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Courtney Barnett & Kurt Vile Announce New Release + Tour Dates

Two immense talents who have forged a creative bond, Courtney Barnett and Kurt Vile, have announced that they will be releasing a new collaboration as well as heading out on the road together in the fall.  The album, as yet untitled, will feature music recorded in eight days over a 15 month period.

Vile announced the tour on his Twitter page:

Barnett posted on her Twitter page:

Barnett and Vile will be touring with the Sea Lice, an All-Star band featuring, according to Barnett, “…a revolving cast of musicians” that includes Janet Weiss (Sleater-Kinney, Wild Flag), Stella Mozgawa (Warpaint), Rob Laakso (The Violators, The Swirlies, Mice Parade) and Katie Harkin (Harkin, Sky Larkin and touring member of Sleater-Kinney and Wild Beasts). The tour will see them hitting mostly theatres including stops at Boston’s Orpheum Theatre, Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN and New York’s Beacon Theatre which posted the following on its Twitter page:

“I wish we could take the tour all around the world (n we are real sad that we can’t) but due to both our intercontinental schedules this is all we can muster for now,” said Barnett in a press release.

Here are the dates:

Wed, Oct 11 San Diego, CA – House Of Blues
Sat, Oct 14 Los Angeles, CA – The Cathedral Sanctuary at Immanuel Presbyterian Church
Sun, Oct 15 Los Angeles, CA – Orpheum Theatre
Wed, Oct 18 Oakland, CA – Fox Theatre
Fri, Oct 20 Portland, OR – Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
Sat, Oct 21 Seattle, WA – Moore Theatre
Sun, Oct 22 Seattle, WA – The Showbox
Wed, Oct 25 St. Paul, MN – Palace Theatre
Thurs, Oct 26 Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
Fri, Oct 27 Chicago, IL – Rockefeller Chapel
Sat, Oct 28 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Mon, Oct 30 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theatre
Tues, Oct 31 Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
Wed, Nov 1 New York, NY – Beacon Theatre
Fri, Nov 3 Upper Darby, PA – Tower Theatre
Sat, Nov 4 Boston, MA – Orpheum Theatre
Thurs, Nov 9 Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Fri, Nov 10 Dallas, TX – McFarlin Memorial Auditorium
Sat, Nov 11 Austin, TX – ACL Live at the Moody Theater

With special guest Jen Cloher

Barnett and Vile have partnered with Plus 1 for this tour.  $1 from every ticket goes to support the ACLU and their work defending and protecting our individual rights and liberties.

General tickets go on sale Friday, June 9th, at 10AM.


The Swamped Summer of the Robinson Brothers

Chris and Rich Each Have New Release + Tour

It was three and a half years ago that the Black Crowes played their final show.  Since then, both older brother Chris and younger brother Rich have embarked on separate paths.  This summer, each brother will be releasing new music with their respective bands as well as hitting the road for extensive tours.

Let’s begin with big brother Chris.  He currently fronts the band Chris Robinson’s Brotherhood.  On July 21st, CRB releases his new album, Barefoot in the Head, on his own Silver Arrow Records.  Check out the single “Behold The Seer.”

Chris Robinson’s Brotherhood will be hitting the road this summer for an extensive U.S. Tour that will take them through November.  Here are the dates:

‘Barefoot In The Head’ U.S. Tour Dates

July 7Veneta, OR – Oregon Country Fair
August 5Petaluma, CA – Petaluma Music Festival
August 9Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
August 10Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
August 11Virginia Beach, VA – Shaka’s Live
August 12Charlottesville, VA – Jefferson Theatre
August 13Annapolis, MD – Rams Head On Stage
August 15Portsmouth, NH – The Music Hall
August 17Manunuck, RI – Ocean Mist
August 18Asbury Park, NJ – Stone Pony Summerstage **
August 19Boston, MA – House of Blues
August 20Holyoke, MA – Gateway City Arts
August 22Pittsburgh, PA – Mr. Small’s Theatre
August 23State College, PA – The State Theatre
August 24Ithaca, NY – The Haunt
August 25Woodstock, NY – Bearsville Theater
August 26Washington, DC – The 9:30 Club
September 7Pompano Beach, FL – Pompano Beach Amphitheater *
September 8St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheater *
September 9St. Petersburg, FL – Jannus Landing *
September 10Orlando, FL – The Social
September 12Pensacola, FL – Vinyl Music Hall
September 14Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
September 15Atlanta, GA – Variety Playhouse
September 16Macon, GA – Cox Capitol Theatre
September 17New Orleans, LA – The Civic Theatre
September 19Chattanooga, TN – Bijou Theatre
September 21Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford
September 22Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
September 23Louisville, KY – Bourbon & Beyond Festival
September 26Greensboro, NC – The Blind Tiger
September 28Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
September 29Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
September 30Raleigh, NC – Lincoln Theatre
October 1Nashville, TN – Third & Lindsley
October 3 Baltimore, MD – Soundstage
October 5Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall
October 6Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
October 7Ardmore, PA – Ardmore Music Hall
November 2Westbury, NY – The Space at Westbury
November 3Port Chester, NY – Capitol Theatre
November 4Hartford, CT – Infinity Hall
November 5Burlington, VT – Higher Ground
November 7Portland, ME – Port City Music Hall
November 9Providence, RI – Columbus Theatre
November 11Cleveland, OH – House of Blues
November 12Grand Rapids, MI – The Intersection
November 14Columbus, OH – Newport Music Hall
November 16Minneapolis, MN – Fine Line Music Cafe
November 17Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom
November 18Chicago, IL – Thalia Hall
November 19Madison, WI – Barrymore Theatre

