Monday, March 16, 2015

Joan Armatrading To Tour North America

Singer/Songwriter Joan Armatrading will bring her "Me Myself I" tour to the United States.  The tour, set to be her last major world tour, kicks off in April. She will, for the first time in her four decade plus career perform her entire set solo.  Unfortunately, if you don't already have tickets New York, you're going to miss it. That show is sold out. See below for a list of tour dates.

The British singer/songwriter/guitarist/instrumentalist, best known for such worldwide hits as "Love And Affection," "Me Myself I," "Drop The Pilot" and many more, performs for nearly two hours per show sharing the highlights of her extensive career, singing, playing guitar and piano.  The set also includes an intimate photo montage, narrated by Armatrading herself, which beautifully captures her career in pictures. 
Of the "Me, Myself, I" world tour, Joan Armatrading commented, "'I will never retire but this will be the last major tour that I will undertake.  For the first time these concerts will be me solo on stage playing the guitar and piano and singing. I want these concerts to be a special lively interactive one to one experience. I have absolutely enjoyed the last 42 years of performances but now, with my final major tour, I want to capture a unique memory for both myself and the audience."  Armatrading's "Me Myself I" world tour has been winning rave reviews from the media globally with The Argus (Brighton, England) declaring, "The veteran performer didn't just take to the stage...she owned it..." and The Stourbridge News (Stourbridge, England) avowing, "Accompanying herself on either guitar or piano, Joan showed what an accomplished musician she is as well as possessing a truly original voice and wonderful songwriting skills."

Joan Armatrading "Me Myself I" North American tour dates:

 8         Brownfield, ME                       The Stone Mountain Arts Center
 9         Ridgefield, CT                         The Ridgefield Playhouse
10        Boston, MA                             Berklee Performance Center
11        Westhampton Beach, NY       Westhampton Beach Performing Arts Center
12        Albany, NY                            Hart Centre/Empire State Plaza Performing Arts Center
15        Alexandria, VA                        Birchmere Music Hall
16        Alexandria, VA                        Birchmere Music Hall
17        New York, NY                         The Concert Hall At The New York Society For Ethical Culture
18        Collingswood, NJ                    Scottish Rite Auditorium
19        Durham, NC                           Carolina Theatre
22        Kent, OH                                 The Kent Stage
23        Chicago, IL                              City Winery Chicago
24        Chicago, IL                              City Winery Chicago
25        Nashville, TN                          City Winery Nashville
27        New Orleans, LA                    Civic Theatre
29        Atlanta, GA                             Symphony Hall/Woodruff Arts Center
30        Ponte Vedra, FL                      Ponte Vedra Concert Hall
 1         Clearwater, FL                        Capitol Theatre
 2         Orlando, FL                             The Plaza  Theatre
 3         Fort Lauderdale, FL                Parker Playhouse
 5         San Francisco, CA                 The Regency Ballroom
 6         Santa Barbara, CA                 Lobero Theatre
 7         Carmel By The Sea, CA         Sunset Center
 8         Grass Valley, CA                    Veteran's Memorial Auditorium
 9         Los Angeles, CA                     Orpheum Theatre

Saturday, March 14, 2015

AIR BAG ONE To Tour North America + New Single

AIR BAG ONE recently released their new catchy single, 1992.  The song is from their upcoming album Rich Kids

They're making two stops in New York. Monday, March 16 they will be on the LES at Pianos.  On Wednesday, March 18, they will be over in Brooklyn at Baby's All Right. See below for more details and to stream "1992".

Monday, March 16
158 Ludlow Street
New York, NY
Doors: 6:30PM


Wednesday, March 18
146 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY

March 16 th @ Pianos / New York - New York 
March 18 th @ Baby's All Right /Brooklyn -New York 
March 19 th @ The Yard -  Sxsw /Austin - Texas 
March 19 th @ Ten Oak -  Sxsw /Austin - Texas 
March 21 st @ Noize Sxsw /Austin - Texas 
March 21 st @ Buffalo Billiards Sxsw /Austin - Texas 
March 24 th @ Los Angeles - California TBC 
March 24 th @ Los Angeles - California TBC 
March 25 th @ Los Angeles - California TBC 

Ivan & Alyosha To Release New Record May 5 + Tour Dates

Ivan & Alyosha will be releasing their upcoming album, It's All Just Pretend on May 5.  It can be pre-ordered HERE.

They recently announced tour dates so check 'em out if they're near you. New York, grab some tickets!  Ivan & Alyosha will be at Music Hall of Williamsburg on Tuesday, May 26.  See below for more details and other dates.

Tuesday, May 26
Music Hall of Williamsburg
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 8PM / Show: 9:00

Friday, March 13, 2015

Little Brother Eli Release New EP

UK band Little Brother Eli released their new three song Singles EP last week.  Out of the gate, you're drawn in. "Who Do You" is a funky little rock number that will have you up shaking your booty and hitting repeat.  If you crave raw, blues & soul infused rock, you'll get it with this EP.  The only downside, three songs isn't enough!  Check out the stream below and own a copy of it HERE.

