Head to NPR Music to listen to a brand new track “Bet She Looks Like You” off of Nick Hakim’s debut album Green Twins, out May 19 via ATO Records. NPR praises Nick’s “gifted voice and indelible guitar playing at the center of the danceworthy prayer” on the track, which is now available to download or stream. You can also watch a live performance of the single below, filmed at Brooklyn’s Market Hotel by ATO Records x Out of Town Films.
Pre-order Green Twins and instantly download “Bet She Looks Like You”. Pre-order on vinyl, cd, or cassette from the official store and you’ll receive a free zine with notes and lyrics from Green Twins:
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Nick Hakim‘s debut full-length album Green Twins follows his breakthrough Where Will We Go, Pt. I & II EPs that were self-released on his Earseed Records and praised by the New York Times, NPR Music and more. Green Twins is an experimental step forward with emotional heft gleaned from his experiences in the years since. Intimate first single “Bet She Looks Like You,” was recorded mostly in the New York-based singer-songwriter’s home bedroom, and was one of the first songs that saw Hakim embrace his new experimental way of songwriting and recording.
Each track on the album peels back a particular aspect of his life. He notes that, “a lot of it is what I was thinking in the moment, very specific songs… many of them are like self-portraits.“ He says of Green Twins, “I also felt the need to push my creativity in a different way than I had on the EPs.” The record draws from influences spanning Robert Wyatt, Marvin Gaye and Shuggie Otis to My Bloody Valentine. “We wanted to imagine what it would have sounded like if RZA had produced a Portishead album. We experimented with engineering techniques from Phil Spector and Al Green’s Back Up Train, drum programming from RZA and Outkast, and were listening to a lot of The Impressions, John Lennon, Wu-Tang, Madlib, and Screaming Jay Hawkins.”
(The FADER – “Gen F”)
The story of Green Twins truly began when, armed with the masters for his EPs, Hakim moved from Boston to Brooklyn, spending his time fleshing out unfinished ideas in his bedroom. He came up with lyrics on the spot, recording sketches and lyrics on voice memos and a four-track cassette recorder. From there, Green Twins came about as a sum of its parts: Hakim took the demo recordings to studios in New York City, Philadelphia and London, and built on them with engineers including Andrew Sarlo (bass, engineering, production), keeping the original essence of the songs intact. Sarlo notes that, “for other artists, a demo serves as a potential shape the song could form into. But for Nick, demos are more like creating a temple: a sanctuary that now we have to go into and somehow clean, furnish, and get ready for other people to experience the sermon in.”
Hakim’s debut comes as the culmination of years chiseling his skills as a musician. Hailing from Washington, D.C., he grew up in a musical household—his older brother introduced him to bands like Bad Brains and Nirvana, and his parents exposed him to Nueva canción—while he set out on his own to discover the DC music scene. He didn’t take an interest in learning an instrument until high school, when he taught himself to play the keys. After graduation, he moved to Boston to continue his study of music. In the time since moving to Brooklyn and setting to work for three years on Green Twins, he embraced the live circuit, both as a solo musician and with his band, whom he’s brought together from within his community in Boston and New York.
With Green Twins, Hakim plans to tour through the beginning of the year (see tour dates below), and hopes that folks will connect with the songs he’s written. “I think everybody feels insecure about certain things and everybody has lost people dear to them. I think I’m writing about common things that people feel,” he says. “I think I’m very grateful for anybody that’s listening or wants to be a part of my little world that I’ve created through song.”
