kurt.riley+praxis Releases Gothic Cyberpunk Single & Darkly Futuristic Music Video, “Free”!

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New York based Metapop band kurt.riley+praxis has released the official music video for their darkly synth pop infused new single, “Free.” The fourth track from their upcoming, science fiction themed opus, Chrome Empire, “Free” was preceded by the releases “FTR SHK,” “Say You Love Me,” and “Evergreen.” Using the story of an android that has gained self-awareness, the Chrome Empire album addresses topics such as climate change, artificial intelligence, and augmented reality by way of a sci-fi narrative and hook-laden songwriting.

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“’Free’ is my attempt to encapsulate what it feels like to be born on the morning after Fukuyama’s ‘end of history’ – in the afterglow of the Cold War, born during the consumerist apex of the Nineties in the West…watching the towers fall on television…receiving a bleak inheritance of climate change, irrevocable student loan debt, social inequality, and increasing totalitarianism. Feeling trapped amidst the end of empire, within circumstances one feels helpless to control or improve. Even that last inch – the toaster, TV, and steel-belted radials of Howard Beale’s – even that isn’t left to us, as a mid-century, middle-class existence simply becomes too expensive for all but the upper echelons of society. And so many of us are too exhausted to be mad as hell anymore. We’re just heartbroken.” – kurt.riley+praxis

Click for Limited edition CD copies of “Free”

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Riley’s colorful career includes records produced by Beyoncé/FKA Twigs/Run The Jewels collaborator BOOTS and Grammy Award-winning engineer Will Russell. He has performed at events across New York, including the Ithaca Festival, the CFCU Summer Concert SeriesMusic Is Art Buffalo, and at The Center for the Arts of Homer.

The recipient of a grant from the NY State Council on the Arts & the Community Arts Partnership of Tompkins County, NY, Riley has been named one of the best live performers in the region by The Ithaca JournalSirius/XM Radio has broadcast his music internationally via satellite, and Riley’s music has been broadcast on terrestrial stations in Toronto, Memphis, Portland, and beyond.

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They Might Be Giants ‘I Like Fun’ Streaming via NPR /@MrSmalls 4/15/World Tour Kicks Off Next Week

New Album I Like Fun Streaming via
NPR First Listen + CBC Music First Play

World Tour Kicks Off January 17 
+ New Rock Album I Like Fun Out January 19

Pre-Order I Like FuniTunes | Amazon | TMBG Webstore
From Your Local Record Store: CD | Vinyl

 

Photo Credit: Shervin Lainez

 

“one more wry, clever song in the voluminous They Might Be Giants catalog, arriving shortly before a new album, “I Like Fun.”
– The New York Times

“The crowd’s enthusiasm for the fresh material is unmatched even when the band proffers what is perhaps their most-loved song, “Birdhouse in Your Soul“… “
– Rolling Stone

“one of rock’s longest and most prodigious partnerships” 
– Consequence of Sound

“Perfect pop music can come from anywhere and can go anywhere. They Might Be Giants have demonstrated this for a quarter century…”
– The New Yorker

“Catch them if you can — their live shows always deliver.” 
– USA Today

They Might Be Giants will release their new full-length studio album I Like Funphysically and digitally on January 19. Jumping with surprises, vitality, and the startling point of view of these Brooklyn originals, on the 15-track collection songwriters and band founders John Linnell and John Flansburgh draw on themes of dread, death, and disappointment and set them to their driving, hyper-melodic music. The alternative rock legends shared an early stream of new album track “All Time What” which garnered accolades from The New York TimesConsequence of Sound and more. Fans can hear the radical masterpiece in its entirety a week early, streaming via NPR First Listen andCBC Music First Play today.

Fresh and sonically adventurous, the band is revered for their command of the studio and the stage, delivering one of the liveliest shows around. They Might Be Giants will take over stages with an energized live show across the globe in 2018. The album’s release coincides with a world tour that kicks off with a fifty-city trek across the US, then on to Europe, and beyond. Full list of dateshere & below.

TMBG has launched a fan video contest for lead album single “I Left My Body.” All entries to be submitted by March 1, 2018. Winners will be announced shortly after that and the winning video will be posted on dialasong.com as well as TMBG’s YouTube channel. 1st place winner receives $3000. 2nd and 3rd place winners each receive $1000. All 3 winners will get a suite of free software from Red Giant. All judging will be done by the great Open Mike Eagle. Full details here.

