19.03.2019 news

Chicano Batman Releases New 2-Song EP with Caloncho to Benefit KIND Organization + Adds US Tour Dates

Chicano Batman Recorded A 2 Song EP With Mexican Alternative Star Caloncho; A Portion Of The Proceeds Will Be Donated To The KIND Organization Which Provides Legal Counsel To Children Who Cross The US/Mexico Border Alone Seeking Asylum
 
The EP’s Second Track, “Corazon De Roca,” Is A Cover Of The Classic Bolero By Los Fresno
 
Chicano Batman has released a collaborative EP with Mexican alternative star Caloncho now available at DSPs. The first track is a brand-new song “Hablame” and the second track is a cover of the classic bolero “Corazón de Roca” by Los Fresno. The songs were recorded at the Red Bull Studios in Los Angeles. A portion of the EP’s proceeds are being donated to the KIND Organization – they provide legal counsel to children who migrate across the US/Mexico border alone.
 
The “Hablame” music video was inspired by the stories of unaccompanied minors who have made the journey from Central America to seek asylum in the US. The video was directed by Edgar Fernandez and animated by him and members of his animation department at East Los Angeles College. The band felt animation was the medium that would give them the most freedom to incorporate surrealist elements into their narrative, which is a story about survival, familial bond, and due process in the face of injustice. 
 
The conversation about a collaboration between Caloncho and Chicano Batman started years ago sometime around 2013-2014,” Bardo Martinez explains. “He sent me an email about wanting to do something, we were stoked! The first idea that came to mind was to do a cover of a Mexican ballad from the 70’s. There’s this track by Los Fresno entitled “Corazon de Roca”. It’s kind of a song that you grow up listening to, especially in Mexico. What’s cool about it is that it’s a super typical Latin Bolero, but it has such a funky bass driven back beat.
 
Fast forward to 2017, Red Bull Mexico steps into the picture and provides the platform. In early 2018, we all meet. This time with the objective of writing an original song. We had a blast jamming as a unit! Caloncho became a fifth band member for a while. It was a lot of fun brainstorming lyrical ideas together and creating a song for his new born daughter. He was full of excitement and joy, and this feeling became the focal of the lyrical themes we put together. It’s a song about love and hope.”
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Chicano Batman 2019 Tour Dates
Tickets Available at chicanobatman.com
Apr 25 – Arcata Community Center – Arcata, CA
Apr 26 – Mystic Theatre – Petaluma, CA
Apr 27 – The Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA
Apr 28 – Fremont Theater – San Luis Obispo, CA
May 3 – Crowbar – Tampa, FL
May 4 – Soundbar – Orlando, FL
May 5 – ArtsPark Amphitheater – Hollywood, FL
May 7 – The Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC
May 9 – Salvage Station – Asheville, NC
May 10 – Friday Cheers – Richmond, VA
Jun 5 – The Molson Amphitheater – Toronto, Canada *
Jun 7 – White River State Park – Indianapolis, IN *
Jun 8 – BMO Harris Pavilion – Milwaukee, WI *
Jun 9 – The Armory – Minneapolis, MN *
Jun 11 – The Sylvee – Madison, WI *
Jun 12 – Fox Theatre – St. Louis, MO *
Jun 14 – Jacobs Pavilion @ Nautica – Cleveland, OH *
Jun 15 – PNC Pavilion @ Riverbend – Cincinnati, OH *
Jun 16 – Northerly Island – Chicago, IL *
Jun 18 – Ascend Amphitheater – Nashville, TN *
Jun 21 – Red Hat Amphitheater – Raleigh, NC * 
Jun 22 – Metro Card Union Amphitheatre – Charlotte, NC *
 
*opening for Vampire Weekend
19.03.2019 news

Emily King Performs on Late Night With Seth Meyers + Upcoming U.S. Tour Dates

 

 

WATCH EMILY’S LATE NIGHT PERFORMANCE HERE

Upcoming Tour Dates From The Shed In NYC To Coachella

 

GRAMMY®-nominated recording artist Emily King mader her debut appearance on NBC’s Late Night With Seth Meyers last night. Taken from her acclaimed new album, Scenery (ATO), Emily and her band performed “Teach Me” for the Late Night audience. WATCH the performance HERE.

