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Several Firsts For Mac DeMarco

New Video Shared, First NY Headlining Show at Radio City, First National Television Appearance

Following the release of This Old Dog, Mac DeMarco will experience several firsts in the coming weeks and months.  But before any of that happens, DeMarco has shared a brand new video for the track “Another One.”

As for the firsts, catch Mac DeMarco on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon on June 9th.  This will mark his network television debut.  Also, June 9th is the on sale date for tickets to DeMarco’s headlining concert on September 22nd at New York’s Radio City Music Hall.  This show is part of DeMarco World Tour in support of This Old Dog.  Here are the rest of the dates:

Mac DeMarco Tour Dates:
Thu. June 15 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl %@
Fri. Aug. 4 – Chicago, IL @ Concord Music Hall – SOLD OUT
Sat. Aug. 5 – Chicago, IL @ Lollapalooza
Wed. Aug. 9 – Copenhagen, DK @ Den Graa Hal – SOLD OUT
Thu. Aug. 10 – Oslo, NO @ Oya Festival
Fri. Aug. 11 – Gothenburg, SE @ Way Out West
Sun. Aug. 13 – Prague, CZ @ Meet Factory – SOLD OUT
Mon. Aug. 14 – Budapest, HU @ Sziget Festival
Tue. Aug. 15 – Vienna, AT @ Arena
Thu. Aug. 17 – Hasselt, BE @ Pukkelpop Festival
Fri. Aug. 18 – Biddinghuizen, NE @ Lowlands Festival
Sun. Aug. 20 – Saint Malo, FR @ La Route du Rock
Wed. Aug. 23 – Zurich, CH @ Zurich Open Air Festival
Thu. Aug. 24 – Asolo, IT @ AMA Asolo
Fri. Aug. 25 – Turin, IT @ Todays Festival
Sun. Aug. 27 – Paris, FR @ Rock En Seine
Tue. Aug. 29 – Newcastle, UK @ The Academy — SOLD OUT
Wed. Aug. 30 – Edinburgh, UK @ Usher Hall
Thu. Aug. 31 – Sun. Sep. 3 – Salisbury, UK @ End of the Road Festival — HEADLINE
Fri. Sep. 8 – Berkeley, CA @ Greek Theater #
Sat. Sep. 9 – Portland, OR @ Oregon Zoo Amphitheatre #
Sun. Sep. 10 – Seattle, WA @ Moore Theatre #
Tue. Sep. 12 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre # — SOLD OUT
Wed. Sep. 13 – Vancouver, BC @ Vogue Theatre # — SOLD OUT
Thu. Sep. 14 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory #
Fri. Sep. 15 – Missoula, MT @ Wilma Theatre #
Sun. Sep. 17 – St. Paul, MN @ Myth Live Event Center $
Mon. Sep. 18 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom Club Stage $
Tue. Sep. 19 – Indianapolis, IN @ Farmer’s Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park $
Wed. Sep. 20 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre $
Fri. Sep. 22 – New York, NY @ Radio City Music Hall #
Mon. Sep. 25 – Durham, NC @ Carolina Theatre #
Tue. Sep. 26 – Athens, GA @ Georgia Theatre #
Wed. Sep. 27 – New Orleans, LA @ Orpheum Theatre #
Fri. Sep. 29 – Houston, TX @ Revention Music Center $
Sat. Sep. 30 – Irving, TX @ Pavilion at The Music Factory $
Sun. Oct. 1 – Austin, TX @ ACL Live at the Moody Theater $
Thu. Oct. 5 – Phoenix, AZ @ Comerica Theatre $
Tue. Nov. 7 – Hamburg, DE @ Grunspan
Wed. Nov. 8 – Berlin, DE @ Astra
Fri. Nov. 10 – Cologne, DE @ Kantine
Sat. Nov. 11 – Lille, FR @ Aeronef
Mon. Nov. 13 – Nantes, FR @ Stereolux
Mon. Nov. 20 – Nottingham, UK @ Rock City Main Hall
Tue. Nov. 21 – Liverpool, UK @ O2 Academy
Wed. Nov. 22 – Dublin, IE @ Vicar Street – SOLD OUT
Fri. Nov. 24 – Glasgow, UK @ Barrowlands
Sat. Nov. 25 – Manchester, UK @ Manchester Academy – SOLD OUT
Thu. Nov. 30 – Amsterdam, NE @ Paradiso – SOLD OUT

% = special guest with Phoenix
@ = with Lemon Twigs
# = with The Garden
$ = co-headline with The Flaming Lips

Photo by Coley Brown

REVIEW: Nightlands

I Can Feel The Night Around Me – Western Vinyl

by Jorge Almaraz

By the hand of Western Vinyl, Dave Hartley presents Nightlands’ third and most ambitious album to date, I Can Feel the Night Around Me. With his easy listening/dream science genre, Hartley display an interesting project replete with soft melodies that get you lost in a peaceful atmosphere.

