Watch the video for “The Eye” 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. And if you can’t make it to the shows, make sure to watch Conan tonight on TBS to catch her perform.
‘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
Watch Alabama Shakes perform two songs from their new album Sound & Color, out April 21, on SNL last night. Watch the performances of “Don’t Wanna Fight” and “Gimme All Your Love” below, and receive both tracks as instant downloads when you preorder the album:
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!
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
Alabama Shakes has announced the release of their new album Sound & Color (out April 21, 2015), and now you can stream the first two tracks, “Don’t Wanna Fight” and “Gimme All Your Love”. Listen to them below, and pre-order the album to receive an instant download of both tracks:
“We took our time to write this record, and I’m really glad we did,” says Brittany Howard, lead singer and guitarist of Alabama Shakes, about the band’s new album Sound & Color. “We were able to sit down and think about what’s exciting to us, explore all the things we wanted to on our first album. This record is full of genre-bending songs – it’s even harder now when people ask, ‘What kind of band are you?’ I have no clue.
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 freakout on “The Greatest” give way to the psychedelic space jam “Gemini”. The gently swaying, chiming title song opens the album with what Howard calls “more of a visual thing, I think of this whole scene going in,” 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.
For more on the new album and the band’s writing process, check out their artist page.
Alabama Shakes announced today that they will be releasing the highly anticipated follow-up to their 2012 Grammy-nominated debut. The new album is titled Sound & Color and will be released on April 21, 2015. Pre-order the album now, and you’ll receive an instant download of the first single, “Don’t Wanna Fight”.
“We took our time to write this record, and I’m really glad we did,” says Brittany Howard, lead singer and guitarist of Alabama Shakes, about the band’s new album Sound & Color. “We were able to sit down and think about what’s exciting to us, explore all the things we wanted to on our first album. This record is full of genre-bending songs—it’s even harder now when people ask, ‘What kind of band are you?’ I have no clue.”
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 with what Howard calls “more of a visual thing, I think of this whole scene going on,” 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.
For more on the new album and the band’s writing process, check out their artist page.
Watch the video for “Sweet Amarillo” below:
My Morning Jacket has announced their new album “The Waterfall” and shared the first track, which you can instantly download when you pre-order the album. Listen to “Big Decisions” below, and preorder the album HERE. The band has also announced a run of tour dates, check them out below the video.
05-15 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
05-16 Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
05-17 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Festival
05-23 Boston, MA – Boston Calling Festival
06-03 Cleveland, OH – State Theatre *
06-04 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE *
06-05 New York, NY – Governor’s Ball Music Festival
06-07 Toronto, Ontario – Field Trip Festival
06-09-11 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre ^
06-12-14 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
06-16-17 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore ^
06-19 Waverly, IA – Gentlement of the Road Stopover
06-20 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater *
06-23-24 Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre *
06-26 Minneapolis, MN – Northrup Auditorium $
06-27 Minneapolis, MN – Northrup Auditorium %
07-17-19 Louisville, KY – Forecast Festival
07-21 Charlottesville, VA – nTelos Wireless Pavilion %
07-22 Lewiston, NY – Artpark Series %
07-26 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
07-28 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre !
07-29 Charlotte, NC – Uptown Amphitheatre !
07-31 New Orleans, LA – Champions Square !
08-01 St. Augustine, FL – Amphitheatre ~
08-03 Miami, FL – The Fillmore ~
08-04 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live ~
08-07-08 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre ~
08-10 Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall ~
08-12 St. Louis, MO – The Peabody Opera House $
08-13 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre $
08-14 Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre @
08-28-30 Paris, France – Rock en Seine Festival
09-01 Antwerp, Belgium – Rivierenhof Amphitheatre
09-02 Koln, Germany – Gloria
09-04 Dublin, Ireland – Electric Picnic Festival
09-05 Larmer Tree Gardens, England – End of the Road Festival
09-06 Manchester, England – The Ritz
09-08 London, England – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
09-10 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
09-12 Groningen, Netherlands – Take Root Festival
09-13 Berlin, Germany – Lollapalooza
* with Floating Action
^ Hiss Golden Messenger
$ with Hippo Campus
% with Lizzo
! with Lucius
~ with Mini Mansions
@ with Sylvan Esso