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Tuesday, February 11, 2020

New Release: Chicago duo DRAMA'S DANCE WITHOUT ME Available February 14, 2020

DANCE WITHOUT ME 
OUT FEBRUARY 14TH 
ON GHOSTLY INTERNATIONAL 
HEADLINE TOUR SET FOR UK, EUROPE & NORTH AMERICA 


Photo by Zoe Rain 

We do like to show our locals some love here in Chi, IL, particularly since 2020 Is The Year of Chicago Music. Chicago duo DRAMA have their highly anticipated album out THIS FRIDAY.



DRAMA is a great example of a Chicago success story. After moving to Chicago in 2010, Rosa connected with THEMPeople, a collective at the center of the city’s sprawling hip-hop scene. Shehade who was born in Chicago to immigrant parents, fell in love with DJ culture as a kid and took up music production and engineering; his interest eventually led to professional opportunities, including early studio work with Chance the Rapper, Kanye West, and music projects for MTV and Bravo. 

After a number of chance meetings they decided to collaborate and the great music followed quickly. Described as "electro-soul" but so much more the new album is definitely not one to sleep on. They will also be playing April 3rd at The Metro. 

DRAMA is the multicultural collaboration between producer Na’el Shehade’s chic Chicago house-infused production style, and vocalist Via Rosa whose soulful delivery is inspired by the improvisational nature of jazz and playful patterns of hip-hop and bossa nova. The duo play to the complementary dynamics of their unlikely pairing by blurring the lines between R&B and dance-pop, heartbreak and bliss. 




They have shared the first video from their brilliant debut album Dance Without Me—out February 14 via Ghostly International—for new single “Years.” Watch the video, directed by Adam Chitayat via Complex: 



"This track is a bittersweet song about the conflict of wanting to let go but still hold onto someone you love, but you know they’re not right for you,” Via Rosa notes. “It’s about knowing you should walk away but also wanting to confess your unconditional and eternal love." Regarding the video, director Adam Chitayat adds, "Filmed practically, we set out to create a series of otherworldly, constantly transitioning spaces for DRAMA to perform through. Emotions can feel like they take us on a ride, floating us forward and bringing us towards things we need to tackle in our lives. The floating and the spaces seek to represent the themes of the song - speaking to your own heart, confronting your past and opening yourself back up to vulnerability."

Dance Without Me is a refined collection that recasts romantic tragedy as moonlit self-acceptance, as heard on previous singles “Hold On,” “Gimme Gimme” and “Nine One One.” It’s a remarkably refined album for a young band, with Rosa’s lyrical candor creating expressionistic narratives about interpersonal intricacies all finessed for the club by Shehade. As a lyricist, Rosa takes her blues and makes them vibrant — rather than wallow alone. There is lush lovelorn affliction blended into the tracks on Dance Without Me, which can be pre-ordered here: https://drama.ffm.to/dancewithoutme. 

Since a chance meeting in 2014 lead to the creation of DRAMA, the Chicago-based duo has bootstrapped a subtle rise on their own terms, self-releasing several EPs and mapping multiple tours with Midwestern grit. Rosa & Na'el announced an extensive North American, UK & European headline tour, kicking off in the UK later this month. See dates below and be sure to see them for a taste of their gorgeous new music.




DRAMA 2020 TOUR DATES
01.29 Manchester, UK @ Night and Day Cafe
01.30 London, UK @ Heaven
02.01 Paris, FR @ Le 1999
02.02 Brussels, BE @ Le Botanique (Witloof Bar)
02.04 Hamburg, DE @ Nochtwache
02.05 Cologne, DE @ Studio 672
02.06 Berlin, DE @ Kantine Am Berghain
02.07 Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso - SOLD OUT
02.08 Rotterdam, NL @ Rotown 
02.26 Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar
02.27 San Diego, CA @ Music Box
02.28 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
02.29 Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
03.03 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent - SOLD OUT
03.04 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
03.06 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
03.07 Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile
03.18 Detroit, MI @ Marble Bar
03.19 Toronto, ON @ Velvet Underground
03.20 Montréal, QC @ Le Ministère
03.21 Boston, MA @ Great Scott
03.26 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
03.27 Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda's
03.28 Washington, DC @ Union Stage
04.03 Chicago, IL @ Metro
04.28 Atlanta, GA @ Aisle 5
04.30 Dallas, TX @ Three Links
05.01 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
05.02 Austin, TX @ Barracuda

