The powerful new video for Hurray for the Riff Raff‘s “The Body Electric” premiered yesterday at NPR, where Ann Powers called it “the political folk song of the year”.
“This video is a meditation on the acceptance of violence and discrimination against people of color, women and the LGBT community,” explained producer Joshua Shoemaker. “We took these frustrations and paired them with classic imagery that would be recognized by most, allowing us to set a tone for the narrative. Replacing the Botticelli’s Venus with a Katey Red, the transgender mother of “sissy bounce,” is something that speaks clearly without having to be salacious or heavy-handed.”
Watch the video, and check below for new tour dates (tickets go on sale today).
Hurray for the Riff Raff was also included on several Best of 2014 lists, among them NPR and Rolling Stone Country. “The Body Electric” took the number-one spot on American Songwriter’s list of best songs.
The band is heading out on tour in the Spring – check out the newly announced dates below, and head to HFTRR’s website for tickets.
3/13 – Big Sur, CA – Loma Vista Gardens
3/20 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
3/21 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl Social Club
3/22 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
3/25 – Boise, ID – Treefort Music Fest
3/26 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
3/27 – Denver, CO – The Bluebird Theater
3/28 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theater (Boulder)
3/30 – Santa Fe, NM – Sky Light
4/1 – Dallas, TX – Dada
4/18 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
4/21 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
4/22 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
4/24 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
4/25 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
4/28 – Detroit, MI – The Shelter
4/30 – Madison, WI – High Noon
5/1 – Minneapolis, MN – The Cedar Cultural Center
5/3 – St. Louis, MO – Sheldon Concert Hall and Art Galleries
5/5 – Little Rock, AR – South on Main presented by Oxford American
The nominations for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards have been announced, and two ATO artists have been honored with nominations.
SOJA‘s album Amid the Noise and Haste has been nominated in the “Best Reggae Album” category, and Old Crow Medicine Show‘s album Remedy has been nominated for “Best Folk Album”. The award ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 8, 2015.
Check out SOJA’s new video for “Easier”, filmed in Oahu featuring Anuhea and J Boog:
An interview and performance by Mariachi El Bronx recorded at LA’s Sonos Studio aired this morning on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic. Watch the live performance of “Wildfires” below, and watch the entire hour-long performance and interview in HD here.
The new album III from Mariachi El Bronx, the alter ego of acclaimed Los Angeles punk outfit The Bronx, is now available for download, on CD, or on day-glo orange vinyl (check out a video of the vinyl pressing process below)! Not content to simply excel within the confines of the mariachi genre, they ditched the rulebook and dusted off old sequencers, synths, and an ARP. The ten striking songs that resulted fuse traditional melodies with modern ambience.
The band will be heading out on tour in Europe in December, supporting ATO labelmates Gogol Bordello. Check out tour dates and pick up tickets here!
DBT To Record New Live Album at San Francisco’s The Fillmore On Nov. 20, 21 + 22
“Smart set of rockers.” – ROLLING STONE (3.5 Star Review)
“A true comeback. The south will never spawn a better songwriting band.” – ROBERT CHRISTGAU, NPR
Returning fully refreshed and firing on all cylinders, 2014 has been one hell of a year for the Drive-By Truckers rock show.
Although they wrote independently, the band’s co-founders Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood penned songs that dovetailed brilliantly with each other on English Oceans, the band’s 12th record that was released in March. And now, we are thrilled to release English Oceans Deluxe Edition and the band’s new concert film, Black IceVérité, both out today.
Alongside full album, the deluxe English Oceans CD will contain eight live bonus tracks and the Black Ice Vérité DVD, while the single LP version contains the tracks on bright white vinyl and the DVD. Bonus live versions will include “Dead Drunk and Naked” from the band’s seminal Southern Rock Opera, as well as English Oceans’ saucy “Shit Shots Count” and contemplative closer “Grand Canyon”.
But just because we are approaching the year’s end doesn’t mean this band is slowing down — they will be recording a new live album across three performances at The Fillmore on November 20th, 21st and 22nd, with Sturgill Simpson to open. And throughout December, both Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley will embark on solo tour dates, which you can check out below. All upcoming Drive-By Truckers tour dates can be found HERE.
Patterson Hood Solo Tour Dates
12/4 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
12/5 – Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle
12/6 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre
12/11 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
12/12 – Florence, AL – 116 Mobile
12/13 – Florence, AL – 116 Mobile
12/18 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
12/19 – Evanston, IL – Space
12/20 – St. Louis, MO – Sheldon Arts Foundation
12/21 – Denton, TX – Dan’s Silverleaf
12/27 – Selma, AL – Art Jam at the Walton Theater
Mike Cooley Solo Tour Dates
12/4 – Birmingham, AL – Workplay
12/5 – Athens, GA – Melting Point
12/6 – Macon, GA – Macon Arts Alliance
12/12 – Austin, TX – Hole in the Wall
12/13 – Austin, TX – Hole in the Wall
Two Gallants’ forthcoming fifth album, We Are Undone, will be available worldwide February 3 on ATO Records. You can stream the title track below, and get it as a free instant download when you pre-order the CD or LP in the ATO shop or the digital album at iTunes. Vinyl pre-orders at the ATO shop also get a limited 7″ with two exclusive bonus tracks not on the album.
