Sunday, April 6, 2014

Introducing: NYC's Silverbird - Debut EP, Surface Life, due for a May 27th release

Rising in the New York City music scene is Silverbird. Founded by charismatic frontman and songwriter Tim Barr comes a life story that includes a stint playing with Lizzy Grant AKA Lana Del Rey in the NYC club scene opening for the likes of The Blow and playing sold out shows at venues in the LES, and in the NYC jazz scene studying and playing with Dizzy Gillespie's longtime pianist and protege Mike Longo. Silverbird represents a startlingly raw new talent. With influences as diverse as Wilco, Heartless Bastards, and Sparklehorse, their music fearlessly treads through an emotional landscape that, combined with infectious melodies and swirling, intricate rhythms, provides an absolutely enchanting first listen. Armed only with basement tapes and rough demos, Tim Barr caught the attention of English producer Kristopher Harris (Smoke Fairies, Story Books, Mathew and the Atlas) and a partnership was formed. Out of this partnership comes Silverbird’s new EP, Surface Life, due for a mid 2014 release.

In order to perform live Tim collected the talent of three musicians to support him. Corey Davis on Bass, Dan Whaley on lead guitar and Jacob Schuab on Drums (The upperclassman). They bring their individual talents and collective musical experience together to create a synergy that is explosive and sparkles with vibrancy and dynamic life.

Silverbird recently performed a run of successful shows in Manhattan and Brooklyn, with recent plays at Cameo Gallery and a support slot for Rey Pila at Baby’s All Right. Other recent NYC shows include Pianos and the Decades Records CMJ Showcase with Band in Heaven.

Listen to the sweeping rocker, Hollow Heart from the new EP, Surface Life, due for a May 27th release.

Surface Life Tracklist: 
01. "Hollow Heart
02. "Honey You're"
03. "With The Spirits"
04. "Silverbird"
05. "When We Went To The Country"

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete NEW Single Plus US Tour Dates!

Lorelle Meets The Obsolete (aka Alberto González). “Lorelle (aka Lorena Quintanilla) release their new single ‘Sealed Scene’ (music video below) next week (April 7). It’s the second single to be lifted from the Mexican psych duo’s acclaimed third album ‘Chambers’ and will be available on iTunes and all respectable download retailers. It comes backed by the ‘Silo Version’ of album track ‘Third Wave’ The new version of ‘Third Wave’ came together after the band played the song on their first European tour late last year, so they added new guitar and drones to the original rhythm tracks. The name comes from the fact that the vocals were recorded in an empty grain silo.

US Tour Dates:
04/26 San Francisco - Hemlock Tavern w/ Disappearing People & Male Gaze
04/27 Reno - TBC w/ Bat Country
04/28 Salt Lake City - TBC w/ Super 78
04/29 Denver - Lion's Lair w/ Thee Dang Dangs
04/30 Kansas - FOKL w/ Bloodbirds
05/01 Oklahoma - HELP!
05/02 Denton - HELP!
05/03 Austin Psych Fest
05/04 Austin Psych Fest
05/05 Dallas - Crown & Harp w/ Ttotals, Frauen & Nervous Curtains
05/06 Little Rock - HELP!
05/07 Memphis - TBC w/ Ttotals
05/08 Nashville - Stone Fox w/ Ttotals
05/09 Atlanta - 529 w/ Ttotals
05/10 Asheville - Static Age w/ Ttotals
05/11 Richmond - Strange Matter w/ Ttotals
05/12 Washington - TBC w/ Ttotals
05/13 Philly - Kung Fu Necktie w/ Ttotals
05/14 Brooklyn - Death By Audio w/ Ttotals
05/15 Boston - White Haus
05/16 Albany - Low Beat w/ Sun Burdens & Party Boat
05/17 Utica - TBC w/ Drippers
05/17 Rochester - TBC w/ Drippers
05/19 Cleveland - Happy Dog w/ Ma Holos
05/20 Akron - Annabel's w/ Relaxer & Ultra Sphinx
05/21 Columbus - Burbon Cafe w/ Brujas del Sol
05/22 Ann Arbour w/ Bad Indians
05/23 Chicago - Hideout w/ onYou, Magic Castles
05/24 Milwaukee - Cactus Club w/ Moss, Magic Castles
05/25 Minneapolis - TBC w/ Magic Castles
05/27 Missoula - VFW
05/28 Seattle - Chop Suey w/ Dreamsalon, Hair & Space Museum
05/29 Olympia - Le Voyeur w/Billions &Billions
05/30 Portland - TBC w/ Billions & Billions
05/31 Eugene - HELP
06/01 Arcata Sirens Song w/ White Manna
06/03 Sacramento - TBC w/ Carlton Melton
06/04 Oakland - TBC w/ Disappearing People & Carlton Melton
06/05 LA - TBC w/ Residual Echoes??
06/07 San Diego - TBC w/ Joy?? & Late Nite Howl

The End Men Announce New Release, Odds & Ends plus Europe Tour Dates!

