4/28/2017

Pixies Perform "Bel Espirit" on "CONAN"

PIXIES PERFORM "BEL ESPIRIT" ON "CONAN"
LOS ANGELES, CA - (FRIDAY, April 29, 2017) -- Last night, PIXIES performed their new single "Bel Espirit" on "Conan."  Check it out here:  http://to.teamcoco.com/2oOgTyd 

In support of the band's post-reunion sophomore album Head Carrier (Play It Again Sam), Pixies - Black Francis, Joey Santiago, Dave Lovering and Paz Lenchantin - launched Leg One of their 2017 North American tour on April 21 with a first week of sold-out shows and great reviews.

"The Pixies sprinkle magic into a set filled with classic tunes and new songs..."
Orange County Register

"The Pixies' richly rewarding 90-plus minute concert Tuesday night at the Theatre at Ace Hotel was a tale of two eras - a generous helping of songs from their four seminal albums released during Part 1 of their career, and a sampling of their strong new material."
Buzzbands L.A.

Remaining dates on Pixies' 2017 North American tour are as follows:

North American Tour, Leg One

APRIL
29   Bomb Factory, Dallas, TX*
30   White Oak Music Hall, Houston, TX*

MAY
 1   Stubbs, Austin, TX*
 3   Saenger Theatre, New Orleans, LA*
 5   Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN*
 6   Madison Theatre, Covington, KY*
 7   Express Live Amphitheatre, Columbus, OH*
 9   The National, Richmond, VA**
11  Durham PAC, Durham, NC**
12  Shaky Knees Music Festival, Atlanta, GA**
14  Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD**
16  Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC**
17  Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC**
19  House of Blues, Boston, MA**
20  House of Blues, Boston, MA**
21  Paradise Ballroom, Boston, MA**
23  Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA**
24  Webster Hall, New York, NY**
25  Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY**
26  Brooklyn Steel, Brooklyn, NY**

* Public Access TV will support
** Cymbals Eat Guitars will support

July 6 - August 11, 2017
UK/Europe

North American Tour, Leg Two

SEPTEMBER
19   College Street Music Hall, New Haven, CT*
22   The Westbury Theatre, Westbury, NY*
23   Stone Pony Summerstage, Asbury Park, NJ*
24   The Capitol Theatre, Portchester, NY*
26   State Theatre, Portland, ME*
27   Metropolis, Montreal QC*
29   Massey Hall, Toronto, ON*
30   Massey Hall, Toronto, ON*

OCTOBER
 1   UB Center for the Arts, Buffalo, NY  (support TBA)
 3   The Agora Theatre, Cleveland, OH*
 4   Stage AE, Pittsburgh, PA*
 6   The Fillmore Detroit, Detroit, MI*
 7   20 Monroe Live, Grand Rapids, MI**
 8   The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL**
10  Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN**
11  Palace Theatre, St. Paul, MN**
12  Bluestem Center for the Arts, Moorhead, MN**
14  Peabody Opera House, St. Louis, MO**
15  Arvest Bank Theatre at The Midland, Kansas City, MO**
17  Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO**
18  Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO**
21  The Chelsea at The Cosmopolitan, Las Vegas, NV** 

* Sunflower Bean will support
** Mitski will support








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Thurston Moore Announces More Tour Dates + New Album Out This Friday

THURSTON MOORE ANNOUNCES MORE TOUR DATES

NEW ALBUM ROCK N ROLL CONSCIOUSNESS 
OUT APRIL 28TH


Thurston album cover 

Rock n Roll Consciousness, the new album by Thurston Moore, is set for release onApril 28th on Caroline International. The album was recorded with producer Paul Epworth (Adele, The Pop Group) at The Church studios in Crouch End, London and mixed by Randall Dunn (Marissa Nadler, Earth) at Avast! in Seattle, Washington. Pre-order the record HERE.

The songs Thurston wrote for Rock n Roll Consciousness were brought to life and galvanized by the tight bond of friendship amongst the musicians, a line-up with which he's been working since 2014: Deb Googe (of My Bloody Valentine, Snowpony) bass,James Sedwards (Nøught, Chrome Hoof) guitar and Steve Shelley (Sonic Youth, Crucifucks) drums. The recording highlights the group's instrumental strength and beauty following two solid years of touring 2015's critically acclaimed The Best Day album.

