Monday, August 31, 2009


"Philip Guston" from Vic Chesnutt's latest album, "At the Cut," due out Sept 22 on Constellation Records:


“Chesnutt writes intimate, Southern-flavored story songs that are at once crude and elegant; beautiful and gruesome; joyful and sad.”—NPR’s “Weekend Edition”

“When wheelchair-bound Vic Chesnutt spikes his soul-crushing songs with a wicked grin, he somehow gives discomfort a powerful allure.”—SPIN

This fall Vic Chesnutt will embark on a six-week North American tour in support of At the Cut, the Athens, GA-based singer-songwriter’s latest effort. The touring band features Fugazi’s Guy Picciotto and members of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and Silver Mt. Zion, all of whom collaborated with Chesnutt on the new album which is out September 22 on Constellation Records. At the Cut is the follow-up to North Star Deserter, Chesnutt’s 2007 collaborative recording with the same group, lauded by SPIN for “[turning] chronic disquiet into disturbingly palpable dread-folk” and Pitchfork for “[sounding] like a return to the dark woods after years in the city.” Please see reverse for a complete list of tour dates.

Recorded by former Arcade Fire member Howard Bilerman at Montreal’s Hotel2Tango studio, At the Cut focuses on themes of cowardice, courage, mortality, tenacity, defiance, mourning and memory. The opening track, “Coward,” was originally written for director (and Chesnutt collaborator) Jem Cohen’s Empires of Tin and premiered in a live performance by Chesnutt and his band at the 2007 Vienna Film Festival. Reflecting the broad stylistic range of contributors on the album, the songs on At the Cut span the musical spectrum from classic Vic Chesnutt solo acoustic tracks to the sweeping walls of noise and snarling, angular guitars trademarked by his many collaborators. To be made available on CD and LP, the album’s artwork features original and found photography by Jem Cohen.

In the 19 years since Chesnutt’s debut album, he has made his mark by collaborating with a wide range of artists including Michael Stipe, Lambchop, Bill Frisell, Elephant Six mainstays Elf Power, Widespread Panic and the Cowboy Junkies. Hailing from rural Georgia and confined to a wheelchair since an automobile accident at the age of 18, Chesnutt has released 15 critically acclaimed records; been covered by a number of artists on the tribute album Sweet Relief II: Gravity of the Situation including R.E.M., the Smashing Pumpkins, Madonna and Sparklehorse; was the subject of the 1992 PBS documentary Speed Racer and appeared in the Oscar Award-winning film Sling Blade.


October 23 Mavericks Ottawa, ON

October 24 Ukranian Federation Hall Montreal, QC

October 25 Sommerville Theater Cambridge, MA

October 26 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY

October 27 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY

October 28 First Unitarian Church Philadelphia, PA

October 29 Ottobar Baltimore, MD

October 30 Black Cat Washington, DC

October 31 The Soapbox Wilmington, NC

November 1 The EARL Atlanta, GA

November 2 40 Watt Club Athens, GA

November 4 Southgate House Newport, KY

November 5 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL

November 6 Detroit Institute of Arts Detroit, MI

November 7 Lee’s Palace Toronto, ON

November 19 Cedar Cultural Center Minneapolis, MN

November 20 West End Cultural Centre Winnipeg, MB

November 21 Amigo’s Saskatoon, SK

November 22 McDougall United Church Edmonton, AB

November 23 Knox United Church Calgary, AB

November 25 Richards on Richards Vancouver, BC

November 26 Lucky Bar Victoria, BC

November 27 Crocodile Seattle, WA

November 28 Mississippi Studios Portland, OR

November 30 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA

December 1 The Regent Los Angeles, CA

December 2 Club Congress Tucson, AZ

December 4 Hailey’s Denton, TX

December 5 Central Presbyterian Church Austin, TX

Wednesday, August 19, 2009







August 19, 2009 -- In honor of the legacy of the late Les Paul, immergent Records will be offering five free downloads from the very last official CD that featured the playing of Les Paul - LES PAUL AND FRIENDS-A TRIBUTE TO A LEGEND beginning on the same day as his memorial service in Waukesha, Wisconsin. After a funeral service Wednesday in New York City, Paul will be buried at a private ceremony on Friday, August 21, at the Prairie Home Cemetery in his hometown of Waukesha, WI. There will be a free public tribute and viewing from 10am to 2pm CT at Discovery World in Milwaukee. While other members of Paul’s family are buried in this cemetery, his plot will be larger and separate to allow for the public to easily visit. On Friday, the museum will also host a screening of Les Paul’s final Wisconsin concert, at Milwaukee’s Pabst Theater from 2008, and the guitar he used every week at the Iridium Jazz Club in New York City will also be on display.

