Marnie Stern is pleased to announce a North American tour in support of her upcoming self-titled release, which will be available October 5th on Kill Rock Stars. After a few Northeast and Canadian dates in early October, Stern will embark on a full US tour at the end of the month.

Marnie Stern the album mirrors Marnie Stern, the woman. Birthed during a challenging period in her life, the self-titled Marnie Stern is a compendium of life stories both bitter and sweet.

From ballads to her signature pop guitar-tapping style, Stern and long-time co-conspirator Zach Hill have churned out (for lack of a better word) an enormous album that will further cement Stern as a rising star in today’s progressive music landscape. Stern also enlists the bass talents of psych-rock Canadian musician Matthew Flegel (of the band Women) and up-and-coming mixer Lars Stalfors (Mars Volta, Funeral Party) resulting in Stern stepping up her sonic game and revealing a mature and more focused side of herself.

Stern will be joined on tour by drummer Vincent Rogers (Tera Melos), guitarist Joseph Tirabassi (The Darlings), and bassist Nithin Kalvakota.


Oct 01 – Portland ME – Venue Music Bar & Grille

Oct 02 – Montreal QB – Cabaret du Musee Juste Pour Rire

Oct 03 – Toronto ON – Wrongbar

Oct 04 – Ithaca NY – The Haunt

Oct 05 – Brooklyn NY – The Rock Shop

Oct 25 – Philadelphia PA – Kung Fu Necktie

Oct 26 – Washington DC – The Red Palace

Oct 28 – Atlanta GA – 529

Oct 29 – Mobile AL – Alabama Music Boc

Oct 30 – Houston TX – Groundhall

Oct 31 – Austin TX – Red 7

Nov 02 – Tucson AZ – Club Congress

Nov 03 – Los Angeles CA – The Echo

Nov 04 – Oakland CA – The New Parish

Nov 05 – Portland OR – Mississippi Studios

Nov 06 – Seattle WA – The Vera Project

Nov 09 – Minneapolis – 7th Street Entry

Nov 10 – Chicago IL – Empty Bottle

Misstress Barbara – Come With Me… (CD)

One has to wonder about what Misstress Barbara was thinking by putting Sebo K’s “Too Hot” in the opening spot on this disc; the track has an interesting beat for 20 seconds and then repeats it for the next five minutes. This trend is ameliorated during Lorna’s “Feel Good”, but does not completely disappear. I understand the need for club albums, but even with repetitive dance rhythms there is still a tremendous amount of space that allows for artists to innovate.

Andrea Bertolini’s “My Way (club mix)” is the first track that honestly can be said to continually innovate and keep individuals interested. The track may be well over five minutes, but the mixture of dance rhythms with different-sounding sections makes the minutes slide by. What can be said about “Come With Me” is that a number of the tracks here work amongst each other to create a definite flow; individuals could conceivably put this mix on for the entirety of its 72 minutes and go for an extended smoke break. Individuals will be able to ride on the waves of music that Misstress Barbara has put together; while there are some tracks that do have vocals in them (such as eir own “I Love You”), the down-tempo beat that pervades this disc makes this the perfect album to trip out on. The klaxon on Lemon 8’s “Model 8” is the perfect thing that is needed to really keep the flow of “Come With Me” interesting.

While the klaxon is not obnoxiously loud, it really puts a certain sharp sound to the disc that had not previously been there. The blipping noise that is dominant during Argy’s “Love Dose” is a lesser version of the klaxon, and really initiates another distinct threat on “Come With Me”. Various other tracks really augment the overall sound of the disc in a small but important way; another of Misstress Barbara’s tracks, “Eleven O Seven”, is one of the most down-tempo tracks on the disc, really imbuing the disc with a herky-jerky sound previously unheard. While there are no huge names on this album, one should not be dissuaded from picking “Come With Me” up as the acts are all at the cutting-edge of dance music. Vocals are not needed because the music is just so emotive; one knows exactly what is happening in the course of Nathan Fake’s “Dinamo” because there is a distinct narrative.

