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Hurray For The Riff Raff Releases Debut Album ‘Small Town Heroes,’ On February 11

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On February 11, Hurray for the Riff Raff will release ‘Small Town Heroes,’ its debut for ATO Records and MapleMusic Recordings. The album finds frontwoman Alynda Lee Segarra – who settled in New Orleans after leaving her native Bronx at age 17 – contemporizing the rich musical forms of the American South in the age of Trayvon Martin and Wendy Davis.

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The Belle Brigade ‘Just Because’ Set For Release On February 11, 2014

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ATO Records has signed The Belle Brigade and will release the band’s new album, MapleMusic Recordings will bring the record to Canada.

Just Because, on February 11, 2014 via MapleMusic Recordings in Canada. Barbara and Ethan Gruska – the Los Angeles-based siblings who founded the band – recorded the album with engineer/co-producer Shawn Everett. Bram Inscore and Blake Mills, who also performed on The Belle Brigade’s debut album, joined them in the studio and they once again enlisted the mastering talents of the legendary Bob Ludwig. See below for the track listing. Continue reading…

New Releases – Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Midlake return for their fourth studio album “Antiphon” without former singer Tim Smith to create 10 tracks that are very much Midlake. Elements of psychedelia and 70′s sft-rock from past releases can be heard throughout the album, watch the video for he title track lead single here. The Texas band will be on tour throughout the US until the end of the year, and hit Europe in early 2014. Nearing their 50th anniversary mark, Kool & the Gang are releasing their first ever holiday record “Kool for the Holidays”. The record features Christmas standards like ‘Winter Wonderland’, ‘The Christmas Song’ alongside original Kool soon-to-be-classics. Catch the most sampled band in history as they play major cities worldwide in a special Christmas season tour.

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Kool & the Gang “Kool For The Holidays”

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J. Roddy Walston & The Business Announce Fall Tour And Reveal Cover Art

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Pre-Order Their Album ‘Essential Tremors’ HERE

Watch The Brand New “Heavy Bells” Live Teaser HERE

  The third album from J. Roddy Walston & The Business, ‘Essential Tremors‘ borrows its name from a nervous-system disorder that’s long plagued the band’s frontman. “It’s this condition where my hands shake, sometimes not at all, but sometimes pretty bad,” says singer/pianist/guitarist Walston. “I’ve referenced it throughout all our records in some way, but it made sense to be more open about it on this album, which is partly about owning and embracing your weirdness instead of letting it hold you captive because you don’t even want to talk about it.”

For J. Roddy Walston & The Business, who formed in 2002 in Walston’s hometown of Cleveland, Tennessee, embracing weirdness means a mumble-out-loud celebration of that great and terrible burden of being human. Forcing the oft-clashing worlds of art and rock-and-roll to make nice, the band (including guitarist/vocalist Billy Gordon, bassist/vocalist Logan Davis, and drummer Steve Colmus) deals in a scrappy yet sublime sound that honours both their Southern roots and punk spirit. On ‘Essential Tremors’ J. Roddy Walston & The Business builds off that formula with a mix of heavy hooks and elegant melodies revealing their affinity for artists as disparate as Led Zeppelin, pre-disco-era Bee Gees, The Replacements, Randy Newman, and the Southern soul outfits that once populated the Stax Records label.

Co-produced by Matt Wignall (Delta Spirit, Cold War Kids) and Grammy-winning producer/engineer Mark Neill (The Black Keys) at Neill’s own Soil of the South Studios (a Valdosta, Georgia-based facility where J. Roddy Walston & The Business were the first to ever record), the follow-up to 2010′s much-acclaimed self-titled sophomore album also finds the band crafting lyrics that ultimately serve as a secret language to the initiated listener.

“It seems like most bands write for either the animal side of people or for the side that’s more in tune with the spirit or even just the psyche, but we tend to just smash all those things together,” says Walston. “It’s like we’re writing religious songs for the animal side. We’ve got songs that feel like party songs but if you look at it closer, it’s something more cerebral. So for the people who want to dig in and connect all the weird crosswires, the song can turn into something else.” And because J. Roddy Walston & The Business is practiced in the art of subversion, he adds, “these are songs you can get away with listening to around ‘the straights.’ The danger is in what lies behind the codes and the prose, and how gently they unravel once you’ve digested them.”

