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Saintseneca Play NPR Tiny Desk Concert

The celebrated young band Saintseneca recently crowded into an office at the headquarters of NPR Music to perform as part of the popular Tiny Desk Concert series. The group, who the Seattle Weekly described as “riding the edge between old weird Appalachian Americana and melodic indie pop,” played an impassioned three song set that included; Happy Alone, Fed Up With Hunger and Blood Bath from their acclaimed new album, Dark Arc.

The band will also be taking their spirited live show on the road for an Autumn tour of North America beginning this September. Additional East Coast shows in November will be announced soon.

You can catch Saintseneca live on the following dates:
Sept 26 WYEP’s Final Fridays, Schenley Plaza, Pittsburgh
Sept 27 Midpoint Music Festival, Cincinnati
Sept 28 The Hi-Fi, Indianapolis
Sept 29 The Bishop, Bloomington IN
Sept 30 Mojo’s, Columbia MO
Oct 1 Slowdown, Omaha
Oct 2 Hi Dive, Denver
Oct 3 Low Spirits, Albuquerque
Oct 4 Orpheum, Flagstaff AZ
Oct 5 Last Exit, Phoenix
Oct 6 Bunkhouse, Las Vegas
Oct 8 Soda Bar, San Diego
Oct 9 Bootleg Theatre, Los Angeles
Oct 10 Constellation Room, Santa Ana
Oct 11 Brick & Mortar, San Francisco
Oct 12 Bunk Bar, Portland
Oct 13 Sunset Tavern, Seattle
Oct 14 The Northern, Olympia
Oct 15 The Bartlett, Spokane
Oct 16 The Crux, Boise
Oct 18 Kilby Court, Salt Lake City

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Saintseneca’s Happy Alone Remixed By Son Little

It all started when Son Little released his debut single, Cross My Heart, on Anti-.  When label mates Saintseneca heard the track, they were so taken by it that they wanted to meet the young artist/producer. Son Little was invited to a Saintseneca show in his hometown of Philadelphia and a friendship was born.

Out of that friendship came the Son Little remix of Saintseneca’s song Happy Alone. The track, which NPR recently listed as one of the new songs they “…just can’t stop playing”, is a gentle indie-folk anthem.  In Son Little’s re-imagining, Zac Little’s plaintive vocal is wrapped up in gurgling synths, melancholy omnichord strums and dubbed-out drums. You can hear the remix now on Urb.com .

At the same time, both Saintseneca and Son Little launch national tours. For Saintseneca, coming off a welcome wagon of ecstatic press for their Anti- debut, Dark Arc, this will be their biggest headlining tour to date. Son Little, whose latest single, Your Love Will Blow Me Away When My Heart Aches, has just been lauded by GQ as one of this summer’s 25 most essential songs, will be opening a string of dates for R&B maverick Kelis as well as a handful of dates with Small Black, Lady, Streets Of Laredo and Nightmares on Wax.

You can catch Saintseneca and Son Little live on the following dates:

Saintseneca On Tour:
7  June         The Space, Hamden, CT
8  June         Great Scott , Allston, MA
9  June         Higher Ground, South Burlington, VT
10 June        Bug Jar, Rochester, NY
11 June         The Drake Hotel, Toronto, ON
12  June        The Blind Pig, Ann Arbor, MI
13 June         Shank Hall, Milwaukee, WI
14 June         The Cedar, Minneapolis, MN
15 June         Empty Bottle, Chicago,  IL
9  July           Pyramid Scheme, Grand Rapids,  MI
10 July          Space, Evanston, IL
11  July         Grog Shop, Cleveland Heights,OH
12  July         Square Roots Festival, Chicago IL
13  July         Bunbury Festival, Cincinnati,OH
15 July          The Firebird,St. Louis MO
16 July          Czar Bar, Kansas City, MO
17 July          The Opolis, Norman,OK
18 July          The Foundry, Dallas, TX
25 July          WUKY Radio Show – Phoenix Park, Lexington KY
31 Aug      Fashion Meets Music Festival, Columbus OH

