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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*

11 May

Stepping off his side-project run as one half of Bad Books along with Manchester Orchestra’s Andy Hull, the ever-prolific Kevin Devine is adding the finishing touches to his next solo effort, Between The Concrete And Clouds, due this fall. Meanwhile, two 7” singles are currently available for pre-order. Devine will test-drive his new material on the west coast at residencies in two cities: Los Angeles and Portland. Titled “An Evening With Kevin Devine and Friends,” the shows will take place at Hotel Café (May 11, 18, 25) in L.A. and at Crystal Hotel and Ballroom in Portland (free shows May 29-June 4), and feature a rotating cast of guests and musicians, along with some surprises.

Equally adept at performing stripped-down and acoustic, or rocking with a full band, each night of the forthcoming residencies will be a unique experience, with Devine and special guests taking on tracks from Devine’s extensive back catalogue and debuting songs from his forthcoming effort. On May 11, Devine will perform Between The Concrete And Clouds in its entirety, accompanied by indie chanteuse Holly Miranda as well as local darling Morgan Kibby of White Sea. Prior to heading to Portland, Devine will perform an all-ages show at Chain Reaction in Anaheim.

In anticipation of his sixth full-length, Devine’s two new 7” singles “Luxembourg” and “Part of the Whole” are currently available for pre-order, due May 17 via Academy Fight Song Records. Recorded, produced, and mixed in Los Angeles over just two days in January by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith, Guided by Voices), all instrumentation on the singles was played by Devine (except for drums, performed by Ben Homola of Bad Books).

Devine’s fifth full-length, Brother’s Blood, received near unanimous praise for its sonic ambition and maturity. “The grinding eight-minute title track finds Devine in full-bore Crazy Horse mode and it’s thrilling,” beamed SPIN. Alternative Press exclaimed: “Kevin Devine’s cycle of self-reactions reaches its best results yet with Brother’s Blood, a wildly varied affair featuring hushed acoustic/electric ditties and cathartic, jagged howlers.” Under the Radar chimed: “These songs have a heft and dynamism we haven’t heard from Devine until now,” adding: “It’s impossible not to think of Elliott Smith when listening.”


May 11 РLos Angeles, Calif. @ Hotel Caf̩
May 18 РLos Angeles, Calif. @ Hotel Caf̩
May 25 РLos Angeles, Calif. @ Hotel Caf̩
May 27 – Anaheim, Calif. @ Chain Reaction
May 29 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Hotel and Ballroom
May 30 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Hotel and Ballroom
May 31 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Hotel and Ballroom
June 1 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Hotel and Ballroom
June 2 – Portland, Ore. @Crystal Hotel and Ballroom
June 3 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Hotel and Ballroom
June 4 – Portland, Ore. @ Crystal Hotel and Ballroom

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

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!

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

28 Jan

Manchester Orchestra and Kevin Devine released the two-song digital bundle, “I Could Be The Only One” this week. The two songs are Manchester Orchestra covering Kevin Devine’s “I Could Be With Anyone” and Kevin Devine covering Manchester Orchestra’s “The Only One”. You can pick it up on iTunes here. Check out the songs in the widget and make sure to catch Manchester Orchestra on tour (

(photo credit: Brian Manley)