Shilpa Ray Announce New Album and Spring Tour


Shilpa Ray and Her Happy Hookers are back and will be starting off a busy early 2011 with a new full length record, Teenage and Torture, out January 18th on Knitting Factory Records. Ray, an Indian-American who grew up in a working class family in Princeton Junction, New Jersey, has made something of a name for herself turning her much-talked about alienation in to startling, bluesy rock n’ roll; even Nick Cave has stated he’s a fan. The band’s fall tour was cancelled and they must be eager to get back on the road: they’ve planned a pretty staggering 28 show run in just 31 days with Acid Mothers Temple starting on the West Coast in March and running through Canada and the Northeast before stopping in Austin in late April.

You can find the full list of dates below, as well as stream the second MP3 to be shared from the new record, “Heaven in Stereo”.

Stream the “Heaven in Stereo” Mp3 HERE
Upcoming Tour Dates:

*= w/ Acid Mothers Temple

21 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl (Record Release w/ Hooray For Earth, Soft Black)
22 – Buffalo, NY – Mohawk Place
23 – Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland*
24 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill*
26 – Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge*
27 – Bellingham, WA – The Wild Buffalo*
28 – Seattle, WA – Chop Suey*
29 – Vancouver, BC – Biltmore Cabaret*
31 – Calgary, AB – Broken City*
01 – Missoula, MT – The Badlander*
02 – Salt Lake City, UT – Urban Lounge*
03 – Denver, CO – Larimer Lounge*
04 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre*
05 – Minneapolis, MN – 7th Street Entry*
06 – Chicago, IL – Empty Bottle*
07 – Kalamazoo, MI – The Strutt*
08 – Toronto, ON – El Mocambo*
09 – Montreal, QC – Il Motore*
10 – Allston, MA – Great Scott*
11 – Milford, CT – Daniel Street*
13 – Philadelphia, PA – Johnny Brendas*
14 – Washington, DC – Red Palace*
15 – Baltimore, MD – Ottobar*
16 – Chapel Hill, NC – Local 506*
17 – Knoxville, TN – Pilot Light*
18 – Atlanta, GA – The Earl*
19 – New Orleans, LA – One Eyed Jacks*
20 – Houston, TX – Fitzgeralds*
21 – Dallas, TX – The Loft*
22 – Austin, TX – Red 7*

Hear a Track From the New Tennis Album, “Cape Dory”

Amongst the plethora of lo-fi bands to surface seemingly out of nowhere this year, perhaps Tennis has remained the buzziest. No easy feat considering the fickle attention span of the indie blogosphere and their disciples.

The baby of husband and wife team Patrick Riley and Alaina Moore and based in Denver, Tennis constructs Brian Wilson-inspired pop songs and presents them in classic three minute packages. On “Take Me Somewhere”, the first track revealed from the band’s debut LP, Cape Dory, out January 18th on Fat Possum, the duo sticks with the format that brought them the buzz in the first place, even adding doo-wop background vocals that call to mind the girl groups of the sixties.

You can stream “Take Me Somewhere” here:

Tennis – Take Me Somewhere by forcefieldpr

Full Album Info:

Cape Dory
(Fat Possum)
Street Date: Jan. 18, 2011
Formats:  CD / LP / Cassette / Digital

01 Take Me Somewhere
02 Long Boast Pass
03 Cape Dory
04 Marathon
05 Bimini Bay
06 South Carolina
07 Pigeon
08 Seafarer
09 Baltimore
10 Water Birds

And finally, if you want to catch them live:

Upcoming Tennis Tour Dates

Nov 16 Holocene – Portland, OR
Nov 17 The Crocodile – Seattle, WA
Nov 24 Bluebird – Denver, CO
Dec 01 Mercury Lounge – New York, NY
Dec 02 Terminal 5 – New York, NY *
Dec 03 9:30 Club – Washington, DC *
Dec 05 Kung Fu Neck Tie – Philadelphia, PA
Dec 06 Middle East Club – Cambridge, MA
Dec 07 Casa Del Popolo – Montreal, QC
Dec 08 The Drake Hotel – Toronto, ON
Dec 10 Schubas Tavern – Chicago, IL
Dec 11 Mojo’s – Columbia, MO

* = w/ The Walkmen
% = w/ Sonny and the Sunsets

Rewards, Aaron Pfenning of Chairlift Adds New Tour Dates

With main project Chairlift on the sidelines for now, co-founder Aaron Pfenning has been keeping himself busy performing solo work under his own name and as Rewards. As the latter, with his deep, breathy baritone layered in (you guessed it) “sunny reverb-drenched guitar hooks and puffy surges of synthesizer” it makes perfect sense that Mr. Pfenning recently completed a leg of his European tour opening for Brandon Flowers of The Killers. Now it looks like Rewards will be staying busy for the rest of 2010, as he’s just announced additional dates in Europe and North America, first with current tour mates We Are Scientists and culminating in a five day run with rising act Warpaint.

Check out the full list below:


Rewards Tour Dates

Nov 15 – Pyramids – Portsmouth, UK    #
Nov 16 – HMV Institute – Birmingham, UK  #
Nov 19 – UEA – Norwich, UK    #
Nov 20 – Academy – Manchester, UK    #
Nov 21 – Shepherds Bush Empire – London, UK  #
Nov 22 – O2 Academy – Liverpool, UK     #
Nov 24 – Metropolitan University – Leeds, UK      #
Nov 25 – ABC – Glasgow, UK   #
Nov 26 – O2 Academy – Newcastle, UK    #
Nov 27 – Rock City – Nottingham, UK   #
Nov 30 – Great Scott – Boston, MA     @
Dec 1 – The Studio at Webster Hall – NYC     @
Dec 2 – Music Hall of Williamsbug – Brooklyn, NY     @
Dec 3 – Voyeur – Philadelphia, PA     @
Dec 4 – Rock and Roll Hotel – Washington, DC     @
# w/  We Are Scientists
@ w/ Warpaint

Delicate Steve Reveals “Wondervisions” Cover Art + Tracklisting & Tour News!

“Delicate Steve makes music. And in today’s awful world, that’s almost all that matters. Right?” So concludes the wordy, is-it-a-joke press release from this New Jersey-based instrumental outfit comprised of five friends all in their early twenties. Such starry-eyed naivete is precious coming from the likes of band leader and multi-instrumentalist Steve Marion who is, after all, delicate. Whether the fact that Mr. Marion and his young cohorts make music is indeed all that matters is yet to be determined, however, but may be soon as the band has released the cover art and track listing from it’s debut LP, Wondervisions, set to be released February 1st on Luaka Bop records.


1 Welcome-Begin
2 Sugar Splash
3 Source ((CONNECTION))
4 The Ballad of Speck and Pebble
5 Attitude/Gratitude
6 Z Expression
9 Don’t Get Stuck (Proud Elephants)
10 Source ((BRIDGE))
11 Flyin’ High
12 Butterfly

You can catch Delicate Steve on their US Tour with Fang Island throughout November:

US Fall 2010 Tour

Fri 11/12/10 Lincoln Hall Chicago IL w/Fang Island
Sat 11/13/10 Smalls Hamtramck MI w/Fang Island
Sun 11/14/10 The Basement Columbus OH w/Fang Island
Mon 11/15/10 Grog Shop Cleveland Heights OH w/Fang Island
Tue 11/16/10 El Mocambo Toronto ON w/Fang Island
Wed 11/17/10 Il Motore Montreal QC w/Fang Island
Fri 11/19/10 The Met Cafe Pawtucket RI w/Fang Island
12/4/10 Pub on Main Allentown, PA w/ Javelin