05.03.2014 news
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SOJA Announces National Summer Tour With Michael Franti & Spearhead

This Summer, Michael Franti & Spearhead, will launch the first-ever music & yoga tour, Soulshine, that will bridge daytime and nighttime experiences including music, yoga, sustainable lifestyle and dj’s guaranteeing a full-blown dance party! SOJA, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall will be joining the North American Tour along with Special Guest Yoga Teachers, such as Canada’s Ryan Leier.

 

 Click Here for Tickets

 

The 30+ city tour kicks off on June 19th in Southern California and will make its way across North America, ending in Nashville, TN at the Woods at Fontanel on August 2nd.With a collective reach of over 90 million impressions, the four bands: Michael Franti & Spearhead, SOJA, Brett Dennen and Trevor Hall, come together for a tour that embraces their passions and love of music, dance, yoga and sustainability. Soulshine will be affordably priced, offering activities to keep people of all ages entertained throughout the day and night.

 

Each afternoon on the Soulshine tour will begin with a mass yoga and acoustic music jam with Michael Franti & Friends, led by some of today’s most inspiring teachers from across North America, including Ryan Leier. The yoga session is designed for people of all experience levels, ages, shapes and sizes and will feature artists participating side by side with fans

 

Later this year, SOJA will be releasing their fifth studio album featuring the single “I Believe” co-written by and featuring Michael Franti.  More info to come soon!

 

SOULSHINE SUMMER TOUR

JUN
Thu 19 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Bowl
Fri 20 Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theater
Sat 21 Berkeley, CA – Greek Theater
Sun 22 San Diego, CA – Open Air Theatre
Thu 26 Vancouver, BC – PNE Amphitheatre
Fri 27 Seattle, WA – Marymoor Park
Sat 28 Bend, OR – Les Schwab Amphitheatre
Sun 29 Portland, OR – Edgefield

 

JUL
Tue 1 Missoula, MT – Big Sky Brewery
Wed 2 Ketchum, ID – Sun Valley Center
Thu 3 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre
Sat 5 Santa Fe, NM – The Downs at Santa Fe
Sun 6 Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Tue 8 Kansas City, MO – Crossroads
Thu 10 Chicago, IL – First Merit Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sat 12 Des Moines, IA – Simon Estes Amphitheatre

Sun 13 Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn @ White River State Park
Tue 15 Toronto, ON – Echobeach @ Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Thu 17 Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summer Stage
Fri 18 Boston, MA – Bank of America Pavilion
Sat 19 Gilford, NH – Bank of NH Pavillion
Mon 21 New York, NY – JBL River Stage @ Pier 97
Tue 22 Philadelphia, PA – Skyline Stage @ The Mann Center For Performing Arts
Fri 25 Wilmington, NC – Battleship Park
Sat 26 Portsmouth, VA – nTelos Pavilion
Sun 27 Charlotte, NC – Uptown Amphitheatre @ The Music Factory

 

AUG
Fri 1 Atlanta, GA – Masquerade Music Park
Sat 2 Nashville, TN – The Woods @ Fontanel

*More Dates to be announced soon!
03.03.2014 news
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Drive-By Truckers’ ‘English Oceans’ Out Now!

English Oceans, the 12th full length release from Drive-By Truckers, is now available everywhere! The band recorded the album over a 13 day period in August of 2013 with longtime producer David Barbe. The 13 track album features the biggest contribution from guitarist Mike Cooley yet, who wrote 6 tracks on English Oceans, with Patterson Hood contributing the other 7.

 

Purchase English Oceans on iTunes/Amazon/Your Local Indie Retailer

 

 

Though the album just came out, the positive reviews have already begun rolling in. “Alabama’s finest return, recharged, and with a brilliant, balanced blast of rock’n’roll” claims Uncut Magazine, who gave the album a 9/10. Paste called English Oceans “a triumph for the Drive-By Truckers, one that capitalizes on Hood and Cooley’s strengths as songwriters and also gives them something to sing for that means more than all those colorful characters put together.”

“It’s my favorite thing that we’ve ever done,” said Hood in a recent press release. “I’m proud of our catalog – we always try to make as good a record as we can make. Sometimes things just work. This time, we made kind of a magical record.”