Son Little On Tour:
9 June           Park West, Chicago, IL*
11 June         Danforth Music Hall, Toronto*
13 June         Webster Hall, New York, NY*
15 June         9:30 Club, Washington DC*
23 June        Johnny Brenda’s Philly, PA #
24 June       Great Scott, Allston, MA #
30 June       Subculture, NYC ^
10 July        Rough Trade, Brooklyn, NY %
12 July        Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA ~
13 July        U Street Music Hall, DC ~

* Supporting Kelis
# Supporting Small Black
^ Supporting Lady
% Supporting Streets of Laredo
~ Supporting Nightmares on Wax

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Saintseneca’s New Album, Dark Arc, Is Out Now

The new Saintseneca album, Dark Arc, is now in stores after receiving much early acclaim from critics and fans alike. Combining the raw acoustic instrumentation of singer-songwriter Zac Little’s rural Appalachian background with atmospheric production and post-punk energy, the band’s tuneful, poetic songs soar higher than ever before. A string of performances at SXSW generated a genuine buzz with influential station KCRW writing of the band “getting the crowd riled up” and “making a great first impression,” and culminating with a profile of Zac Little in Esquire Magazine.

This week front man Little was interviewed on the national NPR show Weekend Edition. Host Rachel Martin begins the segment by proclaiming “This is not your grandpa’s Appalachia” before exploring the band’s distinctive DIY roots and penchant for merging dark themes with uplifting pop structures.

The first single from Dark Arc – a beautifully uplifting melancholic track entitled Happy Alone has already been added by influential radio stations WXPN in Philadelphia, WFUV in NYC, KUTX in Austin and Sirius XM’s The Loft and others. Early reviews have absolutely raved about this emerging band, Rolling Stone calling Dark Arc a “gem” and the Seattle Weekly writing that Saintseneca is “a delight to listen to, riding the edge between old weird Appalachian Americana and melodic indie pop.” Pitchfork proclaims that “Zac Little writes stompy folk songs that are more artfully crafted than all the bands you probably just thought of when you read the words “stompy folk songs.”

You can catch Saintseneca live on the following dates:
April 02  Soho Santa Barbara CA
April 03 SLO Brew San Luis Obispo CA
April 05  PHX AM Party Phoenix AZ
April 08 Lambert’s  Austin TX
April 09 Fitzgerald’s- Downstairs Houston TX
April 10 Circle Bar New Orleans LA
April 11 Bottletree Birmingham  AL
April 12 Hi-Watt  Nashville TN
April 14  The Bishop Bloomington IN
April 19  Wexner Center  Columbus  OH
May 31 Nelsonville Festival Nelsonville Ohio
June 03 Brillobox  Pittsburgh PA
June 04 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia PA
June 5 Black Cat Washington DC
June 06 Mercury Lounge New York NY
June 07 The Space  Hamden  CT
June 08 Great Scott Boston MA
June 09Higher Ground South Burlington VT
June 10 BugJar Rochester NY
June 11 The Drake Hotel  Toronto
June 12 The Blind Pig Ann Arbor MI
June 13 Shank Hall Milwaukee, WI
June 14 The Cedar Minneapolis, MN
June 15  Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
July 13 Bunbury Festival Cincinnati, OH

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Saintseneca’s Debut Album, Dark Arc, Streaming In Full Now On NPR’s First Listen

Saintseneca’s music could be described as Appalachian strum meets post punk stomp, complete with ghostly harmonies and anthemic melodies. Anchored by front man Zac Little’s soulful bray and introspective poetics, Saintseneca’s debut, Dark Arc, will be available everywhere on April 1. In the meantime you can hear it in its entirety on NPR’s First Listen.

It’s been an exciting year for Columbus, Ohio’s Saintseneca with non-stop touring and a triumphant run of SXSW gigs. Their lead in single, Happy Alone, has received great reviews and picked up airplay on influential stations like WXPN in Philadelphia, WFUV in NYC, KUTX in Austin and Sirius XM’s The Loft among others.

Critics are already chiming in. Rolling Stone called the new album “…a gem…”; the Kansas City Star called their music “…keenly intelligent and rapturously beautiful” while in a recent show review, Time Out Chicago praised the band’s “…distinctive voice that stands out amid the hordes of indie folk bands in existence.”