 

The performance followed a stunning performance in Minneapolis on Saturday as Emily joined guest host Jon Batiste for a special taping of NPR’s Live From Here. Listen to the show HERE.

 

Today, Emily will perform at a special event in NYC for Rolling Stone’s “Women Shaping The Future” issue before heading out on the road again next month for a coast-to-coast tour. These spring dates include a hometown show at The Shed in Manhattan as part of Turner Prize-winning artist and Oscar-winning filmmaker Steve McQueen’s Soundtrack of America – a five-night concert series celebrating the unrivaled impact of African American music on contemporary culture. Soundtrack traces a musical “family tree” of spirituals and blues, jazz and gospel, R&B, rock and roll, house, hip hop, and trap that has inspired a new generation of artists who continue to develop that legacy – as well as a stop in Indio, CA for Emily’s Coachella debut. (All tour dates below.)

 

Scenery, which landed at #3 on the Billboard R&B Album Chart and #6 on the Heatseekers’ Chart upon release in February, was produced by long time musical cohort Jeremy Most and mixed Tom Elmhirst (Adele, Amy Winehouse, David Bowie) was recorded in upstate New York, nestled in the Catskill Mountains, where Emily now makes her home after a lifetime of Lower East Side living. Scenery follows the critically acclaimed album The Switch (2015) which included the hit “Distance”.

 

Scenery has received an avalanche of critical acclaim and Emily and recently visited Jimmy Kimmel Live (WATCH “Can’t Hold MeHERE) and CBS This Morning (WATCH “Look At Me NowHERE).

 

TOUR DATES Tickets HERE

4/4/19 – Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club  

4/5/19 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live  

4/7/19 – Boston, MA – The Sinclair  

4/9/19 – New York, NY – The Shed

4/14/19 – Indio, CA – Coachella

4/21/19 – Indio, CA – Coachella

4/23/19 – Austin, TX – Antone’s

4/24/19 – Houston, TX – Heights Theater

4/25/19 – Dallas, TX – Kessler Theater

4/28/19 – Nashville, TN – 3rd & Lindsley

4/30/19 – St. Louis, MO – Delmar Hall

5/1/19 – Louisville, KY – Mercury Ballroom

5/3/19 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar

5/4/19 – Pittsburgh, PA – Carnegie Lecture Hall

5/5/19 – Woodstock, NY – The Colony

 

Praise for Emily King:

 

“..an irresistible piece of anthemic R&B that captures the retro-cinematic quality of that first drive and the breathless feeling of greeting something new…flawless in its execution, every element a reminder of the joy through mastery and care that is King’s own.” – NPR Music

“Next level sass” Pitchfork

“One of the best songwriters around at the moment.” – BBC’s Radio 1

“Unreal talent. In complete awe of this girl. Thank you for the music.” – Sam Smith

“I. Love. Her. Voice” – Justin Timberlake

15.03.2019 news

Pre-Order King Gizzard’s Fishing for Fishies (U.S. Toxic Landfill Edition) Vinyl

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Fishing for Fishies

(U.S. Toxic Landfill Edition)

PRE-ORDER NOW

The fourteenth album since their 2012 debut – and their first following the release of five vastly different albums in 2017 – Fishing for Fishies is a blues-infused blast of sonic boogie that struts and shimmies through several moods and terrains. From the soft shuffle Outback country of the opening title track through the sunny easy listening of ‘The Bird Song’ (think the lysergically-soaked Laurel Canyon circa 1973) and on through the party funk of ‘Plastic Boogie’ (which somehow summons the spirit of Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions) the road-trucking, Doors-like highway rock of ‘The Cruel Millennial’ and ‘Real’s Not Real’ – it’s a dizzying, dazzling display which addresses a number of pertinent environmental issues along the way.

 

“We tried to make a blues record,” says frontman Stu Mackenzie. “A blues-boogie-shuffle-kinda-thing, but the songs kept fighting it – or maybe it was us fighting them. Ultimately though we let the songs guide us this time; we let them have their own personalities and forge their own path. Paths of light, paths of darkness. This is a collection of songs that went on wild journeys of transformation.”

