Watch a live version of “Wicked Waters” from Benjamin Booker‘s Rough Trade session, which premiered at Line of Best Fit, and check out his live show for yourself on one of his newly announced tour dates (below). Tickets are available at his website.
Apr 15 – San Diego, CA @ Casbah
Apr 16 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Bunkhouse Saloon
Apr 17 – Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot
Apr 18 – Coachella (Indio, CA)
Apr 22 – Austin TX @ Mohawk
Apr 23 – Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre
Apr 24 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
Apr 25 – New Orleans, LA @ One Eyed Jack’s
May 22 – Sasquatch Festival (George, WA)
May 28 – Primavera Sound Festival (Barcelona, SP)
Jun 4 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
Jun 5 – Governor’s Ball Festival (New York, NY)
Jun 6 – Mountain Jam Festival (Hunter, NY)
Jun 6-7 – Free Press Summer Fest (Houston, TX)
Jun 9 – Dallas, TX @ Trees
Jun 11 – Bonnaroo (Manchester, TN)
Jun 13 – Lakewood, OH @ Mahall’s 20 Lanes
Jun 14 – Three Rivers Arts Festival (Pittsburgh, PA)
Jun 16 – Buffalo, NY @ Tralf Music Hall
Jun 17 – Burlington, VT @ Arts Riot
Jun 19 – Pawtucket, RI @ The Met
Jun 21 – Firefly Music Festival (Dover ,DE)
Jun 26-28 – Down the Rabbit Hole Festival (Netherlands)
Jul 9-11 – 2000Trees Festival (Cheltenham, UK)
Jul 16 – Latitude Festival (Suffolk, UK)
Jul 17 – Longitude Festival (Ireland)
Aug 7 – Squamish Valley Music Festival (Squamish, CAN)
Aug 9 – Outside Lands Festival (San Francisco, CA)
Aug 16 – Oya Festival (Norway)
Aug 21 – MS Dockville Festival (Germany)
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
Watch her performance on CONAN below, and read her interview with NPR’s Ann Powers, who calls the album “a glorious storm”. Brandi will host intimate release shows in LA (March 4) and NYC (March 11) as well as a limited capacity acoustic, unamplified SXSW “Pin Drop” concert at Austin’s Central Presbyterian Church on March 18. See the rest of Brandi’s tour dates here.
‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’ was recorded almost entirely as first takes without any demoing and little rehearsal before gathering at Bear Creek Studio in Washington State.
The result is immediate and electrifying. “The Eye,” a song influenced by Crosby, Stills and Nash, is so intimate and hushed you can hear the quiver of Brandi’s voice in a flawless 3-part harmony. Lead-off track and first single “Wherever Is Your Heart” captures a fiery intensity.
The creative spirit of the album is also exemplified in Brandi’s sold-out Pin Drop Tour, which wowed audiences this fall. Playing historic rooms, Brandi and The Twins performed songs new and old without any amplification – no mics, no amps, no PA – relying only on their voices, acoustic instruments and the venues themselves. The Chicago Tribune attributed Carlile to proving “that sometimes music has more to say than speakers can communicate.”
‘The Firewatcher’s Daughter’ follows 2012’s ‘Bear Creek,’ which debuted in the Billboard Top 10, was hailed as “gorgeous” by Rolling Stone and “tremendously assured” by NPR. Brandi has sold out venues like Red Rocks, back to back nights at The Beacon Theater and performed at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits and more.
1. Wherever Is Your Heart
2. The Eye
3. The Things I Regret
4. Mainstream Kid
5. Beginning To Feel The Years
6. Wilder (We’re Chained)
7. Blood Muscle Skin & Bone
8. I Belong To You
10. The Stranger At My Door
11. Heroes And Songs
12. Murder In The City
Kopecky are thrilled to announce their second album, Drug for the Modern Age, set to be released on May 19 via ATO Records. Listen to the lead single “Quarterback”, which SPIN premiered and praised as a “melodic three-minute blast with piercing guitar riffs and an adrenaline-pumped chorus.” The album is now available for pre-order on iTunes, Amazon, and Kopecky’s official store.
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Formerly known as the Kopecky Family Band, the Nashville based group has had their music appear on a variety of hit television series including Grey’s Anatomy, Parenthood, The Vampire Diaries, and MTV’s Awkward to name a few. They’ve also toured all over the world and have played at some of the largest music festivals including Austin City Limits, Bumbershoot, and Lollapalooza. This year they will be performing at SXSW.
Their upcoming release, Drug for the Modern Age, explores such life-altering events as the sudden loss of a loved one, divorce, and struggles with addiction, along with more joyful happenings like new love and marriage. “The album was written in this weird time of so much pain but also happiness, and that really informed the writing and recording,” says vocalist/guitarist Gabe Simon, who co-founded the group with vocalist/keyboardist Kelsey Kopecky in 2007. “Our goal was to talk about all these very serious things we were dealing with, but in a way that felt nothing like wallowing and more like standing triumphantly, or even dancing our way through it.”
