6/19/2019

Violent Femmes release new track "Another Chorus"

VIOLENT FEMMES OFFER UP "ANOTHER CHORUS"

NEW TRACK HERALDS PIONEERING AMERICAN BAND'S
10TH STUDIO ALBUM

EPIC LIVE SCHEDULE INCLUDES HEADLINE DATES,
FESTIVAL APPEARANCES

AND CO-HEADLINE TOUR WITH BEN FOLDS
BEGINNING JULY 28 IN UNCASVILLE, CT


HOTEL LAST RESORT ARRIVES ON FRIDAY, JULY 26

PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW




The one and only Violent Femmes have unveiled the latest track release from their much-anticipated new album, HOTEL LAST RESORT, due via [PIAS] on Friday, July 26. "Another Chorus" is available now. An official lyric video can be viewed now via YouTube.

WATCH "ANOTHER CHORUS"

"'Another Chorus' is one of two songs on the new album that was written a week or two before going into the studio," says Violent Femmes co-founding singer/songwriter/guitarist Gordon Gano. "No one in the band had heard the song, and we hadn't played it before recording it. When we were recording it, the general feeling was that there's something here, and after recording what we thought was the take, our producer Ted Hutt implored us to revisit it because something was missing, and I'm glad we did."

LISTEN TO "ANOTHER CHORUS"

The groundbreaking band's 10th studio album, HOTEL LAST RESORT is available for pre-order now; limited edition colored vinyl is also available. HOTEL LAST RESORT was first heralded earlier this spring with the release of the LP's plaintive title track, featuring the iconic guitar sound of Television co-founder Tom Verlaine. The track is available now at all DSPs and streaming services HERE. Rolling Stone hailed "Hotel Last Resort" as a "surreal new song" in its exclusive premiere, writing, ""Throughout the winding cut, (Gano) unfurls a series of intriguing lyrical vignettes (I don't change the chords anymore/The chords change themselves; I've become invisible because one is not divisible) over droning acoustic strums and Verlaine's textural lead lines."

PRE-ORDER HOTEL LAST RESORT


Recorded at Denver, CO's Mighty Fine Productions with GRAMMY® Award-winning producer Ted Hutt (The Gaslight Anthem, Old Crow Medicine Show) and GRAMMY® Award-winning engineer Ryan Mall, HOTEL LAST RESORT resides among Violent Femmes' finest work, simultaneously refining and redefining their one-of-a-kind take on American music, mingling front porch folk, post-punk, spiritual jazz, country blues, avant garde improvisation, and golden age rock 'n' roll. Founded and fronted of course by Gano and Ritchie, the group remains as warm, wise and weird as ever before, with such new favorites as "Another Chorus" and "Everlasting You" continuing to mine the vast range of ideas, melodic complexity, and organic sonic craftsmanship that has characterized the band's body of work since their landmark 1983 debut.

Always eager to push their music forward, Violent Femmes have expanded their ranks over the past decade-and-a-half, bringing percussionist John Sparrow and multi-instrumentalist Blaise Garza into the fold. Both longtime members of The Horns of Dilemma- the band's ever-evolving cabal of multi-instrumentalist backing musicians -the pair have joined the Femmes on tour and in the studio for the past 14 and 15 years respectively. Sparrow's novel use of a Weber Grill as a rhythm instrument along with the extreme tones of Garza's central instrument, the massive contrabass saxophone, bring a stunning depth to the Femmes' famous sound, imbuing songs like "Paris To Sleep" and "Adam Was A Man" with a striking richness and imaginative edge.

HOTEL LAST RESORT includes featured appearances from pro skateboarder Stefan Janoski - a lifelong Femmes fan who lends vocals to a rambunctious new rendition of the band's classic "I'm Nothing" (originally found on 1994's NEW TIMES). In addition, Janoski has teamed with the band as part of a newly formed partnership with Nike to create the Nike SB Zoom Janoski "Violent Femmes" - a one-of-a-kind exclusive shoe inspired by "I'm Nothing." Designed by Janoski, the Nike SB Zoom Janoski "Violent Femmes" will see the words "I'M NOTHING" screen-printed in the skateboarder's handwriting on the tongue of the shoe, while his exclusive artwork will be included on the custom sock liner. Chain-stitched on the left shoe will be the word "VIOLENT" and on the right shoe, the word "FEMMES," with a vulc tape mirror appliqué in Tour Yellow. The Nike SB Zoom Janoski "Violent Femmes" releases in fall 2019 - complete details and exclusive images can be found HERE.

