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The Dig Start Their 24-Date Tour Through America on October 3rd in Washington, DC

Video “I Already Forgot Everything You Said” 

New York indie rock band The Dig are giving their fans a gift, as stated on their site: “Email your ticket receipt for any show on the fall tour to to redeem a free download of The Dig’s new album, Midnight Flowers.” 

Earlier the band shared the music video for their acclaimed single “I Already Forgot Everything You Said”, which has been described as a “dreamy track, filled with butterfly-inducing harmonies,” the band chose a run-down but still majestic 19th century building at 5 Beekman Street in Manhattan’s Financial District. In fact, “We were the last people to shoot in this amazing old space before it was gutted,” says singer and bassist Emile Mosseri. The crumbling surroundings still hint at former glories, as befits a song about past loves. Mosseri continues, “The space has kind of a haunting quality to it and we felt like the mood of the song fit the vibe of the building… We all wrote this song together as a band and feel it captures the tone of our new record.”
The Dig released their new album Midnight Flowers on May 29th via Buffalo Jump Records.  Last July they moved to Los Angeles by popular demand for a residency at Silverlake Lounge after playing their successful shows with Ben Kweller in May.  The band is proud to lend their single to Turn the Tide: Songs for “Last Call at the Oasis” a companion charity album to the new film Last Call at the Oasis in support of the global water crisis alongside 20 unreleased exclusive tracks from artists including Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds, Alabama Shakes, My Morning Jacket and more.
The Dig’s sound has been developing ever since the band’s two singers Emile Mosseri and David Baldwin started making music together when they were eleven years old.  After meeting California native Erick Eiser, the three songwriters have been writing tunes and playing in different bands since they were 16 years old. Anchored by sharp guitars, a woozy synth backdrop and airtight vocal harmonies, the new album Midnight Flowers which is produced by Bryce Goggin (Pavement, The Apples In Stereo, Swans, Antony & The Johnsons) via Buffalo Jump Records. It recalls styles ranging from T. Rex to Brian Eno to The Everly Brothers.

The Dig Fall Tour 2012:
w/ The We Shared Milk
10/3   – Washington, DC @ Red Palace – 
10/4   – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie – 
10/5   – Northampton, MA – The Basement – FREE SHOW
10/6   – Brooklyn, NY @ Cameo – 
10/10 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Garfield Artworks – 
10/11 – Columbus, OH @ Kobo – 
10/12 – Chicago, IL @ Tonic Room – 
10/13 – Bowling Green, KY @ Tidball’s – 
10/14 – Nashville, TN @ The Basement – 
10/16 – Oxford, MS @ Proud Larry’s – 
10/17 – Denton, TX @ Hailey’s – 
10/18 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk (indoors) – 
10/19 – San Antonio, TX @ The Limelight – 
10/20 – El Paso, TX @ The Hoppy Monk – 
10/21 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Rogue Bar – 
10/23 – Las Vegas, NV @ The Royal House – FREE SHOW
10/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Bootleg – 
10/25 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe Du Nord – 
10/26 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court – 
10/28 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge – 
10/31 – Minneapolis, MN – Halloween Party @ 400 Bar – 
11/1   – Madison, WI @ The Frequency – 
11/2   – Detroit, MI – Benefit Show @ Starkweather Arts Center – 
11/3   – St. Louis, MO @ Cicero’s – 

The Dig are:
David Baldwin (Guitar/Vocals)
Emile Mosseri (Bass/Vocals)
Erick Eiser (Keyboards/Guitar)
Mark Demiglio (Drums)

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Friends kick off fall tour dates with Two Door Cinema Club

Brooklyn-based band Friends will hit the road this fall with Two Door Cinema Club kicking off tonight at the famed Central Park Summerstage in New York City and winding down in Santa Ana, CA at The Observatory on Sunday, October 28th.

Friends – Samantha Urbani (Vox), Nikki Shapiro (Guitar/Keys), Oliver Duncan (Percussion), and V (Bass) – are touring in support of their heralded, self-produced debut album, Manifest!, released by Fat Possum Records on June 5th.The album is a collection of fun/funky/danceable pop hits, with powerful lyrical themes touching on polyamory, anarchism, empowerment of the individual, being wary of the government and media, existential awe, etc. Manifest! was hailed by The New York Times as”one of the year’s most breathless debuts.” Publications from Dazed and Confused to The London Times all agree that if there “is to be one more band from Brooklyn then it should be Friends.”

Friends are known for their highly spirited live shows, where attendees can expect to be danced with, kissed, and tattooed. Having toured non-stop for the past year, the band most recently brought their “untouchable, cool and indelible, hook-laden pop music,” (Q Magazine) to festival audiences across Europe including two SOLD OUT shows in London.

See them for yourself and quickly learn why NME called them “One of 100 New Bands You Have To Hear.”

Full List of Dates below


28th New York, NY Central Park Summerstage / Rumsey Playfield

29th Philadelphia, PA Electric Factory

30th Boston, MA House of Blues Boston


2nd Washington, DC 9:30 Club

3rd Washington, DC 9:30 Club

7th Cleveland, OH Beachland Tavern*

8th Columbus, OH Newport Music Hall

9th Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre

10th Minneapolis, MN First Avenue

11th Kansas City, MO Beaumont Club

13th Houston, TX House of Blues

14th Austin, TX The Mohawk*

16th Denver, CO Ogden Theatre

17th Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge*

18th Boise, ID Neurolux*

20th Seattle, WA Showbox Sodo

21st Portland, OR Crystal Ballroom

23rd Oakland, CA Fox Theatre

25th Hollywood, CA Hollywood Palladium

26th San Diego, CA SOMA San Diego

27th Las Vegas, NV House of Blues

28th Santa Ana, CA The Observatory

* Not With Two Door Cinema Club

Deleted Scenes – A Bunch of People Who Love You Like Crazy video

DC/NY quartet Deleted Scenes ‘A Bunch Of People Who Love You Like Crazy.’ The track’s off their sophomore album Young People’s Church of the Air, released this summer with Park the Van Records.

Directed by Ben Usie, the video spans at least three levels of consciousness. The man (tier 1) dives into his own psyche to see what appears to be a wonderful encounter with a beautiful woman (tier 2). They are spinning through space and time, as the greater universe spins around them. As time goes on, the tier 2 man and woman suffer from visions of evil in their own heads (tier 3). Not only does the audience get to see how the tier 2 man and woman react to these visions, we also get to see the tier 1 man’s reactions to seeing all of this unfold in his head. These thoughts and emotions are not always logical or linear. While the man and woman in the vision show fear and lack of control, the man watching them beams with voyeuristic excitement. Only after the vision is finished does the tier 1 man show disapproval. The video leaves one asking “Did that vision disappear completely or does it still exist in someone else’s brain now? Can anyone ever escape his own perverse inner universe?”

Deleted Scenes – A Bunch of People Who Love You Like Crazy video

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Matt Mays – Coyote Work album review

Matt Mays returns with his signature folk rock style on Coyote. Both driven and heartfelt, Mays is evocative of the animal that shares the album title: on his own time, roaming, answering to nobody. In fact, his press release explains Matt “(has) been making new music at his pace and doing things the way he wants to do them”. If that doesn’t sound like the Coyote Spirit, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better example.

If you need a little nudge to take that road trip before the winter descends, you can’t do much better than this as a soundtrack. Indio kicks the whole thing off with lyrics like “Run, you are free”… and if that doesn’t get your feet moving south, “Ain’t that the Truth” will at least get them moving, be it dancing, going for a run what have you. It’s motivational, and has “Hit Single” written all over it. Meanwhile, “Loveless” is just down home enough to pull in the listener for another tender listen. Rochambo even has touches of dub reggae, and the total direction change in Madre Padre would even get a nod from James Brown himself. “Queen of Portland Street” is the perfect song for the perfect moment; maybe you’re at a barbecue, or in a bar with friends, and you look around and think to yourself “I wouldn’t change a single thing about right now”. Finally, this link reveals a live version of the album closer, the arrestingly beautiful Chase the Light. He has an accompanying Canadian tour (playing Vancouver’s Commodore Ballroom Oct. 24th) if you like what you heard.

These are just a few examples that prove Mays’ talent is all encompassing, resulting in a well-rounded album in Coyote. His ability to pull at the heartstrings just enough to make you feel makes for a highly enjoyable listen.


Band of Horses – Mirage Rock album review

Band of Horses are a very organic band. There is a sense of carelessness in their songs – not craziness or wildness but a feeling of nonconformity and freedom. It seems as if Band of Horses are making music purely for themselves without a buyer in mind, and that’s great. But sometimes, that lack of intention can turn into a lack of direction. Mirage Rock lacks direction. Band of Horses sounds lost.

What probably led to this confusion was the downward slide that the band seems to be going through. Their first two albums, Everything All the Time and Cease to Begin were critically acclaimed. Their third, Infinite Arms, not so much. So where should they have gone from there? Go back to the trademark sound of the first two albums? Try something new altogether? Or, do what they did, which was oddly attempt to do both.

Mirage Rock starts off different. “Knock Knock,” the album’s opening track and first single is beachier and grungier than the average Band of Horses song. Instead of being perfectly soft and smooth, there are moments of harsh drums and grinding vocals.

But then, the usual sound comes in. Once again, let me reiterate that I love that sound, but even the best bands need to have some variety. The album is hazy and folky, but lacks the passion and soul necessary to keep it afloat. Think back to about half way into Cease to Begin’s “Is There A Ghost” when the entire song just explodes into fireworks and Ben Bridwell belts out, “When I lived alone / Is there a ghost in my house?” That’s what Mirage Rock needs. Explosions. Fire. Soul.

“Slow Cruel Hands of Time” is the typical Band of Horses song. It’s gorgeous but not memorable. “How To Live” has potential, with a pulsing drum beat but never reaches a pinnacle. Throughout, it seems almost as if Band of Horses is lost.

For Band of Horses fans, Mirage Rock will suffice. Regardless of how lackluster the lyrics or overall sound of a song is, simply hearing Bridwell’s voice will make you smile. But for those less familiar, skip this one.


Amanda Palmer – Theatre Is Evil album review

Successful recipient of Kickstarter fan funding and wife of award winning author Neil Gaiman, Amanda Palmer and the Grand Theft Orchestra is back with her third and strongest album to date. With a sound that could be compared to a strange fusion of Metric, Imogeon Heap, and Joy Division, Theatre Is Evil is a CD that shows some real musical growth.

Infused with industrial electronics, pianos, guitars, and Palmer’s low vocals, the sound of Theatre Is Evil is one that swells and ebbs from track to track. Pulsating energy in one song and in the next filled with quiet emotion.  Smile (Pictures Or It Didn’t Happen) was the album opener and almost felt like a throw away track to me. Lacking any definitive direction it could have been happily nestled away on a B-Side of a single somewhere and almost had me ready to disregard the rest of the album. That being said by the time I got to Do It With A Rockstar I was fairly firmly onboard with what was happening. The opening almost reminded me of the opening of a The Who stadium rock anthem.

The song that I have probably listened to the most is Grown Man Cry. Truly this is the song that stands out to me as the strongest offering on the album. The song firmly puts me in mind of Depeche Mode and I have to say…it is a sound that Palmer pulls off really well. Mournful and bitter sounding, the song is haunting. This low tone continues through the next song, Trout Heart Replica, which features Amanda on the piano and shows that she is just as capable in her own voice.

The Grand Theft Orchestra doesn’t always play second fiddle on this album. Mid-way through the tracklist we get treated to an epic sounding instrumental which is aptly title Grand Theft Intermission. The break is nice and acts as a good changeup. I can almost picture a strange tango performed by a theatre of the damned as I listed to this. It works.

All in all, this album wasn’t what I was expecting (although to be honest I’m not sure what it was that I was expecting). Palmer’s sound was refreshing to me and I know that a few of these tracks are going to be added to my regular playlists.

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Other Lives Premiere “Take Us Alive” Mind The Gap EP Out October 23rd on tbd records U.S. Fall Tour Dates

Other Lives announce the release of Mind The Gap EP out October 23rd on tbd records. The EP was recorded by the band this past summer in a studio in Sutton Courtenay, Oxfordshire, England and features the Atoms For Peace Remix of “Tamer Animals”. The EP also features the tracks “Dead Can” which was written during the band’s recent world tour and was “mostly recorded in the van using a lap top, because we were touring so much. That’s what gives it an electro feel” along with “Take Us Alive”, which is “based on a violin loop that was written in my parents’ backyard”, explains lead singer Jesse Tabish. Look out for Other Lives back on the road on a full U.S. tour this Fall (dates below).

Mind The Gap EP Tracklisting:

1. Take Us Alive
2. Dead Can
3. Tamer Animals (Atoms For Peace Remix)
4. Dust Bowl


10.19 – Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO
10.20 – Urban Lounge – Salt Lake City, UT
10.22 – Pink Garter Theatre – Jackson, WY
10.23 – Top Hat – Missoula, MT
10.25 – Neptune Theatre – Seattle, WA
10.26 – Electric Owl – Vancouver, BC
10.27 – Wonder Ballroom – Portland, OR
10.29 – Harlow’s – Sacramento, CA
10.30 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA
11.01 – Don Quixote’s – Felton, CA
11.02 – Soho – Santa Barbara, CA
11.03 – El Rey Theatre – Los Angeles, CA
11.04 – The Casbah – San Diego, CA
11.05 – The Crescent Ballroom – Phoenix, AZ
11.08 – Sons Of Hermann Hall – Dallas, TX
11.10 – Fitzgerald’s-Upstairs – Houston, TX
11.12 – Bottletree – Birmingham, AL
11.13 – 3rd & Lindsley – Nashville, TN
11.15 – Gabe’s – Iowa City, IA
11.16 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN
11.17 – Turner Hall – Milwaukee, WI
11.19 – The Pyramid Scheme – Grand Rapids, MI
11.20 – Magic Stick Lounge – Detroit, MI
11.21 – Beachland Ballroom & Tavern – Cleveland, OH
11.23 – Horseshoe Tavern – Toronto, ON
11.24 – Cabaret Mile-End – Montreal, QC
11.26 – Space Gallery – Portland, ME
11.27 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
11.28 – Bowery Ballroom – New York, NY
11.29 – Music Hall of Williamsburg – Brooklyn, NY
11.30 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, D.C.
12.01 – Johnny Brenda’s – Philadelphia, PA
12.03 – Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA
12.04 – The Basement – Columbus, OH
12.07 – Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
12.08 – Lincoln Hall – Chicago, IL

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The Blakes performing at CMJ

“The Blakes return with yet another stellar record proving
they’re one of the best rock bands out there today.”
– John Richards, KEXP

“Dandy Warhols-ish swampy guitars, twitchy Strokes rhythms, and power-pop vocal harmonies, offering an energetic and unmannered romp through modern rock radio.”
– Pitchfork

The Blakes are back on the road next month showcasing at CMJ followed by tour dates in Philly, Boston, DC and Chicago with more dates to be added soon.

The Seattle trio released Art of Losses this summer and in 34 minutes, the album zips through dreamy pop, electro-tinged rock, moody post-punk and lo-fi guitars mixed with big harmonies. Whitney Matheson of USA Today’s “Pop Candy Blog” said, “I’ve been listening to this album all week long and can’t say enough good things about the band… catchy pop to punk to rockabilly; no matter what genre they tackle, the result is always impressive.”

Accolades continued from KEXP, Consequence of Sound, RCRDLBL, PopMatters, Blurt and more. Emily Zemler at RCRD LBL called Art of Losses, “A terse collection of alt-pop numbers. The title track is a swaggering rocker that pairs grungy guitars with pensively mopey vocals, throwing back to ‘60s-style rock.”

Oct 17 – New York, NY – Bowery Electric – Tijuana Gift Shop CMJ Showcase – 11pm
Oct 20 – Brooklyn, NY – The Rock Shop – Hudson Whiskey Presents TGS CMJ Day Party – 6pm
Oct 22 – Philadelphia, PA – Ortlieb’s Lounge
Oct 23 – Boston, MA – TT The Bear’s
Oct 25 – Toronto, ONT – The Garrison
Oct 28 – Washington, DC – The Red Palace
Oct 31 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s

“The 12-track Art of Losses finds the band wandering into new territory as they fan out their sound past their post-punk origins… the more vast sound maximizes the trio’s potential like never before.”
– Amanda Koellner, Consequence of Sound

“This is another tremendous effort from the Seattle-based power trio. There’s a youthful exuberance that sidles up to an appreciation for the past and a sharp focus on staying themselves.”
– Steven Spoerl, PopMatters

“The best approach to the Blakes is simply to throw the disc, or switch, on. Which is far from a rough assignment.”
– Mary Leary, BLURT

“ Art of Losses opens the band’s sound wide, expanding its garage-rock palette to include dreamy pop, driving synthesizer riffs and eerie vocal harmonies… the band absorbs its musical touchstones seamlessly, filtering them through its own unique sensibilities to create one of the more intriguing indie-rock albums in recent memory.”
– Sam Gnerre, LA Daily News

“From the jangling soul-rock of ‘Paralysis’ to the tambourine-dream, 60s-leaning melodies of ‘New Friends’, this is an album built on diversity and heart, reflection and acceptance.”
– Alyssa Coluccio, PureVolume

“Literate, dreamy indie pop songs, perfect for lazing away a day in the Seattle sun … a series of cheery melodies, blankets of reverb, and waves of nostalgia.”
– Seattle Weekly

“The Blakes have managed to capture audiences with their new yet old sound. The Seattle natives, comprised of three talented gentlemen, contain many different styles in their music, ranging from electronic to honky tonk.”
– Jonny Cohn, The Aquarian

“Art of Losses… moves from The Dandy Warhols’ to Modest Mouse and David Bowie-like vocals. The album is inescapable, offering something for every rock genre all the way down to my favorite track (surely to be on our year end lists) titled ‘Sea Fishing (Slow It Down)’.”
– Music Under Fire

“A wide spectrum alt rock/garage pop thesis… stripped to the basics rock, with crunchy guitars and powerpop vocals, both of which honor their ’60s influences without mimicking them — from swampy, bluesy and booze-soaked to dreamy and melodic… one of the country’s finer bands.”
– When You Motor Away

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The Joy Formidable Announce intimate Fall Headline Tour Dates in US

The Joy Formidable Announce intimate Fall Headline Tour in US, supporting Muse in UK & Europe New Single “This Ladder Is Ours” at radio now and released October 9

The Joy Formidable are excited to announce that “This Ladder Is Ours,” the first US single from their upcoming album Wolf’s Law, will be released on October 9, after the song headed to radio on Wednesday, September 26. You can stream “This Ladder Is Ours” now at the link below:

The Joy Formidable are ready to bring their roaring live shows back to the United States for a number of headlining dates this fall. The intimate tour, where the band will preview songs from the new record, begins on November 08 in New York City at The Bowery Hotel, followed by shows in Brooklyn and Chicago at the 100 person capacity, rarely played Top Note Theater before the band hits the West Coast for shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. For this short tour, the band have booked much smaller venues than they normally would, some of which are non-traditional venues.. With a phenomenal and well deserved live reputation, these shows will be an early chance for fans to hear the new tracks prior to the release of Wolf’s Law in January of 2013. For full itinerary, please see below.

The band have also been hand-picked to open for Muse across some of their European dates beginning at the end of October, including a two-night stint at London’s O2 Arena.

The band also recently unveiled the music video for “Cholla,” another song from their upcoming full-length LP Wolf’s Law. Check out the video at the link below:

Wolf’s Law is the second album from The Joy Formidable and the follow-up to their breakthrough debut The Big Roar which saw the band praised by the likes of The New York Times, SPIN, and NME as one of the most exciting new UK bands to emerge in 2010. Mixed by Andy Wallace and recorded by the band in Maine, North Wales and London, preview track “Wolf’s Law” and the recently released “Cholla” have already re-established the trio with NME suggesting that this album ‘could well see them become the next big British guitar band’.

Upcoming Tour Dates

10/16 – Montpellier, France @ Park & Suites Arena*

10/18 – Paris, France @ Bercy*

10/20 – Madrid, Spain @ Palacio de Deportes*

10/24 – Glasgow @ SECC*

10/26 – London @ O2 Arena*

10/27 – London @ O2 Arena*

10/30 – Birmingham @ LG Arena*

11/01 – Manchester @ MEN Arena*

11/08 – New York, NY @ School Night at The Bowery Hotel

11/11 – Brooklyn, NY @ “Communion” at Littlefield

11/14 – Chicago, IL @ Top Note Theater

11/19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour

11/20 – San Francisco, CA @ Preservation Hall West / The Chapel
11/25 – Toronto, ON @ Sound Academy – EDGE Jingle Bell Concert Series

11/28 – Providence, RI @ Lupo’s – WBRU 43rd BIRTHDAY BASH
12/01 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Vinoy Park – 97X Next Big Thing
12/02 – Jacksonville, FL @ Metropolitan Park – WXXJ BIG TICKET

12/06 – Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom – KNRK December to Remember

*Supporting Muse

Five Finger Death Punch’s American Capitalist Certified Gold

Five Finger Death Punch’s American Capitalist (Prospect Park) has been certified gold by the RIAA for shipping over 500,000 copies in the U.S. This milestone marks the third consecutive release from the band to achieve gold certification, with The Way of The Fist (2007) and War Is The Answer (2009) achieving this feat prior. American Capitalist debuted at number 3 on the Billboard charts on October 11, 2011. In a challenging retail environment, Five Finger Death Punch is one of the few amongst any genre to consistently see significant success both digitally and physically. The band’s album sales are complemented with steady single sales that cumulatively have surpassed 3.6 million songs sold.

On achieving this significant milestone with three consecutive gold certified albums, guitarist Zoltan Bathory shared, “I think it’s a huge win for all of us, not just for us as a band but for the entire genre of Hard Rock and Heavy Metal. This is a loud and clear indicator that heavy music is in demand and if a relatively new band like us can accomplish something like this, then maybe be this is just the prelude for the shape of things to come.”

“The hard work continues to pay off. In a time when rock is supposed to have one foot in the grave and the idea of selling albums has become a lost cause, FFDP and Prospect Park have continued to defy industry expectations and have triumphed again – with a third straight gold record, ten Top Ten singles at Active Rock radio, a Number One song in ‘Coming Down,’ and a whole legion of dedicated fans!” said Prospect Park Records’ Deb Klein.

Five Finger Death Punch’s most recent single “Coming Down” reached number one on the Active Rock charts. This success marked the tenth consecutive Top 10 hit at the format, cementing the act’s position as one of the most relevant in Rock. Going back to “The Bleeding” in the spring of 2008, Five Finger Death Punch has consistently been one of the most heavily played bands at rock radio, as “Never Enough,” “Stranger Than Fiction,” “Hard To See,” “Walk Away,” “Bad Company,” “Far From Home,” “Under And Over It,” “Remember Everything,” and most recently “Coming Down,” each has become an anthem in its own right. Singer Ivan Moody recently shared, “radio stations across the U.S., and basically the whole World, have been very supportive of the band. We are grateful and remain indebted to them for stepping behind us, and as our fan base continues to grow year after year, it is clear that rock radio is far from dead. People are listening. With ‘Coming Down,’ there is obviously a deep message of hope this song lyrically offers. To have success on the radio with a track that is so meaningful to me personally, and many others, is an amazing feeling.”