The Accidentals @MrSmalls Theatre Pittsburgh

As part of their 2018 tour, The Accidentals will be performing with Keller Williams at Mr. Smalls Theatre in Millvale on January 13th in celebration of their new record ‘Odyssey’.

NPR says the group carries “poetic ambiguity” and “idealistic undertones” through evocative lyrics, but to really get a feel of their energy check out their Yellow Couch Session here.

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With ODYSSEY, their extraordinary Sony Masterworks debut album, The Accidentals affirm their place among contemporary music’s most original and adventurous new bands. Multi-instrumentalists Sav Buist and Katie Larson – joined on stage and in the studio by drummer Michael Dause – have crafted a genre all their own, fueled by their uniquely limitless approach to musicality and songcraft. As its title suggests, ODYSSEY is built upon the foundation of real life experience through adversity and finding strength in vulnerability, their five-year journey having brought them to this cusp moment. Lyrically powerful songs like “Earthbound” and the potent title track see the band embracing their choice to lead an unconventional life with all its many surprising twists and turns.

Named among Yahoo Music’s “Top 10 Bands to Watch in 2017,” The Accidentals’ adventure began in their hometown of Traverse City, MI, when Larson, a sophomore cellist, and Buist, a junior violinist, were paired for a high school orchestra event. The gifted young musicians became fast friends and before long, bandmates. Having both grown up in musical families with professional pianists for fathers and vocalists for mothers, their shared influences bounced between classical, jazz, bluegrass, country, alt-rock, and the obscure.

Dubbing themselves after the musical notes that fall outside of a key signature, The Accidentals recorded and released a pair of independent albums in 2012 and 2013, the latter funded by a hugely successful Kickstarter. Their original songs revealed a band with wide-ranging influences but always true to their orchestral roots. National applause and attention followed, as did acclaimed collaborations with some fellow local artists and independent filmmakers. Other career highlights included scoring arrangements for a 75-piece orchestra to accompany them on their original songs as well as arranging pieces for an opera/dance production with Jennifer and Ryan Lott (Son Lux).

The past five years have seen The Accidentals perform over a thousand live shows, including headline dates, festival sets, and shared stages along such like-minded acts as Martin Sexton, Brandi Carlile, Andrew Bird, The Wailers, Joan Baez and others. 2015 saw the band embark on their first full-scale national tour, funded in part by an Indiegogo ‘online garage sale”. That year’s SXSW debut saw them hailed by Billboard for “displaying a genre-hopping range of influences and some smart songwriting skills to go with their abundant musical chops.”

Now, at long last, The Accidentals unveil their most compelling and finely honed work to date. Co-produced by Buist, Larson, and Dause with engineer Jason Lehning (Mat Kearney, Guster, George Jones, Alison Krauss) at Asheville, NC’s Echo Mountain Recording, ODYSSEY sees the band joined by such friends and fans as acoustic guitar maestra Kaki King, bassist – and fellow Michigander – Dominic John Davis (Jack White, Beck), Carbon Leaf guitarist Carter Gravatt, Keller Williams and The Decemberists’ Jenny Conlee, who spent three days in the studio alongside the band, lending her distinctive organ to a number of the album’s key tracks.

“It was a really collaborative process,” says Larson. “A lot of these songs had been hashed out at our live shows over the past few years, so we had a very strong idea of what we wanted in the arrangements. Jason helped us get outside the box with recording techniques, putting a fresh spin on the songs.”

“I’m so glad we’ve been able to collaborate with musicians who are so receptive to working and playing together,” Buist says. “They added their own artistry to some of the older songs, and it gave them new life.”

The Accidentals’ inviting spirit of shared creativity is perhaps best represented by the album’s audacious first single, “KW,” showcasing the inimitable guitar work of Keller Williams, whose own virtuosic genre-agnostic approach towards music making inspired the song in the first place.

“We were really lucky to tour with Keller,” Buist says. “We got to know him pretty well. He’s an amazing, genuine human and musician. He’s constantly defying genres, crossing lines, and creating collaborative projects. I wanted to capture some of that spirit in a song, so I wrote ‘KW.’ Keller caught wind of it at a show and played the song live with us. Later we added strings to his album and he offered to lay down guitar tracks. The dream came true – we ended up with a song that has a lot of his style and energy. We love that guy.”

