GRAMMY® Award-winning guitar virtuosos Rodrigo y Gabriela release their JAZZ EP today. Available on Cloudy Orange vinyl (limited to 3,000 copies worldwide and individually numbered). Rod and Gab’s recently released heroic interpretation of “Street Fighter Mas” by tenor sax giant Kamasi Washington, their sublime interplay with flamenco-guitar legend Vicente Amigo on Astor Piazzolla’s timeless “Oblivion,” have helped introduce their magical guitar interplay to a whole new world of music fans. Today, they get to hear the duo’s distinctive take on Snarky Puppy‘s “Lingus.”
“For the final track on the JAZZ EP, we really enjoyed the challenge of arranging and recording this epic 2014 track by jazz ensemble Snarky Puppy for two guitars,” says Rodrigo.
“The response from our fans to our interpretations of the tracks by Kamasi Washington and Astor Piazzolla has been incredibly gratifying,” adds Gabriela. “We really hope they will now enjoy the JAZZ EP as a complete listening experience, as it was a blast for us to put all the music together.”
“When I first heard Rodrigo y Gabriela’s take on ‘Lingus,’ my jaw hit the floor,” says Snarky Puppy’s Michael League. “Taking a song written for 16 people and doing it with two is no small task, but what struck me most was the way in which they made it their own while preserving the heart of the composition.”
Rodrigo y Gabriela are also excited to announce 22 American tour dates. The shows start on September 1 at Boulder, CO’s Chautauqua Auditorium and end October 16 at the Fillmore in Minneapolis, MN. Complete dates below. Tickets will go on sale on Friday, May 21 at 10am (local). Irish singer-songwriter David Keenan will support on select dates as well as Mexican singer-songwriter Silvana Estrada as noted below.
9/1 – Boulder, CO – Chautauqua Auditorium * RSVP
9/3 – Vail, CO – Gerald R. Ford Amphitheater * RSVP
9/4 – Colorado Springs, CO – Pikes Peak Center * RSVP
9/8 – Troutdale, OR – Edgefield * RSVP
9/10 – Sacramento, CA – Crest Theater * RSVP
9/11 – Napa, CA – Oxbow Riverstage Concert Series * RSVP
9/12 – San Diego, CA – Humphrey’s Concerts By The Bay * RSVP
9/14 – Santa Barbara, CA – Arlington Theater * RSVP
9/15 – Anaheim, CA – House of Blues * RSVP
9/26 – Austin, TX – ACL Live at Moody Theater RSVP
9/28 – San Antonio, TX – Tobin Center for Performing Arts ** RSVP
10/1 – Atlanta, GA – Buckhead Theater RSVP
10/2 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall ** RSVP
10/3 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre ** RSVP
10/5 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore Charlotte ** RSVP
10/6 – Washington, DC – Anthem Pre-sale
10/8 – Hershey, PA – Harrisburg University at Hershey Theatre ** RSVP
10/9 – Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre ** RSVP
10/10 – New York, NY – Pier 17 Pre-save
10/12 – Munhall, PA – Carnegie of Homestead Music Hall ** Pre-sale
10/14 – Chicago, IL – Chicago Theater Pre-sale
10/16 – Minneapolis, MN – Fillmore Pre-sale
* David Keenan support
** Silvana Estrada support
Okkervil River’s Will Sheff will return to the stage this fall on a co-headlining U.S. tour with Damien Jurado. The tour, which kicks off on September 21 with two dates at Evanston, IL’s SPACE and wraps December 11 at Bellingham, WA’s Wild Buffalo, includes shows in Nashville, Brooklyn, Big Sur, and two nights at Portland’s Mississippi Studios. All dates are below and tickets are on pre-sale now and will be on sale to the public on Friday HERE.
Alongside the tour announcement, Okkervil River releases a new song “In A Light,” the band’s first new music since its acclaimed 2018 LP In the Rainbow Rain. A second new track, “It Hasn’t Happened Yet,” will be released this Friday, May 14.