Top Tracks: Nathan Fake’s “Dinamo”, Bad Pimps’ “Pimp The Box”

Rating: 6.1/10

Misstress Barbara – Come With Me… / 2006 Koch / 17 Tracks / / / Reviewed 28 January 2006


Elizabeth & the Catapult announce even more national tour dates supporting new album “The Other Side of Zero”!

Brooklyn darlings Elizabeth & the Catapult announce even more tour dates
with Aimee Mann, Jukebox the Ghost and Tift Merritt
supporting the release of The Other Side of Zero
on October 26 via Verve Forecast!

Elizabeth & the Catapult first debuted the new material
on a very special editon of WNYC’s New Sounds LIVE with John Schaefer.

More music and tour dates below!

Elizabeth & the Catapult Fall Tour Dates

Oct 2 – Rusty Rudder – Dewey Beach, DE
Oct 11 – 7th Street Entry – Minneapolis, MN *
Oct 12 – Cactus Club – Milwaukee, WI *
Oct 13 – Schubas – Chicago, IL *
Oct 14 – Radio Radio – Indianapolis, IN *
Oct 15 – The Brillobox – Pittsburgh, PA *
Oct 16 – Black Cat – Washington, DC *
Oct 22 – Cornell University, Just About Music Residence Hall – Ithaca, NY
Oct 23 – Rockwood Music Hall – NY, NY CMJ
Oct 28 – The Red Room @ Cafe 939 – Boston, MA
Nov 4 – NightCat – Easton, MD
Nov 15 – Mississippi Studios – Portland, OR &
Nov 16 – Tractor Tavern – Seattle, WA &
Nov 18 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA &
Nov 19 – The Troubadour – West Hollywood, CA &
Nov 20 – Anthology – San Diego, CA &

# w/ Aimee Mann
* w/ Jukebox the Ghost
& w/ Tift Merritt

Callers Debut Wire Cover, “Heartbeat,” Reveal Initial Tour Dates

Brooklyn-via-New Orleans trio Callers just debuted their cover of Wire’s “Heartbeat” with Yours Covering “Heartbeat” was the initial idea that inspired the making of the band’s sophomore release, Life of Love, out October 12th on Western Vinyl (Dirty Projectors, Here We Go Magic, Balmorhea), in the hopes of creating something simple and cathartic.

Using borrowed amps and mics, in bedrooms and in studios, Callers recorded Life of Love, the followup to their acclaimed debut, Fortune, in intense spurts over the course of a year. The result is an album stripped to the core, an expression of the inexpressible space between us and the places we inhabit and the people we share those places with.

The first single off Life of Love, “You Are An Arc,” was AOL Spinner’s mp3 of the Day, and can be found at Callers’ Sound of the City Interview with the Village Voice. The original version is available for download here.

After sharing vans and stages with acts such as Here We Go Magic, Akron/Family, Vetiver, and Phosphorescent, Callers are preparing for their own extensive tour in support of Life of Love. The below dates have been confirmed, with more in the works to be announced soon.

Callers Upcoming Tour Dates:
Oct. 6 – Brooklyn, NY – Zebulon *
Oct. 14 – Providence, RI – Building 16 #
Oct. 22 – Chicago, IL – Ronny’s
Oct. 23 – Davenport, IA – Daytrotter Session
Oct. 24 – Bloomington, IN – The Bishop
Oct. 25 – St. Louis, MO – Billiken Club
Oct. 27 – Denton, TX – Hailey’s
Oct. 28 – Austin, TX – Lambert’s
Oct. 29 – Houston, TX – Mango’s
Oct. 30 – New Orleans, LA – The Mudlark Public Theatre
Oct. 31 – New Orleans, LA – The Allways Lounge
Nov. 3 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
Nov. 4 – Charlottesville, VA – Twisted Branch

