Wovenhand announces first U.S. tour (2014)

Check out tour dates below for Wovenhand’s first U.S. tour in support of their new album, Refractory Obdurate, which was released earlier this year and called “a spitting, roaring, fiery beast of an album, a remarkably gratifying listening experience that may leave you feeling more whole, more human when it’s over” by Stereogum.

Wovenhand is a band led by dedicated life-musician and lyricist, David Eugene Edwards. Over the last two decades, his prolific work in both Wovenhand and the legendary 16 Horsepower has influenced and inspired a generation of musicians throughout the expansive alternative music world. Wovenhand cannot be described in traditional terms. Its sound is an organic, weavework of neo-folk, post rock, punk, old-time, and alternative sounds, all coming together as a vehicle for David’s soulful expression and constant spiritual self exploration. Sometimes sad and sorrowed and at other times uplifting, Wovenhand is always unforgettable in spirit and sound.

Now, Wovenhand is gearing up to play a three-week-long tour of the Western United States with Pontiak (Thrill Jockey) throughout November.  The bands will make a stop at Fun Fun Fun Nites in Austin, TX on November 7, as well as play an amazing show with a lineup including King Dude and Spencer Moody with DJ Chelsea Wolfe in Los Angeles on November 12.

Wovenhand – On Tour With Pontiak

November 4 – Santa Fe, NM- Skylight (no Pontiak)

November 6 – Lubbock, TX- Bash Riprock’s

November 7 – Austin, TX- FFF Nites, Beerland

November 8 – Dallas, TX- City Tavern

November 10 – El Paso, TX- Lowbrow Palace

November 11 – Phoenix, AZ- Pub Rock Live

November 12 – Los Angeles, CA- Jewel’s Catch One ** ^^

November 13 – Atascadero, CA- Molly Pitcher // Free Show

November 14 – San Francisco, CA- Bottom of the Hill

November 15 – Arcata, CA- The Alibi

November 17 – Portland, OR- Hawthorne Theatre

November 18 – Bellingham, WA- The Shakedown

November 19 – Vancouver, BC

November 20 – Seattle, WA- Highline **

November 21 – Boise, ID- Neurolux

November 22 – Salt Lake City, UT- The Garage

** w/King Dude

^^ w/Spencer Moody, DJ Chelsea Wolfe

ANTEMASQUE announces tour dates (2014, 2015)

ANTEMASQUE is a band formed by Omar Rodríguez-López and Cedric Bixler-Zavala.  They will release their eponymous debut through their own Nadie Sound label on November 10.  The album – recorded in March 2014 – features Flea on bass and Dave Elitch, formerly of Mars Volta, on drums.  Marfred Rodríguez-López recently joined ANTEMASQUE as full time bassist.

Fresh off a sold out run of dates through Europe, the band kicks off a tour of Mexico and the U.S. today.  The group’s electric live show has already received much praise, with publications like the SF Weekly proclaiming “ANTEMASQUE is its own beast.  It’s a rare delight to see titans at the top of their game.”

Oct 31, 2014 – Monterrey, Mexico – Pal Norte 2014 @ Parque Fundidora

Nov 02, 2014 – Guadalajara, Mexico – Festival Coordenada @ Parque Trasloma

Nov 03, 2014 – Mexico City, Mexico – Circo Volador – w/ Le Butcherettes

Nov 05, 2014 – Washington, DC – Rock & Roll Hotel – w/ Le Butcherettes

Nov 06, 2014 – Philadelphia, PA – Union Transfer – w/ Le Butcherettes

Nov 08, 2014 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl – w/ Le Butcherettes

