Pearl Jam‘s frontman Eddie Vedder began a US Tour in support of his solo album, Ukelele Songs, yesterday in Providence. The tour’s closing date is on July 15th at the Benaroya Hall in his hometown of Seattle.
Ukelele Songs is out now on Pearl Jam’s Monkeywrench Records.
Eddie Vedder – US Tour Dates:
Providence Performing Arts Center (PAC)
The Wang Theatre
The Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts
New York, NY
New York, NY
The Chicago Theatre
St. Louis, MO
San Diego, CA
Copley Symphony Hall
Long Beach, CA
Los Angeles, CA
Santa Barbara, CA
Santa Barbara Bowl
The Paramount Theatre
Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
The Black Angels have unveiled an amazing and disturbing video to accompany their latest single Haunting at 1300 McKinley, which will be released on Blue Horizon on March 28th.
The track is the latest to be lifted from The Black Angels third album Phosphene Dream, which was released in September 2010 and with famed producer Dave Sardy at the helm is their most focused and forward thinking effort so far.
Haunting at 1300 McKinley has the feel of an early lo-fi, British sixties rhythm and blues track fused with fuzzy psychedelic guitars, representing the leaner more urgent side to the band on their latest album.
The video to support Haunting at 1300 McKinley is bound to court controversy, shot in black and white in Paris it is incredibly dark, mysterious and unsettling.
The Black Angels – Haunting at 1300 McKinley
The Black Angels believe in ghosts. They believe in them because they lived with one, at 1300 McKinley, the house they shared from 2004 to 2007 in Austin, Texas. “We’ve also seen several on Civil War battlefields and at the Alamo,” boast the band. “At Gettysburg we heard rifle fire and cannon fire. We saw old lanterns dangling from trees in the distance. Up a tower, we saw a Union soldier slam his face against one of the windows; blood splattered everywhere and one of his eyeballs was dangling, then he disappeared.”
The Black Angels were recently being named Band Of The Week on RollingStone.com and the last few months have been a phenomenal period for the band. As well as sold out tours across the globe, they’ve notched up a Letterman appearance (and a Conan O’Brien slot is due in May), performed on the Jim Jarmusch-curated stage at New York’s ATP and appeared on UNKLE’s new album on the track Natural Selection. Another Black Angels/UNKLE collaboration, With You In My Head was included on the smash hit Twilight Saga: Eclipse Soundtrack.
The Black Angels will perform with Queens of the Stoneage at Rolling Stone magazine’s SXSW party on March 16th, and have many other performances planned for that manic week in Austin.
The band are also looking forward to hosting the fourth installment of their annual music-and-arts festival, Austin Psych Fest, which runs from 29 April to 1 May 2011. Fast becoming the premiere destination for psych lovers, this year’s bash will see performances from Spectrum, Roky Erickson, Crystal Stilts, Crocodiles, The Fresh & Onlys, The Growlers, Cold Sun and tons more.
“The original idea was just to throw a party and invite the bands that we liked,” they say. “With something like SXSW or ATP you never get to see all the bands you want to see, so we’re being a bit selfish in a way and bringing them all to our place!”
Currently busy in the studio working on the follow up to last years brilliant debut album I Will Be, the wonderful Dum Dum Girls have found time to release a brand new EP He Gets Me High, which will be available on February 28th as a CD, 12″ vinyl and digital download.
The EP provides a taster for the second album and finds Dum Dum Girls moving away from the lo-fi bedroom pop of their debut and heading towards a punkier pop rock sound.
Check out the lead track from the EP He Gets Me High below, the song is being offered as a free download.
The new tracks are produced by the legendary songwriter and producer Richard Gottehrer who has previously worked with Blondie and the GoGo’s as well as writing the hit songs My Boyfriend’s Back and I Want Candy. He is ably assisted on the production by lead Dum Dum Girl Dee Dee and Sune Rose Wagner from the Ravonettes.
He Gets Me High EP Tracklisting:
1.Wrong Feels Right
2. He Gets Me High
3. Take Care of My Baby
4. There Is a Light That Never Goes Out (Smiths cover)
Following the release of the debut album, Dum Dum Girls embarked on a non stop schedule of touring in 2010, appearing with the likes of Vampire Weekend, Beach House, MGMT, Male Bonding and The Crocodiles.
This year already promises to be just as hectic with the band touring the US and Canada and arriving in the UK at the end of March for a handful of dates here and in Ireland.
