Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Monday, January 30, 2012
"'Am I The Only One' seems to really have resonated with country fans looking to get out, drink some cold beer on the weekends and have a good time…it's become one of the rowdiest songs in our set," says Bentley. "It's now the moment in the show when girls go up on shoulders and beer cans go up in the air."
The new album's current single and title track "Home" is currently climbing toward the top of the chart. Bentley will return 'Home' for a special album release show at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium on Feb. 2. The second leg of the Country & Cold Cans tour will resume on Feb. 15 with the first dates scheduled internationally in Canada and Australia.
For more album details and for a full list of tour dates, visit www.dierks.com.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
In a year which has seen the band play more than 150 shows, Ivan & Alyosha will hit the road again next week touring across the Rockies into the Midwest with performances at the Pygmalion and Midpoint Music Festivals, highlighted by a hometown show at Seattle's Columbia City Theatre. I&A will be paired with The Watson Twins for several of these gigs.
The band will perform songs from their first two EPs as well as tracks from their upcoming debut album, scheduled for an early 2012 release; they recently spent time in the studio working on material for their full-length debut album with producer Kevin Augunas (Edward Sharpe and The Magnetic Zeros, Cold War Kids).
The band's current release, Fathers Be Kind just showed up on Amazon's Best Music of 2011 Thus Far, with that EP's "I Was Born to Love Her" ranked at #4 on their Songs You May Have Missed round-up. This echoed the earlier inclusion of Fathers on NPR's Best of the Year (So Far) list.
Sneak previews of new Ivan & Alyosha songs can be heard right now. They recently debuted an acoustic demo for the song "Don't Wanna Die Anymore," showcasing "catchy choruses and stunning vocal harmonies reminiscent of early Fleet Foxes" (Paste Magazine). A download of the song can be found HERE. The boys also stopped by Seattle's KEXP studios to perform live on air for their hometown station. Take a listen at the link below, and get a sneak preview of the new song "God or Man". http://blog.kexp.org/blog/2011/07/21/live-video-ivan-alyosha/
Since the release of Fathers Be Kind in February, the band have gained recognition from American Songwriter, Alarm, and Brooklyn Vegan, have been featured as a band "On The Verge" in Relix Magazine, have recorded sessions for NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series, Daytrotter and IFC at SXSW.
"Think of a literary-minded cross between Local Natives and Fleet Foxes" - FILTER
Upcoming Tour Dates:
19 - Salt Lake City, UT - Kilby Court
20 - Denver, CO - Hi Dive
21 - St. Louis, MO - Off Broadway w/ The Watson Twins
23 - Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
24 - Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
26 - Minneapolis, MN - Cedar Cultural Center
07 - Seattle, WA - Columbia City Theatre
The Melismatics to Release “MANIA!” on Pravda Records January 10th, National Tour Kicks Off January 12th
Minneapolis rock band The Melismatics are set to release their latest album, "MANIA!" on January 10th through Chicago's Pravda Records. They'll start a national tour on January 12th at the Zoo Bar in Lincoln before heading to the West coast. "MANIA!" was produced by Jon Auer of The Posies and Big Star, along with Ed Ackerson (Motion City Soundtrack, Golden Smog, The Replacements) and was mixed by John Fields. The LP features collaborations with Dan Wilson (Adele, Semisonic) and Jon Auer who lends vocals to several tracks.
The Melismatics formed at the turn of the century in the fertile ground of the Minneapolis indie-rock scene. Their debut album "Postmodern Rock" quickly caught the attention of college radio stations around the country and garnered favorable reviews from critics around the world. Shortly thereafter, Minneapolis indie-rock king pin Ed Ackerson (Motion City Soundtrack, The Replacements, The Jayhawks) signed the band to Susstones Records and produced their next two albums "New Infection" and "Turn It On".
The Melismatics toured the country numerous times over and continued to win loyal fans with their high-energy and unpredictable live shows. Their music has been featured on MTV's "The Hills," "The City"and "Laguna Beach," NBC's "Windfall", Animal Planet's "Jockeys" and they've played such notable events as Lollapalooza, Summerfest, and CMJ.