Nov 09, 2014 – New York, NY – The Bowery Ballroom – w/ Le Butcherettes

Nov 11, 2014 – Boston, MA – Middle East Downstairs – w/ Le Butcherettes

Nov 12, 2014 – Rochester, NY – Water Street Music Hall – w/ Le Butcherettes

Nov 14, 2014 – Toronto, Canada – Mod Club – w/ Le Butcherettes

Nov 15, 2014 – Detroit, MI – Magic Stick – w/ Le Butcherettes

Nov 16, 2014 – Chicago, IL – Metro – w/ Le Butcherettes

Feb 17, 2015 – Tokyo, Japan – Studio Coast – w/ Faith No More

Feb 18, 2015 – Tokyo, Japan – Studio Coast – w/ Faith No More

Feb 21, 2015 – Adelaide, Australia – Soundwave Festival – Adelaide

Feb 22, 2015 – Melbourne, Australia – Soundwave Festival – Melbourne

Feb 28, 2015 – Sydney, Australia – Soundwave Festival – Sydney

Mar 01, 2015 – Bowen Hills, Australia – Soundwave Festival – Brisbane

J. Robbins to tour with Jonah Matranga (2014)

J. Robbins–joined by his Office of Future Plans bandmates Gordon Withers (cello) and Brooks Harlan (keyboards, backing vocals)–has just released an EP titled Abandoned Mansions (https://jrobbins.bandcamp.com/) that features new acoustic arrangements of songs originally written by J. for Jawbox, Burning Airlines and Office of Future Plans, as well as a titular new track. J. will perform an acoustic set on this tour that features selections from his past and current bands, digging into the catalog of songs that he has written over the past two decades.

Here’s a pretty great live video of J and Gordon Withers playing Jawbox”s “Savory” at The Lilypad in Cambridge, MA on October 7, 2011: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpInM8UKHMM

Catch them live here:

http://officeoffutureplans.com/shows

11/13 Philadelphia, PA – The Boot And Saddle

http://www.bootandsaddlephilly.com/event/692697-jonahs-onelinedrawing-j-philadelphia/

11/14 New Haven, CT – Cafe Nine

http://www.cafenine.com/event/701259-j-robbins-jawbox-burning-new-haven/

11/15 Providence, RI – The Parlour

https://www.facebook.com/events/1504992509754527/

11/16 Cambridge, MA – Green Street Studios

http://jonahandj.eventbrite.com

11/17 Washington D.C. – DC 9

http://dcnine.com/calendar/2014/10/07/jonah-matranga-j-robbins/

11/18 Baltimore, MD – The Metro Gallery

http://www.ticketfly.com/event/679723-j-robbins-baltimore/

11/23 New York, NY – The Mercury Lounge

http://www.mercuryloungenyc.com/event/641221-jonah-matranga-new-york
Earlier this year, Jonah’s Onelinedrawing released a brand new album, “Me And You Are Two” (https://jonahmatranga.bandcamp.com/album/me-and-you-are-two). Along with J., he’s also begun a new side project/studio band called Moral Mazes (http://bridge9.bandcamp.com/album/magic-tommy-jackson); the debut 7″ (http://www.b9store.com/moralmazes) was just released on Bridge Nine Records (http://www.bridge9.com/). Fresh off a solo acoustic tour of the UK, Jonah can’t wait to meet up with J. for this series of East Coast shows.

J. tours very infrequently these days! Don’t miss this rare opportunity to see both of these legendary songwriters/bandleaders play some highlights of their songbooks.

Nots share “Reactor,” tour (2014)

Nots have premiered “Reactor” on Stereogum.  It is from their debut LP, We Are Nots (Goner Records), which precedes their fall tour.