Album Pre-Order / Pre-Save: https://drama.ffm.to/dancewithoutme

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Thursday, April 25, 2019

NEW RELEASE: SOPHOMORE ALBUM “MAUGA” FROM KING HOBO OUT MAY 31, 2019

KING HOBO TO RELEASE THEIR SOPHOMORE ALBUM “MAUGA”
MAY 31ST 2019


With CLUTCH's Jean-Paul Gaster on Drums/Percussion

The transatlantic trio that is KING HOBO are announcing the release of their album Mauga on Weathermaker Music.  The KING HOBO band members are Thomas Juneor Andersson (Kamchatka) on vocals, guitars & percussion, Per Wiberg (Kamchatka / Spiritual Beggars / Candlemass / ex-Opeth) on vocals, bass, and keys, and Jean-Paul Gaster (Clutch) on drums.

The album was produced by Tobias Strandvik and recorded at his studio in Varberg, Sweden. 

The album cover is designed by Per Wiberg himself.  Per says:
”I wanted to pay homage to all the great labels that inspired the music we play, like Chess, Atlantic, Vee-Jay, Prestige & Blue Note for example.  All these labels had a classy design in their heyday which was immediately recognizable.  That’s why our image is in tri-tone, and the names of the band members together with the label and stereo logo are mentioned on the front cover.  The sci-fi imagery is our little twist.”

Mauga Track Listing:

1. Hobo Ride
2. Dragon’s Tail
3. King Blues
4. Good Stuff
5. Mauga
6. How Come We’re Blind
7. Listen Here
8. Move To The City
9. Twilight Harvest Pt. I & II
10. New Or-sa-leans*

*Bonus Track on the digital release only

The first single from Mauga is “Hobo Ride“ and will be released April 19th, 2019 as an instant gratification track at iTunes and Amazon. That single will be followed by “Listen Here“ (May 3rd), and “Dragon's Tail“ (May 17th). 

Weathermaker Music will release a limited 12" LP in a gatefold format which has been autographed by the three musicians on the inner sleeve, and a digital 10-track version that includes the song "New Or-sa-leans" as a bonus. 

Jean-Paul Gaster on how KING HOBO began:
“Per and I met in 2003 when Spiritual Beggars and Clutch were touring Europe together. Within the first hour of meeting him, he and I had an in depth conversation about the blues and funk and how the Bad Brains were one of the most important bands of all time.  Even though we grew up in countries thousands of miles apart we had an immediate kinship thru our love of the music. 

In the summer 2005 Clutch and Opeth were on the Sounds of the Underground tour. Per was playing with Opeth at the time. After the show he and I would often hang out enjoying a cold beer and listening to everything from Captain Beyond to Black Uhuru and Miles Davis. On a hot and humid evening somewhere in the mid-west one of these listening sessions led to us setting up gear in the bus parking lot and holding an open jam in what we called the funk tent. These jams are where the King Hobo seeds were planted. 

It was at one of the Sounds of the Underground tour dates that Per played me a new release by a Swedish band called Kamchatka. I was blown away by the man playing guitar! He had a soulful voice and played like Stevie Ray Vaughn. This was my introduction to the powerhouse singer and guitarist Thomas Anderson.”

Thomas Juneor Andersson on the sound of KING HOBO:
“In a metaphorical way this is the sound of two continents meeting; Europe, particularly Sweden, and the United States and here particularly the East coast.  When we play, all hell breaks loose.  Our music can, at times be intense and loud, and then again almost like a whisper. Per and JP are my role models, as persons and musicians and it's a huge honor to play with them. We play what we feel and that's the sound of this album. We are three musicians from different parts of the world, friends actually, who are having a musical conversation, as grownups do.”

Per Wiberg on the recording of Mauga:
“We recorded this album the same way as the first, live in the rehearsal room. It’s quite a liberating process compared to how a lot of albums are recorded these days. We set up our gear in a circle and go full on, no headphones or screens to seal off the amps or drums. We jam all through the day to see what we come up with, arrange it on the spot and record.   I really like the fact that it doesn’t feel like a regular recording situation with monitors, click tracks and what not. It feels a lot more exclusive and kinda like a proper gig actually, plus we don’t have to worry what it’s gonna sound like live either, cause this is live in the raw!

The hang out part and easy going vibe adds a lot to how we play together as well and none of this would happen if we didn’t have a guy we trusted in the studio. Toby Strandvik did a tremendous job this time with the technical side of things as this way of recording might not be an engineers’ wet dream so to speak.

