THE BLACK KEYS CONFIRM 35-DATE “LETS ROCK” 2020 SUMMER TOUR

THE BLACK KEYS; photo Alysse Gafkjen--Courtesy of The New York Times

THE BLACK KEYS; photo Alysse Gafkjen–Courtesy of The New York Times

The Black Keys confirm their 35-date “Let’s Rock” summer tour with direct support by Gary Clark Jr. Performances in cities include Seattle, Dallas, Boston, New York, Tampa & Jacksonville (full dates below). Each date on the tour will feature special guest with the exception of the July 10th Berkeley show which will feature support from Allah-Las. Jessy Wilson, The Marcus King Band, and Yola will each open select dates. Tickets for all dates will go on sale to the general public beginning Friday, February 28th at 10am local time.

The Black Keys’ ninth studio album, “Let’s Rock,” was released on June 28 via Easy Eye Sound/Nonesuch Records. Auerbach says, “When we’re together we are The Black Keys, that’s where that real magic is, and always has been since we were sixteen.” “Let’s Rock” has received critical praise, with Paste saying, “If you want something you can crank up at backyard barbecues or in the car with the windows down, well, The Black Keys have two words for you, and they’re in the album title.” The Wall Street Journal adds, “The Black Keys have mastered the form of guitar-based music, and the craft at work on these dozen songs is something to behold.” The band also is featured in The New York Times Sunday’s New York Times Arts & Leisure section and were profiled on CBS This Morning.

The Black Keys – “Let’s Rock” 2020 US TOUR
July 7 /// Seattle, WA /// White River Amphitheatre*
July 8 /// Portland, OR /// Sunlight Supply Amphitheater*
July 10 /// Berkeley, CA /// Greek Theatre%
July 11 /// Irvine, CA /// FivePoint Amphitheatre*
July 12 /// Chula Vista, CA /// North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre*
July 14 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// USANA Amphtiheatre^
July 15 /// Morrison, CO /// Red Rocks Amphitheatre^
July 17 /// Dallas, TX /// Dos Equis Pavilion^
July 18 /// Houston, TX /// The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion^
July 19 /// Austin, TX /// Germania Insurance Amphitheater^
July 21 /// St. Louis, MO /// Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – STL^
July 22 /// Cincinnati, OH /// Riverbend Music Center^
July 24 /// Indianapolis, IN /// Ruoff Music Center^
July 25 /// Chicago, IL /// Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre – CHI^
July 26 /// Detroit, MI /// DTE Energy Music Theatre^
August 11 /// Cleveland, OH /// Blossom Music Center#
August 12 /// Toronto, ON /// Budweiser Stage#
August 14 /// Darien Center, NY /// Darien Lake Amphitheater#
August 15 /// Syracuse, NY /// St. Joseph’s Health Amphitheater at Lakeview#
August 16 /// Saratoga Springs, NY /// Saratoga Performing Arts Center#
August 18 /// Bangor, ME /// Darling’s Waterfront Pavilion#
August 19 /// Hartford, CT /// XFINITY Theatre#
August 21 /// Boston, MA /// Xfinity Center#
August 22 /// Camden, NJ /// BB&T Pavilion#
August 23 /// Holmdel, NJ /// PNC Bank Arts Center#
August 25 /// Gilford, NH /// Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion#
August 26 /// Wantagh, NY /// Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater#
August 28 /// Columbia, MD /// Merriweather Post Pavilion#
August 29 /// Virginia Beach, VA /// Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater#
August 30 /// Raleigh, NC /// Coastal Credit Union Music Park#
September 1 /// Charlotte, NC /// PNC Music Pavilion#
September 2 /// Birmingham, AL /// Oak Mountain Amphitheatre#
September 4 /// Tampa, FL /// MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheatre#
September 5 /// West Palm Beach, FL /// iTHINK Financial Amphitheatre#
September 6 /// Jacksonville, FL /// Daily’s Place#

* w/ Gary Clark Jr and Jessy Wilson
% w/ Allah-Las and Jessy Wilson
^ w/ Gary Clark Jr and The Marcus King Band
# w/ Gary Clark Jr and Yola

About Gary Clark Jr.: Clark achieved global impact following his first Grammy Award in 2014 winning Best Traditional R&B Performance for the track “Please Come Home” from his Warner Records debut album Blak And Blu, and seemingly never left the road. Throughout 2019 Clark ascended to greater heights with the release of This Land – his third full-length studio album which bowed at #6 on the Billboard Top 200, marking his third consecutive Top 10 debut.

Clark’s domestic tours became instant sell outs and his international profile found him topping bills at legendary festivals around the world and venues including the Hollywood Bowl, along with multiple appearances in stadiums supporting and sharing the stage with The Rolling Stones.

