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)
Today Pony Boy reveals a brand new video for “Magnolia” via Wall Street Journal Speakeasy.
Featuring several sets of identical twins in a surreal high-stakes dart match, the video was shot on location in London by Nick Ogden of High Six Media, an identical twin himself. The result – think vintage BBC Champion Dart Matches meets David Lynch – is bizarrely compelling, in keeping with Pony Boy’s signature style.
“I wanted the video to reflect a sense of trying to undo someone's mess, but still have some level of absurdity,” she explains.
“Magnolia” is the third video revealed from Pony Boy’s debut album Blue Gold (out now). It follows earlier videos for “Metal Dreams” and “When Tomorrow Never Comes” as well as the sultry murder ballad and lead album single “Marquee Man” (video coming soon).
It’s the first new content revealed since Pony Boy’s breakout performance at Americana Fest last month, which saw the artist (real name Marchelle Bradanini) selected as a festival highlight from Rolling Stone and NPR among many more.
Blue Gold inhabits a dream state between art rock and alt-country, swaying between hope and lament, her velvety voice punctuated with sharp edges. The album is out now on Nashville’s own Cosmic Thug Records.
Following the success of his Mellow Drama EP, Kevin Garrett announces a series of CMJ shows leading into his upcoming tour with X Ambassadors and shares a teaser of his upcoming single “Refuse” out 10/23. A full list of upcoming tour dates can be found below.
Known for poignant out-of-love songs that combine a reverence for classic soul with modern electronics and traditional instrumentation, the Brooklyn-based, Pittsburgh-born singer-songwriter released his debut Mellow Drama EP earlier this year to wide praise includingThe Fader, which premiered the collection saying, “Spanning five tracks, it fits in somewhere between James Blake and Sam Smith and plays like the sonic equivalent of leaning into an extant bruise—but he promises it's not meant to hurt, at least not too much.”
Counting heavyweights such as Sam Smith and Katy Perry among his most ardent supporters, Garrett has shared the stage with with James Vincent McMorrow, Emily King, Norah Jones, and Maps & Atlases, performed at festivals such as Bonnarro, Electric Forest, and Montreal Jazz, and charted on Spotifyʼs Viral 50 list. And he’s only just begun…
Kevin Garrett @ CMJ
8:00pm: ASCAP Showcase @ Webster Hall Studio (NYC)
10:00pm: HillyDilly Showcase @ Good Room (Brooklyn)
9:00pm: UTA Showcase @ Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2 (NYC)
Upcoming Tour Dates
*supporting X Ambassadors
** Red Bull Sound Select
10/21: Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club* – SOLD OUT
10/22: New York, NY @ The Bowery Ballroom* – SOLD OUT
10/23: Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg* – SOLD OUT
10/24: Boston, Ma @ Royale* – SOLD OUT
10/25: Philadelphia, PA @ The Electric Factory*
10/27: Richmond, VA @ The National*
10/28: Saxapahaw, NC @ Haw River Ballroom*
10/30: Birmingham, AL @Saturn Birmingham*
11/1: Nashville, TN @ Marathon Music works*
11/3: Chicago, IL @ Lincoln Hall* – SOLD OUT
11/4: Minneapolis, MN @ Mill City Nights* – SOLD OUT
11/6: Des Moines, IA @ Wooly's*
11/7: Kansas City, MO @ Arvest Bank Theatre*
11/9: Dallas, TX @ Cambridge Room, House of Blues* – SOLD OUT
11/10: Dallas, TX @ Cambridge Room, House of Blues* – SOLD OUT
11/11: Austin, TX @Scoot Inn* – SOLD OUT
11/13: Tucson, AZ @ The Rock*
11/14: Hollywood, CA @ Fonda Theatre* – SOLD OUT
11/15: San Diego, CA @ The North Park Theater
11/16: Hollywood, CA @ Bardot**
11/18: Denver, CO @ Lost Lake Lounge
11/19: Omaha, NE @ Reverb Lounge
11/20: Chicago, IL @ Tonic Room
11/21: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
Upcoming French Horn Rebellion Dates:10/13 - New York, NY @ Webster Marlin Room for Balcony TV CMJ Kickoff10/17 - Savannah, GA @ The Guild Hall/Chromatic Dragon for GEEKFEST
10/16 - New York, NY @ Pianos for CMJ United Talent Showcase
10/30 - Buffalo, NY @ Town Ballroom w/ Robert DeLong
10/31 - Clifton Park, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall Halloween w/ Robert DeLong
11/1 - South Burlington, VT @ Showcase Lounge w/ Robert DeLong
Gearing up for their new Foolin’ Around EP, a 7-track release of brand new originals, Robert and David Perlick-Molinari are back with the first single called “Classical Baby.” Earmilk writes, "Brooklyn-based brother duo French Horn Rebellion has a knack for making these quirky disco-inspired tracks that make you want to let loose and just have fun...there’s something about the glittering synths, and rich, groovy bassline that speak to me. Or perhaps the fleeting melodies and harmonies did the trick." If you ask Robert and David, the song is simply “for all those cute classical babes out there, who just make us too weak in the knees to play our horn parts!”