From the orchestrated rock of “Memorial Day” to the album-closing “Ballad Tendered Gun” – surprisingly, The Accidentals’ first instrumental to be included on an LP – ODYSSEY is a strikingly dynamic work, both layered and unhurried, bittersweet yet lifeaffirming. Rich with literary references, whispers of nostalgia, and an unstoppable sense of forward motion, its songs were written independently by Buist and Larson and then arranged and refined by the group, creating a perfect yin/yang between individual introspection and dynamic cooperation, each artist bringing her own unique perspective to the process.

“We rely on each other to create a balance,” Buist says. “I think that’s the key to this band. Our styles of songwriting and arrangement are very different, so when they come together, they create this variation that couldn’t happen any other way.”

Multi-talented guitarist/keyboardist Jake Allen will join The Accidentals on stage as a special guest, filling in some of the colors and textures of ODYSSEY in live performances. The goal as ever is to experiment and experience, exploring new ideas and approaches while always staying true to their roots. With ODYSSEY, The Accidentals have conjured a truly one of its kind sound and vision, booming with free-thinking musicality, wisdom, and an understanding that growth is a process, not something that happens overnight. The Accidentals are already moving forward on their amazing journey, rolling down the windows on an open road towards someplace that’s both true and transcendent.

“I don’t think there are really any limits in terms of genre or instrumentation,” Larson says. “We just really enjoy making music that connects.”

“For us, it’s about the experience and collaboration and trying to learn as much as we can,” Buist says. “We want to be able to walk into any room with confidence in our craft, but in the end, we’re total nerds that just enjoy learning new things. Every day is an opportunity.”

Listen to Mick Turner’s New Album & Watch Video Feat. Karen Black

Mick Turner of Dirty Three fame (as well as Venom P. Stinger, Bonny Billy, Cat Power, Fungus Brains and more) releases his heavily textured and sophisticated new album, Don’t Tell the Drivernext week, November 19th, on Drag City Records. With indecipherable themes of wonder and disenchantment, the album is an inspired and focused collection of songs that lead to new realms without sacrificing the elements that have typified Mick’s best work of the past. As November 19thdraws near, Mick and Drag City are sharing the new video for album track, “The Bird Catcher,” directed by Cam Archer, photographed by Darren Lew and featuring Karen Black. Head over to Indiewire to read about how these four artists came to work together on this stunning piece, as well as Cam’s thoughts on working with Karen. Then, listen to the album in its entirety via The New York Times‘ “Press Play.”

 

WATCH MICK TURNER’S “THE BIRD CATCHER” VIDEO (DIR. CAM ARCHER, FEAT. KAREN BLACK) –

http://youtu.be/2bFp_zIThYw

http://bit.ly/1bmN1ep

STREAM MICK TURNER’S DON’T TELL THE DRIVER VIA THE NEW YORK TIMES –

http://nyti.ms/19owrtP

LISTEN TO MICK TURNER’S “SOMETIMES” –

MICK TURNER TOUR DATES:

Tue. Nov. 12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room w/ Bill Callahan

Wed. Nov. 13 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriets Pioneertown Palace w/ Bill Callahan

Thu. Nov. 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Japan American Theater w/ Bill Callahan

Fri. Nov. 15 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Restaurant & Music Club w/ Bill Callahan

Sat. Nov. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Bill Callahan

Sun. Nov. 17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel w/ Bill Callahan

Tue. Nov. 19 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater w/ Bill Callahan

Wed. Nov. 20 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s w/ Bill Callahan

Thu. Nov. 21 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom w/ Mono

Fri. Nov. 22 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge w/ Mono

Sat. Nov. 23 – Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch w/ Mono

Sun. Nov. 24 – Chicago, IL @ Soccer Club Club (Art Show)

Sun. Dec. 1 – Pontins, Camber Sands, UK @ ATP Festival (End of An Era Pt. 2)

Don’t Tell the Driver pre-order – http://www.dragcity.com/products/dont-tell-the-driver

