GARY CLARK JR.’S “Can’t Sleep” Video Trilogy Premieres Today

Tuesday, April 26th, 2016

Gary Clark Jr. premieres his three-song “Can’t Sleep” video trilogy today on Noisey/VICE. Watch it HERE. The nearly 10-minute clip features three songs from Clark’s latest album The Story of Sonny Boy Slim: “Can’t Sleep,” “BYOB,” and “Shake.”

The trilogy was directed by Gus Black, an award-winning director who has lensed clips for Echosmith, The Wild Feathers, and Deftones, among others. It features cameos from ZZ Top’s Billy Gibbons, actor Jeremy Piven (Entourage), actor Gabriel Luna (True Detective/Wicked City), actress Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies) and Lukas Nelson of Promise of the Real.

“Can’t Sleep Trilogy is a story in three parts about a man and a woman and a party,” Clark tells Noisey. “Gus Black was dope to work with. We had some good friends come down and hang during the shoot, which was really – as much fun as it looks!”

Also premiering today on RollingStone.com is a clip of Clark performing “Cold Blooded” from an upcoming episode of American Public Television’s Live From the Artist Den. For the Season 10 final episode, Clark returns to his hometown of Austin, TX, to perform a show at Antone’s, the venue where he was discovered as a young teenager. In contrast to his celebrated Grammy appearance and sold-out tours of large venues, Clark treats a captivated crowd of 350 fans to an intimate performance in the place where it all began. His 20-song set includes songs from his 2012 breakthrough Blak And Blu and The Story Of Sonny Boy Slim. Please check local listings at ArtistsDen.com for air dates.

In other news, Clark just recently played Coachella for the second time, dropping in to perform with Run the Jewels and buzzing R&B/hip-hop artist Anderson .Paak. Clark also appears in the new Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, starring his friend Don Cheadle as the great trumpeter. Clark sits in with a band featuring Herbie Hancock, Esperanza Spalding, Wayne Shorter, and Cheadle.

And finally, don’t miss Clark performing on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on June 8th on CBS.

Gary Clark’s upcoming tour dates:

April
28 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Fair Grounds

June
03 – Nelsonville, OH @ Nelsonville Music Festival
04 – Hunter, NY @ Mountain Jam Festival
05 – New York, NY @ Governors Ball Music Festival
18 – Madrid, Spain @ Mad Cool Festival / Caja Magica
22 – Samois Sur Seine, FR @ Ile Du Berceau
28 – Manchester, UK @ 02 Ritz Manchester
29 – London, UK @ 02 Academy Brixton

July
17 – Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival
21 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore Detroit
22 – Oro-Medonte, ONT @ Wayhome Festival
23 – Camden, NJ @ EXPoNential Music Festival
29 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amph (w/ Avett Brothers)
30 – Aspen, CO @ The Belly Up
31 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre

August
02 – San Diego, CA @ Humphreys Concerts by The Bay
03 – San Diego, CA @ Humphreys Concerts by The Bay
28 – Arrington, VA @ Lockn’ Music Festival
31 – Boston, MA @ Blue Hills Bank Pavilion

BAND OF HORSES: Why Are You OK

Monday, April 25th, 2016

In the past, Band of Horses founder and leader Ben Bridwell would literally run away from home to write: Holing up in a secluded cabin or other such remote location, emerging months later with new songs for his band to flesh out and fully animate. This time—whether by happenstance or conscious need for a drastic change—Ben stayed home to write. In the estrogen-charged atmosphere of a home shared with his wife and four—yes, four—daughters he allowed his everyday experiences to inform his process. Between dropping off and picking up the girls, changing diapers, and playing dress up, Bridwell spent every precious free minute—often the wee hours on the morning into daybreak—in his garage writing.

While Bridwell and his bandmates–Tyler Ramsey, Ryan Monroe, Creighton Barrett and Bill Reynolds—convened in South Carolina alongside producer Jason Lytle (Grandaddy), Bridwell struggled to bring the new material into focus. One day, at a particularly crucial part of the recording process Ben’s phone rang. It was Rick Rubin—who’d randomly heard a Band of Horses song on the radio during a drive, and had been moved to pull over and call. Without going into details, Bridwell can’t stress the value of this phone call enough. It was exactly the final push that his songs needed on their journey from conception to being sent out into the world.