The journey is just as much worth as the destination to us and I think we found the Hobo way of capturing the moment."

KING HOBO:

Thomas Juneor Andersson on vocals, guitars & percussion.
Per Wiberg on vocals, bass, and keys
Jean-Paul Gaster - Drums/Percussion

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

INCOMING: Alice Merton To Play Chicago's Bottom Lounge 4/26; Mint LP Out Now Via Mom+Pop Music

 Alice Merton Plays Bottom Lounge On 4/26
Mint LP Out Now Via Mom+Pop Music


Alice has announced Summer tour dates with Young The Giant and Fitz & The Tantrums. Last month, Alice released a new documentary centered around the making of her LP 'Mint'.  The LP was released on 1/18 on Mom+Pop Music. Critical acclaim has been coming in for the LP: Jon Pareles of the New York Times praised the LP in his weekly column. Nylon's Allison Stubblebine said,"...if I did have to assert one quality of Merton’s that I think will grow more and more evident over time, it’s the weird, the quirky, the way that she leaves mistakes in her songs, making them what they are, flawed and perfect, all at once." Town + Country also raved saying, "Alice Merton is About to Have the Breakout Album of 2019." 

Her single “Funny Business” is officially Top 20 on AAA, approaching Top 15 and officially Top 30 at Alternative radio.  Alice's video for "Funny Business" was shared on Refinery29. Along with the video, the site she also did an exclusive interview.  The track originally premiered on Nylon.  Along with the song premiere, Alice also sat down with Nylon and did an interview where she talked about both the song and the new album. Last year, Alice's breakout single "No Roots" was certified gold by the RIAA.

Photo Credit: Paper Plane Records

Amazon Music listeners can simply ask, "Alexa play "Funny Business" (Acoustic) by Alice Merton" in the Amazon Music app for iOS and Android and on Alexa-enabled devices. In addition to the new track, Amazon Music listeners can access hundreds of Amazon Originals featuring both emerging and established artists across numerous genres, available to stream and purchase only on Amazon Music.

Alice will be embarking on a U.S. tour in April around her new LP Mint. This tour will include dates at Coachella. She then will return to the U.S. this summer playing dates with Young The Giant and Fitz & The Tantrums. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.  

Tour Dates:
4/14/2019 - Indio CA - Coachella
4/16/2019 - Vancouver BC - Biltmore Cabaret
4/17/2019 - Seattle WA - The Crocodile
4/21/2019 - Indio CA - Coachella
4/23/2019 - Denver CO - Bluebird Theater
4/24/2019 - Kansas City MO - The Record Bar
4/26/2019 - Chicago IL - Bottom Lounge
4/27/2019 - Panama City Beach FL - SandJam 2019 Festival
8/4/2019 - Seattle, WA - Marymoor Park*
8/6/2019  - Troutdale, OR - Edgefield Ampitheater* 
8/8/2019  - Santa Barbara, CA  - Santa Barbara Bowl*
8/9/2019 - San Diego, CA - Open Air Theatre* 
8/10/2019 - Los Angeles, CA - The Forum*
8/11/2019 - Phoenix, AZ - Comerica Theatre* 
8/14/2019 - Reno, NV - Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort & Casino* 
8/15/2019 - San Francisco, CA - Greek Theatre at Berkeley* 
8/16/2019 - Las Vegas, NV - Downtown Las Vegas Event Center* 
*(Supporting Fitz and the Tantrums / Young the Giant)

ALICE MERTON BIOGRAPHY:
Alice Merton wants to know why you're being so damn serious. 

The chart-topping singer-songwriter wrote her most euphoric, pop-friendly track to date at a time when critics and hot-takers seemed intent on sucking the joy out of everything. 

“I kept getting asked in interviews, ‘Do you think you’re gonna be a one-hit wonder?’” Alice Merton laughs. “I went into the studio and said, ‘Music is supposed to be fun! We don’t write songs to be hits, we write songs so we feel good.’” 

Out came "Why So Serious," with Alice Merton shimmying circles around the noise and the nonsense with parade of jubilant hooks. It's the closing salvo on MINT, an 11-track cavalcade of such powerhouses, and a long-awaited, hard-fought triumph of a debut album (out Jan. 18 on Mom + Pop Music). There are anthems for self-reliance, growing up, lashing out, and finding home in a whirlwind of FaceTime conversations and passport stamps. 

“Some talk about growing up and moving around a lot,” the English-German artist (who once moved 12 times over 24 years) observes, “But a lot of others discuss the struggles we’ve had with starting a label, the feeling of trying to prove yourself to everyone.” While studying at University of Popular Music and Music Business, Alice Merton founded Paper Plane Records Int. with her best friend and manager Paul Grauwinkel, while crafting songs alongside co-writer and producer Nicolas Rebscher. Label and radio reps scoffed at “No Roots” - It’s a minute too long! Take the guitars out! - but by the time it topped Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart in the U.S. and amassed over 142 million YouTube streams, naysayers turned to supporters. 

Long safe from those one-hit wonder jabs (the fiery “Lash Out” followed “No Roots” as an alt radio staple) MINT finds Alice Merton progressing from the owner of a handful of hits to an accomplished album artist. On “Funny Business,” she ventures outside her usual circle of collaborators and enlists Grammy-nominated producer John Hill (co-producer and co-writer of Portugal. The Man’s “Feel It Still”) for a swaggering, bass-groovy joyride that's ready to duke it out with "Why So Serious" for the title of Alice Merton's next big hit. It also doubles as her own personal dos and don'ts checklist: "I don't break hearts / I don't do funny business / I just ride in cars / And watch them get hung up in it." Seriously, why so serious? 

For fans who have been there from the start, MINT is the full-length affirmation; for newcomers, it's a virtual greatest hits of two globetrotting years spent living, adapting, and creating. With extensive touring and one of 2019’s standout debuts on the way, Alice Merton’s metamorphosis from Hype Machine and Shazam sensation to bona fide stardom is starting to… take root. She has gone platinum in six countries, amassed over 261 million global streams, sold out headlining dates in New York and Washington, D.C., and has been championed by the likes of Billboard magazine, Rolling Stone magazine, Jimmy Fallon's The Tonight Show, James Corden's Late Late Show, and Live With Kelly and Ryan. "It feels really relieving,” she affirms. “I’m excited we can finally put these songs out and even start working on the next chapter.”

Mint - Tracklisting
1. Learn To Live
2. 2 Kids
3. No Roots
4. Funny Business
5. Homesick
6. Lash Out
7. Speak your Mind
8. Don't Hold A Grudge
9. Honeymoon Heartbreak
10. Trouble In Paradise
11. Why So Serious

Thursday, November 1, 2018

NEW RELEASE: Dead Can Dance Album Dionysus Out November 2nd

Music on Our Radar:

New album Dionysus 
November 2, 2018
through [PIAS] Recordings





Check out their new recording ACT II - The Mountain - 



European Tour May + June 2019
A Celebration of Life & Works 1980 – 2019

DIONYSUS
ACT I :
Sea Borne
Liberator of Minds
Dance of the Bacchantes

ACT II 
The Mountain
The Invocation
The Forest
Psychopomp

Having previously announced details of their new album Dionysus, Australian duo DEAD CAN DANCE share new recording ACT II - The Mountain which premieres via Pitchfork.

The follow-up to 2012’s Anastasis and taking its lead from the myth of Dionysus, the new work consists of two acts across seven movements representing the various facets of the legend - conveyed via an array of folk instrumentation,  field recordings  and chants. Its inspiration drawn from across the world, Dead Can Dance continue to harvest an intriguing trajectory both in spiritual and creative terms.

ACT II - The Mountain is the first new recording from Dionysus and the first movement of the album’s second Act where, explains Brendan Perry; “listeners will find themselves visiting Mount Nysa. This mountain was Dionysus’ place of birth, where he was raised by the centaur Chiron, from whom he learned chants and dances together with Bacchic rites and initiations. “

Driven by Perry’s exploration of religious rites and rituals, Dionysus nevertheless sees ally-in-arms Lisa Gerrard convey the feminine aspect of Dionysus's dual nature through song in both solo and mantric choral forms and ultimately to play the role of Psychopomp, signifying Dionysus's role as an agrarian deity returning to winter’s underworld to reassume the role of guide to dead souls.
TOUR DATES:

May 02: Le Liberte, Rennes, France
May 04 / 05: Hammersmith Apollo, London, UK
May 07 / 08: Cirque Royale, Brussels, Belgium
May 10 / 11: Grand Rex, Paris, France
May 13 / 14: Tivoli Vredenburg, Utrecht, Netherlands
May 16 / 17: Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany
May 20 / 21: Barts, Barcelona, Spain
May 23 / 24: Aula Magna, Lisbon, Portugal
May 26 / 27: Teatro Degli Arcimboldi, Milan, Italy
June 16: Alte Oper, Frankfurt, Germany
June 18 / 19: Ruhrcongress, Bochum, Germany
June 21 / 22: Torwar Hall, Warsaw, Poland
June 24: Kongresove Centrum Praha, Prague, Czech Republic
June 26: Papp Laszlo Budapest Sportarena, Budapest, Hungary
June 28: Sava Centar, Belgrade, Serbia
June 30: Roman Theatre Of Philippopolis, Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Tuesday, December 15, 2015

NEW RELEASES: LORDS OF BLACK Announce Sophomore Album II Out Worldwide on Frontiers Music Srl in March!