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Endlessly shifting from snarling and stompy to warm and soulful-and often encompassing all of the above within the same note, ’Essential Tremors’ opens with “Heavy Bells,” a powerhouse lead single that starts out breezy then gives way to a blistering chorus that threatens to rip Walston’s sweetly ragged vocals right open. The album amps up that brutal energy on songs like “Hard Times” (an epic anthem built on a mercilessly driving bassline) and “Sweat Shock” (a track that comes off like dance-floor war cry for Native American metalheads), while “Marigold” keeps it blissfully catchy and “Black Light” offers a glammed-up bedroom boogie that could be the soundtrack to a metaphysical seduction scene.  Even when turning tender (such as on the heart-on-sleeve serenade “Boys Can Never Tell,” the harmony-soaked “Nobody Knows,” and the album-closing stunner “Midnight Cry”), Essential Tremors burns with a raw passion that’s nothing short of glorious.

Releasing their debut EP ‘Here Comes Trouble’ in 2002, J. Roddy Walston & The Business relocated to Baltimore in 2004 after Walston’s then-girlfriend (and now wife) began studying opera at the Peabody Conservatory of Music. Along with putting out their first full-length album (2007′s Hail Mega Boys), the band devoted the next few years to earning a reputation as an incendiary live act that devotees aptly liken to “AC/DC fronted by Jerry Lee Lewis.” Along with touring with the likes of The Black Keys, Lucero and the Lumineers, J. Roddy Walston & The Business have brought their joyfully chaotic performance to such festivals as Lollapalooza, Austin City Limits, and Bonnaroo.

Melting all manner of stereotypes into an as-yet-unnamed breed of New American, each performance finds hipsters hugging Teamsters and sweating till it hurts, and art-school cynics and metalheads screaming out every lyric in some gorgeously desperate attempt to connect. There seems to be a competition between the band and the crowd as to who will give more each night. To attempt that connection for yourself, check out the band on their upcoming fall tour; all dates are listed below.

Tour Dates – Canadian dates are bolded
8/10/13-Davis, WV-Canaan Valley Resort
8/11/13-Wilmington, DE-World Café Live at the Queen
8/17/13- Portsmouth, NH- Redhook Ale Brewery
9/5/13-Cleveland, OH-Beachland Ballroom and Tavern
9/6/13-Indianapolis, IN-Deluxe
9/7/13-St Louis, MO-Loufest
9/9/13-Minneapolis, MN-7th Street Entry
9/10/13-Milwaukee, WI-Club Garibaldi’s
9/11/13-Madison, WI-High Noon Saloon
9/12/13-Chicago, IL-Double Door
9/14/13-Cincinnati, OH- PNC Pavilion at Riverbend
9.20/13- Baltimore, MD- Rams Head Live
9/24/13- Pittsburgh, PA- Club Cafe
9/25/13-Louisville, KY- Waterfront Park
9/28/13- Kansas City, MO- Czar Bar
9/30/13-Denver, CO- Hi-Dive
10/1/13- Salt Lake City, UT- The State Room
10/3/13- Portland, OR- Mississippi Studios
10/5/13- Vancouver, BC, Canada- Biltmore Cabaret
10/7/13- Seattle, WA- Tractor Tavern
10/10/13- San Francisco, CA- The Independent
10/11/13- Los Angeles, CA- Troubadour
10/12/12- San Luis Obispo, CA- SLO Brewing Company
10/13/13- San Diego, CA- Soda Bar
10/15/13- Phoenix, AZ- Crescent Ballroom
10/18/13- Austin, TX- Stubbs Jr.
10/19/13- Dallas, TX, INDEX Festival
10/21/13- New Orleans, LA- One Eyed Jacks
10/23/13-Birmingham, AL- Bottle Tree
10/24/13- Atlanta, GA- Terminal West
10/25/13- Athens, GA- Georgia Theatre
10/26/13- Nashville, TN- Exit In
10/28/13- Charleston, SC- The Pour House
10/29/13-Raleigh, NC- Kings Barcade
10/31/13- Richmond, VA- Strange Matter
11/2/13- New York, NY- Bowery Ballroom
11/4/13- Boston, MA- Great Scott’s
11/6/13- Philadelphia, PA- Theatre of the Living Arts
11/7/13- Washington, DC- 9:30 Club

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New Releases – Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Gogol Bordello, have captured their wild energy as “the world’s most riotus live band” on “Pura Vida Conspiracy”. The gypsy punk band will continue their touring rampage in support of the record including 5 dates throughout Canada in August with more dates being announced soon. Watch lead single “Lost Innocent World” performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. Out now on MMR via ATO Records.
Gogol Bordello “Pura Vida Conspiracy”

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Gogol Bordello Announce Additional Tour Dates and Reveal Album Artwork

PURA VIDA CONSPIRACY WILL BE RELEASED ON ATO RECORDS & MAPLEMUSIC RECORDINGS ON JULY 23

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Free Download of New Single “Malandrino” available HERE!