 

14.03.2019 news

Rodrigo y Gabriela Share Title Track From New Album “Mettavolution”

“For nearly 20 years, Rodrigo Sanchez and Gabriela Quintero have been marrying their love of metal with nylon-stringed acoustic guitars, releasing an impressive catalog of albums that showcase their remarkable dexterity and gift for reimagining heavy rock sounds as acoustic instrumentals.

Now comes one of their most surprising recordings to date.”

– NPR
 

 
Renowned guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela have announced today’s premiere of their visceral new single, “Mettavolution,” the latest song form their eagerly awaited new album of the same name. The band’s fifth studio album arrives everywhere on April 26 via ATO Records. The song’s arrival is heralded today with its premiere via Guitar World magazine. METTAVOLUTION is available for pre-order now, with the first 500 pre-orders receiving an exclusive autographed postcard from Rod and Gab themselves.

 

LISTEN TO “METTAVOLUTION”

 

PRE-ORDER METTAVOLUTION

 

The duo’s first album in five years, METTAVOLUTION marks the most ambitious music of Rodrigo y Gabriela’s remarkable two-decade career. Three years in the making, the LP embraces the duo’s passionate interest in Buddhism, the history of human evolution and the liberation of the potential we have as a species, all expressed through the medium of two acoustic guitars. Mettavolution? “Metta” is a Sanskrit word for the meditative condition that produces compassion and benevolence. It is a “practical state of mind” as well, according to Gabriela, “something you practice like an instrument to become a better citizen, in a more evolved place.” Conceived and composed in their studio in Ixtapa on the Mexican Pacific Coast, the music of METTAVOLUTION was road-tested around the world on tour in 2017 and 2018 before being recorded late last year in Los Angeles with multiple GRAMMY-winning producer Dave Sardy (Oasis, LCD Soundsystem, A Perfect Circle, Band of Horses) behind the board.

 

METTAVOLUTION gathers six white-hot new Rodrigo y Gabriela compositions – much of which acknowledge the duo’s thrash-metal roots back in Mexico City – as well as an inspired, side-long cover of Pink Floyd’s sprawling “Echoes” – originally found on 1971’s MEDDLE – audaciously reimagined for two acoustic guitars. Rolling Stone recently hailed the 19-minute epic as a “Song You Need to Know,” noting, “(‘Echoes’) is such a signature song, it’s hard to imagine anyone else doing it justice, yet somehow the Mexican acoustic-rock duo Rodrigo y Gabriela landed on a brilliant interpretation… Like the original, the song is its own journey, and it’s beautiful.” “(Rodrigo y Gabriela) make (‘Echoes’) entirely their own,” wrote NPR Music, “turning the original version’s extended psych-jam and terrifying atmospherics into percussive knocks on their guitars and strings and other strange, tactile effects. It only gets better and more breathtaking the deeper you get into the track.”

 

LISTEN TO “ECHOES”

 

With career album sales now in excess of 1.5 million worldwide, Rodrigo y Gabriela have undoubtedly established themselves as the planet’s preeminent acoustic guitar duo, earning international acclaim and a fervent fan following with their awe-inspiring mastery of their instruments as well as a truly distinctive approach to melody, energy, and rhythm.

 

One of the world’s most in-demand live acts, Rodrigo y Gabriela have spent much of their remarkable 20-year career performing on increasingly larger stages around the globe. Highlights include sold out shows at such legendary venues as New York City’s Radio City Music Hall, Los Angeles, CA’s Hollywood Bowl, Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, London’s Royal Albert Hall, and Paris, FR’s Le Zenith, along with countless other theatres and concert halls in North America, Europe, Australia, and Japan.

 

