Saturday, March 31, 2012

Horse Feathers Returns to Ann Arbor's Ark...

Horse Feathers, led by singer-songwriter Justin Ringle and longtime collaborator, violinist Nathan Crockett, broadens their sonic palette on Cynic’s New Year to include 11 musicians playing instruments including drums, French horn, piano, bells, upright bass and banjo. The album was recorded at Portland’s Miracle Lake Studios with producer Skyler Norwood (Blind Pilot, Talkdemonic) as well as at Ringle’s own Hawthorne Park studio. Praised by NYLON for their “delicately wrought and rustic tales of promise and woe,” the group’s three previous releases have garnered critical acclaim with The Onion noting that Ringle adds “both pathos and mystery with his sometimes high, sometimes whispery, always creaky voice,” while Mother Jones hails the group’s “impressionistic lullabies barbed with staccato strings, flourishing under Ringle’s hopeful intonations.” Paper adds “Horse Feathers’ string-heavy folk music has a beautiful classic Americana sound.”

Horse Feathers was formed after Justin Ringle moved to Portland in 2004. Having played with rock bands in his native Idaho, Ringle found himself drawn to a softer, more folk-based sound in the Pacific Northwest. He began combining stark lyrics (he cites Cormac McCarthy as an influence) with subtle acoustic arrangements and in 2006 released the first Horse Feathers album, Words are Dead, which was nominated for Americana Album of the Year by the Plug Awards. This was followed by 2008’s House With No Home, the band’s first release on Kill Rock Stars, and 2010’s Thistled Spring. The title track from Thistled Spring was named an NPR Song of the Day: “There’s a clear and present disconnect between the soothingly majestic beauty of Horse Feathers’ music and Ringle’s words…but Horse Feathers’ members understand with clarity how much richer ‘Thistled Spring’ is for its darker shading.”

Horse Feathers Tour Dates:
4/13 Sam Bonds Eugene, OR
4/14 Grand Theater Salem, OR
4/15 Red Room Spokane, WA
4/17 Tower Theater Pullman, WA
4/18 Shakedown Bellingham, WA
4/19 Biltmore Vancouver, BC
4/20 The Barboza Seattle, WA
4/21 Aladdin Theater Portland, OR
4/24 7th St. Entry Minneapolis, MN
4/25 High Noon Saloon Madison, WI
4/26 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
4/27 The Ark Ann Arbor, MI
4/28 Founders Grand Rapids, MI
4/29 The Horseshoe Toronto, ON
5/1 Maverick’s Ottawa, ON
5/2 Il Motor Montreal, QC
5/3 Higher Ground Burlington, VT
5/4 Iron Horse Northampton, MA
5/5 Brighton Music Hall Boston, MA
5/6 The Met Providence, RI
5/7 Café Nine New Haven, CT
5/9 Bowery Ballroom New York, NY
5/10 Johnny Brenda’s Philadelphia, PA
5/11 Black Cat Washington, DC
5/12 The Southern Charlottesville, VA
5/15 Local 506 Raleigh, NC
5/16 Grey Eagle Asheville, NC
5/17 The EARL Atlanta, GA
5/18 The Basement Nashville, TN
5/19 Cosmic Charlie’s Lexington, KY
5/20 Nelsonville Music Festival Nelsonville, OH
5/22 The Firehouse North Manchester, IN
5/23 The Bishop Bloomington, IN
5/24 The Firebird St. Louis, MO
5/26 Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
5/27 Low Spirits Albuquerque, NM
5/28 Crescent Ballroom Phoenix, AZ
5/30 The Casbah San Diego, CA
5/31 The Echo Los Angeles, CA
6/1 Crepe Place Santa Cruz, CA
6/2 The Independent San Francisco, CA
6/3 Origami Lounge Chico, CA

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Tenacious D Set to Play The D...

After a 6 year hiatus, Tenacious D will be touring this summer in support of the upcoming album “Rize of the Fenix.” The duo has released a new video of their training regimen, “To Be the Best.” “Rize of the Fenix” will be released May 15th. The tour has a stop in Detroit on July 6th.

6/23 Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
6/25 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle
6/26 Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore Charlotte
6/28 New York, NY @ Hammerstein Ballroom
6/30 Philadelphia, PA @ Penn’s Landing – Festival Pie
7/2 Boston, MA @ Bank of America Pavilion
7/3 Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
7/6 Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
7/7 Chicago, IL @ Aragon Ballroom
7/19 Austin, TX @ Austin Music Hall
7/0 Dallas, TX @ Palladium Ballroom
7/21 Tulsa, OK @ Brady Theater
7/23 Saint Louis, MO @ The Pageant
7/24 Kansas City, MO @ Uptown Theater
7/26 Denver, Co @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
7/29 San Diego, CA @ SDSU Open Air Theatre

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Monday, March 19, 2012

Jack White Adds Detroit Tour Date...

Jack White has announced more tour dates in the US and Europe for this spring/summer. On Wednesday, March 21st a limited amount of tickets for all dates will be available for pre-sale to Vault members starting at 9 am local time and if stock permits, pre-sale tickets for European dates only will then be available to the general public starting at 1 pm local time here. Tickets go on sale to the public on Friday, March 23rd at 9 am local time in Europe and 10 am PT/12 pm CT/1 pm ET for the US dates.

