Joining A Day to Remember for their seventh sold out show at Stage AE was the notorious Wage War who just so happened to be the opening act for the night. Most times with opening acts, no one is particularly paying attention or really even cares because they’re usually there for the headliner or maybe even the direct support. Honestly, that was not the case this time around whether people knew who Wage War was or not, a lot of people left as a newfound fan of the hardcore/metalcore band.
Being the opening act is sometimes nerve racking, nice to get it over with but being the band that basically “sets the bar” could be the downfall for some if not most. Luckily, Wage War took the bar and smashed it through the roof! They weren’t afraid to go hard, strut their stuff, and have a good time. Starting off their set was one of their biggest headbanging songs “Stitch” before jumping right into “Alive” and “Enemy.”
Wage War ended up playing ten songs which is quite surprising that they were allotted that much time, but with them being close friends with Jeremy McKinnon for starters, and the excellent performance they conjured up its not surprising anymore. They played a solid mix though with their setlist as they played five songs from each of their two albums (setlist below). Aside from their heavier songs, they also had some singalong songs that really got the crowd involved which was a nice change of pace for their set. Like: Gravity, Don’t Let Me Fade Away, and Twenty One.
Luckily… if you missed Wage War this time around DO NOT WORRY because they will be returning to Pittsburgh this December with Oceans Ate Alaska, Gideon, Varials, and Loathe. If you are a metalcore/hardcore fan then I really don’t have to go into any details at all besides just saying that this is the show for you without question.
Don’t forget to checkout Wage War’s setlist and photos below!
The sibling acoustic duo from Southern Oregon, The Brothers Reed, are on a two-month national tour promoting their brand new album “Three” set to release on Jan.6th. They are performing at Black Forge Coffee House in Pittsburgh on February 15th.
“Their melodies make their music exceptional” – Natalie Johnson (music editor for Sneak Preview)
“…intoxicating sound a light in the darkness of the song craft” – Josh Gross (album review in Rogue Valley Messenger)
Despite their brotherhood, Aaron and Phil Reed didn’t start playing music together until two years ago after Phil left their hometown of St. Charles, Missouri to join Aaron in the unsullied mountains of the American Northwest. The brothers family blend of folk encapsulates the grit and humor of Midwest life with the swagger and serenity of the west coast. Their style evokes finger picking folk singers of the 60’s and 70’s with a contemporary and boundless edge. Cultivated from years of performing in bands ranging from heavy metal to reggae and rock, to punk, country, and funk, their musical dichotomy is at the root of their diverse yet seamless folk-brand.
With their comedic brotherly banter, impeccable harmonic expression, and widely varying influences, a Brothers Reed performance will have you reflecting on lost lives and lovers, laughing hysterically and leaving completely entertained.
Touring as a guitar-duo, the group incorporates harmonica, percussion and keys into their live performances, soothing your soul with songs that are familiar yet original. Whether they are finger picking their way through a lamentable ballad or bringing you around full-speed with a barn-burning bluegrass number, The Brothers Reed are masters of their craft.
Winners of 2014’s “Road to Nashville,” competition as well as finalists and crowd favorites of Britt Festivals 2015 “Rising Stars Contest,” the Brothers Reed have quickly risen to regional renown and now tour extensively throughout the U.S. Their sophomore full length, Monster In My Head (released March 2016), is a power-punch follow up to 2015’s critically acclaimed debut, Sick As Folk. Moving away from the stripped down approach of Sick As Folk, Monster In My Head combines full band instrumentation with the finest elements of folk, rock, R&B, country and reggae, to create a record that at 17 tracks is an ambitious yet fluid piece of work. The album also marks the group’s first effort at collaboration and features several guest artists including Jeff Pevar (Crosby, Stills and Nash; Ray Charles; Jazz is Dead), T.J. Eilers (Synrgy, Buckle Rash, The Illies) and Ambur Rose (Roses and Whiskey).
All aspects of the brand including management, website design, graphics, and album production (engineering, recording and mixing) is done completely by The Brothers.
For fans of Dethklok, Bloodhound Gang, Tenacious D,
Weird Al Yankovic, Primus, Stephen Lynch, Mr. Bungle
The Kings of Comedy Rock PSYCHOSTICK Hate Growing Up w/ New Video “Adulting”
On Tour Now! “The Veloci-Turkey-Saurus Rex Tour”
Photo Credit: Colt Coan
The kings of comedy rock PSYCHOSTICK are kicking off their “The Veloci-Turkey-Saurus Rex Tour” presented by Zildjian in St. Louis, MO on November 2nd and wrapping it up in Pittsburgh, PA on December 9th with support from Arsonists Get All The Girls (on select dates), Kissing Candice and Raven Black. As the band hits the road to share new and familiar material, they have posted their latest video “Adulting”, which will be one of many new tracks planned on their forthcoming album set for release in 2018 to follow their 2014 break out “Revenge of The Vengeance”.
Guitarist Josh “The J” Key comments:
“Over the past couple of years, we’ve transitioned from the tour-tour-tour vagabond lifestyle to having homes and lives again. On the one hand, it’s nice to sleep in your own bed and to have a social group and girlfriends you see regularly. On the other hand, the reality of having to clean, dust, take out trash, taking care of things, mow lawns, etc left us crashing down to reality hard. Over a decade ago I uprooted my stable life as a web designer to go tour, and now I find myself recalling, “Oh YEAH! I remember this stable life stuff! And it’s BULLSHIT!” So this song is dedicated to all our fans that had to plan around their responsibilities to make it to the show.”
Watch “Adulting” at the following link:
In addition to the tour, the band like to remind fans that No-Shave November is getting near and to be aware by embracing their hair, which many cancer patients lose and letting it grow wild and free. Donate the money you would typically spend on shaving and grooming to educate about cancer prevention, save lives, and aid those fighting the battle. They ask fans to share their video “Obey The Beard” with the hashtags #obeythebeard and #noshaveovember and to please donate to https://no-shave.org/.
