25.07.2017 news

NPR announces new Jessica Lea Mayfield album ‘Sorry Is Gone with video

Sorry Is Gone, the highly anticipated new full-length album from Jessica Lea Mayfield, will be released September 29 on ATO Records and is now available for pre-order.

 

In advance of the release, the official music video for the album’s title track is premiering today at NPR Music. Of the song, NPR Music’s Bob Boilen praises, “Jessica Lea Mayfield is taking back her life. ‘Sorry Is Gone,’ the title track to her next album, is a song of empowerment that finds the singer moving past a difficult period in her life…Despite the weight of that, the song feels breezy, flowing and freeing.” Watch/share the video HERE.

 

The 11-track record was recorded at Water Music and Electric Lady studios with producer John Agnello (Kurt Vile, Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Phosphorescent). In addition to Mayfield, the album features a variety of world-renowned musicians including Seth Avett on backing vocals and keys, drummer Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, Sun Kill Moon), bassist Emil Amos (Grails, Holy Sons) and guitarist Cameron Deyell (Sia, Streets of Laredo.) with additional production from Patrick Damphier (The Mynabirds).

 

Of the record, Mayfield comments, “The whole record is about me taking my life back, without really realizing it. I realized I’m the only person that is going to look out for me. I have to be my main person. No one else.” She continues, “I have to sing about things and write about things that have happened to me as therapy. That’s what connects me to other music I listen to. I want music to make me feel things. This is my inner dialogue, and my chance to get the last word.”

 

In support of the release, Mayfield will embark on an extensive tour this fall including shows at NYC’s Baby’s All Right, DC’s Songbyrd, Nashville’s The Basement East and Chicago’s The Empty Bottle among many others. All tickets go on-sale this Friday, July 28. See below for complete details.

 

Sorry Is Gone is Mayfield’s first solo album since 2014’s Make My Head Sing…, which was released to widespread acclaim. Of the album, Rolling Stone asserted, “…Mayfield’s echo-laden bluegrass vocals mesh with scorching electric guitar lines to render remarkable results,” while Pitchfork praised, “There’s something certainly compelling about this raw, minimalist sound” and NPR’s Fresh Air proclaimed, “The music is heavy, but it soars.” Additionally Interview Magazine declared, “Mayfield sounds like she’s finally arrived” and USA Today affirmed, “Her evolution as an artist has been fascinating to hear.” Most recently, in 2015, Mayfield collaborated with Seth Avett on Seth Avett and Jessica Lea Mayfield Sing Elliott Smith.

SORRY IS GONE TRACK LISTING

  1. Wish You Could See Me Now
  2. Sorry Is Gone
  3. Meadow
  4. Maybe Whatever
  5. Soaked Through
  6. Safe 2 Connect 2
  7. Bum Me Out
  8. WTF
  9. Offa My Hands
  10. World Won’t Stop
  11. Too Much Terrible

JESSICA LEA MAYFIELD TOUR

October 12—Columbus, OH—Rumba Cafe

October 13—Lakewood, OH—Mahall’s 20 Lanes

October 14—Pittsburgh, PA—Club Cafe

October 15—Toronto, ON—The Rivoli

October 17—New York, NY—Baby’s All Right

October 19—Boston, MA—Great Scott

October 20—Philadelphia, PA—Boot & Saddle

October 21—Washington, DC—Songbyrd

October 23—Charlottesville, VA—The Southern

October 24—Cat’s Cradle Back Room—Carrboro, NC

October 25—Knoxville, TN—The Open Chord

October 26—Asheville, NC—The Altamont

October 27—Atlanta, GA—The Earl

October 28—Charlotte, NC—Stage Door Theater

November 3—Nashville, TN —The Basement East

November 8—Indianapolis, IN—Hi-Fi

November 9—Chicago, IL—The Empty Bottle

November 10—Milwaukee, WI—The Back Room at Colectivo

November 11—Minneapolis, MN—7th Street Entry

November 12—Madison, WI—The Frequency

November 14—Davenport, IA—The Raccoon Motel

November 15—Des Moines, IA—Vaudeville Mews

November 16—Kansas City, MO—The Riot Room

November 17—St. Louis, MO—Off Broadway

November 18—Louisville, KY—Zanzabar

23.07.2017 news

Slow Dancer’s debut album ‘Surrender’ available now + tour with Hurray For The Riff Raff