APRIL

13 – Munich, GERMANY – Technikum

15 – Berlin, GERMANY – Columbia Theater

17 – Bourges, FRANCE – Printemps de Bourges

18 – Luxembourg City, LUXEMBOURG – den Atelier

19 – Brussels, BELGIUM – Cirque Royal

21 – Dublin, IRELAND – Olympia Theatre

24 – London, ENGLAND – Roundhouse

25 – Paris, FRANCE – L’Olympia

27 – Chamonix, FRANCE – Musilac Mont Blanc *

MAY

4 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater

5 – Memphis, TN – Beale Street Music Festival *

15 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre

17 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall

18 – New York, NY – Beacon Theatre

23 – Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit

24 – Chicago, IL – The Chicago Theatre

JUNE

1 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre

2 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium

4 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre

5 – Charlottesville, VA – Sprint Pavilion

7 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap Filene Center

8 – Cleveland, OH – LaureLive *

9 – Grand Rapids, MI – Frederik Meijer Gardens Amphitheater

JULY

3 – Montreal Jazz Fest – Montreal, Canada *

5 – Ottawa Bluesfest – Ottawa, ON *

9 – Lake Superior Big Top Chautauqua – Bayfield, WI

13 – Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery – Woodinville, WA

* FESTIVAL APPEARANCE

 

RODRIGO Y GABRIELA

METTAVOLUTION

(ATO Records)

RELEASE DATE: FRIDAY, APRIL 26

12.03.2019 news

Dylan LeBlanc Announces New Album “Renegade”. Listen to the First Single

ATO is excited to announce Dylan LeBlanc’s new studio album Renegade, produced by Grammy Award winner Dave Cobb (Brandi Carlile, Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson), available everywhere June 7th.  Pre-order the album on limited-edition vinyl and listen to the scorching 80’s inspired title track below.

 

Pre-Order Renegade

 

 

Recorded at Cobb’s RCA Studio A in Nashville, TN, the 10-song album feature LeBlanc and his longtime band, The Pollies. Of the album, LeBlanc shares, “I wanted to write the same type of songs that matched the atmosphere the band and I were bringing live. So, I started with ‘Renegade,’ which was fitting since I felt myself going in a new, more intense direction with this record. In the studio, I let go almost absolutely and let Dave Cobb do his work. It was a different experience for me—how focused Cobb was and how quickly we would get live takes down. Mostly in one or two takes. Never more than three. It left me spinning at how quickly it all came together. Over the course of ten days Renegade was complete and ready for mastering. And I couldn’t be more excited to share it with you.”

In celebration of the new album, LeBlanc will embark on an extensive headline tour this spring and summer, including shows at DC’s Pearl Street, Brooklyn’s Rough Trade, Chicago’s Schubas and Nashville’s Basement East. He will also perform several shows later this week as part of SXSW. See below for complete details.

 

DYLAN LEBLANC SXSW SCHEDULE
Thursday, March 14
• 4:00pm—Luck Reunion
• 9:30pm—ATO Records x Caroline Official SXSW Showcase @ Baracuda
Saturday, March 16
• 3:00pm—SXSJ @ Hotel San Jose

DYLAN LEBLANC CONFIRMED TOUR DATES
June 12—Atlanta, GA—The Earl
June 13—Carrboro, NC—Cat’s Cradle Back Room
June 14—Washington, DC—Pearl Street
June 15—Philadelphia, PA—Boot & Saddle
June 18—Bethlehem, PA—Blast Furnace
June 19—Brooklyn, NY—Rough Trade
June 20—Pittsburgh, PA—Club Cafe
June 21—Detroit, MI—El Club
June 22—Winnetka, IL—Winnetka Festival
June 23—Chicago, IL—Schubas Tavern
June 25—La Crosse, WI—Charmant Hotel
June 26—Minneapolis, MN—Turf Club
June 27—Iowa City, IA—The Mill
June 28—St Louis, MO—Old Rock House
June 29—Nashville, TN—Basement East

11.03.2019 news

King Gizzard Announce New Album “Fishing for Fishies” Out April 26

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard have announced their new album Fishing for Fishies available everywhere April 26th!  ATO’s vinyl pre-order will go on sale Friday, March 15th at 9am EST in our official online store.

 

Sit back and strap yourself in as seven-headed Aussie rock beast King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard return with Fishing for Fishies, perhaps their most perfectly-realized album to date. Here is a world where the organic meets the automated; where the rustic meets the robotic. Where the past and future collide in the beautiful present.

