Tuesday, March 30, 2010


“…earth-shaking…”—New Yorker

The Black Keys will support their highly anticipated new album, Brothers—due out May 18 on Nonesuch Records—with a summer tour beginning June 2 in Salt Lake City. The tour will include a newly added second show at Central Park’s SummerStage on July 28 that follows the band’s July 27 performance, which quickly sold out. Presale tickets for the tour dates will go on sale Tuesday, March 30. Those who purchase presale tickets through the band’s website (www.theblackkeys.com) will receive a special bundle, which includes a copy of Brothers upon release (either digital only or digital and physical—CD or vinyl). Additionally, presale tickets will come with an instant download of two tracks from Brothers—“Tighten Up” and “Next Girl.” The Black Keys will also be playing select dates in April and May, highlighted by an opening slot for Pearl Jam at Madison Square Garden on May 20, as well as performances on the “Late Show with David Letterman” on May 25 and “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” on May 26. Please see reverse for tour dates.

Brothers arrives on the heels of three other acclaimed projects the band released in the past year: Dan Auerbach’s solo effort, Keep It Hid, the debut LP from Patrick Carney’s band Drummer, and Blakroc, a collaboration between The Black Keys and renowned MCs including RZA, Mos Def, Q-Tip, and Raekwon.

The new album includes the Danger Mouse-produced song “Tighten Up” (streaming now on the band’s MySpace: myspace.com/theblackkeys) and a cover of the Jerry Butler classic “Never Gonna Give You Up.” The remaining songs on Brothers are written, performed and produced by The Black Keys. Carney admits Brothers is the album they’ve always wanted to make and taps into their creative force as a duo. “Dan and I grew up a lot as individuals and musicians prior to making this album. Our relationship was tested in many ways but at the end of the day, we’re brothers, and I think these songs reflect that.”

Carney and Auerbach recorded the bulk of the album at the legendary Alabama studio Muscle Shoals with additional sessions at Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound System in Akron, OH and The Bunker in Brooklyn, NY. Muscle Shoals, an old building located in the sparse Alabama town that lends the studio its name, has produced iconic recordings from The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, and Wilson Pickett, among many others. Of the album, Auerbach says, “We like spooky sounds…like Alice Coltrane, where a dark groove is laid down. That’s the headspace we tried to get into for this record.”

With the exception of a handful of tracks, co-production duties were handled by Mark Neill. The record was mixed by Tchad Blake. Carney explains the sound the band wanted for this record: “We are big fans of Tchad Blake. The way he approaches mixing is the same way we approach making music. Respecting the past while being in the present. The mixes he did for us on Blakroc impressed us so much we knew he had to mix Brothers.


*with Mondo Drag

†with Brian Olive

§with The Morning Benders

April 8 University of Iowa Memorial Iowa City, IA*

April 10 Yuri’s Night Bay Area 2010 San Francisco, CA

April 17 Wanee Music Festival Live Oak, FL

April 18 The Fillmore Miami Beach at The Jackie Gleason Theater Miami, FL†

April 19 The House of Blues Orlando, FL†

May 20 Madison Square Garden New York, NY

May 25 “Late Show with David Letterman” New York, NY

May 26 “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon” New York, NY

June 2 The Depot Salt Lake City, UT†

June 3 The Fillmore Denver, CO†

June 4 The Crossroads Kansas City, MO†

June 8 First Ave Minneapolis, MN†

June 9 First Ave Minneapolis, MN†

June 10 The Pagaent St. Louis, MO†

June 11 Bonnaroo Manchester, TN

July 27 Central Park SummerStage New York, NY§

July 28 Central Park SummerStage New York, NY§


1. “Everlasting Light”
2. “Next Girl”
3. “Tighten Up”
4. “Howlin’ For You”

5. “She’s Long Gone”
6. “Black Mud”
7. “The Only One”
8. “Too Afraid To Love You”
9. “Ten Cent Pistol”
10. “Sinister Kid”

11. “The Go Getter”

12. “I’m Not The One”

13. “Unknown Brother”

14. “Never Gonna Give You Up”

15. “These Days”

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Hooray For Earth sign to Dovecote Records Re-Packaged MOMO EP releasing June 1st Listen to "Surrounded By Your Friends" from the MOMO EP

New York City and Boston-based foursome Hooray For Earth are thrilled to announce their signing to Dovecote Records and re-release of their MOMO EP June 1st through their new label home. Originally only digitally available as a 5-song EP through the exclusive eMusic Selects program, Dovecote's reissue will be available on CD, special clear vinyl, and digitally and sees the addition of sixth track, "Rolling/Nectarine," which features Jessica and Cristi Jo Zambri of Zambri.