Most recently, Clark won three more Grammy Awards including Best Rock Performance “This Land,” Best Rock Song “This Land,” and Best Contemporary Blues Album THIS LAND. Clark also performed his award-winning single “This Land,” backed by The Roots at this year’s Grammy Award ceremony and released their version of the track. To date, Clark has been nominated for six GRAMMY Awards® and won four. Clark is currently working on his follow-up to THIS LAND.

JUDAS PRIEST ANNOUNCE 50 HEAVY METAL YEARS TOUR 2020

JUDAS PRIEST; press photo

JUDAS PRIEST; press photo

One of heavy metal’s all-time greats, Judas Priest will be celebrating their 50th anniversary this year with a world tour coming to the US in the fall. The 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will also feature Sabaton as openers and is being fueled by the highest charting album of Priest’s career ‘Firepower‘ which peaked at #5 on the Billboard 200.

“Judas Priest are primed and ready to deliver the goods with our 50 Heavy Metal Years anniversary celebration stage show spectacular! Performing a blistering cross section of songs from our lives in metal – we can’t wait to raise horns with you again at this once in a metal lifetime event!” – Judas Priest

JUDAS PRIEST 50 Heavy Metal Years tour poster

JUDAS PRIEST 50 Heavy Metal Years tour poster

Judas Priest originally formed in 1970 in Birmingham, England (an area that many feel birthed heavy metal). The original nucleus of musicians – Rob Halford, Glenn Tipton, KK Downing & Ian Hill (along with several different drummers over the years) would go on to change the face of heavy metal. Throughout the 70’s Priest were responsible for helping trail blaze metal with such classic offerings as ‘Sad Wings of Destiny‘ (1976) ‘Sin After Sin‘ (1977) and ‘Hell Bent for Leather‘ (1978) as well as one of the genre’s top live recordings ‘Unleashed in the East’ (1979) among others.

But it was during the 80’s that Priest conquered the world, becoming a global arena headliner on the strength of such all-time classics as ‘British Steel’ (1980) and ‘Screaming for Vengeance’ (1982), as well as being one of the first metal bands to be embraced by the then-burgeoning MTV, plus performing at some of the decades biggest concerts (1980’s Monsters of Rock, 1983’s US Festival, and 1985’s Live Aid) and being the first to exclusively wear leather and studs – a look that began during this era and would eventually be embraced by metal heads throughout the world. Priest’s success continued throughout the 90’s and beyond with the addition of drummer Scott Travis, as evidenced by such additional stellar offerings as ‘Painkiller’ (1990) ‘Angel of Retribution’ (2005) and ‘A Touch of Evil: Live’ (2009) the latter of which saw Priest win a Grammy Award for a killer rendition of the classic ‘Dissident Aggressor’.

In 2011 new guitarist Richie Faulkner came in to replace the previous guitarist who had left in 2010 – the move seemed to have reinvigorated the band, as evidenced by a show-stealing performance on the ‘American Idol’ TV program that also served as Faulkner’s debut performance with the band (also in 2011 was the release of a new compilation ‘The Chosen Few‘ which included Priest classics selected by some of metal’s biggest names) and the ‘Epitaph’ concert DVD in 2013.

Priest’s next studio effort would arrive in 2014 ‘Redeemer of Souls‘ which was supported by another strong tour.

In 2017 (and again in 2019) Judas Priest received a nomination for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and got ready to unleash their latest studio album ‘Firepower‘ (produced by Andy Sneap and Tom Allom) which received global success and critical acclaim.

Few rock or metal acts remain as much of a must-see live attraction as Judas Priest. And the forthcoming 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour will undoubtedly drive this point home.

CONFIRMED TOUR DATES:
9/9/2020 in Oxon Hill, MD at MGM National Harbor
9/11/2020 in Uniondale, NY at Nassau Coliseum
9/12/2020 in Ledyard, CT at Foxwoods Casino Arena
9/14/2020 in Philadelphia, PA at The Mann Center
9/15/2020 in Newark, NJ at Prudential Center
9/17/2020 in Charlotte, NC at PNC Music Pavilion
9/18/2020 in Orlando, FL at Central Florida Fair – Rebel Rock Fest
9/21/2020 in Grand Rapids, MI at Van Andel Arena
9/23/2020 in Detroit, MI at Fox Theatre
9/24/2020 in Youngstown, OH at Covelli Centre
9/26/2020 in Chicago, IL at Rosemont Theatre
9/27/2020 in Minneapolis, MN at The Armory
9/29/2020 in Milwaukee, WI at Miller High Life Theatre
9/30/2020 in St. Louis, MO at Saint Louis Music Park
10/2/2020 in Oklahoma City, OK at The Zoo Amphitheatre
10/3/2020 in Dallas, TX at Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
10/5/2020 in Austin, TX at HEB Center
10/6/2020 in San Antonio, TX at Freeman Coliseum
10/8/2020 in Albuquerque, NM at Sandia Resort and Casino
10/9/2020 in Denver, CO at The Mission Ballroom
10/11/2020 in Salt Lake City, UT at Vivint Smart Home Arena
10/13/2020 in Phoenix, AZ at Arizona Federal Theatre
10/15/2020 in Los Angeles, CA at Microsoft Theater
10/17/2020 in Las Vegas, NV at Zappos Theatre at Planet Hollywood