Melbourne, Australia’s Slow Dancer – the moniker of singer, songwriter and multi- instrumentalist Simon Okely – has a new record, In A Mood, out now on ATO Records. Okely’s debut record is now also available on vinyl for the first time in the US on 180-gram vinyl. With this announcement, GoldFlakePaint also revealed a new clip for the Surrender stand-out “Took The Floor Out.” Additionally, Slow Dancer will serve as support for Hurray For The Riff Raff‘s upcoming European tour.   Before that, the band will return to the US for a headline tour, as well as dates supporting ATO labelmate Margaret Glaspy. In A Mood has been praised by NPRBillboardNYLONVICE, among others as a stand out label debut for Okely.

Order In A Mood and Surrender here: smarturl.it/slowdancer-official

“[‘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

“Silky smooth…spindly and soulful” – Stereogum

“‘It Goes On’ sounds completely effortless, and it’s the ease with which Slow Dancer flits between country-influenced guitar licks to something closer to indie-rock that makes him such a fascinating prospect.” – DIY

“Okely’s soulful, Stax-inflected vocals and stinging guitar work stand out in any crowd.” – Billboard

“It’s all happening for fresh-faced indie-R&B upstart Slow Dancer, so you’d better go ahead and get acquainted with his music now” – Paste

“pairing soulful ’70s instrumentation with devastating lyricism” – NYLON

“An album that seeps into your consciousness…In a Mood creates a blanket of sound, each layer blending smoothly, a sonic gradient of guitar, organ, strings, bass, and vocals.” – Noisey

Watch/Listen:

“Don’t Believe” video via NPR Music

“It Goes On” via Noisey

“It Goes On” video via Billboard

“I Would” via NYLON

In A Mood stream via Hype Machine 

Simon Okely is lost in time. Or at least, his songs as Slow Dancer sound that way: warm, near-whispered indie-rock love letters to the 60s and 70s rhythm and blues records his parents would play on family car rides down Australia’s winding west coast, heavy on nostalgia and even heavier on imagination. His 2014 debut Surrender was a melt-your-heart, Fleetwood Mac-with-Neil Young licks “pop postcard” from another time, another place. Now returning in 2017 with In A Mood, Okely is aiming even higher, featuring a “more expansive, more ambitious” sound that’s “less about the stories we tell ourselves when in love and more about the moods that can come creeping over a relationship” at any time. It’s no wonder his music is already striking a chord with fans of Mac DeMarco, Tobias Jesso Jr, Connan Mockasin and more, with his latest single accumulating over a quarter of a million Spotify streams in just a few weeks.

Okely grew up near West Australian city Perth, in a “tiny farming town” where, as a small kid, he would bring a toy ukulele to church every Sunday and strum along as though he was playing the hymns. After growing up and learning the guitar aged nine, he inherited his grandmother’s piano and gradually became fascinated with the intense, intimate folk of Nick Drake, rhythm and blues vanguards Otis Redding and Wilson Pickett and his parents’ favourite Van Morrison.

After moving to Melbourne in 2013, Okely began writing as Slow Dancer in 2014, naming the project after a lyric from a song on Surrender that was “essentially an instruction manual for slow dancing with someone who is experiencing apathy.” Key to the Slow Dancer sound is the environment Okely writes and records in: alone, entirely at night, in a bedroom that “somehow crams in a drum kit, a piano, some guitars, and a bed,” he laughs. “This has always been my journal, my love letter to the music I love. My concentration will always be on making the music that pleases me, and if it pleases other people too, that’s also great. It’s been a wonderful ride so far.”

Simon Okely is lost in time. You should get lost in time with him.

http://www.slowdancer.net/
https://www.facebook.com/SlowDancerBand/
https://slowdancer.bandcamp.com/
https://twitter.com/slowdancerband
https://www.instagram.com/slowdancerband/

US Tour:
18 Sep – The Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
21 Sep – The Sinclair – Boston, MA^
22 Sep – Gateway City Arts – Holyoke, MA^
23 Sep – Patro Vys – Montreal, QC
27 Sep – The Drake – Toronto, ON
29 Sep – The Hideout – Chicago, IL
30 Sep – Icehouse – Minneapolis, MN
3 Oct – Barboza – Seattle, WA
4 Oct – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
7 Oct – Café du Nord – San Francisco, CA
9 Oct – Resident – Los Angeles, CA
10 Oct – Hotel Café – Los Angeles, CA
^ with Margaret Glaspy