Violent Femmes will celebrate HOTEL LAST RESORT with a typically wide-ranging live schedule that includes headline dates, festival sets (including Port Townsend, WA's THING on August 25 and Chicago, IL's Riot Fest on September 13-15), and a co-headline tour with Ben Folds. Special VIP tickets are also available for the latter tour, including Reserve Seating, early venue access, a signed tour poster, tote bag, and more. Additional dates - including a North American headline tour - will be announced soon. For complete details and ticket availability, please see www.vfemmes.com/tour.html.



VIOLENT FEMMES ON TOUR 2019


JULY
28 - Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena #
29 - Selbyville, DE - The Freeman Stage #
30 - Washington, DC - The Anthem #

AUGUST
1 - New York, NY - Pier 17 #
2 - Asbury Park, NJ - Stone Pony Summer Stage #
3 - Boston, MA - Rockland Trust Bank Pavilion #
4 - East Providence, RI - Bold Point Park #
6 - Pittsburgh, PA - Stage AE #
8 - Charlotte, NC - Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre #
9 - Nashville, TN - Ascend Amphitheater #
10 - Indianapolis, IN - Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park #
11 - Rochester Hills, MI - Meadow Brook Amphitheatre #
14 - Minneapolis, MN - Surly Brewing Company #
15 - Des Moines, IA - Water Works Park #
16 - Kansas City, MO - Starlight Theatre #
17 - Lyons, CO - Rocky Mountain Folks Festival *
23 - Los Angeles, CA  - Hollywood Bowl
25 - Port Townsend, WA - THING *

SEPTEMBER
6 - Omaha, NE - Shadow Ridge Music Festival *
7 - Moorhead, MN - Bluestem  Amphitheater
13 - Chicago, IL - Riot Fest *
14 - Green Bay, WI - The Meyer Theatre

* Festival Performance
# w/Ben Folds


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Violent Femmes are: Gordon Gano: lead vocal, guitar * Brian Ritchie: acoustic bass guitar, baritone guitar, vocal, percussion * John Sparrow: BBQ, snare, tom, percussion, vocal * Blaise Garza: baritone, contrabass and sopranino saxophones, vocal, piano, harmonium, theremin, percussion.

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VIOLENT FEMMES
HOTEL LAST RESORT
[PIAS]
Release Date: Friday, July 26
Another Chorus
I Get What I Want
I'm Nothing (Feat. Stefan Janoski)
Adam Was A Man
Not Ok
Hotel Last Resort (Feat. Tom Verlaine)
Everlasting You
It's All Or Nothing
I'm Not Gonna Cry
This Free Ride
Paris To Sleep
Sleepin' At The Meetin'
God Bless America

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CAROLINE POLACHEK RELEASES NEW SINGLE “DOOR” ALONGSIDE VIDEO

CAROLINE POLACHEK RELEASES NEW SINGLE “DOOR
ALONGSIDE VIDEO
             “Door” single art HERE                                    photo credit Nedda Afsari
Today pop artist and songwriter/producer Caroline Polachek has released “Door”, a stunning new video and song. “Door” is the first taste of a forthcoming, larger solo project from Caroline to be released later this year. Clocking in at almost six minutes, the song is an addictively groove-heavy odyssey, grounded yet heady. Caroline guides us organically through warm waves of acoustic guitar, glittering synths, and car-shaking bass into a minute-long wordless vocal solo.
Directed by Caroline Polachek and Matt Copson, the “Door” video moves through a surreal series of portals, through warped suburbia and gothic psychedelia, into airbrushed abstraction. Accompanied by two greyhounds, Caroline drifts through an optically dazzling sequence of hallway doors, gates, blooming mirrors and whirling landscapes.
Says Caroline, "I feel totally out of control of most things in the world, but can at least build landscapes for the mind."
"Door” is written and produced by Caroline Polachek, Dan Nigro, Danny L Harle, and Jim-E Stack.

Access “Door” Below
iTunes | Apple Music | Spotify | Amazon | YouTube

CAROLINE POLACHEK
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Cuco Announces Debut Album Para Mí + New Single "Feelings"

CUCO ANNOUNCES DEBUT ALBUM PARA MÍ
DUE JULY 26TH 
VIA INTERSCOPE RECORDS

SHARES NEW SONG "FEELINGS"

https://smarturl.it/CUCOfeelings
 
EMBARKING ON HEADLINING NORTH AMERICAN TOUR
Photo Credit: Cameron Postforoosh

Los Angeles, CA (June 19, 2019) - Today, Cuco announces his debut album Para Mí due July 26th on Interscope Records. The announcement comes alongside his next track "Feelings", a smooth and sultry song that follows Cuco as he attempts to find himself again, a relatable sentiment accented by lush horns and colorful instrumentation. The new track was featured as Zane Lowe's World Record today on Apple Music's Beats 1. A journey into Cuco's psyche, the new song alongside previously released tracks "Bossa No Sé" and "Hydrocodone" underscores a more complete story on his forthcoming debut album with deeper moments of reflection and self awareness amidst relatable songs of young love. 
Cuco is currently on a full run of North American headline tour dates which began earlier this week starting on the East Coast and concluding in his hometown of Los Angeles. This will be the first national tour he's embarked on since the accident and remaining tickets are available now here.

