Monthly Archives: August 2013

Sean Rowe Announces Autumn Tour Dates

Acclaimed singer-songwriter Sean Rowe has announced plans to hit the road this Autumn. In addition to a handful of dates in September with Scud Mountain Boys, Rowe will be hitting the road with label mates The Milk Carton Kids in late October.

Sean Rowe is an absolutely riveting live performer who has been converting audiences across the globe with his offbeat charisma and otherworldly voice. His music brings to life the atmosphere of the folk scene in the late 60s and early 70s. His voice is completely natural making it magical. From just one note, you’ll be captivated. His voice cannot be compared and words just cannot describe the effect his music has on audiences. He’s a gift to the music industry.

Sean Rowe will be performing in support of his extraordinary latest release, The Salesman and The Shark out now on Anti.

You can catch Sean Rowe live on the following dates:
With Scud Mountain Boys
18 Sept Ardmore, PA Milkboy
19  SeptNew York, NY The Mercury Lounge
20 Sept Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall

With The Milk Carton Kids
27 Oct Louisville, KY Zanzabar
28 Oct Cleveland, OH Beachland Ballroom
29 Oct Columbus, OH Lincoln Theatre
30 Oct Knoxville, TN The Bowery
1 Nov Asheville, NC Altamont Theatre
2 Nov Middletown OH Dave Finkelman Aud, Miami University
3 Nov Birmingham, AL WorkPlay
4 Nov New Orleans, LA The Parish @ House of Blues
5 Nov Houston, TX McGonigel’s Mucky Duck

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Inherit The Stars Announce Release Of Video For Single, Caught In The Crossfire

Sheffield’s emerging alt rock/metalcore band Inherit The Stars announce the release of the video for their latest single, Caught In The Crossfire.

Inherit The Stars

Sheffield’s alt rock band, Inherit The Stars

Caught In The Crossfire is taken from May’s debut album release, We Were Made To Walk The Skies. Caught In The Crossfire is an explosion of a track that has all the elements of a great, anthemic rock song – soft vocals suddenly drowned by screams, memorable and punchy lyrics in the chorus and most of all, fantastic guitar and synth riffs.

You can watch the video for Caught In The Crossfire below:

Inherit The Stars will be headlining Sheffield’s 02 Academy 2 on 21 September 2013.

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Stereogum.com Premiere Brand New Track, Broken Heart, from Dr Dog

Stereogum.com has premiered a brand new track from Philadelphia band Dr. Dog. The band’s new song, Broken Heart, is an energetic supremely catchy burst of re-imagined soul. It is taken from the group’s upcoming new album B-Room which hits stores October 1.

Dr Dog

Dr Dog

B-Room is the culmination of a complete overhaul of the band’s writing and recording process which finds them in a new self-built studio, writing songs live in rehearsal and using the rock solid groove of the band, honed through workmanlike touring, as a powerful compositional tool. In its purest form, B-Room is a soul album. In an early review of previous single, The Truth, CMJ said this reconfigured sound: “Breezily pays homage to the kings and queens of Philly soul while allowing the boys to keep carving out a path of their own.”

Fans can pre-order B-Room via http://www.drdogmusic.com

Dr. Dog, renowned for their raucous and transcendent live shows, will be touring North American in support of the new album. The itinerary includes an anticipated September 15 sold out performance at the Red Rock Amphitheater with The Lumineers.

Dr. Dog On Tour With The Lumineers:
September 15 Red Rocks Morrison, CO
September 17 Great Salt Ampitheater Magna UT
September 20 King County’s Marymoor Park Redmond WA
September 21 King County’s Marymoor Park Redmond WA
September 22 Rose Qrter Memorial Coliseum Portland OR
September 25 America’s Cup Pavilion San Francisco CA
September 26 Santa Barbara Bowl Santa Barbara CA
September 27 Greek Theatre Los Angeles CA
September 28 Greek Theatre Los Angeles CA
October 1 Comerica Theatre Phoenix AZ
October 3 Downtown Airpark Oklahoma City OK
October 4 Chaifetz Arena St. Louis MO
October 8 Mud Island Amphitheatre Memphis TN
October 9 Tuscaloosa Amphitheater Tuscaloosa AL
October 12 Ryman Auditorium Nashville TN
October 13 Ryman Auditorium Nashville TN
October 14 Ryman Auditorium Nashville TN
October 16 UNO Lakefront Arena New Orleans LA
October 18 St. Augustine Amp St. Augustine FL
October 19 USF Sun Dome Tampa FL
October 20 Sunset Cove Amphitheater Boca Raton FL

