23.05.2017 news

Benjamin Booker’s new album ‘Witness’ is out now! Watch live sessions

Benjamin Booker‘s new album Witness is out now – stream it everywhere, or get the album on vinyl, CD, or digital. The follow-up to his critically acclaimed self-titled debut, Witness is “

an urgent synthesis of blues, gospel and soul … with a raw and unforgiving candor that’s reminiscent of downtown New York punk.”

Read the album review via NPR First Listen, which notes that on Witness, “Booker leans especially hard into the vintage soul-rock, gospel and blues that have underpinned his work from the start, folding R&B string arrangements and gospel piano into his guitar’s gritty rampage.”

Previously, Benjamin Booker shared the track “Believe” with an accompanying live session video and interview via TIME check it out now.

Head to Mic to watch two new Benjamin Booker session videos for “Witness” and “Right On You”, recorded live at Providence’s Columbus Theatre with album producer Sam Cohen on guitar and several of the musicians who played on the album. Mic praises Booker’s music as “an urgent synthesis of blues, gospel and soul … with a raw and unforgiving candor that’s reminiscent of downtown New York punk.”

Download the studio versions of both tracks when you pre-order Witness, out June 2: http://smarturl.it/witness-preorder 


Listen to “Right On You” via The FADER
, which calls it “a staticky, high-tempo ballad that packs a punch”. Download “Right On You” instantly when you pre-order Witness.

Previously, Booker shared the title track ‘Witness’ featuring a guest vocal by Mavis Staples. Pre-order the new album “Witness” and instantly download the title track, or stream it now via Spotify or Apple Music: http://smarturl.it/witness-preorder

“The New Orleans-based songwriter — who’s favored a sound like the blues, soul and rock ‘n’ roll mixed with gasoline and a lit cigarette — leans into more explicitly gospel territory here, letting his strepitous guitar take a backseat to an upright-piano melody and choral harmonies.”

On ‘Witness,’ Booker has created his most ambitious work yet by digging deep into his passion for eccentric soul, R&B, and blues – drawing on everything from William Onyeabor’s 70s African psych-rock to Freddie Gibbs and Pusha T, while never straying too far from the garage-punk intensity that made his self-titled 2014 debut such a creative breakthrough. The album’s ten new, original tracks were all written by Booker, produced by Sam Cohen (Kevin Morby), and mixed by Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes).

‘Witness’ tracklist:
1. Right On You
2. Motivation
3. Witness (feat. Mavis Staples)
4. The Slow Drag Under
5. Truth Is Heavy
6. Believe
7. Overtime
8. Off The Ground
9. Carry
10. All Was Well

01.05.2017 news

Nick Hakim’s debut album ‘Green Twins’ is out now! Read Pitchfork Rising feature

Read the NPR First Listen review of Nick Hakim’s debut album Green Twins HERE. NPR notes, “Matters of the heart require tenderness – and this conviction is what makes Green Twins a treasure; irresistible and challenging, without contradiction.” Pitchfork also featured Nick Hakim’s “eclectic soul” in their Rising series – read the profile HERE.

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Get Green Twins: http://smarturl.it/NH_greentwins

Nick is on tour now – see all dates and get tickets HERE.

Watch the psychedelic animated video for the newest track off of Nick Hakim’s debut album Green Twins, out May 19, via Pitchfork, which calls the song “a soul delight”.

Nick Hakim said of the track, “This song’s first verse is about a night when I got really stoned at my friend’s house and forgot to meet up with my partner. It was pouring rain outside and when I realized I was late, I biked through Bed Stuy as fast as I could through the rain to find her but she was gone… the second verse is about patching it up, not leaving her house for a couple days. It’s a love song.”

