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.
Joseph, the trio of hypnotically harmonizing sisters Allison, Meegan and Natalie Closner, has been burning up radio charts and Spotify playlists with their triumphant anthem “White Flag.” Watch their captivating performance of Later with Jools Holland here!
Also watch them perform the hit single on Ellen below:
NPR, which premiered the new album, says: “On I’m Alone, No You’re Not, sweetness and power aren’t mutually exclusive. Punctuated by peppy, remix-friendly songs of devotion (“Blood & Tears”) and resistance (“White Flag”), I’m Alone, No You’re Not finds the Oregon-bred sisters delving into luscious ballads (“I Don’t Mind”), spirited dance-pop (“SOS [Overboard]”) and songs that build to cavernously booming, kick-drum-intensive rock (the appropriately titled “Canyon”). Joseph may have gotten its start playing living-room shows, but these songs are more than sturdy enough to support the layers of studio polish they get here.”
Watch Joseph on CONAN:
Watch their performance on CBS This Morning – Saturday Sessions:
And don’t miss their television debut on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon:
Jonny Fritz is back— with a new album, a new hip, and a new homebase in Los Angeles, California. Produced by Jim James, Sweet Creep includes the lyricism of prior release Dad Country with an added air of hopefulness. Jonny throws himself into the new album by stripping things down to the essentials. He gathered Nashville’s Joshua Hedley and Dawes’ Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith and recorded the whole album in three days.
Sweet Creep marks the return of a renewed lyricism in country music, a recurring theme in Fritz’s previous album Dad Country. Recorded in James’ makeshift hilltop studio in Montecito Heights, the album reverberates with the feeling of sunny vistas. Jonny gathered Nashville’s Joshua Hedley and Dawes’ Taylor and Griffin Goldsmith and stripped things down to the essentials. Recorded in just three days, the fresh air, freedom from studio pressures, and strong cups of tea all mix into the music.
A Montana native, Jonny was raised in Virginia and has passed weeks in nearly every city in the United States and overseas. He is a torchbearer, brimming with personality in the celebrated country music tradition. Fans look to country musicians such as John Hartford, Roger Miller, and Billy Joe Shaver for more than just music. They look for a life, for outrageous legend, for a showmanship on and off stage that Jonny Fritz will never fail to deliver. He might not have shot anybody or spent any considerable time in prison, but on Sweet Creep he reminds himself and his fans that sometimes great lives can also be pretty good ones.
Tour Dates w/ Jamestown Revival
11/1 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
11/3 – Dallas, TX – Kessler Theater
11/4 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
11/5 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
11/10 – Los Angeles, CA – El Rey Theatre
Blind Pilot‘s new album “And Then Like Lions”, their first in five years, is now available.
The album premiered via NPR First Listen, where NPR’s Stephen Thompson said, “And Then Like Lions unfurls slowly and gracefully, its energy directed more toward richness of sound than speed or force.” They just released a new music video for “Packed Powder” via Wall Street Journal – watch it below.
Watch the band perform on CBS Saturday Morning:
Watch Blind Pilot perform their new single “Packed Powder” at Bear Creek Studios via BrooklynVegan:
Listen to “Umpqua Rushing”, which NPR Music calls “a hazy, quiet beauty that builds slowly but persistently.”:
Written and composed by Blind Pilot’s Israel Nebeker over the course of three years, the record is a transcendent, cathartic response to the loss of his father and end of a 13-year relationship. ‘Lions’ is Blind Pilot’s most exhilarating album to date, a lush 10-song collection that is resilient, uplifting and often majestic in the face of tragedy.
Blind Pilot has performed on Ellen and The Late Show with David Letterman, at the Newport Folk Festival, Bonnaroo, and Lollapalooza. The group has shared stages with The Shins, Andrew Bird, Calexico and more. The project began in 2007 when Israel and co-founding member Ryan Dobrowski went on a West Coast tour via bicycle.
AMERICAN BAND, the new album from the Drive-By Truckers, is out now. NPR’s Lars Gotrich writes that the album “lives up to its name in how it digests, understands and challenges the notions of what it means to be American. In short, it’s complicated. In the band’s ambition to be current, to speak hard truths without metaphorical tangles, American Band is still remarkably nuanced in its quiet and not-so-quiet anger.” The band is on tour now – see all tour dates at their website.
Drive-By Truckers recently performed the full album LIVE for NPR First Listen Live – watch their performance via VuHaus, and read an interview with Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley via OPB. The New York Times also recently featured Drive-By Truckers in a piece on Southern bands making politically progressive music – read it HERE.
Watch the band perform live from the legendary Electric Lady Studios:
Watch the lyric video for “Filthy and Fried”:
Joseph has just released a new music video for “Planets”, filmed in their namesake town of Joseph, OR. Watch it now via Sweet on Snapchat Discover, or check out the video on Youtube below.
Watch the three sisters of Joseph flex their choreo skills in the new Anderson Wright-directed music video for “SOS (Overboard)”, the infectious new single from Joseph’s new album I’m Alone, No You’re Not.
Okkervil River’s new album Away is now available, and critics are praising it as one of the band’s best ever.
NPR says of the album, “Away is a rebuilding-yourself-from-the-ground-up kind of record… Sheff uses the occasion to take his time and let his songs breathe.”
