West of the Sun to release “Siberian Hysteria” single

West of the Sun

“Psychedelic synth-touch making it impossible not to hit repeat”Gigslutz

“Brilliant tunes – right up my street”Nick Power, The Coral

North London based band West Of The Sun return with a new single “Siberian Hysteria” to be released on the 6th May 2016 via Phoney War Records.

Self-produced by West Of The Sun and recorded at the famous Hackney Road Studios by renowned engineer Shuta Shinoda whose back catalogue of work features legendary artists Hot Chip, Primal Scream, Spiritualised, The Horrors and Vampire Weekend. Mastering was handled by industry favourite Noel Summerville (Pink Floyd, The White Stripes) who helps form the single’s rich sound – ringing echoes of The Doors, Stone Roses, early Kasabian and even The Chemical Brothers.

Psychedelic rock and roll five piece who, having formed in 2013, have to-date self-released 2 EP’s ‘Fountains Of Fire’ and ‘Scatterbrains’, and have now recorded and produced their debut full album set for release later this year. West of the Sun have played support slots with bands such as The Merrylees, Detroit Social Club, Twisted Wheel and Kassassin Street. With sell-out appearances at London’s illustrious venues 100 Club and Bush Hall, and two appearances at Camden Rocks Festival under their belt, the band are set to return in the Spring to tour across the UK – having so far confirmed headline shows at the O2 Islington and Borderline in London and The Zanzibar in Liverpool.

Frontmen Luke Ward and Joe Stratton both hailing from the north of England and singing in their natural accents, provide a kaleidoscopic galloping swagger to the band’s delicately-arranged, often neurotic, compositions. Fusing elements of psychedelia, baroque, spaghetti westerns, trip-hop beats and conventional guitar-laden rock and roll, they have themselves referred to their sound as coming from the ‘big beat manifesto’, and the result is a sound that falls somewhere between Echo & The Bunnymen and Django Django.

“Siberian Hysteria” is dreamy psychedelia, conjoined between the blissed-out and the bludgeoning. Beginning with flashes of Primal Scream the track takes many turns, quickly shifting through rhythmic marches paying homage to the likes of Kasabian, while the vocals are delivered with the eerie sentiments of The Coral and The Doors.

Guitarist and co-songwriter Michael Howes explained the process of creating “Siberian Hysteria”:

“We jammed around with this song for a while and had the verses, but it was working more as a loop rather than a ‘song’… One day I started messing around with that guitar hook and it began to manifest itself into something catchy. It led us for some bizarre reason to start hearing a ravey sort of intro with loads of synths and hi-­hats going on. Kind of intense and chaotic. So we gave it a go and I think the magic happened when we stuck the two together! It really takes a different tangent once it breaks into that Stooges­y glam rock stomp, and we’re quite proud of that. We wanted it to sound like Fatboy Slim mixing a BRMC track.”

Upcoming dates:
7th May 2016 – The Borderline, London

For the latest tour dates, releases and more, please go to:

West of the Sun Official Website

The Wild Feathers Announce Hometown Headline Show At The Ryman Auditorium

The Wild Feathers

The Wild Feathers have announced a homecoming headline show at the prestigious Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, on June 25th 2016. Tickets go on sale March 25, 2016, at noon at the Ryman box office (ryman.com) and all Ticketmaster locations. Very Special Guests, Jamestown Revival, will open the show.

As promised The Wild Feathers are also launching new merch through their official store. There’s an entire line of new T-shirts, hoodies, trucker hats, posters, buttons, and more. On March 10th, The Wild Feathers performed a special, invite-only show at Mack Sennett Studios in Los Angeles. The entire show was streamed live via Yahoo Music.

The Wild Feathers’ new album, LONELY IS A LIFETIME, is out now and available digitally and on CD and limited-edition colored vinyl. Don’t miss The Wild Feathers on tour now. Check out their website for the latest tour dates!

The Wild Feathers:
Ricky Young – guitars, vocals
Taylor Burns – guitars, vocals
Joel King – bass, vocals
Ben Dumas – drums

The Wild Feathers Official Website

UK Country duo The Shires to join US Country superstars Little Big Town on tour USA and Canada

UK country hit makers the Shires today announced they will be supporting US country music superstars Little Big Town on their Pain Killer tour in the USA this year marking another significant landmark moment in their domination of the UK country scene and also their rapidly developing profile in the United States.

The band will support Little Big Town, who’s monster hit ‘Girl Crush’ has dominated the billboard charts this year, at key shows including: the Taco Bell Arena in Boise, Idaho on 13 November 2015 and also Little Big Town’s show in Canada, at the Abbotsford Centre, in British Columbia on the 19 November 2015. Full dates detailed below.