In addition to the previously announced tour in May, Moore has added more tour dates for this July. See all tour dates below. Tickets on sale this Friday at 10a local time, with a Spotify pre-sale set for this Wednesday. 

The North American Tour Dates are:
May 8 - Vancouver, BC - The Imperial
May 9 - Seattle, WA - Neumos
May 10 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios
May 12 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel
May 13 - Los Angeles, CA - The Teragram Ballroom
May 14 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room
May 17 - Austin, TX - The Mohawk
May 18 - Dallas, TX - Club Dada
May 20 - Brooklyn, NY - Music Hall of Williamsburg
July 12 - Minneapolis, MN - Turf Club
July 14 - Chicago, IL - Pitchfork Music Festival 
July 15 - Detroit, MN - Museum Of Contemporary Art Detroit
July 17 - Toronto, ON - The Great Hall
July 18 - Montreal, QB - La Sala Rossa
July 19 - Boston, MA - The Sinclair
July 22 - Philadelphia PA - Underground Arts
July 23 - Washington, DC - Rock & Roll Hotel

Watch the video for single "Smoke of Dreams" HERE


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THE CRANBERRIES Release New Album - SOMETHING ELSE Out Today!

THE CRANBERRIES RELEASE NEW ALBUM
SOMETHING ELSE - OUT TODAY VIA BMG

ALBUM INCLUDES ORCHESTRAL &
ACOUSTIC VERSIONS OF THEIR SEMINAL HITS
+ BRAND NEW MATERIAL

SEP/OCT NORTH AMERICAN TOUR DATES
JUST ANNOUNCED

 
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE New York, NY (April 28, 2017) - The Cranberries have just released Something Else, featuring re-worked renditions of their major hits, as well as brand new material, including the single "Why." The album is available today via BMG on digital and CD formats, and includes seminal Cranberries songs like "Linger," "Zombie," "Dreams," and "Ode To My Family"... newly re-recorded in orchestral and acoustic arrangements in celebration of the band's 25th anniversary. CLICK HERE for all purchase and download options.
 
Last year, over two weeks in the University of Limerick, at the home of the Irish Chamber Orchestra, the band revisited old times; Dolores laid down vocals as small booths were created to record the instruments as if live. She was no longer a child, singing her amazing, mature songs from an inexperienced vantage point but a woman now, with the capacity to throw her life at the music, the benefit of hindsight. "I prefer them like this," she says of the new recordings of old songs, "with a little bit more experience behind them, with a new lease of life. They sound fresh again."

As the record began to take full shape, three new songs were added, to stop it just being a Proustian rush of memories lost and found. The first was The Glory, which Dolores explains she wrote in The Irish Chamber Orchestra’s rehearsal rooms at the University of Limerick. She then brought out two songs she had been keeping in her personal stash, until she could place them in the right home: "Rupture" ("about depression, about being in that black hole and finding it hard to get out of it") and the forthcoming single "Why?" ("written just after my father passed, the hardest time").

It’s testament to Dolores and Noel’s song-writing prowess that the new additions to the Cranberries cannon sit seamlessly next to the old. When they began finalising details for the record, they decided on Something Else, a nod to the first record’s Everybody Else…, a title neither riven with the promise of future endeavours or locked into the past.

Official Album Artwork
Shot by Andy Earl, the photographer for The Cranberries' Everybody Else Is Doing It cover



Available Now!

In celebration of the new album, The Cranberries will be embarking on a North American tour. Please see below for the full tour routing. Come experience The Cranberries' greatest hits performed with a string quartet! 