Watch the official video and ATO Session for “Bet She Looks Like You”:

“An abstract but powerful experience” – Pigeons & Planes

“A hazy, deeply felt bit of modern soul” – Stereogum

“A smoky love ballad that is textbook Hakim: a bone-bare slow-wind of a song that doesn’t beg for one’s attention so much as it intoxicates the senses with knowing assurance. It’s a heartbreaker, for sure” – The FADER

Watch the live session for “Green Twins”, filmed live from Brooklyn’s Market Hotel:

“A soulful dive into one of Hakim’s signature psychedelic soundscapes.” – Stereogum

“The siren-like psychedelic jam is rich with layers and movement” – Saint Heron

“The unadorned, impassioned core of soul, seeped into unorthodox production influences and techniques. Together, it amounts to a sound all Hakim’s own, a look inside his head that gets into your own instead.” – Noisey

“Hakim’s sounds are deep and soulful, but touches of jarring reverb and eerie synths throw his work into a uniquely beautiful state of unbalance.”Washington Post

“A truly futuristic slice of R&B” – Uncut

Nick and his band stopped in Austin during SXSW where they played several showcases. Hakim filmed a pared down version of his song “The Want” from Green Twins as part of NPR Music’s South X Lullaby series. Watch the performance here and see Nick live on tour (see tour dates below):

“It’s soul music for outer space, performed in a room that looks like outer space” – NPR

TOUR DATES

Oct 3 Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg
Oct 4 Baltimore, MD – Metro Gallery
Oct 5 Raleigh NC – Kings
Oct 6 Nashville TN – Basement East
Oct 7 Atlanta GA – Vinyl
Oct 9 Birmingham AL – The Nick
Oct 10 New Orleans LA – Gasa Gasa
Oct 13-15 Austin TX – Austin City Limits Festival
Oct 17 Tuscon AZ – Club Congress
Oct 20 San Francisco CA – The Independent
Oct 21 Oakland CA – Starline Social Club
Oct 23 Portland OR – Doug Fir
Oct 24 Seattle WA – Barbosa

11.04.2017 news

King Gizzard Announces New Album ‘Murder of the Universe’ out June 23rd. Watch 360 Degree Live Performance

Melbourne’s King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard are a once-in-a-generation group playing a heady combination of psychedelia, prog rock, freakbeat, jazz, heavy metal and Krautrock at a breathless punk pace. Today they introduce Murder of the Universe, to be released June 23rd via ATO Records. A concept album to end all concepts, Murder Of The Universe is a face-melting musical assault concerned with the downfall of man and the death of the planet.

Pre-order Murder of the Universe on Vomit Splatter or 180-gram Black Smoke vinyl from the official store, and receive a free album art megaposter

Lit by thunderclaps and lightning, MOTU inhabits a sonic landscape of death, decay, ossification, fossilization, rebirth. It is a place occupied by wandering shape-shifting beasts, bleeding skies, pools of blood, great fires and mushroom clouds; a planet rent asunder by conflict.  Like in the band’s frenzied live show, snippets of their breakthrough records I’m In Your Mind Fuzz and Nonagon Infinity resurface throughout this album to haunt their latest sound.

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“We’re living in dystopian times that are pretty scary and it’s hard not to reflect that in our music,” says front man Stu Mackenzie. “It’s almost unavoidable. Some scientists predict that the downfall of humanity is just as likely to come at the hands of Artificial Intelligence, as it is war or viruses or climate change. But these are fascinating times too. Human beings are visual creatures – vision is our primary instinct, and this is very much a visual, descriptive, bleak record. While the tone is definitely apocalyptic, it is not necessarily purely a mirror of the current state of humanity. It’s about new non-linear narratives.”



US TOUR DATES

9/26 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom

9/28 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jack’s

9/30 – Austin, TX – Mohawk Outside

10/1 – Dallas, TX – Trees

10/3 – Albuquerque, NM – Sister Bar

10/4 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre

10/5 – Boulder, CO – Fox Theatre

10/6 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall

10/7 – Boise, ID – Neurolux

10/8 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom

10/9 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom

10/10 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre

10/12 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore

 

EUROPEAN TOUR DATES

5/31 – 6/4 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound Festival 2017

6/3 – London, UK – Field Day 2017

6/5 – 6/8 – Marina di Ravenna, Italy – Beaches Brew 2017

6/8 – 6/10 – Porto, Portugal – NOS Primavera Sound 2017

6/9 – 6/11 – Nimes, France – This Is Not A Love Song 2017

6/13 – Brighton, UK – Concorde 2

6/14 – Manchester, UK – Albert Hall

6/15 – London, UK – O2 Forum Kentish Town

6/16 – 6/18 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands – Best Kept Secret Festival 2017

6/16 – 6/18 – Mannheim, Germany – Maifeld Derby 2017

6/22 – Paris, France – Cabaret Sauvage

7/21 – 7/23 – Byron Bay, NSW, Australia – Splendour in the Grass Festival 2017

 

11.03.2017 news

Watch Joseph performing on NBC’s Today Show!

