Sonny And The Sunsets Shares New B-Side, Festival Dates

Sonny Smith’s musical bio sounds a bit like Brian Wilson’s. Smith found his passion for music while a patient in a hospital in Texas. After being released to the care of his brother and wife (who would join the band), he moved to San Francisco, found himself back in psychiatric care, met a girl (Kelley Stoltz) who played drums, asked her to join the band with his brother and wife and voila! Back in 2009, while recording a triple album, a hurricane hit the area they were recording and destroyed most of the tapes. What survives of those tapes was released yesterday, April 12th, as the album Hit After Hit on Fat Possum. Their 7″ featuring the song “I Wanna Do It” comes with the surfy B-Side “Mr. Lucky.”

Sonny and The Sunsets
Hit After Hit
(Fat Possum)
Street Date: April 12, 2011

1. She Plays Yo-Yo With My Mind
2. I Wanna Do It
3. Home and Exile
4. Reflections on Youth
5. Girls Beware
6. The Bad Energy From LA Is Killing Me
7. Teen Age Thugs
8. Heart of Sadness
9. Don’t Act Dumb
10. Acres of Lust
11. Pretend You Love Me

06/04 Sonoma, CA Huichica Festival @ Gundlach
06/22 – 06/25 Calgary, ALB Sled Island Festival
08/05 – 08/07 Happy Valley, OR Pickathon

Sandwitches Date Sophomore Album

San Fran’s Sandwitches, hated by spell-check but loved by fans, have been practicing their brand of sparkling pop for a couple of years, and the effort shows on the group’s newest album.

Sandwitches will release Mrs. Jones’ Cookies on March 29th, via Empty Cellar Records. The album builds off the group’s first release (How to Make Ambient Sadcake) and demonstrates the group’s growing music and lyrical skills.

The group’s sunshine pop is too catchy to resist, even as we suffer through another winter. You can hear two of the songs off of Mrs. Jones’ right here. First, “Lightfoot”

…and “Joe Says”

The Twilight Singers Announce European Tour

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New Orleans natives (REPRESENT) The Twilight Singers are well known throughout the indie world for blending soul, rock, and electronic music into their own distinct style. Spawned in 1997 as a side project of The Afghan Whigs frontman Greg Dulli, they have since released four albums, including 2006’s critically acclaimed Powder Burns. Nearly 5 years later, the group is ready to release a new album and go on tour once again.

Now signed to Sub Pop, Dynamite Steps drops on February 15th, at which point the group will play its first ever in-store concerts, at Amoeba Records in Los Angeles on the 15th and San Francisco on the 17th. From there, the band embarks on a European tour.

Pre-order the album at and check out the tour dates below!

The Twilight Singers 2011 European Tour
3/18/11            London – Electric Ballroom
3/19/11            Glasgow – Arches
3/20/11            Manchester – Moho Live
3/21/11            Brighton – Komedia Theatre
3/23/11            Cologne – Luxor
3/25/11            Oslo – Parkteatret
3/26/11            Stockholm – Debaser
3/27/11            Copenhagen – Vega Jr
3/28/11            Berlin – Festsaal Kreuzberg
3/30/11            Brussels – Ancienne Belgique
3/31/11            Paris – La Fleche D’Or
4/01/11            Amsterdam – Paradiso
4/02/11            Lucerne – Schuur
4/09/11            Vienna – Meet Factory
4/10/11            Warsaw – Stodola
4/12/11            Helsinki – Tavastia
4/14/11            Thessaloniki – Principal Theater
4/15/11            Athens – Gagarin Club
4/16/11            Tel Aviv – Reading3
4/17/11            Tel Aviv – Reading3

The Morning Benders’ “Excuses” Get the Golden Filter Treatment

If you missed The Morning Benders’ shows in the US and unfortunately cannot afford a Christmas/New Years’ vacation in Australia where they are headed next, this may not quite be enough to counter the disappointment, but it can at least provide you with one extra tune you can impress your friends with. New York City electronic duo The Golden Filter have remixed the Californians’ ballad “Excuses,” off their album Big Echo (Rough Trade). In this shiny new arrangement, Chris Chu’s voice is complimented with Golden Filter singer Penelope Trappes’s for an eerie, echoed beginning. It quickly transitions into a steady beat that replaces the original song’s twirling guitars. Instead, a never ending keyboard loop will have you entranced, so much that the abrupt breaks in the song will have you disoriented, until you realize they were just there to let you catch your breath before another round of frenetic dancing.

