Tuesday September 9, 2014 (3 weeks ago)
A stalwart of Austin indie rock and one of the city’s most highly regarded songwriters, Aaron Sinclair has teamed up with Dangerbird Records for the national release of the new album Pretty Girls under the moniker A. Sinclair.
12 songs are released digitally today (available on iTunes, Spotify, Beats Music) and a 6-song 10” vinyl EP arrives October 28 from Dangerbird, the label that launched Fitz and the Tantrums, Silversun Pickups, Sea Wolf and Royal Teeth.
A. Sinclair’s recent releases have drawn the attention of press around the country, intrigued by a sound that the Austin Chronicle described as “tension-driven” with “tight, rough riffs and sharp post-punk lines.” SPIN remarked on the underlying feeling of “twitchy paranoia” that permeates Sinclair’s songwriting, which Baeble Music described as having a “strung-out urgency.”
Aaron Sinclair’s rock passport has a number of notable stamps: First Houston, his hometown, where he initially picked up a guitar with friends and considered it to be a reasonable enough vehicle by which to leave. Then it was on to Boston, where Sinclair established himself in the mid-aughts as a member of The Lot Six, the widely-beloved band that grew out of that city’s fertile Tarantulas punk scene, and with whom Sinclair crisscrossed the country for 4 years, building a steady following on the East Coast until it was over in 2006.
Meanwhile, Sinclair made a name for himself with his own band Frank Smith, the vehicle through which he explored a rootsier sound while touring, recording, and collaborating with friends like Juliana Hatfield, who released two of the band’s albums on her own label.
Later that year, Sinclair made the decision to relocate to Austin in his home state of Texas and rebuild first his band and ultimately, himself. With a fresh start, a new band name and a collection of songs that more than validate the impressive display of resolve, A. Sinclair’s ‘Pretty Girls’ is the sound of an artist crashing ahead, unafraid to dig in even harder on being great, even if it means blowing it all up first.
Paste praised A. Sinclair’s ability “let the music speak for itself” with a sound that can only be described as “full-on rock,” while the critics at the UK site The Line of Best Fit were drawn to the combination of “massive guitars” and “boozy vocals,” with “swagger, melody and timeless drive.”
A. Sinclair visited Audiotree in Chicago earlier this summer to perform several songs from ‘Pretty Girls’ live. Watch the video session here.
A. Sinclair will celebrate the vinyl release with a hometown Austin show on October 30th at the Mohawk, and national tour dates will be announced in the coming weeks.
‘PRETTY GIRLS’ TRACK LISTING:
1. Suit Up
2. You Gotta Decide
3. Pretty Girls In Pretty Tights
4. Shiny Things
5. Throwing Up On The Ground
6. Yeah Me Too
7. Its So Easy **
8. How Many Ways **
9. It’ll Be over Soon **
10. Beaten Sacks of Death **
11. Tuesday **
12. Before You Were Born **
- = Pretty Girls Digital Album Bonus Tracks
Friday September 5, 2014 (3 weeks ago)
Butch Walker has been announced as main support on the upcoming Ryan Adams tour that’s hitting North America in October.
Expect Butch to play some brand new songs from his new, as-yet-untitled full-length album, along with plenty of familiar tunes as well. Get tickets via Songkick and order the latest Butch Walker releases on CD & vinyl from the Dangerbird Webstore.
6 – Seattle, WA at Paramount Theatre
7 – Vancouver, BC at Orpheum Theater
9 – Edmonton, AB at Francis Winspear Centre
10 – Calgary, AB at Southern Alberta Jubilee Aud.
12 – Winnipeg, MB at Burton Cummings Theatre
13 – Minneapolis, MN at Northrop Auditorium
14 – Milwaukee, WI at Riverside Theater
16 – Chicago, IL at Chicago Theatre
18 – Ames, IA at Iowa State Center
19 – St. Louis, MO at Peabody Opera House
20 – Kansas City, MO at Uptown Theater
Friday September 5, 2014 (3 weeks ago)
In anticipation of the upcoming release of Lost Loves on October 7th, Minus the Bear are sharing the song “Cat Calls & Ill Means” – listen at Noisey!
Pre-order Lost Loves on limited edition transparent pink/blue vinyl or on CD format with 20-page lyric booklet.
