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Los Angeles' quartet Smallpools will release their debut album LOVETAP! on March 24th through RCA Records. “Karaoke”, the first single off the album is currently available at all digital retails and streaming providers. “Karaoke” was produced by Ricky Reed and John Ryan, listen HERE

Press is already praising “Karaoke” with Hilly Dilly saying ““Karaoke” follows up some of the best new pop we’ve heard in a while, and the band has really hit the nail on the head when it comes to the song’s actual sound. Baeble Music noted “The energetic new track is lighthearted, lots of fun, and makes you want to grab a mic and sing along”. Earmilk said  “Like a breath of fresh air, Smallpools build on their style with the momentum behind "Karaoke".

After bursting onto the scene with their 4 song self-titled EP, Smallpools has toured to all corners of North America opening for WALK THE MOON, Neon Trees, Grouplove, MS MR, Twenty One Pilots, and Two Door Cinema Club, played Lollapalooza and Firefly Festivals, and closed the year with a sold out Live Nation “Ones To Watch '14” headline tour.

The release of their self-titled debut EP gained them critical acclaim and brought them their national TV debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live, performing their debut single "Dreaming" which was produced by Captain Cuts. You can hear “Dreaming” HERE and see the video HERE, which has 4.5 million views.

Supporters like VogueInterview MagazineIdolatorBuzzFeed etc all praised the band’s catchy songs and invigoration live shows. Neon Gold called “Mason Jar” “a sepia splash of power-pop that crystallizes into a starscraping smash before the verse even kicks in, as stadium-sized Of Monsters And Men gang vocals ride high on the buoyant flair of Smallpools' youthful, Two Door-esque ebullience.” In addition, NYLON Magazine premiered the Charli XCX vs Twin Idol Remix of “Dreaming”. Check out more from their Billboard interview.

Smallpools consists of Sean (vocals/keys), Mike (guitar), Joe (bass) and Beau (drums).

LOVETAP! track list (out 3/24 on RCA Records):
01. American Love
02. Killer Whales
03. Dreaming
04. Karaoke
05. Street Fight
06. Mason Jar
07. Over and Over
08. Lovetap!
09. What's A Picture Of?
10. Dyin' to Live
11. Admission To Your Party
12. 9 to 5
13. No Story Time
14. Submarine


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Surfer Blood are back with a new album and new label: 1000 Palms out May 12, 2015 on Joyful Noise.
 
The band’s third full-length and first release with the acclaimed indie imprint, 1000 Palmsmarks a return to the band’s DIY ethos. Abandoning the big time studio, the band decided to head back home to self-record and self-produce their third album. Free of major-label-influence, Surfer Blood has delivered a uniquely compelling album, unlike anything in their catalog.
 
Earlier this week the band treated fans to a preview of the album’s opening track 
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Today Surfer Blood reveals a second – and seminal – track from the record Dorian.
 
Frontman John Paul Pitts describes Dorian as the album’s central point, saying “This song has everything from classic 80's synth patches to fucked-up vocoder sound collages, embracing a series of left-turns that make it one of the most unique songs in our catalogue.It makes use of almost every sonic element we had available, and embraces the anything goes spirit this record represents.” 
 
The story of 1000 Palms began on January 1st 2014, after playing a New Year’s show in Portland, OR, the band decided to stick around for the rest of the month, renting a practice space and sorting through a backlog of ideas. By February, as their lease ran out, Surfer Blood had recorded demos for most of the tracks that now feature on their third LP.
 
After a frustrating time at previous home Warner Brothers, the quartet were beyond ready to return to a more DIY recording process, completely void of the middlemen scrutinizing every bar of previous LP Pythons. With the band self-recording, it was in the glamourous setting of an attic studio above a doctor’s office where drums were committed to tape. Of the work, frontman John Paul Pitts states “fortunately none of us are strangers to DIY recording, so it was a challenge well-suited to our band”.
 
The making of 1000 Palms also owes a lot to the kindness of friends and family, with the remaining instrument sessions taking place at the home of drummer Tyler Schwartz’s parents while they were on vacation. Following a few days of very little sleep and after the band pooled resources and called in favors, the band had managed to craft everything you now hear on the upcoming record.


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One of the most successful and influential artists of her generation, Tori Amos is as much a force to be reckoned with today as when she released her first solo album Little Earthquakes over 2 decades ago. Eschewing the trends of the time, the prodigious chanteuse touched millions deeply with her arresting melodies, riveting stage presence and personal & honest lyrics. Today, Amos announces 2-CD deluxe editions of her debut and sophomore solo albumsLittle Earthquakes and Under The Pink, each newly re-mastered and paired with an entire disc of rare B-sides and bonus tracks. The b-side from the “Winter” single, “Take To The Sky”, was revealed today and is available to post & share HERE.
 
In the original assembly of Little Earthquakes, difficult choices had to be made to ensure the album’s balance and flow. Fortunately, songs that didn’t make the record itself were able to see the light of day as a copious stream of single
b-sides released in the US and UK for both Little Earthquakes and Under The Pink. Often these tracks were intertwined with album cuts, for example “Pretty Good Year” becomes an extension of “Ode To The Banana King (Part One)” which itself was b-side to “Silent All These Years”. They also showcased Amos’ innate ability to reinvent popular songs, perhaps the most notable being Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit,” a masterpiece study in understatement.
 
Now, these rarities and live versions will be available worldwide on April 14 from Rhino.The remastered versions of both original albums will also be released on 180-gram vinyl on the same date, marking the FIRST time both albums will be available on vinyl in the US.
 
Originally released in 1992 and 1994 respectively, the songs of Little Earthquakes andUnder The Pink continue to live and thrive to this day. As Amos tells it, “Little Earthquakeswas an acknowledgement of things that I hadn’t looked at in 15 years, in some cases… After you acknowledge something, you tell everybody, and other people say, ‘I know what that’s like, too.’ There’s this energy charge you get, and liberation from doing that.” She continues to find that the audience response to “Silent All These Years” remains deep and immediate nearly a quarter century later, counting it as her most requested song and one that walks with her every day. It will continue to do so as long as she is playing music.
 
Tori Amos has sold over 12 million albums, has played over a thousand shows and has had multiple Grammy nominations. A pioneer across multiple platforms, she was the first major label artist to offer a single for download, has had her songs turned into graphic novels a successful musical, and has produced pioneering videos throughout her career. She is renowned for her passionate and broad fan-base, her critically and commercially successful tours, and her ever evolving live show. Ms. Amos is also a noted humanitarian and co-founder of RAINN (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network), which is the United States’ largest anti-sexual assault organization.


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Meet The von Trapps, the next generation. Siblings Sofia (26), Melanie (24), Amanda (23) and August (20), the great-grandchildren of the Captain and Maria von Trapp, are reinventing the legacy of their birthright for the modern age. Dancing in Gold, the first of three EPs of entirely original material that The von Trapps plan to send out into the world over the next two years, is due out April 14 via Heinz Records.
 
The first single from their EP is the title track “Dancing in Gold” which premiered on Rolling Stone. Inspired by the work of artists such as Fleet FoxesBeach HouseSufjan StevensFrançoise Hardy, and the Beach Boys, the harmonic folk-pop that sings out of “Dancing in Gold” is 21st-century von Trapp, inventive, earnest and exquisite. Be sure to listen and share the track on Soundcloud.
 
For their first foray into the studio in their new incarnation, the siblings sought out a kindred spirit, approaching Israel Nebeker, the lead singer and songwriter of Blind Pilot, to produce the album. Nebeker gets right to the heart and soul of the matter: “Their sound is an open collage, unafraid of combining disparate style and sentiment. Most importantly to me, it communicates honestly and is sung from the heart.”
 