Frontiers Music Srl is pleased to announce the release of the highly anticipated second album from the Melodic Progressive Metal masters LORDS OF BLACK on March 18, 2016.


LORDS OF BLACK is the band formed by world-class singer Ronnie Romero, renowned guitarist Tony Hernando and monster drummer Andy C. 

Their vision was to form a metal band with a modern approach blended with catchy, melodic and progressive elements. After months of intense and hard work on the songs, the band independently released their acclaimed Self-Titled debut, which was co-produced by Roland Grapow. Metal Hammer Spain deemed it "The Best Metal album released in Spain this year."

Check out their new album trailer HERE:


The band supported the release with a series of very successful live shows, some of them as "very special guest" for high profile international acts. Then the news of Ronnie Romero joining the new incarnation of RAINBOW broke out. This brought the band to the attention of the international media and in particular the words from Ritchie Blackmore, describing Romero's voice like "a cross between Ronnie James Dio and Freddie Mercury" piqued the curiosity of rock journalists and fans alike.

However, now LORDS OF BLACK are ready to conquer the world with II, an album that will blow the minds of fans of Modern Melodic Metal. Once again co-produced, mixed and mastered by Roland Grapow (MASTERPLAN, ex-HELLOWEEN), II is not only the follow up to their outstanding and acclaimed debut album, but is an album with superbly crafted songs that will instantly become absolute Metal classics.  "The new album, being the follow up to a first record that was so greatly received, had to get to a higher place," says Tony Hernando. "After an intense year of writing and producing, along with the live performances, we came up with songs that are still deep and complicated in some arrangements, but have been written with the live performance in mind... The quest was to come up with something that artistically was meaningful for us as musicians and at the same time could catch the attention of the listeners. We really hope you enjoy this new album and come with us for a great ride!"

Tracks like "Merciless", "Everything You're Not", "Insane", "New World's Coming" and "Shadows of War" showcase the heavy and complex yet very melodic style of the band. The song "The Art of Illusions Part III: The Wasteland" is the conclusion to the trilogy that commenced on the debut album, while the song "Cry No More" is inspired and dedicated to the late, great, Phil Lynott.

This is a band destined for stardom: get on board now and enjoy the music!



II Track Listing  
Malevolently Beautiful (Intro)
Merciless; Only One Life Away
Everything You're No
New World's Comin'
Cry No More; Tears I Will Be
Insane; Live by the Lie, Die by the Truth
Ghost of You
The Art of Illusions Part III: The Wasteland
Shadows of War
Lady of the Lake (Rainbow cover, bonus track cd edition) / Innuendo (Queen cover, bonus track digital edition).

LORDS OF BLACK
Ronnie Romero - Vocals
Tony Hernando - Guitars
Andy C. - Drums

Tony Hernando played bass on the album.
Javi Garcia is the new bass player who has just joined the band.
All Piano and synths played by Andy C.
Additional Pianos and Synths by Tony Hernando and Víctor Díez.

Produced by Tony Hernando and Roland Grapow
Mixed and Mastered by Roland Grapow at Grapow's Studios, Slovakia

For More Info Visit:


Wednesday, November 11, 2015

INCOMING: Catch In the Whale at Chicago's Double Door 11/15

IN THE WHALE TRACK 
"PRAY FOR THE PREY" 
PRODUCED BY NO AGE

IN THE WHALE RELEASE  
NEIGHBOR NOW OUT!


Denver rock band In The Whale released the heavy and hardcore "Pray for The Prey" last month. The band released Neighbor, their two-song digital single out via Red Bull Sound Select October 23rd. Neighbor was produced by the GRAMMY nominated experimental punk duo No Age and mixed by Romesh Dodangoda (Motorhead, Funeral For a Friend, Bullet For My Valentine).