The free downloads will be available from the immergent Les Paul Tribute site at starting at 12:01am ET Friday, August 21 and will continue through the weekend until Midnight PT Sunday, August 23.

In addition to the songs, fans can also leave their own tribute on the website as well as stream the album and listen to The Les Paul Radio Program, a tribute special produced by music historian Denny Somach, which originally aired last year when the album was first released. This program includes a stunning cover of U2's "All I Ever Want Is You," a brand new recording by Slash, and “The Good Luck You’re Having,” a mesmerizing blues performance with Les trading licks with guitar virtuoso Joe Bonamassa (named Best Blues Guitarist by Guitar Player magazine. Also included is a rundown of some of the top rock songs that feature the Les Paul guitar from Led Zeppelin, Cream, Jeff Beck, Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, Guns & Roses, ZZ Top and more.

Originally released September 30, 2008, LES PAUL AND FRIENDS-A TRIBUTE TO A LEGEND is a fitting honor to the genre-crossing icon with an eclectic collection of musicians spanning the musical spectrum. From the hard hitting thunder of Joe Bonamassa’s blues-shredding guitar, to the fluid, ethereal, guitar groove provided by Slash, this CD covers the gamut of guitar and recording techniques. Superb music performances are also turned in by , Richie Sambora, Joe Perry, Peter Frampton, Jeff Golub, as well as vocalists Joan Osborne, Edgar Winter, Mick Hucknall from Simply Red, Johnny Rzeznik, Lisa Fischer, and many others. Notably, Les Paul himself plays alongside his protégés on several tracks. For all of his amazing accomplishments, Les Paul might be best known to the current generation as the name atop the headstock of the world’s most popular electric guitar, the Gibson Les Paul. What they likely do not know about the man behind the infamous name is that without Les Paul, the modern world of recording as we know it would never have existed. In addition to his status as one of the greatest jazz guitar virtuosos, Les Paul is responsible for inventing the multi-track recording process, the reverb and delay effects, and the solid body electric guitar itself. Paul’s contributions have forever changed the landscape of music and defined the sound of Rock ‘N Roll. This CD serves as a tribute, not only to the man, but also to these techniques that Les Paul invented, as well as to the Les Paul guitar and the inspiration he provided to the many guests that appear on this recording.

Here are the five free download songs which will be available this weekend:

“The Good Luck You're Having” featuring Joe Bonamassa and Les Paul

“The Walls Came Tumbling Down” featuring Hiram Bullock and Les Paul

“I Don't Want Be With Nobody But You” featuring Joan Osborne and Les Paul

“All I Want Is You” featuring Johnny Rzeznik, Peter Frampton and Les Paul

“Slipping Into Darkness” featuring Lisa Fischer and Les Paul



BYO Records and Youth Brigade Announce 'Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records'

31-Track Box Set w/90 Minute Documentary Out 9/22, Youth Brigade Fall Tour and National Film Screenings

BYO Records (Better Youth Organization), the seminal Southern California punk label, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with the release of 'Let Them Know: The Story of Youth Brigade and BYO Records.' On September 22, the label will release a box set containing a 31-track double LP, a 90-minute documentary on the history and importance of Youth Brigade and the BYO label, and a full-color, hardcover book containing photos and essays. The set will also be available as a CD/DVD package with booklet; the music will be sold at digital retailers as well.

BYO was formed in 1982 by Mark and Shawn Stern of the band Youth Brigade as an outgrowth of their legendary LA club Godzilla's. BYO's debut release, 'Someone Got Their Head Kicked In,' captured the energy coming out of the exploding SoCal punk scene and included early songs from Bad Religion, Social Distortion, SNFU and Adolescents. On the 'Let Them Know' release, punk icons such as Leatherface, Ch3, 7 Seconds, Subhumans, NoFX, Bouncing Souls, Dropkick Murphys, Pennywise, Anti-Flag and many others cover songs from the extensive BYO Records catalog. Each band appearing on the album chose their favorite song from the catalog; all were recorded for 'Let Them Know' over the past two years.

The full-length documentary in the 'Let Them Know' box set was directed by Jeff Alulis ('Do You Remember? 15 Years of the Bouncing Souls,' 'NOFX Backstage Passport'). It will premiere in Los Angeles 9/10 and will screen across the country, dates listed below.