The incomparable Gogol Bordello announces additional US tour dates this summer. Following their European run in July, Gogol Bordello has extended their summer tour in North America with a number of additional dates in July and August. Tickets to the fan pre-sale start Wednesday, May 15 at 10:00 am and can be purchased HERE.  General venue on-sale tickets are available Friday, May 17 and Saturday, May 18. See below for full line-up.

Gogol Bordello also revealed the album artwork for their sixth studio album, ”Pura Vida Conspiracy“ due for release July 23 on ATO/Casa Gogol Records and MapleMusic Recordings.  The new album marks Gogol Bordello’s first release since 2010′s critically acclaimed “Trans-Continental Hustle.” Produced by Andrew Scheps (Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Mars Volta) and recorded in El Paso, Texas, “Pura Vida Conspiracy” is made up of 12 surging new songs.  Rolling Stone discusses the new album HERE.

Additional tour dates: *Canadian dates are bolded
July 21, 2013 – Providence, RI United States – Lupo’s Hearbreak Hotel
July 28, 2013 – Pittsburgh, PA United States – Stage AE- Indoor
July 30, 2013 – Columbus, OH United States – The LC Indoor Pavilion
July 31, 2013 – Urbana, IL United States – Canopy Club
August 2, 2013 – Minneapolis, MN United States – Cabooze Outdoor Plaza
August 7, 2013 – Portland, OR United States – Roseland Theatre
August 8, 2013 – August 9, 2013 – Seattle, WA United States – Neptune
August 12, 2013 – Edmonton, AB Canada – Union Hall
August 13, 2013 – Calgary, AB Canada – Flames Central

August 15, 2013 – Morrison, CO United States – Red Rocks Amphitheatre with Queens of the Stone Age
August 16, 2013 – Omaha, NE United States – Slowdown
August 19, 2013 – August 20, 2013 – Toronto, ON Canada – Danforth Music Hall

Previously announced tour dates:
May 10, 2013 – Coimbra, Portugal – Coimbra Student Festival
May 11, 2013 – Porto, Portugal – Porto Student Festival
May 30, 2013 – Robbins Crossing, OH, United States – Nelsonville Music Festival
May 31, 2013 – St. Louis, MO, United States – The Pageant
June 1, 2013 – Ozark, AR, United States – Wakarusa Music Festival
June 1st, 2013 - June 2, 2013 – Houston, TX, United States – Free Press Summer Festival
June 4, 2013 – Tulsa, OK, United States – Cain’s Ballroom
June 5, 2013 – Memphis, TN, United States – Minglewood Hall
June 7, 2013 – Indianapolis, IN, United States – Egyptian Room @ Old National Centre
June 8, 2013 – Milwaukee, WI, United States – Pabst Theatre
June 9, 2013 – Belle Isle, Detroit MI, United States – Orion Music + More
June 14, 2013 – Donington Park, United Kingdom – Download Festival
June 16, 2013 – Aarhus, Denmark – NorthSide Festival
June 18, 2013 – Warsaw, Poland – Stodola
June 19, 2013 – Wroclaw, Poland – Eter Club
June 21, 2013 - June 23, 2013 – Scheeßel, Germany – Hurricane Festival
June 21, 2013 - June 23, 2013 – Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany – Southside Festival
June 26, 2013 – Borlange, Sweden – Peace & Love
June 28, 2013 – Stord, Norway – Stordfest
June 29, 2013 – Kristiansand, Norway – Ravnefest
June 30, 2013 – Paris, France – Solidays
July 3, 2013 – Hradec Kralove, Czech Republic – Rock For People
July 5, 2013 – St Denis de Gastine, France – Festival Au Foin De La Rue
July 6, 2013 – Saint Prouant, France – Festival Les Feux de l’Eté
July 7, 2013 – Kontich, Belgium – Rock Werchter
July 20, 2013 – Greenfield, MA, United States – Green River Festival
July 25, 2013 – Floyd, VA, United States – FloydFest
July 27, 2013 – Bristow, VA, United States – Jiffy Lube Live w/Dave Matthews Band
August 3, 2013 – Bonner Springs, KS, United States – Cricket Wireless Amphitheatre
August 8, 2013 – August 10, 2013 – Squamish, BC, Canada – Squamish Valley Music Festival
September 21, 2013 – Rio de Janeiro, Brazil – Rock in Rio (Brasil)
September 23, 2013 – Porto Alegre, Brazil – Opinião
September 24, 2013 – Curitiba, Brazil – Master Hall
September 25, 2013 – São Paulo, Brazil – HSBC Brasil

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