No Age and In The Whale are set to share the bill during the month long music festival, Red Bull Sound Select Presents: 30 Days In LA, on November 18th at The Echo along with So Pitted.




In The Whale Photo Credit: Mike Ford / Red Bull Sound Select / Content Pool
No Age Photo Credit: Sub Pop Records

About In The Whale: 
In the Whale is a high energy two-piece rock band hailing from Denver, CO. Members Nate Valdez (vocals and guitar) and Eric Riley (drums and backing vocals) have been making no-nonsense, balls-to-the-wall rock songs since they formed the band in 2011. 

Since then, the two have stayed busy exploring the seedier sides of Denver that inspires their music. In 2012 they released their first EP, 'Cake', and followed it up with the EP, 'Eric', in the late fall of 2013. In between those two releases they played with a stupid number of artists you'd happily phone home about. In addition to sharing stages with bands like Murder By Death, Local H, Reverend Horton Heat and Electric Six in their hometown, the band has hit the road and played alongside The Airborne Toxic Event, Agent Orange, Jane's Addiction and Slash. In the Whale released their third EP titled 'Nate' in April 2014 and will continue relentlessly touring until they have conquered everything.


Catch In the Whale's incredible live show on tour this winter!

2015/2016 Tour Dates
11/10 - Arlene's Grocery - New York, NY
11/11 - Brighton Music Hall - Boston, MA
11/12 - Wonder Bar - Asbury Park, NJ
11/13 - Ardmore Music Hall - Ardmore, PA
11/14 - Music Box Supper Club - Cleveland, OH
11/15 - Double Door - Chicago, IL
11/17 - Soiled Dove - Denver, CO
11/18 - The Echo - Los Angeles, CA
11/27 - The Hideout - San Diego, CA
11/28 - Tiki Bar - Costa Mesa, CA
11/29 - Whisky A Go Go - Los Angeles, CA
12/01 - Rockbar Theater - San Jose, CA
12/02 - Bottom of the Hill - San Francisco, CA
12/03 - Shea's Tavern - Reno, NV
12/04 - Volcanic Theatre Pub - Eugene, OR
12/05 - Dante's - Portland, OR
12/06 - El Corazon - Seattle, WA
12/07 - Garibaldi Lift Co - Whistler, BC
12/08 - Rickshaw Theatre - Vancouver, BC
12/10 - Denizen Hall - Edmonton, AB
12/11 - Dickens - Calgary, AB
12/12 - The Vat - Red Deer, AB
12/14 - Club X - Salt Lake City, UT
12/15 - Aggie Theatre - Fort Collins, CO
12/16 - Bluebird Theatre - Denver, CO
02/02 - Launchpad - Albuquerque, NM
02/03 - Blue Max - Midland, TX
02/04 - Paper Tiger - San Antonio, TX
02/05 - Scout Bar - Houston, TX
02/06 - Siberia Bar - New Orleans, LA
02/07 - Vinyl Music Hall - Pensacola, FL
02/09 - Beachside Tavern - New Smyrna Beach, FL
02/10 - Debauchery - Melbourne, FL
02/11 - The Inlet - Fort Pierce, FL
02/12 - West End Trading Co - Sanford, FL
02/13 - Propaganda - Lake Worth, FL
02/15 - The Foundry - Athens, GA
02/16 - The Jinx - Savannah, GA
02/17 - The Sparrow - Charleston, SC
02/18 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
02/19 - The Rabbit Hole - Charlotte, NC
02/20 - The Earl - Atlanta, GA
02/21 - Grey Eagle Music Hall - Asheville, NC
02/24 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
02/26 - The Hi-Tone - Memphis, TN
02/27 - Shrine - Tulsa, OK



Sunday, December 28, 2014

Photo Recap: Lionize LIVE at Bogart's in Cincinnati #metal

We were pretty stoked this year that some seriously sweet bands were playing back to back in Cincinnati where we'd be spending the holidays with family. We scored photo credentials/press list for two nights at Bogart's and got our metal on. Perfect counterbalance to all the holiday cheer. Check out our full set of pit photos from Lionize--support for Clutch--in the slide show and favorites embedded below. 



One of these days we'll catch them for a video interview. We were set to interview them at House of Blues Chicago a while back and they had a nasty van wreck and couldn't make the show. Thankfully they all survived and are back out there touring.



We met a kid named Zero at the show who was celebrating his 8th birthday that night and he told us he was a Lionize fan. (Though his big sister had originally told him he was seeing Primus, so he was a little bummed she lied... but still stoked to see Lionize.) It was his first big rock concert ever. Happy birthday Zero. May this be the first of many sweet shows you get to see.







