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new music and tour dates: K. Flay

Grammy-nominated K. Flay released a new single– “Sister”– with a dark driving beat and uplifting lyrics. It’s from her upcoming album Solutions which is out July 12, 2019. Her music combines analog synths with live bass and guitar, infusing pop, rock, hip-hop, and electronica.

Here’s what the Illinois native had to say about sisterhood: “Being a sister isn’t about gender or DNA. It’s about unselfconscious love. About saying I’M HERE, I LOVE YOU, IT’S OK TO BE YOURSELF, and hearing those words echoed back. Not because you asked for them, but because they’re true. Girls are sisters and boys are sisters. Dads are sisters to their sons. Mothers sisters to their mothers too. I’ve come to understand that family is created. Family is a verb. It’s something you build day by day, sometimes in the hot sun and sometimes when everything is going wrong.”

 

About the album title, Flay said: “The solution to almost every problem is usually really simple. For me, it’s so basic: staying connected to the people I love, taking care of myself the way I’d want my friends to take care of themselves, and doing things I know are going to make me happy – not what social media or strangers or society tells me. So many of my past records were about problems. Right now I’m in a place where I’m looking for some light. Balance is important. Life doesn’t have to be chaotic in order to be meaningful.”

NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
6/7 – Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan
6/10 – Indianapolis, IN – The Vogue
6/12 – Cincinnati, OH – Bogart’s
6/14 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/15 – New Orleans, LA – Howlin’ Wolf
6/16 – Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
6/29 – West Valley City, UT – LOVELOUD Festival
8/2 – West Allis, WI – Wisconsin State Fair
8/3 – Long Beach, CA – Alt 98.7 Summer Camp
8/24 – Cheyenne, WY – Edge Fest
9/3 – Phoenix, AZ – Marquee
9/5 – San Diego, CA – Observatory North Park
9/7 – Oakland, CA – The Fox
9/9 – Vancouver, BC – The Commodore
9/11 – Seattle, WA – SODO
9/13 – Portland, OR – Crystal Ballroom
9/14 – Missoula, MT – The Wilma
9/17 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
9/19 – Chicago, IL – The Riviera Theatre
9/20 – Detroit, MI – The Crofoot
9/21 – Buffalo, NY – Town Ballroom
9/22 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix
9/24 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
9/25 – Boston, MA – Royale
9/26 – Philadelphia, PA – TLA
9/29 – Washington, DC – 930 Club
9/30 – Charlotte, NC – The Fillmore
10/2 – Nashville, TN – Marathon
10/4-6 – Austin City Limits
10/11-13 – Austin City Limits
10/12 – Denver, CO – The Fillmore

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new music: Mae Muller

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North London singer-songwriter Mae Muller reminds me of Lily Allen. She’s edgy and has that speak-sing going on. This new song “Anticlimax” has a grooving beat and a sunny, confident vibes.

Muller said: “Anticlimax is a feel-good song about a not so good situation. I wanted to capture that feeling of disappointment when you’ve liked someone for ages and then you finally end up giving it a go and it’s nothing like what you thought it would be! It all works out in the end though because it made me realise my worth and that I don’t have time for a time waster!”

The 21-year-old gained attention when she posted Rihanna and Frank Ocean covers on Instagram. She’s released two EPs-After Hours and Frankly.

Mae describes music as her weapon: “I won’t write a sad song, I’ll write a bad bitch thing like ‘I’m going to fuck your life up’. It’s my way of feeling strong.”  Very cool.

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SUMMER TOUR: PHANTOGRAM

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Electronic pop duo Phantogram will be on tour late summer. The tour kicks off on August 16 in Reno, Nevada. One dollar from the purchase of each ticket will be donated to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention in honor of Sarah Barthel’s sister who died by suicide.