Mick Turner online:

www.mickturner.com

www.dragcity.com/artists/mick-turner

www.pitchperfectpr.com

www.facebook.com/pages/Mick-Turner/116735025006489

Dirty Three’s Mick Turner Shares “Sometimes”

Replete with classic epics and timely reprises, Mick Turner’s forthcoming release, Don’t Tell the Driver, is an inspired and focused collection of music that reaches for new borders without sacrificing the dizzy wandering and painterly stillness that has typified this artist’s best work of the past. Fifteen years in, it’s the big rock record we always knew Mick had in him, different to all the other Mick Turner records and the various work he’s done with the Dirty Three, Venom P. Stinger, Bonny Billy, Cat Power and Fungus Brains. It’s a consolidation and development of everything he’s done up until now, streamlined and presented under the sophisticated umbrella known as the rock opera/concept album! “Heavily textured and dreamy,” as described by Esquirewith indecipherable themes of wonder and disenchantment, Don’t Tell the Driver is inarguably the first post-rock rock opera of our times – by an artist running out of time. Get a glimpse into Don’t Tell the Drivervia “Sometimes,” one of the album’s many entrancing vocal tracks, featuring Caroline Kennedy-McCracken.

LISTEN TO/SHARE MICK TURNER’S “SOMETIMES” –

http://snd.sc/17WW0Vy

http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/mick-turner-exclusive

 

Don’t Tell the Driver is available on Drag City Records on November 19th.

Mick Turner tour dates:

Fri. Nov. 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool

Tue. Nov. 12 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rhythm Room w/ Bill Callahan

Wed. Nov. 13 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy and Harriets Pioneertown Palace w/ Bill Callahan

Thu. Nov. 14 – Los Angeles, CA @ Japan American Theater w/ Bill Callahan

Fri. Nov. 15 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Restaurant & Music Club w/ Bill Callahan

Sat. Nov. 16 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall w/ Bill Callahan

Sun. Nov. 17 – San Francisco, CA @ The Chapel w/ Bill Callahan

Tue. Nov. 19 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater w/ Bill Callahan

Wed. Nov. 20 – Seattle, WA @ Neumo’s w/ Bill Callahan

Thu. Nov. 21 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom w/ Mono

Fri. Nov. 22 – Chicago, IL @ Bottom Lounge w/ Mono

Sat. Nov. 23 – Detroit, MI @ The Loving Touch w/ Mono

Sun. Dec. 1 – Pontins, Camber Sands, UK @ ATP Festival (End of An Era Pt. 2)

 

Mick Turner online:

www.mickturner.com

www.dragcity.com/artists/mick-turner

www.pitchperfectpr.com

www.facebook.com/pages/Mick-Turner/116735025006489

Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine & Gogol Bordello Headlining 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival

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Lee Fields & The Expressions, Joe Pug, Bindlestick Family Circus, Los Hacheros, Flying Clouds Of South Carolina, You Black Kettle, Hex Net, Rattletrap Stringband, Leah Nairn join the lineup for the 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival!!!

Stuart’s Opera House presents the 9th Annual Nelsonville Music Festival, May 30-June 22013at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Nelsonville Music Festival is headlined by Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine, Gogol Bordello, Mavis Staples, Sharon Van Etten, Calexico, Jonathan Richman, Screaming Females, David Wax Museum, Wooden Indian Burial Ground and many more all weekend long.

The Nelsonville Music Festival continues to be one of the best in the region and one of the most unique music festivals in the country. Past performers have included The Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, The Avett Brothers, Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, George Jones, M.Ward, and many more.

Described by Andrew Bird (who performed in 2012) as being “It’s the perfect size festival. Any bigger and you’d lose something.”, the Nelsonville Music Festival continues to be one of the best in the region and one of the most unique music festivals in the country. Set in the beautiful, rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, this small and intimate festival continues to gain fans who want a music festival with a more personal experience.

Catch live music on multiple stages including a small “no-fi” cabin and a picturesque porch stage in addition to our main stage. We take pride in offering a warm, accepting environment where local artisans can sell and be recognized for their work, where local, regional and national musicians instill their awe-inspiring talents and festival goers can relax and enjoy the fruits of our regional flavor. The Nelsonville Music Festival offers multiple stages of music all weekend long along with camping on site, kids activities, local art vendors, food, and a beer garden. The Nelsonville Music Festival is a production ofStuart’s Opera House, a historic, non-profit theater located in Nelsonville that features over 75 events a year including live music, theater, films, educational programming and more. You can find out more about Stuart’s by visiting stuartsoperahouse.org.

