Santogold Announces First Headlining US Tour | MySpace Music Presents the Goldrush Tour, Kicking off September 19 in NYC

Santogold Announces First Headlining US Tour | MySpace Music Presents the Goldrush Tour, Kicking off September 19 in NYC

Hot on the heels of her critical and commercial smash debut album, Santogold is announcing her first headlining US tour, the Goldrush Tour presented by MySpace Music. Santogold, AKA Santi White, just finished a string of North American arena dates with Coldplay. She will be performing with a full live band and dj, which she recently debuted on MTV ‘s “F’NMTV Premieres”, in order to bring the album’s innovative genre-defying sound to stages across the coutnry

Downtown/Lizard King released Santogold’s self-titled breakthrough CD in April and it instantly became one of 2008’s most acclaimed albums garnering international raves. Critics and radio have championed the record’s standout singles “L.E.S. Artistes”, “Creator” and “Lights Out.”

Goldrush Tour Dates
09/19: New York, NY @ Fillmore at Irving Plaza
09/20: Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
09/23: Philadelphia, PA @ TLA
09/24: Toronto, ON @ Phoenix Concert Theatre
09/25: Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
09/27: Detroit, MI @ St. Andrews Hall
09/28: Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
09/30: Lawrence, KS @ Liberty Hall
10/01: Denver, CO @ Gothic Theatre
10/04: Seattle, WA @ Showbox
10/05: Portland, OR @ Crystal Ballroom
10/07: San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
10/10: San Diego, CA @ House of Blues
10/11: Las Vegas, NV @ House of Blues
10/13: Anaheim, CA @ House of Blues
10/14: Los Angeles, CA @ Wiltern

Santogold to Join Coldplay Tour

Santogold to Join Coldplay Tour

Santogold will support Coldplay on part of their North American arena tour this summer (dates below). These will be the first Santogold live dates in the US since SXSW and Coachella where her performances became highlights of the festivals. She will also perform at this year’s Lollapalooza and Central Park SummerStage.

Downtown/Lizard King released Santogold’s self-titled debut album in April and it instantly became one of 2008’s most acclaimed albums with Rolling Stone declaring her “The future of music, today” due to the album’s genre-defying sound. Critics and radio have championed the record’s first single “L.E.S. Artistes” and the video became an online sensation.

Santogold Live Dates

July
20 New York, NY Central Park SummerStage (headlining)
23 Chicago, IL United Center (supporting Coldplay)
25 Philadelphia, PA Wachovia Center (supporting Coldplay)
29 Montreal, Bell Center (supporting Coldplay)
30 Toronto Air Canada Center (supporting Coldplay)

August
2 Hartford, CT XL Center (supporting Coldplay)
3 Washington DC Verizon Center (supporting Coldplay)
4 Boston, MA TB Banknorth Garden (supporting Coldplay)

PHARRELL WILLIAMS, N.E.R.D., SANTOGOLD, AND JULIAN CASABLANCAS JOIN FORCES TO CREATE GENRE-BLENDING NEW MUSIC COLLABORATION

PHARRELL WILLIAMS, N.E.R.D., SANTOGOLD, AND JULIAN CASABLANCAS JOIN FORCES TO CREATE GENRE-BLENDING NEW MUSIC COLLABORATION

Artists Brought Together as Part of Converse Century Celebration

Release of All-New Original Track, “My Drive Thru,” Available for Free Download
Exclusively at converse.com Today Tuesday, June 10

NORTH ANDOVER, Mass. – Converse, the creator of iconic shoes including the Chuck Taylor® All Star®, Jack Purcell® and One Star®, announced today that it had brought together the talents of Pharrell Williams, N.E.R.D., Santogold and Julian Casablancas as part of the brand’s Century celebration. The artists recently joined forces to create a brand new, all original music track, “My Drive Thru,” that will be distributed digitally free of charge to a global audience exclusively on converse.com and authorized Converse web sites around the world. The track will be released on Tuesday, June 10.

“I’ve always wanted to work with Julian and I’m a big fan of The Strokes. Santogold is super-talented and she cares about music so much that it’s not just about sound, it’s a visual aesthetic,” said Pharrell Williams, the track’s producer. “Working together on original music that crossed all of our inspirations was completely refreshing and I love the track. As for partnering with Converse, I only wear and support the things that I like. The Chuck Taylor is the golden goose egg.”

Converse has long been associated with the worlds of music, sport, art and fashion. The brand’s current Century celebration is largely inspired by its role in disrupting the status quo over the last 100 years. The Chuck Taylor shoe has been worn by musical icons ranging from Sid Vicious to current artists like Common and M.I.A.

“As an artist that is just breaking, being asked by Pharrell and Julian to join them on this project was a dream,” said Santogold, whose debut CD was released in May 2008 to rave reviews. “My inspirations come from sources ranging from singers like Nina Simone and Grace Jones to bands like Devo. Working across musical genres was like creating a patchwork where I got to weave together various influences and allow them to co-exist in a fresh and original way.”

In addition to collaborating on the track, the artists also participated in the creation of a music video that will be released during the summer. The song will be promoted, in part through Converse print, outdoor and online advertising tagged Three Artists, One Song. The advertising features the three artists as well as a range of emerging musical talent from across the globe, including Kid Sister, YACHT, Bradford Cox and members of Gallows, Fiery Furnaces, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, and Care Bears on Fire.

DOWNLOAD “MY DRIVE THRU” AT http://WWW.CONVERSE.COM

My Drive Thru – The Line Up:

Pharrell Williams
He can see sounds. Pharrell Williams has already made history for being one of the most successful and prolific producers to emerge during the last decade. As a part of the beat-making duo The Neptunes, Pharrell and his partner Chad Hugo have helped A-List pop stars sell millions of albums and even earn Grammy Awards for the likes of Justin Timberlake, Nelly, and Usher.