 
Something Else North American Tour Dates

11 Sep - Nashville, TN; Schermerhorn Symphony Center
13 Sep - Atlanta, GA; The Tabernacle
16 Sep - New York, NY; Terminal 5
18 Sep - Washington, DC; The 9:30 Club
20 Sep - Philadelphia, PA; The Fillmore
21 Sep - Boston, MA; House of Blues
23 Sep - Montreal, QC, Canada; Place des Arts
24 Sep - Toronto, ON, Canada; Rebel
26 Sep - Detroit, MI; The Fillmore Detroit
28 Sep - Chicago, IL; Riviera Theater
29 Sep - Council Bluffs, IA; Stir Cove at Harrah's Casino
01 Oct - Denver, CO; Paramount Theatre
04 Oct - San Francisco, CA; Masonic Auditorium
06 Oct - Los Angeles, CA; The Wiltern

Artist/fan club pre-sale begins May 2 at 10AM local time. VIP packages will be available. 

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Ozzy Osbourne And Zakk Wylde Reunite for 2017 Tour

  
 
 OZZY OSBOURNE AND
ZAKK WYLDE
REUNITE FOR 2017 TOUR

  
(Photo credit:  Sam Taylor-Johnson)
 
Rock fans rejoice!
 
For the first time in more than a decade, OZZY OSBOURNE andZakk Wylde are together again. 
 
Known as one of rock's most lethal singer and guitarist pairings,the two will hit the road for a series of OZZY headlining shows in the U.S. this summer and fall, beginning July 14 (*see dates below).  While they've performed together over the years, these shows are the first collaboration for the duo for a full tour since2006.  These dates also mark OZZY's first solo tour in the U.S. in years beyond one OZZY & Friends performance at the Voodoo Music + Arts Experience in New Orleans, LA in October 2015. 
 
OZZY and Zakk first teamed up 30 years ago when Zakk (whoOZZY describes as "a f***ing absolutely amazing guitar player")joined OZZY's band in 1987; they last recorded in 2007 onOZZY's acclaimed BLACK RAIN album. 

  
(Photo credit:  Mark Weiss)
 
In addition to reuniting with Zakk Wylde on guitarOZZY's band will include longtime collaborators Blasko (Bass), Tommy Clufetos (Drums) and Adam Wakeman (Keyboards).  OZZY's tour dates kick off in July at the Rock USA Festival in Oshkosh, WI with additional dates to be announced in the coming weeks. 
 
"I'm so happy to be getting back on the road with Zakk, Blasko, Tommy and Adam," says OZZY OSBOURNE.  "This is what I do.  This is where I belong, on the road."
 
"I'm really looking forward to The HARDCORE POWAHLIFTING TRAINING SESSIONS with OZZY as well as playing music in between sets of HEAVY SQUATS, BENCHING and DEADLIFTS," Zakk Wylde adds.
 
Next up for OZZY: prepping for a new solo album for 2018 onEpic.
 
OZZY's initial 2017 tour dates are as follows:
 
DATE                        CITY                 VENUE
 
July
Fri, July 14         Oshkosh, WI       Rock USA Festival
Sun, July 16       Chicago, IL         Chicago Open Air Festival
 
August
Wed, August 9    Sturgis, SD          Buffalo Chip
Mon, August 21   Cartersville, IL    Moonstock Festival
 

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Steve Earle To Release New Album - So You Wannabe An Outlaw - On June 16

STEVE EARLE TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM -  
SO YOU WANNABE AN 
OUTLAW - ON JUNE 16
 
Album Pre-Orders, Available Today, Will Include An Instant Download of
"Lookin' For A Woman"
 

April 28, 2017 (Burbank, CA) - Musician, songwriter, actor and author Steve Earle and his country rock band The Dukes will release So You Wannabe an Outlaw on June 16 on Warner Bros. Records. The album is available for pre-order today via all digital retailers. Those who pre-order will receive an instant download of the album track "Lookin' For A Woman."
 
So You Wannabe an Outlaw, Earle's first album for Warner Bros. Records since 1997's El Corazón, explores his country songwriting roots and features collaborations with Willie Nelson, Johnny Bush, and Miranda Lambert.
 
"There's nothing 'retro' about this record," Earle says. "I'm just acknowledging where I'm coming from." So You Wannabe an Outlaw is the first recording he has made in Austin, TX. Earle has lived in New York City for the past decade. "Look, I'm always gonna be a Texan, no matter what I do," he says. "And I'm always going to be somebody who learned their craft in Nashville. It's who I am."
 