FOR MORE INFORMATION, VISIT: judaspriest.com

Cage The Elephant Debuts “Broken Boy” Featuring Iggy Pop

Cage The Elephant; Neil Krug

Cage The Elephant; Neil Krug

Today, Cage The Elephant shares a new version of their song “Broken Boy,” featuring Iggy Pop. The track finds the godfather of punk singing a verse and contributing backing vocals to the opening song off the band’s celebrated fifth studio album, Social Cues (RCA). Listen to “Broken Boy” featuring Iggy Pop: https://smarturl.it/xBrokenBoy

Said Iggy Pop about his collaboration with the band: “Cage is a super high energy outfit, living the Rock dream, so for a couple of fun minutes I was one of the boys. Sounds pretty wicked to me.

Cage The Elephant with Iggy Pop

Cage The Elephant with Iggy Pop

Frontman Matt Shultz spoke of his adoration of Iggy “He’s such a pioneer in so many fields: lyrically, culturally, poetically, visually, musically, and stylistically. Only a couple times in your life do you have the opportunity to share a moment with a visionary and beautiful human as he is. I’m grateful and blown away to have experienced and witnessed, not just his creativity, but also his kindness, humility, and humanness first hand. Such a testimony to the power of love.”

The band’s performance on Austin City Limits, taped at the Moody Theater, will air on January 25th as part of the long-running PBS show’s 45th season. During the taping, which The Austin Chronicle said continued the band’s “ascendant rampage into rock & roll history,” the band performed hit songs including “Social Cues,” “Trouble,” “Broken Boy” and “Ain’t No Rest for the Wicked.” Check your local PBS listings for air-times.

Cage The Elephant; Neil Krug

Cage The Elephant; Neil Krug

Cage The Elephant has also been nominated for Best Rock Album at the 62nd GRAMMY Awards for Social Cues. The honor marks the third time the band has been nominated. The band won 2017’s Best Rock Album GRAMMY for Tell Me I’m Pretty and were nominated in 2015 for Best Alternative Music Album for Melophobia. The 62nd GRAMMY will air Sunday, January 26th.

Additionally, the band has been nominated for both “Alternative Rock Artist Of The Year” and “Alternative Rock Song Of The Year” for “Ready To Let Go” at the 2020 iHeartRadio Music Awards. The ceremony will take place on Sunday, March 29th at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles.

The band recently wrapped up their two-month long amphitheater “The Night Running Tour” with Beck featuring Spoon in the US. The band announced a UK & European tour in early 2020 that also features SWMRS and Post Animal.

The Growlers Announce Summer 2020 Tour

THE GROWLERS; photo Lauren Ratkowski

THE GROWLERS; photo Lauren Ratkowski

Los Angeles underground indie favorites The Growlers have announced “part one” of a Summer 2020 North American tour. The 13-date trek is part of the band’s perpetual tour cycle and launches with a pair of rare Oklahoma shows (6/3 Tulsa + 6/4 OKC). The tour also features the band’s first Bonnaroo play since 2015 (6/13) and several California dates including three nights at the Grove of Anaheim (3/25, 3/26 + 3/27).

The Growlers Summer 2020 tour poster

About the New LP Natural Affair
Led by singer Brooks Nielsen and music director/guitarist Matt Taylor, The Growlers released their most recent album, Natural Affair, late last year to critical acclaim on their own Beach Goth Records and Tapes (October 25, 2019). Natural Affair advances the band’s swampy DIY aesthetic into their sturdiest, synthiest, warmest sound yet, bolstered by Nielsen’s finest lyrics to date: social commentary, rhymes, and ruminations on the pleasures (and perils) of modern love. Listen to the album HERE.

Listen to The Growlers live on World Cafe

The Growlers-NPR World Cafe; photo Taylor BoninVia NPR: “Some bands feel like your own best-kept secret. Take The Growlers: The California group got its start when asked to play a house party… For more than a decade since, the band’s managed to keep that underground feeling, where every show feels like you’re seeing something special, like you’re part of an in-the-know community. But while The Growlers holds tight to its DIY ethos, the group’s grown a dedicated fanbase, including people like Dan Auerbach, Julian Casablancas and Ellen DeGeneres.”