"We met them for beers, and based on our mutual love of Enya and flourescent-colored Ibanez guitars, we quickly decided Dovecote Records would be the best label to release our EP," confesses band leader Noel Heroux of the signing.

Hooray For Earth formed in Boston, MA in 2005 and soon after self-released their rock-leaning eponymous debut album in 2006. When band leader Noel Heroux moved to New York City after the release of their
Cellphone EP (Dopamine) in 2008, the city's bustling energy instantly inspired him to explore his electronic leanings, using a love of Eno, Aphex Twin and Autechre to create his own style of synthesizer processing. The result is an EP that expertly blends crunchy rock with layered electronic pop and countless influences in between. A wash of warm synths coasting under Heroux's languid delivery opens MOMO on single "Surrounded By Your Friends," a combination so inviting it was picked for play on Good Morning America. "Comfortable, Comparable" follows with rollicking keyboards and perky drums, while distorted guitars buzz over heavy-hitting rhythm and 60s-style vocal harmonies on "Form."

Hooray For Earth is Noel Heroux (vocals, guitar), Christopher Principe (bass, backing vocals), Gary Benacquista (guitar, keyboard) and Joseph Ciampini (drums, backing vocals) with
MOMO co-producer Josh Ascalon as part-time live-percussionist. The band has played with Passion Pit, Deer Tick, Holy Fuck, Mission Of Burma, Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers, Oh No Ono, and Depreciation Guild in the past and will tour the US in support of MOMO's release this spring. In the meantime, check out Hooray For Earth's recent feature on ABC's Amplified HERE or video for "Surrounded By Your Friends" HERE.

"The Boston rockers spew big guitar noise, crafty synths, gripping melodies, and intricate aural theatrics with massive style and ridiculous aplomb. They need to be famous." --
The Boston Globe

"A little bit 80s synth pop, a little bit indie rock and a hell of a good time." --
New York Press

Hooray For Earth - MOMO EP
Release Date: June 1, 2010
Dovecote Records

MOMO EP Tracklisting

Surrounded By Your Friends (MP3 LINK)
2. Comfortable, Comparable
3. Get Home
4. Scaling
5. Form
6. Rolling/Nectarine

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Kaki King is releasing her new album Junior on April 13th - Music Hall of Williamsburg April 15th - Bowery Ballroom April 16th

"I never made records for other people," she says. "My evolution from record to record has been personal not commercial."

Junior is Kaki King's first album for this new decade, following a previous 10 year-period that has brought nothing but critical acclaim and fan admiration for the Atlanta, Georgia native. It was a decade that saw the release of her 2003 Velour Recordings debut album Everybody Loves You, followed by Legs To Make Us Longer (2004)Until We Felt Red (2006) and Dreaming of Revenge (2008). Named a "Guitar God" by Rolling Stone (making her the first female musician to earn that recognition), King has toured worldwide and made the rounds on the late-night talk shows including The Late Show with David Letterman and Late Night with Conan O'Brien.

King was nominated for a Golden Globe for her score for the 2007 Sean Penn-directed film Into the Wild. She continues to work in film today, and is currently writing scores for various projects. Also in 2007, King performed with Dave Grohl on a song called "Ballad of The Beaconsfield Miners" on the Best Rock Album Grammy-winning Foo Fighters record, Echoes, Silence, Patience and Grace. During a sold-out Foo's show at London's O2 Arena, Grohl invited King on stage to perform the song and introduced by saying: "There are some guitar players that are good. There are some guitar players that are really f'n good. And then there is Kaki King." In 2008, King recorded with The Mountain Goats for the Black Pear Tree EP. The guitarist has also recently collaborated with uber-producer Timbaland to produce a song featuring Miley Cyrus.