The Shires stated: “We can’t believe how fast things are progressing. In November last year, we were supporting Little Big Town at Shepherd’s Bush Empire. Within a year, we are now headlining Shepherd’s Bush Empire and supporting Little Big Town in the United States!”

The Shires US and Canadian support tour will follow a triumphant return for the band to Hyde Park on September 13, when they will play BBC Radio 2 Live In Hyde Park for the second year in a row.

The Shires stated: “BBC Radio 2’s support has been incredible this year, they’ve played several of our singles and now to be able to return to Hyde Park where it all started, is just magic. We just can’t thank them enough”

The Shires have had an impressive 2015 to say the least. They became one of the biggest break through artists of this year after scoring a top 10 for their debut album Brave, they’ve supported Tom Jones on tour, debuted multiple festivals including: Isle Of Wight and Glastonbury Festival, secured inclusion on multiple Radio 2 playlists, and also played country music’s most important stage: The Grand Ole Opry.

Following their remaining summer 2015 shows, which include: Carfest South and BBC Radio 2’s Live in Hyde Park, The Shires tour the UK in October, with performances across the UK and the tour beginning at Bedford Corn Exchange on 1 October and culminating in a headline show at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 24 October, before heading to the USA to support Little Big Town.

For more information please visit:

The Shires Official Website

Ben Folds announces new fall tour dates with yMusic

Ben Folds has announced new Fall Tour dates with yMusic slated for November 2015 to follow the official release of his new critically acclaimed album So There, currently available for pre-order on www.BenFolds.com.

Folds’ upcoming album – slated for official release on September 11, 2015 – will showcase new pop songs by the multi-platinum-selling singer/songwriter/producer, along with the debut recording of Folds’ critically acclaimed “Concerto For Piano and Orchestra.” Recorded in just under two weeks in New York, Los Angeles, and Folds’ own historic RCA Studio A in Nashville, the album has been praised for its forward-thinking studio craft and creative spontaneity.

The November Fall Tour dates include LIVE shows in New York, Charlotte, Knoxville, Atlanta, Chattanooga, Wilmington, Charleston, Birmingham, Cincinnati, Louisville, Columbus, Indianapolis, St. Louis, and Kansas City. These new tour dates are in addition to LIVE shows already announced for Nashville, Seattle, Portland and San Francisco in September. The complete itinerary is below.

Presale and VIP packages for the Fall Tour start Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10AM local venue time. Visit www.BenFolds.com/events for more details.

NPR’s All Things Considered heralded the new album as “the most loveable piece of music I’ve ever heard from Ben Folds,” while The Guardian wrote “for the new tracks with yMusic, the textures of the ensemble instruments – string trio, flute, clarinet, trumpet – are not ornamentally grafted on the music: they are the music.”

Folds first found international success as the leader of the Ben Folds Five. His subsequent solo career has seen the release of multiple studio albums, a pair documenting his renowned live performances, a remix collection, music for film and TV, an all a capella record, as well as numerous collaborations with artists spanning Sara Bareilles to William Shatner.

In March 2014, Folds premiered “Concerto For Piano and Orchestra” accompanied by the Nashville Symphony. Since then, he has spent much of his time touring around the globe, performing the three-movement concerto and orchestrations of his classic pop hits before sold-out crowds with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras.

A Nashville resident, Folds owns and operates the historic RCA Studio A. The studio is the multi-platinum artist’s creative hub, where he composes, collaborates, produces and records his genre-defying work, as well as that of other artists. Folds has earned universal respect and praise for his insight as judge on five highly rated seasons of NBC’s a capella competition series, The Sing Off. In addition, he has made cameo appearances in a variety of film and TV projects, including a role on NBC’s Community.

For the latest tour dates, music and more please go to:

Ben Folds Official Website

Chick Corea and Bela Fleck Announce Live Double Album ‘Two’

In an unlikely pairing of piano and banjo in 2006, Chick Corea and Béla Fleck joined together to explore the unexplored. Their proposed project, pairing one of jazz’s most prominent instruments with one relegated to “miscellaneous” in critics’ polls, was uncharted territory. But Corea (an admirer of the banjoist’s bluegrass-meets-bebop band the Flecktones) and Fleck (long inspired by Corea’s Return to Forever ensemble) went into the studio with new material they had written for the recording date.

The result: The Enchantment, which was not only deemed one of the best recordings of 2007 but also sparked multiyear international live tours where sold-out crowds were treated to Corea’s and Fleck’s genre-shattering, jaw-dropping display of technical mastery—all delivered with deep emotion and an unexpected spirit of play.

The most compelling performances culled from those years of touring comprise Two, the simply titled, live double-album, scheduled for release on September 11, 2015 on Concord Jazz. The track list includes compositions from The Enchantment, which are re-worked with boundary-stretching improvisation, Corea and Fleck classics, as well as choice new music added to the repertoire along the way.