Listen to the entire 42 minute appearance here: https://www.npr.org/sections/world-cafe/2020/01/09/794874925/the-growlers-your-best-kept-secret-favorite-band

The Growlers Summer 2020 tour poster

NATURAL AFFAIR WORLD TOUR 2020
1/30 Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
1/31 Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
2/1 Vinyl at Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas, NV
2/05 Große Freiheit 36, Hamburg, DE
2/06 Reithalle, Dresden, DE
2/07 Astra, Berlin, DE
2/08 Live Music Hall, Cologne, DE
2/10 Muffathalle, Munich, DE
2/11 Kraufleuten, Zurich, CH
2/12 Magnolia, Milan, IT
2/13 Les Docks, Lausanne, CH
2/15 Gisbon, Frankfurt, DE
2/17 Le Trianon, Paris, FR
2/18 TivoliVredenburg, Utrecht, NL
2/19 Aeronef, Lille, FR
2/21 Roundhouse, London, UK
2/22 Albert Hall, Manchester, UK
2/23 SWG3, Glasgow, UK
2/25 Button Factory, Dublin, IE
3/6 Soma, San Diego, CA
3/7 M3F, Phoenix, AZ
3/8 Lowbrow Palace, El Paso, TX
3/9 Meow Wolf, Santa Fe, NM
3/11 Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO
3/12 Boulder Theatre, Boulder, CO
3/13 The Depot, Salt Lake City, UT
3/14 Cargo, Reno, NV
3/16 Fremont Theater, San Luis Obispo, CA
3/18 Ventura Theatre, Ventura, CA
3/19 The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA
3/20 The Catalyst, Santa Cruz, CA
3/21 The Warfield, San Francisco, CA
3/25 National City Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
3/26 National City Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
3/27 National City Grove of Anaheim, Anaheim, CA
5/1 Plaza Condesa, Mexico City, ME
5/1-5/3 Shaky Knees Festival, Atlanta, GA
6/3 Cain’s Ballroom, Tulsa, OK
6/4 Tower Theatre, Oklahoma City, OK
6/5 Stubbs, Austin, TX
6/8 The Ready Room, St. Louis, MO
6/9 Newport Music Hall, Columbus, OH
6/10 Mr. Smalls Theatre, Pittsburgh, PA
6/13 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Manchester, TN
6/15 Cat’s Cradle, Carrboro, NC
6/16 The Norvo, Norfolk, VA
6/18 Webster Hall, New York, NY
6/19 Webster Hall, New York, NY

Greg Dulli Announces North American Tour

Greg Dulli: press photo

Greg Dulli: press photo

Greg Dulli announces a full slate of North American tour dates to follow the Spring European tour in support of his debut solo album Random Desire. The run kicks off in Minneapolis on April 24th and concludes in Los Angeles on May 28th.

Akron, Ohio’s own Joseph Arthur, singer/songwriter extraordinaire, will be the special guest for all dates.

Spring North American Dates:

April 24 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN
April 25 – Metro – Chicago, IL
April 26 – St. Andrew’s Hall – Detroit, MI
April 28 – Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
April 29 – Woodward Theater – Cincinnati. OH
April 30 – Mr. Smalls – Pittsburgh, PA
May 01 – The Great Hall – Toronto, ON
May 03 – Paradise Rock Club – Boston, MA
May 05 – 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
May 06 – Webster Hall – New York, NY
May 07 – Union Transfer – Philadelphia, PA
May 09 – The Grey Eagle – Asheville, NC
May 10 – Cat’s Cradle – Carrboro, NC
May 12 – The Loft – Atlanta, GA
May 15 – One Eyed Jacks – New Orleans, LA
May 16 – 3Ten @ ACL Live – Austin, TX
May 17 – Granada Theater – Dallas, TX
May 19 – Bluebird Theatre – Denver, CO
May 22 – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR
May 23 – The Showbox – Seattle, WA
May 26 – August Hall – San Francisco, CA
May 28 – Palace Theatre – Los Angeles, CA


*VIP EXPERIENCE INCLUDES:

1 Ticket for event
Meet & Greet with Greg Dulli
Invitation to Soundcheck Party
One Exclusive T-Shirt
One Limited Edition Poster
One Commemorative VIP Laminate

Random Desire cover art

Random Desire cover art

Random Desire Now Available For Pre-Order In Multiple Formats.

Without desire, most of the world’s problems would be solved and it would be a miserable place to live. For the last 30 years, Greg Dulli has been the poet laureate of the bizarre whims and cruel tangents of desire. A foremost authority on the sell-your-soul rewards of carnal lust, the high voltage epiphanies of chemical enhancement, and the serotonin lows left in their wake. The front man of the Afghan Whigs has long been on a first-name basis with his demons, most of whom eventually relented and let him pour them a shot. But then there are the known unknowns at the heart of our nature, the intractable difficulties of love and death, and the recurring human desire for survival and rebirth.

Therein lies Random Desire

MONSTER MAGNET Announces “A Celebration of Powertrip” North American Tour

MONSTER MAGNET; photo Jeremy Staffer

MONSTER MAGNET; photo Jeremy Staffer

Psych Rock Legends Monster Magnet will return to the road in North America this Spring to celebrate their historic release Powertrip. Their live set will feature select cuts from this seminal album as well as your Monster Magnet favorites. Support on the tour will come from Nebula and Silvertomb. The tour begins March 20th in Brooklyn, NY and runs through April 18th in Sayreville, NJ. A complete list of dates can be found below.

Monster Magnet Powertrip tour poster 2020

Monster Magnet Powertrip tour poster 2020

MONSTER MAGNET W/ Nebula and Silvertomb:
3/20: Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere
3/21: Boston, MA @ Sinclair
3/22: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
3/24: Pittsburgh, PA @ Rex Theater
3/25: Toronto, ON @ The Opera House
3/27: Flint, MI @ The Machine Shop
3/28: Chicago, IL @ The Metro
3/29: Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line
3/31: Denver, CO @ The Oriental Theater
4/1: Salt Lake City, UT @ Metro Bar
4/3: Vancouver, BC @ The Rickshaw
4/4: Seattle, WA @ El Corazon
4/5: Portland, OR @ Hawthorne Theater
4/7: San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
4/8: Los Angeles, CA @ The Fonda
4/9: Las Vegas, NV @ The House of Blues
4/10: San Diego, CA @ Observatory North Park
4/13: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Bar N’ Grill
4/15: Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
4/16: Charleston, SC @ The Music Farm
4/17: Baltimore, MD @ Baltimore Sound Stage
4/18: Sayreville, NJ @ Starland Ballroom

Powertrip was the band’s commercial breakthrough, achieving mainstream success due largely to the hit single, “Space Lord”. Other hit songs on the album include “Powertrip”, “Temple of Your Dreams”, and “See You in Hell”. The album itself, reached #1 on the Heatseekers Charts, #21 in the German Charts, #65 in the UK Charts, and #97 on the Billboard 200. The album was certified gold by the RIAA on January 25, 1999.

WEEDEATER Announce Headlining U.S. Tour Dates!

Weedeater; photo Scott Kinkade

Weedeater; photo Scott Kinkade

Cape Fear metal legends WEEDEATER have announced a headlining U.S. tour, in which they will be supported by THE GODDAMN GALLOWS on all dates, with rotating support on select dates from ATOMIC BITCHWAX, WORSHIPPER, and LEFT LANE CRUISER. The trek will kick off on February 29 in Asheville, NC and will conclude on March 21 in Hampton, VA at the Hampton Tattoo Roads Fest.

The full itinerary is as follows:

Weedeater 2020 tour dates

Weedeater 2020 tour dates

WEEDEATER (w/ The Goddamn Gallows):
02/29: Asheville, NC @ Asheville Music Hall
03/01: Richmond, VA @ The Camel
03/03: Baltimore, MD @ Metro Gallery^
03/04: Brooklyn, NY @ Elsewhere^
03/06: Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts^*
03/07: Boston, MA @ Sonia^*
03/09: Youngstown, OH @ Westside Ball^*
03/10: Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop^*
03/11: Detroit, MI @ The Sanctuary^*
03/12: Iowa City, IA @ Wildwood^*
03/13: Chicago, IL @ Reggie’s^*
03/14: Kansas City, MO @ The Riot Room*
03/15: Memphis, TN @ Growlers*
03/17: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey
03/18: Austin, TX @ Come and Take It Live #
03/19: New Orleans, LA @ Santos Bar
03/20: Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade
03/21: Hampton, VA @ Hampton Roads Tattoo Fest +
^ Atomic Bitchwax
* Worshipper
# Left Lane Cruiser
+ No support

WEEDEATER was formed by front-man/bassist “Dixie” Dave Collins. Following the release of their 2001 debut ‘…And Justice For Y’All’, WEEDEATER immediately established themselves as a force in the U.S. tour circuit and quickly gained notoriety in the American metal scene. In the time since, the band have released three critically-acclaimed albums: ‘Sixteen Tons’ (2002), ‘God Luck And Good Speed’ (2007), and ‘Jason… The Dragon’ (2011), and toured around the world with the likes of DOWN, SAINT VITUS, HIGH ON FIRE, and THE MELVINS, HANK III, EARTH, SUNN O))) and more. The band has played prestigious festivals such as Maryland Deathfest, Hopscotch Festival, Stoned From The Underground, Asymmetry Festival, Roadburn Festival, Hellfest, and many more.

The Afghan Whigs’ Greg Dulli Goes Solo

Greg Dulli: press photo

Greg Dulli: press photo

Without desire, most of the world’s problems would be solved and it would be a miserable place to live. For the last 30 years, Greg Dulli has been the poet laureate of the bizarre whims and cruel tangents of desire. A foremost authority on the sell-your-soul rewards of carnal lust, the high voltage epiphanies of chemical enhancement, and the serotonin lows left in their wake. The front man of the Afghan Whigs has long been on a first-name basis with his demons, most of whom eventually relented and let him pour them a shot. But then there are the known unknowns at the heart of our nature, the intractable difficulties of love and death, and the recurring human desire for survival and rebirth.