As with previous Nightlands’ projects, Hartley’s ability to overlay his voice to create that feeling of complete tranquility is the most remarkable aspect of the album. The choral arrangements are excellent and the audio in general creates a hypnotic sound, perfect to listen and sink into the vast world every song presents to you.  A new listener may find it difficult to believe that Nightlands is actually a one-man band.

However, it may seem that the Philadelphia-native composer focuses a little too much on creating such peaceful atmosphere and does not try to further develop the meaning of his songs.  Without lyrics that actually get to connect with the listener, the albums at times gets to feel, somehow, repetitive.

As mentioned before, this is Nightlands most ambitious project. Therefore, a high-quality music video should be expected. After presenting a horribly animated video for his single “Lost Moon”, Hartley redeemed himself with a newly released video for Nightlands’ song “You’re Silver.”  Directed by Daniel Fox and Matthew Marchlewski, this video proves that something as simple as a drive to his studio can be an impressive source of inspiration. The video takes regular footage of Philadelphia’s streets and combines it with splendid special effects that perfectly matches the theme of the album in general.

On the Great Beyond planetary ratings scale, this album gets a solid landing on Earth.  The album is impressive and interesting but still lacks that extra something.

Sleepy Sun – New LP & Tour Dates

Ever come across a band that just blows you away and subsequently find out they’ve already released several albums of material, leaving you scratching your head wondering where the hell have you been hiding.  One such band for me is Sleepy Sun.  Their brand new album, Private Tales, comes out June 9th on Dine Alone Records.  The band recently shared two videos from the forthcoming album.  This one is the single “Seaquest.”

In digging around, I found a video from a live session shot at KEXP in Seattle, WA, for the track “Maui Tears.”  This one will remind of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter.”  Check this one out:

Sleepy Sun kicks off a U.S. tour tonight and will be in Albuquerque in July.  Here are those dates:

5/25/2017 Santa Cruz, CA @The Catalyst
5/26/2017 San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
5/27/2017 Los Angeles, CA @The Hi Hat
7/21/2017 – Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
7/22/2017 – Las Vegas, NV @ Bunkhouse w/ Mr. Elevator
7/23/2017 – Tucson, AZ @ Congress
7/25/2017 – Dallas, TX @ Club DaDa
7/26/2017 – Austin, TX @ Barracuda
7/27/2017 – El Paso, TX @ Lowbrow
7/28/2017 – Albuquerque, NM @ Sister Bar w/ Froth
7/30/2017 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
8/1/2017 – Boise, ID @ Nuerolux
8/2/2017 – Portland, OR @ Liquor Store
8/3/2017 – Vancouver, BC @ Cobalt
8/4/2017 – Seattle, WA @ Nectar Lounge
8/5/2017 – Klamath Falls, OR @ Gino’s


Look for Sleepy Sun in an upcoming episode of The Great Beyond Podcast.



Great Beyond Podcast – Episode 1 Playlist

I am truly excited to be posting the debut episode of the Great Beyond Podcast.  Here is the playlist along with links to each band’s website.


Song Review

Heavy Metal Detox
Ghost Ramp/Warner Bros.

Bruno Mars released “The Lazy Song” and teenagers decided it was okay to simply sit around and not do a single thing. Wavves recently premiered another single from their forthcoming album, V. Like Mars, Nathan Williams, the band’s leader, is not doing anything today and he doesn’t care what you say; however, Williams seems to hint at an extended brake from life as opposed to Mars taking one day to just chill out.

“Heavy Metal Detox” features slick fuzz guitar over sprawling overdubbed vocals. It’s organic California punk over “waiting for the other shoe to drop” lyrics such as “We’re not alone” and “I can’t decide if I’m getting worse.” It’s the incessant musings of a child trapped in his room while mom yells for him to come kiss his grandmother goodbye. Yet Williams and Wavves make the entire package appealing. All you need is simply pull your hat over your eyes and forget that anything else exists.


ABQ Free Press May 20th Issue

ABQ FP- May-20-2015 cover

Here are the bands covered in this issue:

BROWNOUT presents BROWN SABBATH: Here is Black Sabbath’s “Hand of Doom” from the Paranoid album.  How do we get this band to New Mexico?

JACCO GARDNER: Here is “Find Yourself”, the lead track from Gardner’s Polyvinyl release, Hypnophobia.

INSIDE L.A. METAL: Here’s another trailer from the documentary directed by Bob Nalbandian.