Watch “Obey The Beard” at the following link:
So Heavy – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DBOSkT-7jBE
Danger Zone – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om0KOWbOkCk
Bruce Campbell – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xX_vADIJts0
N.O.E.L. (System of a Down B.Y.O.B. Christmas Parody Song) – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZWlZFfAnIM
The Veloci-Turkey-Saurus Rex Tour
w/ Psychostick, Arsonists Get All The Girls, Kissing Candice, Raven Black
* without Arsonists Get All The Girls
11/06 – Billings, MT – Pub Station *
11/08 – Lewiston, ID – 3rd Wheel *
11/09 – Seattle, WA – Studio Seven
11/10 – Portland, OR – Rock Hard PDX
11/11 – Chico, CA – Masonic
11/12 – Cupertino, CA – The X-Bar
11/14 – West Hollywood, CA – The Viper Room
11/15 – Las Vegas, NV – Beauty Bar
11/16 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
11/18 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
11/19 – El Paso, Texas – Rock House Bar and Grill
11/21 – Lubbock, TX – Jake’s Sports Cafe
11/24 – Dallas, TX – The Dirty 30
11/25 – Houston, TX – Walters
11/26 – Austin, TX – Come And Take It Live
11/27 – Southport, LA – Southport Music Hall
11/28 – Atlanta, GA – The Masquerade
11/29 – Tallahassee, FL – The Wilbury
11/30 – Orlando, FL – The Haven
12/01 – Lake Worth, FL – Propaganda
12/02 – Spartanburg, SC – Groundzero
12/03 – Fayetteville, NC – The DHP
12/05 – Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s Live
12/06 – Philadelphia, PA – Voltage Lounge
12/07 – Long Island, NY – Revolution Music Hall
12/08 – Rochester, NY – Montage Music Hall
12/09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
12/10 – Cleveland, OH – The Odeon
For more info, music and tour dates, please visit http://www.psychostick.com
Harnessing their crazy sense of humor and love of all things metal, vocalist Rob “Rawrb” Kersey and guitarist Josh “The J” Key joined forces with drummer Alex “Shmalex” Dontre and bassist Matty J “Moose” to create Pyschostick, and a style of music they’ve coined as ‘humorcore’. With hilarious lyrics, heavy riffs, notorious stage antics and high-energy performances, the band has caused millions of laughs around the world and hundreds of mosh pits across the US of A, often simultaneously, since its birth in Phoenix, AZ in 2000.
Now residing in Chicago, IL, the almost 100 percent do-it-yourself laugh factory Psychostick have released four full-length albums–‘We Couldn’t Think of a Title’ (2006), ‘Sandwich’ (2009), ‘Space Vampires VS Zombie Dinosaurs in 3D’ (2011) and ‘IV: Revenge of the Vengeance’ (2014)—and two EPs—their holiday album, ‘The Flesh Eating Rollerskate Holiday Joyride’ (2007), and ‘The Digital Appetizer’. With their signature sound (Chimaira, Machine Head and Hatebreed sexing Tenacious D and Weird Al Yankovic) their most recent offering, the crowd-funded ‘IV: Revenge of the Vengeance‘ includes the beard anthem ‘Obey the Beard’ and popular ‘Dogs Like Socks’, ‘Quack Kills’, ‘So. Heavy.’, ‘Blue Screen’, and a tribute to the 21st century’s most beloved action super hero, ‘Bruce Campbell’. Psychostick are crazy to share with fans many more comedy sing-a-longs on the road and more!
After spending the summer sweating it out on Warped Tour and their fall trekking through the UK and Europe, Canadian post-hardcore outfit Silverstein are showing no signs of running out of steam, embarking on The Get Free Tour in the new year, with support from Tonight Alive and Broadside.
“The element of hope has always been in our band; we want to preach positivity, it’s just that sometimes you have to go through darkness to get there. At the core, that’s what Dead Reflection is about,” said vocalist Shane Told, who also hosts the wildly popular Lead Singer Syndrome podcast.
The Get Free Tour stops at Mr. Smalls in Pittsburgh, PA on 3/1.
Longevity is a rare feat for any band, especially one rooted in a foundation of punk and hardcore. Aggressive music is often fueled by youthful fire, and sustaining a career without completely abandoning that urgent sound is almost impossible for most bands. But what’s possible for “most bands” has never been a concern for post-hardcore pioneers Silverstein. Throughout the course of their 17-year career, from Ontario basement shows to touring the world and selling over a million records, Silverstein has always managed to be completely comfortable in their own skin while never being afraid to challenge themselves. This perfect balance marks the band’s eighth full-length, Dead Reflection—an album that proves Silverstein still has plenty of fire left.
Silverstein have released an album every odd year since their 2003 debut, When Broken Is Easily Fixed, and that drive is paramount to why the band remains one of post-hardcore’s most relevant and influential acts. This consistency shows an uncommonly clear path of growth from album to album as the band honed the aggressive-to-melodic contrast that became their signature sound. Dead Reflection marks a sharp jump in that evolution: the band pushed themselves harder than ever before, resulting in an album the takes all of Silverstein’s strengths—pummeling riffs, explosive dynamic shifts, and huge, anthemic choruses—and ramps up the intensity. Guitarist Paul Marc Rousseau co-produced Dead Reflection with Derek Hoffman, leading to a level of collaboration with which band had never experimented before. After years of creating and touring, the members of Silverstein have each become accomplished musicians in their own right while still summoning the same unbridled ferocity that marked the band’s early days, and it’s this fusion that makes Dead Reflection feel so vital.
Vocalist Shane Told has always been a master of taking his darkest times and channeling them into compelling songwriting, and Dead Reflection ups the ante as the singer documents his most troubled year. The tumultuous end of a long relationship sent Told into a self-destructive spiral that left him isolated and forced to confront who he truly was with everything stripped away. All of the positivity that had previously come so easily suddenly felt put-on, like a costume that never quite fit, and as the people closest to him were all entering new phases of life with new responsibilities, the singer found himself feeling more alone and nihilistic than ever. In the end it was Silverstein, the one constant in Told’s life, that brought him back from the brink. With the prospect of writing a new album on the horizon, he thew himself into the process, fully exploring the bleak narrative he was living out. Dead Reflection became a sort of “What-if?” version of Told’s life, a cautionary tale urging listeners to find out what really matters and challenge their own masks before it’s too late. Writing proved to be as cathartic as it was harrowing, and slowly Told began to feel the weight of the past year lifting; Silverstein had been there for him just when he needed it most.
Dead Reflection is an album that couldn’t exist without everything that’s come before it, a culmination not just of Silverstein’s sonic growth, but also the personal journeys entangled in the band’s career. Longevity was never the objective, but that drive to deliver their absolute best, no matter what the cost, is exactly why the band remains at the top of their game after almost two decades. For Silverstein there is no settling, no stopping, and they give nothing less than everything.
R&B and reggae crooner Sammy Johnson will be performing in Pittsburgh, PA on Friday, October 20th! Australian native, New Zealand-bred soulful reggae star Sammy Johnson will bring his positive-centric brand of entertainment back to the United States this fall with the announcement of the Mixed Feelings Tour. Sammy Johnson collides his Polynesian roots with his love for modern jazz and r&b artists like D’Angelo, Amy Winehouse, and Lauryn Hill, which results in a passionate musical hybrid that is undeniably soothing.
