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DFA Records Short Film Premieres Today || Red Bull Music Academy

Unique, Frenzied And Entertaining Look Inside The Iconic NYC Record Label That Made The Indie Kids Dance

Featuring Appearances By James Murphy, Jonathan Galkin, Juan Maclean, Members Of LCD Soundsystem And Many More

May 25: Red Bull Music Academy Presents Seven-Hour 12th Anniversary Party At Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall Featuring The Entire Label Family


Today, May 8th Red Bull Music Academy released a 12-minute short film about New York record label, DFA Records. Fans will catch a rare inside look into the history, stories and details that accompany the origination and daily operations of the “iconic and somewhat renown independent music label.” From interviews with founders James Murphy and Jonathan Galkin to candid appearances by members of LCD Soundsystem, The Rapture, and Holy Ghost!, to unseen archive footage, the unique story of this NYC institution will be told for the first time.

Founded in 2001 by James Murphy, Jonathan Galkin, and Tim Goldsworthy, DFA Records is home to the likes of Juan Maclean, Sh*t Robot, Planningtorock, YACHT, and many more. The label has grown steadily over the past 12 years, having released 141 12’’ singles, 34 albums, and six compilations – all while keeping its production and operations small and family-like, as Galkin describes in the film, “DFA is a family; ‘dysfunctional’ is a good word to use.”

DFA Records was instrumental in sparking a musical movement now commonly referred to as indie dance. “Throughout the 90s dance music was not something that was accepted in any way in the indie rock world,” says The Juan Maclean. By almost single-handedly changing that, DFA became an era-defining New York City institution.

Galkin comments, “this film perfectly and quickly captures the story of our label DFA, a story that is told many different ways by many different characters – and honestly no one remembers much all too clearly. The filmmakers really capture the close knit creative sprit of what we do and the perculiar ways we do it.”

Alongside the short film, on May 25th, Red Bull Music Academy will take over Brooklyn’s Grand Prospect Hall for an epic seven-hour, multi-room celebration of the label’s 12th anniversary. The night will see performances by James Murphy and over 15 more live acts and DJs spanning the entire history of DFA, including some fist ever US performances.

“Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic: 12 Years of DFA” is a m ss ng p eces production. m ss ng p eces is a Brooklyn-based production company inspired by storytelling, technology and the limitless potential of the web. Narrated by Marc Maron and directed by Max Joseph (of MTV’s Catfish), the originality and creativity of the short film is a true testament to the vision of m ss ng p eces. CEO and Executive Producer Ari Kuschnir says, “DFA’s music was a part of the reason why I moved to New York, so it’s been a dream to tell their story for the first time. It feels like a way to give back for all those sweaty nights I’ve danced to DFA songs, and a great reminder that all successful creative families are lovingly dysfunctional. I hope a new generation will watch this film, get inspired, and get into the music.”

“Too Old To Be New, Too New To Be Classic: 12 Years of DFA” will be released on www.redbullmusicacademy.com on May 8th at 10am Eastern Time.

Fans can also listen to songs from the film and other DFA favorites on Spotify.

www.redbullmusicacademy.com is an essential online destination for those with a passion for sound. With an archive of hundreds of lecture videos – featuring musical luminaries ranging from Erykah Badu to MF Doom, Skream to Morton Subotnick, and everything in between – the site is a perennial one-stop-shop for inspiration on the web. The website also plays home to Red Bull Music Academy Films, written features from today’s top music scribes, and of course daily updates from the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy that is currently happening in New York City through May 31st.

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Mother Falcon Releases New Album You Knew Today

“Diverse and inventive, “You Knew” positively spills over with ideas and enthusiasm — the hallmark of a left-field treasure to discover and cherish.” – NPR Music

A truly rare species of bird, Mother Falcon combine orchestral music and indie rock in a way that few have heard before; dynamic and infectious, the band’s debut album You Knew (out today) expertly layers the instrumentation of all eighteen band members on the band’s genre-defying album.

The group – which boasts three cellos, six violins, horns a plenty, several pianos, a bassoon and a glockenspiel – has developed a cult following in their native Austin, receiving as many accolades for their innovative film scoring as for their electric live rock club performances. They were even cited and as one of Bob Boilen’s “15 Essential Moments From SXSW 2013” and Stephen Thompson dubbed the group his “favorite young band of the festival’s opening night.”

Recently signed to Red Ryder Entertainment, the band is excited to share a booking agency with Andrew Bird, The Magnetic Fields, Sharon Van Etten and more as they continue to grow and start taking their live show on the road. Mother Falcon will be embarking upon a New York City residency at Joe’s Pub in June and another in Los Angeles in August, along with a string of regional tour dates in between including World Café Life on June 22nd in Philadelphia.

In just three years together, Mother Falcon has crafted a signature soundscape with their blending of traditional rock elements and whirling horns with strings that dominate and dance behind emotive vocal turns, balancing the distinctive croon of Tamir Kalifa against ethereal harmonies between Nick Gregg and Claire Puckett.

Download “Blue and Gold”

Upcoming Tour Dates
6/02/13 – New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
6/04/13 – Brooklyn, NY – Littlefield
6/09/13 – New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
6/11/13 – Brooklyn, NY – Littlefield
6/13/13 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall
6/18/13 – Brooklyn, NY – Littlefield
6/19/13 – Washington DC – Kennedy Center
6/22/13 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
6/23/13 – New York, NY – Joe’s Pub
6/25/13 – Brooklyn, NY – Littlefield
6/30/13 – New York, NY – Joe’s Pub

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ZZ Ward Announces Summer Tour and Festival Run Two New Tracks Featured on Exclusive Record Store Day 7″ Release

ZZ Ward Announces Summer Tour and Festival Run Two New Tracks Featured on Exclusive Record Store Day 7

Stream ‘Grinnin’ In Your Face’

Stream ‘Everybody Wants to Be Famous’

On the heels of her successful Fire and Shine tour, with sold-out shows in nearly every market, and a buzzworthy return to SXSW, alternative blues-soul singer ZZ Ward has announced her plans for a summer tour and festival run. The tour will kick off in Boise, ID on May 28 and include performances at some of the most anticipated music festivals including Firefly and Sasquatch, where she’ll be performing alongside the likes of The Lumineers, Kendrick Lamar, Vampire Weekend, and more. An eclectic and innovative performer, Ward’s mix of backporch blues and gritty hip-hop beats has been resonating with both fans and critics alike. Said MTV at a recent SXSW performance, “Instead of a pic of @zzward at @MTV @VH1 @CMT #sxsw showcase, here’s the corner I’m crying into because she’s so good.” Tickets for the tour go on-sale April 20th and a full list of dates is below.

Ward is also is set to make her mark on this year’s Record Store Day with an exclusive 7″ vinyl (shown above with a vintage photo of ZZ when she’s 11 years old), featuring two previously unreleased recordings. On the A-side is a live cut from ZZ’s sold-out show at the Troubadour and a cover of Mississippi blues singer and guitarist Son House’s song ‘Grinnin’ in Your Face.’ ZZ says about the song, “I enjoy paying homage to my love of the blues when I cover Son House at my shows.” Listen to the cover and read an interview with ZZ at Interview Magazine. On the B-side is a song that ZZ says, “makes you want to drive around listening to it on a summer night with the top down,” called ‘Everybody Wants To Be Famous,’ which is an unreleased cut from her album sessions and another collaboration with Neff-U. Listen to the song premiere at Idolator. The exclusive vinyl will be a limited release on this year’s Record Store Day, April 20.

Appearances on Good Morning America, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Conan, Last Call with Carson Daly and VH1’s “Big Morning Buzz Live,” keep ZZ in the public eye while her songs continue to be prominently featured in such hits as Nashville, The Voice, ABC Family’s Pretty Little Liars and MTV’s Awkward.

ZZ Ward On Tour

5/18 Forth Worth, TX – Forth Worth Music Festival

5/24 Quincy, WA – Sasquatch Festival [The Gorge]

5/28 Boise, ID – Neurolux

5/29 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater

5/31 Ozark, AR – Wakarusa Festival [Mulberry Mountain]

6/01 Memphis, TN – Newby’s

6/02 Mobile, AL – Soul Kitchen

6/04 Orlando, FL – The Social

6/05 Tampa, FL – Royal Room at the Ritz Ybor

6/07 Columbia, SC – New Brookland Tavern

6/08 Charleston, SC – The Pour House

6/09 Norfolk, VA – Harborfest [Town Point Park]

6/11 Harrisburg, PA – Fed Live

6/13 Burlington, VT – Higher Ground

6/14 Atlantic City, NJ – The Social [Revel Resort & Casino]

6/15 Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall

6/17 Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall

6/19 San Diego, CA – KPRI/Green Flash Series [Birch Aquarium]

6/22 Dover, DE – Firefly Festival [Dover International Speedway]

6/23 Pittsburgh, PA – Altar Bar

6/25 Grand Rapids, MI – The Pyramid Scheme

6/26 Madison, WI – Majestic Theater

6/29 Kansas City, KS – Kanrocksas [Kansas Speedway]

7/04 Milwaukee, WI – Summerfest [Henry Majer Festival Park]

7/06 Sioux City, IA – Saturday In the Park [Grandview Park]

7/08 Lansing, MI – Common Grounds [Adabo Riverfront Park]

7/20 Oakville, CA – Mondavi Winery

8/10 Burnaby, BC – Burnaby Blues & Roots [Deer Lake]

8/30 Milwaukee, WI – Harley Davidson Anniversary [Henry Majer Festival Park]

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Feathers Announce Tour With Little Boots / New Album Release Date

After a massively successful SXSW where they opened for their heroes Depeche Mode, Austin, TX four-piece Feathers will serve as support to Little Boots on their upcoming US tour. (Dates listed below) The band will also perform at Filter Magazine’s Pre-Coachella party on April 18th.

Feathers debut album If All Now Here will now arrive in stores on May 28th.

The group is the work of singer-songwriter Anastasia Dimou (Cruel Black Dove). The band lineup features bassist Courtney Voss (Missions), keyboardist Kathleen Carmichael and drummer Jon Minor, as well as alternating members Destiny Montague (Shock Cinema/Midnight Masses) and Alex Gehring (Ringo Deathstarr). Dimou has been described as having a bold live persona, bringing a sense of mystery and a raw voice to a backdrop of pop melodies and beats, making the unique sound of Feathers.

FADER recently debuted a video for the second track from the forthcoming album: “Soft.” You can watch the video for that track here:

What people are saying about Feathers:
“Charming all who stumbled across them, their industrial-tinged synth sound might go directly against music’s current psychedelic love-in but that just makes them all the more crisp and refreshing.” – NME

“If All Now Here” a shimmering tribute to night-staking heroes like the Cure and Depeche Mode.”
– Entertainment Weekly

“Pulsing synths and siren-song harmonies” – BrooklynVegan.com

“Feathers channeled the “Personal Jesus” electro-blues stomp of Depeche Mode…” – Chicago Tribune

“But in a night dedicated to discovery, at least for this reporter, one of the most accessible was Austin-based Feathers. Singer Anastasia Dimou always seemed to be attempting to conjure a mood, waving the audience to her and then pushing them away as if the stage was something she was floating on.” – Los Angeles Times

“Land of the Innocent, the debut single, neatly expresses Feathers’ desire to combine a dystopian future-world aesthetic with a pop sensibility and rhythms tough enough to pass muster in the realm of the industrial… makes you wonder why there hasn’t been such an all-female group before.” – The Guardian

