THE ARISTOCRATS NEW ALBUM “Culture Clash” Out July 16/ Live @ HARD ROCK CAFE PGH 8/6

Fans of instrumental rock/fusion (Jeff Beck, Frank Zappa, Steve Vai, John Scofield, Joe Satriani) and heavy progressive musical excellence (King Crimson, Dream Theater, Queen) – LISTEN UP!

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THE ARISTOCRATS, the white-hot rock/fusion instrumental virtuoso power trio featuring celebrated musicians Guthrie Govan (guitar), Bryan Beller (bass) and Marco Minnemann (drums), will release their new album, Culture Clash, on July 16, 2013 via BOING Music.

Culture Clash will be sold in both regular and deluxe editions. The deluxe package will contain a bonus DVD called, “Accept The Mystery: The Making Of The Aristocrats’ Culture Clash”, a 33-minute DVD documentary shot while THE ARISTOCRATSwere tracking the album in Nashville, TN between January 15th-21st. Containing both studio footage and exclusive interviews with each member of the band, this is a special behind-the-scenes look at THE ARISTOCRATS that fans have never seen before.

 

Culture Clash tracklisting:

1. Dance Of The Aristocrats

2. Culture Clash

3. Louisville Stomp

4. Ohhhh Noooo

5. Gaping Head Wound

6. Desert Tornado

7. Cocktail Umbrellas

8. Living The Dream

9. And Finally

 

The band’s 2011 self-titled instant-classic debut album proved irresistible to fans of guitar-driven instrumental rock (think Vai, Satriani) but ended up crossing over both ways, making inroads with the progressive (Dream Theater) and modern technical metal (Animals As Leaders, Meshuggah, Periphery) crowds alike. That’s not surprising considering the genre-defying panoply of the band’s true influences: Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, John Scofield, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Rage Against The Machine, Pink Floyd, Queen, King Crimson, The Police, Kraftwerk, Bjork, Return To Forever, and more…a variety of which show up in each band member’s individual compositional style, as they’re all contributing songwriters.

Culture Clash honors the band’s panoramic potpourri of influences, while showing up as a more aggressive, intensely-written album that picks up where the band’s first effort left off – all while retaining a quirky Zappa-influenced refusal to take themselves too seriously. That’s evidenced by the album’s title alone, which derives its name from a sly reference to the Coen Brothers’ film A Serious Man, and doubles as an allusion to the band’s multi-national makeup (Govan is British; Beller is American; Minnemann is German).

“We’ve all been totally blown away by the reaction to the first album, the live album, and just us becoming a band in general. We’re all beyond grateful for that,” states bassist Bryan Beller. “So this record, I feel like, is a response to that amazing response. It’s like, ‘OK, you dug all that crazy stuff on the first one, eh? Well, here, check this out.’ We don’t want to rest on our laurels. We want to push this thing further, as far as we can, wherever that goes.”

 

Culture Clash proves to be a more adventurous piece of work for the trio, with everything from techno-fusion (“Dance Of The Aristocrats”), to nitro-powered rockabilly (the Ren-and-Stimpy-influenced “Louisville Stomp”), to Mr. Bungle-infused metal (“Living The Dream”), to the rhythmically serpentine rock/fusion-esque title track. The band feels that being joined at the hip for the past two years helped them become a stronger unit, which set them on a more unconventional course.

“All the time we spent together as a band touring, and gigging together and interacting, has made us bolder in terms of the kind of material we’ve dared to write for this album,” adds guitarist Guthrie Govan. “I think there’s some wackier stuff that we maybe wouldn’t have submitted for the first album when we didn’t know each other as well. We didn’t know what kind of craziness we would get away with. So I guess we’re enjoying some of the benefits of having been a real band for longer.”