After premiering one of their new songs' the raucously rockin' The Wolves.mp3 this year at Couch By Couchwest, The End Men gear up to hit the roads of the U.S. and Europe by announcing a new album to be released as part of a killer night of music at Mercury Lounge!

Over the past three years a hand-full of songs and recordings have come from The End Men that didn't find their way onto a formal release. Now newly remixed and remastered these tunes will find a home on the upcoming extended EP "Odds & Ends!" Seven never heard before versions of well known tracks like Work and The Wolves accompany some rare gems and a myrid of co-creations and special guests creating an album that is a must have for dug in fans, and an interesting glimpse into the musical breadth of the band for all listeners.

To celebrate, The End Men are putting together a show that will be nothing short of spectacular! Taking place in one of NYC's premier venues, Mercury Lounge, they will kick off a month long tour of shows, make the new album available for the first time, and once again stomp the night away with a full set of music, followed by a second set as part of Killing Streets, the newest evolution to the career of the incredibly talented Matt King. Don’t miss your chance to see what it’s all about.

Killing Streets> Mattew Hendershot, Andrew Archey (Godmaker), Liv, Jon Lane (Godmaker/formerly Bröhammer), Meagan Jones, Matt King

About Matt King:

Matt King grew up in the mountains of Hendersonville North Carolina, in a family made up of Hatfields, preachers, trainmen, bootleggers and other folks with a noticeable penchant for killing each other. After surviving hair metal with the rest of us, he did a stint on Atlantic records in the 90s, in full-on country mode, and has spent years composing for film and television -- all the while producing a stout catalog of his own songs, and touring them around the world.

As time and touring have gone on, Matt's music has stretched further out, scratching at his bluegrass roots, and kicking further through the barrier between 'hillbilly' and 'rock.' Never has this been more pronounced, or more fulfilling, than it is in its current form as Matt King and Killing Streets.

Powered by the rhythm section of high-volume genre-benders Godmaker, filled out by the gritty vocals, ultra-dynamic guitars and relentless percussion of The End Men, and capped by the powerful vocals of Meagan Jones, Killing Streets is breathing new life into songs that were never short of breath in the first place. They’re branching out into more esoteric territory by the day, all the while putting motion in your hips, ringing in your ears and a smile on your face.

It’s a mix that could only happen in a group with roots that stretch from Idaho to Kansas to Tennessee to Texas to North Carolina to New York to Italy, and convene somehow in Brooklyn. Matt’s music has been called everything from “country” to “southern fiction” to “gothic americana” to just good old fashioned "rock."

Tour Dates:
Friday 4/25 - Some Kind of Jam 9, Schuylkill Haven, PA

Wed 4/30/2014 Mercury Lounge - Manhattan, NY

Thur 5/1/2014 The Low Beat - Albany, NY

Friday 5/2/2014 Sticky Lips BBQ - Rochester, NY

Saturday 5/3/2014 The Dev - Utica, NY

Sat 5/10/2014 Stones Cafe – Bergamo, Italy

Sun 5/11/2014 Gattarossa – Piombino, Italy

Mon 5/12/2014 TBD

Wed 5/14/2014 TBD – Stuttgart, Germany

Thurs 5/15/2014 Tiefgrund – Berlin, Germany

Fri 5/16/2014 TBD – Between Berlin and Leipzig, Germany

Sat 5/17/2014 Stoned – Leipzig, Germany

Sun 5/18/2014 TBD – Dusseldorf, Germany

Mon 5/19/2014 TBD – Showcast on Red Light Radio – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Tues 5/20/2014 Durango Sessions – Paal, Belgium

Wed 5/21/2014 TBD – Bruxelles, Belgium

Thurs 5/22/2014 TBD – Belgium / Netherlands

Fri 5/23/2014 Kafee t'hof – Middelburg, Netherlands

Sat 5/24/2014 Winston Kingdom – Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sun 5/25/2014 OFF

Mon 5/26/2014 OFF

Tues 5/27/2014 TBD – Northern Italy

Wed 5/28/2014 TBD – Northern Italy

Thurs 5/29/2014 TBD – Northern Italy

Fri 5/30/2014 Masnada – Milan, Italy

Sat 5/31/2014 Joe Koala – Bergamo, Italy

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Foxy Shazam Free New Album, ‘Gonzo,’ Spring Tour w/ Larry And His Flask

Foxy Shazam have released a new full-length, Gonzo, which is available immediately to stream or download for free. Additionally, the band are slated to embark on a spring tour of North America in support of its release. The group's fifth full-length overall and first independent release since their 2005 debut, The Flamingo Trigger, Gonzo was recorded in Chicago, produced by the Foxy, and engineered by the legendary Steve Albini. It follows 2012's The Church Of Rock And Roll, though is sonically more akin to band's earlier material. In addition to its digital release, the album will be available as a limited edition 180-gram vinyl, now available for pre-order.