 

TOUR DATES:

Mar 14 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz*

Mar 15 – Richmond, VA – The National*

Mar 16 – Wilmington, DE – World Cafe Live @ The Queen*

Mar 18 – New Haven, CT – Toads Place*

Mar 20 – New York, NY – Terminal 5*

Mar 21 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues*

Mar 22 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*

Mar 23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*

Mar 25 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue*

Mar 26 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall*

Mar 27 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue*

Mar 28 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theater*

Mar 29 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant*

Apr 12 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre#

Apr 22 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater#

Apr 23 – Seattle, WA – Showbox @ Sodo#

Apr 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland#

Apr 25 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades#

Apr 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theater

Apr 27 – Phoeniz, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

Apr 30 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre

May 01 – Austin, TX – Stubbs

May 02 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre

May 03 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre

 

*with Blitzen Trapper

#with Shovels & Rope

25.02.2014 news
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Mike Gordon’s ‘Overstep’ Out Now!

Overstep, Mike Gordon‘s new solo album, is out today. The bassist/vocalist is celebrating its release with a special in-store acoustic performance/album signing at Newbury Comics’ flagship store in his hometown of Boston tonight and a month-long North American tour that kicks off this Friday, February 28 with a sold-out show at the Westcott Theatre in Syracuse, NY. Gordon will be bringing along his band – Scott Murawski (guitar), Craig Myers (percussion), Tom Cleary (keyboards) and Todd Isler (drums) – plus plenty of synesthetic mad scientist gadgetry to enhance the live experience.

 

Purchase Overstep on iTunes / Amazon / Official Store

 

 

Gordon penned Overstep’s 11 songs with guitarist and longtime collaborator Scott Murawski during a series of writing retreats in New England. For the first time in his solo career, Mike brought in an outside producer – Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Pixies, Morphine) – to help realize his vision for the songs. Legendary drummer Matt Chamberlain (Jon Brion, Fiona Apple) was among the guests joining them in the studio.

Associated Press called Overstep Gordon’s “most accessible solo record yet” and RollingStone.com praised first single “Yarmouth Road” as an “endearing, reggae-steeped groove about an emotional rift.” The song’s journey from idea to finished work illustrates the roles that serendipity, art and environment play in Gordon’s creative process. He and Murawksi were on their final retreat in Boston, working on a song about a robot living in a geodesic dome when they realized that there was a deeper idea within the song that needed to be teased out.

There’s a certain point where the song tells you what it wants. Then it needs to be cultivated,” explains Gordon. “Yarmouth Road” – the song within the initial song – was coaxed out by an evening walk through a repurposed oil distillery that was displaying honeycomb-laced ceiling sculptures.

 

Mike Gordon – Spring 2014 Tour Dates
2/28 – Syracuse, NY @ Westcott Theatre  SOLD OUT
3/1 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
3/2 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer
3/4 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
3/6 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
3/7 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
3/8 – Chicago, IL @ Park West    SOLD OUT
3/9 – Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
3/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theatre
3/12 – Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
3/14 – Boulder, CO @ Boulder Theatre   SOLD OUT
3/15 – Park City, UT @ Park City Live
3/17 – Los Angeles, CA @ The El Rey Theatre
3/18 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
3/19 – Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
3/21 – Seattle, WA @ The Neptune
3/22 – Vancouver, BC @ Rio Theatre
3/28 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues
3/29 – Plymouth, NH @ Flying Monkey
3/30 – Woodstock, NY @ Bearsville Theatre
4/4 – Tarrytown, NY @ Tarrytown Music Hall
4/5 – North Adams, MA @ Hunter Center at MassMoCA
4/6 – Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground

 

24.02.2014 news
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Stereogum Premieres Jessica Lea Mayfield Track “I Want To Love You”

 

Jessica Lea Mayfield’s new album Make My Head Sing… doesn’t hit store shelves until April 15th, but for now you can stream her new track “I Want To Love You” via Stereogum, who called the track “the album’s darkly entrancing single.”. “The whole record is just me and Jesse and my drummer Matt Martin”, explains Mayfield. “I think a lot of my favorite bands are guitar, bass and drums. I wanted to simplify things. Bands are so big these days, I wanted to get in the studio and make a rock record and hear real guitar tones and something heavy.”

