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13 Dec

Bad Books are excited to announce new tour dates for 2013 in support of their recently released sophomore album II. A collaboration between Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra, Bad Books drew praise for the latest record with Paste Magazine writing that “on II, Bad Books have proven that they are more than Manchester Orchestra with Kevin Devine or vice versa,” going on to say that they “play off their strengths,” and that “all of us reap the benefit.” Rolling Stone noted that “the band maintains a unique sound, but the musicians have become more willing to stray from their comfort zones,” and praise experimental nature of the “melodic-schizophrenia” that ensues. Upcoming tour dates below.

Watch the video for the single “Forest Whitaker” here.

Presale is going on now at, general On Sale Thursday, December 20th at 12pm local time

II was recorded at Favorite Gentlemen Studios in Atlanta, GA and was produced by Devine, Manchester Orchestra’s lead singer Andy Hull, and Bad Books/Manchester Orchestra guitarist Robert McDowell. Rob Schnapf, well known for his work on Elliott Smith’s seminal recordings XO and Either/Or, leant his talent to mixing the album.

Listen: “It Never Stops”

Tour Dates Below

Upcoming Tour Dates:
* = The Front Bottoms, Weatherbox

13 – Newport, KY – Thompson House*
14 – Chicago, IL – Subterranean*
15 – Pontiac, MI – The Pike Room*
16 – Columbus, OH – The Basement*
17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s theatre*
19 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair*
20 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom*
21 РPhiladelphia, PA РWorld Caf̩ Live*
22 – Towson, MD – The Recher Theatre*
23 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506*
24 – West Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern*

22 May

Austin City Limits Music Festival 2012 Lineup Announced

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Austin City Limits Music Festival has announced its lineup for the 2012 edition of the festival. Set to headline this year’s lineup: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys and Jack White. Three day tickets and single day passes are still on-sale for the festival for the festival set for October 12th through the 14th. Pick them up here while they last.

Check out the full lineup below:

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Neil Young and Crazy Horse, The Black Keys
Jack White, Florence + The Machine, The Avett Brothers, Iggy & The Stooges, AVICII, BASSNECTAR, The Roots, The Shins, Weezer, Gotye, The Civil Wars, M83, Tegan and Sara, Childish Gambino Two Door Cinema Club, Thievery Corporation, The Afghan Whigs, Crystal Castles, Andrew Bird, Gary Clark Jr., Metric, Band of Skulls, Esperanza Spalding, Alabama Shakes, Delta Spirit, M. Ward, Randy Rogers Band, Die Antwoord, Rufus Wainwright, NEEDTOBREATHE, Big Gigantic, Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Steve Earle, The War On Drugs, Umphrey’s McGee, Barrington Levy, Old 97′s Punch Brothers, Bombay Bicycle Club, A-Trak, Trampled by Turtles Patterson Hood, Michael Kiwanuka, Big K.R.I.T., Oberhofer, POLICA, Tennis, Zola Jesus, Stars, Kimbra, Black Lips, Los Campesinos!, Jovanotti, Ben Howard, Ruthie Foster, Freelance Whales, Civil Twilight, The Whigs, Dev, The Lumineers, Bad Books, The Devil Makes Three, Asleep at the Wheel, First Aid Kit Patrick Watson, LP, Caveman, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Father John Misty The Wombats, Dry the River, The Boxer Rebellion, Soul Rebels Brass Band Thundercat, Willis Earl Beal, He’s My Brother She’s My Sister, Kishi Bashi, Deep Dark Woods, Moon Duo, Kopecky Family Band, River City Extension Quiet Corral, Wheeler Brothers, The Relatives, Space Capone, The Staves Native Run, Nikki Lane, Quiet Company, Infantree, Wild Child, La Vida Bohème The Eastern Sea, The Dunwells, Kenny Vaughan Trio, Justin Jones, Sonámbulo Royal Teeth, Noah Gunderson, The Aaron Ivey Band, The Mighty Sincere Voices G.S.T., Colorfeels, Lera Lynn, Megan McCormick, Shields of Faith, Stapletones, The Baylor Choir, Disciples of Joy, Ralph’s World, Orange Sherbet, Big Don Rocknoceros, Hullabaloo, Jambo, Peter DiStefano & Tor, The School of Rock, The Q Brothers

18 Oct

Today only (October 18th) Bad Books’ debut album will be available on Amazon for only $2.99! Don’t wait to take advantage of this deal tomorrow because you only have one day to get the album at this special price. Bad Books will be available digitally elsewhere starting this Tuesday, October 19th and physically on November 9th.

