Here’s a new track from Atmosphere. “Somebody, MN” features Kill the Vultures, Big Quarters & MaLLy. This warm and fuzzy track comes just in time for the brutal Minnesota winter.
If you’re in the North Star State, be sure to check out the “Welcome to Minnesota” tour in February.
Welcome To Minnesota Tour
2.20 – Mankato, MN – Verizon Wireless Center Ballroom
2.21 – Bemidji, MN – Sanford Center Ballroom
2.22 – Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue
2.23 – Duluth, MN – Clyde Iron Works
2.25 – Rochester, MN – Mayo Civic Center Auditorium
2.26 – St. Cloud, MN – Atwood Center Ballroom @ SCSU
Tickets are officially on sale here –
Acclaimed singer-songwriter, Rachael Yamagata has sold-out 10 of the dates on her current U.S. tour in support of her third release Chesapeake, which was released on October 11th through her own Frankenfish Records. Sold out markets on the tour (so far) include: Northampton (10/28), Boston (10/30), Washington, DC (11/1), Baltimore (11/2), Brooklyn (11/4), Pittsburgh (11/5), Los Angeles (11/29), Hoboken (12/20), and New York (12/21-22).
Yamagata recently stopped by NPR’s Tell Me More while on tour in Washington , DC. Listen to the interview and live performance HERE.
Chesapeake was produced by John Alagia, producer of Yamagata’s Happenstance album as well as albums from Liz Phair, Dave Matthews Band, and Jason Mraz. For the album, Yamagata recruited her “dream team” consisting of Victor Indrizzo (Sheryl Crow) on drums, guitarists Mike Viola (Candy Butchers), Michael Chaves (John Mayer), and Kevin Salem, (Dump Truck, Yo La Tengo), cellist Oli Kraus (Sia, Duffy) and Tom Freund on the upright bass. The result is an eclectic collection of songs projecting Yamagata’s newfound optimism and hopefulness, showcasing her sultry and smoky voice, rich, layered harmonies, striking ballads and soulful grooves.
Chesapeake has been receiving notable airplay at WFUV (NY), KCSN (Los Angeles), KCMP (Minneapolis), WXPN (Philadelphia), WFPK (Louisville), and Sirius XM The Loft. On October 12th, the track “Even If I Don’t” was featured as NPR Music’s “Song Of The Day”
Next week, Rachael will be performing a sold out show at Maxwell’s in Hoboken, NJ (December 19th) as well as back to back sold out shows at New York City’s City Winery (December 21st-22nd). If you don’t have tickets, you better know someone important!
“A diverse gem, Chesapeake is one of the best albums you’ll hear all year.” – ARTISTdirect
16th – Charlottesville, VA – The Southern
17th – Louisville, KY – Headliners
18th – Columbus, OH – The Basement
19th – Hoboken, NJ – Maxwell’s (Sold Out)*
21st – New York, NY – City Winery (Sold Out)*
22nd – New York, NY – City Winery (Sold Out)*
UK-Âbased punk band Sharks today announced their Rise Records debut album, No Gods, will be released on March 20, 2012. Sharks will also hit the road once again in the United States with Social Distortion and Frank Turner starting January 27, 2012 in Las Vegas, NV at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino.
Produced by Brian McTernan (The Explosion, Hot Water Music, Cave In), No Gods swims between the rules and regulations of the iconoclastic chaos of punk rock and British indie music. Over the course of eleven infectious anthems, Sharks sharpen timeless melodies with an explosive edge tempered by intricate riffing and hypnotic harmonies. It’s pure. It’s poetic. And it’s powerful.
Born in 2007, Sharks is James Mattock (vocals), Andrew J. Bayliss (guitar), Sam Lister (drums), and Tony Corrales (bass). They released their first independent EP, Shallow Waters, in 2008 and drummed up a serious buzz while playing with the likes of Gallows, The Wedding Present, and Baby Shambles. Barely old enough to drive, the group garnered critical acclaim from tastemakers such as KERRANG!, The Guardian, and NME for 2010′s Show of Hands EP and incendiary performances supporting The Gaslight Anthem in the UK. In April 2011, they released The Joys of Living 2008-Â-2010, a 14 songs collection of previously released tracks and two band new ones that garnered them instant acclaim. Zane Lowe praised the collection as “the sound of a band reaching that moment when they are absolutely ready,” while Kerrang called them “one of the best bands around.”
Unlike many of their UK predecessors the band has toured extensively in the United States, often living in their van. In the United States they have toured with Social Distortion and just this year played the entire Vans Warped Tour and recently wrapped the 2011 Alternative Press Tour. They are currently featured in the “Most Anticipated Music of 2012″ issue of Alternative Press. The magazine said their music “bristles with a wonderful sense of rock ‘n’ roll heritage that serves as a tribute to fallen heroes such as the Clash while simultaneously molding those influences into something refreshing and contemporary.”
