Bad News For Klaxons Fans


British band Klaxons announced last Friday that they will have to cancel the majority of the dates of their upcoming tour due to “unforseen circumstances”.  The announcement will certainly be a huge bummer for fans hoping to catch the act at this year’s Coachella festival or Ultra Music Festival.  As an apology to their fans, Klaxons is offering those that can prove they have tickets to one of the cancelled gigs an opportunity to download an unreleased track for free.  Only two dates of the original 17 stop tour remain; the Southside Festival and the Hurricane Festival, both scheduled for Germany in June.  The cancelled dates are below. 

March
25 Orlando, Fla. @ The Social (CANCELLED)
26 Miami, Fla. @ Ultra Music Festival (CANCELLED)
28 Boston, Mass. @ Paradise Rock Club (CANCELLED)
29 New York, N.Y. @ Webster Hall (CANCELLED)
30 Baltimore, Md. @ Ottobar (CANCELLED)

April
1 Columbus, Ohio @ The Basement (CANCELLED)
2 Chicago, Ill. @ Metro (CANCELLED)
3 Madison, Wisc. @ High Noon Saloon (CANCELLED)
5 Denver, Colo. @ Larimer Lounge (CANCELLED)
6 Salt Lake City, Utah @ Urban Lounge (CANCELLED)
8 Vancouver, British Columbia @ Venue (CANCELLED)
9 Seattle, Wash. @ Chop Suey (CANCELLED)
10 Portland, Ore, @ Doug Fir Lounge (CANCELLED)
12 San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore (CANCELLED)
15 Indio, Calif. @ Coachella (CANCELLED)

June
18 Neuhausen ob Eck, Germany @ Southside Festival

Scanners Set To Tour The UK


London band Scanners will be releasing their second album Submarine on March 21st and to appease their ever growing fan base, they will be hitting the road in the UK. 

The band has already been capturing quite a bit of attention with songs featured on shows like Gossip Girl, Entourage and Beverly Hills 90210.  They have also caught the attention of some fellow bands and have shared with stage with the likes of Florence and The Machine, Air, The Wedding Present and Devo.  Mega stations Radio One and XFM have shown their love for the band as well. 

Submarine is a reflection of the band’s evolving sound that has matured over the years.  With haunting vocals and rich layers of upbeat rhythms, their latest endeavor is a quick reminder as to why Scanners has made such an impact for fans in the USA and UK.  And it seems there is no slowing down as they are already close to completion of their next album due out sometime next year.  In the meantime, be sure to catch this amazing act on their current jaunt and keep an eye out for them as they continue to make their mark in the music world.

Tour Dates:
16th March – Louisiana, Bristol
23rd March – The Flapper, Birmingham
24th March – The Duchess, York
28th March – Kasbah, Coventry
29th March – Captain’s Rest, Glasgow
30th March – Ruby Lounge, Manchester
31st March – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh
2nd April – Bodega Social, Nottingham

The Pierces Share A Conversation With Albert Hammond, Jr.


New York based sister act, The Pierces, recently caught up with their good friend Albert Hammond, Jr. of Strokes fame and the cameras were rolling the whole time giving fans and listeners a peek into their upcoming album and what life is like for the ladies. 

Catherine and Allison Pierce’s soon to be released album, You & I, features a variety of well known names in the music world playing drums like  Will Champion of Coldplay, Glenn Moule of Howling Bells and Matt Romano of Little Joy.  The album also features guitar work from their dear friend, Albert Hammond Jr. 

The video provides snippets into the lives of the Pierce sisters as they record shop in New York City and reminisce about their days as ballerinas, their emotionally grounded lyrics and their musical influences. 

You & I, produced by Coldplay’s Guy Berryman and Grammy winning producer Rik Simpson, will be released on May 23rd on Polydor Records.

Check out clips of the interview here.

Vivian Girls ‘Share The Joy’ With Release Of Their New Single


Brooklyn-based all girl trio, Vivian Girls, are sparking interest in their latest album Share the Joy with the release of their first single, “I Heard You Say”.  The album, which is the ladies’ third release but their debut on the Polyvinyl label, continues the ever evolving path of the group’s own mixture of garage thrash backed with their sweet melodic voices.  Vivian Girls have been getting quite a bit of attention with their latest release as they venture into a more mature sound and have become very influential among young budding girl groups.  

With their video for “I Heard You Say”, Vivian Girls keep the setting simple while letting the lyrics speak for themselves.  Add in the nostalgic guitar and hard-hitting drums and the combination is the perfect blend.  

Vivian Girls will launch their tour February 22nd in Los Angeles and will spend two months trekking across the US before coming to a close in Houston on April 29th.  They will be sharing the stage various acts along the way including Catwalk, Cold Showers, Black Lips, Surfer Blood, Thee Oh Sees, The Strange Boys & more.

02/22 Los Angeles, CA The Smell !

02/25 Miami, FL Bruise Cruise ~

02/26 Miami, FL Bruise Cruise ~

02/27 Miami, FL Bruise Cruise ~

02/28 Miami, FL Bruise Cruise ~

04/05 Asheville, NC Sage Café / Warren Wilson College #

04/06 Carrboro, NC Cat’s Cradle #

04/07 Baltimore, MD Ottobar #

04/08 Washington, DC Black Cat #

04/09 Philadelphia, PA The Trocodero #

04/12 New York, NY Webster Hall #

04/13 Providence, RI The Met Café #

04/14 Boston, MA Paradise Rock Club #

04/15 Montreal, QC Le National #

04/16 Toronto, ON Phoenix Concert Theatre #

04/17 Detroit, MI Magic Stick #

04/19 Columbus, OH Outland Live #

04/20 Newport, KY Southgate House #

04/21 St Louis, MO The Firebird #

04/22 Chicago, IL Logan Square Auditorium #

04/23 Minneapolis, MN Varsity Theater #

04/25 Omaha, NE The Waiting Room #

04/26 Kansas City, MO The Beaumont Club #

04/27 Dallas, TX The Loft #

04/28 Austin, TX Emo’s #

04/29 Houston, TX Fitzgeralds #

! = w/ Catwalk, Cold Showers

~ = w/ Black Lips, Surfer Blood, Thee Oh Sees, The Strange Boys & more

# = w/ Black Lips

GAYNGS To Hit The Road This Spring

The super group GAYNGS will be hitting the festival scene as part of their spring tour in support of their new album, Relayted.  With over 20 musical contributors for the album, GAYNGS will have a full stage which will include artists like Justin Vernon and Mike Noyce of Bon Iver, GAYNGS ringleader Ryan Olson, Zak Coulter and Adam Hurlburt of Solid Gold, Jake Luck of Leisure Birds, Ivan Rosebud of The Rosebuds, Brad Cook and Joe Westerlund of Megafaun, and Mike Lewis of Andrew Bird and Happy Apple.  

The band will kick off its tour March 6th in Minneapolis, MN before heading off to the Lone Star State for this year’s annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin.  Then they head west and play the prestigious Coachealla Festival in Indio Valley, CA and finish their festival jaunt with an appearance at the Sasquatch Festival in Washington. 

GAYNGS has already garnered quite a bit of attention receiving recognition from music aficionados like Stereogum and NME magazine as well as the New York Times and the BBC.  It is clear that this amazing super group is not to be missed.  Check out their latest track, “The Gaudy Side of Town”, here.

US DATES
03/06/11 – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
03/11/11 – Stubb’s BBQ – Austin, Texas
 03/13/11 – 35 Conferette Festival – Denton, Texas
 03/17/11 – Mohawk/ SXSW – Austin Texas
 03/18/11 – Lustre Pearle/ Dickies Party / SXSW – Austin , Texas
  04/15/11-17 – Coachella Music & Arts Fest – Indio, California
  05/28/11- Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, Oregon
  05/29/11    Sasquatch Music Festival – Quincy, Washington
  06/01/11 – The Independent- San Francisco, California
  06/04/11- The Casbah – San Diego, California

Delicate Steve To Premiere “Butterfly” Video On NPR


Don’t let his name fool as Steve Marion is anything but delicate when it comes to his playing and rockin’ arpeggios.  With the upcoming release of his full-length album, Wondervisions, Delicate Steve is premiering his video for the single “Butterfly” on NPR this week. 

In addition to the album’s release on Luaka Bop Records this week, Delicate Steve has also announced U.S. tour dates with shows kicking off Friday, February 4th at the Meat Locker in Montclair, NJ. Joining him for various dates on the road will be Akron/Family.

Check out Delicate Steve’s latest video for “Butterfly”.