 

The fourteenth album since their 2012 debut – and their first following the release of five vastly different albums in 2017 – Fishing for Fishies is a blues-infused blast of sonic boogie that struts and shimmies through several moods and terrains.  From the soft shuffle Outback country of the opening title track through the sunny easy listening of ‘The Bird Song’ (think the lysergically-soaked Laurel Canyon circa 1973) and on through the party funk of ‘Plastic Boogie’ (which somehow summons the spirit of Stevie Wonder’s Innervisions) the road-trucking, Doors-like highway rock of ‘The Cruel Millennial’ and ‘Real’s Not Real’ – what The Carpenters might have sounded like had they existed entirely on vegemite and weed – it’s a dizzying, dazzling display.


And that’s all before we even get to ‘Acarine’, a futurist blues tune which heads off into previously unchartered territories of shimmering Eno-esque ambient and dark John Carpenter-style electro, and the electro squelch of album-closing single ‘Cyboogie’, on which five of the seven King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard members play synths. It’s a stomping vocoder-lead anthem akin to Georgio Moroder or Trans-era Neil Young and a triumphant conclusion to an album that is as surprising as it is thrilling, as unexpected as it is effortless.

 

Newcomers to King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard will find an entire self-contained universe awaits them in a thrilling body of work. Here are grand concepts where albums overlap, riffs resurface, circular songs chase their own tails, grand narratives are told, cryptic lyrics endlessly analysed and a whole army of fans regurgitate the band’s output via a deluge of remixes, memes, visual loops, mind-melting cut-ups and just generally pontificate wildly about everything in The Gizzverse, much of it available on Youtube and internet forums.

 

Best of all, anyone can step into The Gizzverse – anytime, anywhere. No prior understanding is necessary. So whether it’s psyche rock played with breakneck precision (2014’s I’m In Your Mind Fuzz), life-giving acoustic folk and Tropicalia (2015’s Paper Mâché Dream Balloon), a three-part sci-fi/prog album (2017’s Murder Of The Universe) or an album uploaded on an open license so that budding labels worldwide could press their own copies, which they duly did, currently 240 different pressings according to Discogs (2017’s, Polygondwanaland), King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard provide it. As Pitchfork noted, they have waged war against two tired clichés: “One, that rock is dead; and two, that the album is dead.”

 

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard return to the US this summer to play their largest venues to date.

8/13 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre
8/14 – San Francisco, CA – SVN West
8/15 – San Francisco, CA – SVN West
8/16 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
8/17 – Vancouver, BC – Harbour Event Centre
8/18 – Seattle, WA – Paramount Theatre
8/20 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
8/21 – Denver, CO – TBA
8/23 – Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater
8/24 – Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom
8/26 – Montreal, QC – Olympia
8/27 – New Haven, CT – College Street Music Hall
8/28 – New York, NY – SummerStage, Central Park
8/30 – Philadelphia, PA – Franklin Music Hall
8/31 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
9/01 – Asheville, NC – New Belgium Brewing Company
9/02 – Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle
9/03 – New Orleans, LA – Joy Theater
9/04 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Outdoor
9/06 – Dallas, TX – The Bomb Factory

 

06.03.2019 news

Amyl and The Sniffers Announce Debut Album with New Track “Monsoon Rock” + Video

” Singer Amy Taylor cements her rock star status ” – Pitchfork

 

” They left audiences slack-jawed ” – New Yorker

 

“ The single most exhilarating rock’n’roll show I’ve seen in years ” – The Guardian

 

“ We are bearing witness to a Rock Star. For Amyl is without a shadow of a doubt, a fucken Rock Star ”– Everett True

 

Amyl and the Sniffers announced today that their debut album will be released on May 24th. Check out the first track from the album, “Monsoon Rock” , out now on ATO (North America), Rough Trade (UK/Europe) and Flightless Records (Australia & New Zealand).

The band said of the new track, “”Monsoon Rock” is just a song to rage to, it celebrates good gigs and live music. We wrote it around the time of Gizzfest 2017 when it was pissing down with rain but everybody still got into it – just muddier and wetter and real feral. We ran out of time to make a video and it’s always fun making funny shit. If you don’t have a sense of humor and can’t laugh, what’s the point of being alive?”

Amyl and the Sniffers are Amy Taylor (vocals), Gus Romer (bass) Bryce Wilson (drums) and Declan Martens . They formed in Melbourne, Australia in early 2016 and wrote, self-recorded and released their debut EP, Giddy Up , all in a span of twelve hours.