Hear ‘Reactor’ On Stereogum

Pre-Order ‘We Are Nots’ Here

Nov 8 – Memphis, TN – Buccaneer (Album Release Show)
Nov 11 – St. Louis, MO – CBGB’s
Nov 12 – Kansas City, MO – Minibar
Nov 13 – Omaha, NE – Sweatshop
Nov 14 – Minneapolis, MN – ShitBiscuit
Nov 15 – Madison, WI – Turkey Fest
Nov 16 – Milwaukee, WI – Circle A
Nov 17 – Chicago, IL – Bric-A-Brac Records (early)
Nov 17 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
Nov 18 – Indianapolis – GPC
Nov 19 – Detroit, MI – Painted Lady (Timmy’s Taco Night)
Nov 20 – Cleveland, OH – Now That’s Class
Nov 21 – Brooklyn, NY – TBC
Nov 22 – New Brunswick, NJ – House Show
Nov 23 – Jersey City, NJ – WFMU On The Air
Nov 23 – Brooklyn, NY – Palisades
Nov 25 – Philadelphia, PA – Bourbon & Branch
Nov 26 – Baltimore, MD – Windup Space
Nov 28 – Atlanta, GA – 529
Nov 29 – Oxford, MS – Cats Purring Dude Ranch
Dec 1 – Memphis, TN – Murphy’s w/ The Blind Shake

Sundials stream Kick EP

Richmond, VA indie rock three piece Sundials are streaming their new six-song EP Kick on AV Club. Kick is out November 4 on Topshelf Records and is available for pre order now in the label’s webstore and on iTunes and Amazon MP3.

Kick was recorded at Noisy Little Critter in West Chester, PA with producer Mike Bardzik (Spraynard, Everyone Everywhere) who they worked with on their last studio LP, When I Couldn’t Breathe.

Sundials will play The Fest 13 this weekend in Gainesville, FL and are also confirmed for Stay Sweet Fest in Richmond, VA on November 21

Jack Name shares “Running After Ganymede,” tours with Thee Oh Sees (2014)

Jack Name have premiered “Running After Ganymede” on Death + Taxes.  The band will be on tour with Thee Oh Sees this fall, and will release Weird Moons on January 20 via Castle Face.

Listen to “Running After Ganymede” On Death + Taxes

11.05 Las Vegas, NV – The Beauty Bar
11.07 Denver, CO – Gothic Theater
11.08 Kansas City, MO – The Riot Room
11.09 Denton, TX – Haileys
11.11 Austin, TX – Hotel Vegas
11.12 New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks
11.13 Birmingham, AL – The Bottletree
11.14 Memphis, TN – The Hi Tone
11.15 Nashville, TN – The Exit Inn
11.16 Raleigh, NC – Kings
11.17 Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts
11.18 New York, NY – Bowery Ballroom
11.21 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
11.22 Montreal, Quebec – The National
11.23 Toronto, Ontario – The Hoxton
11.24 Detroit, MI – Lager House
11.25 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
11.26 Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle
11.28 Minneapolis, MN – The Amsterdam
12.01 Seattle, WA – The Crocodile
12.02 Portland, OR – Doug Fir (Early Show All Ages)
12.02 Portland, OR – Doug Fir (Late Show 21+)
12.04 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel
12.05 San Francisco, CA – The Chapel

Turnstile share “Gravity,” tour (2014, 2015)

Listen to “Gravity,” the first track to premiere off of Turnstile’s forthcoming new album Nonstop Feeling now on Altpress.com.  The album will be available on January 13, 2015 and is now available for pre-order on the Reaper Records webstore.

The record was recorded in Baltimore with Brian McTernan (Circa Survive, Hot Water Music, Thrice) at Salad Days studio.

Catch the band on tour here:

December 5  Reading, PA @ Reverb *

December 6  New York, NY @ Marlin Room *

December 7  Providence, RI @ Simons677 *

December 9  Cleveland, OH @ Agora *

December 10  Chicago, IL @ Metro *

December 12  Richmond, VA @ Broadberry *

December 13  Wilmington, NC @ Ziggy’s *

December 14  Atlanta, GA @ Masquerade *

January 15  Berlin, GER @ Astra w/ Persistence Tour ^

January 16  Hamburg, GER @ Grosse Ferilheit ^

January 17  Oberhausen, GER @ Turbinenhalle ^

January 18  Paris, FR @ Cabaret Sauvage ^

January 19  Utrecht, NL @ Tivoli ^

January 20  Wiesbaden, GER @ Schlachthof ^

January 21  Prattein, CH @ Z7 ^

January 22  Munchen, GER @ Backstage ^

January 23  Ostrava, CZ @ Trojhall Karolina ^

January 24  Dresden, GER @ Event Werk ^

January 25  Deinze, BE @ Brielpoort ^

 