You can download this remix for free on The Morning Benders’ website HERE but make sure to get a first listen below:

Social Studies Hit The Road This October (And Stop At CMJ)!


The Californians of Social Studies kicked off their Fall tour on October 14th in Chicago. They will be delighting audiences with the catchy art-pop from their debut album Wind Up Wooden Heart (Antenna Farm Records) until the beginning of November. Their trek will take them to New York City’s CMJ Music Marathon on October 21st,  but also to Athens, GA and to finish off, back home to San Francisco on November 7th. Check out all their upcoming dates below!

Here are their upcoming tour dates:
Oct 16 – McCormick’s – South Bend, IN
Oct 17 – B Side Lounge – Cleveland, OH
Oct 18 – Mojo’s – Jamestown, NY
Oct 19 – Boulder – Rochester, NY
Oct 21 – CMJ Showcase @ Alphabet Lounge – New York City, NY
Oct 22 – Dead Herring – Brooklyn, NY
Oct 26 – The Manhattan Room – Philadelphia, PA
Oct 27 – Nightlight – Chapel Hill, NC
Oct 28 – GO BAR – Athens, GA
Oct 31 – Jackpot with Joan Of Arc – Lawrence, KS
Nov 2 – Hi Dive – Denver, CO
Nov 7 – Indie Mart @ Thee Parkside – San Francisco, CA

Spoon Announce U.S. Tour with Deerhunter

Last week another gigantic buzz album hit stores in the form of Spoon’s Transference (Merge). To celebrate the release of their record, the band is heading out on tour starting this March with friends, Deerhunter. Spoon will travel from Glasglow to California, and are also taking The Strange Boys and Micachu and the Shapes along with them with Deerhunter to take over as openers in the spring. The venues look pretty intimate for the tour, and very classy for the most part. Spoon will be hitting Radio City Music Hall when they come to New York City which is certainly a step up for the band who seems to get bigger and bigger everytime they release a new song. Check out the tour dates below!

02-14 Glasgow, Scotland – King Tut’s
02-15 Manchester, England – Academy 3
02-16 London, England – Electric Ballroom
02-18 Amsterdam, Netherlands – Paradiso
02-19 Cologne, Germany – Luxor
02-20 Berlin, Germany – Frannz Club
03-17 Austin, TX – Stubbs (NPR SXSW showcase) %
03-18 New Orleans, LA – Republic %@
03-19 Birmingham, AL – Workplay Soundstage %@
03-20 Atlanta, GA – Tabernacle %@
03-22 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club %@
03-23 Washington, DC – 9:30 Club %@
03-24 Richmond, VA – The National %@
03-26 New York, NY – Radio City Music Hall %@
03-27 Boston, MA – House of Blues %@
03-29 Toronto, Ontario – Sound Academy %@
03-30 Royal Oak, MI – Royal Oak Music Theater %@
04-01 Chicago, IL – Aragon Ballroom %^
04-02 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue %^
04-03 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue %^
04-05 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater %^
04-06 Denver, CO – Ogden Theater %^
04-07 Salt Lake City, UT – In the Venue %^
04-09 Seattle, WA – Moore Theater %^
04-10 Seattle, WA – Moore Theater %^
04-11 Vancouver, British Columbia – Orpheum Theater %^
04-13 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater %^

% with Deerhunter
@ with the Strange Boys
^ with Micachu and the Shapes