Tour Dates


(3/7-4/11 Kaki in UK)

4/15 Music Hall of Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY

*4/16 Bowery Ballroom, New York, NY*

*4/17 The Middle East, Cambridge, MA*

4/19 Iron Horse Music Hall, Northampton, MA

4/20 Port City Music Hall, Portland, ME

4/21 Higher Ground, Burlington, VT

4/28 Theatre of Living Arts, Philadelphia, PA

4/29 9:30 Club, Washington, DC

4/30 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC

5/1 The Variety Playhouse, Atlanta, GA

5/4 Beachland Ballroom, Cleveland, OH

5/5 The Ark, Ann Arbor, MI

5/6 ParkWest, Chicago, IL

5/7 High Noon Saloon, Madison, WI

5/8 Varsity Theater, Minneapolis, MN

5/9 The Waiting Room, Omaha, NE

5/11 Fox Theatre, Boulder, CO

5/12 Belly Up, Aspen, CO

5/14 Neumos, Seattle, WA

5/15 Wonder Ballroom, Portland, OR

5/16 WOW Hall, Eugene, OR

5/19 Knitting Factory, Reno, NV

5/20 Mystic Theater, Petaluma, CA

5/21 The Fillmore, San Francisco, CA

5/22 The El Rey Theater, Los Angeles, CA

5/24 The Belly Up, San Diego, CA

5/25 The Glass House, Pomona, CA

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Pretty Lights Releases Making Up A Changing Mind

Spring Tour Includes Shows at SXSW,

Ultra Music Festival and Coachella

Click HERE to Download Making Up A Changing Mind for FREE!

“Breaks filtered through the lens of dubstep, perhaps, with a brief drum and bass denouement.” FADER

"Filthy breaks, glitchy broken-beat, crunkadelic juno-bass and ethereal soundscapes wrought with a kaleidoscope palette of emotions had taken the ever growing massive by storm." Jambase

Colorado-based producer Pretty Lights, aka Derek Vincent Smith, is as good as his word, and his word is clearly great. As promised, he has released his first EP of an ambitious trilogy project, within minutes of finishing it and making the deadline of March 2nd. Making Up A Changing Mind, can now be downloaded for FREE off of his site, here.

Pretty Lights Tour Dates

11-Mar Fox Theatre Boulder, Colorado

12-Mar Gothic Theatre Denver, Colorado

13-Mar Ogden Theatre Denver, Colorado

20-Mar SXSW @ La Zona Rosa Austin, Texas

23-Mar Varsity Theatre Baton Rouge, Louisiana

24-Mar Soul Kitchen Mobile, Alabama

25-Mar Lyric Theatre Oxford, Mississippi

26-Mar Ultra Music Festival Miami, Florida

27-Mar Sloss Furnace Birmingham, Alabama

30-Mar Club 1800 Columbia, South Carolina

31-Mar Lincoln Theatre Raleigh, North Carolina

1-Apr The National Richmond, Virginia

2-Apr Theatre of Living Arts Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

3-Apr Northern Lights Clifton, New York

4-Apr Higher Grounds South Burlington, Vermont

6-Apr Mr. Small's Theatre Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

7-Apr The Intersection Grand Rapids, Michigan

8-Apr 20th Century Theatre Cincinnati, Ohio

9-Apr The Pageant St. Louis, Missouri

10-Apr Barrymore Theatre Madison, Wisconsin

13-Apr Wilma Theatre Missoula, Montana

14-Apr Roseland Theatre Portland, Oregon

15-Apr Mezzanine San Francisco, California

17-Apr Coachella Festival Indio, California

19-Apr Marquee Theatre Tempe, Arizona

20-Apr Rialto Theatre Tucson, Arizona

21-Apr El Rey Theatre Albuquerque, New Mexico

23-Apr Fayetteville Towncenter Fayetteville, Arkansas

24-Apr Blue Note Columbia, Missouri

25-Apr Liberty Hall Lawrence, Kansas

28-Apr Granada Theatre Dallas, Texas

29-Apr The Ballroom @ Warehouse Live Houston, Texas

30-Apr Republic New Orleans, Louisiana

1-May Illumination @ Limelight Nashville, Tennessee

30-May Bella Music Festival Geneva, Minnesota

5-Jun Starscape Festival Baltimore, Maryland

30-Jul Wanderlust Festival Squaw Valley, California

Gin Wigmore Backed by The Cardinals Tonight on Jimmy Kimmel Live!