THRIVAL INNOVATION + MUSIC FESTIVAL
FESTIVAL DRAWS NEAR WITH EVENTS AROUND THE CITY IN CELEBRATION OF THE FESTIVAL ROOTED IN PITTSBURGH!
THRIVAL MUSIC HEADLINER WIZ KHALIFA THROWS FIRST PITCH
PITTSBURGH PIRATES LAST HOME GAME OF THE SEASON WILL OPEN WITH KHALIFA’S FIRST PITCH
THRIVAL INNOVATION “INTELLIGENCE:HUMANS X TECH”
CARNEGIE MUSEUM OF ART
FEATURING WIZ KHALIFA ON TALKS OF ECONOMY AND CULTURE OF MARIJUANA AND TAYLORGANG VENTURES.
FEATURING HEADLINER LOGIC WITH #1 SONG IN THE COUNTRY 9 DAYS STRAIGHT, PLUS ONLY HOMETOWN PLAY BY WIZ KHALIFA TO CLOSE THE EVENT SATURDAY.
TWO-DAY AND SINGLE-DAY GENERAL ADMISSION AND VIP FESTIVAL PASSES ON SALE NOW AT THRIVALFESTIVAL.COM
The Thrival Innovation + Music Festival celebrates its fifth year by elevating
both its music and innovation elements to new heights.
On September 27-28, Thrival Innovation tackles Pittsburgh’s emergence as a hub for artificial intelligence and
automation (think: driveless cars and more) with its theme “Intelligence: Humans X Tech” — featuring 50+
speakers and a dozen custom programs, welcoming experts from around the U.S., representing Fortune 500s,
tech giants, startups, and more.
Thrival’s two-day outdoor live music experience once again brings a distinctive blend of 19 national and local
artists to unorthodox ‘venues.” Thrival Music headliners include Wiz Khalifa, Logic, Carnage, GRiZ, Two Door
Cinema Club and over a dozen more acts to perform at the historic Carrie Furnaces on September 29-30.
Two-day and single-day general admission and VIP festival passes are on sale now at thrivalfestival.com.
Grammy-nominated recording artist, Wiz Khalifa, will make his only 2017 hometown appearance in Pittsburgh
after an extensive festival run across the country and through parts of Europe.
Stepping outside of the music realm, Wiz Khalifa will also step into the entrepreneurial spotlight, speaking
alongside other keynote participants at Thrival Innovation’s marquee event at the Carnegie Museum of Art on
Thursday, September 28.
Right on the heels of Pennsylvania’s legalization of medical marijuana, Wiz Khalifa will share the stage with
Marc Ruxin, CEO of Landseye – Privateer, and John Battelle, founding editor of WIRED Magazine to discuss
“High Road” — a talk on the economy and culture of marijuana, as well as the Taylor Gang’s entrepreneurial
“Virtually everyone is familiar with Wiz Khalifa the artist, but both Wiz and the Taylor Gang are entrepreneurs
building successful and dynamic ventures outside of music. Their voice is important to not just promote our
innovation economy, but to demonstrate major success stories coming out of Pittsburgh and the Rust Belt,”
says Dan Law, director of Thrival and Vice President of Business Development at Ascender.
Tickets for the Thrival-Carnegie Museum of Art event are only $15 and on sale at
Following Thrival Innovation, Thrival Music kicks off Friday, Sept 29 with headliner Logic who’s “1-800-273-
8255” scored #1 song in the country just last week with the moving lyrics and awareness of the suicide
prevention network. Watch Logic’s MTV VMA performance from earlier this month that captivated audiences
Gearing up for Thrival Innovation + Music Festival headliner Wiz Khalifa will take the field at PNC Park on
Wednesday, Sept 27 to throw the first pitch for the Pittsburgh Pirates last home game of the season vs
Baltimore Orioles. Game time is set for 7:05pm tickets can be purchased here.
More info on Thrival Innovation + Music Festival, Ascender and Live Nation Worldwide, Inc:
The festival is the flagship initiative of Ascender, a Pittsburgh-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated
to serving early-stage startups, entrepreneurs, and innovators.
To help manage this growth in 2017, Thrival has partnered with Live Nation Entertainment for venue
operations, talent buying, and marketing efforts.
“Ascender’s partnership with Live Nation to deliver Thrival Music allows our core team to both invest more
energy in scaling Thrival Innovation and more effectively engage our dynamic local audience, with Live Nation
adding significantly to the festival’s expanding national reach. We’re very excited for the opportunities this
presents,” says Zappala.
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company, comprised of global
market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concepts, Live Nation Advertising, Sponsorship, and Artist Nation
For more information on the festival, visit thrivalfestival.com, and follow Thrival on Facebook, Twitter,
Instagram, and Snapchat.
Taking Back Sunday stopped by Pittsburgh’s own Stage AE the other night to have one major party on a Wednesday night. Fellow supporting acts Every Time I Die and All Get Out had the same mindset it seemed when it came to having some fun and truly rocking out. For a Taking Back Sunday fan though, this was definitely a show to see since their setlist was a solid mixture of older and newer songs so cover the whole bands rather large discography. Of course that includes some of Adam’s mic swinging antics and humorous stories throughout the night.
One of the two biggest mentions of the night was how there wasn’t one moment I could honestly recollect that there wasn’t a handful of fans singing along, or how spot on the band was when it came to their set. Every song was just so punchy and smooth at the same time which in turn tells me that this band has a lot more to offer still when it comes to playing shows and hopefully continuing to write new material in the years to come.
It was quite noticeable when Taking Back Sunday would play some older songs from one particular album (Louder Now) because the tempo of the whole performance just altered to a faster more energetic setting for everyone. Just goes to show that there’s always at least one album that will never die off and will always be the “go to” album for setlist songs. Even a Green Day song was played throughout the set to change things up a bit and to also keep things fresh.
Nineteen songs later, a couple of stories, and one killer performance later I can definitely say I left satisfied and had a fulfilled night that had me blaring my stereo on the way home. It just seems that Taking Back Sunday never really lets you down after all these years as an alternative band that just keeps on keeping on. Not a whole lot of better ways to put it.
Pics and Setlist Below!
Thy Art Is Murder just dropped “Slaves Beyond Death,” off their upcoming fourth album Dear Desolation, out 8/18 via Nuclear Blast Records, which marks the return of vocalist CJ McMahon. Check out the blistering track here.
Polish death metal exports Decapitated are gearing up to release their seventh album Anticult on 7/7. “Anticultrepresents the legacy and future of Decapitated,” said guitarist Vogg. “We’re extremely proud of the record, in both the song compositions and the production. This is the best representation of our music and we’re really excited for the world to hear it!” Check out the first single from the album, “Never,” here.
