Tour Dates

Sea Girls – “Violet”

By Will Oliver, October 3rd 2019

London’s Sea Girls is a hot-rising rock band who have just announced their first-ever set of U.S. tour dates, which will bring them to New York on December 10th for a performance at Mercury Lounge. The band has also released their brand new single “Violet.”

The track has a larger-than-life expansive power with a vintage charm to it that builds and builds to new heights as it goes along, with an infectious chorus that is propelled forward with some high-energy riffs that never let up for even a second. It doesn’t take long to see why the band has been causing such a stir overseas.

Enjoy the official music video for “Violet” below and find the dates for their U.S. tour later this year posted after the video.
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Chicago rockers Twin Peaks have announced their brand new album Lookout Low will be released on September 13 via Grand Jury Music.

The band has continued to surprise with their mature evolution with every new album and based on the fantastic new single “Dance Through It,” their evolution continues strong. The album was recorded at Monnow Valley with producer Ethan Johns (Paul McCartney, U2, Kings of Leon). For this album, the band’s mission was to capture the exhilarating vibe of their shows and based on this song, they’ve done just that. There are some strong Rolling Stones vibes felt here, something that suits them quite well.

Find the official music video for “Dance Through It,” which was directed by Ariel Fisher and Léo Schrepel, posted below along with Twin Peaks’ upcoming tour dates and the Lookout Low tracklist.
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Local Natives have returned with new song “Café Amarillo,” their first bit of new music in two years.

While nothing has been officially announced, based on their previously announced tour dates this summer, we can assume that the song will be off of their new album, which will follow 2016’s Sunlit Youth.

Instantly the song sounds like a return to form from the band with one hell of a groovy bassline and vibe that feels new but also familiar for the group at the very same time.

The song release comes with a new music video directed by Van Alper, which you can find posted below along with their upcoming tour dates.
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Mac DeMarco will return with his fourth album Here Comes The Cowboy on May 10th. It will be the debut release on his very own record label, appropriately titled Mac’s Record Label.

With the announcement of the new album comes the release of it’s first single, “Nobody,” which strikes a few funny parallels with Mitski’s 2018 album Be the Cowboy and it’s single “Nobody.”

The track features the more mellow and laid back Mac that we witnessed on his previous release This Old Dog, with some of the same lo-fi charm that strikes a familiar feeling that some earlier releases gave at the very same time. The album is described as having “the best romantic tunes the well-known romantic has ever penned,” and this seems to be the case based on our listen to “Nobody.”
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Soulful rocker Nick Waterhouse is gearing up for the release of his upcoming self-titled new album, which will be released on March 8th via Innovative Leisure.

He’s just released a music video for new single “Wreck The Rod,” that stars actor Danny Trejo as a low budget late night host with Waterhouse as his musical guest. It’s a perfectly vintage and fun take that fits so well with the soul spirit of the song that hits all the right notes.

The video was directed by Danny’s son, Gilbert Trejo and can be found posted below, along with Waterhouse’s upcoming tour dates which include a stop here in NYC at Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 14th.
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Foals Announce New Album and Release Single “Exits”

By Will Oliver, January 21st 2019 — with 1 comment

Earlier today Foals announced that they’re back with not one but two new albums this year entitled Everything Not Saved Will Be Lost – Part 1 & 2 (released via Warner Bros). Part 1 will be released on March 8th with Part 2 coming this Fall. This is the band’s first album in four years (What Went Down in 2015), their longest break between albums so far. It also is their first album without founding member and bassist Walter Gervers, who left the band last year.

So in many ways, this feels like a turning point in the band’s career, which had me very intrigued with what the new material would sound like. With a two-part album on the way, it’s clear this is going to be some of their biggest and most ambitious work to date.
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Leggy – “Eden”

By Will Oliver, January 20th 2019

Cincinnati-based trio Leggy will return with their sophomore album Let Me Know Your Moon on March 8 via new label Sheer Luck Records.

“Eden” is the first single shared from the album and it’s an expansive indie rocker that sits between a garage rock anthem and a more expansive quirky rock song that takes a different shape as it goes along.

You can enjoy a stream of “Eden” below and find the album available to preorder over at Bandcamp. They’ll be on tour with Daddy Issues over the next week. Find those dates (including a performance at Baby’s All Right) posted below as well.

Leggy Tour Dates (w/ Daddy Issues):

1/22 Pittsburgh at Mr Roboto
1/23 Brooklyn at Baby’s All Right
1/24 Boston at ONCE Ballroom
1/26 Philadelphia at PhilaMOCA
1/27 Washington DC at Songbyrd
1/28 Durham at Pinhook

Arctic Monkeys Announce North American Tour Dates

By Will Oliver, March 12th 2018

They’re baaaaaack.

Arctic Monkeys have finally announced their long-awaited new batch of tour dates for 2018 ahead of their brand new album which has yet to be officially announced. But it’s coming and they will be coming to a city near you this summer.

The tour includes a show at Forest Hills in Queens on July 24, which is amazingly their first New York show since their performance at MSG four years ago. Tickets for Forest Hills go on sale this Friday at 10am and there’s a fan presale tomorrow at 10am as well.

Find the initial batch of dates posted below and stay tuned for more coverage on the shows and the album announcement which should be coming any day now.