Nelsonville Music Festival 2013 Lineup:

 

Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine, Gogol Bordello, Mavis Staples, Sharon Van Etten, Calexico, Jonathan Richman, Tift Merrit, The Coup, Reigning Sound, Wild Belle, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Screaming Females, David Wax Museum, Brown Bird, Field Report, Shilpa Ray, Endless Boogie, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, The Honeycutters, Michael Hurley, Lucius, Cotton Jones, William Tyler, Catherine MacLellan, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Old Light, Wussy, The Sundresses, Nick Tolford & Company, Wheels On Fire, The D-Rays, County Pharoahs, J.D Hutchison, Jerry David Decicca, Olentaggy John, Todd Burge, Unmonumental, J.J Reed, Weedghost, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Joe Pug, Bindlestick Family Circus, Los Hacheros, Flying Clouds Of South Carolina, You Black Kettle, Hex Net, Rattletrap Stringband, Leah Nairn & Many More…

 

Links:

Nelsonville Music Festival Website
Nelsonville Music Festival Facebook
Stuart’s Opera House Website

 

Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine & Gogol Bordello Headlining 2013 Nelsonville Music Festival

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May 30-June 2 In Nelsonville, Ohio

Nelsonville Music Festival 2013 Lineup:

 

Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine, Gogol Bordello, Mavis Staples, Sharon Van Etten, Calexico, Jonathan Richman, Tift Merrit, The Coup, Reigning Sound, Wild Belle, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Screaming Females, David Wax Museum, Brown Bird, Field Report, Shilpa Ray, Endless Boogie, Anais Mitchell & Jefferson Hamer, The Honeycutters, Michael Hurley, Lucius, Cotton Jones, William Tyler, Catherine MacLellan, Wooden Indian Burial Ground, Old Light, Wussy, The Sundresses, Nick Tolford & Company, Wheels On Fire, The D-Rays, County Pharoahs, J.D Hutchison, Jerry David Decicca, Olentaggy John, Todd Burge, Unmonumental, J.J Reed, Weedghost & Many More…

 

Links:

Nelsonville Music Festival Website
Nelsonville Music Festival Facebook
Stuart’s Opera House Website

“I came away from Nelsonville thinking: ‘I want to do more festivals like these where I can really do what I want and not feel like I’ve got to give the stadium-career-making-by-the-numbers show’. It’s the perfect size festival. Any bigger and you’d lose something.” –Andrew Bird

Stuart’s Opera House presents the 9th Annual Nelsonville Music Festival, May 30-June 22013at Robbins Crossing on the campus of Hocking College in Nelsonville, Ohio. Nelsonville Music Festival is headlined by Wilco, Cat Power, John Prine, Gogol Bordello, Mavis Staples, Sharon Van Etten, Calexico, Jonathan Richman, Screaming Females, David Wax Museum, Wooden Indian Burial Ground and many more all weekend long.

The Nelsonville Music Festival continues to be one of the best in the region and one of the most unique music festivals in the country. Past performers have included The Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson, Loretta Lynn, The Avett Brothers, Iron & Wine, Andrew Bird, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, George Jones, M.Ward, and many more.

Set in the beautiful, rolling hills of Southeast Ohio, this small and intimate festival continues to gain fans who want a music festival with a more personal experience. Catch live music on multiple stages including a small “no-fi” cabin and a picturesque “porch” stage in addition to our main stage. We take pride in offering a warm, accepting environment where local artisans can sell.

