Minus The Bear @ Observatory 12/10

All photos taken in Santa Ana CA by Bragley Dupray

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“Vince has made an album that’s true to himself, one that represents his image of Long Beach, his love for the music of the West Coast, and that unleashes the complete personality of Vince Staples.” – PITCHFORK, 8.2 rating

“He's one of the most thought-provoking iconoclasts operating in the genre today....That same cerebral approach colors his music in a way that has resulted in albums (including his stunning debut, Summertime '06, and the follow-up, Big Fish Theory) that overwhelm, challenge, agitate more than they, well, slap. Somehow, FM! succeeds at both, without sacrificing artistic integrity or that wry sense of humor that separates him from just about everybody in his creative class.” - NPR

“On FM!, Staples brings the party with him, turning lemons into lemonade while rapping about his therapist, mink coats, and gang banging, all without breaking a sweat.” – ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

(Dec. 11, 2018 – New York, NY)  Critically acclaimed Long Beach, CA artist Vince Staples, who surprised fans on November 2nd with the unexpected release of FM!, his third album via Blacksmith/Def Jam Recordings, today announces his first major North American tour schedule of 2019, marking the first time that he will be performing the FM! album tracks live.

The two-month, 37-city "SMILE, YOU’RE ON CAMERA" TOUR of the U.S. and Canada will open February 1, 2019, at the Rialto in Tucson, and will wrap up at the Fox Theater in Pomona, CA, on April 3rd. Tour support for the "SMILE, YOU’RE ON CAMERA" TOUR will be Compton rapper Buddy and Baltimore rapper JPEGMAFIA; please see tour dates and details below.

Two VIP packages are available for the "SMILE, YOU’RE ON CAMERA" TOUR as follows: 
  • The VIP TICKET BUNDLE will include five components: One ticket to the show; Early entry to the venue (when and where available); One Vince Staples 2019 exclusive merch item; One signed item; and One commemorative VIP laminate.
  • The VIP MEET & GREET PACKAGE will include all five aforementioned components, plus: Meet and Greet with Vince Staples; and Individual photo with Vince Staples.
For info on tickets and VIP packages please visit  www.vincestaples.com 

DATE              CITY                            VENUE                       
Feb.     1          Tucson, AZ                 Rialto *
            2          Phoenix, AZ               The Van Buren *
            4          Albuquerque, NM        Sunshine Theater *
            6          Dallas, TX                   House of Blues *
            8          Austin, TX                   Emo's *
            9          San Antonio, TX         Aztec Theatre *
            10        Houston, TX               House of Blues *
            12        Atlanta, GA                 Tabernacle *
            13        Tampa, FL                  The RITZ Ybor *
            14        Fort Lauderdale, FL    Revolution *
            15        Orlando, FL                 Plaza Live *
            18        Norfolk, VA                  Norva *
            19        Philadelphia, PA         The Fillmore *
            21        New York, NY             Hammerstein Ballroom *
            22        Washington DC          9:30 Club *
            25        Boston, MA                 House of Blues *
            26        New Haven, CT          College Street Music Hall *
            28        Montreal, QC              Mtelus *
Mar.     1          Ithaca, NY                   State Theatre **
            2          Columbus, OH            Newport Music Hall **
            3          London, ON                London Music Hall **
            5          Toronto, ON                Rebel **
            6          Cleveland, OH            Agora **
            8          Cincinnati, OH            Bogart's **
            9          Grand Rapids, MI       20 Monroe **
            10        Detroit, MI                   Royal Oak **
            12        Chicago, IL                  The Riv **
            15        Milwaukee, WI            The Rave **
            16        Saint Paul, MN            Palace Theatre **
            18        Denver, CO                 The Ogden **
            22        Vancouver, BC           Harbour Convention Center **
            23        Portland, OR               Roseland **
            25        Seattle, WA                 Showbox Sodo **
            29        Oakland, CA               Fox Theater **
            30        Los Angeles, CA         The Novo **
Apr.     2          San Diego, CA            The Observatory North Park *
            3          Pomona, CA               Fox Theater *


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Springsteen On Broadway' Pop-Up Store Set For December 14 + 15