So You Wannabe an Outlaw is an homage to outlaw music and is dedicated to the late Waylon Jennings. "I was out to unapologetically 'channel' Waylon as best as I could." Earle says. "This record was all about me playing' on the back pick-up of a '66 Fender Telecaster on an entire record for the first time in my life. The vocal part of it is a little different. I certainly don't sound like Waylon Jennings. I moved to Nashville in November of 1974, and right after that Willie Nelson'sRed Headed Stranger came out. I was around when Waylon was recording Dreaming My Dreams. Guitar Town (Earle's 1986 chart-topping, Grammy Award-winning debut album) wound up being kind of my version of those types of songs," Earle recalls.
 
Earle is backed on So You Wannabe an Outlaw by his long-time band The Dukes - guitarist Chris Masterson, fiddle player Eleanor Whitmore, bassist Kelly Looney, and new members drummer Brad Pemberton and pedal steel player Ricky Ray Jackson. The album was produced by Richard Bennett and recorded at Arlyn Studios in Austin.
 
A true Renaissance man, Earle has also become a novelist, a film, TV, and stage actor, playwright, author, record producer, and radio host over the course of his 30+ year career. He is currently appearing in the off-Broadway play Samara, for which Earle also wrote the score, thatThe New York Times called "exquisitely subliminal." He is also in the process of writing his memoirs for future publication. Tune in to Steve Earle's weekly radio show Hardcore Troubadour on SiriusXM's Outlaw Country Channel.
 
This summer, Earle will lead his fourth annual songwriting intensive, Camp Copperhead, in upstate New York from June 26-30, 2017. The all-inclusive, four-day music vacation and fully immersive learning experience will take place at the Full Moon Resort in Big Indian, NY, about half an hour west of Woodstock. Primary instructor Earle will be joined this year by special guest instructors Jackie Greene and Dar Williams. Details can be found at http://camp-copperhead.com/.
 
The track listing for Steve Earle & The Dukes' So You Wannabe An Outlaw is as follows:
 
So You Wanna Be An Outlaw (feat. Willie Nelson)
Lookin' For A Woman
The Firebreak Line
News From Colorado
If Mama Coulda Seen Me
Fixin' To Die
This Is How It Ends (feat. Miranda Lambert)
The Girl On The Mountain
You Broke My Heart
Walkin' In LA (feat. Johnny Bush)
Sunset Highway
Goodbye Michelangelo
 
Deluxe Edition Bonus Tracks (covers):
Ain't No God In Mexico (Billy Joe Shaver)
Sister's Coming Home/Down At The Corner Beer Joint (Willie Nelson)
The Local Memory (Willie Nelson)
Are You Sure Hank Done It This Way (Waylon Jennings)
 
Camp Copperhead:
 
06/26    Big Indian, NY              Camp Copperhead
06/27    Big Indian, NY              Camp Copperhead
06/28    Big Indian, NY              Camp Copperhead
06/29    Big Indian, NY              Camp Copperhead
06/30    Big Indian, NY              Camp Copperhead
 
Steve Earle and The Dukes' upcoming tour dates are as follows:
 