View the trailer here:
Let Them Know documentary exclusive North American screenings:
9/10 - Los Angeles, CA - Ricardo Montalban Theatre - Premiere
9/10 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre (all ages/$5, 8pm)
9/15 - Bowling Green, KY - Western KY University * 9/16 - Asbury Park, NJ - Showroom Theater (8PM) 9/16 - Philadelphia, PA - 941 Theater (8PM and 10PM, $7)
9/17 - Nashville, TN - Vanderbilt University * 9/17 - Winnipeg, MB - War On Music
9/18 - Alexandria, LA - Arts Council of Central Louisiana *
9/20 - Mobile, AL - Mobile Arts Council *
9/21 - Montgomery, AL - Capri Theatre *
9/22 - Jackson, MS - Millsaps College *
9/23 - Clemson, SC - Clemson University *
9/24 - Cullowhee, NC - Western Carolina University * 9/25 - Durham, NC - Duke University *
9/27 Toronto, ON - Trash Palace (Q&A w/Youth Brigade 6PM)
10/01/09 Edmonton, AB - Metro Cinema

* - For more information, visit

FRENCH MIAMI - pretty much everywhere!

FRENCH MIAMI - pretty much everywhere!


"San Francisco trio French Miami folds a lot of influences into its scrappy postpunk, from wiry hardcore to sprawling psych-fury." Time Out Chicago

The band are out on the road for their most extensive tour yet!

If you haven’t heard French Miami yet, enjoy your last few minutes of peace. Once their songs get inside your head, they start a permanent loop and you will wake up and go to bed singing along. The only way out of this musical addiction is sleep deprivation.

French Miami’s raucous live shows use rock music structures to hold together more technical musical ideas. Jagged guitars, pulsing synths, and precise stop-start rhythms launch seductive refrains that have forced the crowd’s feet off the floors in post-punk singalong deliriums from SXSW to CMJ. The first time you catch their live show you might be shocked to discover there’s no bassist as their ménage a guitar-synth takes the low end as far as it can go with the head-nodding precision of a mathematical equation.

How is this possible? It helps that they’re multi-taskers. Onstage, French Miami show off the technical cred behind their sound by moving non-stop and playing an average of two instruments apiece, usually at the same time. Singer Jason Heiselmann slides effortlessly between baritone guitar and keyboards while delivering vocal melodies in memorable strands too gritty to be called pop, too irresistibly catchy not to be. Multi-instrumentalist Roland Curtis is usually playing a guitar with one hand and a synth with the other with freakish proficiency. Meanwhile, drummer Chris Crawford does precisely what a drummer should do by anchoring their sound in a minimalist beat, knowing when to let loose and when not to.

This was no easy live show to wrangle onto a record, but French Miami knew the right man for the job. Phil Manley (Trans Am, Fucking Champs) committed their self-titled debut - a unique blend of prog, post-punk, and synth-art rock - to eternity. The album waxes nostalgic on anthemic 90s sounds from Archers of Loaf and Trans Am, tastes the angular grooves of Battles and Holy Fuck, and throws in the earnestness of the Boss and Fugazi to balance the sweet with the sour. The result is terse, jagged rhythms fueled by great hooks fulfilled in noisy abandon.

"San Fran psychopaths craft skull-collapsing post-punk, wiry (and Wire-y) guitars twitching over steady chugging rhythms." - Rolling Stone

"Having the traditional two arms doesn't restrict French Miami from showing off by pounding their heaving math-rock intricacy through two instruments at once. Each. Inevitably, the local musos cream themselves at such a sight, but this trio have the ability to get you throwing plenty of irregular shapes on the dancefloor too." - NME

"Their electric kool-aid post-punk is stilted by Telecasters winding up the same kind of prickly riffs that bands like Battles and Fiasco usually turn into proggy freak outs, but instead of going all aggro, French Miami end up sounding like a Guy Picciotto band that wouldn't need SPF1000 at the beach." - RCRD LBL

Tour Dates:

08/19 – Ronny's Bar - Chicago, IL
08/20 – Daytrotter – Rock Island, IL
08/24 – Detroit, MI @ PJ’s Lager House
08/25 – Southgate House – Newport, KY
08/26 – The Happy Dog - Cleveland, OH
08/27 – Annabells - Akron, OH
08/28 – Death By Audio - Brooklyn, NY
09/01 – M Room – Philadelphia, PA
09/06 – The Cake Shop - New York, NY
09/07 – The Red and Black - Washington, DC
09/08 – The Cave – Chapel Hill, NC
09/10 – Nashville, TN @ TBA
09/11 – The Birdhouse – Knoxville, TN
09/12 – New Orleans, LA @ TBA
09/14 – Houston, TX @ TBA
09/15 – The Mohawk - Austin, TX
09/16 – Dallas, TX @ TBA
09/18 – The Derailed Saloon – Durango, CO
09/19 – Ska World Headquarters – Durango, CO
09/23 – Hotel Congress – Tucson, AZ
09/24 – Phoenix, AZ @ TBA
09/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ TBA
09/27 – Long Beach, CA @ TBA
09/28 - San Diego, CA @ TBA
09/29 – Jose’s Underground – Monterey, CA
09/30 - Sacramento, CA
10/01 – Fresno, CA @ TBA
10/02 - San Francisco, CA @ TBA

Califone Tour Dates Announced!

August 19, 2009: Tour Dates Announced!
We're pleased to announce the first leg of the All My Friends Are Funeral Singers U.S. tour featuring rock concerts and live soundtrack film performances showcasing the project's feature length movie. Check the shows section for details!

10-10 Chicago, IL - Museum of Contemporary Art #
10-11 Chicago, IL - Museum of Contemporary Art #
10-13 Pittsburgh, PA - Andy Warhol Museum #
10-14 Cleveland, OH - Beachland Ballroom #
10-15 Buffalo, NY - Mohawk Place
10-16 Ithaca, NY - Cornell Cinema #
10-17 Montreal, Quebec - Ukrainian Federation #
10-20 Northampton, MA - Iron Horse Music Hall #
10-21 Portland, ME - Space #
10-22 Cambridge, MA - Brattle Theater #
10-23 New York, NY - 92Y Tribeca #
10-24 Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
10-25 Washington, DC - Rock and Roll Hotel
10-26 Charlottesville, VA - The Southern #
10-27 Atlanta, GA - The Earl
10-28 Birmingham, AL - WorkPlay Theatre #
10-30 Bloomington, IN - Bear's Place #

# Film performance


Photo Credit: Henry Diltz


WHO: Acclaimed musician/songwriter/author Ryan Adams
WHAT: Opening of first major exhibition of original paintings
WHERE: Morrison Hotel Gallery, 313 Bowery, NYC
WHEN: Sept 23, 2009

Critically lauded songwriter Ryan Adams will debut a new collection of his original paintings and mixed media collages at the Morrison Hotel Gallery's Bowery space on September 23. Adams, best known for his output as a musician, has been quietly developing as a similarly gifted visual artist for years. Three weeks prior to the opening, Adams will become Morrison Hotel Gallery's first artist in residence, creating additional canvases in the front of the gallery to be auctioned off at the opening. Proceeds from the auction will go to benefit the Housing Works Bookstore Cafe, a nonprofit organization committed to ending the twin crises of AIDS and homelessness.

About Morrison Hotel Gallery
Founded in 2001 by former record company executive and producer Peter Blachley, former independent record store-owner Rich Horowitz, and music photographer Henry Diltz, The Morrison Hotel Gallery has grown to become the major brand in fine art music photography. With already thriving locations in Soho in NYC, Los Angeles, CA, The Bowery in NYC and the Americana Manhasset on Long Island, NY, MHG has opened its fifth location in Del Mar, CA.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Gov't Mule - 'By A Thread'

Gov't Mule is proud to announce that their latest record, 'By A Thread' is set for an October 27th release through Evil Teen Records. Their first studio album in three years, 'By A Thread' finds the Mule, lead guitarist and frontman Warren Haynes, drummer Matt Abts, keyboardist Danny Louis, and bassist Jorgen Carlsson, adding a newfound shot of soul to their classic power-band sound. The band is currently on short break between legs of a massive worldwide tour, which will resume September 9th in Salt Lake City. A full list of dates is below.

'By A Thread' was recorded largely in the Texas Hill Country at Willie Nelson's Pedernales Studio in 2009, the album's origins are apparent from the first track, "Broke Down On The Brazos," named after the nearby river, with a deep Texas stomp for the backbeat and featuring what Rolling Stone recently called "an incendiary duel with ZZ Top's Billy Gibbons." Perhaps less descriptively named, "Steppin' Lightly" is another burner, set off by the soulful vocals and mind-bending guitar work of Haynes, who proves anew why Rolling Stone named him one of the Top 25 guitarists of all time, and why he was voted Best Rock Guitarist in Guitar Player Magazine's 2009 Reader's Poll.