The von Trapps' musical journey began as a fluke and a brainstorm in 2001. During summer visits to their Montana home, their grandfather Werner von Trapp taught them the Austrian folk songs he loved as a child. When he became too ill to travel, they crafted a homemade recording to cheer him up, never expecting it would inspire a career in music. The von Trapps have been on stage together ever since. Their performances make room for melodicas and ukuleles, lyrics that can unspool in ten languages, twinges of Appalachia and Portlandia, some shout-outs to the Mamas & Papas, all filtered through the DNA of the most beloved musical ever, The Sound of Music. They have toured extensively, from Beijing’s Forbidden City to the Sydney Opera House, performed with major symphonies across the country, appeared on Oprah, and recorded with artists such as Wayne Newtonand Rufus Wainwright.
 
For the past few years, The von Trapps have been frequent guest performers with Pink Martini, the globetrotting pop sensation. The two groups collaborated on Pink Martini’s eighth studio album, Dream a Little Dream, released in March 2014, which has sold over 20,000 copies in the US alone, and was featured on NPR's Weekend Edition.
 
Emboldened by that collaboration, flourishing in the rich creative world of their adopted hometown of Portland, Oregon and burgeoning with new ideas, The von Trapps cast off on their own to trail blaze a new musical path.
 
As the von Trapps tell Rolling Stone – “This new chapter in our career feels very electric; I think our current sound is super fresh, personal, and fun. Fourteen years of touring the world together has given each of us a well of inspiration, and we are at a point where all of that energy is overflowing. How each of us blend our styles together is both a challenge and a thrilling discovery for us, yet this first creation, Dancing in Gold, found a wonderfully surprising and compelling place. We're eager to see how our music manifests itself moving forward.”
 
Tour Dates
March 28 in Denver, CO at Daniels Hall
March 29 in Lincoln, NE at Vega
March 31 in Evanston, IL at SPACE
April 1 in St. Paul, MN at Amsterdam Bar and Hall
April 4 in Spokane, WA at The Big Dipper
April 6 in Vancouver, Canada at The Rio Theater
April 19 in Portland, OR at Revolution Hall (Album Release Show)
 


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Today, two-time GRAMMY winners They Might Be Giants release Flood Live In Australia -- a FREE full-album download for all! The live set was recorded on the band's latest tour down under. Along with an in-depth interview with Yahoo! Music about the album's colorful origins, the free download is available HERE. We encourage you to post the easy-to-embed widget and share!
 
They Might Be Giants are going massive in 2015. Three brand new albums are slated for release, with the first, Glean, hitting stores on 4/21. Their monthly Williamsburg stand has sold out for months in advance and national touring begins in April. International touring is booked for the fall. And best of all is the return of their legendary Dial-A-Song service, magnificently updated for the digital age.
 
For all of 2015, the Brooklyn originals return to their high-concept/no-budget idea with a new song every week at a toll-free number at (844) 387-6962 as well as via the web at www.DialASong.com. Fans can hear the songs streaming on the site and YouTube. Folks can get tracks individually at iTunes (and all those other fine music places) or join the band’s Dial-A-Song Direct service on Drip.fm and get the whole year's stack of tracks for just 30 bucks.
 
In celebration of the 2015 Dial-A-Song project and to raise awareness of the epic song “Erase,” They Might Be Giants are sponsoring Dial-A-Song’s first video contestJudged by Black Francis of The Pixies, TMBG challenge all video, film and visually-minded people to create a video companion for the track by April 7. For more information about submissions, click here.

As always, They Might Be Giants celebrate their Brooklyn roots and keep the home-fires burning with their monthly stand at Music Hall of Williamsburg. Following last night's blazing show, they will play one more sold-out night in March before jumping on the bus for a national tour.


