Prince is back, and he’s just announced the release of not one, but two, new studio albums - ART OFFICIAL AGE and PLECTRUMELECTRUM, which will be released on September 30th via Warner Brothers Records.
ART OFFICIAL AGE is a classic Prince album, produced and performed by Prince and Joshua Welton, while PLECTRUMELECTRUM is a band record, with 3RDEYEGIRL members Donna Grantis (guitar), Hannah Ford Welton (drums) and Ida Nielsen (bass)
Preorders for both albums are available now here.
Stream the new track “Clouds” after the tracklistings.
ART OFFICIAL AGE Tracklist:
1. ART OFFICIAL CAGE
4. THE GOLD STANDARD
5. U KNOW
6. BREAKFAST CAN WAIT
7. THIS COULD BE US
8. WHAT IT FEELS LIKE
9. affirmation I & II
10. WAY BACK HOME
13. affirmation II
Horse Feathers (Oregon) have announced the release their new album, So It Is With Us, which will be released October 21st, 2014. You can listen to the first track “Violently Wild” below, and check out a teaser for the new album here.
They will tour behind the release, playing several West Coast shows and a few in the Midwest (dates). No East Coast tour dates have been announced at this time.
Frontman Justin Ringle explains the making of this album, and the current state of his band below.
“I wanted to stop. I did all the touring for my fourth record – “Cynic’s New Year” – and ended the year 2012 disillusioned and defeated. I didn’t touch my guitar for months, which was the longest I had gone in about 15 years. I thought that my career in music was over and wondered if I even wanted to do it anymore. After an arduous period of self-doubt and discovery, I finally arrived at the enlightened idea that maybe it should just be a little more fun. I had grown weary of talking to people after shows who said that my last record “helped them through their divorce”. I have always been flattered by that sort of thing, but I realized what I wanted to hear was how my last record helped them “have a great weekend”. If you have heard any of my previous records you will realize that this transformation from “divorce” band to “weekend” band would be a tall order. And it was! I wouldn’t say we’ve become a “party band” overnight, but I certainly tried to change things a bit.
I enlisted friends to play with me that I trusted and had known for years. Along with longtime bandmates Nathan Crockett (strings/mandolin) and Dustin Dybvig (percusion/drums/keys), I threw Justin Power (bass/vocals) into the mix to have an honest to god rhythm section for the first time. With Lauren Vidal on cello and Brad Parsons singing harmonies, we played an impromptu show at Sasquatch and people liked it. We liked it, and the unusual feeling that I had after that show – which I think is referred to as “joy” – became something I wanted to experience again. I shared more. I stopped editing myself as much. The joy of playing live became its own reward, and I dared myself to allow that joy to shape the songwriting. In the end, I was able to let it go, and I don’t own it anymore. Which also feels like joy. That’s the way it was, and so it is with us.”
Black Prairie (members of The Decemberists) released their latest album, Fortune, earlier this year are playing several tour dates to support the release. They’re making a local Boston stop at Cafe 939 on September 8th, as part of a Newport Folk Festival Presents show. Frank Fairfield and Kristin Andreassen open.
Purchase tickets for the Boston show here.
Black Prairie 2014 Tour Dates
Sept 6 - Sisters, OR Sisters Folk Festival
Sept 8 - Boston, MA Café 939 at Berklee
Sept 9 - Philadelphia, PA Tin Angel
Sept 10 - Vienna, VA Jammin’ Java
Sept 11 - New York, NY Rockwood Music Hall
Sept 12-13 - Ottawa Folk Festival
Sept 14 - Toronto, ONT The Drake Hotel
Sept 17 - Chicago, IL Schubas
Sept 18 - St. Louis, MO Off Broadway
Sept 20-21 - Bristol Rhythm & Roots, TN
Sept 22 - Decatur, GA Eddie’s Attic
Left to right: Marcus Mumford, Rhiannon Giddens, Elvis Costello, Jim James, Taylor Goldsmith.
Back in March, Elvis Costello, Marcus Mumford (Mumford & Sons), Jim James (My Morning Jacket), Taylor Goldsmith (Dawes), and Rhiannon Giddens (Carolina Chocolate Drops) gathered in Capitol Studios to write and create music for a few dozen Bob Dylan unfinished song lyrics (circa 1967) for an album Lost On The River: The New Basement Tapes.
The album has a release date of November 11, 2014 and they’re taking preorders now. If you’re like me and wondering what this collaboration might sound like, you’re in luck because they just shared the the first track “Nothing To It”, which you can listen to below.
I’ll admit, at first listen - I wasn’t very impressed. Jim James seems to be the prominent vocal on this track, which sort of has a John Lennon-esque sound to it. Personally. I don’t think the backing vocals harmonize well and the guitar solo (I’m guessing Taylor Goldsmith of Dawes) seems a bit forced.
However, after subsequent listens, it’s slowly starting to grow on me. I’m still not in love with this track, I just appreciate it a bit more. This is just one song out of twenty, so we’ll just have to wait and see what the other songs bring and how the other members of this project interpret Mr. Dylan’s lyrics.