N.E.R.D.
Funk rock class is now in session. “N*E*R*D* is who we are. “It’s our life,” Pharrell would say in 2000, in describing the group that includes him, Chad and longtime friend and creative wunderkind, Shae. The three of them together combine for uninhibited explorations of sounds, emotion and truth, adhering to no agenda, subscribing to no rules. N*E*R*D* is the way they live their life, the way they see the world.

Santogold
Worth more than her weight in gold. Her genre of music can only be described as Santogold. She’s a true alchemist in the music lab where she’s crafted a liquid mix of new wave, Wall of Sound era pop, dub and twisted beats. Santi White’s singular sound doesn’t bow down to the expectations of mainstream radio. So if you’re listening, Pop music, here’s your cue.

Julian Casablancas
The underground front man. If you’re looking for synchronized dance moves, you’ve got the wrong guy. Julian Casablancas may front indie rock superstars, The Strokes, but he always lets the music take center stage. With an obsession for songwriting that’s borderline psychotic, it’s his infectious hooks that take the spotlight.

Santogold Announces In-store Performance at Hollywood & Highland Virgin Megastore – Live Jools Holland video

Santogold Announces In-store Performance at Hollywood & Highland Virgin Megastore

“The future of pop is here!” – Rolling Stone

“Next Big Thing”- Spin

“She’s already a queen” – Entertainment Weekly

Santogold will make a special appearance, performing live at the Hollywood & Highland central courtyard (6801 Hollywood Blvd), followed by a CD signing in the Virgin Megastore at Hollywood & Highland on Monday, June 9th at 6pm. Fans can purchase the CD at Virgin Megastore to receive a wristband and have it signed by Santogold. This will be Santogold’s first performance in Los Angeles since the release of her smash self-titled album on Downtown/Lizard King in April.

Santogold, the album, was met with universal acclaim and praise for it’s genre-defying sound that re-imagines new wave, pop, punk, dub, dancehall and electro. Radio programmers and music supervisors have championed the album with many stations playing the first single “L.E.S. Artistes” and tracks from the album landing in shows from The Hills to Entourage. Her sets at SXSW and Coachella became highlights of both festivals. Following this special in-store event, Santogold will headline New York’s Central Park SummerStage on July 20th before hitting the road with the Rock the Bells Tour throughout July and August.

“LES Artistes” live on Jools Holland video:

NEWLY SIGNED ALLIDO/INTERSCOPE RECORDS ARTIST WALE JOINS AN A-LIST ROSTER OF HIP HOP ICONS FOR THE 2008 ROCK THE BELLS TOUR GUERILLA UNION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MYSPACE ANNOUNCEDTHE 2008 ROCK THE BELLS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SERIES AT AN ALL-STAR PRESS CONFERENCE

NEWLY SIGNED ALLIDO/INTERSCOPE RECORDS ARTIST WALE JOINS AN A-LIST ROSTER OF HIP HOP ICONS FOR THE 2008 ROCK THE BELLS TOUR GUERILLA UNION IN PARTNERSHIP WITH MYSPACE ANNOUNCEDTHE 2008 ROCK THE BELLS INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SERIES AT AN ALL-STAR PRESS CONFERENCE

Hip hop newcomer Wale has been making plenty of noise since the announcement of his signing to Mark Ronson’s Allido Records through an Interscope partnership. Wale was one of the few newcomers among hip hop icons A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Murs, and Supernatural at a press conference on April 22, 2008 (Claremont, CA) that announced the routing and dates of the infamous Rock The Bells tour powered by Guerilla Union and Myspace.

The tour kicks off July 19 in Chicago, and includes an A-list roster of hip hop greats as well as the most sought after new names in the game. Wale will make his debut on the ticket with an incredible track record as one of the most talked about breakout artists of 2008. He was profiled in Rolling Stone magazine’s “Artist to Watch: Seven Acts Who Are Defining Rock, Soul and Hip-Hop in 2008” piece (April 3, 2008). In the November 30th, 2007 issue of Entertainment Weekly, Wale was featured as one of eight people to watch in 2008. For new artists like Wale, the Rock the Bells tour will serve as a creative breeding ground that promotes the true essence of the live hip hop experience.

“I’m going to be like a sponge on this tour,” says Wale. “I want to learn everything I can, while trying to impress hip hop’s finest that are on this tour. This isn’t snap, crackle and pop music—this is hip hop in raw form and I’m so fortunate to be on the same ticket as all of these artists, old school and new school.”

Wale is one of the few among the brightest names in the emerging electro-hip hop scene, others include Spank Rock, Santogold, Kid Sister, Flosstradamus, Jay Electronica and The Cool Kids with hosts B-Real of Cypress Hill and the world renowned Supernatural.

After its July 19 launch, ROCK THE BELLS 2008 INTERNATIONAL FESTIVAL SERIES POWERED BY SANDISK will hit nine more North American cities on seven consecutive weekends, wrapping up in Vancouver at the end of August. 2008 also marks the first year that ROCK THE BELLS will go global with four stops in Europe and one in Japan. Highlights of the series include first time dates in Toronto, Vancouver and Philadelphia, plus a return to the Glen Helen Pavilion in San Bernardino, CA where last year’s show sold out with a capacity crowd of 45,000 people. Pre-sale tickets will be available May 14th – 16th via www.guerillaunion.com, and then to the general public on May 17th. Exclusive LA pre-sale starts on May 7th-9th with on-sale to follow May 10th.