On I Like Fun, the spotlight is also on the band’s formidable long-standing live lineup; drummer Marty Beller, bassist Danny Weinkauf and lead guitarist Dan Miller. Co-produced with and mixed by Patrick Dillett (St. Vincent, Donald Fagen, The National, Mary J. Blige), the album was tracked and mixed at the brand-new Reservoir Studios—site of the legendary Skyline Studios where TMBG recorded their platinum-selling album Flood.

2018 will also see the return of TMBG’s Dial-A-Song service, with weekly installments toll free at (844) 387-6962, www.dialasong.com, and on streaming sites everywhere, featuring new music all year long!

I Like Fun Available For Pre-Order Physically & Digitally
Digital Pre-Orders Receive An Instant Download Of 
“Last Wave”, “I Left My Body” and “All Time What”

2018 US TOUR
All shows ages 14+ unless otherwise noted.

1/17 Charlottesville, VA @ The Jefferson Theater
1/18 Raleigh-Durham, NC (Carrboro) @ Cat’s Cradle SOLD OUT
1/19 Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
1/20 Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse SOLD OUT
1/21 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
1/23 Charleston, SC @ Charleston Music Hall
1/24 Jacksonville, FL (Ponte Vedra) @ Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
1/25 Orlando, FL @ The Beacham
1/26 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Culture Room
1/27 Tampa, FL @ State Theatre SOLD OUT
1/28 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
1/30 Birmingham, AL @ Saturn (18+) SOLD OUT
1/31 Baton Rouge, LA @ Varsity Theatre (18+)
2/1 Austin, TX @ Stubb’s BBQ
2/2 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
2/3 Dallas, TX @ The Kessler Theater SOLD OUT
2/6 Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom (18+)
2/7 Indianapolis, IN @ The Vogue (21+)
2/8 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
2/9 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
2/10 Detroit, MI @ Saint Andrew’s Hall SOLD OUT
2/11 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom SOLD OUT
2/27 Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre
3/1 San Diego, CA (Solana Beach) @ Belly Up SOLD OUT
3/2 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
3/3 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore SOLD OUT
3/4 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
3/6 Eugene, OR @ HiFi Music Hall (18+)
3/7 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre SOLD OUT
3/8 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom SOLD OUT
3/9 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot (21+)
3/10 Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre (16+)
3/11 Boulder, CO @ Fox Theatre
3/13 Kansas City, MO @ The Truman
3/14 Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
3/15 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue (18+)
3/16 Milwaukee, WI @ The Pabst Theatre
3/17 Chicago, IL @ The Vic Theatre
3/18 Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom (16+)
4/13 New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
4/14 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
4/15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small’s Theatre
4/17 Cincinnati, OH (Covington, KY) @ Madison Theater
4/19 Rochester, NY @ Anthology
4/20 Burlington, VT @ Higher Ground
4/21 Portland, ME @ State Theatre
4/22 Albany, NY @ The Egg (All Ages — Science, Kids, and Beyond!)
4/26 Northampton, MA @ Academy of Music
4/27 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
4/28 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts SOLD OUT

Silverstein @Mr. Smalls on 3/1

After spending the summer sweating it out on Warped Tour and their fall trekking through the UK and Europe, Canadian post-hardcore outfit Silverstein are showing no signs of running out of steam, embarking on The Get Free Tour in the new year, with support from Tonight Alive and Broadside.

Silverstein released their eighth full-length album Dead Reflection in July to critical acclaim. Check out their track “Ghost” here, which premiered on Sirius XM Faction.

“The element of hope has always been in our band; we want to preach positivity, it’s just that sometimes you have to go through darkness to get there. At the core, that’s what Dead Reflection is about,” said vocalist Shane Told, who also hosts the wildly popular Lead Singer Syndrome podcast.

The Get Free Tour stops at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA on 3/1.

Longevity is a rare feat for any band, especially one rooted in a foundation of punk and hardcore. Aggressive music is often fueled by youthful fire, and sustaining a career without completely abandoning that urgent sound is almost impossible for most bands. But what’s possible for “most bands” has never been a concern for post-hardcore pioneers Silverstein. Throughout the course of their 17-year career, from Ontario basement shows to touring the world and selling over a million records, Silverstein has always managed to be completely comfortable in their own skin while never being afraid to challenge themselves. This perfect balance marks the band’s eighth full-length, Dead Reflection—an album that proves Silverstein still has plenty of fire left.

