3/27/2017

Robyn Hitchcock honored at SXSW with Grulke Prize, album out in April, and spring tour dates

ROBYN HITCHCOCK HONORED AT SOUTH BY SOUTHWEST WITH PRESTIGIOUS 2017 GRULKE PRIZE FOR "CAREER ACT"
 
NEW, SELF-TITLED, ALBUM OUT FRIDAY APRIL 21
 
21ST STUDIO RECORDING AND FIRST EPONYMOUS RELEASE OF FOUR-DECADE CAREER ACCLAIMED BY UNCUT AS "THE PSYCH MAVERICK'S LOUDEST, LIVELIEST ALBUM IN DECADES"
 
U.S. LIVE SCHEDULE INCLUDES HEADLINE DATES, FESTIVAL PERFORMANCES,
AND SPRING TOUR ALONGSIDE THE PSYCHEDELIC FURS
 
  
 
 
(New York, NY) Yep Roc recording artist Robyn Hitchcock continues to celebrate the upcoming release of his self-titled new album. The 21st studio recording and first-ever eponymous release of the legendary British artist's four-decade career, ROBYN HITCHCOCK arrives everywhere on Friday, April 21st.
 
Hailed by Uncut as "the psych maverick's loudest, liveliest album in decades," ROBYN HITCHCOCK is available now for pre-order on CD and LP at the official Yep Roc Store, with all pre-orders accompanied by instant grat downloads of the metamorphic first single, "I Want To Tell You About What I Want," as well as the album highlight, "Mad Shelley's Letterbox." A very special ROBYN HITCHCOCK bundle featuring an exclusive poster and t-shirt is also on offer at the Yep Roc Store - supplies are limited. "I Want To Tell You About What I Want" and "Mad Shelley's Letterbox" are both available now for individual purchase at all DSPs.
 
PRE-ORDER/STREAM ROBYN HITCHCOCK
 
Hitchcock made multiple performances at South By Southwest (SXSW), where he was also honored with SXSW's 2017 Grulke Prize for "Career Act." The award, now in its fifth year, was developed in honor of SXSW Creative Director Brent Grulke, who passed away in August 2012.The Career Act Prize is awarded annually to an established artist who has appeared at SXSW to reinvent themselves or launch a new project.
 
Hitchcock will follow SXSW by embarking on a wide-ranging U.S. tour highlighted by headline dates across the country including a rare Los Angeles-area full-band show set for West Hollywood's historic Troubadour on May 3rd. In addition, Hitchcock will join forces with The Psychedelic Furs for a classic double bill getting underway March 29th at Austin, TX's Emo's and then traveling through mid-April. A number of festival appearances are also scheduled, including Knoxville, TN's Big Ears Festival (March 24th), Sonoma, CA's Huichica Music Festival (June 9th) and Happy Valley, OR's Pickathon 2017 (August 3rd-6th). For frequent updates and ticket availability, please check out robynhitchcock.com/tour.
 
ROBYN HITCHCOCK ON TOUR 2017
 
MARCH
24 - Knoxville, TN - Big Ears Festival *
29 - Austin, TX - Emo's +
30 - Dallas, TX - Granada Theater +

APRIL
1 - San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger +
2 - Houston, TX - House Of Blues +
4 - St. Louis, MO - Ready Room +
6 - Minneapolis, MN - First Avenue +
8 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall +
10 - Findlay, OH - Marathon Center for Performing. Arts +
11 - Detroit, MI - Majestic Theatre +
13 - Kent, OH - Kent Stage +
14 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre +
15 - Buffalo, NY - Town Ballroom +
20 - Blacksburg, VA - The Lyric Theatre
 
MAY
3 - West Hollywood, CA - Troubadour
10 - Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java
11 - Vienna, VA - Jammin' Java
13 - Annapolis, MD - Rams Head On Stage
14 - Carrboro, NC - The ArtsCenter
28 - Memphis, TN - Harbor Town Ampitheater
 
JUNE
 9 - Sonoma, CA - Huichica Music Festival *
10 - Sonoma, CA - Huichica Music Festival *
17 - Chicago, IL - Maur Hall 
18 - Milwaukee, WI - Collectivo Coffee
 
AUGUST
6 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon 2017 *
 
+ w/The Psychedelic Furs
* Festival Performance

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Valley Queen Kick-Off North American Tour, Dates With Laura Marling | 'Destroyer' EP Out Now