Friday, February 20, 2015

Flashback: Newport Jazz Festival 2014

Winter has been taking a leisurely stroll here on the East Coast.  Folks have been counting down to the days until Spring shows up.  To give us some warm thoughts, we're going to flashback to last summer when we spent time roaming around the Newport Jazz Festival.  The reminiscing has gotten us excited for the 2015 Newport Jazz Festival presented by Natixis Global Asset Management; tickets are on-sale now.  **And, by the way, $55 flex tickets are still available until March 1…can't beat that price! You should hurry though. After March 1st, they will be the regular price of $74.  But, while we wait for all of the great music that will take place July 31 - August 2, this is what last year looked like.

Friday, August 1
Fort Adams State Park

Fort Stage
Jon Batiste & Stay Human (more photos HERE)

Miguel Zenon & The "Identities" Big Band (more photos HERE)

Cecile McLorin Salvant (more photos HERE)

Darcy James Argue's Secret Society (more photos HERE)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Len Sander To Releaase Phantom Garden, February 20 + Video

Six-piece Swiss band Len Sander is set to release their debut concept record Phantom Garden worldwide on February 20.  I'm really digging the tracks I've heard so far.  Check out the video for the first single, "Ungrowing" below. The video features dancer Armando and Nastja Vilanov.

Also, have a listen to the track that pulled me in and won't let go, "Black Bryony".

Len Sander are Blanka Inauen (vocals), Simon Inauen (keys), Alessandro Hug (percussion, keys, electronics), Flavio Schönholzer (bass, electronics), Markus Brütsch (drums), Dennis Schärer (guitar)

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Dough Rollers - "Mansion On A Hill" + Tour Dates

Today we bring you "Mansion On A Hill" from New York based rockers Dough Rollers.  The track is from their EP, Gone Baby Gone, and was produced by Josh Homme.  If you haven't had a chance to check out the EP, I suggest you do so. I fully expect them to blow up big time.

The Dough Rollers recently announced their upcoming European tour opening for The Black Keys.  See dates below.


  • Feb. 16 Zurich, Switzerland @ Hallenstadion
  • Feb. 17 Milan, Italy @ Mediolanum Forum
  • Feb. 19 Munich, Germany @ Zenith
  • Feb. 20 Berlin, Germany @ Max-Schmeling-Halle
  • Feb. 21 Warsaw, Poland @Torwar
  • Feb. 23 Amsterdam, Holland @ Ziggo Dome
  • Feb. 24 Antwerp, Belgium @ Sportpaleis
  • Feb . 25 Dusseldorf, Germany @ Mitsubishi-Electric-Halle
  • Feb. 27 Manchester, UK @ Phones 4U Arena
  • Feb. 28 Birmingham, UK @ LG Arena
  • Mar. 1 Glasgow, UK @ Hydro Arena
  • Mar. 3 London, UK @ O2 Arena
  • Mar. 4 Cardiff, UK @ Motorpoint Arena
  • Mar. 5 Leeds, UK @ First Direct Arena
  • Mar. 7 Lyon, France @ Halle Tony Garnier

James Bay To Play Irving Plaza, April 29

Singer-songwriter James Bay is set tour North America.  He already has a sold out show at the Bowery Ballroom in March.  But, never fear NYC.  You can catch him at Irving Plaza on April 29.  Tickets go on-sale to the general public, this Friday, February 6th at 10AM EST.  

If by chance you didn't already know, James Bay will release his album Chaos And The Calm on March 24.  You can pre-order it HERE.  By the way, pre-ordering the album will give you access to the ticket pre-sale this Thursday, February 5th at 10AM local time.

Wednesday, April 29
17 Irving Place
New York, NY
Doors: 7PM

Monday, February 2, 2015

Toby Lightman To Play NYC Show, February 25 + Tour Dates

New York based sing-songwriter Toby Lightman is hitting the road in support of her newest album, Every Kind of People.  The album is her fifth release and was produced by Curt Schneider.  And, of course there's a NYC show!  She'll be at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 2 on Wednesday, February 25. See below for more details as well additional tour dates.  

Check out "Bumps In The Road"  and "Brand Spankin New" from Every Kind of People below.  The album is filled with soulful pop that will keep you returning to it time and time again.  I first became familiar with Toby Lightman when I happened upon her album Let Go back around 2008 or so and have been a fan since.

Wednesday, February 25
196 Allen Street
New York, NY
Doors: 8PM / Show: 8:30PM

Tour Dates

  • FEB 25 - Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2 - New York, NY
  • FEB 27 - Club Passim - Cambridge, MA
  • MAR 13 -  Charleston Harbor Resort & Marina - Mt. Pleasant, SC
  • MAR 14 - Downstairs Live - North Augusta, SC
  • MAR 15 - Moe Joe's Greenville - Greenville, SC
  • MAR 18 - Evening Muse - Charlotte, NC
  • MAR 19 - Local 506 - Chapel Hill, NC
  • MAR 20 - Jammin Java - Vienna, VA
  • MAR 21 - The Saint - Asbury Park, NJ