“[Away] is a cause for joy.” – The Wall Street Journal
“It may be Okkervil River’s best album yet.” – UNCUT
“It’s a testament to Sheff’s considerable gifts… graceful and evocative.” – NPR
“A gorgeous collection …. as poignant as anything Nick Drake ever penned… astounding.” – Under the Radar
“[Away] is a tremendous achievement.” – Consequence of Sound
“One of Okkervil River’s prettiest records to date – FOUR STARS” – American Songwriter
Watch the epic, moving video for “Okkervil River R.I.P.”, written and directed by, and starring Will Sheff, along with acclaimed actor Tim Blake Nelson (O’ Brother Where Art Thou, Lincoln). “Okkervil River R.I.P.” opens the Away, out now, and sets the tone for what Sheff sees as a turning point for his long-running indie-folk project. He says of the album: “Eventually, I realized I was writing a death story for a part of my life that had, buried inside of it, a path I could follow that might let me go somewhere new.”
David Dye of the World Cafe called the track: “a gorgeous… song about soul-searching, finding the strength one needs to carry on in the face of adversity and finding solace in the ones we love.”
Okkervil River heads out on a world tour upon the albums release. See tour dates below and get tickets at the band’s website.
Okkervil River 2016 Tour Dates
9/14 @ The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA*
9/15 @ The Sinclair – Cambridge, MA*
9/16 @ Theatre Fairmount – Montreal, QC
9/19 @ 9:30 Club – Washington, DC*
9/20 @ Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC*
9/21 @ Terminal West at King Plow Arts Center – Atlanta, GA*
9/23 @ 1884 Lounge – Memphis, TN*
9/24 @ One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA*
9/30 @ The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ*
10/01 @ Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA*
10/04 @ Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA
10/05 @ The Independent – San Francisco, CA
10/07 @ Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR*
10/08 @ Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA*
10/10 @ Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT*
10/11 @ Bluebird Theater – Denver, CO*
10/13 @ Fine Line Music Cafe – Minneapolis, MN*
10/14 @ Metro – Chicago, IL#
10/15 @ The Magic Bag – Ferndale, MI^
10/16 @ Mr. Small’s Theatre – Millvale, PA^
10/18 @ Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA^
10/20 @ Webster Hall – New York, NY
10/30 @ Parkteatret – Oslo, Norway
10/31 @ Pustervik – Gothenburg, Sweden
11/02 @ Debaser Strand – Stockholm, Sweden
11/03 @ Vega – Copenhagen, Denmark
11/04 @ Rolling Stone Weekender – Weissenhauser Strand, Germany
11/05 @ Paradiso Nord – Amsterdam, Holland
11/07 @ Petit Bain – Paris, France
11/08 @ Botanique Rotonde – Brussels, Belgium
11/10 @ Islington Assembly Hall – London, UK
11/11 @ Thekla – Bristol, UK
11/12 @ Gorilla – Manchester, UK
11/13 @ Stereo – Glasgow, UK
“At Swim is a triumph of Hannigan’s understated versatility, as a seemingly simple template morphs to make room for gracefully doomstruck ballads (“Prayer For The Dying,” “Funeral Suit”), comparatively peppy midtempo numbers (“Snow,” “Lo”), subtly glitchy and experimental sounds (“Undertow,” “Barton”) and a short, gorgeous swell of layered unaccompanied vocals (“Anahorish”).” – NPR
The video was shot in one afternoon outside London in the Alice Holt Forest – along with some rather rigid dance moves, viewers are greeted with stark imagery of just Hannigan in a crimson-red dress, surrounded by towering trees.
“There’s a sense of struggle in the song,” she says. “I didn’t want it to be too literal. “It was very peaceful, but a strange, eerie place.”
“Fall” is a song Hannigan co-wrote with songwriter Joe Henry. It’s the lead song on her upcoming third studio album,“At Swim,” which finds her exploring new sonic territory with the help of producer Aaron Dessner of the National.
“That was a turning point in terms of the flow of the record,” she says about connecting with Dessner on the 11 songs that make up “At Swim.”
Listen to “Prayer for the Dying” and instantly download the track when you pre-order At Swim:
Margaret Glaspy made her television debut on CONAN performing “You and I” from her debut album Emotions and Math – watch her performance below and catch her on tour! Full dates below.
Margaret Glaspy’s debut album ‘Emotions And Math’ is available now! Kelefa Sanneh of The New Yorker writes “The music is unadorned, the better to showcase Glaspy’s electric guitar and her extraordinary voice, as well as her plainspoken lyrics, which are, by turns, gently sentimental and firmly not.” Listen here: http://bit.ly/1ZDWLvv
Pitchfork also posted a review of ‘Emotions and Math’, saying the album “treats bad decisions and destructive impulses with compassionate clarity and heartfelt empathy.”
Margaret will play a hometown album release show at Brooklyn’s Baby’s All Right on Saturday, 6/18, with Alexander F And Jennah Bell to open. The show falls in the midst of an extensive tour with Lucius and on the heels of a performance this weekend at Bonnaroo. Later this summer, she’ll open select dates for Iron & Wine, play Lincoln Center with M. Ward, and make her debut at ACL Fest. Full list of dates below.
Vice says of Margaret Glaspy “Whatever expectation you might form for her, she will quickly upend it.” The New York Times says, “Her voice is raspily matter-of-fact and her guitar delivers a blunt, distorted riff.” NPR Music called her song “You And I” “one of the year’s best kiss-off songs.”
Watch the video for “You And I” here: http://n.pr/1ZdlCWH
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MARGARET GLASPY TOUR DATES
7/13 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
7/14 – Walla Walla, WA @ Billsville West
7/15 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
7/16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
7/18 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
8/5 – New York, NY @ Lincoln Center ^
8/13 – Raleigh, NC @ North Carolina Museum of Art +
8/21 – Brecon, United Kingdom @ Green Man Festival
8/23 – London, United Kingdom @ Moth Club
9/17 – Shakopee, MN @ First Avenue
10/8 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
* With Lucius
+ With Iron & Wine
^ With M. Ward
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