Springsteen On Broadway' Pop-Up Store Set For December 14 + 15

Sony Music and Live Nation will open a 'Springsteen on Broadway' pop-up retail store on December 14 and 15, commemorating the final two performances of Tony Award winner Bruce Springsteen's historic 236-show run at Jujamcyn's Walter Kerr Theatre.Located at the Crowne Plaza Times Square Hotel adjacent to the Walter Kerr, the pop-up store will mark the first opportunity to purchase the official 2 CD 'Springsteen on Broadway' soundtrack album (out December 14 on Columbia Records), and will feature all of the merchandise sold in-theater during the show's run. The soundtrack album consists of the complete audio from the 'Springsteen on Broadway' Netflix release, launching globally on December 16 at 12:01 AM PT / 3:01 AM ET. 
Friday, December 14, 4PM - 11PM
Saturday, December 15, 12PM - 11PM

LOCATION: Crowne Plaza Times Square Hotel, 1601 Broadway (at 48th Street), 5th Floor, Suite 502

Based on his worldwide best-selling autobiography 'Born to Run,’ 'Springsteen on Broadway' is a unique evening with Bruce, his guitar, a piano, and his very personal stories. 'Springsteen on Broadway' began previews on October 3, 2017 and the completely sold-out series of performances officially opened October 12. The show was extended three times after its initial eight-week run, and will close on Broadway on December 15.
The 'Springsteen on Broadway' soundtrack album will be available December 14 on 2 CDs as well as a digital download and on streaming services. The album will feature each of the songs and stories from the show, with the stories labelled as "introductions" to the song they precede. The audio for ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ was mixed by the legendary Bob Clearmountain and mastered by the acclaimed Bob Ludwig.

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December 11, 2018 (Burbank, CA) – High School, a memoir by Warner Bros. Records recording artists Tegan and Sara, will be published in the fall of 2019 by MCD, a division of Farrar, Straus & Giroux, alongside Simon & Schuster Canada and Virago in the United Kingdom.

High School is the revelatory and unique coming-of-age story of the identical twins from Calgary, Alberta. It follows Tegan and Sara as they grew amid grunge and rave culture in the 90s, well before they became the celebrated musicians and global LGBTQ icons we know today. While grappling with their identity and sexuality, often alone, they also faced academic meltdown, their parents’ divorce, and the looming pressure of what might come after high school. Written in alternating chapters from both Tegan’s point of view and Sara’s, the book is a raw account of the music, drugs, alcohol, love and friendship they explored in their formative years. A transcendent story of first loves and first songs, it captures the tangle of discordant and parallel memories of two sisters who grew up in distinct ways even as they lived just down the hall from one another. This is the origin story of Tegan and Sara. 
"How did you start your band? When did you know that you were gay? What were you like before Tegan and Sara? We have spent twenty years answering those complicated questions with simple answers,” said Tegan and Sara. “Writing High School gives us the opportunity to tell the intricate stories that shaped our relationship as sisters, musicians, and queer girls.”

During the course of their 20-year career, Tegan and Sara have sold well over one million records and released eight studio albums, earning seven Gold certifications and one Double Platinum certification in the process. They have received three Juno Awards, a GRAMMY® nomination, a Governor General’s Performing Arts Award, and the 2018 New York Civil Liberties Union Award. They have performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, from Coachella to the Academy Awards.
In 2016, they created the Tegan and Sara Foundation, which fights for health, economic justice, and representation for LGBTQ girls and women. Learn more about the Tegan and Sara FoundatioHERE
Tegan and Sara will go into the studio next year to record their ninth studio album.

For a Tegan and Sara field day, check out this playlist here

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Boy Harsher shares music video for new single 'Fate', announces tour dates


                                                                                                                                                                photo courtesy of 
Nedda Afsari
Ahead of its release in February, Massachusetts darkwave duo Boy Harsher are sharing another single from their anticipated Careful album.

The track, "Fate,"  is accompanied by an unsettling music video directed by Bryan M. Ferguson that plays out like a twisted vampire film a'la Raw or Let The Right One In. 