The Melismatics released "The Acid Test" on CC Entertainment/E1 Music (2008). Renowned producer John Fields (Jimmy Eat World, Rooney, Har Mar Superstar, etc) caught the band performing at 2007 SXSW in Austin, Texas and signed on to produce the album. The music video for "Digging Deep" charted at #4 on MTVU and received widespread airplay. Indianapolis' Nuvo Weekly described them thusly, "Whether it's Ryan's high energy guitar playing paired with his raw, yet trained, voice, Mark's innovative and effects-laden bass with equally impressive backing vocals, Ron's powerful and unique drumming, to the sultry and mesmerizing Pony who shifts between playing guitar, piano, and vocals as if it were breathing."
The Melismatics have found a sound all their own that is familiar yet unique, euphoric and adventurous. The Melismatics' sound is constantly evolving and developing– as The Onion put it, "no one ever accused The Melismatics of being predictable."
THE MELISMATICS ON TOUR
January 12 Zoo Bar, Lincoln, NE
January 13 Triple Nickel Tavern, Colorado Springs, CO
January 14 Hi-Dive, Denver, CO
January 15 Senate Bar, Pueblo, CO
January 16 Piper Down Pub, Salt Lake City, UT
January 18 Soda Bar, San Diego, CA
JANUARY 19 Silverlake Lounge. Los Angeles, CA
JANUARY 20 Hotel Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge, Flagstaff, AZ
JANUARY 21 Hotel Monte Vista Cocktail Lounge, Flagstaff, AZ
JANUARY 22 Launchpad, Albuquerque, NM
JANUARY 23 The Conservatory, Oklahoma City, OK
JANUARY 24 Record Bar, Kansas City, MO
FEBRUARY 3 R, Dubuque, IA
FEBRUARY 4 Upfront & Co, Marquette, MI
FEBRUARY 16 Otto's, Dekalb, IL
FEBRUARY 17 Melody Inn, Indianapolis, IN
FEBRUARY 18 Cactus Club, Milwaukee, WI
MARCH 14 Barley House, Dallas, TX
MARCH 18 The Grotto, Ft Worth, TX
MARCH 20 The 806, Amarillo, TX
MARCH 22 The Lost Leaf, Phoenix, AZ
MARCH 30 Malarkey's Pub, Wausau, WI
MARCH 31 The Crunchy Frog, Green Bay, WI
APRIL 13 Upfront & Co, Marquette, MI
We've had our eye on Cory for just about as long as he's been honing his air-tight, clever version of the perfect storysong. For those who don't know him, though, Branan is the owner of two well-crafted, kinetically charged albums - 2002's The Hell You Say and 2006's 12 Songs – on Madjack Records. From the two releases came standouts ("The Prettiest Waitress in Memphis," "A Girl Named Go," "Tall Green Grass," and many others) that we've listened to in embarrassing amounts, and then probably annoyed our friends with to boot. He has garnered praise from Rolling Stone, GQ, Billboard, and performed on Late Night with David Letterman (look at that baby face, here).
Cory has a well-documented history with groups like former label mates Lucero, musicians of his ilk who trend toward the rawer end of roots music (The Loved Ones' Dave Hause, Chuck Ragan, Two Cow Garage, Drag the River's Jon Snodgrass), and rock stars like Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional), who has covered Cory's gorgeous "Tall Green Grass" and been a reoccurring tour mate.
And that touring element was just the icing on the cake for us. Never one to shy away from an itinerary of non-stop cross-country shows, Cory possesses a unique performance style that enables him to gravelly sing a coy double entendre in one ear of the audience, while yelling the most beautiful love song into the other. So after falling in love (!!!) with a demo of his new material, we jumped at the chance to add him to the fold. We're excited to say that his label debut is on its way in Spring 2012 under the title Mutt.
-Every Monday in January, residency at The Basement in Nashville (w/ special guests)
-February 3 – Little Rock, AR – White Water Tavern Anniversary show (w/ Ben Nichols of Lucero)
Saturday, January 28, 2012
The brothers are set to release their latest EP, Live, Volume 1: Sky High on the Southern Ground Artists label. The 7-track CD was recorded live during their Fall tour and features songs from the provocative and charming Smoke Ring Halo, along with tunes from their first record, Ways Not To Lose, plus a Mississippi John Hurt gem, "Pay Day".