Weekend passes for all four days are on sale now$110, the price will raise from there until the gate price the weekend of the festival of $130 for a weekend pass. Single day tickets are now available too! VIP Weekend passes are also available along with camping and RV passes. Tickets and more information can be found nelsonvillefest.org

ONO’s “Hold Me” Single Jumps Into Top Ten On Billboard’s Hot Dance/Club Play Chart

2013 marks a milestone year for ONO. The influential pop culture icon, outspoken activist and enduring avant-garde visionary celebrates her 80th birthday on February 18th. Her dynamic, uncompromising and, often controversial, career has spanned more than 5 decades and has seenONO expand from vilified outsider artist, socio-political revolutionary and progenitor of punk and New York’s famed Downtown art scene to now include global peace ambassador, philanthropic contributor to the arts and Billboard Dance chart-topping diva.

In the past decade, the boundless art-rock visionary has opened up her catalog of original works to be cleverly reinvented by a cherry-picked assemblage of dance, electronic and indie/alternative music innovators including PET SHOP BOYS, FLAMING LIPS, BASEMENT JAXX, DANNY TENAGLIA, PENGUIN PRISON, JUAN MACLEAN, FELIX DA HOUSECAT, PEACHES, ANTONY (of ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS), SPARKS, CSS, HANK SHOCKLEE, CAT POWER, JUNIOR BOYS, BIMBO JONES, and THE POLYPHONIC SPREE. To date, the groundbreaking remix series has spawned 9 #1 BILLBOARD HOT DANCE CLUB PLAY chart-topping hits including “TALKING TO THE UNIVERSE”, “MOVE ON FAST”, “WOULDNIT’ (I’M A STAR)”, “GIVE ME SOMETHING”, “I’M NOT GETTING ENOUGH”, “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”, “NO NO NO”, “EVERYMAN / EVERYWOMAN” and the definitive anthem “WALKING ON THIN ICE”, as well as, 2 critically-acclaimed remix albums – YES, I’M A WITCH and OPEN YOUR BOX.

ONO kicks off the new year with a fiery new dance single,“HOLD ME” – a searing collaboration co-written and produced by EDM A-lister DAVE AUDÉ (whose discography includes remixes and productions for U2, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Depeche Mode, Coldplay and Pussycat Dolls, and an unprecedented 83 #1 Billboard Club Play Chart hits). The single finds ONO as vibrant and compelling as ever, continuing her streak of dance floor and club chart domination.

“HOLD ME” jumps into the top 10, at #9 with a bullet, in Billboard’s 3/23/13 issue (hitting news stands on 3/16/13), and will appear on the billboard.com web site on 3/14/13.

While her previous club hits have been star-studded reworkings of her classic material, “HOLD ME” is an entirely new song co-written by ONO and Dave, tailor-made for dance floors, and filled with her vivid lyrical imagery. Combined with Audé’s midas touch for solid, contemporary club anthems, the collaboration is an inspired one that sheds a new light on ONO and adds a strikingly new dimension to her illustrious career. Enlisted for remixes are Grammy Award-winning producer RALPHI ROSARIO, premiere Dutch DJ/producer R3HAB, sweltering progressive house collective PAPERCHA$ER, Spain’s IVAN GOMEZ & NACHO CHAPADO, Brazilian electro house/dubstep heavyweights DIRTY LOUD, electro nu-rave legend TOMMIE SUNSHINE and Boston-based wunderkind EMJAE (aka DJ/producer/remixer Matt Johnson of Nightriders and The Night Owl), all of whom deliver adrenalin-fueled bangers that keep the emotion and energy levels high. In addition to his original production, Audé himself also contributes to the collective of vibrant interpretations.

“HOLD ME” is available as digital green releases (no materials used or abused) on MIND TRAIN / TWISTEDRecords with the first set of mixes out now on iTunesand at all fine digital retailers.

ONO “Hold Me” (Remixes Part 1) Out Today

2013 marks a milestone year for ONO. The influential pop culture icon, outspoken activist and enduring avant-garde visionary celebrates her 80th birthday on February 18th. Her dynamic, uncompromising and, often controversial, career has spanned more than 5 decades and has seen ONO expand from vilified outsider artist, socio-political revolutionary and progenitor of punk and New York’s famed Downtown art scene to now include global peace ambassador, philanthropic contributor to the arts and Billboard Dance chart-topping diva.

