Mercury Classics/Universal Music Classics is set to release the cast album of The Light Princess, on October 9. The Light Princess is Tori Amos’ first musical, which debuted to great critical acclaim at the National Theatre in 2013. The album features the original London cast, recorded entirely under studio conditions and, as a special bonus, will include two songs from the musical performed by Tori herself for the very first time. This 2 CD set comes in a beautiful digipack with a booklet including the complete lyrics and photos from the London production.
Offering fans a glimpse into the world of The Light Princess, “Althea” is now available tostream.
The anticipated cast recording shines a light on Tori Amos’ distinctive and powerful songwriting, with music and lyrics by Tori Amos, book and lyrics by Samuel Adamsonand based on a 19th century fairy tale by George Macdonald. Amos weaves her delicately crafted music throughout the narrative, with Adamson poignantly telling the story of a young woman facing her fears. The Light Princess is the next chapter in Amos’ trailblazing career.
“The Light Princess” is Althea; the character loses her mother at the age of six. In an opposing kingdom, a young prince, Digby, also sees his mother die. Digby becomes so solemn that he never smiles. In contrast, Althea becomes so light with grief that she floats into the air where she never cries. She is shunned by her kingdom and locked away in her father’s castle.
One day, Digby declares war and Althea is forced out of confinement. She defies her father and escapes, only to encounter the solemn prince. Beside a lake, the warring heirs begin a passionate and illicit affair. But for Althea to find real love, she must first confront the world’s darkness and face her deepest fears.
The role of Althea is sung by Rosalie Craig, praised by The New York Times who stated,“In its leading lady, Rosalie Craig, a star is born.” Craig received an Evening Standard Award and a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for her moving performance. She can be heard on the cast album alongside the rest of the original cast including Nick Hendrix, Amy Booth-Steel, Kane Oliver Parry, Hal Fowler and Clive Rowe, among others. The album is produced by Amos and features Martin Lowe conducting with orchestrations by long time Amos contributor John Philip Shenale, as well as vocal arrangements and additional orchestrations by Amos and Lowe.
Amos and Adamson take this fairytale about grief, rebellion and love and create a one-of-a-kind musical that has been embraced by audiences and critics alike.
Minneapolis based four-piece, Little Fevers, is set to release their debut full-length album Field Trip on October 9th. Recorded with Matt Boynton (Beirut, MGMT) and mastered by David Gardner (Black Lips), Little Fevers’ debut is a sweet and crunchy amalgamation of pop-rock driven by front woman Lucy Michelle’s spellbinding vocals. Joined byEamonn McLain (Bass), Geoff Freeman (drums/guitar) and Ashley Bowman (synth),Field Trip is a record that shimmers with a distinct, playful and strikingly deep vision.
Album opener “Can’t Get Enough” is an undeniably infectious track featuring reverb-drenched guitar textures, dreamy vocals, and a formidable baseline. Led by bouncing guitar licks, “Apple Tree” radiates a beach-y feel and features vocals so irresistibly melodic and rich that they act as a wind instrument themselves. The four-piece effortlessly pivot to a more soulful feel on “Make It Easy” which recalls a 70s flecked twang.
“Can’t Get Enough” premiered today with PAPER.
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Little Fevers’ debut LP Field Trip is vibrant and widely accessible with an effervescent warmth sure to keep listeners cozy as the winter months loom in the horizon. In celebration of the new album, the band is set for a fall tour with dates including New York, Chicago, and more. Stay tuned as additional dates are announced!
Austin-based indie orchestra Mother Falcon will release their third full-length album, Good Luck Have Fun, on Universal Music Classics on October 9, 2015. This is Mother Falcon’s first release on UMC and marks the beginning of a new partnership, which includes plans to record and release a fourth album in 2016. The band has announced a co-bill fall tour with Louisville’s Ben Sollee that will bring their unconventional blend of orchestral and alternative influenced music to performing arts centers, theaters, and clubs across the country. "The Fall Migration" tour will bring together these two trendsetting artists of the progressive acoustic genre together for an evening of compelling and original music.