European Tour:
17 Oct – Koko – London*
18 Oct – Arts Club – Liverpool*
19 Oct – Whelans – Dublin*
21 Oct – Saint Luke’s – Glasgow*
22 Oct – Rescue Rooms – Nottingham*
23 Oct – Trinity Centre – Bristol*
25 Oct – Wedgewood Rooms – Portsmouth*
26 Oct – Point Ephemere – Paris*

* with Hurray For The Riff Raff

22.07.2017 news

The Claypool Lennon Delirium – “Lime And Limpid Green” 10″ EP Out Now!

The Claypool Lennon Delirium are back with “Lime & Limpid Green”. Previously a Record Store Day exclusive, we’ve pressed 3,000 new copies on a new beautifully colored green splatter 10” vinyl – featuring covers of classics from Pink Floyd, King Crimson, The Who, and Flower Travellin’ Band. Available digitally and on vinyl everywhere now.

Buy from Your Favorite Retailer Here

 

Side A

01 – Astronomy Domine (Pink Floyd)

02 – Boris The Spider (The Who)

Side B

01 – The Court Of The Crimson King (King Crimson)

02 – Satori (Flower Travellin’ Band)

 

21.07.2017 news

The Bronx announces new album “V” out September 22nd

Los Angeles punk band The Bronx will be releasing its fifth album V on September 22. The new album was produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliot Smith, Beck, FIDLAR) and will be released by ATO Records. Pre-order it now: http://smarturl.it/thebronxv

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Listen to the track “Sore Throat” below:

 The Los Angeles-based quintet — singer Caughthran,  guitarist Joby J. Ford, guitarist Ken Horne, bassist Brad Magers and drummer David Hidalgo Jr. (replacing Jorma Vik, who departed the band in 2016) —has lost none its pugnacity.  V is as hard-hitting, confrontational and relevant as ever. And while it may or may not sound more grown-up than their vein-bulging early releases, they will not apologize either way.

“It has the angst and social commentary that has characterized us from the beginning,” guitarist Joby J. Ford says, “only now the angst is aimed at more than just superficial things and the social commentary is directed at more than just people who like different music than us.”

The band has gained notice for their dual lives they have lived for the past eight years, maintaining an alter ego as Mariachi El Bronx that is as true to that form of music as their hardcore is to the punk ethos.  In any iteration, The Bronx are the real deal, ready for the next fight.

Pre-order V now: http://smarturl.it/thebronxv 

26.06.2017 news

J. Roddy Walston & The Business Returns with New Single “The Wanting” + New Tour

The hair flying rock ‘n roll of J. Roddy Walston & The Business is back!  The quartet has released their first new song in four years; titled “The Wanting”, and announced a run of headlining dates for the fall.  Stream/buy “The Wanting” here, and scroll down for dates: http://smarturl.it/uzcgu8

 

The band’s forthcoming record came to life in their own Richmond, VA recording studio and was co-produced by the band and Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Father John Misty, Built To Spill). It will be released this Fall.

 

“I personally fell in love with writing music again,” Walston explained. “It took awhile but once I realized I had room to try things that I had never tried before, I became addicted to the process.” He elaborated further by explaining how “The Wanting” describes the relationship of an estranged father and son: “Even though it is a dark song with a brutal ending, I find hope and beauty in the idea of these two people that had a shared sense of both regret and longing for each other.”

 

Stay tuned for more info on J. Roddy’s new album coming soon.

TOUR DATES

8/4 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry

9/2 – Snowshoe, WV – Snowshoe Mountain Resort

9/9 – Pittsburgh, PA – Stage AE Outdoors

9/10 – Detroit, MI – St. Andrew’s Hall

9/12 – Green Bay, WI – Badger State Brewing Company

9/14 – Maquoketa, IA – Codfish Hollow Barnstormers

9/15 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue

9/16 – Iowa City, IA – Gabe’s

9/18 – Englewood, CO – Gothic Theatre

9/19 – Aspen, CO – Belly Up

9/22 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile

9/23 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub

9/24 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre

9/26 – San Francisco, CA – Mezzanine

9/27 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy

9/30 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up

10/4 – Jackson, MS – Duling Hall

10/5 – Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall

10/7 – Jacksonville, FL – Jack Rabbits

10/8 – Ft. Lauderdale, FL – Culture Room

10/10 – Orlando, FL – The Social

10/11 – Ybor City, FL – Crowbar

10/13 – Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre

10/14 – Greenville, SC – Fall for Greenville

10/15 – Knoxville, TN – Bijou Theatre

 