Gov't Mule has had over 2 million paid song downloads through their site MuleTracks and released nearly a dozen acclaimed and bestselling albums while emerging as a major touring force, routinely headlining pavilions, theaters, and festivals.


Sep 9 2009 The Depot Salt Lake City, Utah
Sep 10 2009 Gallatin County Fairgrounds Bozeman, Montana
Sep 11 2009 The Showbox SoDo Seattle, Washington
Sep 12 2009 Britt Pavilion Jacksonville, Oregon
Sep 13 2009 Crystal Ballroom Portland, Oregon
Sep 14 2009 Van Duzer Theatre Arcata, California
Sep 17 2009 Hawkins Amphitheatre Reno, Nevada
Sep 18 2009 House of Blues San Diego, California
Sep 19 2009 Fox Theatre Bakersfield, California
Sep 20 2009 House of Blues Anaheim, California
Sep 23 2009 Club Nokia Los Angeles, California
Sep 24 2009 Majestic Ventura Theatre Ventura, California
Sep 25 2009 The Warfield San Francisco, California
Sep 26 2009 The Warfield San Francisco, California
Oct 31 2009 Tower Theatre Philadelphia, PA

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Wax Tailor Announces Third Album "In The Mood For Life" and US Tour

Wax Tailor Announces Third Album "In The Mood For Life" and US Tour

Wax Tailor's first album “Tales of the Forgotten Melodies” drew comparisons to the likes of RJD2, Portishead and DJ Shadow, while his second “Hope & Sorrow” (80,000 sold worldwide) landed him a nomination at the prestigious Victoires de la Musique, as well as the US Indie Awards. France's Wax Tailor is currently coming off a year which saw him tour relentlessly (over 200 concerts) and score the title track for the movie “Paris” by Cedric Klapisch.

Fueled by the energy of relentless touring he has written his third and best album to date “In the Mood for Life”. Written in both Paris and New York City, this necromancer of forgotten melodies is able to blend Soul, Funk, Hip-Hop, and 60's Pop Music into a 52 minute journey. You can join in on his journey when he comes to the US for 12 live dates around the country this October (dates below).

Out on Le Plan Music
Digital Release Date: September 22, 2009
Physical Release Date: October 27,2009

Wax Tailor masters the art of reinventing oneself, and although his signature sound is immediately identifiable, a style oft compared to melancholic melodies reminiscent of The Cocteau Twins blended with a delicate balance of Hip-Hop seldom seen these days, this new album establishes a true evolution both in terms of production and song writing. String instruments, which were once just extras, now assume a more prominent role ("Dry Your Eyes"," Go Without Me"), and where genres once crossed path from one track to another, they now collide within a track ("This Train", "Fireflies"). The resulting sound is denser, more organic and the song writing more finely chiseled.

With the opening notes, the mood sets the stage. Wax Tailor is now the conductor of melodies, the director of an aural movie whose urban roots meet the perfect casting. Throughout this album, he appropriates a multitude of references with a very personal touch. His music is beyond genres and defies categorization, it is a modern brand of pop music, designed with a rigor and an expertise that betrays the love this artist puts into his craft.

Click HERE for a free download of the first single off the album "Say Yes (feat ASM)". Check the video for this hot track below....

US Tour Dates
Friday October 2, 2009 - New York @ Blender Theater at Gramercy
Saturday October 3, 2009 - Boston @ Great Scott
Tuesday October 6, 2009 - Philadelphia @ Johnny Brendas
Thursday October 8, 2009 - Washingston, DC @ DC9
Friday October 9, 2009 - Montreal @ Jazz All Year Round
Saturday October 10, 2009 - Toronto @ Drake
Monday October 12, 2009 - Chicago @ Schubas
Tuesday October 13, 2009 - Seattle @ Nectar
Wednesday October 14, 2009 - Portland @ Hawthorne Theater
Friday October 16, 2009 - San Francisco @ Slim’s
Saturday October 17, 2009 - Los Angeles @ Troubadour
Sunday October 18, 2009 - San Diego @ Casbah

Wednesday, August 12, 2009


Last week the Swell Season made a trip down to DC for a Tiny Desk Concert at NPR. If you've never been to a TDC, they're quite a sight. They're literally filmed at the desk of NPR's Bob Boilen and though Glen admitted he'd never held down a desk job before, he and Marketa were totally in their element, performing seven songs mostly from the new album, and even playing the first-ever Tiny Desk encore!