 

TOUR DATES:

August 16–Reno, NV– Grand Theatre at The Grand Sierra Resort*
August 17–Ogden, UT–Twilight Concert Series*
August 18 –Denver, CO–The Mission Ballroom
August 20–Bellvue, CO–Mishawaka Amphitheatre*
August 22–Council Bluffs, IA– Stir Cove at Harrah’s*
August 23–Kansas City, MO–KC Live!*
August 25–St. Paul, MN– Palace Theatre*
August 27–Madison, WI–The Sylvee*
August 28–Columbus, OH– Express Live!*
August 29– Detroit, MI–The Fillmore*
August 30–Toronto, ON–Rebel*
August 31–Clifton Park, NY–Upstate Concert Hall
September 3–Boston, MA–House of Blues*
September 5–Brooklyn, NY–Kings Theatre
September 6–Washington, D.C.–The Anthem*
September 9–Atlanta, GA–Tabernacle*
September 10–Birmingham, AL–Avondale Brewing Company*
September 12–Houston, TX–White Oak Music Hall*
September 13– Dallas, TX–The Bomb Factory*
September 14– Austin, TX–Stubb’s*
September 16– Phoenix, AZ–The Van Buren*
September 18–San Francisco, CA–Bill Graham Civic Auditorium*
September 20-22–Las Vegas, NV–Life Is Beautiful
* with Bob Moses

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new music: Drab Majesty

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Drab Majesty, the noir synth-pop project of musician Deb Demure and vocalist Mona D, have a new single out from their upcoming album Modern Mirror, which will be released in July 2019. The dark, dreamy and very 80s New Wave “Ellipsis” is a modern interpretation of Ovid’s “Narcissus.”

Modern Mirror  track list:
1. A Dialogue
2. The Other Side
3. Ellipsis
4. Noise of the Void
5. Dolls in the Dark
6. Oxytocin
7. Long Division
8. Out of Sequence

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new music: Star Crawler covers “Pet Sematary”

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Los Angeles rock band Starcrawler, fronted by singer nineteen-year-old Arrow de Wilde, released a cover of the Ramones’ 1989 single “Pet Sematary” for the new film based on Stephen King’s novel, currently in theaters. It’s a raw, energetic rock cover. “Pet Sematary” was recorded by Mark Rankin (Queens of the Stone Age, Adele, Bloc Party, Weezer) and mixed by John Congleton (St. Vincent, Sharon Van Etten).

Starcrawler is:

Henri Cash (guitar)
Austin Smith (drums)
Arrow de Wilde (vocals)
Tim Franco (bass)

Starcrawler will be on tour in May, supporting Beck and Cage the Elephant as well as The Distillers.

TOUR DATES:

5/11 – San Pedro, CA @ Brouwerij West #

5/12 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Catalyst Atrium #

5/13 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s #

5/15 – Eugene, OR @ Sessions Music Hall #

5/21 – Milwaukee, WI @ Pabst Theatre ^

5/22 – Chicago, IL @ Metro ^

5/24 – Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall ^

5/25 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre ^

5/26 – Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre ^

5/28 – Boston, MA @ Royale ^

5/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel ^

5/31 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club ^

6/1 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer ^

6/2 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle ^

6/4 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement East ^

6/12 – 6/15 – Bergen, Norway @ Bergenfest

6/17 – Gothenburg, Sweden @ Pustervik

6/18 – Malmo, Sweden @ Plan B

6/19 – Hamburg, Germany @ Nochtwache

6/22 – Vitoria, Spain @ Azkena Rocks Festival

6/25 – Guildford, UK @ Boileroom

6/26 – London, UK @ The Dome

6/27 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy 3

6/28 – Leeds, UK @ Hyde Park Book Club

6/30 – Norwich, UK @ Arts Centre

7/2 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Upstairs @ Paradiso

7/3 – Cologne, Germany @ MTC Club

7/4 – 7/7 – Belfort, France @ Les Eurockéennes Festival

7/11 – Ridgefield, WA @ Sunlight Supply Amphitheater *

7/13 – George, WA @ The Gorge *

7/16 – Mountain View, CA @ Shoreline Amphitheater *

7/17 – Irvine, CA @ Five Point Amphitheater *

7/19 – Las Vegas, NV @ Park Theater *

7/20 – Chula Vista, CA @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre *

7/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ Ak-Chin Pavilion *

7/23 – Denver, CO @ Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater *

# w/ Death Valley Girls

^ w/ The Distillers

* w/ Beck, Cage The Elephant, Spoon

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new music and tour dates: Cage the Elephant

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Set to release its fifth album Social Cues on April 19, 2019, Cage The Elephant and Beck will co-headline their “The Night Running Tour” in North America this summer. Spoon will open all dates with additional support from Starcrawler, Sunflower Bean and Wild Belle in select cities.

here’s the band’s new single, “Goodbye:”

The GRAMMY®-winning, Nashville-based band is: vocalist Matt Shultz (vocals), Brad Shultz (rhythm guitar), Jared Champion (drums), bassist Daniel Tichenor, Nick Bockrath (lead guitar) and Matthan Minster (keyboards).

TOUR DATES:

May 4 – Atlanta, GA at Shaky Knees Music Festival

July 11 – Ridgefield, WA at Sunlight Supply Amphitheater*^

July 13 – George, WA at The Gorge*^

July 16 – Mountain View, CA at Shoreline Amphitheater*^

July 17 – Irvine, CA at Five Point Amphitheater*^

July 19 – Las Vegas, NV at Park Theater*^

July 20 – Chula Vista,CA at North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre*^

July 21 – Phoenix, AZ at Ak-Chin Pavilion*^

July 23 – Denver, CO at Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater*^

July 26 – Austin, TX at Austin 360 Amphitheater*#

July 27 – Dallas, TX at The Dos Equis Pavilion*#

July 28 – Houston, TX at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion*#

July 30 – St. Louis, MO at Hollywood Casino Amphitheater*#

July 31 – Chicago, IL at Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island*#

August 2 – Cincinnati, OH at Riverbend Music Center*#

August 3 – Detroit, MI at DTE Energy Music Theater*#

August 4 – Indianapolis, IN at Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center*#

August 11 – Toronto, ON at Budweiser Stage*&

August 12 – Saratoga Springs, NY at Saratoga Performing Arts Center*&

August 13 – Darien Center, NY at Darien Lake Amphitheater*&

August 15 – Mansfield, MA at Xfinity Center*&

August 16 – Gilford, NH at Bank of New Hampshire*&

August 17 – New York, NY at Forest Hill Stadium*

August 20 – Holmdel, NJ at PNC Bank Arts Center*&

August 21 – Camden, NJ at BB&T Pavilion*&

August 22 – Columbia, MD at Merriweather Post Pavilion*&

August 24 – Raleigh, NC at Coastal Credit Union Music Park*&

August 25 – Charlotte, NC at PNC Music Pavilion*&

August 27 – Birmingham, AL at Oak Mountain Amphitheatre*&

August 29 – Tampa, FL at MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre*&

August 30 – West Palm Beach, FL at Coral Sky Amphitheatre*&

* co-headlining with Beck, with special guest Spoon

^ with Starcrawler

# with Wild Belle

& with Sunflower Bean

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new music: Minke

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“Too Late” is from London singer/songwriter Minke’s debut EP The Tearoom. Actress/comedian/director Aisha Tyler directed the video which stars (very cute!) actor Jean-Luc Bilodeau from ABC Family’s Baby Daddy.

Minke said: “Songwriting is my therapy. It’s what I’ve done since I first picked up a guitar when I was eleven. It’s the only thing that makes me feel better, so it’s what I do. When people listen to the Tearoom, I hope they get whatever they need from it. It could be reassurance or someone to identify with. That’s what makes me happy. It’s all I can do.”

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