* w/ Blackberry Smoke
** w/ Donavon Frankenreiter

Rich Robinson is now heading a new band, The Magpie Salute.  The band brings Rich Robinson, the guitarist and co-founding member of The Black Crowes, together with two key members of Crowes fame – guitarist Marc Ford and bassist Sven Pipien – alongside drummer Joe Magistro and guitarist Nico Bereciartua. The Magpie Salute also boasts a fine cast of vocalists, including lead singer John Hogg (Hookah Brown, Moke), former Crowes singer Charity White and background singers, Adrien Reju and Katrine Ottosen.

Their self-titled debut album comes out June 9th.  Check out the video for the single “Omission.”

The Magpie Salute will also be on the road for an extensive tour.  Coincidently, both TMS and CRB will be on the road, for the most part, concurrently:

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Both brothers have said the Black Crowes will be no more, so enjoy these two incarnations when they come to your town.


Ben Ottewell, ex-Gomez Vocalist, Guitarist Releases New Album; Shares New Video

Ben Ottewell, vocalist and guitarist as well as songwriter for English indie rock band Gomez, has released a new album, entitled A Man Apart, on Sunday Best.  The album is his third solo album.  Ottewell recently shared the title track from that album.

A Man Apart follows 2011’s Shapes & Shadows and 2014’s Rattlebag.  Each album began to take shape in Los Angeles before being completed in his native England.  A Man Apart comes twenty years after Gomez’s Mercury Music Prize-winning debut Bring It On as well as the occasion of Ottewell’s 40th birthday.  To mark all of these celebratory occasions, Ottewell is taking the new material on the road in the U.S.A. beginning in September and running for one month.

09.13 – Atlanta, GA – City Winery
09.15 – Austin, TX – Sidewinder Indoor
09.16 – Dallas, TX – Club Dada
09.18 – Nashville, TN – City Winery
09.20 – Boston, MA – City Winery
09.21 – New York, NY – City Winery
09.22 – Washington DC – DC9
09.24 – Toronto, ON – The Drake Underground
09.25 – Philadelphia, PA – World Cafe Live
09.27 – Chicago, IL – City Winery
09.28 – Detroit, MI – Underground @ Dime
09.29 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
09.30 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry
10.03 – Denver, CO – The Soiled Dove
10.04 – Salt Lake City, UT – The State Room
10.07 – Los Angeles, CA – The Hotel Cafe
10.08 – San Francisco, CA – Cafe Du Nord
10.10 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
10.11 – Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern

“Nowadays, I just feel incredibly lucky to have had some kind of 20-year run at this, and if I can sustain what I do, great. I’m also starting to look a lot more like the way I sound”, adds Ottewell, laughing. “I’m not this fresh-faced kid freaking people out anymore!”


Look for Ben Ottewell’s music on an upcoming episode of The Great Beyond Podcast.

She-Devils Share New Video; Release LP

She-Devils have released a video for “Hey Boy,” the first single off their forthcoming self-titled debut album on the Secretly Canadian imprint.  Montreal natives Audrey Ann Boucher (vocalist) and Kyle Jukka, are currently in Europe on tour.  Check out the video below:

You can also hear She-Devils on the first episode of the Great Beyond Podcast.


