Saturday, April 30, 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016

Upcoming: Lera Lynn at Rough Trade NYC, 7/21 + New Album

Thursday, July 21
64 N 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 8PM / 9PM

Lera Lynn released Resistor today, April 29. You can pick it up HERE.

On Tour: The Mountain Goats

Photo credit: Lissa Gotwals

Tickets for The Mountain Goats fall tour go on sale today. See below for a list of dates.

The Mountain Goats released Beat The Champ, April 2015. You can pick it up HERE.

Tour Dates

  • Jul 22 Chicago, IL — Subterranean
  • Sep 18 Baltimore, MD — Ram's Head Live
  • Sep 19 Richmond, VA — The National
  • Sep 20 Charlottesville, VA — Jefferson Theater
  • Sep 22 Bloomington, IN — Buskirk-Chumley Theatre
  • Sep 23 Bloomington, IL — The Castle Theatre
  • Sep 26 Iowa City, IA — The Englert Theatre
  • Sep 27 Milwaukee, WI — Pabst Theater
  • Sep 28 Madison, WI — Majestic Theater
  • Sep 30 Omaha, NE — The Waiting Room
  • Oct 01 Kansas City, MO — Madrid Theater
  • Oct 02 Columbia, MO — The Blue Note
  • Oct 03 Maquoketa, IA — Codfish Hollow Barnstormers

Upcoming: Tawanna Shaunte at Rockwood Music Hall, 5/13

Friday, May 13
185 Orchard Street
New York, NY
Doors: 9:45PM / Show: 10PM

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Upcoming: Ellie Goulding at Madison Square Garden, 6/21 + Video

Matt and Kim
Tuesday, June 21
4 Pennsylvania Plaza
New York, NY
Doors: 7PM / Show: 8PM
All Ages

Ellie Goulding released Delirium, November 2015. You can pick it up HERE.

You can watch Vevo Presents: Live in London HEREThe play list features tour highlights plus live performances. You can check out the Ed Coleman directed clip for "Devotion" below.

Upcoming: The Kills at Music Hall of Williamsburg, 5/17

Tickets go on-sale this Friday, April 29 for The Kills show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on May 17.  See below for more details.

L.A. Witch
Tuesday, May 17
66 North 6th St
Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM

Pre-order The Kills new album, Ash & Ice, HERE. The album hits stores June 3.

Upcoming: Butcher Knives at Pianos Tomorrow, 4/29

Friday, April 29
158 Ludlow Street
New York, NY
Doors: 7PM / Show: 11PM

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Ghostbusters: Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

The Ghostbusters new receptionist Kevin (Chris Hemsworth) in Columbia Pictures’ GHOSTBUSTERS. Photo Credit: Hopper Stone - © 2016 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. **IMAGE PROPERTY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC. 

A Ghostbusters vignette featuring Kevin, the receptionist in the upcoming film, was released yesterday in honor Administrative Professionals Day. Kevin is played adorably by Chris Hemsworth who looks to be hilarious in the role. 

So, who do I speak to about hiring Kevin for our office?!  Oh, and to all you fantastic Administrative Professionals out there, thank you!

Ghostbusters is set to open in theaters July 15. Check out the clip below.

About The Film
Ghostbusters makes its long-awaited return, rebooted with a cast of hilarious new characters.  Thirty years after the beloved original franchise took the world by storm, director Paul Feig brings his fresh take to the supernatural comedy, joined by some of the funniest actors working today - Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones, and Chris Hemsworth.  This summer, they're here to save the world!  The film is produced by Ivan Reitman and Amy Pascal, and written by Katie Dippold & Paul Feig, based on the 1984 film "Ghostbusters," written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis and directed by Ivan Reitman.  Ghostbusters will be released in theaters nationwide on July 15, 2016.

© 2016 Columbia Pictures / Sony Pictures Entertainment. All Rights Reserved

Violet Days Shares "Your Girl"

Check out "Your Girl" from Stockholm based Violet Days, the moniker (inspired by her grandmothers name) used by Swedish singer/songwriter Lina Hansson. Enjoy this pop gem.

“I guess this song is my way of saying that sometimes you need to feel like you're more than just enough for someone. That you want to feel special and deserve not to be taken for granted. It's like being kept in an emotional limbo where you don't know what anyone feels anymore, cause there's no interaction, and that sucks.” -- Lina Hansson

Upcoming: The Wild Wild at Rockwood Music Hall, 5/4

Wednesday, May 4
196 Allen Street
New York, NY
Doors: 8PM
Tickets: Free

The Wild Wild released Kids, March 2016. You can pick it up HERE.