Watch Joseph perform their hit “White Flag” on NBC’s Today Show:

The band is hitting the road this spring, with headlining shows, festivals (including Coachella, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands, Newport Folk Festival and more) and arena dates with Tim McGraw & Faith Hill on the books. Scroll down to see a full list of dates, and get tickets at Joseph’s website.

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

Watch Joseph performing “White Flag” on Ellen:

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

5/19 – 21 – Gulf Shores, AL @ Hangout Music Festival
5/24 – Boise ID @ Knitting Factory Concert House
5/25 – Boise ID @ Taco Bell Arena %
5/26 – Portland OR @ Moda Center %
5/27 – Tacoma WA @ Tacoma Dome %
6/1 – Hamden CT @ The Outer Space
6/2 – Buffalo NY @ Town Ballroom
6/3 – Toronto ON @ Field Trip Music & Arts Festival
6/5 – Detroit MI @ El Club
6/6 – Millvale PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
6/7 – Columbus Oh @ Newport Music Hall
6/8 – Lexington KY @ Cosmic Charlie’s
6/10 – Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival
6/11 – Charlotte NC @ Visulite Theatre
6/12 – Annapolis MD @ Rams Head On Stage
6/16 – Copenhagen DK @ Komos Festival
6/17 – Bergen NO @ Bergenfest
6/19 – Stockholm SE @ Lilla Hotellbaren
6/20 – Hamburg DE @ Schanzenzelt
6/21 – Utrecht NL @ Ekko
6/22 – Tunbridge Wells UK @ The Forum
6/26 – Manchester UK @ Deaf Institute
6/27 – Glasgow UK @ Saint Luke’s
6/28 – Leeds UK @ Headrow House
6/30 – London UK @ Shoreditch Town Hall
7/1 – Over UK @ Barn On The Farm
7/3 – Paris FR @ Le Pop Up du Label
7/6 – Madrid SP @ Mad Cool Festival
7/15 – Louisville KY @ Forecastle
7/16 – Morrison CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/29 – Newport RI @ Newport Folk Festival
8/4 – Montreal QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
8/6 – Chicago IL @ Lollapalooza
8/11-13 – San Francisco CA @ Outside Lands

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24.02.2017 news

Old 97’s New Album Out Now! + Music Vid Starring Fred Armisen & Jenna Fischer

With over twenty years and ten albums to their name, Texas alt-country stalwarts Old 97’s are excited to release their eleventh LP, Graveyard Whistling out todayThe 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.

Order now and choose from 4 different vinyl colors (buy them all): Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

 

Just released!  New music video for “Good with God” starring the hilarious Fred Armisen and Jenna Fischer


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.

 

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

24.02.2017 news

ATO Records announces Official SXSW Showcase

ATO Records is excited to announce that it will be hosting its 2017 Official SXSW Showcase on Thursday March 16, 2017 at Cedar Street Courtyard in Austin, TX from 8PM – 2 AM. Five ATO artists with new album releases in 2017 will be performing.  

 

LINE UP

Benjamin Booker

Hurray For The Riff Raff

Chicano Batman

Nick Hakim

Slow Dancer

 

SXSW Music and Platinum Badges receive primary admission while artist and Festival Wristbands, Film and Interactive Badges receive secondary admission. Single admission as capacity allows.

  

Benjamin Booker‘s anticipated second album will be released Summer 2017. Booker returns to SXSW after playing the festival in 2014 in support of his acclaimed debut which The New York Times described as “a raucous, unruly mix of punk, blues rock and soul.” 