Track list for the deluxe edition of Lost on the River:
1. Down on the Bottom
2. Married to My Hack
3. Kansas City
4. Spanish Mary
5. Liberty Street
6. Nothing to It
7. Golden Tom – Silver Judas
8. When I Get My Hands on You
9. Duncan and Jimmy
10. Florida Key
11. Hidee Hidee Ho #11
12. Lost On The River #12
14. Card Shark
15. Quick Like A Flash
16. Hidee Hidee Ho #16
17. Diamond Ring
18. The Whistle Is Blowing
19. Six Months in Kansas City (Liberty Street)
20. Lost on the River #20
Augustines at the Brighton Music Hall - 3.5.14 (photos)
Augustines released their new self-titled album earlier this year, and played several tour dates to support the release, including a stellar show at the Brighton Music Hall back in March.
It looks like the band will be playing additional dates, and have announced a show at The Sinclair on October 6th. Tickets for for that show go on sale to the public this Friday at noon.
Stream their new album below.
Shovels and Rope at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival (photos)
The duo Shovels and Rope (Michael Trent and Cary Ann Hearst) are gearing up to release their third album, Swimmin’ Time, next week on August 25th. If you can’t wait that long, you’re in luck because NPR has the first listen of the album now here.
Shovels and Rope are playing two Boston shows at Royale September 26th and 27th. Full dates here.
Passenger (Michael David Rosenberg) is a one man show - no drummer or bassist. Just a man and his guitar singing beautiful song to a Boston crowd that loved and appreciated his music and even sang along.
Photos from the Boston show can be seen below.
Boston Calling is only three weeks away, and the organizers have released a series of five after-parties to take place around the city. On Friday, Bombino is playing The Sinclair, and on Saturday White Denim will play The Sinclair, while Gentlemen Hall takes over Great Scott. On Sunday, it’s DJ Questlove at The Sinclair and Reptar at Great Scott.
After-party tickets available here.
The schedule for all three days has also been announced, which you can see below.
Joe Fletcher (Rhode Island) will be releasing his solo debut album, You’ve Got the Wrong Man, on September 23rd. The first songs were recorded at Fletcher’s old apartment in Warren, RI, the next at a 150-year old farmhouse in Arnoldsville, GA, and the final batch were created in his new home in East Nashville, TN.
Joe will hit the road as a trio with MorganEve Swain of Brown Bird to support the relase. He will make a local stop at Great Scott in Allston September 3rd (tickets).
Watch a teaser for the new album above, and full tour dates and tracklist below.
You’ve Got The Wrong Man Track List:
1. Florence, Alabama
2. Haint Blue Cadillac
3. Miss Red
4. Blame Game Blues
5. I Never (Reprise)
6. Oceanside Motel
7. Heart in a Mousetrap
8. The Wilsons2
9. Life of the Party
10. The Promise
11. Highway Roulette
12. Mabel Grey
Joe Fletcher Tour Dates:
Aug 27 - New Vintage, Louisville, KY
Aug 28 - Mahall’s 20 Lanes, Lakewood, OH
Aug 29 - Howler’s Coyote Cafe, Pittsburgh, PA
Aug 30 - Abilene, Rochester, NY
Aug 31 - Campfire Festival, Lakewood, PA
Sept 3 - Great Scott, Boston, MA
Sept 4 - Dream Away Lodge, Becket, MA
Sept 5 - Columbus Theatre, Providence, RI
Sept 6 - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 1, New York, NY
Sept 20 – The Basement, Nashville, TN (Americana Music Festival)
Sept 25 – Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown, CA
Sept 26 - Way Over Yonder Festival, Santa Monica, CA
Sept 28 - Soda Bar, San Diego, CA (w/ Rev. Peyton’s Big Dam Band)
Oct 2 - Standing Sun Winery, Beullton, CA
Oct 3-5 - Keepin’ It Country, Bandit Town, CA
Oct 8 – The Crepe Place, Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 11 - The Earl, Atlanta, GA (w/ O’Death)
Nov 12 - The Pinhook, Durham, NC (w/ O’Death)
Nov 13 - DC9, Washington, DC (w/ O’Death)
Ryan Adams at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival
Ryan Adams will release his new self-titled album September 9th, and has just shared the video for the album’s first single “Gimme Something Good”, which you can watch below. He also just released the second track “My Wrecking Ball" available via itunes.
Ryan has announced several new tour dates, which include a Boston stop at the Wang Theatre November 18th. Tickets go on sale to the public this Friday at 10am.
Ryan recently played the Newport Folk Festival, and NPR recorded his set which you can listen to here.
Ryan Adams 2014 Tour Dates:
9/08 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
10/01 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Arlington Theater
10/05 – Portland, OR @ Arlene Schnitzer Hall
10/06 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Ballroom
10/07 – Vancouver, BC @ Orpheum Theater
10/09 – Edmonton, AB @ Francis Winspear Theater
10/10 – Calgary, AB @ Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
10/12 – Winnipeg, AB @ Burton Cummings Theater
10/13 – Minneapolis, MN @ Northrop at the University of Minnesota
10/14 – Milwaukee, WI @ Riverside Theater
10/16 – Chicago, IL @ Chicago Theater
10/18 – Ames, IA @ Stephens Auditorium
10/19 – St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House
10/20 – Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
11/06 – Indianapolis, IN @ Murat Theatre
11/08 – Columbus, OH @ Palace Theater
11/09 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
11/11 – Cleveland, OH @ Playhouse Square
11/18 – Boston, MA @ Wang Theatre
11/19 – Philadelphia, PA @ Tower Theatre