Friday, December 2, 2016

Fences In Theatres, December 25

Denzel Washington and Viola Davis star in theaters December 25 © Paramount Pictures 2016

Opening on Christmas Day, Fences (Paramount Pictures), the film adaption of August Wilson's Pulitzer Prize winning play. The film is directed by and stars Denzel Washington. Joining him is Viola Davis reprising their roles from the 2010 Broadway revival. Check out the trailer below.

I saw the play when it was on Broadway starring James Earl Jones and Mary Alice. My mother and I have a bit of a tradition going to see August Wilson plays. I foresee us upholding our tradition with the film!

Fences is the story of Troy Maxson, a mid-century Pittsburgh sanitation worker who once dreamed of a baseball career, but was too old when the major leagues began admitting black players. He tries to be a good husband and father, but his lost dream of glory eats at him, and causes him to make a decision that threatens to tear his family apart.

FENCES is directed by Denzel Washington from a screenplay by August Wilson, adapted from Wilson's Pulitzer Prize-winning play. The film stars Denzel Washington, Viola Davis, Jovan Adepo, Stephen McKinley Henderson, Russell Hornsby, Mykelti Williamson, and Saniyya Sydney. The film is produced by Scott Rudin, Denzel Washington and Todd Black.

Futurebirds To Play Rough Trade NYC + Video

Futurebirds are set to take the stage at Rough Trade NYC on Tuesday, December 6. See below for more details.

Tuesday, December 6
64 N 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM

Futurebirds released Portico I in November 2016 and you can pick it up HERE. Check out the video for the track "Only Here For Your Love" from the record below. Portico II will be released in early 2017.

Aly Tadros Releases New Record

Aly Tadros is releasing her new album Hungry Ghost today, December 2. Check out "This Is How You Lose Her" from the album below.

Hungry Ghost is void of tongue-and-cheek communication, with songs inspired by overcoming alcoholism, the death of her father, relationships and more. Produced by Kevin Salem (Rachael Yamagata, Yo la Tengo, Mike Doughty) and Tadros herself, the album follows debut Things Worth Keeping (2009), 2013's The Fits and a whopping ten U.S. and four European tours.

The title Hungry Ghost, is borrowed from Buddhism. A "hungry ghost" is an insatiable creature, with a bowling ball-sized belly and pin-sized mouth; and though they are hollow, transparent beings they have a crippling appetites.

Hungry Ghost can be picked up HERE.

Nikki Lane To Release New Album + NY Show

Photo credit: Jessica Lehrman

Nikki Lane is set to release her latest album, Highway Queen, on February 17. Check out the video for the title track, "Highway Queen" below. 

Highway Queen can be pre-ordered HERE.

New York, Nikki Lane will be in Brooklyn at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on March 2. Tickets go on-sale today at 10AM. See below for more details.

Brent Cobb / Jonathan Tyler
Thursday, March 2
66 North 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 7PM / Show: 8PM

Saturday, November 12, 2016

The Dig To Release New Album In February + Video

The Dig are set to release their new album, Bloodshot Tokyo, via Roll Call Records in February. They recently shared the video from their new single, "Simple Love". Check it out below.

“In the past I think we’ve tried to create a mindset of writing ‘for The Dig’”, says guitarist/keyboard playing Erick Eiser, “So as to create something cohesive. This time I think we really freed ourselves from that, and just wrote.” They made the most of their interconnectedness as a way to push themselves forward, writing what singer and bassist Emile Mosseri describes as “elaborate demos” for most of the songs. Arrangements were fully worked out, ideas were explored and re-explored before they sat down to record. Emile continues, “It’s not hard to write songs separately, but there’s a thing that happens where I’ll sometimes have the other guys in my head, even when I’m writing by myself. So in a way, we’re kind of always writing together even when we’re writing alone. We all grew up playing in different bands together since we were little kids, and have toured with and were inspired by all kinds of different bands for years. We did all this together, and I feel like writing this record was the sum of all those years. It’s the most wide spanning stylistically and colorful of our records, and also sounds the most like us.”

The Falling Birds Release New Song

Check out "Anything Worse" from The Falling Birds. The song is from their upcoming EP, What Is There To Talk About which is set for release in early 2017.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Squirrel Nut Zippers To Play Highline Ballroom, January 7

Davina & The Vagabonds
Saturday, January 7
431 W 16th Street
New York, NY
Doors: 6PM / Show: 8PM

Squirrel Nut Zippers released the 20th Anniversary remastered edition of Hot in July 2016. You can pick it up HERE.

Jess Williamson Releases New Video and Album

Photo credit: Mikaylah Bowman

Check out "See You In A Dream" from Jess Williamson.  The track is from her recently released album Heart Song.

Heart Song was released on November 4. You can pick it up HERE.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

The Secret Sisters Announce Christmas Tour

The Secret Sisters are hitting the road to perform original and Christmas classics. They'll be making a stop in New York at City Winery on Monday, December 5. See below for more details and dates.

Monday, December 5
155 Varick Street
New York, NY
Doors: 6PM / Show: 7PM

You can pre-order their upcoming album HERE.

Tour Dates

  • Wednesday, November 30   -   City Winery Atlanta   -   Atlanta, GA
  • Thursday, December 1   -   Lindsley Avenue Church of Christ   -   Nashville, TN 
  • Friday, December 2   -   Christmas Tree Lighting   -   Montgomery, AL
  • Saturday, December 3   -   Shoals Community Theater   -   Florence, AL
  • Monday, December 5   -   New York City Winery   -   New York, NY
  • Tuesday, December 6   -    189 Public House   -   East Aurora, NY 
  • Thursday, December 8   -   World Cafe Live   -   Wilmington, DE
  • Monday, December 12   -   Schubas Tavern   -   Chicago, IL
  • Wednesday, December 14   -   The Foundry   -   Athens, GA
  • Thursday, December 15   -   Neighborhood Theatre   -   Charlotte, NC
  • Sunday, December 18   -   The Grey Eagle   -   Asheville, NC 

Yale Naim To Play Highline Ballroom, December 8

Jesse Ruben
Thursday, December 8
431 W 16th Street
New York, NY
Doors: 6PM / Show: 8PM

Yale Naim released Older in September 2016. You can pick it up HERE.