Previously Announced Tour Dates:
1/25/12 Belly Up Tavern, Solana Beach, CA
1/26/12 Largo, Los Angeles, CA
1/27/12 Soho Restaurant & Music Club, Santa Barbara, CA
1/28/12 Great American Music Hall, San Francisco, CA
1/29/12 Don Quixote's Int'l Music Hall, Felton, CA
1/31/12 Harlow's Night Club, Sacramento, CA
2/1/12 McNears Mystic Theatre, Petaluma, CA
2/2/12 WOW Hall, Eugene, OR
2/3/12 Aladdin Theater, Portland, OR
Newly Announced Second Round of Tour Dates:
3/8/12 Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL
3/9/12 Earth House, Indianapolis, IN
3/10/12 3rd and Lindsley, Nashville, TN
3/11/12 Headliner's Music Hall, Louisville, KY
3/13/12 Track 29, Chattanooga, TN
3/14/12 Orange Peel, Asheville, NC
3/15/12 Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA
3/16/12 Workplay, Birmingham, AL
3/18/12 The Southern, Charlottesville, VA
3/19/12 The Abbey Bar, Harrisburg, PA
3/20/12 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY
3/22/12 World Café Live, Philadelphia, PA
3/23/12 Triumph Brewing Company, New Hope, PA
3/24/12 StageOne, Fairfield, CT
Friday, January 27, 2012
Korallreven Announce First Live Shows in the US, Release Extended Remix of "Sa Sa Samoa (For Real For Sure For You)"
3/4 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom
3/5 - Washington DC - Black Cat
3/7 - San Francisco, CA - Independent*
3/8 - Los Angeles, CA - Echoplex*
*Guest appearance by Victoria Bergsman
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Young Hines and Readymade announce the April 10th release of Give Me My Change, the label debut for Nashville based and Georgia born and raised musician. Discovered by Brendan Benson by chance as painters working on his house listened to one of Young's demos, Young is the first artist signed to Benson's newly launched label and publishing company Readymade. This spring Young will make his SXSW debut and tour with Benson in May. The first track off his new album is "Rainy Day," a bittersweet melody showcasing the impressive songwriting that first caught Benson's ear.
"Give Me My Change is brimming with vintage keyboard sounds and a wonderful, warm production." - American Songwriter
Stream "Rainy Day" at AmericanSongwriter.com
Download the mp3 HERE (OK To Share)
The youngest of seven siblings, Young grew up in Griffin, Georgia.He began playing music at age 12 and hasn't stopped since. Within a few years he was recording his first songs, and in high school began releasing his music via tape cassette, selling copies out of a local record shop called Turtles. After performing in a successful 60's cover band in college, Young left the group to produce a record for his eldest brother Matt Jordan. Together they played as the duo Bailey Jester, touring extensively and releasing two albums together over the course of four years before deciding on a hiatus.
Without a current gig to tie him down and excited to explore a new scene, Young accepted a job in Chicago and made the move to the Windy City. Needing an outlet for the creative forces brimming inside him, Young got back to old habits of writing, recording, and self-releasing. He began recording demos in a home studio, selling hand-packaged copies at his occasional solo shows, never expecting much to come of them as they left his hands other than a satisfaction that somebody liked his music enough to pay for it. But unknown to him the universe had other plans.
|Credit: Shelby Dockery|
Then one day out of the blue he received an email from none other than Benson containing a cover of one of Young's own songs. Benson invited Young to travel to Nashville to meet in person, and impressed with Young's talent, expressed his interest in helping him produce an album. The decision was easy for Young to make. Young wasn't going to pass up a chance to seriously pursue his own songwriting and moved to Nashville where he immersed himself in the city's live music scene, and began recording Give Me My Change with Benson at the all-analog studio Welcome to 1979.
The past year has been full of heady times for Young, reaching a highpoint while opening for The Raconteurs this past fall at The Tabernacle Atlanta with home town family and friends in attendance. 2012 should bring more adventure with his first trip to SXSW, the April 10th release of Give Me My Change, and a tour with Benson to follow in May.
