Bright Eyes Announce Additional Tour Dates

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The excruciating wait is almost over until the release of Bright Eyes’ seventh studio album, The People’s Key (out February 15 via Saddle Creek), and now the celebrated Omaha band have added further dates to their already mammoth US tour. In addition, more supporting acts have also been confirmed: Titus Andronicus, Jenny and Johnny, Farmer Dave Scher, Conduits, and Dawes will all be joining the band on select dates.

Ahead of the official release, Bright Eyes fans have received a number of sneak peeks into the band’s new material. Last week, The People’s Key was premiered in full on NPR’s ‘First Listen’ HERE, as well as on YouTube in their first ever online listening party HERE. Additionally, Conor Oberst will be co-hosting Sirius XMU every afternoon this week at 5pm, with Rolling Stone critic and XMU host Jenny Eliscu – yet another chance for fans to hear tracks from The People’s Key prior to release, as well as old favorites from the Bright Eyes catalog and Conor’s own personal selections.

Conor and Co. kick off the new tour next month in Miami. Check out the slew of new tour dates below [all recently added dates are shown in bold].

 

3/2      Miami, FL                         Fillmore Miami Beach At Jackie Gleason Theater *
3/3      Lake Buena Vista, FL   House of Blues *
3/4      Atlanta, GA                      The Tabernacle *
3/5      Asheville, NC                   Thomas Wolfe Auditorium *
3/6      Richmond, VA                The National *
3/8       New York, NY                Radio City Music Hall ^
3/9       New York, NY                Radio City Music Hall ^   SOLD OUT
3/10     Boston, MA                    House Of Blues #  SOLD OUT
3/11     Portland, ME                  State Theatre#
3/13     Toronto, ON                   Sound Academy#
3/14     Royal Oak, MI                Royal Oak Music Theatre # SOLD OUT
3/15     Chicago, IL                      Riviera Theatre  #  SOLD OUT

3/16    Champaign, IL                Foellinger Auditorium #

3/17     Nashville, TN                  Ryman Auditorium #

3/19    Austin, TX                         SXSW Ground Control Touring Showcase Auditorium Shores**

4/2      Kansas City, MO        Uptown Theatre ^^

4/3      Milwaukee, WI                The Riverside Theater @

4/3      Minneapolis, MN           First Avenue @
4/5      Minneapolis, MN           First Avenue @
4/8     Vancouver, BC                Commodore Ballro0m @
4/9     Portland, OR                    Crystal Ballroom @
4/10  Arcata, CA                     Arcata Community Center +

4/12    Oakland, CA                    Fox Theater +

4/13    Pomona, CA                    Fox Theater ## + SOLD OUT

4/16    Indio, CA                          Coachella Festival SOLD OUT

4/28   George, WA                   Sasquatch Music Festival

6/1      Boise, ID                          Knitting Factory Concert House ##

6/3      Denver, CO                   Filmore Theatre ##

6/4     Council Bluffs, IA    WestFair Amphitheater ##

6/6      St. Louis                         The Pageant %

 

* w/ Cursive

^ w/ Superchunk and WILD FLAG

# w/ Mynabirds

**w/ The Felice Brothers, Middle Brother, and Man Man

@ w/ Titus Andonicus

^^ w/ Conduits

+ w/ Farmer Dave Scher

## w/ Jenny and Johnny

% w/ Dawes

Bright Eyes Returns with New Album This Winter!


Conor Oberst fans rejoice! Bright Eyes is BACK! The group will release their newest, and 7th album on February 15, 2011 via Saddle Creek. Titled The People’s Key, will feature ten new tracks from the Oberst, Mike Mogis, Nathaniel Walcott trio.

Additional players on the record include Andy LeMaster, (Now It’s Overhead), Matt Maginn (Cursive), Carla Azar (Autolux), Clark Baechle (The Faint), Shane Aspegren (The Berg Sans Nipple), Laura Burhenn (The Mynabirds) and Denny Brewer (Refried Ice Cream).

What will this sound like you may ask…well we guess it’s too early to tell. The follow-up to Cassadega (Saddle Creek) was a long wait as Oberst dabbled in solo projects and super groups. This could also be the last Bright Eyes record if anyone recalls Conor stating that a few years ago. We will have to wait and see for sure.

Bright Eyes have just announced two shows to get us even more excited about the album release. One at Radio City Music Hall in New York City and the other at Royal Albert Hall in London. You can find the information regarding those shows below. The pre-sales begin TOMORROW, so be sure to have your mouse clicker finger ready.

Take a peek at the show information AND the tracklisting for the new LP. 2011 is already starting off with a bang in indie rock.

Live shows & on sale info:
March 9th New York, NY Radio City Music Hall*
June 23rd London, UK Royal Albert Hall#

*Pre-Sale Begins: December 1 at 12PM EST. Public On-Sale: December 4 at 10AM EST
# Pre-Sale Begins: December 1 at 12PM EST. Public On-Sale: Saturday, December 4 at 9AM

Full track list for The People’s Key
1 Firewall
2 Shell Games
3 Jejune Stars 4 Approximate Sunlight
5 Haile Selassie
6 A Machine Spiritual (In The People’s Key)
7 Triple Spiral
8 Beginner’s Mind
9 Ladder Song
10 One For You, One For Me

The Return Of Adam Haworth Stephens

He’s back. Adam Haworth Stephens, the Folk/Rock singer songwriter from the band Two Gallants is back with a brand new solo album We Live On Cliffs. The album is due for release September todayth off Saddle Creek Records and is already building plenty of hype.

If you are a Two Gallants fan this album is definitely for you, in fact it almost seems as if it is a continuation of the bands previous work. With the same mesmerizing lyrics on top of similar folk influenced poppy beats, “We Live On Cliffs” provides fans with exactly what they want.

The first single of the album “The Cities That You’ve Burned” is available for free download off of Saddle Creek Records website.

Adam has also released a massive US tour with the Felice Brothers that is already underway.

Tour dates include:
October 5 Doug Fir, OR
October 6 Tractor Tavern, WA
October 9 The State Room, UT
October 10 Larimer Lounge, CO
October 12 The Waiting Room, NE
October 13 Triple Rock, MN
October 14 Turner Hall, WI
October 15 Empty Bottle, IL
October 16 Magic Stick, MI
October 17 Mountain Stage Radio Show, WV
October 18 Mr. Small’s Theatre, PA
October 19 123 Pleasant Street, PA
October 21 CMJ, NY
October 22 Rock and Roll Hotel, DC
October 23 Johnny Breda’s, PA
October 24 Johnny Brenda’s, PA
October 25 The Drake Hotel Underground, ON
October 26 The Ninth Ward, NY
October 28 Harpers Ferry, MA
October 29 The Met Café, RI
October 30 The Chance, NY
October 31 Music Hall of Williamsburg, NY
November 1 Daniel Street Brothers, CT
November 3 Jefferson Theatre, VA
November 4 Kings Barcade, NC
November 5 The Handlebar, SC
November 6 The Earl, GA
November 8 The Social, FL
November 9 Florida State University, FL
November 10 One Eyed Jacks, LA
November 12 Emo’s, TX
November 13 The Loft, TX
November 14 Sticky Fingerz Chicken Shack, AR
November 15 Proud Larry’s, MS
November 17 Headliner’s, KY
November 18 The Southgate House, KY
November 19 Rumba Café, OH

Interview: In It to Win It with Tokyo Police Club


Last week, I had the pleasure of talking to Tokyo Police Club singer, Dave Monks, about their upcoming record Champ due out on Mom and Pop Records on June 8th. Filled with amazing tracks, trust us, this is TPC’s best album yet.

Modern Mystery:All of your albums have been successful, what kind of pressure did you have going into the studio to make Champ ?

Dave Monks: Not that much, going into Elephant Shell (Saddle Creek) we had a lot of pressure. This time when we were writing we didn’t even feel like we were writing a record. It was way more relaxed. I’m not sure if we turned it off but there wasn’t as much pressure.

MM: What inspires you to write a song? Where do you pull your inspiration from?

Monks: It can come from a many number of things. You have something planned conceptually and musically. Usually girls and stuff…ah that sounds so lame (laughs). There seems to be more light stuff on this record, going out, doing stuff.

MM: Your new record is being released on Mom and Pop Records. How come you decided to split from Saddle Creek?

Monks: Saddle Creek was awesome, and we were trying to gauge our feeling for every record with a fitting label. With Mom and Pop, their ceiling is much higher. When we worked with Saddle Creek there wasn’t a lot of options for us. Mom and Ppo is a good mix of both worlds of indie and major.

MM: You’re starting a contest that is challenging fans to go up in competition with you involving anything. Are you guys really game for the crazy ideas that may be thrown at you?

Monks: Oh absolutely! We’re really excited about the contest. Send in whatever, we’ll do it. I think since the record is called Champ, we thought the champ of what? We decided to find out. If it was called macaroni it would have been totally different.

MM: Will the competitions go up online for fans to see, as in will they be filmed?

Monks: We’re going to film them, then you’ll see how super fun they are and people can submit their ideas.

MM: How long did it take to record Champ? From songwriting to the end of the mastering process?

Monks: “Breakneck Speed” was written in January 2008 but it was definitely three months recording the record. We did six months of actual solid writing time

MM: What is your favorite part about going on tour and playing live?

Monks: When a show goes really well and a crowd reacts, it s a really cool feeling. It’s what you strive for. To be able to connect like that. And the food!

MM: How does the band write songs? Is it a collaboration? Does everyone bring in their own pieces?

Monks: It starts out as kind of…I’ll have a bunch of ideas about the skeleton or the ideas for the song, then the melody comes in. It starts out as it usually starts with me, then halfway through the process we all try to map it out. That’s where all the good stuff comes from.

MM: You guys blog a lot on your website. How important do you think it is to keep that connection with your fans?

Monks: It’s crazy that we can actually do that. For 300 dollars we got flip cams, and we edit the videos in no time, and they get really good response. If that gets fans excited and makes them feel more connected to the songs, that‘s great. Maybe they don’t like the songs and think we’re stupid. We like it and are going to keep doing it.

MM: What is your favorite song off of Champ and why?

Monks: I really like “Big Difference,” which is track 9 I believe. Something really unique came out of it. I don’t know how the song came about entirely but it came out from a chemistry I couldn’t tell you how to get.

MM: What musicians and bands inspired you to play music?

Monks: Definitely Radiohead, Wilco, The Strokes, Arcade Fire, Apples in Stereo. I don’t know, so many bands. When we were in high school there was an amazing amount.

MM: If you weren’t in Tokyo Police Club, what would you be doing?

Monks: Probably be graduated with a B.A. and looking for work. I don’t know. I was in school and it was pretty aimless. I might be out of work (laughs).

Tokyo Police Club “Big Difference” by modernmysteryblog

Secondhand Sunday: The Elected “Not Going Home”


This Secondhand Sunday is perfect for a rainy afternoon in New York. Riding off the coattails of Rilo Kiley, former “Salute Your Shorts” member Blake Sennett, went for a new approach a few years ago with his new band, The Elected. It’s always nice to see Blake move to the front of the microphone and take charge. The most successful song on the album Sun Sun Sun was a haunting track called “Not Going Home.” Watch out for the owl costume. You may want to steal it.

The Elected “Not Going Home”