Music journalists get hit with a steady helping of press releases every day. For the music fan without that kind of sensory overload, a lot of music news can pass by without being seen. Every Monday, I will weed through and compile a list of some of the most intriguing press releases to come across my virtual desk.
Neurotic November vocalist Dee Dee (Dirty) comments, “We wanted everything about Anunnaki to be 10 times better than our EP. The fast parts are faster, the instrumentals are beefier, and we definitely upped the ante. We can’t wait to deliver this live.”
Comprised of vocalist Dirty, bassist Bear, Yoshii and Nig on guitar, and Paiste on drums, the members of Neurotic November come from all walks of life and value free-thinking and open-mindedness above all else. Their backflips, unparalleled conviction, and obvious passion work together to create an unforgettable live experience, and their professionalism breeds spotless musicianship.
Dirty says “The word ‘Anunnaki’ is from ancient Sumerian mythology and it loosely means ‘came from the stars’. There is no better way to explain our sound than to tell you that it is out of this world. We are aliens and revel in what makes us different.”
Officially beginning their journey in 2009, Neurotic November began humbly with Dirty (vocals) posting an ad inquiring about a bassist for his band that had immense potential. Almost immediately his search was fulfilled with the addition of Bear, female bassist who quickly trademarked her aggressive playing style and tough-guy attitude. These two musicians with a dream suffered through multiple line-up changes in order to successfully release their EP Passive May in 2012, which showcased the never-ending energy and exhilarating song structures that began their steady climb towards the top of the metal scene.
NEW YORK, NY (June 24, 2013) – Ezra Vine is a multi-instrumentalist obsessed with escapism, indulging his melodic fantasies among handclaps, and the waltz of bass drums.
Debut single ‘Celeste’, is an infectious celebration of anticipation, combining an ear-worm acoustic riff with an army of floor toms, Beach Boys backing vocals, Miike Snow piano clusters, and a lilting, Shins-like vocal. Vine’s love for ambiguous Cohen-style lyrics mashes with immediate imagery (Brian Wilson anybody?) resulting in an energetic tune that is sure as heck to get you dancing. In Vine’s own words, Celeste is ‘an exploration of optimism, confusion, and the often blurred lines between reality and desire.’
Recorded in a small bedroom in late 2012, armed only with one microphone, a Macbook and any instrument he could lay his hands on, Vine meticulously recorded each and every instrument, breathing life into a handful of tunes that would soon become unofficially dubbed the ‘Les Enfants EP’. The resulting work was a collision of immediate lyricism, haunting falsetto, and counter-melodies, woven through folk sensibilities.
Testing the waters, Vine released a handful of tunes somewhat unannounced on Bandcamp in early 2013 under the moniker ‘Les Enfants’ and word slowly began to spread. On Bandcamp, Vine found an appreciative and thoughtful audience that helped propel the collection to regularly claim a top ten spot among Bandcamp’s bestsellers for the Folk category.
Seattle, Nov. 4, 2013 – Mogwai, who recently announced the release of their eighth studio album, Rave Tapes, on Jan. 21 via Sub Pop, have confirmed an extensive Spring tour of North America (dates listed below).
The Scottish quintet gave fans an early listen to music from Rave Tapes last week, streaming the single “Remurdered” via Sub Pop’s Soundcloud (http://soundcloud.com/subpop/mogwai-remurdered/s-2gdM2). Pitchfork described the single as “night shivers coupled with blocky electronics,” adding that the track “heads down a mazy path while the volume gradually increases, ultimately peaking in a mesh of criss-crossing synthetic textures.”
Rave Tapes was recorded over the summer in the band’s Castle of Doom studio in Glasgow and reunites the band with Hardcore Will Never Die But You Will Co-Producer Paul Savage.
Mogwai previously announced two live dates for late 2013: a Nov. 28 performance at Junction in Cambridge, UK and a slot on All Tomorrow’s Parties “End of an Era” on Dec. 1 at Pontins Holiday Park in the UK. The band returns to the road in late January for a short European trek (dates listed below).
In related news, Mogwai recently scored the French supernatural thriller, Les Revanants, the most popular TV series in Canal + history. The show has since aired in the UK to rave reviews and made its stateside debut as The Returned on The Sundance Channel on Oct. 31.