23.06.2017 news

King Gizzard’s “Murder Of The Universe” Out Now + New US Tour Dates

“As soon as the dust settles you can see an new world / In place of where the old one had been…” A concept album to end all concepts, Murder Of The Universe is the new collection by head-bending psychedelicists King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard and is available everywhere now.

Select Your Favorite Retailer Here

 

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Lit by thunderclaps and lightning, Murder Of The Universe inhabits a sonic landscape of death, decay, ossification, fossilisation, 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. It may take years for its true importance to be appreciated. There are simply no capital letters large enough to convey the EPIC nature of this collection.

 

Available Only At Indie Retailers: “Bloodpool Blue” Vinyl

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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.”

 

Watch Chapter II: The Lord of Lightning Vs. Balrog

 

Watch Chapter III: Han-Tyumi & The Murder Of The Universe

 

US TOUR DATES

9/23 – Kalamazoo, MI – Audiotree Music Festival

9/24 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall

9/25 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall

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 %

10/13 – 10/15 – Joshua Tree, CA – Desert Daze 2017

 

% with Tropical Fuck Storm

04.06.2017 news

Watch Hurray For The Riff Raff Concert via Pitchfork Live

Hurray for the Riff Raff’s whirlwind 2017 continues on the heels of the release of ‘The Navigator’.  Last night Pitchfork livestreamed their concert from Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, NM. – watch it here.

 

Additionally, Hurray for the Riff Raff’s Alynda Segarra was featured in the June issue of Elle, in their Women in Music piece, on the cover of She Shreds Magazine and profiled on PBS’s Newshour program.  ‘The Navigator’ was also nominated for Album of the Year by the Americana Music Awards, and has appeared on Best Albums of 2017 (so far) lists from Billboard, Spin, Uproxx and more. 

 

Hurray for the Riff Raff has been touring internationally since March – the second leg of their tour began this week, see full dates and get tickets at the bottom of this post.  Summer dates include Newport Folk Festival, XPoNential Festival, Oya, and Pop Montreal.  On July 27, Lincoln Center Out of Doors will present the Nosotros Festival – founded and curated by Segarra – at Damrosch Park, featuring performances from Hurray for the Riff Raff, Las Cafeteras, Helado Negro, Xenia Rubinos and poets La Bruja, Felipe Luciano, and Bonafide Rojas. 

 

The band has also teamed with Mijente to create the “No Human Is Illegal” campaign.  The t-shirts are being sold online this month and $1/ticket on the June tour will also go to the organization. 

 

“I believe it is an artist’s duty to remind us of our shared humanity. Mijente is creating an intersectional culture of resistance that is desperately needed. Right now, we must stand together and fight for the rights of immigrant people in this country. We must do it for our neighbors, our grandparents, our children and ourselves. Immigrant people have made this country great, and our future depends on us refusing to be turned against each other.” – Alynda Segarra / http://prizeo.com/hurrayfortheriffraff     

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RAVES FOR ‘THE NAVIGATOR’

“A rich, courageous new album…‘The Navigator’ repositions roots music as an anti-nostalgic tool: a truth-telling device” – NPR

 

“A coming of age concept LP about a young woman that suggests Patti Smith as a barrio poet…this is proudly intersectional folk music” – Rolling Stone, 4 stars


“Not unlike Solange did on her stunning 2016 opus, Segarra uses ‘The Navigator’ to demand more seats at the table for those voices that have always existed, but simply went unheard.” – Pitchfork, 8.1 out of 10

 

“A genre-bending album of anger, yearning and songs that just flow…there’s not a lot you can’t sing along to, whoever you are” – 5 out of 5 stars, The Guardian UK

 

“An audacious album….a major leap forward for an artist whose previous work now seems like a warm-up for the dizzying heights ‘The Navigator’ strives for” – American Songwriter

 

On Hurray for the Riff Raff’s new album The Navigator (out March 10 on ATO Records), Alynda Segarra tells an interwoven, cinematic story of a wandering soul at a crossroads of identity and ancestral weight. It finds a street kid named Navita traversing a perpetually burning city in search of herself. The Navigator is a thrilling call to arms that could not come at a more crucial time. It also finds Hurray for the Riff Raff at its own musical intersection, delving deep into the worlds of Latin rhythms, searing rock, and incisive ballads.

