Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Milk Carton Kids Perform At Telluride

Kenneth Pattengale and Joey Ryan have kept themselves busy since the two Californian natives formed the band The Milk Carton Kids in 2011. Since 2011 they have continued to make ground in the ‘nu folk’ music industry and 2013 has been an interesting year for the two.

Their new album, Ash and Clay released in March of this year, lead to The Milk Carton Kids invitation to play at the 40th Telluride Music festival three months later. The duo played on the Thursday day time making their main stage debut. They made quite the impression sporting matching suits. They ignited the dozy festival crowd by playing the fan favourite Girls, Gather Round from their first album Retrospect.

It is not only festival crowds that Pattengale and Ryan have been pleasing, The Milk Carton Kids have also appeared on the new PBS Documentary, Nashville 2.0: The Rise of Americana. The documentary was co-directed by Carol Stein and Susan Wittenberg, the same two directors who made the film Women Who Rock. The hour long broadcast will air on PBS on 22 November and will feature some of today’s best country and folk artists.

The good news does not stop there for the two musicians as they are set to tape an episode on the prestigious Austin City Limits. There has been a really positive buzz surrounding the duo with the New York Times dubbing them: “a sweetly dazzling variation on close-harmony vocals, part Simon and Garfunkel and part Everly Brothers with occasional acoustic prestidigitation.” This continued coverage will persist to push The Milk Carton Kids towards the public eye which could change the face of the apparent ‘folk revival’ that has been spearheaded by the popular bands such as Mumford and Sons.

By Luke Bennett

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Boxed In Reveals Acoustic Version Of All Your Love Is Gone

Boxed In are set to release their debut single All Your Love Is Gone/Legacy on November 25. Boxed In have recently revealed an acoustic version of the A-side track, All Your Love Is Gone.

All Your Love Is Gone builds a crescendo of sparse beats, driving bass and modulated guitars, topped by Bayston’s bleak yet engaging vocal refrain of “All your love is gone”. It’s a great track which feels similar in style to The Cure, especially in regards to the non-try hard vocals. It has that slightly depressing yet secretly summery feel to it. All Your Love Is Gone captures the sound made popular by the likes of The Cure in the late 70s, early 80s reproducing that very British indie rock sound.

But the acoustic version of All Your Love Is Gone shows what a great song it really is. Being completely stripped back with only a piano and Oli Bayston’s vocals making up this version, this song still sounds as full as ever. In fact, the acoustic version allows a lot more emotion to be portrayed. It’s a touching performance by Bayston.

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Boxed In artwork for All Your Love Is Gone

Despite  working as an in demand producer and juggling numerous collaborations and live ventures, Boxed In is Oli Bayston’s first solo venture. The name is loosely derived from Francis Bacon’s infamous Head VI, once described as ‘the operation through which the entire body escapes through the mouth’, a definition that lends itself to the idea of singing.

The single was produced by Dan Carey whose previous production credits include Franz Ferdinand, Hot Chip, Bat For Lashes and Toy. It features the ever steady and talented work of fellow band members Liam Hutton on drums and Mark Nicholls on bass.

30 – Moshi Moshi 15th Birthday @ Servant Jazz Quarters
31 – London (Electric Ballroom) w/ Steve Mason
2 – Manchester (The Ritz) w/ Steve Mason
2 – London (The Waiting Room)

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Dr Dog Announce 2014 Tour Dates

Dr. Dog have just finished a series of massively successful concerts with The Lumineers. Now the band, whose live shows the New York Times Magazine recently described as “feeling as if you’re at the best house party ever”, will embark on a headline tour across North America performing songs from their soulful new album B-Room.

In addition to the new tour dates, Dr. Dog have added Merge Records artist Saint Rich to the majority of 2014 shows. Saint Rich is the musical partnership of Delicate Steve band mates Steve Marion and Christian Peslak. Moses Sumney has also been added to selected dates.

Dr. Dog’s new album B–Room delightfully mines and expands upon the surrounding landscape of Philadelphia soul. Captured primarily live in-studio, the rollicking groove and beloved musical interchange which has been delighting live audiences resonates throughout the album.

For the tour the band has begun a photo road journal which will be given away as part of a contest designed in collaboration with The Impossible Project which also includes a custom camera. Fans can enter to win the photo journal along with a custom Polaroid camera designed for the band by Seattle photographer and engineer Cory Verellen. For info and to enter, go to The Impossible Project‘s website.

