NEWS : TUE, JUN 11, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Announces ‘A Tuba To Cuba Tour’

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Recently, Preservation Hall Jazz Band released “Kreyol,” a spirited tune from A Tuba To Cuba, the forthcoming soundtrack to the critically acclaimed documentary directed by T.G. Herrington and Danny Clinch. Listen and share “Kreyol” here.

[photo credit: Josh Goleman]

Preservation Hall Jazz Band has announced their A Tuba To Cuba tour today. The dates add to previously announced performances including Newport Folk Festival, SF Jazz, three-nights in Baltimore at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall and more. A special pre-sale will begin on Wednesday, June 12th at 10am local and will end on Thursday, June 13th  at 10pm local. All remaining tickets will go on sale Friday, June 14th at 10am local. For complete details on tickets and VIP packages please visit See below for full dates.

“When we travel to a place like Cuba, not only do we get to share our music, but we also get to experience other music, other traditions, and other’s rituals. It’s a door that we get to walk through and every now and then we get a glimpse behind the curtain. The people we meet become our friends and family. The imprint they leave becomes a part of us and our music, it’s a rare and beautiful thing. Now we get to share that experience with you.” - Ben Jaffe

A Tuba To Cuba follows Ben Jaffe of New Orleans’ famed Preservation Hall Jazz Band as he seeks to fulfill his late father’s dream of retracing their musical roots to the shores of Cuba in search of the indigenous music that gave birth to New Orleans jazz. A Tuba To Cubacelebrates the triumph of the human spirit expressed through the universal language of music and challenges us to resolve to build bridges, not walls. The film is available through Amazon Video, iTunes, DirecTV, Google Play, YouTube Movies and more. Check your local service provider for additional listings.
The New York Times says of the film, “This joyous, wide-ranging account of a New Orleans jazz band’s 2015 visit to Cuba is crammed with fascinating facts and toe-tickling tunes.” And the LA Times offers this, “Jaunty, at times poetic chats and drop-ins with many Big Easy and Cuban jazz artists, discussion of their music’s African lineage (the Atlantic slave trade factored in), stirring examples of native instrumentation, and pulsating performances combine with colorful, travelogue-type shots (love those old Cuban theaters) and vivid archival footage to create a vibrant and joyous portrait.”

Preservation Hall Jazz Band Tour Dates:

Jul 05 - Elkhorn, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre* 
Jul 06 - Elkhorn, WI - Alpine Valley Music Theatre* 
Jul 28 - Newport, RI - Newport Folk Festival
Aug 02 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon
Aug 03 - Happy Valley, OR - Pickathon 
Aug 05 - Folsom, CA - Harris Center For The Arts
Aug 06 - Folsom, CA - Harris Center For The Arts
Aug 08 - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ
Aug 09  - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ 
Aug 10 - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ (7:00PM)
Aug 10 - San Francisco, CA - SFJAZZ (9:30PM)
Aug 11 - San Francisco, CA - SF Jazz Center - Miner Auditorium
Aug 15 - Philadelphia, PA - Old Pool Farm
Aug 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Old Pool Farm
Aug 17 - Philadelphia, PA - Old Pool Farm
Aug 18 - Philadelphia, PA - Old Pool Farm
Aug 24 - Arrington, VA - Lockn’ Music Festival 
Sep 20 - Louisville, KY - Bourbon & Beyond Festival
Sep 21 - Franklin, TN - Pilgrimage Music Festival
Sep 22 - Franklin, TN - Pilgrimage Music Festival
Oct 22 - Ridgefield, CT - The Ridgefield Playhouse^
Oct 23 - Red Bank, NJ - Count Basie Center for the Arts^
Oct 24 - New York, NY – The Town Hall^
Oct 25 - Boston, MA - Berklee Performance Center^
Oct 26 - Portsmouth, NH - The Music Hall^
Oct 28 - Montreal, QC - Place des Arts – Theatre Maisoneuve^
Oct 29 - Toronto, ON - Roy Thomson Hall^
Oct 30 - Pittsburgh, PA - Byham Theater^
Nov 01 - Kent, OH - The Kent Stage^
Nov 02 - Goshen, IN - Goshen College Music Center^
Nov 04 - Chicago, IL - Thalia Hall^
Nov 05 - Saint Paul, MN - Fitzgerald Theater^
Nov 07 - Denver, CO - Paramount Theatre^
Nov 08 - Los Angeles, CA - ACE Hotel
Nov 09 - Phoenix, AZ - Music Theater at MIM^
Nov 11 - Livermore, CA - Livermore Valley Performing Arts Center^
Nov 13 - Chico, CA - CSU Chico - Laxson Auditorium^
Nov 15 - Santa Rosa, CA - Luther Burbank Center for the Arts^
Nov 16 - Arcata, CA - John Van Duzer Theatre  ^
Nov 17 - Portland, OR - Revolution Hall^
Nov 18 - Seattle, WA - Benaroya Hall – Taper Auditorium^
Nov 20 - Santa Cruz, CA - Rio Theatre^
Nov 21 - Santa Barbara, CA - UCSB Campbell Hall^
Nov 22 - San Diego, CA - Wonderfront Music Festival
Nov 29 - Baltimore, MD - Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Nov 30 - Baltimore, MD - Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall
Dec 01 - Baltimore, MD - Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall

*with Dave Matthews Band
^with Yusa

NEWS : TUE, JUN 4, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Shannon Lay to release August, her Sub Pop debut worldwide on August 23rd

Transcendent folk-pop artist Shannon Lay will release August, her Sub Pop debut, on CD/LP/DL/CS worldwide on August 23rd. You can now watch the official video for “Nowhere,” the album’s lead single, directed by Lay and Chris Slater. She says of the song and visual, “I want this song to emphasize the importance of enjoying the journey. The video is moments of in between travel footage, different settings around my home, singing in the bounty of spring. There is so much power in presence, enjoy every moment, savor every second. Cherish the memories made along the way and appreciate how they change and shape you.”

The title August refers to the month in 2017 when Lay quit her day job and fully gave herself over to music. This was her liberation as an artist, and the album is devoted to paying that forward to her listeners. “It’s a thank you to the universe,” says the Los Angeles artist. Exquisitely uplifting, August doubles as an aural baptism renewing her purpose for making music. “I always picture music as this river. Everyone’s throwing things into this river, it’s a place you can go to and feed off of that energy,” she says, “and feel nourished by the fact that so many people are feeling what you’re feeling. It’s this beautiful exchange.”  You can listen to her cover of the classic Karen Dalton track “Something On Your Mind” here.

August is now available for preorder from Sub Pop. LP preorders of the album through and select independent retailers in North America, UK, and Europe will receive the limited Loser edition on orange vinyl (North America) and Sun Yellow vinyl (UK/EU) while supplies last.

As previously reported, Shannon Lay will be a member of Ty Segall’s Freedom Band for his upcoming full album residencies in Los Angeles, New York, Paris, London, Berlin, and Haarlem (See Pitchfork’s news story April 24th).

Following these shows, Shannon Lay will embark on an 18-date North American tour opening for Mikal Cronin, beginning November 8th in Portland at Mississippi Studios and ending on December 1st in San Diego at the Casbah. Click here for a full list of dates. 

Track Listing:

1. Death Up Close
2. Nowhere
3. November
4. Shuffling Stoned
5. Past Time
6. Wild
7. August
8. Sea Came to Shore
9. Sunday Sundown
10. Something On Your Mind
11. Unconditional
12. The Dream

NEWS : FRI, MAY 31, 2019 at 7:00 AM

The Gotobeds’ Propulsive Third Full Lengther ‘Debt Begins at 30’ is Out Now

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Today The Gotobeds - Cary, TFP, Eli and Gavin - unleash their third full lengther, Debt Begins at 30. The esprit de corps and anxiety-free joy that permeates their other LPs and EPs remains intact. The octane is high-test, the engine still has knocks and pings and the battery is overcharged. The Gotobeds - as Pittsburgh as it gets, the folk music of the Steel City - have more tar for us to swallow. Debt Begins at 30 is an old-fashioned blast furnace and the liquid iron flows.

Debt Begins at 30 features outside contributors on every track, including a special “Debt Begins at 30 (Alt version)” featuring the wonderful Victoria Ruiz - front woman of label mates Downtown Boys. Hear here.

Debt Begins at 30 is now available for preorder through Sub Pop Mega Mart. Preorders of the LP through megamart.subpop.comselect independent retailers in the U.S., and select European and UK retailers will receive the limited, orange-vinyl Loser Edition while supplies last. 

Debt Begins at 30

1. Calquer the Hound  (with Evan Richards of The City Buses and Rob Henry of Kim Phuc)
2. Twin Cities (with Tracy Wilson of Positive No)
3. Slang Words (with Joe Casey of Protomartyr)
4. 2:15 (with Matt Barnhart of Tre Orsi/Mint Mile)
5. Poor People Are Revolting (with Pittsburgh poet Jason Baldinger and Gerard Cosloy of Air Traffic Controllers/Homestead Records/12XU Records)
6 .Debt Begins at 30 (with Mike Seamans of Mind Cure Records) and Bob Weston of Shellac/Mission of Burma)   
7. On Loan (with Greg Ahee of Protomartyr)
8. Dross (with Bob Nastanovich of Pavement/Silver Jews)  
9. Parallel (with Tim Midyett of Mint Mile/Silkworm)  
10. Bleached Midnight (with Pittsburgh poet Scott MacIntyre)
11. Debt Begins at 30 (Alt version) (with Victoria Ruiz of Downtown Boys)

Read more about The Gotobeds and Debt Begins at 30 over here.

NEWS : THU, MAY 30, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Tacocat Announce 2019 UK Tour Dates Supporting New Album ‘This Mess is a Place’

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[Photo Credit: Helen Moga]

 After recently releasing their new album This Mess Is a Place, Seattle pop-punk four piece Tacocat have just announced a UK tour for this August with shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, London & Brighton. ICYMI, you can see the video for album standout track “New World” now here.

When Seattle band Tacocat—vocalist Emily Nokes, bassist Bree McKenna, guitarist Eric Randall, and drummer Lelah Maupin—first started in 2007, the world they were responding to was vastly different from the current Seattle scene of diverse voices they’ve helped foster. It was a world of house shows, booking DIY tours on MySpace, and writing funny, deliriously catchy feminist pop-punk songs when feminism was the quickest way to alienate yourself from the then-en vogue garage-rock bros. Their lyrical honesty, humor, and hit-making sensibilities have built the band a fiercely devoted fanbase over the years, one that has followed them from basements to dive bars to sold-out shows at the Showbox. Every step along the way has been a seamless progression—from silly songs about Tonya Harding and psychic cats to calling out catcallers and poking fun at entitled weekend-warrior tech jerks on their last two records on Hardly Art, 2014’s NVM and 2016’s Lost Time.

This Mess Is a Place, Tacocat’s fourth full-length and first on Sub Pop, finds the band waking up the morning after the 2016 election and figuring out how to respond to a new reality where evil isn’t hiding under the surface at all—it’s front and center, with new tragedies and civil rights assaults filling up the scroll of the newsfeed every day.

See Tacocat live in the UK:

25 Aug – Glasgow, Scotland – Broadcast
27 Aug – Manchester, England – Gullivers
28 Aug – Cardiff, Wales – Clwb Ifor Bach
29 Aug – London, England – MOTH Club
30 Aug – Brighton, England – The Hope & Ruin
31 Aug – Paris, France – Supersonic
01 Sep – Brussels, Belgium – Botanique
03 Sep – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Merleyn
04 Sep – Groningen, Netherlands – Vera
05 Sep – Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
06 Sep – Eindhoven, Netherlands – Alstadt
07 Sep – Rotterdam, Netherlands – Rotown
09 Sep – Nurenburg, Germany – Kantine
10 Sep – Berlin, Germany – Marie Antoinette
11 Sep – Hamburg, Germany – Goldener Salon (Hafenklang)
13 Sep – Copenhagen, Denmark – Loppen
14 Sep – Oslo, Norway – Revolver
15 Sep – Stockholm, Sweden – Obaren

Ticket links are here.

NEWS : THU, MAY 23, 2019 at 7:00 AM

Stream The Gotobeds’ New Album ‘Debt Begins at 30’ via Brooklyn Vegan, A Full Week Before Release

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Available worldwide May 31st on Sub Pop.

[Photo Credit: Shawn Brackbill]

On May 31st, The Gotobeds - Cary, TFP, Eli and Gavin - return to the fray with their third full length, Debt Begins at 30. The esprit de corps and anxiety-free joy that permeates their other LPs and EPs remains intact. The octane is high-test, the engine still has knocks and pings and the battery is overcharged. The Gotobeds - as Pittsburgh as it gets, the folk music of the Steel City - have more tar for us to swallow. Debt Begins at 30 is an old-fashioned blast furnace and the liquid iron flows. You can stream the band’s new record in its entirety now via Brooklyn Vegan. Click here to listen.

The band will play an album release show in their hometown of Pittsburgh on May 25th at Babyland, with midwest, eastern and southern US shows in June, July, and August. See below for a full list of shows.

Debt Begins at 30 is out on LP/CD/digital and cassette Friday, May 31st, and it is available for preorder at the Sub Pop Mega Mart. Preorders of the LP through megamart.subpop.comselect independent retailers in the US and select European and UK retailers will receive the limited, splatter blue-vinyl Loser Edition while supplies last.

The Gotobeds Tour Dates:

May 25 - Pittsburgh, PA - Babyland (album release show)
Jun. 20 - Pittsburgh, PA - Babyland %
Jun. 21 - Chicago, IL - Sleeping Village
Jun. 23 - Columbus, IL - Ace of Cups
Jul. 16 - Philadelphia, PA - Boot & Saddle
Jul. 17 - Brooklyn, NY - Union Pool
Jul. 18 - D.C, Washington - Comet Ping Pong
Jul. 19 - Kingston, NY - Tubby’s
Aug. 01 - Bloomington, IN - Bishop
Aug. 02 - Nashville, TN - DRKMTTR
Aug. 05 - Dallas, TX - Ruins
Aug. 06 - Austin, TX - Vegas
Aug. 07 - Houston, TX - Satellite
Aug. 08 - New Orleans, LA - Santos
Aug. 09 - Atlanta, GA - The Earl
Aug. 10 - Cincinnati, OH - NSYC
Oct. 17 - Millvale, PA - Mr. Smalls Theatre ^
% w/ Lithics
^ w/ Mudhoney