Clutch tour with support by Torche and Lionize. Lionize’s Jetpack Soundtrack was co-produced by Clutch drummer Jean-Paul Gaster and released on Clutch's own Weathermaker Records label earlier this year. 

 





Tour Dates:
12/27 Cincinnati, OH @ Bogart’s 12/28 Cleveland, OH @ HOB 12/29 Sayreville, NJ @ Starland 12/30 Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory 01/03 Atlanta, GA @ Center Stage 01/04 Buena Vista, FL @ HOB 01/06 New Orleans, LA @ HOB 01/07 Houston, TX @ HOB 01/08 Dallas, TX @ HOB 01/09 Tulsa, OK @ Cain’s 01/10 Austin, TX @ Emo’s











Tuesday, November 25, 2014

TONIGHT: The Singles at LiveWire Lounge Chicago 11/25/14 (21+)

Chi, IL Live Shows on Our Radar

US Tour 
Look How Fast A Heart Can Break LP Out Now


Photo Credit: Don Lupo

The Singles are Vince Frederick (guitar/lead vocals) and Nicky Veltman (drums/back-up vocals). Both originally from Detroit, the two joined forces in LA in 2012 to restart Vince's project The Singles. Their sound combines elements of garage rock, power pop, glam, blues, and punk. The band is now touring in support of their album Look How Fast A Heart Can Break, produced by Rick Parker (who has worked with bands including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Von Bondies, and Lord Huron). You can watch the new video for "We Don't Talk Anymore" on Brooklyn Vegan.


Tour Dates
11.05 - Ace of Cups - Columbus, OH
11.06 - Beachland Tavern - Cleveland, OH
11.07 - Cattivo - Pittsburgh, PA
11.08 - Bug Jar - Rochester, NY
11.09 - Silver Line Tap Room - Trumansburg, NY
11.10 - TT The Bear's - Cambridge, MA
11.11 - AS220 - Providence, RI
11.12 - BAR - New Haven, CT
11.13 - Pianos - New York, NY
11.15 - The Fire - Philadelphia, PA
11.16 - Galaxy Hut - Arlington, VA
11.17 - Pour House - Raleigh, NC
11.18 - Green Room - Athens, GA
11.19 - Mammal Gallery - Atlanta, GA
11.20 - The Basement - Nashville, TN
11.21 - Bar DKDC - Memphis, TN
11.22 - Heavy Anchor - St. Louis, MO
11.23 - New Vintage - Louisville, KY
11.24 - The Drinkery - Cincinnati, OH
11.25 - LiveWire Lounge - Chicago, IL
11.28 - The Magic Stick - Detroit, M

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THE SINGLES are Vince Frederick (guitar/lead vocals) and Nicky Veltman (drums/back-up vocals). Garage rock, power pop, glam, blues, and punk all find their way into the band’s sound. Both originally from Detroit, the two joined forces in LA in 2012 to restart The Singles — a moniker Vince had used in the past to release his songs.

With friend’s stepping in on bass, the band began playing locally as a 3-piece, bringing their raw, frenetic live show to the LA music scene. Things got serious once they met producer Rick Parker. Having worked with countless rock n’ roll bands (including Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, The Von Bondies, and Lord Huron), he had the right energy and ideas to work with the duo. Together they went into the studio to record a full-length album.

The Singles released "Look How Fast A Heart Can Break" on April 1st, 2014 to critical acclaim in both the US and Europe. Neil Hussy at Shindig Magazine UK, said the album was filled with “perfectly formed pop jewels.” Popmatters said, “The Singles excel in American power pop, all crunchy chords, catchy melodies and killer harmonies.” And USA Today said, “If you need a rock ’n’ roll release… I think I have the perfect song” referring to lead off single ‘Inamorata’.

The album, and songs from it, have broken into the top 20 on national indie radio charts. Since the release, the band has toured the US extensively. Gigs have included Southern California festivals, and support for national touring acts Brody Dalle, Holly Golightly, and The Weeks. The Singles will play over 100 shows this year with plans to tour internationally in 2015.