Upcoming U.S. Tour Dates:
*= w/ Brendan Benson
13 - 16 - Austin, TX - SXSW
28 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge* (Additional support by The Howling Brothers)
03 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live*
05 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom*
10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah*
12 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour*
Beloved musician, songwriter/producer and co-founder of The Raconteurs, Brendan Benson is thrilled to announce the launch of his own record label and publishing company, Readymade. This spring, Readymade will make its debut on the international stage with new releases from Benson (What Kind of World - 4/21 through BrendanBenson.com to coincide with his son's 2nd birthday with a 4/24 street date) and the first artist signed to the label, Young Hines (Give Me My Change - 4/10). Benson will be showcasing his new album at SXSW 2012 as well as on May tour dates where Young Hines will support in the U.S.
Readymade was born in the 90's when Benson released the Wellfed Boy demos under the imprint as a 12" vinyl. At the time Readymade was merely a concept due to a lack of resources to build a proper record label. Over a decade later Benson partnered with manager Emily White, who brought the idea to fruition, making Readymade a legitimate label around Benson's musical output. Says White, "Brendan produced 5 albums in 2011, including his own. Launching Readymade gives us the option of a release platform tailored to each album under the same home. We wanted a way for Brendan to be able to create music when and how he wants and be able to put out the music sans any barriers. The answer to what we were looking for is Readymade."
Launching an artist-owned label has its obvious creative and business benefits from artistic freedom to master ownership. But it can hit roadblocks when it comes to funding the team members that help promote a new release. This is where Readymade has found a truly innovative approach to the traditional business model. Rather than forego promotion or production quality, Benson and his manager developed a team of credible individuals and companies within the industry to work on album releases for a commission taken from music sales and song placements. The new approach allows them to operate without front-end costs while providing greater motivation and potential payoff for all parties involved.
Readymade will be bringing us Benson's What Kind of World and Young Hines' Give Me My Change, the first two Readymade releases, as well as the upcoming Benson produced album from Irish duo The Lost Brothers. Each album will benefit from team members and relationships with Thirty Tigers, Downtown Music Publishing, Terrorbird, Big Hassle, Hard Boiled Inc., Toolshed, and Music Alternatives.
Stay posted for music and further news from Readymade and their upcoming releases.
Upcoming Brendan Benson U.S. Tour Dates w/ Young Hines supporting:
13 - 16 - Austin, TX - SXSW (Brendan Benson only)
28 - Nashville, TN - Mercy Lounge (Additional support by The Howling Brothers) *
03 - Philadelphia, PA - World Café Live*
05 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom**
10 - San Diego, CA - Casbah*
12 - Los Angeles, CA - Troubadour*
*On-sale Friday January 6th
**Amex Pre-sale Wednesday January 11th, General on-sale Friday January 13th
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Due to overwhelming demand for this final leg of the MY KINDA PARTY TOUR, the new production features a 360-degree configuration that allows fans who couldn't get tickets before to purchase a view from the rear of the stage. The 2012 MY KINDA PARTY TOUR is an extension of the record-breaking 2011 leg that sold one million tickets across the country last year.
"I'm not gonna lie…its a big challenge to try and entertain people who are on all sides of you. I have to work a lot harder, and I come off the stage absolutely drenched. The opening weekend was unbelievable, and I had a blast pulling Luke and Lauren up on stage during different parts of the show. It's fun to keep the fans guessing and surprised. Sometimes, I even get surprised…we had a few stage jumpers, so that kept it interesting for all of us! The fans were out of their minds this weekend!."
Additionally, Aldean is releasing "Fly Over States" to radio this week. The fifth single off his DOUBLE PLATINUM album MY KINDA PARTY, the song is an ode to the beauty and hardworking spirit of our country's heartland. Entertainment Weekly said, "The song has the kind of soaring chorus that makes you want to press 'repeat' as soon as it ends.
To stream "Fly Over States," click here: http://www.thegreenroompr.com/jasonaldean.html
Aldean's DOUBLE PLATINUM fourth record MY KINDA PARTY was the top-selling country album of 2011 and the No. five best-seller in all genres. The CMA Album of the Year was also named iTunes' "Country Album of the Year" and came in at No. four on Billboard's all-genre Year End Top 200 Albums chart.