French Horn Rebellion are Robert and David Perlick-Molinari, two brothers born and bred in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. In 2007, younger brother Robert was playing French horn in the Chicago Civic Orchestra, and decided to make hot beats instead. After telling the conductor that Mahler isn’t fun anymore he asked his bassoon-toting brother, David to join with him. And so it was, a French Horn Rebellion began.
Since then, the boys have travelled 5 continents with French horn slung over their back, doing shows with MGMT, Yelle, Cut Copy, and others along the way. Also, they've pioneered a new genre called 'Next Jack Swing,' like New Jack, but with heavy beats and funkier bass lines.
Other bands FHR has played with are Matt & Kim, Yelle, MGMT, Cut Copy, Two Door Cinema Club, The Knocks, The Drums, Hot Chip, of Montreal, St. Lucia, Ladyhawke, MNDR, HAERTS, Viceroy, Empire of the Sun, The B-52's , Cherub, Dillon Francis, JD Samson, Blondie, Rubblebucket, RAC, Ghost Beach etc
French Horn Rebellion is a collection of sounds and influences in its wide appeal to a variety of groups. FHR fans are brought together by hooky, fun energy and a positive outlook. As big beats attract partying girls and boys, alternative and indie vibes bring droves of hipsters to the party while the band's quirky, and engaging musical elements attract band geeks and marching punks the world over!
Robert, former member of the Chicago Civic Orchestra, and David, an ex-producer of critic darlings MGMT, combine their brotherly talents and vision to make a truly unique amalgam of sounds they've dubbed 'Next Jack Swing.' Fans can call it French Horn Rebellion's special brand of indie-funk with a reverent pop twist.
Come over and party with us and B.Y.O.I. (bring your own instrument) !
Over the years, French Horn Rebellion's emotive pop singles, illustrious dance e.p.'s, well-tailored remixes and an acclaimed album debut, "The Infinite Music of French Horn Rebellion" have received high praise, acclaim and obsession by such media hubs as: The Huffington Post, Billboard, BBC Radio 1, Entertainment Weekly, Jay Z's Life & Times, Interview Magazine, Spotify, Rolling Stone, VIBE, The Guardian, Bust, Mashable, Thissongissick, NY Daily News, VEVO, Q Magazine and Time Out. Additionally, FHR have had 10 self-released singles and mixes storm the top of the influential Hype Machine chart.
With their new record label, Ensemble Records enjoying a glorious bow this introducing Slaptop's smash "Sunrise" (in conjunction with +1 Records) and a busy Williamsburg-based production compound and studio, YouTooCanWoo, churning out the hits, The Perlick-Molinari brothers of French Horn Rebellion are living their D.I.Y. manifesto to the fullest, noting the best is yet to come. It's clear that the group's engaging performer, A&R chief and French Horn-toting label honcho, Robert - partnered with David, the introspective studio geek, world domination enthusiast and production perfectionist, are gearing up for an international rebel party coup. FHR know You're All Right and want to assist with a bit of exclusive party intel. David knowingly states, "A way the world can feel worthwhile is for its individuals to lead the charge. We are all worth the time and energy. This dance party is where we celebrate!"
Robert breaks it down even further, "I equate orchestra players with middle-class workers. You play the music on the page, listen to the conductor and go home. And I think orchestra players aren't appreciated, much like today's working man. That's why it's a rebellion: working guys, rebel!”