Silverstein have released an album every odd year since their 2003 debut, When Broken Is Easily Fixed, and that drive is paramount to why the band remains one of post-hardcore’s most relevant and influential acts. This consistency shows an uncommonly clear path of growth from album to album as the band honed the aggressive-to-melodic contrast that became their signature sound. Dead Reflection marks a sharp jump in that evolution: the band pushed themselves harder than ever before, resulting in an album the takes all of Silverstein’s strengths—pummeling riffs, explosive dynamic shifts, and huge, anthemic choruses—and ramps up the intensity. Guitarist Paul Marc Rousseau co-produced Dead Reflection with Derek Hoffman, leading to a level of collaboration with which band had never experimented before. After years of creating and touring, the members of Silverstein have each become accomplished musicians in their own right while still summoning the same unbridled ferocity that marked the band’s early days, and it’s this fusion that makes Dead Reflection feel so vital.

Vocalist Shane Told has always been a master of taking his darkest times and channeling them into compelling songwriting, and Dead Reflection ups the ante as the singer documents his most troubled year. The tumultuous end of a long relationship sent Told into a self-destructive spiral that left him isolated and forced to confront who he truly was with everything stripped away. All of the positivity that had previously come so easily suddenly felt put-on, like a costume that never quite fit, and as the people closest to him were all entering new phases of life with new responsibilities, the singer found himself feeling more alone and nihilistic than ever. In the end it was Silverstein, the one constant in Told’s life, that brought him back from the brink. With the prospect of writing a new album on the horizon, he thew himself into the process, fully exploring the bleak narrative he was living out. Dead Reflection became a sort of “What-if?” version of Told’s life, a cautionary tale urging listeners to find out what really matters and challenge their own masks before it’s too late. Writing proved to be as cathartic as it was harrowing, and slowly Told began to feel the weight of the past year lifting; Silverstein had been there for him just when he needed it most.

Dead Reflection is an album that couldn’t exist without everything that’s come before it, a culmination not just of Silverstein’s sonic growth, but also the personal journeys entangled in the band’s career. Longevity was never the objective, but that drive to deliver their absolute best, no matter what the cost, is exactly why the band remains at the top of their game after almost two decades. For Silverstein there is no settling, no stopping, and they give nothing less than everything.