Arctic Monkeys North American Tour Dates:

May 5 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Forever Cemetery
June 14-17 – Dover, DE – Firefly Festival
June 16 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
June 18 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
June 19 – Atlanta, GA – Coca Cola Roxy Theatre
July 24 – Queens, NY – Forest Hills Stadium
July 27 – Boston, MA – TD Garden
July 28 – Washington, DC – The Anthem
July 31 – Pittsburgh, PA – Petersen Events center
August 1 – Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple Theatre
August 5 – Toronto, ONT – Air Canada Centre

The Ballroom Thieves – “Do Something”

By Will Oliver, February 3rd 2018

The Ballroom Thieves are a trio out of Boston who I was first introduced to at Boston Calling 2015. The group recently returned with a new track titled “Do Something,” a sly takedown of the current political climate that they’ve released a year since the Presidental inauguration.

Along with their blend of folk rock, the track mixes in some of their own takes on classic doo-wop sounds that allow Calin Peter’s powerful vocals to do their thing.

You can find the moving “Do Something” posted below along with their upcoming slate of U.S. tour dates

The Ballroom Thieves Tour Dates:

Wed., 2/14 Rochester, NY @ Honest Folk
Thurs., 2/15 Cleveland, OH @ Music Box Supper Club
Fri., 2/16 Kalamazoo, MI @ Bell’s Eccentric Café *
Sat., 2/17 Goshen, IN @ Ignition Music Garage *
Thurs., 2/22 Nashville, TN @ The Basement *
Fri., 2/23 Lexington, KY @ The Burl *
Sat., 2/24 Cincinnati, OH @ Live At The Ludlow Garage *
Wed., 3/7 Kansas City, MO @ The Truman +
Fri., 3/9 Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre +
Sat., 3/10 Fort Collins, CO @ The Lincoln +
Tues., 3/13 Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot +
Wed., 3/14 Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory +
Fri., 3/16 Seattle, WA @ Neptune Theatre +
Sat., 3/17 Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre +
Sun., 3/18 Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom +
Tues., 3/20 San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore +
Wed., 3/21 Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda Theatre +
Thurs., 3/22 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern +
Fri., 3/23 Solana Beach, CA @ Belly Up Tavern +
Wed., 3/28 Dallas, TX @ House Of Blues +
Thurs., 3/29 Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall +
Sat., 3/31 El Dorado, AR @ Griffin Music Hall +
Mon., 4/2 Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s +
Tues., 4/3 Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue +
Thurs., 4/5 Milwaukee, WI @ Turner Hall Ballroom +
Fri., 4/6 Chicago, IL @ House Of Blues +
Sat., 4/7 Detroit, MI @ Majestic Theatre +
Sun., 4/8 Toronto, ON @ The Opera House +
Tues., 4/10 Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom +
Wed., 4/11 Louisville, KY @ Headliners +
Sat., 4/14 Chattanooga, TN @ Walker Theatre – Memorial Auditorium +

* With The Harmaleighs
+ With Phillip Phillips

Tennis – “Diamond Rings” and “I Miss That Feeling”

By Will Oliver, November 20th 2017 — with 1 comment

At this point of their career, Tennis can just release music and I’m comfortable knowing that it will be yet another enjoyable release from the duo of Alaina Moore and Patrick Riley. So many of the other artist that arrived during that golden age of music blogs have either lost a step or faded completely. But not Tennis, they have stayed as consistent as ever, a rare steady hand in a game full of flashes in the pan.

They released their solid new album Yours Conditionally this March via their own label Mutually Detrimental and this month they returned quickly with a new 5-song EP entitled We Can Die Happy.

Below I have shared two very delightful offerings from the EP, the very warm and Tennis-esque cut “Diamond Rings” as well as the sweet and tender “I Miss That Feeling.” Both prove once again that Tennis have no shortage of good tunes, or signs of slowing down anytime soon.

Find both songs posted below along with the bands upcoming winter dates, which include a stop at Brooklyn Steel on January 23.

Tennis Fall/Winter Tour 2018

Nov 24 // San Diego, CA // Music Box •
Nov 25 // Santa Ana, CA // Constellation Room •
Nov 27 // Sacramento, CA // Harlow’s •
Nov 29 // Eugene, OR // Hi-Fi Music Hall •
Nov 30 // Portland, OR // Wonder Ballroom •
Dec 1 // Seattle, WA // Neptune Theater •
Dec 2 // Vancouver, BC // The Cobalt •
Jan 6 // Denver, CO // Ogden Theater
Jan 10 // Omaha, NE // The Waiting Room
Jan 11 // Minneapolis, MN // Fine Line Music Cafe
Jan 12 // Milwaukee, WI // Turner Hall Ballroom
Jan 13 // Chicago, IL // Metro
Jan 15 // Indianapolis, IN // the Hi-Fi
Jan 16 // Detroit, MI // Majestic Theatre
Jan 18 // Toronto, ON // The Mod Club Theatre
Jan 19 // Ithaca, NY // The Haunt
Jan 20 // S. Burlington, VT // Higher Ground Showcase Lounge
Jan 21 // Boston, MA // Royale
Jan 23 // Brooklyn, NY // Brooklyn Steel
Jan 24 // Washington, DC // 9:30 Club
Jan 25 // Philadelphia, PA // Union Transfer
Jan 27 // Carrboro, NC // Cat’s Cradle
Jan 29 // Atlanta, GA // Terminal West
Jan 30 // Nashville, TN // Mercy Lounge
Feb 1 // Dallas, TX // Tree’s
Feb 2 // San Antonio, TX // Paper Tiger
Feb 3 // Austin, TX // Emo’s
• – support by Wild Ones

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