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new music: Calexico

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Tuscon, Arizona band Calexico released a new video for the song “End of the World with You” from its upcoming album The Thread That Keeps Us [Anti- Records] which will be released on January 25, 2018.  Assured, laid back indie rock/ American song with lots of Wilco and The Replacements influences. love these lyrics: “Love in the age of the extremes/ there’s nothing better that i’d rather do/ then scatter all the myths/ and walk to the start of the end of the world with you.”

About the new album, guitarist/ vocalist Joey Burns said: “There’s a little more chaos and noise in the mix than what we’ve done in the past, Whenever we’re writing and we come up with something that feels too familiar, someone will end up saying, ‘That feels good, but let’s keep going and see what else we can uncover.’ It’s been really important to the arc of this band’s evolution for us to always keep on trying new things.”

Calexico is:

Joey Burns [vocals, guitar, cello, upright bass]
John Convertino [drums, percussion, vibes, marimba, accordion]
Jacob Valenzuela [vocals, trumpet, vibes, keyboard]
Martin Wenk [trumpet, accordion, guitar, synth, vibes, backing vocals]
Scott Colberg [double bass, electric bass]
Sergio Mendoza [piano, farfisa]
Jairo Zavala [bazouki, baritone guitar, vocals]

The Thread That Keeps Us Tracklisting:

  1.  End of the World with You
  2.  Voices in the Field
  3.  Bridge to Nowhere
  4.  Spinball
  5.  Under the Wheels
  6.  The Town & Miss Lorraine
  7.  Flores y Tamales
  8.  Another Space
  9.  Unconditional Waltz
  10.  Girl in the Forest
  11.  Eyes Wide Awake
  12.  Dead in the Water
  13.  Shortboard
  14.  Thrown to the Wild
  15.  Music Box

 

 

 

 

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new music: Bully

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Bully, “Feel the Same”

Grungy guitar and fervent, vulnerable, jaded vocals—a bit Juliana Hatfield, a bit Hole. It’s a short potent song with thoughtful lyrics. Singer Alicia Bognanno : “I feel like all my best work has been born of heartbreak and upheaval; maybe most musicians feel that way. “The title of the record –Losing – kind of says it all. After being on the road so long and coming back to Nashville we all had a lot of changes going on in our personal lives that we were trying to deal with / adjust to and that was really the motivation for this one.” In 2013, Bognanno, a music engineer, formed Bully with guitarist Clayton Parker and bassist Reece Lazarus.

The punk pop band’s sophomore album–Losing (Sub Pop)– will be released October 20, 2017.

Track Listing:
1. Feel the Same
2. Kills to Be Resistant
3. Running
4. Seeing It
5. Guess There
6. Blame
7. Focused
8. Not the Way
9. Spiral
10. Either Way
11. You Could Be Wrong
12. Hate and Control

 

Tour Dates:

11/02/17- St Louis MO – Off Broadway

11/03/17 – Iowa City IA – The Mill

11/04/17 – Minneapolis MN – Fine Line Music Cafe

11/06/17 – Madison WI – High Noon Saloon

11/07/17 – Chicago IL – Thalia Hall

11/08/17 – Detroit MI – Marble Bar

11/09/17 – Toronto ON –  Lee’s Palace

11/10/17 – Montreal QC – Bar le Ritz

11/12/17 – Boston MA – Great Scott (SOLD OUT)