In achieving that dynamic, Kopecky (whose lineup also includes guitarist Steven Holmes, bassist Corey Oxendine, cellist Markus Midkiff, and drummer David Krohn) offer moments of symphonic grandeur alongside edgy, electronic-leaning innovation. Meanwhile, their daringly intimate lyrics both unsettle and engage, asking questions and encouraging reflection on the part of the listener.
As on their 2012 debut Kids Raising Kids, Kopecky teamed up with Konrad Snyder, but this time around the band took a more slowed-down and deliberate approach. This allowed them to bring new level of sophistication and soulfulness to their songcraft.
Drug for the Modern Age serves up its share of intricately layered love songs as well, revealing Kopecky’s endless grace in merging sweetness and melancholy. In its quietly devastating narrative of sex and heartbreak, “Closed Doors” is an epic breakup ballad built on dreamy guitar tones and sensually charged lyrics. A shimmering piece of dance-pop genius, “My Love” sheds light on the ephemeral nature of romance on the road. And with its gritty guitar riffs and bombastic drumbeats, “Quarterback” spins the slyly feel-good story of an underdog who misrepresents himself to get the girl before realizing that, as Gabe explains, “he can love as good as anyone else, and it doesn’t matter who he is.”
With the band forever bound by their shared passion for purposeful songwriting, all that revelation and sometimes-painful truth-telling ultimately fulfills something central to Kopecky’s mission: a deeper and stronger connection with each person listening.
3/18 – 3/20 at SXSW in Austin, TX
3/20 at Common Grounds in Waco, TX
3/26 at the Hi Fi in Indianapolis, IN
3/27 at Blind Pig in Ann Arbor, MI
3/28 at Verve Night Club in Terre Haute, IN
4/2 at Club Café in Pittsburgh, PA
4/3 at Musica in Akron, OH
4/10 at The Loft in Columbus, GA
4/11 at One Spark Festival in Jacksonville, FL
4/12 at Second Sunday in Macon, GA
4/28 at Pour House in Charleston, SC
4/29 at Jefferson Theater in Charlottesville, VA
5/4 at Mercury Lounge in New York, NY
5/5 at Baby’s All Right in Brooklyn, NY
5/8 at Artisphere in Greenville, SC
5/14 at Camp House in Chattanooga, TN
5/15 at Vinyl in Atlanta, GA
5/17 at Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL
5/19 at Basement in Nashville, TN
5/22 at Live Oak in Fort Worth, TX
5/28 at Club Bahia in Los Angeles, CA
5/29 at Bottlerock Festival in Napa, CA
6/4 at Wakarusa in Ozark, AR
Alabama Shakes has announced the release of their new album Sound & Color (out April 21, 2015), and now you can stream the first two tracks, “Don’t Wanna Fight” and “Gimme All Your Love”. Listen to them below, and pre-order the album to receive an instant download of both tracks:
“We took our time to write this record, and I’m really glad we did,” says Brittany Howard, lead singer and guitarist of Alabama Shakes, about the band’s new album Sound & Color. “We were able to sit down and think about what’s exciting to us, explore all the things we wanted to on our first album. This record is full of genre-bending songs – it’s even harder now when people ask, ‘What kind of band are you?’ I have no clue.
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 freakout on “The Greatest” give way to the psychedelic space jam “Gemini”. The gently swaying, chiming title song opens the album with what Howard calls “more of a visual thing, I think of this whole scene going in,” 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.
For more on the new album and the band’s writing process, check out their artist page.
Alabama Shakes announced today that they will be releasing the highly anticipated follow-up to their 2012 Grammy-nominated debut. The new album is titled Sound & Color and will be released on April 21, 2015. Pre-order the album now, and you’ll receive an instant download of the first single, “Don’t Wanna Fight”.
“We took our time to write this record, and I’m really glad we did,” says Brittany Howard, lead singer and guitarist of Alabama Shakes, about the band’s new album Sound & Color. “We were able to sit down and think about what’s exciting to us, explore all the things we wanted to on our first album. This record is full of genre-bending songs—it’s even harder now when people ask, ‘What kind of band are you?’ I have no clue.”
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 with what Howard calls “more of a visual thing, I think of this whole scene going on,” 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.
For more on the new album and the band’s writing process, check out their artist page.
Watch the video for “Sweet Amarillo” below:
My Morning Jacket has announced their new album “The Waterfall” and shared the first track, which you can instantly download when you pre-order the album. Listen to “Big Decisions” below, and preorder the album HERE. The band has also announced a run of tour dates, check them out below the video.
