The Strokes frontman, Julian Casablancas, will release a new album, Tyranny, as part of his Julian Casablancas + The Voidz project. The album has a release date of September 23rd via Cult Records, and he’s just released the first single “Human Sadness”, which you can listen to above. The 11-minute track is interesting and anything short of traditional.
The band will play the House of Blues in Boston November 26th (tickets).
Bear’s Den are a British trio, who will be releasing their debut album, Islands, October 21st via Communion Records. The band recently played the Newport Folk Festival in July and released the emotional video for their new single “Elysium”, which has a very interesting story. If you haven’t see it, check it out below.
Ryan Adams at the 2014 Newport Folk Festival (photos)
Ryan Adams is back with a his new self-titled studio album, which gets an official release on September 9th. NPR has the first listen a week early, and you can stream the album in full here.
The album is his first studio album in three years, and prior to his self-titled album he actually recorded an entire album but decided to pull the plug on it, as he felt the album was too sad, heavy, and was about the loss of his grandmother. He then eventually headed back into the studio with a bassist and drummer and they would jam out, resulting in his new self-titled album.
After listening to the album, it has a nice 70’s rock vibe to it. I’m going to make an educated guess and say that the track “My Wrecking Ball" could have been a song from the album he scrapped, as he’s protesting the death of his grandmother and sticks out from the others. Very good tune though, and probably my favorite from the album.
Bob Dylan has announce several new our dates where he’ll be trading in arenas for muti-night theatrer runs in several cities. Locally, he’s playing the Orpheum Theatre November 14th and the Providence Performing Arts Center the following night.
I’m a Bob Dylan fan, but the state of his current live shows aren’t quite my cup of tea. First, he pretty much plays the same exact same set list every night, offering no real surprises - so there’s not much point seeing multiple shows unless you want to experience the same thing over and over. This really bums me out, as he obviously has a huge catalog of amazing music and could really create some very special and unique shows. Also, when he does play a classic song, it’s a much different version of the original. Not necessarily a bad thing, just different.
His voice is noticeably raspier, and he doesn’t really play the guitar any more on stage, opting for the keys instead. I will say that his touring band is really good and sound great. For a Dylan show, you just have to know what to expect before you go, and then appreciate it for what it is. At the end of the day, we’re very lucky that he still creates music and tours.
Tickets for the Boston show go on sale to the public this Friday at 10am.
Bob Dylan 2014 Tour Dates:
10/17 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
10/18 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
10/19 – Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre
10/21 – Portland, OR @ Keller Auditorium
10/24 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dolby Theatre
10/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dolby Theatre
10/26 – Los Angeles, CA @ Dolby Theatre
10/28 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
10/29 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
10/30 – Oakland, CA @ Paramount Theatre
11/01 – Denver, CO @ Bellco Theatre
11/04 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
11/05 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
11/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ Orpheum Theatre
11/08 – Chicago, IL @ Cadillac Palace Theatre
11/09 – Chicago, IL @ Cadillac Palace Theatre
11/10 – Chicago, IL @ Cadillac Palace Theatre
11/12 – Cleveland, OH @ State Theatre
11/14 – Boston, MA @ Orpheum Theatre
11/15 – Providence, RI @ Providence Performing Arts Center
11/17 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Center
11/18 – Toronto, ON @ Sony Center
11/21 – Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of Music
11/22 – Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of Music
11/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ Academy of Music
11/25 – Washington, DC @ DAR Constitution Hall
11/26 – Newark, NJ @ New Jersey Performing Arts Center
11/28 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
11/29 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
12/01 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
12/02 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
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.