You can catch Saintseneca live on the following dates:
Mar 26  Rickshaw Stop         San Francisco          CA
Mar 27  The Echo       Los Angeles  CA
Mar 28  The Cellar Door        Visalia            CA
Mar 29  The Constellation Room    Santa Ana     CA
Mar 30  Casbah          San Diego     CA
April 02  Soho  Santa Barbara          CA
April 03  SLO Brew      San Luis Obispo      CA
April 05  PHX AM Party Phoenix      AZ
April 08  Lambert’s       Austin            TX
April 09  Fitzgerald’s- Downstairs     Houston         TX
April 10  Circle Bar      New Orleans LA
April 11  Bottletree       Birmingham  AL
April 12  Hi-Watt           Nashville       TN
April 14  The Bishop   Bloomington IN
April 19  Wexner Center         Columbus     OH
May 31 Nelsonville Festival Nelsonville Ohio
June 03  Brillobox        Pittsburgh      PA
June 04  Johnny Brenda’s     Philadelphia PA
June 05  Black Cat       Washington  DC
June 06  Mercury Lounge       New York       NY
June 07  The Space     Hamden         CT
June 08  Great Scott    Boston           MA
June 09  Higher Ground         South Burlington     VT
June 10  BugJar  Rochester   NY
June 11    The Drake Hotel       Toronto
June 12    The Blind Pig            Ann Arbor      MI
June 13   Shank Hall      Milwaukee, WI
June 14   The Cedar      Minneapolis, MN
June 15    Empty Bottle      Chicago, IL
July 13    Bunbury Festival      Cincinnati, OH

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The Melodic Embark On US Tour

Brixton’s The Melodic have been garnering heaps of praise on both sides of the Atlantic for their effervescent blend of melodic English folk with African and Caribbean rhythms. 

The band have just embarked on a seven week tour of the USA which see’s them take to the road supporting label peers Saintseneca for a collection of dates leading into SXSW Festival in Austin (March 10-15).

After SXSW, the band will take to the road for a 20 date tour with West African blues legends Tinariwen as well as playing a string of their own headline shows. Their debut album, Effra Parade, is out now.

The band recently covered the song Love Letters by English electronic group Metronomy.

On a previous US tour with Johnny Flynn, The Melodic captivated packed venues with their unique and moving sound.

You can catch The Melodic live on the following dates:
March 11-16 – SXSW Festival – Austin, TX
March 18 – Nashville, TN – High Watt w/Tinariwen
March 19 – Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre w/Tinariwen
March 20 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle w/Tinariwen
March 21 – Philadelphia, PA – Prince Music Theatre w/Tinariwen
March 22 – Washington, DC – Sixth & I w/Tinariwen
March 23 & 24 – Brooklyn, NY- Brooklyn Bowl w/Tinariwen
March 25 – Boston, MA- Paradise w/Tinariwen
March 26 – Ridgefield, CT- Ridgefield Playhouse w/Tinariwen
March 27 – Northampton, MA-  Iron Horse w/Tinariwen
March 28 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall w/Tinariwen
March 29 – South Burlington, VT – Higher Ground w/Tinariwen
March 30 – Fall River, MA – Narrow Centre for The Arts (Headline show)
April 2 – Kent, OH – Kent Stage w/Tinariwen
April 3 – Cincinnati, OH – MOTR Pub (Headline show)
April 4 – Nelsonville, OH – Stuart’s w/Tinariwen
April 6 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar’s w/Tinariwen
April 8 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre w/Tinariwen
April 9 – St Louis, MO – Old Rock House w/Tinariwen
April 10 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar (Headline show)
April 11 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theatre w/Tinariwen
April 12 – Salt Lake City, UT- State Room w/Tinariwen
April 14 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern (Headline show)
April 15 – Portland, OR – Aladdin Theater w/Tinariwen
April 18 – St Grass Valley, CA – Centre for The Arts w/Tinariwen
April 19 – Berkeley, CA – Starry Plough (Headline show)
April 20 – Los Angeles, CA – The Satellite (Headline show)
April 22 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall (Headline show)

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Saintseneca Perform Happy Alone For Live From Bad Racket

The acclaimed young band Saintseneca are featured in a new episode of the series, Live From Bad Racket. The band performed their anthem of alienation Happy Alone at the recording studio in Cleveland, Ohio. The song is from the group’s forthcoming Anti- debut album Dark Arc in stores on April 1.