Valley Queen Kick-Off North American Spring Tour,
Including Dates With Laura Marling

'Destroyer' EP Out Now
Photo Cred: Misho Antandze
 
 
Classic California country, filled with golden guitar tones employed in the search for salvation.” –Stereogum

It’s easy to compare Carol to Karen O or Grace Potter as she sings with a liquid drawl, elongating phrasing and punching up phrases so that they hit with the power and purity of a drunken stupor.” – Consequence of Sound

“Carol has stayed true to her roots while embracing the psychedelia of California rock — and making some damn good music along the way.” – Village Voice
 
On April 26th, Valley Queen will embark on a spring North American tour, spanning from the west to the east coast. The band will headline seven shows, and support Laura Marling on thirteen dates, including Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York.

The Los Angeles 4-piece released their first-ever EP, Destroyer, this month. Singer and songwriter Natalie Carol leads a band reminiscent of Fleetwood Mac and My Morning Jacket with vocals evocative of Florence Welch. The band's sound brings to mind the soul of Motown and the power of southern rock. "Carol presides over ambling Americana jams that positively soar,” said NPR Music upon including the EP’s single “Stars Align” in their SXSW Austin 100. Filling out their sound is Neil Wogensen with bass and vocals, Gerry Doot's drums and Shawn Morones on vocals and guitar. 
TOUR DATES

4/26 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre

4/27 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom

4/28 – Seattle, WA – The Showbox

4/30 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore #

5/2 – Los Angeles, CA – Mayan Theatre #

5/5 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave @ 7thStreet Entry #

5/6 – Madison, WI – Majestic Theatre #

5/7 – Chicago, IL – Metro #

5/9 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick #

5/10 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall #

5/11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater #

5/13 – Montreal, QC – Corona Theatre #

5/14 – Northampton, MA – Academy of Music #

5/16 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club #

5/17 – Lancaster, PA – Tellus360


5/19 – Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts

5/20 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel #

5/21 – Washington DC – 9:30 Club #

6/2 – 6/4 – Nelsonville, OH – Nelsonville Music Festival

8/3 – 8/7 - Appleton, WI – Miles of Music Festival

# - with Laura Marling

Destroyer - TRACKLISTING

01. Stars Align
02. My Man
03. Hold On You
04. Puritan
05. Pulled By The Weather
06. Painter In Your Pocket (Destroyer Cover)

LINKS

Website
Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
 

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Louise Burns "Who's The Madman" Video

Louise Burns reveals video for "Who's The Madman" 
via Noisey. Watch here.   
New album Young Mopes available now 
on Light Organ Records

 
Vancouver -- Vancouver's Louise Burns released her new album Young Mopes last month via Light Organ Records.  Today, Burns has revealed the Exquisite Corpse directed video for "Who's The Madman" with Noisey.

"'Who's the Madman' is a song written about confronting the possibility of failure after spending a lifetime chasing a dream, so naturally, the video has absolutely nothing to do with that," say Burns. "Instead, I play a lethargic, TV-addicted Dracula who follows a ghost/"dreamhopper" out of my home into a world much more bizarre, surreal and welcoming than the one seen on TV."

Watch "Who's The Madman"

Shimmering and soulful one minute, gritty and glamorous the next, Young Mopes is Burns at her boldest and brightest - and also her most defiant and dangerous. She's revelling in her "fuck you" years, exhilarated by the freedom of turning 30, unhinged from expectation and obligation. Burns' dark pop goth heart, so clearly evident on 2011's Polaris Prize nominated Mellow Drama and 2013's Midnight Mass, is just one aspect of Young Mopes' gleaming kaleidoscope of colors, textures, and influences. Young Mopes also represents a few other milestones: this is the first album that Burns recorded with her band, guitarist Darcy Hancock and drummer Ryan Peters, both formerly of Ladyhawk.  Young Mopeswas created the album with co-producer Colin Stewart (Dan Mangan, Black Mountain). 

Louise Burns is already a 20-year vet of the music industry and she's just 30 years old. She witnessed the heady last gasp of the majors in the late-'90s (Burns co-founded pop band Lillix at 11 and signed to Madonna's Maverick Records at 15), and was front and centre for Canada's indie renaissance. Now Burns is an in-demand collaborator (Gold & Youth), high-profile hired gun, an acclaimed solo musician, and multi-instrumentalist whose celebrated songwriting is equal parts grit and gloss. She's toured extensively, playing throughout Japan, China, Europe, and North America and is an engaged, dynamic artist, whose interests cannot be contained by hours in a day. Burns is also a freelance contributor and host on CBC's Radio 3, and a journalist whose writing appears on CBC Music, the Talkhouse and Westender.