“Led by NYC transplant Anastasia Dimou, Feathers’ goth-hued electro thrives in the era of New Order and Depeche Mode, brought to life by a cast of heavy hitters, including a mix by Steven DePalo, who’s worked with fellow dark wave synths Cold Cave.”
– Austin Chronicle

“Feathers, whose synth-packed debut track ‘Land Of The Innocent’ is TOTAL heaven.” – In Style Magazine

FEATHERS US TOUR DATES
4/18 Coachella, CA Filter Yacht Club Pre-Coachella Party
5/2 Los Angeles, CA The Echoplex w/Little Boots
5/3 San Francisco, CA Rickshaw Shop w/Little Boots
5/5 Cambridge, MA The Sinclair w/Little Boots
5/7 Brooklyn, NY Music Hall Of Williamsburg w/Little Boots
5/8 Chicago, IL Lincoln Hall w/Little Boots

UK Dates To Be Announced Shortly

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The Veils Release New MP3 w/ SPIN, LP Out 4/23 + US Tour Dates

“Dancing With The Tornado” MP3 Drops

Time Stays, We Go Out April 23rd, North American Tour Kicks Off April 20th

“Frontman Finn Andrews posseses Nick Cave-like charisma, and the London five-piece has an impeccable sense of timing.” — SPIN

“…fiery and anthemic…” — BrooklynVegan

The Veils have announced their return with their highly-anticipated fourth album, Time Stays, We Go. Recorded at Seedy Underbelly Studios in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles, the album was produced by lead singer/songwriter Finn Andrews and Adam Greenspan (Divine Fits, Arcade Fire.) The band tempted seminal English producer Bill Price (The Clash, Jesus & Mary Chain) out of retirement to mix the record to tape at Metropolis Studios in London, lending the album a rich, analogue sound rarely heard in popular music today. Marking the beginning of a captivating new era for a band, Time Stays, We Go is due out April 23rd via Pitch Beast Records and is available for pre-order now.

Album track “Dancing With The Tornado” is an upbeat, energetic cut that showcases Finn’s raw, dynamic vocals twisting and turning above driving percussion and dancing guitar lines.

First single “Through The Deep, Dark Wood” opens the album with a driving rhythm and palpable electric energy. “The Pearl” plays up Finn’s lush, expressive drawl with a simple melody and somber undertones. “Turn From The Rain” is full of bright, lively instrumentation that plays up the song’s message of hope and perseverance. Album closer “Out From The Valley & Into The Stars” is a heartbreakingly stunning ballad that builds to an explosive climax, leaving listeners wanting more.

Time Stays, We Go shows The Veils at the very height of their creative powers so far, deftly combining two distinct sides of their personality. The band will kick off a North American tour in April—be sure to catch them live in your city, and stay tuned for more from The Veils coming soon!

The Veils on Tour:
4/20: Vancouver, BC @ Electric Owl
4/21: Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
4/22: Portland, OR @ Doug Fir
4/24: San Francisco, CA @ Independent
4/26: Los Angeles, CA @ Echo – BritWeek Show
4/29: Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge
5/1: Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
5/2: Chicago, IL @ Subterranean
5/4: Toronto, ON @ Drake Hotel
5/5: Montreal, QC @ La Sala Rossa
5/6: Boston, MA @ Cafe 939
5/7: New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
5/9: Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brendas
5/10: Washington, DC @ Rock n Roll Hotel

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The Boxer Rebellion To Release New Album, “Promises,” On May 14

MUSIC VIDEO FOR NEW SINGLE, “DIAMONDS,” NOW STREAMING ONLINE

NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE TOUR CONFIRMED FOR MAY-JUNE & LONDON FORUM SHOW ANNOUNCED FOR OCTOBER 11

VIDEO: “DIAMONDS” (FROM PROMISES)

London-based indie rock quartet The Boxer Rebellion are pleased to announce details of their new album titled Promises. Co-produced with producer Billy Bush in Los Angeles, CA, and being released on May 14 through the band’s own Absentee Recordings label, Promises is the uplifting and cinematic follow-up to the critically-acclaimed The Cold Still, and will be available to pre-order from Tuesday, April 2.

