Butch Walker has announced his highly anticipated seventh full-length album Afraid Of Ghosts, out February 3 via Dangerbird Records. With his remarkably diverse resume that includes everything from guitar god to GRAMMY and CMA nominated producer, Walker's new LP shows both skill and tenderness. The production was helmed by Ryan Adams at his PAX AM Studios in LA along with friends & special guests Johnny Depp and Bob Mould. With gritty hints of folk, pop and rock, Afraid Of Ghosts weaves a journey through life, love, death and everything in between.
The album opens with title track “Afraid of Ghosts” which finds Walker attempting to come to terms with his demons over spare acoustic guitar notes and accordion chords, while the gentle doo-wop of “How Are Things Love” brings both the artist and the listener back in time. “Bed On Fire” takes things back up a notch as haunting strings and electric guitar build to a chill-inducing distorted crescendo.
First album single “Chrissie Hynde” wistfully recounts the legendary Pretenders frontwoman’s voice coming through the speakers, over a combination of acoustic and electric guitar, piano and a solitary drumbeat, captivating as always with Walker’s effortlessly unique vocals. The track is available to post and share HERE, and on iTunes as an instant-grat MP3 w/ Afraid Of Ghosts pre-order now!
Throughout his career, Butch Walker has always inspired with his infectious yet never over-bearing sense of melody. He joins his friend Ryan Adams on the road this fall for a nationwide tour. Together he & Adams will be one thing: undeniable.
Israeli singer-songwriter and musician Asaf Avidan has been involved in a variety of artistic pursuits since entering adulthood. However, his heart lies in music and in both bands and as a solo artist he has found worldwide success and recognition. Having toured all over the globe he has built up a devoted following as well as a reputation for a legendary live show.
His sophomore full-length album is entitled Gold Shadow and is slated for a worldwide release on February 3. The record is a perfect combination of Asaf’s pop sensibility, complex melodic arrangements, captivating lyrics, and signature voice.
Already receiving love, the album’s debut single “Over My Head” premiered on All Songs Considered and is now accompanied by a beautiful music video. Bob Boilen, who has raved about Avidan in the past, also had the singer be a part of his Tiny Desk Concerts series. Boilen described the performance by saying, “The Tiny Desk Concert with just him and guitar was spellbinding.”
“Over My Head” was written during a sleepless night in Paris a few years ago; Asaf explains that it was inspired by the relationship he has with his life partner. "It was the night when I put my old demons to sleep, and decided to choose life. ‘Till this day I'm amazed that she had the patience for my stupidity, and this is my way to say thank you ... thank you for leaving the door open."
First entering the music industry through his group Asaf Avidan & The Mojos, he proved himself to be an incredibly adept front man, destined for the largest stages. The band’s recordings achieved platinum status across Europe as well as topping Best of the Year lists in various countries. As a solo artist he has proved himself to be just as capable a performer and writer.
Thanks to the breakout success of his track “One Day / Reckoning Song” he has been able to propel his solo career to new heights. The single hit number one in fourteen countries as a remix by a Berlin DJ called DJ Wankelmut. The DJ took the delicate acoustic lament and dressed it up for the dance floor with synthetic beats and voice distortion. So far it’s ranked up nearly 145 million views on YouTube.
In 2012 Asaf released his debut solo album entitled Different Pulses. Gaining huge amounts of acclaim overseas, but never being officially released in the United States, he toured constantly throughout the next few years. Having performed in some of the biggest venues worldwide, Asaf took a break and penned his newest release.
Gold Shadow will be released on February 3 and Asaf will be embarking on a nationwide tour in the beginning of that month. Check out the tour dates below.
Michelle Chamuel will release her hotly-anticipated solo debut Face The Fire, out February 10 via The End Records/ADA. Chamuel’s solo record showcases her ability as an extremely talented vocalist and producer. Following her tight second-place finish on Season 4 of NBC’s The Voice, Chamuel grabbed friends and former band mates, Theo Katzman and Tyler Duncan to co-write and co-produce the LP in her hometown of Amherst, Massachusetts. With walls of synthesizers and big hooks, Face The Fire is a pop record that delivers infectious melodies and thundering energy.
Chamuel has already revealed album opener and title track “Face The Fire,” which begins with a lo-fi drone before kicking into a playful pop melody, and “Lottery,” where the tempo ramps into a full-on dance track. The intensity continues on “Made For Me” with a driving bass line that drives the song into a colorful swirl. Chamuel then strips back and brings to light her vocal ability with “Golden,” as the combination of deep bass and a sparse drumbeat create an open space for her voice to soar.
“Golden” was unveiled with Just Jared- please post and share!