 

You can pre-order Make My Head Sing…  now via iTunes, and check out the track listing below:

 

1. Oblivious
2. I Wanna Love You
3. Standing In The Sun
4. Pure Stuff
5. Do I Have The Time
6. Party Drugs
7. Unknown Big Secret
8. Anything You Want
9. No Fun
10. Seein* Starz

20.02.2014 news
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Drive-By Truckers Release New Trailer For ‘English Oceans’ Out 3/4/14

 

Drive-By Truckers new album, English Oceans, will be available everywhere March 4th. Pre-order the album at the band’s official store, and check out the tour dates below to see when they’ll be in a town near you!

TOUR DATES:

Feb 13 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt

Feb 14 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt

Feb 15 – Athens, GA – 40 Watt

Mar 14 – Raleigh, NC – The Ritz*

Mar 15 – Richmond, VA – The National*

Mar 16 – Wilmington, DE – World Cafe Live @ The Queen*

Mar 18 – New Haven, CT – Toads Place*

Mar 20 – New York, NY – Terminal 5*

Mar 21 – Boston, MA – House Of Blues*

Mar 22 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*

Mar 23 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club*

Mar 25 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue*

Mar 26 – Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall*

Mar 27 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue*

Mar 28 – Madison, WI – Barrymore Theater*

Mar 29 – St. Louis, MO – The Pageant*

Apr 12 – Berkeley, CA – The Greek Theatre#

Apr 22 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theater#

Apr 23 – Seattle, WA – Showbox @ Sodo#

Apr 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland#

Apr 25 – Sacramento, CA – Ace Of Spades#

Apr 26 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theater

Apr 27 – Phoeniz, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

Apr 30 – San Antonio, TX – Aztec Theatre

May 01 – Austin, TX – Stubbs

May 02 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre

May 03 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre

*with Blitzen Trapper

 

#with Shovels & Rope

18.02.2014 news
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Stream Mike Gordon’s New Album Now at Rolling Stone

Starting today, Mike Gordon‘s new album Overstep is streaming in its entirety at Rollingstone.com.  You can pre-order Overstep from iTunes, Amazon, or Mike’s official store.

Click Here to Listen

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ATO Records will release Mike Gordon’s new solo album, Overstepon February 25, 2014. Gordon shared songwriting duties with guitarist and longtime collaborator Scott Murawski and handed over the producing reins for the first time in his solo career, enlisting Paul Q. Kolderie (Radiohead, Uncle Tupelo, Pixies). He also invited a few new players into the studio, including legendary drummer Matt Chamberlain (Jon Brion, Fiona Apple).

 

 

11.02.2014 news
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Hurray For The Riff Raff’s ‘Smalltown Heroes’ Out Now!

Hurray For The Riff Raff‘s breakout new album Smalltown Heroes is now available for purchase everywhere.  You can pick it up on iTunes, Amazon, ATO’s Store, or your local independent record store.  Here’s what some people are already saying about the album…

 

Every so often a new voice engages basic questions in subtle, exciting new ways. Alynda Lee Segarra, the 27-year-old guiding light of the New Orleans-based band Hurray For The Riff Raff, is this year’s champion.” NPR Music

“Segarra’s supple, intimate vocals are about more than conjuring a musical past – she wants to shape the future, too.” - Rolling Stone

 

 

Produced by Segarra and engineered by Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes), ‘Small Town Heroes’ features twelve new, original songs all written or co-written by Segarra, with support from a vivid cast of Crescent City musicians including her longtime right-hand-man on fiddle, Yosi Perlstein, keyboard player Casey McAllister, and two members of the Deslondes: Sam Doores on guitar and Dan Cutler on bass.

 

10.02.2014 news
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Kaiser Chiefs Unveil New Single “Coming Home”

Kaiser Chiefs new album Education, Education, Education, & War will be released on April 1st, but in the meantime you can listen to and watch the video for their anthemic new single “Coming Home” below.