“I wrote ‘In a Light’ with our guitarist Will Graefe right before I moved out of Brooklyn,” says Sheff. “We recorded it in one take at Figure 8 studios, with Frank LoCrasto adding piano and Ryan Dugre on second guitar. It sounded great instantly, but it didn’t seem like the right moment to release the track, and the track didn’t seem to be quite at home on In the Rainbow Rain. So I kept it under my hat. I’d had ‘It Hasn’t Happened Yet’ kicking around as well, and I’d always wanted to release that one on its own but I could never get the recording to sit quite right. Finally I had a tandem eureka moment with both of them – I figured out what I needed to do to fix ‘It Hasn’t Happened Yet’ and I felt the time was right for ‘In a Light.’ So I brushed them off and sent them to Dave Cerminara to mix. The whole process was incredibly smooth and easy. I think of these songs as two sides of the same coin, supporting each other by saying two different but complementary things. And even though I started them a couple years in the past they both seem to want to talk about the present and future.”
9/21 – Evanston, IL – SPACE Tickets
9/22 – Evanston, IL – SPACE Tickets
9/23 – Grand Rapids, MI – Wealthy Theatre Tickets
9/24 – Ann Arbor, MI – The Ark Tickets
9/25 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall Tickets
9/26 – Nelsonville, OH – Stuart’s Opera House Tickets
9/28 – Nashville, TN – Third Man Records Tickets
9/29 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery Tickets
9/30 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre Tickets
10/1 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle Tickets
10/2 – Vienna, VA – Barns at Wolf Trap * RSVP
10/3 – Woodstock, NY Levon Helm Studios ^ RSVP
10/5 – Boston, MA – City Winery RSVP
10/6 – Brooklyn, NY – To Be Announced
10/7 – Holyoke, MA – Gateway City Arts Tickets
12/1 – Santa Ana, CA – Ebell of Santa Ana Tickets
12/2 – Ojai, CA – Ojai Women’s Club Tickets
12/3 – Oakland, CA – Starline Social Club RSVP
12/4 – Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Memorial Library (early show) RSVP
12/4 – Big Sur, CA – Henry Miller Memorial Library (late show) RSVP
12/5 – Sonoma, CA – Sebastiani Theater RSVP
12/8 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios Tickets
12/9 – Portland, OR – Mississippi Studios Tickets
12/10 – Tacoma, WA – Fawcett Hall Tickets
12/11 – Bellingham, WA – Wild Buffalo Tickets
* On sale at a later time
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Mattiel, the Atlanta-based rock band of vocalist and songwriter Mattiel Brown as well as guitarist and producer Jonah Swilley, return today with two original tracks, the magnetic new single “Those Words” and its towering B-Side “Freedom Feels.”
“I think everyone can relate to a song like ‘Those Words’ – it’s really just about choosing who to give your energy to,” says Brown, “If someone isn’t treating you with respect or crosses your boundaries, you don’t owe them anything. It’s an especially good reminder if you’re a person who tends to try to please everyone. Women are taught to do this from a very young age. It’s just not possible to make everyone happy, so you might as well sing and dance those cares away.”
Today the band also premieres the vibrant “Those Words” video, which was directed, produced, and edited by Brown herself.
“We shot this in mid March so it’s very fresh and new energy for us – we are all just so excited to get out there and play shows again,” she says. “We’re a very close bunch and it’s really just us having a good time, and I think that shines through the whole thing. It feels like the light at the end of the Covid tunnel is starting to shine brighter and brighter, too. We’re almost there.”
Check out the “Those Words” video below!
The Murlocs have announced details of their new album, Bittersweet Demons, to be released on June 25. Today’s news comes with the first track – and a new video – from the exhilarating Australian rock band. Pre-order the album here!