No stranger to the stage or the industry, Michelle Chamuel got her start playing in the Michigan rock band, Ella Riot, which saw her performing over 200 days a year and playing festivals including Lollapalooza and SXSW. Following the end of the band in 2012, Michelle began releasing music under her production moniker, The Reverb Junkie, and saw her track “All I Want” reach number 6 on the Billboard Dance/Electronic charts and number 1 on the iTunes Dance Chart. Still, her voice is her primary instrument, and with it Chamuel’s debut effortlessly transmits the wide range of emotional frequencies that drive her.
Kate Pierson - iconic voice and founding member of the B52s, punk, new wave, genre-defying band has announced her debut solo record Guitars and Microphones, released February 17 via Lazy Meadow Music/Kobalt Label Services. Produced by Tim Anderson (Ima Robot) and featuring Nick Valensi of The Strokes on several tracks, Kate collaborated on songwriting with Siawho also executive produced the album.
Album opener “Throw Down the Roses” is an empowering humanist anthem, maintaining that one can embrace the world, radiate positivity and still kick butt when necessary. Upbeat title track, “Guitars and Microphones” plays upon a galactic pop groove. The lush “Bring Your Arms” is an immediately infectious synth-pop jam with a move to the groove environmental theme. Kate’s soaring emotive vocals on “Mister Sister“ is a poetic love letter of the power of transformation - - welcoming the freedom to live (and dance) and daring to transcend gender boundaries. “Mister Sister” is available on iTunes as an instant-grat MP3 w/ Guitars and Microphones pre-order now!
DEERHOOF are over in Europe next month in support of their 13th album La Isla Bonita. In March they return to the US for shows with of Montreal and Perfect Pussy and including appearances at SXSW. Ahead of the dates they've shared a new video for new album track“Black Pitch”, by director Gary McQuiggan. The video sees singer Satomi head down the Thames, leaving behind the trappings of the City and losing herself in the North Sea. It’s unconfirmed whether the waterways of Europe will be their chosen mode of transport for the tour dates below...
2014 saw Deerhoof celebrate its 20th anniversary, having made a dozen consistently acclaimed albums and taken hundreds, maybe thousands, of ecstatic and loyal audiences all over the planet on the never-the-same-twice thrill-ride of their live show. Commercially accessible and quintessentially Deerhoof all the same, La Isla Bonita has been hailed as their most bold and rebellious to date. The band closed out the year at #2 on the CMJ Top 200 Charts, the record also charted on Billboard Heatseekers as well as the Billboard Top LP Vinyl Albums.
European Tour Dates
2/14: Warsaw, PL @ Dzik - w/ Marcin Masecki & Pictorial Candi
2/16: Berlin, DE @ Lido – w/ Farfara
2/17: Leipzig, DE @ Conne Island – w/ Julian Sartorius
2/18: Frankfurt, DE @ Zoom – w/ Julian Sartorius
2/19: Paris, FR @ Petit Bain – w/ Pneu
2/20: Mons, BE @ Maison Folie – w/ Trash Kit
2/21: Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg – w/ The Mysterons
2/23: Bristol, UK @ Marble Factory – w/ Cowtown
2/24: Glasgow, UK @ Stereo – w/ Cowtown
2/25: Leeds, UK @ Brudenell Social Club – w/ Cowtown
2/26: London, UK @ Oval Space – w/ Cowtown & Trash Kit
2/28: Saint Malo, FR @ La Route Du Rock Festival
US Tour Dates
1/31: Santa Ana, CA - Indigo Fest @ The Observatory (Main Stage)
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
Humans single "Follow" is remixed by NYC producer/engineer Phil Moffa who "stretches ambient textures and a bouncing delay sequence across a chugging six minutes, which methodically build steam as additional cymbals and chopped snippets of the original track are added to the procession." "Follow" is the latest single off of the forthcoming Noontide LP that gives us a sneak peak to the ominous undertones, astrological beats, and shimmering synths Noontide will encompass to get the masses groovin' and feelin' good.
Situated at the East end of Vancouver, Robbie Slade and Peter Ricq have been crafting music together since 2010. By blending each of their specific musical influences, HUMANS create indie-electronic music that also possesses a distinct darkness to it. Focusing on performance and production styles of both the past and present, HUMANS are able to impress audiophiles with their technical skills and palpable influences, while still stirring up action on the dance floor.
The duo will kick off their North American Tour on February 24th, 2015 in Brooklyn, NYC. See below for all currently confirmed North American Dates.
Norwegian born singer-songwriter Rebekka Karjord releases video “Oh Brother” onFlavorwire. The release of her second international album, WE BECOME OURSLVES, will be available for the first time in the states on February 5th, 2015 via Control Freak Kitten Records.
“Oh Brother” is a hauntingly beautiful look at male duality that embraces softer values of society while also maintaining masculine identity. Karijord not only wrote "Oh Brother" but also directed the simplistic black and white music video, incorporating men she loves from her own private life. Spine-chilling minor chords, a celestial sounding male choir, and Karijord's ethereal yet powerful voice are entwined in "Oh Brother". The single is a dedication to the relationships between men and the women they protect, love, and support on a daily basis. Karijord's male relationship's and their complexity becomes the primary focal point of inspiration throughout her highly anticipated second international album We Become Ourselves.