The result is Band of Horses’ fifth studio album, Why Are You OK, a record informed by experience and at the same time retaining the vulnerability that birthed their greatest songs. Creating capsule worlds populated by the strange but true cast of characters from Bridwell’s hometown Charleston, SC, Why Are You OK‘s songs combined universal sentiments with Bridwell’s patented knack for storytelling—all wrapped in the lush melodic textures that have long been the bedrock of Band of Horses’ signature sound.

Why Are You OK is set for release in June via Interscope Records/American Recordings. The album was produced by Jason Lytle, Executive Produced by Rick Rubin and mixed by Dave Fridmann.

Why Are You OK tracklist:

  1. Dull Times/The Moon
  2. Solemn Oath
  3. Hag
  4. Casual Party
  5. In A Drawer
  6. Hold On Gimme A Sec
  7. Lying Under Oak
  8. Throw My Mess
  9. Whatever, Wherever
  10. Country Teen
  11. Barrel House
  12. Even Still

Last night, the band asked their favorite Twitter follower, Fuck (@7Adrewg), to premiere the Korean karaoke style lyric video for the first single ““Casual Party”. Mr. Fuck had caught the band’s attention not only by his surname, but also because he’d been tweeting compliments at the band upon the unveiling of the new album art. After further investigation, it was discovered that he was indeed a longtime fan, and the band felt he deserved the first look and listen.

The band will be touring throughout the summer and fall. More dates to be announced as the band embarks on a world tour which will see them hitting stages across the globe through 2017. See below for the current schedule.

Casual Party is now available for purchase through iTunes, Amazon, & Google Play

Streaming on Apple Music & Spotify

Pre-order Why Are You OK Vinyl & limited edition bundles directly from the band & receive early access to tickets

Band Of Horses 2016 Tour Dates

May
21 – Wilmington, DE – Playhouse on Rodney Square

June
8 – Richmond, VA – The National
9 – 6/11 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo
15 – Bergen, Norway – Bergenfest
17 – Madrid, Spain – Mad Cool Festival
19 – Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands – Best Kept Secret Festival
20 – Cologne, Germany – Gloria Theater
22-26 – Pilton, United Kingdom – Glastonbury Festival
23 – Odense, Denmark – Tinderbox
24 – Oslo, Norway, Piknik I Parken Festival
30 – Norrkoping, Sweden – Bravalla Festival

July
2 – Werchter, Belgium – Rock Werchter
3 – Arras, France – Main Square Festival
5-6 – London, United Kingdom – O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire
9 – Lisbon, Portugal – Nos Alive
22 – Byron Bay, Australia – Splendour In The Grass
24 – Melbourne, Australia – The Forum

August
11 – Bellvue, CO – Mishawaka Amphitheatre
13 – Denver, CO – Ogden Theatre
27 – Dana Point, CA – Ohana Festival

AC/DC’S ROCK OR BUST World Tour Resumes With AXL ROSE On Vocals

Saturday, April 16th, 2016

“AC/DC band members would like to thank Brian Johnson for his contributions and dedication to the band throughout the years. We wish him all the best with his hearing issues and future ventures. As much as we want this tour to end as it started, we understand, respect and support Brian’s decision to stop touring and save his hearing. We are dedicated to fulfilling the remainder of our touring commitments to everyone that has supported us over the years, and are fortunate that Axl Rose has kindly offered his support to help us fulfill this commitment.”

AC/DC will resume their Rock Or Bust World Tour with Axl Rose joining on vocals. The European stadium tour dates begin on May 7 in Lisbon, Portugal and run through June 12 in Aarhus, Denmark as previously announced (see below for full itinerary). Following this European run of dates with AC/DC, Axl Rose will head out on his Guns N’ Roses, ‘Not In This Lifetime’ Summer Stadium Tour.

The 10 postponed U.S shows will be rescheduled and announced imminently, also with Axl Rose.

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Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime
April
16 Coachella Indio, CA
19 Foro Sol Mexico City, MEXICO
20 Foro Sol Mexico City, MEXICO
23 Coachella Indio, CA

AC/DC European tour dates
May
7 – Lisbon, Portugal @ Passeio Maritimo De Alges
10 – Seville, Spain @ Estadio De La Cartuja
13 – Marseille, France @ Stade Velodrome
16 – Werchter, Belgium @ Werchter Site
19 – Vienna, Austria @ Erns-Happel Stadium
22 – Prague, Czech Republic @ Letnany Airport
26 – Hamburg, Germany @ Volksparkstadion
29 – Berne, Switzerland @ Stade De Suisse

June
1 – Leipzig, Germany @ Red Bull Arena
4 – London, England @ The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
9 – Manchester, England @ Etihad Stadium
12 – Aarhus, Denmark @ Ceres Park

Guns N’ Roses Not In This Lifetime
June
23 – Detroit, MI @ Ford Field
26 – Washington, DC @ FEDEXFIELD
29 – Kansas City, MO @ Arrowhead Stadium

July
1 – Chicago, IL @ Soldier Field
6 – Cincinnati, OH @ Paul Brown Stadium
9 – Nashville, TN @ Nissan Stadium
12 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Heinz Field
14 – Philadelphia, PA @ Lincoln Financial Field
16 – Toronto, ON @ Rogers Centre
19 – Foxboro, MA @ Gillette Stadium
20 – Foxboro, MA @ Gillette Stadium
23 – East Rutherford, NJ @ MetLife Stadium
27 – Atlanta, GA @ Georgia Dome
29 – Orlando, FL @ Orlando Citrus Bowl
31 – New Orleans, LA @ Mercedes-Benz Superdome

August
3 – Arlington, TX @ AT&T Stadium
5 – Houston, TX @ NRG Stadium
9 – San Francisco, CA @ AT&T Park
12 – Seattle, WA @ CenturyLink Field
15 – Glendale, AZ @ University of Phoenix Stadium
22 – San Diego, CA @ Qualcomm Stadium

BLUE OCTOBER Shares Video For Title Track Of New Album, HOME

Thursday, April 14th, 2016

The sound on Home, the 8th album by Blue October, is described by the band’s frontman and creative force Justin Furstenfeld as desert rock: it’s all about space, atmosphere, big rock drums and that vocal that seems to talk to you in your ear (Justin is also a storyteller with a widely popular one-man touring show, Open Book). The melodies on Home were written by Justin on a small synthesizer, during road trips through the Texas and California desert landscape, and the lyrics came effortlessly. He affirms that Home “is the best piece of work we’ve ever done.”

Read Justin’s interview with Billboard.

Home is welcoming the joy and sheer intensity of just…being alive,” says Justin, now four years sober after a long and debilitating drug addiction. “The whole album is a reflection on noticing the small miracles around you every day, and doing what you can with the time you’re given on this earth.” (One of the ‘small miracles’ can be heard on the opening of “The Lucky One,” with an unplanned ‘field recording’ of his young daughter looking at the sky, whispering, “I wish I could be a star.”)

In recent years, Furstenfeld started a family and Blue October has found success and freedom by forming their own label through RED. Little known to the media, the band’s audience has grown considerably since their major label days. The band continues to sell out large concert halls, with their fanbase and socials expanding by 50%.

Also little known is how Justin engages with his listeners on a level rare for a band this size: by offering one-on-one support to addicts or simply taking the time after shows to listen. He loves painting but doesn’t consider himself a painter. He’ll sometimes turn these life stories into artwork for each person.

“His positive outlook notwithstanding, Furstenfeld hasn’t lost his signature grit, much less the ability to perform those older, angst-ridden songs with intensity and passion,” writes the Houston Press. “He says he’s even more capable of mustering up grit when performing his older songs now that he has fought past them.”

Blue October’s Home tour will hit the US this spring and summer.

Tour Dates
April
29 – Austin, TX Stubb’s
30 – Frisco, TX Toyota Stadium (Edgefest)

May
1 – San Antonio, TX @ The Aztec Theatre
4 – Pensacola, FL @ Vinyl Music Hall
5 – St. Petersburg, FL @ Jannus Live
6 – Lake Buena Vista, FL @ House of Blues
7 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
8 – Charlotte, NC @ The Fillmore
10 – Greensboro, NC @ The Cone Denim Entertainment Center
11 – Baltimore, MD @ Rams Head Live
12 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall
13 – Philadelphia, PA @ Electric Factory
14 – Stroudsburg, PA @ Sherman Theater
15 – Cleveland, OH @ House of Blues
18 – Niagara Falls, NY @ Rapids Theatre
19 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Altar Bar
20 – Detroit, MI @ The Fillmore
21 – Cincinnati, OH @ Bogarts
22 – Louisville, KY @ Mercury Ballroom

June
1 – El Paso, TX @ Speaking Rock Event Center
3 – Scottsdale, AZ @ Talking Stick Resort & Casino
4 – Las Vegas, NV @ Brooklyn Bowl
5 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theatre
8 – Santa Ana, CA @ The Observatory
9 – San Francisco, CA @ Regency Ballroom
10 – Portland, OR @ Roseland Theater
11 – Seattle, WA @ The Showbox
12 – Spokane, WA @ Knitting Factory Concert House
14 – Missoula, MT @ The Wilma Theatre
15 – Boise, ID @ Knitting Factory
16 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Depot
17 – Denver, CO @ Ogden Theatre
18 – Omaha, NE @ Sokol Auditorium
19 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
22 – Milwaukee, MI @ Turner Hall Ballroom
24 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues
25 – St. Louis, MO @ the Pageant
26 – Tulsa, OK @ Club Brady

BEN HARPER & THE INNOCENT CRIMINALS’ New Album ‘Call It What It Is’ Now Streaming Exclusively On Pandora

Friday, April 1st, 2016

Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals will release Call It What It Is next Friday April 8th, 2016 on Stax Records, their first LP in 9 years. Now through next Thursday, the album is streaming exclusively on Pandora in full: http://pdora.co/CallItWhatItIs

Last week Ben and the band visited ESPN’s SportsCenter – where they performed their sun-kissed new single “Shine.” It was the first time that SportsCenter hosted a music performance from their L.A. studio. Each band member donned a ‘Stuart Scott’ t-shirt for the television taping, honoring the memory of the famed SportsCenter anchor who passed away last year. Watch here:
http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=15071193&ex_cid=espnapi_internal

They also performed on KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, where they locked in for five crisp cuts off ‘Call It What It Is’ and the classic “Burn One Down”:
http://www.kcrw.com/music/shows/morning-becomes-eclectic/ben-harper-2016-03-23

Ben recently spoke with The Atlantic in an extensive interview on the inspiration behind the new album. The feature focuses on Harper’s ability to balance dark and light in his music, as well as incidents of injustice he’s faced in his own life: http://www.theatlantic.com/entertainment/archive/2016/03/ben-harper-reluctant-protest-singer/475173/

The ‘Call It What It Is’ tour launches this Saturday at the Capitol Theater in Port Chester, NY and finds Ben and the band playing NYC for the first time together since 2007 at the Beacon Theater April 7.

Pre-order ‘Call It What It Is’
iTunes: http://smarturl.it/callitwhatitisiTunes
Amazon: http://smarturl.it/callitwhatitisamazon

TOUR DATES:

April
2 – Port Chester, NY @ The Capitol Theatre
3 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
4 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
6 – New Haven, CT @ College Street Music Hall
7 – New York, NY @ Beacon Theatre
9 – Boston, MA @ House of Blues Boston
10 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Fillmore
12 – Montreal, Canada @ Metropolis
13 – Toronto, Canada @ Massey Hall
15 – Royal Oak, MI @ Royal Oak Music Theatre
16 – Chicago, IL @ Riviera Theatre
17 – Cleveland, OH @ House Of Blues
19 – Chattanooga, TN @ Tivoli Theatre
20 – Knoxville, TN @ Tennessee Theatre
22 – Nashville, TN @ Ryman Auditorium
23 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
24 – Atlanta, GA @ Sweetwater 420 Fest

June
23 – Seattle, WA @ Marymoor Park
24 – Troutdale, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield
25 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheatre
28 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
29 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Red Butte Garden
30 – Boise, ID @ Revolution Concert House

July
2 – Quincy, CA @ High Sierra, Festival
8 – Ottawa, Canada @ RBC Ottawa Blues Fest
9 – Cooperstown, NY @ Ommegang Brewery
10 – Columbia, MD @ Merryland Music Festival
12 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark
13 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Meijer Gardens Amphitheater
16 – Birmingham, AL @ Sloss Music & Arts Festival

August
16 – Saratoga CA @ Mountain Winery
17 – Oakland, CA @ Fox Theater
19 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl
20 – Santa Barbara, CA @ Santa Barbara Bowl
23 – San Diego, CA @ Humphrey’s by The Sea
25 – Phoenix, AZ @ Marquee Theatre

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