Multi-platinum recording artist Gotye announces his biggest ever tour of North America today, including stops at the some of the nation’s most iconic venues including Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Denver, LA’s The Greek and NYC’s Radio City Music Hall. He’ll also appear at Bumbershoot and Austin City Limits; full list of dates below! Tickets go on-sale to the public on June 8. Fans who have “Liked” Gotye on Facebook or signed up for his mailing list by midnight EST on June 4 will get advance access to purchase tickets for all shows. Go to www.gotye.com for more details.
Special guests on the tour include acclaimed Australian singer/songwriter Missy Higgins, Brooklyn buzzband Chairlift and indie pop outfit Givers. South African born multi-instrumentalist Jonti will open most dates with cult hero Zammuto (ex-The Books) playing first at some shows. Kimbra – who featured on Gotye’s chart topping song “Somebody That I Used To Know” – will make a one off appearance on the Dallas date.
It was also announced today that Gotye will finally release his cult album Like Drawing Blood on CD and vinyl for the first time in the US through Fairfax/Universal Republic Records this July; it is available digitally now. Like Drawing Blood, originally released in Australia in 2006, is the album that first put Gotye on the map. In his homeland it was the ultimate indie ‘word of mouth’ project; eventually going platinum without ever making the top 40. It eventually earned Gotye the Australian equivalent of a Grammy and went on to top numerous critics polls in Europe before being named iTunes “Album of the Year” for 2007 in the UK. The album features his cult classic “Hearts A Mess” with its unforgettable video; watch HERE.
Next month, fans will get another bonus release from Gotye – ten remixes of the song that changed everything for him – “Somebody That I Used To Know” [Featuring Kimbra] – from his most recent album Making Mirrors (Fairfax/Universal Republic Records). The bundle, available June 8th via iTunes, will feature remixes by Tiesto, Adrock, 4FRNT, Gang Colours, M-Phazes, and many more; full track list below! There are over 1,000 unapproved remixes of this song scattered across the internet so this release collects most of Gotye’s favorite versions in one place.
“Somebody That I Used To Know” [Feat. Kimbra] has been #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the last seven weeks. It also recently reached #1 at Top 40 and #1 at Hot AC and thus sits on top at four radio formats – an historic accomplishment. The music video recently crossed the 200 million mark on YouTube, making it one of the most-viewed clips ever; watch HERE.
Gotye’s most recent offering Making Mirrors has already sold nearly two millions copies globally. The recordings were created over the duration of more than two and a half years. To write and record its dozen intricate songs, Gotye moved from Melbourne to a barn on his parents’ remote land in Australia’s Mornington Peninsula. Making Mirrors, is pop at its most precise, but also electronic music at its most emotional. The record delves into dub, Detroit-era Motown soul, stadium-size politi-pop, synth-folk and world music on glorious, sprawling, huge-hearted songs.
North American Tour Dates In Full:
Aug 22 Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks (w/Missy Higgins & Jonti)
Aug 24 Chicago, IL @ Charter One Pavilion (w/Missy Higgins & Jonti)
Aug 25 Milwaukee, WI @ The Riverside Theater (w/Missy Higgins & Jonti)
Aug 26 Minneapolis, MN @ US Bank Theater at Target Center (w/Missy Higgins & Jonti)
Aug 28 Edmonton, AB @ Shaw Conference Center (w/Chairlift & Jonti)
Aug 29 Calgary, AB @ Stampede, Corral (w/Chairlift & Jonti)
Aug 31 Burnaby, BC @ Deer Lake Park (w/Chairlift & Jonti)
Sept 1 Seattle, WA @ Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival (w/Missy Higgins)
Sept 2 Troutdale, OR @ Edgefield Amphitheatre (w/Chairlift & Jonti)
Sept 4 Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre (w/Chairlift & Jonti)
Sept 6 Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre Berkeley (w/Chairlift & Jonti)
Sept 14 Kansas City, MO @ Berkley Riverfront Park (w/Chairlift & Zammuto)
Sept 16 Cleveland, OH @ Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica (w/Chairlift & Zammuto)
Sept 17 Columbus, OH @ The LC Pavilion (w/Chairlift & Zammuto)
Sept 18 Detroit, MI @ Fox Theatre (w/Chairlift & Zammuto)