05-15 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre
05-16 Knoxville, TN – Tennessee Theatre
05-17 Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Festival
05-23 Boston, MA – Boston Calling Festival
06-03 Cleveland, OH – State Theatre *
06-04 Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE *
06-05 New York, NY – Governor’s Ball Music Festival
06-07 Toronto, Ontario – Field Trip Festival
06-09-11 Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre ^
06-12-14 Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
06-16-17 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore ^
06-19 Waverly, IA – Gentlement of the Road Stopover
06-20 Milwaukee, WI – Riverside Theater *
06-23-24 Columbus, OH – Palace Theatre *
06-26 Minneapolis, MN – Northrup Auditorium $
06-27 Minneapolis, MN – Northrup Auditorium %
07-17-19 Louisville, KY – Forecast Festival
07-21 Charlottesville, VA – nTelos Wireless Pavilion %
07-22 Lewiston, NY – Artpark Series %
07-26 Columbia, MD – Merriweather Post Pavilion
07-28 Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheatre !
07-29 Charlotte, NC – Uptown Amphitheatre !
07-31 New Orleans, LA – Champions Square !
08-01 St. Augustine, FL – Amphitheatre ~
08-03 Miami, FL – The Fillmore ~
08-04 Orlando, FL – Hard Rock Live ~
08-07-08 Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre ~
08-10 Birmingham, AL – BJCC Concert Hall ~
08-12 St. Louis, MO – The Peabody Opera House $
08-13 Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theatre $
08-14 Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre @
08-28-30 Paris, France – Rock en Seine Festival
09-01 Antwerp, Belgium – Rivierenhof Amphitheatre
09-02 Koln, Germany – Gloria
09-04 Dublin, Ireland – Electric Picnic Festival
09-05 Larmer Tree Gardens, England – End of the Road Festival
09-06 Manchester, England – The Ritz
09-08 London, England – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
09-10 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
09-12 Groningen, Netherlands – Take Root Festival
09-13 Berlin, Germany – Lollapalooza
* with Floating Action
^ Hiss Golden Messenger
$ with Hippo Campus
% with Lizzo
! with Lucius
~ with Mini Mansions
@ with Sylvan Esso
You can also listen to the second single “Incidental” below. Entertainment Weekly says of the track: “pulls from enough strains of rock ‘n’ roll to defy attempts to pin a modifier on it. It’s just, you know, rock ‘n’ roll, in the same sort of timeless way that the best Replacements records are.”
In addition, the band have announced a full US tour for April and May – check out the tour dates below.
Feb 12 – Brooklyn, NY – Baby’s All Right $
Feb 13 – New York, NY – Mercury Lounge (Sold Out) $
Feb 14 – Brooklyn, NY – Rough Trade NYC (Sold Out) $
Apr 16 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater
Apr 17 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl
Apr 18 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
Apr 20 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room *
Apr 21 – Denver, CO – The Bluebird Theater *
Apr 22 – Omaha, NE – Reverb Lounge *
Apr 23 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th St. Entry *
Apr 24 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall *
Apr 25 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room at The Crofoot *
Apr 27 – Toronto, ON – The Garrison *
Apr 29 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall *
May 01 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brenda’s *
May 02 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel *
May 03 – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern *
May 04 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle *
May 05 – Ashevllle, NC – The Mothlight *
May 06 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
May 08 – Atlanta, GA – Shaky Knees Music Festival
May 09 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa *
May 10 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s *
May 11 – Dallas, TX – Three Links *
May 12 – Austin, TX – Red 7 *
May 14 – Tucson, AZ – Club Congress *
May 15 – San Diego, CA – Soda Bar *
May 16 – Los Angeles, CA – Roxy Theatre *
# – w/ Golden Drugs
% – w/ Andrew St. James
& – w/ B. Hamilton
$ – w / Happiness
* – w/ Blank Range
After a run of dates in Europe, Primus is now coming back to the US on their Primus & The Chocolate Factory tour, starting with an April 8th show in Minneapolis. Full list of dates below.
On April 28th, Primus & The Chocolate Factory will also be available on DVD in 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound, newly mixed by Les Claypool. This deluxe edition also contains a live CD featuring tracks from the 2014 Fall tour and a new 14-page booklet with tour photos and drawings by Les Claypool.
The Wall Street Journal called the album “a wild, radically reworked tribute.”
Pre-order for the deluxe edition is available here.
4/8 – Minneapolis, MN – State Theatre
4/10 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theatre
4/11 – Kalamazoo, MI – Kalamazoo State Theatre
4/12 – Indianapolis, IN – Old National Centre – Murat Theatre
4/14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE – Indoor
4/15 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
4/17 – Louisville, KY – Louisville Palace
4/18 – Atlanta, GA – Sweetwater 420 Fest
4/20 – Concord, NH – The Capitol Center For the Arts
4/21 – Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre
4/24 – Hershey, PA – Hershey Theatre
4/25 – Huntington, NY – The Paramount
4/27 – Cleveland, OH – Masonic Auditorium
4/28 – Peoria, IL – Peoria Civic Center Theatre
4/30 – Houston, TX – Bayou Music Center
5/1 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre
5/3 – Shreveport, LA – Strand Theater
5/5 – Oklahoma City, OK – Bricktown Events Center
5/6 – Kansas City, MO – Uptown Theater
5/7 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater