Elbow tour dates and Elbow up for a Mercury Prize for album of the year


09/18/11 – Austin City Limits, Zilker Park – Austin, TX
09/20/11 – Center Stage – Atlanta, GA
09/22/11 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
09/23/11 – Popped Festival, FDR Park – Philadelphia, PA
09/25/11 – Terminal 5 – New York, NY
09/26/11 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
09/28/11 – Sound Academy – Toronto, ON
10/01/11 – The Greek Theater – Los Angeles, CA

Elbow Documentary (South Bank Show)

Following the success of ‘build a rocket boys!’, Manchester’s multi-award, Mercury Music Prize winning five-piece are returning for a North American tour this fall in support of their 5th critically acclaimed studio album.

Up until now, ‘build a rocket boys!’ may be better known as the band’s most recent album, released via Downtown/Fiction Records in the U.S. and available in all good stores and iTunes since their Coachella performance in April of this year. Although folks may now have to get used to a very different kind of ‘build a rocket boys!’ this fall; with the band’s very own special brew of ale, thanks to the help of Bredbury’s own Robinson’s Brewery in Greater Manchester.

“Lead singer Guy Garvey and his four bandmates – all real ale fans – enlisted the brewery to help them create a beer… After a tour of the Robinsons Brewery, bottling plant and tasting room, the lads came up with a unique golden ale. Described as having a ‘rich, rounded body, smooth bitterness, subtle tang of malt and a fruity aroma’, the 4% ale will be named ‘Build A Rocket Boys!” to continue celebrating the success and longevity the album has had in 2011, not to mention the ‘build a rocket boys!’ beer inclusion into this year’s Manchester Food and Drink Festival, reports the Manchester Evening News.

And a cause to celebrate and drink their special brewed ale they certainly have, for they were recently shortlisted and tipped to win the Mercury Prize Music Award for the ‘2011 Albums of the Year’, rivalling against fellow Brits such as Adele, James Blake, PJ Harvey, Metronomy, and Katy B to name a few.

Since the release of ‘build a rocket boys!’ this spring, the band made a whirlwind trip to perform at this years Coachella Festival. As the sun set, the band wowed the crowds and critics alike with their powerful performance, complete with strings on stage and an impressive catalogue of songs, garnering impressive reviews hailing them as the highlight act of this years festival by many major publications.

Due to an overwhelming response, the band has decided to honor the demand and set their sights across the Atlantic again. The tour kicks off in the sunny south at the prestigious Austin City Limits, then up to the north-east for select shows including New York City’s Terminal 5 before venturing all the way west, ending up at The Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

Earlier this year, elbow completed their first headlining UK arena tour, including 2 sold out nights at London’s O2 arena, confirming them as one of the worlds most treasured live and studio artists of our time. Last month, the band also be performed alongside Coldplay on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury and on the main stage before Muse at Reading and Leeds festivals this summer.

Be sure to catch the band perform live on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday, September 21st.

“This performance is not just the highlight of this year’s festival so far but one of the all-time greats.”
– Guardian (Glastonbury 2011 Review)

“Stripped-down nostalgic moodscape that shows an impressive band at peace with the space they’ve carved out over two decades.” – Interview Magazine

“These guys don’t luck into a song, they raise it from the hard-scrabble earth, tilling the soil till they’ve got a big banyon tree of a creation with sprawling limbs.” – Los Angeles Times

“Elbow are about to get the love they deserve from Amercian audiences.” – Daily News

“Elbow ready to rocket in the U.S.” – Billboard Magazine

“Mercury Prize winners Elbow were a master’s class in rendering beautiful, thoughtful music. Set against the day’s sunset, Elbow was a step above most bands out there.” Under The Radar

“Expansive yet intimate, ornate yet seductive, this is capital-A Art rock without pretense, but with tremendous heart.” – SPIN Magazine

“But if you were looking for texture, one had to look no further than the Brit-pop gospel of Elbow who made their return. Guy Garvey, the band’s heart and soul, seemed truly moved by the crowd’s affections in the overflowing Mojave tent, a set that ushered in the sun down.” – Filter Magazine

“heartfelt and evocative” – Paste Magazine

“The gorgeous “Lippy Kids” harkens back to the Talk Talk spirituals of their early work, but what’s remarkable about it is the totality of its lyrical warmth.” – Pitchfork, 2011

“Elbow, the British band whose new album, “Built a Rocket Boys!” (Fiction), continues its tradition of anthemic yet intimate rock. Led by singer- songwriter Guy Garvey, Elbow’s seven-song, 50-minute set went by in a satisfying flash” – Wall Street Journal

‘build a rocket boys! is Elbow at its finest’ – Under The Radar

“As the sun began to set, the veteran Manchester band showed why they’re masters of channeling their compatriot forebears. Even in the space of one tune like “Neat Little Rows,” the band touched on everything from Radiohead’s guitar sweep, the booming synth-dappled drama of ’70s-era Who, and the crunching slide guitar and atom bomb kick drum attack of Led Zeppelin.” SPIN Magazine

“The next Mercury Prize winner I see blows me away. The elegant orchestral anthems of Elbow felt like gorgeous landscape paintings in a sea of graffiti in the early-evening heat” – LA Buzzbands

“Garvey and his band put on a stunning show, one heavy on material from their latest long player, Build a Rocket Boys! The set was grandiose and celebratory without pretense.” – Pop Matters

“One of England’s finest Elbow came to Coachella in a mere fifty minutes demonstrated what beauty could feel like in music. Playing the title track and opening number from their new album build a rocket boys as well as select favorites from their back catalog, Elbow’s show was uplifting and poignant.” – MXDWN

“With Build A Rocket Boys! Elbow has again secured themselves as serious heavyweights. They’re not glitzy, they’re not glam, they don’t prance or preen. They simply turn up and land the punches. We’re only in April, and already here’s a contender for album of the year. It’s not poked anyone out of the way; it’s not antagonizing anyone. It’s simply standing in the ring, unassumingly ready to state its case. Watch out for the body-blows. These tunes give as much breath as they take away.” – Buzzine

“Details make ‘build a rocket boys!’ warrant repeat listenings” – Popmatters

“Elbow is, as always, confidently striking out into its own sonic world and returning with another set of slow-building but never plodding tracks, songs for us to dig into and pull apart even as, on the surface, they glide along so beautifully.” – Prefix

“Garvey remains as clever as ever within this expansive new sonic palate, offering lyrics both witty and touching.” The Onion

“This fifth studio album is a humbly gorgeous collection, propelling an already dynamic band into even more dramatic, heart-wrenching territory. Creating their own musical universe with honest imagery and evocative songwriting.” – Boston Phoenix

“It’s tough to be epic and intimate simultaneously, but Elbow does so with an ease that sounds effortless, Build A Rocket, Boys! will finally break them internationally.” – Courier Journal

“Life-affirming but never hokey, inventive but never pretentious, “Build a Rocket Boys!” is a sweet follow-up to Elbow’s previous album. These lippy kids from Manchester will lift your soul and give you hope in a way few others can.” – Detroit Free Press

“With orchestral and choral accents, it’s a recipe that from other bands’ kitchens might end up overly sappy but in Elbow’s masterful hands and delivered through Guy Garvey’s rough and yearning vocals, it deftly sidesteps melodrama pitfalls and is never anything less than gorgeous.” – Dallas News

“It’s a bittersweet photo album stained with Guinness and tears. Garvey is our kind of genius, a restless musicmaker who isn’t afraid.” Tampa Bay

“Its lyrical poetry heartfelt but detached enough that it’s just really cool. Someone remind me to mention this in the “Best Albums of 2011” list.”- Hippo Press

“Boys! is another intriguing sonic journey.” Hear Say Now

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