Mother Falcon is an indie orchestra formed in 2008 from a jam session of adventurous young cellists seeking an approach to their instruments beyond the standard classical training of their high school orchestra. Now also including violins, saxophones, trumpet, piano, accordion, banjo, guitar and bouzouki, the collective features twenty active rotating members. Mother Falcon also composes for theater, commissions composers and is active in music education. As an ensemble they have developed a unique curriculum for orchestra students under 18, taught during two sessions of their annual summer camp “Mother Falcon’s Music Lab.”
With the release of Good Luck Have Fun, Mother Falcon takes a leap into the unknown, blowing up their usual way of composing and recording together in a conscious effort to push themselves into new stylistic and sonic realms. Doubling down on both the accessible and adventurous sides of Mother Falcon, the first half of the album soars with an emphasis on rhythm, concise arrangements and a wealth of hooks. The second half of the album is comprised of experimental instrumental soundscapes.
Ben Sollee is an American cellist, singer-songwriter, and composer known for his innovative playing style, genre-bending songwriting, electrifying performances, and political and environmental activism. A native Kentuckian, Sollee has composed for stage and screen at home and abroad. In partnership with the design group Public Works Collaborative, Ben helped create a massive eco-art and tech installation called Livestream. The sculpture was recently awarded a grant from the NEA and will be installed this fall in Lexington, KY. His upcoming record, Steeples, will see a return to the basic ingredients of Sollee's music: cello, voice, and storytelling.
Mother Falcon National Tour Dates
10/8: Houston, TX @ Orange Show Center for Visionary Art
10/9: New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
“The Fall Migration” Tour with Ben Sollee
10/11: Louisville, KY @ Brown Theater
10/12: Nashville, TN @ City Winery
10/13: Birmingham, AL @ Saturn
10/14: Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West
10/16: Asheville, NC @ Grey Eagle Tavern
10/17: Washington, DC @ The Howard Theatre
10/20: Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Downstairs
10/21: New York, NY @ LPR - Le Poisson Rouge
10/22: Troy, NY - Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
10/23: Cambridge, MA @ First Church Congregational
10/24: Providence, RI @ Columbus Theatre
10/25: Portsmouth, NH @ 3S Artspace
10/27: Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
10/28: Newport, KY @ Southgate House Revival Room
10/29: Chicago, IL @ Thalia Hall
10/30: Minneapolis, MN @ The Cedar
11/1: St. Louis, MO @ The Old Rock House
11/9 : Tucson, AZ @ Club Congress
11/10: San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
11/11: Los Angeles, CA @ Teragram Ballroom
11/12 : San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
11/13: Eugene, OR @ HiFi Music Hall
11/15: Bend, OR @ The Domino Room
11/16: Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
11/17: Seattle, WA @ Barboza
11/18: Spokane, WA @ The Bartlett
11/20: Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
11/21: Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
Alex Feder is not afraid to order a Shirley temple from the cute, female bartender, as he proudly proclaims in his new song, “Alcohol.” Today, Feder is happy to premiere the new track, along with an accompanying video, illustrated by Evelyn Chang, via Consequence of Sound.
“Alcohol” is a modern pop anthem for struggling romantics hiding in plain sight. In a style reminiscent of The Talking Head’s classic “Once in a Lifetime,” Feder laments the seemingly unreachable expectations that come with young adulthood. With biting spoken lyrics and a melodic, synth filled chorus, Feder declares “We can’t go on like this!” The solution to his current plot in life? Alcohol – 14 shots to be exact.
Alex Feder used to be in a rock band in Brooklyn called The XYZ Affair. After they broke up, he moved to Los Angeles and found himself playing guitar in pop backing bands as a hired gun, playing music that was not his on tours that were not his.
