Take a trip back to Benjamin Booker‘s college town of Gainesville, FL and visit the radio station where he used to DJ, courtesy of Levi’s Live in Levis campaign.
Watch Benjamin talk about his experiences in the Gainesville, his musical inspirations, and more at LiveInLevis.com.
Benjamin Booker has been named one of MTV’s Artists to Watch this summer! Check out the exclusive live videos for “Wicked Waters” and “Violent Shiver” below.
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
In their new video for the song “Tangible Intangible”, Fly Golden Eagle has pulled out all the stops: back-up dancers, bathtubs of Pepto Bismol, spitting teeth, cake smashing, synchronized hair cutting and other off the wall imagery showcase what their psychedelic fever dreams are made of. Shot entirely on the iPhone of lead singer Ben Trimble, you can watch + share it HERE courtesy of BrooklynVegan.
“Why wait for people to do what you can do yourself?” explained Trimble when discussing his directorial vision for the video. “The divide between lyrics, music, and visual imagery is now dissolved and poetry triumphs like Orion’s belt’s knife.”
“Tangible Intangible” is featured on Quartz, a 26-song epic collection of songs that join together to form a narrative arc describing a story that is sometimes vulgar, sometimes profane, and sometimes beautiful. A more condensed 12-song version was also released titled Quartz Bijou.
The album lines up with the groundbreaking 1973 film The Holy Mountain, an avant-garde masterpiece directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky, produced by The Beatles’ manager Allen Klein, and funded by John Lennon and George Harrison.
This summer Fly Golden Eagle will be making festival appearances at Forecastle, XPoNential Fest, Gathering of the Vibes, the Basilica Block Party and more. All upcoming tour dates can be found below, and tickets are available at their website.
7/10 – Des Moines, IA – 80/35 Festival
7/11 – Minneapolis, MN – Basilica Block Party
7/14 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s
7/15 – Toledo, OH – Frankie’s
7/16 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
7/17 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
7/18 – Columbus, OH – The Basement
7/20 – Winooski, VT – The Monkey House
7/21 – Boston, MA – Great Scott
7/23 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
7/24 – Washington DC – Gypsy Sally’s
7/25 – Camden, NJ – XPoNential Fest
7/26 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar
7/29 – Sellersville, PA – Sellersville Theater 1894
7/30 – Bridgeport, CT – Gathering of the Vibes
8/1 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local506
8/2 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl
8/6 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight @ Mr. Fred’s
8/7 – Bristol, TN – Border Bash
8/22 – Louisville, KY – Seven Sense Festival – The New Vintage
9/18 – 9/19 – Bristol, TN – Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion
10/3 – Mount Pleasant, SC – Patriots Point, Hogs For The Cause
Head to Salon to watch the new music video for Rhett Miller‘s “Most in the Summertime”, directed by Max Nichols. A standout track from Miller’s latest solo album The Traveler, the warm, bouncy song with darker undertones now has a video to match.
Rhett Miller’s new album, The Traveler, is out now. 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.
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.
Pick up The Traveler on iTunes | Amazon | Official Store
“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
6/24 – New York, NY – City Winery
7/2 – Dallas, TX – Barefoot at the Belmont
7/24 – Cambridge, MA – Atwood’s Tavern
8/27 – Amangansett, NY – The Stephen Talkhouse
9/25 – Greenough, MT – Paws Up
7/18 – New Braunfels, TX – White Water Amphitheater
8/8 – San Antonio, TX – Lone Star Brewery
8/15 – Houston, TX – Silver Street Studios
8/22 – Dallas, TX – Gilley’s
8/29 – Austin, TX – Fair Market
9/10 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre
9/11 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge
9/12 – Boise, ID – Knitting Factory
9/13 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox
9/14 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
9/16 – Arcata, CA – Humboldt Brews
9/17 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
9/18 – Hollywood, CA – Troubador
9/19 – Del Mar, CA – KAABOO
9/20 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
9/21 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress
9/23 – Amarillo, TX – Golden Light Cinema
9/24 – Tahlequah, OK – Medicine Stone Festival
10/3 – Dallas, TX – Lake Highlands Oktoberfest
10/15 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West @ King Plow Arts Center
10/16 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
10/17 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club
10/19 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club
10/20 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
10/21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl
10/22 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
10/23 – Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
10/24 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
10/26 – St. Paul, MN – Turf Club
10/27 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre
10/28 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
10/29 – St. Louis, MO – The Ready Room
10/30 – Little Rock, AR – Revolution Music Room
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.
In case you missed it, watch Alabama Shakes perform “Over My Head” last night on Fallon.
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“It’s no secret that frontwoman Brittany Howard has some of the best vocal pipes in the business, but last night’s simmering rendition of “Over My Head” was truly something to behold.” – CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“Show-stopping ‘Over My Head’… a beautiful showcase for Howard and the rest of the band.” – STEREOGUM
“The sparsely arranged number made for an incredible showcase for singer Brittany Howard, the frontwoman transfixing on stage with her singular wail.” – SPIN
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.
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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.”