After a stripped-down, sold out debut North American tour in March, the ladies of BOY—Valeska Steiner and Sonja Glass—return from Hamburg on October 1, and this time they are bringing the full band along for the ride. In anticipation of the tour, BOY has unveiled an official video for stand-out track “Oh Boy,” which premiered on Glamour.com, from their critically acclaimed debut full-length album, Mutual Friends.
Exploring BOY's avante-garde side, the video takes the viewer on a non-linear journey full of abstract imagery, and even some synchronized dance routines. Director Rafael Palacio Illingworth explains the idea behind “Oh Boy.” "The concept was built around the work of Mexican photographers Lola and Manuel Álvarez Bravo...high contrast black and white images that hint on the surreality of elements,” says Illingworth. “The idea was to create a collection of images that would then be edited in a fast paced, contemporary style to create a modern video with a classic feel. A sort of 'surreal pop.' I thought this would marry perfectly with the quiet modernity of the music of BOY."
Quotes From The Media About BOY And Debut Album Mutual Friends:
"BOY writes and sings tuneful, friendly, forthright pop-folk songs about life and relationships...cradled by melodies with a comfortable lilt and by Ms. Steiner’s sweet, unfailingly precise lead vocals…” -- The New York Times (live review)
"Great pop songs are boiled-down emotion -- a simple line or melody that says it all...Swiss-German duo BOY nails it with viral hit 'Little Numbers'...simple, catchy, effective."
-- Billboard Magazine
"It's just..so addictive." -- NPR All Songs Considered
“It’s the charm and the openness of the music of the Swiss-German duo Boy that have made their debut album Mutual Friends such a world-wide success.” WXPN The Key
"The next kick-ass girls: BOY. 'Little Numbers’ is as addictive as peanut butter M&M's."
-- Glamour Magazine "Next Big Thing" Issue
William Fitzsimmons and Tony Dekker of Great Lake Swimmers contribute music to Esperanza: Songs From Jack Kerouac’s Tristessa, a tribute album pulled together by Jim Sampas, Kerouac’s nephew. A few of the participating artists followed Sampas’ suggestion and recorded songs using the novelist’s own words. Others were inspired by the project and penned their own lyrics. Read the Billboard article HERE.
Currently, Tony Dekker is set to release a solo album called Prayer Of The Woods on October 8th. Dekker has also announced a run of tour dates in conjunction with his solo effort, starting September 28th in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
Fitzsimmons is preparing his next studio album, details forthcoming. In the meantime, Fitzsimmons will be performing a handful of shows around the country. Stay tuned for more information in the coming weeks.
Peter Murphy has announced a final set of U.S. tour dates as part of his Mr. Moonlight Tour celebrating 35 years of Bauhaus. Peter has been all ove the world since April, marking the first time since 2006 that Peter has performed full Bauhaus sets, and the first time he has ever done so on his own.
Fans at some of these shows have gotten a sneak listen of new tunes from Peter's forthcoming solo album Lion, due out in 2014.
Fri, Oct 11 Pioneer Town, CA @ Pappy & Harriets
Sat, Oct 12 Napa, CA @ Uptown Theater
Sun, Oct 13 San Francisco, CA @ Yoshi's
Sun, Oct 20 Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
Chadwick "Chad" Stokes (Dispatch, State Radio) is heading back to Northampton, MA on October 26th for the Calling All Crows' 5th Annual Northampton Halloween 5K (NH5K).
Hundreds of volunteers, participants and Calling All Crows supporters will take to the streets of downtown - in costume - for a fun run/walk to support organizing over 50 service projects in the coming year, more than double their impact in the previous 12 months. In its fifth year, the event has raised over $85,000, with contributions and participation growing each year. Last year’s Halloween 5K was a key fundraiser for Calling All Crows’ new marriage equality campaign - Human Rights. Civil Rights. RIGHT NOW!
To celebrate NH5K, Stokes will perform two shows at The Iron Horse Music Hall, alongside The String Players – October 25th and October 26th. Fundraisers will be able to attend the October 26th concert, and every NH5K participant is invited to a post-race celebration and BBQ.
Stokes is currently on tour for his first ever Living Room Tour. Already sold out, Stokes will perform an intimate living room concert in preparation for writing and recording his upcoming solo album. Testing out new songs, the stripped down set is as a massive thank you to fans that have joined him over the years to support State Radio, Dispatch and Calling All Crows. Tour dates listed after the jump.
(l-r): Cory Younts (OCMS), Danielle Romeo (Nettwerk), Morgan Jahnig (OCMS), Kevin Hayes (OCMS), Gilbert Landry (OCMS), Ketch Secor (OCMS), Critter Fuqua (OCMS), Chance McCoy (OCMS), Mark Jowett (Nettwerk) Photo Credit: Chris Hollo
On Tuesday, September 17, Nettwerk catalogue artist Old Crow Medicine Show became the newest members of the Grand Ole Opry with a special induction by Opry members Marty Stuart and Dierks Bentley, as well as Opry Vice President and General Manager PeteFisher. During the pre-show press conference, Nettwerk Music Group's Mark Jowett (VP of International A&R/Publishing) and Danielle Romeo (Sr. Director of Publicity), surprised Old Crow with Platinum plaques commemorating 1 million tracks sold of the band's signature song "Wagon Wheel." The single originally appeared on the band's debut album, O.C.M.S., released in 2004 on Nettwerk.
