COMING TO PITTSBURGH :”America’s Got Talent” Quarter-Finalist, Olivia Millerschin

Detroit singer-songwriter and “America’s Got Talent” quarter-finalist, Olivia Millerschin and her band, begin their first full-band tour of the Southeastern US August 29. The band will be in Pittsburgh at The Funhouse at Mr. Small’s on Monday, Aug. 11 at 9 p.m.

Detroit singer-songwriter and “America’s Got Talent” quarter-finalist Olivia Millerschin, begins her first full-band Southeast U.S. tour Aug.29 with a stop at Rumba Café in Columbus, OH.

She and her four-piece band meld keyboard, guitar, trombone and ukulele to create an indie folk/jazz-influenced sound. The band is making their way across the U.S. to promote her Brooklyn, NY-produced album, “Look Both Ways,” that debut in October, 2016. The album features Sawyer Fredericks, the 2015 winner of “The Voice,” and Michael Grubbs (aka Wakey Wakey).

Shows include:

8/28 – Rumba Café, Columbus, OH @ 8pm, w/Jared Mahone; tickets $5; http://www.ticketweb.com/t3/sale/SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eventId=7589975

8/31 – The Drinkery OTR, Cincinnati, OH @ 9:30pm, w/Anna Kline, Andrew Hibbard; free show; 1150 S. Main Street Cincinnati, OH 45202

9/4 –The Family Wash, Nashville, TN, 626 Main St., Nashville, TN—details TBD

9/5 – Smith’s Olde Bar, Atlanta, GA @ 8 pm, w/Eli Ensor, Alex Guthrie; tickets $10; http://www.smithsoldebar.com/events/olivia-millerschin-alex-guthrie-eli-ensor#.WYsldyMrKmE

9/6 – Awendaw Green Barn, Charleston, SC @ 6 pm; Francis Marion National Forest, 4879 N Hwy 17, Awendaw, SC 29429

9/8—Sola Coffee Café, Raleigh, NC @ 7:30pm; tickets: free; 7705 Lead Mine Road, North Raleigh, NC, 27615

9/9 – Gypsy Sally’s Vinyl Lounge, Washington, DC @ 8 pm; tickets at the door; 3401 K Street, N.W., Washington, DC 20007 // K Street (aka Water Street)

 

 

9/10—Private event, Bel Air, MD @2 pm

9/11 — The Funhouse at Mr. Small’s, Pittsburgh, PA @ 9 pm; tickets at the door; 400 Lincoln Ave, 2nd Floor Millvale, Pennsylvania

9/13 – Brother’s Lounge, Cleveland, OH @ 8pm; tickets $5 at the door; 11609 Detroit Ave, Cleveland, OH 44107; opener: Notes for Notes Youth

9/15 – Private event, Toledo, OH @ 7pm

Chattanooga, TN date TBD

Tickets can be purchased on Bandsintown or Olivia’s web site at www.oliviamillerschin.com.

photo: Real Feels
http://www.realfeelstv.com

About Olivia Millerschin

Among her accolades, Millerschin has won a John Lennon Songwriting Award, an American Songwriter’s Award and, in addition to her new album, has a full album (“Yes. No. Maybe So.”) and an EP (“Over The Weather”) under her belt. She was also a finalist for the Detroit Music Awards, LA Music Critics Award and her songs have garnered radio play nationwide.

Having toured with Sawyer Fredericks, Teddy Geiger, Tyler Hilton, Orla Gartland, Ryan Cabrera, and Howie Day, Olivia has had pretty busy few years. She has also embarked on her own 40-city, cross-country college tour and has appeared on some of the nation’s biggest stages, including Radio City Music Hall and the Fox Theatre in Detroit.

Her music has been featured in motion pictures (“A Girl Like Her”), TV (“Finding Carter”), and one music compilation to a book. Olivia’s take on the 1930’s French song, “Parlez-Moi D’Amour,” was included in the musical companion to Mitch Albom’s best-selling new book, “The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto,” alongside musical legends Tony Bennett, Gene Simmons, Ingrid Michaelson and Matt Kearney.

The 21-year-old songstress “has a voice you melt into – it is beautiful, innocent, soulful and note perfect despite reaching some notes only dogs can hear!… As far as ‘uniqueness’ is concerned, this American has it in spades,” said Dom Flint, music reviewer, The Nottingham Post, during her recent UK tour with Irish singer-songwriter Orla Gartland.

Links:

Website: www.oliviamillerschin.com

Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/oliviamillerschin

YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/OliviaMillerschin

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OliviaMillerschin

Videos:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b9hSR0kAjME

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNey8WdeuQk

MUSE AND 30 SECONDS TO MARS DIG DOWN AT KEY BANK PAVILLION

Since Muse has entered the upper echelon of performing bands, they have made use of their budget to entertain the masses by not only providing killer music but the use of lights and screens to maximum effect.  Last night at Key Bank Pavillion was no different.  Muse came out swinging immediately with new tune “Dig Down”, “Psycho”, and “Interlude” while the rotating banks of LCD lighting projected wild images and using live feed of the band.  Although we have all seen live feed for years, the filters, effects, and technology used to make all of this into eye candy a la U2 proportion.

Even though Muse gets lumped into a more electronic alternative rock, make no mistake, Matt Bellamy (lead singer/lead guitar) can be very aggressive on his ax and has the chops to be considered a guitar god.  What makes Muse head and shoulders over other power trios is that each musician is highly talented and bring out the best of each other.  Their sound is reminiscent of tinges of Rush, Queen, and Radiohead all blended into one.  Since “Knights of Cydonia” put them on the map, they have continued to evolve as a band, never repeating the exact flavor of their last release while staying true to themselves and their audience.

Seeing the band live not only puts Bellamy’s influences (there were short bits of Led Zep, Stevie Ray Vaughn, RATM, and Eddie Van Halen licks here and there thrown in) and guitar prowess but the great voice and backbone of the bass rhythm riffs of Chris Wolstenholme, as well as the backbeat and (sometimes) the background vocal stylings of drummer Dominic Howard.  Throw in some massive confetti filled balls, falling paper men blown out of multiple canons, and Matt going into the back of the covered seating to sing and you have quite a bit to talk about.  The sound was amazing, the performance flawless, and the audience left feeling like they truly witnessed something special.  Other than Bellamy taking frequent breaks in the beginning, and even one song being “mailed in” by Matt on video while the rest of the band played, it was a beyond solid performance.

Jared Leto‘s band 30 Seconds To Mars opened the evening off with a very upbeat performance as well.  Leto came out looking every bit of homeless Hollywood star as possible with a trucker hat, Nascar shirt, jogger pants, and silk kimono.  His voice sounded great and his interplay with his brother Shannon on drums and guitarist Tomo Miličević was spot on.  Leto involved the crowd quite a bit by bringing many people onstage and talking a lot for an opening set.  He even brought a kid up onto the stage to teach him what to say when he gets bullied, with the kid yelling “Fuck You!” to the utter delight of the crowd.  The acoustic “The Kill”, frequent sing alongs, and some Metallica and Pantera riffage while Jared played with the crowd made for quite an interactive experience.

All photos © 2017 AWeldingphoto

Muse setlist: 

  1. [Drill Sergeant]
  2. (AC/DC’s ‘Back in Black’ riff outro)
  3. (extended outro)
  4. (‘Reapers’ intro riff + RATM’s… more )
  5. (‘Close Encounters’ riff intro)
  6. (The Cramps cover)
  7. (‘Who Knows Who’ riff intro and outro)
  8. (riff intro, Led Zeppelin’s ‘Heartbreaker’ outro)
  9. Drones
    (Loop ending)
  10. Encore:
  11. (extended outro)
  12. (Ennio Morricone’s ‘Man With A Harmonica’ intro)

30 Seconds To Mars setlist:

  1. (2017 Intro)
  2. (Chant Intro)
  3. (Ext. Sing-a-long Intro; Ext.… more )
  4. (Acoustic; Short Ending; Jared in crowd)
  5. (Sing-a-long Intro)
  6. (Unknown)
    (Audience was recorded singing… more )
  7. (2017 Sing-a-long Intro)
  8. (Ext. Intro, Ext. Outro; fans onstage)

 

GWAR, The Adolescents, American Authors, Neck Deep, and More Confirmed For 2017 Vans Warped Tour

2017 Vans Warped Tour®, Presented by Journeys® Lineup Revealed
 
Sick Of It All, CKY, GWAR, The Adolescents, Strung Out, T.S.O.L, 
Hatebreed, Emmure, Anti-Flag, The Ataris and Many Others Confirmed as 
the Tour Celebrates Its History of Punk Rock, Metal, Hardcore and More
 
Contemporary Acts Include Andy Black, American Authors, Beartooth,
Dance Gavin Dance, Jule Vera, I Prevail, Neck Deep, New Years Day, 
Memphis May Fire, War On Women and more!
 
Tickets For All Shows On Sale Now, Purchase

Los Angeles, CA, and Winter Park, FL, March 23, 2017 – The entire lineup for 2017’s Vans Warped Tour, presented by Journeys, was revealed yesterday via a LIVE webcast, direct from Full Sail Live, the state-of-the-art performance venue on the campus of Full Sail University in Winter Park, FL. Fans in attendance were overjoyed to see the lineup for this year include not only current favorites and promising up and comers, but a deep list of legacy acts spanning the tour’s 23 year history. Blessthefall, Memphis May Fire, Jule Vera, Stacked Like Pancakes and Microwave also attended the live stream and performed during the webcast.
Now in its 23rd year, the Vans Warped Tour continues to solidify itself as the must attend festival over summer for rock and music lovers alike.
In the tradition of celebrating the tour’s musical roots, the lineup includes bands such as CKY, Sick Of It All, Municipal Waste, The Adolescents, Strung Out, T.S.O.L, Anti-Flag, Hatebreed and others, who are legends in the punk, hardcore and metal core world.
Returning this year is the Mutant Party Zone, which will provide festival-goers with two stages dedicated to heavy music from bands such as The Acacia Strain, Being As An Ocean, Blessthefall, Carnifex, Fit For A King, GWAR and any more.
 
The Vans Warped Tour has always been a place of music discovery and this year is no exception – the Full Sail Stage has up and comers like Boston Manor, Creeper, The Gospel Youth, Knocked Loose, Movements, and Trophy Eyes positioned to break this summer.
 
Overall, the tour continues to offer something for every fan, showcasing the best in pop punk, rock, hard core, hip-hop, dance and indie.
The Vans Warped Tour is the largest traveling music festival in the United States, and the longest-running touring music festival in North America. Originally conceived by founder Kevin Lyman in 1995 as an eclectic alternative rock festival, with a focus on punk rock, over the years the tour has grown to include a multitude of genres, including metal, hip hop, reggae, pop and more. It remains one of the best tours to attend to discover emerging acts, to learn more about wonderful non-profits and companies who are working to make a positive impact on the world that surround them, and to meet like-minded friends.
“As we enter our 23rd year on the road, continuing our mission of music, philanthropy and education is what I look forward to most.  The Vans Warped Tour is not for all, but every summer I look forward to seeing those fans who do chose to come and engage and be a positive force in our community.” – Kevin Lyman
In addition, the tour continues to host a wide array of amazing non-profits and educational workshops for attendees. Teens With a Purpose, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), Donate Life New England, Planned Parenthood, Keep A Breast, Testicular Cancer Foundation, and Project HEAL, just to name a few. Fans can see their favorite bands as well as become educated on these causes and how they can help.
Sierra Lyman comments, “Music has inspired change and social change has inspired music. Since its inception the Vans Warped Tour created a place where fans are not only inspired by their favorite artists, but also inspired to work with a cause they care about. This is pushed even further by opening up musicians to causes they never even knew about. By creating this community of nonprofits we are able to connect fans with their favorite musicians and also inspire some good in the world.”
The Entertainment Institute will return to the 2017 tour as well, hosting educational workshops and Q+A’s hosted by the industry’s most successful writers, artists, and photographers. A full listing of the guru’s hosting each workshop is available at http://www.thinktei.com/warpedtour
 
Tickets for this year’s tour on are sale now and can be purchased at vanswarpedtour.com
As a bonus for early ticket buyers, the first 500 tickets sold for each show will be at the lowest price available and will include a digital download of the Official Vans Warped Tour 50-song compilation.
The 41-date tour will commence June 16th in Seattle, WA and end on August 6th in Pomona, CA.
2017 Vans Warped Tour Line Up – Confirmed Performance Dates for each band and stage:
 