Louise Burns cover
"a record full of witchy, Stevie Nicks-esque gestures, Go-Go's-inspired harmonies and chiming guitars. The "madman" of the opening track 'make-believes that everything's just fine.'" - NY Times

"Burns's voice glides through Young Mopes, revelling in an '80s-tinged wave that sounds as vibrant as it is pointed." - CBC

"The album's 10 songs thread the needle between darkness and light, evoking the hazy twilight world between waking and dreaming." - Stereogum

"While its title might suggest Burns has collected together a record full of self-loathing anthems, Young Mopes is actually quite the opposite." - Consequence of Sound

"Johnny Marr-inspired guitars and introspective melodies characterize Vancouverite Louise Burns' latest solo record" - Exclaim


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Phantom's New "Dance" Video Delivers Deep Dose Of Atmospheric Bliss

WATCH/SHARE “DANCE
THE DEEPLY ATMOSPHERIC NEW VIDEO 
FROM HELSINKI DARK ELECTRONIC DUO PHANTOM 
 
OFF THE DEBUT LP MMXII

Out Now via Vild Music // Listen via  Spotify
 
"Ghostly electro-pop" - NYLON
"Wonderfully dark electro-pop" - KALTBLUT Magazine
"Dance, a track that underpins their haunted electronic sound" - Clash
“A little bit of the Knife, a smattering of Björk...Thoroughly entranced” - Drowned In Sound
"Think the xx meets School of Seven Bells, with a dash of M83" - ELLE
“Twisted electronic goth” - The Line of Best Fit

 
Watch / Share “Dance” Music Video
Ft Finnish contemporary dance star Karolina Ginman
*** ELLE ‘Best New Song” Selection ("Dance") /// Read the NYLON Interview ***
 


Helsinki-based dark-electronic duo Phantom craft cinematic, jazz-influenced trip-hop and experimentalist electronica on the debut album MMXII out now via Vild Music.The album is a letter from aliens to earth, a reflection of the era, of a ten-thousand-year puberty of the human mind, featuring sparkling lead single “Dance”(ELLE Best New Track Selection) and the smokily elusive follow-up single “Lost”.

Fusing sonics and circuitry, the newlywed duo of poet and classically trained jazz vocalist Hanna Toivonen and tech-futurist sound designer Tommi Koskinen wrap jazz textures in technology. Drawing regular comparisons to Portishead, Morcheeba, & The Knife, the band remain committed to evolving technologies as part of their aural experimentalism. An upcoming Virtual Reality (VR) music video for “Lost” is also being created in partnership with Notch One (who have previously worked with Kanye West, Beyonce, Coldplay).



Cover art: Tekla Vály
Press Photo Credit: Andre Pozusis
  
Phantom: Website // Facebook // SoundCloud // Spotify
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Max's Kansas City: 1976 & Beyond coming May 5th

Max's Kansas City: 1976 & Beyond 
coming to CD ad Vinyl on May 5th via Jungle Records
 
The original Max's Kansas City 1976 pioneering punk club album, 
extended with an extra 30 tracks and historical notes

Max's Kansas City is the legendary New York City nightclub that became the focal point for the city's hip artistic community from the late 60's until the early 80's. In its initial period, it was famously often populated by Andy Warhol's Factory crowd, and played host to new artists such as the Velvet Underground, New York Dolls, the Stooges, Bruce Springsteen and countless others. It became a base for jet-setters, glam rockers and celebs, until the scene faded and it shut its doors at the end of 1974.
Reopened in 1975 under new management, Peter Crowley was hired as music director. The new young bands he booked helped spawn, in tandem with CBGBs, the New York City punk scene. In 1976 Peter compiled a studio album of acts associated with the club, Max's Kansas City 1976, to help promote the club. It featured the first released recordings of Suicide, The Fast and Warhol-era veteran Wayne County, whose title-track gave a roll-call of many of the famous acts who'd regularly performed there. 