North American tour dates:
Apr. 21 – Albuquerque, NM – Sunshine Theatre
Apr. 22 – El Paso, TX – Tricky Falls
Apr. 23 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
Apr. 24 – Austin, TX – Emo’s
Apr. 25 – Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s
Apr. 26 – Raton Rouge, LA – Varsity Theatre
Apr. 27 – New Orleans, LA – Civic Theatre
Apr. 29 – Miami, FL – Grand Central
Apr. 30 – Tampa, FL – The Ritz Ybor
May 1 – Orlando, FL – The Beacham Theatre
May 3 – Nashville, TN – Exit In
May 6 – Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend
May 7 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club
May 8 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
May 9 – New York, NY – Terminal 5
May 10 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
May 11 – Montreal, QC – Metropolis
May 13 – Toronto, ON – Danforth Music Hall
May 14 – Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
May 15. – Detroit, MI – St. Andrews Hall
May 16 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
May 17 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
May 18 – Minneapolis, MN – First Ave
May 20 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
May 21 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Depot
May 24 – Portland, OR – Roseland Theater
May 25 – Vancouver, BC – Vogue Theatre
European tour dates:
Nov. 28 – Cambridge, UK – Junction
Dec. 1 – Camber Sands, UK – All Tomorrow’s Parties “End of an Era”
Jan. 22 – Newcastle, UK – Mill Volvo Tyne Theatre
Jan. 24 – London, UK – Royal Festival Hall
Jan. 25 – London, UK – Royal Festival Hall
Jan. 27 – Manchester, UK – Bridgewater Hall
Jan. 28 – Glasgow, UK – Royal Concert Hall
Jan. 30 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Feb. 1 – Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgique – SOLD OUT
Feb. 2 – Brussels, BE – Ancienne Belgigue
Feb. 3 – Paris, FR – Olympia
Feb. 4 – Frankfurt, DE – Batschkapp
Feb. 5 – Munich, DE – Backstage Werk
Feb. 6 – Berlin, DE – Temperdrome
Mar. 23 – Gothenburg, SE – Konserthuset
Mar. 24 – Stockholm, SE – Cirkus
Mar. 25 – Copenhagen, DK – Koncertsalen
Mar. 26 – Hamburg, DE – Grosse Freiheit
Mar. 27 – Zurich, DE – Volkshaus
Mar. 29 – Nimes, IT – Paloma
Mar. 30 – Bologna, IT – Estragon
Mar. 31 – Milan, IT – Alcatraz
Apr. 1 – Karlsruhe, DE – Substage
Apr. 2 – Cologne, DE – E-Werk
Apr. 3 – Lille, FR – Aeronef
New Music Video For “Black & White” Out Now!
JF Robitaille is a born storyteller. But ask any of the canonized—Dylan, Kerouac, Scorcese—and they’ll tell you the same thing: storytelling and human experience are inseparable. And that, perhaps, is why Rival Hearts’ narratives feel so vividly authentic—his folk songs are painted with uncut globs of humanity.
Robitaille explored folkier territories with his acclaimed 2011 album, Calendar. It was intimate yet accessible, poetic sans pretension, and brainy without feeling academic—and it established Robitaille as one of Canada’s best songwriters. No, we’re not exaggerating: Critics have whispered his name alongside genre giants, from Bob Dylan, to Lou Reed, to fellow Montrealer Leonard Cohen.
But in the years since Calendar’s release—spent largely on the road, performing high-profile gigs at CMJ, NXNE, Pop Montreal and the Halifax Pop Explosion, amongst others—Robitaille has blossomed from one of the nation’s top emerging talents to one of its best songwriters. Period.
Rival Hearts is JF’s ambitious debut on Sparks Music. Recorded at Prescott, Ontario’s House of Miracles, a legendary studio that birthed seminal releases from the Hidden Cameras and Royal City, Rival Hearts has Robitaille finding a singular voice—one built around wide-screen optimism, seamless songwriting, and neon-lit nuance. Produced by Andy Magoffin (The Constantines, Great Lake Swimmers), Robitaille recruited drummer Marshall Bureau (Jim Guthrie), bassist Tavo Diez de Bonilla (Jenn Grant) and multi-instrumentalist J.J. Ipsen (Octoberman) to sculpt the sonic settings for Rival Hearts—sombre pianos, haunting organs, and plaintive trumpets paint the pitch-perfect backdrop, whether he’s ambling through the fruit stands on Montreal’s Parc Avenue or recalling the rusted façades of Coney Island.
Yet when Rival Hearts is given the chance to simmer, Robitaille’s true charm emerges: Without leaning on well-worn folk clichés, he’s a master at capturing raw—and very real—emotion. Robitaille’s sanguine yearning feels almost like Leonard Cohen covering Lou Reed’s Transformer, or Robyn Hitchcock fronting Modern Lovers. It’s timeless. Personal. Universal. Because Rival Hearts is about, well, rival hearts—the heartbreak that occurs when roots are pulled in different directions. And that experience is, if nothing else, universal.
Rival Hearts was released on August 27th 2013,
through Sparks Music and Universal Music Canada.
As Erasure, the iconic synth-pop duo of Vince Clarke and Andy Bell prepare for the release of their forthcoming album, Snow Globe, due out November 11th via Mute, the group is streaming the new album via USA Today. Check out the Q&A with vocalist Andy Bell and listen to the full album here.
Snow Globe, a collection of original compositions and seasonal classics follows Erasure’s 2011 album, Tomorrow’s World. The First single “Gaudete” is Erasure’s take on the traditional Latin carol, which will be recognizable by many after Steeleye Span’s version of the early 70’s. Erasure created a series of unique and beautiful stop animation videos with Martin Meunier (James & The Giant Peachand Coraline) and Tonya Hurley, author of the best-selling ghostgirl and The Blessed. Watch the dark and beautiful stop-motion animation clip for “Gaudete” the new video for the first single off of Snow Globe HERE.