 

You can pre-order the album now at iTunes for the limited time price of $7.99

 

 

Education, Education, Education & War, the band’s fifth album, will be released on April 1st, 2014 via ATO Records. The ten-track collection was written in London, Los Angeles and Nashville, recorded at The Maze Studio in Atlanta, Georgia and mixed at Electric Lady Studios by Michael Brauer (My Morning Jacket, Coldplay)  with producer Ben H. Allen III (Gnarls Barkley, Animal Collective, Deerhunter).  PRESS HERE to pre-order the album.

 

In addition to their select North American dates this month, Kaiser Chiefs will also tour throughout the US in June, making select stops in many cities, including New York, Washington, DC and Minneapolis culminating in a performance at the Firefly Festival in Dover, DE. See full tour routing below, and visit http://www.kaiserchiefs.com/ for more information.

 

Leeds based, Kaiser Chiefs are one of the most successful rock bands of the last decade. They have released 4 albums which have amassed millions of sales worldwide.  Ricky Wilson, the band’s front-man, was recently chosen to be a coach on the UK’s version of the wildly popular, TV show The Voice, alongside Will.I.Am, Kylie Minogue & Sir Tom Jones which airs there on BBC ONE.

 

Kaiser Chiefs Tour Dates
6/11       Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom
6/13       Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
6/15       Detroit, MI @ St. Andrew’s Hall
6/17       Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
6/18       Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
6/20       New York, NY @ Webster Hall
6/21-22 Dover, DE @ Firefly Festival

 

06.02.2014 news
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Old 97′s Join ATO, Releasing ‘Most Messed Up’

We are very happy to announce the addition of Old 97′s to the ATO family! On April 29th, the band will release their new album and ATO debut, ‘Most Messed Up’ – a revealing, 12-track meditation on 20 years in music that finds them at their raucous, boozy best. It’s “a rock opera, a way-off Broadway musical about a musician’s life, loves and lubrication,” says music critic Bill Flanagan. Recorded in Austin and produced by Salim Nourallah, ‘Most Messed Up’ also features guest appearances by Tommy Stinson (The Replacements, Guns N’ Roses) and Jon Rauhouse (Neko Case) on lap-steel.

Titles like “Wasted,” “Intervention,” “Wheels Off,” “Let’s Get Drunk & Get It On,” and “Most Messed Up” hint at the kind of narrators frontman Rhett Miller likes to inhabit – men who possess an appetite for indulgence and won’t let a few bad decisions get in the way of a good story. The magic in Miller’s songwriting lies in the depth that he lends his characters. Upon closer inspection, the hard partying and endless pursuit of a good time often reveals itself to be a Band-Aid covering up deeper wounds and emotional scars. “There’s a lot of darkness hidden in this record,” Miller explains.

The Old 97′s emerged from Dallas twenty years ago at the forefront of a musical movement blending rootsy, country-influenced songwriting with punk rock energy. ‘Most Messed Up’ follows their recent two-volume set, ‘The Grand Theatre,’ which found the band as “lifers writing for keeps,” according to Rolling Stone, and their 2013 EP featuring Waylon Jennings, ‘Old 97′s & Waylon Jennings.’

 

‘Most Messed Up’ Tracklist:
1. “Longer Than You’ve Been Alive”
2. “Give It Time”
3. “Let’s Get Drunk & Get It On”
4. “This Is The Ballad”
5. “Wheels Off”
6. “Nashville”
7. “Wasted”
8. “Guadalajara”
9. “The Disconnect”
10. “The Ex Of All You See”
11. “Intervention”
12. “Most Messed Up”

06.02.2014 news
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Hurray for the Riff Raff ‘Small Town Heroes’ Listening Parties

To celebrate Hurray for the Riff Raff’s highly anticipated album Small Town Heroes on February 11, ATO Records and Small Batch America are hosting release parties across the country at independent record stores with the “small town heroes” of the independent food and drink communities across the country.

The events will allow people to listen to the new record at the shop while sampling local indie food and drink makers curated by Small Batch America. Stores include Music Millennium in Portland, Grimey’s New & Preloved Music in Nashville, Waterloo Records in Austin, Rough Trade Records in Brooklyn and Euclid Records in New Orleans where the band will be performing live. The shops will be hosting giveaways of limited edition fine art prints with the Small Town Heroes album art, pink vinyl, silk-screened valentines signed by lead singer Alynda Lee Segarra, show tickets and more!

