10.11.2016 news
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King Gizzard announces “Flying Microtonal Banana” & Tour: Listen to 3 New Songs

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. 

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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

 

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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

31.10.2016 news
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New Joseph Tour Dates + Coachella, Bonnaroo and more!

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.

Get I’m Alone, No You’re Not: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon | Spotify

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

30.10.2016 news
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Old 97’s Release 2nd Track from “Graveyard Whistling” + Add New Tour Dates

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 RecordsThe 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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Pre-Order now and choose from 4 different vinyl colors: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

 

 

“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.

 

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

29.10.2016 news
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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”

Get Emotions and Math: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

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:

25.10.2016 news
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Read Nick Hakim’s FADER Gen F feature + tour + pre-order “Where Will We Go” EP vinyl

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:

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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.

 

NICK HAKIM 2017 TOUR DATES
Jan 26 Philadelphia, PA – Milk Boy
Jan 27 New York, NY – Blue Note
Jan 28 Washington, DC – Songbyrd
Feb 13 London, UK – The Lexington
Feb 23 Philadelphia, PA – Milk Boy
Feb 24 New York, NY – Blue Note
Feb 25 Washington, DC – Songbyrd


PRESS QUOTES
“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.” – The 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
“incredibly strong set of finely crafted tracks that move, haunt and mesmerize…” –KCRW
24.10.2016 news
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Watch Joseph perform “White Flag” on Later with Jools Holland!

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:

Get Joseph’s new album I’m Alone, No You’re Not now: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

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:

14.10.2016 news
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Jonny Fritz’s “Sweet Creep” Out Now + New Video

Jonny Fritz is back— with a new album, a new hip, and a new homebase in Los Angeles, California.  Produced by Jim JamesSweet 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. 

Buy Sweet Creep: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon 

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.

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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

 

24.09.2016 news
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Watch Blind Pilot’s new “Packed Powder” video – “And Then Like Lions” out now!

Blind Pilot‘s new album “And Then Like Lions”, their first in five years, is now available.

Get And Then Like Lions: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon 

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.

 

23.09.2016 news
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Drive-By Truckers’ new album American Band out now – watch full live performance via NPR!

 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 nowsee all tour dates at their website.

Get American Band now: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon 

Drive-By Truckers recently performed the full album LIVE for NPR First Listen Livewatch 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”:

01.09.2016 news
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Watch Joseph’s new “Planets” video shot in Joseph, OR!

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.

Get the album: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon | Local Record Store | Spotify

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.

 

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