For a full list of appearances and upcoming tour dates, visit www.jasonaldean.com.
Monday, January 23, 2012
Pulp will return to the U.S. this spring for the first time in more
than a decade to play Coachella, The Warfield in San Francisco, and
Radio City Music Hall in New York. The shows will involve all the
original members of the band -- Nick Banks (drums), Jarvis Cocker
(vocals, guitar), Candida Doyle (keyboards), Steve Mackey (bass),
Russell Senior (violin, guitar) and Mark Webber (guitar) -- and they
will be playing songs from all periods of their career.
April 11 -- New York, NY -- Radio City Music Hall
April 13 -- Indio, CA -- Coachella
April 17 -- San Francisco, CA -- The Warfield
April 20 -- Indio, CA -- Coachella
Pulp returned from a nine-year hiatus last summer, performing at
festivals in Europe and Australia. They last played in the U.S. on a
June 1998 tour in support of their "This Is Hardcore" album.
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official site: http://pulppeople.com/
Esperanza Spalding has announced world tour dates beginning April 18, 2012, as the bassist, vocalist and composer unveils the brilliant compositions of her new release, Radio Music Societyinto a dynamic "big band" format.
It has not taken Spalding long to emerge as one of the brightest lights in the musical world. Listeners familiar with her stunning 2008 Heads Up International debut, Esperanza, and her best-selling 2010 release Chamber Music Society, were well aware that the young bassist, vocalist and composer from Portland, Oregon was the real deal, with a unique and style-spanning presence, deeply rooted in jazz yet destined to make her mark far beyond the jazz realm. That judgment was confirmed on February 13, 2011, when Spalding became the first jazz musician to receive the GRAMMY®Award for Best New Artist.
Spalding's latest release, Radio Music Society, set for March 20, 2012, is her most diverse, ambitious and masterful recital yet. Each of the 12 songs are accompanied by conceptual music videos, which further express her inspiration and story behind each track. Shot in various locations including New York City, Barcelona and Portland, all videos will be available to purchasers of Radio Music Society as a digital download or a DVD on the deluxe version.
Upcoming national TV appearances for Spalding include the Late Show with David Letterman, The View and Jimmy Kimmel Live. Look for features on Radio Music Society in O! Magazine, Vogue, Elle, Marie Claire, Latina Style, Glamour, W Magazine, Essence, Vibe, Men's Journal and Hemispheres in-flight magazine,as well as USA Today, the New York Times, Associated Press and the Wall Street Journal, among others.
Fans of Spalding who purchase tickets thru Ticketmaster will receive a free song download of "City of Roses" from Radio Music Society, and in celebration of Black History Month, can purchase the e-single "Black Gold" (which includes a music video) on iTunes beginning February 7.
April 18 - Buffalo, NY - Center for the Arts - tickets onsale January 20
April 19 - Cleveland, OH - Metro Campus Auditorium - tickets onsale January 20
April 21 - New York, NY - Webster Hall - tickets onsale January 20
April 22 - Boston, MA - Orpheum Theatre - tickets onsale January 17
April 24 - Seattle, WA - Paramount Theatre - tickets onsale January 27
April 25 - Portland, OR - Crystal Ballroom - tickets onsale January 27
April 27 - Hollywood, CA - The Music Box - tickets onsale January 21
April 28 - Phoenix, AZ - JW Desert Ridge Jazz Festival - tickets onsale January 16
May 1 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues - tickets onsale January 16
May 2 - Houston, TX - House of Blues - tickets onsale January 16
May 3 - New Orleans, LA - New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - tickets on sale now
May 5 - Austin, TX - Paramount Theatre - tickets onsale January 20
May 23 - Paris, France - La Cigale - tickets onsale TBD
May 28 - London, UK - KoKo - tickets onsale TBD
June 27 - Ottawa, ON - Ottawa Jazz Festival - tickets onsale TBD
June 29 - Montreal, QC - Metropolis Theatre - tickets onsale now
June 30 - Saratoga Springs, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center - tickets onsale TBD
More dates will be announced in the coming weeks. Follow the Radio Music Society online at: www.esperanzaspalding.com