Decapitated and Thy Art Is Murder are playing Rex Theater in Pittsburgh, PA on 8/20.
By Paige Elexis Owens
It has been a long three years or so since A Lot Like Birds swung by Pittsburgh for a show, but with their latest album “DIVISI” added to their highly intricate discography, it was quite necessary to have the citizens of Pittsburgh experience the new direction they have decided to take with their latest release. “DIVISI” is a whole new experience for not only fans, but for the band as well. They even fully admitted this was “a step into new territory, but one the universe assured us was in the right direction.” With that being said, curiosity struck me as I was heading to this show due to the fact that this was, in fact, a new sound for them, so the question at hand was, what songs will they be playing? The answer, “DIVISI” in its entirety to truly give the crowd an unforgettable experience as they were taken on a journey throughout the whole course of this album that they (A Lot Like Birds) had so much confidence in.
Needless to say, to play an album in its entirety is either very beneficial or very risky, facts are facts. “DIVISI” being the first time they have attempted something this unique was more on the risky side but while standing in that room hearing it be played, it was as if the whole world froze, just so everyone could hear them play. Just imagining total isolation from the outside world is insane enough, but to actually experience it is a whole other thing. Very few bands could take you on a journey such as that, only a couple off the top of my head as I write this review, but A Lot Like Birds just so happens to be one of those bands now.
Personally, the next time A Lot Like Birds comes back around it would be nice to see them at a bigger venue with more extraordinary bands. With the current direction they are heading, this can be quite possible with the right bands intermixed.
The Atlanta-based Americana band The Whiskey Gentry will be performing a local Pittsburgh show on Thu. Jun 8th at Howlers. This show is in support of their recently released third studio album Dead Ringer, out via David Lowery and Velena Vego’s Pitch-A-Tent Records.
HERE’S WHAT PEOPLE HAVE ALREADY BEEN SAYING ABOUT THE WHISKEY GENTRY’S “DEAD RINGER”:
“Lauren Staley’s vocals fit nicely into the Kacey Musgraves/Maren Morris gallactic country orbit. This gentry, however, has a whole lot of Western influences and a trunk full of guitar tremelo that makes their track “Looking for Trouble” feel like an authentic ride through the desert. After the second chorus, the song really does venture into psychedelic territory with phasers set to kill. It’s an interesting coda, capping off a great straight-forward twang rocker with drama.” – NO DEPRESSION
“One of this year’s best country albums… Dead Ringer‘s runaway rock and blazing bluegrass bristle with the same fire and brimstone as albums by some of country’s hottest acts, from stars like Chris Stapleton and Miranda Lambert to newbies like Jon Pardi and Margo Price.” – TAMPA BAY TIMES
“Blending traditional bluegrass instrumentation with the energy of punk and the songwriting depth of country, Atlanta’s Whiskey Gentry whips the diverse audience of liquored up frat boys, hardcore country fans and local scenesters into a frenzy, mixing frantic instrumentals with edgy rockers and neo-honky-tonk weepers, and they don’t let up until the last note rings loud and clear above the cacophonous applause.” – GEORGIA MUSIC MAGAZINE
[9/10 stars!] “The Whiskey Gentry have got a real dead ringer you’ll love.” – MAXIMUM VOLUME MUSIC
“On Dead Ringer, the Whiskey Gentry’s third studio album, the group turns most of its attention away from the good-time party mentality of previous releases and writes about itself, its members’ lives and what matters to them. It is a bold step for a band that has a devoted following of loyal fans who expect the high energy acoustic-based “yeehah!” of the past. And while there is still plenty of that vitality in the music, the words are a bit more introspective and the electric guitars are a little bit louder. With the ever-present feistiness in singer Lauren Staley Morrow’s rich, clear voice, the delivery of a more autobiographical narrative is as entertaining as always and the live in-studio recording retains the band’s musical intensity. All in all, Dead Ringer is a fine effort by a band that is not afraid to grow up.” ★★★★☆ – CREATIVE LOAFING ATLANTA
“Named after a memorable line in Hunter S. Thompson’s iconic missive from the 1970 Kentucky Derby, Atlanta-based country-rock crew The Whiskey Gentry operates with appropriate levels of decadence and depravity. The group’s new record, Dead Ringer, showcases a punked-up version of its bluegrass- (and whiskey-) soaked Americana sound. Like Lydia Loveless or the Drive-By Truckers, The Whiskey Gentry uses traditional Southern music as a base for a sneakily innovative and contemporary sound.” – FLAGPOLE
“It’s hard not to love Lauren Staley’s voice, which is not only powerful but definitely sounds like it was influenced by listening to a lot of country music. This album is a real testament to the songwriting of this band. Whether it’s an uptempo song or a ballad, this band creates songs that are a good blend of rock and country and will have you singing along. If you’re a fan of alt-country, this is a band you’ll want to get to know.” – AXS
“There’s something joyous and revelatory about the mix of honky-tonk swagger and DIY rebelliousness that feels truer to its influences than slicker, more polished groups, and lead singer Lauren Staley will always have one of those classic country voices that can knock you back flat-footed.” – COLUMBIA FREE TIMES
Dead Ringer is an album of an honest human experience, replete with all the thoughts, feelings, and experiences that unite people across the South, the country, and the world. In a world where the most powerful people win the tympanic real estate of the masses with disingenuous lyrics, the Whiskey Gentry can provide solace to anyone with a beating heart and open ears. The Whiskey Gentry sing tales of woe and emotional tangles that are relatable, honest, and beautiful. This is the essence of music: preservation of the stories that bring people together, an expression of the shared human experience. – LIBRO MUSICA
Following the release of their first two acclaimed albums, Please Make Welcome (2011) and Holly Grove (2013), the Atlanta-based band The Whiskey Gentry are set to release their third full-length studio album entitled Dead Ringer this spring. On it, the husband and wife duo of Lauren Staley & Jason Morrow and bandmates have created an effort that builds on many of the sounds of their previous albums – incorporating deep country, Americana, honky-tonk, bluegrass and a stiff shot of gritty rock ’n’ roll, yet it also finds the band testing themselves and pushing beyond their own boundaries.
Dead Ringer deals with growing up, and how that’s affected the band’s relationships, and the places they’ve gone and people they’ve met in the process. As singer/songwriter Lauren Staley puts it, “There’s also a lot of questioning where you are in your life: are you going to follow your dream, or are you going to do what society thinks you should do?”
It’s apparent with this effort that Staley & Co. have opted for the former. “A common lyrical thread throughout this album are stories about being on the road,” Lauren admits, “and chasing your dreams and the outcomes – either good or bad – in doing that.”