Dr. Dog 2014 Tour Dates:
25 Jan – Terminal 5 – New York, NY **  #
27 Jan – Town Ballroom – Buffalo, NY**  #
28 Jan – Higher Ground – Burlington, VT ** #
29 Jan – Cabaret Mile-End – Montreal **  #
31 Jan – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA  #
1 Feb – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA  #
3 Feb – Madison Theatre – Cincinnati, OH **  #
5 Feb – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI **  #
6 Feb – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN  #
7 Feb – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN **  #
8 Feb – Riviera Theatre – Chicago, IL  #
19 Feb – Civic Theatre – New Orleans, LA
20 Feb – Warehouse Live – Houston, TX **
21 Feb – Stubb’s – Austin, TX
22 Feb – House of Blues – Dallas, TX **
24 Feb – Crescent – Phoenix, AZ **
25 Feb – Crescent – Phoenix, AZ **
26 Feb – The Observatory – Santa Ana, CA **  #
27 Feb – Wiltern – Los Angeles, CA **  #
28 Feb – Catalyst – Santa Cruz, CA **  #
1 March – Warfield – San Francisco, CA **  #
3 March – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR **
4 March – Venue – Vancouver, BC **
5 March – Neptune Theater – Seattle, WA **
7 March – Complex – Salt Lake City, UT **
8 March – Boulder Theater – Boulder, CO **
10 March – Liberty Hall – Lawrence, KS **
11 March – Slowdown – Omaha, NE **
12 March – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO **
14 March – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC

** – Saint Rich
# – Moses Sumne

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Bad Religion Share A Song Off New Album, Christmas Songs

Revered punk rock legends Bad Religion are releasing a Christmas album, Christmas Songs, on October 29. Christmas Songs features eight new studio recordings of traditional Christmas hymns and an alternate mix of their single American Jesus by Andy Wallace.

To get their fans into the holiday spirit (said in a sarcastic way), Bad Religion have unveiled O Come, O Come Emmanuel taken from the Christmas Songs album which will be released at the end of this month.

Bad Religion will contribute 20% of proceeds from Christmas Songs to SNAP, Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests. For more information visit:

Co-songwriter and guitarist Brett Gurewitz said: “This might be the most subversive album we’ve done. To me, what the album is indirectly stating is that this music, and thus the world, can be powerful and beautiful stripped of god and religion.

“These are just really good songs and a historically non-religious band like Bad Religion can perform them with as much power and feeling as anyone.”

The band’s iconic vocalist and co-songwriter, Greg Graffin has a personal connection with these songs. Graffin got his start as a singer when he was a young boy in a church choir. His instructors found him so remarkable that he received a scholarship to a choir school. And thus, the voice of Bad Religion was born.

In a world still brimming with rampant anti-intellectualism, inequality and oppression, Bad Religion’s signature brand of sonically charged humanist dissent is as relevant as ever.  And this Christmas season, just a little more ironic.

Fans are invited to pre-order the album by visiting

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Emily Wells Announces UK Tour For December

The Texan native, Emily Wells, is preparing to embark on an exclusive 10 date tour around the United Kingdom.

Wells celebrates her debut UK double-album Mama which was released earlier this year. The 10 track album came complete with a separate disc of acoustic recordings of the record.

Emily Wells broke into the public eye with her album The Symphony Dream Memories and Parties which included the popular Symphony 1 Barrel of a Gun. Since then she has continued to catch the attention of the music industry with her unique blend of instrumental accompaniment to her emotive slam poetry–esque lyrics.

Emily Wells

Emily Wells

Wells looks to build on her coverage with gigs from the 7 December right through to the 17 December. Wells opens the tour with an intimate gig in Start the Bus located in the centre of Bristol. The gigs continue around the United Kingdom stopping off at Manchester, Leeds, Glasgow, Dublin, Leicester, Cardiff, Brighton, Guildford with the tour coming to an end at the Lexington located in the nation’s capital. The majority of Emily Wells’ tour dates over the years have been in the U.S however these 10 gigs in early December give Wells’ UK following the chance to catch her live.

Tour dates below:
07 Dec- Start The Bus – Bristol
08 Dec – Ruby Lounge – Manchester
09 Dec – Belgrave Music Hall – Leeds
10 Dec – King Tuts – Glasgow
11 Dec – Whelans – Dublin
12 Dec – Cookie Jar – Leicester
14 Dec – Bogeiz – Cardiff
15 Dec – Sticky Mikes – Brighton
16 Dec – The Boilerroom – Guildford
17 Dec – Lexington – London

By Luke Bennett

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