Dropping the needle on any part of The Wild Wild's debut EP Kids is to be immersed in retro sonics reminiscent of 80's synth based greats Phil Collins, Peter Gabriel, Springsteen and U2. In fact, Dunn is quick to reference the classic U2 track from 1984's "Bad" with its "wide awake, I'm not sleeping" refrain, when describing his artistic philosophy. "To be awake, eyes wide open to beauty and magic, that's my life philosophy, it makes you fearless knowing that the universe is ever conspiring for your happiness and something magical is about to happen right now. I don't want to sleep through it."

The Magnificent Seven - Official Trailer

(l to r) Vincent D’Onofrio, Martin Sensmeier, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, Ethan Hawke, Denzel Washington, Chris Pratt and Byung-hun Lee star in Columbia Pictures’ THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. © 2016 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and CTMG. All rights reserved. **ALL IMAGES ARE PROPERTY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC. 

The Magnificent Seven is set to open, September 23, 2016. Check out the teaser below.

About The Film
Director Antoine Fuqua brings his modern vision to a classic story in Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures’ and Columbia Pictures’ The Magnificent Seven. With the town of Rose Creek under the deadly control of industrialist Bartholomew Bogue (Peter Sarsgaard), the desperate townspeople employ protection from seven outlaws, bounty hunters, gamblers and hired guns – Sam Chisolm (Denzel Washington), Josh Farraday (Chris Pratt), Goodnight Robicheaux (Ethan Hawke), Jack Horne (Vincent D’Onofrio), Billy Rocks (Byung-Hun Lee), Vasquez (Manuel Garcia-Rulfo), and Red Harvest (Martin Sensmeier). As they prepare the town for the violent showdown that they know is coming, these seven mercenaries find themselves fighting for more than money.
Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt star in Columbia Pictures’ THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN. © 2016 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. and CTMG. All rights reserved. **ALL IMAGES ARE PROPERTY OF SONY PICTURES ENTERTAINMENT INC. 
© 2016 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures Inc. and Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc.  All Rights Reserved.

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein To Star in NBC's "Hairspray Live!"

Jennifer Hudson & Harvey Fierstein will star in Hairspray Live! on NBC, December 7. Photos courtesy of NBC/Universal. 

It was announced yesterday that award winning performers Jennifer Hudson and Harvey Fierstein will headline the cast of NBC's Hairspray Live!. The show, produced by Universal Television, will broadcast from Los Angeles on Wednesday, December 7 at 8PM ET/PT.

Harvey Fierstein who will play Edna Turnbald, the role he created on Broadway and won a Tony for, is  also writing the teleplay. Jennifer Hudson will play Motormouth Maybelle.

About The Show
Based on the Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, “Hairspray Live!” takes place in 1962 Baltimore. Teenager Tracy Turnblad’s dream is to dance on “The Corny Collins Show,” a local TV program. When, against all odds, Tracy wins a role on the show, she becomes a celebrity overnight and meets a colorful array of characters, including the resident dreamboat, Link; the ambitious mean girl, Amber; an African-American boy she meets in detention, Seaweed; and his mother, Motormouth Maybelle, the owner of a local record store. Tracy’s mother is the indomitable Edna Turnblad, and she eventually encourages Tracy on her campaign to integrate the all-white “Corny Collins Show.”

Upcoming: Alberta Cross at Rough Trade NYC, 6/8

Photo credit: Chris Rubino

Wednesday, June 8
64 N 9th Street
Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 8PM / Show: 9PM

Alberta Cross released their self-titled album in October 2015. You can pick it up HERE.

Rachael Sage To Release New Album In May + Tour Dates

Rachael Sage is set to release her new album, Choreographic, on May 20. The album was inspired by her lifelong relationship with dance. Check out the track "Try Try Try" from the album below.

If you want to catch her live, Rachael Sage will be taking the stage at Rockwood Music Hall Stage 2. See below for more details.

You can pre-order Choreographic, HERE.

Friday, May 13
196 Allen Street
New York, NY
Doors: 6:30PM / Show: 7PM

Tour Dates

  • Apr 30 The Last Waltz Live @ Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY
  • May 04 Ethel's Stage Left Lounge Columbus, OH
  • May 06 First Unitarian Church Pittsburgh, PA
  • May 07 Cyber Cafe West Binghamton, NY
  • May 13 Rockwood Music Hall - Stage 2 New York, NY
  • May 14 Muses in the Vineyard Festival Columbia, NJ
  • Jun 02 How The Light Gets In Festival Hay-On-Wye, UK
  • Jun 05 Hotel Utah San Francisco, CA
  • Jun 07 The Hotel Cafe West Hollywood, CA
  • Jun 09 Uncommon Ground - Edgewater Chicago, IL
  • Jun 11 The Ark w/ Mary Fahl Ann Arbor, MI
  • Jun 12 Seven Steps Up Spring Lake, MI
  • Nov 18 Nikolaisaal Potsdam Potsdam, Germany

Monday, April 25, 2016

Film: Money Monster Opens May 13

George Clooney (Lee Gates, center) stars with Giancarlo Esposito (Captain Marcus Powell, left) in TriStar Pictures’ MONEY MONSTER. © 2016 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Property of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc.