"I consider myself a feminist, but first and foremost, I am a humanist. I think it´s important to highlight that we all incorporate the same feelings and needs."
Originally from the Arctic Circle of Northern Norway before moving to Sweden a decade ago, Karijord has composed music for over 30 films, modern and theatrical pieces, and has written numerous plays as well as short stories. Karijord also provided music for Cirkus Cirko’s international traveling performance Wear it Like A Crown, which has now toured for four years for over 200,00 people.
Be sure to check out the Flavorwire debut of “Oh Brother” HERE and stay tuned for the U.S release of international album We Become Ourselves on February 5th 2015!
Brazilian-American emcee NIKO IS, fresh from a wave of critical acclaim for his Good Blood mixtape featuring FLOSS (remix), has just dropped his latest single, 35,000 ft., off of his new album BrutusLP, out February 3rd on Javotti Media.
35,000 ft. is NIKO IS at his most lyrical dexterous, with seamless transitions from English to Portuguese that show off his masterful flow highlighted by a supremely confident delivery. This is coupled with an infectious beat courtesy of Chaz Van Queen that manages to firmly support NIKO IS's bombastic performance while letting NIKO IS take full command of the song.
Brutus LP will be NIKO IS's first album since signing to Talib Kweli's label, Javotti Media, and the two will be hitting the road in March for a series of US dates along with Immortal Technique dubbed "The People's Champions Tour". Dates and venues are listed below:
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
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
Groundbreaking New Multimedia Show Touring the U.S. January – May
Video of “Battle is a Learning” (Live @ JCCSF) Available HERE
“More than anything the process of creating this music has proven to me once again that the guitar really does the speaking, and I'm just the interpreter." –Kaki King
“In her near-13-year career that’s seen six studio albums and a Golden-Globe nomination for best original score, King has earned critical acclaim for the way she combines unusual tunings, complex fingerstyle picking, and slap bass techniques to create soundscapes that range from instrumental acoustic work to high-voltage rock songs. Now, she’s using her guitar in an entirely new way: as a projection screen." - The Atlantic
Provocative and moving, surprising and beautiful, The Neck Is A Bridge To The Body is Kaki King at her visionary best: deconstructing and redefining the role of solo instrumental artist though virtuoso technique, insatiable imagination, and boundless humanity. The album is a companion piece to Kaki's groundbreaking new multi-media performance, which uses projection mapping to present the guitar as an ontological tabula rasa in a creation myth unlike any other.
"Although it’s a soundtrack to the multimedia show, I want the album to stand on it's own as a collection of instrumental music," says Kaki, who brought NYC-based string quartet, ETHEL, to join her on two tracks, along with Dan Brantigan on horns. "The album is an amalgam of the many different ways I’ve approached the instrument over the years. Some of it's rough, some of it's sad and beautiful, and some of it could be remixed for the dance floor. More than anything the process of creating this music has proven to me once again that the guitar really does the speaking, and I'm just the interpreter."
The Neck is a Bridge to the Body uses an Ovation Adamas 1581-KK Kaki King Signature 6-String Acoustic guitar customized specifically for this production. The show was produced in collaboration with Glowing Pictures – known for their work with such artists as Animal Collective, David Byrne & Brian Eno, Beastie Boys, and TV On The Radio.
"A shockingly gifted, stunningly complex performer... King has been dubbed by fans and critics alike: an iconoclast, a prodigy and a guitar hero, even drawing critical comparisons to Jimi Hendrix." - LA Times
1.30 // Washington, DC // The Hamilton TICKETS
1.31 // Philadelphia, PA // World Cafe TICKETS
2.11 // Chicago, IL // Lincoln Hall TICKETS
2.12 // Minneapolis, MN // The Cedar TICKETS
2.18 // Austin, TX // Empire Control Room TICKETS
2.19 // Dallas, TX // Granada Theater TICKETS
2.26 // Toronto, Canada // Geary Lane TICKETS
2.27 // Montreal, Canada // Club Soda TICKETS
2.28 // Portland, ME // SPACE Gallery TICKETS
3.1 // Providence, RI // Columbus Theater TICKETS
3.3 // Boston, MA // Brighton Music Hall TICKETS
3.21 // New York, NY // Merkin Concert Hall TICKETS
** A collaborative performance with John King and Ethel, commissioned by the Ecstatic Music Festival
4.3 // San Francisco, CA // Public Works (Tickets on sale soon HERE)
4.4 // Los Angeles, CA // The Masonic Lodge TICKETS
4.6 // Seattle, WA // Triple Door TICKETS
4.7 // Vancouver, Canada // The Biltmore Cabaret TICKETS
4.8 // Portland, OR // Dour Fir TICKETS
5.21 // New York, NY // Rough Trade TICKETS