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"If you need a rock ‘n’ roll release… I think I have the perfect song. The Singles’ ‘Inamorata’ hooked me instantly. The duo, which formed in Detroit, pulls from some of my favorite bands to create a glam garage sound all its own."   -USA TODAY 

"Throughout 13 tracks, you’ll find sundry, buzzed love (Inamorata), sorrow-fueled twang (It’s So Hard To Get Over You) and the misleadingly optimistic (We Don’t Talk Anymore)."  -CMJ

"The Singles do karaoke, pay homage to T. Rex in new video." -AV CLUB

"…perfectly formed pop jewels crammed full of catchy hooks. A lovely, feelgood gem of a record." -NEIL HUSSEY, SHINDIG MAGAZINE UK

"Los Angeles via Detroit rockers The Singles excel in ’70s/’80s style American power pop, all crunchy chords, catchy melodies and killer harmonies." -POPMATTERS

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

The Blind Shake New LP Breakfast of Failures Out On Goner Now


The Blind Shake On Fall Tour Now
Listen to "Parachutes" on 
Brooklyn Vegan
New LP Breakfast of Failures Out On Goner Now



Remaining Fall Tour Dates

11.19 - Subterranean Chicago IL


11.20 - Donovans Detroit MI


11.21 - Silver Dollar Toronto ON


11.22 - The National Montreal QC


11.23 - Great Scott Boston MA


11.25 - Cake Shop Brooklyn NY


11.26 - Baby's All Right Brooklyn NY


11.28 - Underground Arts Philadelphia PA


11.29 - Kings Raleigh NC


12.01 - Hi Tone Memphis TN


12.03 - The Earl Atlanta GA


12.04 - Siberia New Orleans LA


12.05 - Good Vibrations Festival at Hotel Vegas Austin TX
Tracklist
01. Old Lake

02. Parachute

03. Dots In The Fog

04. Breakfast of Failures

05. Go Lie

06. Young Carnival Waste

07. Pollen

08. In A Trance

09. Mildew

10. Nobody Else







Dense, massive locomotive music from this Minneapolis three-piece. Powerful sounds with the ability to careen through one cinematic, post-apocalyptic chase scene after another.  Breakfast Of Failures comes clanging and crashing through these confused times.
"The Blind Shake is at once spacey, primitive futuristic, and brutal: a kind of backyard extraterrestrial minimal surf-punk party. One guitar, one baritone guitar, a fuckload of reverb, and a drummer who deserves an Olympic medal." --SF Weekly
Fronted by brothers Jim and Mike Blaha, with friend Dave Roper on drums, the trio have been tunneling through the underground since before telephones could talk. Having six full length albums to their credit, several singles, three collaborations with psych legend Michael Yonkers and another with downstroke warrior John Reis, the band continues to push the sliding scale between catchy punk songs and pitch red noise.
Breakfast Of Failures was recorded by Chris Woodhouse at The Dock in Sacramento, CA.


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Thursday, November 6, 2014

INCOMING: Quinn Tsan Debut EP Release at Constellation 11/14 (18+)

Chicago singer-songwriter Quinn Tsan will celebrate the release of her debut EP, Good Winter, with a show at Constellation on Friday, Nov. 14. Passerines and Kelsey Wild will be on hand to open the show.





Quinn Tsan
Passerines
Kelsey Wild
FRI, NOVEMBER 14, 2014
9:30 PM
$10.00

QUINN TSAN
Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, singer/songwriter Quinn Tsan began playing music in 2008 when she relocated to Chicago, IL to sing back-up for Joe Pug. Classically trained in dance though always having an affinity for music, Tsan quickly immersed herself in the local scene, going on to sing with Sarah Holtschlag, Rachele Eve, Johnny Lewis, and Sima Cunningham, among others. This performance will celebrate the release of her debut EP, Good Winter. 

"precise and sweetly comforting, deliberate while staying endearing, all while showing off a knack for mood-building that most young acts don't develop so quickly."

PASSERINES
Passerines is a Chicago based music group that weaves together aspects of chamber music, indie folk, and r&b.

KELSEY WIL
Born: 1990 in Honolulu USA
Piano lessons: 1996-2002
Writing music since 2004

I have a cat, a dog, a goldfish named Nancy Kerrigan. I like to roller skate, I have a scar on my left index finger from a box-cutter, I love coffee, I hate licorice, and I don't like to dance except when the music's good and I'm with friends who are also bad at dancing. 
I love to play and write music, but not all the time. It's a relationship with highs and lows, plagued by doubt and frustration but always good enough to keep going. I read an essay by Ray Bradbury once about how art is created because of the artist's ego, and I think that's true. I try to find other reasons so I don't feel so guilty.

I like the ocean and I like to walk places.


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