Therein lies Random Desire the first solo album under Dulli’s own name, following canonized stints at the helm of The Afghan Whigs and The Twilight Singers. The title is a play on “random selection,” which refers to a process that researchers use to pick participants for a study. When using this method, every single member of a population has an “equal chance of being chosen as a subject.” Recontextualized, it allows us to realize the randomness of existence, the odd alchemy of emotions, chemistry, and circumstance that baffle us to no end. The reasons why artists write songs and why listeners need them. And even if the answers are evasive, that’s no excuse to quit searching.

Random Desire started in the aftermath of the last Whigs record, 2017’s In Spades, which Pitchfork named one of the best rock records of the year, hailing it as a “heavy, menacing work of indie rock majesty…thrilling and unsettling.” Drummer Patrick Keeler was about to take a short sabbatical to record and tour with his other band, The Raconteurs. Dulli’s longtime collaborator, bassist John Curley went back to school, and there was the tragic death of the band’s guitarist, Dave Rosser.

Random Desire cover art

Random Desire cover art

In response, Dulli returned to his teenage bedroom roots, finding musical inspiration via the model of one-man-band visionaries Prince and Todd Rundgren. The Los Angeles-by-way-of-Hamilton Ohio native wrote nearly every part of the record from piano lines to drums to bass riffs. As always, the music came first and the lyrics were completed later. Recording and writing way stations included his home in Silver Lake, the village of Crestline high up in mountains above San Bernardino, and New Orleans. But the bulk was finished amidst the arid beauty and stark isolation of Joshua Tree at the studio of engineer Christopher Thorn. Dulli handled most instrumentation, but an all-star cast of characters appear across the track-listing including The Whigs’ guitarist Jon Skibic and multi-instrumentalist Rick G. Nelson, Mathias Schneeberger (Twilight Singers), Mark McGuire (Emeralds), pedal steel wizard, upright bassist, and physician Dr. Stephen Patt, and drummer Jon Theodore (Queens of the Stone Age, The Mars Volta).

If many of his grunge-era peers are tapped out or resting beneath, Dulli has proven that creativity can be infinite with a voodoo imagination that tilts towards constant revolution. A gris gris man in the vein of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Nick Cave, or the dearly departed Purple One, Dulli’s never made the same album twice, shapeshifting through funk, soul, hip-hop, jazz, and bloody knuckled rock n’ roll without wandering too far from the essence of what defines his sound. But don’t expect your older brother’s Afghan Whigs. There are serrated guitar attacks, sure, but there are also threnodies built atop sepulchral piano lines, plaintive acoustic hymnals, goth-rock benders, Bedouin caravan raggas, and the occasional hip-hop 808s slap.

The bulk of Random Desire cohered in a six-month whirlwind last year. After writing songs for the previous 18 months, Dulli scrapped all but “A Ghost” and “Scorpio.” Into the void came a narcotic lovers lament like “Sempre,” which gathers dark strength from the fatalistic comfort of knowing that things might never get any easier. It’s a bittersweet kiss off to a lover, laughing at their cruelness with a knowing sneer. As a wise man once said, it’s that ether that makes your soul burn slow. There is “Pantomima,” the Spanish and Italian word for “pantomine,” rooted in the everyday deceptions of people who babble with borrowed words. It almost plays out like a Go Team! song, if the squad lost the game and consoled themselves by letting chaos engulf them. The tone is set from the sardonic taunts of the album’s first bars: desolation, come and get it.

“Marry Me” is a midnight of the soul number full of delicate guitar and moonlit ambience, a pedal steel sighing like a woeful regret in the distance — the words full of ambiguous questions and recollected sin. “It Falls Apart” floats with aquatic translucency, introducing the album’s experimental second half and the gut-punch feeling that whatever romance was sparked will soon be extinguished. “Scorpio” boasts the de facto Prince nod with a middle portion borrowing the symbol’s pitched up Camille falsetto. While “Lockless” pays tribute to the creative benefits of loneliness, the shock that you still possess the ability to be surprised and the numbing revelation that your worst suspicions usually come true. “Slow Pan” is the slinking finale, the end credits with a Last Waltz grace. The screen fades out as a harp angelically hums (as the holy spirit of Dorothy Ashby would’ve intended).

Clocking in at a lean 37 minutes, Random Desire is a clinic put on by a veteran master operating at the height of his powers, offering evidence of the hard-fought and weary wisdom learned from setbacks and victories alike. A lucid, confident and self-assured document of the songs of experience, the perils of existence, and the possibilities that offer themselves anew with each breath. Another death and rebirth from an outlaw who has seen it all and somehow lived to tell.

Random Desire is available February 21, 2020.

US tour dates announcing soon.