Spring 2015 National Tour Dates
 
3/29 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg ***SOLD OUT***
4/16 Pittsburgh, PA @ Mr. Small's Theatre
4/17 Chicago, IL @ Vic Theatre
4/18 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
4/19 Madison, WI @ Barrymore Theatre
4/21 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
4/22 Albany, NY @ Upstate Concert Hall
4/23 Boston, MA @ House of Blues
4/24 Washington DC @ 9:30 Club
4/25 Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
4/26 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (Dial-A-Song Show)
5/1 Los Angeles, CA @ The Regent
5/2 Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
5/3 San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
5/5 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
5/6 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
5/7 Seattle, WA @ Neptune
5/8 Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
5/9 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
5/10 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
5/13 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
5/14 Austin, TX @ Stubb's
5/15 Oklahoma City, OK @ Diamond Ballroom
5/16 St. Louis, MO @ The Pageant
5/17 Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
5/31 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg (The Else Show)
 


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03/03/2015, Young Buffalo's House Out Today + Watch New Video via NPR's First Watch
03/03/201503/03/2015, Young Buffalo's House Out Today + Watch New Video via NPR's First Watch
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Young Buffalo have just released their debut full-length album House today via Votiv Music. Their newest music video for the single “No Idea” premiered on NPR’s First Watch. The band has also been featured as one of NPR’s Austin 100 as part of the hand-curated list of the top SXSW acts to watch for. MORE» More»

After years of making their mark on the music scene, five-piece rock band Young Buffalo have released their debut full-length album House today, March 3, via Votiv Music. The album can now be purchased on iTunes and Amazon.
 
Their newest music video for the single “No Idea” premiered on NPR’s First Watch. Young Buffalo has also been featured as one of NPR’s Austin 100. As part of the hand-curated list of the top SXSW acts to watch for, their single “Sykia” is now available for download. They will be performing in Austin on March 18 and 20; specific showcase details are below.
 
There's nothing typical about the Oxford, Mississippi-based rock act Young Buffalo. Although the group's songwriters Ben Yarbrough and Jim Barrett didn't begin playing under the Young Buffalo moniker until 2009, they started writing music together as teenagers and never ceased evolving. The band—which now also features drummer Tim Burkhead, bassist Andrew Guinn and keyboardist Will Eubanks—couldn't be more excited to share House, an 11-track album produced by Dave Schiffman (Haim, Weezer) that establishes the five-piece act as a band that’s as unique as the town where they were conceived.
 
House showcases the varying personalities of the band members perfectly. From the shimmering pop of "No Idea" to harmony-rich anthems like "Black Eye" and breezy energy of "Old Soul," the songs on House see Young Buffalo embracing their pop roots while expanding the arrangements. They fill out the instrumentation with singing synth lines and unique syncopation that propel these songs into uncharted territory. In keeping with the ongoing theme, the album may contain some dark subject matter but it's always presented in a way that's inherently relatable and heartfelt. Riding that line between straight ahead pop music and tastefully weird indie rock.
 
With the good fortune of these five gentlemen being birthed in such a fantastically diverse city, both artistically and culturally, we are just thankful they decided to follow their musical hearts and form Young Buffalo. They are no doubt on their way to establishing themselves as one of indie rock's brightest hopes.
 
Be sure to catch them live at SXSW and on their spring tour with Matt Pond PA.
 
Tour Dates:
March 5 at The Lyric in Oxford, MS (Album Release Party)
March 6 at Savannah Stopover in Savannah, GA
March 18 at Scoot Inn in Austin, TX (12:30PM)
March 20 at Licha’s Cantina in Austin, TX (4:30PM)
March 22 at VOV Fest in Hot Springs, AR
April 6 at The Black Cat in Washington, DC
April 7 at The Sinclair in Boston, MA
April 8 at Ballroom at the Outer Space in Hamden, CT
April 9 at Ottobar in Baltimore, MD
April 10 at Kings in Raleigh, NC
April 11 at Vinyl in Atlanta, GA
April 13 at The Social in Orlando, FL
April 14 at Local 662 in Tampa, FL
April 15 at Club Downunder in Tallahassee, FL
April 17 at Club Dada in Dallas, TX
April 18 at Korova in San Antonio, TX
April 19 at Stubb’s in Austin, TX
April 21 at Club Congress in Tucson, AZ
April 22 at Crescent Ballroom in Phoenix, AZ
April 23 at Troubadour in Los Angeles, CA
April 24 at The Casbah in San Diego, CA
April 26 at The Independent in San Francisco, CA
April 30 at The Tractor in Seattle, WA
May 1 at VENUE in Vancouver, BC
May 2 at Mississippi Studios in Portland, OR
May 4 at Velour Live Music Gallery in Provo, UT
May 5 at Marquis Theatre in Denver, CO
May 7 at Revery Lounge in Omaha, NE
May 8 at Duck Room at Blueberry Hill in St. Louis, MO
May 9 at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, IL
May 11 at Lee’s Palaza in Toronto, ON
May 12 at Grog Shop in Cleveland, OH
May 13 at Club Café in Pittsburgh, PA
May 14 at Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA
May 15 at Bowery Ballroom in New York, NY