Stepping outside of the comfort zone of their previous recordings, the band has moved in a different direction musically. “Sonically, the biggest difference of this record is that we recorded it live together in the same room at Echo Mountain Recording Studio (Asheville, NC),” Lauren explains. “There are less overdubs, which makes it sound more like how it would if you were to see us in person – it’s raw, it’s not perfect. We worked with a producer for the first time (Les Hall), and he had so many amazing ideas we’d never thought of and really pushed us to think outside of our box. There’s an energy on this record that we’ve never captured before, and I think it was a complete game changer for our sound.”
Dead Ringer has more guitars, more attitude and more of an edge than anything the band has done before. It’s not such a massive departure in sound that fans won’t understand it, but they will notice. “We are not a different band,” Lauren explains, “but we’ve definitely grown up and are changed people from the time we started this band. I think we’re better musicians, better songwriters. We’ve learned lessons and we’ve worked hard, and we want to tell our current fans and new fans the stories of what we’ve experienced on this journey. Musically, there are still elements of bluegrass and honky-tonk in our sound, and there always will be. However, I think we’ve expanded the scope of what we can offer people – there’s something for everyone on this record.”
The Whiskey Gentry has been tearing up the road for the better half of the last decade, logging over 150 shows each year, and winning over crowds at major festivals such as Shaky Knees, Shaky Boots, Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, FloydFest and many others. With the release of Dead Ringer they’ll continue this trend, bringing their raucous, high-energy shows to audiences from coast-to-coast.
The Whiskey Gentry’s Dead Ringer will be available on limited vinyl, CD and digital formats on April 7th via Pitch-A-Tent Records.
The Whiskey Gentry are:
Lauren Staley – vocals, acoustic guitar
Jason Morrow – electric guitar, vocals
Sam Griffin – bass
Carlton Owens – drums (Nico Lembo – touring drummer)
Rurik Nunan – fiddle, vocals
Michael Smith – mandolin
Chesley Lowe – banjo
Les Hall – piano, hammond
THE WHISKEY GENTRY TOUR DATES:
May 5 – Jack Rabbits – Jacksonville, FL
May 6 – Crowbar – Ybor City, FL
May 11 – The Southgate House Revival: The Lounge – Newport, KY
May 13 – The Basement – Nashville, TN
May 16 – Moe’s Alley – Santa Cruz, CA w/ Victor Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven)
May 17 – Armando’s – Martinez, CA w/ Victor Krummenacher (Camper Van Beethoven)
May 19 – Revelry Room – Chattanooga, TN
May 31 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA
Jun 1 – Hill Country – Washington DC
Jun 2 – Hill Country – New York City, NY
Jun 3 – The Shaskeen – Manchester, NH
Jun 4 – Atwoods Tavern – Cambridge, MA
Jun 6 – Boot & Saddle – Philadelphia, PA
Jun 7 – Sellersville Theatre – Sellversville, PA
Jun 8 – Howlers – Pittsburgh, PA
Jun 9 – MusicBox Supper Club – Cleveland, OH
Jun 10 – RibFest – Chicago, IL
(additional dates to be announced soon)
FOR MORE INFO ON THE WHISKEY GENTRY:
ICYMI today, Sum 41 released a new music video for the guitar-charged rock anthem, “Goddamn I’m Dead Again!” The music video, reminiscent of past videos like “Fat Lip” and “In Too Deep,” allows hard-core fans of the band, affectionately known as “Skumfuks,” to be a part of Sum 41 history forever. Complete with smashed guitars, circle pits, custom graffiti, an appearance from Left Shark and a few scenes that pay homage to classic Sum 41 video memories, this video truly brings to life what it means to be a head banging and continuously rocking Sum 41 fan. As a further testament to the support this band has seen from fans, Sum 41 has been nominated for three awards at the 2017 Alternative Press Music Awards. The nominations include Artist of the Year, Music Video of the Year for “Fake My Own Death,” and Best Drummer for Frank Zummo. Fans can vote for these categories and more at http://www.altpress.com/vote.
Rusted Root Review/April 1st, 2017
The night seemed to be setting up for a perfect return home show for Pittsburgh’s own Rusted Root. Never having lost contact with its roots over the past 20 plus years, Rusted Root always plays one or two shows for their “first” fans here in Pittsburgh. Having the ability to having known and grown up with lead singer Mike Glabicki, I can tell you that not much has changed with the frontman over the years. Still a very easy going “people person” just like he was growing up. To put the exclamation mark on my point, Mike sat in the crowd prior to the show and for the entire opening act which was a very entertaining Nicholas David from the San Francisco area and more recently “The Voice”.
Nicholas David is a very peaceful soul as you can just tell from looking at him and listening to him direct folks prior to his show. His voice is soulful and strong and honestly, I can’t understand why he didn’t go farther on the show “The Voice”. He got some chops. He was very entertaining for the hour that he was on stage and kept then Pittsburgh crowd of around 400 right in the middle of his hands.
Rusted Root wasted zero time getting on stage. Nicholas Davis left the stage at 845pm and Mike and his bandmates were heading into the first song on 905pm. And the packed to the capacity crowd at Jergels’ in the northern suburbs of Pittsburgh were ready for this year’s dose of Root!!
Welcome to My party was the opener and one that surprised me. They had opened with so many other songs on the past tour, it’s nice to be surprised these days with a great set opener. Glabick sounded great and well rested for the month off that they had had prior to the show. Martyr, Lost, Food and Monkey pants were the next few songs and again some surprises. The rest of the band, including Liz Berlin, sounded and played in top form. Liz’s voice always seems to saturate the venues that I catch them at around the country over the years. That’s one that you can always count on with Berlin’s vocals.
Glabicki’s vocals and guitar playing are and always have been top notch for the band that he wants to front. Nothing has changed since the last time I saw him play and sing. He makes magic come out of any guitar he picks up. Dirk Miller and Colter Harper on the other guitars always help left the songs into a different aura when it comes to a Root show. I guess that’s what they are supposed to do, but they do it tremendously. As always, Preach Freedom and bassist Patrick Norman truly complement each other when it comes to keeping the beat for the night. Both are tops at their game and really have given Root their “funk” over the years. I truly enjoy being on the side at a show and getting to see each of them perform and play.
The night continued into Cinnamon Girl, Blue Diamonds and Laugh along with Man, Not Machine. Glabicki and Berlin both need each other to make most of those songs work and leaving the crowd humming one of them on the way home from the show. While both are excellent vocalists, these core of songs are better with both of them singing on. The heart of the show included favorites Raw, VooDoo, Rebel, Rebel, and XTC. It was a great closing to an incredible night of Root music followed by an encore of Root anthems which included Scattered, Send Me on My Way and of course Back To Earth. All three of the songs on the encore were as powerful as the 3 opening songs. Root rarely loses it focus nor it’s ability to keep the sold out crowd dancing and wanting more.