11/13/17 – Brooklyn NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg

11/14/17 – Philadelphia PA – First Unitarian Church

11/15/17 – Washington DC – U Street Music Hall

11/17/17 – Charlottesville VA – The Southern

11/18/17 – Durham NC – Motorco Music Hall

11/19/17 – Asheville NC – The Mothlight

12/06/17 – Little Rock AR – Stickyz

12/07/17 – Dallas TX – Club Dada

12/08/17 – Austin TX – Emo’s

12/09/17 – Houston TX – Walter’s

12/10/17 – New Orleans LA – Gasa Gasa

12/12/17 – Birmingham AL – Saturn

12/13/17 – Atlanta GA – Terminal West

12/14/17 – Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge

12/15/17 – Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge

12/16/17 – Nashville TN – Mercy Lounge

2/16/18 – Norman OK – The Opolis

2/17/18 – Santa Fe NM – Meow Wolf

2/18/18 – Phoenix AZ – Valley Bar

2/24/18 – Eugene OR – Hi-Fi Music Lounge

2/26/18 – Vancouver BC – Biltmore Cabaret

2/28/18 – Seattle WA – Neumos

3/1/18 – Spokane WA – The Bartlett

3/2/18 – Boise ID – Neurolux

3/3/18 – Salt Lake City UT – Kilby Court

3/5/18 – Denver CO – Larimer Lounge

3/6/18 – Kansas City MO – Record Bar

 

 

 

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music review: Saint Etienne at ONCE Somerville– September 24, 2017

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Saint Etienne
ONCE Somerville
Sunday, September 24, 2017

Blissful, positive vibes dominated the sold-out Saint Etienne show Sunday night at ONCE Somerville. The London band played a mix of older songs – a grooving “Kiss and Make Up,” “Lose That Girl,” an energetic “I’ve Got Your Music” and the popular Neil Young cover “Only Love Can Break Your Heart” –as well as songs from the band’s new album Home Counties—the brilliant “Magpie Eyes,” “Whyteleafe” and slow jam “Take It All In.” It’s the first tour for the band in five years. Three musicians, including a violin player, and a singer joined Bob Stanley, Pete Wiggs and Sarah Cracknell onstage, which provided a grand, club sound. “You are familiar with Good Humor it seems,” Sarah Cracknell said after playing “Lose That Girl.” She also noted: “It’s a lot warmer here than it is in the UK.” It was a sweaty show because how can you not dance at least a little bit to Saint Etienne? Cracknell is an engaging and genuine front-person. She interacted just enough. An enthusiastic mostly GenX crowd danced and shouted out song requests. One couple said that their wedding song twenty years ago was “Tonight.” I saw two couples with children in tow. The band played for about an hour and a half including a three song encore. The show featured lots of groovy, potent bass lines [especially in “Help Myself”], dreamy, sweet harmonizing and overall warm fuzzies. It’s sparkly, fresh happy music.

Set list:

Kiss and Make Up
Lose That Girl
Out of My Mind
Who Do you think You Are
Whyteleafe
Hug My Soul
Magpie Eyes
I’ve Got Your Music
Take it All In
Like a Motorway
Dive
Split Screen
Only Love Can Break Your Heart
Nothing Can Stop Us
Tonight
Sylvie

Encore:
Stop and Think It Over
Train Drivers in Eyeliner
He’s on the Phone

SAINT ETIENNE U.S. TOUR DATES:

September 26—Brooklyn, New York—Music Hall of Williamsburg

September 27—Washington, DC—U Street Music Hall

September 29—Chicago, Ill.—Park West

October 2—Seattle, Wash.—Neptune

October 4—San Francisco, Calif.—The Fillmore

October 5—Pomona, Calif.—Glass House

October 6—Los Angeles, Calif.—The Fonda Theatre

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music review: The Lone Bellow

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If asked about my musical tastes I gravitate mostly toward darker, goth female artists but have a soft spot for the flannel boys of Americana –bands like The Avett Brothers and Band of Horses. Sometimes I dig those rootsier beats. The Lone Bellow album Walk Into a Storm has me swaying and swooning in my Doc Martens. Note to self: find some flannel shirts at Goodwill. Maybe bring back my 90s wardrobe of flannel and jean shorts with tights. There are plenty of heartfelt and poignant songs on this album enveloping you in a big auditory hug. Things are tough. Despite challenges and adversities we’ll be okay if we stick together. And the power of music can lift our spirits and open our hearts. The opening track swiftly draws you in and digs deep. It’s moving, particularly with Kanene Pipkin joining Zachary Williams on the chorus. I particularly like these lyrics: “I’ve got no sickness/ Got no disease/ Except for the heart inside of me.”  The song “Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy” reminds me a bit of Chris Robinson Brotherhood both in twangy guitar and earthy vibes.  “May You May Well” is a hopeful meditative song. There’s an aching beauty to “Come Break My Heart Again” with Williams singing: “Come break my heart again/ So I can feel it /I think you need it/ I know you mean it…” A swaying and feverish beat anchors “Time’s Always Leaving.”