Dr. Dog Headline Dates:
October 11 Atlanta, GA The Masquerade
November 01 Pittsburgh PA ,Stage AE
November 02 Louisville KY, Headliners Music Hall
November 03 Asheville NC, The Orange Peel
November 05 Richmond VA, The National
November 06 Charlotttville, SC Jefferson Theater
November 07 Columbus OH, Newport Music Hall
November 08 Toronto, On Phoenix Concert Theater
November 09 Detroit MI, Majestic Theater
November 11 Cleveland OH, House Of Blues
November 14 Boston, MA, House of Blues
November 16 Baltimore MA Rans Head Live

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City and Colour Announce UK and European Tour Dates

City and Colour recently announced the dates of their UK and European tour to support the release of their newest album, The Hurry and The Harm.

This year witnessed City and Colour’s widely acclaimed album, The Hurry and The Harm, achieve critical and commercial success worldwide. The album debuted Top 40 status in multiple UK and European territories as well as hitting the number one spot upon release in City and Colour’s native Canada. With an arena tour of the UK as the support act for Biffy Clyro and an intimate show at London’s Bush Hall that sold-out-in-minutes, 2014 is surely set to see the star of City and Colour rise even higher.

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Dallas Green of City and Colour

Dallas Green’s new touring band includes Jack Lawrence (The Raconteurs, Dead Weather) on bass, Dante Schwebel (Hacienda, Dan Auerbach) on guitar, Doug MacGregor (Constantines) on drums and Matt Kelly on pedal steel guitar and keys.

Tickets will go on general sale at 10am on August 30 with 02 customers being allowed exclusive access to a 48 hour pre-sale for the Academy shows from 10am on August 28.

Tue 21 Jan 2014 UK Belfast Limelight
Wed 22 Jan 2014 Ireland Dublin Olympia Theatre
Fri 24 Jan 2014 UK Newcastle O2 Academy
Sat 25 Jan 2014 UK Leeds O2 Academy
Sun 26 Jan 2014 UK Glasgow O2 Academy
Tue 28 Jan 2014 UK Manchester Apollo
Thu 30 Jan 2014 UK Birmingham O2 Academy
Fri 31 Jan 2014 UK London Hammersmith Apollo
Mon 03 Feb 2014 UK Bournemouth O2 Academy
Tue 04 Feb 2014 UK Brighton Dome
Wed 05 Feb 2014 France Paris Trabendo
Fri 07 Feb 2014 Switzerland Bern Bierhübeli
Sat 08 Feb 2014 Austria Linz Posthof
Sun 09 Feb 2014 Czech Rep Prague The Roxy
Tue 11 Feb 2014 Germany Hannover Capitol
Fri 14 Feb 2014 Holland Tilburg O13
Mon 17 Feb 2014 Germany Cologne Live Music Hall
Tue 18 Feb 2014 Germany Stuttgart Longhorn LKA
Wed 19 Feb 2014 Germany Munich Tonhalle
Fri 21 Feb 2014 Germany Berlin Huxleys (Columbiahalle Held to Upgrade)
Sat 22 Feb 2014 Germany Hamburg Docks
Mon 24 Feb 2014 Denmark Copenhagen Little Vega
Tue 25 Feb 2014 Norway Oslo John Dee
Wed 26 Feb 2014 Sweden Stockholm Debaser Strand

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Junip Announce Release of New Single, Walking Lightly

After a busy summer playing an array of European festivals, Junip are pleased to share their beautiful new single, Walking Lightly, which will be released on September 16 via City Slang.

Walking Lightly sees the recognisable vocals of lead-singer José González guide you through a venture of dream-like vocals, mellow drum beats and tingling percussion, serving as a good example to experience what Junip do best. Walking Lightly is a to-die-for favourite. It has Indian musical influences within it heard through the guitar playing, the flute, pan pipes and the tempo. This all gives it a great dynamic and a wonderfully uplifting feel despite the downtrodden vocals sung by Gonzalez. The harmonies in this song are spot-on and really help to build it as a number. Despite the fact that the main lyrics of “We’re all walking lightly, we’re all…” are repeated hundreds of times throughout with little other lyrics to satisfy, this song remains a favourite. The way the song is built, produced and maintained is fantastic. It is not about the lyrics for a change but the structure of the track.

Junip album

Junip album artwork

The new single is taken from Junip’s upcoming EP also entitled Walking Lightly which is out on September the 16. The EP features a collaboration with electronic producer John Roberts for a remix that resulted in a passionate new version of this outstanding rendition. As well as this, the EP will also include remixes by Tobacco, To Rococo Rot and Maps. This release follows the success of Junip’s sophomore, self-titled album which came out on April 22 2013 via City Slang.