Journeys Left Foot Stage
Attila: 6.16 – 7.2, 7.6 – 8.6
Bowling For Soup: 6.27 – 7.2, 7.26, 7.27, 7.29,7.30
CKY: 6.16 – 8.6
Futuristic: 6.16 – 6.23, 6.25 – 8.6
Hawthorne Heights: 6.16 – 8.6
I Prevail: 6.16 – 8.6
Jule Vera: 6.16 – 8.6
Never Shout Never (Throwback Set): 6.27 – 7.7
New Years Day: 6.16 – 8.6
Sammy Adams: 6.16 – 7.28, 8.1 – 8.6
Watsky: 6.17 – 7.14, 7.16 – 7.18, 7.20, 7.21, 7.23 – 8.6
Journeys Right Foot Stage
American Authors: 6.16 – 7.19, 7.21 – 8.6
Andy Black: 6.16 – 8.6
Beartooth: 6.28 – 8.6
Dance Gavin Dance: 6.16 – 8.6
Goldfinger: 6.16, 6.17, 8.4 – 8.6
Hands Like Houses: 6.16 – 8.6
Memphis May Fire: 6.16 – 8.6
Neck Deep: 6.16 – 8.6
Our Last Night: 6.16 – 8.6
Save Ferris: 6.22 – 8.1, 8.5
Streetlight Manifesto: 6.24
Skullcandy Stage
Alestorm: 6.21 – 8.6
Bad Seed Rising: 6.16 – 7.4
Barb Wire Dolls: 6.16 – 8.6
Big D and The Kids Table: 7.6 – 7.16
Microwave: 6.16 – 8.6
Riverboat Gamblers: 7.29, 7.30
Sonic Boom Six: 6.16 – 8.6
Stacked Like Pancakes: 7.16 – 8.6
Street Dogs: 7.6 – 7.16
Twilight Creeps: 8.4 – 8.6
War On Women: 6.16 – 8.6
The White Noise: 6.16 – 8.6
William Control: 6.16 – 8.6
Hard Rock Stage
The Adolescents: 6.16 – 8.6
The Alarm: 7.7 – 7.16, 8.4 – 8.6
Anti-Flag: 6.27 – 7.24
The Ataris: 6.16 – 8.1
Bad Cop / Bad Cop: 6.16 – 8.6
The Dickies: 6.16 – 6.22, 6.24, 6.25
Doll Skin: 6.16 – 6.25
Fire From The Gods: 6.16 – 8.6
Municipal Waste: 6.16 – 7.2, 7.6 – 8.6
Sick Of It All: 6.21 – 8.6
Strung Out: 6.16 – 7.11, 8.4 – 8.6
Suicide Machines: 7.18 – 7.21
T.S.O.L.: 7.22 – 8.6
Valient Thorr: 6.16 – 8.6
Mutant North Stage
The Acacia Strain: 6.16 – 8.6
Being As An Ocean: 6.16 – 8.6
Candiria: 6.21 – 8.6
Counterparts: 6.16 – 8.6
Fit For A King: 6.16 – 8.6
Hatebreed: 6.21 – 8.6
Silent Planet: 6.16 – 8.6
Stick To Your Guns: 6.16 – 7.2, 7.6 – 8.6
Sylar: 6.16 – 8.6
Mutant South Stage
After The Burial: 6.16 – 8.6
Blessthefall: 6.16 – 8.6
Carnifex: 6.16 – 8.6
Emmure: 6.16 – 8.6
GWAR: 6.16 – 8.6
Hundredth: 6.16 – 8.6
Silverstein: 6.16 – 8.6
Sworn In: 6.16 – 8.6
Too Close To Touch: 6.16 – 8.6
 
Full Sail Stage
Bad Omens: 7.4 – 7.24
Boston Manor: 6.16 – 8.6
Carousel Kings: 6.16 – 7.4
Courage My Love: 6.16 – 8.6
Creeper: 6.16 – 8.6
Dukes, The: 6.27 – 7.2
Eternal Boy: 7.14
Fantastic Plastics, The: 6.16 – 7.2
Farewell Winters: 6.16 – 8.6
Feeki: 6.16 – 8.6
Gospel Youth, The: 6.16 – 8.6
Knocked Loose: 6.16 – 8.6
Montage: 7.18
Movements: 6.16 – 8.6
Naked Walrus: 6.23, 6.24
One Last Shot: 7.7 – 7.10
Playboy Manbaby: 6.22, 8.6
Sarah and The Safe Word: 6.29
Separations: 7.6 – 7.24
Shattered Sun: 7.26 – 8.6
tiLLie: 7.26 – 8.6
Trophy Eyes: 6.16 – 8.6
The Waves: 7.18
 
VANS WARPED TOUR DATES:
Tickets on sale at 10am local time on Wednesday March 22nd at vanswarpedtour.com
6.16     SEATTLE, WA
6.17     SALEM, OR
6.21     ALBUQUERQUE, NM
6.22     PHOENIX, AZ
6.23     LAS VEGAS, NV
6.24     SALT LAKE CITY, UT
6.25     DENVER, CO
6.27     NASHVILLE, TN
6.28     METAIRIE, LA
6.29     ATLANTA, GA
6.30     ORLANDO, FL
7.01     ST. PETERSBURG, FL
7.02     WEST PALM BEACH, FL
7.04     WILMINGTON, NC
7.06     CHARLOTTE, NC
7.07     CAMDEN, NJ
7.08     WANTAGH, NY
7.09     HARTFORD, CT
7.10     SCRANTON, PA
7.11     VIRGINIA BEACH, VA
7.12     MANSFIELD, MA
7.13     DARIEN CENTER, NY
7.14     BURGETTSTOWN, PA
7.15     HOLMDEL, NJ
7.16     COLUMBIA, MD
7.18     CUYAHOGA FALLS, OH
7.19     CINCINNATI, OH
7.20     NOBLESVILLE, IN
7.21     AUBURN HILLS, MI
7.22     TINLEY PARK, IL
7.23     SHAKOPEE, MN
7.24     MILWAUKEE, WI
7.26     MARYLAND HEIGHTS, MO
7.27     BONNER SPRINGS, KS
7.28     DALLAS, TX
7.29     SAN ANTONIO, TX
7.30     HOUSTON, TX
8.01     LAS CRUCES, NM
8.04     MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA
8.05     SAN DIEGO, CA
8.06     POMONA, CA

 

 
About Vans Warped Tour:
The Vans Warped Tour, presented by Journeys, is well known as America’s longest running touring music festival of the summer. Since 1995, the tour has been a showcase for both established and up and coming talent, across a wide range of eclectic sub-genres.
The tour has also cemented its place in history by bringing alternative rock and skate culture from the underground to the forefront of global youth culture, while at the same time helping those in need through non-profit and eco initiatives.
Alternative Press readers voted the Vans Warped Tour as the “Best Tour/Festival” and Rolling Stone called it “America’s Most Successful Festival”.
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GOJIRA ANNOUNCE U.S. HEADLINE DATES WITH KYNG, DEAFHEAVEN & CODE ORANGE/@StageAE Pittsburgh 5/17

“French prog-metal giants tap grief to make a game-changing album.”

Rolling Stone

“…if ever there was a moment that signaled Gojira’s status as leaders in the continuing evolution of the genre, it’s now.”

SPIN

“The Duplantiers had to make this album for themselves. We are the fortunate witnesses.”

Consequence of Sound

Magma pulls off the all-too-rare trifecta of being heavy, complex, and catchy, while most of today’s best metal bands are happy to pull off only two of those three things (if that).”

Stereogum

“With its sixth LP, Gojira defends its status as one of metal’s most elite bands.”

A.V. Club

GOJIRA ANNOUNCE U.S. HEADLINE DATES

WITH KYNG, DEAFHEAVEN & CODE ORANGE

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NORTH AMERICAN DATES WITH METALLICA GET UNDERWAY

JULY 29TH IN LOS ANGELES, CA

SPRING U.S. DATES WITH OPETH BEGIN MAY 4TH IN NASHVILLE, TN

TREK INCLUDES MONUMENTAL RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE PERFORMANCE ON MAY 11TH

 

February 15, 2017 – Gojira have announced a run of U.S. headline dates which will see the acclaimed group joined by Kyng (5/2 – 5/3), followed by dates with Deafheaven and Code Orange (5/16 – 5/18). Tickets for all dates will be available Friday, February 17th at 10:00AM local time.  For tickets and more information visit, http://www.gojira-music.com/tour/

 

The announcement follows Gojira’s recent Grammy nominations for ‘Best Metal Performance’ and ‘Best Rock Album’ at the 59thAnnual Grammy Awards.  Gojira’s crushing track “Silvera” received a nomination for ‘Best Metal Performance,’ while their acclaimed new LP MAGMA was nominated for ‘Best Rock Album’ at the awards.

 

Furthermore, Gojira were recently announced as support for Metallica on a string of North American dates.  Gojira are set to join Metallica’s WorldWired Tour along with Avenged Sevenfold on July 29th at Los Angeles, CA’s Rose Bowl and continue on the road with them through August 16th (see attached itinerary). Tickets for the upcoming dates are set to go on sale Friday, February 17th at 10:00AM local time.

 

This coming spring Gojira are set to embark on a string of U.S. dates with Opeth which will kick-off May 4th at Nashville, Tennessee’s War Memorial Auditorium and will also see Gojira performing festival sets at Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion (May 5th) and Rock On The Range (May 19th-21st). The tour will also include a stop at Morrison, Colorado’s legendary Red Rocks Amphitheatre on May 11th (see attached itinerary).  For tickets more information please visit, www.Gojira-Music.com.

 

Last year Gojira’s  MAGMA staked its claim amongst the best albums of 2016, earning Metal Hammer’s coveted “Album of the Year” title while also landing  on Rolling Stone’s “Top 20 Metal Albums of 2016,” Consequence of Sound’s  “Top 50 Albums of 2016” / “Top 10 Metal Albums of 2016” lists, and Pop Matters’ “Best Metal of 2016” recap. Additionally “Stranded,” the lead single off of MAGMA, was named one of Stereogum’s “100 Favorite Songs Of 2016.”

 

This past June Gojira’s MAGMA took the #1 spot on Billboard’sHard Rock Albums’ chart upon debut, making Gojira the first French band to hold the #1 spot on the chart in its nine year existence.  The release of MAGMA marked the highest chart debuts of Gojira’s career landing them at #4 on Billboard’s ‘Top Rock Albums’ chart, #6 on Billboard’s ‘Tastemaker Albums’ chart and Top 25 on the ‘Billboard 200.’ Furthermore, Gojira earned career high chart positions around the globe including Top 10’s in France, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, Finland, and Norway with Top 15 debuts in Australia and Germany. MAGMA is available at all DSPs and at www.Gojira-Music.com in a variety of exclusive bundles.

 

GOJIRA

2017 U.S. DATES

** With Kyng

* With Opeth

^^ With Deafheaven and Code Orange

‡ With Metallica and Avenged Sevenfold

# Festival Date

 

5/2                          New Orleans, LA                  House Of Blues **

5/3                          Birmingham, AL                    Iron City **

5/4                          Nashville, TN                         War Memorial Auditorium*

5/5                          Concord, NC                          Charlotte Motor Speedway – Monster Energy’s Carolina Rebellion#
5/6                          Philadelphia, PA                   The Electric Factory*
5/7                          Sayreville, NJ                         Starland Ballroom*
5/9                          Chicago, IL                             The Vic Theatre*
5/11                       Morrison, CO                        Red Rocks Amphitheatre*
5/12                       Kansas City, MO                    Arvest bank Theater at The Midland*

5/13                       Indianapolis, IN                     Egyptian Room at Old National Centre*

5/16                       Buffalo, NY                             The Rapids Theatre^^

5/17                       Pittsburgh, PA                       Stage, AE^^

5/18                       Grand Rapids, MI  20 Monroe Live^^

5/19                       Columbus, OH                       Mapfre Stadium – Rock On The Range#

7/29                       Los Angeles, CA                    Rose Bowl ‡

8/4                          Phoenix, AZ                           University of Phoenix Stadium ‡

8/6                          San Diego, CA                       Petco Park ‡

8/9                          Seattle, WA                           CenturyLink Field

8/14                       Vancouver, BC                      BC Place ‡

8/16                       Edmonton, AB                       Commonwealth Stadium ‡

 

 

For more information, visit www.Gojira-Music.com

The Devil Wears Prada Joins Anthrax, Killswitch Engage Tour/ Pittsburgh Date April 9

THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA TO JOIN ANTHRAX AND KILLSWITCH ENGAGE
ON SPRING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
L-R:  Kyle Sipress, Andy Trick, Mike Hranica, Jeremy Depoyster
Photo credit:  Anthony Barlich
LOS ANGELES, CA – (Thursday, January 5, 2017) — The Devil Wears Prada will hit the road early in the New Year with a slot on what will be one of the heaviest tours of 2017 – a 27-date North American tour as special support to co-headliners Anthrax and Killswitch Engage.  The trek, presented by SiriusXM, kicks off at the Wellmont Theatre in Montclair, NJ on March 29 and will zig-zag the continent, culminating in Boston on May 7.  Tickets are on sale now; log onto http://www.tdwpband.com/tour for purchasing info.
This tour won’t be the first time that TDWP – Mike Hranica (vocals), Jeremy DePoyster (rhythm guitar, vocals), Andy Trick (bass), and Kyle Sipress (lead guitar) – have crossed paths with either band.  Prada toured the U.S. with KsE in 2010, and played with Anthrax on the 2012 Mayhem tour.  Additionally, Adam D., KsE’s lead guitarist, produced two of Prada’s albums – Dead Throne (2011) and 8:18 (2013).
“This tour will be a real treat,” said Prada’s Hranica.  “We have an awesome relationship with Adam, he’s one of the craziest, most fun dudes we know, and when it comes to thrash and metal, you don’t get much bigger names than Anthrax and Killswitch.”
The Devil Wears Prada will be putting together a special set for this tour.  “I love the idea of going to a show and seeing bands whose music is in the same ballpark, but still different from each others’,” Hranica added.  “We have our own personal style on the side of metal, so we’ll do some of our dark, heavy, noisey songs, but probably stay away from interludes inbetween.  We’ll have our own footprint on stage each night.”
These dates will be in support of Prada’s new and sixth full-lenth album, the 11-track, critically-acclaimed Transit Blues (Rise Records).  Produced by Dan Korneff (Pierce The Veil, Motionless in White), Transit Blues examines themes of transition, separation and the toll that constant touring can have on one’s personal life.  Click here to check out the album’s first music video for the song “To The Key Of Evergreen,” inspired by Hranica’s all-time favorite love story, Vladimir Nabokov’s “Lolita.”
Confirmed dates are as follows:
MARCH
29   The Wellmont Theatre, Montclair, NJ
30   Express Live, Columbus, OH
31   The International, Knoxville, TN  (KsE headline date)
APRIL
 1   The NorVa, Norfolk, VA  (KsE headline date)
 3   The Fillmore, Silver Springs, MD
 4   The Dome at Oakdale, Wallingford, CT
 5   Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA
 7   20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI
 8   The Fillmore, Detroit, MI
 9   Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA 
11  The Ritz, Raleigh, NC
12  Tabernacle, Atlanta, GA
13  House of Blues, Orlando, FL
15  Texas Independence Festival @ Grizzly Hall, Austin, TX
16  Boggus Ford Events Center, Pharr, TX
17  House of Blues, Houston, TX
18  House of Blues, Dallas, TX
20  The Marquee, Phoenix, AZ
22  The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA
23  The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA
25  Showbox SoDo, Seattle, WA
26  Roseland Theatre, Portland, OR
28  The Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
29  Sokol Auditorium, Omaha, NE
30  Midland Theatre, Kansas City, MO
MAY
 1   The Pageant, St. Louis, MO
 3   Danforth Music Hall, Toronto, ON  CANADA
 5   Paramount Theatre, Huntington, NY
 6   Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY
 7   House of Blues, Boston, MA

Jackson Browne And Bonnie Raitt Announce Benefit Concert At Standing Rock

The concert is scheduled for Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Prairie Knights Pavilion in Fort Yates, ND, seven miles from Oceti Sakowin Camp
Fort Yates, North Dakota, November 5, 2016: Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt,  Joel Rafael, and Bad Dog will perform a benefit concert on Sunday, November 27 for the Water Protectors on the front line and the Standing Rock community. The concert will be held at Prairie Knights Pavilion in Fort Yates, ND. Turtle Island Storyteller and founder of the Standing Rock Sioux Camp at Sacred Stone Ladonna Brave Bull Allard, and others to be announced, will speak at the concert. Tickets go on sale to the general public on Saturday at 10 AM Central Time.

The link to purchase tickets is HERE

All gross proceeds from the concert will benefit the Oceti Sakowin Camp.

The Oceti Sakowin Camp is a historic gathering of Native nations, friends and allies, from all walks of life standing in solidarity to halt the Dakota Access Pipeline.

“Just as we give thanks for our good fortune and the bounty of our lives as Americans, let us thank the Native people who are gathered here at Standing Rock to protect the natural world and defend our place in it,” said Jackson Browne.

“I’m proud to be standing in support of the courageous and dedicated Water Protectors at Standing Rock. This movement is growing by the day with solidarity actions happening around the country, yet the media isn’t covering it nearly enough. Our hope is that this concert will help bring more awareness and media attention to the issues being raised at Standing Rock, and to put pressure on The Obama Administration to halt construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline until protection of sacred sites is ensured,” said Bonnie Raitt.

“We are honored to have these great artists stand with us!” says Ladonna. 

Those who can travel to North Dakota are invited to Stand in Solidarity with Standing Rock on Sunday, November 27, 2016 at Prairie Knights Pavilion at 6:30 PM.

For more information, and to contribute, please visit www.standingrock.org

#NoDAPL
#WaterIsLife

ROONEY at Rex Theater 10/27

Los Angeles-based pop-rock band ROONEY who are gearing up for The Groundswell Tour, supporting the release of their latest album ‘Washed Away,’ out now via Beachwood Park Music. Kicking off October 12 at Barracuda in Austin, Texas, the tour will take the band across the states with a performance in Pittsburgh on Thursday, October 27 at Rex Theater. Joining the band on the 16-date tour are special guests Royal Teeth and Swimming with Bears.

Since the release ofWashed Away,’ the band has performed “Why” featuring Soko on Late Night with Seth Meyers as well as a special performance of their single “My Heart Beats 4 U” live on The Today Show.

 

Check out the video for Come on Baby” (directed by Robert Schwartzman) here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-P7UgUmbA10&feature=youtu.be

VYCES Announce The HELLRZZR Tour with Invidia and White Knuckle Riot

VYCES Tour poster

Los Angeles, California Hard Rock band VYCES have announced that they will co­headline the

HELLRZZR Toursponsored byHELLRZZR Clothing with Las Vegas, Nevada bandInvidia this fall. The tour will kick off onOctober 18th in San Diego, California, make its way to the midwest, and then conclude onNovember 22nd in Sacramento, California at The Boardwalk.

After recently premiering their video for their single “DEVIL” from the band’s upcoming debut EP due out October 20, 2016 that was produced by Augustus Cryns (Stitched Up Heart, XO Stereo, The Dead Rabbits and Westfield Massacre) on VEVO, VYCES is ready to hit the road on a co­headlining US run with Invidia and White Knuckle Riot in support.

Pre-orders will be available on September 29th on iTunes!

VYCES frontman Dave Naruszewicz comments, “We are extremely excited for the opportunity to be heading out on The HELLRZZR Tour with the super heavy and talented INVIDIA and White Knuckle Riot. We’ve been working really hard over the past three years putting VYCES together. It’s an amazing feeling to see this beast finally come to life. We are really looking forward to seeing familiar faces, and making new fans along the way. We’ll see you all on the road!!”

“DEVIL” can be seen here:

http://vevo.ly/DhCl3t

The song can be purchased here:

http://itunes.apple.com/album/id1140636283?ls=1&app=itunes

INVIDIA is a massive heavy metal super­group comprised of IN THIS MOMENT bassist Travis Johnson on vocals, Matt Snell of 5 FINGER DEATH PUNCH fame on bass with SKINLAB guitarists Brian Jackson & Marcos Medinacompleting this highly anticipated project masterminded by metal Legend
Logan Mader (of Machine Head, Soulfly, Once Human)

“Making My Amends” can be seen here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w31MrYLljiY

White Knuckle Riot was formed in California in order to deliver the people a politically charged message, conveyed in heavy rock, haunting lyrics and drive.

White Knuckle Riot – The Frontline w/Lyrics

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HjVMNs6VrSE

HELLRZZR Clothing is a street brand that doesn’t pertain to any one style. They have the brass to take on a wide variety of meanings while staying significant to their values, stand up and fight for what they believe in, and live life to the fullest. There’s a HELLRZZR in us all and nothing worth having is obtained without putting in the work. HELLRZZR is quality printed and designed clothing that embodies these core values with the intension to regularly deliver consistency in their designs while offering a new style that embraces continuous change.

HELLRZZR TOUR DATES:

10/18 – San Diego, CA – TBA
10/19 – Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour
10/20 – Santa Cruz, CA – TBA
10/21 – Reno, NV – The Rockbar Theatre
10/22 – Las Vegas, NV – TBA
10/23 – Albuquerque, NM – The Co-Op
10/25 – El Paso, TX – TBA
10/26 – Midland, TX – TBA
10/27 – San Antonio, TX – TBA
10/28 – Corpus Christi, TX – TBA
10/29 – San Leon, TX – 18th St Pier
10/30 – Dallas, TX – TBA
11/1 – Oklahoma City, OK – Thunder Alley
11/2 – Salina, KS – Paramount Bar
11/3 – Omaha, NE – TBA
11/4 – Savage, MN – TBA
11/5 – Chippewa Falls, WI – EveryBuddys
11/6 – Dubuque, IA – The Venue
11/8 – Peoria, IL – Limelight Sound Bar
11/9 – Madison, WI – The Red Zone
11/10 – Stevens Point, WI – TBA
11/11 – Cudahy, WI – The Metal Grill
11/12 – Joliet, IL – The Tree
11/13 – St. Louis, MO – TBA
11/15 – Hutchinson, KS – TBA
11/16 – Denver, CO – Aztlan Theatre
11/17 – Casper, WY – TBA
11/18 – Idaho Falls, ID – The Falls
11/19 – Garden City, ID – Eclypse
11/20 – Sacramento, CA – The Boardwalk

VYCES is:
Dave Naruszewicz ­ Vocals

Evan Seidlitz ­ Vocals/Keyboards

Shawn Patterson ­ Guitar

Mark James Klepaski ­ Bass

Russell Ray – Drums

For More Information Please Visit:

https://www.facebook.com/vycesofficial/
http://vycesofficial.com
Invidiahome.com
Whiteknuckleriot.com
HELLRZZR.com

About VYCES:

In the summer of 2014, frontman and guitarist, Dave Naruszewicz was looking to work on a new project following the disbandment of Chicago ­based group, Heart­Set Self Destruct. After recording 2 full length records, releasing a single to active rock radio which charted at #1 on Music Choice Network, and years of touring North America with such bands as Volbeat, Hellyeah, and Filter it was time for change.

Looking to feed his passion as an artist, Dave spent time working with other musicians in the Chicago music scene but didn’t find what he was looking for. Not deterred, Dave reached out to longtime friend and fellow musician/drummer, Russell Ray. Russ (formerly of Old Fashioned Beatdown) also co­wrote and recorded drums for Wind­Up Records recording artist Megan McCauley.

Dave began flying to Los Angeles from Chicago twice a month, working with Russ to build something new, original and undeniable. Russ then reached out to former bandmate and guitarist Shawn Patterson (formerly Old Fashioned Beatdown and Phantom Communique). The three began writing, recording, and sharing demos that would eventually become the foundation of VYCES. After a few trips to L.A., they entered the studio with producer Augustus Cryns (Stitched Up Heart, XO Stereo, The Dead Rabbits and Westfield Massacre).

One year later, the band completed 14 songs that established the raw sound, power, and a vision that is VYCES. The band has been compared to such artists as Chevelle, Killswitch Engage and Breaking Benjamin, sonically creating a dark blend of active rock and metal. Dave describes the soul of the songs as “exploring the darker side of human emotion and behavior. It’s something everyone can relate to because everyone has experienced some form of hurt, betrayal, weakness, hate, addiction and/or lack of acceptance. It’s also the fuel that drives us to be stronger, get better and overcome the flaws we’ve built in our minds.”
The founding members of the band felt it was time to release their music and tour, so they began their hunt for members to fill out the lineup and become part of the family. Evan Seidlitz, (former singer of Thrown Into Exile and Grimace), longtime friend of Dave and Russ, was asked to join the band. Evan toured on The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival in 2013 with Thrown Into Exile, promoting their single, “Not Alone” which was featured on Sirius XM’s Liquid Metal. Evan also performed several guest spots with Grimace when they played the house band for Comedy Central’s Tosh.0. Evan, being a singer and frontman himself, brought a new dimension of aggressive and melodic vocals to round out the band’s live performance, as well as adding keys and synths to fill out the sound. The band soon began auditioning other musicians in search of a bass player. Evan brought in bassist Mark James Klepaski (formerly of Breaking Benjamin). Mark earned platinum and gold records for his work with Breaking Benjamin. Along with years of touring experience, Mark brought a unique and powerful style and tone that fit perfectly with the band’s vision. Mark re­tracked the bass lines on the record, helping mold the band’s rhythm section into what it is today. The band is currently preparing to release their self­titled EP and recently shot a music video for the upcoming single, “Devil” directed by Ron Underwood. “Devil” will be released this August 18th. Their 1st single “The Hive” is currently available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and all other media platforms.

