“Sonic debauchery, as intoxicating as it is lawless” – Stereogum
Sun Club‘s debut album, The Dongo Durango, is out today on ATO Records! This record finds the band joyously deconstructing the traditional pop song—then rebuilding it with off-kilter time signatures, gleefully unhinged vocals, and sunny hooks that sink deep into your already fevered brain. Get your copy of The Dongo Durango in the band’s store, iTunes, or at your local record store. Stream the record below from Spotify.
DIY Magazine applauds the record, saying, “Forceful and blustering, scorching and euphoric, Sun Club’s debut album is a tropical storm committed to disk. The band’s uniquely engaging energy has already seen them captivate and command crowds around America and beyond, and now at last the Baltimore five-piece have condensed their whirlwind capabilities into a debut album – and it’s primed to leave listeners reeling.”
The members of Sun Club (Shane McCord, Adam Shane, Mikey Powers, Devin McCord, Kory Johnson) became a band as childhood friends over ten years ago and have toured endlessly ever since, moving from basement gigs to bars to opening up shows for the likes of Alvvays, FIDLAR, and Fat White Family.
For this record they channeled influences of fellow Baltimore greats from Future Islands to Dan Deacon, as well as drawing from their own musical libraries that include DEVO, The Beach Boys, and The White Stripes. Now looking to the future, Sun Club plan to spend the better part their time on the road to support the new album. After all, relentless touring, crisscrossing the country in a van named Booty, winning the hearts of new fans with every date, is what got the Baltimore band here in the first place.
“Our beloved van Booty caught fire the day we announced [The Dongo Durango],” says Kory. “We have now got a new van which we will be naming Booty 2.0. It’s symbolic of a new era to us; a new chapter for us as The Dongo Durango becomes public to the world.”
10/31 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC#$
11/2 – 9:30 Club – Washington DC#$
11/3 – The Sinclair – Boston, MA#$
11/4 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY#$
11/5 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY#$
11/6 – Baltimore, MD – The Crown (Hometown Release Show)
11/7 – Philadephia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
# = The Districts
$ = Lady Lamb
Alabama Shakes visited The Late Show with Stephen Colbert to perform “Joe”, a staple of their live set that has previously only been released on certain editions of Sound & Color. Watch the performance below, and download the live version of “Joe” at iTunes.
Get Sound & Color:
Head to NPR’s All Songs Considered to listen to a new track, “Bone”, from King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard‘s upcoming album Paper Mâché Dream Balloon!
LISTEN HERE (Jump to 13:55)
Preorder the album, out November 13, and instantly download both the title track and “Trapdoor”. Head to the ATO Store to pick up the record on orange vinyl, CD, digital download, or a just added lime-green cassette!
“Paper Mâché Dream Balloon”
In stores now is the new 35-track live album from the Drive-By Truckers. You can get the CD now, and the vinyl versions will be coming in November.
Recorded last fall over a sold out 3 night run at The Fillmore in San Francisco, “It’s Great To Be Alive!” is a career-spanning greatest hits which showcases the live side of the band, in what Patterson Hood and Mike Cooley believe to be their best incarnation yet. As Patterson explains: “We have always considered ourselves first and foremost a songwriter’s band and always said that “song is king” should be the basis of all artistic decisions. That said, we also built our reputation as a ‘Live’ band and as proud as I’ve always been of our records, we’ve also always been aware that there’s an element of our stage show that the records just cannot quite capture or parlay. Our previous live album had always been something we were proud of, but it captured the band in a much earlier incarnation with different songs and musical priorities. It was well past the time to make a new one. Also, 2014 turned out to be a sort of new peak in the life of this band.”
Congratulations to Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes, who has been named Billboard’s Women in Music “Powerhouse” Artist!
Howard will accept her award, along with the already announced Woman of the Year Lady Gaga, on Dec. 11 at Billboard’s annual Women in Music ceremony. The honors come in conjunction with Billboard’s Women in Music list that names the year’s 50 most powerful female music industry executives.
The event will be broadcast for the first time via Lifetime on Dec. 18.
“Brittany Howard is the true definition of a powerhouse, from her unique and crushing vocals, to her meteoric rise in the last four years,” said Janice Min, co-president and chief creative officer of Guggenheim Media’s Entertainment Group, which consists of Billboard and The Hollywood Reporter. “She led Alabama Shakes to a massive year that included their Coachella debut and is quite deserving of Billboard’s recognition.”
Phish frontman Trey Anastasio’s long-awaited new album, Paper Wheels, is now available everywhere.
PAPER WHEELS is now available digital, on CD, and as a deluxe limited edition vinyl that includes 180 gram 45 RPM 2x LP splatter vinyl and a die cut gatefold package with six unique sleeves. Only 4,000 of these special packages will be manufactured.
Produced by Anastasio and longtime collaborator Bryce Goggin, PAPER WHEELS was recorded last year at The Barn, the Phish founding guitarist’s Vermont farmhouse-turned-rehearsal space/recording studio. Anastasio and the members of Trey Anastasio Band (TAB) developed the material on stage while touring and at soundcheck on the tour leading up to the sessions, allowing them to track the album in just under a week. Taking a cue from the energetic immediacy of classic Stax Studio recording sessions, TAB worked fast and loose, playing together live in The Barn and wrapping up tracks after one or two takes. Written and co-written by Anastasio alongside frequent lyric partners Tom Marshall and Steve “The Dude of Life” Pollak, songs like the funk-driven “Bounce” and the elegiac “Invisible Knife” (written solely by Anastasio) are among the legendarily diverse artist’s most infectious and inventive, alive with creative vigor, robust musicianship, and true soul power.
PAPER WHEELS features the classic TAB line up of drummer Russ Lawton, bassist Tony Markellis, and keyboardist Ray Paczkowski, augmented by a full horn section (including trombonist/vocalist Natalie Cressman, multi-instrumentalist James Casey, and longtime TAB trumpeter/vocalist Jennifer Hartswick). The album was mixed by 8x GRAMMY® Award-winning sound engineer Elliot Scheiner (Van Morrison, Steely Dan, Derek & The Dominos)
1 – San Diego, CA – House of Blues
4 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern
6 & 7 – Oakland, CA – Fox Theater
9 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
10 – Seattle, WA – Showbox SODO
12 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
13 – 14 – Denver, CO – Fillmore Auditorium
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THUNDERBITCH unleashed their surprise self-titled release to a standing ovation earlier this fall. The New York Times’ Jon Pareles said, “The music reaches back to Chuck Berry and the Rolling Stones, charged with late-1960s adrenaline. It’s a joy to hear.” On the heels of Alabama Shakes’ groundbreaking Sound & Color, Brittany Howard formed Thunderbitch and recorded in secret, enlisting the talents of Clear Plastic Masks and ATO label mates Fly Golden Eagle. In the words of the band, “Thunderbitch. Rock ‘n’ Roll. The end.
Get a taste of the supergroup’s engine-revving sound here:
JOSEPH is a bewitching trio of sisters from the Pacific Northwest. The band is currently recording their full-length album with Mike Mogis (Conor Oberst, First Aid Kit).
“The sounds that they are able to summon from their bodies are heaven sent, roundly giving you chills and making you feel as if you’ve just been kissed” – Daytrotter
Watch the ATO Session for Joseph’s enchanting “Eyes to the Sky”:
MARGARET GLASPY, ATO’s newest signing, boasts a diverse of musical background from competitive fiddle to marching band trombone. But with influences ranging from Joni Mitchell to Elliott Smith, she focuses her talents in fiercely raw, guitar-driven pop songs. She is currently cutting her debut album, due out next year, at Sear Sound with Shawn Everett (Alabama Shakes, Lucius, Har Mar Superstar) in New York City.
“[Margaret Glaspy’s] croons and minimalist folk guitar have a knack for sending shivers down any spine.” – WNYC Radio
Watch Margaret play “No Matter Who”:
JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD released her ATO debut Make My Head Sing… last year, marking a new, grungy direction for her music. Mayfield is currently in Brooklyn laying down demos for a new album coming in 2016.
“Mayfield makes you feel as though she’s pouring everything she’s got into the song; that when it’s through, she’ll have nothing left.” -NPR
Watch the fiery video for “I Wanna Love You”:
ATO Records is proud to introduce you to the newest additions to our roster, Joseph! Joseph is a bewitching trio of sisters from the Pacific Northwest with honest words and genetically perfected harmonies. The band will begin recording their full length album next month, due out in Spring/Summer 2016. Watch their ATO session below, and meet the band at www.atorecords.com/joseph!
“I’m not sure if it was a conscience effort or [if it] just happened, but we’ve been wanting to get back to the older prettier sound,” said guitarist Brian Venable of the more acoustic direction the band has taken in this latest effort. The record was recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis with producer Ted Hutt, who worked with the band on their previous two records and has also produced albums for Flogging Molly and Old Crow Medicine Show.
“I like the ideas of trilogies,” said Venable. “Once we break in a producer and learn how each other communicate, it becomes easier to work together.”
While an impressive collection of new original numbers on the album showcase Ben Nichols’ continued growth as a songwriter, All A Man Should Do also includes Big Star cover “I’m In Love With a Girl,” featuring Big Star drummer Jody Stephens.
“We are part of Memphis, and they are definitely a part of Memphis history,” said Venable. “We had never done a cover song on a record before, and it just seemed to make sense—especially with the sounds we were experimenting with on the new record. Jody was stoked to be apart of it. Recording at Ardent, he was always poking his head in to listen and say hey.”
Head To Your Local Independent Record Store
Exclusive to indie record stores and limited to only 1,372 copies (a nod to the band’s old home address and album “1372 Overton Park”), each jacket is individually hand-stamped and numbered by ATO Records. The vinyl is made with a combination of randomly mixed colors, making each copy of this release truly unique.
Select independent retailers will also be giving away free Lucero patches with the purchase of the record. Call your local record store to find out.
Watch Brittany Howard Jam with Mavis Staples, Stephen Colbert, Aloe Blacc, Ben Folds and More in Late Show Premiere
The series premiere of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert had a star-studded musical welcome, with New Orleans bandleader Jon Batiste leading a rousing rendition of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People”. The performance, billed as “Mavis Staples and friends”, included the legendary Mavis Staples, Alabama Shakes’ Brittany Howard, Aloe Blacc, Buddy Guy, Ben Folds, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Paul Janeway, members of Beirut, and Stephen Colbert. Watch the performance below, and catch Alabama Shakes on tour now.