Boy Harsher had this to say about the track:

"This song is about how there's no amount of running that will prevent you from your life. You are raw and beat-down, yet you will continue to behave the same way - Fate is your own trouble, a magnetic force that's stuck on you forever."

Listen and watch here.

Find the rest of the album details and upcoming tour dates below!

About Careful:
Boy Harsher began as an urgent need to produce and consume. In the winter of 2014, Jae Matthews and Augustus Muller started to experiment with sound, video, and text. The advent of Boy Harsher! Born out of this tumultuous relationship in swampy Georgia, their first EP Lesser Man is sexy as it is sulking. Lesser Man determined their morose, pop sound. In their second album, the full length Yr Body is Nothing, Matthews and Muller took that dark and ran with it. Both releases reflect the fervor present in their adolescent lust and anger. Yet, before Matthews and Muller recorded any song, their chaos made the project vulnerable and invariably lead to momentary destruction . In what was at the time believed to be their last performance, Matthews had “careful” tattooed across her back, while Muller fried the speakers. A lit candle was thrown. They were not on speaking terms.
At that time “Careful” was meant as a warning: the cautionary understanding of love. The duo felt as though they were disappearing within one another. But, if Boy Harsher’s first two releases narrated the pain and desperation that follows after something goes awry, then this LP, Careful, describes what loves gives you: fear and joy, tenderness and pain. For Boy Harsher, Careful attempts to detail the enveloping trauma of loss combined with the fantasy of escape (a reckless abandon).
Matthews and Muller certainly made amends since that fateful live tattooing, loud as hell performance, however both still have complex relationships to attachments. In 2017 Matthews’ mother was diagnosed with dementia and as the symptoms began to take hold the essence of “careful” became relevant in a new way. Matthews’ relationship with her parents has always been complicated: her father past away when she was a teenager and her mother is an alcoholic, consistently unpredictable with affection and stability. The loss of her father was extreme, yet acute, whereas the persistent sadness of losing her mother (the memories that defined their relationship) is a slow, chronic suffering. The trauma of losing someone is almost in tandem to Matthews’ understanding of love. It with these intensely personal struggles Matthews and Muller began developing their new album. With Careful, Boy Harsher use the medium of minimal electronics to create a compelling narrative of a deteriorating family and the reaction to run away from it.
Careful splits its time between songs that study the trauma embedded within loss and the compulsion to flee. The track“The Look You Gave (Jerry)” is named after Matthews’ deceased step-father, who passed right before her mother was diagnosed with dementia. The song mourns Jerry, as described through her mother’s perspective: “I close my eyes and I can almost see: The look u gave / when u / you ran from me.” For Matthews the fiercest pain in relation to her mother’s disease is her mother’s loss of comfort, a grasping at an image that slowly fades away. Death for Matthews and her mother has become synonymous with abandonment. Not unlike the pain of losing her father, Matthews conceives the hollowness where intimacy once was - the melancholy of disappearance.
The message of “careful” also plays out as universal warning in these Boy Harsher’s tracks — do not be fooled, loss is inevitable. “Fate” describes the willing lover who knows that there is nothing their love can do to keep their partner. “Hi Hi / Oh No / In spite of me / you always go. Forget the crying / tempt the pain / hi hi / gone again.” In Careful affection vanishes as quickly as it arrives. To understand love, you must accept that it dissolves, leaving sorrow and disappointment in its wake. Yet, Careful reconciles the deterioration of love with the gilded expectation of escapism.
In reaction to these morose conditions, Matthews and Muller created multiple tracks that celebrate flight. Their fantasies in these bleak scenarios play out in the perspective of the runaway. “LA” takes this to a wistful degree. Slow swelling synths cut sharply with fast chugging drum machines as Matthews begs someone to take her away: to go down. The darkness exists in these reveries but in perverse extremes. Boy Harsher proves Careful’s variety with these uptempo club ready tracks that demonstrate escapism through vice and rave. With “Come Closer”, a nod to early EBM, Matthews beckons on top of a pulsing bass: “In the dark, you have nothing left, Let me take it”, the escape route is through another - gesturing to‘come play’. Even the mascot of Careful, presented in the album’s cover art, is an imagined runaway. This character, stationed in a motel, or combing the beach with an overstuffed backpack, represents the embodied fleeing of Matthews and Muller’s desperate years.
Careful marks Boy Harsher’s most dynamic album to date. The band expands upon the fine-tuned production developed in their last EP Country Girl, but with plenty of nods to the fast tempo and grittiness of Lesser Man. Matthews and Muller attribute the evolution of their sound to the extensive touring they completed in the last few years. “Traveling and connecting with people has been so fundamental;” Muller says “we’re really able to experiment with our material and it feels like the live set as grown into an entity of its own”. Boy Harsher embarked on two US and two EU tours this past year, where audiences recognize their set as faster, harder version of their recorded material. Careful was primarily written at home in Massachusetts, with just a handful of synthesizers and a laptop. For Muller a minimal set up is paramount to his process. Boy Harsher mixed the album in Italy with Maurizio Baggio of La Distilleria Studio who had a big hand in finalizing the sound.
Boy Harsher emphasizes emotive sounds and evocative narratives to generate palpable material in their latest releaseCarefulCareful is a timeless and original minimal synth record highlighted by a strong narrative and marks the definitive return of the enigmatic duo.