Their second EP, Big Attractions , was released in February 2017 then re-released as a 12” double EP with Giddy Up , through Homeless Records in Australia and Damaged Goods in the UK. The band made their international debut at The Great Escape festival in May followed by sold out shows in London, before flying out to the Los Angeles to join King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard on a 22-date tour of the United States. Return trips to both the UK and US followed later in the year, where the band played to packed houses and rave festival reviews.

Already signed to Flightless Records for Australia and New Zealand, the band capped off a monster year by signing with ATO Records for North America and Rough Trade Records for the rest of the world. They were also nominated as Best New Act at the Q Awards and won the $30,000 Levis Prize .

Amyl and The Sniffers will appear at SXSW this month prior to embarking on a headline West Coast tour in March including the Bootleg Theater in LA. After those dates they will head to the UK and Europe, and then come back to North America in July for another headline run (all dates below).

Amyl & the Sniffers at SXSW:

3/14 – Levitation Showcase @ Hotel Vegas – 3:45-4:20pm
3/14 – ATO Records/Caroline Showcase @ Barracuda – 11-11:45pm
3/15 – Panache Official Showcase @ Hotel Vegas – 11:30pm
3/15 – South By San Jose Showcase @ Hotel San Jose – 7pm
3/16 – Thrasher/Vans Death Match @ Weather Up – 4:45-5:15pm

Amyl & the Sniffers Tour Dates
3/18 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
3/19 – Vancouver, BC @ The Fox Cabaret
3/20 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
3/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside – SOLD OUT
3/23 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg HiFi Theater
3/24 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon
3/25 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
4/01 – Nottingham, UK @ The Bodega
4/02 – London, UK @ Heaven
4/03 – Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club
4/04 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
4/06 – Manchester, UK @ The Deaf Institute
4/07 – Brighton, UK @ The Haunt
4/08 – Brussels. Belgium @ Botanique
4/10 – Amsterdam, Holland @ Paradiso Noord
4/11 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
4/12 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Stengade
4/13 – Stockholm, Sweden @ Debaser
4/15 – Berlin, Germany @ Zukunft
4/16 – Munich, Germany @ Strom
4/17 – Cologne, Germany @ Bumann & Sohn
4/20 – Rotterdam, Holland @ Motel Mozaique
4/21 – Schijndel, Holland @ Paaspop Festival
7/09 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room
7/12 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda (Outside)
7/13 – New Orleans, LA @ Santos
7/14 – Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
7/15 – Raleigh, NC @ Kings Raleigh
7/16 – Washington, DC @ U Street Music Hall
7/17 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
7/19 – Brooklyn, NY @ Market Hotel
7/20 – Allston, MA @ Great Scott
7/21 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
7/22 – Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
7/23 – Hamtramck, MI @ Outer Limits Lounge
7/25 – Milwaukee, WI @ Cactus Club

06.03.2019 news

Black Pumas Release New Song, “Fire” + Announce SXSW dates

Enticing guitar riff and punchy horns reminiscent of great Motown hits
BILLBOARD

 
 

 

Today, following their coronation as Best New Band at the 2019 Austin Music Awards, Black Pumas release their second single “Fire,” the follow-up to their Song Of The Year-winning “Black Moon Rising.” The band have also announced their signing to ATO Records, as well as a full slate of SXSW shows — full schedule below.

 

Listen to “Fire” here over at Billboard: https://bit.ly/2XBLxNT

 

Black Pumas is led by the creative partnership between Grammy Award-winning guitarist / producer Adrian Quesada and 27-year-old songwriter Eric Burton. Burton is a relative newcomer who arrived in Austin in 2015 after busking his way across the country from Los Angeles, while Quesada has a storied reputation for playing in bands like Grupo Fantasma and Brownout while also producing acclaimed projects like 2018’s ‘Look At My Soul: The Latin Shade Of Texas Soul.’

 

After the two connected via friends in the Austin scene, they began to collaborate on a new sound that transmutes soul into something idiosyncratically modern. Reminiscent of Ghostface Killah and Motown in equal measure, this original sound ensured that Black Pumas’ weekly residency at C-Boys quickly became “the hottest party in town” (Austin-American Statesman).

