Circles Around The Sun, the new studio album from Dispatch, is available today via the band’s own Bomber Records. Available in stores and at all digital retailers, the album was produced by Peter Katis (Interpol, Jonsi, The National), and is the band’s first studio album in over a decade. Buy the album on iTunes or Amazon.
The band tweeted earlier today that they would be playing a free acoustic pop up concert at Washington Square Park in Manhattan. The show is set to start at 6:00pm EST and end when the cops show up!
On Thursday, August 23rd at 3:00p EST the band will partner with Livestream for a live acoustic performance and fan chat streamed at http://new.livestream.com/livestreamsessions/dispatch. Fans can follow the page for updates and to be notified when the session goes live.
DISPATCH TOUR DATES*
20th Vancouver, BC Commodore Ballroom
21st Seattle, WA Moore Theatre
22nd Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
26th Los Angeles, CA Hollywood Palladium
29th Broomfield, CO 1st Bank Centre
1st Minneapolis, MN Orpheum Theatre
2nd Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
3rd Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
5th New York, NY Radio City Music Hall
6th Boston, MA Agganis Arena
8th Toronto, ONT Sound Academy
9th Philadelphia, PA Tower Theatre
11th Washington, DC Constitution Hall
12th Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre
While the first two albums were elaborate concoctions, Local Business is of the earth. Titus Andronicus the studious recording project and Titus Andronicus the raucous touring machine are no longer two distinct beings; there is only Titus Andronicus, rock and roll band. This is to say, it was recorded primarily live with precious few overdubs, with an elite squad of musicians.
The lineup is: Patrick Stickles (singer/songwriter/guitarist), Eric Harm (drums), Julian Veronesi (bass), Liam Betson (guitar) and Adam Reich (guitar). The album was recorded in New Paltz, New York’s Marcata Recording with producer/engineer/mastermind Kevin McMahon. They recorded it in April and May of 2012 along with some special guests including longtime Titus session keyboardist Elio DeLuca, universally acclaimed violinist Owen Pallett, and Eric Harm’s father Steven on
harmonica. This tight-knit group is just one of the meanings behind the phrase “Local
While abandoning the linear narrative of their last album The Monitor, the songs on Local Business aim to make explicit the implications of the first two LPs, that the inherent meaninglessness of life in an absurd universe gives the individual power to create their own values and their own morality. Along the way, we witness a devastating automobile wreck, a food fight (that is to say, a battle with an eating disorder), an electrocution, a descent into insanity, and ultimately, a forgiveness of the self for its many faults. Titus Andronicus even finds time to broaden its emotional palette to include
moments of pure positivity, brief respites from the usual doom and gloom.
Local Business Tracklisting
1. Ecce Homo
2. Still Life With Hot Deuce And Silver Platter
3. Upon Viewing Oregon’s Landscape With The Flood Of Detritus
4. Food Fight!
5. My Eating Disorder
6. Titus Andronicus VS. The Absurd Universe (3rd Round KO)
7. In A Big City
8. In A Small Body
9. (I Am The) Electric Man
10. Tried To Quit Smoking
With their current single “It’s Time” continuing to build at multiple radio formats, Las Vegas’ Imagine Dragons are gearing up for the September 4th release of their debut full-length album NIGHT VISIONS on KIDinaKORNER/Interscope Records. The band, which has been nominated for a 2012 MTV Video Music Award for “Best Rock Video,” has appeared on The Tonight Show With Jay Leno and will perform on Jimmy Kimmel Live! the day NIGHT VISIONS is released.
“This is our first full length album, and we wanted to do it right,” says lead singer Dan Reynolds. “For the first time, we can say we know what our identity is, and we know this is our jumping off point for future albums. We love big and interesting rhythms, and sweeping melodies and huge choruses. We want people to feel something when they hear our music.”
NIGHT VISIONS follows on the band’s fourth EP Continued Silence, which recently topped the New Artist Alternative album chart. The EP includes “It’s Time,” which is currently No. 6 at Modern Rock radio, No.2 at AAA, and has just broken through at Hot AC. “It’s Time” has sold over 300,000 copies and combined track sales are approaching 500,000 units. It is currently featured in the trailer for the upcoming film The Perks of Being A Wallflower, which hits theaters on September 20th. The video for “It’s Time” recently climbed to the No. 1 spot on Yahoo! Music. Watch it here: http://youtu.be/sENM2wA_FTg.
Catch Imagine Dragons on the road:
09/05 Las Vegas, NV The Hard Rock on the strip
09/07 New York, NY Santos Party House
09/08 Philadelphia, PA Piazza at Schmidt’s/WRFF Block Party
09/15 Milwaukee, WI Rock The Green, Veteran’s Memorial Park
09/16 Chicago, IL Riot Fest 2012
09/17 Toronto, ON The Opera House
10/02 Seattle, WA Showbox at the Market
10/06 Vancouver, BC Venue
10/08 San Francisco, CA Great American Music Hall
10/22 Nashville, TV Mercy Lounge
With AWOLNATION and Zeale:
09/10 Portland, ME State Theater
09/11 Hartford, CT Great Hall at Union Station
09/12 Rochester, NY Water Street Music Hall
09/13 Pittsburgh, PA Altar Bar
09/18 Detroit, MI St. Andrews Hall
09/19 Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall
09/21 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room
09/22 St. Louis, MO The Pageant
09/23 Kansas City, MO Uptown Theater
09/25 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater
09/27 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall
09/28 Denver, CO The Summit Music Hall
10/01 Boise, ID Knitting Factory Concert House
10/03 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
10/04 Portland, OR Roseland Theatre
10/09 San Diego, CA House of Blues
10/10 Santa Ana, CA The Observatory
10/11 Los Angeles, CA Club Nokia at L.A. Live
10/15 Tucson, AZ Rialto Theatre
10/16 Albuquerque, NM Sunshine Theater
10/18 Austin, TX Emo’s East
10/20 Dallas, TX House of Blues
10/23 Atlanta, GA Tabernacle
10/24 Tampa, FL The Ritz Ybor
10/25 Lake Buena Vista, FL House of Blues-Orlando
IMAGINE DRAGONS are: Dan Reynolds (vocals), Wayne Sermon (guitar), Ben McKee (bass), Daniel Platzman (drums).
Blaqk Audio is the electronic dance music outfit composed of Davey Havok and Jade Puget, originally from the multi-platinum rock juggernaut, AFI. The EDM industry has flourished around them since their 2007 release, CexCells, and it is now time for the endlessly talented duo to leave their own eternal imprint on the scene. Deriving inspiration from the electro-industrial waves of acts like Skinny Puppy and Depeche Mode as well as more modern artists like Knife Party, Porter Robinson, Bag Raiders, and Underworld, Havok and Puget create a complex, futuristic soundscape, marked with thumping, twinkling synth grinders, mid-tempo pop anthems, and dramatic wailing ballads.
Their upcoming sophomore album, Bright Black Heaven, is slated to be released September 11th on Big Death Records (Distributed by Superball Music). It is an expansion on CexCells derived from both experience and a furthering of it’s “hedonistic agenda,” but still has the familiar feel of Davey and Jade creating music together. With excellent mixing provided by Dave Bascombe (Depeche Mode and Erasure), Lars Stalfors (The Mars Volta), and Michael Patterson (Trent Reznor), this multifarious release will be marked by inspiration and experience. Maintaining a dark undercurrent below the glossy surface, Bright Black Heaven,remains true to the duo’s roots all the while toying with the listeners preconceived definition of electronic music.
Having performed alongside electronic front-runners like Wolfgang Gartner, MSTRKRFT, Dada Life, and Underworld, the duo have often bridged the gap between rock and dance fans alike. As producer Jade Puget so eloquently put it:
“Balancing two bands is a complex task…one shines and the other simmers. Now it’s time for Blaqk Audio to shine.”
Dave Matthews Band is inviting fans to take part in the creation of a video for its latest single, “Mercy.” Individuals who complete one (or more) easy-to-follow photo and/or video tasks may find their images featured within the unique, fan based music video. Details are posted at http://mercy.davematthewsband.com. One lucky fan who enters will win a trip to the final show of Dave Matthews Band’s summer tour, which will take place at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA on September 9. Fans do not need to contribute to the video in order to win.
“Mercy” is the first single from the band’s forthcoming album, Away From The World. The track, which is already a Top 3 hit at Triple A radio, is available now at all digital retailers.
On September 11, RCA Records will release Away From The World in CD, digital and vinyl formats. Fans can pre-order the standard and deluxe editions of Away From The World on the iTunes Store and at www.davematthewsband.com. The deluxe edition contains three additional tracks, which are exclusive live recordings of songs from the album. A super-deluxe edition, containing the deluxe CD, a DVD, a 2012 tour photo book and more, can also be pre-ordered at www.davematthewsband.com.
The group recorded Away From The World with Steve Lillywhite, who produced its first three studio records – Under The Table And Dreaming, Crash and Before These Crowded Streets. The upcoming album is the follow-up to 2009’s Big Whiskey and the GrooGrux King, which debuted at No. 1 on The Billboard 200, making Dave Matthews Band one of only two groups in chart history to have five consecutive studio albums enter atop the chart.
Dave Matthews Band – comprising Carter Beauford (drums), Stefan Lessard (bass), Dave Matthews (vocals, guitar) and Boyd Tinsley (violin) – has sold a collective 37 million CDs and DVDs combined. The band was the biggest ticket seller worldwide of the past decade and has sold over 17 million tickets since its inception. The West Coast leg of Dave Matthews Band’s summer tour will kick off with three consecutive nights at The Gorge Amphitheatre in George, WA over Labor Day weekend (8/31, 9/1 & 2). For further information about the tour, visit www.davematthewsband.com.
8/31 – George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre #*
9/1 – George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre #*
9/2 – George, WA – The Gorge Amphitheatre #*
9/7 – Chula Vista, CA – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre *
9/8 – Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre *
9/9 – Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre *
Modern progressive rock band Coheed and Cambria’s upcoming sixth studio album will be a double concept album entitled, ‘The Afterman,’ and will be released in two separate full-length volumes. The band made the announcement today via a cinematic video trailer on their official website. The first volume, ‘The Afterman: Ascension,’ will be available on both physical and digital platforms October 9, 2012 via Hundred Handed/Everything Evil, and distributed through Fontana/Ingrooves. The second volume, ‘The Afterman: Descension’ is slated for release in February 2013. The band has also confirmed a handful of intimate Northeast U.S. club shows leading up to the release of ‘The Afterman,’ starting September 13 in Kingston, NY (dates are below).
The trailer, a 90-second black and white classic film-noir style short, from director Robert Schober, depicts a cosmonaut preparing to leave his spaceship for a journey into a mysterious unknown; over an instrumental Coheed and Cambria musical bed. Watch the visual now at www.coheedandcambria.com
A deluxe version of the ‘The Afterman’ will include a hardcover coffee-table book with expansive art by Heidi Taillefer and Nathan Spoor with collaborative written work from singer/creator Claudio Sanchez and writer Peter David that will create a song by song experience. David previously worked with Sanchez on the prose novel adaptation of the band’s 2010 album “Year of the Black Rainbow,” and the graphic novel adaptation of their 2003 album “In Keeping Secrets of Silent Earth: 3 (which reached #4 on the New York Times Bestsellers list for graphic novels earlier this year).” All the band’s titles, including ‘The Afterman,’ fall into a grand sci-fi story arc called ‘The Amory Wars.”
It was announced previously at this month’s San Diego Comic Con that The Amory Wars has been picked up by Mark Wahlberg and Stephen Levinson of Leverage Productions to be developed into a live-action feature film.
Musically, ‘The Afterman’ sees the band perfecting their powerhouse progressive rock, soul and even pop landscapes. The dual release also marks the return of original drummer Josh Eppard, who the band parted ways with in 2006, bringing with him his benchmark percussive grooves. Coheed and Cambria self-financed and co-produced ‘The Afterman,’ alongside Michael Birnbaum and Chris Bittner, who produced the band’s first 3 albums, in Woodstock, NY. The album was mixed by Rich Costey (Muse, The Shins, Foster the People) and Ryan Williams (30 Seconds To Mars).
“This is without a doubt, the most honest record I’ve ever written,” says Sanchez. “Though all the songs can be interpreted through our main character in the story, they were initially written in a very spontaneous manner.” “In the past,” he continues,” I’ve always had a predetermined idea of what the story was going to be when I approached the songs. With ‘The Afterman’ being a new story within the (“The Amory Wars”) arc, I allowed the events of my life to drive the concept, and therefore opened up the songwriting to a fuller degree.”
Coheed and Cambria is currently on the road with rock legends, Iron Maiden.
UPCOMING TOUR DATES:
01 Salt Lake City, UT – USANA Amphitheatre with Iron Maiden
02 Reno, NV – Knitting Factory*
03 Mountain View, CA – Shoreline Amphitheatre w/ Iron Maiden
04 Sacramento, CA – Sleep Train Amphitheater w/ Iron Maiden
06 Phoenix, AZ – Ashley Furniture HomeStore Pavilion w/ Iron Maiden
07 Tucson, AZ – Rialto Theater*
09 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre w/ Iron Maiden
10 Irvine, CA – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater w/ Iron Maiden
12 Albuquerque, NM – Hard Rock Pavilion w/ Iron Maiden
13 Denver, CO – Comfort Dental Amphitheater w/ Iron Maiden
15 San Antonio, TX – AT&T Center w/ Iron Maiden
16 Pharr, TX – Pharr Events Center*
17 Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion w/ Iron Maiden
18 Houston, TX – Woodlands Pavillion w/ Iron Maiden
24 Reading, UK – Reading Festival
25 Leeds, UK – Leeds Festival
13 Kingston, NY – Ulster Performing Arts Center*
15 Chicago, IL – Riot Fest Chicago
16 Charlotte, NC – WEND Wienie Roast
19 Buffalo, NY – Town Hall*
20 Toronto, ON – Mod Club*
21 Rochester, NY – Water Street*
22 Albany, NY – Hart Theater at The Egg*
24 Syracuse, NY – Wescott Theater*
25 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground*
26 Hartford, CT Webster Theater*
28 Worcester, MA – Palladium**
29 Atlantic City, NJ – House of Blues**
* w/ 3
** w/ 3 and Deerhunter
31 Hamburg, DE – Grunspan
01 Dortmund, DE – Visions Westend Festival
02 Utrecht, NL – Tivoli
04 Brussels, BE – VK Club
05 Paris, FR – La Fleche D’Or
08 London, UK – Koko
09 Glasgow , UK- ABC
11 Birmingham, UK – Academy
12 Manchester, UK – Ritz Ballroom
About The Amory Wars: An epic, sci-fi fantasy set in an alternate universe (Heaven’s Fence) that chronicles the rise of superhuman dictator Wilhelm Ryan, and the one family that could hold the key to liberating the world from his tyrannical reign. The mythology was originally created by Sanchez to serve as inspiration for the band’s albums, but the series expanded to other mediums, including both prose and graphic novels.
About The Afterman: Sirius Amory, the most celebrated astronomer/scientist in the alternate universe of Heaven’s Fence is ‘‘The Afterman.’ Sirius (pronounced “Sy-ruhss”) is credited with the discovery of the energy force (known as The Keywork) that binds the 78 planets of these worlds together. He embarks on the greatest discovery of his existence, and possibly mankind’s. By doing so, what is truly most important to him begins to slip right through his fingers.
Newly-signed Warner Bros Records artists The Indecent will be releasing their debut EP “Control” on September 18, 2012. The title track recently premiered via Nylon magazine
Born and raised in New York City, triplets Emily, Bo and Maddy Brout were influenced by the sounds of Sonic Youth, Black Sabbath and Jefferson Airplane from an early age. The Brouts discovered guitars at the age of eight and started writing songs as a hobby, eventually becoming The Indecent when producer/A&R Tim Sommer – who helped develop acts like the Beastie Boys and Maroon 5 – paired them up with drummer Nick Burrows.
The Indecent posted their homemade recordings online and immediately began drawing comparisons that ranged from grunge icons like Nirvana to proto-punk acts like Patti Smith. On the strength of these demos alone the foursome toured throughout the UK, landing on the cover of British fashion mag Disorder, and recently they took the stage in New York for Joey Ramone’s Annual Birthday Bash at Webster Hall.