“You Wouldn’t Have To Ask” MP3

Purchase Bad Books on Amazon for $2.99

Stream the entire album on the band’s Facebook and MySpace profiles.

Many of you have heard about the very limited Bad Books shows this month as well as the Andy Hull & Kevin Devine dates coming up in December. The band couldn’t make it to all of your cities and to make sure all fans could get the chance to see them live, Bad Books will be performing a live acoustic set this Wednesday, October 20th at 1pmEST via Don’t miss out!! Check out the video below for a taste of what you’ll be able to see.

10.20.10 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
10.22.10 – T.T. The Bear’s Place – Cambridge, MA
10.23.10 – The North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
10.24.10 – The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
11.24.10 – The Stuffing @ The Center Stage Complex – Atlanta, GA
12.01.10 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC**
12.02.10 – New Brookland Tavern – West Columbia, SC**
12.03.10 – The 567 – Macon, GA**
12.04.10 – The Social – Orlando, FL**
12.05.10 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL**

**Andy Hull & Kevin Devine

07 Oct

By now it’s well known how busy Andy Hull and Kevin Devine have been. Between Kevin’s solo career, Manchester Orchestra, and Bad Books, the new project from Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine, we still don’t know how these two are able to find the time to sleep!

Well, put on another pot of coffee, Andy Hull & Kevin Devine are announcing a string of December shows. The presale for these shows is Friday, October 8th at 1pm local time. Tickets go on sale to the public Thursday, October 14th at 1pm local time.

Purchase tickets via:

12.01.10 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
12.02.10 – New Brookland Tavern – West Columbia, SC
12.03.10 – The 567 – Macon, GA
12.04.10 – The Social – Orlando, FL
12.05.10 – The Orpheum – Tampa, FL
And don’t forget about the very limited opportunities to see Bad Books live.

10.20.10 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
10.22.10 – T.T. The Bear’s Place – Cambridge, MA
10.23.10 – The North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
10.24.10 – The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
11.24.10 – The Stuffing @ The Center Stage Complex – Atlanta, GA

Bad Books’ self-titled debut album will be available digitally 10/19 and physically 11/9 via Favorite Gentlemen / Razor & Tie.

“You Wouldn’t Have To Ask” MP3

01 Oct

So many exciting things are coming up with Bad Books, the new project from Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra. They’ve got 5 upcoming tour dates (details below), a digital release of the album October 19th, physical release of the album November 9th, and the pre-sale is live now! What’s more? Each pre-sale order gives instant downloads of “You Wouldn’t Have To Ask,” “Please Move,” and “Holding Down The Laughter,” as well as a download of the album on the digital release date, an early arrival of the CD, and a signed poster.

Pre-Order Bad Books HERE

“You Wouldn’t Have To Ask” MP3

10.20.10 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
10.22.10 – T.T. The Bear’s Place – Cambridge, MA
10.23.10 – The North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
10.24.10 – The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD
11.24.10 – The Stuffing @ The Center Stage Complex – Atlanta, GA

14 Sep

Favorite Gentlemen Recordings, the Atlanta-based record label founded and run by Manchester Orchestra, is proud to announce its 1st annual “The Stuffing”, taking place Wednesday night November 24th throughout the CW Midtown Complex. All three venues, which includes Center Stage, Vinyl, and The Loft, will host 10 artists from the Favorite Gentlemen Community of bands and friends during the evening. Headlining the night will be Manchester Orchestra, performing their final hometown show of 2010. Also on the bill will be Athens’ Dead Confederate, Kevin Devine, and the first ever Atlanta performance from BAD BOOKS, which is the side-project collaboration of Manchester Orchestra and Devine (self-titled release is 10/19 via Favorite Gentlemen and Razor & Tie Records).

One ticket grants access to the entire affair. Exclusive pre-sale begins Wednesday, September 14th at 1pm via

Regular on-sale is Tuesday, September 21st at 1pm. Full line-up and details are below.

Favorite Gentlemen Presents: “The Stuffing”
Wednesday, November 24th, 2010 @
The CW Midtown Complex
Atlanta, GA

5:00pm doors/6:00pm music
Tickets available at

Pre-sale ticketing: 9/15 at 1pm
Regular on-sale: 9/21 at 1pm
$16.99 advance
$20 day of show

Full line-up:

Manchester Orchestra
Dead Confederate
Bad Books
Kevin Devine
Death On Two Wheels
Harrison Hudson
All Get Out

*Midnight DJ Party in Vinyl following Manchester Orchestra!

26 Aug

A little more than a week after officially announcing their self-titled debut album, Bad Books (the new project from Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra) responds to the tremendous fan support by giving away a free download of “You Wouldn’t Have To Ask” and offering a stream of the previously unheard “Please Move” on their Facebook page. Bad Books will see its release October 19th via Favorite Gentlemen, the record label that was founded and has been run by Manchester Orchestra since 2007.

Download “You Wouldn’t Have To Ask”

Stream “Please Move”

As songwriters go, Hull and Devine could not be further apart in terms of creative approach. The methodical wordsmith Devine, an English major from Fordham, is known to pine away for great lengths of time just to accurately pin-point one word within a lyric. “I was doing a take of ‘You’re A Mirror I Cannot Avoid’ and stopped myself for fifteen minutes because I was having trouble justifying ending two lines in the same chorus with the word ‘back.’ Just sitting there, staring at the screen, writing different word choices. I asked Andy if he thought it mattered, and he said, ‘Of course it doesn’t.’ Somewhere in that exchange is I think what differentiates us as songwriters. I think Andy trusts his instincts to lead him to the right place in a song, and sometimes I want to outthink my instincts because I’m scared of repeating myself, of resting on my laurels. And I think together, those two approaches meshed really, really well,” Devine said.

Hull echoes that sentiment: “Kevin is very meticulous, where I came in with a few ideas and fleshed them out literally as we were recording. Kevin’s songs were awesome and he was cool enough for me to throw in some ideas to change a part or add a bridge here or there.”

This October, Bad Books will be playing only four shows and the public tickets are on sale August 26 at 1pm EST at Act fast, the number of tickets is very limited. Exclusive pre-order bundles are sold out in all markets except for Baltimore and those can be purchased at

10.20.10 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
10.22.10 – T.T. The Bear’s Place – Cambridge, MA
10.23.10 – The North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
10.24.10 – The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD

17 Aug

A true accident if there ever was one; Bad Books was never an intended nor calculated side project of Kevin Devine and Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull. Though the two musicians have collaborated and performed together on tour and within the Favorite Gentlemen community of artists for years now, the genesis of Bad Books came from a simple idea to fill space and time off the road by collaborating on a small batch of songs together at the top of the year. With no agenda and no expectations, what was birthed just one week later was Bad Books, a fully realized album encompassing five compositions each from both Devine and Hull, with the members of Manchester Orchestra filling out the sound and the band. The self-titled debut will be released October 19th, 2010 via Favorite Gentlemen Recordings, the record label that was founded and has been run by Manchester Orchestra since 2007.

Stream a the brand new Bad Books song, “You Wouldn’t Have To Ask,” at

In contrast to previous outputs from Manchester Orchestra and Devine, Bad Books cradles a much more noticeable pop aesthetic and energy than either artist has probably ever showcased before. Nowhere is this more evident than in songs like “You Wouldn’t Have To Ask” and “Holding Down the Laughter”.

Engineered by Robert McDowell (of Manchester Orchestra) with help from drummer Ben Homola, and mixed by Chris Bracco (of Devine’s ‘Goddamn Band’), Bad Books progressed in the most organic and natural way possible. Free from any boundaries or restrictions, Devine and Hull were able to craft a beautiful body of melodies, highlighting arcs of high and low throughout, and utilizing the stark imagery and storytelling for which both of them are known.

For Devine, Hull, and the rest of Manchester Orchestra, choosing the direction of the road less travelled resulted in sonic harmonies and woven textures that meshed what these best friends do best. Some accidents were just meant to be.

Be sure to catch Bad Books when they play select dates this October. The ticket pre-sale starts at noon on Wednesday, August 18 at Every order placed through this pre-sale comes with two free digital Bad Books tracks, to be delivered via email. Also exclusive to this pre-sale will be a $10.00 pre-sale T-shirt bundle available in heather grey. Choose your size when you add your tickets to the order and pick up your shirt from the merch table at the show!

10.20.10 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
10.22.10 – T.T. The Bear’s Place – Cambridge, MA
10.23.10 – The North Star Bar – Philadelphia, PA
10.24.10 – The Ottobar – Baltimore, MD