The Lone Bellow’s third studio album, Walk Into A Storm [Descendant Records/Sony Music Masterworks] was produced by Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell) and recorded in Nashville, Tenn. It will be released September 15, 2017.

WALK INTO A STORM TRACK LISTING:

  1. Deeper In The Water
  2. Is It Ever Gonna Be Easy
  3. May You Be Well
  4. Come Break My Heart Again
  5. Feather
  6. Walk Into A Storm
  7. Time’s Always Leaving
  8. Can’t Be Happy For Long
  9. Between The Lines
  10. Long Way To Go

The Lone Bellow will kick off a tour in support of their new album on September 21 in New York.

TOUR DATES:

Sept 21 – Central Park Summerstage – New York, NY#

Sept 23 – Farm to Fork Festival- Sacramento, CA

Sept 29 – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC ^

Sept 30 – Riverfront Park Concert Series – Lynchburg, VA

Oct 01 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH^

Oct 02 – Opera House – Toronto, ONT^

Oct 03 – El Club – Detroit, MI^

Oct 05 – Lincoln Theatre – Columbus, OH ^

Oct 06 – Dave Finkelman Auditorium – Middletown, OH ^

Oct 07 – Headliners Music Hall – Louisville, KY^

Oct 08 – Deluxe at Old National Center – Indianapolis, IN

Oct 10 – Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL^

Oct 11- Thalia Hall – Chicago, IL^

Oct 13 – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI ^

Oct 14 – The Englert Theatre – Iowa City, IA ^

Oct 15 – Fine Line Music Cafe – Minneapolis, MN ^

Nov 01 – Bijou Theater – Knoxville, TN*

Nov 02 – Variety Playhouse – Atlanta, GA*

Nov 05 – Iron City Birmingham – Birmingham, AL*

Nov 06 – Charleston Music Hall – Charleston, SC*

Nov 07 – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC*

Nov 09 – Haw River Ballroom – Saxapahaw, NC*

Nov 10 – 9:30 Club – Washington D.C.*

Nov 12 – Infinity Hall Hartford – Hartford, CT*

Nov 14 – State Theatre – Portland, ME*

Nov 15 – House of Blues – Boston, MA*

Nov 16 – Higher Ground – South Burlington, VT*

Nov 17 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA*

#Supporting The Head And The Heart

*w/ The Wild Reeds

^w/ Mt. Joy

 

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new music: The National

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The National will release its seventh studio album, Sleep Well Beast [4AD], Friday, September 8, 2017. The beautiful, dark, melancholic, soothing, soaring album was produced by Aaron Dessner with co-production by Bryce Dessner and Matt Berninger and recorded at Aaron’s Hudson Valley, NY studio, Long Pond.

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Sleep Well Beast TRACK LIST:

Nobody Else Will Be There
Day I Die
Walk It Back
The System Only Dreams in Total Darkness
Born to Beg
Turtleneck
Empire Line
I’ll Still Destroy You
Guilty Party
Carin at the Liquor Store
Dark Side of the Gym
Sleep Well Beast

The National is:

Matt Berninger [vocals]
Aaron Dessner [guitar, keyboards]
Bryce Dessner [guitar]
Scott Devendorf [bass]
Bryan Devendorf [drums]

North American Tour Dates:

10/05/17 – Wang Theatre – Boston, MA (SOLD OUT)
10/06/17 – Forest Hills Stadium – New York, NY
10/11/17 – Hollywood Bowl – Los Angeles, CA
10/12/17 – CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre – San Diego, CA
10/14/17 – Greek Theatre – Berkeley, CA
11/27/17 – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall – Portland, OR (SOLD OUT)
11/28/17 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
11/29/17 – Paramount Theatre – Seattle, WA
12/01/17 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA (SOLD OUT)
12/02/17 – Queen Elizabeth Theatre – Vancouver BC, CANADA (SOLD OUT)
12/04/17 – Verizon Hall – Philadelphia, PA (SOLD OUT)
12/07/17 – Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA (SOLD OUT)
12/08/17 – Metropolis – Montreal QC, CANADA (SOLD OUT)
12/09/17 – Sony Centre – Toronto ON, CANADA (SOLD OUT) (SOLD OUT)
12/10/17 – Hamilton Place Theatre – Hamilton ON, CANADA (SOLD OUT)
12/12/17 – Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)
12/13/17 – Civic Opera House – Chicago, IL (SOLD OUT)

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new music: Sparks

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Sparks, Hippopatamus [BMG] out September 8, 2017

–art-pop, glam rock. Cinematic, international, avant-garde, cabaret style art pop/ glam rock from California brothers Ron Mael and Russell Mael. They’ve been around since the 70s. I’d not heard of them. The music reminds me of Wonderstuff and Dresden Dolls. Lots of piano. Varied instrumentation. It’s super creative, fun, daring, edgy.

‘Hippopotamus’ tracklisting:

01. Probably Nothing
02. Missionary Position
03. Edith Piaf (Said It Better Than Me)
04. Scandinavian Design
05. Giddy Giddy
06. What The Hell Is It This Time?
07. Unaware
08. Hippopotamus
09. Bummer
10. I Wish You Were Fun
11. So Tell Me Mrs. Lincoln Aside From That How Was The Play?
12. When You’re A French Director
13. Amazing Mr. Repeat
14. A Little Bit Like Fun
15. Life With The Bacbeths

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fall tour and new album: Gary Numan

 

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Gary Numan will tour North America this fall in support of his 22nd album– Savage (Songs From A Broken World) [BMG]– which will be released on September 15, 2017.  Featuring plenty of dark and fervent electronica beats, the new album is bold, guttural, expansive, provocative, primal and emotional. I could listen to it on repeat for days.

Savage (Songs From A Broken World) Tracklisting:

  1. Ghost Nation
  2. Bed Of Thorns
  3. My Name Is Ruin
  4. The End Of Things
  5. And It All Began With You
  6. When The World Comes Apart
  7. Mercy
  8. What God Intended
  9. Pray For The Pain You Serve
  10. Broken

**vinyl format adds ‘If I Said’ (Track 9) and ‘Cold’ (Track 12) while ‘If I Said’ also features on the deluxe CD (Track 10)

North American Tour Dates:
Nov 15 – The Observatory North Park; San Diego, CA
Nov 16 – Teragram Ballroom; Los Angeles, CA
Nov 17 – The Observatory; Santa Ana, CA
Nov 19 – The Fillmore; San Francisco, CA
Nov 21 – Wonder Ballroom; Portland, OR
Nov 22 – Neptune; Seattle, OR
Nov 23 – The Rickshaw Theatre; Vancouver
Nov 24 – Commonwealth; Calgary
Nov 26 – Pyramid Cabaret; Winnipeg
Nov 28 – First Avenue; Minneapolis, MN
Nov 29 – Thalia Hall; Chicago, IL
Nov 30 – St Andrews Hall; Detroit, IL
Dec 01 – Opera House; Toronto
Dec 04 – Paradise Rock Club; Boston, MA
Dec 06 – Union Transfer; Philadelphia, PA
Dec 07 – Brooklyn Street; Brooklyn, NY
Dec 09 – 9:30 Club; Washington DC
Dec 11 – The Masquerade – Heaven Stage; Atlanta, GA
Dec 12 – Exit / In; Nashville, TN
Dec 14 – Trees; Dallas, TX
Dec 15 – Warehouse Live Studio; Houston, TX
Dec 16 – The Mohawk; Austin, TX

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