Now the original album is reissued as Max's Kansas City 1976 & Beyond, greatly extended to 40 tracks on a double-CD and a selection of 25 tracks on a double-LP. As well as the aforementioned Suicide, Fast and Wayne County, the new extended album features the New York Dolls, the Stillettos, the Offs, the Senders, Philip Rambow, VON LMO, Iggy Pop, Knots, Roland Alphonso, Cherry Vanilla, Nico, Joy Ryder, Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers and Sid Vicious amongst many others. It includes many previously unreleased tracks and rarities. Compiled by Peter Crowley, who also contributes notes detailing the history of the album. Writer, musician and Max's scenester Jimi LaLumia provides historical overview sleeve-notes along with biographies of the artists in a 20-page booklet.

Jimi LaLumia writes:

"Max's Kansas City 1976 as an expanded edition two record vinyl and double CD collection, celebrates the historic first compilation of recordings by bands that were making big noise in New York City, and, thanks to a hyper active UK music press, around the world in a pre internet, truly underground manner. Melody Maker, a British music weekly, was especially keen on the post Velvet Underground / New York Dolls / Alice Cooper / Iggy & The Stooges scene that was inspiring the most unusual creatures to want to be in bands.

The Max's album was my go to album for months; finally, tracks from Wayne County, Cherry Vanilla, and The Fast... Not to mention Suicide and Pere Ubu. I got introduced to Harry Toledo and the John Collins band: I won't go into all the details here, because I wrote extensive detailed liner notes for the Jungle Records UK re issue coming in May, with additional notes from Peter Crowley, which are worth the price of the album, not to mention all the added extra tracks, so I'll simply say that if you think you know everything about the late 70's downtown scene, some additional reading material and bonus tracks are headed your way."


This item can be pre-ordered via MVD Shop or on Amazon

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New Book from John Prine

In his first official book, John curates a selection of his favorites songs, photographs and stories from his catalogue. 
THE BOOK INCLUDES
Over 100 photographs from John Prine's personal collection 
Copies of hand-written lyrics showing how the songs evolved 
Features notes from John about the songs and photographs
Lyrics and guitar chords for over 60 classic John Prine songs 
Pre-Order Beyond Words Now - Free U.S. Shipping Thru 4/14
"He did a better job of holding up the mirror of art to the '60s and '70s than any of our official literary poets." - Ted Kooser, US Poet Laureate 
"He just has a unique ability to haiku it - it's deceptively insightful. It's at once playing on words and imagery, but expressing something deeper in such a succinct way, in such an exceptional way." Bonnie Raitt

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MATCHBOX TWENTY AND COUNTING CROWS JOIN FORCES FOR “A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYTHING TOUR 2017”

MATCHBOX TWENTY AND COUNTING CROWS
JOIN FORCES FOR
“A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYTHING TOUR 2017”

KICKING OFF JULY 12TH IN SPOKANE, WA

TICKET PRESALES BEGIN TUESDAY, MARCH 28TH

GENERAL ON-SALE STARTS FRIDAY, MARCH 31ST
Two of music’s most loved bands and biggest hit makers are joining up for an epic summer tour. Multi- platinum selling bands Matchbox Twenty and Counting Crows have announced “A Brief History of Everything Tour 2017”--presented by Live Nation. The tour will get underway July 12th at Spokane, WA’s Spokane Arena and then travel North America through early October.

Presale tickets and VIP packages for “A Brief History of Everything Tour 2017” will be available to members of both bands’ fan clubs beginning Tuesday, March 28th and to the general public starting Friday, March 31st. For complete details, please visitmatchboxtwenty.com and countingcrows.com.

“No matter what I will ever do, nothing feels like home as much as playing these songs with these guys and it never will, “says Matchbox Twenty lead singer-songwriter Rob Thomas. “And I can’t wait to spend another summer out there on the road with the Crows.”  Thomas previously teamed with Counting Crows for a hugely successful 2016 summer co-headline tour.

“To be honest, we took a vote after last year and decided to spend every summer with Rob from now on,” says Counting Crows’ Adam Duritz. “Can. Not. Wait.”