Time Out Chicago writes that Sainseneca “…channels the infectious melodies of Neutral Milk Hotel and the earnest harmonies of Fleet Foxes” and “combines folk instrumentation with punk rock intensity.” The group is led by singer-songwriter and multi instrumentalist Zac Little who originally hails from rural Appalachia. The band evolved playing acoustic performances alongside an array of electrified punk and hardcore bands at DIY house shows. On their upcoming record they combine a wide range of acoustic instrumentation with synthesisers and electric guitars to create a seamless blend of soaring vocals and vibrant post-punk energy.

Saintseneca will take their renowned live show across the US in support of Dark Arc beginning this month.

You can catch Saintseneca live on the following dates:
March 5 14 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
March 6 14 Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
March 7 14 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
March 8 14 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
March 9 14 Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
March 10 14 Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar
March 11-15 Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 18 14 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
March 19 14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
March 20 14 Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
March 21 14 Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
March 22 14 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
March 23 14 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
March 24 14 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
March 26 14 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
March 27 14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
March 28 14 Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
March 29 14 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
March 30 14 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
April 2 14 Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Music Club
April 3 14 San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew
April 5 14 Phoenix, AZ @ PHX AM Party
April 8 14 Austin, TX @ Lambert’s
April 9 14 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
April 10 14 New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
April 11 14 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
April 12 14 Nashville, TN @ Hi Watt
April 14 14 Bloomington, IN @ The Bishop
April 19 14 Columbus, OH @ WEX Arts Performance Space

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Saintseneca Premiere New Video For Happy Alone

AVClub.com is premiering a new video from the celebrated young band, Saintseneca. The clip is an imaginative study of alienation and isolation for the song Happy Alone from the the band’s forthcoming album Dark Arc in stores April 1.

Saintseneca is led by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Zac Little who originally hails from rural Appalachia. Following in the footsteps of heartland bands who have sought to twist the music of the old weird America into new shapes – from the Violent Femmes to Neutral Milk Hotel – Saintseneca perform songs that sound both familiar and uniquely original. The group utilises a wide range of acoustic instrumentation with more contemporary elements such as synthesisers and electric guitars to create a seamless blend of soaring vocals and vibrant post-punk energy.

Songwriter Little says of the song Happy Alone: “This is a love song, a meditation on doom, the joy and the transcendence in all of that. I found the song in a bass that was half melted from the time when my bedroom had burned down. I didn’t even know the bass worked but kept it anyway. One day I could feel the gravity coming from it, pulling on me. I plugged it into this raspy little amp and found all of these little songs with it, bouncing around in the reverb tank. There is joy in doom and doom in joy.”

The band will be touring the US in support of Dark Arc beginning in March.

You can catch them live on the following dates:
March 5/14 Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop
March 6/14 Cincinnati, OH @ MOTR Pub
March 7/13 Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
March 8/14 Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
March 9/14 Omaha, NE @ The Slowdown
March 10/14 Kansas City, MO @ Czar Bar
March 12-3/15 Austin, TX @ SXSW
March 18/14 Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
March 19/14 Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
March 20/14 Boise, ID @ Treefort Music Festival
March 21/14 Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
March 22/14 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
March 23/14 Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
March 24/14 Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore
March 26/14 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
March 27/14 Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo
March 28/14 Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
March 29/14 Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room
March 30/14 San Diego, CA @ Casbah
April 2/14 Santa Barbara, CA @ Soho Music Club
April 3/14 San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brew
April 5/14 Phoenix, AZ @ PHX AM Party
April 8/14 Austin, TX @ Lambert’s
April 9/14 Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Downstairs
April 10/14 New Orleans, LA @ Circle Bar
April 11/14 Birmingham, AL @ Bottletree
April 12/14 Nashville, TN @ Hi Watt
April 19/14 Columbus, OH @ WEX Arts Performance Space

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