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03/03/2015, NIKO IS Releases Captivating Video for "Vamoose" on MTV + On Tour With Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique!
03/03/201503/03/2015, NIKO IS Releases Captivating Video for "Vamoose" on MTV + On Tour With Talib Kweli and Immortal Technique!
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Brazilian Born, Orlando based hip-hop artist, NIKO IS, released his magnetizing new videoVamoose which premiered today on MTV. The video, produced by Chris Smith, is a colorful and mind-bending compliment to the already captivating track. MORE» More»

Brazilian Born, Orlando based hip-hop artist, NIKO IS, released his magnetizing new videoVamoose which premiered today on MTV.  The video, produced by Chris Smith, is a colorful and mind-bending compliment to the already captivating track. 
 
NIKO IS featured Vamoose on his debut album “Brutus” that released on February 3rd viaTalib Kweli’s label, Javotti Media. “Brutus” delivers on the fundamental roots of hip-hop that are all too often lost in today’s industry. Niko has managed to create a distinctive sound and style that gains him recognition as a notable songwriter, witty lyricist, visionary, and exceptional freestyler.
 
NIKO IS will be hitting the road in March for a series of US dates along with Talib Kweliand Immortal Technique for a series dubbed “The People’s Champions Tour”.  Dates and venues are listed below:
Sat-Mar-07 - Ann Arbor, MI - Blind Pig
Sun-Mar-08 - Chicago, IL - The Metro
Mon-Mar-09 - Madison, WI - Barrymore Theatre
Tue-Mar-10 - Omaha, NE - The Waiting Room
Thu-Mar-12 - Denver, CO - Cervantes
Fri-Mar-13 - Salt Lake City, UT - In The Venue
Sat-Mar-14 - Jackson Hole, WY - Pink Garter Theatre
Sun-Mar-15 - Boise, ID - Knitting Factory
Tue-Mar-17 - Seattle, WA - Showbox
Wed-Mar-18 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theater
Thu-Mar-19 - Eugene, OR - WOW Hall
Sat-Mar-21 - Santa Cruz, CA - Catalyst
Sun-Mar-22 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore
Tue-Mar-24 - San Diego, CA - The Observatory
Wed-Mar-25 - West Hollywood, CA - House Of Blues
Thu-Mar-26 - Santa Ana, CA - The Observatory
Fri-Mar-27 - Tempe, AZ - Club Red
Sat-Mar-28 - Albuquerque, NM - Sunshine Theater
Sun-Mar-29 - El Paso, TX - Tricky Falls
Tue-Mar-31 - Dallas, TX - Trees
Wed-Apr-01 - Austin, TX - Scoot Inn
Thu-Apr-02 - San Antonio, TX - Alamo City Music Hall
Fri-Apr-03 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live : Ballroom
Sat-Apr-04 - New Orleans, LA - House Of Blues
Mon-Apr-06 - Miami, FL - Grand Central
Wed-Apr-08 - Atlanta, GA - Masquerade
Thu-Apr-09 - Carrboro, NC - Cat's Cradle
Fri-Apr-10 - Asheville, NC - The Orange Peel
Sat-Apr-11 - Baltimore, MD - Soundstage
Wed-Apr-15 - Boston, MA - Paradise Rock Club
Thu-Apr-16 - New Haven, CT - Toad's Place
Fri-Apr-17 - Pawtucket, RI - The Met