Sept 20 Toronto, ON @ Molson Canadian Amphitheater (w/Chairlift & Zammuto)
Sept 21 Montreal, QC @ Jacques Cartier Pier (Old Port) (w/Chairlift & Zammuto)
Sept 22 Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion (w/Missy Higgins & Jonti)
Sept 25 New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall (w/Missy Higgins & Jonti)
Sept 27 Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Park (w/Givers & Zammuto)
Sept 29 Camden, NJ@ Susquehanna Bank Center (w/Missy Higgins & Jonti)
Sept 30 Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion (w/Missy Higgins & Jonti)
Oct 1 Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Amphitheatre (w/Missy Higgins & Jonti)
Oct 3 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium (w/Missy Higgins & Jonti)
Oct 4 Tuscaloosa, AL @ Tuscaloosa Amphitheater (w/Missy Higgins & Jonti)
Oct 5 Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre (w/Missy Higgins & Jonti)
Oct 7 Miami, FL @ Klipsch Amphitheatre at Bayfront Park (w/Givers & Jonti)
Oct 8 Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues (w/Givers & Jonti)
Oct 10 New Orleans, LA @ Lakefront Arena (w/Givers & Jonti)
Oct 11 Spring, TX @ Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion (w/Givers & Jonti)
Oct 12 Grand Prairie, TX @ Verizon Theatre (w/Kimbra & Jonti)
Oct 13 Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits
“Somebody That I Used To Know” Remix Album Tracklisting:
Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [Gang Colours remix]
Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [Bibio remix]
Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [M-Phazes remix]
Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [Faux Pas remix]
Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [4Frnt remix]
Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [Tiesto remix]
Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [Sneaker Fox remix]
Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [Dan Aux remix]
Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [Miami Nights 1984 remix]
Somebody That I Used To Know (feat. Kimbra) [Adrock remix]
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
Gotye will make his Saturday Night Live debut as the musical guest on Saturday, April 14th, airing on NBC at 11:30 PM EST. The Australian native will be playing songs off his critically acclaimed Making Mirrors, released earlier this year. The show will be hosted by Academy Award-nominee Josh Brolin.
Gotye first caught American ears with platinum-certified single “Somebody That I Used To Know” which has been in the Billboard Hot 100 for 10 weeks, racked up over 119 million views on YouTube and currently holds a spot in the iTunes Top 10 and the Billboard Top 40. Watch the video HERE.
Gotye kicks off his completely sold-out Spring tour this week, culminating in his first US festival appearance at Coachella. Check www.gotye.com for full dates.
Praise for Making Mirrors:
“Making Mirrors finds Gotye making the most of a canny notion: that the pop sounds of the ’80s didn’t fall out of fashion so much as fall victim to dated production. By freshening up the feel but maintaining the drama, he lands on a batch of songs timeless enough to survive the next 30 years.” –NPR
“…Ingenious, oddly touching, refreshingly emphatic bedroom pop.” –Rolling Stone
“…pop magician.”-The New Yorker
“…The songs have a way of warping old ideas into something fascinating.”- LA Times
New York City’s famed PS22 Chorus recently performed an incredible rendition of Gotye’s “Somebody That I Used To Know”, check it out here: http://ps22chorus.blogspot.com/2012/02/somebody-that-i-used-to-know.html
“Somebody That I Used To Know” can be found on Gotye’s most recent album, Making Mirrors, released on January 31. Filter Magazine raved, “His newest album, Making Mirrors, is a bold attempt to push his production constructs into the realms of human, field and live instrumental recordings. The result is a successful marriage of everything from dub to Motown…” Gotye commemorated the release of his newest album with a performance of the single on Jimmy Kimmel Live, which can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eO56dYMc0Ps
Additionally, Gotye will be embarking on a North American tour with already sold-out performances in NYC, Minneapolis, Portland and San Francisco, culminating at Coachella, Gotye’s first US festival appearance.
North American Tour Dates:
March 22 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (SOLD OUT)
March 23 Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre
March 25 New York, NY @ Terminal 5 (SOLD OUT)
March 27 New York, NY @ Webster Hall (SOLD OUT)
March 29 Boston, MA @ House of Blues (SOLD OUT)
March 30 Montreal, QB @ Corona Theatre (SOLD OUT)
March 31 Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre (SOLD OUT)
April 2 Ypsilanti, MI @ Eastern Michigan University
April 3 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
April 4 Minneapolis, MN @ Epic Events Center (SOLD OUT)
April 6 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre (SOLD OUT)
April 8 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre (SOLD OUT)
April 10 Seattle @ Showbox (SOLD OUT)
April 11 Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom (SOLD OUT)
April 12 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent (SOLD OUT)
April 15 Indigo, CA @ Coachella (SOLD OUT)
April 22 Indigo, CA @ Coachella (SOLD OUT)
Columbia Records is pleased to announce that it has signed the well-known indie band Walk Off The Earth, whose current YouTube video, a five-person, one guitar cover of “Somebody That I Used to Know,” has racked up 50 million views on YouTube in less than a month.
The powerful fan response to the video has turned the five-year-old Canadian group into a media phenomenon and propelled them onto American network television, where a posted video of their appearance on The Ellen Degeneres Show received a half-million views in less than a week.
In fact, Walk Off The Earth’s version of “Somebody That I Used To Know” saw the highest Billboard debut since April 2011, blasting onto the charts at #14 with over 70,000 singles sold to date. The viral effect has been international as well – the song hit #1 on iTunes in Sweden and Germany as well as WOTE’s native Canada, where the track has achieved digital gold status.
The band has already gotten thumbs-up from an impressive roster of show business veterans, including actor Russell Crowe, Coldplay, Mumford and Sons, Wiz Khalifa (they covered his song “Roll Up”), Justin Timberlake, Ryan Seacrest and Adele. Their version of her hit “Someone Like You” has had 3 million YouTube views.
WOTE’s presence on Facebook has grown exponentially as well since the video was first posted on Jan. 5. They now have 300,000 people who “like” them – an 85 percent jump in just three weeks; in addition, their page on Wikipedia has been averaging 10,000 page views a day.
Goyte featuring Kimbra’s original video for “Somebody That I Used to Know” was an internet sensation on its own before Walk Off The Earth’s Gianni Luminati decided it was a perfect song for his band members, known for their creative remakes of current songs. (After seeing the Walk Off The Earth version, Goyte tweeted his approval, calling the new video “hilarious and brilliant.”) In the video, the five play the same guitar simultaneously as Ryan Marshall, Luminati and Sarah Blackwood trade off on vocals. The other band members are Joel Cassady on drums/percussion and Mike Taylor on keyboard.
But the Burlington, Ontario-based Walk Off The Earth, as their loyal fans will attest, is hardly an overnight sensation. Together since 2006, the five accomplished performers have remade dozens of songs and self-released 2 full-length albums of original material, including the first single, “These Times.” Their ability to take a familiar song and give it an innovative twist has made their YouTube channel a hit, with 280,000 subscribers and 80 million combined views of their videos of both originals and covers.
“It’s been a crazy, dream-come-true moment for us,” said Luminati. “Our fans brought us to where we are now,” said Blackwood. “We will continue to play for them for a long time to come.”
It was Luminati – a musician since childhood who specializes in layering musical sounds and beat-boxing – who first envisioned the five group members playing the same guitar.
Once he heard the Goyte tune, “I knew right away it was the perfect song for the idea,” he recalls. “I started messing around with different parts seeing if it would work.” Once he realized it could be done, he asked his bandmates to learn their individual parts before attempting to make the video. Once reunited, he admits they had trouble getting all the pieces to fit together: “It was pretty frustrating.” And once they turned on the camera it took 30 takes until they finally succeeded at around 4 a.m., when Luminati uploaded the video to their YouTube channel. (“All of our videos are one cut because I don’t know how to edit,” he admits).
“I went to bed at five or six in the morning, and by the time I woke up around 11 a.m. it was well on its way around the world,” he remembers. “We were already getting talked about on local radio stations.”
The band is currently in the studio working on original material for their release on Columbia Records.
Warner Bros. Records artist Kimbra will be supporting Gotye on his US spring tour. The nationwide run kicks off March 22nd in Washington, DC and will continue through April 12th in San Francisco, CA. Prior to joining the tour, the 21 year-old singer and songwriter will be performing at the SXSW Music Conference in Austin, TX.
Originally from Hamilton, New Zealand, Kimbra has been performing her jazz-inflected pop since she was 14. Her Australian debut, Vows, spawned three hit singles, is certified platinum, earned her a “one to watch” rave from Rolling Stone Australia and won Kimbra the ARIA (Australian Grammy) for Best Female Artist. Several of the songs on Vows are included on her current US EP Settle Down, which was released in October 2011. The title track is already getting airplay on KCRW and the video, which has almost 5.5 million views, was recently selected as iTunes Video of the Week.
Kimbra’s haunting vocals and impassioned delivery on the Gotye track “Somebody That I Used to Know” have helped propel it towards becoming an international hit: the video for the song has over 54 million views and it is climbing the US radio charts. Kimbra will join Gotye onstage for the US television debut of “Somebody That I Used to Know” on Jimmy Kimmel Live February 1st.
Kimbra is currently working on her debut album for Warner Bros. Records with such producers and songwriters as Mike Elizondo, Greg Wells, Greg Kurstin, and John Hill. The release is set for summer 2012.
Watch the official video for “Settle Down” here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yHV04eSGzAA and purchase the Settle Down EP here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/settle-down-ep/id472114057
Kimbra tour dates are as follows:
March 13 – 17 – SXSW Music Conference – Austin, TX
March 22 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
March 23 – TLA – Philadelphia, PA
March 27 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
March 29 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
March 30 – Corona Theatre – Montreal, QC
March 31 – Kool Haus – Toronto, ON
April 2 – Pease Auditorium – Ypsilanti, MI
April 3 – Park West – Chicago, IL
April 4 – Varsity Theatre – Minneapolis, MN
April 6 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
April 8 – Vogue Theatre – Vancouver, BC
April 10 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
April 11 – Crystal Ballroom – Portland, OR
April 12 – The Independent – San Francisco, CA
Australian musician Gotye was on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic today performing songs from his upcoming release Making Mirrors which will be released in the States on January 31st (Samples’N'Seconds/Fairfax Recordings/Universal Republic). You can watch it all HERE. KCRW will also be presenting Gotye’s upcoming Los Angeles, CA show on February 2nd at the El Rey Theatre. Tickets go on sale on Saturday, November 19th.
Already, Making Mirrors has garnered a lot of attention thanks to his haunting first single “Somebody That I Used To Know,” featuring guest vocals by New Zealand singer Kimbra. Within three weeks of its striking stop-frame, body-painting video being posted on YouTube, the song had received more than two million hits and made it to No.1 on the Hype Machine Twitter chart. To date, the track has over 15 million hits on YouTube; check it out HERE.
Gotye also received seven nominations for this year’s ARIA Awards airing on November 27th, including Single of the Year, Best Pop Release and Best Male Artist. Additionally he has been awarded an ARIA in the following categories: Best Video, Engineer of the Year and Producer of the Year. Gotye recently took NYC by storm during CMJ where The New York Times called his performance “some of the most promising music heard at CMJ.”
Early praise for Gotye:
“He’s picked up a lot of good ideas from Sting, like African-diaspora rhythms and pop concision, and his songs had a meticulous, gadget-happy charm.” – The New York Times
“One listen to “Heart’s A Mess” and you knew this Australian one-man band has some extreme potential.” – KCRW
“We first spotted Gotye at the Neon Gold event on Friday night and knew that the multi-instrumentalist and singer had immediately earned a place in our iTunes with his thumping heartbeat rhythms and smoky-sounding voice.” – Nylon
“His style is almost hard to define — we could say indie folk, we could say indie pop, we could say indie alternative, but what we really wanna say is that it’s just pretty effing amazing.” – MTV