Here is what NPR had to say about the performance: "From quietly mournful sing-alongs to Van Morrison-esque thrill rides, the whole thing doesn't so much satisfy expectations as feed them further." Watch it here:

The new Swell Season album 'Strict Joy,' is out Oct 27 on Anti-.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Michael Jackson Documentary Film "The Trial And Triumph Of The King Of Pop" Debuts on Video-on-Demand Throughout The US

RockCity Entertainment, Elbow Grease Productions,and MVD Visual are pleased to announce the debut of Michael Jackson - The Trial and Triumph of The King of Popon cable and internet Video-on-Demand (VOD) platforms across North American in up to 50 million homes. Over 100 operators and digital destinations are offering the film including, Apple iTunes, Amazon VOD, Charter, Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon FiOS.

The documentary raises and debunks the various charges, trials, and conspiracies surrounding Michael over the last 17 years. The film features director/hostess Pearl Jr. talking to dozens of Michael's fans and interviews with Michael's trial lawyer Tom Mesereau as well as his brother Jermaine Jackson. Also included are celebrity well wishers Kanye West, Billy Gibbons (ZZ Top), Jon Voight, Fantasia, Mo'Nique, Aphrodite Jones and Linda Deutsch. The film also features Michael's final riveting press conference in London in March of 2009.

Even in death, Michael Jackson is the world's biggest superstar, but his achievements almost came crashing down during his child molestation trials. This film goes behind the scenes of those sometimes chaotic and outrageous trials. MJ's fans all over the world always believed his innocence.

Wilson Ebiye, President and CEO of Rock City Entertainment states, "Michael Jackson was the greatest entertainer of all time. We want to help preserve his legacy of love and kindness that is evident in his music. Our goal with The Trial and Triumph of The King of Pop was to clearly establish the fact that Michael was found not guilty of child molestation in a court of law. The King of Pop will continue to live through his music."

Long considered one of rock/pop's biggest stars, Jackson first rose to prominence as a member of the Jackson 5, before launching a massively successful solo career, which culminated in one of the biggest-selling blockbuster albums of all-time, 1983's Thriller, which spawned such hit singles/videos as "Billie Jean," "Beat It," and the title track. Jackson was on the comeback trail at the time of his passing, as multiple dates of proposed Jackson performances at London's 02 Arena had sold out.

Director Pearl Jr. noted, "Elbow Grease Productions is continuing on the same path as before the death of the King of Pop. We have always believed the world deserves to know the true facts in the cases against Michael Jackson... that mission will continue."



Los Angeles, CA - August 10, 2009. New Jersey's The Gaslight Anthem have announced additional tour dates for their Fall 2009 North American headline tour, including stops in New York City, Boston, Chicago, Nashville, Atlanta, Charlotte, Rochester and a second date in Los Angeles.

The Gaslight Anthem have been become one of rock music's most celebrated acts, thanks to their heartfelt soul-inflected rock that distills influences as varied as Tom Petty, The Clash and Otis Redding. Their charismatic live performances have gained them further attention following standout performances at this year's Coachella, Glastonbury, Sasquatch, Lollapalooza and Fuji Rock festivals.

Since the release of of their second full-length, THE '59 SOUND, in August of last year, the band has received accolades from the likes of Pitchfork, National Public Radio, SPIN, The New York Times and Rolling Stone, not to mention critical acclaim overseas from NME, Kerrang!, Exclaim!, VISIONS, Rock Sound, Big Cheese and Q Magazine. The band just won "Best International Newcomer" at the annual Kerrang! Awards, and has graced the covers of Alternative Press, Kerrang! and Rock Sound as well.

Gaslight's headline Fall tour features Murder By Death as direct support, with the tour's lineup rounded out by a rotating group of great artists: The Loved Ones, Jesse Malin, Frank Turner, Broadway Calls, Ninja Gun and The Measure (SA).


Sept 8: Mr. Small's @ Pittsburgh 

Sept 9: Bogart's @ Cincinnati 

Sept 10: Pop's @ St. Louis 

Sept 11: Sokol Auditorium @ Omaha 

Sept 13: Ogden Theater @ Denver 

Sept 16: House of Blues @ San Diego 

Sept 17: Henry Fonda Theater @ Los Angeles

Sept 18: Avalon @ Los Angeles
Sept 20: The Fillmore @ San Francisco 

Sept 22: Berbati's Pan @ Portland 

Sept 23: Showbox @ Seattle 

Sept 24: Commodore Ballroom @ Vancouver BC 

Sept 26: Edmonton Event Centre @ Edmonton 

Sept 27: MacEwan Ballroom @ Calgary 

Sept 29: Riddell Centre @ Regina 

Oct 1: Garrick Centre @ Winnipeg 

Oct 3: The Cabooze @ Minneapolis 

Oct 4: Turner Hall @ Milwaukee 

Oct 5: The Intersection @ Grand Rapids MI
Oct 6: St. Andrew's Hall @ Detroit 

Oct 7: Water Street Music Hall @ Rochester NY
Oct 12: Town Ballroom @ Buffalo NY 

Oct 13: Kool Haus @ Toronto ON 

Oct 15: Terminal 5 @ New York City
Oct 17: House of Blues @ Boston
Oct 18: The Trocadero @ Philadelphia 