Photo: Vincent Dolman

The Boxer Rebellion took to their London rehearsal space and transformed it into a recording studio where the songs for Promises would eventually come together over the last 18 months. Moving away from the more analog and darker soundscapes that enveloped the band’s previous album, Promises is a significant step in a different direction for the London four-piece – a hi-fi, soaring piece of work that truly delivers on the band’s epic, signature sound, and individual skill as musicians. From the retro-glossiness of the album’s opener, “Diamonds,” to the wall-of-sound that is “Fragile,” to the towering beauty of “Low,” “New York,” and “Dream,” Promises presents itself as an evolution in aesthetic – diverse in soundscapes but singular in grand ambition – for a band that continues to push and explore its creative ability with each new release.

As a first glance into the new album, the band today officially released their music video for new single “Diamonds.” Shot by British directorial duo Justin and James Lockey (aka Hand.Held.Cine.Club), the film stars lead singer Nathan Nicholson suffering a dead-end job and finding momentary escapism by way of a sudden free-fall flight through the air. Shot in the North of England, the team built an office space inside an empty shell of a building, worked with free-base skydivers in sub-zero temperatures, and plunged into ice cold waters to capture a stark and emotive film fitting to the song’s message.

The Promises North American tour will see the band’s immense live show re-worked from the ground-up, starting in Montreal on May 21 and hitting numerous cities for the first time ever, including Edmonton, Calgary, St. Louis, and Pittsburgh. The band will also play Neptune, Seattle (6/2); Fillmore, San Francisco (6/5); Avalon, Los Angeles (6/7); Metro, Chicago (6/15); and Webster Hall, NYC (6/20). A complete list of tour dates is below, and support comes from much lauded UK-based band Fossil Collective. The band have also announced their largest UK headline show to date, a performance at the legendary venue The Forum on October 11. Tickets are on sale now via the band’s Web site and will be on general sale this Friday, March 29.

MAY

23 – Montreal, QC – Café Campus

24 – Toronto, ON – Opera House

28 – Edmonton, ON – Starlite Room

29 – Calgary AB – Republik

31 – Vancouver, BC – Electric Owl

JUNE

01 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir

02 – Seattle, WA – Neptune

05 – San Francisco, CA – Fillmore

07 – Los Angeles, CA – Avalon

10 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom

12 – Denver, CO – Bluebird

14 – St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House

15 – Chicago, IL – Metro

17 – Pittsburgh, PA – Mr Smalls

18 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer (co-headline w/ Rogue Wave)

20 – New York, NY – Webster Hall

22 – Boston, MA – Sinclair

OCTOBER

11 – London, England – The Forum

Promises track listing:

01. Diamonds

02. Fragile

03. Always

04. Take Me Back

05. Low

06. Keep Moving

07. New York

08. Safe House

09. You Belong To Me

10. Dream

11. Promises

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SAY LOU LOU Australian/Swedish Duo (Formerly Known As Saint Lou Lou) Announce New Label ‘à Deux’ Single “Julian” Out May 6

SAY LOU LOU Australian/Swedish Duo (Formerly Known As Saint Lou Lou) Announce New Label ‘à Deux’ Single “Julian” Out May 6

Listen To “Julian”

Say Lou Lou released “Maybe You,” their dreamy debut single, through the French label Kitsuné in August 2012 and has since gone on to tour Europe and share stages with the likes of Twin Shadow, Kindness, Ariel Pink and HURTS. The Australian/Swedish twins are diligently at work on their debut LP and have created their own new label named à Deux to support upcoming single releases.

The label’s first salvo will be “Julian” – a new single coming on May 6 in both digital and 7-inch vinyl editions. Remixes on the “Julian” digital release will come from Dan Lissvik, Martin Dubka, Monsieur Adi and Checan, while the B-side of the vinyl will feature the new composition “Fool Of Me,” featuring rising Australian songwriter Chet Faker on guest vocals.