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03/03/2015

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03/03/2015, Deerhoof Unleash Janet Jackson Cover Demo w/ FADER, US Tour w/ of Montreal + Perfect Pussy
03/03/201503/03/2015, Deerhoof Unleash Janet Jackson Cover Demo w/ FADER, US Tour w/ of Montreal + Perfect Pussy
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As far as DIY-luminaries-turned-pop-daredevils Deerhoof are concerned, even the strange rules of the avant-garde underground need breaking. In 21 years we've never see them flinch away from the simple joy of a singalong. Deerhoof's upcoming US tour includes shows with of Montreal & Perfect Pussy with several appearances at SXSW. MORE» More»

As far as DIY-luminaries-turned-pop-daredevils Deerhoof are concerned, even the strange rules of the avant-garde underground need breaking. In 21 years we've never see them flinch away from the simple joy of a singalong. One year ago, with the help of the built-in microphone on his computer, drummer Greg Saunier proposed this cover of Janet Jackson’s hit “What Have You Done For Me Lately” to his bandmates. Although the idea was instantly rejected, album single “Paradise Girls” grew out of this rough cut.

“It's a good indication of how lost we can get in the process of making a record, and the gulf that can grow between journalists' and even our own fans' understanding of the music we make, and our own, that we assumed that our musical debt to Janet Jackson and Madonna was obvious on this album. But we've been in Europe now for two weeks and the question I'm getting asked more than any other is whether the title "La Isla Bonita" was not just a joke, and our claims of influence a fanciful publicity concoction. This is what's so funny about being in a band. This is why I'm grateful for the close contacts we have with the people who listen to Deerhoof, the great chats I share every day with people who've been coming to our shows or who interview me for their magazines, radio shows, and websites.” - Greg
 
Deerhoof's up coming US tour includes shows with of Montreal and Perfect Pussy as well as several appearances at SXSW...
 
US Tour Dates

3/09: New Haven, CT @ Toad's Place – w/ of Montreal & Yonatan Gat
3/10: Boston, MA @ Paradise – w/ of Montreal & Yonatan Gat
3/12: Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom – w/ of Montreal
3/13: Chicago, IL @ Metro – w/ of Montreal
3/14: Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall – w/ of Montreal
3/15: Minneapolis, MN @ First Ave – w/ of Montreal
3/16: Omaha, NE @ Waiting Room – w/ of Montreal
3/17: Oklahoma City, OK @ ACM@UCO Performance Lab – w/ of Montreal
3/18: Houston, TX @ Walter's Downtown – w/ of Montreal
3/19: Austin, TX @ SXSW, TBA
3/20: Austin, TX @ SXSW, TBA
3/21: Hattiesburg, MS @ Thirsty Hippo – w/ Perfect Pussy & Fred Thomas
3/23: Atlanta, GA @ The EARL – w/ Perfect Pussy & Fred Thomas
3/24: Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge – w/ Perfect Pussy  & Fred Thomas
3/25: Durham, NC @ Duke Coffeehouse – w/ Perfect Pussy
3/26: Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar – w/ Perfect Pussy & WUME
3/27: Northampton, MA @ Pearl Street – w/ Perfect Pussy & Zula
3/28: New York, NY @ Webster Hall Marlin Room – w/ Perfect Pussy & Zula

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03/03/2015, Joe Pug Shares Two New Tracks, “Burn and Shine” & “The Measure”
03/03/201503/03/2015, Joe Pug Shares Two New Tracks, “Burn and Shine” & “The Measure”
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Austin-based Joe Pug returns with Windfall, a 10-song indie-folk gem that is poised to cement his reputation as one of America’s most respected young songwriters. After hundreds of shows, including stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and the Newport Folk Festival, Pug set up camp in Lexington, KY to record his third LP. MORE» More»

Austin-based Joe Pug returns with Windfall, a 10-song indie-folk gem that is poised to cement his reputation as one of America’s most respected young songwriters. After hundreds of shows, including stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and the Newport Folk Festival, Pug set up camp in Lexington, KY to record his third LP.
 
