Royal Blood Kick Off U.S. Headlining Tour

ROYAL BLOOD

ROYAL BLOOD; press photo

British rock band Royal Blood will be touring throughout the summer in support of their recently announced and highly anticipated new album How Did We Get So Dark?, due out on June 16th on Warner Bros. Records.

After becoming the biggest breaking British rock band with their self-titled 2014 debut album, Royal Blood’s second album How Did We Get So Dark? is one of the most anticipated releases of the summer.

Royal Blood’s breakthrough was huge. Their debut album was the fastest-selling British rock debut in three years, hitting #1 in the UK, debuting in the Top 5 on the Billboard 200 Chart in the U.S. and going Top 20 in 12 countries. Before they knew it, they were performing for Howard Stern, touring with Foo Fighters, holding dressing room audiences with Jimmy Page in New York, and being presented with a BRIT for Best British Band in 2015 by the very same guitar god.

Royal Blood will also appear at festivals this summer including The Governors Ball in New York City, Glastonbury, Eden Sessions, and Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival.

Royal Blood U.S. Live Dates
2nd June – Paradise Rock Club, Boston, MA – SOLD OUT
3rd June – Warsaw, New York, NY – SOLD OUT
2nd June – 4th June – Governor’s Ball, New York, NY
6th June – 9:30 Club, Washington, DC – SOLD OUT
7th June – Union Transfer, Philadelphia, PA – SOLD OUT
9th June – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit, MI – SOLD OUT
10th June – Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
11th June – Bonnaroo Music Festival, Manchester, TN
29th July – Way Home Music & Arts Festival – Oro-Medonte, ON
31st July – Upstate Concert Hall, Clifton Park, NY
1st Aug – Town Ballroom, Buffalo, NY
3rd Aug – Bogart’s, Cincinnati, OH
5th Aug – Lollapalooza, Chicago, IL
8th Aug – Commodore Ballroom, Vancouver, BC – SOLD OUT
9th Aug – Showbox, Seattle, WA
10th Aug – Roseland Theater, Portland, OR
12th Aug – Outside Lands, San Francisco, CA
13th Aug – The Observatory, Santa Ana, CA
15th Aug – The Observatory North Park, San Diego, CA
16th Aug – The Wiltern, Los Angeles, CA

ROYAL BLOOD

Pete Tong Brings Ibiza Classics to Hollywood Bowl

PETE TONG

PETE TONG plays Hollywood Bowl Nov 9

Pete Tong Brings Ibiza Classics to Hollywood Bowl, November 9.

Tong + The Heritage Orchestra with Jules Buckley take UK #1 Album and Live Performance Stateside

Pete Tong turned heads last year with his Ibiza Classics live shows, performed with the Heritage Orchestra and conducted by Jules Buckley. The union of orchestral music and iconic dance tracks was another bold, brilliant move from one of the most influential figures in dance music, and it paid dividends for Tong and the dance community – the BBC Proms performance and subsequent sold out arena shows across England, all lead to an official album release that garnered the #1 spot on the UK’s globally recognized album chart.

Now, Tong is bringing the wildly popular live show to the states, where he will command the iconic Hollywood Bowl for an evening of beloved interpolations of classic dance tracks, performed alongside the Heritage Orchestra and Jules Buckley, as well as surprise special guest performances.

Bringing the spectacle to Los Angeles was an easy decision for Tong, as the city is widely regarded as one of the worldwide capitals of contemporary dance music. Last year, for the first time ever, Pete also brought his legendary Essential Mix show to the city as well, featuring a live recording of an Essential Mix from Richie Hawtin. Considering this, LA and the Bowl became a natural home for this forward-thinking project.

Pete Tong Ibiza Classics began a couple of years ago at the triumphant BBC late night Ibiza Prom, where Tong worked with Buckley and the innovative Heritage Orchestra and its artistic director Chris Wheeler to pioneer a show that melded the world of dance music with an orchestra. “It resonated with people in a magical way,” says Tong.

The Proms had approached Radio 1 a few times about doing something at the event, but when they asked in early 2015 just as the station was pondering how best to celebrate 20 years of Radio 1 being embedded in Ibiza’s dance culture, everything clicked into gear. The idea was simple: classic Ibiza dance tunes but performed by an orchestra. It made sense that the station’s dance music trailblazer Tong would team up with the most exciting talents in orchestral music Jules Buckley and The Heritage Orchestra to curate and present the Ibiza Prom.

Drum Legend Corky Laing Moves Mountain!

CORKY LAING

CORKY LAING; photo Joachim Juttner

Spring & Summer 2017 World Tour!

Corky Laing, the powerhouse drummer of the legendary bands Mountain and West, Bruce & Laing is taking Mountain’s music back on the road. Since 2015 Corky has infrequently played in Europe and the US as Corky Laing plays Mountain. The audiences’ response to Corky’s passion, energy and respect for the music has been enthusiastic and a momentum has been building. Spring and summer of 2017 see Corky embark on a World tour.

Corky Laing Plays Mountain World Tour 2017
06/02 – Beverly (N. Boston), MA – 9 Wallis
06/03 – Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
06/05 – Raleigh, NC – Kings
06/06 – Wilmington, NC – Reggies
06/08 – Atlanta, GA – Southern Comfort
06/09 – Hattiesburgh, MS – Thirsty Hippo
06/10 – New Orleans, LA – Siberia
06/11 – Houston, TX – White Oak
06/13 – San Antonio, TX – Sam’s Burger Joint
06/14 – Austin, TX – Barracuda
06/16 – Denver, CO – Electric Funeral Fest
06/17 – Santa Fe, NM – Boxcar
06/18 – Phoenix, AZ – Club Red
06/20 – San Diego, CA – Brick By Brick
06/21 – Los Angeles, CA – Regent

06/23 – San Francisco, CA – Thee Parkside
06/24 – Sacramento, CA – Starlite
06/26 – Portland, OR – Dante’s
06/27 – Seattle, WA – El Corazon
07/01 – Calgary, AB – Palomino
07/04 – Madison, WI – High Noon
07/05 – Chicago, IL – Reggies
07/06 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop
07/07 – Detroit, MI – Token Lounge
07/08 – Toronto, ON – Garrison
07/09 – Pittsburgh, PA – Cattivo
(More dates to be announced.)

Soul Great Charles Bradley Returns to the Road

Thanks Fans for Support During Cancer Treatment & Recovery

CHARLES BRADLEY

CHARLES BRADLEY; press photo

Charles Bradley will return to the road with His Extraordinaires for festival appearances this summer and fall. The soul great is set for NYC-area performances, the inaugural Arroyo Seco Festival in Southern California, and more. See full tour routing below.

The dynamic live performer has successfully completed treatment and has been given the go-ahead by his doctors to return to the stage following a stomach cancer diagnosis last fall. The 68-year old singer made his first live appearance post-treatment last month at the High Water Festival in Charleston, SC and is excited to be back. He is grateful to his doctors for the excellent care he received and to his family, friends and fans for rallying around him. Bradley notes:

“I am so grateful to my beautiful fans and touched by all the love and support they showed me through my crisis and time of sickness. They truly lifted me up and kept me going. I am honored and glad to be back and am going to give you all of my love.”

Charles Bradley released his critically lauded third album Changes on Daptone Records in April 2016. He performed shows across the globe and made a number of national television appearances including Conan and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. He also returned to Austin, TX for SXSW where he delivered a show stopping set, among many other things.

CHARLES BRADLEY & HIS EXTRAORDINAIRES TOUR DATES

May 26 George, WA – Sasquatch Festival
May 28 Sonoma, CA – Bottle Rock Festival
Jun 01 Brooklyn, NY – Governors Ball Pre-Party @ Brooklyn Bowl
Jun 02 New York, NY – Governors Ball
Jun 03 State College, PA – Happy Valley Music Festival
Jun 10 Asbury Park, NJ – Punk Rock Bowling @ Stone Pony
Jun 16 Monterey, CA – Monterey Pop 50th Anniversary
Jun 22 Detroit, MI – Chene Park Amphitheater (with Joss Stone)
Jun 24 Pasadena, CA – Arroyo Seco Music Festival
Jun 30 Ottawa, ON – Ottawa Jazz Festival
Jul 01 Waitsfield, VT – Friendly Gathering Festival
Jul 04 Montreal, QC – Montreal Jazz Festival @ The Metropolis
Jul 07 Des Moines, IA – 80/35 Music Festival
Jul 13 Chicago, IL – House Of Vans
Jul 15 Birmingham, AL – Sloss Music & Arts Festival
Jul 16 Louisville, KY – Forecastle Festival
Jul 29 Philadelphia, PA – Xponential Festival
Jul 30 Oro-Medonte, ON – WayHome Music & Arts Festival
Aug 03 – 04 Portland, OR – Pickathon Festival
Aug 05 Whister, BC – Wanderlust Festival
Aug 06 Kaslo, BC – Kaslo Jazz Festival
Aug 12 Missoula, MT – Travelers’ Rest Festival @ Big Sky Brewing Co
Aug 19 Wellston, MI – Hoxeyville Music Festival
Aug 26 Pine Plains, NY – Huichica East Festival
Aug 31 Salt Lake City, UT – Twilight Concert Series (with The Roots)
Sep 04 Montauk, LI, NY – The Surf Lodge
Sep 16 Rio De Janeiro, Brazil – Rock In Rio 2017
Sep 29 Lincoln, NE – Lincoln Calling
Oct 01 Long Beach, CA – Music Tastes Good Festival
Oct 07 Santa Barbara, CA – Santa Barbara Polo & Wine Festival

The Coathangers Announce Summer Tour

Their new EP, Parasite, is streaming everywhere and out on vinyl June 30 on Suicide Squeeze Records!

THE COATHANGERS

THE COATHANGERS ep cover “Parasite”

When The Coathangers first stormed on the scene over a decade ago, their power resided in their ability to craft a crooked hook out of a grimy guitar line, a delightfully crass chorus, or an enticingly ham-fisted drum-and-bass groove. With each successive album, the Atlanta garage punk ensemble has increasingly tempered their brash charm with sharp-witted pop.

Not that the band ever fully excised the primal howl of The Gories or the sparse strut of ESG, but with the trio’s latest EP, Parasite, The Coathangers explore the space between their initial unbridled expressionism and their recent nuanced song craft.

“I’d like to think the EP takes you on a journey through the band’s existence,” says guitarist/vocalist Julia Kugel of the sequencing of the five songs on their latest offering.

Parasite kicks off with the title track, a rowdy throwback to a younger, angrier incarnation of the band. Crafted in the wake of the election and during a tumultuous period in the band members’ private lives, “Parasite” is pure catharsis.

THE COATHANGERS

THE COATHANGERS; press photo

“During the making of our last album, I didn’t want to scream anymore, I just wanted to sing and focus on melody. When we came to this recording, I just wanted to scream and curse.”

If the EP is meant as a journey through the various stages of the band’s career, it certainly storms out of the gate with the same kind of piss-and-vinegar of their eponymous debut. And while “Wipe Out” is another rowdy venture, with bassist Meredith Franco taking over the lead vocal duties over a steady barrage of pointed power-chords, it also showcases the rousing choruses that elevated the trio from underground heroines to an internationally renowned garage act.

Despite the adverse times, The Coathangers’ mastery of pop cannot be contained forever, as is evident in the EP’s single “Captain’s Dead”, with its sultry verses, triumphant chorus, and a bombastic freak-out of noisy guitar. The journey through The Coathangers’ musical evolution leads to a revamped version of “Down Down” off 2016’s Nosebleed Weekend LP and the smoky twang of “Drifter”, in which drummer/vocalist Stephanie Luke demonstrates her knack for solid Dusty Springfield-style ballads.

Parasite‘s cover features an illustration of The Coathangers as sirens of the sea, an image that aptly captures the nautical themes of the EP. But the notion of The Coathangers as both mischievous and enchanting is certainly fitting too, as is evident in the alternately piercing and beguiling tracks on their latest EP.

Suicide Squeeze is proud to offer Parasite as a one-sided 12″ on Sea Green vinyl with a b-side etching with an initial limited pressing of 2000 copies. The EP is also available digitally.