Tour Dates:

May 15 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium 

May 16 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium 

May 19 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel 

May 21 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom 

May 22 – New York, NY @ Roseland Ballroom 

May 24 – Detroit, MI @ Scottish Rite Theater 

May 27 – Vancouver, BC @ Queen Elizabeth Theatre 

May 28 – Eugene, OR @ Hult CPA (Silva Concert Hall)

May 30 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern

May 31 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern 

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

Ohio's Nelsonville Music Fest Set for May 18-20...

The Nelsonville Music Festival has earned a reputation for bringing a fantastically diverse lineup of musical powerhouses to Ohio each May. 2012 is no different . . . with acts ranging from Iron & Wine, M. Ward, Andrew Bird to Roky Erickson, Bad Brains, Mucca Pazza, Lee "Scratch" Perry and Dawes. The festival takes place over three days (Friday, May 18th thru Sunday, May 20th).

Set in the beautiful rolling hills of Southeastern Ohio, the Nelsonville Music Festival is a three-day festival that celebrates music and local artistry of our region. We take pride in offering a warm, accepting environment where local artisans can sell and be recognized for their work, where local, regional and national musicians instill their awe-inspiring talents and festival goers can relax and enjoy the fruits of our regional flavor.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Deep Dark Woods Plan Toledo Tour Stop...

The Deep Dark Woods will perform at Frankie's in Toledo, Ohio on March 25th.

Chills climb spines when sound is given room to unfurl. The Deep Dark Woods’ unflinching pursuit of steadiness between decadence and minimalism is guided at every turn by their intuitive ability to balance grit, clarity, drive and restraint with a sure focus on experimentation.


Detroit Prepares for the Next Movement...

Movement Electronic Music Festival takes place in Hart Plaza in Detroit on May 26th, 27th & 28th. The lineup includes Public Enemy, Lil' Louis and The Wizard aka Jeff Mills.

Three straight days of electronic music at Hart Plaza, with multiple stages and dozens of musicians and DJs. That’s what made Movement the ultimate stage for the city to flex its electronic music muscle — and made it No. 1 in this formidable category. After all, Detroit is the place that founded techno music.


Jeff Tweedy Gets His Own Martin Model...

Martin Guitar - 00-DB Jeff Tweedy Custom Artist Edition from zoran orlic on Vimeo.

“Jeff Tweedy has carried the torch of acoustic songwriting to an exciting place in contemporary music. He is a remarkable ambassador for Martin and has bridged generations of fans,” says Chris Martin, Chairman and CEO, C.F. Martin & Co. “It is a pleasure to work with such a talented artist and to see this partnership reach a new level with the 00-DB Jeff Tweedy model.”


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Sleigh Bells To Ring Out In Detroit...

Sleigh Bells will be at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit, Michigan on April 25th.

Sleigh Bells is an American musical duo from Brooklyn, New York City, formed in 2008. The duo consists of Derek Edward Miller (guitar) and Alexis Krauss (vocals). After signing to N.E.E.T. Recordings and Mom+Pop,[1] Sleigh Bells released their debut album, Treats, on May 11, 2010. Their follow-up album, Reign of Terror, was released on February 21, 2012.

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Black Taxi In Service for Village Idiot...

Black Taxi pulls into The Village Idiot in Maumee, Ohio on March 21st for your listening pleasure.

From Black Taxi's website:
BLACK TAXI is one of NYC's most prominent live acts, smashing an anything-goes punk ethos together with pop sensibilities, unparalleled energy, and brilliant songwriting. The result is a raucous stage show, heavy on harmonies, spitfire guitar licks, body paint, and all manner of instrumentation. Their style has been described varyingly as "grit-pop" or "dance punk", and though their songs hint at the Talking Heads, Cake, and Daft Punk, they are driven by something entirely new and infectious.

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Radiohead Tunes Into 2012 Midwest Dates...

Radiohead has returned to tour the U.S. this spring and summer including some Midwest dates. They will be performing in Cleveland, Cincinnati and the Detroit area.

Tour Dates 2012:
3/5 Dallas, TX @ American Airlines Center
3/7 Austin, TX @ Frank Erwin Center
3/9 St. Louis, MO @ Scottrade Center
3/11 Kansas City, MO @ Sprint Center
3/13 Broomfield, CO @ 1stBank Center
3/15 Glendale, AZ @ Arena
4/9 Seattle, WA @ Key Arena
4/11 San Jose, CA @ HP Pavilion
4/12 Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
4/14 Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
4/21 Indio, CA @ Coachella Music Festival
5/29 Mansfield, MA @ Comcast Center
5/31 Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
6/1 Newark, NJ @ Prudential Center
6/3 Washington, DC @ Verizon Center
6/5 Cincinnati, OH @ Riverbend Music Center
6/6 Cuyahoga Falls, OH @ Blossom Music Center

6/8 Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music Festival
6/10 Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Ampitheatre
6/11 Auburn Hills, MI @ The Palace of Auburn Hils
6/13 Camden, NJ @ Susquehanna Bank Center
6/15 Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
6/16 Toronto, ON @ Downsview Park

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