07/01    New Braunfels, TX        Whitewater Amphitheater w/Ryan Bingham
07/02    New Braunfels, TX        Whitewater Amphitheater w/Ryan Bingham
07/03    Houston, TX                 House of Blues
07/04    Austin, TX                    Willie Nelson's Picnic
07/06    Dallas, TX                    House of Blues
07/07    Jackson, MS                Duling Hall
07/08    Memphis, TN                Minglewood Hall
07/09    Knoxville, TN                Bijou Theatre
07/11    Asheville, NC                Orange Peel
07/13    Charleston, SC             Charleston Music Hall
07/14    Durham, NC                 The Carolina Theatre
07/15    Mount Solon, VA           Natural Chimeny's Park / Red Wing Roots Music Festival
07/16    Charleston, WV            Culture Center / Mountain Stage w/ Larry Groce - Radio Show
07/18    Alexandria, VA              The Birchmere
07/20    Cincinnati, OH              Taft Theatre
07/21    Nashville, TN                Ryman Auditorium  (w/ Lucero)
07/22    Marietta, GA                 Peoples Bank Theatre
07/23    Kent, OH                      Kent Stage
07/25    Chicago, IL                   Old Town School of Folk
07/26    Chicago, IL                   Old Town School of Folk
07/28    Mahnomen, MN             Shooting Star Casino-Mustang Lounge
07/29    Clear Lake, IA               Surf Ballroom
07/30    Apple Valley, MN          Minnesota Zoo-Weesner Family
08/01    Omaha, NE                   Slowdown
08/03    Aspen, CO                    Belly Up Aspen
08/04    Boulder, CO                  Boulder Theater
08/05    Salt Lake City, UT        The State Room
08/07    Alb, NM                                    Kimo Theatre
08/08    Tucson, AZ                   Rialto Theatre
08/10    Solana Beach, CA         Belly Up
08/11    W. Hollywood, CA         The Troubadour
08/12    W. Hollywood, CA         The Troubadour
08/14    Portland, OR                 Revolution Hall
08/15    Seattle, WA                  Neptune Theatre
08/16    Boise, ID                      Egyptian theatre
08/18    Billings, MT                  Zoo Montana
08/19    Deadwood, SD              Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel
09/07    Orlando, FL                  The Plaza Live
09/08    Ft. Lauderdale, FL         Parker Playhouse (w/ Los Lobos)
09/09    Clearwater, FL              Capitol Theatre
09/10    St. Augustine, FL          St. Augustine Amphitheatre (w/ Los Lobos)
09/16    Fredericton, NB             Harvest Jazz + Blues Festival
09/26    Winnipeg, MB, CAN      Burton Cummings Theatre
09/27    Regina, SK, CAN          Casino Regina
09/28    Calgary, AB, CAN         Grey Eagle Resort & Casino
09/29    Enoch, AB, CAN           River Cree Resort & Casino
 

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THE WAR ON DRUGS RETURN WITH “THINKING OF A PLACE” + FALL TOUR

THE WAR ON DRUGS RETURN WITH “THINKING OF A PLACE,”
NEW SONG OUT TODAY ON ATLANTIC RECORDS, AND ANNOUNCE FALL TOUR

ALBUM DETAILS COMING SOON!


(photo credit – Dustin Condren)

“[Granduciel’s] influence has become omnipresent in the indie world . . . each element here—the steady, percussive piano; the quivering harmonica—feels necessary and bold, making Granduciel sound more present than ever.” — Pitchfork [BEST NEW TRACK]

“an epic, mood-shifting guitar jam” – NPR Music’s “All Songs Considered”

“What makes the song is what surrounds the strum: a smooth yet constantly changing backdrop of instruments and voices, with a neo-psychedelic lead guitar or a folksy harmonica sometimes floating to the surface. Behind the seeming simplicity, everything is in flux.” — The New York Times’ The Playlist

The War On Drugs return with the new song “Thinking of a Place,” and the announcement of a fall North American, European and UK tour. Their first new, original material since 2014’s Lost In The Dream and their debut for Atlantic Records, “Thinking of a Place” was produced by The War On Drugs’ Adam Granduciel and recorded and mixed by Shawn Everett. It was released as a limited edition, vinyl-only Record Store Day exclusive, and is available as of today via all DSPs.

The War On Drugs – Granduciel joined by longtime core members – Dave Hartley, Robbie Bennett, Charlie HallAnthony LaMarca, and Jon Natchez – will hit the road for two-plus months beginning mid-September. Fans who join the band’s email list (www.thewarondrugs.net) will receive first access to pre-sale tickets. Pre-sale begins Monday, May 1 in North America and Tuesday, May 2 in the UK and Europe at 10am local time. General on-sale is Friday, May 5 at 10 am local. Tickets will be available for purchase at www.thewarondrugs.net.

News of The War On Drugs’ fourth full-length album will be coming soon.