Recorded at Lightning Sound and East West Recording Studios in LA with WBR Chairman Rob Cavallo and Julian Raymond, “Control” is five songs of unbridled energy and aggression that’s rooted in rock’s gritty past while still stretching toward its future: their music sounds like Seattle grunge and New York in the 70′s had a baby through an 18 year-old surrogate in 2012.
UK sensation Ellie Goulding has announced that she will release a brand-new album, entitled Halcyon, on October 9th on Cherrytree/ Interscope Records. All the tracks on the album were written and co-produced by Ellie Goulding and the majority were recorded in a converted barn in Ellie’s hometown in the Hay Valley, West England with producer Jim Elliot (Kylie / Ladyhawke).
“This album for me is a journey from dark into light from confusion to understanding,” Goulding says. “I didn’t set out to write a break-up record but I think it became one.” A lyric video for the first single from the album, “Anything Could Happen,” will premiere on VEVO on August 13th, followed by the release of the single via all digital retailers on August 21st.
Fans got a taste of the new album earlier this month when Goulding posted a free download of a new track “Hanging On” featuring Tinie Tempah. The volume of fans rushing to hear the track caused Soundcloud to crash. “Hanging On” was the number one most blogged and played track on Hypemachine that week and has racked up one million total plays/views on YouTube and Soundcloud. Watch the video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ap-A0RKhi2s
“Anything Could Happen” is the first new original music from the British singer-songwriter since she burst onto the scene with the catchy folk-pop electro songs on her debut album Lights, which was the best-selling debut album of 2010 in the UK and has spawned several singles that have sold five million copies worldwide. She has also earned a legion of fans in the U.S. thanks to radio airplay and relentless touring that has seen her play to over 30,000 fans Stateside as well as festival appearances and a sold-out Katy Perry tour . Certified double-platinum in the U.S, the single “Lights” has sold more than 2.5 million copies, and is currently Top 5 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Top 40 charts.
On July 31st, Legacy Recordings will be releasing an album called I Am An Elvis Fan. Back in May, they launched the I Am An Elvis Fan campaign in conjunction with Elvis Presley Enterprises calling for fans to cast a vote to help compile the first-ever U.S fan-voted album by Elvis Presley. 250,000 votes were cast and the top-voted songs will comprise this new 21 song collection that will be available digitally and physically via RCA/Legacy.
The campaign also invited fans to upload a photo of themselves to be used in an Elvis photo mosaic created by EPE licensee Fan Mosaics. The mosaic – created from nearly 8,000 uploaded photos – will be used for both the I AM AN ELVIS FAN album cover and a limited edition poster.
The release leads into “Elvis Week,” a celebration to be held August 10-17 in Memphis to commemorate the 35th anniversary of Presley’s passing. Participants were asked to cast their votes at www.iamanelvisfan.com for their top three songs by Presley in seven musical genres provided by Legacy: ‘50s, ‘60s, Country, Movies, Love Songs, Gospel, and In Concert. Facebook and Twitter users were provided with links to share and spread the experience.
On September 25, Equal Vision Records will release Portugal. The Man’sThe Majestic Majesty on vinyl for the first time. This pressing will have 1500 copies, all on black vinyl. This will also be the first physical release of the songs.
The Majestic Majesty is the acoustic companion to the critically acclaimed Portugal. The Man album The Satanic Satanist, which was released in 2009. Previously available only as bonus material on the Deluxe Digital version of The Satanic Satanist, The Majestic Majesty features stripped back renditions that are perfectly suited for the vinyl format.
The original version of “People Say” saw extensive radio play following its release on The Satanic Satanist, peaking at No. 16 and No. 34 on the Billboard Alternative and Rock Songs Charts, respectively, with The Satanic Satanist album debuting at #81 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. Portugal. The Man has since released two follow-up full length albums, American Ghetto and In The Mountain In the Cloud, with the latter debuting at No. 42 on the Billboard Top 200 Albums Chart. The Majestic Majesty is available digitally now and for pre-order on vinyl HERE.
The Portland, OR-based band has sold over 150k albums to date and performed at renowned festivals such as Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, and SXSW.
TRACKLISTING: The Majestic Majesty
1. People Say
2. Work All Day
3. Lovers In Love
4. The Sun
5. The Home
6. The Woods
7. Guns And Dogs
8. Do You
9. Everyone Is Golden