* w/ Highlife (Doug Shaw from Gang Gang Dance)
# w/ Spirits of the Red City, Blissed Out (Providence album release)

For more information, please visit:

Miss Autopsy – Sweet (CD)

Miss Autopsy is not a goth band. They are a rock band that seems to pull sections from acts of the last fifteen years, so that hints of Alice in Chains, Tool, Nirvana and more all come through during tracks like “Good Is Not Good Enough”. The production of “Sweet” is solid all the way through, with songs conceivably being of a level that would allow play on a radio station. In much of the same way as those rock acts who cut an acoustic track to keep individuals interested, “Colors Fade” changes up the band’s sound to an incredible degree.

The strung-out sound of “Sunset (From the Horizons of Hell)” puts Miss Autopsy into a Bauhaus meets Jane’s Addiction groove, something that becomes more evident with each passing second on the track. In much of the same way, “Every Evil That You Are” mixes together the industrial quality of Nine Inch Nails with a Southern rock sound; the repetition present on the track drives home melodies that will stay with listeners well after the disc ends. Everything on “Sweet” has a tender quality to it that brings individuals to within feet of Miss Autopsy; it is almost as if they are playing the disc in a crowded, smoky coffee shop. The beauty of Miss Autopsy’s music on “Sweet” is their unique ability to create music that would normally be much too Spartan to succeed; individuals will have to focus in seriously to get all what the band has to offer.

Where “Sweet” is a stand up type of album, Miss Autopsy needs to continue with an evolutionary attitude to their style. This would best be done by having the band approach different styles of music, instead of the minor derivations from the general style that litter this disc. The strung-out style that seems like the bass level for Miss Autopsy is a great place to start, but by the time the disc actually ends, individuals may be wanting more from the act. Perhaps the most interesting track on this disc comes during “Premonition”, where the vocals take a new-found, almost Against Me! like sound to the bank. “Sweet” is a full, encompassing album but Miss Autopsy would do well in updating their style for anything that they release in the next few years. Here’s to hoping that Miss Autopsy continues on the same sort of path that “Sweet” opened up for the band.

Top Tracks: A Quiet Night Tonight, Premonition

Rating: 5.6/10

Miss Autopsy – Sweet / 2006 Comatone / 10 Tracks / / Reviewed 05 April 2006


Steve Angello’s SIZE Records readies first SIZE Matters compilation + US Tour Dates + Free Track

On October 11, Steve Angello’s Size Records ushers in the fall with its first label compilation, Size Matters. Here, Steve Angello – one third of the Swedish House Mafia – and his SIZE protégé DJ & Producer AN21 meet to produce an amazing two-disc compilation featuring the biggest tracks from their own record boxes plus the very best of the mighty SIZE label. The collection includes Steve Angello’s ‘Essential New Tune’ & Beatport # 1 track “Knas,” ‘Swedish House Mafia’s “One,” tracks from AN21, Kim Fai, Max Vangelli, Mark Knight and Congorock; and some ultra rare remixes of tracks from Ellie Goulding, Florence & The Machine and the Gorillaz.

It’s been an amazing year for Steve Angello on a number of fronts. As a producer his track ‘Knas’ maintained Number One status @ Beatport for three straight weeks; As a label boss, he’s steered SIZE Records to a string of top Beatport releases; As a DJ, most recently he headlined the House Arena @ The Global Gathering Festival in the UK; and as one-third of Swedish House Mafia (along with Axwell and Sebastian Ingrosso) he saw the massive success and critical acclaim of “One.” The first ever Swedish House Mafia single release, “One,” was a top-10 hit single in the UK.

Steve Angello will also be playing select dates in the United States throughout the fall beginning with a stop at San Bernadino’s Nocturnal Festival on September 25. Angello then take a tour of the east coast with stops in Westbury, NY (Long Island), Atlantic City, NJ, Washington, DC and Miami, FL. More dates will be announced soon!