Red Hot Chili Peppers’ New Music For “Go Robot” Premieres Exclusively On The Band’s Facebook Page

September 8th, 2016 – (Los Angeles, CA) – Today, Grammy® Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees Red Hot Chili Peppers premiere the music video for their new single Go Robotexclusively on the band’s Facebook Page. The track appears on the band’s worldwide No. 1 albumThe Getaway, which was released in June.

https://www.facebook.com/plugins/video.php?href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FChiliPeppers%2Fvideos%2F10154573638873919%2F&show_text=0&width=560

 
Shot over two days in Brooklyn, NY, the video for the disco-flavored “Go Robot” was directed byThoranna Sigurdardottir (Zelos, Noah). It was inspired by and recreates classic scenes fromSaturday Night Fever and features the exact same locations used in the film. Dancer and performerStephanie Crousillat (Punchdrunk’s Sleep No More) makes a cameo.
The Getaway, which was produced by Danger Mouse and mixed by Nigel Godrich, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Album Sales Chart and at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 upon its release. It marks the Grammy Award-winning band’s seventh top 10 album and third #2 on the Top 200 Chart. The Getaway debuted at #1 in Australia, Belgium, Ireland, Netherlands, and New Zealand and at #2 in the United Kingdom and Germany.
 

photo: Steve Keros
About Red Hot Chili Peppers
One of the most successful acts in rock history, Red Hot Chili Peppers, which is singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith, and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer, have sold more than 60 million albums, including five multi-platinum LPs, and won six Grammy Awards, including “Best Rock Album” for Stadium Arcadium, “Best Rock Performance By a Duo or Group” for “Dani California,” “Best Rock Song” for “Scar Tissue,” and “Best Hard Rock Performance With Vocal” for “Give It Away.”  The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in April 2012. The Red Hot Chili Peppers’ last studio album, I’m With You, was released by Warner Bros. Records on August 29, 2011.

The Sword in Pittsburgh September 29th @StageAE with Opeth

The Sword is from Texas (Austin) and released their latest album, High Country, on August 21st to rave reviews. The band received great press from Village Voice, Revolver, Brooklyn Vegan, USA Today’s “Dad Rock”, Alternative Press, and many more. The album debuted at #14 upon release. The band is set to release the acoustic version of the release on September 23rd called Low Country.

 

The Sword Bio:

There’s an unspoken edict handed down through the ages when it comes to rock bands: there are no rules.

Nobody picks up a guitar to be constricted or oppressed. It’s all about feeling free artistically. Now, The Sword—John Cronise [vocals, guitar], Kyle Shutt [guitar], Bryan Richie [bass], and Santiago Vela III [drums]—cut out boundaries since day one. Their style never stood predicated on a trend or a template. They always create what feels right and let the results speak for themselves.

When it came time to record the group’s fifth full-length album, High Country [Razor & Tie], Cronise landed at something of a spiritual crossroads. Following the final tour for their critically acclaimed Apocryphon, he holed up in his North Carolina home and eventually began writing new songs. The material began to veer into a different space that at the time Cronise felt was somewhat outside of The Sword’s sphere.

“I didn’t even intend for the demos to be Sword songs,” he explains. “But then I realized that I had taken on a sort of limiting view of what The Sword was, and that wasn’t actually what I wanted it to be. I think the new album is more reflective of the music I listen to and where our heads are at collectively. With each of our albums, it’s become less about fury and bombast and more about trying to write good songs. We realized that our music can go wherever we want it to go. There’s no pre-determined course here now, and there never was.”

High Country became new territory for The Sword, and they began doing things differently. That approach included more attention to backing vocals and harmonies, implementing more synthesizers and percussion elements, and tuning to E-flat instead of all the way down to C. As a result, the guitars stand out as more vital and vibrant than ever.

“I felt like the low tuning had become more of a crutch than a tool,” he says. “It was all a matter of trying to keep things fresh, and not fall prey to habits or expectations. We wanted to break out of any classifications and just put out a good rock record.”

Inspired, the boys headed to Church House Recording Studio in Austin, TX to cut High Country with Adrian Quesada of Brownout and Grupo Fantasma producing, Stuart Sykes [The White Stripes] engineering, and J. Robbins mixing. Over the course of four weeks, they hammered out the album’s 15 tracks in the old converted church. Thematically though, Cronise’s head was still in North Carolina.

“There are a lot of lyrical themes that run throughout the album,” he explains. “I live out in the mountains, so nature really inspired the whole record. That’s a large part of the lyrics.”

The title track and first single “High Country” springs from a transfixing guitar melody into a sweeping refrain, illuminating the group’s inherent dynamics. Over those rolling riffs, the singer paints a thought-provoking topography.

“That was actually the first song I wrote that ended up going on the record,” he says. “The title can have quite a few meanings. Physically, it might mean mountains and literal high country, but it can also refer to a plane of being; a place of wisdom and enlightenment.”

“Empty Temples” opens with a psychedelic buzz that quickly ramps up into towering guitars and another robust vocal display evocative of rock’s golden age.

“It’s loose and swinging, but it has these epic moments,” says Cronise. “Lyrically, it’s about letting go of the past and moving on. You just have faith if you embrace change and be unafraid, and you’ll find where you need to go.”

The gathering storm of “Early Snow” eventually gives way to a rapturous horn section, another first for the band, while “Mist and Shadow” stirs up a haze of blues that’s instantly thunderous. “That song is based around riffs written by Bryan, which is a new thing for us. He contributed quite a bit of music to this album, and in many ways it’s our most collaborative work to date.”

Both “The Dreamthieves” and “Tears Like Diamonds” have titles inspired by the work of science fiction author Michael Moorcock, though Cronise insists the lyrics have lives of their own. “I’d prefer to let people interpret the songs how they want,” he says, “which is one reason the lyrics aren’t printed in the album sleeve this time. I think they’re pretty intelligible and accessible, and I didn’t want them to distract from the music.”

The Sword’s impact continues to expand. 2012’s Apocryphon debuted at #17 on the Billboard Top 200, marking their highest entry on the chart. Since first emerging with 2006’s Age of Winters, the group has been extolled by everyone from Rolling Stone and The Washington Post to Revolver and Decibel. Metallica personally chose them as support for a global tour, and they’ve earned high-profile syncs in movies including Jennifer’s Body and Jonas Åkerlund’s Horsemen. However, High Country is the band’s biggest, boldest, and brightest frontier.

“I want to make positive, uplifting music,” Cronise leaves off. “High Country has moments of darkness and thoughtfulness, as anything I write probably will. But at the end of the day I want to put smiles on people’s faces.”

THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN Announce US Tour Dates

From DEP Facebook:

The end is near party peoplllllllllllle. But not yet… not yet. So we had all of the fun getting up close and personal with some of you in the tiny saunas… I mean venues… that we played over the last couple of weeks. There was no better way we could’ve chosen to start the beginning of the end than by getting back in the van and getting down to the slimy nitty gritty with some of y’all in some of our favorite cities. Thanks to everyone who came out and screamed and sweat and bled with us and checked their fucks at the door. So invigorating to play such feral explosive small shows after being dormant for a while. Sad to know they will be our last shows in venues that small and intimate but very meaningful to say the least. Full body chills/goosebumps every night to see you all go into a frenzy and scream along to the end of Limerent Death so soon after we released it. So, because we’re kinda hooked on this whole intimate show thing now, we’re doing another in the UK this week at Old Blue Last. This place holds 150 people….tickets go on sale today at 3pm. Not bothering to post a link, you guys’ll figure it out.

For everyone stateside, we’ve got a ton of dates coming up, that we’re gonna tell you about right NOW:

Wed 10/12 Baltimore, MD Baltimore Soundstage
Thu 10/13 Providence, RI Fete Music Hall
Fri 10/14 Poughkeepsie, NY The Chance Theater
Sat 10/15 New York, NY Webster Hall
Mon 10/17 Pontiac, MI The Crofoot Ballroom
Tue 10/18 Cleveland, OH House Of Blues
Wed 10/19 Indianapolis, IN The Vogue
Thu 10/20 Sauget, IL Pop’s Nightclub
Fri 10/21 Lawrence, KS Granada
Sat 10/22 Denver, CO Marquis Theater
Sun 10/23 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Tue 10/25 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Wed 10/26 Portland, OR Dante’s
Thu 10/27 Berkely, CA The UC Theatre
Fri 10/28 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
Sat 10/29 Las Vegas, NV Beauty Bar
Sun 10/30 Los Angeles, CA The Regent
Mon 10/31 Phoenix, AZ The Marquee
Tue 11/1 El Paso, TX Tricky Falls
Thu 11/3 San Antonio, TX Paper Tiger
Fri 11/4 Dallas, TX Trees
Sat 11/5 Austin, TX Sound On Sound Festival
Sun 11/6 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
Mon 11/7 New Orleans, LA Southport Hall
Wed 11/9 Ft. Lauderdale, FL Revolution
Thu 11/10 St. Petersburg, FL State Theatre
Fri 11/11 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
Sat 11/12 Wilmington, NC The Throne Theatre
Sun 11/13 Knoxville, TN The Concourse
Tue 11/15 Philadelphia, PA Union Transfer
Wed 11/16 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club
Thu 11/17 Burlington, VT Club Metronome
Fri 11/18 Huntington, NY The Paramount
Sat 11/19 Hartford, CT The Webster

All shows go on sale this Friday 8/26. Support comes from O’ Brother, Cult Leader, Car Bomb, Entheos, and Bent Knee, depending on where you are on those last three.

UK, we’re headed your way. Old Blue Last, Reading and Leeds, bring it all on. We are gonna chew you the fuck up.

See you soon.

The Shondes play Most Wanted Fine Art on 8/26, new single at SPIN

Event Page | Tickets at door
7:30 p.m. | $10 | All ages

“A badass love song that begs to be belted out.”SPIN

Brighton Fall Tour

August 25 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
August 26 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Most Wanted Fine Art
August 27 – Louisville, KY @ The Cure
August 28 – Nashville, TN @ The East Room
August 29 – Denton, TX @ Dan’s Silver Leaf
August 31 – Tucson, AZ @ The Flycatcher
September 1 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Silverlake Lounge
September 2 – San Francisco, CA @ El Rio
September 3 – Portland, OR @ The Know
September 4 – Seattle, WA @ The Lo Fi
September 7 – Minneapolis, MN @ The Kitty Cat Klub
September 8 – Madison, WI @ University of Wisconsin Memorial Union Terrace
September 9 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout
September 17 – Brooklyn, NY @ Shea Stadium (Record Release Show)
September 24 – Boston, MA @ Make Shift

BRIGHTON -- New Record by THE SHONDES -- 9.16.16
The Shondes – Brighton album trailer
When The Shondes released The Garden (Exotic Fever 2013), frontwoman Louisa Solomon said it was “an album about growing up,” and she had no idea how right she was.Rolling Stone’s 4-star review dubbed it “Riot-grrrl furor, arena bombast and klezmer stomp,” while The Washington Post said: “Every time I’ve seen The Shondes, a hurricane has touched down. Violinist Elijah Oberman rocks his instrument like the world is ending. Louisa Solomon sings like her soul is leaping out of her mouth. Every time I wondered when the band would break big.” With this game-changing wave of critical praise, followed by a national tour with punk legends Against Me!, the scrappy, heart-on-their-sleeves New Yorkers were truly coming into their own, and they set right to work on their follow-up, Brighton (Exotic Fever 2016).

On this record we find the band delivering their signature power hooks, charming group harmonies, and clap-along breakdowns with a new ease and sophistication. It feels lighter, more confident, less forced; where they once fought for hope, willed anthems into being, they now sound effortlessly alive. This is in no small part due to the founding pair (best friends Oberman and Solomon) alighting on the right lineup. Drummer Alex Smith and guitarist Courtney Robbins were both recruited in 2015, with Robbins relocating from Tucson. There is an unmissable and even magical cohesion among the four, as though with this level of musicianship, a burden has lifted and the music can finally bloom into the satisfying, spirited pop-rock it always wanted to be. They have been described as “Bruce Springsteen-meets-Bikini Kill,” and on Brighton they add serious pop appeal to the formula that will have you punching your fist in the air despite yourself.

With Smith’s cracking snare rousing any listener to full attention, her rock-solid drumming anchors the absolute powerhouse that is Robbins’s guitar. Un-ironically revelling in a wailing solo on one track and creating a tapestry of delicate, twinkling overlays on the next, it dramatically amplifies each song’s emotional pay-off. Springsteen biographer Peter Ames Carlin said Solomon has “better-stand-back vocals…one of the biggest voices in pop,” and she has been compared to the likes of Chrissie Hynde and Corin Tucker, but on Brighton the band provides a foundation for both her signature belt and a gentler head voice rarely utilized on past records. Oberman’s alternatingly keening and raucous violin is its perfect complement, shining in solos and skillful counterpoint. The overall effect is a more dynamic version of a beloved rock band; losing none of their anthemic power, they have crafted eminently joyful, emotionally complex rock songs.