In the past decade, the boundless art-rock visionary has opened up her catalog of original works to be cleverly reinvented by a cherry-picked assemblage of dance, electronic and indie/alternative music innovators including PET SHOP BOYS, FLAMING LIPS, BASEMENT JAXX, DANNY TENAGLIA, PENGUIN PRISON, JUAN MACLEAN, FELIX DA HOUSECAT, PEACHES, ANTONY (of ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS), SPARKS, CSS, HANK SHOCKLEE, CAT POWER, JUNIOR BOYS, BIMBO JONES, and THE POLYPHONIC SPREE. To date, the groundbreaking remix series has spawned 9 #1 BILLBOARD HOT DANCE CLUB PLAY chart-topping hits including “TALKING TO THE UNIVERSE”, “MOVE ON FAST”, “WOULDNIT’ (I’M A STAR)”, “GIVE ME SOMETHING”, “I’M NOT GETTING ENOUGH”, “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”, “NO NO NO”, “EVERYMAN / EVERYWOMAN” and the definitive anthem “WALKING ON THIN ICE”, as well as, 2 critically-acclaimed remix albums – YES, I’M A WITCH and OPEN YOUR BOX.

ONO kicks off the new year with a fiery new dance single, “HOLD ME” – a searing collaboration co-written and produced by EDM A-lister DAVE AUDÉ (whose discography includes remixes and productions for U2, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Ke$ha, Rihanna, Britney Spears, Depeche Mode, Coldplay and Pussycat Dolls, and an unprecedented 83 #1 Billboard Club Play Chart hits). The single finds ONO as vibrant and compelling as ever, continuing her streak of dance floor and club chart domination.

While her previous club hits have been star-studded reworkings of her classic material, “HOLD ME” is an entirely new song co-written by ONO and Dave, tailor-made for dance floors, and filled with her vivid lyrical imagery. Combined with Audé’s midas touch for solid, contemporary club anthems, the collaboration is an inspired one that sheds a new light on ONO and adds a strikingly new dimension to her illustrious career. Enlisted for remixes are Grammy Award-winning producer RALPHI ROSARIO, premiere Dutch DJ/producer R3HAB, sweltering progressive house collective PAPERCHA$ER, Spain’s IVAN GOMEZ & NACHO CHAPADO, Brazilian electro house/dubstep heavyweights DIRTY LOUD, electro nu-rave legend TOMMIE SUNSHINE and Boston-based wunderkind EMJAE (aka DJ/producer/remixer Matt Johnson of Nightriders and The Night Owl), all of whom deliver adrenalin-fueled bangers that keep the emotion and energy levels high. In addition to his original production, Audé himself also contributes to the collective of vibrant interpretations.

“HOLD ME” is available as digital green releases (no materials used or abused) on MIND TRAIN / TWISTED Records with the first set of mixes out now on iTunes and at all fine digital retailers.

Xray Eyeballs Announces Tour With Cat Power

Tour With Cat Power

10/22/2012 930 CLUB – Washington, DC
10/23/2012 Hammerstein Ballroom – New York NY
10/24/2012 House of Blues – Boston MA
10/27/2012 Royal Oak Music Hall – Detroit MI
10/28/2012 Riviera Theatre – Chicago IL

Xray Eyeballs began as the brainchild of guitarist O.J. San Felipe and bassist Carly Rabalais, who, after founding Brooklyn garage rock juggernaut Golden Triangle (Hardly Art), sought a release that would sate both their sweet-toothed desires and their darker impulses, like a candy-coated Vicodin. Like their musical antecedents, The Jesus and Mary Chain and The Velvet Underground, Xray Eyeballs creates a world of their own. Low-lifes, night-walkers, pill-riders, and other sordid characters stalk the band’s New York City streets and their songs compel you to follow them until you find the peace of a night redeemed in the morning light.

On Splendor Squalor, Xray Eyeballs’ second full-length on Kanine, refracted rays of that redemptive light shine through the band’s eerie musical haze. The addition of Sarah Baldwin (The Girls at Dawn, Fergus & Geronimo) on drums and Liz Lohse (Heaven, Runaway Suns) on guitar and synths expands the band’s sonic possibilities with lush vocal harmonies, unique musical counterpoints and inspired songwriting contributions. Xray Eyeballs’ new lineup deftly maneuvers from unctuous drones to punk rave-ups and new-wave bangers with a confidence and melodic sensibility that illuminates the splendor in the squalor.