An Intimate Acoustic Evening with Parachute | Mr. Smalls | 9.21.17

Abigail McNatt

Acoustic sets are honestly the greatest kinds of sets. Sure it is great to dance and scream along to your favorite songs, but there is something so raw and real about your favorite band performing their music stripped down and unplugged. That’s what Parachute’s current tour is all about.
On the first half of the tour, ending in Pittsburgh, they brought along Johnny Balik. Balik is from Toronto, Canada and his music is categorized as pop/R&B/soul. This was the first I had heard of him and damn am I glad I did. HIGHLY recommend checking him out. His voice is pure and raw and real and fantastic. He does what I like to call, sing-rap where he minorly sings a rap and it just flows so well. He played some originals as well as a cover or so, in his half hour set. The ladies loved him. Now, being that it was an acoustic show, there were chairs set up in aisles. So girls weren’t freaking out, especially being that he was playing acoustic as well. But they did woo and wow him throughout the set and created a long line afterwards when he stood by the merch table to meet fans. I was not a part of that group, but I certainly did enjoy his set, so much. He opened his mouth during the first song and I was like, “damn he is good.” It was his last stop on the tour and he definitely gave it his all, so bravo.
Half an hour after Balik’s set, Parachute came on. The setup was much different than their last tour when I saw them last year. They had a keyboard on stage right, a stool and mic in the middle, and a drum set stage left. Members Kit French (vocals, sax, and keyboard), Will Anderson (lead vocals, guitar, piano), and Johnny Stubblefield (drums) made their way to their spots on stage. It felt just as surreal to me as it did the first time I got to see and shoot them. I got so caught up in the show itself as well as taking photos that I forgot to write down the set list. They changed it from show to show too. During their set though they played music from all of their albums. They included a couple songs from their newly released album, “Wide Awake“, such as ‘Jennie’ and ‘Lonely With Me’. As per usual, Will likes to talk and being an acoustic show like this, there was plenty of time for that. Will talked about his wife, Courtney a bit and their different writing styles and being in Pittsburgh, he talked about his love and obsession with Heinz Ketchup and how he wrote them a letter and they sent him back a bunch of packets. Another story he likes to tell at shows is about the ever so popular, ‘Forever and Always‘. That song is so sad. So sad that it needs a disclaimer attached to it. But as he says every show, it’s not real. He made it up. He told the crowd about how an old man came up to him after their set one time and he said he was sorry, but Will didn’t have the heart to tell him it wasn’t real. After that little anecdote, they played the song and the crowd sang along. They played some oldies as well, such as ‘She Is Love‘ and ‘All That I Am‘. Parachute also inserted a cover of ‘Issues’ by Julia Michaels in there. One fan screamed she was so excited they started to play it. Normally, that wouldn’t phase anyone but again, it was an acoustic show. They played my favorite, ‘Kiss Me Slowly’ and I was just on Cloud 9. From their 2013 release “Overnight”, they played the likes of ‘Drive You Home’ and ‘Didn’t See It Coming’. They ended their set, ironically, with one of their longer songs, ‘Philadelphia’. Fans, like myself, were captivated by the band the entire night and didn’t want it to end. That is the kind of show they put on, acoustic or full set. Their music really makes you feel things you may or may not have felt before and it is an awesome thing to be able to sing along to them. I have been a fans of theirs for some time now and it only seems to get stronger the more music they release and the more shows I attend.
Their tour continues on the west coast so if you will be out there anytime soon, I suggest grabbing a ticket (they’re ridiculously cheap) and grab your friend or significant other, or even treat yourself to a show. You will be just as hypnotized as all of us were last night.
All photos ©2017 Abigail McNatt

THE DEAD DEADS SET FOR SUMMER TOUR WITH BUSH AND CHEVELLE

The Dead Deads are about to head out on tour supporting Bush and Chevelle and will be rolling into Pittsburgh at Stage AE on the 29th.

CHECK OUT THE VIDEO FOR “SYMPATHY SEX” HERE
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(New York, NY) Nashville-based hard-rockers The Dead Deads are heading out this summer touring with rock legends Bush and Chevelle. With dates on the East Coast and parts of the Midwest, the band is hitting the road in support of the upcoming album For Your Obliteration, out August 26th.

With influences ranging from legends like Nirvana and Black Sabbath to underground heroes like Mutemath and Savages, The Dead Deads are out to reinvent rock ‘n’ roll for a new generation of live music fanatics. The upcoming album (produced by Page Hamilton of Helmet), features the lead track “Sympathy Sex” which was released a few days ago – check video here.

2016 has already been a banner year for the band as they’ve continued to build a name for themselves in their hometown of Nashville and throughout the country. Having already performed with the likes of Motorhead, Slayer, Seether and Halestorm, The Dead Deads are swinging fists and ready to knock down anyone standing in the way.

See below for a full list of tour dates with Bush and Chevelle. For Your Obliteration is out August 26th which will be followed by another run of dates in support of the release.

TOUR DATES

July 23rd ‐ PNC Pavilion ‐ Cincinnati, OH
July 24th ‐ Freedom Hill Amphitheatre ‐ Sterling Heights, MI
July 26th ‐ Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn ‐ Indianapolis, IN
July 27th ‐ Express Live! ‐ Columbus, OH
July 29th ‐ Stage AE ‐ Pittsburgh, PA
July 31st ‐ Orbit Room ‐ Grand Rapids, MI *
August 2nd ‐ The Rapids Theatre ‐ Niagara Falls, NY *
August 3rd ‐ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion ‐ Boston, MA
August 5th ‐ Stone Pony Summer Stage ‐ Asbury Park, NJ
August 6th ‐ Webster Hall ‐ New York, NY *
August 7th ‐ The Fillmore ‐ Philadelphia, PA *
August 9th ‐ Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre ‐ Charlotte, NC
August 11th ‐ ArtsQuest Musikfest ‐ Bethlehem, PA
August 10th ‐ The National ‐ Richmond, VA *
August 13th ‐ Maine State Pier ‐ Portland, ME
August 14th ‐ Pier Six Pavilion ‐ Baltimore, MD
* Bush and The Dead Deads only