Two Gallants will play a few US release shows in February before heading overseas for a month-long European tour. Listen to “We Are Undone”, and check tour dates below:
2/5 – Leo’s Music Club – Oakland, CA
2/6 – The Chapel – San Francisco, CA
2/7 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
2/13 – Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
2/14 – Rough Trade – Brooklyn, NY
2/19 – Workman’s Club – Dublin, Ireland
2/20 – Gorilla – Manchester, UK
2/21 – Stereo – Glasgow, UK
2/23 – Brudnell Social Club – Leeds, UK
2/24 – Thekla – Bristol, UK
2/25 – Islington Assembly Hall – London, UK
2.27 – Stollwerck – Köln, Germany
2/28 – Club Manufaktur – Schorndorf, Germany
3/1 – Zoom – Frankfurt, Germany
3/2 – Botanique – Orangerie – Brussels, Belgium
3/3 – Paradiso Noord – Amsterdam, Netherlands
3/5 – La Maroquinerie – Paris, France
3/6 – La Maronquinerie – Lausanne, Switzerland
3/7 – Rote Fabrik – Zurich, Switzerland
3/8 – Theaterfabrik – Munich, Germany
3/9 – WUK – Vienna, Austria
3/11 – SO36 – Berlin, Germany
3/12 – Uebel & Gefahrlich – Hamburg, Germany
3/13 – Pumpehuset – Copenhagen, Denmark
A collective of musicians, including My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and Dawes’ Taylor Goldsmith, has banded together under the direction of T-Bone Burnett as The New Basement Tapes to write and record music for recently unearthed Bob Dylan lyrics from the mid-1960s. This legendary collaboration marks Jim James’ first project since his 2013 solo album Regions of Light and Sound of God. Dawes’ album Nothing Is Wrong was released on ATO Records in 2011.
The process of writing and recording the resulting album is the subject of a new Showtime documentary, “Lost Songs: The Basement Tapes Continued”. With Dylan’s blessing, The New Basement Tapes – a “supergroup” composed of James and Goldsmith in addition to Elvis Costello, Rhiannon Giddens, and Marcus Mumford – created compositions for lyrics unseen and unheard until now. Says Burnett, “What transpired during those two weeks was amazing for all of us. There was a deep well of generosity and support in the studio at all times, which reflected the tremendous trust and generosity shown by Bob in sharing these lyrics with us in the first place.”
Watch the trailer for the Showtime documentary below, and check out the song “Down On The Bottom” featuring vocals by Jim James.
Available now is a new two-song Jessica Lea Mayfield single limited to 500 copies, with artwork handmade by Jessica, and available only through the ATO Records store (you can grab it now)! The A-side is “Standing In The Sun” from Make My Head Sing. Watch the video, premiered by Noisey, below. NPR Music said of the track: “Her voice and the melody achieve a shimmering beauty, the sound of music coming from far away, floating through your mind”. The B-side is a live take of “No Fun” recorded at the Empty Bottle which sounds even more heartbrokenly-epic and reverb-drenched than the album version. Watch the video for “No Fun”, and check out tour dates below:
Jessica hits the road in November. Don’t miss her great live show, tickets are available from her website:
11/13 – Cosmic Charlie’s – Lexington, KY
11/14 – The Earl – Atlanta, GA
11/15 – 40 Watt Club – Athens, GA
11/17 – The Southern – Charlottesville, VA
11/18 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY
11/19 – Fete Lounge – Providence, RI
11/20 – The Ballroom at Outer Space – Hamden, CT
11/21 – York Central Market House – York, PA
11/22 – Rumba Cafe – Columbus, OH
Director Joshua Shoemaker, who Ann Powers of NPR called “one of the town’s most sought after filmmakers”, explains of the live clip, “We could have made this a ‘music video’, but it was also important to us to do it live and make it as real as possible. This is all one take. No cut-ins. This is what was happening in the room.”
Benjamin Booker and the band stopped by Later… With Jools Holland last week to perform “Violent Shiver” and “Happy Homes”, with Jools himself joining in on keys for “Happy Homes”. Check out the footage below, and be sure to check out Benjamin Booker on tour in the US this fall, with dates in Europe and Australia coming up (tour dates below video, tickets at his website):
10/17 – Birmingham AL @ The Bottletree #
10/18 – Atlanta GA @ Vinyl #
10/20 – Washington DC @ U St. Music Hall #
10/21 – Philadelphia PA @ World Cafe Live – Downstairs #
10/22 – Cambridge MA @ TT The Bear’s #
10/24 – Tallahassee FL @ Club Downunder
10/25 – Tampa FL @ Coral Skies Festival
10/26 – West Palm Beach FL @ Coral Skies Festival
10/29 – Orlando FL @ The Social
10/30 – Gainesville FL @ High Dive
10/31 – Mobile AL @ Soul Kitchen
11/01 – New Orleans LA @ Voodoo Music Experience
11/06 – New York City @ Mercury Lounge
11/07 – Brooklyn NY @ Baby’s All Right
14 Nov – Paris, France @ La Cigale
15 Nov – Nantes, France @ Stereolux
17 Nov – Toulouse, France @ Le Bikini
19 Nov – Cologne, Germany @ Blue Shell
20 Nov – Brussels, Belgium @ Rotonde
22 Nov – Utrecht, Netherlands @ Le Guess Who Festival
24 Nov – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
25 Nov – Berlin, Germany @ Bang Bang Club
01 Feb – Brisbane @ St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival (Brisbane Showgrounds)
06 Feb – Sydney @ St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival (Sydney College of the Arts)
07 Feb – Melbourne @ St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival (Footscray Centre)
08 Feb – Fremantle @ St. Jerome’s Laneway Festival (Esplanade Reserve)
26 Feb – Brighton @ Audio (14+)
27 Feb – Manchester @ Academy 3 (14+)
28 Feb – Glasgow @ King Tuts (14+, 16&U with parent)
02 Mar – London @ Village Underground (18+)