Feder wrote the songs on this EP over the course of several Not-My-Tours, feeling frustrated and voiceless and lonely and often very drunk. The verses to "Whatever Forever" were written on a plane ride from New York to Los Angeles. He scrawled the first words to "Alcohol" on a hotel pad in Mexico City. He wrote the melody to "+1" in the only empty room he could find backstage at an arena in Lithuania. Feder says, “These songs have helped me make sense of a period that has felt senseless and disjointed.”
SOLDIERS OF FORTUNE started back in August 2004 as an ANTI-BAND! The idea was - instigated by Brad Truax - to put together a cracked mercenary “dirty dozen” type of outfit, who were never gonna write songs, never gonna practice, never gonna record music, never make any product for public consumption or ever hit the road!
Although Soldiers Of Fortune’s musical philosophy has stayed intact, they have strayed the path a bit with live shows and releases. On November 6 their newest full-length, Early Risers, will be released via Mexican Summer. Today the band has shared the album’s lead single “Nails” on Pitchfork. The track is now available to listen and share on YouTube.
In the beginning, SOF’s only goal was to play a rare show every now and then that they could assault, terrorize, and shred, relying only on instinct, intuition and the chemistry of the band of brothers (bros if you will) in the moment of battle (show) - it was either sink or swim, or death before glory.
After meeting with Keith Abrahamsson and learning what his label Mexican Summer was all about SOF conceded and signed a deal. With limited pressings, an eclectic roster, HEAVY VINYL, the obscure re-issues, Mexican Summer sounded like the ANTI-LABEL, a perfect fit. Months later, in August, they were in an unfinished Gary’s Electric studio on the hottest three days of 2010, and somehow walked out of the studio with a 12” called Ball Strenth.
Now here we are, another five years, very few shows, or LPs sold, later: in 2013 we got bamboozled by Keith into a SECOND recording sesh (WTF!?!), but this time we were offered "undisclosed" amounts of studio time alongside the usual "carte blanche". This of course meant string sections were hired, arrangers and composers enlisted, backup singers hit on, music biz lawyers attending mixing sessions, blowouts between the band and food delivery men, coffee pouring into the bass amp etc. After three weeks of this we aborted EVERYTHING, took a six-month hiatus to get over our collective S.E.N.D., Sophomore Effort Narcissism Disease, fell back in the studio and recorded a dozen embryonic 'song ideas', rather than jams, over an afternoon. We then called up friends who know how to sing and finished up the damn thing in like three days.
The result is an LP we like to call EARLY RISERS, and beyond the core troupe consisting of Brad Truax (Home, Spiritualized, Interpol), Kid Millions (Man Forever, Oneida), Barry London (fuck yeah Oneida), Matt Sweeney (Chavez being his LEAST well-known operation should tell you something), Jesper Eklow (Meandering Tedium, sorry, Endless Boogie), Mike Bones already, and the elusive Papa Crazee (heavy early riser in team Oneida) we abused the superior vocal stylings of our Healer, Shaman and Answer CLARK "YEREMIAS" BRONSON, STEPHEN MALKMUS, CASS MCCOMBS, DAN MELCHIOR, ETHAN MILLER and MATT MCAULEY. This is the sound of utter confusion and unfocused tender hatred in song form. We have no idea if we even like it, but we definitely have no shame so here you are, crack Early Risers wide open and make up your own mind. We have no interest in knowing your opinion however, so keep it to yourself. Thank You.
01. Nails (ft. Kid Millions)
02. Cinnamon Man (ft. Kid Millions)
03. Campus Swagger (ft. Stephen Malkmus)
04. Old Roman Wall (ft. Cass McCombs)
05. Dog Tooth Down (ft. Ethan Miller)
06. Pure Shame (ft. Dan Melchior)
07. Santa Monica (ft. Mike Bones)
08. Fatigues (ft. Crazee)
09. Kall Mi Kaos (ft. Matt McAuley)
10. Which (ft. Clark "Yeremias" Bronson)
Laura Stevenson shows her emboldened rock and roll side on Cocksure, slated forrelease October 30th via Don Giovanni Records. Produced by long-time friend and collaborator Jeff Rosenstock of Bomb The Music Industry!, it is an album of spontaneity, biting guitar licks and irresistible melody. Hitting that 90’s-alt-rock-riot-grrrl sweet spot, “Claustrophobe” is a moody, anthemic track that builds to an epic breakdown.