The show ended just as it opened. Tons of Root fans looking for more Rusted Root.
And I must say on a final closing point. I got to the show early to watch some NCAA hoops and catch up with Mike Glabikci. IN that time, I noticed A LOT of young Rusted Root fans. To the point that off the side of the stage, I got to talking to a young gentleman who was about 14 years old. And I point blank asked him “are you here with your parents by choice or by force?” just joking around. And he looked me right in the eyes and said, “No, I’m a huge Rusted Root and Michael Glabicki fan…..”. I think the look back to him was as priceless as his was to me. It’s great to see ANOTHER generation of Rusted Root fans getting ready to take over and carry the torch.
Words and All photos © 2017 Ed Thompson
Bad Seed Rising will remain on the road forever! The band will hit the tour circuit with Eyes Set to Kill this spring, and then return to Warped Tour for the second summer in a row. Check out the band’s single “Fighting Gravity” and their recent interview with Buzzfeed. Their Roadrunner debut Awake in Color is out now.
The band is playing Diesel in Pittsburgh, PA on 5/14.
Frank Iero and the Patience, will be playing the Pittsburgh’s The Club at Stage AE on Sunday, April 23rd. Iero (formerly of My Chemical Romance) and his band are heading out on the road in support of Parachutes, their sophomore release via BMG/Vagrant Records (Oct. 2016).
Parachutes is an “enjoyably volatile” record, complete with fiery rock beats, buzzing guitar riffs, and raw songwriting (Rock Sound Magazine). Co-produced by the legendary Ross Robinson (Slipknot, Korn, The Cure, Deftones) and Steve Evetts (The Used, Saves The Day, Senses Fail), the album is heartfelt, while still maintaining its punk rock identity. Overall, “Iero has made a grand statement with Parachutes that should not be overlooked” (Alternative Press).
Seether will release their new album Poison the Parish on May 12. The band will be touring extensively in support of the album, which features the riffy and tense smash “Let You Down.”
Guitarist Clint Lowery will augment the band’s line-up throughout the upcoming trek, adding his signature axe-work to Seether’s new songs and deep repertoire.
“We’ve been working on some upgrades to the production and the live sound, which includes welcoming our brother, Clint Lowery into the fold to help us thicken up that live sound experience,” Seether vocalist/guitarist Shaun Morgan said. “We want this tour to be exciting and different — a departure from what people expect from us, while retaining the qualities that make us unique, in order to entertain the fans. It’s going to be loud, heavy, old school Seether with a couple of twists thrown in to keep things exciting.”
The band will appear at Stage AE in Pittsburgh, PA on 5/19.
3/4: Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
On tour with Failure Anthem, Cypher 16, and Smash Into Pieces
Formed as a project in 2007 by guitarist Olof Mörck and vocalist Jake E., Gothenburg, Sweden’s AMARANTHE have carved their name into the annals of metal in capital letters. Band with an exceptional vision right from the outset, Amaranthe are an institution; trailblazers of a genre they almost single-handedly forged.
According to some sources “melodic death metal” and somewhere else pegged as “metalcore” Amaranthe keeps driving genre purists loopy. Sporting three singers, each with characteristics of their own, Amaranthe constantly defies pigeonholing and sound like no one – and nothing – else. Morten Løwe Sørensen’s rhythmic thrust and Johan Andreassen’s booming low-frequency assault lay the foundation to Olof Mörck’s surgically precise, almost machine-like guitar riffing and layers of lush, contemporary keyboards. Timeless, glistening pop choruses coated with an icing of three layers of sublime singing from Elize Ryd’s emotive, angelic voice, Jake E.’s forceful delivery and Henrik Englund Wilhelmsson’s screams combine for a mix of edgy, powerful melodic music that is not only unique and unforgettable, it’s trend-setting and inimitable as well. Amaranthe has already proved they’re the next step in the evolution of metal. Sadly, Jake E. has recently left the band to pursue other projects (http://teamrock.com/news/2016-11-09/amaranthe-vocalist-jake-e-quits-band).
After seeing major labels chomping at the bit that was their one song Myspace demo in 2008, in April 2011 their eponymous debut album was released via the prestigious metal hotbed Spinefarm Records to worldwide acclaim, charting high in Sweden and Finland. Right off the bat throbbing to the pulse of the digital music revolution, “Amaranthe” was the 84th most played album on Spotify in the whole world, counting all genres. After a completed run of 92 live shows after the release of their eponymous debut, the sextet returned to Hansen Studios in Ribe, Denmark where the Amaranthe magic has been plucked from the air since the days of the debut album.
March 2013 saw the release of “The Nexus” where everything was upped a notch. Featured was more of the band’s innovative mix of melodic pop, harsh screamo metal, and techno-influenced hard rock. Extensive touring followed, more chart entries garnered (Top 10 entries both in Sweden and Finland, #12 on US Billboard Heatseeker chart etc.).
Now their career on an ever-upward trajectory, October 2014 saw the release of Amaranthe’s 3rd outing MASSIVE ADDICTIVE. Third time seemed to be the charm, as the album immediately charted in six countries, even manning the pole position on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. The album also yielded Amaranthe’s first major single hit with “Drop Dead Cynical”, which stayed several weeks at the top of USA‘s premier rock station, Sirius XM Octane, and had massive airplay all around the world.
With their 4th album now nigh, the secrets and evolution of the sound yet remain behind a veil, but now it almost goes without saying that connoisseurs of shiny modern metal have much more to look forward to from this unstoppable hybrid metal record-breaking machine!
Followers and copycats come and go, but Amaranthe remains the leader of the pack.
Concise stats of what is Amaranthe:
• 3 album released with a total sale of over 250 000 items worldwide
• 3 gold discs in Sweden for 20 000 cd-singles each
• 2 gold discs in Finland for 10 000 albums
• 1 gold disc in Finland for 5000 singles
• 4 carried out European tours and 3 US tours in 4 years. The 3 last tours as headline in both US and Europe
• 100 000 000 (ONE HUNDRED MILLION) plays at Spotify and over 40 000 000 on YouTube
• Headline at Liseberg in hometown Gothenburg with over 10 000 visitors
• Last album, “Massive Addictive” reached #1 on the US Billboard Heatseekers list
• 2 last albums both reached Top 10 status on the Swedish and Finnish album charts
• The first single from “Massive Addictive” album – “Drop Dead Cynical” – is played frequently on the biggest sporting events in the US, such as NHL games, etc.
