We have mentioned Mr Gnome before, Derek described them as "ethereal" music, to sum it up.
Their new album, Roaring Madness In Miniature, is coming out October 25th, 2011, via El Marko Records. They are offering a free single, "Bit of Tongue" available on Soundcloud (as well as elsewhere).
The free song is described as "layered and ultimately anthemic" and should give you a taste of this Cleveland duo's "gritty, space-psychedelia".
The duo will be touring through the fall, stay tuned for winter dates to be announced.
Mr. Gnome Fall Tour Dates:
10/05 Philadelphia PA @ TBA
10/06 Brooklyn NY @ Union Pool
10/07 New Haven CT @ Elm Bar
10/08 Pittsburgh PA @ Brillobox
10/14 Rochester NY/Buffalo NY
10/15 Rochester NY/Buffalo NY
10/19 Lansing MI @ TBA
10/20 Grand Rapids MI @ The Pyramid Scheme
10/21 Madison WI @ Frequency
10/22 St Louis MO @ Cicero's
10/24 Kansas City MO @ The Riot Room
10/25 Denver CO @ 3 Kings
10/26 Salt Lake City UT @ Burt's Tiki Lounge
10/27 Boise ID @ Neurolux
10/28 Portland OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
10/29 Seattle WA @ The Comet Tavern
10/31 San Francisco CA @ TBA
11/01 Fresno CA @ TBA
11/02 Los Angeles CA @ TBA
11/03 Tucson AZ @ Plush
11/04 Albuquerque NM @ The Launchpad
11/05 Oklahoma City OK @ TBA
11/07 Springfield MO @ TBA
11/08 Columbia MO @ TBA
11/10 Chicago IL @ Empty Bottle
11/11 Ft Wayne IN @ TBA
11/12 Toledo OH @ Ottawa Tavern
11/18 Columbus OH @ Skully's
To get their cover of Delaney & Bonnie's "Well, Well" as a free download, you have to sign up for a JBXP account at jbxp.net. This is apparently a myspace-like social network, but for Joe Bonamassa fans. Kind of a weird (and not to mention limited) social network - but when you sign up, you get to become friends with Joe and a free copy of his compilation album, Blues In The Schools.
As for the Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's album, Don't Explain, which looks to be a soul cover album (covering such artists like Gil Scott-Heron, Tom Waits, Etta James and Aretha Franklin), is coming out in the UK on Monday, September 26th, 2011, via Provogue Records.
Full details, tracklisting, and other information at news.weheartmusic.com
This Sydney-based dance trio is currently in the USA, doing some dates for their debut full-length album, The Experiment.
Free download of their song at Girlie Action:
Their ongoing tour dates:
08/19 Phoenix, AZ - Brick
08/20 Mexico City, Mexico - Voila Acoustique
08/21 Vancouver, BC - Fortune Sound Club
08/23 Portland, OR - Doug Fir
08/24 San Francisco, CA - Bottom Of The Hill
08/25 Sonoma, CA - Ampitheatre
08/26 San Diego, CA - Casbah
08/27 Los Angeles, CA - Sunset Junction
08/28 Tacoma, WA - Grit City Fest
Vieux Farka Touré will be returning to the US, tour starts in about nine days from now.
The tour is for his third studio album, The Secret (which came out May 24th via Six Degrees Records). Free download of "Aigna" (feat. Derek Trucks) at bandcamp.
The Los Angeles Times said this about his live performances: "…this is a musician who, in live performance, has clear ideas about where he’s going, and why".
Tour dates below:
8/25 @ Iron Horse – Northampton, MA
8/26 @ South Island Field – NYC, NY
8/27 @ The Rotunda – Philadelphia, PA
8/28 @ Thunderbird Café – Pittsburgh, PA
8/29 @ Ninth Ward @ Babeville – Buffalo, NY
8/30 @ 9:30 Club – Washington, DC
8/31 @ Jefferson Theater – Charlottesville, VA
9/01 @ Local 506 – Chapell Hill, NC
9/02 @ Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
9/03 @ Riverfront Nights – Chattanooga, TN
9/04 @ Georgia Theatre – Athens, GA
9/05 @ Calvin College – Grand Rapids, MI
9/07 @ Evanston SPACE – Evanston, IL
9/08 @ Elinora Jazz Festival at Krannert Center – Urbana, IL
9/11 @ Cedar Cultural Center - Minneapolis, MN
I've seen this band, both as Ice Palace and as Fort Wilson Riot, they are pretty well-known in the Twin Cities.
The latest news I have on the band is that they are excited to be playing at Ohio's 10th annual Midpoint Music Festival (MPMF) in mid-September.
You can grab a free song, "For All The Little Things" at mpmf.com. The song was previously seen on Daytrotter, and I'm assuming the song will be available on their forthcoming album.