“The Navigator” is now available at the band’s official store, iTunes and Amazon.

PledgeMusic: http://smarturl.it/Navigator-Official
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/TheNavigator-iTunes
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/TheNavigator-Amazon

 

Read The New York Times‘ in-depth profile of Alynda HERE, and watch Alynda’s interview and performance on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah below. Tune in to CBS This Morning on March 11 and CONAN on March 13 to catch her performing new songs from The Navigator:

Watch Alynda’s interview and performance with Democracy Now‘s Amy Goodman:

The Navigator was produced by Paul Butler (Michael Kiwanuka, St. Paul and The Broken Bones, Devendra Banhart) and recorded at Electric Lady Studios in NYC and Panoramic House in California. The album features percussionists Juan-Carlos Chaurand, Gregory Rogove (Rodrigo Amarante), a trio of Bomba drummers, and Doo Wop singers from New Jersey.

Says Alynda: This is dedicated to the water protectors of Standing Rock – thank you for your bravery and giving us hope. Also, to the people of Peñuelas, Puerto Rico, who are demanding an end to the AES dumping of coal ash which leads to water contamination – we are with you.

 

All over the world there are heroes, who, despite suffering generations of oppression, are protecting the land and the future of our humanity. Rican Beach is a fictional place, but it was written with my ancestors in mind. It’s time to call on yours and to always remember: this land was made for you and me.

Track list:
1. Entrance
2. Living In The City
3. Hungry Ghost
4. Life to Safe
5. Nothing’s Gonna Change Girl
6. The Navigator
7. Halfway There
8. Rican Beach
9. Fourteen Floors
10. Settle
11. Pa’lante
12. Finale

TOUR DATES:

June 6 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf*

June 7 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom*

June 9 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom*

June 10 – Santa Cruz, CA – Rio Theater*

June 11 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore*

June 13 – Portland, OR – Revolution Hall*

June 15 – Vancouver, BC – Imperial*

June 16 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile*

June 18 – Boise, ID – The Olympic*

June 19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge*

June 20 – Vail, CO – Crazy Mountain Brewery Hot Summer Nights

June 21 – Denver, CO – The Bluebird Theater*

June 22 – Chicago, IL – Millennium Park

July 27 – New York, NY – Nosotros Festival

July 28 – Newport, RI – Newport Folk Festival

July 30 – Camden, NJ – XPoNential Music Festival

July 31 – Millvale, PA – Mr. Smalls Theatre

August 1 – Toronto, ON – The Great Hall

August 10 – Rees Haldern, DE – Haldern Pop Festival

August 11 – Oslo, NO – Øya Festival

August 12 – Gothenburg, SE – Way Out West Festival

August 14 – Leicester, GB – The Cookie

August 15 – York, GB – The Crescent

August 16 – Hebden Bridge, GB – The Trades Club

August 18 – Brecon, GB – Green Man Festival

September 9 – Raliegh, NC – Hopscotch Music Festival

September 16 – Burlington, VT – Grand Point North

September 17 – Montreal, QC – POP Montreal @ Piccolo Rialto

October 17 – London, GB – Koko

October 18 – Liverpool, GB – Arts Club

October 19 – Dublin, IE – Whelans

October 21 – Glasgow, GB – Saint Luke’s

October 22 – Nottingham, GB – Rescue Rooms

October 23 – Bristol, GB – Trinity Centre

October 25 – Portsmouth, GB – Wedgewood Rooms

October 26 – Paris, FR – Point Ephémère

October 27 – Nijmegen, NL – Doornroosje

October 28 – Amsterdam, NL – London Calling @ Paradiso

October 30 – Odense, DK – Posten

October 31 – Copenhagen, DK – Lille Vega

November 2 – Berlin, DE – Privatclub

November 4 – Groningen, NL – Take Root Festival

* – w/Making Movies

 

 

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

 

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