See them for yourself.
SHARKS 2012 TOUR DATES
27th Las Vegas, NV The Joint @ the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino
31st Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theatre
1st Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
3rd Tempe, AZ The Marquee
5th San Luis Obispo, CA SLO Brewing Company
6th Reno, NV Knitting Factory Concert House
9th Santa Cruz, CA Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium
10th Oakland, CA Fox Theater
11th Oakland, CA Fox Theater
13th Chico, CA Senator Theatre
14th Modesto, CA Modesto Centre Plaza
15th Los Angeles, CA TBA*
16th Ventura, CA Majestic Ventura Theatre
17th Pomona, CA Fox Theater Pomona
18th Pomona, CA Fox Theater Pomona
*not part of Social Distortion tour
The founding members of The Beach Boys, one of the world’s most legendary bands in popular music history, will reunite for a global 50th Anniversary CELEBRATION in 2012. Beach Boys Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks will come together for a new studio album and commemorative catalog releases with Capitol/EMI and a 50-date international tour to begin in April with a headlining performance at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (“Jazz Fest”) as well as other exciting events to be announced.
Brian Wilson says, “This anniversary is special to me because I miss the boys and it will be a thrill for me to make a new record and be on stage with them again.”
Mike Love says, “We got together at Capitol Records and re-recorded ‘Do It Again.’ Brian and I wrote that song which went to number 1 in Great Britain, Australia and elsewhere some 44 years ago. Brian paid me a compliment saying, ‘How can a guy sound that great so many years later?’ Later on, while working out some harmonies on a new song Brian had written, I got a chance to return the compliment. It was a thrill to be around a piano again with Brian, Alan and Bruce and experience firsthand the brilliance of Cousin Brian’s gift for vocal arrangements. I am very much looking forward to David Marks joining us and thrilling with his surf guitar licks. Music has been the unifying and harmonizing fact of life in our family since childhood. It has been a huge blessing that we have been able to share with the world. Wouldn’t It Be Nice to Do It Again? Absolutely!”
Al Jardine says, “The Beach Boys were recently inducted into the California Hall of Fame. From our humble beginnings as brothers, cousins and friends, we have been honored to sing the praises of California, and I’m really excited for our fans to be able to see us again in concert on the world stage, and to celebrate our 50th anniversary together with a new studio album.”
Bruce Johnston says, “I will be looking forward to singing Brian Wilson’s melodies and Mike Love’s lyrics once again in concert with many of the original band members, but imagine what we all could come up with vocally in a recording studio atmosphere under Brian’s musical direction.”
David Marks says, “I’m really looking forward to celebrating this important milestone in The Beach Boys’ history with the other guys, and with Capitol Records – where it all began 50 years ago. It means a lot to me that we can all reunite and pay tribute to the fans who have kept the music alive.”
The Beach Boys have already recorded several songs for their new album, to be released in 2012 by Capitol/EMI, with more tracks to be recorded before its completion. The as-yet-untitled album, the first to feature all of the band’s surviving original members in decades, is being produced by Brian Wilson and executive produced by Mike Love.
The Beach Boys and Capitol/EMI have also teamed up for a 50th Anniversary campaign spotlighting the band’s entire catalog, with several new commemorative releases planned for 2012, including a new hits collection and a career-spanning box set.
Roger Faxon, CEO of EMI Group commented: “It’s no exaggeration to say that The Beach Boys are one of the greatest and most loved bands that the world has ever produced, and true American icons. We are incredibly proud to take this next step with them as our partnership enters its fiftieth year, and I can’t wait to see the band back together doing what they do better than anyone else.”
Colin Finkelstein, COO of EMI Music North America said: “We’re honored to continue Capitol/EMI’s historic partnership with The Beach Boys as they celebrate their fiftieth anniversary. The Beach Boys bring the best of California’s sun and surf culture to people all over the world with their music, and we’re really looking forward to working with the band on the new album and commemorative catalog releases – a real CELEBRATION of fifty years!”
Quint Davis, producer/director, New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival says, “It’s an honor to present the original Beach Boys reunion at Jazz Fest 2012. Hosting the greatest artists of our era has always been the primary mission of Jazz Fest, and certainly The Beach Boys are unsurpassed as an iconic American musical and cultural institution. Every spring Jazz Fest is the number-one destination for good vibrations and fun, fun, fun; on April 27th, when The Beach Boys reunite on our biggest stage, it’s going to feel like a thrilling homecoming for everyone lucky enough to be there. We’re all looking forward to experiencing the magic and the joy.”
