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The Moaners head out on tour with David Dondero!

Raleigh, NC’s The Moaners will hit the road this November with David Dondero in support of their third release, Nocturnal, which was released on September 21st via Holidays For Quince Records! Do yourself a favor and check them out if they’re coming to your town!

“This is a great album that will make you want to either hit the road, CD in hand, to explore the bits of still uninhabited American landscape, or read The Sound and the Fury, with Nocturnal playing softly in the background. It will remind you of the warm, sultry climate of the South on an evening of an Indian Summer day; sweet tea and all.”Awaiting The Flood (read more here)

MP3 (cleared to post): The Moaners – “Cowboy Bob”
MP3 (cleared to post): The Moaners – “Humid Air”

10.08.10 – Carrboro, NC – Carrboro Artcenter ^
10.31.10 – Gainesville, FL – Fest 9
11.01.10 – Pensacola, FL – Sluggo’s *
11.02.10 – Baton Rouge, LA – Red Star Bar *
11.03.10 – Hattiesburg, MS – Thirsty Hippo *
11.04.10 – Frisco, TX – Lochrann’s Irish Pub *
11.06.10 – El Paso, TX – Black Market *
11.07.10 – Phoenix, AZ – The Trunk Space *
11.08.10 – San Diego, CA – Casbah *
11.10.10 – Merced, CA – The Partisan *
11.12.10 – San Francisco, CA – The Makeout Room *
11.15.10 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lougne *
11.16.10 – Seattle, WA – Sunset Tavern *
11.17.10 – Spokane, WA – Empyrean *
11.18.10 – Bozeman, MT – Filling Station *
11.19.10 – Salt Lake City, UT – Kilby Court *
11.20.10 – Denver, CO – Hi-Dive *
11.22.10 – Chicago, IL – Shuba’s *
11.24.10 – Chapel Hill, NC – The Cave *

  • with David Dondero
    ^ with The Kingsbury Manx, Free Electric State & Birds and Arrows
Josephine Foster b&w

Fire Records new releases: First up, Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band

UK-based Fire Records is gearing up for an extremely busy fall and winter! The label will be releasing new material by Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero Band, Giant Sand, Surf City, Snowblink, Bardo Pond, Jad Fair & Duke Garwood, and a career retrospective of ESG. We’ll be giving you the run down on each artist and sharing an MP3 from their respective albums. First up this week is Josephine Foster & The Victor Herrero band.

Federico Garcia Lorca’s popular folk song collection Las Canciones Populares Espanolas was banned under Franco’s dictatorship and today the music survives but marginally within the Spanish sub-conscious. Taking their cue from Lorca and La Argentinita’s infectious 1931 recording of the songs, Josephine Foster and her partner Spanish musician Victor Herrero have arranged the poetically rich collection for their new acoustic band, formed while living in the Grenadine Sierra. Anda Jaleo is the band’s live recording of Las Canciones; a visceral celebration of the persistence of popular anonymous song.

Josephine Foster is a modern American folk singer-songwriter and musician from Colorado. As an adolescent she worked as a funeral and wedding singer, and aspired to become an opera singer. Several years later she abandoned the idea and began to record demos of her songs, resulting in the early recordings There Are Eyes Above (2000), an album of ukulele accompanied songs strongly influenced by Tin Pan Alley, and a short album of children’s songs, Little Life (2001). For several years she worked as a singing teacher in Chicago, recording and performing with a variety of musical acts on the side including Born Heller, a duo with free jazz-bassist Jason Ajemian, and The Childrens Hour a pop band formed with songwriter Andrew Bar.

In 2004 joined by her occasional backing band The Supposed (Brian Goodman on guitar and Rusty Peterson on drums) she released an album of psychedelic rock called All The Leaves Are Gone which has drawn comparison to Patti Smith and Jefferson Airplane. The songs on her first solo studio album Hazel Eyes, I Will Lead You (2005) evoke early American folk and blues forms of the early 20th century. A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing released in 2006, features unorthodox interpretations of 19th century German art-songs. Her third solo album This Coming Gladness was released in 2008.

Josephine Foster and the Victor Herrero Band begin their European tour tomorrow; culminating in a solo stop for Josephine at the Godspeed You! Black Emperor curated All Tomorrow’s Parties in Minehead on December 3rd.