Screenshot from the video “Gaudete”
Unlike the bells and whistles, glitter and tinsel sets that crowd the market come Christmas-time, Snow Globeis possessed of something more in the wistfully, strangely subdued celebratory mold of recent seasonal albums by Tracey Thorn and Kate Bush.
Formed 28 years ago, Erasure–the award-winning songwriting duo of Vince Clarke and Andy Bell–unleashed on the nation a succession of both influential and chart-topping pop anthems of the ‘80’s, ‘90’s and through today. Songs like “A Little Respect,” “Sometimes,” “Victim Of Love,” “Ship Of Fools,” “Blue Savannah,” “Star,” “Chains Of Love,” “Who Needs Love (Like That),” “Love To Hate You,” “Drama!,” “Always,” and “Breathe” ensured a formidable presence on the singles charts complemented by five consecutive # 1 albums in the U.K. including The Innocents, Wild!, Chorus and the beginning of the worldwide Abba revival Abba-esque.
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.
Detroit duo Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. have announced a 2014 headlining tour behind their critically acclaimed sophomore album, The Speed of Things, which debuted on The New York Times and is available now on Warner Bros. After wrapping up a North American run of dates with Atlas Genius, the band will perform a special homecoming show at The Detroit Masonic Temple’s Jack White Theatre on November 23rd, and will return to the road in the new year supported by Oxford, UK electro-pop artist Chad Valley.
The band also perform their single, “If You Didn’t See Me (Then You Weren’t On the Dancefloor)” on THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON, tonight Friday, November 1st (12:37 – 1:37 am ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. The show will feature Geoffrey Rush from as the lead guest. Tune in or catch a sneak preview here.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. Upcoming Tour Dates
[*with Chad Valley]
11/23 Detroit, MI – Masonic Temple’s Jack White Theatre
2/13 Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop*
2/14 Cincinnati, OH – 20th Century Theatre*
2/15 Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe @ Old National Center*
2/16 St. Louis, MO – Old Rock House*
2/17 Nashville, TN – Mercy Lounge*
2/18 Atlanta, GA – Terminal West @ Kings Plow Arts Center*
2/20 Dallas, TX @ Trees*
2/21 Houston, TX – Fitzgerald’s Upstairs*
2/22 Austin, TX – Emo’s*
2/25 Tucson, AZ – Club Congress*
3/01 San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore*
3/07 Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room*
3/08 Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater*
3/10 Lawrence, KS – The Bottleneck*
3/12 Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe*
3/13 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall*
3/14 Chicago, IL – Metro*
3/15 Columbus, OH – The A&R Music Bar*
3/18 Toronto, ON – The Hoxton*
3/20 Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall*
3/21 Washington DC – 9:30 Club*
3/22 Millvale, PEA – Mr. Smalls Theatre*
3/23 Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theater*
3/24 Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer*
3/26 New York, NY – Webster Hall*
Devin Townsend Project
After releasing their extensive CD/DVD set, The Retinal Circus, last week, the DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT is now premiering a video clip of “Kingdom” taken from the DVD! To watch the clip, please visit Loudwire.com for the exclusive premiere:
For another preview of The Retinal Circus, fans can watch the previously released video clips for “Grace” and “War”.
Featuring a three hour plus performance that spans Devin Townsend’s entire career, The Retinal Circus takes place at London’s historic Roundhouse venue and includes a full choir and theatrical cast, visual and aural enhancements unlike any show Devin has done to date, several special guests, circus performances and more. To purchase The Retinal Circus, please visit iTunes for a digital copy or CM Distro for a variety of physical formats.
Read on for a few reviews of this must-have Hevy Devy CD/DVD set!
“A thrilling blend of standard concert fare, visual theatre, and wild stage antics, its absurdity, ambition, and staggering showmanship make ['The Retinal Circus'] an incredibly engaging experience.” — POP MATTERS.com
“Anyone who is a fan of anything Devin Townsend should totally pick up ‘Retinal Circus’ in some form…” — METAL INJECTION.net
“['The Retinal Circus'] showcases [Devin Townsend's] passions, his theatricality, and, yes, his insane genius while being entirely playful and charming.” — BLOODY DISGUSTING.com
“…a conceptual orgasm of the eyes.” — LOUDWIRE.com
“…I would certainly recommend that fans pick up this live album. If I could, I would have given ‘The Retinal Circus’ a 6/5…” — NEW NOISE MAGAZINE.com
“‘The Retinal Circus’ is full of the energy and smart-ass antics Townsend has been giving to his live gigs since he began doing them again.” — HEAVY METAL.ABOUT.com
DEVIN TOWNSEND PROJECT live:
Feb. 18-22–Progressive Nation At Sea 2014–Miami, FL