Founded in Hawthorne, California in 1961, The Beach Boys were originally comprised of the three teenaged Wilson brothers: Brian, Carl and Dennis, their cousin Mike Love, and school friend Al Jardine. In 1962, neighbor David Marks joined the group for their first wave of hits on Capitol Records, leaving in late 1963, and in 1965, Bruce Johnston joined the band when Brian Wilson retired from touring to focus on writing and producing records for the group. For five decades, America’s first pop band to reach the 50 year milestone has recorded and performed the music that has become the world’s favorite soundtrack to summer.
The Beach Boys signed with Capitol Records in July 1962 and released their first album, Surfin’ Safari, that same year. The album spent 37 weeks on the Billboard chart, launching the young group known for its shimmering vocal harmonies and relaxed California style into international stardom. The Wilson/Love collaboration resulted in many huge international chart hits, and under Brian Wilson’s musical leadership, the band’s initial surf-rock focus was soon broadened to include other themes, making The Beach Boys America’s preeminent band of the 1960s.
In 1966, The Beach Boys were one of the first bands to found its own record label with the launch of Brother Records, Inc. (BRI), with the band’s members as its shareholders and Capitol Records as its distribution partner. BRI continues to manage The Beach Boys’ intellectual property, including the band’s catalog with Capitol/EMI and other label partners, as well as its name, logos, image and likeness.
The Beach Boys continue to hold Billboard / Nielsen SoundScan’s record as the top-selling American band for albums and singles, and they are also the American group with the most Billboard Top 40 chart hits (36). ‘Sounds Of Summer: The Very Best Of The Beach Boys’ is fast approaching triple-Platinum sales status, and ‘The SMiLE Sessions,’ released to worldwide critical acclaim in November, has been heralded as 2011′s #1 Reissue of the Year by Rolling Stone magazine.
Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988 and recipients of The Recording Academy’s Lifetime Achievement GRAMMY Award, The Beach Boys are an American institution that is iconic around the world.
Singer-songwriter Joseph Arthur has been on tour this year in support of his album “The Graduation Ceremony”, released earlier this spring. The album is Arthur’s first solo album in five years and his first release since last year’s debut of the supergroup Fistful of Mercy (with Ben Harper and Dhani Harrison).
“The Graduation Ceremony” drew praise from Rolling Stone (“It goes without saying that this album will be on repeat for the next six months to come.”) and NPR (“As with much of Joseph’s musical and visual work, layers â€” however delicate â€” create depth, not excess.”). Arthur also performed late summer at Pearl Jam’s 20th Anniversary Weekend.
Catch Joseph Arthur performing at the Bowery Electric this Saturday December 17th (tickets) in New York City. will be opening the show. The show is also a benefit for Toys for Tots so don’t forget to bring your toys and stuffed animals to the show for donation.
Saturday December 17, 2011
New York, NY 10003
$12adv / $15dos 21+
8:45 James Maddock
10:00 Joseph Arthur
The first song from Sleigh Bellsâ€™ forthcoming sophomore album, Reign of Terror, is up now on Spin.com. It’s called “Born to Lose,” and can be found HERE.
Produced by guitarist Derek Miller, and written by Miller and singer Alexis Krauss, Reign of Terror is the highly anticipated follow up to 2010â€™s Treats.
Prior to Reign of Terrorâ€™s release, Sleigh Bells will embark on a full tour of Florida, where Miller grew up, with fellow Floridian Diplo and Brooklynâ€™s Liturgy.
Dates are below.
2/3/12 Gainesville, FL @ Florida Theater
2/4/12 Tampa, FL @ The Ritz
2/6/12 Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
2/7/12 Tallahassee, FL @ The Moon
2/9/12 Jacksonville, FL @ Freebird Live
2/10/12 Orlando, FL @ Firestone
2/11/12 Ft. Lauderdale, FL @ Revolution
2/14/12 Miami, FL @ Grand Central
On the heels of a wildly successful and critically-lauded tour with Foo Fighters and their own headlining dates, as well as having their album, Thank You Happy Birthday, selected as one of Rolling Stone â€˜s â€œBest Albums of 2011, â€œ Kentucky rockers Cage The Elephant are set to kick off the 2012 with the release of their first-ever live DVD LIVE FROM THE VIC IN CHICAGO, available January 3rd on DVD/CD, and as an iTunes DVD download and digital audio download. In addition, Best Buy will release an exclusive Blu-Ray disc available in stores January 3rd, and it will be available at other retailers January 17th.
Directed by the famed lensman Wayne Isham, LIVE FROM THE VIC IN CHICAGO, was filmed amidst their brilliantly reviewed spring tour during which Cage The Elephant had a two-night sold out run at The Vic Theatre in Chicago. An edited 30-minute version of LIVE FROM THE VIC IN CHICAGO premiered on MTV, MTV2, MTVU, MTV Hits and MTV.com in the fall of 2011. The bandâ€™s stunning live show is captured on this 75 minute concert video.