Small Batch America, an organization providing information and opportunities to the burgeoning independent food and drink community, curated over three-dozen local makers to take part in these unique events – some making something of a debut at the events like Rocks & Gravel Coffee (Brooklyn) and Eli Mason cocktail syrups (Nashville). SBA founder Tom Monday says of the events, “People go to independent record shops in search of music that’s new, interesting, and authentic – like Small Town Heroes – so this is an awesome opportunity to introduce them to indie food and drink makers that fit that description, too.”

Kyle Buckley of Brooklyn-based Grady’s Cold Brew says, “We’re looking forward to hearing some awesome music and serving up our coffee – when the opportunity came up of course we wanted to be involved.”

“We’re excited to be including some of our favorite small-batch products in these cool events for Hurray for the Riff Raff. When Small Batch America came to us with the opportunity, saying yes was a no brainer!” says Erin Zimmer of Good Eggs, a local food delivery service participating in the Brooklyn and New Orleans events.

Small Town Heroes has been named “already one of the best records of 2014,” by Esquire, NPR, SPIN, Slate and CMT. Segarra has been called the “voice of a generation,” by Billboard, Offbeat and Wall Street Journal, while NPR calls her “the voice of the future.”

 

Information on each listening party can be found below.

 

New Orleans – Euclid Records

http://www.euclidnola.com/

3401 Chartres Street

6pm

Empanada Intifada www.empanadaintifada.com

Rocket Girl www.facebook.com/rocketgirltreats

French Truck Coffee  www.frenchtruckcoffee.com

Velvet www.throwacupcake.com

La Parisiennewww.laparisienne.la

Mona’s www.facebook.com/monas-cafe-middle-eastern-restaurant

Bakery Noble www.goodeggs.com/bakerynoble

Ryals Rocking R Dairy www.rockingrdairy.com

Country Girls Creamery www.countrygirlscreamery.com

Gracious Bakery www.graciousbakery.com

Good Eggs www.goodeggs.com/nola

Bearded Brothers www.beardedbros.com

World Peas www.makepeas.com

Pizza Delicious www.pizzadelicious.com

 

Austin – Waterloo

http://www.waterloorecords.com/Home

600 North Lamar

1pm

Good Pops www.goodpops.com

Bearded Brothers www.beardedbros.com

KosmicKombuchawww.kosmickombucha.com

World Peas www.makepeas.com

Liber & Co. www.liberandcompany.com

Great Bean Chocolate www.greatbeanchocolate.com

 

Nashville – Grimey’s

http://www.grimeys.com/

1604 8th Avenue South

Noon-1pm

Prohibition Popcorn www.prohibitionpopcorn.com

Eli Mason www.elimason.com

Haulin’ Oats www.haulin-oats.com

Southern Delights www.southerndelightsbyoakley.com

Firepot Chai www.firepotchai.com

Soberdoughwww.soberdough.com

Bang Candy Company www.bangcandycompany.com/

 

 

Brooklyn – Rough Trade

http://www.roughtradenyc.com/

64 North 9th Street

6:30pm

Grady’s Cold Brew www.gradyscoldbrew.com

The Jam Stand www.thej.am

Beehive Biscuits www.beehiveoven.com

Mama O’s Kimcheewww.kimchirules.com

A & B American Hot Sauce www.abamerican.com

Krumville Bakeshop www.krumvillebakeshop.com

Anita’s Coconut Creamline Yogurtwww.anitas.co

Good Eggs www.goodeggs.com/nyc

Rocks & Gravel www.rocksandgravelcoffee.com

 

 

Portland – Music Millennium

http://www.musicmillennium.com/Home

3158 Burnside St.

6pm

Masala Popwww.eatmasalapop.com

Conundrum Granola www.conundrumpdx.com

Jacobsen Salty Black Licorice www.jacobsensalt.com

Hot Mama Salsa www.hotmamasalsapdx.com

Ps & Qs Market www.psandqsmarket.com

Woodblock Chocolate www.woodblockchocolate.com

Portland Soda Works www.portlandsoda.com

Moonbrine Pickles www.moonbrine.com

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