Ivan & Alyosha Release EP, Tour Dates

Filled with “warm harmonies  and lush melodies,” (Filter Magazine) Ivan & Alyosha have released a brand new EP titled Fathers Be Kind out now on Missing Piece Records. The Seattle quartet will saddle up for an appearance on NPR’s “Tiny Desk Concert Series” February 7th. From their, they will take their talents on the road featuring stops at SXSW, Mountain Stage, and The Folk Alliance in Memphis, TN. Take a peak at “Living for Someone.”

15 – Boise, ID – The Reef
16 – Denver, CO – Rock ‘n’ Soul Café
17 – Lincoln, NE – Bourbon Theatre
18 – Iowa City, IA – Java House
19 – Memphis, TN – The Folk Alliance Festival
20 – Nashville, TN – The Basement
21 – Franklin, TN – Kimbro’s
22 – Knoxville, TN – Longbranch Saloon
24 – Asheville, NC – Lexington Avenue Brewery
25 – Durham, NC – Broad Street Café
26 – Carrboro, NC – Jessee’s Coffee and Bar
27 – Charleston, WV – Charleston Civic Center (Mountain Stage w/ Lucinda Williams)
28 – Richmond, VA – The Triple

01 – Philadelphia, PA – The Fire
02 – Newark, DE – Mojo Main
04 – New York, NY – The Living Room
06 – Cleveland, OH – Wilbert’s Food and Music
08 – Bloomington, IN – Bear’s Place
11 – Denton, TX – 35 Conferette Festival
12 – Fayetteville, AR – Smoke & Barrel
13 – St. Louis, MO – Lemmon’s
14 – Tulsa, OK – Soundpony
22 – Scottsdale, AZ – Rogue Bar
24 – San Diego, CA – Tin Can Ale House
25 – Los Angeles, CA – Origami Vinyl
26 – Ventura, CA – Zoey’s

Icelandic Composer Ólafur Arnalds Announces US Tour Dates

People in Iceland are not like people on the rest of the planet. Don’t try to understand it, just embrace that we may in fact be living amongst aliens—really, really interesting aliens. You can’t really talk about Icelandic musicians without mentioning Bjork or Sigur Ros, and now that that’s done, let’s discuss Iceland’s Ólafur Arnalds.

The 23-year old composer’s work has been called ” robust yet ethereal, mid-tempo tearjerker” (Pitchfork) and Filter magazine says Arnalds “will only increase in importance.”

Arnalds returns to the US for a winter tour in early 2011. There’s an online contest where fans who “share” show info can win tickets. Check out the info at: http://www.olafurarnalds.com

Ólafur Arnalds On Tour:

Jan 24 – The Modern Theatere at Suffolk University  – Boston, MA

Jan 25 – Highline Ballroom – New York, NY

Jan 26 – St. Andrews Hall – Detroit, MI

Jan 27 – Southgate House Ballroom – Newport, KY (Cincinnati)

Jan 28 – Midtown Scholar Bookstore – Harrisburg, PA

Jan 29 – TBA – Indianapolis, IN

Jan 30 – Preston Bradley Hall @ Chicago Cultural Center – Chicago, IL (3pm)

Jan 30 – Museum of Contemporary Art – Chicago, IL (8:30pm)

Jan 31 – Covenant Fine Arts Center @ Calvin College – Grand Rapids, MI

Feb 1 – Cedar Cultural Center – Minneapolis, MN

Feb 3 – Great American Music Hall – San Francisco, CA

Feb 4 – Echoplex – Los Angeles, CA

The Duke Spirit Announce New Album Details

London’s The Duke Spirit, return this coming Spring with a new album, entitled Bruiser. Bursting on the scene back in 2003 with the release of a single (“Darling You’re Mean”) and mini album (“Roll, Spirit, Roll”), The Duke Spirit have showcased their scuffed, soulful guitar aesthetic across a handful of albums, relentless touring and TV appearances on all the late night talk shows. With two LP’s and a handful of EP’s under their belt, The Duke Spirit have harnessed their sound as “completely enveloped in a shroud of huge emotion – a mix of warm swirling dissonance, minor chords and a pounding minimal ‘60’s rock rhythm section.” FILTER Magazine. With Bruiser, The Duke Spirit make a conscious effort to strip down the fuzz and create space in which the drums, guitar and bass have their own sonic place.


1. Cherry Tree
2. Everybody’s Under Your Spell
3. Villain
4. Don’t Wait
5. Surrender
6. Running Fire
7. De Lux
8. Procession
9. Northbound
10. Glorious
11. Victory
12. Homecoming

Casiokids Return To U.S. This Weekend

casiokidsCasiokids may have had good reason to cancel the remaining (a once in a life-time show), but they are making it up. The quartet will be back in the states for a select slew of shows.

The band spent the summer winning respect from pop veterans a-ha, even wining some cash from a fund started by the pop stars to help Norway’s up-coming pop stars. After winning the contest, the band was invited to play one of a-ha’s farewell shows in Norway.

The band will be playing a few shows this week all over the country, even taking part at Filter magazine’s Culture Collide festival in Los Angeles.

As if making amends for their canceled shows, the band recently release their newest single “En Vill Hest,” along with two remixes and their music video.

Tour Dates:
10/1 – Washington, DC – DC9
10/3 – Brooklyn, NY – Glasslands Gallery
10/5 – San Francisco, CA – Bottom of the Hill
10/7 – Los Angeles, CA – Spaceland (Filter Culture Collide Festival)