“Francesca” was written as a rip-roaring celebration of the rejuvenated life of frontman Ambrose Kenny-Smith’s mom. With music written by Murlocs’ keyboard and guitarist Tim Karmouche, Ambrose says of the lyrics,“The song is about my mother and how she had been lost for love since the separation from my father when I was 10. In the last year and a half or so she’s found love again, with a very close family friend of ours, someone who has always been a godfather and mentor to me in many ways. This has changed her spirit immensely for the better. You can really see the pop in her step as this enormous weight has been lifted off her shoulders.”
Citing some of his favorite songs as being odes to impressive women – like Van Morrison’s “Gloria” – Ambrose explains, “Francesca is my mother’s middle name and I’ve always loved it so much.” Of turning his songwriting lens to his mother, and celebrating her rediscovered joie de vivre, he adds,“It’s probably the most positive, feel-good song we’ve ever done. It’s also the closest we’ve ever come to having an 80’s phase.”
Directed by Alex McLaren, the “Francesca” video was shot at the end of April 2020. The band’s hometown of Melbourne, Australia was coming out of one of its first short Covid lockdown periods and restrictions had eased for a short period of time. The band and director quickly jumped on the opportunity to shoot while they had the chance.
Says Ambrose, “I remembered being at a festival and bumping into our longtime video-clip collaborator and friend, Alex Mclaren. I had brought him back to our campsite and he played the song “I Love LA” by Randy Newman which ultimately brought the tents down and got the party started.” Newman’s 1983 classic soft top music video informed “Francesca”, with the car footage being shot along Ivanhoe Boulevard in Melbourne where Ambrose’s mom grew up.
The theme of celebrating loved ones continues on the album, which is equal parts character study and adoring homage. With Bittersweet Demons The Murlocs share a collection of songs reflecting on the people who leave a profound imprint on their lives, the saviors and hellraisers and assorted other mystifying characters. The most personal and boldly confident work yet, the album sets that storytelling to 11 infectious tracks written mostly on piano, lending a greater emotional intensity to the band’s restless and radiant brand of garage-rock. What emerges is a beautifully complex body of work, one that shines a light on the fragilities of human nature while inducing the glorious head rush that accompanies any Murlocs outing.
Check out the “Francesca” video below!
Brittany Howard has won her first solo GRAMMY Award, her fifth GRAMMY Award in total over an incredible sixteen nominations. Howard took home the award for Best Rock Song at last night’s ceremony in Los Angeles for “Stay High”. The track is lifted from her acclaimed debut solo album, Jaime. She also performed a touching rendition of track “You’ll Never Walk Alone” at the ceremony, accompanied by Chris Martin of Coldplay on piano.
Black Pumas also made their debut on the GRAMMYs stage last night with an incredible performance of their Record of the Year-nominated hit single “Colors,” off their Album of the Year-nominated self-titled debut album. Host Trevor Noah raved, “You ever heard a band for the first time but feel like they’ve been your favorites for your whole life? That’s what we felt tonight.”
Grab the Brittany Howard or Black Pumas album here, and check out both performances below!
Black Pumas and Brittany Howard will take the stage at the 2021 GRAMMY Awards this Sunday, March 14, joining the show’s all-star performance lineup alongside Bad Bunny, Cardi B, BTS, Brandi Carlile, DaBaby, Doja Cat, Billie Eilish, Mickey Guyton, Haim, Miranda Lambert, Lil Baby, Dua Lipa, Chris Martin, John Mayer, Megan Thee Stallion, Maren Morris, Post Malone, Roddy Ricch, Harry Styles, and Taylor Swift. Black Pumas’ celebrated debut album Black Pumas (Deluxe Edition) is nominated for Album of the Year, and their hit single “Colors” is nominated for Record of the Year and Best American Roots Performance. Brittany Howard is up for a whopping 6 nominations, including Best Rock Performance (“Stay High”), Best Rock Song (“Stay High”), Best Alternative Music Album (Jaime), Best R&B Performance (“Goat Head”), Best American Roots Performance (“Short and Sweet”), and Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical (Jaime).
Hosted by Trevor Noah, CBS and the Recording Academy Present the 63rd Annual GRAMMY Awards airing live Sunday, March 14, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. ET/5:00 p.m. PT on CBS Television Network and available to stream live and on demand on Paramount+.