Listen & Watch: Boy Harsher - "Fate" (Official Music Video)

Pre-Order: Boy Harsher - Careful

Tour Dates
02-01 New Haven, CT - State House *
02-02 Brooklyn, NY - Elsewhere *
02-03 Philadephia, PA - Johnny Brenda’s *
02-04 Richmond, VA - The Camel *
02-05 Raleigh, NC – Kings *
02-06 Baltimore, MD - Metro Gallery *
02-07 Cleveland, OH - Now That’s Class *
02-08 Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle * SOLD OUT
02-09 Minneapolis, MN – Loring *
02-10 Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle * 2nd SHOW ADDED
02-11 Detroit, MI - El Club *
02-12 Toronto, ON - The Garrison *
02-13 Montreal, QC – Bar Le Ritz *
02-21 Hamburg, DE – Turmzimmer #
02-22 Amsterdam, NL - Melkweg #
02-23 St. Maló , FR – La Route Du Rock
02-24 Bristol, UK - Lanes #
02-25 Leeds, UK - Wharf Chambers #
02-26 Manchester, UK - Soup Kitchen #
02-27 London, UK - Heaven # NEW VENUE
02-28 Lille, FR - L’Aeronef #
03-01 Nancy, FR - L’Autre Canal #
03-02 Paris, FR - Badaboum #
03-03 Lyon, FR - Le Sucre
03-04 Heidelberg, DE - Karlstorbahnhof #
03-05 Berlin, DE - Berghain # SOLD OUT
03-06 Leipzig, DE - UT Connewitz #
03-07 Augsburg, DE - Kantine #
03-08 Cologne, DE - Artheater #
03-09 Brussels, BE - Rotondes #
03-10 Berlin, DE - Urban Spree # SOLD OUT
03-20 San Diego, CA - The Casbah §
03-21 Los Angeles, CA - The Regent Theater §
03-22 Las Vegas, NV - Beauty Bar §
03-23 Phoenix, AZ - Rebel Lounge §
03-24 Tucson, AZ - Club Congress §
03-25 El Paso, TX - Love Buzz §
03-27 Dallas, TX - Deep Ellum Art Co §
03-28 San Antonio, TX - Paper Tiger §
03-29 Austin, TX – Barracuda §
03-30 Houston, TX - White Oak Music Hall §
03-31 New Orleans, LA - Santos %
04-02 Gainesville, FL - The Atlantic %
04-03 Miami, FL - Gramps %
04-04 Orlando, FL - Stonewall %
04-05 Tampa, FL - Crowbar %
04-06 Atlanta, GA - 529 %
04-07 Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR %
04-08 St Louis, MO - The Ready Room %
04-09 Wichita, KS - Barleycorn’s %
04-10 Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge %
04-12 Portland, OR - Wonder Ballroom %
04-13 Seattle, WA - Highline %
04-14 Vancouver, BC - Rickshaw Theatre %
04-17 San Francisco, CA - The Independent %