Oct 21: The National @ Richmond VA 

Oct 22: 9:30 Club @ Washington DC 

Oct 23: Mercy Lounge @ Nashville
Oct 24: Masquerade @ Atlanta
Oct 25: Tremont Music Hall @ Charlotte NC
Oct 26: Newport Music Hall @ Columbus
Oct 27: House of Blues @ Chicago

Monday, August 10, 2009




“Fiery guitars, dark jams: Africa’s best new band.”—Rolling Stone

“African electric rock, unconcerned with boundaries.”—New York Times

BLK JKS’ highly anticipated full-length debut After Robots will be released September 8 on Secretly Canadian. Pre-order for the release, which begins today at Secretly Canadian mail order and at participating stores, includes a poster and a free digital download of the MYSTERY remix 12” tracks (please see link below). BLK JKS, whose recent concert is described by the Los Angeles Times as “one of the most explosive and genuinely thrilling shows L.A. has seen in a very long time,” will embark on a national tour in support of After Robots. (Please see below for a schedule of confirmed performances; more dates will be announced shortly.)

Exclusive first listen of the song “Banna Ba Modimo” is available at

Following the March release of their MYSTERY EP and return appearance at South by Southwest, South Africa’s BLK JKS are receiving critical praise from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, SPIN, The New Yorker, Washington Post, LA Weekly, Time Out New York, New York Daily News and Under the Radar, among others. Amidst all this critical praise the essence of BLK JKS’ music—a collision of township blues, fringe jazz and renegade dub, heard via the lens of prog—shines through. Music from Africa has never sounded like this, as BLK JKS bring the concept of afro-futurism into a new century.

After Robots was recorded January in Bloomington, IN as BLK JKS traded a South African summer for winter in America and burrowed in for marathon recording sessions of one live take after the next. Brandon Curtis of Secret Machines returned to join the band at the controls and Hypnotic Brass Ensemble appears on several tracks with the swagger of aggressive horn stabs, but throughout After Robots is an original BLK JKS affair—a distinctly South African vision of rock’s global travel and the possibility of what it can sound like from here on out.

BLK JKS first came to the U.S. in the spring of 2008 after a chance meeting with über-producer Diplo while he was on tour in South Africa. The band’s appearance on the cover of the Fader, as well as highly acclaimed sets at South by Southwest, sparked recording sessions at New York’s famed Electric Lady studios that resulted in the MYSTERY EP. They have gone on to share stages in North America and Europe with a celebrated and disparate array of artists including Femi Kuti, Santigold, Dirty Projectors, Michael Franti and Cody Chesnutt; they have played Sasquatch and Soweto Arts Festival; and drummer Tshepang Ramoba has been celebrated by Billboard as “the best musician” at SXSW.
BLK JKS consists of childhood friends Lindani Buthelezi and Mpumi Mcata who grew up on the same block in Johannesburg’s East Rand where they taught themselves guitar. After the band’s current lineup took shape with the addition of bassist Molefi Makananise and drummer Tshepang Ramoba, both of Soweto, they embarked on a schedule of heavy touring throughout South Africa that earned them a loyal national following.

Pre-order link:

BLK JKS Tour Dates

September 8 New York, NY S.O.B.’s

September 18 Urbana, IL The Canopy Club—Pygmalion Festival

September 19 Madison, WI The Stage Door—Forward Music Festival

September 20 Chicago, IL Bottom Lounge

September 21 Chicago, IL The Hideout

September 22 Pontiac, MI The Pike Room

September 24 Minneapolis, MN Global Roots Festival

September 26 Bloomington, IN Lotus Festival

September 29 Washington, D.C. Black Cat

ATP New York 2009 Final Acts Announced Black Moth Super Rainbow, Birds of Avalon, Hopewell, and Menomena added! Bob Mould now performing with No Age

ATP New York 2009 Final Acts Announced

Black Moth Super Rainbow, Birds of Avalon, Hopewell, and Menomena added!