See the band on tour this fall with O’Brother, Young Widows, and Mansions
14 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Cafe – SOLD OUT
15 – Brooklyn, NY – St Vitus – SOLD OUT
16 – Cambridge, MA – The Sinclair – http://bit.ly/1ljzDmK
17 – New York, NY – Gramercy Theatre – http://bit.ly/1oVcnfq
18 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts – http://tktwb.tw/1v1FDU7
19 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel – http://ticketf.ly/1qtJ3bi
21 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop – http://tktwb.tw/1BGqskV
22 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick – http://tktwb.tw/1ljzQX4
23 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge – http://tktwb.tw/1p0zvmI
24 – Minneapolis, MN – Triple Rock – http://bit.ly/1pil7eX
25 – Des Moines, IA – Wolly’s – http://bit.ly/1BGqUjb
27 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theatre – http://tktwb.tw/1q2M98F
01 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile – http://bit.ly/1r5UVqj
20 – San Francisco, CA – Slim’s – http://bit.ly/1uHSeZE
21 – San Diego, CA – Casbah – http://bit.ly/1pnzDla
22 – Pomona, CA – Glasshouse – http://bit.ly/1yoFpnm
23 – San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brewing – http://bit.ly/1B9RkcZ
Thursday August 7, 2014 (1 month ago)
Preorder Lost Loves below!
Tuesday August 5, 2014 (1 month ago)
Aug 05 / Las Vegas, NV / Brooklyn Bowl
Aug 06 / Santa Ana, CA / Observatory
Aug 07 / Los Angeles, CA / Echoplex
Aug 10 / San Francisco, CA / Rickshaw Stop
Aug 11 / Reno, NV / Knitting Factory
Aug 12 / Boise, ID / Knitting Factory
Aug 13 / Salt Lake City, UT / Urban Lounge
Monday July 28, 2014 (2 months ago)
Minus The Bear will release their latest LP, Lost Loves, on October 7th via Dangerbird Records. The seasoned Seattle, WA five piece will embark upon a club tour this fall in support of the new album as well as the 10th anniversary re-release of their fan favorite EP, They Make Beer Commercials Like This. For a band that routinely sells out 1000+ cap venues across the country, the small rooms scheduled for the coming dates will provide an intimate setting for fans to experience the new album. Joining Minus The Bear on the road at various points are O’Brother, Young Widows, and Mansions, and on September 20th they perform at the Sunset Strip Music Festival’s main stage.
VIP Pre-Sale Tickets Available Today, July 28th at Noon ET (General On-Sale this Friday, August 1st).
The follow up to 2012’s Infinity Overhead, which reached #31 on the Billboard 200 as Minus The Bear’s highest charting album to date, Lost Loves lives up to its title quite literally as a collection of hard to let go songs pulled from the band’s past seven odd years of writing, recording and releasing records. “Inevitably some of your favorite songs are going to be cut in the necessity of creating the right sequence for that particular time,” says bassist Cory Murchy. “Regardless of the reason they weren’t included, it wasn’t for lack of love and appreciation of the songs themselves.” Somewhat by chance the black sheep that didn’t quite fit in with Planet of Ice, OMNI, and Infinity Overhead coalesce among their once regretfully forsaken peers. “Perhaps it’s because they didn’t make the past albums that they fit so seamlessly together,” muses Murchy.
01. Electric Rainbow
03. Broken China
04. Walk On Air
05. Patiently Waiting
06. Cat Calls & Ill Means
07. Invented Memory
08. South Side Life
09. Your Private Sky
10. The Lucky Ones
Wednesday July 23, 2014 (2 months ago)
Hardy’s on tour now working his way up to Rhode Island for a show tomorrow night (July 24) at Newport Blues Cafe during the Newport Folk Festival. Then he’s hitting the road with Deer Tick in August.
Click here for all dates and ticket information.
July 23 – Lancaster, PA
July 24 – Newport, RI
w/ Deer Tick
August 5 – Las Vegas, NV
August 6 – Santa Ana, CA
August 7 – Los Angeles, CA
August 10 – San Francisco, CA
August 11 – Reno, NV
August 12 – Boise, ID
August 13 – Salt Lake City, UT
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