• The same single – “Drop Dead Cynical” – spent several weeks at #1 on the US’s biggest rock radio station SiriusXM Octane
• All the singles released have been frequently played on Bandit Rock in Sweden. These have a total play quota of several thousand times
• During the band’s recent appearance at the Sweden Rock it was several thousand more spectators than the specified capacity of about 6000
Once again, Lancaster legends August Burns Red swung by Pittsburgh for the Messengers 10th anniversary tour. Since their “go to” venue has been shut down (Altar Bar) they ended up at Mr. Smalls for the occasion. Deciding to tour and celebrate one of their heaviest and fastest albums seemed like it would be a crazy idea for them after coming off of their most intricate album (Found in Far Away Places) to date. Luckily it brought out the diehard ABR fans to these shows who remember seeing them ten years ago when this album first came out. That being said, crazy may be an understatement for Wednesday night since there were endless crowd surfers and moshers from start to finish.
At the very start of the show, maybe about halfway through the first song, Jake Luhrs (vocals) stopped singing to help one of the photographers out of the pit actually because it ended up getting way to hectic for anyone to be down there with all the crowd surfers falling over the barricade. After leaving the stage, the band continued to finish the song before stopping to wait for the return of their frontman. When coming back on stage, he had a brief statement about having fun but staying safe. From that point they continued on with playing the Messengers album all the way through before returning to the stage for one of Matt’s famous drum solos followed by some of their hits such as: Empire, White Washed, and Ghosts.
Every single time I end up covering ABR I feel as if I always leave with a drive to listen and play music so much more than I ever would at another concert. From the professionalism to the offstage generosity these guys have is just mindboggling sometimes. Plus getting some of the best pictures of my career of them definitely helps. All in all, their shows are some of the best metalcore performances out there and the fact that they are in the writing process for another album makes my hair stand on edge for how excited I am.
|Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh & Pittsburgh Cultural Trust PresentKathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-In Tour|
|Heinz Hall (Pittsburgh)
Sunday, March 26, 20177:30 PM
|We are proud to support Delta Foundation of Pittsburgh and Pittsburgh Cultural Trust, who are presenting Kathy Griffin at the Benedum Center on March 26th!
Use the code “DRUSKY” tomorrow, Tuesday, January 24th at 11AM at TrustArts.org, to unlock the exclusive presale for tickets!
Mastodon are excited to announce a spring headline tour with Eagles Of Death Metal and Russian Circles! Tickets go on sale this Friday, January 13. Every pair of tickets purchased online for Mastodon includes your choice of a physical or digital copy of their new, soon-to-be released album. You will receive instructions via email on how to redeem your album once it is released (date yet to be confirmed).
04/14 | Missoula, MT | The Wilma
04/15 | Seattle, WA | Paramount Theater
04/16 | Portland, OR | Roseland Theater
04/18 | San Francisco, CA | The Warfield
04/20 | Los Angeles, CA | The Palladium
04/21 | Phoenix, AZ | Comerica Theatre
04/23 | Salt Lake City, UT | Complex
04/24 | Denver, CO | Fillmore
04/26 | Kansas City, MO | Uptown Theater
04/27 | St. Louis, MO | Pageant
04/28 | Birmingham, AL |Iron City
04/29 | Jacksonville, FL | Welcome to Rockville Festival*
04/30 | Ft. Myers, FL | Fort Rock Festival*
05/2 | Washington DC | Fillmore
05/3 | Toronto, ON | Rebel
05/4 | Cleveland, OH | Agora Theater
05/5 | Charlotte, NC | Carolina Rebellion Festival*
05/6 | Philadelphia, PA | Electric Factory
05/8 | Boston, MA | House Of Blues
05/9 | Portland, ME |State Theater
05/11 | New York, NY | Hammerstein Ballroom
05/12 | Pittsburgh, PA | Stage AE
05/13 | Chicago, IL | Aragon Ballroom
05/14 | Cincinnati, OH | Taft Theatre
05/16 | Detroit, MI | Royal Oak Theater
05/17 | Nashville, TN | Ryman Auditorium
05/18 | Memphis, TN | Minglewood Hall
05/19 | Dallas, TX | Gas Monkey Live
05/20 | Austin, TX | ACL Live
* Indicates festival date. All other dates are headline shows.
MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCED FOR EMERGING MILLVALE
First annual event set for Saturday, May 13th
The community organized Millvale Music Festival will take place Saturday, May 13th, 2017. The day-long event will support and showcase local musical acts of many genres while showcasing the fun and unique Millvale venues. Over 100 bands at more than a dozen stages are to be part of the community’s first annual celebration. The Festival will build on the success of other local community music Festivals but will highlight the growing cultural presence and businesses in Millvale.
Anticipated venues include Mr. Smalls Theatre & Funhouse, Double L Bar, Grist House Brewing, Draai Laag Brewing, Cousin’s Lounge, Panza Gallery, GAP Park, Millvale Studios, Tupelo Honey Teas, Millvale Community Library, Element Church, and more. All of these unique venues are in the small, walking business district in Millvale that continues to grow into something special. Music lovers are encouraged to follow the Festival at www.facebook.com/millvalemusic for news and announcements leading up to the Festival.
The Millvale Music Festival is now accepting submissions for musical acts, stage hosts, and volunteers. They are asked to go to millvalemusic.org to make these submissions.
The Millvale Music Festival is also seeking sponsors. These partners will enable the event’s success and the community’s growth. Please contact Liz Tripoli at 412.224.2666 or firstname.lastname@example.org for sponsorship opportunities.
Do you dig the sounds of acoustic rock roots like Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers? So you can consideYou need to check out Greensky and realize they’re far beyond simply ‘bluegrass’ and as Rolling Stone has said, “they’re representing the genre for a whole new generation.” So this is not your Grandpa’s bluegrass.
Greensky Bluegrass will be playing at Rex Theater February 7 & 8
Like the band’s own name, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted is a collection of opposites, full of dark psychedelic swirls, bright bursts of acoustic guitar, soundscapes, solos, freethinking improvisation, and plenty of sharp, focused songwriting. It’s wild and wide-ranging, showing off the diversity Greensky Bluegrass brings to every live show. At the same time, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted is unmistakably a studio album, recorded during two different sessions — one at Echo Mountain Studio in Asheville, North Carolina; the other at the Mountain House Recording Studio in Nederland, Colorado — that comprise the band’s longest block of recording time ever. The result is an 11-track album whose songs cast a wide net, mixing the full-throttle energy of a Greensky Bluegrass concert with the nuanced approach of a band that’s still eager to explore.