Listen To The War On Drugs’ “Thinking of a Place” –

Stream or Purchase “Thinking of a Place” --

The War On Drugs’ Tour Dates:
Thu. Sep. 21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Dell Music Center
Fri. Sep. 22 – New York, NY @ SummerStage in Central Park
Sat. Sep. 23 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
Mon. Sep. 25 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
Tue. Sep. 26 – Atlanta, GA @ The Tabernacle
Thu. Sep. 28 – Dallas, TX @ The Bomb Factory
Fri. Sep. 29 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall [Outside Lawn]
Sat. Sep. 30 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Waller Creek Amphitheater
Thu. Oct. 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Greek Theatre
Fri. Oct. 6 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theatre
Mon. Oct. 9 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre
Wed. Oct. 11 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Fri. Oct. 13 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex
Sat. Oct. 14 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
Wed. Oct. 18 – St. Paul, MN @ Palace Theatre
Thu. Oct. 19 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
Fri. Oct. 20 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
Sat. Oct. 21 – Toronto, ON @ Massey Hall
Thu. Nov. 2 – Amsterdam, NL @ AFAS Live
Fri. Nov. 3 – Cologne, DE @ E-Werk
Sat. Nov. 4 – Brussels, BE @ Forest National
Mon. Nov. 6 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
Thu. Nov. 9 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
Fri. Nov. 10 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
Sun. Nov. 12 – Manchester, UK @ O2 Apollo Manchester
Tue. Nov. 14 – London, UK @ Alexandra Palace
Fri. Nov. 17 – Zurich, CH @ X-tra
Sat. Nov. 18 – Milan, IT @ Fabrique
Mon. Nov. 20 – München, DE @ Muffathalle
Tue. Nov. 21 – Hamburg, DE @ Große Freiheit 36
Wed. Nov. 22 – Berlin, DE @ Tempodrom
Fri. Nov. 24 – Oslo, NO @ Spektrum
Sat. Nov. 25 – Copenhagen, DK @ Tap 1
Mon. Nov. 27 – Stockholm, SE @ Annexet




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Gothic Tropic - 'Fast or Feast'

Gothic Tropic - Fast or Feast

Street Date, May 19th, 2017, Old Flame Records


Los Angeles’ Gothic Tropic introduces a new brand of female fronted, guitar-driven indie rock. The brainchild of Cecilia Della Peruti, Gothic Tropic keeps the vibe playful and punchy, bringing audiences into a new era of female rock nobility, nodding to stars like Debbie Harry, and Chrissie Hynde. Delivering a blend of Richard Lloyd and Nile Rodgers on guitar, Della Peruti has won sponsorships with Fender, and leading pedal manufacturers, and works professionally as a touring and session player for Charli XCX, BØRNS, and more.

TOUR DATE:
06/06 - Los Angeles, CA - Resident

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7-Inches For Planned Parenthood Share First Single CHVRCHES' "Down Side of Me (Live)" with Kristen Stewart Directed Video


7-INCHES FOR PLANNED PARENTHOOD SHARES FIRST SINGLE
CHVRCHES' "DOWN SIDE OF ME (LIVE)"

WATCH KRISTEN STEWART-DIRECTED VIDEO
SINGLE ARTWORK BY WILLIAM VILLALONGO


PRE-ORDER OF VINYL BOX SET UP NOW AT7INCHESFORPLANNEDPARENTHOOD.COM

7" Vinyl Series Features Contributions from Björk, Common, Foo Fighters, John Legend,  Margaret Atwood, Nico Muhly, Shepard Fairey & More

Earlier this month,  members of the creative community announced 7-inches for Planned Parenthood, a curated series of 7-inch vinyl records and digital downloads to benefit Planned Parenthood. The project comprises contributions from acclaimed creative minds who stand with Planned Parenthood and its patients (see below for a full list of participants).  

Today, the first single from the box set, a new version of "Down Side of Me (Live)"  from acclaimed electro-pop trio CHVRCHES, is available for purchase and stream at Apple MusiciTunes and Spotify.  Accompanying the release is also a Kristen Stewart directed video for the song.