Released on January 11th, 2011, Thank You Happy Birthday (RCA Records), Cage The Elephantâ€™s sophomore album, has garnered the band rave reviews from the likes of Rolling Stone, New York Times, LA Times, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, People and Alternative Press who heralded it â€œone of the best rock albums of the year.â€ Their single â€œShake Me Downâ€ held the #1 spot for 5 consecutive weeks on the Alternative Radio chart and Billboardâ€™s Year End Chart places â€œShake Me Downâ€ at #2 on both of 2011â€™s year end Rock Songs and Alternative Songs charts. With performances on The Late Show with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel Live!, itâ€™s easy to see why Rolling Stone named Cage The Elephant â€œone of rockâ€™s best young bandsâ€ and Thank You Happy Birthday as one of the best albums 2011. In conjunction with the release of their third single â€œAberdeenâ€ from Thank You Happy Birthday, the band crafted an inventive and heartbreaking claymation tale directed by Isaac Rentz about a lonely Dragon’s futile quest to befriend the human race; a story created by CTE lead singer Matt Shultz. CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE VIDEO FOR ABERDEEN
SETLIST/TRACK LISTING FOR LIVE FROM THE VIC IN CHICAGO
In One Ear
Tiny Little Robots
Around My Head
Back Stabbing Betty
Back Against The Wall
Ainâ€™t No Rest for the Wicked
Shake Me Down
The Blu-Ray Disc includes the additional bonus features:
Â· 5.1 Surround Sound Audio
Â· Three live tracks from their Lollapalooza 2011 set: â€œAinâ€™t No Rest For the Wicked,â€ â€œAberdeenâ€ and â€œShake Me Downâ€
Catch Cage The Elephant on their final tour dates of 2011:
12/15 Milwaukee, WI @ The Rave â€“ FM 120/1 Big Snow Show(w/ Sleeper Agent & Joy Formidable
12/31 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom (with Sleeper Agent & Company of Thieves)
The much anticipated second album from Denver-based Tennis, Young and Old, is set for release February 14, 2012 on Fat Possum Records. Their widely praised debut Cape Dory, which The Wall Street Journal called â€œa winsome set of breezy pop songs,â€ was released earlier this year. For their forthcoming album guitarist Patrick Riley, vocalist Aliana Moore and drummer James Barone headed to Nashville to work with The Black Keysâ€™ Patrick Carney. The first single from these sessions, â€œOrigins,â€ is out now on limited edition on blue 7â€ vinyl via Forest Family Records. Over the last few months, Tennis has also released a series of covers as free downloads including â€œIs It Trueâ€ by Brenda Lee and their take of â€œTell Her Noâ€ by The Zombies. Today they unveil new cover trackâ€”â€œTears In The Typing Poolâ€ by Broadcastâ€”on NME.com along with new run of U.S. tour dates. Tennis wrap their December run with the Miniature Tigers this weekend with a hometown show on Denver on December 17 at Hi-Dive and kick off their U.S. tour with an album release show at The Bluebird Theatre also Denver on February 16.
After the success of their first album and touring for the better part of a year that included shows as far away as Moscow, Riley and Moore returned home and realized what was initially a bedroom-recording project had quickly evolved into a band. The challenge of a second record was upon them, but songwriting came quickly and in three months the duo had most of the material for their new album. The goal this time was to mature and vary their sound. Riley describes the new direction as â€œStevie Nicks going through a Motown phase.â€ By the time they hooked up with Carney, they had fleshed out most of the songs that would comprise Young and Old. With their friend and mentor at the producer helm, the recording progressed naturally and within three weeks the album was done. While their debut was written with a third touring member in mind, the new album is written and recorded with the addition of a fourth.
Tennis was born of Riley and Mooreâ€™s nearly seven-month sailing trip, which consisted of selling all their possessions, purchasing an old sailboat, repairing it, and cruising up and down the eastern seaboard. Upon returning home, the duo began writing music together as a way to document the history of their shared experience. The result was Cape Dory, an intimate and concise recollection of life on a 30-foot sloop. Tennis received more than 50 thousand listens to the free tracks they posted online and was promptly signed to Fat Possum Records.
December 17 Hi-Dive Denver, CO
February 16 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
February 22 Slowdown Omaha, NE
February 24 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI
February 26 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
February 27 Radio Radio Indianapolis, IN
February 28 Grog Shop Cleveland, OH
February 29 Horseshoe Tavern Toronto, ON
March 2 Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA
March 3 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
March 6 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
March 7 Black Cat Washington, DC
March 9 Local 506 Chapel Hill, NC
March 10 The Earl Atlanta, GA
March 11 Orange You Glad Festival Orlando, FL