Grammy-nominated Emily King returns with her first new music of 2021 today, the emotional new single “First Time.” “It’s remembering what it feels like to have been loved,” King says of the song. “To go back to that place in your mind at the time when you feel most alone.” “First Time,” which is the first of what will be more new song releases this year, premiered today on KCRW, who said, “The track supersedes time and genre, with King’s voice and lyrics cutting to the chase of human experience — a welcome reminder that behind our weary and weathered exteriors, tenderness is just a memory (or song) away.” King wrote “First Time” and co-produced it with Ben Kane, the Grammy-winning producer/engineer who previously worked on her Grammy-nominated 2019 LP Scenery and is known for his work with D’Angelo, PJ Morton, and Anderson. Paak. Listen to “First Time” here and stay tuned for details on more new music.
Brittany Howard has released a remix of her solo song “Stay High,” made in collaboration with producer Fred again.. and singer Joy Anonymous.
The reworked recording “Stay High again..”, is available everywhere and accompanied by a video described as an “indie disco dance party.” The track, available here, is the latest entry in a series of remixes Howard has been releasing of songs from her 2019 debut solo album, Jaime.
“When I was approached about doing my first dance remix of a song, I was excited to give it a shot as it was something completely different than anything else that had been done for the Jaime remix project. What Fred again.. and Joy Anonymous created from ‘Stay High’ is not only fun to dance to, it is really creative, inspired and most importantly emotional. They even figured out a way to sneak samples from two other songs off the album!”
Howard has previously released remixes of the Jaime songs “13th Century Metal,” “Goat Head” and “Short and Sweet.”
Amsterdam’s Altin Gün release their new album Yol on ATO Records today. Yol, the follow-up to the sextet’s 2019 Grammy-nominated LP Gece, was written in quarantine, with the band members swapping demos over email. For the first time, the band also worked with an outside collaborator, bringing in the acclaimed electronic producer Asa Moto to mix the record. The result is a collection of sublime Europop tracks that Bandcamp hailed as “the group’s most vivacious record to date.”
Altin Gün has built a strong reputation for fusing past and present to make brilliantly catchy, upbeat pop music, continuing to incorporate the rich and incredibly diverse traditions of Anatolian and Turkish folk music. However familiar the story, Yol is not just a record that reframes traditional sounds for a contemporary audience. The album, which often presents a strongly international, poppy sound, also signals a very different approach in making and recording for the band. Singer Merve Dasdemir takes up the story: “We were basically stuck at home for three months making home demos, with everybody adding their parts. The transnational feeling maybe comes from that process of swapping demos over the internet, some of the music we did in the studio, but lockdown meant we had to follow a different approach.”
With Yol, Altın Gün has patented their own magical process of reimagining and sonic path-finding, one probably not heard since the late 1960s and early 1970s British folk-rock boom. Less of a reworking than a seduction, their recordings transport the listener to a world where the original songs never previously inhabited. Merve Dasdemir again: “After we worked on them, they got a whole new life of their own. Maybe we went a little bit too far.”
Listen to Yol here
Nick Hakim will release a remix album of his acclaimed 2020 record WILL THIS MAKE ME GOOD on February 26. The album includes reworkings of all twelve tracks by an eclectic range of musicians including rising R&B star KeiyaA, Los Angeles rapper Pink Siifu, rising electronic producer Kareem Ali, Big Thief drummer James Krivchenia, and indie songwriter Luke Temple. Today Hakim shares a new remix of “QADIR” by BADBADNOTGOOD, the Canadian collective who have previously collaborated with Kendrick Lamar, Kali Uchs, Tyler, the Creator, and Thundercat, among others. “‘QADIR’ was one of our most listened to songs of 2020,” says BADBADNOTGOOD. “Nick’s voice, poetry and production are the shit! It was a blast tracking up this remix.”
Listen to “QADIR (BADBADNOTGOOD Remix) here or catch the official audio on YouTube below.