To celebrate the release of Size Matters, and as a massive thank you to all the fans for their continued support, Steve Angello is giving away free his brand new track “Rave ‘n’ Roll.” Just visit Steve Angello’s Soundcloud and download, listen, enjoy and share!

Miranda Sound – Western Reserve (CD)

“Jackson Milton” is a track that blends together a number of styles to show individuals that Miranda Sound has everything under control. The band eventually settles down into an emo style, but there are hints fo rock and punk just as there are numerous ties to the emo genre. Miranda Sound has a different approach to emo music than most other acts in the genre currently. For example, the previously mentioned “Jackson Milton” goes further than just approaching the normal emo repertoire and takes some alternative rock arrangement s and sounds, skillfully incorporating them into a style that continues with “Close Calls”. In keeping with the experimental nature of “Western Reserve”, Miranda Sound add a healthy dollop of theatrical seventies rock to the track.

This has two benefits to the act. Aside from keeping the compositions fresh, the inclusion of different styles also increases the effective number of individuals that can find something that they like on this album. The interesting style of Miranda Sound continues throughout the entirety of “Western Reserve”. Perhaps most interesting on the disc has to be “The Lull of Youngstown”, a track that keeps with the seventies rock but goes further into the pop side of things. This means that the entire chorus will pound against listeners’ heads until that time when they perish; this is how intensely catchy that Miranda Sound gets on this album. The fact that the band can be tongue in cheek while still maintaining a serious side shows their ability as an act.

Each subsequent track on “Western Reserve” adds something new to Miranda Sound’s already large sound. “My Surname’s An Airplane” , for example, adds another few layers to Miranda Sound’s approach, with the multi-faceted track approaching listeners from both high and low. The intricate interplay between the drums, bass, and guitar provide the perfect example of this musical density. Miranda Sound still keeps a little hint of emo and punk during this track; while the tracks on “Western Reserve” may all be distinguishable from each other, they all operate from a specific nucleus of influences, styles, and attitudes. Miranda Sound has made one of the most genuinely impressive indie albums of the last five years; like Two Gallants, so many styles are whipped together by the bandmates of Miranda Sound to create something new and exciting. Here’s to hoping we hear more in the near future.

Top Tracks: My Surname’s An Airplane, Close Culls

Rating: 7.6/10

Miranda Sound – Western Reserve / 2006 Sunken Treasure / 12 Tracks / / / Reviewed 04 August 2006


Archie Powell & the Exports announce tour dates supporting deubt LP “Skip Work”

Oct 1 – Beat Kitchen – Chicago, IL
Oct 2 – Small’s – Hamtramck, MI
Oct 3 – Bullfrog Brewery – Williamsport, PA
Oct 4 – Mojo 13 – Wilmington, DE
Oct 5 – TT the Bears – Boston, MA
Oct 6 – The Court Tavern – New Brunswick, NJ
Oct 7 – Arlene’s Grocery – Manhattan, NY
Oct 8 – Brighton Bar – Long Branch, NJ
Oct 9 – Dogfish Head Brewery – Lewes, DE

More National Fall Tour Dates To Come!

The aforementioned message was made abundantly clear with the release of the band’s first effort, the Loose Change EP: an internet-only gratis download that instantly expanded their audience to a national level. This initial warning shot garnered much critical praise with writers favorably plugging their gritty pop aesthetic and relatable sardonic lyricism. Building upon the acclaim of their EP, Archie Powell & The Exports continue to fight the good fight for all that is great in the world of rock and roll: clever, memorable tunes that dig deep in your brain and move in to stay (with or without your permission). Care to inquire about those credentials? Skip Work, their debut full length, is evidence enough. The material bears many faces with raucous garage rock, pop sensations and slow burners abound. All of which are held together by a pervasive sense of dark humor and twentysomething restlessness.

“Most of these songs were written around a time when the band was relocating to Chicago, so there’s sort of a sense of urgency throughout the whole record. I think that the idea of fresh experience comes through when you hear it. It’s a pretty straightforward look at big changes and greener pastures.”

Powell’s take feels apropos. The release of Skip Work sees the band exploring plenty of new territory such as the loose and strong sonic treatment of Milwaukee producer Justin Perkins and the addition of recent drum recruit RJ Export. The aforementioned atmosphere of change and discovery resonates with honesty, making the album a loud and clear proclamation on behalf of the underdog and everydude in all of us.

Dig the vibe. The album simultaneously invokes visions of The Replacements, Elvis Costello and Weezer without missing a beat, yet still manages to take on a character and aesthetic all its own. Everything gels, everything sticks.

You can discuss the fine points until you turn blue in the face, but at the end of the day, Skip Work is a rollicking celebratory study in dynamic arrangement and steadfast pop craftsmanship.

Still care to inquire about those credentials? Give it a spin. The tunes will sort it out for you.

America: The Story of Us (DVD)

Do you remember much from high school history class? Of course not, you slept through it. No worries, thanks to the History Channel and A&E Home Video, you can get up to date on the entire history of our country in just nine enjoyable hours. Spread out over 3 DVDs, America: The Story of Us is a visually impressive look at the founding of the country narrated by Liv Schreiber, from arrival of the first settlers up to the country’s current role as a Superpower. And unlike many high school classes, the show doesn’t ignore the negative chapters of our history.

America: The Story of Us/2 DVDs/720 minutes/2010/A&E Home Video

Basia Bulat’s US tour kicks off today!

Basia Bulat should be exhausted by now, but she’s not. She’s hitting the road for a US tour today.

After performing at folk festivals across Canada early this summer, she hopped in the van with her band and performed in New York City’s Central Park, playing alongside Tune-Yards and St. Vincent. She then flew to Europe for a solo tour, which included sold-out performances at the prestigious Øya Festival in Oslo, Norway with Owen Pallet and at Way out West in Gothenburg, Sweden with Taken by Trees. She spent a few days off in a beach town on the coast of Sweden, tried her hand at windsurfing, wrote some songs, and photographed double rainbows while riding a bike down quiet roads. Basia’s been performing new songs and also covering Abner Jay’s “I’m So Depressed” to great response.

And her touring doesn’t stop yet! This fall she gets back in the van with her band for a small co-headlining tour in the US with friends The Acorn and then flies to the west coast for some solo shows, including a stop at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco, a show at the Echo in LA with First Aid Kit and an in-store at the amazing Old Style Guitar Shop in Silver Lake. Watch The National at their recent performance at the shop. From there she will travel to Austin to perform at the Austin City Limits Festival, make a quick stop in Toronto to pick up her parka, and head to Iceland for a performance at the Iceland Airwaves Festival.

Less than a week later she’ll be back on home soil where she will take the stage in Halifax with Symphony Nova Scotia, debuting orchestral arrangements written by Owen Pallet. The concert will include songs from both her albums Oh, My Darling and Heart of My Own and is part of the Halifax Pop Explosion. To close out the fall Basia will be travelling across her home and native land, supporting Josh Ritter on his Canadian tour from Ottawa to Vancouver and will play a show of her own in Victoria to end the tour on Nov 05th.

And we think that might be it for the year. Although she may have some other tricks up her sleeve – or a new album in the works already…

09.29.10 – Cleveland, OH @ the Beachland Tavern #
09.30.10 – Chicago, IL @ Schuba’s #

10.03.10 – San Francisco, CA @ Hardly Strictly Bluegrass
10.04.10 – La Jolla, CA @ the Loft
10.05.10 – Los Angeles, CA @ the Echo
10.07.10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Old Style Guitar Shop
10.09.10 – Austin, TX @ Austin City Limits Fesival

# with The Acorn