Bob Mould now performing with No Age

Festival Set For Sept 11-13, co-curated by The Flaming Lips

Limited Single Day Tickets Now On Sale:
Friday single day pass is $75 + booking fee
Saturday or Sunday single day passes are $95 + booking fee

Weekend passes are $235 + booking fee

All rooms at Kutsher’s are now sold out. A limited number of rooms are still available at the nearby Raleigh Resort.

Bus travel is now on sale, including day tripper passes and weekend passes with accommodation + bus travel. Details at

All Tomorrow’s Parties (ATP) is happy to announce its return to Kutsher’s Country Club in Monticello, New York for the 2nd annual ATP New York festival. The event will be held Sept 11-13, 2009. Expect more of the same greatness in 2009, with no-holds-barred programming both musically and otherwise. Capacity limited to just 2800 people! All stages are INDOORS so rain will not be an issue!
Last year’s festival, co-curated by My Bloody Valentine, was a critical and cultural success with rave reviews from media and fans. This year’s Fest will be co-curated by The Flaming Lips.

Friday will feature the first New York show in a long time by The Jesus Lizard and ATP favourites Iron and Wine. Panda Bear will also have exclusive performance on Friday. Please note this was initially scheduled for Saturday, and Saturday ticket holders will have the option to switch to Friday if they so choose. They will join the Don’t Look Back shows also taking place on Friday: The Feelies performing Crazy Rhythms, New York’s finest Suicide performing their first LP, Dirty Three performing Ocean Songs and The Drones performing Wait Long By The River... The evening will be rounded off with the Comedy Stage hosted and curated by the one and only David Cross. Eugene Mirman, Jon Glaser and Jon Benjamin (The Fuggedabuddies), and Derrick Brown and the Navy Gravy will all be performing on the comedy stage.

Saturday is curated by ATP will feature performances by Sufjan Stevens, Animal Collective, Shellac, Circulatory System, and Grouper. Other confirmed acts include Boss Hog, Deerhunter, Bridezilla, Melvins, Black Dice, Dead Meadow, Autolux, EL-P, Akron Family, Antipop Consortium, Atlas Sound and the hotly tipped Sleepy Sun.

Sunday is curated by the outlandish Flaming Lips. Every act that plays will perform an exclusive special show, bespoke for this event. New additions to Sunday’s lineup are Hopewell, Black Moth Super Rainbow, Birds of Avalon, and Menomena. Also performing special sets - Crystal Castles, Super Furry Animals, Boris, and Low Lows. Previously announced acts include: “Oneida presents the Ocropolis" - where Oneida will transport the impetus, spirit and community of their multidisciplinary studio/performance space, The Ocropolis, to ATP. Boredoms continuing their BOADRUM series, performing with 9 drummers on stage. No Age will perform a whole LP by Husker Du with (JUST ANNOUNCED) special guest Bob Mould. Deerhoof will perform with special visuals by Martha Colburn. Caribou will perform as Caribou Vibration Ensemble, with a 4 piece horn section, 4 drummers and a choir and guests that include Kieran Hebden (Four Tet/Fridge/Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid), Koushik (Stones Throw Records), John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac), Kathryn Bint (One Little Plane), Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane), Marshall Allen (Sun Ra Arkestra) and more.

The cinema for the weekend is hosted by Criterion.

The full line-up so far with new additions/changes in bold...

The Jesus Lizard
Iron and Wine
Panda Bear*
Don’t Look Back: Dirty Three Performing ‘Ocean Songs’
Don’t Look Back: Suicide Performing First LP
Don’t Look Back: The Feelies Performing ‘Crazy Rhythms’
Don’t Look Back: The Drones Performing ‘Wait Long By The River’
Comedy Stage - Hosted and curated by David Cross
*moved from Saturday. Saturday ticket holders will have the option to switch to Friday if they choose.

Saturday: curated by ATP

Animal Collective
Sufjan Stevens
Boss Hog
Dead Meadow
Anti-Pop Consortium
Circulatory System
Atlas Sound
Akron Family
Sleepy Sun

Sunday: curated by The Flaming Lips

The Flaming Lips
Boredoms perform 9 drummer BOADRUM
Caribou perform as Caribou Vibration Ensemble
Deerhoof with Martha Colburn
Crystal Castles
Super Furry Animals
Low Lows
Oneida Presents the Ocropolis
No Age featuring Bob Mould performing songs of Husker Du.
Black Moth Super Rainbow
Birds of Avalon

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