Money Monster, starring George Clooney, Julia Roberts and Jack O'Connell opens Friday, May 13. The film was directed by Jodie Foster. Check out the trailer below.

Julia Roberts (Patty Fenn, center) stars with Carsey Walker, Jr. (Sam Shaw, left), James Warden (Jim, right) in TriStar Pictures’ MONEY MONSTER. © 2016 CTMG, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Property of Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. 

About The Film
In the taut and tense thriller Money Monster, Lee Gates (George Clooney) is a bombastic TV personality whose popular financial network show has made him the money wiz of Wall Street. But after he hawks a high tech stock that mysteriously crashes, an irate investor (Jack O’Connell) takes Gates, his crew, and his ace producer Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts) hostage live on air. Unfolding in real time, Gates and Fenn must find a way to keep themselves alive while simultaneously uncovering the truth behind a tangle of big money lies.

© 2016 TriStar Pictures / Sony Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Vaudeville Etiquette To Release New Album

Seattle based band Vaudeville Etiquette are set to release their new album, Aura Vista Motel on May 6. Check out the video for "Damn Lovely" from the album below. This one has been on repeat; I'm finding it a damn fine song. Also, notable from the album, "Set It On Fire", "Empty Hands" plus rockers "Crosseyed Crazy" and "Tipping Point".  I'm not good at and don't like putting things in a box but I would call this album down-to-Earth country rock.

The new album gets its name from the motel that once occupied an infamous stretch of Highway 99 in Seattle. In its heyday, here was a motorist’s utopia, filled with a thriving middle class that was ready to explore America, traversed by the likes of Kerouac and Salinger, and full of romantic intrigue and possibility. Today, it’s a forgotten relic, a notoriously seedy stretch of road that attracts violence, drugs, prostitution, and one 5-piece folk-rock band that relentlessly believes in its spirit and potential. 

What used to be the Aura Vista Motel is now where the band writes, rehearses, celebrates, argues, hones their music, and shoot their videos. It’s the Vaudeville Etiquette headquarters, it’s haunted, and it’s the catalyst behind all that they do. You can hear it on this record, as each song plays like a guest in a different room; separate but united by our wayfaring desires and sordid expectations. 

They recorded the album with producer Shawn Simmons Studio Litho in Seattle, WA. “His knack for honing an intrinsic Seattle sound in the work he’s done with bands like The Head and The Heart and Lemolo was exactly what this record needed,” says Lynn. “He pushed us to create unique arrangements and employ unconventional recording and burrito-eating techniques that take the sounds on this album and gracefully elevate them to a psychedelic whirlwind, then down to an intimate lullaby and back around again. He’s a joy to work with and a hero at the helm.”

You can pre-order Aura Vista Motel HERE.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Upcoming: Maggie Rose at The Studio at Webster Hall, 4/28

Photo Credit: Rob Norris

The Morrison Brothers
Thursday, April 28
125 E 11th Street
New York, NY
Doors: 7PM / Show: 8PM

Maggie Rose released The Variety Show, Vol. 1, April 2016. Check out the video for the track "Same Sky" below.

On Tour: The Griswolds

Photo credit - Instagram: @jar_osullivan | Twitter: @jaredosullivan 

The Griswolds are on tour. Check out the list of tour dates below.

The Griswolds released their album Be Impressive, August 2014.

Tour Dates

  • 4/24/16 - Milwaukee, WI @ Rave
  • 4/26/16 - Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity
  • 4/27/16 - Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theatre
  • 4/28/16 - Denver, CO @ Gothic
  • 5/1/16 - Edmonton, AB @ Starlite
  • 5/3/16 - Vancouver, BC @ The Imperial
  • 5/4/16 - Seattle, WA @ Neumos
  • 5/5/16 - Portland, OR @ Wonder Ballroom
  • 5/7/16 - San Diego, CA @ North Park
  • 5/8/16 - San Francisco, CA @ Fillmore
  • 5/10/16- Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
  • 5/11/16 - Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
  • 5/13/16 - Austin, TX @ Scoot Inn
  • 5/14/16 - Dallas, TX @ The Granada
  • 5/15/16 - Houston, TX @ House of Blues
  • 5/17/16 - Nashville, TN @ Mercy
  • 5/18/16 - Atlanta, GA @ Terminal West

Video: Victoria Reed - "Nothing To Lose"

Today we have for you, "Nothing To Lose" from Victoria Reed. Check out the Adinah Dancyger directed clip below. The track is from her latest album, Chariot.