04-18 Santa Cruz, CA - The Catalyst Atrium %
04-20 Tijuana, MX - Black Box %

§ w/ BOAN

Boy Harsher
Nude Club
February 1, 2019

1. Keep Driving
2. Face the Fire
3. Fate
4. LA
5. Come Closer
6. The Look You Gave (Jerry)
7. Tears
8. Crush
9. Lost
10. Careful


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M.I.A. Documentary Now Available On iTunes w/ Bonus Content

On iTunes in the US, UK & Canada Dec 11th, 2018


The extensive iTunes Extras package includes behind the scenes footage of M.I.A.’s “Borders” music video (exclusive to iTunes) and previously unseen footage from her first ever live performance.
Drawn from 22 years of personal video recordings, MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. is a startlingly personal profile of the critically acclaimed artist, chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee to pop star. She began as Matangi. Daughter of the founder of Sri Lanka’s armed Tamil resistance, she hid from the government in the face of a vicious and bloody civil war. When her family fled to the UK, she became Maya, a precocious and creative immigrant teenager in London. The world met her as M.I.A. when she emerged on the global stage with a mashup, cut-and-paste persona that pulled from every corner of her journey; a sonic sketchbook that blended Tamil politics, art school punk, hip-hop beats and the unwavering voice of a burgeoning, multicultural youth. MATANGI / MAYA / M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media as she became one of the most recognizable, outspoken and provocative voices in music today. 

🇬🇧: apple.co/MIA_UK
🇺🇸: apple.co/MIA_US
🇨🇦: apple.co/MIA_CA
WINNER - World Cinema Documentary Award - Sundance Film Festival
WINNER - Best Music Documentary - International Documentary Association
OPENING NIGHT - New Directors / New Films
NOMINATED - Best Score - International Documentary Association
NOMINATED - Audience Choice - Cinema Eye Awards
NOMINATED - "Unforgettables" Nonfiction Subject - Cinema Eye Awards

"2018’s most illuminating pop doc."
—The Guardian

One of the 10 Best Documentaries of 2018
—Paste Magazine

One of the 20 Best Films of 2018
—Dazed Magazine

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Baroness Plot North American Co-Headlining Tour with Deafheaven; Zeal & Ardor Open  


 Dec. 11, 2018 – Baroness join Deafheaven for a North American co-headlining tour this Spring, marking the Grammy-nominated band’s first continent-wide trek in nearly three years.

The news of the outing, which goes on sale this Friday at 10 am local time, arrives as Baroness work on their eagerly-awaited fifth album.

Tour dates (all dates are co-headlines with Deafheaven; Zeal & Ardor open):

March 8 Houston, TX White Oak Music Hall
March 9 Austin, TX Emo’s
March 10 Dallas, TX Canton Hall
March 12 Phoenix, AZ The Van Buren
March 13 Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
March 14 Anaheim, CA House of Blues
March 16 Berkeley, CA The UC Theatre
March 18 Portland, OR Roseland Theater
March 19 Seattle, WA The Showbox
March 20 Vancouver, BC Vogue Theatre
March 22 Edmonton, AB Union Hall
March 23 Calgary, AB The Palace Theatre
March 24 Spokane, WA Knitting Factory
March 26 Salt Lake City, UT The Complex
March 27 Denver, CO The Ogden Theater
March 29 Minneapolis, MN Skyway Theatre
March 30 Madison, WI The Sylvee
March 31 Chicago, IL Riviera Theatre
April 2 Toronto, ON Danforth Music Hall
April 3 Montreal, QC Corona Theatre
April 5 Sayreville, NJ Starland Ballroom
April 6 Worcester, MA The Palladium
April 7 Albany, NY Upstate Concert Hall
April 9 Cleveland, OH Agora Theater
April 10 Silver Spring, MD The Fillmore
April 12 New York, NY Terminal 5
Photo credit: Ross Halfin
 Baroness is John Baizley (vocals/guitar), Gina Gleason (guitar), Nick Jost (bass) and Sebastian Thomson (drums). Baroness released the Grammy-nominated album, Purple, in late 2015. The 10-song album was universally praised with Pitchfork saying it features “some of the biggest, strongest songs Baroness has ever written,” Entertainment Weekly calling the album “their finest release yet,” Rolling Stone Australiadubbing it “the most dynamic, robust guitar album this year,” and Mojo echoing those sentiments, saying “Baroness have delivered their masterpiece: an album grounding their cosmic heaviosity with earthbound, compelling drama.” Purple and the songs from the album also landed on a number of year-end best of lists with “Shock Me” coming in at #10 on Entertainment Weekly’s Top 40 Songs of 2015, Pitchfork awarding it #6 on their Best Metal Albums of 2015 round-up and Rolling Stone placing the release at #7 on their 20 Best Metal Albums of 2015.