Silversun Pickups Confirm Thirty Date U.S. Tour In 2020

Silversun Pickups; press photo

Silversun Pickups; press photo

Silversun Pickups confirm a thirty-date tour of the United States, throughout February and March of 2020 and in support of their latest studio album, Widow’s Weeds. The band will perform in cities including Los Angeles, Austin, Washington D.C., as well as two shows at New York City’s Brooklyn Steel (full dates and information below). Eliza & The Delusionals are confirmed as the support act on the February dates of this tour, and the Australian band has been #1 at Sirius Alt Nation with their single “Just Exist” for the last three months, intermittently. Support for the March dates will be confirmed soon.

The band today also shares their Alan Del Rio Ortiz directed music video for “Don’t Know Yet” via Billboard, along with an interview. Brian Aubert of the band reveals: “We thought that his [Ortiz] idea seems to feel really right with the song. We couldn’t figure out how the song necessarily worked in some more clever, narrative thing. We just realized, I think, it’s time we have something very, very fundamental, like a really well-shot performance video. We felt like maybe people want to see us in this one.

Silversun Pickups’ 5th studio album, Widow’s Weeds, is out now via their own New Machine Recordings label. The band enlisted Butch Vig (Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Sonic Youth) to produce their latest, an extroverted and open album about rebirth and renewal. Said lead singer Brian Aubert about Widow’s Weeds: “This was the first album where we were open. We were exposed. I see how that can be scary to people, but for us we really thrived on that.”

Bursting out of the Silverlake, CA music scene in the early 2000s, Silversun Pickups– lead singer Brian Aubert, bassist Nikki Monninger, drummer Christopher Guanlao and keyboardist Joe Lester– have maintained their independence throughout their storied career. They released their first three albums on the local label, Dangerbird Records, before founding their own label, New Machine Recordings, for the release of their most recent album, Better Nature. Now almost two decades into their career, they remain a vital and important rock band and have racked up ten Top 20 hits on Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart, as well as over a million records sold in the US.

About Eliza & The Delusionals
Acclaimed indie rock band Eliza & The Delusionals are one of the most exciting groups breaking out of the Australian music scene. Led by colourful front woman Eliza Klatt, they have been making waves since their inception in early 2015, with a sound that has been likened to that of Catfish & The Bottlemen and Alex Lahey. The band are now celebrating the release of their new track “Just Exist.” Landing their new single on multiple Spotify playlists including Fresh Finds, Local Noise, Chords + Cardigans and triple j playlist Home & Hosed the Eliza & The Delusionals momentum only seems to be growing.

Silversun Pickups Tour
Feb 04 /// Ventura, CA /// Ventura Theatre*
Feb 05 /// Santa Ana, CA /// The Observatory*
Feb 07 /// Los Angeles, CA /// The Wiltern*
Feb 08 /// Oakland, CA /// Fox Theatre*
Feb 10 /// Las Vegas, NV /// House of Blues*
Feb 12 /// Salt Lake City, UT /// The Union Event Center*
Feb 13 /// Aspen, CO /// Belly Up*
Feb 14 /// Denver, CO /// Ogden Theatre*
Feb 16 /// Tulsa, OK /// Cain’s Ballroom*
Feb 18 /// Houston, TX /// House of Blues*
Feb 19 /// Austin, TX /// Stubb’s BBQ*
Feb 20 /// Dallas, TX /// House of Blues*
Feb 22 /// New Orleans, LA /// The Fillmore*
Mar 01 /// Philadelphia, PA /// The Fillmore
Mar 02 /// Boston, MA /// House of Blues
Mar 03 /// New Haven, CT /// College Street Music Hall
Mar 05 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Brooklyn Steel
Mar 06 /// Brooklyn, NY /// Brooklyn Steel
Mar 08 /// Washington D.C. /// 9:30 Club
Mar 09 /// Charlotte, NC /// The Fillmore
Mar 11 /// Asheville, NC /// The Orange Peel
Mar 12 /// Atlanta, GA /// Buckhead Theatre
Mar 13 /// Knoxville, TN /// The Mill & Mine
Mar 15 /// Nashville, TN /// Marathon Music Works
Mar 17 /// Detroit, MI /// The Fillmore
Mar 18 /// Cleveland, OH /// Agora Theatre
Mar 19 /// Chicago, IL /// Vic Theatre
Mar 21 /// Milwaukee, WI /// The Rave
Mar 22 /// Madison, WI /// The Sylvee
Mar 23 /// Minneapolis, MN /// First Avenue
*Support – Eliza & The Delusionals

Widow’s Weeds tracklisting:
1. Neon Wound
2. It Doesn’t Matter Why
3. Freakazoid
4. Don’t Know Yet
5. Straw Man
6. Bag Of Bones
7. Widow’s Weeds
8. Songbirds
9. Simpatico
10. We Are Chameleons

Indie-Pop Duo Tennis Announce 2020 Tour

Tennis; press photo

Tennis; press photo

Acclaimed indie-pop duo Tennis has announced plans for a major North American headline tour. The dates get underway February 25 at Kansas City, MO’s Madrid Theatre & Café and then continue through early May. Highlights include top-billed performances at Boise, ID’s Treefort Music Fest (March 27) and Atlanta, GA’s annual Shaky Knees Music Festival (May 3). Support on all headline dates comes from Molly Burch. For complete details and ticket information, please visit www.tennis-music.com.