Say Lou Lou plans to shoot a video for “Julian” in London and Stockholm with director Philippe Tempelman, who directed their “exquisite black-and-white video (Fader)” for “Maybe You.”

“dreamy electropop that brings together two elements of late-’70s disco: huge, sweeping emotions and lots of synthesizers.” – Interview

“Almost everything about 21-year-old Swedish twins Miranda and Elektra Kilbey oozes retro elegance.” – Vogue, “Artist of the Week”

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Stephen King, John Mellencamp & T Bone Burnett Offer Neko Case Track

STEPHEN KING, JOHN MELLENCAMP & T BONE BURNETT’S SUPERNATURAL MUSICAL GHOST BROTHERS OF DARKLAND COUNTY GETS UPDATED JUNE 4TH RELEASE DATE

All-Star Recording Featuring Elvis Costello, Neko Case, Sheryl Crow, Rosanne Cash, Kris Kristofferson, Dave & Phil Alvin, Taj Mahal, Ryan Bingham, Will Dailey, Matthew McConaughey, Samantha Mathis and Meg Ryan, Set for Early Summer Release

Esquire.com Premiered “That’s Who I Am” Featuring Neko Case

Watch/share the Ghost Brothers of Darkland County Album Trailer HERE

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County

After putting the finishing touches on their long-awaited southern gothic, supernatural musical Ghost Brothers of Darkland County (Hear Music/Concord Music Group), co-conspirators Stephen King, John Mellencamp and T Bone Burnett have set June 4th, 2013 as the project’s new release date. The musical’s superb blues ‘n roots songs, performed by a stellar collection of guest artists, drives this haunting tale of fraternal love, lust, jealousy and revenge, 13 years in the making.

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will be available across a variety of formats:

The 3-disc (2CD/1DVD) Hardcover Edition (distributed by Scribner) with leatherette cover, contains the musical’s songs (with and without dialog excerpts), specially printed libretto, liner notes written by noted journalist Alan Light and the Making of Ghost Brothers mini-documentary DVD, featuring in-depth interviews with King, Mellencamp and Burnett along with the digital libretto and other bonus material.

The 2-disc (1CD/1DVD) Deluxe Edition features the musical’s songs with dialog excerpts and the digital libretto, along with bonus video including the Making of Ghost Brothers mini documentary and music only digital download card.

The (enhanced CD) Standard Edition features the musical’s songs, dialog excerpts, digital libretto and music only digital download card.

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County iBook Digital Edition allows users to interact in unprecedented ways with the musical’s songs + digital libretto, as well as exclusive video and graphic materials.

The songs from Ghost Brothers of Darkland County will also be available in a music only Standard Digital format.

Ghost Brothers of Darkland County track listing:

1. That’s Me – Elvis Costello
2. That’s Who I Am – Neko Case
3. So Goddamn Smart – Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Sheryl Crow
4. Wrong, Wrong, Wrong About Me – Elvis Costello
5. Brotherly Love – Ryan Bingham, Will Dailey
6. How Many Days – Kris Kristofferson
7. You Are Blind – Ryan Bingham
8. Home Again – Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin, Taj Mahal
9. You Don’t Know Me – Rosanne Cash
10. My Name Is Joe – Clyde Mulroney
11. Tear This Cabin Down – Taj Mahal
12. And Your Days Are Gone – Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Phil Alvin
13. Jukin’ – Sheryl Crow
14. What Kind Of Man Am I – Kris Kristofferson, Phil Alvin, Sheryl Crow, Dave Alvin, Taj Mahal
15. So Goddamn Good – Phil Alvin, Dave Alvin, Sheryl Crow
16. Away From This World – Sheryl Crow
17. Truth – John Mellencamp

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TAUK To Release New LP Homunculus on April 30 Announces NYC Album Release Party at Sullivan Hall, April 24

iTunes Pre-Order for Homunculus begins on April 9th!