In 2015 Solomon married poet Miller Oberman (yes, much to fans’ delight, he is violinist Elijah’s brother), and many of these songs are in some sense “love songs,” though the most consistent theme of the record is transformation, steering it away from the pitfalls of pop cliché, and toward something much more interesting. The Shondes have always prided themselves on their ability to get a cynic singing along, and they’ve never been in finer form than on this collection in which love, neglect, survival, despair, and hope are inescapably bound. Brighton is a record about turning toward possibility and building beautiful things out of wreckage, and it offers a much-needed soundtrack for the broken and broken-hearted among us who are trying to do just that.

Artist: The Shondes
Album: Brighton
Record Label: Exotic Fever Records
Release Date: September 16, 2016

01. Everything Good
02. True North
03. The Clearing
04. Carrion Crow
05. My Ghost
06. Wrong Kind
07. The House
08. Holding Out
09. Unstill Ones
10. Nightwatch

Copyright © 2015 Team Clermont, All rights reserved.

RINGWORM Announce US Tour Dates @SmilingMoose Oct 6

Hot off the release of their critically acclaimed new album Snake Church, Cleveland metal/hardcore veterans RINGWORM have just announced a headlining US tour with Ontario metallic hardcore four-piece Exalt (additional guests TBA soon). The tour will see the bands tearing through the US from coast to coast over the course of three weeks beginning this October 5th in Brooklyn. Check out a full itinerary below.
Additionally, RINGWORM will be embarking on a run of European dates with Hierophant and Noisem this coming December. The band has also been confirmed for So What Fest in Dallas and Texas Revolution Fest in Austin (alongside labelmates Incantation). All announced dates are listed below.
RINGWORM Live:
***All Dates With Exalt***
Oct 05 Brooklyn, NY Saint Vitus
Oct 06 Pittsburgh, PA Smiling Moose******
Oct 07 Valpairaiso, IN Big Shots
Oct 08 Des Moines, IA Vaudeville Mews
Oct 09 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Oct 11 Salt Lake City, UT Metro Bar
Oct 12 Boise, ID Shredder
Oct 13 Seattle, WA El Corazon
Oct 14 Vancouver, BC Astoria
Oct 15 Portland, OR Panic Room
Oct 16 Santa Cruz, CA Catalyst Atrium
Oct 18 Los Angeles, CA The Echo
Oct 19 San Diego, CA Brick By Brick
Oct 21 Dallas, TX So What Fest
Oct 22 Austin, TX Texas Revolution Fest
Oct 24 St Louis, MO Fubar
Oct 25 Cincinnati, OH Northside Yacht
***All Dates With Hierophant and Noisem***
Nov 19 Roeselare, BE De verlichte Geest
Nov 21 Nantes, FR Scene Michelet
Nov 22 Montpelier, FR Secret Place
Nov 24 Zurich, CH Werk21
Nov 25 Liege, BE Reflektor Club
Nov 26 Rotterdam, NL Baroeg
Nov 27 Drachten, NL Iduna
Nov 30 Bydgoszcz, PL Estrada
Dec 2 Hamburg, DE Indra
Dec 3 Duisburg, DE JUZ St. Peter
 
You can also watch the band’s recently released animated lyric video for the crushing track “Innocent Blood” now here. The band’s recent videos for “Shades Of Blue” and the title track “Snake Church” can be viewed in the same playlist.
Snake Church is out now on CD/LP/Digital via Relapse. Physical and digital pre-orders can be found at this location.

 

DETHBEDS: Debut LP Opening Track “Snake Charmer” Premiered At New Noise Magazine; Dungeon Scum Due In October

Newly-formed Chicago outfit DETHBEDS has issued the lead track to their impending debut LP,Dungeon Scum, which the band will self-release this Fall. The track “Snake Charmer” finds its way into the public domain through a premiere at New Noise Magazine.
Offers DETHBEDS guitarist Patrick Dignan on “Snake Charmer” as the lead track and single for the record, “It’s a good representation of us as a band. It’s short, fast, and loud. You’ll get it in about sixty seconds.”
Hear DETHBEDS’ charged-up “Snake Charmer” at New Noise Magazine RIGHT HERE.
DETHBEDS will independently release Dungeon Scum on 12″ vinyl, cassette, and digital formats onOctober 14th. The band is playing regionally in advance of the release of the new album, at which time they’ll embark on a much more extensive tour run supporting the record. Stand by for additional audio samples, a new video, preorders, tour dates, and more to be issued in the coming weeks.
DETHBEDS Live:
9/08/2016 Beat KitchenChicago, IL w/ Ghost Bath, Frosthelm, Numenorean, Vukari [info]
A newly-formed outfit, DETHBEDS unites a host of influence from a wide array of musical backgrounds, resulting in a volatile concoction of angular metallic, punk-fueled hardcore. Formed in Owosso, Michigan, the band recently finalized a new lineup and located to Chicago, a city in which they had communed and performed together with their prior acts. Collectively hailing from a varied range of experiences within Midwest metal, punk, hip hop, and psych scenes, DETHBEDS marries this diversified collective’s most explosive tactics into a relentlessly energetic, spastic brew of music heavily influenced yet far from limited to the output of influential acts like Converge, The Dillinger Escape Plan, Refused, Botch, and others. Most of Dungeon Scum was written in Michigan, before the band was a fully realized project. Following their migration to Chicago, the band fine-tuned the tracks and recorded the album with Adam Stilson at Decade Music Studios, an amazing studio actually located inside of a DIY music venue called The Observatory, after which the album was mastered by Collin Jordan at The Boiler Room, and completed with cover art by Tom Jenkins at Black Eagle Press. The record’s seven-track attack takes place within a seventeen-minute spread, resulting in a rabid, explosive delivery.

ARMORED SAINT Announces Performance At Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Kick-Off Party With Havok, Exmortus, And Thrown Into Exile

Currently on tour in Europe, ARMORED SAINT will make a special appearance in the US this Fall at the Ozzfest Meets Knotfest kick-off party, which is exclusively for campers at this double-header music and lifestyle weekend. The September 23rd pre-festival concert will give campers early access to the campsite, allowing them time to prepare for a night of performances from ARMORED SAINT, Havok, Exmortus and Thrown Into Exile. For tickets and more information, please visit:http://www.ozzfest.com and http://www.ozzfestmeetsknotfest.com. See below for all upcomingARMORED SAINT tour dates!

ARMORED SAINT:
7/29/2016 Saarmageddon @ Messegelande – Saarbrucken, DE

7/30/2016 Nord Open Air – Essen, DE
9/23/2016 Ozzfest Meets Knotfest Kick-Off Party – San Bernardino, CA
10/8/2016 Loud Park Festival – Tokyo, JP
ARMORED SAINT w/ Queensrÿche, Midnight Eternal:
11/15/2016 Showbox At The Market – Seattle, WA
11/16/2016 Ace Of Spaces – Sacramento, CA
11/18/2016 House Of Blues – San Diego, CA
11/22/2016 Alamo City Music Hall – San Antonio, TX
11/23/2016 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
11/25/2016 Clicks – Tyler, TX
11/26/2016 Trees – Dallas, TX
11/29/2016 Mavericks at the Landing – Jacksonville, FL
11/30/2016 Culture Room – Fort Lauderdale, FL
12/01/2016 The Cuban Club – Tampa, FL
12/02/2016 The Music Farm – Charleston, SC
12/03/2016 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
12/04/2016 Chameleon Club – Lancaster, PA
12/06/2016 Irving Plaza – New York, NY
12/07/2016 Rex Theatre – Pittsburgh, PA
12/08/2016 Diesel Concert Lounge – Chesterfield, MI
12/09/2016 Concord Music Hall – Chicago, IL
12/11/2016 Limelight – Peoria, IL
12/13/2016 The Waiting Room – Omaha, NE
12/14/2016 Kanza Hall – Overland Park, KS
12/15/2016 The Black Sheep – Colorado Springs, CO
ARMORED SAINT brings together five masters of metal — frontman John Bush, bassist Joey Vera, guitarist Phil Sandoval, drummer Gonzo Sandoval, and guitarist Jeff Duncan — that combine to forge one of the genre’s most criminally-unsung forces. Their latest full-length, Win Hands Down, debuted at #71 on the Billboard Top 200 Current Albums Chart during its first week of release, and also earned an impressive #33 on the German Top 100 albums charts. To purchase and preview Win Hands Down, visit: metalblade.com/armoredsaint.

GOOD TIGER Announces North American Tour With Dance Gavin Dance, The Contortionist, And Hail The Sun 10/3 @MrSmalls

Following their North American tour with Between The Buried And Me and August Burns Red earlier this year, GOOD TIGER — which features within its ranks former members of Tesseract, The Safety Fire, and Architects UK — has announced another journey with Dance Gavin Dance, The Contortionist, and Hail The Sun. The month-long trek will run from September 22nd in Los Angeles, California through October 27th in Mesa, Arizona. See all confirmed dates below.
GOOD TIGER w/ Dance Gavin Dance, The Contortionist, Hail The Sun:
9/22/2016 El Rey Theater – Los Angeles, CA
9/23/2016 Social Hall SF – San Francisco, CA
9/24/2016 Hawthorne Theatre – Portland, OR
9/25/2016 Neumos – Seattle, WA
9/27/2016 The Summit Music Hall – Denver, CO
9/28/2016 Granada Theater – Lawrence, KS
9/29/2016 Amsterdam Bar & Hall – St. Paul, MN
9/30/2016 Portage Theater – Chicago, IL
10/01/2016 Emerson Theater – Indianapolis, IN
10/02/2016 The Crofoot – Pontiac, MI
10/03/2016 Mr. Smalls Theatre – Millvale, PA
10/04/2016 Lee’s Palace – Toronto, ON
10/05/2016 La Tulipe – Montreal, QC
10/06/2016 The Waiting Room – Buffalo, NY
10/07/2016 Middle East Club – Cambridge, MA
10/08/2016 Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
10/09/2016 Webster Hall – New York, NY
10/11/2016 Baltimore Soundstage – Baltimore, MD
10/12/2016 The Norva – Norfolk, VA
10/13/2016 Cats Cradle – Chapel Hill, NC
10/14/2016 Masquerade – Atlanta, GA
10/15/2016 Orpheum Theatre – Tampa, FL
10/16/2016 Culture Room – Ft. Lauderdale, FL
10/17/2016 The Social – Orlando, FL
10/19/2016 Rocketown – Nashville, TN
10/20/2016 The Ready Room – St. Louis, MO
10/21/2016 Diamond Ballroom – Oklahoma City, OK
10/23/2016 Scout Bar – Houston, TX
10/24/2016 Mohawk – Austin, TX
10/26/2016 Vinyl @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino – Las Vegas, NV
10/27/2016 Nile Theatre – Mesa, AZ
GOOD TIGER will be touring in support of their debut album, A Head Full Of Moonlight, which was initially released digitally (after crowd-funding a staggering $45,980). First single, “Where Are The Birds” was aired on BBC Radio 1 and its music video counterpart – directed by Kim Taylor and produced by Compulsory – was seen on Kerrang TV, Scuzz TV, MTV Rocks, and more throughout Europe. The record was released on CD and LP this past April via Blacklight Media, the new label founded by Chris Santos, executive chef and managing partner of the New York City restaurants VANDAL, The Stanton Social, and Beauty & Essex, together with Brian Slagel of Metal Blade Records. To preview and purchase A Head Full Of Moonlight, visit: metalblade.com/goodtiger where the album is available in various formats and the “Where Are The Birds” clip can be viewed.

BRONCHO @ClubCafe on 8/9

BRONCHO’S  

DOUBLE VANITY*
OUT NOW ON DINE ALONE RECORDS
ON TOUR THIS AUGUST

Photo credit: Pooneh Ghana
“Perfection refracted… The hooks are still there, buried under hairpin-bent notes and a blanket of reverb that would make anyone but the Jesus & Mary Chain blush.” – SPIN
 
“Double Vanity is somewhat of a tonal shift from their last album-they’ve gotten a little smoother, a little slower, and a little sexier… [“Fantasy Boys”] sounds like the romantic final slow dance scene from a sexy late ’80s movie.” – The Fader


“You know a song is good when it makes you shiver a little and it’s not just because the air con is on full blast.” – Noisey
“Equal parts psych and blues, ‘Señora Borealis’ pushes Broncho’s sound to the apex, with washes of vocal effects and reverb coating every inch of the track.” – AV Club
“Dirge-paced rhythms offset with beautifully spacey guitars that wouldn’t sound out of place on a peak-era Cure album.” – The 405
BRONCHO’s August tour includes opening dates for Guided By Voices. Full dates below.
TOUR DATES:
* w/ Guided By Voices
8/03: Riot Room – Kansas City, MO
8/04: Off Broadway – St. Louis, MO
8/05: Cosmic Charlie’s – Lexington, KY
8/06: Hi Fi – Indianapolis, IN
8/07: Zanzabar – Louisville, KY
8/08: The Basement – Columbus, OH
8/09: Club Cafe – Pittsburgh, PA
8/10: Majestic Cafe – Detroit, MI
8/13: Cain’s Ballroom – Tulsa, OK*
8/14: Trees – Dallas, TX*
8/16: Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ*
8/17: Belly Up Tavern – Solana Beach, CA*
8/19: Teragram Ballroom – Los Angeles, CA*
8/22: The Independent – San Francisco, CA*
8/26: Neumos – Seattle, WA*
8/31: First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN*
9/01: Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI*
 
BRONCHO – DOUBLE VANITY:
Blasted grassland, the thin ribbon line of the freeway unspooling beneath wheels, skies stretched wide between mountaintop. It is dream music, foggy, atmospheric, the melodies you hear while you gazing out through fingerprint smeared windows into a constantly moving, metamorphosing landscape….
It makes sense then, that BRONCHO was born out of out a film project, its initial incarnation sparked when founder Ryan Lindsey was asked to create music “to set to an early 80s punk film.” “That’s all I knew about it,” he remembers, “they were looking for songs that touched this era. And songs kept coming to me and turned something on inside of me artistically.” Lindsey found himself in the midst of prolific run of songs and he liked the idea “of starting out there and seeing where it could go.”
What’s evolved from those first tracks there has been a steady run of success, critical accolades and two full-length albums: 2011’s Can’t Get Past the Lips and 2014’s Just Enough Hip to Be Woman. And beneath it all, the music has been constantly mutating and ceaselessly experimental. From that first inception as a soundtrack in 2010, BRONCHO has taken on a life of its own. The initial inspiration is still there, but now pushing far beyond the stiff confines of score. What began as an ode to ramshackle, high-energy early punk has become something deeper, weirder, and much more nuanced.  The undercurrent of early 1980s punk is still there, but The Ramones pogo has been replaced more often by a kind of Love and Rockets-inspired, honeyed, cotton-mouthed drift.
Double Vanity is Lindsey and bandmates Ben King, Nathan Price and Penny Pitchlynn steadily moving ahead, transforming the raw angst of the first record into a sound decidedly more layered and complex. Tracks like “New Karma” or “Two Step” riff off the later explorations of punk, culling up refracted images of John Hughes prom nights, love songs echoing from a boombox held high. “Jenny Loves Jenae” and “Speed Demon” strut with a 80s-meets-50s swagger, discord transformed into a jagged, frenetic pop. “Señora Borealis” is all bad boy sneer – sensual, moody, with a sly and predatory swagger.  “I Know You” is simultaneously infectious and brooding, somehow both exalting and heartsick.
The result is a record that veers gleefully from BRONCHO’s roots, moving from graffiti sprayed backrooms into a sleeker, plusher sound, a place bright with the polished gleam of chrome and bleached white sunlight. Close your eyes and what you feel is the raw wound pulse of adolescence; what you see behind your lids is suburban shopping mall wastelands, glazed eyes, dead grass, lips glossed in bubblegum pink. There is the burst chest thump of teenage longing, the smell of hairspray and cigarettes. There is glow of neon and the glint of streetlight rolling across hood.
Double Vanity evokes a shared nostalgia for the past and for the unknown future, as BRONCHO takes a turn off the wide freeways and into a world of intimate, intricate – but always universal – emotion.
BRONCHO
DOUBLE VANITY
DINE ALONE RECORDS
1. All Time
4. Jenny Loves Jenae
5. Highly Unintentional
7. New Karma
9. Soak Up The Sun
10. Two Step
11. Wanna Wake Up

 

AGAINST ME! ANNOUNCE SPRING 2014 HEADLINING TOUR

NEW ALBUM,
TRANSGENDER DYSPHORIA BLUES, ENTERS BILLBOARD TOP 200 AT #23, HIGHEST CHARTING POSITION IN BAND HISTORY

BAND TO MAKE NUMEROUS APPEARANCES AT SXSW IN

AUSTIN, TX THIS MARCH

Laura Jane Grace still barks her lyrics with fiercely assertive intelligence. The end result is just as catchy and anthemic as the terrific speedball

punk records that precede it.” – NPR

“A punk rock odyssey” – Rolling Stone Magazine

 

“Crisp, distinct and vibrant” – The New York Times

 

WATCH: “FUCKMYLIFE666”

(Live on The Late Show With David Letterman)

 

 

Against Me! is excited to announce their upcoming Spring 2014 headlining tour. Touring behind the release of their critically acclaimed new album, Transgender Dysphoria Blues, an album that entered the Billboard Top 200 at #23, the band’s highest charting position in its 15+ year history, the band will begin its North American run on March 9 in Omaha, NE and will take in 21 evenings across the Midwest, West Coast, Canada. The tour will make its way to Austin, TX, for this year’s SXSW Music Festival from March 12-14. Information on tickets can be found on the band’s website, http://www.againstme.net/tour.

 

Transgender Dysphoria Blues, Against Me!’s six full-length album, was released on January 21, 2014 via the band’s own label, Total Treble, in North America, Resist Records in Australia and Xtra Mile Recordingsto the rest of the world. The album is now available for purchase through all digital retailers as well as theTotal Treble webstore where exclusive vinyl and bundles are currently being offered. To celebrate the release of the album, Against Me! performed their song “FUCKMYLIFE666” on The Late Show With David Letterman. Watch the band’s performance on the show HERE. Additionally, a lyric video for the song can be seen HERE.You can also view the transcript from Against Me! frontwoman Laura Jane Grace’s recent Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session HERE.

 

Transgender Dysphoria Blues, an album recently called “one of the most incisive and life-affirming rock albums of the ’10s” by SPIN, is the intense follow-up to the band’s previous full-length, White Crosses, and stands as another major benchmark for the band and its career spanning 10+ years. Recorded at Studio 606, Earth Sound Studio, Motor Studio, Total Treble Studio and mixed by Billy Bush (Garbage, Muse, Tegan and Sara), Transgender Dysphoria Blues is an insightful and highly-provocative 10-song offering written by frontwoman Laura Jane Grace, whose material examines one’s grappling with gender dysphoria, the loss of a young friend and pure self discovery, as well as love and ultimate acceptance. Featuring Grace’s signature, explicit songwriting and dominant vocals, the album also features longtime guitarist/vocalist James Bowman, drummer Atom Willard and Fat Mike of NOFXon bass for “FUCKMYLIFE666” and “Unconditional Love.”

 

With a lineup firmly in place that includes new bassist Inge Johansson of The (International) Noise Conspiracy, Against Me! will be making the following appearances throughout North America this Spring with Laura Stevenson and Cheap Girls. Tour dates below.

 

 

FEBRUARY

10 – Oneonta, NY – Hunt College Union Ballroom (Laura Jane Grace solo)

 

MARCH

09 – Omaha, NE – The Slowdown *

10 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Note *

12 – Austin, TX – SXSW

13 – Austin, TX – SXSW

14 – Austin, TX – SXSW

15 – Corpus Christi, TX – House of Rock *

16 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s *

18 – San Antonio, TX – Backstage Live *

19 – Dallas, TX – Gas Monkey *

21 – Denver, CO – Summit Music Hall *

22 – Salt Lake City, UT – Murray Theatre *

23 – Reno, NV – Knitting Factory *

24 – Portland, OR – Hawthorne Theatre *

25 – Seattle, WA – Neptune *

26 – Vancouver, BC – Commodore Ballroom *

28 – Edmonton, AB – Starlite *

29 – Calgary, AB – Republik *

30 – Regina, SK – Exchange *

 

APRIL

01 – Winnipeg, MB – West End Cultural Centre *

02 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue *

03 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre *

04 – Palatine, IL – Durty Nellie’s *

05 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue *

06 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel *

 

MAY

26 – Las Vegas, NV – Punk Rock Bowling

 

* = Laura Stevenson and Cheap Girls supporting

Purchase Transgender Dysphoria BluesiTunes | Amazon

BOYFRNDZ Premiere New Song; Announce North American Tour

Austin, TX psych/math rockers BOYFRNDZ have premiered the first single from their upcoming second album entitled Breeder.  Listen to the song “Each Others” via Noisey who describe it as “celestial spacey rock territory a la The Mars Volta” HERE.  Breeder was recorded in late 2013 at Cacophony Recorders with producer / engineer Erik Wofford (THE BLACK ANGELS, WHITE DENIM) and is set for release on vinyl and digital formats via Brutal Panda Records on April 1st.  Physical pre-orders are available HERE while digital pre-orders are available HERE.

Additionally the band has announced a month long North American Tour in support of Breeder that will start with multiple performances at SXSW starting on March 13th and hit both coasts plus Canada before wrapping up in Oklahoma City on April 20th.  A full list of dates is available below.

BOYFRNDZ formed in 2011 and have released one prior full-length and a series of EPs that quickly garnered them attention from both fans and critics.  The new record comes on the heels of their excellent Natures EP, which was produced by Ikey Owens (THE JACK WHITE BAND, THE MARS VOLTA) and released this past Spring. The video for the track ‘Moving Parts’ from that album can be seen HERE.

BOYFRNDZ Tour Dates: 

Mar 01      Austin, TX          Wonderland

Mar 12      Austin, TX      512 Bar – SXSW
Mar 13 Austin, TX Spiderhouse Ballroom – SXSW
Mar 14 Austin TX Exploding in Sound Showcase – SXSW

Mar 20      Albuquerque, NM      The Gasworks

Mar 21      Salt Lake City, UT      The Shred Shed

Mar 22      Boise, ID          Treefort Music Festival

Mar 23      Boise, ID          Treefort Music Festival

Mar 25      Seattle, WA          Chop Suey

Mar 26      Portland, OR          Holocene

Mar 27      Oakland, CA          TBA

Mar 28      San Francisco, CA      Bottom of the Hill

Mar 29      Los Angeles, CA      The Mint

Mar 30      Phoenix, AZ          Last Exit

Apr 02          Houston, TX          Warehouse Live

Apr 03          New Orleans, LA      Gasa Gasa

Apr 04          Baton Rouge, LA      Spanish Moon

Apr 05          Atlanta, GA          529

Apr 06          Greensboro, NC      House Show

Apr 09          Philadelphia, PA      Kung Fu Necktie

Apr 10          Brooklyn, NY          St. Vitus

Apr 11          New Haven, CT      Panty Haus

Apr 12          Pawtuckett, RI          Machines with Magnets

Apr 13          Montreal, QC          Bar TRH

Apr 15          Hull, QC          Le Troquet

Apr 16          Toronto, ON          Izakaya

Apr 17          Detroit, MI          PJs Lager House

Apr 18          Chicago, IL          The Beat Kitchen

Apr 19          Lawrence, KS          The Jackpot Saloon

Apr 20          Oklahoma City, OK      The Blue Note

“A uniquely soaring sound that traverses everything from Drive Like Jehu’s wiry guitars, Sigur Ros‘ ethereal beauty, early Jane’s Addiction’s outer-space hard rock and myriad others.” – Exploding In Sound
“A noisy and energetic breath of fresh air” – Sputnik Music
“Their modus operandi is a paradox that works off tension and release, exhaustion and redemption- producing songs that are satisfying but also exciting…Boyfrndz stands out amongst the rest of the crowd.”  – Prefix Magazine
“Features propulsive rhythms and atmospheric shredding …, while evoking the progressive math-core tendencies of like-minded artists Omar Rodríguez-López and Bosnian Rainbows.”– Exclaim!

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Brutal Panda Records on Bandcamp

Austin, TX rapper, Matt G, blends hip-hop with blues, soul and alternative

Austin, Texas rapper Matt G presents the music video for “Zoned Out”, the new single from his forthcoming album Imagipashun. Salt Lake City producer Burnell Washburn handles production duties on “Zoned Out”, joining the Imagipashun production roster which also includes XV producer TheAwesomeSound as well as Atlanta beastmith Nobody Famous. Matt has performed alongside Killah Priest, Project Blowed, Tracy Morgan, Illogic, Blueprint and more. “‘I wanted to capture the madness of the world while offering my perspective on that madness from my point of view,” says Matt of the “Zoned Out” video, which was filmed during Halloween in Austin. Matt describes Imagipashun as “a concept driven from the combined ideas of creative emotional and mental emancipation from the shackles of mundane every day life using your imagination. I feel artists get shunned for wanting to live out their dreams and utilize their talents as a means to live that life every day. It just doesn’t suit us and I know the ‘average person’ can relate to that in many ways. That’s where the idea stemmed from, which is why I combined imagination, emancipation, and shun all in a fitting re-interpretation.”  

download “Zoned Out” at soundcloud.com/mattgmuzik/zoned-out-prod-burnell
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The Octopus Project Releases Video For ‘Sharpteeth’

Peek-A-Boo Records is proud to announce that Austin’s favorite experimental pop band returns with its fifth studio album, Fever Forms, on July 9th, 2013. The second single from the album, “Sharpteeth,” comes out today in digital form as well as a limited edition 7″ pressed on fluorescent pink vinyl, both featuring two non-album B-sides. But proceed with caution: As tempting as it may be to keep “Sharpteeth” on repeat, the soaring guitorchestra and haunting theremin lead may reduce some listeners to puddles of tears after about the 250th consecutive listen. Litigation is still pending, so that is all we can say on record at this point.