TENNIS TOUR DATES:
FEBRUARY 2020
25 – Kansas City, MO – Madrid Theatre & Cafe
27 – Dallas, TX – Granada Theater
28 – San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger
29 – Austin, TX – Stubb’s Bar-B-Q
MARCH 2020
2 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
4 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
26 – Salt Lake City, UT – Metro Music Hall
28 – Missoula, MT – Top Hat Lounge
30 – Vancouver, BC – Venue Nightclub
31 – Seattle, WA – Neptune Theatre
APRIL 2020
1 – Portland, OR – Wonder Ballroom
3 – San Francisco, CA – The Fillmore
4 – Los Angeles, CA – The Fonda Theatre
5 – Solana Beach, CA – Belly Up Tavern
8 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
10 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
16 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown
17 – Minneapolis, MN – Cedar Cultural Center
18 – Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre
20 – Detroit, MI – Majestic Theatre Center
21 – Indianapolis, IN – Deluxe at Old National Centre
22 – Toronto, ON – The Opera House
24 – Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
25 – Boston, MA – Royale
26 – Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
28 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Steel
29 – Washington, DC – The 9:30 Club
30 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
MAY 2020
1 – Saxapahaw, NC – Haw River Ballroom
4 – Birmingham, AL – Saturn
6 – Nashville, TN – Cannery Ballroom
8 – Louisville, KY – Headliners Music Hall
9 – Saint Louis, MO – Delmar Hall

The upcoming tour heralds Tennis’s highly anticipated fifth studio album, SWIMMER, arriving via Tennis’s own Mutually Detrimental label on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2020. The album is preceded by the band’s eagerly awaited new single and first new music in almost three years, “Runner, “available now at all DSPs and streaming services. The track is joined by a colorful companion video, directed by longtime collaborator Luca Venter and inspired by singer Alaina Moore’s love of “old musicals and all things Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and Bob Fosse.”

Known as a captivating and charismatic live act, Tennis has spent much of its existence on the road, including sold out headline runs, festival sets, tours alongside such like-minded artists as Father John Misty, Spoon, The Decemberists, and The Shins, and most recently, a sold out summer double bill with Mumford & Sons at Englewood, CO’s Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre.

Produced by Tennis and mixed by four-time GRAMMY® Award-nominee Claudius Mittendorfer (Panic! At The Disco, Parquet Courts), SWIMMER sees the Denver, CO-based husband and wife duo of Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore elevating their distinctive pop approach to heretofore unexplored new heights, experimenting with atypical instrumentation, complex time changes, and an increased focus on lyrical storytelling fueled in part by a series of life-changing experiences that only served to strengthen their already powerful personal and creative bond. As with their 2011 debut album, CAPE DORY, and their acclaimed fourth LP, 2017’s YOURS CONDITIONALLY, the new album was written largely on the sea, this time during a four-month sailing excursion in the Sea of Cortez, Mexico as well as Tennis’s own Denver, CO recording studio.

“‘Runner’ is the first song we wrote for our fifth record,” says Moore. “It began as a guitar riff Patrick recorded while we were living off grid, anchored in a fisherman’s cove called San Juanico. The only instruments we had on board were an acoustic guitar and a drum sequencer, but the limitations seemed to work in our favor. Until that point we had no clear vision for our writing. The demo Patrick recorded that day outlined our future, the first contours of our next record.

“It took months to write a chorus that fit. I wanted to respond to Patrick’s ideas without altering them. I cycled through chord progressions and pages of lyrics. A year passed. The song seemed to actively resist coherence. My breakthrough came when I began to think of the song as a conversation between two songwriters, a series of questions and answers. It constituted a shift in our writing relationship from one that was solipsistic— my songs, which were distinct from Patrick’s— to one of collaboration and attunement. I often wonder if a truly equitable partnership exists anywhere between anyone, but this song feels like a testament to its possibility.”

“Runner” follows 2017’s acclaimed WE CAN DIE HAPPY EP, hailed by Atwood Magazine as “a warm, dynamic explosion of spellbinding melodies, evocative soundscapes and intimate lyrics… Tennis take a big sigh of relief, and then, with refreshed gusto, continue to dive deep into human emotions, internal and external relationships, society’s norms, and more.” The EP includes the buoyant lead single, “I Miss That Feeling,” joined by a companion video streaming via YouTube.

Tennis’s most recent full-length LP, YOURS CONDITIONALLY, made a spectacular chart debut upon its 2016 release via Mutually Detrimental, arriving at #3 on Billboard’s “Alternative Albums” chart as well as at #2 on the “Vinyl Albums” tally, ultimately proving one of the year’s top 50 highest selling vinyl releases.