09.29 – Birmingham, UK – Hare & Hounds
09.30 – Bracknell, UK – South Hill Park
10.01 – Glasgow, UK – Platform
10.02 – Bristol, UK – Cube Cinema
10.03 – Brighton, UK – The Basement
10.04 – London, UK – Cafe Oto
10.05 – Manchester, UK – Sacred Trinity Church
10.06 – Newcastle, UK – Star & Shadow
10.08 – Paris, FR – Instants Chavires
10.10 – Berlin, DE – HBC
10.12 – Poznan, PL – Dragon
10.13 – Warsaw, PL – Laboratorium CSW
10.17 – Madrid, ES – CA2M
10.21 – Lisbon, PT – ZDB
10.22 – Ilhavo, PT – Centro Cultural
10.23 – Vila do Conde, PT – Teatro Municipal
10.29 – Ribadavia, ES – Igrexa da Madalena
10.30 – Redondela, ES – Illa de San Simon
11.04 – Valencia, ES – Colegio Mayor Luis Vives
11.11 – Cuidad Real, ES – Antiguo Convento de la Merced
12.03 – Minehead, UK – All Tomorrow’s Parties (Josephine solo)

Backseat Dreamer Heads Out On Tour!

South Carolina’s Backseat Dreamer (aka Sean Neuse) will hit the road for a short tour this Fall! He recently released his debut LP The Colors of Dreams, They’re in You on July 13, 2010 via Stickfigure Recordings (Deerhunter, Xiu Xiu.) Check out tunes and his video for the song “February Fires” below!

MP3: (cleared to post) Backseat Dreamer “Consider”
MP3: (cleared to post) Backseat Dreamer “Gold Dust”

08.19.10 – Columbia, SC – Bey’s (w/ Cement Stars)
08.27.10 – Charlotte, NC – Snug Harbor (w/ Modern Man, Cement Stars)
09.02.10 – Charleston, SC – Andolini’s
09.03.10 – Florence, SC – The Cootie Hut
09.04.10 – Wilmington, NC – Gravity Records
09.24.10 – Atlanta, GA – The Highland Ballroom (as part of Laser Beam Kitty)

Backseat Dreamer – February Fires from Tyler T Williams on Vimeo.

For more information on Backseat Dreamer, check out Stickfigure Recordings!

New Pattern Is Movement Song and Tour Dates

Pattern Is Movement, in the throes of creating its new album, will provide fans a gift – and a clue – in the form of a new handmade EP. “Light of the World” and more unreleased tracks (including a David Bowie cover!) will only be available at the merch table as part of a limited tour-only EP release on Pattern Is Movement’s upcoming tour with Via Audio.

Pattern Is Movement // Via Audio 2010 Tour:

02/23/10 – Washington, DC – DC9
02/24/10 – Philadelphia, PA – Kungfu Necktie
02/25/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Union Hall
02/26/10 – Boston, MA – Middle East
02/27/10 – Hamden, CT – The Space
02/28/10 – Buffalo, NY – Big Orbit Soundlab
03/01/10 – Toronto, ON – The Drake
03/02/10 – Cleveland, OH – Beachland Tavern
03/03/10 – Bloomington, IN – Bishop
03/04/10 – St. Louis, MO – Billiken Club (Saint Louis University)
03/05/10 – Milwaukee, WI – Club Garibaldi
03/06/10 – Depere, WI – Baba Louies
03/07/10 – Madison, WI – The Frequency
03/09/10 – Chicago, IL – Schuba’s
03/10/10 – Dekalb, IL – The House Cafe
03/12/10 – Kansas City, MO – Record Bar
03/13/10 – Columbia, MO – The Blue Fugue
03/17/10 – Austin, TX – SXSW
03/18/10 – Austin, TX – Hometapes SXSW Showcase
03/19/10 – Austin, TX – SXSW
03/20/10 – Austin, TX – Hometapes Friend Island
03/21/10 – Mobile, AL – Alabama Music Box
03/23/10 – Columbia, SC – The Whig
03/25/10 – Charlottesville, VA – Twisted Branch Tea Bazaar

Balmorhea releases "Bowsprit," the first song from the forthcoming album, Constellations

2010 is going to be a big year for the Austin-based group, Balmorhea. They’re following up their last two critically-acclaimed full-lengths with a new LP, Constellations, which will be out on February 23, 2010 via Western Vinyl. Upon the album’s release, Balmorhea will join the Danish group Efterklang on a North American tour before returning home for a string of shows at SXSW.

Constellations is a solemn meditation on the mystical and metaphysical, often giving the listener a sense of being tossed about on the ocean, at the mercy of a reckless and merciless god. The album ultimately hopes to provide a euphoric release for listeners as they realize that fate relies more upon the teasing whims of the unknown than any design of our own.

MP3: Balmorhea — Bowsprit

Balmorhea on Tour:
02.19 • Central Presbyterian Church w/ Damien Jurado (Austin, TX)
02.26 • Firebird (St. Louis, MO)
02.27 • Russian Recording (Bloomington, IN)
02.28 • Oberlin College (Oberlin, OH)
03.02 • First Unitarian Church (Philadelphia, PA)
03.03 • Le Poisson Rouge (New York, NY)
03.04 • TT The Bears (Boston, MA)
03.05 • La Sala Rosa (Montreal, Canada)
03.06 • El Mocambo (Toronto, Canada)
03.09 • The Pike Room (Detroit, MI)
03.10 • Lincoln Theater (Chicago, IL)
03.11 • The Triple Door (Seattle, WA)
03.12 • Biltmore (Vancouver, BC Canada)
03.13 • Doug Fir (Portland, OR)
03.15 • Bottom Of The Hill (San Francisco, CA)
03.17 • SXSW – Central Presbyterian Church (Austin, TX)
03.19 • SXSW- Western Vinyl Showcase (Austin, TX)

Elaine Lachica announces winter tour dates in support of "I Think I Can See The Ocean"

Elaine Lachica will embark on a brief tour of the northeast United States in support of her forthcoming full-length, I Think I Can See The Ocean, which will be released by Stunning Models on Display on February 23rd. The tour begins in New York City, Lachica’s hometown, and will take the classically trained soprano and pianist as far south as Arlington, VA.

Elaine Lachica 2010 Tour Dates:

01.28 • Gilles Larrain Studio (New York, NY)
01.30 • The Center for Arts at the Armory Cafe (Somerville, MA)
02.11 • Pete’s Candy Store (Brooklyn, NY)
02.21 • The Galaxy Hut (Arlington, VA)
02.26 • Cousin Larry’s (Danbury, CT)
03.04 • Urban Arts Festival (Piscataway, NJ)
03.05 • Tazza (Providence, RI)
03.27 • Puck (Doylestown, PA)

“In the hands of other musicians, “Bewilder” might have sounded too calculating, too exacting, but Lachica evokes just the right mélange of hushed brittleness and frost-bitten pathos.” – Kyle Lemmon, Under The Radar

Casiotone For The Painfully Alone Winter Tour

Owen Ashworth, aka Casiotone For The Painfully Alone, cannot be stopped. In 2009 alone, CFTPA released the fantastic singles, b-sides, and rarities collection, Advance Base Battery Life, a stellar new full-length, Vs. Children, and extensively toured North America and Europe. And he’s not done yet.

Get your Casiotone For The Painfully Alone requests ready, because Owen will be bringing his stacks of keyboards, bass-heavy beats, and wry stage banter to both sides of the pond in the next two months.


Dec 16, 2009: Istanbul, Turkey @ Indigo

Dec 18, 2009: London, UK @ Lexington

Dec 19, 2009: Leeds, UK @ Nation Of Shopkeepers

Dec 20, 2009: Cambridge, UK @ Portland Arms

Dec 21, 2009: Oxford, UK @ Jericho

Dec 22, 2009: Brighton, UK @ Freebutt


Jan 06, 2010: Portland, OR @ Backspace

Jan 07, 2010: Seattle, WA @ Vera Project

Jan 08, 2010: Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret

Jan 09, 2010: Anacortes, WA @ Department of Safety

Jan 10, 2020: Victoria, BC @ James Bay United Church


Jan 20, 2010: Lake Worth, FL @ Propaganda

Jan 22, 2010: Miami, FL @ Electric Pickle

Jan 23, 2010: Tampa, FL @ New World Brewery

Jan 24, 2010: Orlando, FL @ Backbooth

Jan 26, 2010: Gainesville, FL @ Common Grounds

Jan 28, 2010: Tallahassee, FL @ Club Downunder

New Tour Dates from Strange Boys

Strange Boys are on the road this month. Check them out if you’re on the west coast!

11-18 Calexico, CA – La Hamaca
11-20 Los Angeles, CA – Palace Theatre *
11-21 Oakland, CA – Ghost Town Gallery
11-22 Seattle, WA – Showbox *
11-23 Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore *
11-24 Olympia, WA – Northern
11-25 Portland, OR – East End
11-28 San Diego, CA – Tower Bar

I Love You On Tour Now

The Kansas City duo I Love You recently released its new LP Bell Ord Forrest on Indianapolis-based label, Joyful Noise. I Love You spouts out anthems that cross the boundaries between sabotage and self-improvement. Its combination of noisy DIY punk with thumpin’ dub bass is catchier than it should be – conveying emotion and pop sensibility, but mostly madness. Catch the band’s solvent circus at a show near you.

11.04 • Milford Amusement Center (Minneapolis, MN)

11.05 • Mortville (Chicago, IL)

11.07 • Record Release Show @ Empty Bucket (Indianapolis, IN)

11.08 • The Bishop (Bloomington, IN)

11.10 • Mac’s Bar (Lansing, MI)

11.15 • Cakeshop w/ Best Hits, Greg Fox, & Antimagic (Manhattan, NY)

11.16 • AS220 (Providence, RI)

11.18 • The Blue Nile (Harrisonburg, VA)

11.19 • The Triple w/ Diamond Black Hearted Boy, Gull, & From The Darkest Part of The Woods (Richmond, VA)

11.20 • Twisted Tea Bazaar w/ Corsair (Charlottesville, VA)

11.22 • Bobo Gallery (Asheville, NC)

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