“Claustrophobe” premiered with Stereogum.
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Joined by musicians Mike Campbell, Alex Billig, Peter Naddeo and Samantha Niss,Cocksure represents a new era for the songwriter. It was mostly recorded live, resulting in a raw, spontaneous feeling that makes the album an accumulation of Stevenson’s journey, on and off the stage. After more than a year of national and worldwide touring alongside reputable acts including Against Me!, The Go-Go’s, Cursive’s Tim Kasher and The Gaslight Anthem, Laura Stevenson will kick off a national fall tour on October 14 in DC. Be sure to catch her performing live in a city near you!
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Laura Stevenson National Tour Dates
10/14: Washington, DC @ Rock & Roll Hotel
10/15: Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
10/16: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
10/17: Jacksonville, FL @ 1904 Music Hall
10/18: Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery
10/19: Orlando, FL @ The Social
10/21: New Orleans, LA @ House Of Blues Lounge
10/22: Houston, TX @ Rudyards
10/23: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar & Grill
10/24: Austin, TX @ The North Door
10/26: Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge
10/28: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
10/29: Los Angeles, CA @ Echo
10/30: San Luis Obispo, CA @ SLO Brewing Co.
10/31: Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s
11/1: San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Stop
11/3: Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
11/4: Portland, OR @ Dante’s
11/6: Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
11/7: Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
11/8: Omaha, NE @ Slowdown
11/9: Des Moines, IA @ Vaudeville Mews
11/10: St. Paul, MN @ Turf Club
11/12: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
11/13: Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
11/14: Akron, OH @ Musica
11/17: Columbus, OH @ Rumba Cafe
11/18: Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry @ Fillmore
11/19: Boston, MA @ Middle East Downstairs
11/20: Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
11/21: New York, NY @ Webster Hall Marlin Room
A track-by-track collection of remixes hand-selected by Porter and presented in the same order as the original album tracklist, Worlds Remixed expands upon his debut album Worlds and doubles as a platform to show off the skills of some of his favorite artists:
DIVINITY (FEAT. AMY MILLAN) (ODESZA REMIX)
SAD MACHINE (DEON CUSTOM REMIX)
YEARS OF WAR (FEAT. BREANNE DUREN & SEAN CASKEY) (ROB MAYTH REMIX)
FLICKER (MAT ZO REMIX)
FRESH STATIC SNOW (LAST ISLAND REMIX)
POLYGON DUST (FEAT. LEMAITRE) (SLEEPY TOM REMIX)
HEAR THE BELLS (FEAT. IMAGINARY CITIES) (ELECTRIC MANTIS REMIX)
NATURAL LIGHT (SAN HOLO REMIX)
LIONHEARTED (FEAT, URBAN CONE) (POINT POINT REMIX)
SEA OF VOICES (GALIMATIAS REMIX)
FELLOW FEELING (SLUMBERJACK REMIX)
GOODBYE TO A WORLD (CHROME SPARKS REMIX)
Porter Robinson Upcoming US Dates:
10/17 Las Vegas, NV @ Marquee Nightclub (DJ)
10/19 Las Vegas, NV @ Marquee Nightclub (DJ)
10/30 Boulder, CO @ Haunted Fest (DJ)
10/31 San Diego, CA @ Heaven and Hell (DJ)
11/21 Mexico City, Mexico @ Corona Capital (LIVE)
11/28 Wahiawa, HI @ Hawaii Country Club (DJ)
12/11 Singapore @ Zouk Out (DJ)
12/12 Jakarta, Indonesia @ Djakarta Warehouse Project (LIVE)
Psych-pop four piece Carroll has just announced a string of east coast tour dates in support of their recently released self-titled album with fellow Minneapolis group Strange Names. The band will hit Philadelphia, NYC, Brooklyn, and DC before taking a break. Carroll’s versatile, multi-layered debut LP is sure to translate to an enveloping psychedelic treat of a live show. If you don't see your city, keep an eye out for more tour dates soon to come!