The members of THE ARISTOCRATS first performed together as a trio at the Anaheim Bass Bash during the winter NAMM show in 2011. After a huge response from fans for the trio to become permanent, the band (named after the infamous dirty joke of the same name) quickly recorded their first album The Aristocrats in 2011, to instant wide acclaim. The band released a live album, Boing, We’ll Do It Live! in 2012. Guitarist Guthrie Govan has been featured on the cover of Guitar Player Magazine and is known for his solo album Erotic Cakes, as well as recent touring work with Steven Wilson, and performing with the bandAsia/GPS from 2001-2006. Bassist/solo artist Bryan Beller graced the cover of Bass Player Magazine in late 2012, and is recognized from his work with DethklokSteve VaiJoe Satriani, and Mike Keneally. Drummer Marco Minnemann is a multi-instrumentalist and prolific solo artist/composer, was featured on the cover of Modern Drummer Magazine, and is known for his live work with NecrophagistKreatorAdrian BelewUKZ, and Steven Wilson – as well as his Telly Award-winning DVDExtreme Drumming.

 

THE ARISTOCRATS recently announced via their social media pages that they will be heading out on tour in July and August for their longest American run to date. The venue tour kicks off in Nashville, TN on July 17th and includes select clinics at schools like the Atlanta Institute of Music, Berklee College of Music, and more.

 

 

 

THE ARISTOCRATS “Culture Clash” U.S. Tour Dates:

7/17 Nashville TN @ Douglas Corner

7/19 Tampa FL @ Brass Mug

7/20 Orlando FL @ West End Trading Company

7/21 Jacksonville FL @ 1904 Music Hall

7/23 Atlanta GA @ Atlanta Institute of Music (clinic/show)

7/24 Atlanta GA @Masquerade (Purgatory Room)

7/25 Charlotte NC @ Tremont Music Hall (Casbah)

7/26 Raleigh NC @ Pour House Music Hall

7/27 Washington DC @ Jammin Java

7/29 Boston MA @ Berklee College of Music (clinic)

7/30 Boston MA @ Berklee Performance Center (concert)

7/31 Wilkes-Barre PA @ River St. Jazz Cafe

8/1 New York City NY @ Highline Ballroom

8/2 Philadelphia PA @ North Star Bar

8/3 Dunellen NJ @ New Jersey Proghouse

8/6 Pittsburgh PA @ Hard Rock Cafe

8/7 Cleveland OH @ Beachland Tavern

8/8 Columbus OH @ Rumba Café

8/9 Cincinnati OH @ Southgate House Revival

8/10 Charleston WV @ Empty Glass

8/12 Detroit MI @ Token Lounge

8/13 Indianapolis IN @ Birdy’s

8/14 Chicago IL @ Reggie’s

8/15 Madison WI @ Brink Lounge

8/16 St. Paul MN @ Station 4

8/17 Omaha NE @ Shamrock’s

8/19 St. Louis MO @ 2720 Cherokee

8/20 Kansas City MO @ The Record Bar

8/21 Tulsa OK @ The Vanguard

8/23 Denton TX @ Dan’s Silverleaf

8/24 Houston TX @ Rudyard’s Pub

8/25 Austin TX @ Saxon Pub

 

For more information on THE ARISTOCRATS, please visit these websites:

 

www.the-aristocrats-band.com

www.facebook.com/aristocratsband

www.twitter.com/acratsband

Pitchfork Music Festival Adds Joanna Newsom, The Breeders, Swans, TNGHT, Rustie, El-P, Killer Mike & More to 2013 Lineup

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THE 2013 PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES INITIAL LINEUP, JOINING HEADLINERS R. KELLY, BJÖRK and BELLE & SEBASTIAN:

 

JOANNA NEWSOM, THE BREEDERS play Last Splash, SWANS, RUSTIE, EL-P,

CHAIRLIFT, KILLER MIKE, TNGHT, SKY FERREIRA,

…AND YOU WILL KNOW US BY THE TRAIL OF DEAD, MAC DEMARCO,

FOXYGEN, ANGEL OLSEN, TRASH TALK, and TREE

 

JULY 19-21 AT CHICAGO’S UNION PARK

 

TICKETS ON SALE NOW

 

The Pitchfork Music Festival, happening Friday, July 19-Sunday, July 21 at Chicago’s Union Park, is excited to expand on the 2013 lineup. On Friday, in addition to Björk, the festival welcomes

Joanna Newsom, Angel Olsen, and Trash Talk. Saturday will see performances by The Breeders playing Last Splash, Rustie, Swans, …And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead, and Mac DeMarco, in addition to previously announced headliner Belle & Sebastian. And joining R. Kelly on Sunday will be Chairlift, TNGHT, Sky Ferreira, Killer Mike, El-P, Foxygen and TreeThere are still over two dozen more artists to announce in the coming weeks.

Three-day passes are currently on sale for $120 and single day tickets are available for $50 each. Three-day passes sell out very quickly so don’t delay! As previously mentioned, for the full price three-day pass, the festival is offering a special layaway program that allows fans to purchase the pass in three installments.

PURCHASE PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL TICKETS HERE:

http://tktwb.tw/Vnn09y

 

Visit http://www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/PitchforkMusicFestival for more information. Follow @pitchforkfest for the latest news, announcements and exclusive content.

THE 2013 PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL LINEUP:

Friday

Björk

Joanna Newsom

Angel Olsen

Trash Talk

Saturday

Belle & Sebastian

The Breeders play Last Splash

Rustie

Swans

…And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

Mac DeMarco

Sunday

R. Kelly

Chairlift

TNGHT

Sky Ferreira

Killer Mike

El-P

Foxygen

Tree

In its eighth year, the independently run, three-day event continues to be one of the most inviting, reasonably priced and exciting weekends of music around, offering a cutting edge and thoughtfully curated lineup.

In addition to its musical offerings, the Pitchfork Music Festival also features a wide array of other activities. The fest not only supports local businesses and economy with its 50 individual vendors and specialty fairs, but also promotes the Chicago arts community as a whole to its 50,000 attendees of all ages from all over the world.

Pitchfork is the essential guide to independent music and beyond. With more than four million unique readers and 40 million page views per month, the site has earned an extremely loyal following and a reputation as being one of the world’s most trusted music publications.

Pitchfork Music Festival Announces 2013 Headliners: R. Kelly, Bjork and Belle & Sebastian

The 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival is incredibly excited to announce R. Kelly, Bjork, and Belle & Sebastian will be headlining this year’s festival. The full lineup, which will include dozens of acts, will be announced over the coming weeks. Follow @pitchforkfest for the latest news, announcements and exclusive content.

The festival takes place Friday, July 19-Sunday, July 21 at Chicago’s Union Park. In its eighth year, the independently run, three-day event continues to be one of the most inviting, reasonably priced and exciting weekends of music around, offering a cutting edge and thoughtfully curated lineup featuring both emerging and already beloved and internationally renowned acts.

Three-day passes are currently on sale for $120 and single day tickets are available for $50 each. Three-day passes sell out very quickly so don’t delay! As previously mentioned, for the full price three-day pass, the festival is offering a special layaway program that allows fans to purchase the pass in three installments.

PURCHASE PITCHFORK MUSIC FESTIVAL TICKETS HERE:
http://tktwb.tw/Vnn09y

In addition to its musical offerings, the Pitchfork Music Festival also features a wide array of other activities. The fest not only supports local businesses and economy with its 50 individual vendors and specialty fairs, but also promotes the Chicago arts community as a whole to its 50,000 attendees of all ages from all over the world.

Pitchfork is the essential guide to independent music and beyond. With more than four million unique readers and 40 million page views per month, the site has earned an extremely loyal following and a reputation as being one of the world’s most trusted music publications.

Visit http://www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com/ and https://www.facebook.com/PitchforkMusicFestival for more information.

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