The band heads out on the road in June beginning with a show in their hometown of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.  She-Devils will be here in Albuquerque on July 18th with Beach Fossils.  Here are those dates:

Thu. June 1 – Montreal, QC @ Bar Le Ritz
Fri. June 2 – Toronto, ON @ The Baby G
Sat. June 3 – Detroit, MI @ UFO Factory
Sun. June 4 – Chicago, IL @ Do Division Festival
Mon. June 5 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
Wed. June 7 – Philadelphia, PA @ Ortlieb’s
Thu. June 8 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool (Northside Festival)
Fri. June 9 – Boston, MA @ Lily Pad
Wed. July 5 – Los Angeles, CA @ Resident
Fri. July 7 – Fresno, CA @ Strummer’s (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Sat. July 8 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Mon. July 10 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Tue. July 11 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Wed. July 12 – Portland, OR @ Holocene (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Fri. July 14 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Sat. July 15 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Sun. July 16 – Denver, CO @ Marquis Theater (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Tue. July 18 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Wed. July 19 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)
Thu. July 20 – San Diego, CA @ The Casbah (w/ Beach Fossils, Ablebody)

Cigarettes After Sex

“Hypnotic Brooklyn based Cigarettes After Sex are moody as anything. Attend this show with your festival crush and the smooches will happen almost instantly.” – NME

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Quite the affirmation for Brooklyn’s Cigarettes After Sex, but, no doubt, they are earning their stripes.  Thus far, the band has released three videos from their forthcoming self-titled album.  Here is the latest, share just today, entitled “Each Time You Fall In  Love.” According to lead singer, Greg Gonzales, a native of El Paso, TX, the track is “…mostly about how I was never able to find myself completely satisfied with any romance or love affair that I had been through. It was as if I was always on the lookout for something more & it had gotten me into plenty of trouble over time.”

The band will be on the road for the remainder of this calendar year, including a stop in Santa Fe, NM, at Meow Wolf.  Here is a list of dates:

May 18 – Taiwan, Taipei – Legacy
May 19 – Thailand, Bangkok – Acmem
May 30 – Barcelona, Spain – Primavera Sound
Jun 8 – Porto, Portugal – Primavera Sound
Jun 13 – Croatia, Zagreb – Culture Factory
Jun 14 – Slovenia, Ljubljana – Kino Šiška
Jun 16 – Germany, Mannheim – Maifeld Derby
Jun 17 – Netherlands, Hilvarenbeek – Best Kept Secret
Jun 29 – Belgium, Werchter – Rock Werchter
July 1 – Greece, Athens – Rockwave l
July 8 – Italy, Padova – Just Like Heaven
July 13 – Lithuania, Vilnius – Piano.Lt Vasaros Terasa
July 14 – Latvia, Salacgriva – Positivus
July 18 – Serbia, Belgrade – Bazeni
July 19 – Hungary, Budapest – A38 Ship
July 22 – Austria, Wiesen – Out of the Woods
July 24 – Italy, Rome – Villa Ada Festival
July 25 – Italy, Cesena – Acielo Aperto
July 27 – Switzerland, Lugano – Longlake Festival
July 29 – France, Cabourg – Cabourg Mon Amour
July 30 – France, Aulnoyes-Aymerie – Nuits Secretes
Aug 2 – Luxembourg, Luxembourg – Rotondes
Aug 3 – Germany, Luhmuhlen – A Summer’s Tale
Aug 5 – Estonia, Polva – Intsikurmu
Aug 11 – Slovakia, Piestany – Grape Festival
Aug 13 – Italy, Palermo – Ypsigrock Festival
Aug 19 – Japan, Tokyo – Summer Sonic
Aug 25 – England, Reading – Reading Festival
Aug 25 – England, Leeds – Leeds Festival
Sep 7 – Vancouver, BC – The Imperial
Sep 8 – Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
Sep 9 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
Sep 11 – San Francisco, CA – Great American Music Hall
Sep 14 – Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom
Sep 15 – San Diego, CA – The Irenic
Sep 16 – Phoenix, AZ – Crescent Ballroom
Sep 17 – Santa Fe, NM – Meow Wolf
Sep 19 – Denver, CO – Bluebird Theater
Sep 21 – Dallas, TX – Trees
Sep 22 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall Upstairs
Sep 23 – Austin, TX – The Parish
Oct 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer
Oct 5 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall
Oct 7 – New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
Oct 9 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
Oct 10 – Montreal, QC – Theatre Fairmount
Oct 11 – Toronto, ON – Phoenix Concert Theatre
Oct 13 – Chicago, IL – Lincoln Hall
Nov 4 – Denmark, Copenhagen – Vega Jr
Nov 6 – Germany, Cologne – Kulturkirche
Nov 7 – Belgium, Brussels – AB
Nov 10 – Netherlands, Amsterdam – Melkweg
Nov 12 – England, Nottingham – Rock City
Nov 13 – England, Leeds – Stylus
Nov 14 – Scotland, Glasgow – QMU
Nov 16 – Ireland, Belfast – Limelight 2
Nov 17 – Ireland, Dublin – Whelan’s
Nov 19 – England, Manchester – Ritz
Nov 20 – England, London – Roundhouse
Nov 22 – France, Strasbourg – La Laiterie
Nov 23 – France, Lyon – Epicerie Moderne
Nov 27 – Spain, Madrid – El Sol
Nov 28 – Spain, Zaragoza – Las Armas
Nov 29 – Spain, Barcelona – La de Apolo
Dec 4 – Switzerland, Zurich – Plaza
Dec 6 – Germany, Berlin – Astra
Dec 7 – Poland, Warsaw – Progresja

Lastly, you can hear the Cigarettes After Sex track, “Apocalypse” on episode one of “The Great Beyond Podcast.”

To whet your appetite a little more, here is the video for “K.”, the second single to be shared from their forthcoming self-titled debut.


This is the dark side of the music business that one hopes never to be faced with.  For those unaware, the band, PWR BTTM, have been levied with very serious allegations of sexual assault.  The internet and music publications have done a tremendous job of covering this story thoroughly.  Here are some examples of what has been covered.  This first tweet comes from Polyvinyl Records, PWR BTTM’s label, who have dropped the band from their roster and will no longer carry any of their product.

Pitchfork has done an excellent job investigating and covering the story.  These pieces will give you a well-rounded view of this story.  HERE are the links to three articles:

PITCHFORK NEWS 1: PWR BTTM’s New Album Pageant No Longer Being Sold By Label

PITCHFORK NEWS 2PWR BTTM Lose Touring Members, Management, Opening Bands Amid Sexual Abuse Controversy

PITCHFORK NEWS 3: Alleged Sexual Assault by PWR BTTM’s Ben Hopkins Described in New Interview

There is an excellent piece in The Atlantic Magazine on one aspect of the dark side of the music business.

I make it a point to tell my students that rock and roll has a dark side.  Much of it is described (and, let’s face it, often glorified) in movies, books and even song lyrics.  This is one story, however, that may not have much a silver lining, if any, when you consider the paradox between what the band stood for and these allegations.  The linked tweets show people in a deep state of turmoil.  I hope each of these beautiful young people can find peace as they come to grips with the reality that has been thrust in their faces.

Pitchfork Music Festival Announces Schedule

The 10th Annual Pitchfork Music Festival happens Friday, July 17 – Sunday, July 19 at Chicago’s Union Park.  Three-day passes are now sold out, but Friday, Saturday and Sunday single day passes are still available for $65 each.


Visit and for more information. Follow @pitchforkfest for the latest news, announcements and exclusive content.


FRIDAY, JULY 17 – gates at 3pm
8:30pm – (Green) Wilco
8:15pm – (Blue) Ought
7:20pm – (Red) Chvrches
7:15pm – (Blue) Iceage
6:25pm – (Green) Panda Bear
6:15pm – (Blue) Tobias Jesso Jr.
5:30pm – (Red) Mac DeMarco
5:15pm – (Blue) Steve Gunn
4:35pm – (Green) iLoveMakonnen
4:15pm – (Blue) Jessica Pratt
3:30pm – (Red) Natalie Prass
3:20pm – (Blue) Ryley Walker

SATURDAY, JULY 18 – gates at 12pm
8:30pm – (Green) Sleater-Kinney
8:45pm – (Blue) Vic Mensa
7:45pm – (Blue) Sophie
7:25pm – (Red) Future Islands
6:45pm – (Blue) Shamir
6:15pm – (Green) The New Pornographers
5:45pm – (Blue) A$AP Ferg
5:15pm – (Red) Parquet Courts
4:45pm – (Blue) Ariel Pink
4:15pm – (Green) Kurt Vile
3:45pm – (Blue) Vince Staples
3:20pm – (Red) Ex Hex
2:50pm – (Blue) Mr. Twin Sister
2:30pm – (Green) Future Brown
1:55pm – (Blue) Bully
1:45pm – (Red) Protomartyr
1:00pm – (Green) Jimmy Whispers

SUNDAY, JULY 19 – gates at 12pm
8:30pm – (Green) Chance The Rapper
7:45pm – (Blue) Todd Terje & The Olsens
7:25pm – (Red) Run The Jewels
6:45pm – (Blue) A. G. Cook
6:15pm – (Green) Caribou
5:45pm – (Blue) Clark
5:15pm – (Red) Jamie xx
4:45pm – (Blue) How To Dress Well
4:15pm – (Green) Courtney Barnett
3:45pm – (Blue) Perfume Genius
3:20pm – (Red) Madlib & Freddie Gibbs
2:50pm – (Blue) The Julie Ruin
2:30pm – (Green) Waxahatchee
1:55pm – (Blue) Mourn
1:45pm – (Red) Viet Cong
1:00pm – (Blue) Single Mothers
1:00pm – (Green) Bitchin Bajas

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