Of their contribution to the project, lead singer Lauren Mayberry says, "'Down Side Of Me'' was not written specifically for this project but I really like how the lyrics can be interpreted in a way that supports the goal of the project as a whole. We should all be able to have faith that our governments are working in our best interests - and if they aren't then, they should be challenged and held to account. 'I'll believe that you're all that you said you would be.'"

She continues: "We have always tried to be socially aware and to link in with organisations whose work we support. Planned Parenthood is an incredibly important resource for so many women (and men) in America and the fact that Planned Parenthood has come under so much fire in the current political climate does not sit well with us. Now is not the time to stay quiet, and if artists want to help by raising money or awareness for causes that we believe in, then I think that they should."

The cover artwork for the single is by Brooklyn artist William Villalongo, featuring one of his paintings from a series currently on display at the Susan Inglett art gallery in New York City. On his contribution to 7-inches, he says: "This new series reflects on the Black male presence in American society. Black male prison population statistics and the recent killing of unarmed Black youth, mostly male, such as Trayvon Martin, Mike Brown and Freddy Gray brought me to the project.  The work addresses how society views (sees or can't see) Black men while also making concrete the staggering number of Black men literally absent from society in general.  Art is a way to speak of the unspeakable through observation, feeling, metaphor and material. "

The entire 7-inches for Planned Parenthood vinyl boxset is available now for pre-order at7inchesforplannedparenthood.com with a target of early fall for delivery. Each single will include a unique piece of artwork accompanying two sides of unique music, comedy or spoken word, many of which are given to Planned Parenthood, which provides reproductive health care to 2.5 million women, men, and young people each year.

The creative collective behind 7-inches for Planned Parenthood states:
Lawmakers with extreme views are working hard to shut down Planned Parenthood. If they succeed, millions of Americans will lose access to basic health services, including STD testing and treatment, birth control, and life-saving cancer screenings.

7-inches for Planned Parenthood is a response to this threat. This curated series of 7-inch vinyl records is being made by a group of people who believe that access to health care is a public good that should be fiercely protected. Do we know there's a joke in the name? We do. We hope the title evokes the rich history of 7-inch vinyl records as a medium for protest music and resistance.

Planned Parenthood will receive 100% of the proceeds from the sale of this 7-inch box set and streaming listens.  We see this initiative as the start of something bigger, and hope it will inspire both contributors and listeners to continue to seek out ways to stand with Planned Parenthood and other institutions that are so vital to us all.

In addition to supporting 7-inches for Planned Parenthood, people can also visitIStandWithPP.org to find ways to get involved locally, contact their Senator and urge them to stand with Planned Parenthood, show their support for Planned Parenthood on social media using the hashtag #IStandWithPP,  and share how Planned Parenthood has helped you.



"We're incredibly grateful to have the support of so many artists and entertainers, many of them who have themselves relied on us for health care," said Cecile Richards, president of Planned Parenthood Federation of America. "Planned Parenthood has been around for 100 years, and onein five women in America have turned to us for care. Planned Parenthood has stood defiantly in the face of opposition for a century, and we're not backing down now. "
PP cover art
Contributors to 7-inches for Planned Parenthood include:
Record Contributors
Aparna Nancherla
Björk
Bon Iver
Bryce Dessner
CHVRCHES (with film clip directed by Kristen Stewart)
Common
Dr. Willie Parker
Dream Hampton
Elliott Smith
Estelle
Feist
Foo Fighters
Heather McGhee
Helado Negro
Janeane Garofalo
Jenny Slate
John Legend
Jon Brion
Laurie Anderson
Margaret Atwood
Margaret Cho
Mary J Blige
Mary Lattimore
Matt Berninger
Meg Baird
Mitski
Nico Muhly
Pete Holmes
Sarah Silverman
Sharon Van Etten
Sleater-Kinney
St. Vincent
Tig Notaro
Walter Martin
Zach Galifianakis

Visual Contributors
Angela Pilgrim
Azar Kazimir
Domonique Echeverria
Hisham Akira Bharoocha
Jacqui Oakley
James Merry
Mark Fox
Megan Tatem
Molly Schiot
Penelope Gazin
Rashid Johnson
Shepard Fairey
William Villalongo

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