The strange and wondrous video finds a group of furred and feathered usurpers performing the tune in a world somewhere between Lawrence Welk andEnter the Void.  Psychic misadventures ensue.  Directed by the band, the video was shot by the Zellner Brothers at the Scottish Rite theater in Austin, TX and in its surrounding mystery jungles.

The Octopus Project has been releasing joyous party music since 2002, all the while touring the world both on their own and as handpicked support for artists as diverse as Aesop RockDEVO, andExplosions in the Sky. They’ve earned a reputation for elaborate multimedia experimentslavish album packaging, and extremely fun, extremely loud live shows. The band will hit the road this  August in support of Fever Forms. Tour dates coming soon!

 

Links:

The Octopus Project Facebook
The Octopus Project Twitter
The Octopus Project Soundcloud
Peek-A-Boo Records Website

 

Watch The ‘Sharpteeth’ Video Here!!!

Buy The Digital Single Of ‘Sharpteeth’ On iTunes!!

Buy The Digital Single Of ‘Sharpteeth’ At eMusic!!

Pre-Order ‘Fever Forms’ And Buy The Limited Edition ‘Sharpteeth’ 7″ From Peek-A-Boo Records!!!

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MAMMOTH GRINDER: Austin Crossover Crew Hooks Up With 20 Buck Spin For Third LP

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It’s been nearly four years since the last MAMMOTH GRINDER full lengthExtinction Of Humanity was released via Relapse Records (CD) and Cyclopean Records (LP). That album showcased the band’s direction into a distinctly death metal permutation, full of aggression and punk rawness. The band continued in this spirit on 2011’s split LP with fellow Austin, Texas-based Hatred Surge. Now in 2013, after much anticipation,MAMMOTH GRINDER has found a home on 20 Buck Spin for the release of their wildly destructive third full length album Underworlds.

 

Underworlds marks a peak at which MAMMOTH GRINDER have sharpened and perfected their sound into a seething grind/death/thrash maelstrom of intense degree; unrelenting in its concentrated raw precision and focused power, Underworlds careens violently through ten tracks with effortless versatility and the fixated songcraft expected of a band on their third record. Tracks like “Wraparound Eyes” with its Unleashed style mid-section or the short sharp shock of “Paragon Pusher” illustrate MAMMOTH GRINDER’s mastery over multiple variations of metal to assemble their own sound. Fans of Entombed, Pig Destroyer, Municipal Waste, Discharge, Napalm Death and Iron Lung will beat themselves into submission for missing out on this album, so do yourself a favor, and don’t miss out on it…

 

MAMMOTH GRINDER is a live band and that is where the songs on Underworlds will expose their most virulent strain. Additionally the album is adorned with artwork by the legendary Joe Petagno whose work has graced albums from artists like Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin to Motörhead and Marduk.

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20 Buck Spin will expose the damaging Underworlds on LP, CD and digital worldwide on July 23rd, and MAMMOTH GRINDER shall tour extensively upon the album’s release. In the meantime the band will play out regionally, providing support for the May 10th appearance of this year’s Decibel Magazine Tour featuring Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death and Immolation as it hits Houston, Texas, and a badass spot alongside Magic Circle, Iron Lung, Cruciamentum, Tragedy and the almighty Bolt Thrower at this year’s Chaos In Tejas in MG’s hometown of Austin on Friday, May 31st.

 

MAMMOTH GRINDER Live Grindings:

5/10/2013 Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX @ Decibel Magazine Tour w/ Cannibal Corpse, Napalm Death, Immolation [info]

5/31/2013 11E5 – Austin, TX @ Chaos In Tejas w/ Bolt Thrower, Tragedy, Iron Lung, more [info]

 

Underworlds Track Listing:

1. Underworlds

2. Wraparound Eyes

3. Revenge

4. Paragon Pusher

5. Barricades

6. Cogs In The Machine

7. Roperide

8. Breeding

9. Born In A Bag

10. Moral Crux

 

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ANCIENT VVISDOM Dig Their Own Grave

Dark acoustic rock outfit ANCIENT VVISDOM release their sophomore album Deathlike today on Prosthetic Records. To celebrate, the band has premiered the haunting new music video for their new record’s title track “Deathlike” on AOL’s Noisecreep. “Deathlike,” according to vocalist Nathan Opposition, “is a way of life, an ongoing war in the human mind conquering fear over death. It asks the question each human being must ask themselves – an effort to find life on earth.” The video, which was directed by Sikander Khan, can be viewed now:

The album, recorded in the band’s hometown of Austin, TX and mixed and mastered by engineer/co-producer Jason Buntz (Jet, The Darkness, …Trail Of Dead) along with partner and Enormous Door Studio founder Jack Control, continues to develop the band’s archaic sound with rich acoustic tones and heavy electric guitars while utilizing unusual percussion such as bones, bullets, machetes and railroad spikes. The album is available in select stores or through one of the sites listed below:

Amazon | http://amzn.to/VGODOq
iTunes | https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/deathlike/id593244312
Local Record Store | http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues
Prothetic Records | http://www.prostheticrecords.com/deathlike

ANCIENT VVISDOM can currently be seen on a national tour in support of Enslaved along with Pallbearer and Royal Thunder and continuing on with Royal Thunder for another two weeks following. Additionally, the band will perform intimate acoustic sets at select local record stores along the way. Full dates can be found below.

ANCIENT VVISDOM Tour Dates:
2/6 Littleton, CO – Angelo’s CD’s (5 p.m. acoustic in-store performance)
2/6 Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre #
2/8 Los Angeles, CA – Troubadour #
2/8 Los Angeles, CA – Vacation Vinyl (5 p.m. acoustic in-store performance)
2/9 San Francisco, CA – Slim’s #
2/10 Portland, OR – Music Millennium (4 p.m. acoustic in-store performance)
2/10 Portland, OR – Branx #
2/11 Seattle, WA – Silver Platters (5 p.m. acoustic in-store performance)
2/11 Seattle, WA – Highline Bar #
2/12 Vancouver, BC – Scrape Records (5:30 p.m. acoustic in-store performance)
2/12 Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret #
2/14 Edmonton, AB – Pawn Shop #
2/15 Calgary, AB – Dickens Pub #
2/16 Regina, SK – The Exchange #
2/17 Winnipeg, MB – The Osborne Village Inn #
2/19 Toronto, ON – The Opera House #
2/20 Montreal, QC – Les Foufounes Electriques #
2/21 Boston, MA – The Sinclair #
2/22 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom #
2/23 New Haven,CT – Cafe Nine *
2/25 Burlington, VT – Nectars *
2/26 Providence, RI – Firehouse 13 *
2/27 Harrisburg, PA – Fed Live *
3/1 Columbus, OH – Kobo Live *
3/2 Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class *
3/3 Newport, KY – Southgate House Revival *
3/4 Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme *
3/6 Madison, WI – Frequency *
3/8 Dekalb, IL – House Cafe *
# with Enslaved, Pallbearer, Royal Thunder
* with Royal Thunder

Skateboards, Kicks, & Microphones…Introducing Perk

Perk could be described as a backpacker, taking influences from early 90s hip hop, like Blackstar, Mos Def, and more.

Perk describes himself as,”Currently residing in San Antonio, Texas which is not known as a ‘music-based city’ but we are looking to show what our city has to offer and to bring back the old school hip-hop vibe to America.

Our major project is called “$kateboards, Kick$ & Microphone$”, a collaboration mix tape featuring myself Perk, and Kidd Isaiiaih. The style consists of a classic hip-hop vibe, pertaining to that of the 90s hip-hop era. Our goal is to install a sense of appreciation towards the old school hip hop flavor while at the same time organizing our business ideas and being an attribute to our peers and business relations”.

Their latest project “Skateboards, Kicks, & Microphones” is now available for download

The Calm Blue Sea Debut Live Video – Pont De Mouton

Watch “Pont Des Mouton” Via Side One Track One Here

More About “Pont Des Mouton” Video:

The Calm Blue Sea’s “Aberrations & Departures” is a live music film series featuring performances of each of the eight songs from the band’s 2012 release, Arrivals & Departures, each performed in a different unique Austin, TX location.

Filmed over the course of two weeks in September 2012, “Aberrations & Departures” is as much a showcase of the band’s personality as it is a showcase of their music. Every location was hand picked by the members of The Calm Blue Sea and offers a glimpse into a few of the band’s favorite spots in their hometown of Austin. Over the course of the eight chapters of “Aberrations & Departures,” six different filmmakers put their creative spin on the live performances with the help of three different audio engineers.

Each of the eight performances in “Aberrations & Departures” was recorded live on location, with no audio overdubs or edits.

Arrivals & Departures, The Calm Blue Sea’s sophomore full length is out now on Modern Outsider Records. Learn more about the album and the “Aberrations & Departures” live performance film series at thecalmbluesea.com.

More About The Music:

The Calm Blue Sea’s lushly textured sound is a study in contrast. The Austin, Texas band’s music, like its oceanic name, is at once beautiful and violent, transcendent and triumphant. With songs structured by minutes rather than measures, the foursome marries post-rock fugues with classically-inspired arrangements, the aggression and heaviness of metal, the artiness of indie rock and the widescreen expanse of a film score. The end result is stunning.

Fresh off the heels of the 2011 reissue of their debut album, The Calm Blue Sea is back with Arrivals & Departures, their overdue sophomore offering and one of the most anticipated recent releases to come out of the fertile Austin music scene.

My Jerusalem Stream Full Preachers LP

Click Here To Listen To Preachers On Spinner

Click Here To Listen To “Born In The Belly” On Brooklyn Vegan

“Nobody ever paid money to see Harry Houdini escape being buried alive” says My Jerusalem founder and singer Jeff Klein. “They wanted the small chance of seeing him killed by the weight of the earth on top of him.”

Behold the concept behind Preachers, the second full-length release from Austin’s My Jerusalem. From the opening piano of the haunting title track, to the unexpected pummeling guitar and drums on closer “I Left My Conscience In You”, Preachers leads the listener on a cinematic journey through a reckless, jagged landscape of Raymond Carver-esque stories, fueled by Klein’s persuasive baritone, ominous guitars, dream-like keyboards and a deep rhythmic pulse.

Recorded in under three weeks by Spoon drummer Jim Eno (Heartless Bastards, Polica, Black Joe Lewis) at his Public Hi-Fi studio, Preachers is the first My Jerusalem album genuinely made by a band, not just performed by a group of musicians. Pushing aside hard drives and laptops to make way for analog tape machines and vintage keyboards, what Klein describes as the “Post-Modern Southern Gothic Soul” sounds of Preachers were born from organic, live performances Eno carefully captured and tweaked.

Preachers is the follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed debut, Gone For Good, an album that earned the band performances on BBC Radio 6 and Daytrotter, as well as notices from NPR’s All Songs Considered, AOL/Spinner’s Song of the Day, and the iTunes Weekly Rewind. Along with European festival appearances at the Frequency Festival, Musikfestwochen, and Rock Im Saal, the band toured and played shows with a eclectic set of bands including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Har Mar Superstar, Avett Brothers, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and White Arrows.

Buoyed by the success of Gone For Good, Preachers showcases a band headed into the studio with a renewed focus and confidence. Preachers contains equal parts swagger (the swampy gospel of title track “Preachers”, the strutting intensity of “Born In The Belly”) and groove (the spooky beauty of “Shatter Together”, the crescendoing, feral drive of “Devoe”, the infectious crooner “Mono”); as much primal (“Death Valley”) as it is humane (“Chameleon”).

“It’s a darker record,” says Klein, who, before forming My Jerusalem in 2010, made 3 records under his own name. “So much had changed since Gone For Good. We’d all kind of been through hell and back again in different ways, and this was the natural artistic result of all of that. But I think it’s a beautiful, comforting darkness. It’s real, but not selfish.”

“We finally have a shared collective vibe,” adds guitarist/keyboardist Jon Merz, “I believe it’s more representative of what our live shows sound like. This time around, Jeff would bring us song ideas and we would add our own perspectives to it.”

The five-piece, which also features multi-instrumentalist Michael St. Clair, drummer Grant Van Amburgh, and bassist Geena Spigarelli, also had the opportunity to road-test much of the new material before recording, during their extensive touring behind Gone For Good. It was a luxury they didn’t have the first time around.