Victoria Reed released Chariot in February 2016 and you can pick it up HERE.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Basement Revolver - "Johnny"

Photo by Ro Agalawatte

Today we have for you "Johnny", from Basement Revolver.  They're set to release their debut EP July 2016. "Johnny" was released April 7, check it out below.

Upcoming: The 1975 at Barclays Center, 5/17 + Video

Wolf Alice / The Japanese House
Tuesday, May 17
620 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY
Doors: 7PM / 8PM
All Ages

The 1975 released I like it when you sleep, for you are so beautiful yet so unaware of it, February 2016…you can pick it up HERE.  They've just released a video for the track, "A Change Of Heart". Check it out below.

Georgia Reed - "Waiting For You To Run"

Today we have for you "Waiting For You To Run" from Georgia Reed.  The James Newhouse produced single was released April 8. Check out the video for the track below.

You can pick up "Waiting For You To Run" HERE.

Little Brother Eli - "This Girl"

Today we have for you "This Girl" from Little Brother Eli. The track is from their upcoming album Cold Tales. Check it out below.

Cold Tales is scheduled to be released June 24. You can pre-order it HERE.

Friday, April 22, 2016

Upcoming: Black Violin at Highline Ballroom, 4/23

Photo credit: Lisa Leone

Saturday, April 23
431 W 16th Street
New York, NY
Doors: 6PM / Show: 8PM
All Ages

Black Violin released Stereotypes in September 2015. You can pick it up HERE.

The Girl On The Train - Official Trailer

The Girl On The Train, starring Emily Blunt, is scheduled to hit theaters, October 7. Check out the trailer below.

About The Film
Emily Blunt, Rebecca Ferguson, Haley Bennett, Justin Theroux, Luke Evans, Allison Janney, Edgar Ramirez, Lisa Kudrow and Laura Prepon star in DreamWorks Pictures’ The Girl on the Train, from director Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) and producer Marc Platt (Bridge of Spies, Into the Woods).

In the thriller, Rachel (Blunt), who is devastated by her recent divorce, spends her daily commute fantasizing about the seemingly perfect couple who live in a house that her train passes every day, until one morning she sees something shocking happen there and becomes entangled in the mystery that unfolds.

Based on Paula Hawkins’ bestselling novel, The Girl on the Train is adapted for the screen by Erin Cressida Wilson and Taylor. The film’s executive producers are Jared LeBoff and Celia Costas, and it will be released by Universal Pictures.

© 2016 DreamWorks Pictures / Universal Pictures. All Rights Reserved.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

If I Dropped By…with Julia Haltigan + Show Details

Today, we drop in on singer/guitarist Julia Haltigan.  She has a show coming up at (le) poisson rouge on April 25…doors are at 6PM and it will cost you $10.  She will also be releasing her new EP, Hot Tears on the same day.

Here's what we found out when we dropped by.

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Quirky NY Chick (QNYC): ... and brought a friend who didn't know your music, what song of yours would you play for them and why?

Julia Haltigan (JH): I would probably play "Burning Bridges & Breaking Hearts" off of my new EP, Hot Tears. I think it's a great example of the vibe I'm setting with my music these days. It's got that classic 60s feel and hints at James Bond themes while still setting it's own tone. The lyrics are both vulnerable and empowering which are oppositions that I love to play around with in my song writing.

Jason Bourne - Official Trailer

MATT DAMON returns to his most iconic role in "Jason Bourne." Paul Greengrass, the director of The Bourne Supremacy and The Bourne Ultimatum, once again joins Damon for the next chapter of Universal Pictures' Bourne franchise, which finds the CIA's most lethal former operative drawn out of the shadows. In theaters July 29.  Photo Credit: Jasin Boland. © 2016 Universal Studios. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.

Today we've got a peek at the upcoming Universal film, Jason Bourne

Matt Damon is back as title character Jason Bourne.  Damon is joined by Julia Stiles, who reprises her role in the series, Alicia Vikander, Vincent Cassel and Tommy Lee Jones. The film is scheduled to be released, July 29. Check out the trailer below.

© 2016 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.