On Two, the mutual respect and appreciation of each other’s music come to the fore. “We love to be spontaneous,” says Fleck on his collaboration with Corea. “Playing with Chick is one of the high-water marks in my musical life, and I’m amazed and proud that it came to be.” Corea returns the compliments: “Béla is a continuous fountain of creativity. He always maintains a spirit of inquiry and high-level musical judgment. His work ethic is impeccable. That’s always inspiring to me.”

How the Two project got off the ground, eight years after the release of The Enchantment, originated with Chick’s enthusiasm for the live shows. “Chick asked me if I would consider producing this [live] project, and I was thrilled, not only for the vote of confidence, but because of the opportunity to learn from listening,” says Fleck.

Fleck continues, “I listened to nearly all of the shows last summer. I would go for long listening runs on the beach in Oregon. I’d make notes on my iPhone when something particularly grabbed my attention. I ran faster when the shows were on fire. Gradually I became a connoisseur of our duo shows…. After I had locked down my own opinions [of my favorites], I sent the music to Chick for his review. Thank goodness he was really into the performances, and pleased with the choices.”

Adds Corea: “Béla did most of the listening. I have a good recall of what went down, though—how many shows really felt special, how many great takes we had of each piece. So it was just a matter of making the decision: ‘Let’s use this one,’ but Béla’s tastes gave it that extra certainty. The choices he sent me were killing. He picked some of the wilder takes. I like that.”

The duo ventures into the bluegrass zone with the tune “Bugle Call Rag.” Fleck recalls that he played Corea some Flatt & Scruggs music on a long night drive in a car between shows. “Chick really dug this song, so I suggested we fool around with it for fun,” he says. “‘Bugle Call Rag’ was widely played as a jazz tune going all the way back to Benny Goodman, before becoming a bluegrass standard. I love our version because it is clearly such an off-the-cuff meeting of two worlds.” Corea says, “This is one of my favorite takes of the whole project—for how spontaneous it was and how different playing this tune made me play. I kept thinking what Art Tatum would have done with a fast bluegrass groove like this. He would have eaten it up.”

Piano and banjo? It might be brought to question how enduring the matchup could be, but with the release of Two, the pair of instruments sound like they were made for each other. “With Béla, our duet is simpatico and comfortable,” says Corea. “And it’s also spiritual. Whatever we do is guaranteed to be music at the highest level.”

For tour dates and more information, please go to:

Chick Corea Official Website
Bela Fleck Official Website

Danzig Announces New American Tour Dates as Part of the Blackest of the Black Tour

Legendary frontman/songwriter Glenn Danzig (Danzig, Misfits, Samhain) will be hitting the road this fall with his very own The Blackest of the Black Tour.

A long-standing tour that Danzig first launched in 2003, The Blackest of the Black Tour 2015 will feature Danzig as well as Superjoint with Phil Anselmo, Veil of Maya, Prong, and Witch Mountain. Hitting cities not visited on Danzig’s recent summer tour, these dates will also include markets the band has not played in many years including Memphis, New Orleans, Birmingham, and Portland, Maine.

Tickets to the Blackest of the Black dates go on sale Friday, 8/21/2015.

Danzig’s highly anticipated covers album Skeletons is slated for a fall 2015 release and he is currently finishing brand-new material for the follow up to 2010’s Deth Red Sabaoth. He is also readying a series of catalog reissues. While many will be re-releases long out of print, in some cases others will be issued on new formats (including vinyl) for the first time ever. All of these titles will see release on Danzig’s own Evillive Records later this year.

Be sure to check out Danzig’s tour dates and to stay tuned for a very big announcement soon!

For the latest tour dates and more, please go to:

Danzig Official Website

Ex original Stiff Little Finger Henry Cluney, Purple May, more @ The Wheatsheaf, Oxford

Henry Cluney, Purple May The Wheatsheaf
GiddyUp Music Presents: an afternoon of FREE acoustic music on Sunday 22 June, 2014 downstairs at The Wheatsheaf, Oxford UK. 2:30pm-6pm.

Henry Cluney, Purple May The Wheatsheaf

Ex original Stiff Little Finger Henry Cluney, Purple May, more @ The Wheatsheaf, Oxford – 22 June 2014

GiddyUp Music Presents: an afternoon of FREE acoustic music on Sunday 22 June, 2014 downstairs at The Wheatsheaf, Oxford UK. 2:30pm-6pm.

The afternoon features sets by Ex original Stiff Little Finger Henry Cluney, Purple May, Andy Robbins and Mudslide Morris.

We’re *really* looking forward to this.

A great event featuring Henry Cluney!

The Wheatsheaf
129 High Street
Oxford, Oxfordshire

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