* w/ Madball, Death Before Dishonor, Take Offense, Downpresser

^ w/ Persistence Tour: Sick Of It All, Ignite, Walls Of Jericho, Rykers, All For Nothing, Broken Teeth

Knuckle Puck premieres video for “Oak Street,” tours (2014)

Knuckle Puck is premiering a new video for “Oak Street”, which was filmed live during their run on the Senses Fail ‘Let It Enfold You’ 10 Year Anniversary Tour earlier this fall.

The track appears on the Chicago punks’ just released new EP, While I Stay Secluded (Bad Timing Records).

11/11 – Pittsburgh, PA – Rex Theater*

11/12 – Buffalo – NY – Waiting Room*

11/13 – Pontiac, MI – The Crofoot Ballroom*

11/14 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop*

11/15 – Chicago, IL – Bottom Lounge*

11/16 – Lawrence, KS – Granada Theater*

11/18 – Denver, CO – Marquis Theater*

11/19 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court*

11/21 – Oakland, CA – 924 Gilman

11/22 – Los Angeles, CA – The Roxy

11/23 – Anaheim, CA – Chain Reaction

11/25 – San Diego, CA – The Epicenter

11/26 – Mesa, AZ – Club Red

11/28 – Dallas, TX – The Prophet Bar

11/29 – Austin, TX – Red 7

11/30 – Houston, TX – Walters

12/2 – Nashville, TN – The End*

12/3 – Atlanta, GA – Masquerade*

12/4 – Tampa, FL – Epic Problems*

12/5 – Pembroke Pines, FL – Talent Farm*

12/6 – Orlando, FL – Backbooth*

12/7 – Jacksonville, FL – Underbelly*

12/9 – Washington, DC – The Filmore*

12/10 – Richmond, VA – The Broadberry*

12/11 – Philadelphia, PA – The TLA*

12/12 – New York, NY – Grammercy Theater*

12/13 – Hamden, CT – The Space*

12/14 – Boston, MA – The Paradise*

12/15 – Brooklyn, NY – Music Hall of Williamsburg*

* = FOXING

= WALTER MITTY & HIS MAKESHIFT ORCHESTRA

You Indie Feature: An interview with Jonny Wolf of The Ghost Wolves

The Ghost Wolves

The Ghost Wolves

(This feature originally appeared in Ghettoblaster Magazine, issue #38.  Pick up issue #39 at a newsstand now.)

Carley and Jonny Wolf carry the name The Ghost Wolves proudly and deservedly.  It’s both a symbol of the band’s sound and a nod to Carley’s ranch upbringing among hybrid wolves. As their moniker suggests, this Austin, Texas husband and wife duo deliver raw blues, garage rock and American roots that’s ferocious and primal.

The band has been rabidly touring the country since releasing their debut in mid-2011. Despite their young ages – mid-‘20s – both have been lifelong devotees of the rock lifestyle. Multi-instrumentalist Carley fronted her first rockabilly group at age 14, performed internationally as a backing musician with several groups, and as bassist for Johnny Falstaff.  Similarly, Jonny has toured and recorded with everyone from Gregg Ginn to Junior Brown.

Their new album Man, Woman, Beast hit shelves in May on Nashville’s Plowboy Records, home to records from label partner Cheetah Chrome of The Dead Boys, Buzz Cason, Bobby Bare, Chuck Mead, JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers, Paul Burch and an all-star tribute to Eddy Arnold, who’s grandson Shannon Pollard is also a label partner.