Hear "Feelings" above, find the full tour routing and album details below, and stay tuned for more from Cuco coming soon.
Para Mi cover art

Cuco
Para Mí

https://f.io/oTq2d-q1
Interscope Records
7.26.19

1. Intro (feat. Foos Gone Wild)
2. Keeping Tabs (feat. Suscat0)
3. Bossa No Sé (feat. Jean Carter)
4. Perihelion (Interlude)
5. Feelings
6. Love Tripper
7. Ego Death in Thailand
8. Hydrocone
9. Far Away From Home
10. Brokey The Pear (Interlude)
11. Best Friend
12. Room Tone (Interlude)
13. Do Better
Upcoming Tour Dates:
6/19 - Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall*^
6/20 - Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Steel*^
6/21 - Dover, NY @ Firefly Festival
6/22 - Monterrey, MX @ Machaca Festival
6/24 - Chicago, IL @ Metro*^
6/27 - Rothbury, MI @ Electric Forest Festival
6/28 - Chicago, IL @ Metro*^
6/29 - St Louis, MO @ Old Rock House*^

7/1 - Kansas City, MO @ Encore at Uptown*^
7/2 - Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theater*^

7/3 - Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory *^
7/5 - Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall Downstairs *^
7/6 - Austin, TX @ Emo's (2 shows) *^
7/7 - San Antonio, TX @ Sunset Station Lonestar Pavillion *^
7/8 - Mission, TX @ Pulga Los Portales *^
7/17 - Eugene, OR @ WOW Hall #
7/18 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater #%
7/19 - Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater #%
7/20 - Vancouver, BC @ Venue #%
7/21 - Seattle, WA @ Capitol Hill Block Party
7/24 - Anaheim, CA @ The Grove of Anaheim %+
7/25 - San Diego, CA @ Soma %+
7/26 - Pomona, CA @ The Fox Theater %+
7/27 - Los Angeles, CA @ The Novo %+

8/1 - San Jose, CA @ Music in the Park
8/18 - New York, NY @ Summer Stage
8/24 - Tijuana, MX @ Say North Festival


* = w/ Triathalon
^ = w/ Victor Internet
# = w/ Niña
% = w/ UMI
+ = w/ YourGrandparents
CUCO ONLINE:

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SHEER MAG Announce New Album 'A Distant Call' - Share Lead Single "Blood From A Stone" - Announce North American Tour

SHEER MAG DETAIL NEW ALBUM A DISTANT CALL
COMING AUGUST 23 VIA WILSUNS RC

UNVEIL LEAD SINGLE "BLOOD FROM A STONE"

ANNOUNCE EXTENSIVE NORTH AMERICA, UK AND EU FALL TOURS

Artwork By Robert Beatty 


SHEER MAG return with their sophomore album, A Distant Call. They're still writing about surviving our current hellscape, but this time around, the politics get extra-personal. It's heavy power-pop so sleek it gleams. "We've been waiting to write these songs since we started the band and we were able to take these experiences and build a story out of them," notes front woman Tina Halladay. The album verges on being a concept piece, and the protagonist resembles Halladay herself. The songs document a particularly alienating time in her life when she was laid off from a job. Broke and newly single, her father (with whom she had a fraught relationship) passed away, leaving her with more wounds than felt possible to heal. The album's lead single "Blood From A Stone" which was released today, kicks off the narrative of the album proper. It flashes back to Tina's life from a few years back and sets up the arc for the rest of the record. 


A Distant Call makes an argument for socialism on an anecdotal level. We're talking about how late capitalism alienates and commodifies whatever is in its path without using the term 'late capitalism.'" Matt Palmer (guitar / lyrics) and Halladay's new approach to lyricism extended to the recording process, too. Once the Seely brothers, Hart (bass) and Kyle (lead guitar) laid down the tracks, Halladay joined forces to record with acclaimed producer Arthur Rizk (Power Trip, Code Orange) as opposed to on an 8-track, which was the band's preferred method on previous releases.

"I tend to think of 'Cold Sword' as the fulcrum that the album pivots on. The protagonist recognizes that this is the only life she has, and in spite of the pain and suffering she experiences, she starts to want to make the most of it," Palmer says. The bright melody of "Chopping Block" brings levity, as Halladay sings, "Between the parties there's no light/ We need workers to unite/ We can decide to have another world/ But we're gonna have to fight." Our protagonist's confidence blooms on "The Right Stuff" when she addresses anyone who might think her weight is concerning: "If you're worried about my health/ Shut your mouth and keep it to yourself." In recognizing that beauty standards are a capitalist ploy designed to keep women imprisoned, our protagonist starts down a road to self-acceptance, and maybe even love.
The conflicts our protagonist comes up against coalesce on "The Killer." The system at-large has been the culprit all along, and she recognizes that rich politicians running the country have more control over her life than she does. They're "shaking hands on the senate floor" and brandishing their hypocrisy like a weapon. It's the penultimate track on the album, and it best exemplifies SHEER MAG's growth from those nascent three EPs to now; the production is razor-sharp, and the gang vocal motifs are as playful as they are ferocious.

There's a glimmer of hope in the struggle, and SHEER MAG close the album with a message of resilience. "They wanna see us fall," Halladay sings, "But I hear a distant call." In the background, a faint whisper beckons from just outside the realm of possibility. "Keep on running," it urges.

SHEER MAG's dizzying rise initiated in 2014, when the Philadelphia band self-released the first of three 7-inches and started playing the Northeastern DIY circuit. Ironically, the music stood apart because it sounded so familiar. Indebted to '70s arena rock, power-pop, and proto-metal, SHEER MAG's songs reminded a lot of us of the music we grew up with, but maybe couldn't relate to because it was big, brash, and unapologetically macho. SHEER MAG reclaimed some of that energy without perpetuating the toxicity. On their debut album, Need to Feel Your Love (2017), the band surveyed their contemporary political landscape through the lens of history. The band transported themselves back to the 1969 Stonewall Riots, denounced redlining practices that undermine the popular vote, and paid homage to White Rose activist Sophie Scholl. Those songs stick today as hook-laden, rallying cries.

SHEER MAG carry on with A Distant Call. The album sees its release August 23 on the band's own label Wilsuns RC. They've also announced a full North American and EU/UK tour this fall, just in between a swift west coast run that kicks off this month. Check below for a full list of dates and check here for pre-order info.
Press Photo By Marie Lin

SHEER MAG
A DISTANT CALL
WILSUNS RC
AUGUST 23, 2019

1. Steel Sharpens Steel
3. Unfound Manifest
4. Silver Line
5. Hardly To Blame
6. Cold Sword
7. Chopping Block
8. The Right Stuff
9. The Killer
10. Keep On Runnin

SHEER MAG LIVE DATES:


06/22: Philadelphia, PA - World Cafe Live
06/24: Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
06/25: Olympia, WA - Capitol Theater
06/26: Portland, OR - Hawthorne Theater
06/28: Reno, NV - Holland Project
06/29: Las Vegas, NV - American Legion Hall
06/30: Santa Ana, CA - Observatory
07/02: Los Angeles, CA - Zebulon
07/03: San Diego, CA - Irenic
07/05: Fresno, CA - Strummers
07/06 - 07/07: Oakland, CA - Burger Boogaloo
08/30: Kingston, NY - BSP Kingston
08/31: Burlington, VT - Higher Ground
09/01: Montreal, QC - La Sala Rossa
09/03: Toronto, ON - Lee's Palace
09/04: Detroit, MI - Deluxx Fluxx
09/05: Columbus, OH - Ace of Cups
09/06: Chicago, IL - Lincoln Hall
09/07: Madison, WI - The Terrace at UW-Madison
09/08: Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club
09/09: Des Moines, IA - Vaudeville Mews
09/10: Omaha, NE - The Slowdown
09/12: Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge
09/13: Salt Lake City, UT - Diabolical Records
09/14: Boise, ID - The Olympic
09/16: Vancouver, BC - The Biltmore
09/21: San Jose, CA - The Ritz
09/22: Los Angeles, CA - The Teragram Ballroom
09/24: Tucson, AZ - Club Congress
09/26: Austin, TX - Barracuda
09/27: San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger
09/28: Houston, TX - The Satellite
09/29: New Orleans, LA - Santo's
10/01: Birmingham, AL - Saturn
10/02: Atlanta, GA - 529 Club
10/03: Asheville, NC - The Mothlight
10/04: Durham, NC - Motorco Music Hall
10/05 :Washington, DC - The Black Cat
10/09: Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere
10/11: Boston, MA - The Sinclair
10/25: Amsterdam, NL - London Calling Festival
10/26: Aarhus, DEN - Tape
10/27: Copenhagen, DEN - Loppen
10/29: Hamburg, DE - Molotow
10/30: Berlin, DE - Zukunft am Ostkreuz
11/02: London, UK - Mirrors Festival
11/04: Manchester, UK - Yes
11/05: Dublin, IR - Grand Social
11/06: Leeds, UK - Brudenell Social Club
11/08: Kortrijk, BE - Sonic City 2019
11/09: Benidorm, ESP - Primavera 20th Aniv, Weekender