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My Brightest Diamond Announces Additional 2019 Headline Dates | "A Million And One" Out Now

My Brightest Diamond Announces Additional Headline Dates in May 2019 in Support of A Million And One LP – Out Now on Rhyme & Reason Records

Band Currently Touring North America with Stars

Photo by: Catalina Florea / @notcatpig
New York, NY – 11th December 2018 – My Brightest Diamond is excited to announce additional 2019 US headline dates today that has the band returning to the East Coast and Midwest before venturing to the Southern US for the first time since the release of her new LP A Million And One – out now on Rhyme & Reason Records.  All confirmed dates are below and tickets for this new May leg of the tour will go on sale this Friday, December 14th at 10AM local time. 
My Brightest Diamond kicked off touring in November in the UK and Europe around the November 23rd release of her new critically acclaimed LP A Million And One, which is her fifth full-length album and first since 2014’s This Is My Hand.  NPR featured the new record in their “New Music Friday” series, calling her “…a fiercely individualist artist, making fiercely individual music,” Rolling Stone premiered the first song,  commenting that MBD, “…examines self-discovery through communal groove…” and Mother Jones reviewed the LP along with Julia Holter’s new release, adding that My Brightest Diamond’s Shara Nova “…puts her classically trained voice to commanding use on a jittery set of dance-inclined raveups and woozy ballads.” 

The accolades continue to roll in as the band has been making its way around North America with Starsthis December.  Along the way, My Brightest Diamond has been promoting the new LP.  Last week the band visited NPR’s Acoustic Café for a session (Shara Nova in studio pictured below) that will be out soon, check http://acafe.com for the most up-to-date info.

Yesterday My Brightest Diamond visited the Paste Magazine studios in NYC for a session that you can watch HERE and today at 2pm My Brightest Diamond will join John Schaefer at WNYC for a liveSoundcheck podcast session which broadcasts live via the New Sounds Facebook page, tune in HERE, and can be found HERE after as well as via Apple, Stitcher, Pocket Casts, RSS and TuneIn.

As always, for the most up-to-date information please visit www.mybrightestdiamond.com.  Confirmed tour dates are below.

Check out My Brightest Diamond's feature with Billboard, who premiered the video for the lead single "It's Me on the Dance Floor."
A Million And One out NOW via Rhyme & Reason Records

Confirmed Tour Dates
12.12.2018 | Danforth Music Hall | Toronto, Canada*
12.13.2018 | The Danforth Music Hall | Toronto, Canada*
12.15.2018 | National Arts Centre | Ottawa, Canada*
12.16.2018 | Corona Theatre | Montreal, Canada*
02.21.2019 | Mississippi Studios | Portland, OR (Tix HERE)
02.22.2019 | Fox Cabaret | Vancouver BC (Tix HERE)
02.23.2019 | Tractor Tavern | Seattle, WA (Tix HERE)
02.26.2019 | Noise Pop Festival, Rickshaw Stop | San Francisco, CA (Tix HERE)
02.28.2019 | Zebulon | Los Angeles, CA (tix HERE)
05.08.2019 | Cedar Cultural Center | Minneapolis, MN
05.08.2019 | Lincoln Hall | Chicago, IL
05.10.2019 | El Club | Detroit, MI
05.13.2019 | Café 939 | Boston, MA
05.14.2019 | Rough Trade | Brooklyn, NY
05.16.2019 | Rock n Roll Hotel | Washington, DC
05.19.2019 | Rhythm & Blooms | Knoxville, TN

* ― w/ Stars

Stay Connected with My Brightest Diamond:
Official Web Site | Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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