Man, Woman, Beast is us in a literal sense; a man, a woman, and our 120 pound beast [a wolf hybrid] who goes everywhere with us,” Jonny says. “But also, metaphorically, this band is a beast, for us personally.  It is all consuming, everyday, we’re working on this, writing, touring, recording new songs, booking gigs, making videos, merchandising, handling the business. It’s a full time job and then some.

“We’re also big fans of music that isn’t sugar coated, because life isn’t sugar coated.  So we always include the dark, the violent, the uncomfortable in our music along with the sublime, the love, the good things,” he adds.

There is lots of “good” to be had on the album. Written in a secluded rehearsal den in Knoxville, Tennessee in the summer of 2012, the band enlisted the help of a production team consisting of Gordy Johnson (of Big Sugar) and Ben Richardson to bring the songs to life.

“They really helped facilitate a good-vibe environment in the studio for us, helped keep things on track, and most importantly wear our ear extensions in the control room,” Jonny recalls.  “They did not at any time try to dramatically change our sound or alter our dream for this album.  They truly were there to just help us amplify what we had in mind and attain it in the best sounding way possible.”

Also helping out was Howie Weinberg, a man whose work is present on some of the most influential rock albums of all time (Beastie Boys, Nirvana, Metallica) mastered the album.

With nothing but a four-piece drum kit and an electric guitar, The Ghost Wolves create a huge sound. “Gonna Live,” shows similarities to The White Stripes. “Baby Fang Thang,” showcases Carley’s bare-boned electric guitar and devilish vocals. And the heavy, femme fatale track “Shotgun Pistol Grip,” recorded on Carley’s signature one-string guitar, was recently featured on this season of Shameless.

One track that didn’t end up making the final cut features a rather unlikely collaborator. “There’s an unreleased version of ‘Gonna Live’ in the vault that has Bushwick Bill from the Geto Boys rapping on it,” Jonny says. “We haven’t had a proper hang with him yet though. We had already left for tour when he came to the studio late one night and Gordy showed him the album. Apparently he dug it, and decided to lay down some of his sweet goodness on one of our tracks, for fun. Not sure how we will release that one yet, maybe as a limited edition single.

“We did see him perform one night at The Continental Club in Austin with Gordy’s drum/guitar duo Sit Down Servant. It was a very late weekday set, like 1am or something and he had everyone in the room in the palm of his hand, just vibing along with him. He’s magnetic, cheerful, and honest, in the moment. With the duo behind him, Gordy on foot bass synthesizer and slide guitar, and the drummer laying it down, it sounded like some incredible music from the future.”

Speaking of the future, it remains both bright and busy as The Ghost Wolves hit the road in support of Man, Woman, Beast.

“We’re going to be touring pretty non-stop,” Jonny says.  “It’s what we love to do; just play shows and hopefully take some time to write in the winter around Austin.  But the fun part about all of this is that things tend to change daily, so we’re always waiting to see what’s around the corner.”

Communions share “Love Stands Still”

Communions just shared their visceral new tune, “Love Stands Still” which is included as the B-side from their upcoming, limited So Long Sun 7 (out November 10 on Tough Love Records).  Communions are a new young quartet from Copenhagen who came together at Mayhem, the same four-wall rehearsal space as contemporaries Iceage and Lower. It’s from this same studio/venue complex that most of Copenhagen’s new punk, industrial and synth scene originates.

LISTEN / EMBED / SHARE “LOVE STANDS STILL” ON SOUNDCLOUD HERE

Though Communions share a flame with the current Copenhagen wave, the torch is certainly their own. The band, made up of brothers Martin and Mads Rehof, Jacob van Deurs Formann and Frederik Lind Köppen, recorded the debut ‘Cobblestones’ EP in Frederik’s bedroom, where the guitars scream like torn throats and the songs beat in rhythm of young hearts pouring over with passion.  ‘Cobblestones’ was released earlier this year via Posh Isolation and garnered critical acclaim from NME, Pitchfork, Fader and more. On the new singles the band went into a recording studio for the first time using many of the same techniques from the home recordings but resulting in songs sounding like they were intended when forming the band.