31-Mar UK Manchester Deaf Institute
01-Apr IRE Dublin Whelans
02-Apr UK Belfast Black Box
03-Apr UK Glasgow Stereo
04-Apr UK Leeds Brudenell Social
05-Apr UK London Dingwalls
06-Apr UK Brighton Komedia
A dramatic new line up and fierce new electronic sounds are promised from Bearsuit with the release of their eagerly awaited album The Phantom Forest which will be released on March 14th.
As a taster of what to now expect from the Norwich based five piece can be heard on the latest single When Will I Be Queen? which will be available through Fortuna POP! on February 28th as 7″ vinyl or digital download.
Quirky schizophrenic vocals, coupled with killer beats, filthy bass and synths, When Will I Be Queen? finds Bearsuit in superb form with what could easily be construed as a topical song that is definitely not aimed at Kate Middleton!
The album Phantom Forest promises a fierce new sound from the band who have swapped violins, flutes and horns for dirty synths, urgent guitars and infectious beats in the light of a dramatic line-up change.
New recruits are Charlene Katuwawala on bass and keyboards and Joe Naylor on drums, they join existing members Iain Ross, Lisa Horton and Jan Robertson, effectively giving the band an option of five vocalists to compliment the new musical direction.
Bearsuit – When Will I Be Queen?
The disco-synth debut single Please Don’t Take Him Back was playlisted on BBC 6Music in October, as well as being hotly tipped in the music press including Artrocker. Weeks later and their second release A Train Wreck was rated an NME Top 10 Download and Track of the Day at Clash Magazine.
Bearsuit lead into 2011 having secured a profile spot on the upcoming SXSW Festival in Texas for Huw Stephens Radio 1 showcase. The band have previously supported the likes of Crystal Castles, You Say Party! and Hot Chip, but will headline their own UK tour in March.
Bearsuit live dates:
Feb 25 – The Labour Club, Northampton
Feb 26 – 100 Club, London (London Indie-Pop Fest featuring Monochrome Set) SOLD OUT
On their third album Share the Joy, Brooklyn’s Vivian Girls continue to sharpen and refine their transcendent mix of garage thrash, girl-group warmth and infectious pop sensibilities.
The trio’s vibrant blend of guitar noise and melodic sweetness has already made Vivian Girls one of America’s most celebrated and influential young bands, and has helped to spark a wave of similarly-inclined female-fronted acts who’ve followed in their wake.
Cassie Ramone and ‘Kickball’ Katy Goodman are joined by new drummer Fiona Campbell in the latest Vivian Girls line up which delivers their most memorable songs and most focused performances yet.
Their new tunes successfully venture into challenging new musical and lyrical territory, reflecting the band members’ developing instrumental rapport and their far-reaching musical influences, while retaining the raw immediacy that originally endeared the group to its fans.
“It’s cleaner and more hi-fi than the previous records,” Cassie says of Share The Joy, which the band recorded at Rear House, the home studio run by Jarvis Taveniere (of the Brooklyn combo Woods), who engineered the album. “The sound is more open, more free. I think that this album really shows our strengths as musicians, and shows us melding together musically. It’s more psychedelic and less shoegaze. There’s also a lot of organ on it, which is new for us.”
Share the Joy‘s musical and emotional depth is reflected on The Other Girls and Light In Your Eyes, each of which clocks in at over six minutes. The former song manages to encompass hammering hardcore, Beach Boys-esque melodic bliss, Neil Young/Nirvana-inflected guitar frenzy and ethereal harmonic drone, while the latter closes the album on a triumphant note of surging sonic uplift.
Elsewhere, Dance If You Wanna and Take it As It Comes rank with the band’s most intoxicating pop confections, while Lake House and Vanishing of Time maintain a thoughtful, introspective tone that may come as a surprise to those who’d had Vivian Girls pegged as a lo-fi garage outfit.
Cassie Ramone reflects on the latest album;
“Share the Joy has the most diverse batch of songs of any of our albums, I feel like these songs are more expansive; a lot of the themes and lyrics are less direct than other albums. These songs focus a lot on the themes of alienation, reconciliation, identity, and trying to figure out what really matters in life. It’s a dark album, but unlike our first two albums, it has a happy ending.
“Our music continues to get more and more defined and developed, but it’s never going to be completely polished. A thing I like about our band is that we seem to mean different things to different people. Another thing I’m proud of is that, while a lot of people may have initially heard about us through internet buzz and things like that, I think our audience likes our music because it’s honest and because we mean it. I think that people can pick up on that.”
The Vivian Girls album Share the Joy is released on April 11th through the Polyvinyl label.
In the meantime you can download the track I Heard You Say for free as a taster for the full album.
Vivian Girls will be resident on the Bruise Cruise in Miami during the last week of February and will undertake a month long tour of the US in April.
UK dates are promised with details yet to be confirmed.