This year celebrates the 20th anniversary of Matchbox Twenty and their breakthrough debut album “YOURSELF OR SOMEONE LIKE YOU,” currently certified 12x platinum by the RIAA for sales well in excess of 15 million worldwide. Fueled by such classic singles as “Real World,” “Back 2 Good” and the #1 smash hits “Push” and “3AM,” the album proved a worldwide sensation and instantly established Matchbox as global superstars. Since then Matchbox Twenty has achieved cumulative worldwide album sales over 30 million and earned multiple #1 singles including “Bent”, “Unwell” and “If You’re Gone” along with countless accolades including five GRAMMY® nominations, four American Music Award nods, and the 2004 People’s Choice Award for “Favorite Musical Group.” 2007’s “EXILE ON MAINSTREAM” yielded RIAA-certified Platinum and #1 single “How Far We’ve Come,” while the band’s most recent album “NORTH” exploded into the #1 position on the SoundScan/Billboard 200 upon its 2012 release – Matchbox Twenty’s first-ever chart-topper and #1 debut. Matchbox Twenty is: Rob Thomas, Paul Doucette, Kyle Cook, and Brian Yale.

Counting Crows – Adam Duritz (vocals), Jim Bogios (drums), David Bryson (guitar), Charlie Gillingham (keyboards), David Immergluck (guitar), Millard Powers (bass), and Dan Vickrey (guitar) – have sold more than 20 million albums worldwide after exploding onto the music scene with their multi-platinum breakout album “AUGUST AND EVERYTHING AFTER” in 1993. The band released their seventh studio album, “SOMEWHERE UNDER WONDERLAND,” in September 2014. Known for creating unique and innovative concerts, Counting Crows is recognized as one of the pre-eminent touring live rock bands.



MATCHBOX TWENTY & COUNTING CROWS
“A BRIEF HISTORY OF EVERYTHING TOUR 2017”
JULY
12                           Spokane, WA                                     Spokane Arena
14                           Edmonton, AB                                   Rogers Place*
16                           Vancouver, BC                                  Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena*
18                           Auburn, WA                                       White River Amphitheatre
19                           Ridgefield, WA                                  Sunlight Supply Amphitheatre
21                           Mountain View, CA                         Shoreline Amphitheatre
22                           Paso Robles, CA                                California Mid State Fair
24                           Murphys, CA                                      Ironstone Amphitheatre
26                           Reno, NV                                             Grand Theatre at Grand Sierra Resort
28                           Chula Vista, CA                                  Mattress Firm Amphitheatre
29                           Las Vegas, NV                                    Mandalay Bay Events Center
31                           Los Angeles, CA                                The Forum

AUGUST
2                              Phoenix, AZ                                        Ak-Chin Pavilion
4                              Albuquerque, NM                           Isleta Amphitheatre
6                              Oklahoma City, OK                          Zoo Amphitheatre
7                              Rogers, AR                                          Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion
9                              Pelham, AL                                         Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
12                           Nashville, TN                                      Bridgestone Arena
13                           Atlanta, GA                                         Lakewood Amphitheatre
15                           Tampa, FL                                            MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre
16                           West Palm Beach, FL                      Perfect Vodka Amphitheatre
19                           Jacksonville, FL                                  Daily’s Place
20                           Charlotte, NC                                     PNC Music Pavilion
22                           Raleigh, NC                                         Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek
23                           Virginia Beach, VA                           Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater
25                           Saratoga Springs, NY                       Saratoga Performing Arts Center
26                           Camden, NJ                                        BB&T Pavilion
28                           Hershey, PA                                       Hersheypark Stadium
29                           Holmdel, NJ                                        PNC Bank Arts Center
31                           Wantagh, NY                                      Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater

SEPTEMBER
2                              Hartford, CT                                       The Xfinity Theatre
3                              Bristow, VA                                        Jiffy Lube Live
6                              Toronto, ON                                       Budweiser Stage*
8                              Boston, MA                                        Xfinity Center
9                              Syracuse, NY                                      Lakeview Amphitheater
11                           Darien Center, NY                            Darien Lake Amphitheater
12                           Pittsburgh, PA                                   KeyBank Pavilion
14                           Mount Pleasant, MI                        Soaring Eagle Casino Resort
16                           Welch, MN                                         Treasure Island Resort & Casino
17                           Chicago, IL                                           Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
20                           Cleveland, OH                                   Blossom Music Center
21                           Cincinnati, OH                                    Riverbend Music Center
23                           Detroit, MI                                          DTE Energy Music Theatre
24                           Indianapolis, IN                                 Klipsch Music Center
26                           St. Louis, MO                                     Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
27                           Kansas City, MO                               Starlight Theater
30                           Houston, TX                                       Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion

OCTOBER
1                              Dallas, TX                                             Irving Music Factory

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