“Tauk is an incredibly impressive ensemble of talent.

The four-piece band carries an incredible groove that meshes jazz and funk with a fresh pop sound.”

– Relix Magazine

“Tauk is a band on the rise”

– Glide Magazine, Hidden Track

“A young and guaranteed to quickly-ascend band, Tauk, delivers an instrumental demonstration,

often reminiscent of Phish and Lotus”

– JamBase

The rock/fusion quartet TAUK announces today they will release their much-anticipated LP, Homunculus on Tuesday, April 30th. After the widespread acclaim from the group’s first ever instrumental EP Pull Factors (2012) the NYC group joined forces yet again with Grammy-Winning Producer Robert Carranza (Mars Volta, Jack Johnson) to craft their first entirely instrumental full-length album. iTunes Pre-Order for Homunculus begins April 9th. For more info, visit: www.taukband.com.

TAUK’s unique experimental blend of instrumental funk, jazz, pop, and rock landed the band spots on last summer’s biggest festivals such as Bonnaroo, The Hangout Music Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival and The Allman Brother’s Peach Fest.and opening gigs for moe., Robert Randolph & the Family Band, Perpetual Groove, O.A.R., 311, Tea Leaf Green and Toubab Krewe. Check out TAUK performing their unique rendition of The Beatles classic “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” for Indaba Music: http://bit.ly/TAUKindaba

TAUK is Matt Jalbert (Guitar), Charlie Dolan (Bass), Alric “A.C.” Carter (Keyboard-Organ), and Isaac Teel (Drums). Forming in middle school, a majority of TAUK’s members have been playing together for over a decade. The group experimented with their sound throughout the years both individually while studying at top music universities and conservatories, and together as a band – always working to find their ideal sound. It wasn’t until 2012 with the addition of drummer, Isaac Teel, and the realization the band could build a fan base around a completely instrumental act, that the pieces fell into place for Homunculus. Jalbert explains, “This band has been through a lot, but we hit a point last year where it just felt like things were coming together the way they were supposed to. We really wanted this new album to be a statement as to what TAUK is all about.”

With the new album’s psychedelic title, Homunculus, TAUK aims to leave the interpretation of both the title and the music up to the listener. “Being an instrumental band leaves a lot of our music up to being interpreted in different ways,” explains Jalbert.

Expanding on the album title’s relationship to the band’s recording process, Carter adds, “Homunculus has everything to do with how we as humans interpret ourselves and our surroundings. It acknowledges the inherent duality that exists between our mental and physical beings and to me that’s where it relates to our creative process.”

TAUK manages to create a live show experience to match their masterfully produced recordings. The unique chemistry and relaxed-focus of Tauk’s performance is undeniable, but their ability to create immensely melodic and emotional music without a vocal lead is what continues to captivate and impress music lovers across all genres. The future is continuing to look bright for this talented and ambitious quartet.

TAUK will release Homunculus on April 30, 2013.

Track Listing:

01. Dead Signal

02. Afro-Tonic

03. Hello Narwhal

04. The Spot

05. The Chemist

06. Dirty Mouth

07. Curtain Call

08. Carpentino’s Rebirth

09. When in Doubt

10. In The Basement of the Alamo

Upcoming Shows:

Mar 22 Snoe.down Music Festival Killington, VT

April 24 Sullivan Hall *Album Release Show* New York, NY

April 26-27 DOMEFEST Aldie, VA

May 17 Paper Box Brooklyn, NY

May 18 The Social Lounge w/ Steppin Razor West Chester, PA

May 24-26 Summer Camp Music Festival Chillicothe, IL

May 28 Gramophone Live St. Louis, MO

July 25 Floyd Fest Floyd, VA

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The Flaming Lips’ “The Terror” Has a New U.S. Release Date April 16

THE TERROR by THE FLAMING LIPS has a new U.S. release date of April 16th (U.K release date remains April 1). As previously mentioned The Terror is THE LIPS’ thirteenth studio album and was produced by long-time collaborator Dave Fridmann and THE FLAMING LIPS at Tarbox Road Studios. Multi- instrumentalist Steven Drozd considers the music they’ve created on this album as; “a mood that might possibly suggest elements of Popol Vuh, Silver Apples, and Suicide.”