Full list of tour dates, which includes support from Larry And His Flask:
May 27 - Fed Live - Harrisburg, PA
May 29 - The Sinclair - Boston, MA
May 30 - The Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
May 31 - Theatre of the Living Arts - Philadelphia, PA
June 2 - Baltimore Soundstage - Baltimore, MD
June 3 - Canal Club - Richmond, VA
June 5 - Exit/In - Nashville, TN
June 6 - New Brookland Tavern - Columbia, SC
June 7 - Amos Southend - Charlotte, NC
June 9 - Culture Room - Ft Lauderdale, FL
June 10 - Orpheum - Tampa, FL
June 12 - The Social - Orlando, FL
June 13 - Freebird - Jacksonville, FL
June 14 - Terminal West - Atlanta, GA
June 17 - Freebird - St Louis, MO
June 18 - The Waiting Room - Omaha, NE
June 20 - Mill City Nights - Minneapolis, MN
June 21 - Lincoln Hall - Chicago, IL
June 22 - Magic Stick - Detroit, MI
June 24 - Lee’s Palace - Toronto, ON
June 25 - The Waiting Room - Buffalo, NY
June 27 - Grog Shop - Cleveland, OH
June 28 - Newport Music Hall - Columbus, OH

Tickets and VIP packages are on sale now through Foxy's site.

The Bigsbys - Goodwill Suitcase

Alex Smith- Vocals/Guitar
Russell "Dick Bigsby" McClendon- Bass
Nick Odom - Drums
Brad "Sheenis Bigsby" Hobson- Lead Guitar

The legend goes, on the bands first out-of-state tour The Bigsbys lead singer Alex Smith purchased an old suitcase in a Goodwill store in Beaumont, Texas for $3. During the tour he discovered the lining of the suitcase was filled with old money. Lots of old money. The tour concluded and the money was spent but the suitcase has accompanied the band to every gig since. Serving duties as merch case, pedal board carrier and an actual suitcase, it's always nearby.
Everythings bigger and better in Texas including apparently suitcases. Goodwill Suitcase is jammed and busting the seams with songs well suited for traversing the open roads with your cares left behind like so many empty bottles.

Two time Couch By Couchwest Alumni they performed 'Don't Look Back' this year.

Goodwill Suitcase Tracklist:
1. Don't Look Back
2. Crazy About You)
3. All You Got
4. Keep You Waiting
5. Hallway
6. No Trouble
7. The One
8. Every Time
9. Don't Be Mad At Me
10. Train CIty Blues

Stream six songs from Good Will Suitcase below and purchase the album via Lone Star Music.

Sinners Tonic Debut EP

Cindy Emch and Sean Malroy [aka Sizzle] two thirds of Bay Area trio Rhubarb Whiskey, draw from a wide palette of influences, and their years as a songwriting team, to brew up this latest effort. In 2011 Rhubarb Whiskey was working on their new album and asked Sizzle to sit in and add some fiddle into the mix, and soon after was added to the band’s line-up. While RW is on a hiatus the two kindred spirits Emchy and Sizzle shared long long stories of their adventures, unearthing old musical nuggets from personal archives, and trying to figure out what it would sound like if they made thier own weird idiosyncratic version of Americana. The result is Sinners Tonic and this three song EP
Cindy Explains, "The songs are introspective, nostalgic, and above all celebrate friendship and the ways that friend love can absolutely fuel our lives and fill our souls. I wrote the barebones of the songs and lyrics while Sizzle made beautiful things happen within the arrangements. I am so proud of what we made.  The song Lansing is the oral history of my early 20's with my best friend in Michigan. Days and nights that literally saved my life and helped build me into who I am. Fog and Roses is a goodbye song written as I was driving over the Bay Bridge to the last in person Rhubarb Whiskey rehearsal before Boylamayka moved to the rust belt. The bridge full of fog, the night full of beauty, sometimes you know you'll never get another night like that again. It marks the end of an era. Whiskey & Burn Barrels was written about one of the most beautiful engagement events I'd ever attended. Dozens of friends gathered to surprise my friend with a specifically meaningful song while her love asked for her hand and whiskey was passed round. It was the longest night of the year with burn barrels blazing in West Oakland. Surrounded by tattoos, hoodies, cigarettes, and smiles I've rarely felt so much love, warmth, snark, and family." 
 Long a fan on Ms Emch's many endeavors, on Sinners Tonic she and Sizzle display a personal bond, as they weave heatfelt lyrics with thier unique intertwined instrumentation and compositions.


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