Category Archives: Artist News

Fitz and the Tantrums Looking Dapper As Ever in Alternative Press

Fitz and the Tantrums have been riding a wave of excitement and praise on the heels of their brand spanking new debut LP, Pickin’ Up The Pieces, released last week on Dangerbird and our friends at Alternative Press are just as enamored with the soulsters as we are. Pick up a copy of the October issue to see a gorgeous full page spread of this white hot band.

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Frightened Rabbit Live In Concert Brought To You By Revision3

Since the release of their wildly acclaimed third LP, The Winter of Mixed Drinks, Frightened Rabbit has been on a near-constant touring regimen, playing everywhere from clubs to festivals such as Glastonbury and Lollapalooza, where the band’s set was hailed as one of the weekend’s best.

On their most recent U.S. tour, Internet television network, Revision3, caught up with the septet to film a jam-packed, sold-out performance at San Francisco’s Rickshaw Stop. The slew of HD video cameras brings their show to life on screen, as frontman Scott Hutchison trades his electric guitar for his acoustic throughout this special gig. He leads his band through a rollicking 70-minute set, gently inserting his hilariously characteristic, priceless banter.


The 15-song set runs the gamut of their catalog, but includes a couple rare gems: “Be Less Rude,” one of the group’s rarely played track from the debut LP, Sing the Greys, and a cover of The National’s “Fake Empire,” which perfectly segues into “Backwards Walk.” The encore begins with a heart-wrenching rendition of “Poke,” a solo Hutchison alone on stage with only a guitar and quavering voice, baring his soul, and ends with an all-inclusive anthemic sing-along of “Keep Yourself Warm.”

Enjoy this front row seat to a unique and passionate performance and get a glimpse of what to expect when Frightened Rabbit returns to North America this fall. The band will be headlining some of their biggest venues to date, including Terminal 5 in NYC and The Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles.

FRIGHTENED RABBIT ON TOUR

October 7 – Seattle, Wash. @ Showbox at the Market
October 8 – Vancouver, B.C. @ Vogue Theatre
October 9 – Portland, Ore. @ Wonder Ballroom
October 10 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore
October 13 – Los Angeles, Calif. @ Mayan Theatre
October 14 – San Diego, Calif. @ House of Blues
October 15 – Anaheim, Calif. @ House of Blues
October 16 – Las Vegas, Nev. @ Beauty Bar
October 17 – Tempe, Ariz. @ The Clubhouse
October 19 – Dallas, Texas @ Loft @ Palladium Showroom
October 20 – Austin, Texas @ Stubbs BBQ
October 21 – Houston, Texas @ Walters
October 22 – New Orleans, La. @ Tipitina’s
October 23 – Gainesville, Fla. @ Common Grounds
October 24 – Orlando, Fla. @ The Social
October 26 – Athens, Ga. @ 40 Watt Club
October 27 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Neighborhood Theatre
October 28 – Philadelphia, Pa. @ Starlight Ballroom
October 29 – Boston, Mass. @ Paradise
October 30 – New York, N.Y. @ Terminal 5
November 1 – Washington, D.C. @ 930 Club
November 2 – Pittsburgh, Pa. @ Diesel
November 3 – Detroit, Mich. @ Magic Stick

Kevin Devine’s “She Stayed As Steam” EP Released Today

Kevin Devine’s Brother’s Blood has been touted as his best work to date and now several tracks from those same revered sessions are being unveiled for the first time on She Stayed As Steam. The EP is available digitally today on Favorite Gentlemen and on vinyl courtesy of These Are Not Records. The four-song EP culls together two previously unreleased songs, title track “She Stayed As Steam,” and “Big, Bad Man” alongside remixes of “Hand of God” (“Breathe, Breathe Deep”) and “Another Bag of Bones.” The vinyl version is presented on translucent coke bottle green and includes two live acoustic European radio performances, “Ballgame” and the Leonard Cohen cover, “Chelsea Hotel No. 2,” not found on the digital release.

Both “She Stayed As Steam” and “Big, Bad Man” easily hold their own with their Brother’s Blood relatives and paired with the remixes, result in another accomplished release in Devine’s prolific catalog. The EP opens with the title track as Devine’s gentle voice and lightly strummed guitar is joined by stomping percussion and slowly builds to a frenzied catharsis. “Big, Bad Man” shows off Devine’s musical range with its countrified rock and twang. Devine’s bassist Chris Bracco transformed LP track “Hand of God,” injecting it with a dance beat and a flourish of synths.

The EP is now streaming in its entirety at Favoritegentlemen.com with the title track is available for free download. Both the EP and 12” can be purchased at the same site.

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club Performs Rousing Version of “Beat the Devil’s Tattoo” on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon”

In between their two sold-out shows at Webster Hall in NYC last week, BRMC stopped by “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon” on Friday to perform the title cut from their new record, Beat the Devil’s Tattoo. Check out the black-clad bunch deliver a rousing performance below. All hail rock and roll!

“America’s Best DJ” Z-Trip Graces the Cover of DJ Times

Z-Trip is currently recovering nicely from a snowboard accident and will make a triumphant return to the stage at day 2 of Coachella on Saturday, April 17. We couldn’t be more excited to see the mix master back in action, especially after reading the above article. “America’s Best DJ” Z-Trip is the cover feature of the April 2010 issue of DJ Times and the six-page article is a great read. Z dishes on his new Vegas residency, blowing away 80k techno fans in Detroit and his reason for doing what does.  Make sure to go pick up a copy at your nearest newsstand!

AOL/Spinner Celebrates Release of Jason Falkner’s New LP with “Listening Party”

Jason Falkner’s first new album in nearly five years, I’m OK, You’re OK, is out today and to celebrate AOL’s Spinner is hosting a “Listening Party.” Head on over there now for an exclusive stream of the entire album and then make sure to pick up a copy or grab it on iTunes. It’s filled with the delicious pop nuggets that you have come to expect from Mr. Falkner.

Hear now at Spinner.com’s Listening Party!

AM’s “Self Preservation” Video Premieres On Yahoo! Today

AM’s “Self Presevation” video premieres on Yahoo! today. The video features the band playing live while old archival footage of educational, government and union propaganda films from the ’50s, is projected over them. Check it out above.