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The Hold Steady announce new album; share first song

THE HOLD STEADY'S NEW ALBUM OUT AUGUST 16
 
THRASHING THRU THE PASSION PAIRS FIVE BRAND NEW SONGS
ALONGSIDE FIVE DIGITALLY RELEASED BETWEEN
NOVEMBER 2017 AND MARCH 2019
 
FIRST SONG, "DENVER HAIRCUT," AVAILABLE NOW
 
ALBUM PRE-ORDERS AVAILABLE NOW
 
LIVE SCHEDULE INCLUDES WEEKENDS
IN SEATTLE, CHICAGO, NASHVILLE AND BOSTON
 
FOURTH ANNUAL "MASSIVE NIGHTS" CELEBRATION SET FOR DECEMBER 4-7
AT NY'S BROOKLYN BOWL

 
 
(New York, NY) The Hold Steady are releasing their new album, Thrashing Thru The Passion, via Frenchkiss Records on Friday, August 16. The Hold Steady's seventh studio album is available now for pre-order. Fans can also receive access to exclusive album bundles, including such extras as limited edition clear vinyl, poster, lithograph and enamel pin set. All pre-orders will come with a free download of the new song, "Denver Haircut," which is also available now at all DSPs.
 
"'Denver Haircut' is a story about a guy who has chance meet up that takes him to a few different locations before leaving him alone and cashless in a strange hotel room," says the band's lead singer Craig Finn. "Steve Selvidge (guitarist) brought in the music to this song and everyone felt it immediately, it was really fun to play. The story unfolded quickly too. When recording, we remarked that it sounded like it could kick off an album...and so here we are."
 
PRE-ORDER THRASHING THRU THE PASSION
 
LISTEN TO "DENVER HAIRCUT"
 
Thrashing Thru The Passion collects five new songs recorded this year alongside five acclaimed ones released digitally between November 2017 and March 2019. The album was recorded at The Isokon in Woodstock, NY with producer Josh Kaufman and engineer D. James Goodwin. Additional performers include Stuart Bogie, Dave Nelson, Jordan McLean and Michael Leonhart on horns and Annie Nero on backup vocals.
 
"I've been saying for a few years now - since Franz came back- that this six piece lineup of The Hold Steady is the best band we've ever been," says Finn. "The new songs recorded by this version of the band are super exciting to us. It's been a very fun and creative period for The Hold Steady."
 
The Hold Steady will celebrate Thrashing Thru The Passion with "Constructive Summer 2019," a series of live show weekends across the United States. These weekends take place in Seattle, WA's The Crocodile (August 15-17), Chicago, IL's Thalia Hall and Empty Bottle (August 22-24), Nashville, TN's Basement East (September 5-7), Boston, MA's The Sinclair (September 12-15), and the fourth annual "Massive Nights" event at NY's Brooklyn Bowl (December 4-7). For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.theholdsteady.net/#shows.
 
The Hold Steady is: Bobby Drake (drums), Craig Finn (vocals), Tad Kubler (guitar, vocals), Franz Nicolay (keyboards), Galen Polivka (bass), and Steve Selvidge (guitar, vocals).
 
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THE HOLD STEADY LIVE SHOWS 2019
 
AUGUST
15-17 - Seattle, WA - The Crocodile
 
22 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall
23 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle - SOLD OUT
24 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall - SOLD OUT
 
SEPTEMBER
5-7 - Nashville, TN - Basement East
12-15 - Boston, VA - The Sinclair
 
DECEMBER
4-7 - Brooklyn, NY - Brooklyn Bowl - (December 7 SOLD OUT)

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THE HOLD STEADY
THRASHING THRU THE PASSION
(Frenchkiss Records)
Release Date: August 16, 2019

 
 
TRACKLISTING:
1. Denver Haircut
2. Epaulets
3. You Did Good Kid
4. Traditional Village
5. Blackout Sam
6. Entitlement Crew
7. T-Shirt Tux
8. Star 18
9. The Stove & The Toaster
10. Confusion In The Marketplace
 
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