The needle drops on “Four” and you find yourself enthused with the will to cross the dance floor and talk to that crush your friends warned you about. “I’m feeling alright,” San Felipe sings. You believe him and feel alright, too. The bass throbs with Factory-style control as “X” sends you oscillating wildly in a lovers’ power struggle: “I control you/ You control me.” It’s 6 AM and you’re sitting on a couch between two guys who either wish they were Lou Reed and Alan Vega or actually are Lou Reed and Alan Vega. You shouldn’t have taken that last anything of anything. “Syrup,” featuring Christiana Key (Cult of Youth, Zola Jesus) on violin, wafts into the room and suddenly that time between last call and pancakes make sense.

Xray Eyeballs fully realizes their vision of Splendor Squalor live: skater kids donning the band’s signature “Ghost Girl” t-shirt bounce off the walls; the oldest punks in the world reluctantly acknowledge the validity of something new; hands typically stuffed in the pockets of skin-tight jeans wave in the air like they just don’t care; record nerds dance as if nobody’s blogging; goths smile. The band’s undeniable energy brings the shadows in the darkness to life. These creatures bear witness to San Felipe’s blatant disregard for his physical well-being as the enraptured frontman, refusing to acknowledge the limitations of both stage and gravity, bounds recklessly around the crowd and dangles perilously from the ceiling, a provocation for the audience to match the band’s enthusiasm.

Yoko Ono Releases ‘Onomix’

YOKO ONO has long been credited with igniting the punk-rock fire years before its official explosion, and her work continues to be relevant and inspirational decades later. For the past 10 years, ONO has been meticulously reinventing select songs from her vast catalog for 21st-century dancefloors, giving the groundbreaking pop culture icon a greater platform and visibility of which many contemporaries and present-day contenders can be envious.

Since first bursting onto the art and music worlds with her compelling, forward-thinking works, ONO has been ingeniously transforming herself from revolutionary “outsider” artist and punk rock progenitor to global peace ambassador, treasured pop culture icon, and EDM’s reigning matriarch.

ONOMIX assembles 30 stand-out mixes (including the brand-new club single “I’M MOVING ON”) from YOKO’s staggering body of remixed works that, to date, has yieldednine #1 BILLBOARD CLUB PLAY chart hits (“TALKING TO THE UNIVERSE”, “MOVE ON FAST”, “WOULDNIT’ (I’M A STAR)”, “GIVE ME SOMETHING”, “I’M NOT GETTING ENOUGH”, “GIVE PEACE A CHANCE”, “NO NO NO”, “EVERYMAN / EVERYWOMAN” and the timeless “WALKING ON THIN ICE”) and two critically-acclaimed remix anthologies: the rock/alternative based YES, I’M A WITCH and its EDM companion OPEN YOUR BOX.

This digital-only “green” release offers a comprehensive overview of ONO’s ambitious and ongoing dance remix series campaign, which launched in 2001, and includes mixes from BASEMENT JAXX, DANNY TENAGLIA, RALPHI ROSARIO, DAVE AUDE, BIMBO JONES, RICHARD MOREL, FRANCOIS K., ERIC KUPPER, DJ MEME, JOCHEM SIMMS, KARSH KALE, ROBERTO RODRIGUEZ and more.

To date, the boundless art-rock visionary has opened up her catalog of original material for reinvention by an eager generation of cutting-edge electronic and experimental music innovators, including the luminaries on ONOMIX as well as PET SHOP BOYS, FLAMING LIPS, THE POLYPHONIC SPREE, FELIX DA HOUSECAT, JUAN MACLEAN, ANTONY AND THE JOHNSONS, PEACHES, HANK SHOCKLEE, CAT POWER, CRAIG ARMSTRONG, PORCUPINE TREE, APPLES IN STEREO, LINUS LOVES, DIGITAL DOG, PENGUIN PRISON, JUNIOR BOYS, CSS, STONEBRIDGE, MURK and many more.

ONOMIX is digitally available at the iTunes music store and Beatport.com on MIND TRAIN / TWISTED Records.

www.twistedrecords.com
www.imaginepeace.com/ONO/