In anticipation of the album’s release Joe has released two brand new songs from Windfall. The first, “Burn and Shine” premiered on The Bluegrass Situation and was described as a “seemingly cheery little ditty. But, then, if you do listen closely, a darker story starts to unfold right before your very ears.” The second is “The Measure” which premiered on Folk Alley where Pug was described as artistically fitting with the likes of “Bob Dylan, John Prine, Steve Earle, and John Hiatt.”
 
Be sure to listen and share the singles “Burn and Shine” and “The Measure” on SoundCloud.
 
The agenda on Windfall was much simpler than previous albums. "The aim on this one was very straightforward. We wanted to capture the music just the way we play it, with minimal production. It was a very back to basics approach because ultimately that's what I love about music, and that's what I love about making music. I wanted to record these songs the way they were written and put them out in the world."
 
The result is a collection of songs that are as close as we've gotten to a road map to Pug's ambitions. He has collected plenty of the requisite Dylan comparisons over his young career but on this record it's easier to hear the sway of more contemporary influences like Josh Ritter, Ryan Adams and M.Ward.
 
The theme of resilience plays a central role throughout Windfall.  The weary protagonist in "Veteran Fighter" wills his way further down the highway despite the gloom that seems certain to overtake him. "The Measure", a song inspired in part by Frederic Buechner's novel Godric, marvels at "every inch of anguish, laid out side by side" but ultimately finds that "All we've lost is nothing to what we've found."
 
"I never really write songs with a specific narrative in mind," Pug explains. "When you're sort of pushing through a dark period of your life it's probably inevitable that some of that is going to find its way onto the page.  But in the same way, by the time we were in the studio the process had become very effortless and joyful. And hopefully you can hear a lot of that on the record as well."
 
The duality of the record is on show in this newest single and the rest of the songs from the forthcoming release promise to be just as moving. Windfall will be released on March 10, 2015 on Lightning Rod Records in the United States and Loose Music in Europe. It is now available for pre-order on iTunes.
 
In the meantime, be sure to catch Joe Pug on tour this winter and spring.
 
Tour Dates:
3/6/15 in Gruene, TX at Gruene Hall
3/14/15 in Norman, OK at Opolis
3/16/15 in Albuquerque, NM at Low Spirits
3/17/15 in Phoenix, AZ at Valley Bar
3/18/15 in San Diego, CA at The Casbah
3/19/15 in Los Angeles, CA at Echo
3/20/15 in San Francisco, CA at The Independent
3/22/15 in Eugene, OR at Sam Bond’s Garage
3/25/15 in Bellingham, WA at The Green Frog
3/26/15 in Vancouver, Canada at Electric Owl
3/27/15 in Seattle, WA at The Crocodile
3/28/14 in Portland, OR at the Aladdin Theatre
3/29/15 in Spokane, WA at The Bartlett
3/30/15 in Missoula, MT at The Top Hat
4/1/15 in Salt Lake City, UT at The State Room
4/3/15 in Denver, CO at The Bluebird
4/4/15 in Kansas City, MO at The Record Bar
4/7/15 in St. Louis, MO at The Firebird
4/9/15 in St. Paul, MN at The Turf Club
4/10/15 in Madison, WI at High Noon Saloon
4/11/15 in Chicago, IL at The Vic Theatre
4/22/15 in Indianapolis, IN at HIFI
4/23/15 in Nashville, TN at The High Watt
4/24/15 in Carrboro, NC at The Cat’s Cradle
4/25/15 in Asheville, NC at The Grey Eagle
4/26/15 in Charlottesville, VA at The Southern
4/29/15 in Philadelphia, PA at Boot and Saddle
4/30/15 in Boston, MA at Brighton Music Hall
5/1/15 in New York, NY at The Bowery Ballroom
5/2/15 in Washington, DC at 9:30 Club
5/5/15 in Pittsburgh, PA at Club Café
5/6/15 in Cleveland, OH at The Beachland Tavern
5/7/15 in Buffalo, NY at The Ninth Ward
5/9/15 in Ann Arbor, MI at The Blind Pig
5/10/15 in Columbus, OH at Rumba Cafe
5/13/15 in Fayetteville, AR at George’s Majestic
5/14/15 in Dallas, TX at Club Dada
5/15/15 in Houston, TX at Fitzgerald’s
5/16/15 in Austin, TX at Red 7
6/3/15 in London, UK at St. Pancras Old Church
6/6/15 in London, UK at Hoxton Bar
6/18/15 in Dover, DE at Firefly Music Festival
7/31/15 in Des Moines, IA at Hinterland Music Festival

