19.08.2014 news
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New Mariachi El Bronx Album ‘III’


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Stream/Download The New Album’s Opening Track “New Beat” At KCRW

West Coast Tour Kicks Off November 5 With Record Release Show At Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre

Mariachi El Bronx – the alter ego of acclaimed Los Angeles punk outfit The Bronx – have announced the November 4 release of Mariachi El Bronx (III) with this video teaser. Stream and download the album’s opening track “New Beat” at KCRW. On the third in its series of self-titled albums, the band took a fresh approach. Not content to simply excel within the confines of the mariachi genre, they ditched the rulebook and dusted off old sequencers, synths and an ARP. The 10 striking songs that resulted fuse traditional melodies with modern ambience. See below for track listing.

(III) will be available via ATO Records in all formats, including day-glo orange vinyl, and can be pre-ordered now at http://thebronxxx.shop.musictoday.com. Fans who pre-order (III) will receive a download of  “Loteria,” a track that does not appear on the album, plus 8 to 1, a short film that the band members shot entirely on their iPhones. (III) is due out November 3 via PIAS Records in the UK and Europe and November 7 on Cooking Vinyl Records in Australia and New Zealand.

Mariachi El Bronx will celebrate the album’s release with a fall West Coast run that will kick off on November 5 with a record release show at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Long Beach, CA-based band Tijuana Panthers will support along with Pounded By The Surf, a new surf band founded by Joby J. Ford and Vincent Hidalgo, both of Mariachi El Bronx, and Thaddeus Robles (the Heartaches).

 An online ticket presale for the fall tour is underway now at https://mariachielbronx.tix.musictoday.com/shopper.aspx. Tickets go on sale to the general public this Friday, September 12. Mariachi El Bronx will be touring Europe in December, supporting Gogol Bordello. See below for itinerary.

The band recorded most of (III) at Haunted Hallow Studios in Charlottesville, Virginia, a surreal private countryside location with absolutely no cell phone reception, but plenty of strange sculptures and miles of woods in every direction. Mariachi El Bronx – comprising Matt Caughthran, Joby J. Ford, Jorma Vik, Brad Magers, Ken Horne, Vincent Hidalgo, Ray Suen and Keith Douglas – spent two weeks there, recording with producer John Avila (Oingo Boingo), who co-produced (I) and (II) with the band. From the social commentary of tracks like “New Beat” and “Sixes And Sevens” to the reflective “Wildfires” and “High Tide,” (III) reveals a band coming into its own, extending the proverbial middle finger to tradition – and backing it up 100%. DJ Bonebrake (X) guests on marimbas on “Nothing’s Changed” and harp virtuoso Willie Acuña (Mariachi Sol de Mexico) joins the band on “Raise The Dead.”

(III) follows 2011’s Mariachi El Bronx (II), which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative New Artist chart. The band supported (II) with numerous high profile television and radio performances – including “Late Show with David Letterman,” “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” “Conan,” KCRW’s “Morning Becomes Eclectic,” WXPN’s “World Café” and KEXP – and extensive touring, including a North American arena run with Foo Fighters.

NPR noted, “inside the tales of lost love and other tragedies, there’s plenty of tradition balanced by shots of pure joy and irreverence” and the BBC praised (II) as a “fabulous album, fabulously written, fabulously arranged and fabulously executed.” In a four-star review, Alternative Press observed, “Mariachi El Bronx (II) triumphs because not only does it treat the West Mexican musical idiom with respect, it raises the bar for future directions and possibilities.”


  1. New Beat
  2. Wildfires
  3. Sticks And Stones
  4. High Tide
  5. Nothing’s Changed
  6. Eternal
  7. Raise The Dead
  8. Everything Twice
  9. Right Between The Eyes
  10. Valya


Tickets available here.

West Coast Headline Tour

11/5 – Los Angeles, CA @ The El Rey Theatre

11/6 – San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co

11/7 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Velvet Jones

11/8 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

11/10 – Bellingham, WA @ The Wild Buffalo

11/11 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile

11/12 – Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theatre

11/14 – Sacramento, CA @ Assembly Music Hall

11/15 – Fresno, CA @ Strummers

Supporting Gogol Bordello

12/1 – Gdansk, POL @ B90

12/2 – Krakow, POL @ Rotunda

12/4 – Warsaw, POL @ Stodola

12/5 – Berlin, GER @ Astra Kulturhaus

12/6 – Osnabrück, GER @ Hyde Park

12/8 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy

12/9 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy

12/11 – Birmingham, UK @ O2 Academy

12/12 – Sheffield, UK @ O2 Academy

12/13 – London, UK @ The Roundhouse

12/14 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City

12/16 – Dublin, IRE @ The Academy

18.08.2014 news

Jessica Lea Mayfield Fall Tour

Jessica Lea Mayfield will be heading out on a string of tour dates through the midwest this September, including headlining shows and a tour with Communion Music. Tour dates are below, and tickets are available from Jessica’s website.

9/9 – Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop

9/10 – Louisville, KY @ Zanzabar

9/11 – Springfield, MO @ Patton Alley Pub

9/13 – Joplin, MO @ JB’s Downtown

9/15 – Omaha, NE @ Slowdown Front Room

9/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater

9/17 – Madison, WI @ The Frequency

9/18 – Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville MEws

9/19 – Maquoketa, IA @ Codfish Hollow Barn

9/26 – Cincinnati, OH @ Midpoint Music Festival

9/27 – Cleveland, OH @ NEOCycle Music Festival

9/28 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Founders Brewing Co

Keep your eyes peeled for a new music video for “No Fun”, directed by Joshua Shoemaker, coming soon. In the meantime, watch her video for “I Wanna Love You”:

15.08.2014 news
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Primus Tour Update: Danny Carey of Tool to Play in September

Primus has announced that Tool drummer Danny Carey will fill in for Primus drummer Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander on the September dates of Primus’ upcoming fall tour in support of their upcoming album Primus and the Chocolate Factory. Alexander, who is currently recovering from an open heart surgery last month, is slated to rejoin Primus’ original lineup in October.

Les Claypool commented on the lineup change in an article for Rolling Stone, saying, “The mighty Tim ‘Herb’ Alexander is a polyrhythmic Viking of extreme and unique talent so the one person that we thought could step into his shoes and do it justice is the one and only Mr. Danny Carey… whereas Herb is the stocky, Easter Island-faced boulder of a drumming human, at nearer to seven feet, Danny Carey is the mighty redwood tree of percussion; towering over his kit like a golden-haired noble sequoia”.

A full list of tour dates is below, and tickets are available on Primus’ website. Stream “Pure Imagination” from the album out October 21st here:

9/12 – Maplewood, MN @ Myth

9/13 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall

9/12-14 – Chicago, IL @ Riot Fest

9/16 – Fargo, ND @ The Venue

9/17 – Clive, IA @ 7 Flags Event Center

9/19-21 – Denver, CO @ Riot Fest

10/22 – Upper Darby, PA @ Tower Theatre

10/24 – Albany, NY @ Palace Theatre

10/25 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre

10/26 – Burlington, VT @ Flynn Center for the Performing Arts

10/28 – Waterbury, CT @ Palace Theatre

10/29 – Baltimore, MD @ Hippodrome

10/31 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre

11/1 – New Brunswick, NJ @ State Theatre

11/2 – Rochester, NY @ Main Street Armory

11/3 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore

11/5 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House

11/7 – Cincinnati, OH @ Taft Theatre

11/8 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle

11/9 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live

11/11 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore

11/12 – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall

11/14 – Biloxi, MS @ Hard Rock Hotel and Casino

11/15 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater

11/16 – Dallas, TX @ The Majestic Theatre

11/17 – San Antonio, TX @ The Majestic Theatre

11/19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Orpheum Theatre

11/21 – Los Angeles, CA @ Orpheum Theatre

14.08.2014 news, Uncategorized

Old Crow Medicine Show Touring West in September

Old Crow Medicine Show continues to tour on the heels of their critically acclaimed new album Remedy, with dates approaching in the Southeast and West Coast this September, with dates in the Midwest and UK following in October. New Orleans based band The Deslondes, who have toured previously with Alabama ShakesThe Lumineers, and others, will be supporting through September.

See below for updated tour dates – tickets are available on Old Crow’s website - and check out the video for “Sweet Amarillo”:

9/12 – Midwest City, OK @ Rose State Performing Arts Theatre ^

9/13 – Albuquerque, NM @ KIVA Auditorium^

9/14 – Mesa, AZ @ Ikeda Theater^

9/14 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl^

9/18 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Wiltern Theater^

9/19 – Monterey, CA @ Golden State Theater^

9/20 – San Francisco, CA @ The Masonic^

9/22 – Reno, NV @ Cargo at Whitney Peak Hotel^

9/23 – Bend, OR @ Century Center^

9/24 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall^

9/26 – Seattle, WA @ The Paramount Theatre^

9/28 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theatre^

9/30 – Missoula, MT @ Adams Center^

10/2 – Minneapolis, MN @ State Theatre^

10/3 – Madison, WI @ Overture Hall^

10/19 – Manchester, UK @ Ritz*

10/20 – Dublin, Ireland @ Vicar Street*

10/21 – Belfast, UK @ Mandela Hall*

10/22 – Glasgow, UK @ O2 ABC*

10/24 – London, UK @ Roundhouse*

10/26 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso*

11/14 – Louisville, KY @ Louisville Palace

11/21 – Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theatre

11/22 – Chattanooga, TN @ Memorial Auditorium

^ With The Deslondes

* With Parker Millsap 



13.08.2014 news

Hurray for the Riff Raff: Tour Update

It’s shaping up to be a busy fall for Hurray for the Riff Raff. After a few end-of-summer festival stops including Bumbershoot in Seattle and San Francisco’s Hardly Strictly, the band will be heading out on tour with Trampled by Turtles before setting out on a headlining tour in the Southeast. Check the dates below to see when they’ll be in your area (tickets are available on the band’s website), and watch the video for “I Know It’s Wrong, But That’s Alright”:

Tour Dates:

8/29-8/30: Fayetteville, AR @ Fayetteville Roots Festival

9/1: Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Festival

9/4: Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre

9/5: Madison, WI @ Overture Hall

9/6: Cincinnati, OH @ Ohio River Throwdown

9/7: Knoxville, TN @ Bijou Theatre

9/9: Charlottesville, VA @ Jefferson Theatre

9/10: Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer

9/11: Boston, MA @ House of Blues

9/12: New York, NY @ Terminal 5

9/13: Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

9/14: Ottowa, Canada @ Ottawa Folk Festival

9/20: Shakopee, MN @ Festival Palomino

9/21: North Adams, MA @ FreshGrass Bluegrass Festival

10/3: San Francisco, CA @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival

10/22: Birmingham, AL @ WorkPlay Theatre

10/23: Asheville, NC @ The Grey Eagle

10/24: Charlotte, NC @ Visulite Theatre

10/25: Edisto Island, SC @ Mostly Bluegrass Festival

10/27: Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre

10/28: Savannah, GA @ The Jinx

10/29: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

13.08.2014 news
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Listen to NPR Fresh Air Review of Benjamin Booker album, catch him on tour this Fall [NEW DATES]!

Ken Tucker of NPR’s Fresh Air reviewed Benjamin Booker’s debut album, calling it “out of control, impassioned” and “raw, yet disciplined”. Listen to the full review hereBenjamin Booker is available now on vinyl or CD from his online store or on iTunes,

According to NPR, Booker’s “ready for headliner status”. Check him out for yourself on his fall headlining tour: tickets are available at his website, and dates are below:

Tour Dates:

08/13 – Vancouver BC @ The Media Club ^

08/15 – Seattle WA @ Tractor Tavern^

08/16 – Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

08/19 – Oakland CA @ Leo’s

08/20 – San Francisco CA @ Brick & Mortar

08/21 – Los Angeles CA @ The Echo

08/22 – San Diego CA @ Soda Bar

08/24 – Los Angeles CA @ FYF Fest

09/25 – Nashville TN @ High Watt #

09/26 – Louisville KY @ Zanzabar #

09/27 – Chicago IL @ Schubas #

09/29 – St. Paul MN @ Turf Club #

10/01 – Kansas City MO @ The Record Bar #

10/03 – Dallas TX @ Three Links

10/04 – Austin TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

10/11 – Austin TX @ Austin City Limits Festival

10/17 – Birmingham AL @ The Bottletree #

10/18 – Atlanta GA @ Vinyl #

10/20 – Washington DC @ U Hall #

10/21 – Philadelphia PA @ World Cafe Live – Downstairs #

10/22 – Cambridge MA @ TT The Bear’s #

10/24 – Tallahassee FL @ Club Downunder

10/25 – Tampa FL @ Coral Skies Festival

10/26 – West Palm Beach FL @ Coral Skies Festival

10/29 – Orlando FL @ The Social

10/30 – Gainesville FL @ High Dive

10/31 – Mobile AL @ Soul Kitchen

11/01 – New Orleans LA @ Voodoo Music Experience


^ w/ The Districts

# w/ Blank Range


13.08.2014 news
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Drive-By Truckers Continue to Tour In Support of “English Oceans” with Lucero, Houndmouth and More

The Drive-By Truckers have barely had a moment’s rest since the March release of their newest record, English Oceansand don’t plan on slowing down anytime soon. This September and October the band will continue to journey across America with the likes of St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Houndmouth, Lucero, Lee Bains & The Glory Fires and more.


Looking at the accomplishments of English Oceans from the perspective of DBT’s nearly three-decade history, both Cooley and Hood decline to hedge their bets on the quality of their latest work.


“You’re always hesitant to say, ‘Oh, this is the best record we’ve ever made,’” Cooley says, “because you always want to. And sometimes you say it, and sometimes you’re right, and sometimes you think, ‘Well, maybe I jumped the gun on that a little bit, I got excited.’ But I think this just might be the best record we’ve ever made.”


Head below to find out when the Drive-By Truckers are bringing their rock show to your town!


9/4 – Dewey Beach, DE – Bottle & Cork

9/5 – Arrington, VA – Lockn’

9/6 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Ampitheater

9/12 – Louisville, KY – Iroquois Ampitheater w/ North Mississippi Allstars

9/13 – Detroit, MI – Royal Oak Theater%

9/14 – Champaign, IL – Canopy Club%

9/16 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown#

9/17 – Tulsa, OK – Cain’s Ballroom#

9/18 – Dallas, TX – Southside Music Hall#

9/19 – Memphis, TN – Minglewood Hall%

10/4 – Mt. Pleasant, SC  – Holy City Hogs

10/10 – Atlanta , GA – Tabernacle$

10/11 – Birmingham, AL – Cask and Drum

10/ 17 – New York, NY – Beacon Theater$

10/ 18 – Philadelphia, PA – Electric Factory$

10/ 19 – Albany, NY – Hart Theatre at The Egg

10/21 – Pawtucket, RI – The Met

10/22 – Bethlehem, PA – Musikfest Cafe

10/23 – Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall^

10/24 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theater^

10/25 – Springfield, MO – Gillioz Theater^

10/28 – Fayetteville, AR – George’s Majestic Lounge^

10/29 – Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford^

10/30 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium^

11/1 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore^


# = Lucero

% = Lee Bains & The Glory Fires

$ = St. Paul & the Broken Bones

^ = Houndmouth

12.08.2014 news
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New SOJA Album “Amid the Noise and Haste” Out Today!

SOJA’s fifth studio album “Amid the Noise and Haste” is now available. You can download it from iTunes and Amazon, or pick up a copy on translucent gold vinyl or CD at your local record store or online. Vinyl and CDs both come with a free digital download of the album.

Amid The Noise And Haste was produced by multiple GRAMMY award winning Jamaican producer Supa Dups (Bruno Mars, Eminem, Rihanna, John Legend) and is the first full-length album he has chosen to take on in his career. The new album is the follow up to critically acclaimed Strength To Survive which debuted in the Billboard Top 40Amid The Noise And Haste features special guests including Michael Franti, Damian Marley, and Collie Buddz.

SOJA lead singer/guitarist Jacob Hemphill says, “The point of the album is reconnecting people to the power inside themselves, getting them to fall back in love with life again. Look around, take a deep breath. All the answers are there.”

SOJA is celebrating the album tonight with a sold-out release show in their hometown of Washington, D.C., followed by stops in LA (also sold-out) and Brooklyn (where you can still snag one of a limited number of available tickets – which come with a free download of the album).

Watch the video for “Easier” below:

08.08.2014 news
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Watch Rhett Miller of Old 97’s Impromptu Acoustic Street Performance

Last night was the second show of Old 97’s two-night run at Brooklyn Bowl, and when an electrical issue forced the venue to cancel the show, frontman/rockstar with a heart of gold Rhett Miller treated fans to an impromptu acoustic set right outside. Watch the footage here:


(via BrooklynVegan, photo via @sophisticatedbeastmusic)

05.08.2014 news

SOJA Album Stream and Q&A TOMORROW on iTunes

If today’s sneak peek of SOJA’s upcoming album Amid the Noise and Haste on iTunes First Play has you craving more, don’t worry: iTunes Radio will be streaming the album in its entirety all week leading up to the release on August 12 (which you can pre-order here).

The band will also be doing an exclusive Q&A for fans on the iTunes Facebook page tomorrow, Wednesday, August 6 at 3PM EST.

The album is available for pre-order HERE in digital, CD, and vinyl formats.The album art was designed for SOJA by the British artist Steven Wilson and was carved into original wood pieces. Track list and tour dates are below:


Amid The Noise And Haste 
1.   Tear It Down
2.   Your Song (feat. Damian Jr. Gong Marley)
3.   I Believe (feat. Michael Franti and Nahko)
4.   Easier (feat. Anuhea and J Boog)
5.   Shadow (feat. Trevor Young of SOJA)
6.   Once Upon A Time
7.   Promises And Pills (feat. Alfred The MC)
8.   Signature
9.   She Still Loves Me (feat. Collie Buddz)
10. Wait
11. Better
12. Treading Water
13. Lucid Dreams (feat. Nahko)


SOJA Tour Dates:

Aug 12                        Washington D.C. @ The Hamilton (Album Release Show) –
Aug 14                        New York, NY @ Brooklyn Bowl (Album Release Show)
Aug 19                        Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour (Album Release Show) –
Aug 22                        Hilo, HI @ Hilo Tennis Stadium
Aug 23                        Kauai @ Kilohana Plantation
Aug 29                        Maui, HI @ Maui Arts and Cultural Center
Aug 30                        Honolulu, HI @ Waikiki Shell
Sept 7                          Arrington, VA @ Lockn Festival
Sep 24                         London, United Kingdom @ Electric Ballroom
Sep 26                         Paris, France @ Le Bataclan
Sep 27                         Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Melkweg
Sep 28                         Cologne, Germany @ Live Music Hall
Sep 30                         Luxembourg, Luxembourg @ den Atelier
Oct 2                           Hamburg, Germany @ Mojo Club
Oct 3                          Berlin, Germany @ Yaam
Oct 4                          Warsaw, Poland @ Proxima
Oct 5                          Prague, Czech Republic @ Lucerna Music Bar
Oct 7                          Milan, Italy @ Tunnel Club
Oct 8                          Zurich, Switzerland @ Komplex Klub
Oct 10                        Montpellier, France @ Victoire 2
Oct 11                        Lyon, France @ Transbordeur
Oct 12                        Bordeaux, France @ Rock School Barbey
Oct 14                        Barcelona, Spain @ Razzmatazz
Oct 16                        Lisbon, Portugal @ Meo Arena
Oct 17                        Porto, Portugal @ Coliseu
Oct 18                        Madrid, Spain @ Sala But
Oct 19                        Toulouse France @ Le Bikini
Oct 21                        Dublin, Ireland @ The Academy

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