“Working out the kinks live before recording them makes a big difference,” reflects Klein, “They get a chance to breathe and grow before committing them to the world permanently. Because of that process, some songs, like ‘Death Valley,’ sound nothing like their early version. We’re excited to take them on the road and see how they evolve even further.”

Equal parts sweet, morbid, strange, and sincere, Preachers is an experience that could convert the most steadfast of non-believers.

10.09 – Glasslands – New York, NY
10.11 – Thursdays – Beaver, PA
10.12 – Slims – Raleigh, NC
10.13 – Tin Roof – Charleston, SC
10.14 – Conundrum – West Columbia, SC
10.15 – The EARL – Atlanta, GA
10.17 – Celtic Irish Pub – Pascagoula, MS
10.18 – The Conservatory – Oklahoma City, OK
10.19 – Holy Mountain – Austin, TX
10.25 – Fitzgerald’s – Houston, TX*
10.26 – Chelsea’s – Baton Rouge, LA*
10.31 – Vinyl Music Hall – Pensacola, FL^
11.02 – House of Blues – New Orleans, LA^
11.04 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX^
11.07 – DC9 – Washington, DC
11.08 – The Trocadero – Philadelphia, PA%
11.09 – Calvin Theatre – Northampton MA%
11.10 – UC PAC – Rahway, NJ%
11.11 – The Paramount – Huntington, NY%
11.13 – Carnegie Music Hall – Pittsburgh, PA%
11.15 – Midland Theatre – Kansas City, MO %
11.16 – Palladium – Dallas, TX%
11.17 – Nutty Jerry’s – Winnie, TX%
11.18 – ACL Live/Moody Theater – Austin, TX%
12.21 – The Fonda Theater – Hollywood, CA#
12.22 – The Coach House – San Juan Capistrano, CA#
12.27 – Ace Of Spades – Sacramento, CA#
12.28 – Slims – San Francisco, CA#
12.29 – Slims – San Francisco, CA#

* w/ Centro-Matic
^ w/ The Psychedlic Furs
%w/ The Wallflowers
# w/ X

NPR Premieres The Calm Blue Sea “Mary Ann Nichols”

Listen To “Mary Ann Nichols” via NPR here!

Download “Mary Ann Nichols” Here!

The Calm Blue Sea’s lushly textured sound is a study in contrast. The Austin, Texas band’s music, like its oceanic name, is at once beautiful and violent, transcendent and triumphant. With songs structured by minutes rather than measures, the foursome marries post-rock fugues with classically-inspired arrangements, the aggression and heaviness of metal, the artiness of indie rock and the widescreen expanse of a film score. The end result is stunning.

Fresh off the heels of the 2011 reissue of their debut album, The Calm Blue Sea is back with Arrivals & Departures, their overdue sophomore offering and one of the most anticipated recent releases to come out of the fertile Austin music scene.

Originally formed in late 2007, The Calm Blue Sea emerged quickly with their self-released 2008 debut. The eponymous full-length broadened the band’s reach to a worldwide audience and set the foundation for a flurry of activity over the next year. Months after the release, and days after returning home from their first American tour, The Calm Blue Sea wasted no time in immersing themselves in their next creative endeavor: writing and performing an original score to the 1924 Fritz Lang film entitled Siegfried.

While the undertaking was fraught with exhaustion and the stress of deadlines, creating the 96-minute score unearthed new methods of articulation within the band as the writing process evolved to satisfy the specificity of expression that the project required. Siegfried came to life in a one-time performance of the score in front of a sold out audience at Austin’s historic Ritz Theater and a limited edition release in the fall of 2009.

Due to the emotional and financial stress of constant activity, managing every process internally, and sudden lineup changes, the remaining members decided at the end of the their second tour in 2009 to take time apart from the band and ultimately each other.

Eventually, however, the gravitational pull was too strong and guitarist/vocalist Chris Patin, drummer Stephen Bidwell, and bassist Kyle Robarge reunited in late 2010. After filling out the fragmented lineup with Taylor Wilkins on guitar, the band took one last look to the past with the reissue of their debut LP on Modern Outsider Records, garnering praise from the likes of Esquire and NPR Music, who noted, “The Calm Blue Sea’s epic thunderings are far too beautiful to dismiss.”

Following their return to the stage at SXSW 2011, the band started the unexpectedly arduous task of writing their next album. “As a writing team we were essentially starting over. It was very much a brand new band in that sense, and we had to go through all of the initial struggling and stumbling of learning to collaborate with a whole new team, while attempting to come up with a drastically different end product at the same time,” Bidwell says.

“Finally we hit our stride though,” says Patin. “Those first couple of songs were painful to create, but eventually we learned how to communicate again and we started to understand where each person was coming from and which direction they wanted to push this band.”

By early 2012, the band was back at Cacophony Recorders with engineer Erik Wofford (The Black Angels, White Denim), four years removed from the 2008 weekend when they first stepped foot in that same studio to record their self-titled debut.

“While crafting this record we lived outside of our individual comfort zones and challenged each other to shake free of the expectations of what our music is supposed to be,” Patin continues. “I think we’ve finally established our identity. Comparisons are inevitable but my hope is that if someone really listens to this record they’ll hear something unique.”

“We’ve all been waiting a long time for this record,” Robarge says. “Now that it’s finished it’s obvious that this is the record we needed to make — it really bridges the gap from the band we’ve been in the past to the band we’ve become now, and there’s still a lot of growth happening in every new song we write. It’s going to be very exciting to see how people react.”

The Calm Blue Sea’s Arrivals & Departures is set for an October 9, 2012 release on Modern Outsider Records.

My Jerusalem To Release New LP

“Nobody ever paid money to see Harry Houdini escape being buried alive” says My Jerusalem founder and singer Jeff Klein. “They wanted the small chance of seeing him killed by the weight of the earth on top of him.”

Behold the concept behind Preachers, the second full-length release from Austin’s My Jerusalem. From the opening piano of the haunting title track, to the unexpected pummeling guitar and drums on closer “I Left My Conscience In You”, Preachers leads the listener on a cinematic journey through a reckless, jagged landscape of Raymond Carver-esque stories, fueled by Klein’s persuasive baritone, ominous guitars, dream-like keyboards and a deep rhythmic pulse.

Recorded in under three weeks by Spoon drummer Jim Eno (Heartless Bastards, Polica, Black Joe Lewis) at his Public Hi-Fi studio, Preachers is the first My Jerusalem album genuinely made by a band, not just performed by a group of musicians. Pushing aside hard drives and laptops to make way for analog tape machines and vintage keyboards, what Klein describes as the “Post-Modern Southern Gothic Soul” sounds of Preachers were born from organic, live performances Eno carefully captured and tweaked.

Preachers is the follow-up to 2010’s critically acclaimed debut, Gone For Good, an album that earned the band performances on BBC Radio 6 and Daytrotter, as well as notices from NPR’s All Songs Considered, AOL/Spinner’s Song of the Day, and the iTunes Weekly Rewind. Along with European festival appearances at the Frequency Festival, Musikfestwochen, and Rock Im Saal, the band toured and played shows with a eclectic set of bands including Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Har Mar Superstar, Avett Brothers, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and White Arrows.

Buoyed by the success of Gone For Good, Preachers showcases a band headed into the studio with a renewed focus and confidence. Preachers contains equal parts swagger (the swampy gospel of title track “Preachers”, the strutting intensity of “Born In The Belly”) and groove (the spooky beauty of “Shatter Together”, the crescendoing, feral drive of “Devoe”, the infectious crooner “Mono”); as much primal (“Death Valley”) as it is humane (“Chameleon”).

“It’s a darker record,” says Klein, who, before forming My Jerusalem in 2010, made 3 records under his own name. “So much had changed since Gone For Good. We’d all kind of been through hell and back again in different ways, and this was the natural artistic result of all of that. But I think it’s a beautiful, comforting darkness. It’s real, but not selfish.”

“We finally have a shared collective vibe,” adds guitarist/keyboardist Jon Merz, “I believe it’s more representative of what our live shows sound like. This time around, Jeff would bring us song ideas and we would add our own perspectives to it.”

The five-piece, which also features multi-instrumentalist Michael St. Clair, drummer Grant Van Amburgh, and bassist Geena Spigarelli, also had the opportunity to road-test much of the new material before recording, during their extensive touring behind Gone For Good. It was a luxury they didn’t have the first time around.

“Working out the kinks live before recording them makes a big difference,” reflects Klein, “They get a chance to breathe and grow before committing them to the world permanently. Because of that process, some songs, like ‘Death Valley,’ sound nothing like their early version. We’re excited to take them on the road and see how they evolve even further.”

Equal parts sweet, morbid, strange, and sincere, Preachers is an experience that could convert the most steadfast of non-believers.


To pre-order “Preachers” click here

Tour Dates
09.21 – Jackpot Music Hall – Lawrence, KS
09.23 – Vaudeville Mews – Des Moines, IA
09.25 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
09.26 – Township – Chicago, IL
09.27 – Club Garibaldi – Milwaukee, WI
10.06 – Hot Water Hills Festival – Hot Springs, AR
10.07 – The High Watt – Nashville, TN
10.09 – Glasslands – New York, NY
10.11 – Thursdays – Bridgewater, PA
10.19 – Holy Mountain – Austin, TX

(More dates to be announced soon!)

http://thisismyjerusalem.com/

The Calm Blue Sea Announce New Album on Modern Outsider Records

The Calm Blue Sea’s lushly textured sound is a study in contrast. The Austin, Texas band’s music, like its oceanic name, is at once beautiful and violent, transcendent and triumphant. With songs structured by minutes rather than measures, the foursome marries post-rock fugues with classically-inspired arrangements, the aggression and heaviness of metal, the artiness of indie rock and the widescreen expanse of a film score. The end result is stunning.

Fresh off the heels of the 2011 reissue of their debut album, The Calm Blue Sea is back with Arrivals & Departures, their overdue sophomore offering and one of the most anticipated recent releases to come out of the fertile Austin music scene.

Originally formed in late 2007, The Calm Blue Sea emerged quickly with their self-released 2008 debut. The eponymous full-length broadened the band’s reach to a worldwide audience and set the foundation for a flurry of activity over the next year. Months after the release, and days after returning home from their first American tour, The Calm Blue Sea wasted no time in immersing themselves in their next creative endeavor: writing and performing an original score to the 1924 Fritz Lang film entitled Siegfried. Watch the film with TCBS score here.

While the undertaking was fraught with exhaustion and the stress of deadlines, creating the 96-minute score unearthed new methods of articulation within the band as the writing process evolved to satisfy the specificity of expression that the project required. Siegfried came to life in a one-time performance of the score in front of a sold out audience at Austin’s historic Ritz Theater and a limited edition release in the fall of 2009.

Due to the emotional and financial stress of constant activity, managing every process internally, and sudden lineup changes, the remaining members decided at the end of the their second tour in 2009 to take time apart from the band and ultimately each other.

Eventually, however, the gravitational pull was too strong and guitarist/vocalist Chris Patin, drummer Stephen Bidwell, and bassist Kyle Robarge reunited in late 2010. After filling out the fragmented lineup with Taylor Wilkins on guitar, the band took one last look to the past with the reissue of their debut LP on Modern Outsider Records, garnering praise from the likes of Esquire and NPR Music, who noted, “The Calm Blue Sea’s epic thunderings are far too beautiful to dismiss.”

Following their return to the stage at SXSW 2011, the band started the unexpectedly arduous task of writing their next album. “As a writing team we were essentially starting over. It was very much a brand new band in that sense, and we had to go through all of the initial struggling and stumbling of learning to collaborate with a whole new team, while attempting to come up with a drastically different end product at the same time,” Bidwell says.

“Finally we hit our stride though,” says Patin. “Those first couple of songs were painful to create, but eventually we learned how to communicate again and we started to understand where each person was coming from and which direction they wanted to push this band.”

By early 2012, the band was back at Cacophony Recorders with engineer Erik Wofford (The Black Angels, White Denim), four years removed from the 2008 weekend when they first stepped foot in that same studio to record their self-titled debut.

“While crafting this record we lived outside of our individual comfort zones and challenged each other to shake free of the expectations of what our music is supposed to be,” Patin continues. “I think we’ve finally established our identity. Comparisons are inevitable but my hope is that if someone really listens to this record they’ll hear something unique.”

“We’ve all been waiting a long time for this record,” Robarge says. “Now that it’s finished it’s obvious that this is the record we needed to make — it really bridges the gap from the band we’ve been in the past to the band we’ve become now, and there’s still a lot of growth happening in every new song we write. It’s going to be very exciting to see how people react.”

The Calm Blue Sea’s Arrivals & Departures is set for an October 9, 2012 release on Modern Outsider Records.

Album Trailer

Official Web Site