Announcement
03/03/2015

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03/03/2015, Buck 65 Announces New US Tour Dates Including SXSW
03/03/201503/03/2015, Buck 65 Announces New US Tour Dates Including SXSW
Announcement
03/03/2015
Announcement
03/03/2015
Rich Terfry is Buck 65, one of the most beloved rappers in his native Canada. On 9/30/14 he released his newest album Neverlove via Warner Music Canada. Describing the effort as a “divorce record, plain and simple,” he was able to find catharsis and relief from his personal struggles through the music. MORE» More»

Rich Terfry is Buck 65, one of the most beloved rappers in his native Canada. OnSeptember 30 of last year he released his newest album Neverlove via Warner Music Canada. Describing the effort as a “divorce record, plain and simple,” he was able to find catharsis and relief from his personal struggles through the music. “Making this record is how I got through a terrible time in my life.”
 
Following up the album with a worldwide tour, Buck 65 is now coming to the United States. Beginning with a stint at SXSW, Buck will be touring across the country this spring with special guest Astronautalis. Known round the world for his live shows, Buck 65 is sure to deliver a memorable experience to all who attend. His performances are centered on his eccentric showmanship, out of this world dancing, and unexpected song selection. He regularly incorporates new and unreleased material as well as re-worked favorites into his set lists. Be sure to check out a full rundown of tour dates below.
 
The two-time Juno Award winner began rapping at 13 and in 1990 he shared his music publicly for the first time. Buck 65 then went on to release his first album while he was still in university on Sloan's label Murderecords and has since released more than 20 full-lengths, EPs, and singles. His first release kicked off a career that has seen him tour the world and collaborate with everyone from Sufjan Stevens to Feist to Sage Francis.
 
Sounding unlike any of his past albums, Neverlove is inspired by a dark time in his life, but contains some of the most lighthearted, “Super Pretty Naughty,” and catchy, “Heart of Stone,” songs in his catalog. Featuring production from Marten Tromm, Dean Nelson, Alias, DJ Mayonnaise, and Sunclef amongst others, the record also boasts drums from Broken Social Scene’s Justin Peroff.
 
While Buck 65’s music started out as hip-hop, it has evolved into something else over the course of the last twenty years. Expect an eclectic mix of hip hop, pop, folk, country, and rock; all infused with his signature vocal style.
 

Tour Dates
3/20 at Mohawk Indoor in Austin, TX (1:15AM)
3/21 at Friends Bar in Austin, TX (9:00PM)
4/23 at Bluebird Theater in Denver, CO
4/24 at The Grain Station in Albuquerque, NM
4/25 at Last Exit in Phoenix, AZ
4/27 at The Bunkhouse in Las Vegas, NV
4/28 at The Casbah in San Diego, CA
4/29 at The Roxy in Los Angeles, CA
4/30 at The New Parish in Oakland, CA
5/1 at Star Theater in Portland, OR
5/2 at The Crocodile in Seattle, WA
Announcement
03/03/2015