After much anticipation, Carroll released their first full-length featuring lead single “Alligator”, paired with a dreamy, melancholic graveyard-set video. The band has been noted locally and nationally for their unique blend of synths and dreamy guitar licks. Reverb and electronic effects serve to dress up the simple, intelligent melodies that serve as the backbones of the songs, making for consistently well-crafted tracks that refuse to be confined to one genre. After holding down the fort of the Minneapolis music scene, Carroll is ready for more.
10/28 – Philadelphia, PA at Boot & Saddle*
10/29 – New York, NY at Mercury Lounge*
10/31 – Brooklyn, NY at Bushwick Schoolhouse
11/3 – Washington DC at DC9*
* w/ Strange Names
Today sees the release of Mal Blum’s fifth studio album You Look A Lot Like Me via Don Giovanni Records. Emphasized by big guitar hooks and crunchy distortion, Blum emerges with an artistically honest work that moves from the more anti-folk vibe of past material. In celebration of release, the band reveals their “Robert Frost” video with Paste Magazine.Offering a playful take on the track’s guitar driven growl, the video features Mal’s very own pup, Broccolini.
Named as one of SPIN Magazine’s “Artists To Watch ”, You Look A Lot Like Me, produced by Screaming Females’ Marissa Paternoster and mixed by engineer and Swearin’guitarist Kyle Gilbride, is a record of internal struggle, self-effacing humor and earworm melodies. Though lyrical narrative sits at the forefront of any Mal Blum record, this collaborative effort resulted in a stripped-down, punk-influenced, indie rock record.
Mal Blum is set to kick off a national tour in NYC on October 5th that will be followed up by a series of North American dates as direct support for Allison Weiss. Be sure to catch the band in a city near you!
Mal Blum National Tour Dates
* = Headlining
# = Direct support for Allison Weiss
10/5: Brooklyn, NY @ Knitting Factory *
10/9: Philadelphia, PA @ LAVA Space *
10/10: Cambridge, MA @ Lily Pad
10/12: Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage *
10/13: Pittsburgh, PA @ Roboto Project *
10/18: San Francisco, CA @ Brick & Mortar Music Hall #
10/20: Portland, OR @ Analog Theater (Upstairs) #
10/21: Seattle, WA @ The Vera Project #
10/23: Boise, ID @ The Watercooler #
10/24: Salt Lake City, UT @ The Loading Dock #
10/25: Denver, CO @ Moon Room #
10/27: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room #
10/28: Minneapolis, MN @ The Nether Bar #
10/29: Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen #
10/30: Pontiac, MI @ The Pike Room at Crofoot #
10/31: Columbus, OH @ Double Happiness #
11/2: Toronto, ON @ The Drake Hotel #
11/3: Montreal, QC @ Bar La Ritz PDB #
11/4: Somerville, MA @ Cuisine En Locale #
11/5: Hamden, CT @ The Space #
11/6: Philadelphia, PA @ Voltage Lounge #
11/8: New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge #
11/9: Washington, DC @ Black Cat Backstage #
11/10: Chapel Hill, NC @ Local 506 #
11/12: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade - Purgatory #
11/13: Jacksonville, FL @ Burro Bar #
11/14: Tampa, FL @ Epic Problem #
11/16: Houston, TX @ The Studio at Warehouse Live #
11/17: San Antonio, TX @ Korova Basement #
11/19: Lubbock, TX @ Jake’s Backroom #
11/21: Phoenix, AZ @ The Rebel Lounge #
11/22: San Diego, CA @ The Casbah #
11/24: Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo #