Jul 16 – Latitude Festival (Suffolk, UK)
Jul 17 – Longitude Festival (Ireland)
Aug 7 – Squamish Valley Music Festival (Squamish, CAN)
Aug 9 – Outside Lands Festival (San Francisco, CA)
Aug 16 – Oya Festival (Norway)
Aug 21 – MS Dockville Festival (Germany)
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