 

Hurray For The Riff Raff‘s new album The Navigatorout March 10th, finds the band at a musical intersection, delving deep into the worlds of Latin rhythms, searing rock, and incisive ballads. Watch the video for “Hungry Ghost,” the band’s new single that the FADER calls “more than a rock song – it’s an anthem” HERE.

 

Chicano Batman‘s new songs have been applauded as “blistering, politically-charged throwback” and “breezy Brazilian Tropicalía mixed with early ’70s psychedelic soul and romantic pop,” by Noisey. The band’s highly-anticipated ATO Records debut Freedom is Free is out this Friday. Watch their new video for “Friendship (Is A Small Boat In A Storm)” HERE.

 

New York City’s Nick Hakim will be releasing his debut album, Green Twins, on May 19th. Hakim’s flavor of “achingly beautiful soul music” (The FADER), can be found in his new single “Bet She Looks Like You” which showcases his dynamic and powerful voice as well as his excitingly experimental approach to neo soul. Listen to it HERE.

 

Melbourne, Australia’s Slow Dancer, the moniker for singer-songwriter Simon Okely, has just released its new single “Don’t Believe” with a new album due Summer 2017. 

NPR Music describes his sound as “a delicate blend of folk and indie R&B, largely inspired by classic blues from the ’60’s and ’70s.” Slow Dancer grew up listening to his parents’ Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett records before discovering the haunting sounds of José González and Nick Drake. Watch the official video for “Don’t Believe” HERE.

Listen to ATO’s SXSW Spotify Sampler HERE.

 

ATO Records Official SXSW Showcase 2017

 

Thursday March 16, 2017

Cedar Street Courtyard

208 W 4th St

Austin, TX 78701

Doors: 8 PM

24.02.2017 news

Chicano Batman on tour incl. Coachella – ‘Freedom is Free’ out now, Watch KEXP Session

LA’s psychedelic soul masters Chicano Batman are fresh off the release of their new album Freedom Is Free and have announced a new run of tour dates, including Newport Folk, FYF, KCRW One Pasadena, Central Park Summerstage and more! Scroll below for new tour dates, and get tickets at http://chicanobatman.com/.

Get “Freedom Is Free”: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

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.

Watch the band’s KEXP session:

 

Get “Freedom Is Free”: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon
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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

Apr 11 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
Apr 12 – El Paso, TX – The Perch
Apr 13 – Tucson, AZ – 191 Toole
Apr 15 – Indio, CA – Coachella
Apr 20 – San Diego, CA – Music Box
Apr 22 – Indio, CA – Coachella
Apr 29 – Pomona, CA – The Glass House
May 28 – George, WA – Sasquatch Festival
June 17 – Pasadena, CA – KCRW One Pasadena
June 29 – Lawrence, KS – Lawrence, KS
June 30 – Davenport, IA – Daytrotter
July 01 – Chicago, IL – Live on Lincoln
July 02 – Kalamazoo, MI – Bell’s Eccentric Café
July 05 – Columbus, OH – A&R Music Bar
July 07 – Saint Paul, MN – Turf Club
July 08 – Des Moines, IA – 80/35 Festival
July 09 – Milwaukee, WI – Milwaukee Summerfest
July 11 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Ballroom
July 13 – Nashville, TN – Exit/In
Jul 14 – Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
July 15 – New York, NY – Central Park SummerStage
July 16 – Greenfield, MA – Green River Festival
July 23 – Los Angeles, CA – FYF Festival
July 29 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival
July 29 – Camden, NJ – Xponential Festival
Sept 17 – Telluride, CO – Telluride Blues & Brews Festival

24.02.2017 news

King Gizzard’s Flying Microtonal Banana is Out Now! Stream FULL live show via Pitchfork

King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard are the most exciting head-spinning, third-eye opening, double-drumming goddamn rock ‘n’ roll band on the planet.

Following the frazzled freakbeat of 2016’s Nonagon Infinity, the endlessly inventive septet return in 2017 with new album Flying Microtonal Banana, their ninth studio album in five years, out now. Watch the band’s sold-out Webster Hall show via Pitchfork now:

Get Flying Microtonal Banana Now: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

Flying Microtonal Banana marks another shift in sound as King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard drive deep into trance-inducing drones, inventive jazz flourishes, non-Western musical scales and metronomic rhythms that motor along like a well-oiled engine. So unique and evolved is the album’s sound that it necessitated a total reinvention of the band’s instruments after they began experimenting with a custom microtonal guitar made for frontman Stu Mackenzie.

 

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Get Flying Microtonal Banana Now: Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

Inspired by the movable frets of the Turkish bağlama, three cheap old guitars and a bass were customized in order to explore a new set of musical notes. A keyboard and mouth organ followed suit and so Flying Microtonal Banana was born.

Recorded in their own studio Brunswick East in Melbourne, the album also incorporates liberal use of the stirring tones of a Turkish horn called a zurna, as heard on the likes of ‘Billabong Valley’, the purple smoke-enshrouded, sub-Sabbath ‘Doom City’ and the moving musical miasma that is the album’s utterly transcendental title track. “The zurna’s notes are really malleable,” says Stu. “It’s a bendy, wobbly-sounding instrument, and blends perfectly with the secret notes on the guitar”.

 

After celebrating Flying Microtonal Banana’s release with a string of sold-out shows in Melbourne where they’ll be playing the album in full, King Gizzard will be headed back to North America! Check out the full tour schedule and get tickets below: 

Wed March 9 – Washington DC @ 9:30 Club

Thurs March 30 – Philadelphia PA @ Trocadero Theater

Fri March 31 – New York NY @ Webster Hall

Sun April 2 – Boston MA @ Royale

Mon April 3 – Portland ME @ Port City Music Hall

Tues April 4 – Montreal QC @ Fairmount Theatre

Wed April 5 – Toronto ON @ Danforth Theater

Thurs April 6 – Detroit MI @ Magic Stick

Fri April 7 – Cleveland OH @ Beachland Ballroom

Sat April 8 – Chicago IL @ Metro Chicago

Sun April 9 – Seattle WA @ Neumos

Mon April 10 – Vancouver BC @ Vogue Theatre

Tues April 11 – Portland OR @ Revolution Hall

Wed April 12 – San Francisco CA @ The Fillmore

Sat April 14 – Indio CA @ Coachella

Mon April 17 – Los Angeles CA @ The Roxy

Tues April 18 – Las Vegas NV @ Hard Rock Hotel Pool

Wed April 19 – Phoenix AZ @ The Crescent Ballroom

Sat April 21 – Indio CA @ Coachella

May 31 to June 4 – Barcelona SPAIN @ Primavera Sound

Sat June 3 – London UK @ Field Day

June 5 to June 8 – Marina di Ravenna ITALY @ Beaches Brew

June 8 to June 10 – Porto PORTUGAL @ NOS Primavera Sound

Wed June 14 – Manchester UK @ Albert Hall

Thurs June 15 – London UK @ O2 Forum Kentish Town

June 16 to June 18 – Mannheim GERMANY @ Maifeld Derby

June 16 to June 18 – Hilvarenbeek, NETHERLANDS @ Best Kept Secret Festival

Thurs June 22 – Paris FRANCE @ Cabaret Sauvage

31.01.2017 news

Watch “Bet She Looks Like You” Live Session & pre-order Nick Hakim’s debut “Green Twins”

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:
Official Store | iTunes | Amazon

Nick is on tour now – scroll down for dates, and head to Nick’s website for tickets.

 

 

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.”

 

MEET NICK HAKIM, THE SOUL SINGER IN SEARCH OF A SACRED SPACE

(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.”

 

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.” – 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

30.01.2017 news

ATO announces new signing SLOW DANCER: Watch “Don’t Believe” Video via NPR

“[‘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” HEREand 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.

Tour dates

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

http://www.slowdancer.net/

https://www.facebook.com/SlowDancerBand/

https://slowdancer.bandcamp.com/

https://twitter.com/slowdancerband

https://www.instagram.com/slowdancerband/

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