“his delicate guitar work and hazy harmonies make him a singular and vital presence in the genre. His 2014 EPs have been exercises in restraint, drenched in liquor and physicality.” – New York Times
“Nick Hakim makes soulful music that feels lovingly dreamy and hopelessly bleary at once… his layered vocals swim across each other and send shivers down your spine.” – NPR Music
“moody, gorgeous voice suits a sweaty summer night.” – New York Magazine
“Exceptional debut… emotionally rich and runs the gamut of R&B, jazz, folk and Motown, taking cues from greats like Marvin Gaye and Harry Nilsson” – Interview Magazine
“Nick Hakim’s music is an intimate conversation, vulnerable and bewitching–R&B born of the blues’ sensibility for soul-bearing.” – Pigeons & Planes
NICK HAKIM TOUR DATES
Feb 13 The Lexington – London, UK – SOLD OUT
Feb 23 Milk Boy – Philadelphia, PA
Feb 24 Blue Note – New York, NY
Feb 25 Songbyrd – Washington, DC
Mar 03 Monty Hall – Jersey City, NJ
Mar 04 Union Pool – Brooklyn, NY
Mar 08 El Club – Detroit, MI
Mar 09 Schubas – Tavern Chicago, IL
Mar 10 Blueberry Hill – St. Louis, MO
Mar 11 Proud Larry’s – Oxford, MS
Mar 13 Gasa Gasa – New Orleans, LA
Mar 14 White Oak Music Hall Upstairs – Houston, TX
Mar 19 Valley Bar – Phoenix, AZ
Mar 21 Voila! Gallery – Los Angeles, CA
Mar 22 Brick & Mortar – San Francisco, CA
Mar 24 Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
Mar 25 Alexander Gastown – Vancouver, BC
Mar 26 Barboza – Seattle, WA
Mar 29 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
Mar 30 The Back Room – Milwaukee, WI
Mar 31 Hi-Fi – Indianapolis, IN
Apr 01 Club Café – Pittsburgh, PA
Apr 19 The Dome – London, UK
Apr 20 Le Pop Up du Label – Paris, FR
Apr 22 Studio 672 – Cologne, DE
Apr 23 Bitterzoet – Amsterdam, NL
Apr 25 Berghain Kantine – Berlin, DE
“[‘Don’t Believe’ is a] soulful serenade to a detached lover, it blends laid-back drums, soft guitar and fuzzy, plucky synthesizers to make a smooth ’70s sound.” – NPR
We are excited to announce that Australia’s Slow Dancer has signed with ATO Records!
To celebrate the signing, Slow Dancer shares a cinematic music video for his effortlessly alluring track “Don’t Believe.” Watch the video via NPR’s “Songs We Love” HERE, and be prepared to have this intoxicating song stuck in your head.
Slow Dancer will make his U.S. debut next month, with performances in New York City, Los Angeles, and SXSW (schedule forthcoming.) He will also perform in London. See below to find a show near you.
Okely has been writing, recording and independently releasing music under the moniker Slow Dancer since 2014, and is gearing up to release his sophomore album with ATO this Spring. Crafting warm, soulful music with delicate vocals, golden guitar tones, and grooving beats, Slow Dancer is inspired by the music of his childhood and memories of long country drives through Western Australia listening to his parents’ rhythm and blues records. His music is deeply personal and irresistibly wistful, calling upon the likes of Jose Gonzales, Kings of Convenience, and Fleetwood Mac.
3/14-19/17 Austin, TX @ SXSW
3/20/17 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
3/23/17 New York, NY @ Rockwood Music Hall
3/29/17 London, UK @ The Waiting Room
“Rodrigo y Gabriela” returns with a new re-master and previously unreleased live album and DVD to be released March 31st. Watch and share “Satori (Live at the Olympia Theatre” via Consequence of Sound, and pre-order the deluxe album HERE.
Mexico City’s Rodrigo y Gabriela originally released their self-titled breakthrough album in 2006 and are now excited to announce a 10year anniversary deluxe edition for 2017 that will be released on March 31st via ATO Records. The deluxe edition will include a 2-LP set including both a re-mastered version of the original album and a 2006 performance, live from Olympia Theatre in Dublin.
Affectionately known to fans as “the Crocodile album”, the original record has sold nearly one million copies worldwide and the global success of the album, together with endless touring, established Rod & Gab as one of the most popular acoustic instrumental artists in the world.
They made worldwide TV appearances on David Letterman, Jools Holland and Austin City Limits among others, and have sold out tours of America, UK, France and Japan, including festival appearances at Bonnaroo and Glastonbury and multiple nights at the Royal Albert Hall, Hammersmith Apollo, Le Zenith (France), Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Radio City Music Hall (NYC) and the Hollywood Bowl.
“We are busy at work on our new record, but looking back at this album, it’s good to be reminded of how far we’ve come in ten years,” said Rodrigo. “We had some crazy times in Ireland, and made many great friends there,” added Gabriela. “The fans are so passionate about music, this is a thank you to them and our time in Dublin.”
Rodrigo y Gabriela was produced by John Leckie (My Morning Jacket, Radiohead, The Stone Roses) and mastered by Robyn Robins, who also did the re-master. The CD format will be a two CD + one DVD set including the re-mastered album, the live set and a concert film of the live set. The vinyl version will be a double album on 180-heavyweight vinyl. Pre-order it HERE.
We are very excited to welcome LA’s psychedelic soul masters Chicano Batman to the ATO family! You may have seen the band on tour recently with Alabama Shakes and Jack White or at festivals like Coachella and Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. The new Chicano Batman album Freedom Is Free is out now.
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Chicano Batman came out of L.A., four young men in vintage formalwear, playing songs that blended Brazilian Tropicalía with early ’70s psychedelic soul and the romantic pop of bands like Los Ángeles Negros. It was an immediately addictive sonic brew, and their reputation grew fast. Now, they’re making their boldest statement yet with Freedom Is Free.
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Freedom Is Free reflects Chicano Batman’s decision to foreground the soul and R&B elements of their sound. To achieve their ambitious sonic goals, the quartet worked with producer Leon Michels (El Michels Affair, The Arcs) in his Diamond Mine Recording studio in Long Island City, NY. Michels, a veteran in the New York soul scene, has performed in Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, The Black Keys and The Menahan Street Band. In addition to tracking the album to analog tape, Michels contributed keyboards and his trademark horn arrangements (he’s been sampled by Jay-Z and Ghostface Killah). The partnership between Michels and Chicano Batman truly captures the band’s live energy and brings their aesthetic goals to life.
UPCOMING CHICANO BATMAN TOUR DATES
Feb 23 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile #
Feb 24 – Portland, OR – Star Theater #
Feb 25 – Eugene, OR – HiFi Music Hall #
Feb 26 – Arcata, CA – Arcata Theatre Lounge #
Mar 01 – Sacramento, CA – Harlow’s #
Mar 02 – San Jose, CA – The Ritz #
Mar 03 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore #
Mar 13 – Albuquerque, NM – Launchpad $
Mar 19 – Houston, TX – Warehouse Live Studio $
Mar 21 – Atlanta, GA – The EARL #
Mar 22 – Asheville, NC – The Mothlight #
Mar 23 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506 #
Mar 24 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern #
Mar 25 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel #
Mar 27 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge #
Mar 28 – Boston, MA — The Sinclair #
Mar 31 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom #
Apr 01 – Philadelphia, PA – The Foundry @ The Fillmore #
Apr 02 – Pittsburgh, PA – James Street Ballroom #
Apr 04 – Toronto, ON – The Velvet Underground #
Apr 05 – Detroit, MI – El Club #
Apr 06 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache @ The Intersection #
Apr 07 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall #
Apr 08 – St. Louis, MO – The Firebird $
Apr 10 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater $
Apr 11 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf $
# w. 79.5
$ w. The Shacks
All dates w. SadGirl
ATO Records was proud to have 5 of our young stand out artists this year at SXSW, including Benjamin Booker, Hurray For The Riff Raff, Chicano Batman, Nick Hakim and Slow Dancer. Each artist brought new songs to Austin’s Cedar Street Courtyard Thursday night at the festival. See below for photos by Nicole Fara Silver.
Hurray For The Riff Raff
King Gizzard’s newest album FLYING MICROTONAL BANANA is out February 24 – pre-order now from ATO and get a free, limited edition King Gizzard zine. You’ll also instantly download “Rattlesnake”, “Nuclear Fusion”, and “Sleep Drifter” when you pre-order, and receive an early download of the album on February 20.
Flying Microtonal Banana is King Gizzard’s first-ever experience in microtonal tuning, which features intervals smaller than a semitone and not found in customary Western tuning octaves.
“Earlier this year we started experimenting with a custom microtonal guitar our friend Zak made for Stu,” further explained drummer Eric Moore. “The guitar was modified to play in 24-TET tuning and could only be played with other microtonal instruments. We ended up giving everyone a budget of $200 to buy instruments and turn them microtonal. The record features the modified electric guitars, basses, keyboards and harmonica as well as a turkish horn called a Zurna.” – Eric Moore
US TOUR DATES
3/29 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club^#
3/30 – Philadelphia, PA – Trocadero Theatre^#
3/31 – New York, NY – Webster Hall^#
4/2 – Boston, MA – Royale^#
4/3 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall^#
4/4 – Montreal, Canada – Fairmount Theatre^#
4/5 – Toronto, Canada – Danforth Theatre^#
4/6 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick^#
4/7 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom^#
4/8 – Chicago, IL – Metro^#
4/9 – Seattle, WA – Neumos^
4/10 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre^
4/11 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall^
4/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore^
4/14 – Indio, CA – Coachella
4/18 – Las Vegas, NV – The Pool at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Las Vegas^
4/19 – Phoenix, AZ – The Crescent Ballroom^
4/21 – Indio, CA – Coachella
^ with ORB
# with Stonefield
EUROPEAN TOUR DATES
5/31 – 6/4 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival 2017
6/3 – London, UK – Field Day 2017
6/8 – 6/10 – Porto, Portugal – NOS Primavera Sound 2017
6/14 – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall
6/15 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town
Joseph has added nine additional West Coast shows to its current tour, including a hometown show at Portland’s Crystal Ballroom on April 28. While on the West Coast, the trio of sisters will play Coachella for the first time, performing on April 14 and 21. The band will also perform at Bonnaroo, Hangout and many other 2017 festivals. Tickets for the newly added shows will go on sale this Friday, February 3. Head to http://smarturl.it/josephtour for full dates and ticket links.
In a recent live review, the Philly Voice said, “With the precision of master harmonizers, the [sisters] delivered rich vocals one song after another to an adoring World Café Live crowd. Super catchy ‘SOS (Overboard)’ was eaten up to its candy core by everyone in attendance as were the rest of the audio confections they served up.” The band is touring in support of its new album, I’m Alone, No You’re Not, which spent two weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Heatseekers Albums chart and was voted as one of 2016’s top albums by NPR listeners.
“The members of Portland trio Joseph — sisters Natalie, Allison and Meegan Closner — blend their voices in the eerily close way that only siblings seem able to accomplish,” said NPR, praising their mix of “swoony delicacy and punchy anthems.” PAPER praised Joseph’s “dark folk-pop that will make you cry (in the best, most cathartic way possible).” BUST observed, “Joseph has certainly arrived, and this is one sister act whose talent will stand the test of time.”
Joseph – North American Tour Dates
2/23 – Fayetteville, AR @ George’s Majestic *
2/24 – Dallas, TX @ Dada *
2/25 – Austin, TX @ The Parish *
2/26 – Houston, TX @ The Heights Theater *
3/1 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theater *
3/2 – Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle *
3/3 – Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theater *
3/4 – Cincinnati, OH @ 20th Century Theater *
3/7 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall *
3/8 – Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theater *
3/10 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird +
3/11 – Fort Collins, CO @ Aggie Theater +
3/12 – Salt Lake City, UT @ State Room +
3/14 – Missoula, MT @ Top Hat Lounge +
3/15 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory –
3/16 – Bellingham, WA @ The Wild Buffalo House of Music –
3/18 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret –
4/12 – Visalia CA @ The Cellar Door
4/14 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/15 – Santa Cruz CA @ The Catalyst
4/21 – Indio, CA @ Coachella
4/22 – San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
4/23 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
4/24 – Petaluma, CA @ Mystic Theater
4/26 – Enterprise, OR @ OK Theater
4/27 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox
4/28 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
4/29 – Eugene, OR @ HiFi Music Hall
5/19 – 21 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
6/8-11 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
* Kelsey Kopecky opening
+ Marshall McLean opening
– Windoe opening
With over twenty years and ten albums to their name, Texas alt-country stalwarts Old 97’s are excited to be releasing their eleventh LP, Graveyard Whistling via ATO Records. The album was recorded in the same Tornillo, Texas studio as their major label debut back in 1996, Too Far To Care. “[Too Far To Care] is the sound that best defined us,” says Rhett Miller, the lead singer and primary songwriter. “It was a really magical time, and we go back to it a lot in our collective memory.” And so when it came time for the band—which still consists of the same four members: Miller, guitarist Ken Bethea, bassist Murry Hammond, and drummer Philip Peeples—to record their newest endeavor, producer Vance Powell brought up the idea of returning to Tornillo. “We knew instantly that it was the perfect move,” says Miller.
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“The time-travel element can’t be overstated,” says Rhett. “It was a beautiful feeling of completing a circle—we’re the same people, but we had grown so much as band mates and friends. It really made me believe in the power of experience and that you do get better with time.”
While there are new collaborators on Graveyard Whistling, including Nicole Atkins and Butch Walker, there aren’t more than a handful of bands in history who can claim to have an intact, unchanged line-up as they approach twenty-five years together. There is, of course, no real blueprint or rulebook for sustaining the kind of chemistry that Miller, Bethea, Hammond, and Peeples enjoy.
“I think our longevity can be attributed primarily to our friendship and ability to overcome those moments when egos want to overtake and obliterate everything in their path,” says Miller. “We experienced the hype of the old business model, with all of its excess and idiocy, and also the deconstruction of that model and the advent of the new world, and been able to maintain a fundamental love for each other.
On vinyl, Graveyard Whistling will be released with four different cover color options – red, blue, green and silver – with four matching vinyl colors in translucent red, translucent blue, translucent green, and clear. You can pre-order the album physically or digitally HERE and head below to check out Old 97’s 2017 tour dates.
2/25 – Ponte Verde, FL – Ponte Verde Concert Hall
2/26 – 3/2 – Outlaw Country Cruise
3/2 – St. Petersburg, FL – The State Theatre
3/3 – Tallahassee, FL – Fifth and Thomas
3/4 – Atlanta, GA – Terminal West
3/18 – Greeley, CO – Moxi Theater
3/19 – Billings, MT – Pub Station
3/20 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge
3/21 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
3/22 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
3/23 – Eugene, OR – Wow Hall
3/24 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
3/25 – San Luis Obispo, CA – The Fremont Theater
3/27 – Reno, NV – Cargo Concert Hall
3/29 – Hermosa Beach, CA – Saint Rocke
3/30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
3/31 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
4/1 – Big Bear Lake, CA – The Cave Big Bear
4/2 – Las Vegas, CA – Vinyl
4/4 – Flagstaff, AZ – The Museum Club
4/5 – Scottsdale, AZ – Livewire
4/6 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Brewing Co.
4/7 – Lubbock, TX – The Blue Light
4/8 – Dallas, TX – Old 97’s County Fair
4/21 – Lindale,TX – Love and War in Texas
4/22 – Driftwood, TX – Old Settler’s Festival
5/1 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
5/2 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
5/3 – Asbury Park, NJ – The Wonder Bar
5/4 – Cambridge, MA – Sinclair
5/5 – Cambridge, MA – Sinclair
5/6 – New York, NY– Irving Plaza
5/7 – York, PA – Strand Capitol Performing Arts Center
5/8 – Buffalo, NY – Tralf Music Hall
5/9 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theater
5/10 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
5/11 – Newport, KY – Southgate House Revival Sanctuary
5/12 – Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
5/13 – Springfield, IL – Boondocks
5/14 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall
5/16 – St Louis, MO – Delmar Hall
5/17 – Louisville, KY – Headliners
Margaret Glaspy’s ‘Emotions and Math’ on New York Times Best Albums list! Watch new music video, on tour now!
“One of the year’s best new artists” – NPR Music
“Glaspy’s a world-class songwriter, and each track on Emotions And Math explores the divide between desire and rationality with exactitude and confidence. If Glaspy feels like an outlier in today’s musical landscape, that’s only because she’s so remarkable, and her music demonstrates that the singer-songwriter tradition is alive and thriving.” – Stereogum, “40 Best New Bands of 2016”
Margaret Glaspy‘s Emotions and Math has made several of the year’s Best Of lists, including #7 Best Album of 2016 by Jon Pareles for The New York Times. She has released a new music video for the title track of her critically acclaimed debut album. Watch it now via NPR Music:
Watch her NPR Tiny Desk performance below, and make sure to catch Margaret on tour now.
Margaret was also named as a VEVO DSCVR artist, highlighting the best up-and-coming artists. Watch her live performance of “You and I” below:
Singer, multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick Hakim was via The FADER’s “Gen F” series as he prepares his debut full-length album Green Twins, set for release in the spring of 2017 on ATO Records. Notes The FADER, Hakim is “…a singer who composes achingly beautiful soul music that almost always reaches you somewhere deep in your bones.” Read the feature here
His debut full-length album follows Hakim’s critically praised Where Will We Go Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 EPs, released on his own Earseed Records imprint in 2014. The collection of intimate, lo-fi soul songs was called “lovingly dreamy and hopelessly bleary at once” by NPR Music. The long out-of-print 12” will be reissued on milky white vinyl with all new interior art by ATO Records, and is now available for pre-order for delivery by March 2017:
The Brooklyn-based, Washington, D.C.-raised musician grew up in a household overflowing with musical diversity and cites influences ranging from Marvin Gaye and Curtis Mayfield, to Madlib and MF Doom, to South American folk and DC punk. It comes as no surprise that Nick tends to blend genres, mixing an ambient airy psychedelic sound with the raw gut-wrenching emotion of the blues.
Hakim has performed supporting the likes of Maxwell, How To Dress Well, KING and more, in addition to his headline dates. Look for him to kick off 2017 by bringing his new live show to New York, Philadelphia, Washington, DC and London, before heading out on a full tour around the album’s release. See tour dates below, and visit the “Live Dates” section of http://nickhakim.com for ticket info. Look for lots more from Nick Hakim in 2017.