The Independent wrote a feature on Junip in August stating: “Fans of González will find Junip’s music more complex in its arrangements than his solo output, and their new album is a step forward in several sonic directions, incorporating rock, indie folk, Krautrock’s driving rhythms, blissful harmonies and also electronica, while retaining the trademark dreamy sound of González’s vocals, far back into the mix with plenty of hazy reverb.”

Junip are also set to embark on a full European tour later this year. In preparation of this, you can watch a clip from Junip’s beautiful show at this years La Route Du Rock Festival in France here and the session with Pitchfork here.

You can catch Junip live on the following dates:
Sept 6 San Sebastian ES – Kutxa Kultur
Sept 7 La Tour-de-Peilz CH – Nox Orae
Sept 8 Luzern CH – Schuur
Sept 9 Milano IT – Magnolia
Sept 10 Lyon FR – Epicerie Moderne
Sept 11 Clermont-Ferrand FR – Cooperative de Mai
Sept 12 Strasbourg FR – La Laiterie
Sept 13 Tourcoing FR – Grand Mix
Sept 14 Manchester UK – Ramsbottom Festival
Sept 15 Glasgow UK – No Mean City
Sept 16 Leeds UK – Brudenells Social Club
Sept 17 Bristol UK – Fleece
Sept 18 London UK – Shepherd’s Bush Empire
Sept 19 Utrecht NL – Tivoli Oudegracht
Sept 20 Antwerp BE – Arenberg
Sept 21 Duesseldorf DE – Zakk
Sept 22 Wiesbaden DE – Schlachthof
Sept 23 Stuttgart DE – Wagenhallen
Nov 1 aris FR – Pitchfork Festival
Nov 22 Weissenhaeuser Strand DE – Rolling Stone Weekender

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Introducing…Botany

Botany, the Texas-native, announces his debut LP, Lava Diviner (Truestory) through Western Vinyl on October 29 and has recently debuted his new track Anchor.

Botany, otherwise known as Spencer Stephenson, never resorts to shallow MPC trickery or contrived mix-tape clumsiness.  Instead, his proto-new age textures float elegantly atop hip-hop influenced beats to paint a detailed, rhythmic mural.

Anchor is no exception to this. The song rises and falls in the right places. It has a beat that will instantly relax even the most unsettled mind.  It’s perfect for the summer with the beginning displaying some higher pitched and unusual electronic noises which come forward and then slowly recede into the background. Set these synth noises against the hip-hop drum beat and the song becomes magical. The softly played vocals can be heard, just about, leaving the listener with a melody in their head. The vocals sound foreign and even have some Indian influences, especially the female ones. If you like Bonobo, you’ll love Botany.

Botany

Botany

Stephenson explains his influences for Lava Diviner: “On Lava Diviner, I wanted  to conjure that same head space that artists like Roger Dean, and even Zdzislaw Beksinski, project in their iconic paintings.

“I tried to evoke those grand, colourful, surreal landscapes that are mind-bending yet oddly comforting – sci-fi and epic and holy, all at the same time.”

Following 2010’s quietly applauded Feeling Today EP, Lava Diviner (Truestory) was created at various Texas locations using a jumble of equipment, from aging desktop computers, samplers, guitars, bells, flutes, tape recorders, turntables, violin playing room-mates and much more besides. Guest vocals from Brainfeeder artist RYAT were added to the mix and the final creation was mastered by Matthewdavid (Leaving Records / Stones Throw).

As the product of a lengthy gestation period, Lava Diviner (Truestory) follows Botany on an intensely personal journey as he makes his way home within himself, returning to his celestial centre.

Loosely a concept album documenting a religious sect that prays for a volcano to erupt, Stephenson set out to make a kind of instrumental storybook of an album, using only the emotional tone that his theme might evoke.

However, by the time the record was finished, it became clear that the emotional tone was really coming from hos own life, rather than any concept or allegory.

“As work on the record progressed, I began to realise that the musical journey was a direct reflection of my most hard-to-quantify life experiences,” Stephenson explains.

“Lava Diviner is about very real transformations in my being, so it’s a true story in that sense… I always imagined my first album being like a volcano, with years of pent-up emotion and musical ideas bubbling up to a cathartic release. So, I always knew that symbolism would end up being a part of my first full-length.”

The volcanic sense of release is palpable. Lava Diviner (Truestory) easily moves past stale tropes of beat-based music, and brings to life a fully-realised, album-length outpouring of profound human emotion.

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