Sondre Lerche to release new album and Sondre Lerche tour dates

SONDRE LERCHE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM JUNE 7TH SONDRE CURRENTLY ON HEADLINING TOUR VIDEO FOR SINGLE “PRIVATE CALLER” NOW ONLINE AMAZON “DEAL OF THE DAY” CONFIRMED FOR JUNE 7th KEXP, KCRW, KFOG, WNRN & MORE JUMP ON “SONDRE LERCHE”

Sondre Lerche is gearing up for the upcoming release of his self-titled album out June 7th on Mona Records. In support of the album Consequence Of Sound praises for “showcasing Lerche’s best traits as a songwriter,” Sondre is currently on a North American headlining tour. Tour dates below.

With an overwhelming response, Sondre’s new album will be Amazon’s “Deal Of The Day” on June 7th and radio stations across the country are jumping on first single “Private Caller.” In addition, Sondre will perform on KEXP, KCRW, KFOG and WNKU, among others, throughout June. Stay tuned for more details.

An artist The Los Angeles Times calls “one of the most talented names in contemporary pop” with “a live performance that should not be missed” Sondre is extremely excited to hit the road and premiere his new songs.

To get fans excited for the upcoming dates, Sondre is streaming single “Private Caller” and new song “Domino.” Links below (approved to embed).

The official video for “Private Caller” premiered on Stereogum last week. Check it out here: http://stereogum.com/712392/sondre-lerche-private-caller-video-stereogum-premiere/video/

Along with Rolling Stone, Spin Magazine, Elle, USA Today, BlackBook, Redbook, Filter, Paste and countless others, early praise comes from Bust Magazine who raves, “Sondre is at his hook-heavy best here, stripping each melody to its barest bone. Will 2011 be the year of Sondre Lerche? Here’s hoping.” NY Magazine adds SONDRE LERCHE is “worth the wait. On the self-titled release, the follow-up to 2009’s wonderful Heartbeat Radio, Lerche trades sonic variety for candid directness, maintaining throughout his knack for sweet, hummable melodies.”

Not only can fans hear new songs below but one can also listen to an intimate session Sondre recently did with Daytrotter, which drew rave reviews. “He’s a writer who’s able to nimbly tackle the worrisome questions that we all have, spinning them into golden streamers, pieces that we’d enjoy listening to as the antidote to all that ails us … He’s a popsmith with enough pure genius and innovation in his arrangements and melodies to confuse the matter – of not knowing what’s supposed to be bringing us down or cheering us up. He’s not just another pretty song songwriter. He’s a modern day Burt Bacharach, whose raindrops aren’t causing any depression.”

TOUR DATES:

June 1st Sala Rossa Montreal, QC
June 2nd Paradise Rock Club Boston, MA
June 3rd World Café Live Philadelphia, PA
June 4th Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
June 7th 9:30 Club Washington, DC
June 9th Cats Cradle Carrboro, NC
June 10th 12th & Porter Nashville, TN
June 11th The Variety Atlanta, GA
June 12th Workplay Birmingham, AL
June 14th Southgate House Newport, KY
June 15th Old Rock House St Louis, MO
June 17th Fine Line Minneapolis, MI
June 18th Schubas Chicago, IL
June 19th Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
June 21st Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
June 22nd Urban Lounge Salt Lake City, UT
June 25th The Croc Seattle, WA
June 26th Doug Fir Portland, OR
June 28th Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
June 29th El Rey Los Angeles, CA
June 30th Belly Up San Diego, CA

Porcelain Raft signs to Secretly Canadian

PORCELAIN RAFT SIGNS TO SECRETLY CANADIAN

We are incredibly excited to announce that Porcelain Raft, aka Rome native Mauro Remiddi, has signed with Secretly Canadian, the venerated label responsible for launching the stellar likes of Antony and the Johnsons, Here We Go Magic and Yeasayer into the wider consciousness.