“You can call us an acoustic ensemble, or a drum-less rock band, or a rock & roll bluegrass band,” says mandolin player Paul Hoffman, who, along with guitarist Dave Bruzza, handles most of the album’s writing duties. “All of that shifting identity has taught us to cover a lot of ground. There’s a flow to this album, just like there’s a flow to our setlists. There are some aggressive, rocking moments. Some bouncy, funky moments. An acoustic think piece or two. It’s a balance of moods and textures that we create as a band, almost like a mix tape.”
Formed in 2000 in Kalamazoo, Michigan, Greensky Bluegrass kicked off their career playing living rooms and open mic nights across the Midwest. By 2005, they were touring nationally, and by 2006, they were playing the first in a long series of appearances at the annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival. Bandmates Hoffman, Bruzza, dobro player Anders Beck, banjoist Michael Arlen Bont, and upright bassist Mike Devol spent most of the following decade on the road, fine-tuning a live show modeled not after the toned-down production of traditional bluegrass music, but the full-on spectacle of rock.
“We play two sets of music every night with a big light show, and really care about creating a large scale production,” notes Bruzza, adding that, “the goal isn’t just to play important music. We want to cultivate an experience, where people can escape from their everyday lives for a minute and put their worries aside.”
Playing as many as 175 shows per year, Greensky Bluegrass have graduated to headlining status at some of the country’s most iconic venues, selling out amphitheaters like Red Rocks and world-class auditoriums like the Ryman. They’ve become a regular name on the festival circuit, too, adding Bonnaroo, the New Orleans Jazz Festival, Austin City Limits, Forecastle, and Outside Lands to their touring schedule. Supported by a grassroots audience whose members often travel for hours to see the band, Greensky Bluegrass are still a proudly independent act, enjoying the success of a major-label act — including a Number One debut on the Billboard Bluegrass chart for their fifth album, 2014’s If Sorrows Swim — without giving up complete control of their own business.
Released on the band’s label, Big Blue Zoo, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted kicks off with “Miss September,” a song that splits its focus between Hoffman’s mid-tempo melodies and the band’s instrumental solos. Most of the album’s tracks strike a similar balance, showcasing a group whose vocal hooks and flat-picking skills share the spotlight equally. Meanwhile, the guys stretch their legs on “Living Over” — an improvised, seven-minute knockout that’s already become a live staple — and show surprising restraint with “While Waiting,” a slower song whose ebb-and-flow arrangement often finds no more than two bandmates playing at once. “Room Without a Roof” features some of the group’s most layered production to date, with electric instruments adding some thick sonic padding, while “More of Me” cranks up the drama, with Hoffman singing about heartache over a bed of minor-key guitar arpeggios.
“We tend to have a darker sense to our songs than most acoustic bands,” Bruzza adds, “but we still have light moments, too. We’re trying to explore the textures and sounds we can make, while still having the instrumentation of a bluegrass band. There aren’t many rules. We’ll run a dobro though an amp on a song like ‘Past My Prime.’ We can get pretty epic. This album is a crazy carnival one minute, and it’s a psychedelic Pink Floyd jam the next.”
Equal parts dark, driving, and dynamic, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted is Greensky Bluegrass at their best, fusing the fiery fretwork of their live shows with the focus of a true songwriting outfit.
Doors: 7:30 PM
Show: 8:00 PM
Minors Under 21 with Parent or Legal Guardian
Howie Day’s emotionally resonant lyrics and inventive melodies have earned him both critical praise and a legion of devoted fans. He is known for his energetic, heartfelt shows, where he connects with audiences through the strength of his songwriting and his quirky sense of humor. Day’s warm tenor voice “soars into fluttering, high registers, but also grates with real, pleading grit,” as one critic put it. After sales of over a million records and two Top 10 hits, Day is back on the road in support of his new studio album, Lanterns.
A native of Bangor, Maine, Day began playing piano at age five and guitar at age 12. By 15, he was writing his own songs and performing across New England. Shortly after graduating high school, Day became a fixture at college coffeehouses across the U.S. He wrote, financed and released his first effort, Australia, which was named Best Debut Album at the 2001 Boston Music Awards. The Boston Globe called Day “gorgeously seasoned, far beyond his years” with “a brave, beautiful singing voice.” During his relentless touring schedule, Day began experimenting with effects pedals and loop-sampling techniques as he performed, layering live percussion with vocal harmonies and guitar parts to become a veritable one-man band. He went on to sell over 30,000 copies of Australia as he navigated the independent music scene and continued to hone his craft.
After signing with Epic Records, Day released his major-label debut, Stop All The World Now, and hit the road to support it. The constant promotion paid off: Stop was certified gold in the U.S. and spawned two Top 10 radio hits: “She Says” and the platinum single “Collide.” After three subsequent years of intense worldwide touring, Day moved to Los Angeles and returned to the studio. His next release, Sound the Alarm, built on the emotionally complex spirit of its predecessor and delved into Day’s journey from indie wunderkind to platinum-selling artist. Its lead single, “Be There,” became a staple at modern AC radio.
After parting ways with Epic and relocating to New York City in 2010, Day released the Ceasefire EP on his own label, Daze. Over the next two years, as a reenergized Day toured North America, Australia and Asia, new songs began to emerge and evolve. His fourth full-length album, Lanterns, was recorded in Boston with producer and longtime friend Mike Denneen. Awash with a warm musicality and unique instrumentation, the album also features guest vocals from Aimee Mann. Lanterns was released in April 2015.
Yoke Lore layers the harmonies of Panda Bear, the soulful beats of M83, and the modern pop of Blackbird Blackbird to tell “the stories of how we are bound.” Galvin’s songs start with the folksy timbre of a banjo and add echoing waves of vocals and percussion to create unforgettable pop music with tactile sincerity and conviction.
Galvin grew up in an artistic family, his mother a director and his father an actor and sculptor. He was immersed in painting, photography, and ballet from an early age, eventually finding his first musical passion in the drums. While pursuing music, his artistry in other disciplines has not faltered, even lending his own artwork as the cover of his debut EP, Far Shore.
When he’s not writing and recording new music, Galvin can be found teaching yoga or performing with his modern dance company Boomerang in Brooklyn.
12/6 World Cafe Live Philadelphia, PA (tickets)*
12/7 The Middle East Cambridge, MA (tickets)*
12/8 Mercury Lounge New York, NY (tickets)*
12/9 Jammin’ Java Vienna, VA (tickets)*
12/14 Big Room Bar Columbus, OH (tickets)*
12/15 Cattivo Pittsburgh, PA (tickets)*
12/16 Beachland Tavern Cleveland, OH (tickets)*
12/17 Schuba’s Chicago, IL (tickets)*