Wayne Coyne explains, “Why would we make this music that is The Terror – this bleak, disturbing record…? I don’t really want to know the answer that I think is coming. Maybe this is the beginning of the answer.”

The Terror is a bold and expressive journey that has evolved over THE LIPS’ nearly 30-year tended garden of sonic delights that ebbs and flows with extraordinary splashes of light and shade, pleasure and pain, sadness and hope, and the knowledge that to expect the unexpected is half the fun of THE LIPS experience.

THE TERROR will be available as a special Direct To Consumer, Limited-Edition Silver Vinyl double-LP set, housed in a two-pocket gatefold jacket with printed sleeves. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of “Sun Blows Up Today” and the digital album delivered on release date, April 16th. Suggested retail price is $35.98.

THE TERROR CD edition pre-order includes an instant download of “Sun Blows Up Today” and the digital album delivered on release date, April 16th. Suggested retail price is $10.98.

In other LIPS news, the band hosted two magic events at SXSW this past week, including a no-frills first-ever performance of YOSHIMI BATTLES THE PINK ROBOTS in its entirety live from The Warner Sound at The Belmont in Austin, TX. The intimacy of a small room packed to the bricks was the perfect setting to see the band up close performing some the songs from their certified gold album for the first time ever without any stage production made for special night. The show was filmed live by NPR. Details of when the show can be viewed will be announced shortly.

Even more impressive was the first-ever performance of THE TERROR in its entirety the following night at Auditorium Shores, which set an all-time attendance record for a show at that venue in the history of SXSW drawing in excess of 30,000 attendees. Jim James of My Morning Jacket (who opened the show) joined the band on-stage for a particularly moving version of “Do You Realize??”. The Auditorium Shores show was broadcast live by Sirius/XM.

Again, here’s the track listing for The Terror:

Look…The Sun Is Rising

Be Free, A Way

Try To Explain

You Lust

The Terror

You Are Alone

Butterfly, How Long It Takes To Die

Turning Violent

Always There…In Our Hearts

Confirmed Tour dates:

Mar 29 Sao Paulo, Brazil Lollapalooza Brazil

April 3 NYC, NY The Late Show w/David Letterman

Apr 28 Kansas City, MO Sprint Center w/ The Black Keys
April 29 Indianapolis, IN Egyptian Room at Old National Centre

Apr 30 Pittsburgh, PA Consol Energy Center w/ The Black Keys
May 2 Atlanta, GA Aaron’s Amphitheater at Lakewood w/ The Black Keys
May 3 Nashville, TN Bridgestone Arena w/ The Black Keys

May 4 Chattanooga, TN Track 29 w/ JEFF The Brotherhood

May 5 Memphis, TN Beale St. Music Festival

May 10 Napa, CA Bottle Rock Festival

May 16 Montclair, NJ, USA The Wellmont Theatre

May 20 London, UK Roundhouse

May 21 London, UK Roundhouse

May 22 Brighton, UK Dome Concert Hall, Brighton Festival

May 24 Paris, France Villette Sonique Festival

May 25 Düdingen, Switzerland Bad Bonn Kilbi

June 14 Hultsfred, Sweden Hultsfred Festival

June 15 Aarhus, Denmark Northside Festival

July 11 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Pavilion w/The Black Keys

July 12 Simpsonville, SC Charter Amphit/Heritage Park w/The Black Keys

July 13 Louisville, KY Forecastle Festival

July 31 Costa Mesa, CA Pacific Amphitheatre

Sep 6 Isle Of Wight, UK Bestival