Currently writing and recording his debut LP, Remiddi attracted attention and acclaim in 2010 when he released his debut single, “Tip Of Your Tongue” and the “Gone Blind” EP, both on the taste-making label Acephale. Winning plaudits on both side of the pond (Pitchfork lauded the “intimate sounding, homespun guitar pop that seems to be in short supply these days,” while the Guardian named him their “favourite abstract-computer-kid-sings-heart-out of 2010”), Remiddi went on to support the likes of Blonde Redhead, Yuck, Perfume Genius and more, before leaving audiences at SXSW spellbound by his distinctive vein of ethereal, mesmeric love songs. A full-length album is expected soon, but for now, you can listen to the brand new track, “Amateur’s Feeling,” below.

MOOGFEST 2011, OCTOBER 28-30 IN ASHEVILLE, NC, ANNOUNCES INITIAL LINEUP

MOOGFEST 2011, OCTOBER 28-30 IN ASHEVILLE, NC, ANNOUNCES INITIAL LINEUP!

THE FLAMING LIPS, PASSION PIT, STS9, GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY, CRYSTAL CASTLES, CHROMEO, BATTLES, UMPHREY’S MCGEE, MAYER HAWTHORNE & THE COUNTY, M83, TIM HECKER, TORO Y MOI, AUSTRA, MATTHEW DEAR, GOLD PANDA & more to play this year’s festival.

German electronic/spacerock explorers TANGERINE DREAM to present exclusive US performance.

Punk/electronic iconoclasts SUICIDE to perform their legendary first album in its entirety.

Electronic pioneer HANS-JOACHIM ROEDELIUS to perform solo.

More CONCERTS, WORKSHOPS, TALKS, INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES, ART INSTALLATIONS to be announced in coming weeks.

WEEKEND PASSES ON SALE SATURDAY, JUNE 4, AT 12:00 NOON EASTERN

Asheville, NC – AC Entertainment is proud to announce the initial lineup for Moogfest 2011, the annual festival of electronic and visionary music, celebrating the innovative spirit of Bob Moog, inventor of the Moog synthesizer. Taking place Oct. 28 – 30, in beautiful Asheville, NC, Moogfest’s Halloween harvest of musical delights builds on the tremendous success of last year’s reinvention of the Moogfest concept in the city that Bob Moog called home.

This year’s Moogfest lineup highlights a remarkable synergy of classic electronic music pioneers, contemporary groundbreaking artists, and young upstarts who are further pushing musical boundaries. ‘70s innovators, including Tangerine Dream, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Suicide, will present rare US performances as they join a lineup that includes the Flaming Lips, Passion Pit, STS9, Ghostland Observatory, Crystal Castles, Chromeo, Battles, Umphrey’s McGee, Mayer Hawthorne & The County, M83, Holy F**k, Matthew Dear, Twin Shadow, Toro y Moi, The Naked And Famous, Tim Hecker, Anika, Austra, Causing A Tiger, and Gold Panda, with many others still to be announced.

The final Moogfest 2011 lineup will ultimately feature performances by over 60 internationally acclaimed artists in numerous venues throughout downtown, including the Asheville Civic Center Arena, the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium, and world-renown Orange Peel Social & Pleasure Club. The festival will also host workshops, talks, interactive experiences and art exhibitions and installations.

“Last year’s reinvented Moogfest – the first to take place in Asheville – was an amazing experience – and the response from artists and fans alike was extraordinary,” says AC Entertainment founder, Ashley Capps. “We’re very excited and inspired to build upon that success for the 2011 festival.”

Weekend passes for Moogfest 2011 will go on sale on Saturday, June 4, at 12 Noon Eastern exclusively at www.moogfest.com.

Visit the official festival website, www.moogfest.com, for more information.

Moogfest 2011 Confirmed Artists:
Flaming Lips
Passion Pit
Tangerine Dream
STS9
Ghostland Observatory
Suicide (performing their legendary first album)
Crystal Castles
Chromeo
Battles
Umphrey’s McGee
M83
Mayer Hawthorne & The County
Adrian Belew Power Trio
Hans-Joachim Roedelius
Holy F**k
Matthew Dear
Toro Y Moi
Twin Shadow
Oneohtrix Point Never
The Naked And Famous
Tim Hecker
Brandt Bauer Frick
Cant
Gold Panda
Austra
Little Dragon
Anika
Causing A Tiger
Ford & Lopatin

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones – Rocket Science album review

Non-fans of the banjo are legion, and reluctantly I count myself among them.  I think of the banjo as something like balsamic vinegar: it’s excellent in small doses but if you drink a pint glass of it you’ll probably become ill.  I feel the same about the harmonica, especially that excessively smooth harmonica sound Toots Theilmans made so popular in the theme to Midnight Cowboy.  That’s the harmonica tone Howard Levy delivers in Rocket Science.  You can even make out the first strains of “Midnight Cowboy Theme” in the track “Falani” on this album.

 That being said, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with what Rocket Science does.  There are some good tracks, especially “The Secret Drawer,” in which drummer Roy “Futureman” Wooten gets the chance to shine, and the banjo and harmonica take a hiatus.  “Like Water” is another good one.  It borrows its melody from Irish jigs, and gets away from the frenetic arpeggios the banjo so often lends itself to.  I could easily see Rocket Science providing the background music at a Red Lobster or Outback Steakhouse, although played too loud I might become agitated and demand my steak be delivered as I had ordered it, and with ear plugs and a slug of rum to boot. 

 Bassist Victor Wooten, Roy Wooten’s brother, does a good job filling out the quartet.  The band’s present configuration is relatively new, since Howard Levy, who also plays piano on Rocket Science, hasn’t been in the group since 1992 when he was replaced by saxophonist Jeff Coffin.   In 2008 Coffin accepted an invitation to join the Dave Matthews Band and Levy rejoined. 

Bela Fleck and the Flecktones have been around for a long time, and if you’re not a banjo fan there’s a good chance listening to the unique things Fleck does with the instrument will convert you.  He incorporates African, classical and even European folk music into his compositions, and this inventiveness has garnered the band five Grammy Awards.   Checkout www.flecktones.com for dates and locations of their current North American tour.

Sloan – The Double Cross album review

Sloan releases 20th anniversary album The Double Cross

Fans of Canadian rock band Sloan will surely not be disappointed with the band’s latest album, a celebration of their 20th anniversary of their first show. Recently switching record labels from Murderecords to Outside Music, Sloan has continued to put out the same high-quality music that their fans expect of them. The Double Cross, Sloan’s tenth album, continues in the tradition of the band’s extensive discography.

Though The Double Cross is Sloan’s shortest album to date, clocking in at under 35 minutes, the album feels well thought out. The songs are brief, but always sound polished. The rambunctious energy of The Double Cross might have even been a little too much with a longer duration.

While generally upbeat, one of the highlights of the album is a slower song, “Green Gardens, Cold Montreal.” On this track, the listener is allowed a peek into a darker side of the band, where “friends blow away like a cloud.”

Quirky lyrics like those about a girl “who wears sunscreen in the middle of winter to remind herself of summers that were kind” are one of the most enjoyable aspects of the album, and give the listener something to think about.

The rest of the album is raucous and energetic, but its slick production keeps the album from sounding messy. The band’s harmonies offer a touch of sweetness, and the percussion (perfect for fans to air-drum along to) drives the album on.

The Double Cross is certainly an album for the fans, not the critics. Sloan hasn’t shown much growth with this album, although fans probably won’t care very much. The catchy tunes on The Double Cross will likely please long time fans of the band, and it’s easy to imagine fans singing along to them, never missing a single beat, at Sloan’s next show.