09/03/11 Nomad - Minneapolis, Minnesota
09/06/11 The 331 - Minneapolis, Minnesota
09/16/11 Music Week Columbus - Columbus, Ohio
09/17/11 Cataracts Fest
09/24/11 MPMF - Know Theater
09/25/11 Lemmons - St. Louis, MO
"Outlaw" country music legend, Merle Haggard, will be releasing his latest album, Working in Tennessee on October 4th, 2011, via Vanguard Records.
The album is mostly original Haggard songs, with some covers, including T. J. "Red" Arnall's "Cocaine Blues" and The Kingston Trio's "Jackson", which both songs were made famous by Johnny Cash. I suspect Haggard's versions will be closer to Cash's version.
Haggard, who was diagnosed with lung cancer in 2008, continues to sing and perform at retirement age. But he seems to enjoy it: Haggard is quoted about his live shows: "I'm swinging back in full throttle right now. Music keeps me alive. It makes me breathe better. It's funny, but I feel better when I come off a tour than when I start out."
Get the free title track, "Working in Tennessee" at vanguardrecords.com.
I must confess, I have the "the mega-watt hots for Ms. Yamagata".
Rachael Yamagata's new album, Chesapeake, was made possible by her fans via PledgeMusic (which is like Kickstarter, but for music). The overwhelming support from her fans total over 150% of her goal. Most of the unique stuff like handwritten lyrics and music sheet were snatched up quickly and autographed setlist going away fast (10 left). I think PledgeMusic and Kickstarter is doing it right with these rare/unique items in addition to the "regular old'" CD.
Chesapeake comes out October 11th, 2011, her first studio album in three years. Free track "Starlight" is available here.
Plus, she'll probably be doing her new songs on our upcoming tour:
10/24/11 Portland, ME Port City Music Hall
10/25/11 Burlington, VT Higher Ground Lodge
10/27/11 Isthaca, NY Deliah’s
10/28/11 Northampton, MA Iron Horse
10/30/11 Boston, MA Brighton Music Hall
10/31/11 Philadelphia, PA World Café Live
11/01/11 Washington, DC Birchmere
11/02/11 Baltimore, MD Soundthage
11/04/11 Brooklyn, NY Knitting Factory
11/05/11 Pittsburgh, PA Club Café
11/07/11 Detroit, MI St Andrews Hall
11/08/11 Chicago, IL Logan Square
11/10/11 Milwaukee, WI Turner Ballroom
11/11/11 Minneapolis, MN Fine Line
11/12/11 Davenport, IA Redstone Room
11/14/11 Kansas City, KS Record Bar
11/16/11 Denver, CO Larimer Lounge
11/18/11 Salt Lake City, UT State Room
11/20/11 Spokane, WA A Club
11/21/11 Vancouver, BC Media Club
11/22/11 Seattle, WA Crocodile
11/23/11 Portland, OR Doug Fir
11/25/11 San Francisco, CA Slim’s
11/26/11 Santa Barbara, CA Soho Restaurant
11/28/11 San Diego, CA Casbah
11/29/11 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
11/30/11 Tuscon, AZ Crescent Ballroom
12/02/11 Austin, TX Parish
12/03/11 Houston, TX Fitzgerald’s Upstairs
12/04/11 Dallas, TX Thee Loft
12/05/11 Tulsa, OK Cain’s Ballroom – 2nd Stage
12/07/11 St. Louis, MO Blueberry Hill
12/08/11 Nashville, TN 12th and Porter
12/09/11 Birmingham, AL Work Play
12/10/11 Atlanta, GA Vinyl
12/12/11 Knoxville, TN Relix Theatre
12/13/11 Charlotte, NC Visulite Theatre
12/15/11 Chapel Hill, NC Local 506
12/16/11 Charlottesville, VA The Southern
12/17/11 Louisville, KY Headliners
12/18/11 Columbus, OH The Basement
12/20/11 Hoboken, NJ Maxwell’s
12/21/11 New York, NY City Winery
12/22/11 New York, NY City Winery
Goodman Brown is a New Jersey indie pop. Don't really know much about the band, they seem like a fairly new band, with their debut album, Moon Digby, released last year.
They have a two-track free EP at bandcamp.com.
As you can see from the crap cover (censored) artwork, the actual name is F***! It's Free!!, but they're calling it simply, Free-P. Tour dates below.
Aug 25 Philadelphia, PA Grape Room
Aug 26 Philipsburg, PA Club Squared
Aug 31 Newark, DE Mojo Main
Sept 7 New Haven, CT BAR Night Club
Sept 8 Cambridge, MA All Asia
Finally, if you haven't already downloaded the tribute album, STROKED, it is available as a free download at stereogum.com.
Personally, I love The Strokes' debut album, Is This It, released ten years ago on July 30th, 2001. It came at a time when bands weren't doing this sort of rock music, like it was from the 70s and Julian Casablancas' laid back vocal stylings.
There was a moment when I was stuck in Chicago, and I got into a van full of young people and they put on Is This It, and we were all singing the song from start to finish! It wasn't a very long album, but what gets me is how we all knew each song's lyrics and happily sung along to it. There are very few albums that we can love every song.