 

Listen to the band’s debut single “Black Moon Rising,” which was included in NPR Music’s Heavy Rotation and deemed “psychedelic, funky, bold, cinematic, but above all, soulful and sincere” by KUTX.

 

Keep an ear out for more news from Black Pumas later this year.

 

Black Pumas at SXSW

3/10 – Belmont – Vox Media

3/11 – Antones – Capitol One

3/13 – Hotel San Jose

3/13 – Bangers – Stub Hub

3/14 – Barracuda – Official ATO Party

3/15 – Austin Convention Center – Radio Day Stage

 

Black Pumas On The Web:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/theblackpumas/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theblackpumas/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/blackpumasmusic

27.02.2019 news

Honey Harper Shares New Single “Strawberry Lite”

“gooey and romantic and heartbreakingly huge”

– The FADER
“weightless in sound and heavy in feeling”
– Pitchfork
Today, Honey Harper releases his first single since his debut EP Universal Country. “Strawberry Lite” is a song that transcends specific origins, incorporating vocals reminiscent of growing up in Georgia, but with a sound refined in the UK while living outside the typical borders of country music. Harper took time with the new music, allowing it to grow and evolve through different variations and letting it find its own life and swell with a range of emotion. The single is one half of a forthcoming EP due in April.

 

Speaking about how the song came together, Honey Harper shares, “‘Strawberry Lite’ was written on the couch in my living room and on the floor of Dean Street Studios, where I record most often. I lay on the ground of the studio with Mick and Gus, two of my band members, as we discussed the song and what we all thought it meant. We talked about the past and the future, stress and letting go, The Grateful Dead, old hippie slogans, and hip new t-shirt companies and I wrote out new lines and transcribed mumbled demo verses to finish the lyrics.” Finally, he deconstructed the song and pieced it back together with the help of Parisian production trio Mind Gamers (Sebastien Tellier, John Kirby, and Daniel Stricker) to create the final version of the song as it stands now.
                              
Honey Harper, born William Fussell, grew up surrounded by country music in the heart of Georgia. He introduced himself to the country music world with his debut EP Universal Country in 2017, a genre-bending project pieced together over multiple years with deep ties to Harper’s Georgian roots. The critically-acclaimed EP showcased a multi-faceted new vision of country music and harnessed its most beautiful elements from an outsider’s perspective. Now, with new music on the horizon, Honey Harper is set to become the torchbearer for a revitalized country sound. He is currently in the studio working on his full length debut album for later this year.
Hear “Strawberry Lite” above and stay tuned for more from Honey Harper coming soon.
22.02.2019 news

The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s New Album, South of Reality, Out Now

Listen to “Blood and Rockets- Movement I, Saga of Jack Parsons – Movement II, Too the Moon”

PRE-ORDER SOUTH OF REALITY

 

South Of Reality, The Claypool Lennon Delirium’s epic sophomore album might be just the antidote this sick world needs. Music so potent it could repel an asteroid impact from space, these seasoned warriors of psychedelia have crafted timeless songs that may as well be chiseled in stone. The monolithic dream team’s new record was produced by Les Claypool and Sean Lennonthemselves, and engineered and mixed by Les Claypool at his own Rancho Relaxo studio in Sonoma County, California.

ATO Records will release South of Reality on February 22, 2019; pre-order for the record is now available. The Claypool Lennon Delirium will play select dates in California this December. Pre-sale tickets will be available on Thursday and tickets will be on-sale for the general public this Friday at 12pm local time (all tour dates below). Stay tuned for more tour news soon!

 

Rolling Stone is sharing “Blood and Rockets” from South of Reality today, as well as an interview with Claypool and Lennon about the new record, which they say “feels like an organic extension of Monolith of Phobos, blending the wildly surreal and psychedelic with satirical social commentary.” Additionally, RS calls new track “Blood and Rockets”, “a sprawling epic that finds Lennon and Claypool crooning and snarling, respectively, over spacey synths and chiming guitars.”

Grab your goggles and a month’s supply of Kool-Aid because The Claypool Lennon Delirium is about to take you for a ride on a rock ‘n’ roll rocket ship, and frankly you may never come back!

 

Tour Dates
10/26 Placerville, CA @ Hangdown Music Festival
12/28 San Diego, CA @ The Observatory North Park
12/29 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
12/31 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore

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