Tour Dates with Citizen Cope and SXSW Shows

"Gin Wigmore boasts a Tanqueray-soaked voice that is part Amy Winehouse, part Macy Gray...it's those pipes that keep things smoking." - People Magazine

-Dates with Citizen Cope-
3/12 - Austin, Texas @ Stubb's Ampitheater
3/13 - Houston, Texas @ House of Blues
3/15 - Baton Rouge @ Varsity Theater
3/16 - New Orleans @ Tipitinas

-SXSW Showcases-
Weds, 3/17 @ The Galaxy Room - 11pm
Thurs, 3/18 - New Zealand on Air Showcase @ Bush Sq Park - 7:30pm
Fri, 3/19 - Express Showcase @ The Phoenix - 12pm or 1pm (TBD)

Listen to "Too Late For Lovers"
HERE , off her upcoming album Holy Smoke out March 16th on Motown



LOS ANGELES, March 11th, 2010 Dangerbird Records is proud to welcome Vancouver’s Hot Hot Heat to their expanding family. Hot Hot Heat arrived on our doorstep with the best album of their career,” revealsJeff Castelaz, co-founder/CEO of Dangerbird Records. “When we heard the new record, we wanted them to be part of our gang. When we talked to them, and heard the determination and clarity of purpose in their voices, we had to have them.” The Silver Lake-based label will release the band’s fourth full-length, Future Breeds, this summer.

For frontman Steve Bays and his Hot Hot Heat bandmates, they knew they had found their new home immediately after their first meeting with the label. “Dangerbird got our vibe right away,” explains Bays. “Because of the kind of record we were making, we realized early on that we needed to finish the entire record before looking for a home for it, if they 'got it,' then we could talk. Also, they’re also just really cool people and that's huge to us because, at the end of the day, they are essentially inviting us to join their family. We are pretty thrilled.”

Hailing from Vancouver, British Columbia, Hot Hot Heat first came to prominence in 2002 with their breakthrough debut LP, Make Up The Breakdown, an electrifying dose of urgent, dancey rock anchored by frontman Steve Bays’ characteristic yelp and highly infectious melodies. Over the years, the Canadian band has delivered their kinetic brand of rock and roll live to thousands, toured the world with bands such as Modest Mouse, Kings Of Leon, The Walkmen and Queens of the Stone Age, and released several albums, garnering praise from everyone from Pitchfork toRolling Stone and Spin who described their sound as “aggressively exuberant funk-punk.”

The band’s latest album Future Breeds is a call to action. After leaving their previous label, the foursome stripped away all the unnecessary elements in their lives, built their own studio in Vancouver, and emerged renewed and recharged. The resulting record is at once propulsive and volcanic, and fueled, as ever, by candy-coated melodies that hurl you through Bays' lyrical world.

Since its founding in 2004 by Jeff Castelaz and Peter Walker,Dangerbird has grown to include six divisions — records, management, music publishing, merchandising, licensing and a recording studio. The Dangerbird Records roster includes Grammy-nominated Silversun Pickups, Sea Wolf, Minus the Bear, Darker My Love, Eulogies, Codeine Velvet Club and others. Dangerbird Management represents Eagles of Death Metal, The Fratellis, producer Tony Hoffer and others. Dangerbird’s licensing arm represents outside artists such as Portugal. The Man, Boxer Rebellion and others.

Echo & The Bunnymen Launch US Tour In Support Of The Fountain!

Dates Include Coachella Festival Appearance

British post-punk legends Echo & The Bunnymen are launching their first US tour in support of their acclaimed new album, The Fountain. The shows are hot on the heels of the band’s recent tour celebrating their landmark album Ocean Rain that included orchestral performances at New York’s Radio City Music Halland the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles.Their highly anticipated appearance at the Coachella Festival will kick off the tour.

The Fountain started to come together in 2007 when frontmanIan McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant started working on new songs. For the next year, the group brought the album together in Liverpool’s Parr Street Recording Studios. McCulloch calls The Fountain “the best thing we’ve done since Ocean Rain.” The press has been raving about the record withAlternative Press praising its “brisk, vibrant pop songs” and Filter calling it “ replete with shimmering, flaw-repellant pop, all glorious melodies and gorgeous atmospherics”

Don’t miss the chance to see these legends and stay tuned for contests to win tickets and exclusive Bunnymen merchandise!


Echo & The Bunnymen 2010 US Tour Dates
4/16/10: Indio, CA @ Empire Polo Grounds (Coachella Festival)
4/18/10: Sparks, NV @ John Ascuaga’s Nugget
4/19/10: San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
4/21/10: Chicago, IL @ Metro
4/23/10: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
4/25/10: Glenside (Philadelphia), PA @ Keswick Theatre
4/26/10: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
4/27/10: Fairfield, CT @ Fairfield Theatre Company
4/28/10: State College, PA @ State Theatre
4/30/10: Washington, DC @ Black Cat
5/1/10: New York, NY @ Irving Plaza