Old Crow's Ketch Secor was also honored the previous evening at the Ryman Auditorium during a celebration of Darius Rucker's #1 hit "Wagon Wheel," which Secor and Bob Dylan penned.
In a business analysis of the independent sector of UK labels, Music Week reports that Nettwerk has the Top Indie Single and Album of the past 12 months with Passenger's international hit song "Let Her Go" and album All The Little Lights. Additionally, Nettwerk is the #4 Indie Label in the UK for singles and Top 10 for albums over the past 12 months, marking the strongest year for the UK division of the label since its inception.
Says Nettwerk CEO Terry McBride, "It's exciting to see the continued growth of our UK company and the massive success they have had in their marathon run with Passenger. As a company, we never give up."
"Let Her Go" has already been certified Platinum in the UK, with nearly 900,000 digital downloads and over 250,000albums sold to date. Passenger, who just wrapped a sold-out North American summer headline tour, returns to the UK in October for an already sold-out run of dates.
“Lily Kershaw has a knack for taking the simplest of ideas and making them seem ascendant." – Buzzbands.la
LA-based singer/songwriter Lily Kershaw has unveiled the official video for lead single “As It Seems” from her forthcoming debut album, Midnight In The Garden. Directed by Ben Fee (The Lumineers, Aesop Rock), the video recently premiered on influential LA music blog Buzzbands.la.
About the video, Fee says, “ When I first heard ‘As It Seems,’ I heard a song that transcended time and genres. It evoked some sort of journey in my mind…one of melancholy, hope, regret, loss and love. I didn’t feel like this story had a beginning or an end, and that is exactly where the video came from. A story that could be somebody looking into their own life, or others’ lives at different stages.”
With the release of Midnight In The Garden approaching (September 24), Lily is in the midst of an LA residency at Hotel Café with two more shows scheduled for Monday, September 16 and Monday, September 30. In October, she’ll join fellow Nettwerk label artist Radical Face on the west coast run of his headline tour, including stops in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and a sold-out show in LA at the Masonic Lodge (Hollywood Forever Cemetery) on Thursday, October 24.
Photo credit: Shelby English / Alexa Mosser; From left to right: Stu Larsen, Ed Sheeran, Passenger (Mike Rosenberg)
Passenger fans in Nashville got a big surprise this past Wednesday night when Ed Sheeran, who flew from LA to Nashville just to catch his friend's sold-out gig at the Mercy Lounge, joined him on stage for an impromptu performance. RollingStone.com reports, "During the encore the pair, with help from Passenger tour manager and show opener Stu Larson, performed their tender duet 'Hearts on Fire,' along with a spirited, coffeehouse-style cover of Blackstreet's Nineties R&B classic 'No Diggity' that included a crowd-pleasing snippet of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' hit 'Thrift Shop.'"
Critically acclaimed Swiss/German duo BOY will release an EP of acoustic versions of select tracks from their debut album Mutual Friends on September 10. The release was put together following their hugely successful sold-out stateside debut in March, where they toured as a stripped down trio with guitarist Deniz Erarslan. The Mutual Friends Acoustic EP features seven album tracks, including stand-outs like “Little Numbers,” “Oh Boy,” “July” and “Drive Darling,” as well as a newly recorded cover of Air’s “Playground Love,” which originally appeared on The Virgin Suicides soundtrack and premiered yesterday on NylonMag.com.
LISTEN TO TRACKS FROM THE MUTUAL FRIENDS ACOUSTIC EP HERE:
Once October hits, the duo will put all things acoustic behind them, and turn it up a notch when they return with their entire six-piece band to give North American audiences the full BOY experience. Their 19-city tour begins in Atlanta on October 1 and wraps in San Diego on October 27. Keep reading for dates...
Brooklyn's Savoir Adore will make their maiden voyage to South America for a few September tour dates in Colombia and Chile before heading back home to Brooklyn for their first headline show at the Music Hall of Williamsburg on September 21. All tour dates are below, and check out their new video for "Regalia" above.
Wed, Sept 11 Bogota, Colombia @ La Puerta Grande
Thur, Sept 12 Medellin, Colombia @ Teatro Accion Impro
Sat, Sept 14 Santiago, Chile @ Onaciu
Sat, Sept 21 Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
Tue, Sept 24 Washington, DC @ DC9
Wed, Sept 25 Philadelphia, PA @ Boot & Saddle
Fri, Sept 27 Westport, CT @ Toquet Hall Teen Center
Sun, Sept 29 Allston, MA @ Great Scott